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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.

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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 her maternal grandfather, Delton Pewitt; maternal great-grandmother, Lera Willborn; paternal great-grandfather, Odell Curtis; maternal great-grandmother, Myrtle White; paternal great-grandfather, T.C. White.

Nevaeh leaves behind her loving family, father and mother Leslie Charles White II and Nikki ReShea Pewitt of Post; brother Jayden Nathaniel Pewitt of Post; maternal grandmother, Tina Baker of Post; paternal grandfather, Leslie Charles White of Tahoka; paternal grandmother, Beatrice Marie White of Austin; paternal grandfather, Eric D. Barrs; maternal great grandparents Bernard and Modean Pewitt of Post and Lanny and Doylene Willborn of Post; -aternal great grandmother, Margie Marie Curtis of Post; extended maternal family, including aunt Amber Dean, uncles Jeremy Baker and Cody Pewitt, cousins Dedra Dean, Alyssa Richardson and Alize L’Nae Pewitt; extended paternal family, including aunt Latonya Mullins, uncles Randy White, Christopher Barrs and J. Michael Mullins an cousins Raven Mullins, Iyana Battle, Keona Oshoa and Michael Mullins Jr..

Pallbearers were Jeremy Baker and Randy White.




Hershel ‘Happy’ Bevers


Graveside services for Hershel “Happy” Bevers, 88, of Lubbock were Friday, March 15, 2013, at Terrace Cemetery in Post with the Rev. Steve McMeans of Indiana Avenue Baptist Church in Lubbock officiating.

Memorial services were at Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock with the Rev. David Brooks officiating.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

He died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at his home in Lubbock. He was born January 3, 1925, in Justiceburg to Sam and Demosille (Skipper) Bevers. He married Imogene Hagood on Sept. 29, 1946, in Close City. She preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2010. He was a member of the Marine Corps serving in World War II. Happy and Imogene farmed in Garza County for many years.

Survivors include daughters Sherry Farquhar of Southland, Peggy Young of Midland and Tina Marsh of Hurst; son Mark Bevers of Lubbock; brothers Sam Bevers of Justiceburg and Herbert Dell Bevers of Marble Falls; sister Evelyn Davidson of Stafford, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Haire, on Aug. 29, 1998.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Justin Haire Scholarship Fund at the Architectural Department at Texas Tech or United We Build Fund at Southcrest Baptist Church.



Evelyn Elberta Martin


Mrs. Eugene Martin, 94, of Post passed away at noon on Feb. 23, 2013. She was born Evelyn Elberta James on June 11, 1918 in Garza County. Her parents were Roy B. James and Evalena Whitworth James. Elberta married Eugene Martin on Jan. 16, 1936 in Post, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Post.

Many of her favorite memories were of her school days at Cross Roads. These stories and her “famous sayings” provided much enjoyment and laughter for all. The example of her faith, being ready to help and putting others first are things she will be remembered for. Also, her love for family and get togethers.

Elberta was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Martin; one son, Sammy Gene Martin; four sisters and one brother, Katie Mae Martin, Ruth Martin, Florene Chamber, Claudene Bilberry and Winston James.

She is survived by a loving family including her sister, Dolores Baldridge of Dimmitt, Tx; three daughters, Carolyn Williams of Post, Cheryl Vardiman and her husband Dicky Wayne of Whitehouse, Vicki Bilbo and her husband Joe of Quinlan; eight grandchildren: Greg Williams and his wife Sherry, Rhonda Valdez and her husband Jimmy, Kenda Fridrich and her husband Joey, Krista Kumahata and her husband Jim, Alesha Keller and her husband Vic, Angela Winkler and her husband Kevin, Stephen Bilbo and Pam Frazier; 14 great grandchildren: Justin Williams and fiance Darby Hart, Colton Valdez and his wife Stephanie, Quinton Valdez, Miles Fridrich, Mia Fridrich, Joel Kumahata, Samantha Kumahata, Zach Keller, Cameron Keller, Kaleb Winkler, Ashley Winkler, Courtney Robinson, Colton Frazier and Cody Frazier ;and two great-great grandchildren Khloe Marie Valdez and Ella Blaze Valdez. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her great grandsons.

The celebration of her life was Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the First Baptist Church with Jimmy Valdez officiating assisted by Rev. Jack Maddox. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.




Dave Earick

Lilborn Dave Earick 84 of Post and formerly of Goodman, Mo., died Monday February 18, 2013 in Lubbock. Services were Feb. 21 at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home. Military graveside service was Fe. 25 at the IOOF Cemetery at Neosho, Mo. Local arrangements were by Justice-Mason Funeral Home.




Evelyn Elberta Martin


Mrs. Eugene Martin, 94, of Post passed away at noon on Feb. 23, 2013. She was born Evelyn Elberta James on June 11, 1918 in Garza County. Her parents were Roy B. James and Evalena Whitworth James. Elberta married Eugene Martin on Jan. 16, 1936 in Post, Texas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Post.

Many of her favorite memories were of her school days at Cross Roads. These stories and her “famous sayings” provided much enjoyment and laughter for all. The example of her faith, being ready to help and putting others first are things she will be remembered for. Also, her love for family and get togethers.

Elberta was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Martin; one son, Sammy Gene Martin; four sisters and one brother, Katie Mae Martin, Ruth Martin, Florene Chamber, Claudene Bilberry and Winston James.

She is survived by a loving family including her sister, Dolores Baldridge of Dimmitt, Tx; three daughters, Carolyn Williams of Post, Cheryl Vardiman and her husband Dicky Wayne of Whitehouse, Vicki Bilbo and her husband Joe of Quinlan; eight grandchildren: Greg Williams and his wife Sherry, Rhonda Valdez and her husband Jimmy, Kenda Fridrich and her husband Joey, Krista Kumahata and her husband Jim, Alesha Keller and her husband Vic, Angela Winkler and her husband Kevin, Stephen Bilbo and Pam Frazier; 14 great grandchildren: Justin Williams and fiance Darby Hart, Colton Valdez and his wife Stephanie, Quinton Valdez, Miles Fridrich, Mia Fridrich, Joel Kumahata, Samantha Kumahata, Zach Keller, Cameron Keller, Kaleb Winkler, Ashley Winkler, Courtney Robinson, Colton Frazier and Cody Frazier ;and two great-great grandchildren Khloe Marie Valdez and Ella Blaze Valdez. She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her great grandsons.

The celebration of her life was Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the First Baptist Church with Jimmy Valdez officiating assisted by Rev. Jack Maddox. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.




Dave Earick

Lilborn Dave Earick 84 of Post and formerly of Goodman, Mo., died Monday February 18, 2013 in Lubbock. Services were Feb. 21 at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home. Military graveside service was Fe. 25 at the IOOF Cemetery at Neosho, Mo. Local arrangements were by Justice-Mason Funeral Home.




Maury Emma Graham Shiver


HOUSTON -- Maury Emma Graham Shiver, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, during her 72nd year.

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 7001 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Hogg officiating.

Memorials: Her family respectfully suggests that memorial contributions be given in her name to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Tarrant Literacy Association.

Born June 24, 1940, in Edna, Maury was the daughter of John Richard and Emma Hilka Flemming Graham. She attended school in Vanderbilt through eighth grade, and graduated from Freer High School in 1958.

After graduation, she married William F. “Bill” Shiver; they had two daughters, Tiana and Larisa. Once both daughters were in school, Maury began to commute from Post, where Bill was school superintendent, to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. Following almost 10 years as a full-time wife and mother and part-time student, Maury earned a B.S. in education, and was awarded the distinction of the highest ranking graduate of the Texas Tech College of Education in 1977.

In Post, Maury taught second grade for four years and fifth grade for six years. After earning an M.S. in education from Texas Tech in 1985, she accepted a position as middle school librarian from 1986-’88, and thereafter assumed the role of elementary learning resource specialist until 1992. Upon Bill’s retirement from Post ISD, the school board voted to rename the learning center “The Bill and Maury Shiver Learning Center” in recognition of the couple’s almost three decades of commitment to the education of the community’s children.

Maury and Bill moved to McAllen in 1992 where she was librarian at Options Alternative High School from 1992-’97. After Bill’s death, Maury moved to Granbury in 1997 where she was librarian at Granbury Intermediate until 1999. Her career reflected her lifelong commitment to education and also helped fund college and medical school for Tiana, and college and law school for Larisa.

In retirement, Maury’s passion for education and literacy led her to use her teaching and library skills as a volunteer with the Tarrant Literacy Association working with adult clients teaching them to read. She also recently volunteered in area schools helping young children with reading skills.

Life experiences took Maury from a childhood in coastal and Rio Grande Valley oilfield camps, to married life in central and West Texas, to retirement in Fort Worth, and finally to Houston where she spent the last few months in the loving care of her daughter, Tiana. She made lifelong friendships all along the way. A loving wife and mother, a passionate educator and Nana, we will remember her always, but especially when enjoying a perfectly brewed glass of iced tea, when reading to a child, when helping friends, family and neighbors in need, and when supporting our churches.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Survivors: In addition to her daughters and their husbands, Tiana and Michael Bonderer of Houston and Larisa and David Keltner of Fort Worth; grandchildren, William Franklin Michael “Will” Bonderer of Houston and Elena Christine and John David “Jack” Keltner of Fort Worth; brother and sister-in-law, John R. and Joan Graham of McAllen; nieces, Kathy Johnson of Tyler, Cindy Harty of Florida, Leslie Jones of Austin and Carol Fagin of Alabama.



JAMES H. “TIMP” BROWNING

James H. ‘Timp’ Browning, 87, was born to James Madison and Ruby Sarah (Sanders) Browning August 18, 1925 in Scurry County. Timp died Tuesday February 5, 2013 in Lubbock. He attended school at Fluvanna and Dermott. They lived close to Fluvanna and later moved to the Polar Road out of Dermott in 1939.

Timp, as he was fondly known as, worked as a day cowboy for ranchers. He married the former Vera Couch October 17, 1953 at Winner, South Dakota. Vera preceded him in death July 1, 1984. They made their first home in Winner and in 1960 moved to Post and Garza County. He worked in the oil fields and later as Ranch Foreman for several ranchers over the years. He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. Timp was also preceded in death by his son: James Eddie ‘Tiny’ Browning died February 12, 2009.

He is survived by: Daughter: Gail Gilliam and husband Phil of Snyder. Grandchildren: Chastity Reed and husband Alvin and Kerry Clay, all of Post. Four great-grandchildren: Tyler Clay, Courtney Clay both of Snyder and Christopher Reed, Tamara Reed both of Post. One brother: Billy Ray Browning of Liberty Hill. Two sisters: Melinda ‘M.J.’ Merritt of Snyder and Pat Kelly of Rotan. Also by his long time companion: Mildred Stewart of Littlefield.   

Celebration of Life Services were 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Post with Brother Glenn Harlin and Rev. Arthur Kelly officiating. Burial followed in the Fluvanna Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Stice officiating. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home, Post.

Pallbearers were: Will Reed, Jr. Stice, Timmy Stice, Alvin Reed, Tyler Clay, Lane Jones, Kerry Clay and Tommy Binford. Honorary pallbearers were: Charlie Stice, Bob Jordan, Daniel Yarbro and Christopher Reed.



FRANCES MARIE LEWIS

Graveside services for Frances Marie Lewis were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 and were followed by a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Post.

Marie passed away Monday, February 11, 2013. She was born April 2, 1926, in Quanah to James B. and Eula Mae (Butler) Baxter.

She grew up in Quanah and Chillicothe where she met and married her husband of 70 years, Tommie J. Lewis. He preceded her in death on January 1, 2011.

Marie is survived by daughter Doris Giddens and her husband, Joe, of Post, and son Tom Lewis and his wife, Lena, of Arlington. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Danna Mantooth and husband, Rick, of San Angelo, Holly Brake and husband, Shelby, of Lubbock, Wade Giddens and wife, Bonnie, of San Antonio, Scott Lewis and wife, Leslie, of McKinney, Carrie Ellerbe and husband, Malcolm, of Gaylord, California, and Dustin Lewis and wife, Laura, of Arlington. Also Surviving are eleven great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Calhoun and husband, Levi, of San Angelo, Clayton and Evan Brake of Lubbock, Calvin, Ben, and Matthew Giddens of San Antonio, Bryce Morgan of Arlington, Justin and Natalie Lewis of McKinney, and Nicole and Jenna Lewis of Arlington. She is also survived by two brothers: Bill Baxter of Kerrville and James B. Baxter Jr. of Honey Grove.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.

Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Post or the Garza County Senior Citizens Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.



FRANCES FAY FORBUS

Graveside services are scheduled for Frances Fay Forbus, 77, of  Wichita, Kan., and formerly of Amarillo. Services were 10 a.m.  February 14, 2013 at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Jack County.

Frances died Saturday, February 2, 2013 in Wichita. She was born March 19, 1935 in Gatesville to Otis and Myrtle (Holtzclaw) Gordon.  She grew up in Andrews and attended Andrews High School.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband Mark Forbus, a son Mark Forbus Jr., a stepdaughter Connie Fritter, sisters Edna Bell Hargrove, Catheryn Cauifeild, Betty Jean Weeks.

She is survived by a son, Ken Forbus of Wichita, grandchildren Kenzie, Matthew, and Miles Forbus of Wichita, Cody Shannon of Kerrville and Dedra Hale Boutwell of Three Rivers, great-grandson Cody Jr., great granddaughters Taylor  and Michela , sisters Ann Goff of Kerrville, Joyce Gordon of Round Rock, and Barbara Denny of Lubbock, and several nieces, nephews.

Services will be conducted by Coker Funeral Home Jacksboro. Please visit www.cokerfuneral.com for online tributes.


BILLIE MARIE GILBERT


Billie Marie Gilbert—or “Monker” as her grandchildren knew her—departed this life on February 3, 2013.  She was born on July 23, 1922 in Hale Center, Texas.  

Billie grew up a country girl, and she remained one at heart for the rest of her life.  She married Jim Gilbert on January 2, 1957 in Lovington, New Mexico, and they resided in Lubbock, Texas where they raised their only daughter, Jami.  

Billie was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Sally Roberson, her sister Dottie Lichte, and her husband Jim Gilbert.  

She is survived by her son, Steve Graham, and her daughter, Jami Williams and husband, Jeff, her grandchildren, Laci Talerico and husband, Billy, Casey Williams and his wife, Kelsey, and a great-granddaughter, Elliot Claire Talerico.  

Billie was an avid Texas Tech fan, and she spent her life supporting her Red Raiders and attending games. She was also a member of Highland Baptist Church, and a beloved friend and grandmother. 

Visitation will be Tuesday February 5, 2013 from 6 p.m.  to 8 p.m. at Resthaven funeral Home with a Funeral Service Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Resthavens Abbey Chapel followed by burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. 


Condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com






JEWELL R. WHITE

Jewell R. White 94 of Lubbock and formerly of  Post, died Saturday January 26, 2013 at the Heritage Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Lubbock.

Jewell was born to Huey Arthur and Viola (Gray) Roberts September 13, 1918 here in Garza County. She attended school at Grassland and graduated from Tahoka High School.

The former Jewell Roberts married Dariean White September 28, 1941 in Tahoka.  Just after their marriage Dariean went into the service.  He preceded her in death June 1, 1984.  They farmed in Garza County until retirement in 1978.

Jewell was a member of the Post Church of Christ.  She is also preceded in death by a grandson: Mark Blankenship November 1, 2003; son in law: Don Blankenship August 16, 2003; and by two sisters: Viola ‘Little Vi” Greer and Mildred ‘Bil’ King; and four brothers: William ‘Dan’ Roberts, Hubert Huston ‘Shorty’ Roberts Floyd Eugene ‘Dolly’ Roberts and Chancellor Waymouth ‘Preacher’ Roberts.
 
Survivors are a daughter: Jan Blankenship of Lubbock; and a great-granddaughter.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Grassland Cemetery, Grassland.  Charles McCook and Noel White officiated.  Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Visitation was held Monday at the Justice-Mason Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..




RUTH HILL

Ruth Hill, 88, of Post, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Golden Plains Care Center.  She was born Dec. 28, 1924, to Wille and Bessie (Rylant) Windham, here in Post.  

She attended Post schools and graduated from Post High. She married Wiley Arthur Hill on Dec. 24, 1942, in Lubbock. He preceded her in death Jan. 30, 1983.

Ruth and Wiley made their home here in Post. Ruth worked for Bowen Abstract and then for the Postex Cotton Mill. She worked there until it closed. She then went to work for Sam Bevers as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed playing pranks on people, as well as others pulling pranks on her. She was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved doing fun things with all her family. When Ruth was around, everyone had fun.  

Ruth also was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Wylene Hill, on June 21, 1953.

She was a life long Baptist and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Billye Ruth Lowe of Post, and a brother, Everette “Heavy” Windham of Slaton; grandchildren Wiley Dee Lowe and his wife, Melissa, of Littlefield and Ruth Deeann Powell and husband, Adon, of Arlington; great-grandchildren Wiley Erik Lowe and his wife, Kari, Daniel Powell, Jesse Powell, Benjamin Powell, Steven Lowe and Brenna Lowe. Ruth is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Post with John Bill Hedrick of the Graham Chapel Methodist Church officiating and Brother Richard Butts, interim pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, assisting. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post.

Pallbearers were Dee Lowe, Adon Powell, Wiley Erik Lowe, Daniel Powell, Jesse Powell, Benjamin Powell, Steven Lowe and Brenna Lowe.






BLANCHE STEWART


Blanche Stewart, 90, of Post, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Golden Plains Care Center.

Blanche was born to Wesley Taylor and Annie Laura (Ussery) Brown July 18, 1922, in Sulphur Springs. She attended school and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School. Shortly, thereafter, she married W.O. Stewart on April 25, 1941, in Newsom. He preceded her in death Jan. 25, 2002. They made their first home in Hopkins County. Then later they moved to Mitchell County.

Blanche worked for J.C. Penney and Anthony’s while living there. In 1956 they moved to Post. She worked for Charles McCook, DDS, for 19 years before retiring. Blanche loved reading, camping and being with her family. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughters Beth Hodges and Linda Green and her husband, Bobby, all of Post; grandchildren Lynn Putman, Terri Sue Reed, Vicki Taguba, Jay Green and Kristi O’Bryan; great-grandchildren Christopher Putman, Chelsey Reed, Jessica Putman, Kotelyn Redman, Jace Green, Keegan Stanley, Maeson Green, Jadyn Green and Aidan O’Bryan; great-great-grandchild Christopher Colin Putman.

Services were Sunday at the Heritage House with Charles McCook and Shannon L. Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers were grandson and great-grandsons Jay Green, Jace Green, Christopher Putman, Kotelyn Redman, Keegan Stanley and Ronnie Reed. Honorary Pallbearers were granddaughters and greatgranddaughters Lynn Putman, Terri Reed, Vicki Taguba, Kristi O’Bryan, Chelsey Reed, Jessica Putman, Maeson Green, Jadyn Green and Aidan O’Bryan Blanche Stewart, 90, of Post, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Golden Plains Care Center.

Blanche was born to Wesley Taylor and Annie Laura (Ussery) Brown July 18, 1922, in Sulphur Springs. She attended school and graduated from Sulphur Springs High School. Shortly, thereafter, she married W.O. Stewart on April 25, 1941, in Newsom. He preceded her in death Jan. 25, 2002. They made their first home in Hopkins County. Then later they moved to Mitchell County.

Blanche worked for J.C. Penney and Anthony’s while living there. In 1956 they moved to Post. She worked for Charles McCook, DDS, for 19 years before retiring. Blanche loved reading, camping and being with her family.

She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are daughters Beth Hodges and Linda Green and her husband, Bobby, all of Post; grandchildren Lynn Putman, Terri Sue Reed, Vicki Taguba, Jay Green and Kristi O’Bryan; great-grandchildren Christopher Putman, Chelsey Reed, Jessica Putman, Kotelyn Redman, Jace Green, Keegan Stanley, Maeson Green, Jadyn Green and Aidan O’Bryan; great-great-grandchild Christopher Colin Putman.

Services were Sunday at the Heritage House with Charles McCook and Shannon L. Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers were grandson and great-grandsons Jay Green, Jace Green, Christopher Putman, Kotelyn Redman, Keegan Stanley and Ronnie Reed. Honorary Pallbearers were granddaughters and greatgranddaughters Lynn Putman, Terri Reed, Vicki Taguba, Kristi O’Bryan, Chelsey Reed, Jessica Putman, Maeson Green, Jadyn Green and Aidan O’Bryan


RAY FLORES

PLAINVIEW — Ramon “Ray” Flores, 71, of Plainview, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, January 11, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Arsenio Redulla officiating. Interment was in Plainview Cemetery. Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Lemons Funeral Home of Plainview.

Ramon Paul Flores was born on June 29, 1941, in Post, Texas, to Nicholas and Marcelina (Bocanegra) Flores. He married Maria A. Asebedo on March 2, 1958, in Post, and in 1969 they moved to Plainview. Maria preceded Ramon in death on November 8, 2004. Ramon started a lifelong commitment to hard work at age 17 and worked hard until he could no longer do it. Ramon worked at High Plains Millwright as a welder until he retired in 2007. Before Maria’s death, they served their church family by preparing food for their church fundraisers. During his life he had illness, injuries, and setbacks, but he was a resilient man who bounced back from everything. Determination was his middle name and he did not know the words “give up.” Ramon enjoyed telling stories about pranks he had pulled and loved giving everyone a hard time, especially his nurses. His favorite hobbies were fishing and hunting. He was loved by everyone who crossed his path, and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. Ramon was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Ramon is survived by his children: Elia Reyes and her husband, Gonzalo, of Dodge City, Kan.; Carol Romero and her husband, David, of Ulysses, Kan.; Mickey Rodriguez and her husband, Francisco, of Tonkawa, Okla.; Mario Flores of Plainview; Leroy Flores and his wife, Lacie, of Laramie, Wyo.; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sisters: Georgia Martinez and Pauline Espinoza, both of Post, Texas; and Leonarda Asebedo of Syracuse, Kan.; brothers Timo Flores of Houston, Frank Flores of Post, and Juan Flores of Plainview.

Ramon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Maria; one son, Domingo Flores; two sisters: Juanita Flores and Placida Guerrero; and two grandchildren: Laura Lee Hernandez and Javier Rodriguez.

The family suggests donations in Ramon’s name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2805 N. Columbia, Plainview, TX 79072.

Online condolences may be made at www.lemonsfunerals.com.




GERALD TICER

Gerald R. Ticer, 75, of Haskell, died Dec. 28, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. Memorial services were Dec. 30, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Haskell.



DANIEL ROY JOHNSON

CONROE — Daniel Roy Johnson was born Oct. 29, 1946, in Post, Texas to Tom and Golden (Mantooth) Johnson.

He died December 31, 2012. He graduated from Post schools in 1965. He worked many years as Lead Production Supervisor for Reed Tool Co. in Houston until 1999.

Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Rhonda, and sons: Richard Dan and Roy D’ Shane; granddaughter, Micaela; brother, Lee , and sister, Edith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Thomas, Norman and Clifford, and followed by the recent death of his brother, Lathon. An Eagle Scout, Dan loved his years of growing up attending Boy Scout Camp Post and hiking in the Cedar Canyon areas.

He was a good friend and mentor to others who shared his illness of COPD and had a special way of bringing out the best in everyone.




LATHON HARRY JOHNSON

ALTUS, Okla. — Lathon Harry Johnson was born July 18, 1933, to Thomas G. and Golden H. (Mantooth) Johnson in Post, Texas. He died January 3, 2013.

He graduated from Post High School in 1950 and attended Texas Tech University.

He spent two years serving our country in the United States Army. Lathon married Verna Mae Biddy July 20, 1955 in Carlsbad, N.M. He worked for AT&SF for over 37 years and retired as a signal supervisor. He was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed reading, fishing and spending time with his grandkids. Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Thomas, Norman, Clifford and Daniel Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Verna, of the home; three sons: David Johnson and wife, Bette, of North Richland Hills; Dennis Johnson of Amarillo; Dan Johnson and wife, Debbie, of Blanchard, Okla.; one brother: Lee Johnson and wife, Anne, of Beaumont; Eydie Middleton and husband, Ronnie, of Tulia; one sister-in-law, Rhonda Johnson, of Conroe, and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.




FERN JONES

Thelma Fern Jones was born on August 27, 1921 to Howard Glenn and Mamie Jewell Harris in Brownfield, Texas. She died on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Post, Texas. She married Paul Henry Jones in Brownfield, Texas on August 29, 1937.

They moved to Post in 1945 when Paul started a job as manager of Piggly Wiggly grocery store. Fern was personnel secretary for Postex Cotton Mill from 1961 until its closure in 1983. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1994.

Fern is survived by her children, Howard and Becky Jones of Cherrt Hill, N. J., Kay Gene and Jack Payne of Hawley, Texas and Marianne and Royce Hart of Post, Texas. She is also survived by her brother, Myron and Lucille Harris of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; 11 Grandchildren, 18 Great grandchildren and 4 great-great-grand children.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Services were held at the Post Church of Christ on Monday, January 14.

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

Pallbearers were Walter Didway, Kyle Josey, Kohen Josey, Jerry Epley, Ted Tatum and Don Tatum.



SALLY LUTRELL


On Sunday morning, January 6, 2013, Sally Luttrell went home to her Savior Jesus Christ. Sally was born Edna Erle Davis on October 18, 1925, in Spur, Texas, to Lee and Estelle Davis. The family moved east of Post, Texas, to the home where Sally grew up.

Sally married Charles Lee Luttrell in 1943. They have two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Bruce Carlson of Anton, Texas, and Diane and Dan Bancroft of Warrenville, Ill.. Sally and Charles lived many years in the California Bay Area before retiring to Lubbock in 1983.

She was preceded home by her husband Charles on January 3, 1985. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother Sol Davis.

Survivors, other than her daughters, include a sister, Sue Cornell formerly of Post and now of San Angelo and a brother and sister-inlaw Lee Jr. (Bud) and Jane Davis of Post. Sally also has five grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter as well as numerous nieces and nephews

Sally’s great loves were her husband Charles, her family, her role as matriarch and her friends and neighbors. She loved playing bridge, Christmastime, snickerdoodles, family gatherings, “As the World Turns” and hearty conversation. Also Sally spent time painting, sewing, reading and jigsaw puzzles.

We will miss our Mother, Grandmother, G-Gma, sister, aunt and friend, but we are happy for her to be absent from her body and present with the Lord.

Chapel services were Thursday, January 10, 2013, in the Hudman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery in Post.




ROBERT E. COX

Funeral services for Robert E. Cox were Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Post with the Rev. Elizabeth Abraham officiating. He died Sunday, January 6, 2013 in San Antonio. Robert was born in Snyder, Texas, on April 28, 1917, to Stella and R.E. Cox. He was the fifth of six children. He moved to Post as an infant and graduated from Post High School in 1935. After high school, Robert attended Texas Tech and worked for Wm Cameron Co. in Lubbock.

In 1940, Robert married Wanda Jo Moore of Ralls, Texas, in a ceremony in Lubbock. He was transferred by his company to Corpus Christi where he and Wanda lived until he entered the service as a part of the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was stationed primarily in Herrington, Kan.

After the war, Robert returned to Post where he owned and operated R.E. Cox Lumber Co. for 38 years before retiring in 1982. He remained in Post until he moved to Boerne in 2006, and subsequently, to San Antonio in 2010.

In Post, Robert was an elder at the First Christian Church, and a 32nd-degree Mason. He served as president of the school board, and he was on the city council and on the board of the Garza County Museum. In addition, he was a director of the Lumberman’s Association of Texas and was interim director of Old Mill Trade Days.

Robert was predeceased by his parents and by all five of his siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Wanda, his daughter, Lin Alyn Duncan and his son-in-law, Wendell Duncan of San Antonio. Robert is also survived by his grandsons, Lane Duncan Lee of Dallas and Bart Duncan (Andi) of Albuquerque, N.M., two great grandchildren, Emma and Isaac Duncan of Dallas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

While the family appreciates the beauty and sentiment of flowers, those who wish can make a memorial gift to the First Christian Church of Post or to the charity of their choice.



J.D.WALL


DENVER CITY — Funeral
services for J.D. Wall, 86, of Denver City were Saturday at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Ronnie Lunsford officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City.

He passed away Jan. 2, 2013, in Denver City. J.D. Wall was born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Garza County to James and Carrie Wall.

He married Merlie Robinett on Dec. 15, 1952, in Lovington, N.M. J.D. was a farmer in Denver City for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife Merlie Wall in 2004, a son Emery Wall in 2006, three brothers and two sisters.

J.D. is survived by his daughter Tammy Merideth of Denver City, grandson Jarrod Merideth of Denver City, granddaughters Jill Stanford of Grand Prairie and Tanja Baum of Germany, sister Faye Ramsey of Bushland, along with one niece and one nephew.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice House of Odessa at 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761.



RUTH HILL

Ruth Hill, 88, of Post, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the Golden Plains Care Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1924, to Wille and Bessie (Rylant) Windham, here in Post.

She attended Post schools and graduated from Post High. She married Wiley Arthur Hill on Dec. 24, 1942, in Lubbock. He preceded her in death Jan. 30, 1983.

Ruth and Wiley made their home here in Post. Ruth worked for Bowen Abstract and then for the Postex Cotton Mill. She worked there until it closed. She then went to work for Sam Bevers as a bookkeeper. She enjoyed playing pranks on people, as well as others pulling pranks on her. She was a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved doing fun things with all her family. When Ruth was around, everyone had fun.

Ruth also was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Wylene Hill, on June 21, 1953. She was a life long Baptist and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Billye Ruth Lowe of Post, and a brother, Everette “Heavy” Windham of Slaton; grandchildren Wiley Dee Lowe and his wife, Melissa, of Littlefield and Ruth Deeann Powell and husband, Adon, of Arlington; great-grandchildren Wiley Erik Lowe and his wife, Kari, Daniel Powell, Jesse Powell, Benjamin Powell, Steven Lowe and Brenna Lowe. Ruth is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Post with John Bill Hedrick of the Graham Chapel Methodist Church officiating and Brother Richard Butts, interim pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, assisting. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home in Post.

Pallbearers were Dee Lowe, Adon Powell, Wiley Erik Lowe, Daniel Powell, Jesse Powell, Benjamin Powell, Steven Lowe and Brenna Lowe.




MELVIN WADSWORTH

Melvin T. Wadsworth, 80, of Justiceburg died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at his home. Cremation arrangements were under the care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.



CHRISTINA AGUILAR


Ana Christina “Flaca” Aguilar was born to Jose Guadalupe and Cindy Jo (Basquez) Aguilaron July 15, 1989, in Lubbock.

Flaca, as she was lovingly called, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, November 15, 2012, after a life-long battle with her illness. She was surrounded by her family and best friends at Odessy Hospice in Lubbock.

She was raised here in Post and graduated from Post High School with honors. After graduation she continued her education at Lubbock Christian University, graduating in May of this year with a bachelor’s degree.  

Flaca loved dancing, basketball, music, spending time with her baby Aubre Lenae Garcia. She loved her Lord and was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church.  

She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Prudencio Basquez on Nov. 26, 1999; paternal grandfather, Rufino Aguilar on April 3, 1997; and also by her paternal grandmother, Juana Aguilar on Dec. 12, 2003.

She is survived by her parents, Lupe and Cindy Aguilar of Post; maternal grandmother, Anna Basquez of Post; daughter Aubre Lenae Garcia of Post; Diana Basquez and Miguel and Regina Rodriguez, all of Post; Nicholas and Jesus Exiga of Farwell; Emiliano and Emma Aguilar, Pedro and Eva Aguilar, Juan and Olivia Aguilar and Felipe and Juana Aguilar, all of Indiana; Paz and Cruz Aguilar of Houston; Dora and Leoncio Gonzalez of Portales, N.M., and Valente and Maria Elena Almaguer of Mexico; and many cousins and special friends.

Rosary was said 7 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2012, at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, and Mass of the Resurrection was 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Revs. Hugh Thekkel and Paul Karieakatt officiating. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: Patrick Gonzales, Mikey Gonzales, David Lee Rivera, Mitchell Mills, Randon Blacklock and D.J. Rivera. Honorary pallbearer was Jacob Rodriguez.



MARCELLA HAIR

Marcella Hair, 79, of Post went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, December 7, 2012, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock.  

She was born February 27, 1933, to Charles and Betty (Daniel) Ammons, here in Post. She attended Post schools and married Jack A. Hair on January 11, 1949, here in Post.  

Jack got out of the Army in February 1950. They lived a short time in New Mexico and returned to Post. Marcella was very active in her church, having taught Sunday school and playing the piano for many years. She was a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary and was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts in the 1960s. She was a person that always had a good humor and never met a stranger.

She is preceded in death by one son, Jackie Glenn Hair on December 4, 2008.  

She was a life long member of the Post Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 64 years, Jack A. Hair; four sons: Johnny Lynn Hair, Larry Joe Hair, Michael Jay Hair and his wife, Sharla, and Steve Allison Hair and his wife, Angie, all of Post; 17 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildre;n and two great-great-grandchildren on the way;  brothers Other ‘Pokey’ Ammons of Post, Sterling ‘Bugs’ Ammons of Front Royal, Virginia, and Don ‘Corky’ Ammons of Post; sisters Ann Jackson of Bakersfield, California, Agnes ‘Weaver’ McKamie of Post and Virgie Jenkins of Brownfield.

Services were 3 p.m. Monday, December 10, 2012, in the Post Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Gregory White officiating with the Revs. Dave Menefee and Chuck Gibson assisting. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Scott Hair, Corey Hair, Robby Dean, Lance Wells, Kenny McKamie and Danny Yocham.

Memorials are suggested to the Post Church of the Nazarene, 202 West 10th Street, Post, Texas 79356.



CLAUDINE TIPTON

Claudine Tipton, 92, of Post, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Golden Plains Care Center in Post.

Claudine was born Oct. 29, 1920, to James Albert Medlin and Jessie (Pettigrew) Bright in Runnels County.

As a young lady her family moved to Justiceburg to farm.

While Claudine was attending high school her family moved to Carrizo Springs, due to one of her siblings having medical problems. Claudine remained here in Post and graduated Post High School in 1938.

After graduating she moved to Carrizo Springs to be with her family. Later she returned to Post to reside and went to work for Maxine’s Dress Shop.

She married W.J. Tipton, and shortly after their marriage he became ill and preceded her in death.

Claudine later married John Douglas Tipton on March 17, 1953, here in Post. He preceded her in death October 19, 2011.

After their marriage, they farmed in the Close City community, and Claudine became a farmer’s wife. Claudine and Doug’s home was open to many children during their life together.

Claudine was very active in the Close City Friendship Baptist Church and later Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, having taught Sunday school for many years.

They retired from farming in 2000 but stayed very active until their health failed. She is also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Post.

Survivors include sister Clara Ritcher of Hondo; also numerous nieces, nephews and many life long friends. Claudine was loved by all who knew her.

Services Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Maddox officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers were: Grant Bright, Danny Gonzales, Steve Collazo, Al Craig, Tino Alaniz, Jim Ellis and Mike Carter. Honorary pallbearers were: John Shults, Robert Craig and Jimmy Holleman.

The family greeted friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7p.m. Monday.

Memorials are suggested



TREYSHAWN DEWAYNE McDOUGLE


Treyshawn Dewayne McDougle, infant, went to be with his Heavenly Father Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Graveside services were Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Terrace Cemetery.


The Rev. Arthur Kelly officiated. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.


Treyshawn is survived his parents, Eujean Bell and Patricia McDougle, both of Post; his maternal grandparents, Uretha McDougle and Patrick Sanchez; paternal grandparents, Linda Bell and Charles Bell; great-grandmother Esther McDougle; uncles Patrick McDougle, Nathan McDougle, Charlie Bell, Brandon Bell and Tim Bell; aunts Joyce McDougle and Bianca McDougle.


He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Oliver McDougle Jr., and by an uncle, Victor McDougle.

DAN COPELAND 

Dan Copeland, 53, of Gail died Nov. 7, 2012. Burial was in the Gail Cemetery, under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.




NINA MORRIS


CLOVIS, N.M. — Judy “Nina” Carolyn Gossett Morris, 70, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 after a short illness. Memorial services were Oct. 26 with only family members attending at her own request.

She was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Post, Teas, and attended Post High School. She married Ronnie Morris on Feb. 21, 1959.

Survivors include her husband; son Ronnie Jr. and Gina Morris; daughter Lisa and Steve Devore; and grandchildren Devin Adrian, Randy Adrian, Blaine Morris, Brandt Morris.

Judy’s favorite thing to do was be at a table with her children and grandchildren playing games. She was always so funny and enjoyable. We will miss her.




MYRA COLLEPS


Service for Myra Colleps, 76, of Slaton, were Saturday at Englunds Chapel with David Joiner officiating. Burial was in Englewood Cemetery under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton.

Myra was born May 7, 1936, north of Posey in Lubbock County. She passed from this life Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
She grew up in the Posey and Roosevelt communities and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1954. Myra married Steve F. Colleps on Sept. 25, 1954. She was a homemaker when she graduated from Texas Women University in 1977 and later taught school for Dallas ISD and was a member of Texas State Teachers Association.

Myra had also been in the florist business in Slaton and a Realtor.

Myra and Steve previously lived in the communities of Acuff, Bedford and Post before moving to Slaton in 2008.

Myra is preceded in death by her parents, George and Verna Klattenhoff; brothers, Frederick and Joe Klattenhoff; and sister, Lena Neugebauer.

Survivors include her husband, Steve, of Slaton, daughters, D’Anne Bishop and husband, Tony, of Wilson, Darla Woods of Slaton; son, Walter Colleps and wife, Karen, of North Richland Hills; brother, Andy Klattenhoff of Slaton; along with five grandchildren, Jared Colleps and Cody Colleps, Brent Woods and Greg Woods and Anthony Bishop.



VALTON C. WHEELER


Valton Curtis Wheeler, 82, passed away quietly at home, surrounded by loved ones, on September 25, 2012. Funeral services for Valton will be held 2PM, Saturday, September 29 2012, at First United Methodist Church of Slaton, where he was a longtime member. Burial with military honors will follow in Southland’s Resthaven Cemetery and under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service of Slaton. There will be a visitation Friday evening, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM at the funeral home.

Valton was born in Southland, on December 4, 1929 to Horace and Beulah Wheeler. He grew up on a nearby farm and ranch, and went to school in Southland before attending Texas Tech. While at Tec, he was a member of the Wesley Foundation and helped to construct Jones Stadium. He was drafted into the US Army in 1950, was deployed to Korea, and achieved the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1951. He then returned to Southland, where he farmed and raised cattle for 54 years. Always active in local life, he served on numerous church boards and committees, sat on the Garza County Appraisal Board, and was a member of the Southland School Board fro 25 years.

Valton loved sports thought out his life. He played both basketball and football in high school, and attended the games of children and grandchildren as they grew up. He rarely missed a chance to watch his kids play, no matter how busy he was with farm work. He was also a dedicated Red Raiders fan, and showed his support at most of their home football games and many home basketball games.

Valton like to travel whenever he could, and when his farm kept him close to home, he enjoyed working crossword puzzles and visiting other times and places through books. He especially liked historical works, and his encyclopedic knowledge of WWII was a source of many fascinating conversations with his children and grandchildren.

Valton is survived by his wife, Peggy, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage on August 25th, a sister, Wilma Hill of Lubbock and brother, Ferrel Wheeler and wife, Laura Jo of Southland. He also leaves behind four children, Kendon Wheeler and wife, Wendy of Guatemala, Curt Wheeler and wife, Debbie of Arlington, Cynthia Thomeer and husband, Paul of Virginia and Andy Wheeler and wife, Karen of Garden City as well as 14 grandchildren; Jared (Rachel), Brett, Micah and Ian Wheeler, Ashley and Brendon Wheeler, Audra (Philip) Holsworth, Mieke Beth (Chris) McBride, Aaron, Lucas, Leah Thomeer and Lauren, Craig and Lee Wheeler and great granddaughter, Molly.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 205, Slaton, TX 79364 or New Life Children’s Home in Guatemala via NCAI, PO Box 35857, Houston, TX 77235.




JANENE BEARD

Janene Beard, 69, of Lubbock passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at South Plains Church of Christ.  

Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, October 8, 2012 at South Plains Church of Christ.  

Janene was born on Christmas day in 1942 to Walter Byron and Charlene Haynie in Post, Texas.
She married Bobby Lee Beard on January 6, 1964.

She worked in the medical field for 45 plus years for Dr. Carl Page and later Covenant Hospital  prior to her retirement.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life for 45 years, Bob and by her father. She is survived by her daughter, Shani Thomas of Artesia, NM; son, Kennon Beard of Lubbock, Tx.; mother, Charlene Haynie of Lubbock, Tx.; 2 grandsons that knew her as Grammy, Jerad Thomas of Lubbock, Tx. and Jordan Thomas of Houston, Tx.; sister, Lana Young of Los Angeles, CA and two nephews, Wade Donon Young of Los Angeles, CA and Brandon Young and wife, Elizabeth of Levelland, Tx. and five special friends, John, Sarah, Makieley, Marley and Maddux Bigalow all of Lubbock,Tx.

Condolences may be offered at http://www.resthavenfuneralhome.com/.






Nancy Wood

ODESSA — Nancy Wood, 62, of Odessa died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Buena Vida Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Odessa.

She was born May 22, 1950, in Big Spring to Hugh L. and Goldie Marie Dawes Tuck.

She was a licensed vocational nurse. She was preceded in death by her parents and sibling Anthony Hugh Tuck and Mary Tuck Hudspeth.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law Bobby and Connie Tuck of Kermit; sisters and brothers-in-law Susan and Dwight Hankins, Stacey John, Lynn and Joe Carver and Kathy and Sammy Paz, all of Odessa.

Graveside services were Sept. 8 in the Terrace Cemetery in Post. The Rev. Ivy Shelton of Sherwood Baptist Church of Odessa officiated. Burial was under the care of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.



JEAN (CROSS) TIPTON

Memorial service for Doris Jean (Cross) Tipton, 84 of Post will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Steve McMeans will officiate, assisted by Lynn McFadden and County Judge Lee Norman.

Burial will follow at Terrace Cemetery in Post.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hudman Funeral Home, 615 W. Main St., Post.

Jean was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Garza County to Wren and Eugenia Cross. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend.

She married Marshall Tipton on March 14, 1948, in the Close City community. He preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1974.
She was a homemaker and spent many happy hours caring for her grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Lorene Hunt, Marie Dietrich and brother Irvin Cross.

Jean is survived by daughter Jodine McFadden and husband, Lynn, of San Angelo  and Marsha Norman and husband, Lee, of Post.

She was blessed with seven grandchildren: Laura May and husband, Matthew, of Atlanta; Janie Stach and husband, Philip, of Trophy Club; David Norman and wife, Brenda, of Post; Steve Norman and wife, Mary, of Post; Haley Norris and husband, Gabe, of Alvin; and Leah McFadden and Marshall McFadden of San Angelo.

She is survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Tipton and Ivy May, Simon and Elliot Stach, Emily, Paylan and Marley Norman, Gage, Ryenn and Brie Norris; and her sister Rosa Lee Smith and husband, Art, of Farmington, N.M.

The family suggest memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of San Angelo, 438 E. Huston Hart Expressway, San Angelo, TX 76903; or Odyssey Vista Care Hospice Foundation, 717 N. Harwood, Suite 1500, Dallas, TX 75201; or the charity of your choice.



DR. JAMES EDWIN BELL


Dr. James Edwin Bell, 79, crossed over the river into eternal life on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Post.

Mass for Dr. Bell was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Post with a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Post First United Methodist Church. Burial was at Christ in the Desert Monastery in Abiquiu, N.M.

He was born March 26, 1933, in Hale Center. He attended McMurry College and SMU Perkins School of Theology and was ordained as a Methodist minister in Lubbock in 1958. In May 1988, Bell received a Doctor of Ministry degree at Notre Dame University.

Dr. Bell served churches at Blackwell  and Morgan Mill before serving with the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church. From 1959-1969 he was a missionary pastor at Methodist Blackfeet Mission in Browning, Mont. He was a volunteer staff member from 1969 to 1983 with the Ecumenical Institute, a global organization concerned with the human factor in rural development.

During his time with the Ecumenical Institute, he served on the Sioux Indian Reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D.; in the Republic of South Korea, Jeju Island and Chung Chong; and in Taiwan, Republic of China. He also served in the Republic of the Philippines; in Hong Kong; in the Maharastra State of India; in Kenya; and in Nigeria.

Dr. Bell served as associate pastor at FUMC Midland and was pastor at Post, Muleshoe and Clarendon. He was Chairman of Mission Committee, Northwest Conference from 1999 to 2003. He was a member of the Post Rotary Club, the Lubbock Chorale and performed many times on the stage of the Garza Theatre.  He also served as Garza County Democratic Party chairman. James was a St. Benedictine Oblate.

He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy; parents, Cecil and Lillie Bell; brother Charlie Bell; and sisters Joyce Teague and Bernice Schmidt.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa Latimer, (married June 26, 2004); daughter Lara Latimer of Austin; sons James Bell Jr. and wife, Xiomara, of Murray, Utah; Benjamin Bell of Eugene, Ore.; Anthony Bell of Casablanca, Morocco; sisters  Jolene Bledsoe of Hereford  and Cecelia Jenkins of Clifton; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to: Christ in the Desert Monastery, P.O. Box 270, Abiquiu, NM 87510; or Post Animal Refuge Center, P.O. Box 13, Post, TX 79356.



MARY GALE YOUNG


Services for Mary Gale Young, 95, of Post were Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Kenley officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Young was born May 4, 1917, in Van Alstyne to L.P. and Gertrude Parker Baker. She moved to Garza County in 1926 and graduated from Post High School. She married Alvin Young on July 4, 1938, in Post. She was a beautician, a member of the Eastern Star and a faithful member of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 20, 2001; a son, Donald Young, on Dec. 12, 1965; three sisters and a brother.

Survivors include her son Tommy and Ruth Ann Young of Post; grandchildren Jay Young of Post, Ken Young of Post and D’Lynn Barnhart of Keller; and great-grandchildren Ashley and J. D. Young of Post and Emma, Jack and Drew Barnhart of Keller.

Pallbearers were Jay Young, Ken Young, Jayson Barnhart, J.D. Young, Jack Barnhart, Drew Barnhart, Ronald Thuett and Trevor Thuett. Honorary Pallbearers will be the staff and residents of Golden Plains Care Center.



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JODY MASON


Jody “Grandaddy” Mason went to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 16, 2012. He was born Feb. 15, 1930, to Grover and Willie Mason. He was the oldest of five children.

Jody graduated from Post High School in 1948. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 and proudly served in Korea.

Jody married Helen Williams on May 15, 1955. They happily shared 41 years together until Helen’s death Sept. 21, 1996.

He later married Marilynn Curry on April 18, 1998, and they shared the past 14 years with much happiness.

Jody worked many years in the oilfield, but his greatest accomplishment was his family, especially his sons, Joe and Kelly, with whom he had lunch every day for the past 30 years.

Jody was also preceded in death by his parents and sister, Joy Barron.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Marilynn, children Joe and Melinda Mason and Kelly and Tammy Mason; stepchildren Jan and Bob Baucum, Mike and Gail Haley, Kelly and Cynthia Haley and Cary and Debra Stephens; brothers, Lewis Mason (Jane), GT Mason, sister Jackie Hutton (Jim) and brother-in-law Glenn Barron.

He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Services were Monday at First Baptist Church of Post.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to First Baptist Church Christian School, 401 W. Main St., Post, TX 79356.



Nahum Sullivan

Services for Naham Sullivan, 89, of Post were Saturday in the chapel at Hudman Funeral Home with the Rev. Travis Sweet, pastor of Post Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Mr. Sullivan died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Lubbock. He was born May 20, 1923, in Snyder to George Washington and Eadie Parton Sullivan. He married Elsie Graham on April 7, 1950 in Lubbock.

He was a member of the Church of God. He and his wife owned Custom Upholstery in Post for many years.

Mr. Sullivan was preceded in death by his wife on May 17, 2011.

Survivors include son Charles Sullivan of Post, nephews Ira Weed of Dallas, Ray Weed of Houston and George Williams of Post and a niece, Ladonna Kerner.



Herb Walls

Herbert Walls, 81, of Post, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the Golden Plains Care Center in Post.

He was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Ira to Pete and Fleta Goss Walls.

He and his parents moved to Garza County in the 1940s to work at the Postex Cotton Mill. He attended school at Hermliegh before coming to Garza County. He married Lois Veach on Sept. 9, 1949, in Benjamin. Lois preceded him in death Feb. 17, 2008.  

Herb worked in road construction for many years traveling. Then he worked as a tool pusher on drilling rigs. In 1966 he was elected county commissioner. A position he held until retiring in 1994.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dale Leslie Walls on Jan. 9, 2005, and also by a great-grandchild, Shiloh Walls, on July 26, 2011.

Herb enjoyed many things, among them were traveling with his family, a good hot dice game and raising and taking care of various animals. He also loved going to auctions of any type, whether he bought something or not. Herb was a longtime Baptist.

Survivors include his son Derek Walls and his wife, Cheryl, of Chico; daughters Martha Jo Roberts and her husband, Doug, of Claude; and Irene Fry of Post; sister Geneva Belongia of Post; grandchildren: Brad, Jeff, Leslie, Jayson, Lucas, Seth, Austin, Nathan, Rhonda and Justin; great-grandchildren Miranda, Jaycob, Cheyenne, Dylan, Kelsee, Carsen, Kinzi, D’Kota, Sydnee, Aisha, Samuel, Ashley, Taylor and Renee; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Post Church of Christ with the Rev. Travis Sweet officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Brad Roberts, Jeff Roberts, Jayson Fry, Lucas Walls, Seth Walls and son-in-law Doug Roberts.

Honorary Pallbearers were past and present Commissioners Court members.

Memorials are suggested to the Post Church of Christ Building Fund or to the American Cancer Society.




JESSIE MORALES JR.

Jessie Morales Jr. died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Lubbock.

He was born Feb. 20, 1946, to Jesse and Juanita Saldivar Morales.  

He is survived by his wife, Janie Morales; mother; children Suelema Morales Roman, Jesse Morales, Pete Morales and Jessica Morales; stepchildren Michael Garza and Arthur Gomez; 15 grandchildren; four brothers and five sisters.

Services were Saturday at First Baptist Church of Post. Graveside services were Monday at Brookside Memorial

Park in Houston under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.


JEREMY BRYAN MAXEY


CORPUS CHRISTI — Funeral services for Jeremy Bryan Maxey, 38, of Corpus Christi were Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at King’s Crossing Church of Christ with burial at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

He was killed in a one-car accident on July 28.

Maxey is the son of Franklin Maxey, formerly of Post, and Naomi Maxey.

He was a graduate of Corpus Christi High School and Texas A&M University and was employed by the church’s prison ministry.



JESSE BASQUEZ

Services for Jesse Basquez, 47, of Post will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Graham Chapel Church of Christ in Post with the Rev. Robert Wilson officiating assisted by the Rev. Noel White. Burial will be in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

He was born June 25, 1965, in Post. He graduated from Post High School in 1984. He married Misty West on June 11, 2000, in Post. He worked for Hudman Furniture for 14 years and then as a transport officer for the Dalby Correctional Facility in Post for the last 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Misty Basquez, of Post; mother, Candelaria Basquez of Post; sons Heath and Beth Fellhauer of Abilene, Hunter Fellhauer of Post and Holden Basquez of Post; brothers Toby Basquez of Post, Mark Basquez of Rotan, Dee Basquez of Post, Sammy Basquez of Lubbock and Joe Luis Basquez of Post; sisters Mary Gomez of Sundown, Alice Basquez of Post and Dora Perez of Post; and his mother-in-law, Bert West, of Post.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested in Jesse’s name to: Tim Cook MS Walk at www.hikeMS-at2012.org.



MIRA SANCHEZ


POST — Services for Adelmira Sanchez, 67, were Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with the Revs. Lauro Hernandez and Rafael Ramos officiating. 


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


She died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at her home in Post. She was born Jan. 28, 1945, in Post to Eugenio and Hilda (Chagolla) Solis. She married Joe Sanchez on Feb. 5, 1971, in Post. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God.


Survivors include her husband, Joe Sanchez, of Post; daughter Susie and Willie Barboza of Post; son Joseph Sanchez of Post; sisters Rebecca Quinonez of Grand Prairie, Sara Gonzales of Post, Ernestina Genter of Cedar Hill, Christene Sifuentez of DeSoto and Edna Palacios of Cedar Hill; brother Ruben Solis of Duncanville;  grandchildren Stephanie Garcia and Jordan Barboza; and great-grandchild Avery Garcia.


She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mary Martinez, Jerry Solis, Alberto Solis and Solomon Solis.




MARY HUDSPETH


COLORADO CITY — Mary Hudspeth, 57, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Mitchell County Hospital.


She was born July 31, 1954, in Big Spring to Hugh and Goldie Dawes Tuck. 


She was preceded in death by two husbands, Eddie Gann and Roy Hudspeth.


Survivors include daughter Julie Long of Colorado City; three grandchildren; brother Bobby Tuck; sisters Nancy Wood, Susan Hankins, Stacey John, Lynn Caver and Kathy Paz, all of Odessa.


Graveside services were Tuesday at Terrace Cemetery in Post under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.



RAYMOND MARTINEZ RIVERA

Raymond Martinez Rivera, 88, of Post, died Monday, July 2, 2012, in Lubbock.

He was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Hamlin and later moved to Garza County with his family and settled in the Canyon Valley area. He married Juanita Cisneros on Dec. 20, 1947, in Lubbock, and she preceded him in death Sept. 13, 2006.

Raymond farmed for Avery Moore at Justiceburg until his retirement at which time they moved into Post. He worked for the city of Post for several years. He was a lifelong Catholic and a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Joe Rivera and Susano Rivera; and sister Jesusa Robinson. He is survived by sons Tommy Rivera and Fernando Rivera, both of Post; daugthers Gloria and Carlos Leyva of Fort Stockton, Connie and Lupe Ramos of Rowlett, Hope and Joe Salas of Levelland, Flora and Mario Lopez of Abernathy, Linda Rivera of Post, Alicia Rivera of Orange, Calif., and Julie and Tommy Gonzalez of Post; brother Salvador Rivera of Lubbock; sister Frances Flores of Slaton; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.?Rosary services were July 5 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Santiago Gonzalez officiating. Mass of the Resurrection was July 6 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Rev. Hugh Thekkel officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sandra Rivera, Javier Leyva, Raymond Garza, Marcos Lopez, Juan Ramos, Timothy Gonzalez, Gabriel Leyva, Edward Ramos, Miguel Lopez, Steven Polanco, Peter Ibarra and Zachary Leyva.

Arrangements by Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.


VICTOR SOTO
Services for Victor Soto, 77, of Post were July 3  at the Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Cruz Soto officiating. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

He was born June 15, 1935, in Austin to Gregorio and Ysabel (Bocanegra) Soto. He died Sunday, July 1, 2012, in Lubbock.

He married Helen Martinez on April 15, 1981, in New Mexico. She preceded him in death on May 21, 2008. He worked as a farmer prior to his retirement.

Survivors include daughters Carol Sanchez and Sadie DeLaCruz, both of Morse; Linda Villa of Lakin, Kan.; Sara Skidmore of Higbee, Mo.; Tillie Duran of Post; and Sandra Gasper of Gruver; sons Ricky Soto of Joshua and Tony Soto of Post; brothers Juan Soto of Amarillo, the Rev. Cruz Soto of Granite Shoals, Greg Soto and Jesse, both of Post, and Pat Soto of Lubbock; sisters Lupe Rivera of Poteet, Patsy Gutierrez of Dumas, Anita Tarango, Betty Golden and Julia Gomez, all of Post, and Janie Serrano and Emily Ochoa, both of Oklahoma; 46 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren.


JAMES BRIAN RAMIREZ

James Brian Ramirez, 28, of Dallas, died Sunday, June 24, 2012.

He was born March 11, 1984, in Post to James Quinonez and Nelda Ramirez. He worked for a telemarketing agency.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Domingo Ramirez, and uncles Larry Quinonez and Able Quinonez.

Survivors include his father, James Quinonez, and mother, Nelda Ramirez, both of Dallas; daughter Abygale Ramirez of Post; sisters Catherin Nicole Quesada, Haley Quinonez and Vivian Quinonez, all of Dallas; grandparents Nicholas and Anastacia Tarango of Post and Roman and Rebecca Quinonez of Dallas; aunts Diane Ramirez, Mary Ortiz, Latisia Trevino, all of Dallas; uncle Robert Quinonez of Dallas.

Services were Saturday at the Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Clifford Colvin
officiating.

Pallbearers were Cruz Trevino, Roman Trevino, Armando Rodriguez, Thomas Solis, Paul Trevino and Adrian Collazo. Burial was in Terrace Cemetery in Post under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.


NUEL LANDRETH

Nuel A. Landreth, 68, of Post, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Lubbock.

He was born Nov. 12, 1943, in Guthrie, Okla., to Nuel Raymond and Mary Tuggle Landreth.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Survivors include his daughter Teresa Crenshaw of Post; sister Pat McCowen of Denton; two grandchildren; one greatgrandchild.

Graveside services were Saturday at Terrace Cemetery Post


RAYMOND RIVERA
Raymond Rivera, 88, of Post, died Monday, July 2, 2012, in Lubbock.

He was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Hamlin. He was a retired farmer and also worked for the city of Post.
He was preceded in death by wife, Juanita Cisneros.

Survivors include nine children, 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granchild. Services are pending with Justice-Mason Funeral Home.


Dorace V. Wilson

Dorace V. Wilson went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, June 10, 2012. She was born August 11, 1922 in Arkansas to Willie and Era (Jones) Howard. They moved to Bryson, Texas, where Dorace attended school and graduated from Bryson High School.

December 15, 1938, she married C.R. Wilson at Graham. After their marriage they made their home at Bryson. C.R. preceded her in death January 1, 1989. They came to Post in 1946 and in 1948 opened Wilson Brother’s Service Station and Garage, which they operated until their retirement in 1980. Dorace worked for Post ISD in the administrative office for several years. Due to health she moved to Castroville and lived at Medina Valley Health and Rehab facility there. She returned to Post in February of this year.

Dorace was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Lucille Anderson and Marie Askins.

She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church where she taught the children’s Sunday School Class, member of the Eastern Star, Women’s Culture Club and served as Chairperson of the Post Stampede Rodeo Parade Committee.

Services were 10:00 a.m. Wednesday June 13, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Post. Grandsons Rev. Will Wilson, Brandon Wilson and Blythe Wilson officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home, Post.

Pallbearers were Brandon Wilson, Blythe Wilson, Will Wilson, Jr., Lex Dunn, Matt Zuck, Bill Gale, Ted Williams and Don Jackson.

Survivors include one son, William C. ‘Butch’ Wilson, M.D. and his wife Freddi of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: one daughter, Juanita A. ‘Nita’ Jackson and her husband Don of Bradford, N.H., seven grandchildren, Jennifer Wilson Basinger of Castroville; Monica Bouchier Zuck and husband Matt of Alameda, California; Rachel Wilson Dunn and husband Lex of Lubbock; Brandon Williams Wilson and wife Becky of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Michelle Bouchier Gale and husband Bill of Falls Church, Virginia; Vincent Blythe Wilson and his wife Casey of Purcell, Oklahoma and William Charles Wilson, Jr. and his wife Leigh of Shawnee, Oklahoma and 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, W.E. ‘Bill’ Howard of Marble Falls, Texas and A.R. Howard, M.D. and wife Nancy of Lubbock. Special friends are the Staff and Residents of the Golden Plains Care Center, Post.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Post or to a favorite Charity.

The family greeted friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



KAREN GAIL CALLAWAY

Karen Gail Callaway, 73, of Lubbock entered her heavenly home on Monday, May 28, 2012, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born March 8, 1939, in Southland to Donald David Pennell and Opal Lois Howard Pennell. She passed away at Odyssey Hospice in Lubbock.

Karen graduated from Southland High School and had attended Texas Tech University. She worked as a bookkeeper and an accounting clerk, retiring from Plains Cotton Cooperative Association after 30 years.

She loved to attend sporting events of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed riding and attending motorcycle races with her children as they were growing up.

She was a member of the Southland Baptist Church.

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

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Mary Callaway of Shallowater, daughter and son-in-law, Stacie and Tom Burt of Lubbock; grandchildren Kelbi and Kenzi Callaway of Shallowater, Travis Burt of Lubbock, Shehala Burt of Lubbock and fiancé Trent Barclay of Texico, N.M.; brothers and sisters-in-law Jerry and Carol Pennell of Harlingen, Don Pennell of Lubbock, Jeanie Pennell of Plainview and Pvt. First Class Marcus Toney (Afganistan) and family.

Special thanks to the staff at Odyssey Hospice for caring for Nana during the past three months.

Cremation was under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice of Justice-Mason Funeral Home.
A private family service will be at a later date.

The family asks that Memorials be made to Odyssey Hospice, 1717 Norfolk, #A Fourth Floor, Lubbock, TX 79416.

KATHERINE JOHNSON
Services for Katherine “Kat” Johnson, 90, of Post will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church with John Bill Hedrick officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Lillie Lee Katherine Johnson was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Garza County to Tol and Innis Thomas. She died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Lubbock.

Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Thomas, were early Garza County pioneers. She married Wagoner Johnson on April 15, 1954, in Post.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Lois and brothers Wilson, Jim and Ben.

Survivors include her son, John and wife, Norma, of Lubbock, son Jerry and wife, Valerie, of Liberty Hill and grandsons Cooper and Tyler of Austin and Jared of Memphis, Texas; brothers A.C. Johnson of Amarillo and Wayne Johnson of Post; and many nieces and nephews, who knew her as Aunt Kitten.

Katherine loved her family, gardening (especially roses), baking, the University of Texas football, basketball and baseball teams, the Chicago Cubs, her dachshund, Brooks, gospel music and the sound of Texas Swing music. She was also proud of Post and its rich history.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the First United Methodist Church in Post.



TONY SHANKLES

SLATON — Anthony W. Shankles, 55, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Southwest Regional Medical Center in Lubbock.

Funeral services were Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Post. Burial was in Green Memorial Park Cemetery in Wilson under the direction of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.


CHRISTY COLLAZO

Dory Christine “Christy” Collazo, 37, of Post, passed away Saturday May 27, 2012.

Born in Big Spring on Nov.14, 1974, she was a dedicated mother, a great daughter, sister and friend. Christy was young and full of laughter and had an unforgettable smile. She was loved by many and will be truly missed. She is survived by her mother, Aracelia Collazo; father, Doroteo Collazo Jr.; sons Jaylon Collazo and Nicholas Rodriguez; daughters Ashley Collazo

and Alexis Collazo; brothers Adrain Doroteo Collazo, Damian Martinez and Tino Martinez; sisters Pricilla Martinez and Veronica Martinez.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A memorial service was Thursday morning at Antelope Arena with the Rev. Paul Karieakatt officiating. Rosary was Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Santiago Gonzales officiating. Donations will be greatly appreciated.


DELLA DOWNS

Della Downs, 61, of Magnolia, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012.

She was born in Littlefield to Othel and Lois Chambers.

Survivors include her beloved husband of 45 years, Buddy; daughters and sons in-laws DeAnn and Britt Logan and Wyletta and Michael Ezzelle; sister Anita King; grandchildren Taylor, Matthew, Haley, Mason, Micah, Mallorie, Walker, Tabitha and Thomas; great-grandchild, Ellie Rose; mother-in-law, Juanita Downs; nieces Sherrie, Tammie, Melissa, Anita, and Patricia; nephews Shane and Jonathan; and her best fourlegged, furry friend Cindy.

A memorial service to celebrate Della’s life will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Magnolia Church of Christ, 823 S. Magnolia Blvd., Magnolia, with the Rev. Lonnie Ritchie officiating. Visitation will be at the church immediately following

the service. Floral remembrances may be sent to the church, or donations to Odyssey Hospice of Conroe, 100 I-45 North #300, Conroe, TX 77301.

To sign the register book or to leave memories of Della for the family, visit forestparkthewoodlands. com. Arrangements by Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home of Conroe.


Katherine Johnson

Services for Katherine “Kat” Johnson, 90, of Post will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church with John Bill Hedrick officiating. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funeral Home.

Lillie Lee Katherine Johnson was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Garza County to Tol and Innis

Thomas. She died Monday, May 29, 2012, in Lubbock. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Thomas, were early Garza County pioneers. She married Wagoner Johnson on April 15, 1954, in Post.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Lois and brothers Wilson, Jim and Ben.

Survivors include her son, John and wife, Norma, of Lubbock, son Jerry and wife, Valarie, of Liberty Hill and grandsons Cooper and Tyler of Austin and Jared of Memphis, Texas; brothers A.C. Johnson of Amarillo and Wayne Johnson of Post; and many nieces and nephews, who knew her as Aunt Kitten.

Katherine loved her family, gardening (especially roses), baking, the University of Texas football, basketball and baseball

teams, the Chicago Cubs, her dachshund, Brooks, gospel music and the sound of Texas Swing music. She was also proud of Post and its rich history.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the First United Methodist Church in Post.





Janie Shepherd Smith

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Janie Shepherd Smith, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, passed away April 19, 2012, at

her home.

She was born April 28, 1933, in Post, Texas, where she graduated from high school in 1950.

She lived for several years in Alpine and Marfa, and eventually settled in Colton, Calif., with her husband, Jimmy, where they raised their family and worked as successful educators.

After she retired as an elementary school teacher, she and Jimmy moved to Flagstaff in the early 1980s. They loved the beautiful mountain community, where they could be close to their beloved children and grandchildren. Over many years, they could be seen at school functions supporting their grandchildren. Janie loved reading, swimming, traveling, the ocean, watching sports, holidays and especially spending time with her family. She was a talented artist and loved painting. She placed a high value on education for all people. She truly made a positive difference in the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know her.

She will be greatly missed. Services were April 21 at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff. She was buried at Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff. 

Donations to Alpha Delta Kappa, a teacher’s sorority, will be used to fund scholarships for aspiring teachers and can be sent in her memory to Alpha Delta Kappa, in care of Missy Cornett, 2876 Carefree Circle, Flagstaff, AZ 86004


John Francis Lott

John Francis Lott Sr. of Lubbock, Texas, age 98, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Family graveside services were Saturday followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock with a reception that followed in the church parlor. Visitation was at Rix Funeral Home on Friday until noon Saturday.

Mr. Lott was born in Kansas City, Mo., on March 24, 1914, to Mamie Slaughter Lott and Frank E. Lott. He graduated from Wentworth Military Academy and served as a First Lieutenant, G2, in the U.S. Army Reserve. 

He married Ryla Tizard Lott on Dec. 28, 1935. Mr. Lott was employed at the Ford Motor Co. accounting department from 1933 to 1945, at which time he moved his family to Post, Texas, and assumed leadership of the family ranching and farming operations of the U Lazy S Ranch. 

He became an active and valued member of the Post community where he served in various capacities at First United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America Post Troop 16, and experimental ranching organizations. 

After turning over the ranching operations to his son in 1958, he and Ryla moved to Lubbock where his interest in civic and philanthropic activities expanded to include regional, national and international Boy Scouting (Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Silver Buffalo, Bronze Wolf, Rylan and John F. Lott South Plains Boy Scout Office); Methodist Hospital (Board of Trustees 1959-1988, Ryla and John F. Lott Neonatal Unit); the Louise Underwood Center (John F. Lott Gallery); and the National Ranching Heritage Center (co-founder, done of first structure, 2000 Boss of the Plains). 

Mr. Lott’s other interests included international travel, model railroading, art and his large family. 

He is predeceased by his wife Rylan, who died in 1994, and his sister Mary Belle Lott Macy, who died in 2005.

On July 7, 1998, he married Sue Bledsoe Scott Lott, who survives him. He also is survived by his son, John F. Lott Jr. and wife, Molly, of Santa Fe, N.M.; Patricia Lott Kirkpatrick and husband, K.W., of Post; Linda Lott Bouchier and husband, Ronnie, of Houston; grandchildren Kim Lott Peacock and husband, Joe, of San Antonio; Jay Lott and wife, Kim, of Post; Jeff Lott and wife, Gena, of Post; Mark Kirkpatrick and wife, Lisa, of Post, Cindy Kirkpatrick Hughes and husband, Robert, of South Lake; Richard Kirkpatrick and wife, Kim, of Lubbock; Drew Kirkpatrick and wife, Tonya, of Post; Kathy Kirkpatrick Burt and husband, Jon, of Kaufman; Blair Bouchier and wife, Janice, of Taos, N.M.; Ryla Bouchier of Houston; Lew Bouchier of Austin; 28 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nephew Bob Macy and wife, Debbie, of Post; nephew David Bennett and wife, Patty, of Jermyn; and Sue’s sons Jeff, Blake and Brent Scott.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to South Plains Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the National Ranching Heritage Center or the charity of your choice.




Barry Michael Pieratt

Barry Michael Pieratt, 58, of Post, died Friday, May 4, 2012, in Lubbock. Arrangements are being conducted by Agape Funeral Chapel. No service will be scheduled.


A.J. Baumann

A.J. Baumann, 78, of Post died Wednesday, April 12, 2002. Survivors include wife, Norma, of Post; three children; six grandchildren. Services were Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church with burial in Terrance Cemetery. 



Gary ‘Buda’ Cleveland

Gary ‘Buda’ Cleveland, 57 of Lubbock died Monday, February 27, 2012 at University Medical Center.  Gary was born March 14, 1954 to William H. and Rita M. (Hunter) Cleveland at Saugus, Massachusetts.  He attended school there and in 1979 came to Lubbock to run the family business: Mr. C’s Subway Shop.  Later he worked as a surveyor and later for the City of Lubbock.  He worked there until his health failed.  He is preceded in death by his father and step-mother Carolyn Cleveland.  Gary was a member of the Parkway Church of Christ in Lubbock. Gary loved spending time with his grandchildren and was known to them as ‘Buda’.  

Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter: Amy Cleveland Nuñez and her husband Anthony.  His mother: Rita M. Cleveland of Lyn, Massachusetts. One brother: Billy Cleveland of Florida.  Two half-sisters: Shelly Cleveland of Houston and Susan Cleveland of Dallas.  Two grandchildren: Brooklyn Madison Nuñez and Dallas Anthony Nuñez.

Services for Gary were at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012 at the Post Church of Christ with Ron Guzman and Monty Huffman of the Parkway Church of Christ officiating.  Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were: John Valdez, Mark Valdez, Rodney Lewis, Bobby Castillo, Jimmie Valdez and David Perez.



Joyce Teaff

Joyce Teaff 73, of Post, died on Monday February 27, 2012 in Lubbock.  She was born July 15, 1938 to Vic and Dora (Anderson) Lauderdale at Smyer.  They moved to Grassland in 1944 to farm in Lynn and Garza Counties.

Joyce attended school at Tahoka and graduated from Tahoka High in 1956.  The former Joyce Lauderdale married Roy Teaff December 14, 1957 at Grassland.  Roy preceded her in death September 1, 1998.  They made their first home in Post. 
 Joyce worked many years in health care as a clinic manager and retired from Covenant Medical Group. She is also preceded in death by her parents and a sister,Laverne Teaff.  Joyce loved spending time with her family, watching sports on TV and going to the games.  She enjoyed spending time in the summer at Cloudcroft, New Mexico.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: Two Sons: Rodney and his wife Marinda Teaff and Randy and his wife Toka Teaff, all of Lubbock.  One Daughter: Vicki and her husband Rodney Gray of Post.

One sister: Shirley Taylor of Post.  Nine grandchildren: Ryder Teaff, Lane Stryker, Ty Stryker, Justin Teaff, Riley Teaff, Dakota Teaff, Nicole and her husband Jason Powell, Miles Gray and Rachel Gray.  Four great-grandchildren: Hayden, Kye and Kelbie Powell, and Ellison Teaff.

Services were held Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Post.  Rev. Steve McMeans and Dr. Ben Edwards officiated. Burial followed at the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements were under the personal care of Dee and Janet Justice, Justice-Mason Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Grandsons. 

The family greeted friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.




Joyce Anderson

Joyce Anderson, 74, of Crosbyton passed away Thursday, February 16,2012, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday,February 18, 2012, at Church of Christ in Crosbyton, with Robin and Byron Robertson officiating.  Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery under the care of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton. 

Mrs. Anderson was born on February 1, 1938, in Clovis NM, to the late Bob and Odra (Strawn) Turner. She married the love of her life “Bud”Anderson on January 2, 1955 in Santa Rosa NM. She was a very loving wife, mother,grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to many. 

She was preceded in death by her two sons, Shane and Danny Joe Anderson, one grandson, Clay Guthrie, and one brother, Robert Allen Turner.                  
                                  

Survivors include her husband, “Bud” Anderson of Crosbyton, two daughters, Cindy Guthrie (Danny), Kathy Kirkland (Johnny) both of Post, one son, Billy Anderson (Kelli) of Crosbyton, one sister, Joan Ashenbrainer of Helen, Montana, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff at Odessey Hospice for their loving care.

Don Maxey

Family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Don Maxey, 59 of Lubbock at 2:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at South Plains Church of Christ, Lubbock.  Our beloved Don went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.  To view Don’s tribute page visit www.memorialdesigners.net.

Don was born Aug. 15, 1952 to Bryan and Bernita (O’Neal) Maxey in Post, Tx.  He graduated from Post High School in 1970 and received his bachelor’s degree from Lubbock Christian University.  On March 31, 1972 he married the love of his life, Paula Hall in Rapid City, SD.  Don worked in the communication field and moved to Lubbock in 1995 where he was currently Lead Technician for Verizon Business.  Don spent several years as a house parent at the Children’s Home of Lubbock.  He was a member and served as an elder at South Plains Church of Christ.  Don was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast.  He also enjoyed working with stain glass and building furniture in his shop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Nita Booth and a brother, Simeon Maxey.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Paula; a daughter, Kayla Wimberley and husband Isaac of Portales, NM; a granddaughter, Sawyer Wimberley; a brother, Frank Maxey of Corpus Christi; a sister, Kay Oakley of Carlsbad, NM and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the Children’s Home of Lubbock or Lubbock Christian University.



Juanella Hays

  Services for Juanella Hays, 76, of Post will be at 3 PM Friday, January 27, 2012 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Darren Weaveer officiating assisted by Dr. Ben Edwards. Burial in Terrace Cemetery will be under the direction of Hudman Funereal Home.

  She died Tuesday, January 24, 2012. She was born October 23, 1935 in Brownfield to Morris “Jock” and Ruth McClellan. She married Pete Hays on November 23, 1962 in Post. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.


  Survivors include her husband Pete of Post, 2 Daughters: Marinette (Jerry) Tyler of Post and Dejuana Gayland) Johnson of Pennsylvania, 2 Sons: Joe Hays of Big Spring and Billy Mikel (Angi) Hays of Dallas, 1 Brother: Wayland McClellan of Idaho, 10 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. 

  Visitation will be Thursday from 6 until 8 PM at the funeral home.

  The family suggests that in leiu of flowers memorials be made to Garza County Senior Citizens, Calvary Baptist Church or Covenant Pallaitive Care.



Sue Allison

Castle Rock, Colorado

Sue Hendrickson Allison, 75, of Castle Rock passed away Monday, January 23,2012. She was born September 20, 1936 in Breckenridge, Texas to the late Deral and Annie Hendrickson. 


Sue was preceded in death by her husband Rex Allison, and son Eric Allison. She is survived by: son and daughter-in-law Matt and Cathy Allison of Franktown Colorado; daughter Pati Sellers of Albany, Texas; grandchildren: Shay Allison, Drew and wife Carrie Allison, Haysley Allison, Brian Knight, Kelly Sellers, Blaine Sasser; and by her deceased son’s life partner: Jonita Knight of Bay City, Texas.  


A Gravesite Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Woodson Cemetery in Wo