William Marcus Beck
William Marcus Beck, 89, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in an Oklahoma City nursing home.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home with Dr. Issac Butterworth, minister of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial was in True, Texas, Cemetery.
Mr. Beck was born October 16, 1909, in Seymour, Texas. He and Emma Roberta Gay were married in 1932 in Olney, Texas. He was fire chief and a firefighter at Sheppard Air Force Base for 30 years before his retirement in 1971. He lived in Wichita Falls for 60 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was an instructor for the Red Cross in life saving techniques. He was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Shirley Barragan of Midland, Texas, Billie Jean of Duncanville, Texas, and Barbara Yates of Oklahoma City; a brother, James D. of Graham, Texas; a sister, Lucy Blewett of Jefferson, Texas; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Oklahoma City.
J.T. Wall, 73, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, in Wichita Falls.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Wall was born September 26, 1925, in Seymour, Texas. He and Marie Claire Irene Reynolds were married in 1959. He served in the Navy for 31 years and retired with the rank of Chief Petty Officer, serving in World War II in the Pacific, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired and managed the dining hall of Sheppard Air Force Base. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rites. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the AARP and Fleet Reserve.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Joyce Waldrip of Houston, Joanne Over of Rocksberry, Pennsylvania, and Sheila Buckley of Australia; two sisters, Totsie Cade of Paducah, Texas, and Vera Studer of Seymour; a brother, D.D. of Seymour; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Willis Edward Laney
Willis Edward "Cowboy" Laney, 71, of Abilene, died Friday, March 26, 1999, in Abilene.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith, 5701 U.S. Highway 277 South, with the Reverend Mike Patterson officiating. Graveside services were held at 5:30 p.m. in Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Laney was born in Seymour, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army. He was an oilfield truck driver for McAlister Trucking Co. for 25 years before his retirement. He moved to Abilene from Seymour in the 1950s. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Eddie Laney of Midland; two brothers, J.R. Laney of Colleyville and Loyd Laney of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Lois Moore of Wichita Falls, Betty Brigham of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Dorothy Kozdera of Carlsbad, California; three granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice Care, P.O. Box 1922, Abilene, Texas 79604.
Edna Jackson Palmer
Edna Jackson Palmer, 80, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in Dallas.
Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at Restland Wildwood Chapel with the Reverend James Burt officiating. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Restland Funeral Home.
Mrs. Palmer was born March 28, 1918, in Seymour, Texas. She was employed at Lester Melnick for 31 years and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sisters, Juanita Parker and Marian F. Dale; and two brothers, Hollis Jackson and Perry L. Jackson.
W.C. 'Dub' Riordan
W.C. "Dub" Riordan, 77, died Thursday, March 25, 1999, in a Wichita Falls Hospital.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Reverend David Adair, pastor of Southwest Baptist Church, and the Reverend Chad Stubblefield officiating. Burial was in Crestview Memorial Park.
Mr. Riordan was born November 9, 1921, in Brownwood, Texas. He was owner of Top-O-Texas Termite & Pest Control. He was a member of Southwest Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Clara of Wichita Falls; two sons, Larry of Olathe, Kansas, and Nick Hoepfner of Lakeside City, Texas; a daughter, Joan Riddles of Wichita Falls; a brother, Cecil of Big Spring, Texas; a sister, Jewell of Carlsbad, New Mexico; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Attending the funeral were sisters-in-law,FronySimaichl, Theresa Sykora and Mina Fetsch; nieces and nephews, Janie Howe, Jerry, Kathy, Jeremy and Justin Ermis, Derrall, Judy, Kayla and Andrew Holden, Mary Ann Clairday, Pete, Luke and Little Pete Ermis. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Delma Loetta Freeman
Delma Loetta Freeman, 71, died Sunday, March 21, 1999, in Wichita Falls.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Throckmorton Church of Christ with the Reverend Claude Brown and Royce Priddy officiating. Burial was in Throckmorton Cemetery under the direction of Merriman-Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. Freeman was born December 31, 1927, in Bridgeport, Texas. She and Norris Freeman were married August 30, 1948, in Plainview, Texas. She lived in Brownfield, Seymour and Throckmorton. She was a homemaker and a member of the Throckmorton Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Stasha Siegert of Throckmorton; a sister, Sue Shumate of Seymour; and two grandchildren.
Corinne Props New
Corinne Propps New, 89, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, in Vernon, Texas.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at Gilliland Baptist Church with A.B. Martin officiating. Burial was in Gilliland Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mrs. New was born January 18, 1910, in Truscott, Texas. She and Eston New were married in February 1935, in Oklahoma. He died in 1978. She was a graduate of Gilliland High School and attended North Texas Teachers College in Denton, Texas. She lived in Cushing, Oklahoma, until 1946 when she returned to Gilliland where she and her husband operated a service station until 1956. She was a member of Gilliland Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a pianist for many years.
Survivors include four sons, Parker of Pipe Creek, Texas, Jack of Liberty Hill, Texas, James of Kerrville, Texas, and Lawrence of Amarillo, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Virginia Louise Taylor
Virginia Louise Taylor, age 70, of Clyde, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 17, 1999, in an Abilene hospital.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the First Assembly of God Church in Clyde with Reverend Charles Morgan officiating. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Hamlin Memorial Cemetery in Hamlin, Texas.
She was born in Seymour, Texas, October 5, 1928. She had lived in Clyde since 1994, moving there from Lubbock, Texas, where she worked for Mrs. Baird's Bakery for 26 years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Clyde. She married Charles Taylor in Lubbock on May 12, 1961. He died on May 8, 1995.
She is survived by two sons, Terry Comer and his wife, Brenda, of Clyde, and Bill Taylor of Austin, Texas; two stepdaughters, Tiny Deaton and Frida Webber, both of Lake Dallas, Texas; one sister, Nannie Lively of Lubbock; one brother, Jason Stewart of Henrietta, Texas; two grandchildren, Terry Comer II of Abilene, Texas, and Natalie Comer of Clyde; one great-grandchild, Jordan Comer of Abilene; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Gerald Don Lively, Jerry Jones, Chuck Moody, Bill McCarty, Richard Welch, Monty Huffman, Doyle Garrett and Greg Welch.