Lola M. Baldwin
Lola M. Baldwin, age 80, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at the local hospital. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2001 at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with A.B. Martin officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Baldwin was born May 7, 1921, in Baylor County, Texas to Willie Thomas and Ethel Church Thurman. She married Lewis E. Baldwin on December 21, 1935, in Benjamin, Texas. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1988. She was employed for many years as a hairdresser, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Charles Baldwin of DeSoto, Texas, and Jim Baldwin of Seymour, Texas; by one sister, Billie Cockerell of Seymour, Texas; by three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Rita Catherine Vita Madole
Rita Catherine Vita Madole, age 51, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2001 in the Seymour Hospital. Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 27, 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Richard Eldredge officiating.
Rita was born February 27, 1950, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Ernest and Catherine Vita. She was a graduate of Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tenn., and had received her Masters degree from the University of Memphis. She had lived in New York and Memphis, Tenn., before returning to Texas. She was currently employed as a sales associate at Wells Fargo Bank in Wichita Falls. She was extremely active in church and community affairs in both Seymour and Mergargel.
Rita is survived by one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Madole of Marina Del Rey, Calif., her parents, Ernest and Catherine Vita of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Dennis Russel Vita of Seymour and Ernest Frank Vita Jr. of Houston, Texas, and by many other relatives and friends.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, the Seymour I.S.D. Scholarship Fund, the Baylor County Museum or the charity of your choice.
Jill Hardin McMillan
Jill Hardin McMillan, age 41, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2001 at the First Presbyterian Church of Seymour with Dr. Edward C. Hart officiating. Burial was in the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Jill was born June 11, 1960 in Lafayette, Louisiana to Billy J. and Ruth Crownover Hardin. Her father preceded her in death January 30, 1999.
She is survived by one daughter, Miki Lynn McMillan of Wichita Falls, by one son, Cody Dean Dickson of Seymour, by her mother Ruth Hardin of Seymour, and by one brother, Jack Hardin of Houston.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Burns Ray, age 96, of Seymour, Texas, died Tuesday, September 4, 2001 at the Seymour Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 6, 2001 at the Munday First Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Reverend W.O. Smith will officiate with Dennis Duke assisting. Burial will be in the Benjamin Cemetery in Benjamin, Texas under the direction of McCauley Smith Funeral Home of Munday, Texas.
Mr. Ray was born February 15, 1905 in Belton, Texas. Mr. Ray moved from Benjamin, Texas to Munday, Texas in 1955 and then to Seymour, Texas in 1985. Mr. Ray retired as maintenance supervisor for the Texas Highway Dept. of Knox County in 1969. He and Florence Duke married in Benjamin, Texas on March 5, 1939.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Ray of Seymour, Texas; one son, Douglas Ray of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, June Streight of Wichita Falls and Tammi (Mrs. Dennis) Carrington of Seymour, Texas; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Gladys Dowd, 84, left this world to be with her father on September 11, 2001. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Seymour officiating. Interment was in the Vera, Texas, Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Dowd was born August 27, 1917, to the late S.C. and Eliza Gray Jackson, in Knox City, Texas. She was raised in and around the community of Vera. She married Cecil Dowd on February 14, 1937, in Vera. He preceded her in death on January 30, 1996. She had lived in Seymour since 1953, and for the past seven years had been in a nursing home in Grand Prairie. She was a member of the Northeast Baptist Church in Seymour.
She is survived by five daughters, Joyce Marie Howe of Graham, Texas, Shirlie Ann Chandler of Grand Prairie, Texas, Barbara Kay Jordan of Munday, Texas, Brenda Diann Depue of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Tammie Jean Densford of Grand Prairie, Texas; by seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; a son, Lyndell Dowd on September 28, 1985; an infant daughter, Ruth Laverne Dowd on October 26, 1941; and by three brothers, Claude, Clyde and Roy Jackson.
Lelah Shumate, age 80, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2001, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Funeral services were held Friday, September 21, 2001, at the First Baptist Church. Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of First Baptist Church and A.B. Martin officiated. Interment was in Henson Cemetery, Red Springs, Texas under the direction of Archer Funeral Home, Seymour, Texas.
Mrs. Shumate was born July 17, 1921 in Seymour, Texas. She and W.L. “Bill” Shumate were married in August, 1945. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1989. Mrs. Shumate was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a campfire leader; Lifetime PTA member; Charter member of the Goodwill Ambassadors; a member of the Rebecca Lodge and Theta Rho sponsor.
Survivors include: two daughters, Kay Bradley of Seymour and Jan West of Wichita Falls, Texas; one son, Del Shumate of San Antonio, Texas; four sisters, Lena Mae Styles, Doris Holder and Mary Anna Beach all of Seymour, Texas, and Juanice Cook of Rising Star, Texas; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A scholarship fund has been established at the Farmers National Bank in Lelah’s name.
E.T. “Theron” Winn
E.T. “Theron” Winn, 75 of Crane, Texas died on Sunday, September 30, 2001 at his residence.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Steve Baker officiating. Burial was in the Crane County Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Staffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane.
Mr. Winn was born on May 22, 1926, in Altus, Oklahoma to N.C. and Lola Winn. He married Joyce Ann Casselberry on January 8, 1947 in Vernon, Texas. He had lived in Crane since 1968. He was a production supervisor for Chevron for 44 years, before retiring in 1991. he was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Winn of Crane; daughter, Barbara Webb and husband Richard of Lubbock; son, Ronnie Winn and wife Kama of Crane; three brothers, Arnold Winn of Red Springs, Texas, Wayne Winn of Seymour, Texas, and Clarence L. Winn of Decatur, Texas; a sister, Joy Neithercutt of Spring, Texas; four grandchildren, Kimberly Crisler and Channing Crisler both of Lubbock, and Brandon Winn and Matthew Winn both of Crane; two great-granchildren, Silas Crisler and Taylee Crisler both of Lubbock.
Leona Jones, age 80, of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Jared Hardie, Minister of the Jehovah’s Witnesses officiating.
Mrs. Jones was born January 2, 1921, in Fort Worth, Texas. She married Benard Jones on October 8, 1948 in Fort Worth, Texas. They lived in Fort Worth until 1966, when they moved to Azle, Texas. They had lived in Seymour since 1983. Mrs. Jones was a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Benard Jones of Seymour, Texas; by one daughter, Elaine Jones of Seymour, Texas; by a son, Jimmy Jones of Altus, Arkansas; a sister, Viola Ruth Lambert of Fort Worth, Texas; by three brothers, Robert, Tommy and Johnny Loar, all of Fort Worth, Texas; by four grandchildren, Ronnie Jones, Rhonda Musgrove, Kyle Jones and Cecilia Whatley; and by four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Nathan Jones, and Cameron and Karissa Whatley.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marion Alice Brogdon on November 5, 1997; by a grandson, James Keith Jones on December 22, 2000; by a sister, Lucille Carpenter; and by two brothers, Roger Loar and Gil Loar.
Jewell “Judy” Hale
Jewell “Judy” Hale, age 70, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2001, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Rickey Hatter of Levelland, Texas, officiating.
Mrs. Hale was born October 29, 1930, in Charleston, Arkansas. She married Howard Hale on November 13, 1948, in Charleston, Arkansas. She was a hairdresser for many years. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Howard of Seymour, Texas; three sons, Howard Wayne Hale of Arlington, Texas, David Hale of Red Springs, Texas, and Cordell Hale of Arlington, Texas; two sisters; Patsy King of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and Wilma Hodges of Omaha, Arkansas; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Laura Jo Winter
Laura Jo Winter passed away Wednesday morning October 3, 2001 after an extended battle with cancer. Laura was born December 25, 1950 to Art and Jo Winter of Stockton, Illinois. Laura was a professional engineer with over twenty-seven years of experience with construction and engineering projects. She received her Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1973. After working in the construction/engineering industry for sixteen years, she entered Texas A&M University from which she received her Masters of Science in Construction Management in 1988. For the following thirteen years she worked for Brown & Root, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Laura was involved in many challenging and successful projects during her career, but the projects in which she had the most pride were the award winning bridge projects, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida and the Linn Cove Viaduct in North Carolina that won the Presidential Award for Beauty. Laura had many varied interests that included traveling, backpacking, mountain biking, reading, jazz music, and much more. However of all her varied interests, her favorite vacation was always a trip to Disney World.
Laura will be remembered as a loving and caring person who always had the time to help a friend. Her zest for life and joyous smile will live in our hearts forever.
Laura is survived by her husband of thirteen years Jack Emsoff, her sister Beth Heidenrich of Elizabeth, Illinois and her brother, Alan “Buzz” Winter of Freeport, Illinois and three nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 14, 2001 in the First Christian Church in Seymour, Texas at 2 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Archer Funeral Home in Seymour, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, The Hospice at the Texas Medical Center, or your favorite charity.