Annie Belle Williams Dodd
Annie Belle Williams Dodd, age 90, died Wednesday, October 10, 2001, in the local hospital. Christian wake services were held at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 14, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2001, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Seymour, with Friar Richard Eldredge, pastor, officiating. She was interred in the Seymour Catholic Cemetery beside her husband of 48 years, the late Emmett Bernie Dodd who died in 1985.
A former teacher, a native Texan, and the fourth generation of her family to call Texas a home, Mrs. Dodd was born November 16, 1910, in Haskell County, Texas. She was the eldest daughter of Walter Lochran and Rosa Roberts Williams. She moved with her family in 1917 to Baylor County’s Bomarton Community where she grew up on the old Williams’s home place.
Mrs. Dodd is survived by her son Emmett William Dodd, her grandsons, Robert William Dodd, Richard Carleton Dodd and Russell Sheridan Dodd, and by her great-granddaughter, Sarah Ellen Dodd and great-grandson, Thomas William Dodd; by a daughter, Peggy Ann Fowler Williams; her grand-daughter, Leigh Ann Steere, her grandson, Walter Lochran Williams, her great-grandson, Issac Anthony Steere and her great-granddaughter, Anna Bowen Steere; by her sister Lee Ola Williams Lewis, and Lee Ola’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; by a sister, Rosa V. Williams McCauley and Rosa’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Dodd is also survived by many former students. She began her teaching career at age 19 in the old Bomarton School. As faculty sponsor of the senior class and coach of the girl’s basketball team, she was, in 1929, little older than her students. Those early students still alive are today in their eighties.
In the long interim between her first student in the late 1920s and her retirement decades later from teaching at Seymour High School, hundreds of students had sat in Mrs. Dodd’s classes. Until the end, she remembered and spoke of her students with affection—they always were children of her heart.
Mrs. Dodd believed flowers were for the living and that the Earth’s scarce resources should be spent to better lives still on Earth. Her family, therefore, requests that those wishing to remember her consider a memorial to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund, 207 W. Pecan St., Seymour, Texas 76380 or to a favorite charity of their own.
Lillian M. Dvorak
Mrs. Lillian M. Dvorak, 88 died Monday, October 15, at the Claystone Manor Nursing Home in Ennis.
She was born October 2, 1913 in Bomarton, Texas, the daughter of Emil and Mary Orsak Marak. She was reared in Bomarton where she attended high school. On November 24, 1941 she was married to John Dvorak of Ennis. After their marriage they lived in Ennis. She worked for Red & White Grovery in Ennis. She was a seamstress for many years for Donovan-Galvani. She retired from Royal Park Fashions in 1976. Mr. Dvorak preceded her in death on October 15, 1986. She was a generous and loving person. She was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the KJZT.
She is survived by a daughter, Ann Gibson of Ennis; a brother, George Marak of Seymour, Texas; a sister, Margaret Holub of Seymour; two grandchildren, Roann Biddle and Rachel Gibson.
Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Keever Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Johns Catholic Church with Reverend Ernie Villaroya as celebrant. Interment was in St. Josephs Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Keever Mortuary.
Maxene Perryman, age 74, for mer resident of Seymour, Texas, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at the Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2001, at the Clement-Keel Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville, Texas, with Reverend Charles Stone officiating. Interment was in the Valley View Cemetery in Valley View, Texas, under the direction of Clement-Keel Funeral Home of Gainesville, Texas.
She was born October 11, 1927, in Randlett, Oklahoma, to Robert and Vada Brown. She married Cecil R. Perryman on December 4, 1946, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was a homemaker and was a Baptist.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil Perryman of Denton, Texas; by her son and his wife, Ronnie and Shirlene Perryman of Valley View, Texas; by her sons, Terry Perryman of Irving, Texas, and Marty Perryman of Washington State; by her sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Claude Parker of Wichita Falls, Texas; by eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Myrtle Gilmore, age 98, of Olney, Texas, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2001, at a nursing home in Olney, Texas. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2001, at the Restland Cemetery in Olney, Texas, with Reverend Matt Hall, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Olney, officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gilmore was born August 11, 1903 in Quay, Oklahoma. She married Harlen Edward Gilmore on December 23, 1923, in Olney, Texas. He preceded her in death on August 12, 1994. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she taught a Sunday School Class for many years.
She is survived by three daugters, Mary Burrhus of Edna, Texas, June Dooley of Rosenberg, Texas, and Beth Moss of Olney, Texas; by two sons, Bill Gilmore of Rosebud, Texas, and James Gilmore of Boyd, Texas; by 23 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Gilmore in 1992.
Coy Allen ‘Cotton’ Morris
Coy Allen ‘Cotton’ Morris, age 68, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2001, in the Hospice of Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dick Norman, minister of the Church of Christ, officiating. Interment was in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Morris was born September 29, 1933, in Haskell, Texas. He married Wanda Lee Bergstrom on July 3, 1953, in Haskell, Texas. He was a farmer and was retired from Purolator.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Morris of Seymour, Texas; by two brothers, Leonard Ivy of Odessa, Texas, and Jay Ivy of Kermit, Texas; by two sisters, Delores Wilkinson of Abilene, Texas, and Gale Rowlett of Mesquite, Texas; and by numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Massengale Ivy and his stepfather, Henry N. Ivy.
Randy Ann Warren
Randy Ann Warren, age 54, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2001, at her residence in Lubbock, Texas. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery, with Reverend Glenn Shock, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Services were under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Warren was born in Seymour, Texas, on January 2, 1947, in the middle of a blizzard, with temperatures of -14 degrees, to Betsy and L.D. “Jack” Jones, Jr. She graduated from Seymour High School in 1964, Texas Technological University in 1968, and the Methodist Hospital School of Nurising in 1996. She was a social worker and a registered nurse.
Mrs. Warren is survived by her daughter, Robyn Warren of Gatesville, Texas; by her father L.D. “Jack” Jones, Jr. of Wichita Falls, Texas; by a sister, Robbie Berendt of Canmore, Alberta, Canada; by two grandchildren, Betsy Alvarado and Zachary Alvarado of Lubbock, Texas; and by a cousin, Pattie Bratcher of Seymour, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betsy Jones on January 30, 1990.
The family request that memorials be made to the charity of your choice.
Nannie Vina Lively
Services for Nannie Vina Lively, age 87, of Lubbock, Texas, who died Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at her residence, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2001, at the W.W. Rix Chapel with Dave Gilchriest and Monty Huffman officiating. Interment was in the Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction Rix Funeral Directors of Lubbock.
She was born March 5, 1914, to Willard D. and Sarah Stewart in Hamlin, Texas. She married Clinton L. Lively on May 15, 1928. He died September 26, 1993. She worked in housekeepping at Texas Tech University for 18 years, retiring in 1979 as housekeeping supervisor in Hulen Hall. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include a son, Jerald Don Lively of Euless, Texas; two daughters Mrs. Bill (Polly) McCarty of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mrs. Richard (Doris) Welch of Lubbock, Texas; a brother, Jason Stewart of Henrietta, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Bobby Glen 1932; a daughter, Helen Wills on April 5, 1991; two grandsons, Billy Leon Wills in 1960 and John Mark Welch in 1963; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Lynn Huffman in 1991 and Haley Kathleen Little in 1997; by three sisters, Allie Stewart, Beatrice Jones and Louise Taylor; and by three brothers, L.B. Willie and Ollie Stewart.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Children Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Texas 79408.
Lula H. Loken
Lula H. Loken, age 90, of Brownfield, Texas, passed away Friday, November 16, 2001. Services were Monday, November 19, 2001 at Llano Mausoleum, Amarillo, Texas, with Reverend Bill Wade of Amarillo officiating. Interment was in Llano Mausoleum Amarillo, Texas, under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.
She was born July 2, 1911, Knox County, Texas. Graduated from Vera High School and then attended Texas Tech University. She taught school in Gilliland, Texas, and worked as a hairdresser in Seymour, Benjamin and Corpus Christi. During WWII she worked in a defense plant in San Diego, California. She married Ralph Loken, August 15, 1942. They farmed and ranched in Nebraska until his death, October 1988. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, Home Demonstration Club and VFW Auxillary. She was preceded in death by a sister, J’nne Feemster and two brothers, Howard Hurd of Brownfield and Joe Hurd of Houston.
Survivors include: two sisters, Pauline Roth of Amarillo and Doris Shields of Corpus Christi; two sister-in-laws, Helen Hurd of Houston and Bettye Hurd of Brownfield; and several Nieces and Nephews.
Venson Victor (V.V.) Overton
Venson Victor (V.V.) Overton, 85, of Seymour passed away November 12, 2001 in Olney, Texas.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 15, 2001 at First Baptist Church.
Reverend Glenn Shock, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Texas, under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Overton was born March 16, 1916 in Rayston, Texas, Fisher County. He and Helen Ruth Mahaffy were married August 16, 1936 in Rayston, Texas.
Mr. Overton was a jeweler for 63 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for 56 years, a member of the K.Y.B. Sunday School Class.
He had been a member of Seymour Lions Club, Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour School bus driver for 26 years and a member of the Seymour Remuda Club.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Ruth; one daughter, Winona Ruth Chandler and husband Gerald; two sons, Dennis Wilburn Overton and wife Sharron Jo., Venson Neil Overton and wife Debra Lynn. One brother, Maurice Overton of Weatherford, Texas, and wife Jo. Eight grandchildren: Dennis Wayne Bland and wife, Cheryle; Giva Lynn and husband, Norman Conner; Guy Dale Chandler and wife, Socarro; Curtis Howard Bass and wife, Gina; Jodi Vee Dana and husband, Tony; Neil Wade Overton and wife, Isa; Cassey Wess Overton and wife, Cayla; Chad Neil Overton. Fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Seymour First Baptist Church United We Build Fund.