W.T. 'Bull' McMorris
W.T. "Bull" McMorris, 75, died Monday, February 8, 1999, in Abilene, Texas.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Seymour with the Rev. Grace Wooten officiating. Burial was in Bomarton Cemetery in Bomarton, Texas, under the direction of Archer Funeral Home. Mr. McMorris was born March 31, 1923, in Seymour. He and Colleen Parker were married July 22, 1956. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a mechanic for Time D.C. Trucking and had worked in Lubbock and Oklahoma City. He retired in 1982. He moved to Wingate, Texas, in 1989 and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Yvonne McMorris in 1955; a son, Robert Taylor McMorris in 1987.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kay Clarke and Debra Callarman, both of Oklahoma City, and Janet of Wingate, Texas; a son, Edward of Oklahoma City, and Janet of Wingate, Texas; two sisters, Winnie Wright of McCloud, Oklahoma, and Willie Jo Bibb of Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Tom of Bomarton, Texas, J.R. of Wingate and Cecil of Lubbock, Texas; and six grandchildren.
George Smith Burkhalter, 87, of Walter Springs, Florida, died Sunday, January 24, 1999, in his residence.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Red Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial was in Henson Cemetery in Red Springs under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Burkhalter was born June 3, 1911, in Baylor County, Texas. He and Dorothy Schnatz were married January 19, 1946, in Beaver Creek, Ohio. He served in the Army during World War II. He lived in Denver for 21 years where he worked as a bookkeeper for Farm Implement Co. and Jack's Sporting Goods. He then worked for Curran and Co. Pipeline Construction and lived in several states before returning to Red Springs in the early 1970s. He later moved to Kansas and then Rossville, Georgia, where he lived until moving to Winter Springs, Florida, this year. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Susan Folsom of Winter Springs and Linda Hinds of Copperas Cove, Texas; three sisters, Mildred Laney of Seymour, Texas, Genela Cooper of Electra and Demetra Smith of Aneheim, California, and four grandchildren.
Billy Jack Richardson
Billy Jack Richardson, 51, died Monday, January 25, 1999.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony McGee officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery under the direction of Archer Funeral Home.
Mr. Richardson was born January 17, 1948, in Seymour. He served in the National Guard Reserve for four years. He was a car salesman in Dallas for 20 years. He moved to Tyler, Texas, where he worked as a finance manager for King Chevrolet for two years. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, John David of Dallas; a brother , Tom of Wisconsin; a granddaughter, Briana Richardson of Dallas; three aunts, Lucille Star and Irene Stephens of Seymour, Virginia Van Cleve of Abilene; two uncles, Jim Richardson and Henry Richardson of Seymour; and a companion, Susan Welsh of Tyler.
C.A. Parham passed away on Thursday, January 28, 1999 in a Lubbock hospital.
Funeral Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, 1999 in Lamesa, Texas. Burial was in Lamesa, Texas.
Mr. Parham was born in Red Springs, Texas and raised in the Cottonwood Community. He married Mary Ann Kasparek in 1936 in Seymour, Texas. He was preceded in death by one daughter and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Lamesa, Texas; one daughter, Becky and one son, Charles Parham; four sisters, Blanche Patterson of Seymour, Texas, Louise Morgan of Odessa, Texas, Amelia Taylor of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Connie McDoughen of Midland, Texas; four brothers, Albert of Munday, Texas, Sam of Lamesa, Texas, Wendel of Seymour, Texas and Bill of Vera, Texas.
Loretta Marie Hicks Carr
Loretta Marie Hicks Carr, born September 5, 1968, died January 27, 1999.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, February 4, 1999 at First Assembly of God Church in Brenham, Texas under the direction of Taft Harris Funeral Home of Brenham, Texas. Loretta was preceded in death by her father Mr. Jessie Hicks Sr.
Survivors include: her husband Mr. Oddie Carr Sr., and her mother Mrs. Rosie Bell Davis and her step-father Mr. John C. Davis of Seymour, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Kesee and Ms. Jacqueline Hicks of Brenham, Texas; two brothers, Mr. Jessie Moore and wife Wanda, and Mr. Bobby Moore, of Seymour.
Jack Clifton Henderson
Jack Clifton Henderson, age 74, died Thursday, January 14, 1999, at his residence in Burleson, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 1999 at the First Baptist Church of Burleson, Texas. Graveside services were held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riverview Cemetery in Seymour, Texas.
Mr. Henderson was born September 24, 1924 in Seymour, Texas. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1943. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Ammen as a Radarman during World War II. He married Neoma Fay Norwood on January 11, 1947 in Munday, Texas. They moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1951 where he worked as a builder until 1960 when he went to work for the Federal Housing Administration. He initially worked as a building inspector and later was Chief Cost Analyst. He then worked in Dallas for the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Chief of Architecture and Engineering. He was a Scout Master for Troop 6, Boy Scouts of America and was a member of First Baptist Church of Burleson.
He is survived by his wife Neoma Fay Henderson of Burleson; one daughter, Patricia Ann Hensley, by one son, Dr. John W. Henderson of Temple, Texas. Four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Roger W. Porter
Roger W. Porter, 86, of Olney, Texas, died Friday, January 22, 1999, in an Olney hospital.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 25, at Lunn Funeral Home with the Reverend Greg Johnson, pastor of First Baptist Church, and the Reverend Max Burkhead, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Restland Cemetery.
Mr. Porter was born April 14, 1912, in Wise County, Texas. He and JoAnna Frances Baker were married October 13, 1934, in Seymour, Texas. She died April 5, 1984. He and Vesta Baker were married March 17, 1985, in Weatherford, Texas. He was a retired oil field worker and city employee. He was employed with the City of Olney in the water department for 20 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Downtown Masonic Lodge No. 790 AF&AM where he served as secretary for many years. He was a resident of Olney most of his life.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Roger Earl of Odessa, Texas; a sister, Mildred Cook of Montello, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374.
Foster Paul Cox
Foster Cox, 79, died Monday, January 11, 1999 at Hendrick Medical Center after a 12 -1/2 year battle with cancer.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 14, at Hillcrest Church of Christ with David Wray, Dwight Robarts, Mike Cope, and Mid McKnight officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Memorial Park directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.
Foster was born in Seymour, Texas, on February 3, 1919. He graduated from Seymour High School in 1937, and came to Abilene to attend business school. In 1939, he married his high school sweetheart, Lotella Eddlemon in Abilene. They had lived in Abilene all of their married lives except for two years while Foster served with the Army Engineers during World War II in Guam.
Foster became a Christian at a very early age and had always been active in the church. He served as deacon and elder at Highland Church of Christ. He loved people, and he loved life. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, known for his love of God, his family, and caring for others.
Most of his years, he was a building contractor and a skilled carpenter. For two years he was a building inspector for the City of Abilene. Foster and Lotella were the owners and directors of Abilene Kindergarten and Dyess Kindergarten for over 20 years. He loved traveling and camping, and was a member of Good Sam Travel Club for 8 years. His love of life, intelligence, and creativity were evident in his joy of people. He was a servant, always ready to help and work for family, friends, and anyone in need.
He preceded in death by a son, Gary Cox.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years of Abilene; his son, Keith Cox and wife, Donna, of Titusville, Florida; two daughters, Paula Fry and husband, Mark, of El Paso, and Janet Ardoyno and husband, David, of Abilene; seven grandchildren, Dedra Baca and Marla Cox, Lynn Cox and Ginger Hafer, and Justin, Jonathan, and Emily Ardoyno; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Chester Cox of Seymour and several nieces and nephews. He was a loving foster father to James and Betty Slaughter.
The family expresses appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Victor Hirsch and Dr. Lawrence Hardwicke, and their dedicated staffs for their love and devotion.
Memorials may be sent to Meals on Wheels Plus, Inc., P.O. Box 903, Abilene, TX 79604, Christian Service Center, 901 Mesquite, Abilene, TX 79601, or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Abilene Inc., 1216 N. 5th, Abilene, TX 79601.