Sarah Bailey Griffith 1917-2002
BARNHART - Graveside service for Sarah Bailey Griffith, 84, of Odessa, was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2002, in Barnhart Cemetery in Barnhart with the Rev. Tim Fahrenthold, pastor of Big Lake and Barnhart Methodist Churches, officiating. Mrs. Griffith died peacefully at her home at Sherwood Assisted Living in Odessa on Wednesday, February 20, 2002. Ellis Funeral Home of Midland directed arrangements. She was born to Florence and Lemuel Bailey in Bradshaw on July 1, 1917. She grew up in Anton and married Frank Griffith on December 26, 1936. He died in 1993. Survivors include two daughters, Paula and husband, Kenneth Paul, of Albuquerque, N.M., Brenda Caraway and husband, John Caraway, of Midland; one son, Bailey Griffith and his wife, Linda, of Columbus, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Granddaughter Julia Coleman preceded her in death in 1985.
Werner B. Lange 1914-2002
BALLINGER - Werner B. "Digger" Lange, age 87, of Rowena passed away peacefully at his home in Rowena early Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2002, surrounded by his family. A wake service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, at St. Joseph Church with burial following in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Rains-Seale Funeral Home directed arrangements. He was born on March 21, 1914, in Olfen, Texas, to Robert and Hildegard Marrhiesen Lange. He married Catherine Josephine Beach on April 23, 1941, in San Angelo. They lived there until 1947, then moved to Rowena. He was engaged in water well drilling and farming and ranching until his death. He was well known throughout the area for his water witching abilities. Werner was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rowena and a member of the Rowena Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Rowena Lions Club and a charter member of the Rowena Volunteer Fire Department and built the first fire truck for the department. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Rowena Water Supply, Corp. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine on Aug. 16, 1995. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Ted Bruton; a great-grandson, Matthew Hoelscher; and two brothers, Gilbert and Jerome Lange. He is survived by his nine children and their spouses, Ann and Charles Hoelscher of Grape Creek, Leroy and Semore Lange of Carlsbad, Texas, Terry and Larry Evans of San Angelo, Bill and Penny Lange of Rowena, John and Tina Lange, Larry and Rebbie Lange and Pat and Sharon Lange, all of Ballinger, Ginger and Mark Bruton of San Angelo and Nick and Nola Lange of Barnhart; 28 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. His brothers and sisters, Elvira Halfmann, Adeline Eggemeyer, Dorothy and Floyd Frerich, R. B. and Lynette Lange, George and Louise Lange, Hubert and Nita Lange and two sisters-in-law, Olga Lange and Evelyn Lange also survive him.
Dee Smith 1926-2002
SAN ANGELO - Dee Smith passed away at her home near Robert Lee on Saturday, February 16, 2002, after a short illness. At her request, a private family gathering for her services were held. Mrs. Smith was born May 31, 1926, in Mineral Wells. She was married to Millard Smith on October 23, 1958. They resided on the Rocker B Ranch near Big Lake for 22 years until their retirement in July 1988, when they moved to their own place near Robert Lee. She was preceded in death by her first daughter, Paula Dee; and two brothers Lloyd and Curtis Hagler. Survivors include her husband, Millard Smith; one brother, Ernest Hagler; one son, Michael Edward Smith; two daughters, Pamela Amonett and Susie Norman; three grandsons whom she also raised, Rick, Jason and Justin. She has nine additional grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family especially thanks the nursing staff at Shannon Medical Center, Trisa and Sherry at pulmonary rehabilitation and a very special thank you to Dr. Ray Cheruku, M. D. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in her name. Shaffer Funeral Home of San Angelo directed arrangements.
Eloise Chapman 1925-2001
STEPHENVILLE - Funeral services for Eloise Chapman, 75, of Stephenville, were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2001, in the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel in Stephenville, with the Rev. David Blagg officiating. Burial followed in Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Lacy Funeral Home directed arrangements. Mrs. Chapman died Friday, April 27, 2001, in Harris Methodist Hospital of Erath County in Stephenville. She was born September 3, 1925 in Iredell, Texas. She was married to Tommie L. Chapman on October 19, 1959, in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and a member of Greens Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Tommie L. Chapman of Stephenville; one son, Glenn Ray Collier and wife Sue of Big Lake; one sister, Mary K. Herrin of Iredell; three grandchildren, Tommie Kaye Kiser of Keller, Lynda Sue Collier of Clifton and Glenn Ray Collier, Jr. of Copperas Cove; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Jackson Sparks 1922-2002
BARNHART - Graveside service for Jackson Sparks, 79, of Barnhart, was held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in the Barnhart Cemetery. Arrangements were directed by Johnson's Funeral Home of San Angelo. Mr. Sparks died Sunday, May 5, 2002, in Eldorado. He was born November 28, 1922, in Salt Gap, Texas. He was married to Lula Dean Rainwater on November 21, 1940, in Concho County. He was preceded in death by his wife on November 26, 1998. Survivors include two sons, J. R. Sparks and wife, Lynda, and Jackie Sparks and wife, Donna, all of Mertzon; six grandchildren, John Sparks of Midland, Wes Sparks of Mertzon, Cody Sparks of McAllen, Lori and Levi Sparks of San Angelo, and Chris Rusche of San Angelo; four great-grandchildren, Johnny and Sarah Sparks of Midland, Grayson Sparks of McAllen and Dawson Sparks of Mertzon; two brothers, Walter Sparks and Theo Sparks; one sister, Jessie Villers; and numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Oran Harkleroad of Barnhart, Bob Bissett of Ozona, Bill Avery of Barnhart, Bill Crawford of Ozona, John Kruska of Paint Rock, Ed Martin of Kerrville and Lloyd Comer of Mason. Mr. Sparks was a longtime rancher of West Texas and loved and embodied the cowboy life and ways. He will be greatly missed by his family and countless friends. Memorials may be made to the Barnhart Cemetery, Schleicher County Nursing Home or VistaCare Family Hospice.
Price H. Pool, Sr. 1933-2002
MCCAMEY - Graveside service for Price H. Pool, Sr., 69, of McCamey, were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002, in Resthaven Cemetery, with Murray Sauders officiating. Arrangements were directed by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of McCamey. Mr. Pool went on to a better life on May 22, 2002, in Midland Memorial Hospital. He was born March 19, 1933, in Girvin, Texas. He grew up and graduated in McCamey. He met and married the love of his life, Faye Lawson on November 14, 1952. He and his family left McCamey in 1952, only a few times to pursue work until May1959 when he went to work for the Texas Highway Department Survey Crew. Price retired after 34 years of service as an inspector, all the while pursuing his love of training and riding race horses on weekends, holidays and vacation. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edna and Dave Pool; sister, Lois Nix; and infant son, Timmy. He is loved and missed by his wife, Faye Pool of McCamey; children, Teresa McGrew and husband, Billy of Monahans; Sterlene Lock and husband, Jayme of Abilene; Shari Harrison and husband, Allen of McCamey; Howard Pool of McCamey; and Phil Pool and wife, Wendy of Big Lake; sisters, Jean Schultz of Granite Shoals and Davene Westfall of San Angelo; one brother, David Charles Pool, Jr. of Big Lake; loving grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
L.L. "Tex" Collins
L. L. "Tex" Collins died peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by the love and support of his family and friends. A former Rankinite, Tex retired from Union Texas after 32 years of service. He was a talented musician and his band "The Tomcats" was popular and well known in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico in the '50s and '60s. He continued to play for benefits until shortly before his illness. He was married to Peggy White in Big Lake August 31, 1951, and they moved to Rankin and began Collins Welding Service. He assisted in the building of the Texas Natural Refinery and was employed by them at the completion of the refinery. Peggy White Collins lived in Big Lake until she married, Reagan County High School class of 1951. He was preceded in death by his parents, L. N. and Mamie Collins and brother, Mike Collins. Graveside services were held in the Rankin Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. He is survived by his loving wife of more than 50 years, Peggy Collins of San Angelo; two daughters and sons-in-law, Caye and Paul Lankford of Cypress and Fay and Dommie Deel of Sonora; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bart and Debbie Collins of Midland and Brent and Trish Collins of Odessa; five grandsons, Marc Lankford of San Marcos, Shane and wife, Krystal Deel, of Magnolia, Blaise, Logan and Carson Collins of Odessa; three granddaughters, Michael Collins of Broussard, La., Courtney and husband, Chuck Floyd, of San Marcos and Bethany Deel of Sonora; and one great-grandson, Ethan Wade of Sonora; and three step grandsons and their wives, Randy Adamson of Duson, La., Darin and Brandi Guy of Burnett and Toby and Kristi Guy of Cedar Hills and their two children, Sterling and Brooklyn. Also surviving are one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thurman and Betty White of Henderson, Nev.; three nieces and two nephews; a special niece, Carol Gene Cottle of Carrizo Springs; special cousin, Carolyn Little of Carbon; two aunts, one uncle and several other cousins; and special friends, Don and Betty Bartz of San Angelo and Tommy Owens of Rankin. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Rahman and his staff, the Hospice of San Angelo, and our nurse, Vicki Nickels. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice of San Angelo. Dad, thank you for showing us that when one door shuts another opens, and what seems to be an ending in life is really a new beginning. Johnson's Funeral Home of San Angelo directed arrangements.