Charles Allen Shipp of Rotan died Monday, March 11, in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Big Spring.
Funeral service for Mr. Shipp, 74, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church with Dutch Parks officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverdale Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee Funeral Home.
Born Sept. 11, 1927 in Kent County to the late Vollie and Sarah (Reynolds) Shipp, he married Henry Annie “Biddie” Butler on Dec. 17, 1949 in Rotan.
An area rancher, Mr. Shipp trained cutting and steer roping horses. He worked for the Spires Ranch for 22 years and was a member of the Stockholder’s Roping and Old Timer’s Roping, winning many awards in his riding career.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Biddie Shipp of Rotan; two sons, Vollie Dean Shipp of Fluvanna and Charles Raygene Shipp of Roby; one sister, Judy Adkins of Rotan; three brothers, Dean Shipp of Friona, Delbert Shipp of Seminole and Buddy Shipp of Memphis; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Charlie Wayne Sumruld, a native of Scurry County and retired oilfield worker, died Saturday, May 18, in Snyder Oaks Care Center.
Graveside service for Mr. Sumruld, 91, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Camp Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Vernon Groce, pastor of the Church of God, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Born Aug. 20, 1910 in Snyder, he married Evelyn Moffett on Jan. 31, 1941 in Colorado City. She died Jan. 20, 1996.
A longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church in Snyder, he worked as a tool pusher for many years and later worked for Sizemore Oilfield Service Co. for 16 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Kay Sumruld and Chrystal Dawn Sumruld, both of Snyder; two sons, Richard Sumruld of Snyder and Roy Glen Sumruld of Lubbock; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
HOBBS -- Connie Aline Tutt, 100, died Sunday, May 19, at her home in the Hobbs Community.
Funeral service for Mrs. Tutt is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church in Rotan. The Revs. Rich Jones, Walter McCall and Jeff McDonald will officiate. Interment will follow in the Hobbs Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee Funeral Home.
Born Sept. 26, 1901, she lived all but 15 years of her life on a ranch started by her parents, James Charles and Cora Bryan Hayter.
She attended the Hobbs School, Rotan High School, Meridian College and graduated from the University of Texas in 1924.
She taught at Hobbs until 1927 when she married Fehrlin E. Tutt on June 24, 1927. He died May 21, 1951 and Mrs. Tutt continued to manage the ranch until her retirement in 1988.
A life-long Methodist, she taught Sunday school and played the piano for many years at the Camp Springs Methodist Church. Later, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rotan.
Mrs. Tutt was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, Jamestown Society, Magna Carta Dames, National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century and the Fisher County Historical Society.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Womack,
Survivors include a daughter, Connie Helene Tutt of Hermleigh; a son, Dr. Fehrlin E. Tutt Jr. of Sugar Land; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Odyssey Hospice, 1510 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, 79720, or to the Memorial Fund of Rotan Methodist Church, Box 377, Rotan, 79546.
GAIL -- Melvin Smith, longtime area rancher, died Saturday, May 18, in San Angelo.
Graveside service for Mr. Smith, 73, is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Gail Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Hardeman, pastor of the Gail Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral home.
Born Oct. 10, 1928 in Dawson County, he married Iona J. Moore on Nov. 15, 1991 in Lamesa. Mr. Smith was a long-time rancher in Dawson County before moving to San Angelo eight years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Iona Smith of San Angelo; two daughters, Shirley Bennett of Gail and Kay Smith of Big Spring; three sons, Stan Smith of Ackerly, David Smith of Venus and Roger Moore of Seattle; a brother, Wayne Smith of Tyler; six grandchildren, Brande Wells of Snyder, Amanda and Jason Nelson and Clint Moore, all of Seattle, Shelly and Yancy Simmons of San Angelo, Vance Smith and Clayton Smith, both of Ackerly; and two great-granddaughters, Katelyn Simmons and Ashley Nelson.
PECOS -- Jamie Rodriguez, the brother of Juan Rodriguez Jr. of Snyder, died Thursday, May 16, in a Lubbock hospital.
Funeral service for Mr. Rodriguez, 38, was set for 10 a.m. today in the Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Burial was to follow in the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Rodriguez of Pecos; a son, Jayme Lee Rodriguez of Pecos; a daughter, Jessica Rodriguez of Pecos; his mother, Eva Rodriguez of Pecos; two other brothers, Jenaro Rodriguez of San Angelo and Joel Rodriguez of Midland; six sisters, Elisa Rodriguez, Irma Martinez and Eva Lyles of Pecos, Roselinda Chavarria of Fort Stockton, Esmeralda Valenzuela of Odessa and Emelda Arredondo of San Angelo.
ODESSA -- Billy Jack Shrum, a native of Scurry County, died Friday, May 17, in Medical Center Hospital.
Funeral service for Mr. Shrum, 72, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Sunset Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dewey Bevins of Zion Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Born May 27, 1929 in Snyder, Mr. Shrum was a self-employed mechanic for 50 years, retiring in 1996. He moved to Odessa from Waco in 1997.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Hall Shrum; his parents, John Edgar and Molly Louise Shrum; and a son, Billy E. Shrum.
Survivors include a son, John Shrum of Odessa; a daughter, Dollie Riggs Boddie of Odessa; a brother, John Shrum of San Bernardino, Calif.; three sisters, Ida B. Thorneberry, Mary Dempsey and Byrdie Nesbit, all of Waco; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Little People of America.
Ruby Lee Reeves, longtime Scurry County resident, died Thursday, Sept. 19, in Cogdell Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
Service for Mrs. Reeves, 89, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Payne, minister, officiating. Burial will follow in the Hermleigh Cemetery under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Born March 16, 1913 in Panola County. She married Lloyd Reeves on June 13, 1958 in Hermleigh. He died in 1988.
Her first husband was Howard Taft Fritz. They married in 1930. He died in 1980.
Mrs. Reeves was a cook at the Hermleigh school cafeteria for 18 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hermleigh from 1941-80.
After moving to Snyder, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Crusader Sunday school class.
She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Lynn Johnson, Neal Johnson and Walter Johnson; two sisters, Louise Ervin and Laverne Smith; two stepsons, Delmar and Elroy Reeves; three stepdaughters, Hazel Lee, Marianne Neblett and Katherine Boothe.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Jenkins of Snyder and Sandra Simmons of Midland; three sons, Donald Fritz of Snyder, Richard Fritz of El Paso and Jimmy Fritz of Del Rio; one sister, Aileen Emerson of Jacksonville; two stepdaughters, Bobbie Hilchey of Longview and Willie Mae Vaughan of Carthage; a stepson, Kenneth Reeves of Potosi; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Family visitation will be from 6-8 Saturday at the funeral home.
Herbert J. Grover of Snyder died at 9:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Cogdell Memorial Hospital.
Service for Mr. Grover, 85, is set for 10 a.m. Monday in the Hermleigh First Baptist Church. Dr. Rex Reynolds will officiate and burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Born on Aug. 25, 1917 in Buffalo, N.Y., he married Juanita Williams on Oct. 30, 1987 in Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Grover was a salesman in the wholesale industry.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Grover of Snyder; a son, Herbert Grover of Boston, Mass.; three daughters, Gail Toy, Lynn Delnegro and Dawn Marie Miller, all of Buffalo; three stepsons, Arthur Baldwin of Grand Island, N.Y., Norman Baldwin of Phoenix, Ariz., and James Farren of Roundrock; three stepdaughers, Jeri Speegle of Mineral Wells, Judy Jennings of Andrews and Patricia Frasard of Atlanta, Ga.; a half sister, Geraldine Liscio of New Haven and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tom Williams, Rick Williams, Joe Culp, Willie Davis, Jim Sarren and Herb Grover III. The men of First Baptist Church in Hermleigh will be honorary ballbearers.
Family visitation will be held 7-8:30 Sunday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Hermleigh First Baptist Church Building Fund, 460 Harlan St.
Bennie Hellums Jr., 77, was found dead Monday, Sept. 16, at his home in Snyder.
Graveside service for Mr. Hellums is set for 10 a.m. Monday in Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wright Colonial Funeral Home. The Rev. Jessie Benson, pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, will officiate.
Born June 15, 1925 in Lincoln County, Ark., Mr. Hellums was a cement contractor and a member of the Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Survivors include a son, Bryant Keith Hellums of Snyder; four daughters, Michelle Hellums of Temple, Felicia Hellums, Bennie Hellums and Kimberly Hellums, all of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Roosevelt Hellums of El Centro, Calif., McKinley Hellums Sr. of Pickens, Ark., and Mark Hellums of Yorktown, Ark.; three sisters, Mattie Jackson of Snyder, Clara T. Whalley of Yorktown and Rachel Mae Horton of El Centro; nine granddaughters; three grandsons; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Family visitation at Wright Colonial Funeral Home will be 7 to 8 Sunday.