ABILENE -- Curtis Eugene “Pat” Patton, a former Snyder policeman, died Friday, July 11, in an Abilene hospital.
Funeral service for Mr. Patton, 74, was set for 10 a.m. today in the First Baptist Church in Tuscola with the Rev. Burtis Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the McBee Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Community Funeral Home.
Born Nov. 20, 1928, he was a graduate of Norton High School. He began his law enforcement career in Winters, then moved to Snyder before becoming the first full-time security officer at Hendrick Medical Center.
He later moved to Houston to become chief of security at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as well as the University of Texas medical complex.
After retirement, Mr. Patton moved to Tuscola where he was a deacon of the First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and served as past master.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Patton; and a brother, Cecil Wayne Patton.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Patton of Tuscola; his mother, Clara Patton of Ballinger; a brother, Ronnie Patton of Abiquia, N.M.; three daughters, Deborah Foster of Big Spring, Donna Patton and Darla Swanner, both of Abilene; and five grandchildren.
ANDREWS -- Melvin Southern, the father of Karen Gregory of Snyder, died Saturday, July 12, at his home in Andrews.
Funeral service for Mr. Southern, 74, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Maranatha Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Roy Southern and Dean Williamson officiating. Burial will follow in the Andrews West Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home.
Born July 2, 1929 in Baskin, La., he moved to Andrews in 1955 from Winnsboro, La. He married Faye Duffy on March 11, 1983 in Andrews.
Mr. Southern was a farmer and a tool pusher, retiring in 1991.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Southern of Andrews; another daughter, Tonda Alexander of San Angelo; two sons, Steve Southern and Richard Southern, both of Andrews; three stepdaughters, Pam Stevens of Andrews, Patsy Bleven of Coahoma and Shirley Ann Pritchard of Midland; two brothers, Edward Southern of Gilbert, La.; and the Rev. Roy Southern of Fort Duchesne, Utah; five sisters, Georgia Clark and Juanita Bennett of Winnsboro, Wynell Eley of Gilbert, La., Sarah Homes of Duckhill, Miss., and Barbara Denney of Lakeville, Minn.; 22 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
AMARILLO -- Irene Martin, the sister-in-law of I.E. Martin of Snyder, died Saturday, July 12.
Service for Mrs. Martin, 85, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the San Jacinto United Methodist Church with the Rev. Royce Womack officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Born Jan. 8, 1918 in English, she and her husband Herbert Algie Martin moved to Amarillo from Scurry County in 1942 to work for the Amarillo Smelting Plant. They later owned and operated a Phillips 66 service station for 47 years. Mr. Martin died Sept. 9, 1995.
Survivors include two sons, Roland Jack Martin of Amarillo and Bill R. Martin of Vernon; a daughter, Mrs. Woody Melton of Amarillo; a brother, Odis Shoffner of Amarillo; a sister, Virgie Martin of Big Spring; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
BIG SPRING -- Una Lee Morris, the mother of Judy Davis of Snyder, died Sunday, July 13, in a Big Spring nursing home.
Funeral service for Mrs. Morris, 80, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel. The Rev. R.T. Havener, pastor of First Assembly of God, will officiate. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Park.
Born Oct. 13, 1922 in Knott, she married William Truman Morris on April 4, 1948 at Brown Community Church.
The family moved to Big Spring in July 1966 from Knott. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God. She was a charter member of Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Big Spring and served as treasurer of Women’s Missionary and had served as chaplain for Navy Wives Club in Morocco while stationed there from 1958-60.
Survivors include her husband, William Morris of Big Spring; two other daughters, Linda Holman of Plano and Nelda Reagan of Big Spring; two sons-in-law, Darrel Reagan of Big Spring and Delwyn Davis of Snyder; a sister, Ila Herren of Big Spring; a brother Alfred Herren of Knott; 15 grandchildren, Kevin and Alma Reagan of Fort Brag, N.C., Brian and Cheree Reagan and Amanda and Andy Rankin, all of Big Spring, Patrick and Lisa Reagan of Pensacola, Fla., Laura and Bryan Ritchey and Alyssa Davis, all of Snyder, Allyson and Jacalyn Holman of Plano, Stephanie and Toby Zalman of Canadian; eight great-grandchildren, Baylee and Landry Ritchey of Snyder, Kelsee and Kaycee Reagan and Kaleb and Jakob Rankin, all of Big Spring, and Ashley and Morgan Reagan of Ft. Bragg.
The family suggests memorials to the First Assembly of God, 310 West 4th in Big Spring.
DALLAS -- Lyndal Westbrook Ellerd, a Snyder native, died Sunday, July 13, in Carrollton.
Funeral service for Mrs. Ellerd, 85, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in North Dallas Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas.
Born Feb. 20, 1918 in Snyder, Mrs. Ellerd lived in Snyder for 35 years. She was a Snyder High School graduate, attended Sul Ross Business College and then worked in the Scurry County clerk’s office until she married Walter Ellerd in 1953. They then moved to Lubbock where they lived for 17 years and then to Carrollton where she lived until her death.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Little and Ella Westbrook; and one brother, Charles Westbrook.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Cesander of Carrollton; a son, Jimmy Ellerd of Plano; two grandchildren, Angela and Mark Cesander; a niece and nephew, Lyneta Litterest and William Westbrook.
BROWNFIELD -- James A. Shepherd, 83, died Saturday, July 12, in Snyder Oaks Care Center.
Funeral service for Mr. Shepherd is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Randy Land officiating. Burial will follow in the Terry County Memorial Cemetery.
Born Feb. 21, 1920 in Kingston, Okla., he had been a resident of Terry County since 1924 and graduated from Brownfield High School.
He married Sarah Strain on Feb. 28, 1940 in Floydada. A World War II veteran, Mr. Shepherd lived in Austin and Lake Jackson before returning to Brownfield in 1997. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Shepherd of Brownfield; two sons, Jimmy Shepherd of Mililani, Hawaii, and Billy Shepherd of Pittsburg, Texas; a daughter, Kay Fleming of Enid, Okla.; a sister, Marie Lewis of Odessa; and three grandchildren.
Talmadge P. Henderson, former Hermleigh educator, died Monday, July 14, at Vista Hospice Center in San Antonio.
Service for Mr. Henderson, 80, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Rex Rey-nolds, pastor of the Herm-leigh First Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in the Pyron Cemetery.
Born Oct. 21, 1922 in Longview he moved to Houston where he met and married Nova Bowen after serving in the Army. She died June 10, 2003. He also was preceded in death by a brother, William D. Henderson.
They moved to Hermleigh where he was an educator, school administrator and cotton farmer. He retired in 1989. He served on the Hermleigh City Council as secretary and was active in the Boy Scouts. Mr. Henderson was adjutant of the American Legion and first vice president of the Loraine Lions Club.
An active Mason, he was a member of the Longview Lodge, affiliated with H.A. McFarland Lodge, charter senior warden in the Andy G. Vaughn Lodge, past master and past secretary of the Andy G. Vaughn Lodge, past district deputy grand master and past master of the Loraine Lodge. He also served in the Sam J. Helm Chapter R.A.M., Sam J. Helm Council, Taylor Commandery, was plural member of Fort Worth and Lubbock Scottish Rites and the Moslah Shrine Temple.
In 1992, he moved with his wife to Odessa and to San Antonio in 2001.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Karen Henderson of San Antonio; two sisters, Clydelle Madison of Longview and Sidney Hayes of Lufkin; a sister-in-law, Katherine Wemken of Hermleigh; and a granddaughter, Robyn Henderson of Chicago.
Memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children.
Paul Panter, formerly of Ennis Creek, died Friday, July 18, in a Corsicana nursing home.
Service for Mr. Panter, 77, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana. Burial will follow in the Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. The Rev. Dave Alexander will officiate.
Born on Jan. 7, 1926 in Roby, Mr. Panter was a veteran and a member of the Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife, Loreta Panter of Corsicana; one son, Ricky Panter of Caddo Mills; two stepsons, Jody Joffee of Red Oak and Mickey McCain of Corsicana; a stepdaughter, Shelia Brady of Corsicana; two sisters, Jean Jones of Snyder and Maxine Scrimshire of Tool; a brother, Johnny Panter of Farmers Branch; and four nieces, Connie Collier and Debbie Tubb of Snyder, Pam Collum of Midland and Kim Rice of Sundown; four grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and four great-stepgrandchildren.
John William Bennett, a former Snyder resident, died Tuesday, July 22, in a Midland hospital.
Graveside service for Mr. Bennett, 81, was held this morning in Hillside Memorial Gardens in Snyder. Arrangements were under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home.
Born April 14, 1922 in Depew, Okla., Mr. Bennett lived in Snyder most of his life and was employed for 30 years as a gauger for Mapco. He moved to Midland in 1995.
His wife, Willa Mae Bennett, preceded him in death.
Survivors include a daughter, ReGena Bennett of Midland; two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.