Jack Clifton Henderson
SEYMOUR, Texas – Jack Clifton Henderson, 74, of Burleson, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in his residence.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Burleson. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. today in Riverview Cemetery of Seymour under the direction of Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Henderson was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Seymour. He and Neoma Fay Norwood were married Jan. 11, 1947, in Munday, Texas. He was a 1943 graduate of Seymour High School and served in the Navy aboard the USS Ammen as a radarman during World War II. He moved to Fort Worth in 1951, where he worked as a builder. In 1960 when he went to work for the Federal Housing Administration. He worked as a building inspector and later worked as 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 Boy Scout Master for Troop 6, Boy Scouts of America and was a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Patricia Ann Hensley; a son, John W. Henderson of Temple, Texas; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
BURKBURNETT – Gladys Blackwell, 86, of Burkburnett died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in a Burkburnett nursing home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Central Baptist Church of Burkburnett with the Rev. Duane Perkinson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Burkburnett Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.
Mrs. Blackwell was born June 2, 1912, in Holliday, Texas. She and J.W. Blackwell were married Oct. 9, 1932. He died in 1997. She was retired from a dry cleaners at Sheppard Air Force Base and was a charter member of Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy of Burkburnett and Don of Dallas; four sisters, Thelda Baldridge, Geneva Germany, Mildred Cross and Evelyn Seidlet, all of Burkburnett; and four grandchildren.
Robert C. Carr
Robert C. Carr, 45, of Wichita Falls died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, in Turkmenistan.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Fairway Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Dingmore, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
Mr. Carr was born Jan. 20, 1953, in Wichita Falls. He and Sheba Jordan were married July 7, 1972, in Wichita Falls. He was a 1971 graduate of S.H. Rider High School, where he played football and was on the rodeo team. He attended Texas Tech University and Midwestern State University. He was an operations service coordinator for Halliburton Services. He had worked in Wichita Falls; Aberdeen, Scotland, from 1981-1986; Prudoe Bay, Alaska, from 1987-1993; Bakersville, Calif., and Bogota, Columbia. He began working in Russia in 1993. He worked in Usinsk, Nizhnebartovsk, UVAT Geoneft, Tengiz, Kazakhstan and Nebitdag, Turkmenistan. He was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Charles W. of Wichita Falls; a daughter, Caycie L. of Wichita Falls; his parents, Marie and Clifford of Wichita Falls; and a brother, Bill of Wichita Falls.
Robert Fischer, 82, of Wichita Falls died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in Wichita Falls.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hampton Vaughan Downtown Chapel with the Rev. Rex Donley, a Baptist minister, officiating. Burial will be in Holliday, Texas, Cemetery.
Mr. Fischer was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Holliday. He and Cleo Marie Cox were married Dec. 24, 1939, in Holliday. He was a graduate of Holliday High School, was a self-employed truck driver, and was a dog and horse trainer. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church of Wichita Falls. His son, Michael Fischer, died in 1967.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Jeffery Robert Fischer of Wichita Falls; five sisters, Mary Everett of Amarillo, Texas, Bertha Garrett of Hurst, Texas, Katherine Spearman and Margaret Mikeska, both of Wichita Falls, and Martha Turk of Fort Worth; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Holliday Cemetery.
Eva Jane Battle Moore
ELECTRA – Eva Jane Battle Moore, 95, of Electra died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, in Electra.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today First United Methodist Church of Electra with the Rev. Tom Medley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in New Electra Cemetery under the direction of Dutton Funeral Home of Electra.
Mrs. Moore was born Aug. 3, 1903, in Kemp, Okla. She and T. Leo Moore were married Sept. 17, 1921, in Kemp. He died in 1965. She attended S.E. State College of Durant, Okla. She was a member of Winsome Sunday School class, First United Methodist Church and was former president of the Twentieth Century Club. She was a sales clerk at Pars & Marchant Clothiers.
Survivors include a daughter, Joan Southard of Pawley Island, S.C.; a grandson, Lawrence G. Southard III of Alexandria, Va.; and a great-grandson.
Visitation will be today in the church parlor from 10 a.m. until the service.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Electra, Texas 76360; or Senior Citizens Center of Electra, 503 West Michigan, Electra, Texas 76360.
A.J. Terrell Jr.
QUANAH, Texas – Andrew Jackson Terrell Jr., 78, of Quanah died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, in a Quanah hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Church of Christ with David Terrell officiating and Jack Diltz and Jack Westbrook assisting. Burial will be in Quanah Memorial Park under the direction of Price-Jackson Funeral Home.
Mr. Terrell was born Dec. 19, 1920, in Quanah. He and Betty Jo Farmer were married Dec. 21, 1947, in Houston. He was a veteran of World War II and a retired master mechanic for Georgia Pacific, Gypsum Division. He was a lifetime resident of Quanah and graduated from Quanah High School. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife; a son, David of Edmond, Okla.; two sisters, Opal East of Quanah and Evah Jo Diltz of Altus, Okla.; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Westview Boys Home, Hollis, Okla., or the Church of Christ.
Frank Ervin Jones
PADUCAH, Texas – Frank Ervin Jones, 71, of Paducah died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in an Amarillo hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church in Paducah with the Rev. Roger Weeks, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memories in Paducah under the direction of Seigler Funeral Home.
Mr. Jones was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Palestine, Texas. He moved to Paducah in 1984 from Palestine. He worked as a maintenance man for the housing authority until his retirement.
Survivors include a daughter, Laticia of Paducah; a sister, Willie Mae of Odessa, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Lee Curtis Kennedy
BOWIE, Texas – Lee Curtis Kennedy, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in his residence.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Carter Lake Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Redus, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery under the direction of Burgess-Fry-Owens-Brumley Funeral Home.
Mr. Kennedy was born June 12, 1924, in Direct, Texas. He was a civil service employee for the Air Force. He had been a resident of Bowie since 1981, coming from San Antonio. He was a deacon at Carter Lake Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joanna of Bowie; a son, Don of Odessa, Texas; a brother, I.F. of Roanoke, Texas; and three grandchildren.
George E. ‘Bill’ Thomas
OLNEY – George E. “Bill” Thomas, 83, of El Paso, Texas, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in an El Paso hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Newcastle Methodist Church in Newcastle, Texas, with the Rev. John Schular and Raymond Beard, both of Dallas, officiating. Burial will be in True Cemetery under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home.
Mr. Thomas was born Nov. 11, 1915, in Newcastle. He served in the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre and received a purple heart. He was a retired salesman and buyer of men’s clothing. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He was a 1934 graduate of Newcastle High School. He attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. He was involved with the children’s mission at church. He had been a resident of El Paso since 1984, moving from California.
Survivors include two sisters, Pauline Davis of Mountain View, Calif., and Margaret Campbell of San Diego, Calif.; a niece, Dr. Virginia Thomas of San Antonio; and a nephew, Stephen Thomas of Denton.
Memorials may be made to the True Cemetery, Box 743, Olney, Texas 76374.
OU president stresses education at banquet
FREDERICK, Okla. – One of the most popular politicians in Oklahoma’s history revealed a secret at the annual Frederick Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
University of Oklahoma President David Boren admitted to the crowd Thursday night that Tillman County had been his favorite.
“I’m not supposed to have any favorite counties . . . but at this late date . . . I can confess a tilt towards Tillman County,” he said.
Boren, a former legislator, governor and U.S. senator, said the choice for his favorite counties were Harmon and Tillman.
He said his percentage of the vote in the heavily Democratic county usually ran from 88 to 95 percent.
Boren recalled after one exceptionally good return that he thought he should go to Tillman County and personally thank as many people as possible. He noted an aide advised him not to go.
The aide’s thinking was “the more they got to know me, the more my popularity would slip,” Boren joked.
On another humorous note, he offered to help the Frederick Bombers find a new coach by sharing “the 40 years of experience in the last four years.”
One of the major controversies Boren has faced in the past four years has been the selection of football coaches for the Sooners. Recently the school named its fourth in four years.
The offer brought laughs but no takers from the crowd or school system.
After receiving a painting for his visit to Frederick, Boren was greeted with laughs when he said he was withdrawing his offer of help.
His address focused on the change or “devolution” of government from the federal level to the local level.
He said that opportunities once found in Washington, D.C., are now found in states and communities, which are controlling their own destinies.
Boren said he had been asked why he left the U.S. Senate after 15 years to take the presidency of OU. The person who asked said the Senate was at the center of things.
Boren said “that is no so.” The power base in this country has broken out of the Beltway, he said.
The elite are no longer those from a handful of Ivy League colleges, Boren said, adding that state colleges and universities must do a better job of training tomorrow’s leaders.
In 1970, there were two city-state employees for each federal employee, excluding the military, he said.
In 1997, the ratio was 10 city-state employees to one federal employee.
“In fact, the number of federal employees today is smaller than in 1970. It shows the transfer of power” to states and cities, Boren said.
That is the reason he finds the job of education so important, and the new decision makers must get the best education possible, he said.
Boren was introduced by Oklahoma’s Speaker of the House Loyd Benson, D-Frederick.
The Chamber also presented a number of honors.
The Frederick Lions Club named its Most Useful Citizens. They were Willie Perkins and Valerie Clayton.
The 1998 Volunteer of the Year went to Tommy Challacombe.
Officers of the chamber are Mike Hagy, president; Perkins, vice president, and Doug Weaver, past president.
Directors include Doug Ade, Ray Beavers, Brad Benson, Mark Bobo, Challacombe, Gary Ensley, Wanda Jo Evaige, Michael D. Evans, Kayla Hanneman, Linda Haston, Dr. Greg Howard, Robert B. Johnston, Laxton Malcom, Brent Morey, Jeff Patterson, Gwen F. Smith, Barbara Tucker and Gary Tyler.
Outgoing directors were Wayne Barngrover and Greg Boudreau.
Regional Editor Larry Gittings can be reached at (940) 767-8341 or (800) 627-1646, Ext. 554, or with e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Raymond Underwood
John Raymond Underwood, 49, of Wichita Falls died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999.
Services are pending with Owens & Brumley Funeral Home.
Maria Dolores Dena
MUNDAY, Texas – Maria Dolores Dena, 60, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999, in an Abilene, Texas, nursing home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Templo Emanuel Assembly of God of Munday with the Rev. Sam Lopez officiating with the Rev. Rigoberto Contreras assisting. Burial will be in Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
Mrs. Dena was born April 15, 1938, in Mexico. She was a homemaker and a member of Emanuel Assembly of God.
Survivors include her husband, Juan Dena of Abilene; six sons, Jamie of Houston, Jessie of Premont, Texas, Moses and Elias, both of Munday, and Isaias and David, both of Bay City, Mich.; two daughters, Elvira Dena Palomo of Dallas and Elizabeth Dena Gomez of Abilene; a stepsister, Rebecca Ausbury of Sterling, Ill.; one brother; four sisters; and 25 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Big Country in Abilene.
MUNDAY, Texas – Ruth McKennon, 92, of Munday died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, in a Lubbock, Texas, nursing home.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today in Willow Cemetery of Haskell, Texas, with Lonnie Brock officiating and Mabry Brock assisting. Arrangements under the direction of McCauley Smith Funeral Home.
Mrs. McKennon was born Jan. 20, 1906, in Tennessee. She and O.D. “Jim” McKennon were married Nov. 11, 1933, in Weinert, Texas. He died Aug. 11, 1974. She moved to Haskell in 1920 and moved to Lubbock in 1985. She was a Methodist.
Survivors include several nephews and nieces, including June Bowen of Haskell.
Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Robert ‘Bob’ Skinner
HENRIETTA, Texas -- Robert ‘Bob’ Skinner, 74, of Henrietta died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ of Henrietta with Ryan Fraser, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.
Mr. Skinner was born May 18, 1924, in Claypool, Okla. He and Ruby Raburn were married July 3, 1942, in Pecos, Texas. He was retired from the heating and air-conditioning business. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Carolyn Poling of Henrietta and Vickye Burden of Arlington, Texas; a son, Michael Skinner of Henrietta; two sisters, Betty Tindal of Ryan, Okla., and Lois Tindal of Cohoma, Texas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ of Henrietta.
Lola Mae Sharp
RULE, Texas – Lola Mae Sharp, 64, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in an Abilene, Texas, hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ of Rule with John Greeson officiating. Burial will be in Rochester, Texas, Cemetery under the direction of McCauley-Robison Funeral Directors.
Mrs. Sharp was born July 31, 1934, in Rule. She and Melvin Sharp were married July 12, 1951, in Rochester. She worked at the Rochester School Cafeteria from 1969 to 1974 and was the manager of the Rule School Cafeteria from 1975 to 1996. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Rule and served as a Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Gary of Snyder, Texas, and Randy of Abilene, Texas; one daughter, Karan McCure of Lubbock, Texas; three brothers, Duyane Hindsley of Corpus Christi, Texas, Donald Hindsley of San Angelo, Texas, and Leo Hindsley of Murry, Ky.; and seven grandchildren.
Daniel J. York Sr.
IOWA PARK – Daniel J. York Sr., 68, of Wichita Falls died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, in a Wichita Falls hospital.
A wake will be held 7 p.m. tonight at the Dutton Funeral Home Chapel in Iowa Park. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Bill Winaski, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Mr. York was born April 24, 1930, in Colliers, W. Va. He and Lucy Montero were married Sept. 21, 1953, in Winchester, Va. He served 30 years in the Air Force as a training supervisor and retired in 1977 as Chief Master Sergeant. He moved to this area in 1967, where he was a longtime resident of Iowa Park before moving to Wichita Falls. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church where he was very active. His son, John York, died May 9, 1975.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Marianne Yarbrough of Iowa Park; Catherine Brock of Baird, Texas, Mary Wolter of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Phyllis Finnegan of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sons, Daniel Jr. of Iowa Park and Anthony York of Amarillo, Texas; two sisters, Irma D’Aurora of Burgettston, Pa and Patricia Kirkwood of Landers, Calif.; and 17 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls and Interfaith Ministries.
Lois Hill, 67, of Houston, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 11, 1999, in a Houston hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Owens & Brumley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Hodges, a retired Baptist Minister, officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Memorial Park.
Mrs. Hill was born Oct. 7, 931, in Crowell, Texas. She was a homemaker and a former longtime resident of Wichita Falls.
Survivors include her mother, Mattie King of Houston; two daughters, Pat Hayslip and Paula Vick both of Houston; two brothers, Don Brown of San Antonio and Kenneth Brown of Wichita Falls; a sister, Margie Lowery of Muncie, Ind.; and four grandchildren.