Ramiro "Ray" Rodriguez, 67, of Spur passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2005 in Lubbock.
Services were held Saturday, May 7, 2005 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Hugh and
Father Paul Kariakatt officiating. Burial followed in Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction
of Campbell Funeral Home.
Ray was born December 30, 1937 in San Benito, Texas to Benito Garcia and Constancia
Rodriguez. He attended Crosbyton schools. He married Carmen Roa on August 19, 1959 at
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spur. She preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 1996. He served in
the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Ray had lived in Spur for 47 years where he was active
in the church and a member of the Cruciesta's. He worked for Crosbyton ISD and retired from
Spur ISD after more than 40 years of Service. He also served as a patrolman for the city of Spur.
He served on the Community Action Board and several other various boards for many years.
Mr. Rodriguez is survived by his father, Benito Garcia of San Benito, two sons, Ramiro Rodriguez
of Spur and Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez of Jayton, four daughters, Christine Rodriguez of Spur,
Carmen Rodriguez of Spur, Mary "Mia" Rodriguez of Spur and Rita Rodriguez of Lubbock,
one brother, Albert Rodriguez of Lansing, MI and two grandchildren, Kimberly Rodriguez and
Ulysses Grant Herman, lovingly known as “Mr. Cap,” died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, in Hopkins
County Memorial Hospital, short of his 95th birthday.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 6, 2005 in West Oaks Funeral Chapel in Sulphur Springs with
Leroy Reaves and Darrell Tubb bringing the message. Burial followed in Old Tarrant Cemetery, north of
He was born July 11, 1910, a son of Gilbert G. and Lee Thomas Herman. He began a career of teaching
that would span a total of 44 years of teaching and coaching boys and girls in basketball and volleyball in
Corinth, a small county school in the northern part of Hopkins County. Later he taught and coached in
Birthright, Miller Grove and his career of teaching ended in the community of Sulphur Bluff. He also
taught, coached and served as an administrator in Aspermont, Jayton, Sunset and Clairemont in
Two highlights in his teaching and coaching career were coaching a girls basketball team from
Sulphur Bluff to play in the state finals and being recognized by the University Interscholastic League
for 50 straight years of attendance in the state’s contests for boys and girls basketball and being
introduced to Governor George Bush. He was a member of Birthright United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings, brothers, Willie in 1902, Oscar in 1984,
Guy Harold in 1973, Noble Forrest in 1977 and a sister, Addie Mae Herman Weir in 1994.
He is survived by nieces and nephews, Lou Reaves, Hazel Johnson, Harold Weir, Clifton Tomlinson,
Joie England, Ila Fay Murphy, Travis “Tot” Herman, Ester Lee Parker, John Herman and Ruby Fay
Serving as pallbearers were Mark Lacek, Roy Herman Jr., Jeremy Herman, John Vaughn, Perry Evans
and Tim Lane.
Honorary pallbearers were his ex-students and team members.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Sulphur Bluff Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 2,
Sulphur Bluff, Texas 75481 or the Old Tarrant Cemetery Association.
Lillian Alexander, 94, of Spur, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2005. Graveside services were held 10:00 AM, Monday, September 5, 2005 at Spur Memorial Cemetery with Eric Swenson officiating. Burial was under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home.
Mrs. Alexander was born January 12, 1911 in Hamlin, Texas to John and Carolyn Brown Owen. She graduated from Hamlin High School. She married Dr. Bob Alexander August 15, 1943 in Nashville, TN. He preceded her in death November 12, 1993. She served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII. Lillian had a lifelong love for animals, especially cats and dogs. She was a homemaker and a Methodist.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers.
She is survived by one son, Jack Alexander of Spur; one daughter, Jill Scott of El Paso; two step-daughters, J.J. King of Amarillo and Nan L. Kidd of White River Lake; and several grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Spur Memorial Cemetery, P.O. Box 111, Spur, TX 79370 or South Dickens County Senior Citizens Center, 210 Burlington, Spur, TX 79370.
Clayton M. Lindley was born on July 21, 1959 in Del Rio, Texas to Jane and Buster Lindley. He graduated from Silver City, N.M. High School, where he excelled as a swimmer. Clay graduated from Sul Ross University in Alpine, then followed his dream by cowboying in Montana. He later became a Range Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Clay earned his nickname, Cletus, while working for NRCS in Spur, Texas.
Clay was a rare survivor of childhood leukemia and made it a point to enjoy everyday of his life. He possessed the ability to make everyone around him laugh and smile, and he loved doing it.
Cletus was called home on Thursday, September 1, 2005 following a battle with stomach cancer. Services were held at the First United Methodist Church in Mertzon, Texas on Monday, September 5, 2005. Burial was in the Sherwood Cemetery just down the road from Mertzon.
Pall bearers were Mark Donet, George Ramsey, Marty Donet, Charlie Donet, Robert Gibbons, and John Zeuberbuler.
Honorary pallbearers were Gil Prather, Donnie Franklin, Sonny Fry, Steve St. Clair and Bill Whitley.
Memorials may be made to the First Methodist Church, P. O. Box 583, Mertzon, Texas 79641
Elsie Robinson, 88 of San Antonio passed away on August 14, 2005. Mrs. Robinson lived in Dickens County from 1938 until the 1970’s.
She is preceded in death by husband Robert Rex Robinson Sr. and son Robert Rex Robinson Jr.
Reta Grusendorf, 70, of Spur died Tuesday July 26, 2005. Private family services were held Wednesday, July 27.
Mrs. Grusendorf was born June 1, 1935 in Coleman County, Texas.
Mrs. Grusendorf worked as a bookkeeper for her husband’s business for several years.
Mrs. Grusendorf is preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Wayne.
She is survived by her husband, John Grusendorf, three sons, Mike Nichols and wife Liz, Charles Nichols and wife Darla, and Craig Nichols, two daughters, Amy, and Debra and husband Tom. She is also survived by two sisters, Voncille and Mabel, and two brothers, Arch and Guinn, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Services were under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.
May Allen Hutto, 86, of Spur died July 31, 2005. She was born March 13, 1919 in Bowie County Texas. She had lived in the Spur area since 1943. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Nathan Patterson, and second husband, Truett Hutto. She is also preceded in death by one son, Curtis Darrell Patterson, and one granddaughter, Cherry Lynn Patterson.
She is survived by one daughter, Doris Earline Cain of Canyon County California, and one son, Nathan Leon Patterson of Albuquerque, a granddaughter, Elaine Kautz of Dickens TX, a grandson, Jamie Darrel Patterson of Hobbs N.M. She is also survived by two stepsons, one step grandson, eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday August 2, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Spur with the Rev. Rory Mosley and the Rev. Tommy Henderson officiating. Burial followed in Spur Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home of Spur.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Spur Senior Citzens.
Graveside services for Lorene Edwards, 85, of Spur were held Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at Dickens Cemetery with Rev. Larry Burton officiating. Services were under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home.She died Monday, July 4, 2005 in Spur. Mrs. Edwards was born June 6, 1920 in Wills Point to Chester and Beatrice Dixon Martin. She married Henry Louis Edwards February 20, 1937 in Florence, AZ. He preceded her in death February 25, 1991. She had been a resident of Dickens County since 1948. She and her husband owned and operated the Double L Motel in Dickens from 1962 to 1978. She had also served on the Dickens Senior Citizens board of directors. She was a homemaker and a member of the Dickens Methodist Church. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Marie Mullins and husband Lewis of Dickens; one granddaughter Donna Forbis and husband Craig of Lamesa; one Great-Granddaughter, Mandy Forbis of Lames; three brothers, J.C. Martin and wife Esther of Safford, AZ, Ben Martin and wife Wilma of Cottonwood, AZ and Kenneth Martin of Fayetteville, AK. The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.
Charles Walter Love, 64 of Leander, Texas died Sunday, July 3, 2005. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 6,2005 at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin. Burial followed in Lakeland Hills Memorial Park in Burnet County, Texas
Funeral services for Johnny (John) Brownlow, age 72 of Lubbock, were held Monday, June 27, 2005, at Resthaven’s
Abbey Chapel with the Rev. Jim Woodworth officiating. Mr. Brownlow died Friday, June 24, 2005, in Lubbock.
He was born July 20, 1932, in Cottle County. He grew up and graduated from high school in Paducah. He served in the
U.S. Air Force and later moved to the Lubbock area. He worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30
years in Paducah, Lubbock, and Austin. He married Mabel Ann Bownds on September 13, 1975.
Two sisters and one brother preceded Johnny in death. Survivors include, his wife of 30 years, Mabel Ann Brownlow, two daughters, Jonyce Putman and husband, Mark of Lubbock, and Andrea Ramirez and husband, Mike of Austin, two step-sons, Gary Voyles and wife, Martha of Lubbock, and Rusty Voyles of Austin, step-daughter, Sandra Merritt of San Francisco, CA, nine grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Expressions of sympathy are suggested to Hospice of Lubbock, 1102 Slide Rd. Ste. 3, Lubbock, TX 79416.
Mable M. Wheeler, 97, a resident of New Mexico since 1985, died July 4, 2005. She is survived by her daughters, Zana Halliday of Garland, TX and Sandra Wells of Los Lunas; son, Dale Wheeler and wife, Diane of Belen; grandchildren, Lyle “Doc” Halliday of Spur, TX, Kay Wheeler and husband, Eugene, Martha Jones and husband, Alvin, all of Ft. Worth, TX, Sylvia Katzenmeir and husband, Kenneth of Caddo Mills, TX, Janice Owens, Greg Gensen and wife, Valerie and Annette Norris, all of Los Lunas, Carol Camiejo and husband, Kam, of San Antonio, TX and Kenneth Wheeler of Dallas, TX; 19 great-grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Wheeler was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence Wheeler; and grandson, Keith Gensen. She was an avid rock hound. Graveside services will be held Thursday, 11:30 a.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE., Albuquerque, NM.
James Bryan Montgomery, 79, passed away June 23, 2005, at the Texas State Veterans Home in Temple, Texas. Graveside services were held Monday, June 27, 2005 at Jayton Cemetery with Pastor Mack Cole officiating under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Jim was born August 11, 1925, in Jayton, Texas, to John Harrison Montgomery, Sr. and Ida Pearl Clark Montgomery. He graduated from Jayton High School in 1943. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a member of the 3rd Marine Division Pioneer Battalion and in China as a member of the 1st Division Engineer Battalion. After the war, he returned to Jayton and married Sue Fowler on October 8, 1947.
Jim served Kent County as a deputy sheriff from 1951-53 and served two terms as sheriff from 1953-1956 and was the youngest sheriff in Texas at the time. During the 1950s he and his brother, John H. Montgomery, Jr., operated Montgomery Brothers Registered Herefords, producing a National Grand Champion and winning many major shows. In 1955, their herd was deemed one of the best in the nation. In addition to cattle raising, Jim and his brother raised cotton, and in 1949 they became the first farmers in Kent County to harvest cotton by mechanical means.
Jim also owned Jayton Supply and Furniture. He and his family moved to Midland, Texas, in 1971, and Jim managed convenience stores for Furrs, Inc. He eventually earned a real estate broker’s license and owned Jim Montgomery Real Estate, specializing in farm and ranch properties.
He is preceded in death by his wife and daughter Molly.
He is survived by his brother John, his children, Mark, Jeb, and Meg, and grandson Jared.
Graveside services for Gaile Robertson, 58, of Dickens were held Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at Dickens Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Henderson officiating. Services were under the direction of Campbell Funeral Home in Spur.
She died Monday, June 27, 2005 at her residence.
Mrs. Robertson was born February 25, 1947 in Brownfield to Elzo and Ida Leach Hutton. She was a graduate of Permian High School in Odessa. She had been a Dickens County resident since 1981. She married Eddy Robertson in 1992 in Portales, NM.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Gaile is survived by her husband, her mother Ida Hutton of Odessa and one brother and sister-in-law, Glynn and Beverly Hutton of Odessa.
The family suggests memorials to Cal Farley Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174.
Stella Browning, age 100, died Saturday, June 11, 2005 in Abilene, Texas. Graveside
services were held Thursday, June 16th with M.F. "Mid" McKnight officiating at
Elmwood Memorial Park in Abilene, TX under the direction of The Hamil Family
Violet Estelle "Stella" Cooner Browning was born on March 3, 1905 in O'Brien, Texas
to parents Henry M. Cooner and Elizabeth Wharton Cooner. She attended Abilene
Christian College and Texas Tech University and also Sull Ross where she obtained a
degree in Education. She married Bruce C. Browning on May 28, 2935. Mrs. Browning
taught first grade in various Texas schools for twenty years before moving to California
where she taught kindergarten for twenty years. She and Dr. Browning moved back to
Abilene from California in 1969. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. Stella
was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Lizzie Cooner; her husband, Dr. Bruce
Browning, who died in 2000.
Stella is survived and lovingly remembered by her nieces, LaRue and husband, Floyd
Gilbert of Waco, LaVorise and husband, Mid McKnight of Abilene, Annette and husband,
Bill Fox of Virginia, Judy and husband, Dave Fillpot of North Carolina and Patsy Polansky
of North Carolina, two nephews, Jim Bob Cooner of Corpus Christi and Ronald Roberts
and wife, Sally of Minnesota. Sisters-in-laws are Dan Barton of Matador and Eunice
Perkins and husband, George of Mabank, along with numerous other relatives, friends and
Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association and may be left at The Hamil
Family Funeral Home. The family will be at 3117 San Miguel in Abilene.
Jerry Clarke Tarrant, 63, of Abilene, died at his home surrounded by family, on Saturday,
June 11, 2005. According to his wishes, cremation arrangements entrusted to Community
Memorial Funeral Home, 1443 N. 2nd St., Abilene, Texas.
Jerry was born in Matador, TX on November 29, 1941, to the late Weldon A. and Ola
Faye (Williams) Tarrant. He graduated from Patton High School in Afton, TX and on
March 21, 1964, he married Bettie Diane Scott in Lubbock, TX. Before retiring, he was a
Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many people. He will
be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Bettie Diane of Abilene, two sons, Quentin Tarrant of Jayton,
TX and Jeff Boyle of Childress, TX, one daughter, Karla Mathis of Abilene, two brothers,
Dee Tarrant of Grand Prairie, TX and David Tarrant of Memphis, TX, two sisters, Lyndia
Cronk of Seagoville, TX, and Voda Plattner of Grand Prairie, TX, three grandchildren,
Quencie and Jordan Tarrant of Grandview, TX and Kaela Mathis of Abilene. He was
preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carla Perry.