Denver Franklin Fraley

Denver Fraley
Denver Fraley
Denver Fraley

Denver Franklin Fraley, 86, of Amarillo, TX died Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Services are private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Denver was born February 27, 1934, in Elkridge, WV to William and Charlotte Fraley.

For forty-three years, Denver drove a truck for Plains Creamery.

He enjoyed NASCAR and playing golf.

Denver was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie Fraley; grandson, Steven Michael Bass; two brothers; three sisters; son, Charles Fraley; and one great-grandchild.

Survivors include a son, Dewayne Fraley, of Canyon, TX; two daughters, Rebecca Fraley Ames, and Teresa Bass, both of Amarillo, TX; a step son, Paul Crawford of Canyon, TX; two sisters, Murl Blancett and Carol Fultz; three grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Denver Franklin Fraley

Denver Fraley
Denver Fraley
Denver Fraley

Denver Franklin Fraley, 86, of Amarillo, TX died Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Services are private.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Denver was born February 27, 1934, in Elkridge, WV to William and Charlotte Fraley.

For forty-three years, Denver drove a truck for Plains Creamery.

He enjoyed NASCAR and playing golf.

Denver was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie Fraley; grandson, Steven Michael Bass; two brothers; three sisters; son, Charles Fraley; and one great-grandchild.

Survivors include a son, Dewayne Fraley, of Canyon, TX; two daughters, Rebecca Fraley Ames, and Teresa Bass, both of Amarillo, TX; two sisters, Murl Blancett and Carol Fultz; three grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Ruth Pipes

Ruth Pipes
Ruth Pipes
Ruth Pipes

Ruth Pipes of Amarillo, TX went to her heavenly home on April 5, 2020 after a long chronic illness. Her sister, Janette Sumner, lovingly cared for Ruth during the last few weeks of her journey home.

Jimmie Ruth Pegram Pipes was born on August 17, 1939, in Grenada, MS to Sarah Ruth Phillips Pegram and James Clifton Pegram.

Ruth was pre-deceased by her mother (three days after her birth); her maternal grandparents, who raised her. Her father passed away in 2006. She was also pre-deceased by numerous aunts, uncles and her fraternal grandparents. Also pre-deceasing her in death was her former husband and father of her children, Thomas Austin Birkhead.

Ruth is survived by her son, Steven Austin Birkhead of Amarillo, TX and her daughter, Stephanie Birkhead of Fort Worth ,TX. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Austin Birkhead (Katie) of Still Water, OK; Hunter Birkhead (Emma) of Mansfield, TX; Julia Birkhead of Katy, Texas, Rick Romero (McKenzie) of Ponca City, OK and Shane Romero of Ft. Worth, TX. Ruth is also survived by three great-grandsons: Ramsey Romero of Ponca City, OK, Henry Romero of Ponca City. OK and Jackson Birkhead of Still Water, OK.

Also surviving Ruth are half-siblings, James Pegram of Conyers, GA; Janette Sumner of Jonesboro, GA; Rosanne Tillotson of

 

Palm Harbor, FL; John Pegram of Concord, NC. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Ruth’s passion in life was working with children. After retiring from BSA in 2002 she worked in early childhood departments at both Polk Street Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Amarillo, TX. Ruth believed that every moment with a child is a teaching moment.

In her early years Ruth was Secretary for Department of Elementary Education from 1970-1973. She also worked as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of the Board of Directors of Amarillo Mental Health Retardation Center.

She served in part-time positions at Woodruff, Moore, Motley Ins. Agency; Don T. Rowe & Assoc., Accounting Firm; First National Bank in Human Resources as assistant to the Benefits Manager; worked in two advertising agencies: Smith-Tarter & Assoc and DB & U Advertising. Ruth also worked as a Placement Counselor at Shaw Employment.

She said that one of the things that she was proudest of was participating in a 7-month study of how Zinc and copper was used in the body in Grand Forks, ND, in 1998.

We would like to thank her caregivers with Encompass Hospice as she walked the journey of transition from this life to the next.

At this time, we regretfully cannot have a service, so in lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital per Ruth’s request.

 

The family will gather for a life celebration at a later date in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place she loved and wanted her ashes to be spread.

 

Rachel Davis Fite

Rachel Davis Fite
Rachel Davis Fite
Rachel Davis Fite

On Friday, April 3rd, 2020, Rachel Davis Fite of Amarillo, TX passed away at the age of 36 years.

Rachel was born on November 28, 1983 in Hale Center, TX to Danny and Lynny Davis. She went to elementary, middle, and high schools in Plainview, TX. She had a passion for sports in high school and was on the track team, basketball team, and cheerleading squad. In 2002, she met and later married Josh Fite and moved to Amarillo, TX. She went to real estate school and was a Realtor for the past 13 years.

Rachel had a passion for cooking, fishing, camping, traveling and most of all animals. Her 3 cats, Ram, Jack, and Pony and her beloved pups, Chance and Ava were her world. There were countless other pets and many lost dogs that she would foster until she could find their home or a new forever home. She also had many, many dear friends that describe her as being able to light up any room with her infectious personality, wit, and laughter.

Rachel will be lovingly remembered by her husband and best friend Josh Fite, her mother Lynny Douglas of Plainview, TX, her brother and wife Ben & Sara Jenkins of Lakeway, TX, her brother Dillon Criswell of Olton, TX, her grandparents Larry & Dona Williams of Plainview, TX, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and niece and nephews. Rachel was preceded in death by her father, Danny Davis.

A public viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 7 at Boxwell Brothers on Paramount Street from 1pm until 8pm. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.