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.

Robert Scott Lyle

Robert Scott Lyle
Robert Scott Lyle
Robert Scott Lyle

Robert Scott Lyle, 85, of Amarillo passed away December 19, 2019.

A private family burial will be held at Llano Cemetery preceding the memorial service, which will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Rev. Nick Garner, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bob was born June 29, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska to Virgil and Irma (Anderson) Lyle. His family moved to Scottsbluff, Nebraska where he attended school and graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1952. After graduation, he attended Colorado State University, but realized the U.S. Marine Corps was his calling. He enlisted in 1953 and served until 1956, ending his service with the rank of Sergeant. Bob married Darlene Herman of Mitchell, Nebraska on March 24, 1957 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. They were blessed with a daughter and two sons.

Bob began his career with Swift and Company in Scottsbluff. This followed with a transfer to Clovis, New Mexico and then, Guymon, Oklahoma where he retired as Chief Engineer with the company. Following his retirement, he was employed with Bearing and Allied Supply in Guymon. After a second retirement, the family moved to Amarillo, Texas. With energy enough to want to continue working, he joined Texas Bearing Company and worked until July 1, 2011.

Robert enjoyed following his sons in their athletic involvement, and his daughter’s musical endeavors. He was an avid hunter.

Robert was a member of the Presbyterian Church throughout his lifetime. He served as an Elder and a Deacon.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Clarence Pyle.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Darlene; a daughter, Jan (Brad) Williams of Clovis, NM; two sons, Randy Lyle (Shari Brooks) of Dodge City, KS, and Bradley Lyle of Elkhart, KS; grandsons, Jeremy (Candee) Williams, and Ryan (Lori) Williams of Amarillo; granddaughter Evyn Grace Lyle of Elkhart; great-grandchildren Tanner Cole Satterfield, Kelby Jett Williams and Rylee Jo Williams of Amarillo; a sister, Barbara Pyle of Scottsbluff, NE; a brother-in-law, Mel (Deloyce) Herman of Murrieta, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Presbyterian Children’s Home, 3400 Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109, or a charity of your choice.

Virginia Tandy

Virginia Tandy
Virginia Tandy
Virginia Tandy

Virginia Tandy, 94, of Amarillo, TX died on November 19, 2019.

Memorial services will be at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 5141 Canyon Drive.

Virginia was born in Hereford, TX on January 28, 1925 to Guy and Lydia Edwards. She dedicated her life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses as a young lady.

She is survived by her daughters, Patsy Wiggs and husband Jim, and Brenda Fronterhouse; sons Bill Tandy and wife Sheila, and Tony Tandy and wife Lecia; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Roy Joe Phillips

Roy Phillips
Roy Phillips

Roy Joe Phillips went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 16, 2019 at the age of 89.

Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Lyndon Latham officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Roy was born on July 19, 1930 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Leo and Josephine Phillips.

Roy proudly served his country for 18 months in the Korean War. After returning from the war, Roy came to Amarillo, where he met the love of his life, Freddie Covington. They were married on March 4, 1954. They celebrated 57 years together before Freddie’s sudden death on April 14, 2011.

Roy was a member of the Carpenters Local 665 for over 45 years. He worked on many prominent buildings in Amarillo. Roy took pride in knowing he built each of he and Freddie’s three homes. One of his many enjoyments was building birdhouses and growing beautiful vegetable gardens. He would share with family and friends.

Roy was a devout Christian, husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Fairlane Church of Christ for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Freddie Lee; In-Laws, Fay and Luke Covington; Sister-In-Law, Sue Schones; Brother-In-Law Don Wetzel; two Stepsisters; and one Stepbrother.

He is survived by his daughter Terry, and husband Corky, of Amarillo, TX.; two granddaughters, Kerby and Kally Parker, of Amarillo; two sister-in-Laws, Dixie Wetzel of Burkburnett, TX.; and Bobbie and husband Charles Brazile of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; a brother, Fred, of Amarillo; four nephews, Rick and Jerry Brazile of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Russell Wetzel of Bowie, TX, and Randy Wetzel of Burkburnett, TX.; two nieces, Kathy King of LaVaca, AR., and Roxie Schones of Bulverde, TX.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to BSA Hospice of the Southwest.

Diane Elaine Josties Thompson

Diane Thompson
Diane Thompson
Diane Thompson

Diane Elaine Josties Thompson, 79, of Amarillo, Texas died on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, located at 3500 S.  Bowie, with Pastors Wendi Gordon and Steve Brauner officiating. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Interment will be at a later date at Mountain View Funeral

Home in Lakewood, Washington.

Diane was born April 7, 1940 in Tacoma, Washington to Harry and Martha Josties. Diane was baptized on September 29, 1940 and confirmed on May 23, 1954. Diane graduated from Lincoln High School in 1958, and she married Dale Thompson in 1960.  She began pursuing her nursing degree at Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing and received her RN certification. In 1970 she was awarded the Kappa Theta Phi Pin, recognizing her academic excellence. She extended her studies at West Texas State University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with a 4.0 grade point earning the distinguished achievement of the President’s Honor Roll in 1979.  Due to her superior scholastic achievement while maintaining a balance between her family, schooling and work life, she was awarded recognition on the Dean’s Honor roll.

In 1988, she became nationally certified in nursing in Psychiatric and Mental Health. In 1992, Diane was named to the Council of State Boards of Nursing Panel of Item Reviewers headquartered in Chicago. She felt very honored to be selected as 1 of the 62 prestigious members of nurses across the country. In 2002, she received an award of appreciation from Northwest Texas Hospital for 32 years of dedication and caring for the mentally ill of the Texas Panhandle.

Diane was very active running in the park, exercising and lap swimming at the Amarillo Town Club. She loved camping, fly fishing in the Rockies, hiking in the Cascade Mountains and snow skiing in the winter. She loved to travel, especially to London, Paris, Hawaii as well as many trips throughout Canada- Toronto, Vancouver, Whistler and one of her favorite places, Victoria, where she celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her family. She survived parasailing in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, she adventured on several Alaskan cruises, trips to the Caribbean and even travelled to China on two different trips where she was able to take part in the adoption of 2 of her granddaughters. Diane loved to travel but was a true farm girl at heart. Weekends for almost 40 years were spent nurturing a cow-calf operation in Western Oklahoma. She loved the farms and regularly commented that the farms were very therapeutic.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Larry Josties. Survivors include her husband, Dale, her three daughters, Carrie Thompson of Seattle, Washington,  Colleen Thompson of Redmond, Washington and Christa Martin and her husband, Travis, of Austin, Texas, four granddaughters, Emme and Addie Thompson of Redmond, Washington and Ruby and June Martin of Austin, Texas, her sister, Beatrice Thyberg of Vancouver, Washington and many nieces and nephews.

Frankie Marie Van Pelt

Frankie Marie Van Pelt
Frankie Marie Van Pelt
Frankie Marie Van Pelt

Frankie Marie Van Pelt, 93, of Amarillo died Sunday, May 5, 2019

Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m., May 5, 2019, at Llano East Cemetery with the Rev. Perry Hunsaker officiating.  Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Frankie Marie Talbot was born June 4, 1925, to William and Lula Smith Talbot in Altus, OK.  She married James Van Pelt in Wellington on December 20, 1945.  In December of 1946, they went to College Station, TX and she was employed by the University for three years while her husband attended Texas A&M School of Agriculture on the G.I. Bill.

They made their home in Memphis, TX for a period of fifteen years.  It was there that their marriage was blessed with two sons, James Leslie and John Lynn.  During those years, she was a very busy mother, serving as grade school class mother, Cub Scout mother, and Sunday school teacher.  The family moved to Amarillo in 1967, and Amarillo has been home since.

She was a homemaker and her family was her life.  She dearly loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  She worked in the garden and worked many hours in her yard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Van Pelt on December 14, 2010.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Jim and Suzanne, and John and Mary; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.