Steven Kelly Oliphint

Steven Kelly Oliphint
Steven Kelly Oliphint

Steven Kelly Oliphint, 66, passed away in Lakewood, Colorado on February 23, 2021.

Private family services will be held.
Steve was born on October 21, 1954. He was the first child of Varner Hulen (Bud) Oliphint and Patricia Ann (Kelly) Oliphint. Steve attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School, Fannin Junior High, and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1973. He was also a graduate of UT in Arlington.
Steve leaves behind one son, James, and four siblings, Scott and wife Peggy, Kevin and wife Jana, Kyle and wife Lizzie and Erin Vaughn and husband Gary.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Billy Dwayne Stone

Billy Dwayne Stone
Billy Dwayne Stone

Billy Dwayne Stone, 84, of Amarillo, TX passed away on February 24, 2021.

Services will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, March 1, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Dick Marcear officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Billy was born in Allen, OK on January 20, 1937, to Lavelle and Jack Stone. He graduated from Amarillo High School. He married DeAnna Cook in Amarillo, TX on August 31, 1957.

Billy sold furniture and automobiles. He was a Mason for over 50 years and was a member of Central Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheri Howard.

Survivors include his wife, DeAnna Stone, of the home; daughter, Kimmy Austin, of Amarillo, TX; two grandchildren, Tanner Howard, and Joshua Austin, both of Amarillo, TX; three nieces, Lynn, Ranea, Jacquelyn; and one nephew, Chach.

Velma Pratt Davis

Velma Davis
Velma Davis
Velma Davis

Velma Pratt Davis, age 89, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on February 18, 2021.

She was born on January 26, 1932 in Claude, Texas, the daughter of Vascus and Hazel Pratt. She was raised in Panhandle, Texas and graduated from Panhandle High School.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Glenn, John, Sam and Arty Pratt; and one great-great-grandson.

She is survived by daughters, Chris Duffy and husband Richard, and Nancy Rajchel; son, Marvin Kellison “Kelly” Davis and wife Brenda; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Velma was a member of Polk Street United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. She worked as the office manager for Insurance Associates for over 30 years and then retired from William P. Clements Unit, Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She was an active member of the Pilot Club, prayer groups and a volunteer at the Discovery Center and Breast Cancer Survivors Center. Velma had more friends than most. Although she had a great work ethic, she always put family and friends first.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Polk Street United Methodist Church.

Stephen Lynn Roark

Stephen Lynn Roark
Stephen Lynn Roark

Stephen Lynn Roark, 66, of Wildorado, TX went to be with the Lord on February 23, 2021. He was born on August 23, 1954 in Canyon, TX to Cecil and Doris Roark. Steve grew up in Wildorado and attended high school in Vega. He met the love of his life, Cindy Roark and knew right away he wanted to marry her. They married July 5, 1975. Steve was a jack of all trades, working jobs from the oil field to custom farming. He, then, went to work maintenance at Wildorado Elementary for the thirty years of his career. He loved caring for the school, children, and community.  Steve loved being outside, especially in the mountains of Red River. There, you would find him in a stream, fishing for trout. When at home, he always cooked for his family while watching Westerns and playing with his five grandchildren. He loved to smile and joke. He cared deeply for his family and all who he encountered.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Doris Roark; and his brother, Phil Roark.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Roark; his brother, Mark and his wife Connie; his children, Amber with husband Jody, Sarah with husband Chad, and Heath with his wife Sarah; and his grandchildren, Brooke, Emma, Kasen, Abby, and Swayze. He was loved by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. on February 27, 2021 with a graveside service at the Palo Duro Cemetery six miles south of Wildorado, Texas.

In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks to send donations to benefit Wildorado School at P.O. Box 120 Wildorado, Texas 79098.

Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery

Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery
Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery

Mary Lou Taylor Montgomery, 82, passed away Monday evening, February 22, 2021.  Her family was at her side.

At Mary Lou’s request, and due to covid precautions, a private family service will be held.  Family friend and minister, Alton Cheatwood, will officiate.  Burial will follow at the Stinnett Cemetery, Stinnett, Texas.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to a church of your preference or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (see www.stjude.org).

Mary Lou was the eldest child born to Wayne Reich and Mary Lila (Miller) Taylor.  She was born in Wheeler, Texas on July 24, 1938.  She grew up in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma on her family’s farm, a portion of which was originally homesteaded by her grandfather in 1901.  The farm remains in her family today.  Mary Lou attended schools in Reydon, Oklahoma.  Some of the friendships she had as a child endured throughout her life.

On July 17, 1956, Mary Lou married Bobby Montgomery in Wellington, Texas.  Shortly after they married, they moved to Stinnett, Texas where Bobby began teaching in the Stinnett school system.  They lived and worked in the Stinnett community until 2016.  Mary Lou was a beautician for 35 years, and she owned and operated her own shop most of that time.  As their health and the medical profession changed, requiring more doctor visits, Bobby and Mary Lou moved to Amarillo, Texas but they still considered Stinnett to be their true home.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her nephew, Jonathan Wayne Taylor.

Mary Lou is survived by her two sons, Bobby Wayne Montgomery and wife Montee, Stinnett, and Timothy Mark Montgomery, Houston, Texas; two grandsons, Matthew Wayne Montgomery and wife Vanessa, Fort Worth, Texas, and Mark Allen Montgomery and wife Leia, Soldotna, Alaska; four great-grandchildren, Kinley Taylor and Cooper Daniel Montgomery, Soldotna, and Zackery Allen and Evan Wayne Montgomery, Fort Worth; two brothers, Glenn Reich Taylor and wife Sandy, Newport News, Virginia, and McClarren Wayne ‘Mac’ Taylor and wife Joan, Elk City, Oklahoma; and one nephew and one niece, Christopher Reich Taylor and wife Elizabeth, St Andrews, Scotland, and Kimberly Anne (Taylor) Hailer and husband Benjamin, Newport News.

Mary Lou enjoyed working in a beauty shop environment as it enabled substantial camaraderie with other women.  Throughout her life she especially enjoyed the company of elderly women.  She found them to be particularly entertaining due to their humor and their balanced perspective on life in general.  The girls at the quilting bee knew how to cook, sew, tell jokes and have fun.  Some of her happiest memories were times spent with friends and clients from her beauty shop days.

Mary Lou loved to travel, and she encouraged her sons to follow their dreams and seek adventure.  She thought it was important to prepare for the future, but it was more critical to ‘live in the day’.  Most of all, Mary Lou wanted to spend time with her family, especially her grandsons and great grandchildren.

The family would like to express sincerest gratitude to Patricia Olona, Kathy Jackson and Claire Johnson, of the True Blessings organization. They enabled Mary Lou’s peaceful and beautiful transition from her earthly life.

Services are entrusted to Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas.

Deenie “Veneice” Singleton

Deenie “Veneice” Singleton
Deenie “Veneice” Singleton

Deenie “Veneice” Singleton, 58, of Amarillo, TX passed away on February 22, 2021.

Private family services will be held.

Veneice was born in Amarillo, TX on March 1, 1962, to Rita and James Singleton.

She was preceded in death by sister, Vicky James; and stepdad, Ray Urton.

Survivors include her mother, Rita Urton; son, Casey Singleton; and granddaughter, Payton Singleton.

Larry Joe Mullenix

Larry Joe Mullenix
Larry Joe Mullenix

After three critical surgeries and weeks of intensive rehab, Larry Joe Mullenix, 72, was completely healed and his body restored when he met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

A celebration of life will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2021, at Paramount Baptist Church, 3801 S. Western Street, Amarillo, TX.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo, TX.

Larry was born on December 29, 1948, in Childress, TX to Joe and Swanee Mullenix.

He graduated from Childress High School in 1967.  He married the love of his life, Rita Ann Evans on February 15, 1969.  He graduated from North Texas State University in 1971 and within two weeks of graduation, was at boot camp and served in the United States Army from 1971- 1974.  He moved to Borger, TX in 1976 and while in Borger worked for Phillips 66 Company, Bennett Carder, and The City of Borger.  He retired as the Director of Planning and Zoning in May of 2011 but did not stop working.  He continued doing contract work for the cities of Borger, Panhandle, Pampa, and Amarillo.  He and Rita moved to Amarillo in April 2015 to be near his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters.  His focus became tinkering in his wood shop restoring furniture.  He was a member of Paramount Baptist Church and the CIA Sunday school class where he served faithfully.  His favorite things were fishing, riding jet skis with Rita and his granddaughters, wood working, the Texas Rangers, and working crossword puzzles.  His favorite places were Lake Meredith, Possum Kingdom Lake and any place he was with Rita.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Swanee Mullenix; his paternal grandparents, Earnest and Nina Mullenix; and his maternal grandparents, Fred and Marie Culpepper.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rita Evans Mullenix of Amarillo; daughter, Cara Mullenix and husband Todd Artigue of Wichita Falls; son, Chad Mullenix and wife Carlye of Amarillo; three granddaughters, Kaylee, Kelsey, and Kiley Mullenix, all of Amarillo; sister, Illa Flemmons and husband Lefty of Russell, Kansas; a cousin who was like a sister, Paula Badger and husband Tom of Amarillo; his brother-in-law and fishing buddy, Fran Simmons and wife Linda of Omaha, TX; his brother-in-law and fellow crossword puzzle enthusiast, Larry Evans and wife Rita of Childress; brother-in-law, Jim Evans of Aubrey; sister-in-law, Jan Grantham of Paradise; brother-in-law, Mike Evans and wife Diane of Childress; 16 nieces and nephews; and last, but not least his 4-legged fur baby, Chief.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Samaritan’s Purse, Snack Pak 4 Kids, and Paramount Baptist Renovation Project.

Cassie Simpson

Cassie Simpson
Cassie Simpson

Cassie Simpson, 83, of Amarillo, TX died Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 24, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, with Dr. G. A. Roach officiating. Burial will be at Llano East Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Cassie was born on February 14, 1938, in Bertram, TX to Rosie Ethel and Victor Floyd Hart. She grew up in a family of 9. She had worked at Austin Middle School as the cafeteria manager for over 29 years. Cassie loved gardening, watching and feeding the birds, bowling, playing bingo, and doing jigsaw puzzles. She loved spending the holidays with her family and her family enjoyed her cooking. Cassie was the inspirational matriarch of the family and she kept Christ in our lives.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Bullock, Pam Kelly, Kathy Propest, Bobbie Simpson, and two bonus daughters, Teresa McCollum, and Linda Watson; two sisters, Doris Whitely, and Ethel Watts; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

William Joseph Casarez

William Joseph Casarez
William Joseph Casarez

William Joseph Casarez, a Christian gentleman of 91, died peacefully February 16, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Patrick and Josephine (Mahle) Casarez; and siblings, William Patrick Casarez, Jr., Maureen Velarde, Betty Gray, and Joseph Patrick Casarez, Sr.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Betty (Jenkins) Casarez; son, William Clayton Casarez (Kathleen); and granddaughters, Kiona Marie Casarez and Erin Margaret O’Connell.  He was loving known as “Uncle Tiny” to his many nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Cathedral High School, El Paso, Texas. He also graduated from the College of Santa Fe (Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude), and earned a Master of Arts Degree from Highlands University, New Mexico.  As a life-long professional educator, Bill Casarez taught Biology at Bel Air High School, El Paso, Texas and at the Penitentiary of New Mexico, in Santa Fe.  He later became the first high school guidance counselor in the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) and was subsequently appointed as the first Director of Guidance Counseling for the district.  He continued serving the educational needs of El Paso community until his retirement as an Associate Superintendent of the YISD.

A gentleman of great diversity, he was awarded a joint United States Patent before following his calling as a professional educator and later enjoyed woodworking and the precision of watch repair and clock building.  His previous interest in electronics and amateur radio served him well as he became a key technical resource for the programming of the early advanced computer systems used behind the scenes by the YISD.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, February 25, 2021 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Amarillo. Committal service and interment will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo. Use the link to live stream the Funeral Mass: https://amarillo.church/live

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the High Plains Food Bank (Amarillo, TX), Faith City Mission (Amarillo, TX), or charitable organization of your choice.

Elmo Blythe

Elmo Blythe
Elmo Blythe
Elmo Blythe

Elmo Murray Blythe, 102, of Dumas, TX died Monday, February 22, 2021.

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel, 500 N. Maddox Ave., with Matthew Price officiating.  Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas.

Elmo was born August 20, 1918, in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Abner and Virginia Blythe.  He owned and operated an egg and chicken ranch and had worked for American Zinc and operated an ice company.  Elmo retired many years ago and enjoyed playing bridge, attending First Baptist Church where he was a member, and watching the stock market.  He was an avid gardener and loved to give away his vegetables.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ava Blythe.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Blythe and wife Gail, of Grand Prairie, TX, and Doug Blythe and wife Cheryl of Springfield, VA; a daughter, Kay Green and husband Curtis, of Amarillo, TX; a sister, Martha Lou; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Use this link to view the service: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12FiFgy_5UptkTAqbUky6hJh2nwtKQl29/view?usp=sharing