Obituaries

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14
Sep

Clarice Ray May 23, 1936 - September 7, 2017

ANSON – CLARICE RAY, 81, died Thursday, September 7, 2017, at her home in Anson. Born May 23, 1936 in Sterling City, Clarice was a daughter of the late Ottie Tillman and Clifford (Page) Higgins. She graduated from Rotan High School in 1954. Clarice married Billy Ray in in Hamlin on April 15, 1955. Clarice was a Baptist Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray of Anson; one daughter, Teresa Ray- Marshall (and husband, Berry) of Pagosa Springs, CO; two sons, John Ray of Anson and Joel Ray of Lampasas; and she enjoyed seven grandchildren.

Thu
14
Sep

Juanita “Nita” M. Smith October 24, 1928 - September 7, 2017

Juanita “Nita” M. Smith, 88, of Rotan passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017. Funeral services will be held at 3:30pm, Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Rotan. Burial will follow in Belvieu cemetery. A family visitation is scheduled for Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 5pm until 7pm, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Juanita Morgan Smith was born October 24, 1928, in Sweetwater, TX, to Leonard C. Morgan and Edna (Crowley) Morgan. She graduated from high school at age 16. Nita then went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, from Texas Tech University. Nita married the love of her life, Billy James Smith on November 30, 1950, in Rotan. She worked as an elementary school teacher and taught at Rotan Elementary School for 40 of her 42 years as an educator. Nita was passionate about teaching children and continued teaching in various ways after her retirement.

Thu
31
Aug

Max H. Noles

July 19, 1933 - August 16, 2017

Thu
17
Aug

Lehman E. Newton Jr. November 15, 1923 - August 11, 2017

Lehman E. Newton Jr., age 94, of Midland and San Angelo, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Lehman was born Oct. 24, 1922, in Rotan, Texas, to Lehman E. and Mabel Essie Newton. He graduated from Texas A & M with a degree in Chemical Engineering in January 1943. He was commissioned into the United States Army Jan. 31, 1943 and served until Oct. 5, 1946. He served as a Captain in Chemical Warfare Service during World War II, serving both stateside and in the Pacific, China-Burma-India and European Theaters. Lehman married Frances McCombs Sept. 7, 1947, in Rotan, Texas. He is preceded in death by his of 53 years, his parents and a sister, Patsy Cox. Lehman is survived by his children, Frances and Larry Stapp, Sue and Steve Van Hoozer, Newt and Banay Newton and Bob and Kim Newton. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Stacey and J.C.

Thu
17
Aug

Eugenio (Eugene) Gonzalez November 15, 1923 - August 11, 2017

Eugenio (Eugene) Gonzalez, 93, died Friday, August 11, 2017 at his lifelong home west of Hamlin. Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rotan with Father Renato Cruz officiating and assisted by Father Teresito Paqueo. Rosary will be 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 14, 2017 at Weathersbee- Ray Chapelin Rotan under the direction of Weathersbee- Ray Funeral Home. Born November 15, 1923 in Hamlin, Texas, Eugene was a son of the late Antonio and Lucia (Arzola) Gonzalez. He married his lifelong love Gregoria Rodriguez on Feb 3, 1950. Eugene was a lifelong resident of Fisher County and an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Rotan and dedicated much love and effort in the restoration and upkeep of the Sacred Heart Church (El Ranchito) 12 miles east of Rotan. Eugene was raised on the family farm 10 miles west of Hamlin where he helped his family with crop farming and raising livestock.

Thu
10
Aug

Lydia Garcia December 6, 1938 - August 3, 2017

ROTAN: Lydia Garcia, 78, of Rotan, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017, at her home. A funeral mass will be held at 10am, Saturday, August 5, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Rotan. Burial will follow in Jayton Cemetery, in Jayton, TX. A visitation and rosary service is scheduled for Friday, August 4, 2017, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home; the rosary service will begin at 7pm. Audelia “Lydia” Martinez Garcia was born December 6, 1938, in Robstown, TX, to Anselmo Martinez and Juanita (Ramos) Martinez. She married the love of her life, Francisco B. Garcia, on December 23, 1953, in Clairmont, TX. Lydia and Frank had 64 wonderful years together; side by side, they walked through this life together. Lydia was a very loving and compassionate woman. She made sure her family had everything they needed; often putting their needs above her own. Not only did Lydia take care of her children, but acted as a mother figure to many children whose lives she touched.

Thu
03
Aug

James Coy Stuart September 17, 1933 - July 26, 2017

LUBBOCK: James Coy Stuart passed from this life July 26, 2017. James was born September 17, 1933 in Roby, Texas and grew up in Fisher County where he helped with the family farm and dairy until the family moved to Carrollton, Texas where he met the love of his life and wife of 62 years, Shirley Ruth Sprague. James attended Tarleton State College pursuing his interests in livestock and ranching. James served in the occupation forces in Germany as a US Army Marksman and upon his honorable discharge, moved his young family to Lubbock. James worked as the livestock buyer for FarmPac and built a vast network of friends in the farming industry in Lubbock and surrounding area. He was active in the livestock and agricultural community and served as a leader in 4-H. He also served as an official to many area livestock shows.

Thu
03
Aug

Sarah Marie Mauldin January 24, 1985 - July 27, 2017

Sarah Marie Mauldin passed peacefully from this life into the Kingdom of Heaven with her Savior Jesus Christ by her side on Friday, July 27th. She was surrounded with love from Josh Martinez, his family, her family and long-time friends. Josh and Sarah had been together for almost exactly four years sharing a special bond. They met in Las Vegas, Nevada where Sarah was living with her family. A mutual friend, Dominique arranged a blind date. Josh picked her up in a limousine and their relationship bloomed from there almost like the Disney Stories Sarah loved. We will all miss her until we meet again. Sarah was 32 years old, born on January 24, 1985 to Allan and Karen Helms Mauldin in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2016 with a degree in Education with top honors for her 3.9 gpa. She was planning to attend Texas Tech for her Master’s Degree this fall. Our Sarah meant many things to many people. She was always positive and smiling.

Thu
03
Aug

Ellen Ann Hariman January 16, 1944 - July 25, 2017

ROTAN: Ellen Ann Hariman Wicker was born January 16, 1944, in Rotan, TX, to Branson Jefferson Hariman and Bettie Elizabeth (Lynch) Hariman. She was a graduate of Rotan High School. Ellen spent most of her life working as a homemaker; she was a wonderful mother and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. Ellen enjoyed shorthand crocheting and was an avid reader. She also loved spending time with her friends and family and doing activities such as playing bingo, dominoes, and monopoly. Ellen was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed by everyone that knew her and loved her. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Branson and Bettie Hariman; her daughter, Tammy Sharp; 5 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Thu
06
Jul

Alex Bill Rodgers

Abilene, Texas - Bill Rodgers 62, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017. Funeral Service is scheduled for 10:00am, Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 542 Hickory St., Abliene, Texas. Burial will follow at Aspermont Cemetery.

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