Obituaries

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Feb
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Wayne Nichols

Wayne Nichols, 52, of Rotan, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 in Rotan. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Friday, February 22, 2019 at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery.

Richard Wayne Nichols was born July 9, 1966 in Hamlin, Texas to Harold Loyd Nichols and Kathleen Elrod Bennett.

Wayne was preceded in death by his grandparents; a nephew, Blake Nichols; uncles, James Allen, Jim Bilbo, and A.L. Elrod and Aunt, Erline Elrod.

Wayne is survived by his father, Loyd Nichols; mother, Kathleen Bennett; sons, J.C. Nichols and Joseph Tamez; brothers, Dean Nichols and Ray Nichols; nieces, Codi Haigood, Kourtney Baker, Haley Wright, Jessica Sporles and Sarah Sporles; and numerous cousins.

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22
Feb
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Kelly Godfrey Jeffery

Hamlin- Kelly Godfrey Jeffrey, 56, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the First Baptist Church. Visitation will be 5:30 to 6:30 Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hamlin Memorial Cemetery, directed by Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home.

Born January 7, 1963, in Hamlin, Kelly was the daughter of John Ray and Barbara (Smith) Godfrey. She graduated from High School in Iraan. After graduation, Kelly graduated from Western Texas College and obtained her Associate Degree, she furthered her education at Angelo State University and earned Bachelors of Science Degree in education. She coached Cross Country for 9 years in Iraan before coming to Hamlin. This is her 23nd year in Hamlin. Kelly had always been the head coach for the Girls Cross Country Team where she won a State Championship. Her father and brother were both coaches, so it runs in the family.

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22
Feb
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Parker Barron Wetsel

Parker Barron Wetsel, 95, passed away February 14, 2019. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2019, at the Roby First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roby Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.

Born February 5, 1924, in Fisher County, Parker was the son of the late Joe Barron and Oscar Mae (Parker) Wetsel. He graduated high school in 1942 and attended Texas A&M at College Station in the summer and fall of 1942. In December of 1942, Parker volunteered in the U.S. Army. On January 6, 1943, he along with a few of his friends loaded a bus at the Texaco Station in Roby and headed to Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells. Parker served our county proudly during WWII. He was an active part of the 487th AAA Battalion, Battery D.

Thu
07
Feb
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Nita Lafate Posey

September 16, 1932 – February 8, 2019

Nita Lafate Posey passed away February 5, 2019 at the age of 86. Visitation will be Friday, February 8th at Rotan Church of Christ from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. with services also there at 2:00 p.m. Nita was born September 16, 1932 in Jones County to Ira Theodore Green and Hattie Louise Holden Green. She graduated from Hamlin High School where she was a cheerleader and an accomplished student. After graduation she worked at Southwestern Bell Telephone as an operator for three years.

She married the only love of her life Glenn Harold Posey on September 23, 1953. They made their home on a farm, raising cotton and cattle in the shadow of the Double Mountains in Stonewall County. They were faithful members of the Rotan Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School, raising three daughters: Carol, Gayle, and Connie.

Thu
07
Feb
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Esmeralda “Esmee” Lopez

February 14, 1958 – February 1, 2019

Esmeralda “Esmee” Lopez Lujan, age 60 of Arlington, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 1, 2019. She was born to the late Francisco Lopez and Elvira Garcia Lopez on February 14, 1958. Esmee attended Rotan public schools before moving to Lubbock in 1977 where she earned her cosmetology/beautician license.

In 1978, she moved to Arlington where she pursued her lifetime career as a beautician.

As single parent, she raised her son Jerome, gained daughter-in-law Julie followed by two loving grandchildren, Adrian and Celine whom she adored. She loved family and cherished the time spent with her Mother, siblings and extended family which brought her much joy.

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31
Jan
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James E Peterson March 31, 1949 – January 24, 2019

James E. Petterson, Jr. 69 of Harlowton died early Thursday morning, January 24th, 2019 in Billings Clinic after a battle with lung cancer. He was born March 31, 1949 in Redwood City, CA the son of James E. and Oma J. (Hahn) Petterson, Sr. The family moved to Aspermont, TX where he received his education graduating from High School in Aspermont in 1967. He then worked with a harvest crew from Texas to Canada until joining the Air Force in 1969. He received his discharge in 1979 and continued on in the Air Force Reserve. He then begins working as a lineman in Wyoming and Montana. He was united in marriage to Kathryn Rosenberg on April 17, 1981. They lived in Harlowton until moving to Whiteman Air Force Base in Johnson County Missouri. He worked on the Minuteman Missiles with the Civil Engineering department as an electrician. He retired in 2012 and in 2016 they moved to Harlowton.

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31
Jan
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Dorthy Jim Mize Tolan June 16, 1927 – January 13, 2019

Dorothy Jim Mize Tolan passed away January 23, 2019. In Rotan she was known by “Cootsie,” the nickname given to her by her dad. Outside of Rotan she was known by her middle name, “Jim”. Dorothy grew up in Rotan and her heart was always there. A lifelong fan of the Yellow Hammers, she spoke fondly of wandering the canyons and climbing the Double Mountains as a girl. Later in life, she would always say that she was “tough” because she was from West Texas. She was born June 16, 1927 in Rotan, and was the daughter of Henderson Floyd Mize and Claudia Jane Palmer Mize. Dorothy married JC Tolan and had three children, Bobby Jay Tolan, Vickie Annette Tolan Reasor, and Danny Lynn Tolan. She is survived by her children and her grandchildren: Erin Tolan, Christopher Reasor, Kari Reasor, Laura Tolan, and Leah Tolan. The youngest of 13 children, Dorothy loved a large extended family of relations and friends.

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24
Jan
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Frankie Stuart Jarnagin

September 29, 1935 – January 11, 2019

Frankie Stuart Jarnagin, 83, of Tolar, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019. Celebration of Life: 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 26, 2019, Tolar United Methodist Church, Tolar, Texas.

Frankie was born on September 19, 1935 in Roby, Texas to Rabon and Irene Stuart. She knew Jimmy “Jim” Jarnagin in High School and they rekindled their friendship when he came home in 2003. They were married in 2006. She owned a Merle Norman studio in Haleyville, Alabama for 25 years. She was a member of Tolar Methodist Church.

Frankie is survived by her husband : Jimmy “Jim”Jarnagin, sons: Ronald Clayton Cornell, Forrest Ra Cornell and wife Susan, Tym Cornell and wife Merry, stepchildren: Michele Anderson and husband Michael, Jon Melville Jarnagin and wife Diane, numerous grandchildren, twin great-grandsons, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

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28
Dec
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Debbie Gruben

Rotan-Debbie Gruben, 67, passed away December 21, 2018, in Fisher County. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at Cross Roads Baptist Church. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Cross Roads Baptist church before the service. Burial will be in Belvieu Cemetery, directed by Weathersbees-Ray Funeral Home. Born on January 16, 1951, Debbie was the daughter of the late Bobby and Gene (Parmelly) Hayes. She married the love of her life Harold Gruben August 11, 1972, in Fisher County. Debbie went to work for Hargrove Crop Insurance in 1988 where she later retired. She enjoyed crafting, shopping, grandbabies, hunting arrowheads and cooking for her family. Christmas was Debbie’s favorite time of year. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Candi Hayes. Survivors include her beloved husband, Harold; one daughter, Amy and her husband J.D. Elrod; and two grandchildren, Riley and Kayme Elrod.

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30
Nov
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Mary Olga Carrillo (Frausto)

Mary Olga Carrillo (Frausto) went to be with her sacred God that she had ultimate faith in on November 24, 2018. Mary was born in Moore, Texas on March 15, 1941 to Pascual and Ignacia Frausto. Mary enjoyed life, a good margarita and trying her luck at every casino she came across. She had many adventures with family and friends. The most memorable visiting the Vatican with her daughters before her passing. Mom was a hard worker and survivor who loved her family fiercely. She will always be in our hearts and now our angel until the end of time.

Mary is survived by her four daughters and two grandchildren. Veronica Garcia and husband Manuel of Snyder, Texas, Nina Castellanos and husband Robert of Oxnard, California, Elisa Trowbridge of Goleta, California, and Sonia Carrillo of Big Spring, Texas. Grandchildren Crystal Michelle Garcia, of San Antonio, Texas and Douglas Bruce Trowbridge of Goleta, California.

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