Obituaries

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Nancy Cheyne August 8, 1940 - September 27, 2017

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Nancy Cheyne, 77, of Jayton passed away Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 in Jayton. A memorial service will be held at 10am, Saturday, September 30th, 2017 at the Jayton Community Center. Burial will take place at 11am, on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at the Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Bluff Dale, TX. Visitation is set for 6pm-8pm, Friday, September 29th, 2017, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home, in Rotan. Nancy Jane (Hines) Cheyne was born August 8th, 1940, in Rule, TX, to Home Hines and Bobby (Kelly) Hines. She married the love of her life, Olen R. Cheyne on August 15th, 1958 in Rotan. Nancy graduated from nursing school on August 5th, 1977; earning her LVN license. The majority of her career was spent working in the Jayton and Spur nursing homes. Nancy was a skilled gardener and loved working in her yard and gardens. She was also a big animal lover; especially when it came to her dogs and cats. Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and friend.

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05
Oct
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June Ann (McCombs) Ballentine May 31, 1933 - September 21, 2017

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June Ballentine, 84, of Rotan passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Lubbock. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Rotan Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Grady Cemetery, outside of Rotan. Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. June Ann (McCombs) Ballentine was born May 31, 1933, in Rotan, TX to Thomas and Kara (Willbanks) Mc- Combs. June was a graduate of Rotan High School in Rotan, TX. She met the love of her life, William Jack Ballentine, while working for Pioneer Gas Company in Crosbyton. She and Jack were married on November 19, 1955 and spent the next 59 years together until Jack’s passing in 2014. June was a member of the Rotan Church of Christ and had a strong, solid faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and in her younger years she lovingly ministered children as a Sunday school teacher.

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28
Sep
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David Coy Kiser September 20, 2017

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David Coy Kiser, 58, of Granbury, Texas passed away on September 20, 2017. David was born in Sweetwater, Texas to Cecil Coy Kiser and Carolyn Jo Overman- Kiser. He spent much of his time growing up with his grandparents, Cecil and Jean Kiser and Peggy (Nanny) Overman, before graduating from Roby High School. On March 9, 2001, David married Shannon Clayton in Midland, Texas where they resided until 2010 when they moved to Granbury. David has been a Drilling Superintendent for Big Dog Drilling for over 15 years and worked in the oil industry since the age of 18. He enjoyed fishing, boating and tubing and loved being near the water. He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister, Angela Kiser.

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21
Sep
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Linda Rembert November 15, 1945 - September 5, 2017

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Linda Rembert was called home to be with our Lord and Savior after her long fight with breast cancer September 5, 2017. She was born November 15, 1945 to the late Bert and Illene Hale in Roscoe, TX. Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons Blandon and David Rembert, numerous cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held 1:00pm Saturday September 23, 2017 at Roby United Methodist Church, N Church and 2nd Street, Roby, TX.

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21
Sep
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Noil Melven (Mel) Matthies August 17, 1923 - September 13, 2017

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Noil Melvin (Mel) Matthies, 94, of Rotan, went to meet his Creator and Lord and Savior on Wednesday September 13, 2017 in Lubbock, TX. Graveside services will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:30AM in Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan, TX. Weathersbee- Ray Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Melvin was born to A.K. and Alma Matthies on August 17, 1923 at home in Scurry County. He went to the Navy and served our country in World War II. Melvin was a mechanic by trade and a very good one but loved to fish and enjoy life. He married Marie Eckert on November 4, 1966 and she preceded him in death on September 26, 2003. Survivors include 1 son, Johnny Lynn Matthies of Rotan; 4 grandchildren, Sandra Benham of Post, Melissa Reynolds of New York State, Tammy Self of Post, and Andrew Matthies of Seymour; 2 sisters, Addie Markham of Rotan and Carol Mooney of Colorado City; and 1 sister -in- law, Shirley (Matthies) Jeffrey of Roby.

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14
Sep
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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.

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

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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.

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Max H. Noles

July 19, 1933 - August 16, 2017

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

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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.

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17
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Eugenio (Eugene) Gonzalez November 15, 1923 - August 11, 2017

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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.

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