Obituaries

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Mary Arlene Carter

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McCaulley- Mary Arlene (Marlene) Carter, 86, has gone to be with the Lord on April 21, 2019. Graveside services will be11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Belvieu Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Weathersbee- Ray Funeral Home.

Mary was born in Rotan, Texas on May 13, 1932 to the late Robert and Leatha Martin. She moved to Roby when she was two years old. Mary married Billy Ray Carter on January 28, 1949 in Roby, by Rev. Hughley. After they married the couple moved back to Rotan, and in 1957 made their home in Odessa. Mary loved her daughters and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, two brothers, Artie and Maurice and one daughter, Connie Garrison.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Ray Carter; four daughters, Malinda Garrett, Madena Hamilton, Marla Carr, and Bonnie Upshaw; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

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26
Apr
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In Loving Memory Donald (Don) Bruce

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Donald (Don) Bruce Cleveland, 83, of Denton, Texas passed away on April 17, 2019. In 1977, Professor Emeritus Don Cleveland joined the faculty of the University of North Texas where he was the architect of the internationally recognized interdisciplinary doctoral program in information science.

Don was born on December 16, 1935 in Rotan, Texas to Bruce and Sammie (Harris) Cleveland. He graduated from Rotan High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. Following his military service, he graduated from Howard Payne University in 1959. He went on to receive a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin in 1962, a master’s degree in computer science (with a mathematics minor) from Texas A&M University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in information science from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 where he taught for three years before joining the University of North Texas faculty.

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12
Apr
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Julia Aaron

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Julia Ann (Rivers) Aaron, 80, loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother passed away Friday, April 5, 2019, in Springtown, Texas. Memorial Service: 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 10, 2019, Springtown Church of Christ Visitation: 6-8 PM, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, Springtown Church of Christ

Julia was born September 19, 1938, to the late Herbert Clint and Mary Gordon Rivers in Rotan, Texas. She was a long time resident of Springtown, Texas.

Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; parents; infant twin brother, Donald; and a son, Gary Todd Aaron.

Survivors include her children, Belynda Aaron, Doyce Aaron and wife, Tina, Toni Ellis, Frankie Price and husband, Allen, all of Springtown; sister Frances Box and husband, John, of Lake Dallas; grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren.

There will be no graveside service.

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12
Apr
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Deana McWilliams

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Deana Frances Sharrock McWilliams, age 87, of Roby, Texas (Former longtime resident of Sweetwater, Texas), passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Fisher County Hospital. Funeral services were held April 5th at Trinity Baptist Church with Rev. Truman Davis officiating. Burial followed at Palava Cemetary. Arrangements were under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

Deana was born on February 14, 1932 in Sweetwater, Texas to Francis Dee and Nannie Ruth Davis Sharrock. She was a 1949 graduate of Newman High School. She worked as a secretary for T.S.T.C. for many years before retiring. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

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29
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Laverne (Jenkins) Harrison

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Laverne (Jenkins) Harrison passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Rotan. Funeral services will be held at 2pm, Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Rotan. Burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation is set for Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Frist Baptist Church of Rotan, from 6pm until 7pm.

Laverne was born, to Doug and Lula Jenkins, June 30, 1929, in the community of Flattop; northeast of Hamlin. She attended Flattop school until high school, where she graduated from Hamlin in 1947.

Laverne married Tyrus Harrison February 6, 1948 in Fisher County. They married and made their home in Rotan for 70 years. They moved east of town on a small farm where she loved gardening and tending to her chickens. Laverne was an excellent seamstress and made her girls a new wardrobe to start school every year. She continued her love of sewing by piecing quilts and hand quilting all her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren a quilt.

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29
Mar
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Andres R. Almanza

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Andres R. Almanza, 78, of Rotan went Home Monday, March 25, 2019 in Rotan. A funeral mass will be held at 10am, Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rotan; burial will follow in Belvieu Cemetery. Visitation and rosary services will be held from 6-8pm, Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel; the rosary reading will begin at 6pm.

Andres R. Almanza was born March 8, 1941 in Rotan, TX to Serapio and Otila (Ramon) Almanza. He was a lifelong resident of Rotan and worked many years as a loyal employee of the City of Rotan. Andres enjoyed sitting outside talking and laughing with his friends and family and working in his garden. He was also a collector of many things; he believed everything could be used for something. Andres was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle and friend. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him and loved him.

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22
Mar
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Billie Arlene Gruben-Brown

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Billie Arlene Gruben Brown passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 following a brief illness.

Billie was born October 2, 1929 to Arlon and Verona Cross in the Cross Roads community of Fisher County, Texas. She attended Roby schools, graduating from Roby High School in 1947. As a student, Billie was voted both Football and FFA Sweetheart.

Billie was married to Glen Gruben 47 years until his death in 1994. They made their home and raised their family in the Cross Roads community where her life centered around her beloved place of worship, Cross Roads Baptist Church. Billie first attended Cross Roads during her first week of life and remained a faithful and active member until health issues prevented her attendance. She was very active in all of her children’s activities as a Sunday School teacher at church and a room parent at school.

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22
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Sammy Lee Gonzales

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Odessa, Tx - Sammy Lee Gonzales, 60, died peacefully March 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm after a long illness with Parkinson’s Disease at Sienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Odessa, Texas. Sammy was born October 14, 1958 to Louis and Pauline Gonzales.

Sammy was survived by his father, Louis Gonzales, Brothers, Robert and Joe Gonzales, Grandchildren, Christopher Elias Jr, Cheyenne Lozano, Danika Elias, and Zander Elias. His great grandchild Catalina Nevaeh Lozano, Niece Kristy Gonzales, April Gonzales. Nephew Robert Gonzales Jr., Matthew Gonzales, great Nephews, Jagger Jace Gonzales, Jacob Anthony Garcia. And great Niece Kelsey Renee Cardenas. Close cousins were Deacon Eddie Gonzalez, Ronnie Medrano. Uncles, Ramon Medrano, Tony Gonzalez, Aunts, Ruth Gonzalez, Janie Moreno, Susie Martinez.

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22
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Jose Francisco (Joe Frank) Garcia

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Jose Francisco (Joe Frank) Garcia, born June 26, 1944 in Snyder, Texas to Apolonio (Paul) and Vera Lou(Ashton) Garcia, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the age of

74. Visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 15 th at Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home in Hamlin, TX. Services will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 16 th at the Hamlin funeral home with a procession following to the Girard Cemetery in Kent County, Texas.

Raised in Rotan, Texas, he graduated from Rotan High School in 1963. Following a stroke suffered after a day filled with friends and cold beer, Joe fought for over a month like those who knew him might expect.

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Bettie Murlene Rivers

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Bettie Murlene Rivers, cherished by her family, passed to the kingdom of the Lord on March 11, 2019. Murlene was born October 13, 1938 in the Hobbs, Texas community of Fisher County. Murlene graduated from Rotan High School in 1956 and married Wallace Rae Jeffery in 1957. Murlene worked for Sallie Mae and retired from Panhandle Plains Student Loan Center in 1997.

Murlene was preceded in death by her daughter, Alecia D’Anne Jeffery McNatt, by her parents, Charles Elyet Rivers and Lova Lee Rivers and sister, Billie Jean Flake.

She is survived by her son Avret David Jeffery, her granddaughters LaSandra Nicole Wilkinson and Kendl Rae McNatt, her great grandson Ryder Cantrell, her great granddaughter Corbin Upthegrove, her brothers Bobby Chester Rivers and Charles Leroy Rivers and numerous nieces and nephews.

Murlene adored her family and enjoyed playing cards and bingo with friends.

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