Obituaries

Wed
26
Jul

PAUL “BUD” PROVENCE

PAUL “BUD” PROVENCE Church service for Paul “Bud” Provence, 89, of Sudan, who died Monday, July 24, 2017, in Amherst, was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at First Baptist Chruch in Sudan, with Mike Wood of Sudan and Terry Wilson of Sudan, officiating. Burial was in the Sudan Cemetery with Ellis Funeral Home of Sudan in charge of arrangements. Bud was forn Aug. 9, 1927 in Lazbudie to Dan S. and Ada Bellar Provence. Bud served during World War II in the United States Navy. He was a welder and a blacksmith for many years, and a volunteer fireman in Sudan for 57 years. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Sudan. He is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Donna Lynskey.Bud is survived by his two sons, Damon Provence and his wife, Jeanne of Sudan, and Darren Provence and his wife, Tracey of Sudan; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Sat
22
Jul

ELLEN LaNOLA MILLS

Ellen LaNola Mills, 86, of Olton and formerly of Ft. Worth, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Olton. Memorial services were held Saturday morning, July 22, 2017, at the Abundant Life Church of Graford in Graford, TX, with Dr. Donnie Auvenshine officiating and under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. Visitation was held Friday, July 21, 2017, at Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton. Ellen was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Singleton, TX, to Seth Stephen and Addie Bethinia (Lamb) Crundwell. She married Grady Bert Mills in 1951 and was a charter member of Westridge Baptist Church in Ft. Worth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Bert Mills, in 1976. Survivors include her sons, Dr. G. Steve Mills and his wife, Merry Beth of Olton and Jeffrey Lynn Mills and his wife, Teresa of Leesville, LA; a sister, Joyce Evelyn Ballard of Katy; five grandchildren: Jeffrey Terrell Mills of Granbury, Matthew Grady Mills of Virginia Beach, Johnathan Mills of Ft.

Wed
19
Jul

HOWARD VARNER

Howard Varner, 67, of Littlefield, died on Friday, July 14, 2017. He was born January 13, 1949 in Monahans, TX to Sylvester and Juanita Varner. Memorial Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Grace Chapel in Hillcrest with Gary Jephcott and Michael Shipley speaking. Cremation arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield. Howard graduated from Perryton High School in 1967, and then attended Oklahoma State University. While in Oklahoma, he met Karen Grace, and on May 15, 1970, they were married in Forgan, OK. They moved to Littlefield, where he worked for GTE and their successors, Verizon, Valor, and Windstream for 38 years. He retired in October 2006. He spent many years volunteering as a coach for Little Dribbler’s, Pee Wee Baseball and even women’s softball. He also helped out with the local Girl Scouts organization. He enjoyed being a competitive bowler, and won several championships.

Wed
19
Jul

VIRGINIA SUE THOMPSON

Virginia Sue Thompson, 56, of Littlefield, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Lubbock. She was born Jan. 31, 1961 in Dimmitt, TX, but raised all of her life in Littlefield by her parents, George and Georgia Faye Thompson. Virginia enjoyed crafting and her pets. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Littlefield. She is survived by her cousins, Marci Dodd-Luger of Lubbock, Bill and Carolyn Raney of Dalhart, Stephanie and Don Prettol of Manassas, VA, Marietta Skinner of Lake Arrowhead, TX, Cordelia Garcia of Albuquerque, NM, and Greg Garmes of Norman, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Georgia Thompson. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.

Wed
19
Jul

MAMIE L. SMITH

Mamie L. Smith, 84, of Lubbock, died on July 13, 2017 in Lubbock. Funeral services were held at 11 am Monday, July 17, 2017 in the Hammons Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was Littlefield Memorial Park, with Hammons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 1-5 pm. Mamie Lela Griffin was born on June 24, 1933 in Haskell, Texas to Lige Griffin and Helen (Weaver) Griffin. She married Harry Martin and he preceded her in death in April of 1967. She had worked for many years, until her retirement, as a unit medical secretary at the former Methodist Hospital of Lubbock. She married James M. Smith in Lubbock on July 20, 1972. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Harry Martin; a son, Terry Charles Martin; and a daughter, Mary Alice Jester. Survivors include her husband, James Smith of Lubbock; her sons, Jack L. Martin, Howard E. Martin, Brian L. Smith, and Brook D.

Wed
19
Jul

JOSIE GARCIA

Josie Garcia, 65, of Olton, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Olton. Rosary was said at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olton. Mass was celebrated at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Interment was in Olton Cemetery, with Ramage Funeral Directors directing arrangements. Josie was born Nov. 6, 1951, in Olton, to Frederico and Josepha Zamora DeLaRosa. She married Raul Garcia and was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She worked as a housekeeper at Runningwater Draw Care Center in Olton for 20 years. She enjoyed her flowers and gardening, cooking for her family, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raul T. Garcia, in 2013; her father; two sisters; and a brother.

Sat
15
Jul

LaJean Adams

Nov. 26, 1928 - July 13, 2017 

Sat
15
Jul

DANIEL DAVILA

Church service for Daniel Davila, 51, of Sudan, who died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Lubbock, was scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Muleshoe, with Father Rene Perez of Muleshoe officiating. Rosary was said Thursday night, July 13, 2017 at Ellis Funeral Home in Sudan. Burial as in the Sudan Cemetery, with Ellis Funeral Home of Sudan in charge of arrangements. Daniel was born June 4, 1966 in Amherst, to Alfonzo M. and Emilia Gonzales Davila. Daniel was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Muleshoe. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, San Juana Davila; and his two brothers, Faustino Davila and Armando Davila. Daniel is survived by his five sisters, Torivia Davila of Littlefield, Maria Martinez of Sudan, Minnie Davila of Sudan, Mary Lou Wood of Littlefield, and Yolanda Rodriguez of Littlefield; his two brothers, San Amado Davila of Sudan, and Alfonso Davila, Jr.

Wed
12
Jul

BARBARA MILLS

Barbara Mills, 76, of Lubbock was born to Paul and Mozelle Durrett on June 29th, 1941 and died Monday, July 10, 2017. Funeral service is set for 2 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 at Hammons Memorial Chapel, of Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield. Burial will be in Littlefield Memorial Park, with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home. She married Marlin Mills on July 10, 1960 and they are parents of two children. She lived in Muleshoe until moving to Lubbock in 1998. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty. Survivors include her husband, Marlin Mills of Lubbock; a son, Mike (Marla) of Lubbock and daughter, Rhonda (David) Low of Lake Tanglewood; grandchildren, Mitchell (Liz) Mills of Dallas, Mikeah (Tanner) McLean of San Marcos, Madison of Lubbock, Stephen Low, Michelle (Brandon) Cook and Keely of Amarillo; a great-grandson, Kaeson of Amarillo; a sister, Wanda Young of Colorado; and a brother, Larry of Lubbock.

Wed
12
Jul

HENRIETTA DAVID

Funeral services for Henrietta Jefferson David, 72, of Dallas, and formerly of Amherst, who died Friday, June 30, 2017 in Dallas, were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Dallas. Dr. Stephen C. Nash, Sr., pastor, officiated. Burial was in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas, with Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home of Dallas in charge of arrangements. Henrietta Jefferson David was born on Dec. 26, 1944 in Calvert, Texas, to Henry Dews and Katherine Jefferson Young. She attended schools at Amherst and Los Angeles Public Schools, and later attended El Centro College and Southern Methodist University (SMU). At an early age, she joined St. James Baptist Church in Amherst. After the family moved to Dallas, she became a member of Arlington Park Baptist Church. At the time of her death, she was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, where she served on the Pastor’s Aide, sang in the choir and served as a Deaconess before her health failed. On Oct.

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