Obituaries

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15
Jun

Hermleigh- James (Richard) Ratliff

Hermleigh- James (Richard) Ratliff, 77, passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016.  A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Rotan, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan. 

Born April 13, 1939, in Clairmont, James was the son of the late Chess and Maudie (Tatum) Ratilff.  He grew up and attended schools in Clairmont and Rotan.  He married the love of his life Dianna Coggins September 1, 1959, in Rotan.  James was a lifelong farmer and rancher who enjoyed shelling pecans and feeding his fish. He was a real outdoors man, he loved anything to do with land.  James was a Baptist.

James is preceded  in death by his son, James “Jimbo” Richard Ratliff III, four brothers, Joe Ratliff, Willie Ratliff, and CD Ratliff;  and three sisters, Betty Fuchs, Georgie Storie, and Christine Ratliff. 

Wed
15
Jun

JOHN KENNETH SMITH

JOHN KENNETH SMITH, 79 of Rotan, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Visitation will be at 3pm and Memorial Service at 4pm on Sunday June 12th 2016 and burial will follow at the Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan Texas.

John was born in Fisher County on December 29, 1936 to Frank & Annie (Polk) Smith.

John married his soul mate and life time friend Frances Mize in Sweetwater Texas on December 13th 1958 that lasted 58 years.

They were blessed with 7 children, 25 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

John had a love for farming, horses, coon hunting & John Wayne movies.

He lived well, laughed often and loved his family. He was the strength and foundation of his family.

Wed
01
Jun

ROLAND FORREST RAY, JR

ROLAND FORREST RAY, JR., 77, of Roby, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016, at his home in Roby surrounded by his wife and children. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following at the Roby Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.

Wed
25
May

RAYMOND ALMANZA

RAYMOND ALMANZA, 42, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Fort Worth. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rotan, with burial following at Belvieu Cemetery. A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel.
 
Born March 30, 1974, in Ennis, Texas, Raymond was the son of Thomas Almanza Sr. and Ramona Martinez. A longtime Rotan resident, he moved to Florida before moving to Mineral Wells in 2003. He worked many jobs over the years. In his spare time, he enjoyed singing, dancing, and bar-b-queing. A family man, Raymond loved spending time with his children and brothers, and playing with his grandchildren.
 
He is preceded in death by his mother, Ramona Martinez; his granddaughter, Isabel Trejo; one brother-in-law, Bay Velasquez; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
 
Wed
25
May

LARRY WELDON HAMLIN,

LARRY WELDON HAMLIN, 74, passed away at Fisher County Hospital, Friday, May 13, 2016. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday May 16, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Rotan with burial following at Belvieu Cemetery directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 15, 2016, from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Wed
25
May

SHERMAN PRESTON DANIEL

SHERMAN PRESTON DANIEL went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2016, at the age of 83 years, 11 months. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following at the Roby Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. 
Sherman was born July 8, 1932, to Hubert and Elsie Long Daniel of Roby. He married Shirley Dossey of Stamford on August 5, 1965. They made their home in Rotan for the last 50 years.
Wed
25
May

SHERRIE LYNN (McCRIGHT) RODGERS,

SHERRIE LYNN (McCRIGHT) RODGERS, 61, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at her home in Rotan. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church of Rotan, with burial following at Belvieu Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Born October 28, 1954, at the Callan Hospital in Rotan, Sherrie was the daughter of William Thomas and Amaleeta (Willhite) McCright. She grew up in Royston, and attended school in McCaulley. On July 11, 1970, she married the love of her life, Randy Rodgers, at Rotan. A lifelong Fisher County resident, Sherrie worked at WTU for sixteen years, then at Fisher County Hospital for thirteen years. Sherrie loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rotan.
Wed
25
May

GAIL ANN SNAPP,

GAIL ANN SNAPP, 70, of Denton, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Denton Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Snapp was born on February 15, 1946 in Rotan, TX to Loyd and Geneva (Bennett) George. She was married to David Snapp on June 14, 1963 in Rotan, TX. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her sons, David Snapp of Enid, OK, Steven Snapp of Corinth, TX; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Janette George and brother, Loyd Wayne George.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 13, 2016 in the chapel of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, 705 N. Locust, Denton. 
On-line condolences may be made at www.mulkeymasondenton.com
 
Wed
25
May

WINDELL LEE BARRETT,

WINDELL LEE BARRETT, 82, of Camp Springs, TX passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 in Abilene. Graveside Services for Mr. Barrett was held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 3:00pm at the Barrett Family Cemetery with Pastor Hohn Erwin officiating and assisted by Rev. Joshua Smith and Rev. Loyal Watkins. A Memorial Luncheon and visitation for Mr. Barrett was held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at noon at the Hermleigh Community Center. Services were under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home. Mr. Barrett was born on May 22, 1933 in Matador, TX to J.B. and Tennie (Wolfe) Barrett. He married Ann Etheredge on Spetember 04, 1954 in Hobbs, Texas. He is survived by wife: Ann Barrett, son: Corby and wife Kelly Barrett, Perryton, TX 4 graddaughters: Amy Rowe, Sylacauga, AL, Lacy and husband Kevin Stark, Ft. Worth, TX, Amanda and husband Nathan Lewis Canadian, TX, Walker Barrett, Camp Springs, TX. 7 Great Grandchildren: Kaleb, Lily, Allie, Jack, Eleanor, Avarie and Sariah.

Wed
25
May

BEN EMMETT NEEPER

BEN EMMETT NEEPER, 91, of Roby, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 in San Angelo, TX.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 2nd, 2016, at the First Baptist Church of Roby with Pastor Toby Irwin of San Angelo officiating.  Burial with Masonic rites will follow in the Roby Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Born November 8, 1924, in Willow, Arkansas, Ben was the son of Phillip and Margaret (Timberlake) Neeper.  Ben was a World War II Navy Veteran. He was a retired farmer and a 32nd Degree Mason.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Margaret Neeper; brothers Havis, Maurice, Darrell, Loy and Jay; sisters; Janet and Evelyn; one son, Terry Gene Neeper; sister-in-laws, Doris, Betty, and Arlene; brother-in-laws, Whit and Royce; one son-in-law, Ronald Wright.  

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