Obituaries

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01
Nov
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Peggy June Walker

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Peggy June Walker, age 79, of Saragosa, passed from this life Monday, October 14, 2019 in Odessa, TX. She was born and reared Thursday, June 13, 1940 just out of Rotan, TX, to Lester and Era Dean Hammit, and the fifth generation of her family to call Fisher County “Home”. After public schools, she attended Howard County College at Big Spring with a volleyball scholarship and Texas Tech University at Lubbock.

Peggy was a homemaker, an author, and the proud business owner of Needleworks, Etc. in Pecos and Alpine (and previously in Ft. Stockton and Jal, NM.) Peggy married Bob Walker in Wolforth, TX on February 16, 1968. He was a former competing member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. For six years, they resided in King County where Bob was employed by the 6666 Ranch

and served one term as Sheriff. Peggy was a member of the Pecos Chamber of Commerce, the West of the Pecos Rodeo Committee and the Pecos Cowboy Hall of Fame committee.

Fri
25
Oct
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Karen Bruce Helms

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Karen Bruce Helms, 72, of San Angelo passed away October 20, 2019 in Austin after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Karen was born March 13, 1947 in Rotan to Jack Bruce, Sr. and Katherine Loving Bruce. She attended Hobbs Schools and worked for Bart Strayhorn, CPA, the First National Bank of Rotan

Karen is survived by her sons David Stevens and Chuck Moses of Austin; daughter-in-law Brenda Stevens of Sweetwater; grandsons Brandt Stevens of Lubbock and Brandon Stevens of Bryan; brother Jack Bruce, Jr. and wife Cindy of Hurst; four nieces and a nephew; the Loving cousins; and the best boss man and work colleagues anyone could ask for. She is preceded in death by her parents; son Darren Stevens; and her best traveling friend in the world Sandra Holt.

Fri
25
Oct
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Jackie Wayne Etheredge

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Jackie Wayne Etheredge 84, lifetime Fisher County resident, passed away October 19, 2019 in Abilene Texas. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday October 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Rotan, Texas with Pastor John Erwin officiating. Burial will follow the service at the Hobbs Cemetery, directed Nicole Etheredge daughter of Randy Etheredge and Vickie Etheredge and nephew, Jackie Dale Barrett and brother-in-law Windell Barrett.

Fri
18
Oct
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Bill Graham

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Bill Graham, joined his loving wife, Lewana, in Heaven, Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Graveside services will be held 2PM Friday at the Aspermont Cemetery, officiated by Jeffery Turner, one of Bill's great-nephews, under the care and direction of GilesMcCoy Funeral Home of Aspermont, Texas.

"Little Bill" William Duncan Graham was born August 13, 1928, in Stonewall County, Texas. His parents, John Bert and Irene Gholson Graham, had six children. About the age of 10, after his father's death, Bill went to live with his aunt and uncle, James Monroe "Roe" and Lila Gholson, on their ranch, which ultimately fostered in Bill the love of cattle and ranching. Little Bill live with Uncle Roe until after graduation from Aspermont High School in 1945. He then moved to Rotan, Fisher County, Texas in March 1947 to work for National Gypsum Company.

Fri
18
Oct
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Lester Ray Batteas

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Sweetwater Lester Ray Batteas, age 92, of Sweetwater passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday. October 16, 2019 at Fourth and Elm Church of Christ with Mike Baskett officiating. Military graveside rites will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. A family and friend’s visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.

Lester was born April 5, 1927 in Hammon, Oklahoma to the late William Dessie and Oneta (Duncan) Batteas. He was raised in Fisher County, Texas moving to Sweetwater in 1951. He married Frances Neeley February 28, 1946 in Dallas. Lester was a carpenter and owned and operated Batteas Construction Company many years, was a member and Elder of Fourth and Elm Church of Christ, member of the Fisher County Historical Society and was a proud United States Army Air Corp veteran serving during WW II.

Fri
11
Oct
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Effie Lee Ussery

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Effie Lee Freeman Ussery passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019, in Jayton. Effie was born May 30, 1936, in Aspermont to Clarence and Grace Freeman. She married Andy Ussery on December 2, 1955, in Lovington, New Mexico. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1997. Andy and Effie lived in Jayton for many decades operating the family construction and plumbing business. Over the years Effie also owned the Jayton Café, served as the director of the Kent County Senior Citizens, operated a popular bakery, and was a driver for Kent County Rural Transportation.

Effie is survived by a son, Jack Ussery, of Jayton, Texas, a daughter, Grace Ussery, of Hochheim am Main, Germany, four grandsons—Wayne Ussery, Wesley Ussery, Levi Ussery, and Matthew Ussery, and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Gladys Jennings, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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11
Oct
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Sally Leona Pace

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Rotan- Sally Leona Pace, 79, passed away on October 2, 2019, in Snyder. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, October 4, 2019, at Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. October 3, 2019.

Born September 4, 1940, in Rotan, Texas, Sally was the daughter of the late Barnie and Jimmie (Fancher) Horton. She married Don Parks and together they raised three children. In 1992 Sally married Horace Pace. Sally was an avid reader, enjoyed working in the yard, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husbands, Don Leslie Parks in 1987 and Horace Pace in 2012; and her son, Reggie Parks in 2015.

Fri
04
Oct
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Joe Fortenberry

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Joe Fortenberry, 88, of Lubbock, went to be with His Lord and Savior Sept. 24. He was born March 3, 1931, in Plainview, Texas. He was the youngest of four children born to W.O. “Bill” Fortenberry, Sr., and Bonnie Hutchins Fortenberry. Soon after his birth, his family relocated to New Deal, Texas, then known as Monroe, Texas, in Lubbock County.

Joe grew up in a cotton family. His father owned the Fortenberry Gin in New Deal and was a leader in the national cotton industry. Joe worked alongside his father and his older brother, Billy, in their New Deal cotton fields and at the gin.

He attended New Deal schools, graduating in 1949. Joe then attended college at Texas Tech. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in May 1953. He and his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Chick, married June 3, 1953, in Clovis, New Mexico. They set up their household in Lubbock and then settled in New Deal, where he farmed cotton.

Fri
27
Sep
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Luther Bryan Clegg

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Luther Bryan Clegg,86, retired professor of education at Texas Christian University, died July 25,2019 at his home in Fort Worth.

Visitation will beheld on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Thompson’s Harveson & ColeFuneral home, 702 8th Avenue, Fort Worth. Funeral serviceswill be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30th at the funeral home’s chapel with Rev. Bill Bowersofficiating, assisted by Chip Govan. The family will hold a private burial at alater date at the Cottonwood Flat Cemetery in Rotan, TX.

Fri
27
Sep
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Marguerite E. Nettleton

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Marguerite E. Nettleton, 91, went to be with the Lord on September 23, 2019, in Jayton. Funeral services will be 2:00 Saturday, September 28, 2019, at Crossroads Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hobbs Cemetery, directed by Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. Visitation will 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 27, 2019, at Weathersbeee-Ray Funeral Home Chapel.

Born January 16, 1928, in Fisher County, Marguerite was the daughter of the late Archibald and Kathrine (Morrow) Willingham. She graduated from Hobbs High School and married James A Nettleton at Sylvester on November 16, 1945.

Marguerite enjoyed sewing, and cooking for her family. She was a member of the Hobbs Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband (James Nettleton) and daughter (Sherry Hess).

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