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Clarence Newkirk Jr

Mar 08, 1951 - Dec 05, 2023

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Amarillo, TX

Willie Newkirk, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully on November 30, 2023, at the age of 72. Born on March 8, 1951, in Amarillo, Texas, Willie remained a lifelong resident of his beloved hometown, where he also concluded his earthly journey surrounded by the warmth of his family. Willie graduated from Palo Duro High School in 1969 and soon after, he started a successful career as an industrial machinist and amazing innovator. He changed career pat...Read More

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Edwin Habib

Sep 13, 1954 - Feb 13, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Edwin Habib, 69, entered his heavenly home on February 13th, 2024. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Trinity Fellowship Willow Creek, with Pastor Tyler Leavitt officiating.Edwin was born in St. Lucia on September 13th, 1954, to his parents, Abdu Habib and Mary Fedora Joseph. Edwin lived half his life in St. Lucia, where he had six children. He often enjoyed going to the beach and swimming for miles at a time. His love for cooking developed at a young age. He owned a food truck and later a restaurant where many enjoyed his Indian dishes, such as curry roti, which some still talk about today.Edwin left St. Lucia in 1986 to pave the way for a better life and open up the opportunity for some of his children to come to the United States. There, he met his wife, Sally Habib and her two young sons, while attending San Jacinto Baptist church. After they married, they welcomed another child, bringing his total children to nine blessings. Edwin’s love for cooking followed him to Amarillo, where he opened up a restaurant called “Habibi’s” and served the best curry and pizzas in town. He is also remembered for his delicious breakfast burritos and sandwiches, which he served the local community. After the restaurant, Edwin pursued a career as a registered nurse and did this until he retired. He was a very caring nurse, often nominated for awards based on his superb care to his patients and their families. He loved caring for people and was also blessed to receive the same amazing care from the BSA staff recently.Along with his love for cooking, Edwin appreciated being surrounded by nature. He grew a garden almost every year and harvested abundantly, which gave him great joy. He shared his harvest with his neighbors, family and friends. Second to gardening, he enjoyed a good cup of coffee. We know he is sipping on a good cup as we speak in the most beautiful garden there ever will be. Edwin also enjoyed watching soccer games. We all knew if it was soccer season, we could visit only after the game was over.As we bid farewell to our beloved Edwin, let us be thankful for the memories with him and of him. Let us come together in love and open our hearts to new opportunities to continue his legacy.Edwin was preceded in death by his father, mother, and other brothers and sisters. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sally Habib; his sons - Germain Knight, wife, two kids, and one grandchild, Ananda Habib and Amara Habib. His daughters - Natalia Knight-James, husband and two children; Sahaja Hernandez, husband, and two children; Zahhara Gerling, husband, three children, and one grandchild; Marissa Aquallo, husband and four children; Stepsons - Kim Gonzales; Cody Gonzales, son, and grandson. He was blessed with 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Edwin was part of a large family of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews spread across the Caribbean, England, Canada, and the US, of whom there are too many to mention by name. He also had many friends who, too, will cherish his memory.

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Stephen Ray Holmes

Mar 31, 1966 - Feb 17, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Stephen Ray Holmes, “Bubba”, 57, of Amarillo, passed away on Saturday, February 17th, 2024. Funeral services will be at Crossroads Church on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Deborah Huffman officiating. Stephen will be available for viewing from 5:00 – 8:00 PM on Monday, February 19th, at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home.Stephen was born on March 31st, 1966 in Amarillo, to Eddie and Leslie Holmes. He attended Caprock high school where he was a part of the swim team. Stephen worked for Owens Corning as a supervisor for many years and also managed medical billing for a time with an in home medical equipment company. He was a long time member of the Anna Street Church of Christ. Stephen enjoyed creating art, specifically creative mosaic pieces, integrating his talents on tables, and even a Harley Davidson. He and his friend Greg opened a shop on 6th street called Painted Cave to showcase their art and still has several of the mosaic tables they created. He enjoyed the Amarillo Dragway where he raced cars that he and his dad fixed up and loved racing dirt bikes at the race track. He was also a huge fan of NASCAR and watched every race that came on, two of his favorite drivers being Jeff Gordon and Chase Elliott. He was loved by many and will be missed beyond words. Bubba was the best uncle and took pride in making sure his nieces were taken care of, always reminding them he loved them to the moon.Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Brooke Giles.Survivors include his two nieces, Ashley Hanks and husband Tate, Allison Giles and her fiancé, Justin Porter, all of Amarillo; one nephew, Michael Giles of Kansas. Survivors also include a host of extended family and close friends.

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James Edward Lester

Feb 26, 1971 - Feb 18, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

James Edward Lester, 52, of Amarillo passed away February 18, 2024 surrounded by his loved ones. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday February 22, 2024 at Life Church, 8600 Canyon Expressway, with Hunter Threlkeld officiating. The family will be accepting friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday February 21, 2024 at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home.James was born February 26, 1971 in Amarillo to Melvin and Francis Lester. He attended Palo Duro High School (kinda). James met and married the love of his life Misti Farrar on April 10, 2004. He was a proud member of Life Church. James was one of a kind, he was a good man. He was a heck of a cook, everything from briskets, chili to fajitas. The lake was James’ happy place, whether he was fishing, and cooking breakfast for his whole hoard or just being there. He was an avid Wal-Mart clearance shopper, enjoyed all the Black Friday sales at every Wal-Mart from Canyon to Dalhart. James had a love for his family like no other. He loved his wife fiercely. James truly loved being “Pops” to his grandchildren more than anything, they would always bring a smile to his face. He enjoyed watching his boys play hockey, and his grand-babies playing all the sports (even if it was baseball and ballet). James will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.He is preceded in death by his Ma and Dad; his father-in-law; his “ABC’s”; Alex, Benjamin and Camden.Survivors include his loving wife, Misti of the home; his daughter Shelby Conley (Jason “Yankee”) of Amarillo; his four sons, Kyler Wheeler of Michigan; Jordan Wheeler of Amarillo; Kaide Lester (Bree) of Amarillo; Noah Wheeler (Brittney “Bob”) of Amarillo; his bonus kid Chantal Whetzel of Amarillo; his six grandchildren, Jeremiah; Felicity, Brayleigh; Jordy; Gyntry; and Pumbaa; his mom Teresa Headding (Jeff) of Dalhart, his two brothers Charles Headding of Dalhart; Jerry Lester (Lea) of Oklahoma. Survivors also include a host of other family members and dear friends.

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Jo Ann Gift

Aug 02, 1958 - Feb 19, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Jo Ann Gift, 65, of Dumas, Texas, passed away Monday afternoon February 19, 2024, at the Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. The daughter of Donald Ray and Norma Nadine (Allen) Gift was born August 2, 1958, in Beaver, Oklahoma. Jo Ann graduated as salutatorian from Balko High School with the Class of 1976; she attended OPSU in Goodwell, Oklahoma, graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1980, and obtaining a Masters Degree from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Jo Ann was a teacher and counselor for 43 years with Dumas Schools, retiring in December of 2023. Although Jo Ann never had biological children, she counted as her kids the thousands she helped and worked with over the years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Norma Gift, and a sister, Patricia Daves. She is survived by four siblings, Donna Gift of Guymon, Rhonda Parker of Hooker, Susan Harrison and husband Russell, of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, and brother, Harold Gift and wife, Janet of Port Lavaca, Texas. Survivors also include nieces and nephews - Tori, Neal, Tyrel & Ebony, Jeremy & Misty, Zach & Monica, Seth & Lori, Breanna & Phil, Morgan & Jack, Ross, Cooper, and great nieces and nephews - Weston, Haylee, Jaxson, Jordyn, Trevor, Myra, Mershek, Malikhai, Adalei, Bentley, Taelor, Gavynn, Peyton, and her honorary family - Ronnie, Jade, Lyssa & Dillon, Liam, Austin, Rachel, Christy & Erich, Aleks & family and Rafe & family. Visitation will be Friday evening, February 23rd between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, 122 NE 7th St. in Guymon, Oklahoma. Memorial services will be Saturday morning, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Dumas High School Auditorium, 411 Miller Avenue, Dumas, Texas, with Rev. Darrell Wait, pastor of the Dumas First Christian Church officiating. The graveside service will be Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the Bethany Cemetery in Beaver County, 2 miles east of Bryan’s Corner, 1 mile north and ½ mile west with Erich Schaefer presiding. Memorials in memory of Jo Ann may be given to the Medical Center League House of Amarillo or the Dumas Education Foundation. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch - Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942. Friends can sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.bunchroberts.com. .

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Thomas Edward Frisbie

Jul 03, 1954 - Feb 18, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Thomas Edward Frisbie, 69, of Amarillo, TX died Sunday, February 18, 2024. Memorial Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 23, 2024, at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Pastor David House of Valleyview Church of the Nazarene officiating. Tommy was born July 3, 1954, in Amarillo, TX to Joyce Annice (Carroll) and Jerry Gene Frisbie. Following his graduation from Tascosa High School, he worked at a greenhouse where he developed a lifelong love of plants and trees. He married Virginia Gauna on August 5, 1972, in Amarillo, TX and together they started a cleaning business Frisbie Janitorial Services, which they operated for more than 50 years. During the 1980’s, Tommy also opened a store at Western Plaza Mall called Frisbie Bros. Piano Company where he sold Young Chang pianos. He enjoyed getting to know many people through his work over the years and made many friends. He was a quick learner in business and by nature had a curious spirit. Tommy loved collecting art sculptures and had an interest in ancient coins. He loved all kinds of music and over the past couple years, one of his favorite hobbies was listening to music with family and friends and playing his music loud! He loved golf, riding his motorcycle, and giving ATV rides. He also had a love of trees and he planted over 300 trees during his lifetime. Tommy enjoyed finding gifts for friends and family. He loved spending time with Virginia, eating breakfast with her every day, sitting on the porch visiting with her, and going on rides together. In the months following his daughter Jennifer’s death from breast cancer in 2021, Tommy began to feel ill. Eventually in December of 2021 he was diagnosed with cancer (Mesothelioma) as well. Despite the grief he felt and feeling very ill at times, he maintained a positive outlook. Whether he was in the hospital or receiving chemotherapy, when he was asked how he was doing, his response was always, “I’m happy” or “I’m happy and healthy” or “I can’t complain”. He truly loved meeting people and was interested in learning their stories. Tommy made friends with people wherever he went. His two grandchildren, Kyzer and KyaLani, were precious to him, and he truly cherished the time he shared with them. He loved being a father and loved his daughters, Jennifer and Melody, very much. Thomas was preceded in death by his mom, Joyce Frisbie in 2004, and his oldest daughter, Jennifer Frisbie in 2021. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Frisbie, of Amarillo, TX, a daughter, Melody Frisbie of Amarillo, TX; his father, Jerry Frisbie, of Amarillo, TX, two brothers, David Frisbie, and Mark Frisbie and wife Carolyn, all of Amarillo, TX; and two grandchildren, Kyzer Frisbie and KyaLani Frisbie, both of Amarillo, TX. The family wishes to thank the following: Dr. Eric Nadler of Texas Oncology of Dallas and Dr. Tucker Osteen of Texas Oncology of Amarillo, as well as the many wonderful nurses that cared for him at both locations, Dr. Nam Do of Amarillo Medical Specialists, for his good care and friendship over the years. The family is also grateful to Taqueria El Tapatio for their friendship and love for Tommy, as well as the many friends and family members who have visited and cared for him.

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Eddie Gomez

Jul 03, 2000 - Feb 17, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Eddie Gomez, 23, of Amarillo, died Saturday, February 17, 2024. Rosary will be at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday in St. Laurence Catholic Church. Burial will be in Llano East Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Bld. Eddie was born on July 3, 2000, in Amarillo, Texas. In loving memory of Eddie Gomez, a charismatic and radiant soul whose love illuminated the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know him. A beacon of joy, Eddie was a ray of sunshine, bringing light and warmth to the world around him. As a dedicated student at WTAMU, majoring in Dance and Education, he pursued his passion with unparalleled enthusiasm. Eddie’s magnetic personality extended beyond the dance floor. He embraced life with an energetic spirit that touched the hearts of all who were fortunate to meet him. Loved dearly by his family, Eddie had a unique ability to make friends feel like cherished members of his own kin. His love knew no bounds, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those lucky enough to call him family or friend. A true legend, Eddie’s legacy lives on through the memories of his joyful presence, his love for dancing, and the echoes of his singing that filled the air. In the dance of life he moved with grace, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be remembered and cherished. He is survived by his mom, Maria Felicitas Gomez Garcia; dad, Salvador Gomez; mother, Bertha Gomez; sisters, Mayra Gomez and Emily Aguilar; brothers, Samuel Gomez, Salvador Gomez, and Noe Aguilar; aunts, Guera Gomez, Maria de la Cruz Gomez, Felicitas Gomez, Anita Gomez, and Alicia Gomez, uncles, Angel Gomez and Gustavo Gomez; and his cousins, Yesenia, Mickey, Hope, Alexis, Hugo, Paula, Giselle, Yareli, and numerous more. Eddie will be available for viewing on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

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Helen Elaine Wright

Jul 04, 1948 - Feb 18, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Helen Elaine Wright, 75, of Amarillo, TX died Sunday, February 18, 2024. At Helen’s request, no services will be held. Helen was born July 4, 1948, in Dallas, TX to Arleen A. (Peck) and Charles M. Wright. She earned a BA from WTAMU and worked at Amarillo College. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arleen and Charles Wright; and a sister, Teri Wright. Survivors include her brother, Charles E. Wright, of San Antonio, TX; and a niece, Amanda Long, of Canyon, TX.

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Dorothy Jean Walker

Aug 13, 1950 - Feb 18, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Dorothy Jean Walker passed away at the age of 73 in Amarillo, Texas, on Sunday, February 18, 2024. She will be laid to rest on Saturday, February 24, 2024, A wake will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 9:00-11:00 A.M. with a Celebration of Life Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 A.M. at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Castro Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Walker family has entrusted Funeral Services to Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt. Dorothy was born to her loving parents, Jake Ward and Ora Lee (Robertson) Ward on August 13, 1950, in Dimmitt, Texas, Dorothy was raised in Dimmitt. She later moved to Hereford and eventually made Amarillo home. She was a true native of the Texas Panhandle.Dorothy overcame many obstacles no matter how big she always held a beautiful, radiant smile that would be missed dearly by all her loving family. Dorothy raised all her children while she was in a wheelchair most of her life. Dorothy has instilled many life lessons into her children, but her remarkable bravery will be carried on by her loving family. Dorothy cherished her time with her family and loved to spend family time, especially her “happy time” having the music on and not a thing to worry about but laughter and love to share. She enjoyed playing dominos and spades in her spare time. Dorothy was looked at by her family as their “motivation” she will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Dorothy’s brave spirit will be cherished, and a legacy well lived will be carried on by her loving children, Sharon Lynn Ward and her husband LeeRoy Rivers, Jr., Perry Walker, Wanda Walker, Barron Dale Walker and his wife Amber, Ginger Walker all of Amarillo, Texas; her sibling’s, Sandra Ward of Dallas, Texas, Joyce Ward, Kirk Ward all of Amarillo, Sylvester Ward of Lubbock, Texas, Wanda Ward of Tulia, Texas; one loving sister-in-law, Mary Lou ward of Dimmitt, Texas; her caring 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews Dorothy is preceded in passing by her parents, Jake Ward and Ora Lee (Robertson) Ward; her brother, Willie Earl Ward, Walter Lee Ward, Cecil Ward; her sister, Pulley Ward You may go online to sign the register book at www.colonialfuneralhome.org To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Dorothy Jean Walker, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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James Edward Lester

Feb 26, 1971 - Feb 18, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

James Edward Lester, 52, of Amarillo passed away February 18, 2024 surrounded by his loved ones. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday February 22, 2024 at Life Church, 8600 Canyon Expressway, with Hunter Threlkeld officiating. The family will be accepting friends from 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday February 21, 2024 at Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Rowley Funeral Home. James was born February 26, 1971 in Amarillo to Melvin and Francis Lester. He attended Palo Duro High School (kinda). James met and married the love of his life Misti Farrar on April 10, 2004. He was a proud member of Life Church. James was one of a kind, he was a good man. He was a heck of a cook, everything from briskets, chili to fajitas. The lake was James’ happy place, whether he was fishing, and cooking breakfast for his whole hoard or just being there. He was an avid Wal-Mart clearance shopper, enjoyed all the Black Friday sales at every Wal-Mart from Canyon to Dalhart. James had a love for his family like no other. He loved his wife fiercely. James truly loved being “Pops” to his grandchildren more than anything, they would always bring a smile to his face. He enjoyed watching his boys play hockey, and his grand-babies playing all the sports (even if it was baseball and ballet). James will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. He is preceded in death by his Ma and Dad; his father-in-law; his “ABC’s”; Alex, Benjamin and Camden. Survivors include his loving wife, Misti of the home; his daughter Shelby Conley (Jason “Yankee”) of Amarillo; his four sons, Kyler Wheeler of Michigan; Jordan Wheeler of Amarillo; Kaide Lester (Bree) of Amarillo; Noah Wheeler (Brittney “Bob”) of Amarillo; his bonus kid Chantal Whetzel of Amarillo; his six grandchildren, Jeremiah; Felicity, Brayleigh; Jordy; Gyntry; and Pumbaa; his mom Teresa Headding (Jeff) of Dalhart, his two brothers Charles Headding of Dalhart; Jerry Lester (Lea) of Oklahoma. Survivors also include a host of other family members and dear friends.

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Donna Lou Stafford

Feb 23, 1946 - Feb 18, 2024

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Amarillo, TX

Tribute Donna Lou Stafford, 77, passed away on February 18, 2024, in Amarillo, Texas. She was born on February 23, 1946, to Johnny Gaither and Lynn Gaither in California. She married James Stafford on March 17, 2003. She worked at a grocery store and a motel, but she is mostly considered a housewife. She attended San Jacinto Baptist Church and was a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodge in Amarillo. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter Carrie Renae Essary, and a sister Dorlene Brice. Donna is survived by her daughter Sheila (Don) Beall and her children Calvin Wheeler, Sheena (Claude) Swank and their son Jimmy, Sarah Wheeler, and Tyler Smith. She was a Dallas Cowboys fan, very patriotic, and was considered a simple country girl. She was boisterous but always willing to help anyone if she could. She loved her documentaries and cop shows and loved to take care of her fur babies—Sugar and Chloe. She also enjoyed dancing and playing pool. To send flowers to the family, please visit our floral store. Read More

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