Pat Vassar Purdy
Pat Vassar Purdy
March 9, 1933 – June 24, 2016
BOWIE – Pat Vassar Purdy, 83, died June 24, 2016 in Plano, TX.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. June 30 in Elmwood Cemetery.
Purdy was born March 9, 1933 in Bowie to Noel and Aggie (Oliver) Vassar. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1950. Pat lived in Waco and worked for a monument company for several years.
She married Gordon Purdy and they moved to San Diego until after his retirement they then moved to Philadelphia, TN to work for the Carnival as vendors. After Gordon passed away, Purdy moved back to Bowie. She was a member of Red Hatters Club in Nocona.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Aggie Vassar; husband, Gordon Purdy; son, Lynn Butler; daughter, Billie Gail Butler; five sisters and three brothers.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Jackie Doyle “Jack” Boydston
September 25, 1936 – June 7, 2023
PLANO – Jackie Doyle “Jack” Boydston, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Plano, surrounded by his family and loved ones, on June 7, 2023.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 10 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on June 11 at the Carter Lake Baptist Church in Bowie with Pastor Chris Osborne officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
Jack was born Sept. 25, 1936 in Vashti to John and Christine (Thomas) Boydston. On Aug. 15, 1954 Jack married Lena Scruggs in Bowie. He had a lifelong career as a master carpenter and spent decades building homes in Bowie and the surrounding area. Jack’s expertise was not limited to home building. He built apartment complexes and hospitals across Texas from Lubbock, Princeton and Mesquite to Pecos. Later in life and into retirement Jack enjoyed trout fishing in Colorado and loved teaching, passing along the love of fishing and various other skills to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jack was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by so many.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Doug Boydston; son-in-law, Jay Lindsey and grandson, Brandon Smith.
Jack is survived by his two sons, Mike Boydston and wife Sandy and Ricky Boydston and wife Terri; four daughters, Janet Lindsey, Carole Kildiff, Denise Coward and husband Skip and Kristi Blagg; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Genesis Leeann Mae Darland
October 15, 1999 – June 6, 2023
BOWIE – Genesis Leeann Mae Darland, 23, died on June 6, 2023 in Nocona.
Family and friends will gather for visitation from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on June 12 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on June 13 at First Free Will Baptist Church in Bowie, with Pastor Glenn Neff officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
She was born Oct. 15, 1999 in Decatur to Crystal Mann and Daryn Darland. She worked as certified nurse’s aide and caretaker. On May 17, 2021, she gave birth to her pride and joy, Lukas. She loved being a mama to Lukas above all, but also loved to travel, listen to music, dance and spend time with her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one grandfather; her great-grandparents and one aunt.
She is survived by her son, Lukas Maxey; grandmothers, Diana Mann and Ann Darland, both of Bowie; grandfather, Dennis Mann, Wichita Falls; brothers, Rylin Brooks, J.J. Sipes, Ryder Mann, Parker Sparks, Tyler Darland, Nathan Darland, Nicklaus Darland, Dawson Bennett, Thomas Bryan and Raiden Mullenix; sisters, Jordyn Beasley and Marilla Woods; her step parents; loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and too many friends to list.
Donations can be made to help with funeral expenses to the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Raymond Melton Mills
February 27, 1963 – May 30, 2023
BOWIE – Raymond Melton Mills, 60, passed away suddenly on May 30, 2023.
A celebration of life will be hosted by his children from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 11 in the Chapman Building at 116 W. Wise Street in Bowie. It will be a come-and-go memorial event. His children look forward to gathering with friends and family to remember their dad.
Raymond was born Feb. 27, 1963 in Wilbarger, TX to Oza Ray Mills and Mary Elizabeth Denney. He grew up in Archer City with his five siblings. In his senior year of high school (1982), his classmates voted him to be “Mr. School Spirit” and “Friendliest.” He also was a talented football player for the Archer City High School Wildcats. As a young man Raymond was the lead singer in a Christian rock band called “Seventy Times Seven,” named for Matthew 18:22. Music became a permanent passion in his life and he frequently sang to his friends and family.
From 1990-2020 he was married to Julie Bonham Mills and was blessed with one stepdaughter and five children. Raymond will be fondly remembered by his children as a fun, loving, charismatic and spontaneous father who loved family time. They especially remember watching movies on Friday nights.
He was a hard worker in whatever endeavor he undertook, and his entrepreneurial spirit resulted in many blessings for his family. In 1992 until his passing, Raymond was the president and owner of Mills Bit Service Inc., which was a longtime, successful business related to oil exploration. He was fondly known as “Red” to his customers and even developed his own drill bit line: Life Force PDC.
His children and grandchildren brought him endless joy and happiness. Raymond loved them fiercely and was a proud “Papa.” His favorite thing was taking selfies with them, which are photos they are grateful to have. In his most recent years, he enjoyed traveling the world for business and pleasure. He journeyed to Israel, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, Russia and Mexico.
Raymond loved God and was devoted to his Messianic faith. His favorite book of the scriptures was Psalms. His generous spirit resulted in many acts of kindness and he often shared his faith with others.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved son, Joel Ray Mills. This time of mourning has been extremely difficult for his family members, but they know he is rejoicing in the presence of his Heavenly Father and is comforted by being reunited with his son, Joel.
Raymond is survived by his children, Marlaina McKnight and husband Trey, Cassie Smith, Joshua Mills, Mary Beth Miller and husband Michael and Rebekah Mills; seven grandchildren, Bryson, Brylee, Branson, Laramie Sue, Clara, Adele and Olivia; siblings, David Mills, Tom Mills, Eddie Mills, Debbie Poore and husband Ray and Brenda Sentell and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
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