December 11, 1935 – November 15, 2022
BOWIE – Lavenia Ann Thomas, 86, Bowie, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 15, 2022.
A funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21, at Southside Baptist Church in Bowie with Dr. Tony Rogers officiating.
Burial will follow at Brushy Cemetery in Bowie. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Lavenia was born Dec. 11, 1935 in Punkin Center, TX to Benjamin and Fannie Reid. She was married to the late Aubrey Thomas. Lavenia was a longtime member of the Southside Baptist Church in Bowie. She loved to paint and spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Thomas; daughter, Vicky Darlene Hayes; sister, Lois Katherine Clampitt; and brother, Bud Reid.
Lavenia is survived by her son, Donny Thomas; grandchildren, Brandy Burrow and Bradley Hayes; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements entrusted to The White Family Funeral Home in Bowie.
Donnie Ray Southern
December 8, 1943 – February 2, 2023
PORTALES, NM – Donnie Ray Southern passed away on Feb. 2, 2023, at the age of 79. After several months of declining health, Donnie died peacefully with his family by his side.
Donnie will be laid to rest with a graveside service at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the Pottsville, TX Cemetery.
Donnie was born in Portales on Dec. 8, 1943, to J.W. and Lillie Mae Southern. The youngest of four children, he learned to farm as a kid and worked as a farm hand, lineman, painter, cowhand and rancher.
Raising cattle was his dream and he spent the latter half of his working life raising his cows and running his hay baling business in Pottsville. He retired in 2012 and moved to Nocona to be closer to his daughter Tamra and his niece Taylor, both of whom he adored.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
Donnie is survived by his sons, Jeff Southern and Lonnie Bickham; daughter, Tamra Pittman; granddaughter, Taylor Nobile and husband Ryder; great grandson, Haze Nobile; his extended family Ed and Terry Bynum and their son, Will Bynum. John Pittman, Jr., his other son in law, was his number one amigo for the past 10 years.
The family asks that instead of sending flowers, please donate to your favorite cause or charity.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.
Hazel Ruth Greenwood
March 25, 1936 – February 2, 2023
Hazel Ruth (Echols) Greenwood, 86, died on Feb. 2, 2023.
A visitation was from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo. A graveside service was at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2023 at Perryman Cemetery.
She was born March 25, 1936 in Southbend, TX to Deward Debbs and Effie Mae Taylor Echols. She was seamstress at Haggar Slack Factory in Bowie for 25 years. She made clothing and costumes for her children and grandchildren over the years and loved listening to gospel music.
She is preceeded in death by her husband of 55 years, Buford Greenwood; daughter, Darlene Greenwood Harrell; her parents; sisters, Joyce Leeper, Sandra Whaley and Carol Beckner; brother, Jimmy Echols and twin infant brothers.
She is survived by her daughters, Karla Parsons, Shelby, NC and Nancy Dunn, Saint Jo; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; siblings, Laveda Mills, Houma, LA, Harvey Echols, Clarkston, WA and Elvin Echols, Watauga.
Arrangements entrusted to Scott Funeral Home in Saint Jo.
Bobbie Jo Wylie
February 1, 1933 – February 4, 2023
NOCONA – Bobbie Jo Wylie, 90, transitioned to her heavenly home on Feb. 4, 2023 in Nocona.
Bobbie’s family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Feb. 8 at Scott-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Nocona. Her service will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 9 at First United Methodist Church in Forestburg with interment following at Perryman Cemetery.
Bobbie Jo Wylie was born on Feb. 1, 1933 to Ollie Lloyd Tipton and Izora (McCool) Tipton in Forestburg on the site where Decie Ellzey’s home stood. She spent most of her early years living in Nocona, Benjamin and Sanger. Receiving a strong dose of the McCool/Mitchell genes, she was a very strong-willed person. In school she excelled in basketball, winning all district honors while playing for Sanger High School.
While living in Benjamin, she started working for the local telephone company and transferred to Saint Jo as a telephone operator. There through lifelong friends Clifford and Dorothy Richardson, she met George Ditzler (Red) Wylie Jr. They were married in February 1954. These friendships lasted a lifetime. On more Sunday afternoons than not, you could find them with these friends and sometimes more at Clifford and Dorothy’s home where the game was 42.
She traveled all over Texas with 4-H kids and also traveled the state going to Longhorn cattle shows. Until Red’s death the two owned and operated the local grocery, market, gas and feed store called Wylie’s Grocery. Her long-time treasured friend Catherine Willis would say, “You can get everything from barbed wire to cucumbers there.” They also raised cattle.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Junior Wade; two brothers, Thomas Eugene Tipton and Samuel Lloyd Tipton; brother-in-law, Merwyn Tucker, and sister-in-law, Thelma Josephine Wylie.
She is survived by one daughter, Sheree Roberts and husband Jim Bob, Forestburg; two grandchildren, Kimberly Collins and husband Jim, Sadler and Jy Roberts, Denton; one great-grandchild, Wylie Collin, Sadler; sister, Polly Ann Tucker, Sanger; sisters-in-law Miyoko (Jeanie) Tipton, Pilot Point and Clara Tipton, Sanger; many nieces, nephews and a host of loved and cherished friends.
An Online Guestbook is available at scottmorrisfh.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Scott Morris Funeral Home in Nocona.
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