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James (Jay) Luther Reed

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June 21, 1945 – October 17, 2020
BELLEVUE – James (Jay) Luther Reed, 75, died Oct. 17, 2020 in Bellevue, TX at home.
A celebration of life will take place at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Bellevue First Baptist Church with Pastor Howard Walker, Henrietta and Robert Slayton, Bellevue officiating. Reed will be cremated and ashes placed in the Bellevue Cemetery alongside his inlaws, Dick and Asalene Lovelady. Colm Murphy will give the Army Corps salutation at the Bellevue Cemetery after the celebration of life.
Reed was born June 21, 1945 in Kaiser, AK. He was the fourth son of Vernie and Mary Rose (Dunkin) Reed. Living his young life up and down the Mississippi River area of Arkansas and southern part of Missouri, he ended up at Wilson High School in Wilson, AK. There he held the fastest record of running in Wilson track and field events for many years.
He entered the army for the Korean War and spent four hitches. He did basic training in Fort Polk, LA and spent time at Fort Sill, OK. He was a first lieutenant in field artillery, a marksman, as well as a forward observer who was exposed to Agent Orange in Korea.
He drove 18-wheelers after his service in the army and also became a pilot. These were his passion. He was an avid domino and checker player, loving the challenges. He married Carolyn Sue Lovelady Lawrence in 1990. They met in 1980 while Sue was waitressing and again in 1988. They married on Feb. 25, 1990 in Bellevue. James had to quit trucking because of regulation for heart attack drivers and got a job at the Bellevue city water department, which he loved because he was able to meet the citizens.
Jay was raised in the Church of Christ, but for the last 10-15 years he attended the First Baptist Church of Bellevue. He was a Christian and one day his family will see him again. When his cancer became worse and he was forced to stay at home. He loved anything to do with the army. His favorite television show was “MASH” and his favorite movie was “Air America.” He loved flying with his wife, kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a master at whatever he set his mind.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernie and Mary Rose (Dunkin) Reed; brothers, James Reed and wife Bernice, and Luther Reed and wife Louise; brother-in-law, Ronald Earl Gray and sister-in-law Myra (Blaylock) Reed and nephews, James Jr. Reed, Bo Reed, Ronald Gray, Jr., and Vernie Curtis Reed.
He is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Sue Reed; children, James Lawrence and Stephanie Lawrence Bonds (Mike); grandchildren, Aleshia Lawrence Dellinges (Brandon), Cole Lawrence, Gabriel Garza and Will Bonds; great-grandchildren, Ella and Landry Dellinges and Emalea Jo (Lawrence/Harris); sister, Sarah Reed Gray, son and three grandchildren; sister LouVern Reed Baker and husband Verlin Baker and their children and grandchildren; brother, Vernie Jr. Reed and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Cecil Reed (Linda Jesse), children and great-grandchildren; nieces, Sequoia Henson (Ray), children and great-grandchildren; wife of nephew Curtis, Donna and their children and great-grandchildren; nephew Jerry Wayne Reed (Gail) and their children and great-grandchildren.
Thank you to granddaughter Aleshia for all her loving care of PawPaw. She’s his girl. She is so remarkable. Thank you to Murphey and the other VA people. Murphey has been so wonderful. Thank you to the Solaris girls June and Nicki, and nurses Amber and Ashton.
Jay will always be loved and missed. Any contributions in his honor can be made to cancer research. Cancer is a vicious killer and can strike the young, as well as older victims.
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Janice Kay Swaim

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December 31, 1946 – May 24, 2024
BOWIE – Janice Kay Swaim, 77, died on May 24, 2024.
A graveside service was at 11 a.m. on May 28 at Sunset Cemetery with Doyle Wade as the officiant.
She was born Dec. 31, 1946 in Bowie to Ocie Leon and Lora Mae (Trout) Clayton. On Nov. 14, 1964 she married Carroll Swaim. She was a retired beautician.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Lora Mae Fuller; her stepfather; father, Ocie Clayton and brother, Thomas Clayton.
She is survived by her husband, Carroll Swaim and daughter, Tonya Swaim.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Sheila Inez (Durbin) McKinley

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January 12, 1964 – May 20, 2024
BOWIE – Sheila Inez (Durbin) McKinley, 60, went to be with the Lord on May 20, 2024. She was a vivacious, fearless soul who loved life and all of those she met in it.
A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 28 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral service will take place at 1 p.m. on May 29 at the Central Baptist Church, 710 W. Wise St. Bowie, with Pastor Gregg Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie with Dylan Dixon, Bowdie Dixon, Levi Kixmiller, Bryce Baumstark, Brantley Milan and Aiden McKinley serving as pallbearers.
Sheila was born Jan. 12, 1964 in Lawton, OK to Walt and Linda Durbin. Her family traveled for most of her childhood while Walt served in the Army. Sheila would find herself in Wilburton, OK, where she graduated high school and then went on to college at the Eastern Oklahoma College. She received an associates degree; however Sheila put her educational plans on hold to raise her family. Her son Kevin was born in 1982, and in 1985 her daughter Destiny. Sheila adored her children and her role as being their mother. She loved to spend her days at the lake with her “water babies” or dancing. Even after Sheila’s stroke her son would hold her up so they could two step.
After Sheila’s children were older she would go on to teach as a substitute teacher for several years. Her students would describe her as caring and compassionate. Her enthusiastic love for life kept her students excited and eager to learn.
In 1999 Sheila was given one of favorite titles, “Nana.” Her grandbabies were her world. She loved taking them on rides with her convertible top down, music blaring. 1999 was a big year, that’s also when she met the love of her life, Darwin McKinley. She fell deeply in love and married him in July of 2000. Sheila and Darwin made their home in Bowie. The two traveled the United States with Darwin’s work. Sheila would spend her time shopping or at the pool making new friends. She had a knack for gab and never met a stranger.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Walt and Linda Durbin; grandson, Eli Sorensen and nephew, Allen Durbin Jr.
Sheila is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Darwin, Bowie; son, Kevin Dixon and wife Brandy, Lone Grove, OK; daughter, Destiny Owens and husband J.W., Ardmore, OK; stepdaughter, Constance Sorensen and husband Jason, College Station; stepson, Lee McKinley, College Station; 12 grandchildren, Callie, Dylan, Ashlynn, Liberty, Bowdie, Levi, Bryce, Brantley, Lainey, Aiden, Kinley and Jude; four great-grandbabies, Stetson, Whitlee, Jackson and Holly; sister, Julina Vandiver and husband Rick, Bowie and two brothers, Allen Durbin and wife Heather, Healdton, OK and Freddie Durbin, Broken Bow, OK.
The idea is not to live forever, but to create something that will. That’s exactly what Sheila did. She will forever live in our hearts and in our memories.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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Vera Belle Lawson

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February 19, 1923 – May 20, 2024
BOWIE – Vera Belle Lawson, 101, died on May 20, 2024.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 23 at the White Family Funeral Home in Bowie. A funeral services was at 10 a.m. on May 24 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Bowie with Pastor Glenn Neff, Michael Hanson and Mark Hanson. Burial followed Vashti Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 19, 1923 to Ed and Maude (Griffin) Winters in New Liberty, TX. She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1940 and married Louis A. Lawson on Feb. 14, 1942. The couple had four children and started their homestead in Vashti. They later built a house in Bowie where she lived until her passing.
Lawson taught Sunday school and volunteered at the Bowie Hospital, nursing homes, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other organizations. She also volunteered at God’s Table. She was a member of the First Freewill Baptist Church in Bowie for 65 years as well as the Pleasant Mound Freewill Baptist (Rock Church) in Buffalo Springs.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; daughter, Karen and two grandsons.
She is survived by her daughters, Jenyne Fenoglio, Bellevue, Janis Gary, Bowie and Belinda Seale, Vernon; seven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to God’s Table, 505 Strong Street, Bowie, Texas or another charitable organization.
Arrangements entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home of Bowie.

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