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Laci Ada Stone

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July 1, 2003 – March 15, 2022
NOCONA – Laci Ada Stone went to her eternal home with the Lord on March 15, 2022, at 8:18 p.m. in Andrews, TX.
Visitation was from 6 – 8 p.m. on March 21 at Jerry Woods Funeral Home in Nocona. A celebration of Laci’s life was at 1 p.m. on March 22 at the Nocona High School Gymnasium under direction of Jerry Woods Funeral Home. Following the funeral service, Laci will be laid to rest at the Nocona Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service are Landry McCasland, Hank Ulbig, Jonathan Flores, Charlie Fuller, Adrian Diaz and Ethan Six.
Laci was born on July 1, 2003 to Haydan and Chelsi Stone of Nocona. She was a 2021 honor graduate of Nocona High School, was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and made the president’s list her first semester at college. Laci was always a positive influence and role model in the community by participating in the PALS program and volunteering for the Nocona Youth Volleyball League. Laci was loved by all as evidenced by being voted prom queen and was a homecoming queen nominee her senior year.
Laci spent her life playing multiple sports including volleyball, basketball, softball, golf and track. She was a passionate athlete who loved to win and was always the loudest when it was time to celebrate a great play with her teammates. Even though she was much shorter than her opponents, she always managed to get a big block in volleyball. She was a powerful batter who had quick reflexes in the field and a fierce pitcher. She loved how far she could drive the golf ball and had worked hard at improving her short game. One of her favorite places to be was on the golf course with her brother.
She played volleyball and softball since she was 12 years old and has best friends on every team she played on. Everyone knew they would have an absolute great time hanging out with Laci and she loved singing at the top of her lungs while dancing like crazy. Laci was an avid TikToker and had a lot of fun getting her parents to film funny videos with her. Laci loved makeup and was always responsible for doing her sister’s makeup for big events. She loved getting to model and be in front of the camera. Her beautiful smile and quirky style made her stand out in the crowd. Laci was a great big sister who her brother and sister always knew they could count on.
Laci was awarded a golf scholarship to the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM. She was excited to get to play at the collegiate level; and it didn’t take long for her to fit right in making friends while playing the sport she loved.
Laci was a member of the Northside Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Nocona and was very passionate about her relationship with Jesus. While at college she volunteered for a church youth group.
Laci is proceeded in death by her grandparents Herman and Holly Stone, Saint Jo, JD and Sherry Wagner, Saint Jo and Jack and Charlene Stone, Oklahoma City, OK.
She is survived by her parents, Haydan and Chelsi Stone: brother, Johnathan; sister, Kaygan; grandmother, Carol Patterson and great grandparents Melvin and Minnie Corley, all of Nocona. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Laci Stone Memorial Fund, 510 Denison Street, Nocona, TX, 76255. Never forget Laci’s beautiful smile and forever love like Laci.
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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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