Swisher County Obituaries 2007



Carolyn Griffith
County Coordinator
Elaine Stone


Obituaries 2007

Mancha, Susie P.
Funeral Mass for Susie P. Mancha, 63, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Church of the Holy Spirit with the Rev. John Salazar-Jimenez, pastor, officiating.  Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today in Wallace Chapel.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home. Mrs. Mancha died at 8:55 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 1997, in Tulia.  She was born Susie Pena on May 17, 1934, in Pearsall where she grew up. She lived in Uvalde before moving to Tulia in 1950.  She married Alvino Mancha in 1950 in Tulia.  Survivors include her husband; nine daughters, Irene Morales, Pat Rodriquez, Mary Ann Mancha, Sylvia Trevino and Beatrise Martinez, all of Tulia, Josie Suarez of Sterling, Estella Garza and Carmen Ortiz, both of Salt Lake City, Utah and Marylou Mancha of Waco; five sons, Paul Mancha of Pharr, Alvino Mancha Jr., Rudy Mancha and Jesse Mancha, all of Tulia, and Johnny Mancha of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Rosa Villegaz; two brothers, Frank and Poline Pena; 48 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers will be Pete Hernandez Jr., Johnny Pena Mancha, Urbano Suarez, David Hernandez, Guadalupe Morales and David Rodriques.
McNeill, Hermion Pierce
Hermion Pierce McNeill, 55, died Jan. 28, 2007, in Amarillo.  Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today in University Church of Christ in Canyon with Dr. David Lough, minister, and Brad Thompson, minister of Southwest Church of Christ, officiating. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon and Happy, 1702 Fifth Ave., Canyon.  Hermion Cecilia Pierce McNeill was born April 12, 1951, in Quanah. She graduated from Quanah High School in 1969. She attended Lubbock Christian University, where she met a dashing pilot, Dudley McNeill. They were married on June 4, 1971. She received her bachelors in English from West Texas State University in 1973. They lived in the Wayside Community and were members of the University Church of Christ in Canyon. She was a homemaker, devoted mother and loving wife. She was dear to many hearts.  Survivors include her husband; a son, Todd McNeill and wife Mary of Fayetteville, Ark.; two daughters, Amber Weems and husband Taylor and Hannah McNeill, all of Amarillo; a sister, Evon Wruble and husband Rudy of Canyon; her mother, Oleta Pierce of Canyon; and two grandchildren, Kathryn and Ethan McNeill of Fayetteville.  The family suggests memorials be to the Youth Fund at the University Church of Christ, 3400 Conner Drive, Canyon, TX 79015.  Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 30, 2007.
McVay, Jackie
TULIA - Jackie McVay, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007.  No services are planned. Local arrangements are by Kornerstone Funeral Directors.  Mrs. McVay died peacefully at her residence with some family and friends at her bedside.  Amarillo Globe-News, 11 January 2007.
Nall, L. L. "Shorty"
I.L. "Shorty" Nall Jr., 85, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, in Amarillo. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Burwash, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia by Kornerstone Funeral Directors. Mr. Nall was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Germyn. He grew up in Tulia and attended Tulia schools. He married Bo Grantham, who preceded him in death in 1983. He later married Dorotha Cox in 1995 and she died in 2006. He joined the US Army during WWII. He had worked for the Ford Dealership in Tulia for 63 years as a mechanic and retired at the age of 84. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Happy. He was also preceded in death by a son, LaNoyle Nall.  Survivors include a daughter, Kay Childers and husband Joe of Round Rock; a sister, Mary Grantham of Silverton; two grandchildren, Stephen Childers and wife Shanna of Round Rock, and Mendie Freni and husband Darryl of Valencia, Calif., three great-grandchildren, Vanessa Childers and Kacey Childers, both of Buda, and Dylan Childers of Round Rock.  The family suggests memorials be to First Baptist Church, 102 N. Western, Happy, TX 79042.  Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 31, 2007.
Robb, Maye
Graveside services for Maye Robb, 92, were at 11 a.m. today in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Davenport, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial arrangements were by Wallace Funeral Home.  Mrs. Robb died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.  She was born April 20, 1907, in Erath County where she grew up. She was a member of Tulia First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.  On July 14, 1944, she married T.J. “Dick” Robb in Quitaque. He died Dec. 28, 1981.  Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Norma Huckabay of Tulia; five grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.  A son, Carroll Huckabay, died in 1992.
Rucker, Vera
Graveside services for Vera Rucker, 78, will be at 2 p.m. today in Rose Hill Cemetery with Dennis Conway, minister of 6th and Gaines Church of Christ, officiating.  Burial arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home.  Mrs. Rucker died at 10:58 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2000, in Swisher Memorial Hospital.  She was born June 6, 1922, in Bowie. She moved to Canyon at an early age and attended Canyon schools. She moved to Tulia in 1979. She was a telephone for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and a bookkeeper for Crosby Motor Co. and Swisher Clinic.  She was a member of 6th & Gaines Church of Christ. On Aug. 26, 1939, she married Carl Tilman Rucker in Clovis, N.M. He died Jan. 25, 1979.  Survivors include a daughter, Donna Morris of Tulia; a son, Russell Rucker of Tulia; two sisters, Mrs. George Knight of Pampa and Mrs. Steve Self of Canyon; two brothers, Reg Prichard of Lubbock and Wayne Prichard of Stephenville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  The family suggests memorials to VistaCare Family Hospice, 4418 Olton Road, Plainview, TX 79072.
Sims, Woodrow Franklin "Woody"
Funeral services for Woodrow Franklin “Woody” Sims, 84, will be at 11 a.m .Tuesday in Wallace Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Janell Blair, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tulia, officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery by Wallace Funeral Home.  Mr. Sims died at 11:20 a.m. on Friday, May 9, 1997, in Heritage Convalescent Center in Amarillo.  He was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Mountain Park, Okla. He grew up and attended schools in Union Hill in Swisher County, graduating from Tulia High School. He worked for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif. during World War II. He worked as a salesman for Lubrication Engineers for 20 years and moved back to Tulia after his retirement.  He married Freida Parsons. She is deceased.  Survivors include two step-sons; two sisters, Adell Wiggins of Amarillo and Monte Oscheim of Long Beach, Calif.; and nine nieces and nephews.  Two brothers, Jack and Granville Sims, are deceased.
Younger, Virginia E. Orlando, Florida - Virginia E. Younger died in Orlando, Florida on February 12, 2007 after a long bout with Alzheimer's.  She was born in Tulia Oct. 13, 1928, the second daughter of William Henry Younger, Jr. and Ida Viola Landis Younger.  Professor Younger, her father who died in 1936, was Superintendent of Tulia Schools (1923-1936).  Viola Younger, her mother, and Virginia moved to Big Spring in 1964 and were longtime active members of the First Baptist Church.  Viola died in 1995.  Virginia moved from Big Spring to Orlando in 1998 to live near her nephew, Dr. David Bradford.  Virginia was a victim of polio in the 1940's, but was able to attend West Texas State College until her junior year.  Though never married, she spent a great deal of her time nurturing her nieces and nephews through college to help her sister Arline and brother-in-law Galen Bradford who lived overseas for over 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries in Japan and Malawi.  Because Mr. Younger was a combat veteran of World War I, Virginia became an active member of the WWI veteran's organization, rising to position of Stat President of the WWI Veteran's Auxiliary.  She was a longtime member of the Big Spring Post.  Virginia is survived by her sister, Arline Bradford, who resides in San Antonio, twin nephews, Dr. David Bradford (Orlando, Florida) and Dr. Don-Michael Bradford (Seattle, Washington), niece Delinda Bradford LeMire (Misawa, Japan), and niece Dana Leigh Bradford (Huntsville, Alabama).  Her ashes will be eventually placed in the Rose Hill Cemetery next to the graves of her parents.  Submitted by Dr. David Bradford, dgbradford@hotmail.com.

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