Services for Syble Blackwood Hames, 86, of Lubbock will be held at 1p.m. Tuesday,Oct. 4, 2005 at Lubbock's Trinity Baptist Church with Clyde Reams officiating. Graveside services with Military Honors will follow in the Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.
Visitation will be held at Rix Funeral Director's in Lubbock on Monday with family visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Mrs. Hames left this world to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 30, 2005 in University Medical Center. Syble Blackwood was born in Graham, Texas on Feb. 13, 1919, one of eleven children, born to William I. and Theo Doshia Benson Blackwood.
She is survived by her three beloved children, William Benson Hames and wife Noreen of Santa Ana, California, Bob Taylor Hames of Lubbock and Patricia Gale Hames of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and two grandchildren Christian and Cathryn. Also surviving her are two sisters, Ruth Hood of Lubbock and Dorothy Harrell of Greensboro, North Carolina; 28 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Hames; her parents; six brothers, Bill, Ivy, Ed, Raymond, Bob and Cecil Blackwood; and two sisters, Thelma Martin and Aline Stewart.
Syble was a graduate of Crosbyton High School and attended Draughns Business College. She then lived and worked in Houston where she played on the Balshaw Semi-Professional Softball Team for two years. She returned to Lubbock where she was hired by the AAA Office (now the Government USDA) where she worked until joining the Women's Army Corps in 1943. Syble moved back to Lubbock in 1958 where she worked at Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock Lions Club and Lubbock Rotary Club. She served for 33 months with the Women's Air Corps (WAC), stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where she played semi-pro softball and basketball. Syble worked for 13 years with the civil service and 24 years as Lubbock Rotary Club Secretary retiring in 1987. While working with the Rotary Club, she received the "Paul Harris Fellow Award" distinguishing her as the only woman and non-Rotarian to receive this award. She was a very active member of Trinity Baptist Church where she taught Adult, Junior and Intermediate Sunday School Classes, worked with the age 4 and 5 children's choir and was a member and Past President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Baptist Women On Mission. She was a charter member of the American Business Women's Association for 22 years where she served as Past President and Program Chairwoman for three different years. She was a member of Phi Sigma Alpha Texas Theta where she served as Past President and Program Chairwoman. She was a charter member and Past President of the University Medical Center Auxiliary.
The family suggests memorials to Trinity Baptist Church, 2707 34th St., Lubbock, Texas 79410 or Buckner Children's Home, 129 Brentwood Ave., Lubbock, Texas 79416.
©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Sunday, October 2, 2005
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