From Mary Lane Chapman Leslie on October 4th, 2017
I remember in the summer, just after we graduated, Tim and Tom and I were in a small group at a house near Tech. We were "college students". We felt pretty grown. That evening we had a serious discussion about something-I don't remember the topic, but I remember feeling like we were doing something important and meaningful. Tom was a wonderful friend and a great guy.
Comments from Alice's obituary: "You could take Alice Cochran Vickers out of Texas, but there was always a part of the Lone Star State in her big personality and sense of style. Alice was a force of nature. She lived with exuberance. She was truly generous to a fault, glamorous and fun." Her daughter, Alexandra Vickers said, "There was a magical quality about her. She was charismatic and magnetic." Another friend noted, "Alice was very generous, smart, and sophisticated and everybody felt like they were her best friend." Alice is missed by family and friends. Obituary was published in Denver Post on 15 June 2013.
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From Benay Burkholder on August 5th, 2017
This makes me sad I didn't know but she was one of my best friends in high school Then we went to Christian, a girls school in Columbia, Missouri She met Mike Krissler and left school and I never knew what happened to her She was definitely the life of the party
From Mary Lane Chapman Leslie on October 4th, 2017
Ah, Becky. One of my best friends in high school and our first year at Tech. We lived on the same floor in Drane (aka Draino) Hall. She and I talked about moving to Austin to UT together. She even joined the sorority at UT that I had joined at Tech. But then I met Dub Mantooth and moving to Austin was not in the cards. But we remained good friends. She was in my wedding to Dub Mantooth in July, 1971. I remember her coming to me in the spring of 1971 and saying let's move to Aspen! We both loved to ski. A path not taken. She went to Aspen, I married Dub, we divorced in 1977 and I seldom saw Beck after that. She was beautiful (what a perfect face!) and so talented. I didn't know she had died until a few months after it happened. I loved her parents too Chalkie and Norma. A life ended too soon.
Lawrence Larry D. Hyer SAVANNAH-Lawrence Larry D. Hyer, born July 27, 1949, passed June 29, 2015. To paraphrase the poem by Linda Ellis The Dash, on our tombstone are two dates. First the date of birth and then the date of death, but what matters most is the dash in between those years. Larry was born in Muncie, IN, and moved to Lubbock, Texas, when he was five years old and remained in Lubbock most of the next 54 years. He graduated high school from Monterey High in 1967 and college from Texas Tech University in 1972. He embarked on a career with the Lubbock Independent School District as a teacher and coach, retiring in 2005. Larry's dash was full. One of his greatest strengths and joy was being able to mentor young people. He had a unique ability to teach life lessons using his love for education, animals and music in the classroom as well as the sports arena. It was most rewarding for him to hear from former students the influence he had on them and how they incorporated those life lessons raising their children. Larry's competitive spirit remained throughout his life leading him to show and judge rabbits. Then he moved into the AKC confirmation dog show ring. He raised and bred German Sheppard and Irish Wolf Hounds, but his true love was the Bullmastiff. He bred and raised numerous Champions, and his beloved Nationally Ranked Champion Cash, has puppies all over the nation and world. Larry made many friends at ringside and the world talking bullmastiff with anyone interested. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Duane Hyer and Dorothy Sue Foster Hyer; his brother, Gregory A. Hyer; his son, Steven L. Hyer and one granddaughter; Abigail Neely, and one brother-in-law Tom Heard. He is survived by his wife Deena L. Coble Hyer of Savannah, GA; two stepdaughters, Amanda Stanford (Ricky) of Abilene, Texas; Jamie Neely Plumlee (Larry) of Amarillo, Texas. Five cherished grandchildren, Braden, Bryce, and Brody Stanford of Abilene; Alexis and Corban Neely of Amarillo. Also loved were Ryan (Annie) and Landry Coble and Courtney Coble Box (Randy) of Amarillo his niece and nephews. His in-laws, Clarence and Martha Coble of Amarillo; his sisters-in-law, Marka Heard of Dalhart, Texas and Renee' Coble of Amarillo and one brother-in-law, Matt Coble of Amarillo, Texas. Private services are being held at a later date. Larry would want you to know he had a good Dash.
Erle was born in Sacramento, Calif. July 8, 1949, 56 years ago today, to Neven, Jr. and Signe ( Eknes) Mote. The family moved to Lubbock in 1954 when Neven was transferred to Reese Air Force Base. Erle is survived by his wife, Elaine; his parents, Neven and Signe Mote; and his sisters and their families: Cheryl and Danny Sanders, Becky, Mitchell and Eric; Marilyn and Mike Linville, Matthew and Melanie Linville, Melodie and Josh Carroll, Ethan and Ryun.
Erle grew up attending Calvary Baptist Church and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of seven. A 1967 graduate of Lubbock's Monterey High School, Erle went on to obtain and undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University. At Tech, he was active in Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. After serving his country in the U.S. Navy from 1971 -1975, Erle returned to Lubbock and to Texas Tech, where he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He married Elaine Martin in August of 1976. They moved to the Dallas area in 1978, where Erle experienced a long successful career as a licensed professional engineer. Though Erle and Elaine had no children Erle enjoyed his many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
Erle was known to be a man of integrity and honor. He followed Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Holy Bible. He openly shared his faith in Jesus Christ with anyone who would listen and was a volunteer with Gideon Ministries.
In 2003, Erle was diagnosed with bone cancer and heart disease but recovered completely and miraculously from both. God granted us two additional years with Erle before He took him home to Heaven May 11, 2005.
Vicki King was a very smart, sweet and funny girl. She loved to laugh and had a very loving and sweet spirit. If you were Vicki's friend then you were a friend for life. Rita and I laughed when we would go to Vicki's house because it was "way out" in the country near today's intesection of 82nd & Quaker Ave. It seems appropriate to us that the neighborhood is named "Kingsgate". We miss you Vicki. Anita Phillips and Rita McDaniel
I didn't know Tommy very well in high school, however, I watched his children grow up. If you judge a person on their children - then Tommy Politte was a wonderful guy. Tommy's two sons and a daughter are great adults. They are fun, funny, and dedicated to the Lord. They are raising wonderful families of their own and they are great citizens. Tommy, you did a great job!
Cary was so funny, so kind hearted, and a real joker! Cary was an all around great guy and when he made a friend that person was a friend for life. Cary was killed in a car crash in March 1970. If only we had had a seat belt law in 1970 Cary would have survived what was a minor crash.
Cary, your friends loved you and still love you...we will remember you forever.
Charles Edward Ratcliff, IV passed away on Oct. 12, 2007. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at Celebration Fellowship in Fort Worth. Chuck Ratcliff, a resident of Arlington, Texas was born in Little Rock, Ark. on Aug. 17, 1949. He grew up in Lubbock, where he graduated from Monterey High School in 1967. After high school, Chuck joined the United States Navy, where he served as a sonar technician aboard the USS Leahy. Chuck went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas Tech University and worked as a civil engineer in both the petrochemical and food industries. Chuck enjoyed bass fishing (where "the big one" was always just one cast away), going to the car races (occasionally reenacting his own), and watching Texas Tech football (well, most of the time). He will be remembered best for his keen intelligence, quick wit, and great sense of humor. He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Womack and husband Adam of Irving; mother, Mary Ratcliff of Houston; sisters, Martha Peek of Houston, and Kay Cunningham and husband Craig of Arlington; and many nieces and nephews. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity, or to Celebration Fellowship, 1140 Morrison Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76120.
In the Fall of 2009, Robert Michael Sherrod, was diagnosed with cancer. July 5, 2010 the lights dimmed across the Universe as he lost that battle. Robert was born on July 22, 1949 in Lubbock, Texas to Herman and Frances Carlson Sherrod. He was raised in Lubbock along with his sister, Annette Dickinson and brother, Gregory Sherrod. In June of 1967, he met Karen Kornbleet, and followed her to Houston, Texas where they married on December 21, 1969. He graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Arts in Literature. Although Robert's dream was to become a Professor of Creative Writing, he decided instead to open a Land Surveying business after the birth of their first daughter, Leah, in 1978. In 1985, Robert and Karen moved to Austin, Texas, to continue working together. After the birth of their second daughter, Rachel, in August, 1988, they opened GEO Land Services CO, which was in existence until his untimely death. One of Robert's greatest joys was becoming "Pops" to his precious granddaughters, Kate and Lila Jenkins. Robert was a great intellect, a beautiful writer with a witty sense of humor, and man devoted to his loved ones. He continues to be missed by his wonderful family and friends across the Country.
This photo was taken the day of his funeral, July 22, 2013. Surrounding "Mama" Stiles from left to right ar Jim O'Jibway, John Owens, Joel Hayhurst (LHS-'67), yours truly, Randy Andrews, Dale Lewis, Steve Hurt.
Danny Tarbox, 57, of Amarillo died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2006.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Schooler Funeral Home Brentwood Chapel, 4100 S. Georgia St., with the Rev. Lynn Garrett of First Baptist Church officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Lone Star Cemetery in Rocky, Okla.
Mr. Tarbox was born Feb. 5, 1949, in Perryton. He graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock and attended Texas Tech University, where he was highly ranked in ROTC. He then received his degree from West Texas State University in Canyon. Mr. Tarbox was a driver for Continental Trailways for 14 years. He owned and operated a pharmaceutical delivery service in Amarillo for more than 15 years.
He married Kathy Gray on April 23, 1992, in Amarillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Gwen Tarbox.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Tarbox; three stepdaughters, Tracey Smith of Dallas, Sherri Waldrop of Cordell, Okla., and Tamara Christian of Weatherford, Okla.; two sisters, Sammy Jean Jones of Lubbock and Mary Martinez of Amarillo; a brother, Jimmy Tarbox of Chandler, Okla.; six stepgrandchildren; five nieces; and three nephews.