Horace R. “Ears” Wood
SWEETWATER-- Horace “Ears” Wood, 93, passed away suddenly May 21, 2016 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. A family visitation was held at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home on May 23rd. A graveside memorial service was held on May 24th at Colorado City Cemetery, lead by Dr. Jerry Shields. Pallbearers were, Randal Stevens, Walt May, Max May, Paul Scott, Nate Scott and Larry Don Watlington. Honorary pallbearers were, Raymond Watlington, Jack Kennedy, Robert Stevens and Amare Avevalo.
Horace was a resident at Sweetwater Health Care and was born on August 22, 1922 at the Cuthbert Community in Mitchell County. He was a 1942 graduate of Colorado High School. He was a standout member of the championship Wolves football teams from 1938 to 1941. The 1940 team won 2A regionals and won bi-district in 6A playoffs. Horace was the team kicker, punter, and played end. Their efforts as a great team are still remembered at CHS.
He served in World War II as an aircraft electrical mechanic in the Army Air-Corp. In 1952, he married Betty Ruth Glover of Colorado City. They moved to Sweetwater in 1956, where he worked for Sinclair Oil Company as a Roustabout and Pumper, later retiring with Atlantic-Richfield ( ARCO) in Coahoma in 1983.
In retirement, he and Betty loved to spend time in the spring until fall at her folk’s farm in Osage, Arkansas. Her parents were the late Dick and Gertie Glover of Colorado City.
He enjoyed watching football, fishing, camping, and playing golf, especially with his late cousin John Jay “Battler” Morgan. He was a member of the local RV “Good Sams” club. He loved to go dancing and listen to Bob Wills and all Western Swing Music and especially his friends, the late Hoyle Nix and his son Jody from Big Spring.
He had many, many friends and a great love of life and a good-natured sense of humor. His famous heart-felt saying “Let me know if I can help you with anything” will long be remembered by friends, and neighbors that knew him. Horace was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; infant son, William Lee; daughter, Anna Ruth; brothers, Curtis “Squirt” and Wayne “Poss”; parents, S.M. and Maud Wood.
Horace is survived by his son, Bobby Dan Wood of Sweetwater; grandkids, Valerie Beitel of McCamey, Dylan Hancock and Sara Aguayo-Corona, Kylan and Billy Utley, Kaden Hancock and LaVonta Moore. Also surviving are his great-grandkids, Cooper Hancock and Kaleb Utley all of Sweetwater.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1-800-272-3900 or alz.org, would be appreciated. Those wishing may pay online condolences by visiting www.kikerseale.com.
Linda O. Whiteside
NEVADA- Linda O. Whiteside, 62, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 24th. Graveside services will be provided by McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater and will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th at the Roscoe Cemetery. All friends are welcome to attend.
She was born Linda Hair on September 5, 1953 in Roscoe. Linda was a longtime resident of Loraine before moving and settling in Fallon, Nevada. She will be missed by all that her life impacted on such a grand scale.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Lula Hair of Loraine.
She is survived by four children; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
COLORADO CITY-- God welcomed Nancy Elizabeth Avary Hanks, 84, into His eternal kingdom on May 23, 2016. A family visitation will be Thursday, May 26th from 6-8 p.m. at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday, May 27th at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Colorado City Cemetery. The pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Nancy was born on November 11, 1931 at her home in Honey Grove, as the only child to Willie Herman and Mary Elizabeth Fetter Avary.
She graduated high school from New Boston and attended McMurry College in Abilene. Her first teaching job was in Divide, where she met the love of her life, Gene B. They were married on May 26, 1955 in Lubbock.
Nancy was a devoted wife and loving mother. She was a homemaker until her kids were all in school, then she began her career in the Colorado Independent School District, where she worked for 30+ years.
She started as a teacher’s aide, and then became the secretary to the principal at jr. high. When her boss moved to high school, she went with him and it was there that she raised her “other kids”.
Her husband, kids, and grandkids always came first. Together, she and Gene B followed their kids and grandkids in all of their activities, no matter if it was at a football stadium, on a soccer field, at a tennis court, at a track meet, or in a gymnastics gym.
Not only was she a mother to her three kids and her high school kids, but she was also a mother to her nieces and nephews, and granny to her grandkids’ friends. Her love for her family was only second to her love for God. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and quilted.
Nancy was also a Girl Scout leader, excellent seamstress, pianist and organist, an advocate and mother to every kid that attended Colorado High School. She was the shoulder you could lean on for “mom advice” or the one to “set you straight”.
Nancy was also a 24 year breast cancer survivor. She loved and lived her life to the fullest, instilling hope, love, and compassion to everyone that crossed her path. She was also known for her Christmas candy, especially those Martha Washington balls, or “George’s Balls” as Gene B so teasingly called them!
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Mary Elizabeth; her husband, Gene B; and her grandson, Nick Hanks.
Nancy is survived by her three children, Griff Hanks and wife Beverly of San Angelo, Beth Ponsetti of San Angelo, and Squeeky Hanks and wife Tommie of St. Petersburg, FL; grandchildren, Lauren Walters and husband Max of San Antonio, Tristan Hanks of Colorado City, Dylan Ponsetti and Derek Ponsetti of San Angelo, Steve Ponsetti and wife Morgan of Manchaca, Kristi Wright and husband Stacy of San Angelo. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Jake and Judson Ponsetti of Manchaca, Kaden and Kinley Wright of San Angelo, Alex Walters of San Antonio, and Brock Walters of Los Angeles, CA. Many nieces and nephews that she raised as if they were her own, also survive.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City or the Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219.
Horace R. “Ears” Wood