March 26 Obituaries

Vivian Cochran
Vivian Audrey Cochran, 101, died Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Snyder.
Funeral service for Mrs. Cochran will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Miller Family Funeral Home Chapel with Lee Fiske officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Cochran was born on Dec. 24, 1917 in Powderly, Lamar County to Lee and Oma (Frederick) Saffel. Due to the untimely death of her mother, she was left with the task of rearing her brothers and sisters, at the age of 17, at the height of the Great Depression. She married Clifford Cochran on Aug. 17, 1935 in Fort Towson, Okla. He preceded her in death in March 2003. 
She was a member of the American Business Women Association and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was active in the national and Texas Home Extension Services for more than 50 years.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Oma (Frederick) Saffel; two brothers, W.R. Saffell and Houston Saffel; and two sisters, Janet Hall and Purnie Dempsey.
Survivors include one daughter, Marie Thomas and her husband, Jim, of Hermleigh; one son, Mark Cochran and his wife, Penny, of Snyder; two grandsons, Jim Thomas and his wife, Pam, and Cory Cochran and his wife, Sarah, all of Snyder; one granddaughter, Cassie Cochran of Snyder; two great-granddaughters, Lila Cochran and Emma Cochran, both of Snyder; one sister, Wanda Tubb of Farmington, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign War National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111 or a charity of choice.
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Lorine Garrett
Lorine Garrett, 90, of Snyder, died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Cogdell Memorial Hospital. 
Funeral service for Mrs.  Garrett will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Martin and Darrell Chappell officiating. Burial will follow at Snyder Cemetery. 
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Dick Gray
Paul “Dick” Gray, 99, of Snyder, died March 26, 2019 at his residence. 
Funeral arrangements are pending at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Joel Griffin Jr.
Joel Wayne Griffin Jr., 62, of Abilene, died Thursday, March 21, 2019 in a Lubbock hospital. 
Graveside service for Mr. Griffin will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ross Cemetery annex in Baird with Dr. Phil Christopher officiating. The service will be under the direction of Bailey Howard Funeral Home in Clyde. 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church Chapel in Abilene.  
Born on June 15, 1956 in Snyder to Joel Wayne Griffin Sr. and Lois “Shine” Loraine (Henry) Griffin, he attended Snyder High School and graduated from Texas State Technical College with his certification in heating and air conditioning. He worked as a welder in the oilfield for many years and was a member of Cherry Heights Baptist Church in Clyde.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Larmer Griffin.
Survivors include his sister, Julia Diane Griffin of Abilene, his aunt and uncle, James and Dorothy Reynolds of Rowden, and numerous cousins. 
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Max von Roeder
Max von Roeder passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
Funeral service Mr. von Roeder will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Rodgers officiating. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow the service. A private family graveside service will follow the reception under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Max was born on Aug. 30, 1932 in Knapp in Borden County to Nolan and Opal (Maxwell) von Roeder.  He grew up helping on the family peach orchard and cotton farm, attending Murphy School and Ira schools until his parents moved to Snyder his sophomore year.
He graduated in 1950 from Snyder High School and enrolled in Texas Tech University.  He married his high school sweetheart, Anne Richardson of Dunn, on Dec. 23, 1951. After graduating from Texas Tech in 1954 with an agronomy degree and the ROTC program, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Gary Air Force Base in San Marcos, where he achieved the rank of second lieutenant in November 1956. They moved back to Snyder, where he worked at von Roeder Seed Farms. He was a cotton farmer and a cattle rancher. He retired from farming in 1979 and took over management of von Roeder Seed Farms.
As an active member of the Snyder community, he had served on many boards. He was a longtime member of the chamber of commerce, serving as president in 1970, as well as being a member of the Gold Coats. He served for several years on the Board of County Development (BCD), Cogdell Hospital Foundation board, as well as the Snyder ISD board of trustees for 13 years. In 1975, he joined the Snyder Lions Club, and served as the District 2T2 governor of Lions International in 1986. He believed in their motto “We Serve.” He had served for several years as the District 2T2 tail twister. He served for 46 years as a member of the Community Bank of Snyder board of directors. He was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader and many other board positions.
Max was an avid hunter. He also loved playing dominos at the Scurry County Gin and Scurry County Senior Citizens Center. He spent his spare time at their cabin at Colorado City, enjoying Sunday night “gatherings” with his family or watching the Texas Tech Red Raiders or Texas Rangers baseball. He participated in the Snyder Wheels Car Club and sometimes showed off his 1950 Ford Crestliner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother-in-law, Lindy Clark, and one sister-in-law, Betty Richardson.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anne; three children, Lisa Williams and her husband, Jim, and Nolan von Roeder and his wife, Audra, all of Snyder, and Jeana Riley and her husband, Kinney, of Midland; six grandchildren, Adriane Williams of Snyder, Anna Williams Haywood and her husband, Craig, and Wes von Roeder and his wife, Jordan, all of Midland, Lauren Duke Atchison and her husband, Cullen, of Houston, Erin Riley Browning and her husband, Davis, of Dallas and Nathan von Roeder and his fiancee, Devin Kelley, of Lubbock; one sister, Carla Clark of Richardson; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Alice and Jerry Dunn, John Richardson and Greg and Judy Gebben; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A special thanks to Ashley, Marie, Ola and Evelyn and the staff of Cogdell Home Health for their great care during these last few months.
Memorials may be made to the Texas Lions Camp, 4100 Highway 27, Kerrville, TX  78020; Trinity Methodist Church Blessing Fund, 5200 Trinity Blvd., Snyder, TX 79549; or Cogdell Hospice, 1700 Cogdell Blvd., Snyder, TX 79549.  
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 949    
Snyder, TX 79550
Phone: (325) 573-5486
Fax: (325) 573-0044