March 9, 2016 Obituaries


Obituaries from the Wednesday, March 9, 2016 edition.

Robert Baker
Robert Baker, 58, of Snyder, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Snyder.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Miller Family Funeral Home.

Billy Box
Billy Earl Box, 65, of Colorado City, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at his home in Cibolo surrounded by his family.
A memorial service for Mr. Box will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City with the Rev. Larry Bass officiating. The service will be under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
He was born in Sweetwater on Feb. 25, 1951 to Chester and Mary Mash Box.
Billy was a wonderful man who loved to joke around, but could be very serious, especially when it came to working, which is a value that he passed down to his sons.
He had a career working in the oilfields as a superintendent of oil and gas. He was a patient man, taking time to teach and motivate not only his children but those that he worked with. His biggest traits were his faith in God, his love of family and his honest and humble nature. 
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City and the C. City Riders.
In his spare time, he would travel. His favorite place to go was the Rockies in Colorado with his wife, Jackie. They also made sure to go to as many San Antonio Spurs games as they could get in together. Besides traveling and going to watch the Spurs, Billy was an avid fisherman and loved to go hunting.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Box, and by his sisters, Margaret West and Earline Elrod and her husband, A.L. Elrod.
Billy is survived by his wife, Jackie, whom he married in Crane on Jan. 25, 43 years ago. Other survivors are his children, Gregory Earl Box and his wife, Laci, and their children Graci and Ty, all of Midland, Justin Box and his wife, April, and their children, Kirt, and his son, Haydn, Victoria, Corbin, Austin and Ella, all of Aledo, and Billy Keith “B.K.” Box and his wife, Mesha, and their children, Payton, Hanson and Pierson, and one more on the way, all of Cibolo; his mother, Mary Box of Crane, his brother-in-law, Robert West of Arkansas; and his nephews, Roland Elrod and Randy Elrod.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the First United Methodist Church of Colorado City.
Online condolences may be posted at

Bill Ellis
Billy R. “Bill” Ellis, 81, of Abilene and formerly of Sweetwater, died Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
Funeral service for Mr. Ellis will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamar Street Baptist Church in Sweetwater with the Revs. Jerry Payne and Clay Jacobson officiating. Burial will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Born on Oct. 24, 1934 in Sweetwater, he married Nancy Flickinger on June 18, 1980 in Sweetwater. Bill was a lifelong resident of Sweetwater and member of Lamar Street Baptist Church. He was a livestock auctioneer from 1961 to 2003. Bill was active with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in different capacities for many years. He bought cattle at Future Farmers of America and 4-H shows and held benefit auctions for both organizations. He loved to go dancing, especially when the band played Waltz Across Texas when they saw Nancy and him walk in.
Bill and Nancy were known and loved by many and Bill will be missed tremendously.
He was preceded in death in by his mother, Clara Foust Ellis, in 1997; his father, J.B. Ellis, in 1999; one brother, Kenneth B. Ellis; and one sister, Roberta Harrell.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ellis of Abilene; one son, Forrest Kennedy and his wife, Kathy, of Abilene; one daughter, Teresa Stone and her husband, Robert, of Sweetwater; three brothers, Jimmy Frank Ellis and his wife, Bobbie, and David Ellis and his wife, Carmilla, all of Sweetwater, and John Alvin Ellis and his wife, Sharon, of Dublin; two sisters, Linda Easa and her husband, Danny, of Cleveland, Ohio and Edwina Clowers of Sweetwater; two granddaughters, Miranda Canada and her husband, Travis, of Clyde and Tana Kurz and her husband, Alex, of Hawaii; two grandsons, Brant Kennedy of Abilene and Rance Stone of Stephenville; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Cody Scott, Adam Merket, Scooter Scott, Mike Montoya, Little Hud Hudson, Cory Beavers and Brodie Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Shackleford, Bill Preston, Vollie Shipp and Frank Martinez.
Online condolences may be posted at

Gerald Snyder
Gerald Snyder, 54, of Lubbock, died Saturday, March 5, 2016 in San Antonio.
Funeral service for Mr. Snyder will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Miller Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Highfield officiating.
Born on April 4, 1961 in Merkel to Gerald Lee and Shirley (Beaird) Snyder, he married Diana Palmer on April 18, 1983 in Lovington, N.M. He enjoyed woodworking, history, Native American heritage, fishing and playing golf. Mr. Snyder was passionate about sports, especially watching the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Oakland A’s. Most importantly, Gerald enjoyed spending time with his family. His granddaughters were the apples of his eye.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Dennis Snyder.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Snyder of Lubbock; two daughters, Danica Abrahamson and her husband, Daniel, and Samantha Chavez and her husband, Cory, all of Lubbock; one son, Jessie Snyder and his wife, Cassie, of Lubbock; his mother and stepfather, Shirley and Ted McMillan of Snyder; one brother, Terry Snyder and his wife, Monique, of San Antonio; three granddaughters, Hailey Snyder, Caitlyn Snyder and Lilah Snyder, all of Lubbock; and many cousins and their families.
Online condolences may be posted at

Victor Triggs
Victor Triggs, 56, of Snyder, died Monday, March 7, 2016 in Lubbock.
Funeral service for Mr. Triggs will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home with the Rev. Shannon Harrison officiating. Burial will follow at Snyder Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Born on Dec. 3, 1959 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to Leon and Rita (Garcia) Triggs, he married Myra Tippens on Nov. 8, 1999 in Snyder.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Christopher Triggs.
Survivors include his wife, Myra Triggs of Snyder; one daughter, Mica D. Triggs of Snyder; two sons, Leon C. Triggs of Snyder and Victor Leon Triggs Jr. of Amarillo; one granddaughter, Emara McCoy-Triggs of Sweetwater; one brother, Anthony Garcia of Hope Mills, N.C.; and a host of cousins in Albuquerque, N.M.
Online condolences may be posted at

Emilie Tucker
Emilie Ellen Sorrels Tucker died Sunday, March 6, 2015.
Funeral service for Mrs. Tucker will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Meadow with Bill Titus officiating. Burial will follow at Meadow Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Brownfield Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Ellen was born on Oct. 4, 1925 in Scurry County to Jim and Agnes Sorrells. She grew up on a ranch close to Knapp and graduated from Ira High School. She attended Texas Tech, where she met the love of her life, Winfred Tucker. They were married in a garden wedding at the home of her parents on July 27, 1947. Winfred and Ellen lived on a farm close to Locketville, where they were blessed with two daughters, Winnell and Marjorie. They bought a farm close to Needmore and moved the house that they built onto the land. Soon Norman and then Carolyn were born to complete the family. They joined the Meadow Methodist Church and worked hard at helping it grow. Ellen was very active in the United Methodist Charge Conference and a 4-H leader. Ellen was an excellent cook and great hostess, having so many parties, reunions and church events at their home. She was also an amazing gardener, growing beautiful flowers to share with all. Her artistic abilities were very good as well, as she painted quite often in her younger years. Winfred and Ellen enjoyed their life on the farm with their four children, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband Winfred Tucker; her parents; one son, Norman James Tucker; and one granddaughter, Emily Young.
Survivors include three daughters, Winnell Young of Meadow, Marjorie Jones and her husband, Terry, of Lakeland, Fla. and Carolyn Keane and her husband, John, of Rockwall; and one sister, Lucille Sterling of Coahoma.