Oct. 4 Obituaries
James Ernest Davis, 65, of Abilene and formerly of Snyder, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene.
A memorial service for Mr. Davis will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home with Ken Spoor officiating.
Janice White Hollister, 78, passed away peacefully Sept. 30, 2019 at her home in Abilene.
Funeral service for Mrs. Hollister was held at 2 p.m. today at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home with Perry Westmoreland, of 37th Street Church of Christ, officiating.
She was born on Feb. 16, 1941 in Snyder to Houston and Virginia (Neal) White. After graduation from Snyder High School in 1959, she married Ron Hollister, of Snyder, in 1961.
She was the co-owner of Hollister’s Department Store in Albany from 1971 to 1991 and developed many friendships there. In later years, she moved to Abilene and had a credit counseling company in the First National Bank building, where she helped countless families regain their financial independence.
Most recently, she returned to her true passion, fashion, and had a jewelry table at Elegante Suites in Abilene. She enjoyed visiting with everyone and helping them accessorize with the most recent styles.
Janice was a devoted and selfless mother to her three boys, but her greatest joy was her loving role as Grandma to her five grandchildren. She enjoyed every opportunity that she had to be with them and had great pride in displaying their photos throughout her home.
She was also a loyal friend, always willing to give whatever she had, to help others.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eddie.
Janice is survived by her ex-husband, Ron Hollister of Buffalo Gap; three sons, Mark Hollister and his wife, Chris, of Keller, Jeff Hollister and his wife, Lydia, of Littlefield and Jason Hollister and his fiancé, Heather Mathews, of Missoula, Mont.; one brother, Jerry White and his wife, Lisa, of Abilene; four granddaughters, Skylar and Hannah Hollister, both of Littlefield, Katy Laird-Hollister of Bozeman, Mont. and Maevis Mathews of Missoula, Mont.; one grandson, Andrew Laird-Hollister of Bozeman, Mont.; her cousin and lifelong friend, Wanda Stipe and her husband, Mike, of Snyder; one nephew, Harley Harper of Canyon Lake; two great-nephews Jacob Curtis of Austin and Lucas Harper of Canyon Lake; her best friend, Brenda Wills of Abilene; and her four-legged companion Lilly of Abilene.
Gilbert Ray Merritt, 76, of New Home, passed away Wednesday Oct. 2, 2019.
A celebration of life service for Mr. Merritt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Home Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Snyder Cemetery. The services will be under the direction of Combest Family Funeral Home in Lubbock
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Merritt was born on Aug. 1, 1943 to Joseph and Mildred (Jackson) Merritt. He graduated from Snyder High School in 1961 and began work as a mechanic. He married Dolores Lambert on Oct. 27, 1962 at the Methodist Church in Fluvanna and then they moved to Dumas, where he worked for Shamrock Gas and Oil. In 1966, they returned to Fluvanna and he farmed for 18 years. In 1983, they moved to Snyder and opened Merritt Insurance Services. He was a member of Kiwanis Club, the Fluvanna school board and Calvary Baptist Church of Snyder.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Kenneth Ballard.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 57 years, Dolores Merritt; two daughters, Tammy Mitchell and her husband, Kevin, of New Home and Misty Williamson and her husband, DeWayne, of Palestine; one son, Bert Merritt and his wife, Dayla, of Midland; one brother, Harley Merritt and his wife, Francis, of Friona; one brother-in-law, Wayne Green and his wife, Lou Sharron, of Mansfield; nine grandchildren Mikka James, Shea Askew, Morgan Saint, Hailey Hogg, Merritt Hammonds, Blake Williamson, Krystle Rose, Dylan Merritt and Kyla Merritt; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sally Leona Pace, 79, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 in Snyder.
Graveside service for Mrs. Pace was held at 10 a.m. today at Belvieu Cemetery in Rotan. The service was under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home.
Born on Sept. 4, 1940, in Rotan, Sally was the daughter of the late Barnie and Jimmie (Fancher) Horton. She married Don Parks and together they raised three children. In 1992, Sally married Horace Pace. Sally was an avid reader and enjoyed working in the yard, but most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Don Leslie Parks in 1987 and Horace Pace in 2012, and one son, Reggie Parks in 2015.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Parks; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Gerald Claxton; one stepson, Wendell Pace and his wife, Jan; one daughter-in-law, Teresa Parks; one brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Wanda Horton; one sister, Joan Burch; three grandchildren, Ryan Claxton, Shane Parks and Allie Claxton; one step-grandson, Casey Johnson and his wife, Alison; three great-grandchildren, Aedyn, Trey and Quinn Claxton; four step-great-grandchildren, Lasey, Caeden, Holden and Haley; and many nieces and nephews.