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Ruben Chico

Ruben Chico, 92 of Friona passed away January 19, 2018 in Clarendon, Texas. Celebration of Life Services will be held Monday, January 22, 2018 at Templo Damasco Church in Friona with Rev. Josue Murillo, officiating. Burial in the Friona Cemetery by Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home of Friona.

Ruben was born May 8, 1925 in Mexico to Adrian and Consepcion Flores Chico. He married Maria Ronquillo in 1950.

Ruben was a farmer, blacksmith and fabricator making farm plows, buggies and more. He was known as a prankster that loved to have fun. He loved to dance, take walking trips and was never still for long.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 1 daughter- Rafaela Chico, 2 brothers- Benjamin Chico, Rafael Chico, and 3 sisters- Natalia Guitierrez, Hortencia Rodriguez and Emma Chico.

To carry on the legacy are 3 sons- Emilo Chico of Colorado Springs, Jose Chico and Ruben Chico Sr. of Friona, 1 sister- Nelly Chico of El Paso, 15 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

You may sign send condolences to the family and sign the online register book at www.blackwellmullins.com.

Ollie Pearl Taylor

Ollie Pearl Taylor, 88 of Friona passed away January 19, 2018 in Friona. Celebration of Life Services have been scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church in Friona with Pastor Bobby Broughton officiating. Burial following in the Friona Cemetery by Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home of Friona.

Ollie Pearl was born January 29, 1929 in Oklahoma to Paul and Opal Bradley Strickland. She married Ruben Taylor December 1, 1948 and kept the books at the family business Taylor and Sons Welding.

She was very gifted in making porcelain dolls and many craft items. She loved fishing, doing puzzles, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 1 daughter-Renee’ James.

Continuing the legacy is one son-Steve Taylor and wife Catherine of Hereford, 1 daughter-Paula Howard and husband Eddie of Levelland, 1 sister-Elwanda Campbell of Friona, 1 son-in-law- Randy James of Tulia, 3 sister-in-laws- Ruth Miller of Friona, Joyce Marie Jones and Lois Strickland, both of Clovis, 16 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

You may send condolences and sign the online register book at www.blackwellmullins.com.

Mabel Sue Barrett

Church service for Mabel Sue Barrett, age 84, of Farwell, Texas, is scheduled for 2:30 PM, Thursday, January 25, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Farwell with Russ Ponder of Farwell and Corey Speer of Odessa officiating. Burial will be in Bovina Cemetery. Sue passed to her heavenly home on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in Farwell. She was born May 22, 1933 in Flomot, Texas to James Harrison and Oma Lee (Kuykendall) George. She married J.B. Barrett in Flomot on October 2, 1952.

Sue was a lovely Christian woman who was blessed with the ability to be a great caregiver. No one ever had anything bad to say about Sue, not even her son-in-law or daughter-in-law. Sue took great care of her husband, J.B. for over 60 years, often acting as his other hand. Together they had two children. As a mother, Sue loved caring for her children and nourishing them with the best fried foods. Their children blessed them with six grandchildren. She took her care-giving role to the next level, as she cared for them during times of need. Sue was always there for family, friends and loved ones whenever they needed help. She would work tirelessly and often be embarrassed if anyone thanked her. She was a great servant to the Lord, her family and friends. The family is thankful that she has been made whole and now in her heavenly home. With no doubt when she entered the gates of heaven, she was welcomed with open arms and heard, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Sue is preceded in death by her husband, J.B. in 2013 and her parents.

Sue is survived by her son, Jay Be Barrett and his wife, Jana of Farwell, Texas; her daughter, Jana Headrick of Lubbock, Texas; six grandchildren, Joel Barrett, Jordan Barrett, Britton Barrett, Christian Barrett, Catherine Speer and Cheryl Millican; and ten great-grandchildren, Emmaleigh Millican, Neil Millican, Ruth Millican, Jared Millican, Isaiah Speer, Abigail Speer, Brooklyn Barrett, Addison Barrett, Bryce Kuhnhenn and Ireland Barrett.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church, 404 Avenue E, Farwell, Texas, 79325. Online condolences can be made at www.ellisfuneralhomes.com.

Dean Stanberry

Dean Stanberry, 69 of Bovina passed away January 22, 2018 in Amarillo. Celebration of Life Memorial Services have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 26, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Bovina with Rev. Brian Mullins, pastor, officiating. Arrangements by Blackwell-Mullins Funeral Home of Friona.

Dean was born November 28, 1948 in Danville, Arkansas to Thogal Denton and Bonnie Mae McCormick Stanberry. He married Veda ‘Wendy” Thornton December 25, 1968.

For many years he worked at several agriculture related businesses including Bovina Pump Company and for Terra/CHS in Bovina for 25 years.

He loved having fun and always had a smile. He enjoyed flying drones and was a great drone pilot, and loved taking trips to Ruidoso with his beloved nephew Johnny Stanberry. The pride and enjoyment of his life was his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Wendy Stanberry, and 4 brothers-Cloys, Buford, Harold and Danny Stanberry.

Continuing the legacy are 3 daughters-Michelle Gonzales and husband Martin of San Marcos, Jamie McNeely of Bovina, and Melanie Bustos and husband John Paul of Farwell, 1 son-Travis Stanberry and Steffani of Amarillo, 1 sister-Brenda McNeely and husband Reggie of Weatherford, Texas, 8 grandchildren-Alex Gonzales, Krystin Gonzales, Ashleigh McNeely, Emma McNeely, Orianna Bustos, Olivia Bustos, Brady Meriweather and Christian Jackson and 1 great-granddaughter-Kalliope Reiss.

You may send condolences and sign the online register book at www.blackwellmullins.com.