KEENE — Services for Morris Young, 83, of Keene, were conducted Friday, March 20, 2009, in the Lane Prairie Baptist Church, 412 CR 704, Joshua. The Rev. Jerry Clements officiated. Interment was in the Merkel Cemetery, Merkel, Texas. Pallbearers were James Phillip Murray II, Philip Lee Wright, Dr. Ellis Minton, Howard Ellig, Roy Elsner and Steve Minton. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Weldon Huneycutt, Dr. Cecil Huneycutt and Dr. Charles George.
Morris Young passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in Fort Worth. He was born Nov. 8, 1925, in Hawley, Texas, to Rupert Wiley and Lottie Lee Smith Young. He married Reba Huneycutt on May 10, 2001, in Fort Worth. Mr. Young worked for Ector County ISD for 15 years. He also worked in the oilfield-related industries in the Odessa area for many years.
Darlene Fae Barrow was born on November 24, 1933, the oldest child of George Allen Barrow and Exa Dee Meckel Barrow. She died on Sunday, February 22, 2009.
She was born and raised in Sonora, Texas, where she graduated from Sonora High School in 1952. On July 11, 1952, she married Jerrel Reid Hardesty at the Episcopal Church in Sonora.
The couple lived in Corpus Christi, Midland, Houston, New Jersey and Galveston. After her husband’s death, Darlene moved to her beloved ranch in Schleicher County, Texas, where she spent the remainder of her years.
BRADY — Legendary horsetrader, Charles Miers Johnson, 81 of Rochelle, Texas passed away March 21, 2009 in Brady, TX.
Miers was born April 8, 1927 in Brady, Texas to Jane Miers and Charles Johnson. He graduated from Lohn High school and then at 17 joined the Navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He went to Sul Ross State University on a full football scholarship and was all-conference in 1948. After graduating he coached football in Christoval from 1950-1951, and then in Eldorado from 1951-1953 and for the next 15 years in Rochelle. During that time he received a Smith-Huges Certificate from Sam Houston State University in 1956.
Miers’ love of horses began when he was a small boy and his grandfather Roy Johnson gave him his first horse. He owned thousands of horses in his lifetime, being a horsetrader was what he loved to do. He was known throughout West Texas, where he traveled to area ranches to buy and sell horses. Miers had friends everywhere and everyone has a “Miers” story. He was also involved in trading livestock, equipment and real estate. He was an excellent storyteller and had the most colorful life of anyone. He had countless friends and life experiences. His personality was outgoing, positive and he engulfed a room with his presence.
Services for Floyd McGinnes, 78, of Crosbyton were held Saturday, March 7, 2009, in the Crosbyton First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wendell Horn officiating. Burial was in the Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.
Floyd passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Plano, Texas. He was born August 22, 1930 on the Gross Ranch near Ballinger, Texas, to the late Sam and Inis (Low) McGinnes. On December 9, 1948, he married Betty Higginbotham in Happy, Texas. She preceded him in death on July 26, 2007.
Floyd served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. He was elected Crosby County Clerk in 1963 and served in that office until his retirement in December 1995. He also owned and operated McGinnes Business Service with his wife, Betty until her retirement in December 2005. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on various boards and was a past president of Methodist Men.