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NORTH TEXANS DIE IN POST-CIVIL WAR FEUD

The country doctor answered a knock at his front door on Feb. 27, 1867 to find a hired killer holding a cocked pistol. One squeeze of the trigger later, a simmering North Texas feud claimed its first victim.

When Bob Lee rode home to Hunt County in the summer of 1865, all he wanted to do was to spend the rest of his days in peace with friends and family. But the war was far from over for the Confederate cavalry captain.

The Union soldiers in charge of North Texas faced a critical shortage of civilian supporters. Even in that part of the state where anti-secessionist sentiment had been strong, few Texans wanted to have anything to do with the northern army of occupation.

Accepting allies no questions asked, the outnumbered conquerors attracted every kind of riffraff. The worst of the lot were the so-called “Lick Skillet Men,” whose cutthroat chieftain was Lewis Peacock.

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Johnna Dobbs

MIDLAND - Johnna Dobbs, 59 of Midland, died Feb. 23, 2019. She was born and raised in Midland and attended Robert E. Lee High School.

She loved to read and spend time with her family, especially her three grandchildren. She recently discovered a love for traveling. She also loved her work family and enjoyed her career in accounting. She considered her friends and co-workers as her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Dobbs and her parents, Tudie and JR Hudson.

She is survived by her son, Johnathon Dobbs of Midland; daughter and son-in-law Katy and Bobby Barrera of Stanton; brother Mike Hudson and sister Jen Weatherly both of Midland; and her three grandchildren who were her pride and joys, Bryson, Allison and Mayson Barrera.

A graveside service was Feb. 28 at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Patsy Rae Chance

CLYDE - Patsy Rae Chance of Clyde died Feb. 24, 2019, in Abilene.

The funeral services were Feb. 28 at the Clyde Church of Christ, with David Peterson, minister, officiating. Burial followed at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Services were under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home.

She was born in Portales, NM, on Nov. 1, 1931, to Samuel Milton and Mildred Bacon Key. She grew up as a war time farm girl in Fabens, graduating from Fabens High Schooling's in 1948. She later attended Texas Tech.

She married Billy Ray Chance in Lubbock, on July 29, 1950, and to that union were born six children: Mike Chance (Carla) of Searcy, AK; Jim Chance (Mary) of Flower Mound; Pam Morgan (Stan) of Stanton; John Chance (Kashamanda "Charlie") of Panhandle; and Bob Chance (Tricia) of Bloomfield, NJ. The sixth child, Sue Ann Gibson (Russell) of Abilene, preceded her mother in death in 2012.

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Albert Wayne Beene

BIG SPRING - Albert Wayne Beene, 82, died Feb. 12, 2019, in a local nursing home. Funeral Services were Feb. 15, at Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Kirkland officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dr. Leslie Butler, Dr. Daniel Chasteen, Perry Hall, Tony Hall, Jack Odom, and Bill Altom.

He was born April 15, 1936, in Stanton to L.E. (Red) and Laura Beene. After the family moved around in the Panhandle area they moved to Big Spring in the early 1950's. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1955 and went to work at the Post Office in 1957. He was a proud letter carrier for 38 years before retiring in 1995. He then worked at Big Spring High School as a gate attendant for about 10 years. Activities he loved were fishing, hunting, camping out, and building things in his backyard shop. Wayne loved to bowl and was on several bowling leagues.

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Juana Salgado

STANTON - Juana Salgado, of Stanton, died in her home surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 15, 2019. Rosary was Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. Funeral mass was Feb. 19, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory her sons Ernie Salgado, Nestor Salgado, Frank Salgado, Bibian Salgado and James Salgado; daughters Elia Villa, Ramona Montez, Andrea Cazares, Lupe Gonzalez, Socorro Jimenez, Rosa Gonzalez, Gloria Lopez, Soila Melendez, Nellie Moreno, Delma Melendez and Mary Gomez; five sisters and four brothers.

Arrangements were under the direction of Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel.

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Rowena Barber

MIDLAND - Rowena Barber, 89 of Midland, died on Jan. 28, 2019. The family will receive guests from 6p.m.- 8p.m., Feb. 8, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Services will be Feb. 9, at 11a.m. at True-Lite Christian Fellowship Church.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1929, in Bastrop, to Richard and Susie Higgins. On Jan. 31, 1963, she was wed to Jack Barber in Bastrop.

She worked at Belvue Restaurant and Stanton Nursing Home for many years. She attended True-Lite Christian Fellowship faithfully until her health would not allow her to. Her hobbies were coloring, playing bingo and spending time with family.

She is survived by her son John (Irene) Higgins of Midland; daughter Shirley Henry of Midland; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She’s preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Susie Higgins, and husband, Jack Barber.

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Myrl Don Mitchell

BIG SPRING - Myrl Don Mitchell died in Big Spring on Feb. 2, 2019.

He was born at the foot of Lone Wolf Hill in Mitchell County, south of Loraine, June 24, 1932, to McCarrol David and Maggie Saunders Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mercidine Brunet Mitchell; two sons, Jimmy and wife Leah of Lenorah, and Michael and wife Laura of Ft. Worth; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and one more on the way.

He was a cotton farmer and cotton gin owner for over 50 years. He was a very active in the cotton industry. He served on the Grady ISD school board for many years and was an enthusiastic and devoted Grady athletic booster.

A memorial service was at the Grady Wildcat Gym on Feb. 5. He will be sorely missed by his family, community and Martin County.

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Deborah Kay Henson

MIDLAND - Debbie Kay Henson loving wife, mother, Nana, daughter, sister and friend, died on Jan. 23, 2019, at Midland Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 15, 1963, in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

She never met a stranger; she loved people and loved to be on the go. She was great at making crafts. At Thanksgiving, as sick as she was, she lovingly made beautiful wreaths for her family. She deeply loved her family, and they will deeply miss the love and laughter she brought to their lives. Her mom and sisters will hold dear the memories of their adventurous travels and Black Friday shopping. She was small but oh, so mighty. She was a fighter who lived life on her own terms.

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June Routon Carpenter

STANTON - June Routon Carpenter, 66 of Stanton, died Jan. 26, 2019 in a Stanton hospital. Memorial services were Jan. 29, at the Kelview Heights Chapel in Midland.

She was born June 9, 1952 in Friona, to Lloyd and Frances Routon, and married Kenneth Carpenter July 18, 1975 in Muleshoe.

She served as the Tax Assessor Collector for Martin County for four years. She then worked for Chase Bank in Midland for 25 years and for Lone Star Bank in Midland for two years. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting and loved her family and was a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a member of Kelview Heights Baptist Church in Midland.

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Adelina “Abby” Villa,

STANTON - Adelina “Abby” Villa, of Stanton, died Jan. 24, 2019, in Lubbock, surrounded by her loving family. A wake service and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy was recited Jan. 27, and funeral mass was Jan. 28, both at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

She was born in Pearsall, on Dec. 4, 1949, to the late Santos and Minerva Guevara.

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