Archive - Obituary

December 10th, 2014

Donald Lester Goodrich

December 10, 2014

A remembrance service for Donald Lester Goodrich, 70, of Sweetwater, will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Greater Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Carey officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
Goodrich died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Lana Kay Sewell Davidson

December 10, 2014

Lana Kay Sewell Davidson, 66, of Mansfield, Texas, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Mansfield.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Blessing Funeral Home, 401 Elm Street, Mansfield, TX 76063.
Lana was born April 4, 1948 in Tulia. She graduated in 1966 from Sweetwater High School.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Gary Davidson; children, Matthew Davidson, Amy Davidson Williams, Angela Davidson and Christian Davidson; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brothers, Douglas Sewell and Stanley Sewell.

Sidney James Harber

December 10, 2014

ABILENE — Sidney James Harber, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 in a local hospital. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, at North Side Baptist Church 2474 Westwood, Abilene directed by Starbuck Funeral Home.
James was born June 26, 1931 in Cleburne, Texas to Louise M. (Wirt) and Sidney Oliver Harber. He served in the Marines during the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver. James enjoyed horse races, bingo, fishing and his grandchildren’s activities.

Sheila Dolin Welch

December 10, 2014

Sheila Dolin Welch, 76, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee and wife of cutting legend Buster Welch, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7. Her family held a private Graveside service at Cottonwood Flats Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the River of Life Church in Abilene.
Born in Wolf Point, Montana, Sheila acquired a love of horses from her grandfather Dolin, an entrepreneur and newspaper publisher who served on the board of the Wolf Point Stampede and counted Will Rogers and Charles Russell among his friends.

December 9th

Melba Aileen Gillis

December 9, 2014

Melba Aileen Gillis, 97, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 1, 2014. Aileen was born Aug. 30, 1917 in Jacksboro, TX.
She is survived by her son, Bobby Gillis and wife Billie of Sweetwater; one brother; four sisters; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren with two more on the way. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Aileen was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Gillis; son, Clyde Gillis; grandson, David Gillis; brother; sister; and her parents.

December 8th

Melinda Michelle Torres

December 8, 2014

Melinda Michelle Torres was serenaded by Angels on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
A Celebration of Melinda’s life will be on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at 12 noon at Holy Spirit Parish Catholic Church with Reverend Father Charles Okonkwo and Reverend Father Michael Rodriguez officiating, directed by McCoy Funeral Home. A Rosary will be on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.

John Wesley Strother

December 8, 2014

At his request, funeral services will not be held for John Wesley Strother, 73, who passed away at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. He will be cremated.

Frances Garcia Martinez

December 8, 2014

Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Frances Garcia Martinez, 83, of Loraine, will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating. Interment will follow at Loraine Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at McCoy Chapel of Memories.
Martinez died Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Lubbock. She was born Nov. 19, 1931, in Edna.

Mary Helen Bridges

December 8, 2014

Mary Helen Bridges, age 97, of Sweetwater, Texas, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Thursday, December 11, 2014 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Malcolm Brown officiating. Interment will be at Garden of Memories in Sweetwater. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

December 5th

Melinda Michelle Torres

December 5, 2014

Funeral services for Melinda Michelle Torres, 40, of Sweetwater, are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.
Torres died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Dallas.
Online condolences may be expressed at

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