Aug. 23 Obituaries
Concepcion “Connie” Becerra Chavez, 92, of Snyder died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 in Snyder.
Funeral service for Mrs. Chavez will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Raj Arokiasamy officiating. Burial will follow at Snyder Cemetery under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jesse Faulkenbery III
Jesse Denver Faulkenbery III, of Snyder, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.
Funeral service for Mr. Faulkenberry will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller Family Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hobbs Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
As he has been called home to be with the Father, in reflection, Billy Bob McMullan has put his boot prints all over Scurry County for the past 91 years.
Except for two years in the military and four years at Texas Tech, McMullan called Scurry County his home — and he’s made the most of it.
On Dec. 16, 1926, William Robert McMullan was born to Vern and Helen Trix (Sims) McMullan in Austin. He married Jo Alyce Goss on Aug. 25, 1950 in Snyder.
Billy Bob grew up 12 miles northeast of Snyder on Ennis Creek, where he attended school through the sixth grade. He and other students in those days rode their horses to the two-room school, which was heated by a potbellied stove and air conditioned with open windows. When Billy Bob finished the sixth grade, the school was closed and Snyder sent buses into the community to transport students to Snyder. While attending Snyder High School, he played football for the Snyder Tigers, and has always talked about how much he enjoyed this.
Billy Bob graduated from Snyder High School in 1943 just in time to be inducted into the U.S. Army. He took his basic training in Biloxi, Miss. He served in the South Pacific at Pearl Harbor, and was discharged in 1945. Upon his return to Texas, he enrolled at Texas Tech University in Lubbock as an agriculture major in animal husbandry.
Billy Bob had never considered a career in education. However, agriculture was already in his blood growing up on his parent’s section and a half cotton farm. Here they had cotton, cattle, hogs and chickens. He visited the family place weekly until he was no longer able to.
After graduating from Texas Tech University, Billy Bob was offered a job as a county agent in Fort Stockton in 1949, but it didn’t take long to come back to Scurry County. Broadway Browning advised Billy Bob of an open position in Hermleigh for $200 more a year. There, he first taught with his wife, Jo Alyce. After a year, Mr. Browning advised he would be retiring as the agriculture teacher at Snyder High School and encouraged him to apply for the position for yet an additional $200 a year. In all, he taught vocational agriculture for 35 years, making a positive impact on young people. In his years in education it is estimated that he had more than 2,500 students. He was a two-time recipient of the Harry Winston Award. During his tenure, he had many wins at state competitions with his grass judging team. The dairy cattle team also won state.
Billy Bob retired after the school year in 1986, but did not completely cut himself off from young people. He served two terms on the Snyder ISD board of trustees. He also maintained ties with young people as an active member of the Scurry County Junior Livestock Association for many years after retirement, as a judge, with individual projects or in any way he could be involved.
Because of his long tenure in Scurry County, Billy Bob understandably remained interested in the county lore, recalling his days of growing up on Ennis Creek, where he enjoyed fishing until he was unable to get to the creek’s edge.
Billy Bob was a longtime member of the Scurry County Historical Society and was active when the group moved the Dermott School and Dodson House to The Coliseum grounds. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association and Vocational Ag Teachers Association. He was also a member of the Scurry County Farm Bureau and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Funeral service for Mr. McMullan will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Payne officiating. The service will be under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 5-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jo Alyce McMullan, one daughter, Shelly McMullan, and one sister, Ann (McMullan) Brunson.
Survivors include three daughters, LaTrix Gladson and her husband, Ronal, of Frisco, Janis Key and her husband, Wesley, of Ira and Jessica Burton and her husband, Kelly, of Granbury; eight grandchildren, Pam Alarcon and her husband, Ray, Tommy Lane and Jana Lane, all of Snyder, Reis Gladson of Fort Worth, Brooke Gladson of Princeton, Reagan Key and his wife, Julie, of Brock, Robin Kiker and her husband, Weldon, of Lubbock and Aaron Burton and his wife, Dana, of Austin; and his great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be posted at www.bellcypertseale.com.