Aug. 17 Obituaries

Ronnie Black
Ronnie Lee Black, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 in Wichita Falls after a short illness.
Funeral service for Mr. Black will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Born on Sept. 2, 1948 to Pete and Aline Black in Palestine, he graduated from Midland High School in 1967. He worked for many years in the oilfield and later retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He married Becky Nance Black and shared two sons and one daughter. Later, Mr. Black married Pam Camp Black and shared a son and daughter. 
Survivors include his children, Gery Camp and his wife, Janice, and Michael Black and his wife, Daphny, all of Snyder, Jeffrey Black and his wife, Laura, of St. Louis, Mo., Amy Conrad and her husband, Scott, of Lubbock and Michelle Wood of Colorado City; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous friends.
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Bill Blankenship
James “Bill” Durwood Blankenship, 87, of Snyder, passed away peacefully on Aug. 14, 2019 at his home after a lengthy illness.  
Funeral services for Mr. Blankenship will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Snyder with Hospice Chaplain Kinney Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He was born on April 3, 1932 in DeLeon to James Rupert and Iowa (Southall) Blankenship. Bill married Norma Dean Springfield on April 22, 1956 in Ackerly. Bill and Dean celebrated a wonderful life of 63 years together. They were truly blessed with a loving family and many friends.
Bill served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Afterwards, he went to Odessa to work in the oilfield. In Odessa is where he met Dean. In 1954, Bill moved to Snyder while working for Baker Oil Tools. In 1980, Bill opened his own business, Blankenship Packer Service, from which he retired from the oil business 14 years later. During this time, he developed an innovative packer configuration for which he became well known.
Bill’s first love was farming and ranching. The first farm he owned was in Dublin. In 1980, he began purchasing farms in the Fluvanna area. He enjoyed making improvements in the land which helped with production.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wayne Blankenship, Olan Blankenship and Gerry Blankenship; and three sisters, Ollie George, Louise Knight and Janie Lucas.
Survivors include his wife, Dean; one sister, LaJoyce Davis of Stephenville; three daughters, Vicki Shurtleff  and her husband, Sam, of Lampasas, Lisa Hartzog and her husband, Donny, of Snyder and Pam Palacios and her husband, Antonio, of Mission; seven grandchildren, James Shurtleff, Robert Allan Shurtleff, Amanda Whitmire and her husband, Adam, Kayla Hartzog, Nathan Palacios and his wife, Ana, Jason Palacios and his wife, Alli, and Maggi Palacios; three great-grandchildren; and many friends.
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Linda Burns-Luna
Linda (Richmond) Burns-Luna, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.
A private funeral service will be held Monday under the direction of Miller Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Burns-Luna was born on Oct. 24, 1941 in Corsicana to J.D. and Macel (Nokes) Richmond. She was a beautician after graduating from Snyder High School and married Joe Burns in 1960. He passed away in 1995. She later married Frank Luna on Dec. 24, 1996 in Post.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, J.D. and Macel Richmond, and one sister, Diana Grimmett.
Survivors include her husband, Frank Luna of Snyder; one son, Jay Burns of Snyder; one granddaughter, Piper Burns of Snyder; one sister, Debra Martinez of Ira; and several nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be posted at

Gary Fraley
Gary Fraley, 84 of Snyder, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. 
Funeral arrangements are pending at Miller Family Funeral Home.

Theresa Lindsey
Theresa Lindsey, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.

Kai Martinez
Kai Stallone Martinez, the newborn son of Zoe Taylor and Miguel Martinez, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Miller Family Funeral Home.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 949    
Snyder, TX 79550
Phone: (325) 573-5486
Fax: (325) 573-0044