Oct. 31 Obituaries
Norma Dean Blankenship, 85, of Snyder, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
Funeral service for Mrs. Blankenship will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Baptist Church Chapel 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. Friday at the funeral home.
Born on March 28, 1934 in Ackerley to Barney Otis Springfield and Neva Mattie King, she married James “Bill” Blankenship on April 22, 1956 in Ackerley. He preceded her in death on Aug. 14, 2019. Dean was a member of First Baptist Church in Snyder and was the co-owner and office manager of Blankenship Packers. She earned her teaching degree from Texas Tech University in 1970 and taught kindergarten in Ira for many years.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Darrell Springfield.
Survivors include 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 Pharr; seven grandchildren, James Shurtleff, Robert Allen Shurtleff, Amanda Whitmire and her husband, Adam, Kayla Hartzog and Wyl Wiggins, Nathan Palacios and his wife, Ana, Jason Palacios and his wife, Ali, and Maggi Palacios; and three great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be posted at www.bellcypertseale.com.
Frank Joe Kubacak died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 in Lubbock.
Funeral mass for Mr. Kibacak was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Slaton. Burial followed in Englewood Cemetery in Slaton under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service in Slaton.
Frank was born on May 4, 1951 in Slaton to Jim Joe and Anna Rose Kubacak. He attended grade school at St. Joseph School in Slaton and graduated from Cooper High School in Woodrow in 1969. He married Cathy Ann Collins on June 7, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home on the outskirts south of Lubbock. Frank began cotton farming at an early age in high school and full-time after graduation. He tried his hand with vegetable farming, and owned and operated a catfish farm and restaurant. Frank also operated a cattle operation, built steel buildings and fencing and sold agricultural equipment for farming and ranching.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ikey Kubacak and Jimmy Kubacak, and two sisters, Cecilia Steffens and Mary Denzer.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Kubacak of Lubbock; three sons, Anthony Kubacak and his wife, LaFawnda, Jason Kubacak and Matthew Kubacak and his fiancé, Kellie Boykin, all of Lubbock; two grandsons, Brennon Kubacak and Gage Kubacak, both of Lubbock; four sisters, Angie Clark of Abilene, Ann McQuistian of Decatur, Fran Ehler of Lubbock and Betty Schaffner of Brady; and three brothers, Anton Kubacak of Abilene, Johnny Kubacak of Brady and Ernest Kubacak of Bartonville.
The family’s expressions of love to Frank:
“My True Love and one of a kind. I am going to miss you Baby.”
“My Teacher, My Idol, My Hero, The strongest man I ever knew with endless wisdom and knowledge with a heart of chocolate that would melt in the presence of his grand babies.”
“Dad’s love was rarely spoken and he didn’t always show it, but some how or some way he made sure you would always know it.”
“My father was a man of few words. Some of them that stand out the most are, ‘I have forgotten more than you’ll ever know!’ He may have taught me less than he’s forgotten, but it was still more than most will ever know!”
“We love you and will miss you Pa.”
Memorials may be made to the Texas Tech Health Science Center, Department of Internal Medicine, c/o Angela Beikmann, 3601 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79430-9410. In the memo of the check write Dr. Sanjay Awasthi Research Lab Only.
Online condolences may be posted at www.englundsfuneralservices.com.