Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - January 4, 1973, Abilene, Texas
o T\ THE ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS 9"** Abilene, Texas, Tharsday Morning, January 4, 1173
Deaths and Funerals
Funeral for Mrs. Margie Maria Escobar. 50, of 1318 Peach in Abilene will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Southern Hills Church of Christ. Mrs. Escobar, a former supervisor at Abilene State School, died at 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at Hendrick Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Avon Malone, minister at the Southern Hills Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Memorial Park under direction of Elliott’s Funeral Home.
Born June 2, 1922, at Grow, she married Felipe Escobar at Reno, Nev. May 8, 1948. They moved from Coleman to Abilene in 1964 and had lived here since. Mrs. Escobar had been employed as a supervisor at Abilene State School until ill health forced her retirement. She was a member of the Portland Church of Christ.
Survivors are her husband, Felipe; four sons. James and Larry Escobar, both of Richmond, Calif., Don Bearden of California and Jerry Bearden of Enola, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Linda Ramirez of Houston; her father, J.T. Gibson of Littlefield; and a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Cain of Spring Lake.
Funeral for Mrs. Bernice Burkett Moreland, 82, former Abilene resident who died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa after a long illness, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Abilene.
Dr. James Flamming, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park under the direction of Kiker-Warren Funeral Home.
Born Oct. 21, 1890. Mrs. Moreland was the daughter of pioneer Baptist minister J.C. Burkett. The family moved to Midland in 1900 where Rev. Burkett was the pastor of the First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Moreland’s husband, H.J. Moreland, died in 1961. He was owner of the Dr Pepper Bottling Co. in Abilene at one time. She was a resident of Abilene for 40 years and was active in church, club and civic functions.
Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Carroll Hill of Odessa; two sisters, Mrs. Haden Barrow of Odessa and Mrs. L.B. Howard of Stephenville; one brother, O.S. Burkett of 2722 Old Anson Rd.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two daughters.
Beech and Louise Matheny of El Paso; one son, William F. Matheny of Fort Worth; two sisters. Mrs. B.A. Owen of Pine Bluff, Ark. and Mrs. O.H. Looney of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Mrs. Geneva Smith
Mrs. Geneva Smith of 1217 Elmwood Dr. has returned to Abilene after attending the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Charles E. Newton of Tyler.
Funeral and burial for Mrs. Newton were held Tuesday in Tyler.
Claude V. Greenlee
BRECKENRIDGE (BNS) — Claude V. Greenlee, 69, of Eastland and a Stevens County native, died at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday in Eastland Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted Dec. 23. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Melton’s Chapel of Memories.
Survivors are his wife of Eastland; one daughter, Mrs. Ray Harvey of Abilene; three sons, Stewart of Weatherford. Donald of Colorado City and Glenn of Fort Leonardwood, Mo.; five brothers, Arthur of Odessa, Clark of Ranger, and Ray, Ross and Albert, all of Breckenridge; two sisters, Mrs. Ola King of Throckmorton and Mrs. Annie Schumann of Lakewood, Ohio; five grandchildren.
BALLINGER - Baxter B. Campbell, 76, of the Hatchel community near Ballinger, at 10:30 a.m. in Allen Davis Funeral Chapel; burial in Old Runnels Cemetery.
WINTERS - Mrs. Marguerite Poe Copeland, 57, of Roscoe at 2 p.m. in Spill Memorial Chapel; burial in Fairview Cemetery.
EASTLAND - Ike C. Butler, 83, of Carbon at ll a.m. in Carbon Church of Christ; graveside rites at 4 p.m. at East Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford under direction of Bakker Funeral Home of Eastland.
RISING STAR - Roland Monroe Earp, 68, retired farmer of Okra community at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Rising Star; burial in Elm Cemetery under direction of Higginbotham Funeral Home of Rising Star.
DUBLIN — Luke Barrett,
89. lifetime resident of Dublin. at 2 p.m. in Harrell Memorial Chapel; burial in New Dublin Cemetery.
Laborer Is Charged In Priest's Murder
G. S. Cook
SNYDER (RNS) - G. S. Cook, 86, of Snyder died at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday in Cog-dell Memorial Hospital in Snyder. Funeral is pending with Bell-Seale Funeral Home.
Frank A. Cobb
GOLDTHWAITE (RNS) -Frank A. Cobb, 74, of Mullin died at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday in Childress Hospital in Goldthwaite. Funeral will be at I p.m. Thursday in First Methodist Church in Mullin.
W. W. Davis
CISCO (RNS) — Funeral for W. W. (Boots) Davis, 56, of Cisco who died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in Doctor Cermin’s Clinic in Cisco of an apparent coronary attack, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Bible Baptist Church in Cisco.
O. C. Reynolds
Rufus S. Beall
Funeral for Rufus Sylvan Beall, 68, of 1050 Poplar, owner of R. S. Beall & Son Construction Co., will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Elliott’s Chapel of Memories.
Mr. Beall died at 9:15 p.m. Monday in Hendrick Memorial Hospital after becoming ill earlier at his home.
The Rev. H. B. Terry, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are Bill Masters, Gene Scott, Lonnie Lock-ley, Pete Funk, Charles Darnell and Charlie Atkinson.
Survivors are his wife Anna Lee; one son, Joe of 1542 Victoria; two daughters, Mrs. Bobbye Ward of Bayfield, Colo, and Mrs. Bettye Szeflin of Palos Heights, 111.; three brothers, Marvin of Dome, Henry of Coleman, Judson of Dallas; four sisters, Mrs. Ver-nie Powell of 2501 Jeanette, Mrs. Georgia Tinker of Brownwood, Mrs. Szephyr Ivy of Houston, Mrs. Zelma Murray of Dome; and nine grandchildren.
Mrs. Mary Matheny
Funeral for Mrs. Mary Irene Matheny, IOO, of 1815 Beech who died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Williamsburg Nursing Home after an illness of several months, will be at IO a.m. Friday in Elliott’s Chapel of Memories.
Dr. James Flamming, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Stephenville Cemetery.
Born Nov. 24, 1872 at Monticello, Ark., she attended school there. She married William F. Matheny on Nov. 13, 1888, at Monticello.
She came to Abilene from Stephenville in 1935. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the John Davis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her husband died Feb. 4, 1938. Also two sons and four daughters preceded her in death.
Survivors are two daughters, Mary Matheny of 1815
COMANCHE (RNS) -Graveside services for O. C. Reynolds, 69, of Sidney, who died at 4:40 p.m. Monday in a Comanche hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Vernon with the Sullivan Funeral Home directing.
Gordon C. Jones
GOLDTHWAITE (RNS) -Gordon Cornelius Jones, 69, of Goldthwaite died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday in Childress Hospital in Goldthwaite. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Wilkins Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Lora Mound
GOLDTHWAITE (RNS) — Mrs. Lora A. Mound, 86, of Goldthwaite died Wednesday in the Heritage Home in Goldthwaite. Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in Wilkins Funeral Chapel.
Noel E. Dailey
BIG SPRING (RNS) - Funeral for Noel Eugene Dailey, 53, of Big Spring who died in a local hospital at I a.m. Wednesday after a short illness, is pending with Nalley-Pickle Funeral Home.
James P. Park
DE LEON (RNS) - James Pressley (Press) Park, 79, of De Leon, a retired oil company employe, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday in De Leon Municipal Hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Higginbotham Funeral Chapel in De Leon.
Ollie J. Melton
DUBLIN (RNS) - Ollie Jerome Melton, 82, former resident of Dublin, died Wednesday morning in a nursing home at Commerce. Funeral will be at ll a.m. Thursday in the Harrell Memorial Chapel in Dublin.
Fred W. Strother
STEPHENVILLE (RNS) -Fred W. Strother, 82, of Stephenville died at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in Sunset Nursing Home in Stephenville after a two-year illness. Graveside rites will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Kopperl Cemetery in Kopperl.
RISING STAR (RNS) -Mrs. Laura Elizabeth Carver, 82, of Rising Star died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in Blackwell Hospital in Gorman. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the First United Methodist Church of Rising Star.
Mrs. H. M. Smith
COLEMAN (RNS) - Funeral for Mrs. H. M. Smith, 88, of Santa Anna, who died Tuesday at 3:44 p.m. in All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church in Santa Anna.
Mrs. Lucille Chrane
BROWNWOOD (RNS) -Mrs. Lucille Chrane, 82, of Brownwood died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in a local nursing home after a lengthy illness. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Davis-Morris Chapel.
Mrs. Lizxie Guyton
BROWNWOOD (RNS) -Mrs. Lizzie Bass Guyton, 83, of North Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Brownwood, died Tuesday in Little Rock. Funeral will be at I p.m. Saturday at the Pentecostal Church in Brownwood.
J. O. McDaniel
BROWNWOOD (RNS) - J. O. “Jackie Mac” McDaniel, 81, of Zephyr died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday in Brownwood Community Hospital after a long illness. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Davis-Morris Chapel.
Mrs. Myrtle McNatt
EASTLAND (RNS) - Mrs. Myrtle P. McNatt, 87, of Eastland died in a Ranger nursing home at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral is pending at Bakker Funeral Home in Eastland.
Mrs. Mollie Harris
BROWNWOOD (RNS) -Mrs. Mollie E. Harris, 85, of Brownwood died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday in a local nursing home. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Wright-Morelock Colonial Chapel.
BROWNWOOD (RNS) -Mrs. Louise Thiebaud, 96, of Brownwood died at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday in a local nursing home. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wright-Morelock Colonial Chapel.
Abilenian Hurt In Car Wreck
SWEETWATER (RNS) -Richard Lee Ward, 30, of Abilene was injured in a one-car accident at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday two miles east of Sweetwater on Interstate 20.
Investigating Highway Patrolman Doug Edins of Sweetwater said Ward was alone in the car when it apparently went out of control, left the road and turned over in a ditch. Ward was taken to Simmons Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater for treatment of a broken collarbone and multiple lacerations. He was expected to be transferred to Hendrick Memorial Hospital.
Edins described road conditions at the scene of the accident as good, with no accumulations of snow or ice.
Ready to leave
Herbert Latimore of 5238 Lamesa, a McMurry College student, hands a sleeping bag to Jesse White of Albany to put in the camper as a group of students prepares to depart for points in New Mexico and Arizona as part of a January Term course at McMurry. At left is Dr. Fane Downs, McMurry history professor. At right is Belinda Elmers from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. (McMurry Photo)
26 McMurry Students Begin Cold Desert Trek
Two classes of McMurry College students set out Tuesday along snow-lined roads, heading toward the teeth of the current frigid weather in New Mexico and beyond.
Nine brave students of Dr. Clark Beasley’s class, “Ecology of the Southwest,” plan to camp out a good deal on the wintry Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts of southern New Mexico, Arizona and the Big Bend.
The 17 students of “Discover Navajoland,” taught by Dr. Fane Downs and artist J* Robert Miller, had delayed their departure a day because of the icy weather which struck Monday and only loosened its grasp Tuesday.
They staged a snowball fight in the faculty parking lot while waiting for everyone to arrive so they could shove off.
some time among the Navajos. He knows some of the language.
Dr. Downs, a history professor, will guide instruction in the history and culture of the Navajos and Hopis. Miller says students will probably also visit other Indian groups before returning Jan. 18.
Abilenians on the Navajo-Hopi study are: Debra Elaine Adams of 3864 N. 9th, Sue Childers of 4037 S. 7th, Jerrell Drummond of Rt. 3, Gary Landers of 2218 S. 8th, Herbert Latimore of 5238 Lamesa, Julia Talley of 2233 Meander and Sarah Hearrell of 5233 Llano.
Others are Terry Holder of Denver City, Susan Ann Jack
son of Colorado City, Ansel Roney of Artesia, N.M., Kenneth W. Savage of Goldsboro, N.C., Gay Simmons of Nolan, Jesse White of Albany, John H. Williams of Buffalo Gap, William Wilson of Moriarty, Doris Wassum of Amarillo, Belinda Elmers of Ohio.
THEIR itinerary will include visits to Crownpoint, Chaco Canyon, Window Rock, Chinle, Canyon de Chelly, Many Farms, Kayenta, Monument Valley, Hopi Villages and Ganado in New Mexico and Arizona.
Navajo consultants will assist with explanations as they visit homes, tribal headquarters, trading posts, etc.
CHANNELVIEW, Tex. (AP) — A 24-year-old unemployed laborer was charged Wednesday with the murder of a Roman Catholic priest whose body was found in the ruins of his parsonage that was destroyed by fire Monday night.
The Rev. C. L a u rn e r Schoppe, 41, pastor of St. Andrew Catholic Church, had been shot three times.
Charged with murder was Alvin George Young, whose lawyer said is the father of two young girls.
Young was arrested before dawn at an undisclosed location. A member of his family said Young had not resided at the family home in the Channelview area for four years.
Few details of the investigation that led to the arrest were revealed but Sheriff Jack Heard, who took office only on Monday, said a car license number supplied by the priest figured in the arrest.
Investigators earlier had speculated Schoppe was shot during a burglary attempt by someone who had overlooked $1,824 and who set fire to the parsonage after the shooting.
A few hours before the fire was discovered, Schoppe told sheriff’s deputies he found the front door of the parsonage open and that he had seen a car being driven away. Deputies said it was at that time the priest jotted down the license plate number.
After the fire, the priest’s empty wallet was found on a seat of his car that was in the garage at the parsonage. Credit cards were scattered nearby.
Young’s lawyer, David Hollingsworth, said Young will enter a plea of innocence. Hollingsworth said he probably will seek a change of venue for the trial.
One Killed, 23 Injured
Sale of Marijuana in Explosions Nets Probated Term
THE BEASLEY group left on schedule at 8 a.m. and the larger Indian study group left
at IO a.m. New 42nd Dist. Judge Don Cottingim’s older brother,
Beasley’s ecologists were Lane handed down his first Mark, 20, received a five-year
primarily from Abilene: Andy felony sentence Wednesday, a prison term from Judge
Blessing of 2301 Glenwood, four-year, probated, prison Lane’s predecessor, Judge Ra-
Glenda Evans of 2256 Anson term to a young Abilenian leigh Brown, when he pleaded
Ave., Tom Headstream of 4050 who admitted possessing 40 guilty to “sale of marijuana”
Wilshire, Kyle Kimbrough of “lids” of marijuana on Aug. 6. on Nov. 7.
509 Briarwood, Pat Liberator Jacque Rober Cottingim, 18, Mark Cottingim admitted
of 2033 Post Oak, Blake Wood- of 1421 Beechwood, had been selling the 40 lids of mari-
all of 1855 Minter Lane and indicted by a 42nd District Juana to John Perry, an un-
Mark W u r s c h rn i d t of 702 Court grand jure for “sale of dercover Abilene police nar-
Sayles. marijuana,” but Judge Lane cotics agent, for $140. The sale
Others are Greg Boehning of dismissed the sale charge at took place in the 3500 block of
Dallas and Ellen Collins of the request of Asst. Criminal Russell and Jacque Cottingim
Park Ridge, N.J. Dist. Atty. Sam Moore due to was arrested minutes later at
The ecologists planned to “insufficient evidence.” a trailer house on Coachlight,
camp in Guadalupe Mountains The charges were refiled as oflicers said.
National Park the first night “possession of marijuana’’ The younger brother has
and at Sitting Bull Falls the and Cottingim waived grand been in jail in lieu of bond
next after a visit to Carlsbad jury indictment on the new s*nce the night of his arrest.
Caverns National Park. charges and pleaded guilty Attorney Bob Ford representor stops include Round Moore recommended the ed ^ brothers.___
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through the Big Bend National — p alJ® '"formal reception
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A pair of industrial explosions Wednesday at Tyler and Houston left one man dead, 23 hospitalized and ll injured, most suffering serious burns.
At Houston, Darrell Kirkpatrick was killed in an explosion at the Ethyl Corp. plant which injured ll other men. Nine of them were hospitalized, two in very serious condition.
A plant spokesman said the sudden blast caused no extensive damage and was quickly controlled by plant firemen.
No cause was established at once.
At Tyler, a large kettle of molten steel tipped over in the Tyler Western Foundry and exploded in a burning spray of white hot steel when it touched wet ground.
One of the 21 men injured, Travis McGee, 37, said the searing liquid showered foundry workers with a flaming rain of horror.
Twelve men were hospitalized at T y I e r’s Mother Frances Hospital. Two other men, Bennie F. Milstead and Fred Moore were rushed to the bums center of Dallas’ Parkland Hospital.
Bums specialists went into action at the Tyler hospital where administrator Tom Beck said the victims suffered varying degrees of bums over many areas of their bodies.
Moore’s clothing was burned off while Millstead’s shirt was burned away.
An autopsy report indicated Schoppe died from gun wounds to the chest, abdomen and back.
Meanwhile, par! sooners
packed St. Andrew Church to offer prayers Tuesday night for the priest who had been pastor since the parish was established in 1970.
“We just went,” said Noel Cowart, explaining that no Tuesday night memorial service had been scheduled.
Schoppe had spent part of Monday on a tractor clearing a site for a church parking lot.
“Father Schoppe was always right with us in hi* jeans, waxing floors or whatever needed to be done, ’ Art Miller said Tuesday night.
“We’re a rather poor parish and we must do a lot of maintenance work ourselves.”
A Christian wake service was scheduled at the church Wednesday night. Funeral services will be held thera Thursday morning.
Eastland's ll Accident Rale Drops 38 Per Cent
EASTLAND (RNS) - Eastland Police Chief Johnnie Morren said Wednesday that the incidents of motor vehicle accidents in the city in 1972 had dropped by 38 per cent over 1971, with a total of 70 accidents having been Investigated as compared to a total of 114 for 1971.
Morren said that the drop could be credited in part to the opening of Interstate 20 which shuttled heavy highway traffic south of the city. “Also, the public is becoming more aware of the cost of insurance and is beginning to drive more carefully,” Morren said.
For the third consecutive year, a drop in crime rate was noted over the previous year. According to Morren, a decrease of 45 per cent in local crimes was noted in 1971, with major decreases being noted in theft and burglaries.
Morren attributed the drop in crime to “vigorous prosecution” on .the part of District Attorney Emory Walton’s office, and to heavier patroling on the part of city officers during peak crime periods.
Ranger Man Given 2 Years
EASTLAND (RNSI - A Ranger man, David Allsup, 20, was sentenced to two years in the state penitentiary Wednesday in 91st Dist. Court by Judge Earl Conner Jr.
Allsup was originally arrested in November 1971 along with several others and charged with “possession of a dangerous narcotic drug, marijuana.” He had been freed on a $5,000 bond set by Wells Dalton, Eastland Justice of the Peace.
Allsup’s attorney, C. O. McMillan of Stephenville, immediately announced the case would be appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.
The sentencing Wednesday was “a matter of law,” Dist. Atty. Emory Walton said, as .the result of an amended motion for a new trial that had previously been filed by McMillan.
Walton said it probably would be in the early fall before the case would be heard.
On Dec. 29, 1812, the US5 Constitution, 44 guns, took the British ship Java during th< War of 1812.
Out on a limb
S 'iasnLa11 pretty icicles and snow on this wintry day in tiously negotiating a slippery hill during Wednesday’s damaging Kansas City where the cameraman snapped a lone car eau- storm. (AP Wirephoto)