Don H. Mitchell, 85, a west Texas native and Big Spring resident, died Nov. 24. A veteran of the Korean War, he served with the 634th Armored Infantry Battalion at the â€śFrozen Chosinâ€ť.
He attended McMurry on a football scholarship before the war, finishing college at West Texas State prior to careers in insurance in Midland, Corpus Christi, and Dallas; and restoration contracting in Dallas.
He married and divorced three times: Jane, Betty, and Lois. He had three children with Jane â€” Nan, Tom, and Laurie. He has five grandchildren.
Charlotte Smith, 79, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at her residence. Graveside services will be at noon on Saturday at Trinity Memorial Park.
She was born Oct. 7, 1935, in Angerburg, East Prussia, to Elisabeth and Johannes Podehl. She married John Calvin Smith on Nov. 19, 1955, in Germany. He preceded her in death in 1998. They came to Big Spring in 1967. She was a homemaker and worked with her husband in American Hardwood Floor Service, later Smith Hardwood Floor Service. She was a Lutheran.
Craig Sparks, 72, of Garden City, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in San Angelo, Texas. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the First Baptist Church in Garden City with Pastor Danny Whitehead officiating.
Craig was born July 5, 1942, in San Angelo to Jake and Vivian Sparks. He moved from Sterling City, Texas, to Garden City in 1971. He worked 17 years for the Texas Department of Transportation and 25 years for Wagner and Brown Ltd. He retired in 2005.
EASTLAND â€“ Harold â€śPrestonâ€ť Yarbrough, age 73, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Services for Preston will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Lake Leon Baptist Church with Bro. Craig Rhoton officiating under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday before the service. Burial will be at the Staff Cemetery.
Kirk McKnight, 58, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at his residence. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Myers & Smith Chapel with Chaplain Brad Daniels and Chaplain Lynn Robertson officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.
Jo Hazel Dawson, 80, of Big Spring, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. A wake will be from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.
Jo Hazel Dawson was born June 27, 1934, in Frankston, Texas to the late Rev. Nelson C. Williams and Willie V. Hamner-Williams. She was married to Erauster Dawson, who preceded her in death, to this union one son Reginald Karl Dawson, who also preceded her in death.
Betty F. Madry, 79, of Lubbock, Texas died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in a Lubbock nursing home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel, Big Spring. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park, Big Spring.
Betty was born Sept. 14, 1935, in Sudan, Texas. She graduated from Big Spring High School in May 1954.
She worked in civil service at Webb AFB in Big Spring from 1973-1979 and completed her 24 years of service at Reese AFB in Lubbock in the 64th Logistic Squadron.
Betty Daratt, 90, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at Parkview Nursing and Rehab. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel with Rick Wilson, pastor of Baptist Temple, officiating.
Cousins Isabella Sykes, 4, and Jâ€™aila Wingo, 8, pose for a picture with the man in red Thursday, along with Santaâ€™s assistants and Howard College students Alyssa Williams, left, and Ruth Pena. The event was the collegeâ€™s annual Christmas gift to the community.