|Birth: ||Mar. 20, 1916|
|Death: ||Jan. 21, 2004|
PAMPA - Mattie Lou Ward Maness, 87, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, in Amarillo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Richard Bartel, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Mrs. Maness was born March 20, 1916, in McNairy County, Tenn., to John Gilbert and Dona Hunter Ward. She was an outstanding basketball player during her school years at Finger, Tenn. She went on to become a teacher and basketball coach in the Finger schools after receiving her teaching certificate from Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn., in 1940.
She will be remembered for her love of children and of teaching. Indeed, she is remembered in the book "First A Dream," printed in 2002, authored by Jim Clayton, one of her first grade students, describing her as "sweet, tolerant, patient, yet completely in charge."
She married Troy Edward Maness in Corinth, Miss., on Oct. 18, 1947, giving up her beloved teaching career to become a homemaker in the Panhandle of Texas. She and her husband lived and farmed outside White Deer until retiring in 1980, and moving to Pampa in 1981, where they lived for 20 years and were members of Calvary Baptist Church. Due to health reasons, they moved to Amarillo in March 2001 to be closer to their children in their later years.
We express our gratitude to Dewain and Carolyn Callen of Amarillo, who have lovingly cared for her in their home for the past two years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Leonard Ward and John Gilbert Ward Jr.; and seven sisters, Lottie Joyner, Effie Freeman, Myrtle Smith, Annie Roland, Lettie Lofton, Hazel Womble and Crystal Redmon; and her precious granddaughter, Keitha Jo Davis.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Joe Gary Davis and wife, Linda, of Amarillo; a daughter, Linda Autry and husband, Dave, of Amarillo; two sisters, Bonnie Marie Cupples and Mary Orell Webb, both of Memphis, Tenn.; a very special sister-in-law, Florence Ward of Finger, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Shane Walker, Cody Walker and wife, Cynthia, Beth Henderson and husband, Scott, and David T. Autry, all of Amarillo, Brian Autry and wife, Angela, of Bremerton, Wash., Laurie Callen and husband, Ross, of Coppell and Janan Scott and husband, Trent, of Lubbock; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dillon Walker, Taylor Walker, Ashley Henderson, Sawyer Henderson, David M. Autry, Preston Callen, Tyler Scott, Shelby Scott, Conner Autry and Sammy Autry.
The family suggests memorials be to Ronald McDonald House, 1501 Streit Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106.
Amarillo Globe-News, Jan. 22, 2004
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