Golden Gate Mortuary

Amarillo, Texas

Golden Gate Mortuary - Amarillo, Texas

Henry S Rohden

Henry S Rohden

Henry S. Rohden (1966 – 2018)

Henry S Rohden, 52, of Amarillo died December 15, 2018. Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary.

Viewing will be held this Saturday, December 22, 2018 from 4-5pm at Golden Gate Chapel of Angels from 4pm-5pm located at  1416 N. Hughes St. Amarillo, TX.

Henry was born January 3, 1966, in San Leandro, California, to Stonnie Rohden and the late Henry Rohden Sr. Henry was a person who enjoyed life and had a big heart. He loved his twelve children and he showed that love every chance he got.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 29th, at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 3100 Angelus Dr.  11 am located at 3100 Angelus Dr. Amarillo Texas

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Ira Lee King Sr.


Ira Lee King Sr

Service will be held at Temple of Praise Community Church located at 1900 Amarillo Blvd at 11am.  Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary 1416 N. Hughes St. Amarillo, Texas.

Ira Lee King, Sr. 71, died December 16,2018. He was born September 14, 1947 in Crowell, Texas to Minuard and Josephine King.  He was the eldest of 13 children.

Ira attended school in Petersburg, Texas.  He later joined the U.S. Navy where he served 2 years active duty.  While in the Navy, Ira was on the USS Hornet and part of the Apollo Rescue Team.  He served in Vietnam and had the honor of meeting President Nixon and Neal Armstrong.  After leaving the Navy he attended College at Cal State University.  He gave his life to Christ and was called into the Ministry.  He was ordained in 1977 and dedicated his life to serving God.  He was the Assistant Pastor under Jimmy Lee Paschall for 17 years at Greater Shiloh Church of God In Christ, in Compton, California.  While a member at Shiloh, Ira met Linelle Byone.  They were married for 21 years and raised their three children.

He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend whose life touched many people.  He loved going to Church and always shared the word of God. Ira loved to go fishing, reading his bible, watching Walker Texas Ranger and action movies.  He loved to Bar-B-Que and was known as the King of Chess.

Always smiling, he was best known in Church for singing, “It’s A Blessing To Be In Service One More Time.”

Survivors include three sons, Larry King of Compton, California. Diondre King/Byone (Rachel) of Keller, Texas. Ira Lee King, Jr. of Amarillo.  One daughter, Kini King of Amarillo, Texas.  Nine grandchildren: Zahkwee, Zeldon, Kashabrean, Ky’Anna, Barry, Ireanna, Zakera, Kori, and Lauren.  One great grandson, Korbyn.  Five brothers: Joe King, Johnnie King, and Tracy King, all of Amarillo.  Jerry King (Valorie) of Dell City, OK. Jack King (Mary) of Lubbock, Texas.  Four sisters: Carla Thomas (Robert) Amy King, Pamela King and Shelia King all of Amarillo.  A host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends.

Although Ira will be missed, he will forever remain in our hearts.  As God called him home, we know he was shouting, “Somebody lift your hands and say yes!”

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Willie Odell Simmons

Willie Simmons

Willie Odell Simmons was born to Macle Chivers and Andrew Simmons Sr. August 3, 1940 in Idabel Oklahoma. Willie Odell was an honored veteran who served for the United States Army and travelled all over the world a huge part being in Germany. Willie Odell accepted Christ in his life at an early age and throughout was an exceptional bible teacher and song-leader.

Viewing will be held at Golden Gate Mortuary Chapel of Angels, Friday November 30, 2018 from 4pm-6pm located at 1416 N. Hughes St.  Amarillo, Texas.

Funeral service will held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 3pm at North Heights Church of Christ located at 1810 N. Hughes St.  Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary.

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Peggy Lee Johnson

Peggy Lee Johnson

Peggy Johnson, was born April 7, 1955  in Wellington, Texas to Herman and Frankie Moore, and is one of ten children. Peggy was a member of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church and loved to sing in the choir.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and sibling.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Golden Gate Mortuary at the Chapel of Angels from 4 pm – 6pm located 1416 N. Hughes St.  Amarillo, Texas.

Service will be held Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11am in Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church located at 1215 N. Hughes St. Amarillo Texas.  Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary.

Burial will be at  Fairview Cemetery at 3:00 pm in Wellington, Texas.

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Rayford Montreal “Ray” Cleveland

Rayford Montreal "Ray" Cleveland


Rayford Montreal “Ray” Cleveland, 46, of Amarillo died November 6, 2018.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday November 10, 2018 at 1 pm at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 3100 Angelus Dr.  Amarillo, Texas.  Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary 1416 N Hughes St.  Amarillo, Texas.

Rayford Cleveland was born on February 18, 1972 to Jacquline Cleveland and Dan Lewis.  He graduated  from Amarillo High School in 1991.

On November 6, 2018 at 8:28pm God saw that he was tired and the cure was not to be.  So He wrapped his arms around Rayford and whispered, “Come to me,” you do not deserve what you are going through, so he gave him needed rest, God’s garden must be beautiful, because He only takes the best.

Rayford is preceded in death by his mother, Jacquline Cleveland and his 2 grandmothers, Ruby Lewis and Maggie Cleveland.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife Alice Cleveland, Three stepchildren: Ayannia Samora(13), Jacob Samora(12) and D’amarion Harris and Two biological children: Treyvon (Julie)Cleveland and Zaniqua Ramos. Two brothers: Derell(cindy)Milligan and Jeremy Hodgest, Five grandchild: Treydon Williams, Jakayla Cleveland, M’kaylen Ramos, Jordan Harper and Betty Johnson…And a host of family and friends.

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Jeffery Alexander Smith

Jeffery A. Smith

Jeffery Alexander Smith, born March 31st in Stephenville, TX, passed away peacefully in his home, on October 19, 2018, in Amarillo, Texas at the age of 53.

Memorial service will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11 am at Lighthouse Baptist Church 5631 Pavillard – Pastor Mark England. Burial Llano Cemetery.

He was baptized at the Church of Living God by Rev. Howard Romaine. He was an accomplished cook and often loved having others brag about his food. He was a dedicated fan who loved the Dallas Cowboys and passionate about music.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Lena B. Bennett and Earnest Gilford, Macie Smith, and Charles Wright; his father Leon Smith Sr., and brother Leon “Bubba” Smith Jr., nephew Jordan C. Smith, and Stepfather Richard E. Williams.

He is survived by his mother, Gwendolyn Smith of Amarillo, Texas His wife: Racheal Smith of Amarillo, Texas. His children: Mercadez, Marcus, and Jeffery Smith, His sister: Melva Smith-Williams and (Tim) of Amarillo, Texas. His brother: Richard E. Williams of Amarillo, Texas and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Phyllis Ann (Calloway) Demerson

Phyllis Ann Demerson

Phyllis was born September 24, 1959 in Panola County to Golee and Georgia Calloway.

Wake service will be  Friday, October 26, 2018 from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at St. John Baptist Church, 2301 NW 14th Ave Amarillo, Texas.

Celebration of life service will be Saturday October 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ, 323 Oak Dr. Amarillo TX; Pastor Anthony B. Harris Officiating and Superintendent Elijah Demerson Eulogist. Burial in Llano Cemetery.  Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N. Hughes St. Amarillo, Texas


She completed her schooling in Clarendon, TX and resided there for many years. Phyllis was a faithful member of True Church of God in Christ and a pillar in the Clarendon community where she participated in various committees and boards.

While residing in Clarendon she owned and operated a very successful restaurant which allowed her to share her love of cooking with many people. She also developed a passion for flowers and if you passed by a beautiful yard full of vibrant flowers you knew that’s where Phyllis lived!

Phyllis met the love of her life, Edmond Demerson “Honey” and they were married on April 19, 2003. Upon moving to Amarillo she united and became an active and faithful member of St. John Baptist Church. She was involved in several ministries under the leadership of the late Pastor Grover Neal and later under the leadership of current Pastor, Anthony B. Harris.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, 2 grandsons, granddaughter, and 4 brothers.

She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband Edmond Demerson; her daughters Lashonda (Nathan) Lowrie of Clarendon Texas, Tangelia Smith of Lubbock Texas, and Clarissa & Stephanie Smith of Amarillo Tx; her children through marriage Dwan (LaKisha) Moore, Shawn Demerson, Rachel Alexander, Shannon (Chris) Green, Shante (Jermaine) Boldon and Shad Demerson; 22 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchild; her siblings Annie (Curtis) Smith, Jewel (Larnce) Gardner, Charles (Vanetta) Calloway, Judy (Orsbain) Perkins, Gloria Smith, Ruby Hearn, Vanessa (Ricky) Malone, and Kenneth Calloway; a host of nieces and nephews; her St. John Baptist Church family, her Longenecker and Associates work family, many cousins, and special friends whose lives were greatly impacted by her kind, loving and giving spirit.

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Melvin Jones Sr

Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church at 1 pm, 1215 Hughes St., Amarillo, TX 79107.  Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N Hughes St. Amarillo Texas.

Mr. Jones was born to Samuel Jones and Ruthie Young Jones on September 23, 1927, in Clarksville, Red River County Texas. Growing up during the depression he attended Pleasant Hill school system. At an early age Melvin joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Jones served in the United States Army during WWII.

Mr. Jones married Emma Jean Nelson Jones, in Clarksville, Red River County Texas and the young couple moved to Amarillo, in 1951. To this union six children were born, Doris, Elise, Emma Lois, Connie, and Melvin Jr.

Mr. Jones united with the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where his membership remained until his passing.

Mr. Jones began his construction career with Claude Dawson Sr., in Clarksville, Texas. After moving to Amarillo, he began working for Vandoran Concrete Construction, J. Rainey Construction, Buccola Masonry Co., Reid and Gary Strickland Co, where he retired in 1987. Mr. Jones also enjoyed working for Tyson Food Inc, as a concrete finisher with Claude Dawson Jr. Construction Co.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother; Samuel and Ruthie Jones, three brothers; Alonzo, Lonnie, and Samuel Jones Jr, one child, one granddaughter, and one grandson.

He is survived by his wife; Emma Jean Nelson Jones, his five children, Doris (Carl) Washington of San Bernardino, CA, Elsie (Jimmy) Smith of Frederick, OK, Emma Edwards of Muskogee, OK, Connie Mallory, and Melvin Jones Jr. both of Amarillo, TX, six sisters; Ola Mae Kellum, Velma Jones both of Houston, TX, Christine Moore of Clarksville, TX, Betty Jean Jones of Galveston, TX, Ruby Lois Jones, of New Jersey, and Edith Young of Paris, TX, four brothers; Roscoe Jones, Billy Wayne Jones of Clarksville, TX, James Jones of Dallas, TX, and Edgar Jones of Lubbock, TX, five grandsons, four granddaughters, twelve great grandsons, nine great granddaughters, three great great grandsons, and a host of family and friends.

Viewing will be held Friday, September 28th @ Golden Gate Mortuary Chapel of Angels from 5pm-7pm located at 1416 N Hughes St. Amarillo,Texas.

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Bishop James “Bokey” Martin Mims

Bishop James Bokey Martin Mims

Bishop James Martin Mims, a lifetime resident of Amarillo, Texas was born September 20, 1953 and was called home to be with the Lord August 26, 2018.

Viewing will be held Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 5pm to 7pm at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church 3100 Angelus Dr. Amarillo, Texas 79107. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 am at New Light Ministries 1001 NE 24th Amarillo, Texas 79107, Reverend Eric James Mims Sr. – Eulogist. Burial – Llano Cemetery

He was a dedicated pastor and servant of God for the cause of the Kingdom. He pastored churches in Childress, Plainview, and Borger. He later became the Pastor and Founder of the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Amarillo, Texas for 28 years. Bishop Mims was well known throughout the Amarillo Community as well as the West Texas Panhandle area. He will be greatly missed. Bishop James Mims was a graduate of Palo Duro High School where he was also inducted into the Palo Duro Hall of fame. He furthered his education at Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. He and his wife, Joyce Mims are the owners of Golden Gate Mortuary located at 1416 N. Hughes St. Amarillo, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul Mims, Sr., mother, Ernest Mims Harris, stepfather, James E. Harris, and brother, Paul Mims, Jr.

He is survived by his wife: Joyce Mims of 40 years. Children: Reverend Eric J. Mims, Sr. (Adrienne) of Glenn Heights, Texas, Erica J. Reese (Julian) of Amarillo, Texas, Ebony J. Mims of Glenn Heights, Texas, Ernest J. Mims (LaTasha) of Tyler, Texas, James Martin Mims, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, Michael D. McGruder (LaTisha) of Houston, Texas, and special son, and Demetrius Smith of Dallas, Texas, Sisters: Millicent Turner of Garland, Texas, Kathleen Mims of Mesquite, Texas, Alice Grays of Pampa, Texas. Brothers: R.H. Harris and Danny Harris both of Pampa, Texas, 18 Grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, several nieces, nephews, a special friend Sylvania Jeffery, and a host of relatives and friends.

Special thanks to Doctors Drew and Hollands and staff of Amarillo Advanced Womb Care Center, Dr. Chance Irwin and staff, BSA MICU Staff, BSA 4th and 6th Floors Staff, A to D Mortuary, and members of the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church.

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Sherman D. Fisher

Sherman D. Fisher

Sherman D. Fisher, 74, of Amarillo died August 10, 2018.

Memorial Service to be held Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Arrangements provided by Golden Gate Mortuary, 1416 N Hughes St. Amarillo Texas.

We’ll remember that you loved: family & friends, colorful suits, and suspenders, teasing everyone, singing in the church choir, walking, and that dreaded Geri curl.

Your loving family.

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