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Donald R. Lamb


MERKEL – Mr. Donald R. Lamb, age 78, of Merkel and formerly of Westbrook, died Saturday morning in an Abilene hospital. Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Christian Fellowship Church with Revs. Pat Jacks and Claudine Chaney officiating. Burial followed in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mr. Lamb was born March 5, 1931 in Van Zandt County to Gus F. and Zora A Shackleford Lamb. He moved to Mitchell County in 1939. He married Bess L. Rhodes on February 12, 1951 in Snyder. He was retired from the global oilfield business. For the past 18 years he and Bess had been working for US Army Corps of Engineers at various parks throughout the state of Texas. They had recently moved back to Merkel.

He is survived by his wife, Bess Lamb of Merkel; three daughters; Susan and husband, Lanny Skelton of Big Spring, Barbara and husband, Larry Casey of Skiatook, OK, and Vickie and husband Kenneth Briggs of Abilene; one son; Michael Lamb and wife Suzan of San Angelo; seven grandchildren; Jeff Skelton and wife, Becky of Bryan, Gregg Skelton and wife Paige of Midland, Chad Casey and wife Anne of Pflugerville, Cody Casey and wife Misty of Midland, Marissa Briggs of Lubbock, and Malarie Briggs of Stephenville, Tabor Lamb of Lubbock and 11 great-grandchildren. Also survived by four brothers and one sister and one sister-in-law; Gus F and Este Lamb of Junction, Frances Lamb of Colorado City; Gerald and Cindy McCain of Graham, Jerry McCain of Colorado City, John and Carrolyn  McCain of San Antonio, Sharon and Don Burnett of Loraine, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by one brother, S.O. Lamb and one sister, Lela Beth McCain.


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