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Funeral services for Howard Nixon Carlton, 78, of Eskota, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. James Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Palava Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2012, from 6-8 p.m.
Carlton died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. He was born Oct. 15, 1933 in Busby, Texas. Howard had lived most of his life in the Sweetwater area. He was a member of the Longworth Baptist Church. Howard built and operated one of the largest dairy farms in West Texas in the 1970s and 1980s. He loved traveling and watching sports, especially the Texas Rangers.
Survivors include his companion, Linda Zimmerlee of Eskota, Texas; sons, Jerry Carlton and wife Sally of Dallas, Texas and Rick Carlton and wife Pam of Ft. Stockton, Texas; daughters, Teresa Moore of Dallas, Texas, Holly Bertucelli and husband Randall of Walnut Creek, California, and Cindy Hughes of Plano, Texas; children's mother, Irma Ruth Carlton of Plano, Texas; sisters, Barbara Kay Pokrus of Justin, Texas and Judy White of Odessa, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raphael Nixon and Oleta Bell Carlton; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Derrick Carlton, Kevin Carlton, Greg Hughes, Jack Carlton, Tommy Thompson and Mike Dalton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ted Dalton and Brian Dalton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society National Office, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605.