Lita "Chris" Christene McDougal

October 18, 1929March 20, 2021

Lita Christene “Chris” (Ledbetter) McDougal, 91, of Amarillo passed to her Heavenly reward on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Chris will lie in state for visitation on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 Bell St in Amarillo. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home’s Pioneer Chapel on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2pm. All who attend will be required to wear a facial covering while inside the building. Burial will following Memory Gardens Cemetery. A livestream of the service will be available at if you cannot or wish not to attend the service in person.

Chris, as she was so affectionately known, was born on October 18, 1929 in Junction City Arkansas to David Parks and Iris Inez (Wilson) Ledbetter. She made friends easily and enjoyed life to the fullest by remaining busy with projects, church, and bowling on many leagues until the Covid 19 Pandemic caused her to quarantine.

Chris was preceded in death by her parents, brothers; David, Malvin, and Stacey Ledbetter; and sisters: Bernice Lee Ledbetter, Edna McCulley, and Maurene Murray, and her husband Harley Houston McDougal, whom she married on July 11, 1946. Those left to cherish her memories are her brothers: Jerrell and Gilbert Ledbetter, sister: Betty Lou McGowen; and her beloved children James McDougal and wife Sharon, Tommy McDougal and wife Debbie, and Kathy Green and husband Jimmy. She also leaves behind her 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a donation in honor of Chris McDougal to the WT Bowling Scholarship Fund c/o Eastridge Bowling Lanes (5405 Amarillo Blvd East Amarillo, TX 79107), the Library at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church (555 E. Hastings Ave Amarillo, TX 79108), BSA Hospice (5211 SW 9th Ave, ste 100 Amarillo, TX 79106); or a charity of your choosing.


  • Stacy Walker , Honorary Bearer
  • Cory McDougal, Honorary Bearer
  • Jarrod Green , Honorary Bearer
  • Johnathan McDougal , Honorary Bearer
  • Tony Vaughn , Honorary Bearer
  • John White , Honorary Bearer
  • Luke Vaughn , Honorary Bearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 26, 2021



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Sondra Bass

March 25, 2021

Chris and Harley were our neighbors for many years. Both were sweet and happy friends. We are quite sure theirs will be a grand reunion. Chris was kind, and made others feel welcome, as she always had an open door, and an open heart. I once told her she was one of "The King's Kids", and she quickly said, "Yes I am, but the rascal in me, requires a great many knee bending prayers!" Our prayers go out to bless her wonderful family, as we pray that each of them have just what they need, when they need it. The Bass Family

Norma Jean McDougal - Ragsdale

March 24, 2021

I was the one who called Aunt Chris - Uncle Chris ... I guess as a little one I thought a Chris was a fellow and I called her uncle chris and it kinda stayed with me all the years. I was always happy to get to see Harley my dads brother and ‘Uncle’ Chris. She was a kind sweet lady. She will be missed. Prayers and strength for all. Would love to see you all, But I am way in Alabama and will not make it. I will try to view online.

Bess Fickel

March 22, 2021

Chris was one of the first people I met when I moved to Amarillo and started to attend Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Each Sunday, without fail, she greeted me and hugged me. We formed a special bond and I always looked forward to her beautiful smile and cheerful greeting each Sunday morning when she arrived for services. She holds a special place in my heart and she will be greatly missed.

Ren Hyatt

March 21, 2021

My Great Grandma Chris was a lively and caring person who had the uncanny ability to get people from all over the country to gather. We all loved her so much and we have many precious memories she will continue to live on in for the rest of our lives. We wish the pandemic hadn't interfered in us coming to see her before her final moments. Despite having such a large family with so many names and birthdays to remember, Chris took the time out of her day to celebrate every one of us in our little milestones. We'll miss her dearly.

Pictured is Chris and her son (my grandfather) going over a picture book together the last time we all gathered.