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Obits - Midland Reporter Telegram – 5th week of Jan., 2007

Posted: 4 Feb 2007 10:00AM GMT
Classification: Obituary

Busby, Leonard H.

Leonard H. Busby, 81, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2007.

He was born December 30, 1926 in Dora, Alabama to Rufus and Lila May Busby. The family moved to Heneryetta, Oklahoma where Leonard's life long passion for aviation literally took wings. Appropriating the Pastor's Piper Cub, Leonard demonstrated a natural ability and agility for flying. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Leonard was assigned to the WWII Pacific Theater on board U.S.S. Naval carrier Kenneth Whiting where he served until the allied victory in 1945.

Returning to Oklahoma, he courted his high school sweetheart Laura (Moe) Clendon, and the couple was married on May 26, 1946. Recognizing the future importance of oil exploration, Leonard studied petroleum chemical engineering and launched his life long career in the petroleum industry. His overall expertise opened doors all around the world, and designated a petroleum industry NOMAD, Leonard "trouble-shot" rig locations from Persia to Pau, France, and the Northern Alaskan slopes to the Permian Basin.

In 2007, Leonard and Laura celebrated 40 years doing business in Midland, Texas; operating as B&R Insp. & Equipment Inc, and more recently as B&R Pipe.

Laura and Leonard celebrated 60 years of marriage last May.

Leonard is survived by his loving wife Laura; daughter Donna Busby Lauher and son-in-law, Mats P Lennerhagen.

A Thirty Second Degree Mason, long time supporter of the local Lions Club, member of Clayton Williams Monday night Bible study, and colonel in the Commemorative Air Force, Leonard was ever generous with his time and energy. He will be missed by many.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 28, 2007 at Ellis Funeral Home between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Services have been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 29, 2007 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mats Lennerhagen, Rudy Rendall, Johnny Malloy, Boyd Benton, Dale McCarter, Rick Vanoy, Bob Harrell, Jim Pervis, Jim Moring, Curtis Mahaney, Mike Houston, John Welch and Bill Heller

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
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Collier, Opal Maye Reeves

Opal Maye Reeves Collier was born in Thalia, Foard County Texas on April 18, 1913. She married Valcee M. Collier on Jan 8, 1938 in Stamford, Texas. She was co-owner of Collier Carpet Cleaning Service in Midland with her husband for many years.

She died January 27, 2007 in Midland.

Preceding her in death were her Husband , Valcee M. Collier, her parents, Sam J. and Julia Reeves, a daughter, Jefflyn Roberts, and six sisters, and two brothers.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Tefteller, and Gary Collier of Midland, Texas, and a grandson, Paul Tefteller, and wife Lindy, of Midland, two sisters, Billye Jean McAuley of Know City, Texas and LaVern J. Burnett of Chillicothe, Texas, a great grandson, Conner of Midland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park at 1:00 pm, with Rev. Terry Johnson, officiating. The family will receive friends at 3612 Imperial Ave., Midland, Texas. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Midland, P O BOX 2621, Midland, TX. 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
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Dunn, Mona

Mona Heidelberg Dunn, 86, of Midland died Thursday, Jan. 25, in Austin. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 28, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory, 3800 N. Big Spring Street.

She was born Dec. 15, 1920 to Nathan and Cora Heidelberg in Midland. She was married to Walker A. Dunn, Sr. and Senator W.A. Shofner. They both preceded her in death. She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Annie Dunn Ford and a sister, Alta Henry.

Survivors include a one daughter, Sharon Dunn of Austin; one son, Walker A Dunn, Jr. of Midland; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Shofner of Tucson, Arizona and Diana Shofner of Leander; one stepson, David Shofner of Pflugerville; one brother, Woody Heidelberg of Stanton; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.


Fields, Christine

Christine Fields died, Tuesday, January 23, 2007. She was born January 2, 1935, in Mott, Texas to Willie and Etta M. Johnson.

She attended A. J. Moore High School in Waco, Texas and united with the Pleasant Olive Baptist Church. She later moved to Odessa, Texas and lived there for a few years, then moved to California.

Four years ago, Christine moved to Midland and became a member of the Ebenzer Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Joe Fields, son, Robert L. White, sisters, Minnie P. Johnson and Doris Miller, brothers Allen Morrill, Jimmy L. Winfield and Roy L. Johnson.

She is survived by her sons, Bobby J. White of Long Beach, California, and Dale Wilson of Midland, Texas; two sisters, Lena Green of Anchorage, Alaska and Willie B. Haliburton of Midland, Texas; two brothers, Joe Winfield of Odessa, Texas and Ira L. Johnson of Oakland, California; seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren whom she loved very much; a very special, loving and devoted niece and nephew, Lenora and Lyndon Johnson and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are Monday, January 29, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at Ebenzer Baptist Church, 2400 N. Tyler, Midland, Texas, Pastor, C. D. Joiner, officiating. Interment will be at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Final arrangements entrusted to Jackie Warren Funeral Home, 702 S. Terrell, Midland, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
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Gamage, Rosie

BIG SPRING -- Rosie Lee Gamage, 90, of Big Spring died Saturday, Jan. 27, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.


Gault, Peggy Wheeler

Peggy Wheeler Gault, 77, died on Friday, January 26, 2007, in Midland.

She had been a resident of Midland since 1977, moving here from Corpus Christi. Peggy was born September 19, 1929 in Tilden, Texas to Gertrude Bruce and Jesse Wheeler, later moving to Three Rivers, Texas. She graduated from Three Rivers High School and attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas.

On April 4, 1953 Peggy married the love of her life, Robert Gault III of Agua Dulce, Texas. They lived in Fort Knox, Kentucky and later when Robert started working for Conoco, they moved to Eunice, Hobbs and Artesia, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Corpus Christi and Midland, Texas. Peggy was a kindergarten teacher, Sunday school teacher and retired in 1991 from federal employment where she had worked for several government agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Army. U.S. Navy, Social Security Administration, Department of Energy, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Post Office and the U.S. Attorney's office. Through these years, she made many life-long friends.

Peggy's passion was politics and she did not hesitate in expressing her views. She also enjoyed playing bridge, reading, quilting and writing children's stories. She was an active member of the Santa Rita Club of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Daughters of the American Revolution, the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale and the Museum of the Southwest. Peggy was very active in her church as an Elder and Deacon.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bob of Midland; son Jim and his wife Melanie of Elgin, Texas; brother Jerry Wheeler of Three Rivers, Texas; sister Don Jean Moffett of Dilley, Texas; brother-in-law Jim of Westhoff, Texas, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Steve Schorr officiating.

The honorary pallbearers are Joe Pickering, Bill Huebner, Dick Armstrong, Willie Dubose, Niram Kellogg, James Hamilton, Gene Needham, Joe Younger, Charlie Taylor, Roy Blair, Jack Hardy, Jim Merriman, Fred Reed, Eldon Cunningham, Bud Harrison and Dan Kowert.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Music Ministry, First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701, or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
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Handley, Zilla Mae (Melton)

Former Comanche, Okla. resident, Zilla Mae (Melton) Handley, 93, of Odessa, Texas, has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 26, 2007, in Odessa.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche, with the Rev. Randy Southerland officiating. Interment is under the direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home, Duncan, Okla..

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

She was born in on Aug. 17, 1913 in Peru, Kansas to Ernest and Mary Melton. She was married to Thomas (Tommy) Henry for thirteen years and he preceded her in death. She then was married to Joe M. Handley for forty-two years and he also preceded her in death.

Zilla was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Comanche and the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include her son, James A. "Jim" Henry and his wife Patsy of Duncan, a daughter Greta Henry McKinzey of Odessa, a step-son, Jerald Handley and wife Kay of Duncan, a sister-in-law, Wauhillau Henry and her uncle James and aunt Elizabeth McGee, all of Coffeeville, Kansas, eight grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister and a baby girl Melton, two brothers, Ernest Jr. and Wilmer Melton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church West Building Fund.

Online condolences may be made at:www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
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Johnson, Margaret Scott

Margaret Scott Johnson, of Midland, passed away Friday, January 26, 2007.

Margaret was born March 9, 1922 in Cass County, Indiana. After graduating from high school, she went to nursing school and became a Registered Nurse. She married C. Roy Johnson on February 13, 1944. They moved to Midland in June of 1955, where Dr. Johnson practiced medicine at Midland Women's Clinic with Dr. Garland Lang and Dr. Walter Parks.

She and Dr. Johnson had four children and were always active in supporting Midland High sports. Dr. Johnson preceded her in death on January 8, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Carl Scott and Bill Scott.

Margaret is survived by her children: Steve Johnson and wife, Ann, of Lubbock, TX; David Johnson and wife, Cathy, of Midland, TX; Janis Whitaker and husband, Terry, of Waco, TX; and Tim Johnson and wife, Karron of Lincoln, NE; and thirteen grandchildren. Also surviving are sister and brother-in-law, Fairy and Kenneth Bowman of New Carlisle, OH; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Roseanna Scott Logansport, IN.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Sunday, January 28, 2007 between the hours of 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 29, 2007 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Memorial services will be held in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church at 12:00 Noon. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
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Rodriguez, Pedro

BIG SPRING -- Pedro "Pete" Rodriguez, 77, died Friday, Jan. 26, at Parkview Manor in Big Spring. Services will be at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 28, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at St. Thomas Catholic Church with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.

He was born April 1, 1929, in Big Spring to Maria and Juan Rodriguez.

He was an active member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church. He was a Cursillista. He married Maria Saldivar Dec. 31, 1949, in Big Spring.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Rodriguez of Big Spring; one son, Francisco "Pete" Rodriguez of Belton; three daughters, Lucy Lopez and Gloria Gàmez both of Kingwood, and Janie Rodriguez of Big Spring; two brothers, Ricardo Rodriguez and Juan Rodriguez, both of Big Spring; two sisters, Ramona Rodriguez of Big Spring and Mariana Castillo of Worcester, Mass.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandsons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Raymundo Rodriguez; and three sisters, Lidia Rodriguez, Merced Valdez, and Connie Ayala.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.


Wiechmann, Wesley Edward

Wesley Wiechmann, 77, Petroleum Geologist, died peacefully at his Midland home on Tuesday, January 23, 2007. He is survived by his wife Sara, stepson Tom Hotaling; and Patricia, Leslie, David and Andrea from a previous marriage to Ann Wiechmann Gohmert; their spouses and six grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Gordon, and sister, Ima Roselle.

Wesley was born in Fischer Store, Texas, attended Sul Ross University and served as a USAF Sergeant. He will be remembered for his devotion to family, friends, science, and his humor. A private memorial service and interment were held at Fischer Store. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2007.
Armendariz, Reynaldo

Services for Reynaldo Samaniego Armendariz are pending at Pipkin Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Bright, Billie

IRAAN -- Billie Elizabeth Bright, 93 of Iraan, died Saturday, Jan. 27, in a local center.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 30, 1913 in Midland. She was preceded in death by a son, Dale "Chip" Abel; a grandson; a great-grandson; five sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by one daughter, Adrienne McElhaney of Iraan; two sons, William Shannon Abel of Marble Falls, and William F. "Bill" Bright of Iraan; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Busby, Leonard H.

Leonard H. Busby, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 25.

He was born Dec. 30, 1926 in Dora, Alabama to Rufus and Lila May Busby. He served in the U.S. Navy.

He married Laura (Moe) Clendon on May 26, 1946. He is survived by his wife Laura; daughter, Donna Busby Lauher.

The family received friends Sunday, Jan. 28, at Ellis Funeral Home.

Services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. today, Jan. 29, at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Galindo, Rosa

Services for Rosa Galindo are pending at Pipkin Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Gault, Peggy Wheeler

Peggy Wheeler Gault, 77, died Friday, Jan. 26, in Midland.

She was born Sept. 19, 1929 in Tilden, to Gertrude Bruce and Jesse Wheeler.

On April 4, 1953 she married Robert Gault III of Agua Dulce.

She is survived by her husband Bob of Midland; son Jim of Elgin; brother Jerry Wheeler of Three Rivers; sister Don Jean Moffett of Dilley and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Steve Schorr officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Music Ministry, First Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Texas Avenue, Midland, 79701, or to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Harley, George

George Harley, of Midland, died Sunday, Jan. 28.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Resthaven Memorial Park. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church that day.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Herring, Kevin

Services are pending for Kevin Herring, 47, of Midland. He died Saturday, Jan. 27, in Midland from a motorcycle accident.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Johnson, Margaret Scott

Margaret Scott Johnson, of Midland, died Friday, Jan. 26.

She was born March 9, 1922 in Cass County, Ind. She married C. Roy Johnson Feb. 13, 1944.

He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Carl and Bill Scott.

She is survived by her children, Steve Johnson of Lubbock; David Johnson of Midland; Janis Whitaker of Waco; and Tim Johnson of Lincoln, NE; and 13 grandchildren. Also surviving are sister Fairy Bowman of New Carlisle, Ohio; and brother Richard Scott Logansport, Ind.

The family received friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Sunday, Jan. 28, between the hours of 3-5 p.m.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. today, Jan. 29, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Memorial services will be held in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church at 12 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


McDaniel, Jerry

ANDREWS -- Jerry Piper McDaniel, 78 of Andrews, died in Andrews Sunday, Jan. 28.

Services are pending with McNett Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Spears, Euletha

BIG SPRING -- Euletha Spears, 90, of Coahoma, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at a local home hospice facility. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematories of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.


Wilkerson, Gladys

BIG SPRING -- Gladys Wynell Wilkerson, 66 of Big Spring, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at a center in Big Spring. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Colorado City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematories.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2007.
Armendariz, Reynaldo

Reynaldo "Chulo" Armendariz, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 27, at a local hospital.

He was born in Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico Feb. 12, 1930 to the late Ramon and Juana Armendariz.

He met and later married Manuela Hernandez in 1956 in Ojinaga.

He was a member of Nuestro Padre Jesus Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Alma Guadalupe Soria; a sister Luz Armendariz and three brothers: Salvador, Eugenio, and Luis Alberto Armendariz.

He is survived by his wife Manuela Armendariz of Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico; three sons: Antonio, Carlos and Ramon Armendariz all of Midland; one brother Juan De Dios Armendariz of Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico; one sister Maria Jesus Armendariz of Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral Service will be held in Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Elrod, Mary

ODESSA -- Mary Earline Elrod, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at Hospice House of Odessa. She was born Thursday, Nov. 7, 1935 in Santa Anna.

Survivors include her husband, A.L. Elrod; her mother, Mary Box of Crane; two sons, Roland Elrod of Odessa, and Randy Elrod of Midland; one brother, Billy Earl Box of Bayfield, Colo.; and one sister, Margaret West of Houston; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Northside Baptist Church with Brother Clydel Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at Crane Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of West Odessa.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Evans, Billye

ODESSA -- Billye Ruth Evans, 83, of Odessa died Sunday, Jan. 28, at Medical Center Hospital. She was born May 30, 1923 in Dallas. She was a member of First Christian Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Aubrey Evans in 1982.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherrin Evans of Midland, and six cousins.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the First Christian Church. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Galindo, Rosa Martinez

On Sunday, January 28, 2007, Rosa Martinez Galindo died in her home surrounded by her family, plants and pets. She was born September 2, 1927 to Refugio and Juliana Martinez in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Rosa married the love of her life, Gaspar Galindo, in 1950. In 1963, they moved to Midland, Texas and made it their home. Rosa has been a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church since then and has continued living in the same home where she and Gaspar raised their nine children.

Loved by all in the community and neighborhood, she will be remembered for her commitment to raising her family, gardening and hospitality to both strangers and many friends. Anyone was always welcome for morning coffee and a good talk. Rosa had a smile for everyone even during the darkest days in her struggle with Alzheimer's and she never lost her fantastic sense of humor and quick wit.

Rosa had been in the company of movie stars and royalty in her lifetime, when she would go watch her sons play polo, but she preferred the company of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rosa was very proud of her children and loved being a Mexican-American who voted and cherished traditions from both countries. Between her and Gaspar, and despite their humble means, they raised entrepreneurs, polo players, company supervisors and even a lawyer.

She was a beautiful and dignified woman who respected everyone's sense of humanity. What impressed her were acts of kindness and her life can be summarized as a series of quiet, humble, heartfelt, kind acts for every color, kind and creed.

Rosa is survived by eight children: Rosa Elva Valles of Midland, Texas; Irene Bustamante of Minnesota; Calletano Galindo of Odessa, Texas; Josie Melendez of Odessa, Texas; Carlos Galindo of California; Hector Galindo of Florida; Mario Galindo of Midland, Texas and Marie E. Galindo of Midland, Texas. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and son, Alonzo "Chango" Galindo.

The family will be receiving friends at Pipkin Funeral Home beginning Monday, January 29, 2007. There will be a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Pipkin Funeral Hume. The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Midland, Texas. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carlos Galindo, Hector Galindo, Mario Galindo, Paul Galindo, Reyes Melendez, Jr., Steven Valles, Eddie Valles and Michael Bustamante. Honorary pallbearers are Reyes Melendez, Sr., Jose Villasana and Pedro C. Ruiz.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to: pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.
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Harley, George

George Harley, of Midland, died Sunday, Jan. 28.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Resthaven Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Herring, Kevin Ray

Kevin Ray Herring, 47, of Midland passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2007 in Midland. Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Crestview Baptist Church in Midland with Rev. Ken James of Waco and Rev. Ty Morris, Jr. of Midland officiating. Private interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park with Dr. John Gerlach of Midland officiating. Family will receive friends at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 North Big Spring Street in Midland, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 30, 2007.

Pallbearers will be David Askew, Pete Rutter, Randy Self, Danny Borrego, Alan Johnson, and Terry Loyd.

He was born on November 18, 1959 in Midland and raised in Midland all his life. He graduated from Midland Lee High School in 1978. He married Lawana Bolling on June 21, 1980 in Midland. He worked for 30 years for the family business, Mid-West Glass Company. He loved to golf, hunt, fish, read, and most of all spend time with his family. He was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife: Lawana Herring of Midland; 1 son: Casey Ryan Herring of Midland; 1 daughter: Erin Nicole Marshall and husband Jesse of Midland; parents: Charles and Chris Herring of Midland; 1 brother: Dwayne Herring and wife Lana of Midland; 1 sister: Cheryl Dolph of Midland; grandmother: Louise Bolling of Midland; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be sent to Crestview Baptist Church, c/o Building Fund, 3300 Thomas Avenue, Midland, Texas 79703 or Buckner Hearthstone, PO Box 50872, Midland, Texas 79710.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.
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Lundy, Eloise Smith

Eloise Smith Lundy, 68 of Barbourville, passed away suddenly of apparent heart failure, Sunday, January 21, 2007 in the Knox County Hospital in Kentucky. She was the daughter of the late Cletis and Pauline Smith born on November 1, 1938, in Binger, Oklahoma.

Eloise retired from the Midland Independent School District as a special education teacher. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Midland, Texas and after moving to Barbourville, Kentucky, attended the First United Methodist Church. Her interests included photography, art, and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Randall Lundy of Barbourville; three children, Mitchel Elgin and wife, Susan, and their children, Chance and Corbin of Buffalo Gap, Texas, Christopher Scot Elgin of Corvallis, Oregon, and William Elgin of Seattle, Washington; five step-children, Nancy Weir, Jane Belari, William Lundy James Lundy, and Ellen Williams; five step-grandchildren, Randall and Catherine Weir, Patrick and Sean Lundy and Sophia Belari; among other loved ones and dear friends who mourn her passing.

A memorial service was conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Barbourville, Kentucky, on Thursday, January 25th, with the Rev. Joel Allen officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may go to either the Al-Anon Program or the Alzheimer's Association of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.
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Mitchell, C.A.

ANDREWS -- C.A. Mitchell 86 of Kermit, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 29, in Andrews. Services are pending with McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Piper-McDaniel, Jerry

ANDREWS -- Jerry Piper-McDaniel, 78, of Andrews died Sunday, Jan. 28, at her home.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday Jan. 31, at First Baptist Church in Andrews. Dr. Jeff Donnell will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews West Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 11, 1928 in Eastland. She married Fred Piper Sept. 12, 1948 in Eastland and he preceded her in death in 1989.

She married George McDaniel Nov. 21, 1992 in Andrews.

She was preceded in death by, her parents, Paul and Verna McFarland, three brothers, Roland Jone and William McFarland, and one sister, Peggy Morse.

She is survived by, her husband, George McDaniel; four daughters, Paula Thurmond of College Station; Pam Fisher of Andrews; Peggy Stavinoha of Andrews; and Pat Locke of Tomball,; one brother, Robert McFarland of Alpine, four step-sons, Mike McDaniel of Lewisville; Chuck McDaniel of Dallas; Dick McDaniel of Arlington; John McDaniel of Plano; 24 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorial gifts be made to the Andrews Education Foundation.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Raulston, Ronald Franklin

Ronald Franklin Raulston, 58, of Fairfield Glade, TN., ended his journey on earth and went home January 23, 2007, while doing mission work in Panama, building a school for the children of the villages. He had looked forward eagerly to this trip, knowing he would be a small part of a bigger result. He died doing what he wanted and was humbled that he could be any part of helping the children. He was born June 18, 1948 to Virgil and June Wilcoxsen Raulston in Hixson, Tennessee. He served as a Lieutenant in the US Army, stationed in Germany. After he served his obligation to our government he returned to Tennessee where he joined the reserves, becoming a Captain before leaving. He attended UT Chattanooga, receiving an MBA.

Ron worked as Tax Manager for Chattem Drug Co. and Holston Co. in Chattanooga.

He was currently employed with MidSouth Cable in Crossville and had recently become the owner of Everest Car Wash in Crossville. He was as ambitious about succeeding as he was about life.

His love of sports covered a wide spectrum and lasted his lifetime. He was a star basketball player at Hixson High School. Ron was a competitive athlete and did his best to excel in all sports he participated in. He loved to run and competed in marathons in the southern states; He loved to golf and excelled at it, never seeing a course he wasn't willing to try to conquer; He swam like a fish, loved mountain biking, and worked out at the local gym faithfully. Ron was also a very competitive tennis player and looked forward to every match with a winner's attitude. He held some local titles in tennis singles and doubles competition. He was a devoted Tennessee Volunteer fan and never missed a home football game.

He and his wife attended church at Fairfield Glade Baptist, which he had grown to love. His greatest joy, however, was being a grandfather to his two grandsons, Will and Ben. He lived and breathed for the time when he would get to visit with them again.

In March 2005, he married the love of his life, Carol Sue Bradley. Each day was filled with love and laughter and even though their time together was short, memories were made that will last a lifetime. He wanted to share all his blessings with her and strove to make sure his soul mate would always feel loved and protected.

Preceded in death by his father, Virgil Raulston, Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; mother June Raulston of Hixson; son Ronald J. Raulston and wife Megan of Charlotte, NC, and their sons William Andrew and Benjamin Hudson; brother Marshall and wife Angela of Soddy Daisy; aunt Lillian Brinkley of Eastridge; numerous cousins and uncounted friends. He has left a void in many hearts here on earth and his kindness and infectious zeal for life will be greatly missed.

Family will receive friends Sunday afternoon 2:30-5pm at East Ridge Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, TN.

A memorial service celebrating his life is planned for Monday, January 29th at 2pm, at FFG Baptist Church, with Dr. Leonard Markham officiating. Burial will be at the Chattanooga National Military Cemetery in Chattanooga under the direction of Bilbrey Funeral Home. Arrangements have not been finalized.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pathfinders Missions, 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802-1894.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.
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Spears, Euletha

BIG SPRING -- Euletha Spears, 90, of Coahoma, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Hospice House in Odessa. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Monroe Teeters, officiating. Interment will follow at Coahoma Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 14, 1916, in Powderly, and married J. D. Spears May 23, 1934 in Ranger.

She was a lifelong resident of Coahoma. She was born to Thomas and Mable Thompson.

She was a Presbyterian.

Survivors include her husband, J. D. Spears of Coahoma; three sons, Jimmy Spears of Cypress, Norman Spears of Clyde, and Billy Spears of Coahoma, one sister, Mae Johnson of Abilene, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Home Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, 79761.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.


Wilkerson, Wynell

Wynell Wilkerson, 66, of Big Spring, died on Sunday, January 28, 2007, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Raford Dunagan, officiating. Interment will follow at Colorado City Cemetery, Colorado City. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

She was born on November 22, 1940, in Colorado City, Texas and married Ralph Wilkerson.

She was a lifelong resident of Big Spring. She graduated from Big Spring High School in 1958. Wynell worked as a bank teller for State National Bank for 30 plus years. She enjoyed traveling, shopping and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Birdwell Lane Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Tracie Lindsey of Big Spring; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Wanda Fortenberry of San Angelo; five grandchildren, Brooke Lindsey of Big Spring, Chris Wilkerson and Corey Wilkerson both of Carrizo Springs, Daniel Dickens and wife, Whitney of Ft. Drum, New York, and Alfred Dickens and wife, Mia; two great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Joy Fortenberry of Big Spring, and one aunt, Mozelle Bono of Bonham.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Wilkerson; one son, Gary Wilkerson; one brother, Luke Fortenberry; and parents Jewel and Florence Fortenberry.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Allison Cancer Center, 301 North N, Midland, Texas 79701.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2007.
Abernathy, Jack

Jack Abernathy, 62, of Midland, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 in Midland. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Allen, Mary Jo

Mary Jo Allen, 74, of Abilene, died Monday, Jan. 29, in a local care center. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today, Jan. 31, at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger. Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 28, 1932 to John and Frances Wright in Ballinger. She married Rowland Allen Sept. 8, 1951 in Ballinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Linda James.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Mary Diane Partridge; sons, David R. Allen of Midland and Richard W. Allen of Anson; brother, Charles Wright of Austin; sister, Susan Owens of San Angelo; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren

The family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Associations.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Brooks, Clifford

STAMFORD -- Services for Clifford Brooks of Midland will be Thursday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Stamford, with Larry Archer officiating.

He was born Nov. 17, 1922 in Manchester. He died Monday, Jan. 29, at Hospice of Midland.

Survivors include his son, Doug Brooks of Cove, Ark., and one niece.

The family suggests memorials to be made to the Hospice of Midland 911 West Texas street Midland, 79701.

Funeral services are under the direction of Stanton Memorial Funeral Home & Chapel.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Cass, Tena Mae

Tena Mae Stennett Cass, 86, of Midland, went home to be with her Lord on the morning of Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Midland Memorial Hospital. She had battled Alzheimer's disease and had been stricken with pneumonia.

She was born May 31, 1920, one of eight children, in Seymour, Texas, and was raised in Acuff, Texas. On August 22, 1942 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, she married the love of her life, Daniel Cass of Post, Texas. They lived a wonderful and happy 64 years of marriage together. Tena Mae was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and a faithful Christian. She will be deeply missed by her family.

Daniel and Tena Mae had a beautiful son, Daniel Cass, Jr., born April 11, 1944 who was tragically killed in a hunting accident on November 24, 1960. There was a great void in their lives for eleven years until they decided to adopt a baby girl in 1971. Tena Mae, once again a mom, threw herself into this role with great love, care, and sacrifice. A child could not have asked for a better mom and these fond memories will last a lifetime.

Tena Mae had attended school in Acuff, Texas and high school in Roosevelt, Texas where she graduated valedictorian. From there, she attended Draughons Business School where she won several awards for typing and dictation. She later went to work for South Western Public Service for three years and then on to West Texas Gas Company where she worked two years. Her husband Daniel was commissioned in the Signal Corps and assigned to the Air Force during WW II. With the military, the couple lived briefly in Arizona, New Jersey and Florida. Daniel was then sent to Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. After 27 months apart Tena Mae and Daniel resumed their life together in Lubbock where he worked as an electrical engineer in the oilfields. They also lived in Seymour, Levelland, and finally settled in Midland. They purchased their home in 1957 where they lived the majority of their lives together. Tena Mae was a member of Golf Course Road Church of Christ and loved sewing and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Daniel Cass, Jr., four brothers and two sisters.

Tena Mae is survived by her husband, Daniel L. Cass, and daughter, Tina Cass, both of Midland, TX; sister, Mildred Farris of Dallas, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 1, 2007 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association Greater West Texas Chapter, Mission Square, 4400 N. Big Spring #C-32, Midland, Texas 79705.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/31/2007 - 2/1/2007.
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Chandler, J. C. "Clyde"

J. C. "Clyde" Chandler, of Midland, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2007.

He was born November 28, 1915 to William Thomas Chandler and Stella Darnell Chandler in Nolan County, Texas. Clyde was raised and educated in Midland, Texas. After graduating from Midland High School he joined the U.S. Army. In 1974, he married Anne Killion in Midland. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Clyde was a master plumber with Honeywell. His memberships included Masonic Lodge #623.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Claude, and his sister, Maudine.

Clyde is survived by his wife, Anne Chandler of Midland, TX; sons, Don Chandler of Costa Mesa, CA; Gordon Weaver of El Paso, TX; daughter, Cynthia Chandler of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Billie Jean Ruiz of Orange City, FL; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 1, 2007 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park-North. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/31/2007 - 2/1/2007.
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Crockett, Faye

Faye Crockett, 74, of Midland, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Midland. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Elrod, Mary Earline

Mary Earline Elrod age 71, longtime resident of Odessa, went to be with her Lord Sunday, January 28, 2007 at Hospice House of Odessa. She was born Thursday, November 7, 1935 in Santa Anna, TX to Chester and Mary (Mash) Box. She married A.L. Elrod in 1954 in Crane, TX. She was a homemaker, a loving mother to two sons. She was a proud grandmother who loved to spend time with her grandchildren.

She was a member of Northside Baptist Church. She was very active in the Permian Basin Fair for many years.

Those left to cherish her love and memory include her husband: A.L. Elrod; her mother: Mary Box of Crane, TX; two sons: Roland Elrod and wife Debbie of Odessa, TX and Randy Elrod and wife Debbie of Midland, TX; one brother: Billy Earl Box of Bayfield, CO; and one sister: Margaret West of Houston, TX; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Her father, Chester Box, preceded her in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Northside Baptist Church with Brother Clydel Chapman officiating. Pallbearers will include: Mike Strickland, Greg Box, David Jones, Gary Jones, Burt Slater, and Dewayne Seale. Interment will follow at Crane Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of West Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, 79761.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.
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Forsyth, Doug

ODESSA -- Doug Forsyth, 44, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at Home Hospice House.

Services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the Mausoleum Chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

He was born May 21, 1962 in Lovington, N.M., to Bill and Sue Tiner Forsyth. He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother; two sons, Curtis and Josh Forsyth; his sister, Tonya Moore and one nephew of Roy, Utah; one aunt; three uncles and several cousins.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Galindo, Rosa

Rosa Martinez Galindo, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at her residence in Midland. She was born Sept. 2, 1927 to Refugio and Juliana Martinez in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.

She married Gaspar Galindo, in 1950. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She is survived by eight children, Rosa Elva Valles of Midland, Irene Bustamante of Minnesota, Calletano Galindo of Odessa, Josie Melendez of Odessa, Carlos Galindo of California, Hector Galindo of Florida, Mario Galindo of Midland, and Marie E. Galindo of Midland. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and son, Alonzo "Chango" Galindo.

Mass will be 11 a.m. today, Jan. 31, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Midland. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be e-mailed to pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Garcia, Jose

Jose Garcia, 65, died Monday, Jan. 29, at a local hospital. Services are pending at Thomas Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Harley Jr., George Foster

George Foster Harley, Jr. passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2007 in Midland.

George was born in Columbus, Georgia on February 9, 1927 to George Harley, Sr. and Roberta Slade Harley. The family lived in Washington, D.C., Austin, TX, and Ft. Worth, TX. During his teen years, George bought his first horse, and at the age of 16 he rode with his friend, Jack Atkinson, on horseback from Ft. Worth to Midland. He did regular ranch work in various parts of west Texas. One of the ranchers who hired him was Clarence Scharbauer, Jr.

During WWII he volunteered for military service, but the war ended with Japan's surrender before he was involved in combat. He spent one year in Japan working as a stevedore. He practiced roping in his spare time, roping anything that was available and painting watercolor pictures of cowboy life in west Texas.

Upon returning to the United States, he enrolled in SuI Ross State University in Alpine, TX because it was the only place where he could have a horse. He majored in Animal Husbandry and was very active in the Rodeo Club. After graduation in 1951, he moved to Midland and worked for Dick Midkiff on his ranch. He always felt very much at home around cattle and horses, and enjoyed team roping.

In 1953, he began his career in Life Insurance, Estate Planning, and Financial Planning. He continued in this business until January 28, 2007.

In 1958, he married Leota Vincent in Odessa, TX. In 1960, his twin sons, Stephen and Philip, were born.

George had many opportunities for volunteer service in Midland. Among these were the Chartered Life Underwriters, Midland Estate Planning Council, the Planned Giving Committee, Midland Odessa Symphony, Midland Community Theater, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Jaycees, the Boy Scouts, the Republican Party, and the Rotary Club.

George was always very active in church life. He was a member of Holy Trinity for a time, where he was twice a Senior Warden. He began teaching the Bethel Bible Course at Holy Trinity in 1982.

At the time of his death, he was still active as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church and a teacher of the Bethel Bible Course. He was still enjoying team roping with his friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Leota (Lee), his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Susie Harley of Midland, his son Philip Harley and daughter-in-law to be, Jennifer Jockman, of Austin, his nephew David Engle of Roswell, GA, his nieces Jackie Carter of Ft. Collins, CO, Helen Laughlin of Austin, and Robin King of Concord, CA, by his sister-in-law Deany Downs of Macon, GA, brother-in-law Coye Vincent of Forest Hill, MD, and his brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Ruth Vincent of Lubbock, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Anne Harley Engle of Fort Collins.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church of Midland with Reverend Steve Schorr officiating and Greg Pysh, minister of music. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com. Memorial gifts may be made to charity of your choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.
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Herring, Kevin

Kevin Ray Herring, 47, of Midland died Saturday, Jan. 27, in Midland. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today, Jan. 31, at Crestview Baptist Church in Midland with the Rev. Ken James of Waco and the Rev. Ty Morris Jr. of Midland officiating. Private interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Park with Dr. John Gerlach of Midland officiating. Family received friends at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 North Big Spring Street Tuesday, Jan. 30.

He was born Nov. 18, 1959 in Midland. He married Lawana Bolling June 21, 1980 in Midland. He was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Casey Ryan Herring of Midland; one daughter, Erin Nicole Marshall of Midland; parents, Charles and Chris Herring of Midland; brother, Dwayne Herring of Midland; sister, Cheryl Dolph of Midland; and grandmother, Louise Bolling of Midland. Memorials may be sent to Crestview Baptist Church, c/o Building Fund, 3300 Thomas Avenue, Midland, 79703 or Buckner Hearthstone, PO Box 50872, Midland, 79710.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Hogue, Cliff

Clifford Easters Hogue, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 30.

He was born in Bloomburg, June 2, 1918, to Ben D. Hogue and Connie Easters Hogue.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Alyce; children, Clifford E. (Pete) Hogue, Jr. of Midland, Ben P. Hogue of Wimberly and Carol Bradley of Midland; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at First Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Midland, PO Box 2621, Midland, 79702.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.


Mitchell, C.A.

C.A. (Charlie) Mitchell, descendant of a pioneer ranching family, and owner of the Quien Sabe Ranch in southeast Kermit, passed away January 29th in Andrews, Texas. He was born October 7, 1920 in Monahans. Mr.Mitchell was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Guthrie Mitchell in January of 2002. He and Vivian were married July 8, 1939 and have one daughter, Cheryl. She and her husband Robert Roark of Andrews, are the parents of two children, Ross and Rachel.

Services for Charlie will be 2:00 PM Thursday, February 1, 2007 at the First Baptist Church in Kermit. Officiating will be Rev. Russell Smith and Rev. Dudley Mullins, burial will follow in the Kermit Cemetery. Services are are under the direction of McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.

Mr. Mitchell is the fourth generation of a family whose settlement pre-dates the organization of Winkler County. He is a son of B.P. and Laura Belle (Hill) Mitchell. The family lived two miles east of the present ranch headquarters on the original 1880's homestead, and Charlie attended school in Monahans until 1928 when a second home was built in Kermit to accommodate his father's job as Winkler County Tax Assessor.

A student in Kermit schools until 1934, he served as captain of the Wink High School basketball team who reigned as champions from 1936-38, and graduated from Wink High School in 1939.

Charlie had vivid recollections of Winkler County and was the first to admit that he remembered the first stirrings of activity that preceded the oil boom, and the rugged days that followed. Wink was the center of area oilfield operations, it's masses spilling over into the gradually progressing county seat at Kermit. Oilfield projects moved north to Keystone Field and Lea County, New Mexico.

Riding horseback with his father in 1926, he recalled meeting a man, who, equipped with a wagon pulled by a pair of mules, an axe, and a barrel of water, was clearing an area for the town site of Wink. He was also among the first to board Texas and Pacific Railway's passenger train on it's inaugural run from Monahans to Kermit in 1929.

Charlie spent his youth riding and roping which at one point led him to the rodeo circuit. But he remained on the family ranch throughout his life, and with his father, raised horses and registered Herefords of the Anxiety IV strain until 1974.

He and Vivian Guthrie, a former New York model from Sullivan, Missouri, were married July 8, 1939. She always reflected that her first impression of the dry barren land and Sandhills of West Texas were a great surprise.

Charlie acquired his outstanding stallion from the King Ranch stock in 1947 and horse breeding remained throughout his life as his primary interest. The horse, Dick Waring, was the son of Wimpy PL, the first horse listed in the American Quarter Horse Association Registry. In a continuous effort to improve his stock, Charlie has had several champions. Snooper Bid was the first and only AAA and AQHA champion, and son of Double Bid, the great producer of race horses. He was also a breeder of horses that qualified for the All-American Futurity, Rainbow Futurity and derbys in New Mexico and Texas.

For 20 years Charlie has been associated with the Sandhills Hereford and Quarter Horse Show and has served as chairman of the rodeo and president of the organization. he is also past president of the Quarter Horse Association of West Texas. He was a member of the Kermit Masonic Lodge NO. 1258 for 65 years. He received the American Quarter Horse Association 50 year continuous breeder award.

Charlie is survived by his daughter Cheryl and her husband Robert Roark of Andrews, his granddaughter Rachel and her husband Bart Rankin and their son Finnley Mitchell Rankin of Dallas, his grandson Ross and his wife Sharon Roark of Monahans, a brother, W. J. Mitchell and wife , Eva of Kermit.

Charlie was preceded in death by his wife Vivian, brothers George and A.P. Mithcell and sister Ethel Fay Brumlow.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2007.




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