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Obits – Midland Reporter Telegram – 5th & 6th week of January, 2005

Posted: 11 Feb 2005 7:30PM GMT
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Bowers, Geraldine

Geraldine Bowers died Saturday, Jan. 22 in Midland. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, Jan. 23 at Ellis Funeral Home. Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/23/2005.



Calhoun, Ruthie

Ruthie Calhoun, 68, of Midland, passed away on Thursday, January 20, 2005, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, January 24, 2005 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Midland with Reverend Danny Rhoden, officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland.

Ruthie was born on March 21, 1936, in Big Spring, Texas. She married Fred Calhoun on Dec. 27, 1957 in Lovington, N.M. and spent twenty years moving between Air force assignments with her husband who was a career military man. She had resided in Midland since 1973. Fred preceded her in death on October 15, 2002.

She was proud of her family, and to anyone who would listen, she would gladly brag on her children and grandchildren. She will be missed by many loving relatives and friends. Ruthie was a member of the Church of God.

Survivors include four children: Karl Calhoun of University Place, Washington; Patrick Calhoun and Tony Calhoun of Midland, Texas; and Frieda and husband Gordon Balch of Big Bear Lake, California; two brothers, Eugene Hall of Midland, and Raymond Hall of Big Spring, Texas

Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Fred Calhoun, a son, Fred Calhoun, Jr., and a granddaughter, Jennifer Calhoun.

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 1/23/2005.
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Gay, Mary

Mary Gay, 89, of Midland died Saturday, Jan. 22 at her residence. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/23/2005.



Nearburg, Everett Charles

Everett Charles Nearburg, an artist at the birth of his career, passed gently into God's embrace on Friday, January 14, at 10:40 p.m. Born July 1, 1983, Rett tenaciously lived each day to the fullest throughout his eleven and a half year battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Rett attended Maryland Institute College of Art, Highland Park High School, St. Mark's School of Texas, and Highland Park Presbyterian Day School. He lived joyously and passionately, full of humor, wisdom, and grace. Completely lacking self-pity, Rett volunteered for numerous Phase 1 drug trials, often bearing significant pain and discomfort. Whenever cancer stole one aspect of his life, he turned another page and charged ahead. Rett loved Apple computers, art, music and motorcycles. We were blessed by his courageous presence in our lives. He is survived by his parents, Charles Eugene and Dana Edwards Nearburg, and his precious sister, Anna Margaret Nearburg; grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. W. L. Jack Edwards and Mrs. Anna Anderson Reischman; aunts and uncles, Mark and Kim Nearburg, Gena Nearburg, Courtney Nearburg, Tricia and Tom Hight, and Bill and Anne Edwards; cousins, Elizabeth, Trevor and Ross Nearburg, Lee, Amanda, and Ernest, Jr. Urquides, and Thomas, Jere, Jack, and Robert Hight; and William, Maggie, and Trigg Edwards; and many loving friends and other relatives. The family would like to thank the incredibly supportive doctors and staff at Children's Medical Center, U. T. Southwestern Medical Center, and the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio. Our eternal gratitude and special thanks to Dr. Naomi Winick whom Rett loved. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: The Nearburg Family Center for Pediatric Cancer Research at U.T.S.W. Medical Center or NORML. The service was held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2005. Rett will be inurned in the Columbarium at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/23/2005.
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Ohlenburg, Victoria Jones

Celebration of the life of Victoria Jones Ohlenburg. On January 21, 2005 Victoria slipped away peacefully at the age of 93.

She was born in McCullough County, Texas on October 6, 1911 to Thomas Kirk Jones and Mary Kerr Jones. Victoria was the second of seven children. She moved to Eldorado, Texas at an early age and attended public school in Eldorado. Victoria was raised at the Jones' Ranch north of Eldorado. After graduating from Eldorado High School, she attended SMU and was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Victoria moved back to Eldorado and married A.L. "Dutch" Ohlenburg; they had two sons, Eddy Ohlenburg of Midland, TX and Jonny Ohlenburg of Fredericksburg, TX. She lived the majority of her life in and around San Angelo.

"Pom Pom" as she was lovingly known by her grandchildren comes from a long line of devout Presbyterians. Victoria was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado and later became a charter member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in San Angelo. She was a true pioneer in both life and spirit, living through the good times and hard times of the early 1930's droughts and floods in West Texas. Her reputation as a great cook was well known, and fried pies and biscuits were her specialty. She enjoyed taking food to the sick and needy. Gardening was another joy of her life and she could grow anything. Above all, Victoria loved life and was quick to laugh, joke, cut up and have fun.

Victoria loved her family which included all the kinfolks among the Jones, Kerr and Espy clans. A favorite family event held each spring was the "Cousins Reunion" and she looked forward to attending this each year. Another favorite of hers was the Mias Amigos event held in Eldorado each summer where she was often the life of the party. She instilled the love of family and loyalty to all those dear to her. She loved her ranch and enjoyed entertaining family and friends there, where she could be found either in the kitchen or out in the pasture pulling weeds and picking up sticks for fire wood. Victoria is loved by so many and will always be remembered and missed.

Victoria was preceded in death by her parents, T. K. Jones and Mary Jones; three brothers, John I. Jones, Richard Jones and Jack Jones all of Eldorado; one sister, Bernice Jones Kay of Brady; and A. L. "Dutch" Ohlenburg of Fredericksburg.

She is survived by two sons, Eddy and wife Susan Ohlenburg of Midland and Jonny and wife Diane Ohlenburg of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Rosalyn Reynolds and Pauline Lucas both of Midland; her grandchildren, Jan McBride and husband Joe of Carrollton, Kristi Sebera and husband Tommy of San Antonio, Jim Ohlenburg and wife Paige of Dallas and John Ohlenburg of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Blaine McBride, Baily McBride, Brady McBride, Katlyn Sebera and Madison Sebera; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

The Ohlenburg family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful care given to Victoria at the Younger Center at Manor Park in Midland.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 24, 2005 at the Schleichler County Cemetery in Eldorado. There will be a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church in Eldorado. Arrangements are under the direction of Kerbow Funeral Home, 210 W. Gillis, Eldorado, TX 76939; 325-853-3043.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Younger Center at Manor Park, 2208 N. Loop 250 W., Midland, TX 79707; Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, TX 79701; Alzheimer's Association, 4400 N. Big Spring #C-32, Midland, TX 79705; First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado; or St. Mark's Presbyterian Church of San Angelo.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/23/2005 - 1/24/2005.
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Peacock, T.D.

BIG SPRING -- T.D. Peacock, 86, of Big Spring died Friday, Jan. 21 at his residence. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/23/2005.



Seay, Pauline

Pauline Seay passed away Friday, January 21, 2005 in Midland.

She was born March 6, 1916 in Geronimo, Texas to Henry and Linda Terrell. Pauline married Ernest Seay on February 10, 1935 in Seguin, TX. She lived in San Antonio, TX for many years and moved to Midland in 1993.

Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Ernest in 1992 and her brother Henry Terrell also in 1992.

She is survived by her son Gary and wife Betty Seay of Midland; her brother John Terrell of Ft. Worth; two grandsons, Stacy Copeland and wife Brandy and Kelly Copeland and wife Candy both of Midland; and three great-grandchildren, Amanda, Austin and Sawyer Copeland of Midland.

Funeral arrangements are pending in San Antonio, Texas with Sunset Gardens Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX 78218, 210-828-2811.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/23/2005.
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Thompson, Otho Don

Don Thompson, age 72, of Abingdon, Virginia, formerly of Odessa and Midland, Texas, died Sunday, January 16, 2005, from injuries sustained in an accident.

He was born in Dickens, Texas in 1932. He attended The University of Houston; Texas Tech University, and served in the Army Medical Corps. As a young man, he performed in Hollywood as a movie extra, acted in summer stock and worked in the television industry in New York City.

Don was a talented chef who, together with his partner, Hector Bellini, owned and operated Bellini and Thompson, two restaurants in Midland and Odessa, both of which enjoyed statewide reputations for excellent dining.

He retired to Abingdon to be with friends, to enjoy the beauty of Southwest Virginia and the abundance of cultural events available. He truly loved his new home.

He is survived by his aunt Cindy Mays; his cousin Nancy McCann and her husband Mike and their children; numerous friends, and Alexander, his beloved cat companion of 16 years. He was large of heart and is greatly missed.

Don would request that any gifts in his memory be made to a cause dear to him, The Animal Defense League, P. O. Box 2099, Abingdon, Virginia, 24212.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/23/2005.
Bowers, Geraldine Longbotham

Geraldine Longbotham Bowers, native of Snyder, Scurry County Texas, peacefully went to be with the Lord on January 22, 2005.

Mrs. Bowers was born November 3, 1917 on a ranch near Snyder. She was the only daughter of Bernard and Connie Longbotham, pioneer ranchers of West Texas and New Mexico. Geraldine was five months old when she went with her parents and brother to homestead in New Mexico. She always held dear her love for the west and her families place in history.

Mrs. Bowers was an honor graduate of Snyder High School and after completing Draughn's Business College in Abilene; she became a member of their faculty. In Abilene, she met and married Vernon Bowers and in years to come they moved to Midland where she resided for 65 years.

Mrs. Bowers was secretary for years to Judge Bob Pine in Midland. First Baptist Church Midland was her church home.

Mrs. Bowers was preceded in death by her daughter, Candice Sue Cowling, her husband, her parents and three brothers.

Mrs. Bowers is survived by a daughter, Linda Ann Henly and husband Bill of Carrollton, TX; two brothers, Dr. Jack Longbotham and wife Elisabeth of Abilene and Clyde, TX and Billy Longbotham and wife Ida Joe of Snyder, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bowers established local scholarships through the Permian Basin Foundation and Midland High School as well as endowed scholarships at Texas A&M University, Sul Ross University, McMurry University and Texas Tech University.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 P.M. Monday, January 24, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Memorials for Mrs. Bowers can be made to the First Baptist Church Pastoral Care Ministry, 2104 W. Louisiana, Midland, TX 79701; or the Haley Museum and Library, 1805 W. Indiana, Midland, TX 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/24/2005.
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Calhoun, Ruthie

Ruthie Calhoun, 68, of Midland died Thursday, Jan. 20 at a local hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. today, Jan. 24 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Midland, with the Rev. Danny Rhoden officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland.

She was born March 21, 1936 in Big Spring and married Fred Calhoun Dec. 27, 1957 in Lovington, N.M. She had resided in Midland since 1973.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son and a granddaughter.

Survivors include four children, Karl Calhoun of University Place, Wash., Patrick Calhoun and Tony Calhoun, both of Midland, and Frieda Balch of Big Bear Lake, Calif.; two brothers, Eugene Hall of Midland and Raymond Hall of Big Spring.

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 1/24/2005.



Dunks, Margaret

ARLINGTON -- Margaret Rose Dunks, 92, of Arlington died Thursday, Jan. 20. Services will be Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Garden of Memories Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Masonic Retirement Center in Arlington, or the charity of choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/24/2005.



Gay, Mary

Mary A. Gay, 89, of Midland, passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2005, at her residence. Private graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery.

She was born April 23, 1915 in Lakeview, Texas to William Allen and Minnie Ann (Neaves) Allen. She married Ben J. Gay in 1943 in Midland. He preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 1987.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Midland.

She is survived by nieces and nephews, Joyce Tomlin, Doris Matney, L.C. Whatley, Dorothy Felts, Beth Glass, JoNell Welch, Pearle Honea, Cecil Glaser, Clifford Bailey, Pat Gulihur and David M. Allen. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Irene Allen of Alpine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and five sisters.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/24/2005.
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Mitchell, Julie

Julie Mitchell died in Midland. Arrangements are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/24/2005.



Ohlenburg, Victoria Jones

Celebration of the life of Victoria Jones Ohlenburg. On January 21, 2005 Victoria slipped away peacefully at the age of 93.

She was born in McCullough County, Texas on October 6, 1911 to Thomas Kirk Jones and Mary Kerr Jones. Victoria was the second of seven children. She moved to Eldorado, Texas at an early age and attended public school in Eldorado. Victoria was raised at the Jones' Ranch north of Eldorado. After graduating from Eldorado High School, she attended SMU and was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Victoria moved back to Eldorado and married A.L. "Dutch" Ohlenburg; they had two sons, Eddy Ohlenburg of Midland, TX and Jonny Ohlenburg of Fredericksburg, TX. She lived the majority of her life in and around San Angelo.

"Pom Pom" as she was lovingly known by her grandchildren comes from a long line of devout Presbyterians. Victoria was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado and later became a charter member of St. Mark Presbyterian Church in San Angelo. She was a true pioneer in both life and spirit, living through the good times and hard times of the early 1930's droughts and floods in West Texas. Her reputation as a great cook was well known, and fried pies and biscuits were her specialty. She enjoyed taking food to the sick and needy. Gardening was another joy of her life and she could grow anything. Above all, Victoria loved life and was quick to laugh, joke, cut up and have fun.

Victoria loved her family which included all the kinfolks among the Jones, Kerr and Espy clans. A favorite family event held each spring was the "Cousins Reunion" and she looked forward to attending this each year. Another favorite of hers was the Mias Amigos event held in Eldorado each summer where she was often the life of the party. She instilled the love of family and loyalty to all those dear to her. She loved her ranch and enjoyed entertaining family and friends there, where she could be found either in the kitchen or out in the pasture pulling weeds and picking up sticks for fire wood. Victoria is loved by so many and will always be remembered and missed.

Victoria was preceded in death by her parents, T. K. Jones and Mary Jones; three brothers, John I. Jones, Richard Jones and Jack Jones all of Eldorado; one sister, Bernice Jones Kay of Brady; and A. L. "Dutch" Ohlenburg of Fredericksburg.

She is survived by two sons, Eddy and wife Susan Ohlenburg of Midland and Jonny and wife Diane Ohlenburg of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Rosalyn Reynolds and Pauline Lucas both of Midland; her grandchildren, Jan McBride and husband Joe of Carrollton, Kristi Sebera and husband Tommy of San Antonio, Jim Ohlenburg and wife Paige of Dallas and John Ohlenburg of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Blaine McBride, Baily McBride, Brady McBride, Katlyn Sebera and Madison Sebera; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

The Ohlenburg family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful care given to Victoria at the Younger Center at Manor Park in Midland.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 24, 2005 at the Schleichler County Cemetery in Eldorado. There will be a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. at First Presbyterian Church in Eldorado. Arrangements are under the direction of Kerbow Funeral Home, 210 W. Gillis, Eldorado, TX 76939; 325-853-3043.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Younger Center at Manor Park, 2208 N. Loop 250 W., Midland, TX 79707; Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, TX 79701; Alzheimer's Association, 4400 N. Big Spring #C-32, Midland, TX 79705; First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado; or St. Mark's Presbyterian Church of San Angelo.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/23/2005 - 1/24/2005.
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Peacock, T.D.

BIG SPRING -- T.D. Peacock, 86, of Big Spring died Friday, Jan. 21 at his residence. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Nalley-Pickle & Rosewood Chapel. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, Jan. 24, at the funeral home.

He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Necessity and married Edna Dillard Dec. 21, 1937 in Big Spring. She preceded him in death. He moved to Knott in 1945, where he farmed for several years, moving to Big Spring in 1958. He worked for civil service for 30 years, first at Webb Air Force Base and later at Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock. In 1985 he moved back to Big Spring. He had served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, seven brothers and one sister.

Survivors include three sons, Ray Peacock of Midland, Larry Peacock of Caddo Mills and Dale Peacock of Big Spring; two daughters, Linda Brockman of Granbury and Kay Seager of Marshall; two sisters, Romona Brockman of Sweetwater and Iva Morrell of Casper, Wyo.; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 765, Big Spring, 79721-0765.

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 1/24/2005.



Porter, Etta

Etta Porter died Saturday, Jan. 22 in Midland. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Ellis Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Greater St. Luke's A.M.E. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/24/2005.



Seay, Pauline

Pauline Seay died Friday, Jan. 21 in Midland. Funeral arrangements are pending in San Antonio with Sunset Gardens Funeral Home and Memorial Park.

She was born March 6, 1916 to Henry and Linda Terrell in Geronimo. She married Ernest Seay Feb. 10, 1935 in Seguin and she had lived in San Antonio for many years, moving to Midland in 1993.

She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother.

She is survived by a son, Gary Seay of Midland; a brother, John Terrell of Fort Worth; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/24/2005.
Alvey, Floyd Alford

Floyd Alvey, 81, of Odessa passed away Sunday, January 23, 2005 at Hospice House in Odessa. He was born December 2, 1923 in Mexia, Texas to Ralph and Claudia Alvey. Floyd played football for the Wink Wildcats in their glory days and graduated from Wink High School in 1942. He joined the Air Corp. in 1942 and served in the European Theatre during World War II, before being honorably discharged.

Floyd married Linda Fay Sinclair September 14,1946 in Odessa. He was a retired truck driver and enjoyed playing golf; Floyd was a member of Sunset Golf Club.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and one sister June Lee Brawley. He is survived by Linda, his wife of 58 years, one daughter Connie Clonts of Breckenridge, Texas, two sons, Daniel Ray Alvey of Odessa, Dr. Bobby Joe Alvey and wife Diane of Flower Mound, Texas, sister-in-law Marie Gregory of Kinglsand, Texas, grandchildren, Cheri Clonts, Yvonne and husband Casey Chambers, Sean Clonts and wife Kristy, Dallas Alvey, Rachel Alvey and five great-grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2005 in Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Sean Clonts, Dallas Alvey, Casey Chambers, and Rick Gregory.

Memorials may be made to Hospice House, Inc. 903 N. Sam Houston Ave. Odessa, Texas 79761

Services are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/25/2005.
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Mason Jr., Marshall Lee

Marshall Lee Mason, Jr., of Midland, died Sunday, January 23, 2005.

He was born to Gladys and Marshall Mason, Sr., in Post, Texas on June 23, 1927. Marshall graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in geology in 1947. Later in life he became a priest in the Episcopal Church, after graduating with a Master's Degree in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1963. Before his retirement, he served at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland from 1986 until 1997. As a youth, he was an Eagle Scout, and had a life long appreciation of the work of that organization in the lives of young boys. Before he became a priest, he was active in the oil business, which he enjoyed once again after his retirement from the active ministry. He also was a counselor, specializing in substance abuse, and marriage and family matters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marian Lee Minor.

Marshall and his wife Karen have had a combined family of eight children: Mary Ann Krause of Houston, Laura Stewart of Midland, Martha Mason of McAllen, Lee Mason, III of Lexington Park, Maryland; Jane Swartz, Julia Barrett, and Emily Klemme, all of Midland, and John Brenner of Dallas. There are also fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial services celebrating his life and ministry have been scheduled for 12:00 Noon Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1400 W. Illinois. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Memorial Fund at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Church Boy Scout Troop #51 at the same address, or Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702, which helped his family so well during his illness.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant Marshall with

thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more.

neither sighing, but life everlasting.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/25/2005 - 1/26/2005.
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Mitchell, Julie Hyatt

Julie Hyatt Mitchell, of Midland, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2005.

She was born August 9, 1946 to George R. Hyatt and Charlotte Rowland Hyatt in Midland, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, George R. Hyatt and her grandparents.

Julie is survived by her husband, Larry Mitchell, her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Gary Boren, her grandchildren, Stephen and B'Lynn, all of Midland, TX; mother, Charlotte Kluge of Lamesa, TX; brothers, John R. Hyatt and his wife, Kathy, of Midland, TX; Jeff Hyatt and his wife, Paula, of Austin, TX; aunt, Joan Wallace, and uncle John Rowland, nieces and a nephew. Julie is also survived by numerous feathered, furry and hooved friends, who were her loving companions and the light of her life. Julie never met an animal that she didn't love. She rescued many needy animals, caring deeply and compassionately for them. Julie will also be missed by her cherished friends at Halliburton.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery. There was a reception following the committal at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Gary Boren, Stephen Boren, Dr. David Scheele, John Hyatt, Jeff Hyatt and John Rowland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the SPCA or an animal rescue foundation of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/25/2005 - 1/27/2005.
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Payne, Mary Nan

Mary Nan Payne, 76, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 24, 2005.

She was born June 21, 1928 to Hugh Ratliff and Ophelia Ward Ratliff in Odessa, Texas. After graduating Odessa High School, she attended Texas Tech. On April 3, 1954 she married Davis Payne. They lived abroad and in Hobbs, New Mexico before settling in Midland where they started their own business. They were blessed with two children, Nancy and Garry. The couple had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mary Nan was a member of First Baptist Church in Odessa and attended First Presbyterian Church of Midland. She lived a rich full life as a wife, mother and grandmother. She was blessed with many friends. Her special delight included all sporting events, especially football. She was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary Nan is survived by her husband, Davis Payne of Midland, TX; son, Garry Payne, and daughter, Nancy Stacks, both of Midland, TX; two grandchildren, Rachel Kathleen Payne of Stephenville, TX; Gregory Merrick Stacks of Austin, TX.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at First Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jack McIntire, Jay Dick Kerr, Tom Perry, Jr., Dee Rose, Bud Marshal and Scott Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or First Presbyterian Church Deacon's Fund, 800 W. Texas, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/25/2005 - 1/26/2005.
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Porter, Etta

Etta Jess Porter, of Midland, passed from this life Saturday, January 22, 2005.

She was born October 6, 1922 to Forest and Cannis McMullan in Navarro County, Texas. Etta was united in marriage to Robert L. Porter on December 15, 1940 in Pelham, Texas. She was a very active sports figure in her youth playing basketball. Etta was a lover of children and the life of the party. She united with Greater St. Luke A.M.E. Church under the pasturage of Reverend George Lowe and was a dedicated member serving as a member of the Chancellor Choir, Women's Missionary Society, Stewardess Board, and Superintendent of the Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Lee Porter, and two sons, Larry and Abron Porter.

Etta leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Milton and Leonard Porter of Midland, TX; Kenneth Porter of West Covina, CA; two daughters, Patricia Griffin of Midland, TX; Kathy Tribue; four sisters, Katherine Thomas and Jewell Woodard of Midland, TX; Gladys Hilliard and Georgia McMullen of Dallas, TX; two daughters-in-law, Jodie Porter and Juana Porter; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 25, 2005 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at Greater St. Luke A.M.E. Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/25/2005.

Berry, Tommy Ray

Tommy Ray Berry, 60, of Midland, died Jan. 18 in Houston. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 27 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Edwards officiating.

He was born Jan. 23, 1944 to Jack Talent Berry and Vinola Katherine (Shore) Berry in Chattanooga, Tenn. He had lived in Chattanooga, Tenn., Little Rock, Ark., and had lived in Jacksonville, Fla., for several years following naval assignment. He retired from the U.S. Navy as Master Chief Engineman & Master Diver after 30 years of service. He was a certified hyperbaric technician, and retired from Operations Safety & Maintenance for Hyperbaric Machine Department of Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Berry.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Berry of the home; two sons, Randy and Stephanie Berry of Pearl, Miss., and William Berry of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Chelsea, Nikki and Danyelle; and two siblings, Ricky Murray and Tammy Hardison, both of North Little Rock, Ark.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/26/2005 - 1/27/2005.
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Dillon, Bill

May 21, 1928 - January 21, 2005

Bill Jerald Dillon was born on May 21, 1928 in Denison, Texas to Jessie Lee Dillon and Willie Eugene Dillon.

He moved with his family to Muskogee, Oklahoma when he was 6 years old and later to Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1947, and he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1951. Upon graduation, he worked for Baroid Well Logging Service as a well logging engineer until 1953 when he enrolled in graduate school. Bill was attending the University of Houston when he was called to serve his country. He spent two years in the U.S. Army as a Radio Operator in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. There, he received a letter of outstanding achievement from Major General Clark. L. Ruffner of the 2d. Armored Division NCO Academy, a radio operator's school, graduating first in his class.

After serving two years in the Army, Bill came to Midland in 1956. Here he was hired by Shell Oil Company where he worked five and a half years and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Midland Shell Club.

In 1961 he opened a State Farm Insurance agency that became very successful over the next 32 years. By the time of his retirement in 1993, his agency was ranked in the top one percent of more than 17,000 State Farm Insurance agencies in the United States.

Bill was a Master Mason, past member of Downtown Rotary, and a past adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 270. He served on the Board of Directors of Green Tree Country Club and was Treasurer and President of Saddle Club Estates Homeowners' Association.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Myrlene Dillon; son, Tom West Dillon & wife Ruth of Lakewood, Colorado; daughter, Karen Duncan & husband Grant of Canal Fulton, Ohio; daughter, Kelly Jones & husband Bobby of Houston, Texas; step-sons David Lynn Hamilton of Midland, Texas and Joseph Dwayne Hamilton of Mansfield, Texas; grandchildren, Kara Planchard, Kacee Planchard, and Kathryn Jones of Houston, Texas; step-grandchild, Elizabeth Adame of Midland, Texas; nephew Bill Dillon & wife Norma of Sacramento, California; nephew Brad Dillon & wife Cherie of Placerville, California; niece Debbie Trulin & husband Jeff of Minden, Nevada; and his loving pet companion, Angel.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother, West Erving Dillon & wife Marion; his stepdaughter, Teresa Ann Hamilton Bartee; and his beloved pet, Shantu.

Bill was an avid golfer for many years and enjoyed reading, fishing, and traveling with his wife and friends. He was well disciplined in physical exercise throughout his life. He had a photographic memory for jokes and was well known for his wonderful sense of humor, creating laughter all around him. Bill was loved by many and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Friday, January 28, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tom Dillon, David Hamilton, Carroll Kysar, Walton Parker, Roland Gladden and Joe La Roux. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Hollar, Cecil Roberts and E.V. Scott.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/26/2005 - 1/28/2005.
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Jackson, Velma Ladd

Velma Ladd Jackson, of Midland, went home to be with her Maker, Sunday, January 23, 2005.

She was born August 11, 1914 in Kilgore, Texas. Velma was a longtime member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Prior to her retirement, she was a Nurses Aide in Midland and throughout the State of Texas.

She was a loving mother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Turner J. Jackson and her son, Lafayette Jackson.

Velma is survived by her sons, Wendell Jackson and Robert M. Jackson, both of Midland, TX; and Traynard Jackson of Dallas, TX.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Wednesday, January 26, 2005 between the hours of 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Thursday, January 27, 2005 at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/26/2005.
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Mason Jr., Marshall Lee

Marshall Lee Mason, Jr., of Midland, died Sunday, January 23, 2005.

He was born to Gladys and Marshall Mason, Sr., in Post, Texas on June 23, 1927. Marshall graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in geology in 1947. Later in life he became a priest in the Episcopal Church, after graduating with a Master's Degree in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1963. Before his retirement, he served at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Midland from 1986 until 1997. As a youth, he was an Eagle Scout, and had a life long appreciation of the work of that organization in the lives of young boys. Before he became a priest, he was active in the oil business, which he enjoyed once again after his retirement from the active ministry. He also was a counselor, specializing in substance abuse, and marriage and family matters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marian Lee Minor.

Marshall and his wife Karen have had a combined family of eight children: Mary Ann Krause of Houston, Laura Stewart of Midland, Martha Mason of McAllen, Lee Mason, III of Lexington Park, Maryland; Jane Swartz, Julia Barrett, and Emily Klemme, all of Midland, and John Brenner of Dallas. There are also fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Memorial services celebrating his life and ministry have been scheduled for 12:00 Noon Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1400 W. Illinois. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Memorial Fund at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Church Boy Scout Troop #51 at the same address, or Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702, which helped his family so well during his illness.

Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant Marshall with

thy saints, where sorrow and pain are no more.

neither sighing, but life everlasting.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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Mitchell, Julie Hyatt

Julie Hyatt Mitchell, of Midland, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2005.

She was born August 9, 1946 to George R. Hyatt and Charlotte Rowland Hyatt in Midland, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, George R. Hyatt and her grandparents.

Julie is survived by her husband, Larry Mitchell, her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Gary Boren, her grandchildren, Stephen and B'Lynn, all of Midland, TX; mother, Charlotte Kluge of Lamesa, TX; brothers, John R. Hyatt and his wife, Kathy, of Midland, TX; Jeff Hyatt and his wife, Paula, of Austin, TX; aunt, Joan Wallace, and uncle John Rowland, nieces and a nephew. Julie is also survived by numerous feathered, furry and hooved friends, who were her loving companions and the light of her life. Julie never met an animal that she didn't love. She rescued many needy animals, caring deeply and compassionately for them. Julie will also be missed by her cherished friends at Halliburton.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery. There was a reception following the committal at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Gary Boren, Stephen Boren, Dr. David Scheele, John Hyatt, Jeff Hyatt and John Rowland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the SPCA or an animal rescue foundation of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/25/2005 - 1/27/2005.
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Payne, Mary Nan

Mary Nan Payne, 76, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 24, 2005.

She was born June 21, 1928 to Hugh Ratliff and Ophelia Ward Ratliff in Odessa, Texas. After graduating Odessa High School, she attended Texas Tech. On April 3, 1954 she married Davis Payne. They lived abroad and in Hobbs, New Mexico before settling in Midland where they started their own business. They were blessed with two children, Nancy and Garry. The couple had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mary Nan was a member of First Baptist Church in Odessa and attended First Presbyterian Church of Midland. She lived a rich full life as a wife, mother and grandmother. She was blessed with many friends. Her special delight included all sporting events, especially football. She was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mary Nan is survived by her husband, Davis Payne of Midland, TX; son, Garry Payne, and daughter, Nancy Stacks, both of Midland, TX; two grandchildren, Rachel Kathleen Payne of Stephenville, TX; Gregory Merrick Stacks of Austin, TX.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at First Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jack McIntire, Jay Dick Kerr, Tom Perry, Jr., Dee Rose, Bud Marshal and Scott Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or First Presbyterian Church Deacon's Fund, 800 W. Texas, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/25/2005 - 1/26/2005.
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Rever, Jo Felton

Jo Felton Rever passed away on Monday, January 24, 2005, at a local hospital.

Jo was born November 28, 1924, in Trenton, Texas, to the late Lonnie and Lela Felton. She was raised in Slaton, Texas, graduating from Slaton High School. Jo worked as a legal secretary for the District Attorney of Lubbock, Texas. She moved to Midland, Texas in 1952 where she married Stanley Rever.

Her parents, Lonnie and Lela Felton, precede her in death.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church with Pastor W.D. McReynolds and Pastor Nick Matthews officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Jo is survived by her husband of 52 years, Stanley A. Rever of Midland, Texas; and two daughters, Jan Mann of Midland, Texas, and Kay Bode of Arlington, Texas. Jo was the beloved Nana to Shannon Mann of Dallas, Texas, and Erica, Andrea, and Christopher Bode of Arlington, Texas.

Pallbearers were Grady Rogers, W.B. Stephens, Dan Thorson, Max Harris, Jack Darden and Gary Sims. Honorary pallbearers were Don Chandler and Chester Tyra.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mark's United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at: Pipkin@nts-online.net.
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Truex, Robert

Robert Truex, of Midland, passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2005.

He was born June 9, 1937 to William Roy Truex and Ruby Long Truex in Midland, Texas and was raised and educated there. Robert was a member of Bellview Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, W. R. Truex, sister, Belinda Merriman, brothers, Eldon Truex, Neil Truex, Sr., and Gary L. Truex.

Robert is survived by his mother, Ruby Long Truex of Midland, TX; his siblings, Lois Ruth Friedrichs, Noel Truex, Ronald Truex, Patricia Boydstun and Dearl Truex. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Wednesday, January 26, 2005 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Thursday, January 27, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Myron Unruh officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Michael Campbell, Gary Truex, Neil Truex, Jerrod Truex, Stephen Truex and Robert Friedrichs. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy White, James Friedrichs, Jimmy Friedrichs, Dr. Robert Vogel and Keith Ward.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/26/2005.
Berry, Tommy Ray

Tommy Ray Berry, 60, of Midland, died Jan. 18 in Houston. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 27 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Edwards officiating.

He was born Jan. 23, 1944 to Jack Talent Berry and Vinola Katherine (Shore) Berry in Chattanooga, Tenn. He had lived in Chattanooga, Tenn., Little Rock, Ark., and had lived in Jacksonville, Fla., for several years following naval assignment. He retired from the U.S. Navy as Master Chief Engineman & Master Diver after 30 years of service. He was a certified hyperbaric technician, and retired from Operations Safety & Maintenance for Hyperbaric Machine Department of Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Berry.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Berry of the home; two sons, Randy and Stephanie Berry of Pearl, Miss., and William Berry of Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Chelsea, Nikki and Danyelle; and two siblings, Ricky Murray and Tammy Hardison, both of North Little Rock, Ark.
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Bullock, Wilda Frost (Maurice R.)

Wilda Marie Frost Bullock, wife of Maurice R. Bullock, died at her home in Midland, Texas, on January 25, 2005. She was born on October 5, 1914, in Eastland, Texas, to Cyrus B. and Loura Maye Frost.

Mrs. Bullock attended schools in Eastland and Austin, graduating from Austin High School. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1934, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Wilda Frost and Maurice Bullock married in 1939 and lived in Fort Stockton until 1965. There, they were active members of the First United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Bullock was a superintendent of the Sunday school and sang in the choir, which her husband directed. She was also a member of the Garden Club and other civic organizations in Fort Stockton.

In 1965, the Bullocks moved to Midland, becoming enthusiastic members of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bullock was also active in the Symphony Guild, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Ladies Association of the Midland Country Club, the Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae, and was president of the Midland Lawyers' Wives Club.

Wilda Bullock was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Lura Frost Etheridge, Jack W. Frost, Billy C. Frost and Cyrus B. Frost, Jr.; her grandson, Graham Randle Bullock; and her husband. She is survived by her son, Dan Randolph Bullock of Austin; her daughter, Sara Virginia Bullock McIntosh of Washington, D.C.; and four grandchildren, Clayton Randolph Bullock, Hadley Marie McIntosh, Hugh Barnes McIntosh and Jesse Bullock McIntosh.

There will be a private family graveside service. The family requests that any memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church of Midland, 305 N. Baird Street, Midland, Texas, 79701; or to the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment, dedicated to providing musical education and scholarships to children in the Eastland, Texas area. NSF Arts Endowment, c/o Chris Frost Whiddon, 6337 Locke Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76116.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
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Dillon, Bill

May 21, 1928 - January 21, 2005

Bill Jerald Dillon was born on May 21, 1928 in Denison, Texas to Jessie Lee Dillon and Willie Eugene Dillon.

He moved with his family to Muskogee, Oklahoma when he was 6 years old and later to Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1947, and he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1951. Upon graduation, he worked for Baroid Well Logging Service as a well logging engineer until 1953 when he enrolled in graduate school. Bill was attending the University of Houston when he was called to serve his country. He spent two years in the U.S. Army as a Radio Operator in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. There, he received a letter of outstanding achievement from Major General Clark. L. Ruffner of the 2d. Armored Division NCO Academy, a radio operator's school, graduating first in his class.

After serving two years in the Army, Bill came to Midland in 1956. Here he was hired by Shell Oil Company where he worked five and a half years and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Midland Shell Club.

In 1961 he opened a State Farm Insurance agency that became very successful over the next 32 years. By the time of his retirement in 1993, his agency was ranked in the top one percent of more than 17,000 State Farm Insurance agencies in the United States.

Bill was a Master Mason, past member of Downtown Rotary, and a past adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 270. He served on the Board of Directors of Green Tree Country Club and was Treasurer and President of Saddle Club Estates Homeowners' Association.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Myrlene Dillon; son, Tom West Dillon & wife Ruth of Lakewood, Colorado; daughter, Karen Duncan & husband Grant of Canal Fulton, Ohio; daughter, Kelly Jones & husband Bobby of Houston, Texas; step-sons David Lynn Hamilton of Midland, Texas and Joseph Dwayne Hamilton of Mansfield, Texas; grandchildren, Kara Planchard, Kacee Planchard, and Kathryn Jones of Houston, Texas; step-grandchild, Elizabeth Adame of Midland, Texas; nephew Bill Dillon & wife Norma of Sacramento, California; nephew Brad Dillon & wife Cherie of Placerville, California; niece Debbie Trulin & husband Jeff of Minden, Nevada; and his loving pet companion, Angel.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother, West Erving Dillon & wife Marion; his stepdaughter, Teresa Ann Hamilton Bartee; and his beloved pet, Shantu.

Bill was an avid golfer for many years and enjoyed reading, fishing, and traveling with his wife and friends. He was well disciplined in physical exercise throughout his life. He had a photographic memory for jokes and was well known for his wonderful sense of humor, creating laughter all around him. Bill was loved by many and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Friday, January 28, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tom Dillon, David Hamilton, Carroll Kysar, Walton Parker, Roland Gladden and Joe La Roux. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Hollar, Cecil Roberts and E.V. Scott.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/26/2005 - 1/28/2005.
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Dunson Jr., Estis

ODESSA -- Estis Clifford Dunson Jr., 50, of Odessa died Thursday, Jan. 20 in Odessa. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Daniels officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Odessa.

He was born Sept. 1, 1954 to Estis Dunson Sr. and Gwendolyn Parrish in Midland. He attended school in Midland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a son, Estis Dunson IV of Dallas; a daughter, Sharon Dunson of Odessa; two brothers, Clifford Dunson of Houston and Billy Dunson of Fort Worth; and two grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Jackie Warren Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.



Jackson, Velma

Velma Ladd Jackson of Midland died Sunday, Jan. 23. Services will be 2 p.m. today, Jan. 27 at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 11, 1914 in Kilgore. She was a longtime member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Before her retirement she was a nurses aide in Midland and throughout Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son.

She is survived by three sons, Wendell Jackson and Robert Jackson, both of Midland, and Traynard Jackson of Dallas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.



McCoy, Rev. Roy J.C. "Chubby"

Our Heavenly Father has seen fit to call home one of his soldiers, Rev. Roy J.C. "Chubby" McCoy.

Sunrise -- July 18, 1941 Sunset -- Jan. 22, 2005

Chubby, a former Midlander, was a great father, grandfather, brother and relative to many. He lived life to its fullest, which led him to be ordained as a minister in 2004. He will be missed by all of his relatives and many friends.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29, 2005 at Willow Chute Baptist Church, 2645 MLK Drive, Shreveport, La. 71107.

Services provided by Heavenly Gate, 1339 Jewell, Shreveport, La. 71101.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.
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Milloway, James

GAINESVILLE -- James R. Milloway, 58, of Gainesville died Saturday, Jan. 22 in Richmond, Va. Services are pending.

He was born Nov. 5, 1946 in Larned, Kan., and was raised and educated in Plainview, graduating from Plainview High School. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and attended San Angelo State College. He was a sales account manager in telecommunications for more than 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean Milloway and Evelyn Milloway.

He is survived by his wife, Katrina Milloway of Gainesville; daughters, Melody Branch and Dawn Barr, both of Midland; two sons, Bryan Cannon of Avon, Colo., and Tim Cannon of Gainesville; five grandchildren; a brother, Richard Milloway of Tulia; and a sister, Billie D'Urso of Springfield, Va.

Memorials may be made to Hospitality House of Richmond, Va., 612 Marshall St., Richmond, Va., 23240.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.



Mitchell, Julie Hyatt

Julie Hyatt Mitchell, of Midland, passed away Thursday, January 20, 2005.

She was born August 9, 1946 to George R. Hyatt and Charlotte Rowland Hyatt in Midland, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her father, George R. Hyatt and her grandparents.

Julie is survived by her husband, Larry Mitchell, her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Gary Boren, her grandchildren, Stephen and B'Lynn, all of Midland, TX; mother, Charlotte Kluge of Lamesa, TX; brothers, John R. Hyatt and his wife, Kathy, of Midland, TX; Jeff Hyatt and his wife, Paula, of Austin, TX; aunt, Joan Wallace, and uncle John Rowland, nieces and a nephew. Julie is also survived by numerous feathered, furry and hooved friends, who were her loving companions and the light of her life. Julie never met an animal that she didn't love. She rescued many needy animals, caring deeply and compassionately for them. Julie will also be missed by her cherished friends at Halliburton.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery. There was a reception following the committal at Golf Course Road Church of Christ. Arrangements were under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Gary Boren, Stephen Boren, Dr. David Scheele, John Hyatt, Jeff Hyatt and John Rowland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the SPCA or an animal rescue foundation of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/25/2005 - 1/27/2005.
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Posey, Barbara

Barbara Jean Andrews Posey died Tuesday, Jan. 25 at a local hospital. Services are pending with Jackie Warren Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 8, 1959 to Billy and Ella Mae Andrews in Snyder. She was raised in Abilene and Midland, attending Midland High School.

She was preceded in death by her mother, grandmothers and a sister.

She is survived by her husband, David Posey; a daughter, Dreaka Andrews; one son, Correa Andrews; her father and stepmother, Billy Andrews and Maria Hille; three sisters, Josephine Johnson, Cynthia Hicks and Herminda Hille; five brothers, Billy Galloway, Manuel Galloway, Tony Andrews, Bryan Galloway and Tony Hille; six grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.



Rever, Jo Felton

Jo Felton Rever passed away on Monday, January 24, 2005, at a local hospital.

Jo was born November 28, 1924, in Trenton, Texas, to the late Lonnie and Lela Felton. She was raised in Slaton, Texas, graduating from Slaton High School. Jo worked as a legal secretary for the District Attorney of Lubbock, Texas. She moved to Midland, Texas in 1952 where she married Stanley Rever.

Her parents, Lonnie and Lela Felton, precede her in death.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church with Pastor W.D. McReynolds and Pastor Nick Matthews officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Jo is survived by her husband of 52 years, Stanley A. Rever of Midland, Texas; and two daughters, Jan Mann of Midland, Texas, and Kay Bode of Arlington, Texas. Jo was the beloved Nana to Shannon Mann of Dallas, Texas, and Erica, Andrea, and Christopher Bode of Arlington, Texas.

Pallbearers were Grady Rogers, W.B. Stephens, Dan Thorson, Max Harris, Jack Darden and Gary Sims. Honorary pallbearers were Don Chandler and Chester Tyra.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mark's United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at: Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/26/2005 - 1/28/2005.
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Rodriguez, Maria E.

BIG SPRING -- Maria E. Rodriguez, 67, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Jan. 26 at a local hospital. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.



Sanchez, Elena

Funeral services for Elena "Memo" Sanchez will be today at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Born Jan 6, 1921 in Balmorhea, Texas, she died January 24, 2005.

Preceding her in death were her sons, Ramon and Johnny Mancha; a daughter-in-law, Wilma Mancha; and a brother, Ramon Segovia.

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Kathy (Arturo) Sanchez of Midland; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Mancha of Midland; one sister, Enriqueta Garcia of Midland; her grandchildren, Cynthia (Isaac) Flores of Forney, TX, Diana (Matt) Morrison of O'Fallon, Illinois, Andy (Janie) Mancha of San Antonio, Eddie (Lisa) Mancha of Midland, Lisa (Felix) Portillo of Midland, Paul (Shonna) Villa of Ft. Carson, Colorado, and Eric Mancha and Kris Mancha, both of Midland; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a longtime friend, Frances Rosales.

Pallbearers will be Andy, Eddie, and Eric Mancha, Paul Villa, Matt Morrison and Felix Portillo.

We love you "Memo."
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.
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Truex, Robert

Robert Truex of Midland died Tuesday, Jan. 25. Services will be 3 p.m. today, Jan. 27 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Myron Unruh officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

He was born June 9, 1937 to William and Ruby Truex in Midland, where he was raised and educated. He was a member of Bellview Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, a sister and three brothers.

He is survived by his mother; five siblings, Lois Friedrichs, Noel Truex, Ronald Truex, Patricia Boydstun and Dearl Truex; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/27/2005.
Bullock, Wilda Frost (Maurice R.)

Wilda Marie Frost Bullock, wife of Maurice R. Bullock, died at her home in Midland, Texas, on January 25, 2005. She was born on October 5, 1914, in Eastland, Texas, to Cyrus B. and Loura Maye Frost.

Mrs. Bullock attended schools in Eastland and Austin, graduating from Austin High School. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1934, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Wilda Frost and Maurice Bullock married in 1939 and lived in Fort Stockton until 1965. There, they were active members of the First United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Bullock was a superintendent of the Sunday school and sang in the choir, which her husband directed. She was also a member of the Garden Club and other civic organizations in Fort Stockton.

In 1965, the Bullocks moved to Midland, becoming enthusiastic members of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Bullock was also active in the Symphony Guild, the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Ladies Association of the Midland Country Club, the Kappa Kappa Gamma alumnae, and was president of the Midland Lawyers' Wives Club.

Wilda Bullock was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Lura Frost Etheridge, Jack W. Frost, Billy C. Frost and Cyrus B. Frost, Jr.; her grandson, Graham Randle Bullock; and her husband. She is survived by her son, Dan Randolph Bullock of Austin; her daughter, Sara Virginia Bullock McIntosh of Washington, D.C.; and four grandchildren, Clayton Randolph Bullock, Hadley Marie McIntosh, Hugh Barnes McIntosh and Jesse Bullock McIntosh.

There will be a private family graveside service. The family requests that any memorials be given to the First United Methodist Church of Midland, 305 N. Baird Street, Midland, Texas, 79701; or to the Nancy Seaberry Frost Arts Endowment, dedicated to providing musical education and scholarships to children in the Eastland, Texas area. NSF Arts Endowment, c/o Chris Frost Whiddon, 6337 Locke Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76116.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/27/2005 - 1/28/2005.
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Dillon, Bill

May 21, 1928 - January 21, 2005

Bill Jerald Dillon was born on May 21, 1928 in Denison, Texas to Jessie Lee Dillon and Willie Eugene Dillon.

He moved with his family to Muskogee, Oklahoma when he was 6 years old and later to Abilene, Texas. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1947, and he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1951. Upon graduation, he worked for Baroid Well Logging Service as a well logging engineer until 1953 when he enrolled in graduate school. Bill was attending the University of Houston when he was called to serve his country. He spent two years in the U.S. Army as a Radio Operator in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. There, he received a letter of outstanding achievement from Major General Clark. L. Ruffner of the 2d. Armored Division NCO Academy, a radio operator's school, graduating first in his class.

After serving two years in the Army, Bill came to Midland in 1956. Here he was hired by Shell Oil Company where he worked five and a half years and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Midland Shell Club.

In 1961 he opened a State Farm Insurance agency that became very successful over the next 32 years. By the time of his retirement in 1993, his agency was ranked in the top one percent of more than 17,000 State Farm Insurance agencies in the United States.

Bill was a Master Mason, past member of Downtown Rotary, and a past adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 270. He served on the Board of Directors of Green Tree Country Club and was Treasurer and President of Saddle Club Estates Homeowners' Association.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Myrlene Dillon; son, Tom West Dillon & wife Ruth of Lakewood, Colorado; daughter, Karen Duncan & husband Grant of Canal Fulton, Ohio; daughter, Kelly Jones & husband Bobby of Houston, Texas; step-sons David Lynn Hamilton of Midland, Texas and Joseph Dwayne Hamilton of Mansfield, Texas; grandchildren, Kara Planchard, Kacee Planchard, and Kathryn Jones of Houston, Texas; step-grandchild, Elizabeth Adame of Midland, Texas; nephew Bill Dillon & wife Norma of Sacramento, California; nephew Brad Dillon & wife Cherie of Placerville, California; niece Debbie Trulin & husband Jeff of Minden, Nevada; and his loving pet companion, Angel.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother, West Erving Dillon & wife Marion; his stepdaughter, Teresa Ann Hamilton Bartee; and his beloved pet, Shantu.

Bill was an avid golfer for many years and enjoyed reading, fishing, and traveling with his wife and friends. He was well disciplined in physical exercise throughout his life. He had a photographic memory for jokes and was well known for his wonderful sense of humor, creating laughter all around him. Bill was loved by many and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Friday, January 28, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tom Dillon, David Hamilton, Carroll Kysar, Walton Parker, Roland Gladden and Joe La Roux. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Hollar, Cecil Roberts and E.V. Scott.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/26/2005 - 1/28/2005.
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Flowe, Ray

ANDREWS -- Services for Ray F. Flowe, 85, of Andrews, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Calvary Baptist Church in Andrews with Jeff Donnell officiating. Burial will follow in the Andrews North Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews. He died Wednesday, Jan. 26, at a Midland hospital.

He was born Feb. 2, 1919, to Fred and Annie Flowe in Mount Vernon. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and married Doris Guthrie Jan. 31, 1948, in Midland. They moved to Andrews in 1967 from Odessa. He retired as an administrative supervisor from Getty Oil after 41 years. He was a member of the Goldsmith Masonic Lodge No. 1276 and Order of the Eastern Star in Midland No. 253. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife; son, Randolph Flowe of Andrews; daughter, Rita Hamilton of Dallas; two brothers, Billy Flowe of Dallas and Wayne Flowe of Houston; sister, Irene McFerron of Des Moines, Iowa; and one grandson.

Condolences may be made at www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2005.



Forshee, Stephen E.

Stephen E. Forshee, 68, of Big Spring, died on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, in a local hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 29, 2005 at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Rev. Jimmie Long, pastor of Citywide Fellowship, officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

He was born on January 9, 1937, in Peru, Indiana and married Maxine Wilburn on May 31, 1963 in Peru, Indiana. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2000.

Mr. Forshee had lived in Big Spring since 1971 and had worked in the oilfield for thirty years. He had served in the United States Air Force.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dean and Tresa Spencer of Big Spring, Kent and Autumn Spencer of Midland, and Michael and Mary Forshee of Big Spring; two daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Pat Chesworth and Robin and Dannie Stevens all of Big Spring; three sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Howard of Venus, Judy Atkins of Belton and Becky and John Paul Amos of Big Spring; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Don Forshee of St. George, Utah, Dennis Forshee of Peru, Indiana and Bill and Carolyn Forshee of Big Spring; eleven grandchildren, Shane, Chris, Josh, Alexis, Garrett, Michaela, Lauren, Jordan, Kelleigh, Justin and Morgan and one great granddaughter, Emily.

He was also preceded in death by his mother, Lenora Dietrich; his father, Ernie Forshee and his step father, Hal Dietrich.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, % Lucy Bonner, P.O. Box 2121, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2121.

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 1/28/2005.
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Gilliam, Sarah

Sarah Gilliam, 89, of Midland died Wednesday, Jan. 26, in Midland. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at First United Methodist Church in Memphis with the Rev. Gary Boles officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Hughs Funeral Home of Memphis.

She was born March 20, 1915, in Wheeler to the Rev. A.V. and Mary Hendricks. She married Gordon Gilliam Jan. 24, 1942, in Memphis and was a retired school teacher. She was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Memphis, the Eastern Star and the Delphian Club. She moved to Houston in 1983 and to Midland in 1998.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two brothers.

She is survived by one son, Spencer Gilliam of Midland; three grandchildren; one sister, Mary Phipps of Katy; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Midland Inpatient Unit, P.O. Box 2621, Midland 79702 or St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3011 W. Kansas Ave., Midland 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2005.



Oliver, Waylon

Waylon Dean Oliver died Thursday, Jan. 27, in Midland. Private services will be held.

He was born June 7, 1938, in Jamestown and married Virginia Ulrich Aug. 20, 1965, in Midland. He worked for Gulf Oil for 12 years and worked as a computer programmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lillie Oliver, one sister and one daughter.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Curtis Oliver of Dallas, Eddie Oliver of Houston and Kelly Oliver of Groesbeck; two daughters, Glenda Chennault and Judy Buckalew, both of Midland; one brother, Thomas Oliver; one sister, Doris Guisto of Fort Worth; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice Midland Inpatient Unit.

Condolences may be e-mailed to pipkin@nts-online.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2005.



Rever, Jo Felton

Jo Felton Rever passed away on Monday, January 24, 2005, at a local hospital.

Jo was born November 28, 1924, in Trenton, Texas, to the late Lonnie and Lela Felton. She was raised in Slaton, Texas, graduating from Slaton High School. Jo worked as a legal secretary for the District Attorney of Lubbock, Texas. She moved to Midland, Texas in 1952 where she married Stanley Rever.

Her parents, Lonnie and Lela Felton, precede her in death.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church with Pastor W.D. McReynolds and Pastor Nick Matthews officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Jo is survived by her husband of 52 years, Stanley A. Rever of Midland, Texas; and two daughters, Jan Mann of Midland, Texas, and Kay Bode of Arlington, Texas. Jo was the beloved Nana to Shannon Mann of Dallas, Texas, and Erica, Andrea, and Christopher Bode of Arlington, Texas.

Pallbearers were Grady Rogers, W.B. Stephens, Dan Thorson, Max Harris, Jack Darden and Gary Sims. Honorary pallbearers were Don Chandler and Chester Tyra.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mark's United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at: Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 1/26/2005 - 1/28/2005.
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Richards, Marion

Marion Richards died Thursday, Jan. 27, in Midland. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/28/2005.



Rodriguez, Maria

BIG SPRING -- Maria Escovedo Rodriguez, 67, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, at a Midland hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. today, Jan. 28, at St. Thomas Catholic Church with the Rev. James Plagens officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

She was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Fort Davis and married Juan Rodriguez Sr. Oct. 29, 1954, in Big Spring. She had lived in Big Spring since 1954 and had worked in the Big Spring ISD Cafeteria for 15 years. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Cursillitas, the Alter Society and the Guadalupanas.

Survivors include her husband; eight sons, Juan Rodriguez Jr., Frank Rodriguez, Jimmy Rodriguez, Andy Rodriguez, Joe Rodriguez, Raymond Rodriguez and Gene Rodriguez, all of Big Spring, and Larry Rodriguez of San Angelo; two daughters, Dorothy Rodriguez and Pauline Hilario, both of Big Spring; seven sisters, Erminia Franco, Eufemia Brown, Erlinda Rios, Yolanda Diaz, Irene Lara, Luisa Hernandez and Adela Dominguez; seven brothers, Frank Jr. Escovedo, David Escovedo, Margarito Escovedo, Albert Escovedo, Trini Escovedo, Freddy Escovedo and Alfonso Escovedo; 37 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, one brother and her parents, Francisco and Mercedes Escovedo.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lucy Bonner, P.O. Box 2121, Big Spring 79721-2121.

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 1/28/2005.
Combs, Arnold "Rusty"

BIG SPRING -- Arnold "Rusty" Combs, 71, of Big Spring, died Friday, Jan. 28, in a Tyler hospital. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2005.



Lucero, Felipe B.

BIG SPRING -- Felipe B. Lucero, 79, of Big Spring, died Friday, January 28, in a local nursing home. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2005.



Petz, Tim "Tee"

Tim "Tee" Petz, 54, of Midland, passed away Jan. 27. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2005.



Richards, Marion M.

Marion M. Richards passed away Thursday, January 27, 2005 in Midland.

He was born September 13, 1909 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Jesse and Eva Catherine Richards. Marion was raised and educated in Poteau and Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He married Wilma Witham June 2, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Marion worked for Phillips Petroleum, starting with Phillips in Oklahoma City and Seminole, OK, then transferring to Spraberry in 1952 and moving to Midland in 1961. He retired in 1974 after 40 years with them.

Marion was preceded in death by his wife Wilma, his daughter, June Ellen Richards Judkins, his parents, and eight brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen McCain and husband Gene of Midland; his sister, Lee Doris Richards of Gresham, OR; his grandson, Michael L. McCain and wife Joanna and their son Stanton McCain of Midland; grandson, Matthew T. McCain and wife Tammy, their sons, Josh Jones and Cade McCain of Crane, TX; grandson, Michael E. Judkins and wife Glenda and their sons, Chris and Kyle Judkins of Irving, TX.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Sunday, January 30, 2005 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 31, 2005 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Billy Everett officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Matt McCain, Josh Jones, Michael McCain, Mike Judkins, Chris Judkins and Kyle Judkins.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2005.
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Wood, Robert L.

Robert L. Wood, Jr., 71, died in Houston, Texas on January 27, 2005.

Mr. Wood was born in Dallas, Texas, on November 18, 1933, and moved with his family at an early age to Midland, Texas. He graduated from Midland High School in 1951, attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas, for one year, then transferred to The University of Texas (Austin), graduating in January 1956 with a B.A. degree in Geology. For a short time he worked for Midland Independent Oil Operator Paul L. Davis, then was hired by Humble Oil & Refining Company (now Exxon Mobil) in the Land Department in April 1956. After assignments in Albuquerque, Roswell and Midland, he was transferred to Houston to the Crude Oil Department on July 1, 1964. On April 1, 1966, he went to work for Coastal States Gas Producing Company (Coastal Corporation -- now EI Paso Energy) as Manager of Crude Oil Supply and Marketing and in 1968 became Vice President of Supply and Transportation.

On October 16, 1972. he joined The Permian Corporation (then a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation) as Vice President of International Marketing and Special Projects. In October 1975 he became President of Occidental Crude Sales, Inc. and an Executive Vice President of Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation. In November 1995 he became a consultant for Occidental Petroleum Corporation and retired November 30, 1998.

Mr. Wood, a lifelong Presbyterian, has been a member of Grace Presbyterian Church since 1971, serving as an Elder for many years; a member of the Board of Trustees of Austin College; a member of the Petroleum Club of Houston; a Life Member of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association; and past Chairman and Trustee of the Carl McCain Memorial Foundation.

Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Barbara B. Wood, his brother Lee F. Wood, and wife Sally Wood, seven children: Robert L. Wood, III, Edwin Lee Wood, Nancy W. Reed, Mary W. Bailey, Sue W. Haas, Barbara W. Roll and Carolyn M. Wood; two step-children, Ronald J. Jensen and Shelly K. Jensen (Lambert); ten grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three nephews. He was preceded in death in 1976 by his first wife, Ann Stephens Wood, and by his parents Robert L Wood and Mae Files Wood.

Friends are cordially invited to visitation with the family from 5:30 until 7:30 Friday evening in the Library of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 29th at Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane, in Houston, with the Rev. Dr. David G. McKechnie officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery.

Active and Honorary Pallbearers include Steven C. Helbing, Gilbert J. Sevier, Jr., James F. Smith, Sam F. Willson, Jr., Thomas D. Jenkins, William D. Kleine, James C. Helliker, G. Edwin Brooks, Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr., David Bynum, George R. Bolin, W. Russell Harp and M.. Reed Gilmore.

For those who wish to send a memorial in lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to Presbyterian Children's Homes & Services. P. O. Box 140888, Austin, Texas 78714 or to Star of Hope Mission, P. O. Box 1505, Houston, Texas, 77251.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/29/2005.

Combs, Arnold Ray

BIG SPRING -- Arnold Ray "Rusty" Combs, 71, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, at the East Texas Medical Center Hospital in Tyler due to a long illness. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 at the Southside Church of Christ in Andrews with C.A. Smith, minister, officiating. Interment will follow at Andrews County Cemetery in Andrews.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 28, 1933, in Runnels County, Texas to Lilly Mary Combs and Barney Albert Combs.

He had resided in Big Spring for 30 years, where he was a carpenter.

Survivors include his partner, Jerri Murphy of Big Spring; one son, Barney Robert Combs of Athens; three daughters, Kathryn Sue Chvarak of Mesquite, Linda Sue McRae of Poynor, and Mary Oleta Boyd of Lindale; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Ray Combs; and his parents.

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 1/30/2005.



Davis Jr., J.C.

J.C. entered this world in Colorado City, Texas, on December 19, 1923, the younger son of Evalee and Jim C. Davis. There he began his life as a businessman at an early age. He caught wild donkeys in the Colorado City river bottom, broke them and sold them for 50 cents apiece. Some days he walked five miles to the country club where he'd caddy from dawn to dusk for a quarter. It was there that he began his lifelong love of the sport of golf.

After graduating from Colorado City High School in 1941, J.C. joined the Army Air Force in 1942. There he served as a Technical Sergeant in the 394th Bombardment Squadron in the Pacific. After the war, he attended Texas Christian University where he played on the golf team and graduated with a degree in geology.

In 1946, J.C. married Dorothy Hale. After college graduation, they moved to Midland where he began working for Humble Oil and Refining and they started their family. Next he tried cotton farming outside of Ackerly, Texas just in time for the seven-year drought. In 1955 the family returned to Midland and J.C. returned to the oil business. For many years he worked as an independent oil operator.

In 1974 J.C married Nelda Lee. He is survived by his wife Nelda and Dorothy, the mother of his three children. He is also survived by his children and their families: Diane Davis, Russ Davis, Debbie Grimsley, her husband David and his grandsons Trey and Todd Bauchman. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law Arlene, nephew Elton Davis, wife Jill and their son Brandon and nephew Jim Davis and wife Lori. He is also survived by his stepson Scott Hill, wife Beverly, and their daughters Jalee and Jodi.

Both of his parents and his brother, Carlton Davis, predeceased J.C.

J.C. had a grin that could light up a room and loved to whistle tunes out loud. He was also quite a songster that was liable at any time to break into a few bars of an old song. "Put Your Sweet Lips," "Green, Green Grass" and "Besame Mucho" were some of his favorites.

For many years J.C. was an avid golfer and his favorite event was the Annual Ruidoso Cree Meadows tournament. He loved playing with his grandsons and loved to put the "red heifer" on them. He also loved to raise tomatoes. For several years he and Nelda lived in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico and when friends and family came to visit J.C. delighted in teaching them to barter. In retirement he enjoyed his morning coffee with "the boys" at Johnny's Barbecue.

J.C. was a loving husband and father, a proud, strong and stubborn man who "Did It His Way" to the very end. He left his tired and worn out body at the Big Spring Veterans Hospital on Thursday morning, January 27, 2005. If he has his way he'll return as one of his family's spoiled dogs.

J.C. was cremated and no services will be held except for in the hearts of those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice or a tune may be whistled in his memory.

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 from 1/30/2005 - 2/1/2005.
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Humble, Rhoda

Rhoda Humble, 77, of Midland passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 25, 1927 in Tacoma, Wash. to Myrton and Gladys (Davis) Priddy.

She is survived by a son, William Humble of California; a daughter, Patricia Henderson of Oregon; and several grandchildren.

There will be no services at this time.

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 1/30/2005.



Petz, Tim

Tim "Tee" Petz, 54, of Midland died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date in McCracken, Kansas.

He was born Aug. 25, 1950, in Great Bend, Kan., to Donald and Dolores (Kawalsky) Petz.

He attended school in McCracken, Kan. He worked for Permian Petroleum for more than three years. He enjoyed welding and had owned his own welding business at one time.

Survivors include his wife, Dee Petz of Midland; one son, Troy of Hutchinson, Kan.; one step son, Dustin Stone of Midland; his mother; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Gene Petz.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, 79701.

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 1/30/2005.



Posey, Barbara Jean Andrews

Barbara Jean Andrews Posey left us to go home early Tuesday morning, January 25, 2005 from a local hospital. She was born in Snyder, Texas on November 8, 1959 to Mr. Billy Ray Andrews and the late Ella Mae Andrews. Her younger years she resided in Abilene, Texas, but later moved to Midland, where she attended Midland High School.

Barbara was a dialysis patient for many years and fought a good fight of faith. Her favorite pass time was playing BINGO. She made many friends. Barbara's faith in God made her enjoy life and she adored her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her mother Ella Mae Andrews, grandmothers Myrtle Galloway and Josephine Jenkins, and sister, Debra Kaye Andrews.

She leaves with her precious memories her husband David Posey, one daughter Dreaka C. Andrews, one son Correa J. Andrews, her father Billy R. Andrews and wife Maria Hille, and three sisters, Josephine Johnson (Craig), Cynthia Hicks, Herminda Hille, five brothers Billy Galloway (Norma), Manuel Galloway, Tony Andrews, Bryan Galloway, Tony Hille, six grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and many friends.

Services are pending and under the direction of Jackie Warren Funeral Home.

Visitation will be today, Jan. 30, 2005, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Interment will be in Resthaven memorial Park under the direction of Jackie Warren Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2005.
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Reyes, Mary

Mary Reyes, of Midland, passed away Friday, January 28, 2005.

She was born August 10, 1955 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua. Mary did janitorial work and was employed by One Source.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jesus Rodriguez and her husband, Raul "Roy" Reyes.

Mary is survived by her mother, Rosa Venegas De Rodriguez of Ojinaga, Chihuahua; three sons, Reymundo, Auden and Jesse Vizcaino, all of Midland, TX; father of her three sons, Reyes Vizcaino; daughter, Diana Lucio and husband, Michael, of Midland, TX; grandchildren, Jazmin Bermudez, Reymundo Vizcaino, Jr., and Kate Vizcaino, all of Midland, TX; six sisters, Aida Tavarez of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Edelmira Rodriguez and Ofelia Madrid, both of Pecos, TX; Irma Santos, Imelda Payan and Silvia Rodriguez-Diaz, all of Midland, TX; one brother, Jesus Rodriguez of Presidio, TX;

A Rosary will be held at 5:30 P.M. Sunday, January 30, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:00 A.M. Monday, January 31, 2005 at Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Auden Vizcaino, Angel Santos, Marco Rodriguez, Jovany Lujan, Eduardo Rodriguez and Anthony Payan.

Come here to Me

Let Me hold you and

rock you in My arms

Let Me sing you to sleep and erase the weariness

I will put salve on your sore heart

I will wash your tear-stained face

I will cover that face with My kisses while you rest

Come, child - Stay, child

Sleep, child

What you face tomorrow will be met with courage

from My heart to yours.

(Mt 11:28-29)
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2005.
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Richards, Marion M.

Marion M. Richards passed away Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 in Midland.

He was born Sept. 13, 1909 in Poteau, Okla. to Jesse and Eva Catherine Richards. He was raised and educated in Poteau and Okmulgee, Okla. He married Wilma Witham June 2, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He worked for Phillips Petroleum, starting with Phillips in Oklahoma City and Seminole, Okla., then transferring to Spraberry in 1952 and moving to Midland in 1961. He retired in 1974 after 40 years with Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his daughter, his parents, and eight brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Karen McCain and husband of Midland; daughter, Marilyn Skinner Saunders; his sister, Lee Doris Richards of Gresham, Ore.; his grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home today, Jan. 30, 2005, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2005 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Billy Everett officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2005.



Rollins, Henry Moak

Henry Moak Rollins was born September 11, 1921 in Gulfport, Mississippi and died January 27, 2005 in Austin, Texas. He was married October 20, 1946 in Houston, Texas to Viola Emogene Broaddus.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and their wives Joe and Kim Rollins of Round Rock, Texas, Bob and Maria Rollins of Carrollton, Texas, Richard Rollins of Menlo Park, California and by seven grandchildren Chris Rollins of Austin, Texas, Karen Rollins Hull of Fenton, Missouri, Andrew Rollins and Kate Rollins of Round Rock, Texas, Corey Rollins and Kelly Rollins of Carrollton, Texas and Hilary Rollins of Menlo Park, California and by three sisters.

He was granted a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering by Texas A&M University in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946 as an engineering officer and pilot in Iran and Italy.

From 1947 to 1951, he was employed by Hughes Tool Company in Houston, Texas. In 1951 he was one of the founders of Drilco Oil Tools, Inc. in Midland, Texas and served as Vice President for Engineering and Manufacturing until Drilco merged with Smith International, Inc. in 1967.

From 1968 to 1972 he was an instructor in the Department of Finance at the University of Texas at Austin while completing a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration. From 1973 to 1979 Dr. Rollins was a Lecturer in the University of Texas Department of Finance, teaching in the field of Corporation Finance for graduate and undergraduate classes and for executives in management development programs. He was reappointed a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983 and taught at U.T. as an adjunct faculty member in 1989 and 1990.

In 1979, Dr. Rollins was appointed by Governor Clements to the Public Utility Commission of Texas and served as Chairman of the Commission from February 1982 to March 1983.

From 1983 to 1991 he was a founder and principal analyst in FINANCO, Inc., a firm engaged in financial analysis consulting, in public utility regulatory matters, and in litigation support.

In November 1986, Dr. Rollins was appointed by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board to serve as Chairman of the Board of Gulf Federal Savings & Loan in New Orleans, Louisiana which was under the management consignment program of the FHLB. This assignment was completed in December 1987 when Gulf Federal Savings & Loan was merged into Pelican Savings Association of New Orleans.

From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Rollins served on the Board of Directors of Smith International, Inc. a NYSE firm engaged in manufacture, sales and service of oil field and mining equipment on a worldwide basis.

In 1987 and 1988, Dr. Rollins served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Smith International, Inc.

In 1989, Dr. Rollins was appointed by Governor Clements to be chairman of a Task Force on Public Utility Regulation.

Dr. Rollins authored a number of papers published in the journals of the oil well drilling industry and of the public utility industry.

Rollins has served as an elder in Presbyterian churches in Midland and in Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin.

Dr. Rollins served as a Trustee for Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas and as a Trustee and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation in Dallas, Texas. He also served as President of the Austin Community Foundation and served on the Boards of Directors of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Headliners Club of Austin, and for various banks and corporations.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 30th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, January 31st at Austin Memorial Park followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr. in Austin.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811. Memorials and guestbook online at wcfish.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/30/2005.

Arnold, Lottie

Lottie Arnold joined the Lord on Sunday, January 30, 2005 following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. at Golf Course Road Church of Christ with Ronnie White officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Monday evening, January 31, 2005 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 N. Big Spring St. in Midland.

Lottie was born May 19, 1950 in Amherst, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Charlotte Cole and her brother Detlef Cole. Lottie is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ken Arnold; their son, Jason Arnold of New York; their daughter, Amanda Arnold, of Midland; her mother-in-law, Imogene Davis of Slaton; her sister-in-law and her husband Norma and Robert Resneder, of Dallas; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Keith and Terrie Arnold of Richmond, and Morris and Sheila Arnold of Round Rock; 8 nephews and nieces; cousins, Wayne and Karen George of Levelland; and many friends and loved ones.

Lottie touched the hearts of many. To continue the work she loved, a memorial fund has been established in her name at Western National Bank, 508 W Wall, Midland, TX 79701.

Psalms 116:15 -- "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2005.
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Daugherty, L.G. "Copper"

L.G. "Copper" Daugherty, 78, of Midland, Texas went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, January 29, 2005.

He was born in Lamesa, Texas to Ruby Braswell and James Leonard Daugherty on November 15, 1926. He was a 1944 graduate of Midland High where he lettered in football, basketball and tennis. He served in the US Navy and attended Texas Tech University. He returned to Midland to work alongside his father in the family dry-cleaning business. He had a career as a professional bowler for many years. He married Faye Stanfill on September 30, 1966. Together they raised 3 children. He had business experiences working for Don Harvey Real Estate and for Leamco. From 1986-1996 he served as sexton of Fairview Cemetery, retiring in 1996.

Copper was a member of First Baptist Church. He was ordained a Deacon in 1992. He truly loved his church and people there, and he was most proud to serve in this leadership role. He also taught Sunday school and was President of Baptist Men for 13 years.

He was a member of the Downtown Lions Club for 50 plus years where he served in every position available including President. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and Suez Midland Shrine Club.

He was a faithful volunteer at the Allison Cancer Center and loved all those who worked there. Along with his church and civic duties he enjoyed fishing and playing golf. In recent years he remained an avid supporter of Midland High School Basketball and seldom missed a game. Copper read his Bible daily and lived his life according to what God had directed. He had a special place in his heart for children. He was proud of the work the Shriners and Lions did on behalf of children in need. He loved much and was loved by many.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, a brother Sam and sister Diana Daugherty.

Copper is survived by his wife, Faye Daugherty of Midland; son, Andy Hudspeth and wife Bonnie, of Arlington; a daughter, Rebecca Hyde of Midland; a daughter, Faye Wallace and husband Jason, of Amarillo; two grandsons, Will Hyde of Midland and Peyton Wallace of Amarillo; and two granddaughters, Taylor and Morgan Wallace of Midland; a brother, John Daugherty of San Diego, California; and a host of family and friends.

Memorial services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 1, 2005 at First Baptist Church of Midland with longtime friend Reverend Johnnie Godwin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers include members of the Golfing Unit of the Suez Shrine, the Deacon body of First Baptist Church, and members of the Downtown Lions Club.

The family suggests memorials be directed to the Allison Cancer Center of Midland, Texas Lions Camp, P.O. Box 247 Kerrville, Texas 78029-0247, Shrine Children's Hospital or a charity of one's choice.
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Davis Jr., J.C.

J.C. entered this world in Colorado City, Texas, on December 19, 1923, the younger son of Evalee and Jim C. Davis. There he began his life as a businessman at an early age. He caught wild donkeys in the Colorado City river bottom, broke them and sold them for 50 cents apiece. Some days he walked five miles to the country club where he'd caddy from dawn to dusk for a quarter. It was there that he began his lifelong love of the sport of golf.

After graduating from Colorado City High School in 1941, J.C. joined the Army Air Force in 1942. There he served as a Technical Sergeant in the 394th Bombardment Squadron in the Pacific. After the war, he attended Texas Christian University where he played on the golf team and graduated with a degree in geology.

In 1946, J.C. married Dorothy Hale. After college graduation, they moved to Midland where he began working for Humble Oil and Refining and they started their family. Next he tried cotton farming outside of Ackerly, Texas just in time for the seven-year drought. In 1955 the family returned to Midland and J.C. returned to the oil business. For many years he worked as an independent oil operator.

In 1974 J.C married Nelda Lee. He is survived by his wife Nelda and Dorothy, the mother of his three children. He is also survived by his children and their families: Diane Davis, Russ Davis, Debbie Grimsley, her husband David and his grandsons Trey and Todd Bauchman. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law Arlene, nephew Elton Davis, wife Jill and their son Brandon and nephew Jim Davis and wife Lori. He is also survived by his stepson Scott Hill, wife Beverly, and their daughters Jalee and Jodi.

Both of his parents and his brother, Carlton Davis, predeceased J.C.

J.C. had a grin that could light up a room and loved to whistle tunes out loud. He was also quite a songster that was liable at any time to break into a few bars of an old song. "Put Your Sweet Lips," "Green, Green Grass" and "Besame Mucho" were some of his favorites.

For many years J.C. was an avid golfer and his favorite event was the Annual Ruidoso Cree Meadows tournament. He loved playing with his grandsons and loved to put the "red heifer" on them. He also loved to raise tomatoes. For several years he and Nelda lived in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico and when friends and family came to visit J.C. delighted in teaching them to barter. In retirement he enjoyed his morning coffee with "the boys" at Johnny's Barbecue.

J.C. was a loving husband and father, a proud, strong and stubborn man who "Did It His Way" to the very end. He left his tired and worn out body at the Big Spring Veterans Hospital on Thursday morning, January 27, 2005. If he has his way he'll return as one of his family's spoiled dogs.

J.C. was cremated and no services will be held except for in the hearts of those who loved him. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice or a tune may be whistled in his memory.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
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Farrell, Lydia

Lydia Paula Farrell of Midland died Sunday, Jan. 23. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2005.



Newland, Jack

CRANE -- Jack Newland, 85, of Crane died Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Crane Memorial Hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Crane with Bryans Fitzhugh officiating. Burial will follow in the Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.

He was born March 12, 1919 in Midland and had served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a retired well tester for Gulf Oil Co., and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crane.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Newland of Crane; two sons, James Newland of Southlake and Vance Newland of Duncanville; five grandchildren; and one niece.
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Posey, Barbara

Funeral services for Barbara J. Posey, 45, of Midland, will be Monday, January 31, 2005, at the Mt. Rose Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. William Palmer officiating. Barbara Jean Andrews Posey left us to go home early Tuesday morning, January 25, 2005 at a local hospital.

She was born in Snyder, Texas, on November 8, 1959 to Mr. Billy Ray Andrews and the late Ella Mae Andrews. Her younger years she resided in Abilene, Texas, but later moved to Midland, where she attended Midland High School.

Barbara was a dialysis patient for many years and fought a good fight of faith. Her favorite past-time was playing Bingo. She made many friends. Barbara's faith in God made her enjoy life and she adored her grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Ella Mae Andrews; grandmothers, Myrtle Galloway and Josephine Jenkins; and a sister, Debra Kay Andrews.

She leaves her precious memories to her husband, David Posey; one daughter, Dreaka C. Andrews; one son, Correa J. Andrews; her father, Billy R. Andrews, and wife, Maria Hille; three sisters, Josephine Johnson (Craig), Cynthia Hicks and Herminda Hille; five brothers, Billy Galloway (Norma), Manuel Galloway, Tony Andrews, Bryan Galloway and Tony Hille; six grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles and many friends.

Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Jackie Warren Funeral Home.
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Reyes, Mary

Mary Reyes of Midland died Friday, Jan. 28. Services will be 9 a.m. today, Jan. 31 at Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 10, 1955 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua. She did janitorial work and was employed by One Source.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jesus Rodriguez, and her husband, Raul Reyes.

She is survived by her mother, Rosa Venegas De Rodriguez of Ojinaga, Chihuahua; three sons, Reymundo, Auden and Jesse Vizcaino, all of Midland; one daughter, Diana Lucio of Midland; three grandchildren; six sisters, Aida Tavarez of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Edelmira Rodriguez and Ofelia Madrid, both of Pecos, Irma Santos, Imelda Payan and Silvia Rodriguez-Diaz, all of Midland; and one brother, Jesus Rodriguez of Presidio.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 1/31/2005.



Smith, Willie

Willie Lee Parks Smith was born in Colorado City, TX, on December 8, 1924. She departed this life on January 25, 2005, at her home in Midland. Preceding her in death were her parents, Elder Cleven Parks and Minnie Parks; two sons, Oscar Smith Jr. and Edward Thomas Smith; a grandson, Marcus Ronald Smith; and two sisters, Lula Lewis, and Mercedes Parks.

She was the fourth of twelve children and married Oscar Smith. They were owners of Smittys' Grocery in Midland for many years.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Oscar Smith; her daughters, Susan Smith of Midland and Nancy Ward (Cecil) of Apple Valley, California; a son, Steve W. Smith of Midland; four sisters, Essie Givens of Palinview, Tx, Ruby Jackson of Los Angeles, Calif., Winnie Campbell of Midland and Phyllis Clinton of Odessa; her brothers, Henry Parks, George Parks and John Parks, all of Midland, Cleveland Parks Jr. of San Angelo, and Rev. Joe Parks of Odessa; six grandchildren, Julian Ward, Raquel Merriam, Steve Smith Jr., Kimberly Smith, Victor Johnson and Candice Smith; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Faith Temple Church of God in Christ with the Rev. W. C. Kenan officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park, under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.
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Young, Don

Don Young died Saturday, Jan. 29. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
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