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Obits – Midland Reporter Telegram –2nd week of May, 2005

Posted: 24 Jun 2005 8:01PM GMT
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Barber, Donald

BIG SPRING -- Donald Barber, 73, of Cleveland, formerly of Big Spring, died Thursday, May 5 in Cleveland. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial park with Donnie Stroud officiating.

He was born Jan. 3, 1932, in Stanton and married Patsy Cross in 1949 in Stanton. She preceded him in death.

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

Survivors include his children, Keith Barber of Houston, Danny Barber of Midland, Kenny Barber of Big Spring and Donna Barber and Grover Bass, both of Cleveland; two stepdaughters, Carolyn Manning and Marilyn Burgess, both of Midland; one sister, Janie Stroud of Midland; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

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 5/9/2005.



Bridges, Clifford

BIG SPRING -- Clifford O. Bridges, 87, of San Angelo, formerly of Tulare, Calif., died Saturday, May 7, in a Big Spring hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

He was born March 11, 1918, in Whitefield, Okla., and married Neata Burgess in 1950 in Las Vegas, Nev. He was owner and operator of a truck driving business for 35 years retiring in 1980. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1946. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Neata Bridges of San Angelo; one son, Michael C. Bridges of Henderson, Nevada; one daughter, Jerrie Wilson of Tulare, California and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, one sister and four brothers..

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, 78761.

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 5/9/2005.



Perry, J.L.

ANDREWS -- J.L. Perry, 72, of Buffalo, died Saturday, May 7 in College Station. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11 at McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews with the Rev. Dean Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Andrews North Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at McNett Funeral Home.

He. was born Feb. 2, 1933 in Rusk and married Lou Ann Scoggins May 27, 1961 in Tioga. They lived in Andrews for more than 38 years. They moved to Buffalo in 2001. He worked in the oil field and, in 1988, started his own business, Perry's Tire Store, in Andrews. He retired in 2001.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jay Perry of Andrews, Jeff Perry of Rankin and Joel Perry of Leona; daughter, Jennifer Perry-Darrow of Big Spring; five brothers, Troy Perry of Center, Charlie Perry of Palestine, Blue Perry of Corsicana, Pop Perry of Madisonville and Jim Perry of Ackerly; three sisters, Eloise Roberts of Pointer, Ann Perry of Palestine and Dorothy Henderson of Palestine; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/9/2005.



Schmitz, Cleaborn Monroe

When the storms beat loudest and I cry aloud for help, the master standeth by and whispers to my soul, "Lo, it is I". Above the tempest wild, I hear Him say, "Beyond this darkness lies a perfect day. In every path of thine I lead the way."

Cleaborn Monroe Schmitz was born in Friona, Texas on November 18, 1934. Monroe passed away on May 7, 2005.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Curt and Onnie Schmitz, sister, Geneva Schmitz, one step-son, Edy Whitmore Jr.

Melissa of Midkiff; two daughters, Cathy Fields of Wolf City, Texas; Lynn and husband Jeff Mullins of Austin, Texas; twostep-daughters, Wendy McSperitt of Thomas, Oklahoma; Sally and husband John Poteet of Stanton, Texas. Fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

"Monroe was the most honest man I have ever known and the strongest fortress in my life. I will miss him until the day I die". Sandra Schmitz

Pallbearer will be Monroe's grandsons, Scott Fields, Brian Fields, Josh Schmitz, Jacob Schmitz, Chris Carroll, Brock McSperitt, Timmy McSperitt and Curtis Schmitz.

Services will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 10th at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Chapel with Clydel Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with family will be Monday from 6 to 8 pm at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

Services entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/9/2005.

Barber, Donald Ray

Donald Ray Barber passed away Thursday, May 5, 2005, in Cleveland after an extended illness, at the age of 73.

Donald was born in Big Spring on January 3, 1932 to J.H. (Bill) and Zula Barber. He was raised in Big Spring, attended schools there and played football at BSHS.

Donald married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Cross, in 1949 in Stanton. They had four children. She preceded him in death March 25, 1972. He married Irene Bedell in 1974 in Clovis, New Mexico. She preceded him in death November, 1995. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Billy Barber and sister, Ramona McCullough.

Donald is survived by his children, Keith and wife, Debbie, of Houston, Danny of Midland, Kenny and wife, Kathy, of Big Spring, Donna Barber and Grover Bass of Cleveland; two step-daughters, Marilyn Burgess and husband, Ronnie, and Carolyn Manning and husband, Melvin, both of Midland; fifteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Janie Stroud and husband, Larry, of Midland; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, dear friends and loved ones.

In Donald's early years, he worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Big Spring and served on the Big Spring Fire Department for many years. Most of his working life, he was an auto body repairman/shop foreman for various body shops, including Permian Pontiac in Midland. He worked as an auto appraiser for ADA of Midland for years and retired from that position, moving back to Big Spring at that time. Donald proudly served in the National Guard and then in the Army, as a Sgt., during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, DAV, VFW, and NRA. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

Donald had a great love for his family, his country and life. His most endearing qualities were his loyalty, compassion and great sense of humor. He was a great storyteller and had a wonderful talent as a cartoonist. He left us many drawings to cherish. Donald loved the outdoors, especially rattlesnake hunting, fishing and deer hunting. He loved to explore the backroads of Texas. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, Patsy Cline music, playing bingo and "going to the boats."

Donald was a very special and much-loved man. He will be missed always. In the past few years, his health was bad but he was always able to find joy and share happiness with those around him. He never lost his will or gave up the fight. Till we meet again -- we love you.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring with the Rev. Donnie Stroud of Los Angeles, CA., officiating. The body will lie in state at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the day of service.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and family members: Tommy Burgess, Clay McIntire, Larry James, Gary Daniels, Glen Daniels and Kyle Neighbors.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.
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Cupit, MaryAnne

MIDLAND -- MaryAnne Cupit, 60, a retired paralegal, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, in Midland. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wyatt Drive Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Azleland Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Biggers Funeral Chapel of Fort Worth.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund, Wyatt Drive Baptist Church, 8300 Wyatt Drive, White Settlement, Texas 76108.

MaryAnne was born in Gatesville and had lived in the Fort Worth area most of her life. She worked many years for Gary Nickelson Law Firm and retired from Hammerle-Finley Family Law in 2004 She moved to Midland after her retirement to be close to her family. She was a member of Wyatt Drive Baptist Church, where she played the piano and sang with The Answer gospel group.

Survivors include her children, Todd L. Cupit and wife, Audra, of Cleburne and Michelle "Cissi" Apperson and husband, Lewis, of Midland; sister, Nancy Woods Smith and husband, Trip, of Bryson; grandchildren, Tyler Cupit, Brittany Apperson, Riley Cupit, Trenton Cupit, Nick "Bubby" Apperson, Cabe Cupit and Asa Cupit; and niece, Tiffany Bauer.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.
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Emerson, Evette

BIG SPRING -- Evette Emerson, 45, of Big Spring died Monday, May 9 at her residence. Services are pending with Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.



Grubb, Larry Paul

Former Midlander, Larry Paul Grubb of Fremont, Michigan, passed away May 1, 2005. He was born January 27, 1950 to Odell Pierce Grubb and Pauline Kennedy Grubb in Midland, Texas. He attended Lamar Elementary, Alamo Junior High and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1968. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1976. Grubb was an active member in several business and music fraternities while attending Texas Tech.

Upon graduation, Grubb pursued his musical interests working as an associate at Lubbock Music Center. He later moved to Midland in the early 1980's and became a Certified Professional Landman working with several independent oil and gas firms. In 1986, Grubb moved to Michigan to work on several oil and gas projects, procuring acreage for several independent oil producers. He eventually branched out to form his own company, Everon Energy, LTD. Grubb later expanded his business by doing land work and right of way procurement for municipalities, pipeline, telecommunications and utility companies. Larry often commented, "that one good Texas landman was equal to thirty Michigan lawyers." Grubb began teaching land acquisition courses at several Michigan universities and conducted numerous seminars for the State of Michigan's legal community.

Larry was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. Larry's greatest joy in life was his love of music. He was an accomplished guitarist and performed with several outstanding musical groups during his high school and college years. He enjoyed attending concerts of all musical genres. Larry's other interests included being an avid reader, hunting, fishing and participating in a good game of golf with friends and business associates. Larry's love of travel took him to many interesting places where he enjoyed the local cultures, their cuisine and of course, the music.

Known by family, friends and associates as a kind, caring and generous individual, Larry loved life, his family, his work and music. He was always willing to extend a hand of help and generosity to those around him. A man of many talents, Larry was an intelligent, warm and humble man with a great sense of humor. His smile and warm heart were endearing to those who knew him. He was a precious soul, a loving husband, father, son and brother. He will be greatly missed.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Odell in 1974. He is survived by his wife, Dawn Finch Grubb of Fremont, Michigan, two sons, Damon Paul Grubb and Paul Landon Grubb both of Lubbock, Texas, four grandchildren, his mother, Pauline Grubb of Midland, brother Dennis Grubb and wife Cynthia of Midland, sister Rhonda Grubb of Dallas, Texas, two nephews, Darren Grubb of Washington, D.C., Dustin Richardson of Gilmer, Texas, two nieces, Danielle Shroyer of Princeton, N.J. and Kimberly Richardson of Austin, Texas.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 11, 2005 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Larry Paul Grubb Guitar Scholarship, c/o Texas Tech University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, P.O. Box 45060, Lubbock, Texas 79409.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/10/2005 - 5/12/2005.
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Hazlewood, Joni Lu Jones

Joni Lu Jones Hazlewood, 75, of Stanton, died on Sunday, May 8, 2005, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the Belvue Church of Christ in Stanton with Bill Welsh, minister, officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

She was born on September 21, 1929, in Tarzan, Texas and married Robert "Bob" Hazlewood on April 16, 1948 in Big Spring, Texas. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2000.

Joni Lu and her husband Bob farmed for many years and traveled throughout the country as they were involved in craft shows. She was an artist and worked as a florist.

She was a member of Belvue Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Robbie and Mike Curry of Midland and Pam and Dennis McCampbell of Stanton; one brother, Don Jones of Dallas; 5 grandchildren, Robert Curry and his wife LeeAnne, David Curry, April Savage and her husband Shawn all of Midland, Laura McCampbell and Larry McCampbell both of Stanton; 5 great-grandchildren, Bailey Morgan, Adison Savage, Tate Curry, Kelsey and Jamey Lane.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, J.A. and Bessie Jones, one brother, James Jones and one sister, Edna Cox.

The family suggests memorials to: Belvue Church of Christ P.O. Box 575, Stanton, Texas 79782 or Home Hospice of Midland, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas 79701 or to a favorite charity.

Arrangements under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.
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McCright, Thomas

Thomas McCright, 74, of Midland died Sunday, May 8 at a local hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Wilshire Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Tims officiating.

He was born April 3, 1931, to William and Maybelle McCright in Royston and married Frankie Farrill Sept. 2, 1961 in Odessa. He graduated from Rotan High School and attended Texas Tech, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was a school bus driver for Midland Independent School District for 17 years. He worked as a tax enforcement officer for the state comptroller, from which he retired after 26 years. He was a member of Wilshire Park Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and had been a deacon at the Christian Church of Midland.

Survivors include his wife; one son, David McCright of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Margaret Jones of Magnolia; four sisters, LaMerle Denton of Rotan, Clara Clifford of Tigard, Ore., Eva Finley of Canton and Nelda Railsback of Abilene; one brother, William McCright of Midland; and four grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be made to Wilshire Park Baptist Church, 801 S. Bentwood Drive, Midland, 79703.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.



Money, Linda

BIG SPRING -- Linda Money, 50, of Big Spring died Monday, May 9 at her residence. Services are pending with Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.



Salazar, Inez

BIG SPRING -- Inez Salazar, 74, of Big Spring died Monday, May 9 at a San Angelo hospital. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/10/2005.



Swindell, B.C.

BIG SPRING -- B.C. Swindell, 71, of Big Spring died Sunday, May 8 at his residence. Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Dr. Randy Cotton officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

He was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Olden and married Sonya Washington Oct. 10, 1952 in Big Spring. He moved to Big Spring in 1942 from Monahans and graduated from Big Spring High School in 1951. He attended Howard College and worked at the Jet Drive In Theatre. He later worked for Cosden Oil and Chemical Refinery, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 50 years and was a member of the Cosden Union of Operating Engineers.

Survivors include his wife, Sonya Swindell of Big Spring; two daughters, Donna Thurman and Patti Adams, both of Big Spring; a brother, Johnny Swindell of Big Spring; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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 5/10/2005.

Emerson, Evette

BIG SPRING -- Evette Emerson, 43, of Big Spring died Monday, May 9 at her residence. Private family services will be held at a later date.

She was born July 7, 1961, in Houston and was raised in Houston and Amarillo. She graduated from Palo Duro High School in Amarillo and moved to Big Spring in 1982 from Amarillo. She worked as a home coordinator for Texas M.H. & M.R. and later for Western Container. She was a Baptist and had served in the U.S. Army.

She is survived by her parents, Carolann and Bert Winbush of Big Spring; one sister, Gwen Hart of Big Spring; and a brother, Mickey Emerson of Big Spring.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at: www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/11/2005.



Grubb, Larry Paul

Former Midlander, Larry Paul Grubb of Fremont, Michigan, passed away May 1, 2005. He was born January 27, 1950 to Odell Pierce Grubb and Pauline Kennedy Grubb in Midland, Texas. He attended Lamar Elementary, Alamo Junior High and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1968. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1976. Grubb was an active member in several business and music fraternities while attending Texas Tech.

Upon graduation, Grubb pursued his musical interests working as an associate at Lubbock Music Center. He later moved to Midland in the early 1980's and became a Certified Professional Landman working with several independent oil and gas firms. In 1986, Grubb moved to Michigan to work on several oil and gas projects, procuring acreage for several independent oil producers. He eventually branched out to form his own company, Everon Energy, LTD. Grubb later expanded his business by doing land work and right of way procurement for municipalities, pipeline, telecommunications and utility companies. Larry often commented, "that one good Texas landman was equal to thirty Michigan lawyers." Grubb began teaching land acquisition courses at several Michigan universities and conducted numerous seminars for the State of Michigan's legal community.

Larry was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. Larry's greatest joy in life was his love of music. He was an accomplished guitarist and performed with several outstanding musical groups during his high school and college years. He enjoyed attending concerts of all musical genres. Larry's other interests included being an avid reader, hunting, fishing and participating in a good game of golf with friends and business associates. Larry's love of travel took him to many interesting places where he enjoyed the local cultures, their cuisine and of course, the music.

Known by family, friends and associates as a kind, caring and generous individual, Larry loved life, his family, his work and music. He was always willing to extend a hand of help and generosity to those around him. A man of many talents, Larry was an intelligent, warm and humble man with a great sense of humor. His smile and warm heart were endearing to those who knew him. He was a precious soul, a loving husband, father, son and brother. He will be greatly missed.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Odell in 1974. He is survived by his wife, Dawn Finch Grubb of Fremont, Michigan, two sons, Damon Paul Grubb and Paul Landon Grubb both of Lubbock, Texas, four grandchildren, his mother, Pauline Grubb of Midland, brother Dennis Grubb and wife Cynthia of Midland, sister Rhonda Grubb of Dallas, Texas, two nephews, Darren Grubb of Washington, D.C., Dustin Richardson of Gilmer, Texas, two nieces, Danielle Shroyer of Princeton, N.J. and Kimberly Richardson of Austin, Texas.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 11, 2005 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Larry Paul Grubb Guitar Scholarship, c/o Texas Tech University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, P.O. Box 45060, Lubbock, Texas 79409.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/10/2005 - 5/12/2005.
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Jones, Minnie Inez Abbott

Minnie Inez Abbott was born Christmas Eve, 1922 in Lanham, Texas to Tivis Rebel Abbott and Sarah Myrtle Hovey Abbott. She grew up in the Hamilton area and west Texas. She married Chester Jones on November 25, 1950. She was the proud mother of Gene Jones and Jane Anne Crow. Minnie graduated from Midland High School, Clifton Junior College and Sul Ross State College. During WWII she toured and sang with the USO, remaining patriotic throughout her life. She worked for over 20 years for Midland ISD teaching at South Elementary. She was honored at the Texas State Capitol as an outstanding educator in 1966. In the latter part of her career she taught special education in Sanderson, Wink and Lamesa. She finished her teaching career in Lamesa in 1989.

Upon retirement she moved to Lake Brownwood where she made many new friends and became active in the Thunderbird Bay social scene. She returned to Hamilton in 1994. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamilton. She loved to sing praises to the Lord. In Hamilton she participated in the Retired Teachers Association, Bluebonnet Extension Homemakers Club, Silver Haired Dancers, Hamilton County Library, Walk Across Texas, Senior Citizens Center, Genealogy Society and GO Hamilton Committee. She was a member of the Women's VFW, American Legion, and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Her hobbies included reading, quilting, dancing, gardening, story-telling and magic tricks.

She is survived by her son, Gene A. Jones of Nashville, Tennessee, and her daughter, Jane A. Crow and spouse Royce of Hamilton, Texas. Surviving her also are her grandchildren Jimmy D. Wilson, Jr. and Elly of Leakey, Texas, and Jamie L. Wilson of Baltimore, Maryland. Her newest joy was her great-grandson Tri Wilson. She will be missed by her three sisters: Henry Laurenza Elizabeth Hogg of Sanderson; Myrtle Matilda Treadway of Hamilton; and Mamie Lee Harris of Fort Stockton. Her nieces and nephews from El Paso, Texas to Muskogee, Oklahoma and Detroit, Michigan and many places in between will miss that sparkle, the tall tales and the magic tricks. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother Tivis Rebel Abbott, Jr. and one grandson William Benjamin Jones.

Minnie left this life to be with her Lord on May 7, 2005. She was 82 years of age. Her memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, at First Baptist Church in Hamilton. The graveside service will follow later that day at 1:30 p.m. at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/11/2005.
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McCright, Thomas H.

Thomas H. "Buddy" McCright, 74, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 12, 2005 at the Wilshire Park Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Tims, pastor, officiating. The family will receive friends at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 N. Big Spring St. in Midland, on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 from 6 until 8 P.M.

He was born on April 3, 1931, in Royston, Texas and married Frankie Farrill on September 2, 1961 in Odessa, Texas.

Thomas graduated from Rotan High School and served in the United States Navy, during the Korean War, as a 3rd Class Petty Officer from 1951 until 1954. While in the Navy, he served on board the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Following his service career, he attended Texas Tech University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Thomas worked as a Tax Enforcement Officer for the State Comptroller's office where he retired after twenty-six years of service. He then drove a school bus for Midland Independent School District for seventeen years before retiring from there also. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, spending time with his grandchildren, and sharing his relationship with the Lord. He had been a deacon at the Christian Church of Midland, and was currently a member of Wilshire Park Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie McCright of Midland; one son and daughter-in-law, David Thomas and Rebecca McCright of Fredericksburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Anne "Muff" and Anthony D. Jones of Magnolia; four sisters, LaMerle Denton of Rotan, Clara Lee Clifford of Tigard, Oregon, Eva Finley of Canton, and Nelda Railsback of Abilene; one brother, William Hoyle McCright of Midland; four grandchildren: Grace Nicole Jones of Magnolia, Benjamin Thomas McCright, Zoe Elyce McCright and Katelynn Joy McCright, all of Fredericksburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents William and Maybelle McCright, one sister, Birtie Burns, and three brothers, Kenneth McCright, Dan McCright and Mickey McCright.

The family suggests memorials be made to Wilshire Park Baptist Church, 801 S. Bentwood Drive, Midland, Texas 79703.

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 5/11/2005.
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Salazar, Inez

BIG SPRING -- Inez Salazar, 74, of Big Spring, died Monday, May 9 in a San Angelo hospital. Mass will be held 4 p.m. today, May 11 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Big Spring with the Rev. James Plagens officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

She was born April 20, 1931, in Big Spring.

In 1952, she started working with Dr. Wood and Dr. J.A. Fish, and worked for Dr. J. R. Fish until her death. She had worked for them for 53 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was in the Auxiliary of the Legion of Mary, The Liturgy, Guadalupanas, Hijas de Maria, Festival Committee, CCD Teacher and CYO Director.

Survivors include her sisters, Flora Salazar and Mary Salazar, both of Big Spring; her brothers, Frank Salazar and Joe Salazar, both of Big Spring; seven nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isabel and Catarino Salazar; a sister and a brother.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 508 N. Aylford, Big Spring, 79720.

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 5/11/2005.



Stevens, Lois Lavon Whitefield

Lois Lavon Whitefield Stevens, 68, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005 at the Hospice Midland Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Graveside service in San Angelo will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 12, 2005 at Fairmount Cemetery with Rev. George Lumpkin of St. Luke United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are made by Robert Massie Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held in Midland at 6:00 PM, Friday, May 13, 2005 at St. Mark United Methodist Church of Midland.

Lavon was born May 12, 1936 in San Angelo to O.B. Fields, Jr. and Lucille High. Lois attended San Angelo ISD, Southwestern University in Georgetown receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Texas in the Permian Basin.

She worked as a teacher for 16 years in the pubic schools systems in Austin, Houston, Channelview and Irving ISD, including eight years as a part-time teacher at Midland College. She enjoyed working as a volunteer with the Pink Ladies in Big Lake and as a Sunday school teacher for six years.

Lavon worked in Midland as a Sunday school teacher for ten years, P.T.A., Crisis Prevention Hotline, Reach to Recover Cancer Group, Make Today Count Cancer Group, Hospice, Board of Batter Women's Shelter and Adult Literacy Council. Other groups she was a member of were ADPi Alumnae Association, Spice of Life Methodist Women's Group, Retired Teacher's Association, and TSTA. Lavon was an extraordinary person and will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.

Survivors are her daughters, Holly Cohen and husband, Chris, and Trina Burns and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Justin Burns, Quinton Burns, Taylor Cohen, Kyra Cohen, all of Midland, Susan Armstrong of Bastrop, TX, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Armstrong of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Armstrong, Ashley Armstrong, Andrew Armstrong, and Blake Armstrong of Carrollton, TX.

Memorials may be directed to the Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital, PO Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702, or Hospice of choice in her name.

Lavon's obituary may be viewed on line at www.RobertMassie.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/11/2005 - 5/12/2005.
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Surratt, Margaret N.

Margaret Irma Nash Surratt passed away on Saturday, May 7, in Dallas. She was born Sept. 16, 1923 in DeQueen, Arkansas to Edmund Marcus Nash and Atha Alberta Johnston Nash. She graduated from Odessa High School in 1941 and served as reporter for The Odessa American for her class on the Honor Tour that summer. She was a 1946 graduate of East Texas Baptist College, now East Texas Baptist University. Subsequently, she served as executive secretary at Texas Bank & Trust Co. of Dallas. On Dec. 6, 1952, she married Marshall E. Surratt of Dallas, and lived in Midland with her husband and family for many years. In 2002, they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

She was baptized in the First Baptist Church, Gladewater. Over her life, she faithfully served in the churches of which she was a member. She was also a devoted wife and mother and was selfless in assisting friends and neighbors.

She is survived by--besides her husband--a brother, Robert H. Nash, and wife, Peggy of Midland; a son, Marshall N. Surratt, and wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Jean S. Humphreys, and husband, John; and grandchildren Lauren, Jordan, and Josh Humphreys and Stefan and Simone Surratt.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, in the sanctuary at First Baptist Church, Dallas, followed by a reception in Behr Hall at the church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rising Together building fund of the First Baptist Church, 1707 San Jacinto Place, Dallas, TX 75201; Annual Scholarship Fund, Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211; or Sponsor-A-Child Scholarship Fund, Prestonwood Christian Academy, 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/11/2005.



Castaneda, Roberto

BIG SPRING -- Roberto Castaneda, 48, of Big Spring died Tuesday, May 10 in Lubbock. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.



Davis, Rebekah

HOBBS, N.M. -- Rebekah Davis, 85, died May 6 in Hobbs, N.M. Services were held Monday, May 9 at Chapel of Hope with Dr. Dean Mathis officiating.

She was born Nov. 16, 1919 in Finley, Tenn., and married Booth Davis June 3, 1939 in Seminole. She moved to Hobbs in 1940 and attended Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.

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

She is survived by a son, David Davis of Hobbs, N.M., and Midland; a brother, Al Ayers of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.



Grubb, Larry Paul

Former Midlander, Larry Paul Grubb of Fremont, Michigan, passed away May 1, 2005. He was born January 27, 1950 to Odell Pierce Grubb and Pauline Kennedy Grubb in Midland, Texas. He attended Lamar Elementary, Alamo Junior High and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1968. He attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1976. Grubb was an active member in several business and music fraternities while attending Texas Tech.

Upon graduation, Grubb pursued his musical interests working as an associate at Lubbock Music Center. He later moved to Midland in the early 1980's and became a Certified Professional Landman working with several independent oil and gas firms. In 1986, Grubb moved to Michigan to work on several oil and gas projects, procuring acreage for several independent oil producers. He eventually branched out to form his own company, Everon Energy, LTD. Grubb later expanded his business by doing land work and right of way procurement for municipalities, pipeline, telecommunications and utility companies. Larry often commented, "that one good Texas landman was equal to thirty Michigan lawyers." Grubb began teaching land acquisition courses at several Michigan universities and conducted numerous seminars for the State of Michigan's legal community.

Larry was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. Larry's greatest joy in life was his love of music. He was an accomplished guitarist and performed with several outstanding musical groups during his high school and college years. He enjoyed attending concerts of all musical genres. Larry's other interests included being an avid reader, hunting, fishing and participating in a good game of golf with friends and business associates. Larry's love of travel took him to many interesting places where he enjoyed the local cultures, their cuisine and of course, the music.

Known by family, friends and associates as a kind, caring and generous individual, Larry loved life, his family, his work and music. He was always willing to extend a hand of help and generosity to those around him. A man of many talents, Larry was an intelligent, warm and humble man with a great sense of humor. His smile and warm heart were endearing to those who knew him. He was a precious soul, a loving husband, father, son and brother. He will be greatly missed.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Odell in 1974. He is survived by his wife, Dawn Finch Grubb of Fremont, Michigan, two sons, Damon Paul Grubb and Paul Landon Grubb both of Lubbock, Texas, four grandchildren, his mother, Pauline Grubb of Midland, brother Dennis Grubb and wife Cynthia of Midland, sister Rhonda Grubb of Dallas, Texas, two nephews, Darren Grubb of Washington, D.C., Dustin Richardson of Gilmer, Texas, two nieces, Danielle Shroyer of Princeton, N.J. and Kimberly Richardson of Austin, Texas.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, May 11, 2005 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Larry Paul Grubb Guitar Scholarship, c/o Texas Tech University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, P.O. Box 45060, Lubbock, Texas 79409.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/10/2005 - 5/12/2005.
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Hunter, Jimmie

FLOYDADA -- Jimmie Lee Speer Hunter died May 10 in Lubbock. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Flomot Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada. The burial of her ashes will be held at the Flomot Cemetery after the service.

She was born Dec. 18, 1924 to Joe and Effie Speer in Dickens County and was raised in Flomot. She graduated frm Flomot High School and received a bachelor's degree in speech and drama from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women's University). She taught school in Quitaque, Flomot, Matador and South Plains. She also served as Motley County Librarian. She married Wayne Hunter July 9, 1946 at the Baptist Church in Flomot. They lived in Quitaque, Denton, Fort Worth, Plainview and Flomot, before retiring in Lubbock in 2000.

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

She is survived by two brothers, Walter Speer of Colorado Springs and Raymond Speer of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Anita Carter of Lubbock and Susan Smith of Austin; a son, David Hunter of Midland; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Flomot, the Motley County Library in Matador, or to a favorite charity.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.



Leach, James

James Leach, 88, of Midland died Wednesday, May 11 at a local hospital. Services are pending at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.



Manriquez, Roberto

Roberto Moreno Manriquez, 46, died in Midland. Rosary will be 7 p.m. today, May 12 at Pipkin Funeral Home. Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Resthaven-North.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.



Mauldin, Grace

BIG SPRING -- Grace Mauldin, 93, of Big Spring died Wednesday, May 11 at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.



McCright, Thomas

Thomas H. "Buddy" McCright, 74, of Midland, died Sunday, May 8 at a Midland hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. today, May 12 at the Wilshire Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Tims officiating.

He was born April 3, 1931, in Royston and married Frankie Farrill Sept. 2, 1961 in Odessa. He graduated from Rotan High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He attended Texas Tech University and received a Bachelor's of Business Administration. He worked as a tax enforcement officer for the state comptroller's office and retired after 26 years of service. He drove a school bus for Midland Independent School District for 17 years before retiring. He had been a deacon at the Christian Church of Midland, and was a member of Wilshire Park Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie McCright of Midland; one son, David McCright of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Margaret Jones of Magnolia; four sisters, LaMerle Denton of Rotan, Clara Lee Clifford of Tigard, Ore., Eva Finley of Canton and Nelda Railsback of Abilene; one brother, William McCright of Midland; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Maybelle McCright, one sister and three brothers.

Memorials may be made to Wilshire Park Baptist Church, 801 S. Bentwood Drive, Midland, 79703.

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 5/12/2005.



Shows, Imogene Touchstone Craig

Imogene Touchstone Craig Shows passed away May 11, 2005 at her residence at Mabee Healthcare Center at Manor Park Retirement Village in Midland, Texas. She was one of twelve children, born at home on the farm in Tuscola, Texas to Effie Lee Kendrick Touchstone and Samuel Alexander Touchstone, September 13, 1920. She attended schools at Ovala, Tuscola, Lawn and Stamford, Texas. She married Charles Ervin Craig in Baird, Texas, in 1939. She had lived in Midland for more than fifty years.

She was actively involved in volunteering for various charitable organizations for many years. She helped organize the polio drive in the 1940's and 50's in South Midland and she held various offices in the South Elementary PTA. She was a "Pink Lady" of the Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and received a pin in honor of her 4000 hours of service. She was instrumental in forming the Alzheimer Organization in Midland and served on the original Board of Directors. She was also a S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer with the Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau and loved working at the information booth at Midland International Airport. She was a faithful member of the Myrtle Class of First Baptist Church for more than twenty- five years. Mrs. Shows also was a member of the Yucca Garden Club for more than twenty years. She married Merle E. Shows in 1970. She especially enjoyed their travels together both abroad and in their motor home with the Good Sam's Club. She loved cooking, needlework, bowling and golf.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, nine brothers and one sister, and one grandchild, Samuel Randolph Seay.

Mrs. Shows is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Craig Seay and son-in-law, John of Midland, TX.; sons, Charles" Ron" Craig and wife, Joyce of Louisville, KY; Coy Dean Craig and wife, Lynn of Rockwall, TX; Ted Ray Craig and Susan of Arlington, TX; step-daughters, Morna Merle Strengholt and husband, David of Key West, FL; Martha La Rue Shows of Ft. Worth, TX; and Elaine Susan Holt of Ft. Worth, TX. Her grandchildren include; Steven Lee Seay and wife, Annie; Sheri Lynn Smith and husband, David; Scott Craig Seay; Daniel Thomas Seay and wife, Cheryl; Leigh Ellen Craig; step-grandchildren, Heather Marie Rider; Michelle Dawson; and Brenna Holt; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Joy Touchstone Blanks, of Dallas, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Show's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to the staff of Mabee Healthcare Center, Manor Park Retirement Village and Hospice of Midland for the generous and loving care given to their mother and grandmother.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Resthaven Memorial Park. A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Show's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at First Baptist Church Chapel with Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702 or Mabee Healthcare Center, Manor Park Retirement Village, 2208 N. Loop 250 W., Midland, Texas 79707.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/12/2005 - 5/14/2005.
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Smith, Peggy Joan Rand

Peggy Joan Rand Smith of Midland, Texas passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2005 at Midland Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, May 13, 2005 at the Groesbeck Church of Christ in Groesbeck, Texas with Richard Williams, minister officiating. Visitation will be held at the Groesbeck Funeral Home between 6:00 and 8:00 pm Thursday, May 12, 2005. Interment will follow the church services at the Faulkenberry Cemetery, Groesbeck, Texas.

Peggy was born on May 2, 1937 in LaSalle, Texas to Garvin B. and Elna C. Rand. She was raised in Groesbeck graduating from high school there in 1955. She met her husband, Thomas G. (Tommy) Smith in October of that year and they were married on March 18, 1956 in Groesbeck.

She enjoyed cooking, gardening, house decorating, her dogs, and traveling. She frequently traveled with her husband Tom, in his business, all over the U.S.

Survivors include her husband, two sons, Randy Smith of Odessa, TX and Bob Smith of Midland, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She further is survived by three brothers, Randall Rand of Groesbeck, Billy Tom Rand of Beaumont, TX, and Glendale Rand of College Station, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents and by a brother, Jimmy Joe Rand of Sugarland, TX.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Doug, Don, Ricky, Mark, Scott, Rex, Casey, and Gary Rand and Bill Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L St. N.W., Suite 710, Washington DC, 20036-4916 and/or the American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Groesbeck Funeral Home, 1215 Yeagua St., Groesbeck, TX 76642, 254-729-2525.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/12/2005.
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Stevens, Lois Lavon Whitefield

Lois Lavon Whitefield Stevens, 68, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2005 at the Hospice Midland Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Graveside service in San Angelo will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, May 12, 2005 at Fairmount Cemetery with Rev. George Lumpkin of St. Luke United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are made by Robert Massie Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held in Midland at 6:00 PM, Friday, May 13, 2005 at St. Mark United Methodist Church of Midland.

Lavon was born May 12, 1936 in San Angelo to O.B. Fields, Jr. and Lucille High. Lois attended San Angelo ISD, Southwestern University in Georgetown receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Texas in the Permian Basin.

She worked as a teacher for 16 years in the pubic schools systems in Austin, Houston, Channelview and Irving ISD, including eight years as a part-time teacher at Midland College. She enjoyed working as a volunteer with the Pink Ladies in Big Lake and as a Sunday school teacher for six years.

Lavon worked in Midland as a Sunday school teacher for ten years, P.T.A., Crisis Prevention Hotline, Reach to Recover Cancer Group, Make Today Count Cancer Group, Hospice, Board of Batter Women's Shelter and Adult Literacy Council. Other groups she was a member of were ADPi Alumnae Association, Spice of Life Methodist Women's Group, Retired Teacher's Association, and TSTA. Lavon was an extraordinary person and will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.

Survivors are her daughters, Holly Cohen and husband, Chris, and Trina Burns and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Justin Burns, Quinton Burns, Taylor Cohen, Kyra Cohen, all of Midland, Susan Armstrong of Bastrop, TX, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Armstrong of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Armstrong, Ashley Armstrong, Andrew Armstrong, and Blake Armstrong of Carrollton, TX.

Memorials may be directed to the Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital, PO Box 2621, Midland, TX 79702, or Hospice of choice in her name.

Lavon's obituary may be viewed on line at www.RobertMassie.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/11/2005 - 5/12/2005.

Shows, Imogene Touchstone Craig

Imogene Touchstone Craig Shows passed away May 11, 2005 at her residence at Mabee Healthcare Center at Manor Park Retirement Village in Midland, Texas. She was one of twelve children, born at home on the farm in Tuscola, Texas to Effie Lee Kendrick Touchstone and Samuel Alexander Touchstone, September 13, 1920. She attended schools at Ovala, Tuscola, Lawn and Stamford, Texas. She married Charles Ervin Craig in Baird, Texas, in 1939. She had lived in Midland for more than fifty years.

She was actively involved in volunteering for various charitable organizations for many years. She helped organize the polio drive in the 1940's and 50's in South Midland and she held various offices in the South Elementary PTA. She was a "Pink Lady" of the Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and received a pin in honor of her 4000 hours of service. She was instrumental in forming the Alzheimer Organization in Midland and served on the original Board of Directors. She was also a S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer with the Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau and loved working at the information booth at Midland International Airport. She was a faithful member of the Myrtle Class of First Baptist Church for more than twenty- five years. Mrs. Shows also was a member of the Yucca Garden Club for more than twenty years. She married Merle E. Shows in 1970. She especially enjoyed their travels together both abroad and in their motor home with the Good Sam's Club. She loved cooking, needlework, bowling and golf.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, nine brothers and one sister, and one grandchild, Samuel Randolph Seay.

Mrs. Shows is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Craig Seay and son-in-law, John of Midland, TX.; sons, Charles" Ron" Craig and wife, Joyce of Louisville, KY; Coy Dean Craig and wife, Lynn of Rockwall, TX; Ted Ray Craig and Susan of Arlington, TX; step-daughters, Morna Merle Strengholt and husband, David of Key West, FL; Martha La Rue Shows of Ft. Worth, TX; and Elaine Susan Holt of Ft. Worth, TX. Her grandchildren include; Steven Lee Seay and wife, Annie; Sheri Lynn Smith and husband, David; Scott Craig Seay; Daniel Thomas Seay and wife, Cheryl; Leigh Ellen Craig; step-grandchildren, Heather Marie Rider; Michelle Dawson; and Brenna Holt; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Joy Touchstone Blanks, of Dallas, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Show's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to the staff of Mabee Healthcare Center, Manor Park Retirement Village and Hospice of Midland for the generous and loving care given to their mother and grandmother.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Resthaven Memorial Park. A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Show's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at First Baptist Church Chapel with Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702 or Mabee Healthcare Center, Manor Park Retirement Village, 2208 N. Loop 250 W., Midland, Texas 79707.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/12/2005 - 5/14/2005.

Briseño, Justin

Justin Briseño, 21, of Midland, formerly of Colorado City, died Wednesday, May 11, in Mineral County, Colo. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

He was born May 14, 1983, in Honolulu, Hawaii to Minnie and Eloy Briseño Jr. He was raised in Colorado City and moved to Midland in 2003. He married Bianca Torres Oct. 9, 2004. He attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Midland, and at the time of his death, he was employed by Scientific Drilling Int.

He is survived by his wife; his daughter Amiah Nevae Briseño of Midland; his parents of Round Rock; his grandmother, Juanita Briseño of Loraine; one sister, Jacynda Briseño of Round Rock; one brother, Anthony Briseño of Round Rock; several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eloy Briseno; grandparents, Adela and Enrique Castillo; and an aunt.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/14/2005.



Burge, Doris

Doris Burge, of Midland, died Friday, May 13. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/14/2005.



Cox, Dean

Dean Cox, of Midland, died Friday, May 13. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/14/2005.



Kniffen, Oscar James

O.J. "B" Kniffen passed away Thursday, May 12, 2005 in Big Spring, Texas.

He was born April 30, 1916 to Oscar J. Kniffen and Roberta Richards Kniffen in Clyde, Texas and was raised and educated there. On September 4, 1937, he married Katherine Marie Neithercult. He proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. In 1976, he began the development of Kniffen Estates in East Midland. He loved spending time gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

"B" is survived by his sister, Madge Paulk of Hobbs, New Mexico and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Searcy, Danny Kellum, Joe Herman, Orville Dale Paulk, Jr., Ronnie Paulk and Sanford Searcy, Jr.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/14/2005.
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Nelson, Agnes

ANDREWS -- Agnes Nelson, 91, of Andrews, formerly of Seagraves and Seminole, died Friday, May 13, at her residence. Services are pending.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/14/2005.



Nelson, Agnes

ANDREWS -- Services for Agnes Gertrude Nelson, 92, of Andrews will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the First Baptist Church in Seagraves with the Rev. Ed Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the Gaines County Cemetery in Seagraves. Services are under the direction of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews.

She died Friday, May 13, at her residence in Andrews.

She was born Sept. 10, 1912 in Purcell, Okla., to Silas Hawkins and Mary Wilkey Hawkins. She married Albert Lee Nelson Sept. 4, 1934, in Decatur. She had lived in Seagraves and Seminole. She had worked as a nurse and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Seagraves.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Robert Lee Nelson; her daughter, Yvonne Workman; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by her four daughters, Shirley Alcorn of Conroe, Betty Wooten of Odessa, Shirley Locke of Bronte and Sharon Digby of Rockland; one son, Ronnie Nelson of Jasper, Ala.; four sisters, Alice Graham of Michigan, Orlean Farris, Billie Murray and Gracie Calhoon, all of Sacramento, Calif.; 38 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

To register, send condolences, or view the obituary, go to www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/14/2005.



Shows, Imogene Touchstone Craig

Imogene Touchstone Craig Shows passed away May 11, 2005 at her residence at Mabee Healthcare Center at Manor Park Retirement Village in Midland, Texas. She was one of twelve children, born at home on the farm in Tuscola, Texas to Effie Lee Kendrick Touchstone and Samuel Alexander Touchstone, September 13, 1920. She attended schools at Ovala, Tuscola, Lawn and Stamford, Texas. She married Charles Ervin Craig in Baird, Texas, in 1939. She had lived in Midland for more than fifty years.

She was actively involved in volunteering for various charitable organizations for many years. She helped organize the polio drive in the 1940's and 50's in South Midland and she held various offices in the South Elementary PTA. She was a "Pink Lady" of the Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and received a pin in honor of her 4000 hours of service. She was instrumental in forming the Alzheimer Organization in Midland and served on the original Board of Directors. She was also a S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer with the Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau and loved working at the information booth at Midland International Airport. She was a faithful member of the Myrtle Class of First Baptist Church for more than twenty- five years. Mrs. Shows also was a member of the Yucca Garden Club for more than twenty years. She married Merle E. Shows in 1970. She especially enjoyed their travels together both abroad and in their motor home with the Good Sam's Club. She loved cooking, needlework, bowling and golf.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, nine brothers and one sister, and one grandchild, Samuel Randolph Seay.

Mrs. Shows is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Craig Seay and son-in-law, John of Midland, TX.; sons, Charles" Ron" Craig and wife, Joyce of Louisville, KY; Coy Dean Craig and wife, Lynn of Rockwall, TX; Ted Ray Craig and Susan of Arlington, TX; step-daughters, Morna Merle Strengholt and husband, David of Key West, FL; Martha La Rue Shows of Ft. Worth, TX; and Elaine Susan Holt of Ft. Worth, TX. Her grandchildren include; Steven Lee Seay and wife, Annie; Sheri Lynn Smith and husband, David; Scott Craig Seay; Daniel Thomas Seay and wife, Cheryl; Leigh Ellen Craig; step-grandchildren, Heather Marie Rider; Michelle Dawson; and Brenna Holt; three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister, Joy Touchstone Blanks, of Dallas, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Show's family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to the staff of Mabee Healthcare Center, Manor Park Retirement Village and Hospice of Midland for the generous and loving care given to their mother and grandmother.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Resthaven Memorial Park. A memorial service in celebration of Mrs. Show's life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at First Baptist Church Chapel with Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702 or Mabee Healthcare Center, Manor Park Retirement Village, 2208 N. Loop 250 W., Midland, Texas 79707.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/12/2005 - 5/14/2005.





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