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Obits – Midland Reporter Telegram –3rd week of May, 2005

Posted: 24 Jun 2005 8:08PM GMT
Classification: Obituary


Briseño, Justin

Mr. Justin Briseño, 21, of Midland formerly of Colorado City died Wednesday in Mineral County, Colorado. Services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Colorado Cemetery under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mr. Briseño was born on 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 on October 9, 2004 in Midland. 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, Bianca Briseño of Midland. His daughter Amiah Nevae Briseño of Midland. His parents, Eloy, Jr. and Minnie Briseño of Round Rock. His grandmother Juanita Briseño of Loraine. One sister Jacynda Briseño and brother Anthony Briseño both of Round Rock. Several Aunts, Uncles and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather Eloy Briseño, Grandparents Adela and Enrique Castillo and a very special aunt Delfina Castillo.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/15/2005.
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Burge, Doris I.

Doris Burge returned home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 13, 2005. She was born January 13, 1918 to Benjamin and Cora Ives in Johnson City, New York. She married Llewellyn R. Burge October 30, 1936 and celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage. She was preceded in death by Llewellyn in February of this year.

Doris is survived by a daughter, Lorraine Ditson, of Pittsburgh, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Dianna Burge of Midland, TX; five grandchildren, Elise Shaffer of Pittsburgh, PA, Benjamin Ditson of Pittsburgh, PA, Matthew Burge, Luca Taylor and Lee Taylor of Midland, TX; and three great-grandchildren Madison, Abigail and Ian.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Midland, TX at 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 16, 2005. Visitation to be held Sunday, May 15 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ellis Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Star Hospice, 620 N. Grant, Suite 100, Odessa, TX 79761.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/15/2005 - 5/16/2005.
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Campbell, Chad Edward

ODESSA -- Chad Edward Campbell was born September 13, 1973, in Odessa to Prinny Ham and Tommy Campbell. God rescued Chad on May 7, 2005, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating.

Chad attended school in Odessa and graduated from Permian High School in May 1992, where he was on the varsity tennis team. Chad had great athletic abilities and played many sports excelling in tennis. He toured the U.S.T.A. tournament circuit and achieved a state ranking, during his high school years. After graduation, Chad worked in sales for various companies until his death. His big heart and bright smile will be forever etched in our memories. His mother will always remember him as most devoted and loving son to her. He will always and forever be a part of her. The love she had for her son knew no boundaries.

"You were a part of everything that I thought, and did, and felt. And when you were with me, I believe that anything was possible. Thank you, Chad, for the love you brought me, and taught me and thank you for the miracle of youÉ.You are, and always will be the love of my life."

"(Psalms 18: 16-19) He reached down from Heaven and rescued me; He drew me drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the Lord supported me. He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me because He delights in me."

Chad was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Thelma "Nana" Barham of Odessa; paternal grandparents, Doris and Paul Campbell; and maternal grandmother, Rosemary Parks.

His survivors include his parents, Prinny and Doug Ham of Odessa, and Tom and Nancy Campbell of Midland; stepbrothers, Josh Ham and wife, Diane, and Justin Ham and wife, Jill, both of Midland; sister, Anna Campbell of Midland; aunts and uncles, Gina Farrell of Odessa, Les Ming of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Andy Campbell and Pat Campbell, both of Odessa; numerous cousins; his best friend, Mark Harcrow of Dallas; and his best dog-pal, "Reese."

Memorial may be made to G.I.F.T.S. of Hope Fund at the West Texas Cancer Center, 600 N. Grant Ave., Odessa TX 79761, or Doxa Kids Inc., P.O. Box 13286, Odessa, TX 79768.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/15/2005.
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Cox, Dean

Dean Cox

Dean Cox was born in Midland, Texas, September 18, 1930 and passed from this life May 13, 2005. He was the son of M.D. and Iva Mae Cox. The Cox's were long time residents of Midland and owned Cox Appliance for many years and other West Texas businesses. Dean attended Midland schools and graduated from Midland High School in 1947 and then on to Texas Tech. When in school he participated in sports and class activities, he also worked at the appliance store.

Dean married Dorothy Barron April 28, 1950. They were married 55 years. In 1958 he formed Dean Cox Butane Co. He later sold that and joined T.E. Neely in the insurance business changing the name to Neely -- Cox Agency. In 1970 he joined Commerce Clearing House. He later had the opportunity to go to work for Oiltools Middle East and moved to Dubai, U.A.E. in 1972. He stayed with Oiltools International for the remainder of his career living in Dubai, U.A.E.; London, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; Kula Lumpur, Malaysia and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. He moved back to U.S.A. and lived in Houston retiring in 1984, then moved back home to Midland.

Dean became a Christian at the age of 8 years old. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church. Dean was faithful to his church, he served as greeter and usher for 40 years, he belonged to Brotherhood at First Baptist, he was a member of the Downtown Lions Club and he served on other committees. In his retirement he has done volunteer work and is active in his Sunday school class in the James Department.

Dean loved and cherished his wife and children, a daughter, Suzanne C. Royer and her husband Robert and granddaughter Evangeline Royer and grandson Colin Royer of Houston; a daughter, Sandra Jackson and her husband Andrew and their children Mason Shepard and Callie and Ryan Corrigan all of Midland and son Russell B. Cox of Midland, a sister Louise Cox Scurlock of Scottsdale, Arizona, a sister-in-law Marjorie B. Hill and husband James Hill of Midland. He has many nephews and nieces that he dearly loved.

Dean liked to joke and have fun and with his friends, they were a special delight to him. He was congenial and kind and loved to do good for others privately. His mother-in-law said he was probably the best man she ever knew.

He was preceded in death by his parents Iva Mae and M.D. Cox, sisters Juanita Sherrod, Mary Lou Cox and Imogene (Mrs. Ray) Parker.

The family would like to thank all the nursing staff at Allison Cancer Center, Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland Memorial West, Select Care Nursing, Home Hospice and doctors.

Memorial Services have been scheduled for 10:30 A.M. at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/15/2005 - 5/16/2005.
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Garrett, Marie

Thelma Marie Garrett went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 14, 2005 in Midland, Texas.

She was born May 6, 1930 in Mangham, Louisiana to Gordon and Vivian Longkabel. On January 28, 1950 she married James O. Garrett in Natchez, Mississippi. Their lives together followed many paths from Louisiana to Texas.

Marie worked as a hairdresser. She later went to school to become a LVN and worked in various nursing homes and physicians offices. Her hobby was creating ceramic figures. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Alamo Heights Baptist Church.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband James O. Garrett of Midland, TX; one son, James Garrett of Midland, TX; one daughter, Dianne Willeford and husband Richard of Mineola, TX; three grandchildren, Judd Garrett and wife Noel of Ft. Worth, TX, Bill Neal of Kermit, TX and Sandy Bingham of California; one great grandchild; and her sister, Anita Tempalski.

Marie's sparkling and mischievous blue eyes and her kind and loving spirit will be missed by all that knew her.

Marie's family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Trinity Haven Nursing Home, and the fourth floor Medical, third floor Surgical and the Emergency Department at Midland Memorial Hospital. Also a special thank you to Dr.'s Robert Vogel, Russell Sawyer, Raj Patel and Steve Rae; your gracious and loving care was truly appreciated.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Monday, May 16, 2005 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Judd Garrett, Bill Neal, Kenneth Tidwell, Jerry Carruth, and Dean Cope.

Memorials may be directed in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association or Alamo Heights Baptist Church.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/15/2005.
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Greathouse, Billie Jean "B J"

Billie Jean "B J" Greathouse of Honolulu, Hawaii passed away quietly with family at her side on Wednesday, May 4, 2005. She lived in Hawaii for almost thirty-five years. Memorial services were held on Monday, May 9 at Aiea United Methodist Church, Aiea, Hawaii. On Tuesday, May 10, the inurnment took place at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, Hawaii.

She was born December 27, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas to William Henry Clay Scheihagen, Jr., and Alice Lee Boston Scheihagen. Prior to moving to Honolulu, Hawaii, she lived in Texas for many years and also resided in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as Olongapo, Zambales and Subic Bay Naval Base, Republic of the Philippines.

BJ was awarded her Bachelor's Degree from Texas State College for Women in Denton, Texas, and earned her Master's degree from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas. She was a public school music teacher in Bryan and Richardson, Texas. Additionally, she taught Speech and English at Allen Military Academy in Bryan, Texas.

She hosted a talk show, "Town Talk" for almost a decade at KBTX-TV in Bryan, Texas interviewing local newsmakers and national dignitaries such as Robert Kennedy. For many years, BJ was involved with musical theatre both as a performer and as a musical director of the summer shows at Texas A&M University. At First Methodist Church in Bryan, Texas, she began a long career as a church choir director. Later she would be choir director at the Subic Bay Naval Base Chapel in the Philippines. In Hawaii for many years, she was choir director at Pearl Harbor's Submarine Base Chapel and at Fort Shafter Chapel.

BJ taught vocal music both publicly and privately with numerous students progressing into opera, Broadway musicals, television, film, music education and church music. For fourteen years, she taught voice at the University of Hawaii. Also, she was a longtime member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and in that organization, served as the Texoma Lieutenant Governor and as the Hawaii Governor and President. BJ also taught vocal production at the Britten Auction Academy for many years in Bryan, Texas returning from Hawaii each summer to teach aspiring auctioneers.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

BJ is survived by her husband of 39 years, Earl Richard Greathouse of Honolulu, HI; son, William Davis Barron and his wife, Dianne of Troy, AL; daughter, Vivian Lee Moss and her husband, Kent of Midland, TX; granddaughters, Frances Jean Moss of Georgetown, TX and Amanda Sloan Moss of Midland, TX; sister, Patricia Patty of Garland, TX; niece, Ann Brunson of Santa Fe, NM; and nephew, Howard Patty of Richardson, TX; several cousins and many friends.

Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Women c/o Aiea United Methodist Church, 99-101 Laulima Street, Aiea, HI 96701 or the Hawaii Opera Theatre, 987 Waimanu Street, Honolulu, HI 96814.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/15/2005.
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Hammond, Imogene

BIG SPRING -- Imogene Mitchell Carmichael Hammond, 84, of Big Spring died Friday, May 13, in a Midland hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Mike Riggins of Bethel Assembly of God Church in Ackerly officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today, May 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 21, 1920, in Parker County, and was married to Watson Hammond. He preceded her in death in 1985.

She moved to West Texas as a young child and attended schools at Flower Grove. She attended beauty school and worked in Lamesa for several years. She also had worked one year at the Gatesville State School for Girls. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church in Ackerly.

Survivors include one son, Donald Carmichael of Point; two daughters, Martha Stone of Ackerly and Geneice Roberts of San Angelo; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, M.T. and Murl Molinda Mitchell; one son, Kenneth Carmichael; four brothers; and four sisters.

The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity.

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 5/15/2005.



Leach, James T.

James T. Leach was born on August 29, 1916 on the family ranch near Bangs, Texas. He was one of 8 children born to Viola and Spurgeon Leach. He was raised and worked on the family ranch until he enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. James was trained as a munitions specialist for the 36th Infantry Division from Texas. He went on to serve and fight for his country in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. Upon returning from the war, he settled in Brownwood, Texas where he met and married Brunnetta Wyatt. The young couple moved to New Mexico and opened a chain of bar-b-que restaurants. In 1952, upon a close friend's insistence, James and Brunnetta moved to Midland to follow real estate and land development opportunities. In 1954 and in 1962 their family grew to include Pamela and James W. Leach. In 1956 James began working for Union Texas Petroleum where he worked until his retirement in 1982. James enjoyed watch making and clock repair during his retirement years. He could often be found in his workshop working on a time piece. He also enjoyed coin collecting.

James is survived by his wife, Brunnetta Leach, his son and daughter-in-law, James Wyatt and Stacy Leach and his daughter and son-in-law Pamela and Jeff Donahoe and four grandchildren, Emily and Maxwell Leach and Joseph and Daniel Donahoe.

Private memorial services were held on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with Monsignor Larry Droll officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to Hospice of Midland, Inc., 911 W Texas, Midland, TX 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 5/15/2005.
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McClendon, Mary A.

Mary A. McClendon, of Midland, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2005 at her residence at Mabee Health Care Center at Manor Park Retirement Village.

She was born November 8, 1922 to Robert L. and Mary A. Simms in Goldthwaite, Texas and raised in Post, Texas. On September 1, 1946 she married Olden E. McClendon, Jr. in Lubbock, Texas and then moved to Midland. They were married for fifty eight years.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband who passed away on July 20, 2004.

She is survived by sons Michael L. McClendon and Alan D. Cohen both of Bayville, NY.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Mabee Health Care Center at Manor Park Retirement Village, Hospice of Midland and the First United Methodist Church for the generous and loving care given to their mother.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Monday, May 16, 2005 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at Ellis Funeral Home with Reverend Jan Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/15/2005.

Banks, James

BIG SPRING -- James Banks, 78, died Sunday, May 15. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/16/2005.



Burge, Doris I.

Doris Burge returned home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, May 13, 2005. She was born January 13, 1918 to Benjamin and Cora Ives in Johnson City, New York. She married Llewellyn R. Burge October 30, 1936 and celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage. She was preceded in death by Llewellyn in February of this year.

Doris is survived by a daughter, Lorraine Ditson, of Pittsburgh, PA; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Dianna Burge of Midland, TX; five grandchildren, Elise Shaffer of Pittsburgh, PA, Benjamin Ditson of Pittsburgh, PA, Matthew Burge, Luca Taylor and Lee Taylor of Midland, TX; and three great-grandchildren Madison, Abigail and Ian.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Midland, TX at 1:00 P.M. Monday, May 16, 2005. Visitation to be held Sunday, May 15 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ellis Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Star Hospice, 620 N. Grant, Suite 100, Odessa, TX 79761.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/15/2005 - 5/16/2005.
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Cox, Dean

Dean Cox

Dean Cox was born in Midland, Texas, September 18, 1930 and passed from this life May 13, 2005. He was the son of M.D. and Iva Mae Cox. The Cox's were long time residents of Midland and owned Cox Appliance for many years and other West Texas businesses. Dean attended Midland schools and graduated from Midland High School in 1947 and then on to Texas Tech. When in school he participated in sports and class activities, he also worked at the appliance store.

Dean married Dorothy Barron April 28, 1950. They were married 55 years. In 1958 he formed Dean Cox Butane Co. He later sold that and joined T.E. Neely in the insurance business changing the name to Neely -- Cox Agency. In 1970 he joined Commerce Clearing House. He later had the opportunity to go to work for Oiltools Middle East and moved to Dubai, U.A.E. in 1972. He stayed with Oiltools International for the remainder of his career living in Dubai, U.A.E.; London, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; Kula Lumpur, Malaysia and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa. He moved back to U.S.A. and lived in Houston retiring in 1984, then moved back home to Midland.

Dean became a Christian at the age of 8 years old. He was a long time member of the First Baptist Church. Dean was faithful to his church, he served as greeter and usher for 40 years, he belonged to Brotherhood at First Baptist, he was a member of the Downtown Lions Club and he served on other committees. In his retirement he has done volunteer work and is active in his Sunday school class in the James Department.

Dean loved and cherished his wife and children, a daughter, Suzanne C. Royer and her husband Robert and granddaughter Evangeline Royer and grandson Colin Royer of Houston; a daughter, Sandra Jackson and her husband Andrew and their children Mason Shepard and Callie and Ryan Corrigan all of Midland and son Russell B. Cox of Midland, a sister Louise Cox Scurlock of Scottsdale, Arizona, a sister-in-law Marjorie B. Hill and husband James Hill of Midland. He has many nephews and nieces that he dearly loved.

Dean liked to joke and have fun and with his friends, they were a special delight to him. He was congenial and kind and loved to do good for others privately. His mother-in-law said he was probably the best man she ever knew.

He was preceded in death by his parents Iva Mae and M.D. Cox, sisters Juanita Sherrod, Mary Lou Cox and Imogene (Mrs. Ray) Parker.

The family would like to thank all the nursing staff at Allison Cancer Center, Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland Memorial West, Select Care Nursing, Home Hospice and doctors.

Memorial Services have been scheduled for 10:30 A.M. at the First Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/15/2005 - 5/16/2005.
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Garrett, Marie

Thelma Marie Garrett died Satureday, May 14 in Midland. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 16 at Ellis Funeral Home. Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born May 6, 1930 to Gordon and Vivian Longkabel in Mangham, La. She married James Garrett in Natchez, Miss., Jan. 28, 1950. She worked as a hairdresser and became an LVN. She worked in various nursing homes and physicians offices. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Alamo Heights Baptist Church.

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

She is survived by her husband; one son, James Garrett of Midland; one daughter, Dianne Willeford of Mineola; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Anita Tempalski.

Memorials may be directed in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association or Alamo Heights Baptist Church.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/16/2005.



McClendon, Mary

Mary A. McClendon, of Midland, died Saturday, May 14 at her residence. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 16 at Ellis Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17 at Ellis Funeral Home with the Rev. Jan Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born Nov. 8, 1922 to Robert and Mary Simms in Goldthwaite and was raised in Post. She married Olden E. McClendon Jr. Sept. 1, 1946 in Lubbock and the couple moved to Midland.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by two sons, Micheal McClendon and Alan Cohen, both of Bayville, N.Y.

Memorials can be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/16/2005.



Watkins, Jo

BIG SPRING -- Jo Watkins, 71, of Big Spring, died Sunday, May 15. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/16/2005.



Williams, Katholeen

BIG SPRING -- Katholeen Williams, 89, of Big Spring, died Sunday, May 15. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/16/2005.


Banks, James

BIG SPRING -- James L. Banks, 78, of Big Spring died Sunday, May 15 at a local hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Rick Cunningham officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

He was born Feb. 1, 1927, in Loraine and married Doris Harbisons July 23, 1948 in Big Spring. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1944 attended Howard College. He had taught automotive classes at Big Spring High School and Howard College. He owned and operated Banks Automotive for 35 years, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the 14th and Main Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Big Spring Antique Car Club and the AACA. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Banks of Big Spring; three sons, Cary Banks of Lubbock, Russell Banks of Stanton and Jake Banks of Midland; one daughter, Toya Dyess of Richmond; seven grandchildren; one brother, William R. Banks Jr. of Big Spring; and two sisters, Ruth Holmes of Midland and Shirley Rogers of Corunna, Mich.

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

Memorials may be made to: Lubbock Children's Home , P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, 79408; Medina Children's Home, 21300 State Highway 16 N., Medina, 78055; or to a favorite charity.

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 5/17/2005.



Briseno, Justin

Mr. Justin Briseno, 21, of Midland, formerly of Colorado City, died Wednesday in Mineral County, Colorado. Services will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church of Colorado City. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery under the direction under the direction of Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.

Mr. Briseno was born on May 14, 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Minnie and Eloy Briseno, Jr. He was raised in Colorado City and moved to Midland in 2003. He married Bianca Torres on October 9, 2004, in Midland. 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, Bianca Briseno of Midland; his daughter, Amiah Nevae Briseno of Midland; his parents, Eloy, Jr. and Minnie Briseno of Round Rock; his grandmother, Juanita Briseno of Loraine; one sister, Jacynda Briseno, and brother, Anthony Briseno, both of Round Rock; and several aunts, uncles, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eloy Briseno; great-grandparents, Adela and Enrique Castillo; grandparents, Hermina and Rey Selvera, Sr.; and a very special aunt, Delfina Castillo.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/17/2005.
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Clemmer, Helen F.

Helen Frances Brown Clemmer, of Midland, died Sunday, May 15, 2005 following a massive heart attack, one week before her 83rd birthday.

She was born May 22, 1922, to Crockett Hall Brown and Luzerna Alice Caldwell Brown in Baylor County, Texas, and was raised and educated in Munday, Texas. On December 26, 1940, she married Dale Clemmer in Mangum, Oklahoma.

In over six decades of service to the Methodist Church, Helen served in almost every capacity possible. She has preached, visited, cared for the sick and bereaved, taught, and was the leader in most places of responsibility. Helen was in the groundbreaking first class of lay ministers to graduate from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas in 1972. She was consecrated as a lay minister in the same service of worship in which her oldest son Dick was ordained as a pastoral minister in the Methodist Church. For the next 17 years she served as director of Christian Education at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Midland. After retirement, Helen continued her service to the church, teaching and serving faithfully until the last days of her life.

Helen was also an accomplished painter and writer, whose oil paintings and artistic gifts were treasured by friends and family alike.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Crockett and Zerna Brown; by her sisters, Lena Owen and Louise Hamilton; by her brothers, Frank and Bill Brown; and her son, Dick L. Clemmer.

Helen is survived by her husband, Dale Clemmer of Midland, TX; three sons, Ronnie D. Clemmer of Encino, CA; Terry L. Clemmer and his wife, Bonnie, of Midland, TX; Greg D. Clemmer and his wife, Kay, of Houston, TX; and seven grandchildren: Shanna Palmer of Albuquerque, NM; Grantt C Clemmer of Pawleys Island, SC; Matthew Clemmer of Santa Monica, CA; Tyson and Travis Clemmer of Midland, TX; April Jones of Conroe, TX; and Casey Clemmer of Houston, TX; and two brothers, John Brown of Iowa Park, TX; and Gene Brown of Munday, TX.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with Reverend Richard Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Tyson Clemmer, Travis Clemmer, Matt Clemmer, Grantt Clemmer, Casey Clemmer and Heath Jones. Memorials may be directed to Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas 76708 or to the Alzheimer's Foundation, Mission Square, 4400 N. Big Spring, #C-32, Midland, Texas 79705.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/17/2005 - 5/18/2005.
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Easley, Harvey

Harvey Easley, 64, of Midland died Sunday, May 15 at his residence. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/17/2005.



Jones, Jane

STANTON -- Jane Jones, 66, of Stanton, formerly of Midland, died Saturday, May 14 at a Stanton nursing home. Services are pending with Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/17/2005.



McCaskill, Michael

JONESBORO -- Retired Army Maj. Michael C. McCaskill, 54, of Jonesboro died Sunday, May 15. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 17, at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Saint Philip Benizi Catholic Church with Vincent Glue officiating. Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Alicey; a son, Chris McCaskill of Midland; parents, Neal and Melba McCaskill of Midland; sisters, Jane Cappadonna of Midland and Laura Jurado of Greeley, Colo., and Melinda Lawson of Hammon, N.J.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/17/2005.



Shoemaker, Leonard R.

Leonard R. Shoemaker, 76, of Stanton, Texas, died on Sunday, May 15, 2005, in the In House Hospice Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton with Rev. Daniel Armstrong, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Stanton officiating.

He was born on March 6, 1929, in Martin County, Texas and married Elizabeth Creech on December 13, 1949 in Stanton, Texas.

Mr. Shoemaker was a lifelong resident of Martin County. He enjoyed 4-H Livestock Shows and drinking coffee with his friends at the Coop Gin. He was a farmer and rancher and worked for CRMWD for 17 years retiring in 1991. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Beth Shoemaker of Stanton; one son, Kevin Kyle Shoemaker of Stanton; two daughters and one son-in-law, Trina Shoemaker of Houston and Trica and Steve Cook of Stanton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Clara and Gene Clements of Stanton and Shirley and Duane Connell of Brookesmith; 2 grandsons, Nathan Cook of Dallas and Brady Cook of Lubbock and numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Linsey Shoemaker. The family suggests memorials to: Hospice of Midland Inpatient Unit Midland Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 2621 Midland, Texas 79702.

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 5/17/2005.
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Watkins, Jo Ruth

BIG SPRING -- Jo Ruth Watkins, 71, of Big Spring died Sunday, May 15 at her residence. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, May 17, at Ross Cemetery in Baird with Rev. Jeff Janca officiating.

She was born March 25, 1934 to Hazel and William Lofton in Oplin and had lived in Howard County for more than 50 years. She'd lived in Mitchell County for the past 11 years and was a licensed vocational nurse, receiving her training at the Medical Arts Hospital in Big Spring. She later worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and was a Baptist.

She is survived by two daughters, Paula Henry and Lana Henderson, both of Big Spring; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 111 E. Seventh St., Big Spring, 79720.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/17/2005.


Clemmer, Helen F.

Helen Frances Brown Clemmer, of Midland, died Sunday, May 15, 2005 following a massive heart attack, one week before her 83rd birthday.

She was born May 22, 1922, to Crockett Hall Brown and Luzerna Alice Caldwell Brown in Baylor County, Texas, and was raised and educated in Munday, Texas. On December 26, 1940, she married Dale Clemmer in Mangum, Oklahoma.

In over six decades of service to the Methodist Church, Helen served in almost every capacity possible. She has preached, visited, cared for the sick and bereaved, taught, and was the leader in most places of responsibility. Helen was in the groundbreaking first class of lay ministers to graduate from Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas in 1972. She was consecrated as a lay minister in the same service of worship in which her oldest son Dick was ordained as a pastoral minister in the Methodist Church. For the next 17 years she served as director of Christian Education at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Midland. After retirement, Helen continued her service to the church, teaching and serving faithfully until the last days of her life.

Helen was also an accomplished painter and writer, whose oil paintings and artistic gifts were treasured by friends and family alike.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Crockett and Zerna Brown; by her sisters, Lena Owen and Louise Hamilton; by her brothers, Frank and Bill Brown; and her son, Dick L. Clemmer.

Helen is survived by her husband, Dale Clemmer of Midland, TX; three sons, Ronnie D. Clemmer of Encino, CA; Terry L. Clemmer and his wife, Bonnie, of Midland, TX; Greg D. Clemmer and his wife, Kay, of Houston, TX; and seven grandchildren: Shanna Palmer of Albuquerque, NM; Grantt C Clemmer of Pawleys Island, SC; Matthew Clemmer of Santa Monica, CA; Tyson and Travis Clemmer of Midland, TX; April Jones of Conroe, TX; and Casey Clemmer of Houston, TX; and two brothers, John Brown of Iowa Park, TX; and Gene Brown of Munday, TX.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 18, 2005 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with Reverend Richard Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Tyson Clemmer, Travis Clemmer, Matt Clemmer, Grantt Clemmer, Casey Clemmer and Heath Jones. Memorials may be directed to Methodist Children's Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas 76708 or to the Alzheimer's Foundation, Mission Square, 4400 N. Big Spring, #C-32, Midland, Texas 79705.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 5/17/2005 - 5/18/2005.
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Easley, Harvey Doyle

Harvey Doyle Easley, age 64, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2005, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 19, 2005 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with Rev. Myron Unruh, pastor of Bellview Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven North in Midland.

Harvey was born on August 10, 1940, in Howard County, Texas, a son to the late J.L. and Ella Mae (Harris) Easley.

He retired from Arco after many years of service. Harvey enjoyed nature, fishing and going to auctions. Harvey was a spokesman for Midland Citizens for Responsible Government, an avid reader and very up-to-date on current world events. He was a member of Bellview Baptist Church in Midland.

Survivors include one sister, Sue Barton of Big Lake, Texas; three brothers, Aubrey and wife Helen Easley, Terry and wife Dorothy Easley all of Midland, Texas; and Lewis and wife Debbie Easley of Cedar Park, Texas. He is also survived by a niece and nephews.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents J.L. Easley and Ella Mae (Harris) Easley, a sister, Parthenia Yates and a brother, Ronald Easley.

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 from 5/18/2005 - 5/19/2005.
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Fabbro, Lucio

Lucio Fabbro, 82, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005 in Midland, Texas.

He was born and raised in Trieste, Italy and settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina after World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmina Fabbro.

Lucio is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mara and Guillermo Brachetta, of Midland, TX; their daughter, Carolina Tebeaux and her husband, Jeff, of Dallas, TX; his son, Franco Fabbro and family of Cordoba, Argentina.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Wednesday, May 18, 2005 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services and interment will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Lucio's family suggests memorials be directed to Hospice Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/18/2005.

Callendar, Hershel

ODESSA -- Hershel Dwaine Callendar, 61, of Odessa, died Tuesday, May 17. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 20 at the Eisenhower Church of Christ with Bert Groves and Lynn Money officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

He was born Sept. 18, 1943 to William and Mary Alice Callendar in Lamesa and married Glenna Street Dec. 19, 1962 in Kress. He worked for the Midland Police Department. Later, he worked for the Ector County Sheriff's Department, Permian Basin Drug Task Force and the Ector County District Attorney's office, where he retired in 2004 as director of the post-sentence monitoring division.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Shane Callendar and Shawn Callendar; three brothers, Tommy, Jess and Wayne; and four grandchildlren.

Services are under the direction of Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/19/2005.



Easley, Harvey Doyle

Harvey Doyle Easley, age 64, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2005, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 19, 2005 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with Rev. Myron Unruh, pastor of Bellview Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven North in Midland.

Harvey was born on August 10, 1940, in Howard County, Texas, a son to the late J.L. and Ella Mae (Harris) Easley.

He retired from Arco after many years of service. Harvey enjoyed nature, fishing and going to auctions. Harvey was a spokesman for Midland Citizens for Responsible Government, an avid reader and very up-to-date on current world events. He was a member of Bellview Baptist Church in Midland.

Survivors include one sister, Sue Barton of Big Lake, Texas; three brothers, Aubrey and wife Helen Easley, Terry and wife Dorothy Easley all of Midland, Texas; and Lewis and wife Debbie Easley of Cedar Park, Texas. He is also survived by a niece and nephews.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents J.L. Easley and Ella Mae (Harris) Easley, a sister, Parthenia Yates and a brother, Ronald Easley.

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 from 5/18/2005 - 5/19/2005.
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Jones, Jane

STANTON -- Jane Jones, 66, of Stanton and formerly of Midland, died Saturday, May 14 at a Stanton nursing home. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 20 at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel in Stanton.

She was born on Feb. 7, 1939. She was a Jehovah's Witness.

Arrangements are 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 5/19/2005.



Nobles, Frances House

Frances House Nobles, formerly of Midland, died Tuesday, May 17 in Dallas. Visitation will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, May 19 at Ellis Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 20 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Travis Lillard officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/19/2005.



Parkin, David

SAN ANGELO -- David Parkin, 51, of Midland, died Wednesday, May 18 at a Midland hospital. Services are pending at Johnson's Funeral Home in San Angelo.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/19/2005.




Draper, Samuel

Samuel Draper, of Midland, died Friday, May 20. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



Garza, Maria

Maria Garza, 88, died Friday, May 20. Services are pending with Pipkin Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



Gies, Raymond

Raymond H. Gies died Thursday, May 19 at a Midland hospital. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at Pipkin Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, May 23 at Pipkin Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

He was born Jan. 23, 1916 to Justin and Mary Gajewiski in Detroit, Mich., and was raised and educated in Aurora, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Martha Mayfield Nov. 7, 1942 and moved to Midland in 1971. He worked for Arco until his retirement in 1985.

He was preceded in death by his wife, a sister and two brothers.

He is survived by one son, Johnny Ray Gies of Lapeer, Mich.; three daughters, Sandra Summers of Grapevine, Fran Hawke of Midland and Jo Baxter of Houston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Condolences may be e-mailed to pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



Grissett, Billy Jack

Billy Jack Grissett, 71, passed away May 1st after a long illness at home, in Magnolia, Texas. He was born on October 11, 1933 in Stephenville, Texas and was the son of Andrew and Mable Grissett. He lived in Mineral Wells before moving to Midland in 1948. He graduated from Midland High in 1951. He was a proud Midland Bulldog football player and later a semi-pro baseball player in Midland. He retired from Mobil Oil after 36 years. He never met a stranger and was very loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his sister Lynette, his brother Jay T, and his loving dog Bo. He is survived by his daughters Stephanie (Richard) and Melanie (Dan), his grandchildren Nicole, Melanie, and Johnny; a brother, Duane Grissett of Midland; a sister, Marjorie Johnson of Mineral Wells; along with his nieces and nephews and his many beloved friends.

Arrangements were made by Magnolia Funeral Home and Rest Haven Cemetery in Midland. There will be a graveside service Monday May 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Resthaven.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.
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Harrington, Jimmie

FORT WORTH -- Jimmie Dell Harrington, 80, died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, surrounded by his family, after suffering a massive stroke. Funeral: 3 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: Was Friday in the Williamsburg Room of Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers: Dr. Larry Reaves, C.B. Rust, Jack Fikes, Donald Buescher, William "Bill" Cyrus and Roger Neely. Honorary pallbearers: Aaron Cawley, A.W. Augustson, Robert Shiels, Ken Scott, Robert Carson, Dr. David Grant, Barton Head, Kleber Miller, Harry Greenhow and the "Friday Catfish Group."

Should friends desire, his memory may be honored with a gift to a charity of choice.

A retired petroleum engineering consultant, Jimmie was a member of the Texas A&M class of '47. He served in the Army Air Corps and then received a master's in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He and Mary Lou moved 13 times during the first five years of their marriage. He worked for Magnolia Petroleum in its research lab and then moved to Fort Worth in 1953 to join Keller and Peterson as a petroleum engineer. In 1961, he formed Cawley and Harrington with his longtime friend, Aaron Cawley. The firm merged with Clarke Gillespie to form Cawley, Harrington and Gillespie. In 1972, Mr. Harrington became the chief operations officer for American Quasar Petroleum Co. to fulfill a dream of oil explorations. Later, Jimmie and his partners formed Kiva Exploration and Harrington Energy. He remained active in oil and gas explorations.

Mr. Harrington's kind and giving nature translated into many areas of service. He was active in Westcliff United Methodist Church, serving as chairman of the pastor parish relations committee, chairman of the board of stewards and chairman of the finance committee. After joining First United Methodist Church, he served on the board of deacons, the finance committee and the capital campaign committee. Jimmie was also president of the Easter Seal Society of Fort Worth. Professionally, he was active in the AIME, serving as president, the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth, serving as president and board member and the TSPE.

Jimmie's creative and active side saw countless projects completed over the years in and around his home. From a build-it-yourself stereo kit in the early 1960s, to patios, to fences, he was constantly acting out his frustrated architect nature. He was an avid photographer, winning many awards and ribbons through his participation in the Fort Worth Camera Club. Trips to Santa Fe, N.M., for workshops, jaunts with photography buddies, and travel to France with his wife and daughter produced many beautiful images. Of course, his favorite subjects were his grandchildren.

Always quick with a warm smile and a self-effacing quip, usually about his "forgetter" in recent years, Jimmie knew no strangers. Friends, neighbors and colleagues will always remember his humor, his willingness to stop and visit, and his genuine concern for everyone else. He and Mary Lou established a scholarship for Petroleum Engineering students at Texas A&M to help young adults beginning their careers. His advice and counseling to his daughters, grandchildren and friends are legendary.

A loving husband, father, "Pa" and friend, Jimmie will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends, and his "Friday Catfish Group." Heidi, the lab, will miss her twice-daily walks, too. We love you!

Survivors: His wife of 58 years, Mary Lou; daughters, Carrie Harrington of Fort Worth and Mary Dell Berning and her husband, Mel, of Larchmont, N.Y.; grandchildren, Walker and Anne Berning; sister, Dorothy Card; and nephew, Chuck Card of El Paso.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.
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Morrow, Norma

Norma Morrow, 73, of Big Spring, died Friday, May 20 at her residence. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



Rodriguez, Felix

SAN ANGELO -- Felix Rodriguez, 82, of San Angelo died Wednesday, May 18 at a local hospital. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 20. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Sunday at Shaffer Pioneer Chapel in San Angelo. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in the Sonora Cemetery. Arrangements are by Shaffer Funeral Home.

Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Santiago of Grape Creek, Senovia Samenigo of Grand Prairie, Rosa Luna of San Angelo and Marivel Contreras of Sonora; three sons, Felix Rodriguez of Junction, Abel Rodriguez of Sonora and Leeroy Sanchez of Snyder; two brothers, Manuel Rodriguez of California and Hilario Rodriguez of Midland; and one sister, Francisca Sanchez of Ft. Stockton.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



Shaffer, Alex

Memorial services for Alex W. "Ace" Shaffer, 67, of Andrews will be 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews with Rev. Mark Riley officiating. Cremation was under the direction of McNett Funeral Home. He died Thursday, May 19 in Andrews.

He was born July 21, 1937 in Erath County and married Ginger Holden Jan. 1, 1959 in Comanche. He owned and operated Andrews Flight Service for several years before retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Vera Shaffer, a son, a brother and a sister.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Debra Guthrie of Odessa; brother John Shaffer, Midland; and sister, Bonnie Palmer of Dublin.

Online condolences may be made at: www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



Snodgrass, Frank

Frank Snodgrass, 90, died Friday, May 20, 2005 at a local hospital. Visitation will be at Ellis Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon, May 22, from 4:00 to 6:00. A private memorial service will be held in South Carolina at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Frank was born on September 9, 1914 in Detroit, Michigan, to Mark and Anna Smrzk. He was later adopted by his stepfather, Cecil Snodgrass. He served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought under George Patton and was in the Battle of the Bulge. He was very proud of his military service.

While he was in the Army, he met Margaret White, whom he married in April 1946 in High Point, North Carolina. He worked as a superintendent in a wood-working factory that made custom cabinetry for homebuilders. He and Margaret retired in 1980 to the beach in Garden City, S.C. He moved to Texas in 1996 to be closer to his daughters. He loved to fish, and he was an avid sports fan, especially for Detroit teams and the Atlanta Braves. He was a faithful and devout Catholic.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his two brothers, George and Steve.

He is survived by his four children, daughter Ann Parish of Midland, Texas; daughter Emily Davidson of Bryan, Texas; son Rick Snodgrass and his wife Melissa of Duluth, Georgia; daughter Barbara Snodgrass of Austin, Texas; and one granddaughter, Kendall Snodgrass.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer's Association.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.
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Thompson, Opal

Opal Thompson, 85, of McAllen died Friday, May 20 in McAllen. Services are pending with McNett Funeral Home in Andrews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 5/21/2005.



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