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Obits - Midland Reporter Telegram – 2nd week of Feb., 2006

David G. Miller (View posts)
Posted: 12 Mar 2006 10:27AM GMT
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Allen, Robert Jaye

At 3:45 a.m. January 30, 2006, Robert "Robby" Jaye Allen went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, after a valiant battle with malignant, metastatic melanoma. Robby was born July 2, 1940, in Roscoe, TX, to A.J. and Kathryne Allen, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Big Spring, TX, where he graduated from Big Spring High School in May, 1958. He served in the US Army from 1963 to 1971, stationed in Berlin, Germany, as a Russian linguist. Upon returning to the USA, he was assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland. He earned a BA in History from the University of Maryland in May, 1973. Upon his discharge from the military, Robby returned to Big Spring to resume his career with the then Texas & Pacific Railroad.

He was an active member of the First Christian Church -- Disciples of Christ, in Big Spring, where he served as church treasurer and a deacon. Robby was an avid bicyclist and volleyball player and fan, as well as an ever faithful Dallas Cowboys football fan. In January 2002, he retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in Odessa where he resided until December 2002, at which time he moved to Midland where he resided until his death.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Bronwyn Allen and her life partner, Monette Wise, of Seattle, WA; his son, Jance Allen, of San Francisco, CA; his sister and brother-in-law, Sheila "SAM" and Joe Matlock, of Midland; nephew and wife, Benny and Candy Matlock, niece and husband, Katrina and Rory McKinney, all of Midland; and nephew, Kevin Matlock, of Andrews, TX; also by four great nephews and three great nieces and one great-great niece. Robby is also survived by his aunt and uncle, "Friskie" and Charlie Aiken of Colorado Springs, CO; aunt and uncle, Nina and George Overby, of Trinity, TX; and aunt, Jessie Marth of Roscoe, TX; as well as numerous cousins.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Bronwyn Allen and her life partner, Monette Wise, of Seattle, WA; his son, Jance Allen, of San Francisco, CA; his sister and brother-in-law, Sheila "SAM" and Joe Matlock, of Midland; nephew and wife, Benny and Candy Matlock, niece and husband, Katrina and Rory McKinney, all of Midland; and nephew, Kevin Matlock, of Andrews, TX; also by four great nephews and three great nieces and one great-great niece. Robby is also survived by his aunt and uncle, "Friskie" and Charlie Aiken of Colorado Springs, CO; aunt and uncle, Nina and George Overby, of Trinity, TX; and aunt, Jessie Marth of Roscoe, TX; as well as numerous cousins.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Sheldon Viney of Midland Surgical Associates; Dr. Bruce Mickey and staff of Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Dr. David Watkins, Rachel and Shauna, Emma Sarckees, all the staff and Auxiliary at Allison Cancer Center; Dr. Don McLarey, Home Hospice staff, Hospice House, Odessa, TX; and his special "sitters" Pastor Tony Perez and Rocio Mendoza -- for all their care, concern and love.

In accordance with Robby's wishes, there will be no services. In his desire to further support higher education, his body was donated to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Any memorials/donations should be directed to Home Hospice, 901 West Missouri, Midland, TX 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
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Bateman, Willie

BIG SPRING --Willie Bateman, 66, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Feb. 4 at a local nursing home. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.


Blake, Benjamin L.

Benjamin LaRay Blake, of Midland, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2006.

Born July 10, 1954 to Benton LaRay Blake and Helen Jean Owens Blake in Safford, Arizona, Ben was raised and educated in Phoenix, Arizona. Following high school graduation, he continued his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he received his Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy degrees. He served a two year LDS Mission in Düsseldorf, Germany. On February 7, 1976, he married LaRae Smith in the LDS Temple in Provo, Utah. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since 1983, Mr. Blake worked for Barbara Fasken, and later for her Family Trust and Limited Partnership, now known as Fasken Oil and Ranch, Ltd. He was the Assistant General Manager and Chief Financial Officer, served as a trustee of several Fasken family trusts, and was a Director of the family foundation, The Prairie Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation's Grants Committee, his activities benefited many people throughout the community. He was an officer and director of many of the family business entities, being responsible for business activities in the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin as well as real estate interests in Laredo and San Antonio, Texas, and in California. In Laredo, he was primarily responsible for the company's hotel property, the La Posada Hotel.

Ben is survived by his wife, LaRae Blake of Midland, TX; children, Eric Benjamin Blake and his wife, Tanya, of Salt Lake City, UT; Lisa Merkley and her husband, Eric, of Edmonds, WA; Michelle Blake of Provo, UT; Jennifer Blake of Provo, UT; Emily Blake, serving an LDS Mission in St. George, UT; Spencer Jared Blake, serving an LDS Mission in Salta, Argentina; Rebecca Blake of Midland, TX; and Heidi Blake of Midland, TX; parents, Benton and Jean Blake of American Fork, UT; siblings, Karen Sell and husband, Gary, of Highland, UT; Stuart Blake and wife, Gayle, of West Jordan, UT; Doris Blackham and husband, Paul, of Sandy, UT; Stephen Blake and wife, Cathlene, of Riverton, UT; Jeana Lyons and husband, Mike, of Pleasant Grove, UT; Janice Hutchings and husband, Lee, of Lehi, UT; and Julie Blake of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren, Joshua and Tyler Merkley, and Natalie Blake.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Sunday, February 5, 2006 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 6, 2006 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2101 Tarleton Street. Interment will be at Orem City Cemetery in Orem, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486 or Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
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Glores, Eusebio

Eusebio Glores died Thursday, Feb. 2, at his residence. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at La Hermosa Baptist Church, 1514 West County Rd. 121. Burial will be held at Serenity Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 10, 1926 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.


Hamilton, John

Memorial services for John David Hamilton will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Second Baptist Church, 3125 Travis, Midland. He is the son of Sue Guess of Midland and Johny Mac Hamilton of Oregon.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.


Jones, Juliet McClary

Juliet McClary "Judy" Jones, age 96, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2005. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W. "Joner" Jones. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Short and husband, Tom of Ft. Worth and three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was born in Georgetown, SC in 1909 and received her graduate nursing degree from the University of South Carolina Medical College. She served as a Red Cross Army Nurse for the duration of WWII as a 2nd Lt. in the medical corps. She served proudly at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC and Roper General Hospital in Charleston, SC. Judy and her husband, Joner, moved to Midland, TX in 1950 and resided there with their daughter for over 30 years. She was interred with her beloved husband in a private family ceremony on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX. Arrangements were with Porter Loring Mortuary.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
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Keen, Alawayne

Services for Alawayne Keen, 84, of Andrews, will be 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 7, 2006, in Means Memorial United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Rick Doyle, pastor, and Rev. Bryan Johnson, Chaplain with Home Hospice. Burial will follow in the Andrews North Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Alawayne died Saturday in Andrews after a lengthy illness. Alawayne was born to John T. Atchison and Mabel Sunshine Haynie Atchison on July 30, 1921 at Stanton, Texas. She graduated from Pecos High School where she was active in the track program earning many awards. She attended Texas Tech where she met Jack Clay Keen, they were married on June 18, 1942 in Lubbock, Texas. She was active in Cub Scouts as a Den Mother, she was also a Girl Scout leader. Alawayne was a member of the Means Memorial United Methodist Church and had been a Sunday school teacher and had been active with the United Methodist Women's. She had been a member of the Eastern Star, Permian Regional Medical Center auxiliary also known as the Pink Ladies. She loved to play golf and loved her many friends and her family.

Survivors include, daughters, Loyce Roberts, Andrews, Mary Beth Baxter, Cliff, New Mexico, Sunny Lynn Brewster, Silver City, New Mexico, sons, John Clay Keen and Jack Wayne Keen both of Silver City, New Mexico, eleven grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Her husband Jack preceded her in death on June 24, 1997; her parents and a brother, Thomas Carl Atchison, also preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 803 North Main, Andrews, Texas 79714.

To register, send condolences, or view the obituary, go to www.mcnettfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
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Lancaster, Leroy B.

Memorial services for Leroy B. Lancaster will be Wednesday night, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Apostolic Church, 710 S. Baird with Pastor Lowell Cessna officiating.

Born April 6, 1926 in Corenth, Mississippi, he had lived in Midland for the past 28 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Marie; a son, James Thomas Lancaster; and a grandson, Kenneth Wayne Cupp.

He is survived by his daughter, Brenda L. Davis (Mark); ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his brothers, Floyd Lancaster and Bobby Lancaster, both of Vazoria, TX; sisters, Loraine Gillimore of Vazoria, Thelma Elliot, Betty Handley and Lila Lancaster, all of Flordia.

Services are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
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Rameriz, Camilo

BIG SPRING -- Camilo Rameriz, 76, of San Angelo, formerly of Big Spring, died Friday, Feb. 3 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 2/5/2006.


Randall, Ettress

Ettress Randall, 89, of Celina, formerly of Midland, died on Thursday, February 2, 2006, in a Frisco hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM Monday, February 6, 2006, at the Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland with Pastor Wayne McDonald of Coppell, officiating.

She was born on October 20, 1916, in Tylertown, Mississippi and was married to Elmer M. Taylor from 1937 to 1951. She then married E.J. Randall in 1953 and he preceded her in death in 1994.

Ettress worked as a clerk typist for the government retiring in 1964. She moved to Celina two years ago from Midland.

She enjoyed sewing, needlework, gardening, reading and fishing. A wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, she will be missed very much by her family and friends.

Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Charles and Patty Taylor of Plano, Arnold and Lavina Taylor of Frisco, Roger and Dot Taylor of Denham Springs, Louisiana and Larry Randall of Tucson, Arizona; one daughter and son-in-law, Cherie and Lloyd Powell of Midland; one sister, Beatrice Singley of Mississippi; nine grandchildren, Tanya Craig of Enid, Oklahoma, Steven Taylor of Morgan Hill, California, Susann Walker of Stevenson Ranch, California, Laurie Burke of Midland, Robert Powell of Frisco, Windy Gautreaux and Justin Dennis Taylor both of Denham Springs, Louisiana, Chris Taylor of New York, New York and Brian Taylor of Frisco, seventeen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, 2 sisters and one grandchild, Melissa Powell.

Arrangements 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 2/5/2006.
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Sims Jr., Grover

Grover Sims Jr. was born Feb. 16, 1924, to Grover Sims Sr. and Mable Lee in Ladonia, Delta County, Texas. He attended school in Roxton. He married Elizabeth Berry Dec. 3, 1945. He moved to Midland in 1951.

He worked for the Permian Corporation for 21 years, and then for Midland Independent School District for 35 years. He had been a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church since 1951.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Elizabeth; six sons, Grover Sims III, Carl Wayne Sims, Larry Sims, Marty Sims, Victor Sims, and Rodney Sims, all of Midland; four daughters, Ollie Pearl Elkins of Midland, May West Kinchlow of Arlington, LyNona Williams of Midland, LyDondia Sims of Las Vegas; four sisters, Florine Wright of Dallas, Mary Jo Henry of Roxton, Shirley Williams of Borger, and Mert Avery (husband James) of Flint, Michigan; and one brother, Clonzell Sims (wife Fannie Jean) of Midland. He also leaves many nieces, nephews grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Willie Wilson Sr., Javius Strambler, Wallace Davis, Milburn Sanders, Lathan Beaty, Clarence Cockerham, and Curtis Green

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at First Assembly, 100 W. Wadley. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Condolences to bill@thomasfh.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
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Solley, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Solley, of Midland, died Saturday, Feb. 4. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.


Wallace, William

BIG SPRING -- William "Lin" Wallace, 74, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, Feb. 1. Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at Myers & Smith Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Wheat. Burial was at Trinity Memorial Park.

He was born Dec. 16, 1931, in Bude, Miss., to Daniel and Sara Wallace. He grew up in Bude and moved to Big Spring in 1957. He married Sharon Payne June 22, 1960, in Big Spring. He had been employed with Decotty Coffee and Price Construction as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Wallace of Big Spring; two sons, Randy Wallace and Ricky Wallace, both of Big Spring; three daughters, Sheri Bailey, Sheli Buck and Kelsie Wallace, all of Big Spring; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Oglesby of Meadville, Miss., and Gladys Vines of Natchez, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at: www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.


Webb, Lonnie Gene

BIG SPRING -- Lonnie Gene Webb, 64, of Big Spring, died Friday, Feb. 3 at his residence. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.


Wynn, Eleen

Eleen Wynn, 94, died Saturday, Feb. 4 at her residence. Services are pending with Pipkin Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/5/2006.
Armendariz, Aurora

Aurora Armendariz, 60, died in Midland. Services are pending with Pipkin Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/6/2006.


Blake, Benjamin LaRay

Benjamin LaRay Blake of Midland died Thursday, Feb. 2. Services will be 10 a.m. today, Feb. 6 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2101 Tarleton Street. Interment will be at Orem City Cemetery in Orem, Utah. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

He was born July 10, 1954 to Benton and Helen Blake in Safford, Ariz., and was raised and educated in Phoenix, Ariz. He received bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. He served a two year LDS Mission in Düsseldorf, Germany. He married LaRae Smith Feb. 7, 1976 in Provo, Utah, and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since 1983, He worked for Barbara Fasken, and later for her Family Trust and Limited Partnership, now known as Fasken Oil and Ranch, Ltd. He was the assistant general manager and chief financial officer, served as a trustee of several Fasken family trusts, and was a director of The Prairie Foundation.

He is survived by his wife; children, Eric Blake of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lisa Merkley of Edmonds, Wash., Michelle Blake and Jennifer Blake, both of Provo, Utah, Emily Blake, serving an LDS Mission in St. George, Utah, Spencer Blake, serving an LDS Mission in Salta, Argentina, and Rebecca Blake and Heidi Blake, both of Midland; parents, Benton and Jean Blake of American Fork, Utah; siblings, Karen Sell of Highland, Utah, Stuart Blake of West Jordan, Utah, Doris Blackham of Sandy, Utah, Stephen Blake of Riverton, Utah, Jeana Lyons of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Janice Hutchings Lehi, Utah and Julie Blake of Phoenix, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, 77210-4486 or Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/6/2006.


Born, Sue Ann Miller

BIG SPRING -- Sue Ann Miller Born, 70, of Big Spring, died Saturday, Feb. 4 at a Midland hospital. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel in Big Spring with the Rev. Donita Lea officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park in Big Spring. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 6 at the funeral home.

She was born on June 28, 1935, in Big Spring and married Kenneth Born Oct. 15, 1954 in Lovington, N.M., and he preceded her in death. She worked as chief deputy of the Howard County Tax Assesors office from 1972 to 1995, when she retired. She was a member of First Methodist Church of Coahoma, American Business Women's Association, United Methodist Women, Church Women United and the United Methodist Corps.

Survivors include a daughter, Kenda Jones of Big Spring; a son, Allan Born of Big Spring; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.

Memorials be made to the American Cancer Society Memorial Program, % Lucy Bonner, P.O. Box 2121, Big Spring, 79721-2121 or the First United Methodist Church of Coahoma.

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 2/6/2006.


Miller, Cynthia Jean

Cynthia Jean Miller of Midland died Saturday, Feb. 4. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/6/2006.


Thornton, W. E.

W.E. Thornton, born February 14, 1925 passed away February 4, 2006. Raised in Cross Roads, TX he lived in Midland and Houston, TX before retiring from The Permian Corporation in 1989 and moving to Electra, TX.

He leaves his beloved wife of 31 years, Eula, daughters Renee Stevens and husband Fred, D'Juana Broussard and husband Ray, stepdaughters Tilly Drake and husband Mike, Linda Olson and husband John; sisters, Mary White and husband Bill, Beth Williams and husband Orsorne; 13 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Nita Lawrence, and brother Dewey Thornton.

Services will be at Cross Roads Baptist Church in Cross Roads, TX, Tuesday February 7 at 2 p.m. Burial at Post Oak Cemetery in Cross Roads, TX.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/6/2006.
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Wynn, Eleen Marie

Eleen Marie Wynn, known to her friends as "Jean" or "Mimi", passed away Saturday, February 4, 2006, at her residence.

She was born on September 23, 1911 in Leonard, Texas, to James and Mary Wilder. She was married to the late Clois Wynn, and they were happily married on October 10, 1940. The couple settled in Midland in 1966. Mimi was a childcare provider and loved caring for babies. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mimi is preceded in death by her husband, Clois Wynn; and daughter, Karen Wynn.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Kemp and Kathy Prickett both of Midland, TX; two sisters, Nell Patterson of Cloudcroft, NM and Skeet Blanton of Lovington, NM; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Graveside services will be Monday, February 6, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Memorials may be directed to the: Hospice of Midland, PO Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/6/2006.
Armendariz, Aurora

Aurora Ortiz Armendariz died Saturday, Feb. 4 at a Midland hospital. Rosary will be 7 p.m. today, Feb. 7 at Pipkin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

She was born Jan. 19, 1946 to Pedro and Inez Ortiz in Colorado City and was raised and educated in Midland. She married Victor Armendariz May 7, 1961. She was a homemaker and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was a former member of the Guadalupanas and the Cursillistas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, two sisters and four brothers.

She is survived by four sons, Daniel Armendariz and Victor Armendariz III, both of Midland, Henry Armendariz of Stanton and Raymond Armendariz of Fort Hood; two daughters, Carolyn O' Donnell of Midland and Melinda Tingle of Clarksville, Tenn.; one brother, Juan Ortiz of Lubbock; two sisters, Lorenza Gomez of Brownfield and Esperanza Aguilar of Midland; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Condolences may be emailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/7/2006.


King, David Harold

David Harold King, 74, of Big Spring died Sunday, February 5, 2006, at his home after a long illness.

David was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, of February 28, 1931. He was the youngest of eight children. He was educated in Catholic schools and finished high school at the Corpus Christi College Academy. After high school, he was drafted and served in the U. S. Army in Europe. He attended college on the G.I. Bill supplemented by his own hard work. He started Del Mar College in Corpus Christi in 1953, receiving an Associate of Arts degree, and then went to Texas Arts and Industries University for his Bachelor's in 1956 and M.A. degree in 1958. He married Susan Craven, a classmate from Del mar, in the Corpus Christi Cathedral in August of 1958.

David taught in the public schools of Corpus Christi and Driscoll, Texas as well as summer courses at Del Mar, until he and his wife came to teach at Howard College in Big Spring in 1966. David taught History and Government at Howard College for thirty years, until he retired after teaching thousands of students.

David was always very active in his church, serving as member of the school board and later principal of the Catholic school at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Big Spring. He was especially active in religious education.

When the Roman Catholic Church began ordaining a few married men as permanent deacons, he was the first man in the San Angelo Diocese to appeal to the bishop to be considered for the diaconate, and was appointed to a committee to set up a suggested course of study. He and his wife and some other lay people as well as a group of nuns and priests developed such a curriculum. Bishop Steven Levin started the program with a group of more than 30 men as candidates. David and Wayne Rock of Big Spring were ordained two years later at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. David and his wife taught a few classes in the second group of deacon candidates.

After his son, William, became a member of the Big Spring Police Department, David received permission to attend the Big Spring Police Academy. At the time, he was 57 and was the oldest person to go through a police academy in Texas. As expected, he excelled in the academic part. He worked as a non-paid volunteer reserve officer for the B.S.P.D. for years, often working full time in the summers when he was not teaching.

David continued his education in criminal justice by yet another college degree-- one in criminal justice from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He eventually received a Master's Certificate in Criminal Justice from the state of Texas.

After his retirement from Howard College, he was a reserve officer for the Howard County Sheriff's Department as long as he was in good enough health to do so.

David is survived by his wife, Susan, his daughter Elizabeth Treece and her husband William Treece, his son, William King and wife Wanda, and four grandchildren: Sterling King, Kristin King, Geoffrey Treece, and Judith Treece, all of Big Spring.

He is survived by one brother, Roy King and his wife Rose of South Texas, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

David will be remembered by his family, friends, and his many students for his kindness, his generous spirit, his dedication to education, his love of jokes, his gift of making friends, his passion for justice and fair play, his courage, and the strength and dignity and jokes with which he faced his final illness.

His family suggests memorial gifts to the David and Susan King Endowment Fund, c/o Jan Foresyth, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas, 79720, of to the donor's favorite charity.

Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, will preside at the 7:00 p.m. wake service at Myers & Smith Chapel in Big Spring Tuesday evening. The Funeral Mass will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Big Spring Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.. Father Barry McLean, friend of the family, will officiate. Since David wished to be cremated, there will be no graveside service.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 2/7/2006 - 2/8/2006.
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King, Robert Gray

Robert Gray King was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on August 10, 1925. He was the son of Charles Curtis King and Izetta Gamble King. He was a graduate of Tulsa Central High School with continuing education at the University of Indiana and MIT. During his time in Indiana, he met and married Dorothy Lankenau, his wife of fifty years.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Robert Pase officiating.

Robert served in the Navy and Coast Guard in World War II and the Korean War. Much of his life's work was spent educating students as an instructor at Midland College until his retirement. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, as well as his beloved dog, Cassie.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his son, Danny King, daughter-in-law, Kay, and his granddaughter, Amy , of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Cydney King of Midland; his spiritual daughter, Val Valentine of Midland; and his special friend, B.J. Thomas.

Our deepest gratitude to Amparo Galindo, "a living angel," for all her loving support and compassionate care of our father during his long illnesses. We would also like to thank Dr. Don McLarey, Home Hospice, and all the wonderful aides who brought a smile to his face daily. A special thank you to Hospice of Midland for the care during his passing.

Memorials may be directed to the Rainbow Room at Children's Protective Services, 901 W. Wall, Midland, TX 79701

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/7/2006.
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Latham, Estella C.

Estella Cupp Latham ("Tess") passed away Sunday, February 5, 2006.

She was born September 8, 1914 to Stella and Hoyt Cupp in Salem, Oregon. She was reared and educated in Aumsville, Oregon. She was valedictorian of her high school class. She worked for Elizabeth Arden and became a cosmetic buyer for the company. She met Lindley Latham and married him on October 8, 1938 in Bowie, Texas. They moved to Pompton Lakes, New Jersey where he was employed by the Dupont Company. They were transferred to Midland in 1944. They owned Southwestern Explosives Company in later life.

Tess was active in civic, charitable and church activities in Midland. She was one of the founding members of the Midland Women's Club and served as Vice President. She was a long time Sunday school teacher and served as a Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church. She served as secretary of the Midland Association of Churches. She was a volunteer for St. Andrews Mission, the Cancer Society and the Midland Community Theater. She was a member of the Midland Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and served as Vice President and Chairman of the Candy Stripers. She was a member of the Progressive Study Club, En Amie Book Review Club, Minuet Club and Midland Country Club.

After the death of her husband in 1966, she worked for Lones Travel Agency later called Great Destinations. She traveled the world and specialized in international travel. She loved to read, garden, sew and play bridge.

Tess was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was devoted to her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hoyt and Stella Cupp, brothers, Everett and Roy Kaiser and sister, Madge Wilcox.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Satterwhite and husband, Rodney, of Midland, TX; her son, Paul Latham and wife, Debbie, of Midland, TX; grandchildren, Leslie Hankins and husband, Grayson, of Odessa, TX; Scott Satterwhite and wife, Monica, of Arlington, TX; Ryan, Andrew, Hunter and Kate Latham, all of Midland, TX; great-grandchildren, Madison, Garrett, Grant Hankins, Sesalie, Macie and Sadler Satterwhite.

The family wants to thank the management of Polo Park Retirement Center, Care Partners and Agency Director, Linda Phillips, Infusion Plus Agency and Director, Karen Still and Tess' wonderful caregivers Mary Walker, Frances Gonzales, Yvonne Pulchtopek and Cheryl Coker.

Also we wish to thank Dr. Tulsi Singh, Dr. John McKenna, Dr. G. M. Gollapudi, Dr. Jeff Grigsby and Dr. Allison Watts.

Tess requested a private family service. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church Deacon's Fund, Trinity School, or the charity of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/7/2006.
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Miller, Cindy

Cindy Miller of Midland died Saturday, Feb. 4. Services have been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/7/2006.


Nowell, Marjorie Moore

Marjorie Moore Nowell, 90, of Lubbock passed away Sunday, February 5, 2006 in a Lubbock hospital. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at the Ninth and Columbia Church of Christ in Plainview, with Jim Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Gardens under the direction of Lemons Funeral Home.

Marjorie was born September 22, 1915 in Pottsville, Texas in Hamilton County to J.W. Moore and Betty Glover Moore. She was a member of South Plains Church of Christ in Lubbock and attended school in Gomez and Brownfield, Texas. She married Jarvis Nowell April 23, 1933 in Lovington, New Mexico and she spent most of their marriage working with him at Claude Hutcherson Air Service. She was an avid reader and a lover of Bridge.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband Jarvis in November of 1999; as well as by brothers Loyd Moore, J.W. Moore, Weldon Moore, Donald Wayne Moore; sisters Vera Key, Creola Moore and Marie Blake.

Marjorie is survived by a son Jimmy Doyle Nowell and wife Shirley; twin daughters Iris Nell Estes and husband Jack and Iva Dell Nowell; grandchildren Kerry Nowell and wife Jo'Lyn, Stephanie Arnold and husband Bruce, Shelly Key, Randy Estes and wife Lisa and Kristi Bullard; thirteen great grandchildren Jason, Jordan, Katie, Jamie, Abbie, John, Cassia, Patricia, Timothy, Ashley, Neal, Samantha and Bobby; one great- grandchild Trustin.
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Procter, Lucille

BIG SPRING -- Lucille Procter, 86, of Coahoma, died Monday, Feb. 6 in the Mitchell County Hospital. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 7 at the funeral home. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Coahoma Church of Christ with Russ Mullins officiating. Interment will follow at Coahoma Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Hamilton and married Tommy Procter Sept. 18, 1937 in Haskell. He preceded her in death. She was raised in the Hamilton and Woodson areas and moved to Coahoma in January of 1954 from Dublin. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Big Spring State Hospital for eleven years until she retired. She was a member of Coahoma Church of Christ since 1954.

Survivors include one son, James Procter of Big Spring; two daughters, Delores Dodson of Colorado City and Diana Hewett of Midland; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Coahoma Church of Christ, PO Box 120, Coahoma 79511 or Medina Children's Home, 21300 State Highway 16, N, Medina 78055.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
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Ramirez Sr., Camilo

BIG SPRING -- Camilo T. Ramirez, Sr., 76, of San Angelo, formerly of Big Spring, died Friday, Feb. 3 at his residence. Services will be 11 a.m. today, Feb. 7 at the St. Thomas Catholic Church with the Rev. James Plagens officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

He was born Oct. 5, 1929, in Del Rio, and married Evelia Castaneda. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 and worked for civil service at Webb Air Force Base, the Big Spring VA Hospital and Goodfellow Air Force Base for a total of 30 years service. Upon retiring from civil service, he worked for the City of San Angelo Transit System as a bus driver for four years. He was a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Felipe Ramirez of San Antonio and Camilo Ramirez Jr. of San Angelo; four daughters, Rachael Amaya of San Antonio, Tammy Bauer of Frisco, Araceli Hernandez of Laredo and Bernice Ramirez of San Angelo; one brother, Felipe Ramirez Jr. of Dallas; two sisters, Guadalupe Gonzales and Teodora Ramirez, both of Big Spring; 13 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Teodora Ramirez; two brothers and one sister.

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 2/7/2006.


Solley, Mary Ellen "Nanny E."

Mary Ellen "Nanny E." Solley, age 93, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2006.

She was born in London, England on August 20, 1912 to Albert Arthur and Mary Ethel Solley. She was educated in London, and had served an apprenticeship to become a royal court dressmaker. She enjoyed sewing, needlework, gardening, feeding the birds and reading. She came to live with her daughter, Pat Barr, on July 21, 2004.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Frank Cornelius Preacher Cooper on November 17, 1971 and Stanley Reginald Solley on August 12, 1998.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Chris Barr of Midland, TX; grandson, Simon Barr and his wife, Dawn, and their three daughters, Alex, Sami and McKenzie, granddaughter, Alison Haley and her husband, Jim, and their two sons, Stuart and Bobby, all of Midland, TX; nephews, Howard Solley and his wife, Cilla, of Bristol, CT; Alan Solley and his wife, Pam, of Cornwall, England; Robert Solley and his wife, Brenda, of Norfolk, England.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Infusion Plus and Home Hospice, especially Laura, Gina, Kathy, Royce, Marybell, Holly, Janell and Rosie. And, special thanks to Dr. Joe Rhode and Jubel Reed for their services, and Erna, her hairdresser.

Memorial services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Her remains will be interred at Minehead Cemetery in Somerset, England. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 2/7/2006 - 2/8/2006.
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Trees, Madeline

BIG SPRING -- Madeline Trees, 94, of Big Spring, died Sunday, Feb. 5 at an Odessa nursing home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Mount Olive Memorial Park with Dale Garrison officiating.

She was born July 26, 1911, in Cedar Hill. She had been a resident of Big Spring since 1939 and had worked as a nurse at Cowper's Clinic before retiring. She was a member of 14th & Main Church of Christ.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.

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 2/7/2006.


Wynn, Eleen

Eleen Marie Wynn died Saturday, Feb. 4 at her residence. Graveside services were 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 at Resthaven Memorial Park.

She was born Sept. 23, 1911 to James and Mary Wider in Leonard. She married Clois Wynn Oct. 10, 1940. The couple settled in Midland in 1966 and she was a childcare provider. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her husband and a daughter.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Kemp and Kathy Prickett, both of Midland; two sisters, Nell Patterson of Cloudcroft, N.M. and Skeet Blanton of Lovington, N.M.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be directed to the: Hospice of Midland, PO Box 2621, Midland, 79702.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Condolences may be emailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/7/2006.
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Arnold, Bernice "Bea"

Bernice "Bea" Arnold, of Midland, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2006.

She was born May 9, 1925 to James Alexander Robison and Ida Allice Lucas Robison in Cleveland, Oklahoma. Bea worked at Tinker Air Base, and assembled airplanes for Boeing in Seattle, Washington during World War II. She married Bobby Arnold on March 10, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Bea is survived by her sons, Harold Arnold of Howe, TX; Jerry Arnold of Austin, TX; Dennie Arnold of Decatur, TX; brother, Tom Robison of Rochester, NY; three grandchildren, Judith Ann Cahoun in West Virginia; Lee Arnold in Sherman, TX; Julie Snapp of Howe, TX; two great-grandchildren, Cody of West Virginia and Avery Snapp of Howe, TX.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/8/2006.
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Briggs Sr., Marvin Ray

Marvin Ray Briggs, Sr., of Midland, passed away Monday, February 6, 2006 at Select Specialty Care Hospital in Midland, Texas.

He was born March 17, 1929 to Elzie Thelmer Briggs and Lora Lillian Cole Briggs in Shilder, Oklahoma. On May 21, 1965, he married Norma Penick at the Four Square Gospel Church in Midland, Texas. Prior to his retirement, Marvin had worked for AMF Tubescope Coating Plant in Midland for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Robert Briggs.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Norma Briggs of Midland, TX; sons, Marvin R. Briggs, Jr., of Weber Falls, OK; Donald Briggs, Sr. and wife, Linda, of Azle, TX; Tommy Briggs and wife, Shirley, of Weber Falls, OK; daughter, Leah M. Wilson and husband, Rob, of China, TX; brother, Wayne Briggs and wife, Lola, of Yuma, AZ; sisters, Arvie L. Briggs of Midland, TX; Juanita Harrison and husband, Wendell, of Graham, TX; Lucille M. Jordan and husband, Dee, of Midland, TX; Darlene Pruitt and husband, Bill, of Midland, TX; Sharlene Owen and husband, J.C., of Odessa, TX; sister-in-law, Mareda Briggs of Midland, TX; twelve grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Donald Gene Briggs, Jr., Danny Eugene Briggs, James Robert Wilson, Don Bizzell and Rodney Jobe. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Pruitt, Wendell Harrison, Dee Jordan, Earl Gene Branch and Harold Taylor.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and we as a family will always remember and honor him for that.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at Select Specialty Care Hospital for their comfort and care during Marvin's stay in the hospital.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 2/8/2006 - 2/9/2006.
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Culp, Perry Dyke

Perry Dyke Culp, 48, loving husband, father, brother and son, went to be with his Lord on February 4, 2006. Dyke fought a tremendous battle to overcome the effects of a rare heart disease he had since birth and never lost his will to live.

Dyke was born on October 3, 1957 in Plainview, Texas and moved to Andrews, Texas in 1958. He graduated from Andrews High School in 1976 and some of his fondest memories and dearest friends are from his schoolboy days in Andrews. Dyke loved all sports and participated in many athletic activities at an early age until he received a heart pacemaker at the young age of 13. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Dyke married Connie Smith, on August 28, 1981 in Andrews. She was the love of his life and remained faithfully by his side throughout his illness.

Dyke received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Angelo State University in 1981 and moved to Odessa soon thereafter. He worked in the oil field service and supply industry for 25 years for McElvoy-Willis, Cameron, and Taylor Tools. He loved his work and the relationships he developed and worked tirelessly to provide for his family.

Dyke was baptized by his father-in-law, C.A. Smith, at Southside Church of Christ in Andrews. He was an active member of University Boulevard Church of Christ in Odessa and he had a tremendous love for his Lord and Savior. His life exemplified his Christian faith and this is the legacy he will leave with his family and friends. Our hearts are broken with the loss of Dyke but we celebrate the life of a wonderful Christian man who lived with devotion, commitment, strength and courage.

Dyke was preceded in death by his father, Joe Ray Culp in 1967, his daughter, Katlyn Jo Culp in 1991, and his grandparents. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie, and wonderful children Kyndall, Landon and Kallie; his parents, Bubba and Patsy Hoermann of Andrews; his brothers Tim Culp and wife Annette of Midland, Trey Culp of Andrews, and Kip Culp and wife Missi of Lamesa; father and mother-in-law C.A. and Iva Jo Smith of Andrews; and brothers-in-law Dale Smith and wife Sabrina of Midland and Randall Smith and wife Tammy of Odessa; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. Special thanks to Uncle Pen and Aunt Helen for their loving care and support for the past 2 years.

The family will receive friends at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors in Odessa, on Tuesday, February 7, 2006 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. A service to honor and celebrate Dyke's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at Sixth & Jackson Church of Christ in Odessa under the direction of Ministers Mike Oestmann and C.A. Smith. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." II Timothy 4:7-8
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King, David Harold

David Harold King, 74, of Big Spring died Sunday, February 5, 2006, at his home after a long illness.

David was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, of February 28, 1931. He was the youngest of eight children. He was educated in Catholic schools and finished high school at the Corpus Christi College Academy. After high school, he was drafted and served in the U. S. Army in Europe. He attended college on the G.I. Bill supplemented by his own hard work. He started Del Mar College in Corpus Christi in 1953, receiving an Associate of Arts degree, and then went to Texas Arts and Industries University for his Bachelor's in 1956 and M.A. degree in 1958. He married Susan Craven, a classmate from Del mar, in the Corpus Christi Cathedral in August of 1958.

David taught in the public schools of Corpus Christi and Driscoll, Texas as well as summer courses at Del Mar, until he and his wife came to teach at Howard College in Big Spring in 1966. David taught History and Government at Howard College for thirty years, until he retired after teaching thousands of students.

David was always very active in his church, serving as member of the school board and later principal of the Catholic school at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Big Spring. He was especially active in religious education.

When the Roman Catholic Church began ordaining a few married men as permanent deacons, he was the first man in the San Angelo Diocese to appeal to the bishop to be considered for the diaconate, and was appointed to a committee to set up a suggested course of study. He and his wife and some other lay people as well as a group of nuns and priests developed such a curriculum. Bishop Steven Levin started the program with a group of more than 30 men as candidates. David and Wayne Rock of Big Spring were ordained two years later at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. David and his wife taught a few classes in the second group of deacon candidates.

After his son, William, became a member of the Big Spring Police Department, David received permission to attend the Big Spring Police Academy. At the time, he was 57 and was the oldest person to go through a police academy in Texas. As expected, he excelled in the academic part. He worked as a non-paid volunteer reserve officer for the B.S.P.D. for years, often working full time in the summers when he was not teaching.

David continued his education in criminal justice by yet another college degree-- one in criminal justice from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He eventually received a Master's Certificate in Criminal Justice from the state of Texas.

After his retirement from Howard College, he was a reserve officer for the Howard County Sheriff's Department as long as he was in good enough health to do so.

David is survived by his wife, Susan, his daughter Elizabeth Treece and her husband William Treece, his son, William King and wife Wanda, and four grandchildren: Sterling King, Kristin King, Geoffrey Treece, and Judith Treece, all of Big Spring.

He is survived by one brother, Roy King and his wife Rose of South Texas, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

David will be remembered by his family, friends, and his many students for his kindness, his generous spirit, his dedication to education, his love of jokes, his gift of making friends, his passion for justice and fair play, his courage, and the strength and dignity and jokes with which he faced his final illness.

His family suggests memorial gifts to the David and Susan King Endowment Fund, c/o Jan Foresyth, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas, 79720, of to the donor's favorite charity.

Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, will preside at the 7:00 p.m. wake service at Myers & Smith Chapel in Big Spring Tuesday evening. The Funeral Mass will be at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Big Spring Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.. Father Barry McLean, friend of the family, will officiate. Since David wished to be cremated, there will be no graveside service.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 2/7/2006 - 2/8/2006.
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Magee, Duane J.

Duane J. Magee, 79, of Hospers, Iowa passed away at a Sioux City hospital on Monday, February 6, after a short illness.

Services are scheduled for Thursday,10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers, Iowa with Pastor Bryan Janssen officiating. Burial will follow at the family plot in the West Cemetery, Hospers. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers, Iowa.

He was born in Castlewood, South Dakota on February 20, 1926 to Gladys (Weis) and Hugh Magee. At the age of 1 he moved to Hospers, Iowa and was raised by his grandparents, Gerrit and Elizabeth Mouw. Some of Duane's best memories were of hunting and trapping along the Floyd River.

After graduating from Hospers High School in 1943, he briefly worked for Douglas Aircraft in California, and then enlisted in the Navy in February 1944 and proudly served on the USS Talladega and spent his 19th birthday at the battle at Iwo Jima.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Beth Schaafsma, on December 27, 1946. After attending Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, Duane and Anne moved to Missoula, Montana where he attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Forestry/ Range Management. They lived in Circle and Winnett, Montana while Duane worked for the Soil Conservation Service.

In 1954, Duane took a different career path and went to work for Lion Oil Co in Bismark, North Dakota as a Petroleum Landman. Working as a Landman would take them to Denver, Colorado, El Dorado, Arkansas, Liberal, Kansas and Midland Texas, where they lived for 30 years. In 1960 Duane and two friends formed their own company, "Chalfant, Magee and Hansen, Inc." (later including Clifton) as Oil and Gas Lease Brokers. He was an active member of the Permian Basin Landman's Association. He once said he couldn't think of any other work he would rather have done. Later two of his children, Tom and Diane, joined him in the oil business also.

Duane loved to entertain and his Fourth of July parties at their home in the country became larger and larger with ice cream and cake, and children shooting all the fireworks they wanted. They enjoyed their second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico, but Duane was always glad to get home to Midland and back to work.

Duane loved to travel in Europe and he and Anne made nine trips, touring Holland, Germany, France and with England and Ireland being special favorites. They always shared these many trips accompanied by friends and family.

Duane's two great passions in life were his family and work, and even after his kids moved away and he had retired, neither were ever very far from him. Throughout his life, Duane loved buying new cars and the companionship of a good dog. He and his last faithful companion Daisy, enjoyed their latest "new" shiny red pickup which they got a heck of deal on!

Survivors include his wife, Anna Beth, daughter Diane Gaston (Lonnie) of Midland, Texas, and two sons Tom Magee (Cindy) of Emmetsburg, Iowa and Jack Magee (Dawn) of Pierre, South Dakota; eight grandchildren, Dawn Germany (Robert), Sarah Gaston, Garrett Gaston, Ryan Magee, Mica Magee, Katie Magee, Danny Magee and Kris Iwan, and two great-grandchildren, Grace and Ada Germany and one great-grandson yet to make his appearance.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 2/8/2006 - 2/9/2006.
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McCracken, Bobbie

AMARILLO -- Bobbie McCracken, 53, of Amarillo and formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, Feb. 6 in Amarillo. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/8/2006.


Miller, Cindy Lent

Cindy Lent Miller, of Midland, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2006.

She was born August 22, 1956 to Jack Thomas Lent and Alma Jean Chapman Lent in Midland, Texas, where she was raised and educated. At the time of her death, Cindy was the office manager at T & C Tank Rental and Anchor Service.

Cindy is survived by her mother, Jean Lent of Midland, TX; her father, Jack Lent and his wife, Sylvia, of Uvalde, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Toni Lent of Midland, TX; nephews, Chris Lent of Louisville, KY; and Kyle Lent of Georgetown, TX.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:00 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Palmer Drug Abuse Program, (PDAP), 1201 W. Texas Ave., Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/8/2006.
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Samuel, Dorothy

Dorothy Samuel died Friday, Jan. 27. Services were held at 11 a.m. Feb. 3 at the New Morning Star Baptist Church in Dallas. Peaceful Rest Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a sister, Clara Garnett of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/8/2006.


Solley, Mary Ellen "Nanny E."

Mary Ellen "Nanny E." Solley, age 93, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2006.

She was born in London, England on August 20, 1912 to Albert Arthur and Mary Ethel Solley. She was educated in London, and had served an apprenticeship to become a royal court dressmaker. She enjoyed sewing, needlework, gardening, feeding the birds and reading. She came to live with her daughter, Pat Barr, on July 21, 2004.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Frank Cornelius Preacher Cooper on November 17, 1971 and Stanley Reginald Solley on August 12, 1998.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Chris Barr of Midland, TX; grandson, Simon Barr and his wife, Dawn, and their three daughters, Alex, Sami and McKenzie, granddaughter, Alison Haley and her husband, Jim, and their two sons, Stuart and Bobby, all of Midland, TX; nephews, Howard Solley and his wife, Cilla, of Bristol, CT; Alan Solley and his wife, Pam, of Cornwall, England; Robert Solley and his wife, Brenda, of Norfolk, England.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Infusion Plus and Home Hospice, especially Laura, Gina, Kathy, Royce, Marybell, Holly, Janell and Rosie. And, special thanks to Dr. Joe Rhode and Jubel Reed for their services, and Erna, her hairdresser.

Memorial services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Her remains will be interred at Minehead Cemetery in Somerset, England. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
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Armendariz, Aurora

Aurora Ortiz Armendariz went to be with our Heavenly Father and reunite with her husband, Victor Armendariz, Jr. on Saturday, February 4, 2006, after passing away at Hospice Midland Inpatient unit at Midland Memorial Hospital.

She was born on January 19, 1946 in Colorado City, Texas, to Pedro and Inez Ortiz. Aurora was raised and educated in Midland. She met and later married the late Victor Armendariz May 7, 1961.

Aurora was a very loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt. She was a "mom" to everyone who knew her.

She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and former member of the Guadalupanas and the Cursillistas.

Aurora is preceded in death by her husband, Victor Armendariz Jr.; sisters, Inez L. Ortiz and Beatrice Cristan; her brothers, Pedro Ortiz Jr., Angel Ortiz, Jose Pepe Ortiz, and Pasquel Ortiz.

She is survived by four sons, Daniel Armendariz of Midland, TX, Victor Armendariz III of Midland, TX, Henry Armendariz of Stanton, TX, and Raymond Armendariz of Ft. Hood, TX; two daughters, Carolyn O' Donnell of Midland, TX, and Melinda Tingle of Clarksville, Tenn.; one brother, Juan Ortiz of Lubbock TX; two sisters, Lorenza Gomez of Brownfield, TX, and Esperanza Aguilar of Midland, TX; fifteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rosary was held Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Pipkin Funeral Home. Funeral mass was held Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment followed at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/9/2006.
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Arnold, Bernice

Bernice "Bea" Arnold of Midland died Sunday, Feb. 5. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today, Feb. 9 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born May 9, 1925 to James Robison and Ida Robison in Cleveland, Okla. She worked at Tinker Air Base and assembled airplanes for Boeing in Seattle, Wash., during World War II. She married Bobby Arnold March 10, 1949 and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by three sons, Harold Arnold of Howe, Jerry Arnold of Austin and Dennie Arnold of Decatur; brother, Tom Robison of Rochester, N.Y.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/9/2006.


Briggs Sr., Marvin Ray

Marvin Ray Briggs, Sr., of Midland, passed away Monday, February 6, 2006 at Select Specialty Care Hospital in Midland, Texas.

He was born March 17, 1929 to Elzie Thelmer Briggs and Lora Lillian Cole Briggs in Shilder, Oklahoma. On May 21, 1965, he married Norma Penick at the Four Square Gospel Church in Midland, Texas. Prior to his retirement, Marvin had worked for AMF Tubescope Coating Plant in Midland for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Robert Briggs.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Norma Briggs of Midland, TX; sons, Marvin R. Briggs, Jr., of Weber Falls, OK; Donald Briggs, Sr. and wife, Linda, of Azle, TX; Tommy Briggs and wife, Shirley, of Weber Falls, OK; daughter, Leah M. Wilson and husband, Rob, of China, TX; brother, Wayne Briggs and wife, Lola, of Yuma, AZ; sisters, Arvie L. Briggs of Midland, TX; Juanita Harrison and husband, Wendell, of Graham, TX; Lucille M. Jordan and husband, Dee, of Midland, TX; Darlene Pruitt and husband, Bill, of Midland, TX; Sharlene Owen and husband, J.C., of Odessa, TX; sister-in-law, Mareda Briggs of Midland, TX; twelve grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Thursday, February 9, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Donald Gene Briggs, Jr., Danny Eugene Briggs, James Robert Wilson, Don Bizzell and Rodney Jobe. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Pruitt, Wendell Harrison, Dee Jordan, Earl Gene Branch and Harold Taylor.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and we as a family will always remember and honor him for that.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at Select Specialty Care Hospital for their comfort and care during Marvin's stay in the hospital.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 2/8/2006 - 2/9/2006.
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Goodwin, Yvonne

Yvonne Goodwin died Monday, Feb. 6. Services are pending at Thomas Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/9/2006.


Hickey, Rodrick

Rodrick Hickey died Saturday, Feb 4. Services are pending at Thomas Funeral Home.
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Jones, Donald

Donald Jones, 67, of Midland, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2006. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2006 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with Reverend J.B. Shewmake, officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the services, 3800 N. Big Spring St. in Midland.

He was born on May 7, 1938, in Tarzan, Texas to James and Bessie Jones and married Sue Gilmer on February 5, 1966 in Mesquite, Texas. She preceded him in death in September of 2003. He graduated from Grady High School and lived in Tarzan before attending Texas Tech University, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He worked as a engineer manager for Texas Instruments in Dallas for many years. Later, he moved to Midland to be close to his family. Don loved hunting and fishing.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Sue and husband Ed Clements of Fincastle, Virginia and Trayce Allen of Terrell; one son, Jesse and wife Alishia Jones of Midland; four grandchildren, Lauren and Emma Clements and Trevor and Linda Nicole Allen.

The family suggests memorials made to: Texas Lion's League For Crippled Children, P.O. Box 247, Kerrville, TX 78028.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
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Magee, Duane J.

Duane J. Magee, 79, of Hospers, Iowa passed away at a Sioux City hospital on Monday, February 6, after a short illness.

Services are scheduled for Thursday,10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Hospers, Iowa with Pastor Bryan Janssen officiating. Burial will follow at the family plot in the West Cemetery, Hospers. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday night at the Oolman Funeral Home in Hospers, Iowa.

He was born in Castlewood, South Dakota on February 20, 1926 to Gladys (Weis) and Hugh Magee. At the age of 1 he moved to Hospers, Iowa and was raised by his grandparents, Gerrit and Elizabeth Mouw. Some of Duane's best memories were of hunting and trapping along the Floyd River.

After graduating from Hospers High School in 1943, he briefly worked for Douglas Aircraft in California, and then enlisted in the Navy in February 1944 and proudly served on the USS Talladega and spent his 19th birthday at the battle at Iwo Jima.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Beth Schaafsma, on December 27, 1946. After attending Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, Duane and Anne moved to Missoula, Montana where he attended the University of Montana, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Forestry/ Range Management. They lived in Circle and Winnett, Montana while Duane worked for the Soil Conservation Service.

In 1954, Duane took a different career path and went to work for Lion Oil Co in Bismark, North Dakota as a Petroleum Landman. Working as a Landman would take them to Denver, Colorado, El Dorado, Arkansas, Liberal, Kansas and Midland Texas, where they lived for 30 years. In 1960 Duane and two friends formed their own company, "Chalfant, Magee and Hansen, Inc." (later including Clifton) as Oil and Gas Lease Brokers. He was an active member of the Permian Basin Landman's Association. He once said he couldn't think of any other work he would rather have done. Later two of his children, Tom and Diane, joined him in the oil business also.

Duane loved to entertain and his Fourth of July parties at their home in the country became larger and larger with ice cream and cake, and children shooting all the fireworks they wanted. They enjoyed their second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico, but Duane was always glad to get home to Midland and back to work.

Duane loved to travel in Europe and he and Anne made nine trips, touring Holland, Germany, France and with England and Ireland being special favorites. They always shared these many trips accompanied by friends and family.

Duane's two great passions in life were his family and work, and even after his kids moved away and he had retired, neither were ever very far from him. Throughout his life, Duane loved buying new cars and the companionship of a good dog. He and his last faithful companion Daisy, enjoyed their latest "new" shiny red pickup which they got a heck of deal on!

Survivors include his wife, Anna Beth, daughter Diane Gaston (Lonnie) of Midland, Texas, and two sons Tom Magee (Cindy) of Emmetsburg, Iowa and Jack Magee (Dawn) of Pierre, South Dakota; eight grandchildren, Dawn Germany (Robert), Sarah Gaston, Garrett Gaston, Ryan Magee, Mica Magee, Katie Magee, Danny Magee and Kris Iwan, and two great-grandchildren, Grace and Ada Germany and one great-grandson yet to make his appearance.
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Miller, Cindy

Cindy Lent Miller of Midland died Saturday, Feb. 4. Services will be 9 a.m. today, Feb. 9 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Hopkins officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1956 to Jack and Alma Lent in Midland, where she was raised and educated. She was the office manager at T & C Tank Rental and Anchor Service.

She is survived by her mother; her father; a brother, Tommy Lent of Midland and two nephews.

Memorials may be directed to Palmer Drug Abuse Program, (PDAP), 1201 W. Texas Ave., Midland, Texas 79701.
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Roberts, Cleo Stuart

Emily Cleo (Stuart) Roberts, 89, formerly of Midland, Texas, went home to be with her heavenly Father, February 7, 2006 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Roberts was born in rural Kerens, Navarro County, Texas on July 24, 1916 to Kendrick R and Catherine (Albritton) Stuart. She graduated from Kerens High School in 1934. She completed an extension course in Bookkeeping Practice and continued to Tyler Commercial College in Tyler, Texas, graduating 1937. She was united in Holy Matrimony by Dr. H.D. Bruce to O.W. (Preacher) Roberts, Jr., in Midland, Texas on December 24, 1939. She was a faithful and active member of her beloved Bellview Baptist Church in Midland. She was active in of the outreach programs of the church, until her health would no longer allow her to live alone

Mrs. Roberts came to Midland, Texas in the late 1930s to work in the Montgomery Ward, Mail Order Office. She worked for the Abell McHargue Lumber Company and later for Midland Savings. Continuing to work throughout the changes to Gibraltar Savings and then to Briercroft Savings, retiring in July 1986. After retiring, she dedicated her time to church projects and teaching the Sunday School Class, known as THE SOLOS at Bellview Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading her bible and was a faithful student of God's Holy Word.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband O.W. (Preacher) Roberts 1996; her nephew, Kendrick R Graves 1976; her sister, Nina Stuart Cox 1989; and great-nephew Stuart Ray Skinner 1998.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by her niece, Catherine (Graves) Skinner of Fort Gibson, OK; her great-niece, Leslie Ann and husband Jim Harig of Fort Gibson, OK; great-niece, Laurie Kathryn (Graves) Sterling of Snyder, TX; great-nephews, Kendrick R Graves, Jr., of Snyder, TX; and Andrew Kipling (Kip) Graves; great-great-niece, Cristin (Richardson) and husband Reggie Kirkland, and son, Ethan Cole Kirkland; great-great-nephews, Scott Allen Skinner of Athens, TX; Jeremy Clay Skinner of Corsicana, TX; Cameron Wayne Richardson of Fort Gibson, OK; Scott Christian Harig of Fort Gibson, OK. Other survivors include, Daniel Ray Tramel of Athens, TX; Johnie (McCurrin) Baker of Wichita Falls, TX; Paulina Jane (McCurrin) Covington of Aubrey, TX; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Stuart of Farmersville, TX; Polly & Bill Ray, of El Campo, TX; Wilbur Roberts, brother-in-law, Carlsbad, NM; Wayne Roberts of Carlsbad, NM; Gary & Katherine Roberts of Brownwood, TX; Gloria (Roberts) Madewell of Arlington, TX; Debbie (Roberts) and Larry Belue of Boyd, TX; Mark and Jennifer Roberts of Hurst, TX; Jimmy and Catherine Roberts of North Richland Hills, TX; Johnnie Harvey, Midland, TX. She is also survived by a multitude of very close friends, made during her life journey in Midland, Texas. Her smile, her laugh and her faithfulness to pray will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Friday, February 10, 2006 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Bellview Baptist Church with Reverend G.A. Magee and Reverend Myron Unruh officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Bellview Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bellview Baptist Church, Building Fund at 1710 N Big Spring, Midland, Texas, or the charity of one's choice.
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Solley, Mary

Mary Ellen "Nanny E." Solley, 93, died Saturday, Feb. 4. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. today, Feb. 9 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Her remains will be interred at Minehead Cemetery in Somerset, England. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 20, 1912, to Albert and Mary Solley in London, England. She was educated in London, and had served an apprenticeship to become a royal court dressmaker. She enjoyed sewing, needlework, gardening, feeding the birds and reading. She moved to Midland in 2004.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Frank Cooper and Stanley Solley.

She is survived by a daughter, Pat Barr of Midland; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three nephews.
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Adams, Louise

Louise Adams, of Midland, an amazing mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2006 in Odessa, Texas.

She was born February 19, 1922 to August F. Drueckhammer and Louise Lippe Drueckhammer in Priddy, Texas. On May 9, 1953, she married Paul W. Adams in San Angelo, Texas. Louise was an active member of Midland Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Paul W. Adams in 2002, two sisters, Hilda Foreman and Frieda Johnson, and two brothers, Alfred and Arthur Drueckhammer.

Louise is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Scott Goodwin, and her grandson, Zachary Paul Goodwin, all of Odessa, TX; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Isabella Drueckhammer of Rowena, TX; and sister, Leona Glasgow of Spruce Creek, PA.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Friday, February 10, 2006 between the hours of 6:30 P.M. and 8:30 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Midland Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the Scleroderma Foundation, Attention: Donations, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.
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Bledsoe, Lorene

Lorene Bledsoe, of Midland, passed away Wednesday, February, 8, 2006.

She was born March 25, 1922 to Claude DeShane and Hester Shook DeShane in Gowen, Oklahoma. Lorene was a faithful Christian and active member of Kelview Heights Baptist Church of Midland, Texas. Before moving to Midland, she was a Sunday School teacher for many years at Temple Baptist Church in Hobbs, New Mexico. She loved serving her Lord, Jesus Christ, and anyone who talked to Lorene was sure to hear her personal testimony. Her most treasured achievement was leading all of her children to the Lord. She had a wonderful sense of humor and no matter what the circumstances was always able to bring a smile to the faces of those around her. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.

The family would like to extend a special note of gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Younger Unit of Midland, Texas, who loved her through her final days.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Irene and Claudis DeShane, Frank Bledsoe, the father of her children, and daughter-in-law, Kerry Bledsoe.

Lorene is survived by her sons, Jack Bledsoe and wife, Rita, of Midland, TX; Dale Bledsoe of Dallas, TX; daughter, Carol Clements and husband, David, of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Allan Bledsoe and wife, Kristi, of Dallas, TX; Kathy Swinney and husband, John, of Dallas, TX; Chris Loveless and wife, Barbara, of Midland, TX; Jerry Scarbrough of Midland, TX; Gina Lewis and husband, Matt, of Mary Esther, FL; Keri Bledsoe of Dallas, TX; and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Friday, February 10, 2006 between the hours 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 9:00 A.M. Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be Saturday at 1:00 P.M. (MST) at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Hobbs, New Mexico. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the Missions Program at Kelview Heights Baptist Church, 402 W. Scharbauer, Midland, Texas 79705.
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Fannin, Oleta

Oleta Faye Fannin died Wednesday, Feb. 8 at a local hospital. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Upton County Cemetery in Rankin.

She was born June 19, 1920 to Albert and Audrie Miller in Ira, where she was raised and educated. She married I.O. Fannin in 1940 and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rankin.

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

She is survived by two sons, Robert Fannin of San Antonio and Michael Fannin of Dallas; one grandson; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, 3205 W. Cuthbert, Suite A-8, and Midland, 79703.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Condolences may be e-mailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
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Garramone, Barbara

DEKALB -- Barbara Ruth Garramone, 61, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, Feb. 7 at her residence. Services will be today, Feb. 10 at Bates-Rolf Funeral Chapel with Dale and Pamela Carr officiating. Interment will be at Woodmen Cemetery in DeKalb.

She was born July 16, 1944, in Texarkana. She was a homemaker and a member of Community of Christ. She was the president of DeKalb HOPE.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Garramone of DeKalb; two sons, Frank Garramone and William Garramone, both of Nashville; a brother, Dale Carr of DeKalb; parents, William and Vivian Carr of DeKalb; three granddaughters; two nephews; an aunt; and several cousins.
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Gonzales Jr., Sergio

BIG SPRING -- Sergio Gonzales Jr., 5, of Big Spring died Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Lubbock. Services are pending with Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
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Goodwin, Yvonne

Services for Yvonne Goodwin will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Howard Adams officiating.

She was born in Midland on July 19, 1955. She departed this life Feb. 6, 2006.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, James Briggs and Doris Maloy; her children, Winfred Massingill, Ricquan Goodwin; a grandson, Gregory Massingill; her brothers, Jonathan Badger, James Briggs Jr., Warren Briggs, Goldman Briggs, and Larry Briggs; her sisters, Tequilla Massingill, Starr Briggs, Geraldine King Harris, Veraldine King Forster, Barbara Cynthia Briggs, and Irene Briggs.
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Hickey, Rodrick

Services for Rodrick Lydell "Hick" Hickey will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Greater Ideal Baptist Church. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Born Oct. 4, 1972, in Midland, he was a MHS graduate, where he played basketball. He went to Frank Phillips College in Borger. He died Feb. 4, 2006.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Milton Williams and Carol Faye Harris, and step-father, Eddied Killings Harris.

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Jocielynll and Garielle; his brothers, Byron Hickey, and Eddie Harris; three great-aunts, Betty Hickey, Linda McDonald, and Ruby Moore; uncles, J.C. Hickey and James Peterson; a niece; and five nephews.
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Holtkort, Phillip

GRANBURY -- Phillip Holtkort, 60, passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, in Granbury.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Acton United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Holly Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wiley Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to Hood County Friends for Animals or St. Judes Hospital for Children.

Mr. Holtkort was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Lubbock to A.J. and Geraldine McCarley Holtkort. He married Jan Amerson on Sept. 11, 1987, in Midland. Phillip graduated from Monterey High School and Texas Tech University. He retired from Texaco in 1999 after 30 years of service, and had worked for ReMax Real Estate in Granbury since 1999. He was a member of Acton United Methodist Church. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, David Holtkort.

Survivors include his wife, Jan Holtkort of Granbury; children, Trent Holtkort of Midland, Tina Rose of McKinney, Tuesdee Halbert of Austin and Kauli Halbert of Austin; three grandchildren; and brother, August Holtkort of Carrollton.
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Jones, Donald

Donald Jones, 67, of Midland, died Monday, Feb. 6. Services will be 3 p.m. today, Feb. 10 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with J.B. Shewmake officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. Visitation with family will be at the funeral home following the services.

He was born May 7, 1938, to James and Bessie Jones in Tarzan and married Sue Gilmer on Feb. 5, 1966 in Mesquite. She preceded him in death. He graduated from Grady High School and received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University. He worked as a engineer manager for Texas Instruments in Dallas, later moving to Midland.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Clements of Fincastle, Va. and Trayce Allen of Terrell; one son, Jesse Jones of Midland; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Texas Lion's League For Crippled Children, P.O. Box 247, Kerrville, 78028.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
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McCracken, Bobbie

BIG SPRING -- Bobbie McCracken, 53, of Amarillo and formerly of Big Spring, died Monday, Feb. 6 in Amarillo. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today, Feb. 10 at Mount Olive Memorial Park with the Rev. Randy Cotton officiating.

He was born Aug. 18, 1952 in Howard County and was raised in Big Spring. He moved to Amarillo 15 years ago. He attended Seminary in Arlington and was a Baptist.

He is survived by his stepmother, June McCracken of Big Spring; and a number of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel McCracken and Byron McCracken; and one sister.

Arrangements are under the direction of Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.myersandsmith.com.
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Roberson, Danny

Danny Roberson of Midland died Wednesday, Feb. 8. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
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Roberts, Cleo Stuart

Emily Cleo (Stuart) Roberts, 89, formerly of Midland, Texas, went home to be with her heavenly Father, February 7, 2006 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Roberts was born in rural Kerens, Navarro County, Texas on July 24, 1916 to Kendrick R and Catherine (Albritton) Stuart. She graduated from Kerens High School in 1934. She completed an extension course in Bookkeeping Practice and continued to Tyler Commercial College in Tyler, Texas, graduating 1937. She was united in Holy Matrimony by Dr. H.D. Bruce to O.W. (Preacher) Roberts, Jr., in Midland, Texas on December 24, 1939. She was a faithful and active member of her beloved Bellview Baptist Church in Midland. She was active in of the outreach programs of the church, until her health would no longer allow her to live alone

Mrs. Roberts came to Midland, Texas in the late 1930s to work in the Montgomery Ward, Mail Order Office. She worked for the Abell McHargue Lumber Company and later for Midland Savings. Continuing to work throughout the changes to Gibraltar Savings and then to Briercroft Savings, retiring in July 1986. After retiring, she dedicated her time to church projects and teaching the Sunday School Class, known as THE SOLOS at Bellview Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading her bible and was a faithful student of God's Holy Word.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband O.W. (Preacher) Roberts 1996; her nephew, Kendrick R Graves 1976; her sister, Nina Stuart Cox 1989; and great-nephew Stuart Ray Skinner 1998.

Mrs. Roberts is survived by her niece, Catherine (Graves) Skinner of Fort Gibson, OK; her great-niece, Leslie Ann and husband Jim Harig of Fort Gibson, OK; great-niece, Laurie Kathryn (Graves) Sterling of Snyder, TX; great-nephews, Kendrick R Graves, Jr., of Snyder, TX; and Andrew Kipling (Kip) Graves; great-great-niece, Cristin (Richardson) and husband Reggie Kirkland, and son, Ethan Cole Kirkland; great-great-nephews, Scott Allen Skinner of Athens, TX; Jeremy Clay Skinner of Corsicana, TX; Cameron Wayne Richardson of Fort Gibson, OK; Scott Christian Harig of Fort Gibson, OK. Other survivors include, Daniel Ray Tramel of Athens, TX; Johnie (McCurrin) Baker of Wichita Falls, TX; Paulina Jane (McCurrin) Covington of Aubrey, TX; Mr. & Mrs. Edward Stuart of Farmersville, TX; Polly & Bill Ray, of El Campo, TX; Wilbur Roberts, brother-in-law, Carlsbad, NM; Wayne Roberts of Carlsbad, NM; Gary & Katherine Roberts of Brownwood, TX; Gloria (Roberts) Madewell of Arlington, TX; Debbie (Roberts) and Larry Belue of Boyd, TX; Mark and Jennifer Roberts of Hurst, TX; Jimmy and Catherine Roberts of North Richland Hills, TX; Johnnie Harvey, Midland, TX. She is also survived by a multitude of very close friends, made during her life journey in Midland, Texas. Her smile, her laugh and her faithfulness to pray will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Friday, February 10, 2006 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Bellview Baptist Church with Reverend G.A. Magee and Reverend Myron Unruh officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Bellview Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bellview Baptist Church, Building Fund at 1710 N Big Spring, Midland, Texas, or the charity of one's choice.
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Shive, Rex

BIG SPRING -- Rex A. Shive, 75, of Coahoma, died Thursday, Feb. 9 at his residence. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Coahoma Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 10 at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Big Spring and married Cleo Little Aug. 8, 1948 in Coahoma. He farmed near Coahoma before retiring in 1996. He also had worked for Cosden for 19 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Coahoma.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo Shive of Coahoma; one son, Rob Shive of Austin; two daughters, Sharon Van Den Houten of Abilene and Janene Gryder of San Angelo; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Coahoma, 79511 or to Odyssey Hospice, 1003 E. FM 700, Big Spring, 79720.

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

Mary Bridget Wolonsky passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at Morning Glory Adult Home Care.

She was born on September 5, 1928, in Londonderry, Ireland. Mary McNulty met Joseph Wolonsky during WWII in Ireland, where they were married in April of 1945. They moved to Pennsylvania for a brief period and then moved to Akron, Ohio, where she was a resident for sixty years. She moved to Midland in May of 2005. She worked in retail sales in Akron, Ohio. She was a member of St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church for sixty years, and was a member of the Ladies Guild Garden Club.

The family would like to express their gratitude and special thanks to the staff of Hospice of Midland and Morning Glory Adult Home Care.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Wolonsky; and one son, Shawn Wolonsky.

Ms. Wolonsky is survived by two sons, Joseph "Pat" Wolonsky and wife, Nada Wolonsky of Thousand Oaks, CA., and Kevin Wolonsky of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Noreen Connell and husband, Max Connell of Midland, TX, and Moya Wolonsky of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Megan Connell of Ft. Worth, TX, Cody Connell of Lubbock, TX, Joe, Alexandra and Milena Wolonsky, all of Thousand Oaks, CA., Alana Wolonsky of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Michelle and Kevin, both of Georgia; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Mary always had a cheerful attitude and a gift of laughter that was contagious and will be missed.

At Ms. Wolonsky's request no services will be held.

Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, Texas 79702.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be e-mailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
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Adams, Louise

Louise Adams of Midland died Thursday, Feb. 9 in Odessa. Services will be 3 p.m. today, Feb. 11 at Midland Lutheran Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born Feb. 19, 1922 to August and Louise Drueckhammer in Priddy. She married Paul Adams on May 9, 1953 in San Angelo and was a member of Midland Lutheran Church.

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

She is survived by a daughter, Diana Goodwin of Odessa; one grandson; a brother, Walter Drueckhammer of Rowena; and a sister, Leona Glasgow of Spruce Creek, Pa.

Memorials may be directed to the Scleroderma Foundation, Attention: Donations, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.
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Allen, John

KERMIT -- John David Allen, 88, of Jal, N.M., died Feb. 9 in Kermit. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jal with Alan Speed officiating. Interment will follow at Jal Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

He was born April 27, 1917, in Mayhill, N.M., and was retired from El Paso Natural Gas.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Allen of Jal, N.M.; one son, John Allen of Las Cruces, N.M.; daughter, Ronna Barnes of Abilene; three sisters, Esther Royland of Forrest Grove, Ore., Nita Searcy of Abilene and Tressa Owens of San Angelo.

The funeral home is online at: http://www.fs-fp.com.
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Baum, John

John T. Baum, 69 of Midland, died Feb. 9 at a local hospital. There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
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Chapple, Victoria

Victoria Fabrega Chapple died Feb. 9 at her residence in Midland. Memorial services have been scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at St. Ann's Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born March 10, 1906 in Panama City, Panama to Judge Alfonso Fabrega and his wife, Eusebia. She attended school in Panama City and later attended college in London. She taught English in the Normal School in Panama City and, in 1929, she was elected as the Carnival Queen in Panama. She married Dr. James Chapple July 30, 1930 in Panama. They moved to Chicago, later returning to Panama City where Dr. Chapple practiced medicine. They moved to Midland in 1936. She was a Catholic and served as the organist at St. George's Catholic Church in Midland. She was a member of the St. Ann's Altar Society for more than 50 years. She also served on the Ladies Auxiliary of the Midland Memorial Hospital and as a volunteer Spanish translator for the medical staff at the Children's Clinic. She was a member of the Woman's Club, the Women's Wednesday Club, The International Club and the Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by a daughter, Victoria Moncrief; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Sanchez and Lastenia Cardoz, both of Panama City, Panama; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, St. Ann's Catholic Church, or the charity of choice.

James Register

ODESSA -- James Wesley Register, 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Webster. Viewing will be held today, Feb. 11. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens presented by the VFW Post #4372.

He was born Nov. 30, 1944 to John Register and Gertie Cooper in Electra, and was raised in Midland. He graduated from Lee High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Judy Brisco Sept. 12, 1987 in Midlothian. He worked as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse and General Electric in western Wyoming until his retirement in 2005. He was a Little League baseball coach, a member of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association, and the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Mike Register of Green River, Wyo., and Frank Register of Mountain View, Wyo.; a daughter, Crystal Register of Fort Collins, Colo.; his brother, Jody Lyles of Midland; numerous nieces and nephews; and five grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/11/2006.


Harmon, Eddie

Eddie Harmon, 84, of Midland, died Feb. 10 in Odessa. Services are pending with Jackie Warren Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/11/2006.


Roberts, Emily Cleo

Emily Cleo Roberts, 89, formerly of Midland, died Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Muskogee, Okla. Services will be 11 a.m. today, Feb. 11 at Bellview Baptist Church with the Revs. G.A. Magee and Myron Unruh officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

She was born July 24, 1916 to Kendrick and Catherine Stuart in Kerens. She graduated from Kerens High School in 1934 and completed an extension course in bookkeeping practice. She graduated from Tyler Commercial College in 1937. She married O.W. Roberts Jr. Dec. 24, 1939 in Midland and was a member of Bellview Baptist Church. She had been employed with Montgomery Ward, Mail Order Office, the Abell McHargue Lumber Company and later for Midland Savings. She continued to work throughout the changes to Gibraltar Savings and then to Briercroft Savings, retiring in July 1986. She had also taught Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a nephew, a sister and a great-nephew.

She is survived by a niece, two great-nieces; two great-nephews; one great-great-niece; four great-great-nephews; and one great-great-great-nephew.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bellview Baptist Church, Building Fund at 1710 N. Big Spring, Midland, or the charity of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 2/11/2006.


Wolonsky, Mary

Mary Bridget Wolonsky died Wednesday, Feb. 8. No services will be held.

She was born Sept. 5, 1928 in Londonderry, Ireland. She married Joseph Wolonsky in April of 1945. The couple moved to Pennsylvania and then to Akron, Ohio, where she was a resident for 60 years. She moved to Midland in May of 2005. She worked in retail sales in Akron, Ohio. She was a member of St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church for 60 years and was a member of the Ladies Guild Garden Club.

She is preceded in death by her husband and one son.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph Wolonsky of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Kevin Wolonsky of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Noreen Connell of Midland and Moya Wolonsky of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be directed to the Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, 79702.

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 2/11/2006.







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