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Obits - Midland Reporter Telegram – 1st week of Aug, 2006

David G. Miller (View posts)
Posted: 6 Sep 2006 7:40PM GMT
Classification: Obituary

Hanks, Brutus Bentley

Brutus Bentley Hanks was born on December 2, 1915, in Ivan, Texas, to Lloyd and Ada Hanks. He passed from this life to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. He was married to Helen Averitt in Haskell, Texas on December 27, 1935; and they celebrated seventy years of joyful life, roses and love notes.

Brutus was in the grocery business for 50 years in Midland, Abilene, Monday, and Big Spring, Texas. In his early years, he and his three brothers worked in the family grocery business -- H & H Food Store -- owned by his father, Lloyd. His work in the grocery business was interrupted briefly as he and his brothers volunteered to serve in the military, with Brutus faithfully serving his country in the United States Navy.

Following World War II, Brutus and his brother, Jack, stayed in the grocery business. He operated "Hanks Superettes" -- seven smaller stores and then consolidated his grocery business into one store in Midland where he worked until he retired in 1986.

While living in Midland, Brutus served as President of the Midland Evening Lions Club. He and his wife Helen were also charter members of the Golf Course Road Church of Christ.

Brutus and Helen moved to Georgetown, Texas in 1997. He was a member of the Georgetown Church of Christ and was looking forward to worshipping the Lord in the new worship center soon to be completed.

Brutus was preceded in death by his parents -- Lloyd and Ada Hanks; two sisters, Beulah Dunlap and LaNelle Johnston; and three brothers, Jack Hanks, J. B. Hanks, and Sterling Hanks.

He is survived by his wife Helen of Georgetown; two sisters, Graca Everton of Seattle, Washington and Kitty Owings of Bryan; one sister-in-law, Patsy Hanks of Georgetown; four children, Don Hanks of Rockport; Mary Jane Saikin of Austin; Dr. David Hanks of Plano; and Kim Hanks of Austin and their spouses. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, as well as, a host of friends and brothers and sisters in Christ who loved him dearly.

There was a private family graveside service followed by a memorial-celebration service at Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Georgetown Church of Christ, 1525 W. University Avenue (Hwy 29), in Georgetown, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Georgetown Church of Christ Building Fund, 1525 W. University Avenue, Georgetown, Texas 78628.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/1/2006.
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Moore, Wayne

Wayne Moore died at his home on July 29, 2006, he was 92 years old. Wayne was born in Owasso, Oklahoma, August 30, 1913 to Henry Esther Moore and James Edward Moore.

Wayne grew up in Owasso and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1932. He attended Oklahoma A&M University (now Oklahoma State University) until 1936. Wayne then attended Oklahoma University, graduating in 1939 with a degree in geology.

Wayne worked for Stanolind Oil and Gas first in Mississippi, then transferring to Midland in 1940. In 1944 he left Stanolind and with Bill Gilmore, formed Moore and Gilmore. While with Moore and Gilmore as well as on his own, Wayne participated in the discovery and development of numerous oil and gas fields in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. In addition to being active in the oil and gas industry, he also owned and operated several ranches in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. Wayne remained active in both the oil industry and ranching until his death.

Wayne Moore was a trustee as well as Chairman of the Board of Brite School of Divinity, and on the Board of Directors at Texas Christian University. On the Board of Directors of Juliette Fowler Homes Inc., Dallas, Texas. Wayne served on the Board at First City Bank then on First City National Bank and was a Board Member at Midland College. Wayne was a Deacon, Elder, and Trustee of the First Christian Church in Midland and he participated in the development of Midland Presbyterian Homes (Manor Park). He was a member of several Professional and Technical Societies, as well as Social Clubs.

In 1946, Wayne was married to Joann Montgomery of Fort Stockton. Wayne and Joann had two daughters, Esther and Pearl.

Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Montgomery Moore and his two daughters, Esther Moore Tate and Pearl Moore Carter. He is survived by two grandchildren, Kathleen Cotter and James Carter both of Midland, TX; a sister, Emily Gilmer of Lubbock, TX; two nieces, Beverly Landgraf and Charlotte Furman both of Odessa, TX; three nephews, Jim Gilmer of Westminster, CO; Stuart Gilmer of Lebanon, MO; and Tom Moore of Midland, TX; and a special friend, Ibby Hardie of Midland, TX.

The family would like to extend thanks to all of his caregivers with a special thanks to Alecia, Willie, Cecilia and Greg.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Wednesday, August 2, 2006 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Memorial services honoring Wayne Moore will be held at First Christian Church, 1301 W. Louisiana Avenue on Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 1:00 P.M. A reception will follow the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences visit www.mem.com.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Manor Park, First Christian Church, Brite School of Divinity, or a charity of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 7/31/2006 - 8/1/2006.
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Woods, Bobby

Bobby Woods, 79, of Sugarland, formerly of Ranger, passed away Saturday July 29, 2006. Funeral services will be Tuesday August 1 at 5:00 pm in the First United Methodist Church in Ranger. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Woods was born October 10, 1926 to Harvey Orville Woods and Una Davenport. He graduated from Ranger High School. He later married Gladys Nell Bond and they spent many years together until her passing in 1993. He was a proud member of the Methodist Church. Bob was a scratch avid golfer and sportsman. He was extremely proud of his service in the Marine Corps during World War 2. Following the war, Bob loved his days as a cowboy working in Wild Canyon. After his cowboy days he became a petroleum engineer for 32 years and during that time he created a down hole treatment that received a patent. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, life in general and cold beer.

Survivors include two daughters; Tamara Fox of Philadelphia and Sarah Ann Austin of Houston, one brother, H.O. Woods of Midland, one granddaughter, Elly Davenport Austin of Houston, one nephew, L.H. Pounds of Rockwell and one niece, Alyce Gooch of Big Lake. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

The family requests in lieu of flowers people are welcome to make donations to the First United Methodist Church in Ranger. That address is 417 Elm St. Ranger, TX 76470.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/1/2006.

Atwell, Margaret

BIG SPRING -- Margaret Jean Becker Atwell, 73, of Big Spring, died Sunday, July 30, at her residence. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel, with Dr. Randy Cotton, pastor, officiating.

She was born on September 28, 1932, in Belen, N.M.

She came to Big Spring in 1936 with her family where she grew up and was a lifelong resident.

She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Janet Harrington of Niederwald; three grandchildren; one brother, George Becker of Snyder; and two sisters, Mabel Chute of Big Spring and Vada Pittman of Sanger, Calif.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Atwell; one grandson; her parents, Albert and Mattie Becker; six brothers and three sisters.

The family suggest memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lucy Bonner, PO Box 2121, Big Spring, 79721.

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 8/2/2006.


Barnett, Reba Young

Reba J. Barnett (nee Young) was born January 7, 1929 in Rockdale, Texas and passed away in Round Rock, Texas, July 30, 2006 of complications from a stroke.

Reba was raised in Temple and graduated from Temple High School. She moved to Midland, Texas to work for Shell Oil Company and then married E. Travis Barnett in 1952. They returned to Temple after retiring in 1985. She was active in Newcomers and Central Texas Republican Women and also loved to read and garden.

Reba is preceded in death by her mother, Lucile Hardie Pickens; her sister, Elaine Allen, and her husband, Travis. She is survived by daughter, Tracey (Chris) Smith of St. Paul, Minnesota; son, Randy Barnett, of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Patricia (Doug) Eickhoff, of Pflugerville, Texas; Grandchildren, Nicole Barnett and Danielle (Eddy) Arant of Midland and Austin Eickhoff of Pflugerville; nephew, Tom Allen of Placencia, Beliza and niece, Ann Marshall of Austin. Reba was also very fond of her friends in Temple and around the country.

Services will be held at the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.
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Basped, April C.

April C. Basped, 46, was born April 25, 1960 in Midland to Mamie and Oline Basped. She departed this earth Jully 31, 2006. She was a very caring and loving, mother, daughter and sister all of her life.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Gabriel, Tanika, Omar, Marcelus, Morgan and Jennifer, a granddaughter Shantel of Atlanta, Ga. Her siblilngs, Oline Basped, Austin, Lasonja Thomas, Irving, Tx. England Randolph of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Funeral Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Alexander Temple COGIC, 200 N. Tyler.

Burial will be in Serenity Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.
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Dower, Glenn

BIG SPRING -- Glenn Dower, 83, of Big Spring, died Sunday, July 30, at his residence. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 2, at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. Steven King officiating.

He was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Electra, and married Oleta Wilson Feb. 27, 1943 in Lacrosse, Wis.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He attended Birdwell Lane Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Oleta Dower of Big Spring; one son, Kenneth Dower of Big Spring; a daughter, Pamela of Snyder; eight great-grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Allen Wayne Dower; and one brother, Shirley Wayne Dower.

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 8/2/2006.


Mason, Herman

Herman Mason died Monday, July 31, in Big Spring. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.


Moore, Wayne

Wayne Moore, 92, died at his home Saturday, July 29. He was born in Owasso, Okla., Aug. 30, 1913 to Henry Esther Moore and James Edward Moore.

In 1946, he married Joann Montgomery of Fort Stockton. They had two daughters, Esther and Pearl.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Montgomery Moore and his two daughters, Esther Moore Tate and Pearl Moore Carter. He is survived by two grandchildren; a sister, Emily Gilmer of Lubbock; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, today, Aug. 2, between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church Thursday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. Reception will follow the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences visit www.mem.com.

The family requests memorials be directed to Manor Park, First Christian Church, Brite School of Divinity or a charity of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.


Roman, Severa

BIG SPRING -- Severa "Tia Sarah" Roman, 73, of Big Spring, died Sunday, July 30, at her residence.Rosary will be today, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m., at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at the St. Thomas Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

She was born May 4, 1933, in Big Spring.

She was a lifelong resident of Big Spring. She was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Survivors include one sister, Sulema Delgado of Big Spring and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.


Toerck, William

BIG SPRING -- William H. (Bill) Toerck, 93, of Big Spring, died Monday, July 31, in a local nursing home. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. today, Aug. 2, at Mount Olive Memorial Park with the Rev. R.T. Havener officiating.

He was born Dec. 30, 1912, in Wilson County. He married Polly Grandstaff Dec. 29, 1941 in Boerne, and she preceded him in death. He later married Mary Ann Love Dec. 21, 1983 in Big Spring.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church where he served as a deacon.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Toerck of Big Spring; three step daughters, Henrietta Chapman of Big Spring, Sue Coldiron of Kingsland and Retta Caldwell of Big Spring; one step son, Warren E. Moore of Surprize, Ariz.; one sister, Edna Higgons of Seagoville and one niece.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, E.H. and Mary Lee Toerck, four sisters, Mattie Sarah Hobbs, Ida Mae Noce, Lillie Gregory, Grace Grandstaff; and two brothers, John Alton Toerck and Sylvester Toerck.

The family suggests memorials be made to the First Assembly of God Church, 310 West 4th, Big Spring, 79720.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.


Urias, Natividad

BIG SPRING -- Natividad "Tala" Urias, 80, of Big Spring died Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/2/2006.

Garcia, Ariana Delia

Ariana Delia Garcia, infant daughter of Juanita and Benjamin C. Garcia Jr. died Monday, July 31, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.


Griffin, Gary

Gary Griffin, 62, of Midland, died Wednesday, August 2, at his home. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 4, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with the Rev. Jack Watkins officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 3, at the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife, Judy of Midland. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.


Hurd, Nolan

Nolan Hurd died Tuesday at a local Hospital. Services are pending at Thomas Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.


McCarty, Melba

BIG SPRING -- Melba McCarty, 73, of Big Spring died Tuesday, August 1, in Sterling City. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.


McGruder Jr., Joe

Joe McGruder, Jr. 72, of Midland passed away on July 30, 2006. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., at Faith Temple Church Of God In Christ, with Superintendent W. C. Kenan, officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

He was born February 21, 1934 in Rosebud, Texas to the late, Joe McGruder Sr., and Dorothy Phillips McGruder. He attended Kemp High School in Bryan, Texas.

Joe joined the United States Army on July 20, 1956 and served his Country for two years, being honorably discharged on the 15th day of August, 1958.

He met Dorothy Nell Hollins in Tahoka, Texas and they were married on December 29, 1956 in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was stationed at the time.

Joe and Dorothy moved to Midland, Texas in 1958. They united with the Light House Church Of God In Christ under the pastorage of the late Elder Amos Taylor.

Mr. McGruder served on the Board of Neighborhood Housing for several years. He owned his own businesses, a Janitorial and Lawn Service for many years, and he also owned Shorthorn Construction Company.

Two brothers and two sisters, Roy McGruder and Billy McGruder, Bobby Nell Wiley and Dorothy Louise Adams preceded him in death.

He leaves to love and cherish his memories, his loving wife for over 49 years, Dorothy Nell. Three sisters, Nancy Mesaros of Tahoka, Texas, Joyce Ann Johnson of Killeen, Texas and Georgia Ann Riles of Amarillo, Texas. Six Brothers, Harold G. McGruder of Crockett, Texas, Aaron McGruder of Albuquerque, New Mexico, James A. McGruder and Eugene McGruder both of Arlington, Texas, Lynn Chester McGruder of Palestine, Texas and Douglas R. McGruder of Fort Worth, Texas. One uncle, Sam McGruder of Bryan, Texas.

Mr. McGruder was a wonderful, gentle, kind man, who greeted everyone with a smile. We all loved him and will miss him.

Pallbearers will be the brothers and nephews of Mr. McGruder.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.
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Medara, Gregory and Lauda

Gregory Brooks Medara and Lauda Jane (Miles) Medara died Saturday, July 29, 2006 in Albuquerque, N.M.. Greg and Lauda would have celebrated their second anniversary on September 4. They were taken in a car accident on their way home from visiting a lifelong friend.

Lauda was born in Clovis, N.M.. on July 20, 1959. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1977 after being named Most Beautiful of her class and received a Bachelor's degree from the Anderson School of Business at UNM.. in 1989. Lauda was the Chief Financial Officer of High Desert Investment Corporation, and had been with the company for fourteen years. She enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, travel and - most importantly - being with family and friends. Greg was born May 25, 1971 in Jacksonville, FL.

He graduated high school in Oakton, VA in 1989, and received a Bachelor's degree in marketing from Bentley College in 1993. Greg was an account executive with the Weekly Alibi in Albuquerque. Greg was an avid skier, golfer and mountain biker and enjoyed traveling with Lauda.

Friends could always tell if Greg and Lauda were around before they ever saw them, as Lauda's one-of-a-kind laugh would fill the room, or you could follow the scent of a good cigar to find Greg.

Greg and Lauda are survived by their parents - Lauda's father, Roy V. Miles and his wife, Jetta of Roswell, N.M..; her mother, Sondra K. Carley and her husband, Douglas of Pensacola, FL; Greg's parents, Don and Donna Medara of Green Cove Springs, FL; Lauda's siblings, Autumn Marie Miles and Tori Lynne Miles of Midland, TX, Melanie and her husband Mark Schwaner of Albuquerque, Kevin and his wife Linda Zimmerman of El Paso, TX, Casey Daigle of Mobile, Al, David Carley of Ocean Springs, MS, Duane and his wife Cathy Carley of Mobile, Ala., and Tom and his wife Cheri Hyder of Pensacola, FL; Greg's brothers, David Medara and wife, Emma of Moab, UT, Thomas Medara and wife, Shirrel of Bellevue, NE, and Christopher Medara of Manchester, NH; 10 nephews and nieces; 8 great nieces and nephews; and too many friends to count.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, 3:00 p.m., at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9500 Constitution Ave. NE, officiated by Lauda and Greg's pastor and friend, Dr. Roy Elmore. Dr. Elmore and his wife, Caryn cherished having Greg and Lauda in their congregation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.
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Moreno, Genaro

Genaro Moreno, age 80, died Wednesday, August 2, at his residence.

He was born December 2, 1925 to the late Ambrosio and Maria Moreno in Colorado City.

He was raised and educated in Colorado City. He met and later married Dionisia Barroteran in 1953 in Colorado City.

He was a member of Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ambrosio and Maria Moreno, his brother, Manuel Moreno and a nephew, Robert Manriquez.

Survivors include his wife, Dionisia Moreno of Midland; two sons, Joe and Albert Moreno of Midland and one daughter; Margie Reyes of Midland; One sister, Josefa Manriquez of Midland; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

A Rosary will be held today, August 3, at Pipkin Chapel at 7 p.m.

Mass will be held Friday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Family messages and condolences may be mailed to pipkin@nts-online.net
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.


Orr, Virginia H.

Virginia Jacqueline Hogan was born January 24, 1925 in Lamesa, Texas. She was the daughter of Rube and Loachie (Riddle) Hogan. In 1935, the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where Jackie graduated with the Senior Class of 1942, Polytechnic High School. Jackie went to work at Carswell Air Force Base during World War II. She met and married her husband, David Virgil Orr, in 1949. He preceded her in death on March 20, 1984.

Jackie was a Southern Baptist before joining Newberry Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1999. Jackie started teaching Sunday School in 1983, and she taught through the Bible at South Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia, Maryland. In 1992, Jackie moved to Midland, Texas, where she was a member of Crestview Baptist Church and taught Ladies Sunday School class until 1998, when she moved to Weatherford, Texas. She continued teaching Sunday School at Newberry Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Millsap, Texas, while she was living in Weatherford.

Surviving are two sons, David Harold Orr and his wife, Janet Orr, Midland, Texas, and Douglas Forrest Orr and his wife, Sally Ann Savoia, Ridgefield, Connecticut, her six grandchildren, Randy Orr, Stephanie Orr, Michael Orr, Maggie Orr, Jack Orr and Casey Orr. She also leaves behind three brothers, Harold Hogan and his wife, Mary, of Tyler, Texas, Ray Hogan and his wife, Lois, of Burleson, Texas, Jay Hogan and his wife, Mary Kay, of Cleburne, Texas, and one sister, Joan Evans and her husband, Johnny, of Weatherford, Texas. Jackie was preceded in death by her father and mother.

Visitation in Midland will be on Thursday, August 3, at the Crestview Baptist Church parlor between 6 and 8 p.m. Interment will be at Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Ft. Worth, Texas. A memorial service commemorating her life will be held at Newberry Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Millsap, Texas on Saturday, August 5, at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. John Gerlach officiating.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.
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Urias, Natividad

BIG SPRING -- Natividad "Tala" Urias, 80, of Big Spring died Tuesday, August 1, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Vigil services will be at 7 p.m. today August 3, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday August 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. James Plagens, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

She was born September 25, 1925, in Chanti, to Dolores and Higinio Urias. She worked at Gregg Street Cleaners for over 20 years. She was a lifetime resident of Big Spring and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Maria Bueno of Fort Worth and Freda Dominguez of Big Spring; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, Lupe Urias of Big Spring, Higinio Urias of Dumas, Joe Urias of Kansas City, Mo, and Calistro Urias of Slaton; and one sister, Nena Jurado of Stratford.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Charles Urias in 1966.

Arrangements are under the direction of Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.


Watkins, Arnold Reggie

Arnold Reggie Watkins, 91 of Odessa passed away Wednesday at Alliance Hospital in Odessa.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday in the Frank Wilson Chapel. Burial will follow in Crane Cemetery in Crane, Texas.

Arnold was born in Coleman County on June 19, 1915 to George and Flora (Measdey) Watkins. He married Mona Avent on June 19, 1936 in Runnels County, Texas. He was a foreman for Crane County for 32 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crane.

He is preceded in death by his precious daughter Ruedell Collins, sister Lois Graham and brothers L.L. Watkins and Leroy Watkins.

Arnold is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years Mona Watkins of Odessa; son in law Earl C. Collins of Durant, OK; sisters Adelaide Nalley of Midlothian; sister in law Leona Watkins of Odessa; three grandchildren Cheryl Watkins and husband David of Midland, Jerry Collins and wife Donna of Mansfield, Ronda Williams and husband Doug of De Queen AR.; five great grandchildren Michelle Jetton and husband Tim, Jacob Watkins and wife Kimberly, Stacy McFarland and husband Derek, Justin Watkins and wife Becky, Douglas Williams; four great- great- grandchildren Kain Oliver, Garrett Watkins, Cougar Jetton and Alli Watkins.

Services entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.
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Windsor, Hubert

Hubert "Dee" Windsor, of Midland, died Wednesday, August 2. Services are pending with Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/3/2006.

Hopkins, Lester R.

BIG SPRING -- Lester R. Hopkins, 76, of Colorado City died Saturday, July 1, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Big Spring. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6 at Myers & Smith Chapel with Tim Hopkins and Ron Awerey officiating.

He was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Farmersville, to Bertha Marie and William Thomas Hopkins. He served in the U. S. Army.

He is survived by one son, Bobby Hopkins of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother, James Hopkins of Granite Shoals; five grandchildren; and one nephew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Gary Lee Hopkins; and one nephew, James Lee Griggs.

Arrangements are under Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 7/4/2006.


Rodriguez, Ricky

Ricky Riojas Rodriguez, 40, died Saturday, July 1, at his residence.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1965 in Midland to Mary Irene Riojas and the late Raymond Rodriguez.

He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Rodriguez Sr., grandparents; Alejandro and Senovia Rodriguez and Severiano and Maria Riojas.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Irene Rodriguez of Midland; one son Ricky Rodriguez of Midland; one daughter, Amalia Rodriguez of Odessa; two brothers, Raymond Rodriguez Jr. and Roland Rodriguez of Midland; three sisters, Alma Jimenez of Midland, Gracie Jasso of Odessa and Priscilla Abalos of Hereford. He is also survived by two grandchildren, numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be e-mailed to Pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 7/4/2006.


Salazar, Dolores

BIG SPRING -- Dolores Salazar, 76, of Big Spring died Sunday, July 2, at her residence. Services are pending at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 7/4/2006.


Thompson, Emery

BIG SPRING -- Emery W. Thompson (SMS Retired), 85, of Big Spring, died Sunday, July 2, in a local care facility. There are no services planned.

He was born Sept. 30, 1920, in Cooperstown, N.Y., and married Georgia C. Adcock on Feb. 3, 1945 in Aquillo Hill County. She preceded him in death.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII as co-pilot on B-17s, during the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam.

Survivors include one son, Jackie Thompson of Jeffersonville, Kentucky; three grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 7/4/2006.


Trevino, Amado

BIG SPRING -- Amado "Maro" Trevino, 61, of Big Spring, died on Sunday, July 2, in a Midland hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Bishop Burr Lea Settles officiating.

He was born on Sept. 30, 1944, in Dawson County and married Julia Cano January 11, 1971 in Big Spring.

He was Catholic. He was in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include wife, Julia Trevino of Big Spring, one brother, Ramiro Moreno, two sisters, Lena Castro and Dora Quintanilla all of Lamesa.

He was preceded in death by parents, Gabriel and Teresa Trevino, two sisters, Mary Moreno and Ageda Sturgeon and several of his pets, Jake, Arche, Mickey Canine and Gino Feline.

The family suggests memorials be made to; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 47, 2405 Carlton, Big Spring, 79720 or Texas Kidney Foundation, 1525 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75235.

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 7/4/2006.


Windham, Bettye

Bettye Windham, of Midland, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2006.

She was born March 9, 1923 to John R. Taylor and Lillie Mae Moore in Silsbee, Texas. On July 21, 1943, Bettye married James T. Windham in Enid, Oklahoma. The family lived on their ranch south of Midland before moving to town. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Midland.

Bettye is survived by her husband, James T. Windham; children, Carol L. Windham and J. Kennard Windham; grandchildren, Amy Windham-Reed, Mindy Beard, K.C. Windham and Maggie Windham; great-grandchildren, Blaen Windham, Straley Windham, Shelbi Beard, Abbey Beard and Heath Beard.

Memorial services have been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place online condolences visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 7/4/2006.

Cummins, Dick T.

ANDREWS -- Services for Dick T. Cummins, 89, of Andrews will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the Andrews Church of Christ with John Snider of Greenwood Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in the Andrews West Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews.

He died Thursday, Aug. 3, at Parks Methodist Retirement Village in Odessa.

He was born May 7, 1917 in Grandfalls, to Aaron Dale Cummins and Mary Jane Amberson Cummins. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Dorothy Scarlett on Nov. 16, 1946 in Monahans. He was a member of the Andrews Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife: Dorothy Cummins of Andrews; one son: Craig Cummins of Andrews; one daughter: Scarlett Lee of Odessa; one brother: A.C. "George" Cummins of Midland; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Andrews Church of Christ, 201 NW 2nd Street, Andrews, 79714.

To register, send condolences, or view the obituary; go to www.mcnettfunerahome.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.


Freeman, Betty Burks

Betty Jean Burks Freeman passed peacefully from this life on Friday, August 11, 2006, in Midland, TX, with her daughter at her side. Betty was born in Levelland, TX, on June 9, 1926, the first child of W.E. (Gene) and Christine (Clifton) Burks. She graduated from Levelland High School in 1944 and then from Sul Ross University. Betty moved to Lubbock, her last move of many, in 1976. In Lubbock she worked at Smylie Wilson Junior High and Covenant Hospital until her retirement. Betty loved books, music, flowers, animals-especially cats--laughing, giving gifts and most of all her one daughter, Rice Freeman-Zachery and her adored- and adoring- second child, her son-in-law, Earl Zachery.

Preceding Betty in death were her parents, one brother, Baylor Burks of Seminole, and a sister, Mary Burks Reid of Idalou. She is survived by her daughter, Rice Freeman-Zachery and husband Earl Zachery of Midland, and two brothers, A.A. Burks of Keller, TX, and his wife, Frances; and W.D. Burks of Lubbock and his wife, Louise. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews to whom their "Aunt Betty" was so special, and her much-loved feline companion, Spots.

The family will have their own private memorials, and no other services are planned. Memorials may be made to Midland Planned Parenthood, 307 E Texas Avenue, Midland, TX 79701 or the Midland Humane Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.
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Galindo, Juan H.

FREMONT -- Services for Juan H. Galindo, 76, of Fremont, Neb., formerly of Midland will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fremont.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m., Monday at Moser Memorial Chapel, Fremont. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7 at the funeral home and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Fremont.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.


Gossett, James D.

FORT WORTH -- James David Gossett, M.D., passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2006.

Memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday in the Auditorium of Rankin High School. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruben "Cat" Peterson, A.E. Ivy, Tommy Clint Owens, Juan Armendariz, Mike Ratliff, O.R. Cook, A.C. Copeland, John Watson, Leonard Kent and William Snyder, M.D.

Memorials In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to United Methodist Church of Rankin, West Texas Boy's Ranch, or the Upton County All-Kid Rodeo.

James David Gossett was born on September 16, 1924, in Garza County, Texas, to Ed Lee and Sarah McKinley Gossett. He was the youngest of nine children, seven of whom would survive into adulthood.

Life on a depression era family farm was hard. The cotton fields of the high plains saw suffocating "dust bowl" sandstorms and prairie fires. Blue northers were common. The family grew what it needed, ate what it could and canned what it couldn't. Despite the hardships of that time, each of the seven surviving Gossett children would graduate from high school and college. Dad was one of the rare individuals who knew from the time he started school what he wanted to do with his life. Dad wanted to be a doctor. He served in the medical corps of the U.S. Army during World War II, and graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1948.

In June of 1952, he opened Gossett Clinic in Rankin, Texas. That clinic would serve the citizens of Rankin and West Texas for the next 44 years. Dad retired from the active practice of medicine in 1996. In those intervening years he set a standard for care of his patients and his community unequaled then and unheard of today. He delivered innumerable babies, and it is common knowledge that many of those first babies delivered in Rankin would see him deliver their grandchildren and even their great-grandchildren. Being the only doctor in Rankin during those years, it is doubtful that he had any nights uninterrupted by phone calls. He spent uncountable nights at the emergency room at Rankin Hospital, and he would always get an emergency call during a Cowboys game.

Dad was always willing to do these things because he loved the practice of medicine, and he loved his community. He was a long time member of the Lions Club, the Red Devil Booster Club and served as the football team's private physician for those 44 years. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association, serving for several years as a delegate to the TMA.

Dad was a Republican long before others saw the wisdom of being one. For years he was the Chairman of the Republican Party of Upton County.

He inherited his parents' strong concern for education. He served for over 30 years as Trustee of the Rankin ISD school board, with over 20 of those years as president of the board. In the mid-90's the school district honored him for his years of service by naming the new elementary school the "James D. Gossett Elementary School".

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the following special ladies who provided remarkable loving care for Dad: Mary Young, Marlita Thompson, Patricia Keith, Pati Villareal, Ann Haynes, and Martha Johnson. They are truly angels.

Dad was preceded in death by his infant sons, James David Gossett, Jr. and David Allen Gossett; brothers, the Hon Ed L. Gossett and Hugh Gossett; sisters, Madge Webb, Enid Gossett, and Kate McFarling.

Dad is survived by his wife -- the love of his life -- Pauline B. Gossett, and their six children: Anne Hamilton and her husband, Dan of San Angelo, the Honorable Tom Gossett and his wife, Linda of San Angelo, Bryan Gossett and his wife Nancy of Odessa, Kitty Sue Proctor and her husband, Ray of Sachse, Linda Ann Tucker of Levelland, and Jamie Dee Senter and husband, Dr. Paul Senter of Aledo; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his brother, Ralph Gossett of San Angelo.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.
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Holcomb, Jean W.

Jean Williams Holcomb, 93, of Amarillo died Friday, August 11, 2006. Celebration of life services will be held at Harrington Assisted Living on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Lance Herrington and Alan Williamson, chaplain of Park Central officiating. Private family burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors, Bell Ave. Chapel.

Jean was born to Arthur Judson and Mabel Lutie Hall Williams on May 20, 1913 in Chilicothe. She married Harold H. Holcomb on June 28, 1931 in Guthrie, OK. Both Jean and her husband Harold graduated from Panhandle High School. After they married, they moved to Borger where they lived until Harold retired from J.M. Huber Corporation. They have also lived in Canyon and Amarillo and recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

Jean was a member of Paramount Baptist Church and a very active member of the Puckett Place Garden Club.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Neulan Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Harold of Amarillo; one son, Ron Holcomb and wife Sarah of Midland; one daughter, Susan Harnish and husband Gil of Loganville, GA; one sister, Charlene Sullivan of Wichita, KS; five grandchildren, Greg Holcomb and wife DeAnn of Plano; d'Jon Roeschke and husband Kelly of Plano; Curt Holcomb of Dallas; Steve Harnish of Las Vegas, NV and Andrea Mays and husband Josh of Sedona, AZ; three great-grandchildren, Spencer Holcomb, Claire and Davis Roeschke, all of Plano and several nieces and one nephew.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers of BSA Hospice, Harrington Assisted Living and Ware Memorial for their kindness and compassion.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.
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Kloss, Billie Jean

BIG SPRING -- Billie Jean Kloss, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Walters, Okla. Services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 5, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Hendrickson, officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring.

She was born May 6, 1931 and married George W. Kloss on Aug. 6, 1949 in Albuquerque, N.M. He preceded her in death Oct. 9, 1991.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah James and Deanna Romer all of Temple; two sons, Howard Kloss of California and Mike Kloss, of Dale; one brother, Leland Wood of San Marcos; two sisters, Marty Lloyd of Midland, and Betty Meisner of Tucson, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard P. and Nola M. Wood, and two granddaughters, Kimberly Randall and Kimberly James.

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 8/5/2006.


Lews, Dorothy Oliver

ANDREWS -- Services for Dorothy Oliver Lews, 49, of Garland (formerly of Andrews) are pending. She died Thursday, Aug. 3, at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.


Lopez, Felipe Quintela

Felipe Quintela Lopez, born Sept. 13, 1931 in Midland, went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2006 at the age of 74.

He is survived by his loving wife Trinidad G. Lopez of 43 years; nine daughters; four sons and numerous of grandchildren. Memorial service is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 1401 Garden Lane. Following the service the family will meet at Fairview Cemetery, 600 W. Nobles.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.


Rice, Alvin Lawrence

Alvin Lawrence Rice, 85, a long time resident of Odessa passed away Sunday,

August 13, 2006 at the Hospice House. He was born March 24, 1921 in Breckenridge. He was a salesman for LTV Energy Production. He was a member of Sherwood Church Of Christ. He married Dixie Jewell Lewis Sept. 20, 1940 in Carlsbad, NM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin MCCelland & Eunice Bell Kelley Rice, wife, Dixie Rice, brother, Eugene Rice, sister, Theda Jane Stevenson.

He is survived by his sons, Gary Craig Lewis Rice & wife Cynthia of Sheperd, Larry Kent Rice & wife Kathie of Arlington, Mickey Spicer & wife Gin of Whitney, daughters, Valerie Amber Rice Dean, Kimberly Kay Rice McSweeny & husband Harold and Shelley Bronwen Rice Raney & husband David Roy all of Odessa, sister, Ellen Marie Rice Elmore of Odessa, (16) grandchildren, Elissa Holman, Craig Lewis Rice, Shannon Rice, Shana Yelverton, Kassie Orr, Shane Rice, Amber Martin, Yssa DeWoody, Coddi Dean, Sasha Enewald, Kasina-lea Shults, Rayme Dean, Carey McSweeny, Callie Sallee, Bronson Raney & Courtney Roemisch (26) great-grandchildren & (1) great-great-grandchild, cousin, Ray Sommerville of Odessa, sister-in-law, Wanda Rice of Austin and numerous nieces & nephews.

There will be a family visitation 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held 9:00 a.m. Thursday, August 17, 2006 at Sherwood Church Of Christ with Donald Wood officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.
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Steer, Jeffrey E.

Jeffrey E. Steer, of Odessa, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2006.

He was born February 9, 1975 in Seminole, Texas and was raised and educated in Odessa and Midland.

Jeffrey is survived by his parents, John W. Steer of Dallas, TX; Mary and John Baxter of Odessa, TX; brothers and sisters-in-law, Greg and Robin Steer of Midland, TX; Doug and Daniela Steer of Austin, TX; grandmother, Jo Nell Hogue of Canton, TX; nephew, Chase Steer, and nieces, Caitlin Steer and Emily Steer; uncles and aunts, Larry and Cyndi Pippin and Bobby and Barb Pippin, and other extended family.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Tuesday, August 15, 2006 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Graveside services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Buddy Harry, Todd Watson, Trevor White, Bobby White, Cletus Pippin and Robert Pippin. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences visit www.mem.com.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 2304 W. Wadley, Midland, Texas 79705.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.
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Underwood, Jim

ANDREWS -- Services for Jim Underwood, 95, of Andrews will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at the First Baptist Church in Andrews with the Rev. Ivy Shelton of Sherwood Baptist Church in Odessa officiating. Burial will follow in the Andrews Old Cemetery under the direction of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews.

He died Thursday, Aug. 3, at Willow Hill Assisted Living Facility in Andrews.

He was born March 24, 1911 in Andrews County around Shafter Lake to William James Underwood Sr., and Mary Daisy Smyers Underwood. He married Connie Mae McCarley on Oct. 18, 1936 in Westbrook. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Andrews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on Sept. 14, 2005; one brother; and three sisters.

He is survived by his one son: James Underwood of Andrews; loved family member: Dee Becker of Midland; and one granddaughter: Creecy Hare of Las Vegas.

Memorials may be sent to the Andrews Senior Center or the Andrews Masonic Lodge #1024.

To register, send condolences, or view the obituary; go to www.mcnettfuneralhome.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.


Woods, Bobby L.

Bobby L. Woods, 79, of Sugarland, formerly of Ranger, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2006. Funeral services were Tuesday, August 1st, 2006 at 5:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Stephen II officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Woods was born October 30, 1926 to Harvey Orville Woods and Una Davenport. He graduated from Ranger High School. He later married Gladys Nell Bond and they spent many years together until her passing in 1993. He was a proud member of the Methodist Church.

Bob was a scratch avid golfer and sportsman. He was extremely proud of his service in the Marine Corps during World War II. Following the war, Bob loved his days as a cowboy working in Wilds Canyon. After his cowboy days he became a petroleum engineer for 32 years and during that time he created a down whole treatment that received a patent. He enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys, life in general and cold beer.

Survivors include two daughters; Tamara Fox of Philadelphia and Sarah Ann Austin of Houston, one brother H. O. Woods of Midland, one granddaughter, Elly Davenport Austin of Houston, one nephew, L. H. Pounds of Rockwall and three nieces, Alyce Gooch of Big Lake, Barbara Hamilton of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Gloria Sadler of Artesia, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his wife, two sisters, Lucille Brown and Daisy Pounds, both of Ranger and his parents.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 8/5/2006.

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