Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Weldon Duncan
ODESSA _ Weldon Wesley Duncan, 82, a retired production foreman, died Sunday, July 6, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gar" dens with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Arrangements by Hub" bard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Glen Cove and he lived Odessa since 1951. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Johnnie Ruth Duncan of Odessa; son, Dale Duncan of Odessa; daughters, Sandra Wood of Graham and Rita McKinney of Colorado City; and six grandchil" dren.

Claudie Franklin
ODESSA _ Claudie ``Shorty'' Lowell Franklin, 84, of Odessa, died Saturday, July 5, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Odessa Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Fletcher W. Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home.
He was born in Big Spring.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Oleta Frank" lin of Odessa; sons, Mickey Anderson of Crosby, Trever Anderson of Monahans, and Wayne Anderson and Tony Anderson, both of Odessa; step-daughters, Carolyn Benevidez of Odessa and Jan Boesel of Temple; brother, Clyde Franklin of Lake Brownwood and Virgil Franklin of Eunice, N.M.; sisters, Ruby Olds and Berniece Schrum, both of Lamesa; 12 grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.

Bill Goza
ANDREWS _ Bill Goza, 59, a retired petroleum engineer, died Sunday, July 6, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McNett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nancy Taylor of" ficiating. Burial will be at Andrews North Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Brownfield and he lived in Odessa since 1991. He served in the National Guard.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Suzanne Goza of Odessa; sons, Roger Goza of Odessa and Brian Goza of Fort Worth; daughter, Amanda Goza of Richmond, Va.; and one grandchild.

Martha Huitron
ODESSA _ Martha Delia Huitron, 43, a housewife, died Wednesday, July 2, 1997, at Medi" cal Center Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with William Perez officiating.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Mar" tinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Juarez, Mexico and she lived in Odessa for 17 years. She was a Jehovah's Wit" ness.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Ernesto Huitron of Odessa; sons, Jeremias Huitron and Ernesto Huitron, both of Odessa; daughter, Rebecca Huitron of Odessa; father, Homero Cantu of El Paso; mother, Florentina Cantu of El Paso; brothers, Antonio Cantu, Oscar Homero Cantu Jr., Ovidio Cantu, Omer Cantu and Joel Cantu, all of El Paso; sister, Esmer" alda Reyes of California; and two grandsons.

Ed Keys
ODESSA _ Ed Keys, 71, a retired lawyer, died Monday, July 7, 1997, at Medical Center Hospi" tal.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thurs" day at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathryn Strempke officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Ar" rangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Harlan, Ky., and he lived in Odessa since 1991. He was a Navy veteran and was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nancy Sue Keys of Odessa; sons, Peter Keys of Silver City, N.M. and Randy Keys of San Angelo; daughters, Katie Baker of Las Cruces, N.M., Victoria ``Tori'' Steen of Odessa, Staci Mary Baker of Midland and Rhonda Higginbothan of Odessa; sister, Wanda Pickard of Dallas; and five grandchildren.

Effie Myers
MONAHANS _ Effie Viola Myers, 97, a housewife, died Mon" day, July 7, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Monahans Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Barry Kl" empauner officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Moran and she lived in Monahans for 34 years. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Marg" aret Durham of Dallas; sister, Faye Whitson of Monahans; and one grandchild.

Joe Ray
GATESVILLE _ Joe Paul Ray, 63, a retired mail carrier, died Sun" day, July 6, 1997, at a Temple Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Scott's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Hopkins officiating. Burial will be at Greenbriar Cemetery. Arrange" ments by Scott's Funeral Home.
He was born in Oglesby and he was a longtime resident of Odessa before moving to Gatesville. He was a Navy veteran who served during the Korean conflict and was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jane Ray of Odessa; sons, Mike Ray of Flower Mound; Joe R. Ray of Lewisville and Danny Paul Ray of Odessa; sister, Maggie Frazier of Gatesville; four grandchildren and two step- grandchildren.

Johnny Velardez
PECOS _ Johnny Tarango Ve" lardez, 75, a laborer, died Sunday, July 6, 1997, at the Pecos Nursing Home.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Garcia officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrange" ments by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pecos and he was a lifelong resident of Pecos. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Niece, Frances Orona of Pecos.

Dorothy Layton
MONAHANS _ Dorothy Pau" line Layton, 79, a homemaker, died Saturday, July 5, 1997, at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Monahans Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Gordon Cox officiating. Ar" rangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Marion County, Iowa, and she lived in Monahans. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Janet Beaman of Houston; brother, Ralph Helmick of Whatchea, Iowa; sisters, Lucile Moorly of Lacarte City, Iowa, Neva Mathews of Harvey, Iowa and Ester Dannels of Newton, Iowa.

Sandra Reeder
ODESSA _ Sandra Lee Reeder, 49, homemaker, died Thursday, July 8, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thurs" day at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with the Rev. Don Caywood officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Brownfield and lived in Odessa. She was a member of the Odessa Christian Faith Cen" ter.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Louie Reeder of Odessa; son, Michael Paul Reeder of Pasadena; daughter, Janie Eileen Reeder of Globe, Ariz.; father, James Walker of Plainview; brother James Richard Walker of Odessa; and eight grandchildren.

Rodell Rosemond
DENVER CITY _ Rodell Ren" der Rosemond, 75, died Tuesday, July 8, 1997, in Denver City.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn Dill and the Rev. W.D. Anderson officiating. Burial will be at Denver City Me" morial Park. Arrangements by Roger Pool Funeral Home.
She was born in Port Sullivan and moved to Denver City in 1966.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Louis Rosemond of Denver City; sons, Eu" gene Rosemond of Lamesa and Tommy Rosemond Jr. of Denver City; daughter, Shearon Rosemond Hawkins of Denver City; brother, Nathan Render of Denver City; step" daughter, Dollie Rosemond of Denver City; 16 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren.

Rosa Smetak
FORT STOCKTON _ Rosa E. Smetak, 93, a homemaker, died Monday, July 7, 1997, in Fort Stockton.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Fort Stockton Funeral Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Agnes Cath" olic Church with the Rev. Charlie Geller officiating. Burial will be at St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Frenstat and moved to Fort Stockton in 1944 from Sidney, Texas.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Earnest Smetak, Rudolph Smetak, Ben Smetak and Junior Smetak, all of Fort Stockton, Paul Smetak of Killeen and Charlie Smetak of Big Spring; daughters, Francis Schultz, Lillie Bean and Donna Verette, all of Fort Stockton, Margie Schultz of Ste" phenville, Rudy Tyson of Camden, Ark., and Dorothy Wilkerson of Proctor; sister, Mary Rejcek of Hills" boro; 31 grandchildren, 36 great- grandchildren and 5 great-great- grandchildren.

Christine Butler
IRAAN _ W. Christine Butler, 69, died Thursday July 10, 1997, at Pecos County Memorial Hospital in Fort Stockton.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wright officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery in Canadian with the Rev. Hiram Reyes officiating. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Homes.
She was born in Gladstone, N.M., and moved to Iraan in 1980. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, R.Q. Butler of Iraan; sons, Ralph Smith of Tijeras, N.M., Phelan Ray Butler of Circleville, Utah, Ronald Butler and Loren Butler, both of Arlington; daughters, Diane Monroe of Iraan and Debra Cochrell of Higgings; sister, Agnes Bishop of Wellington and 21 grandchildren.

Olivia Clark
ODESSA _ Olivia Lucille ``Lucy'' Morris Clark, 77, died Friday, July 11, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Bennington, Okla. and moved to Odessa from Kilgore. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, James Morris Jr. of Mayfield, Robert Morris of El Paso; daughters, Martha Phillips of Odessa, Billie Spratlen of Midland, Dorothy Deanda of Richwood; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Julia Dyer
KERMIT _ Julia Chlorine ``Judy'' Dyer, 81, a homemaker, died Friday, July 11, 1997, at Kermit Health Care Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Christ in Jal, N.M., with Blackie Ellison officiating. Burial will be at Jal Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Chapel.
She was born in San Angelo and lived in the Kermit area for 52 years.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Robert J. Dyer of Weslaco, William D. Dyer and Gerald B. Dyer of Jal N.M.; daughter, Vida Marie Dyer Simpson of Kermit; brother, Robert A. Farris of Kermit; sister, Mary Curry of Odessa; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Margaret Gleaton
ODESSA _ Margaret Gleaton, 74, a Pacific Finance Co. cashier, died Friday, July 11, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jim Hawk officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Jerry Dee Gleaton of Odessa; son, David Gleaton of Odessa; daughter, Margaret Dee Ann Hamilton of Odessa; sister, Doris Holmbery of Llano; and a brother, John David Moran of Hilton Head, Ga.

Hollis Williams Sr.
ODESSA _ Hollis E. Williams Sr., 60, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Houston and moved to Odessa in 1957.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Joann Williams of Odessa; son, Hollis Williams Jr. of Odessa; daughters, Karen Hooper and Robin Granbery, both of Odessa; brother, Vernon Williams of Odessa; sisters, Carolyn Corth of Brenham, Martha Lee Eeds of Lufkin and five grandsons.

Maree Peters
ENID, OKLA. _ Maree Stout Peters, 94, a retired farmer, died Wednesday, July 9, 1997 at her residence in Enid.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Hennergy-Allen Chapel with the Rev. Melvin R. Duncan officiating. Burial will be at Calvery Cemetery. Arrangements by Henninger-Allen Funeral Home.
She was born in Enid and was a resident of Enid. She was a Methodist.
Survivors: Sons, Gerald Peters of Gettysburg, S.D. and Charles Peters of Enid; daughters, Irene McCain and Betty Strackbein, both of Odessa, Alice Luetkemeyer and Donna Koehl, both of Enid; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Billy R. Rasco
ANDREWS _ Billy R. Rasco, 72, a retired tank operator for Amoco, died Saturday, July 12, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews with the Rev. Mike Henson officiating. Burial will be at Andrews West Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Gorman and was a resident of Andrews. He was an Army Air Corp veteran of World War II.
He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Billy L. Rasco of Houston, Mo.; daughter, Gwen Turnbull of Andrews; brothers, Glenn Rasco of Frisco, Marvin Rasco of Midland and Lonnie Rasco of Wink; sisters, Nena Chapman of Commanche and Ann Gambrell of Marble Falls; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Doris Faircloth
ODESSA _ Doris Faircloth, 77, a retired club manager for a golf shop, died Saturday, July 13, 1997, at Falls Community Hospital in Marlin.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Phillips officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at the Kermit Cemetery.
Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Ranger and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Marlin.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Sondra Kennedy of Marlin and Cindy Laughlin of Fort Worth; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A.L. Gibson
TOYAH _ A.L. Gibson, 70, a retired farmer, died Friday, July 11, 1997, at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Toyah Methodist Church with the Rev. Derrel Evins officiating. Burial will be at Toyah Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Sagerton and was a resident of Pecos. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Virginia Gibson of Toyah; sons, Richard W. Gibson of Lenorah, Lynn H. Gibson of La Grange and Randall L. Gibson of San Antonio; daughter, Susan K. Renz of Toyah; brother, Jack Gibson of Albuquerque, N.M.; sisters, Joyce Newson of Lamesa, Ruby Hawkins of Buckhone, N.M., Rachel Ward of Silver City, N.M., Lorene Van Meter of Redding, Calif., and Kay Paterson of Toyah; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Rutherford Hall
BIG SPRING _ Rutherford ``Red'' Hall, 76, an oil field worker, died Saturday, July 12, 1997, in Big Spring.
Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born in Breckenridge and was a resident of Odessa. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Brother, John R. Hall of Big Spring.

Joyce Henry
ODESSA _ Joyce Henry, 66, a floral designer, died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Counts officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Glendive, Mont., and was a resident of Odessa.
|SURVIVORS: Husband, L.D. Henry of Odessa; sons, Robert Wayne Pierson and David Lynn Henry, both of Odessa and Gary Ronald Pierson of Charlotte, N.C.; daughters, Victoria Marie McPherson of Herron, Ill., Ava Sue McKnight of Spartanburg, S.C.; brothers, Wayne Hendrixson of Butte, Mont., and Kenneth Hendrixson of Hopkins, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frank Miller
PENWELL _ Frank E. Miller, 88, a retired oil field pumper, died Sunday, July 13, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rhodes Cemetery in Penwell with the Rev. Martin Kehler officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Peck, Kan., and has been a resident of Odessa since 1955. He was a member of the First Church of God.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Marie Miller of Odessa; son, Everet A. Miller of Corpus Christi; daughter, Kay Crumrine of Odessa; sister, Mildred Lane of Yates Center, Kan.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Malcolm Price
ODESSA _ Malcolm Matt A. Price, 56, an oil field worker, died Thursday, July 3, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in El Paso and was a resident of Odessa.

David Robinson
ANDREWS _ David Robinson, 76, retired Andrews Independent School District Tax Assessor-Collector, died Saturday, July 13, 1997, at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Midland.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Chapel with the Rev. H.A. Hanks officiating. Burial will be at Andrews North Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Birmingham, Ala., and moved to Andrews in 1968. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jo Lynn Robinson of Andrews; son, Ocie Robinson of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Linda Watson of San Antonio; brother, Lee Robinson of Kingman, Ariz; and one grandchild.

John Senft
MONAHANS _ John Calvin Senft, 68, a retired communication specialist, died Thursday, July 10, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Monahans with the Rev. John Jackson officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Washington, Iowa, and was a resident of Monahans. He was a Navy veteran and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lorene Jackson Senft of Monahans; and sister, Mary Mendenball of Powder Springs, Ga.

William Shonkwiler
MIDLAND _ William ``Bill'' Shonkwiler, 62, chief estimator and project coordinator for Harris Acoustics, died Saturday, July 12, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel in Midland with the Rev. G.A. McGee officiating. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Ida Grove, Iowa, and was a resident of Midland. He was an Army veteran and a Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Gerri Shonkwiler of Midland; son, Steve Shonkwiler of Knoxville, Ill.; daughters, Linda Fleming of Midland, Lisa Lewis-Collins of Canton, Ill., and Leslie Treadway of Farmington, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Wayne Yates Jr.
ODESSA _ Wayne Yates Jr., 43, died Saturday, July 5, 1997, in Gatesville.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Parks officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Vernon and was a resident of Odessa. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Lillie Conley of Odessa; brother, James Melvin of Odessa; sisters, Patty Blane and Gwendolyn Simpson, both of Garland and Katie McAfee of Midland.


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