Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Billie Jean Dillon
ODESSA _ Billie Jean Dillon died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral [cl9.4]Directors Chapel with the Rev. Jess Little officiating. Burial will be at 11 p.m. Aug. 11, 1997 at Woodbine Cemetery in Artesia, N.M. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Laurel, Miss and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Son, Don Norton Jr. of Odessa; sisters, Lois Welborn and Gerry Rodgers, both of Artesia; three grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

Michael Fuller
COLTON _ Michael Dale Fuller, 48, died Thursday, July 31, 1997, at his residence in Colton, Calif.
Memorial services were held in the chapel of Loma Linda Veteran's Hospital in San Bernardino County on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
He graduated from Permian High School in 1967 and served with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Nineta Fuller of Ruidoso Downs, N.M.; brother, Steve Fuller of Wickett, Texas; and sister, Sue Preslar of Cloudcroth, N.M.

Francisca Gonzales
FORT STOCKTON _ Francisca Gonzales, 80, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, in Fort Stockton.
Services will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Geller officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Marathon and was a lifelong resident of Fort Stockton.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Rosa Lopez and Amanda Morrissiey, both of Orlando, Fla., and Lupe Hernandez of Fort Stockton; step-sons, Juan Rivera and Leonardo Rivera, both of Fort Stockton; step-daughter, Celia Flores of Fort Stockton; mother, Sophia Gonzales of Fort Stockton; sisters, Lee Pena and Diane Garcia, both of Fort Stockton; 31 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.

Velda Park
ODESSA _ Velda Park, 92, a homemaker, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at her residence in Odessa.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Many, La. SURVIVORS: Son, Jerry Armistead of Odessa; and daughter, Deverne Jackdon of Odessa.

Letha Shelton
ODESSA _ Letha Mae Farmer Shelton, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital. Services are set for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rex Clayton officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home. She was born July 24, 1924, in Columbia, Mo. and was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Paul Bivins and Claudia Moore, both of Odessa; son, John W. Shelton of Odessa; sisters, Sheila Byers of Bogalusa, La. and Arline Rogers of Katy. and three grandchildren.

Kenneth Chesshire Sr.
ANDREWS _ Kenneth Don Chesshire Sr., 63, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Andrews Cemetery. Arrangements by Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home.
Chesshire, who was born June 25, 1934, in Gladewater, was a career Army veteran who served in Vietnam and Korea. He was a member of the Army Officers Association.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Kenneth P. Chesshire Sr. of Pensicola, Fla., Thomas W. Chesshire of Catesville, Rickie Chesshire of Andrews and Russell L. Chesshire of Odessa; daughters, Linda S. Chesshire Fields of Andrews and Laurie A. Chesshire Tarboy of Odessa; and 18 grandchildren.

Richard Jorgensen
GEORGETOWN _ Richard H. ``Dick'' Jorgensen, 55, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997.
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gabriels Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cornhill Cemetery. Arrangements by the Gabriels Funeral Chapel.
He was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Midland.
SURVIVORS: wife, Kathy Jorgensen of Jarrell; son, Ricky Jorgensen of Brownwood; daughters, Kerri McCoy of Odessa and Tracy Corrall of Round Rock; stepson, Rick Odell of Irving; stepdaughter, Angie Kepler of Longmont, Colo. and nine grandchildren.

Wilma Lefevre
ODESSA _ Wilma Faye Lefevre, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997 at Medical Center Hospital.
Services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors chapel with Martin Kehler officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born Sept. 14, 1915, in Rule and had lived in Odessa since 1953. She was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Earl Phelix Lefevre of Odessa; son, Jerry Don Lefevre of Odessa; daughters, Shirley Morris of Odessa and Linda Dianne Spragins of Dallas; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Nancy Slater
CRANE _ Nancy Slater, 95, died Saturday, Aug. 9, 1997, in the Kermit Nursing Center.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Crane County Cemetery with the Rev. Van Dixon officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Eastland County and was a resident of Crane for 56 years before moving to Kermit four years ago. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Bobbye Swinford of Crane; Son, Harold Ham of Garden Grove, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Jessie Clifton
BRECKENRIDGE _ Jessie O'Neal Clifton, 70, a homemaker, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Hendrick Hospital in Abilene.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Morehart Mortuary Funeral Chapel.
Burial will be at Wayland Cemetery. Arrangements by Morehart Mortuary.
She was born in Bienville, La., and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Son, Lowell Dale Clifton of Breckenridge; daughter, Margaret Ann Brown of Brownwood; brothers, W.C. Poland of Jonesboro, La., James Allen ``Pete'' Poland of Brownwood, Nick Poland of West Monroe, La., and Jerry Poland of Bienville, La.; sisters, Lenora DeLatte of Beaumont, Ree Hay of Bienville, Jean Kunkel and Donna Pyron, both of Odessa, Sue Billingsley of Bastrop and Mary Wiggins of Minden, La.; and four grandchildren.

James Parisher
CHEROKEE _ James ``Hoss'' Parisher, 62, a retired Odessa firefighter, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, in Austin.
Services were held Friday at Cherokee Church of Christ. Burial was at Kuykendall Cemetery in San Saba County. Arrangements by Howell-Doran Funeral Home.
He was born in San Saba County and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Cherokee 11 years ago. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Carol McManamy Parisher of Cherokee; sons, James Ray Parisher and Kenneth Parisher, both of Odessa, Terry Don Parisher of Blackwell and Patrick McConal of Austin; daughters, Karen Dennis of Odessa, Linda Munoz of Austin, Tabitha Frame of Ohio and Cynthia Pierce of Waco; brothers, Ricky Don Parisher and Johnny Parisher, both of Cherokee, and Odell Parisher of Orange Grove; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Guillermo Lerma
ODESSA _ Guillermo Primera ``Bono'' Lerma, 66, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Fort Stockton and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Paula Lerma of Odessa; son, Nylo Lerma of Odessa; daughters, Marie Salinas, Laura Alcorn, Graciela Camacho and Norma Ruiz, all of Odessa; brothers, Gilbert Lerma and Ruben Lerma, both of Odessa; sisters, Lucinda Martinez, Rosa Romero, and Corina Chavez, all of Odessa; and eight grandchildren.

Shell Denison
LUBBOCK _ Rev. Shell Denison, 61, who served his pastorage in New Mexico and in West Texas, died Sunday Aug. 10, 1997, in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Barry Denison, Lynn Moore, Gene Crane and Lloyd Stice officiating. Burial will be at Fort Sumner, N.M. Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home.
He was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Roswell, N.M., and was a resident of Seminole.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Melva Denison of Seminole; son, Barry Reed Denison of Jerusalem, Israel; daughter, Sharon Lopez of Fort Sumner; brother, Stephen C. Denison of Pasco, Wash.; and six grandchildren.

Frank Knight
SEMINOLE _ Frank ``Holly'' Knight, 72, a retired employee of SE&E Paraffin Service, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Zapp and Rodger Teaff officiating. Burial will be at Gaines County Cemetery. Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home.
He was born in Wylie County and was a lifetime resident of Seminole. He was a Presbyterian and an Army veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Debra Castleberry of Seminole; brother, Dennis Fred Knight of Roy, Utah; and three grandchildren.

Achsa Lewis
ODESSA _ Achsa Nadine Lewis, 72, a homemaker, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Mount Vernon and was a resident of Odessa. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Larry Lewis of Odessa and Jimmy Lewis of Palestine; brother, Leldon Harris of Fort Worth; sister, Alva Lee Gilman of Dublin; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Maudie Rains
MIDLAND _ Maudie Marie Rains, 66, the Director of Education at Midland Memorial Hospital and a registered nurse, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 1997, at Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.
Services were held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Midland with the Rev. Gary Dyer officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Dawson County and was a longtime resident of Midland.
SURVIVORS: Nephew, William R. ``Butch'' Rains of Oklahoma City; nieces, Sherry Smith of Midland, Diane Vallie of Monahans, Suzan Collins of Bozeman, Mont.; Rosemarie Axelson of St. Louis, Mo.; and Rilda Rodgers of Klamath Falls, Ore.

David Sneed Jr.
SEAGRAVES _ David Harrison Sneed Jr., 85, a retired pipe fitter and owner and operator of a supply company in Muleshoe, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Westerman officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Lubbock City Cemetery. Arrangements by Head Family Funeral Home.
He was born in Oklahoma and was a resident of Seagraves for 25 years.
SURVIVORS: Two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Roberto Urias
PECOS _ Roberto Urias, 63, a laborer, died Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Antonio Mena officiating. Burial will be at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Buena Vista, Chihuahua, Mexico, and had been a resident of Pecos since 1968. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Olga Urias of Pecos; sons, Dagoberto Urias and Roberto Urias Jr., both of Odessa, Rigoberto Urias of Lubbock and Gilberto Urias of Pecos; daughters, Angie G. Urias and Aggie U. Gabaldon, both of Pecos; brothers, Armando V. Urias, Cesario V. Urias and Ezequiel Venegas, all of Pecos; sister, Agricola Urias Ontiveros of Ojinaga, Mexico; and 10 grandchildren.

Wayne Carter Sr.
MONAHANS _ Wayne Carter Sr., 50, retired truck driver, died Aug. 10, 1997, at Ward Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Faith Temple Church in Monahans with A.J. Ramsey officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Marlin. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Belinda Adams of Atlanta, Sheilah Adams, Terri Carter, Destaney Carter, Rachel Ramirez, all of Monahans and Vicky Carter of Odessa; sons, Lewis Carter and Wayne Earl Carter Jr., both of Monahans.

Barbara Sue McDougal McPherson
EASTLAND _ Barbara Sue [cl10.5]McDougal McPherson, 55, a pilot and bookkeeper, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997, in Eastland.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Lively officiating. Burial will be in the Merriman Cemetery in Ranger. Funeral arrangements by Edwards Funeral Home.
She was born in Iraan and lived in Hobbs, N.M., Valliant, Okla., Breckenridge, Deer Park, Fort Worth, Odessa and Eastland. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Ranger.
Survivors: Two children: Amanda Stubblefield of Crockett and Allen McPherson of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Sandra Lutz of Austin; 1 grandchild.

Jack Linwood Brown
MIDLAND _ Jack Linwood Brown, 88, a retired DeKalb Drilling Co. superintendent, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery with the Rev. James Otterness officiating. Funeral arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., and had been a resident of Midland since 1933. He was an Episcopalian. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific with the Marine Corps.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Marjorie Ann Brown of Midland, and daughter, Adele Brown of Long Beach, Calif.

Liles A. Easley
SEMINOLE _ Liles A. Easley, 43, an employee of Walton Construction of Hobbs, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, from injuries suffered from an auto accident.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at South Seminole Baptist Church with the Revs. Shane Kinnison and David Mercer officiating. Masonic graveside rites will be at Gaines County Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Ratliff Funeral Homes.
He was born in Tulsa, Okla.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Clydean Easley of Seminole; son, Anthony Clyde of Seminole; daughter, Jessica Dean of Seminole; parents, Joseph A. and Helen Easley of Oklahoma; and sister, Helen Sherod of Nevada.

Victor E. Herget
ODESSA _ Victor E. Herget, 78, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Odessa Tabernacle Church with the Rev. Sam Jordan officiating. Funeral arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Novelty, Mo., and had been a resident of Odessa since 1991. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Odessa Tabernacle Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Martha J. Herget of Odessa; son, Doug Herget of Odessa; daughters, Laura Jordan of Odessa, and Victoria Epperson of Palos Heights, Ill.; sister, Ann Wright of Pinole, Calif.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Michael Hubnik
ODESSA _ Michael Paul Hubnik, 47, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., after a short illness.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with the Rev. Frank Chavez officiating. An additional Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Cyril Methodius Catholic Church in Marakville with the Rev. Charlie Davis officiating. Burial will be at St. Cyril Methodius Cemetery.
Arrangements by Metropolitan Burial and Cremation Center of Albuquerque.
He was born in Fort Worth and was a longtime resident of Odessa. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Mallie Marak Hubnik of Odessa; daughter, Paulette Hubnik Bicknell of Austin; sons, Christopher Hubnik and Ashley Hubnik, both of California; sisters, Paulette Hubnik Foster of Cross Plains, Eleanor Hubnik Mitcham of Odessa and Joanie Hubnik Ward of Fort Stockton.

Bobby Ray Hurt
MONAHANS _ Bobby Ray Hurt, 63, a retiree from the Door of Hope Mission, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, at the Monahans Senior Center.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Monahans Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. David R. Pistone officiating. Funeral arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Haskell and lived in Odessa. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Larry Ray Hurt of Odessa; daughters, Debra Burgess of Odessa, and Penny Hurt of Abilene; sisters, Betty Walls, Laverne Warden and Sue Olgin, all of Monahans; and four grandchildren.

Charles Edwin Perry
IMPERIAL _ Charles Edwin ``Bozo'' Perry, 66, a night watchman, died Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Graveside services were held Friday at Imperial Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Snavely officiating.
Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Dundee, Okla., and was a resident of Imperial since 1945.
SURVIVORS: Several nieces and nephews. Marco Krasnohira.


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