Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Joe Bob Ballard
ODESSA _ Joe Bob Ballard, 73, a veteran who served in the United States Navy, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at his home in Odessa.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery with the Rev., Glen Harlin officiating. Funeral arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home.
He was born in Crowell.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ann M. Ballard of Odessa; Son, Gary R. Ballard of Odessa; Daughters, Julie B. Wyatt and Susan Magee, both of Odessa; Mother, Lela F. Ballard; and five granddaughters.

Elias G. Carrillo
ODESSA _ Elias G. Carrillo, 67, a lifelong Odessa resident, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Martinez Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by the Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Mexico.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Josefa Carrillo of Odessa; Daughter, Nancy E. Baeza of Odessa; Sons, Arturo N. Carrasco, Antonio Carrasco and Elias Carrillo, Jr., all of Odessa and Pedro Carrillo of Beaumont; and four grandchildren.

Timothy Collier
MIDLAND _ Timothy Reed Collier, 34, teacher, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at West Side Church of Christ with the Rev. Don Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Pipkin Funeral Home.
He was born in Midland, and attended Robert E. Lee High School. He was a substitute teacher for all Midland schools.
SURVIVORS: Father, Richard D. Collier of Odessa; step-mother, Kathryn Collier of Odessa; sisters, Melissa Breden of Phoenix, Ariz.; Sarah Kasky of Hillmond, Mich.; Janice Hill of Odessa; brother, Bobby Meroney of Odessa.

Jalen M. Moore
SEAGRAVES _ Jalen M. Moore, 3, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at the Brownfield Regional Medical Center in Brownfield.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Odessa with the Rev. Hezekiah Lewis officiating. Burial will be at the Seagraves Cemetery at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Funeral arrangements by the Head Family Funeral Home of Seagraves.
He was born July 18, 1994, in Odessa and recently moved from Lubbock to Seagraves.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Johnal Moore of Odessa and Cheryl Wilson of Seagraves; Brother, J.J. Moore of Odessa; Sister, Jalessa Moore of Odessa; Grandparents, Archie and Earsie Moore of Odessa and Curtis and Louise Wilson of Seagraves.

Robert C. Salinas
MCCAMEY _ Robert C. Salinas, 30, an electrician, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, after an electrical accident near McCamey.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McCamey with Father Barry McClean officiating. Burial will be at the Resthaven Cemetery in McCamey with the Rev. Amauri Rodriguez officiating. Funeral arrangements by the Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was born in Brownfield and was a resident of McCamey since 1980. He graduated from McCamey High School in 1986.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Monica A. Salinas of McCamey; Daughter, Erianna Salinas of McCamey; Sons, Cody Salinas, Robert Salinas and Tristian Salinas, all of McCamey; Parents, Amelia ``Millie'' Salinas of McCamey and Tommy C. Salinas of Littlefield; Sisters, Tammy Salinas and Sylvia Foncannon, both of McCamey; Brothers, Randy Robledo of Borger and Jimmy Salinas of McCamey; Grandparents, Jacinta White of Borger and Janie Ybarob.

Alton Crowley
LUBBOCK _ Alton Ward Crowley, 74, of Lubbock, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at St. Mary Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Sanders Memorial Chapel with the Rev. George Thekkedam officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Sanders Funeral Home.
He was born in Kearns and was a former resident of Odessa before moving to Lubbock in 1981. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.,
SURVIVORS: Wife, Doloros ``Bobbye'' Crowley of Lubbock; sons, Jerry W. Crowley of Lubbock; Alan Dale Crowley of Lubbock; sister, Mildren Hanson of Wintergarden, Fla.; brother, Adrian L. Crowley of Conroe; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Thomas Deck
JAL, N.M. _ Thomas H. Deck, 71, retired division warehouse superintendent for El Paso Natural Gas Co., of Jal, N.M. died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Jal Cemetery with the Rev. Mike May officiating. Arrangements by Calvary Funeral Home in Eunice, N.M.
He was born in Garden City, Okla., and was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Baptist church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jean Deck of Jal, N.M.; daughters, Vikki Arnwine of Hobbs, N.M., Terri Keesee of Oklahoma City and Leslie Baker of San Angelo; son, Tom Deck of Jal, N.M.; brothers, Neal Wright of Gardendale, Harrell Wright of Silver City, N.M., and Lloyd Wright of Wyoming; and nine grandchildren.

Mary Hightower
PECOS _ Mary K. Hightower, 95, a retired nanny, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at Pecos Nursing Home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at First Christian Church in Pecos. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
She was born in McKinney and was a longtime resident of Pecos. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Doris Calley Kelton of Pecos and Nancy Snailum of Fort Stockton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Forest Smith
MONAHANS _ Forest ``Sonny'' Smith, 71, a computer programmeer, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at Ward Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Monahans Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. David Weyany officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home in Monahans.
He was born in Shawnee, Okla., and had been a resident of Monahans since 1949. He was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Kila Renay Massey of Wickett; son, Dini Moore Smith of Monahans; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Getrude Tabors
MIDLAND _ Gertrude Tabors, 54, an employee of Sage Nursing Home, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Midland with the Rev. O.J. Archie officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Vernon, and moved to Midland in 1958.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Michelle Tabors of Austin; brothers, Steve V. Nicholson, Robert Lee Nicholson and Jay J. Nicolson, all of Midland; sister, Tommie S. William of Odessa; and one grandchild.

Ellen Inez Anderson
ODESSA _ Ellen Inez Anderson, 81, of Odessa, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at Seabury Nursing Home.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Rosehill Cemetery.
She was a member of Tanglewood Church of Christ, and she worked for Medical Center Hospital for 10 years.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Wilford ``Sonny'' Anderson and George F. Anderson, both of Odessa; Daughters La Quita Hicks of Brownwood, Ruth Graves of Odessa and Gail Eppler of London, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Joe Bob Ballard
ODESSA _ Joe Bob Ballard, 73, a veteran who served in the United States Navy, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at his home in Odessa.
Graveside services only will be held today at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery with the Rev., Glen Harlin officiating. Funeral arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home.
He was born in Crowell.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ann M. Ballard of Odessa; Son, Gary R. Ballard of Odessa; Daughters, Julie B. Wyatt of Odessa and Susan Magee of Nursery; Mother, Lela F. Ballard; and five granddaughters.

Carl Dillard Jr.
CRANE _ Carl Dillard Jr., 73, a World War II Army veteran, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, in the Midland Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. today at the Crane First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Miracle officiating. Burial will follow at the Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
He was a resident of Crane for 28 years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Billye Dillard of Crane; Son, Carlton Dillard of Austin; Daughter, Carla Brown of Clyde; Brother, Richard Dillard of Kamay; Sister, Margie Beaver of Wichita Falls; and five grandchildren.

Flora W. Haney
RHOME _ Flora W. Haney, 89, of Rhome, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997 at Valley Hills Nursing Home in Decatur.
Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. Arrangements by the Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Hamilton County and lived in Odessa from 1947 to 1980.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Lossie Langford and Nell Fernandez, both of Rhome, and Rita Black and Virginia Ward, both of Odessa; Son, Roy Haney of Odessa; 19 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Israel Pena O'Con
PRESIDIO _ Israel Pena O'Con, 48, a farmer, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday at the Redford Cemetery. Arrangements by the Martinez Funeral Home of Odessa.
He was born in Redford and lived in Presidio for nine years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Margarita Gardea O'Con of Presidio; Sons, Renato Gardea O'Con of Odessa and Raul Gardea O'Con of Presidio; Daughters, Lucy Gardea O'Con and Norma Gardea O'Con, both of Odessa; Mother, Aida O'Con of Presidio; and four grandchildren.

Hilario Gonzales
MONAHANS _ Hilario ``Larry'' Gonzales, 61, an operator with Schlumberger-Dowell, died Monday, Sept. 8, 1997, in Monahans.
Rosary was said Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church in Monahans. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Lucindo officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Big Spring, and had been a resident of Monahans for 17 years. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Elizabeth Ann Gonzales of Monahans; sons, Larry Gonzales, Richard Gonzales and Gabriel Gonzales, all of Portland, Ore., Tony Gonzales of Aloha, Ore., Frank Gonzales of Beaverton, Ore., and Michael Gonzales of Lubbock; daughters, Martha Stephens of Everett, Wash., Mary Gonzales of Portland, Ore., Debra Gonzales of Midland and Marlene Greer of Snyder; brothers, Eustacio Gonzales, Domingo Gonzales and Jesus Valentine Gonzales, all of Monahans and Francisco Gonzales of Natalia; sisters, Amelia Flores of Crane and Celerina Gonzales of El Paso; stepchildren, Toni Storey of Charleston, Ark.; Geni Broom of Amarillo; Lizsette Wygle of Carrollton; and Todd Arndt of Sulton, Wash; 37 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jack Harrison
PECOS _ Jack W. Harrison, 75, oil service operator, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home with the Rev. Les Woodard officiating. Burial will be at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Wichita Falls and had been a resident of Pecos since 1949. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Helen Harrison of Pecos; sons, Roger Harrison of Pecos, Jerry Harrison of Wink and Glenn Harrison of Sweetwater; daughters, Jackie Davis of Kerrville and Jimmie Kemp of Andrews; brother, Bob Harrison of St. Charles, Mo.; sisters, Jean Krause of Milwaukee and Billie McGill of Oklahoma City; and 10 grandchildren.

Oleta Medford
HASKELL _ Oleta Medford, 80, a homemaker, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, in Stamford.
Services were held Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church in Haskell with the Rev. J.C. Amburn officiating. Burial was at Howard Cemetery. Arrangements by Holden-MCaulley Funeral Directors.
She was born in Proctor and was a resident of Stamford. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Thurman Leroy Medford of Conroe, James Wendell Medford of Odessa and Danny Mack Medford of Haskell; daughters, Barbara Sue Brown and Deborah Gayle Merchant, both of Haskell and Mary Margaret Kemeltz of Pearland; sister, Ruth Loyd of Haskell; brothers, Ulma H. Mitchell of Fort Worth and Charles Mitchell of Orlando, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Anna Scarborough
PECOS _ Anna M. Scarborough, 79, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997, at Pecos County Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Fort Stockton and was a longtime resident of Monahans. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Jim Scarborough of Monahans; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Robert Skinner
ODESSA _ Robert Nelson Skinner, 72, a retired gas tester coordinator for Phillips Petroleum Co., died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Troy officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Morgantown, W.V., and moved to Odessa in 1952. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Frankie Skinner of Odessa; daughters, Patricia Zeigler of Midland, Marsha Busby of Greenville, Ill., and Karen Smith of Corinth; mother, Nola Bigham of Odessa; brother, Henry Franklin Skinner of West Augusta, Va.; sister, Thelma Ferguson of Syracuse, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Ronald Taylor
ANGLETON _ Ronald Lea ``Bud'' Taylor, 52, a retired Dow Marine Department employee and a supervisor for Dixie Carriers, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Palms Funeral Home in Angleton. Arrangements by Palms Funeral Home.
He was born in Oklahoma City and was a resident of Angleton. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jeanette ``Coky'' Taylor of Angleton; daughters, Sonja Patterson of Wharton, Tammi Taylor and Tyra Taylor, both of Angleton; brother, Mike Taylor of Midland; parents, Udell Taylor and Cleo Taylor, both of Odessa; and two grandchildren.

Mary Cheatham
HOBBS, N.M. _ Mary Elizabeth Cheatham, 81, a homemaker and an office manager for Hood and Hood Real Estate and Insurance Company, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today MST at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Hobbs, N.M., with the Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Martin and the Rev. Gavin Vaughn officiating. Burial will be Prairie Haven Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home.
She was born in Prospect, Tenn., and was a resident of Hobbs, N.M. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Kelly Cheatham of Hobbs, N.M.; daughters, Annette Harris and Fay Stockton, both of Hobbs, N.M.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bobbie Kizer
MIDLAND _ Bobbie Jean Kizer, 68, died Sept. 11, 1997 at her residence.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Ellis Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Lamb officiating. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Snyder and was a resident of Midland. She was a Baptist. SURVIVORS: Husband, Fred Kizer of Midland; sons, Roy Kizer of League City and Ray Kizer of Corpus Christi; brother, Richard L. Greer of Spring; sister, Monzelle Bailey of Garland; and three grandchildren.

Marylyn Lewis
GRANDFALLS _ Marylyn ``Hunt'' Thurman Lewis, 56, a retired city administrator for the City of Grandfalls, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1997, at Ward Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at Grandfalls Union Church. Burial will be at Tamarisk Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home in Monahans.
She was born in Vernon and moved to Grandfalls from Midland 16 years ago. She was a member of the Grandfalls Union Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, David Lewis of Royalty; son, Mike Cornelius of Monahans; parents, Elmer Hunt and Lee Hunt, both of Royalty; brother, Larry Hunt of Grandfalls; sister, Jan Grizzle of Hagerman, N.M.; and three grandchildren.

Murlin Odom
KERMIT _ Murlin Lavern Odom, 90, a homemaker, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 1997, at Kermit Health Care Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Kermit with the Rev. Dr. Randy Houston officiating. Burial will be at the Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born in Strawn and had been a resident of Kermit for 56 years. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Cecil Ray Odom of Kermit, Vernon Louis Odom of Lubbock and Charles Rayford Odom of Lawrence, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Dakota Ziemke
ODESSA _ Dakota Edward Ziemke, infant son of Dan and Susan Ziemke of Odessa, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, at Odessa Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. James Bishop officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
SURVIVORS: Parents; sister, Aphtan Ziemke of Odessa; and grandparents, Joseph Young, Linda Young and Delene Young, all of Odessa and Vivien Ziemke of Toledo, Ohio.


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