Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Johnny Jesse Chavez
ODESSA _ Johnny Jesse Chavez, 49, a retired overhead doorsman with Denard Electric, died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
A Rosary Service will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Odessa. Funeral arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He has been a life-long resident of Odessa. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Audelia (Lela) Chavez of Odessa; sons, Christopher Chavez of Odessa, John Anthony Chavez of Odessa, Daniel Chavez of Odessa; daughters, Nancy Montoya of Odessa, Amber Michelle Chavez of Odessa and Crystal Chavez of Odessa.

Lelar Tom Hunter
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA _ Lelar Tom Hunter, 85, a retired mail sorter for the United States Post Office, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.
Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Martinez Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Big Springs. Funeral arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Trinity and has been a resident of Anchorage, Al. for 22 years. He was a member of Church of God in Christ, Cavalry Deliverance in Anchorage, Al. and was a World War II veteran.
SURVIVORS: Son, Charles Edward Hunter of Copperscove; daughter, Sandra Kay Williams of Odessa; brothers, Amos Hunter of San Francisco, Calif., William Hunter of New York City, N.Y.; sisters, Tomme Hunter of San Francisco, Calif. and Helen Davis of Anson.

Santos H. Gonzales
ODESSA _ Santos H. Gonzales, 75, a crane operator in the navy ship yard, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, at his residence.
A Rosary Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel. Services will be held at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Marfa and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jesse Gonzales of Germany, Arturo Gonzales of Okla., Santos Gonzales of Odessa, Oscar Gonzales of Los Angeles, Calif., Freddy Gonzales of Odessa, Gilbert Gonzales of Richardson, Larry Gonzales of Odessa; daughters, Sally Cano of Las Cruces, N.M., Gloria Aguirre of Odessa, Dorothy G. Alvardo of Odessa, Marie G. Ramirez of Watuga, Marianna G. Pineda of Odessa, Diana Y. Zaguirre of Odessa and 48 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Louis Collins
BIG LAKE _ Louis Collins, 91, a rancher, died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at Reagan Memorial Hospital in Big Lake.  Services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Barnhart Cemetery in Big Lake with the Rev. Hank Gooe officiating. Burial will be at Richard W. Box Funeral Home of Big Lake. He was born in Irion County, and has been a resident of Balmorhea since 1960. He was Methodist and served in the Army during World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Loreine Collins of Balmorhea; daughter, Barbara Harrison of Abilene; sons Boots Collins of Fort Stockton, Richard Huelster of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Craig Huelster of Balmorhea; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ethel Laverne Diez
ODESSA _ Ethel Laverne Diez, 73, a licensed practical nurse, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.  Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Monahans Memorial Cemetery Pavilion in Monahans with the Rev. Bill Hatler officiating. Burial will be at Harkey Funeral Home.  She was born in Sayre, Okla., and has been a resident of Monahans since 1938. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jay Aldridge of Dell City, Va., David Aldridge of Tigard Ore., Andy Diez Jr. of Monahans and Tommy Diez of Pyote; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Rito Abalos
RANKIN _ Rita Barrera Abalos, 54, an oil field worker and ranch worker, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, at Rankin District Hospital.
Rosary was said Monday at Rankin Park Building. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at Rankin Park Building with the Rev. Barry McLean officiating. Burial will be at the Rankin Cemetery. Arrangments by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was born in Rankin, and was a lifelong resident. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Adela Abalos of Rankin; son, Marcus Abalos of Rankin; mother, Juanita Abalos of Rankin; brothers, Brijido Esparza and Frank Abalos, both of Rankin and Andres Abalos of Midland; and sisters, Natalia Sandoval of Crane, Natividad Pulido and Lola Watson, both of Rankin, Lupe Barrandy of McCamey and Josie Mata of Odessa.

Alpha Butler
CRANE _ Alpha Butler, 81, a nurse, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Community Center Nursing Home in Hondo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mary Street Church of Christ. Burial will be at the Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
She was born in Reisel and moved to Crane in 1940. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Billy Pat Butler of Hondo and Bobby Gayle Butler of Crane; brother, H.M. Mullins of Freer; sisters, Frieda Tandy of Corpus Christi, Nettie Beth Wood of Belton and Lorene Welch and Evelyn Bell, both of Luling; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Elmer Hill
ODESSA _ Elmer James Hill, 80, a derrick hand, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Clarton and was a resident of Midland.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Teresa Bullard of Eldorado; sisters, Lila Rickey of Odessa and Jeanette Pierre of Beckville; and four grandchildren.

Juanita Hodge
MACKS CREEK, Mo. _ Juanita Hodge, 80, a nurse, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Ozark General Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Macks Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Denzel Webb officiating. Burial will be at Macks Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Hedges Funeral Homes in Camdenton, Mo.
She was born in Andarko, Okla., and was a resident of Macks Creek, Mo. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Betty Whitworth of Macks Creek, Mo., Alana Murphy of Odessa, Mary McCutchen of Winsborrow, Oma Sherlyn Wallace of Monroe, La., and Sharon Henry of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Oma Skaggs of Camdenton, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-granchildren.

Homer Lankford
MIDLAND _ Homer Lankford, 78, a retired building engineer, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, at Crane County Care Center.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Pipkin Funeral Home.
He was born in Trenton, Fannin County, and moved to Midland in the late 1930s. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ora Lankford of Midland.

Artie Martin
ROBY _ Artie Martin, 81, a cotton farmer and cattle rancher, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Windcrest Alzheimer Care Center in Abilene.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Roby with the Rev. Mickey Wagoner officiating. Burial will be at the Roby Cemetery. Arrangements by Weathersby Funeral Home.
He was born in Rotan, and was a lifelong resident of Roby. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Melba Parker Martin of Roby; son, Joe Robert Martin of Cleburne; daughter, Virgina Ann Jones of Roby; sister, Marlena Carter of Odessa; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Marjorie Watts
BROWNWOOD _ Marjorie L. Watts, 70, a nurse, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at a local nursing home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Ted Kell officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Arrangements by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
She was born in Lamesa and was a resident of Brownwood. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sons, E.M. ``Butch'' Wagner Jr. of Brownwood, Jack Wagner of Bangs, Roger Wagner of Gardendale and Billy Watts II of Gorman; daughters, Beverly Hill of City By The Sea and Barbara McGinnis of Cottage Grove, Wis.; sisters, Luray Earl of Amarillo and Bonnie Scott of Abilene; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

James White
ANDREWS _ James ``Jim'' Martin White, 75, former owner of Jim's North Main 66, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, at Permian General Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at McNett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Terry officiating. Burial will be at the Andrews West Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in St. Tammaney, La., and moved to Andrews in 1956 from Poplarville, Miss. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Bonnie Lee White of Andrews; sons, James White of Mauriceville, Robert White of Poplarville, Miss., and Kenny White of Mesquite; daughter, Betty Goad of Andrews; brothers, George White of New Orleans, J.B. White of Georgetown, Fla., and Hilton White of Pineville, La.; sisters, Eloise Steadham of Pineville, La., and Beatrice Monk of Ball, La.; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Flowers
ODESSA _ Evelyn Flowers, 66, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Weatherspoon officiating. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Severville, Tenn., and had been a resident of Odessa for 45 years.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Dearl Flowers and Tony Flowers, both of Odessa; daughter, Ronnie Jones of Odessa; brothers, Clyde Breeden of Severville, Tenn., and John Henry Rodgers of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Joe Ivy of Mena, Ark.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Abbie Moorer
ODESSA _ Abbie James Moorer, 63, a cook with Antlers Restaurant, died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Odessa with the Revs. L.C. Rhea Jr. and R.T. White officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was born in Rural and was a resident of Odessa. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Katherine Moorer of Odessa; sons, Alvin James Moorer, Richard Lee Murry, Bobby Ray Murry Sr., Carl Ray Cleaver and Travis Dale Cleaver, all of Odessa; daughters, Brenda Thomas of Houston, Janice Cleaver and Charlotte Henry, both of Van Nuys, Calif., and Ahaski Cooks of Brooklyn, N.Y.; brothers, Joe Willie Moorer of Odessa and Clennie Moorer of Clovis, N.M.; sisters, Tiny Crayton, Arnetta Foster and Willie Pearl Jones, all of Clovis, N.M., Maxine Green of Buffalo, N.Y., and Ella Jewel Jones of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 34 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Kiana Ornelas
ODESSA _ Kiana Nicole Ornelas, infant daughter of David and Diana Marie Ornelas of Odessa, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Memorial services were held Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with the Rev. Mark Woodruff officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born Friday in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents; grandparents, David Ornelas and Cecila Ornelas, both of Balmorhea and Apolonio Munoz and Agapita Munoz of Odessa; brothers, David Ornelas III, Benjamin Ruiz and Justin Ruiz, all of Odessa; and sister, Cosette Ornelas of Odessa.

Lorene Register
ELECTRA _ Lorene Marie Register, 73, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997, in Electra.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Electra with the Revs. Nick Azalone and David Fortenbury officiating. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Arrangements by Dutton Funeral Home.
She was born in Wichita Falls and moved to Electra 10 years ago from Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Derral M. Hodgkins of Electra and Gerald P. Hodgkins and Billy D. Register, both of Odessa; daughters, Beverly J. Baisden and Georgia V. Goforth, both of Electra and Luwanna A. Bellah of Perkins, Okla.; brother, Lawrence Case of Iowa Park; sisters, Ellen Gee of Wichita Falls and Virginia Schnoover of Burleson; 26 grandchildren; and 50 great-grandchildren.

Mary Dominguez
PECOS _ Mary D. Dominguez, 71, a homemaker, of Pecos died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997, at Odessa Regional Hospital.
Rosary was said Thursday at Pecos Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Burial will be at Mount Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
She was born in Pecos and was a lifelong resident. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Natividad Alvarez of Pecos; son, Ismael ``Chico'' Dominguez Jr. of Gunnison Colo.; daughter, Rebecca Dominguez Gomez of Odessa; mother, Carlotta Diaz of Pecos; stepson, Jesse Alvarez of Fort Stockton; stepdaughter, Carol Guerrero; brothers, Ray ``Tata'' Rodriguez of Barstow; Manuel Diaz of Pecos; three grandchildren, five step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Marshall Jeffcoat
SEAGRAVES _ Marshall ``Cowboy'' Jeffcoat, 66, a heavy equipment operator for Gaines County, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Smith officiating. Burial will be at Denver City Cemetery. Arrangements by Head Family Funeral Home.
He was born in Fluuanna and moved to Seagraves eight years ago from Munday. He was a Baptist and an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Dorothy Jeffcoat of Seagraves; sons, Charles Longorio of Snyder, Donald Longorio of Big Spring, Dennis McKinzie and Tommy McKinzie, both of Seagraves and Ted McKinzie of Waco; daughters, Vida Davieson of Farmington and Robin Ashcraft of Denver City; sister, Leona Faught of Denver City; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Ethinda Stewart
DE LEON _ Ethinda L. ``Bobbie'' Stewart, 83, a homemaker, of died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1997, at De Leon Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church.< Burial will be at De Leon Cemetery. Arrangements by Nowlin Funeral Home in De Leon.
She was born in Eastland and had been a resident of De Leon since 1974.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Mike Stewart of Midland and Harold Stewart of Corpus Christi; daughter, Margie Adamson of Spring; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Hilario Valerio
MARFA _ Hilario Herrera Valerio, 58, a self-employed carpenter of Lamesa died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, in a Midland hospital.
Graveside services were be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Merced Cemetery with the Rev. Demetrio Ponce officiating. Arrangements are by Memorial Funeral Home.
He was born in Casa Piedra, grew up in Marfa and lived in Odessa for many years.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jose Hilario Valerio of Lamesa, Rojello Valerio of Childress and Mike Angel Valerio of Omaha, Neb.; daughters, Rosalinda Lujan and Leonor Valerio, both of Odessa and Adelaida Molina of Fort Worth; brothers, Santiago Hererra of Big Spring and Luis Herrera of Coahoma; sisters, Herlinda Valerio and Maria Nunez, both of Marfa and Oralia Hernandez of California; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sam Ericksen
HOBBS, N.M. _ Sam ``Kasey'' Ericksen, 15, a student, of Hobbs, N.M., died Oct. 1, 1997, in Hobbs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Taylor Street Church of Christ with Eli Borden officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home.
He was born in Seminole, and was a student at Houston Junior High. He was a member of the sophomore football and basketball teams.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Krist and Sabrina Ericksen of Hobbs; sister, Skyla Kristine Ericksen of Hobbs; grandparents, Jan E. and Lloyd E. Davison Sr. of Odessa; Betty Franklin of Hobbs; Barbara Ericksen of Colorado Springs, Colo.; great-grandmothers, Louisa Ellen Davison of Odessa; Alice Elizabeth Huckabee of Big Spring; and Arlene Ericksen of Juniata, Neb.

Charles McCandless
ODESSA _ Charles E. McCandless, 62, former owner of McCandless Barber Shop, of Odessa died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Veteran Medical Center in Big Spring.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with the Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Lubbock and moved to Odessa in 1944. He was a member of the Odessa Police Department in the late 1950s. He was a deputy sheriff for the Ector County Sheriff's Posse. He was a member of the Army National Guard.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Charlesa Loudenburg of Odessa; Cindy Straka of Sherman; Debbie Johnson of Santa Cruz, Calif.; sister, Aline Krawczykowski of Abilene; and five grandchildren.

J.G. Runyan
STANTON _ J.G. Runyan, 86, retired from Schlumberger, of Midland died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, in New Braunfels.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangments by Gilbreath Funeral Home.
He was born in Sawyer, Okla., and lived in Midland for 40 years.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Travis Runyan and Royce Runyan, both of Elk City, Okla.; Troy Runyan of Canyon Lake; Danny Runyan of Odessa; daughters, Janett Casbeer of Midland; Sharon Smith of Lewisville; sisters, Faye Carlson of Mineola; Opal Steffans of Seguin; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Jospeh Strain
PECOS _ Joseph Strain, 15, a student, of Pecos died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Oct. 3, 1997, at Saint Catherine's Catholic Church. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pecos and was a lifelong resident. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Edward and Rosemary Strain of Pecos; brothers, Edward Strain and Johnny Strain of Pecos; sisters Tammy Popell of Abilene; and Theresa Strain of Pecos.

Melba Thrower
ODESSA _ Melba Edith Thrower, 66, a homemaker, of Odessa died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with Don Turksey and Hilton Chancellor officiating. Burial will be in Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Callahan County, and moved to Odessa in 1935 from Moran. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Husband, John R. Thrower of Odessa; daughter, Hopie Hancock of Odessa; brother, Dwight Wallum of Midland; sister, Marsha Lynn Hughes of Odessa; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mabel Timmons
CRANE _ Mabel Lorene Timmons, 79, of Crane died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Crane County Care Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Richard W. Box Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Miracle officiating. Burial will be at Crane County Cemetery.
She was born in Tillman County, Okla., and had lived in Crane for 34 years. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, James Leon Timmons of Crane; brothers, J.C. Jones of Glendora, Calif.; V. Ray Jones of Covina, Calif.; daughters, Elizabeth Aiken of Austin; Maxine Henderson of Tyler; Vivian Burch of Odessa; Linda Townsend of Junction; sons, Jim R. Watts of Big Sandy; James D. Timmons of Crane; Bobby Timmons of McCamey; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


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