Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Carmen Flores
FORT STOCKTON _ Carmen B. Flores, 80, a homemaker, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, in Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.
Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Stockton. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Fort Stockton and moved to San Antonio in 1964. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Son, Rogelio ``Roy'' Flores Barron of San Antonio; daughters, Narce F. Barron of Las Vegas and Connie F. Polanco and Betty F. Hignojoz, both of San Antonio; sister, Cruz Salazar of Fort Stockton; nine grandchildren; and 11 grandchildren.

Henry Pedro
BIG SPRING _ Henry Pedro, 76, a retired United Postal Service employee, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, in Big Spring.
Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Big Spring with the Rev. Jeremiah McCarthy officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park.
He was born in Bedford, Ind., and had lived in Big Spring for 35 years before moving to Midland in 1991. He was Catholic and an Army veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Sons, George Pedro of Odessa and William Henry Pedro of Redwood, Ore.; daughter, Betty Munson of Houston; sister, Helen Kochanowski of North Liberty, Ind.; five grandchildren; and one-great-grandchildren.

Charles Casebier Jr.
FORT STOCKTON _ Charles E. ``C.E.'' Casebier Jr., 77, a surveyor, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Pecos County Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was a lifetime resident of Fort Stockton and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Emma Casebier of Fort Stockton; sons, Charles E. ``Eddie'' Casebier of Irving and Greg Casebier of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Grace Lynn Wright of Fort Worth; stepson, Richard Al Bedier of Henderson, Nev.; stepdaughters, Ramona Bedier Sheehan of Fort Stockton and Beth Bedier Mecham of Salt Lake City; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Roberta E. Gruchot
NASH _ Roberta E. Gruchot, 82, a homemaker, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Westwood Medical Center in Midland.
Cryptside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Chapelwood Mausoleum in Nash. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors of Odessa.
She was born in Okmulgee, Okla., and was a resident of Texarkana before moving to Midland in 1985. She was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Charlotte Harris of Midland; grandson, Anthony Dean Harris of Odessa; four great-grandchildren.

Thomas Hester
LEWISVILLE _ Thomas Grady Hester, 79, a retired City of Dallas building supervisor, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Lee officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. at the Andrews Cemetery. Arrangements by Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home. Local arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Milford and was a resident of Lewisville. He was a Baptist. SURVIVORS: Wife, Jo Hester of Lewisville; son, Tommy Hester of Andrews; daughters, Sammie Kay Wolfe of Thackville, Okla., and Donna Zee Clark of Lewisville; brothers, Revis Hester of Waco and Charles Hester of Lamesa; sisters, Marie Fellers of Lewisville, Thelma Born of Italy, Texas, Geraldine Workman of Milford and Linda Gollihar and Pegge Bradford, both of Houston; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Neoma Moore
WESTBROOK _ Neoma Laverne Moore, 76, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, in Westbrook.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Westbrook First Baptist Church with the Revs. Jim Mosley and Bud Golden officiating. Burial will be at the Westbrook Cemetery. Arrangements by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
She was born in DeQueen, Ark., and was a resident of Westbrook.
SURVIVORS: Son, Gay Leonard Moore Jr. of Westbrook; mother, Lila Collins Golden of Colorado City; brother, Howard Golden of Odessa; sister, Mary Ella Miller of Westbrook; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Lera Penrod
ODESSA _ Lera Penrod, 85, a retired employee of Bill Rea Insurance Associates Inc., died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jim Hawk officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Freestone County and was a resident of Odessa. She was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Brother, Andrew M. Seely of Orange; and sister, Sarah Beryl Sury of San Antonio.

Mathew Trowbridge
ANDREWS _ Mathew Trowbridge, 16, a student at Andrews High School, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Andrews with the Rev. Mike Henson officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Resthaven Cemetery in McCamey. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Odessa and was a resident of Andrews. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Tommy Trowbridge and Cindy Trowbridge of Andrews; brothers, Eric Trowbridge of Rusk and Joseph Trowbridge of Andrews; and grandparents, Ann Cross of Andrews and Maxie Trowbridge of Brownwood.

Michael Bird
IRAAN _ Michael ``Mike'' Bird, 37, a welder, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at his home.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Iraan. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Homes.
He was born in Kermit and attended high school in Iraan.
SURVIVORS: Mother and stepfather, Doris ``Pat'' and Freddy Kneupper of Iraan; daughters, Melissa Bird of Odessa and Lacey Bird of Victoria; grandmother, Rudy Breedlove of McAlester, Okla.; sisters, Cindy Anderson and Kathy Munguia, both of Odessa; brother, Paul M. Bird Jr. of Iraan; and one granddaughter.

Gabino F. Cobos
MIDLAND _ Gabino F. Cobos, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, in a Midland hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chruch with the Rev. Robert Vretaeu officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Rosary was said Monday at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jesse Guajardo officiating. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Alpine and lived in Midland since 1955. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Flora Cobos of Midland; sons, Jesse R. Cobos of Arlington; Gilbert Cobos of Big Spring; Rick Cobos of Midland; daughters, Laura Hernandez, Angela Sanchez, Yolanda Belazi and Rosalinda Cobos, all of Midland; brothers, Margarito Cobos of Alpine, Jess Cobos of Odessa and Marcario Cobos of Marfa; sisters, Beatrice Adamson of Buchanan Lake, Brigida De Anda of Odessa, Martina Armijo of El Paso and Elena DeLa Rosa of Fort Stockton; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Maria Gonzalez
CRANE _ Maria De Jesus Gonzalez, 47, a homemaker, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, in Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. today in the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Burial will be in Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
She was born in Acuna, Mexico, and had been a resident of Crane for 26 years. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Benito Gonzalez of Crane; sons, Jorge Gonzalez of Odessa and Alonzo Gonzalez of Crane; daughters, Claudia Madrid and Ana Lopez, both of Odessa; Maria Ortiz, Maggie Sharp and Lurdes Gonzalez, all of Crane; mother, Antonia Avila of Acuna, Mexico; brother, Jesus Avila of Crane; and sisters, Rita Moreno, Antonia Avila and Guadalupe Moreno, all of Acuna, Mexico.

Joyce McKeehan
DELEON _ Joyce McKeehan, 84, a homemaker, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, in Comanche.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Longoria officiating. Burial will be in Sipe Springs Cemetery. Arrangements by Nowlin Funeral Home.
She was born in Comanche County and previously lived in the Odessa area. She was a member of First Baptist Church in De Leon.
SURVIVORS: Sons, James McKeehan of Abilene and Marvin McKeehan of Comanche; brothers, Thomas Brown of Bullshoals, Ark. and L.R. Brown of Freeport; sisters, Opal Whiteside of Sipe Springs and Ruby Burrows of California; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

John Pierce
CRANE _ John W. Pierce, 74, an independent pumper, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Richard W. Box Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lynn Tipton officiating. Burial will be at Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was born in Breckenridge and had lived in Crane since 1949. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crane and served in the Army during World War II.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Patty Hollingsworth of Lamesa; sons, Carlos Fox of Crane, Billy Pierce of Monahans and Floyd Pierce of Stephenville; sisters, Billie Jean Harvey and Charlene Rush, both of Ingleside; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Sara Rodriguez
ODESSA _ Sara Aidin Rodriguez, infant daughter of Dia Nidia Rueda and Carlos Rodriguez, died Friday, Oct. 3, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be performed at 10 a.m. today at Rosehill Cemetery with the Rev. Jesus Mercado officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery Babyland. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Father, Carlos Rodriguez of Odessa; mother, Dia Nidia Rodriguez of Odessa; brother, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Jr. of Odessa; grandparents, Angel and Guadalupe Rueda of Odessa, and Carlos Rodriguez Sr. and Augustina Rodriguez of Ojinaga, Mexico.

Ruby Strickland
SEYMOUR _ Ruby P. Strickland, 77, a retired bookkeeper, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at the Seymour Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Seymour Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Shock officiating. Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Seymour. Arrangements by Seymour Memorial Funeral Home.
She was born in Fleetwood, Okla., moved to Seymour from Monahans in 1987. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Charles Strickland of Seymour; daughter, Paula Buie of Gillette, Wyo.; sisters, Rachel Patterson of Hewitt and Willie Mae Sessions of Seymour; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Demetrio Gonzales Sr.
ODESSA _ Demetrio Gonzales Sr., 84, retired Santa Fe Railroad employee, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with Salvador Mayorga officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Carmargo, Mexico, and moved to Odessa in 1980 from El Paso. He was a Jehovah's Witness.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Margarita Fernandez of Odessa; Carmen Nevarez of El Paso; Martha Almaguer of Anthony, N.M.; Teresa Miranda of El Paso; Antonia Gonzales of Juarez, Mexico; Martha Tellez of Ysleta; sons, Ramon Gonzales of El Paso; Demetrio Gonzales Jr. of El Paso; Guadalupe Gonzales of Denver; brother, Nene Gonzales of Los Angeles; 24 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mable Kirk
ODESSA _ Mable Bell Jennings Kirk, 87, a homemaker, of Odessa died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Parkview Church of Christ with Charles Jones and Joe Cross officiating. Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Clyde, and came to Odessa from Farmington, N.M. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sons, David Kirk of Kermit; Norman Kirk of Odessa; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Richard Parker
ODESSA _ Richard Lee Parker, 75, a retired self-employed machinist, carpenter and plumber, of Odessa died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Martinez Funeral Home with the Rev. C.E. Sims officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Oak Hill, Va., and moved to Odessa 50 years ago. He was a veteran of the Army serving during World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Katie Parker of Odessa; daughters, Brenda Lee Parker of Fort Worth; Debra Kay Bell of Odessa; son, Stevie Pertile of Midland; brother, Albert Williams of Horsey, Va.; sisters, Pauline Tucker of Salem, N.J.; Chancy Parker of Oak Hall, Va.; Marion Savage of Wilmington, Del.; Bessie Smith of Pocomo, Md.; brothers, Curtis Parker of Wilmington, Del.; Johnny Parker of Philadelphia, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

Dalty White
BIG SPRING _ Dalty ``Salty'' White, 83, a route salesman for Lone Star Beer Company, of Coahoma died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, in a local hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Chaplain Carroll Kohl officiating. Interment will be at Mount Olive Memorial Park. Arrangements by Nally-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born in Mount Vernon, and was a longtime Odessa resident. He was a Baptist. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army, a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Mildred White of Coahoma; sisters, Birtie Stocks of Hamilton; and Mary Lou Digby of Big Spring.

Audrey Weekes
STRAWN _ Audrey Weekes, 78, a retired draftsman for Atlas Corporation and Worth Wells, of Strawn died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at a Fort Worth hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Strawn with the Rev. Tom Beaty officiating. Burial will be at Mount Marion Cemetery. Arrangements by Edwards Funeral Home in Strawn.
She was born in Gibtown, and moved to Strawn four years ago from Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Son, Bob Weeks of Mingus; two grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Faye Henderson
KERMIT _ Fay Henderson, 82, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Terrace West Nursing Center in Midland.
Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Cooper Funeral Home with Wesley Stults officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Chapel.
She was born in Byers, was a longtime resident of Jal, and lived in Midland for eight years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Rebah Peterson of Midland; brother, W.T. Campbell of Arlington; sisters, Nell Herweck of Drumright, Okla., Johnnie Cooper of San Antonio, Gynal McAlister of Electra, Winnie Powell of Farmington, N.M., and Betty Shaffer of Indio, Calif.

Kendall Houston
LOVINGTON, N.M. _ Kendall Chandler Houston Sr., 78, a retired production foreman for Grace Petroleum Corporation, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at Lubbock Methodist Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Jackson Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Herb Bryant officiating. Burial will be at Lovington Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.
He was born in Ranger and was a resident of Lovington, N.M. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Sylvia J. Brown of Lovington; son, Kendall C. Houston of Dilley; daughter, Paula Susan Langley of Odessa; brother, Alex Houston of Granbury; sister, Margaret Alworth of Austin; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Irene Liddell
LAMESA _ Irene C. Liddell, 92, a retired co-owner of Liddell's Restaurant, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Branon Funeral Home Chapel with William Mayhue officiating. Burial will be at Lamesa Cemetery.
She was born in Clyde and was a longtime resident of Lamesa. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Son, Gwyn D. Liddell of Odessa; brother, Leroy Cole of Vallejo, Calif.; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Lillie McAlister
PECOS _ Lillie G. McAlister, 84, a retired bookkeeper, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at Deering Nursing Home in Odessa after a lengthy illness.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mount Evergreen Cemetery in Pecos with the Rev. J.R. Wooten officiating. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home in Pecos.
She was born in Mount Pleasant and was a resident of Pecos. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Roscoe McAlister of Odessa; son, Gene McAlister of Springfield, Tenn.; and daughter, Donna Jenkins of Odessa.

Woodrow McCollum
ODESSA _ Woodrow Brittian McCollum, 73, a retired roofer, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m today at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. John Theisen officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Moran and moved to Odessa in 1945. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Marie McCollum of Odessa; sons, Jerry McCollum, Randy McCollum, Tony McCollum and Ricky McCollum, all of Odessa; daughter, Dorothy Wester of Odessa; sisters, Opal Boyd of Rising Star, Hazel McKinney of Moran and Doris Starr of Odessa; and eight grandchildren.

Terry Wilkins
KERMIT _ Terry Joe Wilkins, 1-month-old son of Paul and Melinda Wilkins of Kermit died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Kermit with the Rev. Gary Seelau officiating. Burial will be in Kermit Cemetery.
SURVIVORS: Parents; brother, Paul Wesley Wilkins Jr. of Kermit; grandparents, Ron Hoge, Martha Jo Hoge, Bill Myers and Helen Myers, all of Kermit; and great-grandparents, Miriam White and O.J. White of Kermit, Glen Myers and Betty Myers of Austin, Meta E. Hoge of Kermit and Agnes Gran of Irene, S.D.

Dell Cooledge
RANKIN _ Dell F. Cooledge, 91, owner of Cashway Grocery, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Medley officiating. Burial will be at Rankin Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Homes of Crane.
He was born in Indian Nations, Okla., and served on the Rankin District Hospital Board for 24 years.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Jan Morgan of Big Spring; sons, Jon Dell Cooledge of Rankin, Charles Cooledge of Dallas; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Brian Fletcher
DENVER CITY _ Brian Tate Fletcher, 23, of Abilene, a bricklayer, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997 in Abilene.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Valera Cemetery in Valera. Arrangements by Roger Pool Funeral Home of Denver City.
He was born in Artesia, N.M., and had lived in Abilene three years. He was a 1997 graduate of Cisco Junior College. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Denver City.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Bruce and Connie Fletcher of San Angelo; sisters, D'Lee Fletcher and Kristy Engle, both of San Angelo; brother, Luke Fletcher of San Angelo; grandmother, Theresa Fletcher of Clyde; and grandfather, Berl Ancell of Artesia, N.M.

Edward Terrell
MENA, Ark. _ Edward Llewellyn ``Jim'' Terrell Jr., 76, a heavy equipment operator, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at the Mena Medical Center.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Gilead Cemetery. Arrangements by Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
He was born in Rocky, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Old Dallas Masonic Lodge.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Roger Terrell of Mena, Ark. and Jimmy Ray Terrell of Tallahassee, Fla.; daughters, Debra Terrell of Amarillo, Sherrill Watson of Odessa and Shanna Kahn of San Angelo; brother, Arnold Terrell of Mena, Ark.; sisters, Reva Gann of Mena, Ark. and Syble Sheldon of Midland; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


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