Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Jerry Bridges
ODESSA _ Jerry Fletcher Bridges, 57, a budget analyst for the Reeves County Detention Center, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
No services will be held. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Dodd City and was a resident of Arlington before moving to Odessa in 1997.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Brandi Bridgeman of Austin; mother, Allene Nance of Odessa; sister, Susan Brown of Fatteville, N.C.; and one grandchild.

Fannie Jackson
ODESSA _ Fannie Rebecca Jackson, 88, a nurse, died Friday, Oct. 10, 1997, at her home.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bible Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Bailey officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Greenville and moved to Odessa in 1986.
SURVIVORS: Son, Fred Bailey of Odessa; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

John-Eric Medina
ANDREWS _ John-Eric Medina, 19, a student at Midland College, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital due to injuries sustained in a car accident.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Andrews with the Revs. John Sayger and Mike Henson officiating. Burial will be at the Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was a lifetime resident of Andrews and Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Father, Robert Medina of Andrews; mother, Betty Madrid of Andrews; brothers, Michael Medina of Wahiawa, Hawaii, Adrian Medina, Joe-Jon Madrid and Phillip Madrid, all of Andrews, and Robert Medina Jr. and Chris Medina, both of Odessa; sister, Andrea Madrid of Andrews; grandparents, Juan Medina and Maria Medina, both of Lamesa, and David Hernandez and Isabel Hernandez, both of Andrews; and great-grandfather, A.C. Diaz of Odessa.

Robert Smith
ODESSA _ Robert Armstead ``Army'' Smith, 67, owner of Diversified Warehousing, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Waco and was resident of Lubbock before moving to Odessa in 1962. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict and Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Steve Ellis of Seoul, Korea.

Charlene Thresher
MONAHANS _ Charlene Thresher, 65, a retired elementary school teacher, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, in Monahans.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Monahans with the Rev. Barry Klempnauer officiating. She was born Feb. 7, 1932 in Iraan, Texas, and was a 40-year member of the First Baptist Church in Monahans. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home in Monahans.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Donald Thresher of Monahans, daughter, Michelle Hill, of Dallas, and one brother, Fred W. Dry of Dallas. She also had one grandchild.

Virginia May Roden
GRAND JUNCTION, CO _ Virginia May Roden, 72, of Grand Junction died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997, at her residence. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Martin Mortuary, in Grand Junction. She is scheduled for cremation.
Roden was born June 23, 1925, and married Ted Roden on May 25, 1947 in Decatur. The couple lived in Odessa 28 years.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Theora Olson of Westminster, CO, Rhonda McClary of Grand Junction, and Cassie Vidal of Odessa; one brother, Richard Hodges of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

Jewel Laray Benefield
ODESSA _ Jewel Laray Benefield, 81, of Odessa, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, at her home.
Viewing will be at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home today.
She was born in Comanche, Okla. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
SURVIVORS: Son, Kenneth Reynolds of Odessa; sisters, June Zimmerman of Ohio, and Edith O. Potts of Albion, Mich.; and three grandchildren.

Harold Dee Holley
ODESSA _ Harold Dee Holley, 72, of Odessa, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Parkview Church of Christ with Minister Charles Jones and Minister Joe Cross officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Wellington, and he served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a retired sales manager for Odessa Spring and Axle and a member of Parkview Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Patsy Holley of Odessa; daughters, Ann Martin and Charlotte Benton, both of Midland, and Jan Davis of Houston; son, Eddie Holley of San Antonio; sister, Evadna Foster of Channing; and three grandchildren.

Blane Smith
LAZBUDDIE _ Blane Smith, 28, a Lazbuddie farmer, died Friday, Oct. 10, 1997, at the Muleshoe Area Medical Center.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lazbuddie with the Rev. John Theisen and the Rev. Jim Watson officiating. Burial will be at the Lazbuddie Cemetery.
He was a lifelong resident of Lazbuddie and an honor graduate of Texas Tech University. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jennifer Smith of Lazbuddie; son, Jerod Smith of Lazbuddie; daughter, Kendra Smith of Lazbuddie; parents, Jerry Lee and Donna Smith of Clovis, N.M.; brothers, Shawn Smith of Bloomington, Minn., and Shane Smith of Helotes; sister, Tazia Smith of Clovis, N.M.; and grandmother, Pauline Guinn of Muleshoe.

John Cobb
ANDREWS _ John Clifton Cobb, 88, retired employee of Johnny Smith Ford, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at Permian General Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the McNett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Golden officiating. Burial will be in Andrews North Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Bennington, Okla. and moved to Andrews in the 1970s. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Linda Lea Cobb of Andrews; son, Kenneth Cobb of Rowlett; sisters, Ruth Sanders of Escondido, Calif., Thelma Larbee of Rancho Mirage, Calif. and Daisy Briscoe of Midway City, Calif.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Willie Galloway
HAMLIN _ Willie Maurine Galloway, 87, a homemaker, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, in an Abilene hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Foster-Adams Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Turner officiating. Burial will be at Hamlin East Cemetery. Arrangements by Foster-Adams Funeral Home.
She was born in Joshua and was a longtime resident of Hamlin. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Rule.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Marjorie Burnett of Crowley, Jane Boen of Odessa and Betty Lawlis of Sonora; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bill Hutson
KERMIT _ Bill Hutson, 70, a self-employed businessman, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997 in Kermit.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastside Church of Christ with Brian McGonagill and Russ Smith officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery.
He was born in Denton County and lived in Kermit for 23 years. He was veteran of the Marine Corps in the Korean War. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lois Hutson of Kermit; sons, Phil Hutson of Austin and Rick Hutson of Monahans; daughter, Tammy Watson of Kermit; brother, Leland Hutson of Canyon; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Cecil Lee
PECOS _ Cecil Jim Lee, 72, owner of a lumber company, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Evergreen Cemetery with the Revs. Bob Sebesta and Alice Monschke officiating. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pecos, and was a lifelong resident. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Sue Lee of Pecos; sons, Charles Lee of Santa Fe, N.M., Clay Lee of Pecos, Curtis Lee of Arlington and Cecil Lee of Pecos; sisters, Selma Canon and Carol Clark, both of Pecos; and 12 grandchildren.

Beaman McDonald
ANDREWS _ Beaman H. McDonald, 50, a retired employee of Central Freight Lines, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa after a lengthy illness.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Andrews Church of Christ with John Snider and Bob DuPont officiating. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Levelland and moved to Andrews in 1983. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was active with Andrews Girls Softball.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Marilyn McDonald of Andrews; daughters, Kathrine Johnson and Tara McDonald, both of Andrews; son, Ronald Johnson of Lubbock; step-mother, Naomi McDonald of Levelland; sister, Charlotte Fails of Trinity; and one granddaughter.

Freddie Samples
MONAHANS _ Freddie Samuel Samples, 69, a retired oilfield worker, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, at Midland Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services were held Oct. 13 at Monahans Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. William Watter officiating. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Benton, Ark., and was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Norman Samples of Monahans; daughters, Glenda Crocker of Monahans and Diane Myers of Abilene; brother, Charles Samples of Midland; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Paul Sweeney
ODESSA _ Paul T. Sweeney, 93, retired from Phillips Petroleum Company, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital after a lengthy iillness.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating.
He was born in Charleston, Ill., and was a member of the Church of God. He was a member of the Elks Lodge for 50 years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Grace Sweeney of Odessa; son, Bernie L. Thomas of Amarillo; daughters, Nancy Ratliff and Nelda Dickson, both of Odessa; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Sussana Vasquez
ODESSA _ Sussana Vasquez, 15, a student, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, in Odessa.
Mass was celebrated Oct. 13, 1997, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Barney Rodriguez officiating. Rosary was said Oct. 12, 1997, at Odessa Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Rosehill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Aurelio Vasquez of Mexico and Martha Vasquez of Odessa; grandparents, Faustina Vasquez of Odessa, Aurelia Carbajal and Pedro Carbajal, both of Mexico; brothers, Aurelio Vasquez Jr. and Ivan Natividad, both of Odessa; sisters, Patricia Vasquez Guillen, Elsa Vasquez, and Karina Vasquez, all of Odessa.

Phillip Andrews
ODESSA _ Phillip ``Flipper'' Andrews, 5, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church with the Rev. Les Bowling officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born May 1, 1992, in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Darrell and Sherri Andrews of Odessa; grandparents, Rob and Kathy Childers of Albany and M.G. and Mamie Andrews of Odessa; brother, Blake Andrews of Odessa; and sister, Elizabeth Andrews of Odessa.

J.W. Ritter
MASON _ J.W. Ritter, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, in a local hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Bryon Briley officiating. Burial will be at Gooch Cemetery in Mason.  Local arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home. Arrangements by Mason Funeral Home.
He was born in Mason and was a resident of Midland/Odessa for 41 years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nova B. Ritter of Midland; son, Mitchell Ritter of Midland; brother, Ed Ritter of Odessa; sister, Helen Mendiborne of Arizona; and two grandchildren.

Israel Smith
ODESSA _ Israel Shawn Smith, 20, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Odessa Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Brownwood and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Bryan Smith of Odessa and Connie Smith of Brownwood; and grandparents, David and Carol McColpin of Odessa.

Ernestine Kruse
ODESSA _ Ernestine Adelia Kruse, 74, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital after a short illness.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Belmont Baptist Church with the Rev. Rex Clayton officiating.
Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in San Angelo and had been a resident of Odessa since 1947. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Richard John Kruse Jr. of Katy and Loren Scott Kruse of Odessa; daughter, Brenda Kruse Harrison of Midland; brother, Eugene Knowles of Odessa; sister, Frances Wicker of Fort Worth; and three grandchildren.

Sunny Lindsey
WICKETT _ Sunny Woodson Lindsey, 43, a secretary, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Allie Balko officiating.
Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was a 16-year resident of Wickett and Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Thomas Lindsey of Wickett; sons, Scott Lindsey of Pyote, Jason Mabry of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Greg Mabry and Steven Mabry, both of Monahans; parents, Billie and Louis Woodson of Odessa; grandparents, Velma Rotton of Odessa and Velma Woodson of Kermit; brother, Danny Woodson of Odessa; and four grandchildren.

Frances Calmes
LUBBOCK _ Frances Sullins Calmes, 68, a bookkeeper, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, at her residence.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Lubbock with the Revs. John J. Walker, Michael Passmore and Jim Woodworth officiating. Arrangements are by Sanders Funeral Home of Lubbock.
She was born near Rocky, Okla., and was a resident of Big Spring and Odessa before moving to Lubbock. She was a member of First Christian Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, James Calmes of Lubbock; son, J. Michael Calmes of Lubbock; daughter, Charlotte Johnson of Lubbock; brother, W.C. Sullins Jr. of Kerrville; and five grandchildren.

John Clifton
ODESSA _ John D. Clifton, 52, a construction worker, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 17, 1997, at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Brownwood and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Simone Clifton of San Diego, Carmilita Clifton of Galveston and Tamika Hargrove of Midland; sister, Bernice Clifton of College Station; brothers, Joseph L. Clifton of College Station, Clarence Clifton of Brownwood and Frank Clifton Jr. of San Diego; and two grandchildren.


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