Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Leslie Bishop
KERMIT _ Leslie Dale Bishop, 74, a retired mechanic, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, in Kermit.< Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Eastside Church of Christ with Brian McGonagill officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Chapel.
He was born in Bonham, and was a resident of Kermit for 50 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a veteran of the Army.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nelda Jean Bishop of Kermit; son, James Chanley Bishop of Midland; daughters, Debbie Kay Hendrickson of Lago Vista, Texas and Jeana Lee Beaty of Aztec, N.M.; sisters, Alice Mae Walling of Wink, Hazel Tressie Simpson of Snyder and Neva Lucille Hardaway of Monahans; and six grandchildren.

Francis Gerbert
FORT STOCKTON _ Francis J. Gerbert, 83, a restauranteur, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, in Fort Stockton.
Graveside services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at East Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Geller officiating. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Alabama and moved to Fort Stockton from Searcy, Ala., in 1939. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Buddy Gerbert and Lowell Gerbert, both of Fort Stockton; daughter, Shirley Wells of Fort Stockton; sister, Jeanette Brokaw of Odessa; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Raymond Holstein
FORT STOCKTON _ Raymond T. Holstein, 75, a rancher and businessman, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, in Fort Stockton.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at East Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Norman, Okla., and moved to Fort Stockton from Campbellton in 1946. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of First Christian Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Madge Holstein of Fort Stockton; sons, Collin Bobby Holstein of Libby, Mont. and Jay Holstein of Fort Stockton; daughters, Molly Akin of Solomans, Md., Mary Puckett of Fort Stockton and Lisa Harkins of Sanderson; sister, Thelma Taylor of Whitsett; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Dolores Lozano
PECOS _ Dolores Natividad Lozano, 91, a homemaker, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, in Hobbs, N.M.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Antonio Mena officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
She was born in Brogado and was a lifelong resident of Pecos. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Mickie Gomez and Rachel Guajardo, both of Hobbs, N.M.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

James Wilkerson
BIG SPRING _ James Harvey Wilkerson, 77, of Odessa, a former employee of Lofflin Drilling Company, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Trinity Memorial Park. Arrangements by Myers & Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
He lived in Odessa for 50 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Nellie Clark of Santa Monica, Calif., Lena Soukup of Ingram, Velma Dansby of Tyler and Ann Williams of Tolar; brothers, Jeff Wilkerson of Odessa and W.E. ``Ed'' Wilkerson of Big Spring.

Ruthie Williams
ANDREWS _ Ruthie Lee Franks Williams, 67, an educator, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, in Memorial Hospital in Midland.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Means Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Terry officiating. Burial will be at Andrews West Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
She was born in Ramsdell and was a Methodist. SURVIVORS: Husband, Billy Williams of Andrews; sons, Paul Williams of Andrews and John Williams of Austin; sisters, Joy Scott of Midwest City, Okla. and Jo Pletcher of Magnolia, Ark.; and two grandchildren.

Ludivina Chavez
SEAGRAVES _ Ludivina V. Chavez, 47, retired from Seagraves Industries and a homemaker, of Seagraves died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Catholic Church with the Rev. Liam Sweeney officiating. Burial will be at Seagraves Cemetery. Arrangements by Head Family Funeral Home.
She was born in Delicas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and had lived in Seagraves for about 20 years. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Joe Chavez of Seagraves; son, Sergio Chavez of Seminole; daughter, Elizabeth Chavez of Seminole; parents, Felipe N. and Manuela P. Valenzuela of Odessa; brothers, Efren Valenzuela of Seagraves; Rigoberto Valenzuela, Felipe Valenzuela Jr., Israel P. Valenzuela and Gerardo P. Valenzuela, all of Odessa; sister, Dolores P. Valenzuela of Odessa; and one grandchild.

William Edmiston
CRANE _ William F. Edmiston, 78, a retired plant operator, of Crane died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, in Crane after a lengthy illness.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Richard W. Box Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Homes.
He was born in Waco and moved from Bowie to Crane four years ago. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Gary Emiston of McCamey; Bill Edmiston Jr. of Grand Prairie; one daughter, Cindy Molsbee of Odessa; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ramon Hartnett
FORT DAVIS _ Ramon Hartnett, 85, a ranch cook, of Fort Davis, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at his residence.
Rosary will be said at 7 tonight at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Demetrio Ponce officiating.
Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Home of Marfa.
He was a lifelong resident of Fort Davis.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Consuelo Hartnett of Fort Davis; sons, Roy Hartnett of Marfa; Robert Hartnett and Frank Hartnett, both of Fort Davis; brothers, Tomy Hartnett and Julio Hartnett, both of Fort Davis; Jimmy Hartnett of San Antonio; sisters, Lucy Valverde, Vic Ceniceros, and Ida Belluci, all of El Paso; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jose Muniz
ALPINE _ Jose Munis, 71, a contractor, of Alpine died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Big Bend Regional Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Beto Lopez officiating. Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
He was born in Terlingua and moved to Alpine in 1952. He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church.
SURVIVORS: Eulalia Bustamante; son, Salvador ``Sonny'' Llanez of El Paso; daughters, Oralia Vasquez of Lubbock; Delia Carson and Sylvia Villanueva, both of Alpine; brothers, Benito Muniz of Hereford; Sisto Muniz of Phoenix; sister, Lucia Gallegos of El Paso; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Smart
ANDREWS _ Richard Smart, 87, a retired roofer, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at Permian General Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Andrews North Cemetery.
Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Marlin and had lived in Andrews since the 1960s. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Richard Smart Jr. of Oakland, Calif.; Illa Ruth Smart of Midland; brothers, Oscar Campbell of Midland; Calvin Smart of Oakland, Calif.; sisters, Ozelar Smith of Midland; Rosa Lee Demmings of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bobby Joe Smithee
ODESSA _ Bobby Joe ``B.J.'' Smithee, 65, self-employed in the oil construction business, of Odessa died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Greenfield Acres Baptist Church with the Rev. Teddy Short officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Ranger and was a member of Greenfield Acres Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Bobbie Marie Smithee of Odessa; sons, Michael Smithee and Glenn Smithee, both of Odessa; daughter, Carla Sapp of Odessa; sisters, Merlene Spencer of Odessa; Lois Harrell of Abbott; and eight grandchildren.

Marie Phillips Bogard
ODESSA _ Marie Phillips Bogard, 86, of Odessa died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997 at Medical Center Hospital.
Services are scheduled at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, 1997 at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Troy officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Wills Point and moved to Ector County in June 1944. She resided in Goldsmith until 1959 when she moved to Odessa. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Jane McBride, Rose Bogard and Elizabeth Ann Harkness, all of Odessa; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Albert Cloninger
ODESSA _ Albert Cloninger, 90, of Odessa died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home. Burial will be in Monahans Cemetery.
He was born in Duncan, Okla. and worked as a drilling foreman for Shell Oil, Co. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Joyce Saunders of El Paso, Janet Summers of Spicewood; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Gladyce Jackson Cloninger.

Ray Fairbanks
MIDLAND _ Ray Fairbanks, 68, of Midland died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 at Midland Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Assembly of God Church in Midland with the Revs. L. John Bueno of Springfield, Mo., Robert Slaton of Lubbock and Sammy Hayes of Midland officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Andrews North Cemetery in Andrews.
He was born in Fort Worth and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a foreign missionary for the Assembly of God mission for 36 years in Belize and Haiti before moving to Midland.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jannetta of Midland; Sons, Drexel Fairbanks of Austin and Douglas Fairbanks of Midland; Sisters, Betty Timmons of Midland and Carol Neugent of Dallas.

George Kettler
MONAHANS _ George Kettler, 73, a retired pipe fitter, of Monahans died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Harkey Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church with Father John Lucido officiating. Burial will be at Pyote Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Helena, Ark. and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a long time resident of Pyote.
SURVIVORS: Son, Butch Kettler of Helena, Ark.; Brother, Bill Kettler of Carson, Calif.; Sister Mary Ann Saver of Westshekan, N.Y.; two grandchildren.

June Lefler
CRANE _ June Lefler, 66, of Crane died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cross and Crown Crane Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
She was born in Crane and had been a resident of Crane most of her life. She worked as a home health aid and had been a cook at Dairy Mart for many years. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Gary Courtney of Crane; Daughter, Carol Bartlett of Crane; Sisters, Gwen Virdell and Elizabeth Hammond both of Crane and Wanda Heiser of Coleman; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Felicita G. Valenzuela
MORTON _ Felicita G. Valenzuela, 70, of Morton died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997 at St. Mary's Hospital in Lubbock.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Morton with the Father Ricardo Salditos officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday in Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Morton Memorial Cemetery.
She was born in Redford and moved to Morton since 1962 from Artesia, N.M. She was a homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Satero Valenzuela of Morton; Sons, Martin Valenzuela, Rafael Valenzuela, both of Amarillo and Ricardo Valenzuela of Morton; Daughter, Aurora Villarreal of Odessa; Sisters, Maria Luna and Cruz Soto, both of Lake Arthur, N.M., Soccoro Grado of Marfa; Brothers, Armin Grado, Esidro Grado and Manuael Grado, all of Lake Arthur, N.M., Franciso Grado of Artesia, N.M., Jesus Grado of Morton, Marcos Grado of Lubbock; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Agnes Dudley
ALPINE _ Agnes L. Hudson Dudley, 85, former owner//operator of Hudson's Bakery in Alpine, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997, at Parks Methodist Retirement Village.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Alpine. Burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
She was born in Rising Star and was a resident of Alpine before moving to Odessa. She was a Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Son, Ray Hudson of Odessa; daughter, Marion Siegel of Dallas; sister, Edith O. Toombs of Coleman; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Neatia Eaton
MONAHANS _ Neatia E. Eaton, 88, a self-employed restaurant owner, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997, at Monahans Senior Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Monahans. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Electra and was a longtime resident of Monahans. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Larry Eaton of Monahans and Bobby Eaton of Lake Brownwood; daughters, Shirley Hanson of Midland and June Bailey of Corpus Christi; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Katherina Fehr
SEMINOLE _ Katherina Fehr, 64, a homemaker, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock after an illness.
Services will be held at the Gospel Mennonite Church with David Klassen officiating. Burial will be at the Gaines County Cemetery. Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home.
She was born in Mexico and had been a resident of Seminole since 1977. She was a member of the Mennonite Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, John Fehr of Seminole; sons, John Fehr Jr. of Clovis, Calif., Ben Fehr of Madera, Calif., and David Fehr of Seminole; daughters, Tina Teichrobe and Helen Friesen, both of Seminole and Mary Bergen of Ontario, Canada; sisters, Mary Wall, Anna Wall and Nancy Fehr, all of Ontario, Canada, Helena Friesen of Mexico and Lisa Fehr of Seminole; and 12 grandchildren.

Lorenza Lopez
FORT STOCKTON _ Lorenza R. Lopez, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, at Fort Stockton Nursing Center.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fort Stockton. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Terlingua and was a resident of Fort Stockton.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Policarpo Lopez of Fort Stockton; son, Oscar Rey Lopez of Fort Stockton; brothers, Carmen Rey of Fort Stockton, Angel Rey and Timoteo Esparza, both of Presidio and Seledonio Rey of Midland; sisters, Natibidad Esparza of Fort Stockton and Jeronima Adonez of Presidio; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Louis Stesen
RANKIN _ Louis Stesen, 70, retired chief dispatcher for Halliburton, died Monday, Oct. 20, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rankin Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Medley officiating. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and was a resident of Rankin for 42 years. He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nadine Stesen of Rankin; stepson, Jimmie Hilton of Cypress; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Iona Enmon
MONAHANS _ Iona G. Enmon, 73, a homemaker, died residence in Monahans. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Monahans. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Harrisburg, Ark., and had been a resident of Monahans since 1991.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Bobby Enmon of Pecos, Vernon Enmon of Nacogdoches, Jerry Enmon of McCamey, Ronny Enmon and Danny Enmon, both of Monahans, and Terry Enmon of Trophy Club; daughters, Shirley Hill of Monahans, Carolyn Upchurch of Odessa and Verna Long of Chandler, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Florence Heller
MIDLAND _ Florence L. Heller, 82, died Monday, Oct. 20, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Newton officiating. Private graveside services will be at Resthaven Memorial Park.
She was born in German, N.Y., and had been a resident of Midland since 1970.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Harvey L. Heller of Midland; son, Herbert Gardner Jr. of New Castle, Colo.; daughters, Donna Hart of Arlington, Genevieve ``Porky'' Corich of Odessa, Dorothy Pflug of Cortland, N.Y., Veda Paul of Midland and Harvena Schofield of Orange City, Fla.; sister, Minnie Randall of Cortland, N.Y.; 23 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Johnnie Polk
ODESSA _ Johnnie Polk, 74, a salesman, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roscoe Sutton officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Spiro, Okla., and had been a resident of Odessa since 1982. He was Baptist and an Army veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Odean Polk of Sacramento, Calif.; sons, Stanley Polk of Kansas City, Kan., Mike Polk of Staten Island, N.Y., and Clyde Polk of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Bill Polk of Kansas City, Kan.; and sisters, Alvie Simpson and Gaynell Fleming, both of Odessa.


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