Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Gloria Gentry
ODESSA _ Gloria May Ratliff Gentry, 64, a homemaker, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at her residence. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Robert Berry officiating. Arrangements by Wade Funeral Home in Hubbard. She was born in Iredell and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Dawson in 1983. She was a Baptist. 
SURVIVORS: Husband, Amos Gentry of Dawson; sons, Jackie Ratliff of Fort Worth and David Ratliff of Odessa; daughter, Carolyn Cupp of Cleburne; stepsons, Darryl Gentry of San Diego, Calif., and Ronald Gentry of Yorba Linda, Calif.; stepdaughter, Renee Erdman of Albuquerque, N.M.; 16 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Beatrice Gonzalez
ODESSA _ Beatrice Campos Gonzalez, 59, a homemaker, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at her residence. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ernest Easley officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. She was born in Marfa and came to Odessa in 1954. She was a member of First Baptist Church. 
SURVIVORS: Husband, Genaro B. Gonzalez Jr. of Odessa; daughter, Eulalia Meeks of Odessa; son, Abel Gonzalez of Odessa; mother, Leonarda Campos of Odessa; three brothers; six sisters; and two grandchildren.

Jose Hernandez
DENVER CITY _ Jose Ysidro Hernandez, 83, a farmer, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, in Hobbs, N.M. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Williams Catholic Church with the Rev. Andres Mendosa officiating. Burial will be at Denver City Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ratliff Funeral Home. He was born in Fort Teen and was a resident of Denver City. He was a Catholic. 
SURVIVORS: Sons, Baudelio Hernandez of Odessa and Jesus Hernandez of Presidio; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Clara Machen
PLAINVIEW _ Clara Machen, 102, a homemaker, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at Memorial Health Care Center in Seminole. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Plainview Cemetery with the Rev. Craig Curry officiating. Arrangements by Connally Funeral Home in Seagraves. She was born in Chatooga County, Ga., and was a resident of Seminole. 
SURVIVORS: Son, Freddie Mitchell of Wichita Falls; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

James Montgomery
ODESSA _ James Elwood Montgomery, 66, an oil field salesman, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Mindel officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Big Spring and moved from Monahans to Odessa in 1939. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lajuana Montgomery of Odessa; son, Les Montgomery of Coahoma; daughter, Sharon Fletcher of Odessa; mother, Ira Montgomery of Odessa; brother, Glenn Montgomery of El Paso; sister, Elna Vanderberg of Odessa; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Refugia Tarango
PECOS _ Refugia ``Cuca'' Tarango, 92, a homemaker, died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, at her residence. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with Augustine Fuentez officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Pecos. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home. She was born in Balmorhea and was a resident of Pecos. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Gloria Fuentez of Fort Worth; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Gayle Young
ODESSA _ Gayle Clayton Young, 55, of Odessa, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Jess Little officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. was born in Pawnee, Okla. SURVIVORS: Aunt, Hazel Teague of Odessa.

Gerald Evans
ODESSA _ Gerald Wilson ``Jerry'' Evans, 83, of Odessa died Monday, Feb. 10, 1997, in Denton. Funeral arrangements are pending with Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.

Cecil Allford
LUBBOCK _ Cecil Carl ``Dick'' Allford, 72, a retired farmer, of Kermit, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, in Dallas.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in W.W. Rix Chapel. Burial will be at the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Arrangements by W.W. Rix Funeral Directors.
He was born in McAlester, Okla., and was a long time resident of Shallowater before moving to Kermit eight years ago. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Margaret Sue Boner Allford of Kermit; stepsons, Wayne Johnson of Wills Point, Roger Martin of Plains, Kan., and Johnny Morton of Lubbock; stepdaughter, Joyce Ann Hindsley of Lubbock; brothers, Jack Allford of Anton and Pete ``Tex'' Allford of Bonham; sister, Eva Lee Terry of Levelland; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Celerina Barrera
SANDERSON _ Celerina Flores Barrera, 71, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at St. James Catholic Church in Sanderson. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Vasques officiating. Burial will be at Santa Rita Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Sanderson and was a resident of Odessa. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Didio Barrera of Odessa; daughters, Alicia De Leon and Sally Gomez, both of McCamey, and Ervenia Reyes of Odessa; brothers, Cherry Valley of California, Jose Angel Flores of Houston, Gilde Flores of Hereford and Ruben Flores of Odessa; sisters, Juanita Martinez of Beaumont, Calif., and Emma Garcia of Sanderson; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Leonor Cano
MONAHANS _ Leonor Torres Cano, 69, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, in Odessa. Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today at Harkey Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Johns's Catholic Church of Monahans. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery.
She was born in Alpine and was a resident of Monahans. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Eleno Cano, Sr. of Monahans; sons, Edward Cano and Eleno Cano, Jr., both of Monahans; daughters, Anita Vela, Lupe Valenzuela, Lisa Marquez, Debbie Armendariz and Tina Aguilar, all of Monahans, and Gracie Rodriguez of Big Spring; brothers, Manuel Torres, Vidal Torres and Robert Torres, all of Alpine, Eiline Torres of Midland, Pat Torres of Littlefield and Isreal Torres of Del Rio; sister, Rosa Soto of Lubbock; 24 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Velma Gamblin
MIDLAND _ Velma Gamblin, 60, a teacher, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, at her residence.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Lawton, Okla., and was a resident of Midland.
SURVIVORS: Son, Brent Gamblin of Tucumcari, N.M.; daughter, DeeAuna Lamare of Mesquite; brothers, Garnett Spearman of Brunswick, Ga., and Warren Spearman of Colorado; and sister, Delise Cannon of Odessa.

Olan Rich
KILLEEN _ Olan L. Rich, 85, a retired employee with Shell Pipeline Co., died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1997, in Killeen.
Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Chapel with the Revs. Alvin Reese Sutton and Wayne Bynum officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Romney Cemetery in Cisco.
He was born in Romney. He was a former resident of Goldsmith and a resident of Killeen. He was a member of the Church of God.
SURVIVORS: Son, Thomas Rich of St. Jo; daughter, Georgia L. Barfield of Killeen; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Elaine Argo
ODESSA _ Elaine Argo, 75, a homemaker,[CL10.5] died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at her residence. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jimmy Dennis officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. She was born in Hutchinson, Kan., and had lived in Odessa since 1951. 
SURVIVORS: Son, Terry Argo of Gardendale; and daughter, Tamee Argo of Gardendale.

Melvin ``Red'' Creekmore
ODESSA _ Melvin ``Red'' Creekmore, 88, a retired oil company employee, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at his residence. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westover Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Wright officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are being made by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. He was born in Malone and had lived in Odessa since 1960. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jean Creekmore of Odessa; son, Joe Creekmore of Mount Vernon, Ohio; step-son, Gerald Brunette of Austin; daughter, Sue Haney of Victoria; step-daughter, Barbara Lillie of Iowa Park; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

James ``Jimmy'' Dinsmore
HOBBS, N.M. _ James ``Jimmy'' Dinsmore, 76, a tool company founder, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, in Hobbs, N.M. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Miles Godbey officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home. He was born in Wilson, Okla., and was a veteran of World War II. He was a Methodist. SURVIVORS: Wife, Jean Dinsmore of Hobbs; daughters, Jimmie Lea Mann of Midland and Carolyn Sue Jamison of Hobbs; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Joan S. Drugan
SAN ANGELO _ Joan S. Drugan, 65, an antique dealer from Mertzon died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at her residence. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson's Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Terry Wright officiating. Burial will be at Mertzon Cemetery. Arrangements by Johnson's Funeral Home. She was born in St. Louis and had lived in Mertzon since 1992.
SURVIVORS: Sons, John Drugan of Casper, Wyo., and Jim Drugan, Robert Drugan and Thomas Drugan, all of Odessa; daughters, Cathy Chavez of Fabens and Colleen Drugan of Clint; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Doris Mahoney Harwell
ODESSA _ Doris Mahoney Harwell, 71, a retired state employee, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernest Easley officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cottonwood Cemetery in Bryson. Arrangements made by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. She was born in Vernon and had lived in Odessa since 1960. She was a Baptist. 
SURVIVORS: Husband, Charles Harwell of Odessa; sons, Greg Mahoney of Fluvanna, Larry Harwell of Odessa and David Harwell of Los Angeles; daughters, Kris Farrow of Austin and Peggy Allen of Odessa; sisters, Marye Brood of Birmingham, Ala., and Bobbie Miller of Collierville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Leonard L. ``Toots'' Watkins
ODESSA _ Leonard L. ``Toots'' Watkins, 74, a retired oil company mechanic, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Francis Frey officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. He was born in Talpa.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Leona Watkins of Odessa; son, Gary Watkins of Odessa; brother, Arnold Watkins of Crane; sister, Adelaide Nalley of Abilene; and five grandchildren. 

Ruben Franco
MONAHANS _ Ruben Franco Jr., 17, a Monahans High School senior, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, as the result of an automobile accident. Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today at St. John's Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Lucido officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home. He was born in Canoga Park, Calif., and was a lifelong resident of Monahans. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Rosa Franco of Monahans; sister, Sonya Franco of Monahans; and grandparents, Pedro Franco, and Norberto and Eduwiges Morales, all of Van Nuys, Calif.

Ray Franco
MONAHANS _ Ray Franco III, 16, a Monahans High School junior, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, as the result of an automobile accident. Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today at St. John's Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Lucido officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home. He was born in Kermit and was a lifelong resident of Monahans. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Raymundo and Candelaria Franco of Monahans; brother, Bryant Steven Franco of Monahans; sisters, Gloria Fe Franco, Merith Ruby Franco and April Ottede Franco, all of Monahans; and grandparents, Raymundo and Sabina Franco Sr., of Monahans and Gloria Fe and Cando Martinez of Mexico.

Katherin Gitchell
ODESSA _ Katherin ``Kathy'' Helen Gitchell, 39, a financial analyst for the Forbes Group of Dallas, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at her residence. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland with the Rev. Clare Petersberger officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. She was born in El Paso and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Richard and Irmgard Gitchell of Odessa; sister, Evelyn Anton of Springfield, Mo; and brother, Tommy Gitchell of Willow Park.

Josefa Lopez Gomez
ODESSA _ Josefa Lopez Gomez, 60, a homemaker, died Friday, Feb. 14, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Odessa. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.  She was born in Candelaria and was a resident of Odessa for 40 years.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Eusebio Luna of Odessa; son, David Gomez of Odessa; daughters, Maria Gomez of Midland, and Helen Gomez, Modesta Gomez and Tina Jaquez, all of Odessa; stepdaughter, Julia Trejo of Odessa; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Hazel Haile
DUMAS _ Hazel Haile, 85, a retired Moore County district clerk, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Healthsouth Rehab Hospital in Midland. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Morrison Memorial Chapel in Dumas with the Rev. Neil Childs officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Moorison Memorial Chapel. She was born in Oklahoma and moved to Odessa in 1992 from Dumas.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Betty Childs of Odessa; brothers, W.C. Mowery of Chula Vista, Calif., Kenneth Mowery of Arlington and Joe Pat Mowery of Dumas; sisters, Lois Mills of Aurora, Colo., and Ruby Lee Simon of Stephenville; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Nellie Hewett
MONAHANS _ Nellie Emily Hewett, 84, a homemaker, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Odessa Medical Center Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christian Fellowship Church with Sam Jordan and Everett Hewett officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home. She was born in Melrose County, N.M., and had lived in Monahans since 1939. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Hugh A. Hewett and Joe Dale Hewett, both of Odessa, Thomas Hewett of Kingsbille, Jack Hewett of San Jose Calif., Albert Hewett of Victoria and Everett Hewett of Monahans; daughter, Dorothy Hamilton of Pasadena; brothers, James Edward Van Houten of Clearview, Calif., Ira H. Van Houston of Sacramento, Calif., and W.C. Van Houten of Pampa; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Georgie Ritchie
FOSTER, OKLA. _ Georgie Mae Oakes Ritchie, 86, a homemaker, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, in Euless, Texas. Services were held Saturday at Mountain View Church in Foster with the Rev. Gary C. Smith officiating. Burial was at Foster Cemetery. Arrangements by Wooster Funeral Home of Elmore City. She was born in Soper and was a resident of Euless. She previously lived in Lubbock, Plains, Midland and Odessa. She was a member of Oakview Baptist Church in Irving, Texas.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Jean Cole of Lebanon, Ky., and Charlene Pickett of Irving; Sons, P.O. ``Sonny'' Ritchie of Lubbock and Gerald Ritchie of Midland; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Willodean Warren
ANDREWS _ Willodean Warren, 78, a homemaker, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, at Odessa Medical Center Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Benson Kennedy officiating. Burial will be at Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home. She was born in Marrion County, Ala., and was a resident of Andrews. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Billy Dean Warren of Breckenridge, Ray Allen Warren, Preston Lee Warren and Ricky Joe Warren, all of Andrews, and Walter H. Warren of Windfield, Ala.; daughters, Melba Stokes of Odessa, Sue Sullens and Marsha Perez, both of Andrews, and Patsy Ann Tadlock of Abilene; sisters, Lois Warren of Seymour, Ind., Anna Faye Aldridge of Birmingham, Ala., Gracie Wood of Vallejo, Calif., and Mildred Hall of Big Stone Gap, Va.; 21 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.


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