Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Sisto Carrasco
ODESSA _ Sisto Carrasco, 77, a volunteer for Hospice, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with the Rev. Francis Frey officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
He was born in Pecos and was a resident of Odessa. He was a veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Bobby Carrasco, Hector Carrasco and Joe Carrasco, all of Odessa; daughter, Emma Durham of San Angelo; brothers, Jesus Carrasco of Pecos and Canuto Carrasco of Midland; and five grandchildren.

Trinidad Cobos
ALPINE _ Trinidad Garcia Cobos, 79, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at her residence.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Rick Rios officiating. Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery in Alpine. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
She was a lifetime resident of Alpine. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Son, Lionel Cobos of Bryan; daughter, Diamantina Dutchover of San Antonio; brothers, Jose Garcia and Daniel Garcia, both of Alpine; sisters, Esperanza Espinosa of Alpine and Olivia Acosta of Big Lake; and eight grandchildren.

David Bevers
BEAUMONT _ David Bevers, 44, a welder for ENSCO Offshore Drilling, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 1997, in Beaumont.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today in Broussard's Mortuary Chapel in Beaumont. Arrangements by Broussard's Mortuary.
He was a former resident of Odessa and a resident of DeBary, Fla.
SURVIVORS: Son, Cyle Bevers of Odessa; daughters, Dawn Bevers of Lubbock and Dusky Bevers and DeShea Bevers, both of Odessa; mother, Marjorie Elliff of Tulsa; sisters, Vicki Lynn Taylor of Sapulpa, Okla., Phyllis Wright of Duncan, Okla., Sandy Lavaller of Lawton, Okla., and Linda Dame of Tulsa.

Howell Kennedy
COLORADO CITY _ Howell ``Bud'' Kennedy, 53, a landscape architect, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Colorado City Cemetery. Arrangements by Kiker-Seale Funeral Home.
He was born in Colorado City and had been a resident of Odessa since 1994. He was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jeb Ryan and Scott Ryan, both of Fort Worth; father, Harold Kennedy of Wichita Falls; brother, Ray Kennedy of Lubbock; and sister, Becky Awtrey of Wichita Falls.

Juanita Klein
LUBBOCK _ Juanita Sue Klein, 62, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at South Park Baptist Church in Lubbock with the Rev. Jay Fikes officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Funeral arrangements Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home.
She was born in Texas and moved to Lubbock in 1982 from Odessa. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, the Rev. Adam Klein of Lubbock; sons, Dwayne Klein of Gardendale, Larry Klein of Andrews and Alfred Klein and Jerry Klein, both of Odessa; daughters, Elaine Wofford and Alice Payne, both of Odessa; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Nova Lee
KERMIT _ Nova L. Lee, 89, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kermit Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Highley officiating. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
She was born in Mills County and had lived in Odessa for eight years. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Brother, J.C. McCurdy of Brownwood.

Joe Rizo
CRANE _ Joe Rizo, 24, an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Fort Stockton, died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997, in Crane.
Rosary was said Wednesday at the Richard W. Box Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Crane with the Rev. Barry McLean officiating. Burial will be at Crane County Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was a lifetime resident of Crane.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Bobbie Rizo of Crane; daughter, Sabrina Rizo of Crane; parents, Jesus Rizo and Lula Rizo, both of Crane; brother, Jesse Rizo of Great Lakes, Ill.; and sister, Patty Rizo of Crane;

Lou Peoples
CRANE _ Lou People, 63, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at her residence.
Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Crane County Cemetery with the Rev. Byron Bitner officiating. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Homes.
She was born in Ringling, Okla., and was former resident of Crane and a resident of Big Spring.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Leroy Peoples Jr. and Bobby Eugene Peoples, both of McCamey; daughters, Linda Stoudenmire and Roberta DeVoge, both of Big Spring; brothers, Joe Smith of Fort Worth, W.A. Smith of Odessa and Billy Ray Smith of Chico; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Sarah McDonald
MIDLAND _ Sarah I. McDonald, 75, a retired employee relations worker for Exxon, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997, at her home.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Jerry Hilton and Ray Riddle officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham with the Rev. Alan Griffin officiating. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Stamford and had been a resident of Midland since 1953. She was Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Brother, William P. McDonald of Dallas; and sister, Jane McDonald Myers of Kirkwood, Mo.

Ava Martin
LUFKIN _ Ava Lee Martin, 79, a homemaker, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997, in a Lufkin hospital.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Whittlesey officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery at Nogalus Prairie. Arrangements by Gipson Funeral Home.
She was born in Wichita Falls and was a resident of Odessa for 36 years before moving to Lufkin in 1980. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, James A. Martin of Lufkin; son, James Oliver Martin of Grand Prairie; daughter, Wanda Coe of Dallas; brother, J.Q. Hall of Los Angeles; sister, Vivian Loretta Eggelston of Fort Wayne, Ind.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

William Morris
SHEFFIELD _ William Harrison Morris, 75, a retired ranch worker, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sheffield Church of Christ. Burial will be at Sheffield Cemetery. Arrangements by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of McCamey.
He was born in Montell and had been a resident of Sheffield since 1976. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Annie Lois Morris of Sheffield; sons, Charlie Ross Morris and Keith O'Neal Morris, both of Sheffield; brother, Paul Medith Morris of Fort Stockton; sisters, Pauline Everett of Fort Stockton, Jenella Poitevint of Pecos and Juanita Pixley of Bryan/College Station; and four grandchildren.

Marshall Mullis
ASPERMONT _ Marshall Tolbert ``M.T.'' Mullis, 86, a retired farmer, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997, in Aspermont.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aspermont Church of Christ with Bob Phillips officiating. Burial will be at Aspermont Cemetery. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home.
He was born in Swenson and was a resident of Aspermont. He was member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Thelma Mullis of Aspermont; sons, Marshall Don Mullis of Aspermont and John Neal Mullis of Dickinson; sisters, Mattie Frank of Arlington and Velma Irene of Odessa; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Beatrice Graham
ODESSA _ Beatrice Graham, 79, former owner of a local beauty shop, died Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God with the Rev. Scott Sprouse officiating. Burial will be at Gaines County South Cemetery in Seminole. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Seagraves and had been a resident of Odessa since 1948. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Frank Graham of Odessa; sons, Harold Jennings of Escandia, Calif., and Joe Browers of Midland; daughters, Iva Smiley of Odessa and Linda Cherry of Kilgore; brother, Tommy Teague of Hobbs, N.M.; sisters, Triona Bingham and Bobbie Jenkins, both of Odessa; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Celia Sosa
MIDLAND _ Celia Jimenez Sosa, 62, a homemaker, died Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, at Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Midland.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Vretrau officiating. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Presidio and moved to Odessa as a teen-ager. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Ricardo Sosa Sr. of Midland; sons, Richard Sosa, Roy Sosa, Benny Sosa, Hector Sosa and Gilbert Sosa, all of Midland; daughters, Arcelia Molinar, Susana Robledo and Juanita Rodriguez, all of Midland; brothers, Emigido Jimenez, Refugio Jimenez and Luis Jimenez Jr., all of Odessa; sister, Agapita Hernandez of Odessa and Ester Garcia of Albuquerque, N.M.; 23 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Maria Davis
REFORM, ALA. _ Maria Spruill Davis, 92, a retired administrator and teacher, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at Miles Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. James Wilson officiating. Burial was in Piney Grove Memorial Gardens in Carrollton, Ala. Arrangements by Reform Memorial Funeral Home. Local arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Carrollton, Ala., and had lived in Odessa since 1994. She was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, William O. Davis Jr. of Odessa; Marion J. Davis of Bowling, Ky.; daughter, Georgia G. Wilder of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; brothers, Lacy Spruill of Carrollton, Ala.; Oliver Spruill of Tuscaloosa; John Spruill of Washington, D.C.; sisters, Amanda Davis of Tuscaloosa; Jeffery Roberts of Chicago, Ill.; and 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren

Emiliana Galindo
ODESSA _ Emiliana C. Galindo, 60, an employee at the Pecos Enterprise newspaper, of Odessa died Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, at her residence.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Christ the King Catholic Church in Balmorhea. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, with Father Antonio Mena officiating. She was born in Balmorhea. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Maria Villarreal of Odessa; brothers, Rosendo Galindo of Balmorhea, Reynaldo Galindo of Odessa and Julian Galindo of Odessa; 16 nephews and 14 nieces.

Danny Hilliard
ANDREWS _ Danny G. Hilliard, 60, a retired oil-field employee, of Andrews died Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, at his residence.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the Andrews Old Cemetery, with the Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating.
He was born in Greenville.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Louetha Hilliard of Andrews; son, Bradley Hilliard of Houston; brother, John M. Hilliard, of Haughton, La; two grandchildren.

Mary Curry
STEPHENVILLE _ Mary Ball Curry, 91, a retired teacher, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at her residence.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Stephenville. Arrangements by Stephenville Funeral Home.
She was born in Farmersville and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Stephenville in 1985. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Marjory Kitchens of Stephenville and Kathryn Lawrence of Littleton, Colo.

Angela Lopez
ODESSA _ Angela H. Lopez, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Angeles Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Fred Davila officiating.
Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Cerro Chino and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Vicente Lopez of Midland; sons, Pablo H. Garcia and Ramon H. Garcia, both of Rankin, and Salvador ``Chava'' H. Garcia of Monahans; daughters, Socorro G. Natividad of Midland and Alicia G. Torres of Odessa; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Marguerite Davis
ODESSA _ Marquerite Wood Davis, 80, a retired owner of a retail shop, died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert F. Fuller Jr. officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Wilmington, Del., and moved to Odessa in 1987 from Wilmington, Del. She was Episcopal.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Ludie Warner, of Odessa; and two grandchildren.

Florence Decker
MUNDAY _ Florence Decker, 93, a homemaker, died Friday, Nov. 14, 1997, in Knox County Hospital.
Graveside services were held Sunday at Goree Cemetery with the Revs. Jeff Christian and John Hall officiating. Arrangements by McCauley-Smith Funeral Home.
She was born in Livingston and was a resident of Knox City. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Son, J.C. Decker Jr. of Odessa; daughters, Gypsy Lee McMullin of Blackwell and Ima Jean Brockett of Munday; sisters, Ola Coffman of Munday and Pauline Howry of Yuma, Ariz.; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Verdie Lucero
ODESSA _ Verdie Lucero, 92, a homemaker, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Murphy officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Red River County and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Ronald Lucero of Las Vegas and George Jeffcoat of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters, Jo Morris of Odessa and Dixie Jeter of Dallas; sister, Syble Van Slyke of Westminster, Calif.; 17 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchildren.

Jimmy Ward
ODESSA _ Jimmy W. Ward, 60, a bricklayer, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at New Horizon Nursing Center.
No services will be held. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Eunice, N.M., and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Son, Steve Ward of Lawton, Okla.; daughter, Debbie Ward of Lawton, Okla.

Angel Gabaldon
PECOS _ Angel Gabaldon, infant son of Miguel and Velma Gabaldon of Pecos, died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Juan Narez officiating. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pecos and was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Miguel and Velma Gabaldon of Pecos; sister, Christina Gabaldon of Pecos; grandparents, Gregoria Gabaldo and Mary De Carman of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Miguel Gabaldon
PECOS _ Miguel Gabaldon, infant son of Miguel and Velma Gabaldon of Pecos, died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Juan Narez officiating. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Pecos and was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Miguel and Velma Gabaldon of Pecos; sister, Christina Gabaldon of Pecos; grandparents, Gregoria Gabaldo and Mary De Carman of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Natividad Gomez
ODESSA _ Natividad Gomez, 92, a homemaker, of Odessa died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. David Herrera officiating. Rosary was held Nov. 18, 1997, at Martinez Funeral Home. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Vado de Pierda, Mexico and was a resident of Odessa for 57 years. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Son, Salvador Gomez of Odessa; daughter, Carmen C. Gomez of Odessa; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Opal McEachern
SWEETWATER _ Opal McEachern, 90, a homemaker, of Sweetwater died Monday Nov. 17, 1997, at Odessa Regional Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at McCoy Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Lyndel Hix officiating. Burial will be at Sweetwater Cemetery. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home.
She was born in Albany and had lived in Sweetwater since 1954. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Lawrence E. Ferguson of Thailand; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and 12 step-grandchildren.

Orarenzia Mathis
ODESSA _ Orarenzia Mathis, 92, a homemaker, of Odessa died Modnay, Nov. 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Walker Chapel Church of God In Christ with the Rev. J.D. Porter officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Coolidge and had been a resident of Odessa for 47 years after moving from Waco.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Bertha Mae Ray and Sallie Mae Boyd, both of Odessa; and 12 grandchildren.


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