Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Lillian Phelps
ODESSA _ Lillian Viola Phelps, 94, of Odessa, a homemaker and an artist, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Parks Methodist Retirement Village.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Dr. Philip W. McLarty officiating. A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Parks Methodist Retirement Village. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Haskew, Okla., first moved to Odessa in 1947 and after several moves, returned permanently in 1960.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Jacquelyn Ann Williams of Odessa; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Derald Stuteville
MONAHANS _ Derald Stuteville, 26, a construction worker, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997, at Haughton, La.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home of Monahans.
He was born in Lake Charles, La., and moved to Haughton from Monahans.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Derald and Pattie Stuteville of Monahans; grandparents, Dutch and Jean Cox of Carthridge, Ben Stuteville Jr. of Haughton, and J.C. and Alberta Bennett of Mendon, La.; brothers, Daniel Stuteville and Patrick Stuteville, both of Monahans; and sisters, Angie Stuteville and Amanda Stuteville, both of Monahans.

David Leon Alexander
SEMINOLE _ David Leon Alexander, 67, of Seminole died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the Calvary Baptist Church in Seminole with the Rev. Jack Towle officiating. Burial will be in the Gaines County Cemetery. Arrangements by Ratliff Funeral Home.
He was a pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Seminole for six years.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Alberta Alexander of Seminole; sons, Mike Alexander of Cedar Park, Steve Alexander of Pampa, Danny Alexander of Amarillo, Michael Paul Long of Keller and Jeffry Lyn Long of Olden; daughters, Franciene Long of Midland and Velinda Rene Box of Roanoke; brothers, Horace Crutcher of Andrews and William Earl Loyd of Odessa; sisters, Jewel Mae Thomason of Sweethome, Ore., Ruby Marie Black of Pauls Valley, Okla., Helen Fay Whitfield of Crowel, Bobbie Jean Connelly of Houston, Dottie Lee Thomasy of Sayre, Okla., Gracie Shephers of Alvin and Mary Ellen Coonfield of Erick, Okla.

Don Payne
MCCAMEY _ Don Payne, 83, of McCamey died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at McCamey Hospital.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, with the Rev. Alex Sabo officiating. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was a self-employed mechanic and farmer, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of McCamey.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Elenore Benet, Lenore Brown and Leore Paterson, all of Wisconsin; sons, Mel Payne and Dean Payne, both of McCamey, and Marvin Payne of Wisconsin; brothers, Leo Payne of Copperas Cove and Arnold Payne of Wisconsin; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Myrtle May Fesperman
ODESSA _ Myrtle May Fesperman, 96, of Odessa died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997, at Seaberry Nursing Center in Odessa.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo with the Rev. Billy Simmons officiating. Arrangements by Johnson Funeral Home.
She was a homemaker and a former resident of San Angelo.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Helen Clark of San Angelo, Ruth Brown of Desoto, Mo., and Grace Bridges and Fay Riley, both of Odessa; sons, Cecil Fesperman and Steve Fesperman, both of San Angelo, and Henry Fesperman of Blackwell; brothers, Jim Reynolds and Charlie Reynolds, both of Bridgeport, John Reynolds of Graham and Alvie Reynolds of Odessa; sister, Dorene Brooks of Stamford.

Santiago Ramos
SEMINOLE _ Santiago Ramos, 77, of Seminole, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997, at St. Mary Hospital in Lubbock after an illness.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 tonight and Saturday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Sunday at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Liam Sweeney officiating. Burial will be in the Gaines County Cemetery. Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home.
He was a World War II Army veteran and a mechanic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Amalia Ramos of Seminole; sons, Hector Ramos of Chino, Calif., and Santiago Ramos Jr. of Monterey, Calif.; daughter, Amalia Jaso of Maryland; brothers, Remejo Ramos of Fort Stockton, Lorinzo Ramos of Seminole and Nico Ramos of San Angelo; sister, Maria Chavez of Fort Stockton; and five grandchildren.

Eileen Natlee Gariepy Wimberly
BIG LAKE _ Eileen Natlee Gariepy Wimberly, 73, of Big Lake and formerly of Houston, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Reagan County Nursing Center in Big Lake.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cowcreek Cemetery in Dublin. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home of Big Lake and Harrell Funeral Home of Dublin.
She was a retired teacher and a registered nurse.
SURVIVORS: Cousin, Bobby Teague of Big Lake.

James Blake
DEL RIO _ James ``JimBlake, 71, of Del Rio died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Sacred Heart Church in Del Rio with the Rev. Gerard Barrett officiating.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Dorothy Farrell Blake of Del Rio; daughter, Kathy Olliff of Odessa; sons, Jim Blake of Santa Anna, John Blake of Henderson and Brian Blake of Brackettville; brother, Bernard Blake of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

Howard Lawrence
MIDLAND _ Howard F. Lawrence, 76, of Midland died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997.< Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lane Boyd officiating. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Robert Lee Cemetery in Robert Lee. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was an oil worker and 32nd-degree Mason.
SURVIVORS: Son, Kenneth D. Lawrence; daughter, Judy D. Lusby; brother, Max Lawrence; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ila Martin
CRANE _ Ila Martin, 85, of Crane died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at Baptist Memorial Nursing Center in San Angelo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Crane County Cemetery with minister Ric Allen officiating. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
A resident of Crane since 1936, she was a member of the Church of Christ in Crane.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Mollie Varnado of Carson City, Nev.; brothers, Emmitt Johnson of San Mateo, Calif., and Oren B. Johnson of Oklahoma; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Winifred Morrison
FORT STOCKTON _ Winifred Carolyn Morrison, 89, of Fort Stockton died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997, at a Midland hospital.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Fort Stockton with the Rev. Ernest Waggoner officiating. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
SURVIVORS: Son, Bruce Morrison of Santa Fe, N.M.; daughter, Shirley Schell of Fort Stockton; brother, Thomas Nichols of Santa Rosa, N.M.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Tommie Oliver
MIDLAND _ Tommie Jo Oliver, 75, of Midland, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at her residence.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Friday at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Bob Porterfield officiating. Arrangements by Pipkin Funeral Home.
She was a resident of Midland since 1956.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Meda Cochrane of Midland and Geta Carpenter of Odessa.

William D. Easter
ANDREWS _ William D. Easter, 64, of Andrews, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at Andrews Church of God with the Rev. Lance Baker officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Ralls Cemetery in Ralls. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home in Andrews and Adams Funeral Home in Ralls.
He was a Korean War Army veteran, and he worked for Texaco for 33 years as a senior clerk.

Edith Grissom
MONAHANS _ Edith Grissom, 83, of Monahans, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at the First Christian Church in Monahans. Burial will be at the Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was a clerk for the Monahans Sandhills State Park and a member of the First Christian Church of Monahans.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Sue Grissom of San Francisco, Calif., and Pam Suber of Navato, Calif.; brother, Billy Wood of Abilene; sister, Janice Johnson of Roswell, N.M.

Harley Snyder
ODESSA _ Harley Snyder, 82, of Odessa, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 1997, at Deerings Nursing Center.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo.
He was a retired bus driver for Greyhound Bus Company, and he came to Odessa in 1995.
SURVIVORS: Nephew, Wyatt Oakley of Odessa.

Don Worley
MONAHANS _ Don Worley, 72, of Monahans, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at the Ward County Memorial Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, at Harkey Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was a retired oil field worker, and a World War II Air Force veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Faye Oglesby of Monahans; daughter, Wynie Miller of Tulsa, Okla.; brother, Chilby Worley of Anson; sister, Anice Dollin of Crane; and one grandchild.

John Barfield Jr.
PECOS _ John Oscar Barfield Jr., 77, of Pecos, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at the Reeves County Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, at the Pecos Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. L.H. Woodard officiating. Burial will be at Mount Evergreen Cemetery.
He was a retired rancher and a World War II Navy veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ruby Nelle Barfield of Pecos; son, John Barfield of Pecos; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Donald Erickson
FORT STOCKTON _ Donald J. Erickson, 67, of Fort Stockton, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was a retired oil field worker and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Irma A. Erickson of El Paso; son, Cary Daugherty of Irving; stepsons, Ray Avera of Midland, Johnny Avera of Lubbock, Scotty Avera and Alan Avera, both of Odessa; stepdaughter, Barbara Jackson of Odessa; sisters, Ernalee Daugherty of Red Oak and Dieann Rhodes of Harvey La.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Clara Gage
ODESSA _ Clara Ethel Carman Gage, 98, of Odessa, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at Deerings Nursing Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. Johnny Thomason officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at the Roscoe City Cemetery in Roscoe. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Son, Hollis Carman of Houston; daughters, Opal Walton, Buna Collier and Alene Mondy, all of Odessa; sisters, Kate Shubert of Tyler, Mary Mullens of Longview and Delores Sanders of Sweetwater; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Robert Horn
CAMP WOOD _ Robert Eugene ``Bob'' Horn, 71, of Camp Wood, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at the Camp Wood Convalescent Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, at the Montell Methodist Church in Montell with the Rev. Bill Fierro officiating. Burial will follow in Montell Cemetery. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home of Camp Wood.
He had a 45-year career as a West Texas newspaperman, and he retired in 1988 after 20 years as a staff writer and city editor at the Odessa American.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Christine Horn of Camp Wood; daughter, Judy Miller of Uvalde County; son, Robert Thomas Horn of Dallas.

Leona Smith
WICHITA FALLS _ Leona G. Smith, 89, of Wichita Falls, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at a Wichita Falls nursing home.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. Bob Porterfield officiating. Arrangements by Pipkin Funeral Home.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jerry Smith of Georgia, Maurice Smith of Midland, and Joe Smith of Wichita Falls; daughters, Irene Camper of Wichita Falls and Linda Gilly of San Antonio; brother, Author Reeves of North Dakota; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Steven Stokes
ANDREWS _ Steven Alexander Stokes, 5 months, of Andrews, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at Midland Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Andrews Old Babyland Cemetery with the Rev. John Sayger officiating. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Serrena Elmore Stokes of Andrews; brother, Patrick Stokes of Andrews; sister, Patsy Gail Elmore of Andrews; grandmother, Cathy Elmore of Andrews; and grandfather, Jim Jones of Midland.

Walter Carey
ODESSA _ Walter Carey, 77, a retired employee of Phillips Petroleum, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jim Hawk officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Wynona, Okla. He was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Mary Sue Carey of Odessa; daughters, Nila Beth Carey Garner of Canyon and Sandra Lynn Carey Hosch of Brownwood; brother, Leroy Carey of Hilltop Lakes; and five grandchildren.

Tommy Carriger
MONAHANS _ Tommy Bryce Carriger, 69, a retired construction worker, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
No services will be held. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Tahoka and had lived in Monahans for five years. He was an Army veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Patricia Carriger of Pyote; daughter, Elizabeth Turner of Coleman; sister, Edith Riley of Pyote; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Irene Rubio
FORT STOCKTON _ Irene B. Rubio, 75, a homemaker, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997, at Pecos County Memorial Hospital.
Rosary was said Monday at Fort Stockton Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Agnes Catholic Church with the Rev. Jim Chaoumont officiating. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Sanderson and had been a resident of Fort Stockton since 1965. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Manuel M. Rubio of Fort Stockton; son, Wally Rubio Sr. of Fort Stockton; daughter, Angie R. Castellano of Fort Stockton; brothers, Mike Barrera of Tularosa, N.M., and Salvador Castro Jr. of Fort Stockton; sisters, Mercedes Lopez of Fort Stockton and Mariana Langford of Odessa; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Lola Acosta
PECOS _ Lola Acosta, 79, of Pecos, a homemaker, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Antonio Mena officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
She was born in Presidio and was a longtime resident of Pecos. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Simon Acosta of Pecos, and Jesse and Henry Acosta of Bakersfield, Calif.; daughters, Isabel Jurado of Pecos and Lolita Luna of Bakersfield.; 25 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Martin Cutcher
COLEMAN _ Martin Sonny Cutcher, 65, of Coleman, a retired mechanic and oilfield worker, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, at Coleman County Medical Center.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Coleman City Cemetery with the Rev. David Jenkins officiating. Arrangements by Walker Funeral Home.
He was born in Dallas and moved to Coleman from Odessa in 1989. He was a veteran of the Korean War.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Barbara Cutcher of Coleman; son, Martin Allen Cutcher of Athens; stepdaughter, Laura French of Odessa; and one grandchild.

Lane Newbert
KERMIT _ Lane Newbert, 92, of Wink, a retired insurance agent, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997, in Wink.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Kermit with the Rev. Mel Herring officiating. Burial will at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home.
He was born in Stillwater, Okla., and moved to Wink 63 years ago. He was Lutheran.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Susie Gray of Wink; sister, Carletta Fenner of Las Vegas; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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