Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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George Light
George Wade Light, 78, of Odessa died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at New Horizon Nursing Center.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home Chapel in Snyder with the Rev. Dr. Rex Reynolds officiating. Burial will be at Pyron Cemetery in Scurry County. Funeral arrangements by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home.
He was born in Scurry County.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Mabel Riggs and Velma Tolbert, both of Odessa and Wilma Campbell of Lamesa and brother, Carroll Light of Odessa.

Sandra Lucio
ANDREWS _ Sandra Nunez Lucio, 3 months, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Permian General Hospital in Andrews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Andrews Babyland Cemetery with the Rev. Bernard Gully officiating. Funeral arrangements by McNett Funeral Home Inc. in Andrews.
She was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Junior and Silvia Lucio of Andrews; sister, Sabrina Lucio of Andrews; grandparents, Marcos and Gloria Nunez of Odessa and Genoveno and Crescencia Lucio of Andrews; great-grandfather, Hilpolito Lucio of Monterrey, Mexico.

Ernest McCafferty
Ernest McCafferty, 88, of Odessa, a retired carpenter, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at his residence.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Belmont Baptist Church with the Revs. Rex Clayton and Leonard Hartley officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements by Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Rockwall. He was an Army veteran and was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jo Anne McCafferty of Odessa; son, Terry Lee McCafferty of Sugar Land; daughter, Karen Jo Burney of Odessa; brother, Tillman McCafferty of Wichita, Kan.; sisters, Beulah Williams of Moore, Okla., and Jewell Bartlett of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Maria Pedraza
KERMIT _ Maria A. Pedraza, 77, of Kermit, a homemaker, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit with the Rev. Ralph Barrenger officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Cooper Funeral Chapel Inc. in Kermit.
She was born in Alpine and has been a resident of Kermit for 51 years. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Feliciano Pedraza of Kermit; son, Jose Pedraza of Kermit; daughter, Lupe Montoya of Kermit; brothers, Demetrio Armandarez and Antonio Armandarez, both of Kermit; sisters, Rufina Lujan of Andrews, Josefa Morales of Kermit and Gloria Grado of Lake Arthur, N.M.; and four grandchildren.

Bertha Stapp
MONAHANS _ Bertha Stapp, 90, a homemaker, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Parks Methodist Nursing Home in Odessa.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harkey Funeral Home Chapel in Monahans. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Odessa. Funeral arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Relfe, Mo., and has been a resident of Monahans for 61 years. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Barbra Redford of Odessa, Audean Duggins of Mesquite and Evelyn Stapp Thorton of Midland; brother, Dewey Veatch of Ft. Worth; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Opal Stephens
Opal Stephens, 86, of Odessa died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Odessa Regional Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Melvin Warren officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. today at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater. Funeral arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Hamlin and has been a resident of Odessa for three years.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Cle Butler of Odessa and Jeanne Collum of Grand Prairie; son, Steve J. Stephens of Tempe, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

James Berry
ODESSA _ James M. Berry, 78, of Odessa, a retired oil field truck driver, died Sunday Dec. 28, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. Paul W. Thompson officiating. Burial will be at Odessa Cemetery. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Cement, Okla., and moved to Odessa in 1929.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Robin Berry of Odessa and James Wayne Berry of Irving; daughter, Jerry Cude of Oklahoma City; brothers, Ray Berry and Tex Berry, both of Odessa; sisters, Pansy Lewis of Midland, and Vashti Willis, Corrinne Berry, Marjorie Stubblefield and Sarah Callaway, all of Odessa; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arthur Dyer
LOVINGTON, N.M. _ Arthur Dyer, 74, of Lovington, a retired employee of T.N.M. Pipeline, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Nor-Lea General Hospital.
Services were held Monday at Smith-Rogers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark McCarthic officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.
He was born in Palestine, Texas.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Theda Dyer of Lovington, N.M.; daughters, Peggy Bingham of Lovington, N.M., Sylvia Herriage of Odessa; brother, Bobby Dyer of Midland; sister, Daphne Pierce of Eunice, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Guadalupe Esparza
FORT STOCKTON _ Guadalupe L. Esparza, 75, of Imperial, a postmaster, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at her residence.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Fort Stockton Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Church with the Rev. Jim Chaumont officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Grandfalls and was a resident of Monahans before moving to Imperial in 1946. She was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Jose Esparza of Imperial; sons, Milton Esparza of San Antonio and Henry Esparza of Skillman, N.J,; daughters, Josie Brenner of Midland and Hellen A. Cortez of Weslaco; brothers, Teofilo Lujan of Tucson, Ariz., and Rafael Lujan of Dallas; and seven grandchildren.

Joe Henderson
HENDERSON _ Joe G. ``Baldy'' Henderson, 83, of Ingram, a retired employee of El Paso Natural Gas, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, in San Antonio.
Services were held Sunday at Grimes Funeral Chapels with the Revs. Andrew Pate and Paul McClung officiating. Graveside services were held Monday at Evergreen East Cemetery in El Paso with the Rev. Steve Ditmore officiating. Arrangements by Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.
He was born in Lamesa and was a 22-year resident of Ingram. He was a Navy veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Frances B. Henderson of Ingram; son, Richard D. Henderson of Jal, N.M.; stepsons, Mike Holcomb of Summershade, Ky., Doyal Holcomb of Graham, Larry Holcomb of Andrews; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ray LaBeff
ALPINE _ Ray Bryan LaBeff, 82, of Alpine, retired owner and operator of Highland Butane, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at his residence.
Memorial services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church with the Rev. John Carnagy officiating. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
He was born in Pyote and moved to Alpine in 1924. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Frances LaBeff of Alpine; son, Ray Bryan LaBeff Jr. of Midland; daughters, Sally LaBeff Farrer of Alpine, Barbara LaBeff Tuck of Jacksonville, Fla., and Emily LaBeff of Wichita Falls; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ricardo Ramirez
ODESSA _ Ricardo Ramirez, 87, of Odessa, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at his residence.
Rosary was said Monday night at Martinez Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Ojinaga, Mexico. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Maria Ramirez of Odessa; daughters, Silvia E. Ramirez and Ageda Carrasco, both of Odessa; and eight grandchildren.

John Weisz
ODESSA _ John R. Weisz, 88, of Odessa, a retired office manager for Kewanee Oil Company, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jack Watkins officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Beaver Falls, Penn., and moved to Odessa in 1948. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Robert G. Weisz of Mount Vernon, Ill.; and six grandchildren.

Thomas Wellman
OZONA _ Thomas Henry ``Hank'' Wellman, 64, of Ozona, a plumber, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Preddy Funeral Home.
He was born in Iowa Park and had been a resident of Ozona for 30 years. He was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jeanne Berry Wellman of Ozona; daughters, Debra Lindsey of Ozona and Lesley Gibson of Mountain Lake, Minn.; stepchildren, Charles Ward of Manning, S.C., and Dana Hughes of Cabot, Ark.; sisters, Jo Garrison of Fripp Island, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Earl Corbell
ODESSA _ Earl W. Corbell, 92, of Gardendale, retired owner and operator of a gas station, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Emmitt Banard officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Erath County and moved to Odessa from Snyder.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Leona Corbell of Gardendale; daughters, Sid Webb and June Burrows, both of Odessa; sons, Forest B. Corbell of Eastland, Max Corbell of Granbury and Dick Corbell of Odessa; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Cesar Fabela
ODESSA _ Cesar Guadalupe Fabela, 16, an Odessa High School student, of Odessa died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. today at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. David Herrera officiating. Rosary was held Tuesday at Odessa Funeral Home/Angeles Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home/Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents, Guadalupe and Emma Fabela of Odessa; sister, Myra Raquel Fabela of Odessa; brother, Jesse Montoya of Odessa; grandparents, Juan O. Lopez of Odessa, and Jose Corona Fabela and Dolores Tellez Fabela, both of Alamillo, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Birdie McCulloch
ODESSA _ Birdie Lee McCulloch, 77, of Odessa, former owner of a beverage store, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with the Rev. Allen Harris officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Alex, Okla., and moved to Odessa in 1955 from Oklahoma.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Carolyn Lanigan of Arlington and Zoe Nell Reynolds of Odessa; son, Willard Thomason of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, Oscar Burroughs of Phoenix; sister, Dorothy Bristow of Taft, Calif.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Slavomir Machotka
ODESSA _ Slavomir Machotka, 89, of Odessa, former owner of Machotka Auto Supply, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with the Revs. Dr. Ernest Easley and John Rasco officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Rowena and moved to Odessa in 1932. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Imogene Machotka of Odessa; daughter, Carla Kay Massingill of Odessa; and one grandson.

Hector Sanchez
MARFA _ Hector Manuel Sanchez, 46, of Marfa, a teacher, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, in Marfa.
Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Demetro Ponce officiating. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will be at Marfa Cemetery. Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Home.
He was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, and had been a resident of Marfa for 23 years. He was a veteran of the Air Force.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ester Sanchez of Marfa; father, Andres Estrada of Chihuahua, Mexico; adopted parents, Maria and Cirildo Sanchez of Marfa; son, Hector Miguel of Marfa; daughters, Kristina Yvette Guevara and Rachel Lujan Whatley, both of Marfa; sisters, Estella Ramirez and Maria Gonzales Bautista, both of Chihuahua, Lourdes Gutierrez of Aldama, Chihuahua, and Guadalupe Salcido of El Paso; brothers, Francisco Estrada of Andrews, Humberto Estrada of Aldama, Chihuahua, and Edmundo Estrada of Andrews; and four grandchildren.

Ernestina Hernandez
ODESSA _ Ernestina Hernandez, 47, of Odessa, a food service employee at Cavazos Elementary, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with the Rev. Frank Chavez officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in San Jose, Calif. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Julio Hernandez of Odessa; son, Ruben Hernandez of Odessa; daughters, Becky Paredes and Cecilia Hernandez, both of Odessa; mother, Hope Frausto of El Paso; brother, Franco Frausto of El Paso; sisters, Lucy and Alice Frausto, both of Copperas Cove, Connie Frausto of Seattle and Carmen Frausto of El Paso; and four grandchildren.

Ruby Carver
RUIDOSO, N.M. _ Ruby Lee Carver, 88, of Ruidoso, a retired Odessa Police Department employee, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the First Baptist Church in Ruidoso with the Rev. Don Madaris officiating. Arrangements by LaGrone Funeral Chapel of Ruidoso.
She moved to Ruidoso in 1974. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Mary Harris of Odessa; one granddaughter.

R. L. Donohoe
ANDREWS _ R. L. ``Donnie'' Donohoe, 77, of Andrews, a former pumper for Exxon, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Andrews with Stuart C. Moyle II officiating. Burial will be in the Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.
He was born in Burkburnett and moved to Andrews in 1956 from Talco. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Wanda Lou Donohoe of Andrews; sons, Alan G. Harper of Thrapston, England and Charles L. Donohoe of Eddy; daughters, Diane Moyle and LouAnn Carruth, both of Andrews; stepsons, Carl B. Scrivner of Sugar Land and Weldon K. Scrivner of Arlington; stepdaughters, Janet R. McGinn and Mary E. Scrivner, both of Tucson; sisters, Lorraine Blakley of Chowchilla, Calif. and Aldene Ballou of Elkridge, Md.; 19 grandchildren.

Willie Gary
ODESSA _ Willie Belle Gary, 94, of Odessa, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jesse Little officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Durant, Okla.
SURVIVORS: Sons, B.H. Gary of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kenneth Gary of San Diego, Calif.; daughters, Beth Lovingood of Odessa and Billie Barber of Brenham; sister, Mary Hart of Colorado City; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Roberta Schmidt
CRANE _ Roberta ``Bert'' Schmidt, 82, of Odessa, a retired clerk for Sammons Cable, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at the Crane County Care Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memory Gardens of Pampa with the Rev. Jerry Arrington officiating. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
She was born in Midland. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Two nieces, Frances Adams of Odessa and Edith Ingram of Jefferson.


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