Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Lena Cargill
TOYAH _ Lena Mae Cargill, 89, a retired postal worker, died Saturday, April 12, 1997, at Pecos Nursing Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Toyah with J.R. Wooten officiating. Burial will be at Toyah Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
She was born in Shreveport, La., and was a lifelong resident of Toyah. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Numerous nieces and nephews.

Randy Flowers
GUTHRIE _ Randy Flowers, 46, an employee of Business Hygiene of Dallas//Fort Worth, died Friday, April 11, 1997, at his residence in Arlington.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Guthrie Cemetery. Arrangements were by Seigler Funeral Home.
He was born in Quanah and was a resident of Arlington. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Tarra Nann Townley Flowers of Arlington; sons Marty Flowers of Odessa and Jason Flowers of Arlington; daughter, Tarra Michelle Flowers of Arlington; mother, Yvonne Mingus of Odessa; brothers, Ronny Flowers and Richard ``Fudd'' Flowers, both of Greenwood; sister Delilah Jones of Odessa; and several nieces and nephews.

Mable McCurdy
BROWNWOOD _ Mable McCurdy, 88, a homemaker, died Monday, April 14, 1997, in Brownwood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Alvis Fisher officiating. Burial will be at Moro Cemetery in Brown County. Arrangements by Davis-Morris Funeral Home.
She was born in Brown County and moved to Brownwood from Odessa. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Freddie Hanson of Fort Worth; two grandchildren, including James McCurdy of Odessa; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

James Nichols
ANDREWS _ James Nichols, 60, a salesman and pilot, died Sunday, April 13, 1997, in Temple.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Means Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Terry and John Snyder officiating. Burial will be at Andrews West Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Big Spring and was a resident of Andrews. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Anita Nichols of Andrews; son, Curtis Nichols of Austin; mother, Vermell Nichols of Andrews; brother, Boyd Nichols of Midland; sister, Bonnie Price of Andrews; and one grandchild.

Jim Stone Jr.
ANDREWS _ Jim P. Stone Jr., 46, a self-employed contract pumper, died Sunday, April 13, 1997, at Permian General Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. H.A. Hanks officiating. Burial will be at Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Andrews and was a lifelong resident of Andrews. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Mother, Doris Stone of Andrews; son, Jimbo Stone of Lubbock; sister, Sara Shortes of Andrews; and one grandchild.

Primo Tarin
PECOS _ Primo Q. Tarin, 65, a retired farmer, died Sunday, April 13, 1997, in Odessa.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Antonio Mena officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in San Antonio Del Bravo, Mexico, and lived in Pecos since 1977. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Soccoro Tarin of Pecos; sons, Raul Tarin of Pecos and Primo Tarin Jr. of Odessa; daughters, Soccoro Tovar, Aida Tarin and Armida Tarin, all of Odessa, Dora Carrasco of Presidio; brothers, Nero Tarin of Midland, Jesus Tarin of Pecos, Jose Tarin of El Paso and Jose Angel Tarin of Presidio; sisters, Manuela P. Rodriguez of Roswell, N.M., and Manuela T. Rodriguez of Pecos; and nine grandchildren.

Elmer Turnbow
ANDREWS _ Elmer ``Bill'' Turnbow, 69, a district manager of sales for Homco Fishing Rental Tools, died Sunday, April 13, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McKinney Acres Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Bush and Dale Dozier officiating. Burial will be at Andrews North Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Sweetwater and had lived in Andrews since 1929. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 
SURVIVORS: Wife, Marie Turnbow of Andrews; sons, Weldon Walker of Clovis, N.M., Billy Turnbow of Odessa and Greg Turnbow of Farmington, N.M.; daughter, Theresa Andrews of San Angelo; brothers, Julian E. Turnbow of Andrews and Roy Turnbow of Midland; sister, Lola Mae Haler of Mason; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Dasie Brent
CHESAPEAKE, Va. _ Dasie Marrie Brent, 57, died Monday, April 14, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
No services will be held. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
She was born in Whitepoint and was a resident of Chesapeake, Va.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Robert Lee Brent of Chesapeake, Va.; daughter, Mysti Brent of Chesapeake, Va.; brothers, Leonard Long and Charles William Long, both of Odessa; and one grandchild.

David Dominguez
ALPINE _ David Soleto Dominguez Sr., 71, a Ford automotive mechanic, died Sunday, April 13, 1997, at his residence.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Geeslin Funeral Home Chapel in Alpine. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Rick Ruiz officiating. Burial will be at the Holy Angels Cemetery. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
He was a lifetime resident of Alpine. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sons, David Domiguez Jr., of Marfa, Robert Dominguez and Michael Dominguez, both of Odessa; daughters, Delma Guzman, Cynthia Vasquez and Rebecca Gardea, all of Odessa; mother, Carlota Dominguez of Seminole; brothers, Carlos Dominguez Jr., of Lubbock and Isidoro Dominguez of Alpine; sisters, Josie Benavides and Sulema Villaiva, both of Seminole, Elma Garza of Riverside, Calif., Elisa Hernandez of Roswell, N.M., Rosa Alaniz of Dallas and Gloria Garza of Seagraves; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ara Bauman
KATY _ Ara Lynn Bauman, 47, a youth choir director, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, at a Houston hospital.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at St. Peter's United Methodist Church in Katy with the Rev. Karen Dorris officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa with the Rev. Jim Hawk officiating. Arrangements by Schmidt Funeral Home in Katy.
She was born in Odessa, and was a former director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Richard Bauman of Katy; sons, John Bauman and James Bauman, both of Katy; daughter, Elizabeth Bauman of Katy; mother, Aralyne Earnest of Odessa; and brothers, John Earnest of New York City and Daniel Earnest of Argyle.

C.B. Couch
ANDREWS _ C.B. ``Ballard'' Couch, 83, a retired field foreman for Exxon, died Wednesday, April 16, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. H.A. Hanks officiating. Burial will be at Andrews West Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Haskell. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Myrtle Couch of Andrews; daughters, Barbara Grimes and Sue Thompson, both of Andrews, and Jo Ann Iles of Marshall; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Vera Douglas
MIDLAND _ Vera Simpson Wilemon Douglas, 88, former owner of Vera Wilemon Interiors, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, at Manor Park Care Center in Midland.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Dyer officiating. Burial will be at Lamesa Memorial Park. Arrangments by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Lamesa. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Midland.
SURVIVORS: Husband, O.L. Douglas of Midland; son, Guy Wilemon of Roswell, N.M.; sister, Velma Hollingsworth of San Angelo; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Felix Fontenot
ODESSA _ Felix Fontenot, 92, a retired driller, died Wednesday, April 16, 1997, at Seabury Nursing Home.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Frank Chavez officiating.
Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Mamou, La., and was a resident of Odessa. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Dorothy L. Wein and Geraldine Pinkstaff, both of Odessa, Nelda J. Hill of Las Vegas and Karen T. Davis of Round Rock; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

George Stone
ODESSA _ George Stone, 51, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, in Odessa.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Los Angeles and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Brother, Bob Stone of Odessa and John F. Stone of Granfield.

L.A. Croom
EARLY _ L.A. Croom, 75, a retired Odessa assistant fire marshal, died Saturday, April 19, 1997, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.J. Elkins officiating. Burial will be at Varga Chapel Cemetery in San Saba County. Arrangements by Heartland Funeral Home of Early.
He was born in Brownwood and moved to Lake Brownwood in 1977 from Odessa, where he had lived since 1953. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Mary Croom of Lake Brownwood; sons, David Croom of Brownwood and Joe Croom of Cleburne; daughters, Barbara Jordan of North Richland Hills and Peggy Tijerina of Odessa; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren.

Geraldo Olivas
DELICIAS, Mexico _ Gerald Olivas, 40, a construction laborer, died April 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at a later date in Delicias. Burial will be at Cementerio Municipal. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Delicias and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Martha Guerro of Delicias; sons, Cesar Olivas, Jesus Olivas and Gerardo Olivas, all of Delicias; daughter, Sandra Olivas of Delicias; parents, Crescensiano and Francisca Olivas of Delicias; and brothers, Manuel Olivas, Guerro Olivas, Humberto Olivas and Jose Olivas, all of Delicias.

Emanuel Ronquillo
ODESSA _ Emanuel Boy Ronquillo, newborn son of Manuel and Sandra Ronquillo, died Sunday, April 20, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery with Deacon Barney Mercado officiating. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents; brother, Mark Anthony Tejada of Odessa; sister, Kimberly Deann Ronquillo of Odessa; and grandparents, Jesus and Lucy Boy Armando and Manuela Ronquillo, all of Odessa.

Robert Taylor
ODESSA _ Robert Howard Taylor, 71, of Odessa, died Sunday, April 20, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Eisenhower Church of Christ with Eddie Parrish officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Electra and came to Odessa in 1961. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army and was a member of Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Brothers, Gilbert Duane Taylor and Dearl Trent Taylor, both of Odessa; sisters, Eunice Ray Wittie, Glenda Ruth Haynie, Joletta Taylor and Johnnie Geraldine Noe, all of Odessa, and Francis Mildred Dumond and Leona May Wimberley, both of Junction.

Joyce Tharp
ANDREWS _ Joyce Tharp, 65, owner and operator of Snack Shack, died Saturday, April 19, 1997, in Brownwood.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Andrews Old Cemetery with the Rev. Martin Encke officiating. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
She was born in Eastland and moved to Eastland five years ago from Brownwood. She was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Brothers, Dewight Townsend of Gillette, Wyo., and Clifton Townsend of Stephenville; and sisters, Bertie Mae Watson of Aztec, N.M., and Ila Rose Whyte of Jolpin, Mo.

Susie Bachtell
GRAHAM _ Susie Delaney Bachtell, 91, a grocer, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services were held Saturday at Pioneer Cemetery in Graham. Arrangements were by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., and was a resident of Odessa. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Many nephews and nieces.

Jack Baker
ABILENE _ Jack Henry Baker, 56, a railroad engineer, died Thursday, April 17, 1997, in Dolen.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church in Abilene with the Revs. Rosemary P. Thomas and J. Scott Mayer officiating. Burial will be at Woodson Cemetery, and arrangements are by Starbuck Funeral Home.
He was born in Menard and was a resident of Merkel.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jack Baker of Sicily, Italy, and William Baker of Alpine; daughter, Michelle Kirk of Odessa; stepson, John Harvey of Breckenridge; sisters, Frances Baker of Brownwood and Jorene Chambers of Midland; and two grandchildren.

John Clifton
BRECKENRIDGE _ John Lester Clifton, 74, died Friday, April 18, 1997, at Hendricks Medical Center in Abilene.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Morehart Mortuary in Breckenridge with the Rev. David McGraw officiating. Burial will be at Wayland Cemetery, with arrangements by Morehart Mortuary.
He was born in Ardmore, Okla., and was a resident Odessa before moving to Breckenridge. He was a veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jessie Clifton of Breckenridge; son, Lowell Dale Clifton of Breckenridge; daughter, Margaret Ann Brown of Brownwood; mother, Eunice Clifton of Wayland; sister, Thelma Garrett of Fairborn, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Kenneth Clinton
ODESSA _ Kenneth M. Clinton, 64, a safety engineer for El Paso Natural Gas Co., died Saturday, April 19, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at University Park Baptist Church in Odessa with the Rev. Johnny Witherspoon officiating. Burial will be at Jal Cemetery. Arrangements are by Cooper Funeral Chapel in Kermit.
He was born in Eastland and was a resident of Odessa. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Billie Sue Clinton of Odessa; son, Terry Clinton of Gallup, N.M.; daughter, Kathy Witherspoon of Odessa; mother, Pauline Clinton of Farmington, N.M.; brother, Richard Clinton of Farmington, N.M.; and six grandchildren.

Helen Johnson
MONAHANS _ Helen R. Johnson, 53, a teacher, died Wednesday, April 16, 1997, in Midland.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Harkey Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jeppie Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Bartlett and was a resident of Monahans before moving to Midland.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Alisa Gans of Houston; brother, Freddie Whitfield of Monahans; and one grandchild.

Cecil O'Brien
LAMESA _ Cecil O'Brien, 90, died Sunday, April 20, 1997, at St. Mary's of the Plains.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Rhodes and Brian Pinkerton officiating. Burial will be at Lamesa Memorial Park. Arrangements by Branon Funeral Home.
He was born in Eastland County and was a resident of Patricia. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Son, Joe O'Brien of Patricia; daughter, Kay Spears of Midland; sisters, Velma Kennedy of Bledsoe, Mayme O'Brien of San Angelo and Vera Harp of Welch; six grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren.

Gracie Dowlen
ODESSA _ Gracie Marie Dowlen, 62, died Monday, April 21, 1997, in Odessa. Services were held Tuesday in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. Mark McMillian and the Rev. Glenn Harlin officiating. Burial was at Andrews County West Cemetery. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Andrews and was a resident of Odessa. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Stuart Dowlen of Odessa; and sisters, Connie Underwood of Andrews, Ruby Lasater Walker of Lubbock, Faye Dement of Pasadena and Louise Irwin of Odessa.

Jacky Kuykendall
SEMINOLE _ Jacky Kuykendall, 52, an oil field operator, died Saturday, April 19, 1997, at his residence after a sudden illness.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Gaines County Cemetery with Randy Harris officiating. Arrangements by Boyer Funeral Home.
He was born in McCamey and was a resident of Seminole and Denver City before moving to Gordonville 15 years ago. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Delbert Spencer of Athens, Harry Spencer and Ricky Spencer, both of Andrews, Skip Jordon of Montana and Randy Jordon of Texas; daughters, Linda Turner and Sheila Parker, both of California, Vickie Rawle of Gordonville, Carolyn Braden of Sherman and Tammy Erwin of Kingston, Okla.; 33 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Jack Smith
MONAHANS _ Jack Robert Smith, 73, died Monday, April 21, 1997, in Big Spring. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the VFW Hall in Monahans. Arrangements by Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home.
He was born in Spur, Texas, and was a resident of Monahans.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jimmie G. Smith of Monahans; sons, Richard Smith of Midland and Don Smith of Monahans; daughter, Kay Smith of Monahans; brothers, Darrell Smith of Spur and Bill Smith of Artesia, N.M.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

S.V. Smith
KERMIT _ S.V. ``Shirley'' Smith, 72, owner of Oasis Builders Inc., died Monday, April 21, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Eastside Church of Christ with Brian McGonagill officiating. Burial will be at Cheek Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Home Chapel.
He was born in Garner, Ark., and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Velma Pearl Smith of Kermit; sons, Stanley Kevin Smith of Martinez, Calif., and James Owen Smith of Rogersville, Tenn.; daughter, Kathy Arlene Lawrence of Galveston; mother, Lois Mae Smith of Searcy, Ark.; brothers, Winford Smith of Beebe, Ark., J.C. Smith and Weldon Smith, both of McRae, Ark., and Dale Smith of Searcy, Ark.; sisters, Mabel Barnett of Kensett, Ark., Allene Pennington and Nelda Myrick, both of North Little Rock, Ark., Melva Summers of Shreveport, La., Dorothy Jones of Searcy, Ark., and Juanez Brister of Beebe, Ark.; and one grandchild.

Isidoro Ybarra
MONAHANS _ Isidoro Torres Ybarra, 68, a retired welder, died Monday, April 21, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Rosa De Sharon with the Rev. Emilio Bustamantes officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
He was born in Williamson County and was a resident of Monahans. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Irene Corrales Ybarra of Monahans; and sisters, Juana Garcia of Houston, Felipa Zavala of Glen Rose, Abelina Gonzales of Taylor, Virginia Dias of LeMar, Colo., Eufemia Balderaz Munoz of Fort Worth and Maria de la Luz of Colorado.


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