Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1998

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Alyne Carrigan
LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- Alyne R. Carrigan, 86, of Concord, Calif., died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, in San Leandro, Calif.
Graveside services were held March 21, 1998, at Oakmont Memorial Park. Arrangements by Oakmont Mortuary in Lafayette, Calif.
She was born in Texas and was a longtime resident of Concord, Calif.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Francis Brown, Dorothy Tennis and Joann Cheatham, all of Odessa; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Roberto Gallardo
ODESSA -- Roberto Morquecho "Pelon'' Gallardo Jr., 37, of Odessa died Monday, March 23, 1998, at his residence.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. David Herrera officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was born in Odessa. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Nancy Gallardo of Odessa; mother, Narcissa Gallardo of Odessa; son, Roberto C. Gallardo III of Odessa; daughter, Valerie Ann C. Gallardo of Odessa; brothers, Bobby Gallardo and Ruben Gallardo, both of Seguin and Santos Gallardo of Odessa; sisters, Gloria Hinojos and Diana Gallardo, both of Odessa.

James Hood
ODESSA -- James Donald Hood, 58, of Odessa, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Dick Brown officiating. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Akron, Ohio.
SURVIVORS: Sons, George Hood and Tom Hood, both of Akron, Ohio; daughters, Lori Hood of Akron, Ohio, Barb Board of the United Kingdom; step-daughter, Yvette Riley of Cinncinati, Ohio; mother, Frances Hood of Odessa; brothers, Gerald Hood of Barberton, Ohio; sister, Judy MacMullan and June Baumann, both of Odessa; and six grandchildren.

William Israel
ODESSA -- William Edward Israel, 65, of Odessa, a retired oilfield worker, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at Veterans' Medical Center in Big Spring.
Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Phoenix, Ariz. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Rebecca Israel of Odessa; son, Keith Walker of Odessa; brother, Earle Israel of Texas; sister, Lovella Teston of Odessa; and four grandchildren.

Delmer James
RANGER -- Delmer Lee James, 86, of Odessa, a retired employee of Gulf Oil Company, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Lorena and was a longtime resident of Odessa. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Eva Eugene Blackwell of Abilene; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

W.L. Lewis
ANDREWS -- W.L. Lewis, 92, of Andrews, a retired farmer, welder, oilfield worker and janitor, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at Permian General Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at McNett Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. H.A. Hanks officiating. Burial will be at Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home Inc.
He was born in Sulphur Springs and moved to Andrews in 1952. He was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Carrie M. Lewis of Andrews; sons, Marvin Lewis of Amarillo, David Lewis of Andrews, Ralph Lewis of Odessa; daughter, Genevieve Townsend of Crane; sisters, Gurtha May Holcomb of Lamesa, Johnnie Doris Bird of Seagraves, Maudine Gray of Indio, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Jewell McNeil
PECOS -- Jewell Florence McNeil, 83, of Pecos, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Greer Willis officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
She was born in Oklahoma and had lived in Pecos since 1947. She was baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Floyd James McNeil of King Island, W.C. "Dub'' McNeil of Horizon City, Jimmy Don McNeil of Presidio; seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Cleo Whiteside
HICO -- Cleo LaNelle (Linda) Whiteside, 76, of Hico, a retired bookkeeper, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at her residence.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Rutledge Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jess Chaney officiating. Burial will be at Clairette Cemetery. Arrangements by Rutledge Funeral Home.
She was born in Hawley and was a 20-year resident of Pecos. She was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Jack Whiteside of Hico; daughter, Sheryla Custer of Hamilton; and four grandchildren.

Maria Alvarado
ODESSA -- Maria Alvarado, 76, of Odessa died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at Seabury Nursing Home.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Luis Cepeda officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Merced Cemetery in Marfa. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was a lifetime resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Sister, Rita Walker of Odessa.

Robert Baker
ODESSA -- Robert Earl Baker, 67, of Odessa died Wednesday, March 18, 1998, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Rosehill Cemetery with the Rev. David Henry officiating. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Kings Berry.

Emilio Diaz
ODESSA -- Emilio Diaz Jr., 63, of Odessa, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at his residence.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Odessa Funeral Home Chapel and at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Big Spring. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Big Spring. Burial will be at Mount Olive Cemetery in Big Spring. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Big Spring.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Estella Diaz of Odessa; son, Robert Diaz of Odessa; daughter, Isabel Diaz of New Orleans; mother, Nicolasa Diaz of Big Spring; brothers, Ambrosio Diaz of Odessa, Jose Diaz and Cruz Diaz Sr., both of Big Spring; sisters, Paula Franco of Big Spring, Juanita Cuellar of Odessa, and Maria Diaz of Greely, Colo.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Richard Dix
ODESSA -- Richard Dix, 56, of Odessa, owner of RDIX Automation Company, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Hubbard-Kelly Chapel with the Rev. Mark Bristow officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was moved to Odessa in 1963 from Lovington, N.M.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Margaret Dix of Odessa; sons, Trey Dix, Jason Dix and Monty Spruill, all of Odessa, and Russell Shaffer of Dallas; daughters, Leslee Dix, Greta Dix and Jamie Dix, all of Odessa; parents, Art and Helen Dix of Salina, Okla.; sister, Shirley Brewer of Kenai, Alaska; and five grandchildren.

Effie Dow
CLEVELAND, Texas -- Effie Adyce Dow, 88, of Coldspring died Monday, March 2, 1998, in Coldspring.
Services were held March 3, 1998, at Pace-Stancil Chapel with the Rev. Paul Thomasson officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Cemetery in Cheapside. Arrangements by Pace-Stancil Funeral Home.
She was born in Cheapside.
SURVIVORS: Son, Norman G. Dow of Cheapside; sister, Lillie Mae Stain of Odessa; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Stanley Leesher
ODESSA -- Stanley Leesher, 71, of Odessa, owner of Stan Leesher Bit Company, died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sherwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Alton Towery officiating. Burial will be in Monahans. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Delores Leesher of Odessa; sons, Johnny Earl Leesher and Jerry Leesher, both of Odessa; daughter, Pamala Jean West of Odessa; and brother, John Henry Leesher of Odessa.

Justo Tarango
PECOS -- Justo Tarango, 67, of Pecos, a retired truck driver, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at Reeves County Hospital.
Rosary was said March 24, 1998, at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel. Mass was celebrated March 25, 1998, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
He was a lifetime resident of Pecos. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Cecilia Natividad Tarango of Pecos; sons, Abel Tarango and Arthur Tarango, both of Pecos; step-son, David Natividad of Kermit; brothers, Ramon Tarango and Felix Tarango, both of Odessa, Alex Tarango of Pecos; sisters, Elfida Lujan of Arlington, Elena Ortega of Pecos; and six grandchildren.

W. "Rex" Thames
JAL, N.M. -- W. "Rex" Thames, 35, of Jal, N.M., an auto fleet mechanic for Fulfer Electric Company, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Revs. Jim Green and G.M. Magee officiating. Burial will be at Jal Cemetery. Arrangements by Calvary Funeral Home.
He was born in Kermit and moved to Jal, N.M., in 1996 from Phoenix.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Kelly Thames of Jal, N.M.; sons, Kyle Thames and Casey Thames, both of Jal, N.M.; mother, Jacqueline Thames of Jal, N.M.; and brother, Tim Thames of Midland.

Malcolm Wagner
ELKTON, Md. -- Malcolm Wagner, 81, of Odessa, a retired supply supervisor for the Pennsylvania Turnpike, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at his residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. April 2 at Gee Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hephzibah Cemetery in Coatsville, Penn. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Hew was born in Modena, Penn., and moved to Odessa in 1995 from Red Point, Md.
SURVIVORS: Son, Malcolm Norman Wagner of Amber, Penn.; daughter, Christine Furstenberg of Odessa; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

L.D. Brooks
ODESSA -- L.D. Brooks, 73, of Gardendale, a retired bricklayer, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Robert Berry officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Santa Anna and moved to Odessa in 1948. He was an Army veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Betty Carter of Gardendale; sons, Mike Brooks of Odessa, Tony Brooks of West Palm Beach, Fla.; brothers, J.W. Brooks of Pleasant Farms, Gerald Brooks of Fort Davis; Glean Brooks of Granbury; sister, Earlene Barbour of Tulia; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Adam Gonzales
ODESSA -- Adam Ray Gonzales, infant son of Jeronimo and Veronica Gonzales of Odessa, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rose Hill Babyland with the Rev. Gumecindo Flores officiating. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Parents; grandparents, Rosa Santillan, Rosario Gonzalez and Ramon Lujan, all of Odessa.

Tommy Hines
ODESSA -- Tommy W. Hines Sr., 50, of Odessa, a floor mechanic, died Monday, March 23, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery with Lynn Money officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Odessa and was a lifetime resident. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Christine Hines of Danbury; son, Tommy Hines Jr. of Angelton; daughters, Elaine King and Kim Hines, both of Danbury; brothers, Johnny Hines of Odessa, Ralph Hines of Wichita Falls; sisters, Brenda Perkins of Odessa, Beverly Hines of Houston; and one grandchild.

Jose Loera
FORT STOCKTON -- Jose P. Loera, 78, of Fort Stockton, a retired farm foreman, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at Fort Stockton Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
He was born in Matehuala, Mexico, and had lived in Fort Stockton since 1960 after moving from Uvalde. He was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Graciela Alvarez Loera of Fort Stockton; sons, Jose Luis Loera Jr. of Odessa, George Loera and Joel Loera, both of Fort Stockton; daughter, Rosie Loera Holland of Fort Stockton; and five grandchildren.

Lavelle McSpadden
STRAWN -- Lavelle E. McSpadden, 94, of Gordon, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at her daughter's residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at New Gordon Cemetery. Arrangements by Edwards Funeral Home.
She was born in Erath County. She was Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Evelyn Farmer of Grand Prairie, Jimmie Flo Crain of Fort Worth; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Dean Rudd
ESKOTA -- Dean Rudd, 61, of Eskota, a teacher and coach, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at his residence.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Joel McCoy officiating. Burial will be at Rudd Family Cemetery. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home.
He was born in Trent and was Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jan Rudd of Eskota; mother, Rosalie Gainer of Sweetwater; and brother, Derle Rudd of Plano.

Tomasa Zepeda
MONAHANS -- Tomasa Zepeda, 92, of Monahans, a homemaker, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at her residence.
Rosary will be said at 8 p.m. today at Harkey Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church with the Rev. John Lucido officiating. Burial will be at Monahans Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Harkey Funeral Home.
She was born in Del Rio and had lived in Monahans since 1969. She was Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Rodolfo Zepeda of Fort Worth, Roman Zepeda of Monahans; daughter, Azucena (Susie) Diaz of Monahans; brother, Pime Munoz of Lawton, Okla.; sister, Minnie Chalambaga of Sanderson; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Roy Adams
ABILENE -- Roy Wade Adams, 71, of Abilene, a retired employee of Atlantic Richfield Company, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at his residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Wylie Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Patterson officiating. Entombment will be at Elmwood Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Arrangements by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home.
He was born in Richland and moved to Abilene in 1985 from Alaska. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and Baptist.
Survivors: Wife, Jessie Adams of Abilene; daughter, Sherrie Gail Hall of Midland; son, Roy Wade Adams II of Houston; brother, Don Adams of Longview; sister, Janelle Cruger of Prattville, Ala.; and three grandchildren.

William Collom
CARTHAGE -- William Maurice Collom, 63, of Odessa, an oil field worker, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Restland Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
He was born in Union County, Ark. He was Baptist.
Survivors: Sisters, Betty Sue Hudson of Oklahoma City and Carol Ann Hildenbrand of Levittown, N.Y.

Valeriano Flores
SHEFFIELD -- Valeriano V. Flores, 74, of Sheffield, a retired janitor and bus driver, died Thursday, March 26, 1998, at Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Midland.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today and Sunday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church with the Rev. Henry Laenen officiating. Burial will be at Sheffield Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was born in Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, and had been a resident of Sheffield for more than 73 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was Catholic.
Survivors: Wife, Mary Flores of Sheffield; sons, Val Flores of Odessa, Joe Flores of Midland, Ruben Flores of McClean, Harvey Flores of Celina, Raul Flores and James Lee Flores, both of Sheffield; daughters, Marta Rivera of San Angelo, Irene Alcala of Odessa, Ester Sanchez of Marfa, Velma Gutierrez of Crane, Lillie Flores of Odessa, Elma Delgado of Wylie, Anna Marie Martinez of Odessa; sister, Jesusa Ramos of Odessa; 38 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Jewel Nichols
ATLANTA, Texas -- Jewel W. Nichols, 91, of Midland, retired owner of Nichols Garage in Atlanta, Texas, died Friday, March 27, 1998, at a local nursing home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hanner Funeral Home Chapel in Atlanta, Texas, with the Rev. James H. Allridge officiating. Burial with masonic graveside services will be at Pine Crest Cemetery. Local arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
He was born in Bloomburg and moved to Midland in 1996. He was Baptist.
Survivors: Sons, Jimmy Lewis Nichols of Mabel, Minn., Ben H. Nichols of Midland; daughter, Gwen B. Durrenberger of Houston; brothers, S.G. Nichols of Doddridge, Ark., J.B. Nichols of Oakland, Calif., and Earl H. Nichols of Houston; sisters, Louise Owens of Pennsylvania, Ruth Wilbanks and Eleanor Phipot, both of Atlanta, Texas, and Rabie Mustian of Graham; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Judy Stilwell
ANDREWS -- Judy Dickson Stilwell, 50, of Andrews, a school teacher, died Friday, March 27, 1998, at her residence.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at McNett Funeral Home with the Revs. Mike Henson and Don Noble officiating. Burial will be at Andrews Old Cemetery. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
She was born in Dalhart. She was Baptist.
Survivors: Husband, Marvin Stilwell of Andrews; daughter, Kathy McIntire of Amarillo; stepson, Jacob Stilwell of San Angelo; brother, Mike Hardin of Washington; and sisters, Martha Noble of Fort Worth, Nancy Simpson and Linda Bills, both of Andrews, and Tommie Young of Houston.


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