Miscellaneous Ector County, Texas Obituaries - 1997

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Cassie Messimer
KERMIT _ Cassie Mae Messimer, 87, a retired postal clerk, died Monday, April 21, 1997, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Chapel of Fort Smith, Ark.
She was born in Thurber and was a resident of Jal, N.M., before moving to Natural Dam, Ark.
SURVIVORS: Son, Raymond Messimer of Odessa; daughter, June Bond of Natural Dam, Ark.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Clifton Townsend
ANDREWS _ Clifton Townsend, 67, a retired farmer, died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, in Stephenville. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Andrews Old Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Terry officiating. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
He was born in Eastland and was a resident of Andrews. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Brother, Dewight Townsend of Gillette, Wyo.; and sisters, Bertie Mae Watson of Aztec, N.M., and Ila Rose Whyte of Joplin, Mo.

Russell Doran
ODESSA _ Russell K. Doran, 86, former co-owner of Fashion Cleaners, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Dr. David Mindel officiating. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Commerce and was a resident of Odessa. He was a World War II veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Maurine Doran of Odessa; brothers, Ace Doran of Odessa and Darwin Doran of Benton, Ark.; and sister, Orbyrie Littlefield of Munday.

Oma Hunter
MIDLAND _ Oma Newnham ``Stubby'' Hunter, 86, a secretary, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel in Midland with Rev. G.A. Magee officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home.
She was born in Stephens County and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Midland. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sisters, Opal Ponder of Midland and Lula Lasater of Odessa.

Andrew Kelley
SEMINOLE _ Andrew Kelley, 68, a retired oil field worker, died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ratliff Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shane Kinnison officiating. Burial will be at Gaines County Cemetery. Arrangements by Ratliff Funeral Home.
He was born in Montrose, Ark., and was a resident of Seminole. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Ruby Kelley of Seminole; son, Andy Kelley Jr. of Seminole; daughters, Cathy Kelley, Tina Kelley and Pam Lee, all of Seminole; brother, Floyd Kelley of Monroe, La.; sister, Carrie Kelley of Bastrop, La.; and seven grandchildren.

Tito Prieto
PECOS _ Tito Calderon Prieto, 82, a retired railroad laborer, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at Reeves County Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. today at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday at Santa Rosa Catholic Church with the Rev. Antonio Mena officiating. Burial will be at Santa Rosa Cemetery. Arrangements by Pecos Funeral Home.
He was born in Candelaria and was a resident of Pecos. He was a Catholic.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Vincenta Prieto of Pecos; sons, Juan Prieto, Jessie Prieto and Victor Prieto, all of Pecos, and Manuel Prieto of Odessa; daughters, Eriminia Lechuga of Odessa and Frances Campos and Andrea Natividad, both of Pecos; brother, Francisco Prieto of Roswell, N.M.; sister, Josefina Rodriguez of Balmorhea; 31 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Leona Tatum
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. _ Leona Marie Tatum, 84, a homemaker, died Tuesday, April 22, 1997, at her residence.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Park Grove Cemetery in Broken Arrow with the Rev. Kenneth Rager officiating. Arrangements by Kennard Funeral Services.
She was born in Sentinel, Okla., and was a resident of Tulsa, Okla. She was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Myron Tatum of Tulsa and Van Earl Tatum of California; daughter, Datha Fowler of Oklahoma City; brother, Jim Lawson of Stockton, Calif.; sisters, Pauline Hamlin of Clinton, Okla., Alpha Tatum of Odessa and Pat Lawson of California; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Wilbur Donowho
SHEFFIELD _ Wilbur Walton ``Bill'' Donowho, 84, a rancher and retired water well driller, died at Friday, April 25, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Mother Holmes Baptist Church in Sheffield with the Rev. Jerry Fortune and Jerry Davenport officiating. Burial will be at Sheffield Cemetery. Arrangements by Richard W. Box Funeral Home.
He was born in Hope, N.M., and was a resident of Sheffield. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Helen Donowho of Sheffield; sons, Pat Donowho of Sweetwater, Mike Donowho of El Paso, Jim Donowho of Sheffield and Joe Donowho of Youngsville, La.; daughter, Jean McMahon of Sheffield; brothers, Joe Donowho of Mount Pleasant and Dan Donowho of Dennison; sisters, Ruth Supulver of Weatherford and Opal Swin of Dennison; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Faustino Flores
ALPINE _ Faustino Flores, 80, a retired railroad worker, died Friday, April 25, 1997, in Alpine.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mission Alpine Assembly of God with the Rev. Lupe Rodriguez officiating. Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
He was born in Sierra Cohaula, Mexico, and was a resident of Alpine. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Juanita Flores of Alpine; son, Cayetano Flores of Alpine; daughter, Amailia Flores of Odessa; sister, Luz Gonzales of Seminole; and two grandchildren.

Alvin Harper
ROBERT LEE _ Alvin G. Harper, 70, a retired Phillips Petroleum employee, died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, in Robert Lee.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Robert Lee Baptist Church. Burial will be at Paint Creek Cemetery. Arrangements by Shaffer Funeral Home.
He was born in Strong City, Okla., and was a resident of Goldsmith before moving to Robert Lee. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Harold Harper of Angelton and John Robert Harper of Tulia; daughters, Nancy Mattox of White River Junction, Vt., and Linda Sims of Palo Pinto; brother, J.R. ``Pete'' Harper of Fort Summer, N.M.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Dennis Langdon, Sr.
PAPILLION, Neb. _ Dennis M. Langdon, Sr., 48, died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary in Papillion, Neb., with the Rev. E. Gordon Jorgensen officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Omaha, Neb. Arrangements by Kahler-Dolce Mortuary.
He was born in Omaha and was a resident of Odessa. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Dennis M. Langdon Jr. of Roswell, N.M., and Jonathan Langdon of Odessa; daughter, Amy Langdon of Papillion, Neb.; brothers, Kenneth Alter of Lynchburg, Va., Bill Langdon of Las Cruces, N.M., Robert Graham of Boca Raton, Fla., Michael Langdon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; sisters, Mary Jo Bull of Clay Center, Kan., Betty Giese of Papillion, Neb., Christine Keck of West Plains, Mo., and Kathy Bradley of Interlachen, Fla.; and one grandchild.

Lloyd McCowen
ODESSA _ Lloyd Mack McCowen, 78, a retired production foreman for Amoco, died Friday, April 25, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with Paul M. Smith officiating. Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Park in Snyder. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Cross Plains and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Doris Marie McCowen of Odessa; daughters, Regina Alvarado of Odessa, Sherry McCowen of Midland, Larue Haney of McKinney, Loyce Thompson of Snyder and Shirlene Bratton of Victoria; brothers, Allon McCowen of Staton, Roy McCowen of Abilene, Glenn McCowen of Corpus Christi, Clint McCowen of Snyder and Don McCown of Midland; and four grandchildren.

Nancy Noelke
FORT STOCKTON _ Nancy Moore Noelke, 84, a retired business owner, died Friday, April 25, 1997, at Pecos County Memorial Hospital.
Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Fort Stockton Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Ed Kelly officiating. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Fort Stockton Funeral Home.
She was born in Pecos and was a resident of Fort Stockton.
SURVIVORS: Daughters, Sally Jones Andrade of El Paso and Amanda Moore Krejei of Sterling City; brother, Joe E. Moore of Fort Stockton; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Leroy Thiesfeld
OAK HARBOR, Wash. _ Leroy D. Thiesfeld, 72, died Monday, April 21, 1997, in Coupeville, Wash. Services were held Friday at Burley Funeral Chapel with Fred Renfroe officiating. Burial was at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, Wash. Arrangement were by Burley Funeral.
He was born in Glencoe, Minn., and was a resident of Whidbey Island, Wash. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Robert Thiesfeld of Odessa, Randy Thiesfeld of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Richard Thiesfeld of Coupeville, Wash.; daughters, Loann Gulick of Coupeville, Wash., Wanda Singleton of Jacksonville, Fla., and Linda McKennerney of Odessa; brothers, Dick Thiesfeld of Oregon, Glenn Thiesfeld, Leland Thiesfeld and Vernon Thiesfeld, both of Washington and Larry Thiesfeld of California; sisters, Elverta Lincoln of Alaska, Elaine Fousha, Irene Johnson and Carol Mattingly, all of Washington, Lila Geyer of California and Bernice Delacarre of Nevada; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Ima Turner
ODESSA _ Ima Alyne Turner, 92, a retired beautician, died Wednesday, April 23, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Merkel and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Imogene Rittenhouse of Odessa; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Jacob Florez
ODESSA _ Jacob Florez, infant son of Jacob and Amanda Florez, died Friday, April 25, 1997, at Odessa Regional Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
SURVIVORS: Father, Jacob Florez of Odessa; mother, Amanda Florez of Odessa; grandfathers, Ismeal Nunez and Samuel Florez, both of Odessa; grandmothers, Gloria Balderrama of Jal, N.M., and Joanna Renteria Florez of Denver, Colo.; and great-grandparents, Natalia Balderrama of Marfa and Jose Renteria and Clara Renteria of Big Spring.

Lawrence Harner
ODESSA _ Lawrence ``Larry'' Harner, 85, a retired expediter, died Friday, April 25, 1997, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
He was born in Troy, Ohio, and was a resident of Odessa. He was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Mabel Harner of Odessa; son, Craig Harner of Odessa; daughters, Dale Davis and Sheri Haller, both of Odessa; brothers, Ken Harner of Dayton, Ohio, and Dick Harner of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and grandchildren.

Edna Harris
ODESSA _ Edna Harris, 87, died Friday, April 25, 1997, at Avalon Nursing Center. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Jimmy Dennis officiating. Arrangements by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
She was born in Portales, N.M., and was a resident of Odessa. SURVIVORS: Son, Glen Anthony Harris of Alamogordo, N.M.; sister, Lillian Bonen of Odessa; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren,

Alfredo Marquez
ODESSA _ Alfredo Marquez, 45, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, at his residence.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Buenas Nuevas Assembly of God with the Rev. Rosario Hill officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel.
He was born in Ojinaga, Mexico, and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Jesus Alfredo Marquez of Dallas and Jose Alfredo Marquez of Artesia, N.M.; daughter, Michel Anaya of Dallas; father, Ramon Marquez of Odessa; brothers, Juan Marquez, Martin Marquez, Concepcion Marquez, Jaime Marquez, Ruben Martinez and Maurilio Martinez, all of Odessa; and sisters, Maria Marquez of Dallas, Francisca Tarango and Cristina Rameriz, both of Odessa.

James Robinson
STANTON _ James Melvin Robinson, 83, a retired Forest Oil employee, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, in Odessa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Stanton Church of Christ. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements by Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.
He was born in Energy, Texas, and was a resident of Stanton before moving to Odessa and then Breckenridge. He was a Presbyterian.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Juanita Denton Robinson of Breckenridge; sons, James Monroe Robinson of Breckenridge and Earl Ray Robinson of Laurel, Miss.; daughter, Johnie Ruth Grainger of San Antonio; brother, James Elvin Robinson of Corona, N.M.; eight grandchildren; and 16 grandchildren.

David Allen
MARATHON _ David M. ``Dave'' Allen, 86, a retired heavy equipment operator, died Thursday, April 24, 1997, in Lubbock.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Marathon Cemetery with David Allen and Doug McGuire officiating. Arrangements by Geeslin Funeral Home.
He was born in Richland Springs, Texas, and was a resident of Alpine. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Irene Allen of Alpine; son, David Michael Allen of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter, Patricia Gulihur of Alpine; sister, Mary A. Gay of Midland; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Renda Cleaver
ODESSA _ Renda Bernice Cleaver, 69, a homemaker, died Sunday, April 20, 1997, in Casper, Wyo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Martinez Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roscoe Sutton officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Martinez Funeral Home.
She was born in Henrietta, Texas, and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Casper, Wyo. She was a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Michael Dwayne Williams and Mark Dwight Cleaver, both of Denver, Colo.; daughter, Donna Michelle Williams-Laing of Dallas; and four grandchildren.

Teresa Serrano
ANDREWS _ Teresa Serrano, 48,®MDNM¯ a homemaker, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at her residence.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Iglesia De Cristo with Jaime Valdez officiating. Burial will be at Las Conchas Cemetery in Las Conchas, Mexico. Arrangements by McNett Funeral Home.
She was born in Las Conchas, Mexico, and was a resident of Andrews. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Mario Serrano of Ojinaga, Mexico, and Samuel Serrano of Andrews; daughters, Maria R. Sanchez, Armida Navarrete and Antonia Serrano, all of Andrews; brother, Gregorio Burciaga of Ojinaga, Mexico; sisters, Manuela Burciaga of Ojinaga, Mexico, Brijida Navarrete of Presidio and Maria Zubia of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

Martha Shirey
ODESSA _ Martha Norene Shirey, 39, a homemaker, died Friday, April 25, 1997, in Odessa.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors with the Rev. Randy Grosenbach officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Rocky Creek Cemetery in Brownwood. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Brownwood and was a resident of Odessa. She was a member of Westside Christian Church.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Tom Shirey of Odessa; sons, Robert Shirey and Jeffrey Shirey, both of Odessa; daughters, Heather Miller and Amanda Rollins, both of Odessa; father, Roy Miller of Odessa; mother, Ginger Miller of Odessa; brothers, Tommy Miller, Jimmy Miller and David Miller, all of Odessa; and sisters, Vonda Williamson, Verna Fox, Dolly Chamberlin, Modine VanHuss, Caroline Wilkerson and Myrtie Fulton, all of Brownwood.

Bill Ferguson
McKINNEY _ Bill Ferguson, 68, a postal carrier, died Tuesday, April 29, 1997, at Columbia Medical Center in McKinney.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Turrentine-Jackson- Morrow Chapel in McKinney. Burial will be at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Arrangements by Turrentine- Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. 
He was born in Ballinger and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Princeton, Texas. 
SURVIVORS: Wife, Jeanne Ferguson of Princeton; sons, Glenn Ferguson of North Richland Hills, Billy Ferguson of Wills Point, and Zane Ferguson of Princeton; and six grandchildren.

Sheila Lujan
KERMIT _ Sheila Vasquez Lujan, 29, a welder, died Monday, April 28, 1997, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Temple of Jeruselum in Kermit with the Rev. Carlo Ruben Juarez officiating. Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements by Cooper Funeral Chapel. 
She was born in Ojinaga, Mexico, and was a resident of Montezuma, Kan.
SURVIVORS: Father, Espedito Vasquez of Kermit; mother, Virginia Vasquez of Kermit; son, Hilario Ruben Lujan of Montezuma, Kan.; daughter, Krista Victoria Lujan of Montezuma, Kan.; sisters, Carmen Porras, Maria Porras, Blanca Polanco and Betty Morales, all of Kermit; grandfathers, Guadalupe Lujan of Montezuma, Kan., and Benedicto Vasquez of Presidio; and grandmother, Rosa Lujan of Montezuma.

Rex Richardson
PLEASANT HILL, N.M. _ Rex Lyn Richardson, 45, a Fields and Company assistant manager, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, at Odessa Medical Center.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday MST at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Hawkins and Rev. Jim Peabody officiating. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis, N.M. Arrangements by Steed-Todd Funeral Home. 
He was born in Clovis, N.M., and was a resident of Gardendale. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and a Baptist.
SURVIVORS: Father, Lee Richardson of Texico, N.M.; mother, Lola Richardson of Texico, N.M.; brothers, Ted Richardson of Texico, N.M., and Ken Richardson of Roswell; and sisters, Vicke Autrey of Alto, N.M., and Carla Kaltwasser of Farwell.

Donald Schwartz
MIDLAND _ Donald Schwartz, 47, a truck driver, died Monday, April 28, 1997, in Midland.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.B. Shewmake officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery. Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home.
He was born in Lovington, N.M., and was a resident of Midland.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Debra Kay Schwartz of Midland; son, Robert Schwartz of Page, Ariz.; daughter, Misty Michell Schwartz of Midland; stepson, Gene Kinkeral of Mineral Wells; father, Bert B. Schwartz of Midland; mother, Mozelle Lincoln of Midland; stepfather, Robert Lincoln of Midland; stepmother, Donna Schwartz of Midland; brother, Steve Schwartz of Greenville; stepbrothers, Grover Schwartz of New Boston, Danny Cross of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Harvey Cross of Midland; stepsister, Lorraine Hoyle of Washington, Iowa; and one grandchild.

Mamie Stolzman
ODESSA _ Mamie Stolzman, 95, a retired waitress, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, in Farwell, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
She was born in Freemont, and moved to Odessa from Michigan in 1975. She was a Methodist.
SURVIVORS: Nephew, William Flowers of Portales, N.M.

Glenda Wesley
ODESSA _ Glenda Fletcher Wesley, 59, died Tuesday, April 22, 1997, at Medical Center Hospital. 
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Rose Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Odessa Funeral Home Angeles Memorial Chapel. 
She was born in College Station and was a resident of Odessa.
SURVIVORS: Husband, Robert L. Wesley of Odessa; stepson, Robert L. Wesley Jr., of Oakland, Calif.; stepdaughters, Ruby Givens of Midland and Margaret Wesley of Midland; six grandchildren; and 20 great- grandchildren.

Charles Wilbourn
LLANO _ Charles J. Wilbourn, 76, a former electrician for Phillips Petroleum, died Monday, April 28, 1997, in Austin. 
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Waldrope-Hatfield- Hawthorne Chapel in Llano with Doug Aston and Clyde Freeman officiating. Burial will be at Tow Cemetery in Tow. Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home.
He was born in Clinton, Okla., and was a resident of Odessa before moving to Tow. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Maybelline Willbourn of Tow; sons, Dennis Wilbourn of San Antonio and Brent Wilbourn of Midland; sisters, Louise Raines of Tow and Bernice Carner and Pauline Wilbourn, both of Oklahoma City; and two grandchildren.


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