Rita L. Buckley was born October 20, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois to Almena
(Dwyer) and William Alva Crews. She married John L. Buckley in June of
1939; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Buckley graduated from Rosary College
in Illinois. She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, was very active
in Midland Community Theatre, Play Readers, and MOSC Guild. She was best
known for her roles in "Hello Dolly," "South Pacific," "Damn Yankees,"
"Girl Crazy," the Irish Mother in "The Music Man" and the "American Dream"
in Monaco in a command performance for Princess Grace and Prince Ranier.
She was a Midland resident for 50 years.
A wake service will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. in Ellis Funeral
She was preceded in death by a son, Theodore James "Ted" Buckley.
Survivors include five sons, John L. "Jack" Buckley of Houston, William
P. Buckley of Aurora, Colo., Michael P. Buckley of New Haven, Conn., Martin
D. Buckley of Englewood, Colo., and Stephen M. Buckley of Midland; two
daughters, Neysa Buckley Mueller of Tyler and Barbara Buckley Collinsworth
of Midland; a sister, Joan Crews Trankina of Plantation, Fla.; 18 grandchildren,
John L. Buckley, Thomas R. Buckley, John P. Buckley, Michael W. Buckley,
Joan Buckley Leinbach, Christopher I. Buckley, Colin A. Buckley, Claire
Buckley, Kate Buckley, Ted Buckley Jr., Bill Buckley, Ann Buckley Starker,
Rebecca Buckley, Matthew Buckley, Meaghan Mueller, Alaina Mueller, Richmond
Collinsworth and Alana Hope Collinsworth; and two great-grandchildren,
Madisen Mae Buckley and Rachel Sun Starker.
Mrs. Buckley died Saturday, January 1, 2000, at Mabee Center.
The family requests memorials be directed to the Alzheimer's Association,
P. O. Box 3389, Midland, Texas 79702; or to MCT-Cole Theater, 2000 Wadley,
Midland, Texas 79705.
Rena Lee Balke was born February 11, 1906 in Manor, Texas. She attended
school in Austin, graduating from high school there. Mrs. Balke then attended
the University of Texas. She married Chester Balke on November 28, 1934,
in Austin. He preceded her in death in 1991. She was a member of the Memorial
Mrs. Balke died at a local hospital Friday, December 31, 1999.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and John D.
Johnson of Midland and Renean and Jessie Cowan of Devine, Texas; her sister-in-law,
Mary Lee Tucker; three grandchildren, Casey Cowan, Sheryl Beesley, and
Karen Hart; three great-grandchildren, Deeann Wiedel, Garrick Livesay,
and Brandon Livesay; and one niece.
The family requests memorials be directed to Memorial Christian Church,
Disciples of Christ, 1001 Andrews Highway, Midland, Texas 79701; or Buffalo
Trail Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America, 1101 West Texas, Midland, Texas
Jose De Leon Ramos Machuca, 79, died Saturday, January 1, 2000 at Midland
Memorial Hospital. He was born on April 26, 1920 in Barrancos de Guadalupe
Ojinaga Chihuahua, Mexico, where he was also educated. He met and later
married Agustina Lujan on May 8, 1948. He worked as a cement finisher in
construction at Freeport, Texas. After retiring in 1982, Mr. and Mrs. Machuca
moved to Midland. On December 11, 1994 he dedicated his life and was baptized
as a Jehovah Witness. He was an active member of The Congregation Buena
He is preceded in death by three brothers, Guadalupe, Salome, and Jose;
and four sisters, Felipa, Macrina, Severiana and Paula.
Survivors include his wife, Agustina Lujan Machuca of Midland; three
sons, Abel L. Machuca of Midland, Jorge L. Machuca of Odessa and Ramiro
Eloy L. Machuca of Midland; three daughters, Armida L. Machuca of Ojinaga
Chihuahua, Mexico, Elia L. Simental of Chihuahua Chihuahua and Tomasa L.
Machuca of Midland; a sister, Petronila M. Acosta of Articia, New Mexico;
13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bobby McMillian was born November 24, 1929 to Lee and Bessie (McDonald)
Walker. She attended school in East Texas and married William Clarence
McMillian on September 3, 1948. They were married 51 years.
Survivors include her husband, William Clarence McMillian of Midland;
a son, Stephen McMillian of Midland; a daughter and son-in-law, Delynnda
and Gary Witte of Midland; a brother, Clarence Walker of Midland; a sister,
Sybil Alexander of Mineola, Texas; and two grandchildren, Meghann Witte
and Kaitlyn Witte of Midland.
Mrs. McMillian died Saturday, January 1, 2000 at her Midland residence.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, January 3, 2000
in Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Porterfield of West Kentucky
Street Baptist Church officiating. A graveside service will follow at 4
p.m. in Eula Cemetery in Eula, Texas, with Rev. Knox Waggoner officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Richard Hubbard, James McFadden, Scott Seth, Roy
Greer, Richard Schneider and Rusty Hull.
Lewis G. Blumentritt, former longtime Iraan resident, found final peace
and contentment on January 3, 2000 at the age of 102. His life spanned
He was born November 25, 1897 near Pflugerville, Texas to Fritz Blumentritt
and Augusta Pfluger Blumentritt. He married Bonnie B. Ross in Stephenville,
Texas on June 1, 1932. Bonnie preceded him in death in 1972.
He is survived by two sons, James L. Blumentritt of Tiki Island, Texas
and Joe E. Blumentritt of Midland, Texas; two granddaughters, Kelley Anne
Harrell of Kerrville, Texas and Tracie Lynn Blumentritt of Laredo, Texas;
one sister, Augusta Kriegel of San Angelo, Texas; two brothers, George
L. Blumentritt of Odessa, Texas and Marvin V. Blumentritt of San Angelo,
Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
At the outbreak of World War II in 1941, city officials in Iraan asked
him and wife, Bonnie, if they would add milk cows to their small herd of
cattle, so that the supply of milk for children in the area could be reliable.
So, from 1941 until 1948, the family milked as many as nine cows, by hand,
twice a day, and delivered the fresh milk in glass quart bottles to the
school cafeteria and local stores. He continued to ranch in the Iraan area
until 1994, and leased or grazed out his farm near Rowena, Texas until
his death. His lifetime hobby was managing his herd of Hereford cattle.
He experimentally crossbred Hereford cows with Black Angus bulls, purchased
from Willie B. Wilson's Ranch near Iraan, in an effort to produce a better
During his long life he not only reared his two sons, but also helped
his brother and sister in the caring of their five younger siblings when
their mother died from influenza and pneumonia in 1918. Two of his brothers
graduated from Iraan High School while residing with him and his wife,
Lewis Blumentritt will long be remembered by siblings, children, and
his friends for his kindness, honesty and quiet resolve.
A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2000,
at Rowena Protestant Cemetery in Rowena, Texas.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed
to the Texas Lions Camp for Crippled Children, Box 247, Kerrville, Texas
78029-0247; or a charity of one's choice.
Sunday, January 2, 2000, our beloved Andrea Gwennett "Boo" Clater departed
this world at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.
She was born in Midland on June 13, 1969.
She was a member of Mt. Calvary Church of Midland and True Gospel Church
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at True Gospel Baptist
Church in Dallas with the Rev. Calvin Washington officiating. Viewing will
be Wednesday, Jan. 5 at St. Mary's Chapel in Golden Gate Funeral Home,
Doris Epley was born June 8, 1920 in Okeene, Oklahoma to O.W. and Effie
(Smith) McClung. She attended school in Okeene and married E.A. "Mick"
Epley in 1938. They were married 52 years at the time of his death in 1991.
She worked for Dr. A.H. Meckley of Midland for 18 years. She was a member
of the Westside Church of Christ on Illinois.
Mrs. Epley died Sunday, January 2, 2000 at Mabee Health Center.
A double funeral service for Mrs. Epley and her sister, Mrs. Cleo Smith,
who died December 31, 1999, are scheduled in the Church of Christ in Okeene,
Oklahoma, with Mr. George Mayfield officiating. Burial will follow in Collins
Cemetery in Okeene. Visitation will be in Lanham Funeral Home in Okeene,
Oklahoma. Midland arrangements are with Ellis Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be directed to Home Hospice of Midland,
1802 Wall Street, Midland, Texas 79701.
Graveside services for Clara Jesse, 94, of Midland, are scheduled for
2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2000, at Resthaven Cemetery, with the Reverend
Glenn Kramer of Midland Lutheran Church officiating. She died on Saturday,
January 1, 2000. Funeral services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral
Home and Chapel.
She is preceded in death by her parents, H.A. and Emma Jesse; one brother,
Richard Jesse; two sisters, Laura Jesse and Alma Meissner. She is survived
by four nephews and six nieces.
She died in Midland on Monday, January 3, 2000.
She is survived by her daughter, Billy Merle Farmer Bankhead of Midland;
her son-in-law, H. G. Bankhead of Midland; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2000,
at Resthaven Memorial Park. Memorial services have been scheduled for 10:30
a.m. Wednesday at Golf Course Road Church of Christ with Tom Vermillion
officiating. Ellis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to Midland
Christian School, 2001 Culver, Midland, Texas 79705.
Mr. Steensrud and his wife retired to Parkerville, Kansas in 1976 and
moved to Weslaco, Texas in 1986. He was also known as a Norwegian entertainer,
"Old Olson", since he introduced the character through a radio program
at WEKZ in Monroe, Wisconsin in the 1950's. He remained active in his retirement
entertaining and organizing activities in Parkerville, Kansas and Country
Sunshine Park in Weslaco, Texas including the Parkerville Marathon and
the Valley Winter Olympics. Recently he was founding Charter Member of
the Sons of Norway Palmedal Lodge in McAllen, Texas and served as the sports
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Eileen Steensrud of Midland,
Texas; his daughters, Gayleen (Pete) Ienatsch of Odessa, Texas and Rogene
Powers (Gary Kalian) of Benicia, California; his son, Grady (Sue) Steensrud
of Kennesaw, Georgia; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Steensrud was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Arthur
A memorial service is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, January 3, in
the chapel at Manor Park in Midland, Texas with Rev. Cheryl Homsher officiating.
Visitation is scheduled at the Ellestad Funeral Home, 500 North 8th Street,
Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 6, 2000, followed
by funeral services at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2000 at the Vermont
The family suggests memorials to the Sons of Norway, Palmedal Lodge
#1-644, 421 North Main Street, McAllen, TX 78501 or the American Heart
Freddy Munsell was born May 3, 1941 in Midland, Texas to Mark and Mable
(King) Munsell. He graduated from Andrews High School and then attended
Sul Ross University, playing on the football team. He joined the military
and was a paratrooper. Mr. Munsell was a Baptist by faith.
He died at a local hospital Tuesday, January 4, 2000.
Mr. Munsell was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by
his wife, Naomi Jo Munsell of Odessa; his son, Virgil Joe Munsell and his
wife, Sheila, of Choctaw, OK; his brothers, James Gale Munsell of Carlton,
TX, Kenneth Munsell of Andrews, and Bobby Munsell of Knox City, TX; his
sister, Judy Littleton of Stephenville, TX; 2 grandchildren; and 14 nieces
Serving as pallbearers will be David Groves, Joe Clark, Noel Olvera,
Delbert Bishop, Larry Slaughter, Morris Rhea, David Boatwright, and Leon
The family requests memorials be directed to American Cancer Society,
2304 Wadley, Midland, Texas 79705.
Teresa Parks Kendrick was born November 4, 1915 in Orchard Park, New
York to Paul and Gertrude Knabe. She was reared in Buffalo, New York and
married Frank C. Parks there on December 16, 1937. They moved to Tucson,
Arizona in 1946 and then to Midland in 1948. After moving here, they opened
Advance Rug and Window Cleaning, which they operated until his death in
1975. In 1976 she married Ed Kendrick. he preceded her in death in 1988.
Mrs. Kendrick was a member of the Eagles.
She died at a local hospital on Monday, January 3, 2000.
Visitation will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January
5, at Ellis Funeral Home. Funeral services have been scheduled for 4:00
p.m. Thursday at Memorial Christian Church with Reverend Gary Groves of
the First Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven
Memorial Park under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Services for Domingo R. Lopez, 69 years of age, of Midland, have been
set for Thursday, January 6, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Catholic Church with Father Art Flores officiating the service. Burial
will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. A rosary will be said
on Tuesday, January 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Pipkin Chapel. Mr. Lopez died Monday, January 3, 2000 at his residence.
Funeral services are under the direction of Pipkin Funeral Home.
Mr. Lopez was born in Karnes, Texas to Mateo Lopez and Ysidra Ramirez
on February 9, 1930. He was raised in Knickerbocker, Texas and later married
Cecilia Garcia on November 6, 1949 in Knickerbocker. They celebrated 50
years of marriage this past year. He moved to Midland 40 years ago and
worked as a meat cutter with Albertson's until he retired.
Mr. Lopez was a charter member of the Eastside Lions Club and Midland
Mr. Lopez was an entrepreneur, involved in fundraisers for anyone in
need, always involved with church functions and had an extended family
in all his friends.
His family was his pride and joy and his greatest love.
Mr. Lopez is preceded in death by h is parents and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Roger Sosa, Bonifacio Quiroz, Paul Lopez, Domingo
Lopez III, Robert Lara Jr., and Fabian Quiroz. Honorary pallbearers are
Gary Olgin, Noel Lopez, Alex Lopez, Johnny Marmolejo and Juan Carlos Ortega.
Victor Ochoa Sr.
Victor Ochoa, Sr., 71, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000 at Midland Memorial
Hospital. He was born to Aguilino and Isabel Ochoa on October 3, 1928 in
Floresville, Texas. He was raised and educated in Levelland. He met and
later married Esther Aguirre in 1948. The couple moved to Midland in 1966.
Mr. Ochoa worked as a carpenter most of his life. He enjoyed music and
playing the saxophone. He was a very loving and caring person. He was a
member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Six brothers precede him
Survivors include his wife, Esther Ochoa; seven sons, Raymond Ochoa,
Victor Ochoa, Juan Ochoa, Larry Ochoa, Charlie Ochoa, Arnulfo "Arnold"
Ochoa and Adolfo "Dofe" Ochoa; and two daughters, Norma Cervantez and Esmeralda
Ochoa, all of Midland; three brothers, Lupe Ochoa of San Antonio, Juan
Ochoa of Temple and Pete Ochoa of Georgetown; a sister, Carmen Lozano of
Midland; 29 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews
Chester Ray Cochran, 78, of Lamesa, Texas died Friday, December 31,
1999 at Medical Arts Hospital.
He was born September 26, 1921 in Panola County.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Cochran of Lamesa; a daughter and
son-in-law, Janice and Avery Doss of Lamesa; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Thomas and Ann Cochran of Dickenson, and Robert and Cindy Cochran of Midland;
two sisters and a brother-in-law, Madeline and R.D. Prock of Oroville,
Calif., and Marcy Wilkins of Alpine; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were 4 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2000 at Lamesa Memorial
Park with the Rev. Clifton Igo officiating under the direction of Branon
The family suggests memorials be made to the Disabled American Veterans
or Second Baptist Church.
Dorothy V. "Granma" Kaderli passed away Sunday, January 2, 2000 in
Dorothy was born on January 14, 1913 in El Paso, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice; a sister, Mildred;
and a brother, Tom.
She will be missed by her loving sister, Kathryn; son, Dee (Carole);
daughters, Maurice (Gary) and Fredda (Dick); 8 grandchildren, Kristi (Eric),
Bari (Randy), Ardith (Eric), Matthew (Gretchen), Eric (Barbara), Nicole,
Jolene and Sid; as well as 4 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2000 in the
Valhalla Mausoleum Chapel in Midland, Texas.
M.L. "Louis" Patterson, loving husband of Mildred Mills Patterson,
passed peacefully away at his home on February 4, 2000. He was born on
July 3, 1915 on the Divide in Coke County, Texas near Robert Lee to Libbie
and John L. Patterson.
He came to Midland County via horseback in 1926, where he became a
lifetime West Texas farmer. He attended Midland High School; and met and
married his wife, Mildred, in 1936 and began raising a family of five children.
In 1975, they moved to Upton County and continued to farm and ranch, where
they resided until retiring to Midland in 1998.
He loved farming, and in 1978 he was voted Outstanding Conservative
Farmer by the middle Concho Soil and Water Conservation District. He was
distinguished as the oldest active farmer in Upton County in 1997.
His family has been blessed with a beacon of strength, courage and
family values that they will carry throughout their lives.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Patricia Lee Prell of Petoskey,
MI; Margie Lou Reynolds of Midland; Larry Patrick and Lynda Patterson of
Monahans, and Rena and Kane Whitaker of Midland; and one brother, M.D.
Patterson of Eunice, NM; twelve grandchildren, John Patterson, Teresa Kilmer,
Gary Prell, Connie Buchanan, Curtis Reynolds, Cynthia Pinkerton, Dr. Robert
Patterson, Erik Patterson, Ramey O'Brien, Wendy O'Brien, Davlin Whitaker
and Dalton Whitaker. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren,
numerous nieces and nephews; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, H.A.
and Audrie Mills of Indio, CA.
Pallbearers will be John Bob Hopkins, John Patterson, Jim Patterson,
Noel King, Dalton Whitaker and Davlin Whitaker.
The family requests memorials be directed to Hospice of Midland.
Funeral Services will be at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel, Monday, February
7 at 1:00 p.m. with graveside services to follow at Resthaven.
Edwin Lawrence Skidmore died Friday, February 4, 2000, at the VA Hospital
in Big Spring, Texas. Ed, or "Skid" as he was known to most of his friends,
was born in Paris, Texas on January 14, 1923 to Samuel Aubrey Skidmore
and Lana Mae (Reid).
He graduated from Paris High School in 1939 and attended Harding College
where he was a member of the Glee Club. He served in the Army Air Corps
during WWII and was a bomber pilot training instructor stationed in Liberal,
Kansas. He graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in 1948 with
a BS in industrial arts. Ed married Cecelia (Martin) in Paris on August
They came to Midland that same year, where Ed started as a draftsman
with Shell Oil Company. In 1950, Ed took a gamble and went to work as a
draftsman for a small company that he thought had a good future, Midland
Map Company. He worked for Midland Map until his retirement in 1990. He
became the president and general manager in 1967 and was in that position
when he retired.
Ed was a member of the old Petroleum Oil Bowling League for many years.
He was an Optimist and a Jaycee; and a member of the American Legion until
his death. He was an avid golfer at Hogan Park, until he developed diabetes.
Ed is survived by his wife, Cecelia; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Jones
of Searcy, Arkansas and Ophelia Payne of Paris, Texas; his two sons, Scott
Skidmore and wife, Melissa, of Midland and Dan Skidmore and wife, Linda,
of Dearborn, Michigan; grandchildren, Celeste and Sam Skidmore of Midland
and Danny Skidmore of Dearborn, Michigan; and great-grandson, TJ Ennis
A memorial service will be held at the chapel of Ellis Funeral Home
on Monday, February 7th, at 10:00 a.m. Robert Kirk, pastor of St. Paul's
United Methodist Church, will conduct the memorial service.
Graveside services will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas on
Tuesday, February 8th, at 11:00 a.m. Ed's two brothers-in-law, Paul Payne
of Paris, Texas and Alvis Jones of Searcy, Arkansas will be conducting
the graveside services.
Honorary pallbearers are Leon Freeman of Midland, Larry Flowers of
Odessa, Sam Skidmore of Midland, Charles Martin of Paris, W.G. Kyle of
Reno, Roy Welch of Paris, Richard Reid of Justice, CA, Reid Jones of Lajunta,
CO, and Brian Payne of Paris.
Memorials may be made to Texas Tech University Health Science Center,
Speech & Hearing Clinic, P.O. Box 42073, Lubbock, TX 79409.
Coleen Johnson died Sunday, February 6, 2000 at Mabee Health Care Center.
She was born to Nancy and Lee McNevins on October 19, 1908 in Holdenville,
Coleen was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey in 1983; son, Gary
in 1948; three brothers, Andrew, Dewey and Jess; two sisters, Flora and
Jo; and a grandson, Reagan in 1955.
Survivors include her twin brother, Ben McNevins of Scottsdale, Arizona;
daughter, Gwen and son-in-law, Jack James of Midland, Texas; 4 grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchildren: Susan and husband, Bill Gallemore, Kelley and
Christen of Colleyville, Texas; Gary James and wife, Brenda, Brandon, Phillip
and Christy of Katy, Texas; Jack L. James and daughter, Madison Ann of
Fort Worth, Texas; and Jeffrey and wife, Kris, Danie, Raegan, Braden and
Peyton of Midland, Texas.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 8,
at Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee, Oklahoma under the direction of Roesch
Funeral Chapel. Local arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Manor Park, 2208 N.
Loop 250 West, Midland, Texas 79707, or to Home Hospice, 1802 W. Wall,
Midland, Texas 79701.
Jesse Barber Jr.
Jesse Lee Barber, Jr. was born November 17, 1919 in Midland, Texas
to Jesse Lee and Minerva Sonora (Towers) Barber. He was reared and educated
here. He began his career as a carpenter in 1936 when he joined the local
union. He was the base carpenter at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo during
World War II. He returned to Midland after the war and continued working
as a carpenter and a building contractor. He owned and operated Weber's
Root Beer Stand on Wall Street in the 1950s and Building Specialties in
the 60s and 70s. In the 70s and 80s, he owned and operated Chaparral Claim
Services. Mr. Barber retired in the mid-80s. He was a member of First United
On November 1, 1938 he married Bessie Flournoy in Midland. She preceded
him in death on January 3, 1997.
Mr. Barber died at a local nursing home Sunday, February 6, 2000.
He is survived by sons, Jesse Lee Barber, III of Hamilton and Carl
E. Barber of Overland Park, Kansas; his daughters, Barbara Funk of Midland,
Kathy Womble of Burleson, TX and Bonita Lakey of Midland; his brothers,
Harold Barber of Nevada City, California and James Barber of Fort Worth;
his sister, Jo Brown of Odessa; 8 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, February
11, at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with his son-in-law, Don Womble, of the
Burleson Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial
Donald Dale "Cotton" Davidson went to his new home with Jesus Christ,
his Lord, on January 7, 2000. He was born December 4, 1920 to Vesta Mae
Thomason and Otis Leslie Davidson in Alexander, Texas. He graduated from
Lueders High School. He joined the armed services soon after war was declared
in December 1941 and served in the 162nd Infantry Division as Platoon Sgt.
in the South Pacific theater. He received a Good Conduct and Victory Ribbon
and a Combat Infantryman Badge.
Don returned home to civilian life in December 1945, and married his
high school sweetheart, Reba Tollison in 1946. They lived in Stamford and
he attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He graduated from Texas
Tech University in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in petroleum
geology. He and his family moved to Midland in 1958. He was a geologist
for American Trading & Production Co.
Don started teaching in Midland public schools in 1961, where he taught
math, science, geology, and vocational education. He loved his students
and found great fulfillment in teaching. He retired from teaching in May
Surviving are his wife of Midland; three children: Bettye K. Pace and
her husband, Byron, of Clarksville, Texas; Laurie Schroeder of Hammond,
Louisiana; and Don Robert (Robby) Davidson and his wife, Cappy, of San
Antonio, Texas; two sisters: Betty Hightower of Midland and Jan Davidson
of Marble Falls; two grandsons: Dee Snody of Lewisville and Crispin Schroeder
and his wife, Dina, of Hammond, Louisiana; one great-granddaughter, two
nephews, and many former students and friends.
Don was a committed Christian who lived the principles of the Bible
and taught them to his children. His family was blessed by his love for
God that spilled over into their lives. His favorite hymn was, 'No One
Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus." He was a member of First Baptist Church,
Midland Retired Teachers Association, and served on the board of directors
of the Midland Teachers Credit Union for seven years.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February
9, at Ellis Funeral Home. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:00
a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church Chapel. Interment will follow in
Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Seaman, Jack Stone, Gene Isaacs,
Herman Boatmun, Dan Howard, Pete Schroeder, and Leonard Monroe.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of Midland, P. O. 2621, Midland,
TX 79702, or The Living Room Campus Ministry, P. O. Box 1103, Hammond,