Obituaries 2008

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Jerry Garvin

Gerardo “Jerry” Garvin, age 47, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in Odessa.  He was born October 25, 1960 in Juarez, Mexico. 

Jerry moved to El Paso at age 5 when his mother married his beloved father, William Garvin.  He attended public schools in El Paso.  He attended trade school in El Paso to learn his chosen field of welding. He relocated to Odessa in the late 1970’s. He was a self-employed welder and really enjoyed his work.  He was also a low-rider enthusiast, and a free spirit who liked to get out on the open road on his Harley. 

Jerry is survived by his mother:  Yolanda (Vanzinni) Garvin of Odessa; two daughters:  Maira Garvin of Big Spring and Vanessa Garvin of Odessa; two sons:  Jerry Garvin, Jr and William Garvin, both of Odessa;  one sister:  Frances Perkins of Odessa; his nephew:  Roy Perkins III of Odessa; his niece:  Jasmine Perkins, and one grandchild: Chloe Bustamante of Big Spring.

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Family Visitation will be 6 to 8 pm Sunday, February 10, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be 2 pm Monday, February 11, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Pallbearers will be Jason Casas, Roy Perkins III, Michael Calderon, Fred Camarillo, Chris Alvarez, and Juan Gonzalez.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden section of Ector County Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Rosella Laabs

Rosella Laabs, age 49 of Odessa passed from this life Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at her residence in Odessa.  She was born February 3, 1959 in Hobbs, NM to Antonio C. Valdez and Elsie (Lopez) Valdez.  She married Davis Laabs in Midland June 6, 1981, they enjoyed 25 happy years of marriage.

She had worked as a teacher. She loved to read and enjoyed crafts and cross stitching.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband:  Davis Laabs of Odessa; two sons:  Davis Alexander Laabs and Rogelio Duncan Laabs, both of Odessa; two brothers:  Antonio A. Valdez of Bryan College Station and James A. Valdez of El Paso; and one sister:  Nannette Redd of Odessa. 

Funeral services will be 7 pm Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Ida Cox

Ida Cox, age 94, passed from this life Friday, February 8, 2008 at Hospice House of Odessa.   She was born November 10, 1913 in Santo, TX to David and Lela (Morgan) Johnston.  She was a homemaker and a member of the First Nazarene Church.  She married John W. Cox June 12, 1937 in Palo Pinto County, Texas.

Those left to cherish her love and memories include her son:  William "Bill" Cox of Odessa; brother: Royce Johnston of Azle, TX; sister:  Neta Gross of Andrews; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband: John W. Cox

Funeral Services were 10 am Monday, February 11, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Rev. Terry Pierce officiating.  Pallbearers were Billy Cox, Dwayne Vowell, Pete Molina, Rocky Anaya, and Manuel Molina.  Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Services were entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

David Lee Grochowalski, Jr
David Lee Grochowalski, Jr, age 49, died Sunday, February 10, 2008 in Odessa.  He was born April 30, 1958 in Grand Rapids, MI to David and Jaqueline (McClenithan) Grochowalski.
 
He is survived by his parents: David Grochowalski, Sr. and Jaqueline Grocholwalski of Wayland, MI. 
 
Services will be held in Michigan at a later date.  Services are with Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Archer, Hampel, and Kubiak Funeral Home in Wayland, MI.

Chelsie Tucker

Memorial services will be 2 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel for Chelsie Tucker. Chelsie, age 66, passed from this life Friday, February 8, 2008 at Regency Hospital of Odessa.  Brother Dewey Blevins will officiate services. 

Chelsie was born June 19, 1941 in Urania, LaSalle Parish, LA to Grady and Mae (Newsom) Jenkins.  She was a beloved daughter, mother, and grandmother.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist church.

Those left to cherish her love and memory include her mother:  Mae Jenkins of Nocona, TX; daughter:  Lovella "Prissy" Holmes; daughter-in-law:  Sandy Tucker of Odessa; step-daughters:  Janice Tucker of Odessa and Kathy Sue Tucker of Sweetwater, TX, sons:  Larry Tucker, Vic "Pokey" Tucker, Tommy Tucker, all of Odessa: step-sons:  Jimmy McDuffee and Hugh Holcomb, both of Odessa; one brother:  Buster Jenkins of Odessa; brothers-in-law:  Leslie Melson of Odessa and Charlie Hooser of Midland; three sisters:   Bonnie Hudson of Nocona, TX, Joyce Hooser of Midland, and Sally Melson of Odessa; twenty-nine grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Curtis Sledge, Jr.

Curtis Sledge, Jr. was called home to be with our precious Lord on Feb. 8, 2008.  Funeral services to honor his memory will be held 10 am Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Marcos Zuniga.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

He was born in Comanche, TX on March 5, 1937 and served in the US Army 1955 to 1958.  He married JoAnn Sterling on August 17, 1959. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Ophelia Ashby and his father John Curt Sledge.  His brothers: William Sledge, Richard Sledge, Marcel Sledge, Raymond Sledge and his sister:  Betty Schuler also predeceased him.

He is survived by two sisters:  Reba Daniels and Helen Murphy and her husband Bill.  Curtis left behind his loving wife of 48 years, JoAnn Sledge, eight children, 22 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Listed from oldest to youngest they are:  Bill Brown and wife Dede and their children, Cecilia and Natalie from Urbana, IL;  Susan Jackson and husband Kenneth and their children Brian Lee, Shawn Curtis, Scotty Lynn, Cory Ray, Nicole Joyce, and Brandi Dee Ann from Coleman, TX;  Debra Lavon Jenkins and husband Steve and their children Crissy Joann and Jason Everet from Burleson, TX; Tammie Louise Hughs and husband John Pat and their children Amanda Lee, Tori Lynn, and JD from Whiteface, TX; Curtis Dean Sledge and his daughter Tiffany from Burleson, TX; Sandra Kay Presby and husband Larry and their children Brittani Kay and Billy Randel from Burleson, TX; Kenneth Gerald Sledge and wife Johnette and their children Kendra Lee and Kenneth Gerald, Jr. from Odessa, TX; Johnny Curt Sledge and his children Kelsa Lee Ann, Jonna Christine, Jamie Carol, and Cassie Lee from Burleson, TX; and his great-grandchildren:  Daniel Maxwell and Steven Michael.

Curtis is gone from our lives but not from our hearts.  He will be missed by his family and many friends.  He was a hard-working man and had his own business (Curt’s Auto Repair).  He loved his wrecker and being a mechanic.  There was nothing he couldn’t fix and if there wasn’t a tool to fix it with – he made one.  He loved making things, even building a tractor from the ground up.  He always found a way to figure out how things worked.  He was a very dedicated husband, Daddy, and Grandpa.  He truly loved his wife and children.  Curtis had a great sense of humor, loved to joke around with everyone, and brought so much love and laughter to his family and friends.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,

In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you.  You did not go alone.

For a part of us went with you the day God called you home.

You left us beautiful memories, your love is still our guide,

And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same.

But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones, age 77, left this life Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.  She entered this life  September 19, 1930 in Ottumwa, IA.  She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. 
 
She is survived by her son:  Michael Jones of Odessa, TX; three daughters:  Sally McBurney and Teresa Sanford, both of Odessa, TX and Connie Comer of Ottumwa, IA; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents:  Orville and Nettie Mae (Eaves) Estes, and one daughter:  Becky Comer.

 
Memorial services will be 7 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa with Diana Jones officiating.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Belen Dominguez

Belen Dominguez, age 54, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She was born July 10, 1953 in Arisia, Chihuahua Mexico to Santana and Marina Dominguez.

Belen was full of life and always cherished everything that was brought upon her.  She always found the bright side of things.  She was full of smiles and tried to help everyone out. 

As she was growing up, she took care of one son and made sure that he always had what he needed.  At age 43, she was admitted to Deerings Nursing Home due to a stroke, where she remained for ten more years.  She was the perfect mom and friend.  Never will she be forgotten by anyone.  She is survived by three sons - Omar Dominquez who is stationed in San Diego, CA, and Ramon Sotelo and Jesus Sotelo, both of Cuotemoch, Mexico.

Rosary will be said 7 pm Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Wewona Mae Walker

Wewona Mae Walker, age 75, left this world to join her Lord on Monday, February 11, 2008 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born, Thursday, February 25, 1932 in Mena, AR to Francis Marion Logan and Eva Pearl (Eeds) Logan.  She married Herb Walker September 24, 1949 in Littlefield, TX.  They enjoyed more than 58 happy years of marriage and raised two beautiful daughters.  They owned and operated Walker Battery & Electric in Odessa from 1957 to 1986.  She had been a faithful member of Temple Baptist Church for almost 48 years. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband:  Herb Walker of Odessa; two daughters:  Shana Cree of Sweetwater, TX and Regina Gaston of Odessa; one sister:  Mary Skelton and husband Joe of Healdton, OK; four grandchildren:  Aaron Cree, Azure Hurt, Anthony Cree, and Kyla Gaston; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and two brothers:  Dale and Gayle Logan.

Memorial services to honor her memory will be 2:30 pm Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Pastor David Newton officiating.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Mission Fund, Temple Baptist Church, 1000 N. Texas, Odessa, TX 79761.

Ross Dana Orcutt, Jr

Ross Dana Orcutt, Jr, age 57, died Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  He was born, February 7, 1951 in Munich, Germany to Ross D. Orcutt Sr. and Mary G. (Baker) Orcutt.  He was a hotel auditor and a member of the Baptist church.  He was a US Army Veteran.  He married Donna Davidson March 21, 1999 in Bandera, Texas.

He is survived by his wife:  Donna Orcutt of Odessa; two sons:  Nicholai Orcutt of Odessa and Robyn Orcutt of Monahan, Germany; one daughter:  Marlan Orcutt of Monahan, Germany; two sisters:  Rosland Orcutt of San Francisco, CA and Gayle Orcutt of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation are 10 am to 12 noon, Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Richard Joseph Jones
Richard Joseph Jones, 84, of Odessa, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at Parks Retirement Village.

He was born July 31, 1923, to John and Margaret (Baker) Jones in Salem, Oregon. Richard married Frances Raley December 28, 1947, in Merlin, Oregon. He practiced dentistry in Oregon for 50 years and served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Upon retirement, Dick and Franke moved to Odessa in 2001.

He is survived by Frances, his wife; Douglas and Janell Jones, his son and daughter-in-law of Berrien Springs, Mich.; William and Leslie Webster, his son-in-law and daughter of Odessa; his sister Florence Spaulding of Fairbanks, Alaska; five grandchildren: William Webster II, Elizabeth Watson, Andrew Webster, Ethan Jones, and Nicholas Jones; great-granddaughter, Ashley Watson; his sister-in-law Dorothy Dryden of Odessa; and several nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 pm Saturday, February 16, 2008 in the Odessa Seventh-day Adventist Church, 201 E. 91st Street.

Eulalia Olmos
Eulalia Olmos, age 53, passed from this life Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.    She was born July 19, 1954 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Francisco and Antonia (Chavez) Deras.  She was a homemaker; a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother.
 
Those left to cherish her love and memory include her parents - Francisco and Antonia Deras of Odessa; her husband - Andres Olmos of Odessa; four children - Rita Ortiz, Elizabeth Rios, Edith Hernandez, and Andres Olmos, Jr. all of Odessa; six brothers - Luis Deras, Antonio Deras, Carlos Deras, Alberto Deras, Francisco Deras, and Luis Armando Deras, all of Odessa; one sister - Guadalupe Deras of Mexico, and eleven grandchildren.
 
Funeral services will be 12 noon Saturday, February 16, 2008 at Cristo Viene Casa de Miseircordia, 2111 W. 21st St. with Pastor Roman Iniguez officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will be Andy Olmos, Edgar Rios, Aldo Deras, Mario Jr Olmos, Roger Ortiz, Ivan Deras, Manuel Deras, and Obed Olmos.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

 


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