Obituaries 2010

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Manuel Lopez Ramirez

Manuel Ramirez, age 71, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2010 in Odessa.  He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico on August 7, 1938 to Genaro and Rafaela (Lopez) Ramirez.  He was a boot maker.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Martha Zapata Ramirez of Odessa; two daughters:  Gloria I. Ramirez of Odessa and Maggie Ramirez of San Antonio; four sons:  Manuel A. Ramirez of El Paso, Jose A. Ramirez of Odessa, Javier Ramirez of Phoenix, AZ, and Carlos E. Ramirez of Odessa; two brothers: Jesus Ramirez of El Paso and Humberto Ramirez of Nogales, MX; ten grandchildren:  Jaime, Ashley, Evelyn, Alfredo, Gilberto, Rigoberto, Carlos Jr., Jeneisi, Deneliz, and Ruben and one great-grandchild:  Jimena.

Rosary will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery at 10:00 AM Thursday, August 5, 2010, officiated by Brother Mario Martinez.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.  

Guadalupe Medrano Hinojos

Guadalupe Medrano Hinojos, age 78, passed away on Thursday, August  5, 2010, at Buena Vida Nursing Home.  She was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico on March 14, 1932 to Alijandro and Emiliana (Lujan) Medrano.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband:  Matias Hinojos of Odessa;  seven daughters:  Elena Rodriguez of Odessa, Lidia Garcia of Chihuahua, MX, Antonia  Huerta of Rankin, Luisa Gonzalez of Odessa, Pola Terrazas and Alicia Hinojos, both of Lewisville, and Socorro Zaragosa of Ojinaga, MX; five sons:  Toribio Hinojos of Van Horn, Manuel Hinojos  and Martin Hinojos, both of Odessa, Ramon Hinojos of Ojinaga, MX, and Matias Hinojos, Jr. of Odessa;   two brothers:  Esteban Medrano of Ojinaga, MX and Manuel Hinojos of Odessa;  forty-five grandchildren and forty-two great-grandchildren.   

Rosary will be 7:30 pm Sunday, August 8, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 10:00 AM Monday, August  9, 2010, Fr. Bernardito Getigan officiating.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Betty Jo Farmer

Betty Jo Farmer, age 82, of Odessa passed away on Friday, August 6, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital. She was born June 7, 1928 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late George M. and Velva (Harris) Watts.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by three sons: George E. Morris of Lovington, NM;  Mikel G. Farmer of Midland and Larry D. Morris of Abilene;  one daughter: Davetta Burns of Odessa;  three brothers: Frank Watts of Munice, Indiana, Rick Watts of Florence, South Carolina and Ron Watts of Windfall, Indiana;  eleven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Wendell Wayne Fowler

Wendell Wayne Fowler, age 72, of Midland, passed from this life on Saturday, August  7, 2010, at Midland Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Shacktown, TX to the late Cranful and Louella (Hurt) Fowler on December 23, 1937.  He was a coast to coast truck driver.

He is survived by his wife Dale (Gilbert) Fowler of Midland;  two sons:  Jerry Fowler of Austin and Michael Fowler of Kress, TX; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.     

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.  

Joe Martin

Malcholm Joe Martin, age 67, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  He was born in Matador, TX on May 12, 1943 to Bruce and Bobbie (Slankard) Martin.  He was a beloved brother, father, uncle and grandfather.

Joe retired after 10 years of service as Chief of the Wolfforth Fire Department. He was an excellent carpenter and contractor and was recently employed as a salesman for Four Seasons Siding and Insulation.

He is survived by three sons:  Joe Glen Martin and wife Amy, Kenny Hickman, and Bobby Hickman, all of Sherman; one sister:  Jeane Howle and husband Jerry of Odessa; seven grandchildren:  Michael, Nichole, Justin, Dustin, Kaitlin, Austin, and Karragin; one great-grandchild:  Braydon; six nieces and four nephews.

His parents:  Bruce and Bobbie Martin; and four brothers:  Danny, Melvin, Bryan, and Don Martin, precede him in death.

Visitation will be from noon to 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Flomot, TX.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Flomot, officiated by Ken Stallings.  Kenny Stallings, Jeff Walling, Billy Bowles, Michael Hickman, Bruce Austin, and Coby Hext will serve as pallbearers.  Interment will follow at the Flomot Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and online condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Salvation Army, 810 E 11th Street, Odessa, TX 79761.

Ricky Glenn Dixon

Ricky Glenn Dixon, age 54, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010, at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Odessa on December 26, 1955 to William “W. C.” Dixon and Ginger (McMurray) Dixon.  He worked in the oil field as a truck driver and welder.  He was Baptist.

Ricky was a great husband and loving father and grandfather.  He was an active man, full of life, who loved sports, the rodeo, NASCAR and fishing.

He is survived by his wife Brenda Werner Dixon of Odessa; his mother:  Ginger Dixon of Odessa; his father:  W.C. Dixon and wife Becky Sam of Odessa; grandmother:  Winona McMurray of Odessa; three daughters:  Chashann Dickson and husband Danny of Odessa, Candice Grant of Odessa, and Sommer Cavil of Houston; three sons:  Cody Dixon and wife Janene of Odessa, Sean Dixon and wife Christy of Snyder, and Harry Werner of Houston; one sister:  Lori Courtney of Odessa; one brother:  Billy Dixon and wife Pam of Las Cruces, NM; and eleven grandchildren.  

His grandmother:  Carlene Bullock and brother:  Jerry Dixon, precede him in death.  

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Faith Community Baptist Church, officiated by Brother Wayne Shelton.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory and online condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ricky’s name may be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761. 

David Lee Whitley

David Lee Whitley was born in Carlsbad, NM on May 7, 1958 to Ronald Taylor Whitley and Bessie M. (Paulk) Whitley.  He passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010, in Midland, TX, at the age of 52.  David courageously fought a lifelong battle with type I diabetes and its many complications.  He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather.

Music was David’s first love.  He began teaching himself to play guitar at age 12.  Precocious and very talented, he performed as a paid musician as early as age 16.  David was a full-time, professional musician as a young adult, playing with the Bucky Allred Band and several other bands in New Mexico.

David married his soul mate Veronica Orns on May 6, 1978 in Silver City, NM.  They enjoyed 32 happy years of marriage and raised seven children.   He considered his role as a father to be most important.  There was no limit to the sacrifices he was willing to make to support, love, and stay with his family.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife: Veronica Whitley of Midland, TX; mother: Bessie Whitley of Silver City, NM; four daughters:  Dr. Heather Whitley of Livermore, CA, Sarah and husband Richard Deming of Canyon, TX, Kellie and husband Sean Michaelson, and Mariah Whitley, all of Midland, TX; three sons:  David Paul Whitley, Mark Whitley, and Eric Whitley, all of Midland; sisters: Donna Whitley of Silver City, NM and Aletha Whitley and her mother Peggy Whitley of Roswell, NM; brother: Ronald William Whitley of Hurley, NM; four grandchildren, and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins.

His father Ronald “Ron” Whitley and an uncle who was like a second father, Donald Whitley, preceded him in death. 

David was an honest and hardworking man.  A natural born leader, he worked in management in many jobs he held throughout his life.  Most recently, he was a manager at a television station.  In addition to playing guitar, he enjoyed building hotrods and computers.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date in Silver City, NM.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa, TX.  Online condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com.

David’s family would like to express their gratitude to the many medical professionals of Midland and Odessa who cared for David.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations in memorial of David be made to:  The American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org, 10 Desta Drive # 120b, Midland, TX, 79705; or to the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org, 4200 W. Illinois Ave, Midland, TX 79703.  

Laura Jeanette Steele

Ms. Laura (Laurie) Steele passed away Monday, August 09, 2010 at her residence, leaving behind her parents, two brothers, a son and daughter, and grandchildren.  She also left behind her beloved and loyal companion of many years:  Ernest Badillo.

We extend our most sincere thanks to all the nurses at Medical Center Hospital and Kristion of Star Hospice for the loving care they gave to us in our time of need.

Laurie spent a large portion of her life working in the construction trade.  Her most memorable experience was working in Myrtle Beach, S.C. following a hurricane.  She owned a cabinet and furniture finishing business in Birmingham, Alabama until moving to the Midland/Odessa area where she worked for ECISD for several years doing what she excelled at and loved best.

She was a compassionate person, touching many lives and helping them in any way she could in every place she went.  She will be greatly missed by her beloved Persian cat Stasha.  She was a cat whisperer of sorts and that was her greatest passion in life:  raising Persian cats and teaching them to fetch (among other tricks.)

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Waldene McSpadden Crane

Waldene McSpadden Crane passed from this life on Sunday, August 8, 2010 in Colorado City, TX. She was born on September 24, 1943 to Walter Clay and Pansy McSpadden. Her childhood was spent in Rankin. They later moved to Odessa where she graduated from Ector High School in 1961 and later attended San Angelo Jr. College. She was married to Robert Ross Crane of Richland Springs for 38 years.

She is survived by her sister: Ann Batson of Hobbs, NM; four children: Leslie Fowler of Panama, OK, Kylene Gould of Chicago, IL, Shaunna Miller and Robert Clay Crane, both of Odessa; five grandchildren: Heather Roson, Ross Mayhugh, Daphnee Miller, Tess Jones and Kizzie Wilson.

Waldene served as president of Woodmen of the World, Lodge 1535 for 12 years and was secretary for 12 years. She was president of West Texas Gem and Mineral Society for 16 years and was a lifetime member. She was the president of Prospector Club of Odessa for 11 years and was a lifetime member as well.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Jimmy Braswell officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday at Rankin Cemetery with Pastor Matt Williams officiating. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Woodmen of the World Lodge 1535 located at 3555 West 16th Street in Odessa at 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 12th. The family asks that memorials be given to Home Hospice or the Humane Society of Odessa. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


Maria (Luevano) Castaneda

Maria (Luevano) Castaneda, age 46, passed from this life on Monday, August  9, 2010, at her home in San Angelo, TX.  She was born in Mexico.  She was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memory are her mother:  Maria (Hernandez) Castaneda of Odessa; four daughters:  Janie Castaneda of Odessa, Cristal Castaneda of San Angelo, Jennifer Castaneda of Odessa, and JoAnn Castaneda of San Angelo; two sons:  Jesus Castaneda and Jose Castaneda, both of Odessa; five sisters:  Delfina Luevano and Manuela Luevano, both of Mexico, Lola Luevano of Oklahoma, and Estelle Martinez and Ana Vasquez, both of Odessa; two brothers:  Miguel Luevano and Felix Luevano, both of Odessa; and twelve grandchildren.     

Her father: Guadalupe Luevano, brother:  Juan Luevano, and two grandchildren precede her in death.

Rosary will be 7:30 pm Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at St Anthony Catholic Church at 2:00 PM Thursday, August 12, 2010, Father Mark Miller officiating.  Interment will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Norma Argumaniz

Norma Argumaniz, age 59, of Monahans, passed away on Monday, August 9, 2010, at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born in Sierra Blanca, TX on February 26, 1951 to Jose Nicholas Argumaniz and Antonia (Navarette) Argumaniz.  She was a tax assessor and a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her mother:  Antonia Argumaniz of El Paso; grandmother:  Pilar Juarez Navarette of El Paso;  two daughters: Monika Canaba-Bates and husband Jodee Bates of Monahans and Malena Canaba of Las Cruces, NM; several brothers and sisters; and seven grandchildren.       

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Odessa. 

Keith Huddleston

Keith Huddleston, 54, commonly known as "Red" to friends all over Texas, died on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, after a long and hard-fought battle with colon cancer.

Keith was born June 28, 1956, to Glenn and Lilly Huddleston in Levelland, Texas. He married Kristie Turner on October 10, 1986. Keith had worked as a truck driver in the oilfields for over 35 years in Levelland, Abilene, and Odessa, Texas.

Survivors include: wife, Kristie Huddleston; son, Zackary Keith Huddleston; daughters, Lillian Kaye Hood and Emily Kate Huddleston; and two grandchildren, LLia Kaye Hood and Caleb Jackson Hood, all of Odessa; brother, Mike Huddleston of Belton; and sisters, Sherry Burroughs of Odessa, Tammy Wright of Denton, Jan Blackmon of Fort Worth, and Gina Wade of Cleburne. Many dear and close friends also mourn this great loss.

Keith was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Odessa. 
Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Bernie Leroy Lynch

Bernie Leroy Lynch, age 81, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Katy, TX. Bernie was born on March 13, 1929 in Mt. Carmel, IL to John Earl Lynch and Mildred (Hunt) Lynch. He was a hard working man, beginning work at a young age and working in the oilfield most of his life. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his three sons: Richard Lynch of Denton and Johnny and Dale Lynch, both of Odessa; three daughters: Linda Fulkerson of Spring, TX, Doris Festerman of Shreveport, LA and Laura Kerby of Houston; one brother: Jack L. Sheridan of Terre Haute, IN; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. 

Those preceding him in death include his parents, his wife:  Clara Lynch, two brothers: Donald and Tommy Lynch and one sister: Betty Mae. 

Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00 am Monday, August 16, 2010 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Albert Earl Gibson (Hansen)

Albert Earl Gibson (Hansen) was born on March 5, 1924 in Henryetta, OK.   He was a great high school athlete, involved in football, track, and boxing.  He advanced to Golden Gloves in Ft. Worth.  Albert graduated from Monahans High School in 1942, and entered the US Army in 1943.  He also boxed in the military at Ft. Bliss and was a military policeman.  He was honorably discharged in November of 1944.  He then went on to work as a carpenter and work in the oilfields of West Texas.

Albert passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital.  Memorial services will be 3:00 pm Monday, August 16, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Clay Porter.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and online condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com.

He is preceded in death by his parents:  Alvin Wade Hansen and Serena Gibson Hansen; a son:  Grady Earl Gibson; and a brother:  Wayne Hansen.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his daughter:  Karen O’Quinn of Abilene; son:  Keith Gibson (Stephanie) of Apache Junction, AZ; sister:  Norma Drennon (Bob) of Midland; and six grandchildren:  Donald Depew, and Ryan, Gina, Dani, Cori, and Chole Gibson. 

Darrell Evert Wood

Darrell Evert Wood, age 72, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, August 13, 2010 at his Odessa home.  He was born in Moran, TX on March 20, 1938 to Troy Leonard Wood and Doris (McCollum) Wood and graduated from OHS in 1956. He was a US Army Veteran.  He put in over 20 years with B & B Construction and retired from Citgo Pipeline after 23 years of service. He was an active member of the Central Baptist Church and loved his church family. 

Darrell married Evelyn Lee Coble on December 24, 1959 in Notrees, TX.  They enjoyed over 50 years together, raising three sons.  He loved his family wholeheartedly and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He had two devoted dogs “Prissy” and “Harry” who loved him, and is now together with “Bandit” (a beloved companion of 18 years).  

Mr. Wood was a member of the Eagles Lodge #2914 of Odessa.  He was an outdoorsman, who liked to hunt and fish.  He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and football.  He was a huge Broncos fan and also a big fan of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Sr. and any team that opposed the Dallas Cowboys was his favorite. J 

He is survived by his wife:  Evelyn Wood of Odessa; their sons:  Darrell “Dee” Wood, Cecil Wood and wife Rosa, and John Wood, all of Odessa; two brothers:  Garland Wood of San Augustine and Richard Keith Wood and wife Ysun of Odessa; sister:  Jan Shelby and husband Charles; two grandchildren:  Jacquelynn Dorman and husband Joe, and Samantha Wood, all of Odessa; and two great-grandchildren:  Jadence Carrasco and Brady Dorman, both of Odessa. And many other family members, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers:  Weldon and Ronald; and his sister:  Glenda. 

 A family visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, August 16, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Vaughny Taylor.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and online condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a contribution to Central Baptist Church or the American Lung Association.  


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