Obituaries 2010

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David Wilbur Kuhlmann

David Wilbur Kuhlmann, age 67, passed from this life on Friday, September 3, 2010 at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Auburn, NE on August 3, 1943 to Wilbur and Eileen Kuhlmann.  He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Before moving to Odessa, he was a Captain in the Nebraska National Guard.  David owned and operated Kuhlmann Construction in Odessa since 1974.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #0430 and member and past president of Eagles Lodge #2914.

He is survived by his wife:  Nancy Kuhlmann of Odessa; two sons:  David Kuhlmann and wife Janna and Bradley Scott Kuhlman and wife Myra, all of Odessa; daughter:  Shari Kuhlmann of Odessa;  step-son:  James  Mahan and wife Michelle of Odessa; step-daughters:  Terri Marshall and husband Les of San Antonio and Debbie Stevenson of Austin; two brothers:  Darold Kuhlmann and wife Betty of Horseshoe Bend, ID and Dale Kuhlmann and wife Glenda of Emmett, ID; sister:  Sandra Sasser and husband Don of Emmett, ID; brothers-in-law:  Leonard Betzel and wife Cathy of California and Russell Betzel and wife Doris of Kansas City, KS;  sister-in-law:  Linda Else of Odessa; fifteen grandchildren:  Joe Dorman and wife Jacquelynn, Jayson Dorman, Brianna Kuhlmann, Aiden Kuhlmann, Clayton Jones, Casey Jones, Michael D. Bell, Leslie Marshall, Amy Anderson and husband Jason, Ashley Marshall, Grant Marshall, Kristin Cowan, Andrew Mahan, Dylan Mahan, and Kolten Mahan; two great-grandsons:  Brady Dorman and Zachary Marshall; four nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services with military honors will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jerry Bagwell.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be J.J. Price, Chris Price, Tim Wimberly, Jim Wimberly, Carlos Loya, and Brian Hodges.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Esperanza Escarcega Rivas

Esperanza Escarcega Rivas, age 84, passed away on her birthday, Friday, September 3, 2010, at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Ruidosa, TX to Francisco and Ladislada Rivas.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her five daughters:  Teresa Baeza of Levelland, and Juana Ruiz , Frances Sanchez , Esperanza Gardea, and Adela Escarcega, all of Odessa; five sons:  Jose Escarcega , Ismael Escarcega , Manuel Escarcega , Lalo Escarcega, and Cesar Escarcega, all of Odessa; one brother:  Manuel Rivas of Hobbs, NM; twenty-nine grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Her parents, husband:  Palacido Escarcega, son:  Jesus Escarcega, grandson:  Alexis Sanchez, and siblings:  Francisco Rivas, Jr, Alfonso Rivas, Eloy Rivas, Jesus Rivas, Pilar Rivas, and Lupe Acosta, precede her in death. 

Rosary will be held at 7:30 pm Monday, September 6, 2010 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Church at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 7, 2010 , Father Joe Uecker officiating.  Interment will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Amy Jo (Autry) Jimenez
Amy Jo (Autry) Jimenez, of Odessa, passed away suddenly Sunday, September 5, 2010, in Odessa at the age of 32.  She was born in El Paso on October 29, 1977 to Francisco "Frank" Autry and Josefina Lugo Tello.  She was an LVN.  She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, niece, aunt, and friend, who left behind a beautiful Christian example to her girls.

Graveside services will be at 10 am Friday, September 10, 2010 at the Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband: Efrain Jimenez; daughters: Jasmine, Krystal, and Kimberley, her mother: Josie Lugo, brothers:  Roy and Ricky Autry, step-sister:  Samantha and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Libby Monique (Wilson) Hancock

Libby Monique (Wilson) Hancock, age 61, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Monahans, TX on July 24, 1949 to John Thomas Wilson and Dona Frances (Burrow) Wilson.  She was a Certified Medical Assistant and Certified Nurse’s Assistant in home healthcare. 

She was a good cook and an animal lover.   She had cats and a beloved dog, “Laila”.  She raised her children on her own, and worked hard, raising other children also.  Everyone knew her as “Mom”.  She had a contagious laugh and a great sense of humor.  She loved all of her patients and they loved her in return.  Although she seemed to get the most difficult patients, they always ended up loving her.

Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters:  Brandi Trotter and husband Rusty and Stormy (Lovey) Pittman and partner Barbara Wolff; two sons:  Duane Hancock and Kevin Hancock and wife Faith McClaskey, all of Odessa; one sister:  Linda Kay Butts of Euless; brother:  John Mark Wilson and wife Debbie of Burleson; three grandchildren:  Kamon (Tooter) Trotter, Shelby (Diva) Dawn Trotter, and Trevor James McClaskey; and her bestest friend:  Tricia Bentley of Odessa.

Memorial donations in her name may be made to the Humane Society of Odessa, 7012 W. Mockingbird Ln. Odessa, TX 79763, website: http://odessahumanesociety.org/ .

Memorial services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 2:00 pm Monday, September 13, 2010, Chaplain Johnny Touchstone officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Gerardo Acosta

Gerardo Acosta, age 86, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Las Pocitas, Mexico on October 3, 1923.  He was a laborer.  He was Catholic.

He is survived by his two daughters:  Edelmira Hernandez of Odessa and Lorena Herrera of Midland; two sons:  Rene Acosta Levario and Fernando Acosta Levario, both of Odessa; four sisters:  Petronila Sanchez, Cruz Acosta, Chela Acosta, and Erminia Acosta, all of Mexico; one brother:  Manuel Acosta of Mexico; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. 

His parents:  Jorge Acosta and Teresa Polanco Contreras Acosta, and his wife:  Amanda Levario Acosta, precede him in death.

Rosary was said 7:30 pm Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Thursday, September 9, 2010, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Father Arturo Pestin.  Pallbearers will be Fernando Acosta, Rene Acosta, Enrique Hernandez, Eli Aranda, Luis Herrera, and Edgar Morales. Interment will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Anita S. Johnson

Anita S. Johnson, age 60, of Odessa, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at Hospice House in Odessa.  She was born in Indianapolis, IN on December 6, 1949.  She was a purchasing agent.

She is survived by four daughters:  Barbara Norris of Odessa, Debbie Johnson of Fort Worth, Paula Mayes of Odessa, and Stephanie Haveman of Fort Stockton; one son:  Richard Johnson of Odessa; one sister:  Lisa Haber of Pensacola, Fla.; four brothers:  David Hicks of Beaver Dam, Wis., Robert Hicks of Pensacola, Fla., Buddy Hicks of Orlando, Fla., and Larry Hicks of Pensacola, Fla.; and six grandchildren.        

Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 10:00 am Saturday, September 11, 2010, officiated by Pastor Mike Wright.  Interment will be at Seagraves Cemetery in Seagraves, Texas.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Mere words are inadequate to express our gratitude to everyone who shared our sorrow during the loss of our loved one.  To each and every one who has helped us through these days of grief with beautiful flowers, food, words of sympathy, and messages of kindness, we can only say, “Thank you so much.” 

We send out special thanks to Superior Controls, Hospice House, Home Hospice, Mike Wright, Jimmy Braswell, Dale’s Print and Copy, and Acres West Funeral Chapel  for all that you have done. 

~ The Family of Anita S. Johnson

 
John Settle Bostick, Jr.

John Settle Bostick, Jr., age 59, passed away on September 8, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Rotan, TX on October 16, 1950 to John S. Bostick and Geneva Bostick.  He was a welder for Holloman Construction Company for 20 years.  He was a member of the First Church of God and had been a resident of Odessa for the past 55 years. 

He is survived by his father:  John S. Bostick of Roscoe; son:  John T. Bostick and wife Mary of Lewisville; daughter:  Jennifer Bostick of Frisco; sister:  Dianna Heady and husband Richard of Roscoe; brother:  Mack Bostick and wife Martha of College Station; five grandchildren:  Devin, Kaylee, Jeimy and Taylor of Lewisville and Jada of Frisco; and his ex-wife:  Debbie Bolgiano of Arlington. 

His mother:  Geneva Bostick (who passed away on January 11, 1999) and an infant son:  Jasen Bostick, precede him in death. 

Visitation in Odessa will be Friday, September 10, 2010 from 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 8 am until the services.  Funeral services will be 3 pm Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Jerry Patterson.  Visitation in Sweetwater will be from 8 am to 12:30 pm Sunday, September 12, 2010 at McCoy Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Round Mountain Cemetery in Fisher County, Texas.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater.

Billy Ray Mantooth

Billy Ray Mantooth, age 80, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Hugo, OK on January 6, 1930 to William Rae Mantooth and Maudie Mae (Banks) Mantooth .  He was a retired US Army Veteran.   

He is survived by his wife:  Joyce Mantooth of Odessa; sons: Billy W. Mantooth of San Antonio and Mike Moore of Austin; daughter:  Oma Lynn Ellis of Colorado Springs; step-sons:  Dave Savage of Odessa and Dickie Criswell of Del Rio, TX; step-daughter:  Tony Clark of Lubbock; four sisters:  Fairy Mantooth of Odessa, Margaret Webb of Irving, Billie Patterson of Mt. Pleasant, and Bobbie Feemster of Iowa Park; five brothers:   James Mantooth of White House, Donnie Mantooth of Tyler, Jimmy Mantooth of Tyler, John Perkins of Odessa and Terry Perkins of Odessa; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. 

His parents:  Willie Rae and Maudie Mae Mantooth, son:  Mark Mantooth, sister:  Tommie Mantooth, and brother:  Troy Mantooth, all precede him in death. 

Family visitation at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 6 to 8:00 pm.  Graveside services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

 
Irma Jean (Clark) Wood

Irma (Clark) Wood, age 59, passed from this life on Sunday, September 12, 2010 at her home.  She was born in Booneville, MO on December 22, 1950 to Ulyses Grant Clark, Jr. and Betty Lou (Bailey) Clark.  She married Fred Wood on October 23, 1970 in Odessa.  She was a US Air Force medic in Vietnam.

She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.  Tiffany, Ace, and Caitlin were particularly close to her heart.  She mothered everyone around her and had a deep love for all living creatures great and small.  She was a foster mother for abandoned kittens; bottle feeding many, nursing them to health and preparing them for loving homes through Paws Cat Rescue Haven House.  Her loving nature made her invaluable to her family and grandbabies and a joy to all who met her.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband:  Fred L. Wood, Jr. of Odessa; three sons:  Fred Wood III and wife Trish of Odessa, Josiah Wood of Odessa, and Jacob Wood of Victorville, CA; three daughters:  Christina Flowers of Lubbock, Vanessa Boland and husband Curtis of Pampa, and Catherine Watkins of Odessa; two sisters:  Wanda Lackey and Vickie Lee, both of Odessa; and eleven grandchildren:  Heather Conkle, Veronica Conkle, Tiffany Britton, Destinee Conkle, Ace Britton, Colby Boland, Caitlin Wood, Hanna Boland, Jordan Watkins, Samantha Watkins, and Gracyn Boland.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Donny Kyker.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and online condolences may be sent at acreswestfuneral.com.

Irma carried a burden in her heart for the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people, donating money and adopting families to rescue.  The family would appreciate your donations, in lieu of flowers, to:  Bridges for Peace, PO Box 33145, Tulsa, OK 74153.

The family sends out heartfelt thanks to Home Hospice for their loving care. 

Doreen Cooper Griffith

Doreen Cooper Griffith, age 87, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2010.  She was born October 1, 1922, in Leicester, England, but spent most of her childhood in Melbourne, Australia.  She worked on an Army base during WWII where she met American G.I. Lloyd Cooper, whom she married on December 20, 1942.  With her toddler son in tow, she came to the United States as a war bride in 1945, traveling on the SS Monterey and settling in Arkansas where a daughter and second son were born.  The family moved to Odessa in 1961, and Mr. Cooper passed away in 1965.  She was then married to W. A. Griffith in 1966 until his passing in 1980. 

She had various jobs after moving to Odessa, but one of her proudest achievements was managing the gift shop at Odessa Women’s & Children’s Hospital for 25 years.  She worked until she was 80 years old. 

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was an artist at heart and enjoyed expressing herself through ceramics, stained glass and painting; she also loved teaching painting to those who shared her passion.  She was an accomplished knitter, having learned that skill as a child, and especially enjoyed knitting baby blankets and caps for the hospital auxiliary infant bereavement project. 

Mourning her loss and cherishing her memory are her family:  Son Dennis Cooper and wife Janet, daughter Suzanne Walters and husband Robert, son Brian Cooper and wife Rhonda, step-son John Griffith and wife Kathy; grandchildren Laura Durrenberger, Richard Walters, Jeremy Walters, Ross Walters, Jorge Cooper, Dennis Cooper, Josh Walters, Adam Cooper, Randa Keith, Lindsay Cooper, Chrissie Cooper, and Carla Cooper; great-grandchildren Paige, Kaitlyn, Cody, Sophia, Ty, Preslee, Gage, Thomas, Colin, and Koda.  She was preceded in death by her husbands and great-grandson Gary Durrenberger. 

The family will celebrate her life with an informal come-and-go gathering at Chapel Hill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, September 25 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.  Friends are invited to drop by to share their memories of her with the family.


Mary Torres

Macaria “Mary” Torres, age 62, passed from this life on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  She was born in Colorado City, TX on October 8, 1947 to Jose and Juanita (Fierro) Vasquez.  She was a housekeeper.  She was a member of the Revelation 21 Church. 

Mary is survived by her husband:  Gerardo Torres of Odessa; mother:  Juanita Vasquez of Ft. Worth; son:  Carlos Rocha of Odessa; three daughters:  Amy Rocha, JoAnn Rocha, and Debbie Rocha, all of Odessa; four brothers:  Andy Vasquez, Charlie Vasquez, and Valentine Vasquez, all of Odessa and Joe Vasquez of Newton, KS; five sisters:  Felisa Heredia, Maria Talavera, Lupe Martinez, all of Odessa and Juanita Vasquez and Irene Guzman, both of Ft. Worth; sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services are set for 2 pm Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Eva Arevalo.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Alonzo A. Sanchez

Alonzo A. Sanchez, age 40, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Odessa on September 8, 1970 to Adalberto R. Sanchez and Hortencia (Covos) Sanchez.  He was an oilfield laborer.

He is survived by his mother:  Hortencia Sanchez of Odessa; five sisters:  Alice Cedillos and husband Frank, and Delia Ortiz and husband Robert, all of Odessa, Bertha Patino and husband Lucio of Phoenix, Ariz., Dora Abila and husband Ismael, and Olga Mata, all of Odessa; three brothers:  Sonny Sanchez and Orlando Sanchez and wife Joanna, all of Odessa, and Joel Sanchez and wife Xochilt of Midland; and numerous nieces and nephews.      

Rosary will be said 7:00 PM Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral services will be at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel at 2:00 PM Monday, September 20, 2010, Fr. Joe Uecker officiating.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Richard Dwayne Curtis

Richard Dwayne Curtis, age 60, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at Hospice House.  He was born in Sweetwater, TX on September 23, 1949 to Bradley and Ruth Eleanor (Morrow) Curtis.  He was an oilfield truck driver. 

He is survived by his daughter:  Missy Shepherd and husband Otis of Midland; two sons:  Clifton Bradley Curtis of Midland and Michael Paul Curtis of LaGrange; one sister:  Betty Posey of Post; and four grandchildren. 

His parents and his wife:  Billie Marie (Tindol) Curtis, precede him in death.

Graveside services will be 10 AM Monday, September 20, 2010, at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Johnny Touchstone.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

 
James Loyd Billings, Sr.

James Loyd Billings, Sr., age 67, of Odessa, died Friday, September 17, 2010, at Hospice House.  He was born in Odessa  on September 7, 1943 to E.J. and Dorothy Marie (Fowler) Billings.  He was an oilfield laborer. 

He is survived by his son:  James Billings, Jr.; three brothers:  Steve Currie, George Billings,  and David Billings; and five grandchildren; all of Odessa. 

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

Tom H. Prentice

Tom H. Prentice, age 60, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2010, at Hospice House.  He was born in Odessa and was oilfield worker.  He was a US Army Veteran. 

He is survived by his sons:  Jayson Prentice of Odessa and Randy Prentice of San Angelo;  two sisters:  Mary Coats of Temple and Mitzie Baker of Odessa; one brother:  Robert Prentice of Odessa; and two grandchildren.         

Memorial services with military honors will be 6:00 PM Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are being entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 


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