Obituaries 2011

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Thelma Mae Ealey

Thelma Mae Ealey, age 77, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa.  She was born in Pike County, OH on May 14, 1934 to Paul and Hazel Bell (Snively) Ealey.  She was a retired office worker for El Paso ISD.

She is survived by her daughter:  Sheryl L. Meador and husband Gary of Odessa; one sister:  Mary Yoe of Piketon, Ohio; one brother:  Jack Ealey of Chillicothe, Ohio; two grandchildren:  Samantha Meador of Odessa and Dustin Meador of Austin.

Her parents and one nephew:  John Wickline, precede her in death.   

Memorial services will be privately held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

 
Daniel Pete Lam 

Daniel Pete Lam, age 43, passed away at his home in Odessa on Monday, August 29, 2011.  He was born in Torrance, CA on September 27, 1967 to Daniel Albert Lam and Joella Krajak Lam.  He was a long haul truck driver and an oilfield transport driver.  Danny was like his dad and grandpa, a work-a-holic, who truly loved his job.  He was soon to be promoted and was looking forward to becoming a supervisor.  He was very excited about this change.

Danny was a quiet guy who kept to himself; he laughed often and was a happy person.  He loved NASCAR and collected Hot Wheels.  He also loved his Dodge Mirada.

He is survived by his father:  Danny Lam and wife Melissa of Odessa; mother:  Joella Lam of Gardena, CA; step-mom:  Elizabeth Blair Minor of Odessa; three sisters:  Mandi Higgins and husband John and Aspen Taylor Lam, all of Odessa and April Lam of Lawndale, CA; uncles:  Steve Lam of Panguitch, UT, Johnny Lam of Chino Valley, AZ, Bob Lam of Odessa, Alan Lam of Chino Valley, AZ, and Ronny and Roger of California; and two nephews:  Colton Higgins and Grant Higgins; and his faithful companion:  Markie Mae.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Mary Ellen Lam; his grandparents, and his sister:  Lisa.

Funeral services will be 3:00 pm Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Forrest Ray Smith

Forrest Ray Smith, 58 of Alpine, died Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  

Memorial services will be privately held.  Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Odessa handled arrangements. 

Mr. Smith was born June 12, 1953 in Alpine.  He was a longtime resident of Alpine, employed in various occupations over the years. 

Survivors include one daughter:  Dannielle Lewis and husband C.J. of Throckmorton; grandson:  Weston; a brother:  Milton Smith, Jr. and wife Dottie of Alpine; and a sister:  Treva Watson of Sulphur Springs; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Mitch and Marie Smith of Alpine and a brother:  Robert. 

 

Paz Lujan Gaytan

Paz Lujan Gaytan, age 51, of Eunice, NM, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.  He was born in Ojinaga, Mexico on February 26, 1960 to Pedro and Evodia (Lujan) Gaytan.  He was a heavy equipment operator for B&H Construction. 

Survivors are his wife:  Eva Gaytan of Eunice; four sons:  Paz Gaytan of Eunice, Alfonso Gaytan of Odessa, Pedro Gaytan of Eunice, and Raul Gaytan of Ojinaga, MX; two daughters:  Mayra Gaytan of Ojinaga and Bodi Gaytan of Eunice; four brothers:  Felix Gaytan, Anselmo Gaytan, and Sergio Gaytan, all of Eunice, and Pedro Gaytan of Odessa; one sister:  Gloria Gaytan of Midland; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in Ojinaga, Mexico.  Interment will be at Colinas del Eden in Ojinaga.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valles in Ojinaga. 

Josefina Mendoza Nuñez

Josefina Mendoza Nuñez, age 77, of Odessa, died Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa.  She was born in El Paradero, Ojinaga, Mexico on April 19, 1934 to Mercedes Mendoza and Petra (Torres) Mendoza.  She was a homemaker, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters: Hermila Renteria and Yolanda Muñoz, both of Odessa, and Silvia Nuñez of Salt Lake City, UT; sons: Jose Nuñez and Abel Nuñez, both of Odessa, and Adan Nuñez of Salt Lake City, UT; sisters: Manuela Nuñez of Ft Stockton, Juanita Nuñez of Odessa,  Senaida Nuñez of Presidio, and Carlota Nuñez of Jal, NM;  brother: Cruz Nuñez of Jal, NM; 27 grandchildren;  33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren .    

Rosary will be held at 7:30 pm Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 2:30 pm Friday, September 2, 2011, Father Joe Uecker officiating.  Interment will be at Ector County Cemetery in Odessa.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

Buster Tucker Jenkins

Buster Tucker Jenkins, age 60, passed away on Thursday, September 01, 2011 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Urania, LA on December 31, 1950 to Grady and Mae (Newsom) Jenkins.  He was a roughneck.

He is survived by one son:  Buster Lee Jenkins of Giddings, TX; five brothers:  Tommy Tucker, Pokey Tucker, Larry Tucker, Dale Lynch, Sr. and Jimmy McDuffee, all of Odessa; five sisters:  Prissy Holmes of Odessa, Joyce Hooser of Midland, Linda Lynch of Odessa, Bonnie Hudson of Gainesville, and Sandi Tucker of Odessa; and fourteen grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Dewey Blevins.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Roland Dwight Cobb

Roland Dwight Cobb, age 72, passed from this life on Friday, September 02, 2011 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Eunice, NM on May 5, 1939 to the late Charles William Cobb and Boots (Casey) Cobb.  He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1958 to 1965.  Mr. Cobb was also a private and commercial pilot.  He worked as an oilfield truck driver and a heavy equipment operator and cut road in West Odessa.     

Roland was a lovable, generous man, his family’s “Rock”.  He enjoyed fishing and he hunted bear in Alaska and New Mexico.   

Those left to cherish his love and memory include his wife:  Lydia Jane (Blair) Cobb; three sons:  Charles Dwight Cobb, Richard Lee Brown and wife Tina, and Ted Robert Brown, all of Odessa; two daughters:  Amanda Leigh Cobb-Newbrough and Pamela Joy Justice and husband Vitale, all of Odessa; two sisters:  Yvonne Shallenberger and Annie Merchen and husband Lee, all of Tucson, AZ; thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services with military honors will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa, TX, officiated by Pastor Carl Anderson.  Interment will follow in Eunice, NM at Brunson Memorial Cemetery.  Richard Brown, Clovis Aycock, Vitale (Tony) Justice II, Vitale (Butch) Justice, Warren Shay Hall and Jonathan Matthew Lesly will serve as pallbearers.  Ted Robert Brown will be an honorary pallbearer.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Camila Escajeda, 20 minutes old, came for a brief time to this earth and returned to Heaven on September 2, 2011 at Odessa Regional Medical Center.  Her family members attend St. Stephen Catholic Church of Midland. 

She is survived by her parents:  Carlos and Cindy (Navarro) Escajeda of Odessa; paternal grandfather:  Seferino Escajeda of Van Horn; paternal grandmother:  Dulces Escajeda of Van Horn; maternal grandfather:  Manuel Navarro of Coachella, CA; maternal grandmother:  Esperanza Navarro of Coachella, CA; two brothers:  Lucas Escajeda of Odessa and Alex Escajeda of Van Horn; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Graveside services will be 9:30 am Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Deacon Alex Sosa.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Coye Clifford Payne, Jr.

Coye Clifford Payne, Jr. age 67, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Carlsbad, NM on October 30, 1943 to the late Coye C. Payne, Sr. and Clara E. (Daugherity) Payne.  He was a heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by his daughter:  Darlene Ellerd and husband Jamie of Levelland, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

His parents and his wife:  Vickie Payne, precede him in death.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Roy Jones.   

 
Betty Sue Oliver

Betty Sue Oliver, age 64, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She was born in Kermit, TX on October 27, 1946 to Bishop Jr. (Cowboy) Claborn and Loleta Fern (King) Claborn.  She was a homemaker.  She married Joe Oliver in Kermit on November 22, 1965. They shared 45 wonderful years together. She was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church in Odessa.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband: Joe Oliver of Odessa; daughter: Kay Hasson and husband Trevor of Canyon Lake, TX; son: Michael “Mike” Oliver and wife Jutta of DuBois, PA; brothers: Bobby Claborn and wife Linda of Balmorhea, TX and Kenneth Claborn and wife Debby of Odessa, TX; sister:  Beverly Holt and husband Brad of Anna, TX; five grandchildren: Micah Morrison, Jessica Rodriguez, Lyla Oliver, Seth Oliver, and Weston Hasson; and one great-granchild: Isabella Hasson.

Her parents: Bishop Jr. (Cowboy) Claborn and Loleta Fern (King) Claborn precede her in death.   

Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Cecil Maxey.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX. Pallbearers will be Kris Keese, Scott Jannamon, Glenn Ivy, Charley Chaney, Dwayne Freeman and Archie Mann.  Wayde Chaney will be an honorary pallbearer. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.

Opal Jeanne Strother

Long-time Plainview resident Opal J. Strother, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 10, in Odessa, TX.  The family will welcome friends on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Acres West Funeral Home in Odessa from 5-8 p.m.  They will also host a visitation on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Garland Street Church of Christ in Plainview from 6 to 9 p.m.  Graveside services will be held at Plainview Cemetery Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.  She will also be remembered at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ovilla (TX) Church of Christ.

Born March 31, 1920 in Kress, TX, she was the youngest daughter of  Willie G. and Lavica Beck Botts.  Mrs. Strother attended schools in Kress and Plainview, graduating from Plainview High School.  She earned an Associates degree from Wayland Baptist College and later took courses through the American Banking Institute.

Mrs. Strother worked as a bookkeeper for Shepphard Chevrolet and AVC before marrying E. R. “Roe” Strother July 22, 1951.  In 1955, she was employed as a teller by the City National Bank and was later one of the first drive-in tellers.  She retired in 1985 as Assistant Vice President in charge of the Bookkeeping and Proof and Transit Departments after writing the software and overseeing her departments’ conversion to computer.

Mrs. Strother and her husband also owned Strother Flowers and Gifts for several years.  After selling the shop, the Strothers spent most of the year in the Creede, CO, area where she worked at Blue Creek Lodge, while she and her husband served Creede Church of Christ.  In her later years, Mrs. Strother lived with her daughters in Waxahachie and Odessa.

An active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, Mrs. Strother served in several capacities, including president of the organization.  She was active in Girl Scouts, serving as a troop leader and coordinating fund-raising efforts in Plainview.  Mrs. Strother also taught four and five year olds in Sunday School at Garland Street Church of Christ for many years.

She is survived by two daughters and one son: Lavica Anderson and husband Lanny of Odessa, Alice Lane and husband Larry of Midlothian, and Emery Strother, Jr., and wife Shela of Fort Stockton.  Also surviving are her grandchildren: Charles, Henry, and Steven Anderson; Jeanne, Igor, and Sergei Lane; and Trey Vaughn Strother and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Strother was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, sisters, and a neice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Creede Church of Christ, P.O. Box 147, Creede, CO  81130. 

Vernon Milton Seals, Jr.

Vernon Milton Seals, Jr. age 62, passed from this life on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Big Spring, TX on May 11, 1949 to Vernon Milton Seals, Sr. and Lucille (Griffen) Seals.  He was an insurance salesman.

Vernon was a cheerful and loving person.  He loved to get together with friends, have bar-b-ques, and play Bingo.  He was the “Bingo King” of this area.  He always has a good joke to share and used special little sayings unique to him.  He could be counted on for uplifting others with his words and attitude.  Vernon enjoyed reading and loved his Bible.  He was also very interested in politics.

Those left to cherish his memory are six brothers:  Robert Crane, Carl Lindsey, David Cornell, Bert Huff, and Rick Kurtovich, all of Odessa, and James Jones of Andrews; four sisters:  Roberta Valenzuela, Shela Kidd and Toni Cornell, all of Odessa and Marsha Jones of Andrews; and numerous grandchildren.

His parents and sister:  Karen Boone, precede him in death.

Funeral services will be held to honor Vernon’s memory on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 10:00 am at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Rosa Guadalupe (Piña) Villanueva

Rosa Guadalupe (Piña) Villanueva, age 89, of Odessa, passed away on Monday evening, September 12, 2011, at her residence.  She was born in Presidio, TX on December 9, 1921 to the late Manuel and Manuela (Bustamante) Piña.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughter:  Delma Villanueva Gomez of Pecos; five sons:  Artemio Villanueva of Odessa, Carlos Villanueva and Israel Villanueva, both of Presidio, Oscar Villanueva of Odessa, and Eddieberto Villanueva of Pasadena, Texas; four sisters:  Umparo Rodriguez of Pecos, Socorro Navarrete of Ojinaga, Mexico, Lola Rodriguez of Presidio, Delia Baeza of Pasadena, Calif.; four brothers:  Ramon Piña, Salvador Piña, Armando Piña, and Raul Piña, all of Mexico; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at a later date in Mexico.  Interment will be at San Ramon Cemetery in Divisadero, Chihuahua, Mexico.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valles in Ojinaga, Mexico.

David Thomas Pettey

David Thomas Pettey went home to rest with the Lord on September 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm.  He was born in Curryville, MO on November 30, 1938 to Robert L. Pettey and Lena Francis (Staton) Pettey.  He married Molly I. Ritter on July 4, 1980 and they shared many wonderful years together.

He is survived by his wife:  Molly Pettey of Odessa; sons:  Daniel Pettey of Bowling Green, MO, Dennis Pettey of Elsberry, MO, David Lee Ardrey of Hannibal, MO, and Randy Funnell of Odessa; daughters:  Dana Brooks and husband Rusty, Christy Brooks and husband Jeff, all of Hannibal, MO and Sarah Rowena Harrison of Odessa; nieces:  Sherry Ann Moon of Odessa, Darla Ann Moon and Crystal Alderete of Midland; grandchildren:  Robert Lee Ardrey, Sarah Ann Ardrey, Jeffrey Brooks, Jr., Justin Brooks, all of Hannibal, MO, and Dustyn Harrison, Kamryn Harrison, and Landyn Funnell, all of Odessa; and six great-grandchildren.  He had eight siblings:  Billy, Kenneth, and Lloyd Pettey survive him.  He was rejoined in death with three brothers and two sisters:  Gene Pettey, James Pettey, Emma Lucille Schlatter, Roberta Staley, and Robert Taylor Pettey.

Mr. Pettey loved his two Boston terriers:  Mindy Lynn and Bailey and he spoiled them like children.  He had a smile that lit up the room and loved to spend time with family and friends.  A humor that never ended.  He looked forward to picking up his grandkids from daycare and loved a home cooked dinner.  He took pride in what he worked for and what he had.  He enjoyed fishing when he had the chance and loved to be at home.  He once said, “We may not have everything we want – but you can bet we have everything we need!”  He had a golden heart and would never allow someone else to do without.  He was never one to burden someone else with his troubles and had great strength.  He was the backbone of his family.  A man of few words, everyone stopped to listen when he spoke, knowing it would be of importance.  His wisdom was great and he provided invaluable guidance to his children.  Always! He was a loyal friend who will be greatly cherished and missed forever.

The family will meet with friends at the funeral home Thursday evening, September 15, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday, September 16, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Marcos Zuniga.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Brooks, Jr., Al Forte, Bobby Brennan, Daniel Alderete, E.J. Grillo and Efrain Barrigan.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Christopher O’Donnell Stupp

Christopher O’Donnell Stupp, age 46, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2011 in Elk City, OK following a brief illness.  He was born in Bellefonte, PA on June 25, 1965.  He was an oil buyer for Plains Marketing in Odessa and Elk City. 

Chris graduated with honors from the University of Houston and also holds a degree from DeVry Institute. 

He was a wonderful son, loving husband, and outstanding father.  He was also an avid animal lover and Mopar fanatic.

Chris is survived by his wife:  Julie Holdridge Stupp of Odessa; daughter:  Elizabeth Helen Stupp of Odessa; mother:  Victoria O’Donnell of Gallatin Gateway, MT; step-father:  Paul Monaco of Gallatin Gateway, MT; and his brother:  Browning Stupp and wife Shu Ying Stupp of Grand Prairie, TX.

He is preceded in death by his father:  William Stupp and his beloved dog:  Jake.

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Antioch Christian Church, 4040 Maple Avenue, Odessa, officiated by Pastor Matt Wilson.  A second memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 in De Leon, TX. There will be a fellowship held that day at St. Joe’s Baptist Church where Chris and Julie were married at 12:00 pm. A graveside memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm at Oliver Springs Cemetery in De Leon, TX, officiated by Jackie Auvenshine. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

John Carlos Robinson

John Carlos Robinson, age 62, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Alexander City, AL on March 16, 1949.  John married Patricia Wood in Odessa in 1979.  He worked as a self employed machinist.

John loved his children and grandchildren.  He liked to play poker with good friends down at Basin Knights.  He had a passion for cars and was a real “wheeler and dealer”.  He had three beloved dogs:  Precious, Pixie, and Max.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Pat Robinson of Odessa; two sons:  Jory Robinson and wife Kim of San Angelo and Scott Tarrant of Brownwood; daughter:  Johnna Silva of Odessa; two sisters:  Elois Fuller of Alexander City, AL and Virginia Robinson of Wetumpka, AL and seven grandchildren:  Dustin, Kaylee, Brianna, Braydon, Jory Jr., Jesson, and Braylee.

Funeral services will be 4:00 pm Friday, September 16, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

 

 

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