Obituaries 2012

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Morris Reid Smith, Jr
Morris Reid Smith, Jr.
Morris Reid Smith, Jr. passed from his earthly bounds on October 10, 2012, at the Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was surrounded by his family in his final days as he drifted into the arms of the Lord.

Morris was born to Mildred and Morris R. Smith in Ector County Texas, on September 17, 1933. He graduated from Odessa High School and married Mary Catherine Welborn on February 8, 1952. He served our country in the US Army from 1957 to 1959, and was called to serve again from 1961 to 1962. He later earned an Associates of Arts degree from Odessa College.

Morris had many careers over the years. He spent many days away from home toiling in the oil fields. Later in life he had an insurance sales business and owned several rental properties where he worked tirelessly up until almost the very end. He loved laughter, and loved to make people laugh. He went so far as saying to his grand-daughters while on his death bed, "I don't get out much anymore." which turned a tearful situation into laughter. He always entertained his family with stories and tall-tales, and although no one will ever be able to sort out the fact from the fiction. One thing no one ever doubted was that he loved God, his family and his country. He loved politics and writing letters to the editor. He even threw his hat into the ring in a race for Justice of the Peace back in the 70's, where he earned his nickname, The Judge. Morris taught his grandchildren to fish and hunt and shared his love of the old style country music. He also enjoyed working on his own vehicles and gadgets. He fancied himself quite the southern engineer.

He was currently a member of Sherwood Church of Christ where he loved to sing songs of praise.

Morris is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine, three children, Marilyn Smith Hancock and husband Roger of Odessa; Morris Alfred "Al" Smith and wife Tammy of Odessa; and Marci Smith Key of Houston. Grandpa is also survived by his ten beloved grandchildren, Melissa Hancock Williams, Jon-Eric Hancock, Megan Smith, Asia Smith, Michelle Escobedo, Austin Escobedo, Justin Escobedo, Brandon Hollis, Nicholas Davis and Dillon (Doc) Davis and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jim Smith, and sister, Charlsie Fisher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Doris Foote and Emily Smith.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Sherwood Church of Christ, 4900 Dixie Boulevard, Monday, October 15, 2012, at 2:00 PM, officiated by Brother Lynn Money. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at acreswestfuneral.com.

Anthony “Tony” McLaughlin
Anthony “Tony” McLaughlin, age 50, died Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Hospice House. He was born in Grand Forks, ND on October 16, 1961. He was a mechanic with Spearman Radiator and Supply.

Graveside Memorial services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

James Edward Elmore
James Edward Elmore
James Edward Elmore, age 79, of Lindsay, Okla., passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Sienna Care Center in Odessa, Texas. He was born in Lindsay, Okla. on September 24, 1933 to the late Newt and Estelle (Julian) Elmore. James married Maggie Jackson on April 7, 1956 in Oklahoma. James was a US Army veteran of the Korean War, where he was a paratrooper. He was a machinist and a 32nd Degree Master Mason. James and Maggie were members of Erin Springs Church of God in Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife: Maggie Elmore of Odessa; two daughters: Patricia Haddock and husband Darrell of Odessa and Sharon Pasley and husband Vic of Veneta, Ore.; sister: Donnie Mauldin of Wynnewood, Okla.; brother: John Elmore of Madill, Okla.; three grandchildren: Crystal Vargas and husband Frank, Michele Haddock and husband Ivan, and Jenney Pasley; three great-grandchildren: Makailey Vargas, Alex Vargas, and Dakota Haddock; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

In addition to his parents, James is preceded in death by two brothers: Newt and Eugene; and his sister: Lena Mae.

A visitation will be held Sunday afternoon, October 14, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Burial will be Oklahoma at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. Condolences to the family may be sent online at acreswestfuneral.com

Sebastian N. Salcido
Sebastian N. Salcido, age 54, of Monahans, Texas, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born in Pecos on May 6, 1958 to the late Felix and Andrea (Rodriguez) Salcido.

Sebastian loved to cook, especially barbequing outside. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He grew up in the oilfied and worked as a roustabout. He truly enjoyed his work.

He is survived by his son: Harvey Granado of California; sister: Elvia Rodriguez of Las Cruces, NM; three brothers: Felix Salcido, Florentino Salcido, and Samuel Salcido, all of Pecos; his former wife: Polly Chandler of Pecos; and three grandchildren.
His parents: Felix and Andrea Salcido; two brothers: Henry and Ernesto Salcido; and one sister: Eloisa Rodriguez, preceded him in death.

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

Esperanza (Huerta) Barraza
Esperanza (Huerta) Barraza, age 58, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on May 28, 1954. She was a housekeeper.

She is survived by her daughter: Teresa Barraza of Loving, NM; two sons: Carlos Huerta and Jesus Barraza, both of Odessa; three sisters: Martha Hernandez of Booker, TX, Rosa Arras of Odessa, and Irma Huerta of Dallas; three brothers: Arturo Huerta, Jose Luis Huerta, and Roberto Huerta, all of Odessa; four grandchildren: Jesus, Jasmine, Lorena, and Ivan; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Elauterio and Severa (Romero) Huerta; husband: Tomas Barraza; daughter: Lorena Barraza; and one brother: Arnulfo Huerta.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral services will be at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel at 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Pastor Humberto Porras officiating. Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.

Virginia Valenzuela
Virginia Valenzuela, age 90, of Odessa, passed from this life on Monday, October 15, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Stores, Utah on September 9, 1922. She was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by five daughters: Clara Nunez of Praxedis G. Guerro, Mexico, and Paula Ruiz, Genoveva Fuentes, Genoveva Herrera and Sylvia Santamaria, all of Odessa; five sons: Gregorio Valenzuela of El Paso, and Socorro Valenzuela, Inocensio Valenzuela, Antonio Valenzuela, and Jose Angel Valenzuela, all of Odessa; thirty-five grandchildren; fifty-five great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Camilo and Concepcion (Jimenez) Guerrero; husband: Inocensio Valenzuela (Jan. 2, 1968); one son: Augustine Valenzuela; and one daughter: Carmelita Valenzuela.

Rosary will be said at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 7:00 pm Tuesday evening, October 16, 2012. Funeral Mass will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 17, 2012, Father Joe Uecker officiating. Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.

Angelita (Santos) Sanchez

Angelita (Santos) Sanchez, age 87, of Midland, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Terrace West Nursing and Rehabilitation in Midland.  She was born in Del Rio, TX on October 6, 1925 to the late Nemesio and Petra (Hernandez) Santos.  She married Felipe Sanchez in Acuña, Mexico and they enjoyed 48 years together before his passing on March 30, 2009.  She was a Jehovah’s Witness.

Angelita was a caregiver at heart.  She loved to cook and you never left her home hungry.  Even if you didn’t want to eat, she would insist and be offended if you did not sit and enjoy a meal.  She was always happy and had an unforgettable laugh.  A devoted grandmother, she loved being around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Angelita enjoyed dancing.

She is survived by her daughter:  Maria C. Sorola and husband Jose of Midland; four sisters:  Juanita Santos and Maria De Jesus, both of Acuña, Mexico and Cruzita Nieto and Paula Baeza, both of Del Rio; two grandchildren and  eight great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brother:  Jose Santos and sister:  Christina Espinoza.

Graveside services will be at Crane Cemetery at 2:00 pm Monday, October 22, 2012.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.

Elizabeth Ann Sanders

Elizabeth Ann Sanders, 65, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012. She was born January 29, 1947 in Waco, Texas. She was worked as a secretary for Shamrock Steel.

Survivors are her son: Joseph “Joe” Michael Deitrick of Denver, Colorado; sister: Freda Pitts of Snyder, Texas; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.  

Lila Ray Garza Rivera

Baby Lila Ray Garza Rivera came into this life and departed this life on October 17, 2012 at Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa.

Survivors are her parents: Isidora and Angel Rivera of Odessa; Maternal Grandparents: Diana Garza and Monico Orona of Odessa; Paternal Grandparents: Esmeralda Flores of Odessa  and Freddy Rivera and Yolanda Rodriguez of Odessa.

Graveside Services are scheduled for 9:00 am Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery officiated by Father Joe Uecker.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.  

Shirley Ann Kinman Jones

Shirley Ann Kinman Jones, 73, of Odessa passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Hospice House in Odessa. She was born in Sylvester, Texas on March 20, 1939 to Lois McElyea. Shirley met the love of her life, Royce Jones, in Gardendale, Texas. They spent 26 wonderful married years together.

Shirley was the type of person who loved Sunday night football and the Dallas Cowboys. So much so that she lived and breathed The Cowboys!  She loved to cook and decorate which made Thanksgiving and Christmas the best time of year for her. On tv her favorite shows were Dancing With The Stars, Big Brother and old cowboy movies. Some of her most favorite singers were George Strait, Brooks and Dunn, and Alan Jackson, of which, she loved Alan’s legs. One of her favorite songs thru the years was "Three Wooden Crosses". Shirley’s dogs, cats and chickens were also special to her but of all the things in life her kids and grandkids (family) was the most precious. She loved them all and they loved her in return.  She will be missed.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband: Royce Jones of Odessa; sons: Kenneth and wife Becky Kinman of Effingham, Illinois and Russell Dayle Carter (great grandson) of Odessa; daughters: Sheila Ann Tuck of Andrews, Laura Tucker of Odessa, Rene Johnson and husband R.P.  of Midland; brother: Jim McElyea and wife Hughlene of Jacksonville, Florida; sisters: Eilizabeth”Liz” Harris of Odessa and Pat Story and husband Bill of Odessa; 15 grandchildren: Nicole, William, Raye Anne, Tony, Matthew, Stephanie, Amber, Ashley, J.D., Kristie, Audra, Shad Michael, Brady, and Braliegh; 29 Great Grandchildren and one on the way.

Shirley is preceded in death by her Mother: Lois McElyea; Daughters: Karen DeLisa Collins and Debbie Jo Brasuel.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Jess Little.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at acreswestfuneral.com.

Donations may be made in Shirley’s memory to Hospice House of Odessa located at 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, Texas 79761 or American Cancer Society located at 811 Central Drive, Odessa, Texas 79761.

Valda Ruth Geer

Valda Ruth Geer, 58, of Odessa passed away on October 22, 2012 at Hospice House of Odessa. She was born February 13, 1954 in Snyder, Texas to John C. Moore and Valda G. Gregory Moore.  She worked as a caregiver at a daycare.

Survivors are her sons: Sean Geer and Robin Geer, both of Odessa; and two grandchildren.       

A Memorial Service will be at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Sylvia Lynn Norvell

Sylvia Lynn Norvell, 57, of Odessa died October 21, 2012 at Deerings Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born October 25, 1954 in Big Spring, Texas.  She was a housewife.

Survivors are her husband: Randell Norvell of Andrews; Son: Randy Lynn Norvell of Andrews; Brother: Johnny Lee Majors of Odessa; Sisters: Brenda Garms of Odessa and Diana Russell of Paris, Texas; and four Grandchildren.

Memorial Services are scheduled for 10:45 am, Thursday, October 25, 2012 at First Christian Church, 601 N. Lee, Odessa, officiated by Reverend Diana Russell. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Larry Gayle Brindle, Jr.

Larry Gayle Brindle, Jr., age 36, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Odessa.  He was born in Andrews, TX on August 17, 1976.  Mr. Brindle owned and operated Larry's Lawn Service.  He attended Grace Fellowship Church. 

Larry was a tinkerer.  He could make things and fix anything that is broken.  He was a collector of old glass bottles and vintage sports memorabilia.  Larry was a born problem solver and could find anything.  Most importantly, he had a huge heart and loved to make others happy.  He was very family oriented and was devoted to his kids. 

He is survived by his wife:   Shara Brindle of Odessa; father:   Larry Brindle, Sr. and wife Arita of Odessa; mother:  Brenda Richardson and husband Ronny of Odessa; two sons:  Austin Brindle and Adam Brindle, both of Odessa; grandparents:  Joe and Lorana Dobbs of Conroe and Bill and Patsy Brindle of Odessa; two sisters:  Julia Carrillo and husband Isaac Cole of Odessa and Starla Richardson of Texarkana; four brothers:  Patrick Brindle and wife Jana of Sargent, TX, Cristopher Brindle and Dustin Brindle, both of Midland, and Jet Richardson and wife Brooke of Texarkana. 

Graveside services will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 25, 2012, Pastor Robert Lamb, Jr. officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

 
 
 

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