Obituaries 2018

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Bernabe Brito Jr 2018   Bernie Brito Jr 2018
Bernabe "Bernie" Brito, Jr.
Bernabe Brito Jr., 47 of Odessa, TX went home to be with the Lord on January 8th, 2018 with his family and friends by his side. He was born on December 21, 1970 to Bernabe Sr. and Azucena Brito in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico.

He grew up to be a strong, faithful father, son, brother, husband and friend. Despite his sickness, he still managed to make people smile and was a hard worker. Bernie, as he was called by friends, worked for GE Oil & Gas, Anchor Drilling, and Milagros Trucking for many years.

Bernie had many health complications such as diabetes, chronic kidney failure, and was a double amputee in his legs. But that didn't stop him from loving on his family, friends, and working for his church. Bernie attended Lighthouse of Hope Apostolic Assembly where he served as an usher and a student of the Bible College where he obtained his Bachelors in Apostolic Theology. He spent the final years of his life volunteering in any way he could in different ministries of the church.

Bernie enjoyed driving his golf cart, doing side jobs such as electric work, mechanic service, among other things. He loved being around his family and cherished his nieces and nephews who always brought a smile to his face. Bernie was called “Payo”, which is short for “Payaso” which means “clown” in Spanish for his sense of humor.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife, Dora Brito, and his children, Stevie Ray, Bianca, Jacob, and Andrew; His father, Bernabe Brito Sr.(Magdalena); his sisters Angela Rodriguez(Estanislado), Agripina Rivera(Hector), Angelica Romero(Juan), Azucena Salazar(Nick), Alma Brito(Michael), y Arsenia Guevara(Elias); his brothers Gabriel Brito(Belen), Joel Brito(Elpidia), Octaviano Brito(Linda), Leobardo Brito(Rosa), and Arnol Brito.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Azucena Calderon Brito, his brother Leonardo Brito.

The Funeral Celebrations will be held at Lighthouse of Hope Apostolic Assembly located at 5533 W. Mapp St. in Odessa, Texas. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and Thursday, January 11, 2018, both at 7 pm. Viewing will begin on Thursday the 11th at 9 am. The Farewell Service will be on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 12 noon with the burial following at the Ector County Cemetery. Services will be officiated by his Senior Pastor Roman Arreola. Funeral arrangements are made through Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family would like to express their gratitude towards all who supported with prayers, food, and monetary gifts. We’d like to thank our Lighthouse of Hope Family, Grupo Embajador, Dr. Anand Reddy, Gabriel Matta, RN; Hector Rivera Jr., RN and the staff at ORMC, Silvia Aguilar, RN and the rest of the DaVita Dialysis Clinic Staff in Midland, and also the Midland Memorial Hospital Critical Care Staff. Please continue to stand with us and pray for us during this time.
Rudy Harold Norwood 2018
Rudolph “Rudy” Harold Norwood Jr.

Rudolph “Rudy” Harold Norwood Jr., age 62, of Odessa, TX passed from this life on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was born in Selma, Alabama on December 15, 1955 to Rudolph “Rudy” Harold Norwood Sr. and Bobbie Gail Keefer.

Rudy was a Hairstylist and styled hair for the Miss America pageants. He won a prize for Hairstylist of the Year in Midland, Texas. At one time, Rudy was a model for Niemen Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. He also worked as an Airline Steward in the 1970’s.  Rudy loved his many fur babies.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his brothers: Cody Norwood of Dunn, TX and Chuck Norwood of San Antonio, TX; sisters: Susan Courtney of Gainesville, FL and Carla Ramirez of Dunn, TX; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles; cousins and fur baby: BoBo.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Rudolph “Rudy” Harold Norwood Sr. and Bobbie Gail Keefer; sister: Deborah Kaye Wheeler; niece: Lisa Heffington and fur babies: Ms. Jones, Harley Sue and Catfish.

Family visitation will be held from 6:00 -9:00 pm Friday, January 12, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, January 13, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at acreswestfuneral.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local Humane Society at 7012 W. Mockingbird Lane in Odessa, TX 79763 or to M.A.A.S. at 800 W. Texas Ave. in Midland, TX. 79701.

Antonia G Reyes 2018
Antonia Garcia Reyes

Antonia Garcia Reyes, age 67, of Odessa, TX entered eternity on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. She was born in Raymondville, TX on October 7, 1950 to the late Santos and Genoveva (Cavazos) Garcia.  She was a homemaker, whose life was very family centered.  She was a loving wife and mother and a doting grandmother.  She loved anything that related to her grandchildren and was an avid supporter of all their activities.

Antonia was an adventurous person who loved talking to people and making new friends.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her husband:  Rolando Reyes; son: Richard Reyes; daughters:  Rachel Reyes and Ruby Reschman and husband Alfredo; brother:  Santana Garcia; three sisters:  Armelinda Capetillo, Juliana Garcia, and Cindy Garcia; six grandchildren:  Sadie Reschman, Squeaky Reschman, Miranda Myers, Marisa Reschman, Lexi Reschman, and Emiliegh Jarrett; and two great-grandchildren:  Jerimiah and Shylah Ramos.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers:  Ovidio Garcia and Santos Garcia, Jr.; sisters:  Maggie Garcia and Ofelia Garcia.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Mark Zuniga.  Interment follows at Odessa II Gardens of Ector County Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Luciano Lerma Sr 2018
Luciano Gonzalez Lerma, Sr.

Luciano Gonzalez Lerma, Sr., age 82, of Monahans, TX, entered eternity on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was born in Barstow, TX on October 21, 1935 to the late Epimenio and Manuela (Gonzalez) Lerma.  Luciano married Concepcion Ulate in Pecos.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his sons:  Rolando Lerma and Rosendo "Rusty" Lerma, both of Monahans; daughters:  Anita Lerma of Odessa, Dalila Lerma of Monahans, and Dilia Saldaña of Pecos; stepchildren:  Manuel Rivera of Sierra Blanca, Yolanda Meledez of Olton, and Mary Rodriguez of Monahans; brothers: Hector Lerma of Odessa, Henry Lerma of Barstow, and Richard Tijerina of Odessa; sister:  Lilia Delbosque; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife:  Concepcion; son: Luciano Jr.; brother:  Esteban; two sisters:  Lucia and Eva; and stepson:  Antonio "Tony" Garcia.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Dennis D Dillon 2018
Dennis Dee Dillon

Dennis Dee Dillon, age 71, of Odessa, TX went to be with his Lord on Thursday, January 11, 2018. He was born in Telluride, Colorado on May 29, 1946 to the late Robert Edison and Roberta Belle (Smith) Dillon.  Dennis married Sue Small in Norwood, CO on May 29, 1965.  They were blessed with three children.  Dennis loved the Lord, was a diligent student of the Word, and a soldier of the Cross.  He was a preacher for thirty-seven and a half years, sharing the Gospel at Parkview Church of Christ.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife: Sue Dillon; son: Bret Dillon; daughters:  Amy Dillon and Wendy Gospodinov and husband Neo; two grandchildren:  Jaden and Simon Dillon, all of Odessa; and his brother:  David Dillon and wife Tita of Craig, CO.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eleven siblings.

There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bret Dillon.  Burial will follow at the Odessa Garden II section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dennis's memory to the Tipton Children's Home, 1000 N. Broadway Ave. Tipton, OK 73570.

James Butler 2018
James Butler, “Bubba”
James Butler, “Bubba”, 66, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Medical Center Hospital following a brief battle with cancer. Bubba, with his mischievous grin and laid back style, entered heaven singing a song and looking for his guitar.
Born April 15, 1951, to James Murl Butler and Myra Nell Butler, Bubba spent most of his life in Odessa. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1969 and began working as a radiographer in the West Texas area. Simpkins Custom Coating in Odessa was his employer at the time of his retirement in 2013.
Bubba enjoyed golf, bowling and driving Corvettes, but the true love of his life was music! Playing drums in school, he expanded his talents and has been strumming a guitar and singing his heart out ever since. For a long time, Bubba has played bass and performed vocal with best friend Gary Vaughn in the well-known local band, The Geezers. His favorite time was spent harmonizing with the Geezers.
Bubba was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and brother-in-law, Carl Duralia. He is survived by his wife, Carol Jo Butler, son, James Erick Butler, (Jennifer), daughter, Marissa Lynette Butler, stepson, Timothy Ming plus eight grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Also surviving him are his sisters, Linda Jean Butler Duralia and Maedell Annette Butler Davidson along with special nephews, Wesley King and Phillip Davidson and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
Bubba is greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
A Funeral Service is scheduled for 1:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Mike Bartlett.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society or an organization of your choice is appreciated.
Bubba, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Amen
Isaiah 60:1
Adela Cook
Adela Vasquez Cook

Adela Vasquez Cook, age 89, of Monahans, TX, entered eternity on Friday, January 12, 2018. She was born in Fort Stockton, TX on July 14, 1928 to the late Mauricio and Francisca (Jimenez) Vasquez.   She married George Frank Cook, Sr. in Marfa, TX on April 22, 1946.  They enjoyed almost 50 years together.  She was a homemaker, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great- great grandmother.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her son: William Cook; daughters: Ruby Cook, Mary Zamora, Norma Moore and Bernadette Sandoval; as well as 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband:  George Cook Sr.; sons: George and Morris Cook; brothers: Fermin, Jose, Alberto and Pedro Vasquez and sisters: Micaela Mendias, Margarita Lujan, Maria de Jesus Cordero, and Teresa Matta.

Visitation will be all day Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa. Rosary will be held at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel in Odessa at 7:00 pm on Tuesday evening.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, officiated by Fr. Mark Salas.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family extends special thanks to Focus Care of Monahans and to Compass Hospice.

John L Hoestenbach 2018
John Lawrence Hoestenbach

John Lawrence Hoestenbach, age 99, of Crane, TX passed from this life on Friday, January 12, 2018. He was born in Mounds, OK on Sunday, October 6, 1918 to the late John and Ethel Florence (Applegeet) Hoestenbach.  He married Minnie Maud Hodge in Big Lake on September 9, 1940 and they enjoyed almost 70 years of marriage before separated by her death on October 14, 2009.

Before attending college, John graduated from McCamey High School.  He then attended Oklahoma University.  John enlisted into the Coast Guard during World War II and upon completion of his time in the service returned to his job with Gulf Oil Corporation. 

John worked for Gulf/Chevron for 47 years.  Most of his time was spent in the Crane and McCamey fields.  He loved the oilfields and the friends and fellow employees he met.  He was a most humble and well respected man, a man of few words.  A very loving family man, his wife, children and family were all extremely important to him.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his son:  John L. Hoestenbach Jr. and wife Billie; daughter:  Janis Harkins and husband Bill; brother:  Roger Doyle Hoestenbach; grandchildren:  Kristi Hoestenbach, Rhett Hoestenbach and wife Julliette, Hunter Hoestenbach and wife Sarah Kate, Brantley Harkins and wife Kara, and Jason Harkins and wife Kasey; and great-grandchildren:  Kailee and Brayson Harkins and Harper and Georgia Hoestenbach.

His parents, his sister:  Elda June Holden, and his grandson:  Barrett Wade Harkins, preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Ector County Cemetery in the old Odessa Garden. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Florentino Rodriguez 2018
Florentino Rodriguez

Florentino Rodriguez, age 57, of Odessa, TX entered eternity on Saturday, January 13, 2018. He was born in Cendradillas Durango, Mexico on October 16, 1960 to Refugio and Antonia (Arreola) Rodriguez.

Florentino was a loving grandfather, father and husband. His wife was his best friend and they were always together. Florentino was always caring, selfless, positive, and very proud of all of his children. He enjoyed doing yard work and shopping ; as well as the horse races and soccer.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife: Iscraneiva Rodriguez; son: Florentino Rodriguez Jr. and wife Yurissa ; daughter: Erica Y. Rodriguez and husband Edgar; brothers: Luis Rodriguez and Hector O. Rodriguez; sisters: Socorro Rodriguez, Rayo Rodriguez and Ma. Beda Rodriguez; as well as 3 granddaughters: Yaxeli Rodriguez, Miley Faith Rodriguez and Maycie Grace Rodriguez.

He was preceded in death by his father: Refugio Rodriguez and sisters: Dolores Rodriguez and Elva Rodriguez.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Odessa Garden II section of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Alfredo Espinoza
Alfredo Carrera Espinoza

Alfredo Carrera Espinoza, age 68, of Odessa, TX entered eternity on Saturday, January 13, 2018. He was born in Huacaso, Jalisco, Mexico on Tuesday, June 21, 1949 to the late Salvador and Guadalupe (Espinoza) Carrera.

Alfredo was a wonderful and joyful husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Alfredo served Odessa for 40 years as a master mason. Alfredo’s achievements include: a published book titled "El Joven Aventurero", composition of numerous Christian songs with some being adopted by Evangelists traveling the world. Alfredo was also a licensed minister with a Degree in Theology. Faithfully, he attended the church “Casa de Mi Padre” in Odessa, TX. Alfredo’s greatest contribution was the lives he touched through his works in the service of Jesus Christ.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife of 40 years: Maria Espinoza; sons: Alfredo Espinoza Jr. "Freddy " (Ruth), Ramon Espinoza and Willie Espinoza (Karime); daughter: Zelena Espinoza (Chris Gabaldon; seven grandchildren: Yoshi, Jeremiah, Damian, Devina, Michaela, Maritza, Kristen and Larissa; brothers and sisters: Cande Contreras, Jose Espinoza, Alicia Baron, Juanita Ongaga, Raul Espinoza, Carlos Espinoza, Rudy Espinoza, Mario Espinoza, Mague Gray, Gloria Espinoza, and Maria Roten.

He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law: Vero Espinoza.

Viewing will be held Wednesday through Friday, January 17th- 19th from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm at Acres West 24 Hour Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 am, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Iglesia de Poder Y Restauración at 11300 West University Blvd. Odessa, TX. Burial will follow at the Odessa Garden II section of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

I know you’re happy in Heaven watching over us. We will never forget your sense of humor, your thirst for adventure and your devotion to your family. You taught us how to survive in this world. We love you Alfredo. 


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