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Obits - Midland Reporter Telegram – 5th week of Oct., 2006

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Alexander, Paul Gene

BIG SPRING -- Paul Gene Alexander, 69, of Big Spring died Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at Myers & Smith Chapel, with Randy Deubler of Albuquerque, Paul's brother-in-law, officiating. Burial will be at Trinity Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. today, Oct. 29, at Myers & Smith Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1937, in Big Spring to Ova and Elton Alexander. He served in the U. S. Navy, he began his law enforcement career with the Big Spring Police Department where he achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant. He then served as a Deputy Sheriff in Ector County. He later joined the Snyder Police Department as a criminal investigator. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Alexander of Big Spring; two sons, Gary Alexander of Dover, Arka., and Todd Alexander of Weatherford; two step-sons, Michael "Mike" White of Scottsboro, Alabama and Randy White Ontiveros of Big Spring; two step-daughters, Peggy Barringer of Mansfield, La. and Kimberly Conaway James of Cassville, Mo; one brother; six sisters; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.


Banks, Megan

What do you say about a life that lasted only 20 years? Megan Michelle Banks was born in Midland, Texas on May 22, 1986 to Jake and Ginger Banks. She died 20 years later in Culberson County, Texas on October 26, 2006.

What happened in that twenty year span? She grew up with her two brothers who no doubt contributed to the strength that helped her accomplish so many things.

She graduated from home school. Megan completed the course in cosmetology at ITS Academy of Beauty in Odessa, Texas, after which she earned her cosmetology license. She began her career at Club Cuts Beauty Salon in Midland, Texas.

From her earnings she bought a car and a condominium. Megan accomplished the goals she had set for herself, enjoying the admiration of all who knew her, who were frequent recipients of her numerous talents. She was a remarkable artist and shared her gifts graciously and generously. She loved to do things for other people and enthusiastically helped remodel, paint and decorate rooms. Megan was a fun workout partner, who loved to keep fit.

She most enjoyed making people beautiful. Her family, friends and customers have each been a grateful canvas for Megan's artwork.

After her hard work was over, she loved to "chill" and enjoy her family and friends. She loved the language of music and the Word of God. Megan was a disciple of Jesus Christ who loved Him with all her heart. He was her strong tower and now she is "chillin' with her Prince."

He met her in Heaven with her grandmother Janelle Burk and her grandfather James Banks. She will be greatly missed but gratefully remembered by her parents Jake and Ginger Banks of Midland; her brothers Jared of Midland, Jason and her sister-in-law, Crystal both of Midland; her nephew, Jet, also of Midland.

Megan's grandparents are Doris Banks of Big Spring; Roy and Geneva Burk of Snyder, and great-grandmother Nancy of Big Spring. She is also loved by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins who will cherish her memory.

Her life on earth was an all too brief twenty years, but it was a life well lived. Well done, Megan.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Mid Cities Community Church with Pastor Daniel Stephens officiating.

Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2006 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 N. Big Spring St. In Midland.

A Megan Banks memorial fund has been established at Mid Cities Community Church and donations can be made at any location of Security State Bank.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.
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Boadle, Joe

STANTON -- Joe Boadle, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 28, in Odessa. His services are pending with Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.


Brooks, Johnnie L.

STANTON -- Johnnie L. Brooks, 71, of Mineola, formerly of Stanton, died Saturday, Oct. 28, in Tyler. His services are pending with Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.


Daniel, Roy E.

Roy Eli (R.E.) Daniel, longtime resident of Odessa, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 26, 2006. R.E. was born in Anson, Texas December 26, 1950 to Suzanne Edwards Daniel and Joe Don Daniel.

Some called him "Roy" and others "R.E." but all who knew him, loved him. He was a loving family man and a loyal friend. His friendships were far-reaching from those he worked with to his church family to his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America.

At the time of his death, R.E. was the Scoutmaster of Troop 34, a position he held for the past 6 years. Prior to that, he was a Den Leader and Cubmaster for Pack 58. R.E. was called out for the Order of the Arrow and went through Ordeal and Brotherhood, and was called out for Vigil in December 2003, earning his Vigil January 2004. One of his favorite duties in the Order was serving as cook and all Scouters knew his campfire grub was closer to four-star restaurant meals. The true measure of his commitment to Scouts was evident in the way he mentored the boys in his troop. He was always on the look-out for new adventures or new things to teach them. He guided them with firm yet loving counsel and he enjoyed the fellowship of the troop and all of his friends in the Buffalo Trail Council.

He made the time to help anyone who asked and he loved to get fully involved in any project that interested him. R.E. was a very loving, caring, giving man who was full of life and joy! He loved his Boy Scout Troop and being involved in the camping and all activities that helped his boys grow strong in every way! R.E. also loved his many hobbies including model building, whittling, arrowhead hunting and reading. His love of reading made him a master of all trades with a knack for remembering details or stories that he could recall at just the right times.

Roy also had an enormous amount of friends in life who he always remembered. He always had a story to relate for any occasion involving any one of his friends! Roy was a full- time family man, who loved his family and friends more than life itself. We will miss him dearly now that he has left us here on earth to be with Jesus. But with all of his interests and abilities, we know God will put him to work.

R.E. was preceded in death by his parents. He's survived by his wife of 24 years, Susan Emily O'Brien Daniel; children Naomi Beth Daniel McGuire, Cooper Code Daniel, and Kirbi Cheree Daniel, all of Odessa.

He is survived by his brother, Donnie Joe Daniel of Clifton, Texas and wife Dorothy; half siblings, Cindy Perez of Hamilton, Texas, James Daniel of Plano, Texas, and Romona Mata of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Vahn Evelyn McGuire, and Vahli LeeAnn Fields, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Cameron Levi Fields, of Odessa, Texas.

Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 30, 2006 at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Odessa with Rev. Kevin Bushart and Rev. John Barrett officiating.

Memorials may be directed to St. Luke's United Methodist Church. They may also be directed to BSA Troop 34 in care of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

Services entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.
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Gary, Ora L.

Funeral services for Ora L. Gary are scheduled for Monday, October 30, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., at Greater St. Luke A.M.E. Church with Pastor Danny R. Poe officiating.

Mrs. Gary passed away on October 25, 2006. She was born in Lockhart, Texas on February 16, 1912, to William and Josephine McDavid. She was one of thirteen children. Ora moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1932, and later to Midland, Texas, where she met and married Haley Gary.

She accepted Jesus Christ at a very young age. Ora united with the Greater Ideal Baptist Church and later moved her membership to Greater St. Luke A.M.E. Church where she served for many years. In 1990 she was elected Queen of the Month for First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Gary was active in the community working with Meals on Wheels, Community and Senior Services of Midland. She was a kind and gentle woman, never meeting a stranger, she will be missed by her family, church family and friends.

To cherish her memories she leaves one sister, Beulah Bradford of Midland, Texas. Many nieces, nephews, and friends. She will always be remembered as a very loving and caring sister and aunt.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Texas under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.
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Pruitt, Willie Lee

Willie Lee Pruitt, 94, of Midland died Thursday, Oct. 26, at a local care facility. A graveside service will be held Monday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m., at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring, with Pastor Mike Hanks of First Assembly of God, officiating. A visitation will be held today, Oct. 29, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 N. Big Spring St. in Midland from 4-6 p.m.

He was born Jan. 13, 1912 in Oneonta, Alabama to Lee and Sarah Pruitt. He married Oleta Riggs on July 13, 1935 in Morrilton, Ark. She preceded him in death April 12.

He worked for H & H Grocery and Midland Hardware Branch Roofing in Midland. He retired from the Civil Service as an employee of the base supply at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring.

Survivors include three sons, Kenneth E. Pruitt of Midland, Billy A. Pruitt and David L. Pruitt all of Midland; one daughter, Marilyn Boyington of Lubbock; 12 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife and one son, Robert Pruitt.

Memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 901 W Missouri, Midland, TX 79701.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2006.


Thompson, Floyd W.

Floyd W. Thompson passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, October 25,2006 after an illness. He was born July 27, 1917 in Thurber, Texas to Albert and Leona Thompson. He was raised in Breckenndge, Texas and graduated from Breckenndge High School in 1936. Floyd went to TCU and played football for Dutch Meyer. He always loved watching and cheering for his Frogs. He went to work after college for Gulf and worked for forty years as a landman. During WWII, Floyd served in the Air Force. He married Fredda Carlisle in 1940 in Graham, Texas. He retired ftom Gulf in 1979 and went to work as an independent landman. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

He was known to us as Daddy, Grandaddy, G-daddy, and E-daddy; the beloved rock of our family. He loved his family, he loved talking to people, and he loved fishing. His passion for fly fishing led him to discover his favorite retreat in the 1940's in me Rocky Mountains of Colorado at the start of the Rio Grande. Five generations have been visiting the same place every summer since then.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. He is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Fredda, and two daughters: Nancy and Charles Danley of Midland, and Trudy and Mike Robinson ofKaty, Texas. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Tammy and Chad Jordan, Susan and Greg McClendon, David and Karisa Danley, Mary Autry, Todd and Michelle Robinson, John and Heather Robinson, and Hunter Robinson and thirteen great-grandchildren. Floyd is survived by one sister-in-law, Dorothy Thompson of Breckenndge, and one brother-in-law, Gerald Loudder, ofBreckenridge as well as nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Hospice of Midland and to JoBeth and Brent for the love, care, and support you gave to Floyd and each one of us.

Pallbearers will be David Danley, Todd Robinson, John Robinson, Hunter Robinson. Greg McClendon, and Chad Jordan.

Arrangements are under Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home in Breckenridge. Services will be Sunday, October 29,2006 at 2:00 p.m. Officiating the service will be his cousins Dennis and Barbara Pellet of Lake Dallas.

"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7 Grandaddy, we know that you fought and we thank you for an example of a life well lived.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/27/2006 - 10/29/2006.

Daniel, Roy

ODESSA -- Roy Eli (R.E.) Daniel, longtime resident of Odessa, died Thursday, Oct. 26. He was born in Anson.

He survived by his wife, Susan Emily O'Brien Daniel; children, Naomi Beth Daniel McGuire, Cooper Code Daniel and Kirbi Cheree Daniel, all of Odessa; brothers and sisters, Donnie Joe Daniel of Clifton, Cindy Perez of Hamilton, James Daniel of Plano, Romona Mata of Houston and Rhonda Daniel and three grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Odessa with the Rev. Kevin Bushart officiating.

Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2006.


Hughes, Mike

BAIRD -- Mike C. Hughes, 83, formerly of Cisco and Rankin, died Saturday, Oct. 28 in San Antonio. Services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Parker Funeral Home Chapel in Baird.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2006.


Ingram, W. L.

Bud Ingram, 75, of Midland passed away peacefully Saturday, October 28, 2006 at his home on Rankin Highway. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Brother Bob Porterfield of the West Kentucky Baptist Church will officiate. Visitation will be held between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. Monday evening, October 30, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home.

Bud was born June 17, 1931 to Scase and Mona Ingram in Paris, Texas. After graduating from high school in 1948, he served in the Army. A professional rodeo contestant, Bud rode bulls, bareback and saddle broncs. Bud owned and operated Ingram Trucking Company in Paris, Texas most of his life. The past 10 years he was a tool pusher for Crouch Well Service.

Bud was well liked by everyone and will be missed by a large family of sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends. He was truly one of a kind and marched to a different drummer.

Survivors include three sisters, Jimmie Crouch and husband Howard Crouch, Lynda Avance and husband Billy John Avance and Pat Dawson; nieces Tracy Youngs and husband Wayne Youngs, Pati Quain and husband Steve Quain; nephews Jim Crouch and wife Sid, Russ Dawson and wife Tonya. Pallbearers will be Jim Crouch, Vicente Lopez, Russ Dawson, Wayne Youngs, Clif Lewis, Tony Rosa and Hillary Hellinghausen.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/30/2006 - 10/31/2006.
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Kilgore, James

CRANE -- James Edward Kilgore, 74 of Midland, formerly of Ozona, died Friday, Oct. 27, in the Trinity Haven Healthcare Center in Midland.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today, Oct. 30, in the Crane County Cemetery with the Rev. Lyndel Lee Sr. officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane.

He was born Feb. 11, 1932 in Cisco. He was a 1954 graduate of Sul Ross University.

Survivors include two brothers, Don Gene Kilgore of Ozona and Larry Kilgore of Midland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2006.


Nix, Ruby K.

Ruby Katherine Nix, 87, of Lubbock passed away October 28, 2006 in Lubbock.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel, Wednesday November 1, 2006 at 4:00 p.m., with Rachel Shapard officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.

Mrs. Nix was born September 17, 1919 in Eastland to the late Sisco and Willie Lee Huitt. She moved to Big Spring as a child and grew up there. She first married Gene Jones and had three sons. Later, March 31, 1950 she married Leo Nix in Big Spring. He preceded her in death September 12, 1995. She was a homemaker and later worked as a caregiver. She was a kind-hearted caregiver who never met a stranger. Everyone who met her loved her.

She is preceded in death by two grandchildren, Ricky Jones and Clinton Nix, three brothers and one sister.

She was the wonderful mother of five sons: Bob Jones, Roy Jones, Carroll Jones, Weldon Nix and David Nix; and two daughters Glenda Gremillion and Wanda Byrd. Also left to cherish her memory are one brother J.O. Huitt, fifteen grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening October 31, 2006 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2006.
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Terry, Leticia

BIG SPRING -- Leticia Rodriguez Terry, 21, of Big Spring died Saturday, Oct. 28, in Midland. Vigil services will be 7:30 p.m. today at Myers & Smith Chapel. Mass will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial at Trinity Memorial Park.

She was born March 31, 1985, in Big Spring. She was a lifetime resident of Howard County. She was a Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, Zach Terry of Big Spring; one daughter, Ava Brenae Bryand of Big Spring; her mother, Annette Nesbit of Round Rock; her father, Antonio "Tony" Rodriguez III, of Big Spring; four sisters and one brother.

Arrangements are by Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2006.
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Boadle Jr., Joe R.

Joe R. Boadle, Jr., 79, of Odessa, died Saturday, Oct. 28, at his residence. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton with his son-in-law, the Rev. Jim Pope, officiating.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was born Jan. 11, 1927, in Big Spring, and married Maggie Elizabeth "Beth" Gore Oct. 15, 1949 in Coahoma. She preceded him in death Sept. 29, 1999.

He was raised in Big Spring and moved to Stanton in 1953. He worked for Colorado River Municipal Water District at the Courtney Pump Station. In 1964 he moved to Big Spring and then to Odessa in 1969. He was raised in the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Big Spring. He served in the U. S. Marine Corp and was stationed in the Phillipines during WWII.

Survivors include three daughters, Janie Pope of Grove, Okla., Debra Meador of Odessa and Murfi Boadle of Odessa; one son, Joe Robert Boadle, III of Houston; three grandchildren; two great-gandchildren; two sisters, Doris Hollandsworth of Big Spring and Betty Boyles of Fla.; and one brother, Charles Boadle of Odessa.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson, Cameron Michael Phillips.

The family suggests memorials be made to Home Hospice 516 N. Texas Avenue, Odessa, Texas 79761.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Brooks, Johnnie L.

MINEOLA -- Johnnie L. Brooks, 71, of Mineola, formerly of Stanton, died Saturday, Oct. 28, in Tyler. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Fairview Cemetery in Midland with the Rev. Thomas Pantle, pastor of St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Mineola, officiating.

He was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Dawson County, and married Dixie Jane Webb on Nov. 21, 1961 in Midland. She preceded him in death Nov. 23, 2000.

He worked for the Texas Department of Transportation for 37 years and moved to Mineola in 2003 from Stanton.

Survivors include one sister, Jo McGuyer of Mineola; two nieces; two great nieces and two great nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, James F. Miller. Arrangements under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Brown, James

James Brown, 65, of Tuscon, died Saturday, Oct. 28, Midland. His services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Daniel, Roy Eli

Roy Eli Daniel, 55, of Odessa, died Friday, Oct. 27, 2006, in Odessa. He was born in Anson.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 31, at St. Lukes, UMC, Odessa with the Rev. Kevin Bouchard officiating. Interment will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Odessa.

Survivors include one son, Cooper Daniel of Odessa; daughters, Kirbi Daniel of Odessa and Naomi Daniel McGuire of Odessa; brothers, Donnie Joe Daniel of Clifton, James Daniel of Odessa; sisters, Cindy Daniel-Perez of Hamilton, Rhonda Daniel and Ramona Daniel-Mata of Odessa.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Henry, Carol

Carol Henry, 64, of Odessa, died Sunday, Oct. 29, in Odessa. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 N. Big Spring St. in Midland.

Survivors include a daughter, Vicki Castner of Midland; a son, Duane Miles of Odessa; two sisters, Shirley Jenkins of Gardendale and Wanda Faye Glenn of Tahoka; a brother, Wayne Tomlinson of Lubbock; and a grandson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Ingram, W. L.

Bud Ingram, 75, of Midland passed away peacefully Saturday, October 28, 2006 at his home on Rankin Highway. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Brother Bob Porterfield of the West Kentucky Baptist Church will officiate. Visitation will be held between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. Monday evening, October 30, 2006 at Ellis Funeral Home.

Bud was born June 17, 1931 to Scase and Mona Ingram in Paris, Texas. After graduating from high school in 1948, he served in the Army. A professional rodeo contestant, Bud rode bulls, bareback and saddle broncs. Bud owned and operated Ingram Trucking Company in Paris, Texas most of his life. The past 10 years he was a tool pusher for Crouch Well Service.

Bud was well liked by everyone and will be missed by a large family of sisters, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins and friends. He was truly one of a kind and marched to a different drummer.

Survivors include three sisters, Jimmie Crouch and husband Howard Crouch, Lynda Avance and husband Billy John Avance and Pat Dawson; nieces Tracy Youngs and husband Wayne Youngs, Pati Quain and husband Steve Quain; nephews Jim Crouch and wife Sid, Russ Dawson and wife Tonya. Pallbearers will be Jim Crouch, Vicente Lopez, Russ Dawson, Wayne Youngs, Clif Lewis, Tony Rosa and Hillary Hellinghausen.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. To place on-line condolences please visit www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/30/2006 - 10/31/2006.
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Lathem, Dusty

Dusty Lathem, 59, of Odessa died Sunday, Oct. 29, at Medical Center Hospital. Services will be Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Amon Langston of Beacon Baptist Church officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 7, 1946 in Brownwood, to Bill and Lizzie B. Lathem. The family moved to Odessa in the early 1950's. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1966. He briefly attended Odessa College then entered the U.S. Air Force. His military occupation was security police with duty stations in Korea and Greece. He returned to Odessa after his discharge and joined Pioneer Natural Gas. He is preceded in death by his parents Bill and Lizzie B. Lathem and a niece Shannon Lathem.

Survivors include his wife Lois; his brother Bill Lathem Jr. of Odessa; his sisters, Barbara Cates of Odessa and Nancy Tatum of Ponca City, Okla.; two nephews, seven nieces, one grand-nephew and three grand-nieces.

Memorials are asked to be directed to the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association. Condolences can be made online at www.mem.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

McCullough, Ray Richard

ANDREWS -- Services for Ray Richard "Red" McCullough, 52, of Andrews will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at McNett Funeral Home Chapel in Andrews with Cliff Lightfoot of Andrews and the Rev. Kerry Tilley, Pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Andrews, officiating. Burial will follow in the Andrews North Cemetery.

He died Sunday, Oct. 29, at Permian Regional Medical Center in Andrews.

He was born Dec. 9, 1953 in Dallas to James Martin McCullough and Laverne White McCullough. He has lived in Andrews for 45 years and has worked as a pumper for Bald Eagle in Andrews for 14 years. He married Carolyn Jo Martin June 15, 1979 in Andrews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn McCullough of Andrews; one son, Jerry McCullough of Odessa; one daughter, Carrie Lavender of Andrews; two brothers, Randy McCullough of Andrews and Glen McCullough of Eunice, New Mexico; two sisters, Barbara McCullough and Vickie Wilson of Andrews and seven grandchildren. To register, send condolences, or view the obituary; go to www.mcnettfuneralhome.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Montgomery, Kathleen

Kathleen Montgomery, 94, of Stephenville, Texas, a retired nurse, died Friday, October 27, 2006, at a local hospital. Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, November 1, 2006, at the Lacy Funeral Home Chapel with Philip McNamara officiating. Burial will be at the Gardens of Memory Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 31, 2006, at Lacy Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.lacyfuneral.com

She was born on September 11, 1912, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Owen and Alice (Byrne) McNulty. She married David F. Montgomery on March 28, 1948, in San Antonio, Texas. She was a Lt. Col. in the US Army Air Force Nurse Corps. She was a member of St. Brendan's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, David Montgomery, Stephenville, TX; daughter, Mary Jane Hughes, Stephenville, TX; Christine Montgomery, Midland, TX; brother, Raymond McNulty, Woodburn, OR; and one grandson, Jeff Hughes, San Jose, CA.

Memorials may be made to the Foster Home for Children, 1779 N. Graham, Stephenville, TX 76401.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.
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Ortiz, Ramona

Ramona Ortiz, was born in Santa Ellena, Chih. Mexico, Nov. 15, 1930. She moved to Midland in the late 40's, and lived her all of her life. Jesus gently lifted her and placed her in Gods hands, on Sunday Oct. 29, 2006.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Tranquilino

She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Eloy Ortiz, Arturo, Ortiz, Humberto Ortiz, and Samuel Ortiz , a brother, Arturo Granado, sisters, Luz Sanchez, Chata Sotelo, and many grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday at 11 am at Primera Iglesia Bautista, 507 N. Tyler, Midland.

Burial will be in Resthaven North Cemetery.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.
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Randolph, Ida Mae

Ida Mae Randolph, 93, of Odessa, died Saturday, Oct. 28, in Odessa. She was born in Missouri.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Sunset, in Odessa, interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens also in Odessa.

Survivors include one grandson, Mike Hamilton of Odessa; two great-granddaughters and one great-great grandchild.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Upchurch, Hope Frances

Hope Frances Upchurch, infant daughter of Stacy Upchurch was born and died Saturday, Oct. 28, at Permian Regional Hospital in Andrews.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. at Andrews North Cemetery. The Rev. Kerry Tilley, pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Andrews will officiate. Services are with McNett Funeral Home in Andrews.

Baby Hope is survived by her mother, Stacy Upchurch two aunts, one uncle, grandparent Jimmy Upchurch of Bridgeport; Alva Upchurch of Ft. Worth; Ben and Jimmie Kemp of Andrews.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.

Wilke, Darwin "Gene"

Darwin "Gene" Wilke, 74 of Evansville, IN died Friday, October 27, 2006 at University Medical Center in Littlerock, AR.

Darwin was a retired U.S. Navy veteran.

He received numerous technical degrees in engineering, surveying, and tool and dye. He retired after being a laborer for 35 years.

Darwin was extremely active in Boy Scouts for over 40 years.

He was a member of Forest Hills Baptist Church for over 50 years. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Ann (Crouse) Wilke in 2003; son, David Lee Wilke; and grandson, Caleb Steven Wilke.

Darwin is survived by his daughter, Mary Angie Wheat; son, Donald Eugene Wilke and wife, Sonya; son, Steven Wayne Wilke and fiancée, Alison Israel; brother, Edward "Sonny" Wilke and wife, Betty; sister-in-law, Bettye Crouse Roberts; seven grandchildren; one step grandson; and three great grandchildren.

Services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, November 2, 2006 at Forest Hills Baptist Church, officiated by Reverend Tyrone Edwards with burial at Sunset Memorial Park. Vanderburgh County Retired Veterans Memorial Club will conduct military rites at the cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Alexander West Chapel and Thursday from Noon until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Forest Hills Baptist Church, 2800 Hartmetz Avenue, Evansville, IN 47712; American Cancer Society, 1510 W. Franklin Street, Evansville, IN 47710; or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Condolences may be made online at www.mem.com. Arrangements by Alexander West Chapel, 2100 West Illinois Street Evansville, IN 47712.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2006.


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