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Obits – Midland Reporter Telegram – 5th & 6th week of October, 2004

Posted: 1 Nov 2004 8:42AM GMT
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Adams, Gerald

Gerald Adams, 67, of Midland, died Saturday, Oct. 23, at his residence. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.



Battle, Margaret Jackson

Margaret ("Mon") Jackson Battle, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, born in Lubbock, Texas, February 10, 1924, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2004.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, John Hal Battle. Giving thanks for Margaret are her son, Bob Hayden Battle and wife Jane of Midland, Texas; daughters Beckie Brands and husband Kevin of Dallas, Texas; Jeanne O'Shaughnessy and husband Daniel of Englewood, Colorado; and Belle Reichle and husband Kevin of Austin, Texas. Also giving thanks for her life are her sister, Jean Cook of Big Spring, Texas, and brother, Charles Mack Jackson of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Margaret is also survived by nine grandchildren: Hayden Battle, Tami Trammel, Alyson and Beau Brands, John, Sadie and Streeter O'Shaughnessy, and Logan and Landon Reichle; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Houston Aguilar.

A memorial service is planned at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 26, 2004, at Remembrance Gardens in Austin, Texas, 4214 Capital of Texas Highway North.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78705 - (512) 452-8811. You may view memorials online at wcfish.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.
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Bayer, Lucile

FORT WORTH -- Lucile T. Bayer, 93, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2004.

Services for family and close friends will be 1:30 p.m. Monday in Greenwood Chapel. Entombment will be Greenwood Mausoleum. Services will be conducted by Dr. Bill Longsworth of First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Lucile was born Sept. 27, 1911, in Midland to John B. Thomas, M.D., and Read Hurt Thomas. Lucile grew up in Midland where she attended Midland High School. She attended the University of Texas, where she served her Delta Delta Delta sorority with distinction. She was elected a UT Bluebonnet Belle. Lucile was one of the first women to graduate from UT with a degree in business, which she received with honors. Following her graduation, she returned to Midland and managed her father's medical and surgical practice until 1941.

On Dec. 13, 1941, she married H.M. "Rusty" Bayer, a geologist with Gulf Oil. Rusty was posthumusly inducted into the Permian Basin Petroleum Hall of Fame for his pioneering geology work in the 1930s and '40s.

They moved to Fort Worth in 1944. Lucile and Rusty were avid outdoorsmen and active in early wildlife conservation efforts in Texas. Rusty retired as vice president of Gulf Oil Corp. in 1960. Lucile was a long time member of the Fort Worth Woman's Club and Rivercrest Country Club.

Lucile was preceded in death by her husband, Rusty, in 1975; and a nephew, Robert Meadows, in 1998.

Her extended family were her lifelong interest and she was a source of joy, support and inspiration to them all.

The family thanks those who attended Lucile with such kind and gentle care during the past year, Joanna Layman, Carolyn Dunn and Judy Ward of Paragon Senior Care. Thanks also to Covenant Hospice.

Survivors include nephews, Henry Meadows and wife, Mickey, Thomas Meadows and wife, Shirley, and John Meadows and wife, Vicki; Robert's wife, Jan; grandnieces and nephews, Shari Lakenmacher, Michele Brocato, Mimi Brooks, Laura Rayburn, Alice Patterson, Ted Meadows, Josh Meadows, Erin Meadows, John B. Meadows Jr., Patrick Meadows and Leslie Meadows; 11 great-grandnieces and nephews; and stepgrandson, Phillip Jones and wife, Jill.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.
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Belew, Barry Raymond

Philippians 1:21 states, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Barry Raymond Belew went to be with our Lord Friday, October 22, 2004. His loving family surrounded him at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas as he went home. Barry was in Denison, traveling, when his rear tire blew out. He overcorrected, hit the guardrail and was thrown 38 feet from the car. Another car stopped to check on him and in the process, ran over him. He was airlifted to Parkland Hospital, where he later died from head injuries.

Barry was born August 27, 1963 in Midland, Texas. Barry spent his childhood in Odessa. He was one of the first students at Odessa Christian School when it was at the Church of Christ building, where he attended from 4 years of age until the sixth grade. He graduated in 1981 from Permian High School. Barry continued his education at Texas Tech, Odessa College, and American College in San Antonio and obtained a Real Estate License and began working in the family business, Belew Real Estate.

Barry later moved to Washington D.C. to begin his entrepreneurial career, where he owned and operated Wall Street Mortgage Company. Barry then returned to Texas where he owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage in Dallas.

Barry was currently serving as President of Providential Enterprises USA. He had recently moved to Denison, Texas, to look after his company's plant operations.

Barry touched the lives of many and leaves behind a loving family including two daughters, Laura Belew of Denison, Texas, Catherine Belew of Lewisville, Texas, two sons, Michael David Belew, and Alexander Anthony Belew, both of Lewisville, Texas. Barry is also survived by his mother Alice Belew and stepfather Dewey Meyers of Odessa, Texas, sister, Cindy Belew Weaver of Bedford, Texas, brothers David Belew of Midland, Texas and Mike Belew of Temple, Texas.

Barry was a member of Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Odessa Christian School.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at Sherwood Church of Christ of Odessa with Lynn Money officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, TX.

Services entrusted to Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/24/2004 - 10/28/2004.
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Boatler, Pat

BIG SPRING -- Pat Boatler, 89, of Big Spring died Saturday, Oct. 23. Graveside services will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at Trinity Memorial Park with the Rev. Earl Blair officiating.

He was born Aug. 24, 1915, to Henry Boatler and Kathleen Boatler in Howard County. He married Imogene Wood Sept. 29, 1934, in Big Spring. She preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and had worked as a gasoline distributor.

He was preceded in death by one daughter and eight siblings.

He is survived by one daughter, June Kennemer of Luther; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.myersandsmith.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.



Heathington, Don Michael

Don Michael Heathington (78) went to be with our Lord in the early morning hours of October 22, 2004. Don was born in the town of Duster located in Central Texas on November 13, 1925 to the parents of John Slade and Clara Heathington. The family consisted of three brothers and one girl of which Don was the youngest. At 17 years of age in 1942, Don enlisted in the United States Navy and served in World War II until its conclusion in 1945. After the war, Don came back to Central Texas and graduated in 1950 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. At Baylor, Don earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors as a Baylor forward on a basketball team that went to two Final Fours. Drafted in the first round by Syracuse of the then fledgling NBA, Don opted for the Industrial Basketball League in which Central Valley Electric of Artesia had a team and a job in 1950. Basketball faded, but Don's passion for NRECA (Central Valley) and Artesia did not. Don worked 43 years for Central Valley and served on numerous state and national boards, including President of the National Association of Rural Electrical Cooperative's in 1988-1989. Civic and Community service in Artesia included, presiding over the Chamber of Commerce, City Council Member, Kiwanis, Little League and Eddy County Fair. Don was active in the Church of Christ in Artesia, serving as Deacon for a period and was a member of the Hermosa Church at the time of his death.

Don loved helping people and serving others, but the biggest blessing of his life came when he married Stella Elizabeth Baker of Artesia who survives him. Two children were born of this 47 year union, being Michael Slade Heathington of Midland, Texas and Cheryl Heathington Welch of Artesia, New Mexico. Both children survive Don as well as an older brother Glenn Heathington of Ft. Worth, Texas. Nephews and nieces surviving are James Baker, Dallas, Texas, John Angel, Aztec, New Mexico, Larry Murphy, Artesia, New Mexico and Shirley Baker, Artesia, New Mexico.

Funeral Services are scheduled Tuesday October 26, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. at the Hermosa Drive Church of Christ in Artesia, with Michael Joiner presiding. Burial will follow at the Twin Oaks Memorial Park with Terpening & Son Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers will be Dwayne Pounds, Mike Prude, Mike Anderson, Gary Conklin, J. T. Ross, and Richard Price.

The family requests that any material donations or memorials be made to the Christian Children Home, 1356 NM Hwy 236, Portales, N.M. 88130-9411.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.
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Herrera, Jesse

BIG SPRING -- Jesse L. Herrera, 59, of Big Spring, died Friday, Oct. 22. Vigil services will be 7:30 p.m. today, Oct. 24, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Bernard Getigan officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olive Memorial Park.

He was born on Jan. 3, 1945, in Big Spring and married Lydia Rubio July 4, 1964, in Big Spring. He attended Big Spring schools and owned and operated Herrera and Son Masonary for 45 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Joey Herrera of Midland; one daughter, Jo Ann O'Daniel of Big Spring; one brother, Joe Herrera Jr. of Corpus Christi; four sisters, Perfecta Rivera of Colorado City, Micaela Flores of Pomona, Calif., Rosemary Vasquez of Corpus Christi and Alicia Ramon of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 111 E. 7th St., Suite A, Big Spring 79720.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.



Iwaki, Kazuo

Kazuo Iwaki, 82, died Friday, Oct. 22, in Midland. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.



Kilgore, Daniel

Daniel Kilgore, long time resident of Midland, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2004 after a long illness.

He was born January 14, 1916 and spent many years in the service station business in Midland. Daniel was a loving husband and a wonderful father. We will all miss him very much.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Burnice Avadell Kilgore, of Midland, TX; sons, Val Paul Kilgore of Kemp, TX; Jimmy Douglas Kilgore of Midland, TX; Danny Ray Kilgore of Berea, KY; daughters, Casandra Krugman of Odessa, TX; Christene Thomison of Pryor, OK; sister, Coretta McNeill of Midland, TX; brother, Kenneth Kilgore of Midland, TX. Also surviving is a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

The family would like to thank all who were so helpful in Daniel's final days. A special thank you to the wonderful people of Hospice and to Reverend Bob Porterfield for his visits.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Sunday, October 24, 2004 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Monday, October 25, 2004 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Porterfield officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/23/2004 - 10/24/2004.
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Steele, Dorothy

Dorothy Jean Steele was born in Ranger, TX, November 20, 1924 to Richard and Leo Myrick. She departed this life on October 21, 2004, in Midland.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 42 years, Luther E. Steele; a daughter Debbie Steele Lemon, Jr. of Carrollton, TX; two sisters, Marie Jennings of Midland, TX, and Wanda Ericksen of Hobbs, New Mexico.

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 P.M. at the Hope Lutheran Church 2003 N. "A.," with the Rev. Terry Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park, under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home. Viewing at the Funeral Home will be Sunday from 1 to 8 P.M. Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/24/2004.

Adams, Gerald N.

Gerald N. Adams, 67, of Midland, died on Saturday, October 23, 2004, at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with Elder Ricky Dyer, officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 25, 2004 from 6:30 to 7:30 at the funeral home, 3800 N. Big Spring St.

He was born on October 23, 1937, in Stonewall County, Texas and married Carol Shoemake on August 23, 1963 in Snyder, Texas. He was raised at Camp Springs, Texas where his family was engaged in farming and ranching. He served in the US Army and was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia from 1961 to 1962. Gerald resided in Kermit where he was employed with Transwestern Pipeline until moving to Midland in 1976. He was owner of Adams Tubular Goods and G.N. Adams Trucking in Midland until his retirement in April of 2003. He was a member of the West Texas Cruisers Club.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Adams of Midland; son & daughter-in-law, Devan & Lacey Adams of Midland; daughter, Michele Adams of Lubbock; daughter & son-in-law, Lindy & Paul Tefteller of Midland, two sisters, Louise Johnson of Abilene, Maurean Lay of Odessa;one brother, Herman Adams of Martindale; two grandsons, Calvin Adams and Conner Tefteller and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, three brothers, one niece and one nephew.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/25/2004.



Belew, Barry

Barry Raymond Belew

Philippians 2:21 states, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Barry Raymond Belew went to be with our Lord Friday, October 22, 2004. His loving family surrounded him at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas as he went home.

Barry was born August 27, 1963 in Midland, Texas. Barry spent his childhood in Odessa attending Odessa Christian School, and graduating in 1981 from Permian High School. Barry continued his education at Texas Tech, Odessa College, and American College in San Antonio and obtained a Real Estate License and began working in the family business, Belew Real Estate.

Barry later moved to Washington D.C. to begin his entrepreneurial career, where he owned and operated Wall Street Mortgage Company. Barry then returned to Texas where he owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage in Dallas.

Barry was currently serving as President of Providential Enterprises USA. He had recently moved to Denison, Texas, to look after his company's plant operations.

Barry touched the lives of many and leaves behind a loving family including two daughters, Laura Belew of Denison, Texas, Catherine Belew of Lewisville, Texas, two sons, Michael David Belew, and Alexander Anthony Belew, both of Lewisville, Texas. Barry is also survived by his mother Alice Belew and stepfather Dewey Meyers of Odessa, Texas, sister, Cindy Belew Weaver of Bedford, Texas, brothers David Belew of Midland, Texas and Mike Belew of Temple, Texas.

Barry was a member of Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Odessa Christian School.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at Sherwood Church of Christ of Odessa with Lynn Money officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, TX.

Services entrusted to Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/25/2004.



Belew, Barry Raymond

Philippians 1:21 states, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Barry Raymond Belew went to be with our Lord Friday, October 22, 2004. His loving family surrounded him at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas as he went home. Barry was in Denison, traveling, when his rear tire blew out. He overcorrected, hit the guardrail and was thrown 38 feet from the car. Another car stopped to check on him and in the process, ran over him. He was airlifted to Parkland Hospital, where he later died from head injuries.

Barry was born August 27, 1963 in Midland, Texas. Barry spent his childhood in Odessa. He was one of the first students at Odessa Christian School when it was at the Church of Christ building, where he attended from 4 years of age until the sixth grade. He graduated in 1981 from Permian High School. Barry continued his education at Texas Tech, Odessa College, and American College in San Antonio and obtained a Real Estate License and began working in the family business, Belew Real Estate.

Barry later moved to Washington D.C. to begin his entrepreneurial career, where he owned and operated Wall Street Mortgage Company. Barry then returned to Texas where he owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage in Dallas.

Barry was currently serving as President of Providential Enterprises USA. He had recently moved to Denison, Texas, to look after his company's plant operations.

Barry touched the lives of many and leaves behind a loving family including two daughters, Laura Belew of Denison, Texas, Catherine Belew of Lewisville, Texas, two sons, Michael David Belew, and Alexander Anthony Belew, both of Lewisville, Texas. Barry is also survived by his mother Alice Belew and stepfather Dewey Meyers of Odessa, Texas, sister, Cindy Belew Weaver of Bedford, Texas, brothers David Belew of Midland, Texas and Mike Belew of Temple, Texas.

Barry was a member of Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Odessa Christian School.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at Sherwood Church of Christ of Odessa with Lynn Money officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, TX.

Services entrusted to Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/24/2004 - 10/28/2004.
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Coats, Martha Tarpley

Martha Tarpley Coats, of Midland, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2004.

She was born May 2, 1916 to William Martin Eggler and Estella Jane Meadows Eggler in Illinois and was raised and educated there. Martha met and later married Carl C. Tarpley. The couple came to Midland, Texas in 1948. Martha was a homemaker who loved raising her family. She enjoyed animals and also working in the care giving business.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Carl C. Tarpley and second husband, Otis Lee Coats.

Martha is survived by her sons, Don Tarpley of St. Petersburg, FL; Jim Tarpley and his wife, Lorene, Jerry Tarpley and his wife, Cheryl, and Mike Tarpley, all of Midland, TX; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Monday, October 25, 2004 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Casey Smith, Tanner Smith, Mathew Horton, Thomas Horton, Shannon Tarpley and Jerry Tarpley, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are John Young and Larry Barr. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/25/2004.



Pape, Clyde Glen

Clyde Glen Pape, of Midland, passed away Friday, October 22, 2004.

He was born April 4, 1955 to N.A. Pape and Margarette Pape in Midland, Texas. Glen graduated from Travis High School in Austin, Texas. In 1992 he opened Glen's Old Car Parts in Midland. He enjoyed building model airplanes, was an avid mechanic and enjoyed tinkering with old cars. Glen was a 2nd Degree Moose Legionnaire with the Loyal Order of the Moose, Moose Lodge, in Odessa, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Riley E. Pape on December 22, 1999.

Glen is survived by his mother, Margarette Pape of Midland, TX; father, N. A. Pape of San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Karen Pape of Midland, TX; special friend, Frances Bousch of Austin, TX.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home, Monday, October 25, 2004 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/25/2004.



Westbrook, V. H. "Buddy"

Virgil Hamilton "Buddy" Westbrook, of Hobbs, passed away at 2:50 a.m. Saturday morning, October 23rd, 2004 at his home.

Buddy was born September 1, 1930 in London, Texas. He was the son of the late Virgil Silas Westbrook and Edna Hamilton Westbrook.

Mr. Westbrook lived in Hobbs most of his life, serving his community in many capacities. He was the owner/operator of Westbrook Oil for 30 years. Other businesses owned by Mr. Westbrook included Badger Bit Industries and Pressure Testing, Inc. He served on the Hobbs City Commission for seven years and on the Lea County Commission for two years. Most recently, he was appointed by the Governor to the New Mexico Adult Parole Board.

Buddy played a key part in bringing the Palmer Drug Abuse Program to Lea County, then later went on to join the Alcoholics Anonymous where he celebrated 17 years clean and sober last month. He founded the Opportunity House, a home for men who are getting off of drugs and alcohol. He also was instrumental in providing the location of the Washington Heights Nursery.

Buddy loved hunting and horse racing, and owned several Quarter Horses over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Mike Westbrook and his wife, Marianne, of Hobbs; daughters Deana Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, Valarie Brooks and her husband, Gaylon, of Saluda, North Carolina, and step-daughter Kim Keenan and her husband, Scott, of Hobbs; nine grandchildren: Kristi Williams of Denver, Colorado, Laura Williams of San Diego, California, Joseph Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, Kendall, Alexander and Faith Abigail Brooks of Saluda, North Carolina, Ashley Westbrook of Hobbs, and Jerry and Alexis Keenan, also of Hobbs; three great-grandchildren: Joshua Williams of Denver, Colorado and Raena and Madison Williams of Kansas City, Missouri; one niece, Pattye Knippers of Midland, Texas, sister-in-law Georgeann Butler and her husband Wilbur of Oklahoma City.

Mr. Westbrook was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Weatherby and his parents.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Opportunity House, Inc., a non-profit organization, at PO Box 1924, Hobbs, New Mexico 88240.

Services have been entrusted to Duncan-May Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/25/2004.

Belew, Barry Raymond

Philippians 1:21 states, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Barry Raymond Belew went to be with our Lord Friday, October 22, 2004. His loving family surrounded him at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas as he went home. Barry was in Denison, traveling, when his rear tire blew out. He overcorrected, hit the guardrail and was thrown 38 feet from the car. Another car stopped to check on him and in the process, ran over him. He was airlifted to Parkland Hospital, where he later died from head injuries.

Barry was born August 27, 1963 in Midland, Texas. Barry spent his childhood in Odessa. He was one of the first students at Odessa Christian School when it was at the Church of Christ building, where he attended from 4 years of age until the sixth grade. He graduated in 1981 from Permian High School. Barry continued his education at Texas Tech, Odessa College, and American College in San Antonio and obtained a Real Estate License and began working in the family business, Belew Real Estate.

Barry later moved to Washington D.C. to begin his entrepreneurial career, where he owned and operated Wall Street Mortgage Company. Barry then returned to Texas where he owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage in Dallas.

Barry was currently serving as President of Providential Enterprises USA. He had recently moved to Denison, Texas, to look after his company's plant operations.

Barry touched the lives of many and leaves behind a loving family including two daughters, Laura Belew of Denison, Texas, Catherine Belew of Lewisville, Texas, two sons, Michael David Belew, and Alexander Anthony Belew, both of Lewisville, Texas. Barry is also survived by his mother Alice Belew and stepfather Dewey Meyers of Odessa, Texas, sister, Cindy Belew Weaver of Bedford, Texas, brothers David Belew of Midland, Texas and Mike Belew of Temple, Texas.

Barry was a member of Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Odessa Christian School.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at Sherwood Church of Christ of Odessa with Lynn Money officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, TX.

Services entrusted to Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/24/2004 - 10/28/2004.
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Berry, Viola Coy

Viola Coy Berry, 79, of Midland, died Sunday, October 24, 2004 in Midland, Texas.

She was born July 29, 1925 to James and Lettie Looper in Paden, Oklahoma. She married Horace Berry in 1949. The couple owned Berry Realtors in Midland, Texas and operated as realtors for over 20 years. She was involved as a volunteer for Rainbows and Hospice of Midland after she retired from real estate.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and seven siblings.

Coy is survived by her son, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Tuesday, October 26, 2004 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.
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Campbell, Cloetta

Cloetta Campbell, 86, of Midland, died Sunday Oct. 24. Services are pending with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.



Coats, Martha

Martha Tarpley Coats, of Midland, died Sunday, Oct. 24. Services will be 11 a.m. today, Oct. 26 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

She was born May 2, 1916 to William Eggler and Estella Eggler in Illinois, where she was raised and educated. She married Carl Tarpley and the couple moved to Midland in 1948. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Carl Tarpley and second husband, Otis Coats.

She is survived by four sons, Don Tarpley of St. Petersburg, Fla., Jim Tarpley, Jerry Tarpley and Mike Tarpley, all of Midland; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.



Hopper, Cory

Cory Hopper

Cory Hopper, 34, of Stanton, died on Sunday, October 24, 2004, in Stanton. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel Stanton with the Rev. Bob Porterfield, pastor of West Kentucky Baptist Church and the Rev. Rick Alkire, pastor of First Baptist Church Tarzan officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery Stanton.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

He was born on April 16, 1970, in Stanton, Texas and married Traci Walker.

Cory was a lifetime resident of Stanton and a mechanic for Graves Implement Company for eighteen years. He loved his job and helping his friends who were in need of a mechanic. He loved fishing, hunting, being outdoors, car racing, John Deere tractors and barbecuing. Cory was a loving husband, father, son and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Traci Hopper of Stanton; three sons, Zach Fowler, Christopher "Turk" Hopper, Dusty "Bull" Hopper and one daughter, Amber "Baby Girl" Hopper all of Stanton; his parents, Johnny and Linda Hopper of Stanton; his mother-in-law, Stephanie Kirkham of Dallas; his sister, Candy Ulmer of Stanton; his brother, J.L. Hopper of Stanton; his paternal grandparents, Allan and Laverne Hopper of Colorado City, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many great friends.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Thomas D. Kirkham and his grandparents, Moon and Pete Mullins.

The family suggests memorials to the Cory Hopper Memorial Fund, C/O Community National Bank, Stanton, Texas 79782.

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 10/26/2004.
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Iwaki, Kazuo

Kazuo Iwaki

Kazuo Iwaki, 82, of Midland, died on Friday, October 22, 2004, at his residence.

He was born on February 28, 1922, in Hiroshima, and married Kazue Shimoda in November 1940 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Survivors include three daughters, Katsue Nichols of Midland, Nobuko Roberts of Midland, Asae Koyama of Hiroshima, Japan; five grandchildren, Richard Nichols of Austin, Bill Nichols of Austin, Casey Roberts of Lubbock, Yoshinori Koyama of Hiroshima, Japan, Keiko Kunisada of Hiroshima, Japan; two great grandchildren, Mariko Kunisada of Hiroshima, Japan, and Kohana Roberts of Lubbock.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.
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Lindsey, James W.

James W. "Jim" Lindsey, 80, of Midland, passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2004, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland with Mike Vestal of Westside Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow at Burkett Cemetery in Burkett, Texas.

James W. "Jim" Lindsey was born February 5, 1924, in Amarillo, Texas. At age 7, the family moved to Crosby County near Ralls, Texas, where he grew up. He attended elementary school in Crosbyton and high school in Ralls. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the South Pacific with the 22nd Troop Carrier Squadron of the 5th Air Force and the Far Eastern Air Force during WWII. He was discharged in September 1945. In 1950, he joined the U.S. Naval Air Reserves and was stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 1953 he met Laveren Koenig and they were married September 12, 1953 in Burkett, Texas. They were married for fifty-one years. The couple then moved to Fort Worth, Texas and he was employed by the Texas Company, later known as Texaco Inc.

In 1959 Texaco moved the division offices from Fort Worth to Midland, where he continued employment until his retirement in 1983 after 30 years of service. He was a pilot and was one of the founders of the West Texas Astronomers Club of Midland. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Laveren Lindsey of Midland; one son, Bryan Lindsey and his wife Lori and two grandchildren, Kyle and Caitlin of Artesia, New Mexico; one step brother, Melvin Lee Burks of Humble, Texas.

The family suggests memorials be made to: American Cancer Society 2304 W. Wadley, Midland, TX 79705, American Heart Association, 3205 W. Cuthbert Suite 5, Midland, TX 79701 or to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.
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McGraw, Jack

Jack R. McGraw

Jack R. McGraw's life of bringing glory to God ended on October 24, 2004. Jack is finally home with the Lord after an 8-month battle with cancer. Jack was born November 5, 1932, five miles north of Blooming Grove, Texas to Ernest (Jug) and Clara McGraw. He was the second of four sons and two daughters. Being raised by tenant cotton farmers in Navarro County taught him life lessons he never forgot. Jack graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1950 and attended Navarro Jr. College in Corsicana on a football scholarship.

In 1951 he met the love of his life, Wanda Gunter. They were married on January 22, 1953. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of 1954 and served in Virginia Beach, Virginia for 2 years in a Nike Guided Missile Battalion.

After serving in the Army, he enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin in 1956 and graduated with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 1959. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

His first job was with Dowell in Artesia, New Mexico. He later joined John Trigg Oil and lived for four years in camp housing at Maljamar, New Mexico. He went to work for Coastal States Gas Producing Company in Abilene in 1964 and was with them for 10 years. He transferred with Coastal States to Midland in 1966. From 1974 to 1981 he worked for several independent producers, H. L. Brown, Jr. and C.F. Lawrence and Associates.

In April 1981 Jack with his friend and Christian "Brother" Dale A. Brown founded Brothers Production Company. The McGraw and Brown families are still closely associated in business after 23 years. With Jack's leadership and God's blessing the company grew enough that he was able to employ each of his four sons. Two are petroleum engineers, one a geologist, and the other an accountant. Jack and his sons were blessed by God to be able to work together for 21 years.

Jack was an avid sportsman raising his sons in Midland. They enjoyed many years of slow pitch softball together, traveling the country for softball tournaments. He was such a presence in Midland softball that he was inducted into the Midland Softball Association Hall of Fame.

All of that would be a rich and full life, but it doesn't even begin to describe what was really important to Jack. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His wife Wanda survives him. He vowed to love, honor and cherish her in 1953 and kept his word until death parted them.

He was preceded in death by his two-year old son Lee and by his parents and an older brother Bobbie Harold. He is survived by 4 sons -- Tim and his wife Terri, Scott and his wife Connie, Kyle and his wife DeAnn, and Travis and his wife Donna, all of Midland. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Robyn, Cliff, Alan, Michael, Kenneth, Molly, Daniel, Mark, Nathan, Laura and Kenzi McGraw all of Midland. Two sisters, Kathryn Peters and Jane Smith and two brothers Billy Wayne and Jerry Mack McGraw all of Blooming Grove, Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

Of all that stirred Jack's heart nothing was more important to him than the Kingdom of God. He will be missed by thousands of believers and friends who were blessed by his leadership as an elder at the Golf Course Road Church of Christ. He became an elder in 1974 and served the body of Christ faithfully for 29 years.

Jack's vision didn't stop with his church. He started serving on the Midland Christian School Board of Directors in 1985 and as chairman led the school through its $5,000,000 campus expansion. With his help the enrollment grew from 600 to 1150 students. In 1986 he was asked to serve on the Engineering Council at Oklahoma Christian University and served on the full board from 1989 to 2003.

Because of his Christian leadership he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oklahoma Christian in 2004. In 1992 he was named Outstanding Ex-student by Blooming Grove High School and in 1996 he was named Alumnus of the Year by Navarro Jr. College.

From a very early age Jack tried to please God and do His will. In his private life, public life, professional life and church life, Jack always put God first. Jack loved Jesus and because of that generously supported Christian education, helped put missionary children through college, recruited students for Oklahoma Christian University and supported mission efforts around the world.

There is so much more that could be said to honor Jack, but we know that the greatest honor is reserved for when the Lord Jesus says, "Well done good and faithful servant."

The funeral service has been scheduled Wednesday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m. at the Golf Course Road Church of Christ. The family will receive friends at Nalley, Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory in Midland from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26. In leiu of flowers, the family suggests memorials should be directed to Midland Christian School 2001 Culver Drive, Midland, Texas 79705.

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 10/26/2004.
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Pape, Clyde

Clyde Glen Pape, of Midland, died Friday Oct. 22. Services will be 1 p.m. today, Oct. 26 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

He was born April 4, 1955 to N.A. Pape and Margarette Pape in Midland and graduated from Travis High School in Austin. In 1992, he opened Glen's Old Car Parts in Midland. He was a 2nd Degree Moose Legionnaire with the Loyal Order of the Moose, Moose Lodge, in Odessa.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

He is survived by his parents.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.



Pittman, Eloise

Eloise Pittman, of Midland, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2004.

She was born July 14, 1925 to Dorman Eugene Gabbert and Clara Vincent Cantelou Gabbert in Hillsboro, Texas. Eloise moved with her parents to Midland, Texas and attended public schools and Midland High School. On September 24, 1941 she married Lloyd Raymond Pittman at the Midland County Court House. They were married for fifty-eight years, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1991. Lloyd preceded her in death September 6, 1999.

Eloise was a Christian woman who loved the Lord and she was a charter member of Fairmont Park Church of Christ. She always had a smile on her face and cooking was a passion of hers. She loved volunteering to cook for the sick, shut-ins and the bereaved. She was kind, a loving mother who always was happy with what she had. When everyday living turned to lemons, she always made lemonade. She studied voice in her early teens. What a soprano sound! She developed a beautiful voice and loved to sing. Her passion was playing the piano and a love for music introduced her to the Hammond Organ. She played the organ at Furr's Cafeteria in the early sixties. Also she was a member from 1967 to 1980 in chapters of Sweet Adeline's International, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, Miami, Florida and the Desert Winds Chapter of Midland. In the early fifties, she worked for her parents at the Oriental Cleaners and in the mid sixties she worked at Dunlap's in the hat department. After retirement her favorite hobby was raising Himalayan kittens. Other interests included cat puzzles and making placemats with old greeting cards and photographs. Eloise loved to plan parties. Her specialty was "42" parties. Her friends could not wait until her next surprise.

Eloise is survived by her daughter, Patricia Ann Woolard and husband, Jimmie of Las Vegas, NV; two sons, Danny Carl Pittman and wife, Cindy of Lawrence, GA; Donald Ray Pittman and wife, Linda of Detroit, TX; grandchildren, Laura Emfinger, Susan Jones, Darren Woolard, Danny Cantrell, Mike Cantrell, Stephanie Harland, Chad Pittman, Jamie Pittman, John Pittman and Ryan Pittman; nine great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Tuesday, October 26, 2004 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at Fairmont Park Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/26/2004.

Belew, Barry Raymond Philippians 1:21 states, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Barry Raymond Belew went to be with our Lord Friday, October 22, 2004. His loving family surrounded him at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas as he went home. Barry was in Denison, traveling, when his rear tire blew out. He overcorrected, hit the guardrail and was thrown 38 feet from the car. Another car stopped to check on him and in the process, ran over him. He was airlifted to Parkland Hospital, where he later died from head injuries.

Barry was born August 27, 1963 in Midland, Texas. Barry spent his childhood in Odessa. He was one of the first students at Odessa Christian School when it was at the Church of Christ building, where he attended from 4 years of age until the sixth grade. He graduated in 1981 from Permian High School. Barry continued his education at Texas Tech, Odessa College, and American College in San Antonio and obtained a Real Estate License and began working in the family business, Belew Real Estate.

Barry later moved to Washington D.C. to begin his entrepreneurial career, where he owned and operated Wall Street Mortgage Company. Barry then returned to Texas where he owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage in Dallas.

Barry was currently serving as President of Providential Enterprises USA. He had recently moved to Denison, Texas, to look after his company's plant operations.

Barry touched the lives of many and leaves behind a loving family including two daughters, Laura Belew of Denison, Texas, Catherine Belew of Lewisville, Texas, two sons, Michael David Belew, and Alexander Anthony Belew, both of Lewisville, Texas. Barry is also survived by his mother Alice Belew and stepfather Dewey Meyers of Odessa, Texas, sister, Cindy Belew Weaver of Bedford, Texas, brothers David Belew of Midland, Texas and Mike Belew of Temple, Texas.

Barry was a member of Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Odessa Christian School.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at Sherwood Church of Christ of Odessa with Lynn Money officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, TX.

Services entrusted to Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/24/2004 - 10/28/2004.


Auburg, Ann

George Ann Auburg, of Midland, passed away Monday, October 25, 2004.

She was born February 22, 1932 to Leroy Jefferson Hammock and Addie Agness Morris Hammock in Sudan, Texas. Ann was raised and educated in Decatur, Texas. On December 22, 1949 she married Billy B. Auburg in Decatur. Ann graduated from Odessa College with an AAS, UTEP with a BA and Texas Tech with an MS degree. Her career included teaching in El Paso and Midland, as well as serving with the Cerebral Palsy Center in Midland and as a Diagnostician with MISD. Ann also worked at Midland County Library on genealogy research. Ann's memberships included the Midland Genealogy Society, Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Ann's many interests included education, genealogy, travel, research and working with her hands and mind. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ann had fought lymphoma since 1992 but continued to lead an active life full of love, hope, optimism and joy until the very end.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Betty June Hammock and Mae Sanford.

Ann is survived by her husband Billy B. Auburg of Midland, TX; sons, Taylor Auburg and wife, Paula, of Sugar Land, TX; and Randy Auburg and wife, Faith, of Midland, TX; sisters, Dixie Elliott of Olney, TX; Faye Locklear of Fort Worth, TX; Tommie Sue Feagan of Decatur, TX; brother, Bob Hammock of Lake Clarendon, TX; seven grandchildren, Eric Auburg currently in Fallujah, Iraq; Carl Auburg of Clear Lake, TX; Brian Auburg of Midland, TX; Clayton Auburg of Sugar Land, TX; Jeff Donnell of Midland, TX; Kyle Auburg of Conroe, TX; Ashley Nollet of Killeen, TX; and five great-grandchildren.

Ann's family would like to extend their thanks and heartfelt appreciation to Dr. David Watkins and Dr. James Corwin and their staff for the wonderful care that she was given. Also special thanks to the nursing staff on 4E at Midland Memorial Hospital.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Wednesday, October 27, 2004 between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 28, 2004 at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Brian Auburg, Carl Auburg, Clayton Auburg, Jeff Donnell, Jim Bradshaw and Tom Cross. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Midland County Library, Genealogical Society, 301 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas 79701, Scottish Rite Hospital, P.O. Box 199300, Dallas, Texas 75210-9300 or Shriner's Hospital, 6977 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/28/2004.
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Belew, Barry Raymond

Philippians 1:21 states, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."

Barry Raymond Belew went to be with our Lord Friday, October 22, 2004. His loving family surrounded him at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas as he went home. Barry was in Denison, traveling, when his rear tire blew out. He overcorrected, hit the guardrail and was thrown 38 feet from the car. Another car stopped to check on him and in the process, ran over him. He was airlifted to Parkland Hospital, where he later died from head injuries.

Barry was born August 27, 1963 in Midland, Texas. Barry spent his childhood in Odessa. He was one of the first students at Odessa Christian School when it was at the Church of Christ building, where he attended from 4 years of age until the sixth grade. He graduated in 1981 from Permian High School. Barry continued his education at Texas Tech, Odessa College, and American College in San Antonio and obtained a Real Estate License and began working in the family business, Belew Real Estate.

Barry later moved to Washington D.C. to begin his entrepreneurial career, where he owned and operated Wall Street Mortgage Company. Barry then returned to Texas where he owned and operated Santa Fe Mortgage in Dallas.

Barry was currently serving as President of Providential Enterprises USA. He had recently moved to Denison, Texas, to look after his company's plant operations.

Barry touched the lives of many and leaves behind a loving family including two daughters, Laura Belew of Denison, Texas, Catherine Belew of Lewisville, Texas, two sons, Michael David Belew, and Alexander Anthony Belew, both of Lewisville, Texas. Barry is also survived by his mother Alice Belew and stepfather Dewey Meyers of Odessa, Texas, sister, Cindy Belew Weaver of Bedford, Texas, brothers David Belew of Midland, Texas and Mike Belew of Temple, Texas.

Barry was a member of Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Odessa Christian School.

Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at Sherwood Church of Christ of Odessa with Lynn Money officiating. Burial was at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, TX.

Services entrusted to Hubbard Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa, Texas.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram from 10/24/2004 - 10/28/2004.
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Madera, Ruford F.

Ruford F. Madera, an independent oil and gas producer, passed away at his home in Indian Wells, California, Monday morning, Oct. 25, 2004. His is survived by two daughters, Kay and Pam Madera; four grandsons, Coleman, Chris and Ken Cobb and Curtis Kidwell; and five great grandchildren, Ginger and Stewart Kidwell, Alexander and Natasha Cobb, and Carissa Martinson. His wife of 62 years, Yvonne Cooke Madera passed away in Sept. of 2003. Ruford and Yvonne were residents of Midland, Texas, Ruidoso, NM, Dallas, Texas and Palm Springs, CA. They were members of the Petroleum Club and Midland Country Club. A grave side service will be held Friday, October 29, 2004, at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/28/2004.


Bennett, Jazmyn

Jazmyn Nikole Bennett, infant daughter of Kevin Bennett and Natasha Martinez died Wednesday, Oct. 27 in Midland. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 at RestHaven Memorial Park with Jesse Guajardo officiating.

She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Christian Brown of Artesia, N.M., and David Martinez of Midland.

Services are under the direction of Reyes Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2004.



Copeland, E.R. "Buddy"

The Lord Jesus Christ came gently for E.R. "Buddy" Copeland on October 27th, 2004 at his earthly home after a brief illness. Buddy passed from this life to his eternal home prepared by his Savior especially for him. His family and friends miss him deeply but would not call him back, even if we could. Buddy was beloved husband, father, and "PaPa" to his family as well as a faithful member of Valley View Baptist Church in Midland.

Buddy served with distinction in the United States Army in World War II. He came ashore in Normandy on June 7th, 1944 on Omaha Beach. Wounded twice in battle and receiving two Purple Hearts, he served with the Second Infantry Division until VE Day. He never spoke much of the horrors of war he experienced, but his pride in his country was deep and abiding and he was always humbled by the opportunity to serve this great nation. The shrapnel from German guns he bore in his body for over sixty years served as a daily reminder to him of the cost of freedom. He instilled that same pride and respect for America in every member of his family. We are sure Buddy heard our Lord say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

Buddy worked in the oilfields of West Texas for many years and was widely known and loved. He took great pride in his work.

His faithful wife of 53 years, Earcille, his parents and one grandchild preceded Buddy in death. His precious second wife Hazel, whom the Lord provided to make his last years a joy and blessing, survives him. Two daughters and two sons, Barbara Brem and her husband Ray of Victoria, Texas, Brenda Campbell and her husband Pete of Midland, Texas, Jackie Copeland and his wife Alma of Dallas, Texas, and Jimmy Copeland of Midland, Texas as well as nine grand children and eleven great grand children also survive him. Two sisters, Agnes Randall and Gertrude Perkins, both of Garrison, Texas also survive.

A celebration of Buddy's homecoming will be held at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel in Midland at 4:00 P.M. Friday, October 29, 2004 with Reverend Robert Frazier and Reverend Pete Campbell officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, October 31, 2004 at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Garrison, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to Home Hospice, 901 W. Missouri, Midland, Texas 79701 - our beautiful angels in disguise who walked faithfully with us through the valley of the shadow of death until the Lord called Buddy home.

Your heart of gold kept us going

Through all the rough times.

You taught us much and supported us

With steady kindness and love

But now you have left us

Truly we will miss you

All of your giving

Your laughter and your love

We always needed it

We will always cherish it

You are gone but have given

A prize nobody else could give

A piece of you in all of us

That will help us live

Dear God

Death is not uncommon

It happens everyday.

Reasons there are always

Some we just don't understand.

We trust You to get us through

Tough times we have without fail.

We ask why and sometimes You tell

And if You don't we won't despair.

We remember there are reasons

Because God is not unfair.

Written by great-granddaughter, Brittany Luedecke
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2004.
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Kerr, James

James Kerr, of Midland, died Wednesday, Oct. 27. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at Ellis Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1 at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park-North. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2004.



Kohn, Treva

Treva Kohn, 37, died Oct. 27 at a local hospital. Services are pending with Pipkin Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2004.



McDonald, Lola

Lola May "Kay" McDonald died Thursday, Oct. 28 in Midland. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Resthaven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home.

She was born March 22, 1920 in Tishamingo, Okla., and married Wilmer McDonald Nov. 3, 1947. She moved to Midland in 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include her children, Joyce Wilson, Barbara Yarbrough, Kim McDonald and Chuck McDonald; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/29/2004.


Kerr, James William

James William Kerr went to be with our Lord, Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

He was born November 7, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, but grew up in Midland. He went to Midland High School where he graduated in 1944. He attended Draughans Business College in Lubbock, TX and later correspondence courses from LaSalle University. He took the CPA exam and passed it in January of 1959. During this time he met Lola Farnsworth while attending First Baptist, where she worked. He married Lola on September 5, 1952 in Midland, TX at the First Baptist Church. He started his CPA practice and had several partners and jobs before going out on his own. He was a devoted church goer and did many volunteer jobs at and for the church. He was also a deacon since 1950.

James is survived by his loving wife Lola Kerr of Midland, TX; daughter and son-in-law Kathryn & Pat Cruze of St. Cloud, MN; son Mark Kerr of Houston, TX; son and daughter-in-law Paul & Lischen Kerr of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren include Sara and husband Joe Hulne, Shawn Cruze, Amanda Cruze, Paul (David) Kerr Jr., James (Bo) Kerr, Rachael Kerr, & Rebecca Kerr; brother-in-law Clarence Wilson; nephew and wife Steve & Pat Wilson; nephew and wife Charles & Judy Wilson. His parents Charles and Jewell Kerr, and sister, Mary Wilson preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Sunday, October 31, 2004 between the hours of 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 1, 2004 in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary with Dr. Gary Dyer and Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Internment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park-North. Pallbearers will be Bob Blalock, Willie Dubose, James Mims, Terry Rhoads, Kyle Roy, & George Walker. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Library, 2104 W. Louisiana, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2004.



Kohn, Treva

Treva Ann Richardson Kohn went home to be with Our Heavenly Father on Wednesday October 27, 2004.

She was born on June 21, 1967 in Lubbock, Texas to Dean and Corky Richardson. She was raised and educated in Amarillo, Texas where she graduated from Tascosa High School. Treva moved to Midland in 1987 where she met and later married Zack Kohn on July 8, 1995.

She had previously worked for Furr's Supermarket and was currently working with Lawrence Brothers Supermarket. She enjoyed singing and playing the clarinet and loved her cats. Treva was a very loving and strong individual and was an inspiration to others.

She was a very caring and loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.

She was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

Funeral Service will be held on Monday November 1, 2004 at 9:00 AM at Crestview Baptist Church with Rev. John Gurlach officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Survivors include her spouse, Zachary (Zack) Kohn of Midland; father, Carol Dean Richardson of Kerrville, Texas; mother, Claudell Corky Davis of Albuquerque, NM; stepfather, Carl G. Davis of Albuquerque, NM; son, Trent Adric Kohn of Midland; sister, Tyra Denise Richardson of Albuquerque, NM; step brother: Tyson Glen Davis of Colorado; one niece, Kaitlin Wood of Farmington, NM and numerous aunts, and uncles.

Services are entrusted to Pipkin Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at:pipkin@nts-online.neto
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2004.



Taylor, Bill

Bill Taylor went to be with our Lord Thursday, October 28, 2004.

Bill was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1925. Shortly before his graduation ceremony from Duncan High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps. During World War II, Bill made four combat beach landings at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. On Iwo Jima, he received the Presidential Unit Citation, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. He loved the U. S. Marine Corps and its Marines.

After his World War II service he attended Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma. He studied engineering and played on Cameron's Junior College National Championship football team. After two years at Cameron, Bill went to work for the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company as a truck driver, a job he was very proud of. While working for HOWCO, Bill was recalled into the U. S. Marine Corps to serve during the Korean War. Bill attained the rank of Captain by the time of his discharge in 1951. He then attended and graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1954.

After graduation, Bill went to work for Halliburton Services as a field engineer in Farmington, New Mexico. At the time of his retirement in 1987, he held the office of Corporate Executive Vice President of Oilfield Services and was a director of Halliburton Company. He had previously served as President of Halliburton Services, President of IMCO Services Division, and CEO of the Welex Division of Halliburton.

In 1976 Bill attended the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard University Business School. Bill served as a director of the University of New Mexico Foundation, and is a recipient of the distinguished Engineering School alumnus (1981) and the distinguished University of New Mexico alumnus (1989). He was formerly a director of the Cameron University Foundation in Lawton, Oklahoma, and the San Juan College Foundation in Farmington, New Mexico. In October 2004, Bill was awarded the distinguished alumnus award for Cameron University. He was also a member of the Duncan, Oklahoma, Public Schools Hall of Fame.

Bill touched the lives of many. He was known by his family and friends as a man who loved and cared about people. He was always quick with a smile and left a trail of friends wherever he went. Bill always said "yes" when asked to help with education, or motivating young kids toward achievement. He faithfully attended Midland Bible Church and was an inspiration to many. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bill is survived by his wife Tish, of Midland, Texas, and her two sons, Doug and Kevin; his sister, Kay Frankie of Houston, Texas; his son, Steve of Houston, Texas; his son, Craig and his wife, Darla, of Midland, Texas; his daughter, Kim Rood and her husband, Denny, of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Kellye Baugh and her husband, Chris, of Austin, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Sunday, October 31, 2004 between the hours of 4:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.

Memorial services have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Monday, November 1, 2004 at Midland Bible Church, 2800 N. "A" Street, Midland, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the charity of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2004.



Townzen, Jack

Jack Edward Townzen passed away Thursday, October 28th with family by his side. Jack was born to Grayson Arthur and Edna Mae Scroggins Townzen in Strawn, Texas on December 18, 1926. He grew up in Ranger and graduated from Ranger High School and Ranger Jr. College. After serving in the Navy during WWII he met and married Mary Garren of Odessa on December 23, 1949. They moved to Midland in 1960 to manage a Murphy and Rochester insurance and real estate office. Jack was a member and past president of the Midland Homebuilders Association; many Midlanders still live in a Townzen built home. Being of 32nd Degree KCCH Mason, he was also a past president of both Midland and Odessa Scottish Rite Associations. Jack loved all sports and was an avid outdoorsman who especially loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Jack Jr., brothers, James, Thomas, B.E. "Red", and Robert.

Jack is survived by Mary, his wife of 54 years; son, Mark with wife Crystal and grandson Curtis of Ft. Worth; sister, Mary Lou and husband Jimmy Samford of Austin and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Andrew Cumberland Presbyterian Church at 1415 N. Grandview in Odessa, of which he was and elder. Dr. Jimmy Braswell will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charities of your choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2004.



Watts, Emma Ruth

On Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at her residence in Vienna, VA. Beloved mother of Richard Watts of Midland, Texas, Mike Watts of Mesquite, Texas and the Late Pat Watts; sister of Mary Williams and Norma Mundt of Vienna, VA. She is also survived by two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and on great great granchild. A grandchild, Kathryn Hicks, preceded her.

Memorial services will be held at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd., Vienna, VA.

On Monday, November 1, 2004 at 11 a.m. Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Hospice, 9300 Lee Hwy, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA. 22031 or to your local hospice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Money & King Funeral Home.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/30/2004.


Bybee, Elizabeth

Bybee, Elizabeth Mai Rachal passed away on October 23, 2004 at her home in Dallas, Texas. She was born September 11, 1920 in San Antonio, Texas to Guy Scott Rachal and Elizabeth Cage Lane, both members of pioneer Texas families. Elizabeth passed away October 23, 2004 at her home in Dallas. She was raised on her parents' ranch in Pecos County thirty miles from Ft. Stockton, Texas. Elizabeth graduated from Ft. Stockton High School and attended the University of Texas in Austin where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. On June 17, 1939 she married Robert William Bybee, a geologist for Humble Oil Company and Exxon. While her husband, Bob, explored for oil, the family moved numerous times around Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico, living in New Orleans, Houston, Midland and Roswell. They were residents of Houston for 33 years before moving to Dallas in 2000. Elizabeth loved golf and was an accomplished player. She was a member of River Oaks Country Club in Houston and the Old Baldy Club in Saratoga, Wyoming. She was President of Women's Golf Charities of Houston from 1971-1974 and continued as a board member for several L.P.G.A. events in Houston in the 1970's. Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Robert William Bybee; three daughters and sons-in-laws, Betty and Bob Verplank of Dallas, Texas; Corinne and Bill Simpler of Richardson, Texas; Joan Bybee and Ira Jaffe of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her grandchildren and spouses are: Robert and Katie Verplank, Scott and Kim Verplank, Will and Michelle Simpler, Rachal and Rich Wiski, Trent Simpler and Brody Hooper and nine great-grandchildren. She is survived by sisters Mignon Pearson of Midland and Margaret Measday of Yuma, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women's Golf Charities, Inc. c/o Penelopy Murphy, 33103 Whitley Court, Fulshear, TX 77441. Memorial services will be held at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75230 on November 6, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.
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Cobb, Thomas

Thomas Sidney Cobb, 66, of Ridgecrest, California, died on Wednesday, October 27, 2004, in Topeka, Kansas. Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, November 1, 2004 at Trinity Memorial Park.

Mr. Cobb was born on May 20, 1938, and married Judi Wrachford in 1976, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He had lived in Big Spring until the third grade and moved back to Big Spirng in the 1970's. Mr. Cobb served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He was a Chief Petty Officer and had served during the end of the Korean War and three tours during Vietnam. Thomas served on several aircraft carriers including the USS Kitty Hawk, the USS Midway, the USS Wasp, and the USS Bon Homme Richard. He helped in the recovery of Gemini Space Capsules.

Thomas enjoyed flying and motorcycles. He was known as the family "Ham", cutting up and always being available for pictures.

Survivors include his wife, Judi Wrachford Cobb, three sons, Robert Cobb of Mesa, Arizona, Mike Cobb and his wife, Loretta of Simi Valley, California, and Kenneth Cobb and his wife Lisa of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Norma Green of Midland; four grandchildren, Heather and Thomas Cobb of Simi Valley, California, Becky and Mike Cobb of Santa Cruz, California; five nieces and nephews, Wade Cobb, Angela Phernetton, and Susan Watkins all of Big Spring; Monica Whitlock, and James Green both of Midland.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 3205 W. Cuthbert, Ste A-5 Midland, Texas 79701.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.
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Hatten Sr., John

John Henry Hatten Sr. passed away Friday, October 29, 2004 at Hospice House in Odessa.

Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Monday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Blossom Matthews officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Family will receive visitors 6-8 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

John Henry Hatten was born June 6, 1914 in Dalhart, Texas to Ed and Gulielma Boon Hatten. He served in the Navy as Pharmacist's Mate First Class. He was a 30 year employee of Behrens Drug Co. as a salesman. He married Novelle Groves in Breckenridge, Texas on July 16, 1939. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Tri County Pharmaceutical Association, Odessa Country Club and First Methodist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher for 22, years.

He is preceded in death by his wife Novelle Hatten, his parents and seven siblings.

He is survived by his daughter Diane Benson Gaskins and husband Don of Dallas, son John H. Hatten II. DDS and wife Carol of Odessa, brothers Lt. Col. Frank Hatten of Plano, and Ray Hatten of Cisco, five grandchildren Leslie Benson, Cynthia Reed, Krista Vanderburg, Charity Sparks, and Stephanie Hatten and six great grandchildren

Memorials can be made to Hospice House 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa TX 79761 or Parks Methodist Retirement Village 111 Parks Village Drive, Odessa, TX 79765.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.
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Kerr, James William

James William Kerr went to be with our Lord, Wednesday, October 27, 2004.

He was born November 7, 1926 in Dallas, Texas, but grew up in Midland. He went to Midland High School where he graduated in 1944. He attended Draughans Business College in Lubbock, TX and later correspondence courses from LaSalle University. He took the CPA exam and passed it in January of 1959. During this time he met Lola Farnsworth while attending First Baptist, where she worked. He married Lola on September 5, 1952 in Midland, TX at the First Baptist Church. He started his CPA practice and had several partners and jobs before going out on his own. He was a devoted church goer and did many volunteer jobs at and for the church. He was also a deacon since 1950.

James is survived by his loving wife Lola Kerr of Midland, TX; daughter and son-in-law Kathryn & Pat Cruze of St. Cloud, MN; son Mark Kerr of Houston, TX; son and daughter-in-law Paul & Lischen Kerr of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren include Sara and husband Joe Hulne, Shawn Cruze, Amanda Cruze, Paul (David) Kerr Jr., James (Bo) Kerr, Rachael Kerr, & Rebecca Kerr; brother-in-law Clarence Wilson; nephew and wife Steve & Pat Wilson; nephew and wife Charles & Judy Wilson. His parents Charles and Jewell Kerr, and sister, Mary Wilson preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Sunday, October 31, 2004 between the hours of 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 1, 2004 in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary with Dr. Gary Dyer and Reverend Bob Hopkins officiating. Internment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park-North. Pallbearers will be Bob Blalock, Willie Dubose, James Mims, Terry Rhoads, Kyle Roy, & George Walker. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church Library, 2104 W. Louisiana, Midland, Texas 79701.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.
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Kohn, Treva

Treva Ann Richardson Kohn went home to be with Our Heavenly Father on Wednesday October 27, 2004.

She was born on June 21, 1967 in Lubbock, Texas to Dean and Corky Richardson. She was raised and educated in Amarillo, Texas where she graduated from Tascosa High School. Treva moved to Midland in 1987 where she met and later married Zack Kohn on July 8, 1995.

She had previously worked for Furr's Supermarket and was currently working with Lawrence Brothers Supermarket. She enjoyed singing and playing the clarinet and loved her cats. Treva was a very loving and strong individual and was an inspiration to others.

She was a very caring and loving wife, mother, daughter and sister.

She was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

Funeral Service will be held on Monday November 1, 2004 at 9:00 AM at Crestview Baptist Church with Rev. John Gurlach officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Pallbearers include: Bryan White, Bob Young, Daniel Price, Robert Jones, Mike Poymor, Guy Wayne Wilhelm, Scotty Wilhelm, Tyson Davis.

Survivors include her spouse, Zachary (Zack) Kohn of Midland; father, Dean Richardson of Kerrville, Texas; mother, Corky Davis of Albuquerque, N.M.; stepfather, Carl G. Davis of Albuquerque, NM; son, Trent Adric Kohn of Midland; sister, Tyra Denise Richardson of Albuquerque, NM; stepbrother, Tyson Glen Davis of Colorado; one niece, Kaitlin Wood of Farmington, NM; and numerous aunts, and uncles.

Services are entrusted to Pipkin Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at: pipkin@nts-online.net.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.
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Norton Jr., Robert B.

Robert B. "Bob" Norton, Jr., 59, of Midland passed away Thursday, October 28, 2004, at his residence. He was born December 21, 1944 in Greensboro, NC to Robert and Feltcie Norton.

Mr. Norton married Delpha Ybarra on November 15, 2002 in Midland. He moved to Midland in 1985 after working as an over the road truck driver for 20 years. He later worked as a salesman for Sewell Ford and Rogers Ford for 13 years. He was an avid Antique Car enthusiast and a member of the Midland Cruisers Car Club. He was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Delpha Norton of Midland; 2 sons, Robert Bruce Norton of Locust Grove, GA and David Norton of Peachtree City, NC; 1 step-son, Hector Fuentes of Midland; 1 daughter, Marisa Norton of NC; 2 step-daughters, Dominique Boxell of Dallas and Andrea Fuentes of Midland; 1 brother, James Norton of Trinity, NC; 2 sisters, Lindy Smith of Mt. Croghan, SC and Judy Locklear of Mexton, NC; 9 grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM Monday, November 1, 2004, in the St. Stephen's Catholic Church. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 2, 2004, in the St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Rev. James Bridges officiating.

The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, 79701 or St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 4601 Neely, Midland, 79701.

Services entrusted to the care of Andrews Funeral Home, 201 N.E. First St., Andrews, TX.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.
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Taylor, Bill

Bill Taylor went to be with our Lord Thursday, October 28, 2004.

Bill was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1925. Shortly before his graduation ceremony from Duncan High School, he joined the United States Marine Corps. During World War II, Bill made four combat beach landings at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. On Iwo Jima, he received the Presidential Unit Citation, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. He loved the U. S. Marine Corps and its Marines.

After his World War II service he attended Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma. He studied engineering and played on Cameron's Junior College National Championship football team. After two years at Cameron, Bill went to work for the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company as a truck driver, a job he was very proud of. While working for HOWCO, Bill was recalled into the U. S. Marine Corps to serve during the Korean War. Bill attained the rank of Captain by the time of his discharge in 1951. He then attended and graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1954.

After graduation, Bill went to work for Halliburton Services as a field engineer in Farmington, New Mexico. At the time of his retirement in 1987, he held the office of Corporate Executive Vice President of Oilfield Services and was a director of Halliburton Company. He had previously served as President of Halliburton Services, President of IMCO Services Division, and CEO of the Welex Division of Halliburton.

In 1976 Bill attended the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard University Business School. Bill served as a director of the University of New Mexico Foundation, and is a recipient of the distinguished Engineering School alumnus (1981) and the distinguished University of New Mexico alumnus (1989). He was formerly a director of the Cameron University Foundation in Lawton, Oklahoma, and the San Juan College Foundation in Farmington, New Mexico. In October 2004, Bill was awarded the distinguished alumnus award for Cameron University. He was also a member of the Duncan, Oklahoma, Public Schools Hall of Fame.

Bill touched the lives of many. He was known by his family and friends as a man who loved and cared about people. He was always quick with a smile and left a trail of friends wherever he went. Bill always said "yes" when asked to help with education, or motivating young kids toward achievement. He faithfully attended Midland Bible Church and was an inspiration to many. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bill is survived by his wife Tish, of Midland, Texas, and her two sons, Doug and Kevin; his sister, Kay Frankie of Houston, Texas; his son, Steve of Houston, Texas; his son, Craig and his wife, Darla, of Midland, Texas; his daughter, Kim Rood and her husband, Denny, of Dallas, Texas; his daughter, Kellye Baugh and her husband, Chris, of Austin, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Ellis Funeral Home Sunday, October 31, 2004 between the hours of 4:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.

Memorial services have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Monday, November 1, 2004 at Midland Bible Church, 2800 N. "A" Street, Midland, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the charity of one's choice.
Published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram on 10/31/2004.


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