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Obituaries 2003
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Joseph Henson
Joseph E. Henson
Joseph E. Henson, age 60, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at his residence in Kermit. He entered this life on Monday, June 7, 1943 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Mr. Henson was a retired truck driver and was a member of First United Pentecostal Church. He had been a resident of Kermit since 1972.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Margaret Jane (Bieries) Henson and two children; daughter, Patricia (Henson) Chambers of Iowa Park, Texas, and son, Marty Belcourt of Kermit, Texas. He came from a large family and is survived by nine siblings. His sisters include: Ruth Custer of Monahans, Shirley Virden of Florida, Maggie Smithhart and Wanda Milton both of Kermit, Mary Eva Williams of Missouri, and Christina Harris of Illinois. His brothers are Lee Henson of Sweetwater, Texas, Billy Ames, and Thomas Henson both of Missouri.

Mr. Henson had six grandchildren; Tiffany Belcourt, Stephanie Belcourt, Hailey Belcourt, Porscha Jane Adams, Jetta Mae Chambers, and Brandon Belcourt. He also had two great-grandchildren, Xavier Porter and Shelby Porter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Joseph Henson and Mary Marie (Lincoln) Henson, one brother, and one sister.

Pallbearers were Mr. Henson's brother, Thomas Henson and several nephews, including: Chris Smithhart, Steven Smithhart, Allen Smithhart, Tommy Smithhart, and Bobby Custer. Joe Hughes was honorary pallbearer.

Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit. The funeral service was held at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 3:00 PM Saturday, July 12, 2003, with Pastor Eddie Cotton officiating. Interment followed at Psalm 23 Cemetery in Kermit.


Manuel Alvarez
Manuel Alvarez
Manuel Alvarez, age 39, of Odessa, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2003 in Ozona. He was born Thursday, April 2, 1964 in Sonora, TX to Jose and Lupe (Cardona) Alvarez. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

A former Kermit resident, Manuel attended Kermit High School prior to moving to Odessa. He had been a resident of Odessa for 13 years and was employed by Cudd Pumping Services.

He will be remembered with love by his wonderful, loving son, Nathaniel Ross Alvarez of Odessa; his former wife, Jeanette Alvarez, of Odessa. His parents: Jose and Lupe of Kermit; Two Sisters: Janie Nunez of Odessa and Patsy Ferguson of Kermit; Two Brothers: Roy Villarreal of Edna, Texas and John Alvarez of Odessa and his nieces and nephews: Shane Dale Cohen, Rebecca Garcia, Rachel Garcia, Jonathan Miles Alvarez, Jessica Michelle Alvarez, Roy Villarreal, Jr and Paul Villarreal and a host of other relatives and friends.

Rosary is scheduled at 7:00 pm, Friday, July 25, 2003 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Demetrio Pineda leading the prayer.

Graveside service is scheduled at 10:00 am, Saturday, July 26, 2003 at Kermit Cemetery with Fr. Richard Waiwood officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


Jose M. Jordan

Mr. Jose M. Jordan, age 90, of Kermit, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2003. He was born April 26, 1913 in Jimenez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Mr. Jordan was a rancher, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and had been a resident of Kermit for ten years.


He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mrs. Elodia Jordan, and three daughters: Rossy Lujan of Kermit, Maria Elena Jordan of Midland, and Hayde Jordan of Coahuila, Mexico. His survivors also include a sister, Rafaela Jordan of Guanajuato, Mexico, seventeen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Eliodoro Jordan, his son, Jose Jordan, Jr., and his daughters, Elizabeth Jordan and Irma Jordan.

Rosary service was at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 7:00 pm Sunday, July 27, 2003, officiated by Demetrio Pineda. Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 28, 2003, with Father Richard Waiwood officiating. Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit handled arrangements. Interment is at Kermit Cemetery.

Beatrice Adamson
Beatrice C Adamson
Beatrice C Adamson, age 93, of Alpine, Texas, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2003, at her residence in Alpine. Beatrice was born Tuesday, April 26, 1910 in Alpine to the late Jesus Abundio & Martina (Franco) Cobos. She married Hallie Levie Adamson on September 14, 1944 in Alpine. He preceded her in death on December 16, 1967.

Beatrice was a homemaker and a member of the Catholic Church.

She is survived by her Six Daughters: Mary Martinez, Kate Dominguez and Josie Galindo all of Carlsbad, NM; Rosie Arp and husband Raymond of Tow, TX., Elizabeth Valenzuela of Kermit, TX and Mildred Robles of Alpine, TX; Four Sons: Charlie Loya and wife, Aida of Odessa, TX; Rudy Loya and wife Delma of Ruidoso, NM, Monroe Adamson of Tow, TX and Jasper Adamson of Alpine, TX; Two Sisters: Brijida De Anda of Odessa, TX and Elena De La Rosa of Fort Stockton, TX; One Brother: Jesus Cobos and wife, Trixie of Odessa, TX; Twenty Eight grandchildren; Forty Seven great-grandchildren; Twenty Six great-great grandchildren; and One great-great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers are her grandchildren: Ruben Martinez, Rudy Loya, Jr., Eddie Moreno, Robert Moreno, Ray Valenzuela and Donny Galindo.

Rosary is scheduled for 8:00 PM, Sunday, August 3rd at Our Lady Of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine.

Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10AM, Monday, August 4, 2003 at Our Lady Of Peace Catholic Church with Father Miguel Alcuino officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Angel Cemetery in Alpine.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, TX.

Jose Martinez Lara
Jose Martinez Lara
Jose Martinez Lara, age 61, of Odessa, passed away Friday, August 1, 2003, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born January 7, 1942 in Redford, TX to the late Francisco and Sabina (Martinez) Lara.

Jose was an 11 year resident of Odessa, having moved there from Kermit. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of the St Joseph Catholic Church. Jose was also a member of De Colores of Kermit.

He is survived by his wife Estefana of Odessa; One Daughter: Linda Sue of Bradenton, FL ( ???? ); Three Sons: Jessie Lara and Adrian Lara both of Odessa and Joe Lara, Jr. of Kermit; Four Brothers: Manuel Lopez, Raul Lara, and Alvino Lara all of Kermit and Isaac Ramirez of Andrews; Nine grandchildren and Seven great-grandchildren.

Rosary is scheduled at 7:00 PM, Monday, August 4, 2003 at Family Service Funeral Chapel with Dimetrio Pineda leading the prayer. Funeral service is scheduled at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at St Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Waiwood officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Joe Lara, Jr, Adrian Lara, Sammy Cardenas, Frank Cardenas, Jr, Josh Alvarado and Raul Lara, Jr.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Patricia Sue Bandel
Patricia Sue Bandel, age 58, of Kermit, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late George Barber and the late Alma (Wilson) Barber.

She is survived by her daughter: April Bandel of Kermit and one Brother: Sonny Barber of Odessa.

Funeral service will be at Friendship Baptist Church at 2:00 PM Sunday, August 10, 2003, with Rev Dale Billingsley officiating. Interment will follow at Friendship Cemetery in Goreville, Ill.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Lowell Parker Lund
Lowell Parker Lund, age 79, of Midland, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2003, at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland. He was born Thursday, December 20, 1923 in Story County, Iowa to the late Theodore and Sophie (Sydness) Lund. Lowell married Mary Shelley in Kermit on October 12, 1974.

Mr. Lund was a Contract Administrator with Northern Natural Gas and had retired in 1981 after 32 years of service. Being one not to sit around, Lowell then came out of retirement and went to work for Midland Memorial Rehab where he retired in 1994 as a Materials Manager. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister: Marilyn Burkhard, one son: John Lund and his great grandson: Tyllere Frie.

He is survived by his wife Mary ;  Two Sons: Paul Lund and Mark Lund both of Omaha, NE; Three Daughters: Loretta Tarango and Melinda Compton both of Midland, and Vickie Frie of Wink; Eight grandchildren and Five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are his grandchildren: Tommy Frie, Chris Compton, Brent Compton, Bandy McKenzie, Justin Tarrango and Brandon Tarrango. Honorary pallbearers are: Teddy Joe Frie, Randy Compton and Rudy Tarrango.

Funeral service is scheduled at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM Monday, August 18, 2003, with Pastor Joe Mohler officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Heart & Stroke Association – 3205 W Cuthbert, A-8, Midland, TX 79701. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Edward Eugene Akins
Edward Eugene Akins
Edward Eugene Akins age 80, of Kermit, passed away Friday August 29, 2003 at Midland Memorial Hospital.  He had been a resident of Kermit for 45 years. Mr. Akins was born October 3, 1922 in Paris, Texas to the late Leonard William and Minnie Mae (Eppers) Akins.

Mr. Akins was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army. He met and married Betty Marie Luck December 22, 1941 in Coolidge, Arizona. They moved to Kermit in 1958 where Ed was a lease operator for Mobil Oil, having retired after 35 years of service in 1995.

Mr. Akins is survived by his wife, Betty Akins of Kermit and his sister, Jean Orsak of Alamogordo, New Mexico. He is survived by seven children.  His daughters are Patsy Gonzales of Bay City, Texas, Barbara Nichols of Odessa, Deborah Johnson of Mobile, Alabama and Candy Mitchell of Kermit.  His sons are Robert Akins of San Antonio, Texas, Eddie Akins of Katy, Texas, and Jimmy Akins of Bandera, Texas.  His survivors also include fifteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held privately. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


Jose G Polance
Jose G. Polanco

Jose G. Polanco, age 63, of Kermit, Texas, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2003, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas   He was born to the late Rafael Polanco and the late Margarita (Galindo) Polanco on Saturday, April 27, 1940.  Mr. Polanco was a retired pulling unit floorhand and was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  He was a resident of Kermit for 23 years.He married Gerardema (Juarez) Polanco in 1966 in Ojinaga, Mexico.  She and their five children survive him.  They have three daughters; Sandra Brown of Santa Fe, NM, and Carmen Valenzuela and Maria Urias of Kermit.  Their two sons are Lenin and Rodrigo Polanco of Kermit.

He came from a large family with eight siblings.  His six sisters survive him.  They are:  Eva Samaniego of Odessa, Lidia Carrasco of Kermit, Juana Acosta of Fort Stockton, Carlotta Arreola of Kermit, Leonila Carrasco of Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, and Maria Bustamante of Andrews.  He was preceded in death by both of his brothers, Hector and Manuel Polanco.

He has thirteen grandchildren:  Neah, Gladys, Magaly, Alex, Robert, Rosanna, Rene, Tiffany, America, Calvin, Crista, Juan Jr., and Alyssa.

Rosary will be held 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 3rd at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Thursday, September 4th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Lucido officiating.

Pallbearers are Hector Polanco, Jr., Eloy Polanco, Ramon Gardea, Jose Bustamante, Eliazer Alvarado and Scott Morris. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


Lenora Payne
Lenora Payne
Lenora Payne, age 76, of Tucson, AZ, passed away at her home, Thursday, September 4, 2003, in Tucson, Ariz. One of five children, she was born Monday, April 11, 1927 in Monahans to the late Catarino Felipe and Manuela (Peralez) Zuniga.

Lenora was a self-employed housekeeper and was a lifetime resident of Tucson, AZ

She is survived by one Sister: Jesusita Vejil of Kermit; one aunt: Benita Vargas of Artesia, NM, two nephews: Jesse Vejil of Kermit and Michael Suniga of Houston;nine nieces: Anita Vejil of Long Beach, CA, Virginia Donalson of Lodi, CA, Yolanda Brown of Odessa, TX, Rita Craig of Lometa, TX, Juliana Escobar of Kermit, Roxanne Vejil of Lodi, CA, Cindy Martin and Lupe Martinez both of Odessa, and Manuela Suniga of Midland, TX.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: Alejandro Zuniga, Phillip Zuniga and Julian Zuniga.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Martinez, James Suniga, Crispin Vejil-Marquez,Arik Vejil, Rita Craig, and Juliana Escobar.

Rosary is scheduled for 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 11, 2003 with Father Richard Waiwood officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the American Heart Association.


Clark Stewart
Clark Leon Stewart

Clark Leon Stewart, age 86, of Kermit, Texas, passed away Friday, September 5, 2003, at Memorial Hospital in Kermit. A Winkler County resident for 71 years, Mr. Stewart was born Tuesday, July 3, 1917 in Gordon, TX to Henry and Chloe (Carter) Stewart.

Clark graduated from Kermit High School in 1938 then served in the Air Force during World War II. He married Joyce Atwood on November 6, 1942 in Kermit. After putting in 30 years of service with Cabbott Gas Plant, Clark retired as a Plant Operator. He was a member of the First Assembly of God.

A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he will be remembered with precious memories by his wife Joyce, of the home; two sons: Barry Stewart of Brazoria, TX and Cary Stewart of Kermit; two grandsons: Thomas Stewart of Breckenridge, TX and Brandon Stewart of Kermit; four granddaughter: Joy Foley of Auburn, WA, Cindy Stewart , Valerie Burbaugh and Alexis Burbaugh; four great-grandchildren: Nicholas Foley, Dylan Foley, Ireland Foley and Jerry Wayne Stewart; and one brother: Carter Stewart of Voss, TX.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Wayne Stewart, in 1994.

Funeral services are scheduled at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 9, 2003, at the First Assembly of God with Rev Bob Heidecker officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Lura Alice Pipkin
Lura Alice Pipkin
Lura "Lou" Alice (Gandy) Pipkin, a long time Kermit resident went from this life to enter into eternal life with her Lord on Thursday, September 11, 2003. Lou had been a resident of Kermit for 67 years. She was born November 11, 1910 in Woodford, Carter County, OK, to George Wesley and Ivy Mae (Bryant) Gandy.

Lou attended Healdton schools and graduated in 1929. She went on to attend Business College in Ardmore, OK, where, upon graduation, she married Garvice Delmer "Buster" Pipkin in Ardmore in 1933. Lou and Buster moved to West Texas in 1936 and took up residency in Kermit. Together, they started GD "Buster" Pipkin Trucking Company in 1945. Lou's primary job was to take care of all the bookkeeping. After retiring from the trucking business, Lou started work as a sales clerk for Owen's Jewelry and Cone's Jewelry in Kermit until her retirement in 1984.

Lou was a charter member of the First United Methodist Church of Kermit and was a founding member and Treasurer for the Builders Sunday School Class for many years. She served on the Building Committee for the new Sanctuary in 1958 and for the Educational Building in 1963. Lou was also an active member of the UMW and the Methodist Women's Guild. She enjoyed quilting and was a needlepoint artist.

One of the biggest highlights of Lou's life was when she and Buster built their new home in 1955. Lou oversaw most of the construction and completion of the home. She also enjoyed going back to Healdton each August for the Old Timer's Reunion.

Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Buster, on February 5, 1967, her grandson, Mike Hayes in 1995 and by five brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Donna Hayes, and husband, Dennie of Kermit; one son, Tommy Pipkin of Kermit; six Grandchildren, fourteen Great-Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, in Kermit, at 2:30 PM Sunday, September 14, 2003, with Reverend Beth Harrington officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. The family has entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor to handle the funeral arrangements.

Josefa Morales
Josefa (Armendariz) Morales, a 28 year resident of Kermit, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2003, at her home. She was born Friday, March 7, 1924, in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was a homemaker and a catholic.

She is survived by her husband Pedro Morales of Kermit; Six Daughters: Elfida De La Cruz of Merkel, Elida Rodriguez of Monahans, Emantina Saenz, Marta Emelda Hernandez, Juana Castillo and Irma Morales all of Kermit; Four Sons: Pedro Morales and Elinardo Morales both of Kermit, Isidro Morales of El Mulato, Mexico and Patricio Morales of Monahans; Two Sisters: Gloria Grado of Roswell, NM and Rufina Lujan of Andrews; Two Brothers: Demetrio Armendariz and Antonio Armendariz both of Kermit and numerous granchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 12:00 noon, Sunday, September 28, 2003, at El Mulato Cemetery in El Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Manuela Briones
Manuela V Briones
Manuela V Briones, age 81, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2003, at Odessa Regional Hospital. A prior, lengthy resident of Kermit, Manuela had moved to Monahans in 2001. She was born June 15, 1922 in Carlsbad, NM, to the late Jesus and Romana (Madrid) Valenzuela.

Manuela married Marcelino Briones in 1936 in Redford, TX. She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and loved to play BINGO.

She is survived by: Four Daughters: Erica Briones of Monahans, Yolanda Honesto of Morton, Texas, Gloria Armendariz of Lubbock, and Irma Briones of Roswell, NM;  Six Sons: Mauricio Briones of Duncan, OK, Alonzo Briones of Jal, NM, Pablo Briones of Vernon, Ill, Edmundo Briones of Kermit, Joel Briones of Odessa, and Edmundo Briones Jr. of Kermit;  Three Sisters: Nico Lopez and Rita Perez both of Kermit and Lola Rios of Odessa;  Two Brothers: Raymond Valenzuela and Frank Valenzuela both of Kermit;  Forty Nine grandchildren; Twenty great-grandchildren; and Two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcelino, on December 16, 1991.

Rosary is scheduled for 7:00 PM, Thursday, October 2, 2003 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11:00 AM, Friday, October 3, 2003 at St Joseph Catholic Church with Interment to follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers are Gerardo Armendariz, Lorenzo Briones, Andres Cano, Albert Montoya, Jesse Briones and Max Honesto.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, TX.

Howell Gene Taylor
Howell Gene Taylor
Mr. Howell Gene Taylor, age 75, of Kermit, Texas, passed away  Wednesday, October  8, 2003  at his residence. He was born Thursday , June 5, 1928 to Rufus and Ina Taylor in Dangerfield , TX. Mr. Taylor attended Brady schools, and in 1945 enlisted in the U.S.Navy where he served aboard the U.S.S. Jupiter. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947, Mr. Taylor attended Eaton Barber College in Littlerock, Arkansas. He married Ann Hass October 15, 1955 in Hobbs, NM., and in 1962 Gene opened "Gene's Barber Shop" and was later joined by his wife Ann and it is still in operation today. He was known by some locals as "MEAN GENE THE CUTTING MACHINE".  Mr. Taylor was a member of First Christian Church,  member of Kermit Lodge # 1258 Af  & Am, and Scottish  Rite- El Paso. Mr. Taylor was a resident of Kermit  44 Years, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, and camping. He will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Mildred Cassin.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Ann Taylor; Two Daughters: Martha Vining and husband, Gil, of Lubbock, and Mary Rainer and husband Mike of Flagstaff, AZ; One Son: Howard Taylor and wife, Shawn, of Spring, TX; Two Brothers: Edwin Taylor of Hope, AK and Gerald Taylor of Greeley, CO. His mother and father-in- law,  Bess and Bill Orchard, of Iraan, TX; One Brother-in-law,  Bill Cassin of Springhill, AR and 9 Grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brian D. Moore, Tom Irvin, Robert Roberts, Tim Stansel, Brandon Rainer and Howard Taylor.

Funeral services are scheduled 3:00 pm, Friday, October 10, 2003 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Rev. Henry Freund officiating. Masonic Graveside services to follow at Kermit Cemetery.

James "Jay" Allen Marshall
Mr. James "Jay" Allen Marshall, age 37, of Midland, TX, passed away into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, October 7, 2003. He was born December 13, 1965, in Richland Hills, TX. James attended Ft Stockton schools and received his associate's degree in computer science from South Plains College in Canyon, TX. He was an oilfield worker around the Odessa area.

Preceding him in death was a daughter, Stormy Ann Marshall, his paternal grandparents, Geneva and Allen Marshall, his maternal grandparents, Lennie and James Preast, and a brother Jerry Lee Nickels, Jr.

James is survived by his father, Earnie Marshall of Sweetwater, TX; mother, Ann Cook of Midland; two daughters, Misty Marshall of Moore, OK, and Justine Marshall of Kermit; three brothers, Philip Nickels of Omaha, NE, Earnie Olin of Sherman, TX, and Stephen Douglas Paternastra of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Vickie Fanning of Midland, and Tamera Althof of Tuscon, AZ; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Visitation was held 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Friday, October 10, 2003. Funeral services were held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Mr. Don Kennedy officiating. Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Odie Marshall, Mike Marshall, Duke Marshall, Tim Beard, Tracy Preast, and Weldon McKelvain.

George Fogle
George Allen Fogle
George Allen Fogle of Kermit went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 13, 2003, at Covenant Health System in Lubbock, Texas. He was born Friday, July 11, 1941 in Kermit to James Rufus and Mattie Jewell Davis. George was a lifetime resident of Kermit and was a self-employed contract carpenter.  He was a member of First United Methodist  Church.

He is survived by his wife Donna of Kermit, TX.; two daughters, Lena Dawson of Artesia, NM. and Kathryn Fogle of Midland, TX.; one son, Matt Fogle of Lubbock, TX.; three sisters, Shirley Wills of  San Angelo, TX., Peggy Lavers of Odessa, TX., and Dorothy Thorpe of Granbury, TX.; 2 brothers, John Fogle of Kermit, TX, and Ralph Fogle of Oklahoma City, OK and two grandchildren Todd and Phillip Dawson of Artesia, NM.

Pallbearers will be Bill Huff, Travis Watson, Daegan Arnold, Ty Miller, David McGuire and George Barta. Honorary Pallbearers are Jack Arnold, Charles Stodghill, Kevin Arnold and Dennie Hayes.

Graveside services will be at Kermit Cemetery at 10:00 AM Thursday, October 16, 2003, officiated by Rev. Beth Harrington and Rick Mcgee of Covenant Health System of Lubbock.

Arrangements are intrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

The Family request that Memorials be made to American Heart Association and First United Methodist Church of Kermit.

Hiram William Keith
Hiram William Keith, age 79, of Kermit, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2003, at Parks Methodist Retirement Village in Odessa. He was a retired, self-employed Petroleum Engineer Consultant. Hiram was born Thursday, November 22, 1923, in Rosedale, Wyandotte County, Kansas to Hiram and Grace (Ackard) Keith.

A member of Community Church, Hiram served in the United States Marine Corp from July 1, 1943 until March 14, 1944, he then transferred to the United States Navy and served as Lieutenant (JG) from March 14, 1944 through June 10, 1946. He was also a member of VFW Post 6284, the Texas Turner Two Woodworking Association and a past member of the Kermit Downtown Lions.


He married Louise Hearon in 1947 in Ardmore, OK.


He is survived by his wife Louise Keith of Kermit; Two Daughters: Alice Rene' Griggs of India and Marian Stasney of Buta, TX;  One Son: Reginald Keith of Houston, TX and Five grandchildren: Lauren Marie Keith, Shelly Keith, Christine Keith, Grace Keith and Keith Stasney
.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 pm, Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at Community Church with Reverend Henry Freund officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery
.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

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