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Obituaries 2004
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Conrada Vara Jaquez
Conrada Vara Jaquez
Conrada Jaquez, age 85, Kermit, entered into rest Tuesday, June 01, 2004 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit. She was born Wednesday, February 19, 1919, in Sierra Blanca, Hudspeth County, TX to the late Hinjo and Angelita (Porras) Vara.

She married Catarino Jaquez on November 25, 1934 in Ft. Stockton. He preceded her in death on June 08, 1967. Conrada was a member of the First Baptist Church. She loved cooking and taking care of her family. Her favorite pastime was Sewing And Crocheting.

She leaves behind one Son: Catarino Jaquez, Jr. of Andrews; three Daughters: Sandy Hernandez of Kermit, Elida Subia of Andrews and Mary Lozano of Eldorado; one Brother: Joe Vara of Kermit; and one Sister: Candy Mesa of Kermit; twenty-four Grandchildren, fourty-eight Great-Grandchildren and four Great-Great Grandchildren.


Conrada was also preceded in death by two Sons: Tony Jaquez and Juan Jaquez; one Daughter: Lala Rhoades; one Brother: Manuelito Vara; and three Sisters: Maria Lujan, Christina Jaquez and Nasaria Esparza.

Prayer service was held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 03, 2004 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service was held at 10:00 am, Friday, June 04, 2004 at First Baptist Church in Kermit with Pastor Dudley Mullins officiating. Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Grandchildren: Blas Hernandez, Jr, Rene Subia, Joselito Salinas, Trey Jaquez, Cody Lozano and Abraham Jaquez. Honorary pallbearers are her remaining Grandchildren. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Domingo Ramirez Garcia
Domingo Ramirez Garcia
Domingo Ramirez Garcia, age 76, Kermit, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2004 at his residence. He was born on Monday, August 22, 1927, in Marathon, Brewster County, Texas to the late Francisco and Louisa (Ramirez) Garcia.

A member of St Joseph Catholic Church, Domingo married Pola Pinedo on December 28, 1947 in Marathon, TX. He retired from the City of Kermit as Cemetery Caretaker in 1990 after 15 years of service.

A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Pola Garcia of Kermit, nine Sons: Jimmy Garcia and Domingo Garcia, Jr. both of Fort Davis,  Rojelio Garcia of Alpine, Valente Garcia, Cornelio Garcia, Ricardo Garcia, Samuel Garcia, Lionel Garcia and Joel Garcia all of Kermit; seven  Daughters: Rozanna Garcia of Corpus Christi, Thelma Valencia and Flora Rodriguez both of Monahans, Hilda Lara, Susanna Bill and all Melinda Garcia of Kermit; thirty-seven Grandchildren and twenty-six Great-Grandchildren.

Rosary is scheduled for 7:00 PM, Friday, June 04, 2004 at 805 Underwood in Kermit. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Saturday, June  5, 2004 at St Joseph Catholic Church with Father Rudy Lacerno officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Domingo Garcia, Jr, Bobby Garcia, Ricky Garcia, Roy Garica, Lonnie Garcia and Sammy Garcia. Honorary Pallbearers are Joey Garcia, Cornelio Garcia and Jimmy Garcia. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Charles "Charlie" Richard Brown
Charles "Charlie" Richard Brown
Charles Richard Brown, 65, of Kermit went to be with his Lord on Monday, June 7, 2004.  Charlie was born March 6, 1939, in Paris, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Sammie Brown and Martha Redding Brown. Charlie proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He married Judy McAllister on September 14, 1979 in Lauren, South Carolina. They were residents of Kermit since 1985 and members of the First Assembly of God Church in Monahans, where Charlie served on the deacon board.  He was employed as a pumper for Chaparral Energy.  He was a work-aholic, but somehow always found time for his family and a little fishing.

Charles is survived by his wife Judy Brown of Kermit, four sons: Michael Brown of Petaluma, CA, Cody Brown of Petaluma, CA, Richard Frady of Russellville, AR., Jeffrey Frady of Newberry, SC, and three daughters: Kelly King of Fort Worth, TX, Rebekah Rideout of Odessa,TX, and Sherry O'Quinn of Newberry, S.C.  Survivors also include his brothers: Jerry Brown of Spiro, OK and Larry Brown of Odessa, TX, and his sisters: Barbara Nichols of Carthage, MO, and Elizabeth DeCoster of Las Vegas, NV; six Grandchildren and one Great-Grandchild. His parents and one sister, Dorothy Gentry, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 10th at 2:00 PM with Rev. Wayne Woody officiating. Pallbearers will be Demetrio Lujan, Bobby Lentz, David Natividad, Jim Garret, Byron Cody and Anson Luna. Charlie will be laid to rest with military honors at the Kermit Cemetery following the funeral services.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First Assembly of God, Youth Fund, PO Box 1492 Monahans, TX 79756.

Auden Marquez Valdez
Auden Marquez Valdez
Auden Marquez Valdez, age 26, of Kermit, passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 12, 2004.  He was born Monday, June 12, 1978, in Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico to Francisco and Hortencia Marquez Valdez.

Auden married Imelda Carrasco on October 19, 1998 in Kermit. They are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. He was employed by Pool Well Service.

A loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Imelda Valdez and their three daughters, Krystina Valdez, Adamaris Yolanda Valdez, and Karyna Valdez all of Kermit. His parents, Francisco and Hortencia Valdez of Kermit and his paternal grandmother, Petra Valdez of Presidio, TX, also survive him.  Other survivors include 5 brothers: Raul Valdez, Jaime Valdez, Uber Valdez, and Geovanni Valdez all of Kermit, and Manuel Valdez of Las Cruces, NM; 4 sisters Deida Ramos, Catalina Polanco, and Sylvia Olivas all of Kermit and Corina Enriquez of Las Cruces, NM.

Rosary service was held at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 at 2:00 PM with Father Rudy Lacerno officiating. Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Raul Valdez, Jaime Valdez, Uber Valdez, Rodrigo Polanco, Lenin Polanco, and Javier Ramos.

Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

John Paul "JP" Hartman
John Paul (J.P.) Hartman
John Paul (J.P.) Hartman, 27, of Kermit, TX departed this life on Tuesday, June 15, 2004.  He was born to Arnold Roy Hartman and Marci Ann (Valerio) Bliss on Monday, August 9, 1976, in El Paso, TX.  He married Heather Crambell on August 31, 2002.  He worked in the oilfield as a roughneck.

J.P. is survived by his wife, Heather Hartman and three sons; Lee Hartman, Christian Hartman, and Zachary Hartman, all of Kermit.  Survivors also include his mother: Marci Bliss and husband, Jimmy, of Kermit, his father: Arnold Roy Hartman of Alaska, and his step -father: Lee Partain of Kermit.  Surviving grandparents are Joe and Maria Valerio of El Paso, TX, Ruby Bliss of Kermit, Andy and Betty Partain of Kermit, and Doug and Martha Ford of New Jersey.  His brother, Jason Bliss, of Kermit and two sisters, Angel Partain of Kermit and Melissa Roberts of Snyder, TX survive him as well. In addition, J.P. leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service was held at First United Methodist Church of Kermit on Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Dudley Mullins officiating.  Pallbearers were: Jimmy Zipfel, Justin Bradford, James McNutt, Shawn Turner, Jason Bliss, Mark Coleman, Tim Ramsey and Tommy Salazar.

Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Edmund David "Ted" Wilkins
Edmund David "Ted" Wilkins

Edmund David "Ted" Wilkins, age 66, of Kermit, Texas, passed away Friday, July 2, 2004, at his residence in Kermit, Texas.  He had been a resident of Kermit for 4 years and was a prior resident of Junction, TX.  He was born August 7, 1937 in Waukesha, WI, to the late Vernon Clyde and Violet Irene (Lapp) Wilkins.  He was a Veteran and served his country proudly in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Wilkins was a self employed Sports Track and Field Consultant.  Ted was a caring father and grandfather who loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with them. Ted was a musician and loved to entertain people. He was a fisherman and enjoyed the opportunity to get away.

He is survived by his Four (4) Daughters: Virginia Sallee Wilkins of Flagstaff, Arizona; Carin Irene Sein and Jennifer Loretta Watkins both of Caldwell, Idaho; and Peggy Sue Wilkins of Hagerstown, Maryland.  Four (4) Sons: Edmund David Wilkins, Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona; Martin Clyde Wilkins of Boise, Idaho; David Leo Wilkins of Caldwell, Idaho and Carl Allen Wilkins of Morgantown, North Carolina. Three (3) Sisters:  Neena Henry of Escondido, California; Sally of Colorado; and Sandra Jones of California; Two (2) Brothers:  Everett Wilkins and Michael Wilkins both of San Antonio, Texas. Ted is also survived by Twelve (12) Grandchildren and numerous Great Grandchildren.

Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by one (1) Son: Larry Robin Wilkins in 1990.

Visitation for Mr. Wilkins was Sunday, July 4, 2004 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel; he will be laid to rest at Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell, Idaho. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor, Kermit, Texas.

Mildred "Jean" Pyle
Mildred Garvene "Jean" Pyle
Mildred Garvene Pyle, age 72, went to be with her Lord Monday, July 5, 2004 at Kermit Healthcare Center. She was born Tuesday, December 15, 1931, in Combine, Kaufman County, TX to the late Thomas Johnathan and Nannie Bell (Grimes) Corcoran. A Baptist, Jean was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Jean relocated to Iola, TX in 1997, having moved there from Monahans. Prior to that she had been a resident of Reno, Nevada from 1987 until 1993.

Jean loved plants, gardening and cooking. She had a love for animals, even going so far as to purchase calves and pigs at auctions just to raise them as pets. Jean also loved music and singing, and in her earlier years, shared the stage with Loretta Lynn and various country stars while working at the Bridgeport Club in Dallas.

Those left to cherish her memory are three Sons: Duane "JR" McNutt of Midland, Ralph Burnett of Iola, Texas, and Robert Burnett also of Iola, Texas; two Daughters: Robbie Brooks of Kermit, and Shirley Autry of Victoria, Texas; one Sister: Audrea Rackley of Seagoville, Texas; six Grandchildren: Andy Grippo of Greenville, Texas, Tonya Price of Bartlesville, Okla., Sonya Price of Austin, Texas, Ronnie Autry of Victoria, Texas, Lee Burnett of Iola, Texas and Britiney Burnett of California; and one Great - Grandchild: Gannon Tobias Hutchinson of Stephenville, Texas.

Jean was preceded in death by five Sisters: Bertha Mae Anderson, Stella Booker, Lorene Corcoran, Berniece McNutt and Beatrice Brammer and three Brothers: Virgil Corcoran, Elbert Corcoran and Elmer Corcoran.

Jean will be laid to rest at Rains Hall Cemetery in Seagoville, TX on Saturday, July 10, 2004 at 2:00 PM following Graveside Services with Delta Mathis officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Charles Michael Winters
Charles Michael Winters

Charles Michael Winters, age 64 of Kermit passed away Friday, July 9, 2004 at his residence.   Mike was born on Thursday, May 2, 1940 in Cozad, NE.  He attended High School in Hermiston, Oregon.  He joined the US Marine Corps in 1957 at the young age 17.  He “Mike” quickly distinguished himself as a “superior” marine by being selected for Explosive Ordinance School, where he graduated at the top of his class.  Mike served overseas in Okinawa, the Philippines and Beirut during his tenure in the Marine Corps. 

He also served in the US Army for eighteen years in the same capacity as an “E.O.D.” man attaining the distinguished rank of First Sergeant (E8).  His service included several tours in Vietnam where he was repeatedly cited for valor and bravery with awards such as the coveted Bronze Star with “V” device affixed, (for Valor).  Mike also spent a great deal of time in North Africa, the Congo, and the Middle East where he was instrumental in the areas of the Secret Service and Personal Protection of several Presidents of the United States; such as Presidents’ Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, and Carter.  Mike also served on one of the first Nuclear Reaction teams fielded in the United States and because of his diligent service and expertise with nuclear weapons he was considered the “subject matter expert” in that field during his service.

After retiring from the US Army in 1978, Mike moved to Kermit where he spent the next most pleasurable 25 years of his life.  His interests and supports included (but, not concluded) being a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association, where he was an active and dedicated member.  He also belonged to the American Legion (Clarence Cavett Post 339), the prestigious Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, and the National Explosive Ordinance Disposal Association.

Mike’s true enjoyment was to spend time at the Haley Ranch with his friends who became an extension of his family.  His life long friendship will not conclude on this sad occasion, but continue, by becoming his final resting place.

Mike’s devotion to the people and community that became his adopted home and family has been apparent and appreciated by his visiting surviving family.  The hospitality and warmth has been a definite tribute and deep reflection of the Texas spirit that Mike always lauded and upheld.

There will be a gathering of friends and family in Memory of Mike Winters, Thursday, July 15, 2004, at the VFW in Kermit, between the hours of 5-8 pm.  All friends are requested in lieu of flowers please send donations to the Midland Vietnam Memorial. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Bernice Jewelene Kilgore
Bernice Jewelene Kilgore
Bernice Jewelene Kilgore, age 85 of Kermit went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 18, 2004 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She entered this life Thursday, August 01, 1918 in Troup, Texas to the late Bonnie Ross and Fannie Bell (Thompson) Ross.  Bernice married Berry Bannon “Buck” Kilgore on August 16, 1947 in Troup, TX.  After Bernice and Buck married they settled in the bunkhouse at the rear of his company’s office.  For three years the “bunkhouse suite” was home for the Kilgores.

Bernice graduated from Central High School in Troup, TX; she received her B.A. Degree from Texas College, Tyler, TX and her M.A. Degree from Texas Southern at Houston, TX in 1958.  She began a career of teaching in Olney, and taught school in Quanah and Monahans before coming to Kermit in 1947.

Bernice started school with three students, but by the end of the term there were seven.  The old tin building was replaced by a modern brick, which she named “Dunbar (Paul Lawrence) School”.  She taught all grades and coached girls and boys basketball and track.  She presided as Principal for seven years and remained head teacher until full integration took place in 1966.

Bernice taught PE, History, and geography at Kermit High School until she retired in 1981.  She founded Junior Historians and wrote and performed many special features to boost the Yellow Jackets and proclaim historical data.  Bernice retired after 39 years of service of which 34 years were in Kermit.

Bernice also served as Secretary of the Civic League and worked with Scouts for over fifteen years.  She worked with the Cancer Society several years and other social agencies as a volunteer worker.  She was a member of all state and national educational organizations promoted by the school.  She spoke of the achievements brought about from the Ladies Sewing Classes in the early 1950’s, and the organizing of a band for boys and girls in the community.  Bernice’s most challenging, yet, rewarding experience was teaching at Kermit High.

Bernice Kilgore was the rock that held the family together; she was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  She embodied a spirit of love and genuine care with a flair and feistiness even in her last days.  She will be missed every day, but we will see her every day in a smile, a look, or gesture in the family members of whom her life has touched so much.

Those left behind to cherish her love and memories are her husband-Berry Bannon “BB” Kilgore of Kermit; one Son: Mike “Bullet” Kilgore of Kermit; one Daughter: Judy Kilgore of Austin, TX; five Grandchildren: Sharee Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, LaKeshia Kilgore, Berry Kilgore, and Shunteria Kilgore; three Great Grandchildren: Nathaniel Hardrick, Johnathan Beaux Pierre and Tyllerie Kilgore. She also leaves behind her Nephew Rex Kilgore and wife Marcette; one Great Nephew: Matrix Kilgore; and two Great Nieces: Raquel Kilgore and Morgan Kilgore.

Bernice was preceded in death by one Brother: John D. Ross; four Sisters: Atherine Ross Kilgore, Luzona Fluellen, Annie Marie Jones and Creomey Jewel Ross.

Wake is scheduled for 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday, July 23, 2004 at the West Side Church of Christ.  Funeral services are planned for 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 24, 2004 at East Side Church of Christ in Kermit with Brother Joddie Garrett officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.


James Ernest Beauchamp
James Ernest Beauchamp
James Ernest Beauchamp, age 77, of Bodfish, California, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2004 in Bakersfield, Kerr County, California. James was born Friday, April 01, 1927 in Temple, Bell County, Texas. James attended the Nazarene Church.

A retired Farmer and Oil Field Laborer, he married Georgia Elaine Imel in Lubbock, Texas on July 01, 1949. They moved to Odessa, Texas in 1970 from Plainview, Texas. James moved to California in 1992.

He is survived by two Sons: Jeffrey Neal Beauchamp of Kermit, Texas and Jack L. Beauchamp of Kaufman, Texas; one Daughter: Georgia Carol Peters of Bodfish, California; 12 Grandchildren; 17 Great-Grandchildren and one Brother: Carroll Hardie Beauchamp of Bakersfield, California.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Beauchamp and children: Gloria Jane Beauchamp, Gladys Lenora Beauchamp, Billy Glenn Beauchamp and James Gary Beauchamp.

Corrine Edith Slay
Corrine Edith Slay, age 85, of Kermit, passed away at Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs, New Mexico on Monday, July 19, 2004. She was born Tuesday, April 15, 1919 in Morse, Oklahoma to the late Carl William and Gladys Lorraine (Moss) Kope.

Those left to cherish her memory are six Sons: Jerry Slay of Carman, Illinois, James Slay of Cushing, Oklahoma, Mark Slay of Kermit, Scott Slay of Hobbs, New Mexico, Gary Slay of Barling, Arkansas and Pat Slay of Cedarville, Arkansas; two Brothers: Donnie Kope of California and Neil Kope; one Sister: Susan Kope; eleven Grandchildren; and Twelve Great-Grandchildren.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, July 24, 2004 at Kermit Cemetery with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Donnie Lee Roberts
Donnie Lee Roberts, age 75, of Andrews, passed away at Permian Residential Care Center in Andrews on Tuesday, July 20, 2004. She was born Thursday, July 18, 1929 in Star City, Lincoln County, Arkansas to the late Charley A and Rosie Lee (Allen) Johnson.

She leaves behind her niece: Joann Betcher and husband, Bill, of Kermit.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Friday, July 23, 2004 at Washington Cemetery in Washington, Arkansas.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.



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