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Obituaries 2004
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Jack David Akin, Sr.
Jack David Akin, Sr.
Jack David Akin, Sr., long time resident of Kermit, went to be with his Lord Tuesday, September 28, 2004. He entered this life Wednesday, November 5, 1924, in Texarkana, Bowie County, Texas to the late James Fussel and Lula Leah (Johnson) Akin. He was 79 and a member of the Eastside Church of Christ.

A veteran of World War II, Jack was inducted into the US Army on May 27, 1943 at Tyler, Texas. He served as a Military Policeman and expert Rifleman until his Honorable Discharge on April 25, 1946 in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas.
Jack moved to Kermit in 1947 where he married Mittie M. Pursell on January 22, 1949. He started work with Bass Enterprises before transferring to Sid Richardson Carbon Gas, where he retired after 28 ½ years of service.

He leaves behind his wife, Mittie Akin of Kermit, three Daughters, Cheryl, and husband, Mike Bandel of Schertz, Texas, Cathy, and husband, Jim Kapka of Hereford, Texas and Janice, and husband, Eddie Johnson of Odessa, Texas; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchilren


His parents James Fussel and Lula Leah Akin, one Son, Rusty Akin, two Brothers, Colin and Jim Akin and five Sisters, Thadna Jones, Inez Rhodes, Mary Cranford, Faye Williams and Jean Cranford preceded him in death.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:30 am, Saturday, October 2, 2004 at Eastside Church of Christ with Brothers Monty Huffman and Clydel Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Shane Kapka, James Kapka, Philip Bandel, Russell Bandel, Larry McNew and Charles Ainsworth. Honorary Pallbearers are Gene Paschall, Joe Slaughter, Edwin Ditto, Gerald Hudson, Willie Bryant and Ricky Kidd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to The American Cancer Society – PO Box 102454 – Atlanta, Georgia 30368-2454 or you may call 800-ACS-2345.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Pilar H Juarez
Pilar H Juarez
Mr. Pilar H Juarez, age 89 went to be with his Lord, Friday, October 01, 2004 at his residence in Kermit, Texas.  Mr. Juarez entered this life on Monday, October 12, 1914 being born to the late Inez and Maria (Hernandez) Juarez in Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Pilar and Enedina Lujan entered into the vows of matrimony in March of 1937 in Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico.  They brought eight beautiful children into the world during their union of marriage, three sons and five daughters.  Pilar has thirty one grandchildren and fifty two great grandchildren.  He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Pilar was indeed a family man and enjoyed spending time with his grand children and family.

Pilar was a strong Christian man who attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He placed his faith in the Lord along with the hard work of being a Farmer to provide for his family.

Those left behind to cherish Pilars’ love and memories are his loving wife Enedina Juarez of Kermit, TX.  Two Sons – Jose Juarez and Antonio Juarez both of Kermit.  Four Daughters – Cruz Elia Garcia, Emma Polanco and Rosa Gardea all of Kermit, and Flora Luna of Odessa, TX.  Two Brothers – Inez Juarez and Epifanio Juarez both of Ojinaga, Mexico.

He is preceded in death by:  One Son, Victor Juarez; One Daughter, Josefina Rodriguez; Three Brothers:  Pedro Juarez, Antonio Juarez and Celestino Juarez; Three Sisters, Pilar Alvarado, Lucia Montoya and Rumalda Juarez.

Rosary for Mr. Juarez is Sunday, 7:00 pm, October 03, 2004 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Monday, 10:00 am, October 04, 2004 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are
Arnaldo Juárez, Adrián Juárez, Saul García, Lenin Polanco, Adiel Rodríguez and Ramón García.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Nadine E. Johnson
Nadine E. Johnson, age 69, passed away Friday, October 08, 2004 in Kermit, TX. She was born Saturday, April 13, 1935 in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi. She was a member of the Church of God.

She is survived by one son, David Johnson of Kermit, one daughter, Debbie Moon and husband, Michael, of Kermit, one sister, Carolyn Rooks of Valiant, OK and one grandchild, Angela Hatley.

Eulas Wayne "Blue" Richardson
Eulas Wayne "Blue" Richardson
Eulas Wayne Richardson, age 78 went to be with his Lord, Saturday, October 09, 2004 at his residence in Kermit, Texas.   He was born Saturday, November 14, 1925 in Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma to the late Clarence and Ada Lee Richardson.

Wayne was a veteran of World War II; he entered the United States Navy in April of 1943, serving his country until 1947.  At that time he remained to serve in the US Navy Reserve until November 1954.   Wayne moved to Kermit in 1951.  In 1962 he purchased Richardson Shamrock Service Station, he was owner and operator until his retirement in 1992.

Wayne was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church.  He was a member of VFW Post # 6284, American Legion Post # 339, and Kermit Lodge # 1258 AF & AM.  Wayne was a very loving and caring father and grandfather.  He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.

Those left to treasure Wayne’s love and memories are his daughter, Terri Crow of Kermit, TX.  Five sons:  Roy Richardson of Kermit; Ismael Ortega, Jr of Ft. Worth, TX; Scott Richardson of Jupiter, FL; Mike Ortega of Bedford, TX, and Joel Ortega of Merced, CA.  His love will carry on through his six children and 13 grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Services will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel, Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Henry Freund officiating.  Interment to follow at Kermit Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials be made to VFW Post #6284 in Kermit. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.

Sherry Lynn Murray
Sherry Lynn Murray
Sherry Lynn Murray, age 53, of Kermit, Texas, went to be with her Lord, Saturday, October 09, 2004 in Mount Vernon, Missouri.  Sherry had been a resident of Kermit since 1999, having moved here from Bryan, Texas.  She was born Friday, December 08, 1950 in Lynnwood, California to the late Albert and Mildred Cohen.

Sherry and Thomas (Tom) Murray were united in holy matrimony, May 31, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  During their union, Sherry and Tom brought four beautiful children into the world, three daughters and a son.  She was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother.  She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and was very proud of each and every one.

Sherry was a Licensed Vocational Nurse by trade; she also assisted her husband Tom, with the family business of transporting vehicles.

Sherry had a love for motorcycles and had been riding most her life.  In 2003, she joined the women’s motorcycle organization, Women On Wheels.  She was a founding member and officer of the Women On Wheels Iron Dragons Chapter.  No matter the weather, or how far, Sherry was ready to ride.  She was a friend to many, and those treasured friends, will miss her tremendously.  She was a special and beautiful lady.

Those left to cherish Sherry’s love and memories are her husband, Tom Murray of Kermit; one Son: Thomas Wayne and wife, Crystal, of Burnet, TX; three Daughters: Susan and husband, David Willhelm, of Wink, TX; Shana and husband, Robert Carman, of Ramstein AFB, Germany; Stacy and husband, Thomas St. John of Ft. Hood, TX; one Brother: Michael Cohen of College Station, TX; 10 Grandchildren: Kira and Kayla Willhelm of Wink, TX; Thomas, Heather and Christopher Carman of Ramstein AFB, Germany; Ashley, Amber and Kelly St John of Ft Hood, TX and Madison and Raygen Murray of Burnet, TX. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.

Her parents and one brother, Marc O’Day, precede her in death.

Honorary Pallbearers will be members of The Iron Dragons Chapter of Women On Wheels.


Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, with Rev. Ernest Brown officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.

L. L. "Strawberry" Deaton
Louie Leville "Strawberry" Deaton, age 95, passed away on October 11, 2004 in Brownsville, Texas after a short illness.  He was born March 19, 1909 in Chicota, Lamar County, Texas to John Thomas and Mattie Wynn Beason Deaton.

Mr. Deaton was baptized in Chicota in 1921.  He married Jenny Florence Adcock on March 31, 1934.  The Deatons moved to the west Texas town of Kermit in 1934 where he was employed by various petroleum companies until his retirement from Union Oil in 1974.  As a resident in Kermit, Strawberry was an active member of his community and served as a city councilman for two terms.  He was also a charter member of the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department and served actively for more than forty years.

After retirement Strawberry lived and worked in Aspermont, Texas until the age of eighty when he moved to Brownsville to reside with his son Jon Grady and wife Michele (Sanchez).

Strawberry was preceded in death by his wife and a son, Jim Tom.  He is survived by a daughter, Leta Gay and son-in-law Norman G. Roden of Salado, Texas; his son, Jon Grady and wife Michele of Brownsville; four grandchildren; Deaton Blundell Roden, Jenny Georgette Bennett, Sean Grady Deaton, Dana Blake Deaton and eight great grandchildren; Logan Leville Bennett, Austin Thompson Roden, Destin Drake Bennett, Allison Gayle Roden, Augustus Charles Roden, Sydney Shay Bennett, Mia Anastasia and Mirabella Arianna Deaton.

Gravesite services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, Texas.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Cirilo Bernal Flores
Cirilo Bernal Flores
Cirilo Bernal Flores, age 79, Kermit, entered into rest Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at his residence. He was born Monday, February 9, 1925, in Camargo Chihuahua, Mexico, to the late Candelario and Valentina (Bernal) Flores. He was a member of the Apostolic Assembly Church.

Cirilo married Elvira Rodriguez on March 16, 1946 in Guadalupe, Chihuahua, Mexico. They moved to Kermit in 2001, having moved here from Jal, New Mexico.  He was a retired heavy equipment operator in the construction business.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife, Elvira Flores of Kermit; two Sons: Israel Flores of Porvenir, Chihuahua, Mexico and Porfirio Flores of Van Horn, Texas; eight Daughters: Yolanda Lopez of Jal, NM, Velia Martinez of Wink, Delia Maese of Chico, Texas, Frances Salazar of Van Horn, Texas, Juana Valdez of Porveir, Chihuahua, Mexico, Leticia Briones, Lidia Barraza, and Alma Estrada all of Kermit; one Sister: Guadalupe Perez; 36 Grandchildren and 37 Great-Grandchildren.

Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Thursday, October 14, 2004. Funeral Services will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Friday October 15, 2004 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Andy Lujan, Jose Maese, Luis Medrano, Raymon Lopez, Alberto Muñoz and Armanda Herrera.

The family would like to give special Thanks to Lulu Williams and Keri Carter, Home Hospice Nurses.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Janice Blankenship
Janice Blankenship
Janice Blankenship, age 61, of Wink, departed this life Thursday, October 14, 2004 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit. She was born Monday, June 14, 1943, in Highland Park, Wayne County, Michigan to the late Donald and Georgia (Kuemerle) Dinger.

A member of the Eastside Church of Christ, Janice had been a resident of Kermit for 23 years having moved to Wink in 2002.

Janice loved hanging out with Norma and Gail, her "Golden Girls" and traveling. She enjoyed helping people and just having fun all the time. And in her quiet moments she played on the computer.

She leaves behind four Sons: Robin Blankenship and Darcile, of Wink, Roger Blankenship and Kevin Blankenship and wife, Joy all of of Yulee, Florida and Raymond Blankenship and wife, Betty, of Kermit; one Daughter: Rhonda Brewster and husband, Don, of Wink; one Sister: Jean Hensley of Marshall, N.C. and twelve grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews.

Janice was also preceded in death by one daughter, Carol Miller; one sister, Shirley Schultz and three Grand sons, Robert Blankenship, Jason Brewster and Donnie Miller.

Funeral Service is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Monday, October 18, 2004 at Eastside Church of Christ in Kermit with Mr Monty Huffman officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Raymond Blankenship, Kevin Blankenship, Joe Albert Pando, Malcolm Kingston, Roger Blankenship, Xavier Martinez, Robin Blankenship and Jonathan Blankenship. Honorary Pallbearers are Charlie Jones. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Oleta Mae Shifflett
Oleta Mae Shifflett, age 85, previously of Kermit, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2004 at Crane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Crane, Texas. She was born Saturday, May 24, 1919, in Saint Jo, Montague County, Texas to James Franklin and Mittie (Lentz) Blassingame.

Mae married Lawrence Bruce (L. B.) “Doc” Shifflett, on December 14, 1934 in Texoma, Oklahoma. She and LB settled in Mentone in 1959. After his death on October 29, 1988, Mae moved to Kermit where she remained until 1994 before moving to Odessa.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she leaves behind three sons: Joe Shifflett of Abilene, Texas, L B Shifflett and wife, Rita, of Abilene, Texas and Wiley Shifflett of Texas City, Texas; one daughter: Mary Franklin and husband, Norman, of Kermit, Texas; two sisters: Blanche Harvison of Fort Worth, Texas and Pauline Martin and husband, Sam, of Houston, Texas; seven Grandsons: James E Powell, Johnny William Murphy, Jr., Terry Allen Lee, Scott Christopher Shifflett, Greg Shifflett, Ryan Matthew Shifflett, and Damien Shifflett; five Granddaughters: Diane Murphy Barrett, Debbie Murphy Decker, Pamela Anne Darnell, Kelly Amanda Posey and Samantha Amanda Morrison; 16 Great Grandchildren and 13 Great-Great Grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two daughters: Iva Lee Murphy and Birdie Nell Lee; three brothers: Bert Blassingame, Neil Blassingame and James Franklin Blassingame, Jr; and two sisters: Oma McCubbin and Lacie Jane Shifflett.

Graveside Service is scheduled for 4:00 PM at Kermit Cemetery on Tuesday, October 19, 2004. Pallbearers are Bill Murphy, Scott Shifflett, Greg Shifflett, Damien Shifflett, Terry Lee, Ryan Shifflett. Honorary Pallbearers are Todd Thompson, Taylor Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Memorials be made to Wink School District Class of '66 Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, TX.

Faustina A Gonzales
Faustina A. Gonzales
Faustina A. Gonzales, 92, longtime resident of Wink, entered into rest Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at Hospice Midland Inpatient Unit in Midland Memorial Hospital. She was born on Thursday, February 15, 1912, in El Rancho Chapulin, Chihuahua, Mexico to the late Emilio and Catarina Enriquez Armendaris. She was a member of St Thomas Catholic Church in Kermit.

She married Federico Gonzales on December 19, 1931 in Pecos. They moved to Monahans for a short time before settling in Wink in 1944. Faustina and her husband, Federico, were founding members of the St Thomas Catholic Church. She was a member of the Wink Home Demonstration and the St Thomas Altar Society. Faustina was also a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Makers and Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Those left behind to cherish her love and memories are two Sons: Federico Gonzales, and wife, Maria, of San Antonio, Texas and Robert Gonzales and wife, Naomi, of Coleman, Texas;  two Daughters: Effie Gonzales of Wink and Maximina Houston and husband, Herb, of Yuma, Arizona; one Sister: Margarita Talavera; twelve Grandchildren; numerous Great-Grandchildren; and two Great-Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Federico Gonzales, on May 15, 2001. She was also preceded in death by one Son, Roberto Gonzales, five Brothers and six Sisters and one Grandson, Christopher Gonzales.

Rosary is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Friday, October 22, 2004, at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 23, 2004, at St Thomas Catholic Church with Father John Lucido as Celebrant. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Terry Gonzales, Bobby Gonzales, Brandon Blankenship, Mike Grey, Joshua Geeslin and Anastacio Reyes. Honorary Pallbearers are Tom Heary, Roy Peden, Sherrell Glenn, Herb Houston, Edward René Fette and Dean Mark Fette.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.



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