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Ellen Irene Vaught West Hart
Ellen Irene Vaught West Hart
Ellen Irene Vaught was born Sunday, December 15, 1918 in Mountainburg, Crawford County, Arkansas to the late Hector Adas “H. A.” and Bertha Emeline (Blevins) Vaught. Ellen was the first born to “Heck” and “Bert” – who were to have a total of eight children: two girls, then six boys.

Ellen’s father was leaving Arkansas, on the way to California with the family, when he saw a group of men later identified as Skelly Oil Company “gang”.  None of the men could climb a certain pole.  H.A. Sr. said he could climb it, and he did.  He was hired on the spot.  He then worked for Skelly Oil Company for almost 40 years until his retirement.  His transferring within the company was the reason for so much moving.  He retired in Eunice, New Mexico.

In Seminole, Oklahoma when Ellen was 14 years old, she met and later married Leroy “Happy” Kingsland.  She learned to dance at a nearby honky-tonk called Rainbow Gardens.   Her father whipped her once for going to the Rainbow at her young age.  She was whipped severely and her mother separated them.  Ellen passed out, but before she did she said, “Daddy, I’m going back to the Rainbow.”  The dance band playing at the time at the Rainbow Gardens was “Son Wallin and His Cavaliers”.  Ellen’s first husband, Happy Kingsland, was a guitar player and singer, who entertained on the local Seminole radio station.  There were no TV’s back then (early ‘30’s).  They later moved to California, where they lived together for several years before separating, as Ellen couldn’t stay away from the dance halls.

Ellen worked in a defense plant in San Francisco, California during the day and often danced all night with sailors during WW II.  Later, she relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, where she met and married Willie Howard “Bill” West of Blum, Texas.  They lived together for several years in many locations across the US.  Bill was an auto mechanic and Ellen was a waitress.  They later divorced.

Ellen’s husbands also include Sam Daniels, from Louisiana, whom she married in Eunice, New Mexico; Johnny Causey, a cab driver from Fort Worth, Texas; James Kennedy of San Angelo, Texas; and Bruce Hart of Fort Worth, who passed away, leaving Ellen a widow.

Ellen lived and worked in Fort Worth.  She was a waitress at Nugents – New Worth Café and watched (as one of the first) implosions of the hotel.

As she got older, Ellen began to suffer from dementia, resulting in her move to Kermit Nursing Center.  Ellen was one of the best persons in the world.  No family member or friend was ever rejected or turned away from her door for any reason.

She leaves behind two brothers, Hugh Vaught and wife, Neita, of Wink and Thomas Edward Vaught and wife, Sharon, of Bellville, Texas. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Almalie; and four brothers, Glen Onis Vaught, Billy Dale Vaught, Jesse Robert (Bob) Vaught and Jimmy Lee Vaught.

Graveside services to honor her memory were held in Eunice, New Mexico on Monday, July 25, 2005 at Brunson Memorial Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Oliver "O. J. White" Jordan
Oliver “O.J. White” Jordan
Oliver Jordan, age 65, went to be with his Lord, Thursday, August 4, 2005, at his residence in Wink, Texas.

“O.J.” was born on Monday, June 10, 1940, in Natchitoches, Louisiana, to the late Opie and Ella Jordan.  His father taught “O.J.” to mechanic at a young age, which became his way to make a living.  He married Miriam Bickerstaff White in May of 1969.  Later in life, he was able to pass on his mechanical knowledge to his grandchildren.

Those left to cherish O.J.'s love and memories are his wife- Miriam White of Wink, TX; five sons – James Edward White of Odessa, TX; Robert Lee White of Wink, TX; Paul White and Cecil Allen White of Kermit, and John Delbert White of Wink, TX; one daughter - Martha Jo and husband, Ron Hoge of Kermit; and his brother-in-law: Fred Rone of Hobbs, NM.  He is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Oliver is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, August 10, 2005, at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX, with Reverend Eddie Cotton officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.

Freddie Ruth Whelchel Day
Freddie Ruth Whelchel Day
Freddie Ruth Whelchel Day went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2005. Memorial will be at Sherwood Baptist Church in Odessa, August 10, 2005. Viewing at 8 am, services at 10 am and graveside services 2pm at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit.

She was born to Fred and Zora Florence Whelchel on June 29, 1907 in a log cabin in Jackson County, GA. The family later moved to Cahoun Falls, SC.

In 1921, at the age of 14, she began teaching a Sunday school class at White Hall, Ga. From that point Mrs. Day began a 68-year career of teaching in her membership churches. She frequently taught young people and took them to retreats at Ridgecrest, NC. She taught a TEL class for 10 years – mothers, daughters and grandmothers, with an enrollment of 100.

She married Robert Preston Day on June 23, 1926. On December 24, 1932, Robert passed away in Monroe, GA. She and her son, Jack, lived with her parents in Calhoun Falls, SC until 1942 when they moved to Fort Worth. There she worked for two churches as a secretary. She went to work for General Dynamics where she worked for 22 years until her retirement in 1972. She went to work at Keller Baptist Church in Keller, TX. After five years she went to work in Fort Worth for Monnigs Department Store. The store closed in 1989 when she worked her last day at age 81.

She was a beloved Christian who served the Lord in many capacities during her lifetime. Her testimony was, “I know the Lord is real and that He has a place in heaven for everyone who accepts Jesus as their Savior and is born again.” She moved to Odessa to be near her family in 1989.

Mrs. Day is survived by one son, Jack T. Day, and wife Mildred, of Kermit; her grandchildren, Robert George Day of Shorewood, IL, John David Day and wife Pamela of Kermit, Mary Ruth Louis and husband, Mike of Borger and great-grandchildren: Eric Day of Houston, Brian Day of College Station, Jennifer Eicher and husband, Rick of Gardendale, Larenda Gallardo and husband, Omar of Austin, Heather Day of Odessa and Garrett Louis of Borger.

She was a beloved Christian who lover her Lord and served him in many capacities durin her lifetime. Her greatest pleasure was sharing God’s word with others. She will be greatly missed. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.

Harman "Dad" Fulbright
Harman "Dad" Fulbright
Long time Kermit resident, Harman Fulbright, went to be with his precious Lord Friday, August 12, 2005 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He entered this life on Tuesday, August 28, 1917, in Clarksville, Red River County, Texas to the late Chess and Clara (Scales) Fulbright. He was 87.

Harman served as Corporal with Company H, 371st Infantry in the United States Army during World War II until his discharge in 1945. He received the American Theater Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, and Good Conduct Medal. Upon coming home, he married the love of his life, Hope Eva Laverne Whiteside on August 21, 1950 in Lovington, New Mexico, settling in Kermit the same year. He was employed for 22 years with the Kermit Independent School District as a Custodian.

A God fearing man, Harman was strong in his faith and was a Deacon of the Faith Baptist Church. He had a love of the outdoors and was an enthusiastic sports fan. He enjoyed watching the New York Yankees, before being converted to a Texas Rangers fan. He was also a true blue fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Those left behind to cherish his love and memories are his Wife, Hope Eva Laverne Fulbright of Kermit; two Sons: Daryle Wayne Fulbright of Lancaster, Texas and David Earl Fulbright of Kermit; two Daughters: Tommie Katherine Fulbright of El Paso, Texas and Laron Fulbright of Kermit; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Harman was preceded in death by one Son, Leonard Fulbright and a brother.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 AM at Faith Baptist Church Monday, August 15, 2005 with Reverend H. A. Bowen officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers are Carol Samuels, Billy Thompson, Jimmy Ballard, Henry Dawson, Daryle Fulbright and David Fulbright. Honorary Pallbearers are Willie B. Bryant, Sonny Gaines, Von Glover, L. B. Whiteside, Sonny Bingham, Carlos Hernandez and B. B. Kilgore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Faith Baptist Church – 112 South Maple – Kermit, TX 79745. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Weldon Earl “Socks” Hunter
Weldon Earl “Socks” Hunter
Weldon Earl “Socks” Hunter, age 80, was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on November 14, 1924. He passed away on August 21, 2005 in Lubbock, Texas. He was the youngest of six children. He graduated from Electra High School, Electra, Texas on June 1, 1943. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Navy Armed Guard. Weldon proudly served his country from June of 1943 until March of 1946. He married Peggy Jean Kimbrough on October 30, 1945 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He lived in Kermit, Texas from 1947 until 1996, when he moved to Lubbock, Texas.

Mr. Hunter is survived by his wife of sixty years, Peggy Kimbrough Hunter; two children, Welda Hunter Bates of Midland, Texas and Dr. Danny Hunter and wife, Robin, of Lubbock, Texas; four grandchildren, Ryan Bates of Midland, Texas, Jason Hunter, Eric Hunter and Briana Hunter of Lubbock, Texas; one brother, A. T. Hunter of Wichita Falls, Texas; and two sisters, Nell Carriker of Carlsbad, New Mexico and Pauline Stanford of Electra, Texas.

Mr. Hunter was predeceased by his father George Allen (Pat) Hunter and mother, Lula Harrison Hunter; and two brothers, Lue Allen Hunter and Odell Hunter.

In his younger years, Weldon enjoyed hunting, boating, and raising show horses. He is a Veteran of World War II Navy Armed Guard (Gunner); lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; a lifetime member of Masonic Blue Lodge No. 1258 in Kermit, Texas; member of Scottish Rite of El Paso, Texas; member of El Maida Shrine of El Paso, Texas; Past Governor of Monahans Moose Lodge No. 2224; and member of Grace Temple Baptist Church of Kermit, Texas. Weldon retired from Gulf Oil Company in 1983 after 36 years of service.

The family will receive visitors Wednesday, August 24, 2005 from 1 pm to 2 pm at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit. Graveside Services with military honors will follow at 3 pm, at Kermit Cemetery with Brother L. D. Green officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice or one of the following: Alzheimer’s Institute, 3601 Fourth St., Rm. 3A 116, Lubbock, TX, 79430; American Heart Association, PO Box 15186, Austin, TX, 79761; American Cancer Society, 3411 73rd Street, Lubbock, TX, 79423. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Ruby Ruth Granillo
Ruby Ruth Granillo, age 46, of Kermit, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at her residence. She was born Saturday, October 25, 1958 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Santiago and Carolina (Gutierrez) Lucero. A homemaker, Ruby married Esequiel Granillo on December 15, 1983 in Monahans.

She is survived by her husband Esequiel Granillo of Kermit; one Son: Gonzalo Almager of Kermit; two Daughters: Yvette Granillo and Denise Granillo both of Kermit; her Mother: Carolina Lucero of Albuquerque, NM; two Brothers: Albert Lucero of Clovis, NM and Louis Lucero of Phoenix, AZ; for Sisters: Carmen Pino of Tucumcari, NM, Teresa Chavez of Albuquerque, NM, Patsy Wilson of Oklahoma City, OK and Margaret Bustos of Alamosa, CO; and one Grandchilcd: Jordan Almager.

Ruby was preceded in death by her father, Santiago Lucero.

Rosary was held Thursday, August 25, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Father Rudy Lacerna as officiate. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Aurora M "Bore" Garcia
Aurora M. “Bore” Garcia
Aurora M. “Bore” Garcia, age 89, entered into rest Friday, September 2, 2005 at Kermit Healthcare Center in Kermit, Texas. She entered this life on Friday, April 16, 1916, in Marfa, Texas, which she called home for the rest of her life. She was the daughter of Sam Miller and Leonor Duran Miller.  A homemaker, Aurora married Jose Garcia in 1941. He preceded her in death in 1973.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sisters: Ida Navarette of San Antonio, Texas; Olivia Gonzales of Marfa, Texas; and Eloisa M. and husband, Manuel G. Rubio of Marfa, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Garcia; two sisters: Jane Aguilar and Lorina Rojas; and three brothers: Henry Miller, Ben Miller, and Ernest Miller.

Rosary services were held at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit at 7:00 pm Saturday, September 03, 2005. Rosary services were also held in Marfa at St Mary's Catholic Church on Monday, September 5, 2005 at 10:00 am.  Mass of Christian Burial was at St Mary's Catholic Church on Monday, September 5, 2005 at 11:00 am.  Pallbearers were Danny Rubio, Sammy Rubio, Jeff Lopez, Glenn Rojas, Oscar Gonzales and Peter Gonzales. Honorary Pallbearers are Chuy Garcia, Leo Gonzales, Eddie Rodriguez and Pete Herrera.

Following services, Aurora was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery in Marfa. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.

William Paul Powers
William Paul Powers
William Paul Powers, longtime resident of Kermit, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2005 at Kermit Nursing Center. He was born November 22, 1919 in Eastland, Texas.

Paul graduated from Kermit High School in 1939 before joining the United States Air Force in 1941. He served in the war zone for two years as a turret gunner, radio operator and first aid for crewmembers before retiring in 1962. During his time with the service he received many medals for merit, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his retirement with the Air Force, Paul stayed with the United States Government and worked as a Postman for fifteen years before retiring to Kermit where he opened a locksmith shop.

Known by many names - Paul, Bill, Daddy, Pops, Grandpa - was a man of adventures and could tell a great story. He was proud of his girls and grandchildren and was loved by all. He made a difference.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife, Sally of Kermit; three daughters: Linda Longstaff and husband, Tom, of Anchorage, Alaska, Mary Jo Alexander of Greely, Colorado and Debbie Brown and husband, Geoff, of Chino Valley, Arizona; one sister: Lanette Counts of Kermit; seven Grandchildren: John Longstaff and wife, Laura, Wendy Le Sage, David Lee Daltonhurst and wife, Kriska, Sara Dalton, Tom Brown and wife, Jessica, Chelsea Donneley and seven Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Henry Freund officiating, assisted by Reverend Loren Gardner. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery with Military Honors.

Pallbearers are Wayne Counts, John Longstaff, David Daltonhurst, Bill Franks, Dennie Hayes, Jim Tester and Bobby Leeson.

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

Andres Castillo, Jr
Andres Castillo, Jr
Andres Castillo, Jr, age 93, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 13, 2005.  He was born December 21, 1911 in Red Rock, Bastrop County, Texas. He was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ.

He is survived by two daughters: Helen Castillo of Kermit and Benita Sanchez of Farewell, Texas; four sons Victor Castillo of Portales, NM, Ruben Castillo of Clovis, NM, Danny Holguin of Kermit and Andy Schuman of Midland; two sisters Rosa Rocha of Lubbock, TX and Eva Epolito of Hale Center, TX; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Silva Castillo, two sons, Joe and Tom Castillo and one brother, Luis Castillo.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday, September 15, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Parlor with George Zamarron officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Manuel Pando, Jr, Ruben Pando, Stephen Pando, Tommy Schuman, Andres “JR” Schuman and Richard James Schuman. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Betty Pauline Bowen
Betty Pauline Bowen
Betty Pauline Bowen, age 84, of Kermit, entered into rest Friday, September 16, 2005 at Kermit Healthcare Center. She entered this life on Friday, September 17, 1920, in Athens, Athens County, Ohio to Morris and Marjorie (Cable) Goodman.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kermit. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and American Legion in Ohio. She loved to spend time reading, playing dominoes or bingo, and attending movies. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include three Sisters: Sara Jean Joseph of San Francisco, CA, Joann Bullock of San Mateo, CA., and Patricia Sue Burdgick of Flint, MI; one Son-In-Law: Oscar Towns of Kermit; one Sister-In-Law: Anita Knowlton and family of Columbus, OH. Her four Grandchildren: Anita Isom of Covington, GA,  Mike Towns of Kermit, Joanne Berzoza and husband, Roland, of Kermit and Douglas Towns and wife, Val, of Bangdang, China. Her ten Great-Grandchildren: Alissa, Rachel, Matt, Michael, Andy, Brandon, Joshua, Nathan, Victor and Charles.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Worthington Smith and daughter, Vicki Towns.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Odyssey Healthcare Inc. 2651 John Ben Shepperd Pkwy. Odessa, TX 79761.

Funeral Service will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 10:00 AM with Reverend Loren Gardner officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Hugh Alan Vaught
Hugh Alan Vaught
Hugh Alan Vaught, 80 of Wink, Texas a retired gas plant operator with Sun Oil Company passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2005. He was born February 8, 1925 in Cooper, Oklahoma.

Hugh also served in the United States Navy during World War II as third class petty officer. He was a radioman with his unit.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He also was involved with the Eunice Historical Society and Eunice School Alumni Association in Eunice, New Mexico.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his wife, Neita; his four sons: Jimmy Dale Vaught of Wink, Texas; Gary Edward Vaught, Billy Earl Vaught, Danny Karl Vaught, all of Austin, Texas; one brother: Thomas Edward Vaught of Bellville, Texas; four Grandchildren; three Great-Grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Friday, September 23, 2005 at the Brunson Memorial Cemetery in Eunice, New Mexico. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.

Arnold "Menon" Quiroz
Arnold “Menon” Quiroz
Arnold “Menon” Quiroz passed away Sunday, September 25, 2005. He was born in Kermit, Wednesday, August 13, 1986 to Arcides and Becky (Lopez) Quiroz.

Menon graduated from Kermit High School in 2004 where he attended Kermit Schools for 12 years. On August 5, 2005 he graduated from University Technical Institute in Houston. After graduation, he started work with Freightliner of Odessa. He enjoyed working on trucks and stereo systems and especially enjoyed hanging with his friends.

Those left behind to cherish his love and memories are his parents Arcides and Becky (Lopez) Quiroz of Kermit, Paternal Grandmother, Raquel Quiroz of Kermit, Maternal Grandmother, Clarita Lopez of Kermit, one brother, Abel Quiroz of Kermit, two sisters, Diana Quiroz and Lucinda Quiroz of Kermit, one nephew, Jeremias Quiroz of Kermit. Also his Uncles, Saul Quiroz and wife, Edith, Baudilio Quiroz and wife Rosa, Carmen Quiroz and wife, Martha, Jimmy Lopez, Johnny Lopez and wife, Connie, David Lopez and wife, Yvette, Sabina Lopez and wife, Velma, Raymond Lopez. Aunts - Cecelia Muniz, Mary Cobos and husband, Ismael, Donna Chacon, Estella Gallindo, Carol Lopez, Ester Quiroz, Abigail Quiroz, and numerous Cousins.

He is preceded in death by his Paternal Grandfather, Carmen Quiroz; Maternal Grandfather, Sabino Lopez; Paternal Great Grandparents, Carmen Quiroz and PonPosa Quiroz; and Maternal Great Grandparents, Senon Nunez and Paula Nunez.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 28, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Pastor Noel Porras officiating.

Pallbearers will be Abel Quiroz, Pete Muniz, Jr., Isaac Quiroz, Anthony Lopez, Carlos Quiroz, Jr., and Basilio Quiroz. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jimmy Lopez, Raymond Lopez, Israel Muniz, Johnny Lopez, Ben Vera and Ismael Cobos, Jr. Arrangements have been entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor, of Kermit, Texas.

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