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John David Allen

John David Allen, 88, longtime resident of Jal, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 09, 2006 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.  John was born on Friday, April 27, 1917 to the late Bonnie Lovie and Esther (Davis) Allen in Mayhill, New Mexico.  In 1940, he married Lucy McCollaum in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  John served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army.  John was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.  He was a past Rainbow Dad.  He was also an active member of the Jal Masonic Lodge #65 AF & AM where he was a Past Master.  He was a Past Grand Master of Masons in New Mexico.  He was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #60 and he served as a Past Grand Worthy Patron. He was a woodworker, carpenter and cabinetmaker who enjoyed working with his hands.  Known for his love of the outdoors, John was an active outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was also a very social man who played cards and dominoes with his friends.


John is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-five years Lucy Allen; one son: John Dee Allen and wife Karen of Las Cruces, New Mexico; one daughter: Ronna Lee Barnes of Abilene, Texas; three sisters:  Esther Love Royland of Forest Grove, Oregon; Nita Searcy of Abilene, Texas; and Tressa Owens of San Angelo, Texas; six grandchildren:  Derma, Merna, Lonna, Jana, Jason, and Justin; and twelve great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by parents and step-mother Bertha Skaggs Allen; one sister Jo Ann Simpson; and two brothers: Elmer Allen and Bonnie Allen.


Funeral Services were held on Monday, February 13, 2006 at 11:00 am at Calvary Baptist Church of Jal, New Mexico with Brother Alan Speed officiating.  Masonic graveside services followed at Jal Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Allen, Justin Allen, Dave Bruskotter, Jim McGann, Mike Pearce, and Gary Deck.  Honorary pallbearers were:  Otis Kelley, W.M. Kemp, Seth Brisbin, Caleb Brisbin, Daniel Ojinaga, Earl Muncrief, Jake Merryman, Benny Reed, Riley Bruskotter, and his Masonic Brethren.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Helping Hands or Masonic Charities, Care of Masonic Lodge #65   P.O. Box 904   Jal, NM  88252, or Calvary Baptist Church P.O. Box 1150  Jal, NM  88252. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.



Jackie Dale Alexander
Jackie Dale Alexander, 27, lifetime resident of Jal, New Mexico left this life on Saturday, February 11, 2006.  He entered this life in Andrews, TX on Sunday, October 15, 1978, the son of James Don Alexander and Norma (Jones) Moore.  He wed LaDonna Pirtle on July 23, 2005.  He was an oilfield truck driver.  He was a loving husband and father to his two girls.  Jackie was a generous man who would give the shirt off his back to help a friend and was always ready to give anyone in need a hand.

Those left behind to cherish his love and memories include his father, James Alexander of Portland, TX;  his mother Norma Moore and husband, Brian D. of Jal, New Mexico; his wife, LaDonna Alexander of Jal, New Mexico; his daughters, Destini Hope Alexander and Codi Dawn Alexander both of Jal, New Mexico;  three sisters, Tammy Messimer and husband, Kyle, Letitia Gillit, and Joni Alexander and husband, Ronny Boehm, all of Jal, New Mexico; one half-sister, Sherry Alexander; two half-brothers, Jerry Alexander and Jamie Alexander; two nephews, David and Nathan; and four nieces, Elizabeth, Ashley, Jennifer, and Linsey.

Services to honor his memory will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, February 17, 2006 at Jal Cemetery with officiates Brother Alan Speed and Mike Mays. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Lora Lee Lemmons

Lora Lee Lemmons, age 75, of Kermit went to be with her Lord Saturday, February 18, 2006. She was born Tuesday, December 09, 1930 to the late Benjamin Franklin Hobson and Vera Edna Potts in Vernon Texas.  Lora was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Auxillary Post # 6284.  She enjoyed cooking and was known around Wink for her cookies.  She had also worked as a waitress and had retired as a telephone operator.

Lora is survived by four sons:  Horace “Pokey” Collum of Houston, TX; Robert Dean Brown of Denver, CO; Bucky Lemmons and wife Beth of Kermit, TX; Joe Lemmons and wife Karen of Kermit, TX; two daughters:  Kathryn Ann Brougham and husband Michael of Dallas, TX; Sharon Dean of Hobbs, NM; one sister: Carolyn Langston of Kermit, TX; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Lora was preceded in death by her parents Benjamin and Vera Hobson; one daughter: Becky Jean Brown; one brother: Gerald Hobson; two sisters:  Alice Jane Hobson and “Baby sister” Hobson.

Pallbearers are Cecil “Buck” Lemmons, Joe Lemmons, Wayne Shuler, John Schubert, Sean Fussner, Joe Mitchell.

Funeral services are 10:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit

Elmer Andrew Partain

Elmer Andrew Partain, 73, longtime resident of Kermit, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at his home in Kermit, Texas.  Elmer was born on Sunday, February 12, 1933 to the late James Partain Sr. and Esther (Milligan) Partain in Karbers Ridge, Illinois.  In 1953, he married Betty Banks in Gary, Indiana.  Elmer enjoyed working with his hands and spent years working as a mechanic.  He also enjoyed a good joke and was know to be a prankster.  Elmer also enjoyed playing games, being outdoors fishing or BBQing surrounded by his many friends, the “High Life”, and his many grandkids.

Elmer is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Betty Partain; two sons: Lee Partain of Kermit, Texas; Bobby Partain of Gary, Indiana; three daughters: Lisa Partain of Kermit, Texas; Lela Johnson of Kermit, Texas; Nova Towner of Benton, Kentucky; one brother:  James Partain Jr. of Mobile, Alabama; one sister:  Nova Woods of Gary, Indiana; ten grandchildren:  Justus, Hanna, Alex, Tyler, Trevor, Alexis, Christopher, Rocky, Angel, and Shane; six great-grandchildren:  Zodrick, Alyssa, Lexi, Christian, Lee, Zachary; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents James and Esther Partain; one son: Wesley Partain; one brother; J.T. Partain; one sister: Pearl Williams; one grandson: J.P Hartman.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Kermit Cemetery with Brother Eddie Cotton officiating. Pallbearers will be Rocky Robertson, Shane Robertson, Kenny Robertson, Billy Johnson, Gordon Towner, Lee Partain, and Bobby Partain. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

James Nomon Thomas

James Nomon Thomas, 58, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, February 26, 2006.  James was a life-long resident of Kermit.  He is the son of the late James Earnest Thomas and Jewel “Farmer” Thomas.  James will be remembered by his family as a game player.  He played cards and dominoes.  James also greatly enjoyed fishing.  Known as,  “Uncle Crazy,” to his nieces and nephews James had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making them laugh.  Additionally, James served his country by joining the U. S. Army where he obtained the rank of sergeant and was a Vietnam Veteran.

James is survived by his wife: Alesia Thomas of Kermit, TX; one son: Robert Wilson of Bartlet, TX; one daughter: Christy Wilson of Kermit, TX; four sisters:  Sheila  “Jeno” Casteel of Big Lake, TX; Janet “Candy” Ferguson of Kermit, TX; Shirley Tidwell and husband Tommy of Kermit, TX; Kittie Compton and husband Ricky of Oak Grove, LA; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Preceding James in death are his parents James and Jewel Thomas; and his sister: Julia Spivey.

Memorial Services will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 1, 2006 with Brother Monty Huffman Officiating.


Albino Martinez Lara

Albino Martinez Lara, age 73 of Kermit went to be with his Lord on Monday, February 27, 2006.  He was born on July 08, 1932 in Redford, Texas to Francisco and Sabina Lara.

He is survived by his son:  Jose Gutierrez; three brothers: Isaac Ramirez of Andrews, Texas; Manuel Lopez of Kermit, Texas; Raul Lara of Kermit, Texas; six grandchildren:  Connie Whiteside, Josie Belcourt, Jose Gutierrez Jr., Toni Bustamante, Ruben Gutierrez, Noah Gutierrez; fifteen great-grandchildren:  Willie, Kenya, Kendra, Karen, Karime, Tiffany, Stephanie, Brandon, Hailey, Marc, Joseph, Yasmeen, Denise, Amoris, and Jeremiah.

Preceding Albino in death were his wife: Nicomedez Gomez; parents Francisco and Sabina Lara; five brothers:  Jose, Trini, George, Domingo Lara, and Sabino Lopez; one sister; Simona Porras.

Rosary will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel, 7:00 pm, Wednesday, March 1, 2006. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 10:00 am, Thursday, March 2, 2006. Arrangements entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Harley “Ray” McGuire

Harley “Ray” McGuire, 65, longtime resident of Wink, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 27, 2006.  Ray was born on Friday, May 3, 1940 to the late Jack McGuire and Inez “Youngblood” McGuire in Lamesa, TX.  Ray was an avid collector of guns and knives.  He was also a hard worker.  Ray worked as a ranch foreman and combine operator when he was younger and a contract pumper later in life.  He understood the meaning of the seven-day workweek.

Ray is survived by his two sons:  Mark McGuire and wife Susie of Wink, TX; Brian McGuire and wife Stacy of San Angelo, TX; one daughter: Denise Barton and husband Aaron of Fredericksburg, TX; seven grandchildren:  Baylie, Nichole, Sawyer, Kaitlyn, Madison, Sydney, and Ayden.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Jack And Inez McGuire; one son: Wade McGuire; two brothers Earnest and Louis; two sisters Jackie and Sue.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Kermit Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Antonio M. Armendariz Jr.
Antonio M. Armendariz Jr., age 74, of Kermit went to be with his Lord on Thursday, March 09, 2006.  He was born on Saturday, July 11, 1931 in El Mulato, Ojinaga, Mexico to Antonio and Petra Montoya Armendariz.  Antonio was a long-time resident of Kermit where he worked in construction and as a crane operator.

He is survived by his wife:  Guadalupe Armendariz of Kermit; three sons:  Jose Antonio Armendariz of Odessa, Armando Armendariz of Kermit, Sabino Armendariz of Odessa; six daughters:  Noelia Valenzuela of Midland, Silvia Porras of Ojinaga, Mexico; Elvia Chavez of Kermit; Leonila Gallardo of Kermit; Yesenia A. Ortiz of Kermit; Cindy Armendariz of Odessa; one brother:  Demetrio Armendariz of Fort Worth; two sisters:  Rufina Lujan of Andrews; Gloria Grado of Lake Arthur, New Mexico; twenty-four grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Preceding Antonio in death were two daughters: Arcilia and Arcelia; one brother:  Arcadio Armendariz; four sisters:  Maria Pedraza; Lupe Ramos; Isabel Heredia; Josefa Morales.

Rosary was held at Family Services Funeral Chapel, at 7:00 pm, Friday, March 10, 2006 with Nacho Villa officiating. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 11, 2006 with Father Rudy Lacerna as Celebrant and Nacho Villa as Deacon.

Pallbearers include Irvin Armendariz, Milo Valenzuela, Armando Porras, Jr., Eddie Armendariz, Adiel Armendariz, Tony Lares, Eduardo Gallardo, and Oscar Ortiz, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers include Jose Antonio Armendariz, Armando Armendariz, and Sabino Armendariz. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Timoteo Hernandez Lara

Timoteo Hernandez Lara, age 66, of Kermit, went to be with his Lord Saturday March 25, 2006 in Slaton, TX. He was born Wednesday, January 24, 1940 in Pecos, TX. to the late Reyes and Sixta (Hernandez) Lara. He married Guadalupe Corral on June 1, 1971 in Dallas, TX. and together they raised eight children.  Timoteo retired from farming in 1999 and moved to Kermit from Loop, TX.

Timoteo was a faithful Christian, who was constantly spreading the Gospel. He loved his family, corrected them when needed, and supported them always. He was an excellent shade tree mechanic, as evidenced by his ’49 Ford pickup which he had before he and Guadalupe married, and still runs like new today.

Timoteo is survived by his wife Guadalupe of Kermit, six (6) sons: Edward Corral of Ropesville, TX, Hugo Hernandez of Kermit, Raul Hernandez of Slaton, TX, Tim Rene Lara of Slaton, TX, Juan Jose Lara of Slaton, TX, and Ruben Lara of Lubbock, TX; two (2) daughters: Olga Villasenor of Ropesville, TX, and Dora Macias of Slaton, TX; three (3) brothers- Juan, Jimmy, and Christobal Lara all of Odessa, TX; three (3) sisters- Jesusa Jacquez of Andrews, TX, Amelia Orona and Maria Orona both of Houston, TX; sixteen (16) grandchildren, and five (5) great-grandchildren.

Mr. Lara was preceded in death by one brother- Jose Lara in 1985, one sister- Manuela Garcia in 2005, and one great-grandson- Nicholas Noel Piedra.

Prayer Service was held at 7 pm Monday March 27, 2006 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Noel Porras officiating. Funeral Service was held 10 am Tuesday March 28, 2006 at Family Services Funeral Parlor with Pastor Jessie Cisneros officiating. Pallbearers were:  Edward Corral, Hugo Hernandez, Raul Hernandez, Ruben Lara, Roberto Villasenor, and Faustino Macias. Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.

Rosa Faye Marshall

Rosa Faye Marshall, age 81, of Kermit, passed away Monday, April 10, 2006 at the Hospice House in Odessa. Mrs. Marshall was born March 23, 1925 in Gatesville, TX to the late Michael Caddo and Mary Jane (Miller) Brown. She was a resident of Kermit for 40 Years having moved here from Crane, TX in 1965.  Mrs. Marshall married Lawrence L. “Turk” Marshall on April 17, 1941 in Monahans, TX., and they had 62 wonderful years together before Turks’ passing on March 5, 2003.  Rose was a Tax Assessor/Collector for the City of Kermit for 25 years, and an active member of Belvue Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are one son: Jack Marshall and wife Clara of Kermit, two daughters: Rosie Lee Henry of Kermit and Mary Ellen Mason and husband Charles of Andrews, TX; one brother: M. C. (Buster) Brown of Odessa, TX;11 Grandchildren; 25 Great-Grandchildren; and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild.

Funeral services for Rose will be 2 pm Thursday, April 13, 2006 at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit with Bro. Danny Fitzpatrick officiating. Interment will be at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Mason, Tim Mason, Tommy Mason, Lonny Marshall, Marshall Carrell, Bradley Castleman, Jackie Hallmark, Tim Kinnear, and Kevin Kinnear.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

The family requests donations be made to Home Hospice, 903 N. Sam Houston Ave, Odessa, TX. 79761

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