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Dennis James Wolf

Dennis James Wolf, 61, lifetime resident of Wink, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 19, 2006 at his home in Wink, Texas.  Dennis was born on Saturday, July 1, 1944 to the late Lewis Wolf and Dorothy Marie (Becker) Wolf, of Wink, at the Rattlesnake Bomber Base in Pyote, Texas. Dennis graduated from Wink High School and attended Eastern New Mexico State University on a football scholarship.  On July 1, 1961, he married Gerry Brewer in Wink Texas.  Dennis was an active member of the W.V.F.D for over 35 years where he served as past Fire Chief, and Fire Marshall.  Additionally, Dennis was past president of the Permian Basin Fireman’s Association.  Dennis was also an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

Dennis is survived by his wife:  Gerry Wolf of Wink, TX; two sons:  Charles Wolf of Dallas, TX; Robbie Wolf and wife Gena of Wink, TX; his mother: Dorothy Wolf of Wink; two brothers:  Gary Wolf and wife Virginia of Wink, Glenn Wolf of Wink, TX; three sisters: Laura Wolf of Santa Fe, NM; Linda Knight and husband Frank of Marfa, TX; Eva Barta and husband George of Carlsbad, NM; three grandchildren: Lyndsey, Blane, and Kelsey; and 16 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father: Lewis Wolf; and one son: Joe Wolf

Funeral Services will be Thursday, June 22, 2006 at 10:00 am at Wink High School Auditorium with Rev. Beth Harrington officiating.

Pallbearers will be the Wink Volunteer Fire Department

Memorials may be made to the Wink Loving ISD, Joe Wolf Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 637, Wink, TX 79789. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Evangelina “Eva” Fuentes

Evangelina “Eva” Fuentes, 46, passed away at her residence in Iraan, TX Friday, June 23, 2006.  She was born in Alpine, Texas on October 19, 1959 to the late Geraldo and Enedina (Salgado) Fuentes. 

Eva was a juvenile corrections officer for TYC boot camp in Sheffield, TX.  She was a member of the Baptist Church.  She enjoyed music and dancing. She was a wonderful cook, who enjoyed getting together with her family having barbeque or just spending time together. Eva was the “Rock” of her family, a loving mother and grandmother.  She was very close to her nieces and nephews and loved them as though they were her own children.  Her grandchildren were the light of her life.  She was always there for her family and could be counted on no matter what. 

Eva is survived by one son:  Arthur Salinas, Jr. of Iraan, TX; one daughter:  Catherine Flores of Iraan, TX;  three brothers:  Jerry Fuentes of Odessa, TX, Jesse Fuentes of Midland, TX, and Manuel Fuentes of Odessa, TX; one sister:  Adelina Wallace of Sanderson, TX; three grandchildren:  Isaiah, Ivan, and Christina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Eva in death are her parents:  Geraldo and Enedina Fuentes; her daughter:  Carolina Salinas; and her niece: Dorina Mesquite.

Services were held Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Temple Baptist Church in Kermit with Brother Richard Coffman officiating.   Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jorge Flores, Jerry Fuentes, Jesse Fuentes, Manuel Fuentes, Jason Wallace, and Randall Wallace. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Fred L. Glander

Fred L. Glander, age 73, of Kermit, passed away Monday, July 3, 2006 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.  He was born July 21, 1932 in Bristow, OK to the late Clarence and Nannie Mae (Phillips) Glander. Fred was a Kermit resident since 1966.  He married Maxine Watson in March of 1956 and they had recently celebrated 50 happy years together.

Fred served his country in the U.S. Army in Korea.  He was also a member and past Master of the Lodge # 895 of Grandfalls.  He was a welder and an oil field pumper, who retired from Arco after 42 years of service.  He was also a retired member of the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a member of Belvue Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather as well as a good and faithful friend to all who knew him.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife:  Maxine Glander of Kermit; one son: Mike Glander and wife Pam of Kermit; two daughters:  Debbie Thompson of Odessa, and Pam Greene and husband Joey of Kermit; one brother:  Eugene Glander of Tulsa, OK; one sister:  Bertha Yackman of Palm Desert, CA; seven grandchildren:  Brandon Wright, Bradley Wright, Michaela Glander, Sloane Glander, Payton Glander, Richard Greene, and Cooter Greene; and one great-grandchild:  Hazen Wright.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Howard Glander, and two sisters:  Twila Roland and LaDonna Glander.

Services will be held on 10:00 AM Thursday, July 6, 2006 at Belvue Baptist Church of Kermit with Brothers Bill Campbell and Danny Fitzpatrick officiating.  Pallbearers will be Gene Gray, Jay Ivey, Darrel Wiesman, Raymond Dodd, Steve Williams, and Mark Coburn. Kermit Volunteer Fire Department will be honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Belvue Baptist Youth Group or The American Diabetes Association, Always and Forever Memorial and Honor Program, Attn: ADA Web, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Steven Dean Drinkard

Steven Drinkard, 53, of Kermit, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 in Gatesville, Texas.  Steven was born on Saturday, August 30, 1952 to the late Redic Frank and Nora L. (Urquhart) Drinkard, in Amarillo, Texas. Steven was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served his country in Vietnam.  He was a free spirit, who loved to ride motorcycles.  He never met a stranger and was a friend to all who knew him.

Steven is survived by his daughter:  Wysteria Drinkard of Las Vegas, NV; two brothers:  Gary Frank Drinkard and wife, Rose, of Kermit, TX and John Drinkard and wife, Debra of Wink, TX; his step-sister: Penny Gann of Oklahoma; one grandson:  Gavin Kole Shorts; and eight nieces and nephews:  Gary Jr, Redic, Waylon, Cameron, Dana, Bethany, Aubrey, and Lisa.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Redic and Nora Drinkard.

Graveside services were Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Kermit Cemetery with Brother Tedd Seales officiating. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Mittie M. Akin

Mittie M. Akin, age 75, long time resident of Kermit, went to be with her Lord Wednesday, July 12, 2006. She entered this life Thursday, February 26, 1931, in Hugo, Oklahoma. She was born to the late Lewis W. and Corinne (Fields) Pursell. She was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ.

Mittie married Jack David Akin on January 22, 1949. He preceded her in death in September of 2004.   She was a homemaker, who loved to sew, quilt, and read.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha.

She leaves behind three daughters: Cheryl Bandel and husband Mike of Schertz, TX, Cathy Kapka and husband Jim of Flagstaff, AZ, and Janice Johnson and husband Eddie of Odessa; one brother:  Glen Pursell of Lafayette, LA; one sister:  Jean Daniel of Moore, OK; ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Her parents: Lewis W. and Corinne Pursell, her son: Rusty Akin, three brothers:  Melvin, Alvin and Travis Pursell; and one sister:  Ollie Enox preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, July 14, 2006 at Eastside Church of Christ with Brothers Monty Huffman and Clydel Chapman officiating. Pallbearers will be Mrs. Akin’s grandsons and Charles Ainsworth.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

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, or The National Kidney Foundation of West Texas, 306 W. Wall St., Midland, Texas 79701. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Betty Geske    

Betty Geske, age 80, longtime resident of Kermit, passed away at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa on Wednesday, July 12, 2006.  She was born in Putnam, Callahan County, TX on Sunday, October 4, 1925 to the late James Albert and Addie (Pryor) Sharp.

Betty married her late husband, Roy Geske August 4, 1942 in Breckenridge, TX.  They moved from Pecos to live in Kermit in 1953.  She owned her own business, running a beauty shop out of her home for about 35 years.  She had been a Pink Lady since 1983. She was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church.  Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Betty is survived by two sons:  Roy Geske and wife Brenda of Bakersfield, CA, and Ronnie Geske and wife Debra of Sonora, TX ; five grandchildren:  John Geske, Beverly Baxley, Eric Geske, Jason Geske, and Kim Boggs; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding Betty in death are her husband: Roy Geske; two brothers: Herbert and James Sharp; and one sister: Winifred Elmore. 

Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, July 16, 2006 at Kermit Cemetery, with The Reverend Henry Freund officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Enedina Lujan Juarez

Mrs. Enedina Lujan Juarez, age 88 went to be with her Lord, Friday, July 14, 2006 at her residence in Kermit.  Mrs. Juarez entered this life on Sunday, September 23, 1917 born to the late Catarino and Maria (Ornelas) Lujan in Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Pilar and Enedina Lujan entered into the vows of matrimony in March of 1937 in Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico.  They brought eleven beautiful children into the world during their union of marriage, three sons and eight daughters. Unfortunately, three of those daughters were lost to them as infants. Pilar preceded her in death in October of 2004.  Enedina has thirty-five grandchildren, one hundred great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.  She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a strong Christian woman who attended St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Those left behind to cherish Enedina’s love and memories are 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:  Manuel and Roberto Juarez both of Odessa; three sisters:  Esperanza Rey and Martha Arreola, both of Odessa and Amparo Quintana of El Paso, TX; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by:  her husband: Pilar Juarez; her son, Victor Juarez; her daughter, Josefina Rodriguez; three infant daughters; her brother:  Ricardo Lujan; and two sisters:  Flora Lujan and Josefa Lujan.

Two rosaries for Mrs. Juarez were held.  The first was 2:00 pm Saturday, July 15, 2006, and the other 7:00 pm Sunday, July 16, 2006 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit. Mass of Christian Burial was 2:00 pm Monday, July 17, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating.  Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Hugo Juarez, Adrian Juarez, Saul García, Lenin Polanco, Adiel Rodriguez and Javier Juarez. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Jarbo Wright

Jarvis Addison (Jarbo) Wright, 87, took his final adventurous journey when he left this world for his heavenly home on Monday, July 31, 2006 at his residence.  Jarbo was born April 6, 1919 in Palmer, Texas to James Aron and Ozna Wright.  His family moved to Lubbock when he was a young boy.  He graduated from Lubbock High School.  He attended and played football for Texas Tech University.

Jarbo was always a proud patriotic American.  He enlisted in the Army Airborne on April 8, 1942 and served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne in World War II.  He was on the first plane to land at Kenda Air Field in Yokohoma, Japan – three days before the peace treaty was signed on the USS Missouri in 1945.  At the time of his honorary discharge, Jarbo held the rank of Staff Sergeant.  After the war, Jarbo worked for Permian Mud Service and later Dresser Magcobar as a Mud Engineer in the oil fields of West Texas for 30+ years until he retired in 1983.

He married Donaldeen (Donnie) Wright in Hobbs, NM.  Jarbo was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a 52-year member of the Scottish Rite.  He was also a member of the Winkler County degree team that went to El Paso for several years.  He was a Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star.  Jarbo was a member of First Baptist Church in Kermit.  He was a Lifetime Charter Member of the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Jarbo and Donnie have always been avid Cowboy football fans and over the years they made many trips to Texas Stadium to see their Cowboys play.  Jarbo was an avid fisherman and whittler.  After his retirement he and Donnie spent 15 summers on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.  They made many life long friends while in Canada.  Jarbo and Donnie also were able to cruise to Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands, and through the Panama Canal.  Later they spent the summers in South Fork, Colorado.  Since 1983, Jarbo was a member of the Airstreams West Texas Unit Region 9 of the Wally Bynam Caravan Club International.

Jarbo was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Huddleston and Frank Wright.  His is survived by his loving wife, Donnie of Kermit; two sons, Jarvis Wright and wife, Jan of San Angelo, James Wright and wife, Kathy of Coleman and three daughters, Donna Rushing and husband, Peter of Farmington, NM, Jonnie Carrell and husband, Don of Jal, NM, and Mary Ann Stanley of Granbury.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren; Chris Rushing of Midland, Dean Rushing of Las Vegas, NV, Amber Carrell and Wesley Carrell of Odessa, Carie Beaty of Huntsville, Jill Wright of Kingsland, Ami Depew of Hobbs, NM and Don Carrell of Post, TX; five great-grandchildren; and two beloved sisters-in-law, Jo Johnson and Edna Weger.  He is also survived by two men that Jarbo and Donnie have always treated as sons, Rodney Hayes and James Burns, both of Kermit.

Visitation will be 7 PM Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.  Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Kermit at 2 pm Thursday, August 3, 2006 with the Reverend Dudley Mullins and the Reverend J.R. Manning officiating.  Burial will immediately follow services at Kermit Cemetery with Masonic services.  Pallbearers will be Chris Rushing, Dean Rushing, James Burns, David Brown, Peter Rushing, and Don Carrell. 

Honorary Pallbearers are all Masons, Walter Anderson, Ken Mays, Joe Ethridge, Mike Michelson, the late Barnie Jones of Odessa and the late Bill Carnie of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Isabel Gonzalez

Mrs. Isabel Ugartechea Gonzalez, age 79 left this life Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville.  Mrs. Gonzalez entered this life on Friday, July 8, 1927 in Juarez, MexicoShe was a resident of Kermit for 26 years.

Isabel married Mariano Mata in 1946 in Ojinaga, Mexico.  She was a member of La Hermosa Pentecostal Church.  She liked to spend time and visit with her church friends.  She also enjoyed gardening and crocheting items for her family. She liked Cokes and chocolate.  Isabel was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who especially loved being with her grandchildren.  She was fun loving and could always make them laugh.

Those left behind to cherish Isabel’s love and memories are her daughter:  Antonia Chavez of Kerrville, TX; four grandchildren:  Veronica Navarro and Juan Jose Chavez, both of Kerrville, TX, Tabitha Cobos of Kermit, TX, and Arnold Navarro, Jr. of Odessa, TX; and seven great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Alyssa, Arianna, Andres, Freddie, Abraham, and Alexis.

She is preceded in death by:  her husband, Mariano Mata, who passed away in 1997.

Funeral Services were held 2:00 pm Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit.  Interment will be privately held. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Phillip Lewis Handlin

Phillip Lewis Handlin passed away August 11, 2006 at the age of 68.  He was born August 7, 1938 in Kermit, TX to Lloyd and Pansy Handlin.  He grew up in Kermit and graduated from Kermit High School with the class of 1956.  He married Kristin Broughton in 1967.  They moved to Kermit where Handlin owned the Fashion Shop for several years.

Elmer is survived by his mother of Mason, TX; his wife; three brothers:  Don and sister-in-law, Dee of Mason, TX; Barry of Midland, TX; Larry and sister-in-law Jane of Crane; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Graveside Services were held August 15, 2006 in Kermit. Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Manuel Pando

Manuel Pando, age 51, of Kermit passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2006.  He was born on January 16, 1955 in Santa Elena, Mexico to the late Juan Pando and Marcela (Natividad) Pando.  Manuel was very active in the community.  He was a respected businessman, who owned his own fence building business for 30 years.  Besides being a hardworking man, he was devoted to his family.  He and his wife, Mary, had just celebrated a happy marriage of 35 years. To his family he was a beloved husband, father, grandpa and brother.  Manuel worshipped at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses where he was an active member.

He is survived by his wife:  Mary Helen Pando of Kermit; three sons: Manuel Pando Jr and wife Karla of Kermit, Ruben Pando and wife Keren of Kermit, and Stephen Pando and wife Adelma of Kermit; three daughters:  Maria Juarez and husband Rigo of Kermit, Elida Gonzalez and husband Manuel of Kermit, and Sandra Bonilla and husband Juan “Monchi” of Kermit; five brothers:  Alfonso Pando of Kermit, Guadalupe Pando of Kermit, Juan Pando of Kermit, Carlos Pando of Ulysses, Kansas, and Leonardo Pando of Ulysses, Kansas; one sister: Martha Carrasco of Kermit; ten grandchildren:  Rigo Juarez Jr., Ahlexis Pando, Jasmine Pando, Adriana Pando, Diego Juarez, Jasel Pando, Itzak Pando, Eduardo Gonzalez, Juliza Pando, and Sebastian Pando.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Elida Orozco.

Services will be held 2:00 pm Monday, August 21, 2006 at the Winkler County Community Center with Brian Avila officiating.  Pallbearers will include: Manuel Pando Jr., Ruben Pando, Stephen Pando, Juan “Monchi” Bonilla, Rigo Juarez, and Manuel Gonzalez.  Honorary pallbearers will be: Alfonso Pando, Lupe Pando, Juan Pando, Carlos Pando, Leonardo Pando, Danny Holguin, and Alfredo Carrasco.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.


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