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Obituaries 2007
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Melody Ann Wilkinson

Melody Ann Wilkinson, age 51 passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at her home in Mentone, TX.   She was born Saturday, March 19, 1955 in Fruitvale, TX.  Melody was a homemaker and a member of Wink First Baptist Church.  She was a beloved mother and grandmother, who loved to cook and crochet.  She also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

She is survived by her husband:  Bill Wilkinson of Mentone; two sons:  Clifford Raymon Wilkinson and wife Brandi of Yuma, AZ and William Wilkinson II of Mentone; one daughter:  Jacque Nicole Wilkinson of Mentone; two brothers:  M.J. Anglin of Monahans and Roland Anglin of El Paso; three sisters:  Louise McGee, Ruby Anglin, and Linda Butler all of Sulfur Springs, TX; and two grandchildren:  Brandon Douglas Wilkinson and Bailey Ann Marie Wilkinson.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at the Pyote Cemetery with Brother Richard Ray officiating.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Alejandro Trejo Jr.

Alejandro Trejo Jr., age 30, of Kermit went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, January 10, 2007.  He was born on Monday, August 23, 1976 in Kermit to Alejandro and Anita Vijil Trejo.

Alejandro worked for Boden Construction in Odessa. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He enjoyed talking with friends on the phone and listening to music in his free time.

Those left to cherish his memory are his father:  Alejandro Trejo Sr. and wife Maria of Kermit; mother:  Anita Rodriguez and husband Jesus of Odessa; grandparents:  Hermenejildo and Maria Campos of Kermit, and Alejandro and Felecita Trejo of Anthony, New Mexico; one son:  Nathan Matthew Trejo of Kermit; one brother:  Frankie Rodriguez of Odessa; seven sisters:  Griselda Trejo and husband Daniel of Odessa, Yesenia Rojas and husband Raul of Kermit, Alejandra Trejo of Kermit, Andrea Rodriguez of Odessa, Jessica Rodriguez and husband Steven of Odessa, Janette Rodriguez of Odessa, and Elizabeth Carrasco of Odessa.

Preceding Alejandro in death were his grandparents:  Jesus Campos Vijil and Martina Aranda Vijil and one brother:  Noel Rodriguez.

Rosary was held 7:00 pm, Sunday, January 14, 2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial was held 1:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating.  Pallbearers included Carlos Trejo, Jr, Rene Aguirre, Raul Rojas, Steven Solano, Ever Tarango , Ray Carrasco, Ervy Carrasco, Rigo Gonzales,  John Armendariz and Rudy Vejil.

Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Valdeene Burnes Watson

Valdeene Burnes Watson age 84 passed away January 11, 2007 in Rosepine, LA.  She was born May 1, 1922 in Concord, Texas to Janey May Hall Burnes and Lennie Jackson Burnes.  She had two brothers: Lloyd Silvan Burnes and Thurman Lennie Burnes and one sister: Ruby Nell Burnes Mayhew.  They have all preceded her in death.

She married Thomas Burton Watson on January 14, 1937.  They were married fifty-one years before his death in 1988.  They had seven children, four who preceded her in death; Velma Jean Watson and Claudine Watson in 1937, Joyce Watson in 1951, and Marjorie Gay Watson McCoy in 1988.

She has three surviving children, Berta Watson Owens and husband Damon of Havre, MT, Norma Watson Cleveland and husband Lonnie of Rosepine, LA and Jimmy Loyd Watson and wife Lana of Kermit, TX; thirteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. She was a member of Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit, TX. She loved the Lord and her family with all her heart.  She left us many beautiful memories.

“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  You know the way to the place where I am going.”  John 14:1

Funeral Services were held 11:00 am Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at Belvue Baptist Church of Kermit, TX.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Providence Baptist Church Building Fund 2206 Providence Rd.  Leesville, LA 71446


Clayton O’Dell Bales

Clayton O’Dell Bales, age 79, of Kermit passed away Sunday, January 14, 2007 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.  He was born Thursday, February 3, 1927 in Whitefield, Haskell County, OK to the late Willard and Lola (Lofton) Bales. He served his country during World War II in the US Army. He married Jean Bonds in November 14, 1947 in Tishomingo, OK. They enjoyed 59 wonderful years of marriage.

Clayton had worked in the oilfield as a mechanic.  He enjoyed ranching: raising cattle, chickens, goats and guineas.  He spent his free time playing dominoes and drinking coffee with his friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife:  Jean Bales of Kermit; two sons: Gene Bales of Kermit and Curtis Bales of Hobbs, NM; six grandchildren:  Brandon Bales of Amarillo, TX, Shawn Bales of Hobbs, NM, Holly Bales of North Woodstock, NH, and Scott Bales, Travis Bales and Paul Bales, all of Plymouth, NH; numerous cousins, aunts, and nephews.

Clayton was preceded in death by his brother: Dayton Bales.

Funeral services are 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at Belvue Baptist Church of Kermit with Brother Danny Fitzpatrick officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers included E.W. “Dub” King, Ronald Saverance, Jerry Purcell, Gayle Reeves, Jim Weizenecker, and Stanley Mulsow.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Robert Lee Taylor

Robert Lee Taylor, age 87 passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at his home in Kermit.   He was born Friday, March 14, 1919 in Van Zandt County, TX to the late Courtney and Kate Taylor.  Robert was an oilfield plant operator and a US Army veteran of World War II.  During his service, he received the American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.

Robert married Berniece Landona Roby May 31, 1961 in Kermit.  She preceded him in death in April of 2004.

He is survived by six sons:  Jerry Taylor of Kermit, Bobby Taylor of Garland, TX, Wayne Taylor of Junction, TX, Marshall Taylor of Mt. Pleasant, TX, Denzel Messman of Lone Star, TX and Jimmy Messman of Odessa; two daughters:  Dorothy Richardson of Wink and Sue LaFoy of Clyde, TX; one brother:  Raymond Taylor of Van, TX; eighteen grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Warren Hignight

Warren Hignight, age 87, of Kermit, passed away Tuesday January 30, 2007 at Kermit Healthcare Center. He was born May 5, 1919 in Schultz, OK. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Warren married Mildred (Hamm) Hignight July 26, 1947 in Ozona, TX.

Graveside Service was 1:30 pm Friday February 2, 2007 at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX.

He is survived by his wife Mildred; one son John of Ozona;  2 brothers;  2 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. 


James Arnold “Butch” Mangum

James Arnold “Butch” Mangum, age 62, of Kermit passed away Sunday, February 4, 2007 at his home.  He was born Tuesday, December 12, 1944 in Monahans, Ward County, TX to the late Norman and Liller Mae (James) Mangum. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the US Navy, earning a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Navy Unit Commendation Medal and a Navy Achievement Medal.  He married Joleta Walker on August 8, 1997 in Odessa.  

Butch was a ranch hand.  He spent many hours working with cattle: riding, roping, feeding animals, and attending livestock sales and rodeos.  He loved going to flea markets and antique stores, where he could find a woodworking treasure or collectable among the junk.  He was a past quarter master for the VFW post, a member of the Evening Lions Club and Downtown Lions Club, and a member of the Community Church.  

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Joleta Mangum of Kermit; one son:  Wallace Berry of Plainview, TX; five step-sons:  Bubba Mangum of Dallas, TX, Lloyd Garner of Winter Garden, FL, Larry Garner of Illinois, James Townsen and L.T. Hughes both of Kermit; five step-daughters:  Alice Evans of Burleson, TX, Michelle Razberry of Emerson, AR, Glenda Wheeler of Corpus Christi, TX, Kelly Carstens of Odessa, and Shelly Brawley of Phoenix, AZ; one sister:  Norma Sue Wilkins of Georgetown, TX; thirty-two grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife:  Donna Sharon Mangum in 1996, and one step-son:  Daniel Berry.  

Memorial services with military honors will be 2:00 pm Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Family Service Funeral Chapel with The Rev. Henry Freund officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Butch’s name be made to the VFW Post # 6284.

Grace Hernandez Ramirez

Grace Hernandez Ramirez, age 75 left this life Monday, February 5, 2007 from her home in Andrews.  She was born Tuesday, January 12, 1932 in Sanderson, Terrell County, Texas to Pedro and Feliciana (Vasquez) Hernandez.  She married Isaac Ramirez on June 15, 1948 in Kermit, TX.  Together they raised nine beautiful children and enjoyed over 58 wonderful years of marriage. In addition to her busy career as a homemaker, Grace worked for the Andrews Independent School District as a bus driver for 18 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish her love and memories include her loving husband: Isaac Ramirez of Andrews; six daughters:  Linda Vickers of San Antonio, Letty Coomer and Lucy Galindo, both of Andrews, Lily Norton of Gardendale, Linette Stuard of White Settlement, and Lora Gonzalez of Sanger, TX; three sons:  Luis Isaac Ramirez of Dallas, Johnny Ramirez of Andrews, and Leonard Isaac Ramirez of Odessa; one sister:  Francis Lopez of Andrews; three brothers:  Pedro Hernandez, Jr of Andrews, Cosme Hernandez of Las Cruces, NM, and Raul Hernandez of Andrews; twenty-five grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Grace is preceded in death by her parents:  Pedro and Feliciana Hernandez and two sisters:  Beatrice Vara and Bessie Lopez.

Rosary will be said 7 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at Mrs. Ramirez home (1002 Southwest 7th St. in Andrews).  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Andrews.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include:  Xavier Ramirez, Raul Rodriguez Jr, Mark Hernandez, Chance Coomer, Raul Reyes Jr, and Jared Galindo.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Coomer and Ray Romo. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Juan Anaya Valenzuela

Juan Anaya Valenzuela, age 85, of Kermit passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at his home.  He was born Monday, May 16, 1921 in Palomas, Mexico to the late Isabel and Guadalupe (Anaya) Valenzuela. He married Juanita Ruiz on October 12, 1941 in Palomas, Mexico. They had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Juan was farmer and a cowboy.  He was a horse breaker and trainer, who loved to go to rodeos and horse races.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Juanita R. Valenzuela of Kermit; two sons:  Ramon Valenzuela and wife Manuela of Kermit and Reynaldo Valenzuela and wife Lilia of Odessa; three daughters:  Elpidia Valenzuela of Odessa and Maria Morales and Susana Morales and husband Jesus, all of Kermit; one brother:  Nicolas Valenzuela of Denver, CO; five sisters:  Dominga Jimenez, Lucia Porras, Agapita Porras, and Isabel Salcido, all of Odessa and Maria Valdez of Presidio; thirty-four grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

Juan was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Doroteo and Matias Valenzuela and one sister Pliar Olivas.

Rosary will be said 7 pm Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 pm Friday, February 9, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Pallbearers will include: Isabel Valenzuela, Ruben Valenzuela, Rey Monroe Valenzuela, Manuel Maldonado, Jessie Morales, and Anastacio Morales.  Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Jimmy Morales, Oscar Morales, Mariano Valenzuela, and Jose Enrique Escarsega. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Crawford Adams Sr.

Crawford Adams Sr. age 62 of Wink passed from this life on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at his residence.  He was born November 23, 1944 in Longview, TX to Leo Adams, Sr. and Opal Evans Adams.  Crawford married the love of his life for 42 years, Peggy Doss, on May 25, 1964 in Kermit.

Crawford was a resident of Wink for 50 years, having moved from Longview to work in the West Texas oilfield.  He loved to fish and was an avid drag racing fan.  The real joy of his life was his family and the time he spent with them.  His children and grandchildren or “The Babies” were his pride and joy.  Crawford loved cooking chili, being with his many friends and just living and enjoying life. 

He is survived by his loving wife:  Peggy Adams of Wink; one son:  Crawford Adams Jr. and wife Melinda of Hobbs; two daughters:  Judy White and husband Bradley of Wink and Angie Cox and husband Heath of Monahans, TX; three brothers:  Albert Adams of Clermont, FL, Larry Adams of White Oak, TX; Leslie Adams of Angola, LA; five sisters:  Doris Harvell of Henrietta, TX, Shirley Sherrer of Powderly, TX, Eloise Vester and Patricia Carley both Longview, TX and Laura Whitehead of Marshall, TX; and four grandchildren:  Scotty, Emily, Cassidy, and Bethany.

Crawford was preceded in death by his parents:  Leo and Opal Adams; one brother:  Leo Adams Jr., and one sister:  Carolyn Maddox.

Funeral services were held 10:00 am Friday, March 2, 2007 at First United Methodist Church of Wink with Rev. Loren Gardner officiating assisted by Rev. Scott Seymour.  Pallbearers were Joe Mitchell, Randy Thomas, Ronnie Thomas, Kenneth Dossey, Gayland Richardson, and Brian Martin.  Honorary pallbearers included Kelby Robertson, Craig Campbell, and Tony Doss.  Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Wink.   




 

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