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Obituaries 2007
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Ruby Shelton

Ruby Martha Shelton, age 69, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Regency Hospital in Odessa.  She was born Sunday, November 7, 1937 in Omaha, NE to the late Malcom and Frances N. (Means) Dennis.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter:  Debbie Brooks of Kermit; one brother:  Gene Dennis; two grandchildren:  Britney Brooks of Bryan, TX and Brandie Brooks of Odessa, TX; two great-grandchildren:  Cameron and Jayla; and her good friend:  Art Watson of Kermit.

Memorial services will be 6:00 pm Monday, April 16, 2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel officiated by Mr. John Bell.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Lavelle Evadean Bryan Baker

Evadean Baker, age 79, went to be with her Lord Sunday, April 15, 2007 from Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans, TX.  She was born Monday, August 29, 1927 in Parker County, TX to the late Edgar S. and Fannie Ethel (Seymore) Geer.

Evadean was a gardener with a great green thumb and a wonderful cook.  She also liked to fish.  She was an artist who painted and sewed, crocheting beautiful afghans for her grandchildren.  Mrs. Baker was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother, who the kids lovingly referred to as “Ma-maw Baker”.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wink.

Those left behind to mourn the loss of Mrs. Baker include two sons:  Gary E. Bryan and wife Patricia of Wickett, TX and Donald James Bryan and wife Holley of Wink; two daughters:  Carolyn Jones and husband Mike of Monahans, TX and Peggy Shirey and husband Mike of Seminole, TX; one brother:  Floyd Geer of Abilene, TX; three sisters:  Bessie Crow and Jan Mitchell both of Kermit, TX and Belva Jo Fowler of Burleson, TX; thirteen grandchildren and sixteen great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Edgar and Fannie Geer; two husbands:  James Elbert Bryan who passed away December 3, 1960 and Haliburton Baker who she lost January 20, 1996; and one sister:  Imogene Ferguson.

Funeral services were 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at First Baptist Church in Wink officiated by Brother Richard Ray.  Pallbearers included:  Jeffrey Jones, James Bryan, Chris Simpson, Jody Rice, Shay Keener, Ryan Woods, Billy Voyles, and David Carr.  Honorary pallbearers were Greg Rogers, Maxie Watts, and Eldon Price.  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 any hospice care provider.

Sianna Montoya

Sianna Yareli Montoya, age 3 months, 16 days, went to be with Jesus Friday, April 27, 2007 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.  She was born Thursday, January 11, 2007 in Andrews, Andrews County, TX.

Survivors include her parents:  Camilo Montoya Jr. and Yadhira Quiroz both of Kermit; grandparents:  Sergio and Elda Quiroz and Camilo and Consuela Montoya, all of Kermit; one brother:  Danny Montoya of Kermit; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Sunday, April 29, 2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2:00 pm Monday, April 30, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father John Lucido officiating.  Pallbearers will be Danny Montoya and Sergio Quiroz.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.


Pansy Louise Handlin

Pansy Louise Handlin, age 91, went to be with her Lord Sunday, May 13, 2007 from her residence in Mason, TX.  She was born Tuesday, May 9, 1916 in Dublin, Erath County, TX to the late Ernest Earl Mulloy and Willie Mae (Lewis) Mulloy.

Pansy married D.L. Handlin on June 14, 1934.  Together with their young son, they moved to Kermit in 1936.  She was a homemaker, and was completely devoted to her family.  After her sons had finished school, she became an accomplished artist and collector.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Home Demonstration Club.

Pansy was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church.

Those left behind to mourn the loss of Mrs. Handlin include three sons:  Don Handlin and wife Deanna of Mason, Barry Handlin of Midland, and Larry Handlin and wife Jane of Crane; one sister:  Allene Cochran of Abilene; seven grandchildren and eighteen great- grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband:  Dillard Lloyd “D.L.” Handlin in 2001; and one son:  Phillip “Phil” Handlin in 2006.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit officiated by Brother Dudley Mullins.  Pallbearers will include sons and grandsons.  Honorary pallbearer was Phil Handlin.   Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pansy’s memory to the giver’s charity of choice.

Jerry McGuire

On Tuesday, May 15, 2007, we lost a pillar of our community.  Gerald “Jerry” McGuire age 95 passed away at Wesley Woods Care Facility in Waco, TX.  He was born Friday, September 8, 1911 in Bogue, Graham County, KS to the late John and Lena Pearl (Mather) McGuire.

He served in the National Guard.  He earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree from Colorado State University and his Master’s degree from Texas Tech. 

Jerry married the love of his life, Golda Jane Gaarder, on May 22, 1938 in Denver, CO. She preceded him in death in 1996.

Jerry began his teaching career in Steamboat Springs, CO, where he organized the first Ski Band.  He then moved on to Alamogordo, Wink, then McCamey, where he was a band director and principal.  In 1946, Mr. McGuire moved to Kermit. He then served KISD as a math teacher and director of special activities. After retirement, he continued to be involved with school children.  He served as a HOSTS volunteer for Purple Sage, helped students prepare for UIL competitions, and was an active Yellow Jacket and K Band Booster Club member. He was nominated by KISD for Heroes for children in the state of Texas.  He was also on the advisory council for the West Texas State School.

He was well known and very active in our community. He owned and operated a local Chrysler dealership, McGuire Motors, from 1953 to 1988.  He was mayor of Kermit for 26 years and a member of the Masonic Lodge #1258 AF and AM for 70 years.  He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club, and helped make arrangements for the “Student of the Month” program. Jerry was on the Housing Commission and a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.  He was a member of the Lion’s Club of Kermit for 65 years.  He also was involved with the Salvation Army, Boy and Girl Scouts, the United Way, and the local AARP.  He was also one of the famous Tumbleweed Chefs. He was recently honored by the International Association of Lion's Clubs with a 65 year Monarch Milestone Chevron Award.

He was a musically gifted man who led the choir at First United Methodist Church for over 50 years.  He participated in the Chancel Choir, Bell Ringers, and United Methodist Men.  He was also on the committee for the church sponsored Boy Scout Troop.  Jerry loved to dance; he often went to Odessa to the Senior Center to “kick up his heels”.

He is survived by two sons:  Stephen McGuire and wife Trudy of Waco and David Bruce McGuire and wife Jan of San Antonio; one daughter:  Ruth Eads and husband Cecil of Kermit; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Family visitation will be held Friday evening, May 18, 2007 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, May 19, 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Kermit with Rev. David Weyant officiating.  Pallbearers are grandsons:  Ian McGuire and Kerry McGuire and great-grandsons:  Duncan Fabbri, Cameron Comer, Matthew Comer, Brian Pruett, and Mitchell Pruett.  Honorary pallbearers will include:  Roy Peden, All Masons, Kermit Downtown Lion’s Club and Kermit Rotary Club.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Kermit or to the Salvation Army.

Jerry McGuire was a man who was continually giving to others.  He will be sorely missed.

Martha Jackson 

Martha N. Jackson of Kermit passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2007 at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, TX.  Mrs. Jackson was born on Saturday, October 19, 1918 in Okmulgee, OK to William and Ethel (Gray) Mosley.

 

Martha graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1937.  She married Bill Jackson on March 24, 1937 in Sapulpa, OK and they moved to Wink.  They later moved to Kermit and started their own oilfield tool rental business:  Jackson Rental and Sales.  They also owned oil and gas production.  Martha later worked for J-J Rentals and Fishing Tools.  When not making deals in the oil and gas industry, she was involved in the Winkler County Ladies Golf Association and was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, as well as a previous member of the Board of Directors for First National Bank.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Martha was an avid reader, taking a special interest in industry news, periodicals, current events, and in poetry.   She was a collector with a wide variety of turtles.

 

Martha’s most important job was being a mother.  She raised four children and was always very involved in their school and activities.  She was also a supportive and loving friend.  Everyone knew they could come to her for advice, comfort, or encouragement.

 

She is survived by one son:  Richard Jackson of Kermit; two daughters:  Betty Ruth McAnally and husband Randy of Midland and Susie Jordan and husband Larry of Ablilene; one sister:  Dorothea Brenner of Plano; four grandchildren:  Blaine McAnally and wife Jana, Scott Jordan and wife Stacie, Alison Gibson and husband Eric, and Kellye Humble and husband Jason; and seven great-grandchildren:  Blake Humble, Jackson Jordan, Sarah Jordan, Kate Jordan, Holt Gibson, Jake Humble, and Avery McAnally.

 

Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her parents:  William and Ethel Mosley; her husband:  William Prickett “Bill” Jackson; brother:  Billy Mosley; a daughter:  Dorothy Jane Jackson, and an infant son:  William Jackson, Jr.

 

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, May 24, 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Kermit.  Pallbearers are Blaine McAnally, Alison Gibson, Eric Gibson, Scott Jordan, Kellye Humble, and Jason Humble.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Kermit or to the American Cancer Society.

 

Martha was a beloved mom and grandmother to all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Her love for each of us will remain forever in our hearts and her memory will never fade.  We love you Mama and Nanny. 


Emory Erie Spangler

Emory Erie Spangler, 92, a long-time resident of Kermit, Texas passed away on May 25th, 2007 in Abilene at Wesley Court Nursing Center.  Mr. Spangler was born in Dewey, OK on Jun 17, 1914.  He graduated from high school in Coleman, Texas, and in December 1936, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Thomson.  They moved out west to Kermit and began their life together.  Emory became an independent insurance agent for Southwestern Life.  He served on the election board for the incorporation of the City of Kermit.  He worked tirelessly in both Lion’s Club and the Kermit Chamber of Commerce, serving as president in both organizations.  Daughter Sylvia was born in 1941 and son Eddie was born in 1944.  Emory went into Service in 1945 and served almost a year in Japan.  After returning from the war, he and his family became charter members of the First United Methodist Church of Kermit.

They lost their darling daughter Sylvia from injuries received in an automobile accident in 1959.  Daughter Victoria was born in 1960.  In 1966, Eddie married Sue Ann Moore of Kermit; they had two sons: Eric, born in 1970 and Max, born in 1973. In 1986, Emory and Helen celebrated 50 years of marriage with a trip to Jamaica.  In 1994, their son Eddie died suddenly of a heart attack while on a hunting trip in his beloved Colorado.

Emory and Helen lived in Kermit until 2004 when they moved to Wesley Court in Abilene in order to be closer to their daughter Victoria.  This past December, they rejoiced together upon 70 years of marriage. In Emory’s own words:  “I have always considered Kermit my home, and I am proud of the part that I had in helping to make Kermit a fine town and a nice place to rear a family.  And I had a lot of help from my wonderful wife Helen!"

Mr. Spangler is survived by his cherished, adoring wife Helen of Abilene, daughter Victoria also of Abilene, sister ClaraBelle McMillan of Lubbock, brother Jack Spangler of Colorado, grandsons Eric Spangler of Kermit and Max Spangler of Dallas, and granddaughter Jia Spangler of Abilene.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Spangler and Dorothy Goldsberry Spangler; brother, Joe Spangler; daughter, Sylvia Spangler; and son, Eddie Spangler.

Emory’s lively personality, artistic abilities, and sense of style will long be remembered by Kermit residents and all who knew him.

Services will be held Tuesday May 29th, 2007 at 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Kermit under the direction of Piersall-Benton Funeral Directors.  Burial will follow in the Kermit Cemetery. Donations may be made in honor of Emory to a favorite charity or to the FUMC of Kermit.  Condolences may be offered to the family at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com.  A memorial service will be scheduled in Abilene at a later date.

David Earl Fulbright

David Fulbright age 44 of Kermit went to be with our precious Lord on Sunday, June 3, 2007 from Winkler County Memorial Hospital.  He was born January 18, 1963 in Kermit to Harman and Hope Eve Laverne (Whiteside) Fulbright.  He graduated from Kermit High School in 1981 and went on to play football for the University of Texas.  He was currently working as a mudlogger in the oilfield.  He was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

He is survived by his mother:  Hope Eva Laverne Fulbright of Kermit; his wife:  Anne Maschka of Austin, TX; one son:  Ian Leighton Fulbright of Austin, TX; one brother:  Daryle Wayne Fulbright of Red Oak, TX; and two sisters:  Tommie Katherine Fulbright of El Paso, TX and Laron Fulbright of Kermit.

David was preceded in death by his father:  Harman Fulbright and one brother:  Leonard Fulbright.

Funeral services are set for 11:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at Faith Baptist Church with Rev. Hezekiah Lewis officiating.  Pallbearers include:  Carol Samuels, Billy Thompson, Wayne Oxdine, Jimmy Ballard, Barry Kilgore and Jimmy Ballard, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Kermit High School Football Team of 1980.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

James E. Wicker

James Edward Wicker, age 78, of Wink passed away on June 5, 2007 at his residence.  James was born on January 13, 1929 to Samuel and Martha (Baldridge) Wicker in Caraway, Arkansas.  He married Kathryn Sharp on April 26, 1952 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

James moved his family to the big city of Wink, TX the next year to work in the oil field.  “Arky,” worked for Perry R. Bass for thirteen years until going to work as a welder for Winkler County and retired from that job in 1991.  James’s true love was his love of music.  He was known all over West Texas for his skill playing the steel guitar.  His first band was the “Home Town Variety Gang”, they performed locally around his home town in Arkansas.  After his move to Texas in 1953 he performed with family and friends as the “Arkansas Travelers”.  Most recently he played steel guitar in the “Stars Over Texas” band with his lifelong partner and friend, his son, Eddie.  Together with Diane and Sonny Weaver, then Steve and Alice Fosdick, they played all over West Texas again.  His signature song, “Waltz Across Texas” was synonymous with his appearances.  He was loved by all who knew him and his legacy lives on in the hearts and performances of those who shared his love of country music.

James is survived by his wife: Kathryn of Wink; one son:  James Edward (Eddie) Wicker Jr. of Wink; three daughters:  Jeannie Kirby of Austin, Sherri Rice of Kermit, and Tabatha Gilbert of Kermit; eight grandchildren:  Kenny Kirby, Mystel Kirby, Russell Rice, Andrew Rice, Taryn Curtis, Tanner Curtis, Gianna Gilbert, and Dustin Tatro; five great-grandchildren:  Ayla Rice, Anna Rice, Anthony Rice, Clayton Rice, and Katie Rice.

Preceding James in death were his parents:  Samuel and Martha Wicker, two brothers: Colin, and Alvin; two sisters:  Novella and Nicki; and one granddaughter:  Laura Jean Rice.

Services were held at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 10 am, Friday, June 8, 2007 with the Rev. Henry Freund officiating.  Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.

Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Billy O’Neil Dodd

Billy O’Neil Dodd age 78 left this life Saturday, June 23, 2007 from his residence in Kermit.  He was born August 28, 1928 in Winkler County, TX to Walter and Lola Bell (French) Dodd.

Billy was a lifetime resident of Winkler County.  He was born in a tent “city” between Kermit and Wink and was the last survivor of the original Wink Dodd family.  He graduated Wink High School in 1946 and attended a year of college at Sul Ross State University.  Billy worked for 38 years as a pumper for Amoco.  After retiring from Amoco, he served his community as Winkler County Constable, Pct. 4 for 20 years, then as a court bailiff.  He was a hardcore Yellowdog Democrat, and a member of the Wink Good Ole Boys Club. He was an avid fan of both the Wink Wildcats and the Texas Longhorns.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years:  Omylee Gail Dodd of Kermit; one son:  Rodney Dodd and wife Mary of Fairfield, TX; two daughters:  Kelly Thomas and husband Roy of Midland and Holly Bryan and husband D.J. of Wink; seven grandchildren:  Jasmine Barrick, Jonnett Barrick, Mallory Bryan, Tracy Power and husband Chris, Brandy Bryan, Daniel Dodd and friend Lorretta Foster, and James Bryan and wife Leeanna; and four great-grandchildren:  Kennedy and Hope Harmonson and Evan and Cameron Bryan.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents:  Walter and Lola Bell Dodd; one son:  Kurt D’Laney Dodd; six brothers:  Eugene, W.L., J.L., Don, Dale, and Raymond Dodd; and one sister:  Betty Lou Dodd.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Wink with Brother Richard Ray officiating.  Pallbearers include: Raymond Dodd, Scott Michael, James Burns, Clay Reynolds, Bo Reynolds, and Billy Voyles.  Honorary pallbearers will be Kurt D’Laney Dodd and Roy Thomas.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Wink, Belvue Baptist Church of Kermit, Rural Hospice, Inc, or the Rosey Dodd Scholarship Fund.   




 

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