Family Services Funeral
Lorraine J. Bates
Lorraine Josephine Bates, age 82, passed from this life
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.
She was born July 10, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Henry and Catherine (Methe)
LaPlante. Before living
in Kermit, she had resided in Pecos for 25 years.
Mrs. Bates was a very devout Catholic woman who was a member
of St. Thomas Catholic Church.
After the Lord, her family was her first priority.
She was a loving mother and grandmother who loved collecting
and sharing pictures of her grandchildren.
She also enjoyed music and cooking.
Those left behind to mourn her loss include two sons: Earl
Bates (Phyllis) of Midland and M.H. Bates Jr. (Reta) of Odessa;
eight daughters: Mary
Shuler (Jake) and Grace Harrison (Jerry) of
Wink, Regina Armstrong (Scott) and Cecilia Ward (Clyde) of
Pecos, Therese Sternadel of Big Spring, Christine Bishop (Harold) of
Douglasville, GA, Kathleen Jones (Jimmy) of El Dorado, KS, and
Michelle Johnson (Lonny) of Huntsville,
TX; one brother: Oscar
LaPlante of Tennessee;
one sister: Betty
Gallegos of Illinois; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-four
great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband: M.H. “Red”
Bates Sr., a son: Michael
Bates, and a son-in-law: Edward
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Saturday, December
1, 2007at St Thomas Catholic Church in Kermit with Fr. Rudy Lacerna
officiating. Pallbearers will be Mrs. Bates’ grandsons:
Shain Shuler, Trey Armstrong, Clint Wills, Lee Ward, Jacob
Harrison and Jeremy Harrison. Honorary
pallbearers will be Vonzel Shuler and Eddie Brewer.
Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Pecos at noon.
Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
On Thursday, November 29, 2007, a precious angel was called
back to the Lord to be with him in Heaven.
Alejandro Arcadio Armendariz passed away at Winkler County
Memorial Hospital after being with us for 22 precious days. He was born Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at Odessa Regional
Hospital to Johnny Armendariz and Belle Lopez-Armendariz.
In addition to his loving parents, Alejandro is survived by
his paternal grandmother: Antonia
Armendariz of Kermit; maternal grandmother:
Eusebia Lopez of Barstow; paternal great-grandmother:
Francisca Ochoa of Odessa; maternal great-grandmother:
Alejandra Garcia of Barstow; and numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather:
Arcadio Armendariz and his maternal grandfather:
Rosary will be said 8:00 pm Sunday, December 2, 2007 at
Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm Monday,
December 3, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father John
Lucido as celebrant. Pallbearers are Jose Armendariz and Mike Gonzales.
Honorary pallbearers are J.J. Stanley and Adolfo Pando.
Ushers are Jacob Gonzales and Ryan “LeeRoy” Stanley.
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of
can’t tell you, Alejandro,
how many tears we’ve cried
the day we were told that our precious son had died.
seems impossible, although
we know it’s true,
everything we touch and see, will remind us both of you.
can still feel your heart beat and
see a grin on your face,
would have lost our sanity, if not for God ‘ s
have to close this chapter now, but
this is not goodbye,
you will live forever in our hearts, and in our minds.
Mom and Dad
Alicia Perez Martinez
Alicia Perez Martinez, age 79, passed away Friday, November
30, 2007 at Lovelace Westside Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.
She was born Sunday, November 11, 1928 in Marlin, Falls County,
TX. She was a member of the Iglesia Pentecostes La Hermosa.
Those left behind to mourn her loss include three sons:
Ramon Martinez, Hector Hernandez, and Basilio Augero, all of
Dallas, TX; two daughters: Hope Martinez of Albuquerque, NM and Dalia Hernandez of
Abilene, TX; seventeen grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Francisco and
Estella Perez; her husband: Erasmo
P. Martinez, who passed away in 1988; one daughter: Katie; two grandchildren:
Basilio Jr. and Reyna; and several brothers and sisters:
Manuel, Juanita, Joe, Victor, and Beatrice.
Funeral services are set for 2:00 pm
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at Iglesia Pentecostes La Hermosa,
officiated by Neomi Donato and Pastor Garzes. Visitation prior to the
service will be held at the church as well. Pallbearers are all
family members: Ramon
Martinez, Hector Hernandez, Basilio Augero, Robert DeLuna, Rocky
Hernandez, and Adam DeLuna. Interment
will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Services
are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Gene “AG” Plunkett, a long time resident of Kermit, passed away
on Sunday, December 2, 2007 at his residence at the age of 85. He
was born on Tuesday, July 27, 1922 to William and Lola Plunkett in
Bryceland, Louisiana. A.G.
was a self-employed welder and 30-year owner of Plunkett Welding. He
was a member of the Kermit Lodge #1258 A.F. and A.M.
He is survived by
his wife of 35 years: Merline Givens Plunkett; three sons: Jerry
Plunkett of Oklahoma City, OK, Douglas Plunkett and wife Pat of
Kermit, Texas, and David Plunkett and wife Linda of Wink; two
sisters: Irene Hamm of Bienville Parish, LA, and Shirley Kemp and
husband Milton of Minden, LA.
was preceded in death by this parents: William and Lola Plunkett;
two brothers: Owen and Harvey Plunkett; three sisters: Betty, Odell,
and Marie; and one great grandson: J.D. Holcomb.
services will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at Family
Services Funeral Parlor with Brother Richard Ray officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Donald Plunkett, Billy Plunkett, Mat
Martin, Ronnie Plunkett, Willie Ray Plunkett, Clint Plunkett,
Kristopher Plunkett, Tony Romine.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Burns, Charlie Wright,
Bill Mitchell, J.D. Abel, Buck Kilgore, Larry Leck, Johnny Garcia,
Johnny Walker, Kerry Jones, and Jimmy Parker. Services
were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas.
Cecelia Annette Clark
Clark passed away Tuesday December 3, 2007 at her residence in
Kermit. Cecelia was
born September 14, 1960 to in Kermit, TX.
She worked as a manager at a convenience store. She was a
member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded
in death by her father, Franklin Nelms.
She is survived
by her mother: Joyce Ogden; one son, Marlin Brandon Clark of Fort
Hood, TX; one daughter: Amber Kundmueller of Wylie, TX; three
sisters: Lawana Becker of Plano, TX; Karen Ruddick of Colorado City;
and Larae Ogden of Colorado City: and three grandchildren.
services will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Kermit
Cemetery with Kerry Cain officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to
Family Services Funeral Parlor.
James Artis Butler
James Artis Butler, age 80 of Kermit passed from this life on
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at Midland Memorial Hospital.
He was born October 23, 1927 in Longview, TX to Willie and
Estelle (Barrett) Butler.
James was a member of Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ in
Midland, TX. James was
also a hardworking man. He
retired after 30 years for Dowell, he then worked and retired from
X-L Transport in Jal, and then worked and retired from the Slaughter
Ranch. Most recently James was working part time as a crossing
guard. During his life
he also served as a softball coach, and a cub scout leader.
Most importantly he was a devoted family man. He loved traveling with his family, being with his children
He is survived by his loving wife: Christel Butler of
Midland; 2 sons: James
Edward Butler of Kermit, and Quincy Earl Butler of Iowa Park, TX;
three daughters: Alice
Marie Butler, Phyllis Butler Royal, and Jacqueline Butler all of
Midland; five step-daughters: Patricia
Brown of Midland, Latrese Kendricks of Midland, Mary Robinson of
Odessa, Dorethea Deboskie of Midland, and Alma Nealy of Odessa; two
brothers: Austin Butler
of Lubbock and Grant Butler of Phoenix, AZ; four sisters:
Bertha Bowens of Lamesa, Johnnie Mae Williams of Kermit, Lola
Vinson of Amarillo, and Deloris Thirlkill of Amarillo; eighteen
grandchildren, and thirty one great-grandchildren;
he is also survived by his trusted companion, his dog Kojak.
James was preceded in death by his first wife Ida Mae Butler
on June 8, 2005; his parents Willie and Estelle, one brother: Joe,
two sisters: Mae Johnson and Vassie Heller.
Funeral services are 2:00 pm Saturday, December 8, 2007 at
First United Methodist Church in Kermit with Rev. A. L. Jackson
will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of
Jose Robledo Cardona
Jose R. Cardona
passed away December 10, 2007 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
He was born in Eldorado, Texas on March 19, 1940 to Pablo and
Maria (Robledo) Cardona.
married Leonora Alvarez October 19, 1969.
She preceded him in death.
He found happiness once again and married Socorro Viezcas
March 25, 2004. He was
a loving husband, father, and brother.
Jose loved life. He
worked as a welder and oilfield hand, and in recent years, as an
appliance repairman. His
hobbies included fishing, hunting, building things and working on
cars. He was a member
of the Pentecostal Church.
is survived by his wife: Socorro
of Kermit; two sons: Jesse
of Kermit and Joseph and wife Josie of Odessa; two step-sons:
Mario Alberto and Pablo; three daughters:
Cynthia Ellaway and husband Mike of Hobbs, NM, Melissa
Cardona of Greeley, CO, and Melinda Chaves and husband Oscar of
Westminster, CO; step-daughter: Alma Adilia Viezcas; two sisters: Lupe Alvarez of Odessa and Gloria of Florida; fifteen
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
is preceded in death by his parents:
Pablo and Maria Cardona; his first wife: Leonora Cardona; and
his oldest son: David
services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, December 13, 2007 at Family
Services Funeral Chapel with Neomi Donato officiating.
Pallbearers will be Oscar Chavez, Ramon Valenzuela, Robert
Galindo, Reyes Lozano, John Alvarez, and Arturo Mendoza.
Honorary pallbearers are Jesse Rodriguez and Gary Ferguson.
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Services are
entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Joe Paul Ethridge
Paul Ethridge of Kermit died Sunday, December 16, 2007 at United
Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls. He was born April 15, 1928 in
Conway, Texas to Pat and Weeta Ethridge.
graduated from Kermit High School 1945 and entered Southern
Methodist University where he received a degree in business
administration. He was a proud member of the SMU Southwest Champion
football teams of 1948 and 1949.
graduation he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers where he played
one season. His career was interrupted to serve in the Army for two
years. After his discharge from the Army, he earned a Masters Degree
in Education. He served 33 years in the Kermit Independent School
District as coach, teacher, and principal.
married Velma Schlegel on July 17, 1954. He and Velma were charter
members of Zion Lutheran Church. He was also a 50 year member of the
Downtown Lions Club, life member of the Texas State Teachers Association,
member of the Retired Teachers Association, member of the Chamber of
Commerce, member of the SMU Letterman’s Association, and a member of the
Winkler County Country Club.
retiring from the Kermit schools, Joe served four years as Winkler
County Commissioner and also enjoyed farming and raising cattle with
his brother-in-law in Young County.
is survived by his wife Velma, his children: Joni Person, Todd Ethridge and wife Joan all of Kermit, Ann Sullenger and husband
Sid of Mertzon, Texas, and Mark
Ethridge and wife Liz of Monahans; seven grandsons: Patrick
Hawthorne and wife Ludy, John and Joseph Pearson, Jacob and Joseph
Ethridge, Gunnar and Reb Sullenger; three granddaughters, Jamie
Pearson, Emily, and Mary Allison Ethridge. His children and
grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. He is also
survived by sister-in-law, Marie Ethridge of Coahoma, aunt: Frances
Honeycutt of Austin, brother in law: Melvin Schlegel and wife Tamsey
of Archer City and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in
death by his parents and brother, Rob Ethridge.
memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, December 20, 2007
in the First United Methodist Church of Kermit.
Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Beard, Gary DeShazo, Alvin Matak,
Ken Mays, Bill Mitchell, Bill Mizell, Sam Owen, Roy Peden and
Richard Thomas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you
give to your favorite charity. Arrangements are entrusted to Family
Services Funeral Parlor.
Ann K. Waddell Countryman
Ann K. Waddell
Countryman was born on April 12, (Easter Sunday) 1908, to Burton and
Ola Karsteter in Bellvue, Texas. She died December 16, 2007 at
Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.
She graduated from
Bellvue High School, attended Texas Women’s College, North Texas
University, the University of Colorado, and graduated from the
University of Oklahoma with a BA degree. She married James (Jim) Millican Waddell, Sr. in 1933. After their marriage, they lived on
the Waddell ranch in Winkler County, TX. They moved into Kermit, TX
in 1942, and later moved to Odessa, TX in 1963. Jim died in 1965.
She married James Henry Countryman in 1967. Henry Countryman died
Before her marriage
to Jim Waddell, she taught school in Kermit, TX. After their
marriage, she was very active in the community, participating in the
Garden Club, First Baptist Church, Study Club, Girl Scout Board, and
many other organizations. She, at one time, owned and operated a
flower shop, and was on the board for finding families to host
foreign exchange students. The Waddell family hosted exchange
students over the years.
After moving to
Odessa, TX in 1963, she served on the boards of the Permian Basin
Rehabilitation Center, Midland-Odessa Symphony, High Sky Girls
Ranch, Permian Basin Art Museum (now the Ellen Noel Art Museum ),
the Odessa Art Association, the Permian Basin Porcelain Art Club,
the Odessa Cultural Council, the Western Hemisphere Girl Scout House
located in Nuestra Cabana, Mexico, the Nathaniel Davis Chapter of
the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Odessa Bridge Club,
and the Daughter’s of the American Revolution honorary Mother’s
Club. She taught the Young Married Women’s Sunday School Class at
Belmont Baptist Church in Odessa. She was selected as Odessa’s
First Lady in 1971. She served as
president of the Odessa Symphony Guild, Women’s Forum of the Globe
of the Great Southwest, and the Thursday Study Club, the Honorary
Mother’s Club, and Women’s Society of the First Baptist Church. Ann
was also a world traveler and was well known among her acquaintances
for her travels abroad.
She was preceded in
death by her parents: Burton and Ola Karsteter; her first husband:
Jim Waddell; her second husband: Henry Countryman; brother: Burton
Karsteter; sister-in-law: Opal Karsteter; step-sons Thomas Waddell
and Jim Countryman; and her granddaughter: Gena Moores.
She is survived by
her daughter: Lolisa Waddell Laenger and husband Chuck; her son
Bill Waddell and wife Barbara; step-son: James M. Waddell and wife
Dorothy; step-daughters-in-law: LouAnn Waddell and Helen Countryman;
grandchildren: Greg Moores and wife Margrit, James Waddell and wife
Vickie, Shannon Waddell Lambert and husband Mark, Jim Waddell and
wife Amy, Leanne Waddell South and husband Dave, JoAnn Humphries and
husband Gary, Carol Countryman Rose and husband Howard, David
Countryman and wife Gail, and Melinda Countryman Holland and husband
Roger; great-grandchildren: Gwen Moores, Silas Moores, Shelby
Waddell, Jared Bennett, Jake Waddell, Justin Waddell, Brenna
Waddell, Melissa Waddell Burrows and husband Mark, Thomas Waddell,
Shari Waddell, Jake Durham, Rebbekah Lambert, Brittney Lambert,
Deric Lambert, and Cade Gregory; fifteen additional step-great
grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren, and multiple
nieces and nephews throughout the country. Other special family
members are Dick Waddell and his wife Nell of Odessa and their
daughters: Mary Edith Waddell of Odessa and Jeanell Waddell Spearman
of Carrolton and their children Evelyn and Stewart Meisell, and
Frazier and Melanie Spearman and Manuela Rivas, her longtime
caregiver and companion.
She was anxiously
anticipating her 100th birthday which would have been on
April 12, 2008. She had been telling everyone who came to visit
over the past few years to be sure and set aside that date and
plans were underway for a gala celebration. So, be sure to set
April 12, 2008 aside because the family is going ahead with plans
for a Memorial Gala Celebration in her memory.
There will be a
private burial at the Waddell Homestead Ranch on December 21 at 2:00
pm. Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that you give a memorial in her name to your
M. Franco, age 86, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at her
residence in Jal, NM. She was born Saturday, December 24,
1921 to Manuel and Angela (Navarette) Muñiz in Pecos, TX.
Delfina was a member of St. Cecelia
Catholic Church. She loved to crochet scarves and
hats. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother and
She leaves behind three sons:
Juan D. Franco and wife Maria of Jal, Luzaro S. Franco of Ojinaga,
Chihuahua, Mexico, and Mario Navarette and wife Manuela of Aldama,
Chihuahua, Mexico; five daughters: Silveria Romero and
husband Marcos of El Paso, TX, Angela F. Juarez of Carlsbad, NM,
Martha F. Juarez of Jal, NM, Delfina Barraza and husband Salvador
of Round Rock, TX, and Piedad Bean and husband Madison of
Albuquerque, NM; one sister, Demetria Franco of Coyame, Chihuahua,
Mexico; and thirty-four grandchildren and thirty-three
Rosary was said 6 pm Friday,
December 28, 2007 at Family Services Funeral Parlor in
Kermit. Mass of Christian Burial was 3 pm Saturday, December
29, 2007 at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Jal. Pallbearers
were Juan Franco, Marco A. Romero, Gabriel Romero, Lionel Juarez,
Ricardo Franco, Raul Barreza, and Felipe Juarez, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers were Dulce Juarez, Madison Bean, Salvador
Barraza, and Galacion de la Hoya. Interment followed at Jal
Thomas Lee Fason
Thomas Lee Fason, age 44, passed from this life Thursday,
December 27, 2007 at his residence in Kermit.
He was born, February 12, 1963 in Kermit to Carthal
“Arkie” Fason and Wanda (England) Fason.
He worked as a roustabout and pusher in the oilfield.
Tommy had been a Kermit resident all of his life. He
enjoyed spending time with his friends, writing poetry, and working
with his hands. His favorite thing was being a grandfather; his grandchildren
were the light of his life.
Those left to mourn his loss include his father: Carthel
“Arkie” Fason of Kermit, his grandmother: Mildred Fason of Blytheville, AR; two daughters: Ashley Pritchard and husband Jesse of Monahans
and Wendi Fason of Big Springs ; one brother: Junior Fason and wife
Joan of Odessa; two sisters: Carla Ward and husband Michael of Heber
Springs, AR and Melinda Hunt of Greersferry, AR; and five
grandchildren: Serenity, Rylee, Angel, Jesse, and Sasha.
Tommy was preceded in death by his mother: Wanda Lee Fason
and one brother: Carl
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Wednesday, January
2, 2008 at Family Services Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother
Dudley Mullins. Pallbearers
will include John Depp, Eldon Appelt, Jimmy Eastep, Billy Johnson,
Lee Partain and Buddy Broom. Interment will follow at Kermit
Cemetery. Services are
entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
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