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Clarence Edward Landry

Clarence Edward Landry was born on Friday, April 28, 1939 at 12:30 a.m. in Uvalde, Texas, to Clarence Joseph Landry and Jimmy Klete Morgan Landry.  He passed away after a two-year battle with cancer on May 2, 2008. 

Ed came to Wink in 1951 with his family during his sixth grade year and graduated from Wink High School in 1957.  In 1959, he completed Texas Barber College and returned to Wink beginning his barber career in Kermit at the Austin Street Barber Shop.  It was at that time he met Annetta while she was working during the summer at the soda fountain of L.B. Drug Store across the street from the barbershop.  In January 1962, Ed began his service in the U.S. Army as a Medic during the Vietnam Era and was later discharged on December 23, 1964.  Ed and Annetta returned to Wink in January 1965, buying a home and opening City Barber Shop in downtown Wink.  In 1973, he closed the barbershop to work for Lone Star Gas in Pyote for five years before moving on to Atlantic Richfield Oil Company until his retirement in 1999. 

Ed and Annetta married June 8, 1963 at Northside Baptist Church in Kermit.  Ed made his profession of faith in Jesus Christ on July 23, 1968 at First Baptist Church in Wink and has been a faithful member there since that time. 

Ed enjoyed RVing with his family, photography, woodworking, being a rockhound, following the Wink Wildcats, and caring for his home and yard.  In recent years, his two granddaughters were his joy. 

He leaves behind his family and friends, most especially his wife and best friend of forty-four years, Annetta Leeson Landry.  Ed is also survived by his two daughters:  Cynthia Marcum and husband Jerry of Anadarko, OK and Amy Kaarlela and husband Mitch of Fort Worth; two granddaughters:  Beth and Jill Kaarlela of Forth Worth; one brother:  Guy Landry and wife Mary Jean of Pearsall, TX; three nieces:  Sheryl Hill and husband Scott of Hondo, TX, Shanna Gates and husband Jim of Pearsall, TX, and Shelly Clayton and husband Kirk of Bryson, TX; and a host of in-laws and friends.            

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests that memorials be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, Box 667, Wink, Texas 79789. 

Services will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 4, 2008 at the First Baptist Church in Wink with Brother Richard Ray officiating.  Pallbearers will be Ronnie Leeson, Kenny Leeson, G.B. Leeson, Bobby Leeson, Jerole Morgan and Dwayne Roberts.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Dale Carman and Glynn Donehoo.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Jesus Marie Rivas

Jesus Marie Rivas, age 56 of Kermit, Texas passed away May 6, 2008 in Odessa, Texas due to a long illness.  He was born in San Antonio, Mexico on June 21, 1951 to Alfonso and Paula (Prieto) Rivas.

He is survived by four sons: Jesus Rivas, Andy Rivas, Gabriel Rivas and Alfonso Rivas; three daughters: Erica Rivas, Jenette Rivas and Jessica Rivas; three brothers: Francisco Rivas, Martin Rivas and Manuel Rivas; three sisters: Josefina Apodaca, Socorro Rivas and Luzdivina Rivas; and four grandchildren: Cristofer Ontiveros, Zachary Jordan Rivas, Nayeli Ontiveros and Aidan Ontiveros.   

Rosary will be said  7:00 pm May 9, 2008 at Family Service Funeral Parlor in Kermit, Texas. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, May 10, 2008.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Alice Marie Webster

Alice Marie Webster age 94, of Kermit passed away Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Kermit Healthcare Center. She was born Monday, November 24, 1913, in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas to George and Sarah (Davis) Reeves.  Mrs. Webster was a member of First Baptist Church in Jal, New Mexico. In her free time she delighted in arts and crafts, such as needlepoint and tri-chem. She enjoyed raising chickens.  Being a homemaker was her #1 priority. People came from all over to eat her homemade biscuits and cookies. She is well known in Jal for babysitting and helping to raise half of the community.  Mrs. Webster was known to many as a grandmother, and was often called “Granny Webster” or” Mama Webster”. She touched many lives and was loved by everyone.

Those left to cherish her memories are five sons: Bobby Boen and wife Rosemary of Jal, NM; Clifton Jones and wife Patty of Groesbeck, TX; Wesley Webster and wife Anita of Lafayette, LA; Wayne Webster and wife Marsha of Jal, NM; and James Webster and wife Cindy of Sourdough, TX; three daughters: Sarah Powell and husband Frankie of Green Forrest, AR; Barbara Brittain and husband Larry of Artesia, NM and Jo Pilcher and husband Floyd of Jal, NM; 34 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and a very special friend, Annie Mills.

She was preceded in death by her husband: William Cole Webster; her parents: George and Sarah (Davis) Reeves; one son: Douglas Boen; two granddaughters: Donna Sue Thomas and Cynthia Ann Boen and 12 siblings.       

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, May 15, 2008 at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX officiated by Brother Michael May. Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

James Ernest Browning

James Ernest Browning, age 51, of Kermit died Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at Medical Center Hospital after his battle with health problems.   He was born Sunday, October 14, 1956 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama to Ronald and Lois (Colley) Browning.  He worked as an overland truck driver and was a member of Westside Apostolic Church in Odessa.

Those left to cherish his memory are one son:   James Barker and wife Kristen Ginther of Abilene; two daughters:  Brandi Browning and husband Rusty Boner of Abilene, and Bridget Browning and husband Aaron Young Jr. of Kermit; his mother: Lois Browning of Kermit; two brothers:  Leon Browning and wife Debbie of Odessa, and Barney Browning and wife Ramona of Kermit; one sister:  Denise Graham and husband Ron of Monahans; four grandchildren:  Arron Lee Boner, Destiny Rose Boner, Denyka Young, and Gary Young. 

James was preceded in death by his father: Ronald Heflin Browning. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Brother Allen Harris officiating.   Pallbearers will be Cody Browning, Adam Speights, Michael McKee, David Lovelady, James Barker and Aaron Young Jr.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Sibyl Andres Sherrill

Sibyl Andres Sherrill, age 90, of Kermit passed away Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Manor Park Nursing Complex in Midland, TX.  She was born Saturday, October 6, 1917 in Lueders, Texas to Charles and Elizabeth (Graham) Lambert.  She was the third child of six children.  She married Jim White Sherrill on April 20, 1938.  They raised two children and were married for 46 years until the time of his death.

She was a devoted wife and mother.  She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed keeping her great-grandchildren.  She was a devoted and active member of the Church of Christ from early life.  She loved to visit and be with members of the church.  She brought her husband to Christ after many years of marriage and raised both of her children in the church.  She was a “Pink Lady” at Memorial Hospital for many years.  She took exceptional care of her husband during his extended illness with a terminal disease.

Mrs. Sherrill is survived by her son: Jimmy Ronald Sherrill and wife Nelda of Smithville, Texas; her daughter: Karen Ann Crouse and husband Jack of Midland, Texas; six grandchildren:: Lesa Stowe and husband Ron of Austin, Texas, Terrance Sherrill and wife Mary of Enid, Oklahoma, Jimmy Crouse of Midland, Texas, Jill Beck and husband Tippy of Midland, Texas, Robin Easley and husband Jay of Kermit, Texas, and Boyd Sherrill and wife Cathy of Smithville, Texas; thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, her husband, a daughter-in-law: Anna Beth Sherrill and one grandson: Graham Junius.

Family visitation will be 6-7 pm, Tuesday, May 20, 2008.  Graveside services will be: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Kermit Cemetery officiated by Brother Rick Derrick.  Honorary Pallbearers will be: Terrance Sherrill, Jim Crouse, Boyd Sherrill, Ron Stowe, Tippy Beck and Jay Easley.    Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Gene Haley

Robert Eugene Haley was born Tuesday, October 2, 1928 to John Furman Haley and Florence Mae (Trent) Haley in Pecos, TX.  He married Darby Crabb in Lovington, NM March 21, 1952.  Together they raised four children.  He was a rancher at heart, devoting more than 75 years to his trade.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, lapidary, collecting rocks and making jewelry.  He has been affiliated with Free Will Baptist Church.  Gene left this life Saturday, May 24, 2008.


Those left to mourn his loss include his wife:  Darby Joy Haley of Kermit; son:  Lee Haley and wife Sharon of Brownwood, TX; three daughters:  Sherry Bailey and husband Jack of Odessa, Darby Ann Mitchell and husband Billy of Midland, and Anita Janette Haley of Wink; one brother:  John A. Haley and wife Stefanie of Kermit; ten grandchildren:  Chris, John, Matt, Jerold, Dawson, Tiffany, Kyle, Kendra, Miranda and Emily; and eleven great-grandchildren:  Megan, Brittany, Hayden, Tyler, Alexis, Brandon, Justin, Brooklyn, Allysa, Macaela and Cheyenne.


He was preceded in death by his parents:  John and Florence Haley, and one son:  Dawson Trent Haley.


Graveside services will be held 10:30 am Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at the Haley Ranch Cemetery officiated by Pastor R.F. Ford.  Pallbearers will be son:  Lee Haley and grandsons:  Chris Haley, Dawson Haley, John Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, and Jerold Mitchell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Rafael “Ray” J. Garcia

Rafael “Ray” J. Garcia of Kermit passed from this life on May 29, 2008 after his long battle with illness.  He was born in Pecos, TX on October 24, 1950 to Brigido and Jesus (Hernandez) Garcia.

Ray is survived by two daughters:  Rachel and Rebecca, one brother:  Manuel Garcia; and three sisters:  Ambrosia Luna, Juanita Garcia, and Leonor Baker.  

Memorial Services will be privately held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Clitus Craig Thompson

Clitus Craig Thompson passed away Saturday, June 7, 2008 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Kermit November 26, 1960 to Bobby Thompson and Virginia (Keedle) Thompson.  He graduated from Kermit High School in 1979 and went to Midland College for a year where he played.  He worked for Baker Tools for a couple of years before going to work for Northern Natural Gas.  He had been employed with Northern for more than twenty-five years. 

Clitus was a loving son, brother, and father.  His sons were his life.  He devoted all of his free time to them, coaching baseball and basketball, and encouraging them in their dirt bike racing.  He was honored with a 25-year plaque for outstanding community service in coaching.  He was a well- respected member of our community; a beloved coach, a good coworker and a great friend. 

He leaves behind his two boys:  Todd Thompson and Taylor Thompson, both of Kermit; his parents:  Bobby and Virginia Thompson of Kermit; his grandmother:  Evelyn Keedle of Kermit; two sisters:  Donna Neatherlin and husband Tex of Colorado City, TX and Julie Peeler and husband Scott of Carlsbad, NM; two nieces:  Brandi Michael of Colorado City and Linda Peeler of Carlsbad; one nephew:  Gavin Peeler of Carlsbad; one grand-niece:  Madison Anderson of Colorado City; uncle: Ed Thompson of Kermit and numerous cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather. 

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at Kermit Cemetery led by Bro. Davy Smith.  Pallbearers will be Bobby Arnold, Joey Green, Ernie Edwards, Levis Awbrey, Ronnie Flowers, and Denny McCombs.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Faustino Alvidres Flores

Faustino Flores, age 87, of Kermit passed from this life on Friday, June 27, 2008 at his residence.  He was born, January 2, 1921 to Melquiades and Josefa (Alvidres) Flores in Lajitas, Chihuahua, Mexico.  Faustino married Belia (Rodriguez) Flores on March 10, 1943 in Manuel Benavides, MX., and they celebrated 65 years together.

Faustino is survived by his wife:  Belia Flores of Kermit; four sons:  Jose A. Flores of Jal, NM., Armando R. Flores and wife Maria of Sheffield, TX., Dulces R. Flores and wife Rose Ann of Slayton, TX., Hector Antonio Flores and wife Guadalupe of Ojinaga, MX.;  three daughters:  Andrea F. Palma and husband Christino of Sheffield, TX., Victoria F. Prieto and husband Adan of Kermit, TX.,  Luzelena F. Zarate of McCamey, TX.; forty-four grandchildren;  forty-five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding Faustino in death were his parents:  Melquiades and Josefa Florez; two sons:  Domingo and Faustino Flores; two daughters:  Ermina Flores de Suvia and Lorenza Socorro Flores.

Rosary will be said, Sunday, 7:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 10:00 am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit celebrant will be Father Rudy Lacerna.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers include:  Joe Florez, Antonio Cruz Flores, Armando Flores, Dulces Flores, Lorenzo Palma, Adan Prieto, and Anthony X. Zarate.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Jose Omar Leyva Quiroz

Jose Omar Leyva Quiroz, age 24, passed from this life on Friday, July 11, 2008 in Ojinaga, Mexico.  He was born, December 9, 1983 to Gricelda Leyva Quiroz and Fernando Enriquez in Ojinaga, Mexico.   Omar married Gladisela (Polanco) Leyva on July 28, 2007 in Presidio, TX.  Omar enjoyed working with his hands and being around horses.  He worked in the farming and ranching industry.

Omar  is survived by his wife:  Gladisela Leyva  of Kermit; one son:  Armando Leyva of Casas Grandes, MX;  his father: Fernando Enriquez of Midland, TX; two brothers:  Edilberto Leyva and wife Sandra of Sanger, TX and Samuel Leyva and wife Itzel Cisneros of Midland, TX; one sister:  Elizabeth Padilla and husband George of  Denton, TX.

Preceding Omar in death was his mother:  Gricelda Leyva Quiroz.

Rosary was said, 7:00 pm, Monday, July 14, 2008 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial was 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit celebrant was Father John Lucido.  Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers included:  Jorge Padilla, Edilberto Leyva, Samuel Leyva, Basillo Quiroz, Jesus Manuel Leyva and Lenin Polanco.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Wanda Myrl Cone

Wanda Myrl Cone, age 84, of Kermit passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at Hospice House in Odessa, TX.  She was born on Wednesday, April 2, 1924 in Olney, Texas, to Estel Henry and Allie Mae (Williams) Wade.  She married Milton “Pinky” Judson Cone on June 9, 1942 in Wichita Falls, TX and he preceded her in death in October of 1989.  Wanda was a business woman.   She co-owned and managed Cone’s Jewelers in Monahans and Crane with her husband.  She continued with the business after her husband’s death and eventually celebrated 50 years in business finally retiring in 2004.   She was a devoted wife and mother.  She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed keeping her great grandchildren.  She was a devoted and active member of the Southside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Cone is survived by her daughter: Donna Heiser and husband of Kermit, Texas; two brothers:  R.C. Wade and wife Christine of Olney, TX and Jim Wade and wife Linda of Olney, TX; one sister:  Fayedell Dixon of Olney, TX; five grandchildren:  Byron Heiser and wife April, Brandon Heiser and wife Sherry, Brantley Heiser and wife Amanda, Tara Vansteenburgh and husband David, and Krista Brunson and husband Jonathan; eleven great-grandchildren:  Brittany, Hunter, Hope , Camryn, Braden, Jake, Jackson, Jacobe, Kaden, Brinley, and Kasen.

She was preceded in death by her husband:  Milton “Pinky” Cone; her parents Estel Henry and Allie Mae Wade; her son:  Darrell; and three sisters:  Reba Robertson, Joyce Bennett, and Alta Dunagan.

Visitation will be from 8am to 8 pm Thursday and Friday, July 17 and 18, at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Southside Baptist Church in Monahans with Brother Craig Rhoton officiating.  Interment will follow at the Monahans Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be: Byron Heiser, Brandon Heiser, Brantley Heiser, Jonathan Brunson, David Vansteenburgh, and John Hudson.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.  Memorial may be sent to Southside Baptist Church  1400 S.  Alice Ave  Monahans, TX  79759.


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