Family Services Funeral
Rev. Howard Wayne Dill
Rev. Howard Wayne
Dill, age 85, of Kermit, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009 at
Regency Hospital in Odessa. He was born in Zincville, Oklahoma on March
27, 1924 to Tony and Ethel (Smith) Dill. He married the love of
his life, Barbara, on September 25, 1979 in Coeur-de’Alene, Idaho.
Rev. Howard was a Minister for the Church of God. He had a great
love for spreading the Gospel and he loved preaching.
He is survived by
his wife: Barbara (Huggins) Dill of Kermit.
are 2:00 pm, Monday, June 22, 2009 at Family Services Funeral
Chapel, officiated by Rev Michael May and Rev. Syble Stone. Interment will follow
at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family
Services Funeral Parlor.
Lenin, Martha and Gladisela
Kermit mourns the
death of three precious family members. Lenin Polanco, age 42, and
his wife Martha Polanco, age 40 and their daughter Gladisela Polanco,
age 19, all left this earth together on Sunday, June 21, 2009 in
Odessa, TX. Lenin Polanco was born on Wednesday, January 11, 1967 in
Ojinaga, Mexico to Jose G. Polanco and Gerardema (Juarez) Polanco.
Martha Isela (Caballero) Polanco was born on Wednesday, October 02,
1968 in Ojinaga, Mexico to Patricio and Rosa (Marquez) Caballero.
Their daughter Gladisela was born on Saturday, July 15, 1989 in
Left behind to
cherish Lenin’s memories are: his son: Alex Polanco of Kermit, TX
and his daughter: Magaly Polanco of Kermit, TX; his mother:
Gerardema Polanco of Kermit, TX; one brother: Rodrigo Polanco of
Kermit,TX; three sisters: Carmen Valenzuela of Kermit, TX; Sandra
Brown of Alamogordo, NM and Maria Urias of Kermit, TX; Nieces and
Nephews: Neah Brown, Crista and Juan Jr. Valenzuela, Alyssa Urias,
Rosanna Polanco, Rene Polanco, Tiffany Polanco, America Polanco, and
Left behind to
cherish Martha’s memories are: her son: Alex Polanco of Kermit, TX
and her daughter: Magaly Polanco of Kermit, TX; her parents:
Patricio and Rosa Caballero of Kermit, TX; one brother: Orion
Caballero of Midland, TX and one sister: Lorena Armendariz of
Monahans, TX; Nieces and Nephews: Oriol Caballero, German
Caballero, Yuricel Caballero, Abel Caballero, Dalay Caballero,
Adriana Armendariz, Flor Armendariz, Jose Armendariz, Anahi
Left behind to
cherish Gladisela’s memories are her brother: Alex Polanco of
Kermit, TX, her sister Magaly Polanco of Kermit, and many extended
family members and loving friends.
Rosary will be said
7:00 pm Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm, Friday, June 26, 2009 at
St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father John Lucido.
Pallbearers for Lenin will include: Ramon Gardea, Abraham Gonzales,
Ruben Saucido, Hector Polanco, Abraham Gonzales Jr., Scotty Morris.
Pallbearers for Martha will include: Jesus Marquez, Uber Valdez,
Raul Valdez, Jamie Valdez, Orion Caballero Jr., German Caballero.
Pallbearers for Gladisela will include: Gabriel Mendoza, Albert
Gonzales, Eddy Morales, Geovanni Valdez, Rene Polanco, and Jose
Armendariz. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Betty Jean Fitzgerald McGilbra
Betty Jean Fitzgerald
McGilbra, 77, a resident of Kermit for nearly fifty years, went home
to be with her Lord on Monday, June 22, 2009 in Austin after a brief
illness. She and her late husband, Cullen “Mac” McGilbra, Sr. were
faithful servants of the West Side Church of Christ in Kermit where
Mr. McGilbra served as pulpit minister until the time of his death in
September, 1984. Mrs. McGilbra continued to be a pillar of spiritual
strength and constancy of the congregation for the remaining
quarter-century of her life.
Betty Jean Fitzgerald
was born in Unadilla, Georgia on November 8, 1931. She was the 14th
of 15 children born to Daniel and Fannie Mae (Johnson) Fitzgerald.
The Fitzgerald clan was a lively, large and tightly knit family. The
siblings were devoted and loyal to each other. So great was their
bond that upon the deaths of Fannie Mae and Daniel, elder siblings
took in younger ones and raised them as their own. Betty Jean moved
to Midland, Texas to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Rosa Lee
‘Tutta’ and Ernest ‘Papa’ Butler. Years later, at a New Year’s Eve
service, Betty spoke of how grateful she was for her sister’s and
brother-in-law’s raising and how the Butlers were more like a mother
and father to her. Betty Jean finished high school and upon
graduation enrolled at Southwestern Christian College where she met a
handsome and charismatic young son of a preacher from Dallas named
Cullen McGilbra. She and Cullen married on July 30, 1955 on the front
steps of the Butler residence in Midland. Cullen, who had been in a
car accident shortly before the wedding, exchanged vows with his Betty
Jean on crutches.
The couple moved to
Snyder where Cullen worked full-time and preached. While in Snyder,
the McGilbras welcomed three sons, Cullen, Jr., Thomas and Alfred. In
1961, the McGilbras moved to Kermit where Betty continued to be a
wonderful mother, homemaker and helpmeet for Cullen who worked
full-time and preached the Gospel at the West Side congregation. It
was in Kermit that the McGilbras added three beautiful daughters, La
Nea, DeSharon and Susan, to their family. Needless to say the elder
McGilbras kept a busy schedule of supporting their children as they
participated in school activities such as special children’s programs,
school choir concerts and weekly sporting events.
career as the wife of a preacher was quite distinguished. She was
known and revered throughout the Brotherhood. Her hands were always
busy with the work of her Lord. Whether it was preparing and
overseeing countless fellowship meals, hosting guests in their home,
teaching ladies’ Bible classes or discussing fine points of Scripture
with a stranger, she always radiated a Christ-like spirit that made
everyone around her feel warm and welcomed. She was indeed a ‘wife of
noble character’ spoken of in Proverbs 31.
Betty Jean McGilbra
was known by many endearing names. She was Mama, Miss Betty, Aunt
Betty, Gran, Gran-Gran and even Betty Jean. Her influence was felt
community wide. She babysat numerous children, blessing them with her
unique influence and special care. No matter how one knew her or what
one called her, Betty McGilbra’s characteristics of love, warmth,
patience, wisdom and understanding remained the same. Even in the
midst of personal tragedy, the Fruits of the Spirit were always
evident in Betty McGilbra’s life.
Along with Mrs.
McGilbra’s parents and her husband, three of her children, Cullen,
Jr., Alfred and La Nea have preceded her in death. She has also been
preceded in death by 12 of her siblings. She leaves a large
family to cherish her memory including her son Thomas of Oklahoma, and
daughters, DeSharon Malunga and Susan Whiteside of Austin; her
grandchildren, Cullen III (Trey), Kourtney, Tiffane, Ashanti, Olivia
and Garrett; great grandchildren, Daelan, Trevian and Jesielah; and
her sisters, Geraldine Howard of Virginia, Pearlie Morris of Midland,
and Ida Mitchell of Florida. She leaves scores of nieces and nephews
and a host of extended family and loving friends.
Funeral Services will
be held 9:00 am, Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the West Side Church of
Christ in Kermit with Brother Jodi Garrett officiating. Interment
will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Funeral Services are entrusted to
Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Nicholas Chavis Lara
Nick Lara, age 56,
passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at his home in Kermit. He was
born in Lamesa, TX on September 10, 1952 to Joe and Maria Lara.
Those left to
cherish his memory are his wife: Sally Lara of Kermit; one son:
Herbie Lara of Midland; three daughters: Angela Preza and husband
Duke of Miliani, HI, Melissa Crowe and husband Kerry of San Angelo,
and Cassie Lara of Kermit; three grandchildren: Tristin Crowe,
Lakeanne Crowe, and Emerson Crowe of San Angelo; one baby Lara on
the way and numerous foster brothers and sisters.
will be held 4:00 pm Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Agape Ministries Dream
Center 1618 E. Murphy Street in Odessa. Arrangements are entrusted
to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit and Acres West Funeral
Chapel of Odessa.
Frances L. (Parkins) Ketchum
Frances L. (Parkins)
Ketchum passed from this life Sunday morning, July 12, 2009 at her
home in Kermit. She was born in Henryetta, OK on Saturday, April
15, 1916 to Robert and Lena Viola (Tate) Parkins. She married Jack
Ketchum on December 8, 1941 in Burbank, CA. She was a homemaker,
beloved wife and mother.
lived in Sapulpa, OK, where she was a member of the Neoma Chapter #
295 of the Order of the Eastern Star and attended the First
Christian Church. She requested that any memorials in her name be
sent to these two organizations.
Her husband, Jack
Ketchum, preceded her in death in 1992. Her parents and two
brothers, Jack and Robert W. Parkins, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by
her daughter: Donna Canales of Clovis, NM.
will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Family Services Funeral
Parlor, officiated by Brother Bill Campbell. Interment will follow
at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services
Christine Rose Collum
Collum, age 70, passed away at her home in Kermit on Saturday, July
18, 2009. She was born August 24, 1938 in Eastland, TX to Clarence
and Evelyn (Smith) Whitling. Christine married the love of her
life, Glen “Buddy” Collum, on June 24, 1955 in Kermit. He preceded
her in death in 1984. Christine loved doing crafts, fishing, being
outdoors, camping and gardening. She also loved being with her
survived by three sons: Charles Eugene Collum of Kermit, James
Dawson Collum and wife Beverly of Kerrville, Larry Dewayne Smith and
wife Sandra of Dallas; three daughters: Patricia Kiser and husband
Joe of Kermit, Evelyn Tiegs and husband Lucky of Kermit, Melinda
Compton and husband Rodney of Kermit; two brothers: Clarence Eugene
Whitling Jr. and William Walter both of Odessa; two sisters: Barbara
Adams of Odessa and Nita Green of Bronte; twenty grandchildren; and
She was preceded in
death by husband: Glen “Buddy” Collum; parents: Clarence and Evelyn
Whitling; Step-Mother: Hallie Christine (Holland) Whitling;
daughter: Glenda Faye Smith; brother: Shannon Weaver; and
grand-daughters: Michelle Nichole Smith and Connie Kiser.
will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at Family Services
Funeral Chapel. Services will be officiated by Rev. Syble Stone
Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include
Clifford Milligan, Glen Milligan, Chuck Collum, Timothy Milligan,
Curtis Collum and Casey Collum. Arrangements are entrusted to
Family Services Funeral Chapel.
Lillie Faye McKay
Lillie Faye McKay of Kermit, TX was born on the
glorious day of our Lord, November 22, 1929, to the loving parents,
Alice and Edward Simpkins. She had three brothers, George Simpkins,
Grover Simpkins, and Roy Simpkins of Odessa; four sisters, Annabell
Hopper, Winnie Jackson, Bea Peavey of Marble Falls, and Nell Bely of
Monahans. She was raised and attended school in Burnet, TX.
Faye was preceded in death by her parents, brothers –
George and Grover, and sisters – Annabell and Winnie.
Faye married the love of her life, Howard McKay, in
1953, and they enjoyed a marriage and true friendship that could
have only been made in Heaven for 55 years. Faye and Howard
lovingly raised two children: Diane Sutton and husband Roger of
Kermit and David McKay and wife Angie of Midland. Faye and Howard
have enjoyed four grandchildren, Forest Henson (16), Alexus McKay
(11), Alyssa McKay (11), and Addison McKay (7). Faye was a member
of the Church of Christ and always lived her life as close to the
Lord as anyone possibly could. She was always a very competitive
person and thoroughly enjoyed fishing and golf. To be sure, there
are a few of you out there that have been skunked by her in fishing
or beaten by more than a few strokes on the course. Above all else,
she was the best possible wife, mother, grandmother, Mimi, family
member, and friend that anyone could ever have asked for and will be
missed by all, more than anyone could imagine.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home
from 6 to 8:00 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2009. Funeral services to
honor her memory will be 2:00 pm Thursday, July 23, 2009 at Family
Services Funeral Parlor, officiated by Brother Brian McGonagill.
Pallbearers will be Larry Don Farley, Terry Woods, Danny Zumwalt,
Boyd Lynn McKay, Alan White, and Kevin Simpkins. Interment will
follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Memorials in Faye’s name may be made to the National
Parkinson Foundation, Inc.
of Development, 1501 NW 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida
Alfredo Valenzuela Calderon
Calderon, age 60, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2009 at his home in
Odessa. He was born
April 14, 1949 in Ojinaga, Mexico to Manuel Calderon and Viviana
(Valenzuela) Calderon. He
worked for Holloman Construction.
Those left behind
to cherish his memory include his two sisters:
Maria Ramos of Kermit and Adelaida Alvarado of Artesia, NM;
brother: Victor Calderon of Tularosa, NM: and numerous nieces and
He was preceded in
death by his parents; three brothers: Pilar Calderon, Manuel
Calderon, and Francisco Calderon; four sisters: Acrisina Brito, Eva
Bonilla, Juana Perez, and Viviana Gomez.
Javier Ramos, Manuel Alvarado, Gabriel Brito, Ernesto Bonilla, Pilar
Calderon, and Elise Gomez.
Rosary was said
7:00 pm Friday, July 24, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in
Kermit. Mass of
Christian Burial was 2:00 pm Saturday, July 25, 2009 at St.
Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Richard Waiwood.
Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Donald Wayne “Skipper” Martin
W. “Skipper” Martin, age 69, passed away Thursday, July 23,
2009 at Midland Memorial Hospital.
He was born February 29, 1940 in Seymour, TX to Kennith
W. Martin and Juliann Lorene (Greer) Martin.
He married Mona Bryan in Kermit on Christmas day of 1964.
He was a United States Army veteran and had worked as a
contract pumper and lease operator.
He earned his
nickname “Skipper” because he was born on a leap year.
He thought that was pretty special.
Skipper was only 17 ¼
“years” old and he liked to brag that soon he would
be 18 and be able to sign up for the draft. He could not wait for his 21st birthday, when
he’d be old enough to drink.
He loved to joke. He
was an excellent cook and did all the grocery shopping (where he
enjoyed visiting with other shoppers).
Skipper was also an outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and
fishing, and a collector of coins and bottles.
He liked a good game of “42” and was always willing
to help out a friend. He was a member of the Trinity Christian
Church and a past member of the 20/30 Club.
behind to cherish his memory include wife: Mona Martin of
Kermit; two daughters: Stacy
Cope and husband Bradley of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and Carrie
Martin of Midland; two grandchildren:
Lindsey Post and Hillary Morgan, both of Leesville, LA;
and one great-grandson: Robert
“Jack” Post, also of Leesville.
He was preceded
in death by his parents: Kennith
Martin and Lorene Martin Sprawls and one sister:
will be Doug Sims, Lee Soltero, Ron Mann, Henry D. Bean, Harold
Thomas, and Bradley Cope.
services with military honors will be held 2:00 pm Monday, July
27, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, officiated
by Rev. Randall Bryan. Interment
will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral
Lura Adair Gower
Lura Adair Gower,
age 61, passed from this life after a long, courageous battle with
cancer, early Sunday morning, July 26, 2009 at her home in Kermit.
She was born in Big Spring, TX to Frank Adair Nickens, Jr. and Lura
Katherine (Lee) Nickens on May 31, 1948. Her parents preceded her
She loved to play
with her grandkids. Her life revolved around her family and
friends. She loved playing cards, singing, and dancing. She was a
homemaker, a loving wife, mother, and Henny.
She leaves behind
her husband of 39 years, Arther E. Gower of Kermit; one son:
Michael Henderson of Midland; two daughters: Karen Richardson and
husband Roy and Katie Spangler and husband Eric, all of Kermit; one
brother: Kenneth Nickens; seven beloved grandchildren: Brittany
Martinez, Sheyenne Henderson, Meagen Marshall, Heather Marshall,
Jacob Richardson, Ryan Gower, and Rylee Spangler; and one precious
great-grandson: Wade Alexander Martinez.
where family and friends can share memories and celebrate her life
will be held 4:44 pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at First United
Methodist Church; officiated by Rev. Gale Wilson.
Memorials may be
made in her memory to American Cancer Society, PO Box 102454,
Atlanta, Georgia 30368, and Home Hospice, 516 N Texas Ave, Odessa,
TX 79761. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral
Terry Douglas Henderson|
Henderson, age 65, passed from this life on Monday, August 10, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa. He was born in Kermit on
June 22, 1944 to
Evans D. and Joyce B. (Arnold) Henderson and was a lifetime Kermit
Terry worked as a
heavy equipment operator and a jack of all trades. He was an
assistant Boy Scout leader. He never met a stranger and was quick
to make friends. He was a loving father and grandfather, who will
be greatly missed.
Those left to
cherish his memory include three sons: Todd Henderson and wife
Michelle of Conroe, TX, Tracy Henderson and wife Gina of Montgomery,
TX, and John Henderson and wife Mindy of Saginaw, TX; one daughter:
Amanda Henderson of Wink; two brothers: Kenneth Henderson of
Wilmington, S.C. and Larry Henderson of Canada; two sisters: Wanda
Cooper of Muskogee, OK and Peggy Baker of Pampa, TX; six
grandchildren: Thomas, Bradly, Heather, Hillary, Bryce, and Kolton;
and one great-granddaughter: Lilly Marie.
He was preceded in
death by his parents, one brother: Riley Henderson, formerly of
Kermit, and one sister: Patsy Henderson.
will be 2:00 pm
12, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, officiated by
Bro. Dudley Mullins. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services
Funeral Parlor and Acres West Funeral Chapel.
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