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Sam Neal Capps

Sam Neal Capps, age 91, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2009 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland. Sam was born on Saturday, August 10, 1918 in Carthage, TX to Jessie Thomas and Mattie (Poss) Capps.   Sam married Faye Branam on September 2, 1989 in Midland, TX. 

He loved dancing, traveling in his R.V., and pulling pranks.  He also attended the Jal Senior Center.  Sam retired from El Paso Natural Gas in 1983 after 35 years of service.  He also served his country with the 753rd Tank Battalion under General George S. Patton. 

Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife: Faye (Branam) Capps of Jal, NM; children: Jimmy Capps and wife Adela of Kermit, TX, Debra Moore and Sharon Miller, both of Midland, TX; six grandchildren: Tony Underwood, Steven Underwood, Michelle McCright and husband Greg, Karen Miller, Patrick Moore, and Steven Moore; four great grandchildren: Kathlyn Stickel and husband Caleb, Tawny Underwood, Avery Underwood, and Anthony Underwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Sam was preceded in death by his parents: Jessie Thomas and Mattie Capps; wife: Hazel Dea Capps; son: Kenneth W. Moore; two brothers; and two sisters. 

Services will be 1:00 pm, MST, Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jal, NM, Officiated by Brother Alan Speed. Pallbearers will include: Tony Underwood, Steven Underwood, Bobby Burkett, Rowdy Fulfer, Morris Wallace, and Henry Martin.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Charles A. “Doc” Light

Charles A. “Doc” Light, age 82, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Hospice House in Odessa.  Doc was born on Saturday, July 16, 1927 in Llano, TX to Miles Edgar and Laura (Weed) Light.  He married Iva Nell Arnold in 1972 in Juarez, Mexico and they celebrated 21 wonderful years together. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1993. 

Doc was a member of the VFW.  He loved hunting, fishing, and being a daddy.  He was also a member of the Community Church.  He worked in the oil field for 55 years and was well known by his peers.  Doc was a World War II Veteran and served in the battle of Okinawa at the age of 16 in the South Pacific. 

Left behind to cherish his memory are three sons: Charles A. Light, Jr., and wife Fadia of Fredericksburg, VA, Wayne Cooper and wife Debra of Livingston, TX, and Mike Cooper and wife Melanie of Kermit, TX; one daughter: Karen Light Strickland of Sulphur Springs, TX; 12 grandchildren; and friend: Beth Westfall. 

Doc was preceded in death by his parents: Miles and Laura Light; wife: Nell Cooper; and son: Michael N. Light. 

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Kermit Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Henry Freund.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761.

Alton Andrew Durham

Alton Andrew Durham, age 69, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Hospice House in Odessa.  Alton was born on Sunday, March 10, 1940 in Roscoe, TX to Hayward Lee and Ruby Lee (Wilkins) Durham.  He married Billie Boner on October 3, 1959 in Kermit, TX.  They celebrated 50 wonderful years together. 

Alton loved to go camping and RV’ing.  He dearly loved his grandkids and was known as “PawPaw” to them. 

Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife: Billie Durham of Kermit, TX; three sons: Randy Durham of Vealmoor, TX, Ricky Durham and wife Linda of Trainer, PA, and Chad Durham of Kermit, TX; one daughter: Sheila Castillo of Tulsa, OK; six brothers: Robert Lee Durham and wife Wanda of Seagraves, TX, Royce Durham and wife Lana of Brownfield, TX, Donald Durham and wife Charlene of Dublin, TX, Roland Durham and wife Willadean and Myrtise Durham and wife Sondra, all of Seminole, TX, and Wayland Durham and wife Marie of Andrews, TX; one sister: Sybil Watson of Seminole, TX; four grandchildren: Chandra Durham and Ashley Durham, both of Odessa, TX, Joshua Durham of Trainer, PA, and Christopher Kane of Springfield, PA; seven great-grandchildren: Ellyana Durham, Kaydince Carrillo, Olivia Durham, Jade Greely, Christopher Kane, Emily Fraire, and Kevin Resendez. 

Alton was preceded in death by his parents: Hayward and Ruby Durham; one brother: Vondee Durham; and two sisters: Joyce Davis and Lawana Jones. 

Services will be 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit, TX, officiated by Brother Gordon Cox.  Pallbearers will include Gene Durham, Joshua Durham, Michael Shropshire, Lane Boner, Lance Durham, and Patrick Durham. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Luigi Harper

Luigi Harper, age 55, of Kermit, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.  Luigi was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 14, 1953 to Luigi Fiore and Eureka Harper. He married Elize Haladay in Klerksdorp, South Africa and she preceded him in death on June 18, 2003.

Luigi was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kermit.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his family especially his sons.

Survivors include his two sons:  Wayne and Marland Harper of Kermit; two daughters:  Dorean Fischer of Monahans, TX and Dorthy Kittley of Sweetwater, TX;  his mother:  Eureka Harper and step father Wayne Harper of Las Cruces, NM; and one brother:  Gary Harper and wife Lee Ann of Lewisville, TX.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elize Harper and his father: Luigi Fiore.

A memorial service for Luigi will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Chapel. 

Willliam "Bill" Diller

Bill Diller also known as “Chee” to his golf buddies, age 74, of Kermit, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.  Bill was born in Abilene, TX on February 26, 1935 to Frank and Jessie (Haworth) Diller. He married Tommye Cathey, on October 14, 1988 in Odessa, TX and they celebrated 21 years together.

Bill loved to play golf with his buddies.  He is even the proud owner of four hole-in-ones.  After moving to Kermit in 1968, Bill worked for himself. He first worked with sheet metal and then later owning Diller Air and Kermit Air Co.  Bill also served his country in the Navy Reserve.

Survivors include his wife Tommye Diller of Kermit; one sons:  James David “JD” Diller of North Carolina; two daughters:  Angela Dawn Diller of Lubbock, TX and Jennifer Jill Diller Braun of Houston, TX; six step children:  Johnny Hodges and  James Hodges both of Odessa, TX, Kennie McClinton of Odessa, TX, Cathey Bumstead of Michigan, Gerri Carlisle of Midland, TX and Kara Gills of Nashville, AR; nine grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Frank and Jessie Diller and one son: Donald Wayne Diller.

Memorial Services will be 6:30 pm, Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit.

Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to:  The American Cancer Society  P.O. Box 22718  Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718 or to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation  800 Third Ave.  4th Floor  New York, NY  10022.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Chapel.

Berna Briones

Berna Briones, age 47, of Monahans passed away, Wednesday, October 28, 2009 in Monahans, TX; she was born Sunday, November 5, 1961 in Willard, New Mexico to Gregorio D. and Virginia M. (Garcia).

She married Ruben Briones I on July 26, 1980 in Kermit, TX. They were happily married for 29 years.

Mrs. Briones was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Monahans, TX. She loved cooking, decorating cakes, baking, painting and quilting. She collected figurines, movies and watches. She found delight in babysitting her nephews and nieces.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband Ruben Briones I of Monahans, TX; son: Ruben Briones II of Monahans, TX; daughter: Natasha Briones and husband Isaac Almanza of Monahans, TX; seven brothers: Joe Moya and wife Imelda of Monahans, TX; Frankie Moya and wife Minnie of Kermit, TX; Greg Moya Jr. and wife Nora of Eunice, NM; Gene Moya Sr. and wife Yolanda of Pampa, TX; Pat Moya and wife Kim of Bay City, TX; Moe Moya and wife Norma of Monahans, TX and Jesse R. Moya of Wink, TX; two sisters: Mary Ann Lopez of Wink, TX and Ramona Moya of Wink, TX; brother-in-law: Tom Sutton of Searcy, AR; one grandchild: Kayne David Almanza of Monahans, TX.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Gregorio and Virginia (Garcia) Moya, maternal grandparents: Modesto and Luisita Garcia; Jacob and Jesusita Marez; paternal grandparents: Simplicia Blake, Eugenio and Bessie Moya; one brother: Jerry Moya Sr.; two sisters: Ramonsita Moya and Millie Sutton.

Rosary will be 7:00 pm, Friday, October 30, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Mass will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 31, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Father John Lucido. Pallbearers will be: Joe Moya, Frankie Moya, Greg Moya Jr., Gene Moya Sr., Pat Moya, Moe Moya and Jess R, Moya. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Frances Wright

Frances Wright age 88 of Monahans, TX passed away on Monday, November 02, 2009 in Monahans, Texas. Mrs. Wright was born on April 29, 1921 in Payson, Arizona to Albert and Lela (Hedge) Baecht.  

She is survived by one son: Lyle Wright; one daughter: Ruth Elkins and husband Terry of Jal, NM; two grandchildren: Adjalon Wright of Amarillo, TX and Candice Chennault of Amarillo, TX. 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 06, 2009 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Monahans, TX with Brother Terry Elkins officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Pauline Norman Cooley

Pauline Norman Cooley, age 83, of Kermit passed away Wednesday, November 04, 2009 in Midland, TX. Pauline was born on Monday, February 08, 1926 in Ballinger, TX to Eugene and Grace (Hynson) Norman.

She enjoyed playing card games, Rook, 42 and camping. She also delighted in spending time with her friends and family. She was secretary for Belvue Baptist and was honored as the oldest continually active student at the Plainview Church Secretary School, where she went for 30 consecutive years. 

Those left to cherish her memory are three daughters: Virginia White and husband Charles of Midland, TX; ReeDunna Young and husband Chris of Midland, TX; Kettisha Arbuckle and husband Larry of Copper Canyon, TX; and Joyce Kaye Curtright of San Angelo, TX; two brothers: Herbert Norman of Odessa, TX and Morris Norman of Orlando, FL; one sister: Dot Burrell of Kerrville, TX; five grandchildren: Krystopher Compton, Justin Compton, Valerie Stanley, Lyle Forrest Arbuckle and Amanda Arbuckle; and six great-grandchild: Alexis Stanley, Roy Stanley, Courtney Compton, Justice Compton, Phoenix Compton and Victoria Compton and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband: Forrest Earl Cooley; one son: Monte Ray Cooley and her parents: Eugene and Grace (Hynson) Norman and son: Monte Ray Cooley. 

Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 07, 2009 at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit, TX. Officiated by Brother Jim Weizenecker. Pallbearers will be: Charlie White, Larry Arbuckle, Lyle Arbuckle, Justin Compton, Krystopher Compton, Ryan Stanley, Chet Cooley and Chris Young.  Interment will follow at the Kermit Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


Archie L. Cates

Archie L. Cates, age 81, of Kermit, passed away Monday, November 9, 2009 at Regency Hospital in Odessa.  He was born in Garland, AR on January 17, 1928 to Mack Calvin and Dollie L. (Collum).  He married the love of his life, Maurine Poindexter, on December 22, 1947 in Oak Grove, Louisiana.  Archie L. loved hunting, fishing, and traveling in his RV. 

He is survived by his wife:  Maurine Cates of Kermit; two brothers:  George W. Cates and wife Ernestine of Greenbrier, AR., and John Cates and wife Florence of Huachuca, AZ; one sister:  Betty Jo Murphy of Fresno, CA; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends: Janet and Mark Sledge and Janet Ferguson ; and their adopted grandson Blake Sledge.

Memorial Services with viewing will be 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Services will be officiated by John Wilson and Glenda Mixon.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Evelyn Leona Gross Bonham

Evelyn Leona Gross Bonham, age 83, of Kermit went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 10, 2009 at her home after a long illness.   She was born on January 3, 1926 in Holliday, Texas to Buman & Claudia Gross.  She grew up in Seagraves, graduated from Seagraves High School and met the love of her life in Seagraves, Harold J Bonham.  They married on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1947.  Harold & Evelyn were happily married for 55 years before his death in 2002. 

 Evelyn was a resident of Kermit for 42 years where she was also a faithful member and secretary of Eastside Church of Christ before her illness kept her at home.

 Evelyn was preceded in death by both her parents, her husband, her grandson:  Shannon Health Bonham, as well as 6 brothers: William Gross, Lester Gross, Leslie Gross, Wesley Gross, Lonnie Gross, and J. B. Gross - all from Andrews, Texas. 

 Evelyn is survived by one son: Dwayne Bonham and wife Glenda; and one daughter: Phyllis Renz and husband Jim, both from Fort Stockton, Texas; two grandchildren: Frank Bonham of Fort Stockton and Philip Renz from Spur, Texas; one great-grandson: Matthew Trey Bonham from Pierre, South Dakota; two brother-in-laws: Jack Bonham and wife Lucille from Washington, Iowa and Bill Bonham and wife Laverne of Houston, Texas; one sister-in-law: Cherry Gross from Andrews; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She also had 3 wonderful caregivers that are part of the family: Becky Quiroz, Minnie Griffis, and Donna Chacon.

 Services for Evelyn will be at Eastside Church of Christ on Thursday, November 12 at 2 p.m. with Brian McGonagill of Carlsbad, New Mexico officiating.  Interment will follow in Andrews at the Andrews Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. under the direction of the Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit.

George T. Reich “Ty”

George T. Reich “Ty” passed from this life Saturday, November 14, 2009 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  He was born in Lamesa, TX on May 13, 1954 to George M. Reich and Betty (Tyler) Reich.  He married Carol Ann Smith on December 31, 1980 in Andrews, TX. 

Ty worked as a manager for West Texas Gas.  He was a Lions Club member.  Ty enjoyed travel and loved to hunt and fish.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Those left to cherish Ty’s love and memory include his loving wife, Carol A. Reich of Kermit; parents:  George M. and Betty Reich of Kermit; one daughter:  Tonya Michelle Grove and husband Richard Grove of Big Spring, TX; twin grandsons:  Tyler J. Grove and Ryker P. Grove; grandson:  Kevin Grove; and granddaughter:  Christina Grove; one brother:  Larry Reich of Coyanosa, TX and his children:  Larry Reich, Jr. of Seminole and Laura Reich of Midland; one sister:  Suzette Buchanan and husband Jackie of Quinlan, TX and their children:  Janie Buchanan of North Richland Hills and Jennifer Wright and husband Craig of Plano, as well as Ty’s great niece and nephew:  Frankie and Phoenix.

His grandparents:  Mr. and Mrs. Roland Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. George Reich, preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 1st United Methodist Church in Kermit, officiated by the Rev. Henry Freund.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Memorials in Ty’s name may be made to Home Hospice, 516 N. Texas, Odessa, TX 79761 or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Maria “Nina” Dominguez

Maria “Nina” Dominguez, age 80, of Kermit passed away, Sunday, November 29, 2009 in Monahans, TX. She was born Monday, April 15, 1929 in Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico to Catarino and Petra (Granados) Garcia. She married Merced O. Dominguez on December 16, 1967 in Kermit, TX. 

Mrs. Dominguez was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit. She loved cooking, raising a bunch of kids, arts and crafts and dancing. She was a strong Christian woman who always put God first.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are two daughters: Fatima Dominguez of Austin, TX and Monsi Dominguez of Kermit and one grandchild: Ian Dominguez.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Merced Dominguez and her parents: Catarino and Petra Gracia.

Rosary will be 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 01, 2009 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Mass  of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, December 02, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Father Richard Waiwood. Pallbearers will be: Marvin Jamison, Wesley Jamison, Eduardo Carrasco, Eduardo Carrasco Jr., Eddie Martinez and Orlando Martinez.  Honorary Pallbearer: Robert L. Jamison.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


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