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Judith Marselle (Ness) McLaughlin

Judith Marselle (Ness) McLaughlin, age 88, of Kermit, passed away on Saturday, June 05, 2010 in Monahans, TX.  Mrs. McLaughlin was born on December 12, 1921 in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota to Daniel and Annie (Otterson) Ness.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son: Richard McLaughlin of TX; one sister: Della Rudd of Moorhead, MN; one brother: Bud Ness of Fergus Falls, MN; two grandchildren: Brenna McLaughlin Coltrane of Kermit, TX and Meghan McLaughlin Flores of Hobbs, MN; three great-grandchildren: Branson, Daniel and Carolyn all of Kermit, TX.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Clyde J. McLaughlin; one daughter: Carolyn Rae McLaughlin; her parents: Daniel and Annie Ness and one brother: Jerry Ness.

Online condolences may be sent at fs-fp.com.

Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Yesmit Vasquez Rodriguez
Yesmit Vasquez Rodriguez

Yesmit Vasquez Rodriguez, age 20, of Kermit, passed away Monday, 06, 2010; she was born Monday, March 12, 1990 in Odessa, TX to Felipe and Anna (Vasquez) Rodriguez. Yesmit loved dancing, listening to music and spending time with her daughter.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband: Rojelio Lomeli of Kermit, TX; one daughter: Aylina Lya Rodriguez of Kermit, TX; her parents: Felipe and Anne Rodriguez of Kermit, TX; one brother: Felipe Neri Rodriguez of Kermit, TX; one sister: Verenis Rodriguez of Kermit, TX; grandparents: Florencio and Albina Vasquez and Mauricio and Ester Rodriguez.

Service will be 10:00 am, Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit. Officiated by Elder Rafeal Hernandez. Pallbearers will be Timmy Sapien, Juan Leyva, Moises Leyva, Jose Luis Vasquez Jr., Ricardo Rodriquez Jr. Armando Ramos, Armando Rodriquez and Jeremy Vela. Honorary Pallbearers will be Fabian Vasquez, Felipe Rodriguez Jr., Joe Eric Galindo, Matthew Vasquez, Rodrigo Vasquez, Ezequiel Garcia, David Galindo and Izaia Vasquez. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Mary Frances Clark
Mary Frances Clark

Mary Frances Clark, age 82, of Kermit, passed away Monday, June 7, 2010, at her home. Frances was born Thursday, April 19, 1928 in Livingston, Polk County, TX to the late Melvin and Eloise (King) Feagin. She married the love of her life, Worley Clark in August 1967.

Frances was a very busy lady, never having any idle time. A member of St Peter’s Episcopal Church, she was the first female and the first write-in candidate ever to be elected as Winkler County Judge and held the term from 1979 thru 1994. She was the first female accepted as a member to the Kermit Downtown Lion’s Club and the Kermit Rotary Club and held the position of past President of the Lion’s Club

Frances was also a member of the Kermit Chamber of Commerce and was on their Board of Directors and a member of the Ambassador’s Club. She was voted Woman of the Year of the Women’s Division of the Kermit Chamber of Commerce. In 1982, Frances was elected President of the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission and was a charter member of the Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners’ Association and Past President of the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners’ Association. She was a lifetime member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 339 and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6284. Frances was also a big supporter of the Winkler County 4-H Program.

Frances and Worley spent a lot of time in Port Isabel and South Padre Island enjoying their many friends.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her husband Worley Z Clark; one daughter, Melinda Nickless and partner, Jim Moffett of Austin, one step-daughter, Londa Clark of Houston, one son, Clay Milstead and wife, Annette of New Bern, N.C. and one grandson, Marshall Milstead also of New Bern, N.C.

Frances was also preceded in death by her sister, Kay McCurdy.

The family would like to give special thanks and appreciation to all of the Caregivers our Mom has had over the last several years.

A family visitation is scheduled 6 – 8 pm Thursday, June 10 at the Funeral Home.

Funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 AM Friday, June 11, 2010 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Reverend Richard Osborne officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Bessie Ellen Geer Crow
Bessie Ellen (Geer) Crow

Bessie Ellen (Geer) Crow, age 88, of Brownwood, passed away Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at her home. Bessie was born Wednesday, March 15, 1922 in Bennett, TX to the late E. S. and Fannie Geer. She married Edward Crow on December 21, 1939, and he preceded her in death on October 4, 1976.  Bessie was a very private person, but loved being a grandmother.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her son:  Richard Crow and wife Terri of Kermit; two daughters:  Deloros Kinnaird and husband Gordon of Yale, OK and Sandra Forga and husband Dwight of Brownwood, TX ; one brother:  Floyd Geer and wife Glenna of Abilene, TX; two sisters:  Belva Jo Fowler and husband Neal of Ft. Worth, TX and Jan Mitchell and husband Leon of Kermit; eleven grandchildren:  Charles Kinnaird, Natalie Meyer, Deanna Cowell, Quint Gilbert, Wade Forga, Kyle Forga, Ryan Crow, Lauren Crow, Danny Crow, Desiree Crow; and Darius Crow;  sixteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband: Edward Crow; her parents:  E.S. and Fannie Geer; two sisters:  Ima Jean Ferguson and Evadean Baker; and two grandsons:  Lee Crow and Scott Bradley Gilbert.

Funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 pm Friday, June 11, 2010 at Belvue Baptist Church with Reverend Bill Campbell officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Leon Mitchell, Devall Trammell, Tim Strangel, Bobby Dunham, Steve Brisco, and D.J. Bryan will serve as pallbearers.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Betty Louise (Bates) Johnson

Betty Louise (Bates) Johnson, age 72, passed from this life on Tuesday,  June 8, 2010 at Hospice House in Odessa. She was born in Hutchison County, Texas on Thursday, June 10, 1937 to Ralph Eugene and Oma Bates . She was a self employed child care giver for many years.  Betty loved spending time with her family and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.  

Survivors include one daughter: Carolyn Hughes of Kermit and one son: Billy Johnson of Kermit; one brother: Billy Bates of Oklahoma City, OK; one sister: Sue Henson of Odessa; five grandchildren: Ashley, Erica, Billy, David and Alexis; three great-grandchildren: Jimmy James, Keyona and Tayshaun. 

Those preceding her in death include: her parents; one brother: Tommy Bates and one daughter: Patsy Johnson.   

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am Monday, June 14, 2010 at Kermit Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Freund officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Odessa Starritt

Pauline “Odessa” Starritt, age 82, of Wink, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Monahans, TX. Pauline was born on July 18, 1927 in Jayton, TX, to James and Katie (Butler) Elliott. 

She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She loved crossword puzzles, watching game shows, singing and fishing. She had a special place in her heart for her dog “Baby Girl”. 

Those left to cherish her memory are son: James R. Starritt and wife Debbie of Odessa; daughter: Pauline Kline of Wink; brother: Richard Elliott and wife Jo of Floydada, TX; sister: Mary Dorothy “Sister” Ferguson of Floydada; six grandchildren: Jacque Kline McKee and husband Donnie, Jack Kline Jr., Chuck Kline and wife Sarah, Paula Kline Barnett and husband Bill, Randee Starritt and wife Jennifer, and Jason Starritt; six great-grandchildren: Twila Robinson and husband Casey, Gary McKee, J.J. Porter and wife Shana, C.J. Kline, Branda Kay Barnett, Cannon Starritt and Braedon Starritt; two great-great-grandchildren: Braydon McKee and Arian Loran Porter and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband: Orville R. Starritt; her parents: James and Katie Elliott and seven brothers. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at First United Methodist Church in Wink, TX officiated by Rev. Scott Seymour. Pallbearers will be: Billy Barnett, Donnie McKee, Tommy Thomas, David Thomas, Rodney Ferguson and Calvin Starritt. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Compass Hospice of Odessa at 1330 East 8th, Suite 410 Odessa, TX 79761.  

Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Emily Claire (Carroll) Barron

Emily Claire (Carroll) Barron, age 79, passed from this life on Saturday,  June 19, 2010 at Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston. She was born in Union Community, Alabama on Sunday, July 27, 1930 to Marvin and Emma (Ponder) Carroll.  

Survivors include three sons:   Jerry Barron of Katy, TX, Robert Barron of Frankfurt, Germany and Donald Barron of Carmen, Mexico; one daughter: Gloria McKinney of Bentonville, AK; one sister: Ouida Fay Hall of Alabama; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am Saturday, June 26, 2010 at Kermit Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Seymour officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Rebecca Elizabeth Oglesby
Rebecca Elizabeth Oglesby was born on December 21, 1973 at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, to Gordon
and Elizabeth Oglesby.  Becky went to be with our Lord on June 28, 2010 at her home in San Antonio, Texas.
She attended Kermit Schools and graduated from Kermit High School in 1992.  She attended Odessa College.
Becky entered the work force and was known as a hard, dependable worker.  At the time of her death, she
worked at Groomer's Seafood in San Antonio.  Her employers have said that Becky was their best worker and
favorite employee, and that she is really missed by all who work there.
Becky always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh.  She loved all animals, but cats were her favorite.
She was a big doll collector and liked shopping in thrift stores and antique shops for them.  She loved her Lord
and prayed daily for her family.  She attended the Castle Hills First Baptist Church in San Antonio.
Becky was preceded in death by her grandparents Everett and Ruby Oglesby and Z.F. Kinnaird, and by her
dad Gordon Oglesby.  We know she is in heaven now with these precious loved ones.  She is in good hands.
She is survived by her mom Elizabeth Oglesby, her brother Trey Oglesby, her sister-in-law Amber Oglesby, her
nephew Taylor Oglesby, and grandmother Louise Kinnaird all of San Angelo, and her uncle and aunt Gordon and
Delores of Yale, Oklahoma and several cousins.
A memorial service was held for Becky on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at the Grape Creek Baptist Church in San Angelo
with Trey Oglesby and Pastor Brad Winchester officiating.

Shirley A. Coldiron

Shirley A. Coldiron, age 65, of Monahans, passed away in Odessa on July 05, 2010.  Shirley was born in Kermit on January 14, 1945 to Willie and Clara (Cheek) Overcash.

She is survived by one son: Joe Lee Haney of Kermit; one daughter: Clara Jane Graham of Monahans; two brothers: Homer Hankins of Odessa and Billy Overcash of Pecos; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Graveside Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm, Friday July 09, 2010 at Kermit Cemetery, officiated by Dudley Mullins.  Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Claudy Mae Gentry

Claudy Mae Gentry, 85, of Zwolle, LA passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Sabine Medical Center in Many, LA. 

She was born on Monday, June 29, 1925 in Monroe, LA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Lewis Gentry and Midgie Beatrice Gentry; husband, Erick Jack Gunter; daughter, Judy Gayle Barker; and brother, John Lewis Gentry, Jr.

She is survived by two sons, William Shelby “Bo” Gunter of Kermit and Ronnie Morgan Gunter and wife Lois of Odessa; daughter, Jackie Conyer and husband Robert of Zwolle, LA; one brother, Bill Gentry of Pollock, LA; three sisters, Dorothy Campbell of Kermit, Mary Ann Tolar of Forest Hill, LA and Martha Holloway of Oakdale, LA; special son-in-law, Jodie Barker; three grandchildren, Dreama Dean, Robert Conyer, Jr. and Judie Gunter; and two great-grandchildren, Victoria Dean and Hayley Mankin.

The family will receive friends at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit on Thursday, July 15, 2010.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, July 16, 2010 at Family Services Chapel.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Wayne Harper

Wayne Harper, age 19, of Kermit, passed from this life on Friday, July 23, 2010.  Wayne was born in Pretoria, South Africa on March 28, 1991 to Luigi and Elize (Haladay) Harper.  

Wayne was very kind hearted.  He loved children and animals, and was fond of his ferretts, “Shaka” and “Diana”. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and hunting, and working on cars and motorcycles. 

He is survived by his brother: Marland Harper of Gardendale; two sisters: Dorean “Liz” Fisher of Midland, and Dorothy Kittley of Sweetwater; grandparents: Eureka “Ouma” and Wayne “Oupa” Harper of Las Cruces, NM; one uncle: Gary Harper and wife Lee Ann of Lewisville; one aunt: Celeste Hudgens and husband John of El Paso; one niece: Elena; and five nephews: Alex, Matthew, Preston, Orion and Gabriel. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Luigi and Elize Harper. Wayne’s heart was filled with love for his father. They were very close and he missed him very much. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Kermit, officiated by Brother Dudley Mullins. Pallbearers will be: Marland Harper, Thomas Mathis, Bryan Vallie Jr., Gary Harper and Eddie McCane. Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Memorials may be sent to the International Dyslexia Association, Houston Branch: HBIDA, PO Box 540504, Houston, TX 77254-0504 or to a charity of your choice. 


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