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Margrit (Gretel) Wilhelm Gruben

Margrit Gruben, 84, of Kermit, TX passed away on Wednesday, December 08, 2010, in Odessa, TX.  She was born on Monday, June 21, 1926 in Griesheim, Germany to Heinrich and Dorthea Elizabeth (Gluck) Wilhelm.

Gretel, as she was known to the love of her life, met Earnest (Red) Gruben, during World War II, in Frankfurt Griesheim, Germany. She was Red’s bride on her 21st birthday in 1947. They lived in Kermit for sixty-three years.

Margrit was a Charter Member of the Zion Lutheran Church. She attended business school in Frankfurt, Germany and Cosmetology School in Odessa, Texas.  She owned and operated Margrit’s Beauty Shop in Kermit for 25 years.

She is survived by her son, Eddie Dane Gruben and wife Carol of Tulsa, OK; one daughter: Sylvia Lou Lewis and husband Terry of Midland, TX; one brother: Karl Wilhelm and wife Gina of Frankfurt, Germany; four grandchildren: John Ryan Gruben, Stephen  Gruben, Courtnay Lewis Pogainis and husband Bob and Ashley Lewis Helton and husband Rusty; one great-grand daughter: Shyanne Gruben and one nephew, Stephan and wife Kristen Wilhelm of Germany and three great nieces Annika, Hanna and Klara.

Margrit was preceded in death by her husband: Ernest Steve Gruben, one baby boy and her parents.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. Michael Fickenscher.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Hospice, 516 North Texas, Odessa, TX (877-428-3581). Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Opal Christine Davenport "Wright"

Christine Davenport, age 82, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2010 at Western Hills Healthcare Residence Center in Comanche, TX.  She was born in Wills Point, TX on July 13, 1928 to Herman and Dovie (Pogue) Slaughter.  Christine was a hard working woman who was loved by her many friends and family.  She worked as a waitress, factory worker, bartender, a truck driver.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are son:  Jery Eaton of Lake Dallas, TX; two daughters: Alesia “Lisa” Thomas of Comanche and Tracey Kirkpatrick of Carlsbad, NM; brother:  Jimmy Slaughter of Trinity, NC; sister: Linda Engle of Mansfield, TX; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Herman and Dovie Slaughter; two sons: Larry and Gary; brother: Harold; and sister: Veneita.

A memorial service will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Family Services Funeral Chapel officiated by the Rev. Henry Freund. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Roselyn Lynette Williams

Roselyn Lynette Williams, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 in Odessa, TX. She was born in Paducah, TX to William Elvie and Sudie Frances (Apple) Williams on September 8, 1920.   

She had spent the last eighteen years living in Kermit with her beloved niece, Suetta Lemmon. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church, both in Memphis, TX and in Kermit, where she enjoyed sharing her Christian beliefs with all friends, old and new.  Her witness led many friends and family to know her Savior.   

She had worked as a bank cashier in Memphis and as a supervisor for the Baptist Book Store in Lubbock and Arlington, TX. She was a wonderful care giver and spent her life taking care of others. She was known to her friends and family as ”Aunt Rosie”. 

Roselyn was preceded in death by her parents, William and Sudie Williams, six brothers, and two sisters. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her niece, Suetta Lemmon of Kermit, nephew, Rick Lemmon of Dallas, TX and a host of other nieces and nephews.   

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 11, 2010 at First Baptist Church of Kermit, officiated by Brother Dudley Mullins.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.  Online condolences can be made at fs-fp.com.

Bill Owen Cravens

Bill Owen Cravens, age 62, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Altheimer, Arkansas on December 21, 1947 to Marion and Ola Mae (Watkins) Cravens.  He married Laura Sue Long on February 4, 1969 in Lovington, NM.  He was a truck driver.

Bill was a work-a-holic.  He enjoyed fishing and playing computer games like Texas Hold ‘Em and was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, but rarely had time for these activities because he was always working.  He loved animals and loved his children and grandchildren with all of his heart.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife:  Sue Cravens of Kermit; three sons:  Billy Jack Cravens of Rosharon, TX, Timmy Cravens and wife Minnie of Van, TX, and Ricky Cravens and wife Veronica, and Ernie Long, all of Kermit; one daughter:  Shelby Cravens of Kermit; two brothers:  David Tilly and wife Lois of Huffman, TX, and Joe Cravens of Murphy, NC; sisters:  Pat Scroggin and husband Harold of Center Ridge, AR; and Margaret Cravens and Christine Perkins, both of Dallas; and twelve grandchildren:  Sheigh, Brian, Vic, Zachary, Noah, Heaven, Jocelyn, Madison, Vincente, Kristian, Makensie, and Jacob.

His parents and two grandchildren, Nadia and Lilliana Cravens, precede Bill in death.

Graveside memorial services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at Kermit Cemetery, officiated by Bro. Jim Weizenecker.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

The family would like to thank Joe Chance for all he had done for us.  We also send a special “Thank you” out to the Home Hospice Staff, especially Yadi and Janice.

Vivian Aline Price McIver

Vivian Aline Price McIver, age 80, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in Salado, TX.  She was born in Caraway, AR on October 27, 1930 to Jesse James and Johnie Lee (McKinley) Barrett.  

Vivian attended Wink High School and then married James R. McIver from Strayhorn, MS after he was discharged from the Army having served  in Germany, during WWII. She was involved in Cub Scouting and the First Baptist Church. She worked as a Librarian in the Wink Public Library and worked for the Wink Bulletin in numerous capacities. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, serving as president and holding other offices within the sorority, and was chosen Woman of the Year 4 times. Vivian was a member of the Wink ISD school board and was the first woman president of the board. She was always involved with children, through programs she created and supported through the library. She was devoted to her parents and family and always ready to help someone who was in need.

She is survived by her sons: Roddy McIver and wife Lynne of Salado, TX and Terry McIver and wife Phyllis of Kosse, TX; Mike Price and wife Jackie of Amarillo, TX and Bobby Price and wife Teri of Nashville, TN; one daughter: Paula Ordway and husband Mike of Sweetwater, TX; one sister, Catherine White and husband Ross of Norman, Ok; and fifteen grandchildren: Sean McIver and wife Cassandra, Ryan McIver and wife Adrienne, Leslie Ramirez husband Gabe, Jade Price, Trevor Price, Matthew Price, Luke Price, Nathan Price, Hannah Price, Abby Price, Garrison Price, Annie Price, Brooks Price, Mary Caroline Price and Jenny Ordway and five great grandchildren: Anthony Ramirez, Christopher Ramirez, Abby McIver, Barrett McIver and Mason McIver; one nephew: Joe White; one niece: Connie Williams; four great nieces and nephews: Tim Williams, Tracy Schlanser, Chris White and Alyssa White and a great-great niece and great-great nephew: Jasmine Williams and Roland Williams.

She was preceded in death by two husbands: James McIver and Eldon Price; one brother: Sonny Barrett;  and her parents: Jesse and Johnie Barrett.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, December 20, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Wink, officiated by Brother Richard Ray. Pallbearers will be Billy Voyles, Raymond Dodd, Ricky McGehee, Larry McCallister and Mike Jones.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Dale Carman, Jesse Abila and the Deacons of First Baptist Church.  Interment will follow Kermit Cemetery.   Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.  

Ruby Aline Blair

Our Precious Mother Ruby Aline Blair, age 90, went to be with her Savior and husband on Friday, December 17, 2010.  She was born in Jennings, OK on Saturday, May 29, 1920 to Charles Thomas and Opal Turah (Brewer) Helms. 

Ruby’s family and church family were very important to her. Serving God was her priority. She played piano and taught Sunday School at church for many years. She was a charter and life-long member of Monahans Christian Church. She also was a member of the Wednesday Study Club of Monahans. She enjoyed years working as a bookkeeper for the Wickett Credit Union, First State Bank and H.A. Lee C.P.A. During her later years, she loved to read and work word puzzles. 

Those left to cherish her memory are two sons: David Blair and wife Brenda of Pearland, TX and Leonard Blair and wife Bonnie of Monahans, TX; two daughters: Wanda Southland and husband R.L. of Kermit, TX and Susan Moore of Waco, TX; fourteen grandchildren:  David Jr., Howard, John, Tammy, Brian, Mike, Kathy, Gabe, Dan, Robert, Damon, Kim, Lori and Tara; twenty-seven great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. 

Those preceding her in death include her husband: Howard Wilson Blair, her parents: Charles and Opal Helms; two sisters: Zelma Coyne and Helen Murray, and one brother: Floyd Helms. 

Services are scheduled for 10:00 am Tuesday, December 21 , 2010 at Monahans Christian Church in Monahans, TX with Pastor Bob Blazek officiating.  Interment will follow at Monahans Cemetery.   Pallbearers will include:  Gabriel Moore, Daniel Moore, Zachary Sedino, Brian Blair, Mike Williams and Aaron Williams.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Bonnie Lea Awbrey Sullivan

Bonnie Lea Awbrey Sullivan, age 63, passed from this life on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Odessa, TX.  She was born in Glen Rose, TX on Friday, February 21, 1947 to Stephen James and Bissie Lea (Shipman) Riggs. Bonnie was a longtime member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed traveling and going to Senior Citizens. Most of all, Bonnie loved being a grandmother and spending time with her grandkids.


Those left to cherish her memory are her mother: Bessie Riggs of Odessa; three sons: Levis Awbrey of Kermit, Jimmy Awbrey and wife Yvonne of Wichita Falls, and Brian Awbrey and wife Claudia of Kermit; four sisters: Betty Baker of Norman, OK, Lois Riggs of Mt. Pleasant, Joyce McDougle and husband Richard of Odessa, and Carol Riggs of Odessa; two brothers: Donnie Riggs of Kerrville and Robert Riggs of Odessa;  nine grandchildren: Ashley Awbrey, Taylor Awbrey, Austin Awbrey, Devin Awbrey, Brayden Awbrey, Jayden Awbrey, Andrew Awbrey, Maria Awbrey and Matthew Awbrey.


She is preceded in death by her husband: Dale “Speedy” Sullivan; father: Stephen Riggs; brother: Billy Riggs; sister: Lorene Zorn; and nephew: Daniel Cobos.


Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 21, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa, officiated by Brother Gene Collins. Interment will follow at West Texas Memorial Park, 4100 N. FM 1788, Midland, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Willie Forrest Carlisle Jr.

Willie Forrest Carlisle Jr., age 91, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 in Monahans, Texas. He was born in Park Springs, Texas on Saturday, October 4, 1919 to Willie F. and Mary A. (Mashburn) Carlisle.
Willie was retired from the Wichita Falls State Hospital, where he served more than 20 years in maintenance. His love for tinkering turned into a full-fledged lawn mower business. His hobbies included making wooden toys for his great-grandchildren and gardening. He served his country during WWII in the US Army and was sent home after he was wounded. He married Melba Williams December 21, 1968 in Buffalo Springs, Texas. They cherished 42 years together until his passing the day after their anniversary.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Melba Carlisle of Kermit; one son: Larry Scott Carlisle of Wichita Falls, Texas; two daughters: Betty Lou Faulkner also of Wichita Falls, Texas and Mary Ellen McKay of Gilmer, Texas. He is also survived by his step-daughter Patti Franks and husband Bill of Kermit, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ray Carlisle, Jack Carlisle and a sister, Verlene Timmins.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2010 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, with Rev. David Weyant officiating. Interment will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 27, 2010 at at Fairview Cemetery in Wellington, TX.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Monahans Managed Care Center and Accolade Home Health for their loving care.

Jack Lee Arnold

Jack Lee Arnold, age 78, went on to his Heavenly Home on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2010 from his Kermit residence, surrounded by his family.  He was born on January 16, 1932 in Drumright, OK to Ross and Lora (Kyle) Arnold.  Jack served in Korea with the US Navy on the USS Antietam.  He married Barbara Terry in Victoria, TX on December 23, 1952. They had just celebrated fifty-eight years together.  He was a member of the Community Church.

Mr. Arnold attended college at Oklahoma State University (A&M) on football scholarships and was named All American.  He then went on to become a self-made business man.  He was the owner of J & J Trucking and Byo-Gon, but he was a cowboy at heart.  Jack spoke his mind and firmly believed in hard work.  He loved cutting horses and was a participant and a longstanding member of the NCHA.  He enjoyed cheering on his alma mater football teams and cussing the Dallas Cowboys, telling them how it should be done.  More than anything he loved his family and his grandchildren.

Jack leaves behind his loving wife:  Barbara Arnold of Kermit; son:  Kevin Arnold and wife Jayme of Kermit; daughter:  LaWana DeWees and husband Bob of Pagosa Springs, CO; sister:   June Jackson of Markham, TX; and three beloved grandchildren:  Dabney Arnold Knight and husband Drue Knight, Daegan Arnold, and Kelsea Arnold.

His parents preceded him in death.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to caregivers:  Nori Rodriguez and Christina Martinez, and Hospice Nurse:  Wendy Walker.

Family visitation at the funeral home will be from 6 – 8:00 pm Sunday evening, December 26, 2010.  Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Monday, December 27, 2010 at Kermit Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Henry Freund.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor and online condolences to the family may be sent through fs-fp.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jack’s name to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. 

Marjorie B. Evans

Marjorie B. Evans, age 87, a long time Kermit resident, passed from this life on Monday, December 27, 2010 in Wink, TX.  She was born in Stanton, TX on Saturday, April 21, 1923 to Charles and Eva (Gillit) Brandon.

Marjorie founded the Opportunity School in Kermit. At one time she worked as the secretary of the Community Church and she was very active in the Methodist Church. She loved the children in the neighborhood of North Oak Street. They were some of her closet friends. Marjorie was a two generation “Yellow Jacket” football fan.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons: Dan Evans and wife Christina of Wink and Jack Richard Evans of Waco, TX; two sisters: Bobbie Jobe of Putnam, TX and Leta Mitchell of Tyler, TX and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Ray Weldon Evans; one son: Michael Stephen; one grandson: Zack Evans; and one brother: Eugene “Putt” Brandon.

Funeral services will be11:00 am Thursday, December 30, 2010 at First United Methodist of Kermit with Pastor Johnny Touchstone officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Opportunity School, 212 North Mulberry, Kermit, TX 79745 and Star Hospice, 620 North Grant #100, Odessa, TX 79761.

 Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.



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