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Merced Gomez Yanez

Merced Gomez Yanez, age 81, of Kermit, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in Odessa, Texas.  She was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on Monday, January 20, 1930 to Merced and Romana (Orona) Gomez.  She liked to sing as a cursillista de colores and she loved to be a mentor and give advice. She had a great since of humor that will be missed. Because of her strong faith in God, no one left her without getting a blessing. Her love for her family gave her the strength to live a little longer and that was all she needed to keep her grateful and happy in life. Thank you for being a good Mom.

Those left to cherish her memory are three sons: Jessie Yanez of Kermit, Refugio Yanez Jr. of Monahans, and Refugio Yanez III of Odessa; three daughters: Jovie Aranda and husband Ruben of Kermit, Josy Alvarado of Kermit, and Sylvia Cunningham of Odessa; two brothers: Cruz Gomez of Pecos, TX and Joseangel Gomez of Hobbs, NM; two sisters: Esilia Nunez of Monahans, and Gloria Carrasco of Monahans; ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Those who preceded her in death are her husband: Refugio; her parents: Merced and Romana Gomez; one grandson:  David Aranda and two sisters: Paubla Alvarez and Amparo Yanez.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Thursday, June 30, 2011 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be 3:00 pm Friday, July 1, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Richard Waiwood.  Pallbearers will be Ruben Aranda, Andrew Aranda, Jessie Yanez, Refugio Yanez Jr., Refugio Yanez III and Juan Nunez. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. 

The family would like to take this time to thank all those who provided care for our mother at some point in time. We would especially like to thank Jessie for the sacrifices he made to care for her. These small acts of kindness and love touched us deeply. We are very grateful to all.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

James Lefferts Wade Jr.

James Lefferts Wade Jr., age 59, passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 in Kermit, Texas. He was born April 12, 1952 in Grayling, MI to James and Verna Mae (Demaray) Wade Sr.

James loved going to Native American Pow-Wow’s and Rendezvous. He also loved to play the guitar and make jewelry.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife Pamela McAbee of Kermit and her daughter Haley McAbee; father: James Wade Sr. of Holly, MI; two sons: Jonathan Lacroix and wife Amanda of LaPeer, MI and James Lacroix of LaPeer MI: one daughter: Dayna Fick of LaPeer, MI; one sister: Sue Carson and husband Dale of Harlington,MO and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Verna Mae Wade.

Memorial services will be privately held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Bill J. Beckham

Bill J. Beckham, 72, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 9, 2011, at Odessa Medical Center Hospital following a sudden illness.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, at the Lena Laughlin Auditorium on the Wink school campus with Rev. Richard Ray, pastor of First Baptist Church of Wink, officiating.  Graveside services will be held at the Beckham family cemetery in northwestern Beckham Ranch under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.


Bill was born December 18, 1938, in Pecos, TX; the oldest child of Ernest and Jewell Beckham, both members of pioneer West Texas ranching families.


Bill graduated from Wink High School in 1957 and obtained a BBA in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1961.


On June 22, 1969, Bill married the love of his life, Margaret Joy Taylor, in the home of her parents in Sweetwater, TX.  They were married for 38 years until her passing in 2007.


In 1962, Bill became co-owner and publisher of The Wink Bulletin until 1964, when he became editor of The Arkansas Farmer working for Tom Anderson. He returned to Winkler County in 1965 as publisher of The Wink Bulletin. In 1967, he was named general manager of Golden West Free Press, Inc.  In 1982, he became publisher of The Winkler County News, The Jal Record, and The Eunice Press after he and a group of investors acquired Golden West Free Press, Inc.


Bill was also Chairman of The Board of Winkler County State Bank. In 1994, he became President and CEO of the bank until it was later sold in 1999.


Bill was a deacon and an active member at First Baptist Church of Wink since 1969.  He was a member and Past President of Wink Lions Club and a member of Kermit Downtown Lions Club.


Bill devoted his life to the citizens of Winkler County.  He was a member of Wink City Council from 1968 until 1988 and he served as Mayor Pro Tem of Wink from 1980 until 1988.  He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Wink-Loving Independent School District from 1971 until 1993 and he served as President of the Board for several years.  In 1981, he was appointed to the Board of Control of Memorial Hospital at Kermit by the Winkler County Commissioners Court where he remained until recently.


He was a proud and active member of the Republican Party of Texas since 1976.  He was elected Chairman of the Winkler County Republican Party in 1982 and held that post until his death.  He served as a delegate to Republican State Conventions since 1980.  He was appointed to the Governor's Job Training Coordinating Council by Gov. Bill Clements.  In 1980, he was named Presidential Elector from the 16th Congressional District of Texas and cast the district's vote for Ronald Reagan and George Bush.


He was preceded in death by his parents: Ernest and Jewell Beckham; one son:  Billy Beckham; and his wife: Margaret.


Survivors include one sister: Nell Young and her husband, Bob, of Navasota; one son: Tom Beckham and his wife, Gina, of Midland; two daughters: Denise Hanna and her husband, Lee, of the Beckham Ranch in Winkler County; and Michelle Beckham of Austin; eight grandchildren: Jolee Hanna, Zach Hanna, Christen Beckham, Peyton Beckham, and Caitlin Joy Beckham, all of Midland; and Heather Matthews of Mesa, AZ; Billy Gray and Jacob Gray of Austin.


Pallbearers are Joe Chance, George Keely, Ted Westmoreland, Larry McCallister,Tony Roach, and Cody Doran.  Honorary pallbearers are Sherrell Glenn,  Bob Scogin, Charles Evans, Mike Fostel, Jimmy Bisang, Lonnie Rasco, Billy Voyles, Raymond Dodd, Shane Youngblood, D.J. Bryan and Coby Purcell.

Gene C. Paschall

Gene C. Paschall, age 78, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Odessa, Texas. He was born August 30, 1932 in Lakeview, TX to Macom William Paschall Sr. and Florence (Wallace) Paschall.

Gene loved being with his family, hunting birds and traveling. He was active with the Boy Scouts and was a “Methodist Man”. He retired from Sid Richardson Gasoline Company after 32 years of service.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his sons: Tony Paschall and wife Gwen of Rushville, IL and Jim Paschall and wife Leigh Anne of Kermit, TX; one brother: F.T. (T-Bone) Paschall of Borger, TX; four sisters: Marie Mayhugh of Garland, TX; Becky Bruce and husband Boyce of Memphis, TX; Willie (Bill) Murle Adams and husband Warren of Amarillo, TX and Betty Sue Scott and husband Bill of Longview, TX; five grandchildren: Sharee, Starla, Tiarra, Mike and Jarred and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Betty Paschall; his parents: William and Florence Paschall; one son: David; brothers: Raymond; Macom William Jr. and Alfred Lee and one sister: Irene (Pat) Bryant.

Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, July 23, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Kermit with Brother Brian McGonagill officiating. Pallbearers will be: Jack Bearden, Greg Hollingshead, Preston Cherry, Dub King, Mark Terry and Gerald Chapman. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jodie Barker ad Curtis Clark.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House of Odessa, 903 Sam Houston, Odessa, TX, 79761.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Meliton Carrasco

Meliton Carrasco, age 65, passed away Wednesday, August 03, 2011 in Kermit, TX. He was born April 01, 1946 in Potrero de Llano, MX to Chano and Flavia (Lujan) Carrasco.

Meliton was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. He loved riding horses and taking care of animals. He was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his boys.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife: Manuela Valles of Kermit; three sons: Samuel Carrasco and wife Armida of Odessa, Meliton Carrasco Jr. of Odessa, and Elizardo Carrasco and wife Cecilia of Odessa; one daughter: Mirtha Carrasco of Lovington, NM; one brother: Javier Carrasco and wife Flor of Odessa; one sister: Maribel Carrasco of Presidio; eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Chano and Flavia Carrasco and one daughter: Elpedia Carrasco.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Friday, August 8, 2011 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Saturday, 06, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kermit, officiated by Father Richard Waiwood.  Pallbearers will include: Samuel Carrasco, Meliton Carrasco Jr., Elizardo Carrasco, Michael Carrasco, Juan Carlos Valdez, Daniel Sanchez.  Honorary Pallbearers will be: Cruz Nunez, Vicente Hernandez, Guadalupe Nunez. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Wanema Jean Hopper

Wanema Jean Hopper, age 84, a lifelong resident of Mentone passed away Saturday, August 06, 2011 in Odessa, TX. She was born May 14, 1927 in Phillips, TX to Oscar and Loree (Baker) Williams.

Wanema was an active member of the Historical Society and was greatly involved in the community of Mentone. She was best known over the last 64 years as the owner and operator of the Hopper Station in Mentone.  It was here that she made many of her friends. She was a loving grandmother and doted on her boys.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son: Harlan Hopper of Mentone; two daughters: Beverly Hanson of Mentone, and Becky Hill and husband Larry of Kermit; one sister: Wadonna Groomer and husband Harold of Odessa; two grandchildren: Lance Hill of Leander, TX and Derek Hill and wife Crystal of Leander; one niece: Shatana Groomer of Odessa; and one brother-in-law: Bill Hopper of Mentone.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Thornton Hopper, one son: Monte (Butch) Hanson, and her parents Oscar and Loree Williams.

Family visitation will be 6:30 pm - 8 pm Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Family Services Funeral Chapel, in Kermit. Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Bill Campbell officiating. Pallbearers will be: Mark Bragg, Skeet Jones, Tom Jones, Raymond Wildman, Ben Klein and David Klein. Interment will follow Kermit Cemetery. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Karla Linnette Pando

Karla Linnette Pando, age 1, fell asleep in death on Thursday, August 11, 2011 in Kermit, TX. She was born June 13, 2010 in Kermit to Stephen and Adelma (Chamorro) Pando.

Karla’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle smile could melt the hearts of those around her. She loved to listen to the sounds of other children playing around her and especially laughter, which would make her smile. Karla touched us all in some small way throughout her short, yet memorable life. Each day was a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. Although we will miss her every day, especially her winning smile, she will forever remain in our hearts.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her parents: Stephen and Adelma Pando; two brothers: Itzak and Sebastian Pando; one sister: Leila Pando all of Kermit; grandparents: Mary Helen Pando of Kermit; Adelma Spann of Mesa, AZ; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers: Manuel Pando Sr. and Carlos Chamorro.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm Monday, August 15, 2011 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, in Monahans, TX with Rick Dietz officiating. Burial will be privately held. Pallbearers will be: Stephen Pando; Manuel Pando Jr. and Ruben Pando.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Billy Dale Pendergrass

Billy Dale Pendergrass, age 78 passed from this life on August 16, 2011. He was born on August 12, 1911 in Tahoka, Texas to William Floyd and Ruth (Slate) Pendergrass.

Billy enjoyed a life full of fishing and boating. He enjoyed feeding animals such as deer and cats. He was a loving father. He was also an inventor.

He leaves behind his wife: Vada Pendergrass of Midland; two sons: Mickey Gaines of Odessa, and Leslie Gaines of San Angelo; six daughters: Sandra Pendergrass and Alice Williams, both of Midland,Brenda Pendergrass of Kermit, Sylvia McKay and husband Chris of Carlsbad, NM, Christy Pendergrass Lara and husband Tony of Gardendale, and Sherry Tharp and husband Chuck of Midland; one daughter-in-law: Julie Pendergrass Oxedine of Kermit; twenty one grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: William and Ruth Pendergrass; one son: Jerry Don Pendergrass; and three brothers: Ed Pendergrass, Morris Pendergrass and Marvin Pendergrass.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 19, 2011 at Family Service Funeral Chapel in Kermit, officiated by Brother Dudley Mullins. Pallbearers will be Chase Pendergrass, John Seeker, Joe Aaron Pedraza, Jacoby McKay, Gary Payne, Eric Hill, Mickey Williams and Mickey Gaines. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jerry Don Pendergrass and Julie Pendergrass Oxedine.  Interment with military honors will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Bobby “Bob” Slaughter

Bobby “Bob” Slaughter, age 85, of Kermit, passed from this life on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at his daughter’s home in Odessa.  He was born in Breckenridge, TX on February 3, 1926 to Cecil and Jewel (Overcash) Slaughter.  He married Jean Spears in Kermit on October 25, 1947.  They had celebrated 63 years together.  Bob was a US Army veteran of WWII and had retired after 30 years of services from El Paso Natural Gas where he had worked as a surveyor.

Bob was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and taking his travel trailer to the lake or to the mountains.  He also enjoyed hanging out in the coffee shop with his buddies and playing Bingo.

Those left to cherish his love and memory include his wife:  Jean Slaughter of Kermit; son:  Bobby Slaughter of Kermit; daughter:  Barbara Culwell and husband Roger of Odessa; daughter-in-law:  Nita Slaughter of Corpus Christi; brother:  Jim Slaughter of Springfield, MO; sister:  Betty Parker of Waco; sister-in-law:  Peggy Massey of Midland; one grandson:  Jason Culwell and wife Amber of Midland; three great-grandchildren:  Taylor, MacKenzie, and Alison; granddaughter-in-law:  Candy Johnson and husband Steve of Greenwood; nephews:  Donny Nolen and wife Janis of Smithville, Guy Massey and wife Joyce of Heath, Ricky Massey and wife Diane of Midland, Randy Parker of Odessa, and Don Furry of Bastrop; and niece: Toni Herbert and husband John of Waco.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents:  Cecil and Jewel Slaughter; two brothers:  Jackie and Billy Slaughter; four brothers-in-law:  Bill Sheffield, Bud Parker, Don Nolen, and Dick Massey; two sisters-in-law:  Dorothy Sheffield and Billie Nolen; grandson:  Donny Culwell; father and mother-in-law:  Wayne and Cassie Spears; and two nieces:  Iola Byram and Sandra Furry.

Graveside services to celebrate Bob’s life will be at Kermit Cemetery on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:00 am, officiated by Bro. John Curry.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

David Prentice Smith

David Prentice Smith, age 69, died Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in Odessa, TX after a brief illness. He was born December 13, 1941 in Snyder, TX to Prentice Elmer and Ruth Gertrude (Irion) Smith.

David spent his early childhood in Arkansas, but his family returned to West Texas where he grew up. He graduated from Snyder High School in 1960. He then attended Cisco Junior College. While in Cisco, he met and married the love of his life, Kathryn Ann Forman. They married September 4, 1962 at the 14th Street Church of Christ in Cisco.

After their wedding, they moved to College Station, where David received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Texas A&M University. The first in his family to earn a four-year college degree, David dedicated his career to education. He began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Beeville. He then accepted a position at Kermit High School in 1969, where he taught a variety of subjects, but was best known as the school’s freshman English teacher. He was best known among his students for bringing Shakespeare, Poe and Coleridge to life and instilling a life-long love of literature and writing for many. He had a gift for helping advanced students shine, but he was especially dedicated to those who needed extra help and might have been left behind if Mr. Smith had not intervened.

David’s teaching talent extended beyond the classroom and benefited many through his lessons at Eastside Church of Christ in Kermit, as well as the Wink and Jal Church of Christ. He was a dedicated, devout Christian who was active in the bus ministry, youth programs and benevolence. He also served as a deacon at the Eastside Church of Christ for many years. He was a member of the Jal Church of Christ at the time of his death and was active in teaching there, as well as at the Wink Church of Christ.

David’s favorite activities included hunting, fishing, camping and woodworking; however, his love of family ran deepest of all, and he always put their interest ahead of his own.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Prentice and Ruth Smith, and by his firstborn son, Des, who died in infancy.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathy Ann Forman Smith of Kermit; daughter: Darla Willis and husband Nat of Jal, NM; daughter: Darah Waldrip and husband Matt of Abilene; son: Darin Smith of Plano; grandson: Brandon Willis and wife Rebekah of Lubbock; grandson: Zachary Willis of Lubbock; granddaughter: Lucy Waldrip of Abilene, TX and a great-grandchild that is expected in the spring. He is also survived by his brother: Dan Smith and wife Karen of San Angelo and his sister: Dayna Cline and husband David of San Angelo, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Services will be held at Eastside Church of Christ in Kermit at 2:00 pm Friday, August 26, 2011.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home of Portales.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.  


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