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Obituaries 2013
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G Speed
Gerald Wayne Speed

Gerald Wayne Speed, age 74, passed from this life on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Monahans Managed Care Center in Monahans. He was born in Kermit, TX on January 13, 1939 to Clifton Thomas and Ruby Lee (Hillman) Speed.

Gerald was a born and raised Kermit Man who took the time to make Kermit a better place.  He was a coach of little league baseball and pony league baseball as well as an official at High School football games. He was an integral part of the KHS Alumni Association. Gerald was a die hard “Yellow Jacket Fan” and a member of the Lions Club.  He not only served on the school board for four terms between the years of 1972 - 2000, he held the offices of president, vice president, and secretary. Gerald loved working with the children’s choir at First Baptist Church where he was a member for many years. He loved his friends and family very much. His family called him “Gerbie” and his grandkids called him “Papa”.

Those left to cherish his memory include: his wife Lettie Gene Speed of Kermit, TX; two sons: Mike Speed and his wife Lisa of Austin, TX and Gary Speed of Odessa, TX; one daughter: Gena K. Wright and husband Jerry of Kermit, TX; sister: Anita Burnett and her husband Joe of Kermit, TX; grandchildren: Ross Speed; Taylor Speed; Allison Speed; Krislyn Perkins; Jarett Perkins; Lyndsey Wolf and Blane Wolf and three great-grandchildren.

Those preceding him in death is: his parents: Clifton and Ruby Speed; three brothers: Roy, Lonnie, and Billy Gene; and three sisters: Margaret, Jo Ann, and Doris.

Graveside Services are scheduled for 10:00 am Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Kermit Cemetery, in Kermit, TX, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, located at 400 E Bryan St. Kermit, TX with Brothers Dudley Mullins and Randy Houston officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Ken Mays, Tommy Smith, Teddy Baremore, Richard Gregory, Bill White, A.L. Ward, Johnny Roberts, Joe Burnett and classmate Jerry “Kermit” Wright. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

E Hernandez
Elvis Guardiola Hernandez

Elvis Guardiola Hernandez, age 27, passed from this life on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX. He was born in Kermit, TX on December 26, 1985 to Jose A. Hernandez and Maria A. (Guardiola) Hernandez. He worked as a derrick hand for the oil field and was Catholic.

Elvis was a hard working young man with a big heart. He was a wonderful father who loved spending time with his family. During his spare time, Elvis enjoyed riding four wheelers and motorcycles at the Sandhills. He will be missed dearly by the lives he touched with his gentle heart.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Yvonne (Morales) Hernandez of Kermit, TX; parents: Jose and Maria Hernandez of Kermit, TX; three daughters: Beyonce Hernandez, Somaya Hernandez and Evelyn Hernandez, all of Kermit, TX; two brothers: Jose Hernandez Jr. and wife Shannon of Andrews, TX and Anibal Hernandez and wife Alannah of Kermit, TX; two sisters: Geneva Lanning and husband Daniel of Andrews, TX and Yesenia Hernandez of Kermit, TX; grandfather: Martin Guardolia of Ojinaga, MX.

Those there to greet him at the heavenly gates are his grandmother: Concepcion Guardolia and aunt: Elda Quiroz.

Rosary will be 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Family Service Funeral Chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Friday, October 11, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating.  Pallbearers will include: Anibal Hernandez, Eddie Sanchez, Jose Hernandez Jr., Raul Garcia, Martin Guardiola, Danny King, Eddie Guardiola and Ricky Amaro. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

K Kasner
Karen Atwood Kasner

Karen Atwood Kasner, age 62, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, TX. She was born in Kermit, TX on March 11, 1951 to Duane and Patsy (Dixon) Atwood.  She married Carl Kasner in Monahans on March 21, 1972 and they celebrated 33 years together before his death in 2005.

Karen was a member of Grace Temple Baptist Church in Kermit.  She had love for arts and crafts and enjoyed painting.  She was a great cook.  Karen was known for her great love for others, and always accepted everyone as family.  She will be fondly remembered as a Big “K” Band Mom.  Karen had a passion for raising children, and was mother to many who were not her own.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters: Kim Kasner, Karla Kasner, and Kendra Kasner all of San Angelo, TX; two brothers:  Ronnie Atwood of San Angelo, and Don Atwood and wife Cindy of Arlington, VA; and four grandchildren:  Bella, Danny, Markie, and Konner.

She was preceded in death by her husband:  Carl Kasner; and her parents: Duane and Patsy Atwood

A memorial service will be held 10:00 am, Monday, October 21, 2013 at Family Service Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jordan Burrell officiating.  Honorary Pallbearers will include all her friends who called her “MO”.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Christian Child Development Center Art Program 2781 W. Ave N San Angelo, TX  76904.

L Rasco
Lonnie Myrl Rasco

Lonnie Myrl Rasco, age 75, passed from this life on Friday, October 18, 2013 at his home in Wink. He was born in Roscoe, TX on October 29, 1937 to Enoch and Bertha (McClendon) Rasco.  He married Marian LaVerne Carman in Andrews on May 20, 1961 and they celebrated 52 years together.

Lonnie was a member of First Baptist Church in Wink.  He had love for woodworking and a passion for working for the Church  Lonnie was the chairman of the Deacons and could frequently be found building sets for church plays, volunteering at Rock the Desert, and helping with VBS.  Lonnie was an Air Force veteran.  His top three loves were:  God, Family and His Country.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife:  Marian LaVerne Rasco of Wink; three sons: Carey Glen Rasco and wife Susan of Iraan, TX; Ronald Gene Rasco of San Antonio, TX; and Michael Greg Rasco of New York, NY; eight grandchildren:  Cassie, Drey, Preston, Lonnie Noel, Peyton, Jaxon, Josh and Joey; and three great-grandchildren:  Dannon, Dez, and Harper; and his special pet: Patches.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Enoch and Bertha Rasco; four brothers:  Bud, Buck, Bill, and Marvin; and four sisters:  Nina, Theda, Ann, and Norma.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, October 21, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Wink with Brother Richard Ray officiating.  Pallbearers will include:  Raymond Dodd, D.J. Bryan, Shane Youngblood, Brad Roberts, James Whitmire and Billy Voyles.  Honorary Pallbearers will include all his grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church in Wink.

Alicia “Boo Boo” Victoria Lara

Alicia “Boo Boo” Victoria Lara, age 15, passed from this life on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, TX. She was born September 22, 1998 in Odessa, TX to Raul Lara Jr. and Amy Ruiz. She attended Junction Middle School.

“Boo Boo” was an outgoing young girl who enjoyed life. She enjoyed music, dancing and shopping. Alicia had a smile and laugh that was contagious. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved talking on her phone. She was loved by many and her memory will be cherished.

Those left to cherish her memory include her father: Raul Lara Jr. and wife Renee of Junction, TX; mom: Amy Ruiz of Kermit, TX; boyfriend: Victor Reyes of Junction, TX;  paternal grandparents: Raul Lara Sr. and Hilda Lara of Kermit, TX; six brothers: JD Montoya, Ethan Lares and Joel Aranda, all of Kermit, TX, Dustin Schoppe, Eric Schoppe, and Alex Aquirre, all of Junction, TX; three sisters: Noemi Aranda of Kermit, TX, Kassie Jo and Kala Schoppe of Junction, TX;  uncle: Franky Lara and children: Kristin Lara, Brandon Lara and Ryan Lara, all of Kermit, TX; uncle: Tony Lara and wife Christy and children: Lisa Lara, Tierra Lara and Abby Lara, all of Kermit, TX; uncle: Rocky Lara and son: Josue Lara; one aunt: Rosanna Marrufo and husband Hector; numerous other family members and a host of friends.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 am, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating. Pallbearers will include: JD Montoya, Joel Aranda, Alex Aguirre, Tony Lara, Rocky Lara and Jerrod Ruiz. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

F Snow 

Forrest Eugene Snow

Forrest Eugene Snow, age 91, passed from this life on Monday, October 21, 2013 at his home in Fort Worth, TX. He was born in Talpa, TX on September 11, 1922 to William and Nannie (Kelley) Snow.  He married Dorothy Pauline Pace on May 28, 1950 at Randolph AFB in San Antonio and they celebrated over 50 years together before her death in 2000.

Gene, as he was known to his friends and family, was a career US Air Force man.  He enlisted at the age of 22 and served his country for 30 years 1 month and 23 days.  While in the Air Force, Gene, achieved the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  Gene’s military career took the Snow family all over the world.  They were stationed in places like: San Angelo, TX, Kessler Field, MS, Greensboro, NC, Seattle, WA, Republic of Korea, Tokyo, Japan, Roswell, NM, Adak, AK (working with underground atomic bomb testing), Randolph AFB, Mobile, AL, The Philippine Islands, NATO assignment in Paris, France (Gene’s least favorite duty station), Holland and to retirement in Albuquerque, NM.  Following retirement from the Air Force, the family went to Iran with Lockheed Martin and finally to Kermit and Wink, to work in the oil field. Gene was known around Wink as the man who raised the American Flag every day showing his love for his country.

Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters:  Shirley J. Young and husband Rick of Silverdale, WA and Robin Martinez of Fort Worth, TX; five grandchildren:  Katherine Abernathy, Jennifer Jones, Kristina Kresse, Christopher Young, and Rachel Martinez; and four great-grandchildren:  Chad Jones Jr., Jordon Kresse, David Jones and Kayla Kresse.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Dorothy Snow, parents:  William Andrew and Nannie Sylvester Snow, one brother: Earl Snow, one sister:  Lady Lillian Rose, and a nephew:  Bob Snow.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Friday, October 25, 2013 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Richard Ray officiating. Interment will follow as Kermit Cemetery.  Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Christopher Young, Chad Jones, Jake Kresse, Justin Lewis, Rick Young, Manuel Martinez, and Dale Snow.   Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

G Kirkpatrick

George “Ood” Melvin Kirkpatrick

George “Ood” Melvin Kirkpatrick, age 57, of Kermit, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX. He was born June 11, 1956 in Monahans, TX to Bobby Gene Kirkpatrick and Carol Ann (Hill) Campbell. He was a member of Baptist Temple Church in Kermit.   

George was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. He always had a joke to tell and would send you away smiling. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, collecting arrowheads, fishing and camping. He was a former member of the 2 Wheel Motion Motorcycle Club, was an avid sports fan and was known to be a ladies’ man. George loved his family deeply, especially his kids and grandkids and his memories will be cherished forever.  

He is survived by one son: Troy Kirkpatrick of Carlsbad, NM; three daughters: Lori Kirkpatrick, Ashley Worrell and Danielle Kirkpatrick, all of Carlsbad, NM; mother: Carol Campbell of Odessa, TX;  one brother: Billy “Shorty” Campbell of Odessa, TX; three sisters: Debbie Valenzuela and husband Frank Jr. of Midland, TX, Dina Wingfield and husband Greg of Kansas and Lawanna Pruitt of Alvarado, TX; ten grandchildren: Daisy, Drew, Haley, Dylan, Bradley, Blake, Bryson, Dryden, Darryn and Dalton. 

Those preceding him in death are his father: Bobby Gene Kirkpatrick and three brothers: Danny Kirkpatrick, Jeff Kirkpatrick and Quint Campbell; and special pet dog: Lizard. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Pastor Randy Tucker officiating. Honorary Pallbearers include: Cody Scobbee, Michael Arnold, Michael Alverado, Tony Alverado Jr., Edgar Juarez, Felis Reyes, Troy Kirkpatrick and Frank Valenzuela. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.  

L Harris
Lillian Lore Renfro Harris

Lillian Lore Renfro Harris went to be with the Lord Jesus on November 1, 2013.


Lore was born in Big Valley, Mills County, Texas, December 18, 1917 to her parents, Betty Moore and Barclay Martin Renfro.  She had one sister, Opal, and three brothers, Carlton, Dick and Barclay.


She graduated from Big Valley High School.  Lore married Alfred P. Harris on October 28, 1937.  They had four children: Alfred M. Harris, Lynda Sue, who died in infancy, Lorena Ann and Rebecca Lynn.


Al and Lore moved from Goldthwaite in 1952 to Jal, NM, where Al was employed by El Paso Natural Gas.


Lore was a homemaker extraordinaire and a wonderful mother.  She and her family were members of First Baptist Church in Jal, until the family moved to Kermit in 1959.  There they joined First Baptist Church, Kermit.  She was active in her church, attending Sunday School, Women's Missionary Union, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Later, she and Al were members of Grace Temple in Kermit and finally spent over 20 years as active members of Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit.

Lore was church librarian at Grace Temple and at Belvue Baptist Church.  She also shared in the decoration of the window outside the library where she and other ladies displayed seasonal items to make a beautiful display.  Lore worked in Kermit ISD in the High School Cafeteria where she formed many lifelong friendships. She was also a member of the Winkler County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she served for many years as a Pink Lady.  She made many friends in that organization, too.

Lore was a Charter member of the Tejas Chapter, Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century.  She was also a long-time member of the Nathaniel Davis Chapter, NSDAR.  She was an excellent cook and an accomplished seamstress.  She sewed for her family and herself, reupholstered furniture, quilted and crocheted.  She loved everything about homemaking and made a wonderful home for her family.

Lore loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved her in-laws and their parents.   The greatest gift she gave them was the knowledge and love for Jesus Christ.  She sought the Lord early in her life and taught her family to follow in His footsteps.


Left to cherish her memory are son, Alfred M Harris of Odessa, and wife Suzanne of Odessa; daughters, Ann Hurt, and husband, Randy of Ft. Stockton; and Rebecca Thomas and husband Ernest, of Odessa; three grandchildren: Dallas Hurt and wife, Amanda of Ft. Stockton, Sandi Harris of Framingham, MA, and Nanci Harris of Odessa;  and her great-grandchildren:  Kylie, Kian and Kason Hurt of Ft. Stockton.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Al, and daughter, Lynda Sue.  


Funeral Services will be Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:00 at Belvue Baptist Church in Kermit.  Interment will be Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:00 am, in Goldthwaite Cemetery, Goldthwaite, Texas.  Funeral Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit.

Jerry Lee Taylor

Jerry Lee Taylor, age 74, of Kermit, passed from this life on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Winkler County Hospital in Kermit, TX. He was born February 5, 1939 in Van, TX to Robert Lee and Ruby Olen (Griggs) Taylor. He married the love of his life, Betty Ruth (Neeley) Taylor on June 3, 1957 in Loving, NM.

Jerry made his living driving trucks for J.B. Hunt’s Company. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and his main hobby was playing with his grandkids. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jerry’s love and generous spirit continues to touch lives. It was his desire to donate his body to science when he passed on so that he could help improve or save the lives of others. We as a family will honor and respect his wishes and we find comfort in our loss knowing that countless others will benefit from his precious gift.  

He is survived by wife: Betty Taylor of Kermit, TX; one son: William Lee Taylor of Kermit, TX; two daughters: Lisa Moczygemba of San Antonio, TX and Jana Sue Rushing of Kermit, TX; two brothers:  Bobby Taylor and wife Judy of Kermit, TX and Wayne Taylor and wife Patsy of Junction, TX; two sisters: Dorothy Richardson and husband Robert of Wink, TX and Sue LaFoy and husband Roy of Clyde, TX; eleven grandchildren: Camille Selby and husband Jason, Amanda Davis and husband Chris, Michelle Rushing and husband Ryan Fields, Michael Rushing and wife Shannon, Caleb Rushing and wife Tylyn, Bree Taylor, Troy, Traci, Phillip, Tyla and Jessica; eight great grandchildren: Landon, Andrew, Jeremy, Joshua, Bryce, Kaitlyn, Ryan and Kimber. 

Those preceding him in death are his father and mother: Robert Lee and Ruby Taylor. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Stefanie Fay Haley
Stefanie Fay Haley
Stefanie Fay Haley left us this November 24th, 2013. She began her life’s run on February 3rd, 1938. Stef and John A. ranched in Loving and Winkler Counties for the last 49 years.

She was an avid proponent of the National Rifle Association of America and our second Amendment rights, as a constitutional scholar. She was involved in all aspects of her home counties, supporting community programs such as the 4-H, all youth sports, academic and scholastic programs in local and state schools.

Stef was current president of the Winkler County Hospital Board, past president of the Kermit Chamber of Commerce, lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 339, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post 6284. She was also very vocal and active in our government, fighting to help preserve our rights as citizens.

She is survived by 5 children: Alan and wife Barbara; Mark; Michele; Mary Nell and husband Raymond Thomas; John E. and wife Amy; 12 grandkids and a batch of great grandkids; her sister Rosalie and husband Ken Muldoon. There is not room enough to list the wonderful friends, but rest assured you are not forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Haley Library at 1805 W. Indiana, Midland, TX 79701, the NRA at 11250 Waples Mil Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607 or any other charity or cause close to your heart.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Loving County ranch on December 28th at 2:00 PM.




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