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Felipe Tarin
Felipe Tarin

Felipe Tarin, age 73, of Kermit, passed from this life on Monday, November 17, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on July 23, 1941 in Redford, TX to Bernabe Tarin and Librada (Ponce) Tarin.   Felipe was a self-employed carpenter.

A rosary will be said at 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 23, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Parlor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, November 24, 2014 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church officiated by Father Rudy Lacerna. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Bernabe and Librada Tarin; three brothers:  Jose, Adam, and Refujio Tarin; and one sister:  Tomasa Montoya.

Those left to cherish his memory include three sons: Roy, Steve and wife Vidala and Barney Tarin and wife Starla, all of San Antonio; two daughters: Terri Lopez and husband Ramon of San Antonio and Trina O’Kelley of Dexter, NM; 7 grandchildren; 3 great- grandchildren; three sisters: Eva Carrasco of San Antonio, Isabel Marquez and Pat Carrasco both of Kermit; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Janice Swaim
Sara Janice Swaim

Sara Janice Swaim, passed away on November 28, 2014, at the Emeritus at Clear Lake nursing facility in Houston.  She was born on May 5, 1943, in Kermit, TX to Truman Eugene and Ida Mae (Sharp) Atwood. 

Jan, as she was called by her many friends and family, was loved by many. She grew up in Kermit, TX where she graduated from High School in 1961.  She married Jimmie Swaim in Odessa on July 11, 1964 and they celebrated 37 years together before his death.  After their marriage, they lived in Odessa where they raised their two children: Dan and Gina.  Jan began every morning reading scripture and her example encouraged many to do the same.  She loved being outside picking pecans, bowling, and spending time with her grandsons.  She will be missed by all who loved her. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, Jimmie Swaim; her parents:  Truman and Ida Mae Atwood; and her brother: Gary Atwood. 

Those left to cherish Jan’s memory are son:  Dan Swaim and wife Kristi of Deer Park, TX; daughter: Gina Borgognoni and husband Antonio of Plano, TX; brother: Jon Atwood and wife Judy of Colleyville, TX; sister:  Gayle Barnes and husband Bill of New Braunsfels, TX; sister-in-law: Sarah Atwood of Dallas, TX; and two grandchildren:  Colten and Bryce Swaim; as well as sixteen nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 5, 2014 at Kermit Cemetery, Kermit, Texas with Dan Swaim & Gina Borgognoni officiating.  Honorary Pallbearers will include: Colten Swaim and Bryce Swaim.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Wesley Stults
Wesley Stults
Wesley Stults of Jal passed away Thursday, December 10, 2014 at the Winkler County Memorial Hospital. He was born August 29, 1927 in Marlow, OK to Jesse and Beulah (Matthews) Stults. Wesley married Norma Jean (Hickman) on April 22, 1951 in Edmond, OK and they celebrated 63 years together.

Wesley was a Christian man and a member of the Jal Church of Christ. He loved sharing the Bible with others and could often be found studying the Scripture. Wesley spent much of his time outdoors either in the garden, fishing, or going camping. He rode his bicycle all over town and loved to travel with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Beulah Stults; and one sister: Mary Lois Graham Jones.

He is survived by his wife: Norma Stults of Jal; three daughters: Sherri Gaither and husband David of Seymour, TX; Jana Spicer and husband Keith of North Richland Hills, TX; Kristie Ray and husband Danny of New Braunfels, TX; two brothers: Richard Stults and wife Sarah of Luther, OK; Alvie Stults and wife Pat of Oregon City, OR; six grandchildren: Craig Weir, Eric Spicer, Heather Miller, Valerie Baker, Justin Weir, and Taryn Kellar; and seven great-grandchildren:  Bailey, Sydney, Johnny, Presley, Kylie, Maddie, and Wesley.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm MST, Monday, December 15, 2014, at The Jal Church of Christ in Jal, NM, officiated by Brother Daryl Micham. Interment will follow at the Jal Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Craig Weir, Justin Weir, Donnie Miller, David Gaither, Keith Spicer, and Danny Ray. Honorary Pallbearers will include the Elders and Deacons of the Jal Church of Christ.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home 1352 NM 236, Portales, NM 88130.

Deward Leon Nutt
Leon Nutt, age 89, passed from this life on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Lamen-Lusk Sanchez Tx State Veterans Home in Big Spring, TX. Leon was born in Chickasha, OK on January 26, 1925, the son of Luther Elridge and Edna Philly Nutt. Not long after Leon was born, the family moved back home to Mineral Springs, AR to continue raising their soon to be eight children on their farm.

Leon entered the Navy in 1943 where he was assigned to the aircraft carrier, Suwanee. He served in 7 sea battles, with the Battle of Leyte Gulf (October 25-28, 1944) being was last. During that battle, out of 83 men in the v-2 Division, only 30 survived of which 21 were wounded. He was one of the lucky nine. The Suwanee was the 2nd ship to be hit by a Kamikaze and it took 3 hits during the three day battle. After 2 1/2 years in the service, Leon returned to finish his Senior year of High School and then off to business college to major in accounting.

During summer break in1946, he came to Kermit to work as a dump truck driver hauling caliche for Cabot Walton Road. After graduating in 1947, Kermit became his home. He went to work for Kermit Motor Co. as a bookkeeper, then as a parts manager and later entered sales.

On August 22, 1948, he married Eulala Ratliff Nutt. They raised their children in their home which was built in 1950, and at that time, the house was nearly in the country.

Leon was a member of the Jaycees International and Lions International. He was also active in coaching Little League, being Secretary/Treasurer for 1 yr and he was instrumental in starting Pony League, holding the position of President. In all, he coached for seven years.

In 1960, Leon ran for County Commissioner, Precinct 1, which drew 8 contestants. He served the three County Judges; Judge W.E. Cook, Judge E.C. Locklear and Judge Francis Clark. Before retiring and thirty years after driving a dump truck as a college boy, Leon supervised the rebuilding of the Cabot Walton Road. Things had come full circle.

Leon retired from office on December 31, 1988 after serving 7 terms of 28 years. During retirement, Leon enjoyed traveling the country with his wife, Eulala of nearly 52 years. They enjoyed visiting with old friends and going to the mountains.

Those left to remember the donkey calls that made the grandchildren and great grandchildren belly laugh till they hurt, and the man who played Superman, dressed in the red cape chasing the little boy thru the house that was screaming and laughing in delight. The man who constantly brought home homeless baby ground squirrels and rabbits for the 4 year old to take care of- or rather the mother of the 4 year old is as follows: son: Deward Zane Nutt of Aransas Pass and his children: Ashlee Nutt Nepala and Jeremy Nepala of Las Vegas, NV; daughter: Eulonda Nutt Everest of Kermit, and her son: Stephen Everest of Gypsum, CO; great grandchildren: Bryce Anthony, Brooke Lynn and Brayden James Everest of Gypsum, CO; sister: Jo Ann Nutt Tinsley of Texarkana, TX and many nieces and nephews including Layne Nutt of Kermit and Foydell Nutt Mitchell of Monahans.
He is preceded in death by his wife: Eulala Ratliff Nutt, grandson: Wesley Zane Nutt; Sisters: Verlene Nutt Haley and Foydell Nutt; brothers: L.E. “Red” Nutt, E.B Nutt, Morris Nutt and J.D. “Dorsey” Nutt; parents: Luther and Edna Nutt and son-in-law: Steve Everest.

Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX officiated by Pastor Dudley Mullins. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Charles  “Chuck” Curtis Prescott
Charles “Chuck” Prescott

Charles  “Chuck” Curtis Prescott, age 75, of Kermit, Texas went to be with his Lord on Friday, December 12, 2014 at his home with his family at his bedside. He was born in Shamrock, TX on January 31, 1939 to Charlie and Margie (Hicks) Prescott.

Charles was past Post Commander of the VFW of Kermit and proudly served his country in the US Army. He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He loved his horses! He had a lot of life experiences and loved sharing them to help others. He was a hard worker and loved his family with all his heart! He loved going to the Café and having coffee with his buddies. He was an avid knife collector - I’m sure just about everyone in Kermit has at least one! He married the love of his life, Barbara Barton Prescott on February 20, 1974. They celebrated 40 wonderful years together.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Barbara Prescott of Kermit, TX; two sons: Tony Prescott of Lake Lotawana, MO; Curtis Kinman and fiancé Melissa of Oklahoma City, Ok; two daughters: Tena Scott and fiancé Ronnie Walker of Amarillo, TX; Denise Prescott and husband William of Houston, TX; three grandchildren: Amy Wood; Gavan Prescott and Megan Sewando; one great-grandson: Quincy Wood and his four legged son: “Toby”.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Jack and Elmer Bliss and one sister: Ann Proffitt.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, December 15, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Kermit, TX with Rev. Dan Eytcheson, Brother-In-Law officiating. Pallbearers will include: Johnny LaLonde; Scott Williams; Steven Underwood; Tony Underwood; James Underwood and Johnny Wagner. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Paul Underwood, Vernon Underwood and Joe Mitchell.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials a charity of their choice.

001 Manuel Lopez Sr
Manuel Lopez Sr.

Manuel Lopez Sr., age 85, of Kermit, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born on October 2, 1929 in Alpine, TX to Santiago and Sabina (Martinez) Lopez.  

Manuel married the love of his life, Nicomedez Lopez, on October 13, 1947 in Kermit, TX and they spent 61 years together, till her passing in 2008. Manuel was a very loving and caring man. Although he was very private person, he enjoyed helping others.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He loved Western movies and could often be found riding in his truck or drinking coffee with his friends at Tortás.  Manuel was also a hardworking man who spent many years driving a truck and was a custodian for KISD. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son: Ray Lopez and wife Norma of Odessa; three daughters: Delia Mendez and husband David of Coahoma, TX, Josephine Heredia and husband Manuel of Monahans and Rebecca “Becky” Vasquez and husband Rodrigo of Kermit; one brother: Raul Lara and wife Hilda of Kermit; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. 

Those preceding him in death are his parents: Santiago and Sabina; son:  Manuel Lopez Jr.; 7 brothers and 1 sister.  

A rosary will be said at 7:00 pm on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Family Services Funeral Parlor. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating and interment to follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Johnny Lopez, Leonard Ramirez, Ryan Stanley, Michael Lopez, Eddie Heredia and Mike Mendez. Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Raul Lara, Leonard Lopez, Hector Lopez and Christopher Heredia. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Johnnie H Roman

Johnnie H. Roman

Johnnie H. Roman, age 84, passed from this life on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Seabury Nursing Center in Odessa, TX. He was born on December 27, 1929 in Marfa, TX to Arturo and Anita (Gomez) Roman. He was Catholic.

Johnnie was an awesome and witty man who never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and was a horse-trader. He was known for his wonderful Beef Jerky and awesome personality. He enjoyed music and played in a band in his younger days. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

 Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Rosa (Vejil) Roman of Kermit, TX; two sons: Albert Roman and wife Alice of Ft. Stockton, TX and Archie Roman and wife Sally of Odessa, TX; three daughters: Armida Roman of Ft. Worth, TX, Adela Capps and husband Jimmy of Kermit, TX and Sandy Nelson and husband Mike of Midland, TX; grandchildren: Tony Underwood, Steven Underwood, Joe Marcos Roman, Jacob Roman, Naomi Perkins, Arthur Rene Roman, Cubby Roman, Megan Matos, Christy Rodriguez, Niki Gaule, Blake Rackley and Joshua Roman; twenty-eight great-grandkids and one great-great-grandson: Little J.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Arturo and Anita Roman.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm, Monday, December 29, 2014 at Family Services Funeral Parlor. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 am, Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX with Father John Lucido officiating. Pallbearers include: Tony Underwood, Steven Underwood, Joe Marcos Roman, Jacob Roman, Cubby Roman and Joshua Roman. Honorary Pallbearers are: Rene Roman and Blake Rackley.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Johnnie’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Paul Molinari
Paul Molinari

Paul Molinari, age 63 of Kermit, died on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home. He was born on February 4, 1951 in Jamaica, NY to Mary Brennen. He was in retail sales before retiring.

Paul was a member of the Catholic Church.  Paul’s favorite past times were fishing and playing golf with friends.  He was also known amongst his friends, to be a good cook. 

Paul is survived by his special friends Judy Charles, Craig Campbell and many other friends.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Martha  V Fielding
Martha Virginia Fielding

Martha Virginia Fielding passed away in Kerrville, Texas on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was 94 years old. She is now smiling and quite possibly dancing through heaven on the arm of her true love, Ernie Fielding, her husband of over 70 years. 

Virginia was born in Belcher, Louisiana, to Iva Agnes Brazil and Thomas Richard Martin on January 16, 1920. She was one of six children born to the couple and the only girl. Virginia was crazy about her brothers and had a plethora of stories to share, where she often saved the day or came out smelling like a rose. And a rose she was; Virginia was one of a kind and simply amazing. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Wink, Texas, where her dad found work in the oil field. West Texas, Kermit specifically, was home to her for the remainder of her life until she moved to Kerrville, Texas in August of 2012. 

Virginia Martin met Ernie Fielding when she was on a date with another fella. Ernie mentioned a date that he had with her the coming week and she went along with his story even though they had just met. She was taken with the twinkle in his eye and his winning personality. They did indeed go on a date the following week and that beginning led to a lifetime together filled with much laughter, some tears, many adventures, hard work, and always so much love. 

Ernie and Virginia married on January 1, 1937 and had their first child in1939. Virginia gave birth to six children, five girls: Carol, Betty, Nancy, Peggy, and Lisa, and one son: David.  Virginia’s offspring were the focus and love of her life. She adored children of all ages, especially babies, and her family was the source of her greatest joy. 

Virginia was much like the beautiful quilts she stitched by hand, colorful and creative, pieced together by a life filled with joy and sorrow. She believed in the power of prayer and prayed for her family and friends daily. She knew that a deep abiding relationship with God was the only way to live joyfully. In troublesome times she looked to God for comfort and it was not unusual to hear her say, "For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God..." Virginia was a brave woman and when she was in her fifties, she enrolled in nursing school, earning her LVN license. This courageous effort allowed her to work at the Robinson Clinic for ten years and then afforded her the opportunity to be a school nurse for another ten years, attending to elementary students and staff. Those were some of the happiest times of her life. Special times equal to enjoying work were the gatherings; gatherings filled with family and lots of cooking. Her house often overflowed with people and the smells of fluffy buttermilk biscuits topped with Nan's grape jelly, Sunday roast & gravy, or Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. Afternoon coffee and Virginia’s mouth-watering pies were a routine fixture in her home, as well. The summer could not be complete without a few juicy watermelons or a trip to the pea patch. Not only was her cooking something about which we would all rave, she would entertain us with her poems, delightful stories, and ability to spell anything! She was a thoughtful giver of gifts! There was great anticipation when her children/family came to visit and the whole clan would feast on yummy food and delightful conversation. Going places was one of her favorite things...a family trip to Ruidosa, the lake, Dallas/Fort Worth, or to Ben’s Spanish Inn in Pecos with a caravan of family. Those were times of celebration. In fact, any time she had the chance to go somewhere, she was thrilled and ready to go with a bag of candy and snacks for the road. Even a jaunt to the Dairy Queen for a choco-cherry love blizzard brought joy to her heart. As fun and relaxing as a trip was for her, a game of dominoes brought out her fiery spirit. She wanted to win at all cost and woe be to the opponent who got in her way. Ann and Glyn Langston, neighbors and dear friends for years, could surely attest to this! A critical part of Virginia's quilt of life was time spent as a member of the Eastern Star and her participation as a Pink Lady at Kermit Memorial Hospital.  She loved helping others so much and these organizations allowed her to do so. She was also a valuable member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Kermit, serving in many roles throughout the years though the ones she valued most were those where she could help other people.  She cooked and took food to those who were ill; she sat many hours by hospital bedsides encouraging the sick and the family; she worked along- side fellow church ladies, cooking for various events. Virginia was a people person and never happier than when she was surrounded by her children and those she loved. Her delightful personality allowed her to magically endear herself to even complete strangers. 

Virginia would absolutely agree that the small moments in life are often the ones that matter most. She personified the ideal that relationships with others are much more important than "things!" And she had a great life full of love and laughter that will live on in the hearts of those who knew and love her. 

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her husband, Ernie, two of her daughters: Carol and Nancy, and her granddaughter, Kathryn Virginia. 

Survivors include her children and their spouses: Betty and Gordon Wills of San Angelo; David and Linda Fielding of Ft. Worth; Ronnie Flowers of Kermit; Peggy and Buck Thompson of Kerrville; Lisa and Daniel Marcus of Somers, NY; twelve grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, with another on the way. 

A service to celebrate her life will commence at the Kermit Cemetery on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM followed by a memorial service at the Freewill Baptist Church at 11:00 AM.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit. 







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