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Mildred Clark Fine
Mildred Clark Fine, 89 of Jal, New Mexico passed away Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 surrounded by her family in her home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church, Jal, New Mexico with the Brother Alan Speed officiating. A reception will be held in the church annex following the service.

Mildred Clark Fine was born in Fisher County, Texas on January 16th, 1926 to Ruth McGlothlin Clark and Henry Clay Clark II. She grew up near Sweetwater, Texas on the family place. She graduated as salutatorian from Pyron High School. Additionally, she was on the high school basketball team that won a Texas State Championship.

She married James Wesley Fine on November 10th, 1945 in Dublin, Texas. She and James lived near Carlton, Texas where she was a homemaker, there she and James had 2 boys, Mike and Keith.

Later they moved to Roscoe, Texas where their daughter Paula was born. Mildred and James helped her mother on the farm and were boys club sponsors. She worked in the florist shop and was a member of the garden club. She continued to have a green thumb all her life!

In 1961, the Fines moved to Jal, New Mexico. Mildred worked in the school cafeteria, the hospital cafeteria and was a sales clerk at Anthony’s. She participated in the Golden Agers, many civic activities, worked at the Food Bank, served on the Senior Citizens Board and planned many bus trips to Branson and San Antonio for them. She has received several civic awards from the City of Jal.

Mildred was a very active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jal for 53 years. Both family and friends were very important to her, she enjoyed hosting gatherings in her home. She will be greatly missed.

She really enjoyed taking trips with her family, just this past summer, she hosted 26 kids, grandkids and great grandkids at Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor in Dallas.

After James passed away, she married Dick Posey in November of 2004. Together they enjoyed going to area bluegrass music festivals and enjoying both families.

Mildred is survived by two sons: Mike Fine and wife Andrea of Odessa, Texas and Keith Fine and wife Ann of Carlsbad, New Mexico; a daughter: Paula Fine Ferguson and husband Rick of Jal, New Mexico; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, a niece and a great nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 57 years, her sister, brother and a grandson.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund.

Michael K Friday
Michael Kenneth Friday
Michael Kenneth Friday, age 54, passed from this life, surrounded by loved ones, on December 6, 2015 at his residence in Andrews, TX. He was born on November 18, 1961 in Albuquerque, NM to Timothy Friday and Mary Jane Friday.

Michael was a loving man; he loved his family very much. Michael married Kathy Linda Friday, the love of his life, in Abilene, TX, on February 14, 1992. He had one daughter, Angela Friday, who he absolutely adored. He was a man of many talents. Michael was a copyrighted cartoonist. He enjoyed drawing, woodwork, airbrushing, motorcycles, and playing the drums and guitar. He was a member of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Midland, TX. Michael will be missed dearly.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Kathy Friday of Andrews, TX; one daughter: Angela “Nikki” Friday of Odessa, TX; parents: Timothy Friday of Corona, CA and Mary Jane Friday of Mount Vernon, IN; one brother: John Friday and wife Sharon of Evansville, IN; one nephew: Adam; two nieces: Alexandra and Alizabeth; and his dear friend: Stanley Birkla of Midland, TX.

Those preceding Michael in death are his grandparents: Mary Elizabeth Whyte and James Whyte.

Funeral services to honor Michael’s life will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 2:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Father Dave Huxley will minister the services. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery, Kermit, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

William Paul "Billy" Cobb
William Paul "Billy" Cobb, age 79, of Kermit, TX, died on Thursday, November 26, 2015 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit, TX. He was born on March 11, 1936 in Clovis, NM to Thomas Cobb and Opal (Graves) Cobb. He was a US Air Force Veteran.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, December 10, 2015 at the Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit.

Stanley R Arnold
Stanley Royce Arnold
Stanley Royce Arnold, age 77, of Kermit, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.  Stanley was born in May, Texas on May 20, 1938 to John Velmer and Elizabeth (Reynolds) Arnold. He lived in the Brownwood area until mid 50’s, when he moved with his family to Kermit. Stanley went to school in Kermit until the first day of his senior year. At the end of that day, he walked out of school with the decision of continuing school or going to work. He chose work, thus began a lifetime of hard work and dedication to whatever job he had. Stanley began his working career in the oilfields, working on pulling units, drilling rigs, roustabouting and pumping. In the early seventies, he became a small business owner and operated his first service station. For the next twenty five plus years, Stanley owned and operated two service stations and a wholesale fuel business.

On March 11, 1960, Stanley made another lifetime commitment when he married his sweetheart and best friend, Judy Connally, at Northside Baptist Church in Kermit. Stanley spent the next fifty five years taking care of his family, raising two sons and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When he took time away from work Stanley enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing and sitting around the campfire having a cold beer, telling those tall tells that only hunters and fisherman can tell. Stanley touched many lives; always ready with a firm handshake or a helping hand to those in need. He will be missed by many and never forgotten by his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Judy Arnold of Kermit, TX; two sons: Bobby Arnold and wife Joy of Kermit, TX and Kenneth Arnold of Midland, TX; two brothers: James Arnold and wife Carmen of Kermit, TX and Dalton Arnold and wife Geraldine of Kermit, TX; one sister: Natha Butler of Round Rock, TX; three grandchildren: Kama Slaughter, Amanda Thomas and Mallary Pierce and eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Johnnie Stockton and Nell Light.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, December 11, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Kermit, TX with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating. Pallbearers will include: James Hill, Robert Roberts, Jeff Lajoie, Rodney Hayes, Jacky Mills and Roy Long. A cremation will follow services with interment at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
James Hammond
James Lee “Jim” Hammond
James Lee “Jim” Hammond, age 86, of Kermit, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.
Jim was born in Pontotoc, Oklahoma on July 12, 1929 to Clifton Lee Hammond and Eula June (Reed). He worked in the Oil & Gas industry for many years.

On October 21, 1950, Jim made a lifetime commitment when he married Juanita Joyce Melton, in Gainesville, Texas. He had many hobbies that included fishing and watching any kind of building show. Jim loved to talk and he visited with everyone. He will be missed by many and never forgotten by his family and friends.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Juanita Joyce Hammond; his son: Steven Lee Hammond and wife Susan of Kermit, Texas; his daughter: Kathy Hall and husband Donald of Lake Jackson, Texas; his sister: Ruby Dale Becker of Denver, Colorado; Five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren with one on the way.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Clifton and Eula Hammond; his brother-in-law: Glen Becker.

Graveside services will be held Monday December 14, 2015 at 10:00 am, Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX with Brother Terry Hill officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas, age 87, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015. Richard was born on December 23, 1927. His parents were Oscar R. Thomas and Nora Rebecca Wagner Thomas.

After graduating from Colorado City High School in 1946 he entered the Army and completed basic training at Lackland Air force Base in San Antonio. He attended Army Intelligence Schools in Holabird, Maryland and Tokyo, Japan. He served in occupied Japan for two and one half years achieving the rank of Sergeant 1st class. He was honorably discharged in 1949.

Richard graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. He performed with the Abilene Symphony while attending college. He and two other students graduated in the first class ever offered for a Master of Music degree at Hardin-Simmons in 1956.

Richard and Fran Martin were married in 1952. They moved to Roby, Texas where he was employed as Band Director at the school. After three years they moved to Kermit where he was hired as Junior High and Assistant High School Director. He held that position for twenty four years. He then re-entered college at East Texas State University where he received a degree in Library Science. He was Kermit Junior High Librarian for twelve years before retiring in 1990. Richard was a member of First Baptist Church in Kermit. He was inducted into the Kermit High School Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1999.

Preceding him in death were his son: Richard W. Thomas Jr., his parents, and his sister: Charlou Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years: Fran Thomas of Midland; grandson: Trey Thomas of and wife: Elisabeth of Kerrville, TX; great-grandchild: Camryn of Kerrville; and sister-in-law: Jo Hamilton of Dallas.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on 2:00 pm, Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Kermit Cemetery.

In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Kermit PO Box 1105 Kermit, TX 79745
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Pedro Acosta
Pedro "Pete" Acosta
Pedro "Pete" Acosta, age 74, of Kermit passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Pedro was born on October 23, 1941 in San Antonio Del Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico to Matias and Maria (Orona) Acosta.

Pete, as he was known to many around Kermit was the pulpit minister at Iglesia Evangelica de Dios en Cristo Jesus for many years. He was devoted to his church and love teaching others about Christ. He loved the outdoors, music, and singing. Pete taught many in his family to play the guitar. He adored his grandchildren and could often be found winning foot races against children of any age.

Preceding him in death were his parents: Matias and Maria Acosta.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years: Maria Acosta of Kermit, TX.; son: Ulysess Acosta of Odessa, TX.; five daughters: Lori Acosta and wife Shandy of Odessa, TX., Agatha Acosta of Midland, TX., Sandy Acosta of Midland, TX., Maria Gavina and husband Jose of Midland, TX., Dinah Sinning and husband Brad of Norwood, MO., brothers: Mariano Acosta and wife Maria of Odessa, TX., and Isidro Acosta and wife Anna of Pecos, TX.; sisters: Socorro Castillo of Hobbs, NM., and Elena Acosta of Chihuahua, Mexico; seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Jacob, Kinley, Adrianna, Alex, Brady and Joey; and one great-grandchild: Anthony.

Visitation will begin 10:00 am on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Iglesia Evangelica de Dios en Cristo Jesus and continue there through the night.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Iglesia Evangelica de Dios en Cristo Jesus officiated by Joel Castillo. Pallbearers will include Brad Sinning, Iluizo Motta, Ulysess Acosta, Mariano Acosta, Zach Lindsey and Jose Gavina. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Jacob Sinning and Isidro Acosta. Interment will follow at the Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you do a good deed for someone today.
Dorothy M Wolf
Dorothy Marie Becker Wolf
Dorothy Marie Becker Wolf, age 92, of Wink, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2015 in Monahans, TX. She was born November 13, 1923 in Baineville, KS to John Benjamin and Dorothy Faye (Vaught) Becker.
Dorothy married Lewis J. Wolf on September 22, 1943 at the Pyote Rattlesnake Bomber Base Chapel in Pyote, TX. They shared 46 wonderful years together before his passing in 1991. She graduated from Clearwater High School in Kansas. She then attended Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. Dorothy spent one year in a two room country school teaching grades one through eight. She was the owner and cook of the Hacienda drive-in that later changed its name to “The Wolf’s Den”. She also cooked at Dairy Queen and the Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit. She started working as a LVN at the Winkler County Memorial Hospital in 1974 and retired from there in 1987. She was the curator for the Roy Orbison Museum in Wink for several years. Dorothy was a member of Wade Yates VFW Auxiliary in Kermit and the St. Thomas Alter Society. For over 60 plus years she was a huge fan of the Wink Wildcat and supported all the Wolf’s family members that went to Wink High School.

She is survived by two sons: Gary Wolf and wife Virginia of Wink, TX. and Glenn Wolf of Wink, TX.; three daughters: Laura Wolf of Fairfield, IA., Linda Wolf Knight and husband Buddy of Marfa, TX. and Eva Wolf Barta and husband George of Carlsbad, NM.; one daughter-in-law: Gerry Brewer Wolf of Wink, TX.; two sisters: Georgia Thomas of Kansas City, MO and Delores Staats of Seattle, WA; ten grandchildren: Robbie Wolf and wife Brandy, Charles Wolf, Brett Wolf and wife Terri, Bradley Knight and wife Janet, Traci wolf Bounds and husband Jason, Lauran Knight, Thomas Barta and wife Kelli, Erin Wolf, Kasey Barta Graziano and husband Hosea and Garrett Wolf; fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-children.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Lewis James Wolf; her son: Dennis J. Wolf; grandson: Joe Pat Wolf; her parents: John and Faye Becker; three brothers: John, Garroll and Jim Becker; three sisters: Margaret Becker Carlile, Donna Becker Ensey and Beverly Becker Condit.

A Rosary will be held starting at 8:00 pm, Monday, December 21, 2015 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Kermit, TX, with Father Mark Salas officiating. Pallbearers will include: Robbie Wolf, Charles Wolf, Brett Wolf, Blane Wolf, Bradley Knight, Thomas Barta, Garrett Wolf. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Tilo Hernandez, Danny Carillo and Greg Rogers. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Donald Lee Ratley
Donald Ratley, age 66, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Donald was born on August 28, 1949. His parents were James and Dorothy (Payne) Ratley.

Memorial Services will be privately held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Eliza Mae Ferguson
Mae Ferguson
Eliza Mae Ferguson, age 85, passed from this life on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, TX. She was born March 21, 1930 to Julian James Conner and Nellie (Barnett) Conner. She was a member of Kermit Church of Christ. She married Owen Ferguson on March 2, 1946 in Angelina County, TX and they had 41 blessed years together, until his passing in May of 1987.

Eliza Mae Ferguson is one of the most amazing ladies that has ever walked in shoe leather. If it was broken, she could fix it. If it needed to be built, she could build it. If it could be grown, she could grow it.

If you were hurt, her hugs made it better. She was an amazing cook and kept her house so clean that you could eat off the floors. Mae was always dressed "to a T" and had a wonderful sense of humor. She possessed an impeccable work ethic and didn't have a lazy bone in her body. She was kind, strong, generous, compassionate, resourceful, proud, frugal, honest, funny, smart, and had a heart the size of Texas. She loved caring for her yard and had a love for flowers. She enjoyed traveling, especially cruises and taking family vacations. She was a big fan of country music and the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoyed watching a Dallas Cowboys game while shelling pecans her family gathered for her. She loved her grandchildren, great-grand children and great-great grandchildren dearly and loved spoiling them rotten. To know Mae was to love her and she loved all of her family dearly. She will be missed but not forgotten.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her two daughters: Joyce Dixon and Murlene Henderson Williams, both of Victoria, TX; one son: James Ferguson of Taylor, TX; one brother: James Conner and wife Sylvie of Clyde, TX; one sister: Nell Crider of LaGrange, TX; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and great friends.

Those there to meet her at the pearly gates are her beloved husband: Owen Ferguson and her parents.

Family visitation will be held from 6 pm - 8 pm, Monday, December 21, 2015 at Family Services Funeral Parlor. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Family Services Funeral Parlor in the Chapel with Brother Terry Hill of Jal officiating. Pallbearers will include her grandsons: Tracy Henderson, Todd Henderson, Gary Dixon, Keith Dixon, Christopher Ferguson and Thomas Henderson. Interment will follow services at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Briana Adaire Pedraza
Briana Adaire Pedraza
Briana Adaire Pedraza, age 29, passed from this life on December 18, 2015 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, TX. She was born March 16, 1986 in Odessa, TX to Joe Luis Pedraza and Brenda Lee Pendergrass.

Briana was a loving young girl who enjoyed the outdoors. She loved skiing, swimming and the San Antonio Spurs. Briana had a great sense of fashion and loved decorating and going shopping. She enjoyed attending her son’s sports and cherished spending time with him. He meant the world to her. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her mother: Brenda Pendergrass of Kermit and father: Joe Pedraza of Kermit; one son: Devin Pedraza of Kermit; one brother: Joe Aaron Pedraza of Kermit; two sisters: Judie Gayle Gunter of Odessa and Brandis Nicole Cuellar of Midland; paternal grandmother: Katie Pedraza of San Antonio, TX and maternal grandmother: Helen Pendergrass of Odessa; aunts: Alice Williams of Midland, Mary Salmon of Kermit, Sylvia McKay of Odessa, Sandra Pendergrass of Midland, Eva Perez of Midland and Belinda Gonzalez of San Antonio, TX; one nephew: Cayson Cuellar of Midland and one niece: Hayley Mankin of Breckenridge, TX and many, many friends.

Those preceding her in death are her paternal grandfather: Felix Pedraza and maternal grandfather: Billy Dale Pendergrass.

Family visitation is scheduled from 6pm-8pm, Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Family Services Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, December 28, 2015 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Father Joe Uecker officiating. Pallbearers will include: Chris Cuellar, Juan Salmon, Gary Payne, David Perez, Chase Pendergrass, Carlos Briones Jr., Arian Gonzalez and Rudy Garcia. Joe Aaron Pedraza will be honorary pallbearer. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Viola Violet Puckett
Viola Violet Puckett
Viola Violet Puckett, age 84, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2015. She was born in Texline, Texas on Saturday, February 14, 1931, to her parents Fred William and Beulah (Scoggins) Welling.

Viola loved cheering for the Houston Texans and Texas Tech Red Raiders. She was a big fan of her stories, “All My Children” and “General Hospital”. Viola was an avid technology fan especially “Words with Friends” and her Ipad. She loved spending time outdoors, especially tending to her flowers and her yard. Viola spent 19 years at the Winkler County Memorial Hospital working as a LVN and was a recipient of the “Mable Stephens” award in 1972.

She is survived by her three daughters: Janis Austin of Katy, TX; Kathy Puckett of Lubbock, TX; Nancy Stutts and husband Tony of Fort Worth, TX; and Karen Cox, not by birth but in the heart; two brothers: Gene Welling and wife Maxine of Waxahachie, TX and Glen Welling and wife Janelle of McCamey, TX; four grandchildren: Greg, Jill, Jeremy and Mark; seven great-grandchildren: Piper, Alaina, Alexis, Brianna, Jackson, Clayton and Norah.

Preceding her in death was her husband: Melvin Rankin Puckett; three brothers: Raymond, Earl and Freddie; three sisters: Betty Lou, Alfreda and Rosalee; one grandson: Brett and her parents.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 15, 2016 at Family Service Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dr. Ruth Fowler officiating. Inurnment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

If you so desire, a donation can be made to a charity of your choice or to Winkler County “Meals on Wheels” , checks payable to Senior Center, at P.O. Box 275 Kermit, TX 79745.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

June Marie Smith
June Marie Smith
June Marie Smith, age 83, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015. She was born in Augora, Nebraska on Wednesday, June 1, 1932, to Arlo Raymond and Bessie Ellen (Mitchell) Grubbs.

June was a very hard worker who loved reading, crocheting and gardening. She was an excellent cook and loved to bake. Her memoires will be cherished by all who knew her.

She is survived by two sons: Gary Estep and wife Teresa of Springdale, AR. and Johnny Smith (Tuffy) and wife Jamie of Bella Vista, AR.; three daughters: Barbara King and husband Charlie of Rogers, AR.; Brenda Perez of Kermit, TX. and Susan Carpenter of Cookville, TX.; one sister: Evelyn Strout and husband Geral of Rogers, AR.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband: John Smith; daughter: Carolyn Smith; brothers: Leonard, Arthur and Elwin Grubbs; sisters: Marie Morrison and Else Fuqua and her parents.

Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, December 28, 2015 at Family Service Funeral Chapel with Glenda Mixon officiating. Pallbearers will be: Malcolm Kingston, Don Hallum, Charlie Jones, Joe Kiser Jr., Steve Alvarado and Cedric Kiser.  Inurnment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


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