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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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral
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 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
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, 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.
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, 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
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
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
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, 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)
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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