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Obituaries 2017
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Raul Castillo Galan
Raul Castillo Galan

Raul Castillo Galan, age 56, of Kermit, TX, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  He was born February 17, 1961 in Santiago, Cuba to Ruben and Victoria (Castillo) Galan.

Raul was a hard working man.  Family was the most important thing in Raul's life.  His main goal in life was creating a better life for his wife and kids.  Raul enjoyed hanging out with his friends and sharing a good meal with others.   

He is survived by his wife: Aida Figueredo of Kermit, TX; two daughters:  Arleidis Galan and husband Angel Herrera  of Lancaster, PA, and Angelina Galan of Kermit, TX; brother: Ruben Galan and wife Doralia of Cuba; sister:  Maria Galan of Cuba; three grandchildren:  Natalie, Stephanie, and Dylan.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Ruben and Victoria Galan and daughter:  Maria Luisa Galan.

Funeral Services will be held starting at 10:00 am, Thursday, April  6, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel, with Father Mark Salas officiating. Cremation will follow.  Honorary Pallbearers will include: Yoel Sanchez, Miguel Santiesteban, Leivar Barrios and Angel Herrera

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Betty J Bewley
Betty Jo Bewley

Betty Bewley, age 92, of Kermit, TX, passed from this life on Thursday, April 2, 2017 in Carrollton, TX. She was born in Gainesville, TX on April 10, 1924 to Raymond Shorter and Mary (Gibson) Shorter. Betty married James Bewley on June 19, 1944 in Dallas, TX and they celebrated 60 wonderful years together until his passing in 2005.  

Betty was a loving grandmother to her two granddaughters and absolutely adored her great grandsons. She was a charter member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kermit. Betty loved to travel with her husband and she loved to read. She was a big Texas Rangers fan and loved living in Kermit. She had many close friendships in Kermit and when she moved away she would always threaten to hitchhike back home. 

She is survived by her daughter: Barby Oliver and husband Fred of Carrollton, TX; brother: Raymond Shorter of Kermit, TX; two granddaughters: Mecca Smith and husband Chris and Lindsay Schrader; and two great-grandsons: Christian Smith and Westyn Schrader. 

She was preceded in death by her husband: James P. Bewley; parents: Raymond and Mary Shorter; sister: Winnie West; and brother: Eldon Shorter. 

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating.  Pallbearers will include: Garrett Cook, Richard Jackson, Richard Low, Chris Smith, Mike West, and Ray West. Honorary Pallbearers will include: James Cotton, Randy Robertson, and Robert Scogin. Burial will follow at the Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Dorothy Eaker
Dorothy Jean Eaker

Dorothy Eaker, age 94, of Jal, NM, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Jal, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Ranger, TX on June 4, 1922 to Judge & Bernice (Kimmel) Hefner. Dorothy married Andrew Eaker on November 6, 1949 in San Antonio, TX, and they celebrated 56 wonderful years together until his passing in 2006.

 She is survived by her daughters: Arthella Mizell of Cleveland, TN and Lavena  and husband Donnie Smith of Jal, NM; son-in-law: Audie Tucker of Wichita, KS; brother: Glenn Hefner and wife Joe Ann of San Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren: Vicky Tucker, Andy Tucker, CJ Tucker, Sandy Kozachenko, Cordell Mizell, Jeannie Terry, and Desiree Lopez; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband: Andrew Eaker; parents: Judge and Bernice Hefner; two brothers: David Hefner and Donnie Hefner; two sisters: Margie Coffield, and Wilma Pritchard; daughter: Marcell Tucker; and son-in-law:  Joe Mizell.

First and foremost, Dorothy loved her Lord and Savior,  dedicated her life to serving Him. After graduating high school in 1941 she attended Lee College in Cleveland, TX for two years.  From there move to San Antonio, TX where she served in the mission field in Mexico City, Mexico.  Upon returning to San Antonio, TX she married, moved to New Mexico and raised a family.  During those years there was not a time that she was not sharing God's word by teaching every age group.  After retiring they moved to York, SC where she returned to college and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC at the age of 68.  Her hobbies included painting, writing, rock collecting and traveling; but her greatest joy was taking pictures.  We are pretty sure she is the one who set Kodak & Polaroid on a FIRM financial basis.  If you were fortunate enough to know her, it is a guarantee she has a picture of you.  Dorothy had a sense of adventure and a desire to see ALL that God had created... and then take a picture of it.   She will be dearly missed by all who loved her. 

Graveside Services will be 10:00 am, Monday, April 10, 2017 at the Jal Cemetery with Bother Alan Speed officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Charles Ray Mosley

Charles Ray Mosley, age 85, of Wink, TX, passed from this life on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Jal, surrounded by his family.  He was born in Mingus, TX on September 21, 1931 to Charles and Lura (Cantwell) Mosley. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kermit, TX.

Charles was known to his friends and family as “Charlie”. He was a hard working man who loved to hunt. Charlie also loved to do mechanical work and always enjoyed flying. He was a loving father and adored his grandchildren, he will be missed by all who loved him.      

He is survived by his three daughters: Teresa Knight and husband Don of Jal, NM; Denise Albertson and husband Charlie of Jal, NM; and Judy Green of Jal, NM; one step-daughter: Deedee Dennis of Wink, TX; two step-sons: Richard Aaron and wife Anna of Granbury, TX, and Ray Aaron and wife Diane of Midland, TX; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.   

He is preceded in death by his first wife: Joyce (Pate) Mosley; second wife: Priscilla (Aaron) Mosley; daughter: Shelly West; parents: Charles and Laura Mosley; son-in-law: Donnie Green; three sisters; and one brother.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at The First Baptist Church in Kermit, TX with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating.  Pallbearers will include: Jeffery Albertson, Jeremiah Coburn, Freddy Seifts, Andrew Green, Jonathan Hammons, Timothy Simmons, and Damon Trevino. Burial will follow at the Jal Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Dorothy Hiser
Dorothy Ann Hiser

Dorothy Ann Hiser, age 74, of Kermit, TX., passed from this life on Monday, April 10, 2017 in Kermit, surrounded by her family.  She was born in Mexia, TX on September 27, 1942 to John T. Horn Sr. and Edna (Clements) Horn. She married Nathaniel Hiser Jr. on January 9, 1981 and they celebrated 47 wonderful years together. 

Dorothy was a loving mother and wonderful wife. She loved Elvis Presley and horses. Her favorite color was red, and she enjoyed sewing and reading. She will be missed by all who loved her. 

She is survived by her husband: Nathaniel Hiser Jr,; son: Charles Smith Jr and wife Mary; three daughters: Carrie Smith, Shelly Villarreal and husband Larry, and Amanda Reynolds, and husband Neil; five step-children: Lisa Rivers, Terri Miller, Duane Hiser, Steve Hiser, and Tina Poage; seventeen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter: Johnnie Gibs; parents: John T. Horn Sr. and Edna  Horn; one brother; and three sisters.

Memorial Services will be privately held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Donald Armstrong 2017

Donald J. Armstrong Sr.

Donald J. Armstrong Sr., age 75, of Kermit, TX, passed from this life on Friday, April 14, 2017 in Odessa, surrounded by his family.  He was born in El Paso, TX on September 11, 1941 to Robert and Anna (Van Bruggen) Armstrong. He married Peggy J. (Vanlandingham) on November 11, 1961 and they celebrated 55 wonderful years together. 

Donald was a loving father and wonderful husband.  He was a brother who could always be counted on to provide humor, a sense of adventure, and a fib when the truth sounded better.  Donald was called "Papaw" by all of his friends and family.  Family was priority number one in his life.  He was especially fond of gathering everyone together for cookouts and holidays.  Donald loved the outdoors.  He had a passion for fishing and baseball.  He was a big fan of the Texas Rangers, the Cubs, and the Braves.  One of his greatest joys was talking baseball on the phone with his boys. There are many kids around town that had Don as a baseball coach or knew him as the bicycle man from when he ran Don's Bicycle Sales and Service.

He is survived by his wife: Peggy Armstrong of Kermit, TX; sons: Donnie Armstrong Jr. and wife Jeré of Abilene, TX, and David Armstrong of Burleson, TX;  daughter:  Jennifer Gerke and husband Mike of Odessa, TX; brothers:  Bobby Armstrong and wife Jan of El Paso, TX, and Larry Armstrong of Florence, NJ; seven grandchildren:  Whitney Armstrong, Bradley Armstrong, Cris Armstrong, Leigha Armstrong, Mikey Gerke, Kaitlinn Gerke, and Kassy Armstrong; and his two constant companions Patches and Harley.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  Robert and Anna Armstrong; sisters:  Nancy Huddleston and Barbara Kirby; his grandmother:  Grace Armstrong; and his very special friend: Don Michell.

A Memorial Service  is scheduled for 1:00 pm Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall officiated by Frank Vanlandingham.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to you local relay-for-life or other American Cancer Society Charity.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Jake Shuler 2017
Jake Shuler

Jake Shuler, age 69, of Wink, TX, passed from this life Saturday, April 22, 2017.  He was born May 29, 1947 in Carthage, MS to Vonzle Shuler and Mary (Roberson) Shuler. On July 23, 1970, he married the love of his life, Mary Shuler, and they spent 46 wonderful years together.

Jake loved everyone.  He was very friendly and never met a stranger. A simple man and a Christian, Jake was always trying to get people to go to church. He was a prankster, and loved to fish and to garden. Jake loved his country and served in the Navy. He was a huge Dallas Cowboy and Arkansas Razorbacks fan. He also loved to watch Fox News. His grandchildren where his pride and joy, and he loved his wife dearly.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Shuler of Wink, TX; daughter: Adria Brewer and husband Eddie of Wink, TX; two sons: Vonzel Shuler and wife Teri of Wink, TX and Shain Shuler and wife Liza of Gardendale, TX;  eight grandchildren: Kalee, Addison, Jake Matthew, Allyson, Xavier, Amanda, Trey, and Jeffery; and one great-grandchild: Harper.

He is preceded in death by his parents:   Vonzle and Mary Shuler; five brothers: Homer Shuler, Rufus Shuler, Buster Shuler, Forrest Shuler, and David Shuler; and one sister: Bessie Peniger.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday,  April 26, 2017 at the Grace Temple Baptist Church with Brother John Curry officiating and Jon Braswell Sr. assisting. Interment will follow at the Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Abe Austin, Ricky Shuler, Wayne Shuler, Kent Shuler, Jimmy Jones, Jeremy “Scooter” Harrison, Jacob “Bruiser” Harrison, and Danny Harris. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Kalee Brewer, Addison Brewer, Jake Matthew Shuler, Allyson Clare Shuler, Xavier Melendez, Amanda Melendez, Trey Bale, and Jeffery Bale.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor. 

Carmen Dominguez 2017
Carmen Dominguez

Carmen Dominguez, age 73, of Kermit, TX, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  He was born October 4, 1943 in Redford, TX to Carlos and Maria (Urias) Dominguez. Carmen married Socorro (Carrasco) Dominguez on September 11, 1965 and they celebrated 47 years together before her death in 2013.

“Shorty” as he was known by his friends and family, loved to play the guitar to unwind. He enjoyed attending Little League games to support his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carmen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a hard working man and a wonderful father and will be missed by all who loved him.  

He is survived by his two sons: Eraldo Dominguez and wife Margie of Kermit, TX; and retired Austin Lieutenant Edualdo Dominguez of Kermit, TX; daughter: Elvira Dominguez of Austin, TX; brother: Carlos Dominguez Jr. and wife Reyes of Kermit, TX; sister: Gloria Galindo and husband Frank of Las Cruces, NM; three grandchildren: Monica Porras and husband Miguel, Fabian Dominguez, and Dominic Dominguez and wife Tiffany; three great-grandchildren: Damian Porras, Aiden Porras, and Sophia Dominguez; and one step grandchild: Cael Stiltner.

He is preceded in death by his wife: Socorro Dominguez; parents: Carlos and Maria Dominguez; and two sisters: Dora Soltero, and Antonia Dominguez.

A Rosary will be held starting at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX, with Father Mark Salas officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Fabian Dominguez, Dominic Dominguez, Miguel Porras, Adrian Dominguez, Abian Dominguez, and Dario Bonilla. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Alex Galindo, Alfred Galindo, and Javier Bonilla.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Louise Keith

Louise Keith

Emergency Room Nurse, wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and beloved friend, Louise Keith passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas on April 21, 2017 at St. David’s Hospital. Born “Baby” Hearon on January 23, 1929 in Sweetwater, Oklahoma to Huey and Lilla Pearl Hearon, Louise was the second of three children. She attended school in Gene Autry, Oklahoma and married her high school sweetheart, Hiram William Keith, on June 1, 1948 in Norman, Oklahoma.

After brief stays in Illinois and Oklahoma, Louise and Hiram relocated to Kermit, Texas where they lived for over 50 years. They raised three children there and called Kermit their home because of the many wonderful people that befriended them in those years. At 42, Louise decided to go to college for the first time and graduated from Odessa College with a degree in nursing in 1975. As a registered nurse, Louise spent most of her nursing career in the emergency room at Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans, Texas. She had many amazing tales to tell of her time there, including the time she helped diagnose a case of Bubonic Plague for a hunter selling coyote pelts.

In semi-retirement, Louise took up an interest in gardening and joined the local Garden Club, eventually working her way up to District One Director and Garden Club Flower Show Judge. She took great delight in working in the small gardens around the house in Kermit and volunteering in the common gardens in Kermit, where she had a hand in creating the Wind Gardens still visible in the City Park and the butterfly garden at the local Elementary School. Hiram and Louise traveled extensively during those years, visiting China, Russia, Europe and the North America continent territories. When she relocated to Austin, she was warmly welcomed by the prestigious Violet Crown Garden Club in Austin, where she made friends of like-minded gardeners.

Louise leaves behind many great neighbors, friends, church members and several family members including brother, William Allen Hearon and his wife Linda Hearon; son, Reginald Hiram Keith and his wife, Dana King Keith; daughter, Marian Keith-Stasney and her husband, Blake Alan Stasney; daughter Alice Rene Griggs and her husband, Eric Griggs; grandson, Keith Allen Stasney and his wife, Moni Saini; granddaughter, Lauren Keith Van Allen and her husband, Russell Van Allen; granddaughter, Shelley Cabeza-Keith and her husband, Justin Cabeza; granddaughter, Christine Keith Bethune and her husband, Zach Bethune; granddaughter, Leslie Grace Keith Lane and her husband, Jhase Lamar Lane; great-granddaughters, Adele Van Allen, Mary Louise Van Allen and Grace Kaur Stasney; great-grandsons, Alexander and Aaron Van Allen. She will be remembered well by all.

Memorial services will be held at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas at 11:00 am, April 29, 2017 and at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit, Texas on May 2, 2017 at 11:00 am.

Ralph Chance
Ralph Chance

Ralph Chance, age 71, of Kermit, TX, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 in  Kermit, surrounded by his family. He was born April 11, 1946 in Greenville, AL to Henry and Corrie (Boutwell) Chance. On September 26, 1991 Ralph married the love of his life Donna Roper, and they spent 25 wonderful years together.

Ralph known as “Sonny” by his family, was a very hard working man.  His wife would say, “He was a workaholic”. He loved spending time with his family and loved to travel. Ralph served his country in the US Army.  Ralph was quite the dancer was self proclaimed great singer.  He had a big heart and was very generous.  He loved to help anyone he could. Ralph was much loved and will be dearly missed.   

He is survived by his wife: Donna Chance of Kermit; step-son: Tony Romine and wife Cristi of Wink, TX; step-daughter: Amanda Stockton and husband Adam Gardner of Gardendale, TX; brother: Ben Chance of Jal, NM, half-brother: Joe Chance and wife Kay of Kermit; sister: Wanda Martin of Pecos, TX; four grandchildren: Kristopher, Lexie, Makayla, and Brian; and special companion: Dotty.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Henry and Corrie Chance.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, May 8, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX with Chaplain Mike Bartlett officiating.  Pallbearers will include: Adam Gardner, Tony Romine, Brit Chance, Ben Chance Jr., Michael Chance, and Manuel Marquez.  Honorary Pallbearers will include: Charles Waybourn, Bob Bray, Gary Penson, Roger Caldwell and Johnny Long.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Michael Mike Fostel
Michael Leonard “Mike” Fostel

Michael Fostel, age 71, of Kermit, TX, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 in Midland, TX. He was born August 12, 1945 in San Diego, CA to Leonard and Dessie (Watson) Fostel. On January 21, 1967 Mike married the love of his life Martha (Crabb) Fostel, and they spent 50 wonderful years together.

Mike, as his his friends and family called him, was a very hard working man, who loved practicing law. Mike attended the Texas Christian University where he met Martha and received his Bachelors’ degree as part of the graduating class of 1967.  He was a member of the first graduating class of Texas Tech School of Law in 1970 where he received his Doctorate in Law. Mike practiced law in Kermit from 1970 until his retirement. He served as County Attorney and then District Attorney for the 109th Judicial District in Winkler and Crane County for 29 years. Mike was one of the longest serving Distinct Attorneys in the state of Texas. Alongside practicing law, Mike loved to hunt and fish. He was a family man and loved his bird dogs. He was very involved with the youth in Kermit, assisting in baseball and Softball.  He also helped many students in Kermit to attend college. Mike was always telling stories and was a faithful husband for many years. Mike was an outstanding citizen in the Winkler County community and will be missed by many.           

He is survived by his wife: Martha Fostel of Kermit, TX; two sons: Brett Fostel and wife Cynthia of Kermit, TX and Clay Fostel and wife Lauren of Houston, TX; brother: John Fostel and wife Cathy of Bridgeport, TX; sister-in-law: Vicki Kight and husband Jerry of South Lake, TX; six grandchildren: Derek, J.B., Alyssa, Sophia, Michael, and Ava; three nephews: Chris and Josh Fostel and Kyle Kight; and many close friends.

He is preceded in death by his daughter: Paige Fostel; parents: Leonard and Dessie Fostel; niece: Kate Fostel; and in-laws: Bob and Prebble Crabb.

Open visitation will begin 8 am Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit. The family will be receiving guests from 6-7 pm Wednesday night.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Kermit, with Rev. Jean Riley and Rev. Beth Harrington Officiating. Pallbearers will include: Eric Spangler, Mike Chance, Jim Crouse, Coby Owen, Dickie Carrosco, and Duke Marshall.  Honorary Pallbearers will include: Steve Brown, Joe Chance, Jack Crouse, Don Marshall, Elmer Dean White, Olan Smith, Mike Emmerson, Ray Stoker, Bob Trenchard, Tom Carmeron, Kary Duncan, Gary Duncan, and D.K. Boyd. Burial will follow at the Kermit Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mike’s name to the First United Methodist Church, 744 Jeffee Dr, Kermit, TX 79745; the Ministerial Alliance Food Bank c/o First Baptist Church in Kermit, TX P.O. Box 593 Kermit, TX 79745; Meals on Wheels 419 E. Campbell St. Kermit, TX 79745; or the Susan G. Koman foundation http://ww5.komen.org/GetInvolved/Donate/MemorialsandTributes/MemorialsTributes.html