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Obituaries 2017
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Luz Selman
Luz Maria Selman "BiBi" 

Luz Selman, age 79, of Kermit, TX, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.  She was born May 26, 1938 in Presidio, TX to Alberto and Luz (Spencer) Armendariz. Luz married Joe Selman on October 23, 1953 and they spent 63 wonderful years together.

“BiBi” as she was known by her friends and family, was an active member of the St. Joseph and St. Thomas Catholic church. BiBi's faith was very important to her. She served in the church for many years and she was a member of the Marian Church Group. She loved to travel and play in the Casinos. BiBi had a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed.     

She is survived by her husband: Joe Selman of Kermit; son: John Selman and wife Myrna of Kodiak, AK; three daughters: Kathryn Barriga and husband Ramon of Kermit; Rose Mary Cabezuela and husband Manuel of Monahans; and Elizabeth Acosta and husband Hector of Tucson, AZ; three brothers; six sisters; nine grandchildren: Sam, Adriana, Sergio, Ricardo, Enriko, Cesar, Jo, John Michael, and Jazlyn; and five great-grandchildren: Anisa, Alana, Anais, Angelina, and Alexis.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Alberto and Luz Armendariz, one brother, and one sister.

A Rosary will be held starting at 6:00 pm, Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm, Friday, July 7, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX, with Father Mark Salas officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Samuel Barriga, Jo Barriga, Sergio Cabezuela, Enriko Cabezuela, Ricardo Acosta, Cesar Acosta, and John Michael Selman.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Luz’s name can be made to the St. Joseph and St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Margaret Bryant
Margaret Elizabeth Bryant

Margaret Elizabeth Bryant, 82 of Kermit passed away peacefully on July 19, 2017.  She was born to the late Edward and Mary Frances Williams on October 10, 1934 of Kossee, Texas.

Margaret married the love of her life, Willie B. Bryant in October 1954 and made a decision to move to Kermit, Texas.  Margaret and Willie have seven surviving children; Barbara Ann (Jack), Melvin (Thalia), Sandra Kay (Thomas), Kerivin Deon (Demetra), Malcolmn Scott, Glynis Monet and Devalon Bryant (Tamara).  Robert Lee, Stanley Lee and Kirklyn Darrell (JoAnne) preceded her in death.

Margaret is survived by her husband, children, seven grandchildren (Dustin, Di’Jon, Mycheal, Bryant, Taylor, Xavier and Jerzie), her sister (Ola Marie), special cousins (Clevan and Wyndel Williams) and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Kermit with burial at Kermit Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Peggy Hunter 2017
Peggy Hunter

Kathryn (Peggy) Jean Hunter, age 90, of Lubbock, formerly of Kermit, passed from this life in Lubbock, Texas on July 29, 2017.  She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on December 14, 1926 to Bertha and Walter Kimbrough. She was an only child. Peggy attended school in Electra, Texas.  In October of 1945, she traveled by train from Marshall, Texas to New Jersey to reunite with her high school sweetheart, Weldon Hunter.  He was serving in the US Navy in WW II at the time.  They married in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 30, 1945.  At the end of the war, they returned to Electra, but moved to Kermit, Texas in mid-1947 with their infant daughter, Welda.  They lived in Kermit until 1995 and then moved to Lubbock, Texas.

While in Kermit, Peggy worked as a legal secretary for Judge Hair.  She also worked as a receptionist for Dr. Joe Heath and Dr. A R Howard.  Her final job in Kermit was as a bookkeeper for Leatherwood Drilling.  She continued to keep books for Paul Leatherwood even after moving to Lubbock.  She retired completely at the age of 80.

Peggy was an active member of the Desert Club, Kermit Saddle Club, Eastern Star, Ladies Auxiliary of the Moose Lodge, Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary of Scottish Rite, and a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi.  She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, reading, and crossword puzzles.  In 1980, she discovered she had a talent for painting.  She painted on glass and with oils.  Peggy painted primarily western scenes, florals, and animals, which she proudly shared with family and friends.  She also had a great love and passion for her grandchildren and took every opportunity to attend all of their activities, always with camera in hand.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Welda (Hunter)Bates of Midland, and son, Dr. Danny Hunter and wife, Robin of Lubbock; four grandchildren, Ryan Bates of Midland, Jason Hunter and wife, Aly of Lubbock, Eric Hunter of Lubbock, and Briana Hunter and fiancÚ, Hunter King of Lubbock; 2 great grandchildren of Midland, Ryleigh and Brylan Bates.  She also leaves behind special friends and caregivers, Mable Herby, Rita Geyer, Brenda Flynn, and Elli Stevens, all of Lubbock.  These ladies went above and beyond to love and care for Peggy.  The family also thanks PA Micha Lust, Calvert Home Health, and Hospice of Lubbock for the excellent care they provided.

Peggy is predeceased by her parents and her husband of 60 years.

Viewing will be 8:00 AM-12:00 PM Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  The family will be receiving visitors from 11:00 - 12:00 Saturday, August 5, 2017  at Family Services Funeral Parlor, 911 Tommy Thompson,  Kermit, TX, 79745.  Graveside services will be held at the Kermit Cemetery, West Highway 302, on Saturday, August 5, at 1:00 PM.  Services are under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor.  Dudley Mullins will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the charity of choice.

Helen H Gainer
Helen Hatchett Gainer

Helen Hatchett Gainer, age 89, a born again Baptist, went to be with her Lord on August 4, 2017, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Lubbock, TX on April 20, 1928 to Lester Preston Hatchett and Fannie Belle (Wallis) Hatchett.  Helen married James Gainer on February 14, 1947, and they celebrated 40 years together before his death in 1987.  Helen was a nurse at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock for over 40 years, she then moved to Kermit in 1989, after the passing of her husband.  Helen loved driving her big Cadillac on long adventures.  Family was very important to her they gave her the special nickname of "Nano".  She was a devoted grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother.  Helen delighted in spoiling her babies.  Her greatest joy was watching her 2 great-granddaughters until they started school and then being the  "Chauffeur" as she picked them up in her White Caddy and caring for them.  She was all about Family.  Each Sunday five generations of her family in Kermit had dinner together. Helen always said the prayer which ended with the entire family chiming in on the last phrase, "and take us to Heaven when we DIE!"

She is survived by her daughters:  Susan Anderson of Kermit, TX, and Janis Bartlett of Lubbock, TX;  grandchildren:  Christina Magee, Jennifer Raney, and David Ross Gainer; great-grandchildren:  Kaecye, Kadye, Kayla, Jonathan, Kimberly, Krystina, Jamie, Michael, Calaya, Zachary, Christopher, Jaden and Madison; great-great-grandchildren; Emma, Grayson, Krysilly, Raleigh, and Shawna; brothers:  Bill Hatchett and wife Twila, Carlton Hatchett, and Jim Hatchett and wife Sherry; and sister:  Pauline Mann.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband:  James Gainer; parents: Lester and Fannie Hatchett, son:  David P. Gainer, and grandson: Shawn Day.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Sanders Funeral Home in Lubbock.  Interment will follow at Lubbock Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the supervision Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Armando Gutierrez 2017
Armando Fierro Gutierrez

Armando Fierro Gutierrez, age 76, of Andrews, TX, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  He was born April 1, 1941 in Sanderson, TX to Matias Collins and Isidra (Fierro) Gutierrez. Armando married Mary (Nave) Gutierrez on December 30, 1966 and they celebrated 50 years together.

"Porky" as he was known to his friends and family was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  Armando was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.  He loved all kinds of music, especially playing the guitar.  Often he could be found working on his hobby as a carpenter or playing pool at a champion skill level.  Armando'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 wife:  Mary Nave Gutierrez of Andrews, TX; son: David Armando Gutierrez and wife Christina of Odessa, TX; daughters:  Deanna Kay Anaya of Austin, TX, Amanda McCane and husband Tommy of Andrews, TX, Leesa and husband Michael Hernandez of Andrews, TX, and Rosie Gutierrez of Andrews, TX; brother:  Matias "Matt" Gutierrez and wife Margie of Warner Robins, GA; sister:  Gloria Garza and husband Leonciro of Andrews, TX;fourteen grandchildren: Bruce, Joel, Jacob, Cody, Brandon, Darius, Krys, Krystle, Kassie, Scooter, Hopee, Claryssa, Alex, and Marcella;and eighteen great-grand children.

He is preceded in death by his parents:  Matias and Isidra Gutierrez and his mother-in-law:  Frances P. Nave.

A Rosary is scheduled for 7:00 pm, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Andrews.  A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 am,  Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Andrews officiated by Father Joseph Ogbonna.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Armando's name may be give to Home Hospice of Andrews 801 North Main, Andrews, TX 79741

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Alvesa Valles

Alvesa Valles

Alvesa Valles, age 76, of Jal, NM, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017.  She was born July 4, 1941 in Ft. Stockton, TX to Secundino and Ygnacia (Munoz) Calderon. Alvesa married Genaro Valles on September 8, 1963 and they celebrated 48 wonderful years together before his death in 2012.

Alvesa was known to friends and family as “Bessie.” She was a great cook, and loved her grandchildren dearly. Her children where the apple of her eye, “her saints” she would say. Bessie was very strong in her faith and a member of the St. Cecilia Catholic Church for many years. She gave her heart and soul to her family and cared for her husband through many years of illness. Bessie was a strong and humble woman and will be missed by all who loved her.  

She is survived by her two sons: Rick Valles and wife Mary Helen of Jal, NM and Jerry Valles and wife Maylen of Ft. Stockton, TX; four daughters: Isabel Valles of Abilene, TX, Sonia Gonzales and husband Michael of Las Cruces, NM, Tanya Torres and husband George Campos of Hobbs, NM, and Mary Lou Liges of Hobbs, NM; one brother: Sam Calderon and wife Jesse of Ft. Stockton, TX; fifteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Genaro Valles; parents: Secundino and Ygnacia Calderon; two sisters; and one brother.

A Rosary will be held starting at 6:00 pm (MST), Friday, August 11, 2017 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Jal, NM.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am (MST), Saturday, August 12, 2017 at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Jal, NM, with Father Luis Lopez officiating. Interment will follow at the Jal Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Pole Munoz, Juan Salazar, Martin Salazar, and Johnny Dominguez. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Dyna Yount
Dyna Odilia Yount

Dyna Yount, age 56, of Kermit, TX, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  She was born March 28, 1961 in Alpine, TX to Louis and Carmen (Espinoza) Rodriguez. Dyna married Barry Yount on July 4, 1986 and they celebrated 30 wonderful years together.

Dyna was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, and loved the Lord. She was the most loving and selfless person her family and friends knew. Dyna was always laughing, and loved making others laugh. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, and listening to rock n’ roll. Dyna loved her grandchildren, her granddaughter Noel always called her “Tupoc”, and she was known as “gammy” to her other grandchildren, her family would say “she was their sunshine”. Dyna was everyone’s friend and always kept people in her life. She was very “opinionated” as her family would say, but always gave 100% “because there is no such thing as110%” she would say. Dyna was an amazing soul and will be missed by many.       

She is survived by her husband: Barry Yount of Kermit; three sons: Michael Rodriguez and wife Leslie of Schertz, TX, Nicholas Stockton and wife Stephanie of Odessa, TX and Luke Yount of Kermit; one daughter: Kayleigh Yount of Wink; two brothers: Joe Louis Rodriguez and wife Lupe of Carlsbad, NM and Noel Rodriguez and wife Terry of Lockhart, TX; two sisters: Darla Rodriguez Rivera of Kermit and Delpha Rodriguez Molinar and husband Ruben of Alpine, TX; and four grandchildren: Noel, Andrea, Adelyn, and Abigail.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Louis and Carmen Rodriguez.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX, with Father Mark Salas officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Nathan Rivera, Mason Rivera, Jody Rodriguez, Anthony Delacerda, Eric Rodriguez, and Eric Titsworth. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Ramsie Lujan, Angel Lujan, and Bobby Coronado.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Shauna R Green

Shauna Lee Roach Green

Shauna Green, age 54, of Kermit, TX, passed from this life on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 in Dallas, TX.  She was born in Jasper, TX on August 10, 1963 to Jackson Roach and Sally (Mays) Kelly. Shauna married Jim Bob Green on January 23, 2004 in Chaves County, NM, and they celebrated 13 wonderful years together. 

Shauna was always very full of laughter. She loved everyone and everyone was a friend to her. Shauna had a huge heart, and a great love for animals. She was always willing to help anything in need and was active in animal rescue. Shauna was a Registered Nurse for many years, and worked in several different hospitals. She loved being a nurse and would say “this is not my job, it’s my life”. She was a Leo, and her husband would say she was “a very free spirit and un-trainable”. Shauna had a very special place in her heart for her two dogs, Tazz and Izzy, and for her grandchildren. She was a very strong and much loved person and will be missed by many.

She is survived by her husband: Jim Bob Green of Kermit; mother: Sara Kelly of Tyler, TX; sister: Rebecca Johnson of Rockport, TX; four grandchildren: Colton, Makinze, Slade, and Kayleigh; and two dogs; Tazz and Izzy.

She was preceded in death by her father: Jackson Roach, and one brother: Walt.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, August 18, 2017 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Bother Daniel Johnson officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Tazz and Izzy.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Shauna’s name to any animal shelter or rescue group.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Manuela Mendez, Angel Chavez

Manuela Mendez & Angel Chavez

Manuela “Mama Nena” Mendez and Angel Meraz Chavez passed away together on the morning of August 18, 2017. "Mama Nena" as she is known by her family, was born to Juan and Maria Rubio on June 15, 1938 in Presidio, TX. Angel was born to Maclovio and Fancisca Chavez on April 14, 1942 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. Angel and Mama Nena were partners for over 22 years.

Mama Nena lived in Kermit, TX for 53 years. In that time, she worked in the cafeteria at Kermit High School and as a House Nanny to Bob and Barbara Trenchard. She loved singing in the St. Joseph’s Choir, talking chisme with her friends over coffee, and caring for her beloved parakeets and cockatiels. Of course, her greatest joy was found in her family. When she wasn't bragging about her daughters, grandchildren, or  great-grandchild to her friends, she was instilling into them what it means to have the heart of a servant, how to cook a mean chilÚ verde, and how to live life to its fullest.

Angel was a tinkerer and jokester with a soft spot for stray animals. He was know by all as a  hard worker, and worked with Longhorn Drilling until retirement. As a young man, he loved camping and fishing, and when he wasn't doing that, you’d more than likely find him tinkering with a new machine he’d unearthed while he was out and about. Much like Mama Nena, he loved his family dearly. There wasn't a birthday or holiday that passed in which he didn't call his family to send love their way.

The two met while walking around the track at Purple Sage Elementary in Kermit, and although they met later in life, their relationship began seamlessly. Together they cut many rugs dancing to cumbia, worked tirelessly in their yard, attended church, barbecued with friends, and spent time shopping at JC Penney. Their most notable quality as a couple was their mutual love of family. It didn't matter whose side of the family was over for a visit, they always left with full stomachs and smiles on their faces.

Mama Nena is survived by daughters: Rachel Lechuga and husband Dion of Odessa, TX, Carmen Mason and partner Patrick Green of Canyon Lake, TX, and Karime Maledon of Odessa, TX; nephew: Oscar Hernandez and wife Linda; nieces and nephew: Isla, Brysa, Vania, Oscar Pablo, and Alesi; grandchildren: Jordan, Jesika, Ashley, Gabriela, Bailey, and Cody; and great-grandchild: Hartley. 

Mama Nena is preceded in death by her parents: Juan and Maria Rubio; and husband: Ambrosio “Bocho” Mendez.

Angel is survived by sons: Luis Chavez of Kermit, TX,  and Francisco Chavez and wife Renea of Garland, TX; daughters: Lorena Arguijo and partner Glenn Hinckley of Flower Mount, TX, Sonia Berzoza and husband Sammy of Gardendale, TX, and Ana Johnson of Sachse, TX; brother: Ed Chavez of Levelland, TX; sister: Modesta Cantu of Levelland, TX;  grandchildren: Stephanie, Sarah, Sydney, Isabel, Sammy Ryan, Matthew, Derek, Taylor, Samantha, John, Lainey, Ariel, Angelina, and Alyssa; and 8 great-grandchildren.

Angel is preceded in death by parents: Maclovio and Fransica Chavez; and son: Jose Angel Chavez.

A combined Rosary will be held at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, also to be held at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, TX. Burial will follow at the Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers for Mama Nena will include:  Cody Ray Maledon, Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Green, Oscar Hernandez, Billy Smith, and Brance Davis. Pallbearers for Angel will include: Cody Ray Maledon, Taylor Johnson, Francisco Chavez, Sammy Ryan Berzoza, Matthew Berzoza, and Luis Chavez. Honorary Pallbearers for Mama Nena will include: Arturo Abila, and Jordan Ray Mason. Honorary Pallbearers for Angel will include: Sammy Berzoza, Derek Johnson, and John Jones.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Homer R Bryant

Homer Ruffus Bryant 

Homer Bryant, age 83, of Kermit, TX, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 in Kermit. He was born December 10, 1933 in Stanton, TX to Joseph and Lottie (MacMurry) Bryant.

Homer was a member of the Belvue Baptist Church for many years. He was a hardworking man, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, farming, and camping. Homer lived a long life and will be missed by his friends and family. 

He is survived by his sister in-law: Joyce Bryant of Odessa, TX and numerous nieces & nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Lottie Bryant; four brothers: Buck, Joe, Eddie, and Ross; and four sisters: Pauline, Alline, Lois, and Gracie Mae.

Graveside Services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX with Mike Bryant officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Jack Burns, Bill Bell, and Jim Watson. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Homer’s name to the Belvue Baptist Church, 1101 S Poplar St, Kermit, TX 79745.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.