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Obituaries 2018
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Baby Adaline Bolter

Adaline Delilah Bolter

Adaline Delilah Bolter, of Kermit, TX, passed away at the time of her birth on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Odessa, TX. She was born to Benjamin and Hannah (Guffie) Bolter.

She is survived by her parents: Benjamin and Hannah Bolter of Kermit, TX;  grandparents:  James and Jennifer Guffie of Kermit, Heather Walton Bolter of Kermit, and Allen Bolter of Kermit; great-grandparents:  Rose Byrum of Kermit, TX, Charlie and Colleen Guffie of Kamiah, ID, John Walton of Kermit, and Jean Walton of Midland, TX; aunt:  Jordan Guffie of Kermit; great-aunts:  Jonean Walton of Kermit, and Tracy Knowlton and husband Dwight of Phoenix, AZ; and numerous other great aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her great-grandpa:  Roy Byrum and great-great grandpa: Jack Dickey.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Stanton McMahan

James Stanton McMahan

James Stanton McMahan, 97, was born April 8, 1920, in Ft. Worth, Texas to David Homer and Clara Mae (Hale) McMahan and passed away January 8, 2018 at the Beehive in Hobbs, New Mexico. A celebration of Stanton’s life will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 1:00 MST at the First Baptist Church, 323 Alameda St.  Jal, New Mexico. Interment will follow at the Jal Cemetery.

Stanton married Mary Lillian Harbour, June 7, 1947, in Lometa, Texas. He resided in Jal for 60 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mr. McMahan retired from El Paso Natural Gas Company at Jal, New Mexico, in 1983 after 34 years of Service in the instrument department. Stanton served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a Motor Transportation NCO from 1941-1946. He was Preceded in death by Mary, his beloved wife of 61 years, his parents, one brother Glendower McMahan, and sister-in-law Pat McMahan.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his three children: Roxie Swain and husband Harold of Jal, NM, Brenda Stephens and husband Jerry of Houston, TX, and Keith McMahan of New Albany, IN. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Toni Bridges and husband Cole of Camas, WA, Kevin Swain and wife Stephanie of Las Vegas. NV, Aaron McMahan of New Albany IN, and Rachel Brackens and husband Justin of San Diego, CA. His great grandchildren are Saxton and Tenley Blue Bridges of Cames WA, Aislynn and Charlotte Swain of Las Vegas, NV and Elijah and Landon Brackens of San Diego, CA; two sisters: Joyce Boyd and husband Howard of Snyder, TX, and Mary Lou Goodson of Ft. Worth, TX, and one brother Jack McMahan of Stanton. TX. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Stan drove a truck for a living at a young age and it seems white line fever was always in his blood which inspired him and his wife to travel and see the world, or at least the United States and Canada. In 1972, Stan and Mary bought a pickup camper that they traveled in until 1976 when they bought their first fifth-wheel trailer. By 1984, they had traveled to all fifty states where he had his picture made on the steps of each state’s Capitol Building. After that, nothing was left to do but to start all over again only on a new route.

Stan had a very close family and loved them dearly. He was interested in everything from sports to politics to what made an engine run. He loved watching football, basketball, track and dancing to the Big Band Era music, Bob Wills swing music and country music. He was a people person and would travel miles out of his way just to go by and visit with an old acquaintance, Army buddies, or see someone in the hospital. He was a perfectionist who loved doing yard work, gardening, refinishing furniture and tinkering with old cars.

April 11, 2011 Stan and his brother-in-law Howard Boyd shared a poignant memory when they flew from Abilene, TX on a WWII Veterans Honors Flight to visit the WWII Memorial to Washington D.C.  

In Lieu of flowers, donations in Stan's name can be made to J.A.L. Club for Helping Hands, P.O. Box 778 Jal, NM. 88252 or to the First Baptist Church Women’s Ministry, P.O. Box 358 Jal, NM. 88252

Pallbearers will include: Jerry Boyd, Brian McMahan, Jason McMahan, Mark Mills, Paul Mills, and Mark Gann.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Mary Garrett 2018
Mary Elizabeth Lewis Garrett

Mary Elizabeth Lewis Garrett, age 106, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 in Springer, NM.  She was born July 16, 1911 in Menard County, TX to LeRoy and Frances (Knight) Lewis. Mary married George Brinkley Garrett on July 17, 1933 and they celebrated 55 wonderful years together, before his passing in 1989.

Mary was a member of the Baptist Church, and loved the Lord. She was the most loving and selfless person her family and friends knew. Mary was always laughing, and loved making others laugh. She enjoyed playing Skip Bo, King Sol, and 42 Dominoes. Mary was an RN for over 50 years and always enjoyed taking care of others. She lived a very long and full life, and was an amazing mother, loving grandmother, a wonderful great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.      

She is survived by her son: Lewis Garrett of Montgomery, TX; son-in-law: Kenneth Cox of Pennsylvania; two daughters: Ila Kay Blacksten and husband Howard of Durango, CO and Nancy Jespersen of Springer, NM; special niece: Loretta Boardman; 17 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 32 great-great-grandchildren and 2 more expected great-great-grandchildren.  

She is preceded in death by her husband: George Brinkley Garrett; son: James Henry Garrett: daughter: Glenda Gay Garrett Cox; and parents: LeRoy and Frances "Fannie" Zebiah  Lewis.

A Graveside service to celebrate her life will be 2:00 pm, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Kermit Cemetery, with Brother Mike Bryant officiating. Pallbearers will include: Carl Garrett, Ernie Jespersen, Tim Jespersen, Bud Blacksten, John Blacksten, Dan Dykes, Zach Garrett, Randy Atwood and Fabian Oņate.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Betty Johnson 2018
Betty Marie Johnson

Betty Marie Johnson, 89, passed away on the 9th of January 2018. She was born the July 23, 1928, in McCamey, Texas to Seth and Ida Stepp. The family moved to El Paso in 1930. She married Charles David Johnson “Honey”,    on March 22, 1947. Charles preceded her in death December 21, 2004. The Johnson family moved to Monahans, Texas in 1980. Betty retired from the Ward County Library. She was very involved in community and church activities. She was a member of the Ward Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels, and Friends of the Library. She served as secretary of the Monahans Eastern Star, and taught first and second grade at  Southside Baptist Church in Monahans for many years.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Darlene Morris and her husband Terry Morris of Evergreen, Colorado; and three beautiful grandchildren, Justin Morris, Dylan Morris and Megan Morris Thomas and her husband, Drew Thomas all of Colorado.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Southside Baptist Church in Monahans with Pastor Joshua Rieff officiating.  Interment will be privately held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor

Henry Charles Wright

Henry Charles "Charlie" Wright

Henry Charles "Charlie" Wright, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  He was born February 22, 1945 in Pecos, TX to W. L. (Leonard) and Ruth E. Wright.  He married Ruby Ferguson in Kermit, TX.  

"Charlie" as he was known to his many friends was a friend to everyone.  He had never met a stranger.  Often, Charlie could be found playing pool, listening to music, and working as a mechanic.  He was fun to be around and was a good mechanic.  Family was extremely important to Charlie and he greatly enjoyed being a grandpa.  His family often called him by the special nickname of "Bubba".  

Charlie is survived by his wife: Ruby Lea Wright of Kermit, TX.; sons: Charles Wright and wife Angi of Odessa, TX., and Christopher Wright of Robert Lee, TX.; step-son:  Danny Harris of Kermit, TX.; sisters:  Velma Bryant and husband Lloyd of Brownwood, TX., and Nita Johnson and husband Ray of Brownwood, TX.; grandchildren:  Colt Wright, and Braxton Henry Wright; a very special adopted little brother: Tom Partain and wife Pam of Arp, TX; Billy Dunlop and wife Denise of Kermit; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents: William and Ruth Wright; daughter:  Charlea (Little Charlie) Talene Wright; granddaughter:  Emily Nicole Wright; brothers:  L.A. Wright, Joe Alvin Wright, and John Leonard Wright; sisters:  Evelyn Wright and Margarett Widner.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Northside Baptist Church in Kermit officiated by Brother Jess Little.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include Tom Partain, Billy Dunlop, David Sceff, Clay Reynolds, Bo Reynolds, Lendale Widner, Bert Widner.  Honorary Pallbearers will include Mike Williams and Don Thompson.

Memorials may be made in Charlie's honor to his widow to help with expenses.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Eusebio Marquez 2018

Eusebio “Chivan” Sanchez Marquez

Eusebio Sanchez Marquez, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born March 21, 1940 in Mexico to Bartolo and Delia (Sanchez) Marquez.  He married Isabel Tarin on December 19, 1964 and they were married 53 years.

“Chivan” as he was known to his friends and family, had a great sense of humor. He loved to pull pranks on everyone. He enjoyed tinkering with anything he could. Chivan loved working on the ranch and growing vegetables and flowers. He had a kind and giving heart and loved to help others especially children. He also enjoyed raising and caring for pigeons. Chivan’s family and friends were always the most important thing in his life. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed.  

Chivan is survived by his wife: Isabel Marquez of Kermit, TX; five sons: Eduardo Marquez and wife Leticia of Kermit, TX, Edmundo Marquez of Midland, TX, Efren Marquez and wife Janet of Kermit, TX, Eusebio Marquez Jr. of Midland, TX and Elias Marquez  and wife Jannette of Midland, TX; daughter: Elodia Flores and husband Ramiro of Mont Belvieu, TX; two brothers: Dario Marquez and wife Christina of Andrews, TX and Apolonio Marquez and wife Berta of Odessa, TX; four sisters: Carlota Saenz of Presidio, TX, Elisama Gonzalez and husband Bernadino of Amarillo, TX, Luz Elma Payan and husband Madaleno of Odessa, TX and Maria Elena Sanchez of Amarillo, TX; 14 grandchildren: Erika, Alex, Jacob, Nicholas, Jonathan, Damian, Nicole, Ashley, Isaiah, Jaleen, Julian, Sebastian, Mark, and Devin; and 4 great-great-grandchildren: Ava, Cruz, JoEric, and Joziah.

Chivan is preceded in death by his parents: Bartolo and Delia Marquez; brothers: Andres Marquez; Santiago Marquez; Eusebio Marquez; and Jose Hermilo Marquez; sister: Elpidia Marquez; and grandson: David Flores.

A Rosary will be held 8:00 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kermit, officiated by Father Mark Salas.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Devin Flores, Alex Marquez, Jacob Marquez, Jonathan Marquez, Damian Marquez, Hector Montoya Jr., and Julian Marquez.  Honorary Pallbearers will include: Isaiah Marquez, Mark Flores, Sebastian Marquez, and Danny Mendoza.

Memorials may be made in Chivan’s name to the American Stroke Association 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112; Meals on Wheels 416 E. Campbell Kermit, TX. 79745; or All People Hospice 1324 N. County Road W. Odessa, TX. 79763.   Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Liberty Bowen 2018
Liberty Montis Bowen

Liberty Montis Bowen, age 94, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at her home in Jal, NM.  She was born October 17, 1923 in Stonewall, OK to Morris and Annie (Timmons) Tigner.  She married LeRoy  "Pete" Bowen on August 8, 1938 and he preceded her in death in 1989 after 51 years of marriage.

"Lib" or "Nanny Lib" as she was fondly known to her loved ones, traveled around the country seismographing.  Liberty was a homemaker, she loved to dance, listen to music, cook, sew, crochet, quit, and make pillows which she gave to many people.  After Pete passed away, she found happiness again with her partner Arl Coble.  She and Arl were together 8 years when he passed away in 2002.  She moved to Jal, NM to live with her loving family in 2013.

She is survived by her son: Steve Bowen and wife Linda of Jal, NM; brother:  Clois Reppond of South Dakota; three grandchildren:  Larry Lee Bowen and wife Becca of Millersville, TX, Laquita Thomasson and husband Joseph of Jal, NM and Lyndeana Bowen of Jal, NM; six great-grandchildren:  Autumn Romero and husband Jose,  Alexis Arrona  and husband Esteban, Alanna Thomasson, Dylan Bowen, Kegan Thomasson, and Travis Bowen; 8 great-great-grandchildren: Alasaya Botello, Riki Bowen, Jacob Romero, Carlee Hernandez, Lola Hernandez, Wyatt Arrona, Claire Arrona, and Jose Romero Jr.

She is preceded in death by her husband: LeRoy "Pete" Bowen; partner: Arl Coble; 3 sons: Johnny Lee Bowen, Gerald Wayne Bowen and Gary Don Bowen;  her mother:  Annie Reppond; step-father:  John Reppond; and two brothers:  Lynn Tigner and John Reppond Jr.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

William Leathers 2018

William Iva Leathers Jr.

William Leathers Jr., age 67, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Lubbock, TX. He was born September 9, 1950 in Wink, TX. to William Sr. and Mary Lee (Ford) Leathers. William married Paula Leathers on August 18, 1979 and they celebrated 38 wonderful years together.

William known to his family as “Jr.” loved his country and proudly served in the Army as a Tank Commander in Germany for 12 years. He loved to watch old John Wayne movies and baseball. Jr. was a family man and loved his grandchildren dearly. He was loved by many and will be sincerely missed.    

He is survived by his wife: Paula Leathers of Kermit, TX; three sons: Dustin Leathers of Bakersfield, CA, Jason Leathers of Kermit, TX and Ryan Leathers of Kermit, TX; daughter: Sandra Leathers of Bakersfield, CA; sister: Pansy Barker of Pauhuska, OK; and four grandchildren: Jaiden, Bryson, Bentley, and Levi.    

He is preceded in death by his parents: William Sr. and Mary Lee Leathers; and two sisters: Peggy Thomas; and Pasty Hill.

In lieu of flowers, donations in William’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142 Memphis, TN. 38148-0142.

A Funeral service celebrating his life will be at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel, with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Evelyn Duncan 2018
Evelyn Herring Duncan

Evelyn Herring Duncan, age 93, of Kermit passed away on January 23, 2018 at Medical Center Hospital.  Evelyn was born October 26, 1924 in Ardmore, OK to Franklin "Doc" and Grace (Vines) Herring.  She married Charles Warren Duncan on December 24, 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1977.  Also preceding Evelyn in death were daughter:  Priscilla Duncan Gilbert, 2012; son: Gary Charles Duncan, 2017; parents: Doc and Grace Herring; sister: Juanita Upson and her husband Dan; and daughter-in-law: Vicki Duncan.

Evelyn was a very hard working, independent, intelligent woman.  She worked for over 60 years as an Accountant and Bookkeeper.  Evelyn was known for her wicked sense of humor and a fondness for going to the horse races.  She greatly enjoyed dancing and was a member of the Desert Dance Club.  Evelyn was an active member of The Community Church in Kermit.  Family was a top priority for her. She was affectionately called "Meme"  by her first grandchild and the rest of the grandkids and ultimately the whole family continued with the special nickname.

She is survived by her son:  Kary Duncan and wife Judy of Odessa, TX; daughter:  Pamela Flesher and husband H.K. of Fredericksburg, TX; sons-in-law:  Brad Gilbert of Tisamingo, OK and David McGuire of San Antonio, TX; daughters-in-law: Donna Duncan of Midland, TX and Beverly Duncan of Odessa, TX; 14 grandchildren:  Shahn and husband Dan, Samantha and husband Chris, Bradley and wife Tabitha, Palli Marie Bowman and husband Cal, Tara and husband Jim, Christopher, Matthew and wife Laura, Elyse and husband Chris, Elayne and husband Brenton, Bryan and wife Misty, Brandon and wife Katrina, Jeffrey and wife Staci, Kelli and husband Gary, and Shannon and husband Bradd; 25 great-grandchildren:  Duncan, Brian, Mitchell, Allie, Raymond, Nicholas, Shelton, Charles, Kimberly, Alyssa, Shaylee, Logan, Charlise, Carly, Abigail, Brody, Haley, Emmarie, Ian, Pierce, Victoria, Dillon, Sydney, Bryce, Gianna, Taryn and Tanner; great-great-grandson: Carter Blaze; and a great-great-granddaughter on the way.

Funeral Services will be 2:00, Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Community Church in Kermit officiated by Pastor Ed Simmons.  Pallbearers will include Matthew H. Duncan, Chris Duncan, Duncan Cole Fabbri, Bryan Duncan, Brian Pruett, and Gene Burns.  Honorary Pallbearers will include Jeffrey Jon Duncan, Brandon Duncan, DK Boyd, Brenton Dunn, Mitchell Pruett, Henry Friend, Rusty Friend, Duval Trammel, Vince Vines, Dillon Cole Hayes, Carter Blaze Fabbri, Brody Duncan, Tim Peden and Richard Ast.  Interment will follow at the Kermit Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association Texas Chapter 2251 Chenault Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006.

Arrangements are under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Steven Randolph 2018

Steven Jerrold Randolph

Steven J. Randolph, age 60, of Kermit passed away on January 18, 2018 at his home in Kermit.  Steve was born September 13, 1957 in Lubbock, TX to Thomas Jerrold and Patricia (Newbook) Randolph.

Steve was a member of First Baptist Church in Kermit.  He was a talented musician and was known for his piano playing.  He was proud of his Canadian heritage, loved cats and worked for many years as a skilled hair stylist.  He had many friends and a love for sports cars.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents Jerrold and Pat Randolph and his brothers:  Tommy and Gregory.

Graveside Memorial Services will be 3:30, Thursday, February 1, 2018 the Kermit Cemetery officiated by Dudley Mullins.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Steve at the West Texas Community Credit Union acct#537200.

Arrangements are under the direction of Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Donnell J Smith 2018

Donnell (Don) Jay Smith

Donnell (Don) Jay Smith, age 87, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018, in Big Spring, TX. He was born on October 19, 1930, in Howard County, to Jay and Berta (Rogers) Smith. He was a veteran of the US Army. Don married Lyda Langston on July 23, 1994 and they celebrated 23 wonderful years together. 

Don was a member of Westside Church of Christ in Midland. He was a hard working man, always giving a 110% at work and encouraging others to perform at their best. He was a very serious, focused, and smart person. Don was a graduate of Texas Tech with a degree in Business Administration. He went to work for Kermit Independent School District in 1965 and retired in 1993 as the Administrative Financial Officer. After retirement, Don loved playing golf, making things in his workshop and just staying busy. He and Lyda enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and spending the summers in Cloudcroft, NM. Don was loved by many and will be dearly missed. 

He is survived by his wife, Lyda Smith of Midland, TX; two stepsons, Mark Langston of Midland TX. and Michael Langston and wife Cari of Midland; two nephews: Farrell Wayne Taylor and Forest Taylor and wife Tiffany; three grandchildren: Ashlee Langston, Justin Langston and Maddie Langston; and one great-grandchild, Jace Molina. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Berta Smith; sister, Wilma Taylor; brother Norman Smith; and first wife Trudy Smith. 

In lieu of flowers donations in Don’s name may be made to the American Alzheimer Association, PO Box 96011 Washington, D. C. 20090-6011. 

A Graveside service will be celebrated at 2:30 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Kermit Cemetery, with Brother Adam Orr officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Charlie Helmer, Norm Hoffman and Jack Marshall.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Rodger and Barbar Culwell

Rodger and Barbara Culwell

Rodger and Barbara Culwell left this earth together Wednesday, January 31, 2018 as a result of a tragic car accident.  Rodger was born to Ray and Ima (Thames) Culwell, on January 21, 1947  in  Eastland, TX.  Barbara was born to Bobby and Winojean (Spears) Slaughter on September 7, 1948 in Kermit, TX.  Rodger and Barbara married  on June 1,  1967 and they spent 50 wonderful years together.

Rodger was a hard working man and a very loyal friend.  He loved to fish, golf and tell jokes.  Rodger was full of wisdom, which he freely shared with others.  He was a huge Dallas Cowboy fan and greatly enjoyed his retirement.  Rodger loved his family, especially his granddaughters who called him "Papa".

Barbara was a classic movie fan, especially anything staring Fred Astaire.   She greatly enjoyed playing "BINGO!".  Barbara loved Boston Screwtail bulldogs, camping out, playing cards, and  keeping up with others on Facebook.  She greatly loved her family and was affectionately called "Bug" by her father and "Nana" by her granddaughters.

They leave behind to cherish their memory, their son:  Jason Culwell and wife Amber of San Antonio, TX; Barbara's mother: Jean Slaughter of  Monahans, TX; daughter-in-law:  Candy Johnson and her husband Steve of Midland, TX;  Rodger's brothers:  Jerry Culwell and wife Carolyn, and Larry Culwell and wife Cheryl; Barbara's brother:  Bobby Slaughter of Kermit, TX; and three granddaughters:  Taylor Culwell, Makenzie Culwell, and Alison Culwell.

Rodger was preceded in death by his parents:  Ray and Ima; brother:  Stan Culwell; sister:  Darla Culwell; and son: Donny Culwell.  Barbara was preceded in death by her father:  Bob Slaughter; maternal grandparents:  W.H. and Cassie Spears; paternal grandparents:  Cecil and Jewel Slaughter; and son Donny Culwell.

The family will receive friends at Family Services Funeral Parlor from 6-8 pm, Monday, February 5, 2018.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Kermit with Dudley Mullins officiating.  Interment will follow at the Kermit Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.