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Obituaries 2018
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Larry G Leck 2018
Larry Guerdon Leck

Larry Guerdon Leck, age 82, of Kermit, Texas, was born January 4, 1936 in Abilene, Texas to Robert Bradford Leck and Jo Ruth (Busby) Leck. He died June 25, 2018 in Kermit

Larry grew up in Wink, Texas with his sister, Sara Lynn. He graduated from Wink High School in 1954, and was a member of the 1952 Wink State Championship football team. He attended Abilene Christian College and Texas Tech University, and then returned to Wink to work in his father’s welding business. Larry was employed in pipeline and plant construction for 60 years. He married his wife, Bonnie, on May 14, 1977, and they spent 41 happy years together. He loved to fish, hunt and search for Indian arrowheads, but he was a cowboy at heart.

He is survived by his wife: Bonnie of Kermit, TX; daughters: Lita Hayes and husband Chris and Lori Covington and husband Benjamin; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren: and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Robert Bradford and Jo Ruth Leck and his sister: Sara Lynn Robbins.

The family will receive guests from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Parlor. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the Wink Church of Christ with Terry Hill Officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Gary Gray, Randy Gray, Donnie Gray, Jerry Graves, Don Simpson, Perry Fikes, and Joe Fikes.

A special thank you is given to the caring staff at Winkler County Memorial Hospital.

As an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity or church of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Kenneth James 2018

Kenneth William “Wild Bill” James

Kenneth W. James, age 72, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, surrounded by his family in Jal, NM. He was born on July 10, 1946 in Alamogordo, NM to Claude and Loice (Hairell) James. Kenneth married Cherry Harris on July 18, 1969 and they celebrated 48 wonderful years together.

Kenneth known as “Wild Bill” by his friends and family was a hard working man. He had a passion for collecting classic cars. He was a very happy man and always lived his life to the fullest. Bill loved being around people, watching T.V., and was the king of pranks. He was a strong man who loved his family very, very much. Bill was loved by many and will be missed dearly. 

He is survived by his wife: Cherry James of Jal, NM; son: Kendall James and wife Tracy of Jal, NM; daughter: Holly Denny of Odessa, TX; five grandchildren: Kaitlynn, Kaylee, Zachary, Shea, and Andi; and five great-grandchildren: Christian, Kaitlynn, James, Matthew, and Ava (Tater).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Loice James; brothers: Frank James; Jesse James; and Gene James; and son-in-law: Pat Denny.

In lieu of flowers donations in Bill’s name may be made to the Carolyn Awbrey Cancer Fund P.O. Box 778 Jal, NM 88252

A Graveside service will be celebrated at 10:00 am MST, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Jal Cemetery, with Brother Allen Speed officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Zachary Denny, Larry Crites, Gary Watkins, Gene Armstrong, Harry Reeves, and Doug Ford.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Betty Ruth Taylor 2018
Betty Ruth Taylor

Betty Ruth Taylor, age 77, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Crane, TX.  She was born April 4, 1941 in Lamar Co., TX to J.W. and Ruth Mae (Freeman) Neeley. She married Jerry Lee Taylor and they celebrated 56 wonderful years together, until his passing in 2013.

Betty's greatest treasure was her family.  She loved them will all of her heart and they returned her love back. Her family affectionately called her "Granny" and she will be greatly missed by them. Some of Betty's hobbies include bowling, gambling and playing softball, cards, and dominoes.

She is survived by her son: William Lee Taylor of Kermit, TX; daughters: Lisa Moczygemba and husband Randy of San Antonio, TX and Jana Sue Winters and husband J.B. of Kermit, TX; brother:  Donald Gene Neeley and wife Suzanne of Sherman, TX; sisters:  Don Goodnight of Dallas, TX; Patti Roy and husband Richard of Tuscarora, NY, Carolyn Brewer and husband Kenny of Dallas, TX, and Jovetta Mock and husband ED of Enis, TX; grandchildren:  Camille Selby and husband Jason, Amanda Davis and husband Chris. Michelle Fields and husband Ryan, Michael Rushing and wife Shannon, Caleb Rushing and wife Tylyn, BreeAnn Gallardo and husband Javier, Tyla Sanchez and Jessica Gutierrez; great-grandchildren:  Landon, Andrew, Jeremy, Joshua, Bryce, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Kimber, Chase, Kailynn, Zane and Paisley.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Jerry Lee Taylor and parents:  J.W. and Ruth Taylor.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Betty’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Association  of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

OL Jack Marshall 2018

O.L. "Jack" Marshall,

O.L. "Jack" Marshall, 74 of Kermit, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Medical Center hospital in Odessa.  He was born September 10, 1943 in Crane, TX to L.L "Turk" and Rose (Brown) Marshall.  He married Clara Henson in Kermit, TX on October 24 1980 and they celebrated 37 years together.

"Jack", as he was known to all of his friends and family, was a hard working man who was devoted to his family.  He had a love for the outdoors especially if he could be golfing or working on his farm.  He established M & M Trucking October 1973 in Kermit with his father "Turk".  Jack also served as mayor of Kermit from April 1, 1984 to May 9, 1989 and taught auto mechanics for KISD for many years.

Jack is survived by his wife:  Clara Marshall of Kermit, TX; sons: Lonny Marshall and wife Melinda of Kermit, TX, Tim Kinnear and wife Judy of Royse City, TX, and Kevin Kinnear and wife Grace of Arlington, TX; daughters:  Carolyn Gulow of Duncan, OK, and Deborah McLaughlin and husband Gilbert of Grand Cayman; sisters:  Mary Mason of Andrews, TX and Rosie Lee Henry of Wimberley, TX; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents:  L.L. "Turk" and Rose Marshall.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Community Church in Kermit with Brother Ed Simmons officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include:  Bradley Castleman, Chris Marshall, Matt Kinnear, Josh Kinnear, Tony Underwood and Jeff Lajoie.  Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Robert Roberts, A.L. Ward, Sammy Cates, Odis Marshall, Randy Neal, Oscar Bernea and John Bell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jack's name may be made to the Community Church in Kermit 302 South Poplar, Kermit, TX  79745; or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Patricia Armstrong 2018

Patricia Ann Armstrong

Patricia Ann Armstrong, age 72, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Odessa, TX.  She was born July 5, 1946 in Kermit, TX. to Herman and Maurine (Justus) Nix. She married Freddie Armstrong on May 16, 1969 and they celebrated 49 wonderful years together.

Patricia (known as “Pat” by all of her friends and family) was a member of the 1st Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and caring wife, who was always focused on her home and raising her family.  She loved to go shopping and watch movies with her dear friend Rose Byrum. She was loved by many and will be missed dearly.  

She is survived by her husband: Freddie Armstrong of Kermit, TX; sons: Shannon Armstrong of Trent, TX and Kevin Armstrong of Kermit, TX; sister: Francine Cambell and husband Harry of Lubbock, TX; and three grandchildren: Trent, Samuel, and Ian.      

She is preceded in death by her parents: Herman and Maurine Nix.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday, July 23, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Kermit Cemetery with Brother John Mailey officiating.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Warren Thomas 2018
Warren Watson Thomas

Warren Watson Thomas, age 78, of Kermit passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.  Warren was born on October 19, 1939 in Sarah, MS to Perry Charles and Frances Jean (Yount) Thomas.  He married Patricia Grogan on February 14, 1998 and they celebrated 20 years together.

Warren was a man who took great pride in making his yard look good.  He frequently instructed his grandsons in how to properly perform yard work so that it was up to his standards.  Warren loved to take care of people and visit his friends at the coffee shop.  "Pops" or "Papaw" as he was known to his family will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife:  Patricia Thomas of Kermit, TX; son: Robert Lynn Thomas of Kermit, TX; step-daughters:  Deliah L Murphy and husband Hugh of Comfort, TX, Lauri Anne Garcia and husband Edward of Ft. Worth, TX; niece:  Denise Clark of Martin, TN; grandchildren:  Alisha Thomas Hensley, Chris Albert Thomas, and Brad Allen Thomas; great-grandchildren:  Andrew Hensley and Mason Thomas.

Preceding Warren in death were his parents: Perry Charles and Frances Jean Thomas;  and brother:  Charles Wayne Thomas.

A graveside funeral service will be held 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 25,  2018 at the Kermit Cemetery in Kermit with Gordon Cox officiating.  Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Robert Thomas, Chris Thomas, Brad Thomas, Alisha Hensley, Mike Madrigal, Bob Heidecker and Aaron Hensley.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Warren's  name may be made to Home Hospice of Monahans.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Petronilio Orona

Petronilo “Nilo” Orona

Petronilo “Nilo” Orona, age 85, of Kermit, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2015 at his home. He was born May 31, 1933 in El Mulato, Mexico to Elijio and Guadalupe (Montoya) Orona.   Nilo was married to Elida (Bill) and she preceded him in death in 2002.

"Nilo" as he was known to his friends and family was a man who deeply loved his family.   He was very generous with his time and always had a helping hand for those in need.  Often, he could be found enjoying life to the fullest especially when enjoying a beer.  He loved fishing, going to Vegas, tubing down the river, and going to the beach.   Nilo enjoyed working with horses and going to horse races and spent much of  his life farming and ranching.

Nilo is survived by his sons:  Javier Orona and wife Melanie of Odessa, TX, Mauricio Orona and wife Michelle of Tomball, TX, Martin Orona and wife Stephanie of Odessa, TX; daughter: Romelia Flores of Midland, TX; brothers:  Genaro Orona of Kermit, TX and Santos Orona of Centerville, TX; sisters:  Felix Urias of Kermit, TX and Maria Lujan and husband John of Kermit, TX; grandchildren:  Chrysten, Kelsey, Austin, Katherine, Champion, Michael A., Anita, Alina, Alejandra, Jeremy, Michael, Monica, Lori, Rudy, Rosa and Marcus; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great- grandchildren

He is preceded by his wife:  Elida Orona; parents: Elijio and Guadalupe Orona; 2 sons:  Petronilo "Pete" Orona Jr., and Ruben Orona; and brothers:  Manuel Orona and Jesus Orona.

A Memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel officiated by Bro. Clydel Chapman.  A reception will follow at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Austin Orona, Champion Orona, Michael A. Orona, Jeremy Orona, Michael Orona,  Rudy Flores, and Marcus Flores.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to help with Austin Orona's cancer treatments may be made at the Winkler County Credit Union, account #616200.

Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Santiaga Lujan 2018
Santiaga H. Lujan

Santiaga H. Lujan, age 82, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018 in at her home in Kermit, TX.  She was born May 25, 1936 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Mauro and Teresa (Morales) Hernandez. Santiaga married Basilio Lujan in 1959 in Mexico and they celebrated many wonderful years together, until his passing in 2012.

Santiaga was a member of the Catholic Church. She loved to work in her garden and grow beautiful flowers. She loved her family and always enjoyed cooking for them. Her beans, tortillas, chili verde, and empanadas will be greatly missed by her family.  Santiaga liked to embroidery dish towels and collected aprons. She loved her children and grandchildren very much and was known to them as “Chaga”.

She is survived by her four sons:  Manuel Lujan and wife Leticia of Kermit, TX, Jesus Lujan and wife Terri of Odessa, TX, Hilario Lujan of Kermit, TX, Chon Lujan and wife Rosalba of Odessa, TX; daughter:  Alma Gardea and husband Ramon of Andrews, TX; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Basilio Lujan; parents: Mauro and Teresa Hernandez; brother:  Ramon Hernandez; and granddaughter:  Jessica Lujan

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Friday, August 3, 2018 at the St. Thomas/St. Joseph parish hall, with Father Gleen Carpe officiating.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Walter Lujan, Damian Lujan, Chris Lujan, Ruben Lujan, Ramon Gardea Jr. and Hector Lujan.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Jon Craig Campbell

Jon Craig Campbell

Jon Craig Campbell, 61, was born June 13, 1957, in Kermit, Texas to George and Ardell (Wendell) Campbell and passed away August 1, 2018 at his home in Kermit.

"Craig" as he was known to his friends and family loved to fish and golf. He loved to cook for others especially when he could showcase his skills for various fund raisers or helping those in need. Craig was an avid supporter of the VFW and was chaplain in the Son's of the American Legion Post 339. Craig was also member of the Kermit High School graduating class of 1975.

Craig is survived by his brother: Rick Campbell and wife Deanna of Axtell, NE.; sister: Denise Lundeen and husband Averil of Axtell NE.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Craig in death were his parents: George and Ardell Campbell and brother: Phillip R. Campbell.

A memorial services will be held 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Brother John Mailey officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Joe Mitchell, Doug "Root" Bisnette, "Tarzan" Villegas, Alan Haley and Mark Haley.

In Lieu of flowers donations in Craig's name may be made to The Son's of the American Legion PO Box 339 Kermit, TX 79745.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Lora Ellen Pogue

Lora Ellen Pogue

Lora Ellen Pogue, age 84, went to be with Jesus Christ and her true love Frankie on August 5, 2018 at her home in Kermit, TX. She was born in Manila, Arkansas on July 18, 1934 to Loran and Ruth (Taylor) Abernathy. She married William Frankie Pogue on September 3, 1953 in Arvin, California and they celebrated 50 wonderful years together until his passing in 2003.

Lora Ellen was a member of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ and loved to sing, play the guitar, and square dance. She was very active on Sing Snap and played lots of POGO on her computer. Lora Ellen was a very talented crochetter, and she crafted all four of her daughter's wedding dresses. Lora Ellen was loved by her family and she went by many special names, such as: Mama, Grandma, and Nannie Pogue.

Lora Ellen is survived by her daughters: Linda Seale and husband Dan of Kermit, TX, Judy Sparkman and husband Dale of Victoria, TX, Patsy Shropshire of Morris, OK, and Donna Pogue of Bristow, OK; brother: Irby Abernathy and wife Brenda of Carlsbad, NM; sister: Diane Abernathy of Coolidge, AZ; 13 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Frankie Pogue; parents: Loren and Ruth Abernathy; and sister: Maxine Compton.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am, Tursday, August 9, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit with Bro. Michael Bingham officiating. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Tommy Shropshire, Chris Cooper, Jordon Butts, Johnathan Butts, Michael Cox, Jeremy Abernathy, Tyler Cooper, and Aschton Shropshire. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Chris Ice, Austin Shropshire, Colton Cleere, Walter Garza, Jaeson Garza and Garrett Pawlick.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.