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Obituaries 2018
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Kristina "Krick" Cooper Youngblood

Kristina "Krick" Cooper Youngblood

Kristina "Krick" Cooper Youngblood died August 6, 2018 in Midland, Texas. She was born at home on a dry land cotton farm in Rotan, Texas to O.B. and Elma Cooper on August 11, 1924. The Cooper Family moved to Wink, Texas in 1929 where O.B. went to work in the oilfields. She was the youngest of 4 children: Ewell, Verle, Kelly B, and Krick. They all graduated from Wink High School. Krick married her high school sweetheart, Orval Lee Youngblood on October 29, 1942 and had 56 years together until his death in 1999. They were blessed with 2 sons: Terry Lee and Phillip Ewell. She retired from Winkler County after 28 years of service. She was a member of Fairmont Park Church of Christ.

The family preceding her in death were her husband: Orval Lee; her parents: O.B. and Elma Cooper; her brother: Ewell Cooper, 2 sisters: Verle Allen, and Kelly B Parks.

Those left to remember her are sons: Terry Lee and wife Linda, Phillip Ewell and wife Janie; grandchildren: Shane Youngblood and wife Jodie, Kristin Mathson and husband Scott, Melissa Willmon and husband Wayne, Shelly Ludwin and husband Randy; great-grandchildren: Jessica and husband Daegan, Jacob and wife Tiffany, Jacie, Shaye, Emily, Zackary, Ryan, Braxton, Ashley, Kasey, Brodie, and Addison; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Krick and Orval Lee will be interred together in the Kermit Cemetery under the direction of Family Services.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Friday, August 10, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Bro. Roy Christopher officiating. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Ryan Raska, Wayne Willmon, Shane Youngblood, Jacob "Bubba" Youngblood, Scott Mathson, Zackary Daniel, and Daegan Arnold. Honorary pallbearer will be: Randy Ludwin.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army.

Heath Lane Morton
Heath Lane Morton

Heath Lane Morton, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. He was born September 22, 1982 in Odessa, Texas to Raleigh and Terry (Bolf) Morton.

Heath loved the Lord and his family. He was a hard working man and always enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Heath was always up for a new adventure and loved to travel the world. He had a big heart and could always be found helping those who were in need. Heath was very loved and will be missed by many.

Heath is survived by his father: Raleigh Morton of Wink, TX; mother: Terry Morton of Wink, TX; grandmother: Shirley Bolf of Wink, TX; sisters: Lacy Morton of Wink, TX, Lara Thomas and husband Cody of Kermit, TX; nephews: Keaton Thomas and Klayton Thomas; Aunts and Uncles: Helen Voyles, Toby Morton, Allen Morton, Bob Bolf, Tracy Barton, and Curtis Bolf.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 am, Monday, August 13, 2018 at the Wink Expo Building. Honorary Pallbearers will include all of his friends around the world.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Lealer Mae Gray
Lealer Mae Gray
Lealer Mae Gray, 90 of Kermit, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit. She was born September 15, 1927 in Marshall, TX to Leon and Nora Mae (Arnett) Crosby.

Lealer enjoyed cooking and eating, she loved to clean house and work in the yard. She worked for many years as a housekeeper for a number of families. She went to school in Marshall, TX. She was raised on a farm, where she helped her family chop cotton and pick peanuts, before moving to Kermit to be with her father. Lealer was a very personable woman and loved to talk on the phone. She was charismatic and funny. Her family would say “she was a comedian”. She lived her life to the fullest until she was unable to do so. Lealer was a giver all the way to the end; she had a full life and a full heart. Her family would say she was the focal point for the family but most importantly she was a woman of God. Lealer was loved by many and will be missed dearly.

Lealer is survived by her two sons: Curtis Eugene Gray of Dallas, TX.; and R.L. Lockeridge of Houston, TX.; five daughters: Betty Ross Smith and husband Charles of Richardson, TX.; Shirley Lockeridge of Houston, TX.; Wanda Crowder and husband Travis of Grand Prairie, TX.; Gloria Gray of Kermit, TX.; and Lenora Ponce of Arlington, TX.; ten grandchildren: Michael, Christopher, Craig, Ali, Shulanda, Adrias, Jonathan, Brian, Willie Earl, and Tessa; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Leon and Nora Mae Crosby; son: Willie Earl Lockeridge; husbands: Willie Lockeridge and Eugene Gray; two sisters: Lois Cooper; and Vertis Marie Cooper; and three brothers: R.Z. Crosby; Matthew Crosby; and K.C. Rosborough.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:22 pm on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Family Service Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Brother Roy Christopher and Brother James Alexander officiating. Interment will be 12:00 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Athens Cemetery in Hallsville, TX under the direction of Peoples Funeral Home. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Berry Kilgore, Billy Thompson, William Pilkington, James Alexander, and Wally Jimenez.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
Wanda Ragain 2018
Wanda Jean Ragain

Wanda Jean Ragain, age 72, passed away on August 16, 2018 at her home in Jal, NM. She was born in Dallas, TX on September 2, 1945 to Albert Dalton and Evaline (Miles) Kemp.  She married her love Leroy William Ragain in Stinnette, TX on April 1st, 1961 and they celebrated 57 years together.

Wanda was a member of the Eunice Lion’s Club and the Jal Club as well as part of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Golf Course. Wanda and Red were honored by the Jal Chamber of Commerce at the 2011 Pioneer Citizens of the Year. She was a very active woman who didn’t like to be told “no.” She loved to work on puzzles and travel. She worked as a postal worker for many years. Wanda was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and loved the Lord and her church. She led Bible studies, children's Sunday school and loved to fellowship and share meals.

Wanda is survived by her husband:  Leroy “Red” Ragain of Jal, NM; sons: Freddie Joe Ragain and Bill Regain, both of Jal, NM; brothers: Charlie Stean Kemp and wife Iona of Jal, NM and George Clifford Kemp and wife Paula of Kermit, TX;  grandchildren:  Nicole and husband Q, Savanna and husband Jesse, Parker, and Camille; and one great-grandchild: Whitley.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Albert and Evaline Kemp.

A memorial graveside service will be held 10:00 am MST, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Jal Cooper Cemetery in Jal, NM with Brother Alan Speed officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Russ Smith 2018

Russell “Russ” McCallea Smith, Sr.

October 16, 1926 – August 21, 2018

Russell Smith, 91, of Creswell, N.C., died peacefully early Tuesday morning, August 21, 2018 at Chowan River Nursing and Rehab Center, Edenton, N.C.

Russ was born in Norfolk, VA, on October 16, 1926. He was the son of the late Ela and Ira Vona Hassell Smith Johnson. He was first married to Betty Long who preceded him in death. His second wife, Jean Woolard Smith resides at Chowan River Nursing and Rehab. Russ was a minister for over 65 years. He loved to preach the word and evangelize; his preaching career spanned many states: North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, New Mexico, Ohio and Nebraska. Russ also served on the Board of Directors for the Guadalupe Christian Service Camp.  He served in the United States Army during WWII.  Russ was a member of the Kermit Downtown Lions Club for over 30 years.  He was an Endowed Member of the Masonic Lodge # 1258 AF/AM , and Scottish Rite El Paso Temple.  Russ also served as a Kermit City Councilman for 16 1/2 years, Kermit Mayor Pro-Tem for 2 years, and Executive director of the Kermit Housing Authority.

Surviving are his wife:  Jean W. Smith of Edenton, NC; sons: Rusty Smith and wife Bev of Ponder, TX, Jeff Smith and wife Zotyne of Midland, TX, and Tim Smith and wife Tracey of Monahans, TX; daughters: Jolene Roy of Lubbock, TX and Melody Houchen and husband, Gil of Overland Park, KS; brother: Bobby Smith and wife Mae of Archdale, NC; step-son: Mark Woolard, Jr. and wife, Jackie of Wilson, NC; and step daughter: Patricia Woodley of Ransomville, NC: ten grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren; four step-grandsons,  nine step-great grand children and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by:  wife:  Betty Long Smith; parents:  Ela and Ira Smith; sister: Marlene Smith Manley; son-in-law, John Roy; and grandson-in -law:  Josh Woods.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 28 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Randy Gooch officiating.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include:  Joey Garcia, Ryan Quigg, Ty Smith, Davy Smith, Brad Smith, Andrew Houchan, Marc Abbott, Travis Smith and Todd Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Russell Smith Fund, MACU Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, 715 North Poindexter St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, TX.

Bettie Hadley 2018
Bettie Jean Hadley

Bettie Jean Hadley, age 89, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in Abilene, TX. She was born on May 15, 1929, in Odessa, TX. to James and Hannah (Hartness) Watson. Bettie married Louise Vern Hadley Jr. December 27, 1947 and they spent 57 wonderful years together until his passing in 2004.

Bettie was a member of the XI TAU N U  of Beta Sigma Phi and received the Order of the Rose. Bettie and her husband Louis also spent many years with the Hi Lo Tejas Travel Club. She worked in the WISD cafeteria, but her real passion was music. Bettie taught music at the Mentone School for several years and also taught piano out of her home. Bettie loved to play and was the piano player at the 1st Methodist Church in Wink, TX. She was very loved and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her son: Jerry Hadley and wife Janet of Bremond, TX; daughter: Kaye Frazier and husband Larry of Tuscola, TX; grandchildren: Karen Box of Franklin, TX, Chad Frazier and wife Lana of New Caney, TX, Melissa Klafka and husband Dustin of Perryton, TX, Jaymi Denny and husband Andrew of Dripping Springs, TX, and Jerry W. Hadley II of Bremond, TX; great grandchildren: Thomas Box, Audrey Frazier, Brayden Klafka, Colby Frazier, Lexi Klafka, Blayne Klafka, Hadley Frazier, Jake Frazier, and Laramie Klafka.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Louis Vern Hadley Jr. and parents: James and Hannah Watson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bettie's name can be made to Hendrick Hospice Care 1651 Pine Street Abilene, TX 79601. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Freda Dodd and friends of Wink, and also to the Levelland Nursing Home, Northern Oaks Nursing Home, and Hendrick Hospice.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the 1st Methodist Church in Wink, TX, with Rev. Jean Riley officiating.   Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Jerry W. Hadley II, Andrew Denny, Dustin Klafka, Chad Frazier, Thomas Box, and Brayden Klafka. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Audrey Frazier, Colby Frazier, Lexi Klafka, Blayne Klafka, Hadley Frazier, Jake Frazier, and Laramie Klafka.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Diane Aranda 2018
Diane Juarez Aranda

Diane Juarez Aranda, age 49, left her fight with cancer on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at M.D. Hospital in  Houston.  She was born Tuesday, July 29, 1969 in Monahans, TX to Hector and Socorro (Rodriguez) Juarez. She married Raul A. Aranda on May 22, 1988 and celebrated 30 years together.

Diane was an Assistant Business Director at Artesia General Hospital. She had an Associate's Degree in Computer Science. She loved to travel which included going to the beach, scuba diving, and snorkeling. She was active in many ways; playing volleyball, going shopping, and going to Zumba classes. Above everything, she was very family oriented and loved to be surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband: Raul A. Aranda of Hobbs, NM; mother: Socorro Juarez of  Kermit, TX; son: Raul Aranda of  Hobbs, NM; brothers: Hector Juarez of  Lubbock TX, Rigo Juarez and wife Maria of  Kermit, TX, and Homero Hernandez and wife Sonya of  El Paso, TX; sister: Sonia Campos and husband Rogelio of  Kermit, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

She is preceded in death by her father: Hector Juarez.

A funeral service will be held on 2:00 pm, Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Family Service Funeral Chapel officiated by Manuel Rodriguez.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbears will include:  Raul Aranda, Rigo Juarez Jr., Rogelio R. Campos, Alex Marquez, Fabian Aranda, and Diego Juarez.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial donations to be made to the Relay for Life.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Celestina Lujan
Celestina D. Lujan

Celestina D. Lujan, age 86, passed away on September 14, 2018 at the Monahans Manager Care Center.  She was born in Redford, TX on April 6, 1932 to Alejo and Alvina (Guardiola) Dominguez.

"Tina," as she was known to her friends and family, was a very hard working woman.  She worked as a dry cleaner until the age of 80.  Tina was an excellent cook and she loved to travel.   She cherished her family, especially her grandkids, and loved to have family gatherings.  Celestina enjoyed listening to Christian music and working for the Catholic Church.

Celestina is survived by her husband:  Marselino Lujan of Kermit, TX; son:  Arnold Navarro of Kermit, TX; step-sons:  Uber Lujan and wife Nora of Kermit, TX and Saul Lujan of Kermit, TX; daughter: Anabella Soltero and husband Luis of Kermit, TX; sister:  Mary Lou Saucedo and husband Luis of Irving, TX; 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Tina was preceded in death by her first husband:  Armando Navarro; parents:  Alejo and Alvina Dominguez; brothers:  Carlos, Jose, Modesto, and Manuel; and sisters:  Margarita and Manuela.

A Rosary will be held 7:00 pm, Monday, September 17, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the St. Thomas/St. Joseph Parish Hall officiated by Father Gleen Carpe.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include Louie Soltero, Jeremy Soltero, Ray Lujan, Chris Lujan, Alex Navarro and Arnold "Boy" Navarro.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Brynlee Tavarez 2018
Brynlee Serayah Tavarez

Brynlee Serayah Tavarez, of Kermit, passed away after 3 months of life on Friday, September 28, 2018 in Lubbock, TX. She was born to Marcus and Desiree (Crow) Tavarez on May 31, 2018.

Brynlee was very loved and cared for by her family.  She was full of happiness and joy and she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her parents: Marcus and Desiree Tavarez of Kermit, TX;  three brothers:  Jaiden Tavarez, Julian Tavarez, and Braylon Tavarez, all of Kermit; and many extended family members.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit officiated by Brian Townsend.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Marcus Tavarez will serve as Pallbearer.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Harvey Tavarez, Richard Crow, Darius Crow, and Daniel Crow.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Gary Hardman 2018
Gary Wayne Hardman

Gary Wayne Hardman, age 66, passed away on September 22, 2018 at his home in Wink, TX.  He was born in Espinola, NM on March 9, 1952 to William Robert and Noma Bell (Haga) White.

Gary was proud to have served his country in the US Army where he received the Bronze Star.  He was a master carpenter and mechanic.  Gary was a distinguished  long haul truck driver and had won many awards for being accident free for many years.

Gary is survived by his son:  Gary White of Odessa, TX; step-son:  Jeremy Dupree of Denver, CO; step-daughters:  Teresa Dupree of Denver, CO and Tessa Helms of Breckenridge, TX; sisters:  Donna Gosney of Bayfield, CO and Jackie Norton of Kermit, TX; grandchildren:  Owen Dupree, Aria Dupree, Elizabeth Wheeler, Ethan Helms, and Emma Helms.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents:  William and Noma Bell White; brother:  Bob Hardman, and brother-in-law:  Michael Norton.

A graveside memorial with military honors will be held at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 9:45 am on Friday, October 19, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local veterans' organization.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Joe Foster 2018
Joseph "Joe" Martin Foster

Joseph "Joe" Martin Foster, 58 of Kermit, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at his home in Kermit. He was born Sunday, June 12, 1960 in Big Spring, TX to Jessie Allen Foster and Stella Rita (Conrad) Foster

"Joe" as he was known to his many friends, was a very dedicated man when it came to all of his hard work. Aside from his work, Joseph enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing and shooting. Joe had a considerable amount of love for all of his family.  He was devoted to his dogs, listening to music, and even loved to eat.

Joseph is survived by his wife: Rosie Smith of Kermit, TX; father: Jessie Foster and step mother Margaret of Odessa, TX; sons: Joey Ables, and Patrick Ables and wife Misty of Kermit, TX; daughter: Natasha Ables of California; brothers: Jessie Don Foster and family of Phoenix, AZ, and Chuck Foster and wife Mae and family of Carlsbad, NM; grandchildren: Jacob, Leroy, Bobby, Kyle, Sarah, Madison, Conner, Ethan and Amber.

Joe was preceded in death by his mother: Stella Rita; step-mother: Johnnie Sue McGee and stepson: Jessie Ables.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am on Friday October 12, 2018 at the Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit with Brother Roy Christopher officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include: Johnny Long, Jason Kiser, Patrick Ables, Chuck Foster, Jessie Don Foster, Robert Gonzales and Jacob Andrews. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Brian Smith, Bobby Jay Brooks, and Mark Coleman.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.