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Obituaries 2019
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Roy Earl Compton 2019

Roy Earl Compton 

Roy Compton, 69, died January 11, 2019. He was born March 5 th, 1949 in Delhi, LA to Clarence “Cat” Leon and Lucille Collum Compton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Roy Compton, Jr. and two sisters, Patricia Lucille and Helen Kay Compton.

Roy is survived by his wife: Judy Pilkington Compton of Stephens, AR; daughter: JoLynn Blackburn of Stephens, AR; grandson: Branden Blackburn of Stephens, AR; granddaughter: Autumn Spilter of Stephens, AR; two sisters: Peggy Whitehead and husband Ray of Goodwill, LA and Connie May and husband Raymond of Stephens, AR; two nieces: Ronda Hales and Nana Lee; two nephews: Bubba Whitehead and Scotty May; as well as many great nieces, nephews and many more relatives and friends.

Mr. Compton’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to LifeTouch Hospice of Magnolia, AR and to the Rolling Hills Assembly of God of Stephens, AR.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Grace Temple Baptist Church with Glenda Mixon officiating. Burial will follow at the Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Rodney Compton, Michael Shropshire, Cody Shopshire, John Shopshire, Justin Haynes, and Ashton Hayes. Honorary Pallbearers are Gary Corpier and Cody Fletcher.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Steven Hoff 2019
Steven Lee Hoff

Steven Lee Hoff, age 65, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Kermit. Steve was born to William "Bill" and Mariam Lucille (Nowak) Hoff in Hays, Kansas.

Steve married Patricia Wallace on February 1, 1992 in Dallas, Texas. Steve was very adventurous and he liked to travel. Steve was also a musician and was in several bands. Music was a very big part of his life.

Steve is survived by his wife: Patricia Hoff of Kermit, TX; sons: Michael Palacios and his wife Tiffany of Rockwall, TX, Guy Palacios and his wife Regan of McKinney, TX and Shawn Palacios and his wife Angela of Frisco, TX; brother: Kevin Hoff of Kermit, TX; sister: Susan Hammond and her husband Steve of Kermit, TX; grandchildren: Valerie, Jacob, Lili, Noah, Madison, Emma, Gabriel, Sam, Zella, Vincent, Liam, and Zachary.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents: William (Bill) and Mariam Lucille (Nowak) Hoff.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Family Services Funeral Chapel in celebration of his life. Honorary pallbearers will be: Danny Nowak, Bob Nowak, and Marty Unrein.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Allen Jerome Blakeney

Allen Jerome Blakeney, age 64, passed away on January 14, 2019.  He was born in Artesia, NM. on December 30, 1954 to James Curtis and Shirley Jo (France) Blakeney.  Allen married Susan (Finklestein) on July 18, 1988 in Roswell, NM and they celebrated 30 years together.

Allen was a man who liked to work with his hands.  He spent years riding the range as a cowboy.  He enjoyed working in his garden, welding, and woodworking.  The primary love of Allen's life was his family.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  His grandkids called him Papaw and he loved them greatly.  Papaw was always  helping his grandkids with whatever project they were doing such as 4-H or little kids rodeo.

Allen is survived by his wife:  Susan Blakeney of Wink, TX; daughter:  Amber Ford and husband Kent of Wink, TX; mother: Shirley Jo Blakeney of Roswell, NM;  sisters:  Judy McCabe of Roswell, NM and Jenifer Carroll and husband Eugene of Roswell, NM; and grandchildren:  Kent Ford Jr., Carly Ford, Daisy Ford, Emma Ford, and Racheal Ford.

Allen was preceded in death by his father:  James Blakeney

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Winojean Slaughter2019
Winojean "Jean" Slaughter

Winojean "Jean" Slaughter, age 92, of Kermit passed away on January 15, 2019 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  Jean was born July 27, 1926 in Gunter, TX to W. H. and Cassie Bell (Spence) Spears.  Jean married Bobby V. Slaughter in Kermit, TX on October 25, 1947 and the celebrated 63 years together before his death in 2011.

Jean was a Christian woman.  She was a very active member of Grace Temple Baptist Church in Kermit where she headed the benevolence committee and taught children's Bible classes for over 50 years and vacation Bible school.  Jean was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Pink Lady.  She was instrumental in starting the first snack bar at the local hospital.  Jean enjoyed cooking and playing bingo.  Her family called her "Mama" and she loved being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  Jean had a special place in her heart for her bulldog "Duke".  She will be greatly missed by those that loved her.

Jean is survived by son:  Bobby Slaughter Jr. of Kermit, TX; sister:  Peggy Massey; grandchild:  Jason Culwell and wife Amber of San Antonio, TX; great-grandchildren: Taylor Culwell, Mackenzie Culwell, and Alison Culwell.

She was preceded in death by her husband:  Bob Slaughter; parents:  W.H. and Cassie Spears; daughter:  Barbara Culwell and her husband Rodger; sisters:  Billie Nolen and Dorothy Sheffield; and grandson:  Donny Culwell.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, January 18, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Kermit with brother John Curry officiating.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include:  Jason Culwell, Edward "Scooter" Hunt, Johnny Lalonde, Marvin Nolen, Steve Johnson, and James Sharp.  Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Rick Massey, Bob Shipley, James Lee Burns, Brian Hill, Tony Dickie, Archie Mann, and Jason Sharp.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silver Bell Program PO Box 1218  Kermit, TX  79745

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Margarita Berzoza 2019

Margarita Berzoza

Margarita Berzoza, age 79, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 in Odessa. Margarita was born on February 22, 1939 to Manuel and Ventura (Terrazas) Fierro in Marathon, Texas. Margarita married Reymundo B. Berzoza on September 25, 1957 in Kermit, Texas and they celebrated 58 years together before his death in 2016.

Margarita enjoyed working with her hands making crafts. Margarita was known as “Granny” or by "Cuata" by all her family and friends.  She had a passion for helping others, which led to a career as a nurses' aide.  Granny loved to support her grandkids activities, especially if she could spoil them. Margarita had a very generous nature and a big heart.  Margarita loved to read the Bible, attend church, and praying rosaries. 

Margarita is survived by her sons: Reymundo “Mundo” Berzoza, Jr. and wife Elsa of Kermit, TX, Victor Berzoza and wife Liza of Kermit, TX, and Sammy Berzoza and wife Sonia of Gardendale, TX; brother: Mike Fierro and wife Amelia of Odessa, TX; sisters: Maria Dominguez of Irving, TX and Cornelia Acosta of Burleson, TX; grandchildren: Linda and husband Edgar Madrid, Denise Borunda and husband Eric, Valerie Carrasco and husband J.C., Krystal Olmos and husband Kenny, Victor Eron Berzoza, Sammy Ryan Berzoza, and Matthew Berzoza; great-grandchildren: Justin Madrid, Ethan Soltero, Lucas Madrid, Jaxson Carrasco, Addison Carrasco, Emma Olmos, Mia Borunda, Aiden Borunda, and Sophia Borunda.

Margarita was preceded in death by her husband: Reymundo “Mundo” Berzoza Sr.; parents: Manuel and Ventura (Terrazas) Fierro; son: Michael Wayne Berzoza; brothers: Gabriel Fierro, Manuel Fierro, Jr., and Tino Fierro.

A Rosary will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the St. Joseph/St. Thomas Parish Hall in Kermit with Father Allan Alaka officiating. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ryan Berzoza, Matthew Berzoza, Eric Borunda, Edgar Madrid, J.C. Carrasco, Eron Berzoza, and Justin Madrid.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.
Shela Dennis 2019

Shela Ann Dennis

Shela Ann McCreery Dennis, age 71, passed away Monday, January 21, 2019 in Odessa. Shela was born on October 11, 1947 to Arsvil "A.C." Clifton and Lena (Little) McCreery in Cotton Plant, Arkansas.

Shela was a member of the Wink Church of Christ and was very active within the community. She was a member of the Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi since 1971.  Shela was a charter member of Ladies Auxiliary Fire Dept (Wink Sparkettes) since 1972.  Shela drove special ed students to Odessa for 15 years, until the Wink-Kermit Co-op was equipped to educate all Sp.Ed. students.  She was the owner and operator of Shela's Day care for 6 years, worked at CEG center as a nursery attendant for 5 years, and worked at Milam Sp.Ed. and Travis Magnet for 7 years.

Shela is survived by her sons:  Kevin Daniel and wife Melody of Wink, TX, Kenneth Daniel of Wink, TX, and Kerry Dennis and fiancÚ Tasha Darlin of Odessa, TX; step-sons:  Charles E. Dennis Jr. of North Dakota, and Michael Wayne Dennis and wife Debbie of Kermit, TX; brother:  Dale McCreery and wife Jean of Mt. Pleasant, TX; sister:  Debra Allgood of Loving, NM; grandchildren:  Charlane Daniel Johnson and husband Robert, Charry Daniel, John Ryan Hendricks, and Brett Dennis; step-grandchildren:  Dora Dennis, Shawna Fulcher Matti, Jesseca Fulcher Ard, Charles Dennis III, Shanna Dennis, Michelle "Missy" Dennis, Kristi Dennis, Ryan Dennis, Michael Lynn Dennis, and Trenton Dennis;  great-grandchildren:  Kaylee Fulcher, Lane Ard, Robbie Slaughter, Kimberlye Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Mason Levi Hendricks, Levi Dennis, Athans L. Daniel Blalock.

Shela was preceded in death by her husband: Charles Dennis; parents: A.C. and Lena McCreery; brother:  Paul Dean McCreery; sister:  Glenda Jo Sullivan; step-son: Randall Dennis; step-daughter:  Carol Fulcher Harrist; and step-grandson: Ricky L "Bear" Fulcher Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Wink officiated by Brother Terry Hill.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Robby Wolf, Charlie Wolf, Blane Wolf, Bryan Moore, Scott McDonald, and Josh Parks.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Rogelio Aranda 2019
Rogelio Vasquez Aranda

Rogelio Aranda, age 76, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Odessa. Rogelio was born on April 5, 1942 to David and Maria (Vasquez) Aranda in El Mulato, Mexico. He married Delia Lujan on June 29, 1968 in Kermit, Texas and they celebrated 50 years together.

Rogelio enjoyed working as a cowboy.  He had a passion for riding, training horses, and was especially proud of his work with the pony express.   When he was home, Rogelio liked to sit in the morning sun and crack pecans or watch old western movies.  He also enjoyed swimming and dancing.  Rogelio was a loving and giving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  He loved being with his family.  Rogelio was a member of the Catholic Church and was a faithful worker for many years.

Rogelio is survived by his wife:  Delia Aranda of Kermit, TX; son:  Marco Aranda of Flower Mound, TX; daughters:  Celena Valencia and husband Mark of Aubrey, TX, Zelda Hollingshead and husband Greg of Kermit, TX, and Maribel Rivera and husband Jeremy of Canyon, TX; brothers:  Raul Aranda of Ft. Davis, TX, Rey Aranda and wife Mary of Andrews, TX, and Ruben Aranda and wife Jovie of Kermit, TX; sisters:  Romelia Higgins and husband Jim of Harker Heights, TX and Rosie Aranda of El Paso, TX; grandchildren: Adrian Aranda and wife Berta, Derek Marrufo and wife Ashley, Daniel Marrufo, Kelcey Short and husband Cody, Klayton Hollingshead, Kanyon Hollingshead, Catarina Valencia, Jacob Valencia, Lukas Rivera, and Ryan Rivera; and great-grandchildren: Caden, Natalie, and Rowan.

Rogelio was preceded in death by his parents: David and Maria Aranda.

A Rosary will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3:00 pm, Friday, February 1, 2019 at the St. Joseph/St. Thomas Parish Hall in Kermit with Father Gleen Carpe officiating. Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Adrian Aranda, Derek Marrufo, Daniel Marrufo, Klayton Hollingshead, Kanyon Hollingshead, Jacob Valencia, Joshua Lujan, Lukas Rivera, and Ryan Rivera.  Honorary pallbearers will include:  Britton Abalos, Homer Towns, Carlos Briones, Adan Prieto, Manuel Navarrete, Rex Uranga, and Teddy Seals.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to:  24hoursinthecanyon.org  or 24 Hours in the Canyon 500 South Taylor Unit #223  Amarillo, TX  79101.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Michael Ely 2019
Michael D’Wayne Ely

Michael passed away on February 1, 2019 in his home in Wink TX.  This was his way of getting out of taxes, and having to watch another Superbowl without the Jets in it. He had a love for learning and a passion for history.  He was also looking for the truth as he was fascinated with the assassination of JFK and 9/11.  He loved looking at conspiracy theories, video games, and following OU football, the Boston Red Sox, and the New York Jets. He worked for M&M Truck Center as a shop hand and was learning how to weld which was something he had wanted to do for a long time. He had a loving heart, a kind soul, and animals loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father: Mike Ely; grandparents: Spence and Ruth Ely, and Glen and Janette Baldwin; numerous aunt and uncles, 3 nephews and a niece.

He is survived by his mother: Betty Miller of Wink, TX; his former wife: Anna Ely; two brothers: James and wife Marie Ely of Kermit, TX and their four children:  Cierra, Kaleb, Jakob, and Blake; and Spencer Ely of Beaumont, TX.  He has a step-mother Linda Ely and step-sister: Christy of Ballinger, TX.  He has one son: Jordan of Fort Worth, TX.

There is to be no Memorial at this time, due to Michael’s wishes.  In lieu of flowers, make a donation to the charity of your choice.  Tell them Michael sent you.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Linda K Lewallen 2019

Linda K. Lewallen

Linda K. Lewallen, age 78, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Jal, New Mexico. Linda was born on January 25, 1941 to Hugh Dennard and Maude (Long) Dennard in Big Valley, Texas. Linda married Bill Lewallen on December 20, 1958 in Goldthwaite, TX and they celebrated 60 years together.

Linda was Baptist. Her Christian life was as beautiful as the flowers she loved so well. She demonstrated her faith daily with her caring and compassionate heart towards others. She loved caring for her two cats Butter and Bandit. She loved cooking, collecting cook books, gardening and growing flowers, reading, camping with her husband and spending time with her family and friends. One of her favorite things was decorating her home and yard for every season and holiday! Linda loved a good garage sale. She also participated on her daughters' Facebook. She loved seeing each photo posted of family and friends. Linda enjoyed being a grandmother and great-grandmother.

Linda is survived by her husband: Bill Lewallen of Jal, NM; daughters: Terresa Watson and her husband Gary of San Antonio, TX, Sheila Stephens and her husband Rodney of Irkutsk, Siberia; brother: Bill Dennard of Suwanee, GA; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Dennard of Goldthwaite, TX, Linda Lewallen Hill and her husband Eddie of Jal, NM, and Francis Lewallen of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren: Nikki Hasbrouck and her husband Jordan, Alison Watson, Jessica Sprowls and her husband Greg, Desiree DeVillier and her husband Sidney, Blain Lewallen, Angie Lewallen, great-grandchildren: Jenna, Carson, Keller, Kyle, and Avery.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents: Hugh and Maude Dennard; son: Jimmy “Bubba” Lewallen; brothers: Ed Dennard and Charles Dennard; sister: Virginia Straley; and step-father: Barney Landers.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Bobby Winn, Gooser Armstrong, Mitchell Brininstool, Dewayne Jennings, Gene Armstrong, and Jack Shreffler.

A Memorial Service will be Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Calvary Baptist Church with Brother Alan Speed, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Carolyn Aubrey Fund.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Daniel R Garcia 2019

Daniel Rey Garcia

Daniel Rey Garcia, age 28, passed away on February 13, 2019 in Odessa, TX.  Daniel was born on April 14, 1990 in Odessa, TX to Pedro Garcia Jr. and Diane (Flores) Garcia.

Daniel was a drummer and a lover of music.  He enjoyed playing video games and watching movies.  Daniel was devoted to his family,  he was always making them laugh, and making sure they were taken care of.  Daniel had a special connection with his nieces and nephews and was known to them as "Tio Awesome".

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Pedro and Elvira Garcia.

Daniel is survived by his parents: Pedro "Pete" and Diane Garcia of Kermit, TX; grandparents:  Julian and Neomi Donato of Kermit, TX;  brothers:  Christopher Garcia and Jacob Garcia of Kermit, TX; sister: Deborah White and husband Paul of Kermit, TX; niece:  Crystal Garcia; and nephews:  Nathaniel Garcia, Ethan White, Isaac White, Christopher Garcia Jr., and Julian Garcia.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, February 18, 2019 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Ruben Sanchez officiating.  Burial will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include:   Paul White, Christopher Garcia, Jacob Garcia, Mark Chacon, Andy Garcia, Gonzalo Morales, Able Morales, Matthew Leyva, and Nathan Garcia.  Honorary Pallbearers will include:  Jessie Contreras, Ethan White, Isaac White, Christopher Garcia Jr., Julian Garcia, and Crystal Garcia.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Gerald Anderson 2019

Kenneth "Gerald" Anderson

Kenneth "Gerald" Anderson, age 84, passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at his home in Jal, NM.  Gerald was born on November 7, 1934 to Kenneth James and Dovie (Mankins) Anderson in Rule, TX. He married Geneva McKee on August 31, 1958 in Colorado Springs, CO. and they celebrated 60 years together.

Gerald was a member of the Jal Church of Christ.  He served the church as a deacon and an elder for over 50 years.  He liked music, biking, hiking and hunting.  Gerald served as a song leader for many years in both English and Spanish worship services.  He was a founding member of ACU's Sing Song musical program.  Gerald was very active in the community of Jal where he announced football and baseball games, coached Little League, sang the national anthem and worked with the Helping Hands.  His friends will also remember him as a big Dallas Cowboy and Texas Ranger Fan.  His self-composed short poems and songs will be missed by those whom he blessed with his compositions.

Gerald is survived by his wife:  Geneva Anderson of Jal, NM; sons:  Kris Anderson and wife Sarah of Abilene, TX and Kreg Anderson and wife Dana of Era, TX; daughter:  Kathy Jo Ledingham and husband Jack of Monahans, TX; sister:  Patsy Herring and husband Tommy of Weatherford, TX; grandchildren:  Nickolas Ledingham, Quaid Ledingham, Elijah Anderson, Joseph Anderson, Caleb Anderson, Gates Anderson, and Kara Anderson; great-grandchildren:  Hudson, Adeline, Tate, Blakelea, Ayla, Brittyn, and Anna; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents: Kenneth and Dovie Anderson; and his brother:  Terry Anderson.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am MST, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the Jal Church of Christ in Jal, NM officiated by Brother Daryl Micham.  Burial will follow at the Jal Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include:  Nickolas Ledingham, Quaid Ledingham, Elijah Anderson, Joseph Anderson, Caleb Anderson and Gates Anderson.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to:  New Mexico Christian Children's Home  1356 NM 236  Portales, NM   88130 or to The Lakeview Christian Home 1905 West Pierce St. Carlsbad, NM 88220.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.