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Obituaries 2020
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Jesus M Martinez 2020
Jesus M. Martinez

Jesus M. Martinez, 70, of Kermit passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Odessa. Jesus was born on July 6, 1949 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Cecilio Martinez and Elisa Marquez Martinez. He married Amparo Quiroz on December 2, 1983 in Kermit, TX and they shared 36 wonderful years together.

Jesus was a Christian. He was a hard working man who always provided for his family, whom he loved dearly, throughout his life. Jesus was a loving husband and father who enjoyed spending time on his ranch in Mexico in his free time. He loved being a cowboy and farming. Other pastimes he enjoyed included horse racing, cooking, music, and dancing.  Jesus will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Cecilio Cortez and Elisa Marquez Martinez; brothers: Bernabe Martinez, Carlos Martinez, and Andres Martinez.

Jesus is survived by his loving wife: Amparo Martinez of Kermit, TX; sons: Joel Martinez and wife Rocio and Miguel Martinez and wife Corina, all of Kermit, TX; brothers: Eligio Martinez of Arkansas City, KS, Saul Martinez and wife Faride of Andrews, TX, Claudio Martinez and wife Aurora of Hobbs, NM, Efrain Martinez of Hobbs, NM, Ruben Martinez of Hobbs, NM, and Arturo Martinez and wife Leticia of Ojinaga, MX; sisters: Irma Aracely and husband Alfredo of Ojinaga, MX and Maria Elena Martinez and husband Alfredo of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren: Isaac Martinez, Neima Martinez, Noel Martinez, Damian Martinez, and Magaly Martinez; and great-grandchild: Lena Martinez.

Visitation will begin Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Isaac Martinez, Damian Martinez, Eric Morales, Alex Morales, Homero Quiroz, and Arnaldo Juarez.

Arrangement are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Ernest Escobar

Ernest Escobar

Ernest Escobar, age 47, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 in Lubbock, TX. He was born December 22, 1972 in Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Marcelo and Ernestina (Cuellar) Escobar. Ernest married Sandra Orozco on April 15, 1996 in Winemucca, NV and they shared 24 wonderful years together.

Ernest was a member of the NRA and loved to go shooting and cooking out. His favorite pastimes included celebrating with the family and spending time with his kids and grandkids. Ernest always put others first and helped save many lives. He will be dearly missed.

Ernest is survived by his wife: Sandra Escobar of Kermit, TX; mother: Ernestina Escobar of Juarez, MX; daughters: Kazzandra Escobar and fiancÚ Caleb Francis and Samantha Escobar, all of Kermit, TX; brothers: Juan Escobar and wife Sandra, Cruz Escobar, Marcelo Escobar and wife Alejandra, Alfonso Escobar and wife Adriana Alvarez, and Pedro Escobar and wife Consuelo, all of Mexico; sisters: Guadalupe (Lupita) Munoz and husband Enrique, Amalia Escobar and husband Jose Luis Saucedo, and Irma Rodriguez and husband Eduardo, all of Mexico, and Martha Ontiveros and husband George of Anthony, NM; grandchildren: David Wayne Francis and Kourtney Marie Francis.

Ernest was preceded in death by his father: Marcelo Escobar.

Services will be privately held at a later date.
Derrick Egger 2020
Derrick Dewayne "D.D." Egger

Derrick Dewayne "D.D." Egger, age 35, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Kermit, TX.  He was born August 12, 1984 to Monty Zane Egger and April Day McCombs.

D.D. loved to make others laugh and was known as a jokester. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his dogs and his friends. D.D. was a big fan of Texas Tech, the Houston Astros, and the Dallas Cowboys. He was devoted to his family, especially his niece and nephew.  He will be dearly missed.

D.D. is survived by his father: Monty Egger and wife Debby of Kermit, TX; mother: April McCombs and husband Denny of Kermit, TX; grandparents: Bobby and Corene Egger of Kermit, TX and Dorothy Webb of Midland, TX; brothers: Garrett Egger and wife Yari and Michael Mason and wife Morgan, all of Andrews, TX; sister: Cyndy Kidd and husband Brenton of Midland, TX; nieces: Caaly Egger and Kynnedy Kidd; nephews: Ayden Egger, Kycen Adams, and Kelson Kidd; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

D.D. was preceded in death by his grandparents: Peggy and Kenneth Day; and great-grandparents: Arle and O.D. Egger.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 8 am - 8 pm and Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 1 pm - 8 pm at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX. Services will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 10:00 am with Gary Day officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include: Hunter Hardaway, Justin Wright, Ayden Egger, Ricky Kirby, Jay Bennett, Richard Melendez, and Randy Butterfield. Honorary Pallbearers are: Gary Pilkington, Caaly Egger, Johnny MacOwen, Terry Jarrett, Tanner Gill, Arron Hardaway, Steve Gordon, and Emmitt Bale.

Memorials can be made in his honor to the local AA Chapter and the Humane Society.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Genaro C Ornelas Jr 2020

Genaro Carrasco Ornelas Jr.

Genaro Carrasco Ornelas Jr., 62, of Kermit passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 in Odessa. Genaro was born on October 26, 1957 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to Genaro Ornelas, Sr. and Josefa Carrasco Ornelas. He married Mary Valdez in Van Horn, TX and they shared 42 wonderful years together.

Genaro was a member of the Catholic Church. He was a very hard worker who could always be found taking care of his animals. His pastimes included, team roping, welding, and ranching. Genaro enjoyed working with his hands remodeling the house and was known for his goat BBQ and asado. He really loved being a grandpa and spoiling his babies. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father: Genaro Ornelas Sr.; and brother: Adan Ornelas.

Genaro is survived by his loving wife: Mary Ornelas of Kermit, TX; mother: Josefa and husband Cruz Venegas of McCamey, TX; sons: Genaro Ornelas III and girlfriend Martiza Lujan and Jerry Ornelas and girlfriend Gabby Baeza, all of Kermit, TX; daughter: Brenda Montoya and husband Jaime of Kermit, TX; brothers: Jesus "Chuy" Ornelas and wife Alicia of Crane, TX and Isabel "Chavel" Ornelas and wife Sylvia of McCamey, TX; sisters: Ermila Venegas of Odessa, TX, Manuela Valles and Margarita Rodriguez, both of Kermit, TX, Jacinta Bustos of McCamey, TX, Maria Sanchez of Van Horn, TX, and Rosa Najera of Seminole, TX; grandchildren: Geno IV, Lexi Marie, Jaime III, Julian, Justin, and Aleyah; and great-grandchildren: Jazmyn and Amari.

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Kermit Cemetery with Hector and Blanca Polanco officiating. Pallbearers will be: Genaro Ornelas III, Jerry Ornelas, Jaime Montoya Jr, Julian Montoya, Justin Montoya, and Genaro Ornelas IV. Honorary Pallbearer will be: Jaime Montoya Sr.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Julian O. Sanchez Jr.

Julian O. Sanchez Jr.

Julian O. Sanchez Jr., 72, of Kermit passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Kermit. Julian was born on Friday, July 4, 1947 in Carlsbad, NM to Julian O. Sanchez Sr. and Viola Gallego Sanchez. He married Delma Briones on June 29, 1967 in Kermit, TX and they shared 53 wonderful years together.

Julian was a member of the St. Thomas/St. Joseph Catholic Church. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 34 years. Julian was very active within the community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight for a period of time. Julian also served as a sponsor with the Catholic Youth Ministry, English Choir, past Booster Club President, past Winkler County Appraisal board member, board member of St. Thomas St. Joseph finance committee, school board member for 9 years as president, vice president and secretary, and grand marshall for Christmas parade in 2019. His biggest passion was helping with community projects; such as Tumbleweed Chef, Little Dribblers, Little League, and many other community projects in Kermit. Julian will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Julian O. Sr. and Viola Sanchez; son: Rudy Sanchez; brothers: Roberto Sanchez and Benny Sanchez; sister: Yolanda Sanchez; and grandsons: Damion Sanchez and Darrion Sanchez.

Julian is survived by his loving wife: Delma Sanchez of Kermit, TX; daughter: Naomi Sanchez of Phoenix, AZ; brothers: George Sanchez of Kermit, TX and Jesse Sanchez of Odessa, TX; sisters: Linda Orona and Ruby Gallardo and husband Jaime, all of Kermit, TX and Yolanda Sanchez of Jal, NM; sister-in-law: Faye Sanchez of Pecos, TX; and granddaughter: Savanah Tapia of Phoenix, AZ.

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 27, 2020 at Kermit Cemetery with Father Glen Carpe officiating. Pallbearers will be: Marco Aranda, Juan Valenzuela, Jason Ahrendt, Frank Martinez, Rey Carrasco, Eric Gallardo, and Rodney Berzoza. Honorary Pallbearers will include: Anna Carrillo, Monica Orona, George Sanchez, and Jesse Sanchez.

Beverly Prather 2020
Beverly Ann Prather

Beverly Ann Prather, age 79, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Kermit, TX. She was born on Monday, June 17, 1940 in Odessa, TX to Sterling R. and Elsie Viola (Beck) Scott. She married Kenneth Wayne Prather on April 6, 1963 in Odessa, TX and they shared 53 wonderful years together until his passing in 2016.

Beverly was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ. She was known as the bird lady and the crosswalk lady. She raised and bred canaries, cockatiels, parakeets, finches, and Quaker birds and was a former owner of a pet store. Her pastimes included crocheting, working the daily crossword puzzles, watching tv, going for rides around town with her friend, collecting bird related what-nots, and enjoying her Diet Coke from Allsups. Beverly delivered the newspaper around Kermit for years.  She will be dearly missed.

Beverly is survived by her sons: Kevin Prather of Midland, TX and Scott Prather and wife Kerry of Odessa, TX; daughter: Kendra Prather of Kermit, TX; grandchildren: David Prather, Weldon Prather and wife Gabriela, Ashton Prather and wife Andrea Cabrera, and Blake Blackwell; great-grandchildren: Gabby Prather, Lukas Prather, and Adrian Prather.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband: Kenneth Prather; parents: Sterling and Viola Scott; and grandson: Cody Brooks Prather.

Services will be privately held at a later date.

Memorials may be made in her honor to the local animal shelter or pound.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Charlotte Fletcher 2020

Charlotte Fletcher

Charlotte Fletcher, age 62, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Odessa, TX. She was born on June 15, 1957 in Lucedale, MS to Luther and Martha Bell (Creel) Smith.

Charlotte enjoyed working around the house and watching movies. She loved visiting with family and friends. Charlotte will be dearly missed.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter: Stephanie Van Noy and husband Mark of Topeka, KS; brothers: Rodger Smith and wife Marty Shufer of Odessa, TX, David Smith and Bobby Smith and wife Shellie, all of Trinity, AL; sister: Dimple Kennedy of Wink, TX; grandchildren: Joshua, Matt, and Brandon; and great-grandchild: Laney.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents: Luther and Martha Smith; and sister: Janette Beasley.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.