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Sam Tapia 2020

Sam Velasquez Tapia

Sam Velasquez Tapia, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in Jal, NM.  He was born May 7, 1963 in Ft. Stockton, TX to Ramiro M. Tapia and Velia (Velasquez) Vargas.

Sam was a lifelong mechanic.  He had a passion for fixing old cars and making low riders.  He was a member of several low rider car clubs.  The loved to dance and listen to music,  Sam was known to be a very hard worker and was a skilled handy man.  He lived life by his own rules, had a big heart, and was a die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan.  He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

He is survived by his mother:  Velia Vargas and her husband Omar of Jal, NM; sons:  Sammy Tapia of San Jose, CA, Steven Tapia of San Jose, CA, and Jesse Tapia of San Jose, CA, daughters:  Precious Tapia of Odessa, TX, Emerald Tapia of Jal, NM, Maddie Tapia of San Jose, CA, and Saydie Tapia of CA; brother:  Ramiro Tapia Jr. of San Jose, CA; sisters:  Mary Tapia of Jal, NM, Annette Dora Camerena and husband Robert of Visalia, CA; grandchildren:  Xavien Tapia, Kyliegh Civitts, Kira Civitts, Steven Tapia, Elijah Tapia, Aneshia Tapia, Emma Tapia, Kayley Tapia, and Kali Tapia.

Sam was preceded in death by his father: Ramiro Tapia, uncle: Art Tapia, grandfather:  Cipriano Velasquez, grandmother:  Guadalupe Tapia, and cousin:  Fredrick Muniz.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Oriol Caballero Jr 2020
Oriol Caballero Jr

Oriol Caballero Jr, age 35, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Hobbs, NM.  He was born November 11, 1984 in Odessa, TX to Uriol and Enedelia (Hinostrza) Caballero.

Oriol was a talented artist when working with concrete.  He was known for his great sense of humor, and delighted in making others laugh, and was a big Dallas Cowboys fan.  Oriol's family described him as the life of the party and they will also cherish their memories of his cooking and his "experiments" in the kitchen.  Oriol had a big heart and shared his love with others.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife:  Mayela Morales of Hobbs, NM; mother:  Enedelia Caballero of Hobbs, NM; father:  Uriol Caballero and his wife Cayetana of Midland, TX; grandfather: Patricio Caballero of Midland, TX; son:  Manuel Morales of Hobbs, NM; daughters:  Angel Caballero of Hobbs, NM, Jazlyn Caballero of Midland, TX, and Cinthia Morales of Hobbs, NM; brother:  Abel Caballero of Hobbs, NM; and sister:  Yuricel Caballero of Hobbs, NM.

Oriol was preceded in death by his brother German Caballero.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX with Pastor Fabian Sena officiating.  Burial will follow at the Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will include:  Alex Polanco, Jose Armendariz, Uber Valdez, Cesar Ramos, Abel Caballero and Manuel Morales.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

David Gene Cessnun 2020
David "Gene" Eugene Cessnun

David "Gene" Eugene Cessnun, age 84, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Lubbock, TX.  He was born May 9, 1936 in Dalhart, TX to David Edwin and Gladys (Kizer) Cessnun. He married Rosemary Landrum on January 15, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV and they shared 33 wonderful years together.

Gene was a Catholic and a true cowboy. In his younger years, he was active as a saddle bronc rider in the rodeo and was a ranch manager for the Barrel Creek ranch in North Texas for 26 years.  Gene then served as a Lea County Sheriff's deputy for the next 20 years, retiring in 2002.  In 2005 Gene took on the job of New Mexico livestock inspector where he served until his death.  Because of his love of the ranch life, his dedication to the livestock industry, and the ranchers in Lea County he was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2012. During his career Gene was recognized in many ways.  In 1992 he was recognized by the American Red Cross with a lifesaving award, in 2002 he was awarded the officer of the year by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and was the 2017 Inspector of the year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.    Gene was also a Korean War Veteran, having served in the Army in the 25th infantry division. He was an avid animal lover who raised registered quarter horses and loved his dog. Gene was a man of many talents, among those being an accomplished oil painter of western scenes and a pen and ink sketch artist. He loved to work and be active, which included fixing and restoring old things. He will be dearly missed but would want you to remember his life's motto "If one day passes without some kind of accomplishment, it is a day wasted."

Gene is survived by his wife: Rosemary Cessnun of Jal, NM; sons: Tim Cessnun and wife Connie of Amarillo, TX and Dwayne Kelley and wife Virginia of Andrews, TX; daughters: Jodie Ballard and husband Allan of Amarillo, TX, Gena Ray Whatley and husband Keith of Stratford, TX, Trayc Cleveland and husband Rod of Elmer City, OK, and Suzan Parker and husband Robert of Gilmer, TX; 27 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: David and Gladys Cessnun.

Private graveside services will be held.  A public memorial service will be held at 10:00 am MST at the Jal Lake Pavilion in Jal, NM, officiated by Alan Speed. Honorary pallbearers will include Sheriff Cory Helton, Bill Ferns, Jeff Burks, Kelly Leslie, Kevin Burnam, Alan Speed, Kelly Brown, J.D. Davis, Will Wilmeth, Mark Hargrove.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Lea Co Sheriff Department or any Catholic charity.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Kory Dale Baker 2020

Kory Dale Baker

Kory Dale Baker, age 44, passed away on Sunday, July 5, 2020 in Kermit, TX.  He was born on January 28, 1976 to Randy Dale Baker and Sandy (Snively) Greene in Danville, IL. He married Geneva Garcia on September 30, 1994 in Kermit, TX and they shared 28 years together.

Kory was called “Baker” by his friends and family. He was a hard worker who loved his kids and wife with all his heart. Baker enjoyed playing the guitar, listening to heavy metal music, hunting, and fishing. He was known for giving the best bear hugs and being a loving uncle who was good with children. Baker will be dearly missed. He was loved by so many and a very giving person. He was always just a phone call away.

He is survived by his wife: Geneva “Mamacita” Baker of Kermit, TX; mother: Sandy Greene and husband Lance of Kermit, TX; stepfather: Chuck Alderson and wife Ynes of San Antonio, TX; and father: Randy Baker and wife Cynthia of Tyler, TX; son: Kaneon “Bud” Drake Baker of Kermit, TX; daughter: Kaitlin “Baby Girl” Danielle Baker of Kermit, TX; and brothers: Matthew Alderson and wife Sheena of Odessa, TX and Landon Greene of Lubbock, TX.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Jesus King of Kings Church in Kermit, TX officiated by Blanca Polanco. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Jeffery, Charles Woods, Casey Terry, Toby Payne, Moses Leyva, and Jimmy Arnold.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Maria C Figueroa 2020

Maria Castaneda Figueroa

Maria Castaneda Figueroa, age 85, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020 in Odessa. Maria was born on April 26, 1935 in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, MX to Jose and Eduarda (Aldava) Castaneda. She married Leopoldo Figueroa in Mexico and they shared 56 wonderful years together.

Maria was a member of the St. Thomas St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and a loving mother, and grandmother. Her favorite pastimes included crocheting and working in her garden.  She loved her family and her pets very much. Maria will be missed dearly.

Maria is survived by her sons: Victor Figueroa and wife Emilia of Kermit, TX, Amador Figueroa and wife Dora of Lakin, KS, and Jose Figueroa and wife Linda of Kermit, TX; brother: Merced Castaneda of El Paso, TX; sisters: Gregoria Ramirez of Pueblo, CO and Gonzala Castaneda of Juarez, CH. MX; grandchildren: Victor Figueroa JR. of Mesa, AZ, David Figueroa of Albuquerque, NM, Saul Figueroa of San Antonio, TX, Sandra Figueroa of Tulia, TX, Cindy Figueroa of Odessa, TX, Conrado Figueroa of Odessa, TX, Veronica Saenz of Midland, TX, Amador Figueroa of Midland, TX, Hector Figueroa of Amarillo, TX, Leopoldo Figueroa of Amarillo, TX, and Oscar Figueroa of Amarillo, TX.

Maria was preceded in death by her husband: Leopoldo Figueroa; parents: Jose and Eduarda Castaneda; daughter: Francisca Urias; and brothers: Crecencio Castaneda, Apolinar Castaneda, and Ricardo Castaneda.

Funeral services are being privately held.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Kayla G Roberts 2020
Kayla Georgette Roberts

Kayla Georgette Roberts, age 62, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Kermit, TX. She was born in Cotulla, TX on July 1, 1958 to Robert Lee and Georgia Alice (Richter) Roberts.

Growing up, Kayla’s family moved around Texas a bit, but ultimately settled in Kermit, TX; where Kayla graduated high school in 1976. After high school, she continued her studies at Texas Tech University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Management. While at the university, Kayla performed volunteer work through her sorority. Her volunteer work led to her to her career with the American Red Cross, where she served in disaster relief and first aid for 17 years. As an American Red Cross Director, Kayla’s primary focus was training nurses across the country in first response and disaster relief. Through her travels and training, Kayla found a love in meeting new people. She turned that love for people into a career in hospitality, which took her to Missouri and Iowa, making many lifelong friends and memories along the way.

Kayla enjoyed traveling and playing the slots. She also loved “puppy dogs”, especially her Muffin and Biscuit. She lived a caring and eventful life and will be greatly missed by her friends and family; including many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces.

Kayla is survived by her brother: Robert L. Roberts Jr. and wife Bonnie of Kermit, TX as well as many nieces and nephews.

Kayla was preceded in death by her father: Robert L. Roberts of Los Angeles, TX; and mother: Georgie Alice Richter Roberts of Karnes City, TX.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Kermit Cemetery, officiated by Chaplain Donnie Rollie.

Memorials may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society and the Scottish Rites Hospital of Dallas.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Christina E Holyoak 2020
Christina Elizabeth Holyoak

Christina Elizabeth Holyoak, age 54, passed away in Kermit, TX on July 26, 2020. She was born on March 8, 1966 in Tucson, AZ to Russell Carl and Jennifer Vivian (Suneson) Kuhl. She married Clyde Holyoak  on March 19, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV and they shared 32 years together.

Christina was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. She loved focusing on her family and raising her kids and grandkids. Her favorite pastimes included hunting, traveling, crocheting, pottery hunting, crafting pottery, cooking, collecting dream catchers and turquoise jewelry, and talking on the phone. She also enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, 4 wheeling, and chasing sunrises and sunsets. Christina especially loved everything Disney.

She is preceded in death by her mother: Jennifer Kuhl and her grandparents.

She is survived by her husband: Clyde Holyoak of Clay Springs, AZ; father: Russ Kuhl of Pinetop, AZ; sons: Daniel Holyoak and wife Desirae of Midland, TX and David Holyoak of Clay Springs, AZ; daughter: Amanda Johnson and husband Danny of Tuscon, AZ; brothers: Russ Kuhl Jr. and wife Janessa of Lakeside, AZ, Mike Kuhl and wife Maureen of Gilbert, AZ, and Jeff Kuhl and wife Amy of Lakeside, AZ;  and grandchildren: Lillyona, Connor, Kaden, Tristen, Mason, Kadan, Tyler, Emilee, and Averey.

Graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10 am at the Clay Springs Cemetery in Clay Springs, AZ officiated by Bishop Daryl Perkins.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Jamie Heath Carlson 2020

Jamie Heath Carlson

Jamie Heath Carlson, age 47, passed away Tuesday July 28th 2020 at his residence in Kermit, Texas. Jamie was born September 4th 1972 in Bosque County the son of Jimmy and Dottie Carlson.

Jamie graduated from Brady High School in 1991 and attended Texas Tech University . He was a proud father of his three children, and a lover of music.  He enjoyed hunting, sports, and spending time with his family and friends.  His first birthday was celebrated at the very first World Championship Goat Cook Off in Brady, Texas and the tradition continued for many years.

He is survived by his children: Izabelle Carlson, Rhone Carlson and Kellan Carlsonall of Royse City, TX; parents: Jimmy and Dottie Carlson of Whitewright, TX; sisters: Heather Bailey and husband James and Wendee Palmer and husband Brandon all of Whitewright, TX; nieces and nephews: Annie Bailey, Ellie Bailey, Chauk Bailey, Denver Palmer and Jett Palmer all of Whitewright, TX; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Windy and Bobbye Carlson and Mackey and Dorothy Weaver of Melvin, TX.

Honorary pallbearers are Sonny Bara, Matt Short, Chris Newell, James Bailey, Brandon Palmer, Burt Flanagan, John Neal, Beau Johnson, and his friends from work at Plains.

Graveside services will be held at Melvin Cemetery in Melvin, TX on Friday, August 7th at 10AM.

The family asks that you consider donating to the West Texas Boys Ranch in San Angelo, TX or the charity of your choice.

Arrangement are entrusted to Family Service Funeral Parlor.

Ynes D Baeza 2020

Ynes Dominguez Baeza

Ynes Dominguez Baeza, age 86, of Jal passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Jal. Ynes was born on April 20, 1934 in Rancho El Ojito, Chihuahua, MX to Juan and Paula Dominguez Baeza. He married Teresa Montoya in Las Cruses, NM and they shared 57 wonderful years together.

Ynes was a member of the Catholic Church. He could always be found at Stripes drinking coffee and visiting with his friends around Jal. He was a competitive person who enjoyed playing washers and had a passion for singing. Ynez was a very caring person who enjoyed helping others. He was a devoted grandfather and loved his grandkids very much. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Juan and Paula Baeza; brothers: Trinidad Baeza, Cornelio Baeza, Juaquin Baeza, and Ramon Baeza; and daughters: Yolanda Baeza and Consuelo Baeza.

Ynes is survived by his wife: Teresa Baeza of Jal, NM; daughters: Erma Navarrete and husband Eduardo Sr. of Jal, NM, Virginia Baeza of Las Cruces, NM, and Claudia Zuniga and husband Glenn of Hobbs, NM; sisters: Braulia Ramirez of Austin, TX and Manuela Caballero and husband Maurilio of Ojiniga, MX; grandchildren: Eduardo Navarrete Jr., Pedro Navarrete and wife Erica, Angelica Sanchez and husband Orlando, Rebecca Valdez, Jessica Ramoz, Alexis Carrillo, Fayth Vega, and Lyla Vega; and great-grandchildren: Saray Navarrete, Natalie Navarrete, Davian Navarrate, MariAngela Navarrete, Aaliyah Navarrete, Diego Sanchez, Jazzalyn Navarrete, Aniah Betancourt, Mila Ramoz, Sofia Sanchez, Mia Sanchez, and Aviani Ramoz.

A rosary will be held at 6 pm Sunday, August 2, 2020 in Kermit, TX at Family Services Funeral Parlor. Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:00 am MST at Jal Cemetery in Jal, NM.  Pallbearers will be his family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

J. R. Haynes

J. R. Haynes

J. R. Haynes, age 68, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Wink, TX. He was born July 25, 1952 in Wink, TX to Marshall Jackson and Maxine (Lofton) Haynes.

J. R. was a member of the American Legion and served on the U.S.S. Ranger. His favorite pastimes included fishing and riding motorcycles and he was a cowboy at heart. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

J. R. is survived by his son: Justin Randall Haynes of Kermit, TX; brothers: Clifford Haynes of Wink, TX and Jimmy Haynes of Silsbee, TX; sisters: Sandy Haynes of Abilene, TX and Carla Harper and husband Mike of Crane, TX; and grandson: Ashton Lee Haynes of Odessa, TX.

J. R. was preceded in death by his parents: Marshall and Maxine Haynes; son: Jason Haynes; and daughter: Jennifer Renee Haynes.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Marco Antonio Garcia 2020

Marco Antonio Garcia

Marco Antonio Garcia, age 36, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2020 in Phoenix, AZ.  He was born December 8, 1983 in Pecos, TX to Pedro O. and Enedina (Sanchez) Garcia.

Marco, known as “Marc” to his family, enjoyed cooking, playing handball, reading, and music. Marc had a great sense of humor and a deep love for his daughter, sisters, and mother. He will be dearly missed.

Marc is survived by his father: Pedro Garcia of Ojinaga, MX; mother: Nina Garcia of Kermit, TX; grandmother: Carmen Garcia of Ojinaga, MX; daughter: Deliah Nevaeh Garcia of Midland, TX; sisters: Gina Soltero and husband Jeremy of Corpus Christi, TX, Jennifer Clark and husband Chad, and Soleda Garcia, all of Kermit, TX, and Andrea Viramontes and husband Jorge of Odessa, TX; numerous nieces and nephews; and best friend: Ramon “Sea Bass” Galindo.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Pedro Garcia, Evaristo Sanchez, and Ernestina Sanchez.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm, Monday, August 17, 2020 at the Family Services Funeral Chapel.  Honorary pallbearers are Ramon “Sea Bass” Galindo, Cristian Uranga, Kaleb Urias, Andrew Urias, and Isaiah Soltero.

Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.