Family Services Funeral
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
Sam was preceded in death by his father:
Ramiro Tapia, uncle: Art Tapia, grandfather:
Cipriano Velasquez, grandmother:
Guadalupe Tapia, and cousin:
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on
Monday, July 6, 2020 at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit,
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services
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
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" 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
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
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.
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.
entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
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
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
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
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)
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
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
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Service
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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, 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
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 and condolences may be sent to the family
online at www.fs-fp.com.