Obituaries 2007

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Christopher Lee Martin

Christopher Lee Martin, age 34, passed away January 3, 2007 at his residence in Odessa.  He was born July 14, 1972 in Andrews.  He was a long-haul truck driver for Eddy Merket, Inc who enjoyed his job and loved the road.  He was a hunter and outdoorsman who always spoke his mind. 

Survivors include his parents:  Laurette Kennedy and husband Randle of Valle, AZ and Lyndon T. Martin, Sr. and wife Deborah of Andrews; grandmothers:  Faye Martin of Odessa and Laurel Adair of Andrews; two brothers:  Ronnie Kennedy and wife Jonna Fay of Fayetteville, NC and Lyndon M. Martin of Andrews; sister:  Misty Mae Martin of Andrews; nephew:  Ryan Kennedy of Fayetteville, NC; niece:  Dakota Mae Freeman of Andrews and numerous aunts, uncles, great-nieces, and great-nephews. 

Visitation will be held from noon until 8 pm Friday and Saturday, January 5th and 6th, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel 8115 W. University Blvd in West Odessa.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 


Deidra Lynn “DeeDee” Woods

Deidra Lynn “DeeDee” Woods, lifelong resident of Odessa passed away Thursday, January 11, 2007 at Hospice House after a lengthy illness. She was born Sunday, October 25, 1964 to the late Roy Clifford Strange and Delia Alice (Blackman) Douglas.

DeeDee was a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed life to its fullest. One of her hobbies was collecting porcelain chicken and roosters.  She was a homemaker and cashier at J-Mart and Smoker’s Outlet.

Survivors include her husband:  Jeffery Lee Eaglin; one son:  David Lance Woods, two daughters:  Kayla Ann Woods and Kristi Lynn Woods and husband Michael Shepard; and two grandchildren, Shane and Brandon Shepard (plus one grandbaby that’s on the way) all of Odessa. She also leaves behind her parents: Delia and Paul Douglas; two brothers:   Alton Ray Strange and wife Kolena and Roy Lee Strange and wife Chris; one sister:  Anita Denise Daniel and husband Billy all of Odessa; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and her two dogs:  Princess and Tiny.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 16, 2006 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Emmett Barnard officiating, assisted by Mickie Munoz. Pallbearers will include:  Michael Shepard, Billy Daniel, and Greg Kyunkdell.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice House, 903 N Sam Houston, Odessa, 79761.

Cutberto Valenzuela Flores

 Cutberto Valenzuela Flores passed from this life Thursday, January 11, 2007 at his residence in Odessa.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife:  Janie Carrasco of Springdale AR, one son: C.J. Flores of Springdale, AR; one daughter:  Christi Ann Flores of Springdale, AR; his father: Concepcion Flores of Odessa, 2 brothers: Saul Flores of Odessa and Flavio Flores of Fayetteville, AR; four sisters:  Elida Flores and Leticia Flores of Odessa, Isaura Flores of Springdale, AR and Adriana Flores of San Antonio, TX and five grandchildren.

He was born Thursday, March 20, 1958 in Ojinaga, Mexico. He was a painter and sandblaster who had lived and worked in Odessa for the last 4 months.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm, Monday, January 15, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel's 24-Hour Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Joey Faylona officiating. Pallbearers will be Saul Flores, Flavio Flores, Gavino Ramirez, Alex Levario, Ricardo Serrano, Arvin Levario, C.J. Flores, and Flavio Flores, Jr.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of West Odessa.

Mary Ruth Pendleton
Mary Ruth Pendleton, age 83, of Odessa died Saturday, January 20, 2007 at Trinity Haven Healthcare Center in Midland.
Those left behind are one son, Larry Pendleton of Odessa, one daughter, Ruby Gressit of Seminole, three sisters, Louise Fleetwood of Point, Texas and Avis Pendleton and Ruby Jewell Raymond both of Odessa, nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 
She was born Saturday, March 10, 1923 in Grandview, Texas.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at Aces West Funeral Chapel with Brother Wayne Shelton officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery

Norma Dean Brandenburg

Norma Dean Brandenburg, age 60 of Colorado City, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2007 in Tyler, Texas. She was born Sunday, March 3, 1946 in McAllister, OK to Thomas and Virginia (Whitaker) Brandenburg.

Norma was employed as a clerk at Diamond Shamrock and had lived in Colorado City for the past eleven years, having moved there from Odessa where she had been a resident for fourty-seven years.

Those left behind to cherish her love and memories are her long time companion, J. W. Berry of Colorado City, two sons, Buford Dale Gideon of Lubbock and Thomas Ray Johnson of Odessa, one step-son, J. W. Berry, Jr of Monroe, Louisiana, three Daughters, Benita Dean Harvill, Janice Marie Tucker and Debra Rene Branscum all of Odessa, one step-daughter, Robin Berry of Colorado City, seventeen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her loving dogs, Sandy and Tiny and Fat Boy, her pig.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Kenneth Tucker.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 27, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa with Brother John Woods officiating. The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people of Loraine and Colorado City for all their help.

Leon “Slim” Russell

Memorial services for Leon “Slim” Russell is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 11:00 am at Vine Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Touchstone officiating.

He was born February 23, 1928 in Armstrong, Oklahoma. He went to be with our Lord on December 24, 2006 at Hospice House in Odessa. He was laid to rest on December 29th in Armstrong, Oklahoma.

He married Evelyn St John on June 6, 1946 in Sherman, Texas. They moved to Odessa in the mid 50’s from Durant, Oklahoma. He retired in 1992. He dreamed of going back to Oklahoma but his love for his family and friends kept him in Odessa.

He was a very loving and giving person and he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn, his two daughters Georgia Parker and husband Larry, Sylvia Pierce and husband Dan, eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

Our Thanks go out to the wonderful and caring staff at the Home Hospice, the 8th floor at Medical Center and Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

James Willis “Silver Lizard” Oakley

James Willis “Silver Lizard” Oakley, age 53, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at home, sitting in his favorite recliner, exactly where he had wanted to be.

James was born March 26, 1953 in Newport News, VA to James and Celia Oakley, the oldest of six children. As a military child, the family moved all over the United States.  His fondest memories were of the years he spent in Alaska.

James came to Odessa in 1986 from the Ft. Worth area. In May 1988, he met Lynda Louis Matthews. They spent almost 19 years together having two children, Daniel Jeremiah, now age 17, and Emily Annette, age 13. They were his pride and joy. They never doubted their dad’s love for them, as the words “I love you” were often used by the entire family. James had hoped to stay around until Daniel graduated from High School, but he did not quite make it. But because of his guidance, both children will surely grow up to be successful adults.

James loved getting on the radio and talking to his C.B. buddies, although he was unable to do it the last several months. He made some lifelong friends over the air. We’d like to take this time to thank you all for being his friend and bringing him such joy.

We’d also like to thank Dr. Borra at the West Texas Cancer Center for taking such good care of James, even when he was a pain. This also goes out to the sweet ladies at Infusion Services. We know how James could be and you all accepted him as he was. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

James was preceded in death by his father and one brother.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda Louise Matthews, one son Daniel Jeremiah Oakley and one daughter, Emily Annette Oakley all of Odessa, his mother, Celia Autrey of Haltom City, two brothers, Curtis Autrey and Arthur Autrey of Ft Worth and Kenneth Oakley of Arlington, one sister, Monica Oakley of Ft Worth and several nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be Saturday, January 27, 2007 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel. James will then be cremated and his ashes will be preserved by his children which was his final wish.

“Dad, we will miss you so much, but we know you loved us and will be watching over us always.”

Sandy Lee "Lonewolf" Brown

Sandy Lee "Lonewolf" Brown, lifelong resident of Odessa passed away Thursday, January 25, 2007 at Alliance Hospital. He was born Sunday, November 8, 1953 in Odessa to the late James Robert and Veda R (Taylor) Brown.

Sandy entered the army in 1971 until his discharge from the 22nd Infantry of the 6th United States Army as a wireman. He then entered the reserves and remained until 1977. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter badge with M-16 rifle bar. Sandy went on to become an electrician working in both residential and commercial.

Known by many as “Lonewolf”, Sandy joined the Dream Riders social club and was chairman of the board for four years. He loved his motorcycle and the freedom of the road that it gave to him. He enjoyed taking rides with his friends and comrades and believed in living life to its fullest.  He and his son Dustin were the best of friends.  They had similar interests, lived together, and did everything together.

Those left behind to cherish his love and memories are his son, Dustin Brown of Odessa, step-son, Kevin McDorman of Dallas, TX, his sister, Marti McPherson and nephew, Jaime McPherson both of Odessa.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm, Monday, January 29, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers are David Daniels, Bobby Simmons, Alan Melof, Robert Dale, Terry Ross and Jerry Treadwell.  Honorary pallbearer is Randy Huffty. Condolences may be made at

Lettie Mae Fielden

Lettie Mae “Mamaw” Fielden age 97, longtime resident of Odessa passed away Saturday, January 27, 2007 at Hospice House. She was born Thursday, December 16, 1909 in Bogata, TX.  She took care of children at their family’s homes.  She joined Eastside Baptist Church in 1946 and was currently attending University Park Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter-in-law, Lou Fielden of Pacoima, CA, the “daughter she never had”:  Darlene Stewart Hale and husband Charles of Odessa, Jeff Stewart of Odessa; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, several nieces, and a host of friends.

Her husband, Almon Leo Fielden, and son, Glen Fielden, preceded her in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Brother Clydel Chapman officiating. Pallbearers will include:  Jeff Stewart, Don Van Houten, Kendall Goodman, Herbie Stokes, Michael Isbell, and Charles Hale.  Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Dana Walker.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be sent at In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, 79761.

Gary Nicholson
Gary Nicholson, age 72 of Odessa passed away Saturday, January 27, 2007 at Alliance Hospital of Odessa.  He was born October 14, 1934 in HutchinsonKSHe was a painter.
He is survived by four sisters, Delores Livingston and husband Dewey of Kerrville, TX, Janet Perry and husband John of Hutchinson, KS, Joan White of Burlington, KS, and Marlene Madden and husband Bob of Glendale, AZ, and one nephew - Robert Faure of Kerrville, TX.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of West Odessa.

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