Obituaries 2007

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Royce W. Jackson

Funeral services for Royce Wilson Jackson will be 2:00 pm Saturday, December 29, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Bro. Jimmy Braswell. Visitation at the funeral home will begin Thursday, December 27, 2007 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Royce was born February 6, 1939 in Gilmer, Upshur County, TX to Clarence and Jessie (Wilson) Jackson.  He and his younger brother, Russell, were raised in Mansfield, LA.  They lost their father when Royce was only 19.  Clarence died from a coronary thrombosis at the age of 48.  Their mother, however, lived to the age of 91.  She joined Clarence in 2000.   

Royce attended college in Kilgore, TX and LA Tec in Rustin.  He was in the Coast Guard Reserves for eight years.  He was an Elks member for 33 years, and in the American Legion for two years.  He lived in Farmington, NM from 1963 until 1987.  He then moved to Las Vegas, NV, which turned out to be his favorite place to be until moving to Odessa.  He retired as a Union Millwright Welder, but had many different jobs throughout his life.  His favorite was wheeling and dealing, buying and selling – anything and everything from real estate to interesting items he had made by hand or dumpster diving goodies.   

Royce was a lover of people – he loved them no matter if they were rich or poor.  He helped many friends in need through money, manual labor, or lending a sympathetic ear. He enjoyed clowning around with children – who looked up to him as a cowboy hero.  His cousin, Keith, remembers being in awe of him. When Keith was 15 years old, Royce and his family drove up in Royce’s black 1963 Chevy for a visit.  What beautiful boots Royce had on!  When Keith told Royce he couldn’t ride his bike because it was broken, they went to “take a look at it" and Royce fixed it. 

Royce was a rare person who will be missed by many, many friends and loved ones, especially Delores Van Ryan. 

Royce – no road is too long, if one has friends like you.

Gerald Michael Frost, Sr.
Gerald Michael Frost, Sr. age 74 died Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at his residence in Odessa.  He was born October 8, 1933 in Scranton, PA to Albert and Katherine (Lynch) Frost.  He was a shipyard machinist, tool and die maker.  He married Joan Ada Gulick and together they raised seven children.  She preceded him in death in 1993.

He is also preceded in death by his parents and two sons:  James Earl Frost and Thomas Albert Frost; one daughter:  Donna Ray Frost; and two grandsons.

He is survived by his son:  Gerald M. Frost, Jr. of Long Beach, CA; three daughters:  Linda Bava and Robin Heacock, both of Odessa, and Ruth Ann Leblanc of Midland; eighteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday and Wednesday, December 24th and 26th from 8 am to 8 pm. Services will be held at a later date.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Patrick R. Garcia

Patrick R. Garcia, age 51, of Odessa went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born February 8, 1956 in Corpus Christi, TX to Felix and Antonia (Rodriguez) Garcia. 

Patrick was a welder for Enertech for 30 years.  He was a hard worker, but liked to take time out sometimes to enjoy a good football game.  He was a generous, giving man who enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren.  He was always willing to give others a hand.   

Those left to cherish his love and memories include his wife of 34 years:  Patricia Garcia of Odessa; his mother:  Antonia Garcia of Beeville, TX; grandmother:  Concepcion Rodriguez of Beeville, TX; two sons:  Patrick M. Garcia and Armando Garcia, both of Odessa; one daughter:  Terri A. Garcia of Odessa; seven brothers:  Stanley Gonzales of Lyford, TX; Felix Garcia of Atlanta, GA, Rueben Gonzales of Austin, TX; Patrick Gonzales and Phillip Gonzales, both of Spokane, WA, and Terry Garcia and Jeff Gonzales, both of Bryan, TX; his father-in-law and mother-in-law:  Daniel and Isabelle Fernandez of Odessa; sisters-in-law:  Marie Aleman and Carmen Attaway, both of Odessa; and four grandchildren. 

Patrick was preceded in death by his father, Felix Garcia. 

Rosary will be said Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 7:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Friday, December 28, 2007 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Bernardito Getigan as celebrant.   Interment will follow at Los Angeles Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Juanita Licón

The Lord called Juanita Salazar Licón home on December 25, 2007.  She was born February 19, 1953 in Odessa to Santiago (Jimmy) Salazar and Elvira Larrea Salazar.   She is preceded in death by her grandmother - Martha Pompa, grandfather - Santiago Larrea, her mother - Elvira P. Larrea, and her sister - Gloria Salazar.  

Juanita was very strong-willed and fought a courageous battle against cancer.  Juanita was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she worshiped our Lord until her journey home.  Her father, Santiago S. Salazar, and family will miss her very much.  Elvira Larrea prepared a place for her in heaven and waited anxiously for Juanita.  Juanita leaves a painful void in our lives; however, we look to her children and grandchildren to carry on with the tradition of hard work, undying hope, endless love, courageous spirit and a spiritual devotion to Jesus Christ.  She is survived by her daughter Yvonne Flores and her two sons Jimmy and Eric Flores.  Her grandchildren are Tiffany, Shawn, Elijah, Arieona and Alex all of Roswell, New Mexico.  Juanita leaves five sisters all of Odessa to cherish her memories: Christine Salazar, Isabel Melendez, and Renee Salazar; and two spiritual sisters: Olivia Sosa Muro and Mary Tarín Gonzales. Juanita is also survived by aunts and uncles that she loved very much: a paternal aunt, Ms. Trine Uranga and children, a maternal uncle, Faustino P. Larrea and wife, Aurora Larrea and children, Mr. Santiago C. Larrea, Jr.  and children and Mr. Faustino C. Larrea, II and wife Alma Larrea and children. 

Rosary will be said on Saturday, December 29, 2007 and Sunday, December 30, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 7:30 p.m.  Her resurrection mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.  Graveside services will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  The Pall bearers will be Eric Flores, Jimmy Flores, Benjamin García, David Melendez, Mario Melendez, Jr., Shawn Flores Perry, Jeremy Sanchez, Louis Serrano and Adrian Albarado.

The Salazar family is deeply grateful to special friends and family of Juanita for their funeral support:  Alvesa Dávila, Rosalinda Sosa García, George and Maggie Gomez, Beatrice Madero, Joe and Mary Tarín Gonzales, María Victoria Guzman, Arturo Hernandez, Jesus and Olivia Muro, and Louis and Angie Serrano.  The Salazar family extends a very special thanks to all for the food, expressions of sympathy and floral gifts!

Terry Dawayne Curry

Funeral services for Terry Dawayne Curry will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 29, 2007 at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Bro. Clydell Chapman.  Interment will follow at Western Roses Memorial Park.   

Terry was born February 26, 1959 in Big Lake, Reagan County, TX to Ernest and Jerry (Moore) Curry.  He married Nancy Ella Nowell on November 30, 1999 in Odessa.  He was a self-employed carpenter/contractor.   

Terry is survived by his loving wife: Nancy Curry of Odessa; his mother:  Jerry Curry of Odessa; two sons:  E.J. Curry of Midland and Seth Curry of Odessa; one daughter:  Crystal Nicole Curry of Odessa; step-son:  Corey Sipes of Amarillo, TX; step-daughter:  Krystal Ray Sipes of Greenville, TX; two brothers:  Brad Curry of Odessa and Shane Curry of Mineral Wells, TX; sister:  Kristina Vance of Odessa and five grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his father:  Ernest Curry, one brother:  Tony Curry, and an infant daughter:  Cearra Lentz Curry.

Bobby Ellis
Bobby Ellis, age 74, of Odessa died Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  He was born October 16, 1933 in Muskogee, OK.  He was a plant operator.  He was also a US Navy veteran.
He is survived by two sons:  Cody Ellis of Odessa and Justin Davis of Provo, UT; and one daughter:  Beth Sullivan of Lubbock, TX; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Corina Medrano

Corina Medrano, age 31, of Odessa died Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born September 24, 1976 in Andrews, TX to Pedro and Belia (Deanda) Mendoza. She was a dispatcher for P&B Trucking, but more than that – she was the rock, the foundation for the business that kept things running smoothly.  

She is survived by her husband:  Jose Medrano, Jr; parents:  Pedro and Belia Mendoza; maternal grandmother:  Maria Garcia; two sons:  Jose Angel Medrano and Alejandro Medrano; three brothers:  Pete Mendoza, Armando Mendoza, and Jesus Mendoza; and two sisters:  Sally Mendoza and Nancy Mendoza; mother and father-in-law:  Jose and Olivia Medrano; four sisters-in-law:  Irma Medrano, Laura Medrano, Lorena Medrano, and Olivia Ortiz; brother-in-law:  David Medrano; and sixteen nieces and nephews, all of Odessa.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at Acres West’s 24-Hour Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am Wednesday, January 2, 2007 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Bernardito Getigan officiating.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa. 

Corina was a wonderful wife, loving mother, beloved daughter and sister, who was a bright and cheerful light in our lives.  She was loved and will be missed by all.

Karen Russell
Karen Russell, age 61, died Thursday, December 27, 2007 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born Wednesday, February 27, 2007 in Upland, CA to Marvin F. Meredith and Clark M. (Ruark) Meredith.  She was a truck driver.
Karen is survived by her husband:  Richard Russell of Huntsville, TX; son:  Brody Thomas Dooley of Kahului, HI; daughter:  Bobbi Lewis of Odessa; two sisters:  Marva Meredith Miller of Phoenix, AZ and Geneva Roach of Santa Barbara, CA and ten grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held 2 pm Monday, January 7, 2008 at Zion Ministries Church officiated by Brother Dewey Blevins, assisted by Pastor Carrie Barrett.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Jessie Burks

Jessie Irene Burks, age 76, died Friday, December 28, 2007 at her residence in Odessa.  She was born Saturday, April 4, 1931 in Muleshoe, TX to Joseph and Irene (Tivis) Howle.  She worked for some time as a hairdresser, but later went back to school.  She became a counselor and retired from that position after twenty years. 

Those left to cherish her love and memories include her son:  Ron Gandy of Hobbs, NM; daughter:  Leslie Lynette “Lynn” Greathouse of Odessa; three brothers:  Enos Howle and Bob Howle both of Midland, and Jerry Howle of Clyde, TX; three sisters:  Lettie Rock of Midland, TX, Crystal Barton of Abilene, TX and Micky Tennison of Baird, TX; fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Preceding Jessie in death were her parents:  Joe and Irene Howle, her husband:  Murray Gene Burks, a sister:  Nina Howle, and one brother: Larry Howle. 

Funeral services will be 2 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Bro. Dewey Blevins, assisted by Pastor Carrie Barrett.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Cora Armijo

Cora Armijo, 69, passed away Saturday, December 29th, 2007 at Hospice House of Odessa due to lengthy illness.  She was born January 4, 1938 in Hagerman, New Mexico to M.B. & Felia Montoya. She married Robert R. Armijo on December 23, 1955.  The Family moved to Odessa in 1971. She was a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished the quality time she spent with her family.  She enjoyed gardening and the outdoors before she fell ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Joe Raymond Armijo and brothers Claude and Sig Montoya.  She is survived by husband Robert Raymond Armijo, a son Robert Raymond Armijo Jr. of Odessa, daughters: Donna & husband Larry Keene of Odessa and Carolyn & husband Charles Sandifer of Midland, brother, Willie Montoya of Colorado; sisters: Betty Smith of Roswell, New Mexico; Bonnie Velasquez of California; Mary & husband Joaquin Arredondo of Roswell, New Mexico; Lela Duran of Odessa; Olima Montoya of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bergie Montoya of California, 5 grandchildren: Felicia Simmons of Odessa; David Joshua Young of Dumfries, Virginia; Jennifer Lyn Snyder of Midland; Cassie Snyder of Midland; Clinton Bradley Keene of Odessa, 4 great grandchildren: Shania Dawnielle, Sadie Belle & Scarlet Coralie Simmons, and Corbin Miles Young all of Odessa, and multiple nieces & nephews.
She leaves a painful void in our lives. We will deeply miss her smile and loving touch.  The family wishes to thank the staff of Home Hospice for their tender care of our mom in the last months of her life. A special thanks to Tylene, her nurse, for her never ending devotion to the very end of her precious life.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Private Services are scheduled at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Paul Joseph McBride

Paul Joseph McBride, age 76, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2007 at his residence in Odessa, TX.  He was born August 11, 1931 in Clayton, TN to Ernest and Lela (Price) McBride. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and has no relatives that survive him.

Interment was at Ector County Cemetery.

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