Obituaries 2009

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Ruben Valenzuela Cataño

Ruben was born to Juan and Maria Cruz Cataño on April 21, 1954.  He went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2009, at the age of 54 after a long and blessed life.  He was a faithful father, brother and son.  He was preceded in death by his father, Juan Cataño, Sr.  He served his country as an armor crewman in the U.S. Army.  He was blessed with many talents including craftsmanship, instrument and electrical technician.  He loved all areas of life.  He enjoyed fishing and cooking Bar-B-Q for his friends and family.  His loving heart was always available for others in their need.  Everything he did, he did with a HAPPY-GO-LUCKY attitude.  We will love our son, father, brother, cousin, uncle, grandpa and friend.  He will be greatly missed and in our hearts forever. 

He is survived by his mother, Maria Cruz Cataño, children;  Mr. & Mrs. Randy Cataño, of Lubbock,  Mr. & Mrs. Ruben Cataño, Jr. of Hawaii, Mr. Johnny Hernandez, of Mertzon, Mr. Demetrio Cataño, of Dallas, Mrs. Iris Caballero, of Dallas, Mrs. Martha Tovar of Mineral Wells, Mr. Shawnsey Cataño, and  Mr. David Cataño, of Weatherford, brothers and sisters; Mr. Guadalupe Sotelo, Mr. & Mrs. Francisco & Maria Elena Sotelo, Mr. & Mrs. Herman & Teresa Sotelo, Mr. & Mrs. Juan & Sandra Cataño, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. John Hernandez, Mr.  & Mrs. Alfredo & Maria Levario, Mr. & Mrs. George & Cecilia  Rodriguez, 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews and a very special cousin Mr. Salvador Carrasco Jr. 

There will be a rosary at 7p.m.Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at Acres West Funeral Home 8115 W. University Blvd. and a memorial Mass for Ruben Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 907 S. Dixie Blvd.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Odessa, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.                              

Roy E. Cox
Roy Edwin Cox, age 49, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 in Odessa.  He was born in Roseburg, Oregon.  He was an auto technician for Nissan.
Roy is survived by his wife:  Cassandra K. Cox of La Quinta, California and his brother:  John Cox and wife Judy of Odessa.
No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements are under the direction of Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Kelly Merritt Chapman

Kelly Merritt Chapman, age 54, passed away Monday, January 19, 2009 due to a four-wheeler accident.  He was born August 24, 1954 in Bay City, TX to Edgar Roy Chapman and Laura Mae (Delone) Chapman.  He married Lou Anne (Lyle) Whitlock on July 6, 1985 in Odessa and they enjoyed almost 27 happy years together. He was employed by Weatherford for 29 years.  He was the area asset /inventory coordinator.


Those left to cherish his love and memory include his wife:  Lou Anne Chapman of Odessa; three sons:  Scott Chapman and wife Heather, Bobby Whitlock, Mike Whitlock and wife Mandy, all of Odessa; four daughters:  Danielle Chapman of Brownfield, TX, Tanya Wolfe and husband Tommy of Lubbock, TX, Amber Wright and husband Ian, Shawna Kirk and husband Donny, all of Odessa; and fourteen grandchildren:  Kendra, Madi, Coleman, Bella, Mason, Tristan, Kelsea, Bryson, Cory, Sammy Jo, Kally, Tolby, Caden, and D.J.; his father: Edgar Chapman of San Angelo, TX, his brother:  James Chapman and wife Connie of Stephenville, TX, his sister Viola Chapman of Sweetwater, TX and a large extended family and friends.


Life is not measured by how many breaths you take, but by how many things take your breath away. He knew how to take our breaths away!

Funeral services are set for 2:00 pm Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Wayne Shelton. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Texora Kay Bone

Texora Kay Bone, 80, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother went with the Lord on January 22, 2009.  She was born March 16, 1928 in Archer City, TX to Henry Ross Tindall and Vara Lois (Harbison) Tindall.  She graduated from OHS in 1946.  Texora worked at the Ector County Library while attending Odessa College, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in Library Science.  Texora met the love of her life Robert Carruthers Bone while working at the library; they married September 15, 1951.  She was a homemaker and together they raised two children.  They celebrated forty-three years together.  He preceded her in death on November 1, 1994. 

Texora loved to travel, camping, and spending time with her family.  She loved reading books, and doing crossword and wordsearch puzzles.  She crocheted and did all kinds of needlework.  She loved to cook and bake for her family.  Texora made many cherished handcrafted keepsakes for family and friends.  She had a great love for her family and had a kind and caring heart. She was everyone’s “Grandma”.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.   

We would like to send a special “Thank You” to her providers who lovingly cared for her.   

Those left to cherish her love and memory include her son:  David Alec Bone of Odessa; daughter:  Janileah “Jan” Bersosa and husband Elouterio of Odessa; three sisters:  Jesse Keck of Wichita Falls, TX, Jean Alread  and Jill Mahan, both of Burnet, TX; four granddaughters:  Shawna Harrison and husband Scott, Christy Marquez and husband Joseph, Camellia Roman and husband Chris; and Jessica Franco and husband Oscar, all of Odessa; seven great-grandchildren:  Kaysie and Megan Harrison, Kaylea, Joshua, Alex, and Ashton Marquez, and Arianna Roman, and many other nieces, nephews, and extended family. 

Family will receive friends Saturday evening from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  Funeral services to celebrate Texora’s life will be at 3:00 pm Sunday, January 25, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Jason Harmeyer officiating.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

To Those I Love and Those Who Love Me 

While I am gone release me, let me go.  I have so many things to see and do.

You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears.  Be happy that we had so many beautiful years.

I gave to you my love. You can only guess how much you gave to me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you each have shown.  But now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me a while if grieve you must.  Then let your grief be comforted by trust,

It’s only a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart.

I won’t be far away, for life goes on, so if you need me, call and I will come,

Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near.  And if you listen with your heart,

You’ll hear all my love around you soft and clear,  And then when you must come this way alone,

I’ll greet you with a smile and say…“Welcome Home.”

Richard Oscar Pasley

Richard Oscar Pasley, age 66, passed away Friday, January 23, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born July 15, 1942 in Texarkana, Arkansas to James Oscar Pasley and Leona Rowena (Fleming) Pasley.  He married Betty Sue Lambright in 1991.  Richard was a pipe fitter for El Paso Products. 

He was an extremely capable man and a hard worker.  He could do anything and build anything.  He enjoyed collecting guns, coins, and knives, and had a booth at the most recent gun show.  He was a loving husband, brother, daddy, and papa.  He had an amazing capacity to love.  His children always knew he had great love for them.  That love knew no boundaries.  There was no “half” and there was no “step”.  Those words never crossed his lips.  If it did happen to cross his mind, it never crossed his heart.  This love was evidenced by his devotion.  He was always there for his family and friends.  He never missed his children’s sports activities and he loved to get together with his brothers.   

Those left to cherish his love and memory include his wife:  Betty Pasley of Odessa; his mother:   Leona Collett of Odessa; his son:  Richard Dwayne Pasley of Wimberly, TX; step-son:  Jay Adcock of Odessa; daughters:  Toni Diane Pasley Brightman of Greenville, TX, Susan Elizabeth Moore of Bryan, TX, and Natalie Jane Gilmore of Austin, TX; step-daughters:  Robbie Ash of Elmo, TX and Rhonda Carter of Odessa; brothers:  James Leroy Pasley and Gary Collett of Odessa; sister:  Gailya Copeland of Midland; seventeen grandchildren:  Seth, Thomas, Christopher, Chelsi, Richard, Nicolas, Colton, Ashton, Shawna, Cody, Christina, K’Leah, Heather, Michael, Aaron, Taylor, and Caleb; and four great-grandchildren:  Kai, Kyler, Emma, and Austin.  

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Farrell Ard.  Pallbearers will be Bryce Gilmore, Colton Moore, Nicolas Gilmore, Ashton Moore, Cody Simmons, and James Camargo.  Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Collett and Christopher Brightman.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Lawrence Dean Ramsel
Lawrence Dean Ramsel, age 73, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri to the late Lawrence Andrew Ramsel and Beulah (Babb) Ramsel.  He married Phyllis Plummer on November 26, 1956.  He was a coast to coast truck driver.  He was a US Air Force veteran.  He was Catholic.
He is survived by his wife:  Phyllis Ramsel of Odessa; three sons:  Daniel Ramsel of Kiln, Mississippi, Donald Ramsel of Odessa, and Dwight Ramsel of Dallas, TX; five daughters:  Debra Ellis and Dennise Turpin, both of Troy, Kansas, Diana Darvin of Waupaca, Wisconsin, Darlene Crane of Kingwood, TX and Dana Ortiz of Tracy, California; two brothers:  John Ramsel of Little Rock, Arkansas and James Ramsel of Huffman, TX; one sister:  Mary Lou Ramsel of Kansas City, Kansas; twenty-two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Western Roses Memorial Park, 4100 North FM 1788, Midland, TX, officiated by Father Mark Miller.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Shirley E. Shults

Shirley E. Shults, age 73, passed away on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She was born in Tulsa, OK to Forrest and Edith (McIntosh) Hammon.  She was a certified nurse's assistant.  She was a member of the Odessa Gospel Lighthouse Church.
She is survived by her son:  Johnny Shults of San Angelo, TX; daughter:  Vicke Alvarado of Odessa; one brother:  Lloyd Hammon; three sisters:  Lanell Akin of Catfish Cove, Arkansas, Norma Denton of Odessa, and Erma Hammon of Longview, TX; eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son:  James Freeman; one daughter:  Pamela Sue Shults; several brothers:  Chris Hammon, William Edgar Hammon, and Ross Clifford Hammon; and four sisters:  Ruth Margie Pierce, Toby Shaw, Edna Whitacre, and Lou Howard.

A family visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday, January 26, 2009 at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at Vine Baptist Church, 2200 W. 22nd St., Odessa, TX, officiated by Pastors Johnny Touchstone and Eddie Humphries.  Interment will follow at Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, TX.

Albesia Leyva Castro
Albesia Leyva Castro, age 55, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born January 9, 1954 in Boquilla San Isidro, Chihuahua Mexico to Ramon and Alejandra (Lujan) Leyva.  She married Francisco Castro on February 5, 1976 in Alamos de Marquez.  She was a homemaker. 
She is survived by her husband:  Francisco Castro of Odessa; her father:  Ramon Leyva of Odessa; one son:  Anselmo Castro of Midland; three daughters:  Rosaidalia Castro and Luz Veronica Castro, both of Odessa and Juana Imelda Castro of Mexico; two brothers:  Fernando Leyva and Virjilio Leyva, both of Odessa; two sisters:  Neyva Leyva and Palmira Leyva, both of Odessa; and three grandchildren:  Ricardo Lujan, Michelle Manning, both of Odessa and Margarita Castro of Mexico.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2009 at Iglesia Bautista El Mesias, 610 Royalty Ave. Odessa, TX, officiated by Rev. John Gaona.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Kevin Worth Elliott

Kevin Worth Elliott, age 43, passed away Monday, January 26, 2009 at his Odessa home.  He was born Tuesday, August 24, 1965 in San Angelo, TX to Roy “Blackie” Elliott and Barbara (Chapman) Elliott.  He was self-employed in the oilfield as a pump mechanic. 

Kevin is survived by his wife:  Jewell Elliott of Odessa; mother:  Barbara Elliott of San Angelo, TX; two sons:  Duncan Elliott and Tommy Jones, both of Odessa; one daughter:  Audrey Phillips of Odessa; one brother:  Roy Elliott of San Angelo; and three sisters:  Tonja Elliott and Brenda Sanders, both of San Angelo and Barbara Brennan of New York City, NY. 

Memorial services will be 3:30 pm Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, TX, officiated by Pastor Allen Harris.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Lawrence Roy Roberts

Lawrence Roy Roberts, age 46, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born Thursday, January 10, 1963 in Odessa to Loman Lawrence Roberts and Vivian Howell-Roberts.  He was a wrecker driver for Crash Masters. 

He is survived by his mother:  Vivian Howell-Roberts of Odessa; one brother:  Floyd M. Roberts of Fort Worth, TX; two sisters:  Amy Roberts-Nobles and Effie A. Roberts, both of Odessa; two nephews:  Allen Nobles of Odessa and Christopher Roberts of Fort Worth, TX; one uncle:  Jimmy Howell and wife Katherine of Columbus, TX; and one aunt:  Verdie Howell of Pecos, TX. 

Funeral services are set for 2:00 pm Monday, January 2, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Randall Mitchell.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

The family sends out very special thanks to Mike and Sherry Pool of Neal Pool Wrecker Service.  They were always there for Lawrence. 

Memorials may be made to Victory Temple Church, 509 N. FM1936, Odessa, TX 79763.

Ernest Olivas Watts

Ernest Olivas Watts, age 50, passed away Saturday, January 31, 2009 at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Marfa, TX to David N. Watts and Anita (Olivas) Watts on April 3, 1958.  He was a contractor. 

He is survived by his daughter:  Elizabeth Watts of Odessa; step-daughter:  Chrissy Cataño of Marta; one step-son:  Alfredo Cataño of Marfa; three brothers:  Danny Watts of Marfa, TX; David Watts of Odessa, and Willie Watts of Big Spring, TX; and two grandchildren:  JoBeth Cataño and Brian Cataño. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife: Margie Torres Watts, who passed away on December 27, 1996.

Rosary will be 2:00 pm Thursday, February 5, 2009 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marfa, TX.  Interment will follow at Marfa Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Margaret A. Brownlee
Margaret A. Brownlee, age 87, passed away Friday, January 30, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Tucumcari, NM on August 5, 1921 to Gregerio and Eloisa Carrillo.  She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her daughter:  Debra Auld of Odessa and three sons:  John Brownlee of Haines City, FL and Donnie Wayne Brownlee and Ronnie Dean Brownlee, both of Odessa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sons and six daughters.

Funeral services will be at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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