Obituaries 2009

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Richard Harold Hobbs

Richard Harold Hobbs, age 41, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Ft. Worth, TX on January 18, 1968.  He was a truck driver.
Ricky is survived by his wife:  Cynthia June Hobbs of Odessa; his parents: Ronald Wayne and Mavis Lee Hobbs of Granbury, TX; Grandparents:  Edward and Jo Tull of Arlington, TX; three sons:  Richard Kelly Hobbs of Venus, TX, Marcus Wayne Hobbs of Granbury, TX, and Vandon Harold Hobbs of Kaufman, TX; one daughter:  Jessica Lee Hobbs of Ft. Worth, TX; one brother:  Ronald Hobbs, Jr. of Granbury, TX; two grandsons:  Jason O' Conner Woodham of Kaufman, TX and Noah Hobbs of Elmo, TX; two nieces:  Kayla and Kimberly Hobbs; one nephew:  Robert Balen Hobbs; and one great-nephew:  Robert Balen Hobbs, Jr.

He was preceded in death by one brother:  Balen Earl Hobbs.

Graveside memorial services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Restland Cemetery in Roxton, TX officiated by Charles J. Whitt.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Rosendo Saenz Aguilar, Jr.

Rosendo Saenz Aguilar, Jr. of Odessa, age 59, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born November 4, 1949 in Kenedy, TX to Rosendo Aguilar, Sr. and Sanjuana (Saenz) Aguilar.  He was a long haul truck driver.   

Ross was an avid fisherman.  He was a lady’s man, but also enjoyed playing poker or watching football with the boys.  He was a good cook and liked to bar-be-que.  He was a jokester and a one-of-a-kind person.  He could fix anything; just give him some duct tape and resin.  He was devoted to his grandchildren. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother:  Sanjuana Aguilar of Homestead, FL; three sons:  Rosendo “Trey” Aguilar III and wife Mary of Midland, TX, Israel Garcia and Michael Aguilar and wife Rebecca, all of Odessa; four daughters:  Leslie Aguilar Schmitt of Sweetwater, TX, Paula Garcia of Roanoke, VA, and Matilda Aguilar and Victoria Aguilar, both of Odessa; step-son:  Geno Hernandez and wife Maribel of Odessa; four step-daughters:  Monica Hernandez, Christy Breedlove and husband Scott, Melissa Torres and husband Willie, and Geneva Lopez and husband Jose, all of Odessa; five brothers:  Raul Aguilar of Three Rivers, TX, and Rudy Aguilar, Ramiro Aguilar, Ricardo Aguilar, and Rene Aguilar, all of Homestead, FL; seven sisters:  Luisa Rivas of Miami, FL, Linda Aguilar of Kyle, TX, Leonora Aguilar of Miami, FL, and Lucy Aguilar, Janie Aguilar, Rosa Matthews, and Claudene Shannon, all of Homestead, FL; forty-one grandchildren and one great-grandson. 

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Rosary will be said 7:30 pm Monday, March 30, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Ares West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Father Joe Uecker.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Catherine G. McMillan

Catherine G. McMillan, age 83, of Odessa passed away on Friday, March 27, 2009 at Seabury Nursing Center.  She was born in Tahoka, TX on Christmas day in 1925 to Wylie and Hester Payne.  She had been a bus driver for ECISD.  She was a member of Victory Temple Assembly of God Church and the VFW Auxiliary. 

Survivors include one son:  Travis McMillan of Van Buren, Arkansas; one daughter:  Linda Drager of Odessa; three brothers:  J.W. Payne and Bill Payne, both of Odessa and Bob Payne of Palm Harbor, FL; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two nieces:  Tanis and Kim Wilson of Odessa; and one nephew:  Chad Long of Odessa. 

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Wylie Lawton Payne and Hester Fay (Nichols) Payne; one brother:  Wilburn Lawton Payne; and a sister:  Francis Smith Long. 

Graveside memorial services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Anna Maria Bernal

Surrounded by her loved ones, Anna Maria Bernal, Age 50, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Odessa Regional Hospital. She was born in Odessa, Texas to Thomas and Josephine Moreno. On August 08, 1978, she married Benjamin Orta Bernal. She was a homemaker and spent her time volunteering and caring for her loved ones. She was adored by many and will be greatly missed.  

Survivors include her mother and father: Josephine and Thomas Moreno both of Odessa, Texas; two sons: Benjamin and Luis Bernal both of Odessa; four daughters: Rachel Camacho and husband Jose, and Sarah, Elizabeth and Abigail Bernal, all of Odessa; three sisters: Susie Lara of Odessa, Carmen Moreno of St. Paul, MN and Norma Moreno of Odessa; two brothers: Adam and Eddie Moreno, both of Odessa; and six grandchildren as well as two on the way.  

She is preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Orta Bernal and three brothers: Tommy, David and Frank Moreno. 

A prayer service will be held at 7:00 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Highway Temple Assembly of Odessa, officiated by Pastor Betty Yocham. Interment will follow at Rose Hill section of Ector County Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Janice Marie Miller

Janice Marie Miller, age 54, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2009 at her residence in Odessa, Texas. Janice was born in Shreveport, LA to Robert and Gloria Ramsey. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother.  She liked to bake and loved children.

Survivors include her mother Gloria Jean Ramsey of Odessa; one son: Timothy Miller of Odessa; one brother: Mickey Lewis Ramsey of San Francisco, CA; and three sisters:  Cindy Haynie and Betsy Cobb, both of Odessa, and Diane Jones of Ft. Worth, TX.

Janice was preceded in death by her father:  Robert Ramsey and her husband:  Michael Warren Miller.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday afternoon (12 noon to 8 pm), April 1, 2009, and all day (8 am to 8 pm) Thursday, April 2, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Services will be held at a later date. 

Wanda Rue Folk

Wanda Rue Folk, age 76, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at her residence in Odessa.  She was born in Jefferson City, MO to Edward Silver Davidson and Tina Marie (Smith) Davidson on January 31, 1933.  She married Jerald David Folk on February 7, 1950 in Iola, KS.   Wanda was a homemaker.  She was a previously a co-owner of the Nita's Fashion Shop in Kermit.  She was Baptist. 

She is survived by her husband, Jerald Folk of Odessa; three sons:  Edward Eugene “Eddie” Folk and wife Carolyn of Farmington, NM, Dan Herman “Danny” Folk and wife Jackie of McKinney, TX, and Thurman Michael “Mike” Folk and wife Linda of Odessa; one daughter:  Deborah Paulette “Debbie” Badley of Odessa; one sister:  Waunita Slator and husband Don of Odessa; and thirteen grandchildren:  Gary Dean Folk, David Neal Folk, Deanna Wanelle Hamsley, Mashell Clarise Underwood, Jacque Laverne Blount, Traci Dawn Thomas, Amy Danelle Folk, Jack Christian Folk, Brant Matthew Folk, Kelsey Brook Folk, Maria Ann Heck, Sheri Dale Barber, and Scotty Willis Folk. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers:  Alvie Davidson and Bill Davidson; and two sisters:  Billi Mae Stoner and Della Mitchell. 

Funeral services are set for 1:00 pm Friday, April 3, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Lorrie Roehl.  Interment will follow at Western Roses Memorial Park, 4100 N. FM 1788, Midland, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Jimmy Rey Parish

Jimmy Rey Parish, age 30, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Odessa on May 15, 1978 to Elmer Rey Parish and Lena Pauline (Lippe) Parish.  He worked as a roughneck.  He was Baptist.  He was an awesome dad and uncle. 

He is survived by his mother:  Lena Pauline Parish of Odessa; grandmother:  Alene Lippe of Odessa; four sons:  Braden Parish, Cameron Parish, Jerod Parish, and Cabot Parish and their mother:  Christi Parish, all of Odessa; one sister:  Renay Goodman of Odessa; and one half brother:  Timmy R. Parish of Midland, TX. 

He was preceded in death by his Papa:  Edward Lippe and his father:  Elmer Rey Parish. 

Funeral services will be 3 pm Monday, April 6, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother John Lyons of Bible Baptist Church.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Maurice “Mo” DeWayne Houze

Maurice “Mo” DeWayne Houze, 73, went home to be with his Lord on Friday morning, April 3rd

Mo worked for 15 years with H & S Valve until he retired in 2003.  He currently worked part time at Sage Wellness Center and this truly was his serve. 

Mo was born in Sardinia, Indiana to Herbert and Lucille Houze on September 16, 1936.  He graduated from Jackson Township High School in 1954.  During his senior year, he met and fell in love with Sandra Foster.  They were married February 14, 1955.  They walked hand in hand together for 54 years and they were still holding hands when he went home. 

Mo walked his faith daily.  He leaves behind more friends than can possibly be numbered.  He loved each one. 

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Kim Houze of Columbus, Indiana, daughter and son-in-law, Mary Kay and Steve Barnes of Plains, Texas, and son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Robin Houze of Columbus, Indiana.  He was their father, mentor, and friend. 

His joy was his grandchildren:  Cheri Lujan and her husband Josh, Jared Houze and his wife Erica, Chris Gscheidle and his wife Megan, Jake Houze, and Brady, Cassidy, Carson, and Landon Houze.  And just to make his joy complete he had five great-grandsons:  Nathanul, Victor, and Alezae Lujan, Ethan Gscheidle, and the precious new one, Simon Houze. 

Mo taught his children and grandchildren by his example.  He showed what it meant to walk with the Lord, how to laugh, forgive, a good work ethic, and what unconditional love really means. 

He leaves behind his beloved sisters:  Marilyn Trosky and her husband, Dave, and Jerilyn Manlief and her husband, Carl, and many nieces and nephews, remembered and loved by their uncle. 

Family visitation will be Monday evening, April 6, 2009, at Crossroads Fellowship, Billy Hext and Hwy. 191, from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Celebration services in honor of Mo will be held at Crossroads Fellowship at 10 am Tuesday, April 7, 2009 with Rev. Griffin Jones and Rev. Don Fankhauser officiating.  Burial for Mo will be in Westport, Indiana.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Crossroads Fellowship, 6901 E. State Hwy 191, Odessa, TX 79768.

Robert Wendell Cates

Robert Wendell Cates, 49, passed away in Odessa, TX on April 4, 2009.  Born to Loretta and William J. Cates in Post, TX, on February 16, 1960, he was predeceased by his parents and brothers:  William J. Cates, Jr. and Terrance Michael Cates. 

Robert worked in the oil industry locally at Huntsman Polymers, formerly El Paso Natural Gas Complex, for many years and then for Shell in Rifle, CO and was based in New Mexico with Chevron for the past two years.  He loved his work but his greatest joy was found outdoors.  He was a consummate amateur golfer and loved to fly fish.  Many of his happiest memories involved camping trips with his brother, Terry, and long time friends from Odessa. 

He is survived by his twin sister, Loretta Elizabeth (Lori) Cates of Odessa, TX, and sisters:  Cynthia Knight (Dana) of Katy, TX and Cathryn Godfrey (Randall) of Manor, TX.  His nieces and nephews, William Cates, Megan Yoder, Lauren Godfrey, Colins Godfrey, and Camila Cates will remember him with great affection. 

A private service for Robert was held under the direction of Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory (, Gifts in Memory).  The family wishes to sincerely thank Hospice House of Odessa for all their caring and support.

Lewis Edward Chandler

Lewis Edward Chandler, age 52, passed from this life on Sunday, April 5 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  Lewis was born in Shaw, Mississippi.  He learned to work hard, to keep his word, and to take his responsibilities seriously. One time a man who knew his dad came and offered Lewis and his brother Bud a job hoeing a field of cotton for seventy-five cents a row.  Back in those days, that was considered a lot of money and so they accepted quickly.  Thinking it would be easy money, they were anxious to get on with the work.  So, the boss loaded them up in his pick-up truck and drove to the field, which was a fair piece from home.  When he got a look at the field of cotton, his hopes fell like a stone dropped down the well.  It seemed the rows went on forever.  They were at least, two times longer than the rows they were used to hoeing.  And the Cockle Burr weeds were taller than either one of them.  Both Lewis and Bud hoed all day long, only being able to get about three rows done.  Disillusioned and frustrated they decided they were not going to go back to work the next day for that man.  The Boss came to fetch them out to the field and they told him they “quit”.  But Pappy had other ideas!  In his own persuasive way, he told them, in no uncertain terms they had given their word and they’d finish the job and it’d better be done right.  From that day forward, Lewis made sure he got a good look at what needed to be done, before agreeing to a job.  As hard as Lewis worked, he played hard, too.  Whether it was playing baseball as a young boy winning a number of trophies, playing pool as a young man, skiing with his children or getting down on the floor to give his grandbabies a horsey-back ride. . . he did it with gusto.     

He came to Texas with his family when he was a young boy.  They lived in Crane for a time.  Traveling to Texas from the Mississippi Delta in a car with his large family was kind of trying for Lewis.  He felt that maybe his dad and uncle had gotten lost, since it took close to a week to get here.  He remembered traveling through Dallas and thinking they must be going in circles, because they were there a couple a days.  If he remembered it right . . . it was mighty cold, too.  Arriving in Crane was not too exciting for him.  With snow on the ground and the wind whistling through the Mesquite, he thought his folks had lost their minds.  Even though he tended to be quiet and reserved he liked to tease and banter with his family and friends.  One of several favorites was the subject of “beauty rest”.  He would say, “Well, time to get my beauty rest, don’t need it, cause I’m already so pretty”, or “well you better go get your beauty rest, you’re going to need it to catch up with me” and then he would chuckle and say “later”.   

He was a man of strengths.  He most certainly had immense physical power to carry out his tasks.    Even though most everything was either black or white, with little gray area, he didn’t press his perceptions too heavily.  Standing firm in his traditional convictions and resisting the urge to relinquish them made him a stronghold for his family.  He was the protector and provider, taking care of his loved ones to the best of his ability.  He enjoyed participating in a variety of activities in life; deer hunting, riding his four-wheeler, water skiing, cooking on the grill, and playing pool or “Skip-Bo, but he came to regard the time spent with his family the most important.  Lewis was the family historian, in the sense that he would relate his memories of childhood, fatherhood and grand-parenting in funny and delightful stories.   

Whether we called him husband, brother, uncle or “Poppi” he has influenced us all for the better.  

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife:  Vicki Chandler of Odessa; one son:  Kurtis Karaffa of Odessa; two daughters:  Nicki Henry and Kim Green, both of Odessa; three brothers:  Albert Lee “Bud” Chandler, Jr. of Odessa, Michael Wayne Chandler and wife Dorothy of Coleman, TX and Edward Wayne Chandler of Jackson, MS; four sisters:  Shirley Scantling and husband James of Odessa, Rita Fay Adams of Waco, TX, JoAnn Allman and husband Jimmy of Monticello, FL, and Rosie Staires and husband Mark of Midland; and eleven grandchildren:  Celeste, Alyazia, Danae, Sarah, Anthony, John Lewis, Hailey, Katelynn, Gage, Victoria, and Peyton. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter:  Carry Chandler, and a sister:  Betty Jo “B.J.” Criddle. 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 9, 2009, at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Brother Roy Jones.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Following graveside services, there will be a meal for family and friends at Acres West’s 24 Hour Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Maria Lozoya

Maria Lozoya, age 60, passed on to be with her Lord on Monday, April 6, 2009 at her residence in Odessa.  She was born in Naica, Chihuahua Mexico on the 31st of July in 1948 to Ramon and Candelaria Saenz.  She was a homemaker, loving wife and mother to six children.  She was Catholic. 

Maria’s mother:  Candelaria (Regalado) Saenz, preceded her in death. 

Those left to cherish her love and memory include her father:  Ramon Saenz of Saucillo, Chihuahua Mexico; her husband:  Roberto Lozoya of Odessa; four sons:  Roberto Lozoya, Jr., Marco Lozoya, Alex Lozoya, and Luis Lozoya, all of Odessa; two daughters:  Rosa Hernandez and Maria Teresa Carrasco, both of Odessa; four brothers:  Marco Arteaga of Porterville, CA, Rosario Saenz of Sunland Park, NM, Roberto Saenz of Carlsbad, NM, and Eduardo Saenz of El Paso, TX; two sisters:  Enriqueta Coronado and Cruz de la Sancha, both of Sunland Park, NM; eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

A rosary will be said 8 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel’s 24 Hour Chapel.  Burial will take place at Pantéon Naica in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Alonzo I. Zarate

Alonzo I. “Big Al” Zarate, 55, of Odessa went home to our Heavenly Father on April 9, 2009.  He was born in Carrizo Springs, TX to Jose Maria and Christina Zarate on July 27, 1953, the 2nd of twelve children.  He married Elvira Garza in 1974.  He loved the open road and worked for UPT from 1979 to his retirement in 2003 as a truck driver.  He enjoyed the great outdoors:  hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family.   

He was preceded in death by both parents:  Jose Maria and Christina Zarate and two brothers:  Jose Zarate and Bernie Lee Zarate. 

He is survived by his wife:  Elvira Zarate; two daughters:  Erica Maldonado and husband William and Maria Jimenez and companion Rito Torres; sons:  Frank Garcia and Gabriel Garcia and wife Amy; and eight grandchildren:  E’Lexiza, Kiarra, Emily, Christian, Cheyenne, Sebastian, Vallian and Albert-Tito; brothers and sisters:  Victor Zarate, Mario Zarate, Juan Zarate, Richard Zarate, Gladys Brandt, Diana Hunt, Sara Stanton, Elaine Brashear, and Corina Lee, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Monday, April 13, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Roy Walls.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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