Obituaries 2009

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Enrique Gabriel Lopez

Enrique Gabriel "Chicken Wang" Lopez, 27, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009, at UMC Hospital in Lubbock. He was born on Sept. 30, 1981, in Alamogordo, N.M., but lived in Odessa, Texas, for the past 12 years.

Chicken Wang worked as a sandblaster in the oilfield. He was Catholic. He enjoyed all sorts of sports such as softball, basketball, football and horse racing.

Enrique is preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert Lopez Sr., Patricio Aragon and Gavina Aragon; his aunt and godmother, Irene Lopez; and two nephews, Juanito and Cruzito Lopez.

Surviving family members include his son, Joshua Lopez; his parents, James Lopez Sr. and Adria Lopez, both of Odessa; four brothers, James Lopez Jr., Patricio Lopez and wife Marie Diaz of Odessa, Matthew Lopez and wife Mandy Bailey of Aransas Pass, Texas, and Jose Lopez of Odessa; three sisters, Sylvia Colunga and husband Luis Colunga of Odessa, Jessica Lopez and husband Isaias Carrillo of Odessa and Rosita Lopez and husband Alden Stokes of Odessa.

He also left behind six nephews, Juan Lopez, James Lopez III, Bobby Lopez, Dominick Lopez and Xavier Lopez, all of Odessa, and Israel Lopez of Aransas Pass, Texas; five nieces, Angie and Adriana Esparza, Elianna and Evelynn Carrillo and Jordan Stokes, all of Odessa. He is also survived by his grandmother, Ruth Lopez of Alamogordo, N.M., and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Enrique also leaves behind numerous friends that loved him and will miss him forever.

Enrique, you were taken from us but we know that you are in God's hands and you are watching over all of us, especially over your pride and joy, Joshua Lopez. We love you and we will treasure the memories we shared and the moments we had forever. God bless you Mijo - Mom & Dad.

A rosary will be said at 7 pm, June 25, 2009, at Acres West Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 am Friday, June 26, 2009, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joe Uecker officiating. Interment is to follow at Los Angeles Gardens of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Home.

Claude Anderson

Claude Anderson, age 81, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009 at his Odessa residence after a sudden and brief illness.  He was born November 17, 1927 in Moody, TX to Albert Buck and Laura (Shepard) Anderson.  He was a US Army Veteran and worked as an oilfield mechanic. 

A loving husband and father, Claude was a good man.  He knew the Bible well and was a member of the Baptist church.  He was always happy and very giving and enjoyed playing dominoes and cards.  Claude was a 33rd degree Scottish-Rite Mason. 

He is survived by his wife:  Mattie (Matthews) Anderson of Odessa; three sons:  Rauie and Roy Dean Standbarry, and Trey W. Anderson, all of Odessa; six daughters:  Catherine Johnson of Lubbock, TX, Marie Bailey of Tacoma, WA, Cardelia Dixon of Ft. Worth, TX, Jerry Tony, Mattie Justice, and Pamlia Johnson, all of Odessa; six brothers:  Ervin L. Anderson, A.Y. Anderson, Charles Anderson, and Willie Anderson, all of Lubbock, Ed Anderson and S.R. Anderson, both of Amarillo, TX; two sisters:  Ruby Byers and Daisy Mae Anderson, both of Amarillo; twenty grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and many, many friends. 

Graveside services are scheduled for 1:00 pm Thursday, July 02, 2009 at Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery at Abilene, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Robert Lujan Tarango

Robert Lujan Tarango, age 59, of Odessa passed from this life on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born to Ramon Ornelas and Tomasa (Lujan) Tarango on January 17, 1950 in Saragosa, TX.  He married Grace Hernandez October 11, 1968 in Portales, NM and they became the parents of five children.  He was a fabrication welder and member of the First Church of the Nazarene. 

Robert was a beautiful man who was loved by everyone.  He was unselfish and had a big heart; he would give the shirt off of his back.  He was a hard worker, a man of high morals, and had a good hearty laugh.  He enjoyed his goats and dogs.  During his illness, he didn’t want others to worry about him.  He was a man of faith and was ready to go see the Lord and his father (who preceded him in death), but hated to leave his beloved family behind here on earth. 

Those left to cherish his love and memory include his wife:  Grace Tarango of Odessa; his mother:  Tomasa Tarango of Odessa; three sons:  Robert Tarango, Jr., Jeremiah Tarango and wife Vanessa, and Jaime Tarango, all of Odessa; two daughters:  Iselda McGilvray and husband Damon of Odessa and Mandie Granado and husband Hector of Pecos; three brothers:  Ramon Tarango and wife Esperanza of Grand Prairie, TX, Manuel Tarango and wife Margie of Portales, NM and Raymond Tarango and wife Loretta of Odessa; five sisters:  Celia Alderete of Manteca, CA, Mary Whittemore and husband Don of Edgewood, NM, Cruz Gonzales of Dallas, and Gloria Sparks and husband Richard and Anna Tavarez, all of Odessa; seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

A Prayer Service will be held at the funeral home 7:00 pm Monday, June 29, 2009.  Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2223 Lyndale Dr. officiated by Pastor Terry Pierce.  Pallbearers will be Ricky Florez, Mark Tarango, Jaime Tavarez, Jr. De La Cruz, Johnny Tarango, Richard Gonzalez, Rafael Saucedo, Robert Villanueva, Robert Munoz, and Hector Granado Jr.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

George Wilson Tucker V
George Wilson Tucker V, age 39, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Long Beach, CA on October 19, 1969 to George Wilson Tucker, Jr. and Jacqueline Lee (Keenan) Tucker.  He was a furniture mover.
He is survived by his aunt - Shari Slape of Odessa and his mother - Jacqueline Billington of Odessa.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Maria (Valero) De Govea
Maria (Valero) De Govea, age 76, of Odessa, Texas (formerly of Hobbs, NM), passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Hospice House in Odessa, Texas.  She was born November 15, 1932 in Sacramento, Coahuila, Mexico to Encarnation and Florentina (Alfaro) Valero.  She was a housekeeper and a Catholic. 
She is survived by one daughter, Sarah Govea of Hobbs, NM; son, Hector Govea of Odessa; two sisters, Ludivinia Segura and Sara De la Cruz, both of Eagle Pass, Texas and one grandson, Xavier Antonio Govea of Hobbs.

Her parents and one brother, Antonio Valero, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2009, officiated by Fr. Joe Uecker, followed by interment at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery at 2:00 pm.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Donald Wayne Myers
Donald Wayne Myers, age 67, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at Hospice House in Odessa, Texas.  He was born October 19, 1941 in Tulsa, OK to Henry and Mary (Keys) Myers.  He was a plumbing inspector for the AWWU.
He is survived by his wife Linda (Walcott) Myers of Anchorage; three daughters, Dawn Burgess of Haskell, Okla., Lori Torres of Beaver Lake, Alaska, and George Gena "Jeanie" Myers of Haskell, Okla.; one sister, Carol Bornn of Denton, Texas and one brother, Ronald Myers of Hot Springs, Ark.; twenty-four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.      
Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.

Tammy Jean Walker Henderson
Tammy Jean Walker Henderson was born on May 16, 1958 in Seagraves, TX. Our angel flew away on July 1, 2009, finally free from pain.  She was able to be rejoined with her daughter, Tabitha, who had preceded her in death when only a child. After Tammy's birth, she was welcomed into the loving arms and home of Ray and Violet Walker.  She came to Odessa when she was only days old.  She brought much joy to the family and became the light in her family's heart.  She was a very best friend to her older sister Denyce.  She attended Zavala and Goliad Elementary Schools, Crockett Jr. High and Odessa High School.  At the time of her death, Tammy was the wife of Jimmy K. Henderson.  They were true soul mates and shared a love like no other! 

Tammy was a kind, loving and strong woman who was also strong of will.  She wasn't afraid to tackle anything.  She was a rock for her family.  Her daughter, Amber, says if I could be even half the woman she was I'll be doing good.  From a cousin's point of view, Tammy was a "diamond in the rough", a rough exterior that you had to break away to see the true jewel that sparkled inside.  Her interests were mainly her home and family.  She loved holidays and big family get-togethers. She was a hell of a woman. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tabitha, her father Ray Walker, her brother James Richard Walker, and her sister Cathy Byram.  She is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy K. Henderson, her mother Violet Walker, and her birth mother: Shelby Byram; her daughter, Amber Roe, and her sister Denyce Hawk and husband George.  Suffering the loss greatly is her sidekick, her pride and joy, granddaughter, Sadie Roe.  She is also survived by her daughter: Stephanie Shumate and grandson Stephen; brothers, Joey and Marlyn Byram and Randy and his wife Connie Byram, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many cousins.  All of her family will miss her greatly.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, July 3, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Roy Jones.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


Shane Lee Graham
Shane Lee Graham, age 45, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2009 at his Odessa residence.  He was born in Lubbock, TX on September 11, 1963.  He was an electrical technician. He was Methodist.
He is survived by his mother:  Evelyn Reynolds of Odessa; father:  Scott Graham of Abernathy, TX; one daughter,
Marissa Graham of Austin, Texas; one son, Kirk Graham of Llano, Texas; and one sister, Molly Chandler of Odessa.    
Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July  8, 2009 at First United Methodist Church, 415 N. Lee, with Rev. Terry Tamplen officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Diana Lynn Vine-Anderson

Diana Lynn Vine-Anderson, age 66 of Odessa, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born Friday, October 30, 1942 in Berkeley, CA to Burt and Nina (O’Reily) Vine.  She worked for 22 years for the Texas Employment Commission. 

As a little girl, Diana, had wished her mother had named her “Sparkle”. Diana married Larry Anderson in Los Angeles, CA on July 11, 1981, and she became the sparkle in Larry’s life. She was a loving wife and an affectionate and helpful person.  She had a way of making others feel at peace.  Animals held a special place in her heart.  She loved dogs and often took strays to the Abilene animal shelter if she could not find them a loving home.  She was a thirteen year member of Alanon and helped at the battered women’s shelters in Odessa and Midland.  She worshipped with the Unitarian Universalist Church. 

She leaves behind her husband of almost 28 years, Larry Anderson of Odessa; two sons:  John Fifth of Dyersburg, TN and Johnny Allen Anderson of Flower Mound, TX; one daughter:  Lesa Jane Sanchez of Midland; and four grandchildren. 

Memorial services in her honor will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, July 11, 2009 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Skip Batch.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Brayden Stapp Forrester
Brayden Stapp Forrester, an infant, was carried away by the angels Monday, July 6, 2009 from Odessa Regional Medical Center to be with Jesus.
He leaves behind his parents:  Bradley Scott Forrester and Brianna M. Gillum; maternal grandmother - Jeana Henson; maternal grandfather - Johnny Wells; paternal grandparents - Brad and Sheri Forrester; paternal great-grandparents:  Randy and Wanda Grant; maternal great-grandparents:  Larry and Becky Henson; and maternal great-great grandmother:  Jean Mayberry, all of Odessa
Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Dr. Dewey Blevins.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Nicholas Chavis Lara

Nick Lara, age 56, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at his home in Kermit.  He was born in Lamesa, TX on September 10, 1952 to Joe and Maria Lara.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Sally Lara of Kermit; one son:  Herbie Lara of Midland; three daughters: Angela Preza and husband Duke of Miliani, HI, Melissa Crowe and husband Kerry of San Angelo, and Cassie Lara of Kermit; three grandchildren:  Tristin Crowe, Lakeanne Crowe, and Emerson Crowe of San Angelo; one baby Lara on the way and numerous foster brothers and sisters.

Memorial Services will be held 4:00 pm Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Agape Ministries Dream Center 1618 E. Murphy Street in Odessa. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit and Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Susan Aline Serviss
Susan Aline Serviss, age 68, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born in Greenville, Ohio on July 19, 1940 to Charles and Patricia Vorhees.  She was a retired secretary and a member of Kingston Avenue Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son:  Billy Ray Serviss of Odessa; one daughter:  Tammy Sue Bolte of Odessa; one brother:  Bob Vorhees of California; two sisters:  Jane Crouch of Lake Dallas, TX and Barbara Vorhees of Odessa; ten grandchildren:  Keith Serviss, Kyle Serviss, Brittany Serviss, Brandi Lynn Quiggins, Charles Bolte, Cody Serviss, Kayleigh Serviss, Matthew Serviss, Chanda Bolte, Kegan Givens; one great-grandchild: Blaze Serviss; and three nieces:  Patty, Pam, and Teresa.
A family visitation will be held from 6 to 8:00 pm Thursday, July 9, 2009 at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, July 10, 2009 at Kingston Avenue Baptist Church, officiated by Bill Hall.  Pallbearers will be Keith Serviss, Matt Smith, Charles Bolte, Cliff Serviss, Shane Davidson, and James Clark.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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