Obituaries 2010

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Placide J. Mounce, Jr

Placide J. Mounce, Jr. age 67, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Sulphur, LA to Placide J. Mounce and Willie Grace O'Quinn Mounce.   He was a US Navy Veteran. 

He is survived by his son: Nathan Mounce of Odessa; brother:  Henry O. Mounce of Odessa; three sisters:  Anna Freeman of Odessa, Janie Kozak of Waco, and Debbie Shoemake of Houston; and one grandchild. 

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

Frances Marie Laverty Carrigan

Frances was born in Corsicana, Texas on September 13, 1921, to Ruth Marie Kennemore and Charles Vance Laverty. She had many fond memories of her life in Corsicana where she lived with her Aunt Emma and her parents. In recent years, she spoke of the desire to return there to live.

On February 5, 1937, Frances married the love of her life Allen L. Carrigan in Malakoff, Texas.

They relocated to Odessa, TX in 1948 when Allen went to work for the Shell Oil Company. They made Odessa their second home while they raised their family which consisted of four children: Charles Allen, Stephen Mickel, Barbara Patrice and Billy DeWayne. In 1952, Frances opened and operated the Airport Grocery in North Odessa. She operated the store for the family for 20 plus years. She also worked for a time in the cafeterias of the Ector County School System. She and Allen were charter members of Northside Baptist Church in Odessa.

Frances passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at Sherwood Assisted Living in Odessa, TX.  She was preceded in death by her infant son Allen; husband: Allen L. Carrigan; mother: Ruth Marie Williams; father: Charles Vance Laverty and step-mother: Audrey Littlejohn Laverty and her beloved Aunt Emma Vance.

She is survived by her children and their spouses:  Charles Allen and Loraine Carrigan of White Oak, TX, Stephen Mickel (Mike) and Sharyn Carrigan, Barbara Patrice Carrigan Alldredge, and Billy DeWayne and Evie Carrigan, all of Odessa.

She is also survived by her 10 grandchildren and their spouses: Tina Carrigan Wilson and husband Barry of California; Randy and Maureen Carrigan and Tanya Carrigan Holman and husband Randall, all of White Oak; Shelli Carrigan Maines and husband Matt of Allen, TX; John Carrigan of Tomball, TX; Caleb and Karen Waldrep and Joshua Robert Alldredge, all of Odessa; Justin Allen Alldredge of Bee Cave, TX; and Erin Carrigan Brueckner and Jason and Kaitlin Rose Carrigan, all of Odessa.

She also leaves 13 great-grand children: Lori Wilson, Lisa Wilson, Wesley Wilson, Colton Holman, Miller Maines, Jevon Carrigan, Dalton Carrigan, Christian Pittman, Caleigh Waldrep, Caleb Paul Waldrep, Kodi Ann Waldrep, Mason Brueckner and Wyatt Brueckner and 6 great-great grandchildren. In all a total forty- four people who will dearly miss their “Paw Maw”.

She is also survived by her sister: Mary Beth Williams of Kannapolis, NC, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and four aunts.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel from 3:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday, May 30, 2010.  Services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, May 31, 2010 at Northside Baptist Church with Clydell Chapman officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Corsicana, TX at the Vance family plot in Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

The family of Frances Carrigan would like to express their thanks and gratitude for all the kind and loving care given by the staff of Emeritus at Sherwood Place. Special thanks to her private sitters:  Lois Johnson, Sis Stucks, Jolinda Molina, Veronica Lopez, and Jennifer Debes.  We also want to express our gratitude to all the nurses and staff of Compass Hospice. Thank You!!! 

Billy Jack Weaver

Billy Jack Weaver was born December 16, 1936 in a dirt floored shack, by a mid-wife in Cushing, Oklahoma. Before he was quite a month old, his dad and mom found it necessary to hitchhike to Texas, in the dead of winter, to seek employment. And so it seems, Bill’s life to come was marked by this adventure, a life of hard work and perseverance. Recognized by all who knew him as a man of honesty, integrity, and character, he was a pillar of strength for his whole family. In 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Jo Ann Jones. She was a carhop at the drive-in in Andrews and had stolen Bill’s heart. They lived in any number of towns throughout West Texas, before settling in Spearman for a number of years and then moving back to Odessa in 1974. Bill had worked for Spearman Radiator for some time and purchased it in 1981. He and his two sons built a strong business based on the principals of the West Texas oilfield: honesty, and quality craftsmanship.

His love of life seemed to have no boundaries, from the endless miles of adventure that he and Jo Ann enjoyed while touring on their motorcycle, to his passion for slot car racing, occurring at the ripe age of 73 years. The entire family shared years of excitement at the Little Sahara State Park, camping out and riding in their sand buggy. When Bill entered into a hobby, he did so with the same gusto that he did in business desiring to be the best that he could. The family had a love of drag racing and their determination was a force to be reckoned with, both at the sand drags and the asphalt. His enjoyment for competition was exceeded only by his passion for his family. He and “Jonsie” raised four beautiful children and cherished the myriad of joys that they shared as each child grew and brought the fruits of life that only a family can provide. He will now join his beloved soul mate, “Jonsie” and his mother and father in God’s great eternity.

He is survived by his daughters:  Debra Ann Crawford and her husband Joe Edd of Red Oak, TX and Tammy Bishop of Odessa; two sons:  Roger Weaver and wife Smiley and Greg Weaver, both of Odessa; two brothers:  James Weaver of Port Orange, FL, and Ron Weaver and wife Beth of Odessa; one sister: Liz Nugent and husband Ronnie of Red Oak; four grandchildren: Mandi Coppock and husband Nathan of Maypearl, TX, Hayli Carpenter and husband Stacey and Zackry Crawford, all of Red Oak, and Dylan Bishop of Odessa; and five great grandchildren, Corey, Samantha, and Cayli of Red Oak and Brayless and Marlee of Maypearl. There were also a number of nieces and nephews that will sorely miss their Uncle Bill.

Bill passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at his Odessa home.  A memorial for Bill will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, May 30th and Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa, with graveside services 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 1st, at Belle’s Chapel Cemetery in Rocket, Texas, where he will be laid to rest with his beloved.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Cody Lee Elder

Cody Lee Elder, age 20, was taken up to Heaven unexpectedly Thursday, May 27, 2010 as a result of a fatal car accident.  He was born in Odessa on January 16, 1990.  He was a shop manager for Western Filters Co. Inc.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother:  Michelle Campbell of Odessa; father:  Jerry Joe Elder of Nocona, TX; paternal grandparents:  Wendell and Mary Lou Elder of Goldsmith; maternal grandparents:  Vicki Blankenship  and James F. Stanfield, Jr. both of Odessa; paternal great grandmother:  Reba Daniels of Odessa; maternal great grandmothers:  Lucille Gowen of Abilene and Laverne Stanfield of Odessa; three sisters:  Heather and Cheyenne Campbell of Odessa and Lindsey Elder of McQueeney, TX; and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Terry Wright.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Thelma LaMoyne Nichols

Thelma LaMoyne Nichols, age 84 of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, May 29, 2010 at Crane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born in Guymon, OK on August 31, 1925 to Charles Winfred Rankin and Zella (Calvert) Rankin.  She was an executive assistant in the oil and gas industry.   

She is survived by brother:  Carl Dean Rankin of Roswell, NM; sister:  Eudora Masterson of El Reno, OK; one grandson and two great-grandchildren. 

Her husband, Homer Leroy "Nick" Nichols, and daughter, Stepanie Lynn, precede her in death.

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

Johnny Lee Pound

Johnny Lee Pound, age 56, was in a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday, May 30, 2010 in Big Spring, Texas. He was born in Hugo, OK to Lee Edward and Annabelle Pound on March 31, 1954. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion in Oklahoma, as well as the VFW. He was currently the foreman of a sandblast and paint company.

Johnny is survived by his wife of nineteen years: Barbara Jean Pound of Odessa; three sons: John Pound and wife Kaycee of Odessa, Jose Estrada and wife Rachel of Espanola, NM, and Conrad Estrada Jr. and wife Deanna, of Las Cruces, NM; one daughter: Marlana Moreno and husband Albert of El Paso, TX; one sister: Mary Lou Hopson of Moyers, OK; and thirteen grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Christ Church of Midland, officiated by Rev. Tom Finnie. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations in Johnny’s name to the National Motorcycle Safety Fund, 2 Jenner Street, Suite 150,
Irvine, CA 92618-3806.  Web address =

Lanell Vaughn Steen

Lanell Vaughn Steen, age 65, of Midland, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010, at Hospice House in Odessa.  She was born in Abilene, TX to D.L. and Bessie O. (Baker) Brunson on December 7, 1944.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Grady Steen of Midland; two daughters, Tammy Engel of Midland and Karlynda Steen of Georgetown; one son, Jerry Vaughn of Sallisaw, Okla.; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Fairview Cemetery in Midland.  Arrangements are being handled by Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to:  Hospice House, 516 N. Texas Ave. Odessa, TX 79761.

Elizabeth Ann Cole Lyons

Elizabeth Ann Cole Lyons, age 59, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was born in Miami, FL on David W. Cole, Sr. and Yvonne S. (Barron) Cole.  She was a housewife and a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband: James R. Lyons of Odessa; five sons: James Robert Lyons Jr., Glenn Lewis Lyons, and Christopher Scott Lyons, all of Jacksonville, FL, Karl Travis Lyons of Arizona City, AZ and Derek David Lyons of Odessa; five brothers: David W. Cole Jr. , Herbert W. Cole, Richard Cole, Robert Cole and Donald Cole, all of Ocala,  FL; two sisters: Janis Cole and Karen Cole, both of Ocala, FL.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Sunset Baptist Church in Odessa.  

Abriella Love Ramirez

Abriella Love Ramirez, an infant, was gathered into the arms of Jesus on Friday, June 4, 2010 at Odessa Regional Medical Center.  

Survivors include her mother: Paula Ramirez; grandfather: Rene Ramirez and grandmother: Nellie Ramirez; great-grandmother: Margarita Herrera and brother: Rene Mauricio, all of Fort Stockton.  

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at St. Joseph Cemetery in Fort Stockton. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa.  

Wanda Gayle Henry

Wanda Gayle Henry, age 73, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa. She was born in Cheyenne, TX. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband: Gene Henry of Odessa; two sons: Brian Henry of Hobbs, NM and Douglas Dunn of Arlington; three daughters: Deborah Hudson of Odessa, Bethanna Henry of Hobbs and Cheryl Hudson of Junction City, KS; two brothers: Robert Killion of Granbury, TX and Michael Killion of Clinton, TN; one sister: Jackie Chandler of Horatio AR; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery with Pastor Allen Harris officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.  

James Calvin Coonce

James Calvin Coonce, age 82, passed from this life on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born on Sunday, May 30, 1928 in Seminole, Oklahoma. He was a drilling consultant.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Sherry Sasser of Italy and Becky Hebert of Katy, TX; one sister: Deloris Emon of Ready, CA; fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held 6:00 pm Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Jack Aaron Watt

Jack Aaron Watt, age 78, passed from this life on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at Hospice House in Odessa. Jack was born as Aaron Arnold Rouch in Walker Village, Cass County, Minnesota on March 12, 1932 to birth parents Claude Rouch and Jessie Mitchell. They also had two other children, Jim and Patty. Jack was adopted by the Watt family at one and one half years of age. He served his country in the Air Force as an electrician until his retirement. He married the love of his life and best friend, Barbara Williams, in Odessa on January 9, 1971. They shared 39 ˝ years together. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Barbara Watt of Odessa; sons: Rick Watt and wife Sherry, Jay Davidson and Jeff Watt and wife Carolyn; daughters: Karla Austin and husband Gene, Brenda Alexander and husband Charlie, Debra Lee LeMoine, Terry Trimble and husband Lynn,  and Kay Cox and husband Mike; one brother: Jim Mitchell; his grandchildren: Jackie White and husband Travis, Cassie Lee and husband Clint, Phillip Davidson and wife Jennifer, Larry Davidson and wife Jessica, Danny Cox, Eric Foote, Julie Watt, Richard Watt, Debra Vencil, Kenneth Watt, Jennifer Watt, Bradley Keefer, Gerald LeMoine, Michelle Hutto, Joe Hutto, Curtis Hutto, Justin Hutto, Lana Austin, Tracy Austin, and Melaney McDaniel; and seventeen great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his faithful dogs, Prissy and Cutie Pie. 

He is preceded in death by his parents: Pearl and Edna Watt; sisters: Edna Licke, Bula Rolwan and Blanch Szufzitcky and one grandson: Toby Foote. 

Family Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 Sunday, June 13, 2010. Graveside services will be 10:00 am Monday, June 14, 2010 at Sunset Memorial Gardens followed by memorial services at 11:00 am at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Pastor Robert Lamb. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.  

Dad, there’ll be no more suffering, even though we will miss you very much.  We love you bunches, Dad!   

Billy J. Williams

Billy J. Williams, age 50, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Amarillo, TX on March 22, 1960 to Bobby Ned Williams and Loretta June (Smith) Williams.  He was self employed at a salvage yard.  He was Baptist. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother:  Loretta Taylor Spinks of Odessa; son:  Billy Jeremy Williams of Odessa; daughters:  Brandi, Breonna, and Rayonna Williams, all of Odessa; brothers:  Bobby Jack Williams and Benny Jay Williams, both of Odessa; sisters:  Dana Jones of Odessa and Barbie Williams of Amarillo, TX; and two grandchildren. 

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

Frances Elizabeth (Gunn) MacLean
Frances Elizabeth "Dee" Gunn MacLean passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2010 after a short illness.  She was 94 years old. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Colin M. 'Mac' MacLean, parents, Albert and Zula Gunn, mother in law, Catherine MacLean, beloved aunt Nettie Covey, brother Ewing and wife Blanche Gunn, sister Inez, sister Verna and husband Dick Brown, sister Vivian, sister Felton and husband Jack Pope, sister Isabelle and husband Olin Hardy, brother Horace and wife Marjorie Gunn, and sister in law, Alice MacLean Shallat.   
She is survived by four children, Nancy A. Berry of Albuquerque, NM, Orman D. Darby and wife Frances of Sun City, AZ, John M. Hayner and wife Drew of Hunt, TX
Elizabeth MacLean Huston and husband James of Glendale, AZ.  Also, Grandchildren, John Winston Darby and wife Gina of Everett, WA, along with their children, Sean, Mollie and son Hayden, Monica and husband Tony, all of Washington state.  Wendy Sue Hayner and daughter, Skyler of Denver, CO, John Colin Huston, Shelby Elizabeth Huston, and Jason Cory Huston, of Glendale, AZ
She also had many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Frances was born and raised in Oak Grove, Titus County, in East Texas on January 1, 1916 and was always a fearless free spirit and adventurer at heart.  She remained loyal to Oak Grove throughout her life and she had many stories to share from her childhood on the Gunn farm. 
Frances was proud of her service during WW II as a civilian employee of the 8th Service Command, Judge Advocate's Office. She also worked in Radio Intelligence during the war and made broadcasts supporting Savings Bonds.  Throughout her working life, she was an exemplary legal secretary, working for top law firms throughout Texas and at one point, entered a competition for "The Fastest Typist in Texas" and won with a score of 125 error free words per minute. 

Frances was an active member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Odessa, TX for almost 50 years and spent some of that time working in the Church office.  She was also a Pink Lady at Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary for many years.  She loved to read and travel.  Her sense of humor and love of adventure garnered many friends throughout her life.  Mom was totally devoted to her family and her legacy of love will live forever in our hearts.  She was truly one of a kind. 
Our heart felt thanks and most sincere appreciation goes out to Tammy Solley and the Star Health Staff, Glory Cushing, doctors J. Naidu and R. Patel, and the 5th Floor Central staff of Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, for their loving care and support of our Mom.  You were her Earthly Angels.
Arrangements to be handled by Acres West and memorial is to be held at First Presbyterian Church in Odessa, TX on June 25th at 10:00 with a reception to follow.  A celebration of her life by her extended family will be held in Dallas at a date to be determined later.

David Lee Bewley

David Lee Bewley, age 13, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in Odessa as a result of a dirt bike accident.  He was an eighth grade student at Crockett Jr. High, excited about heading for high school.  He was born in Odessa and attended Crossroads Fellowship Church.  He loved his church. 

David Lee enjoyed riding dirt bikes and playing video games and was a big fan of strawberry milkshakes and BBQ ribs. He also liked music, playing the drums for fun and the saxophone in the junior high band.  He was very energetic, adventurous, and inquisitive.  He was friendly and goofy and never met a stranger.  He was always willing to help others; showing this by helping his mother when she did hair at Sherwood Place. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother:  Jo Ella Bewley and Michael Smart of Odessa; grandmother:  Sara Aguilar of Odessa; grandparents:  Dean and Elaine Bewley of Yukon, OK; one brother:  Anthony Bewley of Odessa; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, including:  Bill and Glynda Gonzales of Lubbock, Lorissa Gonzales and Lupe Gonzales of Clint, TX, James and Regina McCormack of Monahans, and Ed and Jean Peterson of Lawton, OK. 

He is preceded in death by his father:  David Dean Bewley; grandfather:  Tony Aguilar, Sr. and one uncle:  Tony Aguilar, Jr. 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, June 12, 2010 in the Auditorium at Crossroads Fellowship Church, officiated by Rev. Donald Bugg.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.  

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