Obituaries 2011

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Cathy Parsley

Catherine (Cathy) Joyce Parsley was born on June 9th, 1940 in Hobart Oklahoma. Cathy was the oldest of the 6 children born to Ralph Marion and Millie Melton Smith. Cathy lived in Pecos, Texas, where she met Jerry Parsley.  The two married on January 23rd, 1957 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Jerry and Cathy have two children:  Debra Lynn Rhodes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Alan Craig Parsley from Leander, Texas.

Debbie married Wiley Rhodes in 1979 and they have 3 children:  Michael who lives in Odessa, Texas with his wife Anna, Carley who lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with his wife Mandi, and Abby Rhodes who lives in Oklahoma City. Alan married Carla Patton in 1990 and they also have 3 children: Christopher, Daniel and Cassi who all live in Austin, Texas.  She is also survived by two brothers:  Larry Smith and wife Donna of Duncan, OK and Lindel Smith of Paris, TX; and three sisters:  Evelyn Smith and Brenda Smith, both of Sterling, OK and Deanna Pate and husband Teddy of Chickasha, OK.

Cathy began her career in the Pecos Public School system and worked in public schools for the next 25 years. Jerry and Cathy moved from Pecos to Odessa, Texas in 1980 where Cathy retired in 2003.

Cathy attended the Westover Baptist Church where she and Jerry were faithful members. She looked forward to church every week and singing in the choir.

Cathy passed from this life on Monday, May 23, 2011 at her residence.  She will be greatly missed.

Family visitation at Acres West Funeral Chapel will be from 6 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Westover Baptist Church, 2540 N. Torrance, Odessa, officiated by Brother Terry Wright.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Barbara Barker

Barbara Ann Seely Barker, age 72, of Odessa, Texas, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011  at Sienna Care Center in Odessa.  She was born in Plainview, TX on May 29, 1938 to the late Cecil Albert Seely and Rosa Mae (Whaley) Seely.  She worked in produce sales.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. 

She is survived by five daughters:  Sue Knott of Odessa, Becky Adair of Pasadena, Patricia Stripe of Grand Prairie, Sharon Ohlendorf of Hutto, and Mary O'Donnell of Odessa; three sons:  Tim Jones of Arp, Max Hempel of Fort Worth, and Markus Barker of Mayo, Fla.; brother:  James Seely of Odessa; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents, her husband:  Johnny Barker; three brothers:  Ernest Seely, Joe Seely, and Merle Seely; and two sisters:  Dorathy Hempel and June Shuttlesworth, precede her in death. 

Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 10:00 AM Friday, May 27, 2011, Bro. Roy Jones officiating.  Interment will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 


Oscar Barrera

Oscar Barrera, age 83, returned to his Heavenly residence on Friday, May 27, 2011, from his Odessa home.  He was born in McAllen, TX on February 12, 1928 to Santiago and Genoveva (Galvan) Barrera, one of eight children. He was a farm and ranch hand. 

He is survived by five daughters:  Alicia B. Garcia of Shakopee, Minn., Cruz Cuellar of Odessa, Criselda Barrera of Chicago, Ill., and Jennifer Barrera and Rebecca Barrera, both of Spur; seven sons:  Oscar Barrera of Crosbyton, Tony Florez of Dallas, and Armando Barrera, Carlos Barrera, Ruben Barrera and Johnny Barrera, all of Spur, and Felix Barrera of Lubbock; one sister:  Amelia B. Garcia of Hoffman Estates, Ill.; and one brother:  Reynaldo Barrera of McAllen; forty-seven grandchildren and twenty-three great-grandchildren. 

His parents; his wife:  Ramona Barrera; one son:  Leonel Barrera; two brothers:  Manuel and Santiago Barrera; and four sisters:  Ramona Barrera, Rebecca Acevedo, Reyna Guajardo and Ernestina Guajardo, precede him in death.

Rosary will be said 7:30 pm Monday, May 30, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral mass will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 11:00 AM Tuesday, May 31, 2011, Fr. Bernardito Getigan officiating.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Jimmy Brewer

Jimmy Brewer, age 37, of Odessa, Texas, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 29, 2011 in Concho County, TX. He was born on March 22, 1974 in San Angelo, TX.  He was a truck driver.

He was the son of James Brewer and the late Wanda (Batson) Brewer. 

He is survived by his father: James Brewer; son: Dillon Brewer; and brother: Larry Brewer and wife Melissa, all of Odessa. 

Arrangements are being handled by Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. A memorial service will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 5:00 PM Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Craig Steen officiating.

Petra (Puentes) Guevara

Petra (Puentes) Guevara, age 84, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2011, at her residence in Odessa. She was born on January 31, 1927 in Mexico. She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by her daughters: Eva Hernandez and Tita Madrid, both of Odessa, Delia Ramirez of Crane, and Cruz Baeza of Ojinaga, Mexico; sons: Sabino Guevara of Crane, Mario Guevara of Odessa, and Carlos Guevara of Andrews; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.   

Services will be held at a later date in Mexico. Arrangements are being handled by Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

John Kirk Gambs

John Kirk Gambs passed away at the Hospice House in Odessa on May 30, 2011. Visitation will be held at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Mr. Gambs will be cremated. The funeral service will be held at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 11:00 am.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

John was born on January 19, 1923 in Urichsville, Ohio to William C. and Mary Browning Gambs. He grew up in a 14 room house next door to school. His teachers, three spinster sisters, would come over and rouse the boys out of bed if they found them missing at roll call. Before graduating, John left school to work alongside his father and brother at the local brick factory. At 18, John married Eileen Guthrie with whom he had one daughter, Madeleine. They called her Snookie.

During WWII, John served in both the Pacific and European theatres. He was a tech sergeant, but joked that while in England his marksmanship medal allowed him to “freeze my ass in every tower in London so the generals could sit in front of roaring fireplaces with brandy”. He loved America, was honored to serve, and proud of every man and woman who wears the uniform.

After an honorable discharge, John wanted more excitement than small town Urichsville could offer him. A divorce preceded his move to California, where he later married second wife, Jean. John worked for Reisner Metals in South Gate, California as a supervisor in the forge shop for thirty years. He adopted his wife’s son, Billy, from her first marriage. They lived happily in La Mirada, California for a few years before buying a motel in San Bernardino, California, all the while keeping his job at Reisner. After 16 years, Jean and John divorced.

Single again, and without funds, John shared apartments with a co-worker, Chuck McCoy. They joined the Playboy Club, lived at the beach, shared work and close friends. They entertained and were always the life of every party they attended. They were inseparable to the end. Chuck McCoy died in 1975, shortly after; John married his third and last wife, Reta. Chuck was the best man.

In December of 1986, when John was 65, and they had been married 11 years, they had their son, Andrew. That same month, John was forced into retirement and became a stay-at-home dad. Father and son’s favorite past time was to drive John’s Cadillac. Andrew would sit on John’s lap and steer while John worked the pedals. John was also an avid reader and loved news magazine.

In July 1991, the family moved to Odessa, Texas. After seven years of draught in California, they couldn’t unpack for three days because of the downpour of rain.  John sat in the garage on a folding chair, occasionally getting up to catch hail in his glass of Early Times.  He thought he had moved to Paradise.  He loved working outside keeping lawns and gardens green, and fixing the typical flat tires on all the kid’s bikes in the neighborhood.  Kids loved him.  Neighbors could always count on John to feed their animals or mow their lawns when they went on vacation.

John taught his son many lessons of life, one of the most important that “If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.”  With John’s blessing, and occasional business, Andrew became a firefighter-paramedic with the City of Odessa.  He counted Andrew as one of those “special people it takes to do a job like that”. 

In recent years, John became ill with emphysema, cancer and COPD.  While his wife worked, his mother-in-law became his caretaker with the help of the wonderful men and women of Hospice House.

Preceding him in death were his mother, father, brother, and first and second wives.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years:  Reta Gambs of Odessa; son:  Andrew Gambs of Odessa; son: Bill Gambs of Anaheim, Calif.; daughter:  Madeleine Steinlander of Louisville, KY; mother-in-law:  Phyllis Greene of Odessa; sister-in-law:  Mary Gambs of Urichsville, Ohio; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:  Bill and Mary Holley of Sulphur, OK and Ferg and Melissa McMurdo of Bakersfield, CA; a multitude of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and dearest family friends:  Patrick Wilkerson and Jennifer Bravo, who stood vigilantly with the family through these trying times.

Thank you, Cindy and Roy Smyers and Paul and Pennie Wilkerson for raising such wonderful children who love and care for their “brother”, Andrew.  Thanks to Jimmy Ellis and the West Odessa Volunteer Firefighters, and to the Odessa Fire Department for their quick responses to our many calls for help.  Andrew is among your brotherhood, and we are family.  God bless all of you.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you give donations to the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department, our local Humane Society, and of course, to Hospice House in Odessa. 

Walter T. Barnes

Walter T. Barnes, age 62, of Odessa, Texas, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa.  He was born in Haskell, TX on July 8, 1948.  He was a driller in the oilfield and a US Army Veteran. 

He is survived by his wife Renate (Heuser) Barnes of Odessa; one daughter:  Denise Lea Redman of Odessa; one son:  Walter T. Barnes, Jr. of Odessa; one sister:  Barbara Wardwell of Stamford; two brothers:  Wilbur Barnes and Paul Barnes, both of Haskell; and twelve grandchildren.

No services will be held. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

John T. Finnerty, Jr.

John Thomas Finnerty, Jr. passed from this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on May 31, 2011. He was born on December 2, 1923 in Bronx, NY.

He is preceded in death by his parents John Thomas, Sr. and Viola (Cowper) Finnerty of New York; Son John Thomas Finnerty, III of Odessa; Granddaughter Lisa Kay Lang of Odessa; Sister Viola Genuardi of Maryland; Brother Charles Peter Finnerty of New Jersey; Brother Ronald Finnerty of Illinois; Brother Robert Finnerty of New York and nephew Loren Finnerty of New York.

He is survived by his wife, Ruthelle (Harrison) Finnerty of Odessa; Daughter, Peggy and husband Donald Lang of Odessa; Son, Michael L. Finnerty of Odessa; Grandsons, Mark A. Lang of Tecumseh, Ok; John T. Finnerty of Odessa and Billy J. Finnerty of Odessa; Granddaughters, Lori and husband, Junior Richards of Odessa; Laura and husband Matt Retzer of Odessa; and Great Grandchildren Destinee Paige Lang of Tecumseh, Ok; Austin Wayne Pradon of Odessa and Cora Jean Retzer of Odessa. He is also survived by a brother, Loren Finnerty of New York and many nieces and nephews.

He served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1948. He served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid and fought in all major battles of the South Pacific. He served his country with dedication and honor and was a true patriot.

He was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his family and his home.

We want to thank the staff of Buena Vida for their caring service to John these four years. We also want to thank Hospice for their help through our trying times.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Home Hospice, 516 N. Texas, Odessa, TX 79761.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Martha A. Diaz

Martha A. Diaz, age 66, formerly of El Paso, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Deerings Nursing Home in Odessa.  She was born in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico on April 7, 1945 to Daniel and Emma (Mora) Astorga.  She loved anything to do with beauty and turned this passion into a career as a hairdresser for most of her young life.

She was a wonderful mother who loved and accepted her children just as they were and adored her grandchildren.  The hardest thing they ever had to do was to lose her a little at a time because of the dementia that plagued her over the last several years.  They will always remember her as she is in the photo above; beautiful, vibrant, and wearing a smile.

She is survived by three sons:  Jesus A. Diaz and wife Sharon of Dallas, Raul Diaz of El Paso, and Richard A. Diaz and wife Jennifer of San Pedro, Calif.; two daughters:  Evelyn M. Portillo and husband Polo, and Priscilla M. Diaz, all of Odessa; their father:  Rudy B. Diaz, Sr. of El Paso; eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her parents, one son:  Rudy Diaz, Jr., and one brother:  Daniel Astorga, precede her in death.   

Rosary will be said at 7:30 Tuesday evening, June 7, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 8, 2011, with Fr. Arturo Pestin officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Efren Villarreal

Efren Villarreal, age 63, of Odessa, Texas, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at University Medical Center Hospital of El Paso.  He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on August 18, 1947 to Leonardo and Maria (Carrasco) Villarreal.  He was a porter for Sewell Ford.  He was Catholic. 

He is survived by his wife: Vickie Villarreal of Odessa; sons: Efren Villarreal Jr.  and Leonardo Villarreal, both of Odessa; sisters: Bertha Villarreal, Ramona Villarreal, and Librada Villarreal, all of Chihuahua, Mexico; and two grandchildren.  

Efren was preceded in death by his parents: Leonardo and Maria (Carrasco) Villarreal; and brother: Jesus Villarreal. 

Rosary will be 7:30 pm Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, June 6, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church; celebrant will be Father Joe Uecker.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Arturo Mendoza, Leonardo Villarreal, Edgar Luna, Ricky Ramirez, Sonny Munez, and Jesus Tremillo. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

John R. Adlong

John R. Adlong, age 83, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at his residence in Odessa.

Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date in Hobbs, NM. Arrangements are by Acres West Funeral Chapel.

He was born in Wooster, TX on September 5, 1927 to the late Herman J. and Rosa (Garber) Adlong. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and he was a retired contractor.

He is survived by his sons, Floyd Adlong and Bruce Adlong, both of Amarillo and Ken Adlong of Odessa; step sons, Mark Gregory of Canyon and Gary Gregory of Amarillo; brothers, Bill Adlong of Denver, Colo. and Donald Adlong of Conway, Ark.; sister, Hattie Ward of Hobbs, N.M.; eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Floyd Marion Roach

Floyd Marion Roach, age 90, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, June 6, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa.  He was born April 8, 1921 in Tigertown, Lamar County, Texas to the late Eliga Alexander Roach and Lola Pauline (Casey) Roach.  He served in the US Army in 1945 and 1946.  Floyd married Velma Chavers on August 28, 1953 in New Mexico and together they enjoyed 57 years, raising four children.  He was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Mr. Roach was a longtime community member (since 1967).  He worked as a roughneck and driller and then opened up Floyd’s Shamrock Service Station, which he ran for many years.  He was a member of the Westview Church of God and a lifetime VFW member.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Velma Mourine Roach of Odessa; one daughter:  Diane Wilson and husband Mark of Odessa; one son:  Ricky Roach of Odessa; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.   

In addition to his parents, one brother:  Joe Roach, sister:  Lorene Taylor, son:  William Roach, and daughter:  Yvonne Burrow, precede him in death.

Family visitation at the funeral home will be Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm.  Funeral services with full military honors will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 8, 2011, Bro. Charles Shuffield officiating.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Floyd’s memory to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761. 

Jerry D. Kennedy

Jerry D. Kennedy died peacefully at home in West Odessa on June 6, 2011. He was born in Levelland, TX Aug 4, 1940. He served in the US Army during the Cuban missile crisis and was honorably discharged June 30, 1967 from the US Army Reserves. He married Juanita Williams in Odessa in 1965.  A resident of Odessa for over 50 years, he had retired as a pipe fitter from Compressor System Inc of Midland, after 27 years of service. 

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Juanita "Nita" Kennedy; son Matt and Lisa Kennedy and their children Katherine and Caroline of Bonham TX, son Kevin and Anita Kennedy and their children Brandon, Andrew and Kelli of Bracketville TX, son Nathan Kennedy of Abu Dahbi UAE, son Thomas and Melissa Kennedy and their children Destiny, Lucille, and Rubymarie of Abilene, TX, his brothers Winfred Kennedy of Adams ND, Homer Kennedy of Tyler TX, John Kennedy of Krum TX, and Don Kennedy of Gardendale TX, his sister Shirley Connelly of Odessa, TX.

He was preceded in death by his father J.W. Kennedy, mother Lorene French, and sister Barbara Lunseford.

Memorial services are set for 10:00 am Friday, June 10, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, Matt Kennedy officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Carolyn Ann Selinger

Carolyn Ann Selinger, 72 of 3314 Sherbrook Road, Odessa, Texas, passed away on the 6th of June, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa. 

Carolyn was born Carolyn Ann Pittman in Sweetwater, Texas, on February 2nd, 1939, to Roy and Eugenia Pittman. She graduated from the school system in Sweetwater and attended SMU in Dallas. She was later employed as a stewardess with Central Airlines. 

She had accepted a similar position with American Airlines when on the 21st of December, 1959; she went on a blind date with her future husband, Carl (Chuck) Selinger of Fort Worth. They were married six weeks later, and four days after her 21st birthday, on the 6th of February, 1960. 

Carolyn’s career was twofold; the gratification of rearing four outstanding children and her successful career as a Registered Nurse. Carolyn graduated with an associate’s degree from Odessa College’s School of Nursing in 1978, and spent many years performing her duties as a dialysis nurse and working with the elderly in nursing homes in and around West Texas. 

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 51 years and four children; Tanner Selinger and wife Darlene, their children Aubree and Maddie of Grapevine, Texas, Eric Selinger and his daughter Elyssa Bo of Midland, Texas; Suzanne Hargis and husband Brian and their children Brandon and Lauren Ann of Erlanger, Kentucky and Richard Selinger and Lisa Webster and daughter Ava Grace of Houston. She is also survived by her brother, Jerry Pittman and wife Susan of Grapevine and Fort Davis, Texas, and their two sons Jay and Greer, a brother-in-law Hugo Selinger of St Louis, Missouri, and sister-in-law Carla Moulton of Lewisville, Texas, nine nieces and nephews and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.  

A memorial will be held for Carolyn June 18th at 10:00 AM at St. Andrew Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Odessa, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell. 

The family suggests, in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


Cesar Alejandro Vasquez

Cesar Alejandro Vasquez, age 5, of Odessa, was called away to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June  8, 2011, at Covenant Children's Hospital in Lubbock.  He was born in Odessa on Friday, July 1, 2005.  He was the son of Andrew “Andy” Vasquez and Esther (Vargas) Vasquez.

Cesar graduated kindergarten from Barbara Jordan Elementary on January 2, 2011.  He loved baseball and riding his scooter.  His favorite foods were bean and cheese burritos and cherry cheese cake.  He was a joyful child, always in a good mood, and woke up each day with a smile.  Cesar’s favorite song was “Aqui Esta Dios” and he sang it at the top of lungs with his hands in the air.  He also loved “Cuando Levanto Mis Manos.”  He was always playing with his brother Bryan and they loved to be at their grandmother’s house.

In addition to his loving parents, those left to cherish his memory are two sisters:  Elizabeth Vasquez and Diane Vasquez; three brothers:  Andrew Vasquez, Jr., Ezequiel Cardoza Vargas, and Bryan Vasquez; maternal grandmother:  Lydia Torres and husband Esteban; maternal grandfather:  Enrique Vargas and wife Maria; paternal grandmother:  Juanita Vasquez; uncle:  Enrique Vargas, Jr. and wife Mayra; and seven nieces and nephews:  Amarie, Harvey, and Alyssa Benavides, Ishreal, Angel, and Moses Villa, and Kadyn Vasquez, all of Odessa.

Funeral services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 10:00 AM Tuesday, June 14, 2011, Rev. Brandon Houseworth officiating.  Interment will be at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Jonwayne Duke Stevens

Jonwayne Duke Stevens, age 28, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 9, 2011.  He was born in Alamogordo, NM on December 2, 1982 to Theresa Kluting.  He was a driller in the oilfield.

He is survived by his wife:  Keri Stevens of Odessa; parents: Gary and Theresa Braun of Odessa; mother-in-law: Karen Rowlett of Odessa; daughters: Jasmine Marie Stevens, Mikayla Br’ann Stevens, and Erika Lee’Ann Stevens, all of Odessa; brother: Jeff Kluting and Crystal of Odessa; sister: Danielle Rodriguez of San Diego, CA; four nephews: Donathan, Zachary, Damien, and Nicholas; uncle and aunt: Bill and Cindy Kluting of Phoeniz, AZ; and cousins: Terrell Kluting and Sara Kluting.

He was loved and will be greatly missed by all those that loved him.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Dewey Blevins.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Betty Lou Teal

Betty Lou (Pitman) Teal, age 67, of Odessa, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 10, 2011, at Parks Methodist in Odessa, holding hands with her beloved husband and in the company of brother Henry and beloved friend Daphine.  She was born in Teague, TX to the late Jim Pitman and Betty Lucille (Boswell) Pitman on January 18, 1944.  The daughter of a railroad man, she graduated High School in Alice, TX where she had played in the band. 

Betty Lou became a beautician, but after her marriage to Jim Teal on February 7, 1981, she co-drove on his rig with him for over three million miles.  Their CB handle was “Texas Twins”.  She was also Jim’s longtime secretary and helped him to build a successful business and to fulfill all of his dreams.  Together they owned the Rocking Bar 7 Ranch Estates, J-T Ranch, J-T Stables, and were former owners of Teal and Teal Trucking.  She loved country style and was quite a talented country singer.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband:  Jim Teal of Odessa; her mother:  Lucille Pitman of Victoria; two sons:  Bryan Davis and wife Katya of Clovis, NM and Sean Davis and wife Natalie of San Antonio; two brothers:  Douglas Pitman of Victoria and Lemoine Pitman of Rockport; and three grandchildren:  Lauren Ashley Davis, April Davis, and Eryn Davis, all of Seminole.  Betty Lou was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She will be dearly missed.  She will always be remembered and loved by all.  

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel from 6 to 8:00 pm Tuesday evening.  Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Chapel Hill Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Jeff Box.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

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