Obituaries 2011

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Philip H.  Weston
Phil was born August 17, 1931 - died June 10, 2011. 

While the two dates above are important, this story is about the dash between these two dates.  Born in Los Angeles, after a difficult childhood, he enlisted in the army and served our country during the Korean war and was honorably discharged. Growing up a sports fan of the local team, he was able to realize one of his dreams of owning season floor seat tickets for the Lakers. Phil was a huge UCLA Bruin fan, and got his degree from the school in business.

It was during this time he met and married his first wife of 49 years Marlene Schweger. Together they had a passion for life, traveling all over the world to 47 countries. Phil never met a stranger and loved new adventures. Phil developed the skills of a salesman that took him to the top of Forest Plywood sales located in two locations in the LA area. There he "routed the trucks" for 38 years before successfully selling the company and retiring to the Phoenix Arizona area in 1995. During his retirement, he enjoyed hobbies such as travel, reading, cooking, wood carving, bocce ball and parading around in his golf cart during all of the major holidays.

In 2002, he became caregiver to Marlene after she was diagnosed with Parkinson's. For three years he lovingly tended to her needs as she slowly deteriorated to her death in 2004. Working on a remodeling project in Marfa, Texas, he met the new love of his life, Sondra DeZombrano. They married in February of 2006 and settled in Alpine, Texas. There Phil enjoyed the last years in life at a much slower pace. He enjoyed living in a town where everyone new your name. 

The dash represents a man's life who lived life to its fullest and loved people. To know Phil was to have a lifelong friend. 

Phil is survived by his wife Sondra, his daughter Laura Carnes, son in law Mike Carnes, Grandchildren Leanna and Rainy, son David, and his children Maggie, Jenna, and Cliff. 

Phil, we will all miss you and appreciate how you demonstrated how to live life to its fullest.

Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Melvin Ray Tuck

Melvin Ray Tuck, age 58, of Monahans, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Crane on August 1, 1952 to Curtis Tuck and Lois (Johnson) Maxwell.  He married Patricia Yerian on June 1, 1999 in Columbus, OH.  He worked in the oilfield as a roughneck, a driller, and a tool pusher. 

He is survived by his wife:  Patricia Tuck of Monahans; four daughters:  Tonja Tuck of Monahans, Sandra Barnett of Boerne, Tammy Tuck of Columbus, OH, and Carrie Johnson of Big Spring; brother:  George Tuck of Dill City, OK; sister:  Karen Johnston of Midland; and eleven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter:  Gracie Johnson.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Immanuel Baptist Church, 200 S. Ursila St., in Monahans, officiated by Pastor Larry Bennett. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761. 

Barbara Nell Babcock

Barbara Nell Babcock, age 81, of Odessa, passed away at Medical Center Hospital on Saturday, June 11, 2011.  She was born in Lynnville, KY on Saturday, May 17, 1930 to Ollie BerkleyThomas and Modena (Alderdice) Thomas. She married L P Babcock on October 31, 1948 in Corinth, Miss. They shared almost 49 years together before separated by his death in March of 1997.  Barbara worked for University Laundromat and did ironing.  She was a member of Greenfield Acres Baptist Church.

Mrs. Babcock loved to bass fish and really enjoyed nature and gardening.  She and Mr. Babcock loved to travel together and go camping.  She gave her heart to her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons:  David Babcock and wife Debbi of Lubbock, Terry Babcock and wife Shirley of Odessa, and Billy Babcock and wife Nelta of Lubbock; two brothers:  Robert Elvis Thomas of Center, TX and Cecil Lloyd Thomas of Hickman, KY; sisters:  Vida Anderson of Amarillo and Minnie “Tinnie” Williams of Jones, OK; six grandchildren:  Jeanne Hollowell, Brandi and Micheal Montoya, Aaron Babcock, Katie and Jered Mitchell, Amy and Tim Patillo, and Toni and Shannon Price; and ten great-grandchildren:  Makayla, Blayke, Maryanne, Hamilton, Avey, Jered Jr., Tyler, Taylor, Tyan, and Austin.

Her parents:  Ollie and Modena Thomas; husband:  L P Babcock; three brothers:  Ollie James, Will Ed, and Artell Thomas; son:  Bobby Joe Babcock; and one grandson:  Bryan Thomas Babcock; precede her to her Heavenly home.

The family will meet with friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel Tuesday evening, June 14, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Greenfield Acres Baptist Church, 2114 W. Yukon Road, Odessa, officiated by Pastor Mike Bartlet.  Interment will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Memorials in Barbara’s name may be made to Greenfield Acres Baptist Church. 


Manuela Mata Arenivas and Kimberly Baeza

Manuela Mata Arenivas, age 66, of Odessa, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 in a fatal car accident in Penwell, TX.  Mrs. Arenivas was born in Mexico on September 16, 1944.  She was a homemaker.  Her granddaughter, Kimberly Baeza, age 11, of Odessa, also died Sunday, June 12, 2011 in the same accident.  Kimberly was born in Odessa on September 10, 1999.  She was a 5th grade student at Dowling Elementary and would have earned her black belt in karate at ATA Martial Arts this coming Thursday. 

Mrs. Arenivas is survived by her husband:  Ancelmo Arenivas of Odessa; three sons:  Bernardo Madrid of Ft. Worth, Cruz Arenivas of Odessa and Meli Arenivas of Amarillo; three daughters:  Ramona Ortalejo of Odessa, Leti Vicuna of Phoenix, AZ, and Yesania Arenivas of Odessa; one brother:  Benito Mata of Presidio; five sisters:  Delia Trevino of Loving, NM, Nati Gutierrez, Chonita Mata, and Cruz Mata, all of Odessa, and Juanita Vasquez of Presidio; twenty-four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

One son:  Ventura Ortalejo precedes her in death. 

Kimberly leaves behind her father:  Gabriel Baeza; mother:  Yesania Arenivas; maternal grandfather:  Ancelmo Arenivas; paternal grandparents:  Jose and Rosa Baeza; brothers:  Gabriel Baeza and Sergio Baeza; and sisters:  Willow Jasso and Nicole Baeza, all of Odessa. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14th and 15th at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Thursday, June 16, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Joe Uecker.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Carla Jo Shook Owings

Carla Jo Shook Owings went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 13, 2011.  She was born in Iraan, Texas on November 11, 1942 and graduated from Iraan High School.  She attended business school in Abilene.

She married James Owings, her soul mate, on September 19, 1964 in Iraan.  She was employed for 27 years as a PBX operator for the Odessa Police Department before her retirement.  She enjoyed music and played the piano.  She was a member of Antioch Christian Church.

Carla Jo is survived by her husband James Owings of Odessa; one sister:  Dianna McAnanley of Iraan; and several aunts and uncles and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her son:  Johnny Ray.

Gravesides services will be 10:00 am Friday, June 17, 2011 at Restland Cemetery in Iraan, officiated by Brother Eddie Whitefield.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa. 

Faustino Hernandez

Faustino Hernandez, age 89, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 at Sienna Nursing Home.  He was born in Lubbock, TX on February 15, 1922 to the late Pablo and Anita (Garcia) Hernandez. 

He is survived by two sons:  Leonardo Hernandez of Odessa and Jose Luis Hernandez of Monteca, CA; four brothers:  Pedro Hernandez of Ft. Worth, Joaquin Hernandez and Francisco Hernandez both of Chaparral, NM, and Salvador Hernandez of California; five sisters:  Delfina Hernandez of Hondo, NM, and Lupe Hernandez, Nena Hernandez, Pabla Hernandez, and Modesta Hernandez, all of Chaparral, NM; numerous grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm Thursday, June 16, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, June 17, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Fr. Joe Uecker.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Gerald Sparks, Sr.

Gerald Sparks, Sr., age 77, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Regency Hospital of Odessa.  He was born in Robert Lee on October 2, 1933 to Marion King Sparks and Eula Mae Walker.  He married Jo Ann May on March 23, 1958 in Colorado City.  He owned and operated Pioneer Roofing since 1967.

Gerald was a 32nd degree Mason and a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He loved to fly and was a private airplane pilot.  His favorite pastimes included fishing and anything to do with the outdoors. He loved animals and raised cattle. He also enjoyed barbequing and fish frying.

He is survived by his wife:  Jo Ann Sparks of Odessa; sons: Gerald Sparks, Jr. and Steven Sparks and wife Ami, all of Odessa; daughter: Darnell Jones and husband Trevis of Odessa; brother: Alton Sparks of Tifton, GA; sister: Neta Dobbins of McKinney, TX; grandchildren: Tiffany, Blake, Mason, and Keisha; and great-grandchildren: Serenity and Trinity.

Gerald was a very loving man and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandson: Brad.

There are no services scheduled at this time.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Robert George Albert Williamson

Robert George Albert Williamson, born April 25, 2002, in Houston, Texas, passed away on June 15, 2011, of complications associated with the medical condition surrounding his brain tumor.

Robert was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church at St. Vladimir's Church in Houston, Texas.  His patron saint was St. Vladimir, who Christianized Russia in 988.  Robert often served at St. Vladimir's during orthodox masses as an altar boy.

While recovering from the effects of the tumor, and the operations associated with treating it, and while dealing with the complications, Robert prayed when he could.  His condition impacted his memory, but he tried to remember prayers that he knew, and asked people to help him pray.  He frequently reaffirmed his desire that the Lord's will be done, and often talked about becoming an Orthodox priest when he grew up.

Throughout his short life, especially while dealing with his affliction, Robert exemplified what it meant to be a good Christian, a good American and a good Texan, equally proud of both his American heritage and his Mexican heritage; Robert sought to do the Lord's will, despite the enormous personal cost to him.

Robert is survived by his mother Martha, his father Mark, his sister Nelly and his brother Mark, all of whom live in Odessa, Texas, as well as by his other sister: Yadira, who lives in Williston, SC, and by his paternal grandmother: Jeanine, who lives in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin.  Robert has extended family throughout northern Wisconsin and in San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Joe Uecker. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Jesus Aguilar Molinar

Jesus Aguilar Molinar, age 69, of Odessa, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence in Odessa, Texas   He was born on February 21, 1942 to Justo T. and Estanislada (Aguilar) Molinar in Vado de Piedra, Mexico. Jesus was employed by Huckbay Industries. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Amada Porras Molinar; son: Cosme A. Molinar; brothers: Ricardo Molinar and Luis Molinar and Silverio Molinar; and sisters: Maximil Flores and Eliza Hernandez. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Dora (Molinar) Almance and husband Pedro,  Luz Estella Martinez and husband Carlos, all of Odessa, Sylvia M Suchil and husband Isreal of Lubbock, and  Daniella Porras and husband James of Midland; sons: Jesus P Molinar, Jr. and wife Paula, Carlos A Molinar and wife Claudia, Dario P Molinar and wife Sylvia, all of Odessa; sisters: Teodora Armendariz of Fresno, CA, Maria Castillo and husband Rafael of Odessa, Eva Salas and husband Reyaldo of Presidio; brothers: Jose A Molinar of Visalia, CA, Isbel A Molinar and wife Petra of Pecos, Lorenza A Molinar of Rancho Gayton, MX;  19  grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.  

Rosary will be said at 7:30 pm Tuesday evening, June 21, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Jose Rico officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

 Robbie Lee Walters

Robbie Lee Walters, age 56, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2011 at Hospice House of Odessa. He was born in Sweetwater, TX on April 11, 1955.

He is survived by his sisters: Ludene (Walters) Reeves of Fort Stockton and Janet Mae Franklin of El Paso; brothers: Terry Eugene Walters of Arlington, TX and Maxey Joe Walters of Midland.      

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

Lillie Jane Beatrice Woods

Lillie Jane Beatrice Woods, of Odessa, went home to her Lord on June 22, 2011. She was born in Strawn, Texas on November 7, 1928 to Nancie Hudson Jordan and Leonard C. Jordan.

After attending Odessa High School, she married Ralph Woods, Sr. in Brownwood, Texas in 1945. They wanted a big family and had three children before Ralph’s untimely death in June 1951.  He was the love of her life and 60 years later, she still lovingly shared their story with her grandchildren and family. Jane, determined to take care of their children, went back to school and became a successful and respected bookkeeper working for several area car dealerships until her retirement in 1990. She had a variety of interests throughout her life such as roller skating, bowling and dancing.  Jane enjoyed square dancing, won a Charleston dancing contest with her son, Lenny and even took up belly dancing.  Later, she loved to play board games, bingo and cards with friends and family, teaching three generations how to play Skip-Bo. But her greatest joy was found with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and most recently, her new great-great granddaughters, Willow, Jocelynne and RyAnn, all of whom affectionately called her Memi.

Waiting to greet her in Heaven is her husband, parents, brothers; Leon Jordan and baby Jack Jordan, youngest daughter, Nancie Lamoine Choate and oldest son Ralph Woods, Jr.  Jane is survived by her oldest brother Len D. Jordan, middle son Len C. Jordan and wife Kim, all of Austin; grandchildren: Shelly Stribling and husband Stacy of Midland, Christy Dickman and husband Casey of Odessa; Jason Jordan and wife Juliet, Steven Woods and Cindy Woods all of Austin, Dawn Kiser and husband Jerry and Paul Woods all of Jasper, TX, Elizabeth Metz and husband Mike of Houston; great grandchildren, Dusti, Alyssa, Travis, Raelyn, Noble, Jacob, Dawson, Audrey, Skyler, Kayla, Kylie Jo, Paige, Fallon, Winter, Baby Boy, Alexis, Kendal, McKenzie, Timothy, Jesse, Jeffery; nephews, Ken, Lonnie and Dan and her dear friend Rose Henry; as well as numerous other family and friends.

Her granddaughters and family would like to thank the caring, wonderful nurses and staff of the 9th floor of Medical Center Hospital and Regency Hospital, specifically Jennifer, Melinda, Nancy, Cathy, Kaci, Josh, Claudia, Anna, Quincy, Julio, RT Rubens, Ryan and so many others who made her extended stay bearable. (Jane was known as the electronic cigarette lady on the 9th floor, she loved that!)

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Lonnie Dale Jordan.  Interment will follow at the Odessa Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of West Odessa.


Celia Tarin Rios

Celia Tarin Rios, age 54, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Hospice House of Odessa.  She was born in Artesia, NM on April 24, 1957 to Enrique Tarin and Bertha (Beanes) Tarin.  She graduated in 1976 from Las Cruces High School.  She was a loving wife, mother, and good friend to all who knew her.  She liked to bake cookies and made delicious chili beans.

Celia was a member of Beit Haderekh.  She loved the Lord and served Him diligently.  She enjoyed studying her Bible.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: Juan Rios of Odessa; her son:  Juan Tarin Rios, Jr. of Odessa; parents:  Enrique and Bertha Tarin of La Mesa, NM; three sisters:  Bertha Rios of Banning, Calif., Olivia Ruiz of Albuquerque, NM, and Gloria Yzaguirre of Odessa; four brothers:  Enrique Tarin, Jr. of Las Cruces, NM, Alfonso Tarin of Radium Springs, NM, Armando Tarin of Roswell, NM, and Michael Tarin of La Mesa, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews.    

Visitation will be from 1 to 8:00 pm Sunday, June, 26, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be at Beit HaDerekh, 13370 Hwy 191, Odessa at 10:00 AM Monday, June 27, 2011, Teacher Ben Burton officiating.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Gardens of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Lidia Torres

Lidia Torres, age 59, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at her Odessa residence.  She was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico on August 21, 2011 to the late Juan Barrios and Francisca (Medellín) Barrios. She was a homemaker, beloved wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband:  Esteban Torres, Sr. of Odessa; four sons:  Enrique Vargas, Jr. and wife Mayra, Isai Torres and wife Mary, Oscar Torres and wife Melva, and Steven Jr. Torres, all of Odessa; four daughters:  Esther Vasquez and husband Andy, Lidia Ramirez and husband Alfonso, Silvia Marquez and husband Jaime, and Delila Rodriguez, all of Odessa; two brothers:  Bacilio Medellín of El Paso and Francisco Medellín of Juarez, MX; three sisters:  Magdalena Brito and Margarita Ortiz and husband Benito, all of Odessa and Guadalupe Hernandez and husband Juan of El Paso; nineteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, her grandson: Cesar Alejandro Vasquez, and several siblings precede her in death.

A prayer service will be held Monday evening, June 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm at 1ra Asamblea Apostolica de la Fe en Cristo Jesus.  Services will be at the church as well on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 10:00 am.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Stacy Lynn (Kelley) Pugh

Stacy Lynn (Kelley) Pugh, age 40, of Midland, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2011 at Hospice of Midland.  She was born in Charleston, S.C. November 10, 1970 to the late Larry Glen Kelley and Bobbie Jean (Shoemaker) Kelley.  She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by one daughter:  Kaitlyn Dye of Midland and one son:  Brandon Walsh of Chicago, Ill.         

Memorial services will be at a later date in the Gulf of Mexico.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

James Clifton Harvey, Jr.

James Clifton Harvey, Jr., age 81, of Odessa was called to meet his Savior on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Hospice House.  He was born in Grand Prairie, TX on January 25, 1930 to James Clifton Harvey, Sr. and Minnie Marie (Houston) Harvey.  He married Jane Miller on June 3, 1951 in Odessa.  They had just celebrated 60 happy years together.  James worked at a supermarket for many years and later drove a bus for Ector County ISD and worked for 11 years as a crossing guard.  He loved helping the children.  He was a longtime member of the West University Church of Christ congregation and was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife:  Jane Harvey of Odessa; son:  James Clifton Harvey III of Caldwell, ID; two daughters:  Deborah Cobb of Odessa and Rebecca Heinze of San Angelo; two sisters:  Lena Ruth Melson of Odessa and Martha Sue Abernathy of Hot Springs, AR; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

His parents:  James and Minnie Harvey, and two sisters:  Jo Millard and Hazel Rossen, precede him in death.

Memorial services to celebrate Mr. Harvey’s life will be 10:00 am, Friday, July 1, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Roy Jones.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Michael Jefferson Morrow

Michael Jefferson Morrow, age 57, of Odessa, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Amarillo, TX on May 1, 1954 to Pete and Imogene (Wisdom) Morrow.  He was a communication tower technician. 

He is survived by his daughter:  Alexis Logan of Lincoln, NE; one sister:  Carroll Bonnette of Lubbock; and two grandchildren:  Jonathan and Sydney. 

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


Carlin Redman Rodriguez

Carlin Redman Rodriguez, age 62, of Odessa, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas.  She was born in Austin, Arkansas on September 10, 1948 to the late Oscar and Lily Mae (Trawick) Redman.  She was a nurse’s aide and a member of Belmont Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter:  Rosa Angelina Gonzales of Hobbs, NM; two sons:  Monty Miller and Kenneth W. Fore, both of Odessa; sister:  Betty Stevens of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers:  Johnny Redman of Amarillo, Clifford Benson of Oklahoma, and Steve Benson of Los Angeles, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery at 2:00 PM Thursday, June 30, 2011, Pastor John McLemore officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

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