Obituaries 2011

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Jesus Zuniga Gonzales

Jesus Zuniga Gonzales, age 62, of Odessa was reunited in Heaven with his beloved daughter, Chella, on Tuesday, October 25, 2011.  Jesus was born in Sinton, Texas on December 24, 1948 to the late Benito and Guadalupe (Zuniga) Gonzales.  He was raised in Sinton and graduated from Sinton High School in 1969.  He immediately entered the Army and served in Korea for several years. 

In 1976, Jesus married Tracy French.  He worked for Western Co. of North America / BJ Services for 23 years.   He was a dedicated employee and a hard worker.   Jesus was a jokester and had an awesome sense of humor.  He loved his family, his wife, and his children with all of his heart.

He is survived by his beloved wife:  Tracy Gonzales of Odessa; two sons:  Carlos Gonzales of Del Rio and Charles Gonzales of Irving; four brothers:  Gilbert Gonzales of Sinton, Graviel Gonzales of Killeen, Benito Gonzales of Austin, and Guadalupe Gonzales of Sinton; sisters:  Graciela Castillo of Austin, and Geneva Rodriguez and Giselda Deleon, both of Corpus Christi; two grandchildren:  Maritza and Andrea Gonzales. “We will love you forever.”

Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm Friday, October 28, 2011 at the funeral home.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, October 29, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Antonio Rodriguez Torres

Antonio Rodriguez Torres, age 73, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa.  He was born in Ojinaga, Mexico on June 13, 1938 to the late Blas Rodriguez and AnaMaria Torres Rodriguez.  He was a laborer and a Catholic. 

He is survived by his wife Maria (Madrid) Rodriguez of Odessa; five daughters:  Maria Medrano of Odessa, Rebeca Rodriguez and Leonor Torres, both of Ojinaga, MX, and Maribel Rodriguez and Maria Elizabeth Perez, both of Odessa; three sons:  Blas Rodriguez of Ojinaga, MX, and Armando Rodriguez and Roberto Rodriguez, both of Odessa; one sister:  Rita Rodriguez of Midland; and one brother:  Jasinto Rodriguez of Ojinaga, MX.    

Rosary will be said 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa.  Funeral services will be in Ojinaga later this week.  Interment will be at Jardines del Eden in Ojinaga.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and Funeraria de Valles in Ojinaga.

Ronnie Lee Pumphrey

Ronnie Lee Pumphrey, age 69, passed away on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Hospice House in Odessa. He was born in Monahans, Texas on April 25, 1942 to the late Clifton Powell Pumphrey and Juanita Oleta (Wood) Pumphrey. He was a mechanic and owned Ron’s Automotive. He married the love of his life, Patricia Schooler, on December 5, 1963 in Odessa. They shared forty-eight wonderful years together. Ronnie was a very loving, generous, and kind husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his family, especially his grandbabies, and was very proud of them all. Ronnie also loved the Lord.

Survivors include his wife: Patricia Pumphrey of Odessa; son: Kristopher Lee Pumphrey and wife Trisha of Midland; daughter: Keshia Adams and husband Michael of Odessa; brother: Clifford Pumphrey of Conroe, TX; and three grandchildren: Emilee Ann Adams, Shadd Pumphrey, and Kanah Pumphrey.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Odessa.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church of Odessa or Hospice House of Odessa. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


Linda Carol Koenig

Linda Carol Koenig, age 44, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011 at her Odessa residence.  She was born in Plainview, TX on September 10, 1967.  She was a teacher. 

She is survived by her husband :  Edward Koenig of Odessa; mother:  Jeweline Savage of Amarillo; son:  Matthew Koenig of Amarillo; three daughters:  Hollis Pace of El Cajon, CA, Whitney Koenig of Odessa, and Tia Koenig of Amarillo; two brothers:  Anthony Dewayne Savage and Freddie Savage, Jr., both of Amarillo; sister:  Tammy Renee Savage of Amarillo; and two grandchildren. 

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Saturday,  November 5, 2011 at the Salvation Army, 810 E. 11th Street, Odessa, TX, officiated by Lt. Stephen Correira.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Ernest Marion Ballard

Ernest Marion Ballard, age 75, passed from this life on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at his residence in Pecos. He was born in Tokio, TX on January 24, 1936 to the late Ernest Ballard and Allie Mae Gordon.

A very patient and compassionate man, Ernest was the owner and manager of various businesses in Pecos, Bob’s Thriftway and later on Ernie’s Smoke Shop. He served as an EMT for many years with the volunteer EMS in the Pecos area. Ernest was involved in Little League, Pony League as well as PeeWee Football, and was a very family oriented and could never say no to his wife. He served in the US Army.

Those left behind to cherish his love and memory include,  three sons; Dennis Thorp and wife Randa of Pecos; Alan Ballard and wife Jessie of Bonham, TX; Nathan Ballard and wife Tylene of Odessa; one brother: Toby Ballard and wife, Vangie of Odessa; one sister: Barbara Mendez of Gardendale, TX and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife: Marvon (Freeman) Ballard on May 25, 2009.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 pm Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Pecos Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Matt Williamson.  Arrangements in Odessa are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Francisca Muñoz Estrada

Francisca Muñoz Estrada, age 99, passed from this life on Thursday, November 03, 2011 at her Odessa residence.  She was born in Shafter, TX on May 12, 1912 to Donacio and Rosa (Rodriguez) Muñoz .  She was a homemaker; beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Francisca was a joker who always kept her friends and family laughing.  A strong woman, she was a fighter who never gave up.  She worked hard to care for her family and always put their needs first.  They will always hold her dear to their hearts.

Those left to cherish her memory include three sons:  Andres Estrada of Odessa and Inocente Estrada and Roque Estrada, both of El Paso; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Her parents, her husband, and numerous siblings precede her in death.

Rosary will be said at 7:30 pm Friday, November 4, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Father Bernardito Getigan.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Steven Kelly Thompson

Steven Kelly Thompson, age 30, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in Odessa.  He was born May 4, 1981 in Mabank, TX.  He worked in a warehouse for Shamrock Steel.

He is survived by his wife:   Jeanette Graham of Odessa; father:   Kelly Thompson of Mountainburg, AR; mother:  Toya (Oliver) Overby of Moriarty, NM; step-dad:  Gerald Overby of Moriarty, NM; one daughter:  Breanna Harlander of Odessa; one son:  Quinton Harlander of Odessa; two brothers:  Jonny Thompson of Odessa and Chad Thompson and wife Sunshine of Grand Junction, CO; grandparents:  Norman Don Oliver and Alta Oliver of Edgewood, NM; one grandchild; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.    

Funeral services in Odessa will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating.  Interment will be at Cain Cemetery in Mountainburg, AR.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, TX and Ocker – Putman Funeral Home, 917 Hwy 64 East, Alma, AR.  

Donnie Lee Stroud

Donnie Lee Stroud, age 55, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at his residence in Odessa, Texas.  He was born in Levelland, TX on April 22, 1956 to Lethal Ray Stroud and Maretta Louise (Bartlett) Stroud.  He grew up in the oilfield and worked as a roughneck, driller and tool pusher.  He always had horses and broke and trained them.  Donnie loved the races. 

He is survived by his wife:  Kathy Stroud of Lubbock; his daughter:  Deshana Vaughan of Joshua; step-daughter:  Kindal Johnson of Lubbock; step-sons:  Jeromy and Tré Johnson of Lubbock; three brothers:  Ronnie Stroud of Lubbock, and Lonnie Stroud and Terry Stroud, both of Levelland; and five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.    He was devoted to his family and loved them very much.  His grandchildren had a special place in his heart. 

Visitation will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa.  Graveside services will be at Gaines County Cemetery of Seminole at 2:00 PM Monday, November 14, 2011, officiated by Bro. Tony Pitcox.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.  

Judy Dale Perkins

Judy Dale Perkins, age 58, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2011 at her Odessa residence.  She was born in Pecos on May 27, 1953 to William Thomas Perkins and Vera Leona (Bishop) Perkins.  She worked in accounts receivable and did many other tasks for Triangle Pump and for 28 years for Pennzoil.

Judy loved Bingo and Poker.  She enjoyed watching NASCAR (especially Kasey Kahne), the Braves, and the Cowboys. More than anything, she loved her family and put them first.  She loved her son and daughter-in-law and was devoted to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son:  Jeffery Perkins and wife Lydia of Odessa; two brothers:  Wallace Perkins and wife Mary of Odessa and Louis Perkins and wife Debbie of Dallas; sister:  Sharon Marsh and husband Jim of Odessa; grandchildren:  Jeffery Louis Perkins, Christopher Blake Perkins, and Savannah Nichole Perkins; her Aunt Nelda Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Fairview Cemetery in Pecos, TX, officiated by Pastor Rey Carreon.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Odessa. 

Chrispin Floyd "Chris" Sims

Chrispin Floyd Sims, age 47, of Midland, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2011, at his home in Midland.  He was the son of the late Glen Sims and Nancy (Hardin) Farris. He was born June 24, 1964 in Odessa.  He worked in the oilfield and was a counselor for the Palmer Drug Abuse Program.  He was a member of Messengers Motorcycle Club. 

Chris is survived by his wife:  Kim (Spratlen) Sims of Midland; his mother:  Nancy Farris of Odessa; daughter:  Kristin Sims of Midland; son:  Jordan Sims of Midland; sister:  Beverly Bridgestock of Odessa; brother:  Glen Wayne Sims, Jr. of Odessa; numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends.     

His father and sister:  Leslie Lynn, precede him in death.     

A Memorial Service will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 4:00 PM Friday, November 18, 2011, Pastor Carrie Stanton officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

Maggie Redd Morris

Maggie Redd Morris, daughter of Callie Sue Hairston and Robin Redd was born July 23, 1925 in Martinsville, VA. She departed this life on November 16, 2011.

Maggie was educated in the Martinsville School District.  She met and married William Wyatt Morris, Sr. and from this union eight children were born.

She was predeceased by her husband:   William W. Morris, Sr., parents:  Susie and Robin Redd, seventeen siblings, five grandchildren, one son, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and one great-grandchild.

She is survived by two sisters:  Mamie Perkins of Ridgeway, VA and Ida Redd of Martinsville, VA; eight children:  Edward Morris of Collingswood, NJ, Laura Brown of Odessa, TX, Glenda Jones of Bethlehem, PA, William Morris Jr. and wife Pamela of Jersey City, NJ, Carol Morris of Rahway, NJ, Joseph Morris of Jersey City, NJ, Daryle Morris and wife Monique of Jersey City, NJ, and Robin Morris of Bethlehem, PA; four godchildren:  Betty Cilino of Bayonne, NJ, Michael Valdespee of Silver City, NM, Benjamin Wilson and wife Diane of Jersey City and Valerie Carswell of Jersey City; thirty-one grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren; a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, loving friends; her Seabury family; and her special self appointed guardian angel JoAnn Reep.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Monday November 21, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell. Memorial services will also be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey at the Mary McCloud Bethune Life Center, 134-150 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Jersey City, NJ from noon to 4:00 pm.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Frank Castillo Anzaldua

Frank Castillo Anzaldua, age 47, of Odessa, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2011 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Yoakum, Texas on November 23, 1963 to Fred and Margaret (Castillo) Anzaldua.  He was a painter for Aztec Metal Fabrication Company. 

Frank was a hard worker and lived life to the fullest, living each day as if it were his last. He was always happy, never complained, and loved to joke around. His number one hobby was R & R. His favorite pastimes included music, dances, and watching westerns and wrestling. He also enjoyed collecting western items. 

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife: Roseann Cortez of Odessa; mother: Margaret Anzaldua of El Campo, TX; sons: Ernest Anzaldua and wife Veneisa and Adam Anzaldua and wife Crystal, all of Odessa; daughter: Amanda Aguero and husband Jeremiah of Odessa; brother: Freddie Anzaldua of El Campo, TX; sisters: Gloria Anzaldua Casarez and husband Raymond, Terry  Anzaldua, and Yolanda Rodriguez, all of El Campo, TX; and grandchildren: Angel Anzaldua, Julius Anzaldua, Joe Salazar, Elainiah Aguero, and James Aguero.

He is preceded in death by his father: Fred Anzaldua. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Brian Serrano.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 


Don W. Lawson

Don W. Lawson passed away in Odessa on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the age of 76. He left this world just as he lived, surrounded in the love of his wife and family. He fought a long life as a stroke survivor and a short battle with cancer.

Don was born on February 22, 1935 to Alton and Myrtle Lawson in Brady, Texas. He married Bennie Gooden in Odessa on January 9, 1963. They were inseparable friends for 49 years. Don served his country for four years as an inspector in the Army. He attended Odessa High School in the class of ’54.

Don was an avid bowler, fisherman, and hunter. He worked as an employee of Odessa Pump. He coached his son’s teams in football and his daughter’s teams in softball. He enjoyed attending his grandson’s football and baseball games. He played bingo every chance he could.

Don is survived by his loving wife: Bennie Lawson of Odessa; sister: Margie O’Kelley and husband Charlie of Amarillo; son: Doyle Lawson and wife Linda of Odessa; daughter: Connie Lawson of Odessa; son: Don Davidson and wife Pam of Tyler, TX; sister:  Debbie Osborn and husband Jerry Don of Clarksville, AR; grandchildren: Natalie Guarra and husband David, Matt Lawson, Stephen and Christie Davidson, Mackenzie (M.C.) Lawson; and THE great-grandchild: Kinsley Guarra.

Funeral services with military honors will be 7:00 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Tim Hegstead.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family would like to thank all the people at Star Home Hospice, especially Molly, Courtney, and Darryl. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to Star Home Hospice, 620 N. Grant, Ste. 100, Odessa, TX 79761.

God took him to his loving home. God saw him getting tired; a cure was not to be. He wrapped him in his loving arms and whispered “Come with me.” He suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend. He faced his path with courage, until the very end. He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain. God took him to His loving home and freed him from the pain.

He was Pops to us and Her Eagle. 

Franklin Ross Underwood

Franklin Ross Underwood, 65, flew from his earthly home on Monday, November 21, 2011. Family visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Services will be held on Friday, November 25 at 10:00 am at Grace Christian Fellowship with Pastor Clark Racca officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be held at Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Abilene at 3:00 pm on Friday.  He was born to ER and Virgie Underwood on September 28, 1946 in Union, Mississippi. Spending his childhood years in Kermit, he joined the US Navy at the age of 18 where he proudly served two Tours of Duty in the Vietnam War.

He married his friend and life partner, Elsie Elaine Smith on February 14, 1970.

From 1972 until Frank took his last breath, they owned and operated Auto Kool of Texas in Odessa where he rescued many friend and family members from roadsides and parking lots all over Texas.  Frank was a 32nd Degree Mason and served as Past Worshipful Master of Masonic Fellowship Lodge A.F.& A.M. #1385 in Odessa.

His passions included flying and tinkering with his airplane at Schlemeyer Field and he thought a bad day of fishing was better than a good day of anything else - especially if the boat was full of grandbabies and shack-in-laws.

He leaves on this earth to persevere in life: His wife, Elsie, His Daughter, Tammy Underwood Duke and Husband Mark of Odessa, His Granddaughters Brittany Elaine Underwood, Marybelle Ashley Llanez, Katharina Sharree Llanez, all of Odessa and Erin Nicole Duke of Arlington.  His Great-Grandbabies, Elaine Cecile Thompson, Ross PerryLee Blevins, Natalie Nicole Frasier, Shyanne Princess Blevins, Jameson Lee Simons, Austin Allen Llanez all of Odessa and Loveah Duke and Dezlinay Duke of Arlington.  His cherished mother and father-in-law:  Marybelle and Harold Gaddis of Odessa. His brothers:  Larry Wayne Underwood of Lake Buchanan, TX and Lewis David Underwood of Longview. One sister:  Murrell Cook of Longview, TX.  Pallbearers for the services will be Mark Duke, James Simons, Jeffery Blevins, Bart Barnett, Thurmon Smith, David Mallow.

Charoline (Kolbe) McWilliams

Charoline (Kolbe) McWilliams, age 73, of Alpine, Texas, passed from this life on Monday, November 21, 2011, at Hospice House in Odessa, Texas.  Charoline was born in Spring Branch, TX on September 29, 1938 to Alva Fred Kolbe and Alberta Emelia (Ottie) Kolbe.  She married Robert McWilliams in Sugarland, TX on August 2, 1959 and was a homemaker.  A devoted wife for 52 years, she took excellent care of her husband and children.

Charoline was a beautiful lady inside and out.  She had no vices, never drank or smoked, and was a wholesome example to her children.  She loved animals and had a way with them.  Wild “critters” became her pets and she had a menagerie that included wild hogs, deer and a chipmunk.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband:  Robert McWilliams of Alpine; two daughters:  Linda Charoline Buck of Alpine and Bobby Jo McWilliams of Anahuac, Texas; one son:  Keith Allen McWilliams of Sweeny, Texas; one adopted son:  Robert Chase McWilliams of Alpine; three sisters:  Mary Anne Kolbe, Janice Marie Dimpsey and Jo-Ann Sczymanski, all of Tomball, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Odessa, Texas. 

Travis Ray Floyd

Travis Ray Floyd, age 74, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2011 at his home in Goldsmith.  He was born in Ranger, TX on August 17, 1937 to the late Homer and Lillie Ester (Owen) Floyd.  He was a school bus driver.

Travis loved the wide open spaces and was really at home in the West Texas oilfields.  In the late 50’s and early 60’s, he was a championship bull rider.  He loved southwestern and Native American style art, listened to Country music, and enjoyed watching football (especially Texas Tech and the Steelers). 

He is survived by one son:  Jake Floyd of McGregor, TX; two daughters:  Ramona Floyd and husband Michael Ryan of New York, NY and Elizabeth Floyd of Sierra Vista, AZ; one brother:  Claude Floyd of Monahans; and two grandchildren:  Mary Leal-Floyd of San Diego, CA and Christina Lorene Compton of Sierra Vista, AZ.

His parents, his wives: Ramona Joyce, LaWanda June, and Lena Margarette; one brother, Clifford Floyd; and his sheltie dog:  Tiz, precede him in death.

Memorial services will be 7:30 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Brian Serrano.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


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