Obituaries 2012

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Arron Scott Burnett

Arron Scott Burnett, age 35, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in Odessa.  He was born in Andrews, TX on December 2, 1977 to Willis Howard Burnett and Martha Carrol Burnett.  As a young man, Arron was active in 4H and showed steers for eleven years.  He had many grand champions in Ector County and one of his great accomplishments was a reserve grand champion heifer in Houston.  But to him, his greatest accomplishment in life was the birth of his son, Christan.  He graduated from OHS in 1997.  He served for four years in the US Navy then opened and operated his own business, B-B Welding of Odessa.  His job was his passion and he greatly enjoyed welding.  He was a member of Circle J Cowboy Church.

Arron married Lisa Bonner in Odessa on June 26, 2010.  He was a loving husband and father and was very family oriented.  He lived and loved his cowboy lifestyle, and was passionate about his Dodge trucks.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Lisa Burnett of Odessa; son:  Christan Parker Burnett of Abilene; daughters:  Rebecca Roedel and Justine Gardner, both of Odessa; parents:  Howard and Martha Burnett of Odessa; grandmother:  Martha Ann Burnett of Odessa; brother:  Joshua Burnett of Odessa; niece:  Amy Ballew and husband Eric of Odessa; cousins:  Misti Bennight and husband Shawn of Abilene, Shamarie Morris and husband Steve, Dustin Tucker and wife Karen, Christopher Tucker, and David Tucker, all of Amarillo, Krisha Marker and husband Mike and Ronnie Bunch and wife Diane, all of Odessa; and uncle:  Jay Witt and wife Laurie and family of Dallas.

Funeral services will be 6:00 pm Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Dave Adkins of Circle J Cowboy Church.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Gary Mushroom Braun
Gary William “Mushroom” Braun

Gary William “Mushroom” Braun, age 61, of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at his residence.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 16, 1951.  He was a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Army.  He married Theresa Kluting in Odessa on July 23, 1992 and was a loving and devoted husband.

Mushroom was a funny guy; always the life of the party.  He loved to give others a hard time and if he liked you – he picked on you.  He had perfected the art of being sweet and ass-ish at the same time.  He was generous to a fault, and would give the shirt off of his back. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Theresa Braun of Odessa; daughters:  Danielle Rodriguez and Justine Braun of San Diego, CA; son:  William Jeffrey Kluting and wife Crystal of Odessa; and daughter-in-law:  Keri McDuffee of Odessa.  He also was the beloved “Poppis” to seven grandchildren:  Nicholas, Ezekiel, Mariah, Kyle, Jasmine, Mikayla, and Erika. 

His parents and his son:  JonWayne Stevens, preceded him in death.

Memorial services with military honors will be 2:00 pm Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Dewey Blevins.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at

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George “Fagan” Halbrooks

George “Fagan” Halbrooks , 64, of Odessa, Texas died on Sunday, December 09, 2012, in Odessa. He was born in Centerville, TN, on March 1, 1948 to George and Bertha (Buchanan) Halbrooks.  He was a truck driver.

He loved Elvis and watching TV, especially “The Waltons” (it reminded him of home). Fagan had 5 guitars and picking guitar was one of his favorite things to do.

He is survived by his daughters; Laura Wofford and husband Billy Emerson of Odessa; Denette and husband Jon Mouse of Tahlequah, OK; Heather and husband Justin Fox of Plano, TX; and Kay Carroll of Houston, TX; One brother, James Paul “JP” Halbrooks of Monahans , TX; fourteen  grand-children and six great-grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his wife: Janie Halbrooks; and parents; and one brother: Danny Halbrooks.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

David Scott Ferguson

David Scott Ferguson, age 79, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Harlingen, TX on December 11, 1933 to the late James and Vivian (McAfee) Ferguson.  He was a UT at Austin Graduate with a master's degree in math.  He worked as a teacher and an engineer. He was a US Army Veteran and a Methodist. 

He is survived by his sisters:  Carole Tidwell of Odessa and Judith Evans of Cedar Park. 

No services will be held.  In lieu of flowers, memorial to the Arthritis Foundation are appreciated. 

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Allen Ray Alverson

Allen Ray Alverson, 58, of Odessa passed away Friday Dec 14, 2012 at Midland Memorial Hospital after a short illness.   Allen was born January 16, 1954 in Palestine, Texas to Bernice (Nix) Gray and Otis Ray Alverson.  Allen had lived in the area of Palestine, and Houston, TX, and Nashville, TN, and made his home in Odessa, Texas.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a Veteran of the US Army and National Guard.

Allen is survived by his mother:  Bernice Nix Gray of Odessa; son:  James and wife Joyce Alverson of Chapmansboro, TN; brothers:  Guinn and wife Geneva Alverson of Monahans, TX, Olan Ray Alverson of San Antonio, TX, John Alverson Woodard of Houston; sisters:  Wanda Elaine Shipman and husband Darrell of Paint Rock, TX, Cecelia Gay Ingram of Monahans, TX, sister Pattie Jo Alverson-Dodie of Springfield Missouri, and Denise Alverson of Austin Texas; great-aunt:  Elsie Hester of Palestine, TX;  and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. 

He was preceded in death by his father:  Otis Ray Alverson and his uncle:   Marvin Nix.

A memorial service is planned in Odessa at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm.  Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date in Lovelady, Texas at Antioch Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Sanford Douglas “Doug” Fellers

Sanford Douglas “Doug” Fellers, age 83, of Odessa, passed from this life on Monday, December 17, 2012 at his residence.  He was born in Port Lavaca, TX on October 7, 1929 to the late Oliver Preston Fellers and Mary Kate Holsey Fellers.  He married Pauline Fern Terrell in Arizona and they enjoyed 59 years of marriage until separated by her death April 30th of this year.  Doug was a hard worker.  He worked many years in the oilfield for Loffland Brothers.  He owned and operated Terrell Battery Shop for many years in Tucson, AZ.  Upon retirement, Doug moved back to Odessa. 

Family was very important to Doug.  He loved animals and children.  He enjoyed playing pinochle and 42 in his spare time.

He is survived by two daughters:  Sandra Stanley and husband Marvin and Linda Dorsett and husband Kenneth, all of Odessa; his sons:  Dennis Lamb and wife LuAnn of Anahuac, TX and Marvin “Butch” Lamb and wife Helen of Odessa; fourteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and beloved wife, he is preceded in death by his son:  Randy Brown; daughter:  Phyllis Jones and husband Carlos; and his brothers and sisters:  O. P. Fellers, Walter J. Fellers, Rowland Fellers, Thomas Victor Fellers, Bud Fellers, Jack Fellers, Alyne Killebrew, Bernice Cunningham, and Faye Crews.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Wednesday evening, December 19, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Bro. Terry Wright.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acre West Funeral Chapel.


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Felipe Ramos Nabarrette

Felipe Ramos Nabarrette, age 73, of Odessa passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Midland, TX on September 13, 1939 to the late Ray Nabarrette and Elojia (Ramos) Nabarrette. He was a welder and a member of Life Challenge Church.  He was a Veteran of the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Mr. Nabarrette loved to be around his family and was crazy about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  In his early days, he enjoyed fishing in his spare time.  He also enjoyed riding his bike.

He is survived by his wife:  Gloria Nabarrette of Odessa; two sons:  Leon Nabarrette and wife Priscilla and Paul Nabarrette, all of Odessa; daughter:  Lucy Garcia and husband Ruben of Odessa; two brothers:  Manuel Nabarrette of Tyler and Ray Nabarrette, Jr. of Odessa; four sisters:  Ramona Rodriguez, Maryann Chacon, and Lupe Castillo, all of Odessa, and Rosie Wiley of Midland; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter:  Ariana Nabarrette.

A prayer service will be from 4:00 to 9:00 pm Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Services will be Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:00 am at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Dan Smelser. Interment with military honors will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Royce Neil Carr

Royce Neil Carr, age 71, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012, at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born in Paducah, TX on April 12, 1941 to J.W. and Chessie Marie (Tucker) Carr.  He retired after 40 years of service with the US Postal Service.

He is survived by his wife:  Sherry (Davis) Carr of Odessa; son:  Chris Carr of Odessa, Texas; and one grandchild.

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

Victor Silvester Victor Silvester
Victor "Mr. Vic" Silvester
Victor Silvester, age 70, of Odessa, passed from this life on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Hospice House of Odessa. He was born the last week of July of 1942 in Kingston on the Thames, Surrey, North Eastern, England during the Blitz and started his star journey to the heavens on the 18th of December 2012. His exact birthday is unknown since he was born in a bomb shelter and his mother was unconscious and no one else could agree on exactly when he was born, so they picked a date in the middle - July 30th.

He was born with spina bifida and was not suppose to live, then not live to be three, then not to ever be able to walk, run or do anything normal. His stubborn streak proved them all wrong. At 14, he was shipped to Australia as a "war orphan". There, he would get an education as a blacksmith, join the military, and become a member of a traveling band. After an electrical problem with a new amplifier, a friend, who was the only person that knew how to work on things "without tubes" took Vic and the amplifier home and that is where he met the love of his life, Deborah.

A short time later, he and Deborah married and started raising a family. First, there was their daughter, Sandra and then came a son, James. A year later after a call that Great-grandma was ill and had a last wish to see the whole family again before she passed, Vic and family sold it all and traveled to the U.S.
Promptly after arriving in the U.S., he was called to service, this time in the US Army. He started out in Air Traffic Control School and was doing well until they realized he was not a U.S. citizen and could not give him a security clearance. Unfortunately, this was after they had already given him the security codes to Air Force One. So, he was reassigned to Public Affairs/Public Relations. During this time, he welcomed a second daughter, Amanda.

After Vic was discharged from the military, and on his way to California, he found the place he would call home. Odessa, Texas. He started working for the West Texas Military Museum and held a variety of jobs throughout his lifetime, including managing a Churches Chicken, Food and Beverage Manager for the Roadway Inn, Race car coordinator for the Villa Vagabond and working for the Ector County Road and Bridge. After an injury on the job with the county, he went back to school and earned his associates degree in Business Management. He would later serve as an advisor/board member for several advocacy programs such as the Alzheimer's Association, Able Center for Independent Living and the Trans-Pecos Renewal Center/Trans-Pecos American Indian Association and was very involved in the USO. And although "Mr. Vic" did not ride a motorcycle, he was a large supporter and member of the Patriot Guard. A man of many interests, he was a musician in the band “The Throb” in the mid 60’s and also wrote the song “Traveling Blues”. He had also served as a fire fighter.

Vic lost his beloved wife to cancer and in the end, he himself was battling with cancer when he was called home. He is survived by his two daughters, Sandi Owensby and her husband, Bobby of Odessa; Amanda Holman and her husband Matt of Lubbock and by his son, James Silvester of Odessa, and three grandchildren.

Memorial services with military honors will be 4:00 pm Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Danny Morris “Ductape”. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to Show of Support, PO Box 11225, Midland, TX; or the Wounded Warrior Project at or any non-political veterans support organization or a Hospice facility near you.

Robert “Rick” Goodliffe

Robert “Rick” Goodliffe, age 64, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2012 in Odessa. He was born in New Orleans, LA on December 23, 1947 to Robert Rufus Goodliffe and Audry (Welker) Goodlifffe.  He attended Holy Name Grammar School and De La Salle High School.  He was a parts manager for Lithia All American Chevrolet.

Rick was and workaholic and very ambitious.  He loved his job, playing golf, and watching football (especially LSU and the Saints).  He also was formerly an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife: Sandra  Goodliffe; son:  Robert Goodliffe of Austin,TX; daughter: Stephanie Goodliffe and husband Chris Meyer of Fullerton; brothers: Douglas Goodliffe of Pensacola, FL and Jeffrey Goodliffe; sister: Gwendolyn Simeon of The Woodlands; and  two grandchildren:  Sidney McLean of Metairie, LA and Chloe Cecilia Meyer who is on the way and will reside in Fullerton, CA.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert Rufus and Audry (Welcker) Goodliffe.

Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Home Chapel, 8115 W University, Odessa, TX, 79764.

Thomas Shirey 
Thomas Shirey 
Thomas Shirey, 53, of Odessa, died Thursday, December 19, 2012, in Odessa. He was born on August 8, 1959 in Harrisburg, PA. He was a Truck Driver.

He is survived by his Sons; Jeffrey Shirey and Robert Shirey of Odessa ; Daughters; Amanda Flynn and Heather Rutledge of Odessa ; Brother; Robert Shirey of Tijeras, New Mexico ; Sisters; Sharon Gouley of Odessa , Barbara Stroud of Wylie, TX and Donna Waston of Amarillo, TX ; Parents; Patricia Ann (Etter) and Robert Shirey of Las Vegas, Nevada; 3 Grandchildren.

Memorial Services are scheduled at a later date. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
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Vonda Marie Graham

Vonda Marie Graham, age 47, of Odessa passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at her residence.  She was born in Odessa on September 12, 1965 to the late Frank and Wonda Graham on September 12, 1965.

Vonda loved to crochet, and she took it everywhere she went. She also loved to sing karaoke, her favorite song being “Coat of Many Colors.”

She was a very giving person, who loved to give back rubs. Vonda enjoyed making blankets for veterans, nursing homes and hospitals. She crocheted and carried it with her all of the time.  At times, you’d see her stumble around like a drunk, even though she wasn’t; she just liked to put a smile on everyone’s faces. If you really knew Vonda, you knew NEVER to walk up behind her!

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Vanessa Graham of Normangee, Texas and one sister, Debbie Addmire of St. Joe, MO.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 pm, Sunday,  December 23, 2012, at Acres West  Chapel officiated by Pastor Mark Harper.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


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