Obituaries 2013

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David Odell Hightower

David Odell Hightower, 70, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at his residence in Odessa. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Leo Rollie Hightower and Maggie Kemp Hightower on December 22, 1942. David married Cheryll Prosise on June 7, 1976 in Granbury, Texas. He was a Machinist for 25 years and a Pulling unit operator for 25 years.

David was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing. He loved his1960 Chevy Impala. David was a very hard working man who always stayed busy. But above all he was a family man who made them his first priority. “Papa David” (as he was known to his grandkids) will be greatly missed.    

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Cheryll (Prosise) Hightower of Odessa; sons: Micheal Hightower, Stephen Hightower and William Roy all of Odessa; daughters: Sha Weston of Cotopaxi, Co, Robbie Cranfill of Odessa; brother: Bobbie Hightower of Odessa; sister: Sandra Owens of Odessa; 13 grandchildren and 7 great – grandchildren (plus one on the way). He is also survived by his beloved dog “Lola”.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Leo and Maggie Hightower and brother:  Marvin Hightower.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Friday evening, January 25, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday , January 26, 2013 officiated by Rev. John Wesman . Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Albert Monroe Faught

Albert Monroe Faught, age 84, of Odessa, passed from this life on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Sienna Care Center in Odessa after a long illness.  He was born in El Dorado, Texas on August 15, 1928 to John and Willamena “Minnie” (Baethge) Faught, but grew up in Lampasas and graduated from Lampasas High School.  Albert was a US Army Veteran and worked at Midland International Airport as a janitor.

Albert was nicknamed “Jackrabbit” because he was always going.  He worked, worked and worked some more.  He would work – come home – eat – sleep – and get up to work again.  He was fascinated by history and math and loved trigonometry.  He was a witty, likeable person who enjoyed country dancing and reading.  An outdoorsman, Albert also enjoyed gardening and deer hunting.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of over 29 years, Carolyn (Mikeska) Faught of Odessa; sons:  Ed Faught and wife Janet of Denton, TX  and Vernon Carter and wife Fran, and Jerry Carter and wife Christina, all of Odessa; daughter:  Tina Columbus and husband Enrico of San Angelo, Joana Caye Anderson and husband Bob of Baku, Azerbaijan (Russia), and Debbie Hastings of Odessa; two brothers:  Norman Faught of Hobbs, NM and Johnny Faught and wife Shirley of Midland; sister:  Aletha Mae Tankersley of San Angelo; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents:  John and Minnie Faught; brother:  Nolan Faught; and four sisters:  Oveeda Gardner, Edith James, Bernice Matchen, and Josephine Bear.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Sunday evening, January 27, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 10:30 am on Monday, January 28, 2013, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Interment will follow in Midland County at West Texas Memorial Park.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Mr. Faught’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4400 N Big Spring St C32, Midland, TX 79705. 

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Antonio H. Aranda

Antonio H. Aranda, age 92, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Hospice House of Odessa.  He was born February 21, 1920 in El Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico to the late Antonio Aranda and Manuelita (Hinojos) Aranda.  He worked as a truck driver and was Catholic. 

He is survived by his wife Dora Aranda of Odessa; daughters:  Arcelia Stevens of Los Angeles, Calif. And Lydia Vasquez of Ojinaga, MX; four sons:  Ramon Aranda , Salvador Aranda, Antonio Aranda and Guadalupe Aranda, all of Odessa; two sisters:  Eva Nicols of Odessa and Consuelo Garcia of Saint Paul, Minn.; seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at St Joseph Catholic Church at 10:00 am Monday, January 28, 2013, Fr. Frank Chavez officiating.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden at Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.   

Gary Wayne Poston

Gary Wayne Poston, age 66, of Odessa, passed from this life on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Breckenridge, TX on September 22, 1946 to the late Chester Everett Poston and Leatrice Pauline (Freeze) Black.  Gary married Debra McCoy in Andrews, TX on October 22, 1985 and they enjoyed 37 years together.  He worked as a driller in the oilfield (the last 1 ½ years for Academy Drilling) and had been in oilfield work for 52 years.  His fellow workers knew him as “Pop” and he loved his job.

Gary was a family man first and foremost.  He was a mentor and teacher and the best “Pop”, “PawPaw”, husband, and father there ever was.  He was a very respectful man and was loved by all.  On his off time, Gary enjoyed watching TV, barbequing, playing dominos and cooking.  He made the best fries, and was also quite the gourmet with fried bologna, and egg and cheese sandwiches on toast.  In his younger days, he worked on, rebuilt and raced cars.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife:  Debra Poston of Odessa; two sons:  Michael Poston, MMC (SS) (US Navy) and wife Jeanene of Port Orchard, WA and Chad Poston and wife Melissa of Odessa; one daughter:  Glenna Carter of Austin; brothers:  Harold Black and Vernon Black, both of Soldotna, Alaska; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be privately held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at 

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Burton Robert Tice

Burton Robert Tice, age 88, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 (at Medical Center Hospital).  He was born in Ft. Lee, NJ on August 3, 1924, one of seven children born to Burton E. Tice and Catherine Anna Kenzer. 

Mr. Tice served in the Navy during WWII and again during the Korean conflict.  He was honorably discharged on November 20, 1951.  He married Frances Marie Hogan on December 31, 1947 in Odessa, TX.  Together they had four children, 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren with another on the way. He retired from Shell Oil in 1986.

His strength came from The Lord.  He was ordained a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Odessa, TX.  He was currently a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. 

He loved camping and fishing with his family and counted it a blessing anytime his family would gather at his home.  Anytime was a good time for a game, especially 42 or dominoes.   

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leroy and Billy; two sisters, Alice Ann Stubbs and Arlene Thomas and two sons-in-law, Ed Dison and Gary Rheingans. 

He is survived by his wife, Frances; children Alice Woods of Odessa, TX, Burton (Bob) Tice Jr. and wife Marsha of Aurora, CO, Jean Dison of Rankin, TX, and Dot Evans and husband Paul of Odessa, TX; grandchildren Jennifer Opila and husband Pete of North Glen, CO, Michelle Barrow, Melinda Brady and husband David all of Odessa, TX, Amber Anderson and husband Tod of Steamboat Springs, CO, Angela Johnson and husband Rodd of Midland, TX, Candi Kinney and husband David, Carl Evans and wife Lori, all of Odessa, Stormi Dison of Rankin, TX; two sisters Hazel Broyles of Conroe, TX and Helen Pike of Kingman, AZ; 14 great-grandchildren (and one on the way) and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Acres West Funeral Chapel with interment immediately following at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 – 8:00 p.m.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.                                                                                                                          

Humberto Olivas

Humberto Olivas, 77, of Odessa, died Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Medical Center in Odessa. He was born on January 27, 1936 in Mulato, Chihuahua, Mexico to Guadalupe Olivas and Angela Ramirez Olivas.

He is survived by his sons: Daniel Olivas and Humberto Olivas, Jr. both of Big Spring, Feliciano Olivas of San Angelo; daughters: Alma Olivas and Gloria Olivas both of San Angelo; brothers: Antonio Olivas of Presidio, Alvaro Olivas of Kermit; and sister: Esperanza Olivas of Presidio; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside Services are scheduled for 10 am, Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University, Odessa,  TX 79764.

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Brittany Elaine Underwood

On Friday, November 21, 1986 God put an Angel on this earth to love and live life to the fullest. On Monday, January 28, 2013 in the midst of a tragic car accident God called her home.  Brittany Elaine Underwood lived 26 years on this earth in our arms and now she can rest eternally in the arms of God beside her PawPaw and her Papa until we all get up there with her.

She was preceded in death by her Great-Grandparents, A.A. Smith, E.R. and Virgie Underwood, J.C. & Catherine Gaskill, her father, Eric Bernal and her ‘PaPa’, Franklin Ross Underwood.

She left on this earth to cherish her memories and her smile, three beautifully and wonderfully made children: Elaine Cecile Thompson, 11, Ross PerryLee Blevins, 5, and Shyanne Princess Dakota Blevins, 3, all of Goldsmith; her parents: Tammy and Mark ‘Dad’ Duke of Odessa; her sisters:  Marybelle ‘Ashley’ Llanez and Katharina Llanez, of Odessa, and Erin Duke of Arlington; her brothers: Eric Bernal, Jr of Odessa and Brian Duke of Arlington; her nieces and nephews: Natalie, Loveah, Jameson, Austin, Dezliney, Harley, and Kalliope; her grandmother: Elsie Underwood; grandparents:  Doug and Shirley Gaskill; and her great-grandparents: Marybelle and Harold Gaddis; along with a hosts of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Many, Many Friends and Relatives who will miss her deeply.

Brittany grew up a bright-eyed child with an infectious smile, full of love and tons of energy.  Her first sentence was “Papa: Can you say ‘Go to McDonald’s?” and she pretty much never stopped talking (or moving) after that.  She loved to flip, jump, dance and spin. From age 3 to age 13 she ate, slept, and breathed gymnastics and dance. She was a member of the Odessa College Twisters Competitive Gymnastics Team from age 5 to age 13. She attended Milam Elementary where she was a part of the Performance Dance Group and the Gymnastics Team. She loved to dance and sing and didn’t care if she couldn’t carry a tune.  She attended Ector Junior High and Odessa High School.

By the age of 5, she loved to take her weekly trips to Schlemeyer Field with her Papa and we are pretty sure she got to fly quite a bit sitting in his lap. She loved to work at ‘the shop’ Auto Kool of Texas and knew how to turn a wrench with the best of them. After all, her ‘PaPa’ taught her everything she knew.  Playing dress-up with her sisters and finding bugs in the back yard were all the same to her…she just loved to be doing something with them. She loved them and thought it was her job to protect them.

Her greatest accomplishments however were her 3 children.  She loved them with all her heart and just wanted to give them the world even if she wasn‘t always sure how. It wasn’t unusual for there to be a cupcake baking session in the middle of the afternoon or cakepops at midnight.

She loved her Cowgirl Hat and her Sunglasses and the radio was always playing a loud upbeat song. Might be rock, might be country, you just never knew. She will be missed greatly and we wait for the day we will see her again in Heaven. Dance like you have never danced before Brittany!

A Celebration of Brittany’s life will be on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Visitation of the Family will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Acres West, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa.


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Martha Ramirez Santillan

Martha Ramirez Santillan, age 60, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Juarez, Mexico on January 2, 1953. 

Martha was a homemaker who loved caring for her family.  She was very active in her children’s lives and always put their needs ahead of her own.  She enjoyed music and dancing, and liked to walk (until her arthritis took hold).  She was a strong, encouraging person who was always laughing.  She was the best Mom ever and a loving grandmother – even though her grandchildren gave her a headache.  Her home was always open to family and her children’s friends, anyone who needed a place.

She is survived by her husband:  Arnoldo Santillan of Odessa; three sons:  Arnoldo Santillan Jr and wife Ruth, Alfonso Santillan and wife Valerie and Luis Santillan, all of Odessa; three daughters:  Lorena Ramirez, Teresa Ramirez, and Lupe Santillan, all of Odessa; four brothers:  Jose Ramirez, Cepriano Ramirez, Ernesto Ramirez, Laurienzo Ramirez, all of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico; six sisters:  Refugio Zavala of Jal, NM, and Demetria Ramirez, Kelly Ramirez, Lourdes Ramirez, and Isabel Ramirez, all of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico; and fourteen grandchildren. 

Her mother: Esther Martinez Ramirez, preceded her in death.

Rosary will be said at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Friday, February 1, 2013 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Father Michael Rodriguez.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Ricardo E. Rodriguez

Ricardo E. Rodriguez, age 58, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico on July 6, 1954 to Ramon and Felicita (Alvarado) Rodriguez.  He married Alma Rosa Modesto in Mexico on October 26, 1976.  He worked in the oilfield and was a Christian.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Alma Rosa Rodriguez of Odessa; parents:  Ramon and Felicita Rodriguez of Ojinaga, MX; children:  Consuelo Renteria and husband Ricardo Renteria,  Felixsardo Rodriguez and wife Araceli Rodriguez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jr. and wife Virginia Rodriguez, Rene Rodriguez and wife Amanda Pando and Ruby Hinojos and husband Samuel Hinojos, all of Odessa; three brothers:  Ramon Rodriguez and Ignacio Rodriguez and Alfonso Olivas Rodriguez, all of Ojinaga, MX; two sisters:  Socorro Rodriguez of Ojinaga and Bertha Rodriguez of Hobbs, NM; and thirteen grandchildren:  Reyna, Richie, Larissa, Noel, Esteban, Matthew, Ricardo III, Meridian, Alazaya, Juan Carlos, Julian, Sophie, Lainey, and one more on the way.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Iglesia del Camino, officiated by Pastor Humberto Porras.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Arlie Bob Trimble 

Arlie Bob Trimble, age 76, of Odessa, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his residence.  He was born in Paducah, TX on August 17, 1936 to Clifford Compton Trimble and Ruby Lavon (Holland) Trimble.  He was an Army Veteran and a heating and air conditioning technician.

He was a hunter and a fisherman.  Arlie had a special talent for storytelling and could convincingly spin unbelievable yarns.  He could also play one hell of a mean harmonica.  He was loved and adored by all who knew him, but especially by his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Patsy Sue (Choate) Trimble of Odessa; sons:  Albert Trimble of Odessa and James Trimble of Crane; daughters:  Pamela Burton and husband Stan of Big Spring and Angela Warner of Odessa; nine siblings; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, TX. 

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A. L. Elrod

A. L. Elrod, age 81, of Odessa, passed from this life on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Ellis County, TX on June 15, 1931 to the late Willie D. Elrod and Thelma Claudine (Turner) Elrod.  A. L. married Mary Earline Box in Crane in 1954.   They raised two boys and enjoyed 53 years together before separated by her death in 2007.  They were members of Northside Baptist Church.

A. L. served during the Korean Conflict in the US Army and then worked in the oilfield as a plant operator for Getty – Texaco.  He was a member of the Odessa Masonic Lodge AF and AM No. 955.  A. L. was a jack of all trades and was very active.  In addition to his other duties, he served as a volunteer fireman.  On his own time, he enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons:  Roland Elrod and wife Debbie of Odessa and Randy Elrod of Midland; sister:  Kathleen Bennett and husband Red of Rotan, TX; five grandchildren:  Cliff Cody and wife Amelia of Somerset, OH, Randy Elrod and wife Nancy of Napierville, IL, Samantha Gutierrez and husband Johnny of San Antonio, Kristie Bass and husband Tony of Odessa and Kendra Turner and husband Steven of Dallas; and eight great-grandchildren.  His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will miss their “Papa”.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Monday, February 4, 2013 at Northside Baptist Church of Odessa, officiated by Bro. Clydell Chapman.  Interment will follow at Crane Cemetery in Crane, TX.  Pallbearers will be Tony Bass, David Jones, Allen Harris, Pat Harris, Jack Turner, and Michael Wilson.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, and condolences to the family may be sent online at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House, 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, TX 79761.


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