Obituaries 2013

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M Merritt
Margaret Sellers Merritt

Margaret Sellers Merritt died March 26, 2013.  She was born May 2, 1922 in Atlanta, GA to Horace Bonham Sellers and Clyde Aquilla Parker Sellers.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Gibbs Conrad Merritt and her daughter, Sandra Hazel Merritt.  Margaret and Con were married in Atlanta in 1942 and later moved to Buffalo, NY.  In 1956 the family of six moved to Long Island, NY and lived there until 1969.  Margaret and Con were involved in establishing the first Southern Baptist mission in Manhattan, NY as well as other Southern Baptist mission churches on Long Island.  After her husband’s death in 1973, Margaret relocated to San Antonio, TX and after her daughter Sandra’s death in 2004 moved to Midland, TX.

She is survived by her son, Gary Merritt, daughter, Patricia Merkert and her husband Fred Merkert, and daughter, Esther Worsham and her husband Donald Worsham, all of Midland, TX.  She is also survived by grandchildren, Pamela Brown, Greg Merkert and Karen Worsham. Great grandchildren are Johnathan Merkert, Ashley Merkert, Ivy Brown and Jackson (Vincent) Jones as well as many nieces and nephews. Margaret was also preceded in death by 4 sisters and one brother. 

Margaret took her greatest happiness in the teachings of the Word of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She was generous and gracious beyond measure and was always there for every member of her family.  May she ever enjoy eternity.

A memorial service will be held in Midland, TX at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 5200 W. Illinois Ave.  on Saturday, April 13th, 2013 @ 10 am.  An additional memorial will be held in Atlanta, GA at a later date.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa. 

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Martelle Underwood Brandon

Martelle Underwood Brandon, age 90, of Denison, TX went to be with her Lord on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Beacon Hill Nursing Home in Denison with her beloved daughter, Florence Riley, by her side.  Martelle was born to William and Opal Lorene Phillips on Wednesday, October 4, 1922 in O’Donnell , TX. 

She was preceded to her Heavenly home by her husband:  Carl Brandon in 1981; her son:  Jimmie Hill; brothers:  Paul Phillips and Deverle Phillips; and her parents.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter:  Florence Riley and husband Michael of Denison; daughter-in-law:  Elaine Hill of Odessa; sister:  Jane Simmons of Natalia, TX; grandchildren:  Ricky and Jamie Fulks, Johnny and Sherri Fulks, Cleasie Luce, Christonya Hill, Jamie Hidaldgo, and Paulette Edwards; fifteen great-grandchildren; 6 ½ great-great grandchildren; and her very loyal pet:  Joy.

Martelle was a prior resident of Odessa who had once owned a restaurant here.  She loved to cook and had always dreamed of putting her own cookbook together.  Unfortunately for us all, this dream was never realized.  Martelle found joy in the little things like spending time with her family and being outdoors.  She had a green thumb and loved to garden and also liked to go fishing.  She was devoted to her Lord and very knowledgeable about the Bible.  She put her faith into practice in that she was extremely positive person with never a harsh word to say about anyone.  In addition, she always helped others with their problems. 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Monday, April 1, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Clydel Chapman of Northside Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa.

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Patricia Ann “Trish” Millican

Patricia Ann “Trish” Millican, age 57, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Brownfield Regional Hospital in Brownfield, TX.  She was born in Odessa on February 23, 1956 to J.T. Springs and Shirley Marie (Knott) Dodson.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.

Trish was a hard worker and a jack of all trades.  She made her living for the most part as a waitress, but could work on cars and had a variety of other skills.  She was an animal lover who enjoyed collecting dolls and loved to cook.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband:  Joe “Dale” Millican of Brownfield;  daughters:  Danielle Marie Chapman and life partner Michelle Wysong of Brownfield, Jessica DeAnn Alexander and husband B.J. Hunnicutt of San Antonio, and Daphne Lynn Caudle and husband Rodney of Odessa; sisters:  Vickie Lynn Fulton of Brownfield, Kay Lackey of Odessa; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister:  Sherry Marie Nelson.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Sherwood Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Ivy Shelton.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

James Arthur “Jim” Barron

James Arthur “Jim” Barron, age 60, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Midland on June 28, 1952 to Ben Arthur Barron and Lilly Mae (Carney) Barron, one of eleven children.  He played football for the Midland Bulldogs in high school and went on to earn his BA at Texas Tech.  He worked as a security guard for Sam’s.

James was a loving man who would give the shirt off of his back.  He took care of his older sister Edna until the Lord took her home.  James was an avid fisherman and cook up his catch with flair.  He was very involved in the Globe Theater – building props, handling lights, and watching his beloved wife Jackie on stage.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of nine years:  Jacklyn “Jackie” (Moorefield) Barron of Odessa; brother:  Norman Reese “Sonny” Barron of Harrah, OK; three sisters:  Barbara Legg of Oklahoma City, OK, Rita Houghton of Odessa, and Donna Steele of Midland; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great-nephews.

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


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Homero Juarez Levario

Homero Juarez Levario of Lehigh Acres, FL was received in God's arms on March 28, 2013.

Homero will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his soul mate and wife of 20 years, Maria de Lourdes Levario; his stepdaughters; and grandkids from Naples, FL, Maggie (Kalani) Arizmendi, Crystal Arizmendi, and Araceli (Soraya and Giovanni) Arizmendi (Hector Najera); his children from his previous marriage, John (Melissa) Alaniz from Lawton, OK, Bryan Levario from Pecos, TX, Revequa Levario, Rachel (Hector) Dominguez, Homero Jr. (Eunice) Levario, and Eric Levario all from Odessa, TX; and his grandkids, Ezequiel, Hector Jr., Ydairis, Claudia, Azmaveth, Rigoberto, Matthew, Gian-Carlo, Brayden.

Homero was born in Cuchillo Parado, Chihuahua, Mexico on October 4, 1960. He lived in Texas before moving to Naples and eventually settling in Lehigh Acres, FL. He worked as a supervisor for 15 years at Spectrum Painting and Restoration. His favorite pastime was being with his family attending Sunday mass, BBQ'ing on the weekends and fishing. His smile, warm heart, laughter and presence will be deeply missed by those who loved him.

Rosary will be prayed 7:00 pm Friday, April 5, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel’s 24 Hour Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Saturday, April 6, 2013 at St. Anthony Catholic Church officiated by Father Gilbert Rodriguez.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Deana "Dee" Black

Deana (Poitevint) “Dee” Black, age 55, of Killeen, Texas, passed from this life on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Hospice House in Odessa, Texas.  She was born in Ft. Stockton, TX on February 15, 1958 to the late William Harrison Poitevint and Cora Elizabeth (McMahan) Poitevint.  She was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband:  Charles Roscoe Black, who passed away in 1988.

She is survived by her two daughters:  Ranee Dawn Smith and husband Leonard Johnson of Odessa, and Lisa Marie Bejarano  and husband Leopoldo Jr. of Fort Hood; two sisters:  Barbara Hiatt and husband Don of Odessa and Beverly Jean Partee of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers:  Eddie Ben Poitevint and Richard Wayne Poitevint, both of Odessa, and Jerry Hogan of Dallas; five grandchildren:  Macey and Joseph Sarabia, Khristian and Kourtney Johnson, and Jacob Bejarano; and one great-grandchild:  Zaiden Day.   

Dee was an outgoing person who enjoyed line dancing and karaoke.  Never one to mince words, she boldly spoke her mind.  In the process of moving to Odessa, Dee made many friends from the VFW and that was when the Lord intervened and placed Michael Davis in her life.  She was an avid reader and a big sports fan, who was often found cheering on the Boston Red Sox, San Antonio Spurs, and Texas Longhorns, or rooting for Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Sr. on the NASCAR circuit. 

Memorial services will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013, Pastor Mark Harper officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

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Edith “Dita” Aldott

Edith “Dita” Aldott, age 90, of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Terrace West Nursing and Rehabilitation in Midland.  She was born in Czechoslovakia on August 9, 1922 to the late Rudolf and Freida (Rabel) Pasker. 

Dita was a strikingly beautiful lady who led a beautiful life.  She met Sandor Alex Aldott in Vienna, where they married.  Together they moved to America from England in the 1960’s.   She recounted as the happiest day of their lives, the day that they were named Outstanding New Citizen’s of the Year by the Citizenship Council of Chicago.  Both Dita and Alex were accomplished acrobatic dancers.  They loved to dance and danced all over the world with such famous partners as Bob Hope and Zsa Zsa Gabor.  In Odessa, they owned and operated a photography studio at 3600 Maple Street.  He took photos for dance studios locally and all over the USA.  He also had such renowned subjects as Neal Armstrong.  Alex and Dita also flew glider planes together.  They were members of the Soaring Society of America and had a tremendous amount of flying hours with the Caprock Soaring Club based out of Littlefield.  His soaring photographs and Dita’s have appeared in all national and international soaring magazines.  The Chicago Tribune Magazine, National Geographic and Time Life to list a few.  In 2005, Dita accepted an award on Alex’s behalf at the annual convention in Washington, D.C. from the International Institute of Aeronautic Photography and she also accepted the ISAP Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to aviation photography.  Their life’s work was working as a team in portrait, ballet, and aerial work.  Dita was also an avid gardener.  She loved her miniature greyhounds Orzika and Ceasar, who were like children to her. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Alex Aldott, who passed on in 1987.

Those left to cherish her memory include her close friends:  Patty Austin, Chris Robichaud, and Marlene Clower, all of Odessa; Terry and Shay Blankenship of Austin; Shirley Crisp of Lubbock; and Kerstin Careno, her devoted nurse’s aide at Terrace Hills.

Graveside services are set for 3:00 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent online at 

L Isbell
Linda Charlene Isbell

Linda Charlene Isbell, age 56, of Odessa, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 31, 2013.  She was born in Midland, TX on September 5, 1956 to Raymond and Gladys Isbell.  She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, and coach.

Linda graduated from Crane High School where she helped lead the team to three state volleyball championships.  She was listed on the All-State volleyball team those three years.  She continued her outstanding career as a volleyball player at Sul Ross University.  She graduated from Sul Ross with a degree in education.  Linda loved teaching history, acting, and coaching.  She was free spirited, loved to dance, and her laughter filled the room.

She is preceded in death by her father Raymond Isbell.

Those left to cherish her memory are her mother:  Gladys Lester and husband Robert of Odessa; brothers:  Larry Isbell and wife Lucy of Tyler, David Isbell and wife Pam of Ralston, Nebraska, Huey Chancellor and wife Dana of Rock Port, and Carl Chancellor and wife Kim of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are pending in Troup, Texas.  Local arrangements are with Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at

John 11: 25- 26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” 

D Reyes
Delfino Estrada Reyes

Delfino Estrada Reyes, age 92, of Odessa passed away at his residence in Odessa. He was born on November 2, 1920 to Antonio Reyes and Evarista (Estrada) in El Barranco Azul,Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was a farmer and he was Catholic.

He is survived by his sons: Ruben Reyes of Odessa and Lico Reyes of Oklahoma City, OK; daughters: Candelaria Rodriguez of San Jose, CA, Delfina Reyes of Dallas, Manuela Brito, Belsora Nino and Lupe Reyes all of Odessa; numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren.               

A rosary will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Services will be at a later date in Ojinaga, Chih, Mexico with interment at Buenos Aires Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valle in Ojinaga.


J Villa
Joseph Louis “Joe” Villa

Joseph Louis “Joe” Villa, age 62, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  He was born in Denver, CO on June 12, 1950 to the late Joe R. Villa and Eulalia (Martinez) Villa.  He worked in the oilfield as a heavy equipment operator.

He is survived by his wife:   Julia (De la O) Villa of Odessa; daughter:  Bobbie Martinez and husband Wayne of Odessa; three sons:  Robby Villa and wife Shanna, Joe Villa and wife Rosa, and Jackie Villa and wife Sabrina, all of Odessa; two sisters:  Gloria Jimenez and Betty Ramon, both of Odessa; brother:  Raymond Villa of Monahans; twenty-three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral services will be at Iglesia Bautista Jerusalem, 1449 Sam Houston, Odessa at 2:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2013, Pastor Benny Ramirez officiating.  Interment will be at Peaceful Garden Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas. 

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Petra Manriquez

Petra Manriquez, age 102, of Presidio, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Buena Vida Nursing Home in Odessa.  She was born in Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico on August 1, 1910 to Juan and Petra (Muñoz) Portillo.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by five sons:  Manuel Manriquez, Jr. of Presidio, Frank Manriquez of Odessa, Antonio Manriquez and Luis Manriquez, both of Presidio, and Nicholas Manriquez of Pecos; sixteen grandchildren, thirty-eight great-grandchildren and fourteen great-great grandchildren.

Rosary will be said 7:00 pm Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Sacred Heart Church in Shafter, TX.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Church in Shafter at 10:00 am Friday morning, April 5, 2013, officiated by Father Michael Rodriguez.  Interment will follow at Shafter Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W University Blvd. Odessa, TX.


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