Obituaries 2013

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Stefanie Fay Haley
Stefanie Fay Haley
Stefanie Fay Haley left us this November 24th, 2013. She began her life’s run on February 3rd, 1938. Stef and John A. ranched in Loving and Winkler Counties for the last 49 years.

She was an avid proponent of the National Rifle Association of America and our second Amendment rights, as a constitutional scholar. She was involved in all aspects of her home counties, supporting community programs such as the 4-H, all youth sports, academic and scholastic programs in local and state schools.

Stef was current president of the Winkler County Hospital Board, past president of the Kermit Chamber of Commerce, lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 339, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W. Post 6284. She was also very vocal and active in our government, fighting to help preserve our rights as citizens.

She is survived by 5 children: Alan and wife Barbara; Mark; Michele; Mary Nell and husband Raymond Thomas; John E. and wife Amy; 12 grandkids and a batch of great grandkids; her sister Rosalie and husband Ken Muldoon. There is not room enough to list the wonderful friends, but rest assured you are not forgotten.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Haley Library at 1805 W. Indiana, Midland, TX 79701, the NRA at 11250 Waples Mil Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607 or any other charity or cause close to your heart.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Loving county ranch on December 28th at 2:00 PM.

Brenda Gail Allison Richardson
Brenda Gail Allison Richardson
Mom was born Jan 19, 1956 to Joe Dobbs and Sybil Barnes, later being adopted by Frank Allison who married her mother. She had a sister, Kimmi Lenderman deceased, twin brothers Gary and Johnny Allison deceased and later Jeff Barnes, who was lovingly adopted by another family member and who mourns her loss with us today. She had a sister, Pamela and brothers Mark and Rusty through Joe Dobbs as their father and brother Bill Allison through her Dad, Frank Allison. She had three children, Julia Brindle 40, Patrick Brindle Deceased at 37 and Larry Brindle deceased at 36. Later she was married and raised Starla and Jet Richardson for some of their lives. She had an adopted daughter named Kimberly Dawn who was returned to her birth mother, Dawn, lovingly. She has 7 grandchildren, Nancy Carrillo, Joe Carrillo, Ryan Carrillo, Jesse Carrillo, Austin Brindle and Adam Brindle, who she loved dearly and 3 great grandchildren Elizabeth, Serena and William, at the time of her passing. She has a loving stepmother, Lorana Dobbs and step sister Jane Murphy. She had numerous nieces and nephews. (please forgive me if I’ve left anyone out)

Brenda graduated from Odessa High School and became a mother shortly thereafter. She was a loving mother who participating actively in the schooling and school activities of her children. She went back to school while her children were still very young and attained her CNA, working at Deerings Nursing Home for a time, as well as in Labor and Delivery at Women’s and Children’s hospital now known as ORMCH. She inherited her need to serve others from her Mother, becoming dear friends with quite a few people, some of which live all over the United States as well as her friends with LFMC. She worked very hard as a waitress, cook and later as not only Adam’s Grandma but his Nanny. In her later years she studied the Bible and most agreed with the Seventh Day Adventists and tried her best to do what The Lord wanted her to. Before this she was non-denominational although she was raised Baptist. She was an avid reader and loved books written by Jean Aul and by Joan Johnston who’s sister was a dear friend.

She collected many Harley Davidson items and loved the sound of the Harley’s that she road or that drove by. She attended Sturgis and it was one of her favorite memories, some that she did not have a chance to share with me, other than she made a ton of friends and many who were dear to her. She was known online as Harleys Darling@aol, she had many online friends that she considered very dear to her as well. Bill Walker is one who stayed an active friend for many years, whom she cared for very much.

She was a poet and had a green thumb and loved everything lacy and hippy clothes from the 70's. She was a good cook and made the best hot cocoa for those days when she would console her daughter or just to sit around with her friends of loved ones. She had many dogs through the years, and she loved them as her children. The first I remember being Kasey then Tika, Hugger, Harley, Bella and lastly a pup we named Charly.

Her greatest achievements in her life, as she saw it, were her children. As a mother you know that you will have moments of laughter and love as well as tears and pain. She willingly walked this path as all mothers must and did the best that she could with the circumstances she found herself in. She adored her sons and mourned their passing in October 2012, within days of each other. Her heart broken she would never be the same.

We want to thank everyone who has helped us in this journey. Who saw her from beginning to end. Her Dad Joe and Lorana, Jane and Pam, helped her so much while in Houston doing all that they could. Later her Aunts and cousins, who prefer not to be named, but deserve the appreciation for the loving support given to her and to her to Julia. And last but not least the Drs who did their best, the nurses and hospice and all of our family at Acres West.

We want to celebrate her life now, and know that she is exactly where she needs to be, her sons in her arms and her Mom, siblings and Grandparents standing lovingly around her, welcoming her home, to the place we must all one day see. No pain, suffering or tears, knowing she will be there with our family, waiting and watching for the rest of us, as we walk through the journey of our own lives, through the trials and the victories, through the tears and the experiences, meeting the newest members who come into our lives with love.

Above all she wanted to see all the family together, sharing, laughing and being together. We are all a family, related or not. That is what we fail to see and what she already knew. As she would say to you, right now who are mourning……

Psalm 27:4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Viewing will be from 8:00 am thru 9:00 pm, Saturday and from 1:00 thru 9:00 pm, Sunday. Services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Monday, December 2, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Cremation will follow.
Lorensa Martinez (1952~2013)
Lorensa Martinez, age 61, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was born in San Benito, TX on September 5, 1952 to Valentina (Mata) Martinez and the late Donato Martinez. She was a nurse’s aide. She was a member of the Odessa Christian Faith Center.

Survivors are her mother: Valentina Martinez of Odessa; two sons: Pedro Luevanos and wife April of Pecos and George Luevano of Odessa; five brothers: Joe Martinez of Big Spring, Junior Martinez of Giddings, Nieves Martinez of Eagle Pass, Carlos Martinez of Odessa and Frank Martinez of Loraine; sister: Delores Pando of Odessa; one granddaughter Azra, and one grandbaby on the way; numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are 6:00 pm on Monday, December 2, 2013 at Iglesia de Poder y Restauración, 3002 E. University Blvd. in Odessa, officiated by Pastor Jesus J. Fierro. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Michael Gabriel Valenzuela
Michael Gabriel Valenzuela (1992~2013)
Michael Gabriel Valenzuela, age 21 of Odessa, was called to heaven on November 28, 2013. He was born to Tera Lynn Valenzuela on April 22, 1992 and graduated from Odessa High School in 2010. Michael was raised up in the Lord Jesus Christ as a Christian.

Michael worked at Ervin Plumbing and was a fun loving, hardworking person who was extremely smart and a very talented artist. He attended auto tech school and had received several awards for rebuilding cars. He learned to play piano while attending Ector Jr. High and participated in various sports throughout school, including football and golf. He played football at OHS. He loved rap and rock music and attended Victory Outreach in San Antonio. He was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Long Horns.

His favorite Scripture was Matthew 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”
He will be sorely missed by his mother: Tera Lynn, one brother: Russell Sturgeon, two sisters: Alyssa Galindo Sotelo and husband, Adam and Marissa Sturgeon, one niece: Amaya Fuentes, his maternal grandparents: Gilbert and Patsy Galindo, Uncle: Gilbert Daryle Galindo and wife, Sasha and their two children, Aunt: Melanie Galindo and husband Rocky Garza and their two children, all of Odessa.

We his family, appreciate all the love and prayers shown to us by Michael's friends and extended family.

Viewing will begin at 9:00 am, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 with services scheduled for 6:00 pm, that afternoon at Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Kay Hicks Rhodes

Kay Hicks Rhodes, 70, a longtime resident of Odessa, died Thursday November 28th at home after a long and courageous battle with colon cancer. 

She was born on March 10, 1943 to the late John & Lucille Hicks of Steubenville, Ohio.  Kay graduated from Steubenville “Big Red” High School in 1961.  She loved attending her class reunions and keeping in touch with longtime friends. She attended Riverside School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and became a Registered Nurse in 1964.  She relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1964 where she met her husband of 43 years, Robert “Bob” Rhodes. They married October 9th, 1970 in Beverly Hills, Ca.  They moved to Odessa in 1975 where she counseled unwed mothers, taught Lamaze to expecting mothers & volunteered at St. John’s Episcopal School.  She organized many events for St. John’s as well as serving on the school board.

Kay was a very positive person who never complained, was very friendly and so much fun to be around.  She was self-assured and had an innate ability to get to the heart of an issue.  She had a servant’s heart; volunteering her time and efforts to many over the years.  More recently she enjoyed knitting preemie blankets & hats and donating them to the hospitals.  She served on the Vestry at St. Barnabas where she also was a Stephen Minister, past president of the Episcopal Women’s group, headed several committees, assisted publishing the monthly newsletter and volunteered at the church gift shop.

She loved to read, cross-stitch, knit & attend her church bookstudy group.  She was beloved by family, friends, and most anyone she met.  She was devoted to her family and loved to spoil her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband and two daughters: Sharon Cowart and husband David of Keller, TX and Diane Rhodes of Phoenix, AZ; and 2 grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Odessa, TX with Father David Mossbarger & Deacon Judy Cobb officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and EIF National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.

Services entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Patricia Ann Estepp

Patricia Ann Estepp, 73, went to join her Lord and Savior on November 27, 2013 in Odessa, Texas.

She was a loving mother, sister, friend and a woman of strong faith. She had been a member in good standing at First Assembly of God Church for over 50 years where she served as a the Church secretary for 25 years. She will be loved and missed by everyone whose lives she has touched.

She is survived by, one daughter: Melissa Vickers of Odessa, one son: Steven Estepp of Odessa and one sister: Darlene Koch of Odessa. She was loved by five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one nephew and one great nephew, along with extended family and friends too numerous to count.

Memorial services will be held at First Assembly of God Church on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3:00 P.M.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

JoAnn Eaves

JoAnn Eaves, 72, of Odessa passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Abilene, Texas on January 25, 1941 to Clifford & Hazel Delano. She was a member of Crossroads Fellowship in Odessa and was a retired Secretary.

JoAnn had a passion for genealogy. She traced her family roots all the way back to the pilgrims in Massachusetts and found relatives who had fought in the Revolutionary War. She was an avid reader of mysteries and religion.  She was an excellent candy maker. She will be mostly remembered for her excellent Bon-Bon’s at Christmas. JoAnn was Connie’s (her sister) prayer warrior and will be missed beyond what words can express.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her sister: Connie Isner and husband Chuck of Odessa; sister in law: Jana Hensley;  and her nieces and nephews: Jennifer Vought, Jonathan Vought, Blake Hensley, Zach Friske, Rhiannon Kennedy, Alyssa Vought, Fisher Hensley and Lily Kate Vought.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Clifford & Hazel Delano and her brother: Melvin Hensley.

Services will be held at a later date. Interment will be held privately at Albany Cemetery in Albany, Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at

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James Wallace Haney

James Wallace Haney, age 84, of Odessa, passed from this life on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Midland Memorial Hospital.  He was born to the late Leslie Reeves Haney and Tennie Mae (Thrailkill) Haney in Santo, TX on October 10, 1929.  James married Gail Klobes in San Angelo, TX on September 12, 1953.  They had recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.

James was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and a Master Plumber.  He loved the outdoors and therefore enjoyed outdoor hobbies, such as fishing and hunting deer and birds.  He also liked to watch the Three Stooges and old black and white cowboy movies.  A kid at heart, Gail often claimed he was an extra child to raise.  He was quite a character and an awfully large ornery kid who loved his cats:  Two Tone and Mr. Fluffy.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Gail Haney of Odessa; two sons:  Jay Haney and wife Gwen of Midland and Steve Haney of Odessa; daughter:  Karen Thompson of Midland; sister:  Charlene Yocum of Lampasas, TX; four grandchildren:  Stephen James Haney and Samuel Haney, both of Amarillo, Kasey McGuigan of Houston, and Jenny Hollis- Harkey of Midland; and his great-grandchildren:  Gavin, Emma, Jacob, and Jayden.

His parents, his brothers:  Orville and Lewis Haney, and one sister:  Marie Roberson, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at West Odessa First Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Glenn Clark.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will include Stephen Haney, Samuel Haney, Ryan McGuigan, Freddy Williams, Lewis Hardin, and Billy Howell, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Howell, Pete Garner, W. L. Hardin, Jerry Howell and Buddy Hilton.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the West Side Senior Citizen’s Center in Odessa. 

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Enrique Jaquez Ojeda, Sr.

Enrique Jaquez Ojeda, Sr. age 78, of Odessa, passed from this life on Sunday, December 08, 2013 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born to the late Concepcion and Lazara (Molina) Ojeda on April 16, 1935 in Fabens, TX.  He worked for William’s Paving.  He was Catholic.

He is survived by his wife:  Paulina Gomez Ojeda of Odessa; two sons:  Enrique Ojeda Jr. “Ricky” and wife Yolanda of Odessa and Tony Ojeda Sr. of Anaconda, Montana; three brothers:  Manuel Ojeda of Cd. Juarez, Mexico, Lorenzo Ojeda of Dallas, and Jesus Ojeda of Cd. Juarez; sister:  Nati Rodriguez of Pecos; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Michael Rodriguez.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Billy Carl Walker

Billy Carl Walker, also known as “Fireman Bill”, age 60, of Odessa, passed from this life on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at his home in Odessa.  He was born in Andrews, TX on November 10, 1953 to the late Edward Carl Walker and Dorothy Louise (Tolleson) Walker. 

He was a US Marine Veteran where he was a drill instructor.  Billy served 20 years as a fireman in Midland, retiring as Captain, and also worked for the Midland Sheriff’s department.  A motorcycle enthusiast, he was a member of the “Last Few Motorcycle Club”.  He lived to ride and rode to live – he had ridden in and completed the “Iron Ass” motorcycle rally.  Never one to shy away from a thrill, he loved life and had adventures as a sky diver, bronc rider, and rodeo clown.  Billy also owned his own private contracting business.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his son:  Billy C. Walker, Jr. of Odessa; three daughters:  Carla Hartwig and husband Lee of Odessa, Melrea Michelle “Sissy” Smith and husband Robert of Odessa, and Jenna Preston Roundtree of Missoula, MT; six grandchildren:  Adam Walker and wife Melanie, Paige Smith, Annabelle Hartwig, Alex Hartwig, Brandon Meurer, and Chelsea Meurer; and one great-grandson:  Jaydon Duginski.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his siblings, two brothers:  Floyd Garrett and Theron Alley; and one sister:  Melrea Tolleson.

Memorial services will be Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, at 10:30 am, officiated by Pastor Johnny Thomason.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolence may be sent online at

The Fallen Limb  --- A limb has fallen from the family tree.  I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me.  Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.  The good life I lived while I was strong.  Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.  Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.  My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.  Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.  Continue traditions, no matter how small.  Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls.  I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.  Until the day comes, we’re together again.”


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