Obituaries 2014

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C Holmes
Clifton Frank Holmes
August 8, 1940 – January 21, 2014

Clifton Frank Holmes, 73, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Terrace West Nursing & Rehabilitation in Midland, Texas. He was born August 8, 1940 in Mena, Arkansas to Cliff & Irene Holmes.  In the 1960’s he served in the U. S. Army and then became an oilfield worker.

Those left behind are his daughters: Lisa Holmes Clevenger & husband Don, Sandy Holmes Clark & husband Ed all of Odessa; Four grandchildren; 5 great-grand children; 6 nieces; 2 nephews, one of the nephews was a special buddy, Dean Holmes; a long life friend: Bobby Kirkendile; and Significant other: Barbara Palmour Mathis.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Cliff & Irene Holmes; Brothers: Freddie & Billy Don Holmes; Sister & Brother–in-law: Dora & Buck Wilhelm; Nephews: Phillip & Art Holmes; and Buddy & good friend: Bill Palmour.

Family & friends will gather Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6-8 pm.  Services will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, January 24, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Pastor Marcos Zuniga officiating.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Your time of rest has come you’ll be missed dearly and even though our hearts are broken and hurting we know your journey is done. No more pain, no more struggles. Love you forever. XOXOXO

L Ybarra
Linda Gail Ybarra

Linda Gail Ybarra, 46, of Odessa passed away on January 20, 2014. Linda was born to Salvador and Maria Fierro Ybarra, on March 3, 1967 in Odessa. Linda was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memories are her sons: Emilio Ybarra, Ricardo Ybarra, and Issac Ybarra all of Odessa, daughter: Alexandra Ybarra of Midland, Sisters: Andrea Robles and Patricia Ybarra of California, Letisia Hernandez of Oklahoma, brother: Guillermo “Willy” Ybarra of Odessa.

Funeral Services will be held at Acres West Funeral 24 Hour Chapel, On January 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Joe Uecker officiating. Rosary will be recited on January 24, 2014 at Acres West Funeral 24 Hour Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa Texas. Condolences may be sent online at

D Blau
Delmar L. Blau

It is a rare person who touches so many people in so many ways from so many walks of life, leaving behind an indelible print that changes them forever and for the better. Delmar L. Blau was such a person.

Known to so many and by so many different names - Delmar, D.L., Dad, Papa, Jo Blau, Jo Blow – was the hardest working, most loyal and dedicated man you would ever meet. “Papa” was a man of few words, but when he spoke, you wanted to be listening! He shared life lessons and life skills. He loved unconditionally and deeply. He joked; he laughed; he made the world a brighter and better place. His life was all about the Lord, his family and his work. He lived an adventurous life and he always lived it to the fullest.

He married Dolly Lou Hihath on September 12, 1949 in Ottomwa, Iowa. He often said, “She was the prettiest girl in Nebraska!”  In 1950, he moved her to Texas in a 1941 Plymouth. He had $150 in his pocket and big plans.

He started working in the oilfield as a roughneck. He learned all he could and no one ever out worked him! He worked his way up from roughneck to derrick man to driller to drilling superintendent and finally to drilling consultant. He “officially” retired twice. Both times he was called to come back and work on special projects.

In the 1990’s he helped design a smaller rig – made specifically to fit down narrow streets – and took it to Japan. He helped teach the Japanese how to drill for mineral water. He had a great fondness for the people of Japan and respected their culture. He made many friends over the years he was in Japan. He even took his grandson, Josh Martin, to work with him in Japan. Upon return, he worked two more years before retiring at the age of 73. The next day, May 31st, he turned 74.

Providing for his family was of the utmost importance to him. So not only did he provide for his three children, but also several friends, a niece and the occasional wayward grandson. He and Granny had a mountain sanctuary in Timberon that provided a fun and welcoming retreat for everyone. All the while, Papa mowed the grass or built a deck or worked on any one of the endless projects he had going at the time. He loved to be busy and he was a stickler for proper maintenance and improvements. He was always willing to teach anyone who had the time to learn. He had a million stories to tell about life on the farm, life on the rig, and life with Granny and kids and grandkids.

He was a busy man. He quietly and without fanfare or accolades took care of his neighbors and sisters. He also took care of many animals. He had a great love for animals and over the years there have been many pets. He especially loved his dog - Diesel, and his cats – Butterscotch and Oreo.

Our hearts are heavy and our loss is great, but we rejoice that our Husband and Father and Papa is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He is survived by: wife of 64 years, Dolly; brother Harlan Blau; sisters Irene Stewart and Donna Kerns; sons Michael Blau and wife Sandra, Randall Blau and wife Teresa; daughter Gayla Martin and husband Bob; 8 grandsons: Joe Henderson and wife Rhonda, Josh Martin and wife Melanie, Jason Martin and wife Jill, Cobie Blau and wife Shannon, Brandon Blau and wife Kelly, Bryan Blau and wife Emalee, Matt Martin and Brady Blau; 8 great grandsons and 8 great granddaughters.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Ed and Mary Blau; sisters Betty Taylor and Mildred Ingram; and brother Merle Blau.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 24th, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel from 6 pm - 7:30 pm.

Services will be on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at Belmont Baptist Church at 2 pm, officiated by Pastor John McLemore.

Bruce Edward Clark

Bruce Edward Clark, 65, was called to heaven on Friday, January 24, 2014 in Odessa. Bruce was born to Frank Clark and Lillian Smith on October 30, 1948 in Yonkers, New York. Bruce was a member or the Dream Riders from 2004-2012. He retired from the oilfield.

Bruce was a member of The Way, the Truth and the Life Church. He was a good man. Anybody can love their own children but it takes a very special person to love someone else’s, and raise them as their own as Bruce did. His son fondly remembers him helping him to rebuild a 1967 El Camino.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: LaQuita Clark of Odessa, son: Shane Johnson of Odessa and daughter: Edythe “Edy” Foster and husband Jaxon Fyffe of Fort Worth.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Frank Clark and Lillian Smith and his brother: Roger Clark.

Memorial Services will be held at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Brother Paul Clark. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa.

B Armstrong
Bonnell “Bonnie” Fisher Armstrong

Bonnell “Bonnie” Fisher Armstrong, formerly of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Sanger, TX.  She was born July 28, 1933 in Pickens County, GA, but lived most of her life in Texas.  She served for many years as the secretary at Antioch Christian Church.   She was a member there and then a member of Sherwood Church of Christ her last five years in Odessa.

Bonnie was a loving, caring, wonderful person who helped others.  She enjoyed all types of music, especially Bluegrass, and would get up and dance with her grandkids.  She loved for Tammie to sing to her.  Bonnie liked to work in her garden and to cook.  John and Bonnie had a running joke of calling one another George and Fred.  John would say, “Hi, George!” and she would reply, “Hi, Fred!”

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest M. Fisher in 1974 and second husband, James W. Armstrong in 2009.  Her sister Gerry Snipes, also precedes her in death.

Bonnie is survived by her son:  John M. Fisher and wife Tammie of Sanger, TX; brother:  Steve Honea of Canton, GA; four grandchildren:  Natalie and Cole Fisher of Odessa, Brittany Lacey and husband Jerry and Breanna Manning, all of Sanger; two great-grandchildren:  Joshua Lacey and Madison Lacey of Sanger; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Bonnie loved her church and all of her Christian friends who loved her and showed her support during her illness and treatments.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday evening, January 27, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa.  Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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Winona LaFarris Williamson

Winona LaFarris Williamson, age 94, of Odessa, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at her residence.  She was born in Tona, TX on December 22, 1919 to the late Lennie Allen Wilson and Gertrude Lucy (Shelton) Wilson. 

Winona married Haskel Williamson in Terrell, TX August 8, 1938.  They were married for 66 years and lived over 50 years in El Paso.  In El Paso, Winona volunteered much of her time as a nurse at the El Paso Baptist Clinic and served with Meals on Wheels.  A devout Christian woman, she was also an auxiliary member of the International Baptist Bible Institute (IBBI) and worked with the Southwestern Gospel Ministries to Children.  About a year prior to Haskel’s passing on August 11, 2004, they moved to Odessa.  Winona was a member of Mission Dorado Baptist Church.  A kindhearted, thoughtful woman, she loved her family wholeheartedly and lovingly cared for them.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons:  Haskel Williamson Jr. and wife, Pamela, of Odessa, Ralph Williamson and wife, Gingah, of Lewisville; daughters:  Edith Townsend of Corinth, Ruth Gard and husband, Dwight, of Lubbock; sister:  Margaret Wilson Royse of Terrell.  Her legacy also includes ten grandchildren:  Celeste Rogers and husband ,Neil, Camille Landis and husband, Aaron, Charlotte Hunt and husband, John, Haskel L. Williamson, Shara Heatherington and husband, Geoff, Jennifer Geyer and husband Kevin, Scott Williamson and wife, Laura, David Gard and wife, Roxanne, Andrew Gard and wife, Alix, and Jonathan Gard and wife, Natalie; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, her brothers:  Lennie Wilson and Robert Wilson, precede her in death.

Public viewing will be from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Mission Dorado Baptist Church with Funeral Services beginning at 3:00 pm, officiated by Pastor Robert L. Bratcher and Dr. Jared Wellman.  Interment will be the following day at 1:30 pm at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and condolences may be sent to the family online at

Memorial donations in Winona’s name may be made to Home Hospice, the Mission Dorado Baptist Church Building Fund, 4142 Faudree Rd. Odessa, TX 79765, or to the Robert L. Bratcher Ministerial Scholarship.

The family extends special thanks to the Members of Mission Dorado Baptist Church who were so faithful to visit, her Home Hospice caregivers, and her special homebound caregivers – Maria, Betty, Mary and Stormy.

F Tyler
Floyd Junior Tyler

Floyd Junior Tyler, age 79, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  He was born January 26, 1935 in Hobbs, TX to the late Alfred and Leona (Collier) Tyler.  He was a US Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He married Barbara Henson in Bernalillo, NM on December 9, 1956.  Floyd was a salesman for Schwan’s Food Service for many years.  He was a member of Faith Community Baptist Church, where he served the congregation as a deacon and running the sound system.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife:  Barbara Tyler of Odessa; three sons:  Sammy Dale Tyler and wife Lola and Larry G. Tyler, all of Odessa, and Dennis Randall Tyler of Orange, CA; daughter:  Deborah Gail Grissom and husband Richie of Odessa; sister:  Lela Milligan and husband Mike of Albuquerque, NM; eight grandchildren:  Deborah Marie, Barbara Michelle, Jessica Margaret, Anna Leigh, Ruby Mae, Floyd Quinn, Jesse Lee, and Richard Dean; and two great-granddaughters:  Kaylee and Bella.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon, February 2, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, February 3, 2014 at Faith Community Baptist Church, 9902 W. University Blvd. Odessa, officiated by Brother Wayne Shelton.  Interment with military honors will follow at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Faith Community Baptist Church Sound System Fund, PO Box 69689, Odessa, TX 79769.

Marie George

Marie George, age 77, of Monahans, passed from this life on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at her home.  She was born in Sudan, TX on August 15, 1936 to the late Walter Sherman Roberts and Martha Nell (McNeme) Roberts.  She married Vernon D. George in Pecos, TX on May 1, 1958.  Their marriage was a friendship that lasted over 55 years and produced a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He preceded her in death on October 15, 2011 and Marie sorely missed him.

Marie was a licensed beautician and owned her own beauty salon, the "Beauty Center," in Monahans, which she opened in the mid '60's.  She operated the shop until poor health prevented it.  Marie was an avid sports fan and loved all sports.  She always looked forward to watching the Olympics and was a big supporter of the Monahans Lobos football team.  She was active in her community and a member of Bethel Baptist Church.  A great cook, Marie liked trying new recipes.   A compassionate and loving person, you could count on her to supply you with companionship and a good cup of coffee.  Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and her great-grandbabies held a special place in her heart.  Marie was a cheerleader to her grandchildren and enjoyed nothing more than seeing them excel at anything they did. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her son: Vernon Dale George and wife Kaye of Monahans; daughter:  Denise Ford and husband Jim of Odessa; brother:  J. D. Roberts and wife Gloria of Monahans; sister:  Sheran Johnson and husband Boyd of Monahans; five grandchildren:  Kassie George of Lubbock, Kailin George of Monahans, Shellie Porras and husband Oved and Warren Williamson, all of Odessa, and E-4 SPC Joe Williamson and wife Brooke of Killeen; two great-grandchildren:  Bransen Porras and Delanie Porras, both of Odessa; and her companion, her little Bichon Frise dog - Dusty. 

Memorial services will be privately held.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

K Ford
Kelly Renee Ford

Kelly Renee Ford, age 51, of McCamey, passed away in Odessa at Medical Center Hospital on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, following a brief illness.  She was born in Kansas City, MO on May 28, 1962 to the late James E. Linville and Lorraine R. (Phares) Linville.  She married Jerry Ford in Las Vegas, NV on July 7, 1990.  Kelly was a homemaker.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband:  Jerry Ford of McCamey; three daughters:  Lisa McClure and husband Dustin McClure of Mayfield Heights, OH, Cynthia Ford and husband Gavino Arguijo of Colorado City, TX, and Stacie Ford and husband Joshua Escobar of San Angelo, TX; five grandchildren:  Lorraine, Langston, and Donovan McClure, Madicine Arguijo, and Mariah Caye Escobar; and her siblings:  K Spaur and Edward Olson.

Memorial services will be 3:00 pm February 2, 2014 at Times of Refreshing Pentecostal Chapel in Crane, TX, officiated by Pastor James Carrasco.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

C Durbin
Christopher Lee Durbin

On January 30, 2014, Christopher Lee Durbin was taken from us to join his brother, David Lee Johnson in Heaven.  He was born in Phoenix, AZ on October 19, 1976 to Roger Dale Durbin and Marjorie (Gonzalez) Durbin.

He leaves behind his father:  Roger D. Durbin of Evansville, IN and mother and step-father:  Marjorie Durbin and Roger Perry of Odessa.  He also had two brothers:  Charles E. Johnson of Dallas and Anthony Johnson of Odessa; step-brother:  Jake Perry of Odessa; one sister:  Debra Lynn Moreland of Odessa; step-sister:  Lacy Perry of Odessa; six nephews:  Clayton R. Moreland, Shawn W. Moreland, William Lee Moreland, Noah Johnson, Jonah Johnson, and Able Johnson, all of Odessa.

He was well loved and will be missed by many friends and family members, who will see him again in our Heaven above.

Graveside services will be 11:00 am Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Chaplain Farrell Ard.   Honorary Pallbearers will be Charles Johnson, Charles Coates, Anthony Coates, and Corey Pucket.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences to the family may be sent online at

An account to assist the family with funeral expenses will be set up at Western National Bank.  Checks may be made to Marjorie Durbin for Christopher Durbin.  All assistance is greatly appreciated.

T Walker
Tommy Duncan “Tom” Walker

Tommy Duncan “Tom” Walker, age 74, of Odessa passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Hospice House in Odessa. He was born in Ada, OK on March 13, 1939 to the late Uhlan Joseph Walker and Joy Lee (Barnes) Walker.  Tom was employed by ECISD for over 30 years, working in Maintenance, air conditioning and heating, and driving buses for a while.   He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Tom was a “Southern Engineer” who was very good with his hands.  He loved to work on cars, from the real deal to model cars.  He also enjoyed wood carving.  A kind person, Tom was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

Survivors are his son: Jeffery Walker of Odessa, brother: Joseph Price Walker of Odessa, sisters: Joleta Mangum of Kermit, TX, Regina Robertson of Sherman, TX and Brenda Walker of Whitesboro, TX; one grandchild:  Jeffery Walker and wife Lucille of Odessa; and one great-grandchild:  Addison Walker of Odessa.

Graveside services will be held at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit Texas on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., officiated by Pastor Dudley Mullins.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, TX 79764.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.

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Harve Mark Rainwater

Harve Mark Rainwater, 64, was called to heaven on Sunday, February 2, 2014 in Odessa. Mark was born to Woodrow Marshall Rainwater and Martha Doris (Adams) Rainwater in Stamford, Texas on October 16, 1949. He met the love of his life and married Linda Ricker on March 20, 1993. He worked as a Registered OR Nurse for 20 years at Medical Center Hospital before retiring. Mark was in the Army where he served in the Vietnam War.

Mark was a mechanic and loved to work on his '54 Ford Pickup. He was lovingly devoted to Linda and took good care of her. In earlier days, they both loved to travel, going to places like the Grand Canyon, McKittrick Canyon, and Fort Davis. Mark also loved to garden and plant trees and such. He was very skilled with his hands and could make almost anything.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 20 years: Linda Arlene Rainwater, daughters: Miriam Emerick and husband Randy, Michelle Windham and husband Danny all of Odessa, brother: Bill Rainwater and wife Nancy of Conroe Texas, sister: Mary Tom Claborn and husband Ozell of Monahans, Texas; grandchildren:  Amanda Vree and husband Aaron and Mitchell Windham, all of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was loved and will be missed by all.

At Mark’s request, he will be cremated with “No Fuss” and no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Texas Gifts of Hope, PO Box 891, Odessa, TX 79760. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa Texas.


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