Obituaries 2014

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M Razo
Manuel Nuñez Razo

Manuel Nuñez Razo, age 72, of Marfa, passed from this life on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, TX.  He was born on July 1, 1941 in Fort Davis, TX to the late Juan and Ida (Dominguez) Razo.  He worked at the Popular Thriftway in Pecos.  Manuel was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa.

Manuel and Amalia met at a restaurant in Marfa and married in Alpine on February 16, 1983.  He was a great husband and father, and loved his grandchildren, who called him “TaTa”.  He liked to cook, grill and drink beer with family and friends.  Manuel enjoyed watching old westerns like “Gunsmoke” and also liked the “Price is Right”.  Dallas Cowboys were his team to root for.  He loved to dance and listen to Little Joe and La Familia.  Manuel was a very helpful, loving person who always put others first.  He was fun to be around and loved to make everyone laugh.  Manuel had a blast making snow cones the last two summers with his grandson, Caleb. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 31 years:  Amalia Ybarra Razo of Marfa; son:  Abel Razo and wife Christy of Dallas; daughters:  Amanda Razo of Dallas and Ruby Razo Pallanez and husband David of Alpine; brother:  Johnny Razo and wife Viola of Marfa; and grandchildren:  Stevie Hudson, Christian Razo, Addison Razo, and Caleb Razo, all of Dallas and Izabella Pallanez of Alpine.

In addition to his parents, his brother:  Joe Razo, and sister:  Irene Valenzuela, preceded him in death.

Rosary will be said at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marfa at 7:00 pm Friday, April 4, 2014.  Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated by Father Rolando Fonseca.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

R Ballard
Ruby Oleta Ballard

Ruby Oleta Ballard, age 82, of Midland, passed from this life on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at her home.  She was born in Slaton, TX on October 27, 1931to the late Thomas Taylor Hudgins and Della Oleta (Driver) Hudgins.  She was a homemaker, the backbone of her family.

Ruby was a supporter of the Midland rural fire department.  She was an excellent seamstress, artist and creative spirit, who enjoyed being outside in her garden or working in her yard.  Home was her domain and her motto was, “This is my house, and I’ll do as I darn well please.”  However, she always put others before herself, giving selflessly and doing anything for anyone.  The mother of seven children, Ruby loved them all with all of her heart.  Her mother’s intuition always told her when she was needed and she never let her family go without.  An angel on earth, she touched the hearts of all who met her. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons:  Tony Ballard of Midland and Monty Ballard of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughters:  Sharon Meinecke, Connie Marlow, and Jenny Neff, all of Midland and Marilyn Howard of Odessa, Texas; sister:  Eunice Nance of Beach Bluff, TN; ten grandchildren:  Natalie Eubanks, Lance Howard, Michael Ballard, Melissa Moss, Dalton Ballard, Dakota Ballard, Heath Marlow, Cami Marlow, Brandi Minefee, and Stephanie Hamilton; and seven great-grandchildren.

Ruby had special friends that she considered family as well as her surviving family members.  The family would like to thank Cecilia Towns and family, Phillip Mammen, Kevin Leader, Kyle Helm, Lezah Marrs, Dr. Terry Beck, and Dr. John Bray, for their continued support and friendship.

In addition to her parents, one son:  Joe Ballard, precedes her in death.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Footprints Redemptions (the old Wallace Store) located at 6005 E. Hwy. 80, in Midland, TX, 79705.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Hospice of Midland, 911 W. Texas, Midland, TX 79701.

 H E Parker H Parker
Hollis E. Parker
Hollis E. Parker beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on March 28, 2014 at home surrounded by his loved ones and his dog Mindy. Hollis Elmer Parker was born in Clarksville, Texas to Cullie B and Emily Widner Parker. He graduated from Forsan High School where he excelled in all sports. He received a basketball scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin where he attended for a short time before he went to work as a welder. As with most men from the Greatest Generation, he proudly served his country during World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and stationed on Johnson Island, Hawaii.

Hollis married Jimmie Nell Holcombe, October 31, 1948 at the First Methodist Church in Lamesa, Texas. He was a partner in a business in Kermit, before returning to work for El Paso Natural Gas. He and Jimmie Nell lived across the southwest U.S. including nine years in Arizona working for El Paso Natural Gas as a welder and later a pipeline inspector. Eventually Hollis was transferred to the El Paso Product plant in Odessa and during his 31 year tenure, he missed only ½ day of work. He was a perfectionist in everything he did. A supervisor once said, "Hollis was an expert golfer, welder, and builder." He built his home in west Odessa where beloved pastor of the First Methodist Church, Dr. Orbin Turner and his wife, were frequent visitors. Many times Pastor Turner would say, "This is the house love built," because he knew the love and time it took to build the house of their dreams. Hollis and Jimmie Nell were also quite avid vegetable gardeners and shared their bounty with friends and neighbors. Hollis loved his family and was an inspiration to them with his love, patience and his goodness. He never lectured his children, but they saw how he lived his life and they learned from him. He worked with his sons in scouting where both Rod and Joe Pat earned their Eagle Scout Awards. He went on many trips with them to assist the scoutmaster in any way he could. He loved all sports but he had a deep passion for golf. He played in many West Texas golf tournaments and he had more than his share of first place finishes. One of his biggest regrets in life was not completing his college education. It was his dream that his three children graduate from college and to his pleasure, Rod graduated from Texas Tech University while Joe Pat and Pam graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Hollis is survived by his beloved wife Jimmie Nell, son Rod E Parker and his wife Barbara of Odessa; daughter Pam Wortham and her husband Richard of Austin. His grandchildren include Lori Parker Thakran and her husband Paven of New Delhi, India, Lindsey Hines and her husband Heath of Bryan; Erin Wortham of Pflugerville and Bryan Parker and his fiancee Rachel Bass of Fort Worth. His great grandchildren include Ethan and Asha Thakran of New Deli, India and Hayden and Cooper Hines of Bryan, Texas.

Funeral services are planned at Acres West Funeral Chapel, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:00 am to celebrate the life of Hollis E. Parker. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial
Gardens, Odessa, TX.
T Watts
Thresa Ann Watts

Thresa Ann Watts, age 45, of Odessa, passed from this life on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Farmington, NM on April 25, 1968 to Gary L. Patton, Sr. and Jannie Taylor Pigman.  She worked as a secretary.

Thresa was very outgoing and never met a stranger.  A talker, she could not be quiet, and always made her presence known.  Her favorite saying was, “Right!” She enjoyed water sports and camping.  Thresa was from a close knit family and she loved her family very much.  Her nieces and nephews were special to her and she loved her dog, Booger.  Thresa also had a soft spot for the elderly.

She is survived by her fiancé:  John Reams of Odessa; mother and step father:  Jannie Pigman and husband John of Bloomfield, NM; father:  Gary L. Patton, Sr. of Farmington, NM; son:  Melvin Roberts of Durango, CO; three daughters:  Heather Gutierrez and husband Chase of Farmington, NM, Tiana Martinez of Aztec, NM, and Melinda Roberts of Carlsbad, NM; four brothers:  Ronnie Patton of Farmington, NM, Floyd Pigman of Odessa, Johnny Pigman of Santa Rosa, NM, and Gary Patton and wife Shannon of Farmington; four sisters:  Betty Tolbert of Bloomfield, NM, Virginia Tallman of Aztec, NM, Rose Salazar of Grants, NM, and Ruth Pigman of Guatemala, Mexico; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements in Odessa are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

R Hiller
Roy J Hiller

Roy J Hiller, age 87, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Hamilton, TX on August 11, 1926 to the late Walter Eric Christopher Hiller and Ireta (Gerald) Hiller.  Roy was a retired postman and a US Army Veteran.

Roy was a Christian, baptized into the Church of Christ at an early age.  A jack of all trades, he was talented with cement, welding, bricklaying, electrical, and plumbing, and a quintessential “Southern engineer”.  Roy was a mischievous man, who enjoyed fun and laughter.  He liked to barbeque and used to make barbecued chicken every Sunday.  This turned into a family tradition of homemade Sunday lunches of chicken, brisket, or fried fish.  He welcomed all of his family to these events, as well as his children’s friends.  He enjoyed people, never met a stranger, and would help anyone and everyone.  Roy was a gifted storyteller and an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his sons:  Victor Hiller and wife Hazel of Odessa and Vincent Hiller and wife Robbi of Lumberton, TX; brother:  Gerald Hiller of Ft. Worth; sisters:  Juanetha Yeakel and husband Howard of Ft. Worth and Doris Franklin of Titusville, FL; and two grandchildren:  Steven Hiller of Odessa and Clay Hiller of Lumberton, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lela, and later their daughter, Cynthia King.  His brother, Junior Hiller, also precedes him in death.

Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date in Hamilton, TX.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Brian Scott Bray

Brian Scott Bray, age 23, of Aztec, NM, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Ector County following a tragic car accident.  He was born in Shawnee Mission, KS on May 23, 1990 to Glenn Allen Bray and Mary Ann Tierney-Bray.  He worked in the oilfield on pipelines.

Survivors are his parents:  Glenn and Tabatha Bray of Aztec, NM and Mary Tierney-Bray of Harrisonville, MO; paternal grandparents:  Delores and Kenneth Herdman of Tonganoxie, KS; brothers:  John Bray and Travis Bray, both of Harrisonville, MO; sister:  Colleen Bray of Harrinsonville, MO; half sister:  Hunter Bray of Durango, CO; and step-brothers:  Troy Martinez of Lemoore, CA and Joseph Lopez of Aztec, NM.

Memorial services will be at a later date in Aztec, NM.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Odessa, TX. 

C Welch
Claudette Welch

Claudette Welch, age 74, of Odessa, passed from this life on Monday, March 31, 2014 at her home.  She was born in San Angelo on October 30, 1939 to Claude and Ruby (Crawford) McKenzie.  She married Jimmy Welch in March of 1959 in Las Vegas, NV.  Record keeping was not so great at that time, so they remarried in January of 1972.  They raised three children.  Claudette worked for 33 years as an AT&T operator.

Claudette loved to gamble, and Jimmy was the first person to ever take her to Vegas.  She was a very happy go lucky person, who loved to go dancing and have a good time.  She flew by the seat of her pants.  A good artist, she was quite a craftsman and painted t-shirts.

Survivors are her husband:  Jimmy Welch of Odessa; son:  Mitchell Welch of Austin; daughter:  Margo Welch of Midland; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her parents and her son:  Michael Welch, precede her in death.

Graveside services are 2:00 pm Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, officiate by Brother Tyler Press of Life Change Baptist Church.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent to the family online at

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to Home Hospice.  A very special “Thank You!” to Shelly, Lisa, and all of the ladies of Home Hospice.

A O Flores
Andrea Olivas Flores

Andrea Olivas Flores, age 66, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Ojinaga, Mexico on November 3, 1947 to Juan Olivas Cavazuela and Amparo Olivas Franco.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband:  Manuel Flores Monje of Odessa; six sons:  Ernesto Flores, Alberto Flores, and Heriberto Flores of Odessa and Guadalupe Flores, Omar Flores and Jesus Manuel Flores, all of Ojinaga, Mexico; eight daughters:  Teresa Flores and Ruby Flores, both of Ojinaga, MX, Gloria Mendez, Lorena Flores, Elidia Castillo, and Amparo Corralez, all of Odessa, Delia Carrasco of Midland, and Anna Flores of Atlanta, GA; eight brothers:  Eleuterio Olivas, Romedios Olivas, Florentino Olivas, Manuel Olivas, Antonio Olivas, Martin Olivas, and Jesus Olivas, all of Ojinaga, MX, and Guerrero Olivas of Rio Grande, TX; two sisters:  Maria Luisa Rodriguez and Cruz Carbajal, both of Ojinaga, MX; forty grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one son:  Manuel Flores; and one sister:  Juana Fernandez.

Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm Thursday, April 03, 2014 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel.  Funeral services will be at a later date in Ojinaga, with burial to follow at Jardines Del Eden in Ojinaga, Mexico.  Arrangements in Odessa are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements in Ojinaga are with Funeraria De Valle.

Nancy “Cay” Groff

Nancy “Cay” Groff, 59, of Odessa passed away on April 2, 2014 in Odessa. Nancy was born to Herbert O’Neal and Peggy (Gamble) O’Neal on November 11, 1954 in Lubbock, TX. Nancy had worked in the Odessa College Library.

Survivors are her husband: Terrance Groff; father: Herbert O’Neal; sons: Joe Ramirez, John Ramirez, and Damien Groff, all of Odessa; daughters: Heather Groff of Odessa and Amy Mars of Bartlett, TN; brothers: Mike O’Neal and Tony O’Neal, both of Odessa; one sister: Sally Lara of Kermit, and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be 3:00 pm Friday, April 4, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Jimmy Dennis. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 University Blvd. Odessa, TX.

T Lewis
Terry Wayne Lewis

In Memory Of Terry Lewis


Terry Wayne Lewis, 58, of Odessa, passed away on April 2, 2014 in Odessa. Terry was born to Etta Jane Lewis on November 29, 1955 in Fresno, CA. Terry was a truck driver before he retired.  


Mr. Lewis was loved by many, and when he loved, he loved with his all. He was an outgoing person who was very out-spoken. He loved joking around.  Terry had a heart of gold and a mind of a million dreams.  He was a man with wisdom, loyalty and lots of knowledge.  He cherished his grandkids more than anything in the world.


Those left to cherish his memories are his son: Douglas James “DJ” Lewis of El Paso; running buddy:  Phillip Owens of Arkansas; step-son:  Danny Black of California; several grandchildren of Odessa; and many adopted children; his aunt: Patsy Talley of Colorado; cousins: Tina York, Brent York, Colby York, Sheila York, Destery York, all of Colorado; sister: Tammy Burman of Fresno, CA; and several family members from Oregon, California, Washington, and Oklahoma.


His mother:  Etta Jane Lewis and one brother: Melvin Douglas House, preceded him in death.


Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Beyond The Darkness... There Is Light....  Beyond The Sorrow....   There Is Peace......

M S Lopez
Maria de Socorro Lopez Chacon

Maria de Socorro Lopez Chacon, age 77, of Odessa, passed from this life on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on July 10, 1936 to the late Jose de la Luz Chacon and Socorro Chacon de Chacon.  She was a homemaker.

Maria loved to watch novellas and listen to Norteño music.  Her favorite group was “Los Tigres del Norte”.  A happy person, Maria was never in a bad mood.  She was a “girly girl” who liked to have on her make-up, perfume and jewelry.  She never went without her lipstick.  Maria was wheelchair-bound for 30 years, but attended church whenever she was able.  She was an awesome cook and loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son:  Ramon Lopez and wife Yolanda of Jal, NM, Juan Lopez and wife Luz of Odessa, Jesus Lopez of Ojinaga, MX, Jose Lopez of Midland and Jaime Lopez and wife Lupe Rojas of Jal, NM; daughters:  Josephina Puentes and husband Gorge of Midland, Socorro Alvarado and husband Jose of Odessa, Guadalupe Lopez of Midland, Ester Saenz and husband Salvador of Kermit, and Lorena Natividad and husband Mario of Midland; brother:  Armando Chacon of Mexico; sisters:  Esperanza Chacon of Mexico and Concha Chacon of El Paso; thirty-one grandchildren; forty-eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Her parents, her son:  Salvador Lopez; and two brothers:  Pedro Chacon and Antonio Chacon, precede her in death.

Rosary will be said at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel at 7:00 pm Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 pm Monday, April 7, 2014 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and condolences may be sent online at 


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