Obituaries 2014

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Dennis Guy Huffty

Dennis Guy Huffty, age 54, of Odessa, passed from this life on Monday, September 29, 2014 at his home.  He was born in Delhi, Louisiana on December 19, 1959 to Robert Gerald Huffty and Claudine (Luby) Huffty.  He married Kimberly Ann Thompson in Odessa, twenty-five years ago.  Dennis worked as an equipment operator, who was known for his skill.

Dennis was a home body, who loved spending time with his family.  He enjoyed working on the house or in his yard and was always available to his neighbors when they needed a handyman.  He loved music, especially classic rock.  Music was a part of any family gathering and he loved to turn it up at work when he was on the loader. He was a sportsman, who liked golf and fishing and was a big Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan.  He was also an excellent poker player.  Family was his number one priority, and he would spend hours with them putting together puzzles and playing games, especially with his beloved granddaughter, Arwyn.  His children were his pride and joy and he loved them dearly.  He was so proud that Corey was working and making a name for himself in the oilfield, and that Haley was attending college and holding down a full time job.  All of his dogs, past and present, held a special place in his heart.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife:  Kim Huffty, parents:  Gerald and Claudine Huffty, son:  Corey Huffty, daughter:  Haley Huffty, granddaughter:  Arwyn Huffty, and brother:  Keith Huffty, all of Odessa, sisters:  Shirley Peterman and husband John of Pinehurst, TX and Donna Ahrendt and husband Michael of Odessa, and numerous extended family members.

Memorial services will be 4:00 pm Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.

Cloydie C. “C.C.” Banks

Cloydie C. “C.C.” Banks, 80, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in Odessa. He was born in Cameron, TX on Thursday, November 2, 1933 to Maggie Banks and Edna (McKinney) Banks.

C.C. was a simple man who was always friendly and was just an extremely nice guy. He never met a stranger. C.C. loved to laugh and have fun and was fun to be around. He was a big music lover and liked to watch cowboy and old western “shoot ‘em up” movies. He enjoyed repairing things that others thought were unfixable.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his sons: Bernard Banks and wife Maricel of Odessa, Samuel Banks and wife Rebecca of Dallas, Travis Banks and wife Darlene of Austin, John Lemon, Johnny Lemon, Johnathon Lemon, Ervin Lemon, and Chawn Alvarez; daughters: Edna Banks Walker and husband Joel of Odessa, Chiffon Alvarez, Christina Alvarez, and Cozetta Alvarez; brothers:  Charles Banks and wife Romie of San Antonio, Charlie Banks of Odessa, Willie Banks of Midland, and Alvin Banks of Amarillo; sisters: Geneva Dalbert of Anson, Neida Haynes and Nelda Williams, both of Odessa, and Dorothy Jennings of Sweetwater; grandchildren:  Sheena, Turquoise, Sabrina, Jaycel, Marcus, Montrell, and Aidyn; great-grandchildren:  Mya and Dominic; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

C.C. was preceded in death by his parents:  Maggie and Edna Banks, brother:  J.D. Banks, sisters: Lena Dansberry and Ola Mae Johnson, and children: Vanessa, Phillis, and Linda Banks.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on  Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, October 6, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Ector County Cemetery, Peaceful Gardens Section. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Walter Brightman  Walter Perry Brightman
Walter Perry Brightman

Walter Perry Brightman, 56, went to be with the Lord on October 1, 2014. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends. 

Perry was born on August 10, 1958 to William and Marie Brightman. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1976. From the start of his early career Perry showed dedication and leadership through his hard work, becoming a Manager at Walgreens at age 18. After working for Shell Oil Company in 1981 he then took his next endeavor and started his own business. Thanks to his entrepreneurial skills his appliance business flourished offering quality service to many Odessa residents.  

Perry was an avid reader of the scripture and held strong to his faith. He was a loving dad, son, brother, uncle and friend. His presence will be missed for those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will forever be remembered for his kindness and generosity to help others.  

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving mother, Marie Brightman; his only child, daughter Erica Brightman; and his two sisters Charlotte and Nita; along with his nieces, Ashley and Gina; brother-in-law John; and long time friend and mother of his child Maggie Guerrero. His older brother Wayne Brightman precedes him in death. 

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Friday, October 3, 2014 at Crane County Cemetery in Crane officiated by Don Norris and Shirley Almanza of First Baptist Church.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Special thanks to all of the caring nurses and doctors who cared for Perry at Medical Center Hospital and the compassionate care received from Home Hospice.  

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”  John 10:27

Luis Mata
Luis Garcia Mata

Luis Garcia Mata, 41, of Odessa was called to be with our Lord on October 1, 2014 in Odessa. Luis was born to Julian Mata and Dolores (Garcia) Mata on August 26, 1973 in Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico. Luis started to work for Brown Electric in 1992 and loved his job, working there for twenty-two years. Luis met Josie in Odessa at a dance and married her in 1993. They were married for 21 years and had two sons. Luis loved his wife and boys.

Luis was a member at St. Joseph Catholic Church for several years. He was a jokester and loved to kid around. Luis would talk to everybody and anybody. He loved the outdoors and Balmorhea Lake was a favorite retreat. He also loved horseback riding and all sorts of animals.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: Josie Cervantes Mata of Odessa, his two sons: Luis Alfredo Mata and Sergio Xavier Mata, both of Odessa, three brothers: Arturo Mata, Eduardo Mata and wife Nellie and Fermin Mata, all of Odessa, one sister: Manuela Navarrete and husband Gilberto of Roswell, NM.

Luis is preceded in death by his parents: Julian and Dolores Mata.

Rosary will be recited at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014.  Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Father Joe Uecker.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa.

Ignacio Aguilar
Ignacio C. “Nacho” Aguilar

Ignacio C. “Nacho” Aguilar, age 61, of Odessa, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at his residence.  He was born in Ojinaga, Mexico on May 23, 1953 to Francisca (Carrasco) Aguilar and the late Ignacio Jaime Aguilar.  He attended Jehovah’s Witness church.  He was a great husband, loving son, and awesome dad. He was a great mentor to all of his family.

Nacho and Elsa were neighbors as elementary children and were sweethearts from early on.  Nacho loved to work with his hands, building, welding and doing hobbies around the house.  He took seven years building his own home to perfection. He loved a challenge and if he was told something could not be done, he was sure to do it anyway.   Nacho worked as a welder for WWL for 28 years, and loved his job.  He worked there until health issues prevented it.  Nacho loved mariachi music and was a jokester, laughing up until his last minutes.

He is survived by his wife:  Elsa Aguilar; mother:  Francisca Aguilar; son:  Ignacio Aguilar III and wife Gracie; daughters:  Margarita Alvarado and husband Jesus and Coral Gonzales, all of Odessa; brothers:  Jaime Aguilar, René Aguilar, and Eliazar Aguilar, all of Odessa, and Jesus Andres Aguilar and Arturo Aguilar, both of Ojinaga, Mexico; sisters:  Alicia Arranda of Presidio, Francisca Tavarez of Odessa, Maria Isela Aguilar and Griseld Ruiz, both of Ojinaga; grandchildren:  Ignacio D. Aguilar IV, Dylan Tarango, Aaron Aguilar, Martilina Aguilar, Jonathan Aguilar, Gisel Alvarado, Stephanie Alvarado, and Nathaniel Alvarardo; and great-granddaughter:  Aylin Aguilar.  He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Prayer services will be Friday evening at 7:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Acres West, officiated by Brother Renato Galindo.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.

Carroll Frost
Carroll Lee Frost “Big Guy”

Carroll Lee Frost, “Big Guy”, age 74, of Midland, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  He began his earthly journey in Lamesa, TX on November 9, 1939, the only child of the late John Frost and Dora Mae (Martin) Stanley.  He worked at the House of Seat Covers in auto upholstery and trim repair.

Carroll married Lynn Columbia in Tahoka, TX on June 19, 1964.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife: Lynn Frost of Midland; three sons:  Ronnie Dale Frost of Odessa, Donny Allen Frost of Austin and David Lee Frost of Midland; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Saturday, October 4, 2014 at West Texas Memorial Park in Midland County, officiated by Pastor Robb Foreman.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Doug Simpson
Douglas Simpson “Doug”, “Pap”

The sun rose in Mississippi on June 21, 1933 bringing with it a new day and a new life.  Doug Simpson was born to Rose Shaw.

He was married to Alvie Polk and they were happily married for the past 64 years.

They moved to Odessa, TX in 1957.  He worked various jobs and retired from the workforce in 1996.

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the Lord called upon Doug Simpson and he departed this life.  His passing brought much sadness to the hearts of all who loved him.

Doug Simpson is preceded in death by his mother:  Rosie Shaw; three sons:  Bernard Simpson, Curtis Ward Simpson, and Joseph Douglas Simpson; and one grandson:  Matthew Crawford.

To cherish Doug Simpson’s memories, he leaves his lovely wife:  Alvie Simpson; son:  Rev. Carl E. Simpson, Sr.; his daughter:  Donna Simpson – Crawford; two grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., followed by interment at Peaceful Gardens, Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, TX.   

Sandra Owens
Sandra Louise Owens

Sandra Louise Owens, age 70, of Odessa, went Home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 3, 2014 at her home.  She was born in Gorman, TX on June 11, 1944 to the late Leo Rollie Hightower and Maggie (Kemp) Hightower.  She married Theodore “Ted” Owens in Odessa on Christmas Day of 1979 and they enjoyed over 26 years together before separated by his death on July 5, 2006.  

Sandra was one of the toughest, yet fairest, ladies around.  She would help anyone and everyone and never asked for anything in return.  She always put others before herself and often took in those that had no other family (two legged and four legged friends).  Sandra started her working life in 1968, as a server on roller skates at A & W.  By the 1970’s, she was a licensed barber.  She served her clients from then on up until August of this year.  She watched her customers grow up and often grew close to them and their families, considering them her extended family.  Sandra had a great sense of humor and was something of a practical joker.  She had a wide variety of interests, from cooking and sewing to riding her Harley Ultra Glide with Ted up until his illness. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons:  Darren Hightower and John  (Eni) Steadman, all of Odessa; daughters:  Deanna (Paul) Crouch and Trish (James) Wetmore, all of Odessa; grandchildren:  Brandon (Alison) Havner and Matthew (Michelle) Havner, all of Odessa, Robert (Laurie) Crouch of Deming, NM, Logan Smith and Kayleah Wetmore, both of Odessa, Heather (Daniel) Austin of St. Louis, MO, Wendell Yarbrough and Ashley Putman, both of Bastrop, TX, and Sheldon (Courtney) Putman of Maryville, TN; and twelve great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her husband, she is also preceded in death by her parents; daughter:  Kaylyn Putman; and three brothers:  Marvin, Robert and David Hightower.  

Visitation will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Sunday evening from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Larry Hood.  Interment will be privately held at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Jesus Rodriguez Adame

Jesus Rodriguez Adame, age 91, of San Angelo, passed away in Odessa on October 3, 2014 at Odessa Regional Medical Center.  He was born in Melvin, TX on April 26, 1923 to the late Regino and Margarita (Rodriguez) Adame.  He was a proud US Army Veteran of World War II.  He also served at Goodfellow Air Force Base in civil service for 35 years. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Adelina Adame of San Angelo; son:  Jerry de la Cruz of San Angelo; and sisters:  Francisca Martinez of Levelland and Juanita Gafford of Melvin, seven great- grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, brothers:  Manuel R. Adame and Frank R. Adame, and his sisters:  Ramona Gonzales and Eleuteria Ramon.

Memorial services with military honors will be noon Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the VFW in San Angelo, TX.

Services are under the direction of Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Odessa.

Mary Ellen McDaniel
Mary Ellen McDaniel Van Cleave

Mary Ellen McDaniel Van Cleave, age 60, of Odessa, passed from this life on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Odessa Regional Medical Center.  She was born in Kermit, TX on December 17, 1953 to the late Walter Quinten McDaniel and Mary Louise (Taylor) McDaniel.  She was a very loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother.

Mary Ellen was a strong, independent woman, who was very set in her ways.  She never let her disability stop her.  Mary Ellen earned two masters degrees in psychology and volunteered her time teaching how service dogs were trained.  She met Carrol Van Cleave at a biker meeting of the T Twisters and they fell in love.  They enjoyed attending biker rallys and meets.  After selling their bikes, they discovered street rods.  They attended street rod meets and were members of the Road Runners of West Texas, West Texas Street Rod Association, and the Lonestar Street Rod Association (LSSRA).

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband:  Carrol Van Cleave of Odessa; sons:  Lee Van Cleave and wife Laura of Round Rock and Mitchel Acie Van Cleave and wife Magi of Flagstaff, AZ; daughters:  Deanna Wiley and husband Tim of Austin and Jamie Weede and husband John of Denver, CO; brother:  Sammy McDaniel and wife Diane of Monahans; sister:  June Blair of Odessa; six grandchildren:  Carrol Lee Van Cleave III, Jonathan Van Cleave, Andrea Maceyra, Eric Lloyd, Andrew McIntire, and Ryan McIntire; four great-grandchildren:  Payton Elizabeth Van Cleave, Carson Roy Van Cleave, Aubrey Grace Van Cleave, and Milo Lloyd Maceyra; and her nieces and nephews:  Kent McDaniel, Melanie Bruns,  Cheryl Gambell, Jon Dell Blair, Rayne Hall, Andrea Veteto, Shane Killian, and Michelle Wilkins.

Memorial services will be 10:00 am Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, officiated by Pastor Terry Ohlmann.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations in Mary Ellen's memory to:  The Seeing Eye, PO Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07963-0375.

Chuckie Stinson
Thomas Charles “Chuckie” Stinson, Jr.

Thomas Charles “Chuckie” Stinson, Jr. age 47, of Lubbock, passed away on Monday, October 6, 2014 at Southern Specialty Nursing Rehab and Nursing in Lubbock.  He was born in Lubbock on March 1, 1967 to the late Thomas Charles Stinson, Sr. and Mona Lois (Walton) Bell.  He was a member of Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church of El Paso.

Chuckie loved to worship because he truly loved the Lord.  He loved the his family and his church family with all of his heart.  He was a music lover and he liked to have fun.  Chuckie enjoyed teaching t-ball and was an expert culinary master.  Peach cobbler was his specialty.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his brothers:  Russell Walton and wife Kenisha of Euless, Ronald Walton and wife Febe and Darren Veail and wife Diane, all of Odessa, Mark Shorter of Arlington and Rick Veail and wife Brandy of Dallas; sisters:  Lanae Walton of Lubbock, Charlette Thurman of Odessa, Deborah White of Houston, and Gayla Veail of Lafayette, LA; aunt:  Yvonne Walton of Odessa; and uncle:  Kidd Harton of Arlington. 

In addition to his parents, one brother:  Demetrice Atkins, precedes him in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Greater St. John Baptist Church, 212 S. Muskingum, Odessa, TX, officiated by Bishop Harrison Johnson and Rev. E. J. Miller, Sr.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Manuela H Ramirez 
Manuela H. Ramirez

Manuela H. Ramirez, age 65, of Odessa, passed away at her home on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  She began her earthly journey in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico on April 25, 1949, born to Julian Hernandez and the late Guadalupe (Montoya) Hernandez.  She married Rosalio “Moises” Ramirez in Ojinaga on October 30, 1971, and they spent 43 years together.

A prayer service in her memory will be held at Kingdom Hall on the corner of Dawn and 87th Street at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  Graveside services will be at 1:00 pm Friday, October 10, 2014 at Peaceful Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Auden Ramirez, Lauro Ramirez, Israel Machuca, Alexandro Ramirez, Levi Ramirez, and Nick Machuca.  Honorary pallbearers include Eloy Hernandez and Benny Vega.

She is survived by her husband:  Moises Ramirez of Odessa; her father:  Julian Hernandez of Midland; sons:  Auden Ramirez and wife Lucy of Ft. Stockton and Lauro Ramirez and wife Erika of Odessa; daughter:  Isela Machuca and husband Israel of Odessa; brother:  Jose Angel Hernandez of Midland; sisters:  Maria Jesus Galindo and Ramona Jaquez, both of Midland, Reyna Escontrias of Odessa, and Elva Saldaña of Midland; twelve grandchildren: Adrianna Ramirez, Nick Machuca, Alexandro Ramirez, Vincent Machuca, Briann Ramirez, Levi Ramirez, Matthew Machuca, Nylee Benavides, Brianna Urquidi, Brissa Urquidi, Violeta Ramirez, and Amariah Machuca; two great-grandchildren:  Ryleigh and Manuela Grace; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her mother and two sisters:  Francisca Rodriguez and Maria de la Luz Olivas.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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