Obituaries 2014

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Kathy Ulate
Katherine Cortez Ulate

Katherine Cortez Ulate, age 49, of Odessa, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born in Odessa on April 4, 1965 to Miguel Rosas Cortez and Petra (Rangel) Cortez.  Kathy married Edward Ulate in Odessa on August 31, 2001.  She worked for ECISD as a receptionist and teacher’s aide.  She was also a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

A selfless person, Kathy put other’s needs before her own and would help others whenever she could.  She always saw the good in everyone.  Once unable to continue her work with the school district, Kathy became a devoted stay at home mom and grandmother.  She was a protective grandmother and a spoiler, whose family was her first priority.  Kathy was beautiful and witty and had a winning smile.  She enjoyed taking pictures and traveling with her husband Edward.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: Edward Ulate of Odessa; father:  Miguel Cortez of Odessa; four sons:  Chris Guerrero and wife Becky, John Michael Ulate and Edward Ulate, Jr., all of Odessa and David Ulate of Mesa, AZ; daughters:  Megan Garcia and husband Gilbert of Midland and Christina Ulate of Mesa, AZ; brothers:  Richard Rangel and wife Roberta and Nathan Valle, all of Odessa; sisters:  Irene Hernandez and husband Jesus, Maria Rangel Cortez and partner Maryann of Albuquerque, NM, and Roseann Cortez and Michelle Juarez and husband Danny, all of Odessa; and seven grandchildren:  Haylee Garcia, Gilbert Garcia, Jr., Esmerelda Rodriguez, Angel Rodriguez, Taylor Guerrero, E.J. Ulate, and Amari Ulate.

Her mother:  Petra Cortez and her brother:  Mike Cortez, Jr. precede her to her Heavenly home.

Rosary will be recited at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel on Friday evening, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm.   Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00 am Saturday, October 25, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, officiated by Father Mark Woodruff.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Garden of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Manuel Modesto Gallegos
Manuel “Meme” Modesto Gallegos

Manuel “Meme” Modesto Gallegos, age 63, of Ojinaga, Mexico, passed away at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa in the early morning hours of Thursday, October 23, 2014.  He was born in Ejido Escobillas, Manuel Benavides, Mexico on February 9, 1951 to the late Rosario and Delfina (Gallegos) Modesto.  He married Gloria Dominguez in Potrero del Llano, Mexico on July 11, 1971.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, and his family was dear to his heart.

Meme worked in agriculture and ranching.  He loved animals and being outdoors.  He was a very loving and generous man, who was always smiling and enjoyed being with people.  Family was very important to him and always came first.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Gloria Modesto of Ojinaga, Mexico; two sons:  Jesus Manuel Modesto and wife Veronica and Modesto Modesto and wife Guadalupe, all of Ojinaga; two daughters:  Nora Elia Lopez and husband Pedro of Odessa and Irma Urias and husband Rene of Ojinaga; five brothers:  Lino Modesto and wife Manuela of Greeley, CO, Rosario Modesto and wife Candelaria of Alpine, Jesus Jose Modesto and wife Cruz Evila of Ojinaga, Isidro Modesto and wife Maria Cruz of Odessa, and Saul Modesto and wife Carmen of Odessa; sisters:  Lidia Vizcaino of Odessa, Maria Sanchez and husband Guadencio of Goldsmith, Leonor Aguirre and husband Manuel of Ojinaga, Delfina Modesto and Alma Rosa Rodriguez, both of Odessa, and Luz Ema Marquez and husband Vicente of Ojinaga; brother-in-law:  Felipe Marquez of Ojinaga; sister-in-law:  Manuela Modesto of El Mulato, MX; four grandsons; four granddaughters; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers:  Federico Modesto, Pablo Modesto, and Hector Modesto; sister:  Angela Marquez; brothers-in-law:  Efrain Vizcaino and Ricardo Rodriguez.

Funeral services will be at a later date in Ojinaga.  Interment will be at Panteon Ejido San Luis Municipal.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valle in Ojinaga.

Phyllis Ruth Dewey

Phyllis Ruth Dewey, age 91, of Midland, passed away at her home on Thursday, October 23, 2014.  She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 28, 1923 to the late Harry Armand and Ruth Silva (Borden) Richman.  She worked for over 35 years at White House Lumber Company as a secretary and bookkeeper.

Phyllis was frank and determined.  She was quick with the turn of a phrase, had a wicked sense of humor, and was never shy about speaking her mind.  She had great pride in working during WWII in San Francisco, helping to establish the V Mail system.  In her later years, her boundless energy was used in service as a volunteer at the West Texas Food Bank and as a Pink Lady at Medical Center Hospital.  Small in stature, but larger than life: “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

Phyllis married Robert Edward Dewey in Reno, NV in 1968 and he preceded her in death in 1986.  She is also preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, brother:  Harry Armand Richman, Jr. and sisters:  Kathleen M. Tripp and Jean L. Harvey.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son:  Clayton Dewey and wife Glenda of Wichita, KS; daughters:  Judith Beresovsky of Midland and Kathleen Michelle “Kami” Golden of Austin; and four grandchildren:  Lindsay Dewey, Robert Golden, Ryan Golden, and Caitlin Golden.

No services will be held at this time.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Dean Holmes
Dean Preston Holmes

Dean Preston Holmes passed from this life on Wednesday, October 23, 2014 in Odessa, TX.  He was born on August 25, 1959 in Ellisville, MS to Dale Holmes and Lavonne (Freeman) Meadows.

Dean enjoyed spending time with his family and riding motorcycles.  He was a strong man in life and was always wanting to fix everything – whether it was a car or a family problem.  He loved life and could be quite the joker.  He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Dean is preceded in death by his grandparents:  Earl and Ruby Freeman and Cliff and Irene Holmes; his aunts:  Dora Wilhelm, Elizabeth Smith, and Earlene Foster; uncles:  Freddie Holmes, Billy Holmes, Frankie Holmes, Steve Freeman, and Jimmy Freeman; and cousins:  Phillip Holmes, Art Holmes, Jimmy Michael Freeman, Donald Ray Foster, and Barbra Foster.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather:  Lillian Lavonne Meadows and husband Danny of Odessa; father:  Dale Preston Holmes of Talihina, OK; daughters:  LaDeana Houston and husband Phillip of Odessa, and Kristi Ogas and husband Allan of Dayton, NV; son:  Timothy Brown of Odessa sisters:  LaDale Holmes Compton and husband Cody of Talihina, OK, Traci Coe, Andi Meadows, and Aubrey Meadows, all of Odessa; brother:  Art Molinar of Odessa; step-sister:  Julie Meadows and her family of Alaska; step-brother:  Tommy Meadows and wife Kristi of Palacios, TX; and grandchildren:  Preston, Garrett, Landen, Tanner, and KayLynn.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Stacey Dunivan
Stacey Kathryn Dunivan

Stacey Kathryn Dunivan, age 47, of Pecos, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital of Odessa.  She was born in Pecos on March 27, 1967 to the late Robert Jackson and Rebecca Jane Dunivan.  She worked in railroad transportation for Professional Transportation, Inc for the past several years.  Stacey was a Christian.

Stacey was a very loving person who was very family oriented.  She enjoyed playing slots and eight liners.  Her pups were her babies, weenie dogs named Ben and Tipsy and her greyhound, Bruiser.  She greatly missed her miniature weenie dogs, Baby Girl aka Fat Girl.

She is survived by her sons:  Andrew Dunivan and wife Lauren, Coley Brantley, Adam Ruiz and wife LaDona, and Allen Ruiz, all of Odessa; brother:  Billy Dunivan and wife Lynn of Odessa; two sisters:  Eva Smith and husband Warren of Abilene and Wendy Petty and husband James of Pecos.  She had one granddaughter on the way, Lana Rebekah Dunivan; and numerous nieces:  Rebecca, Amanda, Elizabeth, Miranda, Marissa, Kamryn, Brooklyn, Alexis, Brinley, Marley, Kinsley, Alice; and one nephew, Evan.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Robert Jackson and Rebecca Jane Dunivan, and her son:  Anthony Steven Ruiz.

Memorial services will be 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate assistance with funeral expenses, account #9910000 at Complex Community Federal Credit Union.

Israel Salazar
Israel Dominguez Salazar

Israel Dominguez Salazar, 60, of Odessa, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Odessa. He was born in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico on Monday, May 10, 1954 to Catarino and Josefina (Dominguez) Salazar.

Israel was a big family man; he was the rock of the family. Israel enjoyed family gatherings and loved to make people laugh. He always left a good impression and he was loved by the community. Israel enjoyed mariachi music and loved to sing. One of Israel’s hobbies was horse races. Israel was a very intelligent, independent, and generous man who would help anybody. He worked for Rock Tool and Israel worked hard for what he had and was very proud of his accomplishments. Israel was optimistic, as well as very healthy. He was strong minded and exceptionally encouraging. He will be missed dearly.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his son Israel Jose Salazar, of Odessa; daughters Liz and Josie Salazar, both of Odessa; brothers Ramon and wife Rosa Salazar, of Odessa, Benjamin and wife Berta Salazar, of Ojinaga, Mexico, and Catarino Salazar, of Odessa; sisters Armida Salazar, of Ojinaga, Mexico, Tila and Maria Salazar, both of Odessa; grandchildren Pearl Mendoza, LouisAnthony Levario, Fabian Lira, Myrella Levario, and John John Horton; and great grandchildren Serinity Abigail Gomez and ZinceZavian Matthew Gomez.

Israel was preceded in death by his parents Catarino and Josefina (Dominguez) Salazar; and daughters Perla Carina Salazar and Yesenia Lira Salazar.

Rosary services will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, October 29 and 30, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 31, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Los Angeles Garden in Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Nancy Brown
Nancy (Block) Brown

Nancy (Block) Brown, 88, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Odessa. She was born in Italy, TX on Monday, August 30, 1926 to Jimmy and Tera (Hopkins) Block. Nancy married her late husband, Robert Brown, in 1969. She attended Holiness Church faithfully.

Nancy was a classy, good hearted woman and a wonderful hostess. She adored dancing and she could always be found doing just that. Nancy was a family woman, she loved all her siblings and she would help out whenever it was possible. She would stand up for her beliefs and had no problem setting you straight. Whenever Nancy came to visit her younger family members, she would hide gifts in her trunk and tell them she didn’t bring them anything, as she was told they had “been bad”. That rarely worked, because the kids just knew she had gifts for them. Nancy leaves behind a legacy, and she will be loved and sorely missed by all.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband Robert Brown; her parents Jimmy and Tera Block; brothers Elgin Block, Jimmy Black, Otis Block, and Bobby Block; and sisters Ora Lee Hart and Daisy Mae Noble.

No services will be held at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Gaudencio Sanchez
Gaudencio Almazan Sanchez

Gaudencio Almazan Sanchez, age 79, of Goldsmith, passed from this life on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at his home.  He was born in Escobillas, Mexico on February 15, 1935 to the late Jose Sanchez Carrasco and Andrea Almazan Sanchez.  He married Maria Modesto in Ojinaga, Mexico on August 15, 1956.  He adored her and was a devoted caretaker.  He worked in the oilfield as a welder.  He was Catholic.

Gaudencio loved to smoke.  A hard worker, he enjoyed letting off steam playing the guitar and dancing.  He liked beans and music.  Friends and family were everything to him.  He especially enjoyed his grandkids.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife:  Maria Modesto Sanchez of Goldsmith; step-mom:  Santos Armendariz Sanchez of El Mulato, Mexico; three sons:  Samuel Sanchez and wife Maria Isabel and Gaudencio Sanchez, Jr. and wife Marisela, all of Midland, and Saul Sanchez and wife Lupe of Odessa; five daughters:  Andrea Roman and husband Jesus of Greenwood, Marisela Sanchez -Botello and Araceli Sanchez-Montoya, both of Odessa, Maribel Sanchez and husband Roberto of Goldsmith, and Rosie Sanchez and husband Fredy of Odessa; brothers:  Rogelio Sanchez and wife Colleen of Denton and Efrain Sanchez and wife Francis, Ancelmo Sanchez and wife Lorena, all of Odessa, and  Arnulfo Sanchez and wife Estella of Andrews; sisters: Romelia Armendariz of Ft. Stockton, Concepcion Ortiz of Odessa, and Rosa Maria Canava and husband Margarito , and Nora Sanchez and husband Arturo Vasquez, all of Andrews; twenty-seven grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren.

His parents, sons:  Saul Sanchez and Jose Luis Sanchez, and sister:  Alicia Carrasco, precede him in death.

Rosary will be recited at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 pm Thursday, October 30, 2014 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.

Belinda Johnson
Belinda Fern Johnson

Belinda Fern Johnson, age 48, of Odessa, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at her home.  She was born in Denver City, TX on August 6, 1966 to Freddy Jacob Johnson and Mary Lou (Williams) Yates.  She was a stay at home mom.

She is survived by her sons:  Cody Hage of Iraq and Francois Hage of Ft. Worth; daughter:  Chelsey Squiers of Odessa; companion:  Jerry Tilford of Odessa; parents:  Mary Lou Yates and Freddy Jacob Johnson of Odessa; sister:  Jeatonne Terry and husband James; and nieces and nephews:  Neesh Alt, George Diaz, and Mary Terry.

Her sister:  Tisha Lynette Johnson; niece:  Jennifer Rose Terry, and uncle:  Billy Bob Williams, precede her in death.

There will be open visitation at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday and Friday, October 30 and 31, 2014.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

J C White
Jack C. “J.C.” White

Jack C. “J.C.” White, age 65, passed from this life on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Gatesville, TX on August 2, 1949 to Robert and Nancy Laurenza (Casey) White.  Until disability prevented it, he worked as a truck driver in the oilfield and over the road.

J.C. was a hard working man with a great sense of humor.  He loved the outdoors.  Old Westerns and the news were favorites on TV and he loved the Dallas Cowboys and bull riding.  Stubborn as a mule, he was a determined and independent man.  He adored his daughter and grandchildren.

J.C. is survived by his daughter:  Alesha Kerry White of Clarksville, GA; sister:  Betty Lee Sharp and husband Michael of Gardendale; and two grandchildren:  Austin and Aidan.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Interment will be privately held at Bulman Cemetery in Hamilton County.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Alma Rodriguez
Alma Velia Rodriguez

Alma Velia Rodriguez, age 49, of Odessa, was called away to her heavenly home on Monday, October 27, 2014.  She was born in Ojinaga, Mexico on September 7, 1965 to Eladio and Graciela (Corrales) Rodriguez.  She was a homemaker.  Alma was a member of the Asamblea Apostolica de la Fe en Cristo Jesus.

Alma was a very happy person who was the life of the party.  She was a free spirit and she went by the nickname of Boti.  Alma was always making jokes and loved to make you smile.  A very caring person, she would help out other people no matter what and would take care of them before herself.  You could always run to her when you needed help.  Her grandchildren were the light of her soul.

Those left to cherish her memory are her parents:  Eladio and Graciela Rodriguez of Odessa; three daughters:  Bianca Rodriguez and husband Adrian of Odessa, Vanessa Rodriguez and husband Ruben of Ojinaga, and Salma Rodriguez of Odessa; brothers:  Ruben Rodriguez and wife Anabilia and Eladio Rodriguez, Jr. and spouse Anthony, all of Odessa and Elizandro Rodriguez and wife Lupe and Abrahm Rodriguez, all of Ojinaga; sisters:  Maria Rodriguez, Claudia Venegas and husband Natividad, and Susana Tercero and husband Auden, all of Odessa; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel in the Pine Chapel.  Funeral services will be at a later date in Ojinaga, Mexico with interment to follow at Pantéon de la Esmeralda.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valle in Ojinaga.

Daniel Searcy
Daniel Lee Searcy
Daniel Lee Searcy, 41, of Odessa, passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Odessa. He was born in Odessa on March 2, 1973 to Donny Gene Searcy and Betty Ann (Donaghe) Kirby.

Daniel adored his family and was very generous, always giving without reservation.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his parents, Ann and husband Leon Kirby; son, Christopher Searcy of New Albany, IN; daughter, Holly Searcy of Odessa; sister, Tamera and husband Mark Ingram; one grandchild, Daxton; niece, Natasha and spouse Justin Stewart; nephew, Elliott Dearman; great-nephew, Jarrett Stewart; and great-niece, Nyla Stewart.

Daniel was preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Donny Searcy, and brother, Cary Don Searcy.

Memorial services will be 1:00 PM Friday, October 31, 2014, at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Johnny Touchstone. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.

Daniel’s daughter Holly would like to include a letter to the public.

“Since everyone already knows, the body at Shawn's house was Daniel Lee Searcy. My daddy. Everyone also knows that he suffered nearly his whole life with addiction, and in the end that had something to do with his death. It had a hard grip on his life. Yes, that is true. But in this gruesome time, we must remember the good things, which were in abundance.
My dad cared more than anyone you have known. He wouldn't have a dime to his name and he would still give you the shirt off his back (if he had one on lol) His love for his family was off the charts.
Yes, he might have called a little too much, but he always let us know he was okay, and he always would end a call with I love you.
He loved animals more than people. (I get that trait from him as well) He cried for weeks over the loss of Diamond…shown in the picture (RIP Dime Dime and Dandan)
He loved the Cowboys (I mean who doesn't!?!)
He was the best dad in the world. We fought, we screamed at each other, we laughed, we cried, but WHEN EVER I needed him he was there.
He was always overprotective of me just like a good dad should be; threatened many of my boyfriends with fire and brimstone, just like a good dad should have.
Before you put your input in this situation, know that there are real people behind this story. It’s not just an article on the news.
Please be respectful of my family and Shawn Pinson's family. They didn't ask for this, either. It already happened so shut your mouth.
I want to give a big thanks to everyone who has been there for me and my family. It is much appreciated. I love y'all.
And an even bigger screw you to the people who can't stop running their mouths. They are fueled by our suffering, and I don't care what you think or have to say.

I love you daddy, tell mom I love her for me.”

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