Obituaries 2014

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James Thomas Davis

James Thomas Davis, age 38, of Odessa, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  He was born in Portland, OR on September 8, 1976 to Richard L. Chandler and Sandra (McJunkin) Chandler.  He worked as a truck driver in the oilfield.

He is survived by his father:  Richard L. Chandler of Tukwila, WA and his son:  Tristan Davis of Cedar Rapids, IA.

Odessa visitation will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Interment will be at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and Edwards Memorial Funeral Services in Washington.

Linda S. Felts

Linda S. Felts, age 73, of Odessa, passed away at Odessa Regional Medical Center on Friday, November 7, 2014.  She was born in Waco, TX on April 6, 1941 to the late Earl and Mary Stracener.  Linda was a certified public accountant.

She is survived by her husband:  Jack Felts of Odessa; son:  Billy Felts of Odessa; and two daughters:  Judith Felts of Austin and Sarah Felts of Odessa.

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

Thomas Brady
Thomas Brady

Thomas Brady, age 82, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Calhoun, LA on Thursday, May 12, 1932 to Dennis Lee Brady and Fannie Mae (McKinley) Brady. Thomas was a jack of all trades, but had retired from a career in the oilfield working as a roustabout.

Thomas was a very compassionate man. If anybody needed help, he would go out of his way to do whatever he could to help.  He was an extremely caring and loving person, who was respectful and kind to everyone. Thomas treated his companion, Reatha, with nothing but respect, and he was always there for his daughter Emma. He was a remarkable man, and he will be loved and missed dearly.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his companion: Reatha (Stuckey) Nordan of Odessa; daughters: Tammy Brady of New Fairview, TX, Donna Faye Brady of West Monroe, LA, Emma Ohair and partner Allen Hollensbe of Midland, and Laura Boren and husband Ronnie of Odessa; brother:  James Preston Brady and wife Shirley of Atlanta, GA; sisters: Diane Cook and her husband Robert and Bertha Martin, all of West Monroe, LA; wife: Donnie Jean Brady; grandchildren: John Thomas Crawford of Ft. Worth, TX, Shane, Ronnie, and Jeff Boren, all of Odessa; and great-grandchildren: Trinity and Hadassah Crawford, both of New Fairview, TX, and Aaden Crawford of Ft. Worth, TX.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents: Dennis Lee and Fannie Mae Brady, son: Eslie Nordan, Jr., and sisters:  Dorothy and Shirley Brady.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10 AM at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Larry Hood. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Luz Aguirre

Luz Aguirre, age 78, of Odessa, passed away at Medical Center Hospital on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  She was born in Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico on May 28, 1936 to the late Isidro and Virginia (Uranga) Hernandez.  She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband:  Jesus Aguirre of Odessa; four sons:  Cruz Aguirre of Kermit, Leonicio Aguirre of Midland, and Jesus Aguirre and Rene Aguirre, both of Odessa; daughters:  Lucia Carrasco and Rosario Galindo, both of Odessa; brothers:  Irineo Hernandez and Modesto Hernandez, both of Presidio, Maximo Hernandez of Alpine and Armando Hernandez of Hobbs, NM; sisters:  Carlota Hernandez of Ojinaga, and Ramona Hernandez and Victoria Hernandez, both of Presidio; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Her parents and one sister, Julia Hernandez, precede her in death.

Rosary will be said at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel at 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 12, 2014.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 pm Thursday, November 13, 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.

Francisco Tercero
Francisco Tercero

Francisco Tercero, 81, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Francisco was born to Sixto Tercero and Francisca (Escontrias) Tercero on July 23, 1933, in Vado de Piedra, Chihuahua, Mexico. Francisco was a farmer.

Survivors are three sons: Ervey Tercero of Odessa, Manuel Tercero of Denver City and Roberto Tercero of Odessa, five daughters: Blanca Hernandez of Lovington, NM, Guadalupe Tercero of Odessa, Maria Elena Facundo of Dallas, and Maria Paz and Elizabeth Martinez, both of Odessa; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

His parents, his wife:  Matilde (Carrasco) Tercero, and son:  Jose Francisco Tercero, precede him in death.

Funeral Services will be held at Ojinaga, Mexico. Interment will be at Vado de Piedra Cemetery in Ojinaga, Mexico.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa, Texas.

Jimmie Burritt  J J Burritt
Jimmie Jean “J.J.” Burritt

Jimmie Jean “J.J.” Burritt, age 26, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at her home.  She was born in Andrews, TX on August 16, 1988 to Laura Leah (Hockersmith) Burritt and the late Donald Wayne Burritt.  She worked as a clerk for Harbor Freight.

J.J. met Donald in 2007 and they moved in together in 2008.  She was a loving and good hearted person.  The baby of her family, she idolized her brother.  She loved dogs and kids.  Her family was very important to her and she was very protective.  You had better not mess with them or you had to deal with her.  For a stress reliever, she enjoyed drawing and coloring.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband:  Donald Franks of Odessa; mother:  Laura Burritt of Odessa; maternal grandmother:  Virginia Hockersmith of Odessa; sons:  Donald Franks, Jr. and James Franks, both of Hardy, OK; daughters:  Alma Franks of Kelly, LA and Tiffaney Franks of Joaquin, TX; brother:  Donald Clinton Burritt and wife Danielle of Odessa; sisters: Angela Davis and Brandi Burritt-Riley and husband Michael, all of Odessa; and six grandchildren.

Her dad:  Donald Burritt, maternal grandfather:  Jimmy Ray Hockersmith, and paternal grandparents:  Donald and Erma Madge Burritt, precede her in death.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Monday, November 17, 2014 at Midessa Heights Baptist Church, 13200 W. County Rd. 124, Midland, TX, officiated by Pastor Tony McCrohan, Jr.  Interment will be at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit, TX at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Stanley Sullivan 
Stanley Ray Sullivan 

Stanley Ray Sullivan, age 50, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Lamesa, TX on October 7, 1964 to John Sullivan and the late Mary (Hooper) Sullivan.  He was a truck driver in the oilfield for Bomar and Bomar Trucking Company.

A cowboy at heart, Stanley loved to rope and ride and felt at home doing ranch work.  He was an independent man, hard working and reliable.  However, he was very easy going and fun loving. Stanley could be quite the jokester.

He is survived by his father:  John Sullivan and wife Beth of Giddings; sons:  Casey Ray Sullivan and wife Lacey of Rosenberg and Cody Ryan Sullivan of Houston; daughters:  Donnetta Sullivan of Lincoln and Bonnie Harris of Giddings; brother:  Johnny Carrol Sullivan of Giddings; three sisters:  Patti Lynn Rojo and Mary Beth May, both of New Boston, and Beverly McFarland of Maud; and four grandchildren.

In addition to his mom, he is preceded in death by his brother, Freddy Wayne Sullivan.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Scotty H. Coleman 

Scotty H. Coleman, age 62, left us Thursday, November 13, 2014 at ORMC in Odessa, TX.  He was born in Waukegan, IL on August 17, 1952.

At Scotty’s request there will be no services.  A Memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date.  He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.

Survivors are his wife:  Tresia Coleman; son:  Matthew Clay; sister: Tracee McMinn and husband Robert and their son, Hunter; stepchildren:  Jamie Lopez and husband James, Shane Newbrough and wife Shandy, and Tracie West and husband Mike; sister-in-law:  Toni Beedy and her family; best friend, brother, and riding buddy:  Bill Spisak; and his little doggie: Chance.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Tresia Coleman at 926 E. 12th Street, Odessa, TX 79761.  All expressions of sympathy are appreciated. 

Scotty will be remembered by all and we all know he’s in a better place with no more pain.  RIP Scotty!  Rest in Heaven on those golden streets.

Arturo Valenzuela Rios 
Arturo Valenzuela Rios 

Arturo Valenzuela Rios, 58, of Odessa, passed away at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, TX on November 13, 2014. Arturo was born to Jose Rios and Bertha (Valenzuela) Rios on March 17, 1956 in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. Arturo worked as a salesperson in the retail industry before retiring.

Arturo was a very kind man. His children were his world and he loved his grandchildren dearly. A people person, Arturo loved to talk to everyone and anyone. He also loved to eat.

Those left to cherish his memories are his son: Arturo Valenzuela Rios Jr. of Odessa; daughter: Ruby Rios of Odessa; brothers: Javier Valenzuela and wife Manuela of Wicket, Marco Antonio Valenzuela and wife Juanita of Nebraska, and Fernando Valenzuela and wife April of Midland; sisters: Luz Elena Pando of Midland, Rosa Valenzuela of Pecos and Sylvia Montanez of Midland; and three grandchildren: Leah Torres, Elijah Torres and Noah Rios.

Arturo is preceded in death by his mother: Bertha Valenzuela and a grandson:  Isaiah Torres.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa Texas.

Ruthaleen Callaway+
Ruthaleen “Polly” Knezek Callaway

Ruthaleen “Polly” Knezek Callaway, 74, of Odessa, Texas was called back to her heavenly father the morning of November 15, 2014. Polly was born to the late Ruthaford Tanner and Nina (Painter) Tanner in Loa, UT on December 19, 1939. Polly was a retired grandma.

Polly was a “do unto others” kind of woman. She accepted everyone into her home and loving arms. Polly loved the Lord. She was an early morning seminary teacher for The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints for 20 years. She enjoyed genealogy work, tirelessly finding lost relatives. She was very independent, especially for her era, and was able to take three children on her own anywhere that would broaden their horizons. Polly had the grandmother quality that everyone loved. Loving people while helping them realize their potential was her life.

Those left to cherish her loving memories are her sons: Darren Knezek and wife Jennifer of Provo, UT and Bobby Knezek of Odessa; daughters: Nancy Knezek of Odessa and Susan Elwell Knezek of Houston; ten grandchildren and three great- grandchildren:  Cassandra, Dylan and Robin. Those three were the reason she went to bed late and woke up early… with plenty of energy to keep up every day.

Polly is preceded in death by her parents: Ruthaford and Nina Tanner; daughter: Ginger Johnson; brothers: Ferren Dean Tanner and Norman Tanner; and sister: Gwen Stephenson.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Loa, Utah with interment to follow at Wayne County Cemetery in Loa.

Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd., Odessa, Texas. 

G B McAfee   G Brent McAfee
Gerald Brent McAfee

Brent was born October 11, 1935 in Longview, TX to Raymond Auti McAfee and Lorene Swafford McAfee, naming him Gerald Brent but never using the 1st name.  In 1942, they moved to the McElroy Gulf camp, south of Crane.    In the 9th grade, 1950, they moved to the Gulf camp, just south of Goldsmith.   Brent talked often about growing up in these camps, all the fun he had with his many friends as well as all the mischief they got into, and how close many of them remained.   Graduating from Odessa High School in 1954, he went on to graduate from Odessa College with an associate’s degree.  He played tennis at OHS and at OC and continued playing throughout his entire life until last year.   He attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine from 1957-1959, completing a bachelor’s degree in geology with a biology minor.  Serving in the US Army from 59-61, he spent most of that time as an army medic assigned to William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso.   He worked for Baroid Division as a drilling fluid engineer 61-62 and decided that was probably not a good career choice for him.    He attended graduate school at SRSU from 62-64 and received a master’s degree in biology/geology.  His thesis title was:  The Botanical and Geological Studies of Packsaddle Mountain, Brewster County, TX.  He also completed many graduate hours, beyond his masters, in biology and geology at various universities.  One of his favorites was a 6 wk graduate course at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in biology and geology concluding with a 14 day raft trip from Glen Canyon through Marble Canyon and Grand Canyon, a distance of 240 miles.  He taught biology and coached tennis at OHS for 1 ½ yrs from 1964 – 66.   In January of 1967 he started teaching at Odessa College.  As Professor McAfee or sometimes just plain “Mac”, he taught geology and biology and later, marine ecology – a unique 2 wk travel course to Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico, twice a year for 34 yrs.  He became Dept Chairman of Geology/Physics/Chemistry.   He finally retired in 2009, completing 42 years, deciding he better leave before they had to take him out in a pine box.   He loved teaching and the students, loved his field both as a career and a hobby.  He very rarely took vacations, choosing instead to take groups of students and adults on class-related field trips throughout the Trans-Pecos and Mexico, and many continuing education trips into various parts of Mexico on long wkends, during school holidays and spring breaks.    Those trips included Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) - Creel, Cascada de Basaseachi, Batopilas and Urique; Cuatro Cienegas, Coahuila, Mexico; Real de Catorce, state of San Luis Potosi – one of the largest old silver mining areas in Mexico.    He ended up with a core group of adults who called themselves Brent’s Trip Groupies who went on every single one of his trips that they could. 

Right before his death, his 2 girls and 2 of his grand-daughters spent time with him - spoiling him rotten, snuggling and receiving much wisdom.  Everyone was amazed at how well he was doing.   This visit with family was evidently the last thing on his bucket list.  Brent died November 19, 2014 at home with his wife and her son at his side. Even this strong and seemingly invincible man could not win the battle with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   Per his wishes he will be cremated and his ashes scattered in a favorite area. There will be no funeral or memorial service, no food or flowers.  Instead he requested donations be made to:  OC Geology Dept and SRSU Geology and/or Biology depts.

Donations may be made to Odessa College Foundation for Geology student scholarships:

                Odessa College Foundation

                201 W. University Blvd



Or to Sul Ross State University by contacting Aida Luevanos at 432-837-8000.

Specify W.N. McAnulty Geology Merit Scholarship or

Biology Department Scholarship.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Brent was preceded in death by his parents and his son.  He leaves behind his sister, Leah White of Odessa; 2 daughters: Stacey Roussiat of Sterling, VA and her 3 children: Maxime, Anabelle and Blossom; Kelly Cunningham of Taunton, England and her son Alex; and his son’s 3 children: Reilly, Caleigh and Collin of Belton, TX; and his partner and wife of almost 27 years, Sandy McAfee, and her 3 children and twin grandsons who adored their Grandpa Mac.

His wife would like to thank the wonderful people at UTSW in Dallas who worked so hard to maintain good quality of life, Dr Amaram who always greeted us with “and how are you two lovebirds?”, Dr. Kubacek who only met Brent once but took an immediate, avid interest in him and his disease; Mike Garcia and Christina at Med-Way; and Home Hospice for helping us through his last few days.

Rest in peace, Buddy, you were greatly loved by many.  

Jo West

Josephine Louise “Jo” West, age 84, of Odessa, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her home.  She was born in San Angelo, TX on April 6, 1930 to Henry Britton Williams and Della (Evans) Williams.  Jo and G. P. West wed in Carlsbad, NM on June 5, 1974.  She was a hairdresser. 

Survivors are her two sons:  Robert Clinton and wife Judy of Goldsmith and Tommy Clinton and wife Sharian of Odessa.

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

Allan Emert
Allan David Emert

Allan David Emert, age 73, of Odessa passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital. He was born September 16, 1941 in El Paso to the late Amos Trotter and Josie May (Gibbons) Emert.
Allan loved to teach. A problem solver, you could always find him working with his hands and tinkering around. He was skilled at electrical and mechanical engineering, woodworking and carpentry. In his early days, he worked for Boeing as an electrical engineer and built his own computer from scratch in the 70’s. A very intelligent man, Allan was always learning new things and passed his knowledge down to whoever was interested. In 2000, he retired from being a Mathematics and Computer Science instructor from Odessa High, due to his health.
He is survived by one son: Daniel Emert and wife Bianca of Odessa; and one daughter: Beth Emert of California; three brothers: George Emert and wife Grace of Maryland, Rev. William Amos “Bill” Emert of Lockhart, and Clayborne “Clay” Emert of El Paso; two sisters: Laura Joan Emert and Nora Downey and husband Lewis, all of El Paso.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 1:00 PM, Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at Peaceful Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.
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