Obituaries 2014

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Jesse Lee Fininen
Jesse Lee Fininen
Jesse Lee Fininen, age 55, of Odessa, passed from this life on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at his home. He was born in Brownfield, TX on August 6, 1959 to the late James Lee Fininen and Willie Gene Williams. He was a US Army Veteran and worked as a truck driver for many years.

Jesse was a very warm hearted and playful man who was a wonderful husband and loving father. Although he had led a very hard life, he maintained a very upbeat spirit, worked through it all, and remained an honorable man. He was very dependable and firm in his beliefs. Jesse was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and he enjoyed eating crushed ice.

Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of seven years: Christine (Vasquez) Fininen of Odessa; sons: Jesse Lee Fininen, Jr, Johnny Brown, Jeremy Fininen, all of Lubbock and Jonathan Lujan of Odessa; daughters: Myra Brown and Laniece Fininen, both of Lubbock, Shirley Reed of Brownfield, Zacnite Campos of Odessa, and Janell Vasquez of El Paso; brothers: Sylvester Fininen of Dallas and James Fininen of Kuwait; sisters: Nell Hardin of Houston, Cheryl Dawson of Levelland, Terry Brooks of Lubbock, Kathrine Fininen of Dallas and Janet Harrell of Brownfield; and eighteen grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents: James Lee Fininen and Willie Gene Williams; brothers: Johnny Williams, Johnny Fininen, James Earl Fininen, Lewis Fininen; and sisters: Diana Fininen and Linda Sue Hardin.

Wake will be held at 7:30 PM, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Friday, December 19, 2014 at Texas State Veteran's Cemetery at Abilene.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa.

Jesusita Ramos Garcia
Jesusita Ramos Garcia

Jesusita Ramos Garcia, age 83 of Odessa, passed away, Saturday, December 13, 2014. She was born Wednesday, September 16, 1931 in Colorado City to the late Refugio and Ester (Ramirez) Ramos.

A very serious person, Jesusita liked helping people and was always very caring. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and knew how to discipline as shown by their respect for her. She enjoyed going to church, working in her garden and being outside. She was very picky and very particular, but very spiritual. Eating sweets was a favorite of hers as much as listening to music by Felipe Davila and Sunny Ozuna. She was the Original West Texas Grandma.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are two sons: Ernest Garcia, Jr and Humberto Garcia both of Odessa; four daughters: Ester Minjarez, Joann Gonzalez, Corina Garcia and Maryann Mares all of Odessa; three sisters: Gregoria Cordero of Ft Stockton, Lydia Vasquez of Modesto, CA and Hope Jimenez of Odessa. She is also survived by 27 Grandchildren, 58 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, December 17th at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Michael Rodriguez.  Interment will follow at Los Angeles Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Thomas Michaelis
Thomas Arnold Michaelis

Thomas Arnold Michaelis, age 62, of Odessa, passed away at his home in Odessa on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.  He was born in Sealy, Texas on December 17, 1951 to Marguerite (Selesky) Michaelis and the late Leroy W. Michaelis.  He worked as a dispatcher for FTSI (Frac Tank Services, Inc.)

Tom was a wonderful son, brother, father, uncle and friend. He imprinted many lives with his kindness and humor. He enjoyed telling stories, attending sporting events and watching classic western movies. His favorite subject was History, he could tell you any event and have a date along with it. His voice was one of a kind, in which his family and friends will never forget.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother:  Marguerite Michaelis of Sealy; daughter:  Naomi Michaelis of Odessa; step-children:  Brock Sotelo and wife Holly of Odessa and Cassandra Acosta and husband Hector of The Colony; five brothers:  Michael Michaelis of Sealy, Charles Michaelis of Alpine, Gordon Michaelis of Pecos, Leroy “Gus” Michaelis of Kermit, and David Michaelis of Orange; sister:  Patricia Klotz of Sealy; and two grandchildren.

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

Martin Cano
Martin Cano

Martin Cano, 45, of Odessa was called to Heaven on December 18, 2014 in Odessa. Martin was born to Ramona Cano on May 8, 1969 in Pecos Texas, and was raised by two loving fathers Matilde Cano and Herminio Flotte.

Martin enjoyed drawing and building model cars (low-riders) and he was a tattoo artist. He also enjoyed collectables, from toy cars to the “homies” figurines. Martin protected his family and always found a way to provide.  He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, they were his life. Martin enjoyed coaching baseball and also enjoyed telling his brother how to help and encourage his team. He was a standup guy, very humble and didn’t count himself higher than anyone. Martin was a teacher in life and was a preacher at “Victory of Life” in Odessa. He was a very spiritual person.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: Margarita Cano of Odessa; his parents: Ramona and Herminio Flotte of Odessa; three sons: Martin Cano Jr and Emanuel Cano, both of Midland, and Isaiah Cano of Odessa; two daughters: Lucy Porras and husband Josh Gallegos and Sarah Fountain and Deandrea, all of Midland; two brothers: Jose Angel Flotte and wife Jackie and Joel Flotte and wife Patty, all of Odessa; one sister: Yvonne Flotte and husband Leobardo Flotte of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday; December 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Acres West Funeral Chapel officiated by Pastor Ray Ochoa. He will be laid to rest at Peaceful Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa Texas.

Manuel T Ontiveros
Manuel Tarango Ontiveros

Manuel Tarango Ontiveros, age 81, of Odessa, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  He was born in Candelaria, Texas on July 18, 1933 to the late Nicandro and Luciana (Tarango) Ontiveros.  He worked in road construction and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Manuel is survived by his son:  Gabriel Ontiveros of Odessa; three brothers:  Adan Ontiveros and Luis Ontiveros, both of Midland and Edjuvijes Ontiveros of Monahans; and three sisters:  Eva Sotelo of Hobbs, NM and Ramona Machuca and Lydia Machuca, both of Odessa.

His parents, one brother:  Abel Ontiveros, and one sister:  Elfida Olivas, all precede him in death.

Rosary will be recited at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel in Odessa at 7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, 2014.  Funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Saragosa on Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:00 am, officiated by Father Joe Uecker.  Interment will follow at Saragosa Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Alicia Marvin_Sutton
Alicia Lynn Marvin-Sutton

Alicia Lynn Marvin-Sutton, age 49, of Odessa, passed away at Odessa Regional Medical Center on Saturday, December 20, 2014.  She was born in Ponca City, OK on March 12, 1965 to the late Dave Crane and Emma Grimley.  She was a homemaker.

Alicia and her husband Robert had known each other since they were children, and been together for over twenty-one years. Alicia was a Christian with strong faith and a patriotic lady who cared for her country.  She was a giving person and was always willing to help others, with a special place in her heart for the elderly.  She was also an animal lover, riding horses when she was younger and picking up strays in a heartbeat.  Her big heart always had room for all and no one was a stranger in her eyes.  She always remembered everyone’s birthdays and always asked about Robert’s parents. Her grandchildren were a delight to her. 

Preceding Alicia in death were her parents: Dave Crane and Emma Grimley, first husband: Shelby Marvin, brother:  Herbie Crane, and sister:  Ellen Crane.

She is survived by her husband:  Robert Sutton of Odessa; children:  Brittany Bacon, April Wilkerson, and Cody Wilkerson, all of Odessa; siblings:  Shannon Martinez of Angleton, James Grimley of Sinton, David Crane of Odessa, and Billy Benoit of Dayton; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10:00 am at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.
Beverly B Bates
Beverley B. Bates

Beverley B. Bates, age 72, of Odessa, passed away at her home on Monday, December 22, 2014.  She was born in Lampasas, TX on the 4th of July, 1942 to the late William Jeff and Marietta (Sharp) Woodward.  She married John Walter Bates, Sr. in Odessa on March 19, 1982.  He preceded her in death on September 4, 2008.  She worked as a bookkeeper.

Beverley was a hard working woman. She was a stylish lady who loved country music and dancing.  Listening to her husband, Johnny, play with his band was a favorite pastime.  She could sit and talk for hours, but was never idle.  She crocheted, making dolls for all the girls and scarves and blankets for everyone.  You could always count on her to back you up and her grandkids knew that no one could care for you when you were sick like their Nana.  Beverley was the first to call you on your birthday, even if her well wishes were your wake up call.  She loved to cheer for Texas A&M – “Gig ‘em Aggies!”

She is survived by her sons:  Ray “Bo” Hollingsworth and wife Michelle, John Bates Jr. and wife Dana, all of Odessa, and Jackie Bates of San Antonio; daughters:  Tammy Hester and husband George, Shannon Teague and husband John, and Joy Lauderdale, all of Odessa, and Tammy Nelson of Weatherford; one brother:  Eugene Woodward and wife Donna of Kingsland; twenty-three grandchildren; and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Grandchildren include Shannon Teague’s children:  Chaise, Devin, Dustin, and Chelsea Teague; John Bates Jr.’s children:  Emily Martin and husband Josh, Jase Harvell, and Joshua Bates; Jackie Bates’ children:  Justin and Jacob Bates; Tammy Hester’s children:  Stormey Laws and significant other Diane Dawson, Shawn Herndon and Aurora Javier, Ski Daugherty and husband Joe, and Stephanie Booth and husband Austin; Tammy Nelson’s children:  D. J., Bobby, Malissa, and Vanessa Van Winkle; Bo Hollingsworth’s children:  Jason and Justin Hollingsworth, Hanna Brunette, Stephanie Fowler, and Dustin Moore; Joy Lauderdale’s daughter:  Jordon Travis and husband Kasey. 

Great-grandchildren are: Kaiden Dell Teague, Kason and Presleigh Travis, Colton Cummins, Darren Dawson, Liam Caldwell, Scarlett Brunett, Elijah Moore, Ethan Moore, and Eden Moore, Cecilia M. Lopez, Nicholas J. and Samantha D. Herndon, Breanna, Dawson, Kyle and Harley Daugherty, and William, Aiden, and Scarlett Booth.

Beverley is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister:  Shirley Dendy, and one grandson: Dustin Teague.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Johnny Touchstone.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Edelmiro “Ed” Sierra, Jr.

Edelmiro “Ed” Sierra, Jr., 69, of Odessa, was called to Heaven on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Pharr, TX on September 28, 1945.  He was a truck driver in the oilfield. 

Edelmiro was a very hard working man. He was a happy go lucky man who did his very best and always succeeded at providing for his family. Edelmiro held his family close to his heart. He will be loved and missed by all. 

He is survived by his wife:  Maria (Carbajal) Sierra of Odessa; sons:  Richard Sierra and wife Stacey of Odessa, David Sierra and Lisa of Kermit, Abel Sierra and Chris of Gardendale, Fabian Sierra and wife Amanda of Crane, and Adam Sierra and wife Stephanie of Odessa; daughter:  Elayne Saldivar and husband Ramon of Odessa; brothers:  Jesse Sierra and wife Marival of Springdale, AR and Baldemar Sierra and wife Annabelle of Odessa; sisters:  Diana Pena and husband Benjamin of Odessa, Lidia Galan of Nampa, ID, Teresa Baeza of Twin Falls, ID, and Elida Ruiz and husband John of Caldwell, ID; 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 

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

Loudelle Cooper
Loudelle Morgan Cooper

Loudelle Morgan Cooper came into this world on November 8, 1919 and departed to be with our Lord in Heaven December 24, 2014 in Odessa.

Loudelle was born to Alexander Morgan and Mary Ursula Hyder in Logan County, New Mexico in 1919. Shortly after birth her family moved to Runnels County, Texas where she spent her early years.

Loudelle was married to Lonnie Cooper on February 24, 1946 in Fort Worth, Texas. They have made Odessa their home since 1966.

Loudelle was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and above all a faithful Christian. She loved children and worked in the nursery at Sherwood Baptist Church for over 20 years. She and Lonnie were members of Crescent Park Baptist Church.

Lonnie and Loudelle loved Mojo football and attended many games having season tickets since 1973.

She is preceded in death by her husband Lonnie, her four siblings Ruth, Charles, Faye and Holly, one daughter Mary Lynn, and daughter-in-law Barbara Ann.

She is survived by daughter Sharon Tucker and husband Carl, sons Gary Cooper and wife Revice and Larry Cooper and wife Debbie. Grandchildren Keith, Kevin and Kimberly Tucker, Jeff Hamlin, Melissa Stirman, and Kimberly Neal. Great grandchildren Lauren Ham, Abbie Tucker, Caleb and Claire Tucker, Destin and Joseph Neal, Sarah Gregory and Katie Hamlin. 

Funeral services will be at Crescent Park Baptist Church in Odessa, officiated by Pastor Greg Morris.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Texas.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Donald Williams
Donald Lewis Williams

Donald Lewis Williams, age 68, of Odessa, passed away in Odessa on Thursday, December 25, 2014.  He was born in Delhi, LA on February 16, 1946 to the late Neal and Ollie (Graham) Williams.  He served in the US Army Corps of Engineers in the 60’s.  He married Janis Moore in Odessa in 1974.  Donald worked as a machinist in the oilfield.

Donald knew the Bible backward and forward and had served as a Pentecostal minister in the past.  He was a very positive thinker and was big on self improvement.  When things got really bad, he was sure to say, “This too, shall pass” and he firmly believed in the power of prayer.  “Whatever your mind can conceive, you can achieve.” was a motto of his.  He was a caring person, a straight up person, who always saw the good in everyone.  He would reassure you when you were low and tell you, “Don’t let it steal your sunshine.”  He enjoyed working at Express Energy with Jeffrey and taught him a lot.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Janis Williams of Odessa; sons:  Jeffrey Daily Ward of Odessa and Donald Lewis Williams, Jr. of Tulsa, OK; daughters:  Amanda Williams of Coleman and Amber Canales and husband Jason of Big Spring; brother:  Neal Williams of Columbia, LA; sister:  Patsy Ziegler of Shreveport, LA; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents and three siblings:  Earl Williams, Allene Price, and Rachel Johnson.

The family will be receiving visitors at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Monday, January 5, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Chaplain Larry Hood.  Interment will follow at the Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery at Abilene.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Janet Black  Janet L Black
Janet Lea Black

Janet Lea Black, age 59, of Odessa, passed from this life on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She was born in Wichita, KS on November 15, 1955 to the late Johnny Dater and Audrey Fay (McDaniel) Carrell.  Janet worked as a store clerk at 7-11 and Albertsons until prevented from working by her illness.

A devoted mother, Janet loved Rusty and Rebecca more than anything and tended to spoil them (although her new Yorkie, “Teddy Bear” was stealing a piece of her heart).  She was spunky and hard headed, but also generous and caring.  Her favorite color was red and she was a fan of the “Dallas” evening soap opera.  The past year had been a very difficult time, and we are comforted that she is now at rest.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son:  Rusty Everett and daughter:  Rebecca Black, both of Odessa; brother:  Jimmy Carrell of Weatherford; and sister:  Vickey Luna of Odessa.

In addition to her parents, one sister:  Joyce Carrell, predeceased her.

Memorial services and visitation will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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