Obituaries 2015

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Jose Luis Munoz
Jose Luis Munoz

Jose Luis Muñoz, age 53, of Odessa, TX entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in Odessa, TX. He was born Wednesday, April 12, 1961 to Esteban and Guadalupe (Romero) Muñoz of Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Jose was a baker and he loved to cook.  His favorite food was entomatadas.

Jose loved to listen to music and his favorites groups were “Paquita La Del Barrio”, “Los Cadets’ de Linares” and “Los Rieleros”. Jose loved his family and had a special nickname for each one of his loved ones. He was a very happy person he was always singing, even waking up in the morning singing. Jose loved to scare people by sneaking up on them and screaming, Jose liked making people laugh and telling stories about things that had happened in his life. He could make friends anywhere he went. He will be missed dearly. 

Those left to cherish his memories are his son: Esteban Muñoz and his wife Melanie Muñoz of Odessa, Texas, daughter: Josephine Gaye and her husband Samuel Gaye of Fayetteville, North Carolina, step daughters: Belinda Salgado, Frances Lujan, Tomasina Bishop; stepson: Tomas Moreno; six grandchildren: Cainan P Muñoz, Kaleb J Muñoz, and Angelique Rose Muñoz of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Tomas Gabriel Muñoz, Gabriela Rose Muñoz, and Brianna Muñoz of Odessa, Texas; nine step grandchildren; sisters: Paulina Muñoz of Odessa, Texas and Martha Muñoz of El Paso, Texas; and nieces and nephews:  Guadalupe Fierro, Ricardo Martinez, Miriam Martinez, and Victor Martinez, all of Odessa, and Lorenso M. Muñoz, Jenaro M. Muñoz, LeTisia M. Muñoz, Maria Luisa M. Muñoz, Raquel M. Muñoz, and Beatris M. Muñoz, all of Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Rosary will be recited at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Father Alberto Moreno. 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.

Cary Eugene Yates

Cary Eugene Yates, 62, of Midland, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at Midland Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Decatur, IL on February 19, 1952.  He was a carpenter.

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

Cary is survived by his mother, Carol Hayes Switzer of Midland; son, Tyler Yates of Illinois; daughters, Shay Wright of Decatur, IL and Karrie Ann Yates of Illinois; brothers, Kenny Yates of Utal, Chris Yates of Midland, and Kevin Yates of Midland; sisters, Tracy Yates of Midland and Caryn Stoner of Odessa; and several grandchildren.

His father, Emerson Eugene Yates and his sister, Nancy New, preceded him in death. 

Wilma Berry
Wilma Pauline Berry

Wilma Pauline Berry, age 90, of Odessa, passed away at Buena Vida Nursing Home in Odessa on Friday, January 2, 2015.  She was born in Bastrop, TX on Thursday, October 9, 1924 to the late Oscar Ernest and Bessie May (Duncan) Fort.  Wilma married Dean Allen Berry in Pasadena, TX on July 13, 1944. 

Wilma worked as a server at Furrs Cafeteria where she retired.  She had an excellent work ethic and was a quiet, determined lady.   She was a very good mother.  She would often tell her children that it was their Dad’s job to earn a living, and her job to “raise you kids”.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons:  Thomas Berry and Timothy Berry and wife Tina, all of Odessa; daughters:  Sandra Berry Moore and husband John of Odessa and Kathleen Lunsford and husband Butch of Loving, NM, and Theresa Genzling and husband Jimi of Lakewood, NM; eight grandchildren: Michael Moore, Jason Moore, Megan Berry, Dustin Minear, Steven Berry, Amanda Genzling, Mason Lunsford, and Hannah Berry; and two great-grandchildren:  Briana Moore and Bailey Moore.

She was preceded in death by her parents:  Oscar and Bessie Fort; husband:  Dean Berry; son:  Randall Berry; brothers:  Simon and Chesley Fort; and sisters:  Ruby, Ozell, and Nunnie Cody.

Memorial services are set for 1:30 pm Monday, January 5, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.

Marcelin M Jasso
Marcelino Morales Jasso

Marcelino Morales Jasso, age 76, of Presidio, passed away at Sienna Nursing Home in Odessa on Saturday, January 3, 2015.  He was born in Cuchillo Parado, Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico to Elijio and Pilar (Morales) Jasso.  He was a former pipe insulator and a Catholic.

He is survived by his wife of over 48 years:  Reyes Gabaldon Jasso of Cuchillo Parado; sons:  Jaime Jasso and wife Reyna of Presidio, Saul Jasso and wife Yesica of Cuchillo Parado, MX, and Alain Jasso and wife Victoria of Odessa; daughters:  Cruz Jasso Morales and husband Eduardo of Chihuahua, MX and Griselda Madrid and husband Ruben of Presidio; sister:  Maria de Jesus Jasso of Chihuahua, MX; thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.

Funeral services will be at a later date in Cuchillo Parado Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa. 

Zackery J Blake
Zackery James Blake, 7, of Midland, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  Memorial services will be 1:00 pm Friday, January 9, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Clydell Chapman. 

He was born in Odessa, TX on May 3, 2007.

Survivors include his parents:  Mother - Jennifer Blake and Father - James Blake and wife Veronica; sisters:  Reba Shae Blake of Knoxville, TX, Brianna Skye Blake of Midland, and Isabella Mata of Van, TX; brothers:  Tyler James Blake of Odessa, Nathan Robert Blake of Midland, and Victor Mata of Van, TX; maternal grandparents:  Nana Joan Britz and Grandpa Bruce "Cowboy" Scott; paternal grandmother:  Nanny Christie Blake; Aunts and Uncles:  David and Crystal Williams, Johnny and Dezzirae Williams, Javier and Martha Marquez, all of Odessa, Wayne and Norma Tompkins, and Lorna Blake Navarette of Tyler, TX.

His paternal grandfather:  Robert Henry Blake, preceded him in death.

Angel in the Midst       By Brandy Rudder     01/06/2015 

I’ll wake up in the morning each day searching for your face.
Then once again hear those consoling words, “He’s in a better place.”
There’s no comfort when I hear them, though I know they must be true.
But for me a better place would be nowhere without you.
Trying to understand or comprehend why you’re no longer here.
I ask how my reality today was once my biggest fear.
I just want to press my warm lips... against your tiny cheeks.
And hear those little “isms” that once made you so unique.
I want you to yell and play loudly again.. slamming the back screen door.
And I want you to leave apple peels.. upon my just cleaned floors.
To see if the man you’d become is the same as we’d often wonder.
Instead I sit thinking “only if” with these memories left to ponder.
It was only yesterday I watched you play with your presents underneath the Christmas tree.
Only moments ago that you gave your pretend
pick-up truck title... selflessly over to me.
How can a light so bright... my Zackery... suddenly be just gone?
Leaving nothing to hold but our thoughts of you until our time is done...

Refugio Madrid
Refugio G. Madrid

Refugio G. Madrid, age 81, of Odessa, passed away at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa on Monday, January 5, 2015.  He was born in Buenos Aires, Mexico on July 3, 1933 to the late Elauterio and Maria Dolores (Garcia) Madrid.  He was an agricultural laborer, working on farms and ranches.  He was a Christian.

He is survived by three daughters:  Maria Saenz and Maria de Jesus Rivera, both of Odessa, and Luz Elena Garcia of Arlington, TX; eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Jesus Fierro.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, TX. 

James Michael Sullivan
James Michael “Mike” Sullivan, Jr.

James Michael “Mike” Sullivan, Jr., otherwise known as “Spanky”, passed away at Medical Center Hospital on Monday, January 5, 2015.  He was born in Mesquite, TX on August 16, 1957 to Clarice (Mathiews) Bledsoe and the late James Michael Sullivan, Sr.  He was a mudlogger and oilfield geologist.

Mike met Cindy Ellen Tyree on a blind date and they married in Odessa on July 17, 1999.  He was a very loving husband and father, dedicated to work and family.  He took Cindy’s kids in as his own.  A big Republican, he was a Rush Limbaugh and Dave Ramsey admirer.  Mike had varied interests.  He was a gun and knife collector and modern Marvel Comics enthusiast.  He also enjoyed collecting baseball cards.  He was also an avid reader, a Tom Clancy and Stephen King fan.  A man’s man, Mike loved fishing, bar-be-queing chicken, and hanging out with the guys at the bar.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife:  Cindy Sullivan of Odessa; mother and step father:  Clarice and Joe Bledsoe; sons:  Jimmy Lee Setchfield and wife Tiffany of Ft. Leonard Wood and Lee Alexander Setchfield and wife Kendra of Grape Creek; daughter:  Valerie LeeAnn Caldwell and husband Josh of Odessa; four grandchildren:  Alyssa Caldwell, Breanna Setchfield, Dalton Joseph Setchfield, and Padon Caldwell; and his aunts and uncle:  Bernice McKinzie of Austin and Bethel Mathiews and wife Billye of Victoria.

Memorial services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Zion Christian Fellowship, officiated by Bro. Dewey Blevins.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Raymond Eugene Gallaway
Eugene Gallaway

Raymond Eugene Gallaway Jr., age 64, passed from this life on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Deerings Nursing Home in Odessa. He was born May 26, 1950 in San Angelo, TX to Mary E. (Taylor) Gallaway and the late Raymond Galloway Sr. He was Baptist.

Eugene, as most people knew him, was a loving man who was devoted to his family. When the oilfield was booming he found his work there. When the oilfield slumped, he worked as a security guard. He married Julia “Judy” Sawyer on July 26, 1977 in Odessa, TX and together they had four children. Eugene had a love for motorcycles and during his spare time, he was building motorcycles or hitting the highway. Eugene will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Those left to carry on his memory are his wife: Judy Gallaway; two sons: William Kevin Thomason and Jason Thomason; two daughters: Mary Jane Hutchins and Sherry Raney; mother: Mary E. Gallaway; one brother: Wayne King and wife Edna; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of Odessa.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Monday, January 12, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Chaplain Mike Bartlett officiating. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all the nurses and staff at Star Hospice, Deerings Nursing Home and special thanks to BJ Lowe and her family for all the love and care shown to Eugene.  

Donna Crumrine
Donna Kay Crumrine

Donna Kay Crumrine passed away on January 8, 2015 at 8:22 am at her longtime home in Odessa, Texas, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was 78 years old.  She was born to Frank and Marie Miller January 13, 1936 in Woodson County, Kansas.  She had one younger brother she adored, Everet Miller.  On September 27, 1953 she married Victor Lee Crumrine and they had five boys.  They moved to Odessa, Texas, in 1962 where she lived the rest of her life.  She was a housewife, a mom and also sold floor covering with Stewart Brothers for about ten years.  She attended First Church of God for many years. She was a proud member of “The Iris Society” and very much enjoyed genealogy.   Grandma Kay, as many people fondly referred to her, was always busy cooking, sewing, gardening and planting flowers, painting, working with clay or any other creative and wonderful things she could do with her hands.  Her happiest times were being outside with her hands in the dirt.   She created many beautiful things in her life.  She loved horses whether she was riding or just hugging one.  Anytime the opportunity would arise she would save a little bread or crackers to feed to the birds or chickens. Her very favorite thing was a house full of family and/or friends eating and playing games. 

Kay was preceded in death by both her parents Frank and Marie Miller, her brother Everet A. Miller, her husband Victor Lee Crumrine, her oldest son Victor Lee Crumrine Jr., brother in law Elmer “Bud” Crumrine, sister in law Anita Markham and her husband Ray Markham as well as many beloved aunts and uncles.

She is survived by sisters in law, Thelma Crumrine of Yates Center, Kansas, and Jimmie Miller of Corpus Christi; four sons, Cory and wife Karen of Monahans, Rory and wife Judy of Crane, Barry and wife Lynn of Penwell, Troy and wife Sherree of Odessa; and daughter in law Sharon Crumrine of Odessa. Grandchildren are Aleasha, Samantha, Alaina Crumrine, Gabriel Salgado, Jacob Salgado and wife Lesley all of Odessa,  Nicholas Crumrine of Austin,  Doug Crumrine and wife Samantha, Laura Stiles and husband Andy of San Angelo, Colt Crumrine and Cori Crumrine of Midland, Jordan Crumrine and wife Kalie of Naples, Florida, Mason Crumrine of Penwell and  Dionne Hernandez of Dallas.  She is also survived by nine great grandchildren with one on the way, as well as many nieces, nephews and special cousins whom she loved very much.  There are many wonderful friends who were also very close to her heart.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Services will be held Monday, January 12, 2015, at Acres West Funeral Home located at 8115 W University Blvd. It will be at 11:00 a.m. and burial will follow at Penwell Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Kay’s memory to Kairos Prison Ministry online @ or mailed to Robert Robinson, State Treasurer, 508 S. Texas, Shamrock, Texas 79079.  Special thanks to Linda and Senteka as well as the other staff at Star Hospice and Kay’s private sitter Gayla for the kind care of our special lady. Also special thanks to Wally Schiwart and Wayne Carrington for officiating the service.

Kay will always be treasured and remembered by all who ever knew her for her sweet spirit and warm and beautiful smile.  Her favorite color was Lavender.  We are inviting anyone who would like to wear purple or Lavender to the service.

Clide Ann Getts
Ann Getts

Clide Ann Getts, age 79, of Odessa entered into eternal rest on January 9, 2015 in Odessa. Ann was born to the late William and Mary Magdalene (McMillion) Osteen on Thursday, September 26, 1935 in Fort McKavett, Texas.  Ann married Richard Page Getts on August 4, 1957.

Ann loved reading especially mysteries. She was a sweet, sweet woman who enjoyed watching movies, loved ice cream, and family gatherings. She was quiet and thoughtful, but liked having fun. Ann always asked about people even when you thought she didn’t remember. Fifty-two years before Richards’ passing, they were feeling particularly adventurous while on a fishing trip when they decided to jump across the border and get married.

Those left to cherish her memories are her two sons: Gary Don Getts and wife Kaye of Bauxite, Ark and Bobby Doyle Getts of Waco, daughter: Sue Ann Webber and husband Buddy of Odessa, brother: Marvin Osteen of Menard, 10 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Richard Page Getts and her son Kenneth Dwaine Getts.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Acres West Funeral Chapel, in Odessa officiated by Reverend Doctor Jimmy Braswell, she will be laid to rest at American Heritage Cemetery in Midland.

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


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