Obituaries 2015

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Gladys Lester
Gladys Lorene “Coach Chancellor” Lester

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”  John 11: 25-26

Gladys Lorene Lester, age 77, of Odessa, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.    

She was born in Butler, Texas on July 29, 1937 to the late Minnie and Newel Branton.  She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher, coach, and friend. 

As a young girl, Gladys loved singing on weekend radio shows and at community events. She always enjoyed a good game of bingo and watching old game show re-runs. Gladys met Robert Lester in 1980 and quickly fell in love.  Robert and Gladys were married on November 26, 1982.

Gladys “Coach Chancellor” graduated from Sul Ross State University in 1968.  She began her teaching and coaching career in Wink, in 1968.  In 1972, she moved her children to Crane where she led the Crane Golden Cranes to three state tournament appearances and two state championship volleyball titles.  One of the many stars on that team was her own daughter, Linda Isbell, who received All State honors and represented Crane in the THSCA All Star game.  In 1975, she moved to Odessa where she became Permian High School’s first volleyball coach and led the team to the school’s first volleyball district championship and playoff appearance.  She also was Permian High School’s first girls track coach. 

Gladys continued to pursue her passion and love of teaching young adults for 31 years and was a recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teacher of the Year. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas.

Gladys is preceded in death by her father, Nevel Branton; mother, Minnie Branton; her brothers, Hardy and TJ Branton; her sisters, Sarah Elizabeth Branton and Nadine Smith; her daughter, Linda Charlene Isbell.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Lester, of Odessa; her son, Larry Isbell and wife, Lucy of Tyler and their children: Alison Johnson and husband, Patrick, Adam Isbell, Amy Hodges and husband, Taylor and Caryn Hales; her son, David Isbell, and wife, Pam of Ralston, Nebraska and their children: Joe Isbell and wife, Amber, Amanda Dragon and husband, Jason; her son, Huey Chancellor and wife, Dana of Edna, Texas and their children: Kristin Miller and husband, Tom, Casey Pesek and husband, Trevor and Kelli Chancellor; her son, Carl Chancellor and wife, Kim of Odessa and their children: Shelby Ellis and husband, Jordan,  Trenton Chancellor and wife, Lillian. She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 6 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Pastor Curtis Brewer officiating. Interment is scheduled for 10:00 am, Monday, April 6, 2015 at McDade Cemetery in McDade, Texas.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

“Do not let your heart be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you also may be where I am." John 14:1-3

Evelyn M Prieto Platt
Evelyn Marie Prieto-Platt
Evelyn Marie Prieto-Platt, age 56, of Odessa, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at her residence in Odessa. She was born on Monday, September 15, 1958 to Raymond Earle and Alice Virginia (Vandanent) Cox in Los Angeles, CA.
During Evelyn’s life, she worked at a cotton plant in Abilene, as well as breeding dogs. She was a great woman, and will be dearly loved and missed.
Those left to cherish her love and memory are husband: Robert Platt of Odessa; mother: Alice Virginia (Vandanent) Cox of Odessa; daughters: Crystal Carter, Caroline Wilson, and Olivia French, all of Odessa; brothers: Stanley Carle Cox, Steven Ray Cox, and Dennis Cox, all of CA; sister: Vivian Lee Cox of CA; grandchildren: Nyomi, Romi, Kayden, Hannah, Levi, Talesha, Zara, Justanna, and Devon; and her poodle “Bubbles”.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her father: Raymond Earle Cox; brother: Donald Marvin Cox; sister: Emily Jane Cox; and granddaughter: Alyssa.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Redemption Church, 2307 Walnut Ave, Odessa, TX. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Richard (Dick) Lewis Woodson
Richard (Dick) Lewis Woodson
Richard (Dick) Lewis Woodson age 76, took his last lap surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Odessa. Dick was born to the late Claude Everett Woodson and Cleo Maude Rice in Lost Creek (Harrison County), West Virginia on September 11, 1938. Dick served as a Boilerman aboard the
USS Keppler from 1955-1959. He met Dola Jane Mahan in 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona. She won his heart and they were married January 18, 1961.

Dick worked at many professions, constructing metal buildings, as a mechanic, truck driver, and even restoring old cars. He loved to restore old cars. He was most proud of his involvement in restoring a ‘56 T-Bird to honor all Military Medal of Honor Recipients and transporting it across the country for all to see. The T-Bird’s last stop was Dearborn, Michigan where it was purchased by American Auto Workers. Proceeds from the sale went towards helping American Military Families.

In his younger days, his hobbies included building and racing stock cars at the old Odessa Speedbowl. The Candy Man Race Team won many trophies over several years. He was the driver to beat! Of all the things he enjoyed, he loved his Saturday night dinner and dominoes with his family the most. He had a special place in his heart for his great grand babies and his dogs.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: Jane Woodson, children Diana and Brent Hamilton and Ricky and Jo Woodson, grandchildren Stephen and Ariana Hamilton, Megan and Bradley Clanton, Nicholas Woodson, Cole Hooser, and Jeremiah Woodson and his great grandchildren Brantley Clanton and Alyssa Hamilton. Other survivors include 2 brothers, 2 brothers–in-law 5 sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews who were as close as any family could ever be and lifelong friends Terry Helwig and family.

Funeral Services officiated by Darren Hargrove and assisted by Wally Schiwart will be held at Victory Temple 509 N FM 1936 in Odessa, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at 11:00 am. Pallbearers will be Seth Hargrove, Cole Hooser, Jonathan Janssen,
D.R. Mahan, Timothy Sherrill, Lonny Sherrill, Jason Wheeler, and J.P. Wheeler. Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd, Odessa. Family will be receiving friends on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel from 6 to 8 pm. Condolences may be sent online to Donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Family Support, 920 S. 107th Ave, Suite 250 Omaha Nebraska 68114 or Brother-Keepers, P.O. Box 471249 Ft. Worth, Texas 76147.

The family sends out special thanks to Darren and Janet Hargrove, David and Mary Janssen, D.R. and Melissa Mahan, Wally Shiwart, Rene Watts, and Victory Temple Assembly of God Church.
Cristine M Rodriguez
Cristine Marie (Kennedy) Rodriguez

Cristine Marie (Kennedy) Rodriguez, age 47, of Odessa went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital.  She was born on December 19, 1967 to Richard “Dick” and Helen Kennedy in Odessa.  She married Edward Rodriguez on July 28, 1989 and they celebrated 25 years together.

Cristine had a big heart and was adored by her husband and daughter.  She loved to help others and had a special place in her heart for stray cats and dogs.  Her grandbabies were her world and the sun would shine brighter on the days they were together.  When not caring for others she often could be found doing her favorite pastime, shopping.  

She is survived by her husband:  Edward Rodriguez of Odessa; father: Dick Kennedy of Odessa; mother:  Helen Kennedy of Albuquerque, NM; step-son:  Edward M. Rodriguez of Carlsbad, NM; daughter:  Katherine M. Rodriguez of Odessa; sister:  Karen Elizabeth Jarocki, and spouse, John Jarocki of Albuquerque, NM; nieces: Mica Jarocki and Carly Jarocki, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren:  Michael Esparza, Jayden Rodriguez, Emma Esparza, and Maksyn Rodriguez.

A memorial service will be held 10 am, Monday, April 6, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Braswell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Rosa Perez Lara
Rosa (Perez) Lara

Rosa (Perez) Lara, age 59, of Odessa, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at her residence in Odessa. She was born in Stanton, TX on Monday, August 22, 1955 to the late Gonzalo and Ignacia (Muñoz) Perez.

Rosa was a huge family woman; she adored her grandkids and would protect them at all costs. An extremely giving person, she would help whoever needed it. She was a clean freak and would always tell everybody her house was dirty. Rosa enjoyed watching football, and her favorite was none other than America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys. She was feisty and you could always catch Rosa starting trouble on Facebook. Rosa missed her husband, who she lost on January 8, 2006, and was ready to join him in Heaven.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are daughters: Janie Lara and partner Martin Soto, of Odessa, Lorrie Lopez and Adrianna Mendez, both of Arlington, TX; son: .Jamie Lara, of Ft. Stockton; brothers: Adam Perez, of Kingsland, TX, and Israel Perez of Ft. Worth, TX; sisters: Rachel Perez and Lucy Ortiz, both of Kingsland, and Amy Perez, of San Angelo, TX; and six grandchildren.

Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Lupe Lara.

Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Brother Roy Jones. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

SanJuanita M Land
SanJuanita Muñoz Land

SanJuanita Muñoz Land, age 57, of Seagraves, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015 in Odessa. She was born in Lubbock, TX on Friday, May 17, 1957 to the late Trinidad and Santitos (Villarreal) Muñoz.

SanJuanita was a kind, easygoing woman, peacemaking, accepting woman, and the type of person that wouldn’t judge you. She was an organized woman who would always go the extra mile if she was ever needed for anyone or anything. She loved her girls very much; she would do anything for them and she worked hard to ensure they would have what they needed in the future. As a child, SanJuanita was a member of the FFA, and loved living on a farm. She loved her animals, and she always wanted them to be clean so she could show them. SanJuanita worked as a librarian, and enjoyed it immensely at Seagraves ISD until her retirement in February of 2015. She took much pride in how clean and organized her library was. She will be loved and missed dearly.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are daughters: Jacklyn Land, of Odessa, and Julie Gomez and husband VivÍan and her only grandson: Syrus, of Odessa; brothers: Robert Muñoz, of Wellman, TX, Juan Muñoz, of Eagle Pass, TX, Ricardo Muñoz, of Asherton, TX, and Jesus Muñoz, of San Diego, CA; sisters: Teresa Myers, of Eagle Pass, TX, Maria Saberali of Quemado, TX, Carmen Esparza, of Seagraves, TX, and Alicia Biggerstaff, of St. Louis, MO.

SanJuanita was preceded in death by her parents Trinidad and Santitos Muñoz; brothers: Rodolfo Muñoz and Carlos Muñoz; and sister: Maria Guadalupe Hidalgo.

Rosary will be recited at Acres West Funeral Chapel at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 6, 2015.  Funeral services will be 4 pm, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, officiated by Father Joe Uecker, also at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Victor U Olivaw
Victor Ulate Olivas

Victor Ulate Olivas, age 55, of Odessa, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, April 4, 2015 in Odessa. He was born in Pecos, Texas on Sunday, July 5, 1959 to the late Genovebo and Rosa (Ulate) Olivas. He worked in the family business, G & O Fencing.  Victor met the love of his life and married her on February 3, 1984 in Odessa.

Victor had a great sense of humor, he always had a joke. Even though he didn’t realize he was funny, he could make anyone laugh. One of his little quirks was to give people funny nicknames or call them by their last names.  Victor was a hard working man, always providing for his family. If he had a job to do, he would get up and do it.  (That is, up until he couldn’t work anymore.) Victor was rough on the kids, but he loved them with all of his heart. His grandson, Auden, was the world to him. Victor enjoyed being outside, and he was known for running track when he was younger. He also immensely enjoyed watching his late daughter, Victoria, play sports. He liked to barbeque a lot; and he loved to ride his horses.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife: Concepcion (Navarrete) Olivas, of Odessa; son: Victor Olivas, Jr., of Odessa; daughter: Josie Olivas, of Odessa; sisters: Patricia Garcia, Beatrice Escarcega, Maribel Olivas, and Joann Olivas, all of Odessa; and one grandson, Auden Olivas, also of Odessa.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Victoria Olivas; and brother: Efrain Olivas.

Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7 pm at Acres West 24 hour Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 11 am, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Michael Rodriguez. Interment will be 9 am, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Rose Hill in Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Estelle Griffis
Estelle Griffis

Bertha Estelle (Ballard) Griffis, age 76, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Odessa. She was born in Monahans, TX on Monday, March 6, 1939 to the late James and Ruby (Morgan) Ballard. Bertha was an entrepreneur, running a mobile home park as a career.

Bertha was a busy woman; before owning M & M Park, she was the previous owner of J & J Fence. Bertha enjoyed collecting pictures of her family as well as collecting plates. She had many wonderful stories, and she loved to tell them. Bertha was extremely smart, even going as far as being declared a genius back in her day, which made her a very good advisor. She enjoyed working with her hands, sewing and crocheting for her family. A music lover, Bertha’s favorites were Hank Williams, Hank Snow, and Charley Pride. She loved her dogs, and animals of all kinds, especially her Chihuahua “Chico”. Bertha was a big family woman; she adored her grandchildren. She will be loved and missed dearly.

Bertha is survived by her son: Michael Griffis, of Odessa; daughter: Michelle Griffis, of Odessa; sister: Jamie Ballard; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: James Allen Ballard; and sister: Tylene Ballard.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Peaceful Gardens at Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Chris Hagger. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Dalton L Morgan
Dalton L. Morgan

Dalton L. Morgan, age 65, of Odessa, passed from this life on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital.  He was born in Lamesa, TX on Christmas Day of 1949 – a special delivery to Ellen Louise (Parham) and Dalton William Morgan.  He was a member of Kingston Avenue Baptist Church.  Dalton married Donna Raley in Lovington, NM on January 7, 1972 and he was a loving husband and devoted dad.

Dalton served his country in US Army and his community as a police officer in the Odessa Police Department.  A machinist by trade, he owned and operated ABC Performance and Machine for 18 years.  After retirement, he began screenprinting.  He was, however, a man of many interests.  Dalton enjoyed genealogy.  He was an outdoorsman, whose pastimes included camping in the mountains, fishing, and trail riding in his Jeep.  He was also a pilot (of planes and RC model planes), a drag racer, a gardener, a woodworker, and a professional napper.  Everything he did, he did with all his might.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his wife:  Donna Morgan; mother:  Ellen Morgan; and son:  Paul Morgan, all of Odessa; two daughters:  Shelly Fowler and husband Michael of Kress and Jaclyn Worster and husband Scott of Orange; five grandchildren:  Kaleigh Infante, Brooke Fowler, Addie Fowler, Evan Worster and Morgan Worster; great-granddaughter:  Holliston Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His father and brother, Gaines Morgan, precede him in death.

Memorial services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, April 10, 2015 at Northside Baptist Church, officiated by Brother Clydel Chapman.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Oretha B Allison
Oretha B. Allison

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Oretha B. Allison left her earthly home and moved into her eternal home with her Father in heaven.  Although she will be greatly missed by many, her family and friends stand with Angels in celebration of her Home Going.  She was born in Carthage, TX on July 16, 1950 to Will Buck Endsley and Curley Lee (Jenkins) Buffins and moved to Odessa, TX in the mid 70's.  She was a Licensed Vocational Nurse  for over 25 years caring for the elderly and was a caregiver till the day she left to be with her Lord.

She was an avid reader and published author of poems and short stories.  More than that, she was an amazing daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother.

She leaves to cherish her memory her only daughter:  Jacqueline Allison-Loud and son-in-law Reuben of Odessa; granddaughters: Kayla Allison and Genesis Loud, both of Odessa; sisters:  Evelyn Buffins of Arlington and Dorothy Endsley of Carthage; her baby brother:  Marvin “Baby” Buffins and wife Diane of Grand Prairie, TX; and ten nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her son:  Paul Daren Ingram, her parents:  Curley Buffins and Will “Book” Endsley, and her brother:  John Marshall Buffins.

Memorial services will be held Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Greater St. John Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. E.J. Miller.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Sherry Y Sides
Sherry Yvonne Sides

Sherry Yvonne Sides, age 54, of Odessa, passed from this life at Medical Center Hospital on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  She was born in Gary, Indiana on October 15, 1960 to Mary (Gregg) Jones and the late Neal Norton.  She married Boyd Sides in Carlsbad, NM on July 14, 1994 and she was the light of his life for almost 22 years.  They are members of Zion Christian Church.  Sherry was a real estate agent for Realty Momentum. 

Sherry loved her husband deeply with every beat of her heart and loved spending her vacations wrapped in his arms in the Ruidoso Mountains!  She loved her family and was truly a great mother, wonderful friend, and the prettiest and most amazing daughter. 

Sherry is survived by her adoring husband:  Boyd Sides and mother:  Mary Jones, both of Odessa; daughters:  Heather Griffith and Megan Griffith of Odessa, Sherika Griffith of Dallas, and Laura Sides of Odessa; brothers:  Richard Jones and wife Candy, Trevis Jones and wife Darnell, and Toby Jones and wife Sherra, all of Odessa; four beloved grandbabies:  Alexyss, Cade, Amiah, and Hailey; numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, and step-family; and her closest friends:  Brandy Baker and Diane Cherry.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 pm Monday, April 13, 2014 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bro. Dewey Blevins.  Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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