Obituaries 2015

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Charles D Nunn
Charles Donald Nunn

Charles Donald Nunn, age 66, of Odessa, passed away at his residence in Odessa on Monday, April 27, 2015.  He was born in Anniston, MO on May 30, 1948 to the late William Otha and Gertie Irene (Smith) Nunn.  Charles served as a medic in the US Army in the Vietnam era and had recently retired from working as a surgical tech for Odessa Regional Medical Center.  He was a well respected and beloved employee.

Charles had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening.  A simple and quiet man, he would give the shirt off his back to help others.  He was very close to his family.  Although he never married, his siblings and their children were his world.  He had shown horses in competition and had trained Lynn Anderson’s horse, Cash.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his brother:  Roy Nunn of East Prairie, MO; sisters:  Beatrice Sweeney of Dexter, MO, Ruth Reeves and husband Wallace of Charleston, MO, Beauton Prayor of Plainview, and Betty Babcock and husband Richard of Odessa; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.  He also leaves behind many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, James Nunn, William Nunn, and Loretta Tatum.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015, officiated by Bro. Jess Little.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Lonnie Adams
Lonnie Roy Adams

Lonnie Roy Adams, age 72, passed away on April 27, 2015 in Midland, TX. He was born in Anson, TX on July 3, 1942 to Cecil and Jewel (Wilson) Adams.  Lonnie married Linda “Lynn” Stuart on December 1, 2000 in Odessa. He was in the U.S. Army and had retired as a salesman from Shamrock Steel.

Lonnie was an avid sportsman who loved hunting, fishing, and the Dallas Cowboys. He thought Bob Lilly was the greatest man who ever lived. Lonnie owned the Party House and enjoyed having all his friends there to watch games and have a good time.  He also was a jokester who had a very wry sense of humor. He loved to be very serious then Bam! He would get you. Lonnie was a very good friend and father who loved going to the coast with Lynn.

Lonnie is survived by his wife Linda “Lynn” Stuart who resides in Odessa, TX; daughter: Teresa Adams and partner Susan Moffatt of Ft. McKavett, TX; sisters: Billie Harughty of Wimberley, TX and Diane Ferguson of Grainger, TX; and grandchildren Andrea and Casey Bartley of Odessa.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Stormy in September 2012.

Memorial Services will be held at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday April 30, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Ray Randol Hoyle
Ray Randol Hoyle

Ray Randol Hoyle, otherwise known as Ray Charles Hoyle, age 55, passed away at his Odessa home on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.  He was born in San Angelo, TX on April 24, 1960 to Betty Joe Hoyle.  He was a US Army Veteran and a truck driver in the oilfield.

Ray’s great loves were working on cars and fishing (in that order).  In addition to truck driving, he also bought and sold cars.  He also enjoyed an occasional trip to the horse races.  He was a work-a-holic and a straight shooter, but loved to make people laugh.  Ray would get up early and get everyone else up with him just so he could be first to say “Good morning!”  He loved his friends and family.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son:  Charles Xavier Hannah; daughter:  Alta Henry; and sisters:  Sharon Hannah and Joyce Blalock, all of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and his fiancée:  Patricia Larry of Odessa.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Highland and Bunche St. Church of Christ with interment to follow at Peaceful Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Bro. Gene O. Collins.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Cesilia S Lujan
Cesilia (Sotelo) Lujan

Cesilia (Sotelo) Lujan, age 88, of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital. She was born in Ojinaga, Mexico on Saturday, August 7, 1926 to the late Manuel and Marcelina (Sotelo) Tercero.

Cesilia was a loving woman whose family was her world. She loved spending as much time as she could with them. Cesilia thrived when she was taking care of them; and enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking, and sewing.  She was married to Manuel Lujan for seventy plus years before his death in 2010.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are son; Cruz Lujan of Mexico; daughter: Ciria Lujan and husband Jose Quiroz of Odessa; sister: Trinidad Sotelo of Odessa; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Services will be held in Ojinaga, Mexico with interment at Cementerio de Cañada Ancha at a later date.  Services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Funeraria de Valle in Ojinaga, Mexico. 

John W Keith
John William “Willie” Keith

John William “Willie” Keith, age 67, of Odessa, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 05, 2015 at his home.  He was born in Amarillo, TX on March 1, 1948 to the late John Morse Keith and Lillian (Meek) Keith.  Willie served in the US Navy.  He retired after 22 years working for the City of Odessa in the solid waste division.

Willie married Beth Hooven in Odessa on February 26, 1982.  Their only child was their beloved cat, “Junior Turd,” who survives him.  He enjoyed building models and wind chimes and other intricate work.  For over 30 years, he volunteered with the Permian Basin Fair and Expo.

Those left to cherish Willie’s memory are his wife:  Beth Keith of Odessa; brother:  Jack Keith and wife Debra of Keller, TX; sisters-in-law:  Kim Robertson and Sandra Duesler, both of Odessa; and niece and nephews:  Jennifer Beavers and Jed Duesler of Odessa, Paul Rodriguez of Studio City, CA, and Chris Duesler of Odessa.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Eric Thompson.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, send donations in Willie’s memory to H.O.T. (Honor Our Troops) 4044 Penbrook St. Odessa, TX 79762. 

Mary Gayle Smith
Mary Gaylene “Gayle” (Barnhart) Smith

Mary Gaylene “Gayle” (Barnhart) Smith, age 72, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was born in Kress, TX on Monday, January 4, 1943 to the late Roy C. and Thelma Faye (Glidewell) Barnhart. Gayle was employed as a sales representative for McCoy’s Building Supply until her retirement in 2005.

Gayle was a loyal woman to both friends and family alike; she loved and supported her family throughout everything. She would sign her kids up for various different sports, where she could always be seen in the stands, cheering them on. Gayle was a tomboy as a kid and she embraced that. She enjoyed being outside and going fishing. Gayle liked watching the television show “Bones” and Spaghetti Westerns were also a favorite. Gayle also enjoyed cooking. She loved animals, especially her dog, “Buddy,” and her horses. Gambling in Hobbs, NM was a favorite getaway. Gayle was an extremely independent woman. She enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys, and liked John Elway. A jokester, Gayle loved to laugh and to make others laugh. Her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids were the light of her life; she adored them. She had a motto, instead of the usual, “Why me?” she would say, “Why not me?” Gayle was a remarkable woman.  She is loved and will be dearly missed.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are sons: James Burruss and wife Dee Dee, and Roy Burruss and wife Robbie; daughter: Denise Burruss; brothers: Royce Wayne Barnhart and wife Laquita, and Timothy Keith Barnhart; twelve grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren, all of Odessa.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Stephen Humphreys. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Roy Taylor
Roy Neal “Reno” Taylor

Roy Neal “Reno” Taylor was born June 20, 1963 in Kermit, TX to Roy Dean and Kay Taylor.  Roy lost his battle with cancer at Medical Center Hospital on May 10, 2015 after a courageous fight. 

Survivors include his daughter:  Amanda Cuellar and husband Manuel of Odessa; mother:  Kay Mathews and husband Jim of Monahans; father:  Roy Dean Taylor of Sherman; brothers:  Joe Taylor of Odessa, Doug Mathews and wife Kristi of Eunice, NM; sister:  Sherry Koan Bice of Azle; grandson:  Cayson Cuellar of Odessa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No services are planned.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The family wishes to thank all of the nurses on 5 Central at MCH and all of his Home Hospice caregivers.

Merlene E Voyles  Merlene Beth Voyles
Merlene (Beth) Elizabeth Voyles

Merlene (Beth) Elizabeth Voyles, age 61, left this earth to be with her heavenly father on May 8th, 2015 peacefully from her home.  She was born to the late Nuel and Doris Long on December 10, 1953.

A loving mother and homemaker, family and friends were Beth’s passion and delight.  Growing up, she was a loving sister, caring for her nine brothers and sisters.  Beth married the love of her life, a Vietnam Veteran, Jerry Voyles, and they had two children, Wayne Voyles and Amy Voyles.  Beth’s family is what she lived for, and was the most important thing to her.  Possessing a true servant’s heart, Beth faithfully cared for family and friends through the years through her delicious cooking.  As an oilfield wife, for many years, she would take food out to the rigs and the “hands” loved to see her come.

Beth loved to nurture and care for others; you could not leave her sight without her popping a vitamin into your mouth.  Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.  She possessed a contagious smile, a kind heart, and loved socializing.  Beth also had an unwavering faith in God.  Throughout the years, she was a member of Bible Baptist, Temple Baptist, and Vine Baptist Church.  Beth had a real zest for life.  She loved to dance, write, read, travel and listen to her favorite music.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her husband:  Jerry Voyles; children:  Wayne Voyles and Amy Voyles; grandchildren:  Brandon Voyles, Ashlynn Brown, and Tryston Brown; brothers and sisters:  Bill Adams, Linda Keener, Richard Long, Dixie Sletten, Dolly Long, Steve Long, Chris Long, and Beverly Long.  At heaven’s gates to greet her were her parents, Nuel and Doris Long, and brother, Marty Long.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be held the following day on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm.  Both will be at Acres West Funeral Chapel, 8115 W. University Blvd. Odessa, Texas 79764.  She will be laid to rest immediately following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

JoAnn R Duran
JoAnn Rubio Duran

JoAnn Rubio Duran, age 61, of Odessa, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas. She was born in Plainview, Texas on December 13, 1953. She attended college and worked as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant for St. Joseph’s Home Health Care, and was a housekeeper for over 30 years.

JoAnn Duran was a very loving woman who left a legacy of love, forgiveness, and servitude that shall forever live in the hearts of everyone who knew her and cared for her. JoAnn loved her grandkids, who were the light of her life. After chemo, her grandkids would always make her feel better in their own special way. JoAnn was a devout Catholic with strong faith. She was a hard working woman who couldn’t stand laziness and was truly an angel on earth. The most important thing about Joann that will never be forgotten is the fact that she would bend over backwards for everyone and taught her kids to be strong and to never live life in fear.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her spouse: Miguel Duran, sons: Michael and his wife Sylvia of Odessa; Aaron Joseph Duran and wife Naomi of Odessa; Alex Ivan Duran and wife Sarina Galindo of Odessa; daughter: Vanessa Villasana and husband Cesar; sisters: Mary Medina, Diane Rubio, Elizabeth Rubio, and Betty Gonzales of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

The rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2 P.M. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Joe Uecker. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Evelyn M Russell
Evelyn M. (St. John) Russell

Evelyn M. (St. John) Russell, age 86, of Odessa, passed from this earthly life and began her eternal life on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  She was born in Durant, OK to the late Earl and Maydell (Thomison) St. John on January 22, 1929.  Evelyn married Leon Frank “Slim” Russell in Sherman, TX on June 6, 1946 and they enjoyed 60 years of marriage before separated by his death on December 24, 2006.  She was a member of Vine Baptist Church and was a special member of the Parks Methodist Retirement community.

Evelyn is survived by her brother:  Johnny Lee St. John of Blue, OK; two sisters:  Linda Scott of Denison and Ollie Perkins of Odessa; grandchildren:  Randy Alford, Tony Alford and wife Lupe, David Alford and wife Bonnie, Melinda Laughlin, Kelly Pierce, Kimberly Sankowsky, Richary Journeay, Dan Pierce, Archie Pierce, Melvin Ball and Nicky Hubbard; great-grandchildren:  Justin and Linda Journeay, Kelan Jackson, Ashley, Brian, Benjamin and Brittney Alford, Dylan Pierce, Daniel Howard, Army Sankowsky, Kaylee Pierce, Cortney Journeay, and Katie Pierce; and great-great grandchildren:  Neita Holett, Brayden and Jacob Journeay, Lola Doty, and Noah Alford; special nieces:  Cindy Dopeheid of Blue, OK and Misti Perkins of Odessa; as well as numerous extended grandchildren and other family.

In addition to her parents and her beloved husband, she is preceded to her Heavenly home by her daughters:  Georgia Parker and Sylvia Pierce; sisters:  Bonnie Orlando and Abby Owens; and one great-great granddaughter:  Alyssa Journeay.

Family visitations will be held in Odessa at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday and Friday, May 14 and 15, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held at a later date in Armstrong, Oklahoma with her to be interred with Mr. Russell at Pleasant Hills Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Browns Funeral Home in Durant, Oklahoma.


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