Obituaries 2015

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Helen Mendiboure
Helen Marie Mendiboure

Helen Marie Mendiboure, age 85, of Odessa, passed away at her home on Sunday, July 19, 2015.  She was born in Mason, TX on April 17, 1930 to the late Wesley Marion and Pernecia (Sanders) Ritter.  She was a homemaker.

Helen had a huge heart and loved everyone, but children had a special place in her heart.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, solitaire, and watching her Dallas Cowboys play.  Helen loved to tell a good joke.  She had a large collection of sheep which decorated her home.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her sons:  Shorty Stokes and wife Linda and Butch Ritter and wife Elsa, all of Odessa; and daughter:  Nancy Hadley and husband Ioanis, of Maui, Hawaii.  She is also survived by her grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  Grandchildren are Michael Araneta, William Ritter, Brian Ritter, Wesley Araneta, Ginny Harris, Necie Johnson, Mary Belle Blake, Jimmy Harris, Kelsey Harris, A.J. Heinrich, Troy Brown, and Ioakim Rosario and his wife Elsa.   

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband:  Olivier Cadet Mendiboure, a son:  Mike Wesley Harris, her daughter:  Sandra Lee Fiorenzi, and grandson:  Charlie Fiorenzi.

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

Roy Deece Wallace
Roy Redeece “Deece” Wallace

Roy Redeece “Deece” Wallace, age 76, of Odessa, passed away at his home on Sunday, July 19, 2015.  Deece was born in Comanche, TX on May 21, 1939 to Wade and Bessie (Wright) Wallace.  He married Barbara Pratt in Odessa on November 12, 1993.  He was a US Navy Veteran and worked as manager in a body shop.  He was Baptist.

Deece loved cars and was a big NASCAR fan.  He also enjoyed watching Clint Eastwood movies and going bowling.  An animal lover, he was always bringing home strays and had a favorite pet named Sheila.  A big glass of sweet tea was a favorite, but don’t give him any meatloaf!  

His parents and his beloved wife, Barbara Wallace, preceded him in death. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons:  Deece Wallace and wife Barbie and Brandon Wallace and wife Nicole, all of Odessa; daughters:  Joni Baugh and husband Jim of Comanche and Elizabeth Rosche and husband Henry of De Leon; brother:  Jessie Joe Wallace and wife Betty of Colorado City; and nine grandchildren:  Ashley, Michelle, Allie, Brooke, Stephanie, Stephen, Sean, Stormy, and Danielle. 

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

Carl “Sonny” Huffman

Carl “Sonny” Huffman completed his life here on earth July 19, 2015. He was born November 24, 1925 in Eliasville, TX and was preceded in death by his parents: Sam L. Huffman and Clara Goode. Sonny lived most of his life as a cowboy, he worked on many ranches in this area. He herded cattle, slept on the ground, and ate his food from a chuckwagon. This was the life he loved. A few days ago, he said he had better communication and was more comfortable with horses than with people. He loved talking about the days when a handshake was as binding as a written contract, a time when a man’s word was law and you could depend on it.

In 1944, he was inducted into the Army. For many years Sonny would not talk about his service. Like many others, it was very painful to remember what he as well as many others went through in World War II. He served as a rifleman and a truck driver. He was with the 144th Quartermaster Truck Company in France and Germany. 

Sonny received the Purple Heart for wounds he sustained in Rhineland. He also received two bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge with one star, a Victory Ribbon and two Overseas Service Bars. In 1945, his unit received a Presidential Citation. Their division captures over 4,000 prisoners and inflicted more than 7,500 casualties on the enemy.

Although not a regular attendee, he was a member of the Church of Christ. Sonny is now where he is loved unconditionally, he is understood and maybe he can tell his story in heaven. He has saddled up and ridden away for his last time and taking his stories away with him. A simple man with a simple way of life.  

Those who are left to cherish his memory are his brother: Qulyn B. Huffman; and sister: Ovella Cooper of McCamey.

He was preceded in death by his brother: C.T. Huffman and sister: Armidi Hall.  

Because he was a simple man, the family has decided against a service. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.   

Jesus A Najera
Jesus Antonio Najera

Jesus Antonio Najera, age 59, of Odessa, TX passed from this life at his residence in Odessa on Monday, July 20, 2015. He was born in Mexico on January 18, 1956 to Isidro Najera and Julia Ruiz. Jesus married Carol Najera. Together they raised one son and four daughters.

Antonio was a carpet layer for Crenshaw Carpets for thirty years. He was a hard working man that loved his job. He worked hard for his family and enjoyed doing so. He was greatly loved.

Those left to cherish his loving memory are his wife: Carol (Hernandez) Najera of Odessa; son: Anthony Najera of Odessa; daughters: Sarah Najera, Monica Najera and Vanessa Najera all of Odessa; brother: Francisco Najera of Mexico; eight sisters; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Najera.

Rosary will be Thursday July 24, 2015 at 7:00pm at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel. Funeral service will be Friday July 25, 2015 at 10:00am at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Father Michael Rodriguez. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Eulogio Hernandez
Eulogio Ortiz Hernandez

Eulogio Ortiz Hernandez, age 89, of Odessa, passed away at his residence in Odessa on Monday, July 20, 2015. He was born in Mulato, Mexico on Thursday, March 11, 1926 to the late Benigno and Paula (Ortiz) Hernandez. He met the love of his life, Rosa Valenzuela, in Mexico and enjoyed many happy years married together until her death in 2013.

Eulogio enjoyed spending time outside; he grew up on a farm and continued working on them as an adult. He would produce cotton and beans. Eulogio loved watching boxing and he always liked to go to the horse races. He was a hard worker and he loved making money. A huge family man, Eulogio loved his grandbabies and he liked to spend time with them. He was a member of Iglesia del Dios Vivo.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are sons: Baudilio Hernandez and wife Elizabeth, Arnado Hernandez, Eulogio Hernandez Jr. and wife Maria, and Emilio Hernandez and wife Virginia, all of Odessa; daughters: Paula and husband Juan Pantoja; Anna and husband “Mingo” Ortiz, Juanita and husband Luis Ramos, and Araceli and husband Joe Juarez, all of Odessa; sister: Maria Elena Garcia of Odessa; thirty eight grandchildren; sixty-six great-grandchildren.

Eulogio was preceded in death by his wife; his son: Arnold Hernandez; daughter: Sofia Urquidi; brothers: Manuel Hernandez and Ramon Ortiz Hernandez; and sister: Carlota Bonilla.

There will be open visitation at the family’s church, Iglesia del Dios Vivo, 6841 W. Dunn Street. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Iglesia del Dios Vivo, officiated by Pastor Emilio Hernandez. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens in Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Patsy Bonita Faye Black Swann 
Patsy Bonita Faye Black Swann
Bittersweet. July 20, 2015 is best described as bittersweet. Our sweet mother finally got to go home.

Patsy was born in Colorado City on November 28, 1932. She was born to Willard Hiram “Buck” Black and Molly “Blanche” Black. Her childhood was like many of the depression era. Those lean times instilled in her a will to survive and be successful. Most of all, she knew she would have to be educated. Her financial situation did not allow her to go to college even though she graduated in the top of her class. So she began to read – a lot. This was her best chance to learn about life and anything that interested her. She instilled a love for reading in all three of her children. At the age of 19, she married the man who first caught her eye when they were in the 7th grade. Stoneham “Smokey” Swann was the love of her life. They settled in Odessa and raised three children. Patsy was a homemaker and the primary bookkeeper for their many business ventures. She also loved to sew, garden (she had the best strawberry beds ever!), cook (best enchiladas ever!), was a pastel artist, loved to decorate and remodel houses. Patsy and Smokey were improving and flipping properties long before HGTV was a household name. They bought two wings of an old veteran’s hospital, moved them to Odessa to remodel and move into. She worked right alongside Smokey and learned how to be a carpenter, as well. Their combined creativity lit a fire and led the way for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to express themselves. Thanks Mom for the artistic genes!

Patsy had a wicked sense of humor (and no filter) and continually surprised us with her take on life. She was shy early in life, but grew to never know a stranger. She loved to dance and taught all the grandkids to two-step and do the Charleston. If you ever had a problem, she knew exactly what to say to soothe it. She demanded the spot light at family gatherings and got it! Most of all, she loved God and her family. She most assuredly knew where she was going after death.

Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Smokey, her parents, and her oldest brother. She is survived by her younger brother: Rodney Black and wife Camilla; sister-in-law: Daisy Black; son: Terry Swann and wife Kim; and daughters: Sheryl Huckabay and husband Rickey and Randi Wright and husband Jeff. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and their spouses; thirteen grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and a future great-grandson due on her birthday, November 28th.

We are eternally grateful for her longtime caregiver, Mary Collins. We are also grateful for Margaret Shannon, another longtime caregiver and the Hospice nurses and bathers for their tender care during this difficult time.

Memorial services will be privately held. For information about the memorial, call Sheryl at (432) 208-3226.


Delbert Bradley Hicks 
Delbert Bradley Hicks 
Delbert Bradley Hicks, age 77, of Odessa passed away on July 22, 2015. He was born to Delbert and Erma (Warren) Hicks in Brownwood, Texas on September 11, 1937. Brad graduated from Odessa High in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1960. He made his career working for the City of Odessa. He was a member of Circle J Cowboy Church.

Brad is survived by his wife: Sue Hicks of Odessa; his sons: Gary Hicks of Odessa and Jeff and Leah Hicks of Cross Plains; three granddaughters: Heather (Hicks) Noriega and husband Frank of San Angelo, and Jaeley and Shayla Hicks of Cross Plains; a brother: Sonney Hicks of Odessa; and a sister: Beverly Hicks of Odessa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law: Imojene Hicks.

Special thanks to Brother Dave, the nurses of 5 Central at Medical Center Hospital, and Home Hospice for the comfort you gave to Brad and his family.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 6 to 8 PM. Funeral services in Odessa will be held 10 AM, Friday, July 24, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Pioneer Cemetery in Eastland County, Texas at 10 AM. Brother Dave Adkins of Circle J Cowboy Church will officiate services.

Funeral services are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa and Higginbotham Funeral Home in Cross Plains.
Rita E Dutchover
Rita Ester Dutchover 
Rita Ester Dutchover, age 72, of Odessa, passed from this life at Medical Center Hospital on July 21, 2015. She was born on June 5, 1943 in Presidio, TX to the late Jesus Carrasco and Franscisca (Hinojos) Carrasco. Rita married Fred Dutchover in 1967. They raised two daughters together.

She was a homemaker and loved her job. She loved cooking homemade chili, tortillas and beans everyday. She liked roses, laughed a lot and just enjoyed life. She also liked to watch old westerns, Wheel of Fortune and Bonanza. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband: Fred Dutchover of Odessa; two daughters: Teresa Dutchover-Ramirez and husband Jesus of Odessa and Minerva Mireles and husband Bobby of Odessa; one brother: Ruben Carrasco and wife Maria of Midland; five grandchildren: Audrey Mireles, Chelsse Ramirez, Klarissa Ramirez, Candace Mireles and Ethan Mireles; one great-grandchild: Marisela Ramirez; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Alonzo Carrasco, Willie Carrasco and Jesus “Chu Chi” Carrasco, as well as three sisters: Manuela Collazo, Maria Hilda Rodriguez and Tara Hernandez.

Open visitation at the funeral home will be on Friday evening until closing at 9 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm to 9 pm.  A Rosary will be said at 7 pm, Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am, Monday, July 27, 2015 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, officiated by Father Fernando Bonilla. Interment will follow at Peaceful Gardens at Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.
Mark Courtland Landrum
Mark Courtland Landrum
Mark Courtland Landrum, age 50, of Odessa, passed from this life at his residence on July 22, 2015. He was born in Dallas, TX on April. 13, 1965 to Bobby Landrum and Patricia Landrum.

Mark was a truck driver in the oil field and loved his job. Mark was a very caring person to all he knew. He was quick to give you advice, even though you didn’t want to hear it. He loved trucks, drag racing and fishing. He loved being outdoors and could eat a whole bag of jolly ranchers in less than a day. Mark also enjoyed spending time with his family. He would always get onto his boys for fighting and his grandkids were the light of his life. He was always one to talk and absolutely hated being told what to do.

Those left to cherish his memory are his mother: Patricia Landrum of Granbury, TX; three sons: James Wright of Odessa, Mark Landrum and wife Marsha of Odessa, and Tanner Landrum and wife Lindsey of Odessa; brother: Randell Griffith and wife Donna of Knoxville, TN; sister: Michelle Brown and husband Tim of Granbury, TX. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as five precious grandchildren and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his father Bobby Landrum and two brothers: Kyle Fowler and Robert Landrum.

Family will accept visitors from 6:00-9:00 pm, Sunday July 26, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Monday, July 27, 2015 at Acres West of Odessa, officiated by Pastor Fred Steen. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

James Robertson
James Lee “Skeeter” Robertson

James Lee “Skeeter” Robertson, of Odessa, and formerly of San Angelo, passed from this life into the arms of his heavenly Father on July 22, 2015.  Skeeter was born in San Angelo on February 24, 1955 to Carl Gale and Betty Ann (Westerman) Harding.  He attended school in San Angelo.  After school, he began working alongside his beloved Uncle Wilbert and his “CUZ” Lee at Westerman Home Improvement.  He later moved to Odessa and held various positions with several oil companies, the most recent being Wellhead Specialties.  Skeeter was well known for his hard work ethic.

Skeeter wasn’t much of a talker, but he was great listener and always had a smile on his face.  He loved spending time with his family and he could BBQ with the best of them.  A workaholic with a rebellious streak, Skeeter enjoyed drinking a beer and listening to classic R&B like Al Green and Percy Sledge.  We will sorely miss the quiet man with his shy smile and the spark in his eyes.

Skeeter was preceded in death by his parents:  Carl Harding and Betty Ford; his step-father:  Roy Eugene Robertson; and his sister:  Paula Truex of Midland. 

He is survived by his wife:  Charmain Shaw and son: Bryson James-Dean Robertson of the home.  Other children include his daughters:  Sommer Lynn Cavil and husband Dee of Spring and Misty Robertson of Gardendale and Jayme Robertson of Childress; son:  Jody Blackwood of Odessa; sisters:  Guawanna Langenfeld of San Angelo, Lorrie Roehl and husband Jerome (who has been a Godsend) of Gardendale, and Rhonda Clark of Austin.  He is also survived by six grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his lifelong friend:  Gary Thompson of Odessa.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

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