Obituaries 2016

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Jimmy Miller
Jimmy Leon Miller

On the 4th day of October 2016, Jimmy passed away in the comfort of his home, where he was surrounded by his family and friends in Odessa, TX. After a two year battle with lung cancer, daddy has gone fishing on the outskirts of Heaven.

Jimmy L. Miller was born to Curtis and Bertie Miller on December 6, 1944 in Lubbock, TX and was the youngest of three boys. He was a resident of Odessa on and off since 1960. In 1967 after only knowing each other four days he married the love of his life Jackie Culwell. It wasn’t a love without struggles but it was a beautiful love that lasted 49 ½ years. Jimmy proudly served his country in the US Army for 16 years. Eighteen months of that time was served in Vietnam. He received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, a 4th Award Good Conduct Medal and an Expert Rifle Medal. Thank you, Daddy, for your service. Daddy was well known for having a stern hand, a gentle heart and a lesson to teach. He never got too old to play with or cook pancakes for the grandkids. These attributes caused many to grab him by the shirt tail and adopt him as Dad and Papa. Jimmy was well known for his culinary abilities. Some would say “If it ain’t Daddy’s, I'm not hungry”. Jimmy was a truck driver for 23 years. He was also a delivery driver for Dominos Pizza, Odessa American Newspaper, Pizza Hut and Mr. Frosty Ice Cream.

Jimmy is survived by his wife: Jackie Culwell Miller of Odessa, TX; daughter: Laura Jo Miller of Colorado Springs, CO; son: Duane E. Miller of Gatesville, TX; granddaughters: Gena Miller and Scout York of Odessa, TX; grandsons: Jacob Miller of Jal, NM and Michael Miller of Gatesville, TX; step-brother: Mike Rogers of Cleaborne, TX; four great-granddaughters: Nevaeh Wiley, Morgan Wiley, Adeleana Bolton and Rayne’lynn Bolton, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, and adopted families.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his father: Curtis Miller; mother: Bertie Rodgers; step-father: W.F. Rodgers; step-sister: Carolyn Gardner; brothers: Robert J. Miller, Curtis Miller; granddaughter: Sara Miller and three nephews.

The family will receive friends at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Interment follows at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Daddy leaves behind this legacy; you didn’t have to be blood to be family, you just had to fit in and realize Daddy was the “Captain” of the crazy train. It’s now time for your children to take control of the wheel and we know you will be there to guide us, should we jump the tracks.

Carla Trixie Wheeler
Carla Jo "Trixie" Wheeler

Carla Jo "Trixie" Wheeler, age 73, passed away at her Odessa home on Monday, October 3, 2016.  She was born in Odessa on November 3, 1942 to Carl Simmons and Stella Jo (Lee) Ager.  She met Marcus Wheeler while they were in Jr. High.  They began dating in 1958 and were married in Odessa on September 23, 1960.  She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Trixie was a woman of strong opinions.  She was very generous with her time and very connected to her family.  She loved them all and was always there for them.  Her grandkids meant the world to her.

Those left to cherish her love and memory are her husband:  Marcus Wheeler of Odessa; mother:  Jo Ager of Odessa; son:  Bruce Wheeler and wife Sonja of Odessa; two daughters:  Carrie Brown and husband Tracy of Odessa and Wendy Tevdovich and husband Tim of Cottonwood, AZ; brother:  Brian Ager of Crownsville, MD; fifteen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father:  Carl Simmons; step-father:  John Ager; and her sister:  Marilyn Ager.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell.   Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

David E Stricklen
David Elder “Strick” Stricklen

David Elder “Strick” Stricklen was born on January 2, 1944 in Big Lake, TX, and died October 4, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at his home in Odessa. David is preceded in death by his parents Simon Thompson Stricklen and Aurie Bell Stricklen, daughter Jennifer Annette Stricklen, brother Thompson Ward Stricklen and sister Dorothy Phillipi Stricklen Nutter. David leaves behind his hero, ultimate caregiver and wife, Sharon. They met for the first time on April 27, 1968 and married the following morning in Acuna, Mexico. In sickness and health, happiness and sorrow, they built their love for one another day by day for 48 years. David and Sharon have been blessed with sons Matthew and his wife Kelli of Austin and Christopher and his wife Elyse of Midland. David felt loved beyond measure by his grandchildren L’Aurie, Brian and Jen, Logan, Shaylee and his great granddaughter Reagan Kate Stricklen. David and Sharon have also nurtured and supported numerous nieces, nephews and friends of their children for nearly 50 years.  

David spent most of his life in Odessa, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors from Odessa College in 1984. He was most content as an independent businessman, running a lawnmower repair shop early in his career and later operating Stricklen Appliance Repair, serving many satisfied customers until his retirement in 2010. He filled his leisure time with golf at Sunset Country club where he enjoyed decades of friendship with a strange group of renegades and scofflaws. 

David regularly supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and he would be pleased with your gift there or to a charitable organization of your choice in lieu of flowers.  

A memorial will be held Saturday, October, 8, 2016 at 10:00 am at Acres West Funeral Chapel, with his nephew and close friend Harry Nutter conducting the service. 

The family expresses heartfelt thanks to a host of family, friends, neighbors and professionals who have assisted in David’s care for the last decade. Christopher, L’Aurie, and Sharon’s sister Debbie have been instrumental in his care. Special thanks to Bridget, Terry and all the staff at Starr Hospice and to Renee at Crossland Care, as well as Nurses Unlimited and Deerings Rehab. These caring people have all made it possible for David to spend his final months in the home he shared with Sharon and his favorite Mother-in-Law, Pat Martin. Sharon would also like to thank her church family at Life Change Baptist Church for their loving kindness and prayers throughout David’s illness. May you all be richly blessed for the love you have bestowed on our family.

Ramon Nunez Pena
Ramón Nuñez Peña

Ramon Peña, age 86, of Odessa, TX passed from this life at his residence on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. He was born in San Juan, Ojinaga, Chihuahua on Friday, March 14, 1930 to the late Lauro and Isidora (Nuñez) Peña.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife of 60 years: Balbina Peña of Odessa, TX; sister: Cruz Ramos and husband, Primo of Clint, TX; sons: Raymond Peña, Vidal Peña and wife, Manuela; Joel Peña and wife, Gloria and Manuel Peña and wife, Clarissa, all of Odessa, TX; daughters: Yolanda Calderon and husband, Mundo of Crane, TX, Hermila Galindo and husband, Mario, Elida Moreno and husband Sergio, Maricela Acosta and husband, Jose Luis, all of Odessa, TX and Balbina Chavez and husband, Hector of Arlington, TX, brother-in-law: Santiago Ornelas and wife, Catalina of Pecos, TX, as well as, 30 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Gabriel and Alvaro Peña and four sisters: Paula Hernandez, Manuela Acosta, Patricia Dominguez and Flora Olivas.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, Friday, October 7, 2016 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Father Isidore Ochiabuto. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” -2 Timothy 4:7.

Ricardo Lopez
Ricarda Ornelas Lopez

Ricarda Ornelas Lopez, 71, of Odessa, passed away Friday, October 7, 2016 at her residence. She was born April 3, 1945 in Chihuahua, Mexico to the late Luis and Ambrosia (Flores) Ornelas.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her husband: Simon Lopez of Odessa; eight sons: Juan Lopez and wife Matilde of Portales, NM, Armando Lopez and wife Lupe of Odessa, Simon Lopez, Jr. of Odessa, Ismael Lopez of Kennewick, WA, Cristobal Lopez of Ojinaga, MX, Harvey Lopez and wife Perla of Odessa, Rudy Lopez and wife Priscilla of Odessa, and Efrain Lopez and wife Jalua of Odessa; four daughters: Yolanda Garnica and husband Martin of Phoenix, AZ, Linda Lopez, Ricarda Ramos and husband Jacinto, and Ninfa Aguirre, all of Odessa; three brother: Ignacio Ornelas, Juan Ornelas and wife Maria, and Ismael Ornelas and wife Manuela; sister: Rita Guillen; 43 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Luis and Jesus Lopez and sisters: Manuela Vejar, Teodora Robledo, and Maria Mendoza.

Rosary will be recited Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 7 PM at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 10, 2016 at  1:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel followed by interment at Ector County Cemetery. Israel Lopez, Gabriel Garnica, C. J. Lopez, Cynthia Lopez, Adrian Baeza, and Julian Carrasco will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Juan Baeza, Richard Garnica, Stephen Lopez and Tyler Lopez. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Benji Mayorga
Benji Mayorga
Our sweet little Benji made his silent entrance on October 6, 2016 at 10:54 pm, weighing in at 13.9 oz. He will always be missed by his Mommy and Daddy, Benjamin and Andrea Mayorga; grandparents: Gloria Raigoza and Cecilio Perez, Salvador and Flor Mayorga, and Roberto Hernandez; aunts: Mireya Mayorga and Nereida Mayorga; uncles: Daniel Mayorga, Angel Perez and Julian Perez.

Our precious baby Ben, we will count the days until we are able to hold you in our arms once again! (John 6:40, Rev 21:4)

"You were born silent, perfect and beautiful. Still loved. Still missed. Still remembered. Everyday. Stillborn. But still born." - Michelle Salisbury
Dorothy Robertson
Dorothy Helen Robertson

Dorothy Helen Robertson, 91, of Odessa, died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at her residence. She was born January 17, 1925 in Silverton, TX to James and Lura (Kirkland) Williams.

She is survived by her son, Jim K. Robertson of Burbank, CA; and granddaughter, Erica Lynne Robertson of Midland.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin C. Robertson; and son, Ted Eric Robertson, father of Erica Robertson.

Services will be held privately by the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Jesus Garcia
Jesus Garcia

Jesus Garcia, age 86, of Odessa, TX passed from this life at Medical Center Hospital on Sunday, October 9, 2016. He was born in Mulato, MX on Thursday, August 7, 1930 to the late Juan and Guadalupe (Ramos) Garcia.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife: Elizabeth Garcia; five sons:  Jesus Homero Garcia, Manuel Garcia, Manuel Alberto Garcia, Mauricio Garcia and Cesar Garcia; three daughters: Patricia Guerrero, Orilde Chambers and Elizabeth Carrillo; three brothers: Juan Garcia, Jose Garcia and Cruz Garcia; one sister: Maria Hernandez; 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Reyes Garcia.

Services will be held at a later date in Ojinaga, Mexico. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Shawn F Ellis
Shawn Franklin Ellis

Shawn Franklin Ellis, age 51, of Odessa, passed away in Midland on Sunday, October 9, 2016.  He was born in Odessa on September 29, 1965 to Barbara (Barr) Martin and the late Lee Sloan Ellis.  He worked as a tech for Siemens.

Shawn was very intelligent and mechanically inclined.  He could take anything apart and put it back together, including working on computers.  He enjoyed playing the saxophone.  He was an active worship leader and also taught some Sunday school classes.  A very loving person, Shawn was generous to a fault.  He would drop everything he had going to go and help someone else in need.  He loved and lived for his fur babies.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his mother and step father:  Bobbye and Cleo Martin; brothers:  Jimmy Ellis and wife Sherry, David Ellis and wife Stacy; and dear family friend:  Michelle Strickland and daughter Elissa, all of Odessa.

His dad and sister:  George Anne Bridges, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6 to 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Friday, October 14, 2016 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jimmy Braswell and Bro. Clydell Chapman.  Interment will follow at Ector County Cemetery. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Memorials in Shawn's name to the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department would be appreciated.

Don W Clifton
Don Wayne Clifton

Don Wayne Clifton, age 63, passed away at his home in Odessa on Sunday, October 9, 2016.  He was born in Houston, TX on June 5, 1953 to the late James Hollis Clifton and Rhoda Kate (Blurton) Clifton.  He worked in home construction.

Don was an amazing man who could make everyone in the room laugh and smile. He was nothing short of spontaneous with all his mannerisms. I found that no matter how long you knew Don, you either got the full package or nothing at all. I’m glad God allowed Don and I to meet because he will always hold a place in my heart as well as his children ~Dexter    He was a father, a friend and most of all now, a Guardian Angel watching down on us from above. You will always be missed, Don.

Don raised three children on his own and was an awesome dad who loved his grandchildren with all of his heart.  He would do anything for anyone.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his son:  David Clifton; daughters:  Lisa Clifton and husband Dexter Burns and Misty Clifton and husband Jeremy Wingrad; and five grandchildren:  Jordan, Nevaeh, Kristopher, Kadyn, and Ashlyn; all of Odessa.

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

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