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Obituaries 2005
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Billie Laverne Mallow
Billie Laverne Mallow
Billie Laverne Mallow, long time resident of Kermit, entered into rest Friday, May 20, 2005 at her residence. Billie was one of twelve children born to the late William and Essie Opal (Wheeler) Thompson. She was born Saturday, April 16, 1932, in Depew, Creek County, Oklahoma.

Billie married Clarence "Jake" Raymond Mallow on November 13, 1948 in Monahans. They settled in Kermit where they raised three children. Jake preceded her in death on September 08, 1987.

Billie retired as a store clerk. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 6284. She enjoyed taking care of her elderly friends. Homemaking was her life. She loved gardening and spoiling the grand kids.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are two Sons: Raymond Mallow of Kermit, and Jake Raymond Mallow of Fort Worth; one Daughter: Sandra Porter of Cleveland, Texas; one Brother: Carl Thompson of Blackwell, Oklahoma; two Sisters: Vera McClelland of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Jewel Brewer of Bristow, Oklahoma. She also leaves behind four Grandchildren: Donnie, Holly, Kirk and Jason and four Great-Grandchildren: Dillan, Ashley, Raylee and Conner.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Johnny, Ray, Ovie and Evert Thompson and four sisters, Eva Vender, Louise Rice, Pauline Wright and Ellen Tinsley.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Parlor with Brother Danny Fitzpatrick officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Morgan Porter, Pat Denny, Jack Rice, Allan Haley, Scott Wright and Mike Wright. Honorary Pallbearer will be Donnie Tankersley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Hospice 903 N Sam Houston Odessa, TX. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


Apolonio Hernandez Ortiz
El Señor Apolonio Ortiz, residente de Kermit, falleció el día 28 de mayo 2005, en su residencia.

Nació el día 10 de Abril de 1925 en el Mulato, México. Sus padres ya fallecidos fueron. El Sr. Apolonio Ortiz y la Sra. Isidra Hernandez Ortiz.y Apolonio Ortiz se unió en matrimonio con la Sra. Esiquia Aranda en el Mulato, México en 1948, y juntos procrearon seis hijos. Tuvieron 57 años de feliz matrimonio. Durante  su vida en el Mulato, Apolonio  fue agricultor y ranchero. En 1970, el y su familia viajaron para Estados Unidos haciendo así de Kermit su lugar de residencia.

Durante su estancia en Kermit, se dedico al trabajo en las plantas, su entretenimiento fue criar, el Pinto, chivas/borregas, vacas, y puerco, él disfrutaba de las reuniones familiares, especialmente cuando se cocinaba la carne de chivo o borrego y asado y sobre todo le encantaba platicar de historias de su vida del tiempo pasado.  Cuando decidió retirarse de trabajar, se dedico a ser el guarda espaldas espiá de sus hijos y yernos para ver si estaban trabajando, o nada mas ver como estaba todo llevando le las nuevas a Esiquia.  Toda su familia extrañará mucho a “Apá” (como cariñosamente le llamaban todos sus hijos y nietos.)

Le sobrevivan para añorar su memoria su esposa, Esiquia Ortiz de Kermit, TX, tres hijos, Santiago, Santana, y Jesús Ortiz, todos de Kermit, TX, dos hijas, Angelica Lopez  y Margarita Vasquez de Kermit, TX, tres hermanos, Felix Ortiz de Andrews, TX, José Ortiz de Kermit, TX, y Martin Ortiz de Ojinaga, Chih, dos hermanas, Paula Aquilar de Ojinaga, Chih., Y Sara Montoya de Presidio, 17 nietos y 13 biznietos.

A “Apá” le preceden en muerte su hijo Juan do Dios Ortiz, su nieta Erica Lee Ortiz-Quiroz, y su hermano Isabel Ortiz.

Palberears son Senovio, Leo, y Isaac Ortiz, Michael y Hector Lopez, Margarito y Mario Vasquez, Ivan Juárez y Nathan Vasquez.

El santo rosario se rezara el lunes 30 de mayo del 2005 a las 7 de la tarde, en el “Family Services Funeral Chapel” y una misa de cuerpo presente sé celebrará en su honor en la iglesia católica de Señor San José, oficiando el Párroco Rudy Lacerna. Procediendo a sepultarlo en el cementerio de Kermit. Arreglos confiados al “Family Services Funeral Parlor” de Kermit, TX.



Apolonio Hernandez Ortiz

Apolonio Ortiz, longtime resident of Kermit, passed away Saturday May 28, 2005 at his residence in Kermit. He was born Friday April 10, 1925 in Mulato, Chih., Mexico to the late Apolonio and Isidra (Hernandez) Ortiz. Apolonio was joined in holy matrimony to Esiquia Aranda in Mulato in 1948, and together they raised six children, and had 57 wonderful years of marriage. While in Mulato, Apolonio farmed and ranched. In 1970 he moved his family to Texas settling in Kermit. He took to working in oil field construction, but still made time to raise a pig, cow, goats/lamb, and his trusty sidekick “Pinto”. He loved family gatherings eating carne de Borrego, asado, and Barbacoa, and telling stories of old times. Upon retiring, along with caring for his animals, he became the family “spy/lookout”, always riding around checking on his sons and sons-in-law’ to see if they were working , or just what was going on. He would then report it all back to Esiquia, every last detail!  “Apa” will be missed by many.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his wife Esiquia Ortiz of Kermit, 3 sons: Santiago, Santana, and Jesus Ortiz all of Kermit, 2 daughters: Angelica Lopez and Margarita Vasquez both of Kermit, 3 brothers: Felix Ortiz of Andrews, Jose Ortiz of Kermit, and Martin Ortiz of Ojinaga, Mexico, 2 sisters: Paula Aguilar of Ojinaga, and Sara Montoya of Presidio, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

“Apa” was preceded in death by 1 son - Juan de Dios Ortiz, 1 grand-daughter- Erica Lee Ortiz Quiroz, and 1 brother-Isabel Ortiz.

Pallbearers were Senovio, Leo, and Isaac Ortiz, Michael and Hector Lopez, Margarito and Mario Vasquez, Ivan Juarez, and Nathan Vasquez.

Rosary was 7 pm Monday May 30, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Chapel and Mass of Christian Burial was 2 pm Tuesday May 31, 2005 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Fr. Rudy Lacerna officiating. Interment followed at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.


Wanda Lee Holsey
Wanda Lee Holsey, age 76, of Kermit, departed this life Thursday, June 9, 2005 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  She was born Monday, October 1, 1928, in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas to the late Johnny Willis and Ethel Mae (Coats) Barbee.

Wanda married J P Holsey on September 13, 1944 in Merkel, Texas. During that year they moved to Jal, New Mexico where J P began his career with El Paso Natural Gas Company. After his retirement from EPNG in 1982, J P and Wanda moved to Red Bluff Lake. In 1993, they moved to Kermit. He preceded her in death on January 25, 2004.

A homemaker, Wanda enjoyed spending time with her family and friends especially her grandchildren.  She was a member of the American Legion Aux. Post # 339.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are one Daughter: Gail Tidwell of Kermit; two Sons: Ronnie Holsey and wife, Jan, of Andrews and Billy Holsey and wife, Pam, of Fort Worth; two Brothers: Charles Barbee and Johnny Darrell Barbee both of Abilene; two Sisters: Thelma Urquhart and Ouida Head both of Abilene; five Grandchildren: Stephanie Lynch, Jason Holsey, Amy Tidwell, Brandi Lewis and Stephen Tidwell; and five Great-Grandchildren: Hunter and Sydney Lynch, Alyssa and Tyler Lewis and Angie Holsey.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Monday, June 13, 2005 at Kermit Cemetery with Brother Dudley Mullins officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers are Jerry Cagle, Malcolm Kingston, Joe Mitchell, Shane Haynes, Lyle Charles, Little Paul and Ronnie Hyde. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Marvin Albert Wilson
Marvin Albert Wilson
Marvin Albert Wilson, age 87, a longtime resident of Kermit, Texas, went to be with his Lord, Friday, June 24, 2005, at Regency Hospital in Odessa, Texas.

Marvin was born September 06, 1917, in Tucana, Georgia, to the late Walter and Inez (Profit) Wilson.  He was a Veteran, having served 3 years in the United States Army, and 4 years in the United States Navy.

Marvin was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ.  He was a man of hard work and strong faith.  Marvin loved the outdoors and fishing; he could tell fishing stories with the best of them.

Those left to cherish Marvin's love and memories are his two sons - Ron Wilson of Homestead, FL, and Wayne Wilson of Lagrange, GA; two daughters - Shirley Woodall of Dadeville, AL, and Diane Garrett of Opelika, AL.  He is also survived by (13) Thirteen Grandchildren and (26) Great Grandchildren.

Marvin is preceded in death by his beloved wife - Eva Mae Wilson and one daughter - Elizabeth Wilson.

Services will be held at 10:00 am, Monday, June 27, 2005, at Family Services Funeral Chapel in Kermit, TX; with Brother Monty Huffman officiating.

Pallbearers will be:  John Mixon, John Wesley Mixon, Brian Mixon, Donnie Wilson, Ruben Aranda and Jerald Hudson. Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Bake Davis, Sonny Weaver and Bill Sparks.

Interment will be at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit, Texas

Concepcion M. "Chon" Tavarez
Concepcion M. “Chon” Tavarez
Concepcion M. “Chon” Tavarez, long time resident of Kermit, passed away Monday, July 04, 2005 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born Friday, September 07, 1934, in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico to the late Federico M. and  Cresencia (Melindez) Tabarez. He was 70.

He leaves behind one Brother: Federico Tavarez and wife, Francisca, of Wink and one Sister: Merce Marin and husband, Vicente, of Odessa.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 06, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Nemi Donato officiating. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Freddie Tavarez, Benny Vanegas, Jose Marin, Saul Marin, Elsie Moreno and Martin Tavarez. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.

Shirley Kay Pirtle Smith
Shirley Kay Pirtle Smith
Shirley Pirtle Smith, age 51, of Kermit departed this life on Saturday, July 9, 2005 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  Shirley was born to the late George and Laverne (Fine) Rust in Hobbs, NM on Thursday, June 24, 1954. She was a graduate of Jal High School and attended beauty school in Carlsbad, NM.  Shirley married Preston Smith on August 9, 1999 in Kermit.

She is forever loved; a homemaker, mother, and friend.  Shirley had previously worked as general manager of Country Rentals.  She took pride in her work and was a meticulous housekeeper.  She was a strong-willed person who always gave 110% in everything she did.  Shirley was a very loyal woman; devoted to God, family, and her country.  She was a strong Christian woman; a member of the Pentecostal church.   She was a very loving mother and grandmother.  She was deeply patriotic and loved red, white, and blue.  Shirley was an avid collector and owned a priceless bell collection.  She was an outgoing and giving person who never met a stranger.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Preston Smith of Kermit; her loving first husband of 27 years, Don Pirtle, Jr. of Kermit; two sons: Jason Pirtle of Oklahoma City, OK and Preston “Trey” Smith III of Kermit; three daughters: Donnetta Pirtle of Marlin, TX, Melissa Smith and Timber Smith of Kermit, two brothers: Earnie Rust of Giddings, TX and Frank Rust of Carlsbad, NM; three grandchildren: Kimberly, Alena, and Jaden and numerous nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Laverne Rust; her grandparents; and her sister, Patsy Rust Burdette who passed away in 1984.

Funeral services will be held at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:00 PM with Brother Leo Davis officiating.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Jason Pirtle, Johnny Pirtle, Earnie Rust, Bubba Rust, and Patrick Rust.  Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Smith, Don Pirtle, and Preston Smith.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Melvin Vernon "M. V." Williams
Melvin Vernon "M. V." Williams, Sr
M. V. Williams, Sr. age 80, Kermit resident since 1950, entered into rest Sunday, July 10, 2005 at his residence.  M.V. entered this life on Monday, November 3, 1924, in Cameron, TX. He was born to the late Ruben and Mamie (Oages) Williams.  Prior to moving to Kermit, M.V. lived in Lamesa, TX where he met and married his beloved wife, Johnnie Mae (Butler) Williams.

M.V. was a faithful member of the Church of God in Christ and was a deacon in the church. He was a retired truck driver, working for 30 years for Dowell Chemical.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed getting together with his family.  In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and a game of dominoes.  M.V. was a friendly and giving person, always ready to lend a hand.

He will be sorely missed by his wife of 57 years, Johnnie Mae Williams of Kermit, and his children and grandchildren.  M.V. and Johnnie Mae raised six children; three sons: Melvin Williams, Jr. of Dallas, Eugene Williams of Rosharon, TX, and Earl Williams of Kermit; and three daughters: Shirley Gabriel of Dallas, TX, Eula Woodberry of Dallas, TX and Phebia Williams of Lewisville, TX.  They bore him 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother-Cleveland Williams of Odessa, TX and four sisters: Ruby Hubbard of Houston, TX, Louise Richardson of Odessa, TX, Ruby Sanders of Odessa, TX, and Elnora Robinson of Midland, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Services will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 2:00 pm.  Officiates at the service will include Rev. A.L. Jackson, Rev. Herbert Crisp, and Rev. Norman Lewis.  Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Henry Holguin
Henry Holguin, age 52, passed away Monday, July 11, 2005 at Hospice House in Odessa. He was born Sunday, September 07, 1952 in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas to Augustine Sifuentes and Helen Castillo.

Henry was a construction worker.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and a good game of chess.  He was also a good pool player.  He was a hard worker, who liked spending free time with his family and having cookouts.

Those left to mourn Henry’s passing include his mother, Helen Castillo of Kermit; his adoptive father, Leroy Hoguin of Tulare, CA; his father, Augustine Sifuentes of Dallas; his grandfather, Andres Castillo of Kermit; his son, Henry Holguin, Jr of Alamogordo; his daughter, Sherry Gonzalez and husband Manuel of Alamogordo, NM; his brothers, Danny Holguin and wife Vera of Kermit, and Ruben Holguin of Stockton, CA; his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Holguin of Tulare, CA; his sisters Mary Lee Nickles and husband Albert of Tulare, CA, Mary Helen Pando and husband Manuel of Kermit, and Alice Cesena and husband Anthony of Tulare, CA, five grandchildren: London, Albert, Lincoln, Bailey, and John Henry; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Henry was preceded in death by one brother, Leroy Holguin.

Services will be held for Mr. Holguin at the Family Services Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 14, 2005 at 2:00 pm.  Pallbearers will be Manuel Gonzales, Henry Holguin, Jr., Danny Holguin, Manuel Pando, Jr., Ruben Pando, and Stephen Pando.  Honorary pallbearers will be Andres Schuman and Manuel Pando, Sr. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.

Emma Morales
Emma Gloria Morales
Emma Gloria Morales, 63, of Kermit entered into rest Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  Emma was born Saturday, May 30, 1942, in Sierra Blanca, TX to Ramon Aragon and Loretto Hernandez Aragon.  She grew up in Sierra Blanca, where she met and married her loving husband, Juan Morales.  They wed in January of 1960. They celebrated 45 wonderful years of marriage earlier this year.

Emma attended Templo Alpha Y Omega.  She was a pastor’s wife; very active in the church.  She was also a treasurer for the church.  Her life’s work was to provide a loving and supportive home for her husband and children.

Mrs. Morales leaves behind to cherish her memory her husband, Juan Morales, six children, ten brothers and sisters, twenty-two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Juan and Emma’s children are Ernesto A. Morales of Lovington, NM, Santiago A. Morales of Fort Sill, OK, Salvador A. Morales of Sierra Blanca, TX, Jaime Morales of Kermit, Rosario M. Bond of Kermit, and Consuelo M. Lopez of Kermit. Her siblings include Francisco Granado of Pecos, TX, Arnulfo Granado of Pecos, TX, Oscar Granado of Big Spring, TX, Ramon Hernandez of Hobbs, NM, Charles Aragon of El Paso, TX, Jessie Crawford of El Paso, TX, Consuelo Luedike of Rapid City, S.D., Margaret Ortega of El Paso, TX, Ruthie Romero of El Paso, TX, and Martha Aragon-Garcia of El Paso, TX. Their beloved grandchildren are Jennifer Butler, James Shoots, Michael Morales, Christopher Bond, Leslie Bond, Andrew Bond, Sara Morales, Hanna Morales, Juan Lopez, Joey Lopez, Salvador Morales, Jr., John D. Morales, Joey Noel Morales, Jessica Faith Morales, Gerardo Morales, J.D. Morales, Emma Marie Morales, Arlene May Morales, Felipe Hernandez, Elena Hernandez, Febian Hernandez, Elicia Hernandez and five great-grandchildren: Krysta, Brandon, Amberly, Sophie, and Aaliyah.

A wake was held at Family Services Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 15, 2005 at 7:00 PM. The funeral service was Saturday, July 16, 2005 at Family Services Funeral Chapel at 11:00 AM with Bishop Juan Rodriguez officiating.  Pallbearers were Ernesto Morales, Santiago Morales, Salvador Morales, Jaime Morales, J.J. Lopez, Christopher Bond, Michael Morales, and Salvador Morales, Jr.  Honorary pallbearers were Joey Lopez, James Shoots, and Andrew Bond.  Following the service, Mrs. Morales was laid to rest at Kermit Cemetery.  Services were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.


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