Family Services Funeral
James Wright, age 59, of Kermit passed away Wednesday, August
29, 2007 at his residence. He
was born Thursday, September 4, 1947 in Kermit.
James had many friends.
Everyone in town knew him as “Popeye”.
He was a very caring, loving guy, beloved by those who knew
him. He enjoyed country
music and running around Kermit in his motorized chair.
He leaves behind
his caretakers: Jimmy and Peggy Love and daughter Heather of Kermit; several cousins: Janet “Candy” Ferguson , Shirley Tidwell and husband
Tommy, all of Kermit, Shelia Castell of Big Lake, and Kitty Compton
and husband Ricky of Louisiana; his close friend Larry Taylor of
Kermit; and a host of other friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents:
Charles Wilbur and Rose Belle (Pitts) Wright.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday, August 31,
2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Brother Monty Huffman officiating. Honorary
pallbearers will include: Ricky
Knight, David McMillan, Larry Taylor, Steve O’Connor, Charlie Fox,
Duff Michel, Raymond Thomas, and Gerald Thomas.
Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor
Jack H. Bowden
Jack H. Bowden went to be with his Savior on August 31st
after a lengthy illness. He
was born in Lockhart, Texas on January 29, 1931 to Edward and Eoline
Bowden. He grew up in
Lockhart and graduated from Lockhart H.S. in 1949.
Throughout his childhood he made various trips on the train
with his brother from Texas to California.
He attended Texas A&M one year, then Oklahoma University
in Norman, Oklahoma for two years, studying Civil Engineering.
His Naval career began when he enlisted in December of 1952,
starting as a gunner’s mate on the USS Hamner.
He served four years, reaching the rank of Chief Petty
Officer. His service
took him throughout Southeast Asia, including the Korean Conflict.
He played softball in the service:
out of 117 games, only losing seven, competing against
everything from shore based teams to Triple A teams.
His Naval awards included the National Defense Service Medal,
the United Nations Service Medal, the Korean and China Service
Medals, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Right before finishing his Naval career, he met and married
his wife, Margaret Louise Howe of Shawnee, OK on June 21, 1955 in
Arcadia, CA. Jack and
Margaret eventually settled in Jal, NM where Jack worked for El Paso
Natural Gas Company. They
began raising their four girls:
Margaret Ann, twins Becky and Beverly, and Jacque.
His career with EPNG began as a gang hand at Plant #1 in May
of 1958. After a short
clerical position under “Moose” Roy Tabb, Jack moved to the
Corrosion Department where he served for 35 years, achieving the
title of Specialist Field Administrator.
He retired in 1996 after a 38-year career with EPNG, being
especially proud of his 35-year service watch.
His interest included various sports (especially golf), yard
work, and officiating throughout SE New Mexico and West Texas for
high school baseball, basketball, and volleyball.
He received two Zebra awards in 1986 and 1994. He served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Southwest Official
Association from 1987 to 1993 for the Permian Basin Charter of
Volleyball. He was a
member of the New Mexico Activities Association for 25 years and a
Regional Little League Official Umpire.
Jack was a loyal servant to his family and community.
He gave blood at every opportunity, eventually joining the
“5 gallon club.” He
and Margaret attended every school event in which their girls
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret; his
Ann, Becky, and Beverly; and sons-in-law:
Earl Smalts, Jim Nicolet, Wia (Terry) Lui, and Steve Bender. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren:
Michael, John and Melissa Nicolet; J.J., Christopher and
Brady Smalts; Michael Rebant; and Daniel Bender; and one
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Dr. E. Lane
Bowden, Jr.; and his daughter, Jacque Bowden Nicolet.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held 1:00 pm
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at First United Methodist Church of Jal,
NM with Reverend Daniel Kowacich officiating.
Pallbearers include: Earl
Smalts, Steve Bender, Wai Lui, John Nicolet, JJ Smalts, Christopher
Smalts, , Daniel Bender, and Brady Smalts. Doyle
Rheay was named as Honorary Pallbearer.
Arrangements were entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor
of Kermit, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that
memorials in Jack's name be made to the American Cancer Society, PO
Box 102454, Atlanta, GA 30368-2454 or to the First United Methodist
Church, Attn: Special Projects, PO Box 1000, Jal, NM 88252.
The family wishes to thank the dear friends of
Jal and Midland, and the nurses at Midland Memorial Hospital, for
their love and support during their loss.
Krystal Ann Caldwell, age 20, went to be with the Lord
Thursday, September 6, 2007 from Winkler County Memorial Hospital. She
was born Friday, October 10, 1986 in Monahans, Ward County, TX.
Krystal graduated from Webster County High in Dixon, KY.
She worked as a convenience store clerk.
Those left behind to mourn her loss include her parents:
Cindy Pilkington of Kermit, TX, and James M. Caldwell of Diamond, KY;
maternal grandparents: Billie Ann Pilkington of Pell City, AL and
James Anthony Pilkington of Wink, TX; paternal grandfather:
James A. “Corky” Caldwell of Diamond, KY; and numerous
aunts, uncles, and cousins.
will be Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9, 2007, from 12:00 noon
until 8:00 pm at Family Services Funeral Parlor in Kermit.
Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor
Belia “Cochi” Towns
Belia “Cochi” Towns, age 64, of Kermit passed away
Thursday, September 13, 2007 at the Kermit Healthcare Center. She was born Thursday, December 24, 1942 in Eagle Pass, TX to
the late Octaviano and Cruz (Morin) Towns. She was a member of St.
Joseph Catholic Church.
Those left to cherish her memory are her brothers:
Gilbert Towns and wife Sophia, Oscar Towns, and Homer Towns
and wife Juanita all of Kermit. She is also survived by numerous
nieces and nephews.
Belia was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers:
Ernesto and Ernesto II; two sisters Oralia T. Serna and Olivia; and
one sister-in-law: Vicky.
Rosary will be said 7 pm Sunday, September 16, 2007 at Family
Services Funeral Chapel. Mass
of Christian Burial will be 10:30 pm, Monday, September 17, 2007 at
St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father John Lucido officiating.
Pallbearers will include: Chad Lynn, Mike Hernandez, Miguel
Hernandez. Roland Berzoza, Brandon Towns, and Mike Towns.
Arrangements are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor
Bonilla, age 80, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 13,
2007 from Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit.
She was born September 11, 1927 in Redford, TX to the late
Benigno and Paula (Ortiz) Hernandez.
was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
left to mourn the loss of Mrs. Bonilla include her husband:
Juan de Dios Bonilla Ramos of Kermit; three sons:
Raul, Ramon, and Jaime Bonilla, all of Kermit; one daughter:
Socorro Alvarado of Kermit; two brothers:
Manuel and Eulojio Hernandez, both of Odessa; two sisters:
Nena Garcia of Odessa and Manuela Ortiz of Seminole; fourteen
grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
was preceded in death by her parents, one brother:
Ramon Ortiz, a daughter: Martha Martinez, and one
granddaughter: Claudia Alvarado.
will be said 7 pm Friday, September 14, 2007 at Family Services
Funeral Chapel of Kermit. Mass
of Christian Burial will be 3:30 pm Saturday, September 15, 2007 at
St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Rudy Lacerna officiating.
Pallbearers will be Luis R. Bonilla, Javier Bonilla, Adrian
Bonilla, Juan Bonilla, Baudilio Bonilla, Erick Alvarado, and Adiel
Alvarado. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Chapel.
Joy Taylor Beckham, 66, passed away Friday morning, September 14,
2007 at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in Kermit following a
services will be 3 pm Sunday, September 16, 2007 at First Baptist
Church of Wink with Rev. Richard Ray, pastor of the church,
services will be at the Beckham Family Cemetery on the Beckham Ranch
in northwestern Winkler County under the direction of Family
Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.
was born March 29, 1941 in Roscoe, TX, the youngest child of Truman
and Jewell Taylor. On June 22, 1969, she and Bill J. Beckham were
married in the home of her parents in Sweetwater.
She was a retired advertising manager of the Winkler County
News at Kermit and a homemaker. A resident of Wink for over 50
years, she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Wink.
was preceded in death by her parents: Truman and Jewell Taylor, one
brother: James Taylor, and one sister:
include her husband: Bill
J. Beckham of Wink; one son: Tom Beckham and his wife, Gina, of
Midland; one daughter: Denise Hanna and her husband, Lee, of the Beckham Ranch in
Winkler County; one step-daughter:
Michelle Gray of Austin; and five grandchildren:
Jolee Hanna of Midland, Zach Hanna of Odessa, Christen
Beckham, Peyton Beckham, and Caitlyn Joy Beckham, all of Midland.
will be Cody Duran, Tony Roach, Terry Warren, John B. Walton, Ted
Westmoreland, Larry McCallister, Robert L. Roberts, George Keeley,
Charles Evans, and Sherrell Glenn.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Bisang, Lonnie Rasco, Ed
Landry, Billy Voyles, Joe Chance, Mike Fostel, Bob Scogin, Buddy
Gray, Domingo Velasquez, Jimmy Hernandez, Baldomero Munoz, Raymond
Dodd, Shane Youngblood, D.J. Bryan, Weldon Wright and Billy Thackerson.
LeRoy Duane Rein Sr.
LeRoy Duane Rein Sr. age 78 of Jal passed from this life on
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at his residence. He was born May 30, 1929 in Ness County, KS to Henri and
Marie (Foos) Rein.
LeRoy loved to restore cars and
work on motors. He and
his son built a 1927 Bugatti kit car together.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife: Veva Lee Rein of Jal; son:
LeRoy Duane Rein, Jr. of Carlsbad, NM; three daughters:
Lana Rae Pitts of Hodenville, OK, and Betty Jean Trude and
Melodee Rein, both of Salina, KS; one brother:
Milton Rein of Great Bend, KS; two sisters:
Darlene Mylos of Hoisington, KS and Joyce Wegele of Otis, KS;
and seven grandchildren: Kyle
Trude of Dallas, TX, Kayla Trude of Salina, KS, Kalie, Harlie, and
Shelbie Rein and Amber and J.C. Gutierrez, all of Carlsbad, NM.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his father:
Henry Rein; mother: Marie
Rein Karst; stepfather: Alex
Karst; three brothers: Melvin
Karst, Leo Karst, and Ralph Karst; and one sister:
Funeral services are 10:00 am Saturday, September 29, 2007 at
Calvary Baptist Church of Jal with Brother Alan Speed officiating.
Interment will follow at Jal Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor of
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be
made to Calvary Baptist Church of Jal.
Melton A.W. Lewis “Red” Martin
Melton A.W. Lewis “Red” Martin age 78
passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at Kermit Healthcare
Center. He was born Thursday, October 11, 1928 in Lamesa, TX to James
Herbert and Dollie Mae (White) Martin.
He had been a Kermit resident for 46 years.
He served his country in the US Army in 1948
and 1949 and was presently a member of the VFW Post # 6284 and
American Legion. He
enjoyed shuffleboard and watching the Dallas Cowboys play in his
spare time. He was the
owner and operator of Red’s Trim Shop.
He is survived by his son:
Dean Martin of Bullhead City, AZ; two daughters:
Sandy McLellan of Maybank, TX and Dolly Denbesten of Kermit;
two sisters: Mary
Sandals of Lamesa, TX and Willie Barber of Big Spring, TX; five
Smaistrla, Michael Dean Jordan, Leah Lichelle Martin, Lacey Deanae
Martin, and Richelle Denise Martin; and one great-grandchild.
Red was preceded in death by his parents, James and Dollie
Martin, and one son Ricky Lynn Martin.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 am Monday,
October 1, 2007 at the Church of God with Pastor Eddie Cotton
pallbearer is Carroll Frost. Services
are entrusted to Family Services Funeral Parlor.
JoAn Franklin Stewart
Wink resident JoAn Franklin Stewart, 76, died on September 22, 2007
at VistaCare Center hospice in Lubbock, Texas.
Stewart was born on an oil lease just outside Wink on May 26, 1931,
to Louis Edmon Franklin and Mildred Eunice Bailey Franklin. She
graduated from Wink High School — where she was a drum majorette
and member of the school choir — as salutatorian. In 1951, she
married Denton Bishop Woods, also a Wink High School graduate, who preceded
her in death in 1952 during the Korean War. She later married Robert
Harold Stewart on Dec. 21, 1962. She was also preceded in death by
twin sons, Jack and Paul Stewart on Mar. 9, 1970. She loved art and
music, and received a degree from Western Texas College in Snyder.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her husband, Robert of Lubbock; a son,
David Scott Stewart of Lubbock; a daughter, Mary Annette Woods-Tornick
of Santa Fe, NM; a sister, Betty Lou Miller of Odessa, TX; and
brothers: Jim Franklin and wife Christine of San Antonio, TX; John
M. Franklin, and wife, Linda of Lubbock; and Tommy L. Franklin, and
wife Sarah Lou of Albuquerque, NM; one aunt, Opal Lee Bailey White,
of Bastrop, TX, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service was held at 2:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at
the First United Methodist Church in Snyder, Texas, with Rev. Buddy
Payne officiating. The family received friends at the church
fellowship hall following the service.
family suggests memorials be given to the First United Methodist
Church of Snyder or an organization of their choice.
Vargas Alvarez, age 72 of Odessa passed away Tuesday, October 9,
2007 at his residence.
was born November 11, 1934 in Estacion Lerdo, Durango, Mexico to
Manuel and Paula (Vargas) Alvarez.
left to cherish his love and memories are his loving wife:
Guadalupe Alvarez of Odessa; two sons: John Alvarez and wife
Michelle of Odessa and Roy Villareal and wife Gloria of Edna, TX;
two daughters: Patsy
Ferguson and husband Gary of Kermit and Janie Nunez of Odessa; four
brothers and three sisters: Natalio
Alvarez, Armando Alvarez, Polonio Alvarez, Jesus Alvarez, Maria
Magdelenia Torres, Ofelia Samapiras, and Melita Parada, all of
Mexico; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Alvarez was preceded in death by his parents; one son:
Manuel Alvarez; and a young daughter:
Maria Elena Alvarez.
will be said 7:00 pm Wednesday at Family Services Funeral Chapel.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 10:00 am Thursday, October 11,
2007 at Family Services Funeral Chapel with Father Rudy Lacerna as
celebrant. Interment will follow at Kermit Cemetery.
are Jesse Cardona, Jesse Rodriguez, Shane Cohen, Dale Cohen, Joseph
Cardona, and Robert Galindo. Honorary pallbearer is Gary Ferguson.
Services are entrusted to Family
Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit.
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