Obituaries

Fri
16
Nov

Carl “Hoot” Leonard

MIDLAND - Carl “Hoot” Leonard, 94 years of age, of Martin and Midland counties, died on Nov. 8, 2018, in Midland. He was born near Abilene on Sep. 26, 1924, in a little community named Stith. His parents were Carl and Emma Lee Leonard. He married Hazel Colleen Church on May 15, 1943, in Midland. He farmed and ranched all his life. He owned the John Deere dealership in Stanton, managed the Midland Farmer’s Co-op Cotton Gin and managed the Texas Ten Ranch. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army-Air Corp. He is preceded in death by his mother, father and four siblings: Louise Schuelke, Jack Leonard, Evelyn Eaton and Lola Chandler. He is survived by his wife Colleen Church Leonard, siblings Vivian Chandler, Frankie Schuelke and Bill Leonard and family Jackie and Bruce Carter, Gail and Dennis Stratton, Don and Phyllis Leonard, Guy and Beverley Leonard, Elaine Leonard and Joann and Randy Klinkhammer. Hoot and Colleen have ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Fri
09
Nov

Lizzie Mae Hopper McCurdy

GREENWOOD - Lizzie Mae Hopper McCurdy known as Liz or MeeMaw McCurdy, of Greenwood, was surrounded by her family as she died Oct. 28, 2018. She was born on Sep. 19, 1935, in Lenorah, where she was raised. She met the love of her life, Bob McCurdy in Stanton, and they were married on April 3, 1954. They later moved to Greenwood in 1970 where they raised their three children. She spent most of her life as a stay at home mom and her children Rick McCurdy and his wife Janice of Luther, OK, Bud McCurdy and his wife Toni of Greenwood, and Elizabeth Chandler and her husband Andy of Greenwood; 10 grandchildren and 20 great grand children will dearly miss her. She loved her family, Elvis Presley, her dog Dolly Mae, gossip magazines, Publisher’s Clearing House and playing the card games Spite and Malice and Skip- Bo with her grandkids. She was a talented artist who loved to draw, paint, and sing, as a young woman she sang professionally for a while with Hoyle Nix and his West Texas Cowboys.

Fri
26
Oct

Amelia Mae (Tince) Ory

FREDERICKSBURG - Amelia Ory, known to her friends as Tince, died Oct. 21, 2018, in Fredericksburg. Funeral service was Oct. 24, at First Baptist Church of Stanton, Reverend David Harp officiated. Interment followed at Mount Olive Cemetery in Big Spring. She was born to Grover and Mamie Digby Griffice Mar. 31, 1918, in Big Spring. She attended school in Big Spring and Lomax. Tince came to Martin County as the young bride of Dwayne Ory in 1935 and has lived in the county until four years ago when she moved to assisted living in Fredericksburg. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, and the Stanton community for many years. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Martin County Art Club, Friends of the Library, and Martin County Museum Board. Many of her beautiful paintings are treasured by family members.

Thu
18
Oct

Alvino Garcia

ANSON - Alvino Garcia, 82, died Oct. 15, 2018, at his home in Anson. Services were Oct. 17, at Adams-Graham Funeral Home. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Adams-Graham Funeral Home. He was the father of Trista Villanueva of Stanton. He was born Aug. 14, 1936, in Jones County, to the late Andrew and Carman (Rodriguez) Garcia, Sr. He married Gaudalupe "Lupe" Reyes July 19, 1958, in Anson. She preceded him in death in 1995. He was a farmer and worked for Jones County. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one daughter (Petra "Pat" Seballos). Survivors include three sons, Fidel Garcia of Anson, Mario Garcia of Snyder and Alvino Garcia, Jr. of Anson; two daughters, Marguerite "Margaret" Garcia of Anson and Trista Villanueva of Stanton; a son-in-law, Ysidro Seballos of Anson; four brothers, Lupe Garcia of Anson, Lee Garcia of Albany, Andy Garcia, Jr.

Thu
18
Oct

Jack Hinds

GRANDFALLS - Services are pending for Jack Hinds, 32 of Martin County, who died Oct. 17, 2018, after a one-vehicle rollover in Ward County near Grandfalls. Hinds was the son of Tori and Jim Rich of Martin County.

Fri
12
Oct

Tommy Louis Belcher

MERIDIAN, ID - Tommy Louis Belcher, 58, of Meridian, Idaho, died Oct. 2, 2018 in Boise, Idaho surrounded by his family. Graveside services were Oc. 8, at Trinity Memorial Park with Pastor Bob Highley officiating. He was born Nov. 4, 1959 to Elmer and Wanda (Sartor) Belcher in Big Spring. He married Gwynne Bryant on June 16, 1984 in Big Spring. He then married Rebecca Davis on July 22, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a cross country truck driver and won numerous safety awards. He was a fisherman, a father, a teacher, and little league coach.

Fri
12
Oct

Pascuala R. Garcia

STANTON - Pascuala R. Garcia was born on Mar. 1, 1929 and died Oct. 5, 2018. She was a resident of Stanton. Vigil services were Oct. 7 at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was Oct. 8 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with burial following at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

Fri
12
Oct

Jackie Elaine Stovall

BIG SPRING - Jackie Elaine Stovall died Sep. 26, 2018. A memorial service was Sep. 29, at Nalley- Pickle & Welch Chapel. She was born to Edgar Travis and Clara Lorain Hill on June 24, 1941 in Stanton. She spent several memorable years in Ferris, OK. After several moves for Granddaddy's work, the family settled in Midland in 1949. She attended Midland High School and shortly after she met the love of her life, Bobby Stovall. They were married on Nov. 6, 1959. She was a stay at home mom until going to work for Midland Women's Clinic in 1976, then joined Sun Oil /Oryx until her retirement in 1992 as materials manager. After retirement she started and operated Two Grannies Consignment Store. Her favorite job was always being the most loving, caring mom, grandma and great-grandma. She loved watching her grandkid's baseball and football games, choir concerts and Jessica's dance recitals, playing dress-up (even with the boys). She really enjoyed special times with Dad and the family.

Fri
28
Sep

Alfonso "Poncho" Cortez

COAHOMA - Alfonso "Poncho" Cortez, 76 of Coahoma, died Sep. 15, 2018, at his residence. Vigil services were Sep. 18, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Funeral mass was Sep. 19, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

He was born May 17, 1942, in San Benito, to Alfonso and Beatrice Cisneros Cortez. He married Delfina Cruz Sep. 16, 1961, in Stanton.

He was a longtime resident of Martin County. He worked as a farmer and a welder. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, listening to music and singing, and cooking barb- que, he was well known for his smoked brisket and homemade BBQ sauce. He moved to Howard County in 1995.

Fri
28
Sep

Billie Jene Hill

BIG SPRING - Billie Jene Hill, 90, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in a local hospital. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Brad Daniels officiating.

She was born December 11, 1927 in San Angelo, Texas and moved to Big Spring in 1935. It was here where she later met and married David Hill August 15, 1950 in Big Spring. He preceded her in death March 24, 2006.

 Jene was the daughter of the late C A “Slim” and Laura Louise Mosley Lane. After David’s return from the military, Jene and David farmed and ranched several years before owning and operating the package store in the Settles Hotel and Lane’s Package Store until their retirement in 2001. She and David enjoyed dancing at the Eagles Lodge. 

Survivors include several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Elizabeth Bobo and Teresa Gonzalez and James Welch.

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