Obituaries

Fri
08
Dec

Ella Denice Scurlark

MIDLAND - Ella Denice Scurlark, 60 of Midland, was the seventh of 15 children; born on Oct. 12, 1957, in Stanton to Eddie B. Scurlark and the late Warren Clyde Scurlark. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior with St. James Baptist Church in Stanton. She was a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and attended school in Stanton, graduating from Stanton High School in 1975. She had a beautiful smile, and was always very supportive and helpful to her mother, siblings, and her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed planning for family functions and her favorite pastime was decorating and watching HGTV. She was employed with various oil companies throughout the years. She also loved working with the youth and was employed with St. Luke’s as a part-time teacher on Sundays and with the Midland YMCA in the daycare center. She died Dec 1, 2017, after a gradual decline in health at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Fri
08
Dec

Charlie Smith

STANTON - Charlie Smith was born Oct. 1, 1935 to B.L. and Nora Smith in Courtney, and died Dec. 4, 2017. He married Lou Ann Lamb Nov. 24, 1956. She preceded him in death July 27, 1991. He then married Betty Jane Blake July 1, 1992. Their children include Betty and Ray McKim, Sherry and Lee Cook, Jerry and Tahita Holloway, Belynda Campbell, Don and Donna Blake, John Smith, Ray Blake and Jim and Valerie Smith. His grandchildren include Jeff and Sonja Leary, Jason and Mauri Hopper, Michael and Chandra Brooks, Tonia Brooks and fiancé Chris Baltzell, Alayna Smith and fiancé Jeromy Yager, Trent and Brandi Smith, Savanah and Josh Tunnell, Sean Smith, Jessica and Marcus Washington, Winston Holloway and fiancé Cathleen Cantrell, Dylan Cade, Andrew Blake, Jordan and Jeffery Kulaga, Megan and Brandon Taylor and Madison, Tyler Hinrichs, Macki and Emory McKim and Mallory McKim. He was also blessed with 18 great-grandchildren.

Fri
01
Dec

Hugh Lillo Buzzell

LAKE WALES, FLORIDA - Word was received that former Stanton Police Department officer Hugh Lillo Buzzell has died at his home in Florida. A complete obituary will be available for next week. No current plans for services have been announced. Buzzell was born Jan. 9, 1940, to the late Avon W. And Ursel E. Buzzell in Portland, Maine. He was raised in Maine until he joined the United States Air Force in 1955. He served for eight years and transferred to the United States Army, where he served in Viet Nam. Her served almost 24 years beforde retiring in 1978 to begin a career as a peace officer. He worked in law enforcement in Midland, and was a security specialist, serving in various countries throughout the 1990s, including embassies in Santiago, Prague, Belgrade, Sidney, and Moscow, and it was in Tiblisi, Georgia that he met Khatuna, his wife of 22 years. He retired from the Stanton Police Department in 2004.

Fri
01
Dec

Griffin Noelle Anderson

CLIFTON - Griffin Noelle Anderson, 17 of Stanton, was born Jan.15, 2000, to Holly Neely and CW Anderson. She died, with her boyfriend and father of her child Taylor Bradley and their friend Diego Picon, on Nov. 16, 2017, outside of Clifton. She was a vibrant young lady, so full of life, constantly sharing her contagious smile and laugh with everyone. She had a love for softball, taking pictures, baking, music, all things Johnny Cash, and especially her dog, Cowgirl. She regularly took charge of those around her and was a big part of the glue that constantly pulled her family and friends together. Her heart was so full of love and nowhere was it more evident than in the love she had for her sweet baby boy Bentley. With her strong personality that was ever so sweet yet sassy, she brought sunshine and laughter wherever she went. It was her willingness to help anyone at any time that allowed her to have a lasting effect on so many lives.

Fri
10
Nov

Annalie Renee Vasquez

STANTON - Funeral Services for Annalie Renee Vasquez were Nov. 9, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton. She was born Aug. 28, 2017, to Raymond Montez and Lorena Vasquez and died Nov. 4, 2017. She is preceded in death by her grandfather Ramon Montez and grandfather Pedro Vasquez. She is survived by her parents Raymond Montez and Lorena Vasquez of Stanton; sisters Mia Raylynn Montez, Renesmae Marie Montez, Khloe Nevaeh Montez and Abigail Montez; brother Raymond Martinez Montez Jr.; grandmothers Magdalena Perez and Eva Montez and great grandmother Juanita Lopez.

Fri
10
Nov

Joe (Meme) Villa

STANTON - Funeral services for Joe (Meme) Villa were Nov. 8, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton. Rosary was Nov. 7, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. He was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Stanton, and died Nov. 4, 2017. He worked for Martin Co as a truck driver and a Heavy Equipment Operator. Joe was very active at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He was in the Knights of Columbus and CCD teacher for many years. He is survived by his wife Rosa Villa; daughters Cynthia Lerma and Diane Villa; sons Steven Lerma and Joey Villa all of Stanton; sisters Maryann Marquez of Big Spring, Jeannie Restelli of Big Spring, Angela Lomeli of Big Spring, Judy Molinar of Plainview, Patsy Hernandez of Sweeny, Lupe Colvin of Pflugerville and Delores Villa of Stanton; brothers Jesse Villa of Killeen, Johnny Villa of Stanton, Joventino Villa of Seguin and Joseph Villa of Jarrell, 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Fri
10
Nov

Robert Louis Roten

SAN MARCUS - Robert Louis Roten, 92 of Stanton died Nov. 3, 2017, in a nursing home in San Marcos. Funeral services were Nov. 7, at First Baptist Church with Rev. David Harp, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery. He was born Apr. 12, 1925, in Red River County, and married Mamie Lee Perrin Aug. 7, 1942, in Clarksville. She preceded him in death Dec. 22, 2011. He served in the Army during World War II. He came to Stanton in 1942. He worked on the J.C. Sale Ranch when he first came to Stanton and worked at a dairy for a short while before going to the Army. When he came home, he worked for Finley Rhodes Motor Company as an auto mechanic. He then worked for B.F. White Motor Company as the Parts Department Manager for forty four years until his retirement. He was also a Mason and a member of the Senior Citizens Old Sorehead Band and the First Baptist Church in Stanton.

Fri
27
Oct

Ermelinda Henderson

BIG SPRING - Ermelinda "Diana" Henderson, 61 of Big Spring, lost her fight with cancer Oct. 6, 2017. Vigil services were Oct. 11, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Funeral service was Oct. 26, at Myers & Smith Chapel. Burial was at Trinity Memorial Park. She was born June 7, 1956, in Stanton to Tomas and Juanita Rodriguez. She spent her life taking care of other people, beginning with basic patient care. She obtained her CNA license in 2002. She worked for Home Hospice for several years and continued caring for others in need, up until her illness. Her caring nature was evident to everyone, offering help no matter the need. She gave great advice, opened her home and always lent a helping hand without question. She married Benny Henderson on May 19, 2006. She loved to cook and enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards, board games and was very competitive.

Fri
27
Oct

Maria Garcia Fino

STANTON - Maria Garcia Fino, 83 of Stanton, died on Oct. 18, 2017. The funeral mass was at San Miguel Arcángel Catholic Church Oct. 23. Burial followed at Resthaven Memorial Park North.

Fri
20
Oct

Stacy Stuart Stribling

MIDLAND - Stacy Stuart Stribling, of Midland, died Oct. 15, 2017, at home. Funeral services were Oct. 19, at First Baptist Church in Stanton. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. He was born on July 18, 1967, in Tarrant County, to William Edward and Patricia Ann. In 1975, he moved with his family to Martin County and attended and graduated from Grady High School. He had achievements in sports, FFA and shop, graduating in 1985. After graduating, he attended Angelo State University and UTPB. In 1993, he began his career in the environmental industry with Nova Environmental. As an environmental scientist, he worked for Philip, B & H, Wilbros and then independent consulting. In 1993, he met Shelly and her two girls, Dusti and Alyssa, beginning their family life. On Jan. 17, 1997, they welcomed their son Noble Edward.

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