Obituaries

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Anita Joyce Standefer Bulin

BIG SPRING - Anita Joyce Standefer Bulin died May 10, 2019, following a year long battle with lymphoma.

She was born Oct. 17, 1949, in Big Spring, to Clement Ray Standefer and Dorothy Sue Henson Standefer. She was preceded in death by her beloved father.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Mike, two daughters Alexis Penn and husband Joe, Amanda Haygood and husband Shawn, and stepson Mike Bulin and wife Andrea, and three grandchildren, Regan Bulin, Jacob Penn, and Elizabeth Joy Penn. She also leaves behind her mother, Sue, and sister Brenda Driggers and husband Ron and their children and grandchildren.

She loved the Bulin family and will be remembered and missed by brother-in-law Lewis and wife Betty, sisters-in-law Geraldine Borgwardt, and Kathy Gresham and husband Steve, and numerous nieces and nephews and their beautiful families.

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09
May
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Lora Lou Pierce

GRAPE CREEK - Lora Lou Pierce Springer Eastman, 83 of Grape Creek, died May 2, 2019, in a Big Spring nursing home. Memorial services were May 4, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with her niece, Rev. Nancy Springer, Rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Midland, officiating.

She was born April 6, 1936, in Big Spring to Randolph and Gussie Pierce. She married J. T. Springer Jan. 7, 1956, and he preceded her in death in 1968. She then married Rev. Clinton Eastman Dec. 5, 1976, and he preceded her in death in Feb. 2014.

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09
May
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Vernon Lee Cox

STANTON - Vernon Lee Cox, 87 of Stanton, died May 6, 2019. Graveside services were May 9, at Evergreen Cemetery with Corky Blocker and Kendal Tomlinson officiating.

He was born May 6, 1932, in Martin County to Pearl and Troy Cox. He married Willie “Aneta” Cox on June 29, 1957.

He worked for White Motor Company as a mechanic for many years where he later retired. He loved to be outdoors especially on his front porch in the swing. He loved to spend time with his family. He loved to barbecue and watch the grandbabies play. He enjoyed singing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” at Christmas with all the grandbabies. Whenever asked what he wanted to do or how he wanted spend a birthday, he just wanted family to be near and spend it with him.

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02
May
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Abram “Abe” Martin Martens

TARZAN - Abram “Abe” Martin Martens of Tarzan died Apr. 29, 2019, at the age of 18. He was born Jan. 13, 2001, to David Martens and Susana Gunter.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. May 3 at Mennonite Evangelical Church in Seminole. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. Viewing was May 2 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home.

Abe was in his junior year attending Grady High School. He wished to one day become a certified dive welder. Abe enjoyed listening to music, playing video games, and working on electronics.

Not a day went by without caring for and playing with his dog Rocky. Abe was a kid of few words but, the most gentle heart. Abe will continue to live on in the hearts of his loving parents, family, and friends.

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02
May
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Billy Brad Johnson

GLEN ROSE - Billy Brad Johnson, 70 of Glen Rose, died Apr. 25, 2019, at his residence with his loving family by his side. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., May 3, at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs with military honors. Rev. TJ Joyner will officiate. He was born on Feb. 23, 1949, in Breckenridge, to Billy Bradford and Jackie Mae Stoker Johnson. He was raised in Blackwell and graduated from Blackwell High School. After graduation he joined the USMC at the age of 18 and served in the Vietnam War. He married Debbie Sparks in 1972 and loved her until his passing. Together the couple had three children, Sherry, Jory, and Keegan. He loved his family, animals, camping and fishing with his family. He was a gentle christian man and loved the Dallas Cowboys.

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02
May
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Larry Leo Ratliff

NEW BRAUNFELS -

Larry Leo Ratliff was born to Verdis R. and Henryetta O. (Clement) Ratliff on Mar. 23, 1946, in Brownwood. He died on Apr. 29, 2019, in New Braunfels, at the age of 73.

He is survived by his wife, Lelynda Ratliff of Canyon Lake; children, Angela Hildreth & husband Steven of Olathe, Kansas, John Ratliff and Steven Ratliff, both of Canyon Lake; sister, Ruby Mitchell of Midland and grandchildren, Samuel Hildreth and Molly Hildreth, both of Olathe, KS.

He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service to his country. He was also on the board of directors for the Canyon Lake Water Company; a member of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department and C.E.O of the Mountain Valley Pharmacy for 32 years.

A Memorial Service Celebrating his life, with military honors, will be at 1:30 p.m. on May 4, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in Canyon Lake, 1071 FM 2673, Canyon Lake/Sattler, Texas 78133. (830)625-3434.

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Jack Stovall

STANTON - Jack Stovall, 89 of Stanton, formerly of Big Spring, died Apr. 28, 2019. Funeral Services were May 2, at Myers & Smith Chapel with Ralph Anderson officiating. Burial followed at Trinity Memorial Park.

He was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Snyder, OK to Tenny and Walter Stovall. He married Dorothy Essmeier on Apr. 3, 1954, in Ganado. They moved to Big Spring in 1977 from Midland.

She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2017. He was a Speech Therapist in Abilene and Midland. He was employed by the Big Spring State Hospital as Head of Outreach and later assistant Superintendent. He retired in 1989. He had lived the last two years with his daughter in Stanton. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force.

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11
Apr
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Jo Nell Madison

STANTON - Jo Nell Madison, 91 of Stanton, died Apr. 4, 2019, in a Big Spring nursing home. Graveside services were Apr. 6 at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel in Stanton with Rev. Leandro Gonzales officiating.

She was born Mar. 17, 1928, in Gorman, to V. W. and Gladys Bradford. She married Dick Madison Oct. 1, 1966, in Stanton, and he preceded her in death May 24, 1995.

She was a longtime resident of Martin County and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her four children, Ginger Tunnell and husband, Brad, Bobby Holland and wife, Doris, Roy Madison and wife, Faye, and Brenda Alexander; two step-children, Mike Madison and wife, Judy, and Susie Edmisten; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Judy Jacks and husband, Royce, Sue Davis and husband Burle, and Betty Aslackson; and one brother, Robert Glen Bradford.

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04
Apr
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Bobbie Jean Rowe Henson

STANTON - Bobbie Jean Rowe Henson, 82 of Stanton, died April 2, 2019, at her residence. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., April 5, at the First United Methodist Church of Stanton with Rev. Charlie Stevens, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born June 29, 1936, in Tokio, to Flora Mae Proctor Rowe and Burton Dale Rowe.

In her early years, she and her family moved frequently as her father worked all across Texas in road construction. When her family moved to Stanton in her junior year of high school, she met Homer Henson, and they fell in love. Even after another transfer moved her away from Stanton, they would write letters often, and he would drive hours to visit as often as possible.

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28
Mar
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Douglas Jack Carder

ROCKWALL - Former Stanton resident Douglas Jack Carder died Mar. 15, 2019, in Rockwall.

He was born Dec. 29, 1948, to Jack H. and Iva M. Carder in Basin, WY. While at Forsan, where he graduated high school, he met Scherry Avery of Stanton. In 1968, he joined the US Army and served in Vietnam. After his discharge, he and Scherry married Mar. 15, 1968. While in the military, son Christian J. Carder on Oct. 6, 1971, in Lowell, MA. After residing in Lowell, the couple moved back to Stanton, where he went to work in the oil field and attended Midland College, earning a degree in petroleum engineering. On Sep. 10, 1975, daughter Misti Scharece Carder was born.

Scherry lost a two-year battle with cancer in 1988. By the end of 1988, he reunited with his elementary school sweetheart Sherry Wilson Stephens.

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