Obituaries

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Pauline Banton Cook McDonald

ANDREWS - Pauline Banton Cook McDonald, age 88 of Andrews, died on June 17, 2017, at Odessa. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life during a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. June 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Monsignor Bernard Gully officiating. Interment was June 21 at Evergreen Cemetery at Stanton under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home of Andrews. She was born June 14, 1929, in Ironton, Ohio to Harry and Annie Banton. She attended public schools in Ironton and later in Salisbury, North Carolina. She was married to Johnnie Paul Cook of Stanton, in 1947. They had two children, Paula Cook Markle of San Antonio, and James Cook of Trophy Club. Mr. Johnnie Paul Cook passed away in 1951, and Pauline later married Charles McDonald in 1953. Mrs. McDonald had worked for the Andrews Independent School District for many years, serving as the administrative assistant for many of the School Superintendents. She also served as the Secretary for the School Board.

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23
Jun

Martha Freeman

SAN ANGELO - Martha Bearden Conway Freeman, 88 of San Angelo, died June 18, 2017, after a long illness. She was born to Alton and Ellie Bearden in Waxahachie, on June 2, 1929. She married Byron Conway in Big Spring on Oct. 7, 1950. Their daughter, Brenda was born Nov. 1953 and by Dec. 1956 another daughter Nancy was born. They were married 25 years until his death in 1975. Two years later a friend, Ann Hackett introduced her to a preacher named Clyde Freeman who had lost his wife, Billie, to a battle with cancer. The two married Oct. 3, 1977, and spent the last 39 years loving each other dearly. She spent many years as a church secretary for the congregation at 11th & Birdwell church of Christ in Big Spring. She was a loving and caring woman who spent years teaching so many souls young and old about the Lord Jesus.

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23
Jun

Hazel Shockley

BIG SPRING - Hazel Shockley, 96 of Big Spring, died June 20, 2017, in a local nursing home. Funeral services were June 22 at the Nalley-Pickle and Welch Rosewood Chapel. Interment followed at Trinity Memorial Park. She was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Runnels County, to Lem M. and Ida Mae Roberts. She married J.B. Shockley Jan. 6, 1939, in Stanton. He preceded her in death April 1, 1995. The couple farmed in the Knott Community many years. She was a homemaker and loved to cook, and was known for her homemade cinnamon rolls. She also loved dogs and cats, and enjoyed sewing and embroidery. She was a member of the Knott Church of Christ. Survivors included a sister, Evelyn Holcomb; an adopted daughter, Zulema "Sue" Casas; four adopted grandchildren, John Casas and wife Karissa, Lee Casas and wife Shelly, Jesus Casas and wife Carol, and Jerry Casas; and several nieces and nephews.

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02
Jun

Joe O’Brien

PATRICIA - Memorial services for Joe O'Brien, 85 of Lamesa were today at First Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Medley officiating. Private entombment was in Dawson County Cemetery under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. A longtime farmer and rancher in the Patricia and Klondike areas, he was well known throughout the Dawson, Martin and surrounding counties. He died May 29, 2017, in Lamesa. He was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Lamesa to Cecil and Renie (Durham) O'Brien. He married Betty Foster Nov. 22, 1951, at Klondike Baptist Church. They were married 65 years. He was a lifelong resident of the Patricia and Klondike area communities. He was a Sergeant in the United States Army having served in the Korean War. He was a member at Klondike Baptist Church and a 32nd Degree Mason.

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26
May

Raymond Ramos Sr.

STANTON - Funeral mass for Raymond Ramos of Stanton were May 23 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. Tim Schwertner officiating. Burial was at St. Josephs Catholic Cemetery. A rosary vigil was May 22 at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. He was born Feb. 4, 1950 and died May 19, 2017. He was a long time resident of Stanton. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ramos of Stanton; a daughter, Theresa Ramos of Midland; three sons, Steve Ramos of Odessa; Raymond Ramos Jr. and wife Krissy and Joel Ramos and wife Tasha all of Midland; a sister, Lola Gonzalez of Midland; three brothers, Luciano Ramos of Stanton; Faustino Ramos of Odessa; Max Lopez of Odessa; seven grandchildren, Timothy Ramos, Jacob Ramos, Jonathan Ramos, Devyn Smith, Kyndall Ramos, Chloe Ramos and Karli Ramos; two great grandchildren, Zaine Isaac Ramos and Noah Ramos. Serving as pallbearers are Steve Ramos, Raymond Ramos, Joel Ramos, Timothy Ramos, Jacob Ramos and Jonathan Ramos. Honorary pallbearer is Max Lopez.

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26
May

Carolyn Ann Hopkins Lysinger

MIDLAND - Carolyn Ann (Hopkins) Lysinger of Midland lost her courageous battle with cancer and died peacefully at her home in Midland on May 20, 2017. She was born on May 15, 1958, and grew up and attended school in Stanton. She excelled in basketball and golf in high school. Her high school golf teams competed at the state golf tournament in Austin three consecutive years while in high school. She earned a golf scholarship to Texas A&M University but she was a small town girl so she stayed in Midland. She continued her golf career at Midland Junior College competing against several later-to-be professional golfers. She also earned an associate’s degree in criminology while at Midland Junior College. She worked for Midland Memorial Hospital and ran the print shop for 34 years. She was an extremely hard worker that loved her friends, family, and pets like no other. She loved sports cars and enjoyed road trips to Houston visiting friends and relatives.

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26
May

Bobby L. Hedrick

KNICKERBOCKER - Graveside services for Bobby L. Hedrick, 85 of Knickerbocker, were May 22 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. He was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Courtney, and died after a lengthy illness May 18, 2017. He was a graduate of Stanton High School and attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville and Sul Ross State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. On Mar. 5, 1960, he married Fran Whitfield and the couple were longtime employees of El Paso Natural Gas, living in Salt Flat and other locations for over three decades. A cowboy at heart, he sold cowboy gear, handmade boots and made leather gear for cowboys for many years. After retirement from El Paso Natural Gas, he and Fran lived in Far West Texas, often near Fort Davis, finally settling in Knickerbocker outside San Angelo.

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19
May

Ray Edward Louder

STANTON - Ray Edward Louder was born in Stanton on Dec. 23, 1946, and died May 10, 2017. His parents were the late Tull Ray and Helen Ruth Range Louder. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served his country proudly. Memorial service was at First Church of the Nazarene on May 16. He is survived by his wife Brenda Louder; two sons, Darrel (Leandre) Louder of Lakeville, Minnesota and Dewayne Louder of Odessa; two grandsons, Corey Louder and Nicholas Louder; two brothers, Jim Louder and Gene Louder both of Stanton; four stepchildren and several step grandchildren.

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May

Charles J McKaskle

LUBBOCK - Charles J McKaskle died May 10, 2017, at the Windmill Rehab Center in Lubbock. He was born in Stanton Aug 1, 1937, to Moncue and Virgie (Hatten) McKaskle, the middle of five children raised on their farm on the Andrews highway. He went to the Flower Grove School, and served in the Air Force for four years. He returned to West Texas in 1963. He married Jan Fields of Big Spring on Mar. 7, 1964. They moved to Fort Worth to work for General Dynamics, but soon moved back to the Big Spring area and together they raised lots of cotton, a family, big gardens, and just about anything else he set his mind to. At one point he worked with Texas A&M to raise red fish and shrimp using salt water from the local draw. He sold and restored cars in his body shop, and he made beautiful brass and copper pieces — one took first place at the Texas State Fair. He was also a member of the Grady ISD school board and attended the Tarzan Baptist church.

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19
May

Robert Wilkerson

MAY - Robert Wilkerson, 78, died May 15, 2017. Graveside services were May 18, at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. He was born May 26, 1938, in Lamesa to Oda and Gladys Wilkerson. He graduated from Stanton High School. He married Jeannie Howell Oct. 2, 1959 in Midland. He was employed by Pan American Petroleum as a geologist in 1959 and later transferred to production operations. He retired in 1987 from Amoco Production as a senior drilling superintendent. His achievements during his career were a great source of pride to him and his family. He made lifelong friends and lasting relationships with the people he worked with. He was well respected in his field of expertise and being a great source of knowledge, was always available and eager to give advice and guidance to his family and friends in the industry after retirement. He enjoyed fishing, leatherwork and mentoring his children and grandchildren in literature, history and politics.

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