Obituaries

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Eli Cantu, Jr.

JACKSON, TENN - Eli Cantu, Jr., 54, died Sept. 16, 2019, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee.

The family received at Curry Funeral Home in Tennessee. Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 21, at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

He was born July 7, 1965, in Big Spring to Ofelia Cantu and the late Eli Cantu, Sr. He was a correctional officer at the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department. He was known as the “Big Man with the Big Smile” and was loved by everyone whose lives he touched.

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Carla Hill

STANTON - Carla Hill, 62, died on Sept. 13, 2019, at her home in Stanton. She was born Carla Deene Holleman on June 5, 1957, in Midland. She was raised in Tucson, Arizona and NW Ohio with her two younger sisters. When she was young, she loved riding horses, artwork and singing. She won several awards in local and state choirs and sang beautiful solos in church. Carla graduated high school a year early and married William Hill of Waterville, Ohio. They had two children, Joshua and Aimie.

She was always a very hard worker, whether landscaping in the Arizona sun or managing large apartment complexes, and she raised her children with laughter and love. Her son Joshua died at the age of 19. She and her daughter moved back to Texas in 1993.

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12
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Helen Kendrick

BIG SPRING - Helen Kendrick, 76 of Big Spring, died Sept. 4, 2019. The family received friends at Myers & Smith Funeral Home. Funeral service was Sept. 7, at Myers & Smith Chapel with John McCullough, pastor of Berea Baptist Church and Courtney Ballard, pastor of Cowboy Circuit Riders Church, officiating. Burial followed at Trinity Memorial Park.

She was born Feb. 24, 1943, in Roscoe, to Annie Mae Tiller Brown and Joseph "Bug" Arvel Brown. She grew up in Colorado City and Westbrook.

On July 21, 1961, she married Marvin Lee Kendrick in Colorado City. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2004. She and Marvin moved to Big Spring in 1973. She had worked at Village Bakery in Sweetwater and later worked at Sears for many years. She had also owned the Beauty Center for eight years.

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06
Sep
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Frankie Deawn Wickham

PAMPA - Frankie Deawn Wickham, 63 of Midland, died Aug. 17, 2019 in Pampa. Memorial services were Aug. 24, at Mary Ellen and Harvester Church of Christ with Keith Feerer, minister of Mary Ellen & Harvester Church of Christ, and Glen Walton, Church of Christ minister, officiating. There was a second memorial service on Aug. 31, at the Westside Church of Christ in Midland. Cremation and arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.

She was born July 13, 1956, in Pampa to Jack and Wanda Mitchell. She graduated from Pampa High School in 1974. She

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06
Sep
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Eloise Aguirre

LENORAH - Eloise Aguirre of Lenorah, died Aug. 31, 2019. Visitation and Rosary were Sept. 3, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral mass was Sept. 4, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

She was born Mar. 15, 1955, and lived in Lenorah all her life. She worked for Martin County Hospital. She was a loving, sweet, caring person and will be missed tremendously.

She is preceded in death by her father, Florencio Garza Sr.; mother, Coleta Garza; sister, Florencia Acosta; brothers, Felix Garza Sr., and Florencio Garza Jr.;

Survivors include her daughters, Eileen Aguirre of Stanton and Doreen Lopez of San Antonio; sons, Manuel Aguirre Jr. of Lenorah, Guillermo Aguirre of Fort Worth and Lawrence Aguirre of Stanton; brother Fred Garza Sr.; 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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29
Aug
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Janet Lenora Henson

STANTON - Janet Lenora Henson, known to her friends and family as Gongi, died, Aug. 19, 2019. Memorial services were Aug. 24, at the First Baptist Church of Stanton with Chris Cochran officiating.

She was born to Bailey and Sedorah Hand Mar. 17, 1945, in Big Spring. She lived in Midland most of her life and later moved with her husband, Jimmy Henson, to the family farm in Stanton. She was an active member of the Faith Foundation Church of Midland. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed spending time with her quilting guild and traveling to quilting retreats. She left an extensive legacy of “Gongi” quilts for her family and friends to remember her by.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bailey and Sedorah Hand, husband, Jimmy Henson and grandson, PFC Clayton W. Henson.

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29
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James Marco Hale

HENRIETTA - James Marco Hale, 86 of Henrietta, died Aug. 27, 2019. Funeral services were Aug. 29, at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Henrietta, with Rev. Doug Gaskey, pastor, officiating and Rev. Darren Ward, assisting. Burial followed in the Alvord Cemetery in Alvord under the direction of Davis Funeral Home in Henrietta.

He was born Oct. 19, 1932, in Decatur, to Ben F. and Ella (Hudson) Hale. He married Darleen (Collins) Hale on Feb. 24, 1953, in Alvord.

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29
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Iva Ilynn Atchison

MIDLAND - Iva Ilynn Atchison died at age 73, on Aug. 11, 2019, in a Midland hospital. Her friends knew her as either Lynn or “Hosslady”. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Sept. 7, at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel.

She graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1964 in the Top Ten of her class, and has been instrumental in keeping the Class of 1964 connected since graduation. She earned a BBA degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University in 1970. After passing the CPA exam in 1993, she opened a small tax practice in Stanton, and has been serving her clients ever since.

She served as Treasurer for the Friends of Martin County Library. She served on the Board of the Senior Citizen’s Foundation, and was a past volunteer for delivering meals.

She loved the Lord and was determined to live every day to its fullest. We will miss her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlotte and Ikie Wilson of Sweetwater.

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29
Aug
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Bonnetta "Bonnie" Cox Bednar

ABILENE - Bonnetta "Bonnie" Cox Bednar, 85 of Abilene, formerly of Garden City, died Aug. 18, 2019, at her residence. Funeral services were Aug. 24, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with Chris McCurley officiating.

She was the youngest girl born to Jim Will and Zemma Cox in Big Spring. She grew up on the family ranch just outside of Garden City and attended and graduated from Garden City High School in 1952.

She married Wilburn Bednar December 16, 1955, in Garden City. She worked in Midland while Wilburn was in Korea. They both resided on the family farm in St. Lawrence until moving to Abilene after Wilburn retired from farming and County Judge.

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22
Aug
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Homer Alf Swinson

STANTON - Homer Alf Swinson, 84 of Stanton, died on Aug. 20, 2019. A funeral service will be 10am Aug. 22, at the Downtown Church of Christ in Stanton. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1934, in Cisco, to Cicero Van and Emmie Reeves Swinson. Homer was the sixth of seven children.

The family moved frequently, and he started school in the Pleasant Valley community near Abilene. The family later moved to Nugent, northeast of Abilene and lived on the Clearfork of the Brazos River, where he roamed the riverbanks catching fish and hunting squirrels. He attended and graduated High School in Leuders in 1952.

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