Obituaries

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Vallene Cain

STANTON - Vallene Cain, 76 of Stanton, died Mar. 17, 2019, in a Midland hospital. Funeral services were Mar. 20, at First Baptist Church in Stanton with Rev. David Harp, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born July 24, 1942, in Levelland, the 10th child of D. P. and Annie Wilkerson. She married Herman “Butch” Cain on Aug. 1, 1990 in Monahans.

She worked as a cosmetology instructor for Big Spring ISD for many years and had worked at Cap Rock Electric for 10 years. She was a proud cancer survivor.

Survivors include her husband, Butch Cain of Stanton; three children, Jay Turney and wife Amy of Phoenix, AZ, Wayne Cain and Brian Cain and wife Brandi all of Midland; three grandchildren, Blake Cain and Brady Cain both of Midland and Jason Turney of Phoenix, AZ; one great-grandchild, Lincoln Cain of Midland; one sister, Lavada Thornton of Dumas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Matilde Cortez

STANTON - Matilde Cortez, 74 of Stanton, died Mar. 16, 2019. Rosary was Mar. 18, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral mass was Mar. 19, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Midland. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, and Lulac. He also farmed in Tarzan for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Felipe De Jesus Cortez and Seferina Cortez.

He leaves to cherish his memory his two sons, Matt Cortez of Stanton and Jesse Cortez of San Angelo; two daughters, Mary Griego of San Angelo and Shirley Garza of Big Spring; brother, Julio Garza of Lubbock; 12 grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel.

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Guadalupe Garza Jr.

LENORAH - Guadalupe Garza Jr., of Lenorah, died Mar. 6, 2019. Rosary was Mar. 6, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral mass was Mar. 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1943, in Divot.

He is preceded in death by his sons, Juan Eduardo Garza, Javier Garza; brothers, Frank Garza and Rolando Garza Sr.

He is survived by his wife Minerva Garza; daughters, Sandra Price of Lenorah, Norma Garza, of Stanton, Nora Hernandez of San Angelo; sisters Mary Eloise Mendez and Olga Gonzales, both of Stanton; brothers Albert Garza of Stanton, Paladio Garza of Big Spring, Sonny Garza and Ricky Garza both of Stanton; grandchildren Xavier Hernandez, M.J. Price, Catherine Hernandez, John Mark Hernandez and Grace Price.

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James Stanley Renfro

LUBBOCK - James Stanley Renfro died outside his home on Mar. 2, 2019, exactly one month after his 71st birthday. He was born to James “Olen” Renfro and Gerry Milliken Renfro in Lubbock on Feb. 2, 1948.

He graduated from Tahoka High School in 1966. He thrived in the close-knit community where he enjoyed football, baseball and spending time with his cousins. He attended Texas Tech University before returning to Lynn County where he farmed and began his family. Ultimately, he settled in Lubbock where he found great joy caring for animals… both his and others’. To get away, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time on lakes and at his ranch in Lawn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents G.R. “Bud” Milliken, Cleo McGonagil Milliken, William Nathan Renfro and Lenora Passora White Renfro, and a special nephew Michael Cade Haynes.

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NORTH TEXANS DIE IN POST-CIVIL WAR FEUD

The country doctor answered a knock at his front door on Feb. 27, 1867 to find a hired killer holding a cocked pistol. One squeeze of the trigger later, a simmering North Texas feud claimed its first victim.

When Bob Lee rode home to Hunt County in the summer of 1865, all he wanted to do was to spend the rest of his days in peace with friends and family. But the war was far from over for the Confederate cavalry captain.

The Union soldiers in charge of North Texas faced a critical shortage of civilian supporters. Even in that part of the state where anti-secessionist sentiment had been strong, few Texans wanted to have anything to do with the northern army of occupation.

Accepting allies no questions asked, the outnumbered conquerors attracted every kind of riffraff. The worst of the lot were the so-called “Lick Skillet Men,” whose cutthroat chieftain was Lewis Peacock.

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Johnna Dobbs

MIDLAND - Johnna Dobbs, 59 of Midland, died Feb. 23, 2019. She was born and raised in Midland and attended Robert E. Lee High School.

She loved to read and spend time with her family, especially her three grandchildren. She recently discovered a love for traveling. She also loved her work family and enjoyed her career in accounting. She considered her friends and co-workers as her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Dobbs and her parents, Tudie and JR Hudson.

She is survived by her son, Johnathon Dobbs of Midland; daughter and son-in-law Katy and Bobby Barrera of Stanton; brother Mike Hudson and sister Jen Weatherly both of Midland; and her three grandchildren who were her pride and joys, Bryson, Allison and Mayson Barrera.

A graveside service was Feb. 28 at Resthaven Memorial Park.

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Patsy Rae Chance

CLYDE - Patsy Rae Chance of Clyde died Feb. 24, 2019, in Abilene.

The funeral services were Feb. 28 at the Clyde Church of Christ, with David Peterson, minister, officiating. Burial followed at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene. Services were under the direction of The Hamil Family Funeral Home.

She was born in Portales, NM, on Nov. 1, 1931, to Samuel Milton and Mildred Bacon Key. She grew up as a war time farm girl in Fabens, graduating from Fabens High Schooling's in 1948. She later attended Texas Tech.

She married Billy Ray Chance in Lubbock, on July 29, 1950, and to that union were born six children: Mike Chance (Carla) of Searcy, AK; Jim Chance (Mary) of Flower Mound; Pam Morgan (Stan) of Stanton; John Chance (Kashamanda "Charlie") of Panhandle; and Bob Chance (Tricia) of Bloomfield, NJ. The sixth child, Sue Ann Gibson (Russell) of Abilene, preceded her mother in death in 2012.

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Albert Wayne Beene

BIG SPRING - Albert Wayne Beene, 82, died Feb. 12, 2019, in a local nursing home. Funeral Services were Feb. 15, at Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Kirkland officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Dr. Leslie Butler, Dr. Daniel Chasteen, Perry Hall, Tony Hall, Jack Odom, and Bill Altom.

He was born April 15, 1936, in Stanton to L.E. (Red) and Laura Beene. After the family moved around in the Panhandle area they moved to Big Spring in the early 1950's. He graduated from Big Spring High School in 1955 and went to work at the Post Office in 1957. He was a proud letter carrier for 38 years before retiring in 1995. He then worked at Big Spring High School as a gate attendant for about 10 years. Activities he loved were fishing, hunting, camping out, and building things in his backyard shop. Wayne loved to bowl and was on several bowling leagues.

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Juana Salgado

STANTON - Juana Salgado, of Stanton, died in her home surrounded by her loving family on Feb. 15, 2019. Rosary was Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. Funeral mass was Feb. 19, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory her sons Ernie Salgado, Nestor Salgado, Frank Salgado, Bibian Salgado and James Salgado; daughters Elia Villa, Ramona Montez, Andrea Cazares, Lupe Gonzalez, Socorro Jimenez, Rosa Gonzalez, Gloria Lopez, Soila Melendez, Nellie Moreno, Delma Melendez and Mary Gomez; five sisters and four brothers.

Arrangements were under the direction of Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel.

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Rowena Barber

MIDLAND - Rowena Barber, 89 of Midland, died on Jan. 28, 2019. The family will receive guests from 6p.m.- 8p.m., Feb. 8, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Services will be Feb. 9, at 11a.m. at True-Lite Christian Fellowship Church.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1929, in Bastrop, to Richard and Susie Higgins. On Jan. 31, 1963, she was wed to Jack Barber in Bastrop.

She worked at Belvue Restaurant and Stanton Nursing Home for many years. She attended True-Lite Christian Fellowship faithfully until her health would not allow her to. Her hobbies were coloring, playing bingo and spending time with family.

She is survived by her son John (Irene) Higgins of Midland; daughter Shirley Henry of Midland; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She’s preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Susie Higgins, and husband, Jack Barber.

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