Obituaries

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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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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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May

William Coggin

KYLE - William (Bill) Coggin, 89, died on May 13, 2017, in Kyle. Funeral services were May 17 at First Baptist Church in Stanton. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. He was born on Mar. 20, 1928, in Bisbee, AZ, born to Mason and Lillian Coggin. He is survived by his two children, daughter Patricia McKinney and husband Rick of Buda, and son Bill (Chipper) Coggin and wife Jo of Midland; grandchildren Eric McKinney and wife Miriam of Austin, Mark McKinney and wife Cassie of Austin, Paul McKinney and wife Nikki of Buda, Ryan Coggin and wife Monica of Wimberly, T.J. Wade and husband Kelly of Midland, and Kelsey Coggin of Austin. He is also survived by his ten great-grandchildren, his sisters Alta Cook of Cibolo and Evelyn Hogue and husband Pete of Midland along with numerous nieces and nephews. He grew up in Bisbee, AZ and Martin County where he graduated from Stanton High School.

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12
May

Dallas Matthew Keel

MIDLAND - Dallas Matthew Keel, 28 of Midland, died on May 5, 2017, in an automobile accident. A celebration of life and graveside service was May 11 at Greenwood Baptist Church. Pastor Phillip Golden officiated the services. Honorary pallbearers were Clay Britton, Spencer Brown, Dillon Collier, Mike Jones, Chad Lavender, Jacob Lewis, Orlando Loredo, Kevin Manning, Michael Owens, Levi Saenz, Sam Stavinoha, Tony Wooten, Raymond York and Stacey Mendoza. Hes was born on Mar. 27, 1989, in Andrews, to Wayne and Kellie Keel. He graduated from Andrews High School and received his bachelor’s in psychology from The University of Phoenix. He married the love of his life and best friend, Courtney Denise Collier, on June 18, 2016. Jaylee Kate Keel lit up her daddy’s world. Friday, Dallas and Courtney shared exciting news with her that she is going to be a big sister. He loved to spend time with his family and friends.

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May

Betty Latrell Welch

STANTON - Betty Latrell Welch, 80 of Stanton, died May 4, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services were May 8 at First Baptist Church in Stanton with Rev. David Harp officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. She was born April 4, 1937, in Ranger and married Ben Franklin Welch June 16, 1957, in Grandfalls. She owned and operated Dalashanta Dress Shop in Stanton for 13 years and was very involved in the community. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for many years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her husband, Benny Welch of Stanton; one daughter, Carla Welch of Stanton; one son, Ron Welch and wife Robin of San Saba; two grandchildren, Garrett Welch and John Welch; one brother, Kenneth Elrod of San Diego, Cal.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, David O.

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05
May

Shirley Fay Stone

MANKATO, MN - Shirley Fay Stone, 75, was born Feb. 11, 1942, in Big Spring and died Apr. 28, 2017, at her residence in Mankato, MN. Memorial service is May 6 at First United Methodist Church in Stanton. A reception will follow immediately after the memorial service in the church. An intimate family service will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. Her calling and passion in life was teaching. She worked in education for 35 years, primarily in the areas of Special Education and Adult Basic Education (ESL, GED). She loved her students, many of whom came to her for encouragement and prayer well beyond the classroom and their academic years. She graduated from Midland High School in 1960 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from McMurry University in Abilene, where she was active in Gamma Sigma Sorority and was voted Junior Class Favorite in 1963 and crowned Reservation Princess in 1964.

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May

Dean Stevens Fisher

MIDLAND - Dean Stevens Fisher., died Apr. 3, 2017, in Midland. She was preceded in death by her parents V.T. and Johnnie Stevens, a daughter Suzanne Shepard, grandsons Sean Eric Fisher and Justin Noel Shepard and a sister Florene Price. She was born and reared in Mills County, the daughter of doting farmer parents. She married Erven in her home town of Goldthwaite in a union that lasted 70 years. The mother of four, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of seven, she, while rearing her family found time to use her considerable business talent and her outgoing personality to found and operate a newcomer greeting service, Western Welcomes, in Big Spring during the 1960s where she befriended many young Air Force wives and others to Big Spring. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Grace Sunday school class where she made many lasting friendships.

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Apr

Ruby Nell Greenhaw Woods

ANDREWS - Ruby Nell Greenhaw Woods, 86 of Andrews died April 25, 2017. Memorial services will be by the family at a later date in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Cremation is under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews. She was born on May 21, 1930 in Tarzan to Oscar Lawson and Ruby Pearl McNerlin Lawson. She graduated from Courtney High School in Martin County in 1947, and her class was the last class for Courtney High School before it closed. She won a state basketball championship that same year. She graduated from Texas Tech University, where she studied accounting and continued her studies at University Texas of the Permian Basin. She loved to study and attend college and further her knowledge. She married J.C. “Smokey” Greenhaw on August 27, 1949, in Carlsbad, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1993. She had worked at the Lenorah Cotton Gin with Smokey, the couple owned and operated the gin for many years.

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Apr

Sammy Edward Oden

MIDLAND - Sammy Edward "Junior" Oden, 66 of Midland, died in the Midland Regional Medical Center Apr. 22, 2017. He was born Apr. 5, 1951, in Colorado City to Edward and Amber Wagner Oden. He was a man who enjoyed the finer things in life, whether it was traveling around the country, going to watch live performances in the theatre, or going to sporting events. On his trips he always made sure to take a camera and take lots of pictures. He especially enjoyed his trips to Colorado and the train trips to and from, where he would take in the scenery and enjoy looking at all the beauty that God created. When not traveling he could be found in the theatres in Midland, taking in a Rockhounds game, or at the Cotton Bowl which was a tradition he hadn't missed since 1985.

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