Obituaries

Fri
14
Sep

TEXANS CONFRONT THE HORRORS OF “THE GREAT WAR”

by Bartee Haile

The “Tough ’Ombres” of the Ninetieth Infantry Division saw action for the first time on the bloody battlefields of France on Sep. 12, 1918. The Great War (no one imagined there might be a second) has all but faded from the national memory. Ask most Americans what they know about World War I, and they may mumble something about trench warfare, the Lusitania and the Treaty of Versailles.

Fri
14
Sep

LAWN CLIPPINGS

The first week of August I was haulin’ a load of cows to the sale. We hadn’t had rain for five weeks and my pasture was pretty sorry. I’d been feedin’ hay for two weeks. Along the highway I could see houses on either side. Most had green lawns.

It occurred to me ‘Somethin’ is wrong with this picture!’ Not that I’m against people havin’ lawns, or even soakin’ them with precious water. But then they mow it. They pick up the clippings. Then they stuff these clippings in a plastic bag and try and hide it somewhere.

 

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Fri
14
Sep

Robert De La Rosa, Jr.

STANTON - Robert De La Rosa, Jr., 63 of Stanton, died Sep. 4, 2018, in a San Angelo hospital.

Funeral services were Sep. 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He was born June 22, 1955, in Corpus Christi, and married Angela Montez on June 22, 2002, in Stanton.

He served in the United States Army from November 1972 until November 1975 during the Viet Nam war. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved being with his family and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Fri
07
Sep

Orvil Kay Pinkerton

STANTON - Orvil Kay Pinkerton, 85, died Sep. 3, 2018. He was born to the late Henry and Dovie Pinkerton in Throckmorton July 10, 1933. On Sep. 30, 1952, he married his best friend Jeanine Garrett. Together, they raised five children. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin and uncle. He was known as one of the hardest working men that ever was. He began his lifelong mechanic career at an early age, starting out at Elders Chevrolet and working his way up to be one of the first mechanics to repair automatic transmissions in the Permian Basin. He then created the only mobile transmission repair company in the Midland/Odessa area during the 60s and 70s. In the early 80s, he and his cousin Jerry Shankle opened J&K Auto Repair where he continued his passion of auto mechanics throughout the 90s. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Tim Pinkerton and sister Billy Jean Lightner.

Fri
31
Aug

Jesus Ramirez

STANTON - Jesus Ramirez, 83, died Aug. 21, 2018. He was born in Doctor Coss Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Sept. 20, 1934, and grew up in Camargo, Tamaulipas Mexico. At the age of 34 he moved to Stanton, where he met and married the love of his life Juanita Ramirez. He worked as a farmer with Mr. Hoot Leonard for over 30 years. He was a very faithful member of Templo Jerusalem for over 36 years. He lived to serve the Lord and had a sincere passion for helping those in need. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and feeding his ‘Palomas’. He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita C. Ramirez, two sisters and one brother. He is survived by his five children; Lee Villalobos, Rosemary Vera, Paco Rodriguez, George Rodriguez, and Victoria Caraveo all of Midland; one brother Reyes Ramirez of Moriarty, New Mexico; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Evening prayer service was at Templo Jerusalem on Aug. 24 and Aug.

Fri
31
Aug

Georgia Pieper Borders

SWEETWATER - Georgia Pieper Borders, 89 of Sweetwater, died Aug. 24, 2018 at Mitchell County Nursing & Rehab. Funeral services were Aug. 27, at Roscoe First Baptist Church with Pastor David Draper officiating. Burial followed at Roscoe Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate- Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. She was born on Sept. 25, l928, in Stanton, to Marion and Naomi (Solomon) Yell. She worked for City of Sweetwater and RSP Railroad for many years before retiring.

Fri
24
Aug

Martin County Messenger

LUBBOCK - Services for former Stanton schools band director Jerry Don Banks 78 of Lubbock were Aug. 18 at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel. He died Aug. 12, 2018, in Lubbock. He was born Sep. 6, 1939, in Lubbock, to the late W.I. and Lorene Banks. He married Beverly Ann Hill, Dec. 23, 1962, in Lubbock. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master’s degree in music education and accounting. While attending Texas Tech he was a proud member of the Goin’ Band From Raiderland. His passion was music and he served as a band director in several West Texas cities including Idalou, Lorenzo, Stanton, Knox City and Midland. He served as director of the Lubbock Chapter of Barbershop singers for many years. He had a second career as a CPA for Lubbock Radiology for over 20 years. Music was his first love but being a CPA paid the bills. He was also an avid golfer and a faithful member of the Barnes and Noble Coffee Gang.

Fri
17
Aug

Lillian Parrish Bevers

ODESSA - Lillian Parrish Bevers, 100 of Odessa, died on Aug. 12, 2018. She was born in Roby, to James and Maude Parrish on July 12,1918. She moved with family to Brownfield where she attended Union school and then went on to work in Lubbock, where she met her husband C.S. “Chick” Bevers. They married in 1939 and relocated to Odessa where she resided while her spouse was on an air craft carrier in World War II. In 1948 she gave birth to her daughter Charlene. As a family they moved to Stanton in 1955, where she worked in the church nursery, taught Sunday school, and regularly babysat for people she knew. She was a Girl Scout leader and was highly involved in all her daughter’s activities. Later in life she was involved in and thoroughly enjoyed the Senior Citizens Center in Stanton and was a proud member of the Old Sorehead Band. After her husband’s death in 1968, she helped take care of her beloved grandsons Donnie and Chuck. She moved back to Odessa to be near family in 1998.

Fri
17
Aug

Ofelia Saenz

STANTON - Ofelia Saenz, 72 of Stanton, died Aug. 8, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 2, 1945, in Goliad. She loved all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ofelia enjoyed the outdoors and cooking for everyone who came over. Ofelia always had a smile that would light up a room even through her battle of cancer. She was loved by many and will be missed tremendously. She is preceded in death by her parents Angel and Josephina Serna; and sister Mable Cazares. She is survived by her husband Rogelio Saenz; daughter, Angie Riffe; sons, Roy Saenz and Jaime Saenz all of Stanton; sister, Terry Hernandez of Victoria; brothers George Serna and Santos Serna both of Tulia; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Funeral mass was Aug. 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton. Burial followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was Aug. 10, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home.

Fri
10
Aug

Mike Cox

STANTON - Mike Cox, 64 of Stanton, died on Aug. 5, 2018, while playing golf with his cousin in Winchester, Tennessee. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Aug. 13, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12, at Gilbreath Funeral Home. He was born Nov. 8, 1953, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, to Francis L. and Wydell Butler Cox. He married Raegan Tom Mar. 16, 1996 in Stanton. He was raised in a military family and lived in numerous places. He graduated from Oceanside High School in Oceanside, California in 1971 and attended Mira Costa College on a golf scholarship, graduating in 1973 with an associate’s degree. He served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1978 serving in Korea. He worked in the auto industry for over 30 years, moving to Stanton in 2015 and retiring in 2016. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved playing golf.

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