Obituaries

Fri
18
May

Cody Rodriguez Portillo

MIDLAND - Cody Rodriguez Portillo, 27 of Midland, died May 8, 2018. he was born on Jan. 22, 1991, to John and Betty Portillo. He is survived by his son Ezekiel Cody Portillo, and his parents John and Betty Portillo both of Midland; seven brothers and two sisters Chris and Vanessa Portillo, Ricky and Carmen Portillo, Jacqueline Portillo, Heather and Ruben Martinez, Stephen Portillo, Anthony Portillo, Robert Portillo, Adam Portillo, and Reyes Portillo all of Midland; several nieces and nephews and his girlfriend Stephanie Cedillo of Midland. He was preceeded in death by his grandparents Manuel and Beatrice Rodriguez and Reyes and Lucy Portillo. He was a happy person and he was loved dearly by everyone he knew. They could count on him to make them laugh and make life a little brighter just because he was in it. He loved his “Zekey” more than anything in this world.

Wed
16
May

Margaret Carrillo

STANTON - Funeral Services for Margaret Carrillo of Stanton, were May 5, at at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton, with Deacon Clemente Villa officiating. A Rosary Vigil was May 4, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. She was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Rocky Ford Colorado and died May 2, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband Jesus Carrillo, parents Felix and Gavina Gonzales, granddaughter in law Amanda Holguin, granddaughter Jessica Holguin, four great grandsons and a great granddaughter. She is survived by her sons; Mark Carrillo of Midland, Carlos Carrillo (Irma) of Midland and Mario Carrillo (Noemi) of Midland; daughters Cecilia Carrillo (Joe Rodriguez Jr.) and Yolanda Carrillo (Robert Villa) all of Stanton; grandchildren Erica Brown (Ryan) of Leander, Mario Erik Carrillo of Austin, SFC Jesus Jimmie Carrillo (Domenica) of Ft.

Wed
16
May

Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III

MIDKIFF - Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III, “T. O.”, 83 of Midkiff, died May 5, 2018. Funeral services were May 10, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. He was born on Aug. 7, 1934, to Hattie Mae and Thomas Oscar Midkiff, Junior in Midland. He attended Midland High School and Allen Military Academy in Bryan and graduated from Schreiner Military Institute in Kerrville. After graduation from Schreiner Military Institute, he started working on the family ranch which is a registered Texas ranch for over 100 years. Early on he raised cattle and sheep on the ranch and in later years cleared land to include cotton farming. He married Carol Ann Leon in Midland on May 21, 1982. He loved being with family and being Poppy and Granddaddy to the grandkids. He was funny, a hard worker and played hard too. He loved to travel to destinations that included Australia, South and Central America, he enjoyed fishing in Mexico, Big Bend and hunting in the Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III Grand Canyon.

Fri
11
May

Margaret Carrillo

STANTON - Funeral Services for Margaret Carrillo of Stanton, were May 5, at at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton, with Deacon Clemente Villa officiating. A Rosary Vigil was May 4, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. She was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Rocky Ford Colorado and died May 2, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband Jesus Carrillo, parents Felix and Gavina Gonzales, granddaughter in law Amanda Holguin, granddaughter Jessica Holguin, four great grandsons and a great granddaughter. She is survived by her sons; Mark Carrillo of Midland, Carlos Carrillo (Irma) of Midland and Mario Carrillo (Noemi) of Midland; daughters Cecilia Carrillo (Joe Rodriguez Jr.) and Yolanda Carrillo (Robert Villa) all of Stanton; grandchildren Erica Brown (Ryan) of Leander, Mario Erik Carrillo of Austin, SFC Jesus Jimmie Carrillo (Domenica) of Ft.

Fri
11
May

Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III

MIDKIFF - Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III, “T. O.”, 83 of Midkiff, died May 5, 2018. Funeral services were May 10, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. He was born on Aug. 7, 1934, to Hattie Mae and Thomas Oscar Midkiff, Junior in Midland. He attended Midland High School and Allen Military Academy in Bryan and graduated from Schreiner Military Institute in Kerrville. After graduation from Schreiner Military Institute, he started working on the family ranch which is a registered Texas ranch for over 100 years. Early on he raised cattle and sheep on the ranch and in later years cleared land to include cotton farming. He married Carol Ann Leon in Midland on May 21, 1982. He loved being with family and being Poppy and Granddaddy to the grandkids. He was funny, a hard worker and played hard too. He loved to travel to destinations that included Australia, South and Central America, he enjoyed fishing in Mexico, Big Bend and hunting in the Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III Grand Canyon.

Fri
04
May

Howell Winfred Pardue

MIDLAND - Howell Winfred Pardue died on Apr. 28, 2018. He was born on Dec. 28, 1935, to Howell Whitfield Pardue and Helen Paulette Wyatt in Jackson Parish, Louisiana. He married Nelda Jean Whitmore in Midland, on Jan. 29, 1960. The couple had two daughters Darla Suzette (Baccus) and Julie Jeree (Golden). After completing his service in the Air Force, he took a job working at Ray Geophysical, launching his career in the geophysical business. As one of the data processing pioneers in the business, he gained the respect of his peers, many of whom were highly educated, intelligent men, and received many honors from his peers in the geophysical industry. In 1976, he went to work for Dawson Geophysical, where he proudly contributed to the success of the company for 40 years. Above all though, he was a devoted family man and spent his life investing in the lives of his loved ones.

Fri
27
Apr

Bennie Lee Foster

FLOWER GROVE - Funeral services for Bennie Lee Foster, 83, of Flower Grove were April 24, at Lamesa Church of Christ. Randy Mathis of Ackerly Church of Christ officiated and Bennie Green of Big Spring assisting. Internment followed at Ackerly Cemetery under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. He died Apr. 21, in Lamesa, surrounded by his family. He was born at home Jan. 22, 1935, in Martin County, to Ben and Pearl (Webb) Foster. He married Billie Cook April 25, 1957, in Flower Grove. They were married 60 years. He was raised in the Flower Grove community where he farmed and ranched. He served on the Flower Grove and Klondike School Boards. He also served on the Flower Grove Gin Board. In 1993, he was awarded “Outstanding Conservationist Farmer” in Martin County. He served as deacon and later as elder at Ackerly Church of Christ. He enjoyed a good coyote hunt, camping and fishing, hunting arrowheads, making spurs and raising cattle.

Fri
27
Apr

Tommy Joe Baker

SNYDER - Tommy Joe Baker, 77, died April 21, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral service will be April 28th at 2 p.m. at Colonial Hill Baptist Church in Snyder, with Dr, Tommy Culwell officiating. Services are under the direction of Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral Home. He joined the Army National Guard Jan. 31, 1958, as a Security Policeman and served four years and four years inactive. He married Kathleen McMillan in Sedan, KS June 6, 1962. After his time in the Army National Guard he did what he loved, working as a cowboy on the Floyd Mills Ranch in Kansas. Tommy worked in the oil field for Koch Industries then, FMC, Meter Check and Angus Measurement. Prior to moving to Snyder, he co-owned and worked an oil lease with his father-in-law, John McMillan in Peru, Ks. Snyder has been their home for the past 25 years.

Fri
27
Apr

Jimmy Miller

MERTZON - Jimmy Miller, 76 of Mertzon died peacefully surrounded by his family Apr. 24, 2018, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, four children and their spouses, ten grandchildren, one great grandchild, two brothers and many friends. Family visitation will be 1pm April 28, at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 200 Broadway Stanton. Memorial service will follow at 2:00pm in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to; Marcia Briggs Memorial Scholarship 8233 CR 101 Lampasas, TX. 76550 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or Hospice of San Angelo 36 E. Twohig Ave. Ste 1100 San Angelo, Tx. 76903. Online condolences may be left at www.robertmassie.com

Fri
20
Apr

Eva Navarrette Valles

STANTON - Funeral mass for Eva Navarrette Valles will be Apr. 20 at 10 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Rosary will be at 7 tonight at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. She was born Aug. 13, 1933, in Barrancos, Mexico and died Apr. 17, 2018. She will be truly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband Chon Valles and daughter Hortencia Guevera. She is survived by her daughter Sheila Martinez and husband Felix of Midland; sisters Juana Salagado of Stanton, Antonia Montez of Monahans, Hermila Gonzales of Monahans, Faustina Nunez of Arizona, Dominga Mejia of Arizona, Anita Ramirez of Odessa; brothers Santos Navarrette, Ramon Navarrette and Adan Navarrette all of Arizona, 11 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers are Mike Ybarra Jr., Mike Ybarra III, Donny Ybarra, Lorenzo Ybarra, Brian Carrasco Sr., and Brian Carrasco Jr.

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