Obituaries

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26
Mar
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Tommy Eugene Atchison

Tommy Eugene Atchison

MIDLAND - Tommy Eugene Atchison, 78, died Mar. 15, 2020, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be 10 am, Mar. 28, at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel in Stanton.

Friends, Cowboys and Cowgirls knew him as “Hoss Fly”. “Hoss Fly” enjoyed Rodeo Clowning throughout West Texas, and owning his own gun store.

He is survived by two sons, James Atchison, and Tommy Atchison; one daughter, Cindy Bright; two brothers, Dwight Atchison and Charles Atchison; 11 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Polly Atchison; and wife, Lynn Atchison.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.

Thu
19
Mar
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Donald Leo Decker

Donald Leo Decker

GARDENDALE - A celebration of the life of Donald Leo Decker will be at 2 pm, Mar. 19, at First Southern Baptist Church in Gardendale. Officiating will be Pastor Terry Easley, former pastor of FSBCG and family friend.

Mr. Decker was born Dec. 11, 1933, to Chester Leo and Jewel Marguerite Decker in Ewing, MO. He died at his home in Gardendale on Mar. 13, 2020.

He married the love of his life Patricia Lou Morgan on July 9, 1952. He served in the military from 1952 to 1962 and was a proud Korean War veteran. Following his military service, he and his wife spent several years farming in Clayton, IL.

While he was a successful farmer, he always said “the best crop he ever raised was his kids”. He had seven children, Debra Elizondo and Donna Hoffinan of Gardendale, David (Nancy) Decker of Stanton, Diane (Charles) Baucom of Las Cruces, NM, Darlene (Roger) Hahn of Odessa, Mona Ables of Lakewood, CO, and Michelle Abel of Gardendale.

Fri
13
Mar
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Frances Marie Hodges

Frances Marie Hodges

WAGONER, OK - Frances Marie Hodges of Wagoner, Oklahoma was a wonderful mom, grandma, sister and friend to many. She was a woman who was named after her mom that followed her dreams and cherished each day that she had. She will be remembered for her love for the outdoors, fishing, bowling, horses, miniature donkeys, spoiling grandkids and an unwavering dedication and love for her family.

She was the born on May 8, 1951, to JW Holt and Frances Delila (Tilley) Holt in Big Spring.

She graduated from Franklin High School in Louisiana and attended Howard College in Big Spring where she received her nursing degree.

On Sept. 25, 1992, she married her soul mate Thomas Lawrence Hodges II who died on May 18, 2019.

She enjoyed spending time with her family on the lake and spoiling the grandkids with great snacks in the house.

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13
Mar
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Alfred Eugene ‘Gene’ Perry

LOMAX - Alfred Eugene Perry, 91 of the Lomax community, died Mar. 10, 2020. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., March 16, at First United Methodist Church in Stanton with Rev. Charlie Stevens officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mar. 15, at Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton.

He was born in Haskell County to Hoyt and Thelma Perry. After graduating from Paint Creek High School in 1947, he served in the Army for a short stint prior to returning home to help farm.

He married Jeneane Turnbow on Aug. 30, 1953, in Weinert. He moved to the Lomax community in 1957 and farmed along side his wife until retiring in 1998. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Stanton.

Fri
13
Mar
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Marden C. Holt

STANTON - Marden C. Holt died Mar. 5, 2020. Grave side service was Mar. 9, at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

Survivors include his son Mitch Holt; one sister, Rita Moffett, two brothers, Gearry Holt, and Lennie Holt.

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

Fri
06
Mar
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Kenny Wayne Varnadore

Kenny Wayne Varnadore

MIDLAND - Kenny Wayne Varnadore, 34 of Midland, died Feb. 29, 2020, in Stanton.

He was born on May 17, 1985, to Terry and Tracie O'Steen in Odessa. Growing up, he loved his little brother, Kasey. He enjoyed Boy Scouts, fishing, and playing with his dog Cowboy, He loved playing football which developed his passion for the Dallas Cowboys. He thoroughly studied the statistics and all things football.

At 18, he immediately began his career in the oil field working his way up to Drilling Consultant. He excelled in math and thrived on learning. He was constantly conducting research to further his knowledge. During this time, he found the love of his life, Kimberly. Together they have three wonderful boys who worshiped the ground he walked on.

As a family they loved traveling, spending summers at the beach or at the lake with his grandparents.

Fri
06
Mar
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Arturo Garcia

Arturo Garcia

ODESSA - Arturo Garcia, 78, died Mar. 2, 2020, with his family by his side at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born June 14, 1941, in Marathon, to Benito and Dolores (Lola) Garcia.

He was a rancher on the Hess Ranch in Brewster County for many years.

After leaving the ranching industry in 1990, he moved his family to Odessa. He loved to be outdoors, whether he was tinkering at the ranchito, riding horses, calf roping, team roping or watching the grandkids do what they love. His love for his family will never be forgotten.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son Sidney Garcia; and first wife Janet Lee Garcia.

Thu
27
Feb
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Willie Eugene Byrd

Willie Eugene Byrd

STANTON - Willie Eugene Byrd, known to many as “Byrdman”, died Feb. 24, 2020. He was 87 years old.

He was born June 29, 1932, in McComb, Mississippi to Rowan and Clara Byrd. He grew up helping his dad tend the farm and learned the value of a hard day’s work early in life. After graduating high school he joined the Air Force and served for four years as an aircraft mechanic specializing in an emerging technology at the time - jet engines. After the Air Force he joined Texas Electric Service Company and served 40 years with the company before retiring in 1992.

Thu
27
Feb
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Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia

STANTON - Juan Garcia, 86 of Stanton, died Feb. 28, 2020. Funeral mass will be 10 am Feb. 28, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton with interment following at St. Joseph Cemetery. Rosary service will be at 7 pm, Feb. 27, at Gilbreath Funeral Home.

He was born June 22, 1933, in Mexico. He married Antonieta, Apr. 29, 1958, in Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Antonieta; five daughters, Janie Yanez, Ramona Fernandez, Maria Villa, Rosa Garcia, Irma Villa; two sons, Juan Antonio Garcia and Jessie Garcia.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Salvador Garcia; and a grandson, Andy Garcia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com

Thu
20
Feb
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Rickey Hightower

Rickey Hightower

TARZAN - Memorial service for Rickey Hightower, 60 of Tarzan, will be Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lamesa with Pastor Jim Medley officiating. Visitation will follow the service.

Mr. Hightower died Feb. 16, 2020 in Tarzan. He was born Nov. 26, 1959, in Lamesa, to Earl Vernon and Clara Onetta (Milstead) Hightower.

He married Shelly Hatchett Aug. 21, 1980 in Lamesa. They were married 39 years.

He farmed alongside his brothers all his life. Family, ranching, and roping were his love. He served on the Lamesa Rodeo Association for many years, alongside NRCS and University Lands. He also served on the FSA Board and was awarded Rancher of the Year in 2019.

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