Obituaries

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Thomas Benavides Sanchez Sr.

Thomas Benavides Sanchez Sr

MIDLAND - Thomas (Tommy) Benavides Sanchez Sr, 60, of Midland, died Jan. 11, 2020, surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on June 2, 1959, to Paubla and Pablo Sanchez in Stanton. He became a lifelong resident of Midland.

He married Irene Reyes on Mar. 28, 1980, and was married for 40 blessed years. He worked as a maintenance man at Hogan Park for 16 years. Not only was this his job but also, a hobby as golf was his favorite thing to do.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church where he attended. He was a family man, he loved music, was good-hearted, and he never met a stranger. He always had words of faith and wisdom to spread to anyone who needed some words of advice or encouragement.

Helping others brought him so much joy and comfort and for this reason he was known as the “neighborhood father” to so many in the Midland community.

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16
Jan
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Cipriana Lucio

Cipriana Lucio

STANTON - Cipriana Lucio died Jan. 9, 2020, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Sinton.

She resided in Spur, from 1964 to 1977. In 1978 she moved to Stanton and lived there for 43 years.

She was a member of Guadalupanas and an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She loved being around her grandchildren and family. She also loved doing needle work, embroidering, cooking, and listening to music, she will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

Visitation and Rosary was at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home on Jan. 10, Funeral Mass was Jan. 11, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Luz Lucio Sr.; son, Ramiro Lucio; and grandson, Thomas Samuel Alexander.

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10
Jan
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Cindy Jane Cochran (Espy)

Cindy Jane Cochran (Espy)

MIDLAND - Lifelong educator and great woman Cindy Jane Cochran (Espy) died unexpectedly in Midland on Dec. 28, 2019, at the age of 68.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Wesley Cochran; son, Robert Ryan Cochran and his wife Jennifer; and grandchildren, Mialynn Nicole Cochran and Keira Lauren Cochran. She is also survived by a large extended family including sister-in-law, Janice Napper Doss and husband Avery of Lamesa; brother-in-law, Thomas Cochran and wife Ann of Dickinson; special nieces and nephews, including Joel Napper and wife Jana and their daughters Jordan and her soon to be husband Marcus, Jessica and her husband Justin and daughter June, their sons Jackson and Jett of Lamesa and Idalou, niece Lisa Napper of Austin, and nephew James Napper of Stanton.

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10
Jan
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David Ward Pruitt

David Ward Pruitt

MIDLAND - David Ward Pruitt, 73, died Jan. 4, 2020. He was born in Greenville, on Jan. 18, 1946, to Dorothy and M.M. Pruitt.

He is a graduate of Celeste High School where he was all district in football, basketball, and track. He went on to earn a BS degree from Texas A&M University and an MS degree in microeconomics from Texas Tech University.

He started his career in the electric cooperative business at Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative in Hereford. He continued at Greenbelt Electric Co-op in Wellington, and then as CEO and President of Cap Rock Electric and Cap Rock Energy in Stanton, and Midland, for twenty-five years before retiring

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10
Jan
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Clara Peters Odom Holliman

Clara Peters Odom Holliman

EDMOND, OK - Clara Peters Odom Holliman, age 92, of Edmond, OK, died Dec. 31, 2019 at Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock.

She was born in Jourdanton on Oct. 15, 1927, to John and Fredericka Peters. She graduated from Stanton High School in Stanton. She was married to W. Paul Odom in 1945, with whom she had two daughters, Ricka and Carmen. Then in 1959 she married W.E. Holliman, with whom she had one daughter, Donna.

She worked as a hairdresser for many years at Baptist Memorial Retirement Community in San Angelo. In 2005 she became a resident there, where she made many friends. She was passionate about watching old westerns and listening to country music; she also loved longhorn cattle, antiques, good art, homecooking and roses. She was a devout Catholic and a proud Texan. Her family were pioneers in bringing Catholicism to Texas in the late 1800’s.

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02
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Billie Clinton Lyle

Billie Clinton Lyle

CLOVIS, NM - Billie Clinton Lyle, 86, formerly of Odessa and Jal, NM, died Dec. 21, 2019, in Clovis, NM. Graveside services were Dec. 27, at Jal Cemetery in Jal, NM, with Johnny Witherspoon officiating.

She was born on July 19, 1933, in Stanton, to Paul and Lena Green. She met her first husband Kenneth Clinton in Cisco, where they were married on Feb. 3, 1951.

The couple had two children Terry Clinton and Kathy Witherspoon. They lived in Jal, NM for 30 years until Kenneth retired and they moved to Odessa. He died on April 19, 1997.

She worked for Midland ISD Bus Barn and was the Nursery Coordinator at University Park Baptist Church where she met her second husband Sidney Lyle. They lived in Odessa, until he died on Sept. 1, 2016.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and dogs, Missy and Cuddles. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and was a blessing to all.

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20
Dec
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Billy James Louder

Billy James Louder

STANTON - Billy James Louder was born on Mar. 26, 1928, in Martin County. At the age of 91, he died on Dec. 10, 2019, in Midland. He was the son of Raymond Clarkston Louder and Mattie Marshall Louder.

He was a graduate of Stanton High School and was voted Mr. Stanton High School in 1946. He played basketball and his team won 33 games straight. He also played on the football and baseball teams. He later officiated at sports events and drove a school bus.

He married Leona Phillips on Dec. 15, 1947, and they were married until 1992. They raised five children in Stanton.

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20
Dec
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Antonio Castillo

Antonio Castillo

STANTON - Antonio Castillo died Dec. 11, 2019. A rosary was recited Dec. 13 at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral Mass Dec.14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters, Monica Castillo, Tammy Castillo; son, Anthony Castillo; sisters, Angelita Valdez, Carmen Baeza, Juanita Perez, Guadalupe Benavides, Ines Castillo; brothers, Ramon Castillo, Ramiro Castillo, and Avelardo Castillo.

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

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12
Dec
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Lois Estelle Painter Peters

Lois Estelle Painter Peters

KLONDIKE - Lois Estelle Painter Peters, 87, died on Dec. 2, 2019.

She was born to Clarence “Bo” Gordon and Grace (Adams) Painter in Lamesa. She graduated from Klondike High School in 1948.

She was involved in the Eastern Star, Big Spring, early in life and was a lifetime member. She married and raised two wonderful children, Dewayne and Patty, whom she showed great strength and compassion.

For over a decade, she owned and operated The Spectacle Center in Midland with her son. Her adept business skills and social graces lead her to live adventures. She was active with the Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest, showing Arabian horses, and RVing across the U.S. Lois filled the room with her big personality and had a voice that could carry. She fluently read Western novels and was herself a stubborn and witty west Texas character.

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12
Dec
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Hardin M. Zimmerman, Jr.

Hardin M. Zimmerman, Jr.

MIDLAND - Hardin M. Zimmerman, Jr., 92 of Midland, died Dece. 2, 2019. Graveside services were Dec. 6, at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

He was born April 13, 1927, to Johnnie and Morris Zimmerman in Stanton. As President of the 1944 Senior Class in Stanton, he enjoyed many years of reunions with his classmates. A proud veteran, he served in the US Army during World War II. He worked for Marathon Oil in Iraan, and Lamesa National Bank.

He is survived by his son, Wesley H. Zimmerman; daughter, Emily Ann McCrory and husband, Michael; grandson,

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