Obituaries

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Larry Leo Ratliff

NEW BRAUNFELS -

Larry Leo Ratliff was born to Verdis R. and Henryetta O. (Clement) Ratliff on Mar. 23, 1946, in Brownwood. He died on Apr. 29, 2019, in New Braunfels, at the age of 73.

He is survived by his wife, Lelynda Ratliff of Canyon Lake; children, Angela Hildreth & husband Steven of Olathe, Kansas, John Ratliff and Steven Ratliff, both of Canyon Lake; sister, Ruby Mitchell of Midland and grandchildren, Samuel Hildreth and Molly Hildreth, both of Olathe, KS.

He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service to his country. He was also on the board of directors for the Canyon Lake Water Company; a member of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department and C.E.O of the Mountain Valley Pharmacy for 32 years.

A Memorial Service Celebrating his life, with military honors, will be at 1:30 p.m. on May 4, at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in Canyon Lake, 1071 FM 2673, Canyon Lake/Sattler, Texas 78133. (830)625-3434.

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Jack Stovall

STANTON - Jack Stovall, 89 of Stanton, formerly of Big Spring, died Apr. 28, 2019. Funeral Services were May 2, at Myers & Smith Chapel with Ralph Anderson officiating. Burial followed at Trinity Memorial Park.

He was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Snyder, OK to Tenny and Walter Stovall. He married Dorothy Essmeier on Apr. 3, 1954, in Ganado. They moved to Big Spring in 1977 from Midland.

She preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2017. He was a Speech Therapist in Abilene and Midland. He was employed by the Big Spring State Hospital as Head of Outreach and later assistant Superintendent. He retired in 1989. He had lived the last two years with his daughter in Stanton. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a Veteran of the U. S. Air Force.

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Apr
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Jo Nell Madison

STANTON - Jo Nell Madison, 91 of Stanton, died Apr. 4, 2019, in a Big Spring nursing home. Graveside services were Apr. 6 at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel in Stanton with Rev. Leandro Gonzales officiating.

She was born Mar. 17, 1928, in Gorman, to V. W. and Gladys Bradford. She married Dick Madison Oct. 1, 1966, in Stanton, and he preceded her in death May 24, 1995.

She was a longtime resident of Martin County and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by her four children, Ginger Tunnell and husband, Brad, Bobby Holland and wife, Doris, Roy Madison and wife, Faye, and Brenda Alexander; two step-children, Mike Madison and wife, Judy, and Susie Edmisten; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Judy Jacks and husband, Royce, Sue Davis and husband Burle, and Betty Aslackson; and one brother, Robert Glen Bradford.

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Apr
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Bobbie Jean Rowe Henson

STANTON - Bobbie Jean Rowe Henson, 82 of Stanton, died April 2, 2019, at her residence. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., April 5, at the First United Methodist Church of Stanton with Rev. Charlie Stevens, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born June 29, 1936, in Tokio, to Flora Mae Proctor Rowe and Burton Dale Rowe.

In her early years, she and her family moved frequently as her father worked all across Texas in road construction. When her family moved to Stanton in her junior year of high school, she met Homer Henson, and they fell in love. Even after another transfer moved her away from Stanton, they would write letters often, and he would drive hours to visit as often as possible.

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28
Mar
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Douglas Jack Carder

ROCKWALL - Former Stanton resident Douglas Jack Carder died Mar. 15, 2019, in Rockwall.

He was born Dec. 29, 1948, to Jack H. and Iva M. Carder in Basin, WY. While at Forsan, where he graduated high school, he met Scherry Avery of Stanton. In 1968, he joined the US Army and served in Vietnam. After his discharge, he and Scherry married Mar. 15, 1968. While in the military, son Christian J. Carder on Oct. 6, 1971, in Lowell, MA. After residing in Lowell, the couple moved back to Stanton, where he went to work in the oil field and attended Midland College, earning a degree in petroleum engineering. On Sep. 10, 1975, daughter Misti Scharece Carder was born.

Scherry lost a two-year battle with cancer in 1988. By the end of 1988, he reunited with his elementary school sweetheart Sherry Wilson Stephens.

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21
Mar
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Vallene Cain

STANTON - Vallene Cain, 76 of Stanton, died Mar. 17, 2019, in a Midland hospital. Funeral services were Mar. 20, at First Baptist Church in Stanton with Rev. David Harp, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.

She was born July 24, 1942, in Levelland, the 10th child of D. P. and Annie Wilkerson. She married Herman “Butch” Cain on Aug. 1, 1990 in Monahans.

She worked as a cosmetology instructor for Big Spring ISD for many years and had worked at Cap Rock Electric for 10 years. She was a proud cancer survivor.

Survivors include her husband, Butch Cain of Stanton; three children, Jay Turney and wife Amy of Phoenix, AZ, Wayne Cain and Brian Cain and wife Brandi all of Midland; three grandchildren, Blake Cain and Brady Cain both of Midland and Jason Turney of Phoenix, AZ; one great-grandchild, Lincoln Cain of Midland; one sister, Lavada Thornton of Dumas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Mar
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Matilde Cortez

STANTON - Matilde Cortez, 74 of Stanton, died Mar. 16, 2019. Rosary was Mar. 18, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral mass was Mar. 19, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

He was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Midland. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, and Lulac. He also farmed in Tarzan for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents Felipe De Jesus Cortez and Seferina Cortez.

He leaves to cherish his memory his two sons, Matt Cortez of Stanton and Jesse Cortez of San Angelo; two daughters, Mary Griego of San Angelo and Shirley Garza of Big Spring; brother, Julio Garza of Lubbock; 12 grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

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

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Mar
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Guadalupe Garza Jr.

LENORAH - Guadalupe Garza Jr., of Lenorah, died Mar. 6, 2019. Rosary was Mar. 6, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral mass was Mar. 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Monsignor Schwertner officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1943, in Divot.

He is preceded in death by his sons, Juan Eduardo Garza, Javier Garza; brothers, Frank Garza and Rolando Garza Sr.

He is survived by his wife Minerva Garza; daughters, Sandra Price of Lenorah, Norma Garza, of Stanton, Nora Hernandez of San Angelo; sisters Mary Eloise Mendez and Olga Gonzales, both of Stanton; brothers Albert Garza of Stanton, Paladio Garza of Big Spring, Sonny Garza and Ricky Garza both of Stanton; grandchildren Xavier Hernandez, M.J. Price, Catherine Hernandez, John Mark Hernandez and Grace Price.

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Mar
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James Stanley Renfro

LUBBOCK - James Stanley Renfro died outside his home on Mar. 2, 2019, exactly one month after his 71st birthday. He was born to James “Olen” Renfro and Gerry Milliken Renfro in Lubbock on Feb. 2, 1948.

He graduated from Tahoka High School in 1966. He thrived in the close-knit community where he enjoyed football, baseball and spending time with his cousins. He attended Texas Tech University before returning to Lynn County where he farmed and began his family. Ultimately, he settled in Lubbock where he found great joy caring for animals… both his and others’. To get away, he was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time on lakes and at his ranch in Lawn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents G.R. “Bud” Milliken, Cleo McGonagil Milliken, William Nathan Renfro and Lenora Passora White Renfro, and a special nephew Michael Cade Haynes.

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Feb
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NORTH TEXANS DIE IN POST-CIVIL WAR FEUD

The country doctor answered a knock at his front door on Feb. 27, 1867 to find a hired killer holding a cocked pistol. One squeeze of the trigger later, a simmering North Texas feud claimed its first victim.

When Bob Lee rode home to Hunt County in the summer of 1865, all he wanted to do was to spend the rest of his days in peace with friends and family. But the war was far from over for the Confederate cavalry captain.

The Union soldiers in charge of North Texas faced a critical shortage of civilian supporters. Even in that part of the state where anti-secessionist sentiment had been strong, few Texans wanted to have anything to do with the northern army of occupation.

Accepting allies no questions asked, the outnumbered conquerors attracted every kind of riffraff. The worst of the lot were the so-called “Lick Skillet Men,” whose cutthroat chieftain was Lewis Peacock.

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