Obituaries

Wed
01
Aug

Robert Lee Densman

Robert Lee Densman was born in Lott, Texas on November 5, 1928 to Causby Spencer Densman and Letha Frankum-Densman. He was the youngest son of 9 children and the last surviving sibling. Robert went home to be with the Lord on July 19, 2018. Robert was known as “Bob” to friends, “Uncle Sonny” to nieces and nephews and various other nicknames, i.e. “Cotton “, “Lee Robert”, and a couple of other nicknames known only to family members. He served in the Army during World War II as a medic in the surgery ward and was stationed most of his military career in Great Falls, Montana. Born to a family of sharecroppers, Robert was an entrepreneur at a very early age. His first business was shining shoes in downtown Marlin, Texas to help supplement his family’s income. He owned a working man’s café known as Densman’s Grill and a subsequent restaurant, both in Pasadena, Texas for approximately 30 years before semi-retiring in Livingston, Texas in the year 1974.

Wed
01
Aug

Robert Goelzer

Mr. Robert August Goelzer, age 88, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018 in Chilton, Texas. Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 28, at 3:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the funeral home. Robert was born August 9, 1929 to Robert August Goelzer, Sr. and Genevieve (Suttle) Goelzer in Chilton, Texas. He was the oldest of 6 siblings. Robert served in the Marine Corps in Korea, leaving the service after his tour as 1st Lieutenant. He worked as an expert in supply and distribution until he retired from Hoechst Celanese Corp as a Senior Buyer. After his retirement he was active in his community as a board member of the Chilton Independent School District where he was recognized for his dedicated leadership. He was also active politically as well as being involved in various other organizations. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Womack of Terlingua; son, Robert F.

Fri
27
Jul

Estevan E. Cantu

STANTON - Estevan E. Cantu, 90, died on July 20, 2018. He was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Charco. Funeral mass was July 23, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton. Burial followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. He is preceded in death by daughter Norma Linda Cantu, sister Viviana Cantu, and brother Elias Cantu Sr. He is survived by his sons; Estevan Cantu, Jr. of Gregory, Osvaldo Cantu of Corpus Christi; daughters, Sylvia Martinez of Corpus Christi, Velma Santos and Ida Arredondo both of San Antonio; brother Enrique Cantu of Stanton; sister Hortencia Perez of Lenorah; 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Alejandro Montanez Cantu, Adam Cantu, Nikolai Cantu, EJ Rodriquez, Jacob Rodriquez, Umberto Gonzales, Jedadiah Hinojosa, and Joshua Hinojosa. Arrangements were under the direction of Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel.

Fri
27
Jul

Domingo Villa

STANTON - Domingo Villa, 80 of Stanton, died July 23, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Feb. 15, 1938, in Big Spring. He was a member of the Crusista at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He loved all his grandchildren and great grandchildren, he has lots of family, friends and numerous nieces, nephews and god children. He is preceded in death by his wife Rafaela Villa, father Enrique Villa, mother Blasa Valdez, siblings Raymond Villa, Felomana Hernandez, Felipe Villa, and Rosa Bustamante. Survivors include his daughter, Ermelinda Villa; grandson Jeremy Esparza and Nicole Burch; granddaughter, Briana Esparza and Jose Arballo; granddaughter Thalia Esparza and Ricardo Martinez; great grandsons Nico Cadena and Julian Arballo; son Michael Villa; granddaughters, Noamie Hardin, Josie Mendez, Destiny Villa, Rebecca Rafaela Villa; grandson Miguel Domingo Villa and numerous great grandchildren; son Nathan Villa and Vanessa Villa; grandson Juan Cruz.

Fri
27
Jul

Paul Allen Jones

STANTON - Paul Allen Jones, 78 of Stanton, died July 21, 2018, in a Midland hospital. Graveside services were July 24, at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel with Rev. David Harp, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. He was born June 21, 1940 in Fort Worth and married Carolyn Taylor July 7, 1967, in Midland. He attended school in Stanton and graduated from Monterey High School in 1958 and attended Texas Tech University. He served in the United States Army in Germany for two years. He farmed and ranched in Martin County, retiring in 2010. His passion was children and participating in all events that included children. He especially enjoyed his grandson. He loved Texas Tech Football and Baseball, and attending stock shows and rodeos. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Stanton.

Fri
27
Jul

Ruby Minton Ridgway

RICHARDSON - Ruby Minton Ridgway, 96 of Richardson, died July 14, 2018. She was born May 7, 1922, in Sweeny. She grew up on a farm south of Stanton. In 1945, Mrs. Ridgway married I. Boyd “Ridg” Ridgway of East Hampton, Connecticut in Odessa. She worked at the Big Spring Army Air Field (later Webb Air Force Base) and her husband was a cadet at the Army Air Force Bombardier School there. They met in Big Spring in 1944 and were married until his death in 1990. She taught at the Valley View School in Martin County prior to her marriage and owned Hallmark card shops in Longview and Richardson. Mrs. Ridgway graduated from Midland High School in Midland, and attended North Texas State Teachers College (now University of North Texas). She was the strength and support of her husband and children, who adored her. Her husband loved her and valued her opinions greatly. Her children always felt that she was the perfect mother.

Fri
20
Jul

Marie Cochran

LAMESA - Graveside services for Marie Cochran, 93 of Lamesa, were July 14, at Dawson County Cemetery with Ben Phipps officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Branon Funeral Home. Zena Marie Wells was born on March 21, 1925, in Gracemont, OK, to Sophia Tullis and Marion Wells. She died July 9, 2018, in Lamesa. Along with her mother, she was co-parented by her beloved grandparents, May and Frank Tullis, after the death of her father, when she was six months of age. She became a Christian at the age of 10 and was baptized in the Washita River in Anadarko, OK. She married Chester R. Cochran in Roswell, NM in 1941. They made their home in Roswell, before moving to Lamesa in 1955. They were married until his death on Dec. 31, 1999. They attended Second Baptist Church.

Fri
20
Jul

Michael Aaron Doshier

STANTON - Michael Aaron Doshier, 28 of Stanton, died July 13, 2018, in Midland County. He was born Jan. 19, 1990, in Big Spring. He was a long time Stanton resident and graduated from Stanton High School in 2008. He worked as a diesel mechanic. He had a love for dogs and had two (Hank and Bear) that were his world. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was the family’s little redneck rebel. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Harry and Hortense “Teen” Doshier. He is survived by his parents, Randy and Tamy Doshier; his brother, Harry Doshier and his wife, Tiffany; his sister, Erica Casias and her husband, Ray; maternal grandparents, Jim and Bonnie Trimble; his fiancé, Sarah Garrett and her child, Phoenix; step-daughter, Autum Hedrick; nieces and nephews, Ethan, Nolan, Brayden, Hunter and Kimber. Private services will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

Fri
20
Jul

Annie Laurie “Ann” Fox

BIG SPRING - Annie Laurie “Ann” Fox, 93 of Big Spring, died July 17, 2018, in a local nursing home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. July 20, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. She was born Feb. 26, 1925, in Stanton to Walter Curtis and Annie Mary Peters Flanagan and married Ralph LeRoy Fox Oct. 9, 1951, in Big Spring. He preceded her in death in 1976. She attended nursing school in Dallas and worked as a registered nurse for many years. She volunteered at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and volunteered at Spring Tabernacle for 13 years. Ann was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Survivors include two sons, Steven Fox and wife, Marva of Shelbyville, Tennessee, and Michael Fox of Big Spring; two daughters, Judy Sprowl and husband, Loren of Indiana, and Nora Woodard and husband, Gene of Alabama; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Franks; and a sister-in-law, Billie Flanagan both of Stanton.

Fri
13
Jul

J W (Dub) Graham

MIDLAND - J W (Dub) Graham was born in Martin County, in the home of his grandmother in 1925 as the third son of Irvin Clovis Graham and Zora Elizabeth Young Graham. He lived in that area all of his life. He met and fell in love with Alice Ruth Cross at the age of 16 and they married upon graduation from Courtney High School in 1944. He was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1945 just a few days before Hiroshima. They attached him to a group called European Air Transport Service which was responsible for moving personnel, equipment, and supplies back to the states because the war was over. He was always very proud of his military service. He returned home in 1946 after Robert was born and worked as a fire fighter at Midland Air Field for a time and then went to work in the home building business in Midland where he worked for many years. He worked for Hays Construction for a number of years and finally worked for and retired from Mid-Tex of Midland.

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