Obituaries

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Jackie Elaine Stovall

BIG SPRING - Jackie Elaine Stovall died Sep. 26, 2018. A memorial service was Sep. 29, at Nalley- Pickle & Welch Chapel. She was born to Edgar Travis and Clara Lorain Hill on June 24, 1941 in Stanton. She spent several memorable years in Ferris, OK. After several moves for Granddaddy's work, the family settled in Midland in 1949. She attended Midland High School and shortly after she met the love of her life, Bobby Stovall. They were married on Nov. 6, 1959. She was a stay at home mom until going to work for Midland Women's Clinic in 1976, then joined Sun Oil /Oryx until her retirement in 1992 as materials manager. After retirement she started and operated Two Grannies Consignment Store. Her favorite job was always being the most loving, caring mom, grandma and great-grandma. She loved watching her grandkid's baseball and football games, choir concerts and Jessica's dance recitals, playing dress-up (even with the boys). She really enjoyed special times with Dad and the family.

Fri
28
Sep
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Alfonso "Poncho" Cortez

COAHOMA - Alfonso "Poncho" Cortez, 76 of Coahoma, died Sep. 15, 2018, at his residence. Vigil services were Sep. 18, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. Funeral mass was Sep. 19, at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish. Interment followed at Mt. Olive Memorial Park.

He was born May 17, 1942, in San Benito, to Alfonso and Beatrice Cisneros Cortez. He married Delfina Cruz Sep. 16, 1961, in Stanton.

He was a longtime resident of Martin County. He worked as a farmer and a welder. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, listening to music and singing, and cooking barb- que, he was well known for his smoked brisket and homemade BBQ sauce. He moved to Howard County in 1995.

Fri
28
Sep
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Billie Jene Hill

BIG SPRING - Billie Jene Hill, 90, of Big Spring, died Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in a local hospital. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Peace Chapel at Trinity Memorial Park with Brad Daniels officiating.

She was born December 11, 1927 in San Angelo, Texas and moved to Big Spring in 1935. It was here where she later met and married David Hill August 15, 1950 in Big Spring. He preceded her in death March 24, 2006.

 Jene was the daughter of the late C A “Slim” and Laura Louise Mosley Lane. After David’s return from the military, Jene and David farmed and ranched several years before owning and operating the package store in the Settles Hotel and Lane’s Package Store until their retirement in 2001. She and David enjoyed dancing at the Eagles Lodge. 

Survivors include several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Elizabeth Bobo and Teresa Gonzalez and James Welch.

Fri
14
Sep
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TEXANS CONFRONT THE HORRORS OF “THE GREAT WAR”

by Bartee Haile

The “Tough ’Ombres” of the Ninetieth Infantry Division saw action for the first time on the bloody battlefields of France on Sep. 12, 1918. The Great War (no one imagined there might be a second) has all but faded from the national memory. Ask most Americans what they know about World War I, and they may mumble something about trench warfare, the Lusitania and the Treaty of Versailles.

Fri
14
Sep
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LAWN CLIPPINGS

The first week of August I was haulin’ a load of cows to the sale. We hadn’t had rain for five weeks and my pasture was pretty sorry. I’d been feedin’ hay for two weeks. Along the highway I could see houses on either side. Most had green lawns.

It occurred to me ‘Somethin’ is wrong with this picture!’ Not that I’m against people havin’ lawns, or even soakin’ them with precious water. But then they mow it. They pick up the clippings. Then they stuff these clippings in a plastic bag and try and hide it somewhere.

 

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14
Sep
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Robert De La Rosa, Jr.

STANTON - Robert De La Rosa, Jr., 63 of Stanton, died Sep. 4, 2018, in a San Angelo hospital.

Funeral services were Sep. 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He was born June 22, 1955, in Corpus Christi, and married Angela Montez on June 22, 2002, in Stanton.

He served in the United States Army from November 1972 until November 1975 during the Viet Nam war. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved being with his family and will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Fri
07
Sep
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Orvil Kay Pinkerton

STANTON - Orvil Kay Pinkerton, 85, died Sep. 3, 2018. He was born to the late Henry and Dovie Pinkerton in Throckmorton July 10, 1933. On Sep. 30, 1952, he married his best friend Jeanine Garrett. Together, they raised five children. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin and uncle. He was known as one of the hardest working men that ever was. He began his lifelong mechanic career at an early age, starting out at Elders Chevrolet and working his way up to be one of the first mechanics to repair automatic transmissions in the Permian Basin. He then created the only mobile transmission repair company in the Midland/Odessa area during the 60s and 70s. In the early 80s, he and his cousin Jerry Shankle opened J&K Auto Repair where he continued his passion of auto mechanics throughout the 90s. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, grandson Tim Pinkerton and sister Billy Jean Lightner.

Fri
31
Aug
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Jesus Ramirez

STANTON - Jesus Ramirez, 83, died Aug. 21, 2018. He was born in Doctor Coss Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Sept. 20, 1934, and grew up in Camargo, Tamaulipas Mexico. At the age of 34 he moved to Stanton, where he met and married the love of his life Juanita Ramirez. He worked as a farmer with Mr. Hoot Leonard for over 30 years. He was a very faithful member of Templo Jerusalem for over 36 years. He lived to serve the Lord and had a sincere passion for helping those in need. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and feeding his ‘Palomas’. He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita C. Ramirez, two sisters and one brother. He is survived by his five children; Lee Villalobos, Rosemary Vera, Paco Rodriguez, George Rodriguez, and Victoria Caraveo all of Midland; one brother Reyes Ramirez of Moriarty, New Mexico; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Evening prayer service was at Templo Jerusalem on Aug. 24 and Aug.

Fri
31
Aug
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Georgia Pieper Borders

SWEETWATER - Georgia Pieper Borders, 89 of Sweetwater, died Aug. 24, 2018 at Mitchell County Nursing & Rehab. Funeral services were Aug. 27, at Roscoe First Baptist Church with Pastor David Draper officiating. Burial followed at Roscoe Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate- Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. She was born on Sept. 25, l928, in Stanton, to Marion and Naomi (Solomon) Yell. She worked for City of Sweetwater and RSP Railroad for many years before retiring.

Fri
24
Aug
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Martin County Messenger

LUBBOCK - Services for former Stanton schools band director Jerry Don Banks 78 of Lubbock were Aug. 18 at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel. He died Aug. 12, 2018, in Lubbock. He was born Sep. 6, 1939, in Lubbock, to the late W.I. and Lorene Banks. He married Beverly Ann Hill, Dec. 23, 1962, in Lubbock. He was a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master’s degree in music education and accounting. While attending Texas Tech he was a proud member of the Goin’ Band From Raiderland. His passion was music and he served as a band director in several West Texas cities including Idalou, Lorenzo, Stanton, Knox City and Midland. He served as director of the Lubbock Chapter of Barbershop singers for many years. He had a second career as a CPA for Lubbock Radiology for over 20 years. Music was his first love but being a CPA paid the bills. He was also an avid golfer and a faithful member of the Barnes and Noble Coffee Gang.

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