Obituaries

Fri
16
Dec

Carroll Hardison

BIG SPRING - Carroll Hardison, 76 of Big Spring, died Dec. 1, 2016, at his residence. Graveside service was Dec. 5 at Trinity Memorial Park Peace Chapel with Craig Wallace presiding.

He was born July 10, 1940, in Aquilla, to Iona Martin Hardison and Glen Hardison. He was a graduate of Midland High School, Class of 1958.

He attended SMU and Texas Tech University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He later moved to Big Spring and married Pat Hughes on July 20, 1967, in Coahoma.

He was a loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. He was a calming influence and voice of reason in every situation and a blessing to all of his family and friends. He was a veteran of the United States Marines, and was with the 1st Marine Battalion to land in Vietnam. He operated Hardison Appliance with his father and later his brother-in-law for almost 50 years. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

Fri
16
Dec

Doyle Rainer

BIG SPRING - Doyle Rainer, 67 of Big Spring, died Nov. 29, 2016, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. A private family service will be at a later date.

He was born Aug. 1, 1949, to Tiny Sprayberry Rainer and C.B. Rainer in Overton. He married Ann Nell Winn on July 20, 1968, in Dam B. He came to Howard County in 1984 from Victoria. He had worked in the oil field and was a truck driver. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a Baptist.

Fri
16
Dec

Roy D. Cooper

LAMESA - Roy D. Cooper died Dec. 3, 2016, in Lamesa at the age of 84. He was born to George and Willie Cooper on July 8, 1932.

He was raised in the Munger area and later farmed there for many years. His passion was flying airplanes and helicopters.

He is survived by his children Judy Garcia and husband Richard, Roy Wayne Cooper and wife Sharla, Carmen Furlow and husband Mark, and Dan Cooper and wife Layne, all of Lamesa; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters Peggy Mayo of New Deal, Norma Clement of Lamesa and Patsy Jones of Grand Prairie. He also is survived by his longtime companion Rinda Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Bobby Johnson and Wonnell Aldridge; and a brother Billy Wayne Cooper.

At Roy’s request, his body will be donated to Texas Tech Health Science Center.

Fri
02
Dec

Troy Edward Notgrass

TEMPLE - Troy Edward Notgrass Sr. died at the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple Nov. 19, 2016.

He was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Eastland to Gordon and Rosa Notgrass. He was an educator, holding positions as teacher and principal. He retired from the University of Texas in Austin where he wrote textbooks for high school classrooms.

He is survived by three sons: Eddie Notgrass and wife, Patsy, of Belton, Blake Notgrass and wife Allison of Round Rock, and Craig Notgrass of Austin; three grandchildren: Anthony, Abbie and Morgan Notgrass; four brothers, Burl Notgrass, Bud Notgrass, Dale Notgrass and Randall Notgrass; and three sisters, Nita Howard, Orita Smith, and Lynn Blackburn, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial Service will be at the First Baptist Church in Stanton on Dec. 19 at 2 pm.

Fri
02
Dec

Sammy Owen

LAMESA - Services for Sammy Owen, 79 of Lamesa, were Nov. 30 at Crestview Baptist Church with Pastor Charles Empey officiating.

Interment followed at Dawson County Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Branon Funeral Home

He died on Monday, November 28, 2016 in Midland.

He was born on April 4, 1937 in Carthage to Ezra Lee and Sammie (Sims) Owen. He married Sammie Butts in 1965 in Lamesa

He was a bookkeeper for Roy Motor Company for 25 years.

He was known as a very talented carpenter whose work was sought after by area residents in Dawson and Martin and other area counties. He is survived by his son, Hank Owen of Midland.

He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; daughter Shelly Owen; and several brothers and sisters.

Thu
24
Nov

Ernest Carl Martinez, Jr.

Thu
24
Nov

Elbert Carby

Fri
18
Nov

Patricia Wilkinson Hull

STANTON - Patricia Wilkinson Hull, 86, died Nov. 15, 2016. The Rosary was Nov. 17 at Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton. The Funeral Mass will be on Nov. 18, at 10:30 am at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton. She was born in Stanton to Sam and Villa Wilkinson on Mar. 30, 1930, and married to Carlton Hull on Jan. 7, 1947. Carlton preceded her in death on June 2, 1958. She co-authored ‘Martin County, the First Thirty Years’ with Fay Smithson. She worked as the Martin County Librarian for many years and also worked as a church secretary at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton, Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Big Spring and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Midland. She worked for 52 years and retired from her last job as librarian for La Promesa Foundation in 2012 at the age of 82.

Fri
18
Nov

Billie Wilhite Tom

ANDREWS - Billie Wilhite Tom, 91 of Andrews, died Nov. 11, 2016, in Andrews. Services were Nov. 15, at the Andrews Church of Christ in Andrews with Leslie Boone and John Snider officiating. Private interment followed at the Andrews West Cemetery under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home. She was born on Jan. 4, 1925, to Alton T. Wilhite and Bonnie Mae Buchan Wilhite. She was raised in Monahans and graduated from Monahans High School in 1942. Following high school, she attended Tarleton College, where she met George “Sonny” Ellison Tom, Jr. They married four years later on Feb. 1, 1947, in Monahans. They were living in Fort Worth when their first son, George Ellison “Snuffy” Tom, III, was born in 1949. They returned “home” to West Texas in 1950, and they became the third generation of the Tom family to ranch in Andrews County. They also had ranching interest in Gaines and Upton counties in Texas and Eddy County in New Mexico.

Fri
11
Nov

Craig Ferguson Brooks

ABILENE - Craig Ferguson Brooks, 43 of Abilene and formerly of Avoca, died Nov. 4, 2016. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. November 11at Avoca Baptist Church with Pastor Les Mims officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery under the direction of Kinney-Underwood Funeral Home. He was born Oct. 9, 1973, in Roswell, NM, the son of William and Wilma (McBride) Brooks. He graduated from Stanton High School in 1992 and later took college courses in phlebotomy. He married Chelan Cook on Nov. 2, 1998, in Midland. They moved to Avoca where he served as the youth minister for Avoca Baptist Church and recently moved to Abilene. He loved spending time with the youth, loved Jesus, telling stories and making people laugh. He also liked to fish, and always enjoyed a good steak and good food. He was employed by American Electric Power as a line supervisor. He was a member of Avoca Baptist Church. His mother, Wilma Brooks, preceded him in death.

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