Obituaries

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Edward John Livingston

MIDLAND - Edward "Eddie" John Livingston, 50 of Midland, died, June 11, 2018. A memorial service was June 16, at Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Midland. He was born on Dec. 22, 1967, to Gerald and Carol Livingston in Tulsa, OK. He attended Robert E Lee and was in the band drum line. He was drawn to the drums around the age of seven. He taught himself to play drums and became one the greatest drummers in the business. He was very well respected in the music industry. He played and toured with many local and nationally recognized bands during his life long career. His passion for music was evident to everyone who knew him. While music was his biggest passion, it was nothing compared to his love of his family, girlfriend and his dogs. His other passion was BMX racing. He began this around the age of seven as well. He won numerous National and Regional championships. His BMX career lasted into his early 40's. He was recently nominated to the Texas BMX Hall of Fame.

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Linda Padilla

MIDLAND - Linda Padilla died peacefully surrounded by her family on June 4, 2018. She was born in Beaumont on Dec. 11, 1929, to Rumalda Rodriguez and Raymundo Flores. At an early age she moved with her mother to Monterrey, Mexico. She attended school, lived at a convent and attended a finishing school in Monterrey. She later moved to Big Spring where she met and married Jose Gonzales Padilla. They lived in Big Spring, Stanton, and Midland. They were blessed with ten children. She lived to care for her husband and children. Though small in stature she reared her children with a firm hand and immeasurable love. She was a devout Catholic, a member of Our Lady of Parish and Shrine. She and her husband were founding members of the Cursillista Movement. She was a member of the Guadalupanas, Lay Ministry and the choir. She loved music, singing and dancing. Her first love was always Jesus Christ and she had a profound love for His Blessed Mother.

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Delores “Lola” Ramos Gonzales

MIDLAND - Delores “Lola” Ramos Gonzales, 83 of Midland, died June 6, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Visitation was June 7, at Avalos-Sanchez & Thomas Funeral Home in Midland. Funeral mass was June 8, at San Miguel Arcangel Catholic Church in Midland. Burial followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Stanton. She was a nurse in the medical profession for many years and owned Lola’s store in Stanton. Survivors include her loving husband, Juan Barton Gonzales of Midland; two sons, Johnny Lee Gonzales and wife Linda of Stanton; and Ralph Gonzales and wife Linda of Midland; two brothers, Luciano Ramos of Stanton and Tino Ramos and wife Leecha of Odessa; three grandsons and three great-granddaughters. Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Lee Gonzales, Ralph Gonzales, Bart Leyva, Lucas Gonzales, Daniel Ramos, and J.D. Ramos. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Avalos-Sanchez & Thomas Funeral Home.

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08
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John David Poe

STANTON - John David Poe, 72 of Stanton, died May 29, 2018, in Ruidoso, NM. Funeral services were June 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton. Burial followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Rusty O’Donnell, Ryan O’Donnell, Ricky O’Donnell, Hagan O’Donnell, Logan Dunn, Brad Grable and Ulen North. Honorary pallbearers were John Boyd, Don Rogers, Alvin Bolton, Byron Hedges, Bud Gillespie and Teddy Stewart. He was born July 18, 1945, to John David Poe, Sr. and Eleanor Houston Poe in Stanton. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton and regularly attended St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland. His passion was ranching as well as raising and racing race horses. He was associated with several different jockey clubs including the one in Ruidoso, NM. He loved country swing music and could wear the polish off the dance floor. He was soft hearted and would never pass up the opportunity to help a stranger in need.

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08
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Maximo Barrera

STANTON - Funeral services for Maximo Barrera of Stanton were June 1 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Stanton He died May 29, 2018. He was born July 3, 1961, in Stanton He is preceded in death by his mother Rita Barrera He is survived by father Santos Barrera Sr. of Stanton; son Maximo Joseph Barrera Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Lake Worth, Florida; stepchildren Irene Melendez and Chris Melendez; sisters Janie and husband Louis Vasquez of Rankin, Mary and husband Lupe Rejino of Muleshoe, Ramona and husband Ruben Moreno of Big Spring, Linda and husband Jesus Martinez of Stanton, Lupe and husband Wayne Hagle of Mineral Wells, Rita and husband Armando Gonzales of Stanton; brothers Santos Barrera Jr.

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Bobby Ray Lindley

ABILENE - Bobby Ray Lindley 85 of Abilene, died May 21, 2018. He was born in Colorado City, to Roy Peircen and Ida Mae Lindley on May 6, 1933. He lived and worked on various ranches alongside his father, a government trapper. This life style taught him many valuable life lessons that he has passed down to this children and grandchildren. He loved horses and all of God's creatures. He attended Stanton High School where he played football for the mighty Buffalos. 65 years later, the Class reunion of 1951 honored each player with a reunion football jersey. He later went to work laying asphalt with the Texas Dept of Transportation. While working for TXDOT he found the love of his life, Sylvia Ann Boney. They were marred July 30, 1954 in Colorado City. He pursued his dream of being a Civil Engineer by attending North Texas State and then graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science, but not alone as the couple had three children while he worked and attended college.

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Cody Rodriguez Portillo

MIDLAND - Cody Rodriguez Portillo, 27 of Midland, died May 8, 2018. he was born on Jan. 22, 1991, to John and Betty Portillo. He is survived by his son Ezekiel Cody Portillo, and his parents John and Betty Portillo both of Midland; seven brothers and two sisters Chris and Vanessa Portillo, Ricky and Carmen Portillo, Jacqueline Portillo, Heather and Ruben Martinez, Stephen Portillo, Anthony Portillo, Robert Portillo, Adam Portillo, and Reyes Portillo all of Midland; several nieces and nephews and his girlfriend Stephanie Cedillo of Midland. He was preceeded in death by his grandparents Manuel and Beatrice Rodriguez and Reyes and Lucy Portillo. He was a happy person and he was loved dearly by everyone he knew. They could count on him to make them laugh and make life a little brighter just because he was in it. He loved his “Zekey” more than anything in this world.

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Margaret Carrillo

STANTON - Funeral Services for Margaret Carrillo of Stanton, were May 5, at at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton, with Deacon Clemente Villa officiating. A Rosary Vigil was May 4, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. She was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Rocky Ford Colorado and died May 2, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband Jesus Carrillo, parents Felix and Gavina Gonzales, granddaughter in law Amanda Holguin, granddaughter Jessica Holguin, four great grandsons and a great granddaughter. She is survived by her sons; Mark Carrillo of Midland, Carlos Carrillo (Irma) of Midland and Mario Carrillo (Noemi) of Midland; daughters Cecilia Carrillo (Joe Rodriguez Jr.) and Yolanda Carrillo (Robert Villa) all of Stanton; grandchildren Erica Brown (Ryan) of Leander, Mario Erik Carrillo of Austin, SFC Jesus Jimmie Carrillo (Domenica) of Ft.

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Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III

MIDKIFF - Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III, “T. O.”, 83 of Midkiff, died May 5, 2018. Funeral services were May 10, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. He was born on Aug. 7, 1934, to Hattie Mae and Thomas Oscar Midkiff, Junior in Midland. He attended Midland High School and Allen Military Academy in Bryan and graduated from Schreiner Military Institute in Kerrville. After graduation from Schreiner Military Institute, he started working on the family ranch which is a registered Texas ranch for over 100 years. Early on he raised cattle and sheep on the ranch and in later years cleared land to include cotton farming. He married Carol Ann Leon in Midland on May 21, 1982. He loved being with family and being Poppy and Granddaddy to the grandkids. He was funny, a hard worker and played hard too. He loved to travel to destinations that included Australia, South and Central America, he enjoyed fishing in Mexico, Big Bend and hunting in the Thomas Oscar Midkiff, III Grand Canyon.

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Margaret Carrillo

STANTON - Funeral Services for Margaret Carrillo of Stanton, were May 5, at at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stanton, with Deacon Clemente Villa officiating. A Rosary Vigil was May 4, at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home and Chapel. She was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Rocky Ford Colorado and died May 2, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband Jesus Carrillo, parents Felix and Gavina Gonzales, granddaughter in law Amanda Holguin, granddaughter Jessica Holguin, four great grandsons and a great granddaughter. She is survived by her sons; Mark Carrillo of Midland, Carlos Carrillo (Irma) of Midland and Mario Carrillo (Noemi) of Midland; daughters Cecilia Carrillo (Joe Rodriguez Jr.) and Yolanda Carrillo (Robert Villa) all of Stanton; grandchildren Erica Brown (Ryan) of Leander, Mario Erik Carrillo of Austin, SFC Jesus Jimmie Carrillo (Domenica) of Ft.

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