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Kenny Wayne Varnadore

Kenny Wayne Varnadore

MIDLAND - Kenny Wayne Varnadore, 34 of Midland, died Feb. 29, 2020, in Stanton.

He was born on May 17, 1985, to Terry and Tracie O'Steen in Odessa. Growing up, he loved his little brother, Kasey. He enjoyed Boy Scouts, fishing, and playing with his dog Cowboy, He loved playing football which developed his passion for the Dallas Cowboys. He thoroughly studied the statistics and all things football.

At 18, he immediately began his career in the oil field working his way up to Drilling Consultant. He excelled in math and thrived on learning. He was constantly conducting research to further his knowledge. During this time, he found the love of his life, Kimberly. Together they have three wonderful boys who worshiped the ground he walked on.

As a family they loved traveling, spending summers at the beach or at the lake with his grandparents.

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Arturo Garcia

Arturo Garcia

ODESSA - Arturo Garcia, 78, died Mar. 2, 2020, with his family by his side at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. He was born June 14, 1941, in Marathon, to Benito and Dolores (Lola) Garcia.

He was a rancher on the Hess Ranch in Brewster County for many years.

After leaving the ranching industry in 1990, he moved his family to Odessa. He loved to be outdoors, whether he was tinkering at the ranchito, riding horses, calf roping, team roping or watching the grandkids do what they love. His love for his family will never be forgotten.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son Sidney Garcia; and first wife Janet Lee Garcia.

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Willie Eugene Byrd

Willie Eugene Byrd

STANTON - Willie Eugene Byrd, known to many as “Byrdman”, died Feb. 24, 2020. He was 87 years old.

He was born June 29, 1932, in McComb, Mississippi to Rowan and Clara Byrd. He grew up helping his dad tend the farm and learned the value of a hard day’s work early in life. After graduating high school he joined the Air Force and served for four years as an aircraft mechanic specializing in an emerging technology at the time - jet engines. After the Air Force he joined Texas Electric Service Company and served 40 years with the company before retiring in 1992.

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Juan Garcia

Juan Garcia

STANTON - Juan Garcia, 86 of Stanton, died Feb. 28, 2020. Funeral mass will be 10 am Feb. 28, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stanton with interment following at St. Joseph Cemetery. Rosary service will be at 7 pm, Feb. 27, at Gilbreath Funeral Home.

He was born June 22, 1933, in Mexico. He married Antonieta, Apr. 29, 1958, in Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Antonieta; five daughters, Janie Yanez, Ramona Fernandez, Maria Villa, Rosa Garcia, Irma Villa; two sons, Juan Antonio Garcia and Jessie Garcia.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Salvador Garcia; and a grandson, Andy Garcia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com

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Rickey Hightower

Rickey Hightower

TARZAN - Memorial service for Rickey Hightower, 60 of Tarzan, will be Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lamesa with Pastor Jim Medley officiating. Visitation will follow the service.

Mr. Hightower died Feb. 16, 2020 in Tarzan. He was born Nov. 26, 1959, in Lamesa, to Earl Vernon and Clara Onetta (Milstead) Hightower.

He married Shelly Hatchett Aug. 21, 1980 in Lamesa. They were married 39 years.

He farmed alongside his brothers all his life. Family, ranching, and roping were his love. He served on the Lamesa Rodeo Association for many years, alongside NRCS and University Lands. He also served on the FSA Board and was awarded Rancher of the Year in 2019.

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Mildred Leatherwood

Mildred Leatherwood

LAMESA - Funeral services for Mildred Leatherwood, 101 of Lamesa, will be Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church with Pastor Tobey Clements officiating. Interment will be at Dawson County Cemetery. Visitation will follow the service at Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

She died Feb. 16, 2020 in Lamesa. She was born Oct. 28, 1918, in Canadian, to Ernest and Hattie (Bussell) Lakey.

She married Custer Leatherwood Nov. 11, 1936, in Dawson County.

She worked as a seamstress at Dottie Dan and Ruth’s Draperies. Custer and Mildred worked for many years at the Bargain Shop.

She was a member of the Young at Hearts and lifetime member of Second Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Janice Brown of Brownwood and Dennis Leatherwood and wife Vickie of Lamesa; seven grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

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Charles Emil Pechacek

Charles Emil Pechacek

SAN ANGELO - Charles Emil Pechacek, born Sept. 12, 1941, of San Angelo died Feb. 10, 2020, in his home. He graduated from Norton High school. After graduation he moved to St. Lawrence where he worked as a water well driller. In November of 1961, he married his childhood sweetheart, the love of his life, Marie Niehues of Norton.

He farmed for 55 years in the St. Lawrence community, before retiring to San Angelo in 2014. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved to play dominoes, roll dice, raise Berkshire pigs, and gamble in Wendover. To many friends he was known as "Charlie P", and to his grandchildren "Pappy".

He is preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Dora Pechacek, sister Laverne and husband Pat Hall.

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Darlene (Bristow) Caffey

STANTON - Darlene (Bristow) Caffey, 82 of Stanton, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 2, 2020, at her home. She was born on Apr. 12, 1937, at her parents home in Fisher County, to J.V. and Thelma Bristow. She was a graduate of Ackerly High School.

She married Woodie Caffey of Knott on Feb. 20, 1955, in Ackerly. They lived in Stanton from 1956 to 1969 before moving to Alpine to pursue college degrees at Sul Ross University. She earned a business degree and became a business and typing teacher, teaching at several schools in Texas and Oklahoma. After retiring at the age of 70, she and Woodie moved back to Stanton.

She was preceded in death by her parents J.V. and Thelma Bristow; a brother, Wayne Bristow; and a half-brother, Elmer Six.

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Jesse Jerome Tryon

MIDLAND - Jesse Jerome Tryon, Jr., 18, of Midland, died Jan. 25, 2020 in Odessa. A Wake service will be on Jan. 31, at 7 pm at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. Funeral service will be Feb. 1, at 11 am at True-Lite Christian Fellowship with burial to follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

He was full of life. He had a smile that would light up even the brightest room. He loved his music and was a rapper to the core. He swore he was going to be the next NBA Youngboy.

He loved his family and would do anything for them. One of his favorite things to do was beat up his siblings and little cousins. His sense of humor was one of a kind and he left us with that sense of humor in his son, Jordan. He always dressed to impress and if you were ever wondering where he was, just find the nearest mirror or look for him as his granny would say “back there in a weed coma.”

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Denver Blanscett, Sr.

SMYER - Denver “DG” Blanscett, Sr., 87, of Smyer, died Jan. 12, 2020. He was born in Stanton on Aug. 1, 1932.

He graduated from Midland High and received an Associate’s Degree from Midland College. He was married to Wanda June Teague on Apr. 6, 1956.

He owned his own construction company for 43 years, he also built and owned West Side Mobile Home Park in Smyer with his wife Wanda.

He was a member of the South Plains Church in Levelland, and had a passion for Church, Family, and Fishing. He served in the Navy during the Korean War on the USS Everglades (AD 24). He served as a fireman and also a member of a 40mm gun crew.

He was very dedicated to his church and loved the Lord. He would never pass up a fishing trip with his son and grandkids. He came from a large family of six brothers and seven sisters. Family was very important to him. He was a great story teller to his children and grandchildren.

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