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Tonya McAlpin Artzer

ODESSA - Tonya McAlpin Artzer died suddenly in her sleep at her apartment in Odessa, on Dec. 9, 2019. She was 55 years old.

Born in Abilene, on Oct. 3, 1964, She grew up with her mother, father, and brother in Spur. When her father, Jerry Don McAlpin, died in 1982 when she was just a teenager, she was devastated by the loss of someone that supported her in everything she did. She had a big responsibility to take care of her little brother and mother, all while dealing with the huge loss herself.

She took pride in her small hometown of Spur and could always recall a great story of her youth and had many memories of the dear friends she had made there. For college, she attended McMurry University in Abilene as an English major, with aspirations to write for Texas Monthly magazine.

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Joyce Booe

MISSOURI CITY - Joyce Booe, 81, of Missouri City, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Graveside funeral services will be at 2 pm Feb., 2, at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Feb. 1 at Ajuua's Restaurant 3205 W. Cuthbert Ave. Midland.

She was born Apr. 16, 1938, in Oklahoma and married Alvin Ray Booe in Seminole. He preceded her in death.

She was a loving mother and grandmother, who never met a stranger. She was the type of person who would welcome people into her life with open arms, and treat them like family. She was a giving person who would take time to help do, and provide for others without question, hesitation, or expectation.

Survivors include one son, Ritchie Booe Sr. of Stafford, Mariah Booe of Missouri City, and Ritchie Booe Jr., of Missouri City.

She was preceded in death by her son, Allen H. Booe

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Vida Angel Pinkston

Vida Angel Pinkston

TYLER - Vida Angel Pinkston was born Dec. 3, 1924 in Courtney, and died on Jan. 13, 2020, in Tyler. She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She taught Sunday School and was a member of the WMU.

She went on many mission trips with her church family in Stanton. She taught VBS for missionary children and helped build and refurbish foreign churches. She loved her Lord.

She graduated Salutatorian of Courtney High School in 1941 and ended her working career as a Senior Auditor for Texas Utilities.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Almond and Alice Angel; her sisters, Loreta McReynolds and Billie Pinkerton; and the love of her life, husband Bill N. Pinkston.

Survivors include her daughters, Brenda Suberbielle and son-in-law, Jay, and Janis Poindexter; son Pat Pinkston and daughter-in-law, Carol; nine grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and first cousins.

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Apolonio (Polo) Mendez III

Apolonio (Polo) Mendez III

STANTON - Apolonio (Polo) Mendez III, 54, died Jan. 14, 2020, in a Lubbock hospital. He spent two months at the University Medical Center Burn Unit, and another two months at Covenant Specialty Hospital after suffering electrical burns.

Viewing and family visitation was Jan. 17, from at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home in Stanton.

Funeral services were conducted on Jan. 18, at the Stanton High School Auditorium. Interment followed immediately after at Evergreen Cemetery in Martin County.

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Thomas Benavides Sanchez Sr.

Thomas Benavides Sanchez Sr

MIDLAND - Thomas (Tommy) Benavides Sanchez Sr, 60, of Midland, died Jan. 11, 2020, surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on June 2, 1959, to Paubla and Pablo Sanchez in Stanton. He became a lifelong resident of Midland.

He married Irene Reyes on Mar. 28, 1980, and was married for 40 blessed years. He worked as a maintenance man at Hogan Park for 16 years. Not only was this his job but also, a hobby as golf was his favorite thing to do.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church where he attended. He was a family man, he loved music, was good-hearted, and he never met a stranger. He always had words of faith and wisdom to spread to anyone who needed some words of advice or encouragement.

Helping others brought him so much joy and comfort and for this reason he was known as the “neighborhood father” to so many in the Midland community.

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Cipriana Lucio

Cipriana Lucio

STANTON - Cipriana Lucio died Jan. 9, 2020, in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Sinton.

She resided in Spur, from 1964 to 1977. In 1978 she moved to Stanton and lived there for 43 years.

She was a member of Guadalupanas and an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She loved being around her grandchildren and family. She also loved doing needle work, embroidering, cooking, and listening to music, she will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

Visitation and Rosary was at Stanton Memorial Funeral Home on Jan. 10, Funeral Mass was Jan. 11, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Luz Lucio Sr.; son, Ramiro Lucio; and grandson, Thomas Samuel Alexander.

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Cindy Jane Cochran (Espy)

Cindy Jane Cochran (Espy)

MIDLAND - Lifelong educator and great woman Cindy Jane Cochran (Espy) died unexpectedly in Midland on Dec. 28, 2019, at the age of 68.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert Wesley Cochran; son, Robert Ryan Cochran and his wife Jennifer; and grandchildren, Mialynn Nicole Cochran and Keira Lauren Cochran. She is also survived by a large extended family including sister-in-law, Janice Napper Doss and husband Avery of Lamesa; brother-in-law, Thomas Cochran and wife Ann of Dickinson; special nieces and nephews, including Joel Napper and wife Jana and their daughters Jordan and her soon to be husband Marcus, Jessica and her husband Justin and daughter June, their sons Jackson and Jett of Lamesa and Idalou, niece Lisa Napper of Austin, and nephew James Napper of Stanton.

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David Ward Pruitt

David Ward Pruitt

MIDLAND - David Ward Pruitt, 73, died Jan. 4, 2020. He was born in Greenville, on Jan. 18, 1946, to Dorothy and M.M. Pruitt.

He is a graduate of Celeste High School where he was all district in football, basketball, and track. He went on to earn a BS degree from Texas A&M University and an MS degree in microeconomics from Texas Tech University.

He started his career in the electric cooperative business at Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative in Hereford. He continued at Greenbelt Electric Co-op in Wellington, and then as CEO and President of Cap Rock Electric and Cap Rock Energy in Stanton, and Midland, for twenty-five years before retiring

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Clara Peters Odom Holliman

Clara Peters Odom Holliman

EDMOND, OK - Clara Peters Odom Holliman, age 92, of Edmond, OK, died Dec. 31, 2019 at Ascension Seton Williamson in Round Rock.

She was born in Jourdanton on Oct. 15, 1927, to John and Fredericka Peters. She graduated from Stanton High School in Stanton. She was married to W. Paul Odom in 1945, with whom she had two daughters, Ricka and Carmen. Then in 1959 she married W.E. Holliman, with whom she had one daughter, Donna.

She worked as a hairdresser for many years at Baptist Memorial Retirement Community in San Angelo. In 2005 she became a resident there, where she made many friends. She was passionate about watching old westerns and listening to country music; she also loved longhorn cattle, antiques, good art, homecooking and roses. She was a devout Catholic and a proud Texan. Her family were pioneers in bringing Catholicism to Texas in the late 1800’s.

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Billie Clinton Lyle

Billie Clinton Lyle

CLOVIS, NM - Billie Clinton Lyle, 86, formerly of Odessa and Jal, NM, died Dec. 21, 2019, in Clovis, NM. Graveside services were Dec. 27, at Jal Cemetery in Jal, NM, with Johnny Witherspoon officiating.

She was born on July 19, 1933, in Stanton, to Paul and Lena Green. She met her first husband Kenneth Clinton in Cisco, where they were married on Feb. 3, 1951.

The couple had two children Terry Clinton and Kathy Witherspoon. They lived in Jal, NM for 30 years until Kenneth retired and they moved to Odessa. He died on April 19, 1997.

She worked for Midland ISD Bus Barn and was the Nursery Coordinator at University Park Baptist Church where she met her second husband Sidney Lyle. They lived in Odessa, until he died on Sept. 1, 2016.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and dogs, Missy and Cuddles. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and was a blessing to all.

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