Obituaries

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23
Feb

Edward M. Watson

STANTON - Edward M. Watson II of Stanton died Feb. 9, 2018. He was 50 years old. Born in Salisbury, MD, on Aug. 4, 1967, he lived in Seaford, DE until the family moved to Beaumont in 1978. He graduated in 1985 from West Brook High School where he was on the varsity tennis team. After graduation, he went to Texas Tech University, graduating with a degree in agricultural finance and serving as a Saddle Tramp. He worked for Production Credit Association in and around Lubbock and for First Ag Credit. Recently, he was a Chief Financial Officer at hospitals in Crosbyton, Brady and currently at the Martin County Hospital in Stanton. He was a Boy Scout Leader and coached his sons’ youth baseball and football teams. He had also served as general superintendent of the Crosby County LIvestock Show. He was a memeber of Texas Association of Sports Officials and officiated football, basketball, baseball and softball games. He is survived by his wife, Melode C.

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16
Feb

Sharon Louise Airhart

KLONDIKE - Memorial services for Sharon Louise Airhart, 75, of Klondike were Feb. 14, at First Baptist Church in Lamesa with grandson, Pastor Matt Moore of Dalhart, officiating. A private burial followed at Dawson County Cemetery. Sharon Louise (Vogler) Airhart was born June 1, 1942, to Lawrence and Roxie Vogler. She knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at the Klondike Baptist Church when she was 6 six years old. She had a strong faith in the Lord and gave thanks in all things, Philippians 4:6-9. She graduated from Klondike High School, where she met the love of her life, Quinton Airhart. They were married June 10, 1960, and were married for 57 wonderful years. They spent the first years of their life together living in the Knott community and farming cotton. They then moved to their home in the Klondike community in 1973 with their three daughters; Elonna, Roxanne, and Shelby. She was a farmer’s wife and proud of it.

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26
Jan

Nona Smith

SAN ANGELO - Nona Smith, 87 of San Angelo, formerly of Midland from 1950 to 2015, died Jan. 17, 2018, at her residence. Graveside services were Jan. 19, at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel in Stanton. She was born Apr. 14, 1930, in Big Spring. She was raised in Stanton where at the Stanton Drug Store she met her soulmate and love of her life, Billie (Bill) Guy Smith from Albany. They were married on Oct. 31, 1949 in Albany. Sacred vows they never considered breaking. For the sixty nine years they have been married their children and all who knew them have witnessed a true love story. Bill treated her as his porcelain princess. She was loved, honored and treasured by all her family. She was a homemaker while her four daughters were young. A teacher of respect, honesty, discipline and cooking (even mud pies). Through love and laughter she taught us to have fun which included hula-hooping! She was an excellent seamstress, quilter, and all other forms of needlework.

Fri
19
Jan

James “Burl” Notgrass

ODESSA – James “Burl” Notgrass, 90, died on Jan. 11, 2018, in Odessa. He was born on Sep. 20, 1927, in Eastland, to James Gordon Notgrass and Rosa Mae Williams Notgrass. He graduated from Courtney High School in 1946. He married Delma “Janice” Peterson on May 2, 1953, in Stanton. They had four children. Janice died on Dec. 7, 1994. He married Laura Baker on Feb. 25, 1995, in Stanton. He worked for Sewell Ford and Joe White Lincoln-Mercury as an auto mechanic and shop foreman for almost 50 years before retiring in 1996. Burl loved hunting, fishing, fixing anything that was broken or needed improvement, his church, and above all his family. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army from February 1947 through September 1952. His basic training was at Fort Ord, Monterey, CA. Later he was assigned to the 38th Gun Battalion at Ft. Bliss in El Paso. Still later he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Calvary at Fort Meade, MD, before he was sent to Korea.

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19
Jan

Patricia L. "Pat" Mead

GRAIN VALLEY, MO - Patricia L. "Pat" Mead, 85 of Grain Valley, Mo., died Jan. 5, 2018. A memorial service was Jan. 10, at Colonial Hills Community of Christ, in Blue Springs, MO. A graveside memorial service will be at a later date at Valley Cemetery in Valley, Neb. She was born March 30, 1932, in Schuyler, Neb., and graduated from Valley High School in Valley, Neb., in 1949. She lived in Ainsworth, Neb., for 15 years. After the death of her husband, she then moved to Lamoni, Iowa, and lived for 22 years working for Graceland University in the accounting department. She was also a long time member of Community of Christ, most recently of the Colonial Hills Congregation in Blue Springs. She is preceded in death by her parents Jacques Tedrow and Mildred (Holoubek) Vondracek; and her husband, Herbert.

Fri
05
Jan

Wesley “Wes” Edward Henson

BIG SPRING - Wesley “Wes” Edward Henson was born July 21, 1953, in Big Spring. He died on Jan. 1, 2018, at the age of 64. A graveside service was Jan. 4, at the Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. He was the son of Jesse Edward Henson and the late Juanita Janice Henson. After graduating Stanton High School in 1971 he joined the United States Navy Seabees where he learned the trade of an electrician. He was honorably discharged as an E5. Along with his many honors one of his most cherished memories was being chosen as an honorary pallbearer for baseball player Dizzy Dean in Wiggins, Mississippi. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1978, he married the love of his life and best friend of 39 years Tressa Ann Hull. The Lord blessed them with three beautiful daughters, Ashley Harris and husband, TJ, Marisha Hodges and husband Micheal, and Daisha Morrison. They made their home in Sonora, where he worked for Sonora ISD. He enjoyed deer and varmint hunting in “Ol” Red.

Fri
05
Jan

Christine M. Church

STANTON - Christine M. Church, 89 of Stanton, died on Jan. 1, 2018, in Odessa. The family will receive friends on Jan. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home in Midland. Funeral services will be Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland. She was born on Oct. 21, 1928, to Ethel Nora and Fred E. Alexander in O’Donnell. She graduated from Stanton High School in 1947. She married her beloved Douglas Texas Church on July 20, 1947. She was a homemaker, serving her family and her church as wife of a pastor and farmer, mother of three and nursemaid to many family members. She and Doug ministered to many youth at Camp Ziyoca youth camps and hosted exchange students, Alberto Rueda and Thea Verhoef in their home. Christine, known as Mama Chris, famous for her signature Brownies made with her home grown pecans, loved family, cooking and music.

Fri
05
Jan

Marshall Dolph Huffman

FORT WORTH - Marshall Dolph Huffman, 84, died on Dec. 31, 2017, in Fort Worth, but his heart remained in his beloved West Texas and wide-open spaces until the very end. A Memorial Service will be Jan. 5 at 1 pm at University Christian Church, Dr., Fort Worth with the Rev. Clark Ford officiating. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in his name to The Women’s Center of Tarrant County, 1723 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, Texas, 76110, or a West Texas organization of your choice. He was born at home in Tokio, outside Brownfield, Mar. 19, 1933, to Oleta Marshall Huffman and Garland L. Huffman. He attended school in Brownfield, Marfa and Kermit .He graduated from Stanton High School in 1951 as class president. He was part of the most successful group of athletes in Stanton High School history who won championship trophies in football basketball, baseball and track. Following high school, he worked in home construction in Midland until entering the U.S.

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05
Jan

Loie Edward Badgett

ANDREWS - Loie Edward Badgett, 77 of Andrews, died on Dec. 31, 2017, surrounded by his family in Midland. Funeral services were Jan. 4, 2018, Alamo Heights Baptist Church in Midland. He was born on Jan. 30, 1940, to Averill and Hester Badgett in Stanton. He was a good ‘ole country boy with a kind soul, who never met a stranger. He grew up in Martin County and was a true Stanton Buffalo. He played football and basketball and was a great athlete. He owned and operated his own business for the last 35+ years. Badgett Construction and Maintenance, where he took great pride in his work. His pride and joy was his tractors, and oh how he loved operating his tractors. He worked for Chevron Pipeline for 11 years and retired. Working to live was his choice of fulfillment. He has been a member at Alamo Heights Baptist Church for many years. He loved old western movies and watched them over and over again. He was a big John Wayne fan and had a Will Rogers Personality.

Fri
29
Dec

Jerene Oleta Darden Baker

STANTON - Jerene Oleta Darden Baker, 68 of Stanton, died on Dec. 26, 2017. She was surrounded by family in her home after a courageous fight with cancer. She was the beloved wife of her childhood best friend and sweetheart, Sammy Baker of Haskell. She was born Jan. 2, 1949, in Haskell, and was the daughter of the late Henry and Ordria Darden. She graduated Haskell High School in 1967 and then graduated nursing school in Stamford. She and Sammy Baker were united in marriage on Nov. 23, 1968, in Haskell. Together with her husband, they started a business in Stanton. She is survived by her husband, Sammy Baker of Stanton; two children, Brian Baker and wife Lesley of Stanton, Karrie Mitchell and husband John of Stanton; six grandchildren, Bailey Beard, Kelby Baker, Cory Yater, Morgan Latham, Alyssa Yater and Madeline Baker; and one great grandchild, George Truett Beard IV. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Joan Meier. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Dec.

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