Obituaries

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Dallas Matthew Keel

MIDLAND - Dallas Matthew Keel, 28 of Midland, died on May 5, 2017, in an automobile accident. A celebration of life and graveside service was May 11 at Greenwood Baptist Church. Pastor Phillip Golden officiated the services. Honorary pallbearers were Clay Britton, Spencer Brown, Dillon Collier, Mike Jones, Chad Lavender, Jacob Lewis, Orlando Loredo, Kevin Manning, Michael Owens, Levi Saenz, Sam Stavinoha, Tony Wooten, Raymond York and Stacey Mendoza. Hes was born on Mar. 27, 1989, in Andrews, to Wayne and Kellie Keel. He graduated from Andrews High School and received his bachelor’s in psychology from The University of Phoenix. He married the love of his life and best friend, Courtney Denise Collier, on June 18, 2016. Jaylee Kate Keel lit up her daddy’s world. Friday, Dallas and Courtney shared exciting news with her that she is going to be a big sister. He loved to spend time with his family and friends.

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May

Betty Latrell Welch

STANTON - Betty Latrell Welch, 80 of Stanton, died May 4, 2017, at her residence. Funeral services were May 8 at First Baptist Church in Stanton with Rev. David Harp officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. She was born April 4, 1937, in Ranger and married Ben Franklin Welch June 16, 1957, in Grandfalls. She owned and operated Dalashanta Dress Shop in Stanton for 13 years and was very involved in the community. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for many years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her husband, Benny Welch of Stanton; one daughter, Carla Welch of Stanton; one son, Ron Welch and wife Robin of San Saba; two grandchildren, Garrett Welch and John Welch; one brother, Kenneth Elrod of San Diego, Cal.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, David O.

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May

Shirley Fay Stone

MANKATO, MN - Shirley Fay Stone, 75, was born Feb. 11, 1942, in Big Spring and died Apr. 28, 2017, at her residence in Mankato, MN. Memorial service is May 6 at First United Methodist Church in Stanton. A reception will follow immediately after the memorial service in the church. An intimate family service will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton. Her calling and passion in life was teaching. She worked in education for 35 years, primarily in the areas of Special Education and Adult Basic Education (ESL, GED). She loved her students, many of whom came to her for encouragement and prayer well beyond the classroom and their academic years. She graduated from Midland High School in 1960 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from McMurry University in Abilene, where she was active in Gamma Sigma Sorority and was voted Junior Class Favorite in 1963 and crowned Reservation Princess in 1964.

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May

Dean Stevens Fisher

MIDLAND - Dean Stevens Fisher., died Apr. 3, 2017, in Midland. She was preceded in death by her parents V.T. and Johnnie Stevens, a daughter Suzanne Shepard, grandsons Sean Eric Fisher and Justin Noel Shepard and a sister Florene Price. She was born and reared in Mills County, the daughter of doting farmer parents. She married Erven in her home town of Goldthwaite in a union that lasted 70 years. The mother of four, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of seven, she, while rearing her family found time to use her considerable business talent and her outgoing personality to found and operate a newcomer greeting service, Western Welcomes, in Big Spring during the 1960s where she befriended many young Air Force wives and others to Big Spring. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Grace Sunday school class where she made many lasting friendships.

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28
Apr

Ruby Nell Greenhaw Woods

ANDREWS - Ruby Nell Greenhaw Woods, 86 of Andrews died April 25, 2017. Memorial services will be by the family at a later date in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Cremation is under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews. She was born on May 21, 1930 in Tarzan to Oscar Lawson and Ruby Pearl McNerlin Lawson. She graduated from Courtney High School in Martin County in 1947, and her class was the last class for Courtney High School before it closed. She won a state basketball championship that same year. She graduated from Texas Tech University, where she studied accounting and continued her studies at University Texas of the Permian Basin. She loved to study and attend college and further her knowledge. She married J.C. “Smokey” Greenhaw on August 27, 1949, in Carlsbad, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1993. She had worked at the Lenorah Cotton Gin with Smokey, the couple owned and operated the gin for many years.

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28
Apr

Sammy Edward Oden

MIDLAND - Sammy Edward "Junior" Oden, 66 of Midland, died in the Midland Regional Medical Center Apr. 22, 2017. He was born Apr. 5, 1951, in Colorado City to Edward and Amber Wagner Oden. He was a man who enjoyed the finer things in life, whether it was traveling around the country, going to watch live performances in the theatre, or going to sporting events. On his trips he always made sure to take a camera and take lots of pictures. He especially enjoyed his trips to Colorado and the train trips to and from, where he would take in the scenery and enjoy looking at all the beauty that God created. When not traveling he could be found in the theatres in Midland, taking in a Rockhounds game, or at the Cotton Bowl which was a tradition he hadn't missed since 1985.

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Apr

David C. Brown

STANTON - David C. Brown, 64 of Stanton, died Apr. 24, 2017, at his residence. Graveside funeral services were April 27,at the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Stevens officiating. He was born Mar. 18, 1953, in Stanton, and married Debbie White Melton June 3, 1989, in Martin County. He was a lifelong resident of Stanton and had worked various jobs during his life, including being a telephone man, operating a backhoe, and pipeline welding. He enjoyed farming and ranching and loved being a cowboy.

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28
Apr

Jessybell Long

ALPINE - Jessybell “GiGi” Long, 96 of Alpine, died Apr. 18, 2017, at Martin County Hospital in Stanton. She was a longtime resident of Midland and had moved to Alpine five years ago. She was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Tarrant County to James F. Sims and Kitty Thompson Sims. She is survived by her sons Lonnie Long and wife Carlene of Stanton, Jim H. Long and wife Jana of Alpine. She is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, as well as a niece and several nephews. There will be a graveside service for family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alpine Public Library or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to restlandfuneralhome.com.

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Apr

Joanna Lynn Barber

MIDLAND - Joanna Lynn Barber, 52 of Midland, died Apr. 19, 2017, in a Midland hospital. Memorial services were Apr. 25, at the First Baptist Church of Stanton. She was born July 4, 1964, in Midland. She grew up in Stanton and was a cosmetologist and later worked as a caregiver at the Kiddy Koral. She is survived by sons Stephen Sisson and wife Lyndsey and James Barber and granddaughters Isabelle and Alexis Sisson, all of Stanton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Cleta (Hayes) Barber. Arrangements were under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com

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Apr

Betty Jane (Bedingfield) Abell

RALLS - Graveside services for Betty Jane (Bedingfield) Abell, 87 of Lubbock, and formerly of Ralls, were April 7 in the Ralls Cemetery. She died April 4, 2017, in Lubbock. She was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Lorenzo to Paul and Layton (Hinson) Bedingfield. She married George Lyman Abell March 12, 1960, in Roswell, N.M. She lived in Crosby County, most of her life, raising her family there. She moved to Lubbock in 2000. She attended Abilene Christian University and Business College in Brownwood. She was employed as a hairdresser and later as the Ralls Nursing Home administrator from 1973 until retiring in 1988. Under her administration, Ralls Nursing Home became a Superior Rated facility by the Texas Health Department. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Jones in 1972, husband Lyman in 1996, brother Earl Bedingfield and sister Joan Boling.

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