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Patsy Ruth Burke of Odessa was unexpectedly called home by her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 22, 2015. She was born on August 8, 1929 to Calvin Homer and Margaratte King of Shamrock, Oklahoma. Pat was one of seven children. Pat married the love of her life, William Calvin Burke, on November 23, 1945, in Shawnee, Oklahoma. They shared 59 years side-by-side. Pat and Calvin raised their family in Odessa, Texas and owned and operated Globe Cleaners for 22 years. Pat lived her life for Jesus, and was such a wonderful example of a Godly woman. She lived her life with the truth that love covers all. She valued and treasured friendship and family. Her family rises and calls her blessed and believes she was a great example of a Proverbs 31 woman. Pat's home was always filled with friends, family, faith, fellowship, forgiveness, love, laughter, grace, and a lot of coffee. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, four brothers, one grandson, and one great-grandson. Pat was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. More than anything, Pat loved her family each and everyone. She was affectionately known as "Grandma Burke" to her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all of their friends. She is survived by her daughters, Patsy Berry and husband Jay of Kyle, Texas, Debbie Vaughan and husband Scott, and Donna Vaughn and husband Ronnie, all of Midland, Texas. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Corey Harrison, Cari McNutt and her husband Clint, Brian Vaughn, Meredith Ketter and her husband J.R., Jason Jumper and his wife Leah, Derrick Berry and his wife Kelsi, Jaden Berry, Jennifer Harris, Steve Jumper and his wife Kristi, and Stephanie Olssen and her husband Eric; and by 16 great-grandchildren. Pat's other enjoyments in life was spending time with her Sunday school class, bowling, sewing, reading, and she loved teaching the second grade Sunday School class at Immanuel Baptist Church. More than anything she loved to visit with her friends and family. She will be greatly missed. Pallbearers are Corey Harrison, Brian Vaughn, Jason Jumper, Jaden Berry, Derrick Berry, and Clint McNutt. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Frank Wilson Funeral Home of Odessa, Texas. Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015 graveside at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with a memorial service honoring her life at First Baptist Church in Odessa at 11:00 a.m. The family would like to give special thanks to Bill and Dorothy Cook for many years of friendship. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Frank Wilson Funeral Home of Odessa Texas.
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Billie James Cole passed away peacefully on January 22, 2015 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on October 19, 1925 to Eugene Bennett Cole and Minnie Mae Cheshire Cole in Coleman, Texas. Bill served for two years (1944-1946) in the United States Air Force with the 65th Bombardment Squadron (aka the "Lucky Dicers") as a Staff Sergeant. During his service, he saw action in Japan, China, Philippines, Luzon, and Western Pacific. His airplane was shot down and four of his crewman did not survive. Bill received his high school degree from Langley High School during basic training. After the war, he married Jamie Sue McEntire on July 17, 1947 in San Angelo, Texas and moved to Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma to acquire a degree in Geology, while working two jobs to support his family. After college, Bill worked as a geologist in Lovington, New Mexico for a year, but decided to move back to Sterling City, Texas, where he owned Cole Butane and Appliance Company for several years. In 1963, he built Cole Feed Lot which had a capacity of 32,000 sheep in Sterling City. In 1969, Custom Skin Company was established in San Angelo, Texas which was a salting and drying operation for sheepskins which he later sold to his son, Jim. Bill began his ranching career by leasing several ranches, running sheep and cattle with operations spread over Texas, Colorado, California and Nevada. Eventually, he became one of the single largest individual producers of sheep and wool within the United States and was even mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. He later bought ranches in Crockett, Glasscock, Sterling, Schleicher, and Val Verde counties on which he ran his livestock. Bill's favorite saying was, "If you're fortunate to acquire a piece of land, leave it better than you found it." He received the Outstanding Conservation Rancher award from Crockett County in 2005. Bill continued his conservation on all of his ranches through good brush management, wildlife management, and erosion control. Bill is preceded in death by both of his parents, Minnie Mae Cheshire and Eugene Bennett Cole; his brothers, Alvie Lee Cole and Willard Eugene Cole; and his beloved wife, Jamie Sue Cole. He is survived his sons, James Willard Cole and his wife Virginia, and Phillip Eugene Cole and wife Sandy of San Angelo, Texas; and his daughter, Carolyn Cole Bloodworth and husband Bert of Midland, Texas; as well as his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Tammye Cole Jackson, her husband Matt and her children Jake, Annaleigh and Christiana; Misty Cole Keeney, her husband Monty and her children Mason and Myles; Holly Cole Brannan, her husband Tim and her children Nixon, Jackson and Hayes; Cole Lee Bloodworth, his wife Megan and his children Patrick and Bennett; James Sterling Cole, his wife Alicia and his children Sutton and Sloan; Allen Rice Bloodworth; James Wesley Cole; Amanda Sue Cole; his sister Myrna Cameron of Las Vegas, Nevada; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers who made him comfortable during his last years; Michelle Oberson, Delia Ybarra, Sara Martinez, Alma De La Rosa, and Gentiva Hospice. Visitation will be Saturday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at his home, 1930 South Concho Drive, San Angelo, Texas. Graveside services will be January 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Montvale Cemetery in Sterling City, Texas. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals for the Elderly, SPCA or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made to www.shafferpioneer.com .
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Murrie Easter, 96, longtime Midland resident, passed away of natural causes on January 24, 2015, at Midland Memorial Hospital. Murrie was born on September 14, 1918, to Clarence and Bessie Rice Easter on a ranch near Albany, Texas. The second of three sons, he learned the value of hard work growing up during the Great Depression. During his younger years, he worked numerous jobs and learned many skills, especially those necessary to raise cattle while attending Albany High School graduating in 1936. Always athletic and adventurous, he had a fondness for fast cars and excelled at sports particularly football earning a scholarship to the University of Missouri; however, the economic stresses of the times prevented him from attending. He maintained a lifelong love of sports especially football and baseball closely following the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Lee Rebels. As World War II erupted in Europe, Murrie entered the United States Army where he joined the 101st Airborne Division. He served proudly in England and then later in Europe, beginning with the D-Day invasion. In addition to the D-Day invasion, he participated in all three major offensive campaigns conducted by the 101st Airborne, including Operation Market Garden, (the airborne attack to liberate Holland), the Battle of the Bulge, where he helped defend the encircled town of Bastogne, and then the sweep through the Rheinland into southern Germany, where he participated in the liberation of the Landsberg Concentration Camp. He finished the war drinking wine in Reichmarshall Hermann Goering's wine cellar after his and other 101st Airborne units captured Hitler's mountain-top estate, The Berghof, in the Alps near Obersalzburg, Austria. After discharge from the Army, he returned to Albany and began working in the local oilfields on drilling rigs for the A.V. Jones Oil Company and later as manager of the Lewis Wheat & Sons Butane Co. He also spent time in Dallas working for the BF Goodrich tire company. On Saturday, September 22, 1951, he married Maxine Williams in Baird, Texas. In 1952, they moved to Midland where as an independent owner he opened a Humble service station on Highway 80, east of downtown on what is now Front Street. In 1961, he opened a new service station at the corner of Avenue A and Scharbauer Drive where he worked until his retirement in 1980. Following his retirement, he spent much of his time working with his brother Evan raising Herford and Longhorn cattle on a small ranch they jointly owned near Albany. Murrie and Maxine also enjoyed traveling, especially within Texas, but also to other parts of the US, visiting Hawaii, Florida, New England during the fall, New Mexico, and Arizona. Throughout his life, Murrie loved the outdoors, taking his family on camping trips to Colorado and other vacation trips through the Southwest. He loved watching indoor baseball at the Astrodome in Houston where his admiration of the architecture of the structure usually outweighed the poor performance of the Astros. Murrie's first love always remained the Dallas Cowboys, which he followed religiously since the team was formed reveling in their victories and agonizing over their losses. Murrie also took great pride in providing Midland's young men with jobs at his service station. No matter who asked for a job he never told an applicant no giving everyone an opportunity. Countless local young men got their first jobs working at Easter's Exxon. Murrie and Maxine silently contributed financially to many of these young men's tuitions after leaving for college. Murrie was also a supporter of his sons' academic and athletic efforts from Little League baseball and YMCA football through their participation at Lee High School and beyond. Later, his grandchildren continued with baseball, football and volleyball and while his three great-grandchildren are too young to participate, Murrie was sure they would continue the family tradition. He was a great story-teller and always seemed to have a new story to share with his family which almost always involved some situation he found himself in over the course of his long life and he could always find the humor in almost any situation. He loved good jokes, laughter, good food and occasionally a cold beer, and a little Red Man. Murrie is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 58 years, Maxine; and brothers, Evan and Clarence, Jr. Survivors include sons, Bob and his wife Diane Easter of Midland, and Jim and his wife Laurie of Houston; as well as grandchildren, Chris and wife Myndi of Midland, Stephanie and husband Charles Foster of Dallas, Jessica of Houston and Allison of Boulder, Colorado; and great grandchildren, Drew, Vivienne, and Sadie. Services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January, 27, 2015 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel in Midland, under the direction of Reverend Roy Colvin, a long-time family friend, with interment at Albany Cemetery in Albany, Texas. The family requests donations be made to Buckner Children & Family Services, 425 W. Pecan St., Midland, TX 79705. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com .
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January 15, 2015 On Thursday, January 15, 2015, with his entire family by his side, Tim passed away at the age of 50 years. Tim will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Kristine; his adored children, Molly, Jed, and Misty; his father, Doug; and mother, Marilyn; brothers, Brad (Louise), Jamie (Cheryl), and Derek (Erin); father-in-law, Terry; brother-in-law, Scott; sister-in-law, Julie; uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces. Tim forever will be remembered as a loving husband, caring father, cherished son, and best friend to his brothers. Tim grew up in Oak Bluff, Manitoba on the family farm. He attended school in Oak Bluff and in Sanford. He received his welding ticket from Red River Community College, and from there he started his lifelong farming career, spending winters working in the Artic oil fields for 15 years. In 1995, Tim and Kristine were married. They started their family and remained in Oak Bluff. Tim's passions were his family, and his love of farming and fishing. Tim's greatest characteristics were that he was extremely giving, loyal to a fault, and his wonderful sense of humor. Tim also liked to think of himself as the row crop specialist in the family. If you ever met Tim, you would never forget him. He would never say goodbye, he preferred to tell you to "take care." From everyone who loved him, 'Take Care, dear Tim." The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff that cared for Tim at the Victoria Hospital. "Remember me with smiles not tears, For all the joy through all the years. Recall the closeness that was ours, A love as beautiful as a field of sunflowers." Funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Starbuck, Manitoba, Canada on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m., with burial at the Oak Bluff Cemetery to follow. The funeral reception will take place at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre. Viewing will take place from 11:00 a.m. to service time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 43 River Avenue, P.O. Box 118, Starbuck MB, R0G 2P0.
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