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Byrd, Marline  
Marline Byrd passed away at the age of 80 on July 14, 2016 in Midland, Texas surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimers. Marline was born on September 15, 1935 near Mereta, Texas in Tom Green County to Marvin and Pauline Perkins. She graduated from San Angelo High School, Class of 1953, where she met her future husband, Jack Byrd. Marline and Jack were married in San Angelo on August 26, 1955 and had three children, Jeffrey, Gregory and Shari. The Byrds lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Texas where Marline made it her priority to raise the kids while Jack pursued his career as a Petroleum Engineer. The Byrds also lived in Tacoma, Washington prior to moving to Midland in 1975. Marline made many lifelong friends as a member and officer of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, PE Wives Club, and Permian AIMEES. She also was a Pink Lady at Westwood and Midland Memorial hospitals and was awarded a Certificate of Volunteer Service from Governor Rick Perry in 2006. Marline loved to play golf with her golfing buddies at Midland Country Club and particularly enjoyed their annual golfing trips to Horseshoe Bay and Cloudcroft, New Mexico. She loved her many friends in the John Class at First Baptist Church, Midland. Marline loved to travel. She particularly enjoyed visiting with her sisters, other relatives, and spoiling her grandkids. Marline is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Jeff Byrd (wife Billie) of Dallas, Texas, and Greg Byrd and Shari Byrd of Midland; grandchildren, Joshua (wife Amy) of Morgan Hill, California, Jared Byrd (wife Stacey) of Houston, Morgan Byrd of Dallas, Heather Brewer (husband Logan) of Austin, and Victoria Byrd of Midland; great-grandchildren, Emma and Abby of Morgan Hill, California; sisters, Barbara Parker of San Angelo, and Dolores Roberts (husband Loren) of Fort Davis; and much loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and her beloved daughter-in-law, Patricia Lechwar Byrd. The family would like to express our gratitude to Marline's primary caregivers, Laketa Defer and Dacia Martin, along with numerous other dedicated caregivers from Nurses Unlimited and to her primary physicians Drs. Vogel, Barnett, and Watkins, as well as Drs. Oliver and Matthews during her recent hospital stay. Visitation will be on Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland, 3800 N. Big Spring St. A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana Avenue. There will be a private burial. Pallbearers will be Joshua Byrd, Jared Byrd, Logan Brewer, and Austin Britton. Members of the John Class at FBC will be honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana Ave, Midland, Texas 79701, Hospice of Midland, Inc., P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com .
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 17, 2016
Ellis, Mary Dell Butler  
Mary Dell Butler was born on November 19, 1923, in Young County near Graham, Texas, to T.C. and Della Butler. She started school in a two-room schoolhouse in the nearby community of Red Top before attending school in Graham, where she graduated from Graham High School. She grew up on the family farm, where she learned industriousness and resourcefulness. Mary attended North Texas State Teacher's College for one year before transferring to Texas Tech. She majored in home economics - much to the benefit of her children and grandchildren - and met her future husband, C.W. "Red" Ellis, there. They were married on June 27, 1943. Following their marriage, Mary and Red moved to Fort Worth where their first child, a daughter, was born in 1944. They later moved to Santa Fe, where Mary did some modeling and was a founding member of the Santa Fe Women's Golf Association. A son was born. Mary and Red then lived in Albuquerque before heading north to Anchorage, Alaska for two years. A second daughter was born. In 1954, they moved to Midland, Texas. Mary often remembered that, upon landing at the airstrip in Midland, Red said, "We'll only be here for a year - two at the most." The last of their four children was born in 1956 and Midland became home. Mary was a doer and a giver. She was a great cook and seamstress and she was always busy with various creative projects. Mary had a green thumb, and her garden sported kale long before it was recognized as a "super food." She was actively involved in the community in many different capacities through the years. She was busy with PTA and scouts when her children were young and assumed many roles in the life of First Christian Church. She helped to deliver Meals on Wheels for a time and often worked as a poll worker during elections. Mary enjoyed playing bridge and loved golf. She was a member of the Hogan Park Women's Golf Association. She also was a long time member of the En Amie Book Review Club. For many years, Mary enjoyed spending time with Red and the family at their condo on Lake Travis where they boated and played golf. She also liked spending time with extended family at the Butler family gatherings at her brother's ranch in central Texas and the Ellis family gatherings on the Conejos River in Colorado. She liked to travel and in addition to travels within the United States, she visited Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Zaire and South Africa, as well an Canada, Mexico and Belize. Mary died on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She had lived with Alzheimer's for many years and finally succumbed to the complications that it causes. Mary was loved and will be missed by a large extended family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two of her brothers, as well as her husband, Red, who died in 2001. She is survived by her children, Suzanne Gonzalez of Austin, Robert Ellis of Midland, Cindy Elliott of Denver, and Vicki Gleason of Fort Worth. She also leaves seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as her brother, Robert Butler of Lometa, and her sister, Betty Bills of Kerrville, and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staffs of the Vogel and Younger Centers at Manor Park for their care of Mary these past two years. A memorial celebration of life will be held at First Christian Church in Midland on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church, designated for Outreach - or to organizations supporting Alzheimer's research.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from July 13 to July 17, 2016
Gonzalez, Maria D.  
Maria D. Gonzalez, at the age of 76, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 19, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. On May 24, 1940 Maria was born to Juan and Herarda Sepulveda in North Dakota. Siblings proceeded in death are Ramona Valdez, Enedina Balog, Alicia Gonzalez, and Andrea De La Rosa. Surviving siblings are Jose Sepulveda, Juanita Martinez, Nelida Hill, and Celia Jurado, all of Midland, Texas. Married for 47 years, Maria and Ponciano (Poncho, who preceded her in death) raised 5 children, Ismael Gonzalez, Ruben Gonzalez, Sylvia Rizek, Margarita Mojica, and Maryhelen Betancourt. A woman of faith and the heart of the family, Maria shaped their beliefs by her tireless Christian example. Her generous heart filled her home with love, fun, family and friends, including an attitude that there was always room for one more. Throughout her life she won the trust and hearts of many as a Sunday school teacher, women's group leader, and prayer warrior. If you asked Mom how she was doing she'd answer "I'm blessed." She leaves all her children and grandchildren with the knowledge that they were truly loved, and that she loved the Lord. Visitation will be held on Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Heavenly Gate Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a memorial service from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will start at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Templo de Jerusalem, followed by a burial service held at Resthaven Memorial Park. Funeral mass is under the direction of Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home and Chapel. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to: pipkin@nts-online.net or you can visit our website at www.lewallengarciapipkinfh.com .
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 22, 2016
Groom Jr., Wesley H.  
Groom, Jr. Wesley H. Groom, Jr., 88, of Midland, passed away on July 18, 2016. There will be a visitation at Ellis Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Kelview Heights Baptist Church on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 19, 2016
Groom Jr., Wesley Hollis (Wes)  
Wesley Hollis Groom, Jr. (Wes) went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus on Monday, July 18, 2016. Wes was born on Tuesday, July 19, 1927 in Abilene, Texas to Wesley P. Groom and Ada Kathrine Dutton. Wes attended Abilene High School. On January 13, 1951 Wes married the love of his life, Juanez Branscum in Hamlin, Texas. Wes worked for the Abilene News Agency until 1976 when he and Juanez moved to Midland and he began his career with the Basin News Agency, retiring in 1997. Wes was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather. He was well known as a hardworking, honest and dedicated Christian Man. Wes was a faithful member of Kelview Heights Baptist Church since 1977. Wes enjoyed watching wrestling, Nascar and listening to his police scanner. He loved his cats. Wes is survived by his wife of 65 Years Juanez, his sister Elizabeth Hovda of Albuquerque, New Mexico; daughter, Janice Kay McCleskey Mussmann and husband Lee; son, Derrell Glen Groom and wife Brenda; grandkids: Brian McCleskey, Brent McCleskey, Will Mussmann, Caleb Groom, Tiffany Groom Jackson, and Courtney Groom Flud; great grandkids: Liberty McCleskey, Vincent McCleskey, Haley Saunders, Talley McCleskey, Abigal Groom, Joshua Groom, Colton, Hayden and Kaylie Flud; great great grandkids: Sophie Saunders, Brennya Mussmann, and Will Mussmann III. The family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home 801 Andrews Hwy., Midland, Texas. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday July 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Kelview Heights Baptist Church, Midland, Texas with internment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pall Bearers will be Caleb Groom, Dan Brunner, Pete Klein, Cody Wolfe, Sammy Reed. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Joshua Groom, Colton Flud, and Hayden Flud. Online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from July 20 to July 21, 2016
Hawkins, Charles Leslie  
Charles Leslie Hawkins, 92, of Midland, passed away on Saturday July 16, 2016 surrounded by his family. Leslie was born January 2, 1924 in Wirt, Oklahoma to Arthur Hawkins and Anna McElroy Hawkins. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Chapel in Midland. Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park. Leslie married Faye Button August 11, 1947. He served in the United States Naval Air Corp for three and a half years in the PBY Service. Leslie was an employee of Phillips Petroleum for 38 years living in Odessa, Goldsmith, and Penwell before moving to Midland in 1952. Leslie was a member of Greenwood School board for many years, a member of First Baptist Church of Midland, James Department, Precious Memories singers, and Phil-Resters Retirement Group. He is survived by his wife, Faye Hawkins of Midland; daughter, Sara Draper and husband, David of Midland; son, Steve Hawkins and wife, Candy of Marble Falls, Texas; grandchildren, Stephanie Proctor and Cassie Morgan and husband, Ben; great-grandchildren, Marshall Proctor and Madeline Morgan; brother, Jerry Hawkins of The Colony, Texas; and by cousins, Bill Hawkins of Birmingham, Alabama and Elizabeth Turlington of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by parents, four brothers, and one sister. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be donated to Hospice Midland, 911 W. Texas Ave., Midland, TX, 79701. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com .
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 17, 2016
Hendrix, Z. Loretta  
Z. Loretta Hendrix went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 18, 2016 at the age of 88 years. She died peacefully in her home. Loretta was born March 22, 1928 in Page, Oklahoma. She lived several places before moving to Midland, Texas in 1960. She started Loretta's Answering Service in her home in 1962. In the early 80's she built an office and moved it out of her residence. Loretta's continues to be a thriving business to this day, 54 years later. Loretta was awarded business woman of the year in 2001. She was a hard working woman often working 24 hours a day. Loretta was always there when someone needed a job and she always took care of her employees in their time of need. She loved and appreciated her customers and frequently put their needs before hers. Loretta flourished in her business and loved serving the community of the Permian Basin. In addition to her illustrious career, Loretta enjoyed studying the Bible and gardening. Loretta is survived by her children, Kenneth and Becky Jones of Lone Camp, Texas; and Pattie and Rickey Barnett of Midland, TX; her 10 grandchildren; and her 17 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son Jimmy Jones of Midland, TX; her parents John and Miranda Davis of Heavener, Oklahoma; and her two brothers and four sisters. The family would like to thank Dr. Miller, Buffy and staff at Permian Cardiology, Jubel Reed, In Home Care and, most importantly, her dear friend Shelby Crawford who cared for her and lived with her the last few months of her life. A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Loretta's life. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home of Midland. Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com .
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from July 20 to July 21, 2016
Hibbens, Glenn Darrell  
Glenn Darrell Hibbens, 76, was born October 1, 1939 in Wilbarger County, Texas, to V. N. and Opal Hibbens. He passed away on July 19, 2016 in Hobbs, New Mexico. Glenn worked on a farm with his father and brother most of his life. After he graduated from high school he went to work for Texaco and worked there for 34 years and then retired. After he retired from Texaco he went to work for Univar and worked there about 10 years. Glenn loved his work so much and if he had not ended up with Alzheimer's he would still be working. If Glenn was not working, he was on the golf course playing golf. He loved the game of golf and taught his wife how to play and together they played golf whenever and wherever they could. He loved spending time with his family. Glenn's family meant so much to him. He loved them all dearly. He was a wonderful Christian man and he belonged to Fairmont Park Church of Christ where he loved to teach. Glenn and his wife taught children's bible classes for about 40 years together. Glenn is survived by his wife, Lynette Hibbens of Hobbs, New Mexico; daughters, Tammie Baker (Paul Baker), Glenda Bertola (Barry Bertola); grandchildren, Sara Farrar (Brandon), Josh Baker, Garrett Bertola (Amanda), and Austin Bertola (Lexie); three great-grandchildren, Tuff, Tripp, and Margo; his brother, Gene Hibbens (Carolyn) of Conroe, Texas; sisters, Carolyn Roark (Jim) of Willis, Texas, and Reba Hutchins (Nick) of Vernon, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Celebration of Life will be held 10:00 a.m. CST Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Fairmont Park Church of Christ, 3813 N. Midland Dr., Midland, Texas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Gentiva Hospice, Hobbs, NM. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home, Hobbs, NM. Online condolences may be made at: www.chapelofhopefunerals.com .
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 22, 2016
Johnson, Lynda Gorman  
July 3, 2016 Lynda Gorman Johnson, 70, of Tyler, Texas, died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving sons and surviving siblings. She was born October 9, 1945, in Hastings, Oklahoma, but grew-up in Hermitage, Arkansas. The daughter of the late Charlie Austin Gorman and Neta Ross Gorman of Hermitage, she was a Master Gardner and owner of the former Daisy Herb & Flower Farm in Midland, Texas. She loved to dig in the dirt and share cuttings of her favorite plants with her friends and family. A former police dispatcher with the Midland Police Department, she was an active supporter of the Humane Society and considered her rescue Shih Tzu dogs her babies and precious family members. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 42 years, Benjamin George (BG) Johnson, who retired in 1997 as a Sargent of the Detective Division of the Midland Police Department. Her brothers, Tommy Lee Gorman and Charles Anthony Gorman, both formerly of Warren, Arkansas, also preceded her in death. Those left behind to honor and cherish her memory are her sons, Douglas Johnson and wife Fonda of Andrews, and Billy Johnson and wife Lillie of Midland; step-children; Roger Dan Johnson and wife Leslie of Comanche, Texas, Lynn Denise Burquist of Houston, and Terry Don Johnson of Houston; and by 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind siblings, Wanda Reep of Brookport, Illinois, Roger Gorman, Sr. of Hermitage, and Beverly Latimer and husband Clay of Houston; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Our heart-felt thanks go out to the staff and management of the Briarcliff Health Center and The Hospice of East Texas in Tyler, who made her journey easier and immeasurably supported the family caregivers. Cremation is by the Hilliard Funeral Home in Van, Texas; a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Donations in her honor may be made to the Humane Society, Pet Solutions Inc., P.O. BOX 3524, Midland, Texas 79702, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 17, 2016
Johnson, Reverend Terry Scott  
Reverend Terry Scott Johnson, 73, of Midland, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 after many years battling multiple cancers. A visitation will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 2003 North "A" St, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016. A memorial service will begin after the visitation at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Terry was born on May 11, 1943 in Rockford, Illinois. After graduating from high school, Terry enrolled at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. While at Luther, Terry met Sharon Ann Hilstrom, and two years after graduating from Luther, Terry and Sharon married on August 10, 1968. Terry attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa (Master of Divinity, 1970), and received his Certificate of Ordination on May 31, 1970 from The American Lutheran Church. Over many years, Rev. Johnson served as Lead Pastor for St. Sebald Lutheran Church (Strawberry Point, Iowa), Fulton Lutheran Church (Roelyn, Iowa), Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Lansing, Iowa), Waterville Lutheran Church (Waterville, Iowa), and most recently at Hope Lutheran Church (Midland, TX). Rev. Johnson also served for many years as a hospice chaplain in the Chicago (Illinois) area and at Hospice of Midland (TX). Terry's profound devotion to Christ, his engaging and welcoming spirit, and his wonderful sense of humor (which was required as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan), allowed Terry to serve the spiritual needs of many people over the past 45 years. Terry dearly loved his wife, Sharon, throughout 47 years of marriage, and his two children; son, Christopher Johnson (and his wife Dr. Premila Johnson); and daughter Charla Treanor (and her husband Kevin Treanor). Terry adored his five grandchildren; Mia, Sophia, and Chase (to Christopher); and Owen and Katie (to Charla). Terry was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; parents, James and Gladys Morrison; and his brother, Warren (and Warren's wife Trudy). Surviving Terry are his two children and their families, as well as his two nephews Kirt and Kevin Johnson. The family would like to express their gratitude towards all of the caregivers who looked over Terry during his final days. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com . All floral offerings should be directed to Hope Lutheran Church.
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on July 21, 2016
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