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Benavides de Garcia, Bertha Lidia*  
ODESSA Bertha Lidia Benavides de Garcia, 82, of Odessa, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Odessa. Funeral services and burial will be scheduled at a later date in Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico. Arrangements are by Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa. She was born in Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was a homemaker. SURVIVORS Husband, Carlos Garcia Leyva of Camargo, Chihuahua, Mexico; sons, Samuel Garcia Benavides and Carlos Garcia Benavides, both of Juarez, Mexico, and Jesus Jose Garcia Benavides of Chihuahua, Mexico; daughters, Bertha Alicia Garcia de Villanueva of El Paso and Alma Rosa Garcia de Banuelos, Maria del Socorro Garcia de Uribe and Luz Teresa Garcia Benavides, all of Camargo, Mexico; brothers, Jose Benavides Estrada and Efrain Estrada, both of Odessa, and Martin Benavides Estrada of Juarez, Mexico; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Bisang, Cullen James "Jimmy"*  
KERMIT Cullen James "Jimmy" Bisang, 90, of Wink, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Round Rock. Services are scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Wink Burial will be at Kermit Cemetery in Kermit. Arrangements are by Family Services Funeral Parlor of Kermit. He was born in Taylor. SURVIVORS Daughters, Patti Ashley and Barbara King; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Blair, James Lon "J. Lon"*  
ODESSA James Lon "J. Lon" Blair, 80, of Odessa, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at his home in Odessa. Services are pending with Acres West Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Bumpus, Joe Denzil*  
ODESSA Joe Denzil Bumpus, 85, of Odessa, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at his home. Graveside services with military honors are scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Garden of Ector County Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Touchstone officiating. Arrangements are by Acres West Funeral Chapel. He was born in Arlington. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. SURVIVORS Sons, Joe W. Bumpus of Midland, Stephen Erich Bumpus of Menasha, Wis., and James Denzil Bumpus of El Paso; sister, Rita Gail Poteet of Lubbock; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Burch, Dorothy Lou  
SAN ANGELO Dorothy Lou Burch, 76, of San Angelo, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Dorothy was born September 15, 1938 in Junction, Texas to Ollie Edward (Scrap) Morgan and Helen Pearl Stites Morgan. She graduated Junction High School in 1956 as Salutatorian of her class and was a cheerleader and Captain of her basketball team. She received her Associates Degree as a Real Estate Broker from Odessa College. She married the love of her life, Jimmie Eugene Burch, on June 28, 1956 at the First Baptist Church in Junction, Texas. Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for years prior to serving as secretary for the Athletic Director for the Fort Stockton ISD for several years and managed the girls pep squad and cheerleaders and was even elected as the Basketball Sweetheart in 1975. She worked many years as a Real Estate Agent, including her time with Century 21 in Odessa, as an agent in Houston and most recently with Dierschke & Dierschke from 1995 until her retirement in 2008. Dorothy was a friendly, loving, and outgoing person who had a "take charge" personality and had a "plan" for everyone she knew. Dorothy had many, many friends and often made them her family. She had a very special sense of humor and loved telling stories. She was very involved with everything that her grandkids were involved in, especially their sports activities. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jimmie, in 1974. She is survived by her son, Jimmy Edward (Jeb) Burch, his wife Martha, and their children Mari Lynn Trapp and her husband Aaron, and Jeff Burch; her son, Bill Morgan Burch, wife Veronica Linda, and his sons, Collin Blaine Burch and Phillip Burch; daughter in law, Shelly Burch; Niece, Vicki Hardin, husband Buddy Waldon, and her daughter Ashley Cline; special friends, Nubbin Gibson and Steve Akin; numerous other nieces and nephews and the entire Dierschke & Dierschke Family. Visitation will be 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Johnson's Funeral Home. A Celebration of Dorothy's Life will be held 10:00 AM Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Dewey officiating and Kim Leabo to deliver the Eulogy. Graveside Service will be at 4:00 PM Thursday at the East Hill Cemetery in Fort Stockton, Texas. Pallbearers will be Billy Barnett, Charles Butz, Blaine Burch, Aaron Trapp and Phillip Burch and Cody McMullen. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Akin, Robert Bollier, Buddy Waldon, Virgil Wallace, Don Franks, Jeff Burch and Chris Green. In lieu of flowers, it was Dorothy's request that memorials be made to the West Texas Boys Ranch or to a favorite charity of choice. Friends and family are invited to express online condolences at www.johnsons-funeralhome.com.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Burch, Dorothy Lou*  
SAN ANGELO Dorothy Lou Burch, 76, of San Angelo, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in San Angelo. Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday at Johnson's Funeral Home Chapel in San Angelo with the Rev. Tim Dewey officiating. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Fort Stockton. Arrangements are by Johnson's Funeral Home of San Angelo. She was born in Junction. SURVIVORS Sons, Jimmy Edward (Jeb) Burch and Bill Morgan Burch.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 27, 2015
Burleson, Patsy Rhea  
TYLER Funeral services for Patsy Rhea Burleson, 84, of Kingwood, formerly of Tyler, are scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Lloyd James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Art Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery under the direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home. Patsy passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 24, 2015, in Kingwood. She was born on August 27, 1930 in Ada, Oklahoma to the late Marvin and Ruby Coffee Sillyman. Patsy was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. Patsy loved to dance and will be truly missed by her family and friends. She is survived by daughters, Debbie Burleson and Cindy Harvey and husband, Rick; brother, Tom Sillyman; grandsons, Mike Barberouse and Shane Ward; granddaughter, Megan Harvey; two great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Walter J. Burleson and her sister. Pallbearers will be Mike Barberouse, Shane Ward, Rick Harvey, Tanner Barberouse, Mike Harvey and Jay Sillyman. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Lloyd James Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Carrasco Jr., Julio "Bear"*  
CRANE Julio "Bear" Carrasco Jr., 51, of Crane, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in Crane. He was born in Fort Stockton. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Exhibition Building in crane. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Exhibition Building in Crane. Arrangements are by Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane. He worked for Basic Energy of Crane for 18 years and he was an area supervisor. SURVIVORS Wife, Erma Carrasco; sons, Eric Carrasco and J.C. Carrasco, both of Midland, and Justin Carrasco of Crane; daughters, Ashley Carrasco and Kayla Carrasco, both of Crane; parents Julio and Anita Carrasco of Crane; sisters, Elsie Campos and Mary Park, both of Crane; brother, Michael Carrasco of Crane; and 10 grandchildren.
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Published in Odessa American from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2015
Caudle, Bob Earl  
ODESSA Bob Earl Caudle, 76, of Odessa, passed away Monday, January 26, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital. He was born April 25, 1938 in Odessa, TX to Eddie & Myrtle Caudle. He was a retired loan officer for First National Bank. He graduated in 1956 from Odessa High School. He attended Odessa College in pursuit of his degree. He attended the Orchard Church in Midland. In addition to his love for his family and friends he will be remembered for his love of music. During his years of playing his guitar he had the pleasure of performing all over the West Coast and Texas, playing many venues with up-and-coming artists. He also had the privilege of playing with some of music's legends including Roy Orbison. He taught guitar lessons to countless people in the Permian Basin for over 50 years and as a result, built many lasting relationships with people from all walks of life. He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his (4) sons, Brad Caudle of Odessa, Craig Caudle & wife Daphne of Odessa, Kent Caudle & wife Aimee of San Antonio, Bob Caudle Jr of Athens, TX; daughter, Candy Peterson & husband Niels of Gunbarrel City, TX & (12) grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Pastor Barry Evans officiating. Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 28, 2015
Chesnut, Michael Leon "Mike"  
ODESSA Michael Leon (Mike) Chesnut of Odessa, Texas, 49, went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2015 at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, after battling a lengthy illness. He was born on Valentine's Day February 14, 1965 in Midland, Texas. He was the oldest of two children. He graduated from Permian High School in 1983 and later received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Howard College. He was a police officer for 14 years, serving in Big Spring, Texas as a jailer, patrolman, K-9 officer, Field Training Officer and Detective. Chesnut was wounded in the line of duty and awarded a Purple Heart and Medal of Valor. He later worked as a tax and financial professional at Troy Chesnut, Inc. until his passing. He loved fishing, camping, animals, working on old cars, Nascar racing, sports, and helping family and friends with projects. He was a member of New Life Church. Mr. Chesnut is survived by his loving wife Roxane Blount of Odessa, and children Tony Molloy, Ben Molloy and Jennifer Blount. They had 3 grandchildren, Madison, Jack, and Megan. Mike is also survived by his parents Troy and Karen Chesnut of Odessa, sister Lisa Crone and her husband Steve of Odessa, and their children Kacee, Cameron, and Kallie. In addition he is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Odessa on Friday, January 30 at 11:00 am in the old sanctuary. Pastors Jeff Wash, Tim Halstead, and Byron McWilliams will be officiating. Mike requested cremation so there will not be a graveside service or family visitation. Frank Wilson Funeral Directors is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Home Hospice or charity of choice. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
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Published in Odessa American on Jan. 29, 2015
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