Obituaries

Santa Cruz Reyna

May 3, 1942 ~ November 29, 2022 (age 80)

Santa Cruz Reyna Sr., was born on May 3rd, 1942 in Atascosa County, Texas to Adrian and Natividad Rodriguez Reyna.   He worked as a farmer for several years and Hale County driving Heavy equipment.  He had 17 children.  His hobbies were fishing, playing baseball, working on his broken car motors, playing horseshoes.  Spending time with all his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed reading his bible and going to church, he shall be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Adrian and Natividad Rodriguez Reyna

Daughters:  Eva Margarita Reyna and Rita Reyna

Sons: Fidel Reyna, Marcos Reyna, and Richard Reyna

Sisters: Dominga Alfaro, Ernestina Martinez

Survivors:

Daughters:  Isabel Vargas of Whiteface, Adelita Valenzuela of Idalou, Juanita Salazar, Madelina Reyna, and Maria Cardenas all three of Levelland, Anita Reyna of Lubbock, Amanda Reyna of Victoria, Tx.

Sons: Rojelio Reyna of Whitharral, Jose Reyna of Woodrow, Abel Reyna of Lubbock, Carnelio Reyna of Ropesville, and Santa Cruz Reyna Jr. of Levelland

Brothers:   Stepbrother: Tomas Perez,

Half Brothers:  Adrian Reyna Jr. Israel Reyna, Raul Reyna

Sister: Pat Vasquez of San Antonio

Step Sister Josie Rendon

Over 200 grandchildren and great grandchildren

Oscar Baeza Guillen

December 29, 1968 ~ November 21, 2022 (age 53)

Oscar Baeza Guillen  was a wonderful son, brother, and uncle.   He graduated from Three Way High School with the class 87.   He worked for Covenant Hospital as a Maintenance Tech II.  for several years.   His hobbies included  fishing, golfing, collecting figurines, baseball cards, cooking.  Favorite team was the Kansas City Chiefs.  He enjoyed watching American Idol on television, as well as watching  sports with his brothers.    He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:

Survivors:  

Parents:   Domingo and Cecilia Baeza Guilen of Levelland

Sister:  Malisa Guillen Cortez  of Levelland

Brothers:   Saul Guillen of Canyon,  Mario Guillen of Levelland, and Efrain (Barrett) Guillen, of Spring, Tx

Host of Nephews and Nieces

Lou Ann Crawley

October 24, 1930 ~ November 20, 2022 (age 92)

Lou Ann Eatherly was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.   Her family moved to Levelland in the 1940s from Oklahoma by way of Tyler, TX, and she graduated from Levelland High School in 1948. Lou Ann married Edward Crawley in 1950 and they had two sons.   She worked as a cashier for Levelland State Bank, as a consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics, and was a homemaker.   She was very involved with her church in a variety of activities, volunteered in the local community, cared for all of her family members and loved them very much.   Lou Ann was an avid volunteer with the Marigolds, Meals on Wheels, and was involved in helping the Levelland Chamber of Commerce, from whom she received a Lifetime Achievement award. She was a pet owner her entire life and lovingly doted on her dogs and cats.  

Preceded in Death by:

Parents:  William and Sybil Eatherly

Spouse:  Edward Crawley

Sons: Mark Crawley, David Crawley

Great-Grandson:Kaleb Crawley

Survivors:

Sister:  Mary Beth Richards of Cornville, Texas

Grandsons:  Austin Crawley of Temple, Travis Crawley of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Nash Crawley of Lubbock

Granddaughter:   Sarah Davis of Chandler, Arizona

Great Grandchildren: 6


Odessa May Russell

February 9, 1919 — November 21, 2022

Odessa May Russell, 103, of Levelland passed from this life on November 21, 2022.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at First Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

She was born February 9, 1919 in Hereford to Jasper Ellis and Ella May Wyatt Cockrell.  Odessa married Edgar E. Russell on December 8, 1939.

During WWII, Odessa worked in a factory in California making shells for bombs while Ed was in the Navy.  Later she worked for Dr. J.C. Wilmon and for Texas Electric.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.  Odessa enjoyed Home Demonstration Club and playing 42 with friends.  She and Ed had a travel trailer and loved traveling all over the United States.  Fishing and visiting family and friends were what they enjoyed.

Odessa was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Russell; parents; brother, J.W. Cockrell of Chico, California and sister, Audrey Chambliss of Seattle, Washington.

She is survived by her daughter, Bettye K. (Don) Stafford; sister, Glennis Frost of Abilene; grandsons, Brad (Mary) Stafford of Navasota and Mike (Amie) Stafford of Levelland; great grandsons, Curt Stafford of Odessa, Matt Stafford of Midland and Kyle Stafford of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and great granddaughters, Kayla Stafford (Luke) Holder of Texas City, Mahalie Stafford of Lubbock and Maddie Stafford of Levelland.

Albert Torrez

July 16, 1960 ~ November 17, 2022 (age 62)

Albert , was a wonderful son, brother, father and grandfather.     Graduate class of 1979.   He worked in the oil fields for several years .   His hobbies were spending time outdoors and working on wood crafts.    He like doing mechanical  work on his many vehicles,  watching cartoons and  listening to heavy metal  music like AC-DC, and kiss.  He loved spending quality time with all of his grandchildren cooking outdoors and making s’mores.   Albert, loved life to the fullest.   He shall be greatly missed by his family and friends.    

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Father: Jose  Torrez Jr.

Brother:   Rudy Torrez

Survivors:  

Companion of 17 years:  Geneva Waltors of Alamogordo, N.M.

Mother:  Eluteria Riojas Torrez of Sundown

Daughters:   Roxanne  ( Adam ) Rodriguez of San Marcos, Traci (Daniel) Villegas of Lubbock, Tiffany (Jaime)  Olivares of  Levelland,

Sons:   Jeremy ( Rita) Torrez  of San Marcos, Tim ( Amanda ) Villegas  of Whiteface,  Fidel  (Danielle) Perez of Levelland,  and Leonard (Michelle) Perez of Lubbock

Brother:  Randy Torrez of Lubbock

Sister:   Alma Torrez Cortez of Levelland

Grandchildren:   Andrew Torrez, Zachary Rivera. Dominic Rodriguez, Giuliana Torrez, Layla Rodriguez,

(3) Great Grand children

Step Grandchildren:  (23)

Linda Joyce Rickert

February 5, 1945 ~ November 17, 2022 (age 77)

Linda Joyce Rickert, married Martin Mancias Jr. , on July 4th, 1995 in Levelland.  They moved to Smyer from Levelland  in 1995.    Linda, worked cleaning homes and at the laundry mat for the general  public for several years .   Her hobbies was reading her bible daily, watching TV, eating Martin’s cooking,  playing Dominoes, and enjoyed spending time with her puppy Daisy.   She shall be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Roscoe and Edna Elizabeth Rickert

Survivors:  

Spouse of 27 years:  Martin Mancias Jr. of  Smyer

Sister:   Evelyn Rickert of Amarillo, Tx

Brother:  Ronald Rickert of Amarillo, Tx

Several Nephews and nieces

Marilyn Faulkner

November 7, 1936 — November 12, 2022

Marilyn Faulkner, 86, of Rockdale, formerly of Levelland, passed from this life on November 12, 2022.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2022, at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock.

She was born November 7, 1936 in Lubbock.  Marilyn graduated from Levelland High School.  She attended Abilene Christian University before returning to Levelland and marrying Larry Faulkner in 1956.  The Faulkner’s moved to Rockdale in 1984 to pursue a business opportunity. 

Marilyn was a member of Austin Street Church of Christ in Levelland before moving to Rockdale.  She was a founding member of the Milam County Church of Christ in Rockdale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Ethel Mae Ivey; son, Larry Wayne Faulkner; and daughter, Lori Lynn Faulkner.

Marilyn is survived by her husband, Larry; son Jimmy and wife Robin; grandsons, Lincoln and wife Natasha, Sterling, John, James and wife Elizabeth, and Matthew; and great grandchildren, Evelyn, Ivy, Lorelei, Sabastian, Eli, Michael and Kiara.


Elton Vern “Bugs” Spears

October 3, 1939 — November 12, 2022

Elton Vern “Bugs” Spears, 83, of Levelland passed from this life on November 12, 2022.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 17, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born October 3, 1939 in Afton, Texas to Arlie and Corine Spears.  Bugs owned and operated Spears Pump Co., and later B&J Irrigation.

Bugs was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Loy Spears and Arnold Spears.

He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Spears of Levelland; daughter, Debbie Gipson and husband Jeff of Levelland; son, Terry Spears and wife Patti of Levelland; grandchildren, Chandra (Jerad)Mitchell of Arizona, Trista (Chris) Barbour of Colorado, MacKinze Spears of Levelland, Sierra Atchison (Aaron) of Sundown and Kazzi Spears of Levelland; step-grandchildren, Chase (Ashley) Gipson of Seattle and Alex (Shane) Slinkard of Louisiana; great grandchildren, Grayson Freeman, Eowyn Barbour, Eleanor Barbour; brother and sisters, Frankie Pond, Jack Spears, Geneva Spears and B.J. Sandhop.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to: Austin Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 536, Levelland, Texas 79336

Minerva Arce Hiracheta

August 29, 1980 ~ November 11, 2022 (age 42)

Minerva, attended High School in Levelland.   She married Joe Hiracheta, on August 6th, 2002 in Levelland.  She continued her education and became a “CNA”  certified nurse’s assistant,  and worked for Whisper wood nursing Home of Lubbock, and Levelland Nursing Home and Rehabilitations Center for couple of years.   Her hobbies was watching family night movies, and true crime, her favorite color is purple, enjoyed cooking, shopping, and listening to Tejano Spanish music, making people laugh and a very happy person always smiling.  Minerva, will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Fernando and Oralia Hinojosa

Survivors:  

Daughters:  Ayissa Hiracheta, Lexie Hiracheta, and Jovi Hiracheta, all three of Levelland

Sisters:  (4)  Maria Luisa Arce  of Lubbock, and Melissa Duran and Marivette Arce both of Levelland, and Ashley Lucio of Olton.

Minerva Arce Hiracheta

August 29, 1980 ~ November 11, 2022 (age 42)

Minerva, attended High School in Levelland.   She married Joe Hiracheta, on August 6th, 2002 in Levelland.  She continued her education and became a “CNA”  certified nurse’s assistant,  and worked for Whisper wood nursing Home of Lubbock, and Levelland Nursing Home and Rehabilitations Center for couple of years.   Her hobbies was watching family night movies, and true crime, her favorite color is purple, enjoyed cooking, shopping, and listening to Tejano Spanish music, making people laugh and a very happy person always smiling.  Minerva, will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Fernando and Oralia Hinojosa

Survivors:  

Daughters:  Ayissa Hiracheta, Lexie Hiracheta, and Jovi Hiracheta, all three of Levelland

Sisters:  (4)  Maria Luisa Arce  of Lubbock, and Melissa Duran and Marivette Arce both of Levelland, and Ashley Lucio of Olton.


Jerry Arthur Anderson

November 21, 1950 — November 3, 2022

Jerry Arthur Anderson

With heavy hearts we announce the death of Jerry Anderson on November 3, 2022.  Jerry was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 21, 1950 to Bud and Berniece Anderson.  He moved to Levelland in 2010.

Jerry loved his family and enjoyed going to Lake Stamford to fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Berniece Anderson; sisters, Gayle Calhoun and Carolyn Pierce; and brother, Jimmy David Anderson.

Jerry is survived by his siblings, Phyllis (Ben) Carter and Monte (Lisa) Anderson.

Memorial services are pending and will be held at a later date.

Jimmie Jeane Nichols

August 14, 1941 — October 31, 2022

Jimmie Jeane “Jeannie” Nichols, 81, of Sundown passed from this life on October 31, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at First Baptist Church Levelland.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. 

She was born August 14, 1941 in Duncan, Oklahoma to James Nowlin and Mary Clifforjean Cox.  Jeannie graduated from Levelland High School.  She graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 with her Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.  Jeannie married her soulmate and love of her life, Jim Nichols in 1976.

Jeannie taught kindergarten for 32 years.  She retired in 2004 so she could help take care of her grandchildren that she dearly loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James (Jimmy) Nowlin Cox and Mary Clifforjean (Jean) Cox; late husband, Robert Lee Perkins; and granddaughter, Krysta D’Nea White.

Jeannie is survived by her spouse, Jim Nichols of Sundown; sons, Robert Perkins of Sundown, Jeremy Duhon of Lubbock and Charles Duhon of New Mexico; daughters, Cindy White of Georgia and Debbie Perkins-McCall of Lubbock; sister, Leila Strahan of Levelland; 8 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles Ray Henry

September 21, 1951 ~ October 29, 2022 (age 71)

Charles Ray Henry, formally of Morton, graduated with an associate’s degree from South Plains College and he was inducted into the United States Army on June 30th, 1971 and was Honorably discharge from Ft. Hood Killeen, Tx on June 28th, 1974.    He married Amy Annie Ruth Davis on May 22nd 1973 in Lampasas, Tx.   They were blessed with one son from this union.   He worked for  TI Transportation as a supervisor ,City of Lubbock Civic Center, Reese Air force Base in Maintenance, Lubbock State School, all for several years.   He enjoyed working, traveling with his family, gambling, reading a variety of books, magazines, and news paper.   His memory shall be cherished by his family and friends forever.   

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Ray and Ruth Louse Cobbs of Morton

Survivors:  

Spouse of 49 years:   Amy Annie Ruth Henry of Lubbock

Son:   Benjamin Charles Henry of Lubbock

Grandsons (3):   Kardale King Green Henry, Kadae Henry, Kamara Stewart

Sisters:    Carolyn Cobbs Ross, and Rayla Cobbs both of Lubbock and Carolette Cobbs Brown of Dallas

Host of nieces and nephews

Dallas Ray Toney

December 20, 1929 — October 28, 2022

Dallas Ray Toney, 92, of Levelland passed from this life on October 28, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, November 1, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born December 20, 1929 in Clayton, New Mexico to G.C. and Blanche Toney. 

Ray served our country in the United States Army from 1949 to 1950 and was part of the Atomic Energy Commission.  From 1964 to 1994 he worked for Southwestern Public Service as a lineman and general foreman.  Ray was a member of First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, G.C. and Blanche Toney; daughter, Gayla Teeters; and brothers, Clyde Toney, Don Toney and Jimmy Toney.

Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy Toney; son, Dallas Ray (Kim) Toney of Denver City; daughter, Rhonda (Hugh) Bradley of Levelland; 4 grandchildren, Derek Bradley, Stephanie Hodge, Seth Teeters and Kandice O’Dell; 10 great grandchildren, Keeton Hodge Martinez, Emma Hodge, Miley Hodge, Jaxon Hodge, Dylan Bradley, Jeremy Bradley, Mia Bradley, Ian Bradley, Peyton O’Dell and Deklyn O’Dell; and 2 great-great grandchildren, Stella Martinez and Liam Rodriguez.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 401 Houston Street, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Jonathan David Corder

August 27, 1981 — October 27, 2022

Jonathan David Corder, 41, passed from this life on October 27, 2022. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 5:45 pm with visitation following from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in the Smyer Cemetery.

Jon was born in El Cajon, California on August 27, 1981 to David R. and Sylvia H. Corder.  He attended Levelland High School where he participated in football and track and graduated in 2000.  Jon moved to San Marcos, Texas shortly after graduation and resided in Buda, Texas until 2020.

He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.  Jon was known as a giver and never met a stranger.  He enjoyed shooting pool, playing baseball and fast cars.  Jon had a passion for gambling with his Mom and enjoyed trips to casinos and bingo halls.

Jon was employed by the City of Levelland as an Animal Control Officer, a job he loved.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Mercedes Hernandez and Robert Corder; grandmother, Shirley Corder; and uncle, Frank Hernandez.

Jon is survived by son, Cole Corder of Schertz, Texas; parents, David and Sylvia Corder of Levelland; sister, Jessica (Steven Brantley) Corder and children, Mersaydes, Matheu and Addison of Levelland; brother, Jeremy (Courtney) Corder and children, Eloise and B.M., due in a few days, of Crosbyton; grandmother, Mary Hernandez of Smyer; uncles and aunts, Jr. (Sherry) Hernandez of Borger, Rick (Renee Edwards) Hernandez of Smyer, Patrick Hernandez of Smyer, Margie (Randy) Butcher of Lubbock, Joe (Norma) Hernandez of Smyer, David Hernandez of Smyer, John (Tammy) Corder of New York, Cheryl Mauler of Ohio, Jane Gray of New York and Susan Dillon; along with numerous cousins.

Carolyn Jo Hook

September 15, 1938 — October 24, 2022

Carolyn Jo Hook, aged 84, residing in Lynwood Nursing Home passed away on October 24, 2022 due to complications from congestive heart failure.

Carolyn, born on September 15, 1938, grew up on a farm in Bula, Texas.  She studied Home Economics at Texas Tech University and, at the age of 21, married the love of her life, Dan Hook.  She then went on to receive her teaching certificate at West Texas A&M before teaching 5th grade at West Elementary in Levelland, Texas.

Carolyn and Dan adopted two beautiful children, David Hook in 1966, and Laura Hook in 1968, after which she retired from teaching and devoted her time to her kids.  Carolyn lived a full life, often enjoying cooking and sharing recipes, travelling with Dan and their children and grandchildren, playing bridge and socializing with her close friends.  She devoted much of her time and energy pursuing her faith at First Presbyterian Church in Levelland.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Hook; son, David Hook; daughter, Laura Hook; grandchildren, Logan Hook, Jordan Hook, Joel Adams, Sarah Adams, and Daniel Adams; and great granddaughter, Nora Adams.

Any donations that would be made to Carolyn and her family can be made to the Dan Carolyn Hook Honorary Scholarship at South Plains College, 1401 College Avenue, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Carolyn’s service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Levelland on Friday, October 28, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

Patsy Methvin

October 23, 2022

Patsy Methvin, 91, went home to her heavenly Father on October 23, 2022 at her home in Levelland, Texas.  Visitation will be on Tuesday evening, October 25, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Her services will be at First United Methodist on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 2:00 pm.  Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Patsy was born to Weldon and Laura Marcom in West, Texas on February 27, 1931.  The family moved to Levelland soon after where Patsy spent most of the rest of her life.  She married the love of her life, Bill Methvin, on June 6, 1948 after graduating from Levelland High School.  They were married for 67 years before he preceded her in death in 2015.  Patsy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was President of Methodist Women.

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, Weldon and Laura Marcom; her husband, Bill Methvin; a daughter, Karen; and a grandson, Brian Sellers.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. George (Karlee) Marcom of League City; sister, Marilyn (Richard) of Pearland; daughters, Laurie (Nick) Williams of Levelland and Rosanne Davis of Dallas; sons, Greg (Toni) Methvin and Kevin (Sharla) Methvin all of Levelland; granddaughters, Selena Woodall of Aransas Pass, Ashley Wood of New York, Natalie (Mark) Bier of Dallas, Sommer (Korey) Coats of Levelland, Erin (Taylor) Potts of Midland, Audra Methvin of Dallas, Aleece (Dylan) Harvey of Austin and Arianna (Dillon) Welch of Seminole; grandsons, Greg (Christine) Wood of Dallas and Levi Methvin of Austin; step granddaughter, Nicole (Eddie) Holliman of Victoria; step grandsons, Jason (Elle) Davis of Comanche and Tyson (Ellen) Williams of Durango; 15 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.  She will be greatly missed by her family!

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Patsy’s caregivers from Home Instead: Laura Rowland, Martha Torres and Sylvia Pittman.

Alfredo Anthony Valles

March 25, 1985 ~ October 11, 2022 (age 37)

Alfredo “Anthony”  was born on March 25th, 1985 in Andrews, TX to Alfredo Anthony Valles Sr. and Guadalupe Chavez in Andrews, TX.   He graduated from Seagraves  High School .   He moved to Brownfield from Seagraves in 2011.   Anthony, worked for a Warehouse and Delinting seed company out of Lubbock as a forklift driver for several years.  He loved spending time with his family, cooking outdoors, carpentry working with wood making crosses, listening to Hank Williams songs, and a variety of rock music.   Watching Lion King with his daughter.    He shall be missed by his family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:

Grandfathers:  Jose Villanueva and Jessie Valles Jr.

Brother:  Johnny Valles

Survivors:  

Parents: 

Mother:  Guadalupe V. Chavez of Brownfield, TX

Father:   Alfredo Anthony Valles Sr. of Seagraves, TX

Daughter:  Destiney Franco of Hobbs, N.M.

Brother:  Michael Valles of Brownfield, Tx

Sisters:   Kandy (Jesse) Cantu and Jessie Valles both of Brownfield, TX

Grandmothers:    Mercedez Villanlueva and Rosemary Valles both of Seagraves

Joe Don Phillips

November 20, 1936 — October 18, 2022

Funeral services for Joe Don Phillips, 85, of Levelland, will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie Trice officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Krestridge Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Joe Don passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on October 18, 2022, in Levelland. He was born in Waxahachie, Texas, on November 20, 1936, to James Edward and Ernestine Phillips. He was the oldest of three children.

Joe Don graduated from Whitharral High School in Whitharral, Texas, in 1954.

Joe Don married the love of his life, Zelma Harris, on September 15, 1957, in Enochs Baptist Church in Enochs, Texas.

He was a farmer and a truck driver most of his life. In his later years, he delivered buses and moved cars for a car rental company.

Joe Don was a beloved husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad. He loved Jesus, his wife, his family, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and fast cars.

Survivors include a sister, Tina and husband Craig Swenson; sons, Greg and wife Roxann of Levelland, Keith and wife Julie of Plano, and Brad and wife Misty of Lubbock; grandsons, Shawn and wife Nicole, Cole and wife Ally, and Dillon; granddaughters, Kayla, Nicole and husband Justin, Niqui, and Miranda; as well as great-grandchildren, Titus, Kaylee, Ember and Jade.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zelma; his parents; and a brother, John Phillips.

Van James Rathbun, Sr.

November 2, 1946 — October 16, 2022

Van James Rathbun, Sr., 75, gained his wings October 16, 2022 in Levelland, Texas.  Van was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 2, 1946.  He was put up for adoption and found his perfect parents in Ione Jean (Brown) Rathbun and Raymond C. Rathbun.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1965.  He also wanted to serve and protect so he joined the Army National Guard right before his graduation.  After basic training, Van attended Mesa College to get his associates degree in Liberal Arts in 1967.  While in college he met Carolyn (Carol) S. Ray.  He fell madly in love and married her June 30, 1968.  He then had 3 beautiful children: Van James Rathbun, Jr. (51), Andrea Jean Lucille (Rathbun) Sehestedt (47) and Celeste Reve Rathbun (46).

Van worked several jobs, but he loved working with people.  He began working for Schwan’s Gourmet Foods in 1981 and retired in 1993 when he decided to go back to school to get his bachelors degree.  In 1995, Van graduated with his Bachelor’s in Business Management from Eastern New Mexico University.  He had a short stint working for Wal-Mart as a manager, but was not a fan.  He moved briefly to Lubbock in 2003 and was then dispatched to Cuba to aid in guarding prisoners of war at Guantanamo Bay.  He came home after being gone for a year to move to Levelland.  He went back to work for Schwan’s for another 6 years and finally decided to retire.

He was a faithful member of First Assembly of God Church in Levelland and all of his free time was spent helping anyone who needed it.  There wasn’t a person that did not love Van because of his giving heart.  Van loved and adored his family and always put them first.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Rathbun; son, Van Rathbun, Jr.; daughters, Andrea (Mark) Sehestedt and Celeste Rathbun; grandchildren, Maegwyn Sehestedt, Sean Sehestedt, Brian Sehestedt, Shannon Sehestedt, Alanna Sehestedt, Nora Sehestedt, Cierra (Justin) Kulka and Camron Pettit; and great granddaughters, Riley Kulka and Amelia Kulka.

A celebration of life service will be held at First Assembly of God Church in Levelland at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 22, 2022.

Charitable donations will be accepted through First Assembly of God Church.

Sandra Sue Bishop

July 18, 1955 — October 14, 2022

Sandra Sue Braddock-Bishop of Levelland, Texas passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, October 14, 2022.  She was born July 18, 1955 to Bobby Braddock and Wanda Todd in Post, Texas.

She married Ronnie Bishop on September 12, 1988 in Roswell, New Mexico. They moved from New Mexico to Texas in their later years. Sandra was created by her Heavenly Father as a caring and devoted daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Ronnie JD Bishop, Lupe Yarbrough, Tommy Fraser and wife Tonya, Randy Fraser, Jennifer Fraser, Faith Arvizu and husband Jason, and Chad Ray Bishop; sisters: Cynthia Varner and Rhonda Bridges; many cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as her beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, her sons, Gaylon Ray Bishop and Danny Ray Fraser; grandson, Christopher Ray Bishop; and brothers, Larry Braddock, Jimmy Braddock, and Ricky Braddock. 

“You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

I Peter 3:4

Crystal Jeanette Goforth

December 23, 1983 — October 13, 2022

Crystal Jeanette Goforth, 38, of Levelland passed from this life on October 13, 2022.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, October 17, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born December 23, 1983 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Crystal married Joshua Goforth on March 3, 2005 in Levelland by Josh’s mom, Michelle Goforth.  She was the Levelland Police Department Senior Animal Control Officer. 

Crystal enjoyed going boating at the lake, gardening, and most of all spending time with her family.  She was always happy, liked to have fun, and was a little bit ornery.  Crystal’s favorite thing was being the greatest wife to Josh and mom to Noah.

She is survived by her husband, Joshua Goforth; son, Noah Goforth; parents, Audrey and Bobby Garrett; brother, Stephen; sisters, Tasha Ivie and Rebecca Taylor; father-in-law, David Goforth; mother-in-law, Michelle Goforth; brother-in-law, Lucas Goforth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

R. E. Bullin

June 23, 1929 — October 7, 2022

Raymond Eugene (R.E.) Bullin, 93, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 7, 2022. Funeral services will be Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Levelland, Texas with Steve Wright and Arlano Funderburk officiating. Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

R.E. was born on June 23, 1929 to Harvey and Grace Bullin in Turkey, Texas. He grew up on the family farm in Turkey and attended school in Turkey before going to work as a truck driver for a local farmer. He then went on to help his dad farm wheat in Arnett, Texas. R.E. met Naomi Marcy in 1947 on a blind date that was set up by mutual friends. Shortly after their first date, R.E. unexpectedly showed up to Naomi’s dorm at Texas Tech to ask her on a second date. Upon his arrival, he discovered another gentleman was also there to take Naomi on a planned date. Before Naomi could make it to the dorm lobby, R.E. took it upon himself to falsely inform the other gentleman that he and Naomi were engaged. Surprised and shocked, the other gentleman left, and R.E. proceeded to convince Naomi that her original date had not shown, but since he was there they might as well go get a coke. A few days later when Naomi learned of R.E.’s little fib, she confronted him about it but ultimately laughed it off. A few short months later, R.E.’s little lie became true when they became engaged. They were married on September 11, 1948 in Naomi’s parents backyard in Ropesville, Texas.

As newlyweds, they moved to Levelland and purchased their first home with the money R.E. made from his first crop. They became members of First Baptist Church and R.E. remained a member until his death. He was a man of God and led his family to love and trust God above all else. Shortly after buying their first home, R.E. began running a backhoe for a local sand and gravel company before opening his own sand and gravel yard which he ran for many years. In 1950, they gave birth to their first child, Rodger.

In 1954, they returned to the family farm in Arnett where R.E. continued farming and Naomi worked at the gin as a bookkeeper. While farming, R.E. started his own cottonseed hauling business which he ran with Naomi’s help. In 1955, they welcomed their second child, Raoma. They stayed in Arnett for ten years before building their dream home and moving back to Levelland in 1964. R.E. continued farming until the early 80’s when he began investing in oil production with Kirby Rogers. He then went to work for Wheeler Oil leasing land for drilling. From there, he opened his own oil operating service, R.E. Bullin Operating, which is still running today.

R.E. was the perfect example of “work hard, play hard.” He obtained his pilot’s license in 1955 and enjoyed flying for twenty years. He and Naomi enjoyed many traveling adventures together including multiple cruises and camping trips with friends, but their best memories were made during the many summers they spent at their cabin in Ruidoso. While there, they enjoyed cheering on their race horses, attending church at the race track, and spending countless hours drinking coffee on the deck while watching the deer and hummingbirds.

While many people knew him as R.E., he was affectionately known as “Bapa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They will always remember him as a funny, care-free, playful and tender grandfather. He loved to make his grandkids laugh with his “Bapa jokes” and witty one-liners. It was not unusual for him to get down on the floor with his grandkids and engage in hours of play and laughter. His family was truly the joy of his life and he was happiest when they were all together.

R.E. is survived by his wife of 74 years, Naomi Bullin; son, Rodger (Rosie) Bullin of Mexico; daughter, Raoma Demel of Levelland; grandchildren, Shannon (Critina) Monear, Misty (Mike) Garrett, Stormy (Mathias) McCarragher, Shonee (Adrian) Bullin, Clint Demel (Samantha), John (Jill) Demel, and Bucky (Katelin) Demel; as well as seventeen great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Jewel Ferguson and Marcielle Titus; and son-in-law, Myles Demel.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Interim Hospice as well as R.E.’s in-home caregivers for the wonderful, compassionate care he received.

Lois Stevens

May 26, 1937 — October 6, 2022

Services for Virginia Lois Stevens, 85, of Levelland, formerly of Morton, will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 8, 2022 in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Lois truly believed no one ever wanted to hear about your aches and pains, so no matter what she was personally feeling, her response was, “I’m wonderful!” Everyone that knew her expected that response from her no matter what knowing it most likely wasn’t true. She was a wonderful cook and prepared many meals for family and friends.  During harvest time, she prepared the exact same meals she would have served at her home taking them to the field so everyone could have a good hot meal.

She and her husband cared for all their parents until their deaths. They lead by example, the love and compassion they believed God called them to demonstrate for everyone around them. The 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 would be packed with parents, grandparents and children on a regular basis. That was a normal way of life for her and her family.

Lois passed from this world to a world she truly believed was waiting for her…. Heaven. The love of her life, Alvis, went to help God prepare a place for her June 13, 2021. She decided it was time to join him, Thursday, October 6th, 2022.

Lois was born, May 26, 1937, in a half dugout north of Morton, Texas to Coy Onos and Mamie Durham and her sisters, Mary Ellen (Mur) Perry, Onita (Teenie) Boller and Alice Mae Brunson. All have preceded her in death. In addition to her parents and sisters, her husband, Raymond Alvis Stevens, her grandchildren, Jared Jones, and Natalie Gillie preceded her in death.

Lois married Raymond Alvis Stevens July 26, 1956, in Enochs, Texas. They moved 15 miles southwest of Morton to begin their farming career. They raised five children, Diana Zahn (Sheldon), Dale (Jeanie) Stevens, Doris (Danny)Miller, Darlene (Paul) Fillman and Darrell (Jolyn) Stevens. They have nine grandchildren, Steven Zahn, Mitchell (Chelsea) Stevens, Ashley Stevens Mills, Casey (Dustin) McCorkle, Pamela (Wes)Havens, Kaylee (Skyler) Smith, Ryan (Sara) Fillman, Cody Fillman, Ashlyn (Neal) Simmons. Lois has eight great grandchildren Hudson and Carson Stevens, Keighton Mills, Maverick and Myka McCorkle, Kiersten Gillie, Kaytlyn Dufek, and Dustin Smith.

Lois and Alvis attended County Line Baptist Church north of Morton until its closure, then become active members of First Missionary Baptist Church in Morton.  They loved and served at First Missionary Baptist for many years and would love for all donations be given to their church in lieu of flowers.

Our family would like to thank Juanita Banda for the love, care, and compassion she gave our mother over the past months. Caregiving is truly a calling from God and Juanita exemplified it in all ways caring for and becoming our mother’s best friend. Our mother would agree, Juanita helped make her life better in a million and one ways and deserves to be honored on this earth and in Heaven for all she’s done and continues to do for so many people.

James Clifford Brockman

January 30, 1954 — October 5, 2022

James Clifford Brockman, 68, of Levelland passed from this life on October 5, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, October 7, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 8, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born January 30, 1954 in Brownfield to David E. and Patsy Brockman.  James spent most of his childhood in Abernathy and Shallowater.  He moved to Hockley County in the 80’s.  After spending a short time in the 90’s in Fort Stockton, James returned to Hockley County and remained until his death.

James was a jack of all trades and a master of none.  He never met a stranger and was the king of garage sales and a gift giver to all.

He loved his dogs, fishing, boating, cigarettes and Coors Light.  James was known as Jimbo, Cleo, Jimmy, and his most beloved, Papa.  His family and extended family was his world and he loved them like no other.

James was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Eva.

He is survived by his children, Christi Bunch and husband John of Oklahoma City, Tommie Peters and husband Chuck of Torrington, Wyoming, Jamie Brockman of Lubbock, Jeff Harrell Brockman and wife Kristie Harrell of Lubbock, Coy Pigg and wife Lisa, Tammy Shirley and Karen Garrett all of Levelland; grandchildren, DeJay Curry, Bekin-Rose Bunch, Odin Bunch, Haleah Ritenour, Joseph Ritenour, Aryel Peters, Kylie Kuss, Madilyn Kuss, Holden Seymour, Justin Michael Peters, Vanessa, David, Rachel, Joe, Terry, Mikie, Tanji, Coy and Ashley; great grandchildren, Heavenly, Jerry, Donovan, Kiegan, Madison, Khloe, Kaitlyn, Bryson, Coy, and Kristin; and siblings, Patricia Moore and husband Jerry of San Angelo, David Brockman, Garland Brockman and wife Stephanie and Betty Jo Brackens and husband Luther all of Levelland.

Antonio Molina

June 25, 1957 ~ October 1, 2022 (age 65)

Antonio Molina Mendez, was a wonderful son, brother  and uncle. He enlisted into the United States Army on December 19th, 1975 and was considered a “Bonus Baby” and was stationed in Hawaii where he received his GED from Wahiawa Community School.  He also served tours in Guam, Kaiya, and Australia. On December 19th, 1979 he received his honorable discharge and an metals awarded: Indirect Fire infantryman, Sharpshooter Qualification Badge, and Good Conduct Medal.   Tony, worked Derek  Scott Building construction company as a contractor for several years.   His hobbies was building bird houses, and listening to a variety of music. Reading and studying his bible and building things, loved to paint, watching old movies, especially enjoyed spoiling all of his nieces and nephews always buying them candies.  A special thanks to Derek & Cindy Scott, Anita, Elizabeth, and Raymond for their love.  Family would like to give a great gratitude to Legacy of Love Hospice especially to his attending medical nurses Michelle, Jessica, Jayla, Christina and Chaplain Mike.

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents: Guadalupe and Sara Mendez

Brothers: Guadalupe Mendez, Henry Mendez, Porfirio Mendez, Siemon Mendez, Aurelio (Bobo) Mendez,

Sisters: Dora Mendez, and Geneva Rendon 

Survivors:

Sisters: Irene Mendez of Levelland, Yolanda (Marvin) Gavina of Hereford, Maria Mendez of Levelland, Hermila “Nina” (Ricardo) Alegria of Lubbock

Brothers: Bobby (Julie) Mendez, Tom (Debra) Mendez, and George (Susanna) Mendez of Levelland Justo “Gus”Mendez and Larry (Delores) Mendez both of Lubbock Adam (Glady) Mendez of Ohio,

Sandra Kay Cox

June 22, 1947 ~ September 29, 2022 (age 75)

Sandra Kay Cox, was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and GG.  She graduate from Whiteface high school 1965 and continued her education in Eastern New Mexico University of Portales, N.M. and South Plains College in Levelland.  She married Jerry Cox, on November 23rd, 1966 in Levelland and they had two children from this union.    They moved to Sundown in 1996 from Levelland. Sandra, was a secretary for her families Oil business for several years D C Oil Co. Inc. out of Sundown.   She was a homemaker and her hobbies was shooting her rifle, song writing and singing, poetry, and had a wonderful sense of humor, loved all children, and her grandchildren. Her memory shall be cherished for many years by her family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:  

Parents:  Oren and Irene Peden

Granddaughter:  Whitley Garcia

Survivors:   

Spouse of 56 yrs:   Jerry  Cox of Sundown

Son:  Jason (Teresa) Cox of Sundown

 Daughter:  Connie (Charles) Koeppen of Sundown

Sisters:  Linda  ( Johnny) McClay of Lubbock, and Ginger  (Jimmy) Bellah of Merkel, TX

Brother:  Randy (Diana) Peden of Lubbock

Grandchildren:  Kaysee (Justin) Dyer, Maricela Garcia, David  (Haley) Cox, Taylor (Joy) Koeppen, Robert (Jessica) Box, Robert Koeppen

Great Grandchildren:   Morgan Cox, Rixon Box, Madison Keoppen, Oden Koeppen

Host of Nephews and Nieces

Jesse Perez

July 18, 1952 — September 25, 2022

Jesse Perez passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 25, 2022.  He was born on July 18, 1952 to the late Eulalio Perez, Sr. and Apolonia Sanchez Perez in Colorado City, Texas.

Jesse is survived by three children, Cassandra Rivas (Rene Rivas) of Venus, TX; Jessie Kristine Thoms, of Sundown, TX and Andy Perez (Stephanie Perez) of Corpus Christi, TX; six grandchildren, Desire Najar (Daniel Najar), Rene Rivas (Edlin Rivas), Whitney Polito (Nicole Polito), Bo Thoms (Kaylee Thoms), Rock Thoms, and Addyson Perez; and five great-grandchildren, Anthony, Blair, Brayden, Jeremiah, and Mac.  He was looking forward to welcoming Luka and twins Baylor and Blake later this fall.  His surviving siblings include Richard Perez of Fort Worth, TX, Delia Perez (Edward Boswell) of Lubbock, TX, David Perez of Beaumont, TX, Pete Perez (Adriana), Norma Perez, Yolanda Perez, and Ronnie Perez all of Sundown, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jesse graduated from Sundown High School and was quite the competitive athlete during his years there.  He wore number 27 for the Sundown Roughnecks, and also represented the Roughnecks in the mile relay at the state track meet in 1970.  Throughout his adult life, he carried on his passion for health and fitness.  On any given day you could find him in the gym, out for a jog, or playing golf.  In his early twenties, he began working for Bass Enterprises in Sundown, Texas and retired with the company after 40-plus years of service.  He worked hard and instilled the same ethic and dedication in his children.  He loved vacations, outings, adventures, and gatherings with family and friends.  His grandchildren were his pride and joy.  He attended every sporting event possible, and took the losses harder than anyone.  At age 52, he began his battle with esophageal cancer.   While his physical abilities were deeply impacted, his quest to win was not.  In the toughest times he would still whisper, “I can do this”.  Jesse will be missed by all those he loved.

In addition to his parents, Jesse was preceded in death by his brother, Eulalio Perez, Jr.; sister-in-law Kellye Butler-Perez; and niece and nephew Ashley and Daniel Salazar.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas.  A private blessing of ashes will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.  (806) 897-1111

Captain J. “Cappy” Gatewood

September 11, 1940 — September 26, 2022

Captain J. “Cappy” Gatewood, 82, of Levelland passed from this life on September 26, 2022.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Sudan Cemetery in Sudan, Texas.

He was born September 11, 1940 in Muleshoe to Larles Albert and Beulah Talent Gatewood.  Captain owned Cappy’s Lawn Service.  He was known as the “Yard Man” for his vast knowledge in that area.

Captain was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents, L.A. and Beulah Gatewood; 3 brothers; and 2 sisters.

He is survived by his children, Vicky Buchanan, Rebecca Crabtree, Randy Gatewood and Glenn Gatewood; brother, Ingle Gatewood; sister, Linda Magnan; 8 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.  (806) 897-1111

Christine Sanchez Alaquinez

September 22, 1968 ~ September 25, 2022 (age 54)

Christine, was a wonderful sister, wife, and mother.     She graduated from Levelland High School in 1987.   She married Ascencion Alaquinez Jr. in Sundown on October 13th, 1995 and they had one son from this union.   Christine, worked at Ekards for 5 years, Sonic Drive Inn., Mc Donalds, and Town & Country as a Customer Services Representative for several years.   Her hobbies was collecting Mickey Mouse Memorabilia, taking care of children, watching wrestling, an excellent cook, Dallas Cowboys was her favorite football team, Texas Tech fan, going with her mother Melba to go play bingo in Lubbock, Lover of Big Dogs,  No one was a stranger,  she had several  God children in Levelland and surrounding areas,  always happy going to St. Michael’s Catholic Church every Sunday. 

Proceeded in Death by:  

Survivors:  

Spouse of 27 years:  Ascencion Alaquinez Jr. of Levelland.

Son:   Justin Lee Alaquinez and Stevie Salazar of Levelland 

Parents:  Jose and Melba Sanchez of Levelland

Sister:  Melissa Sanchez of Levelland

Brothers:    Jose Sanchez Jr. of Levelland and Danny Sanchez of Lubbock

Daniel Castro

April 13, 1952 ~ September 25, 2022 (age 70)

Daniel Castro, graduated from Levelland High School in 1972 .  He was a wonderful brother, husband, father and grandfather. He married Sally Castandea, on August 26th, 1978 in Morton and they had six children from this union.   They lived in Sundown where they made their home. Danny, worked for Sundown Oil Service, Key Energy, and Well-Co. for several years.  His hobbies was watching NFL Football Dallas Cowboys, going out to shoot his rifle, playing card games, and Dominos and would win too, watching his favorite cowboy show the Rifle Man, Karate Kid Kobra Kia series, listening to the Eagles Music.   He loved spending time with all his family and grandchildren.  Life time members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

Proceeded in Death by:  

Parents:  Lazaro Sr. and Maria Castro,

 (2) Brothers:   Pete Castro and Robert Castro

Sister:   Janie Machado

Survivors:   

Spouse of 44 yrs:   Sally Castro of Sundown

Sons:  Braulio “B.J.” (Emily) Castro of Lubbock and Antonio  “A.J. “ Castro  and  Jamie J. Castro both of Midland

Daughters:  Cristal Castro, and Dora Daniel Rivera both of Lubbock and Krystyna Castro of Round Rock,TX

Grandchildren:    (10)

Sisters:  Victoria Quezada, Judy Castro, and Cynthia Miller all three of Levelland, and Mary Blyou of Sweetwater

Brothers:  Frank Castro, Nick Castro and Ricky Castro all 3  of Levelland, and Lazaro Castro of San Antonio,TX

Julia Ann Leos

June 22, 1963 ~ September 15, 2022 (age 59)

 Julia Anna , was a wonderful  daughter, sister, spouse, and mother.  She married Felix Leos on October  of 1981 in Post, Tx and they had two children from this union.     They moved as a family to Levelland from Post in 1999.   She worked as a certified nurse’s assistant for several years at UMC Hospital in Lubbock and also at the Hickory House Retirement Center in Levelland.    Her hobbies were working in her yard, loving her dog Arthur, shopping for Décor for her home, She loved to go riding around in her Big 4 X 4 F150 ford Pickup Truck, Her favorite color is red, and she loved diamonds, She was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking Sunday breakfast for her family.

Julia Anna, shall be greatly missed by her family and friends.   

Proceeded in Death by:  

Father:  Willie Rodriguez

Survivors:

Mother:  Julia B. Rodriguez of Post, TX

Spouse of 41 years:  Felix Leos of Levelland

Son:   Luis (Ashley) Leos of Lubbock

Daughter:   Vanessa Leos of Levelland

Sisters:    Candy Gomez and Gloria Hernandez both of Post, TX and Tina Valdez of Southland, TX

Brother:    Will Rodriguez of Lubbock

Stephen James Smith

December 30, 1942 — September 17, 2022

Stephen James Smith, 79, of Alto, New Mexico, entered into the loving arms of Our Father on the 17th of September 2022.

Steve was born on December 30, 1942 in Dallas, Texas to Bill H. Smith and Louise Wilkinson Smith. In 1951, Steve and his family moved to Slaton, Texas where his father began his Ford dealership career. The car business became a family affair in 1952 when Slaton Motor Company became Smith Ford.

Steve graduated Slaton High School in 1960 and attended West Texas State College, earning his Bachelor’s Degree before joining his father in the dealership as Vice-President. Steve became Dealer Principal when his father retired in the late 70’s. Steve carried on Bill’s legacy, serving Slaton and the surrounding communities with integrity until his retirement in 1994.

As he built upon the foundation for Smith Ford, (now Smith Auto Family), Steve showed steadfast love, kindness, and good humor as a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Throughout his lifetime and until the very end, Steve served on numerous industry, church and community boards holding many leadership positions. Through the years many have benefited from his quiet, yet wise counsel.

Steve lived a joy-filled life. He was a great friend to many. He loved to travel and rarely missed an opportunity to best someone on the golf course or ski slopes. He was a man of few words and countless talents. Friends far and wide described him as dependable and true. He loved his family deeply, rarely missing any family milestones or celebrations.

Steve is preceded in death by his father, Bill Smith, and his mother, Louise Smith. He is survived by his sister, Sharon Swanner Limmer; daughter, Annette Sykora and her husband Patrick of Levelland; daughter, Susan Tant of Wolfforth; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren: Haylee Boyd, her husband, Zachary, and their children, Fischer and Collins; Nicole Campbell, her husband, Tell, and their children, Morgan and Clara; Hannah Grigsby, her husband Ian, and their daughter, Sloan; Holden Sykora; and Ryan Sykora.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, September 19, 2022 at 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Levelland, Texas.

In lieu of flowers the family recommends donations be made to Weekend Snack Sack Program in Slaton, Bill’s Backpacks Levelland, Snack Pack 4 Kids Plainview or your favorite charity.

Tommy Glenn Donica

June 8, 1948 — September 15, 2022

Tommy Glenn Donica, 74, of Levelland passed from this life on September 15, 2022.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at the Hamlin Memorial Cemetery East in Hamlin.

He was born June 8, 1948 in Abilene to L.K. and Gladys (Scoggins) Donica.  Tommy married Shirley Fisher on December 7, 1968 and were married for 52 years.

Tommy retired from Exxon/Mobil after 30 years in December 2007.  He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was a member of Austin Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Dianne Donica; son, Ryan Lee Donica; parents, L.K. and Gladys Donica; and sister, Kay Quast.

Tommy is survived by his daughters, Kayla Bleau of Denton and Shanna Donica of Levelland; son, Jeffrey Donica of Collinsville, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Kimber (Joey) Ayers, Kira Bleau, Jeryn Bleau, Jaeli Bleau, Ethan Donica and Sophia Donica; and great grandchildren, Emma and James.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home. (806) 897-1111

Janette Lynn Groll

July 30, 1952 — September 15, 2022

Janette Lynn Groll, 70, of Levelland passed from this life on September 15, 2022.  Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 19, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born July 30, 1952 in Victoria to Elmo and Levada Groll. 

Janette graduated from Southwest Texas State with a Bachelor Degree in Music.  She began her teaching career in Palacious, Texas for two years and spent one year at Converse Judson in San Antonio.  Janette spent the last 37 years of her career in Levelland at LHS as the choir director.

She dedicated her life to instilling a love for music to her many students that she considered her children.  Under her direction, the LHS choir won many UIL Sweepstakes over the years, and put on several dinner theaters and musicals such as “Oklahoma”, “The Music Man”, “Little Abner” and “The Wizard of Oz” to name just a few. 

Janette also guided numerous students to All-Region Choir, All State Choir and State Solo and Ensemble.  Through her detailed planning, many choir students were able to travel to different states to perform and have fun.

When she wasn’t busy teaching, Janette loved spending time with her family, reading books, singing, playing the piano, and giving out sound advice about life.

She was also a very giving soul, she loved to give to others rather it be to the Development Center at Christmas, her students, strangers on the street, or one-dollar bills to children at the store.  She loved helping others, and if she didn’t have it, she would always find a way. 

Overall, Janette Groll was an EXTRA-ordinary woman and she will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Janette was preceded in death by her parents, Elmo and Levada Groll.

She is survived by Derek and Stacy Schulle; grandchildren, Lyndi and Jake Nicholson and Landon Schulle; great grandchildren, Samson, Kash and Pyper Nicholson; and long-time friends, Harold and Cecelia Hurst.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.

Doris Virginia Pirkle

August 25, 1940 — September 13, 2022

Doris Virginia Pirkle, 82, of Plainview, TX passed from this life on September 13, 2022, in Lubbock, TX. A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, September 17, at Krestridge Funeral Home, 505 Austin St., Levelland, TX 79336, with Pastor Brent Scoggins officiating. Interment will follow at Morton Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 16, also at Krestridge Funeral Home.

Doris Virginia Pirkle was born August 25, 1940, to Goldman and Roxie Stroud.

She married Ernest (Ernie) Trull on February 27,1959 in Spade, TX. She was a homemaker and spent many of her days helping Ernie manage the farming duties while taking care of their 4 children and 7 grandchildren. He preceded her in death on October 25, 1996.

On April 17, 1999 she married Richard Pirkle. They spent many of these last years traveling in a camper and enjoying their blended family, including the addition of many more grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved the time spent watching them all play and listening to the fun and laughter fill the room.

Doris loved her family, cooking and quilting and above all, she loved the Lord.  She will be greatly missed, but we know she is rejoicing in Heaven free from all pain.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Trull; son, Perry Trull; and sister, Bonnie Belliveau.

Doris is survived by husband, Richard Pirkle; a son, Russell (Melissa) Trull; daughters, Gayla Zuber and Marla (Tommy) Bush; stepson, Kelley (Terri) Pirkle; stepdaughter, Tana (Ricky) Morton; brothers, Arvin Stroud, Glynn Stroud and Gene Stroud; sisters, Lillian Pollard, Sandra Dickey and Carolyn Kirby; along with 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of many loving friends and neighbors who will miss her dearly.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home. 

Harrison Wayne Hill

June 28, 1984 — September 13, 2022

It is with profound sadness and aching hearts that we’ll have to wait to hear more of Harrison’s discussions of World history, all things sports, and his unwavering support of the 2nd Amendment.  But, we find solace that his body is released from the incessant, daily pain that he endured for so long.

Harrison Wayne Hill, 38, passed from this life, September 13, at his home in Levelland, Texas.

A Celebratory Service will be held Friday, September 16, 2022, at 4 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 1704 College Avenue, Levelland, with Rev. Ann Aiken officiating, assisted by Rev. Dennis Cates, and Bob Howell.

Harrison was born in Lubbock, Texas, on June 28, 1984 to K.W. and Shyrle Harris Hill. He achieved his Eagle Scout designation in 2000. He graduated from Levelland High School in 2002, serving as Student Body President. He graduated Magna cum laude in Political Science from Texas Tech University in 2005. And, graduated from Texas Tech School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree in 2009.  He worked briefly for Dispute Resolution in Lubbock, Texas, and City Bank Levelland, until his health no longer permitted.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Joe D. and Syble Harris of Ropesville, Texas; Eldon and Claudia Hill of Littlefield, Texas; aunt, Kathy Hill-Glenn of Plano, Texas; cousin, Jeffrey Patty of Allen, Texas; and his beloved Roxy and Bailey.

Survivors include his parents; sister, Annelise (Jake) Blessen; niece, Elsie Blessen of Omaha, Nebraska; uncle and aunt, Sammy J. and Marilyn Harris of Ropesville, Texas;  cousins, Matt (Molly)Harris of Brock, Texas, Samantha (Cameron)Oliver of Ropesville, Texas, Paige Patty of Allen, Texas, Scott(Molly) Bryson of Tyler, Texas, Preston and Claire Harris, Wyatt, Hayes, and Maverick Oliver, Ryan and Justin Patty, Katie, Tyler and Jessie Bryson;  and his constant companion, the love of his life, his Border Collie, Rosie.

Memorials may be made to Levelland Animal Shelter at 109 Commerce Drive, Levelland, Texas 79336 or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home, 806-897-1111.

Earl Henry Evans

May 3, 1927 — September 7, 2022

Earl Henry Evans, 95, of Levelland passed from this life on September 7, 2022. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, September 12, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Jimenez of Cactus Drive Church of Christ officiating.

Visitation is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 11, at Krestridge Funeral Home.

Earl Henry Evans was born May 3, 1927, in Lockney, Texas, to Elijah Malachi and Maggie Lemmie (Witcher) Evans. The youngest of 10 siblings, he grew up in Lockney as well as Morton, Texas. 

He married Minnie Ellen Drum in February 1948 and together they had three children, Loyd Douglas, Karen Earlene and Gary Don. 

Earl had two major passions in life: first was family and second was the custom harvesting business. The Evans family played a significant role in harvesting grain from Texas to North Dakota for over 74 years. Earl started his own harvesting business at the age of 19. He and his wife, Ellen, were inducted into the U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. Hall of Fame in 2000. 

He is preceded in death by his two sons, Doug and Don Evans; granddaughter, Courtney Ellen Cigainero; parents, Elijah and Maggie Evans; six brothers, Charlie, John, Walter, Loyd, Floyd, and E.M. Evans; three sisters, Ruby Irick, Tommie Fullerton, and Jessie Brock.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter, Earlene Cigainero and Travis; daughter-in-law, Leslie Evans; grandchildren, Megan Tisler and Logan, Matt Evans and Traci, Kari Cigainero-Mardari and Sergiu, Morgan Combs and Brad, Katie Massie and Ethan, Jacob Evans and Breeanna Kouba; great-grandchildren, Dakota and Ty Tisler, Sealey and Sloan Combs, Sterling Evans, Destiny and Macie Thomas.

Ricky Dwayne Fullen

May 6, 1964 — September 7, 2022

Ricky Dwayne Fullen, 58, of Sundown passed from this life on September 7, 2022. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Allen Whitley officiating.

Ricky Dwayne Fullen was born May 6, 1964, in Levelland. He grew up some in Odessa and lived in Sundown.  He was an oilfield electrician and worked for K-Bar and Dixie Electric. In 2011, he opened his own shop, R-Tech.  He married Melinda Ann Stone on December 11, 1987.

He loved God and his family.

Ricky was preceded in death by his father, W.B. Fullen Jr.; mother and stepfather, Norma and Bob Rumbaugh; nephew, Paul Smith; and grandparents, W.B. “Bill” and Nellie Fullen.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda Ann Stone Fullen of Sundown; sister-in-law, Laura Rene Lilleland of Sundown; stepmother, Carolyn Fullen of Sundown; sister, Vickie (Jack) Smith of Moran; Tony Fullen of Lubbock; Wes and Betty Willhite of Tashimingo, Oklahoma; Jeffry Stanley of Sundown; Melissa Ann Stanley of Sundown; two dogs, Bandie and Shasta; and nine nieces and nephews and nine greats.

Pablo Chato Torres

October 1, 1946 ~ September 5, 2022 (age 75)

Pablo Chato Torres, was born on October 1st.,1946 to Pablo Sr. and Lucia Torres in Robstown, Tx. He married Rosalinda Castillo on November 28th, 1965 in Floydada,  and they were blessed with  7 children from this union.   His family moved to Levelland from Ropesville in 1982.  He worked for John Blew Farms and as a Cotton Ginner for several years in Levelland.  Pablo enjoyed  visiting and spending time with all of his children and grandchildren cracking jokes.  He would baby sit and watched his favorite professional NFL Football team Dallas Cowboys,  watching fast trucks, liked riding around town and visiting with friends for hours,  going to church at Park Drive Baptist Church.  

Proceeded in Death by:  

Spouse of 56 yrs.:  Mrs. Rosalinda C. Torres

Daughter:   Betty Ann Torres

(2) Brothers:    Bonifacio Torres and Lupe Torres

(1) Sister:   Antonia Guzman

Survivors:

Sons:  Pablo (Maribelle) Torres III. , Jack (Staci) Torres, Randy (Ashley) Torres, and Jason (Karen) Torres all four of Levelland. 

Daughters:  Margarita (Victor) Escobar and JoaAnn (Gary) Grant both of Levelland

Grand Children: (20)   Great Grand Children:  24

Sister:  Claudina  Prieta Castro of Seguin, Tx

Donald “Donny” Gene Polk

June 18, 1942 — August 31, 2022

Donald Gene Polk, 80, of Whitharral passed from this life on August 31, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Whitharral Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the Whitharral Cemetery.

He was born June 18, 1942 in Littlefield to S.J. and Juanita Polk.  Donny attended Whitharral ISD. He married Rosetta Williams in Sudan, Texas.  Donny and Rosetta were married for 62 years and made their home in Whitharral where they raised their three children.  He was a member of Whitharral Baptist Church.

Donny farmed in and around Hockley County and was the Opdyke Co-op Gin manager for 25 years.  He enjoyed farming and ginning. Donny also did custom hauling in south Texas. 

Donny was best known for his involvement in his kids, grandkids and great grandkids sporting activities, even up until a few weeks before his death.

In the words of Donny, “I lived a good life.” He will be greatly missed by many.

He was preceded in death by his parents, S.J. and Juanita Polk; brother and sister-in-law, Marion and Jonnye Polk; and granddaughter, Jessica Hatley.

Donny is survived by his wife, Rosetta Polk; son, Jimmy (Julie) Polk of Whitharral; daughters, Roxann (Ray) Morris of Shallowater and Angela (Kerry) Hatley of Midland; grandchildren, Jeremy (Jenny) Polk, Megan (Ty) Johnson, Charley (Natalie) Harley, Billy Harley, Aaron (Sarah) Morris, Eric (Maggie) Morris, Andrew (Mayson) Morris, Meagan (Chad) Kennemer, Kris (Kayla) Hatley, Kyler (Kirby) Hatley, and Kaden (Megan) Hatley; and 22 great grandchildren.

Esperanza “Hope” Soliz Flores

December 11, 1953 ~ August 20, 2022 (age 68)

Hope Soliz, was a fun loving daughter, sister, wife, and aunt and mother to all of her nephews and nieces.  Graduatedfrom Morton High School in 1973.   She married Joe Flores on June 2nd, 1973 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton.   She attended South Plains College receiving her Child development certification.  Her hobbies and joy in life was her whole family and going on vacations to Harlingen and San Antonio.  Her favorite color was purple, and she was a very loving, caring, compassionate lady and willing to help anybody and everybody.  Hope would go to garage sales with her cousin Wanda in Lubbock.  Sport events that her nephews and nieces were part of with the Morton Indians football, baseball, basketball, track, tennis, volleyball, and golfing and attended all their Tournaments. She was their number one fan cheering and encouraging them along.  She loved her Dallas Cowboy’s . She was an inspiration to all the school children she taught.  Hope is a lifetime member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Morton.   She shall be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by: Parents:  Ralph Sr. and Pilar Sabala Soliz,

Brother: Tony Soliz

Survivors:

Spouse of 29 years:  Joe Flores of Morton

Sister:   Angelica Soliz  of Morton

Brothers: Alex Soliz of Lubbock, Ralph Soliz III of Harlingen, Pete Soliz Sr. and Pete Soliz Jr. both of Morton

Numerous Grand nephews and nieces and Great Grand nephews and nieces

Vicenta Bela

September 7, 1934 ~ August 18, 2022 (age 87)

Vicenta Bela, was a fun-loving daughter, sister, wife, and Mother. She married Guilde Costilla Sr. in 1951 in Levelland and they had two sons from this union.   She worked for South Plains College as a custodian and for Raymond and Rosa Beth Coffman as a domestic engineer for several years.   Vicenta, enjoyed gardening and taking care of her flower garden, embroidery, cooking, ceramic painting.  Her passion in life was her family.  A lifetime member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

Proceeded in Death by: Parents:  Julio and Ynes Molina Baiza

Spouse: Guilde Costilla Sr.

(5) Brothers: Librado Frescaz, Pablo Frescaz, Frank Frescaz,Alcario Baiza, Jose Baiza

(2) Sisters: Florentina Ramirez and Maria Guerra

Grandson: Julio Costilla

Survivors:

Sons:  Guilde M. Costilla and Alfred “Fred” Costilla both of Levelland

Sister:   Andrea Magallanes of Levelland

Brother:   Eusebio Baiza of Post, TX

Grandchildren:  5

Great Grand Children:  12

Jose Eduardo Hernandez

May 20, 1956 ~ August 16, 2022 (age 66)

Joe Eddie, was a wonderful son, brother, and uncle.   He graduated from Morton High School in 1976 and continued his education and attended Barber College in Lubbock receiving  his certification and graduated in 1978.   He moved to Dallas in 1988 and was a hair stylist and barber  for over 30 years.   His hobbies was cooking for all of his family, parties and dancing, he loved his two babies Rottweiler’s Mollie and Blue.  He enjoyed listening to Christian and gospel music.  Very kind, friendly, and loving person to everyone he met.   A life time member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton.  

Joe, will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Jesus and Benita Hernandez

(2) Brothers:  Sixto Hernandez and Roque Hernandez

 Sister:  Flora Hernandez

Survivors:

Brothers:   Ignacio Hernandez, Robert (Sally) Hernandez, and Otavio (Toby) Hernandez,  all three of Morton, David (Norma ) Tobar of Odessa

Sisters:   Santos Honesto, Otila (Aurelio) Honesto, and Delma (Hilbert) Sepulbeda  all three of Morton, Paula (Greg) Ramon and Mary Ann ( Ralph) Enriquez both of Lubbock, Deanna (Kelly) Alexander of Enochs.

Several Nephews and Nieces

Marsha Lou Levens

November 2, 1966 ~ August 12, 2022 (age 55)

Marsha Lou, was a fun-loving daughter, sister, wife, and grandmother. She married Ricky Lynn Levens Sr. in 1985 in Irving, TX and from this union they had one son Ricky Lynn Levens Jr.   They moved to Morton in 2016 from Oak Cliff, TX.   She was a Homemaker and Her joy in life wasspending quality time with all of her grandchildren that she adored and loved, reading her bible and mystery novels, keeping a scrap book journals.  Liked to do yard work, playing with her five dogs, cats, and fish, Hot Rods was her passion, crouching blankets and partying and hang out with her friends.

Proceeded in Death by: Mother:  Sandra K. Newton

Survivors:

Father:  Billy Newton of Dallas

Spouse:  Ricky Lynn Levens of Morton

Son: Ricky Lynn Levens Jr. of Morton

Grandchildren: Ricky Lynn Levens III., Leland Geronimo Levens, Daxton Israel Levens, Olicia Jewel Levens

Brother:   Billy Dean Newton Jr. of Lubbock

Barbara Mendez Cortez

May 25, 1979 ~ August 12, 2022 (age 43)

Barbara Mendez Cortez,  was a fun loving daughter, sister, wife, and aunt.    Graduate from Monterey  High School  May 22nd, 1998 in Lubbock, Tx.   She married Jesus Jr. Villalpando, on July 23rd, 2000 in Levelland.   They moved to Levelland from Whitharral.   Her hobbies going to the flea market in Lubbock, watching boxing, and her favorite football team San Francisco 49er’s and collecting 49er’s memorabilia,  cooking, and going out to eat at 509 Restaurant in Levelland and Montelongos Restaurant in Lubbock.   Barbara, shall be greatly missed by her family and close friends.

Proceeded in Death by:  Parents:  Alfredo and Audelia Mendez Cortez

Survivors:

Spouse of 22 years:  Jesus Villalpando Jr. of Levelland

Sisters:   Josephine (Fabian) Vasquez,  Oralia (Larry) Vidalurre, Blanca Mendez Ledesma, Gracie (Frederick) Harris, and Priscilla Cortez  all five of Lubbock, and Lucia Cortez of Lorenzo, TX

Brothers:   Ruben (Regina) Perez  and Michael (Cris) Castillo both of Lubbock and Phillip (Kristi) Cortez of Ropesville,  and Alfredo Cortez Jr. of West Virginia  

Clara Bell Singleton

February 23, 1960 ~ August 11, 2022 (age 62)

Clara Bell, was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife , mother, and aunt.    She attended high school in Levelland during her younger years.  She married her best friend Billy Mack Williams in Morton on June 16th, 1973 and she was blessed with four children.  She enjoyed fishing bingo, casino, cooking, dancing, and spending special time with all her family and friends.  Clara Bell, shall be greatly missed.

Proceeded in Death by:  

Parents:    Jessie C. Singleton  and El Dora Dancer

Daughter:  Chamika Singleton 

Brother:   Ronnie Lynn Richardson

Survivors:   

Spouse of 49 years:  Billy Mack Willams of Wichita Falls, TX

Daughters :   Mary  Davis of Wichita falls, Tx and Melissa Benavidez  and Stephanie Singleton (Ricky Lee Hall) both of Levelland

Sisters:  Eldora Dancer, Mary Ann Vonn, and Wanda Ann Vonn, all three of Levelland and

Claudine Fitts  and Willie Singleton of Wichita falls, Tx

Brothers:   Precile Vonn and Glenn Vonn Jr. both of El Paso

Joyce C. Taylor

September 27, 1930 — August 12, 2022

Joyce C. Taylor, 91, of Levelland, Texas, passed away peacefully under palliative care at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas on August 12th, 2022, after a 15 year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Joyce Corine Skinner was born September 27, 1930 to Horace and Dovie Skinner of Hallsville, Texas. She grew up on a farm with five siblings, two wonderful parents, and a love of the outdoors and nature that was forever present in her life.

She graduated Marshall High School in 1948, and moved to Seminole, Texas to begin her first job in the Gaines County courthouse in the Tax Assessor’s office. It was there in the courthouse she met the love of her life Billy R. Taylor.

Joyce and Bill were married July 20, 1951. In 1952 they moved to Levelland, Texas to start their family and new job as Hockley County Agriculture Agent. From 1953 to 1955 they served at the US Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and then returned to Levelland. They were married for 62 years.

Faith, friends and family were an important part of her life. She was not one to sit around, so while raising and caring for her new family, Joyce was a very active member of the First Baptist Church, including teaching Sunday School, was very involved in the local 4-H programs, PTA, Women’s Home Demonstration Club, Garden Club, a talented artist and decorator, an avid reader and seamstress, a green thumb gardener, and an excellent cook. In her empty nest years, she attended various classes at South Plains College, and also earned her Real Estate License. She also loved working and volunteering with her close friends at the Covenant Hospital in Levelland.

Joyce and Bill retired in 1985 to build their dream cabin in Colorado, and until her 80th birthday spent equal time in Levelland and Colorado. She cherished and loved her friends from Levelland, and from Colorado; and spent many hours entertaining, traveling and socializing with them. Joyce and Bill were very active and loved the Sonshine Senior Choir at the First Baptist Church, traveling across the United States and performing in their retirement years. She also loved traveling to many places not yet explored; and more importantly visiting and taking care of her two grandchildren, Ryan and Ann Elise, any chance she had. In recent years she loved nothing more than visiting the family ranch, seeing family and friends; and getting out and enjoying her continued love of nature and the outdoors, while feeding and petting every ranch animal she could find.

She loved growing up in the piney woods of East Texas, and would travel back there to visit any chance she had. She often joked about the 1949 transition from East Texas to West Texas, forests to sandstorms. However, when given the choice of where to be laid to rest, it was an immediate response; Levelland was home and always would be.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers and two sisters-in-law; two sisters; two nieces; and her husband, Bill.

Joyce is survived by her son Brett G. Taylor of Dallas and Palo Pinto County; her daughter Leesa Taylor Jones of Monument, Colorado; her grandson Ryan C. Taylor of Austin; her granddaughter Ann Elise Taylor of Chicago; sister-in-law, Wilma Gantz of Albuquerque; brother-in-law, Jeff Taylor of Tyler; and some very special nieces and nephews, each one whom she adored with all her heart. Special acknowledgment of her caregiver of 10 years, Brenda Perez of Lubbock and her daughter Michelle Luna, that Joyce truly loved like family.

If a donation is desired in lieu of flowers, please consider the Bill and Joyce Taylor Scholarship in Commercial Music at South Plains College.

Sherri Lyn Caddell

July 13, 1964 — August 11, 2022

Sherri Lyn Caddell, 58, of Levelland passed from this life on August 11, 2022.  Visitation will be on Monday, August 15, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born July 13, 1964 in Morton to Len and Nina Cartwright.  Sherri graduated from Levelland High School in 1982.

Sherri married Steve Caddell on August 20, 1982.  She was employed at South Plains College for 18 years.  Most recently, Sherri enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter, Ava.

She was a member of Fifth Street Church of Christ.

Sherri is survived by her husband, Steve Caddell; daughter, D’Lyn (Michael) Pompa; granddaughter, Ava; along with a new granddaughter due in the fall.

Flowers are appreciated and donations in Sherri’s memory may be made to Hospice of the South Plains or American Cancer Society.


Romeo Zapata Gutierrez

March 17, 1939 — August 9, 2022

Romeo Zapata Gutierrez, 83, of Levelland went home to his Heavenly Father on August 9, 2022.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 11, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with the Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, August 12, 2022, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Jonathan Phillips officiating.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Romeo was born March 17, 1939 in Robstown, Texas to Trinidad and Ofelia Gutierrez. He attended school in Ropesville, Texas. 

He married Socorro Hernandez on April 23, 1960.  Romeo had a successful painting career in which he inspired many to follow in his footsteps. 

Romeo was a life long member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  He was also a life time member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother who will be greatly missed.

Romeo was preceded in death by his parents, Trinidad and Ofelia Gutierrez; wife, Socorro Gutierrez; son, Gary Gutierrez; brothers, Robert and Trinidad, Jr.; and sister, Janie Gutierrez.

He is survived by his children, Gloria (Jesse) Castro, Ricky Gutierrez, Debbie Gutierrez, Minerva G. (Frank Villarreal) Quezada, and Eddie (Josie) Gutierrez; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lynwood for their tender care of their dad.

Robert (Bob) Redford

June 26, 1945 — August 8, 2022

Robert (Bob) Redford, 77, died peacefully at his home in Lubbock on August 8, 2022.  Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Second Baptist Church in Levelland.

He was born in Duncan, Oklahoma on June 26, 1945 to RJ and Bernice Redford.  Bob grew up in Waurika where he graduated from high school in 1963. 

Bob graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1967 with a degree in agricultural sciences.  He began his career with Ralston Purina, which brought him to Lubbock where he met his future wife, Vickie.  They married in 1971 and eventually settled in Levelland where Bob spent 30 years working for Amoco (later Altura and Occidental Petroleum) as an Automation Technician.

After retiring, Bob and Vickie cruised around the world and spent time at their happy place on Lake Leon.

Bob could build or fix just about anything.  He worked tirelessly to make sure things were always perfect for his family.  He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Levelland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob is survived by his wife, Vickie; daughter, Susan; son, Brent; daughters-in-law, Shanna and Lindsay; grandchildren, Molly, Ava and Ben; along with his beloved dog, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Bob’s memory to Second Baptist Church Levelland, Lubbock Animal Shelter or Accent Care Hospice.


Harold Quincy Foley

August 29, 1954 — August 7, 2022

Harold Quincy Foley, 67, of Levelland passed from this life on August 7, 2022.  Visitation will be on Friday, August 12, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Christ United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born August 29, 1954 in Bryan, Texas to Walter Foley, Sr. and Norine Henderson-Foley.  The Foley family moved to Levelland in 1956.  Harold graduated from Levelland High School in 1972. 

Harold was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church.  He lived by a positive mindset and with an excellent spirit that had a huge impact on the lives of all who entered his sphere of influence.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Minnie Foley-Leaks, Doris Foley-Williams and Evelyn Foley-Luckey; and brothers, Walter Foley, Jr., Emery Foley and Wayne Foley.

Harold is survived by his son, Walter Chad Foley of Levelland; daughter, Anastasia Rodriguez of Lubbock; sisters, Francis Nibblett of Lubbock and Bettye Taylor of Levelland; fiancé, Diana Garcia of Levelland; step-daughters, Marissa Sehon of Sundown and Authumn Edwards of Levelland; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Carlos Puente

May 25, 1951 — August 3, 2022

Carlos Puente, 71, of Levelland passed from this life on August 3, 2022.  Services are pending and will be announced when available.

He was born May 25, 1951 in Donna, Texas to Pedro and Rita Puente.  Carlos proudly served our country in the United States Army.

Carlos was preceded in death by his mother, Rita Puente; and brother, Merced Puente.

He is survived by his father, Pedro Puente; children, Sylvia (Hector) Padilla and Valentine Gonzales; siblings, Flavia Puente, Pete (Linda) Puente, Maggie Aceves, Jessie Puente, Juanita Puente, Christina (Tony) Rodriquez all of Levelland, and Hilda (Johnny) Paz of Sinton; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ruth Ester Patton

February 17, 1939 ~ August 7, 2022 (age 83)

Ruth Ester, graduated High school in Center, TX .  She married Y.T. Patton, in Center, TX on February 7th, 1959 and they had 8 children from this union.   They moved to Morton, in 1978 from Center, TX.    Ruth, was a wonderful sister, wife,  mother, and grandmother.   She enjoyed Babysitting for all of her family, scratch off games, going to game rooms/playing bingo and visiting Casinos.   She loved spending quality time with all of her family and friends.    Ruth , shall be greatly missed.

Proceeded in Death by:

 Parents:  Elzie Jr. & Bethena  N. Harper

Sister:   Demetrice Patton

Grandson:  Yondon Dancer

Survivors:

Spouse of 63 years:  Y. T. Patton in Morton, TX

Sons:  Travis C. Patton, Travis James Patton, and Ricky Patton all three of Morton, and Michael Patton of Allen, TX

Daughters:  Lisa Patton, and Elanor Patton, both of Morton and  Theressa Ross and Vicky Patton both of Lubbock

Grandchildren:  (16) 

Sisters:  Cora Williams of Littlefield, Era Mae Johnson , Shirley Dewpree, Lula Moore, and Melba J. Patton all four of Center, TX

Brother:  Curtis Harper of Center, TX   

Irma Lopez Barrera

October 9, 1957 — August 3, 2022

Irma Lopez Barrera, 64, of Lubbock and formerly of Levelland passed from this life on August 3, 2022.  Visitation will be on Monday, August 8, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home, with the Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 pm .  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born October 9, 1957 in Sundown to Mike and Antonia Lopez. 

Irma loved working with her wreaths as well as spending time with her family.  She enjoyed going to Hobby Lobby and the Dollar Store just to see what she could find to decorate her home.  Irma always made sure she was home in time to watch her Novellas because she didn’t like to miss them.  She also enjoyed playing games and doing puzzles on her iPad.

She was preceded in death by her father, Mike H. Lopez; mother, Antonia Lopez; and brother, Mike Lopez, Jr.

Irma is survived by her husband of 48 years, Benito Barrera, Sr.; daughter, Jovita Barrera of Lubbock; sons, Benito (Lori) Barrera, Jr. of South Padre and Mario (Crystal) Barrera of Levelland; siblings, Thomas (Mary) Hernandez of Austin, Alice (Johnny) Castillo of Littlefield, Frank Hernandez of Scottsbluff, NE, Benito (Thelma) Lopez, Sr. of Whitharral, Albert (Christine) Lopez of Midland, Margie Lopez of Levelland and Patricia (Jesse) Perez of Levelland; and 6 grandchildren.

Deloris Griffin

September 9, 1938 — August 1, 2022

Deloris Carter Griffin, 83, of Burnet, Texas (formerly of Sundown) gained her angel wings on August 1, 2022.  She was the eldest of six children born to H.B. and Irene (Barry) Carter on September 9, 1938 in Sundown, Texas.

Growing up in Sundown, Deloris was the proud daughter of a cotton farmer.  The Carter family moved around the cotton patch a few times, and Deloris quickly made friends wherever she went, whether at school or dancing to western swing with her sister as her dad and brothers played country music all over Hockley County.   She was a lifetime member of God’s house, and if you knew Deloris you knew that without a doubt.  She faithfully attended First Baptist Church of Kingsland before being diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease in 2008.  Her love for the Lord was pure and true, so as a follower of Christ she gladly followed where ever God led her.  She held many titles with in her congregations such as church bus driver, Sunday school teacher, door greeter, and vacation bible school teacher.   She was a beautiful, gracious, and Godly woman who had a home for Jesus Christ inside her heart.  Next to God came the importance of love for her family and friends.  When her phone rang and a new grand baby was on the way…Deloris was there.  If someone she loved was sick, she was there.   The Griffin House was the place to be every summer for all of her grandkids and great great-grandkids!  She made the memories happen by telling the scary story of “The Green Eyed Monster!”,  or making the perfect meals that only she could make.  Deloris kindly hosted many “fashion shows” put on by her granddaughters performed in her very own living room.  She also fried more than one catfish caught by her sons-in-law and grandsons. But more than anything, Deloris loved unconditionally.  That very legacy was passed down to family and friends and because of her love she will forever be loved.

Deloris was proceeded in death by her parents, H.B. and Irene Carter; brother, Jimmy Carter; daughter, Sharon Kim Mills; step-son, Danny Wayne Griffin; son-in –law, Vincent Van Zandt; nephew, Harold Ragland; and grandson, Dusty Carpenter.  

Deloris is survived by her husband, Bill of 55 years; daughters, Terri Van Zandt (Keith Elmore) of Idalou, DeAnn Bernhard (Willie) of Boerne, and Vicki Hanna of Lonestar; sister,  Nancy Meadows (Danny) of Levelland; sister-in-law, Melba Carter of Lubbock; brothers, Benny Carter (Phyllis) of Levelland, Travis Carter of Sundown, and Billy Carter (Judy) of Sundown; grandchildren, Amber  McIntire (Murphy)  of Mansfield, Arkansas,   Christi Bishop (Zach)of Gause,  Cody Abbey (Ashley) of La Grange,  Lacy Van Zandt (Jay) of Bertram, Zana Cannon (Sam) of Giddings,  Jenna Tondre (Matt) of Austin and Kendal Morris (Tyler) of New Braunfels;  as well as 15 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Lorsie.

Thomas “Tommy” Maldonado Sr

March 9, 1965 ~ July 28, 2022 (age 57)

Tommy attended school in New Mexico during his younger years. He moved to Anton in the late 1970’s and has been there since. He’s a father of five children. Tommy worked in the family restaurant, The Dairy Mart, since he was a teenager. He later worked as an over the road professional Truck Driver for CRST Co. for several years. One of his many hobbies was going to play Bingo, he also liked to make trips to the store to take his grandchildren to the toy section just to browse. He was a Mopar fanatic and loved to watch Drag Racing, football. He enjoyed playing pool, foosball, and listening to Classic Rock. He loved his grandchildren a great deal and was known to them as Momo. Preceded in Death by: Parents: Abelino Sr. and Dora Maldonado Sisters: Teresa Ortega and Anita Maldonado Survivors: Sons: Thomas Jr. (Selena) Maldonado of Littlefield, Matthew Salazar and Vince Maldonado both of Anton, and Kenneth Gossett (Blair) of Lubbock. Daughter: Alicia Maldonado (Adam Garcia) of Anton Grandchildren: (7) Giuliana, Cassandra, Aiden Alexander, Anastacia, Sean, and William Sister: Maria “Mary” Dillin of Anton Brothers: Abelino Maldonado Jr. and Jose Maldonado both of Anton

Marilyn Ruth Neal

July 18, 1948 — July 30, 2022

Marilyn Ruth Neal, 74, of Morton passed from this life on July 30, 2022.

She was born July 18, 1948 in Blair, Oklahoma to Ed and Wanda Slack. 

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; and granddaughter, Callie Jean Hardin.

She is survived by her husband, Dan; children, John and Sarah; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family suggests memorials be made in Marilyn’s memory to the VFW.

Maria Alicia (Hernandez) Gutierrez

October 27, 1966 ~ July 27, 2022 (age 55)

Maria Alicia,  was a fun loving mother and grandmother , sister and aunt .   Graduate of Levelland high School and received her nursing certification from South Plains College.   She married Alberto Gutierrez on December 30th, 1987 in Levelland and from this union they had three children.    Maria, Worked for Levelland nursing home for several years as a CNA.     Her passion in life was spending time with all of her family especially her two grandsons.    She enjoyed Cooking for her family, playing Bingo, going on adventurous trips with her husband “Beto”.   A life time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland

Proceeded in Death by:  Mother:  Erminia Tello Hernandez

Brothers:  Santos Jr. Hernandez, and  Paul Caudillo  Son in Law:  Antwan Collins

Survivors:

Spouse of 34 years:  Alberto Gutierrez of Levelland

Daughters:   Josefa Gutierrez Collins and Jessica Gutierrez both of Levelland

Son:  Jeremy (Jessica) Gutierrez of Levelland

Grandsons:  Jeremy Jr. and Josyah Gutierrez both of Levelland

Father:  Santos Hernandez Sr.  of Levelland

Sisters:   Virginia (Jesus) Rodriguez, Lori (Julio) Ruiz, Louisa Hernandez , Teresa (Chris) Pharis, Crystal (Eric) Ledesma all five of Levelland Sister in Law: Maggie Hernandez of Seagraves

Brothers:   Tommie Hernadez, Daniel Hernandez, and Ricardo (Berta) Hernandez all three of Levelland

Rudy (Irene) Caudillo of Lockhart, TX

Walter Raymond Caviness

November 16, 1934 — July 24, 2022

Walter Raymond Caviness, 87, of Levelland passed from this life on July 24, 2022. 

He was born November 16, 1934 to Troy “Pete” and Ruth Caviness in Loving, New Mexico.  Walter entered the United States Navy after graduating from New Mexico State University.  After serving our country in the Navy, he entered into the agriculture and chemical field in sales.

Walter married Patricia Caviness in April, 1981 and she preceded him in death in August, 2015.  He was involved in the VFW organization for many years where he served as Post Commander in Brownfield, Texas. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; and parents, Troy “Pete” and Ruth Caviness.

Walter is survived by his sister, Jean Anderson; children, Jack Caviness and Melissa and Doug Northcutt; step-children, Ellen Collins, and Max and Karon Cheney; grandchildren, Kyle and Kody Caviness, Hank, Jamie and Davis Northcutt; step-grandchildren, Chase and Kendra Lane, Hunter and Lindsey Collins, Keifer Collins, Jennifer and Thomas Cronick, Cassandra Cheney and Patti Cheney; and step-great grandchildren, Maesyn and Kennedy Lane, Roan and Henry.

Armando Ramirez Gonzales

October 11, 1978 ~ July 13, 2022 (age 43)

Armando, graduated from night school.  He was a wonderful son, brother, and father.  He was a self-employed contractor Construction worker and Brick layer.   He enjoyed cooking outside Bar-Baque-ing and entertaining his family making them laugh, joking around and always wore a smile, liked to listen to a variety of music and SPM was his favorite.  A true Dallas Cowboy fan wearing his blue bandana on his head, he was just an all-around free spirit and loved everybody no one was a stranger.   Mando, loved his children and was a very hard worker.  He shall greatly be missed by his family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by: 

Father:   Martin Gonzales Sr.

Brothers:  Martin Gonzales III. , and Alberto Gonzales

Sister:  Roberta “Robbie” Gonzales

Survivors:  

Parents:   Mother:  Ermandina Ramirez and Step Father :  Expedit Frausto of Midland

Son:  Noah Zaekio Martinez and Max Martinez both of Lubbock

Daughters:   Beatrice Reyna Gonzales of Levelland, Tabitha Estrada and Heaven Estrada both of Lubbock

Sisters:  Martina “Manie” Gonzales and Ermandina “Mandy” Gonzales both of Midland, Esther Gonzales of Levelland,  Anadelia Gonzales, Teresa Gonzales, San Juana “Juannie” Gonzales, and Otilia Gonzales all four of Lubbock.

Brothers:   Jerry Gonzales of Midland, and Joe Gonzales, Jesse Gonzales, Jose Gonzales, Frankie Gonzales,  Emilo  Gonzales, Demitro Gonzales, and Martin Gonzales II. all seven of Lubbock

James Edwin Shaw

August 22, 1975 ~ July 10, 2022 (age 46)

James,  was born on August 22nd, 1975 in Big Springs, Tx to James Shaw Sr. and Cheryl  J. Sharp .    He was self employed Carpenter and Maintenance man for several years and always willing to help anybody.   His Hobbies was collecting Nascar Race Car Memorabilia and on his idol  Dale Earnhardt Sr. with his number 3 Chevy and the Dayton 500 and watching  Smokey and The Bandit movies, and listening to Pink Floyd Music and playing his guitars.

His shall be greatly missed by his mother and friends   

Proceeded in Death by:  Father:  James Shaw Sr., and   Step Father:  Tommy Sharp

Grandparents:   Do “Jop” Joplin and Lenis Joplin

Survivors:

Mother:   Cheryl J. Sharp of Levelland

All his Wal-Mart Mothers and Friends

Olive Rebecca Deavours

February 4, 1921 — July 7, 2022

Olive Rebecca Deavours was a loving person to all who knew her.  She left this world on July 7, 2022 at the age of 101 to spend an eternity with her Lord and Savior.

She was born to Marcus W. and Ollie Huff on February 4, 1921 in Moulton, Texas. After graduating from Lubbock High School, class of 1939, she attended Texas Tech University, class of 1942, earning her degree and became a school teacher, beginning her career in Texas.  She taught in Brownfield, Lubbock, Washington State at a military base and finally, at Whiteface, where she spent many years as an elementary art and music teacher, and was a mainstay in that district when she finally retired at the age of 98. 

In 1944, she married her husband, Raymon Deavours, the love of her life, and became a military wife.  Raymon passed from this life in 1981.  She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

Olive was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, and one sister.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her four children, Harold (Norma) Deavours of Lakeway, TX, Hubert (Judy) Deavours of Whiteface, TX, Dianne Ward (Dale Burris) of Lubbock, TX, and Elizabeth (Bob) Cummings of Amarillo, TX; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild, along with many friends and neighbors who will miss her dearly.

A time of reflection and visitation will be held from 6 – 8 PM, Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in the sanctuary of the Morton Church of Christ, Morton, TX with Joey Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at 12 noon in the City of Lubbock Cemetery.

The family invites you to consider memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of one’s choice in lieu of floral arrangements.

Lynda Gail Richardson
June 20, 1944 — July 8, 2022

Lynda Gail Weston Richardson, 78, of Levelland passed from this life on July 8, 2022 at Windmill Village in Lubbock.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born June 20, 1944 in Littlefield to Weldon Ray Weston and Anne Mae Butler.  Lynda was a lifelong resident of Levelland where she attended school and was a member of Living Life Church. 

Lynda loved working in her flower beds and worked as a CAN at the Lubbock State School.  She retired from the Montford State Prison in Lubbock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Troy Don Hogue.

Lynda is survived by her children, Tanna (Billy) Wallace of Levelland and Jeff (Mary) Cameron of Magnolia; sister, Rhea Ann Tubbs of Lubbock; brother Melvin Butler, Jr. of Weatherford; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Lynda’s memory to Gideons International.

Donna Hicks

December 22, 1948 — July 5, 2022

Donna Hicks was born on December 22, 1948, in Levelland, Texas, and she walked the streets of heaven on July 5, 2022.  She was survived by her daughters and their spouses, Jonna McKinney (Mike) and Heidi Gresham (Kody); eleven grandchildren, Terence Hicks (Meagan), Savanah Yemata (Tom), Ben Hicks, Dakota Kiser (Britney), Britney Kiser, Madi Gresham, Kollin Gresham, Jayce McKinney, Rylee McKinney; and three great grandchildren, Daniel Yemata, Rose Yemata, and Theo Hicks.

Those who were waiting in heaven to greet her were her parents, Murrell and Marie Brown; her son, Tye Hicks; her great granddaughter, Elena Celine Hicks; her sister, Sue Brooks; and her brother, Bill Brown.

Donna was the Christmas Queen and her beautifully decorated house brought joy to so many people.  She loved God, cooking, planting flowers, spending time with her kids, grandkids, and her dog Taffy.  She enjoyed watching Hallmark movies, spending time next to her pond and she had a very special way of taking care of others by blessing them with her love of cooking.

Heaven gained a beautiful angel and left a hole in the hearts of so many of her friends and family. 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 8, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 9, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

Oscar Garza, Jr.

September 14, 1971 — July 4, 2022

Oscar Garza, Jr., 50, of Levelland passed from this life on July 4, 2022.  Visitation will be from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Monday, July 11, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born September 14, 1971 in Roma, Texas to Oscar Garza, Sr. and Mary Salomon.  Oscar was a member of the Liberty Church.

Oscar was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Garza, Sr.; and brothers, Joel Garza and Roy Garza.

He is survived by his wife, Terry Garza; sons, Oscar Garza III and Rocky and Mia Garza and family; brother, Joey Garza; sister, Ana Garza; and 9 grandchildren.

Criselda Tijerina

September 27, 1939 — July 4, 2022

Criselda “Chela” Tijerina, 82, of Levelland passed from this life on July 4, 2022.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 7, 2022, with the Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 8, 2022, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born September 27, 1939 in Cuero, Texas to Felix and Conception (Banda) Orosco.  Chela worked for many years as a cook and caregiver to many. 

Chela loved dancing, cooking, working on her home and sharing her opinion.  She could build just about anything and made the best pecan pies.  Celebrating the holidays was very important to Chela.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Mary Jane Tijerina; brothers, Lupe Orosco and Felix Orosco; and sisters, Ofelia Davila, Eginia Lopez and Lucia Garcia.

Chela is survived by sons, Danny Tijerina of Levelland, Fred (Diana) Tijerina of Levelland and Felix (Denise) Tijerina of Lubbock; daughters, Dinah Flores of Lubbock, Dorothy (Pete) Leon of Lubbock, and MaryLou Zamora of Levelland; sisters, Enriqueta Orosco of Indio, California, Gloria Lopez of Indio, California, and Carolina Cruz of Meadow; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren.

Dr. George Wilburn Payne, Jr.

July 9, 1945 — June 30, 2022

A memorial service for George Wilburn Payne, Jr., 76, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in the First United Methodist Church of Levelland.

Dr. Payne, a business and civic leader, died Thursday, June 30, in a Lubbock hospital after a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Payne served the community as an optometrist for nearly five decades, fully retiring in 2021. He embraced medical progress and incorporated state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to benefit his patients. He considered it a privilege to have a front-row seat to rapidly changing technology and its implementation in the treatment of eye disease and the aging process.

He was born in Austin in July, 1945 to Julia and George W. Payne, Sr. His family moved to Levelland in 1952 and he graduated from Levelland High School in 1963.

He attended Texas Tech University for two years before transferring to the University of Houston, completing his Bachelor of Science degree in 1968. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston in 1970.

He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Monroe, Virginia, attaining the rank of Captain while serving as an optometrist during part of the Viet Nam War.

He returned to Levelland in 1973 and began practicing optometry with his father, who retired in 1980.

George and Deborah married on January 4, 1980. They have two sons, Parker and Garrett.

In 1991, Dr. Payne earned a license to practice Therapeutic Optometry. In 1999, he also became affiliated with Laser Eye Center of Lubbock, which provides refractive eye care. In 2007, he brought Dr. Amanda Neal into his optometry practice as a partner. The business is now Levelland Eye and Vision.

Through the years, Dr. Payne was also actively involved in the community, especially supporting and promoting the arts and his wife’s career as a Levelland ISD choir teacher and director.

He was a charter member and president of the Levelland Fine Arts Council and served on the boards of the South Plains Prevent Blindness Association and South Plains Rural Health System.

He was an active member of the Levelland Noon Rotary Club, serving in multiple leadership positions including president. He chaired the club’s Polio Plus fund-raising efforts to eradicate polio from the globe, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a Partner for Life for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Girlstown USA, an active supporter of the Lubbock Symphony, a career-long member of the American Optometric Association and a committed supporter of beloved family, education, Christ United Methodist Church and the community. He was recognized as the Medical Professional of the Year by the Levelland Chamber of Commerce in 2019.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Deborah; his sons: Parker Payne of Lubbock and Garrett of San Antonio; his sister, Judy Banister (Ken) of Wyoming; sister-in-law, Barbara Gentry (Mike) of Ruidoso, NM; brother-in-law, Jimmy Edmondson of Fort Worth and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Beverly Ann York

May 31, 1935 — June 28, 2022

Beverly Ann Caswell York, 87, transcended to heaven to be with our Lord on June 28, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at Fifth Street Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born May 31, 1935 in Charlie, Texas to Lacy Melvin and Lela Mildred (Blaylock) Caswell.  Beverly graduated from Levelland High School in 1952. 

Beverly was a lifelong member of Fifth Street Baptist Church.  She was a wonderful mother and housewife who was dedicated to her family.

She is remembered by all her loved ones as Mammy and will be dearly missed.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, C.A. York, Jr.; and son, Randy Joe York.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Ann Roberts and husband Mike of Lubbock; brother, Sonny Caswell of Laport; sister, Mary Myers of Olton; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Beverly’s memory to a favorite charity.

Terry Ray Stroud

August 22, 1949 — June 25, 2022

Terry Ray Stroud passed from this life on June 25, 2022 in Lubbock at UMC from complications and combinations of many health problems.  He fought a valiant fight for many years.

Terry was born August 22, 1949 in Bethany, Missouri to Ray Leathel and Marietta Louise (Bartlett) Stroud.  After living there and in Arkansas for a while, they found their way to Levelland.  Terry was five years old when the Strouds came to Levelland.

He began his working career at about the age of 12.  He worked on a Baldridge bread truck with Woodrow Cates and Kenneth Early until he got old enough to work in a store and Corky Evans put him to work in his stores.  Terry worked for Corky until he graduated from Levelland High School in 1969.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy along with a dear friend, Bill Rogers.  He served his country in the Navy for two years and came home.  He was fiercely patriotic and always enjoyed any war movie or anything to do with patriotism.  He continued working for Corky and then went to work on drilling rigs.  In 1973, Terry went to work for the Western Company of North America along with John Claborn and Butch Kauffman.  He loved the oilfield and in particular oilfield logging and perforating, the division he worked in.  He stayed with that profession and worked for several companies as they evolved from one name to another: CRC Wireline, Wedge Wireline, Prolog, and Gray Wireline.  He was a wonderful salesman and was well-known and liked in the oilfield as well as around town.  Many people and their children remembered him from this days of working in Corky’s Jim Dandy Stores here in Levelland.  His final job in the oilfield was driving a transport tanker truck for Flying Star.  He loved that job, but his health forced him to retire.

On March 3, 1974 he met Elizabeth Jane Stroud and they had their first date on March 6, 1974.  They married on July 6, 1974 and enjoyed a marriage just 2 weeks shy of 48 years.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Marietta Louise Bartlett Stroud and Ray Leathel Stroud, and brothers, Donnie Stroud and Lonnie Stroud.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Jane Stroud; children, Tara Elizabeth (Justin) Stroud Windsor and Morris Clinton (Garon) Stroud; five wonderful, precious grandchildren, Briar Ann Windsor, Elias James Windsor, Raston Rayne Stroud, Brixtyn Dawn Stroud and Braycen Krey Stroud.  Terry was very proud of his children and grandchildren.

Patsy Sue Foerster

June 27, 1936 – June 17, 2022

Pat was born June 27, 1936 in Quanah, Texas, the second of three children blessed to Cecil and Ethel Helms.  She grew up in Sundown, Texas and upon graduation from Sundown High School married Roscoe Byron Duckworth.  God blessed them with three healthy and beautiful children, Charles Byron, Susan Lynne and Steven Lee. 

In 1993, Pat married Thomas P. Foerster, M.D. and they enjoyed 28 years together until Tom’s passing in February of 2021.  Pat was a loving, kind, wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, daughter, sister and friend who loved the Lord and was always willing to lend a helping hand to all those fortunate to know her.  She was an amazing supportive Nana who was dearly loved by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in passing by her parents and brother, Roy.

Pat leaves behind her two sons, Charlie (Ranee) Duckworth and Steve (Tara) Duckworth; daughter, Susan (Steve) Carper; sister, Delois (Jack) Mackey; grandchildren, Kendra, Autumn, Brent, Rebecca, Elijah, Christian, Zachary and Levi; and great grandchildren, Sienna and Capri.

Beryle Dean Robertson

October 14, 1936 — June 19, 2022

Beryle Dean Robertson, 85, of Levelland passed from this life on June 19, 2022.

He was born October 14, 1936 in Kent County to Lowell and Syble Robertson.  He attended Peacock High School and Texas Tech University.   He married Sadie Bacon on December 21, 1957.  Beryle was retired after 38 years with the Burlington Northern Railroad. 

Beryle moved to Levelland in 2006 from Lubbock.  He was always on the go visiting old friends and making new ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sadie Robertson; son, Danny Robertson; son-in-law, Robin Creel; sister, Juanita Ham; brother, Carroll Robertson; and special friend, Shirley Reese.

Beryle is survived by his children, Darren Robertson and wife Donna, Deanna Creel and Debra Robertson; siblings, Doyal Robertson, Winona Somervill, Florene Phillips, Dorothea Atkerson, Jerry Robertson and Elouise Kolb; grandchildren, Brenna Bishop and husband Ben, Becky Barnett and husband Nick, Brody Robertson and wife Ashley, Brent Robertson and wife Bailey, and Bailey Chapman and husband Garrett; and great grandchildren, Breslon and Brylon Robertson, Baker and Brinkley Bishop, Grady and Grayson Chapman, and Stoney Robertson.

Jerry Donald Boggs

May 21, 1952 — June 14, 2022

Jerry Donald Boggs, 70, of Levelland passed from this life on June 14, 2022. 

He was born May 21, 1952 in Levelland to Donald and Peggy Rumbaugh Boggs.  Jerry graduated from Levelland High School in 1970. 

Jerry loved to fish, play golf and attend all activities his grandchildren were involved in.  He was retired after many years as a manufacturing supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Rhonda Boggs; and his parents.

Jerry is survived by his children, Jerry (Kylie) Boggs, Jr. of Levelland, Derrick (Holly) Boggs of Morton, and Melissa (Jon Paul) Rountree of New Braunfels; siblings, Gary and Cathy Boggs of Universal City, and Dennis and Sharon Boggs of Levelland; and grandchildren, Jordan Boggs of Levelland, Trevor Rountree of New Braunfels, Abbi Boggs of Morton, Ethan Boggs of Morton, Kayleigh Boggs of Morton, Zander Rountree of New Braunfels, Britton Boggs of Morton, Kaedyn Boggs of Levelland and Kerrigan Boggs of Levelland.

Melissa Lucio Garcia

October 19, 1971 ~ June 13, 2022 (age 50)

Melissa, attended school in Levelland in her younger years.   She was blessed with 6 children . She was a homemaker and her hobbies were singing, dancing, very comical, liked watching movies, and was a social butterfly no one a stranger making friends with everybody, like eating sweets and drinking cokes. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Spouse: Fernando Garcia Sept. 13th, 2021

Brother: Roy Lucio Jr.

Survivors:

Parents: Jose & Hortencia Montanez of Levelland

Daughters:  Reyna Silbas of Sudan, Rose Mary Silbas of El Paso, Jacklyn Diaz of Salvador, and Griselda Diaz of ohio

Sons: Daniel Silbas Jr. of Sudan and Michael Angelo Silbas of El Paso

Grandchildren: 19

Sisters: Christine Montanez, Angelica Montanez, Maria Dodson all three of Levelland, and Rosa Padilla of Round Rock, TX

Brother: Emit Salazar of Levelland

LaVanna Ruth Purcell

January 11, 1931 — June 14, 2022

LaVanna Ruth Purcell of Whiteface died June 14, 2022 at the age of 91.  She was born to Francis and Ludric Schofield in Granite, Oklahoma.

She was married to Lee Purcell on July 14, 1951 in Denton, Texas.  He preceded her in death in 1983.

Ruth graduated from West High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas College for Women and her master’s degree from West Texas State College.  She taught in Tulia, Hart, Memphis, Texas and Whiteface for a total of 39 years.

She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Purcell of Whiteface, LaVanna Wellborn and husband Earl of Pflugerville, Gloria Howell and husband Jay of Denton; her son, Francis Purcell of Whiteface; and grandchildren, Lee Wellborn and wife Kaitlyn, Miranda Wellborn and Audrey Wallace and husband Bobby.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to American Heart Association or your local animal shelter or local library.

Steven Weldon Graf

November 16, 1952 — June 13, 2022

Steven Weldon Graf, age 69, passed away June 13, 2022 in Levelland, Texas.

Steve is survived by his mother, MaryEllen Graf of Levelland; sister, Donna Kay Stanley of Levelland; his children, Seth Graf of Levelland and Kristin Miller of Slaton; and 8 grandchildren, Natalie Graf-Shedd, Michaela Graf, Myka Graf, Seth Ryder Graf, Nathaniel Soto, Emarie Soto, Adalyn Miller and Zebedee Miller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Debbie Marie Graf of Levelland; and his father, Billy Weldon Graf of Levelland.

Steve was born November 16, 1952 in Levelland to parents, Bill and MaryEllen Graf.  He graduated from Levelland High School.  Steve continued his education at South Plains College where he graduated first in his class with high honors in Diesel Mechanics.  Steve was a lifelong farmer with his father and son until 2003.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home with Father Jonathan Phillips of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Jay Macha officiating.  Graveside services will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Cecelia Doris Procter

December 26, 1941 — June 11, 2022

Funeral services for Cecelia Doris Procter, age 80, of Levelland will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lacy McAdams officiating.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Cecelia passed from this life on June 11, 2022 at home surrounded by her family.  She was born December 26, 1941 in Corpus Christi. She is the daughter of Walter William Cole and Selma Imogene Armstrong.  “Chichee”, as her father called her in childhood, was raised in Corpus Christi and later moved to Oklahoma.  She married R.G. Procter in 1957.  They settled in Levelland and had 5 children.

After receiving her GED, she obtained a Dietician Certificate from Texas Tech and worked outside the home in healthcare food service.  Her life revolved around her kids and later, her grandkids.  She enjoyed writing poetry, going to church and bingo.

Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents; son, William Procter; and brother, Ronald Cole.

She is survived by her brothers, Willard Cole of Del Rio and Kenneth Cole of Decatur, GA; sisters, RosaLee Wilson of Portland, TX, Linda Corwin of Mead, OK and Joyce Bryant of Mead, OK; son, Roy Procter of Levelland; daughters, Carla Procter, Cheryl Procter and Darlene (Bert) Franklin, all of Levelland; granddaughters, Janice Campbell, Vanessa Guerrero, Miranda Reed and Amanda Moreno; grandsons, Keegan Franklin and Kayden Franklin; and great grandchildren, Micah, Lainey, William, Madison, Raegan and Easton.


Jeffrey Joseph Crotts

September 7, 1955 — June 11, 2022

Jeffrey Joseph Crotts, 66, of Levelland passed from this life on June 11, 2022.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born September 7, 1955 at Reese Air Force Base to Dwain Eugene Crotts and Shirley Ann O’Donovan Crotts.  Jeffrey was raised in Levelland and attended Levelland schools. 

Jeffrey loved his pets and the little kids in the family.  He was retired.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter; 2 sisters; brother; 3 grandchildren; and numerous friends.

Kellie Ruth Neal

July 11, 1960 — June 7, 2022

Kellie Neal, 61 of Lubbock left this earth to dance on the streets of gold in Heaven on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. 

Kellie was an amazing artist and used the Pines of Washington State for inspiration.  She loved to play the piano, sing and dance.  Kellie loved to treat people to homemade ice cream.

Kellie was a prayer warrior for her family, as well as her church family. Kellie wanted everyone to know the peace of Jesus. She was always steadfast in prayer.  Kellie’s favorite place to be was with her husband, daughters and grandkids. 

Kellie will be missed greatly by her family and friends from Texas to the Evergreen State.

Kellie is preceded in death by her mother, Neta J. Dirickson; father, Fred Dirickson; sisters, Terrie Lavey Dirickson and Jeanie Fias; as well as her niece, Jillian Fias.

Kellie is survived by her husband of 11 years, Seb Neal of Lubbock; brother, Brad Dirickson and wife Heather of Bernailio, New Mexico; daughters, Aryn Smith, Kacy Abram and husband Doug, and Carly Smith all of Lubbock; and her 6 beautiful grandchildren, Caden, Presley, Cash, Dax, Major & LouAnna. 

A celebration of life will be held at Heart of Worship Fellowship located at 19107 FM 1730 Lubbock, Texas 79424 at 1:30 pm on June 14, 2022.


Elinda Salas Martinez

July 2, 1930 — June 3, 2022

She was born July 2, 1930 in Melvin, Texas to Juan and Petra Martinez.  Elinda worked in Evan’s Grocery Store in Levelland for many years.  In 1979, she moved to Amarillo to work for United Supermarkets where she retired in 1995 after 16 years of service. 

Elinda was like a second mother to her many nieces and nephews.  She enjoyed having her siblings, nieces and nephews sit around the table singing old Mexican ballads while her brother Jesus played the guitar. 

She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and telling stories about the old days.  Elinda adored her dogs.  She had a very strong faith and will be missed by all of her family.

Elinda was preceded in death by her parents; and six siblings.

She is survived by daughter, Mona; son, Fransico; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Emma Setzer White

October 26, 1933 ~ June 3, 2022 (age 88)

Emma Setzer, finished high school in 1949 from Beerfelden High in Germany.     She married Loyd Vernon White in Heidelberg, Germany in 1954 then married him here in the United States again on January 21st, 1956 in Littlefield.   They had five children from this union.  She worked for TI out of Lubbock for 3 years from 1975 until 1978.  She was a nurses Aid working at the Development Center in Levelland from 1981 to 1987.   Emma was a social butterfly and has several friends from The Levelland Senior Citizens and her hobbies was cross word Puzzle books, netting and crocheting, reading her bible, and going on trips with her husband to Germany visiting family.  

Proceeded in Death by:  Parents:  Karl Setzer and Christina Gulyn Setzer

Spouse of 55 years:  Loyd Vernon White

Son:  George Sherman White

Survivors:

Daughter:   Debra (Dale) Lampe of Lubbock

Sons:   Ronnie (Vickie) White, Marvin (Jackie) White, and Vernon Dale White all three of Lubbock

Grandchildren:  6     Great Grand Children:  12 Great Great  Children 2

Sisters:  Anna Setzer of Mainz, West Germany and Elvira Backhoff of West Germany

Brothers:   Heinz Setzer  and Karl Setzer both of Beerfelden, West Germany

Johnathon Phillip Lopez

January 29, 1996 ~ June 2, 2022 (age 26)

Johnathon Phillip Lopez graduated from Lubbock, TX. He was a wonderful son, brother, and father. He was a self-employed entrepreneur, oil field worker, and hotel employee. Johnathon enjoyed car detailing and yardwork; he was a skateboarder, artist, and would often read and study psychology and comic books. Along with his love for the bible, marvel, and adventurous video games, he was known for making people laugh, giving to others, and feeding the less fortune. He loved his mother and his sisters; he protected those he loved and watched over his family. Johnathon, your spirit, heart, and smile will be greatly missed by his family and friends. 

Proceeded in Death by:  Grandfather:   Vincent Herrera Sr.

Survivors:   

Parents:   Mother:  Elizabeth Lopez and Step Father Jimmy Sanchez of Raymondville, TX

Father:   Vincent Herrera of Levelland

Grandmother:  Hilda Herrera of Levelland and  Frank Lopez Sr. and Yolanda Tristian

Son:  Landon Phillip Ramos Lopez of Littlefield

Sisters:  Mia (Rocky) Garza of Levelland, Mila Lopez of Slaton, TX, and Mckayla Herrera of Raymondville, TX.

Seth Everett McDaniel

March 5, 2002 — May 31, 2022

Seth Everett McDaniel, 20, of Sundown passed from this life on May 31, 2022.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on Friday, June 3, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Celebration of Life services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Sundown Church.  Interment will follow in the Sundown Cemetery.

Seth was born March 5, 2002 in Lubbock to Jimmy and Shay McDaniel.  Seth grew up in Sundown and graduated Sundown High School in 2020.  He played amazing baseball for the Roughnecks. 

He loved his family, fishing, his dogs, hunting, baseball, and his best friends. 

Seth loved the Lord and was a member of Sundown Church.  He adored his brothers, Luke and Kolt, and was always ready to help them with their math homework. 

Seth loved life and lived it well.

He was preceded in death by his grandads, Stanley Degan and Everett “Bubba” McDaniel.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Jimmy and Shay McDaniel; brothers, Luke and Kolt McDaniel; grandmothers, Kay McDaniel and Donna Degan; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Seth E. McDaniel Scholarship Fund at People’s Bank.

Janice Lee Burch

August 20, 1946 — May 30, 2022

Janice Lee Burch, 75, of Buchanan Dam, Texas was called to Heaven on May 30, 2022.

She was born on August 20, 1946 in Levelland, Texas to Harold Tobias (Hap) and Lucia Velma (Lulu) Klingensmith.  She attended Levelland schools and took great pride in being a cheerleader.  

She married Lonnie Ray Burch on September 19, 1964 in Levelland Texas where they raised their 3 daughters until they moved to Wyoming and made it their home for 25 years. They eventually made their way back to Texas in their retirement years.  Her greatest joy was her grandkids and great grandkids whom they lovingly called Grandma Janice and GiGi. Her friends and family lovingly called her Jan. She had a love for animals and always had a pet dog by her side.  She was a very talented self-taught seamstress.  Janice was a woman of faith and conviction and she could do anything she put her mind to. Janice was small but mighty!

Janice, we love you so much and will miss your kind loving soul and that great big smile.  Rest in peace Mama!  

Janice was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joe Klingensmith and Charles (Bobo) Klingensmith; brother-in-law, Kenneth Whitt; and infant granddaughter, Amanda Jo Reinholz.

She is survived by Lonnie Burch of Buchanan Dam, TX, daughters, Rhonda (Randy) Reinholz of Magnolia, TX, Teresa Burch of Buchanan Dam, TX,  and Laurie (Dan) Gilbertson of Mt. View, WY, and sister, Kamelia Whitt of Alvord, Tx, grandsons, Cory (Shanea) Gilbertson, Cody (Ali) Gilbertson, and Cody Coleman; granddaughters, Aaron (Cody) Greenwood, Trista (Jason) Nelson, Stephanie (Jesse Rixse) Reinholz, Carissa (Casey Frear) Ray and Kylie (Josh) Gilbertson Jaques; great grandsons, Carter Nelson, Kasyn Gilbertson, Miles Gilbertson, Revel Jaques and Remy Gilbertson; great granddaughters, Madalynn Jaques, Liddia Jaques, Savannah Greenwood, Justice Nelson, Ella Greenwood, Olivia Greenwood, Brooklyn Nelson, Stevie Gilbertson and Pearl Reinholz.  

Wesley Alan Burt

July 3, 1958 — May 27, 2022

Wesley Alan Burt, 63, of Levelland passed from this life on May 27, 2022.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Park Drive Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born July 3, 1958 in Lubbock to Virgil and Joe Nell Burt.  Wesley graduated in the Class of 1976 at Levelland High School.  He married Bonnie on July 2, 2005. Wesley was employed by Crosstimbers Energy for many years.

Wesley loved classic cars and Texas Tech sports.  Most of all, he loved his family and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Kristin (Kevin) Klose, Ashley Burt, Matthew (Jessica) Burt, Brandon (Nicole) Newberry, and Brant (Juanita) Newberry; parents, Virgil and Joe Nell Burt; siblings, Mitchel (Connie) Burt and Kathy Burt; grandchildren, Blake, Aubree, and Anslee Klose, Rylee, Reagan and Gage Edgett, Connor and Collin Burt, Laynee Newberry, and Mylen and Nolen Newberry; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Rebecca Gonzales

April 29, 1961 — May 25, 2022

Rebecca Gonzales, 61, of Levelland was called home to the Lord on May 25, 2022. 

She was born April 29, 1961 in Amherst to Raul Gonzales and Cruz Vigil Hooten.  Rebecca moved to Ohio at a young age and remained there until she moved to Levelland in 2010 when she met her husband, Jaime Garay.

Rebecca loved to spend time with and cook for her children and grandchildren.  She would always make sure everyone knew how much she loved them. After moving to Texas and marrying Jaime, Rebecca gained an extended family that she also loved. 

She was a devout Catholic, loving mother and grandmother.

Rebecca was preceded in death by her daughter, Raquel; and brother, Rey.

She is survived by her husband, Jaime Garay; children, Cristina Hill, Emily Ysasi and Eli (Hailey) Ysasi; siblings, Raul (Esther) Gonzales, Rosemary (Tonio) Zermeno and Rita (Juan) Castillo; and grandchildren, Xavier Ysasi, Joseph Rodriguez, Vanesa Rodriguez, Marcella Rodriguez, Mya Guerra, Abrahm Hill, Reina Ysasi and Gabriella Ysasi.

Celia Bara

September 14, 1929 ~ May 29, 2022 (age 92)

Celia Bara, was a wonderful wife, mother & grandmother.   She married Thomas Bara Sr., on June 20th, 1955 in Levelland and they had five children from this union.   She was a homemaker and her  joy in life was  playing bingo, and the Mexican Loteria, gatherings with her brothers and sisters during special occasions, excellent cook, making tortillas, and homemade chili, taking long walks, working on her floral beds out in her yard, and making and going to garage sales with her sisters, liked traveling to Brady, Texas to visit family.   A long time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Levelland. 

 Celia, shall be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Gonzalo & Geneva Sedillo Chavarria

Spouse of 45 years:  Thomas Bara Sr.

Sons:  (2)  Thomas Bara Jr. & Roger Bara

(3) Sisters:   Sara Mendez, Yolanda Gonzales, Angelita Gomez

Survivors:

Sons:  Stanley (Mary ) Bara and Steve Bara both of Levelland

Daughter:  Sally B. Keener of Louisville, Kentucky

Brothers:  Joe Chavarria of Slaton, Frank Chavarria of Lubbock,  and Auggie Chavarria of Lampasas, TX

Grandchildren:  4   

Shirley T Graninger

February 15, 1953 ~ May 22, 2022 (age 69)

Shirley Thompson, married Ronny (Ronnie) Joe Graninger on March 1st, 1973in Levelland and from this union they had two children.  She worked for a hamburger café Good times, and Bo-Boman Wayne Bo’s for several years as a customer services representative.   Her hobbies were wood crafts, working on floral beds in her yard, and her passion and love was spending time with all of her family and close friends.  Shirley, will be greatly missed.

Proceeded in Death by:  Parents:  Theo and Vera Mae Thompson, 

(5) Brothers:  Charles Thompson, Weldon Thompson, Travis Thompson, Leon Thompson, Paul Thompson

(3) Sisters: Juanita Rice, Mary Jo Oguinn, Helen Campbell

Survivors:

Spouse of 49 years:  Ronny (Ronnie Joe) Graninger of Levelland

Daughter: Trina Worsham of Nashville, Tenn.

Son:  Toby Graninger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Grandchildren: Amy Tidwell and Ashley Tidwell both of Nashville, Tenn.

Rodney Carl Rogers

November 18, 1940 — May 22, 2022

Rodney Rogers went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2022 at the age of 81.  He was born November 19, 1940 in Levelland in the home of BJ (Berkley John) and Lou Wayne Rogers.  He was married to Katherine Nevill for 57 years.  They resided in Portales, NM for over 20 years before returning to Levelland.

Rodney was involved in the cattle business as well as a real estate broker for many years.  He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He served as a deacon for many years at both Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales, NM and Second Baptist Church in Levelland. 

Rodney was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with family and friends.  His grandchildren were his greatest joy and he loved spending time and cheering them on in their activities.

Rodney could always be counted on to help those around him.  He enjoyed staying busy and frequently hosted gatherings for his group of senior friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine; parents, BJ and Lou Wayne Rogers; and sister, Johnnie Rogers.

Rodney is survived by his sister, Linda Berry of Ruidoso, NM; children, Randy (Tammie) Rogers of Tuttle, OK, Donna (Stuart) Henderson of Katy, TX and Terry Rogers of Lubbock, TX; grandchildren, Lacey (Dack) Howard of Boulder, CO, Travis Rogers of Tuttle, OK, John (Caitlyn) Henderson of Fort Collins, CO and Brit (Angela) Henderson of San Antonio, TX; and two great granddaughters.

James Edward Altman

September 7, 1937 — May 18, 2022

James Edward Altman, 84, of Levelland passed away on May 18, 2022.

He was born September 7, 1937 to James Richard Altman and Mary Almeda Altman.  James graduated from Meadow High School in 1956. He married Margaret Worsham on August 13, 1959 and they made their home in Lubbock. 

James worked as a welder at Clark Equipment and served in the National Guard.  He always had a dream to farm, so he moved his wife and 5 children around until they eventually moved to Plains, Texas in 1972.  Although farming didn’t work out, Plains was home for the next 38 years. 

While in Plains, James owned and operated Plains Welding Service until he retired.  He also received his pilot’s license while in Plains.  A few years later, James and Margaret owned and operated Altman Cleaners and Plains Motel.

James loved deer hunting and fishing.  He and the family enjoyed camping trips in the summer.  James really loved to take the grandkids fishing. 

He and some friends put together a western swing band and called themselves “The Country Gentle Men”.  Later they became “The Chaparrells” and finally “Under the Double Eagle Band”.  They were mostly self-taught weekend musicians who played at senior citizen centers and other events throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.  Every April he and the band attended the Bob Wills Days in Turkey, Texas.

For over 20 years, James was in charge of arranging musicians to entertain at the annual Watermelon Roundup in Plains where his band, “Under the Double Eagle” performed.  James emceed the event along with John Robison.

After retirement, James started taking music classes at South Plains College where he was fondly known as Pops. He played bass guitar for the western swing ensemble.  During this time, he also enjoyed working on the small family farm.

In 2010, James and Margaret moved to Levelland where he continued farming and attending South Plains College.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Altman; father, James R. Altman; mother, Mary A. Forbus; step-father, Bud Forbus; sister, Sue Forbus; and brother, Jimmy Altman.

James is survived by his children, Denisa Hagg and husband Albert of Nunn, Colorado, Alan Altman and wife Angie of Lubbock, Carol Lawson and husband Alton of Levelland, Dana Davis and husband Terry of Fort Stockton, and James D. Altman and wife Amanda of Levelland; half-brother, Randy Forbus and wife Rebecca of Plains; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

Anavelia Garza Alvarado

October 20, 1953 ~ May 14, 2022 (age 68)

Anavelia Garza was born on October 20th, 1953 in Sonora, Texas to Jacinto  Sr. and Josefa  Garza. She grew up in Sonora, Texas and attended school there during her younger years. She married Gabriel Alvarado in July  1972 in Brownfield, TX.  They had five children from this union. Anavelia, graduated from college with her LVN License, and Vocational Nurse Certification. She worked from 1985 to 2014 in this career.   Her passion was working and caring for the elderly, cooking for all of her family, and she adored and loved her family,  especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.   

Proceeded in Death by:

Her parents:  Jacinto Sr. & Josefa Garza 

(1) Daughter Monica Rodriguez 

(2) Brothers:  Antonio Garza and Rey Benigno Garza

Survivors: 

Spouse of 49 yrs:   Gabriel Alvarado of Levelland

Daughter:  Abigail Alvarado (Adam) Pantoja  of Hart, TX

Sons:  Gabriel Jr. Alvarado, Jeffrey Alvarado and wife Monica, and Jason Alvarado all of Brownfield

Grandchildren:   9   Great Grandchildren:  6  

Sisters:   Yolanda (Daniel) Morin of Brownfield, Juanita (Jr.) Alaniz of Lubbock, Dora Mendez of Sonora, and  Elizabeth (Ricardo)  Morin of Sundown

Brothers:   Jacinto Jr. (Ida) Garza of Lubbock and Chris (Christy) Garza of Sonora, TX


Saleta May Duff

November 2, 1937 — May 11, 2022

Saleta May Duff, 84, of Bedford and formerly long-time resident of Levelland, passed away peacefully in her home on May 11, 2022.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 16, at First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Saleta was born in Chelsea, Oklahoma, on November 2, 1937, to Dudgeon and Kathryn Souter. She had one older brother, Richard.

Saleta spent the first four years of her life in Oklahoma, but got to Texas as quickly as she could. She went to school and graduated from Denver City High School. She then went to Hardin Simmons University, where she graduated with a degree in education.

She began her career molding students (often against their will) in Plains, Texas. Throughout her career she taught accounting, shorthand, and typing. We know that she is smiling now because the author here has his hands properly placed on the keyboard with his feet firmly planted on the floor and using perfect posture. And he never once looked at his hands to type this article. 

Plains is also where Saleta met the love of her life, Buford Duff. That lucky man married Saleta on April 14, 1960. Buford and Saleta shared over 61 years of happy marriage together.

Buford and Saleta made brief stops in Slaton and Borger before finally settling down in the bustling metropolis of Levelland, Texas. Buford and Saleta were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Levelland for 47 years. He worked as a CPA in Levelland while she taught at the local high school. Students described her strict, stubborn, and one who demanded excellence. Her tough exterior, however, belied a caring nurturer who was the first to celebrate her students’ achievements.  

Saleta persevered through life’s difficulties with an uncompromising faithfulness and love for her family. She believed in hard work and demanded perfection, though she was quick to show others grace (especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren).

Though no awards donned her shelves, Saleta was a master cook and champion baker who also loved to crochet. Her famous chocolate pie will survive her for generations. Saleta’s granddaughters-in-law can attest that her masterful skills in the kitchen utterly spoiled her grandchildren, making it impossible to cook for them. While Parkinson’s stilled her crochet needles and slowed her down in the kitchen, she continued to be the one in charge every Thanksgiving and Christmas, as directed her daughter and granddaughters-in-law in every aspect of meal preparation. Though she leaves her recipes behind, no one will ever replace her.

Saleta is survived by her daughter, Saleta Ann and husband, Jimmy, of Fort Worth; grandchildren: Michael Thomas and wife, Jacque, of Trophy Club, Justin Thomas and wife, Rebecca, of Dallas Mitchell Thomas and wife, Celeste, of Waco, and seven great-grandchildren, Julia, Luke, Audrey, Calvin, Jonathan, Samuel, and Ford. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, her beloved husband, and her grandson, James Allen.

Saleta’s legacy is more than enough for any good life for one of Jesus’ good and faithful servants. While our hearts hurt with his passing, our appreciation and love will never fade and will be reflected in our character until we meet her again in heaven. We find comfort in knowing that she is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

While we will struggle in her absence, we look forward to one day eating a piece of her famous chocolate pie with her.

Kimber Le Armes

July 28, 1972 — May 6, 2022

Kimber Le Armes, 49, of Levelland passed from this life on May 6, 2022

She was born July 28, 1972 in Lubbock to Clifford (Boogie) and Vikki Newman Armes.  She was a member of House of Prayer in Levelland.

For over 33 years, Kimber and her sister provided in-home daycare as owners and operators of Kimber and Shelli’s.

Kimber was preceded in death by her great grandmother, Mary Marie Moree; grandparents, Jack Williams, Joyce Williams and Marvin Newman; and brother, Clifford Lane Armes.

She is survived by her parents, Clifford (Boogie) and Vikki Armes; sons, Nathan Armes and Seth Armes; daughter, Emma Armes; brother, Linc Armes; sister, Shelli Armes; and grandson, Trey Armes.

Carolyn Howard

December 30, 1941 — April 30, 2022

Carolyn Howard was born December 30, 1941, in Monahans, Texas to Bill and Georgia Roberts.  She married Donald Gene Howard on June 1st, 1959. They had two sons, Lyndon and Garren.

Carolyn was secretary to W.I. (Bill) Lee, Pastor, at North Side Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas for 15 years and has always remained active in church.  She was faithful to mission work, especially Operation Christmas Child.

Loved ones include husband of 62 years, Donald Gene; brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Darlene Hendricks; son and daughter-in-law, Garren and Teresa Howard; three grandsons and their wives, as well as two great grandsons, Tyler and Tiffany Howard with their boys Graham and Parker, Scott and Gina Howard, and Aaron and Jasmine Howard; As well as many nieces and nephews.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Lyndon.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked contributions to be made to Operation Christmas Child through Park Drive Baptist Church in Carolyn’s honor as her calling and passion was to help children and those in need. She will be greatly missed.

Helen Shipley

September 24, 1925 — April 28, 2022

Helen Shipley, 96, of Levelland passed from this life on April 28, 2022.  

She was born September 7, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to George and Elizabeth Rahana. 

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Shipley; daughter, Lisa Shipley; and son, Willie McIntire.

She is survived by her sons, Terry McIntire and wife Monoki, Kenny Shipley and wife Gwen, Billy Joe Shipley and wife Tonnette, and Doug Shipley and wife Kari; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


James “Jim” Samuel Rankin

May 12, 1945 — April 28, 2022

James “Jim” S. Rankin, 76, of Levelland passed from this life on April 28, 2022.

He was born May 12, 1945, in Borger to Orville Cook and Alice LeForce Rankin.  Jim graduated from Whiteface High School in 1963.  He was stationed in Germany while proudly serving our country in the United States Army.

Jim married Helen on October 16, 1982, at Second Baptist Church Levelland.  He retired from Amoco as an automation technician.  Jim also served as Emergency Coordinator for Hockley County. He proudly served as the Veteran’s Service Officer for Hockley County for several years.

He was a member and past master of the Levelland Masonic Lodge #1236 A.F. & A.M.

Jim loved his family, especially his grandchildren.  Jim was proud of his service to our country and had an unwavering patriotic spirit.  He was a member of Second Baptist Church Levelland.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Jerry (Christy) McCord of Levelland, Darby (Kiley) McCord of Newton, Kansas and Scott (Brandi) Rankin of Bushland; daughters, Patty (Kevin) Bracey of Lubbock, Alecia (Jeff) Engle of Grapevine and Mandy (John) Barker of Big Spring; grandchildren, Kelci (Clay) Hooten of Lubbock, Karli (Sabraun) Adams of Seminole, Kayli and Kolbi McCord and their mother Cari of Slaton, Casey (Mikayle) Bracey of Levelland, Cole (Moriah) Bracey of Lubbock, Cade (fiancé Payslee) of Levelland, Rebecca (Eddie) Alwan of The Woodlands, Jordan (Brittany) McCord of Riley, Kansas, Payton, Reese, and Mateya McCord of Newton, Kansas, Natalie and Madelyn Engle of Grapevine, Erin Rankin of Salem, Oregon, Allie and Kloie Rankin of Bushland, J.R., Rachel and Darby Barker of Big Spring, Chase Dement of Amarillo, and Skylar (Dan) Warren of Lubbock; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Kay Elliott of Levelland; and nephews, Dave (Brenda) Elliott of Frisco and Sammy (Anita) Elliott of Lubbock.

Lynda Carol Hart

June 16, 1943 — April 26, 2022

Lynda Hart, 78, of Levelland, went to be with her Lord and Savior on April 26, 2022.  Lynda was born June 16, 1943 to Alton and Francis Brewster in Portales, NM.  She grew up in Stratford, TX and graduated, Salutatorian, of the class of 1961. 

Lynda married Glynn Naugle in 1961 in Stratford and they had three boys.  She married Mike Hart on April 26, 1986 in Lubbock.  Lynda worked for TCI Paint Co. in Lubbock for ten years as Assistant Manager.  Lynda and Mike farmed at Pettit for twenty-six years.  They retired from farming in 2014. 

Lynda and Mike are long time members of College Avenue Baptist Church.  Lynda was an amazing cook and really enjoyed cooking with her grandkids and spending time with all of her family.  She was a member of the “Red Hat” group and she and Mike liked to spend time out on the dance floor.

Lynda was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her husband Mike; sister Lana Smith (Benny) of Guymon, OK; children: William Naugle (Brenda) of Lake Havasu, AZ; David Naugle (Lavaul) of Las Vegas, NV; Doug Naugle of Austin, TX; Donna Hargrove of Levelland, Beverly Sosa (Eddie) of Lubbock; Steven Hart (Tiffany) of Muleshoe; and Andy Hart (Ollie) of Abernathy. 

Grandchildren: Natalie Naugle, Evie Naugle, Kayla Ochoa, Jennifer Hargrove, Jamie Mills (Jeremy), Magen Lujan (Chris), Brittany Sternfeld (Josh), Matthew Hargrove (Sawyer), Nathan Sosa, Jennifer Sosa, Kaitlynn Hart, Payton Hart, Mason Hart, Kellin Hart and 11 great grandchildren. 


Joyce Marie Scott

October 21, 1955 — April 23, 2022

Joyce Marie Scott, 66, of Levelland passed from this life on April 23, 2022.

She was born October 21, 1955 in Denver City to Reece “Buddy” and Betty Askew.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Debra Teague.

She is survived by her children, Lance Scott and wife, Shayna, of Levelland, Crystal Stephens and husband, Donald, of Levelland, and Casey Scott and wife, BJ, of Perryton; grandchildren, Hagan Sh’Nae Scott, Cody Nathaniel Scott, Faith LaShay Scott, Cadynce Alexis Scott, Donald Sturling Stephens, Bailey Lee Scott and Scout Alizabeth Scott; and great grandchildren, Reeci, Bynt’Lee, Jaxpur and Dallas.

Evalinda Salinas

May 30, 1960 — April 23, 2022

Evalinda Salinas, 61, of Levelland passed from this life on April 23, 2022.

She was born May 30, 1960 in Levelland to Fernando and Antonia Gonzales.  Eva was a wonderful wife and very loving mother.  She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and family.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents, Fernando and Antonia Gonzales; sister, Sylvia Gonzales; and her beautiful daughter, Rachel Salinas.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Salinas; children, Juanita and Thomas Little, Robert and Catalina Salinas and Jessica and Luis Delgado; sisters, Yolanda and Jaime Salinas, Juanita and Geronimo Salinas, Thelma and Cory Chavira, Terry and Oscar Garza, Gloria Garza and Jessica; brothers, Ernest and Linda Gonzales, Fernando and Dora Gonzales and Juan and Tera Gonzales; grandchildren Jeramyah and Slaterson Little, Ace Acevado and Penelope Delgado; and her loving nieces and nephews.

Chestene Sharbutt

February 23, 1928 — April 18, 2022

Chestene Sharbutt, 94, of Ropesville passed from his life on April 18, 2022. 

She was born February 23, 1928 in Mount Pleasant to Samuel and Avie Stroud.  Chestene was a member of Second Baptist Church Levelland.

Chestene was preceded in death by daughters, Joy Ann Harris and Betty Ann Moore; and husbands, John M. Bownlee and Cecil Sharbutt.

She is survived by daughters, Pat Johnson and husband Gene of Plains and Faye Jonas of Ropesville; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

Sipriano Raymond Torres

May 25, 1951 ~ April 17, 2022 (age 70)

Raymond,  was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.  He married Velia Ramirez, and they had three sons  from this union.   He worked for Renegade Oil Company and J & R Oil field Service  for several years.   He enjoyed watching Westerns and coloring Easter eggs, he loved eating Tacos, Raymond and Billie, would go traveling and riding around and going to go visit family and friends.   He loved family gatherings and spending with friend and family. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Lucio and Antonia Dominguez Torres

 Brothers:   Johnny Torres, Guadalupe Torres, Tony Rodriguez 

Sister:  Tangy Perez

Survivors:

Spouse 46 years:   Velia Ramirez Torres of Sundown

Sons:   Timothy (Kari) Torres of Meadow, Miguel (Melinda) Torres of Midland, Thomas (Brandy) Torres of Lubbock

Grandchildren:  5   Isaiah (Samantha) Torres, Lilian Torres, Alexander Torres, Breanna Torres

Great Grand Children:   1   Vicente Romero

Tiodoro Chapa

January 7, 1926 ~ April 24, 2022 (age 96)

Tiodoro Chapa, born on January 7th, 1926 in Cuero, Dewitt County, Texas to Sabino and Maria Rivera Chapa.    He grew up in Victoria, Tx and enlisted on Nov. 20th, 1945 into the United States Army until December 31st, 1946 as a Courier during WWII. and would transport Officers and Generals to their destination in Germany.   He married Dolores Lopez,  on November 21st, 1969 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lubbock.and they had 9 children from this union.   He was a dedicated Crucerista De Colores a church organization.   He worked for the Santa Fe Rail Road Co. until 1949.  Also as a professional truck driver for Anheuser – Busch for several years.   Tiodoro was in whole sales as a Distributor with Standard Sales Co. For several years.   His Hobbies was going fishing, working in the flea market where he and his wife had a booth for years, playing cards with his grandsons.  He enjoyed family gatherings.  He was a devout Catholic and a long time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.   

Proceeded in Death by:

  His parents:  Sabino and Maria Chapa  Son: Michael Arriaga   Daughters:   Diane Chapa, Eluteria Garcia,

Brothers:  Luis Rivera, , Francisco Chapa, Juan Chapa, Sabino Chapa, Manuel Chapa, Jesus Chapa,

Sisters:   Guadalupe Rodriguez,  Victoria Chapa, Adelaida Rocha,

Survivors: 

Spouse of 52 yrs:   Dolores L. Chapa of Levelland

Daughters:  Maria (James) Salas, and Delores (Roy) Saucedo both of Levelland, Patsy (Alex) Diaz and Minga (Jesse) Aguilar both of Lubbock, Mary Jane Chapa of Denver, Colorado,  Lisa (Scott)  Higsby of Canyon Lake,  Angie (Cat) Farias of San Antonio,

Sons:  Mingo (Martha) Arriaga of Odessa , Felipe (Ruth) Arriaga and  Greg (Louisa) Arriaga both of Lubbock

Grandchildren:   27    Great Grandchildren:  59    Great G Grand Children:  22

Noe Cantu

October 16th, 1970 – April 15th, 2022 (Age 51)

Services will be held Saturday April 23rd, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in
Morton with Deacon Jessie Moreno officiating. Visitations & Reflections of Life Will be held on Thursday April 21 st . 2022 from 9:00 A.M. until 7:00P.M. & April 22nd, 2022 from 9:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Funeral Home Chapel of Levelland.
Noe Cantu, was a wonderful Father and Brother. He graduated from High School in Pubelo ,
Colorado and became a professional truck driver on Vacuum trucks for many years. His hobbies
were taking care of his 5 dogs, Watching T.V. and Netflix movies, playing Video Games, and always
keeping busy. He liked visiting over the phone with his family and friends and will be dearly missed
Proceeded in Death by:
Mother: Teresa Rodriguez Cantu
Survivors:
Father: Vidal Cantu Sr. of Levelland
Sons: Mark Peralta of Pubelo , Colorado and Noe Riceler, of Wilmington, Los Angeles, California
Brothers: Vidal Cantu of Pasadena, Ca. , Chris Cantu of Lubbock, Fidencio Martinez and Jose Pepe
Gordo both of Long Beach, Ca. , Adam Gordo of Willmington , Ca.
Sisters: Sarah Cantu of Levelland, Josepha Cantu of Lubbock, and Felisha Ross, of New Mexico,


Janette Albus Whitford

September 1, 1930 — April 16, 2022

Graham, Texas ( Formerly of Lubbock, Texas)

Janette Albus Whitford, 91, of Graham, Texas and formerly of Lubbock, Texas passed away April 16, 2022.

Visitation will be 5-7 PM Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Pep Cemetery in Pep.

Janette was born in Munday, Texas on Labor Day Monday, September 1, 1930, to C.A. and Helen (Bruggeman) Kuehler. She graduated from Pep High School in May of 1947. She married Paul Albus, April 6, 1948 at Pep, Texas. They had three sons and two daughters. They farmed and lived at Pep their entire married life. Janette sold Avon for over 40 Years. She lost the love of her life April 16, 1985. She married Bobby J. Whitford January 18, 2001.

She was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as a Grandma. She had a vivacious personality and loved to dance. She made friends everywhere she went and her Avon customers loved her dearly.

Janette was preceded in death by her parents;  her husband, Paul Albus; three sisters, Evelyn Bishop,  Marilyn Hill and Glenda Ellis; and great grandsons, Logan Albus, Stratton Albus and Rhys Cline.

She is survived by her children, Darwin Albus of Anton, Texas, Betty (David) Merrick of Lamesa, Texas; Curtis (Landra) Albus of Morton, Texas; Beverly (Craig) Vinson of Possum Kingdom, Texas, Mark (Lisa) Albus of Schertz, Texas; grandchildren, Bryan (Marti) Albus, Melissa (David) Garcia, Heather (Grady) Cline, Ashley (Braun) Cartwright, Nick(Lindsay) Vinson, Sarah(Aaron) Self, Ty (Minok) Merrick, Shonnie (Russ) Stanley, Dusty Vinson, Tiffany Albus, Cody (Whitney) Albus; Sisters; Gwen  (Clancy) Martin, Connie Elliston, Sheri Curry, 31 great grandchildren; and one great-great- granddaughter.

The family wants to extend a big thank you to Brookdale Shadow Hills Assisted Living in Lubbock, Garden Terrace Healthcare Center in Graham and Solaris Hospice for loving her and caring for her.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Solaris Hospice, 509 Elm St., Graham, Texas 76450.


Lupe Orosco, Jr.

September 5, 1980 — April 9, 2022

Levelland

Lupe Orosco, Jr., 41, of Levelland passed from this life on April 9, 2022. 

He was born September 5, 1980 in Lubbock to Lupe Sr. and Olivia Gonzales Orosco. Lupe earned his GED in 1998 in Pyote, Texas.  He obtained his electricians license from Tarrant County College in 2019.

Lupe worked as a driller for Patterson and Norton Drilling.  He also owned and operated Orosco Body Shop. Most recently he was employed by Choate Well Service, Inc. in Big Spring.

He enjoyed barbecuing, fishing, tattooing, drawing and quarter mile racing.  You could always hear Lupe as he was the loudest in the crowd. 

Lupe was preceded in death by his grandparents, Felix and Consuelo Orosco and Thomas Gonzales.

Lupe is survived by his daughters, Katelyn Holley and Kameron Hayden; parents, Olivia Orosco and Lupe Orosco, Sr.; brother, Rocky (Pati) of Big Spring; sisters, Viola and Crystal both of Levelland; and numerous nieces and nephews that loved him and will miss his humor every single day.

San Juanita Garza

September 25, 1957 ~ April 15, 2022 (age 64)

San Juanita,  graduated from New Home School in 1976.   She married Oscar Garza on June 30th, 1995 in Levelland.   She worked as a customer service reprehensive for Tyco Industries and manufacturing Company for 5 yrs.   As an Insurance Agent for Virginia West Insurance Company for 12 years.   She was a Texas Licensed Insurance agent.    Her hobbies were going to outings, garage sales, cooking for her family and friends, she enjoyed visitors, very giving, and she had a garden in the back yard where she would sit and pray,  loved her husband, family and grandchildren, and she loved her dog “Hauchi”.   A long time member of St. John Newman Catholic Church in Lubbock.

Proceeded in Death by:  Her Parents:  Antonio and Vicenta Hernandez Rodriguez 

Brothers:  Toche Rodriguez, Tony Rodriguez, Raymond  Rodriguez

Survivors:

Spouse of 26 yrs:  Oscar Garza of Lubbock

Daughters:   Jessica (Chauncey) Taylor of Killeen, Stephany (Wesley) York of Lubbock, and Kara ( Alex) Montiel of Kyle, Tx

Sons:  Anthony “Tony” Sanders of Lubbock, Desmond (Jennifer) Garza of Norman, Oklahoma and Phillip Garza of Lubbock

Sisters:  Vickie Robles, Mary Juarez, and Lupe Rodriguez all three of Levelland and Rosie Flores of Dallas

Grandchildren:   15

Arcelia Lujan Aleman

November 19, 1965 ~ April 9, 2022 (age 56)

Arcelia Lujan, was a wonderful Mother, wife, and grandmother.  She married Augustine Aleman, in1985, in Mexico and they had four children from this union.   Arcelia, worked in agriculture during the cotton season for several years.  She worked for Logisticareand Safe Ride Transportation services taking clients to their appointments since 2001 to present time over 14 years.  Her hobbies were coloring, gardening and planting, cooking on the disco, watching Novella series La Rosa De Guadalupe.  Arcelia,was a long-time member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Morton.  

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents: Santos Semon & Victoria Franco Lujan Spouse: Augustine AlemanSister: Gloria Lujan

Son:  ChristopherJoe Aleman I.Granddaughter:  Maria AlemanGrandson: Christopher Joe Aleman II.

Survivors:

Daughters: Lesley Aleman and Gladys Aleman both of Levelland

Son: Jorge Aleman of Levelland

Brothers:Ernesto Lujan, Nacho Lujan and Havier Lujan all three of Morton

Sisters: Noema Armendariz of Odessa, Manuela Lujan and Vico Lujan both of Ojinaga, Mexico, Lourdes Lujan of Denver, Colorado Ramona Duarte of Hobbs, N.M.,

Granddaughter:  Vanessa Hernandez

J. T. Wright

September 16, 1979 — April 5, 2022

Justin Travis “J.T.” Wright, 42, of Idalou and formerly of Whiteface, passed from this life on April 5, 2022.  Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born September 16, 1979 in San Jose, California to Charles Norman Wright and Linda Jan Baker Wright.  J.T. graduated from Whiteface High School in 1998.  He was employed by the City of Lubbock.

J.T. was a huge fan of the Los Angeles Rams and Harley Davidson motorcycles.  He laughed loud and loved hard.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Baker; and paternal grandfather, Mickey Wright.

J.T. is survived by his wife, Heather; sons, Slade, Luke and Chase; parents, Linda Wright and Chuck (Becky) Wright; brother, Levi (Ka’Lynn) Wright; sisters, Amy (Chad) Anderson, Megan (Daniel) Villarreal and Destiny (Monty) Wright; niece, Brynlee Villarreal; nephews, Coleton Anderson, Braxton Villarreal and Benaniah Timmins; paternal grandparents, Bret and Sandy Faerber; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Harvey Blaine Stephens

June 4, 1939 — April 4, 2022

Harvey Blaine Stephens of Levelland Texas passed away on April 4th, 2022, at the age of 82. He was born on June 4th, 1939, in Brandon Mississippi to Thomas Thad and Rubye Otts Stephens. He came from a great big family of a total of 14 siblings. He grew up in Osyka Mississippi as the youngest boy of the family. He graduated from the local high school as the Valedictorian of his class of 1956-1957 to go on and play basketball for Southwest Junior Village for two years. He joined the air force in 1960 upon completion of his service he began working for the state of Mississippi as a police officer. After his time in Mississippi, he moved to Hobbs New Mexico where he began working for Getty Oil which later became Texaco Oil. While in Hobbs he met and married Nanette “Susie” Crabtree on Dec. 3, 1968. Their family grew by 3 while in Hobbs. In 1976 the family moved to Levelland Texas. This is where he lived out the rest of his days. Harvey Stephens was a selfless man who would do anything for his family and friends. He loved to fish once he retired from the oil field business. He would enjoy fixing things and tending to his boat.

He is survived by his daughter Kimberlee Barter and her husband Mike, of Levelland; two sisters, Gloria Jean Williams, and her husband Troy, of Louisiana; Eupele Gray “Boots” Wilson, of Arkansas; five grandchildren Madison Jesko, Jonathan Jesko, Abigail Jesko, Kaleb Jesko, and Mia Kuhlers; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife Nanette “Susie” Crabtree Stephens in 2005; two daughters Kelli Lyn Stephens in 1973 and Stephanie Dawn Stephens Jesko in 2018; five brothers William Fines Stephens, Glovis Edmond Stephens, Carl Ott Stephens, Thomas Terry Stephens, and James Lowell Stephens; seven sisters Eva Loventrice, TT Mame, Johnnie Pauline Stephens, Virginia Maxine Webster, Febural Thadette Stephens, Hazel Mae Prescott, and Mary Leona Stokes.

Tinnie Lanette Brackens

May 16, 1975 — April 4, 2022

Tinnie Lanette Brackens, 46, of Levelland passed from this life on April 4, 2022.  Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born May 16, 1975 in Lubbock.  Lanette graduated from Levelland High School, South Plains College and Texas Tech University.  She was an elementary teacher in a daycare setting in Lubbock.

Lanette loved to dance, cook and sing.  She knew no stranger and to her everyone was family.  Lanette truly had a heart of gold. 

She was a hard worker and would do anything for her daughter.  Lanette loved and was loved by her nieces and nephews.

Lanette was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Brackens, Sr.

She is survived by her daughter, Aaliyah; mother, Ruby Louise Taylor Brackens; siblings, Clarence and wife Eartha Brackens of Crowley, Luther and wife BJ Brackens of Levelland, Georgia Ann Brackens of Levelland, Milton Brackens of Levelland and Danny and wife Irma Brackens of Levelland; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Lanette’s memory to the South Plains College Scholarship Foundation.

Jimmie L. Price

May 17, 1920 — Apr 3, 2022

Funeral services for Jimmie Lilbourne (J.L.) Price, 101, of Levelland will be at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2022, at College Avenue Baptist Church. He passed away April 3, 2022.  Visitation will be on Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Jimmie was born May 17, 1920 to W.E. and Lizzie Price in El Dorado, Arkansas.  His family moved to Texas when he was 6.  He graduated from Pettit High School.  After attending Draughon’s Business College, he worked in the Hockley County Tax Office.  He was inducted into the U.S. Army on December 3, 1941.  He served on the Island of Saipan.  He was discharged November 29, 1945 with the rank of Sergeant.  He met and married Selma Keen on May 30, 1948.  He decided to go from the tax office to the farm.  He and his brother-in-law, Johnnie Keen, farmed together for many years.  Together, Selma and Jimmie raised 6 children on the farm at Pettit.  She preceded him in death in 1987.

Jimmie met and married Jo Ann Gresham in 1989.  Joining together their families to have a total of 9 children.  Their delight was attending the events of their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren whether it was a ball game, stock show, play, wedding, or holiday event.  Traveling was their joy.  They went on many adventures here and abroad.  They loved going to South Padre Island and to the mountains of Ruidoso. 

He is survived by their children, Frances (Kenny) Coats, Glenda (David) Gibson, Ricky (Deborah) Price, Dennis (Monica) Price, Becky (Tim) Cook, Beth (Steve) Gwinn, and Darrell (Linda) Gresham; grandchildren, Wendi (Gregg) Myatt, Gregg Glover, Jill (Todd) Heflin, Melinda (Anthony) Gay, Jennifer (Brandon) Anderson, Brandon (Jennifer) Gwinn, Mindy (Tony) Pardini, Lindsey (Derek) Dollahite, Kerry (Sara) Coats, Kandi (Cody) Potter, Korey (Sommer) Coats, Daniel (Erin) Gibson, Christopher (Ashley) Gibson, John Mark (Julie) Gibson, Jerry (Lindsay) Webster, Johnathon (Courtney) Webster, Royce (Annyce) Price, Kelly (Jason) McKay, Laura (Stephen) Hougland, Jeremy Price, Justin (Charity) Price, John (Cheryl) Ellison, Michelle Ellison, Delany (Rowdy) Jackson, Braden Price, Kristen Epperson, Micala Epperson, Morgan (Andy) Moore and Jimmie Cook; great grandchildren, Sarah Durham, Landon (Molly) Myatt, Kendra Myatt, Tori (Tanner) Cunningham, Jaxon (Apryl) Heflin, Kendyl Heflin, Macy & Paige Glover, Lauren & Parker Anderson, Addison & Jack Pardini, Landry Dollahite, McKenzy & Alexander Gay, Taylor, Ayden & Zander Gwinn, Kaylom Coats, Evie Coats, Collynn Coats, Kenzie Hall, Gage Potter, Jake Potter, Lola Potter, Kanaan Coats, Linkoln Coats, Stella Coats, Maddox Gibson, Bryson Gibson, Lainey Gibson, Avery Gibson, Olivia Gibson, Madelyn Gibson, Sawyer Gibson, Bryndle Gibson, Emree Gibson, Paisley Gibson, Christian Webster, Aidan Webster, Jordan Arnold, Bryson Jenkins, Aaron Ham, Bailey Webster, Adrian McKay, Macie McKay, Landrie Price, Ethan Martinez, Adrianna Martinez, Eric (Zoey) Martinez, Alex Martinez, Hank Hougland, Maddison Price, Carlee Price, Carson Price, Breanna (Trenton) Lewis, Austin Ellison, LaShay Trammell, Tyler Trammell, Haylee Trammell and Zayleigh Moore; and great-great grandchildren, Jaden Durham, Isla & Luke Cunningham, Henlee Myatt, Mitchell Martinez, Owen Martinez, Huntleigh Lewis, Leah Trammell, Carter Trammell, Caellum Shields, Casey Shields, Amara Trammell and Gracie Ross.

 Jimmie was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Price; his wife, Jo Ann Price; son, Randy Price; daughter, Mary Lynn Sherley; granddaughter-in-law, Linda Price; brothers, Woodrow Price, Bussie Price and Thomas Price; sister, Willie Mae Welch; and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to College Avenue Baptist Church.


Eva Susan Kauffman

May 18, 1955 — Apr 1, 2022

Eva Susan Kauffman left her earthbound body on April 1, 2022.  She was born on May 18, 1955 in Lubbock to Russell and Delores Townsend.

Visitation will be held at the Couch Residence, 2948 North FM 2646 in Levelland, near FM 1294, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2022.  Celebration of Life services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

Susan grew up in Smyer, Texas before graduating from Levelland High School in 1973.  She spent her time writing for the school paper and dreaming of being a journalist. 

She married the love of her life, Rip Kauffman, on June 7, 1973 before moving to Arizona.  Soon, Texas called her home where they raised their two children in Levelland.

Susan occupied her “free” time being an administrative assistant for several oilfield related companies, spending 20 years with GnC Contracting.

Her real job was raising her kids; attending sports games, rodeos, band contests and being the best room mother ever.  Susan became a friend to every friend her kids brought home and every animal that crossed her path. 

After retiring, Susan spent her time advocating and networking for local animals.  She volunteered at the Levelland Animal Shelter for many years.  What really filled her time was researching history and keeping up with her grandchildren.  There isn’t a Texas fact that she didn’t know or a question about Levelland that she couldn’t answer.  Susan would spend hours researching family trees, even though they weren’t her own. 

Susan’s greatest pleasure in life was her family and her grandchildren can never be without.  Her most recent joy was her new great granddaughter, Milani.

Susan was a light in this world, she was brilliant, humble and generous with every last dollar she had

….”My mom brought happiness into a crowd, and light into the darkest room.  She taught those around her that life is too short to keep your panties in a wad…I miss you already, Mandy”

Susan was preceded in death by her father; mother; brothers, David Townsend and Joe Galyon; and husband, Rip Kauffman.

She is survived by sisters, Annetta (Jonathan) Fincher and Rhonda (Larry) Petty; brothers, Tim Galyon and Paul (Barbara) Galyon; son, Donovan (Kathy) Kauffman; daughter, Mandy (Lyndon) Couch; 4 grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Susan’s charity Levelland Animal Friends, P.O. Box 523, Levelland, Texas 79336.

Dorothy Hunter Griffin July 3rd 1929 – March 28, 2022

Dorothy Hunter Griffin was born July 3, 1929 in Longview, Texas to Alvin and Ivernia Hunter.
She grew up in Longview where she attended and graduated from high school. Dorothy attended
Bishop College, an HBCU school. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education.
On November 22, 1962 Dorothy married Louis George Griffin, Jr. in a small ceremony.
Dorothy began her teaching career in 1952 and taught at the all Black schools in both Levelland,
Texas as well as Lamesa, Texas. Once the schools were integrated she began teaching in the
Levelland Independent School District. She taught in the district’s Migrant Program and ended
her teaching career teaching 4th grade at West Elementary School. She retired from public school
teaching in 1991.
Dorothy was an active leader in her local church. She began attending St. Luke UMC. On
August 21, 1971, the charge conferences of Wesley and St. Luke’s voted to disband and merge
into a new congregation, Christ United Methodist Church. This was certainly the first racially
integrated congregation in the Northwest Texas Conference and may well have been the first to
evolve out of the 1968 action by the General Conference. She and Louis were both active leaders
in the church. She was active in the United Methodist Church at both the district and conference
level.
Dorothy was also active in various local organizations and projects. She taught Adult Education.
worked with the Senior Citizens board, supported the Levelland Music Club, helped with the
local food box and other city organizations.
In 2002, Dorothy moved to San Antonio, Texas to be near her daughter and son. She joined and
attended Alamo Heights UMC and was fondly known as the “Hat Lady” because of the beautiful
hats that she wore every Sunday.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Earlene, her sister Alva
Smith, her brother Rev. Dr. Charles Hunter, her sister Dolores Sims, and her husband Louis
Griffin. She is survived by a brother, Julian Hunter of Seattle, Washington, her children
Jacqueline Freeman and Brian Griffin of San Antonio, TX, George Griffin III and his wife
Maggie of Wilmington, NC., Chester and his wife Janis Griffin and Chris and his wife Jane
Griffin all of Decatur, Georgia. She had four grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren as
well a host of nieces and nephews and beloved family and friends.
There will be a viewing at Head & Duarte Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas on Monday, April
4th from 6:00-7:30 PM. Graveside services for Dorothy will be held at the City of Levelland
Cemetery on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 3:00 PM. The graveside service will be officiated by Rev.
Jackie Freeman, daughter of the deceased. A service of celebration will be held on Monday,
April 11, 2022 at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas at 3:30 PM in
the sanctuary. The Rev. Holly Gotelli will officiate.

Cody Wayne Baker

Jun 10, 1983 — Mar 28, 2022

Cody Wayne Baker was born June 10, 1983.  He joined his grandparents in heaven on March 28, 2022.

Cody grew up in Shallowater, Texas.  He graduated in 2001 and married his high school sweetheart, Erica Baker, of Smyer, Texas in August of 2002.  They had two beautiful children, Mikaela and Nick Baker.

The family lived in Smyer, Texas where Cody worked as a blade operator for Hockley County Precinct 4.  His family, especially his children, were his whole world.

Cody is survived by his wife, Erica Baker; daughter, Mikaela Baker; son, Nick Baker; parents, Scott and Tanya Stansell of Shallowater; brother, Rusty Baker and wife DeeAnn of Shallowater; 4 nieces; 2 nephews; and a huge family that loved him and will miss his humor, wit and hugs every single day. In honor of Cody, you may make a donation to a charity that is near to your heart.

Arnulfo Alvarado (Jr) Martinez

November 9, 1947 ~ March 23, 2022 (age 74)

Arnulfo, was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.  He married Paula Orona, on July 22nd, 1969, in Spring field, Colorado and they had four children from this union.  He worked for J.K. Griffith and Curtis Griffith Farms for over 20 years.   His hobbies were watching the Dallas Cowboys, working, listening to music, watching westerns, doing scratch offs and hanging out with his family and friends.  He adored all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Arnulfo was a long-time member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents: Arnulfo and Guadalupe Alvarado Martinez(3) Brothers:  Jose Martinez, Enrique Martinez, Juan Martinez, (1) Sister: Maria Garcia(2) Grandsons:  Angel Hernandez and Osiel Martinez, Son in Law (Saul Hernandez)

Survivors:

Spouse 53 years:  Paula O. Martinez of Levelland

Daughter: Rosa Linda Hernandez of levelland

Sons: Freddy (Elena Hernandez) Martinez of Lubbock, Israel (Blasa) Martinez and Steve (Cassandra) Martinez both of Levelland

Brothers:Lupe Martinez of Chickasaw, Oklahoma and David Martinez of Brownfield

Grandchildren: 10    Great Grandchildren:  3

Nancy Gwen Lewis- Morrison

Oct 1, 1950 — Mar 22, 2022

Nancy Gwen Lewis-Morrison of Levelland, Texas, passed away on March 22, 2022 at the age of 71.

She was born in Cisco, Texas, on October 1, 1950 to Olin and Gwen Lewis. She was a graduate of Whiteface High School, class of 1968. She enjoyed going dancing, playing the piano, and painting. She worked as a bookkeeper for many years and was a stay-at-home mom.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Neil Morrison of Levelland; her brother, Gregg Lewis of Whiteface; her daughter, Jennifer Nemeth of Levelland; her sons, Michael Morrison of Fort Worth and Zachary Morrison of Levelland; and her grandchildren, Seth Nemeth and Brooke Nemeth of Amarillo. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Diana Morrison.

David Emmanuel Cisneros

Mar 29, 1992 — Mar 20, 2022

David Emmanuel Cisneros, 29, of Levelland, Texas passed from this life Sunday, March 20, 2022.

Visitation will be  5:00-7:00 PM, Friday, March 25, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.

David was born March 29, 1992 in Llano, Texas to David Bindseil and Sanjuanita Cisneros. He attended South Plains Church in Levelland.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sanjuanita Cisneros; grandfather, Robert Cisneros; and grandmother, Susie Garcia.

David is survived by his Step dad, Ramon Soliz; his father David Bindseil;  wife, Cassie Zuniga; children, Alexzander Cisneros, Josiah Bejarano, Jacob Ortiz, Thomas, Jazzmin and Jordan Rodriguez; brothers, Dominic Doryan and Nathaniel Bindseil; and sister, Hailee Cordova.

Memorial gifts may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Children’s Miracle Network.

Theresa Rodriguez

August 10, 1973 ~ March 22, 2022 (age 48)

Theresa “Terry” AKA T-Rod Rodriguez,  graduated from Ralls High School and continued her education and received her Bachelor’s   Degree in Arts from The University of Texas Permian Basin.  Terry, worked for Levelland Independent School District for over 22 years at the Middle School as a 7th and 8 grader teacher.   She married Eugene Apodaca on December 18th, 2001 and they had two children from this union.     Her hobbies were reading, Crafts, shopping, watching her drama soap opera TV shows, taking care of her cats, and loved being at home.   Theresa, enjoyed teaching and spending time with all her school children.  She also loved family gatherings especially during special occasions.

Proceeded in Death by:  Her Father:  Victoriano Rodriguez

Survivors:

Mother:  Carmen T. Rodriguez of Levelland

Spouse of 20 yrs:  Eugene Apodaca of Levelland

Daughter:  Clara Frances Rodriguez Apodaca of Levelland

Son:  Noah Rodriguez Apodaca of Levelland

Brothers:  Tomas Rodriguez of Levelland   

Sisters:  Bernarda Rodriguez and Cecilia Rodriguez both of Levelland, Maria Juana Sanchez of Odessa, Christina Rodriguez Munoz of San Antonio, and Analisa Victoria Rodriguez of Round Rock

Terry Lynn Keen

May 24, 1955 — Mar 20, 2022

Terry Lynn Keen, 66, of Levelland passed from this life on March 20, 2022.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Second Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born May 24, 1955 in Levelland to Johnnie and Avis Keen.  Terry was a farmer.  Following in his Grandpa Keen’s and Dad’s footsteps, he learned to love the land, planting cotton seed and tending to it through harvest.

Terry was a simple man that loved the simple thing that life gave such as a spring shower and the rainbow after, cotton blooms and tiny bolls, sunsets on a beach, and time spent with his kids and grandkids and bragging about them.

He was a loved husband, a loving dad and a good friend to have.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Becky Keen; sons, Kyle Keen and wife Jeannie and Kirk Keen and wife Jesse; daughter, Jolynn Garza; sisters, Margaret Eller, Jeanne Smith and Donna Bass; and 12 grandchildren.

Joyce Faye Washington

April 12, 1936 ~ March 17, 2022

Joyce  Faye,  graduated from Fairview High school in Linden , TX In 1955.   She married Grant Washington Jr. on December 27th, 1957 in Levelland and they had five children from this union.    Joyce Faye,  worked as a school cross walk guard for several years for Levelland Independent School Dist. in Levelland.   Her  passion in life was her family spending time with her grandchildren,  attended Morning Star Church and ushered there as well and devout Christian,  her hobbies was gardening, sewing, cooking and was very friendly and enjoyed life.   Her memory will be cherished by her family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:  Her parents: Welthia L. and Annie V. Jones Wallace

Spouse:  Grant Washington Jr.

Survivors:

Daughters:  Norma (Alvin) Childers of Levelland, Shanon Burton, of Dallas , and Tammie Washington Brown of Killeen, TX

Sons:  Grant Washington of Lubbock, and Billy Washington of Wichita falls

Brother:  Freddie Wallace of Richland, Washington

Grandchildren:  27    Great Grand Children:  37   

Juan Rodriguez

June 10, 1939 ~ March 18, 2022 (age 82)

Juan Rodriguez Sr., was a wonderful husband, spouse and father.    He married Luz Maria Lopez in 1956 in Morton and they had six children from this union.   He worked as a diesel mechanic and a professional truck driver for Mcham Mechanic in Sundown also a self employed  truck driver for Rodriguez Trucking Company for over 32 yrs.  Worked for Willingham Cotton Gin in Morton.   Juan’s passion was attending church at Calvario with Pastor  Robert Smith in Levelland and La Primera Iglesias Bautista in Morton for several years.   He enjoyed fishing at Corpus Christi, Wichita falls, and Lake Ray Hubbard, Galveston Bay were his favorite places.   His hobbies were cooking, watching his favorite cowboy movies like Bonanza with Dan Blocker, Wild West, and Gun Smoke, Lucha Libre wrestling,  singing, reading his bible, preaching, and picking up hitch hikers when he was a truck driver  and taking them to his home and feeding them and giving them a place to sleep but, Mrs. Luz was not to crazy about this laugh out loud.  Juan was just a kind loving man to everyone he met no one was a stranger he literally gave his shirt off his back.   He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Esteban “Steve” Campos

Sep 6, 1944 — Mar 13, 2022

Steve Campos, a proud US Marine Corps Veteran and resident of Levelland, TX, passed away with his loving family by his side on March 13, 2022 at the age of 77 after a brave battle with cancer.

Steve is the devoted husband and survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Maria Campos; Honored Father to his daughters Monica (Steve) Duran and Jessica (Jason) Rhodes; Brother to Hemerejildo Campos, Alfredo Campos and Maria Antonia Gonzalez; Proud Grandfather to Jojo Olivarez, Xavier Olivarez, Brian Campos, Marissa Campos, Alexus Campos, Daphne Smith, Sam Duran and Daisy Duran; and Cherished Great-Grandfather to Sterling Smith-Marroquin, Maddie Olivarez, Mea Olivarez, Darius Olivarez and Elara Olivarez.  Steve is preceded in death by his beloved sons Steve Campos Jr and Joaquin Von Campos; his parents Andrea Garcia and Encarnacion Campos; his brother Marcos Campos and sister Victoria Campos.

Steve was born to the late Andrea Garcia and Encarnacion Campos, a farmer and a homemaker, in Cameron, TX on September 6, 1944. Steve was blessed with a large and loving family. He married the love of his life, Maria Peralez, on February 12, 1972 in Robstown Tx. Steve enjoyed life, family members and many friends, Steve was always there to brighten the lives of others. Steve was a devoted person of Catholic faith and lived life serving those around him. Steve was a master of his craft when it came to bbqing brisket, as this was his favorite pastime; he shared these skills with those he held near and dear to his heart. He was an amateur harmonicist, avid prankster and creator of embarrassing nicknames as his true passion in life was making those around him laugh with pure joy.

Steve was proud to serve during the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps, after he served his country, he worked and retired with Amoco Corporation then went on to retire again with Levelland ISD. Steve was an honored 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Robstown, TX. Steve was a hard worker, cherished friend, loving husband, beloved father, and grandfather. We have lost someone who etched nothing but love and joy into the fabric of our family and left a lasting impact on the places he lived and the hearts he touched of those around him, he was a phenomenal person and we loved him deeply.

Patsy Ruth Jephcott

Oct 30, 1936 — Mar 13, 2022

Patsy Ruth Jephcott, 85, of Levelland passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2022, in Levelland. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the First Baptist Church of Levelland  with Cody Favor officiating.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Patsy was born October 30, 1936 to Thomas Ray and Helen Patterson in Russellville, Arkansas. She married Ira Jephcott on December 24, 1953 in Lubbock.

Patsy was involved with many community clubs and organizations such as Women’s Missionary Union, Canasta Club, Lubbock High Class of 1955 Birthday Club  and Monday night Dairy Queen bunch. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she volunteered and sang in the SONshine Choir. Patsy enjoyed shopping and eating out in Lubbock, watching old movies, especially John Wayne, and playing games with friends and family.  She loved collecting Precious Moments figurines.

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.

She will be remembered by her children, Gary and wife Pam Jephcott of Littlefield, Donna and husband Randy Gholson of Levelland, Sharon Lott of Levelland and Alice and husband Ryan Rhodes of Uvalde; 10 grandchildren, Nathan Jephcott and wife Alissa of Pickerington, Ohio, Matthew Jephcott and wife Megan of Amarillo, Russell Jephcott and wife Shea of Lubbock, Candace Montgomery and husband Andrew of Levelland, Dustin Gholson, Ryan Gholson and wife Lacey of Georgetown, Amy D’aoust and husband Charles of Germantown, Maryland, Robyn Lott and fiancé Frank Culbertson of Lanham, Maryland, Rachel Dempsey and husband Devan of Spangdalum, Germany and Ashtyn Nadebaum of Uvalde; and 12 great-grandchildren, Tatum and Tyson, of Pickerington, Ohio, Kinsler, of Amarillo, Rylan and Logan, of Lubbock, Kaylee and Jordan, of Georgetown, Aly and Callyne, of Levelland, Paul, Clara and Lee, of Georgetown.

The family suggest memorials be made to Bright Focus Foundation for Macular Degeneration Research at info@brightfocus.org; First Baptist Church of Levelland; Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607; or Covenant Hospital Levelland.

Dora Garcia Ortega

July 9, 1947 ~ March 13, 2022 (age 74)

Dora Garcia, was a fun loving mother and grandmother , sister and aunt . She  enjoyed spending time with all of her family especially her grandchildren and her companion  of several years Manuel Ortega .   She was blessed with four children in her life.  She was self employed and worked cleaning houses in The Lubbock area.  Dora was a very hard worker and her hobbies was going out to eat at Garcia’s Restaurant with her nieces Ida and Ylma kicking back and enjoying a margarita and shopping at Wal-Mart, visiting on the phone for hours and watching soap operas on television all night long.

Proceeded in Death by:  Parents:  Geronimo  and Lupe Chapa Garcia  Former Husband:  Antonio  Tony Gonzales  Sister:  Eloisa Garces   Brother:  Donicio Garcia

Survivors:

Companion of 25 yrs:  Manuel Ortega of Lubbock

Daughters:   Lenore Christine (Stan Kane) Gonzales of Tahoka and Donna Gonzales of Lubbock

Sons:  Antonio (Lori) Gonzales and Donnie Gonzales both of Lubbock

Grandchildren:  (8)

Sister:   Sarah Gonzales of Tahoka

Brother:   Ruben Garcia  of Lubbock

Leona Parnell

June 25, 1927 ~ March 9, 2022 (age 94)

Leona , was born on June 25th, 1927 in Tustin, Orange County, California to Cleo G. and Rhoda Brazzle Poh.   She married William Frank Parnell in California and they had one daughter from this union.   They moved to Wellman, TX from California in 2008.   She worked for Anderson Grain Elevator as a receptionist for over 20 years.  Her Hobbies embroidery, gardening and flowers, assisting Joey Garnsey at the restaurant in Wellman, painted  pictures of beautiful landscapes on canvas.  She enjoyed spending quality time with Naomi Garnsey and her family.   She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents: Cleo G. and Rhoda Brazzle Poh   Spouse of 60 yrs:   William “Bill” Frank Parnell

Daughter: Linda Poh

Survivors:

Daughter:  Naomi  Garnsey of Wellman

Brother:   Johnny Poh of California

A Host of Grandchildren and Great Grand children

Curtis Alan Kay

Sep 9, 1963 — Mar 10, 2022

Curtis Alan Kay, 58, of Lubbock passed from this life on March 10, 2022.  Memorial services will be held at 2:30 pm on Monday, March 14, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born September 9, 1963 in Brownfield to William Wylie Kay, Jr. and Doris Faye Howell Kay. 

Alan was a graduate of Whitharral High School and a member of the 1981 State 6-man Football Champions.  He was named the 1981 State of Texas Player of the Year.  Alan was also named to the All-Century Football Team.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wylie and Doris Kay.

Alan is survived by his brother, Brian (Melanie) Kay of Ocean Springs, MS; sister, Shelly Kay of Gulfport, MS; uncle, Jimmy Glenn Howell; nieces, Jenna (Jamie) Drennen and Kyla (Tommy) Saucier both of Biloxi, MS; great nieces, Rose Theriot Drennen and Sonny Jean Saucier;  great nephews, Knox Louis Saucier and Auggie James Drennen; and numerous cousins.

Alfred Lynn Herlocher

May 5, 1958 ~ March 9, 2022 (age 63)

Alfred Lynn Herlocher, was born on May 5th, 1958 in Morton, to the proud parents Alfred John Sr. and Lorene New Herlocher.   His parents moved to Pennsylvania  for a spell and they returned back to Morton in 1965 when Alfred was 7 yrs old.   He attended school in Morton during his younger years .    Alfred,  married the love of his life Ruby Lynette Rodgers,  on October 21st, 1978 in Stanton, TX and from this union they had three children.   He got his certificate of completion from a construction Trade School in Lubbock.   He worked as a concrete mason for Freddie Lewis, for over 40 years.      Then started his own business “Buddy’s Handy man” for nine years.   Alfred quoted “ I am happy when I go fishing at White river, and Lake Stamford”.  He  enjoyed gardening.    He was a Christian.

Proceeded in Death by:  parents:  Alfred John and Mary Lorene New Herlocher   (1) Sister:  Mary Jean Herlocher  (1) Brother:  Harvey Herlocher

Survivors:

Spouse of 43 years:  Ruby Lynette Herlocher of Morton

Daughters:  Mary Helen (Douglas) McKnight and Kimberly Renee Herlocher both of Morton

Son:  Alfred Lynn Herlocher Jr. of Morton

Sister:   Elizabeth Mcllroy of Morton

Grandchildren:  2    Cheyenne B arnes and Jordan Barnes

Vera Lee Golightly

Jul 22, 1931 — Mar 6, 2022

Vera Lee Golightly, 90, of Levelland passed from this life on March 6, 2022.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, March 11, 2022, at Austin Street Church of Christ.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born July 22, 1931 in Clarksville, Texas to O.C. and Olivia Moore.  Vera graduated as Valedictorian from Cheatham High School in Clarksville. She married David Golightly, Sr. on February 13, 1951 in Levelland.

Vera was a faithful member of North Side Church of Christ before her health began to fail. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, O.C. and Olivia Moore; husband, David Golightly; sons, David Golightly, Jr. and CJ Golightly; daughter, Priscilla Nix; six sisters; and four brothers.

Vera is survived by her children, Dale and Hanna Golightly of Houston, Samuel and Margaret Golightly of Levelland, Linda Golightly of Levelland, Alfred Golightly of Levelland, and Kay Golightly of Levelland; sisters, Polly Stamps of Pocoima, Ca. and Allie Beatrice Zollicofer of Wichita Falls; 26 grandchildren; and 69 great grandchildren.

Blas O. Gomez, Sr.

Feb 3, 1932 — Mar 3, 2022

Blas O. Gomez Sr., 90, of Levelland passed from this life March 3, 2022.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, March 7, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 82022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chpael. Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery. Father Jonathan Phillips will be officiating.

He was born February 3, 1932 in Yoakum County, Texas to Francisco and Isidra Gomez.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Dominga Gomez; son, Raymond Gomez; daughter, Dominga (Sandy) Morado; granddaughter, Beatrice Sanchez; and grandson, Albert Gomez Jr.

Survivors include daughters, Alice Dichari, Margarita Galvan, Mary Hernandez, Eloisa Serna, Gloria Ooi, and Sally Gugel; sons; Blas (Ben) Gomez Jr., Albert Gomez, Roy Gomez, and Thomas Gomez; siblings, Enrique Gomez, Lupe Gomez, and Janie Barrera;  24 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.

Ruby Linda Odell

Aug 1, 1940 — Mar 2, 2022

Ruby Linda (Deere) Odell, 81, passed from this life Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Linda was born August 1, 1940, in Levelland, Texas to Joe Carl Deere and Monty A. (Marshall) Deere. She married Bob Odell November 28, 1957 at Cactus Drive Church of Christ in Levelland. Linda was also a charter member of Cactus Drive Church of Christ.  She was a lifelong resident of Levelland and graduated from Levelland High School in 1958. She retired from LISD in December of 1997, after serving many years as school secretary at South Elementary School and for the Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Linda enjoyed reading, journaling, and working in her yard.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2015; daughter, Staci Noles in 2021; granddaughter, Nora Williams in 2016; her parents; sisters, Carrol Allen and Teady Mann; sister-in-law, Lois O’Dell; and in-laws, Robert and Neva O’Dell.

 She is survived by her son, Barry (Meri Lyn) Odell of Canyon, Texas; son-in-law, David Noles of Levelland; grandchildren, Kevin (Diane) Noles of Midland, Kirk (Michaela) Noles of Lubbock, Kelly (Brittney) Noles of Lubbock, Kelsey (Casey) Williams of Amarillo and Derek (McKenzie) Odell of Canyon; great grandchildren, Stevi, Nixon, Pearson, Jeffery, Harvey and Liam; and brother-in-law, Frank O’Dell of Bakersfield, California.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 3, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Cactus Drive Church of Christ.

The family wishes to thank all those at Hickory Place in Levelland, Legacy at Town Square in Amarillo and Kindred Hospice for all the care and love shown to Linda.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to a favorite charity.

Petra Adame, was born on October 27th, 1960  in Corpus Christi, TX to Jose Luis and Maria Zuniga Adame.   She moved to Levelland in 2009 from Corpus Christi.   Petra, was blessed with five children.   Her hobbies was gambling, game rooms, bingo, buying things and flipping the item and making profit off of it, garage sales, spending time with all of her family and grandchildren.   She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Jose Luis and Maria Zuniga Adame (3) Brothers:  Joey, Tony, Nicholas

(3) Sisters:  Elvia, Yolanda, Lupe

Survivors:

Son:  Luis Adame of Levelland

Daughters:  Rosemary (Raul) Mejia, Maryann (Rene) Gonzalez, Maryjane Sanchez,  and Maria (Adam) Padilla all four of Levelland

Grandchildren:  17

Great grand:   2

Sisters:    Emma Zepeda,  Erma (Juan) Solano, Esmeralda Gonzalez, and Palmis Adame, all four of Levelland, Sulema Adame of Corpus Christi, TX

Brother:  Phillip Adame of Sacramento , California

Anrique Contreras Sanchez

Feb 13, 1964 — Feb 27, 2022

Anrique “Henry” Sanchez was a caring husband, dad, grandpa , brother and friend.  He left this world unexpectedly on February 27, 2022 at age 58. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 3, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Anrique was born, February 13, 1964, and raised in Levelland, Texas. He attended Job Corp and graduated with an apprentice electrician license in 1980 but he spent most of his working years in the oil field.

He met his ” Maria ” in April 2007 and married in July 20, 2013.  They spent their time together playing cards, dominoes, and going to the casinos.  He enjoyed playing sports, spending time with family and his pets Phoebe and Butkis, cheering on his grandkids from the stands, and watching his Cowboys play. 

Anrique was the life of the party, always being his fun, crazy loving self, but words and memories cannot describe the man Anrique was.  He was a man full of life and love.  He definitely left his mark on this world.  We will forever miss and cherish him in our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Encarnacion; sisters, Carol and Rosa; and brother, David.

Anrique is survived by his wife, Maria Sanchez; children, Natasha, Neimiah, Nadia and Nathan Sanchez, and Alejandra, Roy and Eli Garcia; siblings, Susan (Gilbert) Gonzales, Jesse (Irene) Sanchez, Janie (Arturo) Velez, Lisa (Angel) Zapata, and Tommy (Bertha) Sanchez; 25 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Calvert Ross Wright

Oct 16, 1952 — Feb 25, 2022

Calvert Ross Wright passed away on February 25, 2022 at the age of 69.  Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

Cal was an industrial insulator and proud member of the Heat and Frost Local 66 Union, where he also served as President for over a decade. He retired in 2014 and began his new full-time career as Pops—it was his favorite job and one at which he excelled. 

Cal was devoted to his family. His wife, daughters, and grandchildren were his greatest loves. Cal most enjoyed spending time with them, listening to and playing good music, and traveling—especially in the mountains of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Aubort and Valetta Wright; and sister Charolotte Clements.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Wright; daughters, Stacey Buchanan and husband Cameron Buchanan, Beth Davidson and husband Bret Davidson, Hollie Wright and fiancé Heath Ferguson, and Jodi Wright; granddaughters, Hallie and Belle Davidson; and grandsons, William Buchanan, Nicholas Buchanan, and River Davidson.

Pablo “Paulie” Lopez

August 2, 1943 ~ February 21, 2022 (age 78)

Pablo “Paulie” Lopez Sr., was born on August 2nd, 1943 in George West, TX  to the proud parents Francisco  Frank  and Petra Birdie Lopez.   Pablo, married the love of his life Margarita Lopez, on October 26th, 1966 in Three Rivers, TX.   He was a farmer and Rancher in his younger years then he became a State Geophysical Technician and Seismograph  for over 25yrs.  He also worked for Rinks Oil Co. in 2018 he retired after 32 years.   His hobbies were going to the Casino and traveling to Ruidoso, N.M. and to Leakey, TX to go hunting doves, deer hunting and taking his wife dancing, watching TV Westerns, Dallas Cowboys, Collecting Rocks, going to garage sales, Barbequing, Mechanic on his family members cars,  spending quality time making field trips to the planetarium with all his grandchildren and great grand children.

Proceeded in Death by:  His parents: Francisco “Frank” and Petra “Birdie” Valdez Lopez (5) Brothers: Joaquin Lopez, Frank Lopez, Manuel Lopez, Martin “Clemente Lopez  (2) Sisters:  Gudalupe Moody and Andrea Reyes    (2) Grandsons:  Nathan Victorino, and Stevie Rodriquez 

 (1) great Grand Daughter: Chloe Guillen

Survivors:

Spouse of 55 years:  Margarita Lopez of Levelland

Sons:  Pablo “ Paul” Jr. (Alicia) Lopez of Kerrville,  Mark Anthony (Connie) Lopez of San Antonio, and Joaquin Javier “J.J.” (Gretchyn) Lopez of New Braunfels

Daughters:   Sylvia Torres and Sandra (Ronnie) Hinson both of Levelland          

Grandchildren:  14    Great Grandchildren:  21

Sisters: Francisca Rodriguez  and Margarita Chapa both of George West, and Juanita Lopez of Houston

Refugia “CuCa” Villegas

July 4, 1950 ~ February 18, 2022 (age 71)

Ms. Rufugia “CuCa” , was born on July 4th, 1950 in Lulling, TX  to Jose & Elisa Perez Luna. She graduated from Smyer High School.  Cuca, was blessed with six children.   she moved to Morton in 1987 from Sundown.   She worked for Allsups Convenient Store for over 20 years in Morton as the General Mgr.   Her hobbies  were watching mystery movie and reading James Patterson and Daniel Steel novels. She loved playing games on her tablet and keeping a scrap book, listening to her Elvis music and George straight. She was member of  Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Lubbock for several years.

Proceeded in Death by:  Her parents:  Jose and Elisa Perez Luna   (1) Sister:  Josie Hernandez

   (1) Brother: Manuel Luna

Survivors:

Daughters:  Beverly Villegas of Lubbock and Sheila Villegas of Morton

Sons:  James Villegas of Morton, and Nicholas Villegas, Michael Villegas, and Pedro “Pete” Villegas IV. All three of Sundown.

Sister:   Anita (Bob) Little of Sundown

Grandchildren:  17    Great Grandchildren:  6

Donald Wayne Ray

Dec 15, 1936 — Feb 14, 2022

Donald “Don” Wayne Ray of Sundown formally of Rising Star, 85, passed from this life on February 14, 2022, in Levelland, TX. 

Don was born on December 15, 1936, in Stephenville, TX to Joseph Oscar Ray and Myrtle Abbie (Gentry) Ray. Don was the 5th of 7 children. He graduated from Lovington High in 1955, and worked for Texas Pacific Railroad after high school graduation. Don served in the US Navy from June 1957-1961. He married Charlotte Jean Clawson on July 13, 1963, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Don and Charlotte had two children, Randy Ray and Lori Taylor. Charlotte passed from this life on April 5, 2018. Don was blessed to marry his high school sweetheart, Joann Fisher (Morgan) on August 18, 2018. Don and Joann attended Sundown Church in Sundown.

He was proceeded in death by parents, his first wife Charlotte, 5 siblings, Dorothy Boone, Faye Ray, Joseph Ray Jr., Roy Ray and Richard Ray.

He is survived by his second wife Joann Ray. 1 sister, Peggy Butler and husband Curtis of Huckaby. 4 children, Randy Ray and wife Patricia of Midland. Lori Taylor and husband Brian of Memphis, TN. Diann Brister and husband George of Mansfield. Angie Vest and husband Russell of Levelland. 9 grandkids, Zachary Ray of Houston, Katie Ray of Chicago, IL, Troy Taylor and Fiancé Rachel Webb of Memphis TN, Zeke Taylor of Memphis TN, David Brister and wife Hiekii of Mansfield, Daniel Brister of Mansfield, Addie Bell of Cuero, Quintin Vest and wife Alisha of Lubbock, Kelsie Albus and husband Brandon of Littlefield. 10 Great Grandkids. Numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Lonny Steven Bilbrey

January 26, 1954 ~ February 11, 2022 (age 68)

Lonny Steven Bilbrey was born on January 26, 1954 in Lubbock, Texas to Glen and Iona (Lee) Bilbrey. He was a resident of Sundown, Texas and graduated from Sundown High School in 1972. 

Lonny attended South Plains College and then pursued a career as an electrician. He worked for Popejoy Electric, Kelly Coppage, and then Amoco, where he took an early retirement. After retirement, he began his second career as a community helper. 

Lonny had many different hobbies including: fishing, camping, playing frisbee and hackysack, and spending time out at The Farm. Lonny, or ‘Unc’ as many people knew him, was a friend to all, helped anyone who was in need, and always had a smile on his face. 

He passed from this life on February 11, 2022. He is survived by his mother, Iona Bilbrey of Sundown, his sisters, Glenda Bryant (John) of Cranfills Gap, and Lisa Green (Darrell) of Sundown, and many nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his father, William Glen Bilbrey and brother, William Larry Bilbrey. 

Larry David Sprowls

August 28, 1947 ~ February 12, 2022 (age 74)

Larry D. Sprowls, age 74, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022.

 A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15th at Krestridge Funeral Home in Levelland.

Larry was born on August 28, 1947 to Beverly Burton and Mary Sprowls in Seymour, TX. He is a graduate of Seymour High School. He proudly joined the Army in 1965 where he selflessly served in Vietnam and Korea. In early 1975, Larry met Susan White while living in Lubbock. They married and began their lives together in Levelland later the same year. He and Susan opened Headquarters where he worked as a talented master barber for about 20 years. During that time, he began his service to our community.  He served as a Levelland City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem for many years. He was elected as Hockley County Judge in 1995 where he was known for his compassion, fairness, kindness, and easy smile. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 2016. During retirement, his favorite days were spent camping with his beloved wife, shooting with the best of friends, and wrestling with Camden, his great-grandson and the apple of his eye.

He is preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Susan Sprowls; daughters, Tiffany (Tracy) Glover of Fort Collins, CO and Tammy Glover of Levelland, TX; son, Matt (Vonnie) Sprowls of Pagosa Springs, CO; 4 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Texas South Plains Honor Flight.

Mike Lopez

April 19, 1954 ~ February 8, 2022 (age 67)

Mike Lopez, Jr., of Whitharral, Texas passed from this life on February 8, 2022.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 10, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Friday, February 11, 2022, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. Burial will follow in Whitharral Cemetery.

Mike worked for Amoco and Altura production companies, as well as Larry Wade Farms. Mike loved BBQing for his family as well as watching his grandkids play sports. He also enjoyed watching his favorite teams, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys.

He was born April 19, 1954 in Amherst, Texas to Mike and Antonia Lopez.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rosa; daughters, Melissa (Alex) Cortez of Denton, TX and Veronica (Angel) Hernandez of Whitharral, TX; sons, Michael (Denise) Lopez of Lubbock, TX, Steven (Kim) Lopez , John (Brandi) Lopez all of Plains, TX, and Greg (Eevin) Cirilo of Phoenix, AZ; siblings, Alicia (Johnny) Castillo of Littlefield, TX, Frank Hernandez of Scottsbluff, NE, Benito Sr (Thelma) Lopez of Whitharral, TX, Albert (Christine) Lopez of Midland, TX, Irma (Benny) Barrera, Margie Lopez and Patricia (Jesse) Perez all of Levelland, TX; 11 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

Marilyn Sue (Barton) Dewbre

April 2, 1939 ~ February 4, 2022 (age 82)

Marilyn Sue (Barton) Dewbre, 82, of Lubbock passed from this life on February 4, 2022.  Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 12, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a visitation immediately following the service at Krestridge.

She was born April 2, 1939 in Levelland to Thomas Elmer and Rheba Cloteal Boyd Barton.  Marilyn graduated from Levelland High School in 1957, and West Texas State University in 1961.  She began her teaching career in Brownfield.  Marilyn also taught in Morton before teaching art at South Plains College in Levelland.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Barton; and husband, James Dewbre.

She is survived by her son, Chris Greener and wife Terri of Levelland; grandson, Tim Greener of Morton; and a multitude of beloved family, grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Traditions Health and Hospice, 4601 50th Street, Suite 109, Lubbock Texas 79414; or The Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Larry Dean Wheeler

May 21, 1948 ~ February 4, 2022 (age 73)

Larry Dean Wheeler, 73, of Levelland passed from this life on February 4, 2022. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.

He was born May 21, 1948 in Levelland to Cecil E. and Ethel Wheeler. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers; and an infant sister.

He is survived by his wife, Joetta; sons, Ted and Marty Wheeler; daughter, Rona (David) Romo; 2 step-children; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Melton Eugene Barry

March 15, 1930 ~ February 3, 2022 (age 91)

Gene Barry was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, brother, and friend. He left this world suddenly on February 3, 2022 at the age of 91.

He was born to Roena and U.O. Barry on March 15, 1930. After graduating from Sundown High School, he went to work in the oil field. Following that, he farmed for his father, and then for over 46 years he ran Gene’s Automotive in Sundown Texas. He married Joann, the love of his life, on December 13, 1949.

Gene‘s love for fishing, entertaining with his band, and teaching his Sunday school class, was trumped only by his love for his family. A Christian example for both his family and his community, he lead with love and compassion. He had a passionate love affair with food – most recently cooking for himself – always insisting he was not hungry, while devouring everything on his plate. His all-time favorite meal was fried catfish with red beans over chocolate cake for dessert – a tradition unique to this group of Barry’s.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife Joann, children Ronnie and Rusty, and nine siblings. He is survived by his sons Roy and Rick, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and one sibling, Mary Rose.

Lee Weldon Stephenson

October 15, 1934 ~ February 2, 2022 (age 87)

Lee Weldon Stephenson was born north of Mountain Peak, Ellis County, Texas, on October 15, 1934 to Douglas and Johnnie Mae (Brown) Stephenson. Five years later his sister Patsy Ruth was born. Because the years of his childhood were Depression years, the family moved often, living on the Henderson family farm near Venus, TX, in Ajo, AZ, in Ropesville, TX, and De Leon, TX. After graduation from Lubbock High School in 1953, he entered McMurry College in Abilene with the intention of entering the pastoral ministry of the Methodist Church. While there, he met Ruth Ann Rhodes, and they married in 1955; they had two daughters, Jennifer and Sigrid. He graduated from Howard Payne College in 1958 and entered Perkins Seminary, SMU, the following year. He graduated with an M. Div. in 1962 and was ordained. After serving churches in May, Zephyr, Big Spring, Anna, Thalia, Amarillo, New Deal and Dalhart, he earned a Master’s degree in English at West Texas State in Canyon. He began teaching English and philosophy at South Plains College in Levelland, in 1969, planning to teach for only one year before going back into the ministry, and when he retired in 2001, he joked that he had taught for 32 years, one year at a time. In 2003, he married Sandra Barnhill, also of the English department of SPC.

Lee Weldon Stephenson’s life was a life of ministry, whether in church, in school, or in the community. In addition to the churches he pastored, once he moved to Levelland, he preached in a number of area churches and continued his work as a pastoral counselor. In addition, he performed weddings, baptisms, and funerals for family and friends, always with grace. After he retired from SPC, he was blessed to serve the Lutheran churches  in Levelland and Littlefield. At South Plains College, he touched the lives of innumerable students, teaching not only writing, literature, and philosophy, his assigned subjects, but also opening his students’ minds to life and the important issues of life. Years after leaving his classroom, students still speak of how he changed their lives. As a result, he was voted Phi Theta Kappa Teacher of the Month so many times that finally he was eliminated from eligibility. At SPC he read the names of the graduates each year at commencement, and each year he spoke on ethics to the incoming faculty, helping to set the tone for their commitment to their students. He wrote the lyrics for the school song and the statement of purpose for the college. He made many contributions to the community, from reading the words for spelling bees to emceeing the annual awards banquet at the Senior Citizens’ Center to making speeches and presentations whenever and wherever he was asked. He was selected as Levelland Citizen of the Year in 1988. He will be remembered for his lively sense of humor, his commitment to his students and to education, his passion for life, his love of his family, and his desire to be “God’s man.”

He is survived and mourned by his wife, Sandra, Levelland, his daughters Jennifer Stephenson of Levelland, and Sigrid Chavez and her husband Gerald, of Corrales, NM, grandson Austin Crawley and his wife Elaine and their children Bryson and Kanyon, of Temple, TX, grandson Karsten Neustifter, in Thailand, and cousins, niece, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephew. Extended family includes  Elizabeth Barnhill and her husband James Hagan and their children Cora and Conor of Coppell, TX, and Alison Barnhill, of Dallas, TX. He is pre-deceased by his father, mother, sister,  and  great-grandson, Kaleb Crawley.

“Oh, who will come and go with me, we are bound for the promised land.”

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Christ United Methodist Church in Levelland.

Ines Castillo

September 20, 1929 ~ February 7, 2022 (age 92)

Ines Riojas., was born on September 20th, 1929  in Fronton, TX to  Camilo  and Rosario H. Riojas.   She married Eduardo Gonzalez Castillo Sr. , on April 7th, 1952 in Roma,TX and they were blessed with 12 children from this union.  Ines, was a homemaker and an excellent cook, loved taking care of all her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed listening  to Vicente Fernandez Music Spanish and dancing, gardening, liked watching her Novelas soap operas on television, crocheting and sewing,  taking trips and traveling with her husband  to go visit family.   A life time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Camilo and Rosario Hernandez Riojas  Spouse  68 years of Marriage:  Eduardo  Gonzalez Castillo  (2) Sons:  Leoneal Castillo and Daniel Castillo    (2) Brothers:  Efrain Riojas and Nicolas Riojas

Survivors:

Sons:  Eugenio (Virginia) Castillo and Eulojio (Theradora) Castillo both of Levelland, and Eduardo Jr. (Trish) Castillo of Lake Charles , Louisiana

Daughters:   Esmeralda (Guadalupe) Almager, Anjelica (David) Fragoso, Guadalupe (Benito) Romo, and Francisca (Jack ) Smith all four of Levelland  and Rosario (Roman) Velardez of Ashtabula,Ohio, Rosabel (David Vela) Castillo of Andrews, and Criselda Castillo of Lubbock

Grandchildren:    30   Great: 54   Great Great: 3

Host of Nephews and Nieces

Billie (Lynn) Lee

June 24, 1957 ~ February 6, 2022 (age 64)

Billie Lee ,  was a fun loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. On her spare time she loved to spoil her three dogs and her grandson Ryder  that she was very close with. She loved to watch tv shows like Maury with her granddaughter. She loved to go shopping and had a green thumb. Billie could really make people smile and laugh when it counted  and was sassy as could be. She left imprints on the hearts of people she loved that will last a life time.

Survivors:

Daughters:   Melissa (Tony) Garza of Sundown and Candice (Joe) Crawford of Weatherford, TX

Sister:  Kandy Gilbert of Dallas, TX

Grandchildren:  (7) Katelynn, Hunter, Ryder,  Stella, Leo,  Rhett,  Braiden

Vonnie Christine (Yancey) Hoover

December 25, 1927 ~ February 1, 2022 (age 94)

Vonnie Christine Hoover, 94, of Levelland and Highland Haven, Texas, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2022. Chris was born on Christmas day in 1927 to Louis and Annie Mae Yancey in Hollis, Oklahoma.  She grew up on a farm and was accustomed to the hardship and labor of dryland farming in Oklahoma. She and her siblings assisted their widowed mother in taking care of their crops and livestock.  Chris graduated from Westview High School as the Valedictorian of her class and excelled in basketball and volleyball. Chris’s first job was as a bookkeeper at the Hollis International Harvester dealer. She met and fell in love with her forever best friend, Sam T. Hoover. They were married in 1948, but only after Sam promised Chris that she would not have to milk a cow again. The couple farmed in Childress County and moved to Levelland in 1952. Sam and Chris were active members of the First Baptist church, supported the local 4-H and FFA organizations, Lobo sports and the Hockley County Livestock Shows. Chris was active in the Women’s Home Demonstration Club; she was a talented seamstress, an accomplished pastry chef, an excellent bowler and volleyball player. Sam and Chris were named Hockley County’s Farm Family of the Year in 1962.

   The couple retired from farming in 1979 and moved to Highland Haven on Lake LBJ. They were active members of First Baptist Church in Kingsland. Chris loved to sing in the choir and her sewing talents were put to use making and altering costumes for the church’s Easter and Christmas pageants. She also sewed and made alterations for Madlyn’s in Marble Falls. She had an extensive list of customers that she sewed for and enjoyed the Ladies Quilting group in Highland Haven. Chris spent over 20 years with the Weight Watchers Organization. Chris and Sam enjoyed life on Lake LBJ; fishing and entertaining friends and family at their comfortable lake home. The couple hosted countless competitive games of 42, Sequence, Bunco and Skip-bo, just to name a few.  The grandchildren were always eager to go to grand mommy’s house because they could count on all kinds of cookies, cakes, rice crispy treats and Sam’s famous fried catfish. When Sam’s health started to decline, Chris became his loving, constant caregiver. Sam passed away one month after their 60 year wedding anniversary. Chris continued to live in Highland Haven for three more years. In 2011, she decided to move back to Levelland to be near her daughter. She lived at Hickory House for a short time and then moved to Levelland Nursing Home as a result of a serious fall. She was the “social-butterfly” at LNH, always eager to participate in group games and welcome new residents. Chris was wonderful Christian lady who was devoted and supportive of her family and friends.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, two sisters, Sam and granddaughter, Christie Devitt. She is survived by son Randy Hoover and wife Beverly of Dripping Springs; daughter Reisie Truelock of Levelland; three grandchildren, Cory Truelock and wife Laura of Lubbock; Brandon Hoover and wife Stacy of Bellville; Brittany Staggs and husband Micah of Lake Jackson; family friend Brent Devitt of Lubbock; seven great-grandchildren, Caly and Cason Truelock, Conner and Laney Devitt, Aiden and Zane Hoover and Luke Staggs.

Aubrey Leo Roberson

July 8, 1946 ~ February 1, 2022 (age 75)

The family of Aubrey “Leo” Roberson is saddened to announce his passing on February 1, 2022 at the age of 75.  He passed away at Lubbock Heart Hospital surrounded by his loved ones.

Leo was born July 8, 1946 in Lamesa, Texas to Aubrey and Connie Cottrell.  He later moved to Levelland where he worked in the oilfield for many years.

He is survived by Wanda Roberson; son, Mike Roberson and wife Alma of Lake Whitney; daughter, Kayla Magana and husband Ricky of Levelland; grandchildren, Kash, Mason, Ebonie, Kayley, Maycey, Destine, Dulce, Cesar and Frankie; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Connie Jo and Sue; and brother, Jerry Dan.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Park Drive Baptist Church

Carlos Delgado Sr.

November 4, 1934 ~ January 28, 2022 (age 87)

Carlos Delgado Sr, was born on Sunday November 4th, 1934 in Bishop, TX to Francisco and Manuela Delgado.    He was blessed with 15 children.  He worked for a pulling Units and an operator for Pioneer Well Service, and D.C. Well Service, and Sundown and Robco Well Services, and Snyder for WellCo  Well Services, also migrated to different states during the vegetable and fruit harvest season , onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and cherries, and also agricultural during the Cotton harvest season here in Texas.   He loved reading his bible before going to bed.   Enjoyed quiet time by himself at Brasher Lake Just watching the ducks and listening to Christen Spanish Music and he would write his own music and loved family gatherings and special occasions.   Carlos Sr., was a loving father and grandfather. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Francisco  & Manuela Lumbreras Delgado  

Spouse:  Betsy  Dominguez Delgado

Son:  Joe “Jose “ Martinez  

 Daughter:  Maria Martinez

Sisters:   Elva Delgado, Melinda Delgado, Gracie Delgado

Brothers:  Frank Delgado, Fortino Delgado, Enrique  Delgado, Mario Delgado

Survivors:

Daughters:   Irene Bejarano, Julia Martinez, and Irma Martinez all three of Levelland, Dorothy Orasco  of Odem, Tx,  Betty J. Delgado of Lubbock, and Elva Martinez of Texas City, TX

Sons: Carlos Delgado Jr. , Raymond Delgado, Mando Delgado and Manuel Martinez all four of Levelland, Cornelio Delgado of Littlefield, and Rene Delgado and Johnny Martinez both of Midland.

Sisters:  Ernestina Delgado of Gregory, and Maria Delgado of Victoria, TX

A Host of Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

Gilbert B. Campos, Sr.

September 21, 1946 ~ January 24, 2022 (age 75)

Gilbert B. Campos, Sr., 75, of Levelland passed from this life on January 24, 2022.  Visitation will be held Thursday, January 27, 2022, and Friday, January 28, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in Peaceful Gardens in Woodrow.

He was born in Natalia, Texas on September 21, 1946 to Alejandro and Velia Campos.  Gilbert worked for Pioneer Well Service, N-L Well Service, Sundown Well Service, Well-Co Well Service, Key Well Service and Basic Well Service before retiring after 45 years in the oilfield.

Gilbert enjoyed watching cowboy movies, playing bingo, tinkering outdoors, family meals and phone calls to his kids.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alejandro Campos, Sr.; mother, Velia B. Campos; sister, Erestine Torrez; brothers, Ramiro Campos, Jesse Campos, Henry Campos, Frank Campos, Alejandro Campos, and Armando Campos; and grandson, Aaron Corrales.

Gilbert is survived by his wife, Gloria Campos; children, Gilbert (Alma) Campos, Jr. of Levelland, LeRoy (Rosie) Campos, Sr. of Levelland, Sandy (Ronny) Prado of Levelland, Rodney Campos of Lubbock, Sophie Ramirez of Lubbock, A.J. (Sarah) Campos of Levelland, Adrian Dominic Chavez of Austin and Steven Duran III of Levelland; his “swamper” of all time, Terri Duncan; siblings, Jose (Elvia) Campos of Lubbock, Erma (Freddy) Acosta of Lubbock, Gloria (Eddie) Elias of Lubbock and Olga Campos; 26 grandchildren; and 51 great grandchildren.

Genatte Gonzales

March 25, 1977 ~ January 26, 2022 (age 44)

Genatte, was born on March 25th, 1977 in Buda, Tx to Alfredo Jr. & Estella C. Gonzales in Buda, TX.   She graduated from Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Tx in 1994.   Genatte, was blessed with two children and moved to Levelland in 2003 from Buda,TX.   She received her Child Development  certification and worked for Little Tyke Learning and child Care center  for over 6 years and also worked for the Levelland Development Center caring for the special needs  for over 3 years.   Her hobbies was dancing, and she was known for her excellent cooking and eating variety of foods, she  liked riding on Spartan Transportation to her appointments ,  Loved family gatherings  and special occasions.  Her passion in life was her children.   She was a member of Santa Cruz Catholic Church of Buda, TX  and St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Levelland. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Father:   Alfredo Gonzales Jr.  (1) Brother:  Baby Alfredo Gonzales III.

Survivors:

Mother:   Mrs. Estella C. Gonzales of Levelland

Daughter:  Lauren Renée Johnson  of Levelland

Son:  Jacob Alfredo Gonzales of Levelland

Sister:  Geneva Gonzales ( David Sr.) Reyna of Levelland

Brothers:   Manuel Chavarria Gonzales of Austin and Matthew C. (Yurivia) Gonzales of Ft. Worth, TX

Host of Nephews and Nieces

Juan D. Cortez, Sr.

January 27, 1939 ~ January 21, 2022 (age 82)

Juan D. Cortez, Sr., 82, of Sundown passed from this life on January 21, 2022.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 24, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Sundown Cemetery.

He was born January 27, 1939 in San Benito, Texas to Daniel and Maria Guadalupe Cortez. 

Juan was preceded in death by his dear wife, Minnie; daughter, Maggy; parents, Daniel and Maria Guadalupe Cortez; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters.

He is survived by his children, Daena (Robert) Saucedo, Marlene (Ramon) Cirilo, Myra (Tino) Chapa, Margot (Rick) Cabrera, Mary Lynn (Hector) Guerrero, and John (Lucinda) Cortez, Jr.; brother, Daniel Cortez, Jr.; 14 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren with one on the way; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Lana Mae (Wilson) Austin

February 21, 1942 ~ January 21, 2022 (age 79)

Lana Mae Austin was a caring mother, grandmother and great- grandmother. She left this world on January 21, 2022, at the age of 79.

She was born to Bill and Nancy Catherine Wilson on February 22, 1942, in Stanton, Texas.

 In 1972, Lana married the love of her life Russell Andrew Austin in Midland, Texas. Lana and Russell went on to have 3 children, Andrew (Andy) Walter Austin, Gene Syrian Austin, and Deana Catherine Salazar. She was loved by her many grandchildren and great- grandchildren, which include Anthony Melvin Austin, Zackary Taylor Salazar, Joshua Lee Salazar, Ashley Dawn Austin, Russell Walter Salazar, Clayton Syrian Austin, Melody Catherine Austin, Lindsey Marie Austin and two great – grandchildren Ismael and Hunter Austin.

In 2002, Lana retired from Levelland I.S.D. and spent her time with her family. She predeceased by Husband Russell and parents Bill and Nancy Wilson. She is survived by her sisters Billie Fulcher, Mary Mcfarland, and Annie Feuer.

Gloria A. (Alcozer) Franco

April 17, 1949 ~ January 21, 2022 (age 72)

Gloria Franco, 72, of Levelland, passed from this life, Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Visitation will be Monday, January 24, 2022 from 6-8 PM at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00PM Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Gloria was born April 17, 1949 in Brownsville, Texas. She worked for LISD as a custodian for 30 years. She loved her family and she enjoyed gardening. Gloria also loved music and dancing and playing Dominos.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pedro Franco, Sons Jesus “Chuy” Ramos and Tito Ramos.

She is survived by her children, Daniel Ramos, Cirildo Ramos, Jr., Isaac Ramos, Jaime Ramos, Lupe Ramos, Martha Ramos and 15 grandchildren.

Quincy Dwain Brown

March 8, 1962 ~ January 18, 2022 (age 59)

Quincy, was born March 8th, 1962 in Lubbock to David & Sue Adams Flowers.  He married the love of his life Julie S pence on April 7th, 1999 in Lubbock and they had eight children from this union. He worked for Ralls High School and Texas Tech Police Department for  15 years and for TDCJ for over 5 years.    He enjoyed painting, going to stock shows, smoking his cigars, riding horses, spending quality time with his family, cruising around town and liked visiting with all of his neighbors and friends in Smyer.  “ He never met a stranger”. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Father:   David Flowers

Survivors:

Spouse of 22 years of marriage:  Julie Spence Brown of Smyer

Mother:   Sue Adams Flowers of Lubbock

Sons:  Chance (Winter) Brown of Kermit, and Jordan (Savannah) Brown of Lubbock, Jay Brown , Austin (Isaiah) Brown  and Vonte Brown all three of Smyer

Daughters:   Marinda (Mago) Ramirez of Levelland, and Lexi Brown and Caris Brown both of Smyer

Grandchildren:   Paul,  Anthony, Taylor, Devin, Aaliyah, Jaeton, Paisley

Sisters:  (3) Barbara Howard, Angie Smith, and Scharlotte Florwers all three of Lubbock

Brothers:  Bobby (Gwyen) Adams of Grand prairie, Johnny (Angela) Flowers of Dallas, and Michael Flowers of Amarillo

Ronald “Ronnie” Meadow Brown

October 5, 1937 ~ January 15, 2022 (age 84)

Ronald “Ronnie” M. Brown, 84, of Levelland passed from this life on January 16, 2022.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, January 21, 2022, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 22, 2022, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born October 5, 1937 in Hockley County to Meadow and Opal Brown.  Ronnie married Jane Brown in 1992.

Ronnie began working at Pate, Downs and Pinkerton as an accountant in 1967 and remained there until the time of his death.  He was a member of Church on the Rock in Lubbock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Meadow and Opal Brown; brother, Rolland; and granddaughter, Alex.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Jane Brown of Levelland; sons, Johnny Mac Brown and wife Jeanne of Brownfield and Randy Brown and wife Andrea of Alvord; daughter, Susan Salvato of Amarillo; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

In lieu of floral tributes, please join the family in making a memorial contribution to the Lubbock Dream Center, 1111 30th St., Lubbock, Texas 79411, in Ronnie’s memory.

Irene Gomez Gumula

January 10, 1958 ~ January 14, 2022 (age 64)

Irene Gomez, was born on January 10th, 1958  in Levelland to Guadalupe Marquez and Angelita Chavarria Gomez. Irene, graduated from Levelland High School in her younger years and continued her education at South Plains College and also took a course in dancing there.  She married the love of her life on April 13th, 2007 in Levelland they shared four sons from this union.   She enjoyed doing Arts & Craft shows as a vendor with her husband Alex where they would create a variety of beautiful items , and also enjoyed going to the Casinos, loved spending time with her grandchildren,  she was quit the pro-softball player, bowler, and seamstress, and dancer.    She was a life time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Guadalupe Marquez and Angelita Chavarria Gomez

Survivors:

Spouse of 14 years:   Alex Gumula of Levelland

Sons:  Gabriel Guerra, Brandon Gumula, and  Halston Gumula all three of Lubbock, and Rob Guerra of Denton

Brothers:  Richard (Irene) Gomez, and Fred (Corrie) Gomez both of Levelland, and Oscar (Tammy) Gomez of Dallas

Sister:  Nora (Daniel) Contreras of Levelland

Grandchildren:  (4)   Camilla Guerra, Leo Guerra, Cameron Guerra, Colby Guerra

Jose Antonio Marquez

January 26, 1936 ~ January 12, 2022 (age 85)

Jose Antonio Marquez Palacios, was born on January 26th, 1936 in Santa Rosa, Chih, Chih, Mexico to Manuel and Maria Luisa  Marquez. He married the love of his life Benigna Jaquez, on April 18th, 1961, in Santa Rosa, Chih, Mexico and they had 8 children from union.   Jose and his wife moved to Levelland in 1989 from Chihuahua, Chih, MX where they have settled and raised their family.  He was a welder, work at farming and worked for over 25 years for Capital Steel Scrap Metals and Irons industry in Levelland.  He loves traveling to Mexico to visit his family and friends, and his only living brother Benito, he enjoyed going to La Plaza Merino on the Centro of Chihuahua to meet with his long time friends, they’ll seat on a bench and talk for a long time and walk around town. He was a hard working  man who never wanted to quit. He enjoyed Working hard at the Steel Company.  During the weekends he will go back and forth to town, he will go eat at La taqueria to meet with his friends and expend time at Walmart seating at the bench with friends.  He always liked telling jokes, funny stories, and had everyone smiling, and laughing. He was a generous man that  loves to help his familly. He was a very loving father and grandfather he shall be greatly missed by his family and friends.   

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Manuel & Maria Luisa palacios Marquez and Granddaughter: Yaretzi Samantha Marquez

(7) Brothers: Filiberto, Ramon, Luis, Eliaz, Bartolo, Isabel, and Melito Marquez,

(2) Sisters:  Concha and Juanita Marquez

Survivors:

Spouse of 61 years:   Benigna Jaquez De Marquez of Levelland

Daughters:   Judith (Mickey) Michaels, Aivilli (Carlo) Carrillo, and Yadira Marquez (Jose Catano) all three of Levelland

Sons: Jorge (Aracely) Marquez of Chihuahua, MX, Rudy (Patricia) Marquez and Omar (Brisa) Marquez both of Levelland, Hugo (Laura) Marquez and Damian (Ruby) Marquez both of Lubbock

Brother:   Benito (Alma Rosa) Marquez of Chih, MX

Nephew:   Alfredo (Atchalia) Marquez of Levelland

21 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren.

Deanie (Elkins) Wood

June 1, 1925 ~ January 12, 2022 (age 96)

Deanie was born June 1, 1925 in Dickens County to Walter and Belle Elkins. She enjoyed sewing, painting, and working in her beauty shop.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with family. Deanie was a member of the Church of Christ in Smyer

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Oddis Lee Berry and Douglas Wood; son, Jim Berry; grandsons, Stephen Berry and Nick Hanks; brothers, Jake and Richard Elkins; and sister, Wanda Wood

Deanie is survived by sons, Brent Berry, Ronnie Berry and Lynn Berry; daughter, Gail Berry Andrews; and multiple grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Debra Lou (Barnes) Prudente

February 6, 1966 ~ January 8, 2022 (age 55)

Historical: Debra, was born on February 6th, 1966to Earl E. and Mamie L. Williams Barnes in Dallas. She graduated from Denver City High School in 1973.  She worked for Uncles Convince Store for over 5 years.  She married Alberto Prudente , on September 22nd, 2007 in Denver City and they shared two daughters from this union.   Her hobbies were playing with her puppies, and listening to her Spanish music by Espinoza Pace.  She liked to cook Mexican food for her husband AKA “DAD”.   She enjoyed talking over the phone with her cousin Shellie and Melinda and a variety of other friends.  

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Earl E. and Mamie L. Williams Barnes Step Father: Chapley L. Sellers     

Brother:  Marvin Eugene Barnes

Survivors:

Spouse of 14 years:   Alberto Prudente of Denver City

Daughters:   Adriana Prudente and Joana Prudente of Mexico

Little Brother: Melvin Kelly of Denver City

Cousin: Shelli (Rhea Don) Wingo of Denver City,

Best Friends: Melinda (Adolfo) Lopez of Seminole

Close Friend: Melissa Beatley & Son Jordan Cruz of dcpress@midtech.netAbilene

A Host of Nephew and Nieces

Juanita Conrada Celeste Haley

March 13, 1986 ~ December 30, 2021 (age 35)

Parents: Pablo Salas and Susan Garcia

Historical: Juanita Salas,was born onMarch 13th, 1986, in Lubbock, Tx to Pablo Salas and Susan Garcia. She married the love of her life Eugene Levi Haley on April 7th, 2018 in Sundown and they shared two daughters from this union. Juanita, worked for VXI as a customer Service Representative in the call Center in Lubbock.  Her hobbies were cooking, taking care of feeding all her children, Loved God and enjoyed reading her bible daily and listening to Pastor Joe Olstein, listening to her Christian music on the radio, going shopping with her spouse and girls, going out to eat and watching her Golden Girls, I dream of Jeannie, Bones, Big Bang, Mike and Moley and loved roses. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Grandparents:  Conrada Garcia and Juan Jose Garcia

Survivors: Spouse of 3 years: Eugene Levi Haley of Lubbock

Parents: Pablo Salas of Eunice, N.M. and Susan Garcia of Sundown

Daughters:  Faith Nicole Davila and Anika Davila both of Brownfield

Sisters: Rosa Medrano, and Amy Salas both of Lubbock and Rosario Salas of Eunice, N.M.

Brother: Pedro Pablo Salas of Eunice, N.M.

Host of Nephews and Nieces

Thomas Herrera Tienda

May 10, 1967 ~ December 28, 2021 (age 54)

Thomas Herrera Tienda, 54, of Levelland passed from this life on December 28, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with a Rosary being held at 6:00 on Sunday, January 2, 2022,  at Krestridge Funeral Home.

Thomas, a lifelong resident of Levelland and member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, was born May 10, 1967 to Nicolas and Marie Tienda.  He grew up working in the family business, Tienda’s Tortilla Factory.

He loved doing yard work and drawing.  Thomas had a huge heart, enjoyed and always helped others out, including the elderly with minor repairs and yard work. 

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Nicolas and Marie Tienda; brother, Edward Tienda; sister-in-law, Kimberly Tienda; and grandparents, Nicolas and Sara Tienda and Antonio and Francisca Herrera.

He is survived by daughter, Diamond Marie Tienda of Lubbock; son, Thomas Edward Tienda of Levelland; sister, Angela Tienda Catt and husband Brian of Levelland; grandchildren, Ruby Ann Marie Tienda, Guadalupe Tienda and Maxamillion Claudio DeLosSantos; nieces, Tiffany (Joe) Tienda of Lubbock, Angelica (Anthony) LeCroy of Levelland and Acileana Catt of Levelland; nephews, Edward James Tienda of Lubbock, Gary Grant, Jr. of Levelland, Michael Grant of Levelland, Nicholas (Sofia) Grant of Levelland and Jacky Catt of Levelland; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Thomas was greatly loved and will be missed immensely.

Edward Pesqueda

November 26, 1984 ~ January 4, 2022 (age 37)

Historical:Edward ,was born November 26th, 1984 to Gilbert and Leticia Pesqueda in Lubbock.  He graduated from Levelland High School in 2003.   He worked for Smith South Plains Ford, Durrett’s extreme accessories Tinting, and Brent’s Tinting &Off Road of Levelland for several years. Hobbies were tinkering with vehicles, liked driving fast and racing his mustang and going to car shows. Watching variety of sports on television, he would talk on the phone with his two brothers daily and would have gathering at Grandma’s house eating Barbequing on Sundays. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Grandmother:   Maria Esther Dominguez on Oct 2021

Survivors:

Parents:  Gilbert (Lillie) Pesqueda and Leticia Pesqueda (Pedro Luna)

Daughter:   Jasmine Marie Pesqueda of Lubbock

Brothers: Paul Pesqueda, Jacob (Priscilla) Pesqueda, Josh (Savannah) Diaz, and Isaac (Allie) Diaz all four of Levelland

Sisters: Rachel Diaz and Jennifer Diaz both of Levelland and Veronica (Kelton) Beard, of Greenwood.

Grandparents: Andres & Janie Pesqueda and Tomas Camacho all three of Levelland

Gage Garza

June 13, 1992 ~ December 27, 2021 (age 29)

Gage Garza, 29, of Levelland passed from this life Monday, December 27, 2021.

Gage was born to Freddy and Patricia Garza on June 13, 1992 in Lubbock, Texas. Gage enjoyed hunting and collecting guns and knives and BBQing with friends and family. He also loved coaching his boys. Gage enjoyed working on pump jacks throughout West Texas. He was a member of Hillside Christian Church and enjoyed his role as a youth volunteer at church. He also enjoyed gaming and making new friends by gaming online.

He was preceded in death by, his brother, Nicholas Garza, paternal grandmother, Marylou Garza, paternal grandfather, Rudy Garza, maternal grandfather, Jose Galindo, cousin, Daniel De La Rosa and paternal uncle, Andy Garza.

Gage is survived by; his wife, Kristen Garza, sons, Braxton Bray, Nicholas Joe Garza, Bennett James Garza, sister, Brianna Nicole Garza, and his parents, Freddy and Patricia Garza.

Robert Edwin Burns, Jr.

May 15, 1961 ~ December 27, 2021 (age 60)

Robert Edwin Burns Jr., age 60, passed away Monday, December 27, 2021. He was born May 15, 1961 in Tulia, TX to Robert Edwin Burns Sr and Lila Belle Warren Burns. He was a graduate of Southwestern Assembly of God University (B.S in Church Ministry), Lubbock Christian University (Master in Theology), Southwestern Assembly of God University (Master of Divinity), and was working on his Doctorate in Ministry from Global University. Robert considered himself a lifelong learner and student of the Word.

Robert received his Assembly of God credentials in 1980, and had been in full-time ministry for 41 years. During that time he served 8 churches in both North Texas and West Texas. His senior pastorates include: Assembly of God in Johnson City, TX, First Assembly of God in Slaton, TX, Assembly of God in Clarendon, TX, Maranatha Assembly of God in Andrews, TX, First Assembly of God, Levelland, TX, and was currently serving at Living Water Fellowship Assembly of God in Whiteface, TX. Additionally, Robert served as district presbyter in the South Plains section, West Texas district for numerous years. Robert considered these churches to be his greatest accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by his father Robert Edwin Burns Sr. and mother Lila Belle Warren Burns; as well as his numerous other beloved family members.

He is survived by his college sweetheart and the love of his life, Kaylene Fields Burns, his wife of 41 years. He is also survived by his children, whom he called his “treasures” Amanda and husband Aaron Manuel of Blanchard, OK, Karolyn and husband Justin Brown of Floydada, TX, Robert Andrew and wife Rachel Burns of Benton, AR, and honorary adopted children Cole and wife Katie Flikemma. Additionally, he is survived by grandchildren, Annalise and Adam Manuel, Sophia, Malcolm, and Simon Brown, Maggie, Robbie, and Eleanor Burns, and Warren Flikkema; as well as numerous other siblings, nieces and nephews.

Domingo Pena, Jr.

December 11, 1984 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 37)

Domingo Pena, Jr., 37, of Levelland passed from this life on December 26, 2021.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 3, 2022, at South Plains Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born December 11, 1984 in Bartow, Florida to Domingo and America Pena.  Domingo was a single father to his daughter and enjoyed spending weekends with her.  Mina was his pride and joy.

Domingo is survived by his daughter, Mina Pena; parents, Domingo and America Pena; siblings, Raul Pena, Leroy Pena and Esmeralda Medrano and husband Michael; and nephews, Miguel Medrano, Moises Medrano, Nikolas Medrano and Nomar Medrano.

Alberto Abete

July 5, 1947 ~ December 27, 2021 (age 74)

Alberto Jr.,was born onJuly 5th, 1947 to Alberto Sr. and Dolores Ruiz Abete in San Antonio, TX.He married Andrea Mendez, on April 10th, 1967, in Littlefield and they had one son from this union.Alberto moved to Littlefield then Abilene then relocated to Levelland in 2007.   He worked for several years as a farmer for Dolle Farm’s and for B. J. Kenndy.  His hobbies and joy in life were reading his bible, ministering, watching the Dallas Cowboys on TV, spending time with his family, and he liked to go fishing with his son when he was younger. 

Proceeded in Death by:  Parents:  Alberto Sr. and Dolores Ruiz Abete, (1) Son: Albert Anthony Abete

Parents:  Alberto Sr. & Dolores Ruiz Abete

Survivors:

Spouse of 54 years:  Andrea Abete of Levelland

Grandson: Anthony James Abete of Kansas

Granddaughter:   Courtney Abete of Kansas

Sisters: (5) Dolores Garcia of El Paso, Celia Abete of Kerrville, Elena Vela of Dallas, Juanita Sanchez of
Albuquerque, N.M. , and Maria Alvarez of Austin

Brother: Ruben Abete of Houston

Jose Salcedo

December 16, 2008 ~ December 24, 2021 (age 13)

Jose Alfredo Salcedo, was born on December 16th, 2008 in Levelland as a miracle child to Yonny and Leticia Sandoval.He attended ABC School in Levelland.  Jose, moved back to Levelland in 2019 from Shreveport, TX.   His hobbies were to watch TV, video games, playing with his sisters giggling and laughing, enjoyed playing with the curtains admiring the designs on them, he was fascinated with peoples toes when they would wear sandals or flip flops.  He would attend church at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with his parents or his grandmother occasionally. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Survivors:

Parents: Yonny and Leticia Sandoval Salcedo of Levelland

Sisters: Yesenia Price of Lubbock, Monica Price, Verity Salcedo, Nevaeh Salcedo, and Zevaeh Salcedo, all four of Levelland.

Grandmothers:  Elizabeth Gonzalez, Maria Rodriguez, and Beatrice Villegas all three of Levelland

Grandfathers: Armando Salcedo of Mexico, and Armando Sandoval of Snyder

Martin Salinas Ramirez

July 23, 1973 ~ December 24, 2021

Martin Ramirez was born 7/23/ 1973. He was born to Margarito Ramirez and Antonia Salinas Ramirez. He owned and operated Ramirez Stucco Company. Martin enjoyed drawing and making book markers for people. He would decorate cement steps with military branches names on them. His hobbies were drawing, making cement steps and ramps for veterans with the branch of service they served as a gift.  He enjoyed Netflix sports All American Last Chance baseball, Favorite Baseball team Tampa Bay Rays, He would make leather shields for knifes, enjoyed Barbequing outdoors for his family on the grill.

Proceeded in Death by:

Father:  Margarito Ramirez Jr.   (1) Brother: Pedro Gomez

Survivors:

Mother:   Antonia Salinas Ramirez in Lubbock

Daughters:  Michaela Ramirez of Lubbock, and Gabriela Ramirez of Clovis, N.M.

Sons:   Martiliano Ramirez of Germany,  Izaiah Ramirez and Jacob Ramirez both of Clovis, N.M.

Grandchildren:  2

Brothers:  Fidencio (Vinnie) Gomez of Lubbock, and Margarito Ramirez III. of Levelland

Susie Vargas Garcia

February 29, 1960 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 61)

Historical:  Susie Vargas, was born to Manuel and San Juanita Valdez Vargas in Cameron, TX on February 29th, 1960.  Susie moved from Austin to Levelland in 1992.   She was a CNA, and Rehab Mgr. at Lynwood Manor Nursing home and Rehabilitation Center of Levelland for 15 years and she also worked for Levelland Nusing Home for ten years.   Susie, married Santos Garcia on July 7th, 2001 in Levelland. 

Susie, was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church for several years.   Her passion in life was spending  quality time with all of her children and grandchildren, she enjoyed working on her rose bushes on the outside of her home , drinking her daily cold Dr. Pepper, and always taking care of others and putting everyone’s needs  before herself.   Always smiling, quiet, loving and sweet lady to everyone she’d meet.

Proceeded in Death by: Parents:  Manuel and San Juanita Valdez Vargas,  (2) Daughters:   Janie Bindseil, and Natalie Cisneros   (1) Son: Robert Cisneros  (1) Sister:   Sylvia Perez   (1) Brother: Roy Vargas

Survivors:

Spouse of 20 years:  Santos Garcia of Levelland

Daughters: Angie Cisneros and Erica Garcia both of Levelland

Sons: Manuel Cruz of North Carolina, Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Osbaldo Gonzalez, and Jerry Gonzalez all three of Levelland

Grandchildren:  A Host of Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren

Sisters:  Diana Vargas of Lubbock, and Isabel Gauna of Uvalde, TX

Brothers:   Jesse Vargas and Manuel Vargas both of Levelland, and Alex Vargas of Ballinger, TX

Ruth Ann Stephenson

May 20, 1935 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 86)

Ruth Ann Stephenson passed from this life, surrounded by her daughters at her home, on December 20, 2021.

She was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 20, 1935 to Ferd Brady (F.B.) and Ruth Elizabeth Rhodes.  Ruth Ann was an only child. Her family later moved to Midland, Texas where Ruth Ann attended school and where she graduated from Midland High School.  She remained a proud Bulldog throughout her life and even organized the 50th reunion for her graduating class years later.

Ruth Ann continued her education at McMurry College in Abilene and was a member of the Chanters Choir.  She later completed her degree in Elementary Education at Howard Payne College in 1958.  She continued graduate studies at West Texas State University and completed her Masters of Education degree at Texas Tech in 1979.  Ruth Ann taught elementary school for 33 years.  She loved her years at South Elementary in Levelland where she was always proud to say that she taught first and second grades.  She continued to tell stories about the children who touched her up until the last weeks before her death.  She retired from Levelland ISD in 1994.

Ruth Ann was an accomplished vocalist and oil painter.  Throughout her life she served in many capacities within numerous Methodist churches in West Texas.  However, she may have been most proud of the volunteer work that she did after retirement where she served as a volunteer and secretary for the Big Spring State Hospital Volunteer Services Council.  She was named Rookie of the Year at the Big Spring State Hospital Volunteer Services State Council conference in the spring of 1997.  She then later served on the Volunteer Services Council for the State of Texas. 

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her father F.B. Rhodes, her mother Ruth Elizabeth Rhodes and her great-grandson Kaleb Crawley.  Those left to cherish her beloved memory are her daughters Jennifer Stephenson, Sigrid (Gerald – the best son-in-law in the world as she affectionately called him) Chavez, her grandsons Austin Crawley (Elaine), and Karsten Neustifter, and great-grandchildren Bryson and Kanyon Crawley.  Her extended family also includes Sharon and Wilson Heidelberg, Robbie Robinson, Lee Weldon and Sandra Stephenson, and the Chavez family – Robert, Karen, Adele, David, Paula, and Chantz.

Virginia Hernandez Rico

September 18, 1949 ~ December 18, 2021 (age 72)

Virginia H. Rico, 72, of Levelland passed from this life on December 18, 2021. 

She was born on September 18, 1949 in Austin.  Virginia was the third child out of 12 siblings.  She was the oldest daughter of Frank and Pauline Hernandez.

Virginia’s dream was to join the service.  However, life had a different path for her and she started a new chapter by marrying Pete Rico in 1964.  Virginia and Pete moved to different states to work before settling down in Sundown in 1972. 

She is preceded in death by husband, Pete Rico; granddaughter, Megan Garcia; parents, Frank and Pauline Hernandez; ad brother, Frank Hernandez, Jr.

Virginia is survived by children, Arthur (Gracie) Rico of Levelland, Teresa Smith of Baytown, Rudy (Devora) Rico of Sundown, Elena (Jesse) Guzman of Lubbock and Connie (Aubrey) Cook of Houston; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

She loved going to the casino, playing cards, dancing the twist, sewing and baking.  Virginia had been a member of the San Isidro Catholic Church for many years until recently being introduced to Park Drive Baptist Church.

Bob Gene Awbrey

September 11, 1926 ~ December 17, 2021 (age 95)

Bob Gene Awbrey, 95, of Levelland passed from this life on December 17, 2021.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Sundown Cemetery. 

He was born September 11, 1926 in Gainesville, Texas to Edmond Howard and Bertha Manning Awbrey.  Bob married Robbie Holton on June 20, 1947 and were married for 73 years.

Bob served in the US Navy from April, 1944 to February, 1946.  He was a Coxswain on the USS Sarasota.  Bob Commanded a landing craft during WWII, serving in the Asiatic Pacific area and the Philippine Liberation.

He was employed with the Sundown ISD for 40 years.  Bob was a faithful member of Austin Street Church of Christ.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie; parents, Edmond and Bertha Awbrey; 4 brothers; 4 sisters; and daughter-in-law, Cathy Awbrey.

He is survived by sons, Stephen Awbrey of Elk City, Oklahoma and Randy (Sandy) Awbrey of Levelland; daughters, Regina (Tim) Lancaster of Lubbock and Karen Awbrey of Levelland; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Bob’s memory to your charity of choice.

Manuel Berumen

1941 ~ 2021 (age 80)

Manuel, was born on May 18th, 1941 in San Juan Del Rio Durango Mexico, to Guadalupe and Herlinda Ramirez Berumen.   He married Ana Villa on March 25th, 1968 in Santa Maria Del Oro, Durango , Mexico and they had five children from this union.  They moved to Hart TX from Chicago in 1984 and moved to Levelland to be with his son Manuel Berumen and his family in 2021.   Manuel, liked eating sweets, fixing  and repairing things around the house.   Doing yard work  and planting vegetables,  when his kids were younger he enjoyed taking them to the park and movies  and he loved spending quality time talking to his grandchildren. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Guadalupe and Herlinda Ramirez Berumen  (2) Sons:  Jose Berumen, and Manuel Berumen  

(2) Brothers:  Jesus  Berumen and Antonio Ramirez    (1) Sister:  Socorro Ramirez

Survivors:

Spouse of 53 yrs:  Ana Villa Berumen of Hart, TX

Daughters:  Maria (Francisco) Gomez of San Antonio, and Daughter in Law:  Rosie Berumen of Lubbock

Sons:   Manuel ( Laura) Berumen of Levelland, and Jesus Berumen of San Antonio

Grandchildren:  12                    Great Grandchildren:  1    

Brothers:  Jose Berumen of Mexico, and Gumersindo Berumen of Luling, Tx

Florence D Shoemaker

October 3, 1937 ~ December 18, 2021 (age 84)

Florence   was born on October 3rd, 1937 in Naples, TX to Willie and Nillie Mae Mayhaw.

She graduated with a BBA of Management from Texas Tech University, and Associates at South Plains College in Business Management.   Florence worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington B.S. for. a couple of years then returned to Levelland and started to work for Texas Lubbock Anesthesiology and associates as an office Mgr.  She worked for Doctor Vardie for many years  She married Robert Luis Shoemaker in 1963 in Levelland.  Florence, worked for 13 different Physicians from 1956 -1988 and several Clinics and hospitals.  Also, the director of Hockley County Senor citizens.   She was a long-time member and secretary of Treasure with the Levelland Evening Lions Club.  Her hobbies were running around going to South Plains college cosmetology to get her hair and nails prepped and helping her husband in his wood shop carpentry, liked sewing, crocheting, quilting and going on trips with her friend Shirley Ward.  A long time Member of The Red Hat Ladies club.  She was a Christian and would read her bible.  Florence, loved her nephews and niece

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Willie and Nillie Mae Wiley Mayhaw Her Spouse of 40 years:  Robert Luis Shoemaker

Brothers:  John Henry Mayhaw and William Henry Mayhaw

Survivors:

Niece:  Sheron Williams of Levelland and Carla Morales of Mesquite, TX

Great Nieces:  Kay Lee Williams of Levelland and Toni Vizz of Ft. Worth

Great Great Nieces:   Nevaeh Blair in Levelland

Nephews: Cameron Mayhaw of Amarillo, and Tony Mayhaw of Lake Stanford and Billy Mayhaw from Lewisville, TX

Great Nephew:  Cameron Mayhaw of Amarillo and Brent Williams of Levelland

Cousin:   Roy Jr. Wiley of Mount Pleasant, TX

Jose Juan Ortega

August 29, 1950 ~ December 16, 2021 (age 71)

Jose Juan Ortega: Shortly after his birth in Menard, TX on August 29th, 1950, born to Alfredo Sr. and Valentina Ortega, he moved to the South Plains area.  As an adult, Jose moved to Sundown, TX where he started his family and worked in the Oil field as a Derrick Man and a Roustabout for M & Q Oil Co. for several years.  His hobbies were watching the Grit Western Station watching his favorite actor John Wayne, and his favorite movie ‘Top Gun’. He liked building nick knacks and stuff and fixing things, showing his grandchildren how to work with tools. In the evening he’d go outside on the sundeck and sit on his favorite chair and light up a cigarette and pop a top on a cold one enjoying the sunset. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:  Alfredo Sr. and Valentina Rodriguez Ortega

Son: Jeremy Ortega  and Jacob Sanchez

Granddaughter: Jazlynn Lovee Ortiz

Survivors:

Daughters: Consuelo Rodriguez of Sundown, and Natasha Ortega, Janie Sierra, and Cynthia Cantu all three of Lubbock,  Lorie Ann Covarrubias of San Antonio

Sons: Joe Ortega of Abilene, Jesse Aguilar and Henry Sierra both of Lubbock,

Grandchildren:  15    Great Grandchildren:  9

Sisters: Tina Collins of Florida, Betty Lopez of Levelland, Diane Davila of South Carolina, Angela Ortega, Yolanda Ortega and Lisa Ortega all three of Lubbock and Rebecca Orona of Presidio

Brothers:   Mingo Ortega and Tive Mares

Guilibaldo L Guerra

August 7, 1942 ~ December 11, 2021 (age 79)

 Guilibaldo  L. Guerra, was born on August 7th, 1942 in Las Flores, Cameron  County , Texas

to Mauricio and Eloisa Guerra.   He married Elvira Guerrero, on January 13th, 1961 in Brownsville, TX and they had five children from this union.   They moved to Whiteface in 1973 from Dallas, TX.   He worked for Whiteface Consolidated Independent School District since 1973.    Guilibaldo, enjoyed taking his family traveling on their motor home RV, fishing, liked working on wood work a carpenter making cabinets, small floral wooden wheel barrels for beautiful variety of floral seedlings arrangements to be planted and placed out on his lawn and garden ,  while landscaping for his wife.  He played various musical instruments like his guitar, according, and piano, especially  listening to Spanish Christian hymns, read his bible daily.   A wonderful husband and family man and a life time member of The Church of Christ. 

Jermaine Smith

April 3, 1982 ~ December 5, 2021 (age 39)

Parents:  Clemie and Priscilla Golightly Smith

Jermaine,  attended high school in levelland during his younger years. He moved to San Angelo from Levelland in 2008. He lived at Day Break Group Home in San Angelo for several years.  Jermaine enjoyed watching TV, and listening to Rap music,in his group home, participated in activities, always happy and smiling, laughing, enjoyed his cigarettes.  Liked being visits from his  family from time to time.

Proceeded in Death by: Parents:  Clemie and Priscilla Golightly Smith, (1) Brother: Esteven Golightly and (1) Sister: Lakisha Olivia Smith

Survivors:

Sisters: Ashanti Reed of Mansfield, Tx and Tamisha Smith of Lubbock

Brother:   Derrick Smith of Lubbock

Trisha Lee Pena

September 18, 1979 ~ December 4, 2021 (age 42)

Trisha Lee, was born on September 18th, 1979, To Juan Cruz & Belia Garza Pena in Levelland. She moved to Levelland from Sundown with her parents and siblings in 1984.  She attended high school in Levelland in her younger years.   Trisha, worked for Dollar General Store for over 14 years as a 3rd Key Holder and full-time position in Levelland.   Her hobbies was spending family time with her daughter Leah and granddaughter Elah.  She loved being with all her family and friends, enjoyed dancing, going to Lubbock to stay at her sister Angela’s to get away for a little “Me time”.  Listening to Spanish Norteno and Tejano music was her favorite even during working hours.   She was constantly messing with her Vehicle and knew how to fix it herself, ordering Taco Pizza at work to share with Lupe and her other co-workers.  She liked to take selfies and pictures of her feet.  Traveling was her passion to Corpus Christy, South Padre, Port Aransas, Porta De Vaca, and traveling to Houston. Trisha, shall be greatly missed by her family and friends

James “Jim” Gustin, 83 of Brownfield and formerly of Dalhart passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Lubbock.  Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 9th at 10:30 am in the Dalhart Church of Christ with burial to follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Dalhart.  Services are under the direction of Horizon Funeral Home of Dalhart.He is survived by a son Russell Gustin of Brownfield, a daughter, Denise Bray of Lubbock and a sister, Norma Rose of Levelland as well as several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Monika Vargas

October 30, 1994 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 27)

Monika, was born on October 30th, 1994 in Levelland.   She graduated from Levelland High School.   Monika, attended  South Plains College as a LVN and she worked for Vitality Shadow Hills Assistant Living for several years in Lubbock.  She had her license as an eye lash technician.   Her hobbies being a social butterfly, liked the color purple, enjoyed going to dances, she helped everybody and made balloon arches, very creative, drawing and doing projects for school and for her little man Hayden.    Gardening tomatoes with her mom.  Monika, would take her son and nephew and niece  walking and playing in the park.  

Julian A Cordova

May 23, 1936 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 85)

Julian , was born on May 23rd, 1936 in Irene , Hill County, Texas .   He married  Elidia Ochoa, on October 25th, 1956 in Levelland and they had four sons from this union.   Mr. Julian, worked for over 20 years for the City of Cleburne Sanitation Department in Cleburne, TX. and for Bruckner’s in Amarillo as a professional Custodian. His  hobbies listening to Mexican music, he enjoyed watching YouTube, dancing, gardening, and going to San Antonio, & Cleburne, TX.   He loved spending time with all his family and friends and shall be greatly missed. 

Proceeded in Death by:

Parents:   Julian A. and Josephina Cordova  

Sisters: Mercedes Ojeda, Elena Mendoza, Juanita Cordova,

Brothers:  Ignacio Cordova, Manuel Cordova, Theodore  Cordova, Ines Cordova

Daughter: Janie Cordova Quilantan

Survivors:

Spouse of 65 years:   Mrs. Elidia Ochoa Cordova of Levelland

Sons:  Julian III. (Eva) Cordova and Jose “Angel” Cordova both of Levelland, Jerry  (Veronica) Cordova of Amarillo, and Danny Cordova of San Antonio

Jeanne Gonzalez

February 14, 1964 ~ November 19, 2021 (age 57)

Jeanne, was born on February 14th, 1964  in Levelland, Tx .  She married Faustino Gomez on February 14th, 1990 in Lubbock.  She was a Mgr. for Mc Donalds in Lubbock for over 25 years.  Jeanne, moved back to Levelland from Lubbock in  2016.  Her hobbies was dancing, hanging out with family and friends and being around her children.

Jimmy Lee Welch

February 23, 1937 ~ November 17, 2021 (age 84)

Jimmy Lee Welch went to heaven on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. He was greeted there by his daughter, Julie Welch, and two of his grandchildren, Matt and Mindy Stanley. Those of us left behind remember a strong, quiet man with a quick wit and sharp tongue. He never liked being the center of attention but was always on the sidelines cheering on those he loved. He was immensely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Especially those who played basketball.

Jim was born February 23, 1937, the oldest of three children, to Herbert and Willie Mae Welch. Pettit was his home. Many cherished memories of old friends from Pettit were often told. It was there, in a little grocery store, where he met Jeanette Hogue, his future wife, who he called Hun. They were married in her brother’s house on Jul 10, 1955. After the wedding, they moved to Levelland where she doted on him for 66 years.

Jim was a cotton farmer all his life. He kept his head down and his hands dirty trying to cultivate a crop and raise a menagerie of animals. But the best of days were spent at the lake, skiing on the slopes, or hunting with his buddies.

Jim was a friend you could always count on. Showing up with a few tools, he would tile, fix a pipe, or add an addition onto your house.

As his body became more frail John Wayne kept him company.

His sweet tooth was legendary. Jeanette kept the freezer stocked with fudge and the pantry with Oreos.

It wouldn’t be wrong to call him strong-willed and occasionally stubborn, but when he cut his eyes to the side and offered a half grin you couldn’t help but grin too. The sparkle in his mischievous eyes will be forever remembered by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Services for Jim will be held at Kerstridge Funeral Home Chapel in Levelland, on Monday, November 22, at 10:00 am. Visitation is Sunday at Krestridge Funeral home from 2:00-4:00.

Thank you to all those who have loved us through the years. You have rejoiced with us in good times and held us up through the tough moments. Your kindness is deeply appreciated.

Jeanette  Welch

Len and  Jeannie Stanley

Jackie and JoAnn Welch

Nathan and Misty Brummett

Aaron and Macey Bracken

Chelsi Welch

Trey and Kendalyn Welch

Cody and Courtney Smith

Mark Allen Rucker

May 20, 1974 ~ November 14, 2021 (age 47)

Mark Allen Rucker, was born on May 20th, 1974  in Lubbock, Tx his parents are Jax and Dellwyn McSpadden.  Mark, served for several years in the United States Navy as a machinist’s Engine man 3RD Class Petty Officer and received his honorable discharge on August 27th, 1996 .    He married Judy Gross, on November 8th, 1997 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  They moved to Lubbock from Sundown in 2018.   He was a project Mgr. Mechanic 13 years Construction.   His hobbies were fishing, hunting, traveling, scuba diving, golfing, cooking out doors with his popular fish fries, & Turkey fries.  Mark, loved spending time with all of his family. 

Dominga Christine Reyes

March 8, 1960 ~ November 5, 2021 (age 61)

Dominga Christine Trevino,  was born March 8th, 1960 in Temple , to Gabriel and Rosa Luna Trevino.   She attended High School in New Home during her younger years.  She married Martin Reyes on February 14th, 1973 in Smyer and they had one son from this union.    Dominga was a homemaker and enjoyed playing on her cell phone and bingo to and watching her favorite Professional football team  The 49niner.  Talking to her sisters and brothers over the phone, watching her novellas, going to garage sells, going dancing with her husband, very happy person and liked laughing and visiting. A member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lubbock.

Reynaldo R Davila

November 30, 1941 ~ November 4, 2021 (age 79)

Reynaldo, was born November 30th, 1941 in Hargill, TX.  He married Ofelia Orsco , on December  29th, 1956 in Wolfforth  and from this union they had five children.  Reynaldo,worked for Travis Turnup Seed , Don & Mike Gresham Farms in agriculture, Welco Oil Co., for several years.  His hobbies was riding his lawn mower and cutting grass and watering the trees to have a real nice yard.  Sitting out doors and enjoying the day.  Going on vacations to Hargill, & Zapata in South Texas.  He would buy burgers and pops for all of his family and ride out to the country side to have a picnic. Watching Spanish movies, going to flea markets.   He was a life time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Levelland. 

Efrain Gonzalez Bustillos

January 29, 1965 ~ October 31, 2021 (age 56)

Efrain Gonzalez Bustillos, was born January 29th, 1965 in Chihuahua, Mexico.  He married Elda Chavez Meraz, on April 18th, 1991 in Ranchos De Santiago Chihuahua,  Mexico and from this union they had three children.  Efrain,worked for Sundown Operating Inc. for over two decades  as pulling unit operator.   His passion was reading the Holy Bible. He started each morning by opening up his bible, drinking a fresh coffee, and getting ready for work. He enjoyed spending quality time with his wife and family.  Efrain was a grill master, grilling up delicious meals for his family and entertaining his grandkids at family get togethers. He also loved to travel to Ruidoso, N.M. and spend time in the mountains with his wife and daughter. The fresh mountain air reminded him of his hometown in Mexico and he found peace with the tranquility in the mountains. He was also the proud owner of three 1970’s Ford pickup trucks that he was in the process of restoring. Efrain and his wife were passionate about a mission project they started, Mission Centro Cristiano Vida Nueva, in Carichic, Chihuahua, Mexico. They loved visiting to distribute food, clothing, blankets and other supplies to assist families while celebrating the word of God.

Danni Javan Bustillos

June 13, 2003 ~ October 31, 2021 (age 18)

Danni, was born June 13th, 2003 in Lubbock , an a wonderful surprise for both of her parents but, she quickly became their baby an the heart of the family.   She graduated from Levelland High School on  June , 2020.  She enjoyed hanging out with friends and family members  dancing , singing, laughing and a very kind and loving person never hesitated to be there for her family.  Danni, cared for her God child  “baby Nae”  as if she were her very own.  We were all blessed to have had Danni,  in our life’s no matter how short it was, we will greatly miss her with all of our hearts and always love her.   She attended St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. 

Donna Kaye Cogdill

December 7, 1947 ~ October 25, 2021 (age 73)

Donna Kaye Mitchell, was born on December 7th, 1947, in Lubbock, Tx to Donald Ray & Evlynn Darlene Decker Mitchell. She married Riley Cogdill, on October 30th, 1966 in Meadow,Tx.    They moved to Lubbock in 1966 from Meadow.  She was a CPA and professional book keeper and tax preparer for 38 years in the Lubbock area.  Her hobbies was playing bingo and winning, crafts crocheting, blanket Afton quilting, collecting Brass fixtures, and a variety of T-Shirts and wearing them, getting her hair fixed weekly and her nails manicured.    Donna Kaye, enjoyed reading her bible.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

Carolina (Cantu) Torres

November 17, 1952 ~ October 17, 2021 (age 68)

Carolina Cantu , married Maximiliane Torres on December 12th, 1992 in Levelland and they had seven children from this union.   She worked for Dairy Queen, & Mr. Gattis, for several years.   Her hobbies were being a seamstress and a tailor very talented and could make evening gowns and create gentlemen suits.      She loved reading her bible and praying daily.   Enjoyed going to garage sales , and doing Yard work, going to the movies with her husband Max, cooking for her family and making fresh tortillas, liked going to eat ice cream with Rita, drinking coffee and eating cookies,  watching Pastor Joseph Prince on Television preaching the gospel.  Also her favorite comedy show was “I Love Lucy”.  Traveling to Juarez, Mexico with her husband to visit family.  Going to Church on Wednesdays and Sundays Services at Centro Familiar Cristiano Iglesia in Lubbock, Tx.  

Barbara Gene Watterson

March 9, 1947 ~ October 13, 2021 (age 74)

Barbara Gene Oldfield, was born on March 9th, 1947, in Decatur, Illinois to Blanche Oldfield. She married Leslie Watterson, on December 31st, 1963 in Morton, Tx.    Her hobbies was collecting South West things, Indiana porcelain dolls , American Indiana jewelry, antique furniture, loved all her dogs, studying her bible, always had a smile and friendly to everyone, very active in her Church at New Life Ministry in Morton.   Barbara, shall be greatly missed by her church family. 

Alfredo Rodriguez

December 20, 1933 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 87)Alfredo,  married to Demetria Gloria Camacho on April 24th, 1960 in Levelland , they had six children from this union.   He worked as a Rancher for many years, also in the oil fields for Mc Donalds.   His hobbies were going to Las Vegas to go gambling, traveling to  Ruidoso, N.M. , listening to his favorite Mexican music bands  Luceros Del Rio Verde, Los Allegres De Teran, going dancing with his Viejas con carino Gloria, . He enjoyed gardening and working on his yard.  He loved spending time with all his grandchildren.   He had a very funny sense of humor and enjoyed joking around.

Ramona Estrada De Pavonof

August 24, 1957 ~ September 26, 2021 (age 64)

Ramona Estrada , married Emeterio Pavon Sr. on December 23rd, 1976 in Doctor Belisario Dominguez, Chihuahua, Mexico and they had three children from this union.  They moved to Morton in 2005 from Maple.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and making bread for her family, knitting, needlepointing towels and pillowcases, traveling with her husband to Mexico to go visit family, and making all her family happy and loved being with all of them that was her passion.  She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton.

Lakisha Olivia Smith

March 22, 1981 ~ September 26, 2021 (age 40)

Lakisha,  attended high school in levelland during her younger days.  She moved to San Angelo from Levelland in 2016.  She lived at Day Break Group Home in San Angelo for several years.  Lakisha enjoyed watching TV, and being a helper with her social worker Maxine , in her group home, participated in activities, always happy go lucky smiling, laughing , so long as she had her pack of cigarettes in her hands.  Liked being a social butterfly and talking to people, working on cross word puzzles, listening  to music and cooking.  Loved  going to church and spending time with her family .  Lakisha will be greatly missed.

Nevaeha Ketcherside

October 24, 2011 ~ September 28, 2021 (age 9)

Nevaeha,  enjoyed being outdoors, going camping with her parents and all her uncles and aunts, swimming, listening to Blake Shelton music, liked to hear motorcycle roaring their engines and riding on them,  laughing at her sisters, liked being talked too and being held by her mom and dad and spending time with her nurses, She liked going on her Make a wish trip to the zoo in San Antonio to see the Sea Lions.  Loved her family and her sweet dog “MaMa’s” and playing with her.   Nevaeha,  will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

Nancy Avina Soliz

April 3, 1977 ~ September 24, 2021 (age 44)

Nancy, attended school in Three Way,  Whiteface ISD. , in her early years and graduated from Levelland.   She married Jose Avina, on February 23rd, 2017 in Whiteface and they had two daughters from this union.  She worked in construction and agriculture for several years.   Nancy, was very close to her mother going to work chopping weeds in the Cotton fields.   She worked for M & M Convenience Store in Whiteface as a cook and customer service representative.    She enjoyed spending time with her family and texting her sister in law Crissy, over their cell phone, playing with her daughters and nieces and nephews.  Nancy loved her Chihuahuas  and kicking back to relax and drink her Big Red soda pop and eating ice.  Her favorite color was green .   Nancy, was a long time member of the Whiteface Baptist Church.  

Victor Santos Cruz

September 3, 1967 ~ September 20, 2021 (age 54)

Victor moved to Levelland from Ralls in 1987.   He married Estela Gonzalez, on June 17th,1995 in Ralls, Texas they had 5 from this union.  He owned and operated Victor Cruz’s Construction Co. for several years.  His hobbies were watching TV and his favorite baseball team St. Louis Cardinals play, enjoyed going out and dancing with his best girl Estela, and listening to Mexican music, traveling to Michoacan, Mexico to go see his family and friends.

Alexander Basquez

July 12, 1972 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 49)

Alexander, moved to Levelland in 1978 from Loop. He attended School in Levelland during
his younger years. He married Rose Chagoya on January 13th, 2017, in Levelland and they had nine
children from this union. He worked for Basin Drilling Co. for several years. He enjoyed working on the
drilling rigs, sandblasting, and working on his 1991 Chevy truck. He loved riding and working on his
Harley Davison motorcycle, drinking a cold beer while listening to music and grilling his great outdoor
food for his family. Most of all he loved spending quality time with his family, grandchildren and kicking
back with Bonnie the family pet.

Eddie Clinton McCormick

May 9, 1953 ~ September 12, 2021 (age 68)

Eddie Clinton McCormick, 68, of Sundown passed from this life on September 12, 2021.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, September 17, 2021, in the Sundown Cemetery.

He was born May 9, 1953 to George Clinton and Norma Jean McCormick. 

Eddie was a gunsmith, truck driver, licensed small engine repairman, and pumper.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and telling stories from his throne.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Toni McKensie; and the love of his life, his wife, Donna McCormick.

Eddie is survived by his daughter, Mindy (Mike) Brattain; son, Bryan (Toni) McCormick; and precious granddaughters, Miranda (Blake) Akers, Ella McCormick, Allie McCormick and Michaela Brattain.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Eddie’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Anacleta Martinez

August 4, 1939 ~ September 8, 2021 (age 82)

Anacleta, was born on August 4th, 1939 in Taylor, Tx to Rafael and Guadalupe Rodriquez Martinez.   She married Felix Martinez on Saturday August 17th, 1957 and they had 7 children from this union.    Anacleta, worked for South Plains College for 26 years.  She was a Guadalupana and a Cruzista for several years at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland. She liked dancing,  going to church, watching novellas on television, helping people at all the church events , ultreya,  and funeral meals for the families, listening to Mexican music, spending time talking with her family and friends and “comadrando” on the phone.   She was a life time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

Cassandra Estrella Rodriguez

December 3, 2003 ~ September 5, 2021 (age 17)

Cassandra Estrella Rodriguez, 17, of Levelland passed from this life on September 5, 2021.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 9, 2021, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born December 3, 2003 in Levelland to Rickey Rodriguez and Victoria Chairez Huckabee.  Cassandra was currently a junior at Levelland High School with aspirations of becoming a licensed cosmetologist upon graduation.  She was a quiet and beautiful soul.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Julia Granado; and aunt, Rebecca Cirilo.

Cassandra is survived by her daughter, Liann Arbizu; mother and step-father, Victoria and Brent Huckabee; father, Rickey Rodriguez; sisters, Sabina Cardenas and Julissa Cirilo; brothers, Joel Rodriguez and Rickey Rodriguez, Jr.; and grandparents, Julia Martinez and Stan and Elaine Huckabee.

Justin Allan Smith

December 10, 1988 ~ September 1, 2021 (age 32)

Justin Allan, was born on December 10th, 1988 in Lubbock  to Jason Allan Smith and Rebecca V. Cummings.   He graduated from Graham  High School .  Justin Allan, was a father of three sons.  He was a mechanic working on motorcycles and as an oil field hand for several years in Graham.   He moved to Levelland from Graham in 2019.  He liked to go traveling, camping, fishing, spending time with his family and friends.   He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Graham. 

Thomas Robert Iglesias

January 17, 1986 ~ August 30, 2021 (age 35)

Thomas Robert Iglesias, was born on January 17th, 1986 in Colorado City, Texas  to Margaret Iglesias. He graduated from Levelland  High School and he continued his education at South Plains College.  He moved to North Carolina in 2003 from Levelland.   Worked for B. Watson Trucking Company LLC. , of Connelly Springs, N.C. as an over the road professional Truck driver since 2018 to present time.  He also worked for C.R. England Global Transportation as a trainer since 2017 to present time.    He enjoyed going to the car races and racing cars himself, tattooing, painting, Pod Casting, listening to a variety of Music, Traveling cross country with his dog and Pal, “ Chloe”.   He will be greatly missed by his family and friends

Joyce Lawson Stowe

March 16, 1937 ~ August 25, 2021 (age 84)

Joyce, was born on March 16th, 1937  in Keota, Oklahoma to George Alexander & Georgie Beatrice Mendenhall Lawson.   She married Junior Stowe on October 11th, 1952  in Oklahoma and they had five children from this union.  She and her family moved to Meadow in 1963 from Oklahoma.   Joyce, worked for Alco’s Dept Store, Allsups Convince Store, she was a Pink Lady and worked on her family farm with her spouse for several years.  She was a foster parent, and enjoyed fishing at Lake Stamford and Buffalo Springs Lake, gardening, bird watching, spending time with all of her children and grandchildren, listening to religious music and watching religious shows as well.  Red and Black was her favorite colors, traveling to Oklahoma and White Sands N.M.

Erma Mulkey Butler

February 28, 1932 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 89)

Erma, was born on February 28th, 1932 in Brownsville, Texas to William Parrish and Julia Price Mulkey.   She graduated from Levelland High school.  She married Lewis Butler on November 25th, 1953 in Levelland and they had two sons from this union.  She and her family owned and operated Butler Upholstery Shop in Levelland for several years.  Erma, was a member of South Plains Church of Levelland.  

Marvin Brown Voss

May 17, 1952 ~ August 23, 2021 (age 69)

Marvin “Koko” Brown Voss, 69, of Levelland passed from this life on August 23, 2021.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born May 17, 1952 in Beeville, Texas to Marvin Elee and Betty Ann (Brown) Voss.  Marvin graduated from Pettus High School in Pettus, Texas.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. 

Marvin was employed at Johnson Construction for 4 years in Pettus, Texas.  He was a 38-year employee of Occidental Petroleum, previously Amoco and Altura, spending 5 years in Bay City, Texas and 33 years in Levelland.  Most recently, Marvin was employed by Devon Conoco Shell Permian in Odessa.

He was preceded in death by father, Marvin E. Voss of Normana, Texas; father-in-law, Merrell O. Thiede of Tuleta, Texas; and brother-in-law, Clifford Bagwell of Tuleta, Texas.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 46 years, Vicki D. (Thiede) Voss of Levelland; daughters, Misty (Chad) Elliott of Edmond, Oklahoma, Kristi (John) Kelly of Seminole and Kasey (Jeff) Marrs of Lubbock; mother, Betty A. Voss of Normanna, Texas; sister, Patrice (Keith) Chesser of San Antonio; mother-in-law, Florene Thiede of Tuleta; sisters-in-law, Darnell (Travis) Schaeffer of College Station and Cindy Bagwell of Tuleta; and  grandchildren, Wade Elliott, Macy Elliott, C.T. Kelly, Kendall Kelly and Kensley Marrs.

Sara Rita Rios

April 30, 1975 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 46)

Sara Rita Rios, was born on April 30th, 1975 in Levelland to Manuel and Elvira G. Rios.  She graduated from Whiteface High School 1992.  She married Gregory Romero in August 15th, 1992 in Levelland and had three children from this union.  Sara, worked for Stripes Convenience Store for several years at the intersection of Hwy 114 and Hwy 385 in Levelland.  Her joy in life was spending quality time with her family and her grandson.  She never knew a stranger always happy and smiling and laughing with all her friends and customers.   Sara shall be greatly missed.

Margaret Iglesias

November 10, 1964 ~ August 17, 2021 (age 56)

Iglesias,  born November 10th, 1964 in Lubbock, to Arthur & Mary Sanchez Iglesias.  She graduated from Whiteface High School.  She was blessed with three children.  Margaret, was a bus driver for Levelland Independent School District for several years and a custodian at South Plains College.  Her passion in life was spending quality  time with all her grandchildren, hobbies was sewing, listening to Spanish music, cooking and watching her favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys.   She was a social butterfly with a good soul and she had numerous friends.  

Erika Salinas

1978 – 2021

Erika Armendariz, was born on January 26th, 1978 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Leonardo Sr. & Carmen Armendariz Alvarez.  She was a homemaker and a mother of five daughters.  She enjoyed spending quality time with her children, cooking, making tamales, dancing, planting flowers and gardening, and hearing a variety of Mexican music.  She was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church of Hereford. 

Seattle Domingo Salazar

June 28, 1980 ~ August 9, 2021 (age 41)

Seattle, was born on June 28th, 1980 in Lubbock, to Joe Richard and Catherine Davenport Salazar.    He graduated from Lubbock High School and he continued his education at South Plains College.  He moved to Lubbock  in 2017 from Levelland.   Worked for Mc Alester Sandwich shop, and Long John Silver’s Restaurant and Lee Louis Construction Company of Lubbock for several years.    Seattle, enjoyed drawing, listening to variety rap music, going out to eat Mexican food and jalapenos.  Loved  spending quality time with all his family and friends.  

Rita Castro

March 2, 1946 ~ August 8, 2021 (age 75)

Rita, was born on March 2nd, 1946, in Littlefield, Tx to Ricardo and Luisa M. Bautista. She married the love of her life Francisco Castro Sr. on April 2nd, 1966 in Levelland and they had four children from this union.  Rita worked as a Charge nurse, and she was a certified nurse’s assistant for Levelland nursing Home for several years.  Her hobbies were crafts and making floral arrangements, cooking and spoiling all of her children and grandchildren, sewing and crocheting, loved to go traveling with her husband Frank, to different places.  She was a lifetime member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland.

David E Dent

July 16, 1969 ~ August 3, 2021 (age 52)

David, was born on July 16th, 1969, in Levelland, Texas to Sammie  L. Sr. and Carrie L. Atkins Dent. He graduated high school in Levelland and continued his education attending SPC taking courses in Law enforcement.    Married Glenda Reaves on November 18th, 1989 in Levelland and they had two children from this union.    He worked for Levelland ISD, Sundown Tubing Inc. As Supervisor and Monarch Marble Granite for several years.   David, loved being involved in sports activities softball, basketball, football; his favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Tech.  He was a true cowboy and would go horseback riding and was with The Forgotten West Riders Horse Club, He enjoyed fishing, camping, and taking his grandchildren on outings.  He would continue working after putting in a full day of work and would go home to mechanic on his friend’s vehicles and was always happy to help everybody.  Sophia, his granddaughter was his road dog and the apple of his eye, and he loved spending time with her as with all of his grandkids Zavian, Brylee and nieces and nephews Deshawrenea, Ezekial always supporting them and spending quality time with them; in naming a few it does not take away the love he had for the for all of his grandkids and nieces and nephews;  David loved his family and spending hours and hours with all of them during special occasions or just everyday get togethers made him happy.  He loved the time he spent a host of cousins and friends.

Juan Martin Rodriquez

July 27, 1996 ~ July 30, 2021 (age 25)

Juan Martin Rodriquez passed away at the age of 25 on Friday, July 30, 2021.  Though he left this world far too soon, he left it a better place.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, August 6, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 7, 2021, in the Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Juan was born July 27, 1996 in Levelland to Rafael and Maria Rodriquez.  He was an active member of YELL, Young Emerging Leaders of Levelland, all four years of his high school years.  After graduating from Levelland High School, Juan attended South Plains College where he received his Associates Degree in Business Administration.

He enjoyed doing all types of crafts, including wood working, forging and working with leather.  Juan loved children and enjoyed trying to teach and inspire them any way he could.  He was willing to help anyone and his community.

Juan was employed by the City of Levelland Cemetery Department for over 5 years.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; 4 uncles; 1 aunt; and 4 cousins.

Juan is survived by his parents, Rafael and Maria Rodriquez of Levelland; brother, Conde Rodriquez of Levelland; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Ismael Cavazos

March 9, 1967 ~ July 27, 2021 (age 54)

Ismael Cavazos,54, of Smyer passed from this life on July 27, 2021  Visitation will be on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, with the Rosary being said at 7:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Lubbock.  Interment will follow in the Smyer Cemetery.

Anna Elizabeth Cardenas

November 17, 1951 ~ July 24, 2021 (age 69)

Anna Elizabeth Cardenas, age 69, of Levelland, Texas passed away Saturday evening, July 24th, 2021.

She was born November 17, 1951, in Fort Worth, Texas, a daughter of the late Pat and Stella Sause.

Anna was preceded in death by her daughter Delfina Maldonado, three grandchildren Alexus Cortez, Rafael Tapia, Rayven Renee Maldonado; son-in-law Joe Garcia.

Anna is survived by her husband David Cardenas of 25 years. Four sisters Helen Patino, Patty Barnett, Mary Ann Ariana and Dolores Chazaretta. One daughter, Anna Marie Garcia; one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond Maldonado and Sonia Cope. Eight grandchildren, Angelica De Los Santos, Desire’ Santiago, Michelle Cortez, Carlos Jr Montemayor, Sanora Montemayor, Xaundra Winchester, Amy Brown, Ricky Woods, Char’dnay Woods. 9 great grandchildren Ally Santiago, Andrew Rodriguez, Lucas Santiago, Max Santiago, DJ Graham, Zarayvien, Zhariah and Bexida Woods and Gabriel De Los Santos.

Anna was a member of Legacy Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She collected a variety of angels and crosses. She spent her time going to yard sales, cooking and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Anna was a strong, determine and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her everyday.

Bobby Lee Ford

November 7, 1954 ~ July 21, 2021 (age 66)

Bobby Lee Ford, 66, of Levelland passed from this life on July 21, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Austin Street Church of Christ.

He was born November 7, 1954 in Levelland, Texas to Norman and Dorothy Ford.  Bobby graduated from Pep High School in 1974.  He married Marjorie Dailey on November 5, 2006.

Bobby was a hard-working man who worked many years for Homer Johnson Gas Trucking Company until his retirement.  He was a faithful member of Austin Street Church of Christ.

He was known for his dedication to his family, genuine heart, and fun-loving personality.  Bobby loved spending quality time with his grandchildren.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Dorothy Ford; brother, Billy Ray Ford; and sister, Annie Bailey.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Ford of Levelland; son, Gregory Ford and wife Sara of Lubbock; daughters, Alissa Ford of Lubbock and Evelyn Brackens of Levelland; sisters, Lois Clewis, Carol Mitchell, Patsy Johnson, Judy (Charlie) Reynolds and Brenda (Billy) Calloway; brother, Eddie (Twaila) Ford; and grandchildren, Hunter, Zaylynn,  Z’niyah, Jacariay, Jakeevian, Josheem, Jy’reeq, Jordan, Tyler, Tylynn, Tanaeasia, Tanane and Tytaneya.

Lynn Hodge

July 22, 1960 ~ July 22, 2021 (age 61)

Lynn Taylor,  was born on July 22nd, 1960 in Matador, TX to Virgil and Artie Helvey Taylor. She graduated from Levelland High School.    She was blessed with two children.   Lynn, worked for Allsups convince Store for several years and The Tobacco Express Smoke shop.   She was known as a social butterfly  visiting and no one was a stranger giving everyone a hard time.  Lynn, enjoyed sewing needle point, coin collector, and always working hard, and loved gatherings with all of her family and friends. 

Arthur R Castillo

May 28, 1941 ~ July 14, 2021 (age 80)

Arthur, was born on May 28th, 1941, to Calixto R. and Tomasa Rodriguez Castillo   He attended school  in Levelland.   He worked as a professional truck driver for for several years.   He married Juanita Reyna, on January 20th 1961 in Levelland and had 6 children from this union.  Arthur, lived in Wolfforth for 35  years with his companion Otilla Trevino.  He moved to Wolfforth from Waco, TX  and he moved from Levelland to Waco.  His hobbies was watching Bonanza Westerns, mowing his yard, Listening to 1music, Arthur, was ornery and like to make people laugh all the time.   He enjoyed spending  quality time with all of his family.

Eddie Chavez

November 24, 1957 ~ July 3, 2021 (age 63)

Eddie, was born on November 24th, 1957 in Weslaco, Texas to Jose Salomon and Orovea Leal Chavez. He graduated from Whitharral High School in 1976. He worked as a Machinist and Welder for Simmons, Trico, Norton Drilling, Musslewhite Trucking, and Thomas Ortiz Welding over the years. He wed Isabel Barrera, on March 28th, 1981 in Whitharral, Texas. Eddie’s hobbies were Rooster Fighting, watching wrestling, watching football, and his favorite show “The 700 Club”. He loved to BBQ and spent time with his Rots. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved to go riding on the golf cart with Sugarbear. Eddie was a life time member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Levelland, Texas.

George Spencer Rhodes

December 7, 1954 ~ July 2, 2021 (age 66)

George Rhodes,was born onDecember 7th, 1954, in Floydada  Tx to Willie & Elnora Rhodes. He graduated from High School in 1974. He was an SPC  graduate George married Elizabeth Taylor on February 14th, 1983, in Lubbock.  He worked for Oxy Petroleum Oil Company for  twenty  years until he retired.  His hobbies were coaching, and he was known as the Greatest Soft Ball Coach.  Enjoyed playing Dominos, love to eat, and watching sports and The Dallas Cowboys.  Spending quality time playing with all his grandchildren.  His memory shall be cherished by his family and friends. 

Floriene Pochyla Stern

March 17, 1920 ~ July 5, 2021 (age 101)

Floriene Pochyla Stern, 101, of Levelland passed from this life on July 5, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 8, 2021, in the First United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

She was born March 17, 1920 in West, Texas to Henry Frank and Johanna Itschner Pochyla.  The family moved to Waco when Floriene was 3 months old. 

Floriene married Lonnie Henry Stern on December 22, 1940 in Waco.  After living in Lubbock, California, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Boston, Florida, Houston and Plainview, they moved to Levelland in 1964.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, a charter member of the Marigolds, Las Fidelis Study Club, South Plains College Texan Club, Texas A&M Century Club, Lubbock Symphony Guild and Wednesday Bridge Club.

Floriene served as a Commissioner of Hockley County Housing Authority and was bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Producers Marketing Assn.  She also served on numerous committees of her church, sang in the choir and played in the Hand Bells.

She and Lonnie endowed a President’s Scholarship at Texas A&M, and she endowed an Agriculture Scholarship at South Plains College in memory of Lonnie.  Floriene also endowed a President’s Scholarship at Texas A&M in memory and honor of her husband and sons, a President’s Scholarship in memory of her 4 brothers at Texas A&M, and a scholarship at Baylor in memory of Lorene and Alfred Pochyla.

Floriene received many honors including life membership in United Methodist Women, Marigold of the Year, Community Builder Award by Eastern Star & Masonic Lodge, Service Above Self by Noon Rotary Club, Certificate of Merit for Volunteerism by South Plains College, Levelland Citizen of the Year by Levelland Chamber of Commerce, and Lifetime Achievement Award by Levelland Chamber of Commerce.  She also served on the Board of Directors at SPC.

Floriene is survived by son, Ernie and wife Nataliya of Houston; three granddaughters, Amber Hendricks of Livonia, MI, Nadezhda Mitchell of Liberty, Texas, and Anna Serikova of Kiev, Ukraine; great granddaughter, Winsome Hendricks; great grandson, Holden Hendricks; and assumed grandson, Andy Hudgens of Lubbock.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lonnie; son, Lon; and her 4 brothers, Alfred Pochyla of Waco, Fred Pochyla of Dallas, Bennie and Herbert Pochyla of Arizona.

Phillip Manuel Yruegas

February 12, 1955 ~ June 26, 2021 (age 66)

Phillip Manuel Yruegas was born Saturday, February 12th, 1955 in Littlefield, TX to Nestor & Tomasita Yruegas. He graduated from Muleshoe, TX High School in 1974. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years from 1974 to 1978, where he achieved the rank of Sargeant. On September 20, 1975, he married the love of his life, Martha Duarte. They were married for 46 wonderful years and they had two children from this union. He worked for over 25 years for BYK Inc. in Carrollton and several years for Cambridge Lee Co.

He enjoyed playing the guitar for his family and friends and cooking outdoors while listening to old country western music, including Willie Nelson and George Straight. He was an ardent lover of music and enjoyed playing pool. He liked riding his motorcycle and loved it even more when his wife Martha would ride with him. He loved spending quality time with his son Clyde, refurbishing their 1964 Ford Falcon, and teaching his little girl Shantel how to box. Phillip enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sports activities. Phillip was a straight shooter, if he had something to say, he’d say it and wouldn’t sugar coat it.  He liked going on vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida with his family every summer. Phillip had special nicknames for all of his grandchildren. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing in the church choir. He was a member of the men’s cursillo movement for several years and a long-time member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, TX. 

Phillip went to be home with the Lord Saturday, June 26, 2021

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

He is preceded in death by parents: Nestor and Tomasita Yruegas, Brothers: Jesse Yruegas, Antonio Yruegas, Sister: Tina Lopez,

He is survived by his spouse of 46 years: Martha Duarte Yruegas of North RichlandHills, TX., Daughter: Shantel (John) Tellmann of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, Son: Clyde Anthony (Anna) Yruegas of North Richland Hills, TX. 6 Grandchildren: ( 6 ), Sister: Esparanza Nunez of Clovis, N.M., Brothers: Nestor Yruegas Jr. of Alice, Joe Yruegas and V.C. Yruegas both of Roswell, N.M., and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Reflection of Life will be Friday, July 2nd from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday, July 2nd, at 7:00 pm.

Saturday July 3rd, Father Ernesto Lopez will officiate the funeral service at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Morton, TX at 2:00 pm. Music will be provided by Joe Flores. Interment will follow at Morton Memorial Cemetery in Morton, TX.

Honoring Phillip as Pallbearers: Michael Duarte, David Duarte, Rosie Barela, Clyde Yruegas, Isaac Yruegas, and John Tellman

Honorary Pallbearers: Mario Barela, David Carreon, Tino Fierro

Randall “Randy” Lee Price, 66, of Levelland passed from this life on June 21, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, June 28, 2021, at College Avenue Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

He was born July 24, 1954 in Levelland to Jimmie and Selma Keen Price.  Randy worked as a mechanic and truck driver in Aspermont for a few years, but lived and farmed in Pettit for most of his life. 

Randy was preceded in death by his mother, Selma Price and daughter-in-law, Linda R. Price.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Price; sons, Jeremy Price, Justin Price and wife Charity, and John Ellison and wife Cheryl; daughter, Michelle Ellison; parents, Jimmie and JoAnn Price; siblings, Frances and Kenny Coats, Glenda and David Gibson, Ricky and Deborah Price, Dennis and Monica Price and Becky and Tim Cook; grandchildren, Austin Ellison, Breanna Lewis and Trent, LaShay (Stormy) Trammell and Chris Shields, Justin Rhea and Jordan, Tyler Trammel, Brandon Rhea, Haylee Trammell, Tyler Rhea and Kaylee, Stephanie Rodriguez, Samantha Perez, Priscilla Vasquez, Jon David Guajardo, Maddison, Carlee and Carson Price; and 10 great grandchildren.

Elizabeth La Shonne White

November 8, 1963 ~ June 18, 2021 (age 57)

Elizabeth L. White, was born on November 8th, 1963 in Abilene to Albert E. Lee and Lizzie Garrett.   She graduated high school and continued her education and attended South Plains College, Cosmetology School at Vogue College in Lubbock. She worked for Mr. Tom’s Hair & Design, and Glamour Shots in Lubbock.  She had a  passion for life she loved her makeup and fashion, liked to go fishing in San Angelo and Buffalo Lake.  Very spiritual person and enjoyed reading the bible, she loved spending time with her son & grandchildren and Nieces and Nephews .

Maria Escobedo

October 1, 1950 ~ June 19, 2021 (age 70)

Maria Corrales, was born on October 1st, 1950 in Van Horn, Tx to Ygnacio & Transita Castillo Corrales.  Maria wed Alfredo Escobedo Sr. on February 22nd, 1966 in Levelland and they had six children from this union.  She worked several years for Sundown Independent School District in the Cafeteria and maintenance.  She enjoyed gambling, casinos  Kiowa, Ok. and  Hobbs, N.M. and watching her novellas and soap operas, learning and experimenting new cooking recipes on you tube.  Spending quality time with her family and she loved her grandchildren very much.

Eugene “Gene” Nugent

December 21, 1935 ~ June 19, 2021 (age 85)

Eugene Etheridge “Gene” Nugent, 85, of Levelland passed from this life on June 19, 2021.  Visitation will be held from to 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, June 25, 2021, at First Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in the Sundown Cemetery.

Bobbie Crouch Christian

July 19, 1932 ~ June 16, 2021 (age 88)

Bobbie Crouch Christian was born on July 16,1932 in Kaufman, , Texas, to Willie R and Carrie Crouch . She graduated high school in Willis  Point , Texas , in 1952, Bobbie relocated to Morton , and was employed  at Morton ISD. Bobbie wed Willard  Douglas Christian  (2014) In Clovis, New Mexico , in 1968. During her free time Bobbie  enjoyed sewing ,baking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren  She also enjoyed traveling, especially to East Texas to visit family. Bobbie will be greatly missed by her family and friends. 

Shirley Ann Withrow

December 31, 1947 ~ May 30, 2021 (age 73)

Shirley Ann Withrow, 73, of Levelland passed from this life on May 30, 2021.  Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.  (806) 897-1111

Noberto E. Lopez

June 5, 1961 ~ May 28, 2021 (age 59)

Noberto Estrada Lopez, 59, of Levelland passed from this life on May 28, 2021.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 3, 2021, with the Rosary at 7:00 pm at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 4, 2021, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.  (806) 897-1111

Antonia Gonzales

June 14, 1939 ~ May 27, 2021 (age 81)

Antonia Mata Gonzales, 81, of Levelland passed from this life on May 27, 2021.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Krestridge Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 28, 2021, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in the City of Levelland Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.  (806) 897-1111

Patsy Jean Pinner

April 9, 1927 ~ May 23, 2021 (age 94)

Patsy Jean Pinner, 94, of Levelland went to be with her Lord at 9:30 am on Sunday, May 23, 2021 in the Levelland Nursing and Rehab.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Friday, May 28, 2021, at the City of Levelland Cemetery with Jay Kelley of Austin Street Church of Christ officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Pat’s memory to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Krestridge Funeral Home.  (806) 897-1111