Obituaries

Fri
16
Nov

OBIT: Johnie Griffin

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Johnie G. Griffin, 82, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Andrews Texas.

Thu
15
Nov

OBIT: Tina Moran

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Ernestina “Tina” Rodriguez-Mendoza Moran (Maw) earned her angel wings on earth serving for her Lord, family, and friends her entire life. She was able to put them on in the early morning hours of November 13, 2018.

Maw was born to Marcial and Eloisa Rodriguez on November 11, 1948 in Sheffield, Texas. At three years old, she went to live with her aunt and uncle, John and Lucy Mendoza, who she called Mom and Dad. They raised her as their own. Maw was a very proud graduate of Iraan High School. She insisted on attending her class reunions, even when her health was not so great.

She married the love of her life, Joe Moran, on September 23, 1971. They spent 47 years at each other’s side.

Tue
30
Oct
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Royce Hightower

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Royce Hightower, 87 of Abilene, passed away at his home on October 22, 2018. A service was held Monday, October 29, 2018, at Potosi Baptist Church with Abilene Fire Department Chaplain Chris Hale and Brother Keith Clifton officiating. Royce was born in Millsap, Texas on December 27, 1930 to Edna P. Langford and Augustus Samuel Hightower. He graduated from Millsap High School in 1948. After high school he attended Weatherford Junior College and Texas A & M University. In January of 1951 he joined the Air Force and served until December of 1954. He was a Radio Communication Officer in Scotland responsible for intercepting and decoding enemy messages. In 1955, Royce joined the Texas Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper. He was stationed in Abilene, where he met and married his true love, Donna Mae Yaw. They were married in 1960 and moved to Ozona, Texas in 1962 where they lived and raised their son, Sam Hightower for the next 36 years.

Wed
24
Oct
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Joe ‘Max’ Word, M.D.

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Joe ”Max” Word went to his reward on January 29, 2018. Services were originally held February 5 in the Neil Chapel at Carillon. His family will have a military burial for him at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, October 28, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Ozona. Max was the only child of Lena Enright Carson and John Taylor ‘Boppo” Word. He was born December 28, 1929 in Ozona. Growing up Max spent much of his time working as a cowboy. He was a talented calf-roper, bronc and bull rider and rodeoed all over Texas. He had horses, cow, goats, pigs, chickens, many dogs and a raccoon named Cooney. He graduated valedictorian of Ozona High. He graduated in 1952 from Texas A&M University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced large animal medicine in Memphis, Tenn. He served as a 1st Lieutenant and medical officer in the 5th Army Headquarters during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and in the Army reserves.

Wed
24
Oct
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Jean Powers Read

Jean Read was born December 30, 1931 in Victoria, Texas to Nina Mae Glass Coats and Joe J. Coats. She completed her life on this earth on October 18, 2018 in the Crockett County Care Center. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 30, at the Ozona United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Kerbow Funeral Home. After her birth father’s death, her mother married Clifford F. Powers, of Sinton, Texas, and Jean’s early years were spent in the West Sinton area where she attended Adams School, a small rural school in which the first three grades shared a room (and consequently, each other’s lessons). She always credited this repetitious foundation for her success in school. She graduated from Sinton High School and Baylor University. She began teaching in Premont, Texas and after three years moved to Ozona where she taught nine years. She was married to Nat Read in 1965 and they resided at the family ranch for the rest of her life.

Wed
17
Oct
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Manuel S. Munoz

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Manuel S. Munoz “Chulo,” 66, passed away peacefully September 29, 2018 surrounded by family in Bakersfield, Calif. Manuel Munoz was born April 28, 1952 in Fort Stockton, Texas to Fidela Munoz. He was a graduate of Fort Stockton High School (Class of 1971). He loved his family with all of his heart, and he touched the lives of all who knew him. He was a hard-working man, who was always there to lend a hand when needed. He enjoyed being around family and friends, barbecuing, music, playing baseball, golf, and watching his sons and grandchildren play sports. He grew up in Fort Stockton and moved to California shortly after graduating high school, where he met and married Irma Vega on June 25, 1977. Together, they raised four boys. His work with El Paso Natural Gas/Mojave Gas Pipeline allowed him to travel and live in Fort Stockton, Ozona, Odessa, Texas, and Bakersfield, Calif. He was preceded in death by his mother, Fidela; two sisters, Senida, and Mary Vijil.

Wed
17
Oct
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William Larry Hensley

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William Larry Hensley, of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the age of 75. Larry was born to Earl and Ophelia Hensley on August 7, 1943 in Paducah, Texas. He was the younger of two children. After graduating high school, Larry joined the Army in 1961 and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas and Kaiserslautern, Germany where he was assigned to the armored division as a tanker. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1964, Larry began a career in law enforcement, serving as a decorated patrolman in several Texas city police departments throughout his 10 year career. Larry then spent the next 25 years in the petroleum industry before retiring and settling in Fredericksburg, Texas with his wife, Linda Hensley, where he was a beloved member of the community.

Tue
09
Oct
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Irene Ogle

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Irene Ogle, 93, of Granbury, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018. Graveside service was Thursday, October 4, in Kilgore. Irene was born on July 10, 1925 in Sylacauga, Alabama to John and Stella Stuart. She was a pillar of strength and source of wisdom for her family. She had an excellent work ethic, and taught her family to work for a living and take care of themselves. She loved cooking for them especially, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, turnip greens, and dressing. Irene was a good golfer and domino player. She enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her parrot “Susie”. She was a past member of Danville Methodist Church and attended Mambrino Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: R.J. Ogle, one sister and three brothers. Irene is survived by her children: Michael E.

Tue
09
Oct
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Myrtle Grimmer Everett

Myrtle Grimmer Everett passed away October 3 at the age of 98 years, 9 months, in Del Rio, Texas. She was born December 20, 1919 in Del Rio to Walter and Myrtle Grimmer. She married R.J. Everett, of Pandale, where they spent their married life ranching. Their children started school at Pandale. Later, she and the children moved to town during the school year going to the ranch on weekends and summers. While in Ozona, she was active in the First Baptist Church and 4-H Club. She and R.J. were active in the church at Pandale when at home on the ranch. After R.J.’s death, she later moved to Fort Stockton to live with her daughter and husband, Mae and Dewey Campbell. There she was active in Immanuel Baptist and the Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, son-in-law and two grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Mae Campbell, of Fort Stockton, R.J.

Tue
09
Oct

OBIT: Manuel Munoz

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Manuel Munoz 
04/28/1952 - 09/29/2018

 

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