Ector County Texas Obituaries

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Carrasco

Aron G. Carrasco Jr., of Odessa, a retired lab technician from Ameripol Synpol Corp., died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Home Hospice House.
A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with the Rev. Mark Woodruff officiating. Military burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
He was born in Odessa. He was a U.S. Armed Forces veteran.
SURVIVORS Wife, Nina Carrasco of Odessa; daughters, Elaine Schnell, Annette Carrasco and JoAnn Reyes, all of Odessa; and five grandchildren.

Chapman

Kathleen Rex Chapman, 63, died of smoke inhalation as a result of an accidental fire in her Austin, TX apartment on August 11, 2006. She was a sweet, caring and beautiful person who loved her family and friends.
Kathy Chapman spent the early years of her life in the Boston suburb of Marblehead, MA. Her family later moved to Hendersonville, NC, where she graduated high school before attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She subsequently moved to Chicago and worked at the Northern Trust Bank for several years.
Kathy later moved to New York City, where she married Daniel K. Chapman, Jr. who was a senior editor for the popular weekly Look Magazine. They subsequently moved to Houston, TX where Dan pursued a number of journalistic assignments before obtaining his doctorate in English Literature at Rice University. They moved to Odessa, TX in 1981, where Dan became an English professor at Odessa College. Following her husbandís death from cancer in 1990, Kathy moved to Midland and then to Austin, and at the time of her death was employed as an administrative assistant at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
Kathy is survived by her sister, Diane Kelly, and her brothers, Gartland Rex and Michael Rex, as well as by her stepson, Daniel K. Chapman III.
A graveside ceremony is scheduled for this Saturday, September 16, at 1:30pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 6851 E. Highway 80, Odessa, TX.

Chesser

Beatrice Marie Chesser went to be with her Lord on May 5, 2003. She was born in San Saba, Texas, on July 18, 1926. She was raised on a farm as the youngest of seven children. Marie left the farm as a teenager to pursue an education. Shortly after graduating business college, she moved to Goldsmith to begin employment.
Marie's occupational pursuit not only granted her the opportunity to provide for herself, but an introduction to her future husband. She married Billy Joe Chesser and had two children. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, and tending to her flowers. Marie was very active in the church and a respected member of her community.
She is survived by her brother, Roderick Quain; her sister, Josie Hughes; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 2011 N. Washington, in Odessa. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens

Childs

Frank Childs, 58, a veteran broadcaster and former Odessa city councilman, died Tuesday of emphysema.
Mr. Childs worked as disc jockey and later as manager at several radio stations. He also worked on and off for KMID-TV as sports and weather commentator.
Elected to the City Council in 1978, he served two years. He retired from politics after losing a bid for mayor in 1980.

Copeland

Walter Lee Copeland, 86, of Odessa, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Home Hospice House.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wingate Cemetery with Jordan Hubbard officiating. Arrangements are by Odessa Funeral Home.
He was born in Haskell. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
SURVIVORS Sons, Ross McCarty of Yukon, Okla., Bill McCarty of San Angelo and Steve McCarty of Odessa; daughters, Kathy Gibson and Rhonda Kay McCurrin, both of Odessa; sisters, Willie Sheppard of College Station and Marie Martin of Lubbock; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren

Counts

Annie Jo Counts of Odessa passed away on Friday, December 2, 2005, at Hospice House after a lengthy illness.
She was born March 25, 1928, in Linden, TX to John Thomas and Annie Pauline Counts. She was reared by Sam and Jackie Rogers (her sister) who both preceded her in death.
She retired as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell after thirty-five years of service.
Annie Jo was a faithful member of Sherwood Church of Christ.
She is survived by one brother, Sam Counts of Queen City, TX, and one sister, Della Robertson of Austin, TX, and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.Visitation will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2005, at Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 5, 2005, at Sherwood Church of Christ on 49th and Dixie Streets in Odessa, with Lynn Money officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The pallbearers will be friends of the family.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Odessa Christian School, 2000 Doran, Odessa, TX 79761.
Services entrusted to Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home.