The Odessa American from Odessa, Texas (2024)

MARCH 7, 2005 LOCAL AMERICAN 5B DEATH NOTICES Russel Norton MIDLAND Russel Norton, 53, of Midland, a former Valero Energy plant mechanic, died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at his residence. No services are scheduled. He was born in Liberal, Kansas. Arrangements are by Nalley-Pickle Welch Funeral Home and Crematory. SURVIVORS Wife, Doris Norton of Midland; daughter, Dena Cox of Nacogdoches; sons, Rex Norton of Big Spring and Ross Norton of San Diego, parents Remmel and Margaret Norton of Midland; brother, Randall Norton of Midland; sister, Lark Underwood of Midland; and 12 grandchildren.

Gladys Mae Cowart Wood FAIRFIELD Gladys Mae Cowart Wood, 93, of Fairfield, a Fairfield drug store owner, died Friday, March 4, 2005. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Capps Memorial Chapel in Fairfield with the Rev. Eston Turner officiating. Arrangements are by Capps Memorial Chapel.

Wood was born in Mineola. She was a Baptist. SURVIVORS Brother, J.C. Cowart of Mineola; and many nieces and nephews, including Betty Dale of Odessa. Connie Beatrice Frazier ODESSA Connie Beatrice Frazier, 78, formerly of Odessa, a homemaker, died Saturday, March 5, at Brownwood Medical Center in Brownwood.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at HubbardKelly Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Braswell officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. She was born in Bowie County.

SURVIVORS Husband, Derrel Boyd Frazier of Lake Brownwood; daughters, Eva Beatrice Mello of Lake Brownwood; Cheryl Boyce O'Brien of White Oak; Katheryn Latane Orren 'of Bakersfield, Calif; and Connie Rene Tibbets of Lubbock; brother, Kenneth Ray Orr of Bell; sisters, Lee Belle Goodman of Belton; Mary Dale Thomason of Big Spring; and Inette Bicknell of Austin; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mary V. Valdez SANDERSON Mary V. Valdez, 64, of El Paso, a homemaker, died Friday, March 4, 2005, at El Paso. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Sanderson. Burial will be at Santa Rita Cemetery in Sanderson. Arrangements are by Fort Stockton Funeral Home. She was born in Sanderson.

She was a Catholic. SURVIVORS Daughters, Karen Sanchez of Sanderson and Debra Salazar of San Antonio; son, Kenneth Valdez of Boston, brothers, Felix Valles of Odessa; David Valles of Sanderson and Roland Valles of Round Rock; and seven grandchildren. Veleta Marie Overton ODESSA Veleta Marie Overton, age 62; of Odessa, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Medical Center Hospital. Services are pending with Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home. Eddie Whetsell ODESSA Eddie Whetsell, 60, of Odessa, died Saturday, March 5, 2005, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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But he's far from alone. Grounded for two years, a third of the nation's nearly 150 astronauts have never flown in space, and some wonder when they will. "Part of being at NASA is very few people get to fly in space," Zamka said. "Everyone else gets their enjoyment by contributing to the space mission." The last class of astronauts has already been warned that it's unclear whether any of them will fly during the shuttle era which ends in five years. All face an uncertain THE ASSOCIATED PRESS future and development of the next-generation space vehicle could take until 2015.

"They knew very well that they arrived at the sunset of the shuttle and the dawn of the new vehicle and they may be exposed to the gap in between the two," Zamka said of the newest class of astronauts. "For the last classes, there has been an effort made to make sure they are informed as to what the wait may be like. And they come anyway." Forty-six of the nation's 142 astronauts have not flown in space; some of them are rookies, others have waited for years. Zamka didn't think his wait would be so long. He expects to be assigned to a flight in another two years and hopes to fly within the next four.

By that time, he'll have waited a decade. "The nature of the business is it is a risky business, and certainly, part of that risk is delays and unforeseen events," Zamka said. "A lot of these things are just out of my control." Astronaut Mark Polansky, who has flown one space mission and is set to command a mission next year, said some of his colleagues have expressed concern about where they are in line and when the opportunity to fly will come their way. Zamka tries not to focus on it and says it only crosses his mind when he's idle. "We are not stewing over here because we are not flying," he said.

SMU waits for word on Bush library DALLAS If George W. Bush has chosen Southern Methodist University to host his presidential library, school officials say he hasn't told 'them about it. Thomas Barry, an SMU vice president spearheading the school's campaign to win the library, told The Associated Press on Sunday Jesse 'Pappy' Hobbs THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ODESSA Jesse "Pappy" Hobbs, age 81, passed away Friday, March 4, 2005, at Parks Methodist Retirement Center. He was born August 13, 1923, to David A. and JoAnna Hobbs in Bixby, Okla.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Wesley Evangelical Methodist Church. He married Betty Wiseman on May 2, 1952, in Lovington, N.M., and was employed with Ruthco Inc, and Leamco-Ruthco, and later retired from Fannie Lee Mitchel. He was preceded in death by. his parents; a brother, Sebe he was as surprised as anybody that a New York Daily News report all but declared SMU the winner.

"I would think we would know about it if we were the choice, and we do not," Barry said. "If we have it, and I don't know, I'll probably have to change universities or something." Speculation has, swirled for months that SMU, the alma Bennefield; and sisters, Mae Thomas, Ella Horton, Sarah Burton, Ina Milligan and Dollie Montgomery. Survivors include his, wife, Betty Hobbs of Odessa; son, David R. Hobbs of Florida; daughter, Christy Bevel of Odessa; brother, Eldon Hobbs of. Sapulpa, OK; mother-inlaw, Dorothy Wiseman of Bellmont, five grandchildren, David O'Neal, Jessica O'Neal, Sarah O'Neal, Jerry Bevel and Ray Bevel; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher O'Neal, Caleb O'Neal and Robert O'Neal.

There will be a family visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. on from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2005, at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. Services will be held at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors Chapel with Pastor Ronnie Newton of Wesley Evangelical Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorjal Gardens. Memorials can be made to Wesley Evangelical Methodist Church 1211 E. 57th Street, Odessa, Texas 79762.

Services are entrusted to Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors. DEATH NOTICES There is no charge for death notices of people who live or who previously lived in the Odessa American's 21-county circulation area. The newspaper also publishes death notices of spouses, parents, grandparents, children or siblings who live outside the area. Death notices are subject to limits on content.

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Zamka has been an astronaut for almost seven years and still hasn't made it into space. OPD probes armed robbery mater of first lady Laura Bush, is the front-runner in the contest. The New York Daily News reported Sunday that the White House still planned to invite several. library proposals this spring. But the newspaper cited "Bush insiders," who said that, barring a major turnabout by the first family, the library will be in Dallas, on or near the campus of SMU.

E.F. 'Fish' Powell FORT STOCKTON Elmon Fisher Powell, 84, of Fort Stockton, Texas, passed away Friday, March 4, 2005. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2005, at the Fort Stockton Church of Christ, followed by burial at the East Hill City Cemetery with Harold Durham officiating. Fish was born May 9, 1920, in 'Ozona, Texas.

After attending high school in Ozona, he was employed at the H.W. Baker Grocery Store in Ozona, followed by employment with Noble Drilling Co. Odessa police on Sunday said they are investigating the robbery of a cab driver. Few details were available late Sunday afternoon, but Odessa Police Department Sgt. Chris Gregg said the robbery occurred in east Odessa after a cab driver picked up a rider and took him to the requested location.

and Boehmes Bread Co. In 1939, he married his beloved wife, Louise Boyd of Ozona. Fish was a U.S. Army veter- ODESSA AMERICAN an. In 1985, Fish retired from his family business in Fort Stockton and continue his lifetime enjoyment of community service.

He was a dedicated member and on the board of directors for the Texas Lions Camp for cripple children in Kerrville, Texas, and he received many distinguished service awards from the Lions Club. Being a strong supporter of education and youth, Fish was a member of the Fort Stockton School Board, Director of the Pecos County Livestock Association, a loyal sponsor for the Fort Stockton FFA and received a Gold Buckle and plaque for the Sul Ross Rodeo Club for all his hard work. Fish was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, and is survived by three children, Kent Powell and wife Judith of Rankin, Richard Powell and wife Lynda of Alpine, Brenda Menzies and husband John of Aledo, Texas. He i is also survived by his grand- "When they got there, the passenger showed a pistol and took money from him, and the actor fled on foot," Gregg said. Police identified the suspect as a black male, 25 years of age.

He was last seen wearing a bright red jacket, dark pants and a blue bandanna. The incident occurred about 2 p.m. The driver was not injured. children, Trey Powell of Odessa, Texas, Justin Powell of Rankin, Texas, Nena Boettcher and husband Harlan of East Bernard, Texas, Turtle Powell and wife Molly of Stephenville, Texas, Leslee Hallmark and husband Trey of San Antonio, Texas, and Ashley Menzies of Aledo, Texas. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren; a sister, Lueta Kost of Ozona; sister-in-law, Johnnye Coleman of Birmingham, and many.

nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Gerald Porter, Peeberry White, David Shelton, Harper Caldwell, Delmon Hodges, Dan Law, Frank Velasco and Ernie Holder. The honorary pallbearers will be Cliff Harris; Harlan Lambert, Don Maxey, Bill Moody, Mac Hill, Dennis Card, John May and the Evening Lions Club. The family wishes to thank his many friends and Hospice, along with special thanks to Lucy Patterson and Alberta Olivas. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fort Stockton Evening Lions Club, West Texas Boys Ranch or your favorite charity.


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