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Monahans, Texas (TX)

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Anthony Scurlark
Anthony Scurlark
Class of 1985
(Passed date unknown)
Anthony was a friend and a great athlete .
God Bless , Lin
Arlen Griffith
ARLEN GRIFFITH
Class of 1965
Passed Apr 04, 1986
Janie Griffith Riley, ARLEN’s wife, told us.....”Arlen and I married September 9, 1975 in Lubbock and moved from there to Monahans and then Hobbs. Later we were in Lubbock, Spring, and finally in Midland. Arlen worked for Baker Oil Treating Chemicals at the time of his death. He was regional manager for them. He died of liver cancer on April 4, 1986 after a very short illness.

We have two children: Chad Griffith and Lara Griffith Cooper. Chad is 25 years old and is attending Texas Tech, his Dad’s alma mater. (Arlen would be proud that one of his children chose to go there.) Lara, 23, graduated SWT, married Jared Cooper, and they are living in San Angelo. She is an escrow agent, and he is a golf pro and manager of one of the courses there. (Arlen would love the fact that there is a Golf Pro in the family since he loved golf.) There are no grandchildren as yet! Arlen’s dad passed away in 1991 and his mother lives at Lake Leon. We see her often. She is 87 now and doing well. She is very much a part of our family. I remarried in 1991 to Ken Riley, and we live in Midland. Our phone number is 432-686-0150. I would welcome any calls from old school friends of Arlen’s.

Arlen loved life and his Tech Red Raiders. The children remember him watching them on television and going to the games. He was very much the outdoor type and loved golf and fishing. He never got to do enough of either. I remember his concern for others and wanting to help the underdog. He loved his family and his pets. He touched many lives and changed a few along the way. I pray that if you knew him, you will have fond memories of him and remember his laugh and smile.”
Austin Whitfield
AUSTIN WHITFIELD
Class of 1965
Passed Sep 02, 1980
AUSTIN WHITFIELD died in Monahans, Texas, on September 2, 1980. He was 33 years of age and was a life-long resident of Monahans. On March 2, 1965, he was married to Yvonne Skinner in Odessa. In addition to his wife, Yvonne, he was also survived by 4 sons, David, Donald, Allen, and Austin III; one brother, Freddie; one sister, Helen Ruth Johnson; and his parents, Austin, Sr. and Juanita. Austin was employed as a truck driver. He was a member of the Church of God in Christ. Leon Grigry shared this about Austin…..“He was always friendly and polite. He loved being around people and always had a good story to tell.”
Carolyn Warren
CAROLYN WARREN
Class of 1965
(Passed date unknown)
“I was privileged to know my sister, CAROLYN WARREN, for 22 short years.” David Warren, Carolyn’s brother went on to tell us, “She passed away September, 1968. Having Carolyn as my “big sister” was wonderful…..she was always “there” for me. I remember Carolyn as being unique and special when compared to all the other girls I knew. To describe Carolyn as being “Head Strong” is probably an understatement. She certainly knew what she wanted in life and had a plan to get there! She was also definitely her own boss. (And, my boss as well!)

An unforgettable family history moment occurred when I was little. I was buggin’ Carolyn about something…irritating her...as little brothers do...so she shoved me in the closet, locked it and left! Funny, I can’t remember who let me out but I definitely remember that she was not going to put up with me aggravating the tar out of her! Carolyn dealt with life ‘head on’. I liked that about her! She loved life and even loved school. She had so many, many friends. She was a happy, creative and loving person and enjoyed being with her family and friends. The one thing I will always remember is how so many of her friends were ‘there’ for Carolyn when she needed you all the most!

A cool thing has happened as the years have gone by......I have begun to see Carolyn in the attitudes and ways of my two daughters and son. Without knowing it, they will say something or turn and look at me and suddenly, there she is.....still very much a part of my life. That’s a good thing!”
Catherine Mary Alves
Catherine Mary Alves
Class of 1978
Passed Jun 14, 2007
She was the best sister anyone could have I miss her dearly. bless God for finally bringing her peace
Charles David Woodall
CHARLES DAVID WOODALL
Class of 1965
(Passed date unknown)
CHARLES DAVID WOODALL passed away in Dallas, TX in January of 1967. He was married to Jeanette Vallie (Class of 64) and they have twin boys, Sean and Donald. His son Donald died in August of 1992. They also have 2 grandchildren. Charles was also survived by his Mother, Nona Owens, four sisters, Linda, Jamie, Kristy and Teresa, and three brothers, Gary, Glenn and Michael.

Charley loved music and loved to dance. No one knew it was a dream of his to dance with a Broadway show in New York. His work was very important to him and he was working on opening a new chain of grocery stores that he would be in charge of shortly before his death.

Janie White Michalik told us that “Charlie was a great friend to everyone that knew him. No matter where you saw Charlie, he was smiling and happy.   Charlie always tried to make others feel good about themselves and I know he did that for me every time I saw him which was either at school or Furr's Grocery where he worked after school each day.”  

Jeanette remembers Charlie.....“Something wonderful about him was his love for me. The time was too short and he never knew his boys. He did leave me with them and they have given me great joy and love. They look like their father so his legacy did live on for us. Now he has one of the boys with him and I have one with me.”
Charlisea Miller
charlisea miller
Class of 1996
(Passed date unknown)
when i moved back to monahans she was one of the first persons i saw
Cindy Fambro Higgins
Cindy Fambro Higgins
Class of 1981
Passed Jan 07, 2002
Cynthia Harvick
CYNTHIA HARVICK
Class of 1965
Passed Aug 15, 1994
Former classmate CYNTHIA HARVICK passed away August 15, 1994, as a result of cancer. She was survived by her 2 daughters, Brandy and Misty; her mother, Jessie; two brothers, Elmer and Bill; and four sisters, Dolores Young, Glenda Coles, Nona Cox and Betty Smith. Cynthia was a resident of Monahans at the time of her death. She was employed by the Ward County Sheriff’s Office as a kitchen supervisor. Cynthia was a very kind person and respected in the community. She is greatly missed by her family and friends.
Dale Ayres
DALE AYRES
Class of 1965
(Passed date unknown)
passed out of our lives in July of 2001. He was survived by his son Matt, and daughter Betsey of Houston, and the “love” of his life Tody Sindelar of New Braunfels.

Sara Flores Gilbert remembers “He was a business entrepreneur and was involved in several businesses. Dale had many adventures in his lifetime and loved to share those stories with friends and family. He never met a stranger and made friends easily. Dale loved airplanes and after a stint in the Air Force, during the Viet Nam war, he continued to rent planes and fly on occasion. He also had a talent for painting and making objects from wood and metals. Tody’s house was an art gallery of Dale’s work. He is greatly missed by all of us that knew him and loved to hear and share our stories with him.”
Danny Herbold
Danny Herbold
Class of 1971
(Passed date unknown)
Danny left us shortly after grad.,Danny was an easygoing person.Danny probably would have been famous and popular.
David Mcpeak
DAVID MCPEAK
Class of 1965
Passed Nov 13, 2002
Former classmate DAVID MCPEAK passed away on November 13, 2002 of a massive coronary. At the time of his death, David was in the trucking business. He drove across country and returned to Mayhill, NM when possible where he and his wife, Karen, made their home. He is survived by his wife, a son, David, a daughter, LaGaytha Hammer, a stepdaughter, Shellie Watson, a stepson, Joe Linker, his brother, Wayne McPeak, and wife, Sue Pittman McPeak (both Class of 65), two sisters, Linda Strickland and Carol Boggs, four grandchildren, and three nephews.

Jerry Adams wrote this about David…..“You always knew where you stood with David, as he was down to earth, loved life and people, especially his family and friends. He was a practical joker and didn’t mind when the joke was on him. He always looked for the best in people, and shared with his family and friends his love, respect and regard. David's work ethic was evident everyday of his life. He was an avid hunter, and spent every deer season he could sharing his knowledge of hunting with his son and nephews. His family and friends were always in his thoughts as he traveled across the country. He often called just to say hello, miss and love ya'll and hope to see you soon. We miss you “No Toe”! You certainly were a joy in our lives and we will remember you always.”
Dennis Paul Dorton
DENNIS PAUL DORTON
Class of 1965
Passed Jan 10, 2005
passed away on January 10, 2005. His sister, Martha Spencer, confirmed that the heart operations that he had gone through in August of last year were not as successful as they had hoped. Dennis moved to Monahans in his senior year and didn't get to know many people in our class before everyone went their separate way.

He was born in Big Springs, the son of Joseph "Joe" Patton Dorton and Marcella May Green. After graduation from high school he served his country in the Navy as a communications technician from 1965-1969. He loved to jet ski, take trips with his family and eat at fine steak houses.

He began work at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in San Angelo in 1971 and received his administrator license in 1974. On April 16, 1977 he became administrator of Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Hamilton where he loved the residents. He always had time to visit or assist them in what ever their needs may have been.

He was fun loving always there for his family, the residents and the staff of the Nursing Home. He put others before himself. As one person put it “Dennis was a nice man and he didn’t have to think about it. That was Dennis.”

Survivors include his sister, Martha Sue Spencer of Hamilton; one aunt, Ollie Wallace of Midland and a number of nieces and nephews.
Derrill Brantley
DERRILL BRANTLEY
Class of 1965
Passed Feb 12, 1969
died February 12, 1969, at the age of 21 years. He was killed in a truck accident in Louisiana on his way home to LaPorte, Texas, from a long haul trip to New Orleans. A logging truck pulled out in front of his 18 wheeler rig on Interstate 10 when Derrill was going 80 miles an hour. He could not stop and the logs went through the cab.

He died doing what he loved to do…….driving a truck. Derrill and his Dad bought several big trucks and both were driving for Global Van Lines, moving military crates from the docks in New Orleans and Houston.

Derrill and his wife, Sue (McGough) had one daughter, Carla Colleen Brantley, born March 24, 1966. He was very proud of his little blue eyed, blonde baby girl, who looks very much like him. He spent a lot of time taking care of her when he was home. He even changed her diapers! Carla now lives in Houston and has 3 children.

As Sue was sharing her memories of Derrill, she states that he was a very kind, friendly and loving man. She also states that he was extremely intelligent. His IQ was around 150. This may have been a little known fact since he was not interested in school. She believes that if he had not died so young, he would have accomplished much. His family misses him very much and is proud of the heritage he left them
Dominga Acosta Galbadon
DOMINGA ACOSTA GALBADON
Class of 1965
Passed Jun 14, 2000
Passed away June 14, 2000. She left behind her husband, Luis, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Her daughter, Maria Banda shared this about Dominga…“She was a kind, loving, well-known and respected person. She was the kind of person that knew no stranger. Everywhere she went, my mother touched everyone’s heart with a friendly “hello” or even just the beautiful smile that God gave her.

The diagnosis of cancer did not stop her from being the person that she was everyday of her life. Actually, what people thought of as bad news turned into something that made our family bond even stronger. She continued to work as the supervisor in the Lynaugh Unit while going through her chemo and radiation treatments. People who have had loved ones go through these treatments know that it is such a hard and difficult time. My mother never gave up on her faith or hope until God decided it was time to see the beautiful smile He had given to one of His creations. She touched so many lives. I love you, Mom.”
Don Higginbotham
DON HIGGINBOTHAM
Class of 1965
Passed Jun 27, 1998
He was living in Grand Prairie, Texas, at the time of his death on June 27, 1998. He was 51 years old. Don married Pamela Gail Shults on July 21, 1989. In addition to his wife, he was also survived by 2 daughters, Pamela Jo Cote and Amber Jorgensen; his mother, Merle; his sister, Camilla Blum (Class of ’66); and 7 grandchildren. At his “day job”, Don was a project manager for Erickson Radio. He was also a reserve police officer, a certified storm watcher, and a ROTC veteran. Don loved trains and was an avid collector. He had been a ham radio operator since the age of 10 and was a former ’65 classmate. Don lived a very full and rewarding life, and he is missed greatly by all who knew him.
Elsa Rodriguez
Elsa Rodriguez
Class of 1995
Passed Nov 11, 2007
(no additional information)
Former Classmate Donna Allison Farney
Former classmate DONNA ALLISON FARNEY
Class of 1965
(Passed date unknown)
We lost Donna in early August, 2005 through a drowning accident. A very bright, beautiful light went out for our class that day. We could always count on her to be supportive with attending the reunions, joining us for our “girl’s weekends” and just adding her beautiful smile and her loving heart to any gathering. Some people leave a mark on your heart forever and she was one of those people. Whenever we get together, the memory of her will linger and we will miss her dearly.
Harlan Speidel
HARLAN SPEIDEL
Class of 1965
Passed Dec 14, 2003
HARLAN SPEIDEL passed away suddenly with a heart attack on December 14, 2003. Harland left behind his wife of 33 years, Barbara Knott (former 1965 classmate). He is also survived by his mother, Doris, and brother, Derwin (Class of ’69). He and Barbara had lost their only daughter, Jennifer Leigh, in 1981.

Harlan spent his professional career as a dedicated teacher but the most important thing in life to him was “doing things with Barbara.” They loved to explore Texas and other states on their motorcycles. He was an avid fan of monster trucks, jumping low riders and hot rods – just about anything mechanical.

Harlan was a very spiritual person and had a deep caring for his fellow human beings. He still wanted to improve their quality of life through changes in various laws. Carol and Jerry said “We had a long conversation with Harlan when he was hospitalized before he died. He was so excited about the 40th reunion and was looking forward to renewing old friendships. We laughed for an hour about old memories. We hope you are ‘easy riding’, Harlan. You are missed.”
Henrietta Jones Duncan
HENRIETTA JONES DUNCAN
Class of 1965
Passed Dec 11, 1999
Former classmate HENRIETTA JONES DUNCAN a resident of Monahans, died in Abilene, Kansas, on December 11, 1999. She was 53 years old at the time of her death. She was survived by 5 sons, Larry Jordon, Fallon Ray Jordan, Lanny D. Jordan, Henry Jess Jordan and Christopher Jordan; 2 grandchildren; and her sister, Arrie Rosalee Lee. Henrietta owned the Monahans Motel and was a successful business woman. She was active in the Chamber of Commerce in Monahans. She was a member of Grace Fellowship Church in Monahans. Leon Grigry remembered this about Henrietta…..“Every time you saw her downtown she was wearing coveralls with paint and plaster on them from repairs she was making on one of her rental properties. She told me that she never thought she would grow up to become a handyman or woman as was the case.”

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