Book sale is a success

Friends of Mitchell Co. Library

The friends group held a book sale at the Railhead Trade Days this past weekend, and members say it was a success. All proceeds benefit the local library.

Lots of shoppers at Railhead!

The Railhead Bldg. was full of vendors and shoppers last weekend, as the fall show was a resounding success. Unique gift ideas filled the buildings, and food booths fed hungry consumers.

WISD wins design contest

Wildcat artwork to don snow plow

Westbrook elementary students designed artwork which was submitted to TxDOT for an art contest and won. Their design was judged the best out of several schools.

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Obituaries 12-1-16

Marcelia “Wali” Martinez

COLORADO CITY - Marcelia “Wali” Martinez, The Tamale Lady, 83, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on Monday, November 28, 2016.
She was born on March 24, 1933 to Luis and Rosa Sanchez Balderas in San Antonio.
Wali was a woman who was devoted to her God and to her family. A stay-at-home mom at heart, she made sure to spend as much time with her children and grandchildren as possible. In her younger days when she was not with her children, she could be found in the cotton fields or wheat fields helping her husband. Her faith in God was evident in every aspect of her life. She prayed the rosary daily, taught summer school to her children and cooked in the convent for the nuns.
She was a cancer survivor for over 20 years, battling different stages throughout and doing her part to help with finding a cure, even running a 5K Race for the Cure where she finished in 1st place for ages 70 and over. She was also a very giving woman that never met a stranger, many of whom were recipients of her fresh tamales. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and being out in the yard.
Marcelina is survived by her children, Luis Martinez and wife Donna of Brownfield, Victoria Martinez of Colorado City, Martha Martinez of Colorado City, and Mary Alvarez and husband Robert of Breckenridge, as well as by nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings, Luis Balderas and wife Yolanda, David Balderas and wife Teresa, Reuben Balderas and wife Rosalinda, Olga Balderas, Gilbert Balderas and wife Pat, Edward Balderas and wife Mary, Dan Balderas, Gloria Martinez and husband Hilario, and Luisa Naranjo.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rafael Martinez, and by her siblings; Ernestina Perez, Andy Balderas, Consulo Valdez, Lawrence Balderas, Loisa Trejo, Alexandra Garcia, and Maria Eva Rodriguez.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church of Colorado City on Thursday, December 1st at 10 a.m. with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating. Burial will follow in the Colorado City Cemetery.
The family will be present to receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, November 30th from 6-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7p.m. at Kiker -Seale Funeral Home.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Anns Catholic Church. Those wishing may leave condolences online by visiting

Deborah Phariss
1955 – 2016
COLORADO CITY - Deborah Phariss, 61, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus. She passed away with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
She was born in Midland on November 11, 1955 to Billy and Betty Ingram Riley.
Deborah was a woman who always made sure to put the two strongest loves of her life first and that was her God and her family. She was known to be one of the most positive introverts anybody would ever see, which is a strong characteristic for a person humbled by the presence of Jesus and a strong faith in her life. Deborah was also known to be a very giving woman, whether you were needing something physical or words of encouragement. If she had it and was able to help you, she was there. In her spare time Deborah loved to read (especially her Bible, Numbers 6:24-26 was her inspiration). She also loved to paint, learning to paint brilliant masterpieces with her left hand after losing use of her right hand. Deborah was a brave woman who fought the good fight armed with prayer and faith. Those that knew her knew she was a prayer warrior and a strong worshiper. She will be missed by all that knew her, especially her family whom she taught to follow in her footsteps.
Deborah is survived by her husband, Robert Phariss of Colorado City; by her daughter, Teri Phariss of Loraine; and by a son, Chase Phariss and wife Paige of Fort. Worth; and their first daughter, Wells, with a second daughter on the way. She is also survived by her brothers, William Riley and wife Tammera of Lawton Oklahoma; and Tim Riley and wife Patricia of San Marcos; and by a sister, Katherine Pena and husband Ignacio of Odessa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by a brother, Rocky Riley.
The family held a celebration of Deborah’s life at the Christian Fellowship Church of Colorado City on Sunday, November 27th at 4 p.m. with Pastor Larry Chaney officiating. A feast was held after the celebration for all friends and family. Burial followed in the Monroe Cemetery in Nimrod on Monday, November 28th at 2 p.m.
Lola Gaddis
1934 – 2016
HERMLEIGH - Lola Gaddis, 82, passed away peacefully at Cogdell Memorial Hospital in Snyder, with family by her side.
She was born May 28, 1934 to Gerald and Frances Murphy Tutwiler in Black Oak, Arkansas.
Lola was a very loving and sweet woman who always made sure to put her family first, as family was the most important part of her life. Anything she ever did, she made sure to have family with her. In her spare time, Lola enjoyed dancing, camping, fishing, playing Bingo, and traveling with family. After finishing high school, Lola met her husband James Eddie Gaddis and became a stay-at-home mom raising eight children and a few of her grandchildren.
Lola is survived by her children, Charles Gaddis of Hermleigh, Robert Gaddis and Teresa Rich of Midland, Jimmy Gaddis and wife Shirley of San Angelo, Trina Wright and husband Toby of Snyder, and Carolyn Kinney of Denton, and her four legged son Scooby. She is also survived by two sisters Grace Blassingame of Olney and Judy Ramey of Snyder, as well as by 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Eddie Gaddis Sr. and by her children, James Eddie Gaddis Jr., Lyndon Gaddis, and Frances Sawyer, as well as by two brothers and three sisters.
A funeral service for Lola was held on Saturday, November 26th at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Vistiation was held at the funeral home on Friday, November 25th from 6-8 pm. The burial will be private and at the discretion of the family.
Dolores Wood
1937 – 2016
COLORADO CITY - Dolores Smith Wood, 79, treasured mother, grandmother, and friend, went to be with the Lord on November 25, 2016. Mrs. Wood was born in Nashville, TN to Colyn and Loyce Smith on August 4, 1937.
When she was seven, her family moved to Colorado City, where she has called home and has actively served in her community all her life in many organizations such as Girl Scouts, Riding Club, various charities including the Helping Hand Ministry, church choir, election work, and much more. In 1949-50, she and her sister debuted on the radio and for service clubs as the Smith Sisters, singing and playing the ukulele.
She graduated from Colorado High School, and went to work at GD Foster Insurance as a secretary, which allowed her to follow her loves of training her own horse and traveling almost all of the United States. She loved music, played the piano by ear, and played the guitar, and ukulele. She was still singing special music in church two weeks before her death.
Her faith was an inspiration to many as she contended with the challenges of her physical disease over 37 years, always praising God and having concern for others with more burden to bear than her own. When she could no longer go to Bible studies, she hosted them in her home or nursing home room. She loved staging a big Christmas for her grandchildren, having scratch made cakes on hand, and all animals.
She is survived by her sister, Coleen Grisham; and by her children, Staci Nowell and husband Tim, Mitzie Cribbs and husband Marley, Donny Wood and wife Krista; her grandchildren Lane, Leah, Lexi, Autumn, Gage, Summer, and Jed; and three nieces, Margie Hays, Jackie Reily, and Mickie Webb.
Family visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 at New Life Bible Ministries, 1644 Hickory, in Colorado City followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mitchell County Hospital District Charitable Foundation earmarked Nursing Home Patio Improvements, to continue a project she advocated for as president of the resident council there.

Shanna Bassinger
Funeral services for Shanna Bassinger are pending at Kiker-Seale Funeral Home. She passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016.
Mae Montague
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2016, for Mae Montague. A formal obituary will be in the Record next week.


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