Obituaries

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Adan Estrada, 56, of Valentine, passed away in Valentine on January 11, 2016.  Adan was born in Fabens, Texas on July 27, 1959.  He was a lifelong resident and high school graduate of Valentine.  After graduating, he married his high school sweetheart, Irma on June 24, 1977.  Adan had a talent for working on cars so he opened his own business and worked there as a mechanic for many years. In 1993, he decided he was going to work in Van Horn so he started working at Napa as a parts advisor; he loved what he did and made many friends.

In 2005 his heart was filled with joy when he became a “Popo” to his granddaughter Makayla, followed by her sisters Amaris and Arysenay.  Adan was a good person always trying to help people no matter what they needed. He liked to sing, his favorite songs were “That’s Amore” and the Bonanza theme song.  He had to have his sweets and his Coca-Cola even though they were bad for him and always conned his daughter Eva into making doughnuts for him. Adan was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend; he will be truly missed by all his family and friends.

Adan is survived by his wife: Irma Estrada of Valentine, his son: Adan Estrada Jr. of Valentine, his daughter,  Eva Rey and her husband Edwardo of Valentine, and one brother,  Juan Estrada of Valentine.  Adan was blessed with three granddaughters: Makayla, Amaris and Arysenay.   He is preceded in death by his mother: Alejandra Estrada, his grandmother:  Maria Hernandez and his twin sister: Eva Estrada.   

A funeral mass was held on January 16, 2016 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church of Van Horn officiated by Father Saul Pacheco. The burial followed at the Valentine Cemetery.  Pallbearers were: Pancho Romero, Richard Babb, Manuel Quintana Sr., Robert Alvarado, Michael Gomez, Julian Garcia, Enrique Alvarez and Ralph Alvarado. Honorary Pallbearers were: Raul Espudo and Henry Carrasco. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home of Van Horn.  To sign the guestbook or leave the family a message, please log on-line to pecosfuneral home.com

Jay Sparks

Jay Allen Sparks, 51, of Alexandria, Virginia, died on January 9, 2016, at the Sam Houston Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He was born on March 1, 1964, in Odessa to John T. Sparks and Betty Smith Sparks.

Family visitation, rosary and eulogy took place on January 14 at Rushing Estes Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde. Funeral mass was held on January 15 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde. Interment followed in the J.A. Sparks Memorial Cemetery at Cline. Pallbearers were Jay’s children, his son-in-law, his brothers and his brothers-in-law.

With many ties to West Texas, Jay had lived in Van Horn,  Presidio, and Balmorhea. A proud patriot who came from a family involved in law enforcement, his early stints as a Pecos police officer and a Presidio County deputy sheriff were followed by an assignment at the Presidio port of entry. Jay spent the next 27 years advancing in his federal law enforcement career, working for the U.S. Border Patrol, Legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Department of Homeland Security,

Jay is survived by his wife, Yvonne Lozano Sparks; his four children, Lynsie Danielle Sparks Maldonado (Macy) of Odessa,  Carissa Claire Sparks of Balmorhea, Allen Jay Sparks of Brownsville, and John Travis Sparks (Katelyn) of Houston; four grandchildren, Saya Amira Soto, John Travis Sparks III, Ilene Blossom Sparks, and Hazel May Sparks; sisters, Teloa Swinnea of Shafter, Terri Tucker of Uvalde, and Trava Baker of Marfa; brothers, John C. Sparks of San Angelo and Travis Sparks of Tyler; and many extended family and loyal friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

All who knew Jay, knew his passion for his family, for life, for his Scottish heritage, and for his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed by those whom he touched.

The Clan Scott Society, a 501 (c) (3), has established an annual Scottish Performing Arts scholarship in Jay’s memory. The family requests memorials be directed to: Clan Scott Society, Inc., PO Box 13021, Austin, Texas 78711-3021, Attn: Jay Sparks Memorial Scholarship.

Kuhlman, John Obit

John D. Kuhlman, Sr., 74, of Van Horn passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. He was born on August 6, 1941 in Los Angeles, California to Douglas Eugene and Patricia Kuhlman. He was married to the love of his life, Mary Jo Kuhlman, for 45 years. He was a 14 year veteran of the United States Army and served in law enforcement from 1974-2009 until his retirement. He will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family. No services are being held at this time.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Kuhlman; children, John D. Kuhlman, Jr., Karen Curnutte, Charlotte Long, Sindy Baeza, Teresa Kuhlman Fowlkes, Jake Kuhlman, and Christopher Kuhlman; 14 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and numerous friends.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.