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Don (Donnie) Wise, age 72, of Odessa, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel in Gatesville. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery. Mr. Wise was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Temple, to the late Don and Callie Logan Wise. He grew up mostly in Kermit and Odessa. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was honorably discharged in 1966. He married Rita Cruise on Aug. 31, 1968. He worked as an electrician and mechanic for many years in Odessa. He enjoyed operating his family’s farm and ranch in Coryell County. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, James Grady Wise. He is survived by his wife, Rita Wise; two sons, James Wise and Jason Wise; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Second Baptist Church, 711 E. 17th St. Odessa, TX 79761.

March 17, 1952 – February 2, 2016


Larry William Arnold, age 63, of Copperas Cove, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Graveside services were at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Slater Cemetery. Larry was born on March 17, 1952, in Pecos, Texas, to William F. Arnold and Doris Nadine Tubbs Arnold. He graduated from Monahans High School in Monahans, Texas. He married Betty Bushey in 1979. He moved to Central Texas area in 1984. He was a welder for Kalyn Manufacturing for 14 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his mother; and wife, Betty. Larry is survived by his father, W.F. Arnold; sister, Elaine Parisher and husband, James of Hilltop Lakes; nephew, Lance Parisher of Austin; niece, Amanda Henne and husband, Justin of Hilltop Lakes; and great-niece, Shelby Henne of Hilltop Lakes.

Joe Blakley II, age 55, of Gatesville, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, surrounded by his family at his home in Pearl. Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Coryell Community Church in Gatesville with the Rev. Jess McCabe officiating. Burial was at the Pearl Cemetery. He was born Aug. 16, 1960, in Gatesville. He grew up in Pearl and graduated from Gatesville High School in 1978. He attended college at TSTC, CTC and Tarleton University. He was an underwater welder for several years, before starting a career at the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office. He received his peace officer certification from MCC in 1985 and began working at the sheriff’s office as a dispatcher and jailer. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as a district court bailiff, patrol deputy, narcotics investigator, criminal investigator, and was the chief deputy from 2005 until his death. He was a former Coryell County Youth Fair Board member and a school board member for several years for Evant I.S.D. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Todd Blakley. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Blakley; daughter, Kally Blakley; step-daughters, Taylor and Haylie Dryden; parents, Howard and Faye Blakley; and two grandchildren.