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Wednesday, January 23, 2002

Barmore to celebrate 100th birthday in Midland

Jessie Cleveland Barmore will be celebrating her 100th birthday with a special party held in her honor.

The celebration is scheduled from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Crestview Baptist Church in the Trinity Center, 3300 Thomas Ave., in Midland.

The special event will be hosted by her children: Flo Lambert, Grover Cleveland, Jerry Cleveland, Wanda Passmore and Camille Gilbert. Her actual birthday is Jan. 25.

Mrs. Nolan Barmore's life as a barber in Pecos began when her first husband died and their children were still very young. The children were then taken to Corsicana to the Odd Fellows Homes.

It was then, that Barmore decided to go to barber school in Dallas after reading an ad in the Dallas paper. "I knew I had to do something to make a living for my children, and I always liked to cut hair, even when I was a kid," she said during a 1972 interview by the Pecos Enterprise.

Upon completing the school, she worked about a month in Dallas, then returned to Pecos to set up her shop. She bought the old Plaza Barber Shop in 1942 and it took a year's work before she was able to bring her children home with her from the home in Corsicana.

She purchased her home on Plum Street in 1943 so that the children would have a place to live.

Barmore continued cutting hair until the late 1970's when she only cut some by appointment. There were some who were unable to come to her barbershop and she would go to their homes to cut their hair.

Her husband, Nolan Barmore died in May 1978. At that time, she sold her home in Pecos and moved to Colorado Springs, Co., where two of her daughters lived, Flo Lambert and Wanda Passmore.

She remained there until the early 1980's at which time she moved to Midland, where Wanda and Tommy Passmore had moved. Tom has an appraisal business there. She maintained her own apartment until October of 2001, at which time she moved into a very nice Assisted Living Facility: Saddleridge Lodge Apt. #1012, 1808 W. Loop 250 North, Midland, Texas 79705. She would love to hear from her friends, according to her daughter.

She is a member of Crestview Baptist Church in Midland, where her children are hosting her 100th Birthday Celebration.

Barmore was a charter member of West Park Baptist Church in Pecos, and remained an active member there with her husband, Nolan for as long as she lived in Pecos.

Mrs. Barmore's children, Flo Lambert of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Grover Cleveland of Abilene; Jerry Cleveland of Midland; Wanda Passmore of Midland and Camille Gilbert of Kingwood, would be very grateful for any of her friends to attend this very special celebration.

Along with the remaining five children she has 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Valdez named Employee of Year at RCDC

Thomas Valdez was selected as Employee of the Year at the Reeves County Detention Center.

He was born in Pecos in 1953 and is 48 years old.

Valdez attended Pecos High School and graduated in 1971. He married Olga Gomez and the couple have two children, Thomas Valdez of Midland and Randy Valdez of Pecos.

He and his family moved to Midland in 1976, where he worked as a butcher for five years. In 1981 he returned to Pecos and was self-employed until 1986, when he started working for The Reeves County Law Enforcement Center.

In 1989, he left law enforcement to work for Pennzoil up until 1998, when the plant shut down. He then returned to law enforcement, where he is currently employed at the detention center in the maintenance department.

Valdez has attended Odessa College and Midland College earning 30 credit hours and plans to return to school in the future.

Even though at this time, he is currently working in the maintenance department, he is very familiar with all posts from custody to transportation.

Valdez has assisted with many projects during his employment and assisted with three other co-workers in the Recreation Yard lighting project which saved the facility a great amount of money, according to Reeves County Detention Center Warden Rudy Franco.

"It was a major project in the opening and security of the Reeves County Detention Center II institution," said Franco.

The project involved a lot of team work from management and staff, according to Franco.

Valdez was selected as Employee of the Month for the month of August, 2001.

"He has always been a team player, no matter what the task may be," said Franco. "Mr. Valdez' best interest has always been the security and safety of the facility," he said.

"Mr. Valdez is a hard working individual, he is always ready to take any task at any given time," said Franco.

"It gives us great joy and satisfaction to congratulate Valdez in his accomplishments that he has very well earned," he said.

Love poems sought

The New York Poetry Alliance is sponsoring Poetry 2002, a free contest open to everyone. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner. There are 28 prizes in all. The deadline for entering is Jan. 5.

"This is our most challenging contest to date," says Contest Director Dr. John Cusack. "With winter's bite still in the air we'd like to see what poets have to say about love, whether religious or romantic. We expect our contest to produce exciting new discoveries," he said.

To enter, send poem 21 lines or less: New York Poetry Alliance, Box 1588, New York, NY 10116-1588. Or enter online at

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