Miscellaneous Chaves County, New Mexico Obituaries - 2001

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Francisco Reyes Herrera
Francisco Reyes Herrera, 24, passed away Friday, April 27, 2001, at his home in Roswell. He was born October 26, 1976, to Francisco and Rachel Herrera and lived here all his life. He worked in construction doing weatherization. He enjoyed listening to music, skate boarding, playing games on his Play Station and being with his friends. He also loved being himself, joking with everyone.
Francisco is survived by his mother and father, Francisco and Rachel Herrera; a brother, Martin Herrera and his wife, Evette; a sister, Marci Herrera; a nephew, Santiago Emmanuel Herrera; his grandparents, Reyes and Amelia Herrera and Helen Gamboa; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts, great-uncles and friends.
His grandfather, Abraham Gamboa, preceded him in death.
Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Rodriguez, Toby Mull, Travis Terry, John Villarreal, Gabe Benitez, Nick Campos, Brian Alexander, Chris Baca, Santiago Herrera and Gary Riordan.
There will be a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at 706 W. Ninth St.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

John V. Kulinovich
John V. Kulinovich, 74, passed away April 23, 2001, following a stroke.
John was born in Bisbee, Ariz., to Frankie and Mike Kulinovich and spent his early years there. The family moved to Phoenix where he graduated from Phoenix Union High School. John went on to the University of Arizona where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and graduated with a degree in engineering. He retired in Tucson, Ariz., as a district engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
John is survived by his wife, Patricia Hess Kulinovich; daughters, Beca Pytel of Bowie, Md., Tina Kulinovich of Toledo, Ohio, and Trisha Dunn of Roswell; grandchildren, Brandlyn and Melanie Dunn of Roswell; sisters, Maxine (Harold) Tovrea, Arra (Rupert) Hamilton and Stana (Bill) Ismay, all of Tucson.
A memorial celebration will be held at his home in Tucson.
Remembrances may be made to The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743 or The Nature Conservancy, Tribute No. 10108480, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606.

Daisy Hall Lancet
Daisy Hall Lancet passed away Monday, April 23, 2001, at the Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces after a lengthy illness.
Daisy began her teaching career in El Paso and later taught for many years in the Roswell public schools where she retired.
Daisy was preceded in death by her husband James “Jim” Lancet.
Daisy has been a resident with of the Good Samaritan Village in Las Cruces for 10 years. She will be greatly missed by her many friends in both communities.
Daisy is survived by her two sisters, Nell Murphy Peterson of Sacramento, Calif., and Ruby Ikard of Phoenix; also a nephew, Christopher Cilley of Bremerton, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at the Good Samaritan facility, 3024 Terrace Drive, Las Cruces, NM 88011.

Floyd I. Stanley
CARLSBAD — Floyd I. Stanley, 87, of Carlsbad passed away April 27, 2001, at Lakeview Christian Home of the Southwest, Inc. He will not lie in state. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Carlsbad Cemetery with Pastor Bob Lewis of Lakewood Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery.
Floyd Isom Stanley was born Tuesday, March 10,1914, to Robert and Causby Stanley in Houstonian, Mo. His family moved to Virginia where he started school and they later returned to Missouri.
He went to work for International Shoe Company and was assistant foreman for 17 years. Mr. Stanley then moved to Denver and went to work for Weather Seal Corporation until his retirement in 1979.
He moved to Carlsbad in 1992, and then to Roswell in 1999. He moved back to Carlsbad in September 2000.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Dorothea Van Steenburgh, Keser Stuwart, Sophia Trent and Nettie Staples.
Survivors include former spouse of 64 years, Eunice J. Stanley, one brother, J.R. Stanley of Virginia; one sister, Eliza Grimes of St. Louis, Mo.; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

Jesse Michael Contreras Sr.
No services are scheduled for Jesse Michael Contreras Sr., 43, of Roswell who passed away Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.
Jesse was born June 19, 1957, in Brownfield, Texas, to Juanito Contreras and Phyllis Esquibell Contreras.
Survivors include his parents, Juanito and Phyllis Contreras; his sons, Jesse Contreras Jr. and Steve Contreras; and his daughter, Monica Contreras, all of Roswell; his brothers, Johnny Contreras and James Contreras of Phoenix; brothers, Danny Contreras,
George Contreras and Gerald Contreras, all of Roswell; his sisters, Beatrice Contreras and Kathy Contreras, both of Roswell; and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Russell W. Turner Sr.
CROSS CITY, Fla. — Russell W. Turner Sr., 81, of Roswell and Cross City, Fla., passed away Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Florida Regional Hospital in Gainsville, Fla.
He was born in East Port, Maine, Feb. 12, 1920, the son of Leonard and Mary Etta Turner. He received his education in Portland, Maine schools.
Sept. 27, 1940, he married Wavelette A. Winslow.
He worked in various capacities such as Hyde Windless and Sebasco Lodge, then got his electrician license and moved to New Mexico to work on the big power plants until retiring.
Some of his pleasures were studying his Bible, tending his trees and shrubs in New Mexico, his family and friends and traveling.
He is preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Waverly Turner of Roswell and Cross City; three sons, Russell of Michigan and Stephen and Micheal of California; three daughters, Sharron Morse of Maine and Deborah Bispling and Brenda Swanlgan of New Mexico.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A very private memorial in his name was held in a place he dearly loved.

Mary R. Brooks
A rosary has been scheduled for 7 p.m. today, May 1, at St. Peter Catholic Church for Mary R. Brooks, 72, who passed away Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. The memorial mass will be recited at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2. Fr. Larry Schriber will officiate.
Mrs. Brooks was born Sept. 4, 1928, in Tinnie to Meliton and Cannelita Trujillo Savedra. July 28, 1955, in Roswell, she and Donald L.
Brooks were married.
She took her membership in St. Peter Catholic Church very seriously and tried to live up to her faith by being a very generous person — always helping those in need.
Survivors include her husband, Donald, of the home; son, Don J. Brooks of Las Alamos; daughter, Gina Reinecke of Hagerman; brothers, Fred Savedra of Capitan and Albert Rogers of Roswell; sisters, Emma Savedra of Tinnie and Ann Sauskis of Roswell; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jake Fresquez and Robert Trujillo; and her sister, Mary McKinley.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to Poor Claire Monastery, 809 E. 19th St., Roswell, NM 88201.
The family will receive friends at 718 Apple Lane after the Wednesday service.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ballard Funeral Home.

Paul M. Lucero
A rosary has been scheduled for 7 p.m. today, May 1, at St. John’s Catholic Church for Paul M. Lucero, 86, who passed away April 27, 2001, at his residence.
The mass of the resurrection will be recited Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Fr. Juan Montoya will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with military honors.
Paul was born June 19, 1914, in Vaughn to Miramon and Maria Montoya Lucero. They preceded him in death. Oct. 7, 1948, in Carizzozo he and Annie Valdez were married. To this union, eight children were born. Seven children survive him, but his daughter, Betty Garcia, preceded him in death.
During World War II, Paul served in the U.S. Army 88th Infantry of the 19th Infantry Regiment at Camp Roberts, Calif. He was a mechanic by trade and worked many years for Jay Oldsmobile and Cadillac. Roswell was his home most of his life, but he did live in Corona for a short time.
In addition to his wife, Annie, Paul is survived by sons, Richard P. Lucero, Virgil A. Lucero and Daniel Valdez, all of Roswell, and Joe D. Valdez of Florida and Luciano Valdez of Placita; daughters, Mary Sosa of Texas and Victoria Lucero Flores of Roswell; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David P. Lucero, Daniel Valdez, Mike Sosa, Eric Sosa, Robert R. Lucero and Alex Martinez.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Nunez, Roy Villareal, Javier Martinez, Luciano Valdez, Jose D. Valdez, Martin Hernandez and Elfigo Hernandez.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ballard Funeral Home.

Vernon G. Stewart
A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. today, May 1, in the Santa Fe National Cemetery for Vernon G. Stewart, 76, of Roswell who passed away Sunday, April 29, 2001, at his home.
Vernon was born May 28, 1924, to William and Monte Stewart in Nashville, Tenn. Vernon graduated from Corbin High School in Corbin, Ky.; Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky.; and attended Easter New Mexico University-Roswell.
He and Katherine J. Johnson were married April 22, 1950, here in Roswell. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, which became the U.S. Air Force, at the beginning of World War II. During World War II, Vernon served in France, Germany, England, Guam, Spain and the Philippines. Vernon received more than 10 awards for his service including the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Clusters, the World Ward II Victory Medal and the NCO Academy Graduate Award. He retired from the Air Force June 30, 1965, after serving more than 20 years, and served in the Air Force Reserve until his final discharge Oct. 6, 1974.
After retirement here in Roswell, Vernon worked at Sears where he received numerous achievement awards. He was a past member of Masonic Lodge No. 18, coached Little League baseball, was an avid reader, amateur historian and loved to play poker.
Vernon is survived by his wife, Katherine, of the home; a son, Michael Stewart of Albuquerque; daughter, Carolyn Goetze of Albuquerque; a brother, Otto Stewart of Cincinnati, Ohio; a sister, Betty Zion of Jonesville, Va.; Carolyn’s grandchildren, Kevin Cox and Cathy Starr of Albuquerque; Michael’s grandchildren, Matthew and Jackson Stewart of Albuquerque; very special friends, Gina, Michael, Gabriel and Michele Buldra; and other special friends.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, William and Monte Stewart, and brothers, Cecil, James William, Marvin and Harry Stewart.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

Barbara Harris Poole
LOVINGTON — Services for Barbara Harris Poole, 76, of Lovington will be held at 9:30 a.m. today, May 1, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lovington. The Rev. Mack McCarthick will officiate. Burial will be at at 1 p.m. at South Park Cemetery in Roswell.
She was born Oct. 11, 1924, in Dexter and passed away April 28, 2001, at Lovington Good Samaritan Care Center. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lovington and was formerly a member of Highland Baptist Church of Roswell for many years.
Mrs. Poole worked as a nurse for more than 25 years, about half of which was spent working in doctor’s offices and hospitals, the remainder of her career was spent working for the New Mexico Public Health Department in Roswell.
Survivors include two sons and daughters in law, Thomas M. and Carol Poole of Lakewood, Colo.; and Robert S. and Karen Poole of Golden, Colo.; three daughters and sons in law, Carrie and John Wilbanks of Lovington, Sue and Greg Hawkins of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Barbara and Robert Mabry of Roswell; one sister, Alda Horn of Alvarado, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Inez Payne and Geraldine Mooney; one brother, Marlin Harris; and her parents, Sandy J. and Lucille Leatherwood Harris.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice in Hobbs or to the Barbara Harris Poole Endowment Nursing Scholarship Fund at Altrusa Club of Roswell, New Mexico Foundation, P.O. Box 413, Roswell, NM 88202-0413.
Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Rosa Mares
Rosa Mares, 80, of Fort Sumner passed away April 30, 2001, at Mission Arch Care Center.
Rosa was born April 28, 1921, in Ricardo to Emiliano and Claudia Sandoval Guana. Rosa married Max Mares March 4, 1939. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max Mares; brothers, Pat Guana and Eugene Guana.
Rosa was a homemaker and waitress at the Rio Pecos Cafe in Fort Sumner.
Rosa is survived by her four sons, John Mares and wife, Esther, of Clovis, Anthony D. Mares and wife, Rosie, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ernest Mares of the home in Fort Sumner and James J. Mares and wife, Aurora, of Roswell; grandchildren, John Mares and wife, Brenda, Freddy Mares and wife, Cathy, Anthony Mares and wife, Rona, Michelle Weyrauch, Anthony Mares and wife, Michelle, Michelle Monk and husband, Steve, Pamela Mares, Debra Mares, Justin and Jennifer Rose Mares, James Mares, Aimee McKinley and husband, Richard, all of Roswell; daughter-in law, Cherie Mares of Roswell; one brother, Henry Guana of Texas; four sisters, Nona Zamora and Faviola Sena of Fort Sumner and Cora Barela and Mary Barela of Clovis; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at St. Anthony’s Church in Fort Sumner at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, with Fr. Schultz officiating. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Mares Jr., Anthony Mares, James Mares, Freddy Mares, Johnny Mares, Justin Mares and Billy Werthiem.
Honorary pallbearers are all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and Joseph and Andrew Manzanares.

Alea Eckle Richmond
A private family service will be held for Alea Eckle Richmond, 93, of Roswell who passed away April 30, 2001, at a local nursing home.
Alea was born Dec. 30, 1907, in Greenfield, Ohio, to Henry Eckie and Dora Stookley Eckle. In 1939, Alea married Raymond E. Richmond. He preceded her in death in 1966. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers. Alea lived in Ohio and Oklahoma until 1933 when she came to Roswell for her health. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.
Survivors include her daughter, Alea Elaine Richmond of Westminster, Colo.; her brother, Nolan Eckle of New Holland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home.

Herta M. Ricker
CARLSBAD — Herta M. Ricker, 89, of Carlsbad passed away Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Lakeview Christian Home of the Southwest, Inc., North Canal Unit, Carlsbad. She will not lie in state. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church with Pastor Paul E. Neuberger of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Carlsbad, the Rev. Warren Ruland of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Roswell and retired Lutheran minister, the Rev. Edward Greenthaner officiating.
Herta M. Ricker was born Friday, April 26, 1912, in Alva, Okla., to Herman and Clara Janke Meier. At the age of 4, she moved with her family to Lockport, N.Y. She grew up in Lockport, graduating from high school there in 1930, marrying William Shennan Ricker in 1937, and working for Newberry’s Department Store as a full-time clerk.
They moved to Roswell in 1952 where she worked at a bank and did home health care and house-sitting. She enjoyed helping people and helped to start a community kitchen and hospital auxiliary. She taught Sunday school, helped in public schools, enjoyed handiwork such as sewing and embroidery, jigsaw and crossword puzzles and was a cake decorator. Mrs. Ricker had been a resident of Carlsbad since 1991. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981; a son, Timothy in 1976; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include one son, Paul Ricker and wife, Joe Dell, of Sandy, Ore.; one brother, Martin Meier of Clearwater, Fla.; two sisters, Olga Aria and husband, Herman, of Kenmore, N.Y., and Ruth Kandt and husband, Wally of Palmetto, Fla.; three grandchildren, Dee Ann Fisher, William Dean Ricker and Scott Adair; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

Ervin L. Smith
BOEME, Texas — Tech. Sgt. Ervin L. Smith, U.S. Air Force (Retired), age 85, of Boeme, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001.
He was born in Bingham, Maine, Aug. 14, 1915, the Son of Alfred and Lena Davis Smith. He had lived in Boerne since 1999, having moved from Roswell. He was a World War II veteran and also served during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, Elks and the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Smith, in 1995. Tech. Sgt. Smith is survived by stepson, Larry James of Boerne; stepdaughter, Pat (Brackeen) Barbe of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside memorial services have been set for 9 a.m. Monday, May 7, at South Park Cemetery. To be included in the graveside service is the burial of the ashes of Tech Sgt. Smith’s wife, Frances. She had been a Roswell Resident for 75 years. The daughter of Francis and Margaret Clark McGee, she was born July 31,1913, in IlIinois.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Milton Claude Smith and Bob Smith, of Roswell, and John Smith of Hagerman. She is also survived by sisters, Mary West of Sante Fe and Irene Countey of Wesmont, N.J.
Frances and Ervin Smith were married in Las Vegas, Nev., Aug. 28, 1958. Frances was a housewife and member of St. Peter’s parish.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.

Carol Green
PLAINVIEW, Texas — A memorial service will be held for Carol Green, 59, of Plainview, Texas, who passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, at Lemons Memorial Chapel in Plainview with the Rev. Joe P. Weldon, a retired Baptist minister, officiating. Burial will be at Plainview Cemetery. Her family will receive friends at Lemons Funeral Home at 7 p.m. today, May 3.
Carol was born March 8, 1942, in Gracemont, Okla. A Baptist, she moved to Plainview in 1948, where she attended Plainview Schools and worked for Chuckwagon BBQ Restaurant for 12 years. In 1956, she married Ronnie Green in Plainview.
Survivors include husband, Ronnie; daughters, Vicky and husband, Troy Hudson, of Richland Hills, Donna and husband, Terry Hill, of Robbinsville, N.C., Tabitha and husband, James Gilpin, of Lubbock; sons, Marvin and wife, Diane Green, of Roswell, Hinton and wife, Terrie Vick, of Hale Center; sisters, LaVerne and husband, Harlan Wallingsford, of Plainview, Juanita and husband, Jack Robertson, of Lubbock, and Quinnia and husband, Larry Nichols, of Trinity; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Lemons Funeral Home.

Vicky Larson
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Warren Ruland officiating, for Vicky Marie Larson, 70, of Roswell who passed away Tuesday in Lubbock.
Vicky was born Sept. 30, 1930, in Franklin County, Ill., to Leo and Virginia Luechtefeld. She and her husband, Mel Larson, were married July 23, 1977, in Seattle. They moved to Roswell from Seattle nine years ago. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, enjoyed reading and having quiet time with her husband and family.
Vicky is survived by her husband, Mel, of the home; daughter, Patricia and her husband, Brett Hessler; granddaughter, Lauren Aanonson; and grandson, Jason Aanonson, both of Gilbert, Ariz.; three brothers, Leo and Charlie Luechtefeld of Roswell and John Luechtefeld of Illinois; three sisters, Shirley Mohrmon of Lubbock, and Gloria Roech and Bonnie Knotts of Springfield, Ill.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

John D. Contreras
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at Ballard Funeral Chapel for John D. Contreras, 67, of Roswell who passed away April 30, 2001, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. A mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 5, at St. John Catholic Church. Fr. Juan Montoya O.F.M. will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
John was born May 23, 1933, in Roswell to John Contreras and Beatrice Duevara Contreras. Both parents as well as two sons, Jesse Contreras and Jeffrey Contreras, preceded him in death.
Dec. 14, 1950, John married Phyllis Esquibel in Brownsville, Texas. She survives him at the family home. John worked as a farm laborer in the agriculture business until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Contreras of Roswell; sons, Johnny Contreras Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz., Danny Contreras of San Diego, James Contreras of Glendale, Ariz., George Contreras and Gerald Contreras, both of Roswell; daughters, Mary Zuniga, Beatrice Narbaiz, Catherine Contreras and Sandy Guevra of Roswell and Gloria Linker of Belen; brothers, Eulalio Contreras of Roswell, Manuel Contreras of California and Benny Contreras of Pittsburg, Calif.; sisters, Nellie Ramirez of Mesa, Ariz., and Eulalia Lara of Prescott, Ariz.; 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Junior Martinez, Joe Contreras, Christopher Contreras, Betty Sanchez, Bobby Archuleta and Frank Montoya.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Ervin L. Smith
BOERNE, Texas — Tech. Sgt. Ervin L. Smith, U.S. Air Force (Retired), age 85, of Boerne, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001.
He was born in Bingham, Maine, Aug. 14, 1915, the Son of Alfred and Lena Davis Smith. He had lived in Boerne since 1999, having moved from Roswell. He was a World War II veteran and also served during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, Elks and the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Smith, in 1995. Tech. Sgt. Smith is survived by stepson, Larry James of Boerne; stepdaughter, Pat (Brackeen) Barbe of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside memorial services have been set for 9 a.m. Monday, May 7, at South Park Cemetery. To be included in the graveside service is the burial of the ashes of Tech Sgt. Smith’s wife, Frances. She had been a Roswell Resident for 75 years. The daughter of Francis and Margaret Clark McGee, she was born July 31,1913, in IlIinois.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Milton Claude Smith and Bob Smith, of Roswell, and John Smith of Hagerman. She is also survived by sisters, Mary West of Sante Fe and Irene Countey of Wesmont, N.J.
Frances and Ervin Smith were married in Las Vegas, Nev., Aug. 28, 1958. Frances was a housewife and member of St. Peter’s parish.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.

Gertrude Beagles
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Gertrude Beagles, 81, of Roswell who passed away May 2, 2001, at Ginny’s Care Home in Roswell. Dr. Onsy Whicker of Tabernacle Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Gertrude was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Shallowater, Texas, to Levi and Ida Otts Rogers. Her parents preceded her in death as well as a son, Floyd Beagles Jr.; two brothers, Ike and Alvin Rogers; a sister, Sadie Gray; and a grandson, Ronnie Beagles.
She married Floyd Beagles Dec. 28, 1934, in Roswell. He preceded her in death March 22, 2000.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Mahl of San Antonio; and four sons, Virgil Beagles and his wife, Betty, of Roswell, Ted Beagles and his wife, Caroline, of Blairstown, N.J., Eddie Beagles and his wife, Betty, of Alamogordo and DeWayne Beagles and his wife, Patricia, of Roswell.
Also surviving are grandchildren, Ricky Beagles of Roswell, Veronica Mahl and Larry Mahl and his wife, Annette, of San Antonio, Cindy Hutchinson and her husband, Edward, of Kilgore, Texas, Michael Beagles and his wife, Kendra, Debbie Means, Michelle Barreras and her husband, Andrew, and Amanda Beagles, all of Roswell, Bobby Heard and his wife, Tanya, of Los Lunas, Stephen Beagles of Mesa, Ariz., Elizabeth Beagles of Berlin, Germany, Eddie Beagles Jr. of Chicago, Barbara Kitterman and her husband, John, of Cleveland, Tenn., Debbie Robinson of Lebanon, Tenn., Jerry Smith and his wife, Marie, of Roswell and Carla Miller and her husband, Les, of Dimmitt, Texas.
Surviving great-grandchildren include Celese Beagles and Amber James of Roswell, Damien and Jessica Hutchinson of Kilgore, Zack, Jared and Dallas Means of Roswell, Larry Dean and Samantha Mahl of San Antonio, Alex and Ariana Marquez-Heard of Los Lunas, Ryan and Jill Miller of Dimmitt, Nathan and Alexis Pattison of Roswell, Travis and Tye Smith of Roswell and Washington, QC, Shane and Les Owen of Roswell, Jason and Jammie Kitterman of Cleveland, and David and Randy Robinson of Lebanon.
Others surviving are her care givers and friends, Dave and Ginny Newsome, Patty Burns, Wanda Frost, Edie Cerriteno, Shirley Barker, Darlene Searcy, the LaGrone Family, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends too numerous to mention.
Mrs. Beagles had been a Roswell resident since 1934, and she was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was co-owner/operator with her husband of Valley Motor Supply until their retirement in 1973.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Friends may make memorials to Tabernacle Baptist Church World Wide Mission Fund.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Eugene McClain
The Rev. Eugene McClain was born April 15, 1920, in Howe, Okla., to William A. and Lillie Mae McClain. He married Minnie Estelle Barnes April 13, 1941, in Roswell at First Assembly of God. He then served in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Italy during World War II. After returning from the war, Eugene entered the ministry. He pastored for 54 years in Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma. He was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.
Gene passed away May 2, 2001, in Midland and was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and three brothers. His sisters are Mary Lou Taylor and Lillian Helmstettler. His brothers are George, Aaron and Ab McClain.
He is survived by his wife, Estelle; three sons, Gary Eugene and wife, Patsy, of Albuquerque, Marcus Wayne and wife, Sharon, of Santa Fe and William Earl and wife, Cindy, of Midland; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Roswell Monday, May 7, at Midway Assembly of God. The service is under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home of Midland and the Rev. R. Kenneth George, district superintendent of the New Mexico District of the Assemblies of God, is officiating. Viewing will be at the church between noon and 2 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Midway Assembly of God in Roswell. Burial will be at Southpark Cemetery in Roswell.

Jane D. Ledbetter
A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, May 8, at Hagerman Cemetery for Jane D. Ledbetter, 79, of Hagerman who passed away Sunday, May
6, 2001 at her home. Steven Deutsch of First Presbyterian Church of Hagerman will officiate. Jane will lie in state for visitation at Ballard’s in Hagerman from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
Jane was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Fort Worth to Daniel Columbus Downs and Mary Elizabeth Shaw. Both parents preceded her in death as well as one brother, Daniel C. Downs II; and one grandson, James Travis Winnat.
Dec. 13, 1941, Jane and William H. Ledbetter were married in Fort Worth. He survives her at the family home.
Jane moved to Hagerman 41 years ago from Mozambique, Portuguese in southeast Africa. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Jane was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hagerman. She was also a lifetime member and past Matron of Eastern Star. She received her 50 year pin in 1988.
Survivors include her husband, W.H. Ledbetter; sons, D. Lee Ledbetter and his wife, Phyllis Tulk, of Hagerman and W.H. “Bill” Ledbetter and his wife, Connie, of Albuquerque; daughter, Linda Jane Winnat and her husband, James, of Ozone, Ark.; grandchildren, Heather Winnat Carr of Fayetville, Ark., Brandon William Ledbetter of Albuquerque and Colt Lee Ledbetter of Albuquerque; and great- grandchild, Caleb Lee Carr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home.

Kelso Williams
Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m. CST, Thursday, May 10, at Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, Okla., for Kelso Williams, 86, of Roswell who passed away May 6, 2001, at LaVilla in Roswell.
Kelso was born June 25, 1914, in Cordell to Anderson Hurd and Minnie Olds Williams. He married Arlene Small Sept. 17, 1983, in Roswell. She survives him at LaVilla. Kelso and Arlene enjoyed many years of mutual friends, travel, home and family.
Survivors include a daughter, Joan Williams of Edmond, Okla.
Kelso served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945 and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1954. He obtained the rank of captain prior to his discharge in 1954.
Mr. Williams had been a Roswell resident since 1983. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Before his retirement, he was the manager of the student union building with Panhandle State University of Goodwill, Okla.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Verna Ruth Tarvin
Verna Ruth Tarvin, 61, of Loving passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001, at her home. She will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, May 8, at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Loving Baptist Church, with her son, Associate Pastor Jimmy Tarvin, and Pastor John Dillender officiating. Interment will follow at Loving Cemetery.
Verna Ruth Tarvin was born Saturday, Oct. 14, 1939, to John Backues and Ruby Emery Backues in Roswell. Her family later moved to Carlsbad where she was raised. She married Gene Tarvin in 1954. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed working with the church and was a member of Loving Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Tarvin of Loving; two sons, Walter and Jimmy Tarvin, both of Loving; three daughters, Linda and Valerie Isbell, both of Loving, and Ora Lee Montgomery, also of Loving; two brothers, Alton and Bill Backues, both of Carlsbad; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brian Cook, Jimmy Tarvin II, Jon Franklin, Wayne Johnson, Pecos Davis and Belton Mathews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cody Tarvin, Charles Smith and John Buttrey.
Services are under the direction of Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

Gloria Ann Lucero
No Services will be held for Gloria Ann Lucero, 53, of Roswell who passed away Saturday, May 5, 2001, at her home.
Gloria was born Sept. 18, 1947, in Roswell to Armando Tavarez and Elisa Montoya Tavarez. She was married to Freddie Lucero, who preceded her in death, as well as her father, Armando Tavarez; one daughter, Renee Juarez; and one brother, Greg Tavarez.
Gloria was a lifelong resident of Roswell. She worked for Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in the billing department and she was a member of St. John Catholic Church.
Survivors include her mother, Elisa Tavarez; sons, Vincent Lucero and his wife, Angel, of Roswell and Alex Perez of Red Oak, Texas; sister, Bette Langley of Carolton, Texas; soul mate, Daniel Gonzales; grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Robert, Joseph and Amber Lucero; nieces, Johanna Tavarez and her family and Rheanna Tavarez and her family, all of Roswell, and Alice Baucum and her family of Carolton; nephew, Jefferson Langley of Hollywood, Calif.; aunt, Nadine Hernandez and her family of Odessa; uncle, Dan Tavarez and his wife, Isabell, of Roswell; cousins, Raymond and Larry Lucero and their families; and numerous other family members.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Joy Lynn Barrett
Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at New Mexico Military Institute Chapel for Joy Lynn Barrett, 57, who passed away May 8,2001, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Fr. Bob Getz of the Assumption Catholic Church and Chaplain Dave Musgrave of the New Mexico Military Institute will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Joy was born in Roswell Jan. 11, 1944, to Alfred C. Jones and Gladys Brackett Jones. She married John Barrett Sept. 4, 1964, in Roswell.
Joy accompanied her husband, John, during his career in the Air Force, returning to Roswell following John’s retirement. She was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker to her family and of the Catholic faith.
Joy’s mother preceded her in death, as did her sister, Shirye Freeman.
Joy is survived by her husband, John, at the home in Roswell; her father, Alfred “Jim” Jones; her son, Michael Barrett and his wife, Paula; and daughter, Rhonda Barrett, all of Roswell; and a son, Johnny Barrett of Freeland, Wash.
Also surviving are her brothers, Gary Jones and wife, Linda, of Artesia and Ducky Freeman and wife, Jannie, of Ruidoso; sister, Kaye Costello and husband, Mike, of Roswell; her grandchildren, Chance and Katelyn Barrett; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Lt. Col. Tony Pino, SMSGT Bill Duncan and New Mexico Military Institute cadets.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Erma Nell Herring
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., today, May 9, at Country Club Church of Christ for Erma NeIl Herring who passed away Monday, May 7,2001, at her home. Elton Dilbeck will officiate. A luncheon will be held at 12:30 at Country Club Church of Christ. All friends are welcome to come by and share a meal with Erma’s family.
Erma was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Alamogordo to Harvey Ernest Wilkerson and Martha Jane Elkins Wilkerson. Both parents preceded her in death as well as a great-granddaughter who passed away in 1997; one brother, Ernest Mathias Wilkerson; and two sisters, Helen Edith Coble and Martha Belle Lemons.
Erma, who loved music, studied violin under Oracion and Doris Welborne from 1960 through 1976 and later became a teacher herself. She taught music at T.C.J.C. near Fort Worth for four years. She toured with Hardin Simmons University Orchestra and Abilene Christian College. For 13 years Erma played violin for the Roswell Symphony Orchestra. Erma was a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her sons, Lucky Mason of Casper, Wyo., and Larry Mason of Hope; daughter, Phyllis Nell Mason of Lewisville, Texas; brothers, Thomas Jackson Wilkerson of Roswell, Burl James Wilkerson of Houston, Ronald Dean Wilkerson of Albuquerque, Donald Gene Wilkerson of Stafford, Ariz., and William Robert Wilkerson of Honduras, Central America; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.


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