Miscellaneous Chaves County, New Mexico Obituaries - 2001

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Geneva Ford Eastes
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Geneva Ford Eastes, 85, who passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at her residence. The Rev. Bob Maples of the first Baptist Church of Hagerman will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Sep. 16, 1915, Geneva was born to George Griggs and Beta Ford Griggs in Kansas City, Mo. She was married to Robert Charles Eastes Jan. 4, 1941, in Kansas City. Her husband preceded her in death as well as her parents, one brother and one sister.
Geneva was a comptometrist in the transportation field and had lived in Roswell since 1958. She was of the Methodist faith.
She is survived by her son, Robert G. Eastes and his wife, Donna, of Roswell; daughters, Sandra Brown and her husband, Tommy, of Redwood Valley, Calif., and Laurel Weaver and her husband, Russell, of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Willis Griggs of Kansas City; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Randy Bunch, Orlando Cobos, Marshall Warren, Alan Perry and David Newsom.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Hazel Reeves
HOPE — Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, May 11, at Elk Cemetery for Hazel Reeves, 88, who passed away May 9, 2001, in Artesia. Marlon McWilliams and Eddy Coleman will be officiating the service.
Hazel was born Nov. 17, 1912, in Lower Penasco to Hezekiah James Powell and Mellie Mae (Hooten) Powell. June 25, 1936, she married Loren Austin Reeves, who died March 29, 1993.
Survivors include brother, Hezzie Powell and his wife, Bonnie, of Hope; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Racheal Thompson.
Hazel was a lifelong Penasco Valley resident, a housewife and rancher. She was a member of Mayhill Church of Christ and Pinon Extension Club.
Memorials may be made to Artesia Good Samaritan Center, 1401 Gilchrist, Artesia, NM 88210. Visitation will be at Terpening and Son Mortuary beginning at 3 p.m. today.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening and Son Mortuary.

John Daniel Reardon
A military graveside service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12, at South Park Cemetery for John Daniel Reardon, 77, of Roswell who passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at his home. The Rev. Bob Maples will officiate. The Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard will perform military rites.
John was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Woodbury, N.J., to James Brady Fair and Mary Anne Yeareicke Fair.
June 19, 1943, John married his first wife, Jo Evelyn Wallace in Edinburg, Texas. She preceded him in death. April 8, 1966, he married Sammy Walker in Roswell. She also preceded him in death as well as both parents and one brother, George Reardon.
John was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. After the service he became a police officer for the Roswell Police Department, where he worked until his retirement. John was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 21 years, the American Legion Post 0201, Shiner in Texas for 48 years and the Elks Club for 22 years.
Survivors include his sons, Joel B. Reardon and his wife, Pamela, of Palm Springs, Fla., and Wayne L. Reardon and his wife, Bonnie, of Roswell; daughters, Ruith Ann Clark of Tucson, Ariz., Cynthia Anne Baca and her husband, David, of Roswell and Callie Jo Sellers and her husband, James, of Artesia; sisters, Betty Miller of Bells, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren, and two great -grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Leo Antone Pagel
A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Leo Antone Pagel, 82, of Roswell who passed away may 13, 2001, at his home. pastor Bobby Renfro of First Baptist Church will officiate.
Leo was born Nov. 24, 1918, in Fayetteville, Texas, to Leo Joe Pagel and Angeline Hauerland. June 15, 1941, Leo married Connie Yvonne Standefer. She preceded him in death as well as both parents.
Leo was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. After the service he owned and operated Apache Village Motel in Ruidoso for many years before retiring.
Survivors include his son, Allen Pagel and his wife, Jeanie, of Alto; two brothers, Rudy Pagel of Baytown, Texas, and Jack Pierce of Falfurrias, Texas; two grandchildren, Seth Pagel of Baytown and Holli Nichols of Houston.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Luella ‘Mema’ Steen
PLAINVIEW, Texas — Services for Luella “Mema” Steen, 87, of Plainview, Texas, who passed away Monday, May 14, 2001, will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Colonial Baptist Church. The Rev. James Pope will officiate. Burial will take place at Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Plainview.
Luella was born Oct. 31, 1913, in Honey Grove, Texas. She married Walter “Johnny” Steen July 22, 1934, in Wellington, Texas. He passed away Sept. 23, 1993.
She grew up in Clarendon, Texas, and the Wellington area. They lived in Levelland, Texas. They moved around a lot and ended up in Plainview in 1962. Luella was a member of the Colonial Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Weldon Steen of Roswell; and one sister, Mildred Housden of Clarendon.
She is also survived by nine grandchildren that she raised, Debbie Wright and Darla Kemp of Plainview, David Sisk of San Diego, Donna Hirtzel of Indianapolis, Sharon Steen of Roswell, Laura Edwards of Luskin, Texas, Kathy Clayton of Lubbock, James Steen of Roswell, and Bill Steen of Phoenix; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Johnnie Horton; three brothers; and three sisters.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lemons Funeral Home.

Scott Klein
LUBBOCK — Scott Klein, 22, of Lubbock passed away May 13, 2001. Services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, at West Main Baptist Church. The Rev. J. Mark Robinson will officiate. Burial will take place at Woodbine Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today at Terpening and Son Mortuary, 611 W. Grand Ave., Artesia.
Scott was born Nov. 21, 1978, in Artesia to Timmy Klein and Cindy (Alsup) Klein. He was a Lubbock resident since 1988. Scott was a college student and employee of Sam’s Wholesale Club. He was an active FFA member, enjoyed sports, hunting, was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and a loving brother.
He is survived by his father, Timmy Klein and wife, Tammy, of Hope; his mother, Cindy Stevens and step-father, Mike Stevens of Las Vegas; two half-brothers, Jake Klein of Hope and Corey Stevens of Roswell; and three sisters, Courtney and Jenna Klein, both of Hope, and Ashleigh Stevens of Roswell.
He is also survived by grandparents, A.A. and Betty Klein of Artesia, Jim and Alice Alsup of Artesia, Patricia Stevens of Las Vegas, and Bruce and Margaret McCaleb of Artesia; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Jay Alsup, Jed Parton, Justin Powell, John Paul Caldwell and Tye Williamson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Landon Mayberry, Larry Alsup, Shannon Clark, Shawn Wallace, Brandon Claussen-Fulkerson, Bill Polk, John Pilley, Roger Jones, Marathon Oil Company employees and all of Scott’s friends and co-workers at Sams.
Memorials may be made to Artesia or Lubbock FFA chapters.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening and Son Mortuary.

Adela Fierro Torrez
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at St. Peter Catholic Church for Adela Fierro Torrez, 76, who passed away May 15, 2001, at her home. A mass is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at St. Peter Catholic Church. The Rev. Larry Schreiber will officiate, assisted by Deacon Jesus Herrera. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Adela was born July 15, 1924, in Roswell to Benito Fierro and Carolina Gomez Fierro. Nov. 9, 1939, Adela married Hilario Chavez Torrez in Roswell. He preceded her in death as did both parents.
Adela was a lifetime resident of Roswell and a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. She was a loving mother, wife and homemaker.
Survivors include her daughters, Maria Luisa Torrez of Cupertino, Calif., Esperanza Melendez and her husband, Tony Jr., of Las Cruces, Rosa Lina Haun and her husband, Jim, of Sacramento, Calif., and Rebecca Hernandez of Roswell; two brothers, Frank Gomez of Roswell and Socorro “Joe” Torrez of Hobbs; one sister, Maria Viola Rodriquez; soul sister, Lucy Cobos Wyatt; eight grandchildren, Hilario Melendez, Ramona Melendez Hyde, Antonio Melendez, III, Jimmy Haun, Jason Haun, Paul A. Hernandez, Albert Hernandez Jr., and Joshua Hernandez; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Hilario Melendez, Ramona Melendez Hyde, Antonio Melendez, Jason Gaun, Paul A. Hernandez, Albert Hernandez and Joshua Hernandez.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Bessie Lee
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Abilene, Texas, for Bessie Almira Lee, 99, of Caprock.
Bessie was born Aug. 11, 1901, in Houston to James and Addie Booth. She lived in Abilene for many years before moving to Caprock in October of 2000. Bessie loved to crochet, specialized in clothes hanger covers and anyone who came visiting left with at least one hanger cover. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Abilene.
She is survived by a daughter-in law, Ada Lee Kolb of Caprock; a brother, Spencer Booth, of Seagoville, Texas; three granddaughters, Sandi Lee of Abilene, Janice Martin of San Diego and Donna Hoover of Bay City, Texas; five great-grandchildren; and a number of near relatives.
Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, James Lamar Lee; a daughter, Gwendoline Hoover; and a son, James Theodore Lee.
Services were under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

Irvin A. Hemesath
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today, May 17, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Irvin A. Hemesath, 75, of Roswell who passed away May 14, 2001, at a local nursing home. Resurrection Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Fr. Larry Schreiber of St. Peter’s Catholic Church will officiate. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery with military rites provided by the Roswell Veterans Honor Guard.
Irvin was born June 17, 1925, in Ossian, Iowa, to Anton J. and Elizabeth Schroeder Hemesath. His parents preceded him in death as well as a brother, Ray Hemesath and a sister, Dorothy Hutchins.
He married Cleta Hillis Aug. 8, 1959, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She survives him at the family home.
Other survivors include a son, Scott A. Hemesath and his wife, JoAnn, of Nuevo, Calif.; two daughters, Mary T. Brophy and her husband, Mike, of Alta Loma, Calif., and Laura Hochberger of Roswell.
Also surviving are three brothers, Linus Hemesath of Cedar Rapids, Bill Hemesath and his wife, Eio, of Gilbert, Ariz., and Richard Hemesath of Rialto, Calif.; one sister, Irene Denning of Riverside, Calif.; and two grandchildren, John Anthony Brophy and Sarah Elizabeth Brophy.
Mr. Hemesath had served his country in the U.S. Navy, and was the radio operator on board the USS Oglala when the news of cease fire for World War II was announced. He had been a machinist with Custom Stamping Co. in Covina, Calif.
Pallbearers will be Terry Griffin, David Clauss, Frank Pitman, David Weaver, Jeremy Clauss and Jordan Clauss.
Friends may make memorials to St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Lorenzo ‘Rudy’ R. Luna
Lorenzo “Rudy” R. Luna, 74, a resident of Silver City, entered into eternal rest Monday, May 14, 2001, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz.
A memorial funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. The rite of committal and inurement will follow at the Ft. Bayard National Cemetery.
Rudy was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Hagerman to Lorenzo Sr. and Antonia (Salazar) Luna. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was the owner of Luna’s Body Shop in Silver City and enjoyed fishing, hunting and being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Abranita “Lonnie” Luna of the family home; three sons, John Luna, and wife Helen, George Luna and Lorenzo “Tiny” Luna and wife Linda, all of Silver City; brother Ernest Luna of Roswell; and sister, Ruth Hernandez of Roswell. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapel in Silver City and Baca’s Mimbres Crematory of Deming.

Louise De Voll
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Louise De Voll, 84, of Portales, who passed away May 6, 2001, in Clovis. Pastor Bobby Renfro of the First Baptist Church of Roswell will officiate.
July 31, 1916, Louise was born to Albert and Nancy Beavers Searcy in Clovis. Both parents preceded her in death.
Louise was married to Horace De Voll June 22, 1940, in Clovis. They lived most of their married life in Hobbs and moved to Albuquerque in 1991. They worked together with Ponca Wholesale for many years. After her husband passed away in 1997, Louise moved to Roswell and later to Portales.
She is survived by one niece, Mary Morcom Lindsey, of Roswell.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Benito Ramon Ortega
Benito Ortega, 54, of San Diego, Calif., died Tuesday, May 15, 2001. He was born in Roswell.
Mr. Ortega was a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years. He was also in the civil service for 10 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Anna Elena and Veronica Ortega; a son, Randall Beck; two sisters, Cindy Varela of Okla. and Placida McGowan of Calif.; a brother, Leandro Ortega, of Calif.; and five grandchildren.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 21, at St. John Catholic Church.

Madeline Parry
A celebration of life will be held for Madeline Lucille Graham Parry at the First Presbyterian Church, 402 West Grand in Artesia, at 10 a.m., Monday, May 21.
Mrs. Parry passed away May 10, 2001, in Pasadena, Calif. A long-time resident of Artesia, she was born in Fairfield, Iowa, to Bertha Melvina (Coffman) Graham and Lonnie D. Graham on June 1, 1912.
She married Hugh William Parry in Fairfield, on May 26, 1935, and came to Artesia in 1940. Her husband preceded her in death, Oct. 29, 1969.
Mrs. Parry was active in community affairs, helping to start the Artesia Junior Woman’s Club. She was a member of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce.
As education was important to Mrs. Parry, she served as a substitute teacher and librarian at Artesia High School, was guest lecturer for the sociology classes, a dorm “Mom” at Principia High School in St. Louis, Mo., and was the first student recruiter for the College of Artesia.
As an MRP member and State Assistant Director, she served as lobbyist at Santa Fe and was invited to Washington, D.C., by Rep. Joe Skeen to attend the Senior Conference on Aging.
She worked for the State Commission of aging and was instrumental in the founding of Artesia’s Senior Center; she was its first director. Active in the Retired Teachers Association, she also served as a board member for the Artesia Community Association and was a leader in the National and the Artesia Republican Women’s Association.
She once served as a senior intern in Sen. Pete Domenici’s Washington office and was past chairman of the Eddy County Republican Party and past president of Eddy County Republican Women. Working with the American Legion Auxiliary, she started the annual Memorial Day flag ceremony in Artesia. She was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a member of the Judicial Watch.
Mrs. Parry was a Girl Scout and worked for the Zia Girl Scout Council. She also worked with Eddy County Community Action Project and the Artesia Counseling and Resource Center Board. A member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, she started the Artesia Christian Science Society, a branch of the First Church of Christ Scientists of Boston.
She was an active member of the Artesia Ministerial Alliance. She has received many honors, including the Artesia Business and Professional Woman of the Year, Lions Club Citizen of the Year, AARP Sweetheart and Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year.
Survivors include a brother, Milton Henry Graham, of Phoenix; two sisters, Willa Elizabeth Sinn of Artesia and Eloise Margaret Githens of Longmont, Colo.; three children, Billie Sue Parry of San Mateo, Calif., Catherine Parry Rempe and husband, George, of Santa Barbara, Calif., Hugh William Parry II (Rusty) and wife Sandi of Sante Fe; and five grandchildren, Michael Parry Rempe, Stephanie Ann Rempe, Scott Graham Parry, Craig Louis Parry and Michelle Kattan Parry.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Madeline Graham Parry to Artesia High School’s Scholarship Fund, 1106 W. Quay, Artesia, N.M. 88210 or to the Christian Science Publishing Society, 1 Norway St., Boston, Mass. 02115.

Fred Ullrich
Fred Ullrich, beloved husband of Bernita Ullrich, went to be with God Wednesday, May 16, 2001.
Graveside services are scheduled for Fred at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Memory Lawn Memorial Park. The Rev. Monsignor Bob Getz of Assumption Catholic Church will officiate. The Roswell Veteran’s Honor Guard will perform military graveside honors.
Fred passed away at the Veteran’s Hospital in Temple, Texas.
He was born May 24, 1951 to Lucita Cunningham and Robert Ullrich in Roswell.
Fred was a veteran of the Vietnam and the Gulf wars. He had been a member of the Roswell Army National Guard. He attended Warrant Officer Training and achieved the rank of Warrant Officer II.
Survivors include his beloved wife of many years, Bernita and two stepsons, Carl and Mike Boyd.
Also surviving Fred is his mother, Lucita Cunningham of California; a brother, Danny Ullrich of Roswell; and a sister, Cheryl Melchior of Washington state.
His father, Robert L. Ullrich, precedes him in death.
Fred was a creative individual and was responsible for the design and manufacture of the cool air induction system used in internal combustion systems. He was currently employed at Legends Auto Body Repair and Paint of Roswell and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church and the American Legion.
His hobbies included woodworking, upholstery, reading, greenhouses, flying, refurbishing motorcycles, cars and Calliper trailers, and building boats.
Pallbearers include, Tony Hernandez, Joe Hernandez, David Hernandez, Ken Hirst, Rich Stevens and Israel J. Hernandez.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Cobos, Jaimie Hernandez, Lupe Hernandez, Manual Garcia, John Fitts, Tom Sherwood, Gary Banks, Keith Lewis and Fred’s many friends.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Desiree Nicole Graham
EL CAJON, Calif. — Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at The McFadin Family Cemetery for Desiree Nicole Graham, 22, of El Cajon, Calif., who passed away Thursday, May 17, 2001, in El Cajon. The retired Rev. Joseph Trent Bolen of Hope will officiate.
Desiree was born Aug. 17, 1978, in Farmington to Danny and Kathaleen Robertson Graham. They survive her in Roswell.
Other survivors include one brother, Lee Daniel Graham; one sister, Chrystal Michelle Graham; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Phoeba Graham; and great-grandmother, Bessie McFadin, all of Roswell; maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Robertson of Dallas; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Heineken of Albuquerque; and great-grandmother, Nancy Robertson of Columbus, Miss.
Desiree had been a resident of El Cajon for four years and worked as a dental hygienist. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Pallbearers will be Lee Daniel Graham, Wes Graham, Nate Graham, Billy Duran, Drew Brooks and Billy Rowden.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Ruffus Edward Lee
ARTESIA — Services for Ruffus Edward Lee, 81, of Artesia who passed away May 20, 2001, in Albuquerque, will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Rick Sullivan will officiate. Burial will take place in Woodbine Cemetery.
Ruffus was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Sweetwater, Texas, to Russell P. Lee and Della Lou (Bynum) Lee. He married Imogene Rowin Dec. 17, 1944, in Roswell. They moved to Artesia from Hope in August of 1945.
Ruffus was a field sales representative for Bethlehem Steel Company. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, a deacon, member of the D.A.V., American Legion, 804th Tank Destroyer Battalion Association, and the Artesia Genealogical Society. He was also a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Imogene Lee of the family home; one son, the Rev. Edward Dean Lee and wife, Joy, of Gonzales, Calif.; one daughter, Janie Lee Hammons and husband, Gene, of Houston; one sister, Louise Daughtery of Artesia; and one brother, T.E. “Gene” Lee and wife, JoAnn, of Fort Stockton, Texas.
He is also survived by three grandsons, Dr. Doug Hammons and wife, Kelly, of Fort Worth, Dr. Matt Hammons and wife, Elisabeth, of Durham, N.C., and Lt. Jake Hammons of Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Emily Nicole Hammons of Fort Worth.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vision 2000 Fund at First Baptist Church of Artesia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening and Son Mortuary.

Lloyd L. Treat
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 25, at South Park Cemetery for Lloyd L. Treat, 88, of Roswell who passed away Monday, May 21, 2001, at a local nursing home. The Rev. Steve Chappell of the First United Methodist Church will conduct the service. Masonic Graveside rites provided by the Roswell Low Twelve Club. All Master Masons please assemble at South Park Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
Lloyd was born June 13, 1912, in Roswell to Roy and Sally Clements Treat.
Lloyd is survived by one brother, William C. Treat of Roswell; one sister, Laura Mattingly of Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews including Sally McKay and Tony Treat, both of Roswell.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; and one brother, Elmer Treat.
Lloyd went to public school in Roswell and upon completing the eighth grade, went to work for several years for his father on ranches held west of Roswell, and then became good friends with A.C. Hendricks who owned the Flying H Ranch and immediately went to work for Mr. Hendricks until he met Ethel his wife who was teaching school at that time in Picacho.
They were married April 18, 1933, in Carrizozo and were immediately employed by Lloyd’s father at the ranch south of Picacho.
In 1938, he again returned to work for Mr. A.C. Hendricks at the Flying H Ranch and in the spring of 1938 Mr. Hendricks worked out a land purchase with Lloyd and Ethel, and sold them approximately 30 sections of land on the east end of the Flying H Ranch.
In 1955, Lloyd and good friend, Charles Waller, purchased the Penasco river ranch owned by J.H. Clements, Lloyd’s uncle. Later in the years, two other partners joined in the purchase. After about 17 years the ranch was sold as Lloyd was thinking about retirement.
In 1989, Lloyd sold his personal ranch to Michael Casabonne who had worked for Lloyd for a number of years. After this sale was completed, Lloyd and Ethel moved into Roswell for retirement.
Lloyd was a member of Ballut Abyad Shrine Temple, Roswell Lodge No. 18 A.F. and A.M., New Mexico Sheepman and Cattlemen’s Association. He was a stock owner and on the board of directors for the Artesia Wool Cooperative. In the 1970s, he was the sheep representative to the New Mexico Livestock Board. He served for more than 20 years on the board of directors of Penasco Telephone Cooperative. He and Ethel were longtime members of the First Christian Church.
Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Johnnie Cones
Johnnie Cones, 93, a longtime farmer in the Fort Sumner valley, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis following an illness. Johnnie was born Sept. 15, 1907, in Norwood, Mo., to the home of John Williams Cones and the former Lou Annie Tennessee Akers.
He moved with his family to Cuervo in 1918 where they made their home until 1944. While living in Cuervo, he met and later married Edna Harrison. They were married Nov. 12, 1927, in Tucumcari. Johnnie and Edna made their home in the Fort Sumner valley in 1944. Johnnie farmed and also worked for the irrigation district for several years. He enjoyed visiting with friends and family about the old times. He loved to be around the farm and always seemed to keep himself busy. As recently as last week, he was out baiting gophers.
Johnnie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna, in 1989; a son, Lloyd Cones, in 1992; a sister, Hattie Bailey; two grandsons, Ricky Cones and Sonny Roper; a granddaughter, Sandy Cones; and a daughter-in-law, Louise Cones.
Survivors include a son, Clarence Cones, of Fort Sumner; four daughters, Lois Roper and husband, Barney, of Carrizozo, Grace Foster and husband, Bill, of Roswell, Annie Mae Finney and husband, Denzel, Lola Foster and husband, Dick, of Fort Sumner; two sisters, Ethel Hedgecoke of Fort Sumner, and Dorothy Bruce of Phoenix; two brothers, Bill Cones of Fort Sumner and Roy Cones of Palo Verde, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the First Baptists Church in Fort Sumner with the Rev. Coy Brewer officiating. Burial will follow in the Cones family plot, Fort Sumner Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include Lewis Hancock, Russwell Crownover, I.A. Griego, Dub Head, Richard Renfro, Eddie Spitz and Harold Boyle.
Honorary bearers will be all his friends and neighbors. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family prefers memorials in Johnnie’s memory to the Fort Sumner Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 180, Fort Sumner, NM 88119.
All arrangements are under the direction of Chavez Funeral Home in Fort Sumner.

Cassidy Ann DeVries
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Ballard Funeral Chapel for Cassidy Ann DeVries, 14, of Roswell who passed away May 19, 2001 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Burial will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park. Pastor Butch Neal of Bethel Baptist Church will officiate.
Cassidy was born Aug. 27, 1986, in Roswell to Sherry Lynn DeVries. Her mother survives her at the family home.
Other survivors include her grandparents, Martha Oldaker, Kenneth Oldaker and Joe DeVries; aunts, Kimberly Dees, Alice Oldaker, Marchell DeVries, Cindy Bignell, Sherry Steward and Deanna Spies; uncles, Clint Dees, Mike Bignell, Toby DeVries, Jason Burkhart; cousins, Brooke Dees, Austin Dees, Tayllor Burkhart, Crystal Adams, Chris Adams and Nathan Bignell.
Pallbearers will be Clint Dees, Jason Burkhart, Mike Bignell and Chris Adams.
A drop of innocence escaped today. When you drew your last breath and went away. Our worlds crashed down and in oceans of tears, did we almost drown. Until we remembered of all you were, Our Angel, Our Sweet, Strong, Brave Angel. The light that shone brightest, you always gave us strength. We want to be strong, we want to make you proud, but our pain, its screaming so very loud. We will always remember you. And our little ones we will tell of you. For everyone should know of our strong, brave, beautiful girl. Your life’s light will forever glow so very brightly, deep within our hearts, we will hold you tightly. We know you’re in Heaven looking over us. We know you are no longer in pain. They say with time it gets easier, but without you I don’t want to smile again. Your life wasn’t long, yet you filled it with so much love. We love you Cassidy Ann, in our hearts you will always be. We think of you laughing happily. Sweet Angel, God Bless you.

Josephine Thompson Sloan
Josephine Thompson Sloan, a Roswell resident for 53 years, died Monday night, May 21, 2001. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, at First Christian Church. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. The Rev. James M. Smith of First Christian Church in Ruidoso will officiate.
Jo was born in Fort Worth June 23, 1916, to W.H. and Minnie Mae
Thompson. She graduated from Central High School in 1933, attended Texas Women’s College in Denton, Texas, and was employed as a secretary in Dallas.
August 16, 1941, she married Samuel S. Sloan of Fort Worth. Following the start of World War II, they were stationed in San Diego. During the war years, Jo was employed as the first woman teller for the Bank of America.
Jo and Sam lived in Roswell from 1946-1949 and returned in 1951. Their four children attended Roswell public schools. Jo used her administrative skills while employed at Walker Air Force Base and New Mexico Military Institute as well as at other Roswell businesses. She expressed her love for children by teaching at Child Garden Kindergarten, starting a school for mentally
disabled children, teaching Native American preschool children at Thiokol’s School and teaching fourth grade Sunday school at First Christian Church for many years.
She was a 63-year member of Beta Sigma Phi, and an active member of the Roswell Assistance League, Roswell Story League, Church Women United and the Community Bible Study. At first Christian Church, Jo lovingly served as a deaconess and as a member of the Women’s Guild and the Women’s Bible Study Group.
Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Sam; two sisters; and a brother.
She is survived by her sister, Ruth Law of Houston; her children, Sandra Smith of Ruidoso, Josephine Cahill of Roswell, William S. Sloan of El Paso and Linda Elliott of Hopkins, Minn.; her 13 grandchildren, Jack Johnston, Joel Martin, Jon Martin, James Smith, Sulynda Shell, Kathleen Sloan, Meredith Smith, Elizabeth Elliott, Diana Sloan, Dan Elliott, Gordon Sloan, Tom Elliott, and Alyssa Sloan; seven great-grandchildren; and many dear friends young and old.
Memorial contributions may be made to Child Garden Kindergarten.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Ballard Funeral Home.

Bobbie Spurgeon
MULESHOE, Texas — A church service for Bobbie Spurgeon, 77, of Ira, Texas, who passed away May 22, 2001, in Lubbock, will take place at 2 p.m. today, May 24, at Richland Hills Baptist Church in Muleshoe, Texas. Gary Skaggs of Muleshoe will officiate. Burial will take place in Muleshoe Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Spurgeon was born May 31, 1923, in Southland, Texas. She married J.D. “Bully” Spurgeon in Levelland, Texas, March 28, 1940. She had lived in Ira since February, 1980, moving from Muleshoe. She was a member of the Knapp Baptist Church in Ira. She worked as a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, J.D. “Bully” Spurgeon of Ira; two daughters, Lanelle and her husband, Gray Skaggs, of Muleshoe and Vanda and her husband, Frank Browning, of Roswell; and one foster daughter, Lorraine and her husband, Norman Clouse, of Ogallala, Neb.
Also surviving are five grandchildren, Michael, Cary and Janna Skaggs and Amy Clark and Hailee Browning; and three great-grandchildren, Erin and Kristen Skaggs and Ian Clark.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home, Muleshoe.

Harriet Ann ‘Regina’ Weeks
Graveside services are scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, May 25, at South Park Cemetery for Harriet Ann “Regina” Weeks, 78, who passed away Monday, May 21, 2001, in Tucson, Ariz. The Rev. Walter Green of the Galilee Baptist Church will officiate.
Regina was born in LaBanon, Ky., Feb. 16, 1923, to George Louis and Nellie Pruitt McElroy.
She is survived by one brother, George L. McElroy of Tucson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Regina was a member of Church of God and Christ.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.

Josephine Lopez Flores
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today, May 24, at Immaculate Conception Missions Parish in Dexter for Josephine Lopez Flores, 90, of Dexter who
passed away May 22, 2001, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.
A mass is scheduled for 9.00 a.m., Friday, May 25,2001 at Immaculate Conception Missions Parish Fr. Alquin Hunter and Deacon Jesus Herrera will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Josephine will lie in state for visitation at Immaculate Conception Missions Parish in Dexter beginning this afternoon until the time of the rosary.
Josephine was born Dec. 22, 1910, to Eutemio Lopez and Luisa Lopez.
Dec. 9, 1930, she married Frank Flores in Roswell. He precedes her in death as well as both parents, one brother and one sister.
Survivors include her son, Louis Frank Flores of Orange County, Calif.; daughter, Linda Marie Flores of the home in Dexter; three grandchildren, Pamela R. Harris and her husband, Kerry, of Albion, Idaho, Terrence Louis Flores and his wife, Nicole, of Meridian, Idaho, and Zachary R. Flares of Orange County; four great-grandchildren of Meridian and Albion; three sisters, Anita Maner of Roswell, Juanita Torres and her husband, Joe, of Hobbs and Joquina Hardon and her husband, Albert Lee, of Atwood, Kan.; and one brother, Manuel Lopez of Belen.
Pallbearers will be Randy Maner, Manuel Ramirez, Leroy Torres, Joe Durand, Charlie Marquez and Jerry Urban.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home.

Mary Catherine McKelvy
ALBUQUERQUE — Mary Catherine McKelvy, 87, a resident of Albuquerque, died Monday, May 21, 2001, in her home. She was born Oct. 6, 1913, in Abilene, Kan., to Bruce and Margaret Gleissner. Employed by TWA as an executive secretary, she was transferred to Albuquerque where she met and married George W. McKelvy in August, 1941. While her husband was in the military, they lived in various cities, but eventually migrated to Albuquerque.
In 1954, she started work as a legal secretary for the Moses, Dunn, Farmer and Tuthil Law Firm and remained their faithful employee until her retirement 30 years later. Mrs. McKelvy was very involved in politics, served as a volunteer for the Republican Party, and was an avid follower of Rush Limbaugh.
In her retirement years, she traveled extensively enjoying the sites and cultures of Ireland, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and other parts of Europe. As a lover of fine music, one of her greatest pleasures was attending the symphony with her close friends.
She is survived by her four sons, Bruce McKelvy of Albuquerque, Warren McKelvy and wife, Roberta of Roswell, David McKelvy of Los Angeles and Stephen McKelvy of Las Vegas; granddaughters, Colleen McKelvy of Los Angeles and Liana McKelvy of Bozeman, Mont.; grandsons, Ian McKelvy, Zilch McKelvy, Mark McKelvy,
Luke McKelvy, all of Roswell and Kevin McKelvy of Bozeman; brother, Bruce Gleissner of Mobile, Ala.; two nephews, John Gleissner and Bruce Gleissner; and two nieces, Wilhima “Billie” Peinovich and Roxanna Jones.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 24, at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Pastor Rick Donaho officiating. Cremation will follow services.
Arrangements are under the direction of French Mortuary.

Richard Lee Gray
FORT WORTH — Richard Lee Gray, 55, of Fort Worth passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at a Fort Worth nursing center. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Biggers Funeral Chapel with interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.
Mr. Gray was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Roswell and lived there until moving to Fort Worth in 1967. He later moved to Lubbock, where he lived for a number of years before moving back to Fort Worth in 1997.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tim S. and Grace (French) Gray Sr.
Survivors include five sisters, Lynn Neumann and her husband, Steve, Jean Nettles and her husband, Jim, of Fort Worth, Louise Farmer of Perrin, Texas, Betty Casper of Centerville, Ga., Jackie Bills and her husband, Buddy, of Cody, Wyo.; two brothers, Tim S. Gray Jr. of Fort Worth and Clifford Gray of Marysville, Wash.; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; best friend and roommate, Jake Buckner of Lubbock; and many friends at Mainstream Rehabilitation and Lubbock MHMR.
Arrangements are under the direction of Biggers Funeral Home.


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