Miscellaneous Lea County, New Mexico Obituaries - 2000

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7/13

James S. Parks
LOVINGTON -- Services for James Sherman Parks of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. on July 15 at the American Legion Hall in Lovington.
The Rev. Leon Green officiated. Cremation was under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.
Mr. Parks, 68, died Tuesday, July 4, at his home. He was born on May 30, 1932, in Amherst, Texas, to Ira and Lillian Parks. He married Sadie Burkett on June 23, 1955. She died on Oct. 20, 1985. He later married Nannie Magaret Callaway on Sept. 20, 1991.
He moved to Hobbs in 1939, where he finished school. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Parks worked for Coastal Corp. from 1983 to 1988. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, VFW, American Legion Post No. 68, AARP, and active member of the Senior Citizens Center in Lovington.
Survivors include his wife of the home; four step-children, Jim Lee Reed, Johnny Earl Hankins, Donna Jo Hoy and Graham Lyn Hankins Jr., all of Louisiana.; a sister, Winona Saling of Brownwood, Texas; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
His parents, Ira and Lillian Parks; a brother, Ira Windford Parks; and a sister, Imogene Morris, also preceded him in death.

Douglas F. Blackburn
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Memorial services for former Hobbsan Douglas F. Blackburn of Lubbock will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, at Second Baptist Church.
The Rev. Charles F. Johnson and the Rev. Art Brewer will officiate. Cremation will take place under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home.
Mr. Blackburn, 75, died Monday, July 10, at Lubbock Health Care. He was born April 1, 1925, in Ogden, Utah. He married O'Veta Morris in Lubbock on May 10, 1945.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.
After receiving his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University in 1945, he became the distribution engineer for Lubbock Power and Light and was a partner in the consulting engineering firm of Colwell, Wentworth and Associates.
Mr. Blackburn was director of utilities for the City of Denton from 1968 to 1976 and operations manager for the North Texas Municipal Water District of the Dallas area from 1976 to 1978.
In September of 1978 he became manager of engineering for New Mexico Electric Service Co. in Hobbs, retiring in 1990 after its merger with Southwestern Public Service.
He moved back to Lubbock in 1997.
He served as a deacon, choir member and tenor soloist at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock. He was a past president of the Texas Municipal League, former chairman of the Texas Power Pool, executive committee of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, past president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, South Plains Lions Club, Lea County Professional Engineers and Southeastern New Mexico Genealogical Society of Hobbs.
Mr. Blackburn was a founder of the Parkinson's Support Group in Hobbs, an affiliate of the National Parkinson Foundation and the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Marcia Smyth of Irving, Calif.; two brothers, Dale of Fresno, Calif., and Thair of Ogden, Utah; a sister, Darlene Byington of Ogden; and a grandson.
His parents, Oriel H. and Katie Fife Blackburn; two sisters; and a brother preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Neurology Research and Education Center, 4102 24th St., Suite 501, Lubbock, Texas 79410.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

7/12

William D. Hood
LAS CRUCES - Memorial services for former Hobbs resident William D. Hood will be held Thursday, July 13, in Las Cruces.
Mr. Hood, 77, died Sunday, July 9, in Las Cruces. He was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Lakeview, Texas. He married Mary Virginia Amick in 1948 in Clovis.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war, he worked in finance and business in West Texas and eastern New Mexico.
He moved to Farmington in 1953, where he owned an insurance agency. In 1957, he sold the agency and moved to Albuquerque where he became the manager of Prudential. He was the first member of the Million Dollar Roundtable in New Mexico for the company.
Mr. Hood moved to Hobbs in 1961 and was co-owner of an insurance agency until his retirement in 1984. He was president of the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico from 1970 to 1971. In 1993, he moved to Green Valley, Ariz. He moved to Las Cruces in May of this year.
Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Patti Patridge of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, Mike Hood of Las Cruces; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Las Cruces or the American Cancer Society.

Ollie M. Burnam
PUTNAM, Texas - Services for Ollie May Burnam of Putnam, mother of Glenn Burnam of Hobbs, were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 10, at Parker Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Joe Coppinger officiated. Burial followed in the Putnam Cemetery under the direction of Parker Funeral Home.
Mrs. Burnam, 97, died Friday, July 7, in an Alvarado, Texas, nursing home. She was born in Cottonwood, Texas. She married Mark Burnam on Dec. 5, 1920, in Moran, Texas. He preceded her in death.
She had lived in the Putnam area of Callahan County all of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Putnam and Putnam Study Club. 
Other survivors include two daughters, Retha Brown of Weatherford, and Gayle Isenhower of Coleman; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

George H. Hamlin
TATUM -- Services for George Henry Hamlin of Tatum will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at Church of the Nazarene in Tatum.
Bobby Cullon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Tatum Cemetery under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.
Mr. Hamlin, 77, died Monday, July 10, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Roswell. He married Gloria Berryhill on Nov. 13, 1946, in Portales.
He was a member of the Nazarene faith. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of the home; a son, George T. Hamlin of Tatum; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Hilda M. Johnson
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Services for former Hobbs resident Hilda Mae Johnson of Arlington will be held on Thursday, July 13, at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.
Bobby Tillison will officiate. Burial will follow in Little Bethel Memorial Park in Duncanville.
Mrs. Johnson, 74, died Friday, July 7, at her home. She was born June 17, 1926, in Dallas, Texas. She was married to Cecil L. Johnson for 50 years before he died.
She was a resident of Arlington Park Plaza Retirement Residence and a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Cedar Hill.
She retired after 42 years of nursing service. The last 18 years were at Norte Vista Medical Center in Hobbs.
Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Baylor University School of Nursing in 1946.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Beaty and Beverly Frasier; three sons, Cecil Ray Johnson, Kenneth Johnson and John Johnson; three sisters, Harriett Geyer, Mildred Parker and Maydella Hawkins; and a brother, James Morgan.

7/11

Beulah K. Hobbs
RUIDOSO - Services for Beulah K. Hobbs of Ruidoso, a member of the original Lea County pioneer family that founded Hobbs, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Gateway Church of Christ.
Thurman Hux will officiate. Burial will follow in the Angus Cemetery under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Hobbs, 84, died Sunday, July 9, in Ruidoso. She was born July 12, 1915, in Muleshoe, Texas. 
She was a former member of the Farwell Ladies Club. She had retired as administrative secretary to the Parmer County judge. She moved to the Alto area in 1983 from Farwell and was a member of Gateway Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, James Hobbs of Alto and Walt Moeller of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; two daughters, Camille Hux of Fulton, Mo., and Vicki Rowe of Alamogordo; a brother, Gene Kistler of California; and 12 grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Services of Lincoln County at Gateway Church of Christ.

Leora C. Lee
LOVINGTON - Services for Leora Culp Lee of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, at First Baptist Church.
The Rev. Harry Pittam will officiate. Burial will follow in the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lee, 91, died Saturday, July 8, at Nor-Lea General Hospital. She was born Oct. 26, 1908, in Marathon, Texas. She married R.D. Lee Jr. on April 6, 1930, in Lovington.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Lee came to Lea County in 1909 and was from a pioneer ranching family.
She graduated from Lovington High School and attended Highland University for two years. She was a past member of the Lovington Women's Club and the Wednesday Bridge Club.
Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Bill Lee, former state senator of Lovington; two grandsons; and a granddaughter.

Ollie M. Burnam
PUTNAM, Texas - Services for Ollie May Burnam of Putnam, mother of John Burnam of Hobbs, were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 10, at Parker Funeral Home Chapel.
The Rev. Joe Coppinger officiated. Burial followed in the Putnam Cemetery under the direction of Parker Funeral Home.
Mrs. Burnam, 97, died Friday, July 7, in an Alvarado, Texas, nursing home. She was born in Cottonwood, Texas. She married Mark Burnam on Dec. 5, 1920, in Moran, Texas. He preceded her in death.
She had lived in the Putnam area of Callahan County all of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Putnam and Putnam Study Club. 
Other survivors include two daughters, Retha Brown of Weatherford, and Gayle Isenhower of Coleman; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

7/9

Crissie Theodocia Alsup Brandon

Services for Crissie Theodocia Alsup Brandon of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Stephenville Funeral Home Chapel under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
Burial will follow the service at West End Cemetery in Stephenville, Texas.
Brandon, 88, died On Friday, July 7 at Lea Regional Medical Center in Hobbs. She was born on February 3, 1912, in Stephenville, Texas. 
Mrs. Brandon married Luther Preston Brandon on March 17, 1934 in Stephenville, Texas. 
She lived in Erath County and Stephenville, Texas until moving to Hobbs in 1988. She was a member of Tarlton Height Church of Christ.
Survivors include her son, Preston J "Buck" Brandon; one granddaughter and one grandson; and two great grandsons.
Her parents, Larkin and Ella Alsup; husband, Luther Brandon; a daughter, Judy Kay Brandon Kathy; a son, James Brandon; and five brothers and one sister.
Visitation for Mrs. Brandon will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or American Heart Association.
 
 

Glenda J. Chapman

Services for Glenda Jean Chapman of Jal will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 10, at Calvary Baptist Church in Jal under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.
The Rev. Alan Speed of Calvary Baptist Church in Jal, Rev. Keeney Dickenson of First Baptist Church in Eunice and Rev. Dorman of LaMesa, Texas will officiate.
Interment will follow at 4 p.m. Monday, July 10, at LaMesa Memorial Park in LaMesa, Texas.
Mrs. Chapman, 59, died Friday, July 7 at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. She was born on August 3, 1940 in LaMesa, Texas.
Chapman moved from LaMesa, Texas to Eunice in 1970 and then to Jal in 1975. She taught freshman and sophomore English for 24 years in the Eunice Public School System before retiring in 1995.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Chapman of Jal; two sons, Rodney Chapman of Eunice and Wayne Chapman of LaMesa, Texas; one daughter, Theresa Boone of Eunice; two sisters, Nelva Koehler of LaMesa, Texas and Gloria Payne of Midland, Texas; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

7/8

Cecil M. Jones

LOVINGTON - Services for Cecil Maurice Jones, a longtime Lovington resident, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Third and Central Church of Christ.

Dan Morris will officiate. Burial will follow in the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jones, 89, died Thursday, July 6. She was born April 7, 1911, in Haskell, Texas. She married Leeman W. Jones on Nov. 27, 1928, in Odessa, Texas. He preceded her in death on July 12, 1982.

She was a member of Third and Central Church of Christ in Lovington. She was a retired porcelain artist, having owned and operated a china painting studio in Lovington for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Jones had been a member of the Lovington Porcelain Art Club, the Chaparral Porcelain Art Club of Hobbs, Sweetwater China Painters Guild, the Lubbock, Texas, China Painter Guild and the Llano Estacado Porcelain Art Club of Seminole. She had also been a member of the New Mexico and Texas Federation of China Painters and had served on the board of the Texas group.

Survivors include a daughter, Irma Lee Aduddell of Lovington; 10 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and five nieces.

A son, Leeman Keith Jones; a great-grandson, Jason Ham; and a great-granddaughter, Nora Lee Attaway, also preceded her in death.

Johnnie Stanford Fitzgerald Sr.

Services for Johnnie Stanford Fitzgerald Sr., of Fort Davis, Texas, will be held at 6 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Davis.

The Rev. Dale Parker will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fort Davis. Visitation will be take place Saturday at Geeslin Funeral Home in Alpine.

Fitzgerald, 82, died Thursday at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1917, in Bandera, Texas. His daughter, Elizabeth Posey, lives in Hobbs.

A resident of Fort Davis for 70 years, Fitzgerald was a self-employed rancher, cowboy and horse-trainer. He married Margaret Duncan on July 3, 1939, in Pecos, Texas. She preceded him in death on Feb. 29, 1996. Fitzgerald married Sondra de Zambrano on May 2, 1998, in Fort Davis.

Fitzgerald was a member of the National Cutting Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. He was a Presbyterian.

Other survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, John Fitzgerald of Marfa; two sisters, Lucille Steele of Blanco, Texas, and Mildred Cox of Austin; two brothers, Ray Fitzgerald of San Angelo and Jack Fitzgerald of Victoria; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Also preceding Fitzgerald in death were two sisters, Dorothy Mathis and Ruth Marsh.

Memorials may be made to West Texas Boys Ranch, 10223 Boys Ranch Road, San Angelo, Texas 76904-9989 or Sul Ross Rodeo Scholarship Fund at Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas 79832.

Glenda Chapman

EUNICE - Services are pending with Calvary Funeral Home for Glenda Chapman of Jal.

Mrs. Chapman, 59, died Friday, July 7, at Midland Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 3, 1940, in Lamesa, Texas.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Chapman of the home; two sons, Wayne Chapman of Lamesa and Rodney Chapman of Eunice; and one daughter, Teresa Boone of Eunice.

Crissie T. Brandon

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Crissie Thedocia Alsup Brandon of Hobbs.

Mrs. Brandon, 88, died Friday, July 7, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 3, 1912, in Stephenville, Texas.

Immediate survivors include a son, Preston J. (Buck) Brandon.

7/7

Billy G. Baker

Graveside services and burial for Billy G. "B. G." Baker of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Graveside rites will be conducted by the American Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Baker, 72, died Wednesday, July 5, at his home. He was born July 30, 1927, in Moravia, Okla. He married Eva Preston on Nov. 22, 1946, in Littlefield, Texas.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW. He had worked for Halliburton Service Co. for over 35 years.

Mr. Baker was a member of First Baptist Church in Lovington.

Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Ricky Baker of Grand Junction, Colo., Lonnie Baker of Kerrville, Texas, and Michael Baker of Hobbs; a daughter, Janice Jackson of Carlsbad; his father, Seth "Buster" Baker of Odessa; a brother, Jerry Don Baker of Andrews, Texas; four sisters, Modell Willis of Midland, Wanda Lewis of Utopia, Texas, Barbara Blassingame of Vega, Texas, and Ava Nell Smith of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

His mother, Oma Baker; two brothers, Dewey Baker and Alvin Baker; and a sister, Peggy Sue Baker, preceded him in death.

Ina B. Edwards

Graveside services for Ina Bell Edwards of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, at Brunson Memorial Cemetery in Eunice under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.

Eli Borden of Taylor Street Church of Christ in Hobbs will officiate.

Mrs. Edwards, 83, died Wednesday, July 5, at Sun Bridge Retirement Center in Hobbs. She was born May 9, 1917, in Chico, Texas.

Edwards moved to this area from Kermit, Texas, in 1949. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Norman of Las Vegas, Nev., and David Colvin of Hobbs; two daughters, Betty Plyer of Fort Worth, Texas, and Pat Patterson of Hobbs; four sisters Flossey Hensley of Wichita Falls, Jessie Lance of Jal, Mable Barkhouser of Ohio and Sylvia Crook of Wichita Falls; two brothers Billy Barnett of Wichita Falls, and Ocie Barnett also of Wichita Falls; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents and one brother, Johnny Colvin, preceded her in death.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Omar J. Prieto

Services for Omar Justin Prieto of Hobbs has been changed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at St. Helena Catholic Church.

Susan M. Wilson
Memorial services for Susan M. Wilson of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Daniel Miller and the Rev. David Matkins will officiate. Burial will be held at 4 p.m. CDT at Tahoka, Texas, Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.
Ms. Wilson, 20, died Monday, July 3, in Seminole, Texas. She was born Nov. 20, 1979, in Odessa, Texas.
She graduated from Sinagua High School in Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1998. She was a student at New Mexico Junior College. Ms. Wilson was a staff member at the Hobbs Teen Center and a nursery worker at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where she was a member.
Survivors include her father, Andy T. Wilson of Flagstaff; her mother and stepfather, Linda and Alan Reder of Hobbs; a brother, Rick Malta of Dallas, Texas; her grandparents, Van Greene of Lubbock, Texas, and Joe and Marlene Edelen of Missouri City, Texas; two uncles; and three aunts.
Her grandmother, Betty Greene, preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

Omar J. Prieto
Services for Omar Justin Prieto of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 7, at St. Helena Catholic Church.
The Rev. Jose Reyes, OFM Conv., will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
A rosary will be held at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Omar, 12, was killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday, July 4, in Eddy County. He was born July 14, 1987, in Hobbs. 
He would have been an eighth-grade student at Highland Junior High School in the fall. He was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church.
Survivors include his parents, Leonel and Aracely Prieto of Hobbs; a sister, Monica Prieto of Hobbs; a brother, Rudy Marin of Hobbs; grandparents, Socorro and Guadalupe Castillo of Hobbs and Hermila and Roberto Prieto of Mexico; great-grandfather, Matias Acosta of Hobbs; and a great-grandmother, Juana Quiroz.
A sister, Anita Prieto; his great-grandfather; two uncles; and a cousin preceded him in death.

Billy G. Baker
Services are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home for Billy G. Baker of Hobbs.
Mr. Baker, 72, died Wednesday, July 5, at his home. He was born June 30, 1927.

7/5

Kara Lyn Pearson
A celebration of the life of Kara Lyn Pearson of Farmington will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Steed-Todd Funeral Chapel in Clovis.
Dr. Hurbert Bergstrom will officiate. 
Ms. Pearson, 32, died June 28 at San Juan Regional Hospital in Farmington. She was awaiting a donor match for a bone marrow transplant at the time of her death. She was born June 3, 1968 in El Paso, Texas.
Ms. Pearson, whose father Tony Pearson lives in Hobbs, was a 1986 graduate of Clovis High School and was active in volleyball and basketball. She was on the honor roll throughout her school years and was on the dean's honor roll at New Mexico State University in 1987.
She worked as a paralegal at Crane and Tejada law firm in Durango, Colo., prior to her illness. She was preceded in death by grandfathers Paul Pearson and Lewis Crow.
Other survivors include her mother Bobbie Johnson and step-father Swede Johnson of Clovis; step-mother Anna Pearson of Hobbs; a brother, Kevin Pearson of Albuquerque; grandmothers Sue Crow of Clovis and Thama Pearson Combs of Hereford, Texas, and step-grandfather Mutt Wheeler of Hereford, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Connelly Hospitality House, 710 S. Lake, Farmington, N.M. 87401 or to a favorite charity.

Reba Ivey

A memorial service for Reba Ivey, mother of Larry Squires of Hobbs, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Gateway Church of Christ in Ruidoso with Jimmy Sportsman officiating.
Mrs. Ivey, 87, of Ruidoso, died Saturday, July 1, at her home. She was born Sept. 29, 1912 in Sentinel, Okla. 
She moved to Ruidoso in 1968 from Lovington and was a retired rancher. She was a member of Gateway Church of Christ.
Other survivors include three grandchildren, Susan Foster, Bill Squires and Ron Squires.
Memorials may be made to Gateway Church of Christ. Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Ruidoso.

Susan Wilson
Services are pending with Chapel of Hope for Susan M. Wilson of Hobbs.
Ms. Wilson, 20, died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Monday, July 3, in Seminole. She was born Nov. 20, 1979, in Odessa, Texas.

Juan Delgado Avila
Services for Juan Delgado Avila of Hobbs will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at Victory Center.
The Rev. Fabian Sena will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.
Mr. Avila, 78, died Sunday, July 2, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1922, in Chihuahua, Mexico. He married Bertha Avila on May 31, 1942, in Chihuahua.
He worked as a custodian for Victory Center Church.
He moved to Lea County in 1980 from Chihuahua.
Survivors include his wife of the home; three sons, Johnny Valenzuela and Ruben Avila, both of Hobbs, and Luis Avila of Chihuahua; two daughters, Yolanda Edwards and Bertha Valenzuela, both of Hobbs; three brothers, Jesus Avila and Elias Avila, both of Chihuahua, and Feliziano Avila of El Paso; four sisters, Magdalena Molina and Guadalupe Godinez, both of El Paso, Elena Hernandez of Delicias Chihuahua, Mexico, and Lucia Holguin of Chihuahua; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Maria Ramirez

Services for Maria Ramirez of Jal will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at First Baptist Church of Jal.
The Rev. Elio Barrios will officiate. Burial will follow at Jal Cemetery under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.
Mrs. Ramirez, 90, died Monday, July 3, at her home. She was born July 16, 1910 in Coyame Chihuahua, Mexico.
Mrs. Ramirez moved from Crane, Texas to Jal in 1985.
Survivors include a son, Jesus Ramirez, of Monument; and two daughters, Socerro Lujan of Jal and Manuela Herrera of Farmington.
Mrs. Ramirez is preceded in death by her husband Manuel Ramirez in 1980.
 

Jeffery L. Young
Services for Jeffery Leonard Young of Hobbs will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church.
The Rev. Shawn Drake of Bel Aire Baptist Church and the Rev. Jake Armstrong will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.
Mr. Young, 34, died Sunday, July 2, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born March 18, 1966, in Hobbs.
He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents, Charles and Wanda Young of Hobbs; a sister, Sherrill Young of Hobbs; a brother, Benney Young of Hobbs; and paternal grandmother, Mary Leo Young of Abilene, Texas.

7/4

Jeffery L. Young

Services for Jeffery Leonard Young of Hobbs will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, at Northside Baptist Church.

The Rev. Shawn Drake will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.

Mr. Young, 34, died Sunday, July 2, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born March 18, 1966, in Hobbs.

He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents, Charles and Wanda Young of Hobbs; a sister, Sherrill Young of Hobbs; a brother, Benney Young of Hobbs; and paternal grandmother, Mary Leo Young of Abilene, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Juan D. Avila

EUNICE - Services are pending with Calvary Funeral Home for Juan Delgado Avila of Hobbs.

Mr. Avila, 77, died Sunday, July 2, at his home in Hobbs. He was born Nov. 2, 1922, in Chihuahua.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Avila of the home; three sons, Johnny Valenzuela and Ruben Avila, both of Hobbs, and Luis Avila of Chihuahua; and two daughters, Yolanda Edwards and Bertha Valenzuela, both of Hobbs.

Robert Jelinek

The name of the city where Mr. Jelinek's son lives was incorrectly listed in Sunday's paper. His son, Mark Jelinek, is from Bloomsburg, Pa.

Memorial contributions may also be made to the charity of one's choice, as well as the Southwest Symphony endowment fund.

Maria Ramirez

JAL -- Services are pending with Calvary Funeral Home of Eunice for Maria Ramirez of Jal.

Mrs. Ramirez, 89, died Tuesday, July 3, at her home. She was born July 16, 1910, in Coyame Chihuahua, Mexico.

Immediate survivors include a son, Jesus Ramirez of Monument, and two daughters, Socorro Lujan of Jal and Manuela Herrera of Farmington.

7/1

John B. Jackson
NORTHGLENN, Colo. - Services were held Thursday for Northglenn resident John B. Jackson, father of Robert C. Jackson and Catherine M. Emery, both of Hobbs.
Burial followed in the military cemetery at Fort Logan.
Jackson, 72, died Monday, June 26, in Northglenn. He was born Sept. 29, 1927, in
Detroit, Mich. He married Shirley J. Funk on June 12, 1950, in Denver, Colo.
Mr. Jackson was retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was member of the Northglenn American Legion and the Moose Lodge.
Other survivors include his wife of the home; four more sons, Joel B. Jackson of Great Bend, Kan., Mark A. Jackson of Federal Heights and Dale E. Jackson of Capitan; two more daughters, Sandra J. Jackson of Thornton and Rita White of Ontario, Canada; one sister, Kay Mahoney also of Ontario; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Kara L. Pearson
FARMINGTON - Services are pending with Steed-Todd Funeral Home for Kara Lynn Pearson of Farmington.
Mrs. Pearson, 32, died Wednesday, June 28, at San Juan Regional Hospital.

6/30

Dorothy Sweet
Funeral services for Dorothy Sweet, 83, of Hobbs are pending with Griffin Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Sweet died at her home Thursday, June 29.

Christopher L. Ivy
Services for Christopher Lynn Ivy of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today at Bethany Funeral Home Chapel.
Dan Morris will officiate. Burial will follow in the Lovington Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Mr. Ivy, 22, died Wednesday, June 28. He was born Oct. 5, 1977, in Hobbs.
He was a lifetime resident of Lea County. He attended Lovington elementary schools and Hobbs High School.
Survivors include his father, Jack Ivy of Amarillo; his mother, Donna Head of Hobbs; three brothers, Michael Nathanial Sneed of Vernal, Utah, Jerrod Cole Sneed of Hobbs and Brady Ivy of Amarillo; two sisters, Ame Leal and Sarah Ivy, both of Amarillo; paternal grandparents, Jack Ivy of Dilly, Texas and DeAnna Maramontes of Los Lunas; maternal grandmother, Nell Marler of Lovington; and paternal great-grandmother, Edna Ware of Brownfield.
His grandfather, Claude Edwin Marler, preceded him in death in 1993.

6/29

Tina M. Bruton
PLAINS, Texas -- Services for former Hobbsan Tina Marie Bruton of Plains will be held at 2 p.m. CDT on Friday at the First Assembly of God Church in Denver City.
The Rev. Ronnie Lunsford will officiate. Burial will follow in Denver City Memorial Park under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bruton, 30, died Tuesday, June 27, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born June 20, 1970, in Denver City. She married Kevin Bruton on Aug. 29, 1985, in Plains.
She lived in Hobbs for a year, prior to moving to Plains. She was a minister of the Assembly of God Church and a member of the Ministerial Alliance.
Mrs. Bruton worked with the youth while living in Denver City.
Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Scott Bruton of the home; a daughter, Tiffany Bruton of the home; her father, Leon Kelley of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf; her mother, Peggy Roberson of Denver City; two brothers, Melvin Kelley of Denver City and Larry Kelley of Bahrain; and a sister, Tammy Cox of Hammond, La.

Christopher L. Ivy
LOVINGTON - Services are pending with Bethany Funeral Home for Christopher L. Ivy of Hobbs.
Mr. Ivy, 23, died Wednesday, June 28.
Immediate survivors include his mother, Donna Head of Hobbs.

6/28

Randall (R.D.) Ferguson

PORTALES - Services for former Jal resident Randall (R.D.) Ferguson of Portales will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.

Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery.

Mr. Ferguson, 29, died Sunday, June 25, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was born April 13, 1971, in Fort Hood, Texas.

He had lived in Copperas Cove, Texas, later moving to Jal and residing there until 1987. At that time, he moved to Littlefield, Texas, where he graduated from high school in 1989.

Following graduation, Mr. Ferguson worked in numerous jobs in Dallas, Texas. He attended colleges at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, where he moved in the summer of 1999.

While living in Portales, he was employed at Heflin Construction and later at the Cattle Baron restaurant and as a bartender at Goober McCools. He had been planning to open a barbecue restaurant in Portales at the time of his death.

Survivors include a son, Kody Wilson of Levelland; his mother, Leadelle Ferguson of Littlefield; a sister, Karen Ferguson of Littlefield; his fiancee, Kim Robinson of Portales; paternal grandmother, Gladys Ferguson of Portales; and maternal grandparents, Betty Munn of Portales and Jimmie Gresham of Dora.

His father, David Ferguson, and grandfather, John Ferguson, preceded him in death.

Tom Horner

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Tom Horner of Hobbs.

Mr. Horner, 72, died Tuesday, June 27, in Hobbs. He was born Sept. 11, 1927.

Immediate survivors include his wife, Frances Horner.

6/27

Dora Sage
Graveside services for Dora Sage of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. today at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.
The Rev. Lavoid Ford will officiate. 
Burial will follow the service at Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home. Mrs. Sage will lie in state at the funeral home from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. today. 
Mrs. Sage, 89, died Friday, June 24. She was born on March 29, 1911, in Wayne County, Arkansas. She married Jesse Sage on July 22, 1929 in Tecumseh, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18,200. 
Mrs. Sage was a member of First Baptist Church. 
Survivors include three daughters, Marie Ford of Hobbs, Sue Barr of Hobbs and Barbara Watson of San Angelo, Texas; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Her husband preceded her in death.

6/26

Otis A. Haley

ROGERS, ARK. -- A memorial service for former Hobbsan Otis A. Haley of Beaver Lake Ark., will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at Callison/Lough Funeral Home in Rogers.

Mr. Haley, 73, died Thursday, June 22, at his home. He was born on Oct. 15, 1926, in Lubbock, Texas.

He attended Tyler, Texas, High School, where he was an all-star football player. He went on to Louisiana State University in 1943, where he attended class and played football.

Haley was a World War II veteran, serving until his discharge from the United States Navy following the end of the war.

Mr. Haley served as a New Mexico state policeman from 1947 to 1979, rising to district commander in Hobbs, with the rank of captain. Upon retirement, he moved to Beaver Lake.

Survivors include his son Tim Haley of Bismarck, North Dakota; his son Mike Haley of Round Rock, Texas; and two grandsons.

His father, Allen; his mother; Lilace, his sister, Dorotha Mae; and his wife of 52 years, Mary Jo, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the World War II Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766.

Iris Jean Dinsmore

Services for Iris Jean Dinsmore of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at First United Methodist Church (FUMC).

The Rev. Gorton Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dinsmore, 77, died Wednesday, June 21, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Proffitt, Texas. She married James William "Jimmy" Dinsmore on April 18, 1942. He preceded her in death two years ago.

In 1957, along with her husband, Mrs. Dinsmore started Star Tool Co. Following Mr. Dinsmore's retirement, she remained on as president and CEO until her retirement in 1998.

She served as president of Tester's Inc. from 1961 to 1975, vice president and director of B&B Machine Shop and Crown Inspection.

Mrs. Dinsmore served on the board of directors of Moncor Bank and was listed in Who's Who Among American Women and Who's Who In the World.

She was also a Girl Scout leader.

Survivors include two daughters, Jimmie Lea Mann of Midland, Texas, and Carolyn Jamieson of Hobbs; two sisters, Joyce Smith of Palo Alto, Calif., and Merle Taylor of Abilene; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to FUMC of Hobbs

6/23

Iris Jean Dinsmore

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Iris Jean Dinsmore of Hobbs.

Mrs. Dinsmore, 77, died Wednesday, June 21, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. She was born Sept. 3, 1922, in Proffitt, Texas. She married James William "Jimmy" Dinsmore on April 18, 1942. He preceded her in death two years ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Jimmie Lea Mann of Midland, Texas, and Carolyn Jamieson of Hobbs; two sisters, Joyce Smith of San Jose, Calif., and Merle Taylor of Abilene; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Oscar I. Thompson

TUCSON, Ariz. - Masonic graveside services for former Buckeye resident Oscar I. Thompson of Tucson, Ariz., will be held today in Tucson.

Mr. Thompson, 76, died Tuesday, June 20, at his home. He was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Lovington.

He attended schools in Lovington, graduating from Lovington High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served more than three years.

Mr. Thompson moved to Arizona and lived there for a while working on ranches. He had also lived in cities in California and New Mexico, working on other ranches. He retired from the ranching business after 40 years, settling in Tucson.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Thompson, of the home; one sister, Doris of Ohio; and a brother, Richard of Ruidoso.

His parents, Bea and Denver Thompson, a Lea County pioneer family, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Frances L. Damron Moore

GAINESVILLE, Texas -- Services for Frances Lou Damron Moore of Gainesville, mother of Sheryl Carter of Hobbs, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Grace Friendship Baptist Church.

The Rev. James Ruthledge of Lindale, the Rev. Larry Huffman of Grace Friendship Baptist Church and the Rev. Joel Nabors of First Assembly of God will officiate.

Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Geo. J. Carroll and Son Funeral Home in Gainesville.

Mrs. Moore, 72, died Wednesday, June 21, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1928, in Circle Back, Texas. She was married to D.S. "Bud" Moore, who preceded her in death on June 15, 1998.

She was a graduate of Sudan High School. She had lived in Lubbock.

Mrs. Moore worked at the Child Development Center in Gainesville and the Gainesville State School until her retirement in 1994.

She was a member of Grace Friendship Baptist Church.

Other survivors include another daughter, Jeanie Williams of Monahans; a son, Tim Moore of Gainesville; a brother, Clarence Damron of Needmore; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her parents, George and Alice Medlock Damron; two brothers; and one sister also preceded her in death.

6/22

Harvey Claunch Jr.

Graveside services for former Hobbs resident Harvey Claunch Jr. of Abilene, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 23 at Memory Gardens.

Elder D.A. Cockran will officiate.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. Claunch, 81, died Tuesday, June 20, at Hendrich Hospital in Abilene. He was born March 17, 1919, in Breezy Hills, Kan. He married Lorene Swift on May 28, 1940, in Gerard, Kan.

Mr. Claunch served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was a life member of the VFW. The Hobbs Honor Guard will conduct military honors.

Survivors include his wife of the home; one daughter, Shirley North of Big Spring, Texas; four sisters, Fern Claunch of Hobbs, Chrystol Edmonston of Tulsa, Okla., Goldine Latta of Marrow, Ark., and Eunice Patterson of Sand Springs, Okla.; three brothers, Paul Claunch of Hobbs, Joe Claunch of Duncanville, Texas, and Kenneth Claunch of Abilene; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

His parents, two brothers and one son, Carl Claunch, preceded him in death.

Andrew "Andy" Salazar

A Mass of Christian burial for Andrew "Andy" Salazar of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 23, at St. Helena Catholic Church.

The Rev. Jose Reyes, OFM Conv., will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home of Lovington.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at St. Helena Catholic Church.

Mr. Salazar, 28, died Monday, June 19, at his home. He was born Jan. 1, 1972, in Hobbs.

He grew up in Hobbs and was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church. He graduated from Hobbs High School in 1991.

Mr. Salazar had been self-employed in the construction-maintenance industry.

Survivors include his parents, Genaro and Cristina Salazar of Hobbs; a sister, Cynthia Salazar of Hobbs; a brother, Eric Salazar of Hobbs; and his maternal grandmother, Juanita Esparza of Hobbs.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today at St. Helena Catholic church in Hobbs.

Charles "Chuck" Johnson

A memorial service for Charles "Chuck" Johnson of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at Renewed Hope Community Church.

The Rev. Mark Royer will officiate.

Cremation has already taken place under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. The burial of cremains will be in the family plot in Russellville, Ala.

There will be no visitation.

Mr. Johnson, 57, died Sunday, June 18, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was born April 28, 1943, in Russellville, Ala.

Survivors include a son, James Matthew Johnson, of Hobbs; and three sisters, Eva Baker of Russellville, Ala., Ella Clemmer of Grand Rapids, Wis., and Martha Benjamin of Rockford, Ill.

His parents and three brothers preceded him in death.

Lonnie Tarango Sr.

ARTESIA - Services for Lonnie Tarango Sr. of Artesia, son of Ernelia Cisneros of Lovington and brother of Kathy Real Piñon of Hobbs, will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 23, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Artesia.

The Rev. Vincent Petersen will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery under the direction of Terpening and Son Mortuary.

Mr. Tarango, 48, died Tuesday, June 20, at his home. He was born Dec. 1, 1951, in Pecos, Texas.

He was a disabled Vietnam veteran and a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Other survivors include three sons, Lonnie Sosa Tarango II and Londie Tarango, both of Artesia, and Lionel Ornelas Tarango of California; a daughter, Naomi Sosa Tarango of Artesia; five brothers, Jonisio Tarango, Manuel Tarango and Jose Tarango, all of Morton, Texas, and Albert Tarango and Jaime Tarango, both of Andrews, Texas; five more sisters, Blanca Delgado of Arizona, Jesusita Tarango and Rosario Garcia, both of Morton, Adrianna Barragon of Levelland, Texas, and Eloisa Baeca of Odessa, Texas; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His father, Manuel Tarango, preceded him in death.

6/21

R.G. Sudduth

Services for R.G. Sudduth of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at Castle Avenue Baptist Church.

Sam Freeman will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Leon Green.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time on Thursday.

Mr. Sudduth, 82, died Monday, June 19, at his home. He was born May 1, 1918, in Gladiola. He married Myrtle Morine McGravey on Aug. 29, 1951, in Las Cruces.

He was a World War II veteran. He received the American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Eame Campaign Medal with five bronze stars.

Mr. Sudduth was a member of Love Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of the home; three daughters, Carolyn Sudduth, Linda Pietz and Sandra Freeman, all of Hobbs; three stepdaughters, Mary Lee Martin of Kingman, Ariz., Sharon Schwartz and Dorothy Williams, both of Coleman, Texas; six stepsons, Vernon Harrington of Deming, Bobby Harrington of Springfield, Mo., Jackie Harrington of Tempe, Ariz., Richard Harrington of Brookline, Mo., John Pruett and Donald Pruett, both of Hobbs; four sisters, Frankie Montgomery and Martha Miller, both of Brownfield, Texas, Pat Burt of Gainsville, Texas, and Avis Robertson of Arlington, Texas; one brother, Doyle Sudduth of Beaumont, Texas; 23 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His parents; a brother, Willard Sudduth; and two grandchildren preceded him in death.

Ora L. Dunaway

Graveside services and burial for Ora Lee Dunaway of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, at Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

The Rev. Dean Mathis will officiate. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Dunaway, 95, died Monday, June 19, at her home. She was born May 27, 1905, in Newton County, Ark. She married M.A. Dunaway Sr. on Aug. 8, 1929, in Muskogee, Okla. He preceded her in death in April 1956.

She had retired from the Alamogordo Public Schools. She was a member of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, M.A. Dunaway Jr. of Hobbs; two sisters, Ethel Center and Gladys Morris of Tahlequah, Okla.; a brother, Speedy Chaffin of Tahlequah; four granddaughters; a grandson; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Her parents, four brothers, a sister and a son, John Dunaway, also preceded her in death.

Leona M. Beam

Graveside services and burial for Leona Mae Beam of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, at Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

The Rev. Fabian Sena will officiate.

Mrs. Beam, 67, died Friday, June 17, at Hobbs Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1933, in Thornton, Texas.

She married Dalton Beam in 1953 in Raymondville, Texas. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Vanessa Adams of Fort Worth, Texas; five brothers, Raymond Penick of Phoenix, Ariz., Guy Penick of Traverse City, Mich., Bill Penick and Johnnie Penick, both of Hobbs, and Mike Penick of Redding, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Two sons, Wes Beam and Bobby Beam; and her parents, Guy and Gladys Penick, also preceded her in death.

Harvey Claunch

Services are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home for former Hobbsan Harvey Claunch of Abilene.

Mr. Claunch died Tuesday, June 20, in Abilene.

6/17

L.D. Rutledge

SNYDER, Texas - Memorial services for former Hobbsan L.D. "Dick" Rutledge of Rotan, Texas, will be held Tuesday, June 20, at 11 a.m. CDT, at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Snyder.

Mr. Rutledge, 84, died Tuesday, May 23, in Plano. He was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Rotan.

He lived in Snyder from 1954 to 1990, when he moved to Plano. He owned and operated Brooks Oil Well Service for many years.

Mr. Rutledge was a 32nd degree Mason with the Scurry County Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Tipping of Plano, Texas; a brother, C.E. "June" Rutledge of Snyder; a sister, Evelyn Polk of Rotan; a granddaughter; and nine nieces and nephews.

Leota Robinson

LOVINGTON - Services for Leota Robinson of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 19, at the First United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Merriel Abbott and the Rev. Roy Elmore will officiate. Burial will follow in the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Mrs. Robinson, 87, died Friday, June 16, at the Lovington Good Samaritan Center. She was born Nov. 11, 1912, in Arcadia, Neb. She married James Fred Robinson on Oct. 18, 1930, in Lovington.

She was an active member since 1932 of the First United Methodist Church, where she served with the United Methodist women group. She lived in Lovington since 1928.

Survivors include her husband of Lovington; three daughters, Cherrill Black and Joyce Ruth Caudle, both of Lovington, and Valle Jean Golden of Morris, Okla.; two sons, Jimmy Joe Robinson of Clovis and Eddie Mack Robinson of Orlando, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Methodist Church or the Lovington Good Samaritan Center.

6/16

Ruth E. Mackey
Services are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home for Ruth E. Mackey of Hobbs.
Mrs. Mackey, 58, died Thursday, June 15, in her home. She was born March 22, 1942, in Tatum, Okla.
Immediate survivors include her husband, Levi Mackey of the home.

Ricky D. Horn
Services for Ricky Dale Horn of Artesia will be held at 10 a.m. today at Highland Baptist Church.
The Rev. Tracy Roby will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.
Mr. Horn, 43, died Monday, June 12, in Hobbs. He was born March 19, 1957, in Hobbs. He and his wife, Pennye, were married Sept. 2, 1976, in Hobbs at Highland Baptist Church.
Mr. Horn worked for Hudson Packers. He had worked for New Mexico Packers and Lea County Packers with his father.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Dustin Horn of Hobbs and Jeremy Horn of Artesia; four sisters, Debbie Massingill of Loraine, Texas; Letha Wright of Witchita Falls, Texas; Phyllis Wilson and Kathy Horn, both of Hobbs; his parents, Gene Horn of Artesia and Diane Sanders of Loraine; his grandmother, Gladys Horn; and one grandchild.
His grandfathers, Roy Horn and Robert F. Beckhart; and an aunt and an uncle preceded him in death.

6/15

L.D. Rutledge

SNYDER, Texas -- Memorial services for former Hobbsan L.D. "Dick" Rutledge of Rotan, Texas, will be held Tuesday, June 20, at 11 a.m. CST, at Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Snyder.

Mr. Rutledge, 84, died Tuesday, May 23, in Plano. He was born Dec. 1, 1915, in Rotan.

He lived in Snyder from 1954 to 1990, when he moved to Plano. He had owned and operated Brooks Oil Well Service for many years.

Mr. Rutledge was a 32nd degree Mason with the Scurry County Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Tipping of Montreal, Canada; a brother, C.E. "June" Rutledge of Snyder; a sister, Evelyn Polk of Rotan; a granddaughter; and nine nieces and nephews.

6/14

James R. Cogswell

LOVINGTON - Graveside services and burial for James Robert Cogswell of Lubbock, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at Resthaven Cemetery in Lovington under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Mr. Cogswell, 83, died Monday, June 12, in Lubbock. He was born May 8, 1917, in Bonham, Texas. He married Juanita Simmons. She preceded him in death.

He was a Christian.

Survivors include a daughter, Millie Geiger of Chiefland, Fla.; a brother, William M. Cogswell Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; and two sisters, Lorraine Vassak of Dallas, and Mildred Stalnaker of Lubbock.

Ricky Horn

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Ricky Horn of Artesia.

Mr. Horn, 43, died Monday, June 12, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born March 19, 1957.

Immediate survivors include his wife, Pennye Horn, of the home.

Nora L. Wilkerson

Graveside services and burial for Nora L. Wilkerson of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, at Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Fred Kellum will officiate.

Mrs. Wilkerson, 82, died Tuesday, June 13, in Hobbs. She was born Sept. 23, 1917, in Texas. She married E.F. (Skeet) Wilkerson on July 2, 1966, in West Columbia, Texas. He preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1992.

She had lived in Hobbs since 1949.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Prince of Hobbs and Gary Prince of Lovington; two brothers. A.E. Ellington Jr., and Donald Wayne Ellington, both of Texas; two sisters, Thelma Lucille Warren of Hobbs and Dorothy Rebensdorf of Texas; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her parents and a brother, A.B. Stanfield, also preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society or the Hobbs Healthcare Alzheimer's Unit.

Sailes Leister

LOVINGTON - Graveside services and burial for Sailes Leister of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Jim Floyd will officiate.

Mr. Leister, 71, died Monday, June 12, at his home. He was born on April 16, 1929, in Oklahoma.

He moved to Lovington in 1986. He worked in the oilfields as a roustabout for many years.

Survivors include two brothers, W.F. Leister and James Leister, both of Lovington.

A brother, Irvin Leister; and his parents, Fred and Margaret Leister, preceded him in death.

6/13

Jimmy J. Ballard

A memorial service for former Hobbsan Jimmy J. Ballard of Waynesville, Mo., was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, at the Waynesville Church of Christ, with Steve Healea officiating.

Mr. Ballard, 69, died Friday, May 26, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., after a lengthy illness. He was born on Dec. 16, 1930, in Pocahontas, Ark. He married Betty Pletcher on April 27, 1993.

In 1985, he retired from Arco after 33 years and moved to Waynesville in 1994. He was a member of the Waynesville Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Betty "Betts" Ballard, of the home; four daughters, Marsha Mason of Kermit, Texas, Colleen Shelton of Canyon Lake, Texas, Marleen Maxie of Longview, Texas and Michella Cason of Austin, Texas; his father, G. W. Ballard of Velma, Okla.; three sisters, Peggy Scott of Velma, Okla., Marion Dunn of Redwood City, Calif., Judy Wiley of Moore, Okla.; one brother, Max Ballard of Tulsa, Okla.; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

His mother, Helen Ballard, preceded him in death. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in his name.

Claudine McCormick

ANDREWS, Texas - Services for former Hobbsan Claudine McCormick of Odessa will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, at McNett Funeral Home.

The Rev. Harrold Harrison, pastor of First Baptist Church in Whiteface, Texas, will officiate.

Burial will be in the Andrews North Cemetery.

Mrs. McCormick, 65, died Sunday, June 11, at her home in Odessa. She was born May 14, 1935, in Loraine. She married Charlie McCormick on Dec. 23, 1953, in Andrews.

She moved to Odessa in 1977 from Hobbs.

She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Odessa.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Charles Blake McCormick of Kannapolis, N.C., and Douglas DeWayne McCormick of Santa Fe, Texas; two daughters, Rebecca Gail Tinsley and Sandra Lee McCormick, both of Odessa; a brother, David Paul Pace of Andrews; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALSA "Lou Gehrig's" Disease foundation or to Home Hospice, 516 N. Texas, Odessa, Texas 79761.

6/11

Richard R. Duemler

Albuquerque - Services for Richard Duemler of Corrales, father of Diana Sartain of Hobbs well be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church under the direction of French Mortuary.

Interment of remains will take place June 30 at Fort Sam Houston with full military honors.

Mr. Duemler, 77, died Thursday, June 8.

During Col. Duemler' 32 years of military service, he served in the European Theater of Operations, Japan, Germany and Korea as well as many stateside stations.

Awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Legion of Merit and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Col. Duemler was a life member of the Retired Officers Association as well as a member of the Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church, where he served as an ordained elder and deacon of his congregation.

Survivors include his wife of the home, Brownie Duemler; four daughters, Diana, Deborah Warden of Austin, Virginia Thomas of Sunbury, Ohio, and Rebecca Daily of Albuquerque; a sister, Nancy Bazil of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Quality Continuum Hospice Care , 2625 Pennsylvania NE #225, 87110, French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

Carolyn Janette George

Services for Carolyn Janette George of San Angelo, Texas, formerly of Hobbs, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home in San Angelo.

Brother Roger Blocker. associate pastor at Park Heights Baptist Church, will officiate.

Mrs. George, 53, died Friday, June 9, at her residence. She was born Oct. 27, 1946, in Bee Branch, Ark.

Mrs. George was married to J.B. (Jim) George May 31, 1962, in Amarillo, Texas, and for most of her life she was a real estate agent for Century 21 Housley Realty.

Survivors include her husband of the home, Jim George; two sons, Bradley Scot George and James Russel George; a daughter, Kimberly Lynn George; six grandchildren; parents, Fred and Elizabeth Cawyer; two sisters, Marilyn George and Betty Devers; two brothers, Alton Moses and Fred Cawyer; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of San Angelo or San Angelo Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Mildred Deaver

Services for Mildred Deaver of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Smith-Rogers Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow at the Lovington Cemetery, and she will lie in state at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Deaver, 84, died Saturday, June 10 at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Texas.

Mrs. Deaver was married to Thomas Cecil Deaver, who preceded her in death, on Dec. 24, 1934, in Muleshoe, Texas.

Mrs. Deaver was a member of the Third and Central Church of Christ, Rebecca's Lodge and Katie's Kitchen Band.

Survivors include a son, Cecil Hugh of Lovington; a daughter, Donnita McGuire of Lovington' four grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and two sons, Thomas Leroy Deaver and Kenneth Ray Deaver.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Family Hospice, 1515 Calle Sur, Hobbs, N.M., 88240.

Emily Victoria Buendia-Silva and Nathaniel Lee Buendia-Silva

Funeral services for Emily Victoria Buendia-Silva and Nathaniel Lee Buendia-Silva of Hobbs will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home Chapel.

The Rev. Octaviano Espinosa will officiate.

TheBuendia-Silvas, both infants, died at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. They were born June 7 at Covenant Hospital.

Survivors include parents, Dorian Silva and Jessica Buendia of Hobbs; three uncles, three aunts; grandparents and great-grandparents.

Nancy Jane (Crose) Ely 

Services are pending for Nancy Jane (Crose) Ely of Hobbs under the direction of Memory Gardens Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ely, 84, died Saturday, June 10. She was born Sept. 1, 1915.

Survivors include her husband of the home, Raymond W. Ely; a daughter, Jean David of Hooks, Texas; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

6/10

Katherine Huston Leonard

Graveside services for Katherine Huston Leonard of Casper, Wyo., will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Lovington Cemetery.

Leon Green, Hospice chaplain, will officiate. Burial will follow under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Leonard, 79, died Sunday June 4, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. She was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Lovington. She married Ray James Leonard on Aug. 15, 1945, in Tijuana, Mexico.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Mark Leonard; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Huston Jr., a sister, Margie Foley, and her parents.

6/9

Margie S. Castillo Deutsch

CARLSBAD ­ Services for Margie Sosa Castillo Deutsch of Carlsbad, sister of Virginia Perez of Hobbs, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home Chapel.

The Rev. Lawrence Sanchez and Rev. Albert Castro, both of Roswell, and the Rev. Barbara Gould of Albuquerque will officiate. Burial will be held at Santa Catarina Cemetery in Carlsbad.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Deutsch, 50, died Monday, June 5, at Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Texas. She was born Feb. 19, 1950, in East Chicago, Ind. She married Francis "Frank" Deutsch 12 years ago in Albuquerque.

She grew up in Carlsbad and spent the last few years of her high school in Roswell, graduating from Goddard High School in 1968. She attended Eastern New Mexico University both in Roswell and Portales.

Mrs. Deutsch had lived in Roswell and Albuquerque during her adult life. She moved to Carlsbad four years.

She was an ordained minister and a foster parent for many years.

Survivors include her husband of the home; six sons, Ronnie Castillo, Johnny Castillo, Ray Castillo and Alex Castillo, all of Roswell, Daniel Castillo of Carlsbad, and Tommy Castillo of Albuquerque; her father, Angel D. Sosa of Orange, Calif.; her mother, Luciy C. Rodriguez of Carlsbad; four more sisters, Yolanda Hinojos of Carlsbad, Mary Gonzales, Linda Sosa and Cindy Garcia, all of Roswell; and three grandchildren.

Nathaniel Buendia

Services are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home for Nathaniel Buendia, infant son of Jessica Buendia.

The child was born Wednesday, June 7, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He died Thursday, June 8, at the medical center.

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Spencer S. Solomon

MARLOW, Okla. -- Graveside services and burial for Spencer Samuel Solomon of Marlow will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 9, at Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home.

The Rev. Elmer Whitehead will officiate.

Mr. Solomon, 82, died Tuesday, June 6, at his home. He was born March 20, 1918, in Vanoss. He married Dorothy Dickison on Sept. 22, 1969, in Lovington. She preceded him in death in 1978.

He worked in the oilfield as a well repairman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

Mr. Solomon was a member of the VFW of Guthrie.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Ray Solomon of Hobbs and Spencer Aron "Butch" Solomon of Duncan; four brothers, Buddy Solomon of Duncan, Roy Solomon and Vernon Solomon, both of Hobbs, and Amos Solomon of Edmond; four sisters, Leona Harlim of Brownfield, Texas, Jewell Bibles of Hobbs, Opal Adams of Levelland, Texas, and Mildred Simons of Newcastle, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Barbara Marie Malicoate, also preceded him in death.

Leland E. "L.E." Murphy

CRANE, Texas -- Graveside services and burial for Leland E. "L.E." Murphy of Odessa, father of Joyce Beard of Hobbs, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 9, in the Iatan Cemetery in Mitchell County under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.

The Rev. Steve Baker will officiate.

Mr. Murphy, 81, died Tuesday, June 6, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 30, 1919, in Mitchell County. He married Thelma Katherine Sweatt on June 27, 1940, in Colorado City, Texas. She preceded him in death on July 7, 1993.

He worked as a government trapper for 37 years before retiring.

Other survivors include three sons, K.V. Murphy and Clayton Murphy, both of Crane, and Byron Edwin Murphy of Odessa; a brother, James P. Murphy of Odessa; two sisters, Earlene Slaton of Socorro and Lena Flo Lyons of Waco; and seven grandchildren.

His parents, Lavelle Houston Murphy and Mary Alice Ellett Murphy; a sister, Oleta Black; three brothers, Tom Murphy, Paul Murphy and Earl Murphy; and an infant brother also preceded him in death.

John F. Boatright

LOVINGTON -- Graveside services and burial for John F. Boatright of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, at the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Mr. Boatright, 81, died Wednesday, June 7, at Nor-Lea General Hospital. He was born Nov. 11, 1918, in McAlister, Oklahoma. He married Mary Clepper on May 31, 1945, in Caddo Mills, Texas.

Survivors include his wife of the home; a son, John Boatright of Lubbock, Texas; two sisters, Jean Lay of Camp Verde, Ariz., and Willie Anderson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; a grandson; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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Larry Taylor

Memorial services for Larry "L.T." Taylor of Hobbs will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel.

Leon Green will officiate.

Cremation has taken place.

Mr. Taylor, 62, died Monday, June 5, in Hobbs. He was born April 14, 1938, in Arizona.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and moved to Hobbs in 1976. He worked for Leaders for nine years.

Survivors include a son, Shawn Taylor; and two grandsons.

Harvey L. Castleman

A private memorial service for Harvey L. Castleman of Hobbs was held on Tuesday, June 6, at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Burial was under the direction of Memory Gardens Direct Services.

Mr. Castleman, 89, died Saturday, June 3. He was born Jan. 25, 1911, in Maynard County, Texas.

He was a resident of Sunbridge Nursing Home.

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Rene Widman

Services for Rene Widman of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bruce Kirby officiating.

Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Widman, 42, died Sunday, June 4, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was born Aug. 9, 1957, in Lewisville, Ark.

She worked for the U.S Postal Service in Hobbs for the past seven years. She had lived in Lea County for 27 years.

Survivors include two sons, Trent Widman of Hobbs and Eric Widman of The Colony, Texas; her mother and stepfather, Diane and Ron Smith of Stamps, Ark.; her father, Dickie Dale Dickson of Stamps; two brothers, Danny Dickson of Marque, Texas, and Paul Dickson of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Gina Guerrera of Sacramento, Calif.; maternal grandmother, Cybil Watson of DeSota, Texas; paternal grandmother, Mildred Dickson of Stamps; and an uncle.

Her grandfathers preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Texas Cancer Center in Odessa.

Frances A. Spruill

CARLSBAD -- Services for Frances Alene Spruill, mother of Kathleen Ross of Hobbs, will be held at 11 a.m. today at West Funeral Home Chapel.

The Rev. Bob Bacon of First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to service time today.

Mrs. Spruill, 85, died Sunday, June 4, at Landsun Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 15, 1914, in Carlsbad. She married William "Blake" Spruill on May 6, 1934, in San Antonio, Texas.

She was raised and educated in Carlsbad, graduating from Carlsbad High School in 1931. She won a New Mexico state typing championship and while in high school was named the first "Miss Carlsbad," in 1933.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Spruill was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Other survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Dr. Gary Jan Spruill of Fort Collins, Colo., and Lt. Commander, Rtd. William Don Spruill of Pensacola, Fla..; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A brother, Harold Dickson; two sisters, Belva Jane Macioci and Lena McKinney; and two half-brothers, Hugh and John Dickson, preceded her in death.

Albina Iglesias

TATUM -- Funeral Mass for Albinia Iglesias of Tatum will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Tatum Cemetery under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Iglesias, 53, died Sunday, June 4, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born July 6, 1946, in Porbenir, Chihuahua, Mexico. She married Manuel Iglesias on July 7, 1971, in Mexico.

Survivors include her husband of the home; a daughter, Olga Iglesias of Plainview, Texas; three sons, Hector DeLaO of Tatum, Sergio Iglesias of Lovington and Ernesto Iglesias of Plainview; two brothers, David DeLaO of Tatum and Victor DeLaO of Mexico; two sisters, Gloria Orrantia and Maria Nuñez, both of Mexico; and nine grandchildren.

Her parents, Severiano and Gabirela DeLaO; six sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

Larry K. Taylor

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Larry K. Taylor of Hobbs.

Mr. Taylor, 62, died Monday, June 5, at his home. He was born April; 14, 1938, in Pima, Ariz.

Immediate survivors include a son, Shawn Taylor of Hobbs.

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Connie L. Roberts

ANDREWS, Texas -- Services for former Hobbsan Connie Lou Roberts of Andrews will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, at Andrews Presbyterian Church.

The Rev. Bob Zap, a retired minister, will officiate. Burial will be held at noon at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hobbs, under the direction of McNett Funeral Home of Andrews.

Mrs. Roberts, 62, died Wednesday, May 31, at Midland Memorial Hospital. She was born May 25, 1938, in Hobbs. She married J. Earl Roberts on June 7, 1955, in Hobbs.

She moved to Andrews from Hobbs in 1970. She was a retired office manager of a local cable television company.

Mrs. Roberts was a member of Andrews Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two daughters, Sabrina Robinson and Vickie Roberts, both of Midland; a son, Jay Lee Roberts of Lee's Summit, Mo.; a brother, Bill Moore of Silver City; three sisters, Kay Atwood of Carlsbad, Jean Seaborn of Hobbs and Ruth Wicks of Sidney, Neb.; and five grandchildren.

Charles Walker

EUNICE -- Services are pending with Calvary Funeral Home for Charles Walker of Eunice.

Mr. Walker died Thursday, June 1, at St. John's Hospital in Mo.

Immediate survivors include his wife, June Walker of the home.


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