Miscellaneous Lea County, New Mexico Obituaries


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Obituaries, 6/6/00 - 6/8/00

J. R. Neeld

Graveside services for J. R. Neeld, 57, were scheduled Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery at Bowie, Texas. Rev. Homer Walkup, pastor of Lake Shore Baptist Church, Lake Dallas, Texas, officiated. Burgess-Fry-Owens-Brumley Funeral Home of Bowie was in charge of arrangements. A retired employee of the city of Bowie, he had been a resident of the city for 32 years. 

He was married to Lynda Russell Neeld on April 10, 1966 in Bowie. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. 

Born November 15, 1942, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he passed away June 1 in Wichita Falls, Texas. 

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Holly Bullock and Shawna Tomlin of Bowie; his mother, Ollie Mae Neeld of Lovington; and grandchildren, Tanner and Tate Tomlin of Bowie. He was preceded in death by a son, Toby Neeld in 1991; his father, J. W. Neeld in 1997; and a brother, John Wesley Neeld in 1975. 
Bernice Lee Roy Ruff

Services were scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Northside Baptist Church in Hobbs for Bernice Lee Roy Ruff, 74, of Hobbs. Rev. Leon Green officiated. Burial was at Prairie Haven Cemetery. Smith-Rogers Funeral Home directed arrangements. 

Born February 14, 1926, at Tonkawa, Oklahoma, he passed away June 2 at his residence. He was married to Virginia Martin on August 6, 1981, in Hobbs. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ruff of Hobbs; a son, Danny Ruff of San Angelo, Texas; four daughters, Diane Carley of Kermit, Texas, Judy Harbin of Plano, Texas, Trudy Murray and Mary Nell Ruff of San Angelo, Texas; a sister, Ruby Jones of Anadarko, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by a stepson, Larry Desmond Davis. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice. 
Albina Iglesias

Rosary for Albina Iglesias, 53, of Tatum, was held Monday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Mass was planned today, June 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church with burial to follow at Tatum Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home. She passed away at UMC in Lubbock on June 4. 

She was born on July 6, 1946, to Severiano and Gabirela DeLaO in Porbenir Chihuahua Mexico. She was a member of the Catholic Church. She was married to Manuel Iglesias on July 7, 1971, in Mexico. She moved to Tatum in 1980 where she resided until her death. 

Survivors include her husband, Manuel, of the home; a daughter, Olga Iglesias of Plainview, Texas; three sons, Hector DeLaO of Tatum, Sergio Iglesias of Plainview; two brothers, David DeLaO of Tatum and Victor DeLaO of Mexico; two sisters, Gloria Orrantia and Maria Nunez of Mexico; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters and two brothers. 
John F. Boatright

Graveside services for John F. Boatright of Lovington will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. at the Lovington Cemetery. 

Mr. Boatright died yesterday at Nor-Lea Hospital. He was 81, having been born on November 11, 1918, at McAlister, Oklahoma. 

He was married to Mary Clepper in Caddo, Texas, on May 31, 1945. 

Services are under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home, Rev. Mark McGuire officiating. 

Survivors include his wife Mary of Lovington; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Sandra Boatright of Lubbock; two sisters, Jean Lay of Camp Verde, AZ, Willie Anderson of Lake Havasu City, AZ; a grandson and wife, Jeffrey and Julie Boatright of Lubbock; and a granddaughter, Kim Boatright of Lubbock, and a great granddaughter, Rhiley Boatright. 

Obituaries, 8/8/00

Isaac Harvey

Services for Isaac Harvey, 16, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 9, at Kingdom Hall in Lovington with Charles Foster to officiate. Memory Gardens Direct Service is in charge of arrangements. Born January 9, 1984, he passed away at the family residence in Lovington on August 6. 

A student, he was associated with Jehovah's Witnesses. 

Survivors include his mother, Josie Harvey; four brothers and a sister, Abraham, Thomas, Jacob, Michael and Jolie. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Lloyd Harvey on March 5, 1997. 


Leogarda Morales

Funeral services for Leogarda Morales, 88, of Hobbs, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at Victory Center with Rev. Fabian Sena officiating.

Burial, under the direction of Chapel of Hope, will follow in PrairieHaven Cemetery.

Mrs. Morales died Thursday, Dec. 3, at Lea Regional Medi-cal Center.

She was born Oct. 13, 1910, in Toya, Texas, and was married to Eustacio"Tony" Morales in 1980.

She moved to Hobbs in the early 1940s.

Mrs. Morales is survived by two daughters, Socorro Pagan of Hobbs andConnie Karolcuzuk of Hartford, Conn.; one sister, Emilia Talamanetz of Tucson,Ariz.; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, four sisters andher husband.



Audrey L. Davis

ODESSA - Services for former Hobbsan Audrey Lucille Davis of Odessa wereheld Saturday, Dec. 5, at First United Methodist Church in Kaw City, Okla.,with the Rev. Troy Pults officiating.

Burial was in Grandview Cemetery in Kaw City under the directions ofFrank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

Mrs. Davis, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Odessa. She was born Aug.2, 1916, in Conway Springs, Kan. She married James William Davis on July7, 1936, in Newkirk, Okla.

She graduated from Kaw City High School in 1934. She was an Odessa residentfor 21 years and was a member of Asbury Methodist Church. Before movingto Odessa she was a resident of Hobbs for 17 years, where she was activein her church and women's clubs.

Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Earl L. Davis of Odessa;a sister, Frieda Mitchell of Odessa; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;and one nephew.

A son, James Edwin Davis, preceded her in death in 1939.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury Methodist Church, 4001 E.University Blvd., Odessa, Texas 79762.


Rebecca R. Blevins

ARTESIA - Services for Rebecca Ruth Blevins of Artesia, mother of SteveBlevins of Hobbs and Curtis W. Blevins of Eunice, were held at 2 p.m. Friday,Dec. 4, at Trinity Temple Assembly Church in Artesia.

James Wood officiated. Burial followed in Twin Oaks Memorial Park underthe direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Mrs. Blevins, 79, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, at her home. She was born Oct.5, 1919, in Flippin, Ark. She married Curtis A. Blevins on Jan. 15, 1936,in Ponotoc County, Okla. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1988.

She moved to Artesia in 1948 from Oklahoma. She was a homemaker and amember of Pentecostal denomination. She was a senior meal-site volunteer.

Other survivors include another son, Bobby Blevins of Artesia; four daughters,Clara Grissom of Ada, Okla., Gayle Patterson of Bridgeport, Texas, CarrieKnowlton and Diann Payne, both of Artesia; two sisters, Daisy Golden andEllen Griffin, both of Ada; 20 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, Billy, Mitchell, Marvin and Hughes Wood, and two sisters,Mabel Bittle and Virginia Hinkle, also preceded her in death.


Judy Ann Terry

ARTESIA -- Funeral services for Judy Ann Terry, 40, of Artesia, are scheduledfor 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Sullivan officiating.

Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery under the direction of Trepanning& Son Mortuary, Inc.

Mrs. Terry died Thursday, Dec. 3, at Horizon Specialty Hospital in Lubbock.

She was born June 26, 1958, in Artesia and married Casey G. Terry onApril 23, 1976.

Mrs. Terry was a sales clerk at Bennie's Western Wear and a member ofthe Loco Hills First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of the home; two sons, Dave Terry andToby Terry of the home; her mother, Pearl Wier of Artesia; and two brothers,Tom Wier of Artesia and Bill Weir of Roswell.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles A. Wier.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Associationat P.O. Box 926 in Roswell, 88202.


Edsel B. Thomas

Funeral services for Edsel Boyd Thomas, 73, of Hobbs, are pending atChapel of Hope - Hobbs Funeral Service.

Mr. Thomas died Saturday, Dec. 5, at his home.

He was born June 28, 1925, at Beaver, Okla.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly, of the home; one son, John Thomasof Hobbs; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Thelma Joyce Neal

Thelma Joyce Neal, 66, died last Wednesday after a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Neal, a lifetime resident of Hobbs, was born June 14, 1932.

She will be cremated under direction of Memory Gardens Direct Services.

There will be no service or viewing.

Mrs. Neal is survived by her husband, M.C. Neal of the home; two daughters,Linda Bittle of Hobbs and Lynn Neal of Brady, Texas; and four grandchildren.


Josie R. Bates

LOVINGTON -- Funeral services for Josie R. Bates, 7, of Lovington arepending at Bethany Funeral Home.

She died Friday night at Nor-Lea Hospital.


Mattie B. May

Services for Mattie Brooke May of Hobbs will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Prairie Haven Chapel.

The Rev. LaVoid Ford will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Cemetery under the direction of Chapel of Hope-Hobbs Funeral Service.

Mrs. May, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 23, at Lea County Good Samaritan Village. She was born June 22, 1924, in Penelope, Texas. She married Johnie May on Feb. 14, 1998, in Hobbs. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1998.

Survivors include a daughter, Hillarie Jean Brooke Olds of Salem, Ore.; a brother, Delbert Cox of Scottsdale, Ariz., and a sister, Ruth Teppert of Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Baptist Church, P.O. Box 296, Hobbs, N.M. 88241.

A sister also preceded her in death.


Ruth Lewis

Services for Ruth Lewis of Crossroads were held Jan. 18 at Lubbock View Christian Center with the Rev. Bob Sweeten officiating.

Burial was at Terry County Memorial Cemetery in Brownfield, Texas. The Rev. Ken Flowers of Brownfield First Baptist Church officiated.

Mrs. Lewis, 74, died Jan. 15 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Clarendon, Texas. She married Clarence "Bobby" Lavergn Lewis on Oct. 31, 1982, in Tatum.

Survivors include her husband of the home; three sons, John C. Read of Centereach, N.Y., Floyd E. "Skip" Read of Dallas, Texas, and Rock E. Read of League City, Texas; a daughter, Margaret Floy Read of Dallas; a sister, Carole Baron of Albuquerque; and two step-daughters, LaTrelle Coldiron and Ora Chamiok, both of Dallas.

Her parents. J.W. and Floy Gray; a brother, Gene Gray; her first husband, Floyd E. Read Jr.; and a stepson, Rob Lewis, preceded her in death.


John A. Casebier Jr.

Memorial services for former Hobbsan John Arthur Casebier Jr. of Fort Stockton, Texas, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, with the Rev. Stockton Williams officiating.

Mr. Casebier, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, in a Stanton nursing home. He was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Fort Stockton. He married Jane Hardin on July 17, 1953, in Childress, Texas. She preceded him in death on May 23, 1998.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, in August 1942. He was captain of a PT boat and served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific theater of World War II until his honorable discharge in 1946.

Following the war, Casebier embarked on a career in the oil well servicing industry, which spanned 30 years. Beginning in the early 1950s, John was superintendent with Bum Gibbins Inc. in Snyder, Texas. He moved to Hobbs with Pool Company in the early 1960s. During his time with Pool Co., he worked and lived in Midland and Corpus Christi, Texas; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; and Trinidad, West Indies.

In 1980, he retired from Pool Company International to begin petroleum consulting with J.W. Mulloy and Associates in Midland.

Survivors include two daughters, Lin Casebier Maners and Lahn Casebier Graham; two granddaughters; and a son-in-law, all of Midland.

A sister, Wilma Casebier Maley, and a brother-in-law preceded him in death.

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


John Louis Coffer

Services are pending with Bethany Funeral Home for John Louis Coffer of Lovington.

Mr. Coffer, 62, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, at his home


J.C. "Red" McCoy

Funeral services for J.C. "Red" McCoy will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at Griffin Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

Mr. McCoy, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 28, in Hobbs. He was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Palo Pinto, Texas, and married Sadie McCoy on Dec. 18, 1934 in Palo Pinto. She preceded him in death in 1995.

Mr. McCoy moved to Hobbs in the early 1940s and worked in the oil industry.

Mr. McCoy was preceded in death by a son and a daughter. Survivors include his son Vernon McCoy of Hobbs; his daughter Jane Parker of Carlsbad; his brother Lloyd McCoy of Mineral Wells, Texas; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Mr. McCoy will lie in state for the public on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. until service time.


Raymond "Kay" P. Padilla, Sr.

Services are pending at Chapel of Hope - Hobbs Funeral Service for Raymond "Kay" P. Padilla, Sr. of Hobbs.

Mr. Padilla, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 30, at his home. He was born April 1, 1928 in Encino.

He is survived by his spouse Mandy; by three sons, Raymond Padilla, Jr. of Hobbs, Jesse Padilla, Sr. of Hobbs; and Barney Padilla of Dunbar, W.Va.; three daughters, Marcella Padilla Barron of Hobbs, Della Padilla of Hobbs, and Bernice Rodriquez of Garland, Texas; two sisters, Michela Amaya of Santa Fe, and Laura Rodriquez of Albuquerque; 19 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.


Odulia V. Guzman

LOVINGTON - Funeral Mass for former Lovington resident Odulia Vasquez Guzman of Odessa will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Rev. Franklin Eichhorst officiating.

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

Mrs. Guzman, 44, died Saturday, April 17, at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa. She was born Sept. 28, 1954, in Los Fresnos, Texas. She married Jesus P. Guzman in April 1972.

She lived in Lovington 36 years before moving to Odessa three years ago.

Survivors include her husband of the home; four daughters, Rachel Martin, Rebecca Caballero, Armita Guzman, Arasclia Guzman, all of Odessa; two sons, Jesus Jr. and Javier Guzman, both of Odessa; five sisters, Mary Ontiveros, Guadalupe Sanchez, Angelita Cruz, Juanita Casas and Connie Sanchez, all of Lovington; one brother, Augrelio Vasquez of Lovington; her mother, Esperanza Vasquez of Lovington; and five grandchildren.

Her father, Eugenio Vasquez, died in 1982.



Vivian Ellison

ODESSA - Memorial services for Vivian June Ellison will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Ellison Ranch in Coleman County, Texas. Burial services will follow. The family suggests memorials to Palmer Drug and Alcohol Program of Hobbs.

Vivian Ellison, 67, died Tuesday, April 13, at her residence. Mrs. Ellison was born July 10, 1931 in Dalhart, Texas.

Mrs. Ellison moved to Odessa in 1984 from Lubbock. She graduated from Hobbs High School in 1949, she was crowned homecoming queen in high school. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1953 was crowned UNM homecoming queen in 1952, Miss Hobbs in 1952. She is also a former teacher from Hobbs High School.

Survivors include three sons, Chuck Ellison III of Odessa, David Ellison of Hobbs and Jack Ellison of Lewisville; two brothers, Allen Stratton of Fayettville, N.C., and Jimmy Owens of Dumas, Texas.

Her parents, Blackie and Vivian Stratton, and a sister, Joy Knott, preceded her in death.


Jesus R. Gomez

Services are pending with Bethany Funeral Home for Jesus R. Gomez of Lovington.

Mr. Gomez, 63, died Monday, April 19, at his home.


Jane Sanchez

LOVINGTON - Services are pending at Bethany Funeral Home for Jane Sanchez of Lovington.

Mrs. Sanchez, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 30 at Lea Regional Medical Center.


Ramona A. Sperry

TATUM - Memorial services for Ramona Ann Sperry of Tatum will be held at a later date in Texas.

Mrs. Sperry, 40, died Wednesday, April 21, in Lubbock. She was born Dec. 30, 1958, in Brownfield, Texas.

Survivors include her mother, Joan Williams of Tatum; two sons, Allen Portman of Granberry, Texas, and Jeffrey Portman of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, LeAnn Portman; a sister, Linda Kennedy of Ketchum, Okla.; three brothers, Jimmy Recer of Arkansas, Johnny Recer of Durango, Colo., and Kenneth Recer of Gilmore, Texas; and one grandchild.

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