Miscellaneous Lea County, New Mexico Obituaries - 2001

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Gilberto Camunez

EUNICE - Funeral services for Gilberto Camunez of Jal will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

Burial will follow at Jal Cemetery. The Rev. Roderick Garvey of St. Cecilia will officiate. Services are under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. today at St. Cecilia. Rosary will be held from 7-9 p.m. today at St. Cecilia.

Mr. Camunez, 78, died Wednesday, March 28, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born March 14, 1923, in Guerro, Chihuahua, Mexico. He married Eulojia Ramirez on Jan. 16, 1960, in Coymae, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Mr. Camunez was a longtime resident of Jal who worked in the oilfield and also as a ranch hand. He was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

Mr. Camunez is survived by his wife of the home; four sons, Homero Camunez, Gilbert Camunez and Oscar Camunez, all of Jal, and Mario Camunez of Kermit, Texas; five daughters, Cecilia Olivas and Roxana Camunez, both of El Paso, Modesta Fuentes of Jal, Soraida de la Cruz of Hobbs and Grizelda Gonzales of Eunice; two brothers, Fernando Camunez and Emilio Camunez, both of Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico; and a stepbrother, Juan Guerrero of Las Cruces.

Mr. Camunez was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

3/29

James A. Anderson

Services for James Andrew Anderson of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Bel Aire Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens. The Rev. Eddie Walker, Mr. Anderson's grandson, will officiate with the Rev. Shawn Drake assisting.

Visitation will be held from 7-8 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Home.

Mr. Anderson, 93, died Monday, March 26, at Good Samaritan Village. He was born Oct. 21, 1907, in Ada, Okla. He moved to Foster, Okla., as a young boy and married Minnie Mae in Paul's Valley, Okla., in 1932.

Mr. Anderson later moved to Melrose, where he worked as a mason and farmer. During World War II he lived in San Francisco and worked on war ships as an electrician. In 1958 he and his wife moved to Hobbs.

Mr. Anderson is survived by his three daughters, Oela (Pete) Griffin of Hobbs, Ella Richards of Chino Hills, Calif., and Shirley Phillips of Tempe, Ariz.; his brother, Sam Anderson of Duncan, Okla.; his sister, Jewel Cornelius of North Hollywood, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Anderson was preceded in death in 1984 by his wife of 52 years, his parents, one brother, three sisters and one grandson.
 

 

Mariah A. Orsak

EUNICE - Graveside services for Mariah Alexis Orsak of Dallas will be held at 1 p.m. today at Brunson Memorial Cemetery in Eunice. The Rev. Jose Pedro Valdez of Our Lady of Guadulupe Church in Hobbs will officiate. Services are under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.

The infant was born and died Monday, March 26, in Dallas.

She is survived by her parents, Travis Orsak and Malissa Gonzales of Dallas; her paternal grandparents, Larry and Sue Orsak of Hobbs; her maternal grandmother, Luz Elvira Gonzales of Eunice; and by a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

The infant was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Heriberto Gonzales.

 

 

Edwin F. Copple

LEWISVILLE, Texas - Funeral services for Edwin F. Copple of Highland Village will be held at 10 a.m. today at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Flower Mound Cemetery. The Rev. Joe Shafer will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville.

Mr. Copple, 73, died Monday, March 26, at Medical Center of Lewisville. He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Walnut Hill, Ill. Mr. Copple married Earlene Hogue on Aug. 16, 1952, in Hobbs. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. He worked for Amoco Corp. for 37 years as director of corporate benefit plans, and was a member of Primetimers in Highland Shores.

Mr. Copple is survived by his wife of 48 years; two daughters, Brenda Ellen Copple of Sarasota, Fla., and Ginger Marie Copple of Addison; two sons, Bruce Edwin Copple of League City, and David W. Copple of St. John, Ind.; one sister, Phyllis Diedrich of Nashville, Ill.; two brothers, Don E. Copple of Morton Grove, Ill., and Richard A. Copple of Ironwood, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Christian Community Action.
 

 

Andre Evans

Services for Andre Evans of Hobbs are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. Evans, 21, died Wednesday, March 28, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born June 13, 1979, in Hobbs.

Mr. Evans is survived by his mother, Demetria Evans of Hobbs.

3/27

Natasha H. Neal

LAS CRUCES - A graveside service for Natasha Helena Neal of Las Cruces was held at the Plank Family Cemetery at Mesa de las Viejas in Cebolla on Saturday, March 24. Services were under the direction of Block-Salazar Mortuary Inc. in Española.

Ms. Neal, 13, died Thursday, March 22, in Albuquerque. She was born April 22, 1987, in Las Cruces.

Ms. Neal is survived by her mother, Tamra K. Neal; her father, Michael T. Neal; a sister, Rosie Gonzales; a brother, Daniel Neal, all of Las Cruces; two grandmothers, Janice Smith of Española and Rita Neal of Hobbs; a great grandmother, Roseanna Gordon of Hobbs; a great grandfather, E.R. Pendleton of Tennessee; an aunt; two uncles; and many other extended family members.

Ms. Neal was preceded in death by her grandfather, Tom Neal.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the College of the Southwest general fund.

 

James Anderson

Services for James Anderson of Hobbs are pending with Griffin Funeral Home Inc.

Mr. Anderson, 93, died Monday, March 26, at Good Samaritan Village. He was born Oct. 21, 1907, in Ada, Okla.

Mr. Anderson is survived by three daughters, Oela Griffin of Hobbs, Ella Richards of Chino Hills, Calif., and Shirley Phillips of Mesa, Ariz.; one son, Sam Anderson of Percell, Okla.; eight grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

 
 
 

Pearl Spoonemore

Graveside services for Pearl Elizabeth Spoonemore of Hobbs are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Jack Lott will officiate.

Visitation will be at Griffin Funeral Home from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today.

Mrs. Spoonemore, 90, died Friday, March 23, in Odessa. She was born Aug. 12, 1910, in Tyler, Texas, and moved to Hobbs in 1932 where she lived until 1997.

A homemaker and a retired nurse, Mrs. Spoonemore was a member of the First Christian Church in Hobbs for more than 60 years.

She was past president of the VFW Auxiliary, the Military Order of Cooties, Crescent Rebekah Lodge No. 3 and past president and a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynna Palmer of Hobbs and Leta Wall of Odessa; a son, Travis Spoonemore of El Paso; a brother, Jim Nicholas of Tyler; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, W.O. Spoonemore; one son, Marion Spoonemore; and two sisters, Callie Wallace and Jewel Kelly.

 

John L. Smith

LOVINGTON - Graveside services for John Lucian Smith of Lovington will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Lovington Cemetery. Jack Addudle will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Bethany Funeral Home in Lovington.

Mr. Smith, 84, died Friday, March 23, at Lakeview Christian Retirement Center in Carlsbad. He was born Feb. 22, 1917, in White Feather, Ark.

Survivors include two daughters, Gail Meetze and Pat Langlitz, both of Midland; his two sons, Marvin Smith of Garland, Texas, and James Smith of Sunnyville, Calif.; a brother, I.C. Smith of Lovington; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.

 

Edwin W. Halpain

Services are pending with Bethany Funeral Home for Edwin W. Halpain of Lovington.

Mr. Halpain, 66, died Monday, March 26, at his residence.

 

Oneta G. Cooper

Services are pending with Bethany Funeral Home for Oneta G. Cooper .

Mrs. Cooper, 88, died Sunday, March 25, at Good Samaritan of Lovington.
 

 

 

 

3/27

The Rev. J.D. Daniels

Services for the Rev. J.D. Daniels of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at Christ Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

The Rev. Keith Jones of Albuquerque will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m., Sunday, March 25, and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday, March 26.

Rev. Daniels, 80, died Thursday, March 22, at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1920, in Foreman, Ark.

Rev. Daniels pastored at Community Church of God in Christ for 11 years, at the Pentecostal Temple for eight years and was an Evangelist for 30 years.

He was survived by his wife, Willie Lee Daniel, of Hobbs; a daughter, Julia D. Daniels, of Hobbs; three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jim and Rosie Daniels; a son, Lee Daniels; three brothers, Willis, Otis and Vernel Daniels; four sisters, Ada, Melese, Irma and Dorothy.

Pearl Spoonemore

Graveside services for Pearl Elizabeth Spoonemore of Odessa are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Memory Gardens.

Services are under the direction Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa. Visitation will be at Griffin Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 27.

Mrs. Spoonemore, 90, died Friday, March 23, at her home. She was born Aug. 12, 1910, in Tyler, Texas, and moved to Hobbs in 1932. She was a homemaker and a retired nurse.

She was member of the First Christian Church in Hobbs for more than 50 years.

She was also a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the V.F.W., a member of the Military Order of Cooties, a member of the Order of Rebekah and a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include a son, Travis Spoonemore of El Paso; two daughters, Leta Wall of Odessa, and Lynna Palmer of Hobbs; a brother, Jim Nicholas of Tyler; seven grandchildren, five great-grand children and one great-great-grandchild.

She was proceeded in death by her husband of 37 years, W.O. Spoonemore; one son and two sisters.
Gonzales correction

In Saturday's obituary for Eusebio A. Gonzales, his brother Mario Espinoza of Albuquerque was incorrectly identified.

 

3/24

John R. Armstrong

GALVESTON - Memorial services for John Robert Armstrong of Humble, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston. There are no other services.

Mr. Armstrong, 62, died Thursday, March 22, at North East Medical Center in Humble. He was born July 8, 1938, in Tucson.

He attended public school in Tonkawa and Ponca City, Okla., and Hobbs, where he excelled on the tennis team. Mr. Armstrong served in the U.S. Army. He worked in Hobbs, Houston and various cities in Oklahoma as an automobile dealer and as an independent building contractor.

Mr. Armstrong is survived by his stepmother, Wilma Armstrong of Hobbs; his son, John Dirk Armstrong; three daughters, Glenna Ruth Chance of Humble, Demita Lynn Winegartner of Tecumseh, Okla.

Also by Kelly Jean Strange of San Angelo; two brothers, Jerry Armstrong of Sacramento, Calif., and Jack Armstrong of Hobbs; two sisters, JoBeth Desoto of Hobbs and Judy McDonald of Indianapolis; several daughters-in-law and sons-in-law; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Armstrong was preceded in death by his mother, Ermille Lorraine Brookhart Armstrong; his father, John Henry Armstrong; his aunt, Ruth Brookhart McGuckin and her brother, Robert Brookhart; and life-long friend, Joy Knott of Hobbs.

Memorials may be sent to Galveston Lassie League, P.O. Box 3164, Galveston, Texas 77552; or Texas Heatwave Soccer, 1212 Stonehollow Dr., Kingwood, Texas 77339.

 

Sarah Bood

Services for Sarah Bood of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. today, March 24, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. The Rev. Daniel Miller will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home Inc.

Mrs. Bood, 67, died Thursday, March 22, in Hobbs. She was born July 7, 1933, in Waco. She married B.J. Bood July 7, 1949, in Belton, Texas. Mrs. Bood was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. She belonged to Beta Sigma Phi and also was a Woman of the Moose.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul's Youth Ministry Endowment Fund or VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur.

 

Eusebio A. Gonzales

Services for Eusebio A. Gonzales of Hobbs were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Albuquerque. Mr. Gonzales was cremated and burial took place in Fort Davis, Texas. Services were under the direction of Direct Services Funeral Home in Albuquerque.

Mr. Gonzales, 55, died Saturday, March 17, in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 15, 1945, in Fort Davis.

Mr. Gonzales is survived by his mother, Saludina Gonzales of Hobbs; two sons, Sammy D. Reyna and Eusebio R. Gonzales, both of Hobbs; his daughter, Vanessa Luna of Dallas; two brothers, Pio Gonzales of Santa Fe and Adolph Espinoza of Albuquerque; four sisters, Manuela Dominguez of Georgetown, Texas, Mario Espinoza of Albuquerque, Anna Marie Gann of Laredo, Texas, and Joann Espinoza of Hobbs; his former wife, Emily Nava of Marble Falls, Texas; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Gonzales was preceded in death by his father, Manuel S. Gonzales of Fort Davis.

 

 

Eloy H. Lopez

Funeral Mass for Eloy H. Lopez of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today, March 24, at St. Helena Catholic Church. The Rev. Donald J. Adamski will officiate.

Burial will follow services at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-noon today.

Mr. Lopez, 47, died Wednesday, March 21, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1953, in Brownfield, Texas.

 

Murris L. Scheller

Services for Murris Lee Scheller of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Richard Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at Chapel of Hope.

Mr. Scheller, 52, died Tuesday, March 20, in San Bernardino, Calif. He was born May 22, 1948, in Hobbs.

Mr. Scheller is survived by his father, George Scheller, of Hobbs; two sisters, Angela Kennemur of Artesia and Debra Wookring of Eunice; and his brother, Douglas Scheller of San Angelo, Texas.

Mr. Scheller was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Scheller, and his grandparents.

 

3/23

Eloy H. Lopez

Funeral Mass for Eloy H. Lopez of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. Helena Catholic Church. The Rev. Donald J. Adamski will officiate.

Burial will follow services at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at the Chapel of Hope Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Lopez, 47, died Wednesday, March 21, at his home. He was born Oct. 25, 1953, in Brownfield, Texas.

Mr. Lopez is survived by his son, Saloman Lopez of Dallas; his mother, Magdalena Lopez of Hobbs; four brothers, Eliseo Lopez Jr., Oscar Lopez, Arnold Lopez and Hector Lopez, all of Hobbs; and a sister, Bertha Guerin of Hobbs.

Mr. Lopez was preceded in death by his father, Eliseo T. Lopez, and his grandmother, Matilda Lopez.

 

Juliouse Daniels

Services for Juliouse Daniels of Hobbs are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. Daniels, 81, died Thursday, March 22, at his home. He was born Aug. 31, 1920.

Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife, Willie Daniels of Hobbs.

 
 
 

Sarah Bood

Services for Sarah Bood of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. The Rev. Daniel Miller will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home Inc.

Mrs. Bood will be in state from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today and 8-8:30 a.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bood, 67, died Thursday, March 22, in Hobbs. She was born July 7, 1933, in Waco, Texas. She married B.J. Bood July 7, 1949, in Belton, Texas. Mrs. Bood was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

She belonged to Beta Sigma Phi and also was a Woman of the Moose.

Mrs. Bood is survived by husband B.J. Bood of the home; daughter Camille Albus of Hobbs; son Johnny Bood of Atlanta; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bood was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Marla Weber and brother Harry Gaines.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul's Youth Ministry Endowment Fund or VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur.
 

 

3/22

James E. Barnes

Graveside services for James Edward Barnes of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, at Prairie Haven. The Rev. Leon Green will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today, March 22, and 8-10 a.m. Friday at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Hobbs Veterans Honor Guard.

Mr. Barnes, 68, died Monday, March 19, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born May 3, 1932, in Illinois. Mr. Barnes retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service. He served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Barnes enjoyed coin collecting, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by son Greg Barnes of Hobbs; daughter Vera Lydick of Hobbs; daughter Carla Smith of Bayonet Point, Fla.; mother Elvira Barnes of Middlebury, Ind.; sister Shirley Barnes of Elkhart, Ind.; brother Robert Barnes of Middlebury; the mother of his children, Anadina Madala of Hobbs; a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Barnes was preceded in death by his father, Roy Barnes, and a sister-in-law.

Memorial contributions may be sent to VistaCare Family Hospice.

 

 

Murris Lee Scheller

Services for Murris Lee Scheller of Hobbs are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. Scheller, 52, died Tuesday, March 20, in San Bernardino, Calif. He was born May 22, 1948, in Hobbs.

Scheller is survived by his father, George Scheller of Hobbs.

3/21

James Barnes

Services for James Barnes of Hobbs are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home, Hobbs.

Mr. Barnes, 68, died Monday, March 19. He was born April 3, 1932.

Mr. Barnes is survived by daughter Vera Lydick of Hobbs.

 

Cleveland Whitfield

LYNWOOD, Calif. - Services for former Hobbs resident Cleveland Whitfield of Los Angeles were held Saturday, March 3, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Lynwood.

The Rev. John O. Hopkins officiated. Burial followed in Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Mr. Whitfield, 88, died Feb. 25 in Los Angeles. He was born Sept. 12, 1912, in Branchfield, Texas. He married Elwyser Black in June 1931.

He attended school in Branchfield. While living there he united with the Little River Missionary Baptist Church, where he was ordained a deacon in 1933. He also sang in the choir. In 1943, he became a Mason.

Mr. Whitfield later moved to Lamesa, Texas, where he united with the St. John Missionary Baptist Church and served there as a deacon and president of the senior choir. He soon moved his membership to Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon and choir president until he moved to Hobbs, where he joined the Little Zion Baptist Church and served there as chairman of the deacon board and president of the senior choir until ill health forced him to quit in November 2000.

Mr. Whitfield moved to Los Angeles in January 2001.

Survivors include his wife of the home; six children, Cleveland Whitfield Jr., Rosie Nail Davis, Rebecca Gibson and Estella Mathis, all of California; C.L. Whitfield and Gladys Hunter, both of Texas; two daughters-in-law; three sons-in-law; an adopted son, Herbert; an adopted daughter, Annie Collins; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

His parents, Sam and Estella Whitfield, preceded him in death.

3/20

Clyde A. Tate

Funeral services for Clyde A. Tate of Levelland, Texas, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at First Baptist Church, Levelland. Dr. Steve Vernon, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Levelland Cemetery.

Mr. Tate, 79, died Saturday, March 17, in Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. He was born Feb. 8, 1922, in Oilton, Texas. He married Beatrice Venita Richardson on July 25, 1942, in Frederick, Okla. They lived in Hobbs from 1963 until 1994, when they moved to Levelland. Mr. Tate retired from Conoco Oil as gasoline plant superintendent.

He was a member of First Baptist Church. He was also a 32nd degree Mason with membership in Lodge #63 A.F. & A.M., Hobbs.

Mr. Tate is survived by three daughters, Sharon Willis and Judy Welch, both of Austin, and Pam Montgomery of Levelland; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Ruth Watkins and husband Nathan, and Katie Hickman and husband Glen, all of Fresno, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by wife Beatrice in March 1998 and daughter Brenda Overbeck in 1976.

 

Helen M. Wassom

PLAINVIEW - Services for Helen M. Wassom of Plainview, Texas, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Hale Center Church of Christ. Matt Swanson will officiate. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Elmwood Cemetery in Wagoner, Okla. Services are under the direction of Lemons Funeral Home, Plainview.

Mrs. Wassom, 93, died Sunday, March 18, at her residence in Plainview. She was born Feb. 9, 1908, in Wagoner, Okla. She was the first baby born in Wagoner, where she was raised and attended school. Mrs. Wassom worked in the Bovina school cafeterias for several years. She moved to Plainview in 1985.

She is survived by daughter Mary Davis and husband William of Henrietta, Texas; daughter Loretta Jane Haney of Plainview; daughter Christine Fay Johnston of Hobbs; son Allan Wassom and wife Barbara of Okmulgee, Okla.; son Doyle Wassom and wife Lanell of Dimmitt, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 10 great great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wassom was preceded in death by son George Wassom and six brothers and three sisters.

 

Placida R. Martinez

EUNICE - Funeral mass for Placida Rodriguez Martinez of Eunice was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at San Jose Catholic Church. Father Valentine Jankowski officiated. Interment followed at Carlsbad Cemetery.

A vigil was held at 7 p.m. on Sunday at San Jose Catholic Church. Services were under the direction of West Funeral Home.

Mrs. Martinez, 96, died Wednesday, March 14, at the Hobbs Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1904, in Jajitas, Texas. Mrs. Martinez was a homemaker and mother. She enjoyed doing embroidery, cooking sweet bread, gardening and making quilts (she has made one for every family member). Mrs. Martinez was a member of San Jose Catholic Church while she lived in Carlsbad.

She and her husband moved to Eunice in 1967 to be near their son. In Eunice she was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Ricardo Martinez of Eunice; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and five great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorenzo Zavala Martinez, in 1983 after 58 years of marriage.

3/18

Frank R. Byars

Services for Frank R. Byars of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.

The Rev. Dean Mathis will officiate. Burial will be held in Edmond, Okla., at a later date.

Mr. Byars, 70, died Saturday, March 17, at St. Luke Hospital in Houston. He was born April 5, 1930, in Mississippi. He married Melba Collins on Oct. 29, 1954, in Hobbs.

He worked for Enron for 40 years. He was a member of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.

Mr. Byars was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of the home; four daughters, Pamela Simpkins of Paducah, Texas, Rhonda Reynolds of Edmond, Cynthia Anderson of Tulsa and Shelia Bell of Dallas; two sisters, Patsy Brumett of Denver and Shirley Eidson of Alto; and four grandchildren.

 

Mildred D. Power

LOVINGTON - Graveside services and burial for Mildred D. Power of Lovington will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

The Rev. Leon Green will officiate.

Mrs. Power, 78, died Friday, March 16 at her home. She was born Jan. 1, 1923, in Artesia. She married Richard Power on Sept. 6, 1942, in Lovington.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and had worked many years as a secretary at Jefferson School.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two daughters, Robin Byrd of Lovington and Michelle Perez of Kermit, Texas; and three grandchildren.

A son, Tony Richards Power; two sisters, Gail Sumruld and Betty Ann Forest; a grandson, Nathan Byrd; and her parents preceded her in death.

Jerral E. Bertram

MONUMENT, Colo. - Memorial services for former Hobbs resident, Jerral Edward Bertram of Monument and son of Tom and Montez Bertram of Hobbs, were held Saturday, March 17, at the First United Methodist Church in Arlington. Another memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mr. Bertram, 59, died Thursday, March 15, in Flower Mound, Texas, following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 21, 1941, in Lamesa, Texas. He married Donna Dewey on June 4, 1966, in Appleton, Wis.

He graduated from Hobbs High School and from the University of Houston with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Bertram was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. He worked for Allis Chalmers and Perkins Engines. He retired from Detroit Diesel as a sales manager after 32 years of service.

Other survivors include his wife of the home; two daughters, Dena Duren and Denise White, both of Flower Mound; three sisters, Carol McGuire of Waco, Texas, Elaine Pierce of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Beverly Dyer of Midland; his father and mother-in-law; a sister-in-law; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bertram Memorial Fund, c/o First United Methodist church, 420 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903.

 

Johnny B. Puckett Sr.

ARTESIA - Graveside services for Johnny B. Puckett Sr. of Artesia, father of Johnny Puckett Jr. and Annella Compary, both of Hobbs, were held on Saturday, March 17, at Twin Oaks Memorial Park under the direction of Terpening and Son Mortuary Inc.

Peggy White officiated.

Mr. Puckett, 70, died Friday, March 16, in Hobbs. He was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Pledger, Texas. He married Gloria Ann Dabelgott on Feb. 25, 1956, in Van Vleck, Texas. She preceded him in death on Nov. 8, 1996.

He moved to Artesia in 1961 from Lake Jackson, Texas. Mr. Puckett was the owner and operator of Valley Pest Control. He was a member of the Elks Lodge.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

Other survivors include a son, Gary DeSoto of Carlsbad; two brothers, Clinton A. Puckett of Bremerton, Wash., and Lee Puckett of Irving, Texas; two sisters, Inez Head and Christine Parks, both of Roswell; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A brother, Raymond Puckett, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sangre de Oro Hemophilia Foundation of N.M.-3013 Piedras Road, Carlsbad, N.M. or Vista Hospice Care Foundation, 601 N. Canal, Carlsbad, N.M. 88220.

 

Larry R. Brewster

MIDLAND - Services for former Hobbs resident Larry Brewster of Midland were held on Wednesday, March 14, at Pipkin Funeral Home Chapel in Midland.

Robert Frazier of Valley View Baptist Church officiated. Burial followed in Resthaven North.

Mr. Brewster, 48, died on Saturday, March 10 in Houston. He was born Nov. 23, 1952, in Farmersville, La. He married Debby West on Oct. 12, 1974, in Hobbs.

The couple moved to Midland in 1987.

He was a truck driver for Texas Star Express.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Darrell Brewster and Justin Brewster, both of Midland; a sister, Dolores Dutton of Hobbs; and his grandmother, Mary Goodwin of Rustin, La.

His parents, Marvin and Margie Brewster; and his father-in-law, preceded him in death.

Contributions may be made to the Midland Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association.

3/17

Marian Peveler

LOVINGTON - Graveside services for Marian Peveler of Lovington will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Tatum Cemetery. Dr. Leon Green will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Services are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home, Lovington.

Mrs. Peveler, 81, died March 15 in Lubbock. She was born Feb. 27, 1920, on a ranch in north Lea County. She married Leroy "Wad" Peveler on Dec. 20, 1939, in Roswell. They worked on the family ranch that was started by their family in 1933.

The Pevelers retired in 1975 and moved to Lovington. Mrs. Peveler was a member of the Eastern Star in Lovington and First Baptist Church in Tatum.

She is survived by her husband Leroy Peveler of Lovington, son Tom Peveler of Lovington, grandson T.D. Peveler of Lovington, brother Tom Bess of Tatum, and two great-grandchildren.

 

J.B. Puckett Sr.

ARTESIA - Graveside services for J.B. Puckett Sr. of Artesia will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. No visitation is planned.

Mr. Puckett, 70, died Friday, March 16, at his son's home in Hobbs. He was owner and operator of Valley Pest Control.

 

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Placida Martinez

Funeral arrangements for Placida Martinez of Hobbs are pending with West Funeral Home of Carlsbad.

Ms. Martinez, 96, died Wednesday, March 14, at Hobbs Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 11, 1904.

 

Marian Peveler

Funeral services for Marian Peveler, 81, are pending at Bethany Funeral Home. Ms. Peveler died Thursday, March 15, in Lubbock. She was a life-long resident of Lea County.

 

Robert Sartain

LOVINGTON - Services for Robert "Bob" Sartain of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Avenue Baptist Church. The Rev. Herb Bryant will officiate. Burial will take place at Lovington Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Mr. Sartain, 86, died Wednesday, March 14, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born April 1, 1914, in Hollis, Okla. Mr. Sartain was a member of Jackson Avenue Baptist Church and was a veteran of World War II, serving in New Guinea for three years with the U.S. Army.

Mr. Sartain is survived by three brothers, Frank Sartain of Dumas, Texas, Earl Sartain of Belville, Ill., and Jim Sartain of Amarillo; two sisters, Mae Mansfield of Wichita Falls, and Mildred Hamilton of Clovis; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Sartain was preceded in death by his wife Vidah Sartain in 1987; three sisters, Jewell Reynolds, Lucille Payne and Betty Sartain; and three brothers, William Sartain, J.C. Sartain and Homer Sartain.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jackson Avenue Baptist Church.

3/15

Robert Sartain

LOVINGTON - Services are pending with Smith-Rogers Funeral Home for Robert Sartain of Lovington.

Mr. Sartain, 86, died Wednesday, March 14, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born April 1, 1914, in Hollis, Okla.

 

Billye "Sellie" James

Memorial services for Billye "Sellie" James of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Taylor Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Dean Mathis will officiate.

Cremation has taken place and services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mrs. James, 56, died Wednesday, March 7, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1944, in El Paso, Texas.

A former member of the Cactus Cowbells of Lea County, she was affiliated with Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.

Mrs. James is survived by her son Kelly James of Hobbs; a daughter, Merry Kathleen James of Hobbs; and one grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers and her parents, Henry and Edna McLaughlin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lea County Battered Women's Shelter, 200 N. Dalmont.
 

 

Bob Maixner

Memorial service for Bob Maixner of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will officiate.

Cremation will take place at a later time. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Mr. Maixner, 81, died Sunday, March 11, in Hobbs. He was born July 13, 1919, in Lincoln, Neb.

Mr. Maixner received the Purple Heart after he served in the field artillery during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army attached to Gen. George Patton's unit.

A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, he had celebrated 59 years of marriage to Lorraine Maixner.

Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Robert D. Maixner of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Mildred Nienaber of Kearney, Neb.; and aone brother Jerry Maixner of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Anna Maixner.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Snyder, or Vista Care Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur.
 

 

Martin "Lee" Edwards

EL PASO - Services were held on Friday, March 9, for Martin "Lee" Edwards at the Martin Funeral Home in El Paso. The burial took place at Fort Bliss National Cemetery with military honors.

Mr. Edwards died March 6 in El Paso. He was born Dec. 10, 1914, in Comanche County, Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Italy.

Survivors include his wife, Willie Edwards; two daughters, Kathy Shropshire of Hobbs and Elizabeth of the home; and two granddaughters, Charity and Faith of Hobbs.

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Lida Marion Carpenter

DENVER CITY - Graveside services for Lida Marion Carpenter of Denver City will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Texas. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home and Waldo Funeral Home.

Ms. Carpenter, 81, died Monday, March 12. She was born April 18, 1919, in Sherman, Texas.

Ms. Carpenter is survived by her three children and their spouses: Betty and Ken Walden of Oil City, Pa.; Jerry "Buddy" and Jean Carpenter of San Antonio; and Kay and Charles Phipps of Dripping Springs, Texas. She is also survived by two half-brothers, Billy Joe and Larry Wayne Stepherson, and six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Ms. Carpenter was preceded in death in 1985 by her husband, Milton Carpenter.

The family asks that donations be made to the ALS Society (for Lou Gehrig's disease), or to a favorite charity.

 

 

Bob Maixner

Memorial services for Bob Maixner of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will officiate. Cremation will take place at a later time. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Mr. Maixner, 81, died Saturday, March 10, in Hobbs. He was born July 13, 1919, in Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Maixner received the Purple Heart after he served in the field artillery during World War II. He served in the U.S. Army under Gen. Patton.

Mr. Maixner was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years and had celebrated 59 years of marriage to Lorraine Maixner.

Mr. Maixner is survived by his wife of the home; son Robert D. Maixner of Austin; and sister Mildred Nienaber of Kearny, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Anna Maixner.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church at 200 E. Snyder or Vista Care Family Hospice at 1515 W. Calle Sur.

 

 

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Kenneth R. Shorter

AZTEC - Services for Kenneth Roger "Red" Shorter of Aztec will be held at 10 a.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church in Aztec. The Rev. Bob Schlauger will officiate. Burial will be at the Aztec Community Cemetery with the Honor Guard from the V.F.W. Post 2182 giving military honors.

Services are under the arrangements of Cope Memorial Chapel.

Mr. Shorter, 77, died Saturday, March 10, in Farmington. He was born on Nov. 21, 1923, in Cheney, Kan., to William and Eva Perkins Shorter. He moved to the Aztec area in the early 1950s.

Mr. Shorter worked as a tool pusher in the oilfield. He was a family man who cherished time with his family and grandkids.

Mr. Shorter served in World War II as an airplane mechanic and a line chief for the 36th Fighter Squadron in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the Philippines for 21 months, reaching the rank of staff sergeant before leaving the Army on Dec. 30, 1945.

Mr. Shorter is survived by his wife, Jean, of the home; two sons, Rickie Shorter and Roger Shorter, both of Aztec; three daughters, Donna McCabe of Aztec, Susie Mumm of Salida, Colo., and Kendra Skalenda of Odessa; four brothers, Jack Shorter of Tulsa, Guy Shorter of Pawtucket, R.I.; Art Shorter of Jacksonville, Fla., Francis Shorter of Bloomfield; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

 

Stephens C. Turner

CONROE, Texas - Funeral services for Stephens Craig Turner of Odessa will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Metcalf Funeral Home Chapel in Conroe. Burial wll follow in Forest Park The Woodlans Cemetery.

Mr. Turner, 21, died Friday, March 9. He was born July 11, 1979, in Rankin.

Mr. Turner is survived by his parents, Larry and Naomi Turner of Hobbs; his mother, Melinda Kelly; three sisters, Ruby Turner of Odessa, Crista Rininger of Ballinger, and Sharon Turner of Coleman; two brothers, Larry Wayne Turner of Sweetwater and Eddie Turner of Coleman; and his grandmother, Ruby Turner of Coleman.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne Turner.

 

 

 

Sheena Weldy

Services for Sheena Weldy of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at the Salvation Army Chapel at 820 S. Fowler in Hobbs. Capt. Robert Keene will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Ms. Weldy, 14, died Friday, March 9, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1986, in Hobbs.

Ms. Weldy was a student at Houston Junior High School. She was a junior soldier of the Salvation Army Corps Cadet and a girl guard of the Salvation Army.

Ms. Weldy is survived by her mother, Donna Weldy of Hobbs; two sisters, Crystal Weldy of Hobbs and Jessica Palmateer of Wickett, Texas; a brother, Joshua Weldy of Hobbs; paternal grandparents, Homer and Louise Pacely of Lubbock; maternal grandfather, George Weldy of Wickett; a nephew; several cousins; and several aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Stevens.

 

Robert J. Maixner

Services are pending for Robert J. Maixner of Hobbs at Griffin Funeral Home.

Mr. Maixner, 81, died Sunday, March 11, at his home. He was born on July 13, 1919, in Nebraska.

Mr. Maixner is survived by his wife, Lorraine Maixner, of the home; a son, Robert D. Maixner of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Jerry Maixner of Austin; a sister, Mildred Nienaber of Kearney, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.

 

 

Peggy C. Mitchell

LOVINGTON - Services for Peggy Coffer Mitchell of Tatum will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Leon Green will officiate. Burial will follow at Lovington Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mitchell, 61, died Sunday, March 11, at her home. She was born on Nov. 10, 1939, in Roxton, Texas, to John and Gladys Jones. She was a resident of Lovington since 1972 and moved to Tatum where she met and married Lloyd Mitchell on June 26, 2000. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Lovington.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband of the home; a sister, Carrie Young of Alamogordo; a special sister, Maudie Howell of Lovington; a daughter, Pam Raap of Lovington; three sons, Gary Don Coffer of McDonald, Johnny Coffer and Dean Coffer, both of Lovington; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Coffer; a son, Richard Keith Coffer; and her parents.

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Virgil Franklin

Services for Virgil L. Franklin of Eunice will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Calvary Funeral Home Chapel. Elio Barrios, Vista Care Family Hospice Chaplain, will officiate at the Calvary Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be at Brunson Memorial Cemetery in Eunice.

Mr. Franklin will lie in state today from 2-6 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until time for the service. Mr. Franklin, 89, died Friday, March 9. He was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Howard Texas.

He was affiliated with the Baptist Church. Mr. Franklin moved to Eunice in 1997 from Greenwood Acres, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of the home Dovie Bettis Franklin; and three sons, Russell Franklin, Memphis, Tenn., V.E. "Ben" Franklin, Daytona Beach, Fla., Leslie Don Franklin of Odessa; one daughter, Martha Ann Poe of Campwood, Texas; and a brother, Clyde J. Franklin, Big Spring, and by four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous other family members.

 

Delfino Rendon

Funeral services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Delfino Rendon, 59. He died Saturday, Mar. 10, in Lubbock.

He is survived by his wife, Lita; one son and six daughters; four brothers; two sisters.

 

Auvy McBride

Services for Auvy Lee McBride Jr. will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 12, at the Church of Christ in Bertram, Texas. Mark Ingram will be officiating. Burial will be at Bear Creek Cemetery near Bertram.

Arrangements made by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnett, Texas.

Mr. McBride, 38, died Friday, Mar. 9. He was born on Mar. 10, 1962, to Auvy McBride Sr. and Leslie Nichols in Lubbock. He was self-employed as a computer consultant.

Mr. McBride is survived by his wife, Nora McBride; two sons, Buck Beighley of Georgetown, Texas, and Michael McBride of Bertram; three daughters, Valerie and Lisa McBride, and Aileen Beighley, all of Bertram; two sisters, Leah Brock of Burnet, Texas, and Andrea Davidson of Kennewick, Wash.; a step-mother, Shirley McBride of Lubbock; grandmother, Alma McBride Williams of Post Texas; as well as other relatives and close friends.

 

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Merldene R. Barker

Services for Merldene R. Barker of Hobbs were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Memorial Chapel. Burial will take place at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Services were under the direction of Calvary Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Barker, 72, died Tuesday, March 6, at her home.

She was born on April 12, 1928, in Romulus, Okla. She was affiliated with Eastside Church of Christ in Duncan, Okla., and attended Jefferson Street Church of Christ in Hobbs. She married Paul Barker on Jan. 11, 1947. Mrs. Barker lived in Hobbs for 32 years, moving here from Duncan. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her husband of the home; a son, Jeff Barker of Hobbs; two daughters, Paula Clark of Lubbock and Barbara Brown of Midland; a brother, Max Dunn of Oklahoma City; a sister, Mildred McNair of Bartlesville, Okla.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Rosa Dunn; a brother, Marion; a sister, Marguerite; and a great-granddaughter, Chloe.

 

 

Virgil L. Franklin

EUNICE - Services are pending for Virgil L. Franklin of Eunice at Calvary Funeral Home of Eunice.

Mr. Franklin, 89, died Friday, March 9, in Hobbs. He was born Aug. 27, 1911, in Howard County, Texas.

 

 

Sheena Weldy

Services for Sheena Weldy of Hobbs are pending at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Ms. Weldy, 14, died Friday, March 9, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1986.

Ms. Weldy is survived by her mother, Donna Weldy, of Hobbs.

 

 

Delbert I. Mourning Jr.

Memorial services for Delbert Irwin "D.I." Mourning Jr. of Hobbs will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe. The service is under the direction of Hubbard-Kelley Funeral Home.

Mr. Mourning, 78, died Tuesday, March 6, at Medical Center Hospital. He was born April 19, 1922, in Wichita, Kan.

Mr. Mourning flew with the Royal Air Force and then with the Army Air Corps 8th Air Force on A-20 attack bombers and B-17 heavy bombers. He acquired several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and six air medals.

Mr. Mourning worked as a mason and a musician. He had a great love for music and his family.

Mr. Mourning is survived by his wife, Barbara Mourning, of the home; his sons Richard Mourning of Godley, Texas, Del Mourning of Odessa, Dan Mourning of Albuquerque; daughters Margaret Mourning Abbott of Odessa, Denise Fletcher of Uvalde and Michelle Bean of Austin; and two sisters, Irene Hamm and Florence Mourning, both of Denver.

He was preceded in death by his daughters, Diane Mourning; sister, Virginia Baker; and brothers Ed and Leonard Mourning.

 

 

George W. McDonald

Memorial services for George William McDonald of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Highland Christian Church. The Rev. William Parkey will officiate. Burial will take place today at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Odessa. Services are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mr. McDonald, 78, died Tuesday, March 6, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born May 24, 1922, in Wabash County, Ill. He married Lois Tyler Smith on May 8, 1953, in Allendale, Ill.

Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife of the home; a sister, Mary Blythe of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; two sons, Tommy Smith of Bloomfield and Fred McDonald of Tuscola, Ill.; a daughter, Carol Barrow of Odessa; 11 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents George E. McDonald and Ella Walser McDonald; a sister, Joan Deisher; and a brother, Jimmy McDonald.

Memorial contributions may be made to the youth group of Highland Christian Church at 500 E. Bender in Hobbs.

 

 

Edward Evans

Services are pending for Edward Evans of Hobbs at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. Evans, 80, died Thursday, March 8, at his home. He was born Oct. 2, 1920.

 

 

Lee E. Etier

ADA, Okla. - Graveside services for Lee Eleanor "Lucy" Etier of Carrollton, Texas, formerly of Ada, will be held at 2 p.m. CST on Monday, March 12, at Mill Creek Cemetery in Ada. The Rev. Bob Bender will officiate. Services are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Ada.

Mrs. Etier, 88, died Friday, March 9, in Carrollton. She was born Dec. 31, 1912, in Greenville, Texas, to Oscar Donaghe and Lula Belle Easter.

Mrs. Etier graduated from Sulpher High School and received her bachelor of arts from ECU. She was affiliated with the First Baptist Church of Ada. Mrs. Etier taught school for several years in Oklahoma. She married Elvin "Spec" Etier on March 8, 1941, in Wayne.

Mrs. Etier is survived by a daughter, Jill Botkin of Carrollton; two sons, Richard Etier of Hobbs and Marc Etier of Ada; and a sister, Nell Hawkins of Carrollton.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Alan and Christopher Etier; and two brothers, Richard and Albert Donaghe.

 

 

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Merldene R. Barker

Services for Merldene R. Barker of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today at Calvary Memorial Chapel. Eli Bordon will officiate. Burial will take place at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Calvary Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Barker, 72, died Tuesday, March 6, at her home.

She was born on April 12, 1928, in Romulus, Okla. She was affiliated with Eastside Church of Christ in Duncan, Okla., but attended Jefferson Street Church of Christ in Hobbs. She married Paul Barker on Jan. 11, 1947. Mrs. Barker lived in Hobbs for 32 years, moving here from Duncan. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her husband of the home; a son, Jeff Barker of Hobbs; two daughters, Paula Clark of Lubbock and Barbara Brown of Midland; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Rosa Dunn; a brother, Max Dunn; and a sister, Mildred Onair.

 

 

Scott L. Roberts

GLADEWATER, Texas - Funeral services for Scott Lee Roberts of Gladewater will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Croley Funeral Home. Bishop Robert "Bob" Johnston will officiate. Burial will take place in Gladewater Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held today from 6-8 p.m. at Croley Funeral Home.

Mr. Roberts, 29, died Wednesday, March 7. He was born on Dec. 18, 1971, in Hobbs.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his parents, James and Fay Roberts of Gladewater; a sister, Laina King of Gladewater; paternal grandmother Olga Roberts of Hobbs; maternal grandmother, Jean Spencer of Logan, Utah; four nephews; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn Ann Roberts.

 

 

T.O. Oldham

SEMINOLE, Texas - Graveside services for T.O. Oldham of Lamesa will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the Gaines County Memorial Cemetery. The Rev. E.R. Holder will officiate. Burial will be under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home.

Mr. Oldham will lie in state at Brannon Funeral Home in Lamesa Thursday and at Boyer Funeral Home in Seminole on Saturday until service time.

Mr. Oldham, 77, died Wednesday, March 7, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on Nov. 27, 1923, in Throckmorton County. He married Helen Joyce Chapman Seitern on March 15, 1997, in Lamesa. He moved to Lamesa in 1997 from Seminole.

Mr. Oldham worked in the oilfields. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Oldham is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Leslie Oldham of Abilene; a daughter, Martha Ann Whitehead of Plano; a stepson, Darrell Seitern of Carlsbad; two stepdaughters, Janette Turner of Lamesa and Dolores Walker of Midland; two sisters, Kathleen Burrows of Fort Worth and Avis Boyd of Wichita Falls; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Loudell, in 1994, and a son, Harry, in 1995.

 

 

Roy E. Norman

Services for Roy E. Norman of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Shawn Drake will officiate. Burial will take place at Lovington Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held today from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until service time.

Mr. Norman, 88, died Wednesday, March 7, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 7, 1912, in Orchard City, Texas.

Mr. Norman married Viola Gordon in 1942 in Orchard City. She preceded him in death April 9, 1983.

Mr. Norman was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge in Lovington. He served in the Army during World War II. He lived in Lovington before moving to Hobbs in 1983. He was affiliated with Bel Aire Baptist Church.

Mr. Norman is survived by four sons, Herbert Norman of Hobbs, Wallace Norman of Albuquerque, Troy Norman of Hobbs and Bobby Norman of Malakoff, Texas; four daughters, Telita Fitzgerald of Silver City, Linda Reed of Hubbardsville, N.Y., Judy Glasscock of University City, Texas, and Karen Melton of Lovington; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister.

He was also preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

 

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Merldene Barker

Services for Merldene Barker of Hobbs are pending at Calvary Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Barker, 72, died Tuesday, March 6, at her home. She was born on April 12, 1928.

Mrs. Barker is survived by her husband, Paul Barker, of the home; a son, Jeff Barker; two daughters, Paula Clark and Barbara Brown; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Lois D. Burns

Memorial services for Lois Davis Burns of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Burns, 88, died Monday, March 5, at Good Samaritan Village. She was born Nov. 8, 1912, in Pecos, Texas. She was married to Crittenden E. Burns who preceded her in death in 1991.

Mrs. Burns and her husband were owners of Paden Drug Store in Carrizozo for 12 years. She moved to Hobbs in the mid-1970s. She was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and a member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary and the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Burns is survived by a son, Dennis Burns of Essex Fells, N.J.; two daughters, Lynell B. Caton of Hobbs, and Lois Jerilyn Thornton of Los Alamos; a brother, Bryce Davis of Huntsville, Ala.; a sister, Fay Miller of Fort Worth; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Dennis, Doyle and Edgel Davis, and a sister, Velma Crutcher.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2021 Girard S.E. Suite 201, in Albuquerque, 87106, or to a charity of one's choice.

 

Lance M. Eaker

ROSWELL - Memorial services for Lance Michael Eaker of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at the House of Worship Church of God, 901 S. 20th St. in Artesia. The Rev. Art Cantrel will officiate.

Mr. Eaker, 20, was born in Artesia on June 16, 1980, to James Eaker Jr. and Reta Briscoe. He had lived in Hobbs for the past 18 years.

Eaker is survived by his parents; a brother, Roman Eaker of Roswell; four sisters, Shelly Briscoe, Natasha and Kacie Eaker of Roswell and Summer Ice of Gordonville, Texas; grandparents John and Jo Briscoe of Artesia and James and Oleta Eaker of Roswell; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Brandon Eaker.

Cremation was under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

 

Billye James

Services are pending for Billye James of Hobbs at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. James, 56, died Wednesday, March 7, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born on April 25, 1944, in El Paso, Texas.

Mr. James is survived by a son, Kelly James of Hobbs, and a daughter, Merry James of Hobbs.

 

George W. McDonald

Services are pending for George William McDonald of Hobbs at Bethany Funeral Home.

Mr. McDonald, 78, died Wednesday, March 6, at Lea Regional Medical Center.

 

Mary F. Melson

BOWIE, Texas - Graveside services for Mary F. Melson of Vashti, Texas, will be held at 2:30 p.m. CST on Friday, March 9, at Perryman Cemetery in Forestburg, Texas. The Rev. Dave Maher will officiate.

Mrs. Melson, 81, died Tuesday, March 6, at Bowie Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1920, in Paducah, Ky. Mrs. Melson was a resident of Hobbs for 50 years before moving to Vashti three years ago. She was of the Baptist faith. She worked as a supervisor at GTE for 40 years in Hobbs.

She collected antiques and loved bird watching. Mrs. Melson worked as a volunteer with the H&R Block to complete tax returns for senior citizens in Hobbs. From 1943-1945 during WWII she worked at Kaizer Shipyard No. 3 as a welder at Richland, Calif., and later as a welder at Evansville, Ind., in the shipyard. She married Walter M. Melson on Dec. 28, 1951.

Mrs. Melson is survived by a son, Bill Bartlett Jr. of Vashti; a daughter, Sue MacFarland of Desoto, Texas; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986.

 

Roy Norman

Services are pending for Roy Norman of Hobbs at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. Norman, 88, died Wednesday, March 7, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born on Nov. 7, 1912.

Mr. Norman is survived by his son, Troy Norman of Hobbs.

 

 

Ann J. Sterling

Services were held Wednesday, March 7, for Ann J. Sterling of Hobbs, under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home. Burial took place at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

Mrs. Sterling, 89, died Tuesday, March 5, in Hobbs. She was born July 26, 1911, in Havensville, Kan. Mrs. Sterling moved to Hobbs in 1976. She enjoyed her family and cooking.

Mrs. Sterling is survived by three sons, E.D. Sterling of Hobbs, Thomas D. Sterling of Fairfield, Calif., and Gary Dean Sterling of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Darrel Eugene Sterling; five brothers, Wilford, Patrick, Dave, Lawrence and Tom Cline; and two sisters, Mary Cline and Margaret Carder.

Memorial contributions may be made to VistaCare Family Hospice in Hobbs.

 

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Connie Pitts
Graveside services for Connie Pitts of Hobbs will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9, at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. The Rev. Leon Green will officiate.
Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.
She will lie in state today from 1-8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Ms. Pitts, 26, died Saturday, March 3, at her home. She was born on July 23, 1974, in Hobbs.
She is survived by her parents, Jim and Dianne Pitts of Hobbs; a brother, Rodney Pitts of Hobbs; a sister, Kim Allred of Hobbs; her maternal grandparents, Neal and Gletus Wilson of Hobbs; her paternal grandparents, Rudolph and Maxine Pitts of Panama City, Fla.; her fiancé, James Crume of Hobbs; three nieces; and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Alvin Bland, and her paternal grandmother, Polly Pitts.

 

Hugh Tucker
Services are pending for Hugh Tucker of Clovis at Griffin Funeral Home.
Mr. Tucker, 75, died Sunday, March 4, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 12, 1925.

 

Ann Sterling
Services for Ann Sterling of Hobbs are pending at Griffin Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sterling, 89, died Monday, March 5, at the Good Samaritan Village. She was born on July 26, 1911, in Havensville, Kan.
She is survived by three sons, E.D. Sterling of Hobbs, Thomas D. Sterling of Fairfield, Calif., and Gary Dean Sterling of Columbus, Ohio.

 

Jack Botkin
A memorial service for Jack Botkin of Hobbs will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Chapel of Hope funeral home. 
Mr. Botkin, 57, died Saturday, March 3, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 30, 1943, in Monahans, Texas. 
He is survived by his wife of the home, Millie, and his mother Almeta, both of Hobbs; his daughters, Kathy Taylor of Denver; Bobbie Hukins of Canyon; Robin Getman of Tomball; Vicki Mueller of Foley, Mich.; and his son Jackie Botkin of Moline, Ill.

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Don L. Woods
A private graveside service was held recently for Don L. Woods of Mayhill.
Mr. Woods, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, in Alamogordo. He was born in Briscoe County on March 29, 1933.
Mr. Woods is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Owens Woods, of the home; a son, Matthew Woods of Chico, Calif.; two daughters, Judy Beth Woods of Amarillo, and Lisa Sisneros of El Paso; a sister, Clem Rand of Cloudcroft; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nephews and nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alamogordo Home Care Hospice, 505 E. 11th St., in Alamogordo.

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Beryl J. Carpenter

No services scheduled at this time for Beryl J. Carpenter of Hobbs who died on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Cremation will take place at a later date.

Mrs. Carpenter, 72, was born on July 13, 1928, in Yorkshire, England. She married Roy L. Carpenter Sr., who preceded her in death in 1960.

Mrs. Carpenter was a former member of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Carpenter is survived by a son, Roy L. Carpenter Jr. of Hobbs; a daughters, Marsha G. Rogers of Wylie, Texas; two sisters, Audry Robinson and Christine Hawley, both of Sheffield, England; and one grandson.

Mildred Leverett

Services for Mildred "Skeet" Leverett of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Jefferson Street Church of Christ. Ministers Virgil Webb and Eli Borden will officiate. Burial will take place at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Leverett will lie in state today from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8-9 a.m. The family will greet friends at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Mrs. Leverett, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 28. She was born July 26, 1925, in Lea County. She married Clyde Leverett on May 29, 1948.

She was an active member of Jefferson Street Church of Christ, having served as fourth-grade Bible class teacher for 22 years. She was a member of the Lea County Democratic Women and the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. She was a life member Epsilon Sigma Alpha, International, a charter member of Sigma Alpha and a member of Alpha Sigma.

She served as chairperson for Precinct 34 and on the Lea County Elections Board. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary and she was a Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Leverett was co-chairman of Prairieview School Reunion Committee and an ardent fan of the Hobbs Eagles basketball team and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mrs. Leverett is survived by her husband of the home; a son, Bernard Leverett of Sublette, Kan.; a daughter, Sarah Reid of Hobbs; a brother, Robert H. Sweatt of Burton, Texas; two sisters, Clara Wilcox of Springfield, Miss., and Reba Grandrud of Phoenix; two grandchildren; an aunt; and 20 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Mary Sweatt; a brother, Willie Cecil Sweatt; and a sister, Ruby Faye Fort.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Mexico Christian Children's Home, West Star Rt. Box 48, Portales, 88130.

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Nannie Carr

Funeral services for Nannie "Jerry" Carr of Hobbs will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. LaVoid Ford officiating.

Burial, under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home, will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

Mrs. Carr, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Country Cottage in Hobbs.

She was born on March 23, 1917, in Wills Point, Texas, and married Buddy Carr on Aug. 7, 1938, in Seminole.

Mrs. Carr worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 42 years as a mail carrier before she retired. She also was a member of the Rebekah's.

She is survived by two sons, George and Willie Carr of Hobbs; one sister, Frances Beard of Hobbs; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her husband in 1991; two brothers; one sister; and one great-grandson, Dakota Carr, who died Feb. 4.

 

Melvin W. Glenn

ALAMOGORDO - Services for Melvin Wayne Glenn of Alamogordo, brother of Carolyn Taylor of Hobbs, Dolores Davis of Monument and Corky Glenn of Tatum, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel in Roswell.

The Rev. Troy Grant of Berrendo Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery.

Mr. Glenn, 67, died Monday, Feb. 26, in Las Cruces. He was born Sept. 20, 1933, in Liberal, Kan.

He grew up on a ranch with his family, 35 miles east of Roswell. He was active in 4-H and junior rodeo.

Mr. Glenn owned and operated Action Realty and ranched around Roswell for several years. He was a Baptist.

In 1975, he was named Father of the Year by the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association. He was past president of Ruidoso Sertoma Club.

Other survivors include a son, Cliff Glenn of Roswell; a daughter, Lora Frost of Pell City, Ala.; two more brothers, Don Glenn of Fort Collins, Colo., and Rex Glenn of Roswell; four grandchildren; and a special friend, Irene Whitehead.

 

Burl Morrow

EUNICE - Services for Burl Morrow of Eunice will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church.

The Rev. Elio Barrios, VistaCare Family Hospice chaplain, will officiate. Burial will follow in Brunson Memorial Cemetery in Eunice under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.

Mr. Morrow, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Eunice. He was born April 24, 1930, in Mitchell County, Texas. He was married to Alice Morrow, who preceded him in death.

He was a Methodist.

He entered the United States Navy on March 8, 1956, as an E-1 seaman apprentice. He served 20 years, retiring on Sept. 30, 1975, as an E-8 senior chief petty officer. During his time in the service, he was stationed in many places here and abroad.

Mr. Morrow returned from Pacific Missile Range facilities in Barking Sands, Kaual, Hawaii. He served on several aircraft carriers including the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk and the U.S.S. Enterprise. He earned and was awarded numerous medals and citations, which included five good-conduct awards, presidential and meritorious unit awards.

He also served in 14 separate battle campaigns from 1963 to 1970 and was awarded the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for service with their government.

Upon retiring from the Navy, he went to work in Lea County for the McNeill Ranches. He later worked in the oilfield retiring again in April of 1992.

Mr. Morrow was a member of the America Legion Post 45. He and his wife were charter members in the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and Heritage Center, the National Rifle Association and the Lea County Junior Rodeo Association.

Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Clark of Colorado City, Texas, William G. Morrow of Utah and Wendell S. Morrow of Hobbs; five daughters, Roxana Smith of Denver City, Texas, Gloria Gladden and Jo Morrow, both of Eunice, Michelle Willhoite of Conroe, Texas, and Jeri Faye Williams of Milwaukee, Wis.; two sisters, Esta Lee Lamb of Junction, Texas, and Wanda Jean Wood of Euless, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Two sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to VistaCare Family Hospice of Hobbs.

 

Evelyn V. Stansberry

Graveside service for Evelyn V. Stansberry of Hobbs are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Norman, Okla.

Local arrangements were handled by Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mrs. Stansberry, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 27, at Hobbs Healthcare Center.

She was born on Aug. 13, 1909, in Rotan, Texas, and later married Royce Stansberry.

He preceded her in death in July 1976.

Mrs. Stansberry is survived by three sons, Leonard Stansberry of Hobbs, Douglas Stansberry of Moore, Okla., and Robert Stansberry of Langly, Okla.; one sister, Aleen Johnson of Coleman, Texas; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Stansberry was preceded in death by her parents, J.C. and Jossie Swor; one son, Winston Stansberry; three brothers; and one sister.


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