Miscellaneous Lea County, New Mexico Obituaries - 2001

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Carol J. Otwell

LOVINGTON - Graveside services for Carol J. Otwell of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lovington Cemetery. The Rev. K.M. McCarthick will officiate. Services are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Otwell, 61, died Thursday, July 5, at the Country Cottage Retirement Center in Hobbs. She was born April 21, 1940, in Lubbock to John and Mahala Cartwright.

Mrs. Otwell moved to Lovington in 1985. She was a secretary in the medical field for many years.

She is survived by two sons, Joel Otwell of Irving, Texas, and Stephen Otwell of San Diego; three brothers, Johnny Cartwright of Lovington, Duane Cartwright of Amarillo and Harold Cartwright of Lubbock; and one sister, Lavonne Hill of Houston.

Mrs. Otwell was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Paul Cartwright; and one sister, Nancy Horner.

Manuel L. Vozza

EUNICE - Services for Manuel L. Vozza of Eunice are pending under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home of Eunice.

Mr. Vozza, 49, died Thursday, July 5, in Eunice. He was born June 22, 1952, in Clifton, Ariz.

He is survived by his wife, Alva Vozza, of the home; his mother, Maria Lopez Vozza of Clifton; one son, Tony Vozza of Eunice; one daughter, Aztrid Vozza of Eunice; four sisters, Gloria Armijo of Sheldon, Ariz., Clara Moreno of Tucson, Rosa Martinez of Salaman, Ariz., and Sylvia Smith of Stafford, Ariz.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Ernest Branam Jr.

Services for Ernest Branam Jr. of Hobbs are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.

Mr. Branam, 78, died Thursday, July 5, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born May 6, 1923.

He is survived by his wife, Vera Branam, of the home; and one daughter, Shirley Wheeler of Hobbs.

Jimmye K. Freeman

Graveside services for Jimmye K. Freeman of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving, Texas. Local arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

The body will lie in state in Irving.

Mrs. Freeman, 97, died Wednesday, July 4, at Good Samaritan Village. She was born Jan. 7, 1904, in Royce City, Texas.

Mrs. Freeman was a longtime resident of Irving and a charter member of the city's First Presbyterian Church.

She lived in Hobbs since 1983. She and her sister shared a room at Good Samaritan Village.

Mrs. Freeman is survived by one stepdaughter, Gwen Bennet; one sister, Pearl Kuhns of Hobbs; one niece; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Freeman; five sisters; and one brother.
 
 
 

Edwin W. Simpson

Services for Edwin Wayne Simpson of Hobbs will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Bellvue Baptist Church. The Rev. Bruce Kirby will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens.

Graveside services will be provided by the Lovington Odd Fellow Lodge. The veterans honor guard will be provided by the National Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today, July 6, at the funeral home.

Mr. Simpson, 79, died Wednesday, July 4, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Jan. 19, 1922, in Hico, Texas.

He married Sybil Brown on Nov. 21, 1945, in Carlsbad.

Mr. Simpson was a member of the Lovington Odd Fellow Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.

He was also a member of Bellvue Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, LaNell Himes of Hobbs; one brother, Roy Simpson of Hobbs; and six grandchildren.

Mr. Simpson was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Wayne Simpson; two sisters; and one brother.
 
 
 

Louise Stanfield

Services for Louise Stanfield of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today, July 6, at Immanuel Baptist Church.

The Rev. Jack Lott will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery. She will lie in state from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stanfield, 96, died Wednesday, July 4, at Country Cottage Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Aug. 13, 1904, in Coffman County, Texas.

Mrs. Stanfield was a resident of Hobbs since 1948.

She was a very active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she had been a member for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Stanfield is survived by one son, Russell Stanfield of Hobbs; two grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, T.C. Stanfield, in 1976; one son, Charles Stanfield, in 1994; one grandson; two brothers; and four sisters.

Helen Orr

Cremation has taken place for Helen Orr of Hobbs, under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Orr, 78, died Wednesday, July 4, at her home.

She was born April 12, 1923, in Drum, Okla., to Jim and Opal Thomas. She married Pete Orr on Dec. 6, 1942, in Hobbs.

She worked for attorney Glenn Houston as a legal secretary for many years.

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Luella Turner

Services for Luella Turner of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. J.J. Joiner will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

She will lie in state from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Turner, 89, died Monday, July 2, at Good Samaritan Village. She was born Oct. 4, 1911, in Caldwell, Texas.

Mrs. Turner was a member of St. John Baptist Church. She had lived in Hobbs since 1936. She was a caretaker for many families in Hobbs, having helped raise many children. She enjoyed fishing and baseball games.

Mrs. Turner is survived by one brother, Willie King of Hobbs; one daughter-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and William King; one son, Robert Whitmore; and one sister, Eula Frenchie.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

Gloria A. Noble

Services for Gloria A. Noble of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, at St. John Baptist Church. The Rev. J.J. Joiner will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m.-noon Friday at the funeral home. A wake will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Noble, 60, died Friday, June 29, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born March 27, 1941, in Terrell, Texas. She married William C. Noble on Sept. 26, 1966, in Lovington.

Mrs. Noble attended school in Hobbs and was a member of St. John Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Debra E. Wright, Linda K. Williams and Barbara A. Noble, all of Hobbs; two sons, Jimmy D. Dean and Michael C. Noble, both of Hobbs; her mother, Savada Gipson Dean of Hobbs; three brothers, Wayburn Dean and Wayne Dean, both of Hobbs, and Billie Dean of Terrell; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of family members and friends.

Mrs. Noble was preceded in death by her father, Dessie Dean; one daughter, Diane Brooks; four brothers, Samuel Dean, Dessie Dean Jr., Jesse Dean and Jerry Dean; and one sister, Barbara Ruth Dean.

Jimmye K. Freeman

Funeral services for Jimmye K. Freeman are pending at Griffin Funeral Home.

Ms. Freeman, 97, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Village in Hobbs.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1904.

Immediate survivors include a sister, Pearl Kuhns of Hobbs.

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Zella M. Bowey

Services for Zella M. (Miller) Bowey of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at Chapel of Hope Funeral

Chapel. The Rev. Jimmie Templin of Beaver, Okla., will officiate assisted by the Rev. Tracy Roby.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held today from 1-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bowey, 69, died Sunday, July 1, at Lea Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Meridian, Okla.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Eagles Women's Auxiliary and Women of the Moose, where she received the college of regents degree.

She was affiliated with First Baptist Church of Texola, Okla.

Survivors include her husband, James Bowey, of the home; two sons, Derl DeWayne Miller of Gage, Okla., and Troy Ellis Miller or Hobbs; one daughter, DeLanna Sue Miller of Beaver; a brother, Charles Matthew Hardy of Cooper, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her parents, John and Nora Hardy; one brother; and her first husband, Derl Ray Miller, preceded her in death.

Memorials can be sent to Moose Charities, c/o Moose Heart, International Headquarters, Moose Heart, Ill. 605391182 or the American Heart Association.

Terry D. Ivy

SEMINOLE - Graveside services for Terry Don Ivy of Lubbock will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at the Gaines County Cemetery South. The Rev. Lonny Poe will officiate. Services are under the direction of Boyer Funeral Home of Seminole.

Mr. Ivy, 47, died Sunday, July 1, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Nov. 4, 1953, in Seminole. He married Cathy Cates on Jan. 7, 2000, in Muleshoe.

Mr. Ivy moved to Lubbock from Seminole three years ago. He was a Baptist. He was a self-employed contractor in construction.

Mr. Ivy is survived by his wife; two stepchildren, J. Dee Echolls and Lance Echolls, both of Lubbock; his father, Jimmy Ivy of Seminole; his stepmother, Earline Ivy of Seminole; three brothers, Marty Ivy of Harker Heights, Danny Ivy of Laredo and Paul Ivy of Seminole; two stepbrothers, Bobby Arther of Hobbs and Kenny Arther of Roswell; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Ivy was preceded in death by his mother, Billie Ivy.

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Zella M. Bowey

Services for Zella M. (Miller) Bowey of Hobbs will be held Thursday, July 5, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Jimmie Templin of Beaver, Okla., will officiate assisted by the Rev. Tracy Roby.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held today from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Bowey, 69, died Sunday, July 1, at Lea Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 30, 1932, in Meridian, Okla.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Eagles Women's Auxiliary and Women of the Moose, where she received the college of regents degree.

She was affiliated with First Baptist Church of Texola, Okla.

Survivors include her husband, James Bowey, of the home; two sons, Derl DeWayne Miller of Gage, Okla.; one daughter, DeLanna Sue Miller of Beaver; a brother, Charles Matthew Hardy of Cooper, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her parents, John and Nora Hardy; one brother; and her first husband, Derl Ray Miller, preceded her in death.

Memorials can be sent to Moose Charities, c/o Moose Heart, International Headquarters, Moose Heart, Ill. 60539-1182 or the American Heart Association.

Luella Turner

Services are pending with Griffin Funeral Home for Luella Turner of Hobbs.

Ms. Turner, 89, died Monday, July 2, at Good Samaritan Village.

She was born Oct. 4, 1911.

Ruby O. Poynor

GIG HARBOR, Wash. - Services for former Hobbs resident Ruby Opal Poynor will be held Thursday, July 5, at Haven of Rest Chapel in Gig Harbor under the direction of Haven of Rest funeral home.

Burial will follow at Haven of Rest Memorial Park.

Mrs. Poynor, 88, died Sunday, July 1, in Olympia, Wash. She was born on Aug. 22, 1912, in Paris, Ark.

Mrs. Poynor lived in Hobbs from 1963-1968.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Poynor, of Poulsbo, Wash., and Bobby James Poynor of Towanda, Kan.; a daughter, Wanda Lee Reaves of Tenino, Wash.; three brothers, Harley and Truman Featherson of Fort Smith, Ark.;. and Orval Featherston of Vancouver; three sisters, Helen Mitcheal of Alma, Ark., Lila Sue Short and Nona Bess Gibbs, both of Greenwood, Ark.; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory T. Poynor; two daughters; six grandchildren; one sister; one brother; and her parents.

J.B. Johnson

LUBBOCK - Services for J.B. "Jay" Johnson of Lubbock will be held at 10 a.m. CDT today at the Chapel of Angels Chapel. The Rev. David Wilson will officiate.

Burial will follow in Peaceful Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Chapel of Angels Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died Saturday, June 30, at Covenant Medical Center. He was born May 21, 1922, in Wellington, Texas. He married Deanna Stafford on Nov. 30, 1973, in Clovis.

He attended school in Wellington.

Mr. Johnson served in the Navy during World War II in the SS James McPherson Naval Supply Depot and later on the USS Hobby in the Pacific Theater, earning three stars. He was involved with the Philippine Liberation, earning one star. He was also awarded the Good Conduct Medal.

He owned Jay's Garage in Amarillo in the mid-'50s. He managed Briercroft Conoco Station from 1969-1974. In 1974 he owned and operated Johnson Hay and Grain Transportation Service. He worked for Byers Gin in Seminole hauling baled cotton in 1987 and owned and operated Johnson's Glass Recycling until moving to Lubbock and managing Greenbrier Apartments from 1990 until his retirement in February.

In 1962 he was awarded the "Hobbs Knight of the Road" by Hobbs Truck and Trailer Manufacturing Company. He was a member of VFW Post 6721 of Slaton and the First Christian Church of Hobbs.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, James Johnson of Tulsa, Jay Johnson of Amarillo, Lamar Johnson of Nashville and David Lawson of Chattanooga; one daughter, Arlene McGlone of Norman, Okla.; two brothers, Charles Johnson of Amarillo and Larry Johnson of Holly Lake Farms, Texas; two sisters, Ruby Farrar of Amarillo and Jean Brownlow of Wellington; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions go to the South Plains Ostomy Association or the Southcrest Baptist Church building fund.

Douglas Halkins

Services for Douglas Halkins of Tatum will be held at 2 p.m. today at Smith-Rogers Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Wayne Brazil will officiate.

Burial will follow at Tatum Cemetery.

Mr. Halkins, 66, died Sunday, July 1, at Nor-Lea General Hospital. He was born April 27, 1935, in Mobedy, Texas.

Mr. Halkins was a longtime resident of Tatum.

He is survived by three daughters, Cindy Allstatt of Lovington, Sondra Catlin of The Colony, Texas, and Delores Thompson of Abilene, Texas; two sisters, Alene Halford of Tatum and Jean Dutton of Los Angeles; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Gloria Noble

Services for Gloria Noble of Hobbs are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mrs. Noble, 60, died Friday, June 29, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born March 27, 1941.

She is survived by her husband, Willie Noble.

Celso M. Ramirez

Services for Celso M. Ramirez of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at St. Helena Catholic Church. The Rev. Jose Reyes will officiate.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Visitation will be held from 1-9 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Calvary Memorial Funeral Home. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Ramirez, 69, died Friday, June 29, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Coyame, Chihuahua, Mexico. He married Ofelia Flores.

Mr. Ramirez attended St. Helena Catholic Church. He moved to Hobbs four years ago from El Porvenir, Districto Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico. He worked as a barber for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife of the home; three sons, Ismael Ramirez of El Porvenir and Jesus Ramirez and Ernesto Ramirez, both of Hobbs; three daughters, Rosa Ramirez of Chihuahua and Martha Bueno and Maria Isela Arreola, both of Hobbs; three sisters, Graciela Ramirez Gomez and Esperanza Rivera, both of Albuquerque, and Fedela Fuentes of Odessa; two brothers, Gabino Ramirez of Odessa and Octavio Ramirez of El Paso; two uncles; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Elray Berryhill

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Services for Elray Berryhill of Charleston, formerly of Hobbs, were held at Carolina Memorial Gardens in Charleston. Services were under the direction of Greenridge Road Chapel.

Mrs. Berryhill, 75, died Tuesday, June 12. She was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Brownfield, Texas, to Claude Jackson and Gertrude Waldron Jackson. She was a retired banking loan processor and a graduate of Hobbs High School.

Mrs. Berryhill lived in Hobbs for about 60 years, moving to South Carolina 10 years ago. While in Hobbs she worked at First National Bank and ICX.

She is survived by a daughter, Debbie B. Beach of North Charleston, S.C.; a son, Don Berryhill of Espanola; two brothers, Roy W. Jackson of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Claude Jackson Jr. of Woodland, Wash.; one sister, Margaret Callis of Houston; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Shelby D. Crossland

Services for Shelby Don Crossland of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today at New Life Fellowship Church. The Rev. Jerry Phillips will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 8 a.m.-noon today.

Shelby, 5, died Thursday, June 27, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born June 14, 1996, in Hobbs.

She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Carol Crossland of Hobbs; one sister, Kelsey Lee Crossland of Hobbs; her paternal grandmother, Bonnie Crossland of Hobbs; her maternal grandmother, Doris McCrummen of Hobbs; and several aunts and uncles.

Shelby was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, her paternal grandfather and two uncles.

Melbourne C. King

LOVINGTON - Services for Melbourne C. King of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 2, at First Presbyterian Church of Lovington. The Rev. Lewis Wilkins will officiate. Services are under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at 4 p.m. Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland.

Mr. King, 85, died Thursday, June 28, at his home. He was born Feb. 25, 1916, in Oklahoma. He married Jerry Withrow Coffman on April 16, 1983, in Lovington.

Mr. King was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Phillips Petroleum after 34 years.

Mr. King is survived by his wife of Lovington; a daughter, Carol Jean Howell of Franklin, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Chaney Cay Rogers of Lovington; a stepson, Chris Coffman of Pottsboro, Texas; a brother, Jay King of College Station, Texas; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be sent to VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur, Hobbs, N.M. 88240; or First Presbyterian Church, 105 N. Second, Lovington, N.M. 88260.

Jayrmyah Blake

Services for Jayrmyah Blake of Hobbs are pending with Bethany Funeral Home.

The 2-month-old infant died Thursday, June 28, at Lea Regional Medical Center.

Visitation will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at the funeral home.

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Shelby D. Crossland

Services for Shelby Don Crossland of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at New Life Fellowship Church. The Rev. Jerry Phillips will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Shelby, 5, died Thursday, June 27, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born June 14, 1996, in Hobbs.

Shelby would have been attending Stone Elementary School as a kindergarten student.

She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Carol Crossland of Hobbs; one sister, Kelsey Lee Crossland of Hobbs; her maternal grandmother, Bonnie Crossland of Hobbs; her paternal grandmother, Doris McCrummen of Hobbs; and several aunts and uncles.

Shelby was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, her paternal grandfather and two uncles.

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Connie Walstad

Services for Connie Walstad of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at First Methodist Church. The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today and from 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Walstad, 83, died Tuesday, June 26, in Hobbs. She was born Feb. 17, 1918, in Paragould, Ark. She married Jack Walstad on Jan. 10, 1948.

Mrs. Walstad was a nationally recognized artist with works in many private and public collections. She worked in watercolors, acrylic and mixed media in her portrayal of contemporary realism. She and her husband moved to Hobbs in 1954.

Mrs. Walstad is survived by her husband of the home; one son, Mike Walstad of Ruidoso; two daughters, Diane Murrell of Oklahoma City and Martha Livingston of Houston; 10 grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Walstad was preceded in death by one son, Bill Cannon; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions may be sent to First United Methodist Church fund.

Alexandra M. Savage Nix

Graveside services for Alexandra McKay Savage Nix of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. today at Babyland in Prairie Haven Cemetery. The Rev. Alfred Alexander will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

The infant was born and died Tuesday, June 26, at Lea Regional Medical Center.

She is survived by her mother, Lashondra Savage of Hobbs; her father, Michael Hodge of Hobbs; one brother, Michael A. Hodge Jr.; one sister, AaLiyah Hodge; her maternal grandparents, Leon and Joanne Nix of Hobbs; her paternal grandparents, Ernest and Verna Jean Hodge of Hobbs; and several cousins.

Angel J. Herrera-Cofer

Graveside services for Angel Joel Herrera-Cofer will be held at 3 p.m. today at Babyland in Prairie Haven Cemetery. The Rev. LaVoid Ford will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

The infant was born and died Thursday, June 27, in Hobbs.

He is survived by his father, Chris H. Cofer of Hobbs; his mother, Stefani M. Herrera-Cofer of Hobbs; three brothers, Joseph Herrera, Nathan Herrera and Lawrence Herrera, all of Hobbs; one sister, Alyssabeth Herrera-Cofer of Hobbs; his maternal grandmother, Angie Herrera of Hobbs; his paternal grandparents, Victor and Mary Reza of Hobbs; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Angel was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Vincent Herrera; and his paternal grandmother, Nancy Cofer.

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Thelma Bigham

Services for former Hobbs resident Thelma Bigham of Bosque Farms will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at Northside Baptist Church. Lowell Dean Skaggs and Lanny Neal Spruill, nephews of Mrs. Bigham, will officiate.

Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 1-8 p.m. today and from 8-9 a.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Bigham, 85, died Saturday, June 23, in Bosque Farms. She was born Feb. 22, 1916, in Rock Bluff, Texas. She married Glennis Bigham on Nov. 26, 1937, in Rock Bluff. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bigham was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms.

She moved to Hobbs in 1947 and was a member of Northside Baptist Church from the 1960s until she moved to Bosque Farms.

Survivors include one son, Earl Bigham of Hobbs; one daughter, Ann Ford of Bosque Farms; best friend Loraine Brewer of Hobbs; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bigham was also preceded in death by two daughters, Carolynn Kay and Sheila Darlynn; five brothers, B.B. Skaggs, Stanley Skaggs, Bill Skaggs, Elmer Skaggs and G.E. "Bud" Skaggs; three sisters, Jewel Grisham, Pearl Spruill and Lillian Thornton; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or Portales Baptist Children's Home.

Reymunea Bailey

LOVINGTON - Services for Raymunea "Rae" Bailey will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The Rev. Leopold Gleissner will officiate.

Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bailey, 60, died Sunday, June 24, at Nor-Lea Hospital in Lovington. She was born Jan. 7, 1941, in Chupadera, Mexico. She married Russell Charles Bailey on May 11, 1975, in Carlsbad. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bailey was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mrs. Bailey is survived by three sons, Frank Gonzales of Dallas and Eddie Bailey and Charles Rick Bailey, both of Carlsbad; one daughter, Teresa Zacniewski of Lovington; three sisters, Anita Palma and Corina Leyva, both of Lovington, and Dorothy Reyna of Elk City, Okla.; one brother, Miguel Medina of Lovington; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Bailey was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister

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Ruth Woollard 

CARLSBAD - Services for Ruth J. Woollard of Carlsbad were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Kingsley Cemetery in Kingsley, Iowa, under the direction of Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.

The Rev. Paul Evans of Kingsley United Methodist Church officiated.

Mrs. Kingsley, 97, died Sunday, June 17, at Landsun Health Service Center. She was born Sept. 6, 1903 in Chicago.

She married James F. Wollard on Oct. 11, 1926 in Mott, Iowa.

Mrs. Wollard was active in teh Kingsley Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Robert Wollard of Lovington; a daughter, Elaine Hefner of Carlsbad; a sister, Ann Croker of Detroit; two grandsons; a granddaughter; a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Wollard's husband, James F. Wollard; a brother, Joseph M. Kolkema; and a sister, Mary Thomas preceded her in death.

Thelma Bigham

Services for Thelma Bigham of Albuquerque are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bigham, 85, died Saturday, June 23, in Bosque Farms. She was born Feb., 22, 1916 in Texas.

Mrs. Griffin is survived by a son, Earl Bigham of Hobbs, and a daughter, Ann Ford of Bosque Farms.

Aurora R. Pena

Funeral Mass for Aurora R. Peña of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Helena Catholic Church under the direction of Calvary Memorial Funeral Home.

Father Pedro Valdez of Our Lady of Guadalupe will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m.-noon today at Calvary Memorial Funeral Home.

Mrs. Peña, 54, died Sunday, June 24, at Good Samaritan Village in Hobbs. She was born Dec., 2, 1946, in Carlsbad.

Mrs. Peña moved to Hobbs from Charlotte, Texas. She was of the Catholic faith.

Mrs. Peña was preceded in death by her father, Pablo Peña in 1979.

She is survived by her mother, Agustina Peña of Hobbs; a sister, Gracie Sosa of Hobbs; five brothers, Tony Peña of Dulce, Oscar Peña of Denver City, and Pablo Jr., Xavier and Henry Peña, all of Hobbs; two aunts; an uncle; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to VistaCare Family Hospice.

John Henry Dukeminier 

Graveside services for John Henry Dukeminier of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rice Cemetery in Rice, Texas, under the direction of Corley Funeral Home.

The Rev. Larry Thompson will officiate.

Dukeminier, 88, died Sunday, June 24, in Hobbs. He was born Jan. 22, 1913 in Rice.

Mr. Dukeminier was a member of First Baptist Church in Hobbs and the Disabled American Veterans. He was employed as a courier.

Mr. Dukeminier is survived by his wife, Esther Mae Dukeminier of Hobbs; a daughter, Gina Menefee of Weatherford; a grandson; two step-grandson; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; three great-granddaughters; and two cousins.

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Charlotte F. Drennan

Services for Charlotte F. Drennan of Hobbs will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 25, at First Presbyterian Church in Hobbs. Lewis Wilkens will officiate.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery.

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

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Drennan, 73, died Thursday, June 21, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Canyon, Texas. She married Calvin "Ozzie" Drennan on Sept. 30, 1956, in Hobbs. He preceded her in death in 1989.

Mrs. Drennan and her husband owned Drennan Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. in Hobbs for 43 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for 50 years.

During World War II, she was a member of the USO at the U.S. Army Air Field in Hobbs.

Mrs. Drennan is survived by one son, Brett Drennan of Hobbs; one daughter, Kathleen Drennan of Hobbs; one sister, Elaine Cecil of Hobbs; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Drennan was also preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Myrtle Fogerson; and one brother, Russell B. Fogerson.

Leon Edmond

Graveside services for Leon Edmond of Hobbs, and formerly of Amarillo, will be held at noon Monday, June 25, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Amarillo. The Rev. J.W. Cook will officiate. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the funeral home.

Mr. Edmond, 82, died Thursday, June 21, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 8, 1918, in Lone Oak, Texas. He married Betty Jane Edmond. She preceded him in death in March 1995.

Mr. Edmond lived in Amarillo for 50 years and in Hobbs for two years. He was a member of the teacher retirement system and a greyhound racing trainer.

Mr. Edmond served in the U.S. Army from 1942-45, landing with Gen. MacArthur in Italy and serving there for 11 months.

He is survived by a host of nephews and nieces, and many friends.

Mr. Edmond was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Robbie Hughes; one nephew; and three nieces.

6/22

Leon Edmond

Services for Leon Edmond of Hobbs are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mr. Edmond, 82, died Thursday, June 21, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 8, 1918, in Lone Oaks, Texas.

Mr. Edmond is survived by one nephew and five nieces.

Mary L. Westwood

LOVINGTON - Memorial services for Mary Louise Westwood will be held at a later date under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home. Cremation will take place.

Mrs. Westwood, 84, died Thursday, June 21, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1917, in Newcastle, Colo. She married James Valgean Westwood.

He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Westwood was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by one son, James Robert Westwood of Moab, Utah; two daughters, Norma Vejil of Lovington and Debra Horonzy of Iberia, Mo.; one sister, Irene Wilcox of Green River, Utah; two brothers, Lyle Davis of Moab and Raymond Davis of Colorado; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

6/21

Ann Erwin

Services for Ann Erwin, 58, of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Prairie Haven Chapel. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will conduct the services, and burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Erwin died Saturday, June 16, at her home.

Mrs. Erwin was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Dallas.

She married Ed Erwin in March 1962 in Rockwell.

Mrs. Erwin was raised and educated in Gainesville, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Erwin was also a Realtor, having worked for First Equity and Professional Management Realty. She was past president and held many offices with the State Board of Realtors. She was also active in the Cancer Support Group.

Mrs. Erwin is survived by her husband of the home; her daughter, Lisa Fields, of Hobbs; a brother, Lamar Curtis Perry, of Tennessee; a sister, Lynn McCaulley, of Killeen, Texas; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and cousins.

Mrs. Erwin was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judith Thomas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur, Hobbs, N.M. 88240, or the Humane Society.
 
 

Bobby R. Kincaid Jr.

LONGVIEW, Texas - Services for Bobby Ray Kincaid Jr. of Longview will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Longview. Dale Stone will officiate.

Burial will follow in New White Oak Cemetery.

Mr. Kincaid, 33, died Sunday, June 17. He was born Feb. 9, 1968, in Amarillo.

Mr. Kincaid was a graduate of Littlefield High School and was a truck driver for Zia Transport. He was a loving husband and daddy and a blessing to everyone's life he touched.

Mr. Kincaid is survived by his wife, Melissa Kincaid, of eight years; four sons, Brandon Kincaid, Sheldon Gray and Taylon Kincaid, all of Hobbs, and Justin Kincaid of Round Rock; one daughter, Shannon Kincaid of Hobbs; his father, Bobby Ray Kincaid Sr. of Hobbs; stepfather, Norman Brumm of Amarillo; three sisters, Lori Wilson of Wister, Okla., Cathi Kincaid and Angel Kincaid, both of Littlefield; two stepbrothers, Cliff Solley and Richard Gocher; three stepsisters, Christine Harris, Cherrie Schlosser and Carrie Schlosser, all of Littlefield; grandfather, Sid Perry of Dumas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Kincaid was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Brumm; one brother, Terry Kincaid; and one stepbrother, Gary Brumm, all of Amarillo.

L.L. "Buster" Boulter

DENVER CITY - Services for L.L. "Buster" Boulter of Denver City will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Denver City Church of Christ. Skip Rodgers will officiate.

Burial will follow in Denver City Memorial Park under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home.

Mr. Boulter, 83, died Wednesday, June 20, at the Canterbury Villa Nursing Home in Denver City. He was born June 12, 1918, in Healdton, Okla. He married Mutt Boulter on Nov. 12, 1944, in Birmingham, Ark. She preceded him in death on March 8, 1999.

Mr. Boulter served in the Air Force in Africa during World War II. He moved to Denver City in 1937 and lived there until 1949, when he moved to Hobbs. He moved back to Denver City in 1957. He was a charter member of the Denver City Fire Department.

Mr. Boulter owned and operated Boulter Tire & Service from 1957-1964. He owned and operated North Main Grocery Store and Pick-N-Pay Grocery in Plains. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. Boulter is survived by one son, Dale Boulter of Denver City; two brothers, Dee Boulter of Borger and Bob Boulter of Oklahoma City; one sister, Gene Shaw of Albuquerque; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Elidia M. Valdez

DOUGLAS, Wyo. - Services for Elidia M. Valdez of Douglas will be held at 10 a.m. today at Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas. The Rev. Andrew Duncan will officiate. Services are under the direction of Converse Funeral Chapel.

Burial will follow in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Valdez, 83, died Monday, June 18, at Michael Manor in Douglas. She was born May 5, 1918, on the Pagosa Reservation near Pagosa Springs, Colo., to Miguel and Lazareth "Vigil" Gurule. She married Rosendo "Pete" Valdez on Aug. 15, 1935, in Douglas. He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1971.

During World War II she held dual employment, working for the government as a seamstress, repairing officer uniforms and tents, and as a nurse's aide at the interment camps that housed the Japanese Americans, just outside of the Douglas city limits.

Mrs. Valdez also was employed with Peggy Joss for 25 years, and was a housekeeper for the Rev. Farren of Saint James Catholic Church. She ended her working career with The Green Thumb program, where she was an assistant with the Douglas Schools. She made her home in Hobbs for a few years, living with her daughter and son-in-law, Bill and Vicki Allen of Hobbs.

Mrs. Valdez was an active and past officer of the original Townsend Club, where she was known as the last surviving member. She was also active with Converse County Democrats, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Douglas Senior Citizens, the Guadalupe Society and the Hobbs Senior Citizens Center. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the March of Dimes, and lifelong member of Saint James Catholic Church.

Mrs. Valdez is survived by five sons, Michael Valdez of Oceanside, Calif., Raymond Valdez of Hopkinsville, Ky., Nick Valdez and Cisco Valdez, both of Douglas, and Richard Valdez of Casper, Wyo.; two daughters, Maria Sierocki of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Victoria Valdez-Allen of Hobbs; 25 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and many friends who loved her.

Mrs. Valdez was also preceded in death by her parents; one son; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; seven sisters; and seven brothers.

6/20

Billie Cadenhead Smith

Services for Billie Cadenhead Smith of Hobbs, and formerly of Fort Stockton, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Jim Lacy will officiate.

Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Cremation will take place. The cremains will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.

Mrs. Smith, 77, died Sunday, June 17, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1923, in Carnegie, Okla. She married Harold F. Smith in April 1947 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Mrs. Smith graduated from Wichita Falls High School and attended Howard Payne University. She was employed by the state of New Mexico as a social worker from 1956-1968.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of Fort Stockton; one daughter, Vicky Gann of Hobbs; one grandson; a nephew and a niece.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stephen Charles Smith; and one brother, Lloyd L. Cadenhead.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the attention of Cc Nelson, New Mexico Junior College Foundation, 5317 Lovington Highway, Hobbs, N.M. 88240.
 
 

Leona M. Thomas

DENVER CITY - Services for Leona Mae Thomas of Junction, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Denver City Memorial Park. The Rev. Darren Skinner will officiate.

Burial will follow under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Homes.

Mrs. Thomas, 88, died Tuesday, June 19, in Junction. She was born Feb. 25, 1913, in Sagerton, Texas. She married Orlando P. Thomas on Oct. 2, 1937, in Lubbock. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 1998.

Mrs. Thomas started teaching for the Hobbs School District in 1952 and retired in 1976. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Methodist Church.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by one daughter, Jan Alexander of Junction; one sister, Lillian Barry of Redlands, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Allie Parks

Memorial services for Allie Parks of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at St. John Baptist Church. The Rev. J.J. Joiner will officiate.

Mrs. Parks, 68, died Saturday, June 16, in Hobbs. She was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Chilton, Texas. She married George Parks in Hobbs. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Parks is survived by two sons, La Traia Jones of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Darron Burkley of Hobbs; one sister, Carrie Washington of Winchester, Va.; and one brother, Elmer Cummings Jr. of Houston.

Mrs. Parks was also preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ella Cummings; and three sisters, Stella Mae Pierson, Willie Mae Zeno and Iva Royal.
 
 

Ida M. Hines Pickering

LOVINGTON - Graveside services for Ida May Hines Pickering of Cortez, Colo., and formerly of Tatum, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Tatum Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Brazil will officiate.

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

Mrs. Hines Pickering, 86, died Tuesday, June 19, in Cortez. She was born Feb. 14, 1915, in Kiowa, Okla.

She married James Hines on Nov. 7, 1930, in Gore, Okla. He preceded her in death in 1967. She later married Russell Pickering, who also preceded her in death.

She was a member of Tatum First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hines Pickering is survived by two daughters, Nadine Stephenson of Yuba City, Calif., and Edith English of Cortez; one stepdaughter, Roetta Keever of Roswell; two stepsons, Robbie Pickering of Amarillo, Texas, and Jimmy Pickering of Lovington; one brother, Robert Franklin of Fayetteville, Ark.; three sisters, Dorma Lee Sanders of Springfield, Miss., Cora Bell Amert and Betty Ruth Ivey, both of Modesto, Calif.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren.
 
 

Josefa Acosta

LOVINGTON - Services for Josefa Acosta of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Thomas Catholic Church. The Rev. Leopold Gleissner will officiate.

Burial will follow at Lovington Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.

Mrs. Acosta, 93, died Monday, June 18, at her home. She was born Jan. 19, 1908.

Mrs. Acosta is survived by her husband of 75 years, Antonio; two sons, Carlos Acosta of Santa Teresa and Jose Acosta of Hobbs; four daughters, Rita Rodriguez and Gavina Gonzales, both of Lovington, Juana Castillo of Hobbs and Marcela Jasso of Monahans, Texas; 30 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Acosta was preceded in death by her son, Manuel Acosta.

6/19

Ann Erwin

Services for Ann Erwin, 58, of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Prairie Haven Chapel. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

The Rev. J. Gorton Smith will conduct the services, and burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Mrs. Erwin died Saturday, June 16, at her home.

Mrs. Erwin was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Dallas.

She married Ed Erwin in March 1962 in Rockwell.

Mrs. Erwin was raised and educated in Gainesville, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Erwin was also a Realtor, having worked for First Equity and Professional Management Realty. She was past president and held many offices with the State Board of Realtors. She was also active in the Cancer Support Group.

Mrs. Erwin is survived by her husband of the home; her daughter, Lisa Fields, of Hobbs; a brother, Lamar Curtis Perry, of Tennessee; a sister, Lynn McCaulley, of Killeen, Texas; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and cousins.

Mrs. Erwin was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judith Thomas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur, Hobbs, N.M. 88240, or the Humane Society.

Rhonda M. Valdez

ROWLETT, Texas - Services for Rhonda Marie Valdez will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rowlett with the Rev. Robert Crisp officiating. Services are under the direction of Rest Haven Funeral Home of Rowlett.

Mrs. Valdez, 38, died Friday, June 15.

She was born July 2, 1962, in Hobbs to Kenneth and Deron McPeters.

Mrs. Valdez is survived by her husband, Jon M. Valdez; her father, Kenneth McPeters of Hobbs; three children, Michael, David and Emily Valdez, all of Rowlett; a sister, Yvonne Tabb of Garland, Texas; and a brother, Raoul McPeters, of Hobbs.

The family will welcome friends at a Night of Remembrance service tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice, 5001 LBJ Freeway., Suite 1050, Dallas, Texas, 75244, or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.

Billie C. Smith

Services for Billie Cadenhead Smith, 77, are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith died Sunday, June 17, at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 25, 1923, in Carnegie, Okla.

She is survived by her husband, Harold F. Smith, of Fort Stockton, Texas; a daughter, Vicky Gann, of Hobbs; a grandson; and a niece and a nephew.

Allie Parks

Services for Allie Parks, 63, of Hobbs are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.

Ms. Parks died Saturday at her home in Hobbs. She was born Oct. 20, 1937.

She is survived by her son, Darron Brukley of Hobbs.

6/18

Daphne Ditto

Services for Daphne Ditto of Hobbs will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Taylor Street Church of Christ. Eli Borden, Mal Shakra, Jim Powell, Stan Samuels and Ron Matthews will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.

Ms. Ditto, 16, died Tuesday, June 19, in Lubbock. She was born July 3, 1984, in Hobbs.

Ms. Ditto is survived by her parents, Vaughn and Candy Ditto; one sister, Serena Cooksey of Hobbs; one brother, Haydn Ditto of Lubbock; one niece and one nephew.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Daphne Ditto Memorial Fund, in care of American Bank of Commerce, Highway 62-82, Wolfforth, Texas 79382.

Betty S. Reeves

Services for Betty Sue Reeves of Floydada, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, at First Assembly of God in Floydada, with the Rev. Vance Mitchell officiating and the Rev. Henry Russell of Trinity Church assisting.

Burial will follow in Floydada Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Moore-Rose-White Funeral Home of Floydada.

Miss Reeves died Saturday, June 16, at Floydada Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was 52, born Feb. 11, 1949, in Floydada.

Miss Reeves attended school in Floydada and was a member of the First Assembly of God.

She is survived by her mother, Irene Reeves of Floydada; three brothers, Jerry Reeves of Alliance, Neb., Terry Reeves of Slaton, Texas, and Mike Reeves of Floydada; three sisters, Joanne Smith of Floydada, Jeannette Nance of Elk City, Okla., and Dolores Ayers of Hobbs; 8 nephews and 6 nieces.

Naomi Turner

Services for Naomi Turner of Hobbs will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Leon Green and the Rev. Elio Barrios will officiate. Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 2-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Turner, 68, died Thursday, June 14, in Hobbs. She was born Oct. 12, 1932, in Holdenville, Okla.

Mrs. Turner moved from Michigan to Hobbs in 1944. She took care of her husband, Clifford Turner, to the best of her ability for many years before he died in January.

Mrs. Turner worked in the theater, Furr's and as a nurse's aid. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening.

Mrs. Turner is survived by two stepsons, Rusty Turner and Mitchell Turner; four stepdaughters, Lavada Fulcher, Valerie Clark, Balita Brown and Lana Haddox; two brothers; four sisters; and many stepgrandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to VistaCare Family Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur, Hobbs, N.M. 88240.

Jesus Rivera

LOVINGTON - Services for Jesus Rivera of Lovington will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Services are under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home of Lovington.

Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mr. Rivera, 67, died Friday, June 15, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1933, in Zacatas, Mexico. He married Carmen Cervantes on Sept. 25, 1982, in Mexico.

He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church.

Mr. Rivera is survived by his wife of Lovington; two sons, Gustavo Rivera of Borger, Texas, and Ruben Rivera of Lovington; four daughters, Alicia Bartholic, Letecia Rivera and Manuela Rivera, all of Lovington, and Lucy Negrete of El Paso; one brother, Juan Rivera of El Paso; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Ada Alice Patton

ARTESIA - Services for Ada Alice Patton of Artesia are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 1-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 18, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.

Mrs. Patton, 93, died Saturday, June 16, at Artesia General Hospital. She was born Jan. 6, 1908, in Foreman, Ark.

Mrs. Patton is survived by her daughter-in-law, Inez Patton of Hobbs.

Ann Erwin

Services for Ann Erwin of Hobbs are pending with Griffin Funeral Home.

Mrs. Erwin, 58, died Saturday, June 16, at her home. She was born Feb. 6, 1943.

Mrs. Erwin is survived by her husband, Ed Erwin, of the home.


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