Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Elida Baptist Church
Mr. Monroe Gilmore, 88, of Portales, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care in Portales.
He was born on Aug. 28, 1915, in Girard, Texas, to Gertrude and Earnest Perry Gilmore.
He went to school at Wellman, Texas. He graduated from high school in Brownfield, Texas, in 1935. He married Opal Hight on Dec. 30, 1939, in Brownfield. They moved to Floyd in 1945. In 1957 they bought their farm in Elida where he ran a dairy and crop farm. Family members said he was an avid sports fan all of his life. He enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in sporting events. He also played the fiddle and was an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and also by a sister, Gladys Bagwell.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jim Gilmore (and wife, Teresa) of Chouteau, Okla., and Joe Gilmore (Sharon) of Elida; two daughters, Vernell Powell of Elida and Vickie Thurman of Midland, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack Gilmore of Conchas Lake; and a sister, Faye Henry of Portales.
The Rev. Herb Gage will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Elida Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Billy Powell, Chad Thurman, Dewayne “Booger” Thurman and Kevin, Cody and Wesley Gilmore.
Honorary pallbearers will be L. D. Hays, Gary Cater, Ronald and Fred Anthony, Joe Smith, Charles Good, A. T. King, Ron Nuewart, Newell Williams, Buster Jones, Wimp Fine, Billy Frank Good and Adam and John D. Anthony.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elida Booster Club, c/o Rev. Herb Gage, P. O. Box 184, Elida 88116.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.