Services: Have been held.
Mr. J.E. “Jake” O’Neal, 94, of Portales, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born on April 1, 1910, in Menard, Texas, to Ethel and John O’Neal.
He grew up in Lamesa, Texas, where he attended school and helped his father work on the farm. He lived in Plainview, Texas, for a number of years, but spent most of his life in Roosevelt County working as a painter. He had lived for a short time in Baker, Ore. before returning to Portales in 1999. Family members said he was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending the Portales Senior Citizens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wenonah Parks O’Neal; a son, Johnny O’Neal; two brothers, Richard “Pete” and Albert O’Neal; and two sisters, Edrie Killion and Lottie Johnson.
Survivors include a granddaughter, Kim O’Neal of Baker, Ore.; two sisters, Laverne Victor (and husband, Kenneth) of Portales and Margaret White (N.C.) of Fresno, Calif.; and a brother, J.F. “Bud” O’Neal (Ann) of Lovington.
Leroy Thomas will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.