Newman, Odis

Services: Have been held.

Mr. Odis Newman, 70, of Portales, died Thursday, March 3, 2005.

He was born on April 15, 1934, in Lyndsey, Okla., to Lilly and Ovid Newman.

He moved to New Mexico as a boy and attended school in Grady. He married Doris Jackson on Nov. 7, 1953. Not long after they were married, the telephone company transferred him from Portales to Farmington. In 1957, they returned to Portales to join his father in establishing Valley Electric. He retired in 1996. Family members said he enjoyed playing dominos and marbles the Senior Citizens Center, eating breakfast with his friends at McDonalds, and fishing at Conchas Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leroy Newman; a sister, Foy Vandiver; and a son, Lloyd Newman.

Survivors include a daughter, Vickie Dixon (and husband, Stanley) of Arch; two grandchildren, Dana Dixon of Lubbock and Dustin Dixon of Clovis; two great-grandchildren, Pecos and Pryce Dixon, both of Portales; a brother, Gene Newman of Clovis; three sisters, Ermalee Shoemake of Mt. Vernon, Texas, Mary Ellen Kirby of Georgia and Donna Switzer of Portales.

The Rev. Tony Reynolds and Scott Reeves will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dallas Jones, Cody and Tanner White, Darwin Billingsley, Stan Harrison and David Sanders. 

Honorary pallbearers are all of his friends from Portales Senior Citizens and the Breakfast group from McDonalds.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.