Farwell town folk recognize 100-year anniversary

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The story of how Farwell was founded nearly 100 years ago really begins in Chicago. That’s where two merchandising brothers took up an offer from the state of Texas to build a new capitol building in Austin, and where the transformation of the western Panhandle began. In September, the […]

Bolin, Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth Bolin Services: Have been held. Mary Elizabeth Bolin, 91, of Clovis, died April 10, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born July 12, 1913, in Portales, to Charles Franklin and Minnie Belle Riley Stephenson. She married Joseph Randolph Bolin on July 1, 1929 in Portales. She was a retired housekeeper. […]

Edens, Henry

Henry Edens Services: Have been held Mr. Henry “Bill” Edens, 89, of Clovis, on Friday, April 8, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 24, 1915, in Somervell County, Texas, to Henry B. and Lela V. Umphress Edens. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; Betty June […]

Nance, John

John Nance Services: have been held. John B. Nance, 79, of Farwell, Texas, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Muleshoe Area Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 17, 1926, in Jarrell, Texas, to Will and Helen Nance. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Velma Nance; and six brothers, Hanslee, Oleary, […]

Hammond, Margie

Margie Hammond Services: Have been held. Mrs. Margie Prather Hammond, 77, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at her home. She was born on May 5, 1927, in Crowell, Texas, to Jack and Bonnie Prather. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mildred Cornelious; and two brothers, “Pecos” and […]

Revived Big Brothers Big Sisters program unites children with mentors

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Kendall Christinson, 12, of Clovis plays a video game with his Big Brother partner Charles Murrell on Wednesday at Murrell’s home in Clovis. Christinson hopes to one day join the Air Force. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ correspondent Charles Murrell has been all over the world and never made a friendship […]

Danforth , Kurtis L.

Services: Have been held. Kurtis L. Danforth, 42, of Matamoras, Pa., died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Ocala Hospital in Ocala, Fla. He was born Dec. 25, 1962, in Portales to Gerald and Diana Caywood Danforth. He owned Danforth Contracting and was an 18-year resident of the Matamoras area. Survivors include his wife, Karen M. […]

Riley, Ruby

Services: Have been held. Ruby Riley, 74, of Muleshoe, died Friday March 4, 2005, at Parkview Retirement Home in Muleshoe. She was born on March 15, 1930, in Portales, to Mary and J.W. Terry. She was born and raised west of Portales. She married Fred L. Riley on May 4, 1947, in Arch. They made […]

Anaya, Frances

Services: have been held. Frances Anaya, 84, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at her home. She was born on May 11, 1920, in Alamo, to Abran and Cesaria Madril Griego. She was a homemaker. She volunteered as a nurse’s aide at the Clovis Memorial Hospital. Family members said she was a rare person who could […]

Fox, Tom

Tom Fox Services: Have been held. Mr. Tom Fox, 84, of Cleburne, Texas, died Thursday, February 3, 2005, at his residence. He was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Graham, Okla., to Mattie and Harburn R. Fox. He attended school in Eric, Okla. He entered the U.S. Army and served in the medical corps during World […]

Riley, Patrick Fred

Patrick Fred Riley Services: Have been held. Patrick Fred Riley, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, in Irving, Texas. He was born Feb. 9, 1921, in Big Springs, Texas, to Jerry Scott Sr. and Ima Orene Walker Riley. He married Jean Hancock on Jan. 31, 1953, in Weatherford, Texas. He was preceded in death by […]

Morris, Vivian

Vivian R. Morris, 99, of Muleshoe, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at Park View Nursing Home in Muleshoe. She was born on Feb. 26, 1905, in McLennan County, Texas, to Charlie and Mary Jane Wortham. She married Scott Morris in Portales on Dec. 26, 1926. She moved to Muleshoe in 1926 from Roosevelt County. She […]

Smith, Mary O.

Mary O. Smith Services: Have been held. Mary O. Smith, 89, of Santa Fe, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. She was born on July 18, 1915, in Truchas, to Marguerita and Joseph Smith. She grew up in Santa Fe, where she attended school. Due to her mother’s death […]

Colson, Eck

Eck Colson Services: Have been held. Mr. Eck Colson, 76, of Clovis, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Willie Grove, Tenn., to James and Vera Colson. He moved to Clovis from Tennessee in 1952. He married Lavern Barker on July 16, 1969, in […]

Ackley, Thomas

Thomas Ackley Services: No services have been held. Mr. Thomas Daniel Ackley, 39, of Clovis, died Dec. 17, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on June 24, 1965, at Clark Air Force Base in the Phillipine Islands, to Donovan D. and Mitsue Ackley. He married Mary Hazelton on Aug. 17, 1990, […]

Meadors, J.E.

J.E. Meadors Services:Have been held. Mr. J.E. Meadors, 85, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on March 15, 1919, in Mart, Texas, to Lee and H.T. Meadors. He grew up in the Waco, Texas area near Elk, Texas. He served during World War II in […]

Cooper, Bonnie

Bonnie Cooper Services: Have been held. Bonnie Marie Cooper, 76, of Cathedral City, Calif., died Friday Oct. 22, 2004, in Palm Desert, Calif. She was born on June 14, 1928, in Rotan, Texas, to Samuel and Addie Cook. She moved to Portales at an early age. She graduated from Portales High School in 1948. She […]

Rogers, Woodrow

Woodrow Rogers Services: Have been held. Woodrow Wilson Rogers Jr., 72, of Crawfordville, Ind., formerly of Melrose, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. He was born on Feb. 8, 1932, in Melrose, to Woodrow Wilson Sr. and Pauline Rogers. He worked on the L.L. ranch southwest of Melrose before joining the Army during the Korean war. […]

Scarbrough, Lola

Lola Scarbrough Services: Have been held. Lola Belle Scarbrough, 86, of Melrose, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2004, at Lubbock Heart Hospital. She was born on Dec. 9, 1917, in Melrose, to early-day Melrose settlers, N.A. “Shorty” and Rose Etta Kennedy. She was a lifetime resident of Melrose, where she was a member of First Baptist […]

Ward, Bill

Bill Ward Services: Have been held. Mr. Bill Ward, 52, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 9, 1952, in Ruidoso, to Jessie and John H. Ward. He grew up in Ruidoso. He was living in Central Valley, Calif. when he graduated from high school. He returned […]