Former area resident dies in Afghanistan

Freedom Newspapers Jaime Garza said his son wanted to be in the military since he was youngster growing up in Portales watching planes take off from Cannon Air Force Base. Army Pfc. Damian Garza, 19, of Odessa, Texas, died Thursday in Afghanistan after his vehicle slid off the road into a river near Jalalabad. It […]

Southard, James

James Southard Services: Have been held. Mr. James Pierce “Jim” Southard, 70, of Kenna, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. He was born on Aug. 30, 1934, on the family ranch in Kenna, to Frank and Kathleen McDowell Southard. He spent most of as a cattle rancher. In 1977, he […]

Lopez Sr., Fidel

Fidel Lopez Sr. Services:Have been held. Fidel Lopez Sr., 75, of Portales, died July 12, 2005, at his home. He was born on April 24, 1930, in Sanderson, Texas, to Priciliana and Ramon Lopez. He moved to Pecos, Texas, as a boy. In 1959 he moved to Portales to make his home. On Nov. 2, […]

Zamora, Ann

Ann Zamora Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ann Zamora, 96, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 26, 2005, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born Jan. 11, 1909, at Pintada, to Juan and Amellia Padilla. Ann loved having relatives over to visit. She also enjoyed watching TV and reading the Bible. She always kept herself […]

Powell, Evelyn

Evelyn Powell Services: Have been held. Mrs. Evelyn Powell, 88, of Portales, died Friday, June 17, 2005, at Laurel Plains Nursing Center in Clovis. She was born on Sept. 27, 1916, near Causey, to Myrtle and William E. “Rab” Finley. She grew up in the Red Lake community. She attended grade school at Pleasant Valley […]

Lucero, Dora

Dora Lucero Services: Have been held. Dora Prescilla Lucero, 68, of Hereford, died Saturday, May 21, 2005, at Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo. She was born Nov. 27, 1936, to Luis and Jesusita Garcia Griego in Garita. She married Jose Virginio Lucero Nov. 28, 1951, in Littlefield. She was a homemaker, a member of […]

Joe’s Boot Shop dropping July 4 entertainment

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer The owner of Joe’s Boot Shop said after 24 years the western wear store is hanging its hat on the entertainment side of its annual July Fourth festivities. Joe Rhodes said the Mabry Street business will continue with its tent and warehouse sale, but there will not be the […]

Willie Nelson concert today

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Country music artist Willie Nelson will be rolling into town today for a concert at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Billy Joe Shaver, country music singer/songwriter, will start the show at 7:30 p.m. and Nelson will follow, according to promoter Bruce Williams. “Things […]

Tafoya, Eloy

Eloy Tafoya Services: Have been held. Mr. Eloy Tafoya, 85, of Clovis, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on April 22, 1920, in Tafoya, to Samuel and Emma Tafoya. He worked as a farmer and rancher. Family members said he loved being a cowboy and was an […]

McWilliams, Joe

Joe McWilliams Services:Have been held. Joe Lester McWilliams, 93, of Farwell, died Sunday, April 24, 2005, in Farwell. He was born on June 29, 1911. in Hope, Ark., to Elmer and Blanche McWilliams. The family moved to Hall County, Texas, in 1924 and to Las Cruces in 1931. He moved near Lariat, Texas, in 1935. […]

Ennis , Willie

Willie Ennis Services: Have been held. Willie Clinton Ennis, 77, of Norman, Okla., formerly of Tucumcari, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, in Cheyenne, Wyo. He was born on Jan. 17, 1928, in Coalgate, Okla., to Arson and Evelyn Ennis. He married Roxie Williams Townsend on Jan. 24, 1945, in Ada, Okla. He was preceded in […]

Simnacher, Nancy

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Nancy Simnacher. 59, of Portales, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at Covenant Lakeside Hospital in Lubbock. She was born on June 14, 1945, in Clovis, to Dollie and Herman Roberson. She grew up in Farwell. She married Gene Newman in 1960. In the early 1970’s they settled in Portales. In […]

Smith, Harold Joe

Harold Joe Smith Services: Have been held. Harold Joe Smith, 69, of Clovis, died Friday, April 1, 2005, at his home. Smith was born June 16, 1935, to Harold M. and Lenore Davis Smith in Franklin County, Kan. He married Kay Adams on Sept. 14, 1958, at Forrest Heights Baptist Church in Clovis. He was […]

Harold Joe Smith

Harold Joe Smith, 69, of Clovis, died Friday, April 1, 2005 at his home in Clovis. Smith was born June 16, 1935 to Harold M. and Lenore Davis Smith in Franklin County, Kan. He married Kay Adams on Sept. 14, 1958 at Forrest Heights Baptist Church in Clovis. He was a steel worker, an inventory […]

Pena, Joe

Joe Pena Services:Have been held. Joe Pena, 95, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Kaseman-Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque. He was born on June 1, 1909, in Sapello, to Nestor and Guadalupita Montoya Pena. He married Clara Bustos in 1933 at Las Vegas, N.M. He worked as a civilian inspector at the Fort […]

Romero, Stephen M.

Stephen Maro Romero Services: Have been held. Stephen Maro Romero, 54, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on June 3, 1950, in Clovis, to Maro Joe Romero and Mary “La La” Romero. He was a cook and worked at Buena Vista Nursing Home. He […]

Hanks, Don B.

Don B. Hanks Services: Have been held. Don B. Hanks, 66, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Dec. 22, 1938, in Mart, Texas to Roy C. and Dorothy J. Hanks. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1958. He worked for the Santa Fe […]

Anderson, Joe

Joe Anderson Services: Have been held. Joe Anderson, 68, of Fort Sumner, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, at Lubbock Health Care in Lubbock. He was born on Oct. 16, 1936, in Littlefield, Texas, to George C. Anderson and Lizzie C. Gleaton. He was raised at Fort Sumner where he attended school, graduating in 1956. He […]

Reader Reaction: Readers split over city-manager call

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “What do you think about the city hiring Joe Thomas as city manager without looking for outside applicants?” Some responses: “JOE GOES BACK A long way in this city … The City Commission (and its residents) were very happy with Raymond Mondragon’s […]

Bollinger, Joe

Joe Bollinger Services:Have been held. Joe Bollinger, 74, of Phoenix, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in Phoenix. He was born on April 25, 1930, in Portales, to Ruben and Josie Bollinger. Family members said he was optimistic, had a creative spirit and a thirst for learning. Survivors include two brothers; five children; 26 grandchildren; and […]