Accepting God’s gift means “getting over” ourselves

By Curtis K. Shelburne If God’s Son had only chosen to make peace with religious folks who loved rules better than they loved God, who loved the Law better than they loved the Giver of the Law, whose pride required a law they could use to keep score and left little room for soft hearts […]

Tolbert, Kynda

Kynda Tolbert Services: Have been held. Mrs. Kynda Gale Tolbert, 25, of Clovis, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Oct. 23, 1979, in Amarillo, to Dennis and Selena Hall Fite. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1998. She played softball for eight years and was […]

Wiley, Delma

CNJ staff Delma Wiley Services: Have been held. Delma Wiley, 79, of Clovis, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on April 8, 1926, in Buffalo, Texas, to David Sr. and Leona Caldwell. She married Earnest Wiley on Nov. 20, 1945. She worked as a cook, bus […]

Chavez , Robert

Robert Chavez Services: Have been held. Robert Chavez, 47, of Clovis, died Friday, June 24, 2005, in Hereford, Texas. He was born on June 14, 1958, in Clovis, to George and Fulgencia Mondragon Chavez. He was a trackman for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way […]

County man dies in collision with fire truck

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Curry County man died in a head-on collision with a Clovis fire truck Sunday afternoon northwest of town. State police said low visibility due to smoke from a major grass fire and a narrow county road may have contributed to the accident, which took the life of 64-year-old […]

McClure, Talin

Talin McClure Services: Have been held. Talin Jacob McClure, 2, of Clovis, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005. He was born Jan. 12, 2003, in Clovis, to Harry Edward and Tina Marie Davies McClure. Family members said he adored his big brother and baby sister. He loved the outdoors, and often stopped to pick up and […]

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 […]

Nora Pacheco

Nora Sena Pacheco, 82, of Clovis, died Friday, April 1, 2005 at her home in Clovis. She was born Dec. 23, 1922 to Ignacio and Hilarita Gallegos Sena in Clovis. She was a homemaker, of the Catholic faith and attended Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Family members said she loved her […]

In Tribute: Thomas always had time to help

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer She was a faithful member of First Church of God in Christ for many years. She took great care to help those in the community. And she spent her free time assisting the elderly. As it turns out, Essie Thomas was a a lot of things to a lot […]

Ex-lawmaker praised for dedication

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer During the past three years, James Albert Matlock could often be seen driving his red four-door SUV around Curry County, watching the daily progress of new growth — the cheese plant, homes, dairies and other signs of progress. A former community and state leader, Matlock died Wednesday at Laurel Plains […]

Norris, Mary

Mary Norris Services: Have been held Mary Louise Norris, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah. She was born Sept. 28, 1947 to Lyle and Jean Norris in Las Vegas. She graduated from high school at Johnson Air Base in Japan, and was a graduate of Eastern New Mexico University […]

McGill, Maurice

Maurice McGill Services:Have been held. Mr. Maurice Eugene McGill, 72, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 21, 1932, to Claude and Edna Mae McGill in Crystal City, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army and was an engineer for the AT&SF railroad. He was […]

Downey, Levi Trent

Levi Trent Downey Services: Have been held. Mr. Levi Trent Downey, 19, of House, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, in Curry County. He was born on Dec. 26, 1984, in Tucumcari, to Dwain and Susan Downey. He graduated as valedictorian from House High School in May 2003. Family members said he was a fun-loving young […]

Gottwald, Jim

Jim Gottwald Services: Have been held. Mr. Jim Gottwald, 57, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004, in Albuquerque. He was born on Aug. 14, 1947, in Madera, Calif., to John and Hellen Lowry Gottwald. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He loved to work on, look at and talk […]

Defining ‘success’ can be difficult

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist I once saw a sign that said: SAMUEL P. BOSWELL VETERINARIAN/TAXIDERMIST EITHER WAY YOU GET YOUR DOG BACK Guaranteed success, right? But how do you know what “success” is? Most of us are pursuing it in one way or another, and I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit […]

DuBose, Gloria

Gloria DuBose Services: Have been held. Mrs. Gloria Jean DuBose, 57, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Jan. 30, 1947, in Fairfield, Ill., to Gaylord and Virginia Jones Singleterry. She was a longtime Clovis resident. She married Alvin DuBose in September of 1986. […]

Connell, Dixie

Dixie Lee Connell, 51, of Logan, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari. She was born on Nov. 13, 1952, in Fort Sumner, to Pecos and Eleanor Cater Finley. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1970. She married Billy L. Connell on May 2, 2002. Family members said she […]

Community mourns homicide victim

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Brothers Andre and Lamont Dixon, of Clovis, hug each other as Tony Parker is lowered in to his grave Friday during the burial service at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Hundreds gathered Friday afternoon at the First Church of God in Christ to mourn the […]

Starkey, Eula J.

Eula Jeanie Starkey Services: Have been held. Eula Jeanie Starkey, 53, of Clovis, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 6, 1950, in Clovis, to Robert J. “Bob” and Celo Davis Starkey. She was a telephone operator for ENMR/Plateau for 10 years. She was a […]

Villanueva, Pedro

Pedro Villanueva Services: Have been held. Mr. Pedro Olando (Pete) Villanueva, 48, of Portales, died Thursday evening, June 10, 2004, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 22, 1955, in Villanueva to Mella and Alfonso Villanueva. The Villanueva family moved to Portales in 1959. Pete attended the Portales schools and […]