Grand Ole Opry legend dies

By Don McAlvay: CNJ Columnist A Grand Ole Opry legend dies; graduated from CHS in 1947 Billy Walker died May 21 in a wreck on an Alabama interstate. He was 77. His wife, Bettie, and two of his band members also died when a van they were riding in ran off Interstate 65 south of […]

Denison, Vera Lee

Vera Lee Denison, 84, of Conestee, S.C., formerly of Clovis, Hassell and Encino, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Conestee. She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Texas to Oscar and Evvie Turner Ranells. Her family moved to Hassell, where she married Carl Leslie Blackburn in Clovis. They moved to Subiaco, Ark., where he later […]

Magness, Flora M.

Flora Mae Magness, 93, of Farwell died Sunday, April 30, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 8, 1913, in Conway, Ark., to T. F. and Minnie Wyatt Wortham. As a teen she moved with her family to McAllen, Texas, where she graduated from high school. In 1933, she married Joe Willis Magness. […]

Vernon, Ollie

Ollie Vernon, 88, of Portales died Friday, April 21, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Sentinel, Okla., to Ethel and William A. Moore, she grew up in Dell City, Okla. She married D.C. Vernon on July 16, 1934. In 1936 they moved to a farm southwest of Portales […]

Talley, Adelle

Adelle Talley, 87, died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. Born March 23, 1919, in Clovis, she was the daughter of Stella and L.M. Arnold. She lived in Clovis until the age of 9 when the family moved to Dunlap, and in 1938 moved to Garrison. She married Rex V. Talley on […]

Valdez, Mary

Mary Ann Valdez, 63, of Portales, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at Baptist-St. Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo. Born March 25, 1943, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Luanna and Clay Benson, she lived in Utah as a child and moved to California as a teenager. She attended nursing school and became a registered nurse, which she […]

Sanders, Mickey

Mickey Lee Sanders, 67, of Portales, died Monday, April 3, 2006, at her home. Born Sept. 23, 1938, in Putnam, Texas, to Byron and Velda Lee, she married Dallan Sanders in 1957. They moved to Portales, where she worked at the Portales National Bank. Their daughter, Penny, was born in 1960. In 1962, the family […]

Jenkins, Henry

Henry Jenkins, 85, of Portales, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. Born June 3, 1920, in Berkeley, Calif., to Nettie and Oliver Lloyd Jenkins, he grew up in Berkeley and attended his first two years of college there. He transferred to Oakland Tech, where he completed an engineering degree. He married […]

Rose, Alice

Alice Myrl Rose, 94, of Clovis died Friday, March 17, 2006, at Retirement Ranch. She was born Jan. 21, 1912, on the family ranch near Snyder, Texas, to Homer and Lora Hutcherson Miller. She spent her early childhood in Post, Texas. After her father’s death in 1919, the family moved to Crossroads, where her mother […]

Whomans, Peggy

Peggy Whomans, 81, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at her residence in Portales. Born July 11, 1924, in Salisbury, N.C., she was the daughter of Louise and Max Moorefield. She grew up in North Carolina and attended Catawaba College in Salisbury, then moved to New York City and taught dance at the Arthur Murray Studio […]

Arnold, Tildon

Tildon Arnold, 84, of Arch died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born June 15, 1921, in Alamo to Diana Lorraine and Robert Jerome Arnold. He worked on ranches around Santa Rosa for several years. He moved to Arch to find work in 1940. He married Imogene Riley on […]

‘Old Moneyless’ noted for his economic theory

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian Henry Crecelius McCowen was 27 when he moved in 1917 to the Elida area. In 1920, he became editor of the Roosevelt County Record, published at Elida. He became known throughout the country as something of an eccentric. He advocated doing away with money! And that is how he became […]

Overton, Marie

Marie Overton, 78, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at her daughter’s home in Capitan. She was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Roaring Springs, Texas, to Pearl and Perry McWilliams. She spent her early years in Sudan, Texas, where she played softball and basketball. As a teenager, she moved to Portales. She graduated from high school […]

Deen, Janie

Mrs. Janie Lou Deen, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Sunset Villa in Roswell. She was born Oct. 16, 1921, in Lubbock to Rosa Lorina and Joseph Arthur Akens. Her family moved to the Portales area when she was young. She married C.B. Waide in 1938. He died in 1947. She married Ulis Deen […]

Wood, Carl

Carl Dan Wood, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at his daughter’s home in Ropesville, Texas. He was born Dec. 6, 1913, in Shilo, Texas, to Moriah Belle and Dan Wood. His family moved to Klondike, Texas, when he was 4 years old and to Lubbock in 1928. They came to the Floyd community in […]

Helen Geane Modersohn

Helen Geane Modersohn, 71, of Clovis, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at Retirement Ranch. She was born July 9, 1934, in Wellington, Kan., to Roy and Helen Ireland Swearingen. She moved with her family to Clovis in 1942. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1952. She married Vance Modersohn in 1957 in Downers Grove, Ill. […]

Vincent, Myrtle

Myrtle Ioleen Vincent, 76, of Seminole, Texas, died at her home Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006. She was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Portales to Roy and Jonnie Terrill. She moved to Seminole in 1999. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Family members said she loved to sing at church and she was […]

Collins, Clarine

Clarine Collins, 92, of Clovis died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. She was born March 1, 1913, in Lynn County, Texas, to Fred and Eliza Leavett Thomas. She was raised by various family members and friends, including spending a year or more in the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. She married Roy […]

McKnight Bobbitt, Mattye M.

Mattye Mae McKnight Bobbitt died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 3, 1909 in Huntsville, Texas, the second child of Elwood Reed Lindley and Dora Lee Hoke Lindley. She graduated in 1929 from Sam Houston State Teacher’s College in Huntsville and taught in public schools in that area until […]

Sawyer, John

John Sawyer, 82, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at his home. He was born May 25, 1923, in Sawyer Flat, Texas, to Nannie and Andersen Sawyer. He was the youngest of 12 children. He married Bobbie Lacy on Oct. 30, 1943, in Seminole, Texas. He farmed at Sawyer Flat until 1947 when he […]