Lavarne Williams

Lavarne Williams, 85, of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, at Retirement Ranch. He was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Sulphur, Okla., to Frank and Alta Williams. The family moved to Grady in 1921. He graduated from Grady High School in 1939. He served overseas in the Army for five years. He married his high […]

Hogg, Jewel

Jewel Lavelle Cox Hogg was born Oct. 13, 1916, in Ringwood, Okla., to Edward and Leona Florence Warner Cox. In 1925, the family moved to the Richland community. The country store they owned and operated was moved in 1928 to State Highway 209 and a settlement was founded named Pep. She graduated from Portales High […]

Lourdes Sena

Lourdes Sena, 83, of Portales, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis. She was born Feb. 7, 1922, in Aurora, to Innacita and Guadalupe Ortiz. She married Eudalicio Sena in Sena on Nov. 6, 1944. The family moved a great deal with her husband’s employment but Sena was the community […]

Estorga, Benita

Benita Estorga, 90, of Portales, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born April 1, 1915, in Karnes County, Texas, to Tomasa and Francisco Lopez. She grew up near Beeville, Texas. In 1950, she moved to Brownfield, Texas, where she worked as an aide at the hospital. In 1958, […]

Donald Ray Read

Donald Ray Read, 66, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at his farm outside Portales. He was born April 21, 1939, in Levelland, Texas, to Lura and Homer D. Read. He began his career with El Paso Natural Gas Company in the welding shop in Jal. Upon graduation from the College of the Southwest […]

Ezell, June

June B. Ezell, 90, of Ponce Inlet, Fla., and formerly of Portales, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Hospice Care Center in Port Orange, Fla. She was born June 1, 1915, in Clovis, to Charles and Leah Bieler. She grew up in the Texico/Farwell area and graduated from West Texas State Teachers College. She married […]

Prewitt, Jack

Jack Prewitt, 65, of Portales, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born March 9, 1940, in Midwest City, Okla., to Edith and John F. Prewitt. He grew up in North Hollywood, Calif., where family members said he attended high school with singer Ricky Nelson and other notables.  He […]

Clovis resident celebrates 104 years of life

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Bill Chapman, left, visits with longtime friend Nina Luckett on Saturday at The Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Luckett turns 104 years old today. Chapman said he has been friends with Luckett since meeting her in the 1970s. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She wears her years like a cloak. Her eyes are rimmed with […]

Wade Dendy

Wade Dendy, 47, of Portales, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born March 10, 1958, in Lubbock to Vera and Ed Dendy. The family moved to Bovina from Lubbock when he was 5. In 1969, they came to Portales. He was a 1976 graduate of Portales High School. Following […]

Callison, Roy “Buster”

Mr. Roy “Buster” Callison, 83, of Farmington, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, in Farmington. He was born May 7, 1922, in Perryton, Texas, to Ellen and Walter Callison. He left home at the age of 12, shortly after the death of his father and took whatever jobs he could find. He served in the Army […]

Massey, James (Junior)

James I. (Junior) Massey, 82, of Portales died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis He was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Englewood, Calf., to Ruth and James I. Massey. He moved to the Lingo community with his parents at a young age. He graduated from the Lingo schools in 1941. […]

Smith, Sandy

Sandy Smith, 47, of Portales, died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1958, in Portales to Ruby and Roy McCain. She moved to Roswell with her family when she was 4 years old. They returned to Portales 10 years later. She worked for a year at Boothe Pharmacy before […]

Austin, Birdie

Birdie Austin, 100, of Portales, died Oct. 20, 2005 in Clovis. She was born July 29, 1905 in Buffalo, MO. to Mary and Ulysses Lane. She grew up and attended school in Missouri. She married Glen Oren Austin on March 15, 1927 in Amarillo, Texas and moved to Rogers before moving to California. After two […]

Virgil Blakley

Virgil Blakley, 92, of the Rogers community, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Dickens, Texas. His family moved by covered wagon to Capitan in 1919. They moved to the Rogers community in 1921. He graduated from Rogers High School in 1932. He […]

Garrett, Opal E.

Opal Eunice Lee Garrett died on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005.  She was born Oct. 19, 1915, in Harper, Texas, to Nancy Rose Sagerser and John Phillip Mabry.  She married Judge Garrett on June 4, 1939, in Carlsbad. They lived in Silver City and Reserve until 1947 when they moved to Bellview. In 1952, they moved […]

Greathouse, Delores

Ruth Delores Strebeck Greathouse, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Newton County, Miss., to Sidney George and Ruth (Johnson Strebeck). She moved to Artesia at the age of 10 and graduated from Artesia High School […]

Greget, Tony

Col. Tony M. Greget, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at the Ray Ranch outside of Roy. He was born Jan. 17, 1925, in San Pedro, Calif., to Andreja Greget and Vinka (Markovich) Greget. He joined the Air Force at 18 and served as a pilot for 29 years. He flew 216 combat missions and […]

Bell, Marvin

Mr. Marvin J. Bell, 78, of Clovis died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 21, 1927, in Blacktower to Barnett and Hettie (Brownlow) Bell. He married Lena B. Williams Nov. 7, 1944, in Farwell. He Bell served in the U.S. Navy and later worked for the Santa Fe […]

Cordy King

Mrs. Cordy Luman King, 92, of Ennis, Texas, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, in Ennis. She was born Sept. 25, 1912, in Wood County, Texas, to Molly and Silas Pruden. Mrs. King grew up in Wood County. She married Joe Luman Oct. 20, 1929. Soon after their marriage they moved near Lubbock, and in 1940 […]

Elder, Eppie M.

Eppie Mae Elder Services:2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Hamlin, Texas. Mrs. Eppie Mae Elder, 96, of Portales died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Sept. 26, 1908 in Leonard, Texas to Dave and Doffie Jones. She attended school in Leonard and occasionally rode […]