Cancer survivor chairs Relay

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Five generations of women in Kay Prater’s family have been stricken by cancer. The Clovis resident lost her grandmother and mother to the devastating disease. “My grandmother succumbed (to cancer) when I was 11,” Prater said, “and my mother died when I was an adult.” Prater’s daughter and granddaughter […]

Air Force vet helps others with disabilities

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John Prater, left, spent 26 years in the Air Force. (Freedom Newspapers: Claude Vigil) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Instead of settling into retirement and putting up his feet after 26 years in the Air Force, John Prater headed to the college classroom. However, somewhere along the way he began to suffer the effects […]

Teams gearing up for relay

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Luminaries line the walking path during 10th annual Curry County Relay for Life in May 2005 at Ned Houk Park. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the relay still more than a month away, 32 teams have already formed and begun fund-raising, said Clovis Relay For Life Co-chair Kay Prater. Scheduled for […]

Teams forming for Relay For Life

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Judith Matthews sews a label on a pink ribbon-themed quilt Saturday at her store in downtown Clovis. Matthews is donating the quilt to raise money for Relay For Life. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Teams are now forming for the Curry County American Cancer Relay For Life scheduled for […]

Record breaking 65 teams sign up for Relay for Life

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Kay Prater is a statistical rarity: A survivor of two different types of cancer. That’s one reason why she is serving as one of two co-chairs for the 2004 Relay for Life, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday and run until 10 a.m. Saturday at Ned Houk […]

Broyles, Verda

Verda Broyles Services: Have been held. Mrs. Verda Broyles, 100, of Clovis, a homemaker, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at her home. She was born July 11, 1903, in Fox, Ark., to John and Martha Kendall Branscum. She became a Christian at 16. She married Roy Edgar Broyles Sept. 3, 1922, in Mozart, Ark. In […]

Collins, Lillie

Lillie Collins Services: Have been held. Mrs. Lillie Mae Collins, 73, of Texico, a housewife, died Monday, July 7,2003, in Clovis. She was born on March 26, 1930, in Lone Wolf, Okla., to Sam and Amy Wilson Prater. She married Clark Collins on Feb. 6, 1982, in Clovis. She was raised in California and Melrose. […]