Smith, Alton “Al”

Mr. Alton “Al” Price Smith of Clovis died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, in Lubbock. Mr. Smith retired from the Air Force after 20 years and was also a retired truck driver. He was a life member of VFW Post 3015 and also was a MOC member of AHO 5. He was preceded in death by […]

Sanchez Sullivan, Martha

Martha O. Sanchez Sullivan, 67, of Franklin, Mass., died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005, at Caritas Norwood Hospital in Norwood following a long illness. She was born March 29, 1938, in El Paso, Texas. She worked as an administrator at Wrentham State School in Massachusetts for more than 30 years. She was raised and educated in […]

Anniversaries (11-20)

Griego Christian and Cleo Griego of Clovis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Thursday. The couple was married Nov. 24, 1955, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Clovis. The couple will be traveling to Ruidoso for their anniversary celebration. He is a retired city worker. She is a housewife. Newberry Dean “Spud” and […]

Shelton, Donald

Donald L. Shelton, 70, of Rushville, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. He was born May 24, 1935, in Beardstown, Ill., to Claude and Edith Shelton. He married Gladys Irene Hatchett Carpenter on Oct. 4, 1975, in Beardstown. He retired as master sergeant from the Air Force […]

Former ENMU coach Elliott in hospital

CNJ staff Bud Elliott, who retired after last season after 11 years as Eastern New Mexico University’s football coach, is in Lubbock Heart Hospital after breaking his shinbone in a fall at home. ENMU football coach Mark Ribaudo said after Saturday’s game at Southwestern Oklahoma that the 73-year-old Elliott had been on a respirator after […]

8/30 Military Digest

Bridgman Airman Justin K. Bridgman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2000 graduate of Clovis High School. He is the son of Vickie and Kent Bridgman of Clovis. Desears Air Force Master Sgt. Ronald N. Desears has retired from the Air Force after […]

Retirees getting second chance at program

By Tom Philpott: Military Update More than 800,000 military retirees who declined the Survivor Benefit Plan at retirement will get another chance to buy into a much-improved program, starting this fall. But delayed enrollment won’t be cheap, particularly for retirees who left service during the last six years. Congress voted last year not only to […]

8-21 Anniversaries

Jones Cletis and Pat Jones of Clovis, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 2, 2005, at their home. The celebration was hosted by Brian and DeLinda Jones, Ronnie and Dianne Jones, Kim and Bob Helgeson, and Whitney, Kambrey, Kelcee and Kade Jones. The couple was married on Aug. 14, 1955, in Clovis. They have […]

Eggers, Linda

Linda Eggers Services: Have been held. Linda Kay Winkles Eggers, 53, of Great Falls, Mont., formerly of Clovis, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005. She was born on Sept. 25, 1951, in Clovis. She was a retired bartender. She was raised and educated in Clovis. Survivors include her partner, Bill Kubas of Great Falls, Mont.; two […]

Cannon’s closure would affect budgets of retired military

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Robin Montano, left, granddaughter Lauren Reed and John Montano show their support for Cannon Air Force Base on Saturday outside the Montano’s house. Montano spent 32 years in the Army National Guard. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Montanos call Clovis home. The couple was drawn here largely because of […]

6/12 Anniversaries

Gaedke Billy and Phyllis Gaedke of Clovis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 28, 2005. The couple was married on May 28, 1955, in Lincoln, Neb. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force. She is retired from the Air Force civil service. Townson James and Frances Townson of Melrose will celebrate their 40th […]

Retired educators reminisce at social event

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Recent and long-time retired educators reminisce over cake and punch Sunday during a social event put on by the Curry County Association of Educational Retirees at the Holiday Inn. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Jackye Alexander hadn’t been working long in Clovis schools when she met a despondent 9-year-old student […]

BRAC contact info

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To express an opinion about BRAC, here is who to contact: BRAC Commission 2521 S. Clark St. Arlington, VA 22202 Phone: (703) 699-2952 Web site: www.defenselink.mil/brac The 2005 BRAC commissioners are: • Commission Chairman Anthony J. Principi, former secretary of veterans affairs. • Former Nevada Rep. James H. Bilbray. • Philip Coyle of California, a […]

Military retirees join efforts to fight closure

Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ Staff Writer Whether they still go there once a week or rarely at all, retired military from the area agree — Cannon Air Force Base has been an important part of their lives. Many also agree that Cannon has assets enough to keep it open, but its position on the Base Realignment […]

Bataan Death March survivors break ground for memorial

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Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales, left, was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years after being captured. Bataan Death March survivor Louis “Kildee” Herring is at right. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the […]

Hodge, Betty Jo

Services: have been held. Betty Jo Hodge, 74, of Peoria, Ariz., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. She retired from the Las Lunas Hospital and Training School. Survivors include two sons, William “Bill” McSmith andRonald “Ron” McSmith; a daughter, Brenda McSmith; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis. […]

Retirees unlikely to see full pay restored

Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees rated “unemployable’’ are unlikely to see their retired pay fully restored under the “accelerated concurrent receipt’’ provision that Congress approved last fall. After months of internal debate, the Department of Defense is nearing a final decision to limit full concurrent payments to 23,000 retirees who have disability ratings of […]

Clovis funeral home full of life

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(CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Kevin Ducan, left, and Russell Muffley talk as another round of coffee is poured last week at Muffley’s back door during morning coffee. Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer The front door to Muffley Funeral Home brings people face to face with death. Just a few feet away, through the rear […]

Maize, Arthur

Arthur Maize Services: Have been held. Mr. Arthur Maize, 74, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 24, 1930, in Torrance County, to Robert Van and Sadie Maize. In 1950 he graduated from Clovis High School. He married Shirley Thomas on Nov. 1, […]

Jones, Casey

Casey Jones Services: Have been held. Casey Jones, 92, of Clovis, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at Mescalero Care Center. He was born on Oct. 8, 1912, in Vanoss, Okla. He moved to Clovis in 1960. He was a retired assistant fire chief at Cannon Air Force and also retired from Oklahoma City Fire Department. […]