Mitchell, Willie M.

Willie May Mitchell, 92, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Jan. 5, 1913, to Willie and Lizzie Green Woods in Carbondale, Texas. She was a laundry worker and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers […]

Murray, Velma R.

Velma Rierson Murray, 83, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in the old Baptist Hospital in Clovis to George Madison and Alpha Omega Rierson. Her father and four brothers were early pioneers who homesteaded in north Curry County between 1905 and 1911 before […]

Jimmie P. Adams Hancock

Jimmie P. Adams Hancock, 70, of Hampton, Va., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in Hampton, Va. She was born March 11, 1935, in Melrose to Jimmy and Chonita Adams. She attended the Field Schools until the 10th grade, and graduated from Melrose High School. She attended college at Eastern New Mexico University. Family members said […]

Violet Brown

Mrs. Violet Mae Brown, 89, of Carrollton, Texas, and formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas. She was born June 21, 1916, in Camargo, Okla., to Roy and Nellie Tuck. She married Eugene W. Brown on June 10, 1933, in Woodward, Okla. She was preceded […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]

Fascination with nuns may be ‘nunsense’

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I know of at least one person more organized than me when it comes to Christmas: Sister Margaret. I received my first Christmas card for the season from Sister Margaret the week right after Thanksgiving. I immediately pictured Sister Margaret, who in spite of her small frame and kind face, […]

Aunt’s good stewardship shows Christmas spirit

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist This time of year, I invariably receive anonymous letters because I write about Christmas. They chastise me for giving credence to the pagan holiday of Christmas. Well I am bracing for a new batch of anonymous letters because I have four columns lined up all about Christmas. At Christmas we […]

Steele, Annie

Annie Sarabeth Fitzsimmons Steele, 84, of Clovis, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005, in Clovis. She was born May 4, 1921, on a farm near Sherman, Okla., to Abram Miller and Pearl Cox Hubbard Fitzsimmons. She attended Cedardale Christian Church, which her father and neighbors built. She married Francis Howard Steele on Jan. 1, 1938. They […]

Garcia, Edward

Mr. Edward D. Garcia, 75, of Portales, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at his residence in Portales. He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Littlefield, Texas, to Ramoncita and Pablo Garcia. He grew up in Encino where he attended school and from an early age helped care for his grandparents. He was married to Katie […]

Twila Smith

Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Billings, Mo., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Missouri until she was 8 years old, when her family moved to Portales. In 1945, she wound the Maypole before graduating from Portales […]

Moore, Robert L. “Bob”

Robert Lee “Bob” Moore, 87, of Clovis, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. He was born Aug. 3, 1918, to Charles Oscar and Lockey Ola Clayton Moore in Dimmitt, Texas. He married Elizabeth Bell on Feb. 24, 1940, in Clovis. He was a manager at Arrow Gas Company and farmed […]

James “Papa” Vallejo

James “Papa” Vallejo, 37, of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, in Portales. He was born Aug. 29, 1968, in Fostoria, Ohio, to Evangelina and Eugene Vallejo. He grew up and attended school in Portales. He worked as a bricklayer with his brother-in-law for the past two years. Family members said he enjoyed watching old […]

Howard, Jim W.

Jim Wayne Howard of Big Spring, Texas, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, in Big Spring. He was born in 1919 in Strong City, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Howard. He specialized in heavy equipment and later owned his own garage and machine shop, where he rebuilt engines in Gallup. He served in the Army […]

Lindstedt, Margaret

Mrs. Margaret Lindstedt, 52, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Oct. 19, 1952, in McAlester, Okla. to Billie Imogene and Ray Goddard. She grew up in McAlester, Okla. and Portales. She worked as manager for Allsup’s for many years, for College Cleaners and The Blue Gem in […]

Corbin, Clifford

Mr. Clifford Eugene Corbin, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005, at his residence in Arch. He was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Causey to Ada Alice and Stephen A. Corbin. He attended school in Causey and graduated in 1945. He entered the Army Air Force in March 1946 and was stationed in Japan. He was […]

Ira Curtis Vibbard

Ira Curtis Vibbard Services:10 a.m. Sunday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2915 S. Union. Ira Curtis Vibbard, 67, of Dexter died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Portales to Walter Vibbard and Nettie Powell Vibbard. He married Cheryl Adams on Dec. 5, 1976 […]

Springer, Floyd

Floyd Springer, 76, of Smithville, Texas, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Dora to Lotus and A. B. Springer. He graduated from Dora High School in 1948.  He farmed in the Dora community for several years after high school. Later he moved to the Austin area […]

Prized Bible rescued from road

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Walter Wissman reads his Bible that was returned to him by Frank Buckley after Buckley found it in a ditch along Prince Street. The Bible fell of the roof of the car as Wissman was on his way to Bible study. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Frank Buckley was running […]

Case, Cecilia

Cecilia “Mac” Case, 83, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005. She was born April 7, 1922, in Breckenridge, Texas. She attended Breckenridge High School and graduated from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. During World W War II, she met George Case. They were married in Clovis. She was preceded in death by […]

Crook, James

James Crook Services: Have been held. Mr. James Arthur Crook, 62, of Clovis, Friday, Aug. 12, 2005, at his home. He was born on Aug. 9, 1943, in Clovis, to Clarence and Bessie Crook. He married Jean Pace in August of 2002 in Clovis. He was a graduate of Clovis High School. He worked as […]