Marshall, Shirley

Shirley Marshall Services: Have been held. Mrs. Shirley Mae Marshall, 71, of De Baca County, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. She was born on March 7, 1932, in Fort Sumner, to Thomas Shirley and Myrtle Mae Patterson Conwell. She attended Fort Sumner public schools. She married Hubert […]

Young Vixens think they may contend again

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — With no seniors on this year’s squad and possibly needing time to integrate two of the state’s top small school athletes into the system, Fort Sumner’s volleyball team has the makings of a powerhouse in 2004. But don’t forget about this year. The Vixens returns several key players for […]

Foxes set for title defense

By Eric Butler FORT SUMNER — For the first time in four years, defenses trying to stop Fort Sumner’s offense won’t have to deal with rushing whiz Lance Fikany. The small but extremely quick back was a key ingredient in three straight Class 1A championship game appearances by the Foxes — and back-to-back titles the […]

Cortese, Mike

Mike Cortese Services: Have been held. Mike Cortese, 88, of Albuquerque, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at Lovelace Medical Center in Albuquerque. He was born Oct. 12, 1914, in Fort Sumner, to Nick and Mary Muto Cortese. He graduated from Fort Sumner High School in 1936. He married Dorothy Erven on May 18, 1940. In […]

Cunningham, Mamie

Mamie Cunningham Services: Have been held. Mamie Lee Cunningham, 102, of Fort Sumner, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. Mamie was born Aug. 7, 1901, in Milan, Tenn., to Eric and Amanda Bradshaw Thacker. She married James L. Cunningham on January 3, 1923 in Wellston, Okla. They made their home […]

Wolverines looking for brass ring this time

By Dave Wagner TEXICO — The Texico Wolverines are sick of being bridesmaids. After losing to Fort Sumner for the past two years in the Class 1A state championship game, fourth-year Wolverines coach Mike Prokop hopes this is the year his team is able to break through. With nine starters back on offense and defense, […]

Billy the Kid still famous after all these years

By Don McAlavy Again Billy the Kid has gained access to the front pages of newspapers. Witness the latest from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office where he (the state) will investigate whether Billy is really buried in Fort Sumner; whether Brushy Bill Roberts is really Billy; whether Sheriff Pat Garrett helped Billy escape the Lincoln County […]

Foster, Lola

Mrs. Lola Fay Foster, 62, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born on April 13, 1941, in Cuervo, to Johnny and Edna Harrison Cones. She moved to Fort Sumner in 1943 where she attended school. She married Dick Foster on Aug. 30, 1958, in Clovis. Family […]

Project Reader Reaction — Billy the Kid

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about New Mexico’s recent efforts to take an objective look at the life and times of Billy […]

Roybal out in Fort Sumner

By Dave Wagner FORT SUMNER — Longtime Fort Sumner girls basketball and girls track coach Rafael Roybal will not be returning to the Vixens’ sidelines next season. Roybal’s coaching contract was not renewed by the school district. A Fort Sumner native and graduate of the high school, Roybal has coached in the district for the […]

Fort Sumner plays host to wedding

By Darrell Todd Maurina Skip Haneline and Guyla Keefe had never been to Fort Sumner before Tuesday. But it seemed the natural place for the couple from Nebraska to get married. Both of their parents had been married in the DeBaca County community. Besides, the residents of Fort Sumner were quite inviting. “When Mr. Haneline […]

Walk to honor brother who died of cancer

Jack King Sam Sena, a 50-year-old Fort Sumner resident, has a quest. He aims to walk 53 miles — 212 laps — today in the Relay for Life at Fort Sumner High School. Sena said he’ll make the walk in honor of his brother, Michael, who of died of leukemia March 5. Sam, who survived […]

Battles, William

William Battles Services:Have been held. Mr. William “Clyde” Battles, 94, of House, a farmer and rancher, died Saturday, May 17, 2003, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on April 29, 1909, in Little Rock, Ark., to William J. and Ena Bray Battles. His family homesteaded 13 miles east of Santa Rosa, […]

Small towns at risk

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The town of Yasso in western De Baca County is little more than a post office, dilapidated buildings and pastures. Without water restrictions, some state officials think other rural towns could suffer the same fate. By Gary Mitchell Could water shortages produce ghost towns throughout eastern New Mexico any time soon? It’s possible. “We do […]

Reuther, Angela

 Angela Christine Reuther Services: Have been held. Angela Christine Reuther, 23, a resident of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 30, 2003, in an automobile accident on Highway 104 in San Miguel County. She was born Sept. 14, 1979 in Tacoma, Wash. She attended schools in Anchorage, Alaska; Flagstaff and Camp Verde, Ariz., where she participated […]

Sena, Gwen

Gwen Sena Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Gwendolyn Sena, 45, of Amherst, Texas, died Saturday, April 27, 2003, at her home. She was born on July 23, 1957, in Roswell, to Myron Eugene and Melbalene Ruth Benton Morris. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School. She worked as a medical records clerk in a […]

Dowell, Uley Jr.

Uley Dowell Jr. Services: Have been held. Uley “Pappy” Dowell, 79, of Lake Sumner, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, in an automobile accident at Lake Sumner State Park. He was born April 11, 1924, in Eldon, Iowa, to Uley Dewite Dowell Sr. and the former Grace Howard. He served more than 22 years in the […]

Savage, Claudia

Claudia Estell Savage, 81 of Clovis, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center following an illness. She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Roby, Texas, to Claud Justiss and the former Commie Chandler. She was raised and attended school at Roby. She married Dan Owen Savage on April 6, 1942, in Biloxi, […]

One dies in plunge to Pecos

By Jack King The body of a 77-year-old Fort Sumner-area man was recovered from 30 feet of water Wednesday morning after his pickup plunged into the Pecos River below Lake Sumner Dam on Tuesday night. Uley Dowell, who lived in a cabin on Lake Sumner, was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Medical Investigator […]