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Editor’s Note: The following obituaries were published in honor of those who died in 2011. A • Adame-Fraire, Juan, 96, of Melrose, Feb. 1 • Adams, John Rex, 63, of Hudson, Colo., Jan. 11 • Aguilar, William M., 77, of Albuquerque, April 12 • Akers, Bennie “Ben” Wayne, 67, of Clovis, July 17 • Allen, […]

In tribute: Colleagues say judge was an asset to community

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Robert Orlik, who had been the 9th Judicial District’s fourth district judge since the judgeship was created in 2005, died May 28 of heart failure at Lubbock Heart Hospital. Those who worked with Robert Orlik said they could count on the longtime lawyer to be on the side of the law. “He was always very […]

a view from under the pew: a tribute to amos s mom

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a tribute to amos s mom boss i was searching forkite string […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

In tribute: Clovis Bataan survivor never passed up chance to go out

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Courtesy photo Buren Johnston, left, and Lee Roach at a monument in Albuquerque’s Bataan Memorial Park. Johnston and Roach were two of 89 men from Curry County who survived the Bataan Death March. Roach died Thursday. Johnston is believed to be the only remaining Bataan survivor still living in Clovis. Kevin Wilson Thousands of American […]

In tribute: Restaurant founder remembered for generosity

Argen Duncan A public memorial service for Cattle Baron restaurant founder Jeffrey Walter Wilson, remembered as a supporter of youth and a good employer, is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Monday at the Roswell Civic Center. Wilson died Sunday in Roswell at the age of 57. “He was a very generous man, helped the community any […]

Eagles tribute band kicks off Cultural Arts Series

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Courtesy photo An Eagles tribute band will mark the first performance in the Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series this year. The show is scheduled for Oct. 9 at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico An Eagles tribute band will launch the Cultural Arts Series for Clovis Community College this year on Oct. 9. Hotel California […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

In tribute: Melrose matriarch kept faith during battle with cancer

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Courtesy photo: Jackie Clark Polly and Panny Bigler, seated, pose with their grandchildren, from left, Felicia Glascock, Scotty Clark and Toni Whitecotton during Christmas in 2001. Freedom New Mexico Verna “Polly” Bigler cleaned relatives’ kitchens when they weren’t home, kept track of daily events on her family’s farm and kept her Christian faith through her […]

Placing Reagan on currency costly tribute

Freedom Communications An airport in Washington. A highway in Illinois. A 7-foot-tall statue in the

Press Release: Buddy Holly tribute artist performing at chamber banquet

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Johnny Rogers, a nationally known Buddy Holly Tribute Artist will be performing at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber Annual Banquet “Celebrating the Clovis Sound”. The Banquet will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Clovis Civic Center. The event begins with a Past […]

Monday morning briefing: Tribute to Jesse Leal

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Tribute to an inspiration: Jesse Leal, founder of Leal’s Mexican food restaurants, died Friday at age 79. An anonymous Clovis News Journal reader passed along this tribute: “I never personally met Mr. Leal, but I have heard many wonderful stories about him. I am a former employee […]

In tribute: Restaurant owner sought to fill need

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Courtesy photo Leal By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Jesse Leal didn’t have a big business plan with hopes of riches and success. Instead, he and his wife, Irma, wanted to fill a need in the community. Jesse Leal, 79, founder of Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurants, died Friday in Clovis after a lengthy illness. He […]

Beatles tribute group to perform in Clovis

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Courtesy photo Beatles tribute band Yesterday’s special performance in Clovis opens Clovis Community College’s 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series. The group plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico Hailed as the No. 1 Beatles tribute act in the world, Yesterday brings its Beatle boots, velvet suits and on-spot vocals to Clovis for […]

Beatles tribute band part of cultural arts series

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Courtesy photo The Beatles tribute band Yesterday will be opening Clovis Community College’s 2009-2010 Cultural Arts Series on Sept. 26. Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College’s ninth year of bringing the world to Clovis kicks off Sept. 26 with a concert commemorating the Beatles. It’s all part of the college’s annual Cultural Arts Series. Cultural […]

In tribute: Clovis man overcame physical challenges

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Courtesy photo Lane Pattison was critically injured in a logging accident in 1961. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The opening credits come, and a shot of Clay Driscoll driving his family to Oklahoma in a 1955 two-tone green Chevrolet soon follows. The car is “Cinderella,” restored by Lane Pattison of Clovis, and the movie […]

A view from under the pew: a mother s day tribute

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.a mother s day tribute boss i was searching forkite string the other dayfor my little niece anniemarie […]

In tribute: Farwell woman put family first

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Courtesy photo Christy Thatcher By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Christy Thatcher could easily send 100 text messages in a day and text a “TF” moment without even looking at the cell phone. But she’d also use the phone to call mom when she was a few minutes late coming home, or when she’d call […]

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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Courtesy photo Mickey Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday […]

In Tribute: 2008

Editor’s Note: The following people with Clovis or eastern New Mexico connections who died in 2008, according to Clovis News-Journal obituary archives. A • Agee, John Neil, 64, of Muleshoe, Aug. 16 • Aguirri, Miriam “Jolly,” 83, of Portales, Feb. 27 • Akers, Dorothy, 92, of Clovis, Nov. 26 • Aki, David, 37, of Hawaii […]