Alfred Crawford, 93
Mr. Alfred Crawford, 93, of Portales died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born on July 21, 1910, in Peacock, Texas, in Stonewall County, to Mary Elizabeth and A.A. Crawford.
He came to New Mexico on horseback in 1926, picking cotton along the way to earn money. He met Ruth Blasingale while he was picking cotton in Portales. A year later he went back home where he stayed a year before deciding to work his way back to Portales. He married Ruth Blasingale on June 10, 1932, in Portales. He drove a truck in the area buying and selling hay and broom corn. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Portales. Family members said he was a good domino player, and enjoyed the fellowship and fun of the Senior Citizens Centers where he played dominoes and danced.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Floyd, Tom and Dick Crawford; four sisters, Mae Joiner, Sis Lay, Ida Smith and Lula Crawford; a son, Alford Crawford; and by his wife, Ruth.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Crawford (and wife, Joyce) of Portales and Ray Crawford (Shizu) of Spring Valley, Calif.; a daughter, Bettye Buller (Camon) of Farmington; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Jim Maxwell and Glen Fields will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Scott Crawford, Ken Carlson, Glen Fields, Lupe Marquez, J.R. Tivis and Lloyd Banks.
Honorary pallbearers are all of his grandchildren and the members of the Portales and Melrose Senior Citizens.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
Services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Family Center in Portales.
Leroy Hunton, 81
Leroy Hunton, 81, of Clovis, a retired building contractor, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003.
He was born on Jan. 8, 1922, in Clovis to Herschel and Letta Lemley Hunton.
He was a 1940 graduate of Clovis High School and attended Texas Tech University. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. He played tennis for Clovis High School, Texas Tech and the military and continued playing until his health failed. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and attended the Men’s Bible Class. Family members said he loved to hunt birds and game. He married Helen White on April 1, 1942, in Portales. He worked as a building contractor in Clovis and the surrounding area until his retirement in 1985.
He was preceded by his parents; a son, Jack; and a sister, Veneta Wheeler.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Leroy Brett Hunton (and wife, Melanie), Joe Hunton (Leslie), all of Albuquerque, and Roy Jim Hunton (Kelli) of Odessa, Texas; a daughter, Johna Bishop (Tom) of Powhatten, Va.; and six grandchildren.
Mike Eberhardt will officiate the services.
Military honors will be performed by the Cannon Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Honorary pallbearers are Brent Webber, Bob Howard, Matt Aker and Randy Harris.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.