Obits Feb. 17

Jessie Lee Hobbs, 90
Mrs. Jessie Lee Hobbs, 90, of Portales, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, in Midland, Texas.
She was born on May 14, 1913, in Dora, to Robert Lee and Mattie Lou Stinson Yoachum.
She moved to Portales with her family in 1918. She graduated from Portales High School in 1930. She married Chester A. Hobbs on July 2, 1932, in Portales. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Portales Woman’s Club. She served as Past Matron of Portales Chapter No. 26 Order of the Eastern Star and served for several years on the Advisory Board for the local chapter of Rainbow for Girls. After the death of her husband, she moved to Midland to be near her daughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Carl and Stinson Yoachum; a sister, Norene Thomas; a son-in-law, Larry Virgin; a son, Ray Hobbs; and her husband.
Survivors include a daughter, Bobby Virgin of Midland; a grandson, Michael Hobbs of Clovis; a granddaughter, Amanda Rodriguez of Farmington; a great-granddaughter, Amanda Rodriguez of Farmington; two sisters, Della Mae Little of Tucson, Ariz. and Lucy Faye Smith of Muleshoe; and several nieces and nephews, including, Patricia Thatcher and Marilyn Gardner, both of Portales and Jessie Robinson of Tucumcari.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Scott P. Reeves will officiate the services.
Honorary pallbearers are all longtime friends and her family.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Midland, P. O. Box 2621, Midland 79702.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Portales Cemetery.

America Rose Avila Parra
America Rose Avila Parra of Lubbock died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at the University Medical Hospital in Lubbock.
She was born on Jan. 1, 2004, in Lubbock to Marcelino Avila and Angelica Parra.
She was born three months premature.
Survivors include her parents; grandfather and grandmother, Ignacio Parra and Cruz Parra, both of Portales; two aunts, Norma Parra of Kansas City, Kan., and Silivia Martha (and husband, Roy) of Levelland, Texas; and several uncles, including Tony Parra of Portales; Rodney Avila, Gabriel Avila and Bobby Joe Avila, all of Midland, Texas; Demitre Avila of Nashville, Tenn.; Victor Avila of Arlington, Texas, and Johnny Avila.
Arrangements were by Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.
Services have been held.

Clayton Stokes, 16
Clayton Stokes, 16, of Causey, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, in Roosevelt County.
He was born on March 21, 1987, in Carlsbad, to Cathy and Jim Stokes.
He grew up in Causey and attended Dora schools. He was active in both varsity basketball and baseball at Dora High School. He enjoyed riding horses and snowboarding and was a member of the Dora FFA. Family members said he enjoyed working in construction with his father and two brothers, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his parents; two brothers, Tyrel and Matthew Stokes, both of Causey; his grandmother, Margaret Thoma of Truth or Consequences; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Michael Chaves will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Dora.
Pallbearers are Johnny and Efraim Lopez, Drake and Dylan Radcliff, Layton and Travis Belcher, Matt Taylor and Taylor Skelly.
Honorary pallbearers are his classmates, members of the Dora basketball and baseball teams, Ty Thatcher, Ket Pettigrew and Rudy and Israel Lopez.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Portales.