Sept. 7 Obituaries

Wanda Jackson, 62
Wanda “Nana” Jackson, 62, died Sept. 2, 2004 in Meeker, Okla.
Jackson was born March 2, 1942, in Hagerman to Dennis Willard and Eva Fern Fenter. She was raised in New Mexico and was a graduate of Portales High School. After graduation, she moved to Lubbock and lived most of her adult life in DeLeon and Gorman, Texas. She had lived in Meeker for the past nine months.
She married Kenneth Jackson on March 5, 1964 in Levelland, Texas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed crafts, gardening, working puzzles and caring for her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Pamela Ann Brame of Meeker and Jennifer Ann Jackson of Shawnee, Okla.; two sons, Jeffry Chad (and wife Tiffaney Jackson) of Tecumseh, Okla. and James Duane Jackson of Arkansas; three sisters-in-law, Joyce Nell (and Glynn Cabaniss) of Goldthwaite, Texas, Edythe Irene (and Wilbur Ray Horton) of Goldthwaite and Deborah Jo Fenter of Dallas; and seven grandchildren.
Service are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cooper Funeral Chapel in Tecumseh. Francis Holt will officiate the services.
Cooper Funeral Home is handing the arrangements.

Forrest A. Walker, 74
Forrest A. Walker, 74, of Portales, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at his home.
He was born on Oct. 8, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Mo., to Nieta and Forrest Walker.
He grew up in Galveston, Texas, and later moved to Texas City where he graduated high school in 1947. He went on to attend college at Texas A&I where he earned his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees in history. After completing his master’s degree, he enlisted in the U S Air Force. Shortly after his discharge, he met Mary Joe Duck. They were married on Dec. 21, 1956 in Texas City. Soon after their marriage, Forrest began his studies in the doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, completing his doctorate in 1961. His dissertation concerned the Civil Works Administration.
He taught for a year at Lamarque Junior High School in Lamarque, Texas, and for two years at Florence State College in Alabama before moving to Portales to become a professor in the history department at Eastern New Mexico University in 1963.
Mr. Walker retired in 1993 as professor emeritus. During his 30 years at the university, he served in many capacities, including two years as assistant dean of liberal arts and 15 years as chairman of the history department.
He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club for many years and served as program chairman. He was published in a number of national journals, and was writing a book concerning the life of Samuel L. Curtis a Civil War general. 
He was a member of the Unitarian church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter-in-law, Janice Walker, and by a granddaughter.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Joe Walker of Portales; son, David Walker of Clovis; daughter and son-in-law, Myra and Herbert W. Bass of Nederland, Texas.
Services are schedule for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Portales Cemetery. Dr. Glenn McCoy will officiate the services.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Ruby Littlejohn, 86
Mrs. Ruby Littlejohn, 86, of Portales, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 at La Posada Hospice Center in Las Cruces.
She was born on April 13, 1918, in Manila, Ark., to Mary Matilda and William Joseph Rhodes.
Her family moved to Otis in 1923 and on to Hagerman in 1924. They returned to Fayetteville, Ark. in 1927. In 1933, the family returned to Hagerman. 
She attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where she earned a degree in elementary education. She taught for 32 years in Highway, Dora, Bakersfield, Calif. and Roswell. Family members said she loved working with students and enriching their lives.
She was married to Arthur Littlejohn on July 30, 1943, in Portales. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Roswell, then in 1987 she and her husband moved to Portales to retire. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Portales. Family members said she was a devoted mother and grandmother, and particularly enjoyed her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Jack, Mike, Woodrow, James and Ray Rhodes; five sisters, Zebia Curtright, Opal Wrinkle, Nevada Kiper, Bernice Schierholt, and Beatress Kiper; a son, Donnie Jim Littlejohn; and by her husband, Arthur Littlejohn.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Mickey Samuel and Pam Littlejohn of Somerville; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Ann and Jim Horton of Anthony; four grandchildren, Chris Horton (and wife Amy) of Portales, Todd Horton of Chaparral, and Shannon and Allison Littlejohn of Somerville, Texas; one great-grandchild, Brett Andrew Horton of Portales; two brothers, John Rhodes and Lee Roy Rhodes, both of Hagerman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are schedule for 2 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. The Rev. Jim Horton will officiate the services, assisted by Todd and Chris Horton.
Pallbearers will be Chris Horton, Todd Horton, Eugene Haley, Frank Rhodes, Mickey Littlejohn and Mike Littlejohn.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Carroll Wilson, 87
Carroll Wilson, 87, of Sherman, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 at Wilson M. Jones Hospital in Sherman.
Mr. Wilson was born on Aug. 24, 1917, in Denton, Texas, to Carrie and L. A. Wilson.
He graduated from high school in Denton, Texas, in 1934, and studied at North Texas State Teachers College where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math. He briefly taught high school before joining the U.S. Navy in 1942, serving in the Pacific on the USS Randolph. He received specialized training at MIT and Princeton University. In 1946 he took a position in the math department at Eastern New Mexico University. He taught there until retiring in 1984 and served as department chair for some of that time.
He married Vernelle Cope on May 31, 1941, in Denton, Texas. After her death, he married Helen Keene on Aug. 10, 1974, in Sherman. He was an active member and deacon of Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. Family members said he enjoyed playing golf and bridge. 
He moved to Sherman in 2002 where he was a member of the Western Heights Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lemuel and Andrew Wilson; and by his first wife, Vernelle.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Keene Wilson of Sherman, Texas; a son, Dr. Walter Wilson (and wife Diana) of Soquel, Calif.; a daughter, Dr. Cara Wilson of Ruidoso; two stepsons, Wayne Keene (Sally) of Sherman and Mark Keene (Linda) of Howe, Texas, and a step-daughter, Diane Smith (Steve) of Grand Prairie, Texas; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
Services are schedule for Burial at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Portales Cemetery; services follow at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Dan Rouse will officiate the services, assisted by David Bennett. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Lieb, Gene Weems, Don Keene, Scott Jarvis, Harold Knox, Dick Hood, Delbert Rector and George Brumfield.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Irene Cannon, 82
Irene “Murphy” Cannon, 82, of Portales, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
She was born on Dec. 22, 1921, in Portales, to Bessie and Luther C. Murphy.
She grew up on the Murphy family homestead northwest of Elida. She attended grade school and some secondary school at a one-room schoolhouse within walking distance of her home. After it closed, she attended school at Elida and graduated in 1939. 
Having completed high school, she married Charles E. McClain on June 21, 1942. They made their home on his ranch south of Taiban. Ten years later , she cared for her father during his final illness. After his death, she moved to Portales where she worked at the Gal’s clothing store while her son attended the university and joined the Central Christian Church.
In 1980 she built a house close to her daughter north of Clovis. Family members said she always enjoyed sewing. She was able to teach sewing classes when she worked at Fabric Mart and after several years she went to work for a local fashion designer and had her work featured on the cover of the Dallas Apparel News. She also enjoyed gardening, canning and animals.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by a brother, Roy Murphy.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Rod and Mary McClain of Taiban; her daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Ronnie Eaton of Clovis; seven grandchildren, Tad Eaton, Kara Grand, Candace Eaton and Michael Eaton, Shannon Harcrow, and Taylor and Morgan McClain; five great-grand children, Jacob, Ethan, Hannah and Abigail Grant, and Tyler Harcrow; and her sister, Hazel Holmes of Elida.
Services are schedule for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Kenneth Broad will officiate the services.
Pallbearers are Steven Grant, Don Harcrow, Michael Eaton, Taylor McClain, Noel Rippee and Bobby Russ.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.