William Lindsey, 69
William Lindsey Jr., 69, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, in Colorado.
He was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Abernathy, Texas, to William B. and Myrtle Lindsey. He graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1953. After serving in Japan with the United States Army, he learned the art of brick laying while working construction. He continued this profession for over 40 years, until his retirement in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Arbin Lindsey; a son, Joey Shaw; and his first wife, Frances Lindsey.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Lindsey; three sons, Lester Shaw (and wife, Debbie) of Powder Springs, Ga., Patrick Lindsey (Annette) of Amarillo, and Michael Lindsey (Shelley) of Honolulu; two daughters, Billie Lindsey of Tucumcari, and Laura Gadman (David) of Ohatchee, Ala.; three step-daughters, Coleen Kiess-Stottlemire (Wayne) of Shaqualak, Miss., Jody Prewitt of Colorado Springs, and Shawnda Gallagher (Michael) of Deer Trail, Colo.; a step-son, Michael Kiess (Pam) of Aurora, Colo.; four brothers, Johnnie Lindsey of Tucumcari, Merle Lindsey of Alamogordo, Norman Lindsey of Mountainair, and Paul Lindsey of Logan; a sister, Eloise Allenberg of Tucumcari; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Tabernacle in Tucumcari.
Cremation has taken place.
Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home in Tucumcari.
Vera Murphey, 85
Dr. Vera E. Murphey, 85, of Portales, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.
She was born on Nov. 5, 1919, in O’Donnell, Texas, to John and Lydia Randle.
She graduated from Portales High School in 1937. She married Paul B. Murphey on May 24, 1941, in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico Junior College (now ENMU) in 1939, and received a bachelor of science degree from New Mexico A&M (now New Mexico State University) in 1941. She moved to Portales in 1951.
She taught home economics at Portales Junior High School from 1955-1959 and joined the ENMU home economics department in the fall of 1959. She received a master’s degree from ENMU, and was awarded a doctorate of education from Oklahoma State University in 1968. She was named chairman of the ENMU department of economics and held that position until her retirement in 1979.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, John, Alvin, and Grady Randle.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Pattie Donovan of Pueblo, Colo.; a son, Mike Murphey of Spokane, Wash.; a niece, Carolyn Brown of Phoenix; two brothers, George Randle of Placitas, and Walter Randle of Durango, Colo.; four grandchildren, Bryan and Patrick Murphey, both of Spokane, Wash., Erin Donovan of York, Pa., and Molly Donovan of Durham, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Portales. The Rev. Harry Riser will officiate the services.
Burial will be at the Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Bill Wood, Al Bettina, Bill Dalley, Walter “Cotton” Clark, Vern Witten and Walter Randle.
Honorary pallbearers are Morris Wood, Jack Carr, Herbert LeMay and Farrell Odom.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Eastern Foundation, ENMU, Portales 88130.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.