5/17 Obituaries

Clarence Barnett, 82
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery.
Clarence “Barney” Barnett, 82, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, in Amarillo.
He was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Duran, to Homer and Elbertine Smith Barnett.
He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1941. He attended Eastern New Mexico Junior College for two years before volunteering for service in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served as a Navy pilot during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He married Betty Gossard on Nov. 4, 1945. He worked as a letter carrier for the Postal Service in Portales until 1956 when he moved to Albuquerque. In Albuquerque he worked as an air traffic controller until 1965. He married May Fair Meacham on Oct. 9, 1995.
He was a member of the Central Christian Church in Portales and the Retired Federal Employees.
Family members said he enjoyed traveling, fishing and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his first wife; his parents; a brother, Raymond Barnett; a son, Brett Barnett; and a granddaughter, Chrissy Smith.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Larry Barnett (and wife, Lyn) of Grand Junction, Colo., and Tommy Barnett (Cindy) of Mansfield, Texas; a daughter, Mona Robinson (Arlie) of Portales; six grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Thomas Marvin Barnett of Olathe, Kan.; a sister, Melveta Green of Portales; and two step-children, Pam Meacham and Joe Burton Meacham, both of Albuquerque.
Kenneth Broad will officiate the services.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Golden Acres Hospitality Room, 718 Wylie Cox Circle in Portales.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Ronald Brinker, 55
Services: Will be held at a later date.
Mr. Ronald M. Brinker, 55, of Portales, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1950, in Lovington, to Earlene and Glen O. Brinker.
He grew up in Tatum and Lovington. He graduated from Lovington High School in 1969. After high school he attended New Mexico Junior College for 2 years where he played on the basketball team. In 1971 he transferred to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He moved to Portales in 1995. Family members said he was an accomplished tennis player, enjoyed playing chess and reading. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother; and a brother, Barry Brinker (and wife, Darlene) of Wayne, Pa.
Burial will be held at a later date at Lovington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Floyd Methodist Church.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.