Jones, James, Morris, and Taylor Obituaries (Nov. 1)

Mike Jones
Services: 2 p.m. (MST) Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Wolfforth, Texas.

Michael “Mike” Edwin Jones, 56, of Wolfforth, Texas, died Oct. 31, 2005, at a Lubbock hospital.

He was born Dec. 19, 1948, in Portales to Arthur and Jewell (Woodward) Jones. He graduated high school from Roswell Military Institute. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.He served in the Navy from 1967 to 1972 as a medic. He married Rebecca “Beci” Moody on Jan. 1, 1972, in Hobbs. They settled in Lubbock in 1986. He retired in 2001.

Family members say he had many talents, owned his own business, had a passion for telecommunication and real estate sales, and enjoyed reading, fishing and hunting.
He is preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Michelle Forest (and husband, Bill) of Midland, Texas; two sons, Brian Michael A. Jones of Greenville, S.C., and Christopher Michael A. Jones (Melissa) of Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers; two sisters; his mother, Jewell Jones Swisher; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (MST) at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock.

The Rev. Mark McMillan will officiate at burial services.

Arrangements by Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock.

Chad Thomas James
Services: 11 a.m. Friday at the Corona High School Auditorium.

Chad Thomas James, 29, died Oct. 26, 2005 in an automobile accident in rural Mora County.

He was born June 9, 1976, in Los Alamos. He attended Santa Fe High School for three years. He moved to Corona for his senior year and played football and basketball for the Corona Cardinals. He graduated valedictorian in 1994.
He was a student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and spent a year working on the university ranch near Corona. He studied at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife sciences.

In April 2000, he was a wildlife conservation officer with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He served as district officer in Datil for three years, in Las Vegas, N.M. for a year, and in Mora. He was an area representative for the New Mexico Conservation Officers Association, a member of the Elk Management and the Deer Management Committees, and an instructor in defensive tactics.

Family members said he patrolled wilderness areas on horseback, joined in bighorn sheep transplants, loved wildlife, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his yellow Labrador, Rooster Cogburn.

He is survived by his parents Alvin and Sandra James of Corona and Gary and Laura Read of Los Alamos; two sisters, Tana Luna (and husband, Scott) of Chugiak, Alaska, and Natalie Griffin (Brian) of Silverdale, Wash.; a niece, Shannon of Chugiak, Alaska; three nephews, Luke and Ty of Silverdale, Wash., and Dustin of Chugiak, Alaska.

Memorials may be given to the New Mexico Conservation Officers Family Fund, Chad James Memorial, at Los Alamos National Bank, P.O. Box 60, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

John Robert Morris
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church in Clovis.

John Robert Morris, 79, of Clovis, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1925, in Greeley, Colo., to Leon Ernest and Cora Edith Moon Morris.

He graduated from Trinidad High School in Colorado. He was drafted into the Army and served as a private in World War II. He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado University in Boulder. He completed a master’s degree at the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. at Colorado University.

He married Mary Lee Smith on July 24, 1965, in Denver, Colo. He taught American history, farm organization, labor history and the Civil War and World War II eras. He taught in colleges in Gunnison, Colo., Kearney, Neb., Mesa, Ariz., and Tahlequah, Okla., before joining the faculty at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales as a professor of history in 1967. He retired in 1988.

Family members said he collected an extensive library of books, enjoyed traveling, classical music, reading and watching televised ballgames, particularly the Chicago Cubs.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; a sister, Mary Louise Marks of Fort Collins, Colo.; a stepdaughter, Therese Morehead of Seattle; three stepsons, Frank and Michael Smith, both of Seattle, and Leonard Smith of Imperial, Neb.; and numerous cousins.

Father John Rollinson will officiate at services.

Burial will follow at the Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy Strand, Lester Cleghorn, Dennis Peelle, Raymond Peelle, Adolph Peelle, Abel Montoya, and Daniel Abele.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ENMU scholarship fund in Portales.

Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home in Clovis

Tim Taylor
Services: 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2005 at First Church of the Nazarene in Portales.

Mr. Tim Taylor, 48, of Portales, died Oct. 30, 2005, at the Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born on March 4, 1957, in Lovington to Sunny Jo and Charlie N. Taylor.

The Taylor family moved to Elida when Tim was a little boy. He graduated from Elida High School in 1975. He worked at Missouri Beef in Friona. He worked at Eastern New Mexico University climbing towers for the television and radio stations. In the past five years he worked at Farwell Convalescent Center.

Family members said he enjoyed camping and watching television, particularly basketball games and the Discovery Channel.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 1994.

He is survived by three daughters, Misty Dawn Taylor, Sunni Dae Taylor and Sandi Eve Taylor, all of Portales; a grandchild, Marquz Timothy Taylor; his father; a brother, Joel K. Taylor of Grove City, Ohio; and a stepson, Mark Jones of Portales.

The Rev. Darryl Tennefos will officiate at the memorial service. Burial will follow at Elida Cemetery.

Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.