Nov. 26 Obits

Russell Grider
Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales.

Mr. Russell Grider, 55, of Portales died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock
He was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Portales to Wanda and Robert Y. Grider.

He was a farmer, rancher and self-taught historian and expert on agricultural law. He was the state ethanol fuels coordinator in the early 1980s. He coached girls youth league basketball, AAU basketball and founded the Young Guns Athletic Club Inc. He was chairman of the promotion and marketing committee of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, a member of the International Trade Committee for R-Calf USA and a former member of the Trade Committee for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

He was also president of the Curry-Roosevelt New Mexico Farmers Union and a member of the Board of Directors of Curry County Farm Bureau. He also served on the board of the Institute for Consumer and Rural Studies.

He was a frequent speaker to civic and agriculture groups and government organizations regarding the current U.S. economic environment and was a supporter and frequent guest on Prime Time Christian Broadcasting, according to family members.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, Shelley, of their home outside Portales; a son, Heath Grider (and wife, Ginger) of Portales; two daughters, Sommer Garrison (Brad) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Scarlett Grider of Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Leah, Samantha, Jacqueline, Braden and Brett Grider; his mother of Portales; two brothers, Paul Grider of Melrose and Kenneth Grider of Denver City, Texas; and two sisters, Vicki Ashley of Abilene, Texas, and Kathy Tivis of Floyd.

Burial is at Portales Cemetery.

The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to PTCB, P. O. Box 61000, Midland, TX 79765.

Arrangements are Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Jame I. (Junior) Massey
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.

Mr. James I. (Junior) Massey, 82, of Portales died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare Center in Clovis
He was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Englewood, Calf., to Ruth and James I. Massey.

He moved to the Lingo community with his parents at a young age. He graduated from the Lingo schools in 1941. He remained in the Lingo community and was involved in ranching and farming. He married Verdena Shrock on Sept. 24, 1950. They moved to Portales, where he worked as a carpenter until his retirement in 1970.

He enjoyed his animals, and hunting with his sons, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, George and Charles Massey.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, Gary Massey, Marvin Massey (and wife, Elaine) and Stanley Massey, all of Portales, and Ronnie Massey (Peggy) of Clovis; a daughter, Gloria Blackwell (Gale) of Tatum; nine grandchildren, Tira Smith, Nicole King, Lori Cabello, Mindy Stine and Aaron, Jeremy, Justin, Jared and Renee Massey; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Massey of Omaha, Neb., and a sister, Ruth Lawson of Hope.

The Rev. Roy Roachwill officiated services, assisted by the Rev. Wesley McAfee

Burial is at Portales Cemetery

Pallbearers are Mike Lee, Harlan Shrock, Clarence Massey, Jeremy Massey, Justin Massey and Vance Dewbre.
All of his family and his friends will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Pending obituaries
•Bethel Wanda “Betty” Ball, 83, of Portales died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
Arrangements will be announced by Muffley Funeral Home Inc. of Clovis.
•Norman Wayne Nelson, 60, of Clovis died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
Arrangements will be announced by Steed-Todd Funeral Home in Clovis.
•Louis Gauna Jr., 74, of Clovis died at his home Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005.
Arrangements will be announced by Muffley Funeral Home Inc. in Clovis.