Feb. 7, 2006 Obituaries

Elrie Capps
Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales.

Elrie Capps, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

She was born to Alice and Will Ray on April 5, 1911, in Rockdale, Texas.

When she was 12 years old the family moved to New Home, Texas, and then to Mount Zion, near Dora. She attended the Rogers School where she played on the girls’ basketball team.

On April 11, 1929, she was married to Jewel Capps. In 1956 they moved to Portales. She worked at Turner’s Department Store in Portales. She remained in her home until 1978 when she became one of the first residents of Golden Acres where she lived for 17 years.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Family members said she loved seeing new places and meeting new friends. In 2003 she was honored as the Roosevelt County Pioneer Woman of the Year.

Mrs. Capps was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lou Ella Ferguson and Lola Bane, her son-in-law, Bill Foster, a great-granddaughter and by her husband.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlene Foster of Portales; three grandchildren, Larry Foster (and wife Jane) of Midland, Texas, Shirley Prokop ( Mike) of Clovis and Ronny Foster (Lee Ann) of Portales; nine great-grandchildren, Jill McCall, Jodie Rhodes, Jana Moyer, Ty and Tanner Foster, Terra and Kaylee Foster, and Ross and Travis Foster; six great-great-grandchildren, Trevor, Taylor and Kallie McCall, and Emma, Alex and Abby Moyer; one brother-in-law, Bob Bane of Colorado.

Burial will take place at Portales Cemetery. Herbert Bergstrom will officiate, assisted by Rev. Wesley McAfee.

Larry, Ronny, Ty and Tanner Foster, Mike Prokop and Ross Prokop will serve as pallbearers. Her nieces and nephews and the staff of Heartland Continuing Care Center will be honorary pallbearers.

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

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Billy Lloyd Derrick
Services: 11 a.m. (CST), Wednesday at Sunset Terrace Memorial Cemetery in Farwell

Billy Lloyd Derrick, 62, of Portales died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

He was born to Frank and Inva V. Belyeu-Derrick on Jan. 15, 1944, in Roswell.

He married Sarah Lee Derrick on May 18, 1963. She died in 1978. He then married Sharon Grippin.

Family members said he was a true cowboy. His profession included managing farms, cattle doctor, breaking and training horses.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and his parents.

He is survived by eight children, Tonya Vineyard of Melrose, Sherry Horn of Ohio, Chellie Gillespie of Alabama, Rebecca Carrasco of Albuquerque, Connie Hartman of Holloman Air Force Base, Cherry Gallegos of Clovis, Crystal Hobbs of Portales, and Billy Derrick Jr. of Tennessee; 17 grandchildren, Jessica Sanchez, Christopher Conner, John R. Woodcock IV, Sarah Woodcock, Sarah Conner, Callen Shane Mitchell, Cody Woodcock, Miranda Derrick, Kevin Mitchell, Justin Vineyard, Bradley Gillespie, Adam Hobbs, Olivia Carrasco, Tyler Derrick, Gavin Hartman, Jake Gallegos and Ethan Derrick; four great-grandchildren; his wife, of Portales, and a brother, Ed Derrick of Amarillo.

Graveside services will be held at Sunset Terrace Memorial Cemetery in Farwell. Raymond Derrick will officiate.

Christopher Conner, John R. Woodcock, IV, Callen Shane Mitchell, Cody Woodcock, Kevin Mitchell and Justin Vineyard will serve as pallbearers.

Billy Derrick Jr., Ed Derrick & Badger Burden will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society for the early detection of esophageal cancer.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.

Billy Dene Brownlee
Services: 2 p.m. today at the Portales Cemetery

Billy Dene Brownlee, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at her home northwest of Portales.

She was born to Myree and Donald LeRoy Helton on Aug. 13, 1932, in Rose, Okla.

Mrs. Brownlee grew up in Fort Sumner, and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1951. In her youth she was a member of Rainbow for Girls, and also played tennis. She was working in Santa Rosa when she met Willie Brownlee, and they were married May 24, 1952. They moved frequently for a number of years, but for the past 28 years she had made her home in Portales.

For several years she worked as a dietitian at Roosevelt General Hospital. She had been retired for about 10 years. She was at one time a Red Cross volunteer. Family members said she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, a wonderful cook and an accomplished seamstress and quilter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Pattie Zamora, Lois Norwood, Juanita McCalla, and another who died shortly after birth, a grandson, Clifford Ralph (Bronc) Jones IV and by her husband.

She is survived by three daughters, Laura Abeyta (and husband Louis) of Taiban, Frances Tillery (Dexter) of Amarillo, and Tricia Potter (Roger) of Clovis, eight grandchildren, Myra Anne Duenas, Louis R. Abeyta Jr., Joshua and Chad Abeyta, Niki Ham, Chase Tillery, Bobby Potter, and Tammy Brown and 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Bourland of Amarillo.

Rev. J. R. (Dick) Ross will officiate services.

Dexter Tillery, Louis Abeyta, Roger Potter, Bull Bourland, Tom James, Reece Norwood, Mac Bowers, Wes Longo and Eric Miller will be honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home or the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home.

Arrangements are made by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Tomas (Red) Escamilla
Services: 10 a.m., Wednesday at St. Helen Catholic Church

Tomas (Red) Escamilla, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at his home west of Portales.

He was born to Mary and Ciriaco Escamilla on Nov. 27, 1932, in Allcreek, Colo.

Mr. Escamilla grew up in the Las Cruces area. He worked as a farm laborer in the area of Maple, Texas, before joining the Army in 1955. After serving in Korea for a year, he returned to the Muleshoe area to work on local farms. He moved to Portales in the early 1970s. At first he was employed at Worley Mills, and then in 1974 he went to work for Roosevelt County in the road department. He eventually became a foreman for a road crew. He retired on June 30, 1995. Family members said “Red” enjoyed fishing and boating at the lake and restoring old cars.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ciriaco in 2000.

He is survived by his companion Anita Perez; one daughter; Marie (and husband Sal) Rivera of Dimmitt, Texas, his mother; one brother, Lorenzo Escamilla of Amarillo; six sisters, Maria Santisteven of Trinidad, Colo., Julia Escamilla of Denver, Rose Longoria of Canyon, Texas, Bea Stevens of Canyon, Texas, Donna Medina of Fresno, Calif. and Marie Escamilla Ray of Fresno, Calif.

Rudy Rivera, Ray Paiz, Manuel Ornelas, Manuel Orosco, Sam Garcia and Ramon Sanchez will serve as pallbearers.

Roosevelt County road department employees will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at St. Helen Catholic Church. Mass will celebrated. Father James McGowan will officiate. Burial will take place at Elida Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Richard Fawcett
Services: Will not be held

Dr. Richard Fawcett, 75, of Kerrville, Texas, died at his home Friday, Feb. 3, 2006.

Dr. Fawcett was a native of Kirkwood, Mo., and graduated from high school there. He attended Drury College on an athletic scholarship, served in the U.S. Air Force, and then received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri.

He was employed at Oak Ridge Atomic Laboratory and taught at Central Missouri State College, the University of Arizona, and Texas A & M, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1969.

He taught for 25 years at Eastern New Mexico University where he met his wife Dr. Penny Stewart. Upon their retirement, the couple moved to Kerrville in 1996.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Richelle Fawcett Longo (and husband Chuck) of Comanche, Texas; sister Claire Martin (Thomas) of Belleville, Ill.; brother Donald Fawcett of Los Angeles; and step-daughters Helen Currie Husband (Jon) and grandson Sam Husband of Odessa, Texas; Susan Currie Suthon (Felton) of Metairie, La.; Millibeth Currie Basco (Bill), and grandchildren, Adelaide, Will, and Emmeline Basco of Mount Pleasant, S. C.; cousins Marilyn Fawcett Sorenson (Alan) of San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Roy Martin (and wife Bettye) of Fort Worth, Texas.

Family members said “our Clown Angel” will be missed by his family, former students, friends and all whom he touched with his humor.

The family suggests remembrances be made to the Peterson Hospice, 1121 Broadway, Kerrville, Texas 78028.

The family invites condolences be sent to

www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “send condolence” link.

Funeral arrangements are by Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.