Obituaries March 8, 2006

Clodie Armstrong Hurley

Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Steed-Todd Chapel.

Clodie Armstrong Hurley, 87, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in Albuquerque.

She was born March 12, 1918, in Wayne, Okla. She and her family came to Clovis when she was 13. A Clovis High School graduate, she lived in Clovis for 65 years and was a life-long member of First Baptist Church.

Family members said many will remember her from her years at Lucille’s Dress Shop in Hilltop Plaza, her 16 years as a school bus driver for Norvil Howell and her time as a deputy Curry County treasurer. She was an active member of First Baptist Church where she worked with children of all ages and taught a women’s Sunday school class for many years. She was director of the Girl’s Auxiliary and active in Women’s Missionary Union. Family members said she was devoted to her family and the Lord, living a life of extraordinary sacrifice and example. They said she maintained her sweet spirit throughout her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and she will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, C.E. “Bud” and Leona Thomas of Clovis; her first husband, Goebel Armstrong of Clovis; her second husband, Frank Hurley, who died in 1984; and two sisters, Martha Thomas of Oklahoma and Rosalie White of Bosque Farms.

She is survived by her sisters Mildred Baker and Lucille Matlock of Clovis; three daughters, Beverly Grow (and husband David) of Albuquerque, Linda Brill of Clovis and Carolyn Burch of Albuquerque; grandchildren Scott Cummings (Lisa), Tim Grow (Dede), Greg Leeder, Traci Rowton and Christy Combs (Corey), Brandy Dewbre; nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Rev. Dr. Herbert Bergstrom will officiate services. Visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment at Mission Garden of Memories will follow the services.

Pallbearers will be Monte Matlock, Dennis Baker, Randy Williams, George Reiser, Scott Cummings and David Grow.
The family has requested memorial donations to the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.

Donny Ray Melton

Services: 1p.m. Friday, New Beginnings Church, Lovington
Donny Ray Melton, 24, of Lovington, died Saturday, March 4, 2006, at University Medical Center, Lubbock. He was born Oct. 10, 1981, in Portales, to Danny and Monica Melton.

A resident of the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales for four years, he attended school in Lovington, graduating in 2000. He played on the Wildcat football team, was in the drama club, loved sports, music, movies, kids and his dog, “Blaze,” family members said. He was employed by Zia Park in Hobbs.

He is survived by his parents of Hobbs; a sister, April Melton of Hobbs; a nephew, Jonah Melton of Hobbs, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.
Pastor Tim Brown will officiate services. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home of Lovington.

Arrangements are by Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.