Obituaries for April 28

James Joiner

Services: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, Fort Sumner.

James Nelson Joiner, 78, of Fort Sumner, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales following an illness.

Born Nov. 10, 1927, in Peacock, Texas, he was the son of Otis R. and Martha Mae (Crawford) Joiner. He grew up in Portales, Taiban and Fort Sumner.

He married Garnita Ford on March 16, 1946, in Portales, and they made their home in the Fort Sumner valley in 1962. A full-time farmer, he worked for the Fort Sumner Irrigation District and recently served on its board. He owned and operated the Valley Feed and Grain in Fort Sumner, and later owned and operated a trucking company.

He was a charter member of the F.O.E. in Fort Sumner and past member of the County Fair Board.

He enjoyed reading western books and watching western movies, family members said. They said he was a great story teller.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2001; a brother, Virgil Joiner, and his parents.

Survivors include two sons, James Joiner (and wife, Rosalie) and Ricky Joiner (Lisa), all of Fort Sumner; a brother, Robert Melvin Joiner (Evonna) of Rio Rancho; a sister, Letha Houston of Bernalillo; four grandchildren, Audrey Mauldin and Kylie Rose, Kacilyn and Dustin Joiner.
Burial will follow services at Fort Sumner Cemetery with the Rev. Coy Brewer officiating.

Pallbearers will be Knox Cortese, Billy Cones, Mark McCollum, Monty Terrell, Rosalio Rodriguez and Albert Sena. Honorary bearers will include Joe Nichols, Nick Cortese, James Houston, Billy Joiner, Andy Green, Mike Webb, Billy Kyle, Donnie Cater, and all his friends and neighbors.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.
Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home, Fort Sumner.

Ramona Apodaca

Services: 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Ramona Apodaca, 83, of Clovis, died Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at her home.

Born March 30, 1923, in La Palma, she was the daughter of Alcario and Paulita Dominguez.

A life member of the VFW Auxiliary, family members said she fed wild birds, loved children, crocheted, sewed, did puzzles, beaded bracelets.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Timoteo Apodaca; her parents; and a sister, Anna Garcia
She is survived by her son, Ernesto Apodaca of Clovis; her daughters, Patricia Porcher of California and Lucy Martinez of Dora; a sister, Tomasita Chavez of Encino; a brother, Celestino Dominguez of Portales; four grandchildren, Billy Moller and Amber Porcher, both of California, Larry Martinez of Phoenix and Luke Martinez of Clovis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The rosary will be said before services at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Father Sotero Sena will be the celebrant.

Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Carlos Duran, and Pat, Enrique, Jerry, Juan and Felipe Jaramillo.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends and family.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home.