Obituaries for June 7, 2006

Estherline Dutton Adams

Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.

Estherline Dutton Adams, 90, of Portales died Monday, June 5, 2006, at her home.

She was born July 11, 1915, to Dena and P.E. Dutton in Burkburnett, Texas. Shortly after graduating from Burkburnett High School, she moved to Portales. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, West Texas Teacher’s College in Canyon, Texas, Texas Tech University in Lubbock and Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. During summers, she attended classes at the University of Arkansas. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from ENMU. On Dec. 21, 1940, she married John E. Adams in Floyd, where they made their home until 1945. She began her 33-year teaching career in Floyd. They moved to Prairie Grove, Ark., where she continued to teach for several more years. In 1956, they returned to Portales, where she taught until she retired in 1979.

She was a member of the Floyd Methodist Church and Bethel Homemakers Club.

She enjoyed genealogy and crafts, and had a bell collection, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Orin, Olan, Derald and Gerald Dutton; a sister, Ola Watson; and her husband on May 20, 1995.

She is survived by a son, Jimmy Ed Adams of Portales; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Tederick (and husband, Edward) of Roswell; a granddaughter, Brenda Sue Searcy (Troy) of Roswell; and three great-grandchildren, Candace, Cody and Joshua Searcy of Roswell; two sisters, Gene Dutton of Fullerton, Calif., and Betty Dutton of Conroe, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dale Miller, Robert Miller, Kyle Dutton, Johnny Firestone, H.R. Terry and Sid Strebeck.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Boley Sullivan

Services: 2:30 p.m. today at Portales Cemetery.

Boley Sullivan, 81, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at Southwest Regional Hospital in Lubbock.

He was born Sept. 27, 1924, to Allie and Albert J. Sullivan in Post, Texas. When he was 8, the family moved to Portales. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and hit the beaches of Omaha on the second day of the D-Day invasion. After returning from the Army, he began his truck-driving career. In 1959, he moved to Alaska where he lived until 1961. He returned to Portales, and on Nov. 30, 1961, married Christine Meacham in Fort Sumner. They moved to Denver where they started Sullivan Trucking. In 1991, he retired, sold the business and returned to Portales.

For many years, he and his wife traveled in their motor home, mostly in the western and northwestern United States, usually spending winters in Arizona, according to family members.

They had to stop traveling about three years ago because of his health, his family said.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jim and A.J., and a sister, Mary.

He is survived by his wife of Portales; a son, Jimmy Don Frye of Dumas, Texas; a daughter, Brenda Simon (and husband, Tim) of Brighton, Colo.; three grandchildren, Charlie and Tiffany Aragon, and Carie Frye; and a great-grandchild, Jaydyn Alexa Aragon.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate services.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Carolyn Pruit

Services: 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.

Carolyn Pruit, 60, of Portales, died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 16, 1945, in Portales to Mattie and Carroll Boland, she grew up in Lovington where she attended school. She attended Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. She had worked for Levi Strauss and also was assistant manager for Town & Country Food Stores.

Family members said she enjoyed playing bingo and was a competitive dancer, having won several trophies over the years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed being involved in the lives of her family members, they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gayle Jones, who died in 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Billy Guthrie (and wife, Tina) of New Braunfels, Texas, and Ronnie Guthrie (Renee) and Jeff Guthrie (Vickie), all of Clovis; two daughters, Leslie Roberts (Terry) of Portales and Donna Webb of Mount Pleasant, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Tye Griffin, Cody and Alexis Ryan, and Ashley, Tamara, Ronnie Lee, Deanne, Rhett, Johnny Lee, Kelsey and Kelly Guthrie; a great-grandson, Jaden Griffin; her stepmother, Edna Boland of Union Grove, Texas; two brothers, Harold Boland (Josie) of Longview, Texas, and Carroll Boland (Pam) of East Mountain, Texas; a sister, Brenda Selman of Union Grove, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat Mathis will officiate services.
Burial will be at 3 p.m. (CDT) Thursday at Red Mudd Cemetery in Spur, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Billy, Ronnie and Jeff Guthrie, Robby Jones, Tye Griffin and Ronnie Lee Guthrie.

Honorary pallbearers will be all family members and friends.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.