July 1, 2006 Obituaries

Rufus George Jr.
Services: 2 p.m. Monday at University Baptist Church, Portales.

Rufus (J.R.) George Jr., 67, of Portales died Thursday, June 29, 2006, in Lubbock.

Born Sept. 9, 1938, in Afton, Texas, to Alyne and Rufus E. George, he grew up in Burley, Idaho, where he graduated from high school in 1957. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1970 and Master’s of Education degree in 1972. He was employed at Gattis Junior High School in Clovis for 23 years as a teacher, coach and athletic director. He was a volunteer coach for the ENMU football team for three years. He taught for one year at Friona High School and was assistant principal at Thoreau High School near Gallup at the time of his death.

He married Barbara Edwards on Nov. 27, 1959, in Juarez, Mexico; they reaffirmed their vows in Sundown, Texas, on June 2, 1960.  He was an active member of the University Baptist Church in Portales, where he served as a trustee, and sang in the choir and men’s quartet. He had owned and operated the Portales Driving School since 1987 and Tasty Taters – by George since 1990.

Survivors include his wife, of Portales; his son, Ron George (and wife, Colette) of Kingsport, Tenn.; his daughter Tina Lee (Bruce) of Floyd; five grandchildren, Josh and Val George, and Rebecca, Mckenzie and Lexie Lee; two brothers, Weldon George (Bonnie) of Wills Point, Texas, and Bob George (Brenda) of Riddle, Ore.; and a sister, Sue Littau (Jerry) of Brownfield, Texas.

The family will receive visitors from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Wheeler Mortuary, Portales.

Burial will be in Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clem Johnson, Matt Christensen, Glenn Johnson, Tommy Kent, Don Keneipp, George Reynolds and Louis Mestas.  

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 

Charles Griffin
Services: 10 a.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel.

Charles M. Griffin, 57, of Portales died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Crockett, Texas, to Gladys and Melvin Griffin, he moved to Portales in the early 1970s following a brief time in the Army.  For several years he worked at Cissell Moving and Storage Co. in Portales.  He enjoyed being with friends and family, cooking barbecue, playing chess, listening to music and reading his Bible, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Griffin; a brother, J. C. Griffin; a niece, Beatrice Griffin, and a nephew, Gary Maurice Griffin.

 He is survived by three sons, Charles J. Griffin of Grapevine, Texas, and Anthony Griffin and Michael Griffin, both of Lubbock; a daughter, Veronica Griffin of Tehachapi, Calif.; his mother, Gladys Griffin of Portales; three brothers, Gary Griffin, Earnest Griffin and Aeron Griffin (and wife, Dixie), all of Portales; nine sisters, Betty Griffin of Oakland, Calif., Doris Helen Forester (and husband, Dennis) of Dallas, Denise Griffin and Freddie Howard (Alvin), all of Aurora, Colo., and Lorene Griffin, Necia M. Griffin, Nettie Griffin, Charlene Griffin and Rebecca Griffin, all of Portales; seven grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Brother Lupe Marquez will officiate services. Burial will be in Portales Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Charles J. Griffin, Alvin Howard, Taylor Watson, Jason Griffin, Jordan Griffin and Ronnie McDonald.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.