Portales woman was closely linked with 70’s famous ‘boy in the bubble’

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By William P. Thompson Born on Avenue H in Portales, Dr. Mary Ann South’s life journey has taken her from Portales into the frontiers of medical research and back again. A pivotal event in her life was the birth of David Vetter in 1971. Vetter, now remembered worldwide as “the boy in the bubble,” survived […]

Obituaries for April 1, 2006

Eula Best Bilberry Services: 10 a.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel Eula Best Bilberry, 95, of Portales died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. She was born April 27, 1910, in Whitesboro, Texas, to Pearl and William Reavis. She married Grady Best on Dec. 20, 1925. They moved to a ranch north of […]

Obituaries for March 29, 2006

Delbert “Del” Webb Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. Delbert “Del” Webb, 82, of Portales, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. He was born July 6, 1923, to Eva and Joe Webb in Pearl, Texas, where he grew up. He graduated from Tahoka High School and joined the U.S. […]

Clovis man dies, wife seriously injured in auto accident in Austin

Freedom Newspapers A Clovis resident died and his wife was seriously injured Thursday in a three-vehicle accident northwest of Austin, Texas. Joe Jones, 69, died at the scene, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. June Despain, 72, and Jesse Lee Despain, 75, both of Marble Falls, Texas, also died at the scene, DPS […]

Victim’s family: Airforce kept us in the dark

By Marlena Hartz Three seasons passed — leaves fell, winter chilled the air and flowers bloomed — before Kimberly Novak’s family knew the cause of her death. Novak, 20, the oldest daughter of Patricia and Donald Bollman, was killed in her Cannon Air Force Base residence around Oct. 28, 2004. But the Air Force did […]

Obituaries for March 19

Elaine Abeyta Services: 1 p.m. Monday at The Church on The Hill in Fort Sumner Elaine Abeyta, 28, of Fort Sumner died Saturday, March 11, 2006, due to injuries suffered in an auto accident near Encino. She was born March 19, 1977, to Danny Paul Bishop and Bea Northrup in Fort Sumner. She was raised […]

Obituaries March 10, 2006

Harold “Tex” Darrow Services: No services were held Harold “Tex” Darrow of Santa Cruz, Calif., died Feb. 25, 2006, in Santa Cruz, Calif. A Shamrock, Texas, native, he lived in Santa Cruz, Calif., for more than 50 years. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Yorktown in the Pacific during the Korean War. […]

Obituaries for March 8, 2006

Bill Melton Services: Private Billy Bryan Melton, 75, of Texico died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Lynn County, Texas, to Noble and Erminie Melton. He grew up in Crane, Texas, and Ozona, Texas, and was a graduate of Ozona High School. He married Sue Meinecke in […]

Obituaries 3/4/06

Donnie Ray Stroup Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Tatum Cemetery. Donnie Ray Stroup, 65, died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at his sister’s home in Elida. He was born Feb. 28, 1941, in Portales to Audrey and Robbie Lee Stroup. A lifelong resident of Roosevelt and Curry counties, he lived with his parents until they […]

Jan. 17, 2006 Obituaries

Isabella Bono Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales Isabella Bono, 3 months, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at her home. She was born Sept. 21, 2005, in Lubbock, to Sherry and Frank Bono. She is survived by her parents of Portales; her brother, Nicolas Bono of the home; grandparents, […]

Jan. 4, 2006 Obituaries

Zelfa Younger Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at the Steed-Todd Chapel Zelfa Goad Younger, 99, of Melrose, and formerly of Texico, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Oct. 15, 1906, in Pecan Gap, Texas, to Emily Saloma and Charles Lee Goad. She grew up in the Fairview community […]

Court records: Suspect tells police McNaughton died at his home

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Accused killer James Smith told police Laura McNaughton “died very quickly” at his home after they engaged in a “very physical embrace,” according to court documents unsealed Friday. In an interview with law-enforcement authorities, Smith said he placed McNaughton’s body on his back porch after she died, then went to sleep, […]

Dec. 6 obituaries

Nell Miller Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Nell Miller, 80, of Portales, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at her residence in Portales. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Silverton, Texas, to Edna and Bill Miller. She grew up in Silverton where she attended school. She then moved to Pitchfork […]

Nov. 29 Obituaries

Braden Baber Services: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery. Braden Janea Baber, infant daughter of Lyndsey Baber, was born and died early Sunday morning, Nov. 27, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Truman Welch; and a grandfather, Jim Henry. Survivors include her mother; grandmother, Tami Spriggs […]

ENMU student dies in one-car accident

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer An Eastern New Mexico University student from Missouri died in a car accident early Sunday morning 10 miles north of Clovis. State police officials said Monday they are still investigating the cause of the accident. Jarrod Michael Knox, 18, died in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at 2:07 a.m. on […]

Nov. 26 Obits

Russell Grider Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Mr. Russell Grider, 55, of Portales died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock He was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Portales to Wanda and Robert Y. Grider. He was a farmer, rancher and self-taught historian and […]

Terry-Burkett, Coplen Obituaries (Nov. 17)

Musette Terry-Burkett Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. Musette Terry-Burkett, 88, of Portales died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Mexia, Texas, to Burr and Maggie Nichols Kennedy. She married Bob W. Terry Aug. 26, 1933, in Portales. They […]

Nov. 8 Obituaries

David Watkins Services: Have been held. David Wayne Watkins, 39, of Waco, Texas, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at a Fort Worth, Texas hospital. He was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Kilgore Watkins; three daughters, Hollie, Anna and Maria, all of Waco, Texas; […]

Obituaries

Oscar Whitworth Jr. Services: Have been held. Mr. Oscar Whitworth, Jr., 88, of Portales, died Sept. 28, 2005 in Santa Fe. He was born Nov. 3, 1916 in Kaufman County, Texas, to Myrtie and Oscar Whitworth. He served in the Pacific Theater during WWII and was a Phillips 66 gas and oil distributor in Portales […]

Oct. 15, 2005

Cecil Mayo Cecil Mayo, 88, of Fort Sumner, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis following a short illness. He was born July 6, 1917, in Wise County, Texas to Herbert and Callie Mayo. The family homesteaded in Catron County in 1930. He attended school in Mountain View. He married […]