Thousands mourn loss of Reagan

By Calvin Woodward: The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a final hail to the chief beneath marble arches and somber skies, the nation bade a lingering goodbye to Ronald Reagan on Friday, mourners remembering his “lightness of spirit” and his stoic widow placing a tiny kiss on his casket before the westward journey to […]

May 23 Obituaries

Edward Davis, 64 Edward Davis, 64, of Roswell, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 12, 1940, in Hamilton, Ohio. He married Sandy Phillips on Aug. 25, 1989, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as an employment counselor supervisor […]

Obits April 16

Florence Mildred Grubelnik, 83 Florence Mildred “Mickey” Grubelnik, 83, of Raton died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Miners’ Colfax Medical Center in Raton. She was born on Nov. 28, 1920, to Ethel Mae and William L. Turner. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Family members said she enjoyed hunting and fishing. She […]

Obits March 31

Sylvia M. Hintz, 95 Sylvia M. Hintz, 95, of Portales, died Monday, March 29, 2004, in Las Cruces. She was born on Feb. 8, 1909, in House, Territory of New Mexico, to J.H. and Lou Clegg. She never lived more than 50 miles from her family’s homestead. She graduated from House High School in 1927, […]

Obits March 24

Ralph Helms Services: 2 p.m. (CST) today at DeArman Funeral Home of Wynnewood, Okla. Ralph Murray Helms, 81, of Wynnewood, Okla., died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Pauls Valley General Hospital in Pauls Valley, Okla. He was born on Jan. 27, 1923, in Minco, Okla., to Benjamin Harrison and Elma Mae Jones Helms. He was […]

Obits Jan 29

Vernon Mills, 88 Vernon Riley Mills, 88, of Albuquerque died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Woodmark Uptown Assisted Living Center in Albuquerque. He was born on Oct. 25, 1915, in Ranchvale, to William and Rosa Lane Mills. He began his career in administration as a teaching principal in Claude in 1937. He married Lorene Hartley […]

Clovis man may have suffered a heart attack

Jack King The Clovis man who was declared dead twice on Wednesday became ill at home early in the day and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, his son said Thursday. Felipe Padilla, 94, was first declared dead at Plains Regional Medical Center on Wednesday morning and his body was taken to Muffley Funeral […]

Man found alive in funeral home, but dies later at hospital

Darrell Todd Maurina CLOVIS — A man declared dead at a Clovis hospital and sent to a funeral home for embalming on Wednesday morning was returned to the hospital after he took a breath. An employee of Muffley Funeral Home called 911 dispatchers when he found Felipe Padilla, 94, of Clovis, was still alive. By […]

Obits 12-17

Floyd Moore, 94 Mr. Floyd L. Moore, 94, of Hobbs, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, in Hobbs. He was born on Sept. 21, 1909, in Sentinel, Okla. He married Ethel Amber Hynes on Nov. 29, 1927, in New Cordell, Okla. He moved to Hobbs in the 1950s. He owned and operated Floyd’s Auto Repair from […]

Pleasing customers is a hairdresser’s duty

Don McAlavy Not every hairdresser would work at a funeral home. The former Verdine Crume, now Mrs. Duane Howard of Clovis, has been praised by many husbands, fathers and children of the deceased with the wonderful work she performs. Verdine received her cosmetology license in 1938 and was soon called by a funeral home to […]

Obits 9/16

Buster Caviness, 81 Mr. Buster LeRoy Caviness, 81, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, in Amarillo. He was born on Jan. 13, 1922, in Emzy, near Portales, to James Everett and Fronie Caviness. He graduated from high school in Causey. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corp at the beginning of World War II […]

Obits 7/4

James Wood, 75 James “Jimmy” Wood, 75, of Portales, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, west of Muleshoe. Arrangements will be announced by Wheeler Funeral Home of Portales.

Obits 6/3

Dean Pate, 69 Mr. Dean Pate, 69, of Hobbs, formerly of Tatum, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Hobbs Health Care. He was born on July 27, 1933, in Roosevelt County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tatum. He is survived by two sons, Brian Pate (and wife, Diann) of Sommerville, […]

Obituaries, July 1

Mrs. Imogene Grider, 76, of Clovis, a telephone operator, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born on July 20, 1926, in Reed, Okla. She graduated from Floyd High School in 1943 and then married Glen Grider on Nov. 18, 1943. They moved to Sierra County in March of 1946 […]

Obituaries June 17

Garland Tipps, 84 Garland E. Tipps, Ph.D., 84, of Portales, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at his home. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, June 20, 2003, at Central Christian Church in Portales. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Services are pending.

Joe Melendez, 78

Joe Melendez, 78 Mr. Joe Melendez, 78, of Santa Barbara County, Calif., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003. He was born on April 26, 1925, in Roswell, to Eduardo and Urbana Juarez Melendez. He was educated in Roswell Public Schools, Eastern New Mexico University and University of New Mexico, earning a bachelor of science degree in […]

Obits 09

Gayle Jones, 54 Gayle D. Jones, 54, of Plainview, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Nov. 21, 1948, in Olney, Texas, to Carroll and Mattie Grubbs Boland. She was raised and attended school in Portales. She married Derrell Jones on April 21, 1980, in Portales. She […]

Obits 5/4

Ollie Corbin, 72 Ollie Fay Flinn Corbin, 72, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born June 9, 1930, in Clovis, to Arilla and John W. Flinn Jr. She lived in Clovis, Causey, Truth or Consequences, Albuquerque and Morton and Dimmitt in Texas. For a period of time, she […]

Ruth Brownlow

Ruth Brownlow, 72 Ruth Marie Brownlow, 72, of Santa Anna, Texas, formerly of Clovis, died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at her home. She was born on March 22, 1931, in Gouldbusk, Texas, to Louis and Susie Pittard Dowell. She married William Buford Brownlow on Oct. 5, 1946, in Portales. She worked as a licensed vocational […]

Claudia Savage

Claudia Savage Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Chavez Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Sumner. Claudia Estell Savage, 81 of Clovis, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center following an illness. She was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Roby, Texas, to Claud Justiss and the former Commie Chandler. She was raised and attended […]