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Baird III, Robert* - Clovis  
Robert Baird III, 87, of Clovis, NM died Wednesday, August 27, 2015, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton, with Pastor Furgus Tunnell officiating. Burial will follow at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Robert was born May 21, 1928, to Robert Baird Jr. and Lena Pearl Hartman Baird in Carnegie, PA. He married Evelyn Deane in England. Robert retired from the US Air Force in 1972 after 23 years of service. He earned the Bronze Star during Vietnam War and was very proud of his military service. Robert enjoyed gardening, listening to country music, and traveling to Las Vegas. Survivors include his son, Robert Baird IV and his wife, Carrie of Colorado; two daughters, Maxine Young and husband, Bob of Hudson, IN and Lisa Beaulieu and husband, Ronald of Clovis, NM; two sisters, Barbara Watson and Delores Merkle; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Pearl; wife, Evelyn; two brothers, Johnny Baird and Russell Baird. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home and High Plains Crematory (575) 762-4435 www.muffleyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Clovis News Journal on Aug. 30, 2015
Carby, Edna Grace* - Big Spring  
Edna Grace Carby, 64, of Big Spring, TX died Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at her residence. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton, TX. Edna was born January 19, 1951, in Muleshoe, TX to Elbert and Lida Kemp Carby. She loved to read and had lived in several places in New Mexico. She was a great friend, loving mother and grandmother. Edna is survived by one daughter, Alison Murphree of Big Spring, TX; two sons, Matthew Murphree of Albuquerque, NM and Sam Murphree of Big Spring, TX; six grandchildren, Elijah, Malachi, Uriah, Elija, John and Brian; father, Elbert Carby of Big Spring, TX and brother, Gerald Carby of Farwell, TX. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lida Carby; a brother, Bruce Carby; and a sister, Janice Carby. Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton, Texas. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.
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Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Sept. 2, 2015
Cummings, Cummings L* - Dora  
Funeral services for Norma L. Cummings, 83, a longtime resident of the Dora area, will be held at 2:00 PM, Fri.day, September 4, 2015, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Philip Moon, Chris Moon, Charles Culbreath, Bill Cummings, William Cummings and Joel Campbell serving as pallbearers. All of her old friends and neighbors from the Dora area will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive guests at the funeral home on Thursday, September 3, 2015, from 2 to 6 PM. Norma Cummings was born August 31, 1932, in Rawlins, WY to the home of Catherine (Jackson) and Oscar Smith and died in Hobbs, NM on August 31, 2015, on her 83rd birthday. The family moved to the Dora area in the late 1940's, and she remained in that general area until 2006 when she moved to Hobbs, to be near her son. On May 17, 1948, in Portales, she was married to William Cummings. They farmed until he became ill in the late 1980's. Mrs. Cummings was a longtime and faithful member of the Dora Baptist Church until moving to Hobbs. She was an excellent seamstress, and for many years she made much of her family's clothing. She enjoyed oil painting, and specialized in windmills and old barns. Norma often painted scenes on old saw blades as well as on canvas. She enjoyed gardening and raising vegetables and flowers for her home. After the death of her husband, she continued to run his rural mail route for a few years. However, the highlight of her life was her grandchildren, who spent time with her every summer, playing games and painting. She was always busy, crocheting or tatting, or with something productive. That is unless she was playing Pac Man on her Atari. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Edna Cummings of Hobbs; her daughter and son-in-law, Dixie and Philip Moon of Amarillo; four grandchildren, Chris and Stacey Moon, Marta and Charles Culbreath, Heather and Joel Campbell and William and Jessica Cummings; seven great-grandchildren, Tatum, Bentley and Preslee Moon, Zack, Blake and Evan Culbreath and Hayden Campbell; and two sisters, Doris Worthington of Henderson, NV and Arlisse Weems of Buckeye, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Bobbi Hamilton, Theda Watson and Reene Livinas well as by her husband, William, who died May 10, 1991.
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Published in the Portales News-Tribune on Sept. 3, 2015
Durrett, Jerry Dean* - Las Cruces  
Jerry Dean Durrett, 79, died August 24, 2015, in Las Cruces, NM. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m., on Thursday, August 27th, 2015, at the Portales Cemetery with Gary Durrett officiating. Jerry was born in Tucumcari and raised in eastern New Mexico. He attended Portales High School and graduated from ENMU. Jerry and his family lived in many countries through the years, from Indonesia to Denmark and England, as well as Denver, Los Angeles, and Billings, Montana, while he worked in the Oil Industry as a geophysicist. Survivors include his wife, Wilma Durrett; son, Gary Durrett (Sydney) of Arizona; daughter, Dena Williamson (Gregg) of Indiana; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; brothers, Charles Durrett, Tom Durrett (Charlene) and Bob Durrett (Carolyn); and numerous nieces and nephews. His laughter will be missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Lucia Durrett; his first wife, Gayla Durrett; his second wife, Zieda Orendorff; and siblings, Ed Durrett, Dorothy Burdine and Ruth Wynne. The Durrett family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services. To sign the online guest register, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
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Published in the Portales News-Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
Gunnels, Gerald Wesley "Shorty"* - Clovis  
Gerald Shorty Gunnels, a native of Clovis, died at the age of 88 in the early morning of August 31, 2015, in his sleep, as he had wished, en route to meeting his Maker and Father Jesus Christ. Today, we celebrate a self-made man that was loved by many and never met a stranger no matter where he traveled worldwide. Born into the Great Depression, the father of an auto mechanic and homemaker, Gunnels attended Eugene Field Elementary School where he was known for riding his pony to class and hitching it up behind the school during class hours. He then attended Marshall Junior High and began excelling in basketball. Later as a star basketball player for the Clovis Wildcats he received numerous statewide awards that ultimately earned him a college basketball scholarship to play at the University of Idaho. He earned an undergraduate degree from New Mexico Western University and a masters degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He fell in-love and married Greek immigrant, Vivian Asimos, started his family and began a basketball-coaching career that began in Forrest, New Mexico then Marshall Junior High and lastly in Fredricksburg, Texas. During a summer break while visiting Clovis he was approached by Southland Life Insurance Company of Dallas, Texas to pursue a career in the life insurance business after recruiters from the company walked up and down Main Street asking residents who they thought would want to improve their life and had the personality to make it in sales. His name was the only one given. He immediately found a passion for selling and ultimately led the national company as their number one salesman throughout his career as well as earning the industry's coveted Million Dollar Round Table annually along with the difficult App-a-Week award and significant others repeatedly throughout his life-long and loved career with Southland Life. Gunnel's keen sense of organization and salesmanship was adopted by Southland Life to assist recruiters and trainers in inspiring and educating the company's young sales force on how to effectively succeed in the insurance business. The company began showing Gunnel's daily planners and discussing his over work ethic to its young sales force. His professional success allowed he and Vivian to travel with Southland Life to foreign destinations such as Hong Kong, main land China, Canada, South America, throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, the Caribbean, and throughout Europe via sales accolades. Although he immensely loved to travel he found Clovis to be his favorite destination always bragging on the people that lived here and the wonderful dry climate. A trip did not go by when he didn't invite new friends from foreign places to visit him in Clovis and not surprisingly, several did. An avid athlete, Gerry worked out every morning in his own home or when traveling doing a series of stretching and weight training where he did 255 sit-ups daily even up until the age of 84. He was a passionate golfer and found peace and much friendship on the course with many of his life long friends who played at Colonial Park Country Club every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. He loved playing golf in Arizona and Hawaii and shot three hole-in-ones. He worked out at the former Play, Inc. and swam laps on the days he did not play golf. Gerry remained an avid Wildcat fan throughout his life. He enjoyed Wildcat football immensely and would be seen standing on the visitor side of the football field or in the lower seats in Rock Staubus Gymnasium. He loved college football and was passionate about Notre Dame where he was able to attend a home game in South Bend in the 80s. Personally, he was a devoted and loving husband to his wife Vivian where their life-long love story spanned close to 65 years. He was amazing father who loved each one of his three children uniquely by always encouraging them and making sure they knew they were much loved. He adored his grandchildren, nieces and nephews and expressed great pride in their personal accomplishments and outstanding character. Most importantly, Gerald Gunnels tried to live a Christ-centered life. He was a cradle Episcopalian that was taken to St. James Episcopal Church as an adolescent where he found his faith in God. He attended St. James until his early 70's and then became a member of Sacred Heart Church where he told many he had found his true peace with God. Courting a beautiful smile, outgoing personality and loving spirit he will be immensely missed by those who loved and admired him deeply. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Asimos; his son, Thomas of Edgewood, NM; his two daughters, Kathy Willingham and husband, Tom, of Jackson, MS; Nike Kern and her husbnad, John, of Charleston, SC; his grandchildren, Keaton Gunnels, Marika Cackett, and Alexandra Kern; his sister, Dorothy Bouse; nieces, Adrienne Asimos, Karen Campbell Asimos, Brenda Bouse, and Vicki Bouse; nehpews, Eric Asimos, Gifford Asimos, Nick Asimos and Tom Asimos; and his sister-in-law, Martha Asimos. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Simon Carian officiating. Burial will follow at Mission Garden of Memories. Pallbearers are Gifford Asimos, Nick Asimos, Jim Hernandez and John Kern. Honorary pallbearers are nephews, Eric Asimos and Tom Asimos. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to make donations to the Father Simon Carian Discretionary Fund via Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 911 N. Merriwether Street, Clovis, NM 88101. Arrangements are entrusted to Muffley Funeal Home (575) 762-4435 www.muffleyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Clovis News Journal on Sept. 2, 2015
Hammons, Edna* - Portales  
Funeral services for Edna Hammons, 100, formerly of Portales will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, September 1, 2015, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Michael Irwin officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with her great-grandsons serving as pallbearers, and her great-granddaughters as honorary pallbearers. Edna Myrtle Hammons was born November 10, 1914, in Ranger, TX to the home of Lora I. (Allison) and John A. Thomas, and died August 27, 2015, in Logan, NM. She and her family moved to the Portales area when she was a small child. Most of her life was lived in the Portales area, until 2009, when she moved to San Jon to make her home with her daughter. Mrs. Hammons worked as a sales clerk at the local J. C. Penney's Dept. Store for many years, until retiring in the late 1970's. On November 28, 1944, in Portales, she was married to Jake Hammons. Mrs. Hammons was a longtime and very faithful member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, where she taught the Ladies' Sunday School Class until well into her 90's. Doing her daily Bible reading resulted in having read through the Bible more than seven times. When she could no longer read the regular print, she persisted with a large print version. Mrs. Hammons remained very active until recent years, even doing her own lawn and garden work until a few years ago. Her home was across the street from the high school track, and she walked there for an hour every day. In addition to walking and gardening, she also enjoyed sewing for many years. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Thrasher of San Jon, NM; three grandchildren, Charlotte (Jim) Souter, Bobbye (Harvey) Rose and Mike (Rhealeen) Thrasher; eight great-grandchildren, David (Denise) Bass, Shanda Bass, Matt Rose and companion, Mary Lou Word, Tim (Chanda) Rose, Jason (Shayla) Rose, Jeremy Thrasher, Joshua Thrasher and Jarred Thrasher; nine great-great-grandchildren, Jacob, Danijo, Macy, Dusty, Cole, Mark, Desta, Rowdy and Payton; and a great-great-great-grandchild, Levi. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Hotha and J. C. Thomas, a sister, Jewel Barnett, her son-in-law, Robert Thrasher, who died May 18, 2014, and by her husband, Jake, who died December 10, 1989, after more than 45 years of marriage. Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455, wheelermortuary.net
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Published in the Quay County Sun and Portales News-Tribune on Aug. 30, 2015
Jenkins, Mary Ann* - Roswell  
Mary Ann Jenkins, 82, passed away on August 29, 2015. She was born on July 28, 1933, to Jay Leck and Bertha Lee Shelton, in Carlsbad, NM. She was an awesome grandma and great-grandma. Mary Ann was a hard working ranchers wife and mother, who became friends with everyone she met. She was active in her church, and loved to go on vacation. Preceding Mary Ann in death were her husband, Mays Lane Jenkins; parents, Jay and Bertha Leck; and brother, Jay Leck. Those left to carry on her legacy are her children, Ben Jenkins and wife Dottie, Matt Jenkins and wife Genia, Leanne Hacker and husband Ernie. Also surviving Mary Ann are her grandchildren, Justin, Cheyenne, Mattie, Jay, Heath, Travis and Amber. A funeral service is scheduled on Thursday, September 3, 2015, 2:00 PM, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories of Mary Ann with her family in the online register at andersonbethany.com. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Published in the Clovis News Journal on Sept. 1, 2015
Kaspar, Vera May* - Clovis  
Vera May Kaspar, age 97, of Clovis, NM passed Wednesday August 26, 2015, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Her body was donated to science, a private memorial service will be held at a later date with her grandson, Matthew Johnson, officiating. Vera was born October 10, 1917, to Wallace E. and Vera (Fuller) Brown in Michigan City, IN. In 1946, she married Rudolph Kaspar in Minneapolis, MN. She was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church. Vera loved baking, reading her bible, and most of all taking care of her grandchildren. She is survived by her two daughters, Barbara Johnson of Clovis, NM, and Marilee (John) Kelly of New Hope, PA; son, R. Bruce (Mary) Kaspar of Cambridge, MN; 11 grandchildren, Charlene Rutowski (Russell) of LeSueur, MN, Charles Smith, Jr. (Stacy) of Minneapolis, MN, John E. Kelly III (Diane) of Emmaus, PA, Johnette Bonk (Joe) of Ottsville, PA, Trasa Ashley (Randy) of Clovis, NM, Matthew Johnson (Lesley) of Colorado Springs, CO, Jason Kaspar (Susan) of Cambridge, MN, Jared Kaspar (Jessica) of Lakeville, MN, Joanna O'Neil (Mike) of Pequot Lakes, MN, Justin Kaspar (Amy) of Colorado Springs, CO, 17 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her parents, Wallace and Vera; daughter, Garnet Smith; granddaughter, Roxanne Rohloff; five brothers and two sisters. Arrangements have been entrusted to Muffley Funeral Home & High Plains Crematory (575)762-4435 www.muffleyfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Clovis News Journal on Aug. 30, 2015
Lees, Billy Brown "BB"* - Big Spring  
On August 24, 2015, we lost a wonderful dad, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. BB was a throwback to an earlier time ... an honorable man and a true gentleman who loved people and never met a stranger. Through the 60+ years that he attended, coached, and served at Eastern New Mexico University, he bled green & silver! He also coached and mentored many young men who are now coaching throughout NM, TX and the rest of the U.S. He received numerous awards from ENMU, the States of New Mexico and Texas, and at the national level. Rarely could he travel anywhere in the country without being recognized by someone! Everyone knew and loved BB - his name to friends and family alike. We will miss him greatly and strive to honor his legacy. The love of BB's life was Jimmie Fern. The two met while they attended ENMU, married in 1951 and stayed together until she died in 2009. BB is survived by four children, their spouses, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one more due in November. There will be a celebration of his life held at a future date in Portales. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carl Richardson and B.B. Lees Scholarship Fund to support full-time walk-on student athletes on the ENMU football team. Send donations in care of ENMU Foundation, Station 8, Portales, NM, 88130. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com
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Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Aug. 30, 2015
Madsen, Gay Ann* - Portales  
Graveside services for Gay Madsen, 70, of Portales, will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 5, 2015, in the Portales Cemetery with Rev. Brad Morgan officiating. Gay Ann Madsen was born January 2, 1945, in Weatherford, OK to the home of Irene (Megley) and William B. Mincher and died early on the morning of Sept.2, 2015, in Portales, NM. Her father was in the military, and consequently the family relocated several times while she was growing up. They were living in Roswell when she graduated from Roswell High School in 1963. Following graduation, Gay came to Portales to attend Eastern New Mexico University. After two years, she returned to the Roswell campus where she completed her LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) degree. In Lafayette, La on February 13, 1972, she was married to Wayne Madson. They made their home inRoswell until 1979, when they moved to Portales. For a number of years she worked as an office nurse for Dr. Charles Lehman, and later for Dr. Lonnie Alexander. She had been retired since 2009. Gay enjoyed flower gardening. Every year she would vow to not have a garden, and each year she would inevitably put out countless flowers. However, the joy of her life was found in her two grandsons. She is survived by her husband, Wayne of their home; her daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Matt Turnbough of Portales; her two grandsons, Mason and Landon Turnbough; and a brother, Gary Mincher and his wife, Nona of NE. She was preceded in death by both of her parents. Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.575-356-4455, wheelermortuary.net
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Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on Sept. 4, 2015
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