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Gus Byars


Gus Byars Gus Byars, 90, of Portales, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on Nov. 20, 1914, in Tucumcari, to Mary and Augustus "Gus" Byars. He grew up in Tucumcari and Fort Sumner. He married Thelma Potter on Oct. 15, 1932, in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Fort Sumner and later in Tucumcari. He was employed by the city's water department where he eventually became superintendent. In 1952 they moved to Albuquerque where he worked for Allison and Haney Construction. In 1967 they moved to Vermont where he worked in a jet engine factory for General Electric. He retired in 1979, and returned to New Mexico in 1985. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and the Third and Kilgore congregation. Family members said he enjoyed fishing and working in his yard. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sidney Byars; three sisters, Viola Ramsey, Ann Coburn and Lou Ellen Babers; a step-great-grandson, Chris Rojas; an infant son; and by his wife. Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Ford-Wormington of Portales; two grandchildren, Gary Don Ford (and wife, Cita) of Henrietta, Texas, and Sherry Lynn Trudo (Kevin) of Portales; three great-grandchildren, Gary Don Ford Jr. (Coresa) of Portales, Amanda Don Murray (Josh) of Casper, Wyo., and Troy Trudo of Portales; and a step-great-grandson, Michael Lawrence of Henrietta, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Riley Don and Chase David Ford, and Megan and Ashley Murray; and a sister, Margaret West of Slaton, Texas. David Bennett officiated the services. Burial was at Fort Sumner Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terry Potter, Travis Coburn, James West, Scott Babers, Bob Harmon and Brian Coburn. Arrangements were by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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