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Ernest Ray Harwell Jr.

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Ernest Ray Harwell Jr. Obituary
Ernest Ray Harwell Jr. made the journey to eternal life with our savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. We know he greeted Jesus with a great big hug and a kiss square on the lips. He never met a stranger and had a kind and loving heart. He leaves behind a family he loved wholeheartedly and friends so numerous that we will never know how many lives he touched.
Celebration services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Hermosa Drive Church of Christ. The services will be officiated by Dub Cox and David Brunson with burial at the Last Roundup Cemetery in Dunken. A potluck dinner will follow at the Dunken Church. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Pallbearers will be Fred Funk, Gary McClain, Don Sallee, Steve Jenschke, Roger Whitcamp, Mike Cassabonne, Sam Teel, Joel Bell and Richard Belvin.
Ernest Ray was born Nov. 10, 1950, to Ernest Ray and Thelma Lee Harwell in Artesia.
He was a true cowboy. He was raised on his family's ranch in Dunken and went on to be a sheep and cattle rancher his whole life. He was always actively involved in his kids' lives and the community through many organizations. He served on the board of directors for Penasco Valley Telephone for 15 years, New Mexico Wool Growers, 4H Rodeo board, 4H leader, Dunken Fire Department, member of the Wool Co-op, Piñon Baptist Church member and Hermosa Drive Church of Christ member.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest.
He is survived by his son Cody Harwell and wife, Becky; daughter Sara Robinson and husband, Garrett; a nephew that he considered a son, Robert Cottrell and wife, Angie, of Brady, Texas; grandchildren Kaitlyn Rae Harwell, Clate Jacob Harwell and Channing Graycie Robinson; mother Thelma Harwell; sister Julie Whitcamp; brother Jimmy Harwell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Casa Esperanza in Albuquerque or to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Phoenix.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4, 2009
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