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Harvey "Ray" Fambrough

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Harvey Ray Fambrough, 73, passed from this life Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Lubbock, Texas, after a short illness.
Ray was born Aug. 10, 1936, in Baird, Texas, to Harvey and Katheryn Fambrough.
He attended elementary schools in Lovington and Artesia. His junior high and high school years were in Tularosa, graduating in 1954.
Ray was employed for several years at Holloman Air Force Base with Convair and Land-Air. He served in the U.S. Army 1959-1961 under the Reserve Forces Act of 1955 and was selected as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. National Guard at Fort Bliss, Texas, in November 1959. His remaining service was completed in the Army Reserve National Guard of New Mexico.
He was a driver for Groendyke Transport Inc. of Artesia, retiring in 1998.
Ray was a lifetime New York Yankee fan. One of his fondest memories was seeing Mickey Mantle play in 1951 in California. He watched "his" team play and win the 2009 World Series.
He enjoyed playing golf in Artesia and telling stories to his golfing buddies.
Ray was engrossed in the history of Lincoln County, where his dad was born and raised.
In retirement, he pursued each of his interests. His dream became reality when his "Lincoln County" book was published in 2002.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Preston Fambrough, nephew Dale Wayne Herring and brother-in-law Jim Hill.
He is survived by his sisters Lois Herring (Jim), of Artesia, and Janel Hill, of Portales; aunt Alexa Sue Hooser; nephews Jimmy Herring, John W. Hill and Sam Fambrough; nieces Teresa Fields, Angela Robinson, Debra Hill-Santos and Carol Berry; and by his golfing buddies and lifetime best friend, Cubia "Pill" Clayton.
Services will not be held.
If desired, memorials can be made to the Portales Baptist Children's Home.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 22 to Dec. 6, 2009
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