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Tularosa Basin old-timer
James Houston Goforth Sr., resident of the Tularosa Basin for the last 90 years, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Tularosa United Methodist Church.
James was born on April 10, 1918, to Houston and Gladys Goforth, who met and married in Tularosa and then moved for several years to Fayetteville, Ark., where James was born. The family returned to Tularosa when James was 14 months old. He attended Tularosa schools and graduated from Tularosa High School in 1936. After high school, James found work for a few years outside New Mexico, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and then returned to Tularosa, where he lived and worked at the Otero County State Bank in Alamogordo and Tularosa. James married Geneva Dodds, his high school sweetheart from Tularosa, in 1940. Geneva passed away in 1988. In 1993, James married Flora Dee Goforth. They lived in Littleton, Colo., until 1999, when they returned to Alamogordo.
In addition to Geneva, James was preceded in death by Flora. He is survived by his and Geneva's two children and their spouses, Marjorie and Jerry Spurlin, of Tijeras, and Jim and Linda Goforth, of Los Alamos. In addition, James has four grandchildren and their spouses, Douglas and Lisa Spurlin, of Tucson, Ariz.; Bobby and Renee Umstead, of Shreveport, La.; Dawn and Matt Filer, of Jemez Springs; and Leslie Bucklin, of Los Alamos. Further, there are 10 great-grandchildren: Sarah, Caroline and Benjamin Spurlin; Samantha, Nathan and Bethany Filer; and Amanda, Lauren, Megan and Mikala Bucklin.
James was a charter member of the Tularosa United Methodist Church, served one term as mayor of Tularosa, was active for many years in the Tularosa Lions Club, loved many types of music, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was beloved by all. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Tularosa United Methodist Church where a memorial fund is being set up in his honor.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 27 to Nov. 10, 2009
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