Robert “Bob” McMath, 78, of Portales, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at his home in Portales.
He was born Nov. 27, 1927, in Mulberry, Ark., to Vicie and Robert N. McMath. He grew up in Wagner, Okla. In the late 1950s he moved to Hagerman where he worked hauling hay. On Jan. 10, 1967, in Roswell, he married Oma Looney. In 1969, they moved to Portales.
From 1970 until 1975 he owned and operated the Portales Security Patrol. In 1975, he began driving trucks for Southwest Canners. He retired in 1990. Since then he worked odd jobs with trucking firms, but most of his time was spent traveling and fishing. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Edward McMath.
Survivors include his wife, Oma; sons, Archie (and his wife, Ann) McMath and Luther McMath both of Portales; daughter, Judy McElroy of Oklahoma; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Bertha Hancock of Roswell; step-sons, Jimmy Looney (Brenda) and Dearil “Dink” (Susan) Looney, both of Portales and step-daughter, Twana (Floyd) Hancock of Portales.
Bishop Merlyn Carling along with various family members will officiate.
Burial will take place in the Portales Cemetery.
Ryan McMath, Eric McMath, Todd Looney, Darrell Looney, Jimmy Looney, Jr. and Scotty McMath will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Looney, Mickey Looney and Floyd Hancock.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.