Faris, Ruby

Ruby M. Faris, 87, of Clovis, died March 29, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare, Clovis. Born Dec. 8, 1918, in Clovis to Dee Roy and Mae Means Smoot, she grew up in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High School. She worked for the phone company for many years as a telephone operator. She loved oil […]

Webb, Delbert “Del”

Delbert “Del” Webb, 82, of Portales, died Monday, March 27, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. He was born July 6, 1923, to Eva and Joe Webb in Pearl, Texas, where he grew up. He graduated from Tahoka High School and joined the U.S. Army. Following his discharge, he married Margaret Reagan in Lubbock on […]

McLaughlin, Charles

Charles Crosby McLaughlin, 87, of Roswell died Saturday, March 25, 2006, in Roswell. He was born on June 22, 1918, in Poquonock Bridge, Conn., to Clarence Crosby McLaughlin and Nellie Bell Bundrock-McLaughlin. On August 6, 1941, in Paw Paw, Mich., he married Wyva Fifine Peacock. He served honorably in the U.S. Air Force for 23 […]

Reyna, Leonora

Leonora Reyna, 56, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 25, 2006, in Clovis. She was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Littlefield, Texas, to Severiano and Lucia Rodriguez. Family members said she was a homemaker and enjoyed shopping, and her greatest love was being a mom and grandmother. They said she will be missed. She was preceded […]

Betancourt, Victor

Victor Betancourt, 86, of Clovis died Sunday, March 26, 2006, at Laurel Plains Healthcare. Born March 20, 1920, to Felix and Josefia Gonzalez Betancourt in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico, he married Tillie Sandoval in 1944. After her death, he married Celina “Sally” Marquez Anaya in 1988. He served in the Mexican Army during the Mexican Revolutionary […]

Jones, Joe L.

Joe L. Jones, 70, of Clovis died Thursday, March 23, 2006, in Johnson City, Texas. Born Nov. 18, 1936, in Curry County to Joe Chester and Addie Bea Jones, he grew up in Center and attended Center School. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1954, and was FFA chapter president. He attended Eastern New […]

Hecht, Mary

Mary Loretta Byerly Hecht, 86, died March 24, 2006, in Dallas. She was born in Sanoval, Ill., on April 21, 1919, to Leslie Owen Byerly and Hazel Marguerite Taylor. The family moved to McAllen, Texas, where she spent her early childhood with her father’s family. When she was 3, her mother died, and her father […]

Weaver, May

May Weaver, 93, of Clovis died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center in Farwell. She was born Jan. 12, 1913, in Weston, Mo., to John and Florence Lober. Her family homesteaded in Vaughn in 1907. Before she was born, the family traveled back to Weston, Mo. She grew up and graduated from school […]

Ulibarri, Pearl

Pearl Ulibarri, 80, of Portales died Friday, March 24, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 17, 1926, in Borica to Lucia and Bernardo Gallegos, she grew up in Fort Sumner where she attended school. She married Cristobal Ulibarri in May 1945. They lived and worked in various areas of New Mexico before settling […]

Tharp, Charly “Chuck”

Charly “Chuck” Lee Tharp, 65, of Clovis died Friday, March 17, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 3, 1941, in Ysleta, Texas, to James W. and Willie Blanch Tharp. He was a founding member and the original vocalist of the Fireballs, an internationally known band. He penned numerous rock ‘n’ roll […]

Deputy James “Jimmy” McGrane Jr.

Deputy James “Jimmy” McGrane Jr., 38, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, in Terajas. Family members said he proudly served the citizens of Bernalillo County for more three years with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, […]

Brannon, Charles

Charles N. Brannon, 85, of Claude, Texas, formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006, in Amarillo. He was born Sept. 18, 1920, to Charlie and Leona Brannon. He attended High School in Pyron, Texas. He married Maxine Lee on Oct. 29, 1938. He served as a foot soldier in the U.S. Army during World […]

Scott, Gladys

Gladys Elizabeth Scott, 88, of Roswell, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at her home. Born Nov. 25, 1917, in Elyria, Ohio, to Mary and Frank Detwiler, she graduated from Elyria Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1938 and began a nursing career that lasted until her 83rd birthday. She worked in hospitals in Elyria, Ohio, […]

Sandoval, Ruben

Ruben Sandoval, 70, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, in Las Vegas, N.M. Born May 8, 1935, in Watrous to Gabriel and Ramona Rael Sandoval, he grew up in Clovis and served in the U.S. Army. He worked as a policeman for the city of Clovis, starting as a rookie and working his […]

Price, Blanche

Blanche Price, 75, of Portales, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Floyd, to Virgie and Moses B. Hawkins, she was a 1948 Floyd High School graduate. While she was still in high school, she was a school bus driver. After graduating from high school, she […]

Merrick, Neoma

Neoma Lucille Settle Merrick, 89, of Clovis, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at the Retirement Ranch in Clovis. Born July 4, 1916, in Driftwood, Okla., to Lizzie and Bert Settle, she earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Northwestern State College in Alva, Okla. Orville Gore Stephenson on Dec. 23, 1937. She taught […]

Jenkins, Henry

Henry Jenkins, 85, of Portales, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. Born June 3, 1920, in Berkeley, Calif., to Nettie and Oliver Lloyd Jenkins, he grew up in Berkeley and attended his first two years of college there. He transferred to Oakland Tech, where he completed an engineering degree. He married […]

Donaghe, Betty

Betty Donaghe, 79, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Born Jan. 26, 1927, in Oswalt, Okla., to Floy and Laura Cross, she had been a lifelong Clovis resident. She cooked at the restaurant in the Mainline Bowl bowling alley for many years. She loved to sew and […]

Hospital cited by second agency

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Spurred by complaints, three independent organizations have inspected Plains Regional Medical Center since January, officials confirmed this week. Two of those agencies have cited the hospital for being out of compliance with their standards. The third determined the complaint was unsubstantiated. PRMC officials and inspection agencies have said inspections […]

Air Force pushing to have Cannon’s fate decided by June or July

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Air Force is on a limited list of parties interested in Cannon Air Force Base, according to a local base advocate. The Air Force conducted a workshop Tuesday in Washington, D.C., for government parties interested in occupying the base. Though the Air Force expressed interest in occupying the […]