J. P. “Jake” Ferrell, 86, of Portales, died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis.
He was born April 28, 1920, in Forrest to Helen and Perry Ferrell.
In 1929, the family moved to a farm near Portales. He quit school as a teen during the Depression to help support his family. On Dec. 18, 1943, he married Wilma Mullins in Clovis. He farmed northwest of Portales until 1946 when he contracted polio. When he was able to work again, he became the custodian at Portales Junior High School. He retired after 30 years.
He enjoyed collecting antiques, especially telephones, railroad date nails and oil lanterns, according to family members. They said he also made clocks out of wood, rocks and marble, built bird houses and could do virtually anything with his hands. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, family members said. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Portales.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Pauline Clark.
Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years of Portales; son, James Ferrell (and wife, Carolyn); grandchildren, Tobin Tate (Shelley) of Clovis, Treya Orzel (Bill) of San Diego, Calif. and Terri Thibodeau (Roy) of Las Cruces; and great-grandchildren, Micah and Kayla Perkins, Seaver and Teryn Tate, and Tyson, Tatum and Tobin Orzel.
Rev. Darryl Tennefos will officiate.
Burial will take place in Portales Cemetery.
Dennis Darrow, Jim Love, Delman Shirley, Bill Dalley, Tobin Tate and Jeff Terry will serve as pallbearers.
Emmitt Clayton, Jim Warnica, Kenneth Musick, Leon Musick, Larry Cantwell, Polk Clark, Dr. Les Donaldson and Frank Greathouse will be honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.