Boyd Sr., Odeis

Odeis Franklin Boyd Sr., 87, of Oklahoma and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at home. Born in Strawn, Texas, he graduated from Wewoka High School in Oklahoma in 1939. He was a 27-year Clovis resident. He retired from the Army. He married Averil Isabel Rozel of Oklahoma in 1944. They had five […]

Lancaster, Jack

Jack Lancaster, 82, of Clovis died Friday, May 19, 2006, at his home. Born June 2, 1923, in Georgina, Ala., to M.L. and Eva Maston Lancaster, he worked in the shipyards in Mobile, Ala., from 1939 to December 1942. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in Clovis before serving in Europe […]

Jackson, Dolores

Dolores Winona Jackson, 76, of Redlands, Calif., formerly of Fort Sumner and Amarillo, died Sunday, May 14, 2006. Born April 16, 1930, in Elk City, Okla., she married Donald L. Jackson on March 12, 1950, in Fort Sumner. She worked as a secretary for civil services. She belonged to the Church of the Nazarene. Her life […]

Howard, Joe

Joe Howard, 75, of Portales, died Friday, May 19, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. Born June 22, 1930, to Charles and Daisy Paul Howard in Highway, he married Ora Lee Howard on Feb. 10, 1951, in Safford, Ariz. He was a carpenter. He is survived by his wife, of Portales, three sons, […]

Westring, Neal

Neal J. Westring, 66, of Portales died Thursday, May 18, 2006, at his home. He was born April 15, 1940, in Kanosh, Utah, to Lenore and Harold D. Westring. He grew up in Lehi, Utah. He joined the Navy at 16. He married Jean Scherer on June 16, 1962, in San Diego. He met his […]

Southern, Derrell

Derrell Southern, 49, of Portales, died Thursday, May 18, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born May 16, 1957, in Portales to Jean and E.T. Southern. He grew up in Portales and worked as a truck driver near Clara, Okla., for a number of years. He returned to Portales about a year […]

Castorena, Clara

Clara F. Castorena, 85, of Muleshoe died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at her home. She was born Jan. 9, 1921, in Menard, Texas. She married Polo Castorena in Menard on Oct. 3, 1938. She moved to Muleshoe in 1950 from Sudan. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Muleshoe and the Guadalupana […]

Ortega, Juanita

Juanita Ortega, 89, of Clovis died Friday, May 5, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nev. She was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Quanah, Texas, to Amado and Maria Duran Ortega. She worked in nursing as a home health caretaker. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by […]

Denison, Vera Lee

Vera Lee Denison, 84, of Conestee, S.C., formerly of Clovis, Hassell and Encino, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006, in Conestee. She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Texas to Oscar and Evvie Turner Ranells. Her family moved to Hassell, where she married Carl Leslie Blackburn in Clovis. They moved to Subiaco, Ark., where he later […]

George, Mavis

Mavis George, 83, of Portales died Monday, May 15, 2006, at her home. She was born April 13, 1923, in Center Point, Texas, to Bessie and Kelley White. She graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, in 1941. She played in the band, marched in the drill team and played catcher on the softball […]

Cass, Alesia

Alesia Rachelle “Lisa” Cass, 45, of Albuquerque died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Albuquerque Care Center. She was born July 28, 1960, to Robert and Pearl James Cass in Clovis. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1977. She attended Eastern New Mexico University for one year. She was a telephone operator for Mountain Bell, […]

Williams Jr., Charles

Charles Williams Jr., 77, of Fort Cobb, Okla., and formerly of Lubbock, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Oklahoma City. Born Dec. 2, 1928, in Lubbock to Charles and Velma (Young) Williams Sr., he grew up in Plainview, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas. He was a truck driver and owned a trucking company for many […]

Trujillo Jr., Tommy

Tommy Lee Trujillo Jr., 69, of Clovis died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at his home. Born June 11, 1936, to Tom and Paula Sandoval Trujillo in Clovis, he married Helen Garcia on Nov. 10, 1954, in Clovis. He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He served in the New Mexico National Guard […]

Taylor, Cecil

Cecil Taylor, 76, of Lubbock, and formerly of Portales, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Born Dec. 26, 1929, in Hale Center, Texas, to Stella Ann and Amzy H. Taylor, he grew up on the family farm in Dimmitt, Texas. Following high school graduation, he was drafted into the Army to […]

Reese, Ellen

Ellen Reese, 89, of Portales died Friday, May 12, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 30, 1916, to Maude and David L. Fife in Weatherford, Texas, where she grew up. She married W.A. (Bill) Reese on June 23, 1946, in Yuma, Ariz. They made their home in California for a brief […]

Henry, Albert

Albert G. Henry, 67, of Logan, died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Trigg Hospital in Tucumcari. He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Lakeview, Texas, to Mamie James Henry. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956 and lived in Logan for 44 years. He served on the Logan School Board for 14 years, including […]

Carmichael, Ella

Ella Rae “Charlie” Carmichael, 87, of Portales died Friday, May 12, 2006, at Southwest Regional Hospital in Lubbock. She was born Feb. 20, 1919, in Roby, Texas, to Hallie and Henry Wilson. She married to J. W. “Dub” Carmichael in Roby on March 31, 1939. They made their home in the area around Lamesa, Texas, […]

Bradley, William

William L. (Bill) Bradley, 86, of Portales died Friday, May 12, 2006, at his home. He was born June 2, 1919, near Lake Arthur to Gertrude and Walter Leo Bradley. He attended school in the early grades in Lake Arthur before the family moved to Portales. He graduated from Portales High School in 1937. He […]

Medical examiner: Shots that killed victim fired at close range

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Chief Medical Investigator Dr. Ross Zumwalt examines a blood-soaked shirt of homicide victim Roshawn Pitts on Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. William Riley is accused of killing Pitts. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state medical examiner testified Tuesday the shots that killed Roshawn Pitts were fired at close […]

When winning is losing: Weight-loss challenge ends in tie

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gravy and biscuits and boxes of doughnuts were orchestrated pitfalls for contestants of this challenge, but the victors slimmed down in spite of it all. A weight-loss challenge that waged for four months among Clovis Municipal Schools, the Clovis Police Department and a few other organizations ended 10 days […]