Published: Saturday, March 18th, 2006
Benny Stockton Services: 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Portales Benny Stockton, 68, of Portales, died Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital. Born Nov. 1, 1937, in Clovis, to Bonnie and William T. Stockton, he played basketball at Clovis and Highland high schools and for Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He coached in Dora, and was assistant boys basketball coach and later head coach at Portales High School in the 1960s, and became Portales Schools athletic director in 1975. After retiring in 1990, he became ENMU assistant girls basketball coach. He married Jimmie Lou Stroud on May 10, 1960. On June 21, 1979, he married Brenda Cook. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Portales Country Club, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association and New Mexico Athletic Association. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Ronnie Stockton. He is survived by his wife; a son, Bill Stockton (and wife, September) of Alamogordo; a daughter, Kasey Ragan Stockton of Las Cruces; two grandchildren, Savannah Brooke Stockton and William Garrett Stockton; a sister, Sharon Janecka of Albuquerque; a nephew, Chris Janecka of Dresden, Germany, and his miniature schnauzers, Aimus, Annie and Abeni. His son, Bill Stockton, and daughter, Kasey Stockton, will speak at the service, assisted by their friends David Bonner and Penny Sanders. Burial will take place at Portales Cemetery. Jimmy Vardeman, Clint Ramsey, Tom Buchanan, Eddie Stanfield, David Brooks, Bill Joy, Robert Haack and Richard Rowley will serve as pallbearers. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Ronnie Stockton Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Portales National Bank, or to a local children’s home. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary, Portales. Arthur Stokes Services: 3 p.m. (CST) Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church, Friona Arthur “Grandpa” Stokes, 90, of Friona, died Friday, March 17, 2006, in Friona. An Army World War II veteran, he received several honors, including the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Friona. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Stokes, and a son, Charles Allen Zachary. He is survived by four sons, Gordon Stokes of Arlington, Texas, Johnny Stokes of Clovis, Jerry Zachary of Woodward, Okla., and Gene Zachary of Friona; three daughters, Sylvia Gibson and Ruthie Hardi, both of Friona, and Shirley Harris of Fort Worth, Texas; one sister, Myrtle Barrett of Shawnee, Okla.; 18 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Calvary Baptist Church or Prairie Acres Nursing Home of Friona, or Odyssey Health Care, 6900 I-40 West, Suite 150, Amarillo, Texas 79106. The Rev. Cecil Golden will officiate services. Burial will be in Friona Cemetery. Arrangements are by Blackwell Funeral Home, Friona. Services pending Alice Myrl Rose, 94, of Clovis, died Friday, March 17, 2006, at Retirement Ranch of Clovis. Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.
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