Snap judgements frequently lead spirit awry

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist This Father’s Day weekend, I remember a talk I had with my father when my attitude was less than Christianlike. It was years ago and all the teenagers were sitting at the back of the church. As my minister father walked to the pulpit, a strange man stepped into the […]

Romero, Virginia “Ginny”

Virginia “Ginny” Romero, 62, of Clovis died Monday, May 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born April 7, 1944, to Onesimo J. and Emma Leyba Encinias in Melrose. She married Raymond Romero on Dec. 16, 1972, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Family […]

5/14 Births

Word Noah Scott Word was born May 1 at Elmendorf Medical Hospital in Anchorage, Ala., to Caryn and Scott Word. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and has one brother, Laylon Helfferich, 14. The mother is a former Melrose resident, and the father is from Naperville, Ill. Grandparents are Johnny and Terrell Thompson of Clovis; […]

Plea OK’d in child slaying

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Orlando Salas, 16, stands to be sworn in Thursday while his father, Isidoro Salas, left, and Defense Attorney Anna Aragon listen. Salas pleaded guilty to murder charges. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 16-year-old murder defendant has told prosecutors his brother killed a 10-year-old boy, according to statements made in […]

Combs, Mary

Mary Lou Combs, 66, of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, April 16, 2006, at her residence. She was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Chickasha, Okla. She grew up in Portales and made her home here until 1992, when she moved to Cameron, La. She recently relocated to Lake Charles as a result of hurricane damage […]

Spikes, Johnnie “Jan”

Johnnie “Jan” Spikes, 65, of Clovis, died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at her home. Born April 9, 1941, to Annie L. Turner and Andy Edwards Sr. in Hughes Springs, she taught at Barry and LaCasita elementary schools and Bovina Public Schools, retiring after a 34-year career. She was a member of Faith Christian Family Church. […]

Lewis, Eric

Eric Deon Lewis, 41, of Albuquerque, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, in Albuquerque. Born Nov. 21, 1964, in Clovis to Billy Lewis and Minnie Ransom, he served several years in the U.S. Army and worked as an interstate truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Lewis; and grandparents, John […]

Ferguson, James

James Ferguson, 62, of Midland, Texas, died Monday, April 3, 2006, in the Hospice Inpatient Unit at Midland Memorial Hospital. Born Feb. 7, 1944, in Bay City, Mich., to John and Gladys Ferguson, he married Sharon McAlister on Aug. 15, 1964, in Portales. He worked for El Paso Natural Gas for 37 years in various […]

Nicholas, Louise

Louise Nicholas, 92, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at her home. She was born July 8, 1913, in Graham, Texas to John Henry and Ollie James Lasater. She married Harlon Nicholas on April 13, 1936. They ranched n the Kenna community for more than 50 years.She was a charter member of Kenna Community […]

Melton, Billy

Billy Bryan Melton, 75, of Texico died Sunday, March 5, 2006, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1930, in Lynn County, Texas, to Noble and Erminie Melton. He grew up in Crane, Texas, and Ozona, Texas, and was a graduate of Ozona High School. He married Sue Meinecke in 1951. They moved to […]

Roslyn R. Byars

Roslyn R. Byars, 86, died Sept. 10, 2005, in Grapevine, Texas.  She graduated from Clovis High School in 1938, and worked for the Civil Service Administration. She served as secretary for Terrace Acres Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, for more than 10 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlett E. Byars;  […]

Viva H. Coffman

Viva H. Coffman, 88, of Clovis died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare. She was born Dec. 2, 1917, in Cameron (Wheatland) to Lee and Georgia Williamson Hutchison. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur Coffman; three sisters, Katy Reed, Mattie Bryant and Nancy Sells; and a brother, Roy […]

Carter, Eugene “Gene”

Eugene “Gene” Carter, 67, of Roswell, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. He was born March 8, 1938, in Portales, to Louis and Elizabeth McClain Carter. He married Linda Woody on Sept. 16, 1991, in Roswell. He was a paint contractor and owned and operated the Gene Carter Airless Repair. […]

Gallegos, Eduvgen

Eduvgen Edwina Gallegos, 79, of Clovis, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at El Centro Villa Nursing Home in Albuquerque. She was born May 22, 1926, to Manuel and Rosa Salazar Martinez in El Pueblo. She married Max Gallegos on Jan. 7, 1959, in Las Vegas, N.M.. She was a homemaker and member of Our Lady […]

Granados, Golla

Golla Granados, 48, of Hobbs, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. She was born April 17, 1957, to Chon Olivas and Eusebia Gomez. She married Gumersindo Granados on June 18, 1981. In 1985, they from Portales to Hobbs. She was a member of St. Helena Catholic Church of Hobbs. She was […]

Linda De La Rosa

Linda De La Rosa, 52, of Portales, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Artesia. She graduated from Artesia High School. She spent the majority of her life as a homemaker. Family members said she enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, sewing, crafts and making rosaries. She was […]

Salazar, Richard “John”

Richard Juan “John” Salazar, 71, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at the Veterans Hospital in Amarillo. He was born Dec. 14, 1934, to Diego and Nina Strange Salazar in Dixon. He was a custodian for the U.S. Postal Service in Clovis. He was a member of AMVETS No. 14 and the American Legion […]

Nunez, Reynaldo L.

Reynaldo L. Nunez, 74, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born June 3, 1931, in Riverside, Calif., to Alejo and Antonia Nunez. Family members said he was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. They said he was a gentle and generous man […]

Simon, Anthony “Tony”

Anthony Dean “Tony” Simon, 43, of Midland, Texas, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Jan. 6, 1962, to Wilfred John and Frances Prince Simon in Clovis. He worked as an Allstate adjuster. He was baptized at El Porvenir Church Camp of the New Mexico Christian Churches, and […]

Crocker, Travis “T.C.”

Travis Allan “T.C.” Crocker, 59, of Clovis, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005, at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1946, in Roscoe, Texas, to Dallas Alford and Aline Henderson Crocker. He was a truck driver. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the AMVETS. He loved to fish, play cards […]