Recipient of Clovis’ first burial up for debate

By Don McAlavy Five single brothers were the first settlers in what is now Clovis. Alfred Liebelt, the oldest brother of the Liebelt brothers, came from Bunzlau, Germany, to America at the turn of the 20th century and went to San Francisco in 1902. Alfred was sent by a doctor to Las Vegas, N.M., for […]

Residents clean cemetery for Memorial Day

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David Sena, left, and Jim Apodaca work on cleaning up Apodaca’s grandfather’s grave Sunday morning at Mission Garden of Memories in Clovis. The neighbors also worked on fixing up other graves for Memorial Day. (Staff photo: John Eisel) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Memorial Day is not just another day for Tommy E. Sena […]

5/29 Letters to the editor

Military has understated Cannon’s value The Department of Defense stated it would weigh military value during the Base Realignment and Closure process. We believe the military value at Cannon Air Force Base has been understated by someone in the U. S. military establishment and it should be reviewed again. The Air Force has previously stated […]

Confusion arises over local cemetery care

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In non-endowed sections of cemeteries, as seen here, the upkeep duties fall to the family of the deceased. (Staff photo: Ryn Gargulinski) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Instead of sitting quietly in meditation Saturday at her father’s-in-law grave in Lawn Haven Cemetery, Clovis resident Shelly Grim found herself ripping out weeds and even cutting […]

5/15 Letters to the editor

Cannon’s closure will hit Clovis hard Everyone on the Committee of Fifty and on the local commissions just didn’t believe Cannon Air Force Base would be on the closure list. Yet here it is — Cannon is the only base in New Mexico to make the closure list. Kirtland will gain personnel and both Holloman […]

Author of life will have last word

By Curtis Shelburne Recently my younger brother Jim and I walked among the headstones dotting the small country cemetery nestled near the Edith Community a little over eight miles outside of Robert Lee, Texas. Well-kept but absolutely blending in with their surroundings, the headstones had grown up where once only mesquite trees and prickly pears […]

Dement, Leo

Leo Dement Services: Have been held. Leo Dement, 87, of Portales, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 17, 1917, in Hollis, Okla., to Ora and Stephen Dement. He spent his early years in the area where he was born in Oklahoma. The family later moved to Childress, Texas. […]

Houston, Millie

Millie Houston Services: Have been held. Millie Jo Houston, 74, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on March 29, 1930, in Kenna, to Raymond and Nettie Cavett Archer. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, G.C. Houston Jr.; a brother; and […]

Cunningham, Allen

Allen Cunningham Services: Have been held. Allen Ray Cunningham, 52, of Tatum, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, at Nor Lea General Hospital in Lovington. He was born on July 16, 1952, in Farmington, to James and Rose Cunningham. He married Carla Reeves on April 9, 1976, in Portales. He was a member of Living Water […]

Gonzalez, Adrian Joseph

Adrian Joseph Gonzalez Services: Have been held. Adrian Joseph Gonzalez, 1 year and 8 months old, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 1, 2003, in Hobbs, to Erica McDaniel and Jesus Gonzalez. Survivors include his parents; a brother, Malachi McDaniel of Portales; a sister, Lorina Gonzalez […]

California man trying to keep boyhood promise

By Mike Linn: CNJ new editor A few days after 3-year-old David Lucas’ sister died from complications during childbirth he stopped by her gravesite and made her a promise. Forty years later he’s trying his best to keep it. “I told her I’d be back, that when I got older I’d come back and get […]

Chavez, Andrea

Andrea Chavez Services: Have been held. Andrea Faye Chavez, 49, of Mineral Wells, Texas, died on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 7, 1955, in Portales, to Clark and Ann Yandell Terry Rains. She married Alfred Chavez on July 14, 1973, in Oxnard, Calif. She was a regional manager […]

Blevins, Arthur E.

Arthur E. Blevins Services:Have been held. Mr. Arthur E. Blevins, 89, of Clovis, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 29, 1915, in Omaha, Ark., to Edgar and Maggie Rabers Blevins. He married Louise M. Anderson on Sept. 8, 1951 in Wichita, Kan. He retired from […]

Hammit, Billy

Billy Hammit Services: Have been held. Mr. Billy Hammit, 62, of Texico, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Aug. 20, 1941, in Stanford, Texas, to Dread and Annie Campbell Hammit. He graduated from Texico High School in 1959 and served in the U.S. Army for […]

Lee, Roberta

Roberta Lee Services: Have been held. Mrs. Roberta M. Lee, 84, a homemaker from McAlister, died Thursday, June 3, 2004, at Laurel Hills Health Care in Tucumcari. She was born Oct. 23, 1919, in McAlister. Mrs. Lee lived her entire life in McAlister up until her death. She is survived by two daughters, Terri Wells […]

McLain, Delese

Delese McLain Services: Have been held. Delese McLain, 74, of De Baca County, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. She was born on June 28, 1929, in Kress, Texas, to Lonnie Leroy Hettie and Ethel Williams Bishop. She was raised in Fort Sumner and Taiban, where she attended schools. She worked […]

Military families want flags for veterans’ graves

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Leon Morris wants to hear from local relatives of United States military veterans. Two local veterans’ groups, Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 3280 and 3015, coordinate the annual Memorial Day placement of American flags on the graves of Curry County veterans. However, Morris said members of local veterans’ […]

Texas cemetery opens for American Indians

Don McAlavy: Local columnist MORTON, Texas — This story began in the late 1950s when a wooden box containing human bones was found in the old Cochran County Museum in Morton. Morton is about 30 miles south of Muleshoe. The box was labeled “Indian bones — part of skeleton found in southern Cochran County.” Maxine […]

Lay, Ora

Ora Lay Services: Have been held. Ora Lay, 85, of Melrose died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on May 12, 1918, in Berlin, Okla., to George and Pearl Basham Blackburn. She married Curtis Lay on Dec. 4, 1936, in Berlin. They moved to Melrose in 1949 […]

Jerome, Richard

Richard Jerome Services: Have been held. Mr. Richard P. Jerome, 62, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, in El Paso, Texas. He was born on Oct. 3, 1941, in Phoenix, to Paul and Ann Stralla Jerome. He was the owner of Valley By Products. He proudly served in the […]