Curtis, Johnny

Johnny Curtis Services: Have been held. Johnny Mack Curtis, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, in Lubbock. He was born on Jan. 11, 1948, in Hickory, N.C., to Cloyd and Mamie Curtis. He married Pauletta Guss on Dec. 26, 1967, in Portales. He was the store manager at Bunk’s Feed Barn for more than 23 […]

Locals prepare for fair

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Curtis Williams, 17, blows dirt out of the hair of his steer “Secret Weapon” Saturday at his farm in Clovis. Williams will show the 1325 pound steer in this years Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curtis Williams starts every day — even weekends — at 6 a.m. […]

Thornburg, Gloria J.

Gloria J. Thornburg Services: Have been held. Gloria J. Thornburg, 52, of Lubbock died Friday, July 8, 2005, at home. She was born on Nov. 17, 1952, in Fort Sumner, where she lived most of her childhood. She married Karl Thornburg on Aug. 8, 1970, in Alamogordo. She worked at Lubbock Christian University in the […]

Lucero, Charles

Charles Lucero Services: Have been held. Mr. Charles Lucero, 44, of Portales, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at his home. He was born on Nov. 3, 1960, in Las Vegas, N.M., to Dora and Andres Lucero. He grew up in Las Vegas, N.M., where he attended school. He moved to Lubbock where he worked as […]

3/20 Lifestyles: anniversary, engagement, etc.

Anniversary: Burton Bob and Hazel Burton of Corona celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 19 at Corona Recreation room. The celebration was hosted by family. The couple was married March 15, 1955 in Fort Sumner. They have four children, 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is a general contractor. She is a housewife and […]

Thompson, Jimmy L.

Services: Have been held. Jimmy Lee Thompson, 59, of Portales, died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 8, 1945, in Artesia to Katie and Oscar O. Thompson. He married Barbara Jean Ensign in September 1997 in Marysville, Calif.  He grew up in Artesia and Roswell. While living […]

Program prepares leaders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Participants in the Leadership New Mexico program will take part in a three-day session in Clovis this week focusing on educational issues and possible solutions. Leadership New Mexico is a statewide program that exposes business and community leaders to the issues that affect the state, a press release from […]

Creighton, Ruth

Ruth Creighton Services: Have been held. Mrs. Ruth Creighton, 94, of Portales, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 23, 1910, in Franklin, Texas, to Minnie and Henry Moody. Her parents moved their family to New Mexico in the early 1920s, settling in Floyd and later in the Rogers […]

Local business briefs

• Local men chosen for leadership group Clovis businessmen Blake Curtis, co-owner and manager of Curtis & Curtis Inc., and Wes Graham, chief executive officer of RE/MAX First Place Realtors Inc., have been selected to participate in a series of classes aimed at deepening their understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico, according […]

School official stable after heart surgery

CNJ STAFF A Clovis schools assistant superintendent is in stable condition after suffering from a heart attack late Monday night, a school official said Tuesday afternoon. Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of operations, was recovering from a successful quadruple-bypass surgery Tuesday afternoon at Lubbock Heart Hospital, said Jelayne Curtis, secretary to Superintendent Neil Nuttall. His vitals […]

Ag group to host breakfast

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer In the spirit of Clovis’ successful Committee of 50, the recently organized Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico aims to work for the best interests of agricultural producers and the community, the group’s Chairman Blake Curtis said Wednesday. Ag 50 will hold a breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Friday at […]

Ag 50 strong in first meeting

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer Ag 50 of Eastern New Mexico, a lobbying group for agriculture, held its organizational meeting last Tuesday, according to Blake Curtis, who was elected chairman. “We had good attendance,” he told directors of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber on Wednesday. The organization’s bylaws call for no more than 59 members, […]

Lay, Curtis

Curtis Lay Services: Have been held. Curtis Lay, 88, of Melrose died Monday, March 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Sept. 21, 1915, in Berlin, Okla., to Dave and Violet Laxton Lay. He married Ora Blackburn on Dec. 4, 1936, in Berlin. He moved to Melrose in 1949 […]

Recent rainfall favors farms and ranches

By Glen Seeber: CNJ staff writer For months, when Clovis area farmers and ranchers smiled, it may have looked more like a grimace. But that has all changed in recent weeks. Over the past week, Clovis has received more than 2 inches of rainfall, prompting big grins and the forecast of big bucks for those […]

And He Was Gathered to His People

By Curtis Shelburne “And He Was Gathered to His People” My wife has been collecting and displaying some old family photographs. She’s been after me for awhile now to scan a small old photograph of my maternal grandparents that has long sat on a shelf in my office. And I just did. I knew that […]

So what’s in a name?

SO WHAT’S IN A NAME? My parents named me Curtis Kline. (No jibes, now. It wears just as well as Milton Scott or William Jehoshaphat or Delton Eli or Richard Milhouse or Clive Staples or John Luke or …) Presumably, Mom and Dad liked the sound of it, but more than that, they liked the […]

Chitwood, John

John W. Chitwood, 89, of Carlsbad, N.M., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at his home. He was born on Aug. 1, 1914, in Bellview. He attended school in Ruth. He married Joyce Neely on July 6, 1933. In the 1940s he played minor league baseball. He farmed in Broadview until 1956 when he moved to […]

Chenault, Tura

Tura Chenault Services: Have been held. Mrs. Tura Ola Chenault, 88, of Clovis, a homemaker and cafeteria worker, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on Dec. 5, 1914, in Richland, to Silas Franklin and Ida Dove Thompson Beeman. She was a member of 16th and Pile […]

Culpepper, Althea

Althea Culpepper Services: Have been held. Mrs. Althea L. Wheeler Culpepper, 90, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 31, 1913, in Munday, Texas, to Robert A. and Cordie E. Sargent Lowe. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1930. She attended Weatherford College in Texas and New […]

Block, William

William Block Services: Have been held. Mr. William Arthur “Bill” Block, 86, of Portales, died April 11, 2003, at a Temple, Texas, hospital. He was born on June 25, 1916, in at Gotebo, Okla., to Abraham and Agnes Martens Block. He married M. Lavada Mitchell on Dec. 28, 1935, in Hobart, Okla. He farmed his […]