Thanksgiving time to be grateful for each moment

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for faith, family, friends, health and our wonderful, free country. To add a somewhat different perspective on Thanksgiving, I want to thank God for the gift of time. Every minute of every day should be spent in thankfulness to God for the gift of […]

Twila Smith

Mrs. Twila Smith, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Aug. 14, 1927, in Billings, Mo., to Junie and Ora Johnson. She lived in Missouri until she was 8 years old, when her family moved to Portales. In 1945, she wound the Maypole before graduating from Portales […]

Former ENMU coach remembered fondly

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Greyhound football coach Mark Ribaudo speaks during a Monday afternoon funeral service for former Eastern New Mexico University coach Harold “Bud” Elliott at the Campus Union Ballroom. (Freedom Newspaper: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Bud Elliott believed in the words of George Washington Carver: “Take what you have with what you are, make […]

Shooting stuns neighborhood

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Clovis Police officers Randy Pitcock, left, and James Dutcher patrol the campus of Clovis High School after the dismissal bell Friday afternoon in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A wooden board covers Carlos Perez’ bedroom window. Nine bullets pierced through it early Thursday morning; one ended Carlos’ life on the […]

Family survived World War II by trading wine

By Don McAlavy, CNJ columnist We’ve had at least three prominent Greek families in Clovis for the last 60-70 years — the Rallis, Augustino and Asimos families. They were all in the restaurant business. Many of us may not have understood their language, but we understood their good food. This is the how the Asimos […]

Fenton, Marie

Marie Fenton Services:Have been held. Mrs. Marie Fenton, 85, of Portales, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, in Friona. She was born March 22, 1920, in Tulia, Texas, to Vera P. and William A. Stroup. She grew up south of Manzano Mountains on a family farm. She married Ed Fenton on Oct. 28, 1938. They lived […]

Carpenter, Marcia

Marcia Carpenter Services: Have been held. Mrs. Marcia Janice Carpenter, 60, of The Colony, Texas, a juvenile detention officer and homemaker, died Friday, April 1, 2005, in Plano, Texas. She was born on April 22, 1944, in Clovis, to Clifford and Julia Leake. She attended high school in Bovina, and at the age of 17, […]

Rushing, Mattie

Mattie Rushing Services: Have been held. Mattie Carrington Rushing, 106, of Friona, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at Prairie Acres Nursing Home in Friona. She was born on June 1, 1898, in Natural Dam, Ark., to Stephen and Serena (Ausmus) Carrington. She married Eric Vance Rushing on May 30, 1917, in Francis, Okla. Family […]

Apartment life is more than location

By Grant McGee I moved out of my groovy disc jockey pad last week. The pad was a one-bedroom apartment smack dab in downtown Clovis. Some of my compadres wondered at my choice of living quarters because of its location. “Look,” I said, “there’s new carpet, a new hot water heater, new refrigerator, it’s been […]

Kizer, George W.

George W. Kizer Services: Have been held. Mr. George W. Kizer, 98, of Portales, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at his home. He was born on May 23, 1906, near Hollis, Okla., to Phoebe Annie and John Strauther Kizer. He married Bernie “Bill” Helmer on April 15, 1933, in Portales. They lived in Oklahoma for […]

Offering life advice a dangerous business

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist It amazes me how brilliant I am about so many things and why folks don’t more often seek my counsel. My wife Marilyn used to say, “Maybe you should stop trying to solve world problems and straighten out your own life.” I miss her wit. But to show what I […]

Buban, Stanley

Stanley Buban Services: Private services will be held. Stanley Buban, 87, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Sunday, July 25, 2004. She was born on March 26, 1917, in Lehigh, Mont. He was a retired welder. He was a World War II veteran and had lived in Las Vegas for five years. Prior to moving he […]

Dendy, W.E.

W.E. Dendy Services: Have been held. Mr. W.E. “Ed” Dendy, 80, of Portales, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at his home. He was born on Sept. 2, 1923, in Olustee, Okla., to Bessie and Carl Dendy. The Dendy family came to Portales from Olustee, Okla., in 1927. In 1943 he was drafted to serve in […]

Resident remembers the circus

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Here are some memories from Charlyne Allyn Sisler: “The Santa Fe Railroad and the men who ran it were the most important and dominant aspect of Clovis when I was a child. I loved watching the coming and going of the trains, plus the social atmosphere of the Gran Quivira, or […]

Colliflower, Sylvia

Sylvia Colliflower Services: Have been held. Mrs. Sylvia Ann Kilpatrick Colliflower, 67, of Clovis, a housewife, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at her home. She was born on December 28, 1936, in Charlotte, N.C., to Harry and Isabel Rogers Kilpatrick. While growing up she lived in several locations in North Carolina and South Carolina. She […]

O’Neal, J.E.

J.E. O’Neal Services: Have been held. Mr. J.E. “Jake” O’Neal, 94, of Portales, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on April 1, 1910, in Menard, Texas, to Ethel and John O’Neal. He grew up in Lamesa, Texas, where he attended school and helped his father work […]

Caughran, Eva

Eva Caughran Services: A private family burial will be held Elsie Faith Caughran, 83, of Albuquerque, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at her home. She was born on May 19, 1920, McComb, Okla., to John and Eva Bliss. They moved to Grady when she was 5 years old. She married her first-grade sweetheart, James Virgil […]

Clovis woman dies at 108 years old

By Darrell Todd Maurina Julie McKinney, believed to be the region’s oldest resident, died Sunday morning at the age of 108. McKinney, who would lay grass on soggy trails so her family’s covered wagon could travel faster, was an energetic sort. She was born before New Mexico became a state; loved to sing and dance; […]

Valentines Day 1986 brings laughs, memories

By Michelle Seeber PORTALES — Tom and Sandy Simenson of Portales have celebrated 15 Valentine’s Day anniversaries since their marriage on Nov. 19, 1988, in Denver. The Valentine’s Day they remember most, though, was in 1986, when they lived at Windsor Gardens in Denver before they got married. “It was a Roarin’ ‘20s party,” Tom, […]