Morgan, C. Charles

C. Charles Morgan Services: Have been held. Mr. C. Charles Morgan, 71, of Clovis, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at his home. He was born on Nov. 17, 1932, in Anton, Texas, to the Rev. C.C. and Willie Lee Reese Morgan. He graduated from Anton High School in 1951 and Hardin-Simmons University in 1955. He […]

Cottrell, Norma “Dustie”

Norma “Dustie” Cottrell Services: Have been held. Dustie” Cottrell, 51, of Carlsbad, died Friday, June 18, 2004, at her home. She was born on Sept. 23, 1952, in Portales, to Alan and Helen Newbury Mead. She attended school in Portales. Family members said she loved her family and was especially crazy about her grandchildren. She […]

Trial over but family lacks closure

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Garcia hopes to resume a normal life, feels sorry for Moises Ortiz’s loved ones. Fernando Garcia just wants to move forward. The 20-year-old Clovis resident spent nearly a year in jail, charged with killing Moises Ortiz, before a jury found him innocent of the charge. Garcia had been […]

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; […]

Music a part of the family

Weldon Killough A huge part of my life is and has been music. From a young age, my earliest memories are associated with music that revolved around southern gospel songs in church and family reunions, as well as traditional country music. Early on my dad was my major influence concerning music. We always went to […]

Music shapes my heart and soul

Dean Turvaville Editors note: This is the fifth in a series of columns celebrating music in our schools week. One of my earliest memories is that of my grandmother singing Gospel hymns in the kitchen of our family farmhouse as she cooked dinner. I suppose music has always played a part in shaping me, from […]

Family remembers homicide victim

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Tucumcari police officers discuss the case outside the Sundowner Gallery and Gifts store where Joanie Vance’s body was found. CNJ staff photo: TV Hagenah By Darrell Todd Maurina State police officials said Thursday evening they have made no arrests and aren’t releasing any new information on the death of Joanie Vance, but family members gathered […]

Family remembers ‘gentle’ woman

By Michelle Seeber The simple things in life were what excited Imogene Godfrey, who died Dec. 11 at her home in Clovis. She was 74. Her nephew, Tommy Firestone of Clovis, described his aunt as “quiet and gentle,” and said she loved Christmas. “She … really enjoyed receiving presents,” Firestone said. “She got really excited,” […]

Family remembers quiet and gentle woman

By Michelle Seeber The simple things in life were what excited Imogene Godfrey, who died at the age of 74 on Dec. 11, 2003, at her home in Clovis. Her nephew, Tommy Firestone of Clovis, described his aunt as “quiet and gentle,” and said she loved Christmas. “She enjoyed Christmas a lot and really enjoyed […]

Finally it’s time for Rose

By Clyde Davis I don’t do it — let’s get that part straight from the outset. When it reaches an astronomical number, I have been known to buy a lottery ticket; when I go into a casino for the markedly generous food, I have been known to slip in some quarters. But as a whole, […]

Gonzales, Alfonso Junior

Alfonso Junior Gonzales Service: Have been held. Alfonso “Junior” Gonzales, 37, of Clovis died Dec. 24, 2003, west of St. Vrain. He was born Nov. 8, 1966, in Clovis to Alfonso and Mary Aragon Gonzales. A graduate of Clovis High School, he worked for Valley Cabinet Shop for 11 years, then went to work for […]

Baker, Paula

Paula Baker Services: Have been held. Paula Baker, 52, of Amarillo died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, in Amarillo. She was born on April 29, 1951, in Amarillo, to Hoyt and Ruth Houck. She married David Baker on Jan. 1, 1970, in the original chapel of the First Baptist Church in Amarillo. She received a business […]

Teeters, Millie

Millie Teeters Services: Have been held. Mrs. Millie Teeters, 86, of Clovis, a retired bookkeeper/office manager, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at her home. She was born on March 12, 1917, in Claude, Texas, to William and Ellen Cornell Garton. She came to Clovis in 1938. She married Jim Teeters. She worked as a bookkeeper […]

Miller, David

David F. Miller, 78, of Clovis, died Nov. 24, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Amarillo. He was born May 4, 1925, in Blanchard, Okla., to Lawrence Finise and Mabel Chloene Gay Miller. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman 1st Class. He came to Clovis in […]

Kos, Winnie Mae

Winnie Mae Kos Services: Have been held. Mrs. Winnie Mae Kos, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003. She was born on April 15, 1916, in Elida. She was orphaned as an infant and raised by her grandmother and other relatives. Family members said she was a vivacious, outgoing woman who […]

Chiles, Mary

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Mary Chiles, 83, of Clovis died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born in a small town in Kentucky on Sept. 28, 1921, to Albert and Rhea Morris. She married Albert Chiles on May 20, 1937, in Muleshoe. There are many words that […]

He’s the center of attention one last time

David Stevens “Corina Corina where you been so long “Corina Corina where you been so long “I ain’t had no lovin’ since you’ve been gone.” Joe Urioste loved to strum his guitar and sing that song. “He’d sit out on the porch and sing it,” said Judy Barela, one of his three daughters. “He’d get […]

Casillas, Joseph “Joe Bob”

JOSEPH CASILLAS Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton in Clovis.Joseph “Joe Bob” P. Casillas, 49, of Chandler, Ariz., died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003, in Chandler. He was born on Sept. 1, 1954, in Clovis, to John and Geneva Sparks Casillas. He worked for the Safeway Milk Plant for 22 years. Family members […]

Pruitt, John

John Pruitt Services: Have been held. Mr. John “Honest John” Pruitt, 77, of Clovis, a welder, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 2, 1927, in Foreman, Ark., to George and Rose Terrell Pruitt. He was well known as “Honest John.” He married Dorothy Cassidy […]