Hayes, Gordon “Wayne”

Gordon “Wayne” Hayes, 75, of Clovis, died Monday, March 20, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 24, 1930, in Barberton, Ohio, to Homer and Myrtle Hayes, he retired from the Air Force as a senior master sergeant after 30 years of service. He was a life member of Clovis Elk’s Lodge 1244, where […]

Clovis mother, child die in accident

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week away from her 23rd birthday, Jennifer Olivares was excited about her approaching marriage and hoping to have another child — this one a girl. Olivares and her oldest son, Alejandro “A.J” Lomas Jr., 4, were killed about 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday just outside of Muleshoe when the […]

Helen Geane Modersohn

Helen Geane Modersohn, 71, of Clovis, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at Retirement Ranch. She was born July 9, 1934, in Wellington, Kan., to Roy and Helen Ireland Swearingen. She moved with her family to Clovis in 1942. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1952. She married Vance Modersohn in 1957 in Downers Grove, Ill. […]

Chapin, Carolyn

Carolyn Maria Chapin, 51, of Melrose, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006. She was born Aug. 24, 1954, in Roswell, to Grover and Pearl Richardson. She married Marvin Chapin on Nov. 27, 1984, in Roswell. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who was the only constant in her family’s life, family members said. […]

Thrasher, Harold H.

Harold Hardy Thrasher, 89, of Pampa, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, in Pampa. He was born March, 18, 1916, in Cooke County, Texas, and came to Amarillo in 1921, where he lived until 1936. In 1936, he moved to Canadian, Texas, and resided there until moving to Pampa in 1950. He married Juanita Pendergraft […]

Harris, Marjory “Lou”

Marjory “Lou” Harris, 87, of Albuquerque, and formerly of Clovis, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, in Albuquerque. She was born April 19, 1918, in Ranger Lake, Texas. She was a longtime Clovis resident. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Harris; parents, Edward and Mary […]

Dines, Billie J.

Billie June Dines, 71, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born April 7, 1934, in Albuquerque, to Grace Elizabeth and Robert Scott Kennedy. She graduated from Raton High School with honors. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the local electric company in Raton. She married […]

Quintana, Richard “Ricardo”

Richard “Ricardo” Quintana, 64, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. He was born Jan. 25, 1941, to Santiago and Andrea Garcia Quintana in Newkirk. He worked for Vohs Company in Clovis and in maintenance for the Clovis cemeteries. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic […]

Melvin Lindley “Lefty” Lovorn

Melvin Lindley “Lefty” Lovorn, 82, of Portales died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Goree, Texas, to Nell and Walter Lovorn. For 20 years he was a salesman for Holsum Bread Company. Later, he and his wife owned and operated the Sands Restaurant, but his real love was […]

Walden, Emery

Emery Elva Walden, 94, of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born Nov. 10, 1911, in Winters, Texas, to William and Willie Walden. He married Modean Reid on Feb. 29, 1944, in Portales. He moved to Albuquerque from Clovis in 1947. He was a member of Blake Baptist […]

Stranger’s unselfish sharing sign of God’s mercy

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist There is much sadness in the world. There is sadness in our community, the nation and the world. That is why I am sharing the following true story about an incident … no, a miracle … that is uplifting. My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn. She sent this e-mail […]

Marilyn Kay Wylie

Marilyn Kay Wylie, 63, of Fort Sumner, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at her home. She was born Jan. 16, 1942, in Clovis to Vincent A. and Erma Stallard. She was raised and attended school at Fort Sumner, graduating with the class of 1960. She married Donald R. Wylie on July 9, 1960, in Fort […]

Dr. Ervin Udell Bussanmas

Dr. Ervin Udell Bussanmas, 88, of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born Dec. 11, 1916, in Oklahoma to Frank Herman and Ada Blaksley Bussanmas. He was an optometrist. He was a member of the Clovis/Portales Elks Lodge, the Lions Club and Central Baptist Church. He […]

Noble, Eldred

Eldred Allen Noble, 74, of Clovis, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at the Lubbock Heart Hospital in Lubbock. He was born on Dec.16, 1930, to Walter and Eula Cone Noble in Dimmitt, Texas. He married Verda Lou Watkins on Sept. 3, 1950, in Floyd. She preceded him in death. He married Marjorie Dutton Freeman on […]

Lopez, Claudio J.

Claudio Joseph Lopez, 74, of Seattle and previously of Clovis, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at Highline Hospital in Seattle of pneumonia. He was born June 4, 1921. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad and the Clovis Post Office. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a veteran of World War II, serving as a […]

Mitchell, Willie M.

Willie May Mitchell, 92, of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis. She was born Jan. 5, 1913, to Willie and Lizzie Green Woods in Carbondale, Texas. She was a laundry worker and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers […]

Murray, Velma R.

Velma Rierson Murray, 83, of Clovis, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in the old Baptist Hospital in Clovis to George Madison and Alpha Omega Rierson. Her father and four brothers were early pioneers who homesteaded in north Curry County between 1905 and 1911 before […]

Jimmie P. Adams Hancock

Jimmie P. Adams Hancock, 70, of Hampton, Va., died Monday, Oct. 31, 2005, in Hampton, Va. She was born March 11, 1935, in Melrose to Jimmy and Chonita Adams. She attended the Field Schools until the 10th grade, and graduated from Melrose High School. She attended college at Eastern New Mexico University. Family members said […]

Violet Brown

Mrs. Violet Mae Brown, 89, of Carrollton, Texas, and formerly of Clovis, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas. She was born June 21, 1916, in Camargo, Okla., to Roy and Nellie Tuck. She married Eugene W. Brown on June 10, 1933, in Woodward, Okla. She was preceded […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

By Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch- worth of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford and the Norman Luboff […]