Survivor's story: Clovis resident is one of few living Bataan death march survivors

Courtesy photo Alvin Fails, 95, of Clovis, a Bataan death march survivor, at his home in February. Tonjia Rolan The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors. Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Liz Wooley, left, and Amber Hamilton of Sexual Assault Services look over new curriculum for their sexual abuse support group which meets regularly in Clovis. Wooley said giving sexual assault survivors a structured environment helps them to feel safe along with imagery exercises to help develop a safe place in […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships, a local cotton conference and losing a crown

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Cancer scholarship Young cancer survivors have until Feb. 25 to apply for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $10,000 offered in increments of $2,500 per academic year. Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before age 21 […]

VA staffs office for survivors of veterans

Courtesy of VA News Service WASHINGTON — To strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs programs for survivors of the nation’s veterans and servicemembers, VA officials have staffed an office to serve as the their advocate, with a charter that includes creating or modifying programs, benefits and services. “Taking care of survivors is as essential as […]

Survivor shares lighter side of the Great Depression

By Glenda Price People who grew up during the Great Depression have lessons for those of us born and raised in the years since. A few Depression survivors are still here, and they can teach us whippersnappers a great deal about self reliance, self control, neighborliness – and most important of all, survival skills. I’ve […]

Storm recovery joint effort

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Courtesy photo: Jerry Priest Jerry and James Priest’s house in south Clovis — built in 1923 — was destroyed in the tornado. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico The first anniversary of the March 23, 2007, tornado that struck eastern New Mexico with such destructive force falls on Easter Sunday. For some people involved in […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Homicide victims honored during holiday

ANGELS BEARING THE NAMES OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS were hung on a Christmas tree and a candle lit as each name was read aloud. About 100 angels now dangle from the tree, each representing a loss to surviving family and friends. THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEMORIAL TREE of the New Mexico Survivors of Homicide was decorated Tuesday […]

Wood, Patricia “Pat”

Patricia “Pat” Wood, 81, of Amarillo died Monday Feb. 6, 2006, in Amarillo. She was born April 13, 1924. Survivors include a son, Patrick Wood (and wife, Shelly) of Amarillo, a granddaughter, Amy Wood of Amarillo; a sister Bobbie Kessell of Gastonia, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family in the Clovis and Tucumcari […]

Thorne, Michael . “Mike”

Michael E. “Mike” Thorne, 71, of Clovis died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born March 17, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Robert T. and Lois Vance Lamb. He was a respiratory therapist and former member of the Eagles, Odd Fellows and Kiwanis. He married Shirlee Jean […]

John R. Reese

John R. Reese, 50, of Albuquerque, and formerly of Clovis, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, in Albuquerque. Survivors include his children, Eric, Kristen, Mick, Mitchell and Jesse; and former wife, Denise. Arrangements are by Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque.

Martin, Ervin Lester

Ervin Lester Martin, 71, of Odessa, Texas, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, at his home. He was born May 30, 1934, to Aaron and Velma Martin in San Jon. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carol; and son Andrew Martin of Odessa; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A family visitation will be held from […]

Carder, Billy

Billy L. Carder, 74, of El Paso, Texas, and formerly of Clovis, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at his home. Survivors include two daughters, Debi Doherty and Suetta Carder; a step-son, Richard G. Massey (and wife, Lavon); and six grandchildren. Burial took place in Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral […]

Pulliam, Howard M.

Howard M. Pulliam, 81, of Greenville, Texas, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2005, at a nursing home. He was born Sept. 28, 1924, in Bellview to Sterling and Polly Mitchell. He married Avice Clayton in Portales March 31, 1944. He worked for John Deere for 32 years and also served in the U.S. Army. He was […]

Hottman Jr., David

Mr. David Hottman Jr., 68, of Clovis, died Oct. 1, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born April 6, 1937, in Port Gamble, Wash. He worked on the B-2 plane for 10 years at Northrup-Grummin in Pico-Rivera, Calif. He retired the Air Force as a staff sergeant after 21 years of service. Family […]

Former Clovis firefighter at forefront of rescue effort

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Donald A’mour (red helmet) spent 10 days in New Orleans with a Texas rescue team. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer As America watched in horror news footage of Hurricane Katrina devastate historical New Orleans, Clovis resident Linda D’Amour sat at the edge of her seat. Her son Donald was there on screen, […]

Saiz-Sanchez, Espira

Espira Saiz-Sanchez Services: Have been held. Espira Saiz-Sanchez, infant, died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on July 31, 2005, in Clovis. Survivors include her parents, Roberto Sanchez and Nancy Saiz; a brother, Matt Saiz; two sisters, Nichole Lujan and Ave Sanchez; her grandparents, Macario and Adela […]

Steelman, John

John Steelman Services: Have been held. John Russell “JR” Steelman, 53, of Huntington, W.Va., died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at his home. He was born on Oct. 20, 1951, in Huntington, to John “Jack” and Nada Parsons Steelman. He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandparents, Dr. D.R. and Henrietta Armbrecht Parsons; […]

Marney, Michael

Michael Marney Services: Have been held.  Mr. Michael Alexander Marney, 43, of Clovis, died Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in Belen. He was born on Sept. 15, 1961, in Brandon, Suffolk County, England. He lived in Lubbock most of his life and moved to Clovis six months ago.   He was preceded in death by his […]

Bataan Death March survivors break ground for memorial

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Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales, left, was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years after being captured. Bataan Death March survivor Louis “Kildee” Herring is at right. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — With golden-tipped shovels in their hands, six survivors of the […]

Page, Sherry

Sherry Page Services: Have been held. Mrs. Sherry Page, 53, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Aug. 7, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., to Virginia and Robert Smith. She grew up in Pomona, Calif., where she attended schools. She then attended Eastern New Mexico […]