McKnight Bobbitt, Mattye M.

Mattye Mae McKnight Bobbitt died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 3, 1909 in Huntsville, Texas, the second child of Elwood Reed Lindley and Dora Lee Hoke Lindley. She graduated in 1929 from Sam Houston State Teacher’s College in Huntsville and taught in public schools in that area until […]

Private schools let parents choose educational path

Freedom Newspapers The debate over Intelligent Design is the latest in a long-running battle over what public-school children should be taught about the origins of life. In the first half of the 20th century, students often were taught that life sprang from Divine creation. In more recent times, they have been taught that man progressed […]

Calling it a career

Amn. Thomas Trower More than 28 years ago, an Airman came home on leave to visit his home in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. Little did he know that his influence would help his friend enter the military and begin a career that would end at the top of the 27th Fighter […]

Craig, Neomia

Neomia M. Craig, 85, of Clovis, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis. She was born April 7, 1920, in Longview, Texas, to William Edward and Eular Lee Swansy McMihelk. She married Bishop James Craig on July 18, 1954, in Clovis. She got her bachelor’s degree in 1975 and her master’s degree […]

Student survives 64 surgeries to graduate this year

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Clovis High School senior Sean Broome, 19, seen here with his 2-year-old poodle, Cozmo, was 13 months old when diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. He will graduate Saturday from Clovis High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of 2005 Clovis High School graduates will line up Saturday at Rock Staubus […]

Jones, Monte

Monte Jones Services:Have been held. Monte Jones, 73, formerly of Clovis, died Thursday, April 21, 2005. He was born on Aug. 24, 1931, to Agrie and Elva Jones. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned a bachelor’s, master’s and an education specialist degree from Eastern New Mexico University. He did […]

Rizzuti, Georgia

Georgia Rizzuti Services: Have been held. Mrs. Georgia Carol Brock Rizzuti, 59, of Clovis, died Saturday, March 26, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born on Sept. 29, 1945, in Denver, to Bob and Helen Fern Thurman. She was a graduate of Clovis High School and Eastern New Mexico University. She married […]

Patterson, Avis Warthan

Avis Warthan Patterson Services: Have been held. Avis Warthan Patterson, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005, at her home in Albuquerque. She was born on Jan. 10, 1912, on the family farm and ranch in Red River County, Texas, to William Robert Warthan and Margaret Ann Clenny. She was raised there and graduated as valedictorian […]

African-American history ineptly taught

by Leonard Pitts Granted, it is not the sexiest subject in the world, not the kind of thing that gets people het up enough to write letters to the editor. Yet there are few things more vitally important to understanding the world and our role in it. I’m talking about history and the teaching thereof. […]

Kornegay, Shirley

Shirley Lois Kornegay, 83, of Waco, Texas, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at Ridgecrest Retirement and Health Care Center in Waco. She was born on Jan. 29, 1921, in Thrift, Texas, to Sidney S. and Thelma O’ Quinn Petty. She graduated from Clovis High School, and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Eastern New Mexico […]

Bettina, Frances

Frances Bettina Services: Have been held. Mrs. Frances Hintz Bettina, 82, of Portales, died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at her home. She was born on July 1, 1922, in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Ernest H. and Elizabeth Hintz. She graduated from Rockford (Illinois) High School in 1940. After earning a two-year diploma from Northern […]

Walker, Jerry

Jerry C. Walker, 67, of Portales, died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Methodist Hospital Baylor Debakey Heart Center in Houston. He was born on Feb. 2, 1937, in Fort Sumner, to Mary Ella and George E. Walker. He grew up near Taiban. He graduated from Portales High School in 1955. He served briefly in the […]

Elms, Virgil

Virgil Elms Services: Have been held. Mr. Virgil Lee Elms, 91, of Clovis, a retired school teacher, died Monday, June 14, 2004, at Odyssey Hospice in Amarillo. He was born on Dec. 1, 1912, in Alanreed, Texas, to Edward and Sarah Harris Elms. He graduated from Alanreed High School and from West Texas State Teachers […]

Harden, Doretha

Doretha Harden Services: Have been held. Mrs. Doretha Ellen “Grandma” Harden, 85, of Clovis, a retired teacher, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born on June 23, 1918, in Clovis, to Vernon and Elma Forbes Miller. She married Clinton Harden on Jan. 22, 1944, in Chicago, Ill. […]

Race’s salvation is in becoming whole

Leonard Pitts Jr. Somehow, for black people, it always comes down to fractions. At the beginning, there was that unpleasantness about the Constitution counting us as three-fifths of a human being. More recently, fractions have been necessary to measure our progress toward equality. So in a sense, the National Urban League’s just-released “State of Black […]

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 […]

Quilter to showcase her work at ag expo

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Laura Merrick works on a quilt at her Portales home. Merrick, an avid quilter since she was a child, looks forward to participating in the quilt show this month at the New Mexico Ag Expo. The Ag Expo is Feb. 23-25 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. By Tony Parra PORTALES — Laura Merrick of Portales […]

Brown, Joseph

Joseph Brown Services: Have been held. Mr. Joseph William “Jake” Brown, 74, of Jal, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. He was born on Dec. 1, 1928, in Cogar, Okla., to Myrtie and John Brown. He was a 1947 graduate of Floyd High School. He married Coralie Nell Mullins […]

New school year, returning career

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Mary Finifrock de Perez, a third grade teacher at Cameo Elementary School, unpacks books in her classroom Friday at the school. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Gary Mitchell Mary Finifrock De Perez is a teacher who never stops learning — or, apparently, teaching. After working in the Clovis Municipal School District for 28 years as […]

Blandford, Dale

Dale Blandford Services: Have been held. Mr. Dale Blandford, 70, of Gisela, Ariz., died Friday, July 4, 2003, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Shamrock, Texas, to Raymond and Marie Blandford. He grew up in Portales. After high school he served in the U.S. Army […]