Aug. 10 Obituaries

Elberta Allen, 75
Mrs. Elberta E. Allen, 75, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at her home.
She was born on May 22, 1929, in Portales, to Margia Hayne Camden and Richard Wilson Boyles
She attended school in Portales. She had lived in Portales and Clovis most of her life. She held various jobs, retiring from Barclays American in January 1989. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She married O.M. “Mack” Allen on July 19, 1947, in Clovis. Family members said she was a great cook and the teller of humorous stories.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Boyles; two sisters, Margie Owens and Dixie Nelson; a son, Donald Mack Allen; and a grandson, Timothy Aaron Street.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Sherry Street (and husband, Leslie) of Alamogordo; two grandchildren, Melene Quairoli and Steven Street; five great-grandchildren, Matthew Allen, Mason Daniel and Morgan Aaron Wise and Brandon Patrick and Maegan Danielle Street; two brothers, John Boyles of Jacksonville, Ark. and Richard Boyles of Clovis; five sisters, Marie Porter of Roswell, Willie Mae Flatt of Crescent, Okla., Bonnie Henderson of Tulia, Texas, Martha Holcomb of Buena Park, Calif. and Evelyn Combs of Portales.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. The Rev. Walter Huber will officiate the services, assisted by the Rev. John Combs.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Steven Street, Matthew Wise, Paul Quairoli, Ken and Nathan Combs and Dave Dodson.
Honorary pallbearers are Mason and Morgan Wise, Garrett and Amanda Dodson, John, George, Josh and Joel Combs and the members of the T.E.L. Sunday School Class.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Library Fund, 524 N. Globe in Portales 88130.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Bernice Melton, 89
Mrs. Bernice Dodson Melton, 89, of Portales, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1914, in Checotah, Okla., to Maggie and William Dodson.
She graduated from high school in Durant, Okla., where she was active in the National Honor Society. She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in education from Southeastern State University in 1936. While in college she was a member of Pi Kappa Sigma Sorority.
She married Howard Melton on Aug. 29, 1936, in Durant, Okla. They made their home in Midwest City, Okla. from 1948 until 1956 when they moved to Carlsbad. While living in Midwest City and Carlsbad, she taught in the public schools. In 1959, they moved to Portales. She went on to complete a master’s degree in education and an education specialist degree at Eastern New Mexico University and taught half-time in the College of Business at ENMU for 13 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Major J. W. Dodson and Cleo W. Dodson.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Howard Melton; two sons, Howard Melton (and husband, Joann) of Chicago and John Melton (Julie) of Aurora, Colo.; four grandchildren, Heather, Patrick, Anjali and Elizabeth Melton; a sister, Margaret Findley (C.H.) of Iowa, La.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Portales. The Rev. Harry Riser will officiate services.
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery
Pallbearers are Vern Witten, Bob Matheny, Ty Walker, Adam Gutierrez, Walter “Cotton” Clark and Reid McClosky.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Friends of Eastern, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales 88130 or the First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Ave C., Portales 88130.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Charley V. Neely, 82
Charley Neely, 82, of Portales, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1921, in Troup County, Ga., to Emmett Madison and Edna Iola Martin Neely.
He married Helen Politiski on Nov. 11, 1944, in Moorhead, Minn. As a young man, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Oregon. He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II. He proudly served his country for 27 years before retiring from the Air Force. He flew 35 missions over Europe during World War II, and he served in Korea and Vietnam. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Consolidated Bottling Co. in Roswell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include six children, Richard Neely (and wife, Judy) of Oceanside, Calif., Renee Neely of Portales, Maurene Goodpaster of Milwaukie, Ore., Charles Neely (Lucille) of Wolfforth, Texas, Mary Corley (Eddie) of Logan and Rodger Neely of Roswell; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, Ellen Joiner (Eddie) of Alexander City, Ala.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock. Father Tom Diebel will officiate the services.
Burial is under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. David Stalker, Dr. Robert Timmons and the nursing staffs at Associated Physicians and Plains Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements are by Resthaven Funeral Home of Lubbock.

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