9-10 Obituaries

Leo W. “Bud” Self
Services:2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel

Leo W. “Bud” Self, 94, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis.

He was born Feb. 2, 1911, in McKinney, Texas, to Frances Rosetta and Floyd Evert Self.

He married Mae Bell Earwood on Sept. 30, 1933, in Hugo, Okla. They farmed in Causey until the mid-1940s when they moved to Portales where he worked at a service station and later as a Dr. Pepper route driver. They also lived in Lubbock and Denver and were house parents at Christian children’s homes.

Family members said he was a baseball pitcher, and turned down the opportunity to play professionally to stay home and support his family. He loved watching baseball and gardening. He liked to trade cars and owned many cars in his lifetime, including an Edsel, a Hudson and a Rambler.

He was a member of the Southside Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, A.H., Bill and Fouston Self; two sisters, Louise Griffin and Zelna Bennett; and his wife, Mae Bell, on May 26, 2002.

Survivors include his son, Charles (and wife Carol) Self of Clovis; daughter, Melba (Glenn) Eagle of Clovis; four grandchildren, Rae Lynn Griest, April Medley, Greg (Bernice) Eagle and Charles David Self; four step-grandchildren, Phobie (Greg) Privett, Coby (Larissa) Dickson, Chip Eagle and Jennifer Eagle; great-grandchild Sabrina Griest, and five step-great-grandchildren Jessie Privett, Ryann Privett, Alexandria, Tiffany and Thomas Eagle; and one brother, Gene Self of Oroville, Calif.

Leslie Earwood and Skip Clark will officiate services.
Burial will be at Rest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery south of Portales.

Pallbearers are Charles Self, C.D. Self, Chip Eagle, Coby Dickson, Greg Privett and Gerald Daughrity.

Honorary pallbearers are Harold Knox, Emil Johnson, Marlin Poynor, Jack Self and Leroy Thomas.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Ira Curtis Vibbard
Services:10 a.m. Sunday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2915 S. Union.

Ira Curtis Vibbard, 67, of Dexter died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home.

He was born Sept. 17, 1937, in Portales to Walter Vibbard and Nettie Powell Vibbard.

He married Cheryl Adams on Dec. 5, 1976 in Clovis. He
moved to Roswell from Clovis 25 years ago.

Family members said he loved to work with his hands and was a master craftsman. He loved to build and fly radio-controlled airplanes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Adams; children, Ira Curtis Vibbard, Jr. of San Bernadino, Calif., Larry James Vibbard of Roswell, Stephanie Lyn Berry of Chandler, Ariz. and Sherri Christine Waters of Vancouver, Wash.; grandchildren, Amy Rachelle Vibbard of Roswell, Chelsie Elizabeth Vibbard of Vancouver, Wash., Eathan Walter Link of Vancouver, Wash., Mathew Paul Berry, Autum Rae Berry, both of Roswell, and Cody Curtis Vibbard of San Bernadino, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Madison; sister, Arlene Sena of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Lyndon Vibbard of Clovis; and a host of friends.

Arrangements are by Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

Eppie Mae Elder
Services:2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Hamlin, Texas.

Mrs. Eppie Mae Elder, 96, of Portales died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
She was born Sept. 26, 1908 in Leonard, Texas to Dave and Doffie Jones.

She attended school in Leonard and occasionally rode to high school in a horse-and-buggy. She married Ira Rickman Elder in Hamlin, Texas on Nov. 20, 1926. There were six children born to this home. She lived in Hamlin on the family farm and ranch until 1948 when the family moved to Muleshoe. In 1954 they moved to a farm near Portales.

From 1965 until 1974, Mrs. Elder was the Director of Housekeeping at Eastern New Mexico University. She moved to Golden Acres Retirement Community in 1984, and lived there until moving to the nursing home in 1997.
She was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Geneva Hill; two brothers, Alvin and Gene Jones; son, George Elder; daughter, Ruby Gene Elder; grandson, Michael Elder; daughter-in-law, Joyce Elder and husband; Ira Rickman Elder who died Feb. 2, 1964.

Survivors include three sons, Gerald (and wife Barbara) Elder of Sweetwater; James (Linda) Elder of Muleshoe; and Thurman (Alta) Elder of Portales; daughter, Freda (Carlin) Long of Muleshoe; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Bessie Elder-Voight of Lubbock.

Reverend Jeff Sedberry will officiate.

Visitation will be at Wheeler Mortuary from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Burial will be at Afton Cemetery in Hamlin, Texas.

Pallbearers are Randy Elder, Lance Elder, Curtis Elder, Lee Elder, Glen Green and Brad Long.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in Portales.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Cordy Luman-King
Services:2 p.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel.

Cordy Luman-King, 92, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, in Ennis, Texas.

Funerals Today
Beverly Pinkert – 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales.

Leo W. “Bud” Self – 2 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel

Valentine Gavlik – 10 a.m. at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton

Wilson Fred Gisler – 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church