Oct. 4 Obituaries

Joe L. Visage

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Portales.

Mr. Joe L. Visage, 86, of Portales, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, in Lubbock.

He was born June 24, 1919, in Lockney, Texas, to Katherine and William R. Visage.

He moved to Portales in 1938 from Canyon, Texas. He and graduated from Portales High School in 1938. He married Ruth Hanie Aug. 10, 1941, in Portales. He served almost four years in the Army and was involved in the Normandy invasion.

For most of his life, he farmed, ranched and owned and operated the Sanitary Barber Shop. He retired from the barber shop in the mid 1970s.

He received the area’s Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award in 1965, served as deacon at the First Baptist Church in Portales for more than 40 years, and was awarded for most rewarding service to the church in 1965. He was building committee chairman and supervised the new Fellowship Hall Building’s construction.

Family members said he was a loving and caring husband and a devoted family man.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dale Visage; and two sisters, Ola Bishop and Eva Visage.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Dr. Marlin Visage of Tulsa, Okla., Robert Visage (and wife, Lynn) of Portales and Jerry Visage (Jenine) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Melba Crossley (Robert) of Farmington and Patricia Visage of Clovis; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lula Faye Beckman of Houston and Bobbie Crowley of Farmington.

Dr. Al Woodard will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Winston Berry.

Burial will be at the Portales Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of First Baptist Church, along with their wives.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.