Nov. 29 Obituaries

Braden Baber
Services: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery.

Braden Janea Baber, infant daughter of Lyndsey Baber, was born and died early Sunday morning, Nov. 27, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, Truman Welch; and a grandfather, Jim Henry.

Survivors include her mother; grandmother, Tami Spriggs of Portales; great-grandparents, Rosie Henry and Don Lee of Cloudcroft and Lucille Hornberger of Clovis; uncle, Chanse Baber of Clovis; and a great-aunt, Kim Eppler of Clovis.

Pastor Pete Jaramillo will officiate.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Roy Callison
Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery.

Mr. Roy “Buster” Callison, 83, of Farmington, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005, in Farmington.

He was born May 7, 1922, in Perryton, Texas, to Ellen and Walter Callison.

He left home at the age of 12, shortly after the death of his father and took whatever jobs he could find. He served in the Army during World War II. By the mid-1940s he was making his home in Portales and had a small trucking business.

On Sept. 6, 1947, he married DeElva Ledbetter. He moved his family to Albuquerque where he worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator for several years. He then became an ironworker, working on towers, and became a member of the Ironworker’s Union.

During his career as an ironworker he helped in the construction of the Tramway in Albuquerque, family members said. The last portion of his working life he was a boiler operator and maintainer for the University of New Mexico.

He retired in 1989 and moved to Portales in 1990 in order to help in the care of his mother-in-law. Family members said he was a devoted husband and father, and would work at whatever job would allow him to best provide for his family.

He was a self-educated man, and had many creative talents. He enjoyed welding. Among his creations were log splitters, chili roasters, motorized haulers, and motorcycles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dortha Read; and by his wife, DeElva, who died Aug. 25, 2003.

Survivors include his son, Roy L. Callison of Aztec; daughter, Linda Callison of Portales; five grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate.

All of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Ervin Martin
Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery.

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 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary.

Arrangements are by Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa and Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Donabelle Smith
Services: Will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Donabelle “Tippy” Smith, 81, of Portales, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

She was born July 25, 1924, in Big Run, Pa., to Catherine and Ralph Fullerton. She married Thomas Smith on March 14, 1944. She was a Sunday school teacher and volunteered with Meals-On-Wheels. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Family members said she enjoyed gardening and helping others.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Smith of Portales; son,Thomas Smith, Jr. (and his wife Kathy) of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; daughters, Catherine Raisbeck (William) of Portales and Claudia Travis (Jack) of Dunedin, Fla.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Willis Fullerton of Washington, Pa.; and sister, Betty Ewig of Washington, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Foundation, P.O. Box 5312, Akron, Ohio 44334.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.