Obituaries (Dec. 10)

G.R. Shirley
2 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel
G.R. Shirley, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at his home northeast of Portales.

He was born Nov. 1, 1922, Quay County to Lucille and James D. Shirley. He contracted polio at the age of 9 months, and spent much of his younger years in various hospitals in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona.

He was reared on a ranch at Dunlap, between Roswell and Fort Sumner.

He married Christena Joiner on Dec. 6, 1943, in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Fort Sumner and Portales.
He worked as a cowboy and breaking horses; did construction and poured concrete; did house moving and also ran a septic tank service. At other times he did mechanic work.

Family members said despite physical disabilities he felt he could do whatever anyone else could do, it just took him a little longer. He enjoyed rock hunting and prospecting, camping, hunting, fishing and was also an avid gardener.
He was a member of the Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Prentice, Tex and Kenneth (and wife, Christena), who died June 5, 2003.

She is survived four sons, Jim Shirley (Betty) of Portales, Ronny Shirley (Barbara) of Portales, Gailen Shirley of Clovis and Steve Shirley (Linda) of Hagerman, two daughters, Nita Nixon (Herschell) of Portales and Judy Shirley of Portales; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Mark Butler will officiated services.

Burial is at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Cody Shirley, Bill Bevel, Shane Shirley, Austin Hall, Sammy Shirley, Frank Levacy, Bryan Nixon, Bobby Nixon, Kris Nixon, Bruce Nixon, Keith Nixon and Adam Peacock.

Honorary pallbearers are friends.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Dixie Irene Taylor
3 p.m. (CST) at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North in San Antonio, Texas.

Dixie Irene Taylor, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, in San Antonio.

She worked in the banking industry for 29 years. She was also employed as a certified nursing aide and worked in the printing industry for the last decade.

Family members said she was a loving wife and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Lee Taylor; two sons, Shawn and Stoney Taylor; a daughter-in-law, Ann Taylor; four grandchildren, Travis Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Brooke Taylor and Tony Ramirez; her mother, Leona Fahnert; a sister, Donna Lethgo; a brother, Ron Danklefs; and a brother-in-law, Harvey Lethgo.

Burial will take place at Mission Burial Park South.

Arrangements are by Mission Park Funeral Chapels South in San Antonio, Texas.
Dorothy Jane Roth
Have been held.
Dorothy Jane Roth, 63, of Monett, Mo., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005, at Cox Medial Center South in Springfield, Mo.
She was born June 11, 1942, in San Fernando, Calif. She was a retired cook for the food services industry.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Everett Stoddard; two children; and one grandchild.

Survivors include two sons, David Jones (and wife, Ginny) of Clovis and Robert Hawkins of Portales; three daughters, Sheri Mathews of Groves, Texas, Linda Pearson of Monett, Mo., and Patricia George of Bakersfield, Calif.; a mother, Emma Pierce Stoddard of Portales; a brother, Robert Stoddard of Portales; a sister, Thelma Collier of Clovis; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements were by Buchanan Funeral Home of Monett, Mo.

Everett Glenn Givens
Have been held.
Everett Glenn Givens, 88, of Yuma, Ariz., died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at La Mesa Rehabilitation Center in Yuma, Ariz.
He was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Arch.

He received his bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University and his master’s degree from Arizona State University.

He served in the Army Air Corp. in World War II, obtaining the rank of 1st lieutenant. He married Wilda in 1977 and retired from Yuma School District as the assistant superintendent in 1978.

He was a member of the Elks, American Legion Post, and First United Methodist Church in Yuma, Ariz.

Family members said he was a kind, gentle soul who never knew a stranger, loved children, could put a smile on your face with a good joke and loved telling stories about his military tour of duty in Italy.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Joan Burt (and husband, Steve); a son, Greg Givens (Jenifer); a stepdaughter, Jamie Penny (Jeff); a stepson, Don Gray; three sisters, Neva Sanders (Elbert) of Clovis, Maurie Ponder of Marion, Ill., and Laura Watts of Farmington; three grandsons, James (Tamara), Jeremy (Lisa) and Justin Couball (Jennifer); four step-granddaughters, Nicole, Veronica, Lyndsey and Rebeka; his wife’s grandchildren, Lara, Ross, Liam, Colin and Emily; four great-grandsons, Kyle, Jake, Seth and Sam; and numerous family and friends.

Burial took place at Desert Lawn Cemetery in Yuma.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.

Richard Blalock
Will be held at a later date.

Richard Blalock, 46, of Clovis, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born Feb. 8, 1959, in Hobbs to Doris and Walter Blalock.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Doris Blalock of Portales; a brother, Mike Blalock (and wife, Gaylene) of Monahans, Texas; a sister, Jan Blalock of Portales; and two nieces, Andrea Blalock of Portales and Kiley Blalock of Denton, Texas

Arrangements are by Agape Funeral Home of Lubbock.