Obituaries for June 9, 2006

Britten Ray Webb

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Emmett, Idaho.

Britten Ray Webb, 77, of Emmett, Idaho, and formerly of Portales, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation Center in Emmett, Idaho.

He was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Portales, where he lived until joining the Air Force in 1949. He married Joan Woods on July 2, 1950, in Kansas City, Mo.

Family members said he loved his family, hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Essie Swopes; stepfather, Walter Swopes; father, Thomas Webb; brothers, Roy Webb and Dan Swopes; son, Michael Webb, and grandson, Todd Webb.

Survivors include his wife of Emmett; two sons, Rocky Webb of Boise, Idaho, and Bryant Webb of Emmett; and two daughters, Karon Webb of Boise and Brandy Hagler of Emmett; eight grandsons, Brandon Webb of Nampa, Idaho, Nathaniel Linville of Federal Way, Wash., and Terris Webb, Bryce Crosby, Logan Webb, and Jakob, Joshua and Jayven Armijo-Hagler, all of Emmett; and five granddaughters, Alaina Whitman of San Jose, Calif., Terah Kofahl of Madras, Ore., Gwen Daniels of Nampa, Meranda Webb of Cortez, Colo., and Piper Webb of Emmett; a sister, Lavon Elrod of Portales; two brothers, Wayman Swopes of Midland, Texas, and Truitt Swopes of Austin, Texas; six great-grandsons, William Webb of Nampa, and Sevryn and Therion Webb, Brinkley Crosby, Britten DeWayne and Carter Webb, all of Emmett; and three great-granddaughters, Jordan Matheson of Madras, Kayla Webb-Daniels of Nampa and Taylor Crosby of Emmett.

Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of Idaho.

Lula (Dendy) Slavey

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Portales Cemetery.

Lula (Dendy) Slavey, 72, of Arizona, and formerly of Portales, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, in Arizona.

She was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Portales to Bessie and Carl Dendy.

She was active in Rainbow for Girls while she was in school. She graduated from Portales High School in 1952. Her home had been in Arizona since 1971, where she was employed by the police department as secretary to the SWAT Team for 23 years. She retired in 1998 after suffering a stroke.

She never missed watching the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball games on television, according to family members. She was also a Phoenix Suns basketball fan, family members said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Claude and Ed Dendy.

Survivors include two sons, Kenny Dean and Kevan Dane Fishback; daughter, Trina Dawn Fishback; four grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Dendy of Lubbock and Jack Dendy of Portales; and sisters, Marie Isabel of Hobbs and Imogene Monroe-Johnston of Alamogordo.

Scott P. Reeves will officiate services.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

J.W. (Jimmie) Looney
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Family Center in Portales.
J.W. (Jimmie) Looney, 72, of Portales died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
He was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Mobeetie, Texas, to Ira Lee and C. E. Looney.
He worked on ranches and competed as a bronc rider in rodeos before coming to Portales about 1950. At 17, he began his truck-driving career with Kenneth Herbert Lumber. He married Cleta Jo Nixon on March 8, 1965. From 1966 until 1979, he drove for Welch Trucking. In the mid-1970s and again in the early 1980s, he and his wife also ran a service station. In 1982 he began driving for Southwest Canners, but retired in 1989 when he became disabled as a result of a fall at work.
Family members said he enjoyed traveling in his RV and fishing, as well as riding motorcycles. He played the guitar and played in numerous bluegrass festivals, they said. He was a member of the Trinity Family Center in Portales.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Robert and Jeff Hancock.
Survivors include his wife of Portales; sons, Jimmy Looney (and wife, Brenda) and “Dink” Looney (Susan), all of Portales; two stepsons, James Nixon (Lydia) of Bertram, Texas, and Joe Nixon of Portales; daughter, Twana Hancock (Floyd) of Portales; two stepdaughters, Kaila Nixon and Denise Nixon (and fiance, Don Wiley), all of Portales; 24 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Sherman Looney of Lovington.
The Revs. Kelly Fulfer and Don Hay will officiate.
Burial will be in Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Josh Short, Nick Nixon, Micah Short, Floyd Hancock, Dearil Looney Jr. and Jimmie Looney Jr.
All of his other grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

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