Published: Saturday, March 12th, 2005
Raymond Swopes, 74 Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mr. Raymond Durwood Swopes, 74, of Roswell, died Friday, March 11, 2005, at his home in Roswell. He was born on Aug. 24, 1930, in Melrose, to Edna and Walter Swopes. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1939. From 1949 until 1977 he was employed by the state Highway Department. He was a member of the Baptist church. In 1977 he became a traveling theater manager for Commonwealth Theaters for New Mexico and west Texas. In 1992 he went to work for Wal-Mart in Roswell. Family members said he enjoyed doing leatherwork, building furniture, and tinkering with mechanical things. He was a member of the Lion’s Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Juanita Black. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Swopes of Roswell; a son, Bob Swopes (and wife, JoSele) of Albuquerque; a daughter, Elizabeth Rude (the Rev. David B.) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dan Swopes of Portales and Waymon Swopes of Midland, Texas; a sister, Lorene Anderson of Alvin, Texas; and a foster daughter, Betty Watson of Claud, Texas. The Rev. David B. Rude and the Rev. Waymon Swopes will officiate the services. Burial will be at Melrose Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ronnie and Ricky Anderson, D.A. Black, Michael Ramos, John and Bob Swopes, Pat Camp, and Greg Leiker. Honorary pallbearers are Anthony Martinez and all other Roswell Wal-Mart family members. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. Mary Ann Sprinkle, Director of Development, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Tommy Hobbs, 60 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Portales Cemetery. Mr. Tommy Hobbs, 60, of Portales, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born on June 18, 1944, Richmond, Calif., to Dora and Elvin Hobbs. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his mother; three sisters, Frances L. Dresie (and husband, Nathan) of Portales, Carol Frazier (Ken) of Oklahoma City, and Doralene Braun (Bill) of Hobbs; and several nieces and nephews. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Tom Gilmore will officiate the services. Honorary pallbearers are family members and friends. He grew up in Portales, where he attended school. At an early age, he began working on the family farm, and spent the majority of his life as a devoted son and brother. His hobbies included art and geography. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Geraldine Allison, 85 Services: 2 p.m. Monday at The Chapel in Clovis. Geraldine "Gerry" Allison, 85, of Clovis, died Thursday, March 10, 2005, at her home. She was born on Aug. 10, 1919, in Dalhart, Texas, to Robert Spencer Harrell and Annis Louisa Seward. She married J. R. Allison on June 2, 1940, in Portales. She was a legal secretary, wife, mother, homemaker, and a member of Central Christian Church in Clovis. Family members said she loved to play bridge. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Fern Kelly; and three brothers, Roy, Willis, and W.O. Harrell. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Beth Peery (and husband, Ken) of Belgrade, Mont., Amy Brown (Sam) of Euless, Texas; three sisters, Glen Ray Klebold of Clovis, Marilyn Di Nello of Denton, Texas, and Betty Roberts of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Alison White of Baltimore, Md., Amanda Stewart of Irving, Texas, Shannon Brown of Euless, Texas, and Jason Brown of Euless, Texas; and a great-grandchild, Tyler White of Baltimore, Md. Kenneth Broad will officiate the services. Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis. Pallbearers are Jeff Smith, Darwin Bailey, Woody Lanier, Eddie Harrington, Dr. Maurice Waters, Don McKinney, and O.E. Christian. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis.
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