Feb. 8 Obituaries
Published: Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
Carroll Hunton, 79 Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ in Portales. Mr. Carroll D. Hunton, 79, of Portales, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born on April 17, 1925, in Forrest, to Ethel and Ludvil E. Hunton. He grew up in Forrest and graduated from high school there in 1943. He served in the US Navy, but returned to the family farm in 1946. He graduated from Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1951 with a degree in business and economics. He married Wenonah Thorn on Feb. 6, 1956. He owned and operated the Portales Credit Bureau for 14 years. He was a member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ, the Sons of the American Revolution, Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, and the Republican Party. He moved to Albuquerque in 1969, and returned to Clovis in 1978. He returned to Portales in 1983. He retired in the late 1980’s. Family members said he began writing as a hobby, and had recently completed his autobiography. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Esten, Paul, J.W., and L.E. Hunton; two sisters, Velma James and Mozelle Nance; and two daughters, Elaine Hunton and Mary Jane Bowman. Survivors include his wife of Farwell; two sons, David Hunton of Portales and Tommy Hunton (and wife, Edna) of Bakersfield, Calif.; seven grandsons, Paul, Matt, Shawn, Ryan and Jason Hunton, Troy Testin, and Chase Graves; a granddaughter, Casey Graves; a great-grandson, Tre Hunton; a great-granddaughter, Emma Hunton; a brother, Wayne Hunton (Bess) of Clovis; and a sister, Lois Baker (Nile) of Roswell. David Bennett and Bob Wood will officiate the services. Burial will be at 3 p.m. (CST) Wednesday at Lazbuddie Cemetery in Lazbuddie, Texas. Pallbearers are Rick Chandler, Garvin Thorn, Brad Hunton, Mike Blackburn, Mark Gammon, and Doug Harrison. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Velma Jane Gresham, 90 Services: 4 p.m. today at South Park Cemetery in Roswell. Velma Jane Gresham, 90, of Amarillo, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, in Amarillo. She was born on June 14, 1914, in Bryce, Texas. She attended school in Richland. She married J.E. (Dick) Gresham in Portales on March 8, 1932. They moved to California in 1939 and then came back to Portales and lived there until moving to Amarillo in 1962. They then moved to Roswell upon retirement where she continued to live. She spent most of her life working at cafes, factories, farming with her husband and caring for her children and grandchildren. Family members said she was a very special devoted mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son, Clark Eugene Gresham; two sons-in-law, J.C. (Pete) Bouldin and Donald Meredith; a grandson, Scott Gresham; an infant great-granddaughter; three sisters, Lorene Bowers, Gladys Pruett and Geneva Moran; and four brothers, Marvin, Uel and Floyd Page and James Newland. Survivors include five daughters, Doris McCurdy (and husband, Dean), Janet Carter (Mickey), all of Amarillo, Jean Meredith of Lubbock, Charlene Bouldin of Portales and Darlene Liveoak (Kenneth) of Phoenix; two sons, Jim Gresham (Rosemary) of Fritch, Texas, and Rodney Gresham (Janice) of Jefferson, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren. Arrangements are by Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors of Amarillo. Richard Tivis, 75 Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at W.W. Rix Chapel in Lubbock. Richard Tivis, 75, of Lubbock, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005. He was born on Feb. 8, 1929, in Muleshoe, to Richard L. and Beatrice Carter Tivis. At the age of 5, he and his family moved to Lubbock, where he attended school and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1947. He attended Texas Tech University in pursuit of a real estate license. He owned and operated entertainment venues in Lubbock, Amarillo, and Dallas for 20 years. He married Sharon Wilhite on Jan. 19, 1972, in Lubbock. While operating the nightclub businesses, he ventured into the ambulance business, in which he owned and operated Lubbock Ambulance for the next several years. He then owned and operated “Stripe A Zone” for 45 years before retiring. He was a Baptist. Suvivors include his wife; four children, Cheryl Swinney, Ricky and Eddie Tivis and Darla Tivis Rodgers (and husband, Eldon); five grandchildren, Bryan, Zachary, Chantry, Cody, and La Voe; and a sister, Barbara Ellsworth (Winston). Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock. Arrangements are by Rix Funeral Directors of Lubbock.
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