Jan. 14 Obituaries
Published: Thursday, January 13th, 2005
Homer Buel Hobbs, 85 Homer Buel Hobbs, 85, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born on May 26, 1919, in Cisco, Texas, to Susie and Homer Hobbs. When he was a boy, the family moved to Roosevelt County and settled near Pep. He attended school at Elida. In April of 1941 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was part of the 200th Coast Artillery and went to the Philippine Islands in the fall of that year. On April 9, 1942, he along with thousands of other American soldiers was captured by the Japanese and marched to prison camps in the Bataan Death March. He was held captive in prison camps until September 1945. He had been awarded a Purple Heart, and eight Bronze Stars as well as other assorted medals and ribbons. After his release he went to Arkansas to join his family. He married Maxine Hodges on Dec. 19, 1946, in Fayetteville, Ark. They made their home in Lincoln, Ark., until 1951. They moved to a farm north of Portales for a short time, and then moved into town. He worked at various odd jobs until he went to work as a carpenter. In the early 1970s he began working at Wheeler Mortuary doing handyman jobs. He retired in the mid 1980s. In his later years he enjoyed watching rodeos and old westerns on television. He was a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elvin T. and Charles H. Hobbs; and his wife. Survivors include a son, Jim Hobbs (and wife, Sue) of Midland, Texas; a daughter, Bobbie Victor (Bobby) of Dora; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Glenn E. Hobbs of Huntsville, Ark., and Wylie E. Hobbs of Checotah, Okla.; and a sister, Ida Pearl Martin of Floyd. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Mike Tucker and Scott Reeves will officiate the services. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers are Shane Hobbs, Rick Black, Chance Tucker, Ethan Tucker, Buster Tucker and Alec Black. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Mary O. Smith, 89 Mary O. Smith, 89, of Santa Fe, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe. She was born on July 18, 1915, in Truchas, to Marguerita and Joseph Smith. She grew up in Santa Fe, where she attended school. Due to her mother’s death at an early age, she devoted her life to raising her siblings. Family members said she continued to be a “Mother” figure to her family throughout her lifetime. She was a longtime member of the Spanish Baptist Mission and was a devoted Christian, who every night at 10 p.m. would stop all activity to read the Bible and pray. Family members said she always enjoyed children and would look after her neighbors. Her hobbies included cooking, canning, embroidery and sewing. Services have been held. She was preceded in death by her parents; and five brothers, David, Joe, James, Sam, and Ernest Smith. Survivors include two brothers, Robert Smith of Santa Fe and Rev. Frank Smith (and wife, Diana) of Portales; a sister, Ester Linthicum of Portales; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.
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