Jan. 9 Obituaries
Published: Saturday, January 8th, 2005
Sonny Lee Black, 34 Mr. Sonny Lee Black, 34, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at his home in Albuquerque. He was born on Sept. 5, 1970, in Stutgart, Germany, to Liddie and Tom Bill Black. He grew up in Deming and in 1989 he graduated from Deming High School. Following graduation he moved to Levelland, Texas, where he worked at United Food Market. After about two years he moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where he was trained as a plumber. In 2002 he moved to Albuquerque to make his home with his parents. Family members said he enjoyed bowling and bowled in several leagues. He also loved music and playing the guitar. Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, Wanda and Willie Johnson of Las Cruces and Fawnetta Lee of Portales; and a sister, Jana Black of Albuquerque. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at University Baptist Church at Portales. The Rev. Steve Smith will officiate the services. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers are Tommy Hohstadt, Joey Hargrove, Ronnie Blackwell, Lance Hill, David Calhoun and Steven Calhoun. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Don Huddleston, 79 Mr. Don Huddleston, 79, of Portales, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on May 1, 1925, in Richland Springs, Texas, to Jessie and Eli Huddleston. He served in the Navy during World War II. On Feb. 25, 1946, in Brewton, Ala. he married Maxine Harris. Following his discharge from the service he came to Portales where he worked in a series of jobs with local businesses. He sold cars for much of his life until 2001. In the early 1960s he began buying and breeding quarter horses. Family members said this became one of the great loves of his life. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Portales where he served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the Portales Country Club and the West Texas Senior Golfers and played golf regularly. He also was a member of the Portales Lions Club, the American Legion and the VFW post in Portales. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Peggy McAlister. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Carol Holder (and husband, Terry) of Goose Creek, S.C.; and two sisters, Mattie Gushwa of Lubbock and Patsy Block of Sioux City, S.D. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Dr. Herbert Bergstrom will officiate the services. Burial will be at the Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers are Bobby Jack Stewart, Dennis Darrow, Melvin Littlejohn, Dean Moore, Ray Chambers, and Jimmie Moore. Honorary pallbearers are Charles McAlister, the members of the Portales Lions Club, his golfing buddies and all his many friends. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer Association, 9500 Montgomery NE, Ste 209, Albuquerque, NM 87111. Arrrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Anna Fay Lee, 88 Mrs. Anna Fay Lee, 88, of Elida, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born on Oct. 4, 1916, in Tahoka, Texas, to Fay and Clayton Standefer. She was the oldest of eight children born to the Standefer family. She grew up near Morton, Texas. On Dec. 22, 1934, she married Cotton Lee. They moved several times before moving to Fort Sumner in 1947. In 1970 they moved to Roswell where they made their home until 1981. At that time they moved to Elida. She worked for several years as a senior companion. She joined the First Baptist Church in Clovis in 1946. Family members said she enjoyed the Elida Senior Citizens and the Elida Homemaker’s Club and liked doing yard work and traveling. During her lifetime she had traveled by conveyances ranging from covered wagons, buggies and horseback to cars and trains, planes and even helicopter. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bud Standefer; a sister, Evelyn Ellis; a grandson, John Hughson; and her husband, Joel W. “Cotton” Lee. Survivors include two daughters, JoNell Pohl of Columbus, Ohio, and Kay Nuckols (and husband, Jim Bob) of Elida; two grandchildren, Lee Ann Wright of Aransas Pass, Texas and Joel Nuckols of Lovington; a great-grandson, Joel Trevor Nuckols of Levelland, Texas; two brothers, Joe Bob Standefer of Floyd and Jay Standefer of Roswell; and three sisters, Betty Lou Moore of Elida, Billie Jo Radcliff of Portales and Jimmie Starr of Las Vegas, Nev. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Elida Cemetery. Kay Nuckols and Connie Dixon will officiate the services. Pallbearers are Jimmy Dale Ward, Dan Howard, Coy Wilson, Tim Bob Wilson, Trevor Nuckols, Jeff Bilberry and Wendell Cathy. Honorary pallbearers are The Elida Fire and Ambulance Department. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Elida Fire and Ambulance Department. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Eck Colson, 76 Mr. Eck Colson, 76, of Clovis, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at his home in Clovis. He was born on Jan. 26, 1928, in Willie Grove, Tenn., to James and Vera Colson. He moved to Clovis from Tennessee in 1952. He married Lavern Barker on July 16, 1969, in Farwell. He worked for Rierson Pontiac and owned and operated Colson Conoco Station. He served in World War II and Korea in the United States Air Force. Family members said he enjoyed all kinds of sports and he loved to race cars. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lisa Gant; two sons, Troy and Roy Colson; and two brothers, Junior Colson and J. B. Martin. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Rhonda Button and Karen Kay Duncan of California, and Joan Pippin of Clovis; six sons, Ray Plyler of Florida, Steve and Scott Plyler both of Clovis, Lonnie Colson of Santa Fe, Buddy Colson of Wichita, Kan., and Bruce Colson of Lubbock; a sister, Comedith Colson of Muleshoe; three brothers, Chester Colson of Bowling Green, Ky., Clark Colson of Portales, and Eldon Colson of Broken Bow, Okla.; 27 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Burial took place at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis with military honors. Pallbearers were Kip Taylor, Matt Hanks, Michael Edmonds, Nathan Colson, Seth Colson, Cade Colson, Heath White, Sam White, and Steve Barker. Memorial contributions may be made to Prince Street Baptist Church in Clovis. Arrangements were by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.
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