May 19 Obituaries
Published: Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
Max Hobbs, 78 Mr. Max Hobbs, 78, of Portales, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at Vista Care Hospice in Lubbock. He was born on July 24, 1925, in Portales, to Alma Lee and Add Hobbs. He graduated from Portales High School in 1943. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, then returned to Portales. He married Fae Beth Hill on July 12, 1946, in Lubbock. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in business administration. He was part owner of Cooper Hobbs Chevrolet for a number of years. He later owned Portales Ford Co. and Mr. Shop, a men’s clothing store on the square, which he later traded for a Culligan Soft Water franchise. He and his wife co-owned Gals, a local ladies-ready-to-wear store. About 10 years ago, he retired to play golf and spend time at his home in Ruidoso. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lion’s Club, Portales Country Club and the local Chamber of Commerce. Family members said he enjoyed playing golf, water skiing and making woodworking projects. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Chester Hobbs; and by his wife. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Morgan (and husband, Bob) of Fort Collins, Colo.; two grandchildren, Kymberly Koontz (Eric) and Addison Morgan; and two great-grandchildren, Karter and Riley Koontz. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Portales Cemetery. The Rev. Harry Riser will officiate the services. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are John Howl, Johnny and Hubert Morgan, Keith Hall, Ernest Leach, Bennie Aday, Bud Kenyon, Buster Hatch, Ken Hubbard, Dick Hood. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, P.O. Box 5000, Boys Ranch, N.M. 87002-5000 or the First United Methodist Church in Portales. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Gid Montague, 93 Gid Montague, 93, of Tulia, Texas, died Monday, May 17, 2004, in Swisher Memorial Hospital in Tulia, Texas. He was born on Oct. 8, 1910, in Silverton, Texas. He married Edna Middleton on April 9, 1929. They moved to Portales in 1932, where he farmed and had a dairy for more than 50 years. He retired and moved to Tulia in the 1980s. He was a Methodist. He was preceded in death by his wife; two daughters, Marcia Swan and Evelyn Montague; four brothers, Eddie Frank, Grant Thomas, S.W. Jr. and Fred Kelly Montague; four sisters, Monty Ann Montague, Gertie Moore, Mozell Carter and Peggie Parkey. Survivors include a granddaughter, Michele Wright of Stephenville, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Shawnee, Tyler and Shyann Wright; a great-great grandchild, Kelton Wright; a brother, Clyde Montague of Clovis; and two sisters, Opal Grimes of Morton, Texas, and Mayrene Betts of Portales. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at Wheeler Mortuary in Portales. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Portales Cemetery. The Rev. Farrell Odom will officiate the services. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Arrangements are by Wallace Funeral Home of Tulia and Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Jose J. Olivas, 63 Mr. Jose J. Olivas, 63, of Portales, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. He was born on Sept. 26, 1940, in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Elfonsa and Jesus Olivas. He came to the United States when he was 16. He lived in a number of different states where he worked as a farm laborer. Most of his life was spent in Hobbs, and then in Portales. For several years he was employed locally by Calvin Alexander and for the past 12 years he worked for Dr. Lonnie Alexander on his ranch. He worshiped at Evangelica Iglesia de Dios in Portales. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Elvira Olivas of Portales; two step-sons, Israel Ornelas and Fausto Rocha, both of Portales; two step-daughters, Ramona Rocha-Villegas (and husband, Filimon) and Rachel Ramos (Manuel), all of Portales; four grandchildren; a brother, Lazaro Olivas of Oginaga, Chihuahua, Mexico; and a sister, Elvira Solis of Falomir, Chihuahua, Mexico. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Evangelica Iglesia de Dios in Portales. The Rev. Raul Ornelas will officiate the services. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers are Israel Ornelas, Fausto Rocha, Felimon Villegas, Maunel Ramos, Manuel Solis and Matilde Pando. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Jerry C. Walker, 67 Mr. Jerry C. Walker, 67, of Portales, died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Methodist Hospital Baylor Debakey Heart Center in Houston. He was born on Feb. 2, 1937, in Fort Sumner, to Mary Ella and George E. Walker. He grew up near Taiban. He graduated from Portales High School in 1955. He served briefly in the Air Force before returning to Portales to attend Eastern New Mexico University. He married Melveta Baker, on Nov. 26, 1958. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and science and later earned a teaching certificate. He taught for a year in Claude, Texas. In 1964, he and his wife moved to the Navajo Reservation where he taught for nine years. He spent another nine years as the administrator of special education for 13 schools. At that time he moved to Teec Nos Pos Boarding School where he was the superintendent and principal for seven years. In 1988, he retired and returned to Portales. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Family members said he was a devoted family man and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Billy Wayne Walker. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Billy Whitethorne of Shonto, Ariz., Baje Whitethorne of Flagstaff, Ariz., Edward Whitethorne of Tuba City, Ariz., and Hank Whitethorne of Kayenta, Ariz.; two daughters, Koetta Carrell (and husband John) of Abilene, Texas, and Michala Ruechel (Joel) of Holbrook, Ariz; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Nell Overturf of Roy, Wash., Jo Manis of Dora and Pat Bryant of Clovis. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales. The Rev. Walter Huber and Floyd McAlister will officiate the services. Burial will be at Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers are John, Shawn, Derrick and Clayton Carrell and Joel and Jacob Ruechel. Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Obituary Policy The Portales News-Tribune does not charge to publish obituaries. Space constraints and deadlines may limit what is published. Information for obituaries must come from funeral homes.
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