Shooting stuns neighborhood

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A wooden board covers Carlos Perez’ bedroom window. Nine bullets pierced through it early Thursday morning; one ended Carlos’ life on the eve of his 11th birthday. “He didn’t deserve this,” said Minerba Bailon, Carlos’ maternal aunt, her voice shaking. “Carlitos was a little kid who was always smiling, always […]

Sept. 6 Obituaries

Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel. John David Imoe, 63, of Portales, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at his home in Portales. He was born Jan. 25, 1942, in Portales to Maggie and Pete Imoe. The family moved to California and back two different times while he was a small boy. As a […]

9-1 Obituaries

Services: 10 a.m., Friday at The Chapel, 1500 Thornton. Edna Ray Wagner, 80, of Clovis, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, at Laurel Plains Healthcare in Clovis. She was born May 9, 1925, in St. Vrain to William “Bill” and Minnie Thurman Glen. Family members said she was a true daughter of the pioneers, and was […]

6/28 Obituaries

Julius Johnson Jr., 73 Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis. Mr. Julius Jordan “Jay” Johnson Jr., 73, of Clovis, died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Yeso, to Julius and Vera Johnson. Johnson was a retired captain […]

6/5 Obituaries

Lelda Roberts, 83 Services: Have been held. Lelda Roberts, 83, of Oklahoma City, died Friday, May 27, 2005, at her home. She was born on Aug. 15, 1921, in Boswell, Okla., to Hugh and Ruth Baxter Pickens. She married W.P. “Bill” Roberts on Nov. 17, 1946. After attending Southeastern Oklahoma College, she began working for […]

6/3 Obituaries

Nelson Naylor, 92 Services: 10:30 a.m. (CDT) Saturday at First Baptist Church in Littlefield, Texas. Nelson Naylor, 92, of Littlefield, Texas, died Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born on April 21, 1913, in Portales, to Joe and Esther Naylor. He married Alice Betts on Aug. 28, 1938, in […]

5/17 Obituaries

Clarence Barnett, 82 Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Portales Cemetery. Clarence “Barney” Barnett, 82, of Albuquerque, died Saturday, May 14, 2005, in Amarillo. He was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Duran, to Homer and Elbertine Smith Barnett. He grew up in Portales and graduated from Portales High School in 1941. He attended Eastern New Mexico […]

Thompson remembered for pleasant demeanor

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Jimmy Lee Thompson was faced with numerous difficulties throughout his life, especially after returning from the Army National Guard in the early 60’s, but regardless of his circumstances, it was his attitude towards others that marked him as a man of valor. He died on March 14, 2005, of liver […]

March 27 Obituaries

Barbara Goddard Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Barbara Mae Goddard, 66, of Chandler, Texas, died Friday, March 25, 2005, at her home. She was born on Feb. 1, 1939, in Anson, Texas, to Holbert and Blanche Wallace Shirley. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She was employed as […]

Griggs had generous nature

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Eddie Griggs was a man whose generosity reflected his love and friendship. The second born of 12 children, Griggs mentored and inspired family members with his wisdom and positive attitude towards life. Shirley Moore, Griggs’ sister, said her brother often supplied family members, especially the children, with shoes when a […]

Nov. 2 Obituaries

Tommy McGee Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales. Tommy McGee, 87, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Amarillo. He was born on March 21, 1917, in Sulfur Springs, Texas, to Margaret and Flavy McGee. He moved from Wink, Texas, to Portales when he was a […]

George Kizer Life Story

By Laurie Stone George Kizer was the oldest of eight children in his family. It was said of him by family members that he had a work ethic that was strongly unique. Kizer was a cotton farmer for most of his life. His sister Lena Judah, said he loved to farm the sand.” George W. […]

Personalities Plus: Anton Iliuk

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Your name: Anton Iliuk Your job: President’s ambassador, but a student before anything else Your age (and date of birth): 20 years-old, February 9, 1984 Your hometown: Kolomiya, Ukraine Occupation: full time student Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: Kappa Sigma Fraternity, rugby club soccer, senate, any intramural sports. What do […]

Man at center of CBS debate has Portales roots

By Mike Linn The man at the center of CBS’ reports questioning President Bush’s National Guard service is a native of Portales. Bill Burkett of Baird, Texas, near Abilene, graduated from Portales High School in 1967 and was student-body president at Eastern New Mexico University in 1970-71. Burkett also served as commander of New Mexico […]

Sept. 19 Obituaries

Mickey Haas, 67 Mr. Mickey E. Haas, 67, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at his home. He was born on June 9, 1937, in Carlsbad, to Rueben and Rowena Ansley Haas. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1957, serving in Vietnam for three years and retiring in 1984. He had been a resident […]

Sturman a big brother for everybody

By Kevin Wilson Long before Jack Sturman was protecting the country, he was protecting his family, and most of Elida. Sturman, who died June 25 at his home in Tulia, served as a big brother for his four siblings on the family ranch and the people he grew up with in the area. “He’s the […]

Villanueva seen as shining star by family

By Helena Rodriguez Pedro “Pete” Villanueva was the glue that stuck his family together, the backbone, the shining star. He was the special angel who left a void, a big space in the hearts of all those whose lives he touched. This is how Rosalie Pacheco of Portales and Arthur Villanueva of West Jordan, Utah, […]

Obits April 18

Wayne Feland, 64, of Clovis died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, in Floyd to Verna and John Feland. Mr. Feland was a farmer and lived his entire lifetime in the Floyd community until about two years ago when he and his brother moved to […]

Obits Feb 19

Lloyd W. Jones, 74 Lloyd W. Jones, 74, of Albuquerque, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born on May 1, 1929, in Wellington, Texas, to Jewell and Andrew Jones. He was descended from early Texas Panhandle settlers. In 1942, the family moved to a farm south of Portales. He […]

Obits Jan. 30

Lewis J. Wall, 85 Lewis J. Wall, 85, of Clovis, a truck driver, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 27, 1918, in Social Hill, Ark., to Levie and Myrtle Wall. He married Sally Thomas in 1938 in Arkansas. They moved to Clovis in 1953. […]