Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

11-8 Local Briefs

City offices to close All city of Portales offices will be closed from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The closure is to allow employees to attend the funeral of Ray Terry, the husband of City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry.

Clovis funeral protest fails to materialize

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Solemnly they stood, forming a tableau that stretched from a corner in Clovis, to Melrose, to Fort Sumner. “We are here to support the family of the fallen soldier,” said Byron Cross, near a Clovis church entrance, his motorcycle behind him. A legion of supporters — most of whom […]

Church to protest at Clovis funeral

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as fuel to push their message all the more. Church members announced last week they plan to picket Monday’s funeral […]

Church protesters should be ignored by community

Editorial Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro Baptist Church […]

Patience: Virtue well worth learning

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers How long does it take to learn a lesson? Sometimes it takes quite a few years. The lesson for me this past week was in patience — something I’ve handled well at times and not so well at other times. I’ve trained college interns all summer long at the newspaper and […]

Funerals replacing reunions

By Helena Rodriquez Been to any good funerals lately? These days, funerals seem more like family reunions to me because that’s the only time my mom sees some of her relatives. She was so close to them as a child, but has since grown apart due to time and space. Seeing tios, tias, primos and […]

Obituaries for April 13, 2006

Alejandro Lomas Jr. Services: 2 p.m. Friday at Mission Garden of Memories, Clovis Alejandro “A.J.” Lomas Jr., 4, of Clovis, died Monday, April 10, 2006, in Progress, Texas. He was born Nov. 5, 2001, in Clovis to Alejandro Manuel Lomas and Jennifer Olivares. She died April 10, 2006. He was preceded in death by his […]

Obituaries March 8, 2006

Clodie Armstrong Hurley Services: 10 a.m. Friday at Steed-Todd Chapel. Clodie Armstrong Hurley, 87, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, in Albuquerque. She was born March 12, 1918, in Wayne, Okla. She and her family came to Clovis when she was 13. A Clovis High School graduate, she lived in Clovis for 65 years and […]

Local funeral home adds crematorium

Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis is expanding its business with the construction of a new crematorium, which will be called High Plains Crematorium. According to longtime employee Kevin Duncan, the crematorium will be the first of its kind in the area. Owner Russell Muffley, who has been in the funeral business […]