If you have updates on any listed here, please let me know. Especially would like to ask you to keep an eye on the obituary column of the Hobbs News-Sun online - there are HHS alumni showing there, but I need their HHS year, so if you see someone there and know the year, please let me know. Thank you for your help.
030111 - James “Jim” Stewart. CRANE — James D. “Jim” Stewart, 84 of Crane, passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at the Crane Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the Crane High School Auditorium with Reverend Dr. Jim Miles officiating. A second Memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Stockton with Reverend Dr. Jim Miles officiating. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home of Crane. Jim was born on September 29, 1926 in Breckenridge, Texas to James Thomas and Edith Lucille Toland Stewart. Jim attended Crane High School and graduated from Breckenridge High School. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from Hardin Simmons University; and his Masters degree from Eastern New Mexico University. Jim was a US Navy Veteran and served in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Jim married Frances Smith on August 20, 1948 in Abilene, Texas. Jim taught in Artesia, New Mexico for one year and in Hobbs, New Mexico for thirty years. He served as the President of the New Mexico Classroom Teachers Association; President of the New Mexico Educators Association; and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Association. Jim and Frances worked as volunteer park rangers in the Big Bend National Park for thirteen years. Jim was an ordained Deacon and ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances Stewart of Crane; his two daughters, Priscilla (Stewart) Covey (’67) and her husband Hank of Quartzsite, AZ, and Lucille Vaughan and her husband Steve Vaughan (’68) of Midland, TX; one son, Dr. Thomas Stewart (’72) and his wife Jill of Edgewood, NM; 10 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Crane ISD Student Activity Fund. We invite you to share your thoughts and memories with the family by visiting Jim’s memorial guestbook at www.shaffer-nichols.com.
030111 - Paul Thomas (’86). Paul Thomas, 42, of Jal, died Feb. 28, 2011, in Jal. He was born Sept. 18, 1968, in Hobbs. Services are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.
022511 - Glenda Stockton Pixley (’60). Glenda Stockton Pixley, 68, of Hobbs, died Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in a local nursing home. Memorial services will be held 10 AM, Saturday, February 26, 2011 at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Dennis Glasgow, officiating. Mrs. Pixley was born on May 9, 1942 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Charlie and Ethel Jones Stockton. Mrs. Pixley graduated from Hobbs High School in 1960 and attended New Mexico Junior College. She loved horseback riding, especially trail riding and listening to country music. Mrs. Pixley was a member of First Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her sons Charles Pixley and his wife, Margaret and Lee Pixley; daughter, Beth Pixley and her fiancé Ryan Washington; grandchildren, Danielle Pixley O'Brien and her husband, Jay, Amanda Pixley, Kimeko Jeffcoat and Austin Pixley; great-grandson, Jayden O'Brien; brothers, Dr. Rex Stockton (’54) and Roy Stockton (’55); sisters, Charlene (Stockton) Garing (’51), Zena (Stockton) Cox (’58), Sherry (Stockton) Forrest (‘62) and Nelda (Stockton) Howl (’63) and numerous nieces, and nephews.
022511 - Melburn “Mick” Fullingim. Melburn "Mick" Fullingim of Hobbs, NM passed away on February 22, 2011 at the age of 94. He was born in Ada, Oklahoma on August 14, 1916 to Artie and JE Fullingim. Mick is survived by his son, Mickey Joe Fullingim (’55) and wife Barbara of Hobbs, NM. His sister Deane Burgess of Antlers, OK. Three grandchildren Sussan (Fullingim) Bell (’78) of Levelland, TX, Mickey Karl Fullingim of Wanette, OK and Tanya Chaney of Colorado City, TX. Great-grandchildren D'Liesa Burleson, Dustin Johnston, Kyle Fullingim, Kristofer Fullingim, Jessica Fullingim, Kevin Fullingim, Brittany Dawn Edmiston, Susan Bell, Stacy Bell, Steven Bell, Laci Chaney and Logan Chaney. Great-great-grandchildren Hunter Burleson, Hannah Burleson, Sean Burleson, Erika Grace Burleson, Kaleb Fullingim, Dakota Fullingim, Parker Allen & Adrian Johnson. Mick married Agnes Sawyer in 1936. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. After the war he worked in the Oklahoma oilfields before coming to Hobbs, NM, in 1950 and drilled water wells until 1962. He then joined Texas Gulf Sulphur working in the Trona Mines in Moab, Utah, transferring to Green River, WY until he retired in 1980 back in Hobbs. Mick was a private pilot. He loved to hunt and fish. Mick was also member of Highland Christian Church. Mick is preceded in death by his wife Agnes, his parents, Artie & JE Fullingim, siblings Faye Nordyke, Edna Robertson, Delbert Fullingim, Leroy Fullingim and Ralph Fullingim and daughter in law Erika "Lou" Fullingim. Family services are pending.
010711 - Russ Watson. Memorial services for Russ Watson, 51, will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 8, 2011 at First Christian Church of Lubbock with Dr. Michael Passmore officiating. Russ passed away January 4, 2011. He was born August 14, 1959 in Trenton, NJ but grew up in Jal, NM. Russ attended Mesa Community College and NMJC. Russ married Charlotte Chism (’75) on Aug. 10, 1985 in Hobbs, NM. He worked at Pick Up-Pals, ASCO, and Convergys. Russ was a member of First Christian Church and enjoyed volunteering for the Boys Scouts, Monterey sports, and band. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Watson; two sons, Jeffory and Chris Watson; mother-in-law, Betty Chism; and many family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Darris Russell and Shirley Watson; and brothers, Mark and Jeff Watson.
010711 - Jerry L. Myrick. A funeral service for Jerry L. Myrick, 72, of Hobbs will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at First Church of the Nazarene, 2900 N. Fowler, in Hobbs. Pastor Ken Yocom will officiate. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday from 8 a.m.-noon at Chapel of Hope. Myrick died Jan. 5, 2011, at Odessa Medical Center. He was born Aug. 11, 1938, in San Antonio, Texas. He married Mary Helene Clary on May 25, 1960, in Truth or Consequences, N.M. He graduated from NMMI in Roswell, N.M., and attended ENMU in Portales. He served in the U.S. Army in the intelligence division. Jerry enjoyed traveling. His “best friend” and companion was Buddy, a Chinese pug. Jerry was a member of First Church of the Nazarene where he served as a Sunday School teacher and board member. Survivors include his wife Mary Myrick of Hobbs; son Jerry D. Myrick (’79) of Hobbs; two daughters, Darla K. Myrick of Hobbs and Debbie D. Myrick of Eunice; three grandchildren, Amanda Myrick of Hobbs and Chelsie and Joshua Elliott of Hobbs; seven great grandchildren, Trevor and Shea Myrick of Hobbs, Justice and Bradley Guthrie of Texas, Raelynn Myrick of Hobbs, Dylon Smith of Hobbs, and Christopher Hicks of Hobbs. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Leon and Marjorie Mae Myrick; grandparents N.E. and Luella Myrick and Robert and Ramona Stevenson; brother Robert Leon Myrick Jr.; and grandson Brad Lee Elliott. Send condolences to www.chapelofhopefunerals.com.
010511 - Judith Cline. Judith Cline, 59, of Hobbs passed from this life December 31, 2010, in Hobbs. She was born March 16, 1951, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Bertha and Jolly Hunt. She is survived by two children; Patricia Roberts of Hobbs and Charles Hunt (’92) of Miles City, Montana; two grandchildren, Savanha Anderson and Kaden Starkey, both of Hobbs; and one great-grandchild, Payton Anderson of Hobbs. She also survived by five brothers and two sisters. Preceding her in death are her parents, Bertha and Jolly, and her husband C. D. Cline who passed January 9, 2008. Send condolences to www.chapelofhopefunerals.com.
010411 - Elaine (Teague) Hulan (’61?). Elaine (Teague) Hulan went to her heavenly home on December 29, 2010 at Midland Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Elaine was born as Sylvia Elaine Teague in Hobbs, New Mexico on May 18, 1943 to R.D. and Eleanor Teague. She lived almost all her entire life in Hobbs until the last 2 months when she stayed with her daughter in Midland after an illness. Elaine has been employed by Western Motor Company and had retired a few years ago. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, R.D. and Eleanor Teague, and two sons Randy Dean Allen, and Kenneth Dean Allen. Those left behind to cherish her memory are her son, Tony Lee Allen of Hobbs, NM; daughter, Jackie Elaine Thompson and her favorite son-in-law Gary L. Thompson of Midland, TX; and son, Lonnie Hulan of Hobbs, NM; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Mary Lee (Teague) Blakeley (’60) of San Angelo, TX; a brother, Ronny Dee Teague of Hobbs, NM; and a special cousin, Carole (O’Dell) Helton (’58) of Hobbs, NM. There are many lifelong friends who are going to grieve for her also, among them RicharD and Thelma (Sullivan) (’57) Johnson, Janet Carrasco and Mary Lou Daughtery. Elaine was the most generous person you could ever know, always reaching out to help her friends and family in any way she could, often with a word of advice since she did not have a problem “telling it like it is”. We are all going to miss her down to earth attitude, which often kept us from doing something stupid. Memorial Services have been scheduled for 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 4, 2010 at Full Gospel Assembly Church 3524 W. Carlsbad Hwy Hobbs, NM with Bennie Greenlee officiating. Family will receive friends 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 4, 2010 at the VFW hall 609 W. Alto Hobbs, NM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Midland, PO Box 2621 Midland, TX 79702. Anyone wanting to send flowers the family requests them to be sent directly to the church after 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 3, 2010. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.
010211 - Wilma Dale (Roberts) Slater. Wilma Dale (Roberts) Slater, longtime resident of Hobbs, NM and founder of Hospice of Lea County (now Vista Care Family Hospice) was born October 26, 1932 in Coleman County, Texas. She died on December 28, 2010 in Gunter, Texas at the age of 78. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 at First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Snyder, Hobbs, NM. under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home and officiated by Hospice Chaplains Russell Hill and Elio Barrios. Viewing will be held from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 2, 2011. Wilma attended Odessa High School, Odessa Junior College, and Sul Ross University where she met Charles Arthur Slater. They were married in Odessa, TX in 1952. They were married 58 years. Before moving to Hobbs in 1958, she modeled for a prominent dress store in Odessa, TX. She also worked for Hughes Tool Company and Don Hallum, Atty. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hobbs, NM. followed by First United Methodist Church, Sherman, TX. She raised two children, Mark Wayne Slater who died in 1985 and Brenda Karyl (Slater) Chambers. In 1990, she started the first hospice in Southeast New Mexico which provided end of life care for residents of Lea and Eddy County New Mexico; Gaines and Yoakum County, Texas. She was awarded the 1991-92 “Citizen of the Year” by the Hobbs Jaycees for her work in End of Life Care. She is survived by her daughter Brenda Slater Chambers (’73) and son-in-law Steve Chambers of Gunter, TX; three granddaughters Amanda Rose (Chambers) Payne and husband Rev. Tim Payne of McKinney, TX; Melissa Renee (Chambers) Miller and husband Clark of McKinney, TX; and Michelle Ann (Chambers) Huse and husband Brent of Hewitt, TX. She had 8 great grandchildren; Luke Payne, CJ Miller, Mark Miller, Peyton Miller, Mackenzie Miller, Addison Huse, Baylee Huse, and Reagan Huse. She is also survived by a sister Rheta Duncan of Odessa, TX; a brother Don Roberts of Bixby, OK; and two nephews Michael and Jason Duncan. She was preceded in death by her parents Vernon and Opal Roberts, her husband C. A. Slater, and her son Mark Slater (’80). The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the special attention and care given to Mrs. Slater by the team of professionals at Hilltop Haven Care Center, Home Hospice of Grayson County and the personal attendants from Home Instead Senior Care. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Vista Care Hospice Foundation, 1515 Calle Sur, Hobbs, NM 88240; Hilltop Haven Care Center, 308 E. College, Gunter, TX 75058; or Home Hospice of Grayson County, P.O. Box 2306, Sherman, TX 75091. Send condolences to chapelofhopefunerals.com.
010211 - Carey Hollis (’66). Carey Hollis was born on March 1, 1948 in Carlsbad, N.M while his family was living in Artesia. The family moved to Hobbs N.M. where Carey grew up and attended school from the 1st through 12th grades and was a proud graduate of Hobbs H.S. While attending HHS, he won the state records for track in the mile run and 2 mile cross country. He placed second in the Golden West Invitational Track Meet, a national high school meet. His time of 4.09 in the mile run is still the state record for High School track in the state of N.M. In addition to track, Carey was an active member of the Thespian troupe appearing in several productions and the annual Golden Review. After graduation in 1966, he was recruited by the University of Oklahoma where he ran track for one year, placing 4th in a race that included Jim Ryan. At the beginning of his second year he left O.U. to go to California and then returned home to Hobbs where he married Paula Baker (’68) on Jan. 24, 1970. Carey and Paula then moved to Portales to attend school at Eastern New Mexico University where Carey switched his major to Theatre to follow his dream of becoming an actor. Upon graduation in May of 1973 with a B.S, Carey and Paula moved to Houston TX where he worked as an electrician while pursuing work as an actor. He appeared in several movies as an extra and made commercials. Delaying his acting career until retirement, Carey returned to college to earn a M.A. degree in Theatre from University of Houston. Upon graduation he taught theatre arts until retirement mentoring young people and teaching them teamwork, pride and confidence. Carey died on December 30, 2010 surrounded by loving family. Carey was predeceased by his parents Ida Winnell Merrel and Ed Hollis and his sister Ova Nell (Hollis) Lockwood (’73). He is survived by his wife Paula and his two sons, Carey and Alex of whom he was extremely proud. He is also survived by his brothers Lee Hollis (’68) and Van Hollis (’71), his sister Gail (Hollis) Sykes (’74) and her two sons John and David Sykes and his niece Jennifer Lockwood. The family invites friends to join them for a memorial service in Seagraves, TX at the Ratliff Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday, January 4th at 2:00 p.m. Services are under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Seagraves. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either Eastern New Mexico University or University of Houston with the request to designate it to the Theater Arts Program or to the Hobbs High School Track Booster Club.
010211 - Leroy Finney Jr. (’60). A funeral service for Leroy Finney Jr. of Hobbs will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at St. John Baptist Church, 1006 E. Midwest in Hobbs. The Rev. B.J. Choice will officiate. Burial will follow services at Prairie Haven Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and 8-8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chapel of Hope. Services are under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Mr. Finney, 70, died Dec. 30, 2010, at Lea Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 24, 1940, in Honey Grove, Texas. He married Teressa Dyer Finney. Leroy retired from Conoco-Phillips after 31 years of service. He was a deacon at St. John Baptist Church for 40 years. Leroy enjoyed watching TV, especially sports. The greatest joy in his life was his family and the precious grandchildren. He was an active member of St. John Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Teressa Finney of Hobbs; two sons, Royce Finney (’92) of Hobbs and Rodney Finney (’94) of Lewisville, Texas; five daughters, Gail Washington and Caroline Bradford of Seattle, WA, Wanda Sameuls of Midland, TX, Regina Finney of Oklahoma City, OK, and Veronica Foster of Hobbs; four brothers, M.T. Finney of Hobbs, NM, Gary Finney of Garland, TX, Howard Finney of Richardson, TX, and Stanley Finney of Dallas, TX; one sister, Leisa Spradlin of Dallas, TX; stepmother, Hazel Finney of Dallas, TX; cousin, Cheryl Trammel of Belois, Wisconsin; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Finney Sr. and Julia Mae Shells. Memorials may be made to VistaCare Hospice, 1515 W. Calle Sur, Hobbs, NM 88240. Send condolences to www.chapelofhopefunerals.com.
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