Betty J. Evans
Services are pending with Chapel of Hope Funeral Home for Betty Jo Evans of Hobbs.
Mrs. Evans, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, at her home. She was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Logan.
Immediate survivors include her husband, Edward Evans of the home.
Robert 'Bob' Deitz
LOVINGTON - Services for Robert "Bob" Deitz of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. today at Jackson Avenue Baptist Church.
The Rev. Mike McGuire and the Rev. Herb Bryant will officiate. Burial will follow in the Lovington Cemetery under the direction of Smith-Rogers Funeral Home.
Mr. Deitz, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 28, in Lubbock. He was born July 17, 1934, in Lovington.
He married Barbara Owens on May 16, 1958, in Lovington. He later married Ruby Perry, who preceded him in death in 1998. On Jan. 16, 1999, he married Ellen Williams in Lovington.
He had been a deacon at Trinity Baptist Church and later became a member of Jackson Avenue Baptist Church, where he also served as a deacon.
Mr. Deitz had been a lifelong resident of Lovington and worked as a plant repairman for 34 years at Lea County Electric.
Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Christopher Deitz of Oakland, Calif. and Paul Deitz of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Julie Gail Deitz of Austin; two stepsons, Robert Williams and Rick Williams, both of Lovington; a brother, Don Deitz of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Barbara Jurik of Anchorage; his mother, Nuel Johnson Deitz of Anchorage; and five step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Full Circle Gospel Group or the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O.;. Box 5000, Boys Ranch, N.M. 87002-5000.
Funeral Mass for Isabel Chavez of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Burial will follow in Prairie Haven Memorial Park under the direction of Chapel of Hope Funeral Home.
Mrs. Chavez, 67, died Monday, Jan. 29, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. She was born Dec. 1, 1933, in Eagle Pass, Texas. She married Sylvester Chavez on Sept. 16, 1952, in Hobbs.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The Rev. Pedro Valdez will officiate.
Survivors include her husband of the home; a son, Mario Chavez Sr. of Hobbs; two daughters, Virginia Sosa and Tonya Enriquez, both of Hobbs; two brothers, Carlos Carrillo of Carrizo Springs, Texas, and Gabino Carrillo of Hobbs; a sister, Jane Orosco of Hobbs; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her parents, Baldo and Antonia Carrillo; and a brother, Felix Carrillo, preceded her in death.
Funeral services for Otto Arter of Lovington will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Church of the Nazarene. Mr. Arter died Jan. 27 at the Lovington Good Samaritan Home. He was 90.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Finch and burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery.
Mr. Arter was born Oct. 29, 1910, in Cartersville, Okla. He married Myrtle Rose Clark on Oct. 21, 1948, in Shawnee, Okla.
He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his wife, son Bobby Arter of California, daughters Carol Hafner of California, Linda Diebel and Earlene Cullon of Lovington and Mary Lee of Burns Flat, Okla. He is also survived by a brother, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mason and Dolly Alter, three brothers and two son-in-laws.
Smith-Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A funeral Mass for Isabel Chavez of Hobbs will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. today at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. Rosary will be said at the funeral home chapel at 7 p.m. today.
Mrs. Chavez, 67, died Monday, Jan. 29, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.
She was born Dec. 1, 1933, in Eagle Pass, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, Sylvester Chavez of the home.
Marjorie M. Engel
HOMER, Neb. - Marjorie M. Engel, 100, of rural Homer died Friday, Jan. 26, at a South Sioux City nursing home.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. today at Homer United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Omaha Valley Cemetery, rural Homer.
Mrs. Engel was born Dec. 30, 1900, in Fremont, the daughter of William and Mary M. (Peters) Lass. She married Henry M. Engel on Sept. 14, 1920, in Center. They farmed in the Dakota County area. He died Oct. 5, 1977, in Sioux City, Iowa.
Survivors include two sons Darrel of South Sioux City, and Vernon of Sioux City; seven daughters, Delores Stark and Yvonne Barge, both of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Marcella Hennig of Rosalie, Laura Hansen of Hobbs, Joyce Novak of Pender, Helen Smith of South Sioux City, and Mary McNear of Hubbard; 50 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; 41 great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-granddaughter.
She also was preceded in death by three sons, Warren, Melvin and Verl; two daughters, Jean Van Cleave and Darlene Kelly; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial for Ruby Fonda of Hobbs are scheduled for 3 p.m. CST today at Mount Olive Memorial Park in Big Spring under the direction of Calvary Memorial Funeral Home of Hobbs.
The Rev. Malcolm Pointon will officiate.
Mrs. Fonda, 73, died Friday, Jan. 26, at Lea Regional Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 10, 1927, in Edmonson, Ky.
She attended First Baptist Church in Big Spring. She moved to Hobbs in 1996 from Big Spring.
Survivors included three sons, Otis Fonda Jr. of New Albany, Ind., Robert Edward Fonda of Sugar Grove, Va., and Larry Alan Fonda of Big Spring; two daughters, Peggy Goetz of Hobbs and Alice Vargas of Big Spring; three sisters, Belle Mullinx of Phoenix, Mary Harrod and Peggy Cunningham, both of St. Augustine, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Fonda; her parents, Edd and Alice McCawley; a daughter, Patty May; a sister, Ruth Cox; and a brother, Ramsey McCawley.
Funeral services for Billie J. McBeth of Hobbs will be held today, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at Prairie Haven Chapel. The Rev. Leon Green will officiate.
Burial will be at Prairie Haven Memorial Park following the service. Mr. McBeth died Monday, Jan. 22, at Hobbs health Care Center. He was 63.
He was born July 18, 1938, in Gatesville, Texas.
He is survived by daughters Shaunene Richards of Tyler, Texas, and Wilma Sue Johnson of Chama; by sons Edward Lee McBeth of Maybank, Texas, Thomas Lee McBeth of Carlsbad, Terri Glenn McBeth, Scotty Ray McBeth and Danny Lynn McBeth, all of Los Angles, as well as brothers Tom and Donnie, both of Lovington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, T.L. and Beaulah McBeth, a son Billy LaVern McBeth and a brother.
Chapel of Hope Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Services are pending at Bethany Funeral Home for Daniel Snell of Hobbs. Daniel, 14, died Saturday at Nor-Lea General Hospital in Lovington.
Ruby Enda Fonda
Funeral services are pending for Ruby Enda Fonda, 74, of Hobbs at Calvary Memorial Funeral Home.
Mrs. Fonda died Jan. 26 at Lea Regional Medical Center. She was born on Sept. 10, 1927, in Edmonson, Kent.
Survivors include five children: Otis Fonda, New Albany, Ind.; Robert Edward Fonda, Sugar Grove, Va.; Larry Allen Fonda, Big Spring, Texas; Peggy E. Goetz, Hobbs and Alice Vargas, Big Spring.
Barbara C. Dobbins
Services are pending for Barbara C. Dobbins of Hobbs at Griffin Funeral Home.
Mrs. Dobbins, 69, died on Friday, Jan. 26.
She was born Dec. 22, 1931.
Mrs. Dobbins is survived by a daughter, Soraya Smith of Las Cruces.
Funeral services have already been held for former Hobbs resident Era Matthews of Farwell, Texas.
Mrs. Matthews, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Farwell Convalescent Center.
She was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Dora to Cora and Mather Samuel Gresham.
Mrs. Matthews grew up in Dora and graduated from Dora High School in 1936. She attended Eastern New Mexico Junior College in Portales for two years.
She worked as a secretary at the credit union in Clovis for a number of years, and was later employed by Blind Machinery in Clovis.
She married George Matthews in 1950 and they moved to Earth, Texas, where she worked at a gas plant. During the 1970s she moved to Hobbs where she worked for an oil company and later opened a health food store which she operated until 1990.
Mrs. Matthews is survived by a brother, Junior Gresham of Portales; and two sisters, Calliebelle Bradford of Neoshow, Mo., and Edith Luce of Friona, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cora and Mather Samuel Gresham; a brother, J.E. Gresham; and a sister, Ethel Fullerton.
Funeral Services for Bess Miller of Midland will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Hobbs. The Rev. Keeney Dickenson of Eunice will officiate.
Graveside services for H.M. Callender of Midland will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Prairie Haven Memorial Cemetery in Hobbs.
Mr. Callender, 72, died on Sunday, Jan. 21.
He was born on Feb. 13, 1928, in Electra, Texas, to Morgan and Beulah Perl Callender.
Mr. Callender lived in Hobbs before moving to Midland in 1983. He worked for Cactus Drilling and Exeter for more than 30 years.
Mr. Callender is survived by his seven children, Ethel Marie Moon of Apple Valley, Calif., Brenda Joyce Mendoza of New Colony, Texas, Patricia Ann Crossland of Hobbs, Howard Lee of Stanton, Texas, Artie Alton of Greenwood, Texas, Gary Lee of Hobbs and Benetta Leigh Callender of Odessa; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mattie Ethel Callender; and a brother, Bob Callender.
EUNICE - Services for Charlotte Conner of Eunice will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Daniel Miller will officiate. Burial will follow at Brunson Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Calvary Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. today. The family will greet friends from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will also take place from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday.
Mrs. Conner, 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Lubbock.
She was born on July 20, 1919, on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota.
She and her husband moved to Eunice in 1979 from Folsom, Calif. She was a homemaker and an active member of the Becker County Historical Society of Minnesota. She was affiliated with the Lutheran church.
Mrs. Conner is survived by two sons, James M. Conner Jr. of Eunice and Jack M. Conner of Hobbs; a daughter, Patricia Louise Metke of Roseville, Calif.; two brothers, Russell Hanson of Fargo, N.D., and Gordon Hanson of Albany, Calif.; two sisters, Avis Krogh of Redding, Calif., and Maloria Mausseth of Lemon Grove, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, James M. Conner Sr. in 1987.
Memorial donations may be made to the Eunice Senior Citizens.
Janet R. France
Services for Janet Rae France of Hobbs will be held today at 10 a.m. at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Kerby and the Rev. Leon Green will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Memorial Park.
Mrs. France, 63, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at her home.
She was born Oct. 7, 1937, in Goshen, N.Y. She married George France in August 1964, in Pinebush, N.Y.
Mrs. France graduated from Grand Ramsey High School in New Jersey. She was a member of the Women's American Legion Auxiliary and the women's auxiliary of the V.F.W. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Mrs. France is survived by her husband of the home and a daughter, Jackie Blackman of Fort Worth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ruth Shiner Smith, and two sisters, Beverly Moellman and Bernice Kropp.
Services for Bess Miller of Midland will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Keeney Dickenson will officiate. Burial will follow at Prairie Haven Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home Inc.
She will lie in state today from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The family will greet friends Saturday from 10-11:45 a.m.
Ms. Miller, 95, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Midland Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 15, 1905, in Bellefonte, Mo.
Ms. Miller was a member of First Baptist Church. The church was her life.
She was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed politics.
Ms. Miller is survived by a son, Harry Sinclair of Midland, and a sister, Nell Hinman of Hemmett, Calif.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen White.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church memorial fund.
LOVINGTON - Services for Marjorie Mirth Sewalt Waits of Lovington will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roy Elmore will officiate. Burial will follow at Lovington Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bethany Funeral Home.
Mrs. Waits, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 25, at Lea Regional Medical Center.
She was born on April 19, 1916, in Carlsbad to Matthew and Clara Sewalt. She married John Williams Waits in Lovington.
Mrs. Waits graduated from Lovington High School and then received her master's degree in English from Texas Christian University. She worked for Eastern New Mexico University and TCU.
She then went to work for New Mexico Junior College before retiring in 1989.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Waits is survived by a daughter, Carol Ann "Casey" Haines of Perry, Mo.; a son, Charles Matthew Waits of Lovington; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband on 1988; her father, Matthew Sewalt; and mother, Clara Creighton Sewalt Roberts.
Lorenzo D. McKinney Jr.
TACOMA, Wash. - At his request, there will be no funeral services for Lorenzo Dow "Mac" McKinney Jr. of Tacoma. Interment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent under the direction of Gaffney Cassedy Allen & Buckley King Funeral Home.
Mr. McKinney, 84, died on Friday, Jan. 19, in Tacoma.
Mr. McKinney, born in August 1917, spent many years living in Hobbs. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He spent 30 years working for Phillips 66 Petroleum. Mr. McKinney moved to Tacoma after retiring.
He spent the last 12 years volunteering at Sound View Medical Clinic.
Mr. McKinney is survived by his wife, Jessie, of the home; two sisters, Jeri Edwards and Beverly Echols, both of Hobbs; a brother, John McKinney of Midlothian, Texas; a daughter, Diana; a son Loren; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice organization of one's
Memorial services for Lyle "Reggie" Anderson of Seminole will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Chapel of Hope Funeral Home. The Rev. Gorton Smith will officiate.
Mr. Anderson, 70, died Saturday, Jan. 20, at his home.
He was born July 21, 1930, in Winfield, Kan.
Mr. Anderson married Rosemary Bloodworth on Aug. 25, 1953, in Whiteflat, Texas.
Mr. Anderson graduated from Roswell High School in 1948. He went on to Texas Tech and graduated with a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1952. He attended officer cadet training school in New Port, R.I., where he achieved the rank of ensign.
He completed flight training in Pensacola, Fla., and went on to complete jet training in Corpus Christi, Texas. He spent the remainder of his military service in Miramar, Calif., where he flew off the U.S.S. Essex with squadron VA 113 as a second lieutenant until his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1957.
Mr. Anderson moved to Prairieview in 1957 where he worked as a farmer on his parents farm for 27 years. He went to work for M.C. Hightower for two-and-a-half years.
He then went to work for the soil conservation service in Lovington until his retirement in 1999.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife of the home; two daughters, Robin Zinter of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Wryn Best of Hobbs; a son, Joe Reginald Anderson of Las Angeles; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Roland Anderson; a sister, Bobbie Laree King; and his parents, Walter and Lyal Elsie Brown Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the First United Methodist Church at 200 E. Snyder in Hobbs.