Jan. 15, 2005

Herbert Williams Jr.

Herbert Lee Williams Jr., of Wynne, Ark., died Dec. 31, 2004, in Memphis at Memorial Hospital East.
He was born Nov. 11, 1943, in East Prairie, Mo., to Herbert L. Williams Sr. and Tessie Johnson Williams. He was a retired truck driver having worked for the ABF trucking company. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. He was also a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Wynne.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eddie Williams.
He is survived by; his wife, Mary F. Ortega Williams of Wynne; one son, Herbert Lee Anthony Williams III of Wynne; a daughter Amy J. Sandoval of Tucumcari; a sister Wanda Parks of Simpson, Ill.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Kernodle Funeral Chapel in Wynne with the Rev. T.O. Ramsey officiating.

Floyd P. Miles

Floyd P. Miles, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. He was born Aug. 29, 1919, in Endee. We was the son of former New Mexico Gov. John and Susie Wade Miles. He was alos a retired captain for the New Mexico State Police.
Miles is survived by his wife, Meredith of Roswell, his son Ronnie (Pat) of Roswell, his daughter Jana Miles of Portland, Ore., his former wife, Janice Lumsden of Albuquerque, his brother Wade Miles (Sara) of Tucumcari, his twin brother Lloyd Miles (Betty) of Belen and brother Franklin Miles (Pat) of Santa Fe. He is also survived by his step children Bob Brunner of Jacksonville, Fla., Gary Corman, Cynthia Mitchell and Jeannie Corman all of Roswell and Dale Corman of Ruidoso. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and step grandchildren.
He was a state police officer from 1941 to 1981 when he retired in Roswell. Family members said he was the oldest living state police officer in New Mexico.
Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 17 at Church on the Move in Roswell.
Pastor Randy Reeves of Washington Avenue Baptist Church and Pastor Curtis Harding of Church on the Move will officiate.

Ava Murrel Meador

Ava Murrel Meador, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, in Mancos, Colo. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Randolph County, Ark.
She moved to the Nara Visa area as a child. She was involved in farming and ranching. She later moved to Colorado where she continued in farming, ranching and homemaking.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Meador of Mancos, a brother, Burt Stull (Louise) of Nara Visa, two sons, Dennis Mullin (Ruth Anne) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Ronald Mullin of Farmington. She is also survived by her daughter, Hallie Belle Bogart of San Pablo, Calif., and two step-daughters, Sheral Linnin of Rodeo, Calif., and Mary Louise McCann of Tillamook, Ore.
Meador is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, six half brothers, one sister and two brothers.
A memorial service will be held at Grand Mesa, Colo., at a later date. The body was cremated.

Jimmie McKinney

Jimmie Floyd McKinney, 66, of Bloomfield died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, following an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Tucumcari to Leona and Floyd McKinney. He married Lucille Jimenez on Sept. 21, 1957, in Tucumcari and had three children. He lived in San Juan County for the last 35 years. He had been a firefighter for the city of Farmington, He retired from El Paso Natural Gas in 1994 and was the owner of McK’s Vacuum Sales and Service. Family members said he loved the outdoors and people.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomfield and the Knights of Columbus in Farmington.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; a sister Mildred; and a brother, Jerry McKinney of Tucumcari.
He is survived by his wife Lucille of Bloomfield; a daughter Jennifer Jacquez (Myron); two sons, Jimmy McKinney Jr. (Patricia) and John McKinney (Teena); two brothers Kenneth McKinney (Eulene) of Clovis, Roy McKinney (Brenda); sisters Beatrice Wilson and Elinora Perez (Joe) of Tucumcari. He is also survived by sister-in-law Toni McKinney of Tucumcari.
In addition he is survived by seven grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
A rosary was recited Sunday evening, Jan. 2, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Bloomfield. A funeral mass was Monday, Jan. 3, with the Rev. Jim Walker officiating. Interment followed at Memory Gardens.

Vernon Brown

Vernon Richard Brown, 83, died in Trigg Memorial Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2004, following an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 23, 1921, in Tucumcari and had worked as a machinist.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Eleanor Freed

Eleanor May Freed, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, in Arlington, Texas.
She was born Sept. 25, 1931. She lived 35 years in Tucumcari, where she raised her children. She was a mother, wife and grandmother. She was a membr of the Episcopal Church. She had lived in Arlington for two years.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty, and her brother, Robert.
She is survived by her husband Ralph Freed of Arlington; a son, Ralph Michael Freed of Sonora, Texas; three daughters, Karen Breaux (Mitch) of Arlington, Ginger Davis of Albuquerque and Allison Garton of Arlington.
She is also survived by three grandsons.
A private services was held at the family’s home in Arlington.

Margaret Larsen

Margaret Josephine Foyil Larsen died at her home in Harlingen, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2005, following an extended illness.
Jo Larsen was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Tucumcari. Her parents were William and Josephine Foyil of Tucumcari. She graduated from Tucumcari High School and attended Baylor School of Nursing in Dallas, after which she joined the United States Navy and served during World War II. Following that she attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville and received her bachelor of science degree in nursing.
She married James C. Larsen while attending Vanderbilt. They lived in Connecticut, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. She was a public health nurse in Houston and southwestern Colorado and she and her husband operated several ranches in Colorado. Later they purchased an RV Park in Port Isabel, Texas. After retiring, she and her husband traveled extensively throughout the world.
She is survived by her husband of Harlingen: her son Bruce Larsen (Sarai) of Harlingen.
Services were Friday afternoon at the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.