Obituaries 6/1

Gus Byars

Gus Byars, 90, of Portales, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.
He was born on Nov. 20, 1914, in Tucumcari, to Mary and Augustus “Gus” Byars.

He grew up in Tucumcari and Fort Sumner. He married Thelma Potter on Oct. 15, 1932, in Santa Rosa. They made their home in Fort Sumner and later in Tucumcari. He was employed by the city’s water department where he eventually became superintendent. In 1952 they moved to Albuquerque where he worked for Allison and Haney Construction. In 1967 they moved to Vermont where he worked in a jet engine factory for General Electric. He retired in 1979, and returned to New Mexico in 1985. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and the Third and Kilgore congregation. Family members said he enjoyed fishing and working in his yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sidney Byars; three sisters, Viola Ramsey, Ann Coburn and Lou Ellen Babers; a step-great-grandson, Chris Rojas; an infant son; and by his wife.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Ford-Wormington of Portales; two grandchildren, Gary Don Ford (and wife, Cita) of Henrietta, Texas, and Sherry Lynn Trudo (Kevin) of Portales; three great-grandchildren, Gary Don Ford Jr. (Coresa) of Portales, Amanda Don Murray (Josh) of Casper, Wyo., and Troy Trudo of Portales; and a step-great-grandson, Michael Lawrence of Henrietta, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Riley Don and Chase David Ford, and Megan and Ashley Murray; and a sister, Margaret West of Slaton, Texas.

David Bennett officiated the services.
Burial was at Fort Sumner Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Terry Potter, Travis Coburn, James West, Scott Babers, Bob Harmon and Brian Coburn.
Arrangements were by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.


Velma May Morris

Velma May Morris, 80, of Tucumcari, died Monday, May 30, 2005, at Laurel Hills Health Care in Tucumcari.

She was born on Feb. 28, 1925, in Knox City Texas.

She was a long time resident of Logan, and was a member of the Oasis Church of God in Tucumcari.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Morris; her parents; two infant children; two grandchildren; and her siblings.

Survivors include five sons, James (and wife, Shirley) Morris, of Logan, Herbert (Roxanna) Morris of Mannsfield Ark., Kenneth (Gail) Morris, David (Linda) Morris, and Harvey (Tella) Morris, all of Tucumcari; two daughters, Louise (Elmor) Mitchell of Yukon, Okla., and Joyce (Charles) McKee of Pampa, Texas; 23 grandchildren; and 29 great-great grandchildren.

Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Tucumcari.
The Revs. Jimmy Chandler, Kenneth Morris and Jim Witcher will officiate.
Burial will be at Logan Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Charles McKee, Kenneth Jr., Mike, John and Kurtis Morris, Joe Osborn, Landi Fernandez, and John Earle.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.


Vernon Hines Sr.

Vernon Hines Sr., 79, of Tucumcari, died on Friday, May 27, 2005.

He was born on July 12, 1925, in Big Springs, Texas.

He moved to Tucumcari at age 24, along with his wife Mable, where he lived and worked on the Breen Ranch for 55 years. A cowboy at heart, he enjoyed ranching, fishing, playing horseshoes, riding his horses, and playing a good hand of dominos, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his mother, Lorene Jackson; and a sister, Benny Sykes.

Survivors include his children, Vernon Lee Hines, Jr. of Tucumcari, James Hines, and Merlne McCoy, both of Albuquerque, Bobby Hines of Fort Worth, Texas, and Walter Hines of Tucumcari; five sisters, Merrene Willis of Fort Worth, Cordie Lewis, Pauline Banks, Geanette McCoy, and Jean Coytt all of Dallas; nine grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; an uncle, Frank Gardner; an aunt, Geneva Gardner; and numerous nieces and nephews; a friend and companion Joyce Mills.

Services are at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tucumcari.

Burial will be at Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery.
Pallbearers are sons, Vernon Jr., James, Bobby, and Walter Hines; grandsons, Joshua, and Andre Hines; and a son at heart, Anthony Kent.

Honorary pallbearers will be son-in-law, Marcus McCoy; grandsons, Truett Thomas and Brandon Williams; friends Terry Young, Lester French, and Chipper Breen.
Arrangements are by Funeral Options in Albuquerque.


Dorothy M. Lenhart

Dorothy M. Lenhart, 83, of Colorado Springs, Colo. died, on Friday, May 27, 2005, at the Pikes Peak Hospice Residence.

She was born April 30, 1922, in Alamogordo, to the late Earl Spencer and Inez Priscilla (Newsom) Callens. She married James Kenneth Lenhart on Jan. 4, 1944. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Callens of Tucumcari.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Sharon Mahnke; a grandson, Aaron Mahnke Sr.; two great grandsons, Aaron Mahnke Jr. and David Mahnke, all of Slidell, La.; three sisters, Marjorie Brookie of Grants Pass, Ore.; Earlene Klaverweiden of Tucumcari, and Ruthanna Droke of El Paso, Texas.

Services are set for 11 a.m. Friday, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo.
Private inurnment will be at the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1445 North Union Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80909; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4125 Constitution Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80909; or Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation, 825 East Pikes Peak Ave. No. 600, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903.

Arrangements are by Shrine of Remembrance of Colorado Springs, Colo.