7/13 Obituaries

James Ray
James Troy Ray, 87, of Clovis died Friday, July 8, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
He was born Oct. 30, 1917, in House to Jewell and Lily Graham Ray. He was a Navy seaman during World War II and served most of his seven years duty on submarines. Following the war he returned to the McAlister area and married Romane Green on Dec. 24, 1947, in Clovis. He farmed and ranched in the McAlister area. He was a resident of McAlister for many years before moving to Clovis in 2002. He was also a former school bus driver for House schools.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Dennis and Donald; and a sister, Pauline Parks
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Karen Franklin (and husband, Derrell) of Hagerman and Jan Shoemaker (Eddy) of Ima; two sons, Jim Ray (Cathy) of House and Darrel Ray of Clovis; a sister, Imogene Perry of Alamogordo; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren
Burial was at Browning Cemetery in Quay County.
Pallbearers were Lance Franklin, Stoney Shoemaker, Casey Ray, Dyrow Ray, Terrill Stowe, Barry Dixon and John Everitt and Chris Cavett
Honorary pallbearers were Fred Modisette, H.J. Lee, Pete Morris, Eldon Blackburn, Bill Upton and Spence Morris.
Family suggests memorials be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the New Mexico Boy’s Ranch.
Arrangements were by Steed-Todd Funeral Home in Clovis.

Opal Ruth Shipley
Opal Ruth Shipley, 88, of Clovis died Friday, July 8, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis.
She was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Hope, Ark., and resided in Tucumcari for a number of years before moving to Portales and later to Clovis.
She is survived by her son Denny Welch (and wife, Phyllis); three granddaughters, Reba Welch of Tucumcari, Sherry Welch of Dalhart, Texas, and Dana Petty (Johnny) of Dalhart; two great-grandchildren, Lacy Grace Petty and J’Cee Faith Petty; one brother, Lloyd Yocom of Tucson, Ariz.; and one sister, Dovie Yocom of Amarillo.
Burial was in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home in Tucumcari.

Bernice McIntire
Bernice McIntire, 72, of Amarillo died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.
She was born Sept. 26, 1932, in Woodville, Okla., and for many years worked in the service industry in restaurants and lounges.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia Cooksey (and husband, Larry) of Tucumcari; grandson Dustins Cooksey of Amarillo; two great-grandchildren, Karissa and Caitlin Cooksey; one sister, Evelyn Lee of Harrison, Ark., and her longtime companion Lester Smith of Tucumcari.
Burial was at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
The Rev. Jim Witcher, minister of the First Christian Church, officiated.
Pallbearers were Tommy Cordova, Antonio Cordova, Bart Smith, Keven Brown, Pete Sisneros and Ralph Dudley.
Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home in Tucumcari.

Lupe Martinez Ashburn
Lupe Martinez Ashburn, 64, of Tucumcari died Wednesday, July 6, 2005, in Tucumcari.
She was born April 20, 1941, in Tucumcari to Mary Martinez-Smith.
She drove a school bus for a district in Pataskala, Ohio, for 20 years before retiring back to Tucumcari in 2003. Her family said she liked to cook and read her Bible.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her husband Samuel Ashburn; one son, George Ashburn; one daughter, Lusam Thomas (and husband, Kyle); one grandson, Christian Thomas of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Stella Beltran, Genevieve Justice, Anna Aragon, all of Tucumcari; two brothers, Robert Sanchez of Clovis and Henry Martinez of Albuquerque (and wife, Maria Martinez of Tucumcari); several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place and her ashes taken back to Columbus, Ohio, for burial.
Family suggests donations be made in lieu of flowers to the helping Hands Hospice in Tucumcari.
Arrangements were by Direct Funeral Services in Albuquerque.