March 15, 2006 Obituaries

Billie Martin Garrison

Services: Have been held.

Billie Martin Garrison, 64, died Sunday, March 12, 2006.

Mr. Garrison was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Gran Quivera to Joseph Woodrow and Mary C. Garrison. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Cornstock for four years, then returned to settle in Albuquerque.

Mr. Garrison held various jobs, including delivering water for Culligan, driving a city bus and working in construction. He spent most of his working days repairing appliances for Sears. He later moved to Canon City, Colo., and to Tucumcari. Other residences included Mosquero and Logan.

Mr. Garrison loved to hunt and fish as well as capture the wildlife in oil paintings. His artistic talents were also expressed in jewelry making, singing and playing the guitar. Family members said gardening and teasing others were among his favorite talents.

Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by his father, his brother Ran, his son Boe and Boe’s wife, Amanda. 

He is survived by his mother, Mary C. Garrison of Mosquero; three brothers, Larry (wife Wanda) Garrison of Raton, Ken Garrison of Mosquero and Ward (Mary Helen) Garrison of Solano; three sons, Bart (Arlene) Garrison of Ruidoso, Ben (Mary) Garrison of Zeeland, Mich., and Bradley (Sommer) of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Shareen (John) King of Portales and Sherrie (Michael) Archuleta of Roswell; his former wife, Sharon Potter of Portales; 11 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Carroll Connell officiated services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autumn Blessings Assisted Living in Logan.

Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Rusty Tinnin

Services: 2 p.m. today at Bell Ranch Headquarters.

Johnnie “Rusty” Dwain Tinnin, 66, of Bell Ranch, died Sunday, March 12, 2006.

Mr. Tinnin was born April 12, 1939, in Floydada, Texas to John R. and Tommie Tinnin.

Mr. Tinnin graduated from Floydada High School in 1957. He received his animal husbandry degree from West Texas State University in 1962. He is a member of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO). He married Bennie Mae Grubbs on Dec. 29, 1965. He was ranch manager for Bivins Coldwater Cattle Co. from 1962 to 1986. In the fall of 1986 he became manager of The Bell Ranch. He was a recognized leader in the beef industry and an active leader in the 4-H youth program.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Connie Sue Tinnin.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Debora Tinnin of Austin, Texas, and Tonya “Crickett” (husband Jeff) Jackson of Jacksboro, Texas; a sister, Ginger “Sus” Harbor of Lubbock; five grandchildren, “Lucy” Branum of Amarillo, Even Branum (stationed in Germany), William Jered of Amarillo, and Hunter and Tinning Jackson of Jacksboro.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. (CST) Thursday at Floydada Cemetery.

In leu of flowers, the family requests a contribution be made to the Masked Rider Endowment Fund at Texas Tech University.

Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.