June 3, 2006 Obituaries

Dean Vernon

Services: Have been held.

Dean C. Vernon, Sr., 69, died Friday, May 12, 2006, at his home in Carlsbad.

Mr. Vernon was born June 7, 1936, in Caney, Kan., to George W. and Maude Adcock Vernon. His family moved to Tucumcari in 1946, where he graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1955 and went to work for the State Highway Department.

Mr. Vernon married Patsy Johnston on Oct. 19, 1957, at the First Baptist Church in Tucumcari. Following their marriage the couple lived in Grants, then in Lubbock, Texas. In Lubbock, he worked as a milkman and for the Santa Fe Railroad. He attended the Lubbock Barber College, graduating in June of 1959 before moving to Carlsbad the following month.

Mr. Vernon worked for many years at the High School Barber Shop, then owned and operated the Carlsbad Barber Shop until July 2004. He was a member of Blodgett Street Baptist Church and the BPO Elks Chapter No. 1558.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a step-father, Orville Britton; three brothers, Frank, Ed, and Jesse; a sister, Martha Ross, and 14 half-brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Vernon; a son, Dean C. (wife Brigitte) Vernon Jr. of Carlsbad; two daughters, Kristie (Ed) Merkel of Carlsbad and Sonja (Randy) Chatfield of Carlsbad; a brother, Harold Vernon of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; a sister, Alpha Ross of Caney, Kan.; five granddaughters, Amber Willier, Stephanie Dobson, Deana Rogers, Joana Wells and Ashlyn Chatfield; five grandsons, Joseph Robinson, Bradley Davis, Brennan Davis, Lane Chatfield and Lanndan Chatfield and eight great-grandchildren.

David Prell officiated services.

Burial followed at Carlsbad Cemetery.

Ed Merkel, Joseph Robinson, Randy Chatfield, Brian Dobson, Amber Willier, Deana Rogers and Raymond Wells served as pallbearers.

His grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements were by Denton-Wood Funeral Home of Carlsbad.

Elbert Gross

Services: 10 a.m. today at First Spanish Baptist Church.

Elbert O. Gross, 60, of Tucumcari, died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at his home in Tucumcari.

He was born Nov. 25, 1945, to August and Alline Boyd Gross in Corpus Christi, Texas. He married Mary Helen Baca on July 11, 1970, in Tucumcari. He was a self-employed carpenter and a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Helen “Lou” Gross of San Antonio, Texas; two sons, Johnny Gross of San Antonio; and Pete Baca of Tucumcari; two daughters, Julia Haley and Leola Baca, both of San Antonio; five brothers, August Gross of Lenore, Tenn., Bruce Gross of Sufforn, N.Y., C.B. Head of Sacramento, Calif., Richard F. Rogers of Oakland, Calif., and Roscoe Gross of Grizzly Flats, Calif.; three sisters, Sandra Kay Farrow of Grizzly Flats, Calif., Edith Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., and Betty Gross of Sufforn, N.Y.; and six grandchildren, Ronald Haley Jr., Eric Sandoval, Ashley Gross, Alexandra Gross, Johnny Gross Jr. and Camille Pacheco.

The Rev. Tomas Gonzales is officiating.

Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis.

Bernice Cooper

Services: 10 a.m. today at Evergreen Cemetery in Santa Rosa.

Bernice “Tennie” Cooper, 79, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari.

Mrs. Cooper was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Finley, Okla., to Bill and Audie Standridge. She attended schools in Finley. She married Eugene Hugh Cooper on June 6, 1944, in Antlers, Okla.

While living in Santa Rosa, the couple owned and operated the Cooper Feed Company. The couple made their home in Tucumcari in 1986.

Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Sunshine Chapter No. 44 Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, J.D. Standridge.

Survivors include her husband, Hugh Cooper; a niece, Vickie Brown of Tucumcari; a sister, Nadine (husband Dan) Brown of Finley, Okla.; a nephew, Hugh (Denise) Chambliss of Albuquerque; a brother-in-law, John Higgins of Fort Sumner; four nephews, J.R. (Eva) Higgins of Cuervo, Freddie Higgins of Dallas, Joe Higgins of Dallas and Geno Higgins of Fort Sumner and many friends in Santa Rosa and Tucumcari.

Hugh Chambliss, Don Thompson, Bo Cribbs, Ace Thompson, Dan Brown and Ted Hern will serve as pallbearers. John Higgins, J.R. Higgins, Joe Higgins, Geno Higgins, Freddie Higgins and Albert Flinn will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Star Chapter No. 44, 300 Baca Ave., Santa Rosa, NM 88435.

Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa.

Alna Flois

Services: 2 p.m. Monday at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Alna Flois, 80, died Wednesday, May 31, 2006.

Mrs. Flois was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph “Zeke” Sandoval; her parents, Herman and Irene Johnston; a brother, Troy Johnston and a sister, Oletha Yocum.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Sandoval and Don Sandoval; two sisters, Patsy Vernon and Wilma (husband Don) Miller; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

David England will officiate services.

Arrangements are by Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque.

Floren Thompson III

Services: Have been held.

Floren Thompson III, 62, of Portales died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at his home in Portales.

He was born Feb. 16, 1944, in Brownwood, Texas, to Mary and Floren Thompson Jr. He married Carolyn Crane on Dec. 22, 1966, in Tucumcari.

He moved to Portales in 1950 from Chariton, Iowa. He graduated from Portales High School in 1962. He attended Eastern New Mexico University. He played the clarinet. He served in the U.S. Army.

During his 29 years of teaching, he directed Sweepstakes Bands in 1982-1983 at Roswell High and in 1999-2000 at Portales High. He was nominated several times to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was listed in the 2004-2005 edition. He was active in First Baptist Church. He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion, National Rifle Association and the Christian Motorcycle Association.

Services were by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Louise Lucero

Services: Have been held.

Luisa (Louise) Maria Sandoval Lucero, 89, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, in Clovis.

Mrs. Lucero was born Oct. 1, 1916, in Dahlia to Pedro and Dulcinea Sandoval.

She was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Domingo Lucero, in 1981; a son-in-law, Alfonso Segura, in 1981; four brothers, Jose, Christian, Pedro and Florencio and two sisters, Adela Duran and Ursula Montoya.

Survivors include a daughter, Irene Segura of Tucumcari; two grandsons, Jess (wife Kathy) Segura of Moriartyand Donny (Roberta) Segura of Tucumcari; a granddaughter, Mary (Vince) Guillen of Albquerque; five great-grandchildren, Paula (Gregg) Marez, Melissa (Charlie) Widner, Venissa (Greg) Fletcher, Kyle (Leona) Segura, and Matthew Guillen; six great-great-grandchildren, Gregory Fletcher, Gabby Fletcher, Katelyn Ruebush, Cody Widner, Evan Segura and Sophia Louise Marez and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leo Padget officiated services.

Greg Marez, Charlie Widner, Greg Fletcher, Kyle Segura and Matthew Guillen served as pall bearers. Mrs. Lucero’s great- and great-great-grandchildren served as honorary pall bearers.

Burial took place in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.