Rexel F. Sparks

Rexel F. Sparks
Services: At 10 a.m. today at Pine River Valley Baptist Church, 11942 Hwy. 172, Ignacio, Colo., followed by a reception for family and friends. Burial services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at House School Gymnasium in House. Burial will follow at the Ima Community Cemetery.
Rexel F. Sparks, 89, of Ima died August 16, 2006 at Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango, Colo.
He was born April 9, 1917 at Ima to Richard Frank Sparks and Idella Bragg Sparks.
Mr. Sparks attended school at Ima, and graduated high school at House. He attended Eastern New Mexico University where he played college football before helmets had face guards. He married Hilda E. Block on June 14, 1941. He was a farmer and rancher in the Ima area and drove a school bus for the House School system for 38 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent many summers on their irrigated farm near Ignacio, Colo. His life was centered on his family and he was well known as a strong, kind, and reliable man. He was a member of the Ima Community Church. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Elvin Sparks, Orville Sparks and True Sparks; his sisters, Clora Sparks Meadows, Ruby Sparks Patton and Betty Sparks Galloway.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda, of Durango; one daughter, Kay Sparks Frazier of Melrose; four sons, Donnie Sparks (ElVerna or “Robbie”) of Canon City, Colo.; Dick Sparks (Nikki) of Monte Vista, Colo., Kelly Sparks (Colleen) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Joe Sparks (Becky) of Ignacio, Colorado; 25 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Avrit (Sandy) Sparks of Ignacio, Colo. and Lee Otis Sparks of Joplin, Mo.; one sister, Idella Sparks Hebert of Roswell.
Joe Sparks will officiate the services.
Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner. For online tributes or condolences visit

Charles Adolph Pechacek
Services: Have been held. 
Charles Adolph Pechacek, 98, died Aug. 12 in Trigg Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Pechacek, who was known as “Charlie,” was born Nov. 3, 1907 in Ballinger, Texas.
He had been a Tucumcari resident for 60 years. Mr. Pechacek owned and operated the Quay Auto Parts Store in Tucumcari. He also was a life member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1172 in Tucumcari.
 Surviving Mr. Pechacek are his wife, Emma Pechacek of Tucumcari, and two step-daughters, Stella (Jimmy) Watson of Tucumcari and Dori (Audie) Roach of Clovis. He is also survived by his grandchildren Court Watson, Brittany Pena, Misty English and April Phipps, two great-grandchildren, Jarrett Watson and Teagan Watson and a nephew, Michael Merchant of WellsPoint, Texas.
 Jim Witcher of First Christian Church officiated at the services.
Pall bearers were Jimmy Watson, Court Watson, Audie Roach, Ben Phipps, Danny Wallace and Glenn Truelock. Honorary pall bearers were Bud Richardson, Tommy Wallace, Dr. James E. Saltz Jr., Louie Abeyta, Cliff Richardson and Stanley Jennings.
Burial was at Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Joe Ann Kinkead Crockett
Services: Have been held.
Joe Ann Crockett died Aug. 14, 2006 in Winslow, Ariz.
She was born Dec. 24., 1931 in Tucumcari and was a former resident of Tucumcari and Albuquerque.
Mr. Crockett is survived by her son Douglas Young and three daughters, Nelda Shumanway, Sue Ann Treder and Ginger Hindman.
Arrangements are by Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow.

Henry Carr Wilkerson
Services: Have been held.
Henry Carr Wilkerson, 94, died Aug. 12, 2006 in Brownfield, Texas.
He was born Nov. 11, 1911 in Byrnside, W.V., to Henry H. and Delilah A. (Casdorph) Wilkerson. He graduated from Tucumcari High School in 1929. In the 1930s, he was an elder and preached at the Primitive Baptist Church.
He lived with his parents in Quay County until their deaths in 1957 and 1958. He then lived in Clovis and Tucumcari until moving to Brownfield in the 1970s.
Wilkerson was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James Wilkerson and his wife, Nell, and Craig W. Wilkerson and his first wife, Gertrude Ford Wilkerson.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Inez Wilkerson.
Ronnie Hedges of Brownfield Primitive Baptist Church officiated at services at Terry County Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Brownfield Funeral Home in Brownfield.