Obituaries, K-O

Knowles, Mary Elizabeth – After Five Weeks of Suffering Mrs. Knowles Passes Away at Sister Hospital Sunday Morning

Mary Elizabeth, wife of R. B. Knowles. one of the old-time stockmen and citizens of this county, departed this life Sunday morning at 7.30 o’clock surrounded by her family of husband, five sons and five daughters.
Mrs. Knowles’ death was a great shock to her many friends in this city and the northern part of the county, she having been a resident of different parts of the county for about twenty years.
She underwent a serious operation on the morning of the Fourth of July and also two subsequent operations were performed in hopes of saving her life, but the inroads of disease were too great to be relieved and after intense suffering she sank to eternal rest as stated above.
The children are Winford, of Beaumont. Texas; Whit, of La Junta Colorado; Wesley, of Guyman, Oklahoma: Mrs. Ruby O’Bannon, of Lake Arthur, New, Mexico; Mrs. Marie McDonald, of Lakewood; William, Walter, John, Howard and Georgia, who are unmarried and live at the ranch with their parents.
The youngest child is about ten years old.
One son, Walter, who Is blind was always the object of his mother’s especial care and she always spoke of his attainments. with pride.
For several years, he has been in attendance at the state school for the blind, at Alamogordo, spending his vacations at home on the ranch. His return was always looked forward to his mother and an unusually strong attachment existed between them.
Mrs. Knowles was a member of the Methodist church for many years and always attended its ordinances and services when her health permitted.
A faithful friend and loving wife and devoted mother his left us, but her family and friends have the memory of many kindly needs and words to lighten the way left dark by the going of one they held so dear and whose life was an example of unselfish devotion to those around her.
The remains were taken to Artesia Monday night and after a service at the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon were laid to rest in beautiful Woodbine Cemetery.
After the tolls and disappointments and trials of life may her rest be sweet.
[The Carlsbad Current, Carlsbad, NM. 12 Aug 1921.]


Knowles, Ruben Benjamin

Mr. R. B. Knowles, 101, an old-time cowboy who first came to Monument in 1901, died in Austin, Tex. Wednesday.
He had been a resident of this area for more than 50 years.
Mr. Knowles ran a general mercantile store in Monument for 15 years.
His son, Whit Knowles, of Beaumont, Tex., tells of having to drive a pack train across the sand dunes to Midland, Tex. In order to supply the general store. At this time, Hobbs was no more than a few farmers, he said.
It was Mr. Knowles’ father, B. L. Knowles, who established the town of Knowles, nine miles north of present-day Hobbs, in 1904. It became this area’s second town after Monument and was a trading center for homesteaders and later dryland farmers.
At one time the town boasted several stores, a bank, hotel, newspaper office, wagon yard and other amenities of civilization.
Knowles began to decline in later years and eventually became almost a ghost town.
When Hobbs burst into being an oilfield boomtown in 1928, the last store buildings in Knowles were moved to the newer city, where old timers say some still may be found.
Funeral services are scheduled for Monday in Artesia with the Paulin Funeral Home of Artesia in charge of arrangements.
Other survivors include two other sons, Wes Knowles of Colorado Springs, Colo. And John W. Knowles of Wichita, Kan.; three daughters, Mrs. Ruby O’Banion of Artesia, Mrs. Marie Burgett of Clovis and Mrs. Georgia Zimmerman of Tucson, Ariz.; 24 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
[Hobbs Daily News-Sun, Hobbs, NM. 24 Oct 1965]


Lee, Dr. Dorothy

Memorial services for Dr. Dorothy Lee, 82, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Steed-Todd Chapel. The Rev. Dick Ross will officiate.
Steed-Todd Funeral Home is handling arrangements.Lee died Wednesday, June 16, in Clovis. She was born March 18, 1911 in Morgan, Texas. She graduated from Oak Cliff (Dallas) High School and attended the University of Texas in Austin. She was a medical technologist at Parkland Hospital in Dallas until she decided to enter medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She graduated in 1956 with a specialty in pathology. She was a pathologist (county coroner) in Hobbs until she came to Clovis High Plains Medical Center about 1977 and retired from there in June of 1989.Flowers may be sent to the Funeral Home.
[Clovis News Journal, Clovis, NM, 22 Jun 1993.]


Lewis, Clifford H. – Husband of Former Jal Resident Killed in Accident

Mr. Clifford Lewis was killed recently when his automobile collided with a train near Ft. Worth, Texas. Mr. Lewis was buried at Portales. Mrs. Lewis will be remembered as Miss Lucile Fails, who lived at the El Paso Natural Gas camp near Jal for several years.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife and one child.
[Jal Flare, Jal, NM, 8 Dec 1938.]


Linam, Ellie Elizabeth Thorp – Mrs. J. V. Linam Is Claimed By Death

Mrs. J. V. Linam, aged 65, long time Lea county resident, died at Hobbs General Hospital on Monday, after an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Linam had been a resident of Lea County since 1907, when she and Mr. Linam came to this area and settled their ranch, eight miles west of Hobbs.
Surviving Mrs. Linam are her husband, two daughters, Mary Ruth Linam Vandagriff and Lois R. Linam and two sons, Virgil Linam and Walter Linam.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church, Rev. J. W. Williams officiating. Interment at the family plot at Prairie Haven Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home.
[Hobbs News, Hobbs, NM, 22 Mar 1935.]


Marshall, W. S. – Brother and Sister Eunice Pioneers, Die Together

Two old time residents of Eunice, brother and sister, died this week.
Mrs. J. N. Carson, first postmaster of Eunice, who was living in Abilene and W. S. Marshall of Eunice died within three days of each other, the latter died Thursday and the former Saturday.
The town of Eunice was named after the daughter of Mrs. Carson.
Funeral services for Mrs. Carson were held in Abilene Sunday and services for Marshall, 75, were read at the Eunice Methodist Church. He came to the country in 1908.
[Jal Flare, Jal, NM, 5 Oct 1939.]


Martin, Rome – Rome Martin Funeral Services Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Rome Martin were held in Smith-Yarbro chapel. Mr. Martin, 46 years of age, died of a heart attack in Fayette, Idaho, October 8, 1949. He is a former resident of Lovington and was returned here for funeral services and burial.
Rev. W. T. Garnett and Rev. L. W. Hardcastle conducted the services and the First Christian Church furnished music. Mr. Martin’s wife is Mrs. “Mac” McDaniel’s sister. Mrs. McDaniel is a Lovington resident.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM, 14 Oct 1949.]


Martinez, Ignacio “Nacho” – A Loving Caring “Friend’s Friend”

Ignacio “Nacho” Martinez Sr. passed away on April 29, 2005, at his home in Hobbs, N. M. He married his wife Margaret in May of 1926, in Alamogordo, N. M. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and one sister.
Survivors are four sons, three daughters, a brother and a sister [names omitted], 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Mr. Martinez loved the mountains. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, playing golf and gardening. His family considered him to be a “friend’s friend.” He was a loving caring husband, father and grandfather.
A funeral service was held today at 2 p.m. at Hobbs First Assembly of God, Ernie Eidson, officiating. Burial followed at Prairie Haven Cemetery.
[Alamogordo Daily News, Alamogordo, NM. 2 May 2005.]


McBryde, Annie Laura – Services Held for Mrs. McBryde

Funeral services are being held today for Mrs. Annie Laura McBryde, former Lovington resident in the Smith-Yarbro chapel at 2:30 o’clock.
Mrs. McBryde moved to Lovington in 1916 and lived here until two years ago when she moved to Lenore City, Tenn., to live with her daughter, Mrs. W. C. Dunn.
She had been in il health and died Oct. 11 in Tennessee in the home of her daughter.
Mrs. McBryde was born in 1873 near Memphis, Tenn., and moved to Carlsbad in the early 1900s and to Lovington in 1916.Her husband, W. B. McBryde, preceded her in death just one month ago. His funeral services were also conducted in the Yarbro chapel.
Survivors include five children: Mrs. Jewel Gaily, Houston, Texas; Mr. Carroll Merchant, Grants Pass, Ore; Richard Merchant, Tucson, Ariz.; Vincent Merchant, Pampa, Texas; Mrs. Bea Thompson, Albuquerque, N. M.; six grandchildren and one great-granddaugther.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 14 Oct 1949.]


McClure, Jake – Jake McClure Dies of Head Injuries

Jake McClure of Lovington, rancher and nationally known rodeo performer, died in Lovington Tuesday of injuries received last week when a horse fell with him while he was working cattle. He never regained consciousness.
McClure was a world champion calf roper in 1930 and winner of the roping event at Madison Square Garden two years ago.
[Jal Flare, Jal, NM, 18 Jul 1940.]


McClure, Pat – Pat McClure Rites Today

Another oldtimer has passed away in Lovington on Friday. He is Pat McClure who came to this area in 1896.
Mr. McClure was nearly 85 years old, with his birthday in December.
He is survived by five children born to Mrs. Elizabeth McClure who passed away in July 1948.
Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Hannah McClure, three daughters, Mrs. Tom Steele, Lovington; Mrs. Gene Barnes, Crossroads; Mrs. Floyd Mauldin, Santa Barbara, Texas; two sons, E. F. McClure, Lovington and Harry McClure, Titan, N. Mex.
Another son, Jake McClure, world’s champion cowboy roper passed away in 1948 [1940]. He has been named a member of the Cowboy’s Hall of Fame.
Funeral services will be held in Lovington at the Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Many of the members of the Old Folks Reunion and the Open Range Cowboy Reunion will attend as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. McClure always looked forward to both of these gatherings each year.
[Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, NM, 3 Nov, 1957.]


McQuerry, James W. – James W. McQuerry Succumbs

One of Jal’s oldest oldtimers, James W. McQuerry, 66, was buried in the Cooper Cemetery Monday afternoon after funeral services were held in the Methodist Church.
McQuerry died Saturday in a hospital at Pecos after a short illness. His body was brought to Jal, his old home, for burial. Rev. C. Y. Butler, Methodist pastor, assisted by Rev. W. H. Norris, Baptist pastor, conducted the last rites.
The deceased spent most of his life in West Texas and New Mexico. He came to Jal before there was a town and worked as a cowboy on many of the old ranches here, and later engaged in the cattle business himself.
He is survived by six children who were all present for the funeral. They were Mrs. John Majors of El Paso, T. C. McQuerry of Gladewater, J. H. McQuerry of Bakersfield, California, C. A. McQuerry of Odessa, Mrs. Raymond Walker of Mason City, Washington and C. A. McQuerry of Santa Monica, California.

McQuerry was born in Palo Pinto, Texas, February 16, 1873. He was married to Hattie Hindman in 1897. She died March 1, 1909.
Pall bearers for the funeral were Charlie Moore, Rufe Ward, Walter Pendleton, Jim Bryant, Maje Humphries, and Bob Mitchell.
Many friends and old timers mourned the death of another of th eold Cowboys of Jal when Jal was nothing but part of a big ranch.
Mr. McClure always looked forward to both of these gatherings each year.
[Jal Flare, Jal, NM, 21 Sep 1939.]


Miller, T. N. “Shorty” – Funeral Services Conducted For T. N. Miller

Funeral services were conducted Friday for T. N. “Shorty” Miller in the Smith-Yarbro chapel.
Mr. Miller became ill Monday. He was taken to the Lubbock Memorial hospital Tuesday and died in the hospital Wednesday. He is an old timer in this area, having moved here in 1907.
Rev. W. M. Beauchamp performed the services. He was assisted by Reverend J. C. Quarles. Mr. Miller was moved from the Lubbock hospital for funeral services and burial.
Survivors include his wife, Udella Miller, two daughters, Mrs. M. J. McClish and Mrs. Roy McAdams, one son, E. N. Miller, and a sister, Mrs. H. A. Randall of Fort Worth, Texas.
T. N. Miller was born April, 1872 in Tennessee. He moved to his homestead near Lovington in 1907 and has lived here since then. He died October 26 after suffering an attack of hardening of the arteries about the heart. after being rushed to Lubbock.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 1 Nov 1949.]


Mooney, Edward – Graveside Rites Held For Edward Mooney

Graveside services were held in Prairie Haven September 4, 1984 for Edward Mooney, Ideal Trailer Park, Midland, Texas. Rev. Gary Hubbard of First United Methodist Church officiated.
Mr. Mooney was born September 14, 1915 in New Jersey and passed away Sept. 1, 1984 at the age of 68. He was married to Pauline Robertson who survives.
He was employed by the Hobbs News Sun for several years prior to moving to Midland, Texas. He was a veteran of the military service with the U. S. Air Force.
Other survivors include two sons, Asa Mooney, Midland, Texas, Eddie Mooney, Belvidere, N.J., two sisters, Thelma and Beatrice Mooney both of Belvidere, N.J. and two grandchildren.
Griffin Funeral Home was in charge.
[Hobbs Flare, Hobbs, NM, 6 Sep 1984.]