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.]


Love, Robert Florence – Love of Lovington Dies At Hobbs

Lovington, March 22 (AP) – Florence Love, who first worked in New Mexico as a ranch hand 52 years ago and for whom the town of Lovington was named, died at a Hobbs Hospital late last night.
He served as representative from Eddy county before Lea county was created, then as representative from Lea county and as sheriff and assessor.
Friends said he homesteaded the land which is now the site of the town of Lovington and the town was named in his honor.
Funeral services will be held here Thursday.
[Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, N.M. 22 Mar 1944.]


Madera, Malcolm Richard

CARLSBAD–Malcolm R. Madera, 89, of Baltros Court, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 1996, at Columbia Guadalupe Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Royal of Landsun Homes officiating, assisted by Louis Whitlock. Interment will follow at Sunset Gardens with honors provided by the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse. He will lie in state beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Services are under the direction of Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.
He was born August 20, 1906, in Hubbard County, Texas, to Rufus Fred and Pearl Agusta Richmond Madera. He grew up in Culberson, Texas, on the Chico Ranch. He worked as a geologist in Venezuela for about three years in the 1920s. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy where he held the rank of Lt. Commander. He served as a flight instructor in New Orleans at the Naval Air Station. Prior to the war he taught flying in the Carlsbad area. After the war he moved back to Jal to the Mexico Wells Ranch where he operated the ranch with his family. He moved to Eddy County in 1978. He was a lifetime member of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse, the Downtown Lions Club and B.P.O.E. 1588. He was a member of Eddy Lodge No. 21 A.F. and A.M. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol in southeast New Mexico for many years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Kate Ross, in 1976, after 44 years of marriage. He married Pat Penner Sept. 20, 1986 in Albuquerque. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nova Vaughn, in 1991 and by a brother, Fred Madera, in 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Madera of Carlsbad; two daughters, Ellen Madera Hislop of Battle Ax Ranch, New Mexico, and Kitty Sharbutt of Albuquerque; two brothers, Rubert Madera of Pitch Fork Ranch, New Mexico, and Ruford Madera of Oregon; a sister, Mildred Broman of Santa Fe; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Bearers will be Paul Gadbury, Armando Herrera, Sergio Herrera, Charlie Hislop, Bert Madera, Ray Sharbutt, Dick Blenden, C.D. Booker, Paul Brown, Ross Easterling, Prentiss O’Neal, Bill Penner, Dudley Ussery, David Westmoreland and Louis Whitlock.
[Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad, N. M. 31 Jan 1996.]


Madera, Pearl Richmond – Services Held For Mother Of Rubert Madera

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Madera, 85-year-old mother of Rubert Madera, Jal rancher, were held Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. in West Funeral Chapel in Carlsbad.
Mrs. Madera, who had been making her home at Madera Ranch west of Jal, died Oct. 15 at Jal Lea General Hospital.
She was born in Sweetwater, Texas May 14, 1884. She moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Richmond, to Fort Davis, Tex., where she lived until her marriage to R. F. Madera in September, 1905.
In 1905, the couple moved to a ranch in the Carlsbad area where they lived for 44 years. They moved to the town of Carlsbad April 1, 1951.
Mrs. Madera lived at Landsun Home in Carlsbad before making her home for 2 1/2 years with her son on the Pitchfork Ranch.
Survivors include four sons, M. R. Madera of the Battle Axe Ranch near Orla, Texas; R. Fred Madera Jr. of the Chico Ranch near Carlsbad; Rubert Madera of the Pitchfork Ranch near Jal, and Ruford Madera of Dallas, Texas; and one daughter, Mrs. Stanly E. Broman of Santa Fe. Mrs. Madera had 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
[Jal Record, Jal, N.M. 23 Oct 1969.]


Madera, Ruford F.

A graveside service for Ruford F. Madera, a part-time resident of Ruidoso, was held Friday, Oct. 29, at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park in Carlsbad.
Mr. Madera died at his home in Indian Wells, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2004.
He was an independent oil and gas producer who also lived part-time in Midland and Dallas.
Along with his wife of 62 years, Yvonne Cooke Madera, he was a member of the Petroleum Club and Midland Country Club.
His wife preceded him in death in September 2003. Survivors include daughters Kay and Pam Madera; grandsons Coleman, Chris and Ken Cobb, and Curtis Kidwell; and great-grandchildren Ginger and Stewart Kidwell, Alexander and Natasha Cobb, and Carissa Martinson.
[Ruidoso News, Ruidoso, N. M. 2 Nov 2004.]


Madera, Rufus Frederick – Rufus Madera Dies After 2 Year Illness

Rufus F. Madera, 74, died at the family home, 1003 North Alameda, Saturday afternoon after an illness of two years.
Born Dec. 13, 1881, in Arkansas, Madera was reared in Hill County, Tex., where his family operated a farm. He received his education at Simmons University in Abilene, and Trinity University at Waxahachie, Tex.
While a student at Simmons University he met Pearl Richmond, whom he married in 1905 in Fort Davis, Tex. Following the marriage the couple ranched at Fort Stockton two years before moving to their Chico Ranch in Culberson County, Tex., in 1907. The ranch was located about 50 miles south of Carlsbad. Upon retirement in 1951 they moved to their present home in Carlsbad.
Madera served as Culberson County commissioner for 14 years. He was a member of Woodmen of the World and the Baptist Church.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Pearl Madera, Carlsbad; four sons, Malcolm of Carlsbad; Fred of Hobbs; Rupert of Jal and Ruford of Dallas, Tex.; one daughter, Mrs. Stanley Broman of Moose, Wyo.; five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Webb, Lubbock, Tex.; Mrs. Carl Beasley, Lubbock; Mrs. Willie Holliman, Fort Worth; Mrs. Mar Sharbutt, Kerbyville, Tex., and Mrs. Mattie Farin, Plainview; two brothers, Jeff Madera of Corpus Christi and Elma Madera of Plainview, and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at West Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday at 10 a.m., with Dr. W.S. Dando officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Gardens Memorial Park.
[Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad, N. M. 22 Jul 1956.]


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.]