Obituaries, P-T

Palmer, Emily Jean – Eunice Girl Dies in Wreck

Funeral services were held in Fort Worth this week for Emily Jean Palmer, 14, Eunice high school band member who was killed in an automobile accident returning from the El Paso Sun Carnival last week.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Palmer of Eunice. Mr. Palmer is a driller for the Two States Drilling Company.
Other occupants of the car, which was driven by W. H. Turner of Eunice, brother of Elmer Turner of Jal, were only slightly injured. The accident was a collision between the car and a truck.
[Jal Flare, Jal, NM, 12 Jan 1939.]


Pope, T. D. – Lovington Pioneer Buried

T. D. Pope, Lovington oldtimer, was buried at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the Antioch cemetery following services at the Smith-Yarbro chapel with Gernie Atkinson, minister of the Church of Christ officiating.
Mr. Pope passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 89. He had lived in Lea county for 33 years. His body was buried by the side of Mrs. Pope who passed away 22 years ago.
Survivors include six children, O. A. Pope, Mrs. J. R. Fort, Miss Bettie Lou Pope of Lovington, A. T. Pope of Santa Paula, Calif., B. H. Pope of Mena, Ark., and Mrs. J. M. Gardner of Hobbs.
Thirteen grandchildren [Names omitted].
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 29 Nov 1940.]


Record, Henry S. – Lea County Pioneer Dies

Henry Record of Monument, died at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday at Lea General Hospital in Hobbs. He had been ill for some time.
The early settler in Lea County was affectionately called “Uncle” by almost everyone who knew him. He first came to what is now Lea County by pack mule in 1890.
Tentative plans for the funeral are Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., the First Baptist Church in Hobbs, with Wm. (Billy) Beauchamp, retired Methodist minister, officiating.
Burial will be in Lovington cemetery by the side of his wife.
Griffin Funeral Home in Hobbs is in charge of arrangements.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 28 Feb 1962.]


Richardson, Granville A. – Former Judge Dies At An Advanced Age

Dispatches announce the death, Thursday, of Granville A. Richardson, former judge of this judicial district, and for a quarter-century a practicing attorney at Roswell. He was one of the pioneers of Pecos Valley, and for many years a prominent democrat of New Mexico. He was a resident of the state since 1884.
The late Judge Richardson resigned as judge of third district about 18 months ago, owing to failing health. He is survived by his widow and one son.
[Hobbs News, Hobbs, NM. 3 Aug 1934.]


Robinson, Emma – Funeral Services Conducted for Emma Robinson

Funeral services were held yesterday for Mrs. Emma J. Robinson, Lovington resident since 1909 in the First Methodist Church of Lovington.
Mrs. Robinson died about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning in her home from a sudden stroke. She had been in bad health for the past few years but was not confined to the bed.
She was born July 8, 1874. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Robinson, who died in January of 1946 at 80 years of age, and a son, Herman Robinson, who was accidentally killed while working on a power line in Colorado in the early 1940s.
Mr. and Mrs. Robinson moved to Lovington 40 years ago. Mrs Robinson was a charter member of the First Methodist church and a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
The funeral services were conducted by Reverend W. M. Beauchamp in the Methodist church. Rev. Beauchamp was assisted by Reverend Robert Houston, pastor of the Methodist church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. J. C. Crowley and Mrs. Arch York, both of Lovington; two sons, James Robinson and Phil Robinson, also of Lovington.
Mrs Robinson was a Life member of the Lovington chapter of the Eastern Star and a guest matron. She was also a charter member of the Methodist Home Mission which is now the Women’s Society of Christian service.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 21 Oct 1949.]


Runnels, Harold L. – Runnels Eulogized As ‘Great Leader’

Lovington (AP) – U. S. Rep. Harold Runnels was buried Friday in this southeastern New Mexico oil and gas community where he launched a political career that spanned 20 years.
Runnels, a New Mexico Democrat who was elected to the state Senate in 1960, was eulogized Friday as a man of integrity and a great leader as 2,000 people crowded into the Lovington High School auditorium to pay tribute to the five-term congressman.
Runnels died early Tuesday of respiratory failure in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York. He was 56.
The Pannell Auditorium was lined with flowers, and a six foot cross of white carnations stood on the stage above Runnels’ flag-draped casket.
Members of the audience, which included high -ranking federal, state and local officials, wiped tears from their eyes as District Judge C. Fincher Neal of Hobbs termed Runnels “a humble man with humble beginnings.”
Neal said, “In the halls of congress, he was one of the most informed men on the oil and gas industry.”
After Runnels moved to New Mexico in 1951, he established Runnels Mud Co., which resulted in his nickname of “Mud” and the RunCo Acidizing and Fracturing Co. He sold RunCo last year to Dresser and Atlas.
President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn sent a letter to Runnels’ wife, Dorothy, expressing condolences.
U. S. Rep. Sam Hall, D-Texas, told the audience, “Your presence here today is proof of the affection you held for the man and his memory, Harold Runnels.”
Hall said a woman elevator operator at the Capitol in Washington, D. C., summed up the prevailing sentiments about Runnels when she said, “Everybody loved him.”
Hall said that he saw Runnels shortly before his death and that one of his last conscious remarks was that Hall give the elevator woman a brooch. The brooch said, “Try God.”
Hall also said, “I don’t know of any person who had the love, respect and admiration of the Congress as did Harold Runnels.”
The Rev. Ed Scarborough of Wolfforth, Texas, the family’s former pastor, called Runnels “one of the great men that God has shared with us to lead us in a time of great need.”
The Rev. Billy Foster of Bayard said Runnels was probably the most important man I’ve ever known.” He said Runnels made the people he met feel they were important.
Runnels’ casket was placed in a white hearse, which led a long procession of cars to the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, about three miles from the auditorium.
A member of Masonic Lodge covered Runnels’ casket with a sheepskin apron, saying it represented innocence. An evergreen sprig signifying immortality also was laced on the casket.
A Navy Ceremonial Guard gave a 21-gun salute and played taps.
The graveside was decorated with numerous flower wreaths, including one that said “From the Navajo Nation.”…
[Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM, 9 Aug 1980.]


Sawyer, Dessie Lewis

Dessie Lewis Sawyer was born in Rusk, Texas, and attended school in Brownfield.
She married Uyless Devoe Sawyer, and they moved to New Mexico in 1916. They founded the Crossroads Ranch near Tatum in 1924. He preceded her in death on December 22, 1966.
She was survived by two daughters, Fern Sawyer of Nogal, N.M. and Myrl Sawyer Good of Roswell.
Dessie Sawyer was inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in 1981.
Dessie was National Democratic Committeewoman and New Mexico’s best known political figure for years, but she was first a rancher. She and her husband U.D. moved onto their ranch in 1928. With sheer determination and hard work, they paid off the mortgage on the ranch while the country struggled through the Depression. Dessie’s work in community activities and public affairs led her into the national political arena because, as Dessie put it, “that’s where the fun is.”
[Hobbs News-Sun, Hobbs, NM. 30 Aug 1990.]


Sawyer, Fern

She died in the saddle, with her boots on.
Nogal area rancher Fern Sawyer, 76, died Saturday while riding horses with friends near San Antonio, Texas.
The rancher and famous cowgirl was buried in Tatum Tuesday, following a service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Roswell.
According to a report in Wednesday’s edition of the Roswell Daily Record, many of Sawyer’s friends, including Gov. Bruce King and his wife Alice, attended the service.
Fern’s friend Peter Holt delivered the eulogy, and recalled Fern’s last day. Fern went riding with about 12 other riders herding about 40 heifers. Holt said she was laughing and telling stories, even teasing Holt about falling off his horse earlier.
While riding Fern told another rider that she was feeling tired, then put her head down on the horse and died.
“She died on the saddle surrounded by friends.” Holt was quoted as saying.
Sawyer was born May 17, 1917, in Buchanan, New Mexico to Uyless Devoe Sawyer and Dessie Lewis Sawyer. She was well known for her cowgirl’s abilities and was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and the National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame. She won the All-Around World Champion Cowgirl title in 1938 and the Cutting Horse World Champion title in 1947.
Sawyer served as Lincoln County Democratic Party Chairman for several years.
Survivors include her sister Myrl Sawyer Good of Roswell; a nephew T. J. Good III of Chama; niece Candace Good Jacobson of Ruidoso; one great-nephew and three great-nieces.
The Rev. Robert L. Williams officiated the services in Roswell. “Amazing Grace” was sung by the friends and family gathered in Fern’s honor.
Pallbearers for the service were Scharbauer Ward, Jesus Elizondo, Pete Thompson, Jimmy Parsons, Lloyd Davis, Greg Duggar, T. J. Good, Paul Bond and Mike Cervi.
[Lincoln County News, Carrizozo, NM. 21 Oct 1993.]


Sawyer, Uyless Devoe

Friends and acquaintances of Mr. and Mrs. U. D. Sawyer of Crossroads were saddened by the death of Mr. Sawyer last week. Our sympathy goes to his wife, daughters and other relatives.
[Lincoln County News, Carrizozo, NM. 29 Dec 1966]


Scott, Arthur Theodore – Funeral Services Held Here For Arthur T. Scott

Funeral services were held Saturday for Arthur Theodore Scott, one of Lea County’s early settlers, with the new Church of Christ pastor, Carnie Atkisson, presiding.
Services were held in the Smith-Yarbro chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Arthur Theodore Scott was born at Gonzalez, Texas, June 15, 1876. He was ill and confined to bed for the greater part of the last two years. He died October 21 in his home here in Lovington from the lingering illness.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Belle Scott, and three children, Mrs. Florine Henderson from Amarillo, Texas, and Sue and Eddie Ray Scott who are still living at home. A brother Ed Scott was present for the funeral services.
Pallbearers were Berry Black, O. E. “Slim” Lewis, Coley Hunt, Wandel Wilks, B. H. Joplin and L. B. Gill.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 25 Oct 1949.]


Shanks, Bowman – Hobbs Man Found Dead In Home

The body of Bowman Shanks, 51, of Hobbs, was found early Saturday morning in a small house at the corner of Gypsy and First streets.
Alfred Lawson, who worked with Shanks, came by to get the man to go to work, and found the body. He called the police and immediately Patrolman Ed McCain and Undersheriff Charlie Trimbell went to the scene.
Trimbell said Shanks was lying on his stomach, just off the bed, when he arrived. He said there was no sign of foul play, and no marks or abrasions on the body. He also stated that relatives of the man said he had been suffering from chronic heart ailment and had been under a doctor’s care for a considerable period.
Otis Coleman, one of the first to reach the scene of the death, said he found Shanks doubled up near the end of the bed and on his left side. Smelling gas, Coleman thought perhaps the man had been gassed, and tried to revive him. He said that accounted for Trimblell and McCain finding the man lying on his stomach. The gas had been turned on, and it was Coleman’s opinion that he had tried to light the stove, and perhaps suffered an attack, and fell there.
Valdean McAdams, who examined the body at a funeral home, said there were no marks or abrasions, other than a small bruise on the forehead, and it was very slight. It was not considered enough to be fatal.
A coroner’s jury returned a verdict of death by natural causes at the inquest. Those on the jury were Joe Tom Draper, Otis Coleman, Major Montgomery, C. Faulkner and Larry King.
Shanks is survived by a daughter, Mrs. T. B. Owen of Hobbs, three sons, Tom, Benny Boyce, and Foy Monroe of Hobbs; three sisters, Myrtle Rall of Greenville, Texas, Donna Butler of Anson, Texas, and Mary Ferguson of California. Three brothers, Harrison Shanks of Celeste, Texas, Max Shanks of Greenville, Texas and Basom Shanks of Washington, D. C.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday with interment in Prairie Haven Cemetery, Hobbs. Rev. Bill Carter will read the services. The body is at Griffins Funeral Home.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM. 8 Nov 1949.]


Smith, Raymond Lloyd – Funeral Services For Youth Killed At Malaga

Funeral services were conducted Thursday at Carlsbad for Raymond Lloyd Smith, 21 year old youth who was killed [in an accident involving] a ditch digging machine near Malaga last Wednesday.
He had been working with a crew when he was caught in the machinery and instantly killed at 1 a. m. Wednesday morning. The youth had come from Kermit, Texas six weeks ago and had worked in both Carlsbad and Malaga before the accident occurred. He was well known in both Jal and Kermit.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Smith of Kermit survive him as do two brothers, Claude Smith of Borger, Texas, and Almon H. Smith, Jr. of Kermit and a sister, Mrs. Sidney Braddock of Borger.
Interment was at Carlsbad.
[Jal Flare, Jal, NM. 29 Aug 1940.]


Stetson, Frank – County Pioneer Dies Near Hobbs

Services for Frank Stetson, pioneer cowhand and rancher, will be at 2 p.m. today in the Roberts Chapel in Hobbs, with burial in Prairie Haven Cemetery. Rev. Alfred Pace, Pastor of Southern Heights Methodist Church in Hobbs, will officiate.
Mr. Stetson came to what is now Lea County from the Abilene area in West Texas. He was 86 years old when he died Sunday evening at his home in Hobbs.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lucy Stetson; two daughters, Mrs. R. E. Carter of Ruidoso, and Mrs William Dufer of Hobbs; four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers Leon Beard, Dee Board, Virgil Cross, Warren Breckon, Robert Rains, George Neal, Otho Bilbo, Walter Linam, Virgil Linam, W. T. Perry, J. C. Byers, Bud Nelson, Dude Browning, Tom Bell, Fidel Trujillo, Robert Dow and Seth Alston.
[Lovington Daily Leader, Lovington, NM, 3 Nov 1959.]


Townsend, Oscar Norton – Card of Gratitude

It is with the deepest gratitude that we offer our thanks and endeavor to express our appreciation to our many friends one and all who, with such thoughtful kindness helped us to bear the sad and bitter sorrow we have just passed through in the loss of one so near and dear to us.
His beloved wife, Mrs. Norton Townsend; two little sons, Jimmie and Minor; parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Townsend; brothers Charlie Leonard and Jim; and sister, Blanch Townsend.
[Lovington Leader, Lovington, NM, 30 Mar 1917.]