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Feb. 13 Obituaries


February 12, 2005

George Gushwa, 90

Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.

Mr. George Gushwa, 90, of Elida, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1914, in Dayton, to Della and Bob Gushwa. He grew up in Dayton and attended school in Artesia until his senior year. In 1930 the family moved to Elida where he graduated from Elida High School in 1931. In 1942 he went in the Army and served during World War II. Following the war he returned to Elida to ranch. Family member said he liked horses and was very fond of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; and a sister, Faye Rowland.

Survivors include his wife, Zane; two step-sons, Craig Chapman of Clovis and Paul Chapman of Utica, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Charlene Walker, and Wesley, Katey, Jessica and Cacey Chapman; four great-grandchildren, Kagen and Kane Walker, and Gabriel and Demi Thompson; a brother, Charlie Gushwa of Lubbock; a sister, Ruth Fenton of Clovis; and nine nieces and nephews.

The Rev. James Fogg and John Brumfield will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Thurston Evans, Monte Mapp, Rick Brumfield, Jack Manis, Billy Carter and John Brumfield.

Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Morgan, Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Alexander.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Murray Harris, 61

Services: Have been held.

Murray Charles Harris, 61, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005.

He was born on Aug. 8, 1943, in Clovis and was raised in Portales. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He was an assistant professor of communications at Flagler College from 1994 to 2003. He worked as the director of communications for public school districts in Wichita, Kan. for more than 20 years and Palm Beach County, Fla. for four years. He was the co-founder of the Kansas School Public Relations Society. He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., sang in the choir and played the flute.

Survivors include his wife, Malinda; a daughter, Terri Mason of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; a son, David Harris of Rogers, Ark.; two grandsons, Jake and Cody Mason of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Jo Trujillo of Albuquerque and Mary Nell Harris of Sultan, Wash.; and two brothers, Bud Harris of Roswell and John Harris of Burlington, Vt.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice or to the Christ Episopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 32082.

Arrangements were by Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.


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