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3/22 Obituaries


March 21, 2005

Clarence Adams, 84

Services: 10 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Roswell.

Clarence Siringo Adams, 84, of Roswell, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at his home.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1920, in Corona, to John C. and Alice M. Adams.

He spent his years in southeastern New Mexico as a teacher, educator, historian, author, writer, editor and outdoorsman. He grew up in the Roswell and Berrendo area joining the New Mexico Army National Guard and the US Army in 1942. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1950 and in 1957 his master of arts degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University. He taught in Dora, Cloudcroft, Weed, Artesia, Cottonwood and Roswell. He retired from teaching in 1979. Family members said he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Adams; three sons, Larry Adams (and wife, Becky), Kenneth Adams (Jeannie), and Rodney Adams (Kellie); three daughters, Jenny Beasley (Dan), Laura Hignight (companion, Allen Ward), and Jolynn Willmon (Roger); ten grandchildren, Brenda Ellis, Casie Sottosant, Cicily Ward, Quentin Ward, Casey Adams, Lindsey Winkler, Larissa Enoch, Kathryn Cochran, Kevin Cochran, and Barrett Adams; a sister, Jeri Prince (Buddy) of Portales; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Eldridge “Butch” Neal will officiate the services with Marshall Fair assisting.

Burial will be at South Park Cemetery in Roswell.

Pallbearers are Ryan, Cliff, and Jack Pirtle, Bernie Salaz, Verlon “Spec” Beckler, and John Ortega.

Honorary pallbearers are his closest friends and extended family at Peachtree Retirement Village.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are by La Grone Funeral Chapel of Roswell.

Bailee Tivis, 3

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

Bailee Tivis, 3, of Portales, died Sunday, March 20, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

He was born on Jan. 28, 2002, in Clovis, to Kristy and Kie Tivis.

He was born prematurely, and fought against all odds for survival. In Nov. 2003, he was well enough that he and his mother were able to move to Virginia to join his daddy who was stationed there in the US Navy. Late in the fall of 2004 the family returned to Portales. He was a student in the pre-kindergarten class at L.L. Brown Elementary. Family members said he kept an upbeat, happy attitude, smiling contagiously even when he was in great pain. He loved to laugh and play and wrestle, and could make you smile even when you were upset or angry with him.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Jim and Joan Williams and Martha Baird.

Survivors include his parents; his maternal grandparents, Glen and Susie Davis of Portales; his paternal grandparents, Glen Tivis and Donna Leal, both of Clovis; his great grandparents, Rosalie and Joe Burney of Lubbock, Max Davis of Rogers, and Lloyd and Frances Tivis of Portales; and his uncles, Justin and Tyler Davis, both of Portales and Jim Tivis of Cleveland, Tenn.

Allen Conner will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Dora.

Pallbearers are Kie and Jim Tivis, and Justin and Tyler Davis.

The family will gather at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hospitality Room at Golden Acres for the noon meal.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.


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