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July 17 Obituaries


Edna Burnett, 103

Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales.

Mrs. Edna E. Burnett, 103, of Portales, died Thursday, July 14, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales.

She was born on April 9, 1902, in Waco, Texas, to Charles and Mary Belle Wortham.

She moved to Causey in 1906. She married Arther Edward Burnett on May 5, 1928, in Portales. Family members said she loved quilting, sewing, cross-stitching, gardening and tending to her flowers. She was a charter member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Portales.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Viola Walker; seven sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Jessie Whitehead of Grady, Wanda Hendrix of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Vera Thompson of Elizabeth City, N.C.; two sons, Alton Burnett of Sundown, Texas, and LeRoy Burnett of Rock Springs, Wyo.; two brothers, Ralph Wortham of Andrews, Texas, and Hugh Wortham of California; 29 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and 46 great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Walter Huber will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.

Pallbearers are her grandsons, Wade, Jess and Williams Whitehead, Ricky Hendrix, Eddie and Rodney Burnett, and David Walker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home in Portales.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.

B.J. Dodd, 82

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Melrose Church of Christ.

Mr. B.J. “Bill” Dodd, 82, of Melrose, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.

He was born on July 30, 1922, in Crowell County, Texas, to R.E. and Helen May Dodd.

He married Mary Doyle on Dec. 13, 1941, in Portales. Family members said he lived and worked on the same section of land northwest of Melrose since before he was 2 years old. He was known as a hard-working farmer and rancher and was a great example for his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and all who knew him, they said.

He was a member of the Melrose Church of Christ where he served as an elder for 44 years.

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

Survivors include his wife; Mary L. Dodd of the Melrose; a daughter, Lyndal Fahrlender of Clovis; two sons, Deon Dodd (and wife, Glenda) and Dennis Dodd (Dena), all of Melrose; eight grandchildren, Bill and Bob Fahrlender, Troy, Burl, Caleb and Zanessa Dodd, Azori Sparks and Samantha Odom; and six great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Melrose Cemetery.

Pallbearers are his grandsons, Bill and Bob Fahrlender, Troy, Burl and Caleb Dodd, Kody Sparks and Bruce Odom.

Honorary pallbearers are his friends and neighbors.

Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.


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