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Sept. 6 Obituaries


September 6, 2005

Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel.

John David Imoe, 63, of Portales, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at his home in Portales.

He was born Jan. 25, 1942, in Portales to Maggie and Pete Imoe.

The family moved to California and back two different times while he was a small boy. As a young teenager, he and his brother worked on paper routes together.

At 17, he returned to California where he lived with his oldest brother. The two men worked together doing various jobs, including digging swimming pools by hand. He also worked for a period of time assembling and shipping steel buildings.

After he returned to Portales, he remained there for the majority of his life. He had worked for several local electricians, including Chaparral Electric, Cox Refrigeration and American Electric.

Mr. Imoe enjoyed watching football, especially when the Pittsburgh Steelers were playing. He was a member of the local antique auto club. The real love of his life was his Corvette, as he was in the process of rebuilding it and restoring it for the third time, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by a son, Jon Wayne Crady of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Cassandra Crady of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Brandon Crady, Nicholas Crady, Ryan Crady, Travis Crady and Kaitlyn Crady; two brothers, Sam Imoe of Phoenix and Flick Hodges of Denver; two sisters, Betty Miller of Logan and Connie Robinson of Clovis and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kenneth Broad will officiate services.

His many friends will be honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Tina Kay Finney

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Fort Sumner.

Tina Kay (Stinnett) Finney, 33, of Fort Sumner, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at her home following an extended illness.

She was raised and attended school in Portales until her senior year. She graduated from Fort Sumner High School.

She was a huge NASCAR fan and collected NASCAR memorabilia. She also enjoyed crocheting, family members said.

Survivors include two daughters, Ashley Nicole Stinnett and Shawna Michelle Stinnett of the home in Fort Sumner; her parents, James (Tommy) Sr. and Beverly (Rogers) Stinnett of Portales; three sisters, Sarah Knight of Great Falls, Mont.; Juanell Parks (husband Kevin), Belinda Machen (Timmy), all of Portales; one brother James Stinnett Jr. (Jade) of Portales; four nieces, Jessi, Brandie, Derricka, and RandyDawn; six nephews Matthew, Daniel, Nathan, Bradley, Brian, and Christopher and stepchildren Annie, Jerod, and Leighton Finney.

Rev. Wesley Holland will officiate servies.

Burial will follow at Fort Sumner Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Stinnett, Kevin Parks, Leonard Hobbs, Bradley Parks, Timothy Machen, and Kyle Cain. Visitation hours will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Chavez Funeral Home of Fort Sumner.

Services: 2 p.m., Wednesday at Third and Kilgore Church of Christ.

Dean Moore, 73, of Portales, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2005, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock.

He was born March 5, 1932, in Baileyboro, Texas, to Syble and Curtis Moore. The Moore family moved to Portales from Morton, Texas, in 1942. Dean was a member of the class of 1950 at Portales High School.

He went on to attend a semester at Eastern New Mexico University before leaving for Marine boot camp in January of 1951. He served as an MP in Guam and later Japan.

On Sept. 17, 1953, in Portales he was married to Helen Elliott. The family moved back to Portales in 1955. He worked for Price’s Creamery until March of 1957, when he went to work in the Post Office. He retired in 1987 with 31 years of service.

Moore loved to play softball. He played from age 14 to 43. He was a member of the Boothe Powell Bombers Team that played in the National Softball Tournament.

He was a member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Kenneth (Byrnadean) Moore; a grandchild, Bryan Moore, and a great-grandchild, Dylan Linthicum.

He is suvived by his wife, Helen of their home; one son, Michael (wife Deborah) Moore of Midwest City, Okla.; a daughter, Deanna (Troies) Linthicum of Roswell; five grandchildren, Brandon (Brooke) Linthicum, Ryan (Brandi) Linthicum, Jana (Robbie) Glenn, Joseph (Amy) Moore and Michael Ray Moore; two great-grandchildren, Johnathan Moore and Branson Linthicum; his mother, Syble Moore of Portales and one brother, Leon (Paula) Moore of Las Cruces.

David Bennett and Matt Rush will officiate.

Burial will follow at Portales Cemetery.

Marshall Durham, Keith Durham, Ralph Leonard, Howard Stokes, Shannon Gorrell and Dale Parrish will serve as pallbearers.

Wayne Gunn, Travis Foster, and Jerry Courtney, along with his other golfing and softball friends, will act as honorary pallbearers.


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