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9-20 Obituaries


September 19, 2005

Ruth Greathouse

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

Mrs. Ruth Dolores Strebeck Greathouse, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Newton County, Miss. She moved to Artesia at the age of 10 and graduated from Artesia High School in 1942.

She married Frank Greathouse Jr. on June 29, 1944. They lived on the family farm in Rogers until 1988 when they moved to Portales. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1968 and was a first-grade teacher at Three Way School in Maple, Texas ,until she retired in 1988.

Family members said she was an accomplished seamstress, artist and gardener. She won many awards for her paintings and crochet work.

She was a lifelong Methodist and member of Inez and Portales Methodist Churches. She was also a member of the Portales Women’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Frank; a son, Neil Greathouse (and wife, Katherine) of Willow Park, Texas; two daughters, Cheryl Flag (Ken) of Steam Boat Springs, Colo. and Elaine Fallis (Jerre) of Wichita Falls, Texas; five grandchildren, Kara Staggs, Rana, Jada and Brit Greathouse, and Amanda Fallis; a great-grandchild, Mariah Staggs; a brother, C.B. (Marjorie ) of Clovis; a sister-in-law, Deanne Dickson of Lubbock; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The Revs. Ross Dunn and Harry Riser will officiate services.

Burial will follow in Inez Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Sidney Strebeck, Charles Strebeck, Brent Strebeck, Ronald Dickson, Kevin Dickson and Coby Dickson.

Honorary pallbearers are Chester Harth, Wayne Tollett, Mike Clark, Dale Hamlett, John Atchley and Dennis Tollett.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Laquita Joy (Haragan) Griffith

Services: Have been held

Mrs. Laquita Joy (Haragan) Griffith, 71, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, in Llano, Texas.

She was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Lynn County, Texas, to Thelma and Olin Shelton.

She spent her early childhood in Texas where she attended school in Southland and Cooper. She moved to Floyd with her family when she was a teenager. She graduated from Floyd High School and married her high school sweetheart, Dale Haragan. They had five children. She and her husband were the Lang Transit agents in Portales for many years.

She married Alvis Griffith on Jan. 25,2003.

She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

Family members said she was well-known in Portales and the surrounding areas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband.

Survivors include her second husband; two sons, Randy Haragan of , Texas, and Kelly Haragan of ; three daughters, Deborah Albert of Arlington, Va., Theresa Simpson (and, husband Jim) of Buchanan Dam, Texas, and Toni Robinson (Gary) of; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Leland Shelton of Hereford, Texas, Donald Shelton of Dimmitt, Texas, and Jerry Shelton of Friona; and a sister, Melba Conard of Snyder, Texas.

Burial took place in the Bluffton Cemetery in Bluffton, Texas.

Arrangements are by Waldrope, Hatfield & Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano, Texas.

W.G. “Bill” Victor

Services: 10 a.m. at Dora Baptist Church

Mr. W.G. “Bill” Victor, 87, of Rogers, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at his home.

He was born Sept. 19, 1917, near Dora to Emma and Vain Victor. He quit school in the eighth grade to help support his family. He drove a truck for several years, carrying any kind of freight he could. He carried brick and lumber which was used in the construction of the Causey and Dora Schools as well as grain and cream from local farms.

He married Sybil Fraze on Feb. 27, 1940. He farmed and ran a small dairy until the early 1980s. He did carpentry on the side for area residents and continued to ranch until his death.

He was a devoted Christian and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church for many years and later of Dora Baptist Church. He served as a deacon for 35 years.

Family members said he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed doing wood working and made numerous miniature working windmills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Arthur Victor, Jim Victor and an infant brother Jack; and two sisters, Frankie Saint and Iola Rawls.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Bobby Victor (and wife, Bobbie) of Dora, Billy Victor (Nan) of Portales and Kerry Victor (Debbie) of Rogers; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Victor and Bennie Victor, both of Portales; and two sisters, Betty Kyte of Portales and Joan Hemingway of Houston, Texas.

The Revs. Walter Huber and Butch Schneider will officiate services.

Burial will follow at Long’s Cemetery in south Roosevelt County.

Pallbearers are Rocky Victor, Buster Tucker, Ryan Victor, Jason Victor, Danny Victor, Ruben Natividad, Darrell Victor, Jody Victor and Kevin Victor.

Honorary pallbearers are his granddaughters, nurses, caretakers and all his friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care, High Plains Home Health or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.


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