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Jan. 31, 2006 Obituaries


January 30, 2006

Frank Teti

Services: 10 a.m. Feb. 18, Monterey, Calif., cemetery.

Professor Francis Michael Teti, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Portales.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1937, in Utica, N.Y., to Frank T. and Nella Teti.

He spent his 36-year professional career as a professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, Calif., where he also served as acting department chair, family members said. He also taught as an adjunct professor for colleges that included Monterey Peninsula College, Chapman University, Golden Gate University and Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he also served as academic dean and vice president. He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching during his professional career. He retired to Portales in 2003.

Survivors include his wife Theresa (Terry) Teti of Portales; brothers Vito Teti of Fullerton, Calif. and Gary Teti of Sylmar, Calif .; sons Stowe Teti of Kensington, Md., Trent Teti of Los Angeles and Drew Teti of Chicago; step-sons Charles Stockwell of Portales and William Stockwell of Roseville, Calif .; one granddaughter, one step-granddaughter, five step-grandsons, two nephews and two grand nieces.

A scholarship award has been established in his name at the Naval Postgraduate School as a tribute. Family members ask donations be made to this fund, in lieu of flowers. Information is at:

Clovie Chunn

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel.

Clovie S. Chunn, 97, of Portales, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

He was born to Thulia May and Scott L. Chunn on Nov. 11, 1908, in Tom Green County, Texas.

He came to Elida in 1910 by covered wagon with his parents and older sister. In his early 20s, he went back to Texas to work in the oil fields near Longview. He married Nola Stringer on June 21, 1930, in Conroe, Texas. He farmed and ranched in the Arch area until the mid 1950s. They moved to Portales and then in 1958 bought a ranch at Elida.

On June 16, 1994, he was married to Esther Brooks.

Mr. Chunn was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Katie Davenport and Marshall Singleton and a son, Jimmy “Bo” Chunn.

He is survived by his wife of Portales, one son, Clovie Chunn (and wife Valerie) of Portales, three daughters Carmen Woods (Roger) of Rogersville, Mo., Chari Wood (Ronnie) of Roswell, and Sue Inge (Blake) of Dora, 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren, a brother, Jimmie Scott Chunn of Bledsoe, Texas, four nieces and one nephew as well as two step-daughters Glenda Creighton (Gene) of Elida and Billy Lou Wooley (Fred) of Denver City, Texas, and several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rev. Dan Holt will officiate services. The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Jay Alexander, Jerry Alexander, Ricky Chunn, Wade Butts, Miller Butts, Danny Inge and Johnny Inge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joy and Wendell Best, Betty and Sid Price, Annetta and B. J. Byrd, Lena Nutt, Tazley Sprinkle, Candace Christesson, Carol Fine, Shannon Rogers, Linda Howard, Gay Strong, Viola Valdez, Frances Wall and the staff of Heartland Continuing Care Center.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary in Portales.

George W. Nelson

Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel, 1500 Thornton St., Clovis

George W. Nelson, 78, of Portales died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 at his daughter’s home in Glendale, Ariz.

He was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Erwin, Tenn., to Joseph Henry and Jenovne McCurry Nelson. He married Nettie Erickson on Dec. 9, 1966, in Reno, Nev. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1966 and owned George’s Home Maintenance.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers.

He is survived by a son, DeWayne Nelson (and wife, Cindy) of Vancouver, Wash., a daughter, Betty Tackett (Dale) of Glendale, Ariz .; a sister, Evelyn Haynes of Tennessee, four grandchidren and 12 great grandchildren.

The Rev. Dean Turvaville will officiate.

Entombment will be in the Plains Sanctuary Mausoleum at Mission Garden of Memories.

Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.


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