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Obituaries for April 9, 2006


Henry Jenkins

Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel, Portales.

Henry Jenkins, 85, died Sunday, March 19, 2006, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.

Born June 3, 1920, in Berkeley, Calif., to Nettie and Oliver Lloyd Jenkins, he grew up in Berkeley and attended his first two years of college there. He transferred to Oakland Tech, where he completed an engineering degree. He married Alice Jean “Jeanie” Hall in June 1941. He worked as a civil engineer for the Department of Defense for a number of years. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1973 and held several overseas assignments. He retired in 1980 and moved to Portales.

For many years he operated Autonauts Garage on the Floyd Highway.

Family members said he loved collecting and working on old cars, especially Studebakers, Fords and Willys.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steven Jenkins, in 2001.

He is survived by a son, Lloyd Carl Jenkins of San Pedro, Calif.; and a foster son, Lon Wright of Portales; one daughter, Nettie Jenkins of Portales; and six grandchildren.

Marlin Poyner will officiate services.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.

Thelma Lois Byrd

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

Thelma Lois Byrd, 80, of Floyd died Thursday, April 6, 2006, at Odessy Hospice inpatient unit in Amarillo.

She was born Sept. 25, 1925, to Claude and Ruby Stevens Shipp in Mullin, Texas.

She married G.C. Byrd on July 24, 1943, in Cross Plains, Texas. They moved to Roosevelt County, where they farmed for many years. She was a homemaker and member of the Melrose Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; a brother, Albert Shipp, and a sister, Claudie Tennison.

She is survived by her daughter, Betty Jean Chadwick (and husband, James) of Amarillo; a son, Terry Byrd (Lita) of Floyd; two sisters, Opal West (Marvin) of Lubbock and Louise Woods (Lano) of Fredricksburg, Va.; two brothers, Olen Shipp (Frankie) of Topeka, Kan., and Harmon Shipp (Barbara) of Pampa, Texas; eight grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

The Rev. Otho Rogers will officiate services.

Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews.

Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.

Phillip Carroll West

Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church

Phillip Carroll “Phil” West, 66, of Clovis died Saturday, April 8, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center.

Born July 14, 1939, in Edenton, N.C., to William Reeves and Edith Ida Green West, he married Karen Grim on Aug. 27, 2005, in Clovis.

A Vietnam veteran, he retired as a technical sergeant after serving 20 years in the Air Force. He worked as a service manager for PNM Gas Co. for 20 years.

He was a member of VFW Post 3280 and First Christian Church.

Family members said he enjoyed woodworking and fishing.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon West, and a sister, Francis Jordan.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Patricia Collins of Cannon Air Force Base, Lori Wintersteen of Louisville, Ky., and Stephanie Smedley of Portales; a son, Brian West of Clovis; two stepdaughters, Tamra Soares of Florida and Debra Emerick of New Braunsfel, Texas; a stepson, John Grim of Clovis; two brothers, William West Jr. of Dothan, Ala., and Gordon West of North Carolina; a sister, Estell Dempsey of Austin, Texas; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Jon Forrest will officiate services.

Burial will follow at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. Full military honors will be provided by the Cannon honor guard.

Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.


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