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Arthur Littlejohn, 81

Mr. Arthur Littlejohn, 81, of Portales, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales.

He was born on Dec. 11, 1921, on the family farm 12 miles south of Portales, to Virgie and Jimmy Littlejohn.

He grew up on the family farm and attended school at Rogers, graduating in 1939. He married Ruby Rhodes on July 30, 1943. They moved to California in the early 1950s where he pastored a Baptist church in Wasco and worked with area congregations. In 1963 he moved to Roswell where he worked as manager of Denny’s Restaurant and later head custodian at the New Mexico Military Institute. He retired in Portales about 1987.

He was a hospital chaplain in Portales. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Fraternal Order of Police.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and a son, Donnie Jim Littlejohn.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Mickey Littlejohn (and wife, Pam) of Somerville, Texas; a daughter, Patricia Ann (Horton) of Anthony; four grandchildren, Christopher Ryan and Todd Matthew Horton and Allison Gabrielle and Shannon Celeste Littlejohn; a great-grandchild, Brett Andrew Horton; and a brother, Melvin Littlejohn of Portales.

Herbert Bergstrom and Philip Fike will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Mount Zion Cemetery near Dora.

Pallbearers will be Chris, Todd and Jim Horton, Mike Littlejohn, Jeff Harris and Frank Rhodes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Norman Pittillo, Joe Visage, members of the Men’s Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Deacons of First Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.


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