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Obits 12-28


Alfonso Junior Gonzales, 37

Alfonso “Junior” Gonzales, 37, of Clovis died Dec. 24, 2003, west of St. Vrain.

He was born Nov. 8, 1966, in Clovis to Alfonso and Mary Aragon Gonzales. A graduate of Clovis High School, he worked for Valley Cabinet Shop for 11 years, then went to work for Ware Produce and then for El Dorado Dairy where he was an animal health assistant. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and American Legion Post 25.

Family members said he was an all-around guy who loved his family, and his nieces and nephews. He loved his truck, music, and dancing.

Survivors include his mother, Mary C. Gonzales of Clovis; five brothers, Val (and wife Margaret) Gonzales, Johnny (and Ruby) Gonzales, Joe (and Misty) Gonzales and Alfonso Sandoval, all of Clovis, and Manuel (and Jeany) Chavez of Pueblo, Colo.; three sisters, Tina (and Clifford) Chavez of Portales, Lucille Mondragon, and Cipriana (and Peter) Aragon of Clovis; 16 nieces and nephews and one great-nephew, and numerous cousins.

Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The Rev. Sotero Sena will officiate at Monday’s Mass of the Resurrection. Burial will be at the Texico Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jon Jon Romero, Peter Aragon, Joseph Mondragon, Visente Mendez Sr., Donald Nelson, Junior Montoya, Mark Nelson and Daniel Lopez.

Honorary pallbearers are the Ware family and co-workers at El Dorado Dairy.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family at 408 Sandoval, Clovis, NM 88101.

Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home Inc. of Clovis.

Service are at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Clovis.

Levi Murrel Joiner, 74

Levi “Red” Joiner, 74, of Clovis died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare in Clovis.

He was born June 1, 1929, in Portales to Levi Floyd and Jewel Elizabeth Sanders Joiner. He was raised in Fort Sumner and went into the Air Force in 1948. After he left the Air Force he moved to Amarillo, Texas, and then to Clovis in 1961. He worked as a auto mechanic in different auto shops in Clovis, was an active member at the VFW, and was active in the Republican Party. He loved crossword puzzles and watching the news, a family member said, and he was very political-minded. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Mel Mehrten of Everett, Wash., and Kevin Mehrten of Alexander, Va.; a daughter Julie Medina of Clovis; a stepson, Jackie McEwen of Clovis; a stepdaughter, Jan Ogle of Clovis; two sisters, Alene Martin of Clovis and Virginia Knepp of Canyon, Texas; a brother, Kenneth Joiner of Grapevine, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Joiner; and a sister, Christena Shirley.

Burial was at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis.

Services have been held.

Ron Wheat, 64

Ron Wheat, 64, of Portales died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at his home.

Born July 15, 1939, in Alva, Okla., to Freda and Blaine Wheat, he joined the National Guard, then the Army, and later the U.S. Marine Corps, for whom he was bulldogger on the rodeo team.

Discharged in 1964, he worked at various jobs. About 1971, he lost his foot and part of a leg while working at a grain elevator, and later the entire leg was removed.

For several years he sold cleaning supplies for Handi-Kleen. In 1980, he moved to Portales, did odd jobs for local farmers, and worked as a Novus Windshield technician. He was unable to work after 1984.

He married Anna Thomas on June 16, 1990, in Portales.

A family member said he was an avid fisherman, and when his health faltered, he returned to a lifetime passion for pool, teaching others to play and competing in tournaments, including two national tournaments for wheelchair players.

He was a member of the Alva First Baptist Church, the American Legion, the VFW and the DAV, the Alva Moose Lodge, and the Clovis Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Anna; two daughters, Debra (and husband Chris) Blundell and Dawn Wheat, all of Wichita; three grandchildren, Jared, Shayla and Trevor Blundell; mother, Freda Wheat of Alva; a brother, Jack (and LeAnn) Wheat of Enid; and a sister, Delores (and Leon) Williams of Houston.

Memorials may be sent to the University Baptist Church Building Fund in Portales or to the New Mexico Boys Ranch.

The Rev. J.R. “Dick” Ross and Darla Fields will officiate.

Burial be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hardtner (Kan.) Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are family and friends.

Service are at 10 a.m. Monday at Wheeler Mortuary Chapel in Portales.


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