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Norsworthy -- Geogre w. Norsworthy of Seminole, TX passed away at the age of 93 on July 29, 2002 at Hobbs Health Care Center. George was born on February 25, 1909 in Seale, LA. Mr. Norsworthy was a member of the Mounted Patrol of New mexico with the assigned #14. Also a member of Turtle's. He was an avid rock hound. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Norsworthy of Seminole, TX; sons, Bill Norsworthy of Costilla, NM, Linn Norsworthy of Seminole, TX; daughters, Denise Locklear of Myrtle Beach, NC, Gen Marquez of Las Begas, NM; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. at Chapel of Hope Chapel, Hobbs, NM. Private Burial will take place at a later time. Memorials can be made to Hobbs Senior Citizens Center, 200, E. Park Hobbs, NM 88240.
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Patterson -- Robert M. Patterson, 86, passed away suddenly July 25, 2002. He had resided in Albuquerque since 1967. He was born on December 27, 1915 in Madison, WI and graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism in 1941. He worked for the Cape Cod Standard Times prior to his enlistment in the US Army in 1941 where he served until 1946. After his discharge, he went to work for the Department of the Army and in 1951, advanced to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He retired as the Indian Affairs Data Center Executive Officer in 1973. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois; his sons, Robert Jr. of Albuquerque and Michael and wife, Wanda of Oklahoma; his daughter, Linda Stephens and husband, J. Michael of Albuquerque; his grandchildren, Ferrell Patterson and wife, Stacy, Beauchamp Patterson, Amber Tiger and husband, David, Morgan Bagley and husband, Clint all of Oklahoma, Chrisi Reid and husband, Mark of Huddersfield W Yorkshire England, Matthew Waite of Albuquerque, and Robert and David Stephens of Oregon; and five great-grandchildren, Thomas Lenaway, John Nichols, Justice Nichols, Garion Patterson and Molly Patterson; sisters, Florence (Patsy) De Master and husband, John of Sarasota, FL and their daughters, Jean and Barbara and sons, Doug and David, Mary Jean Hale and husband, Jim of Madison, WI; sister-in-law, Margie Manning of Tucson, AZ and her son, William and daughter, Karen. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Cremation took place at Sunrise Cremation Society. No Services will be held per his wishes. In lieu of flowers, Please send a donation to the National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.
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Poynor -- Edward Quitman Poyner, 79, a native of Clarksville, AR died Friday, July 26, 2002 at Kaseman Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. The body was cremated. Mr. Poynor was a retired pharmacist. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Clarksville Country Club. He was a US Army Veteran, serving during both WWII and the Korean Conflict. He attended the College of the Ozarks and graduated from the Southwestern College of Pharmacy in Weatherford, OK. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Ann Bassett and her husband, Herbert H. Bassett of Albuquerque; a sister, Louise Spanke of Wheaton, IL; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann; and a sister, Susie Maude Pittman. A Graveside Service and Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2002 at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville with the Reverend Lance Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1068, Clarksville, AR, the Kaseman Presbyterian Hospice Unit, 8100 Constitution, Suite 120, Albuquerque, NM 87110 or Needy Paws Animal Shelter, PO Box 523, Clarksville, AR 72830. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. NW Albuquerque, NM. 505-343-8008.
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Richards -- Esther Clark Richards, died in Albuquerque on Sunday, July 28, 2002. Esther was born 96 years ago in Rangoon, Burma, the second child of missionary teacher parents Ambrose and Ora Newell Rice. Married Lloyd Richards in 1929, widowed in 1998 after 59 years of marriage. Survived by two siblings of six, William Rice of Northampton, MA and Ruth Nichols of Amarillo TX; three loving children, Lloyd W. of Ft Washington, MD, Kenneth L. of Albuquerque, and Elisabeth A. Newcomer of Overland Park, KS; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Esther unselfishly devoted her life to nurture those she loved. She was musical, intellectually daring, tolerant, and universally loved and respected. Memorial services will be held in communities across the country where the members of her extended family reside. Please donate to Hospices in lieu of flowers.
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Spriggs -- James F. Spriggs, Jr., a resident of Albuquerque since 1996, passed away on July 28, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Haroldie Spriggs of Albuquerque; son, Kevin Spriggs of Silver Spring, MD; aunt, Elizabeth Giles of Knoxville, MD and cousin, Elaine Bonner of Washington, DC. Service will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Ash Street SE, with Pastor Dennis Dunn, II officiating. Interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Frederick, MD. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church,"Seeds of Faith" Building Fund, P.O. Box 26327, Albuquerque, NM 87125. Friends may visit Wednesday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. French Mortuary, Westside Chapel, 9300 Gold Course Rd. NW.
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Stevens -- Nan M. Yeager Stevens, 94, was honored on Sunday, July 28, 2002, when her Lord and Savior whispered her name to rejoice in Heaven as she rejoiced on earth. Nan was born Nannamae Yager in Weatherford, TX, February 10, 1908, to Alvis and Edna Cox Yager. (The spelling was changed to Yeager in the late 1920s.) Nan graduated from Bonham High School, Bonham, TX, in 1927, and continued her education through enrollment at the College of Industrial Arts, Denton, TX, later known as Texas State College for Women, and now Texas Woman's University. She graduated in 1931 with a major in Library Science, which led to her first job as a librarian at Borger High School, Borger, TX. Her monthly salary compensation was in the form of merchant vouchers as a result of the depression. Nan met James Dillard Stevens (Sr.) in Borger, and they were married in 1933. She taught Spanish, Latin, Geography, and Arithmetic at various Texas schools as she traveled where Jim's jobs took them. Jim's employment with the Army Corps of Engineers took them to the Panama Canal Zone during WWII. Nan Found employment with the Canal Zone motor vehicle office as an interpreter of Spanish/English and with the Canal Zone school system as a substitute teacher of Spanish. The Stevens family returned to the US in 1950, locating in Albuquerque. Nan was employed by the Department of Air Force as a Scientific and Technical Librarian assigned to the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, until her retirement in 1973. Nan was a member of the Adah Chapter No. 5, Order of The Eastern Star, and Daughters of Nile, Yucca Temple #74. Nan was preceded in death by her husband, Jim in 1996; sons, Larry in 1989 and James D. Jr. (Jimmie) in 2001. Nan is survived by one brother, Alvis Leeman (AL) Yeager, and wife, Esther of Paris, TX; two sons, Leeman Stevens and wife, Patti Manassas of VA; Stephen E. Stevens and wife, Patty of Albuquerque; two daughters, Charlotte N. Ferguson and husband, Brad of Clovis, CA, Karen K. Kerby and husband, Dale of Albuquerque; daughter-in-law, Loraine M. Hertel and husband, Wayne; and her caregiver grand puppy, Dahli; brothers-in-law and spouses, Bill and Inita Stevens of Borger, TX. Garland and Wanda Stevens of Norman, OK; sister-in-law, Sarah Margaret Stevens of Borger, TX. She has 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to Nan's many friends who gave her unconditional love and support; Wanda McCollom, Anita Gillespie, Blanche Barney, Dave and Norma Barney, Charles and Mary Perkins, Jeanette Civerolo, Mary King, Sissy King, Mike and Carol Covino. The family thanks the Lovelace medical staff who cared for Nan so tenderly during her final weeks. A special appreciation to Dr. Charles Benton, Lovelace Health Services for many years of exceptional care. Nan was small in stature, a gentle and quiet woman, a woman of inner beauty, a woman with a big heart full of love and compassion. Integrity and selflessness were tenets by which she lived; she harbored no prejudices and prayed for peace and harmony. We will miss her inspiration, wisdom, strength and humor. Viewing and personal reflection times for this beloved woman will be Wednesday, July 31, 2002. From 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Palm Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary, 1100 Coal Av. SE. A celebration of Nan's life will be held for family and friends at the Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy Rd. NE, Thursday, August 1, 2002 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the All Faith's Receiving Home 1709 Moon NE, Albuq, NM 87112. Strong-Thorne Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
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Thigpen -- William Thigpen, 81, of Lubbock passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2002. Services were held at First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Ballard and the Rev. Gene Hawkins. Burial was held at Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home. He was born June 19, 1921 in Bluewater, NM. He married Moselle Austin on September 9, 1947, in Albuquerque after graduating from Grants High School in Grants, NM. He moved to California and enrolled in the Anderson Trade School. After graduation, he worked as a Rockwell machine Inspector and Precision Parts Inspector for Douglas Aircraft. He later worked for Consolidated Steel as a shipfitter. He joined the US Army Air Corps in 1942. He trained at the Sacramento Air Base and was shipped overseas to the 8th Air Force in England. He was transferred to the 1st Allied Airborne Command and served in the French and British West Indies. He was employed by the Pillsbury Company as a district manager in West Texas and New Mexico for 28 years. He was the owner and operator of a real estate business for 40 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1960 involved in the Sunday Morning Encouragers, Primetime Choir and the FAITH Team. Survivors include his wife; a son, Kenneth of San Marcos; a daughter, Donna Thigpen Keyton of Palm Desert, CA; two brothers, Wilbur of Grants and Andy of Albuquerque; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The family suggest memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, Lubbock, TX,"Commit to Conquer Fund."
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Yancey -- Lee Roy, 67, passed away July 27, 2002 at home after a short illness. Lee Roy was born June 24, 1935 in Bryson, Texas, son of Andrew Yancey and Martha Rhodes Yancey. He moved to New Mexico at age one. He is survived by two sisters, Cleo of Kentucky, Bertha of Washington; two brothers, James of Bloomfield, NM Dalton of Logan, NM; sons Roy of Albuquerque, Wade of Albuquerque; stepsons, Mark of Albuquerque, Monte of Albuquerque; step-daughter Rita of Colorado. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at Blake Road Baptist Church, at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 1704 Blake Road SW. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW, 343-8008.
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Aguilar -- Nicanor E. (Nick) Aguilar, a native of New México, born in Antn Chico on October 26, 1921 died July 18, 2002. Nick served in the military in WWII under General Mac Arthur in the Philippines. He is survived by his son Pat Aguilar and wife April; daughters Marie Mosher and husband Phil, Kelly Miyaki and husband Russell; sister Helen Aguilar; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many friends. A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2002 in Fern Chapel of Strong-Thorne Mortuary 1100 Coal Av. SE. Private interment will take place on Wednesday, July 31, 2002 in Santa Fe National Cemetery. Strong-Thorne Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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Alirez -- Herman Nelson Alirez, age 41 passed away July 24, 2002 in Albuquerque. Herman was born November 6, 1960 in Clovis, NM to the home of Paul and Camren Romero. He was reared and attended schools in Corona. Herman was residing in Albuquerque where he was a self employed Jack of all trades and master of None. He loved riding his Harley Motorcycle and he loved to work. Herman married Nita Smith on January 28, 1983 in Albuquerque. He is preceded in death by his Biological father Paul Romero; and his adopted parents Arturo and Rumalda Alirez. Survivors include his biological mother Carmen Romero of Corona, NM; his wife Nita Alirez; son Matthew Ray Alirez; and his daughter Samantha Jo Alirez. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters Paul Jr. Alirez, Danny Romero, Michael Romero, Jessie Romero, Tony Romero, George (Eddy) Romero, Maria Dearing, Alvina Holleyman and JoAnna Holliefield; along with numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends and relatives. Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 29 at 11:00 am from the Corona Cemetery in Corona, NM with Mr. Cal West officiating. Serving as Pallbearers are Paul Jr. Alirez, Michael Romero, Jessie Romero, Tony Romero, George (Eddy) Romero, Lon Holleyman and Chris Dearing. Serving as Honorary Pallbearer is Danny Romero. All services are entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home, 923 South 3rd St. Santa Rosa, NM (505) 472-3369.
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