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Burkett -- Robert"R.J." Burkett, 21, a resident of Albuquerque, died Wednesday, January 12, 2000. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Carmen Burkett; brothers, Christian and Thomas Burkett; sister, Uilani Burkett, all of Hawaii; grandmother, Grace W. Burkett of Albuquerque; grandparents, Joe and Cora Colotario of Hawaii; aunt, June B. Chapman of Baltimore, MD; a host of other family and good friends. Mr. Burkett was an outstanding athlete and Honor student. He was currently attending T.V.I. Mr. Burkett was a very loving and spiritual person, who will be dearly missed. Services will be held Sunday, 3:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment will take place in Hawaii. Pallbearers will be Shane Neubauer, Peter Hague, Patrick Poulin, Christian Colotario, Thomas Burkett and Jake Byrnes. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. until time of service. To:"R.J." Your voice brought happiness to all, Your smile gave us a lift; Your life, a brilliant, shining light- God's precious, loving gift.
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Eatough -- Melvin G. (Buzz) Eatough, 76, beloved husband and father, and always the gentleman, passed away Tuesday, January 11, 2000, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife, Betty of Albuquerque; children, Mike Eatough and wife, Tonya Taylor also of Albuquerque, Joyce Passon of La Porte, TX and Richard Eatough also of Texas; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; sister, June of Kaysville, UT; brothers, Floyd of Opal, WY, Dean of Lynndel, UT, and Keith of Elko, NV. He was preceded in death by his children's mother, Zelma; and brother, Don. Mel was born in Silver City, Ut on Valentines Day, February 14, 1923, also his mother's birthday. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. Mel was a miner at heart, using his mining skills and wonderful personality to sell mining equipment throughout the world, as well as in the U.S. His travels took him all over South America, Mexico, and Malaysia. Mel also spent 30 years living and traveling in Colorado. He was National Accounts Manager for Gardner Denver Mining Equipment Company when he retired in 1980. Mel spent the next 12 years freelancing his services to several mining equipment companies until he retired"for real" in 1992. Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, 9:00 a.m., at Church of the Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE. Interment of cremains will take place Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Santa Fe National Cemetery. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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Esquivel -- The family of Mr. Hildo J. Esquivel wishes to thank all their relatives and friends who were in attendance of the Rosary and Funeral services for Mr. Esquivel. They would also like to express their gratitude for all the love, care and compassion that has been shown to them. Arrangements by the Salazar and Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW.
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Gentry -- Mary Edith Gentry passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 11, 2000, at the age of 97. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Eugenia Jordan; six grandchildren, Russell Hall, Tami Manata, Karyn Archuleta, Richard Jordan, Gary Jordan, Cathy Charlson; and nine great-grandchildren. She will lie in state on Monday, January 17, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin Tuesday, January 18, 10:00 a.m., at Strong-Thorne Mortuary.
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Groves -- Robert Chapman Groves, 54, a resident of Las Cruces since 1981, formerly of Albuquerque, died Thursday, January 13, 2000 at home. He is survived by his wife, Judy of 34 years; his daughters, Guenevere (Genni) and husband, Charles McMahon, Aleta (Ali) and husband, Brian Robertson; grandchildren, Spenser and Dru Lopez, Savannah and Hugo Robertson, all of Las Cruces; parents, Ken and Ruth Groves of Albuquerque; brother, Ken Groves and his wife, Bethany Cope of Oakland, CA and Rutheron, NM; mother-in-law, Ruth Davis of Las Cruces; and sister-in-law, Kathryne Davis of Albuquerque; many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving friends. He was born in Dallas, Texas on July 13, 1945 and moved to Albuquerque in 1951. He graduated from Manzano High School in 1963 after which he served with distinction in the Albuquerque Police Department until 1972. He was a former member of the Ballut Abyad Pipe Band in Albuquerque and loved playing the bagpipes and listening to Scottish music. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1992 with a BA in Sociology and with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1996; he was licensed as a Registered Nurse in January, 1997. He held the position of Nurse Administrator at the Lovelace Medical Clinic in Las Cruces prior to his death. He served in both the U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Coast Guard Reserve before being Honorably Discharged in 1975. He was a World War II history buff, and a prolific reader, writer and artist, specializing in pen and ink. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Graham's Mortuary in Las Cruces; Memorial services to be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 517 North Alameda Ave., Las Cruces, on Monday, January 17, at 3:00 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary and Caroline Harrington, Neida Courtney, Brendalyn Batchelor, Bill and Ross and Chuck Lewis. The family has requested, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, 999 West Amador Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005, in the name of Robert Groves.
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Harrison -- John F. Harrison, 75, a resident of Albuquerque since 1990, formerly of Crompond, New York, died Saturday, November 27, 1999. He is survived by his children, Soctt Harrison of California, Dean Harrison of New York and Jo Ann D'Andrea of Virginia; his former wife, Elizabeth Schweizer of California; and three grandchildren, Luke Harrison, Mariel D'Andrea and Grace D'Andrea. His wife, Catherine L. Harrison preceded him in death. Mr. Harrison served in the U.S. Army in WWII as a Tank Commander in the 80th Tank Batallion of the 8th Amored. He retired from the Army National Guard in 1976 with the rank of Major. Mr. Harrison was an active member of Mesa View United Methodist Church and the Optimist Club of Albuquerque, Club #19010. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 15, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel, 7121 Wyoming NE, with Rev. John Schwarting officiating. Ennichement will follow at Chester T. French Memorial Mausoleum at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mesa View United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87120. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming NE.
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Hicks -- Samuel C. Hicks Jr., Master Sergeant USAF Ret., passed on January 3, 2000 at Riverside, California. Born November 22, 1922 in Albuquerque. Samuel was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel C. Hicks Sr. and Minnie G. Hicks. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Holyfield and husband, Dennis of Rio Linda, CA, Bridgette Hicks of San Jose, CA; brother, Eugene and wife, Kay of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Samantha and Grahman of Rio Linda, CA; nephews, Dwain Hicks of Los Angeles, CA, David Hicks of Albuquerque; and many cousins. Samuel was a member of Grant Chapel AME Church. He was a graduate of Albuquerque High School, Class of 1941. Samuel attended UNM as an Art Major and Juilliard School of Music, where he performed under renowned conductors. Sam was also a member of the former Albuquerque Civic Symphony joining in 1940. Samuel served in World War II in the 92nd Infantry Division, participating in the campaigns of North Apennines and PO Valley, and also served in the Republic of Vietnam. After his retirement from the USAF, Sam worked as an Art Illustrator for several aircraft companies and hospitals. Cremation has taken place. Services provided by Inland Funeral Home, Riverside, California.
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Johnson -- Edward Wade Johnson, 55, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 12, 2000 in Albuquerque. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 30 years, Esther Johnson; sons, Bruce Johnson and wife, Michelle, and children, Brandon Johnson and wife, Sharon, and children; daughter, Crystal Johnson and son; his brothers, Billy and Paul Jr. from Bluefield, WA; and his sister, Patty Garza and husband, Eddie, and children from Gonzales, TX; and his half-brother, Dan Hamilton. He also leaves behind many loving brothers and sisters-in-law; numerous nephews and nieces; mother and father-in-law; and many, many caring friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 15, 2000, at the Bella Vista Baptist Church, 2800 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Arrangements are being provided by Metropolitan Direct Burial and Cremation Center, Inc., 729 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, 256-9400. www.AlbuquerqueNM.com
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King -- Joshua D. King, 14, a resident of Albuquerque since 1987, passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2000 at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, following a courageous two year battle with Leukemia. Joshua is survived by his mother, Janice King; grandmother, Betty Cericola; great-grandmother, Sabina Faba; uncles, James Cericola and Stanley Albrycht; aunts, Cheryl Cericola, Debbie Albrycht and Karen Cericola; cousins, Tiffany, Nick, Amanda, Brandon, Michael, Matthew and Katelyn; and numerous other relatives and friends. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2000, 2:00 p.m., at Mesa View United Methodist Church, 4701 Montano Rd. NW, with Rev. John Schwarting officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joshua King's name may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 2230 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719 or The Leukemia Society.
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Loftin -- Mrs. Kay L. Loftin, age 53, of Griffin, Georgia, died Thursday at the Spalding Regional Hospital. Mrs. Loftin was born in Raton, daughter of the late Charles Bartholomew and the late Helen Paulsen Bartholomew. She was a devoted wife and mother, and was a teacher with the Griffin Spalding County School System. Survivors include husband, Steven E. Loftin; daughters, Sandra E. Loftin, MD, Lisa K. Loftin, Esquire, both of Griffin, GA; brothers, James I. Bartholomew and John J. Bartholomew, both of Albuquerque; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ashley and Lonetta Loftin of Albuquerque. Memorial services will be conducted Monday at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home, Rev. Paul Thomas will officiate. Entombment will be in Westwood Mausoleum. Friends may visit the family following the service and other times at the residence, 1509 Kennedy Dr. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 135-B Bradford Square, Fayetteville, GA 30215, in memory of Mrs. Loftin. McCullough Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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