Donald (Don) V. Wright


Donald (Don) V. Wright, 92, went to his eternal rest on July 21, 2017, at Sunset Villa Care Center in Roswell, NM. Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home in Roswell, NM, at 2609 South Main St. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 4 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Tim Arlet will officiate. Interment will occur on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 10 a.m., at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Don’s life may be found at where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
Don was born June 4, 1925, in Chase County, Nebraska, in his parents’ farm house. Don was the sixth and last child of William Ferd Wright and Elva Irene Akers Wright. He spent his younger years working on the farm, riding horses, and playing with his two older brothers. At the age of 18, Don joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served 3 1/2 years as a Navy signalman in many parts of the Pacific Ocean. He saw battle, serving on the USS Sierra and USS Ault, and was on the USS Flint when it served as escort and security for the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered in 1945. Don left the Navy in March 1946, with an Honorable Discharge and several medals. Returning to Nebraska, he worked in construction, as a farm laborer, and as a hardware store clerk in Wauneta. The owner of the store was also a mortician and Don worked as his assistant for a short time.

In 1949, Don met his future bride, Irene Crapson, and they married on October 9, 1949. Two children were born to this union, Phyllis Faye and David Lynn. Don continued as a farm laborer until 1953, when the family moved to Denver, Colorado, where he worked as a driver for the city bus line. Don held that position until 1959, when the family moved to Ogden, Utah, and he became an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. In 1965, the postal terminal was phased out, requiring another move, this time to Roswell, NM. Don retired in 1989, with 30 years of service. Don and Irene took up square dancing, where he liked the ‘dosey does’ and especially the yellow rocks. They also enjoyed traveling with their fifth wheel RV, and went to many parts of the U.S. They particularly enjoyed their time in Why, Arizona, and made many friends along the way. Don often enjoyed telling stories of the old days and his many adventures. One of the family’s favorite pictures is of Don on a “Sit n Spin” with granddaughter Jenny.

Don is survived by Irene, his wife of 67 years; daughter, Phyllis (Wayne) Kemp, of Artesia, NM; son, Dave (Susanne) Wright, of Shingle Springs, CA; grandchildren: Jennifer (Dino) Wilcox, of Roswell, NM, Sam Wright, of Shingle Springs, CA; great-grandchildren: Breanna Tunell of Albuquerque, NM, Sean, Seth, and Scot Henry of Roswell, NM. He is also survived by his last sibling brother, Loran (Irene) Wright, of Palisade, NE; many nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law, Jack Crapson, of Olympia, WA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents: William Ferd and Elva Irene Wright; sisters: infant Susan, Beulah (Howard) Meyer, Esther (Virgil) Fanning; brother, Harold (Verlene) Wright; several nieces and nephews.
Don was a lifetime member of the VFW, Roswell Elks Lodge #969, Cactus Sam’s, and of Roswell’s Senior Circle.
Many thanks to all of the special people at Sunset Villa for their compassionate care of Don.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Don by his family.

“Those we love
Remain with us,
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one’s gone…
Those we love
Can never be
More than a thought apart,
For as long as there is memory,
they’ll live on in the heart.”

Jason Wayne Farr


Jason Wayne Farr died in his home on July 18, 2017. At his side was his best friend and life partner Robbie Rogers. Further arrangements will be handled by Bethany Funeral Home.
Donations are of great need, please contact Robbie at 575 317 9700.

Frances Kleinhans Aguilar


CARLSBAD — Frances Kleinhans Aguilar, 84, former resident, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Denton-Wood Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 28, 2017, at 9 a.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church with The Rev. Andrew W. Dimit officiating.
Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery, Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances Kleinhans Aguilar was born February 24, 1933 in Bowie, Texas to Alfred W. and Bobbette E. (Roth) Kleinhans. She graduated from Bowie High School in 1950 and received a Bachelor’s in Education in 1954 and her Master’s in Education in 1959 from North Texas State University. After completing school, Frances moved to Carlsbad and began teaching at the Air Field school. She married Pete Aguilar in 1961 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bowie, Texas. Frances also taught at Puckett, Monterey and Sunset Elementary Schools until 1970. They lived in Albuquerque, Roswell, and Lakewood, CO before returning to Roswell during retirement. Frances was active in her church and was a member of LWML and AAL/Thrivent where she volunteered and held leadership positions. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Pete Aguilar.
Survivors are her daughter, Beverly Reid and husband, Bruce of Aurora, CO; son, Keith Aguilar and wife, Lynette of Billings, MT; grandchildren: Brienn Parker and husband, Jason, Briggs Reid and wife, Ashlie Bonicelli and Madison Aguilar; great-grandchildren: Adilynn Bonicelli-Reid and Walter Parker; brother, Edwin Kleinhans and wife, Alta Jo of Bowie, TX; brothers-in-law, Paul and Michael Aguilar; sisters-in-law, Priscilla Salcido and Ester Aguilar and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Ruben Aguilar, Richard Aguilar, Michael Aguilar, Ivan Aguilar, Briggs Reid and Jason Parker.
Condolences may be expressed at

Lorilei Briseño Perlingos


Lorilei Briseño Perlingos, age 48, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 20, 2017. Her loving and devoted family never left her side throughout the course of her passing.
Lorilei was born on June 15, 1969, in Roswell, New Mexico to Sal and Viola Briseño. She grew up in Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School in 1987.
Lorilei was a longtime employee of United Airlines. She was a flight attendant and traveled all around the world. She often shared stories about her interesting encounters and adventures in flying. During her last years with United, she traveled to her favorite destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and various destinations in Europe. She always expressed the need to “hurry and catch a flight.” She is now soaring through Heaven and flying high with the angels.
Lorilei faced Multiple Sclerosis with the same gusto and vigor that she lived her life. She faced MS head-on and refused and did not allow it to take away her life. She maintained a positive and hopeful outlook with regards to finding a cure for the disease and participated in various MS events.
Lorilei never stopped having a passion and appreciation for life which was evident in how she lived and loved her family. Her greatest joy was that of being a mother and a grandmother. Her life was never the same when she was blessed with her son, Caleb. The love of a child and being a mother completed her. She loved Caleb immeasurably. Lorilei was also a doting and devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren. Cassius, Camden, and Cieden were the apples of their grandmother’s eyes. Her son and grandsons provided her with the strength, courage, and motivation to continue her fight against MS.
Lorilei’s beauty radiated through her smile and her magnificent spirit filled any room she entered. Her laughter was contagious. She was a very giving woman who has left a legacy of love for all that had the honor of sharing in her life. We give thanks for the life of this amazing woman and are honored to call her a devoted wife, a beloved mother and grandmother, daughter, and sister. The unique, complex, extraordinary and irreplaceable Lorilei, whose grace and beauty inspired us all, will never be extinguished from our hearts and minds.
Lorilei was preceded in death by her father Sal Briseño Sr., sister, Katie Hamilton, grandparents, Matias and Benedicta Briseño, and grandmother, Dora Daley. She is survived by her mother Viola Briseño; husband David Perlingos; son Caleb Perlingos (Siria); beautiful grandsons Cassius, Camden, Cieden; brother Mike Briseño; brother Sal Briseño Jr. (Laura); sister Melanie Florez (Jonathan); and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Lorilei’s life will be held at Church on the Move in Roswell, NM, on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10 a.m. A reception will be held immediately following the services for Lorilei.

Richard L. Knadle


In Loving Memory
September 28, 1942 – July 23, 2016
It is hard to believe it has been a year since you passed. You are missed dearly and I wish you were still here. I love you.
Your Precious Pearl Julie Knadle

Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow


A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church on July 25 at 11 a.m. for Lillian Wynelle English Hickson Crow of Roswell. The angels sang as this beautiful saint entered into Heaven’s Glory at the age of 90. She passed away Monday, July 17, 2017, with her children at her side.
Wynelle was born on September 19, 1926 to Lawrence Eugene and Lucille Maureen Fortner English in Portales, New Mexico. She and her husband, Bill, owned and operated the Cottonwood Trading Post north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bill and Wynelle sold the Trading Post and moved to Roswell in 1994. She was a homemaker and an accomplished seamstress; she made Indian Dolls that were authentically dressed, even down to the underwear! The dolls were sold, not only in the United States, but internationally. Wynelle loved the Lord, loved her family, loved teaching children about Jesus and loved Gospel music. She was very involved at Tabernacle Baptist Church where she was a member and a Sunday school teacher. She also made unique puppets and used them to perform the skits that she wrote for Children‘s Church and at nursing homes. She was a member of Christian Women’s Club.
She married Floyd Hickson in 1945. They were farmers in Artesia, Hagerman and Dexter. Floyd passed away in 1979. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill Crow in 2005, son-in-law Dan Corn in 1999; and one grandchild, Megan Crow.
She is survived by her son Benny Hickson and his wife Wanda of Belton, TX; stepsons Richard Crow and his wife Pat of Springfield, MO, Carlton Crow of Roswell, NM; daughter Teresa Corn of Roswell, NM; stepdaughters Kay Bennett and her husband Wayne of Colorado Springs, CO, Susan Shaw of Dexter, NM; brother Parker English and his wife Lavada of Mid West City, OK; sister La Gene Verhines of Roswell, NM; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons: Douglas Alton Corn, Danny Ray Corn, Benny Scott Hickson, Joshua Dan Hickson, Hunter Alton Corn, and Elliott Martin Corn.
Donations would be appreciated for the Children’s Ministry at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Roswell, NM.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at

Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis


Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis, 85, passed away July 19, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico.
Idella was born September 17, 1931 in Ima, New Mexico to Richard Franklin Sparks and Amelia Idella Bragg Sparks. Idella spent most of her youth growing up in Roswell, New Mexico. She enjoyed working with her family at “The Barrel” where she fondly remembered serving delicious root beer, hamburgers, and ice cream. Idella graduated from Roswell High School in 1950. She married Edward A Hebert in 1951, and together they had five children. Idella was baptized when she was nine years old in Deming, New Mexico. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered often. She enjoyed Tuesday game days and dearly loved spending time with her church family. Idella married Curtis Eugene (Jack) Davis in 1972. Jack and Idella were married until Jack passed away in 1975. Idella worked for the telephone company for 32 years and made lifetime friends before she retired in 1983. In her retirement she was involved with the Jingle Bob Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Her favorite pastime was playing Skip-Bo and other games with family and friends. She also loved rooting and encouraging her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. She was well known as a kind, loving, and spiritual woman with a keen sense of humor.
She always felt blessed to have been the oldest and youngest in two families, the Sparks and the Meadows. She always considered her nieces and nephews in the Meadows family as brothers and sisters. Idella is preceded in death in the Sparks family by her parents; brothers, Elvin Sparks (Rachel), Rexel Sparks (Hilda), Avrit (Sandy) Sparks, True Sparks, Orval Sparks and Lee Otis Sparks (Carole); her sisters, Ruby Patton and Elizabeth (Betty) Galloway (Bill). The Meadows family, Clora Sparks Meadows “Momma” and Archy Meadows “Daddy”; “Sister”; Martha Ellen Meadows; “Brother” Archy Meadows (Jan); brother-in-law Don Hudson. She is also preceded in death by her daughter-In-law Debra Hebert.
Idella is survived by her sons, Thomas Hebert (Betty), Peter Hebert and Paul Hebert (Melodie); daughters, Trudy Hebert and Lisa Woods (Ken); grandchildren, Serenity Gomez (Jason), Christy Soto, Ryan Hebert, Theresa Montoya, Destiny Herron (Joseph), Daniel Soto, Brandon Hebert (Kristin), Marissa Soto, Nicole Bridges (Justin), Logan Hebert; and 14 great-grandchildren; “Brothers”, John Meadows (Jan), Bruce Meadows (Gloria); “sisters”; Betty Hudson, Ruth McKinney (Jim), Clora Anderson (Bobby) and Marie Penewit (Gary) and all the many very special nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, stepchildren and friends that she dearly loved.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W. Alameda, Roswell, New Mexico and will be officiated by Pastor Andy Byers and Pastor Joe Sparks.
Memorial contributions may be made in Idella’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church at or the American Cancer Society at
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Idella by her family.
The tribute of Idella’s life may be found at where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

Protesters say they are concerned about ICE

Protesters lined the sidewalk in front of the federal building Friday morning to show their concern for the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Claims of terrorizing families and of creating a panic are among the accusations leveled against ICE. An in-depth story on the raids in Clovis of last week will be published in the Daily Record this coming week. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

The director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido, Marcela Diaz, came to Roswell from Santa Fe on Friday. She stood alongside Somos Portales members, Somos Lea County members, and Roswell’s Somos Chaves members.

RMAC approves plan to increase visitors, expand

Caroline Brooks, executive director of the Roswell Museum and Art Center, says staff and others will work in coming months to implement the newly approved strategic plan. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The Roswell Museum and Art Center plans to upgrade some of its exhibits, increase visitor numbers, examine the possibility of charging admission fees and determine in more specific ways how to incorporate science into its exhibits and programs.

Leadership has been fostering growth in Roswell for 35 years

Of the 35 years Leadership Roswell has existed, Rick Kraft has been its executive director for over 25. Kraft, shown here, teaches a Leadership class on the last Friday of each month from September through May. The Roswell Chamber of Commerce started Leadership. Leadership classes are encouraged for anyone in the Roswell area who is or may be in a leadership position in the community. (Submitted Photo)

Are you the same person you were three months ago? How about six months ago, or even nine months ago? If you are, and if you want to change that, Leadership Roswell may be able to help you.

Hundreds turn out for carnival

A young boy aims to throw a football through a homemade TIE Fighter at Tabernacle Baptist Church's Star Wars themed Vacation Bible School Friday night. According to Jason Perry, director of music, children, and education at Tabernacle, the TIE Fighter was constructed out of pieces of wood and an old tire. (Katy Ross Photo)

Youth livestock shows coming up, horse show rescheduled


Dozens of youth in the area will show off their livestock, pets and horses at the fairgrounds in the coming days as the annual Chaves County 4H and FFA Fair gets underway.

Seven men arrested in underage human trafficking operation in Albuquerque; Those apprehended were soliciting sex with someone they believed to be a minor

Daniel Apodaca

Sharon Bea Dillard


Memorial services for Sharon Dillard will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017, at Midway Family Church with Rev. Danny Sons officiating.
Sharon Dillard went to heaven on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the age of 69. She is survived by her husband Ken Dillard, they had been married for 47 years; two daughters, Cindy McClain and her husband Jay of Roswell and Lisa Daughtery and her husband Kevin of Odessa, Texas. She had to two stepchildren Terri Dillard and Jerry Dillard of Amarillo, Texas, nine grandchildren, three of which she and Ken raised for most of their life Ryan Lay, Breanna Lay and JJ Dillard; six great-grandchildren; two brothers Doyle Washichek and his wife Brenda and Rick Washichek and his wife Shelba; one sister Charlotte Sons and her husband Danny all of Roswell; numerous nieces and nephews and a very special little friend Alexis Sons.
Sharon was a member of Midway Family Church for 48 years.
She had been a beautician for 48 years and worked at numerous beauty shops and the last 16 years she was a hair dresser at Peach Tree.
She loved her Lord and savior with all her heart and we are comforted in knowing we will see her again.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid, you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free.


Idella (Sparks) (Hebert) Davis


Idella (Sparks) (Hebert) Davis passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A further announcement will follow when arrangements are finalized.

Manuel Gonzales


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Manuel Gonzales, 74, who passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Big rigs invade Alien City Dragway

Big rigs line up at the starting line during Roswell’s first ever semi truck drag races Friday night at Alien City Dragway. Street legal rides on four and two wheels also participated in a street bracket race that went on late into the night. (AJ Dickman Photo)
A monster semi truck from Baeza Trucking in Artesia gives rides to race fans at Alien City Friday evening. The next street nights will be Aug. 4 and 18, with a bracket race scheduled for Aug. 19. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Astros end Orioles’ 4-game winning streak with 8-7 victory

Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel, center, high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Friday, July 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — A commanding lead had been reduced to one run during a wild ninth inning, and the Houston Astros found themselves turning to their closer to hold off the Baltimore Orioles.

Cincinnati Bengals’ ‘Pacman’ Jones suspended 1 game

In this May 23, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones walks the field during organized team activities, in Cincinnati. Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has been suspended for the regular-season opening game after his role in an altercation at a downtown hotel earlier this year. Jones had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge from the January incident, the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the NFL veteran. The NFL said Friday, July 21, 2017, that the suspension was for a violation of its personal conduct policy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been suspended for the regular-season opener against Baltimore for his role in an altercation at a downtown hotel earlier this year.

Uber driver says in lawsuit that Oher assaulted him

In this Feb. 7, 2016, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Michael Oher watches from the bench during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Panthers released the former starting left tackle — the subject of the movie "The Blind Side" — after he failed a physical on Thursday, July 20, 2017. The move comes six days before the Panthers are scheduled to report to training camp and 10 months since Oher last played. Oher started 16 regular games and three playoff games for the Panthers during their Super Bowl run in 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — NFL offensive lineman Michael Oher, who faces misdemeanor charges of assaulting an Uber driver, has been sued in connection with the incident.


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