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John W. Gray


John W. Gray, 68, loving son, brother and friend, passed away at his home on August 11, 2017. Viewing will be Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory. A graveside service will be Friday, August 18, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Woodbine Cemetery, Artesia, NM. Services will be officiated by Phil Grassie and Tim Arlett. A tribute of John’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
John was born on October 12, 1948, to William D. Gray and Glyn Starling Gray in Artesia, NM. He graduated from high school with many awards and honors in FFA which led him to his lifelong career as a farmer and cattleman. From a very early age, John loved working with electric motors. He was a natural with all things ‘electric.’ Keeping all the motors on the family farm clean and working properly was his specialty.
International Farm Equipment was the brand of choice for John. His dad bought him an International 856 Diesel Tractor, Plow and Disk which he used for about two weeks before he became ill. Afterwards, John would longingly sit in the house and look out into the field at the tractor. That same tractor will carry John to his final resting place – being one of his many faithful friends.
John was a great encourager and supporter of his brother, Donald, who drove Peterbilt heavy haulers. He loved to buy Donald Peterbilt memorabilia. Donald’s last purchase was an International Winch Heavy Hauler Winch Truck which John called ‘Binder!’ Donald warmly remembers the contented smile on John’s face when he took what they both knew was his last ride in the truck.
Always involved with in his brother’s life, John’s mother would drive him onsite when Donald was a purchasing agent for an oil company. John would be onsite to watch Donald’s truck be unloaded into tanks and watch the LACT unit with its lights and switches that put the oil into the pipeline. John lovingly called Donald (in CD terms) a ‘Refinery Taxi’ along with the ‘Suicide Jockey of Eagle Creek.’
A faithful Methodist, John attended church until his health absolutely prevented it. John enjoyed spending his time watching westerns, TV and movies.
Preceding John in death are his parents: William D. (Bill) and Glyn S. Gray; grandparents: David N. and Lottie White Gray, John and Claudia Starling; second cousin, Eddie Houston, Midland, TX; pets: Saint, Moose, George (all Saint Bernards), and Rocky (German Shephard/Rottweiler).
Those surviving to cherish the memory of John are: his brother, Donald Gray of the family farm; niece, Laverne Keahy of AR; nephew, Tom Burk of Texarkana, AR, niece, LaRita Spruell of Bradley, AR; second cousins: Patty and Dody Nunez of Tucumcari, NM, Cindy and Frank Ramos of Las Cruces, NM, Bryan Houston and Cheri of Hobbs, NM, Bob and wife Houston of Hobbs, NM, David and wife Houston of Houston, TX; third cousins: Kayla Wood of Tucumcari, NM, Chelsie Nelson of Tucumcari, NM, Carrie Houston of Hobbs, NM, Samantha Houston of Hobbs, NM, and Robert Houston of Hobbs, NM.
Honorary pallbearers are: Marvin and Beth Bramblett, Loren and Freda Sanders and Morgan Nelson.
Chosen to serve as Pallbearers are: John Jackson, Dustin Devenport, Bryan Houston and Bob Houston.
Special Thank You to Care Givers – Dora, Belem, Tina, Anabel and Lucy.
The family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society in memory of John W. Gray in lieu of flowers.

Ramon G. Ramirez


Ramon G. Ramirez (also known as Albert) of Roswell, NM, age 62, passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Lubbock, TX.
Ramon was born October 9, 1954 to Juan B. Ramirez and Concepion Gonzales in Aldama Herrera, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Ramon was a very special and kind man. He enjoyed being at family gatherings and spending time with his friends. He loved watching football and especially when his Dallas Cowboys played. He loved drinking his Bud Light.
Ramon is survived by his soul companion Corine Gonzales of 32 years. Ramon had two brothers Eloy and Martin Ramirez from Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico; six sisters Guadalupe R. Martinez, husband Pedro, Josefina R. Herrera , Adolfol Rocio R. Flores Jorge from Chihuahua Mexico, Leticia Ramirez, Eddie Magahey R. Gonzales, Julio from Lubbock Tx and Bertha Ramirez of Roswell NM. Ramon had a very special nephew Berhave Ramirez; a very special step great granddaughter Aliyha Jaramillo and his pet Chihuahua (Chickita) of 18 years.
The family would like to give a big thank you to UMC in Lubbock, TX, and to their staff. May God bless you.
A viewing will be held at Ballard Funeral Home on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited in the Ballard Chapel at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a funeral service to be held in the Ballard Chapel at 2 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.

God saw you were getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come, and go with me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you suffer,
And saw you fade away.

Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove,
He only takes the best.

It’s lonesome here without you.
We miss you more each day.
Life doesn’t seem the same
Since you have gone away.

When days are sad and lonely,
We seem to hear your whisper,
“Cheer up and carry on.”
Each time we see your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
“Don’t cry, I’m in God’s hands,
We’ll meet again someday.”

The Zuni Show 2017: Art of the Pueblo


Santa Fe
Aug. 19-20
The Zuni Show 2017 takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Zuni is the largest of the pueblos in New Mexico and most of the Zunis’ income is from the sale of their artwork. This second annual show expands exposure to the public, and once again artists will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales. This is a fair trade event. Ethnographic films from 1924 depicting the Zunis’ past will be screened continually in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite facility. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, call Robin Dunlap at 505-660-0981 or visit TheKeshiFoundation.org.

Speak up to stop hate


Thank you, Roswell Indivisible, for your show of support for the victims and people of Charlottesville at Monday night’s vigil. Full disclosure: I am a member of that group, but was unable to attend Monday night’s vigil. I was with them in spirit.

Animals not the same as people


I was pleased to read in the Aug. 8 edition of the RDR that the Roswell City Council wisely turned down an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). That organization offered to improve the cougar enclosure at our zoo in exchange for sending our bears to an animal sanctuary.

Public meeting today on clean air


New Mexico has a chance to change school buses from the polluting ones we now have to electric due to the award from Volkswagen.

Piller prepares for Solheim Cup

United States’ Gerina Piller hits off the 18th tee during practice for the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Wednesday in West Des Moines, Iowa. Piller, a Roswell native and 2003 graduate of Goddard High School, will be competing for the third time in the biennial tournament starting Friday. In the 2015 Cup, Piller holed the winning putt for the U.S. in Germany, capping a dramatic comeback over the European team. (AP Photo)

Editorial cartoon 8-16-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Editorial cartoon 8-15-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Editorial Cartoon 8-11-17

(Cartoon drawn by Eddie Macias)

Actress pleads for city to release zoo’s bears; Roswell leaders invite Ali MacGraw to tour Spring River Park & Zoo

A recent photo of Ali MacGraw. (Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com)

An Academy Award-nominated actress has stepped into the fray over the Spring River Park & Zoo, imploring the city to release its two sister black bears into a wildlife sanctuary.

Don Ford had a way with hearts


Choy named RDR managing editor


Roswell Daily Record Publisher Barbara Beck and Editor Jeff Tucker announce that Misty Choy has been promoted to managing editor.

NMMI welcomes back students

The New Mexico Military Institute begins its new academic year with the first day of school Monday for high school and junior college students. Jonah Neltzheimer of Oklahoma and Kekuaokalani Marumoto of Hawaii, both junior college students, are seen leaving the J. Penrod Toles Learning Center along with other cadets. Typically the school, founded in 1891, enrolls more than 900 students representing 44 states and 13 countries. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

NM woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $400,000 in FDA funds


A Capitan woman and former manager of a childcare center owned by the Mescalero Apache Tribe has pleaded guilty in federal court to a theft of government money, converting more than $400,000 in meal reimbursement checks for her own use.

Carlsbad drug trafficker receives decade sentence; Anti-violence initiative targets repeat offender


A Carlsbad man was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison after law enforcement agents located more than 200 grams of heroin, 30 grams of crack cocaine, 100 grams of marijuana and $15,000 inside the man’s storage unit.

Coyotes edge Hobbs 2-1 in 2OT; Madrid’s game-winner gives Roswell good start to new season

Roswell senior goalkeeper Tony Carrasco (closest to ball) punches the ball away after a Hobbs corner kick during the first half of the Coyotes’ 2-1 double-overtime win against the visiting Eagles Tuesday at Cielo Grande. (AJ Dickman Photo)

Ramon (Ray) Claire Farley


Ramon (Ray) Claire Farley, age 82, passed away on August 4, 2017, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. He was attending a celebration of his hometown of Glidden, Iowa’s 150 year anniversary. He was born on May 3, 1935 in Carroll County, Iowa to Chester (Chet) and Doris (Luke) Farley.
He grew up in Glidden, Iowa, graduating form Glidden High School in 1953. After high school he attended college at Barrington College in Providence, Rhode Island, Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where he received a degree in secondary education.
Ray married Frances (Fran) Ritchel in 1956 in Fairfield, Connecticut after meeting in the summer of 1955 while working at Word of Life Summer Camp in Schroon Lake, New York. They were happily married for 61 years.
He began teaching, administration and coaching career in Marion and Peru, Indiana where he worked for 20 years. During that time he received a Master’s Degree in Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and pursued doctoral studies in education.
Ray and Fran then moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where he taught and served as the head of the Science Department at Roswell High School for another 20 years. He retired in 1997 after 40 years of teaching and coaching.
He enjoyed more than anything else spending time with his four grandsons every summer as they grew up. Between Family Camp at Bonita Park and summer road trips in the RV they all developed a bond with each other that remains unbroken.
Kevin Farley is his first grandson. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he played lacrosse and was Captain of a champion Navy Cycling Team. He is a Navy Fighter Pilot. He and Grandpa Ray shared love for all things mechanical, hard work, and ice cream. Their work and witness trip to Peru together was a highlight of their lives.
Brian Farley is Ray’s second grandson and is a graduate of the University of California, where he was a three-year letterman and staring offensive lineman for the Golden Bears, he also played lacrosse at Cal. He and his grandpa shared a deep appreciation of football and lacrosse, the outdoors, history, and good food. Brian loved his summers with his Grandpa.
Mitchell McCleery is the third grandson. Mitchell is a graduate of Full Sail University with a degree in Computer Animation. Mitchell loved taking trips with his grandparents in their RV. Grandpa loved to see all of Mitchell’s computer projects and was amazed by his talent. Mitchell recently taught Grandpa how to play Virtual Reality (VR) video games.
Lucas (Luke) McCleery is No. 4. Being the youngest grandson, his Grandpa held on to him even tighter than the rest. Grandpa traveled from Roswell to Fort Worth last fall to all but two of Luke’s football games – including his State Championship victory. Luke enjoyed summer trips with his grandparents and loved attending Family Camp. Luke is attending and playing football at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Ray was a member of the First Church of Nazarene in Roswell, New Mexico. Ray was exceptionally active in his church. He taught Sunday School, served in various church leadership positions, and became the primary facility maintenance expert for the church. In addition, Ray was faithfully active in the missions aspect of the Church of the Nazarene. Over the course of his life he organized and participated in over 20 work and witness trips to help build facilities for missionaries on every continent with the exception of Antarctica. His last trip was in 2016. He also was extraordinarily active as a participant, and leader in the Roswell Camp of The Gideon’s International organization; placing and distributing thousands of Bibles to hotels, high school students, service members and New Mexicans from all walks of life.
Ray is survived by his spouse Fran of Roswell, New Mexico; his son CAPT Randal (Tania) Farley, USN (Ret) of San Diego, California; daughters Rhonda Farley of Watauga, Texas, Robyn (Greg) McCleery of Keller, Texas; sisters Barbara (Aaron) Carlson of Lake City, Iowa and Marcia (Paul) Wentworth of Loup City, Nebraska; his grandchildren LT Kevin Farley, USN of Hanford, California, Brian Farley of Lafayette, California, Mitchell McCleery of Keller, Texas, and Cadet Lucas McCleery, USMA West Point.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene (501 N. Sycamore Ave.) in Roswell, New Mexico, at 10:30 a.m. on the 9th of September, 2017. Friends are encouraged to bring pictures of Ray to add to a display of remembrance.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to The Gideons International, Roswell Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 777 Roswell, New Mexico, 88202. Condolences may be left on Ray’s online guest book at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/ramon-farley-obituary.

Kathryn “Kathy” Horton


Beloved Kathryn “Kathy” Horton, 57, passed away on August 13, 2017. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at St John the Baptist Catholic Church Friday, August 18, 2017, at 10 a.m. A tribute of Kathy’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Kathy was born to Felipe and Fernanda Horton on August 1, 1960, in Roswell, NM. A wonderful daughter, sister, mother, Tia and grandma, she loved being with her family and friends. Kathy enjoyed listening to music and cruising with her dogs: Blondie, LeeAnn, Leo and Soldier. Whenever you might see her cruising, one of her dogs would be by her side. She was the one who always had something to say that would make you laugh. Kathy also enjoyed family gatherings and listening to her oldies. Even when someone went to visit her, she would be cleaning while enjoying her jams. Kathy was the baby of her brothers and sisters, but boy – was she the life and jokester of them all.
Preceding Kathy in death are her son, Angel Horton; father, Felipe Horton; sisters: Mary Lou Horton, Frances Horton; brothers: Rosito Horton, Agustine Horton; sister-in-law, Rose Salazar Horton; and great nephew, Jeremiah Ray Jaramillo.
Those remaining to cherish Kathy’s memory are sons: Alexis Horton, Gabriel Horton, Ramon Horton; grandsons: Joeray Garcia, Elias Garcia and Nick Gonzalez; sisters: Cruz Dillard, Nancy Garcia, Rose Hernandez, Juanita Rubio, Fernanda Garcia, Sally Chavez; brothers: Adan Horton, Phillip Navarette; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are: All of Kathy’s nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be: Edward Means, Clayton Means, Michell Aguilar and Pete Ysasi.
After the service everyone is invited to join the family at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3201 S. Sunset Ave., Roswell, NM 88203.

Stop dwelling on the past because the past is forgotten.
Don’t look forward to the future because the future is for God to decide.
Live in the present because that’s exactly what it is, a present from God!
Gabriel Horton

I love you, my beautiful queen. Until I see you again.
Alexis Anaya

John Walter Gray


John Walter Gray, age 86, of Chino, California. He was entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 23, 2017 following a hospitalization due to illness.
John was born on March 2, 1931 to his beloved parents, Joseph and Grace Gray in Erick, Oklahoma. He moved with his family to New Mexico and settled in the Hondo Valley in 1943. Continuing school in Tinnie, he later graduated from Hondo High School in 1951. Shortly after high school he joined the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in California he met and married his wife Charlene for the next 63 years. John exited after serving proudly in the United States Marine Corps, with a rank of Lance Corporal; Squadron VMF214. He then took on a new career as a sales manager in the food services industry, with the Cargill Corporation.
He was preceded in death by both parents, two sisters, Pauline Poeling, Rose Porter, two brothers Joe Wayne Gray, C.E. (Buck) Gray, and one loving daughter-in-law Silvia Gray. John leaves behind his loving wife Charlene Gray, five loving sons; Kenneth Gray of Camby, Oregon, Ron Gray and his wife Marika of Germany. Doug Gray and his wife Nancy of Chino, California, Jeff Gray of Germany, and Kerry Gray of Riverside, California. He also leaves behind his five grandchildren, Cory Gray, Christopher Gray, Daniel Gray, Janessa Gray, and Dennis Gray along with four great-grandchildren, Isabella, Charlotte, Phillip, and Vayda. He also leaves behind one surviving sister Carrie Sue Mathews of Roswell, NM.
Funeral services were held on July 27, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California, with full military honors.


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