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Tony G. Garcia


Tony G. Garcia passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Roswell, NM surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 4, 1928 in San Angelo, TX to Jose and Sara Gonzales.
Tony is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Aurelia E. Garcia, mother Sara G. Urquidez, and grandson Manuel R. Lara, Jr.
Tony retired from Southwest Distributing after 35 years and worked as a warehouse foreman. After his retirement, Tony was not ready stop serving the community and became a driver for Counseling Associates where he spent 15 years transporting their clients. Tony coached little league baseball, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Roswell Sertoma Club, St. John’s Men’s Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was well known and respected in the community.
Tony was a loyal man to his family. He showed his children how treat people. Tony welcomed his children, grandchildren, and all his family into his home in good times and bad showing them the true meaning of family. He always believed that the priorities in his life were God, family, and job and spent every day showing this to his family.
Cherishing Tony’s memory and proud to be called his children are sons: Tony (Vangie) Garcia Jr; Tommy P. (Deanna) Garcia; David A. (Tina) Garcia; daughters: Loretta M. (Joe G.) Sandoval and Rita A. Lara all of Roswell. Also surviving Tony are brothers: Henry (Alice) Villareal of Roswell, Joe (Lupe) De La Cruz of Sacramento, Ca. and sisters: Mary Tafoya and Minnie (Ted) Jimenez both of Sacramento, CA. Tony is blessed with 21 grandchildren including: Danny Chavez, Kathleen Jones, Greg Chavez, Naomi Sanchez, Gerald Chavez, Antoinette Yeager, Joshua Garcia, April Avitia, Greg Sandoval, Veronica Rael, Regina Sandoval, Denise Otero, Christopher Lara, Raymond Lara, Michael Garcia, Jennifer Garcia, Art Garcia, Monica Villanueva, Mike Garcia, Daniel Romero, and Sean Aguilar, as well as 40 great grandchildren and 23 great-great grandchildren.
A rosary is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday June 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. Lalo Espinoza, OFM celebrant.
Serving as pallbearers are Josh Garcia, Michael Garcia, Christopher Lara, Raymond Lara, Henry Villareal Jr., Danny Chavez, Joseph Rodriguez and Sean Aguilar. Honorary pallbearers are Art Garcia, Mike Garcia, Gabriel Avitia, Jake Villareal and Arthur “Bull” Torrez.
The family wishes to offer thanks to the staff of Advanced Home Care especially Reba and Don, Dr. Pinon and staff, Martha, caregivers Juana, Annjanette and Litty as well as the students and staff of the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy.
Also, a special thanks to the Joy Center and Bull Torrez for driving Dad to his Friday Sertoma meetings.

Beyond the Sunset
We sat beside your bedside,
Our hearts were crusted and sore,
We did our best to the end,
Till we could do no more.
In tears, we watched you sinking
We watched you fade away,
And though our hearts were breaking,
We knew you could not stay.
You left some aching hearts,
That loved you most sincere;
We never shall and never will ever
Forget you, father dear.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas


Sergio Alexander “Alex” Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell, NM. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017, 6 p.m., at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A tribute of Sergio’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On October 21, 1986, Sergio was born to Sergio Martin Salas and Sheryl Lynn (Mince) Cooper. Sergio attended New Mexico Military Institute for 1 1/2 years on scholarships and grants. He was then recruited from the Youth ChalleNGe Academy and graduated. Immediately following, Sergio enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the 3rd Infantry Division and was an Army Ranger. Serving three tours overseas, Sergio was awarded the Ranger Tab, Army Commendation Medal two awards, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge. After leaving the U.S. Army, Sergio then attended college. An active church member of Assumption Church, Sergio was a self-employed Welder and could fix anything he set his mind to.
Sergio is survived by his daughter, Avalynn Jo Salas; Parents: Sergio Salas, Sheryl Cooper; grandparents: Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady; brothers: Arthur Lacey, Thomas Salas; uncles: Monty Mince and wife, Sandra, Cesar Salas; aunts: L.J. Dolin, Patricia Salas, Guadalupe (Salas) Romero, Norma (Salas) Gillette; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Sergio was preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo; grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.

Willard Earl Graves


Lt. Col. Willard Earl Graves, USAF Ret. passed away on June 10, 2017 in Bandera, Texas.
Another of the Greatest Generation has died.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Willard is survived by his wife of 20 years Erlmon Elizabeth Graves; two daughters and one son, from a previous marriage; one stepson and numerous extended family members.
Services with military honors will be held in Tucson, Arizona at a later date.
The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera, Texas.

Russell James Whited Sr.


Services for Russell James Whited Sr., 58, of Quitman, are scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at Bartley Funeral Home with Bro. Brent Allender officiating.
He went to be with his Lord after a long battle with cancer on June 11, 2017 at 1:50 p.m. in his home surrounded by loved ones. Russell was born in Snyder, Texas on March 21, 1959 to Orville and Judy (Muncy) Whited. He married his wife, the love of his life, Margaret Branin in Jal, New Mexico on December 15, 1978.
Mr. Whited was preceded in death by his dad, Orville Whited.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Whited of the home: four daughters, Tara Whited-Trever of Bettie, Texas, Erica O’Bryon and son-in-law James of Rockwall, Texas, Erin Gonzales and son-in-law Raymond Beau of Grand Saline, Texas and Kaylee Whited of the home; two sons, Russell Whited Jr. and daughter-in-law Rhonda of Roswell, New Mexico and James Whited of the home; 11 grandchildren, Abigail, Divinity Joy (DJ) and Gavin Trever; Alyson, Maegan, Russell James III (RJ), Nathanial and Isabelle Whited; Brennon and Elyssa O’Bryon and Liam Gonzales.
He is also survived by his mother, Judy Whited of Tatum, New Mexico; sisters, Becky Morehead and brother-in-law Gary of Tatum, New Mexico and Cheryl Richardson and brother-in-law Jack of Ruidoso, New Mexico; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Russell was a hard-working man who spent most of his working days in the oil field in Texas and New Mexico. He owned and operated his own businesses, from pumping, Roustabout Service Company, and dirt construction, to his own production company. He retired and moved to Quitman, Texas in May 2013 where he didn’t stay retired for long, when he purchase Grand Saline Quick Lube in November 2014.
His family was his pride and joy, he cherished every moment with them. He was strong, brave, honorable and kind. He always stood up for what he believed to be true.
He loved life; God and family always first, hunting second and fishing third. Russell had hunted and fished all over the USA and as far away as the wild lands in Africa to the waters of Mexico. While he was a competitive fisherman, he represented the New Mexico B.A.S.S. Federation at many of the Southwestern U.S. Regional Tournaments and took home several “Big Bass” awards. Russell also guided hunting trips on his Big Buck Ranch in New Mexico.
He was an amazing, wonderful and supportive husband, daddy, pops, son, brother, uncle and cousin. Russell was a man who would move mountains for the ones he loved. He enjoyed hearing the laughter of his wife, kids, and grandkids as they played games and always had his 2 cents to put in on how to play the game.
Russell left a deep impression on everyone that met him with his encouraging words, straight forward opinions, honest heart and the willingness to give others the opportunity to grow and learn.
He will be missed by all that called him sweetheart, daddy, pops, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. We find comfort and hope in knowing that he loved God and has found a new place to call home in heaven alongside his Lord and Savior Jesus.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Whited, Thomas Whited, Gary Whited, Phil Hallman, James O’Bryon and Beau Gonzales.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.

What’s happening at Senior Circle


Safe-driving class offered
Senior Circle is hosting the AARP Safe Driving class from 1 to 5 p.m. on June 20. The class is open to anyone 50 or older.

Teen crafting in time for Father’s Day


The first of this summer’s two Teen Craft Programs is this Saturday in the Bondurant Room at 2 p.m. — just in time for Father’s Day. Teens will be provided scraps of denim and other supplies to decorate a pencil cup perfect for keeping or giving away. There will be refreshments, too. Just make sure to arrive early for a numbered ticket. Making use of recycled items is part of the “Building a Better World” theme of the Summer Reading Program. It’s open to all ages and there’s still plenty of time to sign up. For more information, visit 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. or call 575-622-7101.

Further recognition for Unity Center class


This letter is in regard to the article, “The Unity Center is there for kids more than ever,” which was published on Friday, specifically regarding the money-management class that was organized by the Altrusa Internationl of Roswell Community Services Committee.
Recognition of the primary speaker for the class was inadvertently overlooked. Lanie Smith of Pioneer Bank, an experienced money management speaker, enthusiastically volunteered to lead this class early in its inception. She did a great job in presenting the material to the students.
Washington Federal was a late addition to the program. We appreciate the participation of both speakers in this worthwhile endeavor and look forward to working with them both for future classes.
Mary Bellicini

The continued war on terror


“Trump’s gonna get us into a war,” people say. We’re fighting one, and we’re not shooting in another, and unless a new enemy emerges, there’s no other war. We have two enemies, North Korea and Iran. Russia and China are rivals, but they don’t want to fight us because they have nothing to gain and much to lose.

Alzheimer’s disease: A public health crisis


As a New Mexican, I am concerned by the rapidly growing public health crisis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Summer lunch kickoff cools down kids in the heat

A youngster dons firefighter gear Monday morning during the summer kickoff for the Healthy Kids free lunch program. About 40 children participated in this event, including Pecos Elementary School. Not only did the younger children participate, but also Goddard High School's baseball team and Roswell High School's dance team. (Keilee Templeman Photo)

Teenager found dead in Pecos River


Business sign stolen


The following reports are from the Roswell Police Department and are available at rpdp2c.org. All people arrested or cited are presumed innocent.

Tennis camp enjoys the manmade showers

The Roswell Tennis Academy’s Tennis Camp take a break Thursday at Cahoon Park and enjoy manmade rainshowers while firemen from the Roswell Fire Department exercise their water pumps. A firefighter is shown standing at the top of a truck ladder spraying water over the crowd. (Submitted Photo)

MECA Therapies hosts ribbon-cutting event

MECA Therapies hosted a ribbon-cutting event Friday at 1415 W. 2nd St. Pictured, from left, back row, are Stephanie Gallegos, Redcoat Gerald Yingling, Libbie Plant, Candace Lewis of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce holding Colton Gazdik, Paula Baca holding Kendall Potts, Matt Gallegos, DeRick Franco, Alisia Johnson, Joanna Orquiz, Elizabeth Sanchez, Shawn Kelley of Church on the Move, Terri Ortega, Precious Celeste and Camille Plante; second row, Inez Correa, Redcoats Sandra Stewart, Kim Vasquez, Susie Roe, Gladys Ocon, Redcoat president Rhonda Johnson, Roberta Martinez Flores, Jeff Flores, Andrea Moore, Hervey Gilliland, Yukie Ebara, Gary Thrine, Anjy Cooper, Lydia Lara, Gina Grado and Kim Purcell; front row, Mayor Dennis Kintigh holding Dayton Tavarez, Leticia Madrid holding Serenity Tavarez, Aide Jimenez, Maria Coronel holding Samuel Coronel, Cindy Campos, Donna Driver and Deena Schmidt. (Submitted Photo)

Local players qualify for AAU national game

Pictured, from left, are Elijah Armendariz and Jasmine Aguirre. Elijah and Jasmine placed second in the 16U division, earning a bid to the AAU National Championships. (Submitted Photo)
Pictured, from left, are Megan McCreary and Mireya Armendariz. Mireya and Megan placed first in the 12U division, also earning a bid to the AAU National Championships. (Submitted Photo)

Marlins select Carlsbad’s Trevor Rogers

Carlsbad’s Trevor Rogers celebrates winning the 6A state championship game, 2-1 against Rio Rancho, on May 14, 2016 in Albuquerque. Rogers was drafted 13th overall by the Miami Marlins on Monday. (Matt Hollinshead Photo/ Current-Argus)

Trevor Rogers dreamed of going pro, and now he will take his talents to South Beach.

Roswell Invaders abduct wins over weekend

The Roswell Invaders abducted two wins from the Alpine Cowboys on Saturday and Sunday, with a little help from their inflatable mascot. Roswell is 9-8 on the season and faces the Garden City Wind tonight at 7 p.m. at the Joe Bauman Stadium. (David Rocha Photo)

Alma Ruth (Kirby) Rice


Alma Ruth (Kirby) Rice age 59 of Littleton passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of James E. Rice.
Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ruth was the daughter of the late Otis Kane Kirby and Betty Louise (Edwards) Sandy. Ruth was raised and educated in Oklahoma, she later moved to Roswell, New Mexico where she met Jim and they were married in Socorro, New Mexico on May 19, 1984. While in Roswell, New Mexico, Ruth worked as a police officer and earned her certification as a state police dispatcher. In 1994, they moved and settled in Littleton where she embraced the local community.
While in Littleton Ruth ran the transfer station for many years. She managed the music lesson program for The Minor Chord, and worked for the Littleton Cemetery Department. In 2009 she graduated from the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts, earned her certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist and began her career as a massage therapist at Deans Family Chiropractic in Littleton. Ruth found her true calling in the power of touch and healing through massage and was passionate about her clients and learning new methods to help them.
Family was the center of her life, Ruth cherished spending time with her husband and children, her sense of humor and zest for life were admired by all who knew her. She also enjoyed making jewelry, finding interesting new gadgets; becoming involved in the hobbies and interests of her family, and listening to classic country music. Along with her husband she is survived by her children, Aaron D. Rice of Charlton, Samantha K. Cahill of Pittsfield and James K. “Jake” Rice of Littleton. She was also the sister of the late Bobby Kirby of Roswell, New Mexico.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Ruth on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St., Littleton. Her funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. Burial in Westlawn Cemetery, Littleton will be private.
Donations in her memory may be made to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, 234 Barnum Road, Devens, MA 01434.
To share a memory or offer a condolence visit badgerfuneral.com

Elven Nevonia Parker


Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Elven Nevonia Parker, age 83, of Roswell, NM, who passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com

Tony G. Garcia


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Tony G. Garcia, 88, who passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Roswell. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.


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