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Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck)


Charles Lewis Thompson (Chuck) following a valiant but short fight with cancer, passed away June 14, 2017 with loving family members by his side. Chuck was born June 18, 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico to Captain Robert Dan Thompson Jr. and Jane Lewis Thompson. God had special plans for Chuck from the beginning. Chuck was the baby of the Thompson family. His mission in life was to love and be loved.
A memorial service will be held, Monday, June 19, 2017, 11 a.m. at the New Mexico Military Institute Chapel. Friends and family are invited to a reception at JRT Hall from 10 to 11 a.m. preceding the memorial service.
Early childhood days found Chuck and his siblings, cousins, and friends enjoying a free-spirited life, learning and discovering life mysteries on the Lewis/Thompson ranch north of Roswell. High school days found Chuck as a young cadet at New Mexico Military Institute, graduating from high school in 1967 and then attending college one year. With the Vietnam War in full force Chuck chose to join the Navy.
A big old ranch boy named Doggie was sent halfway around the world to be stationed in Japan. This is where his travel adventures began. Following his tour in Japan, Chuck’s next assignment was with a special Naval unit assigned to the South Pole. His adventures he shared with nephews were the best stories ever. The favorite one was demonstrating how the penguins counted their eggs all day, every day.
Once his Naval career was completed Chuck returned to Texas, living in Lubbock close to older brother Bob and his family. Chuck graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in business. Trying out several different job options Chuck found his perfect match with KOBR TV for 27 years. Chuck’s position as account executive allowed him to be out and about seeing different people daily, and of course with his charm “sell, baby sell” Over the years Chuck received special recognition for outstanding sales achievement.
Chuck’s position allowed him to focus on the important things in life rather than helping with the dishes. Finding Chuck in a room full of people was always easy. All one had to do was listen for grand laughter, see someone getting a huge Chuck hug, or observe who was on the dance floor first. Chuck was loving and loyal to his friends. Realizing having nephews to play with and their toys you could enjoy, Chuck’s heart told him there was room for some females. His first opportunity to expand “His” family was becoming Godfather for Meryl McNally. As time moved on two beautiful young women, Whitney and Alexandre Harrell became his “heart” daughters. The joys and challenges shared with these special ones made Chuck’s life complete
Charles Lewis Thompson is survived by his sister Janet (Jim) Miles of Denver, Colorado, sister-in-law Ann Armistead Thompson of Lubbock, Texas: nephews Chad Miles of San Rafael, California, Dan Thompson (Rhonda) of Fort Worth, Texas and Jesse D. Thompson of Temple, Texas. His extended loving family includes cousins that were always important his life.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents Lt. Robert Dan Thompson Jr., and mother Jane Lewis Thompson; maternal grandparents Charles (Florence) Lewis; paternal grandparents Robert Dan Thompson and Mamie Burnam; brother Robert Dan Thompson III; and nephews James Miles.
We would especially like to thank all of Chuck’s family and friends who have been so attentive, loving, and caring during Chuck’s final journey, In lieu of flowers please select your favorite charity for memorials.
Chuck, your life’s mission was well done. You have loved and been loved. We will miss you.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

Martha Lee Sparks


Martha Lee Sparks, age 91, of Roswell passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Third St. in Roswell. Pastor Larry Sydow will be officiating.
Martha was born on July 10, 1925 to Joe and Helen Taylor Bowers in Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked in real estate for several years and enjoyed many past times; playing bridge with her group of friends, traveling when she could, ceramics, but her most loved was spending time with her family. Martha was involved with The Red Hat Society, Newcomers (serving as vice president and as president), Senior Circle, as well as volunteering at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for five years.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her son Harold Ray Killgo.
She is survived by four grandchildren: Starla Nunez and her husband Henry of Roswell, NM, Michael Killgo and his wife Kathryn of Pampa, TX, Tobi Savell and Fiance Steve Owens of Hobbs, NM, Heidi Killgo of Coeur d’alene, ID; 11 great-grandchildren: Trevor, Taryn, Mitchell, Collin, Shalyn, Kenzie, Jarron, Jordan, Alexa, Tahny, Gabriel; four great-great-grandchildren: Liam, Lathyn, Jaxx, and Paxtyn.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.

Sergio Alexander Salas


Sergio Alexander Salas, age 30, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Roswell N.M. 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 M. Salas and Sheryl L. Cooper. Sergio attended one year at NMMI, then went to the Youth ChalleNGe Academy. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Army. He was a 3rd Infantry and then Army Rangers. He had total of three tours overseas. He was recognized with many awards and metals during his enlistment. He then started work as a welder for the local oil rigs. He was always learning new things. He was kind hearted and always lent a helping hand. He attended Assumption of Virgin Mary Catholic Church. Sergio is survived by his daughter Avalynn J. (Salas) Bustamante; parents: Sheryl (Mince) Cooper, Sergio Salas, ex-wife, Rosa Salas; siblings: Arthur Lacey and his four children, Karina Sandoval, her husband and three children, and youngest brother Thomas Salas: grandparents; Thomas Salas, Lucy Brady and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Sergio is preceded in death by his sister, Alencia “Lindsey” Trejo and grandparents: Micaela Salas and Jimmy Mince.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

Esther Chico


Esther Chico passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 a.m., at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. Interment will follow service at South Park Cemetery. A tribute of Esther’s life may be found at www.andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
On August 2, 1954, Esther was born to Victor De La Cruz and Josephine Ferreira in Roswell, NM. Esther graduated from high school and later married. She was a housewife who enjoyed tending to her family. Esther was a devoted and loving wife, sister and friend. Esther will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Those left to cherish Esther’s memory are her sisters: Patricia Flores and husband, Martin Flores of Albuquerque, NM, and Mary Helen Martinez of Roswell, NM.
Preceding Esther in death are her husband, Jesus Chico; parents: Victor De La Cruz Sr, Josephine De La Cruz; brothers: Victor De La Cruz Jr of Roswell, NM, Ray De La Cruz of Roswell, NM; sister, and Rachel Gomez of Albuquerque, NM.

Rose Ann Montoya


Services are pending at Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory for Rose Ann Montoya, 66, who passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM. A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.

Kymera Independent Physicians


Dr. Masoud Khorsand, a Roswell resident and physician, began providing superior quality care to the community in 1998 when he opened his doors as South Eastern New Mexico Internal Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, providing cancer treatments and care for patients with blood disorders. By 2004, he had opened a cancer center in Carlsbad and in 2006, a cancer center in Hobbs. Then in July 2008, the opportunity arose to expand into a full multi-specialty medical group, resulting in a name change to ‘Kymera Independent Physicians’. Kymera provides Southeastern New Mexico with multidisciplinary medical care in the areas of Primary Care, Endocrinology, Hematology, Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology both Invasive and Interventional, Rheumatology and state-of-the-art laboratory and Radiology services. The group employs approximately 150 staff members working with 16 providers in these communities. Kymera believes that the need for quality and timely healthcare is a prime concern for the residents in our community and will continue to expand our services to meet these needs.

Primary Care
Kymera Primary Care Centers are expanding to meet the medical needs of the communities we serve. This team is made up of superior physicians and mid-level practitioners with high levels of clinical expertise providing timely care for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients.

Kymera provides much needed endocrinology care to include diagnosis, controlling and monitoring diabetes, thyroid disorders and other glandular diseases. The emphasis is placed on disease awareness and education on management of certain endocrine disorders by our endocrinology team including a physician, a nurse practitioner and well trained medical assistants.

Hematology/ Oncology (Blood/ Cancer Disease)
At Kymera Cancer Treatment Centers, we understand that a cancer diagnosis affects all aspects of your life including family, home and careers. Our patients appreciate the comfort and security of being able to stay home, continue to work and be with their family during treatment. Our board certified Hematologists and Oncologists provide trusted up-to-date cancer care utilizing evidence based treatment modalities which have been shown to improve patient outcomes. They accommodate patients in a timely fashion, facilitate second opinions and coordinate care with nationally recognized cancer facilities.

Kymera provides both Invasive and Interventional Cardiology services in-clinic and coverage at both hospitals in Roswell. Kymera’s Board Certified Cardiologist uses the latest technology and knowledge to increase patient outcomes once heart disease is detected and requires treatment.

Board Certified Neurologists provide access to care for patients in Southeastern New Mexico suffering from neurological disorders ranging from headache to seizures. Providing quality treatment enhances day-to-day functionality for patients which leads to improvement in the quality of life and performance in activities of daily living. Using the latest in diagnostic modalities of drug therapy and technology, our Neurologist can help patients obtain a higher standard of living.

The Rheumatology team is made up of a Board Certified Physician and a Physician Assistant with specialized Rheumatology training. Striving to stay abreast of the latest advances in medical management of Rheumatological and Auto-Immune disorders, the team goal is to limit and control the destruction of joints and immune system function, decrease severity and or frequency of pain and increase the quality of life for patients stricken with these diseases.

Laboratory & Radiology
The staff of Kymera’s Laboratory and Radiology departments is professional and service oriented. They understand that quality and timely diagnostic information is vital to good medical care.

To facilitate patients, the registration process is minimal, convenient hours (7:30AM – 4:30PM Monday – Thursday and 7:30AM – 12PM Friday) are offered and our facility is wheelchair accessible. The technologically advanced equipment is new and operated by skilled technicians. Radiology includes Digital X-ray, Dexascan for Bone Density Ultra-Sound, Echo, Nuclear Medicine, CT and PET/CT.

Kymera Independent Physicians Multidisciplinary
400 Military Heights Place
(575) 627-9500

Kymera Cancer Treatment Center
407 W Country Club Road
(575) 627-9110

Roswell MVD doubles occupancy limit; Action taken ‘shortley’ after Tuesday’s fuss

The MVD was described as over capacitated Tuesday and left many people waiting outside in the heat. (Submitted Photo)

2 killed after plane takes off in Ruidoso


RUIDOSO — Authorities say two people are dead after their twin-engine aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Sierra Blanca Regional Airport Tuesday night.

Grace Community Church fosters many ministries

Pastor Rick Hale and Ron Biggers discuss the painting done by Kim Wiggins for Grace Community Churches tenth year anniversary. The picture depicts many of the events and ministries that the church sponsors and is titled Ten Years of Grace. (Curtis Michaels Photo)

Grace Community Church strives to live up to its name. Pastor Rick Hale says the church’s philosophy is a bit different than most.

Cole excited to return to RISD Monday; He starts next week as assistant superintendent of finance and operations


69-year-old Roswell man charged with 73 counts of child sexual exploitation


Congressman shot during exhibition baseball practice

In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise was shot Wednesday, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., congressional officials say. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the House Republican leadership, was shot Wednesday along with several others during a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Aces take 11U state title!

The Roswell Aces 11-and-under AA baseball team won the 2017 USSSA New Mexico State Championship in Rio Rancho over the weekend, going a perfect 5-0 while scoring an average of 15.2 runs per game and allowing just 3.40. The Aces topped the Albuquerque Diamond Kings 11-1 to take the crown. Pictured, from left (top): Coaches Kyle Stokes, Kyle Gilbert, Aaron Bogle and Chad Holloway. Middle: Eli Lynn, Bryce Sanchez, Isaac Loya, Luke Bogle, Ivan Miramontes and Hector Salvarrey. Bottom: Noah Lynn, Richard Gonzales, Cinco Holloway and Ross Stokes. Not pictured: Coach Mel Licon. (Submitted Photo)

Invaders go 4-1 during five-game homestand

Roswell second baseman Bobby Webb, right, tosses the ball to shortstop Julian Bilodeau to record an out early in the Invaders’ 4-1 loss to Garden City Wednesday at the Joe. (AJ Dickman Photo)
Invaders starting pitcher David Johnson leads campers in stretching exercises Wednesday morning at Joe Bauman Stadium during the second of three Invaders Kids Camps. The final camp is scheduled for June 21 at 10 a.m. For more info, visit roswellinvaders.com. (David Rocha Photo)

Real estate broker starts new storage business

AG Services Construction Inc. is doing site preparation work on the North Sycamore Avenue property that will be the location of Sycamore Storage. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)
Larry Fresquez and his wife are heading up a partnership that has purchased 15 acres on the northwest side of Roswell and has started construction on Sycamore Storage. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

No injuries reported at accident Tuesday

Debris is scattered at the corner of North Main Street and East 23rd Street after an collision between two vehicles at about 1 p.m Tuesday. No injuries were reported. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Jerry Clifford Plattor


A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held for Jerry Clifford Plattor on Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at the first Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Grand Avenue, Artesia, N.M. with Reverend Dan Phelps officiating, assisted by Bishop William Hutchinson.
Jerry died in the loving arms of his wife, Rita Sue (Caudle) Plattor, son J.J., and caretakers at his bedside on June 12, 2017.
Jerry graduated from Artesia High School in 1957. He attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1957 – 1958, Baylor University from 1958 – 1959 and University of New Mexico 1959 – 1960.
Jerry and Rita married June 12, 1960 at the First Presbyterian Church in Artesia, N.M. They resided in Roswell, N.M. where Jerry operated “Will Travel Drive-In” until 1963. Moving to Midland, T.X. they opened Cliff’s Cafeteria, which they operated until September 1964. Upon his father’s death they moved to Alamogordo, N.M. to help his mother run their Cliff’s Cafeteria. In 1966 they purchased Town House in Artesia and operated it until it was sold December 31, 1986. At that time Jerry attended Denver Floral Design School, graduating top in his class, Jerry and Rita then purchased and remodeled the house at 1010 West Main Street and opened Love Bud Floral and Gifts on March 15, 1987.
Jerry is survived by his wife Rita; daughter Shelly Sue Lachmann and husband Ken and grandson Austin of Cape Coral, F.L.; son Jerry Clifford Plattor Jr. (J.J.) and his wife Kathy and grandsons Jerry Clifford III (J.C.) and wife Brittnie and great-granddaughter Brynn Everly all of Round Rock, T.X., grandson Dustin Plattor and wife Taylor and soon-to-be great-grandson Kase Ryan of Lubbock, T.X., grandson Kyle Plattor of Marietta, G.A.; also foreign exchange student Jonas Plitt of Ashville, N.C. and loving friend Shannon Gomez of Artesia as will as caregivers Helen Aguilar, Karla Guerrero and Norma Renteria.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cliff and Oleta Plattor.
Honorary pallbearers wil be his grandsons J.C., Dustin, Kyle, Austin and Jerry Butts, Bill Gray, Jessie Hilliard and Howard Morton.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1492, Artesia, N.M. 88211, Joe Arrington Cancer Center c/o Chorus of Angels, 4101 22nd Place, Lubbock, T.X. 79410, Lakeview Hospice, 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad, N.M. 88220 or your favorite charity.
Graveside burial will be at 11 a.m. at Woodbine Cemetery.

Virginia C. Brewer


Virginia C. Brewer, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, entered heaven on June 11, 2017. Virginia was born in Roswell, New Mexico on December 14, 1926. Faith and family describe Virginia.
She enjoyed life on the family farms, helping with church activities and raising children. After high school graduation, she attended Business-Secretarial School. She was a secretary at the German Prisoners of War at Walker Air Force Base. Virginia met and married Sidney Brewer in Roswell, NM on October 17, 1947. They worked hard to provide a home and education for their children.
Virginia is survived by her children: Peggy Brewer of Roswell, New Mexico; Ann Daniels and husband, Michael of Carlsbad, NM; Robert Brewer of Hagerman, NM; Helen Henderson and husband, Forrest of Flying H, NM; Jane Blakeley and husband, Steve of Portales, NM; Linda Shirley and husband, Steve of Tucumcari, NM; Bill Brewer and wife, Sandra of Roswell, NM; four grandchildren, James Brewer, Patrick Brewer, Stevanna Shirley, and Nicole Henderson; one sister, Marcine McDaniel and husband, Clayton; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sidney; her parents, Jacob and Anna Schmid; brothers, Hans Schmid, Charles Schmid, Herbert Schmid, Heine Schmid and Roy Schmid; sisters, Helen Marshall, Mary DeBorde and Elizabeth Schmid; and infant son, James S. Brewer.
The services will be held at South Park Cemetery on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Father Andrew Miles, of Immaculate Conception Church, conducting the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the religious education programs at the Immaculate Conception Church at 400 W. 6th, Dexter, NM 88230, St. Peter’s Church at 111 E. Deming, Roswell, NM 88201 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital at P. O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Ana Arnett, the staff of Comfort Keepers, Casa Maria, Kindred Hospice, and Sarah.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

My Mother’s Garden
Author Unknown
My Mother grew a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected from me.

Elven Nevonia (Watters) Parker


Elven Nevonia (Watters) Parker, age 83, of Roswell, NM, passed away Saturday June 10, 2017. She will lie in state 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 15, 2017 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held 10 a.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Ware Tabernacle Baptist Church, 900 East Deming Street in Roswell. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Reverend Dr. Richard Gorham, Pastor of Ware Tabernacle Baptist Church of Roswell, NM and Reverend Rufus O. Watters, Jr. of New Light Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas will be officiating.
Elven Nevonia Watters was born September 18, 1933 to L.V. Watters and Lois Vivian Crenshaw Watters in a rural area of Austin, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age while the family was in Round Rock, Texas. They later moved to Levelland, Texas. She is proceeding in death by her parents and siblings, brothers Rufus O’Neal Watters Sr., Roland Willis Watters, and sisters Junie Mae Scott, Georgia Ann Watters, Velma Louise Molett, and Ethel Ruth Watters.
In the year 1950, Elven married Sammy Lee Jones in Texas. They went on to have six children. She is proceeded in death by two: Vivian Ruth Jones and Darrell Eugene (Goldsmith) Jones. She is survived by her children Betty Ann Jones Halliburton of El Paso, Texas, Robert Wayne Jones of Roswell, NM, Sammie Evelyn Jones Peterson of Roswell. NM, Kay Sharon Jones Allen of El Paso, Texas and Joseph Lenard Parker (Ashley) of Los Angeles, California.
Elven has seven grandchildren: two great grandchildren, and host of nieces and nephews.
While residing in Roswell, NM since 1955, Elven joined three churches: Ware’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, Peoples Baptist Church, Friendship Missionary Baptist, then returned to Ware’s Tabernacle Baptist Church.
At Peoples Baptist Church, she serviced as a Choir Director for the various children choirs, Superintendent of Sunday School, President of the Usher Board, Adult Teacher, Mission President, and Church Treasurer. When the church closed, she used donations from the Mission and Education Fund to aid area graduating seniors. Each senior was awarded $100 toward college expenses.
At Ware’s Tabernacle Baptist Church, she served as co-teacher for Sunday School, Assistant Superintendent with her sister-in-law Juanita Watters. Elven believed in living the word of God daily. She was a devoted and faithful member at the churches she attended throughout her life. She was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ and would share her testimony as often as she could.
Elven was instrumental in helping the Roswell community. While as a single mother raising children on her own, she saw a need in the local area. Mother’s did not have a source for affordable daily childcare. She was instrumental in the early phases of establishing a daycare in the Roswell. This daycare “Working Mother’s Day Nursey” has gone through various changes, but the main goal remains to this day.
After continuing to live and work in Roswell she married again this time to Woodrow Parker (Deacon). They would go on to have a son together. In the years after she would settle to live in the same home for over 30 years, retire from working and love on her family. She was passionate about life and the world we live in today.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

Pauline Katheran Hall


Pauline K. Hall was called home to the Father on Tuesday June 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Jo Berry, and her husband of 57 years Larry D. Hall. Pauline is survived by her three children, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren as well as her step-father Charles Berry.
Graveside services will be held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:00am at South Park Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.


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