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Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - August 25, 2007  CARLSBAD - Jose L. Acevedo, 20, of Ninth Street, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, off of Highway 62-180. There are no services scheduled at this time. There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were by West Funeral Home Jose Luis Acevedo was born Aug. 26, 1986, in Carlsbad to Oscar Ascevedo and Mary Lou Gutierrez. He was raised and educated in Carlsbad graduating from Carlsbad High School and he attended NMSU-Carlsbad for one year. Jose enjoyed working out at Total Fitness, riding motorcycles, dancing, and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his parents of Carlsbad, two sisters: Alicia and Victoria Acevedo, and one nephew, Dominic Acevedo, all of Carlsbad.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - June 22, 2007  CARLSBAD - A funeral Mass for George V. "Chochi" Acosta, 71 of Ash Street will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2007 at San Jose Catholic Church with Father Valentine Jankowski officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Gardens Memorial Park. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at San Jose Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today (June 23) and from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at West Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are by West Funeral Home.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - January 13, 2007  CARLSBAD - A funeral Mass for Jose B. Acosta, 57 of Monterey St, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, at San Jose Catholic Church with Father Valentine Jankowski O.F.M. Conv. Officiating. Interment will follow in Santa Catarina Cemetery. A prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday,January 15 at San Jose Church. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at West Funeral Home. Arrangements are by West Funeral Home. Jose Baiza Acosta was born February 6, 1949 in Carlsbad to Juan E. Sr. andEliza (Baiza) Acosta. He was a member of San Jose Catholic Church. Hisfavorite things to do were watching cartoons and eating cookies. He waspreceded in death by his parents and Juanita Acosta. Jose is survived by three brothers Juan Jr. and wife Martha, Adan Acosta, Daniel Acosta and wife Patricia and three sisters Delia A. Martinez and husband Julio, Olivia Lara and Eva Morales, all of Carlsbad. Pallbearers are Rudolfo "Bryan" Martinez, Jose Martinez Jr., Rico Morales andChris Morales.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - December 28, 2006 CARLSBAD - Funeral services for Billy F. Adams, 85, of West Howard Street, are scheduled for noon today at Sunset Church of Christ with Michael Joiner and Dr. Tom Andrews officiating. Interment will follow at Hagerman Cemetery. Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Adams died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006, at his home. Billy was born to W.C. and Willie Adams on June 25, 1921 in Stamford, Texas. He graduated from High School in Dexter and completed certification from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill. Billy and Willine were married in Roswell on Dec. 26, 1941. During World War II, he served in Europe including France, Germany, and Austria. He received numerous metals during his service and was honorably discharged in 1946. Bill was employed as an electrician at the U.S. Potash mines for 21 years and as an Instrument Foreman at Kerr-McGee for 17 years. He retired in 1986. Bill enjoyed traveling and had covered most of the states including Alaska and Hawaii as well as Europe. Bill was a long-time member of Sunset Church of Christ Church, a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and a strong example for all who knew him. He will be missed. The family wishes to thank Lakeview Hospice for their loving support. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Willine Adams of Roswell; two daughters, Brenda K. Hunt of Ft. Worth, and Mary Evans and husband Ken of Ft. Worth; son Lane Adams and wife Terrie of Ruidoso; granddaughter Shawna VanNoy of Ft. Worth; great-granddaughter Brooklyn VanNoy of Ft. Worth; and very close and special in-laws, many special nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - October 5, 2006 PARKER, Colo. - Lee Adams of Parker, Colorado died on vacation in New Mexico on September 12, 2006 from a stroke and injuries sustained in a fall. Born Edward Lee Adams, May 14, 1941 in Las Vegas, New Mexico to Edward William Adams and Louise Russell Adams, Lee grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, attended the University of Colorado, and graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering. He worked for Martin-Marietta in Denver, Colorado and with the space program in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He became branch manager for Honeywell, Commercial Division (Sales) in Denver and went on to assist and consult with other firms in temperature and security system controls and transaction processing. Lee was a kind and gentle husband, father, brother and uncle. Always helping others to stretch their mental and physical capacities, he will be remembered as an avid golfer and musician. Lee is survived by his wife, Linda Adams of Parker, Colorado, his brother and sister-in-law John R. and Phyllis Adams of Santa Fe, New Mexico and niece, Jessica Adams, of Albuquerque. Keith Adams, Lee and Linda's son, and Lee's parents precede him. A family observance has been held.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - August 26, 2006 CARLSBAD - Funeral services for John Allen, 88, of North Howard Street, are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Blodgett Street Baptist Church with Pastor David Prell, Pastor Bobby Fuller and Pastor Gary Wolfe officiating. Mr. Allen died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. Interment at Carlsbad Cemetery will follow the funeral service. Presentation of the American flag by Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will take place at graveside. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. John Allen was born to John Irma Allen, Sr. and Edith Brown Allen on May 26, 1918, in Mountain Park, Okla. He grew up and attended school in Blair, Okla. John moved to Dora, N.M. where he was self- employed as a truck driver delivering gasoline to rural areas. He joined the Army in June 1942, and in October of that year married the lady who would be his friend and partner for the next 63 years, Dorothy Prater. John spent the next two years in Europe serving his country during World War II. John and Dorothy moved to Carlsbad in 1951 where he was an electrician for Budwine Service Electric and Carlsbad Electric until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Blodgett Street Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and Treasurer for many years. He recently received a 50-year member pin from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. John enjoyed making watches and clocks in his spare time, a craft he learned while in the Army. He loved his family and church, and will be missed by many whose lives he touched. Survivors include his wife of 63 years Dorothy; son Royce Allen and wife MaryAnn of Carlsbad; brother Travis Allen and wife Gladys of Artesia; two sisters, Verla Brown and husband Delbert of Portales and Zona Lee Garrison and husband Alvin of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two grandsons, Christopher Allen, wife Crystal and children Caylei and Carter of Pearland, Texas and Sean Allen of Pearland; step-granddaughter, Farah Coleman and children Hailie and Kenzi Coleman of Carlsbad; and brother-in-law, Billy Prater and wife Peggy of Dora, N.M. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Allen, Sr. and Edith Allen and a sister, Frances Shafer. Pallbearers will be Bob Moss, Berry Pace, Terry Patterson, Dave Bryant, Keith Lacy and Barry Calahan. Honorary pallbearers are Alan Lacy, Willie Smith, Ernest Crowley, J.C. Evans, Billy Johnson, Bill Fincher, Dan Dowhower, Ron Pyeatt, Melvin Pyeatt, Mark Davis, Dirk Ellyson and his church family.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - August 28, 2007  CARLSBAD - A funeral Mass for Monica Elaine Arrey, 28, of Cypress, Calif., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at San Jose Catholic Church. Father Cyprian Uline of St. Edward Church will officiate. Interment will follow in Carlsbad Cemetery. A prayer vigil will be at 7 p.m. today at San Jose Church. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at West Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are by West Funeral Home. Monica Elaine Arrey, formerly of Carlsbad, born June 26, 1979, in Silver City, was called home by the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, in Newport Beach, Calif. Monica was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Sotera Arrey; maternal grandparents, Vicente and Dolores Rivera; and cousins, Leigh Ann Galvan and William Yniguez. She is survived by parents, Robert and Zulema Arrey of Carlsbad; sisters: Angel Arrey of Carlsbad and Erica Arrey of Anaheim, Calif.; niece/godchild, Shianne Rojas and brother-in-law, Jessie Rojas, both of Carlsbad; and soul mate Thomas Manner of Cypress, Calif. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her two dogs which she dearly loved, Mia and Hannah. Pallbearers will be Thomas Manner, Jeremy Arrey, Joey Arrey, Steven Arrey, Eddie Rivera, Daniel Colman, Adam Arrey, Eric Arrey and Derry Bleich.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - October 23, 2006 CARLSBAD - Marvin Bailey, 88, of Moore Drive, Carlsbad passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006, at his home. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Pastor John Hinze and Chaplain Jimmy Ryan officiating. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Marvin was born to Van Bunyan and Liddie Mae Thorton Bailey on June 6, 1918 in Broken Bow, Okla. He was a veteran of World War II and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. Marvin served in Battery F of the 200th Coast Artillery and survived internment in Japanese prison camps in the Philippines and Japan. He retired from Southwestern Public Service Company after many years of service. Marvin was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, American Ex-Prisoners of War and the Roadrunner Gem and Minerals Club. He was also a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church where he was active in the Senior Adult Ministry. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters and two great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margaret Bailey of Carlsbad; two sons, Marvin Bailey and wife Sandy of Rio Rancho, and Stephen Bailey and wife Jami of Lovington; three daughters, Patricia Gilliland of Carlsbad, Linda Morrow of Carlsbad, and Mary Florek and husband John of Carlsbad; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Shane Bailey, Jason Hotze, Scott Early, Jay Marrow, Alex Bailey and Sean Early. Honorary pallbearers are Marvin's Men's Sunday School Class, Ex-Bataan POW's and Larry Avitia.
Carlsbad Current-Argus (NM) - January 13, 2007  CARLSBAD - Connie Bickerstaff, 77, of Ural Drive passed away Jan. 10, 2007 at Landsun Health Services Center. Cremation has taken place and the Bickerstaff family will welcome friends and family Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1601 Ural Drive. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Cornelia Siebenthal wasborn to Charles and Cornelia Siebenthal on Aug. 13, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas. Connie graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1946. She married Gene Bickerstaff on August 2, 1947 in Alamogordo. Connie worked as an administrative secretary for Dr. M.K. Miner for many years and then worked as a legal secretary for the McCormick and Forbes Law Firm for several years. She went to work for Merchant Livestock over 25 years ago, where she worked until June of 2006. Connie was involved with the Carlsbad Community Concert Association, where she served as treasurer. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and sang in the choir at the First Christian Church. Connie was also a member of the Cavemen Sam's Club and Mu Master Beta Sigma Phi. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Bob Siebenthal. Survivors are spouse Gene Bickerstaff, husband of 59 years, three children Cheri Williams of Carlsbad, Lynda Bickerstaff of Carlsbad, Andy Bickerstaff of Carlsbad, seven grandchildren, eight-great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Charles Stanley Siebenthal Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Carlsbad Foundation, 116 S. Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220 or Amercian Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. Suite 300 N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111.

Billings,Richard  3-8-1931     4-6-2009 Cremated

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Richard “Dick” Billings, 30 SKP Ranch Road, Lakewood.Billings, 78, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Artesia General Hospital.Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Billings was born March 8, 1931, in Long Beach, Calif.; the son of Irvin Billings and Lucy (Fleming) Billings.
On June 30, 1984, he was married to Lucile Nichols in Cheney, Wash. He came to Artesia in 2000 from Washington.

He was a HVAC mechanic and member the Escapees R.V. Club. He and Lucile spent the last nine years traveling and living in their R.V. and made Lakewood their home.
Survivors include his wife Lucile Billings of Lakewood; four daughters; a step-daughter; two step-sons; two brothers; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Family and friends may view the obituary and sign the online guestbook at www.artesiafunerals.com. submitted by Virginia Stanbrough

A graveside service will be held for the infant Dennis Lawrence Bliss Jr. at 3 p.m. today at Babyland in Carlsbad Cemetery with the family officiating. There will be no visitation.
Dennis died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dennis Lawrence Bliss Jr. was stillborn April 7, 2000, in Carlsbad to Dennis Lawrence and Tonya Kincaid Bliss Sr.
He is survived by his parents of the family home; brothers, Ryan Ellis and Trey Troublefield of the family home; sister, Katelyn Troublefield of the family home; paternal grandparents, Gary Bliss of Kermit, Texas, and Ramona Fuller of Artesia; maternal grandparents, Norman Kincaid of Grove Spring, Mo., and Margaret Condon of Keota, Okla.; and paternal great-grandmothers, Ruby Bliss of Kermit, Texas, and Clarise Lattion of Artesia.
Private graveside services are scheduled for Joshua Wilson Bolanos of 2100 W. Richardson #27.
Bolanos, an infant, was born prematurely and died on Nov. 25,1999 at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Pastor Abelardo Bolanos will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery.
No visitation is scheduled.
Bolanos was the son of Wilson Bolanos and Elidia (Morales) Bolanos.
He is survived by grandparents Benny and Mindy Morales and Abelardo and Nidia Bolanos, all of Artesia; great-grandparents Enrique and Juanita Perez and Frutoso and Dominga Morales, all of Artesia, and Octavio Duque of Colombia, South America; aunts Erica Morales and Liliana Chavarria, both of Artesia; uncles Stephen Bolanos and Ray Chavarria, both of Artesia; and three cousins.
Albuquerque Journal (NM) - April 9, 2005  Ralph Seymour Bowyer was born April 11, 1914 and died April 7, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Frank Bowyer and Etta Louise Grout; his beloved wife, Maxine (Mickey) Jones; and his brothers, Bert and Bud Bowyer. He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Nancy and Chuck Dingess and Dot and Earl Hester; along with five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Ralph was born in Albuquerque where his father owned Five Points Grocery Store. He graduated from Albuquerque High School and the University of New Mexico where he lettered in track, basketball, and football. He coached and taught school in El Paso, TX; Grants, Belen, and Carlsbad, NM; retiring as Athletic Director at Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. Ralph and Mickey loved the mountains and spent their retirement years traveling around northern New Mexico where Ralph took pictures of scenery and old churches, using them as the basis for many pictures he painted. After Mickey's death in 1985, Ralph moved back to Albuquerque to be near his family. He enjoyed playing golf twice a week with friends until two weeks prior to his passing. Ralph was known as a gentleman coach, respected for high morals and fairness in all he did. He will be missed by family, former players, and friends. His Memorial will be held Monday, April 11, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church where he was baptized as an infant 90 years ago; to be celebrated on his 91st birthday. The church is located at 4th and Lead. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Mickey and Ralph Bowyer Scholarship Fund, 116 South Canyon, Carlsbad, NM 88220 or to Mesa View United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 4701 Montano Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. French Mortuary 1111 University Blvd. NE 843-6333
Rosemary Jean Burgett
Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10:00 am at Carlsbad Cemetery. Viewing will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, from 2:00-6:00 pm at the West Funeral Home, 401 N. Guadalupe St. Rosemary Jean Burgett, 88, formerly of Carlsbad, Mayhill, and Animas, NM, died early Friday, April 20, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Everett Dale Burgett of Animas,, daughters, Betty D. Beagles and husband Virgil of Roswell, Jerry A. Malone and husband Malcolm of Animas, and Paula J. Thomas of Los Lunas, NM, six grandchildren, Bobby S. Heard and Michelle Barreras, and husband Andrew of Roswell, NM, Callie E. Bertaud and husband Edward of McAllen, TX, Brandie J. Malone of Deming, NM, Gregory R. Thomas of Lubbock, TX, and Joshua R. Thomas of Albuquerque, NM., and six great-grandchildren, Rayan Peterson, Ariana Marquez-Heard, Bryce Bertaud, Alexis Barreras, Zane Birchfield, and Laney Bertaud. Jean, the eldest of seven children, leaves sisters, Margie Green of Derby, Kansas, Ramona Scott of Tyler, TX, Bobbie Sue and her husband Robert of Eastland, TX, Ann Higginbottom and husband Lee Roy of Abilene, TX., and one brother Jim Mangum and wife Barbara of Vidor, TX, and sister-in-law Adelina Mangum of Pryor, OK. Also surviving are numerous nephews, nieces and other family and friends. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Owen A. and Bernice (Wade) Mangum, and a brother Owen A. Mangum, Jr., Dale's parents, Elbert B. and Winni Burgett. Jean was co-owner of Dale's Flowers in Carlsbad from 1948 to 1963. She was an outstanding designer and loved working in the business. In 1968, Jean moved to the Cloudcroft, NM, area to help with the greenhouse business that her husband's family owned and operated. In the late 1970's, the family relocated to the southwest part of New Mexico to develop and operate the greenhouse operation using geothermal energy to heat the greenhouses. Dale and Jean headed that operation to make it the largest single greenhouse operations in the country.
Helen Buster
CARLSBAD — A funeral for Helen Buster, 69, of East Orchard Lane, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sunset Church of Christ with Michael Joiner officiating. Interment will follow at Carlsbad Cemetery.
Mrs. Buster died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Carlsbad Medical Center.
Denton-Funchess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Buster was born Sept. 24, 1930, to Jim and Ruby Mae Wilson in Hereford, Texas. At age 10, she moved to Carlsbad where she grew up.
She married Jim Buster on Aug. 6, 1971, in Albuquerque. He preceded her in death on May 9, 1986.
She enjoyed oil painting, made sculptured dolls and loved animals.
Mrs. Buster was a member of Sunset Church of Christ.
Survivors include sons, Shane McGonagill and Sterling McGonagill of Carlsbad; daughters, Judy Bowman of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Charla Grice and Brenda Poe of Carlsbad; brothers, Bill Wilson of Denver and Bob Wilson of Carlsbad; sister, Nell McGonagill of Mansfield, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Steve McGonagill, Randy Wilson, Brad Grice, Michael Bowman Jr., Christopher Bowman and Terry Wilson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Skyridge Christian Youth Camp, c/o Sunset Church of Christ, 1308 W. Blodgett St., Carlsbad NM 88220.
Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Denton-Funchess Funeral Home.



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