March 1, 2006 Obituaries
Published: Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
Harry Swift Services: Have been held. Harry Swift, 89, of Amarillo died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006. Mr. Swift was born in Forrest on Dec. 11, 1916, and was raised in Tucumcari. He married Freida Bomar on April 11, 1942, in Tucumcari. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force for 3 1/2 years. He worked as a concrete inspector for the Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation for 40 years, retiring in 1978. After retiring, he worked at Handy Dan Hardware Store for 10 years and retired from there in 1988. He was a member of Bell Avenue Church of Christ. Mr. Swift is survived by his wife, Freida; two daughters, Gayle (husband Eddie) Hankins, Judy (Lanny) Newton, all of Amarillo; five grandchildren, Scott (Melanie) Hankins of Edmond, Okla., Kristy (Billy) Lefevre of Lockney, Texas, Tracy Hankins of Edmond, Aleisha Newton of Abilene, Texas, and Zachary Newton of Amarillo and two great-grandsons, Hunter Lefevre and Zane Hankins. Glenn Walton and John McMath officiated services. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to a favorite charity. Arrangements were by Memorial Park Funeral Home. Fred Cordova Services: Have been held. Fred Cordova, 70, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in Noble, Okla. Mr. Cordova was born June 8, 1935, in Santa Rosa. He attended school in Santa Rosa and later moved to Tucumcari as a teenager, where he made his home. Later on, he moved to Oklahoma to be with his daughters because of health reasons. He worked for many years for Kenneth Schlientz Enco and later Exxon company in Tucumcari. He was employed by Conway Oil Company until his healthforced him to retire. He served in the Army National Guard. Mr. Cordova is survived by two daughters, Ursula Graham of Noble and Debra Cordova of Norman, Okla.; a nephew, Frank Cordova of Lawton, Okla.; two grandchildren, Mercedes and Katherina Esquibel and two sisters, Vera Cordova of Tucumcari and Lala Waggnon of Farmington. Jim Witcher officiated services. Burial followed in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari. Joe Martinez Services: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Joe I. Martinez Jr., 61, died Sunday, Feb. 26 2006, in Amarillo. Mr. Martinez was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Tucumcari. He was a member of the St. Anne's Catholic Church. He attended and graduated from the Tucumcari School system. For 22 years he was employed by the Trigg Memorial Hospital in the maintenance department, just having retired recently. Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife, Judy; four daughters, Bernadine (husband Geno) Garcia of Rio Rancho, Laura (Dave) Mardo of Tucumcari, Theresa Martinez and Angela Martinez, both of Carlsbad; a step-daughter Miquela (Gino) Otero of Tucumcari; two step-sons, Carlos and Chris Valverde of Tucumcari; four sisters: Emilia Otero and Cordy (Danny) Gaona, both of Gallup, Frances Gutierrez of Tucumcari and Maria (Tony) Parras of Abilene, Texas; brothers, Roy Martinez of Albuquerque, Larry Martinez of Gallup, Eugene Martinez of Tucumcari, Tony (Jenny) Martinez of Fayetteville, Ark., and George (Liz) Martinez of Los Lunas; two brothers-in-law, Frank (Ortensia) Cordova of Lawton, Okla., and Jerry Cordova of Tucumcari; a sister-in-law, Evelyn (Ben) Aragon of Albuquerque; a mother-in-law,Vera Cordova of Tucumcari; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Rosary will be recited 6 p.m. today in the Dunn Memorial Chapel. Leo Padget will officiate services. Geno Garcia, Robert Garcia, Gino Otero, Antonio Garcia, David Mardo, Rigoberto Marrufo Jr., Carlos Valverde and Chris Valverde will be pallbearers. Burial will follow in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.
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