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A.V. ‘Woody’ Wood
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Funeral services for A.V. “Woody” Wood, 91, of Farwell, are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, July 25, at the First Baptist Church of Farwell with Bro. Russ Ponder of Farwell and Stan Austin of Farwell officiating.

Burial will follow in Muleshoe Memorial Park.

There will be a family visitation from 6-8 p.m., on Thursday, July 24, at Ellis Funeral Home in Muleshoe.

Woody died on July 19, 2014, in Muleshoe. He was born on March 3, 1923, to John Andrew and Eula Mae (Matthews) Wood in Willington, and married Floretta Rogers on Feb. 2, 2008.

Woody served in the US Army during World War II.

After being discharged in November of 1945, he began farming in the Amherst community.

A.V. married Eddie Lou Thommarson on March 15, 1946. In September of 1964, they moved to Muleshoe, where they purchased Muleshoe Auto Parts.

After retiring in 1989, Eddie passed away on June 22, 1993. A.V. then married Mardee Grissom on November 13, 1994. They made their home in Farwell.

Mardee passed away in April 2004. A.V. later married Floretta Rogers in February 2008.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Farwell.

A.V. was preceded in death by his wife, Eddie Lou; his wife, Mardee; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife — Floretta; his son — Gary L. Wood and wife Sue of Midland; a grandson, Michael Wood and wife Sarah; four step-sons — Larry Grissom and wife Deandra, Don Grissom, Royce Grissom and wife Karen, Chip Grissom and wife Rhonda; four step-daughters — Patricia Harden and husband Dean, Barbara Wyckoff and husband Randy, Elizabeth Washburn and husband Jimmy, and Katherine Carter; two great-grandchildren — Madelyn and Audrey; and numerous step-great-grandchildren.

Donations can be sent to the Baptist Children’s Home, 2220 S. Avenue I, Portales, New Mexico, 88130; First Baptist Church of Farwell, 404 Ave. E, Farwell, 79325; or the charity of your choice.

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Melba V. Copley
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Funeral services for Melba V. Copley, 89, of Rusk, were held on July 15, at Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Del Virden officiating.

Interment followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Maydelle.

Mrs. Copley passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Tyler. She was born on Oct. 22, 1924, in Blooming Grove to Ellis and Climmie Gates.

Melba was a member of the First Assembly of God in Jacksonville.

She was preceded in death by her husband — John James Copley; a brother — Cleon Gates; and her parents — Ellis and Climmie Gates.

Survivors include her daughters Maxine Wiggins and husband James of Bullard, Shonda McKinney and husband Bubba of Rusk and Chyrl Anderson and husband Bill of Clovis, N.M.; a son — Arvis Copley and wife Brenda of Rusk; a brother — Alfred Gates and wife Alta of Muleshoe; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Brandon Hallford, Jon Anderson, Chad McKinney, Tony Lanier, Robby Tosh, Larry Ford, Matt Maxwell and Trey Tosh.

Honorary pallbearer were David Copley.

Visitation was held on July 14 at Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

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Wesley Glover
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Funeral services for Wesley Oliver Glover, 92, of Lufkin, were held on Saturday, July 19, in the Elwyn M. Gipson Memorial Chapel of Garden of Memories Memorial Park with the Rev. Stephen Lantis officiating.

Mr. Glover was born on June 10, 1922, in Tioga, to the late Georgia Edna (Guthrie) and Charles Lee Glover. He died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at his residence.

Mr. Glover graduated from Northside High School near White City. He served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as an aircraft mechanic.

He was a service and repairman for Lone Star Gas Company, and was also a farmer. He moved to Lufkin from Muleshoe in the mid-1980s.

Mr. Glover loved to play dominoes. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Lufkin.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law — Dianne and Terry A. Young of Huntington; granddaughter — Christina Cassity and husband Daniel R. of Huntington; great-grandchildren — David Powell Cassity and Lauren Elizabeth Cassity, both of Huntington; brother-in-law and sister-in-law — Billy Jack and Francyse Hamilton of Athens; as well as a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Dorothy Lee Hamilton Glover; his parents; twin brother — Charles L. Glover; brothers — G.C. “Squig” Glover and Ralph M. Glover; and sister — Margaret Beard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice, 209 Christie St., Lufkin, Texas 75904.

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Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Mata
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Funeral services for Ricardo “Ricky” Mata, 58, of Muleshoe were held on Tuesday, July 22, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Leo Pahamtang of Muleshoe officiating. Burial was in Bailey County Cemetery in Muleshoe.

Rosary was held on Monday, July 21, at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel.

Ricky died on July 19, 2014, in Amarillo. He was born on Oct. 16, 1955 ,in Muleshoe to Luis and Aurora (Lopez) Mata.

He was a lifetime resident of the Muleshoe community, graduating from Muleshoe High School in 1974.

In the mid 80’s, Rick volunteered with the Bailey County EMS. Ricky continued on to receive his certification to be a paramedic.

He worked as a paramedic in Muleshoe, Tucumcari, Brownfield, Torrance County and the Kingsland and Horseshoe Bay areas.

He was forced to take a medical retirement, but his passion was to help others.

Ricky always enjoyed his family and friends.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Jaycees.

He was preceded in death by his father — Luis; and two baby brothers — Juan Maximo Mata and Juanito Mata.

Survivors include his mother — Aurora; three sisters — Aurora Mata of Muleshoe, Maria Estela Mata of Amarillo and Christina Diana Williams of Crowley; five brothers — Joe Mata of Muleshoe, Danny Mata and Carlos Mata, both of Weslaco, Marcos Mata of San Angelo, and Miguel Mata of Austin.

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