In Memoriam

J.R. Houghtaling, 92, Artesia, passed away on July 13, 2015. He was born January 29, 1923 on a farm east of Artesia to F.M. and Emma (Vogal) Houghtaling. J.R. farmed, trucked and ranched in Eddy Count for 33 years, sold real estate and bought the Lake Roberts Store before trading his farms for a ranch in Grant County in 1985. The Forest Service cancelled his grazing permits in 1996 after which he retired and moved back to Artesia. He was a member of the first Baptist Church of Artesia and a founding member of the Sapillo Volunteer Fire Department at Lake Roberts. J.R. is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ive, his three children, Jerry R. (wife, Twyla); Suzie (husband, Roger) Lamb and Judy (husband, Jimmy) Greer, nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister Rosie Malone and many nieces and nephews.

Harvey Tindell, 79, Deming, passed away at his home on August 8,  2015, surrounded by family and friends. Harvey was born September 11, 1935 in Albuquerque.  He was a cattleman and rancher from Torrance County. Harvey owned cattle and feed businesses in Clovis, Rincon, Tatum and Deming. He served on many organizational boards including Torrance County Fair, Beef Council, and N.M. Livestock Board. However, his greatest accomplishment was the impact he had on the cattle industry across the state of New Mexico. Harvey will best be remembered by his family and friends for his integrity, honesty, and generosity. He is survived by Robbie Tindell Belknap, the mother of his children; two sons, Larry Tindell, Clovis; Ronnie (wife, Lee Ann) Tindell, Rincon; two daughters, Glenda (husband, Bob) Simmons, Georgetown, Texas,  and Donna Robinson, Clovis;  four brothers; Gene, Alton, Dale and Jerry Tindell; companion, Chole Price, Deming; nine grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and many friends. 

Roy A. “Pinky” Gunter III, 76, Deming, passed away on August 3, 2015 at his home. Pinky was born February 3, 1939, in Silver City to Roy Jr. and Genevieve (Harrington) Gunter. He graduated from Deming High School and has been a lifelong rancher in Luna County and in the Mimbres. He also was a truck driver for some time and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pauline “Polly” Gunter; his son, Rusty Gunter (wife, Shawna), Deming; daughters, Dianna Peterson (husband, Wesley) and Sandi Gunter, Deming, Billie Montes (husband, Victor), El Paso; two sisters, Beverly Lewis, Las Cruces and Jo Ann Miller, Mimbres; and eight grandchildren.

Cynthia Jane Bigbee Hammond, 87, Las Cruces, died peacefully at her home on August 3, 2015.  She was born on July 15, 1928 in Albuquerque to J. Franklin “Frank” Bigbee and Mildred Penry Bigbee and was raised on the Bigbee family ranch in Encino. She enjoyed her days growing up on the ranch with her brother, John and her two sisters, Barbara and Dena. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Dilworth Hammond on the family ranch in Encino and had two sons. She is survived by her husband of 68 years; sons, Richard (wife, Evelyn) Hammond, Mark (wife, Beverly) Hammond; a granddaughter; two grandsons; brother, John F. (wife, Povy) Bigbee; sister, Dena (wife, Mike) O’Connell; four nieces; four nephews; and three great-grandchildren.

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