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Obituaries

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iserRobert Ray “Bob” Iser was born in Bemis, WV, on Aug. 17, 1938, and passed peacefully from this life Nov. 27, 2019, in Nashville, TN. He was the only child of Wilbert Lewis and Helen Batchelor Iser. Bob’s mother was blind, and he learned as an 8-year-old boy to play guitar by leading the blind, black bluesmen around on and near Elm Street in Dallas — today known as “Deep Ellum.” Bob’s jazz and blues renderings were known from Memphis to San Francisco and from New Orleans to Las Vegas. He recorded for Sun Records; led the first three-piece band on the West Coast, following the Big Band era; was dubbed the “White B.B. King”; and authored a chronicle of his wanderings, titled “The Guitar Man.”

heien gerald 02Gerald D. Heien, 82, a resident of Hurley, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, November 28, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born August 18, 1937 in Spencer, Iowa to Jacob and Catherine Hargrave Heien. Gerald grew up in Gillet Grove, Iowa where he participated in basketball, FHA, and Band. After he graduated from High school he and a family friend traveled to Bagdad, AZ where he met and married he loving and faithful wife of 62 years, Barbara Sue. There he obtained his private pilot’s license in which he enjoyed flying his family on his days off.  Gerald worked as an automotive electrician for the Bagdad Copper Corporation until he moved his family to Nebraska. Gerald was a Millwright up until he retired.

Mary Helen Trujillo, 63, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, December 6, 2019 in Silver City, NM.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

image 5John Meikle Walker, 83, of Silver City passed on December 3, 2019 at Gila regional Hospital of a heart attack. A graveside service will be held at Fort Bayard National Cemetery on Friday December 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Chad Hussey, of Indian Hills Baptist Church, officiating.

He was born on March 10, 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland to Hugh Walker and Janet M. Walker. When John was 12 his family moved to Toronto, Canada. When his dad was watching the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on Tv his dad decided they were moving to Pasadena, California, which they did when he was 16. Shortly after moving there a man invited John to a church where he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.

John M. Walker 83 of Silver City, New Mexico passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2019. A Graveside Service will be held at Fort Bayard National Cemetery on Friday December 6, 2019 at 11:00am. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, "Traditonal Services and Care for your family and friends," 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM 88061. Phone 575-388-1911. Remembrances can be made at http://www.hbrightfuneral.net

jacquez 03Jose Onesimo Jacquez, 59, a resident of Lordsburg, NM entered eternal rest Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his residence. He was born December 20, 1959 in Juan Aldama, Zacatecas, Mexico to Jose Onesimo Romero and Guadalupe Briseño Jacquez. He is survived by one son, Jose Jacquez of Lordsburg; two daughters, Miriam Jacquez and companion Daniel Rodriguez of Lordsburg; Jeanette Jacquez of Lordsburg; six grandchildren, Jaycee, Zeke, Vivianna, Aubree, Natalia, and Ilyana; one brother, Santiago Briseño and wife Alicia. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Genaro Jacquez.

rockyHarry “Rocky” Hildebrand, 74, a resident of Santa Clara, NM entered eternal rest Sunday, December 1, 2019 at his home with his family. He lost his battle with cancer; but was home where he wanted to be. Rocky was born November 26, 1945 in Bend, Oregon. He and his family came to Grant County in 1986. He was very proud of his 34-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. He loved the outdoors, the work he did there, hunting, fishing, and exploring.

alvarado 01 copyManuel (Manny) D. Alvarado, 76, a resident of Bayard, NM entered eternal rest Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Gila Regional Medical Center.  He was born December 9, 1942 in Casa Grandes, Chihuahua Mexico to Fernando R. Alvarado and Esperanza De La Torre Alvarado. Manny graduated from Cobre High School where he played basketball and baseball. He continued to be active in fastpitch softball and bowling as an adult. 

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