" Pioneer's of Curry County
, New Mexico "
Monroe J. Vandiver and Martha Ella ( Hollimon ) Vandiver were born in Lawrence
County , Alabama . Monroe J. Vandiver was born ( July 2,1869 ) and Martha Ella ( Hollimon ) Vandiver was
born ( April 3, 1869 ) . Martha Ella and Monroe J. were married ( 26 Feb. 1885 ) . They lived in Lawrence County, Alabama
after their marriage.
They had the following children : James Gilbert Vandiver ( May 7,1889-Oct. 6, 1973 ) , Minnie
Mae Vandiver ( Patton ) ( April 30,1893-Oct.11,1970 ) , Charles Monroe Vandiver " Charlie " ( Oct 3,1897-May 26,
1983 ) , Clyde Earl Vandiver ( March2,1903-Nov10,1989 ). Myrtle Alene ( Vandiver ) Thompson , ( September 26,
1906-Aug18,1988 ) , Claude Lee Vandiver ( December 29,1909-November3,1951) and Ila Pearl (Vandiver )
Griffin ( Feb 7,1913-Feb23,2002 ). They also had a infant Allie Vandiver , deceased .
Monroe J. and Martha Ella started their married life in Alabama . They decided
to make a move and start a new life in Arkansas . They settled in Yell County, Arkansas about 1906 . They lived there where
Monroe J. farmed near Riley Creek and ran a General Merchantile Store in near by Belleville , Arkansas . They stayed
in the Riley Creek Community until 1924 , when they made a move to Garver County , Oklahoma . Another move was make in 1931
to Clovis , New Mexico . They lived the rest of their years in Clovis , New Mexico . They lived to celebrate their 50th Wedding
Anniversary. They had three more years together after their Anniversary . Monroe passed away in ( 1942) and Martha Ella
passed away in( 1944 ) . They are buried together at Clovis Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Clovis , New Mexico . They were both
members of the First Baptist Church of Clovis , New Mexico where their funerals were held. The Steed
Funeral Home of Clovis , New Mexico was in charge of both services.
|Mary Ella ( Hollimon ) Vandiver (1869-1944)
|Wife of Monroe J. Vandiver
" The Children of Monroe J. Vandiver and Martha Ella ( Hollimon ) Vandiver "
James Gilbert Vandiver was the oldest son of Monroe J and Martha Ella ( Hollimon
) Vandiver . He was born (7 th of May 1889 ) in Leaton , Alabama . James Gilbert meet and married Mattie
Viola Mangum in Danville , Arkansas on May 12, 1907 . He was very active in community affairs . James Gilbert was a 32 degree
Mason . He was a Member of Lodge No. 40 , Scottish Rites of Santa Fe , New Mexico and served as Master of the Masonic Lodge
in Danville , Arkansas for several years.
James Gilbert Vandiver was born May 7, 1889 at Leaton , Alabama .
James Gilbert moved to Clovis , New Mexico in 1933 . He owned and operated Clovis Mattress Factory for years at 315 East 1th
Street in Clovis . He operated this business until his retirement in 1955 . Mattie and James had their home at 315 East Grand
Street in Clovis , N. M. James Gilbert Vandiver died : Oct 6, 1973 at Clovis , N.M.
He is buried at Clovis Memorial Gardens by Steed Funeral Home . Mattie and Gilbert had 12 children together .
Mattie Viola ( Mangum ) Vandiver wife of James Gilbert Vandiver was born : January
22, 1890 and died March 22, 1989 at Wichita , Kansas , at her daughter Bevie Vandiver Burnett's home
, where she had made her home in the past years . Mattie was buried at Clovis Memorial Gardens Cemetery , Clovis , New
Mexico . Services for Mattie were at 2pm. March 25 , 1989 . at Steeds Chapel , Clovis , N.M. with Dr. Herbert
Bergstom officiating . The castket bearers were Richard Ruther , Bob Stephens , R.B. Bonney , D.D. Haytcher
and Bill Simpson , also Jeff Parker and Eck Colson . On January 22, 1989 Mattie Viola had celebrated her 99 birthday
with grandson Terry and June Burnett hosting the party and 5 generations were present . Mattie had lived with her
daughter Bevie Burnett the past 8 years of her life. Present for her 99 th Birthday Party were 5 of her children , 24
grandchildern , 38 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren . What a wonderful celebration for Mattie Viola (
Mangum ) Vandiver . Her parents were William W. and Mary Emmaline ( Sharp ) Mangum .
|James Gilbert and Mattie Viola Vandiver
Minnie Mae ( Vandiver ) Patton was born ; April 30 , 1893 in Alabama . She died
:October 11, 1970 in Danville , Arkansas . She meet and married Burl Patton of Riley Creek , Yell County , Arkansas
. Burl Patton was born : Nov 13, 1890 and died July 16, 1970 . They are both buried in the Russell Cemetery near Belleville
, Arkansas . They lived on Riley Creek most of their lives and were farmers . Minnie Mae and Burl Patton had 2 girls and 4
boys together .
Minnie Mae ( Vandiver ) Patton and Burl Patton had the following children together
1. Ray Patton ( 1909-1998
) . Ray was born at Riley Creek Yell County , Arkansas . He meet and married Lorena Madden of Belleville ,
Yell County , Arkansas . They lived in Arkansas until about 1945 when they moved to Clovis , New Mexico . Ray passed away
in 1998 at Clovis , New Mexico . Ray and his wife Lorene Patton have a daughter living and also grandchildren.
2. Mae Ru ( Patton ) Fryar ( 1913-1963) was born at Riley Creek , Yell County , Arkansas
. Mae Ru meet and married Udell Fryar of Arkansas . Udell was a logger by trade . Mae Rue died in 1963 in Plainview , Arkansas
. She is buried in the Russell Cemetery at Belleville , Arkansas .
3. Hubert Patton ( ? -2003 ) was born in Arkansas . He meet and married
first wife Dude ( Moudy ) Patton . They had a son together, living . His second wife was Jane Patton . Hubert died( Jan 21
,2003 ) in Glendale , Arizona where he and second wife were living .
4. Herman V. Patton ( 1920-1998 ) was born February 4, 1920 in Riley
Creek , Yell County , Ark. He meet and married Melba ( Moudy ) Patton of Belleville , Arkansas . Herman and Melba had
two children together , a son and daughter . Both of their children are living . Herman V. Patton died ( Oct. 25 , 1998 )
at Russellville , Arkansas .Herman lived most of his life in the Riley Creek and Belleville , Arkansas area. He served
our country in the U.S. Army .
5. Son Patton , living , wife and children living .
6. Daughter Patton ( ?-? ) died at 11years old . she is buried in
the Riley Creek Cemetery , Yell County , Arkansas .
Charles Monroe Vandiver " Charlie " was born : October 3, 1897 at Belleville
, Arkansas . Charles Monroe died : May 26 , 1983 at Clovis or Portales, N.M. where he was living at the time of his
death . Charles Monroe was married , August 9, 1914 to Alice ( Smith ) Vandiver . They had 6 children ( in 2003
) only two girls left living . Charles Monroe Vandiver was buried on May 30 ,1983 after a 10am.Service at Wheeler's Starlighr
Chapel Funeral Home , Portales , N.M. with minster Elder Jeff Harris . The music at services was by the Church Singers . Pallbearers
were Earl Vandiver , Fred Chandler , Jay Stevens , Gene Sherman , Kenneth Kenzie and Gene Pershall . He was buried at the
Texaco New Mexico Cemetery , Texico , New Mexico .
Charles Monroe Vandiver 's wife Alice ( Smith ) Vandiver passed away July 1987 in Clovis
, New Mexico . Alice spent several years in a nursing home in Clovis before her death in 1987 . She was buried July 25, 1987
at Texico , New Mexico in the Texico New Mexico Cemetery next to her husband Charles Monroe Vandiver .
The children of Charles Monroe Vandiver and Alice ( Smith ) Vandiver , are :
1. Naomi ( Vandiver
) Black ( 1916-2003 ) , was living at the Sunrise Golden Age Nursing Home in Clovis , N.M. at the time of her death
, Mar 3 ,2003. Naomi was married to the late Runt Black of Clovis , New Mexico . They were divorced .
Naomi was buried in the Texaco Cemetery in Clovis , New Mexico . There were no children of Naomi and Runt Black .
2. Freda ( Vandiver ) Mays
( 1920-1997] . Freda was married twice . #1. Thomas Boman and # 2 . Charles May . Freda died after
a long illiness . Her first husband Tom went to war , was in the service ( Army ) . Tom was killed in the bombing of Pearl
Harbor and it was several years before Freda remarried . Freda had one daughter with Tom Boman . Freda is buried at Weatherford
, Texas .
( Jim ) Vandiver ( 1922-1994 ) . Odell was born in Yell County , Arkansas . He meet and married a Jewel Vandiver
. Odell was a veteran of WW11 . Odell (Jim ) Vandiver is buried at the Pioneer Cementry , Graham , Texas . Odell and
Jewel Vandiver had 3 or 4 children together . They lived in Graham , Texas most of their married life . They are both buried
at Graham , Texas in the Pioneer Cementery .
Opal Vandiver (1915--2001) was born in Belleville , Yell County , Arkansas . Opal meet and married Geneva Dollar on
( Sept 23, 1932 ) . They celebrated 60 yrs of marriage together on Sept. 23, 2000 . They have three children together . They
had two daughters and one son .
Harold ( Ed) Vandiver ( Oct 11, 1918-Jan 12,1997 ) . Edward was born in Enid , Okla. and died in Hobbs , New Mexico .
He was in the Hobbs , New Mexico Health Care Center when he died . He had ( Cancer ) . He married Foy ( Newman ) Vandiver
on ( December 18, 1954 ) in Clovis , New Mexico . His wife Foy also passed away in 2002 . She had been in a nursing home .
She had Aldheimer's disease . They had moved to Hobbs , New Mexico in 1989 from Portales , New Mexico where he had worked
for dairies in eastern New Mexico . Edward was a Baptist . Edward was also a mechanic and born deaf . Edward's funeral was
1pm. Jan 15, 1997 at Chapel of Hope , Hobbs Funeral Home . Services by Rev. Gavin Vaugh, officiating . Burial was in Praire
Haven Memorial Park . At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Foy ( Of the home ) two daughters , Diana Vandiver
McNabb and husband , Betty Vandiver Homan and husband Don Homan of Hobbs , New Mexico. At the time of his death he had one
brother , Opal Vandiver and wife . Sisters , Naomi ( Vandiver ) Black of Clovis , New Mexico , Freda ( Vandiver ) Mays , Fort
Worth , Texas and sister Janelle ( Vandiver ) Pershall and husband Harold Pershall of Kingsman , Arizona and 5 grandchildren.
The Pallbearers were , Steve Butter , Don Homan ,Dennis Shearer , Kevin McNabb and Howard Mc Nabb , Brandon Homan and Henry
Daniel Homan . They are both buried together at Prairre Haven Memorial Park .
6. Daughter living . husband and three children living.
Clyde Earl Vandiver was born : March 2, 1903 at Marlow , Oklahoma
and died : November 10, 1989 at Vernon , Texas . Clyde Earl married Dorothy ( Flood ) Vandiver . Clyde and Dorothy
had a son and daughter together . They made their home in Vernon , Texas . Clyde Earl Vandiver died
November 10 , 1989 at Vernon Texas and his Funeral Services were held Novenber 13, 1989 at Sullivan Funeral Home with
Rev. E.E. Chappell officiating . Rev. Chappell was the Pastor of the East Side Baptist Church . Burial was in the East View
Cemetery , Vernon Texas . The music played for the services by Mrs. Mozelle Chappell organist was " The Old
Rugged Cross " and " Going Home " . The pallbears were Paul Cellar , Don Goble , Joe Bacon , Jack Rogers , G. R.
Stowe and George Baker . All arrangements were handled by Sullivan Funeral Home .
Dorthory ( Flood ) Vandiver born ( Oct . 23 , 1910 ) , wife of Clyde Earl Vandiver
died , (August 6, 1985) at Vernon , Texas . Her Services were held a 10am. at Sullivan Funeral Home on August 8 ,1985
. Rev. Rick Vandiver ( grandson ) and Rev. Al Turner officiated .The music was " The Old Rugged Cross " and " Going Home "
. Dorthory's burial was at the East View Cemetery at Vernon , Texas by the Sullivan Funeral Home . The pallbearers were ,
Paul Culler , Freddie Guggisberg , Wayne Kendricks , Jack Rodgers, Don Goble and G. R. Stowe .
Myrtle Alene (Vandiver ) Thompson was born : September 26 , 1907 ) in
Belleville , Yell County Arkansas and died : August 18, 1988 at Paris , Texas . Myrtle Alene married Bruce Thompson
( 1902-1969) . They are both buried at Texico Cemetery , Texico , New Mexico . They lost two infants that are buried
in front of their graves . The babies died at birth . In later years they adopted a niece Velma Vandiver , who is
the daughter of the late Claude Lee Vandiver and Laura Belle [ Kinzie ] Vandiver . The child became their daughter,
Velma [ Vandiver ] Thompson .
|Myrtle Alene ( Vandiver ) Thompson ( 1907-1988).
Myrtle Alene ( Vandiver ) Thompson 81, died at St Joseph Hospital Thursday, August
18 , 1988 at Paris , Texas . Services were held at 4 pm. Friday , Aug. 19 , at Fry and Gibbs Funeral Home Chapel with the
Rev, Randall Scott officiating . Graveside services and burial was in Texaco , New Mexico at 2pm on August 20, 1988
. Mrs. Thompson was born , Sept. 26 th 1907 in Arkansas , a daughter of Monroe Jackson Vandiver and Martha ( Hollimon
) Vandiver . She attended Arkansas schools and married Bruce Thompson on Feb . 22, 1929 . He died Aptil 20 , 1969 .
They had moved to Clovis ,N.M. and lived there until 1957 , when they moved to Paris , Texas .They returned to Clovis , New
Mexico in 1965 . After husband's death Myrtle moved back to Paris, Texas . She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church
. Surviving are a daughter , Velma Hodges of Paris , Tx. ; two grandchildren , Stephen Hodges and Debbie Hodges , two
great-grandchildren , Matthew Hodges and Laura Lynch ( who was born three weeks after Myrtle passed away , one
sister Ila Pearl ( Vandiver ) Griffin , Alma , Ark and brother Clyde Earl Vandiver of Vernon , Texas . Myrtle and Bruce
Thompson are both buried in Texiaco Cementry , Texico , New Mexico .
|Bruce Thompson ( 1902-1969)
|Husband of Myrtle Alene ( Vandiver ) Thompson
Bruce Thompson age 66 died Sunday morning Aug.. 1969 in Clovis , Curry County ,
New Mexico . Mr. Thompson had been a resident of Curry County since 1925 . He was a retired farmer . He is survived by his
wife , Myrtle Alene of the home ; a daughter Velma Hodges of Paris , Texas ; the brothers , Clyde of Clovis ,Clifford of Amarillo
, Tex. and Richard of Pampas , Tex. Three sisters , Susie Cresco , Amarillo , Texas , Lucille Jarrell of Salinas
, Calif. and Merle Huey of Belen, Texas . Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 2pm. in the Charles V. Steed Memorial Chapel
with Rev. Earl Landtroop , officating assisted by the Rev. Hoyt Welsh . Pallbearers are George Davis , Leonard Freeman , Guy
Belvins , Robert Hart , R. H. Moody , and Woodrow Woodard . Burial was at the Texico Cementry , Texico , New Mexico.
Claude Lee Vandiver was born : December 29 1909 in Belleville , Arkansas
. Claude Lee Died : Nov 3, 1951 in Clovis , New Mexico . He is buried in the Clovis Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Clovis
, New Mexico . Claude Lee was only 41 years old when he died of colon cancer . He had been sick about 8 months before
he died . Claude Lee 's funeral was Sunday November 5, 1951 at 2pm. at the Steed Funeral Home of Clovis , New Mexico
with Rev. Edward Storm officiating . Burial at Clovis Memorial Gardens of Memories. by the Steed Funeral Home . He was survived
by his second wife Lorene Cooper Vandiver , and a daughter of 9 yrs old. Other surviviors at time of his death were Minnie
Mae ( Vandiver ) Patton of Belleville , Arkansas , Myrtle Alene ( Vandiver ) Thompson of Clovis , New Mexico and Ila Pearl
( Vandiver ) Griffin of Clovis ,New Mexico and three brothers , Charles Monroe Vandiver of Fort Worth , Texas , James Gilbert
Vandiver of Clovis , New Mexico and Clyde Earl Vandiver of Vernon , Texas . Pallbearers were Clyde Meadors , Layton Woody
, Clyde and Virgil Thompsom ,Arlington Priest and Guy Blevins .
Claude Lee Vandiver married Laura Belle Kenzie Born : December 18 , 1917 in Clovis
, New Mexico . Laura Belle was the daughter of Frank Kenzie & Alene Della ( Fry ) Kenzie of Clovis , New Mexico
. They married in July 1941 in Clovis New Mexico . Laura had a child , a daughter , Velma Vandiver born Oct.
17, 1942 . Laura Belle died Octomber 24 , 1942 when her daughter Velma was only 7 days old . Laura Belle is
buried at Clovis Memorial Gardens with her husband Claude Lee Vandiver . After her death Claude Lee married a second
time to Lorene Cooper Vandiver .
|Ila Pearl ( Vandiver ) and Clarence Lee Griffin
|50 th Wedding Anniversary Party .
Ila Pearl ( Vandiver ) Griffin was born :Feburary 7, 1913 at Belleville
, Yell County , Arkansas . She was the last child born to Monroe J. Vandiver and Martha Ella ( Hollimon ) Vandiver. Ila Pearl
died : Feburary 23 ,2002 at Crawford County Memorial Hospital , Van Buren , Arkansas . Ila Pearl's funeral was
Feburary 26 ,2002 at Van-Alma Edwards Funeral Home , Van Buren , Arkansas . Her burial was next to her husband Clarence Lee
Griffin born: August 7,1908 at Moran, Texas . They were married ( October 2, 1933 ) at Clovis , New Mexico .Pallbearers for
Ila Pearl's funeral were James Kenneth Winborn , Jeff Kimes , both husbands of granddaughters Cynthia Winborn and Brenda Smith
, also great grandsons , Cory Bray ,Aaron Bray , Scott Kimes ,Derek Kimes and Jay Winborn. Honorary Pall Bearers were deacons
of Trinity Baptist Church of Alma ,Arkansas where she was a member .
Ida Pearl ( Vandiver ) Griffin and Clarence Lee Griffin were married ( October
2 ,1933 ) and had been married for 53 yrs at the time of Clarence Lee's death . Ila Pearl had ran resturants in Clovis
and Texico , New Mexico for several years . Ila was a homemaker , head cook for the schools in Alma , Arkansas until
her retirement . Ila had a bad stroke and broke her back in 1997 . Ila had to go into an assisted living home shortly after
her stroke. She lived there until her death in 2002 .
Clarence Lee Griffin was a cook, tractor mechanic for Case Massey Tractors for years .
Clarence Lee held a Golden Eagle for Massey Harris and Doctor of Motor's honor from the Minnapolis , Moline Tractor
Co. He was ordained as a Decon of the Trinity Baptist Church . Clarence Lee was the oldest son of Silas Spencer
Griffin 111 and Lillie May ( Durham ) Griffin . Ila Pearl and Clarence Lee Griffin had two children together . A daughter
Pearlie Lee Griffin b/d on November 1, 1934 at Clovis , New Mexico . Pearlie Lee Griffin was buried at Texico Cemetery after
funeral services at the First Baptist Church . The Steed funeral Home took care of all the arrangements. They had
another daughter born in 1937 who is still living .
|Ila Pearl ( Vandiver ) Griffin & J.J.Hollimon
|Ila Pearl ( Vandiver ) Griffin and Jessie James Hollimon were first cousins.
|Clarence Lee, Ila Pearl and Rebecca
| " What A Beautiful Couple "
Remembering a wonderful couple that I meet in my life . I didn't get to know Ila Pearl and Clarence
Lee Griffin until the late 1970's . I got to know them thru my father and Step-mother in the late 1970's on a vacation trip
home to visit with my father and his wife ( Moma Kate ) , who I grew to love . My father had worked so hard in
his younger years that he didn't have alot of time to visit with his family. Working on this family tree has been a great
experience for me. It's like I have learned about a family , that I am apart of , that I never really knew before . Ila Pearl
( Vandiver ) and Clarence Lee Griffin opened their home and hearts to me and my family . We shared many visits over the
years and became very close . Ila and my father Jessie James Hollimon were first cousins. When my father was a young man ,
he had left his home in Alabama to come to Yell County , Arkansas to work for his Uncle Monroe J. Vandiver and his Aunt
Martha Ella ( Hollimon ) Vandiver , the parents of Ila Pearl ( Vandiver ) Griffin . That move from Alabama
brought him to the place where he meet his future wife , Ida Mae ( Reed ) Hollimon . Jessie and Ida Mae married
before he left for service in World War 1 . Ila and Clarence Lee were not living in the area when I was growing up.
Ila Pearl and Clarence Lee moved to Arkansas in April of 1959 from Clovis , New Mexico
. My father had made contact with them after he had married his second wife , Claire E. ( Ford ) Hollimon . On our vacation
trip home to see my father , he told me about Ila Pearl and Clarence Lee Griffin and that we had a dinner invitation
to meet them . I was very happy to meet them as I had never meet any of the Vandiver side of Daddy's family tree . Each year
we came home to visit , we spent some time visiting Ila and Clarence . Ila wrote letters and cards all thru the years
to me and stayed close to Jessie James and Claire Hollimon . After Claire died both Ila and Clarence looked out and keep in
close contact with Daddy . That was such a special blessing to me , as I lived so far away in those years . When my
father passed away in 1984 , they opened their house to me and my family to stay thru all those trying days of arrangements
and the funeral . I will never forget their kindness and love . Notes : from Rebecca 's Journal .
" Remembering the Hollimon , Vandiver and Portwood Families with Honor , Love and Respect " Peace and Love