Obituary notices.

Debra Kay French, 66, a resident of Silver City, NM

debrafrenchDebra Kay French, 66, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, May 20, 2022 at her residence. Debra was born in Silver City, NM on August 10, 1955 to her father Marcus Jones and mother Jesse Cuttingham Jones. Debra married to William “Bill” French and had four children. She worked for the public schools as a substitute teacher, she also drove the school bus for 18 years. She retired in 2013 along with her husband. She enjoyed supporting all the children in their sports events and her husband in all he decided to do. She enjoyed traveling whenever they could. She really loved having her pretty flowers and had Bill place them all over in the yard.  

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Lillian White, 88, a resident of Pinos Altos, NM

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Lillian White, 88, a resident of Pinos Altos, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. She was born in Southall, England to her parents Walter Hopla and Mary Ann Williams on December 16, 1933. Lillian grew up in London, England and often told stories of being a young child during World War II.

She had memories of having family meals interrupted by air raid sirens and having to grab their plates, run downstairs to the bomb shelter and being scared to find out what had been hit when they were able to come out.  This is one of the things that made her a brave, strong survivor.

When Lillian was a teenager, she was in a park near the American Air Force base where she met the love of her life, Daniel, or as she called him Danny.  They were married August 23, 1952 in England. Danny was sent back to the states and she followed 3 months later to meet him in Victorville, California.  They eventually made it back to New Mexico and in 1961 she proudly became a citizen of the United States of America.

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James J. Palacios, 69, a resident of Silver City, NM

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Mr. James J. Palacios, 69, of Silver City, NM, passed away on May 18, 2022, after complications with diabetes.

James J. Palacios was born on July 25, 1952, to Natalia and Luis Palacios of Silver City, NM. After James graduated from Silver High School in 1971. He studied at WNMU for a year, he was part of the football team. James also worked as a miner for a brief time, Sheriff Deputy and later became the Grant County Sheriff.  

James and his wife Vicky founded La Casita Restaurant which is now known as the legendary Mi Casita restaurant.

James loved watching sports, music, singing karaoke, and dancing. He also loved coaching and spending time with his grandkids. 

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Debra French, 66, a resident of Silver City, NM - pending

Debra French, 66, a resident of Silver City, NM entered eternal rest Friday, May 20, 2022 at her residence.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Lillian White, 88, a resident of Pinos Altos, NM - pending

Lillian White, 88, a resident of Pinos Altos, NM entered eternal rest Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

James J. Palacios, 69, a resident of Silver City, NM - pending

James J. Palacios, 69, a resident of Silver City, NM, entered eternal rest, Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at his residence.  Arrangements are pending with Terrazas Funeral Chapels ~ 575-537-0777.

Henry Atencio, 81, a resident of Grant County, NM

henryatencio 01Henry A. Atencio, 81, entered eternal rest on Monday 16, 2022 at Fort Bayard Medical Center. He was born April 14, 1941 in Santa Clara to Salvador Atencio and Paula Leyba.

Henry was an avid hunter and loved camping in the Gila Wilderness. He also was accomplished in Native American art, such as Kachinas, drawings and painting.

He is survived by his son, Henry Atencio Jr. and wife Janet of Tucson, AZ; his companion, Sybil Paradiso of the family home; one daughter, JoAnn Atencio of Tucson, AZ; four grandsons, Justin, Mathias, Marquise, and Andrew; one granddaughter, Amber; two great grandsons, Mathias Jr. and Michael Atencio; two brothers, Patricio Atencio and companion April of Tucson, AZ; Lawrence Atencio of Santa Clara; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Yvette Atencio (Baby); one brother, Jesse Atencio.

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Ronald "William" Whitley, 63, a resident of Grant County, NM

ronwhitley 01Ronald "William" Whitley, August 18, 1959, was born in Carlsbad N.M. to Ronald and Bessie Whitley. By the age of thirteen William was passionate about building and racing custom motorcycles in Silver City. William became an extremely gifted, and knowledgeable mechanic. He was the service manager for Mercedes-Benz in Las Cruces for ten years, and went on to own, and operate a restoration shop: Next Day Paint & Body, where he specialized in corvettes.

William was a dedicated and loving father of three. He was "PaPa" to five grandchildren. He trained and coached his two sons, Jereme and Josh in Motor Cross. When he wasn't working, he was drag racing, at the lake, or attending his beautiful daughter Danyelle's pageants. These were the best years of his life. He loved his family more than anything and loved making them happy.

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