Willard Autry Haragan
October 22, 1916 - March 15, 2007
LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 S. Main Street
Roswell, NM 88203
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LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 S Main
Roswell , NM 88203
3/19/2007 at 10:30 A. M.
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Alzheimers Association, NM chapter
404 1/2 North Kentucky
Roswell, NM 88201
LAGRONE FUNERAL CHAPEL
MARCH 17, 2007
ROSWELL DAILY RECORD-NEWS
HARAGAN, WILLARD AUTRY – Memorial services are scheduled for 10:30 A. M., Monday, March 19, 2007, at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Willard Autry Haragan, age 90, of Roswell, NM who passed away March 15, 2007. His wishes were to be cremated. Evangelist Robert Teague, of the Church of Christ in Duncan, Oklahoma will officiate.
Willard was born October 22, 1916 in Zita, Ok. The first of five children born to Earnest and Nora Haragan. He is preceded in death by both parents: his wife, Myrtle: sisters, Thelma Gossett and Dorothy Collins and a son, Jerry Haragan.
He is survived by a son: Larry Joe Haragan and wife Caren of Arlington, TX, a brother: Jiggs Haragan and wife Maudene of Portales: a sister, Lou Blevins of Roswell and sister – in – law, Lorene Grogan of roswell and a daughter – in – law, Wy Haragan of Ruidoso, NM. He has five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Willard was a man among men and loved his Lord with all of his heart. He was as inspiration to all who met him. He served as elder for many years at the Alameda Church of Christ. Up until a month ago, he could still quote scripture – book, chapter, and verse.
In 1926 the family homesteaded from Oklahoma to a farm near Floyd, NM community. Willard attended Floyd schools and was the Valedictorian of his graduating class. He attended what is now known as New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. In 1936, he moved to Roswell and fell in love with a beautiful redhead, Myrtle Busby. They married May 12, 1936 and moved to Hobbs to work in the oil fields. One month later, Willard’s dad was killed and they moved to Floyd to help on the family farm. A few years later, they moved to Ft. Sumner, NM and started a dairy and supplied fresh milk to the area. In 1943, Willard heard of a job opening in Clovis with the Santa Fe Railroad. He went to work the next day after his interview and worked 36 years, 8 months and 2 days. He declared his independence on July 4, 1979, and retired as engineer. Up until a month ago, he could proudly tell you that he logged in 1,544,834 miles.
He always had a beautiful yard and a plentiful garden and was a good “Stock Market Speculator”, offering advise to anyone who inquired.
The family wishes to give special tribute to Martin Flores and his staff; Lilly Ronquillo and Lupe Casteneda, who gave unwavering care of Willard. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your love, patience and hard work. A special thanks also to Vista-Care who provided valuable assistance and comfort.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Alzheimers Association, New Mexico Chapter, at 404 ½ North Kentucky, Roswell, New Mexico 88201.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel..