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Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at First Baptist Church for Thurman Jefferson Broxson of Artesia.

Broxson, 87, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at his home.

Rev. Rick Sullivan and Rev. Rob Hollis will officiate at the services. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.

Broxson was born Nov. 7, 1927, in Floydada, Texas, the son of Charles Washington Broxson and Dora Elvira (Smith) Broxson. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1945-46 during World War II. After leaving the Navy, he finished high school and joined the Air Force, where he served from 1948-52.

On April 26, 1975, he married Barbara Goss in Quemado, and the couple came to Artesia in 2010 from Farwell, Texas.

He was a farm laborer and a member of First Baptist Church. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Broxson, of the family home; daughters Kim Smith of New Mexico and Kelly Pressly and husband Tony of Texas; grandchildren Arron Payne and wife Jessie and Peyton Pressly; great-granddaughter Jemma Payne; and sister Hattie Carter of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, and eight siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Artesia Meal Site, 1313 W. Gilchrist Ave., Artesia, N.M., 88210.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.