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L.J. Cone

L.J. Cone

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at West Main Baptist Church for Luther Jewell Cone of Artesia.

Cone, 85, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Good Life Senior Living.

Jason Kraft and Belton Mathews will officiate at the services, with interment to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of West Main Baptist Church.

L.J. was born May 11, 1930, in Abilene, Texas, the son of Luther Robert and Jimmie (Vela) Cone.

On Sept. 26, 1948, he married Glenn Etta Davis in Lubbock, Texas, and the couple came to Artesia in 1976 from Hobbs.

L.J. was a salesman for construction jobs in the oilfields and an active member of West Main Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at the church and was a member of the Gideons.

He was also a member of the NRA and the Quarter Horse Association, and loved spending time with his family. L.J. was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding horses. He rode his horse in the Fourth of July parade for the last 30 years.

Survivors include sons Robert Cone and wife Susie of Loving and Ray Hardy of Lovington; daughters Linda Goble of Alma, Ark., Carol McNally and husband Mike of Ft. Smith, Ark., and Kathy Howard and husband Lee Roy of Artesia; son-in-law Jim Deason of Artesia; sisters Modean McMillan of Enid, Okla., and Nola Mae Green of Austin, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenn Etta Cone, on Dec. 4, 2015; his parents; daughter Janet Deason; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; one brother; and two sisters.

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