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Alton J. Posey

Alton J. Posey

Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Upper Hope Cemetery for Alton J. Posey of Hope.

Posey, 84, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at his home.

Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy Powell, Will Crockett, Richie Crockett, John Stubbs, Ricky Wright and Mike Goss.

Alton was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Tularosa, the son of Alton Eldo and Dona (Potter) Posey.

On June 22, 1953, he married Carol Munson in Carlsbad. She preceded in him death Aug. 10, 2008. On April 7, 2009, he married Stephanie Witkowski in Sacramento, N.M.

Alton served in the U.S. Army as a young man and fought in the Korean War. He was the recipient of three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He worked at Navajo Refining for 27 years. Alton lived in Artesia until his retirement, then moved to his “house in the hills” to hunt and fish, where he ran his dozer and backhoe service. He was a member of the VFW and the Hope “Social Club.” He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing poker.

Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Posey, of Hope; son Marty Posey and wife Elena of Hope; grandchildren Jessica Posey, Amanda Beltran and Nicholas Posey; and great-grandchildren Taylor and Ariana Beltran.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and one brother.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to VFW No. 7686, 700 Hwy. 70 W., Alamogordo, N.M., 88310.

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