Deaths and funerals (07/07/12)


Polo “Paul” Chavez
Polo “Paul” Chavez, a resident of Los Lunas and Belen for 18 years, passed away on Tuesday, July 3, at the age of 87.
He was the youngest of 18 children, born to Antonio and Beatrice Chavez in their home in Barelas.
When Polo was 18 years of age, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to defend his country during WWII. He served from 1943-1945 with the 363rd Infantry, 91st Division in Italy.
He returned home to his family in Albuquerque for about one year before moving to Denver, Colo. It is there where he met his beautiful wife, Josie, and she became his bride in 1951.
Polo moved his family back to New Mexico to work as an illustrator for the Weapons Lab at Kirtland AFB. His artistic talent was recognized by the numerous awards he received during his 30 years of service.
Polo enjoyed fishing the Pecos River, live plays, and old movies. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time and playing table games with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Beatrice Chavez; his last four siblings, Juan Chavez, Aurora Padilla, Lita Chavez, and Tony Chavez.
Polo is survived by his loving wife, Josie Chavez; children Michael (Julie) Chavez of Pueblo, Colo., Cathy (Shannon) McReynolds of Sandia Park, and Alan (Elena) Chavez of Los Lunas; grandchildren, Monique (Ramon) Gonzales, Jonathon (Vanessa) Chavez, Alex McReynolds, Joseph Chavez and Elijah Chavez; and three great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Adriana Gonzales and Jianna Chavez.
Services were held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Friday, July 7. Interment will be at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at
The family wishes to thank Belen Meadows Nursing Home and Amber Care Hospice for their support and loving care of Polo. Your work has been of great value to all of us.

William Carl Nolan
William Carl Nolan, born in Brownwood, Texas, in 1990, and a resident of Albuquerque and Bosque Farms, passed away on Tuesday, July 3.
William graduated from Los Lunas High School in 2008, where he had been active in theatre and video production. He was active in the ministries of First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms.
An award-winning guitarist, William also enjoyed playing the banjo, mandolin, piano and harmonica. He was remarkable for his musicality, with a special gift for improvisation.
William was a loyal son, brother and friend. He had an incredible memory — a quality he shared with his grandfather, Clyde Green. William studied English and history at Eastern New Mexico University for three years, and was currently working as a care-giver and gardener to a dear couple in Peralta.
He loved hiking in the New Mexico and Colorado mountains, and reading and talking about books and ideas.
William Nolan was deeply loved by people of all ages and interests. He was known for his kindheartedness, ironic sense of humor, and for always being a courteous, gracious man with a strong sense of honor. We will see him again in the presence of our Lord, but until then his family and his community will miss him very much.
William is survived by his parents, Annie and Carl Nolan; and brother, James Nolan, all of Bosque Farms.
A viewing will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 7, with a funeral service at 11 a.m.
Sign William’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jose “Lance” Lorenzo Rael
Jose “Lance” Lorenzo Rael, age 51, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, July 3.
He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Jose enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and music. He also loved spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Antonio and Flora Rael; maternal grandparents, Elias and Felipa Chavira; two brothers, Robert Rael and Joseph Rael.
Jose is survived by his loving parents, Ismael and Lydia Rael; brother, Ricardo Rael and wife, Debbie; two sisters, Lorraine Rael and companion, Emilio, and Eleanor Rael; four daughters, Evangeline Gomez, Stephanie Wuttke and husband, Mike, Juliette Baldonado and Gabriel Rael; five sons, Jerry Baldonado, Jeremy Baldonado, Joseph Baldonado and wife, Christina, Tyron Rael and Orlando Romero; 20 grandchildren; Godson, Diego Lovato; and companion, Josilee Smith, and her children. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
All were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, on Friday, July 6. Interment followed at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Anthony Lovato, Diego Lovato, Apolonio Silva, Roumaldo Silva, Robert Rael Jr., Ricky Duran and Michael Wuttke. Honorary pallbearer was Tanya Lovato.
Sign Jose’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Alcea Bell Anthony Southall
Alcea Bell Anthony Southall, a resident of Las Cruces, passed away on July 5 at the age of 88.
Alcea was born Dec. 31, 1923, to J.B. and Ina Anthony of Clopton, Tenn. She married Fallen Southall on May 6, 1941.
Fallen and Alcea farmed in Covington, Tenn., until 1952 when health reasons made it necessary to move the family to Albuquerque. During the time they lived in Albuquerque, Alcea was employed at Kirtland and Sandia Bases.
Following their retirement, Fallen and Alcea moved back to Covington, where they cared for their parents and farmed. They returned to New Mexico in 1984, settling in Belen, and in 2008, Alcea moved to Las Cruces.
Alcea was a long-time member of the Southern Baptist Church, having been active in the First Baptist Church in  Covington, Tenn., Heights Baptist Church in Albuquerque, the First Baptist Church in Belen, and most recently, Hill Baptist Church in Las Cruces.
Alcea is preceded in death by her husband, Fallen Southall; her parents, J.B. and Ina Anthony; and her two sisters, Claire Silano and Leta Wilson.
She is survived by her brother, J.B. Anthony Jr. and wife, Jean, of Clopton, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Mable Southall of Covington, Tenn., and Elizabeth Nix of Memphis, Tenn.; her children, Regina Cole and husband, Oscar, of Belen, Judy Lawrence of Las Cruces and her companion, Wade Worrell, of Deming; four grandchildren, Brent Lawrence of Deming, Kathryn Patton and husband, Kevin, of Albuquerque, Michelle Dunn and husband, Ron, of Jasper, Tenn., and Rebecca Clark of Leander, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joseph, Kyle, Kacie and Kody Patton of Albuquerque, Gordon Tolliver, Fallen and Sabrina Dunn of Jasper, Tenn., Bradley Clark of Belen and Morgan and Takoda Smith of Leander, Texas.
The family deeply appreciates the care given to Alcea by the staff of The Heritage Assisted Living and Hospice of Las Cruces.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clopton United Methodist Church building fund, 5285 Brighton Clopton Road, Brighton, Tenn., 38011, or Gideons International or charity or your choice.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 8, at Hill Baptist Church, 7974 Dona Ana Road, with Bill Johnson officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Monday July 9, at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.
Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home, 1410 East Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, N.M., 88001. To sign the local online guest book go to