|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1926|
|Death: ||Jun. 25, 2009|
Funeral services for J. E. McKillip, 82, of Portales, will be at 2:00 PM, Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ with David Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Clois Montague, Stacy Montague, Richard McKillip, Randy McKillip, Brandon Moore and Justin Hines serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Stalker, and his friends from Pendaries and members of the Conestoga Good Sams.
J. E. McKillip was born July 23, 1926, in Sentinel, OK, to the home of Rosie and Luther McKillip and died June 25, 2009, in Clovis, NM. He was a 1943 graduate of Muleshoe High School, and later earned a Bachelor's degree in Business from Eastern New Mexico University. J. E. served his country as a Sgt. in the Quarter Master Corps in Okinawa, Japan at the end of World War II.
On December 16, 1946 in Portales, he was married to Daisy Brown. Mr. McKillip was a faithful member of the Third and Kilgore Church of Christ. He was a past president of the Portales Rotary Club, and had more than 21 years of perfect attendance. Several years ago, the club honored him with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. J. E. worked in the insurance industry in Lovington, NM, for a year before moving to Albuquerque in 1955 to work with Safeco Insurance. In 1960, he transferred to Denver, CO, and worked there until 1966. At that time he returned to Portales and purchased the J. B. Thompson Insurance Agency which he operated until his retirement in 1991.
He was a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America for many years. After his retirement, he and his wife, Daisy, traveled extensively, seeing all 50 states. They took six cruises which included Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Panama. He was also active in the Conestoga Good Sams Club. Over the past several years, a good portion of their time was spent in Pendaries, NM, where they made many good friends.
He is survived by his wife, Daisy of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Lewis Montague of Andrews, TX; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Joy McKillip of Weatherford, OK; a daughter-in-law, Wynette (Mrs. Donny) McKillip of Portales; 8 grandchildren, Lynndee Montague Smith, Clois Montague, Stacy Montague, Kathy McKillip, Richard McKillip, Randy McKillip, Kelly Moore, and Amy McKillip; 11 great-grandchildren, Harley Montague, Hesston Montague, Lauren and Leah Smith, Cloie Montague, Sterlin Montague, Donald McKillip, Alyson Montague, Cole McKillip, Ali McKillip and Kelsi Moore, and a brother, Talmage McKillip of Amarillo, TX.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leon, Fred and Morris McKillip; a sister, Leona Blalock, and two sons, Randall McKillip and Donald McKillip.
Arrangements by Wheeler Mortuary, 575-356-4455.
Published in the Clovis News Journal and the Portales News-Tribune from 6/28/2009 - 6/29/2009
Luther Talmadge McKillip (1894 - 1954)
Rosie L McKillip (1893 - 1986)
Donald R McKillip (1952 - 1987)*
Randy McKillip (1954 - 1955)*
Leona Blalack (1915 - 1975)*
William "Leon" McKillip (1917 - 1991)*
Fred Arch McKillip (1921 - 2003)*
James Morris McKillip (1923 - 2001)*
J E McKillip (1926 - 2009)
Married December 16, 1946
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Kathryn McKillip Thrift
Originally Created by: Joyce Gore Locke
Record added: Jun 26, 2009
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