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Cloyd Whitley

March 6, 1946 — April 21, 2019

Cloyd Whitley

Cloyd Whitley, 73, of Hobbs, New Mexico passed away on April 21, 2019 in Hobbs.

Services for Cloyd Henry Whitley will be held at Prairie Haven Chapel on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 2:00 PM. Viewing is at Griffin Funeral Home that morning from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Cloyd was born in Hobbs, NM on March 6, 1946, to Henry C. Whitely Jr. (deceased 1961) and Ruby McDonald Whitley (deceased 2005). The oldest of five children, Cloyd is survived by his siblings: Margie Hayes and husband Loy, Royce Whitley, Charles Whitley and wife Kim, and Mary Williams and husband Art. Included in his family are nieces and nephews, Michelle, Jonathan, Patrick, Levi, Jorge, Lauren, Emma, and their families.

Cloyd began working at age 15 at the Frontier Movie Theater as ticket taker and then projectionist. He worked on a "swab" crew for Ick Crane and a miner before becoming the "hoist man" at Kerr-McGee Potash Mines. Following a lengthy stay at the mines, he moved to an Allsup's Convenience Store, ultimately becoming an Assistant Manager. Later, he became a janitor at New Mexico Junior College.

Cloyd graduated from Hobbs High School in 1964 where he played the baritone in the Eagles Marching Band. He continued his education at College of the Southwest, Oklahoma State University, and New Mexico Junior College.

Cloyd's church life began at Rock Chapel Baptist Church. He also attended Immanuel Baptist Church and was proud to become a Deacon at Belvue Baptist Church where he also enjoyed singing. His many hobbies were reading, building airplane models, puzzles (including Sudoku), gardening, cooking, playing with an iPad, and playing pool. Never doing anything halfway, he would read all night long and his gardens were huge and productive. He loved music of a genres and influenced his younger siblings to love music too. He was a devoted son and escorted his mother to family reunions as she kept in close contact with her many siblings and children.

Cloyd attended several Chili Cook-Offs and was a winner! In his youth, he rode a motorcycle with his friends, the Atwood brothers, and traveled with Benny toi the Gulf Coast and enjoyed deep-sea fishing. Recently they spent time watching the races at the Cardinal Speedway. He especially enjoyed his trips to visit his sister in Las Vegas and seeing his favorite shows, the Mac King Magician Show (many times) and the Tony Orlando Show.

The family requests that contributions in Cloyd's memory be made to or to a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home.


Griffin Funeral Home
401 N. Dalmont
Hobbs, NM  88240
Monday, April 29, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Funeral Service

Prairie Haven Memorial Park Chapel
2201 E. Stanolind Rd.
Hobbs, NM  88240
Monday, April 29, 2019
2:00 PM


Prairie Haven Cemetery
2201 E. Stanolind Road
Hobbs, NM  88240
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