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Thursday, July 26, 2001

Ex-Chamber, RCH president Alligood dies

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., July 26, 2001 -- Charlene Jeannette Alligood, former president of both the  Pecos Chamber of Commerce and Reeves County Hospital District Board  and a frequent volunteer at her church and with local community  groups, died Wednesday at Odessa Medical Center Hospital following a  brief illness.

Funeral services for Alligood, 55, the CEO of Allcomm Phone Systems, have been set for 2 p.m. Friday at West Park Baptist Church.

Alligood was a member of the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, serving as president of that organization for 1999, a member of the Women's Division of the chamber of commerce and was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club for several years where she served as an officer and served as president in 1991-1992.

She served on the Reeves County Hospital Board from May 1993 until May of 1999 and was president from 1996 until 1999.

Alligood was an active and dedicated member of West Park Baptist Church and volunteered frequently.

She and her husband Richard "Dick" Alligood came to Pecos in 1978. She worked for Trans Pecos Electric Motors until the couple started their own business in 1981, Oilfield Phone Service and in 1985 opened up Allcomm Long Distance.

Even though she was not an "official" member of the Pecos Downtown Lions Club, she was seen frequently at events sponsored by that organization. She represented Pecos in the hospitality rooms and volunteered at all the events sponsored by the Lion's, including cooking hamburgers on several occasions.

As CEO of the family business, she was a member of the Texas Pay Phone Association and Southwest Company Telephone Association.

Jeannette, as she was known around town, was born in Waco, on Nov. 5, 1946, to Ardis and Frances Warren.

Her family was her first priority, with her church and the community also being an important part of her life.

"When Dick and Jeannette came to Pecos, they didn't have any family here and Jeannette made many wonderful friends and treated them as her family," said her sister Patsy Wiederkehr. "She had expanded her family to include all the community and all the friends she made."

As a member of West Park, Alligood the treasurer, served on the finance committee and the benevolence committee.

"We depended on her to do all these things and she will be greatly missed," said pastor of West Park Rey Carreon. "She kept all our finances and all our legal paperwork, such as insurance."

Carreon said that the church was going to miss her. "She was always here," he said.

Alligood taught Sunday school at the church for first and second graders. "She was so much a part of our church, we're just in shock," he said.

Carreon said that former church members that have left Pecos have been invited to come to the funeral tomorrow and that some have already said they would be attending to say goodbye to their old friend.

"It would take too long and it would be too much to say exactly how much she will be missed and how much we cared about her," said Carreon.

Alligood, one of five sisters, was a loving friend to all, according to her sister Linda Carmickle. "She had the ability to sooth a troubled heart, ease a worried mind and help laugh a sorrow away," Carmickle said. "She loved and valued her many friends and was a devoted wife and a loving mother."

Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family, which included her husband, her two sons, Donald Lee and Ronald E. Alligood and her three grandchildren, Daphne Payne, AriAnna and Brittney Alligood.

"She'll be greatly missed," said her husband Richard Alligood. "She was a great woman, a loving wife and a devoted community member who gave her all."

Martinez Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements and viewing has been set for today and the chapel from 1-10 p.m.

Board to study PHA repairs, FLH changes

Staff Writer

PECOS, Thurs., July 26, 2001 -- The Pecos Housing Authority (PHA) and Pecos Farm  Labor Housing (FLH) Board of Commissioners will discuss repairs  to a damaged apartment building and will meet with a  community development specialist Friday afternoon while discussing  the conversion of some West County Road migrant housing to full-time  use, during their monthly meeting at the Administration Office on  Teague Drive.

The meeting is to be called to order at 5 p.m., followed by the review and approval of the minutes from their meeting held on June 29.

The PHA's new business consists of an update on the damages to the unit located at the 1101 Orange Street that happened the night of July 1.

The unit was damaged after a 13-year-old boy ran a Ford extended cab truck through the wall of an apartment. PHA director Nellie Gomez said at the time the boy's father was intoxicated and therefore him to drive the pick-up. The teen drove around the corner of Orange Street and 11th Street too fast and then accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake, sending the pickup through a bedroom wall of the apartment. No one was injured as a result of the accident.

In the FLH portion of the meeting, the board is scheduled to hear from Community Development Specialist for Rural Development, John Perkins of the Fort Stockton Office.

The FLH will discuss and approve the conversion of the FLH to Multifamily Housing, pending rehabilitation application. FLH rules require a certain number of apartments be kept available for migrant workers. The board said earlier this year that due to a decrease in the number of migrant tenants during the summer, they hoped to convert some of the West County Road apartments into year-round residences for local families.

The board will also ask for an update on FLH Migrant Occupancy during Friday's meeting.

In unfinished business for the PHA, they will begin by discussing their updated 2000 capital funds budget.

Other topics under unfinished business to be discussed are the landscaping project, Second Street sprinkler system and the administrative building fence-close out.

They will also discuss a resolution and approve the monthly reports for the month of July 2001.

A resolution and approval for the FLH monthly report of July 2001 will be discussed.

The meeting will then be open for miscellaneous topics, and then the meeting will be adjourned.

Rec department's football, volleyball sign-ups underway

PECOS, Thurs., July 26, 2001 -- Reeves County Community Sports and Recreation Department is now enrolling children for its PeeWee Football League.

Parents of children who are in grades third through sixth and interested may pick up enrollment forms at the recreation office during regular hours.

Entry deadline is Aug. 20 and cost is $25 per child.

Sign-ups for youth volleyball also are going on between now and Friday, Aug. 17 at the old Pecos High School gym. RCCRD Director Nora Geron said the league is also open to children in Grades 3-6, with a registration fee of $10 per child.

Parents or guardians need to bring the child's birth certificate and both parents' signature.

For more information call 447-9776.


PECOS, Thurs., July 26, 2001 -- High Wednesday 102. Low this morning 74. Forecast for tonight:   Mostly clear. Low in the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.  Friday: Partly cloudy. High near 100. Southeast  wind 5 to 15  mph.  Friday night: Mostly clear. Low in the mid 70s. Saturday and Sunday:  Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower to mid  70s. Highs from the upper 90s  to near 102.

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