Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Thursday, July 26, 2001
Ex-Chamber, RCH president Alligood dies
By ROSIE FLORES
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
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
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,"
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
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
By JENNIFER GALVAN
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
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
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
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
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.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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