Jimmy Tivis

July 18, 2013 • Obituaries


Jimmy Tivis, 63. Funeral services will be [auth] at 10 a.m. Saturday July 20, at Wheeler Mortuary in Portales, with Liz Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Floyd Cemetery with Monte Best, Kendell Buzard, Harold Brooks, Kirk Bryant, Dave Sanders, Luis Davalos and Leon Nall as pallbearers. Jimmy Dale Tivis passed from this life Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

He was born in Portales on July 21, 1949, to Lois and Lester Tivis. Jimmy was a lifelong resident of Floyd. He graduated from Floyd Schools in 1967. After attending two years of college at Eastern New Mexico University, he began his farming and ranching life in Floyd. On Jan. 12, 1974, Jimmy married his wife, Kathy.

They raised two children, Leslea and Michelle. He was a proud father of his daughters’ accomplishments and took an active role in their lives. He successfully coached his daughters in AAU basketball to three national AAU tournaments, as well as championship titles in dozens of state and local tournaments.

Jimmy served as a member of the Floyd Lions Club for close to 20 years. From 1993 to 2005, he served on the Floyd School Board and as a board president for eight of those years. He was a very active member of the Floyd Community and received the Citizen of the Year Award in 2012. Jimmy enjoyed spending time with his friends. He had a standing lunch routine with his closest friends on a daily basis. He thoroughly enjoyed his weekly trips to the casino to play his favorite game, blackjack. But most importantly, he had such a love and devotion to his family. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Tivis; daughters: Leslea Tivis, of Roswell, and Michelle Tivis, of Roswell; brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Pat Tivis, of Roswell; sister and brother-in-law, Dottie and Duane Lee, of Portales; brother and sister-in-law Danny and Peggy Tivis, of House, and sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and Owen Kilgore, of San Antonio, Texas, and sister-in-law Vicki Ashley, of Abilene, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Lois Tivis. Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. Condolences can be made at

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