A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Fellowship Hall of The Word of Life Church at 801 W. 18th St., in Portales for Lloyd Niece, 72, of Clovis, who passed away Dec. 28, 2000, in Clovis.
Lloyd was born in Ware, Texas, July 27, 1928, to Ira and Elsie Niece.
He was a rancher in Clayton, before moving to Lordsburg, where he worked for the state. After a short period of time he was transferred by the state to the port of entry in Texico, where he was chief inspector. He then joined the Clovis Police Department and moved up through the ranks to become Chief of Police at age 33 for three years, at which time he joined the Curry County Sheriff's Deptartment as Chief Deputy for 14 years. Later on he also served as Deputy Sheriff of Parmer County, Texas, and was also Chief of
Police in Friona, Texas, before his retirement.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association and at one time a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Clovis who honored him as Law Enforcement Officer of the year. After his retirement he drove pilot car for Roadrunner Escort in Clovis.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
He is survived by three sons, Terry Niece and his wife, Michelle, of Tehachapie, Calif., Doug Niece and his wife, Debbie, of Roswell (Chaves Co., NM) and Steve Niece of Portales; one brother, Melvin Niece and his wife, Rita, of Clovis; two sisters, Betty Lamb and her husband, Mike, of Friona and Patsy Bashears and her husband, Dwayne of Plainview, Texas.
He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Copied from the Roswell Daily Record, Roswell, Chaves Co., New Mexico; printed January 3, 2001