Faulkner, William

William E. Faulkner, 75, of Portales died Friday, March 17, 2006, at his home.

He was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Rule County, Texas, to Katherine and James E. Faulkner. He married Iris Tibbenham on Nov. 14, 1953, in Ipswich, England.

He left school to work when he was 7 years old. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 at the age of 17. He retired from the Air Force in 1972 after almost 25 years. He served in Korea and Vietnam.

He was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base as an inventory controller at the time of his retirement.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Portales and served as an elder in the congregation for several years.

Family members said he had a great love for history, enjoyed building models and reading science fiction novels. He was also an expert marksman, family members said.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Frances Faulkner; and his wife, who died July 21, 1999.

He is survived by a son, Dave Faulkner of Portales; two daughters, Sharon Faulkner of Portales and Roseann Wing (and husband, Joseph) of Las Vegas, Nev.; two grandchildren, Joseph Matthew and Crystal Marie Wing; and five brothers, Jack and James Ray Faulkner, both of San Antonio, Jesse Faulkner of Albuquerque, Hubert Faulkner of Amarillo and Stevie Faulkner of Slaton, Texas.

The Rev. Clyde Davis will officiate.

Burial will be at the Portales Cemetery.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.