Clarence Avery "Buster" Stevenson
May 18, 1935  -  June 24, 2018

Clarence Avery "Buster" Stevenson

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Terpening Son Mortuary
611 W. Grand Ave.
Artesia, NM  88210
Friday, June 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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Pinon Baptist Church
4557 Owen Prather Highway
Pinon, NM  88344
Saturday, June 30, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Pinon Cemetery
Weed, NM  88354

Buster was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on May 18, 1935 and died on June 24, 2018 not long after his 83rd birthday. His parents, Clarence and Willie Avery (Squaw Bill) Stevenson preceded him in death as did his brother Robert, and sister Billie Jean Woods, and lifelong friends quasi-caretakers Samme and David Monson who were across the road neighbors and kept a careful eye on him at all times. Samme and he had been raised in the houses they were born into, there on the corner in Pinon.

He is survived by his sister-in-law Mary Lou Stevenson and her family in Artesia; by first cousins Glenna Bertola and her family, Dan Gage in Roswell, Betty Jo Bratcher and Terry Stevenson. Also by a vast array of cousins, nieces and nephews Patti Woods Netzer, Bobby Stevenson, Cary Stevenson Pettit, Jacque Stevenson Hooten, LaNette Stevenson and Nick Woods and their children and their children, and by a community that looked after him and he looked after them.

Despite his handicap he could do almost anything he set his mind to; loved what he called "that good old country music" meaning, we all think, only that written by Hank Williams, and to be sure no one forgot had it etched on his grave marker at the Pinon Cemetery.

He will be greatly missed. The Pinon community has lost an icon. Anyone who has ever lived in Pinon knows Buster and most folks passing through do also. He loved hunting season as he fixed a lot of flat tires and exchanged pleasantries, and tall tales with the hunters. He took care of the Club House, Pinon's community center, and saw that all was well there and that the air conditioning was turned on before an event in the summer or heat on in the winter and was always present and had the coffee ready on Friday morning when those who had time and wanted to met for a morning coffee hour.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 29 at Terpening & Son Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Services are scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, June 30 at Pinon Baptist Church with burial to follow at the Pinon Cemetery. Officiating are Wayne Braziel and Dan Bell. Pallbearers are Odie Prather, Mitch Hibbard, Nick Woods, Marshall Hiles, Gary Gage, and Arden Lewis. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Gage, Bryan Prather, the Friday Morning Coffee Gang, and Doreen Teel.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pinon Extension Club.


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  1. Nellie Shirlene {Hooten} Wheeler
    canby, OR

    We were distant relatives--knew his brother Robert better than the rest of the family. May they rest in peace.

  2. Bill ( murphy )
    Alamogordo, NM

    I didnt know him real well but i always enjoyed visiting wih him.He was so friendly and talkative. He was a great person everyone liked him.He will be missed. Be assured god has a special place for him.

  3. Jim Runyan
    Goldthwaite, TX

    Each one of us that know Buster has a volume of memories that could be said about him and the Stevenson family. I can still see the smile on Squaw Bills face, it is the same smile that Buster shared his entire life. I, like so many others will miss many things about Buster BUT we'll all get to see him again ONE day. Till then, Vaya con DIOS my friend.

  4. Lou & Kay Woltering
    mayhill, NM

    Will miss his sweet, sweet spirit...

  5. Stacie A Havemeier
    Los Angeles, CA

    Rest easy, Buster

  6. DENNIS bratcher
    Artesia, NM

  7. Noemi and Warren Kniepkamp
    Roswell, NM

    I am not from Piñon. I married into it. At a Piñon reunion is where I met Buster. I was delighted to meet such a sweet person. This has broken our hearts. Our deepest condolences to his family, lifelong friends and to the Piñon community.

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