(November 20, 1937 ~ June 16, 2019)
In Stephenville, a Celebration of Life for Paul Stewart Kitchens, 81, of Lovington, NM will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 10:00 am CST in the Grubbs Center at Foster’s Home for Children with David Bearden officiating. Stephenville arrangements are under the direction of Stephenville Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm MST at Lovington Cemetery, Lovington, NM with David Villar officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 21st from 5:00 pm until 8:00 at Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home in Lovington. Lovington Arrangements are under the direction of Kirby-Smith-Rogers.
Mr. Kitchens was born on November 20, 1937 in Snow, Oklahoma to George W. and Lillie Mae (Smith) Kitchens and passed away on June 16, 2019 in Stephenville, TX. He grew up in Antlers, OK and in 1954 moved to New Mexico. He was an electrician, a self-employed contractor who owned his own business called Electric INC.
On June 18, 1977 he married Penny Taylor in Las Vegas, Nevada and they have shared forty two years of life and love together. At age sixty, Paul got his CDL and had a Hot Shot truck in the oil and gas business. He loved fishing and hunting and would go to Northern New Mexico to hunt and then would go fishing in Colorado and even traveled to NW territories of Canada, moose hunting and to Mexico to fish. He was a bowler and played on teams but his passion was definitely golf. He would play on any golf course he could get to, just for sheer enjoyment. He and Penny traveled to Hawaii two times and he played golf there and also spent lots of time playing at Alto.
He and Penny liked traveling in their motor home and went to many different places. Paul had a blessed life. He was an avid OU and Cowboys fan and loved watching golf, especially Lee Trevino, known as the “Happy Mex”, play. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving him is his wife, Penny Kitchens of the home, two sons: Joel and wife Debbie Kitchens of Stephenville, TX and Paul Ray Kitchens; one daughter: Linda Mae Kitchens Gunn and husband Howard of Lewisville, TX; two sisters: Sylvia Thomas Pender of Washington, OK and Mickie Kitchens Bittle of Paul’s Valley, OK; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Robert Dale Kitchens; five brothers, J.T. Kitchens, Otis Kitchens, Marvin Kitchens, Albert Kitchens, and James Thomas; four sisters, Nettie Smith Kennedy, Iva Mae Kitchens Gee, Joy Kitchens Gee and Naomi Kitchens Thomas.