Westside Obituaries
Page "B"


Dean W. Babb
April 11, 1931 - March 5, 2003



He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Walter and Desha Belle Babb. His life revolved around his family, his wife Jean, who passed away in June of last year, his kids and grandchildren, his son, Richard, his wife Darra, son Alan, daughter Tracy and her husband Chris Napolitano, grandchildren Michael and Jacqueline Babb, Aaron and Jared Friend, as well as Ron Lozano, the son of his heart, also his niece Michele and her girls, Ashley and Amy.

Our father was a builder not just of buildings and roads but also of character. He served his country with distinction, retiring after 21 years of service having earned the rank of Senior Master Chief in the U.S. Navy - Seabees.

Daddy's hands showed his life, they were big, strong and showed years of hard work, yet they were kind and gentle when comforting you. His hands were always steady like him. He was honest and fair, stern yet funny. We will miss his strength, determination and direction. But most of all I will miss my Daddy's hands.

Daddy we love you and miss you already but Momma's waiting in heaven for you, till we meet again.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hoffmann Hospice. As per his request services will be held, as he wished to be remembered as he lived by those left behind.
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Donald J. Babcock, 78
October 11, 1922 - July 8, 2001



Memorial services will be held at the Westside Believers Fellowship Church on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Donald J. Babcock, 78.

Mr. Babcock was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on October 11, 1922 and passed away in Taft on July 8, 2001. Mr. Babcock worked for Westside Security as a security guard for 20 years. He enjoyed clocks, fishing and especially watching WWF wrestling.

Mr. Babcock was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Gorman in October 1987. His survivors include his wife Frances Babcock of Taft; two daughters, Donna Stevens of Taft and Deanna Killian of South Carolina; grandchildren and their spouses, Michele and David Scott and Archie and Jarina Stevens all of Taft, Donita and William Wise of Texas, Christy and Darrian Hill of Taft and Michael and Sunday Proctor of Georgia; 12 great grandchildren, two nieces, Katrina Domingez and Christina and one nephew, Eddie Gorman. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Benny Eugene Baca, 56
Rites Pending

Services are pending for Benny Eugene Baca, 56. The services have been entrusted to West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Mabel Henderson Bailey
August 3, 1914 - August 12, 2002



Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church for former Taft resident, Mabel H. Bailey, 88. Rev. Mark Lawrence will be the officiant and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Bailey was born on August 3rd 1914, the second surviving child of five born to Samuel and Rilla (Breshears) Henderson in Fristoe, Missouri. She passed away in Bakersfield on August 12, 2002.

She was always proud of her early years on a small farm as a member of a loving family and community. In 1923 the family moved to California for her father’s work, the Colton Cement plant. In 1925 the family relocated in Olinda, Orange County for work in the oilfields with Santa Fe Oil Company. Schools Mabel attended were a one-room schoolhouse in Missouri, elementary school in Colton and Olinda, Brea-Olinda High School and Fullerton District Junior College. After graduation, she worked with Bank of America in Anaheim until her marriage to John (Jack) Bailey of Brea. The wedding vows were taken at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fullerton on March 10, 1934. A son, George Roger, was born in 1939. After two months in Whittier the couple transferred to Bakersfield where they lived until 1951 when his work took them to Taft. In 1992, illness forced them to move back to Bakersfield where John Bailey died in March 1994.

Mable started work in 1954 with Sears Roebuck and Co. mail order in Taft and worked until 1962 when she went with Naval Petroleum Reserve at Elk Hills until retirement in 1974. She enjoyed activity with Cub Scouts, PTA, Women’s Improvement Club, and Desk and Derrick Club. She gave many hours to various groups at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Taft and in later years attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish in Bakersfield. Mabel and Jack traveled extensively by land, sea and air. Many voyages were made to England to visit John’s (Jack’s) relatives in the land of his birth.

Survivors include son, George Roger Bailey; sisters, Neva Weaver, Willeta Summons, Mary Henderson; brother, Sam Henderson; grandsons, Bryan Bailey and Brendan Bailey.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements and under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Paul E. Bailey
March 28, 1952 - November 2, 2002



A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 8 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetry, Paul was born on March 28, 1952 in Pryor, Oklahoma. He later moved to Bakersfield with his parents. Paul attended and graduated from West High School where he excelled in cross-country. He then joined the United States Navy working as an aircraft mechanic before he was honorably discharged. Paul passed away on November 2, 2002 after a short illness.

He is survived by Karen Gearhart, his life companion, daughter, Jennifer Bailey of Tucson, Arizona; his sister Lila O'Dell of Anaheim, California; two brothers, Jim of San Jose, California and Mikeal Bailey of Bakersfield. His parents, Lloyd and Rosa Bailey, preceded Paul in death.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name at Taft National Bank in the Bakersfield or Taft branches. There will not be a public viewing. All services are under the direction of Kern River Family Mortuary. (661) 392-9010.
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James Morton "Jim" Baird
January 19, 1942 - December 12, 2011



A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at OT Cookhouse, 205 N. 10th Street, Taft for Taft resident, Jim Baird. Join us and share some of your favorite memories of "The Old Cowboy." Jim was born on January 19, 1942 in Visalia, California and passed away on December 12, 2011 in Taft, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Baird and his daughter, Cindy Crocker. He grew up in Strathmore and loved the time he spent with his grandfather working on the family cattle ranch. The knowledge he learned helped to prepare him for FFA and a trip to the Cow Palace. He was a graduate of Strathmore High School, Class of 1960 (the best class ever) and remained friends with many of his classmates. He worked for many years in the oilfields, retiring in 2008 as a gas plant operator for PSN at Elk Hills. He was known as "Uncle Jim" to his younger co-workers. Jim was an avid horseman for most of his life. He loved going to the mountains on horse back and a pack mule. Later in life he traded the horse trailer for an RV and he and Shirley spent their vactaions traveling and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Taft; brother, Doug Baird of San Jose; sons and daughters-in-law, Keven and Michelle Baird of Tehachapi, Brent and Kerri Ray of Bakersfield, Greg and Stephanie Ray of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Evan, Matthew, Danika, Terra, Nick, Madison, Kylee Gillian and Adalynn; great grandchildren, Mallory and Presley.

Special thanks to Paula Casteel and to Mercy Hospice, especially Shelagh, Bertha and Richard for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to a charity of one's choice in the name of James Baird. No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Carol Ann Baker
March 23, 1943 - April 22, 2010



Carol Ann Baker was born on March 23, 1943 in Bakersfield to Fred Campbell Jr. and Olive Goodrich Campbell. She graduated Arvin High School in 1961. She married Frank E. Baker in Bakersfield in 1963, a marriage that would last 47 seven years. She passed away on April 22, 2010 after a brief bout with cancer. She was 67 years old.

Carol was predeceased by her father and by her second grandson, Andrew B. Hartley. She lives behind her mother Olive Campbell and step-father Jack Pellerin; her brother Duane Campbell and wife Maxine; brother, Lloyd Campbell and wife Sharon all of Santa Maria California; and her sister Marlene Harvis of Monrovia, California. She is also survived by her husband, Frank and her daughter Terri Ann Olliver and husband Steve of Bakersfield; her daughter Jennifer Joyce McEnulty and husband James of Las Vegas, Nevada, and by five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carol worked as a teachers aide in Maricopa and Taft, California and in various capacities for Bank of America for 21 years. Her last employment was with Schwebel Petroleum. Carol was very active in the Arthritis Association Adaptive Aquatic Program, and leaves behind a wealth of friendships among her fellow "Bun Squeezers".

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 1st at the chapel of the First Congregational Church at Stockdale Hwy. and Real Road at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Doctor Tim Vivian, Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church will officiate.
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Don R. Baker
August 10, 1954 - April 6, 2010



Don, 55, was born August 10, 1954 in Taft, California to Don T. and Lorraine Baker, and passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2010 in Duncan, Oklahoma. Don attended elementary schools in Taft and graduated from Taft High in 1974. Don worked for Texaco Oil transferring with them to Oklahoma in 1992. Don loved motorcycles, fishing, flying model airplanes and playing the guitar, but most of all his family.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Survived by his wife of 30 years Connie Sue and daughter Kim, her husband, Marshall and son, JT, daughter Allison, her husband Josh and children Lilly and Wyatt. His sisters, Dorothy Owens, Fern Miller and Edith Grayson all of Bakersfield and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Rod's Guitar Shop in Duncan, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Jefferson Funeral Home in Lawton, Oklahoma. A Memorial Service for former resident Don R. Baker, who passed away April 6th in Oklahoma, is scheduled for Monday, July 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. After the service the family will gather at the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park Clubhouse in Taft for those who would like to stop by to visit and exchange stories of Don.
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Alvin "Al" Baldock
December 17, 1929 - September 14, 2009



Funeral services will be held in the Westside Believers Fellowship Church, 101 Hwy. 33, on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Al Baldock, 79. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Following the interment service a reception will be held in the Taft College Gym.

Al was born in Holly, Texas on December 17, 1929 and passed away in Taft on September 14, 2009. Al moved to Taft in The late 1950's and after a time out of the area came back to Taft in 1976. He was a All American at USC and was a teacher and coach at many schools including, Allan Hancock, Los Angeles City College, San Diego State, and College of the Sequoias. Besides being the Athletic Director at Taft College he was also the football coach from the mid 1970's through the early 1990"s. The Taft football teams Al coached through the years won 15 conference titles, six State Championships, four Potato Bowls, and two National Championships. He was named State coach of the Year Six Times. Al also served his country as a member of the U.S. Army.

His survivors include his wife, Joyce Baldock of Taft; his daughter, Erin Baldock Hopkins of Taft; his two grandsons, Nathaniel Evenson and Jonathan Hopkins both of Taft; his sister, Rovella Bettleyoun of South Dakota; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Albert Bell of California; his niece, Cindy Huff and her husband, Gary of Laguna Hills; and his nephew Greg Bell of Atascadaro.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Al Baldock Scholarship Fund, c/o Taft College, 29 Emmons Park Drive, Taft, California 93268. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Elma Rose Balentine
August 23, 1922 - March 10, 2003



Funeral arrangements are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for California City resident, Elma Rose Balentine. Mrs. Balentine passed away at her residence on March 10th at the age of 80.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763 - 1594.
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John Abram Ball
June 13, 1933 - April 25, 2004



John Abram Ball, former resident of Taft and Bakersfield, passed away due to cancer at his home in Ojai on April 25, 2004 at the age of 70. John was born in Los Angeles on June 13, 1933.

He moved to Ojai with his parents, John Lester Ball and Amy Theodosia Ball, in 1943. He attended Ojai Elementary and Nordhoff High School, graduating in 1951. He then attended Ventura Community College, graduating in 1953.

After graduation, he worked for Shell Oil Company for 27 years, including several years in Taft, then moved to Bakersfield to work for Petro-Lewis in Bakersfield and Midwestern Pipeline in Napa before retiring in 1993.
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Lila Lee Ball
May 1, 1914 - September 9, 2002



Funeral services will be held at a later date in Fort Worth, Texas for Bakersfield resident Lila Lee Ball.

Ms. Ball passed away on September 10th, in a Bakersfield hospital, at the age of 88. She is survived by her daughter Ann Daniel of Park City, Utah.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661)-763-1594
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Billy W. Ballard
April 8, 1930 - December 4, 2007



Visitation will be held for Taft resident Billy W. Ballard on Sunday, December 9, 2007 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at West Side Memorial Services (1150 4th Street, Taft). Graveside services with Military Honors will be held on Monday, December 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery (440 E. Cedar Street, Taft), where Pastor Floyd Jordan will be officiating.
Billy W. Ballard was born on April 8, 1930 in Sherman, Texas. Billy left this world with numerous family and friends by his bedside to be with the Lord on December 4, 2007, after battling a long illness. Billy has lived in Washington, Texas, Virginia, Colorado, and California where he has lived for the past 2 years. Known to his family and friends as "Pops", he loved to travel, landscape and do carpentry work. One of his favorite past times was listening to his kids play and sing music. Billy was a devoted husband, father, brother and friend.
Billy was proceeded in death by his parents Loretta and James, his brothers, Ray, Kenneth, James and Calvin. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, sons James Ballard and his wife Annie, Billy Ballard and his wife Mary, Danny Ballard and his wife Annette, Buddy Wescott and wife Shelly, John Wescott and his wife Alison, Jason Wescott and his fiance' Marcie and a daughter Peggy Vanstory. Sisters Doris Robins, Joyce Ratzloff and husband Jim, Lois Willingham and husband Bobbie, Sharon Parks and husband Ron. Sister-in-law Shirley Brenton and husband Walt. Grandchildren Joseph Ballard, Joshua Ballard, Danny Ballard Jr., Justin Ballard, Chris Ballard, David Liskie, Raymond Liskie, April Liskie, Elizabeth Bell, Cindy Bell, Tanner Wescott, Scott Cotton, Wyatt Cotton, Samantha Wescott, Lyle Wescott, Mckenlee and Raygan Wescott. Billy is preceded by 15 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends.
West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Houston Thomas "Tom" Ballard
August 10, 1921 - December 19, 2013



Houston Thomas "Tom" Ballard entered life in Braggs, Oklahoma on August 10, 1921 to Tom and Mable Ballard. He entered eternal life while holding hands with his beloved Helen on December 19, 2013 in Bakersfield, California. Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft on Friday, at 11:00 a.m. Viewing will be at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday, December 26, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

He met and married Helen Fitzer in 1946 in Tacoma, Washington while stationed in the Army at Fort Lewis. Tom and Helen moved to Taft in 1949. In 1952 they relocated to Dustin Acres where they resided for the next 62 years while Tom worked in the production department for Mobil Oil 35 years. Tom enjoyed farm-life: raising livestock, growing okra, jojoba trees and nut trees. For many years Tom and Helen enjoyed bowling and going to state bowling tournaments, RV-ing and playing dominos and cards with special friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings and one grandson. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen; children, RB Moon of Reno, Nevada, Pat Ballard of Gore, Oklahoma, Tom Ballard (Sue) of Gore, Oklahoma, Sharon McElmurry (Keith), Bill Ballard (Dianna), Stan Ballard of Coos Bay, Oregon, Coleen Hoskins (Doug) of Fresno, David Ballard (Terry) of Bakersfield; 25 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; cousins, nieces and nephews. "Bacca" and Poppa as his grandchildren called him, was special to each one and they will always have fond memories of him in their hearts.

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff at Glenwood Gardens and Hoffman Hospice for their excellent care and compassion they provided our family. To express online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ella Jean Ballengee
January 24, 1933 - May 21, 2012



Ella Jean Ballengee, 79, of Taft, passed away on Monday, May 21, 2012 of natural causes at her daughter's home in Bakersfield, California. Jean has gone to join her Savior Jesus Christ and the love of her life of 51 years, Robert Glenn Ballengee, as well as many, many loving family members, all of whom were at the Gate of Heaven to welcome her home.

Jean was born on January 24, 1933 in Asher, Oklahoma to Hughey and Maudie McMillin. She was the third daughter of four sisters, Nina Mullings, Helen Sullivan and Sue Hankins. Mom moved to Taft during high school, met Glenn at church and they were married on September 7, 1951. Glenn past away on their 51st wedding anniversary, September 7, 2002. Jean continued to live in Taft until her death.

Jean worked and retired as the director of Activities at the West Side Nursing Home and Regency Nursing Home. She had been a long time member of Taft Assembly of God Church.

Jean is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Glynda and Tom Martin and granddaughter, Katie, daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Tom Linder and granddaughter Beverly Linder and her daughter and GiGi's precious great-granddaughter, Rozlynn Grace; granddaughter, Colleen Devigne and her husband, David; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Joe Hankins and their children, Marti and Wade Roberts and Rob and Debbie Hankins. She is also survived by many, many McMillin and Ballengee nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard Street, Taft. A graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street, Taft. Visitation will be on Friday, May 25, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time. To convey on line condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Glenn Ballengee
January 5, 1930 - September 5, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Taft First Assembly of God on Asher Street on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native, Glenn Ballengee, 72.Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the Taft First Assembly of God will officate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Ballengee was born in Taft on January 5, 1930 and went to be with the Lord on September 5, 2002. He was raised and educated in Taft and a member of the 1948 graduating class at Taft Union High School. He had been employed as an assistant to the superintendent of Santa Fe Energy and retired in 1984. Mr. Ballengee was a life long member of the Taft First Assembly of God. He was also a former member and past president of the Taft Kiwanis Club.

His survivors include his wife of 51 years, Jean Ballengee of Taft; his two daughters and their husbands, Glynda and Tom Martin of Bakersfield and Ellen and Tom Linder of Taft; his three granddaughters, Beverly and Colleen Linfer of Taft, and Katie Glynn Martin of Bakersfield; his brother, Loral Ballengee of San Jose; his sister, Olla Mae Richards of Bakersfield; his brother-in-law, Burl Chapman of Bakersfield; his sister-in-law Ellen Ballengee of Santa Maria; his sister-in-law and her husband, Sue and Jose Hankins of Bakersfield and many wonderful nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Gladys

Gladys Balser
December 8, 1911 - October 21, 2003



Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses for longtime Taft resident, Gladys Mae Balser. Mrs. Balser was born on December 8, 1911 to Charles and Grace Hinkley in Eugene, Oregon and she passed away on October 21, 2003 at her residence with her family by her side.

Those of us who knew her as
mother, wife or friend will
never forget
her graciousness. If kindness-
ness ever
had a face, you see it
above "Her mouth she has opened
in wisdom,
and the law of loving-
kindness is upon
her tongue
her sons have risen up and
proceeded
to pronounce her happy;
her owner
rises up and he praises her.

There are many daughters
that have shown
capableness, but you - you
have ascended
above them all" Proverbs 31:26, 27, 29

Survivors include her loving husband, William Balser of Taft, daughters, Beverly Carter and Linda Pennington both of Templeton, California son, David Balser of Ventura, California, and sister Nadine Brown of Redlands, California, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, Burdette Taylor.

There will be no public viewing and to honor Gladys wishers, her ashes will be placed in the rose garden at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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William Everett Balser
April 20, 1909 - August 13, 2006



William Everett Balser, 97, died early Sunday morning, August 13, 2006 peacefully in his sleep in his home in Taft. He was born April 20, 1909 in Los Angeles, Califonria and had been a resident of Taft for 68 years.

He graduated from Stanford Universty in 1936 with a degree in petroleum engineering and began working for Honolulu Oil Company in 1937. When Honolulu folded in 1961 he began working for Standard Oil Company in Bakersfield, finally retiring in 1971.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys in 2003, and his brother, Bernarr, in 1999. He is survived by his 2 daughters and son, Beverly Carter of Templeton, California, Linda Pennington, of San Luis Obispo, California and David Balser of Ventura, Ca, he is also survived by 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

William, joining along with his family, became a dedicated witness of Jehovah in 1954. He often decried the worlds's horrible injustices and firmly believed that only God's kingdom with it's superior devine authority could lastingly satisfy man's need to true justice and peace. He had a love of gardening that was so often shown by all the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in his yard. It was often remarked that he could have supplied all of Taft with fresh salad each summer with his sizeable harvest.

A memorial service will be held for William at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 705 S. 10th Street, Taft, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 19. Arrangements for his internment are being cared for by West Side Memorial Services, 1150 4th Street Taft, California.
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Karla Pauline Baldwin-Mays
August 3, 1963 - September 20, 2012



Karla Pauline Baldwin-Mays, known to many as Abby growing up, went to be with the lord and her father, Ronald Baldwin suddenly September 20, 2012 at Mercy Southwest Hospital. Karla was able to give the gift of life to others through her wish to be an organ donor.

Karla was born August 3, 1963 in Arroyo Grande, California to Shirley Posten and Ronald Baldwin. Karla Graduated from Taft High School in 1981. Karla was fun, loving, colorful and full of life. She will be missed by all whom had the opportunity to know her.

Karla is survived by her mother: Shirley Posten; stepfather: Charles Kory Mays, Dylan Mays ; her sisters; Kelly and Kacie; her aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and her beloved grandchildren: Kayla Reid and Brandon Reid Jr.

A private ceremony will be held.
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William Arthur Baldwin
January 5, 1925 - January 12, 2004



William Arthur Baldwin (Bill) entered into rest Jaunary 12, 2004 with his children by his side. He was born January 5, 1925 in Paragould, Arkansas and resided in Bakersfield for the past 56 years.

Bill is survived by the love of his life, Merlene Collins of Bakersfield. His loving children, Wilma Coutee of Sunnyvale, California; Bobby Baldwin (Linda) of Mrytle Creek, Oregon; Linda Jones (Tim)and Darrel Baldwin all of Bakersfield; his sister, Effie Hildebrand of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas; and sister-in-law, Ruby Baldwin of Taft. He has eight grandchildren; his cousin, nieces, nephews and friends will miss him.

At a young age he started working with horses. Bill enjoyed riding horseback, a good rodeo or Jack Pot Roping. One of his favorite meals was friend catfish at Hush Puppies. Bill enjoyed working the soil, planting and watching crops grow. He worked for C & S CottonHarvesting for 16 years, until age 72. Bill spent hours enjoying conversation with friends. He always enjoyed a good game of cards with his grandsons. Bill enjoyed country music and dancing. During harvest time Bill collected vegetables to share with friends and family. He collected the State Quarters and always had a gold dollar for someone. Bill lived at California Care Center for the past 2 1/2 years. The staff enjoyed his sense of humor and loving personality. They enjoyed teasing him, calling him sweety, Pops and popcorn man. His family referred to him as Wild Bill, Papa and Grandpa.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Green Lawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, Saturday, January 17th at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Gary Bashor will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the Alzheimers Association of Kern County of Hoffman Hospice.

Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Audra Louise Banner
July 24, 1926 - September 25, 2005



Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for longtime Taft resident, Audra L. Banner, 79. Mr. Colin True minister at the Church of Christ in Taft, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Banner was born in Harold, Texas on July 24, 1926 and left to be with our Lord on Saturday, September 25, 2005. She passed away at home after a lengthly illness. She loved her family and enjoyed traveling.

Mrs. Banner is survived by her husband of sixty years, Frank Banner; her son and his wife, Steve and Susan Banner; her daughter, Lee Ann Dixon all of Taft; her sisters, Bernice Ruether of Turlock and Claudia, and her husband, Lee Carrington of Whittier; brothers, Leo Barbarick of Auburn, Leroy and Maria Barbarick of Auburn; David and Kathy Barbarick of Susanville;grandchildren, Joe and Jenny Banner of Evanston, Wyoming, Jennifer and Jason Ferche of Rice, Minnesota, Lisa Banner, Denise Cater, Danny Cater, PJ and Mark Nichlos, Bobby Dixon, Steven Dixon and his companion, Misty Michaelson and Kyle Stewart all of Taft; numerous great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nina Sara Banner, 71
January 18, 1926 - August 19, 1997



Nina Sara Banner was born January 18, 1926 in Buffalo, New York, and passed away August 19, 1997 in a Bakersfield rest home.

She is preceded in death by her husband, R. Dee Banner, in 1976. She is survived by a son, Donnie Banner, of Taft; a daughter, Patti Phelps, of Palmdale; and two grandchildren, Clinton Banner and Lindsey Phelps.

A memorial service will be held Monday August 25 at 10:00 a.m. at New Hope Temple in Taft.
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Catherine E. Bardin, 79
December 30, 1922 - January 24, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Catherine E. Bardin, 79. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Bardin was born in Henryetta, Oklahoma on December 30, 1922 and passed away in Templton on Januray 24, 2002. She had been employed as a supervising telephone operator and retired from Contel after 30 years of service. Mrs. Bardin had lived in San Luis Obispo County for the last 11 years.

Her survivors include her son and his wife, Larry and Kay Bardin of Pebble Beach; her daughter, Ava Bardin of Templeton; her four grandsons, Deron Bardin of San Diego, Justin Bardin Cooley of San Luis Obispo, Eric Oxford of Palo Alto and Scott Oxford of Bakersfield; and by her five sisters.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mrs. Bardin's name to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
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Leonard L. Bardin
September 12, 1919 - February 14, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for fomrer Taft resident Leonard Leon Bardin, 77. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Bardin was born in Bromide, Oklahoma, on September 12, 1919 and passed away at his Templeton residence on February 14, 1997. Mr. Bardin served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He had been employed as a gauger for Union Oil Company and retired after 29 years of services. He loved his grandchildrlen.

Mr. Bardin is survived by his wife, Catherine Bardin of Templeton; his son and his wife, Larry and Kay Bardin of Pebble Beach; his daughter, Ava Bardin of Templeton; his grandchildren, Deron Bardin of San Diego, Justin Bardin Cooley of Templeton, Eric Oxford of Palo Alto and Scott Oxford of San Luis Obispo; his brothers, Ju Bardin of La Habra and Roy Bardin of Henryetta, Oklahoma; and his sister, Betty Bozarth of Taft.

The family has suggested, that in lieu of flowers memorial donations in Mr. Bardin's name may be sent to Hospice of San Luis Obispo or the American Cancer Society. There is no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Melissa Michelle Bark
November 1, 1967 - September 6, 2011



There will not be any services scheduled for Taft resident, Melissa Bark, 43. The arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous.
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Paul A. Bark
June 14, 1935 – June 28, 2003



The community is invited to celebrate the life of Paul A. Bark, 68, who was called home last Saturday, June 28, 2003, the memorial service will be held Sunday, July 6, 2003 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 703 5th Street in Taft.

Mr. Bark was born on June 14, 1935 in Wisconsin. He is survived by his son and his wife, Keith and Margaret Bark, his daughters, Paula Mead, Amanda Owens and Paul Harris. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California 93268.
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Ralph Barker
December 27, 1917 - September 13, 2006



Ralph Barker, 88 a resident of Bakersfield, California, passed Wednesday, September 13, 2006.

Ralph was born in Maricopa, California, December 27, 1917, and resided in Bakerfield and Taft. He was a 1935 graduate of the Union High School, (Bakersfield High School). Ralph served in the United States Army during WWII under General Patton. He was injured while engaged in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. Upon his return home Ralph worked at Pioneer Mercantile Hardware Store for fifty eight years. First as a salesman then as a manager of the Taft and Bakersfield stores. During his earlier years Ralph enjoyed gardening and RV camping with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Laveeda Barker of Bakersfield, son Ralph Barker Jr., of New Mexico, daughter, Mari Clyde of Tulsa, Oklahoma, step-sons William Huckaby of Sacramento, California; John Huckaby of Gig Harbor, Washington; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank and Evelyn Wilson of Taft and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ralph was a loving kind and generous husband, father and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors.

No services are scheduled.
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Roy Lee Barker, 74
July 12, 1927 - May 26, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Roy Lee Barker, 74. Pastor Jim Harmer of the Westside Believers Felllowship will officiate at the services.

Mr. Barker awas born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on July 12, 1927 and passed away at his home on May 26, 2002. He had lived in this area since 1938. Mr. Barker proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He had been employed as a garage mechanic for over 42 years and retired from Santa Fe Energy. Mr. Barker attended New Hope Temple and he loved to travel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine L. Barker, in April of 1981; his daughters, Rhonda Barker and Carol Ann Wilson. Mr. Barker is survived by his son, Ricky Barker of Taft; his brother and his wife, Vernon & Mary Barker of Taft; his sister and her husband, Fern and Wesley Carrol of Bakersfield; his special cousin, Wendell Spence of Yukon, Oklahoma and by many other cousins.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Vernon (Vern) Everett Barker
October 6, 1929 - December 19, 2005



Funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Mausoleum Chapel on Thursday, December 22, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Vernon Everett "Vern" Barker, 76. Mr. Barker was born on Octoer 6, 1929 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and passed away in Bakersfield on December 19, 2005.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Barker was employed as a mechanic for 10 years for C.W.O.D. and was then employed at Chevron before retiring in 1986. He was a huge Taft Cougar fan and was a member of the Booster Club. Mr. Barker even enjoyed watching them practice. He was a avid reader and enjoyed going to the library just to read. Mr. Barker was interested in politics and watched them very closely. Once he retired he loved to travel and vacation.

Mr. Barker was preceded in death by his parents. Rex and Mae Barker; his sisters, Ruby Parks and Wanda Lucas and by is brother, Roy Barker. His survivors include his wife, Mary Barker of Taft; his daughters, Sherry Erlewine and her husband, David of Bakersfield and Julianne Knoweles of Bakersfield; his granchildren, Aaron Erlewine and his wife, Brenda, Krystal Carter and her husband, Jimmy and Jeffrey Erlewine, all of Bakersfield; his great-grandchildren, Katelin, Erlewine, Troy Carter and Patrick Carter; his sister, Fern Carrol of Bakersfield and his many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday from 3:00 - 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nicholas Jimenez Barnachia
January 3, 1984 - October 15, 2011



Funeral services will be held in Westside Believers Fellowship on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. for Nicholas Jimenez Barnachia, 27. Pastor Ron Griffith will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Nicholas was born in Bakersfield on January 3, 1984 and passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 15, 2011. We was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union HIgh School. Nicholas had been employed for the last five years by PG&E as a transmission equipment operator. He enjoyed shooting, snowboarding, hanging with his friends and he loved the time he spent with his family and truly loved showing off his son, Jett.

His survivors include his parents, John and Paula Barnachia; his siblings, Tamara Maxey, John Paul Barnachia and his wife, Kristy, Alex Barnachia and Matt Barnachia; Nicholas' fiancee, Mirissa; their 18 month son, Jett; his grandmothers Billie Stover and June Rullamas; his nieces and nephews, David and Gillian Mazey, Regan and Allie Baranchia; many loving uncles, aunts and cousins and Mirissa's family, her father, Jerry Wright; her mother, Kelley Wright; her sisters, Ashley and Pricilla; her nieces, Reese and Paisley.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to an account which has been set up for Nicholas' son, Jett at Chevron Valley Credit Union. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lena Rivers Barlow
February 15, 1901 - April 9, 1962



Barlow, Lena Rivers, funeral services were conducted in the Memorial Chapel at Greenlawn Mortuary today at 10:00 a.m. for Lena Rivers Barlow, 61, of 1118 Lake Street, who died April 9 in a Bakersfield hospital. Rev. J. Richard Hart officiated and interment followed in the Garden of Memory section of Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Barlow was a native of Greer County, Oklahoma, and had lived in California and Kern County for 60 years. She was a member of the auxillary of the Royal Star of America.

Survivors include her husband, Robert M. Barlow of the home address; a sister, Mrs. W.E. Griffith of Bakersfield; a step-sister, Opal Oxford of Bakersfield; and a sister-in-law, Mary (May) Routh of Taft.

Pallbearers were Ray Sylvester, Raul Gonzales, F.M. Hamilton, Walter Kliewer, Gino Ceccarelli, and Bob Aragon.
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Clarence "Barney" Barnard, 78
August 29, 1918 - April 24, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Monday at 9:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Clarence "Barney" Barnard, 78. The Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, will officiate at the Services.

Mr. Barnard was born in Perry, Oklahoma, and passed away in a local nursing home on April 24, 1997. He had lived in Taft since 1939. He worked as an accouontant for Standard Oil Company for 35 years and served his country in the U.S. Navyfrom 1943-1946.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charley and Maud G. Barnard, and by his sister, Margaret. Mr. Barnard is survive by his loving wife, Marth Barnard of Taft.

Visitation will be held Sunday from noon until 5:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Edna "Eddie" Lewis Barnard
April 11, 1923 - January 9, 2007



A celebration of Eddie's life will be held at the Westside Church of Christ (7300 Stockdale Hwy.) on Saturday morning, January 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family (and Eddie) request that you make donatins to the Orphan fund at Westside Church of Christ.

Edna Lewis was born and raised in Brownfield, Texas where she met the love of her life, Ted Barnard. She followed him to Bakersfield where they married and started their life and family. They farmed in the Maricopa flats with Ted's brothers for twenty years. Their children Dana, and Brownie, grew up in Bakersfield and on the farm, surrounded by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Eddie loved to bake, work on the ranch, attend church functions, rummage through catalogs, attend to her friends and spend time with her family. She had a special love of Woody, California and the house she built there and shared that with her friends and family. She was active, involved and loved life always.

Eddie was preceded in death by her husband Ted; her sisters, Doris, Rosemary, Claudia and Jean and her brothers, Carl and Darrel. She is survived by her brothers, Bobby Don (Jane) Lewis and Wayne (Henrietta) Lewis; sister, Joyce (James) Rowe; daughter, Dana (Herb) Knowlton; son, Brownie (Kathe) Barnard; grandsons, Nick (Kelly) Puma, Zachary and Cody Barnard; great-granddaughter, Lily Puma; numerous nieces and nephews and a circle of special friends and supporters.

For additional service information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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Augusta L. Barnes
January 18, 1907 - July 8, 2003



A former long time resident of Taft, passed away on July 8, 2003 at the age of 96 years in West Covina, California. She was the wife of Curtis W. Barnes for 62 years, who died in 1989. She worked for many years for the Driller, reporting on local events.

Gus, as she was known, is survived by her son Bill, daughter Kay Lou, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
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Betty Jane Barnes
January 23, 1923 - May 21, 2011



Betty Jane Barnes, 88, formerly of Taft, California entered into rest on May 21, 2011 in Manteca, California. She was born on January 3, 1923 in Taft to the late Ora and Gladys Slentz.

Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, George Burton Barnes, of Taft, California. Her children are Gerald Burton Barnes and his wife, Mary, of Manteca, California and George Martin Barnes and his wife, Thelma, of Taft, California. She was blessed with four grandchildren: Clare Smith (Jeff), Christopher Barnes (Angela), Brian Barnes (Rebecca) and Shannon Bigliere (Dino). She also had nine great-grandchildren: Kenneth Doo, Cayden and Jillian Smith, Matthew, Trevor, Austin and Taylor Barnes, Dino and George Bigliere. In addition, Mrs. Barnes has two surviving brothers: Boyd Slentz of Downing, California and Jack Slentz (Betty) of Taft, California and two sisters: Helen Richards of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Patsy Hill (Virgil) of Bakersfield, California, she has one brother-in-law, Charles Barnes of Van Wert, Ohio. She leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Barnes lived all of her married life in Taft, where she raised her children and helped her husband with his business, Barnes Roofing. She worked for a time as a custodian for the Kern County School District in the Taft City Schools. Betty moved to Manteca three years ago to be nearer her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a resident at Merrill Gardens which she thoroughly enjoyed. Although Mrs. Barnes was a private person she did enjoy going on several outings with Merrill Gardens, especially going to Black Oak Casino and to the McHenry House in Modesto. She loved doing jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. While her husband was alive, Mrs. Barnes and he motor homed for about sixteen years. They traveled all over the U.S. and spent most summers at Pismo Beach with their motor home. Mrs. Barnes was a beautiful oil painter and also a china painter. Her children and grandchildren enjoy many of her paintings and china painted pieces. Mrs. Barnes' children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the most important part of her life. She will also be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Betty was always dressed immaculately with her hair and makeup done. She was a Christian woman who treated everyone according to The Golden Rule. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her .

A funeral service will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Brian Adam Barnes
July 29, 1985 - January 13, 2004



Brian Adam Barnes, born July 29, 1986 and went home to be with God on January 13, 2004.

Brian is survived by his brothers Matthew and Samuel Barnes, and Josh McNabb; his parents, JoAnn and Sheldon McNabb and David and Julia Barnes; grandparents Junior and Wilma Mize and Carl and Anita Whitehead; sisters Lacey and Megan Chappelear, and many other family and friends.

He is remembered for his love of his family, and his clever sense of humor. Brian recently became a Christian and was a member of the Taft Church of Christ.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at Autumn Oaks Funeral Home at 4030 Wible Road in Bakersfield. No amount of love could keep you with us. We know you, that you found peace and happinesss in heaven but we are so sorry that your are gone. We will miss you.
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George Albert Barnes, 64
August 11, 1915 - November 20, 1971



Funeral services will be held Wednesday a 2:00 p.m. in the Erickson and Brown Chapel for George Albert (Al) Barnes, 64, of Taft who died yesterday.

He was born August 11, 1915 in Edwardsville, Illinois, and had lived in Taft for 42 years. He was self-employed as an insurance and real estate broker.

He is survived by his widow, Johnette of Taft; two sons, Ralph A. Barnes of Porterville and Daniel H. Barnes of Taft; one daughter, Ann Duke of Yorba Linda; six gandchildren; and one sister, Lucille Watts of Taft.

Rev. James Unger of the United Presbyterian Church will officiate with burial to follow at Westside Cemetery.

Irene Barnes, 91
May 11, 1906 - August 12, 1997



Irene Barnes was born in Kentucky, on May 11, 1906. She passed away in Sebastopol on August 12, 1997 at 91 years of age. She was a resident of Taft since 1928 and has many friends in the area. Mrs. Barnes was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Taft.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Barnes. She is survived by her son, Ken Barnes, and his wife, Pat, of Sebastopol; a grandson, Mark, and his wife, Mary, of Taft; a granddaughter, Susane Barnes, of Sausalito; four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She will be laid to rest in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, August 15th at 3:00 p.m. in a graveside service. There will be a memorial service for Mrs. Barnes at the First Baptist Chruch on Sunday, August 17th, at 2:00 p.m. Services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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Johnnette L. Barnes
December 9, 1919 - October 7, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft on Thursday a 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Johnnette L. Barnes, 81. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Barnes was born in San Francisco on December 9, 1919 and passed away at her residence on October 7, 2001. Her family homesteaded the Cuyama Valley and she was raised there. Mrs. Barnes attended Maricopa and Taft High School. She worked in the family business, Barnes & Barnes Real Estate and Insurance, as an agent for over 30 years. Mrs. Barnes enjoyed golf, china painting, oil painting, horseback riding and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Albert Barnes, in 1979 and by her brothers John Brett and Rafael Henrici. Mrs. Barnes’ survivors include her children and their spouses, Judith Ann, Norman Duke, Ralph Albert, Jayne Barnes, Daniel Henrici and Julie Barnes; nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Frances Mazet, Marylyn Skinner, Albert Watts and John Watts and by her special caregivers, Mary “Wall”, James and Tony and Mara Wuco.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kathleen M. Barnes
October 1, 1910 - February 28, 2005



Juneau, Alaska, resident Kathleen McDermott, Barnes, 94, died February 28, 2005. She was born October 1, 1910, in Pismo Beach and lived in San Luis Obispo County until she married and moved to Taft. She moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1997.

During World War II she worked as a riveter for Lockheed Aircraft. At age 40 she attended beauty school and became a hair dresser until she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband L.A. (Happy) Barnes, granddaughter Candace Barnes, and sister Maxine McDermott Smith. She is survived by her sons Arthur Barnes and wife Alice of Taft and Donald and wife Anita of Juneau, sister Dorothy May of Paso Robles and brother James McDermott and wife Marie of San Luis Obispo. She is survived by seven grandchildren and a number of great and great great grandchildren, and three nieces and three nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Juneau Alaska Pioneers' home in late April. Her burial service will be March 11th at the Arroyo Grande District Cemetery.
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Roy A. Barnes, 68
June 11, 1928 - May 10, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native Roy A. Barnes, 68. The Rev. Scott Peason, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Barnes was born in Taft on June 11, 1928 and passed away at his home on May 10, 1997. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. During World War II he served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Barnes retired from ARCO as a plant operator in 1985 after 35 years of service. He had been a active member of the Pigeon Club in Taft and Bakersfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Vera Barnes, and a son, David Barnes. His survivors include his wife, Florence L. "Pat" Barnes of Taft; his children, Sharon Barnes, Bobby Barnes, and Linda Kinter and her husband, Bob; his brothers and their wives, Les and Pat Barnes and Richard and Debra Barnes; his sisters, Dorothy Brownlee and her husband Dave, Ruth Janetzky and Mary Ann Taylor; his grandchildren, Adina, Mike, Janessa, Robin, Perry and Amber; his great grandchild, Chelsie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Tuesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until noon to pay their respects.
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Trena Lee Barnes, 58
May 14, 1943 - September 22, 2001



Trena Lee Barnes, age 58 years, passed away Sept. 22nd at her Taft home. She was a native of Los Angeles and had lived in Taft for many years. She was last employed as a maid for the Sunset Motel.

She is survived by: Son; Edward Bowser of Taft, Daughter: Janelle Rodgers of Taft, Dawn Riggs of Taft, Elisha Herrera and her husband Adam of Bakersfield, Aunt: Mary Scott of Los Angeles. Grandchildren: Joe, Alissa, Joshua, Kurtis, Nicholas, Anita and Skyler

Trena was a member of the First Baptist Church of Taft. She loved to cook and sew making many beautiful blankets, booties and doll clothes for her grandchildren. She will be missed by many friends and relatives.

Visitation will be at West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Tuesday September 25th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Funeral services will also be at West Side Family Mortuary Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be private.
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Lois Bernice Barnett
March 12, 1910 - Jan 23, 1997



Wake services to celebrate the life of Lois Bernice Barnett, 86, will be held Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at her daughter Maxine's home in Taft.

Mrs. Barnett was born on March 12, 1910 in Minneapolis, MInnesota and passed away January 23, 1997 in Bakersfield. She had lived in Taft for 52 years. She was very active in theTaft Emblem Club and served as pianist. She also served as a volunteer at the West Kern Oil Museum., both

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Ray. Survivors include daughters, Maxine Kuhl of Taft, Peggy Davidson of Bakersfield, Judy Smith and Susan Johns of Taft, Sandy Carnahan of Pismo Beach, and Betty Bridge of Huntington Beach; 20 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren, brother Tom Watson of Wisconsin; and an uncle, Fred Madsen of Taft.

No visitation has been scheduled. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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Zack Barnett
July 20, 1862 - July 22, 1940



Zack Barnett, 78, old timer of the West Side oilfields, passed away Monday at an Oakland Hospital, where he was taken when stricken ill while in the northern part of the state.

For several years, Mr. Barnett has been caretaker of the string of houses owned by Bob Casey of Taft.

Funeral arrangements will be made when the remains arrive here. A member of the Taft Undertaking Company have left this morning to bring the body back to Taft.

Known survivors at the present time is one son, L.E. Barnett residing in Nebraska.
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Joann (Perry) Barney
December 18, 1933 - December 2, 2005



Jo passed away peacefully on Friday December 2nd a the age of 71. We know she is free of pain and in the comforting arms of our Lord. She was born December 18, 1933, in Walnut Grove, Missouri, to Willard K. and Marie Mallory Perry. The family moved to Taft, California in 1935. She began school there and after a short residence in Santa Cruz returned to Taft where she graduated from Taft High School in 1952. Although she lived in several places in California, most of her life was spent in Bakersfield.

In 1967 Jo married Larry Barney and the two raised a blended family of Jo's and Larry's children. She worked for Tasco Oil and a local attorney. Jo and Larry enjoyed many trips in their RV and she loved playing scrabble, doing crossword puzzles and sewing with her friend Cheryl. Many family funcions were held at the Barney home. Jo also loved her collections ofantique glassware and other "pretties".

Jo is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Larry Barney; her sons, Tom Higgins and wife, Judy and Jerry Goble; stepdaughter, Ginger Carey and husband, Andrew; stepson, John Barney and wife, Millie; grandchildren, Brian and Kimberly Higgins, Shannon Barney, Matthew and Danielle Barney and Katie Lee Carey; sister, Mary Carter and husband, Jack; brother, Keith J. Perry and wife, Jeanne; and Jo's dear friend. Cheryl Lucas. She is predeceased by a son, Michael Globe.

She loved her various pets through the years and leaves her dogs. Peper and Patti and cats, Zoe and Pooh. We love you dear Jody, rest in peace.
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David Vincente Barraza Jr.
July 15, 1943 - August 4, 2006



Recitation of the Rosary will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Thursday, August 10th, at 7:00 p.m. and mass of christian burial will be held at Our Lady Guadalupe Church, 601 E. California Ave. Friday, August 11th at 9:30 a.m. for David Barraza Jr. who died August 4, 2006 in Taft, California.

David Barraza Jr.. was a great man of intergrity, deep compassion and devoted to his family. He was a man with strong moral values and a big heart. He was always friendly and cared for others and helped them in their time of need. He was a very special man in his own way to everyone who knew him for the good man that he was, and how he touched their hearts. We will never forget the great man, husband, father, grandfather and family member that he was. We will always remember him as our hero, role model, and he will always be a true inspiration to his wife, children, and family members as the years go by.

He was a very hardworking person, very dedicaed to his job. He worked in the farming business for 40 years, sadly he did not have the opportunity to retire or enjoy his remaining years. He would enjoy spending time with his family and always encouraged others to get ahead with their lives. He was very fond of his family, grandchildren, and his first great-grandchild named Anthony that he got to know for four months. He will greatly be missed by his loving wife, children other family members, friends, and many others. Daddy we miss you and love you very much, you will always be in our hearts. We have suffered a great loss and the family would like to express their thanks and appreciation for the loving support, prayers and the thoughtfulness of his many friends in our time of need and in this difficult period.

David is preceded in death by is father, David Barraza Sr. and sister; Barbara Soto. He is survived by his wife, Alva Barraza; mother, Francisca Barraza; daughter, Mirna and husband, Joe Esquivel; sons, Manuel, Joe David III and wife, Angie, Johnny and wife, Tonya; sisters, Helen Campos, Rachel Macias, Maria Barraza, Angela Cervantes, Lupe Patino, Jessie Guardado, Carmella Benitez; brothers, Jo, Robert, and Dario Barraza; 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Casketbearers will include Maunel, Joe, David III, Johnny, Robert and Dario Barraza. Honorary Casketbearers will include; Angel, Brian, Johnny Jr. Barraza, Joe Jr. and Jeff Esquivel.

Visitation begins Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary.
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Calvin George Barrett
September 2, 1917 - January 4, 2014



Calvin George Barrett 96, former star athlete, fantastic husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014, in Corona, California.

Calvin was born in September 2, 1917 in Goshen, Arkansas. Calvin was the 3rd child of 6 children born to George and Catherine Barrett. Calvin spent his early childhood years attending Taft High School and Taft Junior College. He excelled in sports earning letters in Football, Track, and being a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. In 1947 he took a job with Chevron OIl and retired in 1980. Two weeks before his death, Calvin recounted a story to his great grandchildren, about the time he played football against Jackie Robinson's Pasadena JC Bulldogs.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Edalene, his wife of 73 years; children, Royce Barrett of Scottsdale, Arizona, Karen Hundley of Norco, California; grandchildren, Roxanne Field, of Santa Clarita, California, Jason Hundley of Santee, California; and four great grandchildren, Jack, Audrey, Mallory, and Milan; brothers Stan Barrett of Taft, California, and Jim Barrett of Pleasant Hill, California. Calvin was special to each one and they will always have fond memories of him in their hearts. Calvin is in a special place now where his legs are strong, his heart is full, the sun always shines and the wind is whipping though his hair as he takes another lap around the track where he always wins the race.
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Ronna Barrett
June 23, 1950 - December 11, 2011



In a small house, surrounded by cotton fields just outside of Bakersfield, California, a beautiful vivacious woman was raised. Her name was Ronna Graves. She was born on June 23, 1950 in Taft, California. The world became a better place because of it. At an early age Ronna showed herself as a talented young lady. Her humble beginnings allowed her to relish in her life long love affair with horses, cats and a host of and a host of family who adored her.

A gifted artist, Ronna taught herself to paint portraits and landscapes of the people and things she loved. She wrapped her self in music, learning to play many instruments through out her life. As a teenager she took to the stage and was awarded for her acting ability. She played clarinet in the marching band. Smart and charismatic, she enjoyed school and made many friends. A free spirit, never one to be shy, she broke from fashion norms and was the first to tease her hair, sport go-go boots and miniskirts.

After high school, Ronna married Jerry and gave birth to her only natural born son, Travis Wilemon. She was a wonderful mother. As time went on she came to remarry and became mother to Tammy and Freddy Clevenger. She and her husband, Fred settled on a farm outside of town to raise a family. In her time alone, she practiced photography and became the family genealogist. She soon started her own business from home. She discovered she had a green thumb and spent the rest of her life bringing withering flora back to life. Her joy of nature spurned her to raise ducks, pheasants and chicken hawks.

Ronna's home was constantly filled with busy sounds of life. Her door was always open, few weekends or summer nights went by without her being cluttered with bodies of her sleeping nephews tired from a day of childhood, escape given to them by a gracious aunt. Once her children had grown to adulthood, Ronna remarried. She and Fred Barrett began what was to be the short, but elegant end of her wonderful life. She moved to Modesto, California with Fred and spent her days looking down on a meadow bordered by a winding river. She enjoyed the whinny of horses and grazing of cattle on the small ranch and wrote children's books munched on chocolate chips cookies and sipped Pepsi. The blue grass music played to the country air sounded sweet, but not so much as the woman who loved to hear it play.

On December 11, 2011 Alzheimers took Ronna, she was 61. Visitation was Saturday, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 a.m. both will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church, 116 E Street, Waterford, California. Burial will be at Lakewood Memorial Park. Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home 209-883-0411.
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Wilma Mae Barrett
October 3, 1929 - March 16, 2012



Wilma Mae Fernimen Barrett passed away peacefully at her home in Chino Hills, California, on March 16, 2012.

Wilma was born on October 3, 1929 in Ravenden, Arkansas to loving parents Goldie Hazel (Lee) Fernimen and Willard Floyd Fernimen. She was the third of six children. Most of her early years were spent near Corning, Arkansas close to her grandparents, Skyler and Myrtle Lee. Times were hard and her family was poor but childhood was a favorite part of Wilma's life, watching her dad plow with a team of horses. Having fun with her mother, sisters, and brothers in the simple pleasures of daily life.

Wilma moved with her family to Fellows, California when she was 16. She was the oldest of the four children who moved west, her oldest sister had passed away and another sister had married. From that time forward, she was a sturdy rock for her younger sister and brothers.

In California, Wilma grew into a gorgeous young woman who soon became best friends with Betty (Culp) Hall who introduced to her to the lively life of Taft. They were in Glee Club together and Wilma was named one of the Oildorado princesses in the fall of 1947. Both smart and pretty, Wilma graduated from Taft High with the class of 1948. Wilma married Fred Barrett on July 25, 1948 in a double ceremony with Fred's sister Lorraine Barrett and Gilbert Hunt. They honeymooned in Death Valley and June Lake, where an anchor from a festive outing resides at the bottom of the lake.

Wilma and Fred built a life in Taft, building several homes, in a busy family life with two children, Sam and Julie and dog Maggie. Wilma's beloved 1968 gold and black Mustang helped her balance work and home life when it was more unusual for women to work outside the home. She was a pioneer in her career and a role model for many young women who knew her then.

In 1977, Wilma and Fred bought a getaway home on the coast, spending weekends in the salt air. Seven very good years of fish and chips on friday night and out the back door for beach walks on Saturday mornings. Although Wilma's first job was sweeping out the one room Arkansas schoolhouse where she studied as a girl, she retired as the Personnel Representative for Texaco USA for the Taft District. At the end of her career she had worked for General Petroleum, Honolulu Oil, Tidewater Oil, Getty Oil and finally Texaco USA, retiring in 1988. She strived to be honest and fair, she was extraordinarily dependable and responsible, and was always someone people looked forward to being with everyday.

The next adventure was southern Oregon where she and Freddie built their dream home on 5 acres between the Rouge and Applegate Rivers. The oaks the pines and fur trees, the views of both mountains and valley surrounded them for more than twenty years. They had a small family wine making venture and celebrated every holiday from Halloween to Chinese New Year with close friends and family. They traveled through out the West, twice to Europe, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. Life was rich with over nights in Oregon beach towns, music festivals in Eugene and lunch outings in Jacksonville.

Wilma was elegant, stylish and a classic beauty through out her life. She loved to read, and was fascinated by history. She admired Sacagawea, Vivian Lee, Humphery Bogart, Peter Jennings. She grew old world roses, adored her vintage wood cookstove, collected and utilized Waterford Crystal, and was fond of "red wine of course". She was at one with nature and the outdoors. She conserved resources and lightly on the earth long before it was trendy to do so. Although her tastes were often rich and exquisite, her favorite meal was always corn bread and a pot of beans. She loved Freddie and her kids immeasurably. In 2007 Wilma and Fred moved to Santa Cruz near their daughter and son-in-law where she valued the view of the trees and enjoyed sitting by the fire. In 2009 they moved to Chino Hills in Southern California across the street from her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter Samantha whose spirit provided excitement and joy during Wilma's last years.

Wilma is survived by her husband of 63 years, Fred Barrett, son Sam Barrett, daughter Julie Barrett Huffington, granddaughter Samatha Barrett, and brother Hardy Lee Fernimen. A private family burial was held at the west side cemetery in Taft on March 24. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to The Nature Conservancy of Oregon, the International Association for Hospice, or the local Hospice of your choice. In Memory of Wilma Barrett 8154934 The Nature conservancy of Oregon P.O. Box 6014 Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007 (on line: my.nature.org/donate/tribute-giving.html) in memory of Wilma Barrett International Association for Hospice 5535 Memorial Drive, Suite F Houston, TX 77007 (on line: hospicecare.com/give/donate.html)
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Richard Gary Bartholomew
January 13, 1948 - December 31, 2010



Gary Bartholomew passed away at his home in Santa Maria, California on December 31, 2010. Gary was born in Taft, California to Dick and Vera Bartholomew on January 13, 1948. The family moved to New Cuyama, California in 1952 where he was raised and attended school. Gary graduated from Cuyama Valley High School with the class of 1966. While attending school, Gary was active with the Furture Farmers of America and played football and basketball.

After high school, Gary joined the United States Navy serving 4 years aboard the aircraft carriers USS Yorktown and USS Forrestal.

Gary moved to Santa Maria, California where he worked in several industires before settling at Kendall Jackson's Cambria Winery. He worked in the winery for 19 years before retireing in June of 2010.

Gary is survived by his mother, Vera Bartholomew of Arroyo Grande. His daughters Carrie and her three children and Kristi Bartholomew of Los Angeles, California, his sister, Trudi Callaway and her husband Ed of Cuyama, California, three nephews Bryan and Julie Callaway of Cuyama, Californina, Bruce and Valerie Callaway of Nipomo, California and Eric and Summer Callaway of Cuyama and 11 great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Dick Bartholomew, his brother Robert Bartholomew and his grandparents Harry and Jesslyn Bartholomew.
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Gladys Ophelia Bartkowski, 83
December 31, 1918 - Feburary 3, 2002



No services are scheduled for Lake Isabella resident Gladys Bartkowski who passed away at her home on February 4 at the age of 83.

Gladys loved to fish and golf. She was employed for Conber in SanDiego where she worked for many years before she retired.

Survivors include her daughter JoAnn Barlow of Lake Idabella, her sister Juanita Pflaum of San Diego. Her grandchildren; Vena Decker of Tehachapi, John Hockness of Lake Isabella, Melissa Oney of Bakerfield and Inga Yacooeptla of Bakersfield, and three great granddaughters. Gladys was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortaury.
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Mildred Basham
May 15, 1913 - March 25, 2003



Mildred "Tarwater" Basham slipped away peacefully in her sleep to her place in heaven on March 25, 2003, after suffering a debilitating stroke last December.

She was born on May 5, 1913 to Grover and Clara Tarwater in Gallatin, Missouri in 1920 she moved with her family to rural Bakersfield and later to Tupman, California. Mildred attended school in Taft, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1930. She later attended and graduated from Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles, learning secretarial and business skills that she would use through out her life.

Moving back to Taft, she worked at the Fox Hippodrone Theater and at this time began dating Garlyn A. Basham, and in 1934 they eloped and were secretly married in Tijuana, Mexico. The couple kept their marriage a secret for 2 years while Garlyn moved to Santa Barbara to attend the California State Teachers College "later to become UCSB". After a year of marriage Mildred was able to move to Santa Barbara where she found employment with Bank of America. Following Garlyn's graduation, the couple returned to Taft where he took a teaching position at Taft Union High School and Mildred worked at the Peacock Dairy on Kern Street.

Mildred was a Past Worthy Matron of Faith Chapter of Eastern Star in Taft, former President of the Business and Professional Womens Club of Taft, and was chosen Woman of the Year by the Soroptimist Club. Professionally she was a real estate broker and had her own agency, Mildred Basham Reality, for nearly 20 years until her retirement in 1975 at which time she and Garlyn moved back to Santa Barbara. She had many hobbies, including and intense interest in genealogy and family history, and was a member of the Goleta Genealogical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

As a young girl, her family couldn't afford store-bought dolls but Mildred made up for that later in life by collecting many beautiful and unusual dolls, often times repairing and sewing or crocheting new costumes for them. In her home she devoted an entire room to her doll collections that range from American Antique to Modern Barbie's. Other hobbies included sewing, knitting, ceramics, crocheting, afghans for her grandchildren, and a life-long passion for reading.

Mildred was devoted to her family and took great pleasure in watching her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren growing up. She was very proud of their individual accomplishments and surrounded herself with their pictures so that she could look at them often. The love of her husband of 68 years and that of her family gave Mildred comfort and strength during the last months of her long and good life. Her family will carry with them her strength of character and love of family. She was a kind and generous person who will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband, Garlyn, she is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law: Roger and Becki Basham of Newhall, and Dr. Larry A. and Julie Basham of Santa Barbara; a sister Roberta White of Morro Bay; 7 grandchildren Larry E. Basham of Florida, Shannon Milmoe of Chicago, Michele Villano of Ventura and Caressa, David, Christopher and Michael Basham of Santa Barbara. She also had 3 great grandchildren: Connor Milmoe and Vincent and Guiliana Villano and several nieces and nephews, including Geraldine Rinden of Taft.

At her request, no services are to be held. Family members will hold a celebration of her wonderful life on her 90th birthday. She can be remembered by a donation to the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders, 16 E. Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, California 93101. Rites Pending.
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Ernest Bass
February 9, 1932 - November 20, 2006



Graveside services for Ernest Bass were held on Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft.

Ernest was a long time Taft resident who was born in Ada, Oklahoma on February 9, 1932 to Ernest and Florence Bass. Ernest served in the Navy for four years, serving part of that time in Korea. He retired from Shell Oil Company, working most of that time in Belridge. He was a proud life member of the N.R.A., a member of the TAft Masonic Ldge, and amember of the Moose Lodge.

Ernest was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Bass and a brother, David Bass. He is survived by his daughters, Linda Chavez and her husband, Jorge of Utah, Shirley Bass of Taft and Barbara Johnson and her husband, David of Taft; sons, Ernie Wayne Bass of Washington, Bob Tarpley of Taft and Leo Tarpley and his wife, Michelle of Bakersfield; his sisters, Erma Wilson and her husband, Joel of Bakersfield, Carolyn Coppage of Texas, Sharon Johnson and her husband, Tom of Los Angeles, Teri Franklin of Santa Barbara, Karen Beach and Dotti McKiddie both of Oklahoma; brothers, Sam Bass of Ventura, Tom Bass and his wife, Mai of Ventura, George Coppage and Raymod Coppage both of Oklahoma; his 13 grandchildren and fivegreat grandchildren.

Ernest was a very hard working man who always provided well for his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harold Walter Bauer
March 22, 1931 - June 16, 2011



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Harold Walter Bauer, 80. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated.

Mr. Bauer was born in Gill, Colorado on March 22, 1931 to Jacob and Kathrina Bauer, one of four children.

Mr. Bauer was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother, one son, one daughter and his wife, Beth Bauer. His survivors include his son and his wife, Joel and Connie Bauer of Taft; his daughters and their husbands, Vickie and Ron Maddox of Taft, Sharla and Albert Nedrick, Leslie and Glen Mussman and Jill Ann Mitchell all of Colorado; his 17 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Mr. Bauer had lived in Taft for the last 24 years. He had worked as a farmer and heavy equipment operator for most of his life. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. He is now resting in the arms of his Heavenly Father. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary Louise Thomas Bayer
December 9, 1916 - December 1, 2012



Mary Louise, almost 95 years old, slipped peacefully into eternity on December 1, 2012. She was born in Bakersfield, the daughter of Lionel and Elsie Thomas, Sr.

At an early age, along with her brother, Lionel, Jr., the family moved to Taft, California, whereby their father opened Taft Motors, selling DeSotos, Plymouths and Chryslers. Mary Louise attended Taft schools - Conley, Lincoln and Taft Union High School. During the hot Taft summers, she would spend her days with her grandmother in San Francisco. After graduation she attended U.C. Berkeley while living with her grandmother. She would take the Embarcadero Ferry to the Berkeley campus. It was on the daily rides she learned to play bridge, a passion enjoyed well into her 80's.

In 1937 she married Bill E. Bayer of Maricopa, California. Mary Louise and Bill have two children, Mark Bayer and Cynthia Bayer Chase. Mary Louise was a stay-at-home mom, involving herself in many of Mark and Cynthia's activities. She especially enjoyed being a 4-H leader in the Rio Bravo Greeley School District where she taught sewing and cooking. When she was not busy with her children's activities, she sewed beautiful clothes for herself and Cynthia.

When Mark and Cynthia were in high school, she and other ladies in Taft attended Fresno State Extension in Bakersfield to acquire their teaching credential. After graduating from Fresno State Extension with a B.A. and a teaching credential. Mary Louise taught remedial reading in Fellows, California until her retirement.

After mom retired from teaching she and Bill continued their love of traveling the world and taking excursions in their RV around the United States. She continued playing bridge in Taft and Bakersfield with her friends, and the AAUW, organizing Taft High reunions, and volunteering for organizations in Taft.

When dad passed away in 1933, mom moved to Kern City and continued her many activities. Several years later she lived at Emertius Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Mary Louise is survived by her children Mark and wife Beverly and Cynthia; grandchildren, Michelle Chase, Alan and Todd Bayer; great grandchildren, Dante Del Valle Chase, Parker and Emma Bayer; nieces and nephews, Barbara Watson, Nannette Lynch, Lionel Thomas III, Mary Voss, Paul Thomas, Patrick Thomas and many other relatives and friends.

Mark and Cynthia would like to express their sincere gratitude to the loving care at Emeritus Assisted Living for their exceptional care they provided during the last years of life, especially Kathy Daniels, supervisor of Memory Care, Almarys, Mari, Knicole, Shemeter, Corlice, Maura, San, Amanda, Nikki, Jennifer, Kristi, Rebecce, Brooke, Lanah, Winnie, Kala, Sabrina, caregivers at Odessey Hospice and Life House for her final days. At Mary Louise's request there will be no funeral services. A celebration of life with her family will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Taft Oil Museum or the Bakersfield SPCA.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors
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Gerald Dewain Bayless "Gerry"
November 22, 1926 - October 22, 2003



Funeral services will be conducted for Gerald "Gerry" Bayless, age 76, at Peters Funeral Home in Shafter, on Monday, October 27, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 25th, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Gerald's lifelong friend, Max Pearce will officiate at the service. Casketbearers will be John Valadon, Paul Valadon, Stan Bayless, Chan Bayless, Chris be Bob Janzen, Harvey Neuman, Dick Johnson, Leonard Witcher and Rusty Stone. Interment will be at Shafter Memorial Park.

Gerald better known as "Gerry" was born in Taft, California to T.D. "Debs" and Iva Bayless. He was raised in Shafter, and graduated from Shafter High School in 1945. He married Jan Sternberg on July 26, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gerry was a professional barber and was the owner of Gerry's Custom Hair Cutting; he truly loved his profession, and enjoyed the many friends he made while on the job. Gerry will be most remembered for his love of music and children, he was an accomplished musician and could play music by ear.

Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Jan; his sons, Stan Bayless, Chan Bayless and wife, Linda, all of Shafter, Chris Bayless and wife Karen of Monticello, Arkansas and Paul Valadon Bayless of Bakersfield; and his 5 grandchildren. John, Krista, Aaron, Niki and Kately. Gerald was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather, and he will be dearly mlssed.
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Jason S. Bazzell, 26
August 13, 1970 - August 8, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native Jason S. Bazzell, 26. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assemby of God will officiate at the services.

Mr. Bazzell was born in Taft on August 13, 1970 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on August 8, 1997 as results of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was raised and educated in Taft and had been employed by Jerry Melton and Sons.

Mr. Bazzell was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Bazzell. His survivors include his girlfriend, Debbie Seely, and son, Joshua Stephen Bazzell Seely, both of Riverside; his father, Stephen Bazzell of Oregon; his grandmother, Elwilda Fitzpatrick of Taft, and his uncle and his aunt, Bill and Barbara Graffius of Whittier.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Michael Bealessio
December 7, 1922 - September 30, 2006



Recitation of The Rosary and a Mass of Christian Burial was Celebrated on Friday, October 6, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Phillip The Apostle Catholic Church for Michael Bealessio, 83, who passed away on September 30, in Bakersfield. Reverend Monsignor Ronald Swett was the celebrant and an interment was followed at Greenlawn Southwest.

Mike was born of Italian immigrant parents in Los Angeles in 1922. He started first grade not knowing a word of English and later graduated with Honors from USC with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a U.S. Naval officer during World War II and the Korean War. While Working for Tidewater Oil Company (later renamed Getty OIl Company), he helped pioneer the first steam recovery projecrts in the Kern River Oil Field. He retired as Produciton Manager of Getty's TAft District in 1983. He and his wifetraveled extensively after he retired, visiting all burt one continent. He did vcolunteer work at Gleaners for many years. He was an avid deep sea fisherman. He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather and will be deeply missed .

He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Frances; his children David and wife Antonette, Paul and wife Denise, Tom and wife Linda, and Carol and husband John; his seven grandchildren Sally and husband Joshua, Anna and husband Lido, Dominic, Emily, Timothy, Bianca and Alisa and two great granchildren Luke and Gianna; sisters Mary Houser and Louise Brunolli and brother John. His brother Stephen preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank Marguerite Bruton and her staff at John's Heaven Assisted Living for all their loving care. Instead of flowers, please send dontaions to the Alzheimers's Disease Association of Kern County, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield. Pallbearers were Dominic Bealessio, Timothy Bealessio, John Lockhart, Joshua Fernandes, Lido Wells and Emily Bealessio. Hononrary Pallbearers were Bianca Bealessio and Alisa Bealessio.
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John William Beach, 63
November 10, 1933 - March 17, 1997



Memorial services will be held at the Peace Lutheran Chuch at 26 Emmons Park Drive in Taft, Friday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident John William Beach, 63. Pastor Louis Fabrizius, pastor of the Peace Lutheran Church, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Beach was born in Mankato, Minnesota, on November 10, 1933 and passed away on March 17, 1997. Mr. Beach worked as a computer service engineer for many years. He was a member and served as Deacon at the Peace Lutheran Church. Mr. Beach had a great passion for his hobby of remote control air planes and his companion and best friend was his dog, Jeanie.

He is survived by his fiancee Ellie McCullough of Taft; his sons and their wives, Rex and Morgan Beach of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lyle and Jenny Beach of Portland, Oregon; his two daughters, Wanda and her husband, Chris Haddad of Murrieta and Dianne Gibbson of Sun City; and his grandchildren, Jennifer, Trisha, Christopher, Monica, Dustin, Alora and Dorie.

The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Addie P. Beard, 85
July 25, 1911 - January 24, 1997



Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Addie P. Beard, 85. Pastor Jerry Botts of the Church of Christ will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Beard was born July 25, 1911 in Ada, Oklahoma and passed away January 24, 1997 in Taft. She lived in Taft for 52 years and was a member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Beard drove bus during World War II, transporting our servicemen from the ships and bringing them back home, and taking them to hospitals.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur R. Beard, and her grandson, Richard Beard. Her survivors include a son and his wife, Wilbur and Billie Beard of Taft; two daughters and their husbands, Marge and Paul Harris of Taft, and Pearl and Richard Ray of Cuyama; 11 grandchildren; Meloney Billings, Sara Guerrero, Wendy Beard, Cheyenne Beard, Amanda Younce, Sandra Harris, Dianne Browder, Paula Harris, Kacey Watson, Whitney Ray and Karissa Ray; 11 great grandchildren and three sisters.

Visitation will be Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Helen E. Beavers, 80
March 6, 1921 - June 8, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, California on Thursday, June 14, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. for Clearlake resident Helen E. Beavers, 80. Reverend James Dickerson will officiate. Visitation will be at Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, California on Wednesday, June 13, 2001, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Lower Cake Cemetery, Lower Lake, California.

Helen E. Beavers was born on March 6, 1921 in Park Hill, Oklahoma. Helen was a homemaker for 63 years and assisted her husband in ministering different churches. Mrs. Beavers enjoyed music singing, and raising her kids and family. She was a foster care provider with her husband to approximately 100 children.

Survivors include, husband of 63 years, Troy Beavers, Clear Lake, California, daughters Mary "Yvona" Disney, Happy Camp, California, Judy Gonzales, Bakersfield, California, Kathleen Lugo, Sacramento, California, and Carolyn Raymond, Columbia Falls, Montana. One son, Steve Beavers, Sacramento, California, brothers: Edger Townzen, Springdale, Arkansas and Cecil Townzen, Van Buren, Arkansas, 3 sisters: Jewel Townzen, Van Buren, Arkansas, Hazel Parker, Sacramento, California and Wanda Erwin, Lamont, California. 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Mrs. Beavers was predeceased by son, Ronald Allen Beavers in 1958. Arrangements by Jones & Lewis Clearlake Memorial Chapel.
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Ralph J. Bebout
June 8, 1931 - January 2, 2003



Ralph J. Bebout, son of William Eben Bebout and Bertha Elizabeth (Warren) Bebout, was born June 8, 1931, in Fellows, California and departed this life on January 2, 2003, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri after a courageous battle with cancer.

On January 22, 1953, Ralph and Sue Shearer were married. To this union two children were born. Ralph's joy in life was his family, friends and his work. He also truly enjoyed all his grandchildren's sports activities.

His survivors include his wife, Sue of 50 years; and one son, Jason Bebout; and one daughter, Lisa Bebout, both of Springfield; five grandchildren, Azizah Bebout, Drew Slaughter, Micah Slaughter, Joshua Bebout, Jacob Bebout; and one great grandchild, Tavolas Bebout. Other survivors are eight sisters, Violet Bebout, Virginia Loustalot, Ruth Flowers, Florence Smith, Betty Martine, Bonnie Hail, Nadine Bell and half-sister, Ferne Crane; three brothers, Russell, Randy and Robert; and a multitude of friends and relatives. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, and four half sisters, Mary McConniel, Ruby Long, Pauline Dukes, Joyce Bebout and two half-brothers, Ray Moore and A. A. Bebout, Jay Bebout, and Donnie Bebout.

Ralph has been a resident of Ava, Missouri, since 1974, moving there from Bakersfield, California. Ralph was owner/manager of real estate offices in Ava and Ozark, Missouri, for a number of years and has also been in the building construction/trucking business. He attended Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College.

Ralph proudly served his country in the U.S.M.C. from March 25, 1952, to March 24, 1960, the Korean War.

Full military honors will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, January 10, 2003, at the Springfield Missouri Veterans Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 7:00 p.m., at the Highway Nazarene Church, on Old 5 Hwy. Ava, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, contributins may be made to Community Hospices of America, 101 E. 2nd Street, Mountain Grove, Missouri 65711.
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Delbert Wilmer Beckett
March 12, 1921 - February 5, 2011


Delbert Wilmer Beckett left the loving arms of his earth bound family to enter the eternal embrace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011.

There to welcome him home were his mother and father, Marietta (Smith) and Russell Gordon Beckett, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Hazel Marie (Clark) and Williiam Alonzo Priest, all of his siblings but one, and his precious first great grandson, T. J. Simpson. Delbert left a multitude behind to enjoy a lifetime of wonderful memories of a gracious, dignified, and elegant husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, teacher, and friend. His loving, devoted, and always faithful helpmate, his wife of 69 years, Iva Pearl Beckett, was the love of his life. Their devotion to one another sustained them through all of the trials life could bring. It was their love for each other and for the Lord Almighty that kept them always faithful, hopeful, and full of joy.

His children, Delbert William and Rita Beckett, Karen Jean and Dave Evers, Richard Gordon and Darin Beckett, and James Russell and Terrie Beckett will always cherish Dad's patience, wisdom, and marvelous sense of humor. Our loss is heaven's gain. Delbert and Iva were blessed wigh 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. From the oldest granddaughter, Julie (Beckett) Saltzman to the youngest great grandson, Ever Jaxon Beckett, Mom and Dad's love and admiration for their family was their life. As Dad lay in his dignified manner, awaiting his heaven bound journey, it was his precious Emily Elizabeth Howell, his youngest great granddaughter who would climb onto his bed, pat his hand, kiss his cheek and bring a big smile to his face.

Delbert was born in Hazelton, Idaho, on March 12, 1921. His father and mother, Russell and Marietta Beckett were evangelists with the Assemblly of God; so the family throughout the Northwest and Midwest during Delbert's younger years. August 14, 1937 the Russell Beckett family arrived in Mosinee, Wisconsin for a year long pastorate. The church parsonage was next door to the home of Hazel and Lonnie Priest and their beautiful daughter, Iva. Four and a half years later, January 10, 1942 the two became one as Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Beckett.

Without hesitation in October of 1942 Delbert volunteered to join his countrymen in defense of our nation. He proudly served in Fance and Germany, and eagerly returned home in 1945 to his wife and growing family.

In 1954 Delbert graduated with a Master's Degree in English from the University of Norte Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Fulfilling a long desire, Delbert and Iva packed all of their belongings and their four young children and headed to California. Delbert's first teaching position was at Randsburg High School where he taught all of the English, Math and Business classes at the tiny school. The next year Delbert applied to Taft Junior College for a position. Although the College wasn't hiring, Taft Union High School did offer him a teaching position. Delbert taught English and later became a student counselor until he retired in 1982. He enjoyed working with staff and students alike and remembered each and every one. Since Dad and Mom's retirement to Morro Bay they[ve enjoyed 29 years of family, friends, travels and hobbies.

The family wishes to thank Pastors Mark Hicks and Dan and Tammy Woodworht, Bay View Care Center, Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, Dr. Kolb, and Joe Cristofano. A celebration of Delbert's life will be held at the Benedict - Rettey Chapel, 1401 Quintana Road, Morro Bay, California at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 10, 2011. In lieu of flowers please dontae to the charity closest to your heart. And always remember Dad's favorite encouragement: "Everybody ought to go to Sunday School!"
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Edna Beebe, 78
July 10, 1919 - December 14, 1997



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Edna Beebe, 78.

Mrs. Beebe was born in Butler, Texas on Juy 10, 1919 and passed away at her home on the morning of December 14, 1997. She had lived in Taft since 1954 and was a member of the Ford City Church of Christ. Mrs. Beebe was a volunteer at the Regency West II where she gave of her time to help improve the lives of the residents. She was a loving mom and grandma and was a "grandma" to many children here in Taft.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Royce W. Beebe, in January of 1984. Mrs. Beebe is survived by her two sons, Richard R. Beebe of Coalinga and Ronald R. Beebe of Taft; her three sisters, Isabell Davis of Paradise, Jenetta Barnes and Faye Hopper both of Pueblo, Colorado; her seven grandchidren and her one great grandchild.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lawrence "Ivan" Beebe
March 26, 1923 - November 1, 2009



Lawrence "Ivan" Beebe departed this life November 1, 2009. Ivan was born in Taft, California, March 26, 1923 to Erie Lou and Eva Alice Crow Beebe, both native, Californias. Graduated from Taft Junior College and was employed by Chevron Oil for 37 years. He was a member of Chevrons' Foreman Club, Chevron Retirees Assoc., Foresters, and numerous Community Concert Associations. He loved the Central Coast and moved to Orcutt in 1991. A man of few words, a highly skilled craftsman, ardent music lover, world traveler, Ivan visited 6 continents.

Proceded in death by his parents; brothers Joseph Erie, Robert, Merle and Fred Beebe. Survived by his wife of 24 years, Betty, children Larry and Linda Riggs, Manteo, North Carolina; Rick Riggs, Alemeda, California; Dan and Patty Riggs, Dana Pt., California and Tammy and Eric Hitchcock, Riverside, California; 8 grandchidren, 4 great grandchildren, 5 nieces and 1 nephew. An intelligent man of great integrity and noble spirit Ivan will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
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Mathilde Beebe
March 12, 1918 - October 25, 2009



The Rosary will be recited on Thursday, October 29, at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m in St. Mary's Catholic Church located at 110 E. Woodrow Street, Taft, for Mathilde Beebe, 91. Rev. Gene Demecais, pastor, will lead the Rosary and celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Beebe was born in Glen Ullin, North Dakota on March 12, 1918 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 25, 2009. She moved to Taft in 1945 and has been a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church since moving to Taft. Mrs. Beebe was a member of the Altar Society and had held the office of President several times. She has also served as treasurer of the Chevron Retirees Association.

Mrs. Beebe was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Beebe in 2006; her daughter, Maryanne Roberson in 2008; her brother, John Yambra in 2009; and also her sister, Agnes DePretis in 2009. Her survivors include her three daughters and their spouses Mathilde and Rick Southworth of Taft, Alyce and Doug Abbott of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Therese and Brian Kightlinger of Taft; her sister, Eleanor Holiday of Roseville; her grandchildren, Heather and Don Garnett, Kristen and Jesse Gonzalez, Jeff and Celine Roberson, Robyn and Vince Garcia, Greg Southworth, and Katie and Chris Cook; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday, October 28, arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funteral Home.www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Merle A. Beebe
August 11, 1919 - September 9, 2006



Recitation of the Rosary will be on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for longtime Taft resident, Merle A. Beebe, 87. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Taft and burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery and burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery . Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth will be the celebrant.

Mr. Beebe was born in Lost Hills on August 11, 1919 and passed away at his home on September 9, 2006. He was raised and educated in Maricopa and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1937. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Beebe was a member of St. Mary's Cartholic Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus, Taft Council #2468. He served the group as Grand Knight and was the financial secretary for many years. He had been employed by Standard Oil Company for over 29 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erle and Eva Beebe and by his brothers, Erle Joe, Robert and Fred. Mr. Beebe's survivors include his wife of 64 years, Mathilde Beebe of Taft; his daughters and their husbands, Mary Anne and Larry Roberson of Grand Terrace, Mathilde and Rick Southworth of Taft, Alyce and Doug Abbott of Scottsdale, Arizona and Therese and Brian Kightlinger of Taft; his foster daughter, Norma Steger of Escondido; his brother and his wife, Ivan and Betty Beebe of Orcutt; his nine grandchildren and his 13 great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Rosewood Health Center, Bakersfield Heart Hospital, Kitty Shinn and the Optimal Hospice team for the care they gave to their husband and father. It has been suggested that in lieu of flowers dontaions in Mr. Beebe's memory may be made to Opitmal Hospice or a charity of your choice. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Thomas Victor Beebe
August 20, 1915 - January 6, 2003



Thomas Victor Beebe was born to Minola W. and Pauline Norvell Beebe on August 20, 1915 in Norfolk, Nebraska, being the 11th child. He was raised in the State of Washington graduating from Cashmere High School in 1934. He came to Bakersfield in 1938 to live with his sister, Helen Haley.

Tom was drafted into the Army in 1940 and was discharged in 1946. He retired from Transamerica Title Company in 1975. During the 1950's Tom was active with the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., Inc. (Barbership Harmony Group) was president and sang bass in the "Kern Kords" Barbershop Quartet with Dan Hall, Tenor; Bill Henne, Lead; and Don Newberry, Baritone. Tom was a 57 year member of the American Legion Post #26 Bakersfield. Tom was an avid golfer belonging to the Missing Links and was a charter member of Sundale Country Club. He was proud of his three, holes-in-one. Tom will be missed by all who knew him.

Thanks to Lloyd and Pat Phillips and Edna Rothrock for their help during this trying time. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Thelma (Elder) Beebe; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Daly and Fran Dickenson both of Taft, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Tom;s wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Georgia H. Beeson
June 12, 1907 - February 20, 2002



Funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft, resident, Georgia H. Beeson, 94. Private burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mrs. Beeson was born in Redlands on June 12, 1907 and passed away in a Taft nursing home on February 20, 2002. She had lived in Long Beach for four years, moved to Lost Hills for 12 years, moved to Belridge, then lived in Bakersfield for several years and had lived in Taft for the last five years. Mrs. Beeson was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Beeson in 1980; her sisters, Elsie Gardner and Mable Bierlein; her brothers, Kenny Putnam, Eugene Putnam, Charles Putnam and Warren Putnam and by her grandson, Douglas Gill. Mrs. Beeson is survived by her children and their spouses, Donald T. and Evelyn Beeson of Watsonville, Joan and Jack Gill of Taft and Steve and Maxine Putnam of Taft; her sisters, MIldred Hadlock of Bakersfield and Florence Hancock of Texas; her brother, Raymond Putnam of Hemet; her grandchildren, Greg and Marcy Gill of Taft, Jill Gomez of San Francisco, Dale Beeson of Watsonville, Michael Putnam and Charlene Putnam both of Taft; her nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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December 1, 1932 - October 16, 2002

Mary Ellen Belisle

No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Mary Ellen Belisle (65). Mrs. Belisle passed away after a short battle will cancer on October 16, in a Bakersfield hospital. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594. Buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Bakersfield.
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Robert George Bailey Belisle
February 4, 1936 - July 7, 2002



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Robert George Bailey Belisle .

Robert was born on February 4, 1936 in North Bridge, Maine. To Herbert and Delia Belisle and passed away on July 7, 2002 at his residence in Bakersfield, California. He was employed with the U.S. Federal Government as a recreation director for 29 years. He loved to play Santa Clause each Christmas for the Children he was also a member of the Eagle Scouts.

He is survived by his wife Mary Belisle of Bakersfield, sons; Steven Belisle of Bakersfield and Robert Belisle Jr. of the United Kingdom, daughter Karen Foreman of Lompoc, California, brothers; Terry Belisle of Trona and James Belisle of Huntington Beach, California and by 11 grandchildren.
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Charles Herbert "Herb" Bell
May 29, 1919 - January 18, 2007



Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, decorated World War II and Korean War Veteran, Kern County Executive and Oilman.

Mr. Bell who was born in Maricopa, California on May 29, 1919, the son of the late Howard H. and Ninon L. Bell of Taft and Bakersfield and brother of the late Howard H. Bell, Jr., passed into rest at Bakersfield on January 18, 2007. He attended Taft Union High School, Menlo and Taft Junior College.

He served his country with distinciton and gallantry, first as a Major with the 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division in the United States Army in New Guinea and Leyte and Luzon, Republic of the Phillippines in World War II, where he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry and 2 Purple Hearts. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, in which he commanded a battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd division, the first reserve officer to hold battalion command in the Korean War, and received the Bronze Star for combat gallantry. While in Korea, he was a tent mate of Major John Eisenhower, the son of then President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Later he commanded the Third Battalion, California Narional Guard, in Bakersfield, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Bell worked in his family's oil business in Kern County, for defense contracotrs in Vandenberg AFB, and latred served as Director of the Kern County General Services Department, retiring from that position in 1981. He was the proud patriarch of his family who loved and admired him dearly and shall miss his laughter, humor and teasing greatly.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maxine M. Bell of Bakersfield, whom he met and to whom he proposed marriage while en route to Australia during World War II. He is also survived by five children and spouses, daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Bell Kroesch and Douglas A. Kroesch, of Davis; daughter, Marilee Rielly and son-in-law, Matt Rielly of Juneau, Alaska; son, Charles H. Bell. Jr. and daughter-in-law, Janice Bell of Sacramento; son, John B. Bell and daughter-in-law, Denise Bell; and son, Jeff P. Bell and daughter-in-law, Lisa Bell of Bakerfield; 14 grandchildren, Mayta and Aaron Kroesch, Sean, Collin and Brett Rielly, Mattie Rielly McAdoo and Jolene Riellly Blackwell, Brien, Jennifer, Dillon, Lauren, Nathaniel, Allison and Christopher Bell and Andrew Ferguson; and six great grandchildren, Keegan, Keeley, Kyle, Zariz and Isis Rielly and Grace McAdoo.

A memorial service will be held in Greeenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., off Panorama Dr., Bakerfield, on Monday, January 22nd, at 1:00 p.m., followed by a graveside committal service. No visitation is scheduled.
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Clara (Ihrig) Bell
October 8, 1910 - November 29, 2002



Crypt side funeral services for Clara Elizabeth (Ihrig) Bell, 92, will be held at the Mausoleum in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2002, for a long-time resident of Taft and a former teacher of English and Latin at Taft Union High School. Pastor Mike Harrell, the minister of the First United Methodist Church of Taft, will officiate with a friend of the family, Quentin Watts, retired super-intendent of the Taft Union High School, also participating.

Mrs. Bell was born near Hannibal, Missouri on October 8, 1910. She attended Methodist Central College in Arkansas earned a B.S. Degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and an M.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and because of her generosity, she is listed as a donor to the Northwest University Library. She taught school for 45 years. Her parents of Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. William and Mary Elizabeth Ihrig, and a sister, Lillian Baker of Missouri and four brothers of Hannibal, Missouri, Arthur Ihrig, Roy Ihrig, Elmer Ihrig and Wilbur Ihrig, all preceded her in death.


Mrs. Bell was employed by the Taft Union High School in September, 1947 and retired in June 1976 after 28 years at Taft Union High School. She was well liked by her students, who had nothing but praise for her teaching ability. In 1962 the Taft Union High School yearbook, The Derrick, was dedicated to Mrs. Bell with the inscription "...for this long loyal service and your devotion to the classics, we dedicated our 1962 Derrick to you." A scholarship in Clara Bell's name has been given for many years to a graduating senior at Taft Union High School by one of her former students, who has always praised Clara Bell for her excellent teaching ability, particularly Latin. She always managed to keep in contact with her former students and loved to see them when they dropped by her home for a visit when they were in the area. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, the California Teachers Association and the California Retired Teachers Association.

Mrs. Bell leaves behind her loving husband of 53 year's. Iver Bell; a son James M. Bell of Torrance, California; and by numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the donor's favorite charity. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Fred Bell
February 21, 1942 - April 30, 2001



Rosary for Fred Bell, 59 of Atascadero will be held Thursday, May 3, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at Chapel of the Roses. Officiant will be Father Joseph R. Hercek Mall will be held Friday, May 4, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Williams Catholic Church in Atascadero, California. Officiant will be Father Joseph R. Hercek.

Mr. Bell died on April 30, 2001 at his home in Atascadero, California. Final disposition will be at the Atascadero District Cemetery. Donations may be made in his name to: The American Cancer Society, Mission Oaks Unit, 555 12th Street, Paso Robles, California 93446.

Fred Bell was born on February 21, 1942 in Borger, Texas. Mr. Bell loved the outdoors, camping, hiking, jogging, building his house, working with computers and chemistry. Mr. Bell's main residence was in Taft, Atascadero was his vacation home and his future retirement home.

Mr. Bell has lived in Taft and taught at the Taft Community College for the past 20 years. In June, Mr. Bell and his wife would have celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Bell is survived by; Wife; Dianne Bell of Atascadero. Son: Chad Bell of San Jose, California. Daughter; Deonna Tack of Taft. Grandchildren: Kenny, Christopher, and Sabrina. Mother: Betty Palmer of Yuma, Arizona, Brother: Joe Bell of Yuma, California. Sister: Mary Bell of Yuma, Arizona. Sister: Marilyn Evans of Yuma, Arizona. Brother: John Bell of Lancaster, California. Brother: Billy Bell of Phoenix, Arizona. Brother: Stan Bell of Hanford, California.

Arrangements are under the directions of Chapel of the Roses, Atascadero, California.
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Ivory "Ivor" L. Bell
October 22, 1903 - May 24, 2003



Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum on Thursday, at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Ivor Bell, 99. Pastor Mike Harrell of the First United Methodist Church and the Officers of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426, F.&A.M. will officiate at the services.

Mr. Bell was born in West Plains, Missouri, on October 22, 1903, and passed away at his home on May 24, 2003. He came to Taft at a time when Taft was barely 10 years old and was a true pioneer of the area. The trip to Taft was made when Bell was 18 years old and by an automobile owned by a friend and his wife who needed him to drive them to California. They spent 18 days on the road.

After arriving in the Los Angeles area. Mr. Bell made the trip to Taft where his sister and brother-in-law lived, traveling over the old Ridge Route. He arrived in Taft during the very bitter oil strike that had paralyzed the oil industry and at a time when the oil companies kept the lights on the old wooden oil derricks at night as a means of preventing vandalism. Hardly a day went by before he was hired by the Pacific Oil Company, the forerunner to the Standard Oil Company in this area. Pacific was in the process of building what became known as the 11-C Camp after the Standard Oil Company bought Pacific Oil. Mr. Bell was earning $5.00 per day at that time and was working seven days a week. Before too long he was working in the Tool House and became its foreman.

Mr. Bell became very well known for his inventions, many of which the Standard Oil Company, later known as Chevron, acknowledged and honored him for the many improvements that his inventions made in the daily operation of the company. In his earlier years with the company, he lived in the bunk house for single men, but after he got married, he lived in one of th 72 homes located on the camp 11-C Camp.

Mr. Bell was a member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426, F.&A.M. for almost 75 years. He was also a memberof the Scottish Rite Bodies, Bakersfield, 100F Taft Lodge #426 and the Petroleum Production Pioneers.

Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his wife, Clara, in November of last year. His survivors include his son, James Morgan Bell of Torrance; and his sister, Nidia Brown of Greenfield. Mr. Bell had requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his memory to a favorite charity. No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Janice Ann Bell
February 20, 1944 - August 14, 2003



Janice was born in Oakland, California to Ralph and Shirley Massaro. She lived and raised her family in Taft, California for 35 years. Janice is survived by Randy Keeler, Jared and Peyton Solf.

A memorial service will be held Monday, August 18, at First Baptist Church of Clovis, California 93611. Remembrances may be sent to: Huntington's Disease Society of America, 3940 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100-D, West Sacramento, California or the First Baptist Church of Clovis, 2080 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, California 93611.
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Louden "Bill" Bell Jr.
March 12, 1910 - June 5, 2001



Graveside services will be held nGreenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Friday, June 8 at 2:30 p.m. for Louden "Bill" Bell Jr., 91, who passed away June 5, 2001. Rev. Milt Cole and The Kern County Veterans Association will officiate.

"Bill" was born on March 12, 1910 in Bakaersfield. He worked in construction for 40 years, last employed with Wallace and Smith. "Bill" was past president and show chairman of the Kern County Kennel Club. He enjoyed golf. He served with the Army Air Force during World War II where he received the Air Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Nancy Bell of Bakersfield; granddaughters, Arlene and Carolyn Bell; grandson, Billy Bell and sister-in-law, Jennie Bellof to DesMoines, Washington.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made tothe Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 3950, SanRafel, California 94912-3950. Novisitation is scheduled.
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Wayne Bell
May 25, 1946 - July 8, 2011



A graveside funeral service was held today, Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Maricopa resident, Wayne Bell, 65. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of Taft First Assembly of God will officiate.

Mr. Bell was born in Parkin, Arkansas on May 25, 1946 and passed away at his home in Maricopa on July 8, 2011. He had worked in the general construction business as a heavy equipment operator for the last 40 years and had lived in Maricopa for the last 46 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on old cars and especially enjoyed the times when he entered his '55' Chevy in car shows. He also loved the times he spent with his grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Katherine Bell, his brother, Herman Bell and his sister, Brenda Floyd. Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Ann Bell of Maricopa; his daughter and her husband, Shirley and Jeremy Solf of Bakersfield; his step-sons, Kyle Bell of Las Vegas, Nevada and Ralph "Sandy" Keeler of Clovis; his grandsons, Jared Solf and Peyton Solf both of Bakersfield; his sisters, Shirley James of Kingsland, Texas, JoElla Noel of Butte Montana and Jeanette Luna and her husband, Roman, of Anchorage, Alaska; his brothers and their wives, Lonnie Bell, Jr. of Lancaster, Bill and Janet Bell of Monahans, Texas, Virgil and Elaine Bell of Maricopa and Ronnie and Linda Bell of Wickett, Texas.

Visitation was held yesterday, Monday, July 11, 2011 at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Louise B. Beller
February 22, 1936 - November 11, 2001



Louise B. Beller passed away at the age of 65 years in Ridgecrest on November 11th, at Mrs. Beller's request there will be no services . All funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, California 661-763-1594.
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Helen Virginia Bender
May 16, 1928 - May 14, 2006



Private services will be held for Helen Virginia Bender who was born on May 16, 1928 and returned to God on May 14, 2006, at the age of 77. Helen was born in Maricopa and resided in Taft for many years. Those who knew her will remember her penchant for entertaining and her termendous sense of humor.

She is survived by her son, Terry Brown and his wife, Loretta of Taft; her daughter, Sherry Woolley of Lake Isabella. She also left behind five grandchldren, John of Los Angeles, Don of Las Vegas, Kristi of Taft, Lisa and Darlene of Lake Idabella. Helen, who loved children, also had twelve great grandchildren who will miss her dearly. Helen now follows her beloved husbnd, Kenneth Bender after six years of being apart. May this find her spirit soaring blissfully through streets of gold.
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Glenn "Butch" Benskin
January 5, 1957 - February 5, 2009



Glenn was born on January 5, 1957 and passed away on February 5, 2009.

Glen was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Benskin; a brother, Michael Benskin; and sisters, Jackie Roinson, Joannie Bartley; and his father, Jack Benskin. He is survived by a son, Cody; his mother, Gladys Benskin; brothers, Gene and Kahy Benskin, Rick and Tonya Benskin, Bob Benskin and Jimmy Sewell; sister, Margie Benskin, Connie Crimmins, Debra and Rick Yochum; Aunt Helen of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

All of his family and friends knew him as Butch. He made us laugh and sometimes he drove us bonkers. We cried with him and listened to him when his pain became unbearable. We will miss him and his old Bronco truck that he loved more then anything.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
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Harry L. Bergen
July 25, 1918 - December 26, 2004



Harry L. Bergen, a longtime resident of Kern Conuty, died December 26, 2004 after a short illness. Harry was born in 1918, in Choteau, Oklahoma to Jacob R. and Gertrude Loewen Bergen. He moved to the Buttonwillow area with his parents in 1923 and attended Shafter High School, graduating in 1937. He worked for what became Exxon Mobil Oil in Taft, San Ardo, Bakersfield, and Los Angeles, retiring in 1978. He married Thelma Bishop in 1947; she died in 1978. In 1986 he married Virginia Sparks Rominger; she died in 1993.

He is survived by his daughter, Trudy Bergen and son-in-law, Don Keenan of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sisters, Elizabeth Peters of Edmonds, Washington, and Elcy Larson of Shafter; brother, Roland Bergen of Morro Bay; stepdaughter, Virginia Charltonof Toe City, California; andnumerous nieces andnephews who fondly remember "Uncle Harry."

A memorial will be held at a later date.
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Leah Marie Bergman, 88
August 2, 1909 - September 7, 1997



Leah Marie Bergman was born in Rantoul, Kansas, and August 2, 1909 and passed away September 7, 1997 at the age of 88, while visiting her son in Turlock. She was a long time resident of Taft, having moved here many years ago with her husband, Al.

She was preceded in death by Al in 1953, and a daughter, Barbara Walker, in 1983. Mrs. Bergman is survived by a son, Clarence E. Lucky, and his wife of Turlock; and a daughter, Fern Cannella, and her husband of Porterville. She also leaves 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Sunset Chapel at the Taft Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at the West Side District Cemetery on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Services will be entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home. Order of the Golden Rule.
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Essie Jordan Berkey
April 13, 1928 - April 16, 2012



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Essie Jordan Berkey. Her son, Pastor Floyd Jordan, will officiate. Mrs. Berkey was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma on April 13, 1928 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 16, 2012. She had lived in Taft for the last 56 years and was a member of the Church of God. Mrs. Berekey was a minister with the Church of God for many years and did evangelical work and sang in the church. She was a worked for a time as a nurse's aide at West Side District Hospital. Mrs. Berkey enjoyed fishing and shopping.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jimmie Dean Jordan, in 1988 and by her second husband, Robert Berkey, in 2010. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Geraldine and Richard Hoffmann, Janet and Charles Alldredge, Floyd and Carol Jordan, Ronnie and Teri Jordan and Freda and Jack DeCamp; her grandchildren, Kellie Ratliff, Ronnie Crow, Lynna Rodmann, Michael L. and Chuck Alldredge, Jim Jordan, Eric and Jennifer Jordan, Juliana and Matt Holm, Jacinda and Rob Martin, Todd and Jennifer Jordan, Matt and Amy Oakes and Sher and Christy DeCamp; her great grandchildren, Nick, Corey, Zac, Nathan, Matt, Ronnie, Arron, Bryan And Tabitha Adams, Breanna and Cody Jones, Amber Alldredge, Kayla Alldredge, Hope Alldredge, Alex, Nick and Madison Jordan, Danica Jordan, Mickala Gillespie, Zane and Zoie Martin , Tyler, Kaycee and Lexi Holm, Chloe and Kylee Logsdon, Matilyn, Payge and Autymn Oakes, Ashley and Ty DeCamp and Chesney Doak; her great great grandchildren, James and Owen Adams.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Linda Mary Berkey
October 31, 1910 - October 9, 2003


Graveside funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longint Taft resident, Linda Mary Berkey, 92. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of First Assembly of God, officiated the services. Mrs. Berkey was born in Newman, California on October 31, 1910 and passed away at her home in Taft on October 9, 2003.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and had lived in Taft since 1938.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Berkey in January of 1974 and by her daughter, Evelyn Windes in 1982. She is survived by her children, John Berkey, Jr. of Coalinga, Arlene Chicramonte, Bob Berkey and Richard Berkey all of Taft, Les Berkey of Nuevo, California and Kenny Berkey of Taft; her brothers, Emil Rusconi of Watsonville and Pete Rusconi of Willits; her sisters, Tillie Beargeon of Fresno and Mary Fisher of Turlock; her 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.

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Robert T."Bob" Berkey
July 11, 1940 - June 8, 2010



Robert, better known as Bob, was born in Fresno, California on July 11, 1940 and passed away on June 8, 2010 in Taft. Bob went through the Taft school system and was a graduate of Taft Union High School. He worked in the hospital industy for over 20 years, including many years at the West Side District hospital in Taft.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and his sister, Evelyn. Bob is survived by his wife, Essie Berkey of Taft; his brothers, John Berkey of Coalinga, Les Berkey of Nuevo, California, Richard Berkey of Pueblo, Colorado, and Kenny Berkey of Taft; his one sister, Arlene Chiaramonte of Taft; and by many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a caring person and always had a good joke and a smile for everyone. Bob is dearly loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.Erickson AndBrown.com
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Benjamin Bernal
October 9, 1961 - October 31, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Westside Christian Center Church located at 207 Tyler Street on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Benjamin Bernal, 42. Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons and Rev. Bob Birch will officiate at the service. Burial will follow in the the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Bernal was born in El Carmen, Jalisco, Mexico on October 9, 1961 and passed away at his home on October 31, 2003. Mr. Bernal was a member of the Westside Christian Center. He enjoyed golfing and you could definitely call him a Family Man because he loved his family very much. Mr. Bernal is survived by his wife, Edna Bernal of Taft; his two sons, Benjamin and Joseph Bernal of Taft; his two daughters, Sarah and Rachel Bernal of Taft; his parents, Benjamin and Sylvia Bernal of Mexico; Jamie Bernal of Los Angeles, Juan Bernal his brothers and sister, Jesus Bernal of Mexico, Jamie Bernal of Los Angeles, Juan Bernal and his wife, Ruby Carenas of Los Angeles.
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Barbara Ann (Widsom) Berry
May 15, 1928 - February 5, 2012



Barbara Ann (Wisdom) Berry passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Huntington Beach, California, apartment she had shared with her husband, Keith David Berry.

Barbara was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Attending Iowa State University, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education. While at the University, she met and on June 20, 1948, married Keith. Barbara was a teacher for 27 years, first in Iowa and later in Taft, Bakersfield, and Concord, California.

Always active in her church, Barbara sang in the choir, and served as deacon and elder. She was also a member of the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Delta Zeta Sorority. While living in the San Francisco Bay area, she greatly enjoyed the museums, symphony, opera, ballet, and sporting events.

Barbara was preceded in death by Keith, and survived by her children David Berry of Altadena, California, Ellen Rohan of Fountain Valley, California, and Margaret Berry of Evergreen, Colorado, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to St.Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill, California 94523, or to the Iowa State University Foundation College of Human Sciences Scholarship Fund.
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Harold Berry, 84
December 15, 1912 - January 30, 1997



Harold Berry passed away at his home on January 30, 1997. As per his wishes there will be no services.

Mr. Berry was born in Los Angeles on December 15, 1912, growing up in Taft, he graduated from Taft Union High School in 1932. During World War II he was recruited to work at Mare Island shipyard as a welder. After the war he moved to L.A. and worked for Standard Oil Company. Upon moving to Grass Valley in 1956 he was one of the founding fathers of Bullion Fire Department and served as fire chief from 1956-1964. His jobs included working on Interstate 80 over the summit as an air track operator, construction worker for Ball Construction while building roads in Alta Sierra, and school bus driver/maintenance person for Union Hill School District until his retirement in 1977.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Doris Berry; his sister, Pearl Wiley of Bakersfield; his daughters, Beth Burnett of Taft and Linda Crane of Grants Pass, Oregon; his son, Scott Berry of Loomis; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Mary Nell Edwards Slentz-Bertolucci-Garrett
May 17, 1931 - May 21, 2002



A celebration of life will be held Thursday, June 7, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. at Vessels of Honor, 225 Chester Ave. (parking in rear). Pastors Chuck and Silvia Lack will officiate.

Mary was born to Lon "Blackie" and Lois Edwards on May 17, 1931 in Prescott, Alaska. The family then moved to Taft, California in 1937 then to Shafter where Mary graduated high school in 1949. She attended nursing school for a short time but spent her years working in the secretarial field, retiring from Tosco refinery. God gifted Mary with an ear for music. She was accomplished at the accordion and piano. A voice from heaven, she sang as a child with her family "The Edwards" and later on TV with the Cousin Herb Show and Jimmy Thomason. She was always very involved in her church playing piano and singing. Now she sings with the angels and dances the streets of gold praising her Lord.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Raymond Slentz. She is survived by husband, Charles; daughter, Raynell and son-in-law. Randy Lyons; brother Coy Edwards and wife, Leta, all of Pineville, Louisiana; daughter, Carol and son-in-law Richard States; grandchildren, Wendy Ash and Craig Taylor; three great grandchildren and stepchildren, Dwayne, Darrin and Diane, all of Bakersfield.

Mary passed away May 21, 2001 after celebrating her 70th birthday with her family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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Craig W. Bertram
May 27, 1944 - December 18, 2011



Born May 27, 1944 to Fredick and Madge Bertram in Washington D.C. Passed away at home December 18, 2011 Bakersfield, California. Leaving wife Debbie Bertram, sister and best friend Janet Bertram. Will forever be missed by son Scott (Maristella) grandchildren Emilia, Isabella, Sean, 1 daughter Sara Pierce, and son Blake. Proud stepchildren that are ever so greatful that he was a part of their lives, Sabrina (Leon) Sinden, Tasha, Nick, Sarah, Jamie, Chris (Tracy) Epperson, JJ, Julie, Matthew, Sam, Zack, Ian (Tracey) Epperson, Justin, Jarrod, Makinzie, Trishanna. 4 great grandchildren.

Craig graduated from Punahoe School in Hawaii, and from University of Hawaii. Served in Vietnam as a corpsman. Craig worked all over the world from deep sea diving in the Antarctic to working on Johntson Island. He worked at Elk Hills from 1975 until 1995. He went to work for Westec in Taft and then transfer to their Shafter facility. At Westec he found his calling. He was the safety Curriclum Department Manger.

Craig had a way with words that amazed everyone. He was a walking encyclopedia. He could quote Cal OSHA laws and their meaning down to the paragraph and page and then get you to understand what they really meant. He had people calling him from all over the United States. They would say we heard you were the man who would know. The people that he worked with at Westec treated him with respect and acceptance and he gave them 150% up until about the last month and then he still worried if he told them everything. Thank you all for being his friend. He truly cared for everyone there.

As for his Friday night pool games, what a wonderful group of people. Friday's were a highlight for him. Thank you. And then Don/Diane, Oscar/Susie, John/Val, Jess/Pat, Richard/Jan, Joanie, where would our lives be without you. So very loved and gave so much love. Even though we won't have anymore epiphanies we will always have wonderful memories.

We are honored. To honor his wishes. There will not be a service.
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Thelma Loretta Beshears
February 20, 1914 - February 21, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. for Taft resident, Thelma Loretta Beshears, 96. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mrs. Beshears was born in Springfield, Missouri on February 20, 1914 to Albert and Grace (Fulton) Kinser and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on February 21, 2010. She attended Kinser school and graduated from Central High School in Springfield, MIssouri. In 1938 she married Wesley Beshears and moved to Taft where she was a resident for 71 years. Wesley and Thelma loved golfing, traveling and fishing. They owned Kelsay Market in Taft for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wesley, and a brother, Clifford Kinser. She is survived by her niece and her husband, Patricia and Charles Dunn; nephew and his wife, Clifford and Billie Kinser all of Springfield, Missouri; two great nephews, Jay Kinser and Wesley Dunn; great niece, Terri Bartell; and devoted friend, Paul Kelsay.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Odas George Bess, 89
April 8, 1906 - November 9, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Odas G. Bess, 89. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the New Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mr. Bess was born in Kennett, Missouri on April 8, 1906 and passed away November 9, 1995 in a local hospital. He spent his early years in Missouri, arriving in Taft in December 1926 to make his home. Mr. Bess worked for Taft Lumber Company for 17 years and the spent 25 years working for Richfield Oil company, retiring is 1968.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Bess in 1991: two daughters, Janet Hinkernell in 1978 and Shelia McQuillan in 1967. He was survived by a daughter and her husband,Yvonne and Jim Yorba of Taft; four grandchildren, Randy and Jimmy Yorba and Nancy Liljeroos, all of Taft, and Tyler Hickernell of Grover Beach; four great grandchildren, Matthew and Candace Yorba and Hunter and Roia Liljeroos, all of Taft; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be at the Taft Funeral Home Monday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and again Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
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John Bethell, 78
September 5, 1900 - October 9, 1978



John Bethell, 78, of Fellows, died yesterday in a local hospital. He had lived on the West Side for 57 years and was a long time employee of CWOD.

A native of Doniphan, Missouri, Bethell was born September 5, 1900. He was a member of the Taft Oddfellows Lodge and the Fellows Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Jack Bethell of Fellows; brothers Gary Bethell and Carl Bethell of Bakersfield and Lester Bethell of Taft; and two grandchildren. Mike Bethell and Lorrain Killen.

Graveside services will be tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery with Rev. Earl Berg of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Kenzie Eugene Beurmann III
June 26, 1934 - May 2012



Kenzie Eugene "Bud" Beurmann III was born on June 26, 1934 at home in Lansing, Michigan to Kenzie Eugene Beurmann II and Louise Irene Cook. He was the oldest of five siblings. Bud lived in Lansing and then moved to Holt, Michigan. He graduated from Holt High School in 1952. He moved to California and played football and basketball at Taft College and graduated with his AA in 1954.

Bud was in the U. S. Navy from 1955 to 1959. He was stationed at the Naval Training Center and played on their football team. He was then stationed at the Federal Office Building in San Francisco, on the U.S.S. Hamel and at the Long Beach Naval Station. In 1955 he married Shirley Ruth Blackmon after meeting at Taft College, he the football star, she the cheerleader. They were married for 42 wonderful years until her death in 1997. Together they raised four children. They made their home in Bakersfield where Bud joined National Life Insurance Company/American General as an agent then a sales manager and district manager. He worked there from 1959 until his retirement in 1991.

In 1999 Bud found love again and married Betty Howlett, and this union brought together eight children, 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He loved his new family like his own.

Bud had such a zeal for life and was able to enjoy numerous trips overseas with National Life and later in life with Betty. He loved to sail, golf, do woodwork, stained glass work and paint, and, he could fix anything that was broken! He was an honest man full of integrity and he strongly believed in staying out of debt and not giving advice unless ask for it.

He was fortunate to have found true love twice in his life, and was married a total of 55 years. He was a strong believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and recently became a Catholic.

We will never forget our father and his wonderful jokes and words of wisdom. He loved to make people laugh and if they didn't then he would try harder! He never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents Kenzie and Louise, a brother Charles, sister Janet, and wife Shirley. He is survived by his wife Betty, sisters Virginia Cassidy and Char Wallace (Ray), children Kenzie IV "Bud" Beurmann (Lyn), Sheryl Cabral (Fred), Renee Varner (Steve) and Jamie Padilla (Joe Dillon), step children John Howlett (Debbie), LeeAnn Bergen (Stan), Laurie Price (Mark), David Howlett (Shelly), 21 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved and faithful dog Blue.

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE DAD AND KNOW THAT YOUR TIME ON EARTH WAS WELL SPENT, AND, IT WAS CERTAINLY A JOB WELL DONE! WE LOVE YOU FOREVER! IN DAD'S WORDS..."LETS ROLL WHILE IT IS COOL, BECAUSE WE'VE GOT BAD TIRES".

Visitations will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 and Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 1800 Bedford Way. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmotuaryandcemetery.com Greenlawn Mortuary.
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Charlene Clutter Beyn
November 3, 1925 - March 23, 2011



Charlene Marion Clutter was born in Taft, California to Ingerhan Clutter and Iva Mae Sortwell. Mom left her earthly bonds and went home to Heaven on March 23, 2011 in Bakersfield. Family waiting were her parents, brother Bob, sister Dorothy, loving husband Don and son Richard.

Mom met Dad soon after WWII in Taft and they were married January 26, 1946 in South Dakota. They were married 55 years before his passing in 2001. Family left to miss her are sister Helen Wright, sons Steve and wife Celia, Bob and wife Robin, daughter-in-law Darlene, grandchildren, Gina Mann, Lisa DiFrancesco, Alex and Kyle Beyn, Erick and Matt Beyn, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Per Mum's wishes, no service will be held. Burial will be at the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Gustine, California.
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Donald Edward Beyn, 80
July 23, 1921 - November 30, 2001



Donald Beyn was born on July 23, 1921 in Cherokee, Iowa to Saraphien and Ione Beyn and went home to be with our Lord on November 30, 2001.

Don was raised in Iowa and graduated from Cherokee High School in 1939. An athlete of note, he was a member of the 1939 Iowa State Championship Wrestling Team from Cherokee High School. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy, serving as a medic in the pacific theatre in World War II. After the war he was stationed at the USN Petroleum Reserve at Elk Hills. It was at that time that he met his future wife, Charlene Clutter of Taft. They were married in 1946 and after living in Iowa for a few years after his discharge from the Navy, they returned to Taft where Don was very active with his sons in Little League and especially enjoyed the time spent helping them learn the game. Standard Oil transferred Don and his family to the Concord, California division and after thirteen years there, Don retired with 35 years of service to the now Chevron Oil Company. Don lived to golf. He and Charlene visited many courses, both near and far, in search of the perfect game. After leaving Concord, they made Bakersfield their home and it was here at home where Don peacefully entered into his next glorious adventure.

In addition to his wife Charlene, Don leaves behind three loving sons, Steve and wife Celia of Bakersfield; Bob and wife Robin of Carmichael and Richard and wife Darlene of Livermore, grandchildren Gina Kincaid and Lisa DiFrancesco of Bakersfield; Alex and Kiley, Beyn of Carmichael and Eric and Matt Beyn of Livermore and four great grandchildren; Kendall and Tara Kincaid and Jakeb and Justyn Verdugo of Bakersfield, a sister, Irene Scott of Norwalk, Iowa and several nieces and nephews. All will miss him greatly and know that it was a blessing to have had this kind and gentle man in our lives.

Don will be interred at the National Veterans' Cemetery near Santa Nella. A private service will be held at the time. Should your heart feel the desire, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.
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Alex Bicskei
November 27, 1914 - Jan 20, 1997



A chapel service will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Sunset Chapel, Taft Funeral Home, for long-time Taft resident Alex Bicskei, 82. Pastor Sam White will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Taft Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel.

Mr. Bicskei was born in Franklin, New Jersey, on November 27, 1914 and passed away January 20, 1997. He arrived in Taft in 1945 and went to work for Standard Oil. From 1946-48 he worked in Saudi Aribia for Aramco Oil Company. Returning to Taft, he went to work for Oil Well Supply until USS closed its office in Taft. He then went to work for Howard Supply, retiring in 1986 at age 72.

Mr. Bicskei was predeceased by his wife, Olga, in 1994. They celebrated 60 years of marriage, being survived by three daughters and their husbands, Irene and Jerry Miller of Lancaster, Carol and Fred Buscher of Riverside, and Alexandria Yeargan, previously of Bakersfield; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Services are entrusted to Taft Funeral Home.
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Margaret L. Biggs
July 30, 1935 - May 27, 2003



Private services will be held in Coalinga, California, for Coalinga resident Margaret L. Biggs. Margaret was born in Oklahoma on July 30, 1935 to Harrison and Dorothy Stanford and she passed away from this life on May 27, 2003 at the age of 67.

All funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1549.
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Yvonne Marie Bilbey
February 9, 1974 - September 6, 2012



Yvonne Marie Bilbey was born February 9, 1974 and passed away peacefully September 6, 2012. Awaiting her in Heaven was her grandparents Richard and Ruby Sparks, James Sisk, and great grandparents Cecil and Mary Carter. Yvonne was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, but she never let it slow her down. She was a member of the THUS class of '92, went to Lyle's Beauty School, had numerous jobs from Mr. Burger to being a CNA, but her greatest "joy" in life was being "mommy"! Unfortunately the diabetes took a turn for the worse when her children were quite young and she began dialysis where she met her wonderful friends, Erma, Tammy, Gwen and Joe. She gave it a good long battle to create every precious memory she could with her children, over ten years of treatment, before it finally took its toll.

She is survived by her children Emily Owens and Caleb Davis, mother, Patty (Sisk) Wolfe, all of Taft. Uncle and aunt, Mike and Chris Sparks, cousins, Mike, Ashley and Cassie Sparks, all of Paso Robles. Uncle Clarence Sisk of Los Angeles. Cousins Clare (Sisk) Clements and Valerie Sisk, both of San Diego. Long time friends Rhonda Grassie, Erica Brady, and Eric Goodman, and her best friend forever Karlee McNew. Gone but never forgotten.

Services for Yvonne will be at Westside Believers on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
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Charles Bilby
1860 - June 13, 1935



Charles Henry Bilby, 79, of 516 Buchanan Street passed away Sunday in a Bakersfield Hospital, where he had been for several days.

Mr. Bilby was born March 10, 1859 in Hillsdale County, Michigan, and had been a resident of the West Side for the past 28 years.

Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. Edna Fish and Mrs. Eula Weaver of Glendale; one son Claude Bilby of Taft and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be announced later.
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Donald R. Billingsley
February 12, 1934 - January 23, 1997



Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Donald R. Billingsley, 62.

Mr. Billingsley was born February 12, 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri and passed away January 23, 1997 in Taft.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Billingsley; a son and his wife, Gary and Marie Billingsley; his granddaughters, Stephanie and Andrea Billingsley; his brothers and their wives, Harry and Sarah Billingsley of Ridgecrest, and Paul and Phyllis Billingsley of Topeka, Kansas; and his sister and her husband, Ruby and Bud Pryor of Redding.

No visitation has been scheduled. Taft Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Mary Virginia Comstock Binford
July 16, 1917 - August 17, 2006



Mary Virginia Binford, 89, passed away peacefullly with her famly and friends by her side. She was born on July 16, 1917 in Taft, California to Shem and Ursula Plaugher.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Norman Plaugher and Cecil Plaugher; sister, Bessie Davis, and husbands, Harvey Comstock, Sr. and Roy Binford. She is survived by her son, Harvey Comstock and Tammy Alford; seven grandchildren, Jamie Comstock, Krystal and Dennis Bracken, David Comstock, Matthew, Jeffrey and Josh Ruthledge. Three great grandchildren, Breann Bracken, Wyatt and Karsyn Comstock. Mary also leaves behind her step-children, Neal and Mary Kay Binford of Houston, Texas and their families. Mary had a very close and loving relationship with her niece, Barbara Stumbaugh of Apple Valley, California, who "she would call her child;" as well as many, many cherished friends.

Mary was a longtime member of The Native Daughters of the Golden West - Miocene Parlor #228, a member of the Presbyterian Chruch of Taft, the West Kern Oil Museum as well as her monthly birthday group. Mary was crowned Taft's first Queen of the Black & Gold Festival.

Mary and Roy Binford owned and operated Jo's Restaurant in Taft for many years. She loved the Lord, feeding people, card games, talking on the phone and bragging about her family. She never met a stranger and she had a special interest in helping others when she could. Everyone who knew Mary will miss her "spunky" personality and the unconditional loving, generous heart. Mary had a blessed and loving life and in January of 2003 she was blessed with a fourth generation great granddaughter, Breann Bracken. Breann was the candle on the cake which "lit up her life".

Services for Mary will be held on Friday, September 1, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home; visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers please donate to The Native Daughters of the Golden West, Miocene Parlor #228, 506 Pierce Street, Taft, Callifornia 93268 or to your favorite charity. Special thanks are given to Dr. Tang and the Memorial Hospital staff for the wonderful and loving care given to Mary.
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Debra Susan Bingham
July 14, 1953 - December 23, 1997



Services will be held in the First Assembly of God Church, 4901 California Ave., Saturday, December 27, at 10:00 a.m. for Debra Susan Bingham, 44, who passed away December 23, 1997 in a local hospital. Pastor Michael Sampley will officiate.

Debra was born July 14, 1953, in Santa Maria and had resided in Kern County all of her life. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and involved in the Women's Ministry group. She graduated from the Taft Union High School in 1972 and attended Taft City Elementary Schools and Taft College very briefly. Debra was the owner/operator of Elegant Grooming for seven years and had been in the grooming field for 27 years. She was an angel to all who knew and loved her and always had a joyful spirit, who will be greatly missed.
I'm Free'
(author unknown)
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'll follow the path God laid for me,
I took his hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void.
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full. I've savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
Lift up you hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, he set me free.


Survivors include her husband, Larry Bingham; daughter and son-in-law. Michelle Renee and Charlie Nogosck; grandson, Zachary Nogosek; son, Joshua Glen Bingham; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Gary Johnson; brothers and sisters-in-law Stephen and Susan Nelson and Donald and Kay Nelson; parents. Charles and Beverly Nelson; grandfather, Carl Moshler, all of Bakersfield; and many other loving relatives and friends. Visitation will begin today, December 26th at 3:00 p.m.
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Howard Arnold Binkley
April 26, 1944 - October 13, 1997



Howard Arnold Binkley was born in Ventura on April 26, 1944 and died on October 13, 1997 due to an automobile accident.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Binkley; two sons, Howard Binkley, Jr. and Steven Binkley; a daughter, Tami Hernandez; five grandchildren, all of Sacramento, his mother, Jean Binkley; his brother, Everett Binkley of Taft; and also many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 18th, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Sunset Chapel.Graveside services will be Monday, October 20, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. at the West Side Cemetery District. Services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home Order of the Golden Rule.
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Jean F. Binkley
November 11, 1925 - November 29, 2007



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft Resident, Jean Francis Binkley, 82.

Mrs. Binkley was born in Powers, Oregon on November 11, 1925 and passed away in Santa Paula on November 29, 2007. She and her husband, Earl had been married for 50 years. During her lifetime she had become and avid bowler and treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling and took her first plane ride at 80 years of age to witness with great pride her great grandson's graduation from the Great Lakes Naval Air Station in Chicago, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Albert Binkley in 1992; her son, Howard Earl Binkley and her daughter, Diana Galvan. Mrs. Binkley is survived by her son, Everett Leonard Binkley of Colorado; her 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and her 2 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Sunday and the services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Elizabeth Ann Birchfield
August 4, 1932 - June 21, 2002



Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday, June 25, 2002 in Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel at 9:30 a.m. for Elizabeth Ann Birchfield, 69, who passed away in Bakersfield June 21, 2002. Pastors Eldon Clendening and James W. Johnson will officiate and interment will follow at Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Birchfield, a Kern County resident for the past 48 years, was born August 4, 1932 in Caryville, Flordia to the late J. J. and Pallie Whitehead. She had owned and operated Birchfield's Auto Sales for 40 years with her late husband, Robert Eugene Birchfield. Elizabeth had been a treasurer of the Longfellow Elementary PTA and a Cub Scout Den Mother.

Mrs. Birchfield is survived by her son, Robert Earl Birchfield and wife, Kathryn D. Birchfield; six grandsons and her brother, Charles A. Whitehead of Panama City Flordia.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to Hoffmann Hospice, 6501 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, California 93313 or Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Wienmann, Samuel Birchfield, Jack Garcia, Tom Garica, Mohammad Bashirtash and John Vasinda. The family would like to extend a special thanks to John Vasinda and the staff at Carrington of Bakersfield and to Hoffman Hospice for the kind and compassionate care shown to Mrs. Birchfield during her final illiness.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors
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Jerry Austin Bishop
May 31, 1936 - February 26, 2010



A memorial service will be held at The Rock Church located at 7737 Meany, Bakersfield, California on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for Jerry Austin Bishop, 73.

Mr. Bishop was born in Alabama on May 31, 1936 passed away after fighting a long battle of Parkinson's Disease and Myasthenia Gravis on February 26, 2010. Mr. Bishop served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and attended The Rock Church of Bakersfield. He was a true Christian and family man and if someone was in need of help, he was the first one to help financially or give the shirt off his back. Mr. Bishop was an excellent oil painting artist and nature photographer. He loved trains, planes, people, gospel quartets and cats. He was the neighborhood cat rescuer. He never had a bad word to say about anybody. He was a true blue southern gentleman. His neices and nephews were the love of his life.

Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Vidella Bishop and brother, Marvin Bishop. His survivors include his wife of 19 years, Mary Jane Bishop; his brother and his wife, Edward and Peggy Bishop of Virginia; his nieces and nephews, Pam Bishop of Virginia, Neal and Terri Burgess of Virginia, Beth and Scott Kimbriel of Virginia, David and Sonja Bishop of Tennessee, and Tony and Peggy Bishop of South Carolina; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Lynda Powers of Taft, Jim and Phyllis Beaty of Taft, Bob and Shirley Miller of Missouri, and Shirley Gallegos of Devore; numerous neices and nephews; and by his exwife and longtime childhood friend, Barbara A. Dunn of Alabama. Mr. Bishop was loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Marie Ellen Bishop
September 20, 1907 - March 15, 2002



Marie Ellen Bishop, 94, born Marie Ellen Lind to the parents of John and Grace Hoover Lind on September 20, 1907, in Lake County Michigan and passed away in Bakersfield California on March 15, 2002. She was a mother of six children, grandmother of 2, and great great grandmother of 18.

Marie was a free spirit with an artistic flair, never quiet or timid. She lived life to the fullest and brightened the lives of those around her. She raised six children in Central Michigan. Worked for the national defense effort in WWII, she also worked as a painter and a waitress. She moved to Bakersfield in 1968.

With a smile on her lips and a song in her heart, Marie loved her family and rarely missed any birthday of her 89 children, grandchildren great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren. As the matriarch of this large extended family. Marie opinions and advice were always insightful and concise. She spoke her mind. In the early 1980's Marie wrote a letter to Lee Iococa. Explaining that she had owned a Dodge and currently her 1972 Dodge Dart was not running well enough for a cross-country trip. She asked for a new car he declined.

Her sharp wit and competitive spirit meant that a visit with Marie would include a few hands of cards. Always compassionate, she would ask, 'Are you ready to lose your money?'. She was a card player and she loved the Kentucky Derby and the Indy 500.

Marie was strong-willed and sometime a downright stubborn, she smoked for 70 years before she decided quit. Her doctors had advised her to quit for 39 years, but she quit when she was good and ready.

She had a green thumb and her gardens were full of fruit and vegetables, which she shared with family and friends. An Expert with crafts; Marie made wind chimes, beads and candles. She spent her last 20 years crocheting hats and booties for family and friends. If you were lucky enough to have a Marie Bishop creation then you will know what a talented and special woman she was. Marie rests with the Lord. While our hearts are heavy today, we rejoice for her eternal soul.

Marie Ellen Bishop is preceded in death by daughter LaMoyne Samis Parker of Calispell, Montana, and son Stanley Samis of Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by daughter, Sharon McKibley of St Petersburg, Florida, daughter Nadjii Lee of Bakersfield, son Lind Samis of Bakersfield daughter Vevet Osbo of Holt Michigan.

Special thanks to the staff and management of Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation. Family and friends are invited to pay their tribute to this unique woman. A celebration of Marie's life will be Tuesday, March 26 at 11:00 at the Nadjii Lee 331 Francis St.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Westside Family Mortuary in Taft.
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Brend M. Black
December 29, 1941 - August 4, 2009



A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Westside Believers Fellowship for Taft native and resident, Brenda Marlene Black, 67.

Mrs. Black was born in Taft at The Fort on December 29, 1941 and passed away at her residence on August 4, 2009. She proudly served her country as a member of the U.S. Air Force. She was a member of Westside Believers Fellowship for several years.

Mrs. Black was preced in death by her parents, Vernon and Marvalene Agee and her son, Vernon Royall. Her survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Sheri and Daniel Robinson and Michelle and John Erdei all of Taft; her son, James Darrell Black, Jr. of Sacramento; her grandchildren, Ashely, Joplin, John, Tina and Tonia Erdei; her brother, Wayne Agee; her sister, Carol Reynolds; and numerous neices and nephews.

The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonandBrown.com
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Glenn Dolder Black
July 4, 1921 - March 11, 2012



Glenn Dolder Black (Dolder) was born July 4,1921 to Glenn William and Evelyn Alyce Dolder in Fullerton, California and died in the late evening of March 11, 2012 at home with his family. Dolder is survived by his wife of nearly 66 years, Jean Ellen (Huggins) Black; brother, friend and business partner, William Max Black (Verna); his four children, Kathryn Janette Black, Stephen Dolder Black (Paulette), Kelly Jean Ward (Paul) and Glenn William Black (Kelle.) Dolder leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Cory Stephen Black, Kristina Diane Calkins, Annie Melissa Black, Joseph Tyler Black, Thomas John Marquez, Andrew Glenn Inman, Amy Jean Inman, Chelsie Black Bruno, Casey Deann Clement, Mitchel Wayne Clement, and Michael Adam Black; as well as eight great grandchildren, Emily Diane Calkins, Evelyn Donna Calkins, Aiden Lucus Hocevar, Michael Cruz Torres, Aubrey Eleanor Black, Cory Gordan Black, Anna Jean Inman, Alexander Glenn Inman, Marco Glenn Sommovigo and Halston Macy Clement. His son, Michael Robert Black (Melanie) preceded him in death in 2010. Ten nieces and nephews plus numerous great-nieces and nephews, will also miss their uncle Dolder.

Dolder's father was a petroleum engineer and his family grew up in and around production areas in California. The family spent a brief time in Astoria, Oregon but returned to California to live in Montebello. Dolder was a sophomore in high school when his family moved from Montebello to Taft, living on the USGS lease. At high school Dolder played basketball and graduated in 1939. He worked for Standard Oil and E.C. Emmons during the summer months. After graduation Dolder enrolled in Taft College and was again a basketball standout in about 1941 he learned to fly in the Taft College program at Quartzite, Arizona. Shortly thereafter, he signed up for the Army Air Corps. and enlisted in 1942 as a cadet. When the uniformed, proud, handsome, red-haired fly boy came home on leave, he saw the young and beautiful Jeannie Ellen Huggins at her aunt Noni and uncle Reg Garrould's home in Taft. He captured her heart and Jeannie was smitten. They became engaged on her birthday in 1945 they were married on June 15, 1946.

Dolder came home from the service and was discharged in early 1947. After his discharge Dolder began working for Herb LaPrade at Taft Plumbing. The hardships of the previous war years created a large demand on the business which boomed. Dolder bought out LaParde later that year and his brother, Bill, joined the young business. They worked from sun up to sun down to make their company prosper. Their hard work paid off and Taft Plumbing grew and moved to a larger location. The brothers formed Black Brothers Construction. Acting as a general contractor for single family residences, subdivision tract, multi-unit and commercial buildings, a large mobile home park, shopping center, schools, and numerous other municipal projects throughout Kern County and surrounding counties.

Dolder and his mother both earned their real estate brokers licenses in 1945, and after Evelyn moved to Taft, she sold properties developed by her sons. Dolder was an ardent community supporter and donated generously of his time and money to support numerous Taft projects. He was Rotary President and a Paul Harris Fellow, founding member and Director of the West Kern County Water District, a Commander of the American Legion, a member of the Petroleum Pioneers, Kern COG, Elks, Moose Lodge, Pilots Club, Quarterback Club, Traveling Elks RV Group and The Flying Rotarians. Not only that, he manned the kettle for the Salvation Army, sold hot dogs at high school football games, collected food for the local food bank, flipped pancakes at fundraising breakfasts and sold 4th of July fireworks for the Rotary Club. He was Past President of Taft's Oil Dorado Event and his son, Glenn William has followed in his footsteps.

His mother believed that his birthday on the 4th of July destined him to become a politician. He was Taft's oldest surviving mayor and longest serving counsel member and was extremely proud of his tenure and accomplishments in office. He served for 24 years on the city counsel and was mayor from 1951 to 1961 and again from 1968 to 1982. Dolder was inducted into the Taft High School Hall of Fame in 2009. A Glenn D. and Jean E. Black family scholarship annually makes awards to graduating seniors who exemplify the community service of Glenn Dolder Black. He loved boating, water skiing, motorcycle riding, auto racing and sport fishing but most of all he loved his family and friends. Goodbye Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Uncle, Great-Uncle, Cousin and Friend. You have left a legacy that is an inspiration to us all.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at first United Methodist Church, 639 North Street, Taft. Donations in memory of Glenn Dolder Black may be made to Taft NEEDS Center, 518 Main Street, Taft, CA 93268 or to the Salvation Army, Taft Unit, 915 N. 10th Street, Taft, CA 93268. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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James Harvey Black, 60
December 4, 1940 - August 9, 2001



Graveside services will be held at West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 in the morning, for Taft resident James H. Black. James was born to Howard and Jessie Black on December 4, 1940 in Ashland, Oregon. He was the youngest of six children. He moved to Kern County in 1941 and has resided in Taft ever since.

He worked for the West Kern Water District until 1978 when he started work for Shell Oil Company. As a heavy equipment operator until his retirement in 1989.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman until health problems prevented him from these hobbies. He was a loving and devoted father to his children and all of his extra children whose lives he touched. He never knew a stranger and he always gave his all to everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Patty of 34 years, his children: James L. Black and wife Stacy of Fellows, Shelly Gotcher and husband Craig of Taft and Tommy Black also of Taft, his 4 grandchildren Stephanie Grant of Taft, Christy Malcolm of South Dakota, Luke Shelby of Taft and Craig Gotcher of Taft, his sister, Betty Vaughn many nieces, nephews and friends who loved him deeply. He is preceded in death by his parents Howard and Jessie Black, His brothers: Charlie and Johnny Black and his sisters: Carol Sanford, Bonnie Casey and Cora Cooper.

No viewing is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers the family requests that all donations be made to the National Diabetes Foundation. For questions or floral deliveries please contact West Side Family Mortuary at 763-1594. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Michael Robert Black
June 22, 1953 - October 12, 2010



Michael was born on June 22, 2010 in Taft, California, and passed away peacefully at his dream beach home. Michael was one of 5 children born to Jean and Glenn Dolder Black. When Mike was growing up in Taft, he helped out with the family business Taft Plumbing Company and was assigned all of the "rookie" such as digging trenches and tarring roofs during the summers, and always reminded us how much he enjoyed it. Michael graduated from Taft High School in 1971, graduated from Taft College in 1973, and attended and graduated from Cal State University Bakersfield with his degree in Liberal Arts in 1975.

He began his teaching legacy in 1976 at Castle Elementary and continued teaching second grade for 33 years, until his retirement from Bill L. Williams Elementary in 2009. Mr. Black loved teaching children and throughly enjoyed the time he spent with his students and fellow educators. He established lifelong friends through out the years he spent in the classroom. Michael enjoyed many things during his life, his family was his highest priority and he took every opportunity he was given to be able to spend time with them.

He was a true Dodgers fan and looked forward to attending games at Dodger Stadium every season. He loved being at the beach, riding his motorcycle along the coast, throwing the frisbee for his dog Scout, tending to the turtle and tortoise, collecting sports and film memorabilia, watching, researching, and referencing old movies and television shows, and making people laugh any chance he could with all of his jokes and his one of a kind sence of humor.

Michael is survived by his wife, Melanie; his daughter, Annie; sons Joseph and T. J.; and his grandson and best buddy Aiden; his parents Dolder and Jean Black; older sister and brother, Kathy and Steve; younger sister and brother, Kelly and Glenn. Michael has many nieces and nephews he loved just like his own children. Michael is leaving behind a lot of family members, and many close friends. Words cannot begin to describe what an amazing person Michael Black truly was, he was one of a kind, he will be deeply missed, but his memory and spirit will live forever in our hearts and our lives. Love you Papa...we all love you so very much!

Memorial service will be held on October 21, 2010, at 4:00 p.m., at the Bakersfield Junior League, 1928 19th St. Strict dress code will be enforced: Hawaiian shirts, flip-flops and or Dodger Blue and apparel. The "Dude" would have wanted nothing more.
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Janette Blackburn, 57
December 14, 1937 - December 7, 1995



Funeral services were held in Ne Hope Temple this morning for Taft native and resident Janette Blackburn, 57. The Rev. Mark Roberts, pastor of the New Hope Temple, officiated at the services. Burial was in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Blackburn was born in Taft on December 14, 1937 and passed away in a Bakersfield nursing home on December 7, 1995. She was a member of the New Hope Temple and of the church group, PLA. She enjoyed traveling and riding motorcycles.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Jean Blackburn, in June 1960 and her husband, John "Red" Blackburn in November 1992. Her survivors include two sons and their wives, Roy and Kathy Blackburn and John and Joy Blackburn, all of Taft; her parents, Denver and Julia Patterson of Bakersfield; two brothers and their wives, Richard and Ruthie Patterson and Bill and Toni Patterson, all Bakersfield; a sister and her husband, Ina and Paul Branson of Bakersfield; and five grandchildren, Justin, John, Sonya-Joy, Marshall and Trevor Blackburn.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Carolyn Blackwood, 38
January 29, 1959 - August 18, 1997



Memorial funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Carolyn Blackwood, 38. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Blackwood was born in Barstow on January 29, 1959 and passed away in Taft on August 18, 1997. She had lived in Taft for the last seven years and had been employed by Chervon as a secretary.

Her survivors include her husband, Scott Blackwood, and her daughter, Dayna Blackwood both of Taft; her mother, Ruby Bernal, and her brother, Michael Bernal, both of Barstow; her sister, Pamala Bernal of Huntington Beach, and several nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours scheduled and the service are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Oneta Blackwood
November 1, 1925 - May 17, 2003



Mrs. Blackwood was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on November 1, 1925 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 17, 2003. She had been employed as a machine operator for Bemis Company for over 16 years. Mrs. Blackwood moved from Long Beach to Taft in 1987.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buel Blackwood, in 1968. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Henry and Barbara Landreth, Theresa and Ed Watkins, Scott and Kim Blackwood and Martin and Rory Blackwood all of Taft; her sister, Pat Peterson of Minnesota; her 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations in Mrs. Blackwood's memory be made to the American Cancer Society. At the request of Mrs. Blackwood no services are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Mom will be missed by all her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom was a beautiful courageous woman with great strength and wisdom that she shared with all who came to know her. She gave her love and time and advice that was cherished by us all. Mom will always be remembered by her love and passion for her gardening of flowers. Mom we know you will be with us each and everyday.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Memon and the staff of RNs, LVNs and CNAs at Mercy Hospital and Pleasant Care Convalescent for making our mother comfortable until she was called home by the Lord.
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Charles Edmond Blair
March 5, 1921 - April 28, 2009



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery today, Friday May 1, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resident Charles Edmond Blair, 88. His son-in-law Pastor Jim Stigall, will officate at the service.

Mr. Blair was born in Washington County, Missouri on March 5, 1921 and passed away at his home on April 28, 2009. In 1946 he moved to McKittrick and then to Taft in 1962. Mr. Blair had been empolyed as an oil worker for over 30 years. He enjoyed tinkering and fixing things especially clocks. Mr. Blair also enjoyed hunting, fishing and citizens band radio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Effie (Mincher) Blair, several brothers and sisters and by his daughter, Effie Jean Blair-Kojakanian who passed away on October 5, 2004. Mr. Blair is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Opal Blair of Taft; his daughter, Mary Blair Loveland of Colterville, Janet Blair Kirkland of Mariposa and Kay Blair Stigall of Taft; his sister, Bonnie Rose Hinkleman; his 13 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. The services are under the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Orril Deborah Blaise
September 24, 1889 - October 7, 1985



Graveside services will be held today at 11:00 a.m. in Union Cemetery for Orril D. Blaise, 96, who passed away October 7, 1985 in Bakersfield. Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Milt Cole of the Fruitvale Community Church.

Mrs. Blaise was born September 24, 1889 in Des Moines, Iowa and is survived by one son, Donald Blaise; one daughter, Evelyn Bisans, both of Bakersfield; four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

No visitation is scheduled. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the chaity of your choice.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'meara Funeral Directors.
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Bertha Blakley
March 24, 1917 - December 3, 2003



Bertha Blakley passed away on December 3, 2003 Bertha was born on March 24, 1917 in Florence, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by Marion Abney, the father of her three children and by her second husband Slyvester Blakley. Bertha left behind her three children Sue Neiswonger of Pine Grove, California, Patricia Pritchett and her husband Bill of Taft, California and her son Robert Abney, she is also survived by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Berth a will be missed dearly by her children and grandchildren and by many friends whose life she touched.

There will be no services held for Bertha Blakley at her request.
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Albert Henry (Bud) Blaska, 80
May 21, 1926 - January 2, 2002



Longtime former resident, Bud Blaska passed away in Bakersfield on January 2, 2002. Bud was born in Oakland California on May 21, 1926, but lived his early years in Chicago.

He moved to California where he was a member of the Air Force during the time of World War ll. He came to work for the Ford garage after being discharged from the armed services and later owned Buds Automotive.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Jane, who was known as Betty. Bud is survived by two children, Brian Blaska and Robin Blaska Stenzel, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren, his wife, Joanne and stepchildren Larry and Vickie Dye.

Graveside services will be held Monday, January 7th, at 2:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park on River Blvd., in Bakersfield, California.
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Bob Bledsoe
November 24, 1929 - April 18, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, April 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Bob Bledsoe, 77 . Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officate at the services.

Mr. Bledsoe was born in Anutt, Missouri on November 24, 1929 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 18, 2007. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Taft Motorcycle Club. He had served on the Board of Directors of the Chevron Valley Credit Union and the West Kern Water District for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Elba Bledsoe, his infant sister Anna, and his brother, Jack Bledsoe. His survivors include his wife of 52 years Jo Ann Bledsoe of Taft his son and his wife, Mark and Nancy Bledsoe of Bakersfield; his daughter and her husband Denise and Chuck Hageman of Benicia; special family members, Ed and Terri Capehart; his grandchildren, Ashley and Nick Vorhees, Ryan Bledsoe, Natalie, Ryan and Nicholas Northway, Tristan and T.J. Skiles, Seth and Sarah Capehart, Brock and Kelsey Ruebel, Caleb Ales, Garrett Hageman, April and Josh Heimiller, Helen and Adam Capehart, Amanda and Ashley Capehart; his great grandchildren, Alexis, Zaylee, Wyatt and Caleb; and numerous other family members.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jack Donald Bledsoe
January 20, 1935 - November 23, 2006



Jack Donald Bledsoe made his passing to be with the Lord on November 23, 2006.

Jack was born in Taft, California to Dave and Elba Bledsoe on January 20, 1935. He graduated from Taft High School and he then married his High School sweetheart Peggy Euleda Newton. After being married they moved to Fresno, California, where he then attended Barber School. After graduating Barber School they returned to Taft where he then opened his own Barber Shop. Jack's Barber Shop was like a scene from the Andy Griffith Show, where friends and customers would sit, laugh, and tell stories. Jack enjoyed his gospel music and was part of a group called Desertaires Quartet. Their smooth blend of gospel music blessed many people all over Taft and the Bakersfield area.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, of 50 years; his parents, Dave and Elba Bledsoe. He is survived by his son, Blake Bledsoe and wife, Debbie; daughter, Jennifer Faires and husband, Eddie, all of Bakersfield. He is also survived by is brother, Bob Bledsoe and wife, Joanne of Taft; grandchildren, Courtney, Jamie and husband, Mike David Bledsoe and wife, Samantha, Nichole Bolles, Mathew Bledsoe, Andrew Bledsoe; and his only great-grandchild Rylan Bledsoe, all of Bakersfield. Jack was a wonderful father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all.

A memorial service will be on Thursday, November 30th, at 11:00 a.m., at Laurelglen Bible Church, 2901 Ashe Road, Bakersfield, California. Kern River Family Mortuary - Oildale.
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Peggy and Jack Bledsoe
Aug 13, 1936 - December 28, 2005 - January 20, 1935 - November 23, 2006



In loving memory of Peggy and Jack Bledsoe mom and dad; Mom its been almost two years this December 28th since you went to be with the lord. This came way too soon for me, though I know not too soon for you. I can't tell you how much you are missed. I think about you every day. Dad, when the Lord called you home not even ll months later, Thanksgiving, nonetheless, I was heart broken I had lost my best friend. Mom, on the other hand, was there with open arms awaiting your arrival; what a celebration for the two of you I wish I could have been there to see you dancing in each others arms, no more wheelchairs, no more crippled joints, just two beautiful parents completely pain free. Thank the Lord for Eternity. They say it get easier with time. I myself am finding it harder. I miss you both and wish I could be there but I will wait until the Lord calls me home. I then will be able to dance with the two of you. "What a happy day this will be" loving and missing you Your Daughter Jennifer.
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John A. Bledsoe
August 7, 1946 - February 7, 2004



John went to be with the Lord Saturday night. He was born in Taft August 7, 1946.

He attended Taft schools and was a member of the 1964 class. He served in the U.S. Army during 1966 to 1969 and served in Vietnam. John worked 21 years for Shell Oil. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and car races.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry A. Bledsoe. His survivors are his wife, Kathy; their son Chris and his wife Cyril; their daughter, Nicole and her husband, Chip Arnold and John's mother, Audrey; and a host of family and friends. His celebration of life will be Thursday, February 12th at 11:00 a.m., at the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, 300 Lassen St., Taft.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cancer Society, 1523 California Ave, Bakersfield, California 93304 or Optimal Hospice Foundation, 4800 Stockdale Hwy., Ste.215, Bakersfield, California 93309, in Memory of John A. Bledsoe.
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Harry A. Bledsoe, 83
August 3, 1913 - May 6, 1997



Private family services will be held at a lateer date for long-time Taft resident Harry A. Bledsoe, 83.

Mr. Bledsoe was born in Livingston, Tennessee on August 3, 1913 and passed away in a local nursing home on May 6, 1997. During World War II, Mr. Bledsoe served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He had made Taft his home since 1945. He retired from West Kern Water District as a plant operator after 20 plus years of service. Mr. Bledsoe was a member of the Veterans of Foreigh Wars, Post #1998.

His survivors include his wife of almost 52 years, Audrey Bledsoe of Taft; a son and ;his wife, John and Kathy Bledsoe of McKittrick; his granchildren, Christopher Bledsoe of Humbolt and Nichole Bledsoe of Maicopa; and a host of friends.

The family has suggested that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donation in Mr. Bledsoe's name be sent to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jacqueline J. Blevins, 49
January 10, 1952 - May 22, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Fellows resident, Jacqueline Joyce (Kuntz) Blevins, 49. Bob Self will officiate and pallbearers will be Ryan, Toby and Hubbell Self, David Cash, Rick McKinney and Wayne Simmons.

Mrs. Blevins was born on January 10, 1952 in Watsonville, California to Edward and Nellie Kuntz and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on May 22, 2001 after a lengthy illness. She attended Midway School and was a member of 1970 graduating class of Taft Union High School. She also attended Federico Beauty College and worked for many years at a local shop as a hairdresser.

She was preceded in death by her infant son Cody Daniel Blevins in July 1978, her father, Edward (Skip) Kuntz in March 1999 and by her sister-in-law, Kathy Kuntz in May 2001.

Mrs. Blevins is survived by her son Nicholous Blevins; her mother, Nell Kuntz; her sisters and their husbands, Kerrye and Rick McKinney, Sally and David Cash and Teena and Wayne Simmons; her brother, Eddie Kuntz; nieces and nephews, Heather, Ryan, Toby, Hubbell, Sasha, Cassie, Lacey, Chester and Chayze; great nieces and nephews, Hunter, Madison, Austin, Ryan, Chloe, Zachary and Dillon and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was loved by all for her happy disposition. She will be missed forever.

Visitation will be held on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Russ Blind
March 8, 1959 - May 3, 2011



Russ Blind March 8, 1959 - May 3, 2011 Russ was born on March 8th to Norman and Janet Blind. Living in Bakersfield nearly his whole life he felt a great deal of civic pride for the city which he served in the medical field since the late seventies.

Russ is preceded in death by his grandmother Dorothy and his mother Janet. He is survived by his children, daughter Carrie and fiance Mike, daughter Krystal and husband Brock, son Matthew and his grandsons Ryan and Pierce. His father, Norman, wife of three years Susan and siblings Gena and Greg.

Russ was born into an outdoors loving family. He was raised to have a passion for hunting, camping, fishing, scuba diving and anything having to do with the wild unknown. Russ first worked as an EMT for Progressive Ambulance before attending paramedic training in Lake Isabella. Russ was the 1st in his class to graduate with all his requirements completed beforehand to begin working for Golden Empire ambulance where he worked in the field from 1980 - 1985 and also moonlighted for Taft Ambulance. In 1985 he began working for EMS, a job he excelled at and loved for 26 years. He also ran an outside firm which trained EMT's to go into the field that he had such a passion for. He had a fierce determination for his job, and knew that any wrong step he took that people's lives were on the line. Russ embarked on yet another outdoor adventure when he opened and operated his own beef ranch in 2003 and built his dream house on the premises. For him, working toward and realizing that dream was one of, if not the greatest, personal success he would see in his lifetime.

Please join us in memorializing this amazing man, who served his family, his city, county and all of the people of Bakersfield for the better part of his life and please bring your best story to commemorate Russ's life. Memorial Service to be held at the Bakersfield City Firefighters Hall, 7320 Wible Road, Bakersfield, California 93313 on Friday the 13th and 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
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Sue Blize
1945 - January 15, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held for Linda Sue Blize on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. The service will be officiated by Pastor Larry Weatherly of the First Southern Baptist Church of Taft. Linda left us suddenly on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at her home in Maricopa, California.

Linda spent her life in the service of her Lord and Savior here on earth and will now sit at His side. Linda was born in Modesto, California in 1945. She lived in Maricopa for 24 years, spending 13 years working in the Maricopa School District as an instructional aide. She spent the next 20 years of her life living in Dunsmuir, Mount Shasta, California area, returning to Maricopa just four years ago. She was very involved in church, quilting bees, arts and crafts of all kinds and all community activities while making many, many friends who will miss Linda as much as her family does.

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Lonnie Brummett, from Maricopa and her mother-in-law, Reva Blize, of Taft. Linda is survived by her husband and soul mate of 47 years, William Leon Blize, of Maricopa; her 85 year old mother, Margaret Brummett, of Maricopa; her daughter, Erica Babineau and husband, Dave, of Maricopa; her son, Aaron Blize and wife, Jennifer, of Bakersfield; her brothers and their wives, Bill and Mary Jones of Maricopa, Lonnie and Debbie Brummett of Taft and Richard and Vickie Brumett of Taft; three grandchildren whom she loved so much, T J Jackson, son of James Jackson, and McKenna and Mason Blize; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the first Southern Baptist Church at 120 Pico Street, Taft, California 93268. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Gladys Lena Boersema
June 27, 1929 - December 5, 2006



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, December 8, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime resident, Gladys Lena Boersema. Rev. Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God officiated at the service.

Mrs. Boersema was born in San Benito, Texas on June 27, 1929 and passed away at her home in Taft on December 5, 2006. Mrs. Boersema worked as a cook for over 30 years in various restaurants in Taft. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and the California Country Music Society. Mrs. Boersema loved to help others. She was a volunteer at the NEEDS Center in Taft. She was a mother and grandmother to everyone.

Mrs. Boersema was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Lillie Elliff and by her five brothers and two sisters. Her survivors include her two daughters, Darlene Rodden of Maricopa and Karen Araujo of Montana; her grandchildren and their spouses, Dennis and Niki Schertz of Taft, Chris and Troy Carpenter of Cuyama Valley, Matt, Erik, Josh, Wyatt, Ty, Cassidy, Bailey and Cody; and by her sister, Doris Richards of Fellows. Mrs. Boersema will always be loved and missed by many.

The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Virginia Lee Boggs
January 18, 1931 - January 28, 1997



Memorial services will be held Monday, February 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. at New Life Chapel, Hesperia, California for Virginia Lee Boggs, 66, who went to be with Jesus on January 28, 1997 in Hesperia, California. Pastor Ronald Long will officiate. No visitation is scheduled.

Virginia was born January 18, 1931 in Fresno, California, she was a long time resident of Kern County, growing up in Taft and graduated from Taft College, she married Bernard Boggs in 1949 and raised two children, Steven Boggs and Susan Fell. After the children were grown she returned to work and retired in 1993 from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office. Besides her family, Virginia found great joy in serving the Lord and for many years served as a leader in Women's Aglow Fellowship. An active member of B.C. L.C., she particularly enjoyed her Agape group and also serving as a prayer counselor in Wholeness Ministries.

She is survived by her husband Bernard Boggs of 48 years; her son Steven and daughter-in-law Joy Boggs and their children Nick, Chris and Caitlin; her daughter Susan and son-in-law Ron Fell and their children Andrew, Brian and Carley; sister Thelma Murley of Taft; sister-in-law Alice Severes of Yuma, Arizona and Merb of Bedford, Oregon. Kern Hesperia Mortuary Hesperia, California.
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Esther T. Bogle
July 1, 1905 - June 27, 1992



There will be a gathering of friends of longtime Taft resident Esther T. Bogle, 86, at the West Kern Oil Museum today at 4:00 p.m. Internment will be made in the Chapel of the Pines in Los Angeles.

Mrs. Bogle was born in Whittier on July 1, 1905 and passed away in a local hospital Saturday evening. She attended Whittier College and taught in the Taft City School District for 30 years. Mrs. Bogle retired from teaching in 1976.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Bogle, in September 1963. Her Survivors include six nieces and nephews.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mrs. Bogle's memory to the West Kern Oil Museum of the Taft Union High School Library.
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Robert Dale Bogle
August 16, 1948 - February 17, 2012



Robert Dale Bogle, 63, passed on February 17, 2012 at his home. Rob was born August 16, 1948, in Taft California, to Robert and Barbara (Hickman) Bogle.

Rob was a 1967 graduate of Taft Union High School and received a BS in Business Administration from California State University, Bakersfield in 1973. Rob was employed by Mobile Oil and AERA Energy, and worked as an operator until his retirement in 2008 after approximately 30 years of service. Rob was a very dedicated, hardworking employee that was passionate about his job. He was known to "walk the hill" often on lunch breaks, and was very regimented! Rob enjoyed hunting, and had a love for the outdoors. The family enjoys many special memories of pack trips, hunting, and fishing adventures.

In addition to his mother, Barbara Bogle, Rob is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bonnie (Hudson) Bogle; sister and spouse, Teresa and Ben Rudick; children and spouse, Justin and Darcy Bogle, Crystal and Josh Moore, and Robin and Levi Montes; grandchildren, Katelynn and Adalee Moore, and McKenzie and Mason Montes; cousins, Karen Taylor and Wendy Porter; nephews, Jake and Monte Rudnick; niece, Michelle Rudnick; and special friends. Rob was preceded in death by his father, Robert Bogle.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
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Bob

Robert E. [Bob] Bogle
May 8, 1929 - February 5, 2003



Bob Bogle, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, peacefully passed away at home in Taft on February 5, 2003. He was 73. Bob was born May 8, 1929 in Bakersfield. He moved with his parents, Roscoe and Bunny Bogle, to Taft and attended school in Taft. Bob graduated from Taft High School in 1947, and attended Taft College. Bob's passion was sports. He was an outstanding athlete and lettered in football, baseball, basketball, track and boxing. He played football at Taft College. Bob signed a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians and played for the Bakersfield Indians, a local farm club. Bob earned multiple sales awards selling cars. He worked at Urner's Dodge-Plymouth-DeSoto and Pioneer Chevrolet in Taft, and Three Way Chevrolet in Bakersfield.

Bob played softball in Taft for many years and spoke fondly of his experiences in the ISC World Tournaments. He loved golf, hunting, fishing and horse pack trips to the Golden Trout Wilderness. He served as a sports and outdoor mentor to many friends. He was skilled in leathercraft and gardening. He greeted and talked with everyone that passed by to admire his garden. Bob was a member of the Houchin Blood Bank 5 Gallon Club, Elks, Taft Sportsmen's Club, and the California Deer Hunters Association. Bob actively followed and supported the endeavors of his children and grandchildren. He always made time to visit with friends and family. Bob talked of someday going to the happy hunting grounds, we wish him well, he will be missed.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara; his daughter Teresa Rudnick and her husband Ben; his son Rob Bogle and his wife Bonnie; grandchildren Jacob, Monte, and Michelle Rudnick, Justin, Crystal, and Robin Bogle; sister Barbara Field; nephew Greg and Teri Field and their children Becky, Amber, Megan, Lacy and Audrey; niece Barbara Sue Serrano, husband Robert, and their children, Andrea, Anna, and John; niece Karen Taylor; nephew Kirk Borgsdorf; and great niece Wendy Cagle.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. at OT Cook House, 205 N. 10th Street in Taft. Bob loved Taft! In lieu of flowers, please remember the Taft Oil Museum, Taft Youth Sports, Optimal Hospice, or a charity of you choice.
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Edna Bold
November 15, 1887 - May 19, 1968


Funeral services have been held in Oakland for Mrs. Edna Bold, 80, of Taft, who died in Oakland Sunday morning.

A resident of 611 Taylor Street, Mrs. Bold had resided in Taft for the past 16 years. She was a member of the First Methodist Church here.

Survivors include a asister, Mrs. Fay Crowley and a nephew; Elton Crowley, both of Oakland.
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Geraldine "Gerry" Bolding
July 18, 1926 - June 1, 2009



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Geraldine "Gerry" Bolding, 82.

Gerry was born in Roubidoux, Missouri on July 18, 1926 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 1, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Opal Williams; her sister, Ruth Blair; and by her husband, Francis Bert Bolding. Her survivors include her two sons and their wives, LeRoy and Lynnette Bolding of Taft and Bill and Kathy Bolding of Folsom; her grandchildren, Leigh and Greg Golling of Taft and Kassandra and Jake Flesher of El Dorado Hills, California and Brent and Jenny Bolding of Bellevue, Washington; her great grandchildren, Presley and Cooper Golling and Grant and Grace Flesher; her sisters, Zella Tate of Bakersfield and Imogene Murphy of Avon Park, Flordia; and also by her numerous nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Monday, June 8, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday June 9, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kenneth J. Bolding, 76
April 8, 1924 - January 27, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Fellows resident, Kenneth J. Bolding, 76. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Bolding was born in Iowa on April 8, 1924 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 27, 2001. Mr. Bolding moved from Arizona to Kern County 35 years ago. He was a lifetime member of the Taft Sportsman’s Club.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Ann and his brother, Alvin Bolding. Mr. Bolding is survived by his daughter and her husband, JoAnn and Donald Patton his grandchildren, Tim Patton and Kimber Patton all of Derby Acres; his sisters, Mildred Stottlemyre of Flaggstaff, Arizona and Alice Kimery of Weaubleau, Missouri and his great grandchildren, Kenny and Mercedes Patton.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again in Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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James Edward Bolerjack
August 16, 1922 - September 21, 1995


Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Taft on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, James Edward Bolerjack, 73. Rev Tom Scalera, pastor of the First Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Bolerjack was born in Bakersfield on August 16, 1922 and passed away on September 21, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. He was raised and educated in Tupman and Taft and was a graduate of Taft Union High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Sixth Rescue Squadron from 1942 to 1946. Mr. Bolerjack was employed for 43 years by Santa Fe Energy. He retired as a foreman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie in April of 1990; his son, Charles in February of 1967 and by a brother, Paul. His survivors include his son and his wife, Steve and Teri Bolerjack of Bakersfield; his sister, Lois Kurtz of Fresno; his sister-in-law, Frances Bolerjack Cardew of Washington; his grandchildren, Brent and Breanna Bolerjack, both of Bakersfield and a special cousin, Mary McCormick of Bakersfield and by several nieces, nephews and special friends.

Those who wish may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft on Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Annis J. Bolivar
June 11, 1931 - May 19, 2002



Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime area resident, Annis J. Bolivar, 70. The services will be held graveside in the West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Rick Church will officiate.

Mrs. Bolivar was born in Hemp Hill, Texas on June 11, 1931 and passed away at her home on May 19, 2002. Shue had lived on the West side since she was five yers old. She was raised and educated in Reward and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1948. Mrs. Bolivar was an active member of the First Baptist Church, the American Baptist Women (ABW)and was a Sunday School teacher at the church for many years.

Mrs. Bolivar worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for Taft City Schools, Taft College, the family service station and Bolivar Electric. She was an avid California Angels fan and followed the team since its inception. Mrs. Boivar's grandchildren were her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband Richard E. Bolivar in October of 1989; her sister, Grace Gorham; her grandson, Derek Bush and her great grandson, Garrett Johnson. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Tony and Nora Bolivar, Susan and Scott Bush all of Taft, Peggy Browning of Bakersfield and Vic and Dyana Bolivar of Taft; he sister and her husband, Hazel and Clint Austin of Taft; her grandchidren, Sherri Sipe, Carl Caldwell, Patrick Quick, Christina Caldwelll, Angela Johnson, Byron Bush, Carly Bush, Jennifer Browning, Stephanie Browning and Richard Browning and her 11 great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Walter (Bob) Bond
October 25, 1930 - October 2, 2003



Walter (Bob) Bond, 72. Walter was born in Michigan, October 25, 1930 and passed away on October 2, 2003. He moved to the Taft area in 1948 and worked for Atlantic Richfield for 33 years after serving in the army. He retired in 1985 and then worked at Buena Vista Golf Course for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and Walter, his brother Donald and his son Michael. His survivors include his wife Patricia of Taft; sons Jeff of Las Vegas and Robert of Wickenburg, Arizona; his brother Fred of Bella Vista and six grandchildren.

Cremation is being handled by the Neptune Society. There will be no service.
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Claude Eston Bonner
April 29, 1936 - November 29, 1936



Claude Eston Bonner was born April 29, 1936 in Pino, Oklahoma and went to be with the Lord on November 29, 2010. He was a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force. He began working in the oil fields as a welder and retired from Belridge/Shell Oil Company after 32 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father, Newell E. Bonner; his in-laws, George and Alline Maddox; brother-in-law, George Maddox, Jr.; sister-in-law, Norma Crane; his nephew, Marvin Brown and his niece Shaye Lee Fields. He is survived by his mother, Faye Bonner; sisters, Margie Schey and Glenda Thurman; brother, Larry Bonner and his wife, Denise sister-in-law Carylon Becker and Judy Brown and her husband Wayne;brother-in-law, Ron Maddox and his wife Vicky; his Sugarbaby of 54 years, Patricia; his daughters, Linda Phillips and Diane Boydston and her husband, Don; six grandchildren, Jeramy Garner and his wife, Katie, Justin Garner, Aaron Carter, Alison Wescott and her husband, John, Jessica Moyer and her husband, Levi, and his bonus baby, Andrew Boydston; and by his nine great-grandchildren, Lorelei, Lilly, Brandon, Brody, McKenlee, Raygan, Whitney, Cord, and his little buddy, Sara.

You were a wonderful son, husband, daddy, and papa. Your stories, laughter, and your ability to fix anything with duct tape will be with us always. We love and miss your with all out hearts and know you will be with us always.

A graveside funeral service was held on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery Taft. Visitation was held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Annie Mae Borders, 77
August 14, 1925 - March 23, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Ann Borders, 77. Mrs. Border was born in August 14, 1925 in Taft and lived in Taft until 1968 when she and her husband, Hubert moved to Bakersfield. She passed away in Mansfield, Missouri on March 23, 2003. Ann had a great love for children and animals. She and her husband, Hubert cared for over 80 foster children before retiring in 1982 when they moved to Missouri where her nurturing continued.

Preceded in death by her parents, Leland Haley and Mary Stonehocker, sisters, Hazel Kintner and June Finster. Survived by her husband, Hubert; daughter, Sonja Spell; son James Pierce and his wife, Jeanie; grandchildren, Gene Bingham and wife Tammy, Shari Jackson and husband, Patrick, Greg Spell and wife Kim, Mike Clifton and wife, Andrea; great grandchildren, Jason, Ashley and Bradley Bingham, Jillian and Dustin Doyle, Christopher and Savannah Spell and one great-great granddaughter and many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
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Helen L. Borgsdorf
September 11, 1930 - April 21, 1969



Services for Helen L. Borgsdorf, 38, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel. The Rev. Charles W. Jones will officiate and interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetey in Taft.

Mrs. Borgsdorf, of 6105 Hartman Street, died Monday in a Bakersfield hospital following a brief illness. She was a member of the Park Stockdale Civic Association, and an honorary member of the El Camino Women's Club of Ventura.

Survivors include the widower, John; a daughter, Karen Cagle of Mineral Wells, Texas; a son, Kirk, Bakersfield; a sister, Barbara Bogle of Taft; two brothers Scott Hickman and Bob George, R. Borgsdorf Mortuary.
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Herman (H. R.) Borgsdorf
January 17, 1921 - August 29, 1995



Herman Richard (H.R.) Borgsdorf, 74 of Grover Beach, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 1995 at his home. A Hospice Memorial Service for family and friends will be held at his home at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 1st.

H.R. was born January 17, 1921 in Halberstadt, Germany and moved with his family to Taft in 1925. He served with the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945. From 1950 to 1968 he owned the H.R. Borgsdorf Mortuary in Arvin. Following his "retirement" from the funeral business he was a Special Agent for Prudential Insurance Company until 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Fern; sister Edythe Jones of Bakersfield; son Larry and wife Jill; daughter Peggy Waldon; Grandchildren Lance Borgsdorf and wife Colene, and Suganne Michelle "Shelly" Perkins and her husband Eric; great grandchildren Landon and Chase Borgsdorf and Zachary Perkins.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the San Luis Obispo County Hospice Association.
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Clarence "Vic" Borrecco
August 20, 1920 - December 24, 2006



Long time Taft resident, Clarence "Vic" Borrecco, passed away December 24th in a local hospital with his son, and daughter-in-law and grand daughter by his side.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942-1946 in England, France, and Germany. He met his soul mate Winnie, during that time and they would have celebrated their 61st wedding annirverary in January. He moved to Taft from Lemoore in 1949 and went to work at Richard's Bootery. In 1954 he went into business with Bob Colston and together they opened "Bob and Vic's Family Shoe Store." In 1970, it changed to "Vic's Shoe Store" and continued until closing in 1990.

Vic believed in giving to the community in which he lived and worked, which is evident by the many organizations he was president of the Taft Kiwanis Club, Taft Oil Dorado Association, Taft Chamber of Commerce, Taft Down Town Merchants, Westside Regional Occupational Program, Westside Communnity Chest, Board Member Oil Dorado Association, and Originator of Operation Trees. He was also named Citzen of the year in 1961 and was a member of St. Mary's Parish since 1946 and choir member for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Winnie Irene Borrecco, his son and daughter-in-law David and Danna Borrecco; grand daughter Lisa Borrecco; grandson, Matthew Borrecco and his wife, Pat, Charles Borrecco and his wife Candice, great grandchildren, Madison and Candice Borrecco; his brothers, Ted Borrecco and his wife Pat, Charles Borrecco and his wife Jeri, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Borrecco and his brother Edward Borrecco.

Vic was a devoted husband and father and grandfather. He was known for his outgoing personality and his sence of humor, Vic was always there whenever someone was in need He was greatly respected and loved by his friends and family.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 28th from 3:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28th at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. A memorial mass service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Friday December 29th at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be followed at Westside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Taft community organization of our choice.
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Darrell

Darrell Bothwell
July 8, 1926 - December 14, 2004



Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Woodland Hills resident, Darrell Bothwell, 78.

Mr. Bothwell passed away in Burbank, December 14, 2004. Rev. David Daniel will officiate. Darrell's love and zest for life touched many lives and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He had the talent to fix anything and we wish he was here to repair our broken hearts. After discharge from the Army in 1946, he continued working in the automobile business for 61 years and owned a repair shop, Bliss and Bothwell, in West Los Angeles. He had an incredible green thumb and was known for his homegrown tomatoes and beautiful roses.

Darrell was born in 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska and moved to Santa Monica, California when he was sixteen.

He is survived by his loving wife, Diana Bothwell of Woodland Hills, his two devoted daughters, Suzanne and Stacey, sons-in-law Bob Acosta of Taft and John Schaub of Chatsworth, his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Allison Schaub, Mickey, Cody and Casey Acosta. Darrell was preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years Nancy (Willfong).
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Mary Lee Botts, 63
January 29, 1938 - December 20, 2001
Died at home in Green Cove Springs, Florida on December 20.



Mary is survived by her three children and their families, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, a sister and brother and their families. There were no services scheduled.
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Irene L. Bortz, 89
June 18, 1906 - November 12, 1995



Private family graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Irene Lois Bortz, 89, The Rev. David Daniel, pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Bortz was born in San Francisco on June 18, 1906 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 12, 1995. She had lived in Taft since 1962.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Bortz, in September 1984; a daughter, Patty Schirmeister, in September 1994; and a son-in-law Aaron Schirmeister, in June 1991. Her survivors include a son, Ernie Bortz of Taft; a granddaugher and her husband and Irene and David Vohnout of Taft; her great grandchildren, Danielle Erin and David Ian Vohnout of Taft; a niece, Marion Perry of Taft.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Joyce

Joyce D. Bowen
November 16, 1935 - January 4, 2004



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Fellows resident, Joyce D. Bowen, 68.

Mrs. Bowen was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on November 16, 1935 and passed away on January 4, 2004.

She moved to Fellows in 1967. She had been employed as a sales clerk at various grocery and retail stores. Mrs. Bowen was a member of the Women of the Moose, Taft Chapter Number 667. She was an avid reader and loved movies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cosette and G.W. Robison, Sr. and her husband, Wallace "Red" Bowen in April of 1985. Mrs. Bowen is survived by her children and their spouses, Cherry and Melvin Sills of Taft, Damon and Becky Bowen of Fellows, Danny Bowen of Fellows Larry and Laura Bowen of Checotah, Oklahoma and Robin and Lily Bowen of Aurora, Colorado; her brother, G.W. Robinson Jr. and his wife Laura of Fellows; her ten grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Iola Lee Bowman, 98
July 16, 1903 - February 27, 2002



Iola Lee Bowman, born July 16, 1903 at Vinita, Craig County, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

After 98 years and 7 months she went peacefully at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2002 to be with her lord, with her beloved son Maurice and his wife Joyce by her side. She had spent 82 years in the Taft/Maricopa area of Kern County before coming to Lancaster to be with her son Maurice and his wife. She is the widow of Cecil Clyde Bowman who preceded her in death in 1970. A conscientious and tireless worker for the Baptist Church of Taft, she spent over 70 years teaching Sunday School from Kindergarten to Golden Agers.

Not only was she an inspired teacher, she was as an exceptionally talented lady, her Oil Paintings will be remembered by many of her friends to whom she gave them as gifts. In the 1980's and 40's she taught steel guitar lessons and was well known for accompanying her various Sunday School classes on her guitar when a piano was not available.

Born the daughter of Lemuel Taylor Carter and Jo Ella Elizabeth (Merrell) Carter, Iola delighted in telling about her birth in a log house on a prairie in what was then Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). While her father was riding to obtain the midwife her mother Jo Ella gave birth, cleaned up the new baby and put her own self to bed before the midwife arrived. Iola was truly descended from pioneer stock. Her father died at 90 and her mother died at 95.

In addition to being missed by all who knew her and loved her, she is survived by her son Maurice and his wife Joyce of Lancaster and one daughter, Phyllis D. Whittington of Bakersfield, four grandchildren, two step-grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews.

West Side Family Mortuary is in Charge of arrangements

Viewing will be Monday March 4, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Westside Cemetery in Taft with Pastor Scott Pearson officiating.
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James Marshall Bowman
May 18, 1920 - November 21, 2006



Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, November 26, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. at Hopson-Anspach-Family Mortuary with recitation of the Holy Rosary read at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be Monday, November 27, 2006, 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help with interment immediately following at Greenlawn Cemetery.

James Marshall Bowman was born May 18, 1920, in Fellows, California to James and Evelyn Bowman. James was a plumber by trade; he worked for a couple of prominent local plumbing companies and even owned his own for a while. He eventurally went to work for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Apprentice school which he ended up running until he retired in 1982. Hecontinued to stay involved as president of the Retirees Association for many years until his health became a factor.

James favorite pastime was travel. It could be on land or sea as with both he could always friend a slot machine. He was one who never raised his voice or hand in anger. He was gentle and loving to everyone he met. James always had a love for cars. His favorite was a 36 Ford Coupe. James was fortunate to have two wonderful women in his life; his first wife Ann McDermott Bowman married 47 years and Kay Janssen Bowman married 12 years. He was dearly loved by his children, stepchildren and grandchildren.

One of the proudest times of his life was in the service of his country. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 at the age of 21 and served for 4 years, mostly on the all volenteer PT boat squadrons of the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

James is preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Catherine Bowman. He is survived by his sons and their wives, Jerry and Carol Bowman, and Jim and Stacy Bowman; step-children and spouses, Karen and Dan Bayless, Susan Janssen, Marjorie and Jeff Warren, Fred and Anne Janssen, and Elizabeth and Michael Geyer; brother, Bob Bowman and wife Vera; sister, Betty Webster; grandchildren, Jeremy, Casey, Kristin, Ryan, Jenna, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Johnnette N. Bowser
December 30, 1937 - January 16, 1997



Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Community Christian Fellowship for Taft resident Johnnette Naomial Bowser, 59. The Rev. Mike Johnson will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Bowser was born on December 30, 1937 in Santa Maria and passed away January 16, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital after suffering from emphysema. She spent 16 years in Lompoc Valley where she and her husband raised their four children. They then moved to Taft where she spent the past 17 years. Mrs. Bowser attended local churches and was involved in Women's Aglow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Barry Bowser, in 1988 and a daughter, Terry Ball, in 1990. She is survived by her eldest daughter, Sherry Coggins; her son-in-law, Jim; a son, Barry Lee Bowser Jr., her youngest daughter, Janeen Heimiller; her son-in-law, Roy; her nine grandchildren, Shelly, Sara and James Coggins, Michael Ball Jr., Brent Lee Bowser, Chuckie Brown-Heimiller, an Joshua, Justin and Jenna Heimiller; her brothers John, Curtin and Mike Munoz; her sister, Pat Tauman, Yonne Larson, and Jean Partain; her sisters-in-law Darlene Kessler, Linda Decant and their families.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Glen Joel Boyd, 63
May 5, 1928 - November 21, 1991



Services were held in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel today for former Taft resident, Glen Joel Boyd, 63, passed away November 21st, in Bakersfield.

Glen was born May 5, 1928 in Taft, and was a lifetime resident of Kern County. He worked for Chevron for 20 years, and later worked for Calivary Bible Church for years.

Glen was preceded in death by his father, Jame Boyd in 1967, and by a brother, Ivan Boyd, in February of 1991. Survivors include his mother Lottie Boyd of Taft; sisters, Dorothy Osborne of Taft and Barbara Teagarden of Bakersfield; and three nieces and three nephews.

Hillcrest Mortuary Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.
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Lottie Boyd
April 26, 1903 - July 25, 2001



Our beloved mother and grandmother went home to the Lord on July 25, 2001. She was born in Blairsville, Georgia on April 26, 1903, one of five sisters. Her life was filled with joy which she shared with everyone she met.

She is preceded in death by her husband James, sons Ivan and Glenn, and daughter Geraldine. She is survived by her daughters Dorothy Osborn of Taft, Barbara Teagarden of Bakersfield, six grandchildren: Linda Mattly, Cathi Wesson, Heather Burns, Robert Burns, Glenn Boyd, Jerry Boyd, five great-grandchildren: Nichole Thresher, Jennifer Wesson, Caitlin Boyd, Colleen Boyd, Patrick Burns and one great grandchild, Alexander Thresher.

In 1919, she married James Leonard Boyd and moved to California setting in Taft where James worked for Standard Oil. Lottie became devoted to Christ at an early age and spent her life living for the Lord. She was loved by all who had the privilege to know her and will be deeply missed. Yet those who knew her know she is at peace in the home she had longed for.

Chapel services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary on Monday, July 30, at 10:00 in the morning.
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Mildred (Millie) Bernice
September 4, 1913 - May 10, 2012



Mildred (Miller) Bernice Boyd, oldest child and only daughter of Josephine and John Graham, was born in Taft, California on September 4th 1913. Although she and her seven brothers, Roy, Doug, Jay, Jack, Donald, John and Jimmy Graham, spent much of their childhood in Texas, the family returned to Taft in time for Millie to graduate high school. She then married her high school sweetheart, Chalmer Walker, and their daughter Patricia Ann was born in December of 1932.

This marriage didn't last and Millie became a single parent, supporting herself and her daughter for many years as the owner and operator of Walker Studios. It was here she met her future husband when a single father, Tyrus Boyd, came into be photographed with his daughter Sherri Lynn before leaving to fight in WWII. They met again upon his return from the war and they were married on June 8th, 1946. In the following years, they built a successful business and raised their two daughters together. Their's was a long and happy union lasting 62 years until Tye's death in 2008.

Millie was an active member of many social organizations including Eastern Star, the Episilon Beta of Sigma Alphas Sorority and the North of the River Women's Club. She belonged to the church on Olive Drive for many years and was also a member of the Antique Automobile Club of Kern County.

Millie and her husband Tye loved to travel, especially as part of a group and they also loved to entertain at home. Millie was known for both her hospitality and her skill in the kitchen. She was also an avid an highly skilled Bridge player.

Millie will be greatly missed by her family including her daughter Sherri Wilson, her former son-in-law Michael Wilson, their three daughters, Natalie and her husband David Bundy, Elizabeth and her husband Tim Lister and Shelby Wilson as well as Natalie's children Meagan and Madison Rizer, and Tyler Brown, his wife, Canadace and their daughter Mattox. And, by her daughter Patricia;s four children, Deborah Seymour and her son Colin, Gary Odegaard and his two daughters Erin and Andrea, David Odegaard and his wife Phyllis and Jay Odegaard.

Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. followed by services at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14th at Hillcrest Cemetery.
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Betty

Bettye Jean Bracamonte

Bettye Bracamonte
June 26, 1927 - December 25, 2002



Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Sunday, January 5, 2002, in Hillcrest Memorial Park Road, for Bettye Jean Bracamonte, 75, formerly of Bakersfield and Taft, who passed away suddenly December 25 while spending the holidays in Portland, Oregon.

She is preceded in death by her husband, well-known local grocer, Ernie Bracamonte; together they owned and operated Center Markets in Bakersfield & Pumpkin Center.

A resident of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Bettye was born in Gould, Oklahoma, June 26, 1927, and worked in the retail and services industries much of her life. Semi-retired, she was very active in community charity organizations and events and was a long-time member of the Coeur d'Alene Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. She participated in chorus' competitions in the Pacific Northwest and Europe.

Bettye is survived by her children, Lorri Alexander and husband, David Tisler, Jenner, California, Gary Alexander, Englewood, Colorado, Stacey Alexander, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Diane "Jana" Lee and Frank Hunter, Dripping Springs, Texas; cousin, Nona Haskew, Springfield, Missouri; grandchildren, SSgt. Caleb Antrim and wife, Cori, McCord AFB, Washington, Danielle Clegg and Mark Alexander, both of Bakersfield, and Ashleigh Campbell, Colorado Springs; great-grandson, Aidan Antrim; brother in law, Al Bracamonte, and wife, Carol of Bakersfield.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Bettye's name to The Wishing Star Foundation, 915 W. Second Ave., Suite 2, Spokane, Washington, 99201, or the Kootenai Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 1005, Hayden Lake, ID 83835.
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Janette Marie Bradbury
October 20, 1945 – February 27, 2003



Janette Marie, 57, born October 20, 1945, went to be with our Lord February 27, 2003 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She was a great mother and a loving grandmother who provided for her family through all the difficult times. Janette moved to Oklahoma in 1999 after the death of her husband James D. Bradbury. She will be greatly missed by her son, Wayne C. Bradbury, daughter, Christina M. Bradbury and granddaughter Kaitlyn Marie Bradbury.

Interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
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Mary A. Bramham
"Our Georgia Peach"

May 29, 1921 - October 2, 2002



Funeral services will be held in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mary Agnes Bramham, 81.

Mrs. Bramham was born in Rockmart, Georgia on May 29, 1921 and passed away in a Bakerfield hospital on October 2, 2002. She had lived in Taft since 1951 and along with her husband, owned and operated the Bramham Upholstery Shop. She was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and was a friend of the Westside Christian Center. She was the past president of of the Gymkhana Association and was a Girl Scout Leader. She was also very active with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Casey Bramham on August 9, 1996. Mrs. Bramham is survived by her children and their spouses, Jim and Revetta Bramham, Annette and Don Galloway, Virginia and Jim Kulzer, Donna Russell and Pam and Bill Yeager; other family members include Dick Russell, Roger Tipton, Rick Kelsey and Benny Niebla; her grandchildren, Lori and Ed Dennis, Jimmie and Lynn Bramham, Stephenie and Dave Gorden and Sherie and Robert Mann and their respective families, and Jaime Russell, Matt Russell, John Russell, Michael Tipton, Deniel Tipton, Tim Tipton, veronica Shields and family, Jessica and David Michal, Kasey Niebla, Kim and David Miller, Tracy and Jason Christy, and Danielle Yeager; and eleven great grandchildren.

Those who would like to pay their respects may do so on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Don

Donald Kenneth Bradley
September12, 1958 - February 21, 2001
A tragic vehicle accident took the life of Don AKA Kenny Bradley February 21, 2001.



Memorial Service will be Saturday, March 3, 2001 at the Oasis Upstairs Lounge, 4:00 p.m.

He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1976 as President of the Student Body in his senior year. His class presentation to Taft Union High School was the Wildcat Pride Sign on the outside of the Girls gym. Don was an avid Wildcat, playing football and baseball. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and helping out girls basketball. Don attended Taft College and one year at San Diego State where he met his wife Cindy.

Don, Cindy and their daughter Heather made Visalia their home, but you could see Don around often especially at the Oasis to eat when he could get away from his work duties.

Don was a Drilling Rig Mud man in the Taft Oilfield area and was at his assigned rigs 24 hours a day when required. Don would go to the Oasis when he could get away for awhile – this way not only did he get a good meal, he could visit his mother Gail at the same time. Don’s mother and step-father own the Oasis: Murle and Gail Sowles. In Don’s younger years he put in many hours here, doing whatever it took to help out. The Oasis was a home away from home to Don and this is where we have chosen to say Goodbye!

We would like to thank you all for your many acts of kindness.
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Eva Dolores [Grandma Dee] Bradley, 76
April 21, 1925 - November 19, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Eva Dolores, Grandma Dee Bradley, 76.

She was born on April 21, 1925 to Carl and Katherine Miller in La Habra, California and passed away on November 19, 2001 in Lakeville, Minnesota. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren; she traveled and lived between Minnesota, California, Utah and Missouri just so she could visit with all of her family. Some of her pastimes were spent reading, antiquing, thrift shopping and just taking in all that life had to offer. She really enjoyed the road trips she took with her grandchildren. Her favorite time of the year was spring when all the flowers and new foliage were blooming. She absolutely adored her two cats, Spanky and Purr. She is predeceased by her parents, two sisters, one brother, and her oldest daughter.

Mrs. Bradley is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Brenda and James Alldredge of Taft and Karen and Stanley Beliveau of Lakeville, Minnesota; her brother and his wife, Basil and Donna Miller of Utah; her grandchildren Tim, Mark and Jeff Beliveau of Lakeville, Minnesota, Gina Couch of Taft, Jody and Brian O’Dell of Bakersfield, Angela Pierce of Frazier Park and Brian and Tish Pierce of Bakersfield; and her great-grandchildren Donovan Couch, Zackary and Mariaha O’Dell, Rainbow, Jake, Brittney and Jonah Martin, Cody, Breanne, Mallory and Alyssa Pierce; and by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation may be made to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, 800 E. 28th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418 (612) 863-4000. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Alice Josephine Bramlet, 90
July 4, 1911 - October 30, 2001



Graveside services will be held Friday Nov. 9, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California for: Alice Josephine Bramlet, age 90, who went to be with the Lord, Oct. 30, 2001 in Bakersfield.

She was born in Texas, July 4, 1911. She had been a resident of Taft for over 40 years. Alice was a published poetess and an accomplished artist. She will be sorely missed by her loved ones and friends.

She is survived by her four children Betty Beckman, Alvin, J.D., and Dale Bramlet, (and spouses), 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew and numerous other relatives.

In lieu of flowers please contribute to the American Red Cross in her name.
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J.D. Bramlet, Sr.
March 16, 1936 - May 7, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft Resident, J.D. Bramlet, Sr., 74. Mr. Bramlet was born on March 16, 1936 in Kyle, Texas and passed away in Taft on May 7, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Josephine "Granny Jo" Bramlet and by his grandmother, Effie F. Moody. Mr. Bramlet is survived by his wife, Gyla Bramlet of Taft; his children and their spouses, J.D. Bramlet, Jr. and Lydia of Taft, Lisa and Mark Thurston of Bakersfield, Dawn and Gary Cox of Lompoc, Bill and Nancy Bramlet of Pennsylvania, and David and Mary Baker of Bakersfield; his grandchildren and one great grandchild; his brothers, Alvin Bramlet and his wife, Marilyn of Utah and Dale Bramlet of Taft; his sister and her husband, Betty and Russell Beckman of Bakersfield; and by his nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Laurence H. Brandon
January 8, 1925 - May 21, 2002



Laurence Brandon passed away onTuesday, May 21st. Services will be held onFriday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 1800 Bedford Way, Oildale.

Larry was born January 8, 1925 to Elsie and Laurence Brandon in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1942. Larry served in the Merchant Marines during WW II and was the navigating officer on the Queen Mary while transporting Toyko Rose to America as a prisoner. He worked as a welder in the oilfields for 14 years and contracted his services in Bakersfield and the outlying ares. larry was emppployed by Hopper as a shop superintendent for 10 years and then worked with his eldest son, David, in his CPA practicefor 15 years.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 52 years. Patricia Brandon; six sons, David Brandon and wife Julie, Timothy Brandon and wife Peggy, Christopher Brandon and wife Janet, Peter Brandon and wife Melinda, Patrick Brandon and wife Deanna, and Theodore Brandon and wife Angela; and one daughter, Rosemary Webb and husband Jim. He also leaves behind one brother, William Brandon and wife Wendy and one sister, Carolyn Marsala of Atascadero. In addition, he is survived by 22 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Elsie and Laurence Brandon.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Friday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at Christ the King Church. Monsignor Stephen Frost will officiate.
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William Winfield Brandon (Bill)
July 12, 1930 - March 27, 2010



After a long and painful battle with cancer, Bill passed away at his home with his loving wife, daughter, and grandchildren close by his side. He was at peace knowing that he was in the comfort of his home surrounded by those who loved him. Bill loved the Lord, and always thanked the Lord for his knowing that God was in charge of his life.

Bill was born in Taft, California to Elsie and Lawrence Brandon.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence, and he is survived by his sister, Caroline, who resides in Atascadero. Bill has many nieces and nephews living in Bakersfield and on the coast.

Bill met his wife, Wendy, in 1964, and they married in 1965. At that time he returned to college to pursue a change in his career. Bill found an insatiable interest in computer programming. He loved developing programs because he loved the challenge. Upon graduating he became a systems analysis for Kern Community College District working for 13 years before retiring in 2001.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Wendy; loving daughter, Cindy; and his adoring grandchildren, Zachary and Hailey.

We wish to thank all of our friends that have shown their love and support. His family would like to express their gratitude to Florence Wheeler Cancer Center, Dr. Dean Davis, and his staff for their dedication and compassion. Also, the excellent care and support provided by Odyssey Health Care.

Bill was put to rest in the National Cemetery, and a celebration of his life will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Saturday, April 10th, at 2:00 p.m.
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Harlene Brandt
December 24, 1938 - August 6, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Harlene Brandt, 64.

Mrs. Brandt was born in Sacramento on December 24, 1938 and passed away in Taft on August 6, 2003. She had been employed as a caregiver for over 13 years. Mrs. Brandt moved to Taft from Galt about a year ago. She was a member of the Westside Believers Fellowship.

Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Ted and Sandra Brandt of Sacramento, Cindy Lawrence and Eric Summers of Taft and Ty and Sharla Gagnon of Taft; her sister Mary Schatz of Modesto; her brother, Bill Lyons of Fair Oaks, California and her six grandchildren.

Visitation will be available to family and friends on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mildred Braun
December 27, 1918 – August 12, 2001



Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 16, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Millie was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, in 1991. She is survived by her six children: Fred Braun and his wife Mary Ellen; John Braun and his wife Nancy: Carol Honeycutt and her husband Curt: Donald Braun and his wife June; Sally Olsen and her husband Norman; Jim Braun and his wife Lisa; 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Millie had a generous heart, even taking others into her family circle. She loved her garden, her family, and her Lord.
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Dennis Brenneman, 47
November 24, 1947 - November 20, 1995



Private family services and interment will be held next week at the West Side District Cemetery for life-long Taft resident, Dennis Leo Brenneman, 47.

Mr. Brenneman was born on November 24, 1947, in Taft and passed away on Monday, November 20, 1995 in Taft. Mr. Brenneman worked as a geologist for many years for various oil companies. He also contracted his own business out with his professional skills. Mr. Brenneman attended primary and high school in the Taft school district. He also attended Taft Community College before attending California State College, where he obtained his college degree. Mr. Brenneman was an avid reader of all sorts of books. He also loved he outdoors and camping out among mother nature's great environment. He enjoyed all art of many forms. His biggest love was living in our small town of Taft.

He is survived by his sister, Deanna Montgomery, and her husband, James, of Santa Ana; his aunt, Faith Shimmin, of Lebanon, Oregon; cousins Leah Rogers of Fullerton, Arlene Inlow of Seal Beach, Becky Johnson, Venetta Yost, Jannette Matthew, Steve Inlow, Gary Inlow, Mark Inlow, and many other friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Leah Brenneman.

There will be no visitation. The services are entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Charlotte Brenoel
March 19, 1890 - May 15, 1968



Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church for Charlotte Beckwith Brenoel, 300 Polk Street who died Wednesday in Bakersfield at the age of 78.

A native of Claifornia, Mrs. Brenoel had resided in Taft for 49 years. She was born March 19, 1890 in Stockton.

She is survived by two sons, Charles, of Oildale, and Lee, of Novato; a sister, Mrs. Fred N. Johnson, of San Jose, and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Brenoel was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. She also belonged the the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Black Gold Post; Navy Mothers Club and Cootiettes.

The Rev. Lester Mather will officiate at the church services and graveside rites at West Side District Cemetety will be conducted by the VFW Auxiliary. Members of the famiy said today that friends who wish, may contribute to the Kern County Crippled Children's society in memory of Mrs. Brenoel in lieu of flowers.
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Iona Ann Brewer, 44
March 23, 1953 - May 2, 1977



In loving memory of Iona Ann Brewer, who left us suddenly May 2, 1997 a the age of 44.

She was born in Bakersfield on March 23, 1953 and passed away at her home in Taft. Mrs. Brewer attended Shafter High School, then marrried and moved to Oklahoma. Later, she and her family returned to California and settled in Taft. She graduated from Taft College and worked part time at the College Child Care Center, leaving for health reasons in 1996.

She is survived by her husband Ray; four sons, David and his wife, Stacy, Phillip, Mark and Jacob; her father, Hershel Dewitt; and two sisters, Bertty Fletcher and Linda Dunigan.

Visitation will be at the West Side District Cemetery Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. The services have been entrusted to the care of the Taft Funeral Home.
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Penny Christina Brewton
September 29, 1947 - December 12, 2003



Private family services will be held for Taft resident, Penny Brewton, 56. Mrs. Brewton passed away at her residence on December 12, 2003.

She had been employed by Washington Mutual and had served as the Taft branch manager. Her survivors include her husband, Richard Brewton; her sons, Michael Lee Brewton and Andrew John Brewton all of Taft and her granddaughter, Khrystal Lynn Aguilar of Bakersfield.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Richard Allen Brewton
April 19, 1946 - December 14, 2004



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday at 4:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Richard Allen Brewton, 58.

Mr. Brewton was born in San Diego on April 19, 1946 and passed away at his home on December 14, 2004. He had lived in Oildale for many years and moved to Taft 13 years ago.

Mr. Brewton was preceded in death by his wife, Penny Brewton, last December, his father; and his brothers. His survivors include his sons, Michael Brewton and Andrew Brewton both of Taft; his mother, Dorothy Harrell of Oildale; his sister, Sherry McFadden of Bakersfield and his three grandchildren.

His family requests that no flowers be sent, instead donations to a favorite charity can be made. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Edward Case Brigham
November 20, 1915 - March 10, 2011



Edward Case Brigham was always quick with a smile around his family and friends, and eager to make others at ease. After 95 glorious years, he passed away March 10, 2011, in his home at Bridgeview Estates in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was born in Ottowa, Illinois, November 29, 1915, to Rev. David John Brigham and Charlotte Mae Case.

After WWI, the Presbyterian Church transferred his family to California. Ed at age 4 began school in South Gate, California. After the 8th grade the family moved to Placentia, California. It was there that he met his future wife, Winifred Edith McCool. Both Winnie and Ed graduated from Fullerton High School. They both went on to graduate from Occidental College in 1939 and married in 1940.

Ed was a geology major and enjoyed competing in track. His best event was the high hurtles, winning the Southern California College Conference Championship in 1938 and 1939 and the Long Beach Relays in 1938.

By 1941 Ed was an Army pilot in WWII and finally became a civilian again in 1947. During his Army flying, their first daughter, Judy was born in Anaheim, California. After the Army, he continued to fly with an American Airlines crew based in Chicago, and their son, Jack, was born in East Moline, Illinois. He then decided to spend more time with his family and moved to Taft, California, where Ann was born.

Ed went into business with an old Army buddy and formed the parent corporation Richard K. Newman and Assoc. Ed was a director and corporate treasurer. The business quickly expanded with satellite corporations in Bakersfield, Fresno and Pebble Beach, California. Ed's additional responsibilities included manager of the Bakersfield operation, "Sparkle Cleaners, Launderers and Furriers". Ed and his buddy Richard "Stubby" Newman successfully pioneered a new concept in service by introducing a car hop drive-in service at the cleaners. After 26 years, Ed decided to slow down a little and sold his interest in the business. He went back to College and earned his secondary teaching credential and taught in the Bakersfield City School System. After eight years of teaching, he and Winnie decided to retire and move to Port Townsend, Washington. For 18 years, they throughly enjoyed the Puget Sound area, especially taking the grandchildren fishing in his boat and letting them 'Skipper' the vessel through the Sound. He was quite the musician too with his harmonica and then a Lowry Organ for many years, making cassette tapes for his family. He was also notorious for writing poems during his married years, some on napkins and scrapes of paper, all kept and treasured by Winnie, which were compiled into a book for his 80th birthday. While in Twin Falls, Idaho Ed and Winnie went on several Harris Tour trips and was known for his uplifting spirit and a joke or two!

When he reached his 80th birthday, and after 18 years in Washington state, Ed and Winnie decided to move closer to their children, who were in 3 different states. They chose Idaho which was more centrally located between their 3 children, buying a home west of the college. Later they moved to Bridgeview Estates along the canyon where he was always grateful for the care and friendships he nurtured with the staff and residents.

Ed enjoyed and was always active in community service. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church while in Illinois and California. He served as president of the Taft Chamber of Commerce as well as director of the board of several charities. He enjoyed his membership in the Rotary Club and served as president.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years Winifred "Winnie" M. Brigham, and children: Judith Lynne Sims-Barlow (Will) of LaVeta, Colorado, John Edward (Jack) Brigham of Bakersfield, California and Margaret Ann Pool (Gary) of Jermone, Idaho; four grandchildren: Amy M. Sims, Jay W. Sims (Cathy) of Colorado, Christopher M. Pool of Nebraska and Gina C. Pool and great grandson Chavalier Case Gordon of Idaho.

A celebration of Ed's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church 209 5th Ave. North, Twin Falls, with Pastor Phil Price officiating. At Ed's request there will be no public visitation. Private family burial will take place at a later date. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. 1142 Twin Falls, Idaho 83303-1142.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gift suggestions from the family include: Bakersfield College Foundation, C/O The Ed and Winnie Brigham Foundation, 1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, California 93305, or the Presbyterian Church of Twin Falls, 209 5th Ave., North, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301.
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Paula

Paula K. Bright, 44
October 23, 1956 - January 14, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for Paula K. Bright, 44.

Mrs. Bright was born on October 23, 1956 in Taft and passed away at her daughter’s home in Bakersfield on January 14, 2001. She had worked as a Reliability Specialist for Aera Energy for 13 years. She was a member of the New Hope Temple Church.

Mrs. Bright was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Ray Stephens. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband Keisha A. and Chad Tingey of Bakersfield; her parents, Charles and Pauline Stephens of Derby Acres; her sister, Linda Perryman of Bakersfield, her brothers and their wives, Rodger and Glenda Stephens of Taft, Eddie and Debbie Stephens of Derby Acres, Harlie and Penny Stephens and Tim and Terri Stephens all of Taft; her two grand-daughters, Madison A. and Samantha T. Tingey both of Bakersfield; and her numerous nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Johnny Allen Britt, 55
September 5, 1946 - January 5, 2002



Graveside Funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Wednesday Morning at 10:30 a.m. for Maricopa resident. Johnny Allen Britt, 55.

Mr. Britt was born in Topelo, Arkansas on September 5, 1946 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 5, 2002.

He proudly served his country as a member of the U. S. Army. Mr. Britt had lived in Maricopa for the last 17 years. He had been employed by Dwayne Engineering and Construction for several years.

He was preceded in death by his father, John (Fat) Britt. Mr. Britt's survivors include his wife of 36 years Joyce Britt, his mother, Tressie Garcia, his two daughters, Tamatha Moor and Angela Gibson, his nine grandchildren six brothers and four sisters.

The family is excepting donations at P. O. Box 191 Maricopa Ca 93252; Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Ronald Ray Britt
April 13, 1951 - September 24, 2003



Funeral arrangements are pending with the West Side Family Mortuary for Maricopa resident Ronald Ray Britt. Mr. Britt was born in Stockton, California on April 13, 1951 to Thomas and Virginia Britt and he passed away on September 24, 2003 in Maricopa, California at the age of 52.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Eugene Richard Brittain
January 10, 1938 - July 10, 2012



Eugene Richard Brittain, known as Gravy to his friends, has gone to be with our Father in heaven on July 10, 2012. Gene was born in Arizona on January 10, 1938 to Garland and Jewel Brittain. Gene went into the Navy at age 17 for four years and was stationed in San Diego on the USS Hancock. Gene went to heaven to be with the Lord, his parents, his brother, and his wife Pat (Trish) of 46 years; his life has never been the same without her.

Gene is survived by his brother, Bill Brittain, and his sister, Evelen; his three daughters, Sheryl Miller of Arroyo Grande, Anita and Jim Baker of Taft, and Lynn and Greg Brooks of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Austin, Lane, Courtney, Macy, Brittainy, Tricia, and Clay; and his great grandbabies, Destiny, Everett, Jamesie, Hailey and Piper. May you rest in peace and with the Lord and all your loved ones.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the Optimal Hospice. At Gene's request, a private service will be held at a later date. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Jim H. Brockett
October 14, 1932 - May 20, 2011



Born 14 October 1932 the son of Harley and Louise Brockett was very premature and had a real uphill battle to survive. Jim was raised by his grandparents, John and Malinda Stone and went through Taft city schools, Taft Union High School and Taft College. During his years at Taft Union High School and Taft College, Jim excelled at track and field, most times being unbeaten in the entire state and nation, with the exception of only his own teammate, Leon Patterson. Also during this time, Jim went to work part time for the Kern County Parks Department and after college remained with them full time for a total of 45 years; cut short by a severe accident that in 1993 that nearly cost him his life. In 1961 Jim married Carol Ann Robertson and they were together for 46 years, until Carol's death in 2008. They had one daughter, Shelly Louise, who along with her husband, Phil Jackson, have helped care for Jim during the past few years. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; His mother and step-father, Louise and Al Weatherly; and his grandparents, John and Malinda Stone. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Doris P. Robertson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. A private interment will be at a later date. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Marguerite Peg Moseley Brockett
February 21, 1923 - June 4, 2007



Marguerite "Peg" Moseley Brockett, a longtime resident of Taft, California, passed away June 4, 2007. Marguerite was born in Long Beach, California, February 21, 1923 to her parents Joseph Henry Raley and Eliza Geneva (Nee Leach) Raley, both of Beaverdam, Kentucky.

Early on, Marguerite's parents and her younger sister Marjorie, who currently resides in Yreka, California, moved to Lost Hills, California where her father worked in the oilfields. Marguerite attended and graduated Taft Elementary Schools. She graduated in 1941 from Taft Union High School. Subsequently, Marguerite met Paul Seth Brockett and they married June 8th, 1941. Marguerite worked for many years as a butcher and grocery clerk at Harrison Street Market, Ford City Emporium, and Hall Mart.

Her husband died in 1993. Marguerite is survived by her two daughters and her son and four grandchildren. Her oldest daughter Paulette Kilbourn is retired and lives in Taft, California. Her second daughter, Ronnie Hord resides in Princeton, Idaho with her husband Sam Hord. Cliff Brockett, her son, is employed by West Side Mosquito Abatement, and lives in Taft, California. Stacy Brockett the granddaughter is employed by Pacificorp and lives in Portland, Oregon. Cassie Brockett, sister to Stacy, having served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard is an E-5 Corpsman Second Class and currently stationed in Juneau, Alaska. Jamie Brockett, brother to Stacy and Cassie, will be a junior at Taft Union High School this coming fall.

In lieu of a service, an open house will be held Saturday, June 9, at Marguerites home, 1749 N. Lincoln, in Taft, between 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www. westsidememorialservices.com to sign the online guest book.
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Juanita

Juanita Mae Lyke Brogdon
October 7, 1923 - July 25, 2005



On Thursday morning, July 28, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., graveside funeral services will be held for longtime Taft resident, Juanita Mae Kyke Brogdon, who passed away on July 25, 2005 in Rosewood Skilled Nursing Center in Bakersfield.

Mrs. Brogdon was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on October 7, 1923. During World War II, Juanita made her first trip to California with her foster sister, Leona to look for work in Southern California.

That is where she met the love of her life, Ernest Henry Brogdon. He had just been discharged from the Marine Corps and was employed as a cab driver. It must of been love at first site because they were married just three days later. They soon moved to Taft. This is where Juanita opened and operated her very own laundromat at Sixth and San Emido Streets. She operated the laundromat during the 50's and 60's.

While Ernie was over in Iraq working on drilling rigs they were saving to start a new business, they started Brogdon Oil Company which their 2 sons helped run. Juanita and their 2 sons spent two years in Iraq with Ernie.

Juanita was always a hard worker. She sang "On the Wings of a Snow White Dove" while she worked.

She proceeded in death by her husband beloved husband Ernest H. Brogdon, her oldest son, Ernest E. Brogdon, her mother Mae Lyke; her father Sam Lyke and her youngest brother Charles Lyke all of Oklahoma.

She is survived by her youngest son Ronald W "Poly" Brogdon and his wife Nancy, her three grandchildren Ronald Brogdon and his wife Lisa, his three children Wayne, Alicia and Little John, Lisa's 2 children Curry and Hannah; Shely Brogdon Meryers and her husband Fred; her three children; Richard Craig, Levi, and Laney, and her youngest son Richard Brogdon and his wife Denna and their two girls, Bailee and Kennidee.

She is also survived by her oldest brother Samuel Lyke and his wife Mary, a sister-in-law Christine Lyke all of Oklahoma; various sisters-in-laws, neices, and nephews in Taft and Oklahoma. We thank the lord for the wonderful life she shared with us all, She will be always in our hearts and our fondest memories. She will be deeply miss as she was so very loved by her family, but she will not be not forgotten

The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Visits will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nancy S. Brogdon
October 24, 1947 - December 14, 2006



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for longtime McKittrick resident Nancy S. Brogdon 59, burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery.

Nancy was born in Selma on October 24, 1947 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 14, 2006. She devoted her life to spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and family business. For many years Nancy was the bookkeeper for Brogdon Oil Company and Brogdon Service Companies, Nancy enjoyed shopping, watching movies and working in her yard. She especially enjoyed going to the beach and on trips with her family.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Furman and Ethel Wilson; her brothers, Jerry Wilson and J.D. Wilson; her father and mother-in-law Ernie and Juanita Brogdon and by her brother-in-law John Brogdon. She is survived by her husband Ronald "Poly" Brogdon,of McKittrick; her children Ronnie and Lisa Brogdon of Taft and Ronnie's children, Dewayne, Alicia and John & Shelly Brogdon of Oregon, and her children, Craig, Levi, and Laney, Rick and Deena Brogdon and their children Bailee, Kenidee and Wade; her brothers and their wives, Jerry and Carol Wilson, Cleatus and Nell Wilson and Donald and Frankie Wilson; her sister and her husband Mary and Everett Furrh and by numerous and nieces and nephews. Those who wish to pay their respect may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Lorenza "L.D." Brookover
November 14, 1924 - April 11, 2011



A graveside funeral service was held today, April 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Fellows resident, L.D. Brookover. Rev. Rick Wilkerson and chaplain Ken Burnett officiated the service.

Mr. Brookover was born in Paris, Arkansas on November 14, 1924 and passed away in Fellows on April 11, 2011. Mr. Brookover was a member of the Taft Church of God for 12 years. He loved working on old cars and homes.

Mr. Brookover was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marie Brookover; his four sisters; and one brother. His survivors include his wife of 32 years, Trannie Brookover of Fellows; his six children and their spouses, Dow Ray and Sue Brookover of Missouri, Jim Brookover of Taft, Sharon and Curt Orr of Taft, Rev. Rick and Regina Wilkerson of Fellows, Dave and Donna Wilkerson of Fellows, and Mariam and Bob Hunt of Fellows; his 17 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren with two on the way, his one great great grandchild; his brother, George Brookover of Boston; his sister, Jean Gause of Florida; and by his many nieces and nephews.

The arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mona Jeanette Brookover (Green)
April 9, 1950 - January 14, 2009



Life will not be the same without you, and all the memories you have given me" Mona was born April 9, 1950 in Lebanon, Missouri and she passed away on January 14, 2009, Bakersfield, California. Mona moved to Taft, California in 1970 where she remained until her death.

Mona's greatest joy in life was being "gramma" as all the kids called her. She spent countless hours making holiday costumes, baking cookies, sewing, quilting, and crocheting. Her contagious laughter can still be heard. She touched many lives, had many friends and will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her father Lloyd C. Green. She is survived by her loving husband Jim Brookover of Taft, California, her mother Florene Saily of Lebanon, Missouri, sister Ronda K. Mitchell and brother in law Neal of Columbia, Missouri, sister Bibbi Lightbody of Bakersfield, California, brother Jeffrey Decker and sister in law Theda of Lebannon, Missouri, brother Andrew Decker and sister in law Rhonda of Lebannon, Missouri, sister in law Sharon Orr and her husband Curt. Her sons Christopher (Chris) Ray, and Anthony (Tony) Ray, Christopher Brookover and wife Angie, daughter Carrie Ritchie and husband Rob, her grandchildren Caitlin Ray and husband Mike, Matthew Ray, Kennedy Ray, Michael Ray, Brandon Ritchie, Ashley Brookover, Siera Brookover, a great-grandchild Carson Bryant; 2 nieces Jennifer Burden (Green), and Kathryn Mitchell; a nephew David Mitchell: 2 grand nieces and nephew Brianna, Madelyn, and Dakotah, and dear friend DeeDee.

Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Nellie Frances Brookover
July 9, 1921 - November 29, 2002



Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Cuyama resident Nellie Frances Brookover.

Nellie was born on July 9, 1921 in Rensselaer, Indiana to William and Nellie Rockwell and she passed away on November 29, 2002 at the age of 81, in Santa Maria, California.

Survivors include her husband George Brookover of Cuyama, California; sons, Orville Sikes of LaVerne, California and Roger Sikes of Visalia, California; daughters, Emily Ireland of Long Beach, California, Betty Brookover of Monterey, California, Paula Brookover Louis of Barstow, California and Brenda Manes also of Barstow, California.

There will be no viewing hours scheduled. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Jeanne (Stone) Brooks
August 10, 1927 - October 24, 2006



A private interment service will be held for Jeanne Brooks who passed away October 24, 2006 after a valiant fight against cancer.

She was born and raised in Taft, California where she acquired many lifelong friends. She later lived for a short time in Alaska, where she worked for the Alaska Air Command and had many fond memories of that experience. She also lived in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to Southern California where she worked for the City of Anaheim. After her retirement from the City of Anaheim she moved to the central coast where she enjoyed her hobbies of gardening, oil painting and stamp collecting.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Nettie and Francis Stone, and daughter, Jeannine Hodges. She is survived by daughter, Janis Bentley and son-in-law Ernie Bentley of Bakersfield, California; niece, Jayne Walker and husband Mike of Grass Valley, California and other nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to Hoffmann Hospice for thier care and comfort during her difficult time.
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John Brooks
December 12, 1876 - May 21, 1968



Graveside services will be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for John C. Brooks, 91, formerly of 403 Buena Vista Ave., Taft. He died Friday in Bakersfield.
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Lloyd W. Brooks
June 10, 1935 - January 19, 2005



Lloyd Brooks, owner of Lloyd's Lease Service passed away on Wednesday. Please join Charmayne Brooks and family at a celebration of life for Lloyd Brooks. Lloyd loved life, music, his family and God. Please join us for a walk down memory lane filled with love, laughter and a bucket of tears.

The service will be held at the historic Fort on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make any contribution to the Fort Preservation Society of the Alzheimer's Association of Bakersfield.
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Lynda Bell Brooks
November 11, 1941 - May 27, 2007



Lynda was born November 11, 1941 in Taft, California and passed away at her home on May 27, 2007, at the age of 65. Lynda received her Master's Degree at Cal State Bakerfield. "Our Mrs. Brooks", was a well known and beloved school principal and educator for over 30 years in the Taft City School District. Her genuine devotion to children and everyone involved in the quality of education was evident in every aspect of her life. She loved animals, traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

She is preceded in death by her brother Paul Edward Bell, Jr., and her father Paul Edward Bell, Sr. She is survived by her mother Annetta Bell, sister Heather Lema, nephews Tony Chadwell, Bryan Bell and wife Bobbie, Michael Bell and wife Thays, and niece Laura Kuster, as well as two great nieces and two great nephews. Also, her Aunt Sally Perkins, cousins Jody Sterling and family and Mindy Pererra and family. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Please join us in the celebration of Lynda's life. Services will be held on Friday, June 1st, at 3:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Camp Condor Fund through the Westside Believers Ministry. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Terry LaJoyce Brothers
October 17, 1964 - April 7, 2009



Terry L. Brothers, 44, was born on October 17, 1964 in Bakersfield California and raised by caring grandparents, Linberg and Oneeta Williams. She enjoyed a loving 31 year relationship with her husband, Vernell Brothers. From this union was born the light of Terry's life, Bo and Kimberly. Terry graduated from BHS and went on to earn her Master's Degree at CSUB Terry relished many friendships from her years working at Taft college.

She is survived by two sisters, Chei Brown and Kelley Jackson; two brothers, Darrin Rayford and Wayne Rayford. Jr.; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., at Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church, 700 S. Haley. Services Entrusted to Beloved Care.
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Eulah "Mom" Brotzman
June 25, 1942 - January 25, 2002



Memorial services will be held at the Taft Moose Lodge on Friday, Feburary 1, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. for Eulah Brotzman, 59. Eulah was born in Kansas on June 25, 1942 and passed away in Taft on January 25, 2002.

Eulah attended school in Taft and then moved. She worked at Shulties Paint in St Louis, Missouri for about ten years. She moved to Lake of Ozark and worked at a bank for about ten years. Eulah was a member of the Women of the Moose and she liked to read, cook, and have get togethers for no reason.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Holt in 1989, her son-in-law, Stephen McClard Jr. in 1997 and her husband, John Brotzman in 1995.

Her survivors include daughter, Cindy McClard of Taft; her two sons, Ron Holt of Taft and Chuck Holt of Bakersfield; her first love, Virgil Holt; her grandchildren, Stephen McClard and his wife, Carlee of Bakersfield, Kristy, Jeremy and Jennifer McClard of Taft, Kasey Holt of Sacramento and Ricky Branson Holt, of Taft, her great grandchildren, Madison and Tyler McClard of Bakersfield, Dylon and Kamuron Burton of Taft, and two on the way. She is also survived by her many friends she made after living here for a year and a half.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Linda Antrim Brough, 59
August 6, 1947 - February 25, 2007



A Life celebration will be held in he New Hope Temple Social Hall, Taft, on Saturday March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. for Taft native Linda Antrim Brough,59.

Mrs. Brough was born in Taft on August 6, 1947 and passed away on Feburary 25, 2007 in Bakersfield. She was raised on the westside and attended Taft Schools, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1965. She spent many years in the Los Angeles area, where she worked as a service representive for Auto Club in the Travel department. Mrs. Brough moved back to Taft about ten years ago. She attended New Hope Temple. She was a great vocalist and music was her passion. She was a vived follower of the Southern Gospel music. Counted among her close friends were many of the top Southern Gospel music artists.

Mrs. Brough was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Ella Mae Antrim and brother-in-law Bob Tays. Her survivors include her sister Virginia Tays of Taft; her brothers and their wives Bob and Nancy Antrim of Taft and Jim and Marlena Antrim of Elizabeth, Colorado; her nephews and their wives Danny and Karina Antrim, Matthew and Kelly Antyrim, Michael Antrim and David Antrim; her nieces Heather Ashton; her aunt Elsie Rockberg; several great-nieces and nephews and several cousins, including Karla, Carl, and Mary Jo.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mrs. Brough's name to the West Kern Oil Museum. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerald Leland Browder
July 17, 1934 - December 29, 2004



Jerald Leland Browder was born to Clyde and Jewel Browder on July 17, 1934, in Konawa, Oklahoma. He died in Maricopa, California on December 29, 2004. At his request, no services will be held.

In 1948 the Clyde Browder family moved to Bakersfield, California and made it their permanent home. Jerald was a graduate of Bakersfield High School and earned his Associate of Science Degree at Bakersfield College. From 1954 to 1956, he served in the United States Navy traveling all over the world during his tour of duty. Upon his return home, Jerald went to work for the Kern County Sheriff's Department and was made detective after two years. After working there several years, Jerald left to go to work for the State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control and worked there until 1976. In the years following, he owned and operated several drive-in restaurants, all the while acquiring properties and making business investments. Jerald was the father of four fine sons, Mark Leland Browder, Steven William Browder, Gregory Keith Browder, and Jerald Leland Browder II. He was very proud of his sons and loved them very much, spending many happy hours on camping trips and spending time at the coast with them.

He recently retired from the drive-in restaurant business and turned his attention to his large collection of cars. He loved working on these cars and showing them off to friends. The latest addition to his collection was a 1973 Mercedes Benz, of which he was very proud. Jerald had a wonderful sense of humor and was liked by all who knew him. He was optimistic and always looked on the bright side of life. He was known for his generosity and kindness to everyone.

Jerald was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Jewel Browder, brother Keith Browder, and son Steven Browder. He is survived by his sons Mark Browder of Bakersfield, Greg Browder and his wife Sheri of West Virginia, and Jerald Browder II of Maricopa; sister Derinda Campbell of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Cassidy Browder, Gregory Browder, Katelyn Browder, and Thomas Browder. He also leaves to morn him Sylvia McCallister and Sherry Browder, and many nieces and nephews. We will miss our beloved Jerald, but memories will sustain us until we see him again someday. A special life has passed from our sight... but never from our hearts.
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Della

Della Brown
July 10, 1910 - September 8, 2003



Della Brown, former resident of Taft for 30 years, died at her home in Paradise, California, Monday, September 8, 2003. She was born in Weston, Idaho, July 10, 1910 and married David Bruce Brown October 4, 1931, in Los Angeles. They moved to Taft in 1940. Della worked 17 years at the Westside District Hospital and retired in 1970. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life.

She is survived by her daughter and their husbands, Margo and Jack Yerman and Karen and Harvey Parrott, all of Paradise, She also leaves 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Her husband Bruce died in 1989.

Della's family will conduct a funeral service Friday, September 19, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Paradise Bille Road Chapel of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Arrangements are under the auspices of Rose Chapel in Paradise.
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Diane Gale Brown "Nanny"
1944 - April 24, 2012



Diane "Nanny" was known by many family and friends and in honor of her, we will be having a memorial service, Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at The Church of God on 419 Polk Street, in Taft, California. Diane passed away Tuesday, April 24th 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at Lifehouse Nursing Facility, where she entered into Heaven and is now watching over us all.

She is survived by her brother Wayne A. and Charlene Klinger of Oakhurst, California, her 3 daughters and their spouses, Denise L. Griffee of Taft, Lisa and Travis Smith of Taft, and Rhonda R. Rippy of Dover, Tennessee, her 10 grandchildren. Chandra and Jeremy Wilson of Ownsboro, Kentucky, Dallas & Alicia Griffee, U.S. Navy of Silverdale, Washington, Alex and Jenna Griffee of Taft, Samuel and Vera Mohler of Dover, Tennessee, Kinlee Mohler of Dover, Tennessee, Trystin Smith of Taft, Derrick & Sarah Smith of Taft, Christopher Smith of Bakersfield, Sarah and Mykol Gibby of Taft and Matthew Smith of Taft and also her 8 great granddaughters, Naddia, Leia, and Jasmine Wilson, Kaeli and Chloie Griffee, Lilly Ann Mohler, Keira Lowe and Layna Smith. Preceeded in death by her parents, Chester and Dessa Klinger.

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Doris Alene Brown
June 24, 1930 - October 1, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Doris Alene Brown, 73. Rev Tom White of Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Brown was born on June 24, 1930 in Monette, Arkansas and passed away on October 1, 2003 in a Taft nursing home. She moved to Maricopa in 1943 and had been a homemaker for 56 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. In 1947 she was elected the Oildorado Queen at the age of 16.

She was preceded in death by her parents, B.L. and Eva Turnage, her sister Verna Lee Brown and by her infant son, Baby Brown.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, Paul Brown of Cuyama; her sons, Steve Brown and his wife, Cindy of Los Osos and Randy Brown of Cuyama; her daughters, Susie Brown of Lincoln, Debbie Bales and her husband, Jim of Bakersfield and Jane Collins and her husband, Brian of Bakersfield; her sister Mildred Scotts of Vista and Joyce Garrison of Maricopa; her brothers, Leamon Turnage of Hawthorne and Ray Turnage of Phoenix, Arizona; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and thirty nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Gerald Dwight Brown, 64
November 8, 1930 - October 13, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Gerald Dwight Brown, 64. Pastor Mike Richey of the Missionary Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Brown was born in Malden, Missouri, on November 8, 1930 and passed away at his home on October 13, 1995. He moved with his family to Taft when he was three years old and was raised and educated there. He was a member of the graduating class of 1949 at Taft Union High School. Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 1950-53. He worked in the oilfields of Kern County for many years, retiring from Chevron.

His survivors include a son, Tommy Dwight Brown of Taft; two daughters, Pam Norred of Taft and Debbie Whitley of Reston, Virginia; a sister, Joyce A. Brown of Taft; his grandchildren, Melissa Brown, Nikki Norred, Christine and Loren Whitley, and Jim, Bradly and Matthew Hammons; and a great grandson, Bryce Hammons.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Haroldine Frances Murch Brown
July 1, 1918 - November 15, 2006



At Haroldine's request, no services were held. Internment will be at the District Cemetery in Chowchilla, beside her grandson, Jeffery.

Haroldine was 88 when she passed away November 15th in Inyokern. She was born July 1, 1918 in Lincoln, California to Blanche Carrie Graffius and Harold Oliver Murch. Haroldine was welcome home by the five Hodgsons half-brothers, John, Harry and Edward and half-sisters Doris and Margaret.

The family settled in the upper Cuyama Valley at the Wagy Cattle ranch in the late 1920's. Haroldine became a accomplished horsewoman, preferring English-style jumping horses over western cow-ponies. After graduating from Maricopa High School in 1936, she married John Dodridge "Wink" Brown, Jr. He, with his brother Lester Wheeler "Lefty" Brown, played on the Taft Wildcat Football team, beating Bakersfield 14-7 for the 1931 Valley Championship.

Wink worked for Standard Oil in Taft and Bakersfield rig-building during World War II. In 1937, daughter Loretta was born in Taft. After the War, Haroldine and Wink purchased her parent's cattle-wheat ranch on Mt. Pinos. They had two sons, John in 1942 and Harold in 1947. The young couple added a 360 acre alfalfa farm, located in the Cyuama Valley, forging the working-family business. After 15 years, the family moved to Bishop. Haroldine went back to school and graduated a licensed vocation nurse, serving 5 years at Northern Inyo Hospital. She then established a residence in Hawaii, where she developed and managed a data processing company. Missing her family and the mainland, Haroldine exchanged sandy beaches for the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Lone Pine.

A life long book-reader, she became the librarian, teaching the students library skills, at Owens Valley Grammar and High Schools in Independence. After several years, down-sizing in the school district eliminated her position. Not one to be idle, Haroldine earned a dental technician degree and was employed by Dr. Kanen until he retired. She then became a interpretive-information clerk at the Interagency Visitors Center. Hampered by macular degeneration, Haroldine spent the last 14 years vegetable and flower gardening. Her roses were her pride and joy. Hobbies were golf and portrait-painting in oils. Her home-canned zucchini relish, apple butter and "Lydabell's chili sauce" were family famous. These delectables were much anticipated gifts at Christmas. All the while she was knitting wool sweaters, afghans and winter hats until she lost most of her sight. She then turned to audio-books.

Haroldine is preceded in death by her parents, Blanche and Harold Murch; sister Patricia Marie Wright; nephew Jeffery Lawrence Brown; her five half-brothers and sisters: John Hodgson, Harry Hodgson, Edward Hodgson, Doris Collins and Margaret Colbert; and sisters and brothers-in-law: P.J. "Buzz" and Annie Davis of Taft, and Lester and Maxine Brown of Bakersfield. Haroldine is survived by her daughter Loretta Frances Foreman, and her sons John Dodridge Brown III, and Harold Oliver Brown, all of Lone Pine.

Grandchildren include Daniel Byron Brown, Inyokern; Patricia Ann La Pugh, Las Vegas; William Lee Foreman, Lone Pine; George Edward Foreman Bishop; Kacey Rae Powers an Brooke Robin Strack of Bakersfield; and Jennifer Louise Hyde of Fresno. Great-grandchildren include Sherry Lynn Pfeil, Anchorage, Alaska; Griffin Blaine Brown, Fresno; Cody Jeffery and Jacob Tanner Hyde, Fresno; Logan Austin and Jaidyn Reeves Strack, Bakersfield; Benton Gates and Donovan James Powers, Bakersfield. Nieces and nephews include Jeanie Wright Fedor, Dyer, Nevada; Claudette Brown Duarte, Portugal; Ann Marie Davis Michalski, Taft; Allen Hodgson, Altimont; Barbara Luck, Surprise, Arizona; Cecely Fournier, Sacramento; Patrick Hodgson, Colfax; William Colbert, Harry Colbert and Cyntihia Courtney, all of Long Beach; Douglas Colbert, Virginia City, Nevada; Richard Colbert, Walnut; Janet Bruner, Carol Sabitino, and John Collins, all of San Jose; Charles Hodgson, San Francisco; Robert Hodgson, Walnut Grove; and numerouus great-nieces and nephews. Mom, like Grandma Murch, encouraged all of us to seek knowledge and creativity in our lives.

Haroldine was a cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society.
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Harriet L. Brown, 85
April 10, 1916 - May 6, 2001



The Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church for Taft Resident, Harriet L. Brown, 85.

Mrs. Brown was born in Lismore, Minnesota on April 10, 1916 and passed away at her residence on May 6, 2001. Mrs. Brown had lived in Taft since 1944. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Altar Society and the Young Ladies Institute. Mrs. Brown was a volunteer tax preparer through the Kern County Library.

She was preceded in death by her eight brother and sisters. Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, Thomas Paul Brown, Sr. of Taft; her children, Dennis Lee Bebensee of Shingletown, Carolyn A. Vaughn of New Port, Washington, Nancy B. Hughes of Rosedale, Vincent J. Brown of Sacramento and Thomas Paul Brown, Jr. of Palmdale; her sisters, Antionette Hoffman of Worthington, Minnesota and Ruth Brookings of Bakersfield; her brother Art Lebens of Clatskanie, Oregon; her 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 28 nieces and nephews.

The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown funeral Home.
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Helen Theresa Brown, 76
August 1, 1931- August 2, 2007



Funeral services will be held at the Westside District Cemetery, Chapel on Monday, August 6, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Helen was born August 1, 1931 and went to be with the Lord August 2, 2007.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Theresa Moore, her brother, Joe Moore and her sisters Sarah Fite, Ruth Choker. Helen is survived by her husband Raymond Brown and her children Carol and Tom LeClair, Richard and Pam Brown, Mary and Darel Harlen. She is also survived by her 17 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and her sister Dorothy Gardner, and her brother Jim Moore. There are no visition hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
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Janey Ruth Brown
October 1, 1945 - May 8, 2012



A funeral service will be held in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 401 Harrison Street, Taft on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for Janey Ruth Brown, 66. Officiating the service will be Pastor Howard Tello with a reception immediately following.

Mrs. Brown was born in Taft-a Fort Baby-on October 1, 1945 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 8, 2012. She would spend countless hours working around town to visit local merchants and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, gardening and putting puzzles together. Other interests included watching NASCAR and Bible stories and was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Emmer Martin; nephew, Michael Wayne Smith; and brothers-in-law, Howard Shafer and James Argentino. Mrs. Brown is survived by her son and his wife, Tom and Lisa Brown of Taft; grandson, Jordan Romero of Taft; sisters, Johnie Coakley and her husband, Ted, of Bakersfield and Lenna Shafer of Taft; niece, Sherry King of Bakersfield, Rhonda Flores and her husband, David, of Bakersfield and Cheryl Christensen and her husband, Nels, of Utah; and her great nieces and nephews, Ashley, A.J., Garett and Brittany, Kristina, Danielle, Gabi, Bailey and Erika.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Janey's memory to www.relayforlife.org/taftca (Team Pace for a Cure.) She will be missed by all and loved by many. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Laura Jo Brown
March 19, 1923 - August 14, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, August 19, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Jo Brown, 88.

Mrs. Brown was born in Newport, Arkansas on March 19, 1923 and passed away at her home in Taft on August 14, 2011. She had been a waitress for a number of years and was a very kind and caring lady.

She had provided care for her younger son, Mike, until he passed away. Also preceding her in death is her husband, Ennis "Brownie" Brown. Mrs. Brown is survived by her son and his wife, Gene and Diane Bonsal of Taft, her daughter and her husband Dorothy and Tom Madden of Hawkins, Texas; her step-children, Jim Brown of DeSoto, Missouri, Rick Brown of Lodi, Kathy Wiebersiek and Machelle Schwap both of Phoenix, Arizona; 5 grandchildren, including her special granddaughter, Angie Dickson; 12 great grandchildren; many great-great grandchildren; and dear friend, Mr. Madden

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lois Kathleen Brown, 75
February 27, 1926 - March 30, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Lois Kathleen Brown, 75.

Mrs. Brown was born in Fresno on February 27, 1926 and passed away at her residence on March 30, 2001. She was a long time Taft resident. She and her family lived in Venezuela for ten years while her husband worked in that country for the Creole Oil Company. Mrs. Brown owned and operated Brown’s Campus Corral Mobile Home Park. She was a long time member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West Miocene Parlor #228 and she attended the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Brown was an active volunteer at the West Kern Oil Museum.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Helen Hartman. Her survivors include her sons, Mike Brown and Dale Brown and his wife, Patti all of Taft; her ex-daughter-in-law, Paula Morris of Arvada, Colorado; her brother, John Haggas of California; her sister, Joan Blackwell of Pacific Grove; her grandchildren, Brian, Justin, Chad and Jayme Brown and by her great-granddaughter, Breanna Brown.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. The family suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Mrs. Brown’s memory to the Native Daughters Childrens Foundation.
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Lucille [Luke] Brown, 80
December 31, 1920 - June 15, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday June 20, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lucille Luke Varner Brown, 80.

Mrs. Brown was born on December 31, 1920 in Taft to William Alvah and Bessie May Varner and passed away in Taft on June 15, 2001. She was the youngest of six daughters. Her mother passed away when she was 18 months old. The six girls were raised by their father with the help of their maternal grandmother. Mrs. Brown attended local schools and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1938. She also attended Taft College. She married LaVelle Daniel Brown on March 22, 1944 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were married 50 wonderful years together and had two daughters. In 1943 during World War II she worked for Vega making bulk heads for B17’s. She had also worked for Standard Oil in purchase and services. She was a wonderful housewife while her daughters were growing up. She was active in the PTA and Girl Scouts and other activities that involved her daughters. She enjoyed visiting the sick, her friends and family.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Her survivors include her two daughters and their husbands, Lynnette and LeRoy Bolding of Taft and Lauretta and Jim Campbell of Fresno; her granddaughter and her husband, Leigh and Greg Golling of Boston, Maine; her sisters and their husbands, Bernice Tanner of Taft, Corinne Evans of Bakersfield, Okie Jacks of Taft, Oma and Sid Ryall of Taft and Maxine and Arthur Waldner of Taft and numerous nieces and nephews. Time endears but cannot fade the memories that love had made.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the charity of your choice or the West Kern Oil Museum of Taft. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mable G. Brown
November 28, 1917 - December 27, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning 10:00 a.m. for long time Westside resident, Mable G. Brown, 78. Rev. Carl McEnroe will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Brown was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on November 28, 1917 and passed away in the local hospital on December 27. She moved to Fellows with her family when she was a young girl. After attending school in Fellows she attended and graduated from Taft Union High School. Mrs. Brown had been employed by Sears for several years. She helped her late husband, Carl "Brownie" Brown, operate the Union 76 service stations the family owned from 1936 to 1963. Mrs.Brown was an active member of the Taft Emblem Club and served as the Club President.

She was proceeded in death by her husband in September of 1992. Her survivors include a daughter and her husband, Sharon and Jerry Reich of Taft; a son, Dennis Brown of Los Osos; grandchildren, Robert Reich and his wife, Maria, Piper Brown and Bart Brown; great grandchildren Blaine Allen and Landon Ray Reich; brothers-in-law, Max L. Henry; nieces and nephews, Peggy Foster, Richard, Kenny and Doug Henry; and her cousins, Dr. Walter Quisenberry and Marie Quisenberry Ray.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Marvin

Marvin Wayne Brown
July 9, 1961 - September 24, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Westside Believers Fellowship Church located at 1000 6th Street on Monday, September 29, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native, Marvin Wayne Brown, 42. Pastor Ron Griffith will officiate at the service and his aunt, Janice Brown will be the soloist.

Marvin was born in Bakersfield on July 9, 1961 and passed away on September 24, 2003. Marvin has been very active in Little League as a player and a coach. He was Coach of the Rams in the Junior Football League. Marvin was a great fan of NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys.

He attended the Westside Believers Fellowship and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Marvin was preceded in death by his Aunt, Betty Hagin in August.

His survivors include his wife, Jill Brown; his children, Andrew and Brittany Brown of Taft; his sister and her husband, Kelly and David Crain of Taft; his brother and his wife, Chuck and Tanya Brown of Taft; his mother and father-in-law, Mike and Helen O'Neal of Oregon; his brothers and sister-in-law, Kim O'Neal of Taft, Mark Forkner and his wife, Karen of Oregon, Charlie O'Neal and his wife Kimberly of Texas and Wil O'Neal and his wife, Dawn of Oregon; his many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and great nieces and nephews; and by his many friends and his special cat, Silla.

Those who wish to pay there respects may do so on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary Jane Brown
September 30, 1935 - November 5, 2008



Mary was born in Eufaula, Oklahoma on September 30, 1935 and passed away in Taft, California on November 5, 2008.

Mary is preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Smith-Henson; and sisters, Carol Collette and Virginia Brownlow. Mary is survived by her four children, Patricica Williams (Maricopa, California), Kenneth Braswell, (Derby, California), Connie McClain (Taft, California), Billy McClain and wife, Kathleen (Bakersfield, California). She has 13 grandchildren, Timmy Webb, Steven Webb and wife, Kat, Jay, Rusty and Kachiri Williams, Joey and Kimberly Miller, Donald Strickland, Kenny Jr., Dustin and Dana Braswell, Austin and Brittaney McClain. She has 6 great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Terry, Harmony Hartzell, Vanessa and Nathan Williams, Jonah and Miranda Webb. Sisters, Helen Robinson and husband, L.A. (Wicks, Arkansas), Joanne Johnson (Locksberg, Arkansas) Lillie Reynolds and husband, Charles (Bakersfield, California), and Joyce LaRose (Bakersfield, California).

Visitation will be held Friday, November 14, at Hillcrest Memorial Park from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. a chapel service will immediately follow.
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Molly Brown
December 22, 1901 - January 30, 1997



Graveside services were held February 3, 1997 at the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Molly Brown, 95.

Mrs. Brown was born in Dolph, Arkansas on December 22, 1901 to Eliza and Henry May and passed away January 30, 1997 in Taft. She moved to Richmond in 1941 where she worked in the shipyards during World War II. In 1944, she moved to Taft where her husband George Brown, was employed at Union and Victory Oil Companies. Molly enjoyed large family gatherings, home cooking and country-western music. She will be dearly missed by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Brown; a daughter, Merle Holmes; a son, Herbert Carpenter; and a grandson Danny Holmes. She is survived by her twins daughter and son, Rhudeane Mills of Taft and Rhudell Carpenter of Mountain Home, Arkansas; 17 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all those who have been so kind with their wishes of sympathy, beautiful flowers and wonderful food. It is greatly appreciated.
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Nellie

Nellie Dimple Brown, 80
July 2, 1920 - June 7, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Taft Church of Christ on Thursday, Morning at 9:00 a.m. for Taft Resident, Nellie Dimple Brown, 80. Former Taft resident, Mr. Darrell Perry, currently a minister at Pleasant Hill Church of Christ will officiate and burial will follow at the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown was born in born Aqua, Tennessee to Lawrence and Mollie Harrington on July 2, 1920 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on June 7, 2001. She moved to Taft in 1948. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Taft Church of Christ.

Mrs Brown married her husband Orville Matthew Brown who was born March 8, 1918 in Dickson Co., Tennessee and died March 11, 1980 in Taft California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Orville Matthew Brown and by her two brothers, Eugene Harrington and Robert Harrington.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her children and their spouses, Roger and Betty Brown of Taft; Michael Brown of Bakersfield; Terry and Jana Brown of Taft and Pamela Brown of Auberry; her grandchildren; Matthew, Carly and Lacey Brown, Aimee Morton and Caleb Brown, Derek Jordan and Aaron Brown, Roger, Jenee, Chad, Luke and Todd Oliver. Mrs. Brown will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and a wonderful homemaker.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Randy Paul Brown
April 20, 1955 - October 19, 2009



Randy Paul Brown was born on April 20, 1955 in Taft and passed away suddenly in the presence of his wife, of a massive heart attack. Randy and his wife, Julie had only been married since May 30, 2009. Upon their marriage, he moved down from Cuyama to Bakersfield and in that short five months, as was so typical of Randy, had found a new job and had made many, many new friends. He was one of the hardest workers there was, would do anything for anyone, and caring in a way that was almost a lost art. To quote one of his friends, "The lost of Randy is going to leave a big hole in everyone's heart."

Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Paul K. and Doris Brown and an infant brother, Baby Brown. Randy is survived by his wife Julie Grace Brown of Bakersfield, and her children, Kathryn and Keith Drewry and their children, and Angela Low and her children; his three daughters, Carmen Brown, Carris Brown and Clare Brown all of Oregon; his sister and brother Jane Collins and her husband, Bryan of Colorado, Debbie Bales and her husband Jim of Bakersfield, Susie Brown of Colorado, and Steve Brown and his wife Cindy of Los Osos; one granddaughter, Jaden Villalobos of Oregon; many, many nieces and nephews and last but definitely not least, his faithful dog, Blue.

A memorial funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at ten a.m. at the Valley Baptist Church in the fellowship Hall located at 4800 Fruitvale Ave., Bakersfield, California. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Sally

Sally Lila Brown, 89
February 14, 1911 - January 18, 2001



Sally Lila Brown, long time Taft resident who moved to Laguna Beach, California in 1970 passed away January 18, 2001 one month shy of her 90th birthday. She was born on February 14, 1911 in Rhode Island.

Sally was married to Lyle Brown and is survived by her son, Jeff Brown, who grew up in Taft, her daughter-in-law, Ann Brown and her twelve year-old-grandson Garrett Brown.

A memorial service was held for her on January 23rd at the Laguna Presbyterian Church. She was able to live in her own home until her passing. Even though she had not lived in Taft for over a quarter of a century, she had fond memories of the warmth of the community and the wonderful friends that she made there.
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Sammie Lynn (Davis) Brown
September 24, 1958 - January 18, 2010



Sammie was born in Taft, California to Pauline "Cookie" (Morton) Davis and Warren "Bud" Davis on September 24, 1958 and passed away in Doctors Hospital in Modesto, California on january 18, 2010.

She leaves her two grandsons, David (11) and Anthony (16) Zubiate for whom she was caretaker, her fiance' Paul Kaspar and her daughter, Robin Zubaite. She is also survived by her brother Joseph Davis of Mariposa and a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins including Belva Morton Taylor, Eula Morton, Bob and Sandy Morton, Rocky and Donna Morton and Sandy and Debbie Morton Kaiser. Besides caring for her grandsons, Sammie also worked as a counselor in a halfway house and most recently as a manicurist.

She requested cremation, a memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1105 West Orangeburg Avenue, Modesto, California on Sunday January 31, at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Joseph Davis for further information P.O. Box 981, Mariposa, California.
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Sherry Brown
April 27, 1937 - December 11, 2010



Sherry went home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2010. She was born in Rush Springs, Oklahoma to James and Ruby Holder. Sherry moved to Taft, California as a young girl, where she graduated from Taft High School. Sherry touched so many lives with her 20 years of service in the medical field, as well as her lovely singing in the church choir. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her loved ones and spending time with her many friends.

Sherri went home to meet her husband, Charles Brown, who preceded her, along with her mother Ruby Hoffman and her sister LaDonna Holder. Surviving Sherry is her companion Ron Hall; her children, Lori Zych, James Thomas, Mike and Lisa Thomas, Mark Brown; grandchildren, Brittany and Rich Farmer, Adam Zych, Andrew Zych, Nichole Thomas, Cortney Thomas, Steven Thomas, Nathan Brown, Michael Thomas, Kale Thomas; great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many family and friends. Sherry's smile and laugh will be missed by all of us, but will be greatly welcomed in Heaven, where we will meet again.

Services will be held on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Basham Funeral Care, 3112 Niles Street, Bakersfield, California.
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Thinh Brown
August 10, 1923 - May 24, 2004




Thinh was born on August 10, 1923 in Vietnam. She was one of 13 children. She owned and operated hotel and restaurant businesses in Vietnam for many years. She met and married her husband, James Brown, in Saigon in 1960 while he was working as a medic in a United States contracted hospital. Thinh and her family immigrated to the United States in 1963.They resided in Oregon and later moved to California as her husband was a first aid medic associated with the construction of the California Aqueduct. Thinh resided inTaft for 38 years. She worked as a cook for several Taft restaurants including Topper's White Elephant and Jo's. She was very well known for her good cooking and loved to prepare wonderful meals for her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, knitting, taking walks and having tea with friends. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Fredrick Nelson Brown, D. C. She is survived by her son, four daughters, and eleven grandchildren: Jean Pierre Brou, wife Lydia, and son Justin from Visalia, Jacqueline Avritt, husband Al, and children Jennifer, Joshua and Melissa from Hemet; Lucette Garcia, husband Richard, and children Garbriel, Maria, Alisa and Anna from Buttonwillow; Jane Stewart, husband Richard and children Leslie and Jonathan from Clovis; Carrie Pierce, husband Ron and daughter Claire from Sacramento.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Viewing will be held prior to the funeral service on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dwana M. Brummett
November 18, 1927 - August 18, 2011



A Celebration of Life will be held at West Side Believers Fellowship located at 101 Hwy 33, Taft, Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:15 a.m., for Dwana Brummett. Mrs. Brummett was born in Farnsworth, Texas on November 18, 2011 and went home to be with the Lord on August 18, 2011. She loved the Lord and her life was revolved around the family

Mrs. Brummett was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Brummett; her son, Dennon Hodges; her two daughters, Margie Harmer and Debbie Brummett; and by her two grandsons Billy Hodges and Damon Hodges. She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Linda and John Sims of Bakersfield; her son and his wife, Andy and Trixie Hodges of Taft; her son James Brummett of Maricopa; her 11 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren, her sister, "Honey", and other family members.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Frank Eugene Brummett
March 9, 1926 - December 28, 2002



Frank Brummett a 50-year resident of Taft passed away in a Fresno hospital on December 28, 2002 at the age of 76. He was born in Mesa, Arizona on March 9, 1926. He worked as a custodian for Taft High School for over 25 years.

Frank is survived by two sons. Frank A. Brummett of Bakersfield and David Brummett of Denton, Oklahoma. A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, January 3, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. at Plainsburg Cemetery in Merced, California Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Whitton Family Funeral Service in Merced.
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Lonnie O. Brummett, 74
December 21, 1921 - December 31, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident Lonnie O. Brummett, 74. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the New Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Brummett was born in Dillard, Oklahoma, on December 21, 1921 and passed away December 31, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. He spent his early years in Oklahoma, coming to Taft with his family in 1949. He worked for many years in heavy construction and retired in 1982. Mr. Brummett loved working on cars and involved his whole family in his projects. He was an outdoorsman and loved to fish and camp. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Maricopa.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Margaret Brummett of Taft; a daughter and her husband, Linda and Leon Blize of Dunsmuir; three sons and their wives, Bill and Mary Jones of Maricopa, and Lonnie and Debbie Brummett and Richard and Vicki Brummett, all of Taft; a brother and his wife, Frank and Pat Brummett of Taft; a sister, Geneva Stewart of Los Angeles; 10 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call at the Taft Funeral Home Thursday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and again Friday from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
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Patricia Sue Brummett
January 1, 1938 - July 2, 2002



Patricia Sue Brummett was known to all her friends and family as Pat. Pat passed away July 2, 2002 to be with the Lord who now has a new angel.

Pats parents were Marjorie and Kelsy Black and they lived in the Oklahoma area, then moved to the Cuyama area later when Pat was just a baby.

Her pastimes were to cook and bake for company and for many church potlucks and socials at the New Hope Pentecostal Church she was loved so dearly as a member. Doing all types of arts and crafts were only some of the things she loved doing, but she was known best by all for her homemade strawberry pies.

Pat leaves behind her, the love of her life of almost 45 years, Frank E. Brummett. She also leaves behind, her son Frank A. Brummett with his wife Terrie and grandson Blake Weymes all of Bakersfield. A son David and his wife Shelly of Duncan, Oklahoma, and a brother Robert and wife Suzanne Black and their family in Sacramento. Many close family and friends will dearly miss Pat, especially her little dog Regina.

Viewing will be Tuesday, July 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft, Ca, located at 5th and Lucard Street - 661-765-4111. Graveside services are the following day, Friday, July 5th at Westside Cemetery, 26910 East Cedar Street in Taft at 10:00 a.m.
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Richard B. Brungardt, 68
June 4, 1927 - October 29, 1995



Funeral services will be held Thursday at St. John's Catholic Church in El Dorado, Kansas for Richard Bernard Brungardt,68.

Mr. Brundardt was born June 4, 1927 near Gorham, Kansas and passed away at his home in El Dorado, October 29, 1995. He was a roustabout and well treater for for Cities Service, retiring after 36 years. Mr. Brungardt was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Local Union 5241, a lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, a member of Legion of Mary, and a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ruth Marie Brungardt of El Dorado; three daughters, Kathy Fritz of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Roxann Green of Portland, Oregon, and Tammy Nye of Derby, Kansas; four brother, Raymond Brungardt of Sacramento, Clem Brungardt of Bement, Illinois, Joe Brungardt of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and Bob Brungardt of Seward, Nebraska; two sisters, Elanore Kuhn of Ulysses, Kansas and Maggie Leikam of Taft; and 12 grandchildren.
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Karla E. Bryan
December 14, 1935 - March 17, 2001



Mrs. Bryan of Squaw Valley, California, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2001 in Fresno, California. She has been a resident of Squaw Valley since 1986 moving there from McKittrick, California.

Karla enjoyed needlework such as knitting and crocheting and other crafts. She was also a member of The American Legion Auxiliary #159 of Pine Flat, California.

She is survived by her husband Marvin of Squaw Valley, California, daughters Cheryl Swertfager of Clovis and Jonell McMilian of Squaw Valley. One brother Glen Hale of Fresno and one sister Myrna Lortie of Atascadaro, Grandson Tony Swertfager, granddaughter Jamie Goetz and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 21st at Cairns Funeral Home from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Squaw Valley Community Center on Friday March 23, 2001 at 3:00 p.m.
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Charles Ernest Bryant
September 11, 1876 - December 18, 1936



Charles Ernest Bryant, 60, 205 Naylor Street, passed away Friday in a Bakersfield hospital. He was born in Carel County, Tennessee, September 11, 1876, and has been a resident of Taft for the past sixteen years.
He is survived by a brother Thomas Franklin Bryant, and a sister, Mrs. Katie Berryman, both of Taft.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock in the Four Fold Church, Lewis E. Weston, officiating. Interment will follow in the West Side Cemetery.
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James R. Bryant, 30
August 5, 1966 - February 1, 1997



Graveside services will be held in Weber Springs, Arkansa, February 9, 1997 for former McKittrick resident James Richard Bryant, 30.

James was born August 5, 1966 in Little Rock, Arkansas and passed away February 1, 1997 in Booneville, Arkansas.

His survivors include his parents, Christine and Jerry Sylvester of Bethel Island and Lonnie and Jewell Bryant of McKittrick; his sisters, Shelia Martin and her husband, Marvin, of Taft, Sharon Sylvester and Tim Hoffman of Maricopa, and Terry Bryant of McKittrick; his grandmother, Addie Ellis; and step grandpa, Richard, of McKittrick. He had three nieces, Julie Rose and Paige Martin of Taft and Breanna Sylverster of Maricopa; seven nephews; Blake Martin of Taft, Chance and Casey Martin of Texas, Shane and Eli Sylvester of Maricopa, Jesse Tassey of McKittrick and Keaten Bryant of Taft; and an uncle, Ken Bryant and wife, Paula, of McKittrick. He also is survived by five stepbrothers, several cousins, many friends here and a very large number of relatives in the state of Arkansas.
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Maxine Bryant
September 12, 1926 - November 30, 2003



Graveside funeral service will be held on the West Side District Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Kern County resident, Maxine Bryant, 77. Mrs. Bryant was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 12, 1926 and passed away at her Taft residence on November 30, 2003. She first settled in Buttonwillow 61 years and moved to Tupman before moving to Taft 22 years ago.

Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. "Jack" in February of 1983. Her survivors include her children, Louise Johnson of Myrtle Point, Oregon, Linda Worthey of Baxter Springs, Kansas, Robert Bryant and William Bryant both of Taft; her brother, Joseph Thomas Colvart of Newark; her sister, Oleta Darlene Ward also of Newark and Jo Ann Ray of Santa Rosa; her 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Paul Franklin Bryant
1924 - October 11, 1947



Paul Franklin Bryant, 23, Oakland, who was killed Saturday afternoon in a motor cycle accident on Highway 99, near the Southern California Gas Company, Lebec plant, was a former resident of Taft.

Bryant, who was born in Bakersfield, came to Taft with the family when he was of high school age. He attended the local high school. He served two and a half years in the Merchant Marines.

Graveside services will be held for the former Taft youth Thursday morning at 10:00 o'clock in the West Side Cemetery. Rev. R.R. Richey, minister of the Church of the Nazarene, will be in charge of the service. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn Mortuary, Bakersfield.

Surving the deceased are his father, Thomas F. Bryant, Port Hueneme; four sisters, Mrs. Pauline Jackson, Hanford; Mrs. Helen Flint, Port Hueneme; Mrs. Constance Moore, Bakersfield, and Mrs. Doris Morey, Cottonwood, Arizona; an aunt, Mrs. Katie Berryman of Taft.
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Pauline Robison Bryant, 85
October 7, 1916 - October 11, 2001



Pauline Robison Bryant, age 85, passed away October 11, 2001 in Taft, California. Mrs. Bryant was born October 7, 1916 in Texas and had lived in Taft for many years.

She was preceded in death by: son; John Robison, daughter; Elyne Adams, grandsons; Steve and Michael Robison, granddaughter; Delores Benskin. She was survived by: five sons and their wives, Roy and Carol Robison of Taft, Clarence and Willie Mae Robison of Maricopa, Tommy and Kathleen Robison of Taft, two daughters: Patricia and Dan Rogoway of Los Osos, Glenda and Leonard Benskin of Taft, 36 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, 16 great great grandchildren. Pauline loved to garden and cook for her family. She will be missed by many friends and relatives that loved her very much.

Services were held Friday, October 12, 2001, at 3:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. Officiating the service was Rev. Sam White of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church. Services were under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Ralph E. Bryant, 81
October 30, 1914 - November 17, 1995



At the request of the family there will be no formal funeral services for former Taft resident Ralph Eugene Bryant, 81.

Mr. Bryant was born in Tulare on October 30, 1914, and passed away on November 17, 1995 in Ridgecrest. He had lived on the West Side from 1920 until several months ago when he moved to Ridgecrest.

Burial will take place in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his wife, Ella, in 1982. He is survived by his sons, James T. Bryant of Ridgecrest and David A. Bryant of Reno, Nevada; his sister, Dorothy E. Mott of Taft; and by several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert C. Bryant, 87
November 5, 1914 - January 1, 1996



Funeral services will be held in Quinlan, Texas, for Taft resident Robert Clyde Bryant, 81. Burial will take place in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Quinlan.

Mr. Bryan was born in Texas on November 5, 1914 and passed away January 1, 1996. He had lived in Taft for the past 20 years and was a member of the Taft Church of God. He had worked as a carpenter for over 65 years.

His survivors include his wife, Pauline Bryant of Taft; two daughters, Beatrice Hilton of Quinlan and Mae Dodd of Dallas; his stepchildren; his stepchildren, John Robison, Elyne Adams, Glenda Benskin, Roy Robison, Ronnie Robison and Larry Robison, all of Taft, Clarence Robison and Rommy Robison of Maricopa, and Patricia Spangler of Los Osos; two brothers; two sister; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Arrangements in Texas are being handled by the Quinlan-LaGrand Funeral Home.
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Thomas Franklin Bryant
April 29, 1882 - Feburary 29, 1988



Former Taft resident, Thomas Franklin Bryant, 80, now of Los Angeles, died Friday in Pasadena.

Bryant, who resided here from 1929 to 1944, was born April 29, 1882 in Tennesseee.

Funeral services will be held at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home with Rev. Leonard Palmer of the First Assembly of God Chruch officiating. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.
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Varley Iness Bryant
April 11, 1887 - June 6, 1943



Varley Iness Bryant, 56, wife of Thomas F. Bryant of 702 Tyler Street passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital Sunday evening after an illness of several months. Mrs. Bryant was a member of the Baptist Church of Taft.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 11, 1887. Mrs. Bryant had been a resident of the West Side for the past 13 years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four daughters and one son; Constance Aline Moore of Taft; Doris Bryant of Bakersfield and Pauline Bryant Jackson, Ellen Maude Brockett and Paul Bryant, all of Oakland; a brother, Glenn Perrish of Indianapolis and two grandsons, Harold Flint of Taft and Robert Markley of Oakland.

Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Peter K. Flaming officiating. Interment followed in the West Side District Cemetery. The Erickson and Brown Funeral Home had charge of the services.
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Carl Leon Bryson
August 10, 1910 - October 31, 1979



C. Leon Bryson funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield for C. Leon Bryson, former administrator of the West Side Hospital District who served here in 1971.

He died October 31th in Escondido after a long illness and served in Taft only briefly as an interim administrator of the hospital district. He began his career as a social welfare investigator and retired in 1965 from active fulltime service. He wrote a book in 1955 on pioneering the administration of social welfare and also received an honorary degree for social welfare work from Nevada University.

He was born in Lone Oak, Oklahoma, in 1910 and moved to Wasco with his family and later to Los Angeles. He was active in numerous Bakersfield organizations and was passed president of the Kern County Employers Association.

Bryson was preceded in death by his wife, Adele, and is survived by two sons, W.L. "Bud" and Robert Maurice of San Diego, a brother, Stanton, and a sister, Geraldine Bryson, both of Cayucos.
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Hazel I. Buchele, 100
September 4, 1900 - January 18, 2001



No services are scheduled for Shafter resident, Hazel Irene Buchele, 100-years old who passed away on January 18, 2001 in a Fresno Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, California (661) 763-1594.
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Larry Gene Buck
April 24, 1932 - May 1, 2002



No funeral services are scheduled for Ventucopa resident Larry Gene Buck.

Larry was born on April 24, 1932 in Sparland, Illinois to Beuford and Betty Buck and passed away at the age of 70 at his residence in Ventucopa, California. After graduating high school, Larry went into the United States Navy where he honorablly served his country during the Korean War. He became employed as a Los Angeles County Fire Fighter for over 25 years. In his spare time he loved to golf.

Survivors include his daughters, Pamela Mitzel and her husband of Ventucopa and Janine and Ron Bollivar of Maricopa, California; grandsons, Kenneth Buck Beals of Bakersfield, Christopher William Beals of Bakersfield and Terrence Anton Mitzel of Ventucopa, granddaughter, Serena Mitzel Garcia of New Cuyama, great grandson, Austin Michael Beals of Taft, great granddaughter, Emma Nicole Beals of Bakersfield and his brother, Donald Buck of Illinois. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margie Buck, mother, Betty Hinman and brother Louis Buck.

All funeral arrrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594.
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Ellen Buell
December 21, 1918 - February 13, 1997



Services will be held Monday, February 17, for Ellen Peahl Buell, who passed away early Thursday, February 13th.

A long time resident of Bakersfield, Ellen was born on December 21, 1918 in Taft, California. Ellen raised her two sons, Don and Dale, by working as a "skinner" during World War II at Long Beach Air Force Base, and for many years at Sparkle Cleaners, retiring from there several years ago.

She was a long time member of the Eastern Star. For the past 30 years, Ellen has been happily married to William C. Buell, a Bakersfield truck driver. She will be best remembered for her vigor, viatality, and sharp wit.

Ellen is survived by her spouse, William C. Buell, her sons Donald Avery Sechrest and Dr. Dale Kenneth Sechrest; granddaughter Stephanie Ellen Conner, grandsons Alan Drews Sechrest, Donald Avery Sechrest, Jr., Jaye Kenneth Sechrest and David Sechrest, and six great grandchildren. Special friends Shirley Stair and Kern Hospice.

Viewing will be on Sunday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft.
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Fern

Fern Buerkle
August 2, 1912 – August 9, 2003



Fern Buerkle passed away on August 9, 2003 in Bakersfield with her family by her side.

Fern, one of nine children, was born August 2, 1912, in Bend, Oregon to Charles and Martha Bradley. She met and married her husband, Carl Wesley Buerkle in Taft. They moved to Bakersfield shortly thereafter where they raised their three children. She loved arts and crafts, gardening, entertaining, and the Borrego desert. She was an active member and golfer at both Stockdale and Bakersfield Country Club. She traveled around the globe with her husband Wesley and enjoyed annual trips with her sisters Grace, Eunice, and Jewel. Her children fondly remember family vacations to Greenhorn Mountain and Balboa Island. Fern will be remembered as an energetic and glamorous woman with a definite sense of style.

She was preceded in death by her husband Wesley of 57 years and is survived by he sister and brother-in-law, Jewel and Dick Carrington; her three children, Bobbe Powers, Bud Buekle and Jerry Buerkle; son-in-law, Bud Wagner, fourteen grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren. Her long-time canine companion, Melvin, passed away only days before.

Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Mortuary on River Blvd., Saturday, August 16, at 9:30 a.m.
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Terra Mae Bullard
March 9, 1999 - November 18, 2003



Terra Mae Bullard came into our lives bringing with her an infectious smile. She taught us the term, "Unconditional Love". Terra was born March 9, 1999 and went home to be with her Grandpa, Fines Bullard and her Grandma, Ruby Lookadoo on November 18, 2003.

Terra was our special love. She leaves behind, her Daddy and Mommy, Jerry Ray Bullard, Sr. and Tracy Ann Bullard, her brothers, Jerry Ray Bullard, Jr., Michael G. Bullard and Mason L. Bullard who will miss her giggles and laughs. Her grandparents, Elizabeth Bulllard, Marilyn Qualle and Leo and Bonnie Twyman will share memories of Terra with her new siblings that will be here soon.

Terra will be carried to rest by her uncles, Larry Bullard, Terry Bullard, Gary Bullard, Wondel Pierce, Kevin Twyman and Mykol Qualle. To say goodbye and share memories of Terra, you may attend her viewing on Thursday, November 20, 2003 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Westside Family Mortuary. A graveside service will be held on lFriday, November 21, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. Terra Mae will be missed by numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and host of friends who's lives she touched in so many ways they can't be expressed. All funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594. "The Mortuary That Cares"
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Reuben C. Bullock
May 17, 1904 - April 23, 1970



Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Reuben Charles Bullock, of rural Bakersfield, who died yesterday evening in a Bakersfield Hospital.

A native of Crescent, Utah, he was born May 17, 1904. He had lived in California for 44 years, 26 of which were at Standard Oil's 1-C Camp where he was head gas plant operator, for many years. He was a member of the LDS Church.

He is survived by his wife Laura; three sons, Reuben Lyon Bullock of Cody, Wyoming; Owen D. of San Luis Obispo and Gerald N. of Bow, Washington; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph J. Renfo of Taft; 26 grandchildren; seven brothers, Thomas H. of Midvale, Utah; Algene of Lehi, Utah; LaMonte of Alpine, Utah; Raymond S. of Salt Lake City, Utah; Douglas of Elberta, Utah; Woodeow of Jerome, Idaho; Basial of Los Angeles; one sister, Beverly Smith of Willard, Utah.

Bishop Douglas S. Moore of Taft Ward of the LDS Church will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Christopher Paul "Chris" Burch
June 27, 1974 - December 8, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, December 16, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. for Christopher Paul "Chris" Burch, 37, of Brownwood, Texas, formerly of Taft. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011, at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Mr. Burch passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011, from injuries sustained in an oilfield accident near Rising Star, Texas.

Christopher Paul Burch was born in Taft on June 27, 1974. He married Debra Ann Hagans on April 1, 2005 in Bakersfield. Together they made their home in Taft before moving to Brownwood, Texas in 2009. He enjoyed fishing and was a motorcycle enthusiast. Chris was also a volunteer at the Lake Brownwood Bridge Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Abundant Life Church in Brownwood, Texas.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Debra Hagans of Brownwood, Texas; stepchildren, Teresa and Randy Totty of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Christie and Bryan Dickey of Oxnard and Michael George of Taft; his mother Bobbie Garcia and husband, Dale, of Taft; his dad, Neal Burch of Bakersfield; his father, Michael Cowperthwaite and wife, Kathy, of Vernon, Texas. He is also survived by his sister, Carroll Ann Pauley and husband, Norman; his grandmother, Lorraine Hammond; his uncle, Jim Hammond all of Taft; and eight step grandchildren. Chris also leaves behind some very special friends, Brett and Susan Hathcock and Kody and Amy Hathcock all of Bryson, Texas; Chanttene Hathcock, Marta Wilson and David and Jeannie Hathcock and Boe Wilson all of Sonora, Californina and Betty and Ronald Bates of Waco, Texas. Chris will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Preston Howard Burdett
April 2, 1925 - February 9, 2009



Preston Howard Burdette 1925 - 2009 Pres Burdette, 83, passsed away Monday morning February 9, 2009 in the arms of his beloved wife Jean. He is survived by his wife, his five children: Lynn Anderson, Marti McCraw and husband Ron; Julie Baldwin, Kim Thompson and husband Brad; Bob Burdette and wife Patti; 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and his sister, Laura Olerich.

Pres was born and raised in Taft, California graduating from Taft Union High School in 1942. He attended Woodbury Business College in Los Angeles and followed his interest in business managing Ben Franklin Stores, running a private accounting practice, selling for Todd Hadley/Burroughs, and establishing Multi Business Systems in 1964 (now operated by his son Bob). Pres was well known locally as an honest and trustworthy businessman. Pres Burdette's hobbies and community activities were many: Camping, hunting, tennis, bicycling, skiing, hiking, backpacking, travel, and basketball. He was a loyal and well-known contributing member of Kiwanis and SIRS. Pres and Jean were high school sweehearts and married for 65 years.

Throughout his lifetime he expressed his live and dediction to family through hard work and a generous spirit. Pres also had a strong commitment to Jesus Christ. He was tireless in donating time, talent, and finances to support the church family and share with others the privilege of life with God. His particular love was for Calvin Crest conferences - a camp where people experience the mountains and discover closeness to God. A memorial service will be held Thursday February 26, at 2:00 p.m., at 1st Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th Street.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Calvin Crest General Fund C/O 1st Presbyterian Church Bakersfield.
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Alice Burell
January 4, 1910 – February 14, 2003



Graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mary Alice Burell, 93.

Mrs. Burell was born in Lineville, Alabama on January 4, 1910 and passed away in a Bakersfield nursing home on February 14, 2003. She moved to Bakersfield in 1940 and has resided in Taft since 1952.

Mrs. Burell was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Burell in 1943, her husband, Alfred in 1979 and by her son Jim Burell in 1995.

Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Eadie and Bob Haley, Ann and Ray Pugh, Mittie Fanshier, Dottie and Jim Woods all of Bakersfield and Bob and Vicky Burell; her 14 grandchildren several great grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kimberly Lynn Burell
September 2, 1970 - December 8, 2001



Kimberly Lynn (born September 2, 1970) passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2001 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Kim was the first of five girls born to Dody Anderson in Taft, California. Kim was extremely artistic; she wrote poetry, sketched art and could play any musical instrument set before her. Kim will best be remembered as being a loving and proud mother. Kim was trurly devoted to her three children.

Kim is now with her grandparents, Willliam and Georgene Devine, who have preceded her in death. Those who will cherish every memory they have of her include her beautiful children, Jordan, Karrissa and Brooklyn, her parents, Dody Anderson and Robert Burell; her sisters, Melissa Vance and her husband, Jason Cary Watson, Kristina Anderson and Tara Anderson; her brother, Brian Burell; her very special friend, Mario Alarcon; her uncles and aunts, Dan Devine and his wife, Kathy, Bill Devine and his wife, Youmiko, Roberta Devine, Michael Devine and his wife, Kit; Babe Cash and Kathline and Harry Shaffer; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends both here and in Oklahoma.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. For additional information or floral delivery information please contact Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 765-4111. A memorial fund has been established at West America Bank. Please call (661) 765-7115 or (800) 848-1088 for additional information.
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Alta Juanita Burke
August 16, 1926 - March 9, 2011



Memorial funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for longtime Taft resident, Alta J. Burke, 84. Mrs. Burke passed away March 9, 2001.
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Shelia K. Burke
May 31, 1944 - May 17, 2006



Funeral services were held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, May 22, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. for Maricopa residents, Shelia K. Burke, 61.

Mrs. Burke was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on May 31, 1944 and passed away in Maricopa on May 17, 2006. She was a charter member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary.

Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her husband, John Burke in 1990 and by her parents, Arnie and Beryl Thomassen. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, John and Edna Burke of Taft, Tom and Jenny Burke of Paradise, Joe Monee Burke of Maricopa, Pam and Ty Holmquist of Hollister and Jackie and Chuck Pfefferkorn of Paradise, her grandchildren, Danielle, John R. Burke, II, Cheryl, Thomas, Michelle, Megan, Jessica, Josey, Jase, and Jeb; her two great grandchildren, Domonic and Natalie; her brother, Gale Thomassen and his wife, Barb of Souix Falls, South Dakota; her sister, Karen Thomassen of Maricopa; her brother Tony Thomassen of San Diego; and by her many nieces and nephews.

There were no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The family would like to thank Shelia's many special friends for their care and concern.
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Laverne M. Burnett
May 13, 1922 - June 24, 2009



Laverne M. Burnett passed away on June 24, 2009 in Bakersfield, California due to complications from a stroke. She was born on May 13, 1922 in Virginia City, Nevada to Heister C. Smith and Sadie Josephine (MacQuarrie) Smith. She graduated from Virginia City High School in 1940, and after completing secretarial school went to work with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Reno.

Laverne married Albert Bruce Russell in 1945 and relocated to Taft, California. In addition to raising four sons, she worked for many years as a teachers aide in the Taft Elementary School District. She cared for her husband until his untimely death in 1969. Laverne was an active and devoted member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Taft for over 50 years. She also found time to hold various offices in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Rebekahs. She enjoyed singing and performed often in the church and community choirs.

In 1979 she married William N. Burnett of Bakersfield, and they remained together until his death in 1996. They were fortunate to travel the world, and both remained active in St. Andrew's and in various fraternal organizations.

Laverne is survived by four sons, Christopher Russell of Taft; Steve Russell of Virginia City, Nevada; Kevin Russell of Eureka, Nevada; and Mark Russell of Irvine, California; by two grandsons, Oliver Russell of Truckee, California and John Russell of Eureka, Nevada; and by many friends.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 2nd, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Taft, with a cryptside service to follow at the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum. Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Emma Elsie Burrow, 85
March 28, 1910 - September 30, 1995



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday for Emma Elsie Burrow, 85. The Rev. Jim Glasco will officiate and interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Burrow was born March 28, 1910 in Drumright, Oklahoma and passed away September 30, 1995 in Bakersfield.

She had lived in Kern County since 1936 and was a member of the Seventh Standard Pentecostal Church of God.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Virginia and Milam Hearron of Round up, Montana, Freida and Stanley Martin and Sue and Jim Quary, all of Buttonwillow, and Marlene and Claude Gee of Taft; a sister, Sadie Brantley of Whittier; 20 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and seven great great-grandchildren.

Visitation begins Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Greenlawn Funeral Directors are handling the arrangements.
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Lois Burrow, 50
June 25, 1947 - March 28, 1997



Funeral services were held April 1, 1997 in the West Side District Cementery for former Taft resident Lois Burrow, 50.

Lois was born June 25, 1946 in Hanford and passed away March 28, 1997 in Sonora.

She was preceded in death by her father, Moses Bill Brooks, in August 1995. She is survived by her mother, Helen Brooks of Taft; two sisters, Dorothy Brooks of Porterville and Luella Maynard of Maricopa; her niece, Nina Burt of Dustin Acres; her nephew, Patrick Maynard of Fort Bliss, Texas; one grandniece and three grand nephews.
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George Archibald Burt
December 28, 1922 - October 7, 1985



Memorial services will be held for George Burt at St. Jude;s in the Mountains, Episcopal Mission, Tehachapi, California on Friday, October 11, 1985 at 10:00 a.m.
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Grover Junior Bush, 72
January 13, 1923 - December 4, 1995



Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Grover Junior Bush, 72. The Rev. Tom LeClair of the Community Christian Fellowship will officiate at the services.

Mr. Bush was born on January 13, 1923 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and died at this home December 4, 1995. He was a member of the Community Christian Fellowship. Mr. Bush loved football and was a die-heard University of Michigan Wolverines fan. He was past president of the Taft Little League and coached several teams throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois Bush of Taft; a son and his wife, Scott and Susan Bush of Taft; two daughters, Penny Sue Gibson of Taft and Patricia Ann and her husband, Cameron Lorimer, of Bakersfield; a brother and his wife, Orville "Billy" and Rita Bush of North Collins, New York, a sister, Phyllis Hainstock of Manchester, Michigan; a brother-in-law and his wife, Gerald "Porky" and Mauricine "Peg" Reynolds of Bakersfield; a sister, Alice Schnider of Elk Rapids, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Byron Bush, Carly Bush, Darin Kuchta, Brittany Lorimer, Zachary Lorimer, Christina Asp, Michelle Pierced and Tanya Gilson; five great grandchildren, Aaron, Michael, Matthew. Mykenna and Alexis; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Bush's name to Kern Hospice Services Inc., 4300 Stine Road, Suite 740, Bakersfield, California 93313. No visitation is scheduled. The arrangements are under the direction of the Bonewell Family at the Taft Funeral Home.
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William Edward Bush, Jr.
November 24, 1925 - September 26, 2012



A good friend, brother, father, and uncle left us on the morning of September 26. Junior Bush, as he was known to friends, passed from this life into the next. Bill was born November 24, 1925 in Maricopa, California and was raised locally.

He was one of the best oilfield truck drivers ever and was a master at tailboarding heavy loads onto his truck. Bill also could move extremely heavy loads, which cranes would have difficulty with, with a super-heary duty A-frame, and he did those jobs safely. Bill and his wife, Wanda, operated the Sunset Antiques for many years after he retired from driving truck. Together they enjoyed going to swap meets all over central and southern California. Bill was a magician at woodworking and applied his magic to restoring antique pieces of furniture. He was a very kind, generous and gentle person.

We will say our "good byes" at a graveside service on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Greenlawnn Cemetery, Panorama Drive and River Boulevard in Bakersfield. The service will be at 11:00 a.m.
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Virginia Butcher
June 16, 1928 - September 4, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Fellows native, Virginia Butcher, 74. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of First Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Butcher was born in Fellows on June 16, 1928 and passes away in a Bakersfield hospital on September 4, 2002. Mrs. Butcher was raised on the Westside and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1946. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of over 55 years. Mrs. was a member of the Women's Circle, church choir and church bell choir. She had been employed as a clerk at the Taft branch of the Kern County Library for several years.

Mrs. Butcher is survived by her husband, Don Butcher of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Judith and Larry Eshelman of Moses Lake, Washington; her son, Michael Butcher of Taft; her brother, Danny Allen Hairston of Maricopa; her grandchildren, Erica, Arlene and Matthew; her step-grandchildren, Shirley, John, Mary, Kiera, and Kelsey; her step-great-grandchildren, Amber, Sabrinia and Ivan.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Butcher's name may be made to the Kidney foundation.
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Imogene [Imy] Ruth Butterfield
August 21, 1922 - April 8, 2001



Memorial services for Imogene Butterfield, 78, will be today, April 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Oroville Funeral Home. Burial will be at West Side Cemetery, Taft, California. Visitation will be Friday 9:00 - 12:00.

Imogene was born August 21, 1922 in Taft California. She passed away April 8, 2001 in Oroville. Imogene was a secretary, last employed by Time Mirror Corp. Publishers, Los Angeles. She retired again and moved to Oroville in 1988. She enjoyed playing bridge and singing. She sang well enough to sigh professionally, but limited her talent to church and weddings. She was a member of the Republican Women’s Club and a pinklady at Oroville Hospital.

She was predeceased by her husband Jay in 1991. She met an old friend Harry Jungi at a high school reunion in 1997 and they have been inseparable since.

Survivors include her companion, Harry Jungi of Oroville daughter, Karen Jo Danek of Pleasanton, California; sister, Marguerite Kanode of Taft, California and 2 grandchildren.
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Ardith Joan Buttke
March 23, 1935 - August 10, 2002



Ardith Joan was born on March 23rd, in Marietta, Minnesota (MN) the daughter of Jonas and Malinda Onken. She was called to be with God and his son Jesus, our beloved Savior, on August 10th 2002.

A memorial service will be held on August 14th at 11:00 a.m. located at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 Emmons Park Drive in Taft, California (CA). She had numerous talents and passions in life. The greatest of these were music and teaching. She actively taught school in the mid-west and then in California from the time she graduated from high school. During the 90's she developed and implemented the music program for all the schools in the Taft district. She retired from the Taft City School district in 2001 after 20 years of distinguished service and was inducted into the Kern Alliance of Business Hall of Fame for her outstanding work with children. Her love for music was very strong and was shared with many through her life. She played the organ at Faith Lutheran Church in Rapid City, South Dakota, St. Andrews Episcopal Church and at Peace Evangelical Lutheran in Taft, California. We were truly blessed by her sharing of musical talents and her passion for teaching.

Survivors include her husband Clayton Buttke, brother and sister-in-law Larry and Kathleen Buttke, sister-in-law Marj Buttke all of Taft; Daughters Kendra Lambert of Citrus Heights, California and Anita of Moline, Illinois; grandchildren Daniel, Jonas, and Jessica of Moline, Illinois; sisters Betty Anderson of Montevedio; Minnesota; Eva Weekly of Rapid City, South Dakota; Ester Anderson of Montevedio, Minnesota; Eva Weekly of Rapid City, South Dakota; Ester Boyce of Cisna Park, IL; Margy Oswood of Big Stone, South Dakota; Brothers Ray Onken of Marietta, Minnesota; Robert Onken of Gardenerville, Neceda, Nevada; and Donald Onken of Rockford, Illinois and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends to numerous to list.

From her own word "I have lived a full, happy life. I look forward with anticipation and excitement toward being with our Lord and Savior. Live your lives with the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Carry Him always in your heart". Any gifts or memorials should be directed to Parkinson's research. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Georgene E. Buttles, 92
December 5, 1909 - April 10, 2002



Graveside funeral services were held in the Westside District Cemetery this morning at 11:00 a.m. for longtime resident, Gerogene E. Buttles, 92. Rev. Scott Pearson of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Buttles was born December 5, 1909 in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada and passed away at her residence on April 10, 2002. She received her nurses training at St. Boniface Hospital in Canada. In 1937 Mrs. Buttles came to Kern County and was on the Mercy Hospital staff. 1945 brought Mr. and Mrs. Buttles to Taft. Mrs. Buttles worked as a nurse for Dr. George Garner and remained with him until her retirement she worked several years at West Side District Hospital. Mrs. Buttles spent considerable time working with the Red Cross. She was the recipient of the "Women of the Year" award from the Business and Professional Women of Taft and the "Citizen of the Year" award from the Rotary Club of Taft. Mrs. Buttles was a member of the First Baptist Church. Having a green thumb Mrs. Buttles enjoyed working in her yard and keeping it attractive as possible. She also enjoyed gourmet cooking and doing for others.

Mrs. Buttles was preceded in death by her husband, George Hardy Buttles, in November 1975 and by two sisters. Her survivors include her nieces, Marguerite Willcock, Dawn Meyers and Marie Kent; her step-son, Harold Buttles; several grand nieces and nephews and close friends, Emma and Howell Parent of Taft, Michael Parent of Bakersfield and Malanie Parent of Clovis. Donations in Mrs. Buttles Memory may be sent to the First Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangement were under the directions of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home
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Marlene Frances Byers
May 18, 1935 - November 26, 2011



Services will be held Wednesday, November 30th and 10:00 a.m. in Hillcrest Mortuary Chapel for Marlene Frances Byers, 76, who passed away November 26th at her home in Bakersfield, California. Honorary Castketbearers are sons, Eric and James Byers, brothers, Orren and Ben Hoover.

Marlene Frances Hoover was born May 18, 1935 to Dick and Hazel Hoover of Bakersfield, California. She graduated from Luftkin Business College after Taft Union High School Class of 53. She was married and raised two sons with her loving husband Robert E. Byers (deceased) age 51, Capt. KCFD. She had a long career starting at Biggar Const. before becoming Credit Mgr. for Flint Co. that was bought by Air Gas Inc. where she continued until retiring after after 25 years. She had many friends, and loyal neighbor Vicki Gonzales.

She is survived by her loving sons, James Byers of Bakersfield and Eric Byers of Fresno; grandchildren Hudson Byers and Robert and Sofia Byers; brothers, Orren Hoover of Fillmore, California and Ben Hoover of Scottsdale, Arizona; sisters-in-law; Sallie Byers of Bakersfield and Wanda Arnold of Magnolia, Ohio. Private interment at Hillcrest Mortuary.
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