Westside Obituaries
Page "C"


Carolyn L. Cabella
April 26, 1945 - July 8, 2007



Services are pending for Taft resident, Carolyn L. Cabella, 62. The services have been entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Kathleen Diane Calbert
July 7, 1948 - February 7, 2011



Diane was born to Clifford and Julia Calbert in Taft, California at the Fort Hospital. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated Taft High, class of 1966. Diane was a thoughtful woman who enjoyed caring for her plants, cats, playing cards, dice, Scrabble and most especially spending time with her grandchildren. She always had a smile on her face.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Julia and Brothers Glen and Gary Calbert. Her survivors include her long time loving companion Richard Huffman, daughter Rennae Haines, grandchildren Randy, Rhayne and Travis and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Please join us for a celebration of Diane's life on Saturday, March 5th at 1:30 p.m. Come as you are to 506 Monroe St. everyone is welcome.
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Robert

Robert Glen Calbert, 50
November 21, 1950 - February 13, 2001



Memorial services for Robert Glen Calbert of Taft will be Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in West Side Family Mortuary Chapel, 1150 4th Street, Taft, and passed away February 13, 2001 in Shafter, California.

Robert was employed by Texaco for many years as an electrician.

Survivors include son, Clifford Calbert of Bakersfield; daughter, Brandi Calbert of Taft; sister, Deane Calbert of Taft; niece, Rennae Haines, of Taft; granddaughters, Rippley and Chaynca; grandsons, Tony and Orion, great–nephew, Travas Little; and grand-niece, Rayne Spell. He was preceded in death by parents Clifford and Julia Calbert and brother, Gary Calbert. Robert had many friends and relatives who loved him greatly and will miss him deeply.

Services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. 763-1594.
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Martha Louise Calderwood
March 14, 1920 - September 26, 2004



Graveside services will be held Friday, October 15th in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., for Martha Louise Calderwood, 84, who passed away September 26, 2004. Rev. Bill Laboran will officiate.

Mrs. Calderwood was born March 14, 1920, in Maricopa and had lived in Taft for over 60 years. She worked as a medical insurance coordinator for Dr. Dykes Johnson and Dr. John Bitzer for 35 years.

Mrs. Calderwood was preceded in death by her husband Clifton "Scotty" Earl Calderwood in 1974. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Clifton L. and Judy Calderwood; granddaughters CherAmi Parks and Jennifer Thurston and husband Marc all of Bakersfield and Debra Cootware and husband Greg of Henderson, Nevada; great grandchildren Stephanie Jivin, Annie Marie Cootware and Andrew Nicholas Cootware of Henderson, Nevada and Jared Parks and Madison Parks of Bakersfield and brother and sister-in-law Bill and Niada Heasley of Surprise, Arizona.
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Shirley Lorice (Jewett) Calhoun
May 9, 1921 - September 3, 1997



Shirley Calhoun passed away peacefully at her home on September 3, 1997 in Pasadena and was laid to rest at Mountain View Moutuary, Altadena, California.

Shirley was born on May 9, 1921. She grew up in Pasadena and was very active in many organizations. As a young woman she was a member of the Pasadena College Orchestra, the Little Symphony, Melody Maids and played in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco, and many service clubs.

She joined the WAC at age 22, married Lawrence Calhoun July 22, 1945 in San Jose. After being discharged in October of 1945, Shirley and her husband later moved to Taft where she was active in the Oratorio Society playing the violin, Taft Community Chorus and Orchestra, West Side PTA Council, Buena Vista Women's Golf Association and was very active in the American Legion Auxillary, being installed as Commander of the 18th Legion Post 470. She also belonged to the Pasadena Review #6 Women's Life Insurance Society and had many friends.

She is survived by her sister Margaret Young, her niece and nephew Carol and Jeff, his two daughters, her Aunt Tillie and Tillie's grandsons and their children, her three children Allen, Gary and Diane and three grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Bea. She will be greatly missed.

Inlieu of flowers please send a dontaion to the:
L.A.County Council
American Legion
Patriotic Hall
1816 Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, California 90015
and specify the donation was made in memory of Shirley Calhoun 18th Legion Post 470.
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James Oscar Callen
February 21, 1895 - October 26, 1979



Graveside funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at Westside Cemetery for James Oscar Callen, 2208 Bank Street, Bakersfield, who died at his home Friday.

He was born February 21,1895 in Green Forest, Arkansas and had lived in Kern County for 58 years. He was a former longtime Taft resident and also a former Standard Oil Company employee.

He is survived by one son, James Jr. of Taft; two daughters, Velma Mae Callen of Bakersfield and Thelma Maxine Strand of Taft; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Friends may call tonight and tomorrow at Erickson & Brown Chapel prior to services to pay their respects.
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Robert "Bob" Montieth Calvin, Jr.
February 24, 1938 - February 3, 2003



Bob was born in February 24, 1938 in Ventura, California to Robert M. Calvin Sr. and Arloine Calvin. Bob was the eldest of 4 children. He grew up in Drain, Oregon and then enlisted in the Navy. Bob served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958. During Bob's service in the Navy he was stationed in Texas, California and Oregon. His 3 children were born in 3 different states. Bob passed away at home on February 3, 2003.

Bob was an entrepreneur who owned and operated many businesses in and around the Taft community, but the most important thing to him were the people he met along the way. Bob was a very special person to the small community of Maricopa and was recently named as a City Councilman. He was very proud of this appointment, because he had "big" ideas for his small town. As everyone in Maricopa already knows, he had plans for opening a Grocery Store, cleaning-up some of stock-piled debris, demolishing old abandoned structures, and continuing the operation of his pride and joy. The Maricopa Exchange, his antique store was a regular stopping place for many of Maricopa's residents. It is our family's sincere hope that the community will continue on the path to making some of Bob's dreams for Maricopa come true. We know his passing has left a big hole in the center of the town.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert M. Calvin Sr. and Arloine Calvin; his father-in-law, McClure Brewer; and his brother-in-law, Tommy Graves. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Calvin of Maricopa; his mother-in-law, Ruth Brewer of Maricopa; his brothers and sister, Theodore Calvin, Richard Calvin and Peggy Bothwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert M. Calvin III and Julie Calvin; Michael and Renee Calvin; daughter Cindy Calvin; granddaughters, Tara Calvin, Ashton Calvin, Heather Calvin, Jessica Calvin, Mikala Calvin, and Shayla Calvin; and grandsons, Nicholas Ashby, Nathan Ashby, and Neilson Ashby.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made in Bob's name to the American Heart Association. We are also honoring Bob's request for no services. The family would also like to say a special thanks to Deputy Paul Leonard. The kindness that you showed to our family during this trying time is appreciated by us all. We don't know what we would have done without you!
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John J.R. Camacho, 52
July 20, 1948 - January 10, 2001



Mass of Christian Burial for John J.R. Camacho, 52, of Taft, will be Friday, January 19, 2001, 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Msgr. Loydell Martin, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 18th, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. with Recitation of Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

Survivors include wife, Marian, of Taft; sons, John and wife Misty, and Jerome; daughters, Marianna Camacho, and Marlena and husband Luis Arambulo; and grandchildren, Luis, Andrew, Alexis, Destinee and Maya. West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, is in charge of arrangements.
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Daryl Duane Cameron
November 25, 1956 - August 16, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, August 16, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for lifelong Taft resident, Daryl D. Cameron, 45. Rev. Harry Galloway will officiate at the service.

Daryl was born in Taft on November 25, 1956, and passed away in Bakersfield on August 10, 2002. His survivors include his wife, Rhonda Cameron of Taft; his parents, Dan and Mary Cameron of Taft; his two brothers, David and his wife, Jeannette Cameron of Georgia and Roy Cameron of San Diego, his sister, Joyce Wolfe of West Virginia; his three children, Jennifer Gregory of Taft, Chellie Larson of Taft and Jimmie Skinner of Iowa; grandchildren, Chelsea Skinner and Kate Lynn Gregory and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may 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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Margaret Alice Cameron, 79
June 20, 1922 - February 17, 2002



Graveside services will be held Friday, February 22nd, 12:00 noon at the Westside Cemetery District in Taft for Margaret Alice Cameron, 79, who peacefully passed away February 17, 2002 in Bakersfield.

"Maggie" the third of four children, was born in Bakersfield on June 20, 1922 to Rex and Emma Layfield. In 1940 she graduated from Taft Union High School and went on to attend Taft College. During World War II she worked at Gardner Field and later was employed by Standard Oil Company.

In March of 1945 she married Joe Cameron, and in 1950 they moved to New Cuyama where they lived until 1968. After spending several years in Bakersfield they moved to Jakarta, Indonesia and then retired in Bakersfield. During their years in New Cuyama they raised two daughters who, along with their two grandchildren who have been the love of their lives.

Maggie loved spending time golfing and traveling with Joe, family and friends; they have been long time members of Sundle Country Club, Taft Elks RV group, and ARCO Rovers. She has been a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to so many, and she will be missed by all.

She is survived by Joe, her husband of 57 years; daughter Patty Bowes of Bakersfield; daughter Nancy Dunn and her husband Kevin of Santa Rosa; grandchildren Scott Bowes of San Diego and Kellyn Bowes of Scotland; sisters Pauline Hayes and Barbara Specht; brother Bill Layfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Marlena

Marlena R. Campa, 58
September 16, 1942 - July 14, 2001



Marlena R. Braden Campa passed away from this life on July 14, 2001 with her family who loved her dearly by her side. She was born in Covina, California, September 16, 1942. She lived in Castaic, California and attended school in Newhall, California. Marlena drove charter buses and school buses, from which she retired in 1990.

Marlena was proceeded in death by her father who she missed very much, Winston [Bill] Huggins of Frazier Park. Grandparents Wilmer and Lena Huggins and Florence and Arthur Jones.

She is survived by her loving mother Esther Huggins, who took wonderful care of her, which kept our mom with us as long as the Lord would bless us, of Castaic and Bakersfield. She was also survived by her two brothers whom she adored, Aaron Huggins and wife Janie of Campbell, California; and Keith Huggins and wife Nila of Taft. Marlena is also survived by her three children whose lives shall never be the same. A piece of our hearts have gone home with you to the Lord. Daughter Madina R. Braden Ghobity and husband Hassan of Oklahoma City; Brian S. Braden and wife Tammy of Kentucky and Kevin W. their fathers Robert and Ralph who always held a special place in her heart. Marlena has eleven grandchildren who will miss her greatly but will never forget her: Jason, Marisa, Joshua, Manijeh, Brian K., Robert “Robbie”, Tara, Ariel, Kevin Jr., Stacey and Alyssa, also many family members who she loved very much and who showed love and support to her. Her longtime animal companions, who showed her love and loyalty that, made her days, Pasha, Oliver, and Maggie.
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Arthur H. Campbell
October 28, 1910 - December 14, 2003



Graveside services for Arthur (Art) Campbell will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at West Side District Cemetery. In Taft, at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bob Russell, minister of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Reba of Bakersfield; one son, Jerry Campbell and wife, Karen of Bakersfield; three daughters, Beth Lefler and husband, Lemuel of Bakersfield, Janise Rowson and husband Bill and Barbara Merrill and husband, Virgil from Taft; fifteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Campbell of Ft. Worth, Texas. Preceded in death by his son, Dale, in 1981.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at Mish Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

www.dignitymemorial.com Mish Funeral Home-Oildale
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Chester A. "Chet" Campbell, 72
March 13, 1929 - November 14, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, November 19, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Chester A. "Chet" Campbell, 72. Chet was born on March 13, 1929 in Mesa, Arizona and passed away on November 14, 2001 at his home. He moved his family to Taft in 1978 and worked for Calhoun Electric for many years. He retired from IBEW in 1989.

He leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Joanne; his children Lauri and Tommy Robison of Taft, Brenda and Dale Klinger of Salinas and John and Stacy Campbell of Augusta, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Ashlie Stuart, Daniel and Joseph Robison, Joanna and Christina Berkey and Nicholas Klinger; seven brothers and two sisters, Jake, Eugene, Everett, Mickey, Robert, Roy, Phil, Mabel Arden and Mary Dobbins; and a long list of nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Chester’s strength of character, his gentle nature, his sense of humor, and his loving heart will live in our hearts forever.

Rev. Tommy McWhorter, pastor of, The Gateway Temple Church, will officiate at the service and there are no visitation hours scheduled. The arrangements are in the care of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Katherine T. Campbell, 93
March 20, 1908 - November 5, 2001



Funeral services will be held at a later date in Arlington, Maine, for Bakersfield resident Katherine T. Campbell who passed away at the age of 93 in Fresno on November 7, 2001.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, 763-1594.
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Leo Ray Campbell
March 11, 1922 - May 13, 1997



Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 10:00 a.m. for long-time West Side resident Leo Ray Campbell, 75.

Mr. Campbell was born on March 11, 1992 in Alliance, Nebraska and passed away May 13, 1997 at his home. He grew up in Bakersfield and graduated from BHS in 1940. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and spent 39 months in the military as an airplane mechanic with six months in the Philippines. He retired from the Kern County Fire Department in 1973 after 32 1/2 years of service where he was a captain at various West Side Stations. Mr. Campbell was a long-time member of the Taft Fellows Masonic Lodges and Kern County Fire Department Retirees Association.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eileen; his duaghter, Raylene; his son, Wayne, his sister, Mildred Smith; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

No visiting hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Eirckson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary Ann Canada Campbell
March 10, 1931 - February 25, 2012



Mary Ann Canada was born in Healdton, Oklahoma on March 10, 1931. She passed to her eternal reward on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Heart Hospital in Bakersfield, California.

She was born to Graley (Bob) and Florence Jane Canada. Two years later her family made the move to Lindsay, California. Mary Ann went from elementary school through high school in Lindsay. She graduated from Lyndsay High School in 1949. She attended Southern California Bible College, now Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California.

Mary Ann married Norman Campbell August 2, 1952 in Lindsay, California. They moved to Eugene, Oregon after the honeymoon. While living in Eugene, Mary Ann became the director of Eugene's Christian Kindergarten. Mary Ann and Norman moved to Redwood City, California in 1954. She went to work for Johnson & Johnson. She became the head of her department in Menlo Park, California. They later moved to Bakersfield, California in 1955. She worked for Mobile Home Corporation, a construction company.

In 1958, Mary Ann attended the Presbyterian Language School in San Jose, Costa Rica and became fluent in Spanish. In 1959 they moved to Bogota, Columbia. She became the assistant of the Columbian Bible Institute. While in Bogota, she started numerous Boys & Girls Christian Clubs. In 1963, Norm and Mary Ann moved to Mar Del Plata, Argentina. She also lived in Buenos Aires. Today, some of her former students pastor churches of five, ten, and twenty thousand members. She served on the national Women's Ministries board. Mary Ann served as a secretary for the International Correspondence Institute for Argentina. In 1975, Norm and Mary Ann moved to El Centro, California to pastor at First Assembly, in 1979 at Tulare, California at Bethel Assembly of God and Taft, California in 1983 to pastor at First Assembly of God. During her time in Taft, Mary Ann worked for Judy Miller Bookkeeping. In 1988, they returned to Latin America and lived in Quito, Ecuador for eight years from 1988 - 1996. She traveled throughout Latin America where she helped to influence the lives of couples, wives and children. She then returned to her beloved Bakersfield in 1996, where they attended First Assembly of God.

She is survived by: her husband, of 59 years, Norman Charles Campbell of Bakersfield, California. Three sons and one daughter: Dan and Janell of La Guna Hills, California; Jeff and Kathleen of Hacienda Heights, California; Kathryn and Eric Cooper of Taft, California; John and Rina of Fresno, California. Eight grandchildren: Andrew, Scott, Jared, Elizabeth, Michael, Faith, Rex, and Noelle. Three great grandchildren: Hannah, Luke, and Soraya. Two sisters: Eve Lee Mainord and Dolores Moneymaker of Porterville. Four nephews: Jerry Mainord, Michael Moneymaker, David Moneymaker, and Tom Moneymaker.

Schedule of services: graveside service-Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Viewing at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. memorial service-First Assembly of God, 4901 California Ave., Bakersfield, Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers-please donate to the Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Florida 32862-8200: For Andrew Campbell
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Pearl E. Campbell
July 20, 1912 - October 14, 1997



Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18th, at the Farmington Memorial Cemetery in Farmington for Pearl Elaine Campbell, 85, who passed away October 14, 1997 in Bakersfield.

Mrs. Campbell was a graduate of Taft Union High School and in her early years had been involved with Campfire Girls and Boy Scouts. She had resided for the past five years in Lake Isabella.

Survivors include her children, Nadine Swanson of lake Idabella, Charles Campbell of Nevada. Sylvester of Burbank: brother, Ben Cauvel of Bakersfield: eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Sylvester Cauvel and sister Edna Mae Burris.

Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors
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Richard Gary Campuzano
October 26, 1942 - January 10, 2007
Rites Pending



Services are pending for Taft resident, Richard Gary Campuzano, 64 The services are under the direction of the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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George Canada
April 16, 1940 - July 1961
Taft Midway Driller Newspaper
Wednesday, July 19, 1961
Front Page

GEORGE CANADA DIED MONDAY AT HIS HOME



George Everett Canada died at his home, 129 Wood Street, early Monday morning. He was born April 16, 1940 in Walden, Arkansas and had been a resident of Taft for 7 years.

He is survived by his parents, Mrs. Luda Canada of Taft and Everett Canada; one sister, Delores Vickers of Fort Smith, Arkansas and four brothers, Leon Canada of Los Angeles and Freddie Canada, Dale Canada and Bill Canada all of Taft.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10:00 o'clock in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Chapel with Reverend W.E. Davis officiating. Burial will be in West Side District Cemetery.
Donated by Donna Summers
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Homer Canady
May 3, 1918 - November 4, 2003



Homer Lee Canady of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, died November 4 of chronic obstructed pulmonary disease. He was 85.

Canady was born May 3, 1918, in Fellows, California, to Robert and Mary Canady. He married Bonita "Bonnie" Lewis in Bakersfield, California, on November 13, 1937. He attended college and served in the Navy Seebees. He lived in Taft, California from 1920 to 1960, when he settled in McKenzie Bridge. He worked for Chevron Oil Company for 37 years. He was a member of the Taft Elks Lodge, the Midway Masonic Lodge and the Blue McKenzie Lions Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, computer games and his poker club.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Roger of McKenzie Bridge and Kent of Parkdale; a daughter, Barbara of McKenzie Bridge; a sister, Elsie Welch of Bakersfield: six grandchidren; and eight great grand children.

No service is planned. Entombment will be at Williamette National Cemetery in Portland. American Burial & Cremation Alternatives, Springfield, in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of McKenzie - Wiliamette Medical Center.
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Fred Cantua
January 10, 1875 - July 7, 1927



Fred Cantua, aged 50, of 703 Lucard Street, passed away last night at 8:00 o'clock at the family home.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Carmelia Cantua of Taft and one son, Jack, living in Los Angeles. Three brothers, Louis Cantua of Los Angeles, Joseph Cantua of San Luis Obispo, and William Cantua of Cambria and a sister, Mrs. Alberts of San Luis Obispo also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Father James L. Buckley officiating.

Cantua has been a fireman for the Union Oil Company for the past nine years.

The Taft Undertaking Company has charge of the arrangements.
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Charlene F. Capehart, 69
August 29, 1931 - June 11, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Charlene Faye Capehart, 69. Mr. Paul Evans will speak at the services. Mrs. Capehart was born in Harold, Texas on August 29, 1931 and passed away at her home on June 11, 2001. Mrs. Capehart moved to Taft in 1965. She and her late husband, Billy, were owners and operators of Capehart Field Service for 15 years. Mrs. Capehart was a member of the new Hope Temple. She will be remembered as a person who worked with children all of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Jettie Sampley; her brothers, Jack Sampley, Charles “Doc” Sampley and Dale Sampley; her sister, Mary Clark; her daughter, Reta Gail Capehart and by her husband, Billy Capehart. Mrs. Capehart is survived by her son and his wife Ed and Terri Capehart of Dustin Acres; her daughter and her husband, Melissa and Randy Bunch of Vermont; Her grandchildren, April, Adam, Tritan, Amanda, Seth, Ashley, Charissa, Christian, Choloe and Cameron; and her brothers, Leaman Sampley, Billy Sampley and Glen Sampley.

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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Chase Caples
died January 2010

Services and burial were held for infant Chase Caples on January 20, 2010 at the West Side District Cemetery. The arrangements were under the direction of West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Jackie Lynn Bonham Capps
April 29, 1947 - April 15, 2012



Lifelong Taft resident Jackie Lynn Bonham Capps passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at her home with family members by her side. She was born in Taft, California, on April 29, 1947. She was a graduate of TUHS. Family was especially special to Jackie. She always had room for one more plate at her table. She was happiest being surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

There will be a viewing at Westside Family Mortuary on Thursday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Westside District Cemetery Mausoleum. Presiding over the services will be Wes Gilbert. Reception will be held at the Oasis following services.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Capps, parents Lester and Vera Bonham and brother Don "Butch" Bonham. She leaves four chidren: Michael, Bill and Candace all of Taft and daughter Patsy of Tennessee. She has ten grandchildren. She leaves one sister Becky Coffey and her husband Randy of Norman, Oklahoma. She also is survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed.
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Breanna Alexis Carlon
May 17, 1991 - May, 4, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. for Breannna Alexis Carlon, 20. Breanna was born in Bakersfield on May 17, 1991 and passed away in Maricopa on May 4, 2012. She graduated from Maricopa High School in 2009, attended Cal State Bakersfield and was a 4.0 student at SJVC.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Jewell Lay. Breanna is survived by her mother, Deborah Lynne Carlon of Maricopa; her father, Kennneth Dale Carlon of Maricopa; her brothers. Brock Allen Walker and his fiance, Ashleigh Campbell of Valley Acres, Brandon Alexander Carlon, Bryce Allen Carlon and Brayden Albert Carlon all of Maricopa; her sisters, Britta Alleece Carlon and Brooke Alizbeth Carlon both of Maricopa; her grandparents, Les Carlon Of Red Bluff, California and Kenneth and Judie Walker of Delano; her uncles, Kevin Putnam and his wife, Debbie and their daughters, Savannah and Haley, Clifford Dewoody, Jeff Carlon, Thomas Dewoody, Rodney Dewoody and Charles Riggins; her aunts, Linday Perez and Leslie Marcus; her nieces, Ronneigh Raelynne Walker and Michaela Eveland; her best friend that she considered her sister, Mercedes Salazar and her daughter, Jayden; and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maricopa High School for a scholarship in Breanna's name for a student entering the medical field. 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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Elvera Edith Carlson, 99
March 20, 1903 - November 26, 2002



Former Taft resident, Elvera Edith Carlson, died in her sleep Tuesday, November 26, 2002, in the Rafael Convalescent Hospital in San Rafael, California.
She was still alert and communicative at the age of 99. A service was held Saturday November 30th, at the Creighton Memorial Chapel in Kingsburg. Interment is in the Kingsburg Cemetery. She was the 4th child of Anders Gustaf and Alma Satterberg and was raised on the families South Academy Avenue Farm in Kingsburg, California. She attended Kingsburg schools and earned a teaching credential from Fresno State Normal School. Elvera taught elementary grades in both Colinga, and Reedly and later substituted in Taft.

She married Eric Carlson, a Standard Oil Machinist, in 1930 and resided at 113 Jackson St. her husband of 59 years preceded her in 1990. Mrs. Carlson was active in the First Baptist Church of Taft. Her greatest joy in living was corresponding with missionaries and also in sending her "cut-up" cards to cheer the sick and to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and some holidays. Many recipients still cherish cards they received from her. Each was an originial made primarily from words or phrases obtained from magazine and newspaper advertisements and glued to notepaper. Mrs. Carlson moved to Marin County, in 1997 to be near her sons family. A brother, Stanley Anderson of Mountain View and her son, Lester Carlson and wife, 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren all of Novato, survive her.

Remembrances: First Baptist Church of Taft, P.O. Box 222, Taft, California 93268 or a favorite charity.
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Art V. Carlton
January 12, 1917 - September 7, 2011



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for longtime Taft resident and former Taft City Treasurer, Art Carlton, 93. Mr. Carlton passed away in Bakersfield on September 7, 2011.
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Jeffrey "Jeff" Carmical
February 16, 1954 - December 9, 2005



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Jeffrey "Jeff" Carmical, 51. Mr. Carmical passed away at his home on December 9, 2005.
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Louise Carmical
June 14, 1923 – July 17, 2003



Private family services will be held for longtime Taft resident, Louise Carmical, 80. Mrs. Carmical was born in Clinton, Kentucky on June 14, 1923 and passed away at her home in Taft on July 17, 2003.

She worked for Sparkle Cleaners for 33 years. Mrs. Carmical was preceded in death by her parents, Granny and Pappy Calbert and by her husband Jerry Carmical in 2000.

Her survivors include her children John Dykes and his wife, Mary Lou of Dayton, Nevada; Joe Dykes of Cromberg and Cindy Foley and her husband Jim of Lake Port; her grandchildren, John Dykes, Jr., Gregory Dykes, Shawn Morris, Kim Mertle and Kristen Soderquist; her seven great grandchildren; her sisters, Margaret Vaughan of Los Angeles and Cozette Endicott of Morro Bay; and her sister-in-law, Bobbi Carmical of Taft.

In Lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations be made in Mrs. Carmical’s name to the Optimal Hospice Care at 1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the Direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dr. Bernice Carmichael, 77
January 30, 1924 - July 22, 2001



Dr. Bernice Olson Swanson Carmichael, 77, retired professor of psychology in the College of Behavioral Sciences at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, died of cancer on July 22, 2001, at home in Huntington Beach, California. Memorial services are to be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at the Dilday Brothers Funeral Home in Huntington Beach.

Dr. Carmichael, the former Bernice (Bunny) Olsen, grew up in Taft, and was a graduate of Taft High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master of Education from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a long time teacher and first woman principal in the Midland, Texas, school system. She later returned to school and received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma. On moving to Muskogee, Oklahoma, she first directed the state regional guidance center before teaching at Northeastern. Dr. Carmichael co-authored a college textbook on Special Education, and published a children’s fiction book. At the time of her death, she was finishing a historical fiction account of the famous “Trail of Tears” from the viewpoint of young Cherokee Indians.

Dr. Carmichael was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Swanson, of Muskogee. After retiring from Northeastern, she moved to California, and wed Dr. Byron Carmichael.

Survivors include Byron Carmichael of Huntington Beach, and a son, Gregory Swanson, of Meridian, Mississippi. Other survivors include a sister, Alyce Olson Willis, of Bakersfield, California; a daughter-in-law, Jane Swanson and two grandsons, Eric and Jeffrey Swanson, all of Meridian, Mississippi.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or the children’s division of the Huntington Beach Public Library, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, California 92646.
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Breanna

Breanna Crystal Carnahan
January 22, 1987 - May 24, 2003



Funeral services will be held in Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Thursday at 12:00 noon for former Taft Resident, Breanna Crystal Carnahan, 16. Pastor Louis Fabrizius will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Breanna was born in Bakersfield on January 22, 1987 and passed away in a tragic auto accident outside of McKittrick on May 24, 2003. She was raised in Taft and had attended Taft Union High School. Breanna moved to Cayucos about six months ago and was attending Coast Union High School. She was a member of the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church and was active in the 4H, FFA, Color Guard, Mock Trail and tennis.

Her survivors include her mother, Mandy Yates of Cayucos; her father and step-mother, David and Sandra Carnahan of Taft; her brothers and sisters, Brandon "Bub" Carnahan and Desirae Jester of Cayucos, Elida Torres and Jeffrey Torres of Taft; her grandparents, Ruth Yates of Sandra Carnahan of Arroyo Grande; several aunts, uncles and cousins; her boyfriend, Shawn Phillips and his parents, Bob and Judy Haskell and her best friend, Mary, Jessica, Gabe, Zack, and John and numerous other friends.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m.
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Charlotte

Charlotte L. Carpenter, 57
August 15, 1944 - December 22, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for Taft native Charlotte Lynn Carpenter, 57. Her sister, Rev. Debbie Aurin of the Gathering Place in Bakersfield, will officiate.

Mrs. Carpenter was born in Taft on August 15, 1944 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 22, 2001. She moved to Gainsville, Missouri in 1996. Mrs. Carpenter was a member of the Assembly of God in Gainsville, Missouri and the Ozark County Cruizers. Charlotte was a very loving person with a perky personality. She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids, horseback riding, fishing, visiting Morro Bay with her sisters for a bucket of clams and her dog, Taffy.

Her survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Max W. Carpenter, of Gainsville, Missouri; her devoted sons, Frank Carpenter of Taft and James Carpenter and his wife, Robin of Arkansas; her loyal sisters, Jeanne Varley and Debbie Aurin both of Bakersfield; her sister/cousin Joan Walker of Taft. She was the loving grandma of Ehrissa, Andrea, Kristin, Thelma, Kelsey, James (Bubba) and Franklin. Her father and mother-in-law, Wilmer and Gwen Carpenter of Taft; her brother-in-law and his wife, Dean and Fredda Carpenter; and her nieces, Misty Darnell of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Heather Aurin of Bakersfield, also survive her.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Though Charlotte will be missed by her family and friends in her passing she gave someone else a Christmas miracle – “The Gift of Life”. Forever in our hearts she will be.
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Frankie Lynn Carpender
December 1, 1995 - December 1, 1995



Graveside services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for baby Frankie Lynn Carpenter. The Rev. Bart Hughes, pastor of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, will officiate.

Frankie was born December 1, 1995 and passed away that same day in Bakersfield.

She is survived by her father, Frank D. Carpenter of Taft; her mother, Jimmie Ann Pritchett of Taft; her grandparents, Max and Charlotte Carpenter and JoAnn Dobbs, all of Taft; her great grandparents, W.J. and Gwen Carpenter of Taft; her brothers and sisters, April Ferguson, Brian Pritchett, Serena Pritchett, Curtis Jones, Celeste Dobbs, Thelma Carpenter, Andrea Carpenter and Kristin Carpenter; and numerous other family members.

The arrangements are entrusted to the Bonewell Family at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Gwendolyn Martha Carpenter
December 10, 1911 - October 4, 2010



Gwendolyn Martha Carpender was born on December 10, 1911 in Moody, Missouri to Vernon and Rose McElmurry. Mom died peacefully and comfortably, looking forward to once again seeing her husband of 68 years who passed away three years ago.

Gwen was the oldest of nine children. Her family were farmers and as the oldest she was expected to help care for the younger children as well as farm chores including milking cows, tending to the garden and assist in the kitchen duties. She rode a horse to school through most of elementary school. During the depression the family moved to Fort Scott, Kansas where Gwen's father worked in a lumber yard. Gwen attended high school in Kansas before starting work in retail and other jobs during this difficult time. Gwen met her future husband, Wilmer "Boose" Carpenter in 1937 and they were married in 1938. Gwen had two children; Dean, who currently lives in Bakersfield, California and Max, who is retired in Missouri.

Most of Gwen's married life she was a homemaker but worked some in retail part-time. Her main focus was taking care of her family. Her family never went out to dinner until her boys were in high school because her job was cooking and she took it very seriously. She maintained her own garden and always prepared very healthy meals. The family moved from Kansas to Taft, California in 1955. Gwen's husband, Boose, died in 2007 and the following year she moved to Glenwood Gardens Independent Living where she lived for two years. The last two weeks of her life she lived at Dean's Care Villa where John, Sally and Tess compassionately cared for mom. Special thanks to Diana Hernandez of Mercy Hospice for your help and support.

Gwen is survived by her children and their spouses, Dean Carpenter and wife, Fredda, of Bakersfield and Max Carpenter and wife, Johnny, of Gainesville, Missouri. Other survivors include her grandsons, Steve Carpenter of Bakersfield, Jeff Carpenter and wife, Tina, of Bakersfield, Chad Carpenter and wife, MIchelle, of Bakersfield, Frank Carpenter, Jim Carpenter and wife, Robin, of Arkansas; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sister, Ella and husband, Max Stone of Bakersfield, sister, Oleta Love of Kansas; brother, Ray McElmurry of Santa Cruz, California, brother, Rex and wife Alice McElmurry of Kansas and many nieces and nephews.

Mom will be greatly missed by her family and anyone who had the privilege to know this kind and considerate person. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joe Alexander Scholarship Foundation of Bakersfield East Rotary, P.O. Box 2383, Bakersfield, California 93303. Family graveside services were held in the West Side District Cemetery today, Friday, October 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. There were no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ethel M. Carrell, 71
March 23, 1925 - February 16, 1997



Services were February 19, 1997 in Mansfield, Missouri, for Ethel Marie Carrell, 71.

Mrs. Carrell was born on March 23, 1925 in Douglas County, Missouri and passed away February 16, 1997 at her home in Mansfield. For 20 years she worked as a nurse, before retiring to devote more time to her flowers and birds. Throughout the years, she was also a devoted homemaker to her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, and was a caring neighbor and friend. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all those who knew her and loved her.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Verlin Eugene and Joann Phillips of Taft, Larry Sherman Reser of Mansfield, and Garland Dwain and Connie Phillips of Coalinga; a daughter, Joyce Arlene Palmer of Florence, South Carolina; 14 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Hubert and Lee Borders, both of Mansfield; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Alfonso Perez Carrillo
1985 - 2012



Funeral services have been scheduled for Cuyama resident, Alfonso Perez Carrillo, 27. Services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at West Side Memorial Services Porteous Family.
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Connie Louise Carroll (Eiland), 37
July 27, 1960 - August 18, 1997



Connie was born on July 27, 1960 in Oxnard to Clyde and Beverly Carroll. Connie passed away in Fresno on August 18, 1997 as a result of a double murder.

Connie enjoyed working on her car, sewing, and arts and crafts. Her favorite times were spent with her granddaughter, Liliana, and her children. Connie graduated with honors from Taft College in 1994 with a degree in Child Development.

Connie is survived by her daughter, Cindy Eiland, and Evaristo Duarte of Bakersfield, her son, Michael Eiland, of Fresno; her granddaughter, Liliana Miarie Diarte, of Bakersfield; her father, Clyde Carroll, of Texas; and a sister, Dallas Perez, of New Hampshire. Connie was preceded in death by her mother, Beverly Carroll, and a sister, Stacy, of New Hampshire.

Memorial services will be Tuesday, August 26, 1997 at the Sunset Chapel. Services under the care of the Taft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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Gene Lavon Carroll, 68
October 22, 1928 - May 7, 1997



Services will be held May 10, 1997 in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, for long-time Taft Resident Gene Lavon Carroll, 68.

Gene was born October 22, 1928 in Hollbrook, Nebraska, and passed away May 7, 1997 in Oregon. He served two years in the U.S. Navy from 1946-48 and then went on to earn his pharmacy degree at the University of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his father,Bruce Edward Carroll, in 1982; his mother, Violet Joy Carrol, in 1994; and his twin brother, Jack Laveen Carroll, in 1989. He is survived by a son, Mike Carroll and his wife, Machell, of Myrtle Creek; a daughter, Wendi Carroll of Taft; his granchildren, Brandon, Garrett, Chelsea, Brianne and Kearstin; and numerous, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Mountainview Funeral Home in Tri-City, Oregon, is in charge of the arrangements.
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Sherman Carroll
1868 - May 14, 1918



Sherman Carroll passed away this afternoon at a local hospital. The remains were taken in charge by William Brooke of the Taft Undertaking Company. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

FELLOWS-Sherman Carroll, an employee of O.P. Goode of Fellows was run over last night in Fellows and serious injured. The driver of the automobile which ran over him did not stop and it has been impossible to find out his identity.

Mr. Carroll was picked up by Cal. Carter of the Santa Fe Company and brought to the General hospital in Taft by Dr. A. Russell Moodie. Is not known as yet whether his injuries will prove fatal and slight hope of his recovery is given.
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Jack

Jack Carter, 94
April 14, 1907 - July 20, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Jack Carter, 94. His nephew, Velden Fothergill will officiate at the service.

Mr. Carter was born to Orville B. and Louella (Dotson) Carter on April 14, 1907 on the family homestead 18 miles south of Woodward, Oklahoma and passed away in Taft on July 20, 2001. Mr. Carter was the fifth child of a family of ten, there were four brothers and five sisters. He was employed by helping his father with the farming and working with horses and cattle. This is where he grew to manhood. Mr. Carter attended a country school in the Higley Community. He managed a large cattle ranch for several years. On October 14, 1936 he was married to Emma Lutz in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. In August of 1937 they came to California and Jack worked on the Westside in Coalinga until 1940. He then went to work for Tide Water. Moving to Taft in 1955 he worked for Getty Oil Company as a gauger and after working there for 32 years he retired in 1972. After retirement he enjoyed hunting and especially fishing in Wyoming. He also enjoyed lots of traveling with his RV in Wyoming and the Midwest with friends. Mr. Carter was a member of the First Baptist Church, a 50 year member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F. &A.M. and the Eastern Star Lodge #323.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Emma Carter of Taft: one sister-in-law, Mildred Carter of Colorado Springs, Colorado: his niece, Ann Story and nephew, Ron Story of Paso Robles: his nephew, Jack D. and his wife, Heather Story and their son, Jacob D. Story: his sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Collar of Powell, Wyoming: his two nieces, Judy Baggs and Marsha Ray both of Cody, Wyoming: many nieces and nephews in other states and lots of good friends who he loved. His niece and nephew Verdea and Bob Cook were in Taft when Jack passed away.

Friends may pay their respects on Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Anne Casagrande
February 9, 1919 - January 9, 2003



The Rosary for longtime Taft resident, Anne Casagrande, will be recited in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2003. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning, January 11, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Msgr. Michael Braun and Msgr. Loydell J. Marth will be the celebrants and entombment will follow the Mass in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mrs. Casagrande was born of Italian immigrant parents in Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania on Febuary 9, 1919 and passed away on January 9, 2003 in Taft. She married Angelico E. "Cas" Casagrande in 1942 and in 1946 they moved to Taft from Downey, California. Mrs. Casagrande was a member of the TUHS Wives Club and also a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and YLI, Ave Maria Institute #103. Her husband, "Cas", preceded her in death in May of 1999.

Mrs. Casagrande is survived by her sons and their wives, Dr. Eugene and Rose Ann Casagrande of La Jolla, Richard and Claudia Casagrande of Taft, Dr. Stephen and Diane Casagrande of Carmichael; Tim and Alison Casagrande of Fresno and Dr. Thomas and April Casagrande of Clovis; her grandchildren, Dr. Angelle, Cristina, Alissa, Nicole, Jessica, Gina, Dr. Michael, Stephanie, Emily, Nicholas, Christopher, Leesha, Madison and Timothy; three great-grandchildren, Natalie, Peter and Annmaria; and by her brothers, Sylvester Lorenzetti of Downey and Joseph Lorenzetti of Jessup, Pennsylvania. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

The family would like to give thanks for the care given to her at her residence and to the staff of Mercy Westside Hospital. There are no visitation hours and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Charles E. "Charlie" Cash, 65
September 3, 1931 - May 12, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Charles E. "Charlie" Cash, 65.

Mr. Cash was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, on September 3, 1931 and passed away May 12, 1997 at his home. He moved to Taft with his family in 1942 and was a member of the 1950 graduating class at Taft Union High School. While in high school he was very active in sports and was well known for his quarterback abilities on the Taft High football team.

Mr. Cash was employed by Safeway Stores for many years before going into business for himself. He owned and operated the K.C. Bait and Supply Store, Ford City Emporium and Reliable Tire Shop. Due to health reasons, he retired in 1985. Mr. Cash enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish and camp with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tressie and Rommie Cash; his daughter, Jeannine Cash; his grandchildren, Zachary and Jennifer Cash; and two brothers, James L. Cash and Rommie H. Cash Jr. His survivors include his wife of over 45 years , Evelyn "Babe" Cash of Taft; his children, Lynda Henry and her husband, Ken, Tony Cash, Billy Cash, Jim Cash and his wife, Linda, all of Taft, David Cash of Arizona and Sharon Cash of Bakersfield; his daughters-in-law Tina and Sandy Cash; his brother and his wife, Bill and Diane Cash of Long Beach; his sister and her husband, Sharon and John Duncan of Boise, Idaho, 18 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Those who wish may make contributions to Hoffmann Hospice of The Valley, 6501 Schirra Ct., Suite #301, Bakersfield, California 93313. Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Tressie Mae Cash
April 28, 1907 - March 7, 1997



Graveside funeral services were held today in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Tressie Mae Cash, 89. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated at the Services.

Mrs. Cash was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 28, 1907 and passed away March 7, 1997 in a local nursing home. She had lived in Taft since 1942. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Church Circle. She was also a member and past president of the Housewives League and a member of the Grandmothers' Club. Mrs. Cash love to crochet and made many afghans and quilts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Romie H. Cash, in 1982 and by her sons, Romie H. Cash Jr. and James L. Cash. Her survivors include her chidren and their spouises, William and Diane Cash of Long Beach, Charles and Babe Cash of TAft, and Sharon and John Duncan of Boise, Idaho; her daughter-in-law,Eleanor Cash of Long Beach; 14 grandchidren and 25 great grandchildren.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kenneth D. Casparis, 39
October 10, 1957 - February 13, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native Kenneth D. Casparis, 39. Bishop J. Sterling Bryan of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate at the services. Burial will follow at a later date in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Casparis was born in Taft on October 10, 1957 and passed away in Taft on February 13, 1997. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1975 graduating class at Taft Union High School. He had been employed as an oil worker and worked in the fields surrounding Taft for over 15 years. Mr. Casparis loved to play softball, ping pong and enjoyed auto racing.

He is survived by his spouse, Suzanne; her daughter, Christina Jackson; his children, Lacy, Kenny and Derik Casparis, all of Taft; his father and stepmother, Kenneth F. and Caroline Casparis of Lompoc; his mother and stepfather, Laureli and Bill Cryer of Mesopotamia, Ohio; his sisters, Andrea Saylor of Las Vegas, Nevada and Chris Landrum and Karen Smith of Mesopotamia; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until service time to pay their respects.
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Kenneth F. Casparis
October 25, 1925 - August 27, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Taft on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Kenneth Frank Casparis, 76. Rev. Jim Butler of the United Medthodist Church of Lompoc will officiate at the services.

Mr. Casparis was born in Taft on October 25, 1925 and passed away in Lompoc on August 27, 2002. He was raised and educated in Taft Union High School in 1943. Mr. Casparis proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. After his discharge he attended Ashland College in Oregon. He returned to Taft and went to work for Standard Oil Company. Mr. and Mrs. Casparis spent eight years in Saudi Aribia while he worked as a supervisor for Aramco. He retired in 1982 and lived in Cambria for ten years before moving to Lompoc.

Mr. Casparis was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rae Casparis; his daughter, Andrea Saylor and his son, Kenny Casparis. His survivors include his wife, Caroling Casparis of Lompoc; his daughters, Christine Landrum of Middlefield, Ohio and Karen Smith of No. Bloomfield, Ohio; his son, Tim Moncier of Lompoc; his sisters, Hazel Davis of Taft and Geraldine Kirchgatter and her husband, Bob of Redwood City; his nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and several cousins and other family members.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lila Caroline Casparis
January 26, 1926 - February 3, 2010



Memorial services for Lila Caroline Casparis, 84, of Lompoc, will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, 925 North F. Street, Lompoc with Pastor Steve Petty officiating. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 11th at noon at the Westside District Cemetery, 440 East Cedar Street, Taft, California.

Lila was born January 26, 1926 in East Wichita Falls, Texas to John and Minnie Anne Workman. She moved from Wichita Falls to Long Beach, California and graduated from Wilson High. After high school, Lila married Ray Moncier and started a family. She later moved to Taft and worked for Chevron Oil Company as a secretary for 23 years. Saudi Aramco then employed her in 1974 where she worked until her retirement in 1984. Lila moved to Lompoc from Taft in 1992 and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church. She died Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

Survivors include her son Timothy Moncier of Lompoc; sister Delores Doyle of Cambria, California; granddaughters Amanda Sailor and Lexi Sailor both of Las Vegas; five great grandchildren; niece Linda Lardy of Lompoc; nephew Wayne Cook of Ridgecrest, California and cousin Tony Mavry of Yucca Valley, California. Lila was preceded in death by husbands Raymond Moncier in 1972 and Kenneth Casparis in 2002.
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Misty Gail Casteel
November 3, 1982 - October 31, 2004



Misty Gail Casteel was born on November 3, 1982 in Bakersfield. She passed away Sunday, October 31, 2004 in U.C.L.A. hospital.

She is survived by her son Michael Salyards, her parents and their spouses Douglas Casteel and Terry Casteel, Rebecca and Johnny Salyards, her brothers and sisters Kimberly Robison her fiance' Josh Speegle, Jason Jeffcoat and his fiance' Michelle, step-sister Pamela Rutherford. She has too many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to list. She was also survived by her dear friend Chris Butterick.

Viewing will be Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield. Graveside services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Shafter Cemetery. Anyone wanting to make a donation for funeral costs can do so at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield.
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Gladys Best Castle
October 2, 1926 - March 22, 2010



Gladys Jewel Best was born on October 2, 1926 in Taft, California. She went to be with our Lord on Monday, March 22, 2010, at 1:00 a.m.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, John and Viola Best. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Charles Castle; her children, Stephen Castle with wife Barbara of Clackamas, Oregon, Phil Castle and wife Susie of Morro Bay, California, and Susan Gray and her husband Chuck of Bakersfield, California. She is also survived by her sisters Myrl Laster and Jane Harmon, both of Bakersfield, California; and her grandchidren, Brian Castle, Aimee Gehrke, Scott Castle, Jason Castle, Sarah Castle, Brian Quattlebaum, Amy Boyd, Jeff Gray, and Jenna Casavant; and her many great grandchildren, nieces and nephew.

Although born in Taft, Gladys' upbringing occured in Lebec, California and then in Bakersfield, California where she attended Panama School and Kern County High School later, she returned to Panama School as a secretary. It was there that she met Charles Castle, who was Vice Principal at the time. They spent 63 devoted years with one another. Gladys was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who was dearly loved and treasured by all who knew her. She had such a giving heart and sweet spirit about her that it was easy to see Christ's love through her actions and words, Glad was an avid reader, awesome cook, PTA volunteer, and had amazing musical and artistic talent. After staying at home with her young children, she became assistant Librarian in the Kern High School District and then in her later years at the Kern County Library.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Gladys Castle will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 2:00 in the afternoon at Riverlakes Community Church, in the Community Center.
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Betty Mae Casto
December 29, 1939 - August 30, 2002



Graveside services will be held on Thursday, September 5:00 at 10:00 a.m. In the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Betty Mae Casto. Ms. Casto was born in Mounds, Oklahoma on December 29, 1939 to Thomas and Mary Exendine and passed away on August 30, 2002 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 62. Betty was employed as a teacher's assistant for Jim Buddell for 4 years.

Survivors include her sons: Timothy Casto, William Casto, Christopher Casto all of Taft and Phillip Casto of Tulsa, Oklahoma, daughter, Jeanne Kizer of Taft, brother; Wayne Exendine of Las Vegas, Nevada, and David Exendine of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sister, Norma Yates of Ochaletta, Oklahoma, 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A public viewing will be held for those to pay their respects on Wednesday, September 4th from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the West Side Family Mortuary. The family would like to send a special thanks to Patti Rose and Tammy Hill for the love and attention that they gave to Betty during her last days.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Morturary,(661)763-1594.
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Melba J. Cate
June 14, 1927 - August 28, 2002



A private family service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery at a later date for long time Taft resident Melba J. Cate, 75.

Mrs. Cate was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 14, 1927 and passed away at her home on August 28, 2002. Mrs. Cate came to Taft in 1981 and worked for Taft National Bank for 10 years. She was a member of the VFW Womens Auxiliary in Brea before moving to Taft.

She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Terri and Harlin Gibson of Taft and Tom Smith of Brea; her son, Steven Cate of Taft; her mother Ruby McMahill, her brother and his wife, J.R. and Ginny Boone of Selma; her grandchildren, Rob Van Pelt, Paula Van Pelt, Danny Smith and his wife Amy, Jamie Smith and Courtney Cate, her great grandchildren, Alexia Van Pelt and Riley Smith.

In liew of flowers, please make donations in Mrs. Cate's name to the American Cancer Society. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Walter B. Caubre
March 19, 1919 - June 9, 2002



Memorial services are pending for Taft resident, Walter B. "Uncle Walter, Aggie's Friend" Caubre, 83.

Mr. Caubre was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 19, 1919 and passed away in Taft on June 9, 2002. Mr. Caubre proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Caubre was a self-employed house painter for over 50 years. He has lived in Taft for the last 18 years.

Mr. Caubre was preceded in death by his wife, Louise and his step-son, Jimmy. His survivors include his best friend and pal, Aggie Kaufman of Taft; his nieces, Beryl Denton of Taft and Deanna Distel of Oakdale; his nephews, David and Mark Caubre of Hawthorne; his great nephews, Ed Dundee and Tameron Wheeldon of Taft; Mike Jackson of Ohio, Glenn and Chad Caubre of Hawthorne. Walter, your friends call you Uncle also. We your family and friends, will all miss you.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Thomas Roger Caulfield, 69
June 29, 1933 - January 22, 2003



Private services will be held for Taft resident, Thomas Roger Caulfield was born on June 29, 1933 in Sacramento, California to James and Mercie Caulfield and passed away on January 22, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 69.

Thomas served his country in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years before he started a career as an aircraft electrician in the United States Air Force where he served for 18 years, before he was honorably discharged.

Survivors include his brothers, Dan Caulfield of Taft, Jim Caulfield of Seattle, Washington; Phil Glenn of Eureka, California; nephew, John Caulfield of Taft and by his nieces, Patti Chance of Houston, Texas and Christi & Tara Caulfield of Seattle, Washington. The family would like to give a special thanks to Mercy Regency West II Skilled Nursing Home for all their kindness that they showed to Thomas and his family.

All Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Lester E. Causey
September 3, 1933 - May 3, 2011



Les "Bill" Causey was born in Bakersfield, California. He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Taft. After high school he attended Menlo College in Palo Alto, California for one year then returned to Taft College to finish his AA. While attending his high school and college he worked for the county at the Parks Department. In May of 1953 he was drafted out of college into the Army where he made sergeant in 18 months. Before leaving for the service he met and married the love of his life, Pat "Knowles" Causey on September 5, 1953. After serving in the Army he returned to college at the College of the Pacific, the Fresno College and finally graduated in 1956 with a BS in business from Menlo College. He took over his father's real estate business and was self-employed as a real estate broker for over 55 years. In his younger days, Bill enjoyed flying airplanes, golfing and traveling. He especially liked Northern California and salmon fishing in the mouth of the Klamath River. Bill loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports as well as supporting all the local high school and college athletic teams. Bill was once the president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and has been a long time member of the Bakersfield Association of Realtors.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lester E. Causery; mother Grace "Winger"Causey; sisters, Jeannine Edgmon and Joyce Whyte; his oldest son, William David Causey; and nephew, Jamie Whyte. Bill is survived by his wife, Pat Causey; brothers-in-law, Ed Edgmon of New Cuyama and J.D. Whyte of Bakersfield; son, Sam Causey and family, Christie and Tyler Kilgore and Jessi Massey; daughter and her husband, Dyana and Russell Emberson of Taft; grandchildren, Levi Montes and wife, Robin of Taft; Blake, Mitchel and Caitlyn Emberson and Cody Shirreffs; great-greandchildren, Mckenzie and Mason Montes; nephews, Scott Whyte of Bakersfield, Danny Whyte of Taft, Mike Edgmon and wife, Caroline, of Tennessee, Tom Edgmon and wife Sara, of Bakersfield; niece, Connie Woodward and husband, Tom, of Bakersfield; and many great-nieces and nephews.

The family is very thankful for all the outpouring of love and support given to them in this time of mourning. They would also like to thank Alejandra "Prissy" Munoz, his loyal secretary. A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Rev. Tom White. Viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harold D. Cawelti, Sr.
April 3, 1910 - October 12, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side Cemetery District on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft Resident, Harold David Cawelti, Sr., 87. The officers of the Taft-MIdway Lodge #426 F. & A.M. will officiate at the services.

Mr. Cawelti was born in Santa Maria, California on April 3, 1910 and passed away in the local hospital on October 12, 1997. He moved to Taft in 1924 and was a member of the graduating class at Taft Union High School in 1928. He was employed as a welder for Richfield Oil Company and retired after 36 years of service. Mr. Cawelti had been a Mason for over 50 years. He served as Worshipful Master twice at the Maricopa Lodge. He was a member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426, High Twelve and the Taft Chapter #323 Order of Eastern Star. Mr. Cawelti had just received his 50 years pin from the Order of the Eastern Star. He served the Taft Chapter twice as Worthy Patron.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie in 1993 and by a son, Lawrence. His survivors include his children, Harold D. Cawelti Jr., John Wiliam Cawelti and Carolyn Louise Fuller all of Taft; his brothers David Allen Cawelti and Carolyn Loise Fuller all of Taft; his brothers, David Allen Cawelti of Ione, Wilford Everett Cawelti of Arroyo Grande. Frank Edward Cawelti of Garden Grove; his sister, Janice Rothwell of Bakerfield; his eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday afternoon until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. topay their respects.
Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Fr. Gilbert Michael Chacon, S.J.
January 19, 1939 - September 6, 2012



Fr. Gilbert Michael Chacon, S.J. age 73, passed away to receive his heavenly reward on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno.

Fr. Gilbert was born in Fresno, California, one of 12 children born to Antonio and Evangeline Chacon, immigrants from Mexico. Fr. Gilbert was raised in Dos Palos, graduating from Dos Palos High School where he was Valedictorian of the Class of 1957. He later attended Ryan Preparatory College in Fresno, before entering Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in 1963. While at the University he felt the call to a priestly life and entered the Congregation of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with first vows in 1965. He later earned his Philosophy and Theology degrees from Collegium Maximum Christi Regis, in Mexico City. He was ordained a priest on June 15, 1973 in Los Angeles by Bishop Juan Arzube. He made his final vows as Jesuit in 1991.

During his priestly ministry Fr. Chacon was a teacher and served in parishes thoughout California, Texas, Arizona and Mexico. In recent years he served in the Diocese of Fresno at various parishes. He was currently residing at the Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Fresno.

Fr. Gilbert is survived by his siblings; Raymond Ambriz of Quincy, Washington, Fr. Frank Chacon of Winslow, Arizona, Tony Chacon of Los Angeles, Joe Chacon of Los Angeles, Oliva Marquez of Los Banos, Gertrude Thomas of Los Angeles, Thereza Sotelo of Hanford, Josephine Davison of Los Angeles, Ramona Chacon and Juanita Chacon both of Hayward, California. Also surviving Fr. Gilbert are numerous nieces and nephews including Fr. Angel Sotelo of Chowchilla and his brother Jesuit Priests.

Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columba Catholic Church in Chowchilla. Commital Service will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Mission Santa Clara Cemetery in Santa Clara. Remembrances may be made to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, P.O. Box 68, Los Gatos, California 95031-0068. Funeral Services entrusted to Jay Chapel www.jaychapel.com.
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Ann Chadwick
1932 - January 9, 2007



On the anniversary of the great 1857 earthquake, the earth shook once more on the Carrizo Plain. Ann Chadwick, long time resident, passed away quietly in the morning. Anyone who knew this diminutive lady, knew that the earth was moved by her presence. She was so full of grace and kindness for others and a protective mother bear for her family and friends. How could someone so tiny leave such a big hole?

Ann came to the Carrizo Plain in 1976 with four children. She not only resided there, but became an integral part of its existance. When the Carrizo Plain natural area was established, Ann and her husband Chad, inventoried thousands of speices of flora and fauna on the natural area. Their hard work, then, is still being utilized by scientists working on the national monument today. Ann has been the Goodwin Education Center coordinator for the national monument for many years. People from all over the United States rely on her knowledge and willingness to share information regarding her beloved Carrizo Plain. She used to share, that in her sleep she would hear the question, "are the wildflowers blooming yet?" even still, she was generous and good natured regarding all inquiries.

Ann is survived by her husband, Chad Chadwick and three of her children; Mark Eberle, Joseph Cochran, and Johna Hurl. Her son, William passed away recently. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, and thousands of grateful hearts that she has touched over the years.

A funeral mass will be held, Tuesday, January 16th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 110 East Woodrow St., Taft, California.
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Marjorie Lorraine Chaffin
March 21, 1921 - April 25, 2012



Marjorie Lorraine Chaffin, nee Daniel, was born in 1921 to Earl and Blanche Daniel in Taft, and passed away April 25, 2012 in Bakersfield. She married Ted L. Chaffin in 1938, they celebrated 73 years of marriage in November 2011. Mrs. Chaffin enjoyed involvement with the VFW Auxiliary, Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and other community groups. She enjoyed history and was involved with several Utah historical museums with her husband.

Mrs. Chaffin was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Blanche; husband, Ned; brother, Elmer "Sonny", and grandson Tim Kline. She is survived by daughters, Sandra (Mark) Chaffin, and Gail (Donald) Lopez; grandchildren, Regina Berrigan, Jennifer (Joan) McGuire and Ron Burrow Jr.; great granddaughters, Alicia McGuire Chaffin and Mallaurie (Lance) Vermillion; and great-great grandson Ryder Vermillion. She is also survived by nieces, Wilodeane Chaffin Hills, Claire Chaffin Morrow, Nephew Steve Chaffin, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A special note of thanks is sent out to Alternative Care Staff, and especially to Thelma, as well as the staff at Evergreen Care, and Hoffman Hospice staff, whose love and care made this difficult time easier. Services will be held Saturday, May 19th, at 10:00 a.m., at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Boulevard, Bakersfield, with Rev. Rose Bartleson officiating, assisted by the VFW Auxiliary and Eastern Star members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.
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Ned LeGrande Chaffin
November 25, 1913 - November 11, 2011



Ned LeGrande Chaffin, born November 25, 1913 in Loa, Utah, passed away November 11, 2011. Married to his "bride", Marjorie Chaffin, for 73 years, he is preceded in death by parents, Louis and Alice Chaffin, brothers and sisters, and grandson Tim Kline. He is survived by daughters, Sandra (Mark) Chaffin, and Gail (Donald) Lopez; grandchildren, Regina Berrigan, Jennifer (Joan) McGuire and Ron Burrow Jr.; great granddaughters, Alicia McGuire Chaffin and Mallaurie (Lance) Vermillion; and great-great grandson Ryder Vermillion; nieces, Wilodeane Chaffin Hills, Claire Chaffin Morrow, nephew Steve Chaffin, and numerous great-nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by friends and associates of his beloved Cowboy Caususes.

Ned will be interred on Saturday, May 19th, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Boulevard, Bakersfield, with Rev. Rose Bartleson officiating.
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Betty Ann Chambers Stearman Rubright
October 3, 1941 - May 1, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Betty Ann Chambers Stearman Rubright, 68. Rev. Joey Pittman, pastor of New Hope Temple will officiate. Mrs. Rubright was born on October 3, 1941 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma and passed away in Bakersfield, California on May 1, 2010. She had lived in Taft since 1958 and attended New Hope Temple. She had been employed as a clerk and cashier at Johnson's Liquor Store, Cougar Country and for many years at the Outpost. Many of her customers will remember her for her long long hair. Mrs. Rubright was a very caring and giving person.

She was preceded in death by her son Gregory Stearman; her brother "Jockey" Chambers and her step-grandson, Robert Robison. Mrs. Rubright is survived by her daughter and her husband, Lisa and Lance Tweedy; her parents, J.D. and Dora Chambers, all of Taft; her sister and her husband Patricia and Ken Beard of Kansas; her brother and his wife, Darrell and Julia Chambers of Taft; her grandchildren, Lindsay and Chad Kendall and Alex Stearman and a very special grandson, Tyler Royal; her step-children, Jeffery and his wife Valerie Rubright, her great grandchildren, Lyrik and Makenna; nephew, Kenny and Debbie Beard and niece Kimberly Rawles; several step-children and many other nieces and nephews and cousins.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Jonathan E. Chambers
October 22, 1946 - July 12, 2008



Jonathan E. Chambers, 61, passed away at his home in Taft on Saturday, July 12, 2008 after a short brave struggle against a very rare form of cancer.

Jonathan was born on Octoer 22, 1946 in Antioch, California. Those attending his last hours were his beloved son, Justin, the love of his life, Debbie, brother, Darrell, sister, Pat and good friend, Dennis. Jonathan was called many nick names by his family and friends such as Jon, Jock, Jockey, and The Rock. He was a quiet gentle man who loved everyone he knew.

He was preceded in death by his nephew, Gregory Stearman. He is survived by his son, Justin; the love of his life, Debbie; his parents, Jonathan and Dora Chambers; sister, Betty Rubright; brother, Darrell and Julia Chambers all of Taft, sister, Pat and Ken Beard of Kansas; nieces and nephews, Lisa and Lance Tweedy, Kenny and Debbie Beard, Kimberly Beard-Rawles, Jennifer and Dan Grijalva, Stephanie Beard and son, Jaydon, Christopher Beard, Lindsay Tweedy and Lyric, Brandon Rawles, Karissa Rawles, Kaleb Grijalva and many friends. He love the family dogs that gave him many laughs, Cassie, Sara Lee, Matilda and last of all, The Weasel. His family asks that you hold your families close to your heart because that is all we really have in this world.

A graveside funeral service will be held for Jonathan on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Eickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jonathan Elisha Chambers
November 13, 1922 - September 28, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. for long-time Taft resident, Jonathan "J. E." Chambers, 89. Jonathan went to be with our Lord on September 28, 2012.

He was born on November 13, 1922 in Bastiste, Oklahoma to William and Meacie Chambers. He was a veteran of WWII. Before he enlisted, he was a coal miner. His rank was U.S. Army, PFC, 381st Engr, CBT BN; WWII - Europe 1944-1945, Pacific 1945. Medals, GCM, EAME with Batt. Star, HPCM with Batt Star, Philippine Victory Ribbon. He was honored by having his name engrave on the "Wall of Honor" Veterans Memorial at Washington Park Mall. After coming home, he worked for Standard Oil and retired in 1973 due to health issues.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, sister, and the love of his life, his wife, Dora, daughter, Betty, son, John and grandson, Gregory. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Beard and her husband, Ken; his son, Darrell Chambers and wife Julia; his grandchildren Lisa Tweedy and her husband Lance, Kenny Beard and his wife Debbie, KImberley Rawles, Jennifer Grijalva, and her husband Dan, Justin Chambers, Jeff Rubright, and his wife Vallorie; his great grandchildren Lindsay Kendall and her husband, Chad, Stephanie Beard, Christopher Beard, Brandon Rawles, Karissa Rawles, Alex Stearman, Kaleb Grijalva, Tyler Royal, Bryndon and Preston Rubright; his great-great grandchildren, Jayden Beard, Lyrik and Makenna Kendall; and a special adopted son Gary Simmons. He loved being with his family and his family loved and adored him. He was also a hero in our eyes and always will be.

They would like to thank Dr. Tang and Erickson & Brown Funeral Home and everyone else for your help and prayers. Our family will never be the same without this beautiful loving caring man, we will never forget everything he taught us. He will be in our hearts and memories forever. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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William Arthur "Bill" Chambers
February 19, 1946 - December 21, 2010



William Arthur "Bill" Chambers was born on February 19, 1946 to John Allen and Imogene Evelyn (Morton) Chambers. He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Thyra, the mother of his two children. He is survived by his two daughters, Angela Brown and her family of Joplin, Missouri and Sonja Chambers and her husband Wynn Smith and family of Lincoln City, Oregon; his four grandchildren, Christopher, Dakota, Katee and Austin; his four brothers, Gene Chambers, Stanley Chambers and his wife, Janet, Mike Chambers and his wife, Lori, and Dale Chambers and his wife, Debi; his two sisters, Lavon Murray and her husband Dennis, and Kathy Dabbs and her husband Gary; a very special uncle and aunt, JE and Dora Chambers who made them feel like their own.

Bill was a very good draftsmen. He loved golf, old music, fishing and people. He never met a stranger. He had many friends at Heritage Park where he lived for the last year.

Bill will be buried in the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, at a later date. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Chester Leroy Chandler
April 8, 1921 - July 21, 2002



Chester was born on April 8, 1921, to Clyde Wesley and Gertrude Ellen Rose Chandler in Fellows, California. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning at 04:31 hours at Community Medical Ctr., in Misssoula, Montana with his beloved wife Barbara holding him in her arms, and his pastor Jack Preston holding his hand, Sherry Leggett, Ruth Comer, and Barbara Reinhard, at the bedside.

Chester received his education from kindergarten through High School in Taft, California, 6 miles from his birthplace, where the family moved to when Chester was 3 years old. At age 21 he married Betty Lorraine Hengst and to this union was born two sons Michael Leroy Chandler, now of Las Vegas, Nevada and Johnny Lynn Chandler of Orange, California. Chester spent a total of 13 years in the U.S. Navy serving in WWII and Korea as Internal Communications Officer. Chester received an AA degree in Music from Taft Community College, graduating from that college during inactive reserve duty in the U.S. Navy. He also did some Music and English major, studies at Bakersfield College and Cal State University in Bakersfield, California where he and Barbara and the three younger children resided. In April of 1972.

Chester married Barbara Carole Horne and raised their two daughters Madelyn Jo Elizabeth and Melody Carole. In 1979 he begun raising a grandson, who is like a son to him and Barbara: Jason Don Searcy Chandler who now resides in Iowa. Chester accepted Christ as Savior at an early age, and was baptized in the Taft Foursquare Church where he served as Adult Sunday School Teacher for 22 years, and Organist of that church, also organizing a yourh choir and playing an instrumental part in the Youth Group, taking children to church camp. He was employed at Taft Union High School District for 20 years taking his early retirement is April of 1971. He was also the organist and singer on a Gospel Radio broadcast with his wife Barbara, on KPMC, out of Bakersfield, for 10 years.
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Burl Lloyd Chapman
September 27, 1915 - October 6, 2006



Burl Lloyd Chapman services; Tuesday, October 27, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. Burl Chapman, 91 passed away in his sleep on Friday, October 6, 2006. He was loved and highly respected by his sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren.

Everyone who knew Burl experienced his warmth and friendliness. He led a full and productive life having been a Army Air Corp. Flight Instructor during WWII, a farmer in Missouri, and a service station owner in Taft, California. After many years of service with Getty Oil Company. Burl retired as an oilfield foreman. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was a young adult. Burl was a wonderful Bible teacher for 50 years and valued church leader who spent his life in service to God and family.

Burl Chapman was born September 27, 1915 in Caruthersville, Missiouri and moved to Taft, California in the 1930's. In 1941, he married Fern Ballengee, the love of his life, who passed away in 1998. They resided in Taft for many years and lived in the Bakersfield area for the past 29 years. In his final years Burl was a resident of Assembly Manor and more recently of Glenwood Gardens.

Burl is survived by his two sons and their wives, Larry and Jean Chapman of Irvine, California, and Ron and Sheryl Chapman of Bakersfield. He deeply loved his grandchildren: Scott and Danielle Chapman, Annie and Clarke Brogger, Nicholas and Annah Chapman, and Cameron, Burl's nephew Mike Bowers lives in Southern California and niece Angie is in Nevada. Burl recently became a great-grandfather, with the birth of Madison Nicole Chapman. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Fern, his sister Virginia Bowers, and grandson, David Chapman.

A graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. on Tuesday, October 10th at 9:30 a.m. with Dr. Fred Cottriel officiating. Burl's two sons, Rev. Larry Chapman and Ron Chapman will conduct a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 4901 California Avenue in the Blue Chapel. Friends may visit at Greenlawn Mortuary between the hours of 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9th.
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Raymond V. Chapman
June 6, 1902 - May 20, 1968



Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Mortuary for Raymond V. Chapman, 65, 306 Second Street, who died Monday afternoon.

A resident of Taft for the past 45 years. Mr. Chapman had been an employee of the West Side District Hospital. He was born in Tomkinsville, Kentucky June 7, 1902 and was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two brothers, Jay E. Chapman, Hanford; and Carson Chapman, Tomkinsville, Kentucky.

Rev. Glenn Miller of the First Methodist Church will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.
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Mary Elaine Charlesworth
September 28, 1936 - January 19, 2010



Former Taft Union High School Spanish Teacher Mary E. Charlesworth passed away January 19, 2010 in Arizona. Mary taught Spanish at TUHS from 1979 until 1996. She served as Language Arts Area Chair from 1987_1995. Upon her retirement Mary moved to Sun City, Arizona. When not teaching Mary was traveling, exploring the countries of South America, Europe and Asia. She was a beautiful, amazingly independent woman who truly loved life. She brought her joy and excitement of other cultures into the classroom to share with her students.

In 2007 Mary was placed under the Conservatorship in the State of Arizona. She knew she was suffering from the effects of the debilitating Alzheimer's disease. She was assigned a nurse. Susan, who cared for her until she passed. She had no children of her own, however her many students and friends in Taft became her family. Mary was a good friend to her friends. She will be remembered and missed by many who loved her.

No service is planned. However, in her Memory a MARY E. CHARLES WORTH FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND, has been established at TUHS, Taft, California.
Donations to this memorial scholarship fund may be made
payable to: TUHS in Memory of Mary E. Charlesworth
Send to: Attention: Mandy Neudorf,
TUHS Business Office
Taft, CA 93268
Letters or notes remembering Mary Charlesworth may be sent to:
Karen A. Kuckreja, kkuckreja@bak.rr.com
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Pauline Mary Chavez, 77
July 30, 1923 - April 12, 2001



Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 10:30 in the morning for Bakersfield resident Pauline Mary Chavez. Pauline was born on July 30, 1923 in Bakersfield and passed away at the age of 77, on April 12, 2001 in Bakersfield.

She loved to work in her garden and was an active member of the third order of Saint Francis and of The Guadalupana Society.

She is preceded in death by her husband Vincent Chavez in 1988 and by her son Fredrick “Cupcake” Chavez in 1947.

Survivors include her sons Angel and John Chavez both of Bakersfield; daughters, Jeanne Fentress of Washington, Georgeann Chavez of Massachusetts and Mary Chavez of Bakersfield and by 4 grandchildren. There will be a public viewing from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Kern River Family Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, April 17.

Pauline was loved by many and will be deeply missed. For questions or flower orders please contact West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Clarence Jesse "C.J." Cherry
May 23, 1917 - January 17, 1995



Private graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., for Clarence Jesse "C.J." Cherry, 77, passed away January 17, 1995, peacefully at his home in Bakersfield of lung cancer after not having smoked in 40 years.

Mr. Cherry was born May 23, 1917 in Trail, Oklahoma to Clarence and Orpha Cherry, who preceded him in death. He was raised and lived in Maricopa for 20 years, and lived in Bakersfield for 49 years. He spent 4 years in the Signal Corps, attached to the Air Force, serving in China-Burma-India area for three years, during World War II. He was discharged November 1944 from San Bernardino Army Air Force Base. He worked and retired from Mobil Oil Corp after 46 years. Distinction of having longest employment on the West Coast, for Mobil Oil. He worked for 12 years with son, Greg in the Boy Scouts of America, belonged to Laf-A-Lot Dance Club for 20 years and "Pairs and Squares" and Grange dancing for many years. He enjoyed bowling in leagues for many years in Taft and Bakersfield. Also enjoyed visiting all areas in Kern County after retiring.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Marjorie of Bakersfield; daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann and Harry McKinney of Santa Ynez; and Wendy and Mark Erickson of Soquel; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Tammi Cherry of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Matthew McKinney, Beau Godfrey, Thomas Cherry, Katie Marie Cherry and Daniel Cherry; sister and brother-in-law, Opal and Wayne Fisher of LaCanada; niece and husband, Cherry Lynne and Nelson Jackson; and sons, Tim, Chris, and Jody; brother-in-law and wife, Kenneth and Jeanne Dawson and children, Jim, Jon, Patti and Keven Liguore and children Tiffany and Heather; nieces and nephews, Marilyn, Marvin and children, Michelle, Brent, Shawn, Brandon, Arnold Holland and daughter, Tonya and Roger Holland. Visitation will be today from 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the Kern Hospice. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Marjorie Mae Cherry
July 23, 1921 - February 11, 2011



Marjorie Mae Cherry, in her 90th year, passed away peacefully with her three children. Lee Ann, Wendy, and Greg, by her side on February 11, 2011.

Our mom, or Margie (as her friends called her) was a second generation Californian, born on July 23, 1921, in Taft, where she grew up and graduated from Taft Junior College in 1941. During WWII our mom worked at Gardner Field Air Force Base doing her part to help the war cause. She had a life long passion for dancing; and when our dad, Clarence J. Cherry, returned from the war, they married on January 27, 1945, and continued to dance throughout their 50 years of marriage. They belonged to the Laf-a-lot Dance Club for many years and also enjoyed traveling together in retirement to mountain and desert locations. Her beloved husband and dance partner preceded her in death in 1995.

Our mom worked as a bookkeeper/accountant all her life and retired in 1984 at the age of 62. She and her group of "girlfriends" took to traveling to many exotic places around the world. Greece, Russia, England, and Ireland are a few of her destinations; and she always returned bearing many treasures and gifts from those journeys. Our mom also loved playing bridge and did so her entire life. One of her proudest moments in life was to achieve the prestigious title of Bridge Grand Master.

Our mom was a great cook and loved to host all of the holiday meals because the most important thing in her life was her entire family. She would work for days to put together the fabulous banquets that everyone would look forward to, and yet she herself would never sit down until every person was taken care of.

The last two years of our mom's life were spent at Emeritus Assisted Living. She made many new friends with residents and staff; and she became quite the bingo shark, winning more often than not, as attested to by the buckets of quarters and candy bar winnings. She was very happy living there and the family would like to send special thanks to Emeritus for their compassionate care, emotional support, and personal kindness. One other very special thanks go to Rosary Salazar, who was our mom's caregiver and best friend for 15 years. Rosary lovingly attended to all of our mom's needs during those years, and especially so in her final days.

Marjorie is survived by her three children, Lee Ann McKinney and husband Harry of Santa Ynez Valley, Wendy Cherry and husband Mark Erickson of Santa Cruz and Greg Cherry and wife Tammi of Bakersfield; her five wonderful grandchildren, Beau Godfrey of Santa Cruz, Matt McKinney of Newport Beach, and Thomas, Katie, and Daniel Cherry of Bakersfield.

Graveside service will be on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at the Wool Growers Restaurant, 620 E. 19th St., Bakersfield.
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ThomasWilliam "Tom" "Jerry" Childress, 61
May 17, 1947 - September 12, 2008



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. for Thomas William "Tom" "Jerry" childress, 61. Pastor Jim Harmer will officiate at the service. Interment will take place in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

Tom was born in Taft on May 17, 1947 and went to be with the Lord on September 12, 2008. His parents were Nora Cronin and Doll and Bill Morrison. He was a resident of Taft for over 58 years. He attended schools here and retired from Shell Oil Company after 23 years of employment with the company and belonged to the local union. On June 5, 1979 he married Vickie Stithem Childress and was married for over 27 years.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Tara and Steven Helms of Taft; his sons, Thomas Childress of Taft and Justin Spencer of Nebraska; daughter-in-law, Laurie Niehr of Nebraska; his brothers, Raymond Morrison and Bill Morrison of California; sisters, Sheila Larsen of Virginia, Sadie Cassada, Cathy Dennis and Linda Prober of California; his grandchildren, Ashlee Spencer and Analisha Mendota of Nebraska; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vickie; his sister, Barbara Cook and Louise Darnell; and brothers, Butch Childress and Dick Darnell. Tom was a avid chicken man who loved taking them to shows. To all that knew him, he was a very kind, generous, loving and patient man. He was a great dad, husband, friend and sibling. He never met a stranger and gave everyone a chance. He befriended everyone he had the chance to. He will be deeply missed by all. Until we meet again. RIP. Dad. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lloyd "Sonny" Chirrick, 60
December 8, 1940 - May 25, 2001



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Lloyd "Sonny" Chirrick, 60. Rev. Sam White will be officiating at the services.

Mr. Chirrick was born in Missouri on December 8, 1940 and passed away in the local hospital on May 25, 2001. He had lived on the Westside for the last 45 years. He had been employed as a truck driver for over 20 years and was last employed by Johnston Vacuum.

Mr. Chirrick was preceded in death by his parents and by his granddaughter, Heather Joyce Fielding. His survivors include his wife, Helen of Taft; his children and their spouses, Tami Chirrick and Doug Johansen; of Derby Acres, Marty Chirrick of Bakersfield, Debra Chirrick and Tom Fielding of Taft, Denise Neiffer and Ron of Gold Bar, Washington and Diane Brooks of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Holi Stephens and Randy Allen of Taft; Coy Amber and Kenny Brooks of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Richard Smith of Derby Acres; Nicholas Chirrick and Avery Lins-Morstadt both of Gold Bar, Washington; his sister, Glenna of Bakersfield and by several other family members and friends. Mr. Chirrick will be remembered for the love he had for his children, family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lorene Daisy Christian
October 9, 1919 - November 16, 2003



Graveside services will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for long time Taft resident Lorene Daisy Christian.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. Mrs. Christian was born on October 9, 1919 to Joseph and Ellen Keith in Missouri and she passed away November 16, 2003 in Bakersfield with her family by her side.

Survivors include a son Melvin Dooty of Maricopa, California, daughters Ella Hanes, Bernardine Dooty, Patsy Cox, Dolores Dooty, Della Green, all of Taft, California. A brother, Alfred Keith of Westminister, California, 11 grandchildren and to her family and friends. Mrs. Christian was a nursing assistant for Clearview Skilled Nursing Home in Gardena, California for 19 years. Mrs. Christian was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. West Side Family Mortuary "The Mortuary That Cares" (661) 763-1594
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Cindy Lou Ciaramitaro
March 18, 1953 - May 27, 2011



A memorial gathering will be held for Cindy Lou Ciaramitaro, 58, on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park located on East Kern Street and Highway 119 in Taft. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Cindy was born in Fellows on March 18, 1953 and passed away at her Taft residence on May 27, 2011. She attended Midway and St.Mary's Schools and Taft Union High School.

Her survivors include her two sons, Dustin Hankins and Michael Ciaramitaro; her father Rocky Markiewickz; her grandchildren, Breanna Hankins and Vincenzo Ciaramitaro and her brother, Ross Markiewickz. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Frank Cortney Clark, 73
August 24, 1923 - August 24, 1997



Frank Cortney Clark of Nevada City passed away in the Grass Valley Medical Faccility on August 24, 1997. Graveside services will be held at the Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City on Thursday, August 28, 1997 at 2:00 p.m.

Frank was born on August 24, 1923 in Taft. He attended Taft schools and served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 in the South Pacific. From 1949 to 1953 he worked on an oil tanker on the cast coast. In between his tours of duty with the Navy and after his discharge in 1953, he worked for the Richfield Oil Company in the Taft area. He retired in 1979 and moved from Taft to Nevada City.
Preceding his death were his parents, Carl and Lois (Campbell) Clark. Survivors include his wife, H. Bernice Clark of Nevada City, and other distant relatives.

Visitation will be in the Nevada City Chapel of the Hooper and Weaver Mortuary Wednesday August 27th from noon to 7:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, inc.
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Frank N. Clark
November 20, 1903 - November 17, 1995

Private family graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Frank N. Clark, 91.

Mr. Clark was born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 20, 1903 and passed away in the local hospital on the morning of November 17, 1995. He was raised and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia, and came to the United States in 1921. He had lived in Taft for the last 59 years. Mr. Clark was employed as an automobile mechanic for 44 years and retired from ARCO in 1967.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who passed away in July of 1974. Mr. Clark is survived by his son and his wife, David and Alice Clark of Fort Collins, Colorado; his granddaughters, Camille C. Wallin of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kathleen C. Kitchell of Fort Collins, Colorado; his great grandson, Ethan Clark Kitchell of Fort Collins, Colorado and by his two sisters, Millie Myers of Vista and Eileen White of Safford, Arizona.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Monday, evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Mr. Clark to the American Heart Association.
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Harvey

Harvey C. Clark, 54
December 16, 1946 - January 22, 2001



Harvey C. Clark was born in San Fernando, California on December 16, 1946, and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital early Monday morning.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Harry & Dorothy Clark. His survivors include his wife Vallorie Clark of Maricopa; daughter Stephanie Clark of Taft; son Robert Clark of Bakersfield, grandson Dylan Alonzo and granddaughter Meghan Clark both of Taft; step-mother Nellie Clark of Sagus, California; sister Dody Day of Ridgecrest, California; sister and brother-in-law Linda & Louis Conrad of Ridgecrest, California; and his children’s mother Rita Clark of Bakersfield.

He will be missed by many family members and friends. Viewing will be held Friday 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Westside Family Mortuary.
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Jack

Jack Maurice Clark, 72
December 11, 1929 - December 23, 2001



Jack Maurice Clark, age 72, passed away December 23, 2001 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, California after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Annadarko, Oklahoma on December 11, 1929.

Mr. Clark came to Kern County at an early age and attended local schools. He graduated from East High School in Bakersfield in 1947 and attended Taft College for two years. He served stateside in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. After serving his country, he resided in Baldwin Park and then settled in Bakersfield where he raised sons Kirk and Stan and daughter Jackie. Jack began his career with Pioneer Mercantile in 1965 and continued there until his retirement in 1992. Jack reacquainted with Mary, whom he eventually married in Taft in 1972.

Jack was an avid golfer and a regular at the Buena Vista Golf Course. His foursome included his father Joe Ryan (prior to Joe’s passing), brother-in-law Gaspar Manuz, and his longtime friend Herb Ritter. Since Joe’s passing, many have had the distinction of being the fourth in this group of Happy Hackers. Jack was a member of the Eagles and of the L.O.O.M. and was very active in the philanthropic activities of those organizations. Jack spent many of his retirement days working in his yard and in and around the Taft Moose Lodge. He was also a regular donor at Houchin Blood Bank. Jack enjoyed his trips to Laughlin, several times a year, with Mary and accompanied by friends Earl & Oleta Harris and Herb & Molly Ritter.

His daughter Jackie, grandson Scott, son Stanley, sister Jeri, and parents Joe and Ruby Ryan all preceded Mr. Clark in death. Jack is survived by his loving wife Mary, sons and their wives Kirk & Debbie Clark of Penn Valley, Mike and Luz Flores of Landing, New Jersey, Adam & Patti Flores of Columbia City, Indiana, son Patrick Flores of Taft, daughters Loretta Cross and Gloria Waddell and her husband James of Taft, brother Pat Ryan of Seattle, Washington and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances. He was Grandpa Jack to sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren Jack will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Claiborn, Dr. O’Reilly, Dr. Alam, Dr. Kanamori and the entire staff at the CBCC, and Dr. Qyu and the ICU staff at San Joaquin Community Hospital. We would also thank the 4th floor nurses at San Joaquin, Renee & Jennifer, for their kind and compassionate care they provided to Jack and his family over the weekend.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 26th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Taft. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary with burial to follow at West Side District Cemetery, 26910 Cedar Street, Taft.
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Stanley R. Clark
May 13, 1954 - January 15, 1997



Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Stanley Ray Clark, 42. The Rev. Sam White of Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate. Visitation will be held at the Sunset Chapel, Taft Funeral Home, Tuesday from noon until 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Clark was born in Taft on May 13, 1954 and passed away January 15, 1997 in Bakersfield. He graduated from North High School and Bakersfield College.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jackie Cossey, and his grandparents, Joe and Ruby Ryan. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Jack and Mary Clark of Taft; a brother and his wife, Kirk and Debbie Clark of San Jose; two nieces, Jennifer and Cheryl Clark of San Jose; a great-niece Jackie Brown of San Jose; three step-brothers, Mike Flores of Dover, New Jersey; Adam Flores of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Pat Flores of Bakersfield; and two stepsisters, Loretta Cross and Gloria Spell, both of Taft; and several other nieces and nephews.

The services are entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home.
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Lloyd S. Clarke
June 11, 1917 - June 16, 2002
Rites Pending



Funeral Services are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for Ridgecrest resident, Lloyd S. Clarke who passed away on June 16, 2002 a the the age of 85 in Ridgecrest.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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Margaret C. Clary
November 21, 1938 - August 5, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, on Friday, August 8th, at 10:00 a.m. for Margaret Carol Clalry. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Viewing will be on Thursday, August 7th from noon to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary A. Thom: her brothers, Jim and Kenneth Thomas; her father Chester L. Thomas, Sr., her mother and step-father Alice and John Clark. Her surviving family are her daughters, Robbi Miles, Valerie Jennings and Linda Cruz all of Taft: her sisters, Mary Fool and her husband Eddie of Taft and Verna Boatman of Texas; her brothers, Chester L. Thomas, Jr. of Bakersfield and Wendel Thomas and his wife Joyce of Oregon; many grandchildren: one great granddaughter: many nieces and nephews and many friends.
All Her Chilldren Rise Up and Call Her Blessed!
Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft, California
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Robert Clary
March 23, 1931 - September 18, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Robert "Bob" Clary, 71. Pastor Robert Johnson and Steve Salyers will officiate at the service.

Bob was born in Los Angeles on March 23, 1931 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on September 18, 2002. During the Korean Conflict Bob proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. After his discharge from the Marine Corps he settled in Taft and began working for Chevron.

Bob and his wife, Jackie, enjoyed traveling around the United States in their motorhome. If their was ever a marriage that reflected "sacrificial love" it was theirs. Wherever Bob and Jackie were, you would rarely see one without the other.

His parents, Harold and Evelyn Clary, preceded him in death. His survivors include his wife of 34 years, Jackie Clary of Taft; his daughters, Kathy Salyers and her husband Steve, Karne Korsgaard, Connie Korsgaard all of Bakersfield and Kathy Adams of Cypress; his sons and their wives, Robert "Mike" and Mary Clary of Corpus Christy, Texas, Steve and Cyndi Korsgaard of Austin, Texas and Patrick and Natalia Clary of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Chris, Courtney, Ally, Tyler, Erika, Jestin and Danielle and his great grandchild Jordan "Tooter".

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Leola

Leola Belle Cleek
August 24, 1913 - September 27, 2003



Leola Belle Cleek stepped through the gates of heaven on September 27, 2003 after an extensive stay in Mercy Hospital. She was born in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to Ralph and Florabelle Wadsworth. She was the first of six children. After graduating from High School, Leola attended dental school in Chicago. She became seriously ill just a couple of days before graduation and was sent to Tuscon, Arizona in hopes of healing. From there a Doctor sent her to a specialist in Riverside, California. Here she was attacked by another bug…..the love bug…marrying Ernest Cleek September 28, 1940.

Leola worked for Penny's in El Cajon, various jobs while raising her family until Dr. Crites asked her to be the dietician at Belinda hospital, in Pt. Hueneme when it opened in November 1958. She worked there for 17 years, even writing a few recipes for Loma Linda Hospital.

Several years after retiring she was employed by the Freidrich family as a child caregiver for 10 years. She was chosen by many family and friends to cater their weddings. Mrs. Cleek was installed in the Rebekah Lodge at Bishop, California in 1953, was actively involved in various lodges wherever she lived and was presented her 50 year Jewel as a member in good standing at Oxnard, California this summer. Leola enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking monthly holiday menus, decorating and entertaining. She had a special way of attracting extended family because of her unconditional love.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ernie in 1966, daughter Carol in 1967 and son Charles in 1974, as well as Brothers Clare and Chuck Flack. Survivors include brother, Harry Flack and sister Ethelyne Grant of Wisconsin; sister Evelyne Sieber and nephew Randy Seiber of Rowland Hts., California many other nieces and nephews, granddaughter Cory Blakely of Maricopa, California; grandsons Charles and Christian of Hemet, California great grandchildren Tony and Jennifer Salazar and Brianna and Leo Blakely of Maricopa and umpteen others that call her Grandma.

Interment will be at Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura on October 4, 2003. For those who didn't know her, you missed out on an angel.
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Richard W. Clifton, 75
March 17, 1926 - November 6, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Richard W. Clifton, 75.

Mr. Clifton was born in Junction City, Kansas on March 17, 1926 and passed away at his residence on November 6, 2001. Mr. Clifton proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy. In 1946 he settled in Taft. He had been employed as a welder for Chevron for over 34 years. He was a former member of the Taft Elks Lodge and Taft Moose Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jerry Clifton, in 1966 and by his grandson Nick Spell, in 1995. Mr. Clifton is survived by his daughters, Vicki L. Barta of Taft and Kathleen A. Garvin of Bakersfield; his brother Larry W. Clifton of Brawley; his sister, Joyce Welch of Fullerton; his two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his ex-wife Laura Clifton and her children and grandchildren and by his best friends, Harold Junyor and Ollie Ingram.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Fletcher

Fletcher Eugene Cline, 82
February 27, 1919 - September 6, 2001



Fletcher Eugene Cline went to be with our Lord on September 6, 2001. Fletcher was born February 27, 1919 in Nebraska to Emma Jane Wilds and Roy Kenneth Cline. He married Rachel Leona Bartwell on August 28, 1941. He served in World War II in the 263rd Army Band in the South Pacific. In 1946, Fletcher, Leona and daughter Linda moved to Fellows where Fletcher had a teaching job at Midway School. He taught at Midway for 35 years, serving as a music teacher, principal and fifth grade teacher. Teaching, music and working with his hands were his life’s loves. He was the best dad, grandpa and great grandpa ever.

Survivors include his brother Ted of Cape Fair, Missouri, daughters Linda and Susan, both of Taft; son-in-law Bill Friend; grandchildren Marty and Jeff Friend of Taft, Christie Greening of Atascadero, Devon Baker of Fellows, Travis Hutton of Charleston, South Carolina; four great-grandchildren, Marty and Billy Friend of Taft, and Alex and Melissa Greening of Atascadero.

There will be a memorial service Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ, 10th Street. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Parkinson’ Foundation.
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William James Cline
March 24, 1921 - Jan.3, 2007



Lt.Col(ret)William James Cline, 85, of Bakersfield, California passed away January 3, 2007.

Born in Pomona, California. Bill moved with his family to Taft, California where he attended grammer school, Taft High School, and Taft Junior College. Bill had a long career in the U.S. Air Force. During his career he piloted the B-17, B-24, B29, and KC135, WWII saw Bill completing 25 missions in the B-17 during his tour with the 303rd Bombardment Group at Molesworth, England. He flew as the co-pilot and pilot of the Knockout Dropper which was distinguished as having the most missions of any B-17 in WWII. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism as well as the Air Medal. Bill retired as a Lt.Colonel to Bakersfield in 1975 after 27 years of service.

His wife Kathryn E.(Wright) Cline passed away in 1998. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra and son-in-law Rich Burkhiser of Colorado; his sister Betty and brother-in-law Albert Kuykendall, of Bakersfield.

A graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern County Road, on Wednesday, January 10th at 1:00 P.M., In lieu of flowers please consider donation to a Veteran organization of your choice.
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Larry Keith Clinton and Jo Ann Clinton
Larry August 23, 1927 - March 10, 2012
Jo Ann September 9, 1926 - March 18, 2012



Larry and Jo Ann began their life together when they were married in Taft, California on May 7, 1946. They also ended their lives together with Larry passing away on March 10, 2012 and Jo on March 18, 2012 in Bakersfield, California. They would have been married 66 years in May.

Larry was born on August 23, 1927 in Taft, California to Ralph and Hattie Clinton. He attended Taft Schools, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1945. He then joined the United States Navy serving as a Motor Machinist's Mate 3rd class on a mine sweeper until the end of WWII, being discharged in August 1946. Larry worked at Butlins Garage on Main Street prior to his 35 year employment with Chevron U.S.A., retiring from there in September, 1986. Larry wasn't just a mechanic-he was a compressor mechanic in the repair crew which required skills ranging from welding, concrete work, electrical, and a myriad of mechanical skills. In his spare time he enjoyed setting in his garage with the door open to anyone who would come by for a visit or to have him look at their car which he enjoyed doing for them, but not without teaching them how to do it themselves. Along with the car tinkering he enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with his family especially if he could have a bar-b-que and make his delicious home made ice cream.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Hattie Clinton; sister, Evelyn Barber; and brother Phillip Clinton. He is survived by his sister, Clair Ann Graham (John) of Bakersfield.

Jo was born on September 9, 1926, also in Taft, California to Bill and Elizabeth Hast. She attended Taft Schools and also graduated from Taft Union High School in 1944. She and Larry meet in High School and were married while he was in the Navy. She worked at Sovale Credit Union (aka) Chevron Valley and later at Bechtel Engineering in Elk Hills, retiring from there. Jo enjoyed gardening, making special cards for family and friends, flower arrangements, various crafts, traveling with Larry and spoiling her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Eliabeth Hast. She is survived by sister, Marilyn Glaze, Betty Simon and Nancy LoBianco. Larry and Jo are also survived by their daughter, Pam Bosworth (Dick) of Minklely, California; son, Terry Clinton of Taft, California; grandchildren, Marshall Bosworth and wife, Diane of Colorado Springs, Colorado, David Bosworth and wife, Emily of Taft, California, Brian Bosworth and wife, Jamie of Joshua Tree, California and Tammara Clinton of Lake Isbella, California; by their 11 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel to convey condolences or sign and online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Marguarette Close
October 14, 1910 - May 4, 2012



A memorial service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. for Marguarette Close, 101.

She was born in San Diego, California on October 14, 1910 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 4, 2012. She was a graduate of San Diego High School. On August 2, 1929 she married Curtis H. Close and they were married until his death in 1993. They had two children, Lynn Hayes and Curtis H. Close Jr.

She is survived by her two children; eight grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice for their care in her last days. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Margaret

Margaret Cloud, 76
June 20, 1925 - July 15, 2001



Chapel services for Maricopa resident Margaret Cloud will be held on Thursday, July 19th at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel.

Margaret was born on June 20, 1925 in Alma, Arkansas to Robert and Rendy Nail and passed away on July 15, 2001 at West Side Mercy Hospital in Taft. She was a very active member of the Church of God in Taft for 30 years. Survivors include her two sons; Jack Cloud and wife Phyllis of Taft, Gary Cloud and wife Betty of Maricopa, her five daughters; Patsy Goad and husband Cecil of Lake Isabella, Shirley and husband Warren Ward of Taft, Della and husband Johnny Craddock of Bakersfield, Barbara and husband Donald Huddleston of Maricopa and Kathy and husband Harry McDerman of Maricopa, 20 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

The public is welcome to pay their respects on Wednesday, July 18 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. For question or floral deliveries please contact West Side Family Mortuary at (661) 763-1594.
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Verne Roy Coats
May 27, 1933 - October 17, 2005
Services: Fri. Oct. 21st, at 11:00 a.m.



Verne Roy Coats, 72 of Katy,Texas, passed away Monday, October 12, 2005, Verne was a Petroleum Engineer traveling the world over for the oil industry for over 50 years

He is survived by his loving wife Betty Barrett Coats his son Tobin R. Coats and Patrick D. Coats his daughter Jodi C. Freeney five grandchildren, Robbie, Zachary, Jordan, Madison, and Caleb and his brother Robert I. Coats. He was preceded in death by his parents Verne Robert and Grace Pauline C. Coats.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday at the Schmitt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy Texas with Rev. Tom Bolin officiating. In lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tn. 38105-1905 Schmitt Funeral Home 281-391-2424
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Lorraine M. Cocanour
February 7, 1921 - January 15, 2003



Services for Taft resident, Lorraine Marie Cocanour will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery Chapel.

Mrs. Cocanour was born on February 7, 1921 in Denver, Colorado to John and Mary Notary and she passed away on January 15, 2003 in the Taft hospital at the age of 81. Lorraine worked for several years as a waitress and later became the owner of the Carriage House Restaurant.

She is survived by her sons; Richard Cocanour of Benicia, California and Roland Hatfield of Sparks, Nevada; daughter Marsha Meek of Newalla, Oklahoma; brothers, Frank Perry of Los Osos, California and Joe Perry of Denver, Coloardo; granddaughters, Annette Carr of Phoenix, Arizona, Lori Rice of Taft, Brenda Hernandez of Medford, Oregon and Jeanette Cocanour of Benicia, California and by her grandson, Jason Cocanour also of Benicia, California. Her Grandson, William Payne, Jr. in 1989, precedes her in death.

Viewing will be held on Friday, January 17th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Lorraine was loved by all and will be deeply missed. All funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 762-1594
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Beulah Cochran
January 24, 1928 - May 6, 2010



Our mom, Beulah Cochran, went to meet our Savior on May 6, 2010. She was born Beulah Naomi Steiber on January 24, 1928 in Abernathy, Texas. She moved with her family to Bakersfield when she was 10 and eventually wound up in Taft after marrying J.C. Lackey.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Brenda and Ed Collins and Glenda and Bill Geissel; and her very special niece, Darlene Duncan. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mike McMains, Mark McMains and Stephanie Layton; and great grandchildren, Mark McMains, Jr., Jack and Harry Layton, Cade McMains and Brendan Neal; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julia and Phillip Steiber and her late husbands, Raymond Funderburk, Cliff Lackey and John Cochran. She is also preceded in death by her siblings, Lincoln, Kermit, Duane, Evan, Goldie, Lucille and Margaret.

She was very well known in the Taft business community, as she was the first female contractor in Kern County when she took over running Lackey Construction in 1965. She loved country music and sang with Bill Woods and Buck Owens in their hey day. She also sang on the cousin Herb Show in the early 50's. Mom lived in Taft for 55 years before moving into Pacifica Senior Living last year. She was reserved and will always be remembered as a lady.

We want to thank all the great people at Pacifica Senior Living for being so caring during her stay there. We would also like to thank Optimal Hospice for their care. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation. A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, May 14, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. 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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Lois Shirley Coke
December 8, 1919 - December 13, 2009



Graveside services will be held Friday, January 8, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., at the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California for Lois Coke, who passed away Sunday, December 13, 2009.
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Melba E. Coker
November 1, 1912 - August 26, 2006



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Melba E. Coker, 93. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Coker was born in Thayer, Missouri on November 1, 1912 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 26, 2006. She had made Taft her home for the last 60 years. Mrs. Coker was a member of the First Baptist Church, the church's Golden Agers Choir, the Grandmother's Club and the Taft Senior Citizens Club. She was preceded in death by her brother, Doyle Arnold.

Mrs. Coker's survivors include her two sons and their wives, Don and Margaret Coker and Gary and Ann Coker all of Taft; her sister Vera Coker of Okemah, Oklahoma; her grandchildren, Greg Coker of Taft, Christie Hebert of Houston, Texas and Kim Roper of Bakersfield, her six great grandchildren and her many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family suggested that donations may be made in Mrs. Coker's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 8462, Chicago, Illinois 60680-8462. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Barbara Jane Colbert
April 10, 1938 - October 17, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Bakersfield resident Barbara J. Colbert, 57. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Taft, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Colbert was born on April 10, 1938 in Taft and passed away on October 17, in a Bakersfield hospital. She worked for 15 years for Coffee Cart Catering in Bakersfield.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Colbert of Bakersfield; her sons, Michael and Mark Chesnut, both of Bakersfield; her daughters, Pam Chesnut White of Bowling Green, Kentucky and Patti Chesnut Eldridge of Jacksonville, Illinois; her mother, Nola Rowden of Bakersfield; 11 grandchildren; and a brother Gene Rowden of Apple Valley.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Julia Wilson Coldren, 92
August 14, 1904 - July 15, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side Cemetery District on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resident Julia Wilson Coldren, 92. The Rev. James Tadlock, pastor of the New Life Bible Church in Visalia, and the Rev. Duncan Skiles, pastor of the New Hope Temple Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Coldren was born on August 14,1904 in Hanson , Oklahoma and passed away on July 15, 1997 in a local nursing home. She came to the Westside area in 1948. She and her first husband, Harvey, owned and operated the Grocery Store in Maricopa. After Harvey passed away she began working at Stewarts Drug Store, where she worked for 12 years. Mrs. Coldren was a member of the New Hope Temple Church since 1980.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvey Wilson in 1964, and by her second husband Sterling Coldren; her sister Polly Tweedy Hollingworth; and her daughter, Velma Edgemon. Her survivors include her son and his wife, James and Mary Wilson of Taft; her son-in-law, Roy Edgemon of Bakersfield; her niece and her husband, Jerry and Evertt Baxter of Taft; her nephews and their wives, James and Pete Tweedy of Morrow Bay, and G.O. and Jewel Bradley of Merced; her seven grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Boyd Wayne Cole, 66
January 9, 1936 - Jan 22, 2002



Boyd Wayne Cole was born January 9, 1936 to George Ollin and Katie Annie Cole in Soper, Oklahoma. He passed away at home and is now peacefully with the Lord, on January 22, 2002 after a valiant battle with Cancer.

He moved with his family as a small boy to Salem, Oregon and then to Taft, California. Where he graduated from Taft schools and Fresno State. Boyd taught Industrial Arts and coached Basketball at Taft High. In January 2001, he retired from the California Correctional Facility of Taft as Program Manager. He was also a member of the California Retired Teachers Association, Kern Division Boyd was also known for his love of music and great ability to sing and play his beloved guitar, and was an avid golfer.

Boyd is survived by his wife Loretta; sons, Randell and wife Pattie of Sulphur Spring, Texas and Bradley of Bakersfield; step daughter Valerie Karle of Fresno; and stepson, Phil Strohmaier and his wife Rosemary of Lake Tahoe. He also leaves sisters Essie Holder of Soper, Oklhoma and Wanda Mares and husband Tex of Austin Texas. Many loving sister-in-laws and brother in-laws, nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

Visitation will be held in Taft at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Westside District Cemetery in Taft on Friday, January 25th.
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Marlene Cole
July 28, 1928 - August 10, 2006



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, August 14th, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Marlene Cole, 78. Private burial will be in West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Cole was born in Ada, Oklahoma on July 8, 1928 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 19th, 2006.

Mrs. Cole lived in Cuyama Valley from 1951 to 1961 when she moved to Taft. She was a member of the Cuyama Assembly of God and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Cole was employed by Stewart Drug Company and K-Mart Pharmacy as a pharmacy technician. She retired due to health reasons.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nadine Cole: her husband, Everett Cole, her sister Lucille Bullock; her brother, Leon Gorham, Mrs. Cole's survivors include her daughter and her husband Cherryl and Dale Glendening; her granddaughter and her husband, Robyn and Greg Moseley and their children, Josie, Jessie and Wyatt all of Taft; her son Gary Cole of Taft and his children, Amanda and Gary Jr.; by her sister Ina Redman of Santa Paula, special thanks is given to Dr. Howard Jackson, her care givers, Bobbie, Gloria, and April and to Charlie and Jennifer at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mrs. Cole's name to Optimal Hospice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lyle Coleman
September 22, 1955 - August 19, 2011

Visitation has been scheduled for Taft Resident, Lyle Coleman, 56. The visitation will be held at West Side Memorial Services, Sunset Chapel - Taft on Friday, August 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The arrangements are under the direction of West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Thomas Arthur Coley II, 44
February 16, 1958 - April 23, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Taft resident Thomas Arthur Coley II, 44. Rev. Trent Meadors pastor of the First Assembly of God will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery. Mr. Coley was born in Van Nuys on February 16, 1958 and passed away in Taft on April 23, 2002. He had been employed as an auto body specialist in the special effects area of movie production. He moved from Valencia to Taft six years ago. Mr. Coley enjoyed restoring antique cars.

His survivors include his mother, Carmelinda Dante-Missamore; his step-father Woody Missamore; his three sisters, Toni Marie McCorkle, Kathleen Santos and Margaret Missamore and their husbands; his children, Heather, Tommy and Holly; his four grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
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Violet M. Collier
February 18, 1922 - November 9, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. for long time Taft resident, Violet M. Collier, 80. Private burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Violet May Collier was born on February 18, 1922 in Hollywood and passed away on Saturday morning, November 9, 2002 in a Bakersfield hospital. She graduated from Taft Union High School and Taft College. She was a Cub Scout Leader, president of the PTA at Taft Primary, Sunday school teacher, former member of the Women's Club and active in Job's Daughters. Mrs. Collier will be remembered for her warm and friendly nature and the beautiful sweaters she loved to knit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Collier in 1993, after 51 years of marriage. She is survived by her two children, Richard Collier of Ventura and Susan Wakeman of El Paso, Texas; her brother, Robert Starkey of Taft; her nieces and nephews, Ronald and Linda Starkey and Robin and Nancy Starkey all of Taft; she also leaves behind, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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JoAnn Ruth (Long) Colston
March 24, 1931 - March 13, 2011



JoAnn Ruth (Long) Closton was born in Fellows, California on March 24, 1931 to Clarence and Ruby Long. JoAnn peacefully passed away on March 13, 2011. Her loving husband and five daughters were by her side. She lived her childhood years in Elk Kills, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Rosemary Montgomery.

JoAnn's life revolved around her love for her husband, daughters, grandchildren, friends and community. She enjoyed helping others, playing bridge and square dancing. JoAnn had dedicated over 40 years to serving the community. She served on the board of directors of the West Kern Oil Museum and Alpha. House. Teaching, Laubach Adult Literacy was a true passion of hers. JoAnn had been involved in community health activities, the Houchin Blood Bank, Well Baby Clinic and was instrumental in the development of the Mental Health Clinic in Taft. She was also a member of the organizing committee for the Preservation of The Fort. The Rotary Club of Taft chose JoAnn as "Citizen of the Year" in 1998.

JoAnn touched so many lives and is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Bob Colston; her five daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Robin Joy of Los Altos, Denise and Bob Sullivan of Santa Barbara, Debbie and Dennis Eubanks of Taft, Susan and Scott Greenwald of Irvine and Robin and Wade Owen of Taft. She had nine grandchildren: Elizabeth Henry and her husband, Kevin, Matthew Eubanks and his wife, Amelia , Bradley and Katelyn Sullivan, Megan and Devin Joy, Robert and Courtney Owen and Emily Greenwald. She is also blessed with two great-grandchildren Rylee and Ryder Henry. Nieces and nephews include Cheryl Blair, Donna Hale, Jim Walsh, Paula Montgomery, Sandy Steele, Candace Bowie and their families. JoAnn was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to JoAnn's favorite organizations: Hoffmann Hospice, Alpha House or the Fort Preservation Society. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 220 North Street, Taft, California. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March, 17, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Virgil Oliver Colston
In Loving Memory
September 6, 1918 - June 27, 2002



Virgil Oliver Colston went home to be with the Lord on June 27, 2002. He was born in Fellows, California, September 6, 1918.

Virgil was proceded in death by his father and mother Olivia and Ecq Colston. He leaves behind his loving wife Eleanor, after 36 years of marriage. He also leaves behind his daughters and son-in-law Cheryl and Steven Snow, his sister Geraldine Long and brother and sister-in-law Bob and Joann Colston. He also leaves behind two granddaughters, Michelle Harp and Jennifer Ramirea, 5 great grandchildren, Tyson Snow, Alli Harp, Marley Ramirez, Madeline Harp and Carson Ramierz.

Virgil was a member of Scottish Rites 32nd Degree where he was a Mason for 45 years. He had a real passion for country and gospel music and playing cards, checkers and cribbage. He retired from Mobil Oil Company in 1978, after 35 years. Virgil will be greatly missed by all.

Chapel services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 2nd at 10:00 a.m. in the morning.
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Barbara Jean Colvin, 69
September 14, 1931 - August 27, 2001



Barbara Jean Colvin, age 69 passed away August 27th, 2001 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona following a long illness. She was a former Kern County resident and last lived in Parker, Arizona and Livingston, Texas. She was employed as a bookkeeper. She was a native of Huntington Beach, California.

She is survived by: Carroll Colvin - Husband, Richard Sherman - Son, Diana Lyn Nilsen - Daughter.

Family services will be held at a later date and interment will be private. West Side Family Mortuary, directors.
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Willie Jean Colvin
July 7, 1937 - December 22, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Chapel on Thursday, January 2, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for Wilie Jean Colvin, 65. Mark Fitzsimmons of Westside Christian Center will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Colvin was born in Mountain Grove, Missouri on July 7, 1937 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 22, 2002. She was a loving mother, wife and friend. Jean was at her best selling produce from her front porch or helping her devoted husband in their garden since their retirement from 40 years of farming. She loved what she did and all the friends she made. Jean followed the teachings of Jesus in her heart and in her life.

We who linger behind have been so blessed to have had her in our lives and she leaves us with the very best and sweetest memories. Forever missed, forever loved and forever in our hearts.

Her son Delmar Colvin in February 1977, precedes her in death. Mrs. Clovin is survived by her husband, Johnnie Colvin; her son, Rick Colvin; her daughter and her husband, Joyce and Rick Blue; her prides and joy, her grandchildren, Lindesy Blue and Christpher Colvin; her sisters, Marie Baker, Dorothy Martin and Lois Branson; her brother, Leonard Branson; and by many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerry Leon Combs Jr.
July 12, 1962 - August 3, 2002



No services are scheduled for Taft resident Jerry Leon Combs Jr. Jerry was born on August 12, 1962 in Fremont, California to Jerry and Connie Combs and passed away on August 3, 2002 in Bakersfield, California. He was an operator for Quary & Sons Hay Service.

Survivors include his Common Law wife Tina Pahe of Shafter, parents Jerry Sr. and Connie Combs of Taft, brother, Timothy Combs of Taft, sister, Rinda Newton and her husband Terry of Oregon, son, Christopher Combs of North Carolina, daughter, Cheyanne Combs of Shafter, nephews; Timothy Combs Jr. of Taft, Michael Combs of Taft, Terry Newton Jr. of Oregon, niece, Mandy Newton of Oregon, and his grandmother, Helen Kearbey of Oregon.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661-763-1594.)
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Lynn Combs
July 27, 1928 - December 12, 2010



Lynn Combs was born on July 27, 1928 and went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2010 after a sudden illness. Lynn grew up in Derby Acres, California and the only child of Floyd and Melba Wilson.

While attending high school she met the love of her life Paul Combs. They were married in 1966 and blessed with their daughter Stacy in 1969. Lynn adored her family and friends. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, aunt and grammy. She was active in her church and had a great love for music. An accomplished piano player, she enjoyed playing for church services. Lynn learned to play golf a sport Paul loves, and they could be found often on the greens of Buena Vista Golf Course. Lynn cared about others and always cheerfully gave of herself.

Lynn is preceded in death by her son, Jeffery Paul Combs, and her father, Floyd Wilson. Lynn is survived by her mother Melba Wilson; her loving husband Paul Combs; her precious daughter Stacy Brown and son-in-law Greg; her grandchildren Austin and Madison Brown; sister-in-law Ashlynn Hoyt; nieces Kim Hatton and Sauni Coon; nephew, Todd Wilson and their families; and many, many friends.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California. A reception will follow at Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Acres, California. At Lynn's request please come wearing her favorite color, red. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the American Cancer Society.
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Vivian Adlene Conder, 79
November 29, 1921 - February 10, 2001



Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2001 at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, for Tehachapi resident, Vivian Adlene Conder. Vivian was born in Dublin, Texas on November 29, 1921 and passed away in Tehachapi, California a February 10, 2001.

Survivors include her daughters; Nancy Pollock of Oregon, Maryann Hester of Tehachapi and Riba Price of Arizona and her son Clifford Matthews of Oildale, 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Vivian was loved deeply by many and will be greatly missed.

A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary in Taft. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594.
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Cecil O. Conley 72
September 3, 1929 - January 27, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Church Of Christ, 305 S. 10th Street, on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Cecil O. Conley 72. Mr. Jerry Botts, minister at the Church of Christ, will officiate at the services, burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery.

Mr. Conley was born September 3, 1929 in England, Arkansas and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on January 27, 2002. He was raised and educated on Coalinga, having graduated from Coalinga Jr. College.

He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He had been employed by ARCO for 31 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing and traveling. Photography was of particular interest to him. At one time, he had his own dark room where he developed the many photos he took. He was known to photograph weddings and present the pictures later to the new couple as their gift. He was also known as an ace mechanic who could fix anything.

He was preceded in death by his son Jeffery, in October 2000, by his sisters, Beatrice Foster, Norma Smith, and also by his brother Robert Conley. Mr. Conley is survived by his wife of 48 years Wanda Conley of Taft; his daughters and their husbands, Janet and Gary Harris of Bakersfield and Julia and David Barnes of Taft; his son and his wife John and Crystal of Taft, his daughter-in-law Jennifer Conley of Taft; his sisters and their husbands, Georgia and John Bakey of Coalinga, Gladys and Mike Mottier of Switzerland and Joan and Bill Jones of Alta Loma; his grandchildren Leanne and Matt Handy of Porterville, Lacy Chappelear, Meagen Chappelear, Samuel Barnes, Jeffery Conley, Jessica Conley, Cassie Conley, Eva Conley all of Taft, and Matt and Brian Barnes of Bakersfield; and great grandchild, "Cowboy" due in March.

Those who would like to pay their respect may do so on Tuedsay from 4:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Authur Boyd Conners
December 20, 1929 - August 12, 2004



Mr. Arthur Boyd Conners entered into rest on Thursday, August 12, 2004, Mr. Arthur Boyd Conners, 74, husband of Mittie C. Conners. Mr. Conners graduated from TUHS with the class of 1948, and then U.C. Berkeley in 1953. He was the chief chemist at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory at Fort Gordon for 26 years and retired from Nutra Sweet. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and a member of the Good Shepard Episcopal Church. He was a retired member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and retired member and past president of Southern Association for Forensic Scientist.

Graveside services were Monday, August 16, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park with Rev. Robert D. Fain officiating.

Survivors include his wife Mittie C. Conners of Augusta; daughter Beth C. Cox of Garden City, South Carolina; son Arthur B. "Buzzy" Conners, Jr., of Augusta; two grandchildren, Jamie and Andy Cox of Garden City, South Carolina and brother, Claud C. Conners of North Ridge, California.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, Georgia 30904. Visitation was Sunday, August 15, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, Augusta (706) 364-8484.
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Robert "Bob" Connick
January 4, 1932 - August 9, 2010



Bob was born January 4, 1932 in Laramie, Wyoming and passed away quietly in Bakersfield on August 9, 2010.

Bob and his wife Mozelle have lived in the Taft community for the past 40 years. He was known for many years through out the oilfields, however his greatest legacy is in the hundreds of lives he touched as little league coach, 4-H leader, Valley Acres Park Supervisior, Lions Club member, and Odd Fellows member.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth Jack and Billy Connick; three sons, Mike, John and Lee Connick; one daughter, Cherie Connick; and son-in-law, Ray Davis. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mozelle; two daughters, Robin Davis and Deana Linstead with husband Bryan; one son, Rick Connick; extended family Homer and Janice Emberson and Angie Wyndes; 20 + grandchildren, various great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter.

Viewing will be held at Westside Mortuary on Friday night from 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. with graveside services at the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers make donations to the Taft Odd Fellows and Taft Lions Club scholarship fund.
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James J. [Jim] Cook, 71
August 11, 1930 - December 26, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m. for Taft resident, James J. Jim Cook, 71.Rev. John Smith will officiate at the service. Mr. Cook was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 11, 1930 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 26, 2001.

During the Korean Conflict Mr. Cook proudly served his county as a member of the U.S. Army. He had lived in Taft since 1976. Mr. Cook had been employed as a pipeline inspector for Southern California Gas Company and retired after 35 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Tennessee Cook; his brother Robert Cook; his two sisters, Alice Davis and Agnes Harris; and by his daughter, Donna Ruth Cook. Mr. Cook’s survivors include his wife, Virgia Cook of Taft; his children and their spouses, Dwight David and Debbie Cook of South Sioux City, Iowa and Sharon Lee and Alan Becker of North Hills, Randal Wayne and Irene Cook and Geneva Deanne and Marc Merrill all of Taft; his sisters, Marie Dean of Fort Smith Arkansas and Rosa Mae Avant of Bakersfield; his 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Mr. Cook will be remembered as a loving husband, father, stepfather and grandfather and will be deeply missed by all.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Johnny Earl Cook
January 24, 1973 – June 4, 2003



Born January 24, 1973 in Taft, California died June 4, 2003 in Roswell, New Mexico.

Survived by parents Johnny and Reba Cook of Taft: twin brother Michael Cook of Taft; sister Anna Cook of Georgetown, Texas; grandmother Helen Cook of Taft; grandma and grandpa Anna and Earl Logan of Portland, Oregon; aunt and uncle Brenda and Leonard Davis of Taft; aunts and uncles Dean and Laverna Oswald and Tom and Carol Francen; very close cousins Ernie and Sheila Hodges of Taft 3 nephews and numerous other cousins.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 21, at 11:00 a.m. at New Hope Temple.
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Patty L. Greene Cook, 57
February 29, 1944 - June 15, 2001



Patty L. Greene Cook, 57, former resident of Taft, died in an auto accident on June 15th in Rio Oso, California. She is survived by her parents Roy and Louverna Greene, siblings, Randy Greene, Gloria Greene Rogers, Rodney Greene and Michael Greene. Her husband James Cook and children Christine Fields, Allen West and Jamie Cook Henry and nine grandchildren.

The family members wish to thank all Taft area residents who sent flowers and cards during our time of need and for those who could attend the services.

Patty was an important part of all our lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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B. Coolbaugh
July 18, 1903



Coroner Mullins returned from McKittrick, where he went to investigate the death of B. Coolbaugh, who died suddenly at the field. The cause of death proved to have been a prolonged spree.
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Floyd S. Cooley, 82
December 16, 1912 - October 29, 1995


Funeral services will be held in the Sunset Chapel of the Taft Funeral Home Thursday at 2:00 p.m. got long-time Taft civic leader Floyd S. Cooley, 82. His step-daughter, the Rev. Twyla Moreno of Serenity MInistries, will officiate at the services. Commital services and interment will follow at the West Side District Cemetery with the Associated Veterans of Kern County officiating.

Mr. Cooley was born December 16, 1912 in Seattle, Washington and passed away in a Santa Maria Hospital October 29, 1995. While still an infant, he moved with his family to Antelope Valley where he attended the first eight grades of school. His family moved to the Taft area and he started high school, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1930 and from Taft Junior College in 1932. Following college, Mr. Cooley had a rural mail route in Fellows where he and his wife, Edith, made their home.

At the outbreak of World War II , Mr. Cooley joined the U.S. Navy and spent four years as a SeaBee doing construction work at Barber's Point in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the war he returned to Fellows and resumed his mail route. In the late 1940s, he formed the Cooley Construction Company in Taft. A great deal of the building on the West Side was done by the Cooley Construction Company, including the south wing of the West Side District Hospital, the Midway School, the Natatorium, the McKittrick School, and the Black Brothers building at Second and Kern streets. Mr. Cooley bought and remodeled the old Peacock Dairy on Kern Street and sold it to Josephine and Roy Binford which is still operated as Jo's Restaurant. He also built many homes in the area.

On May 18, 1954, Mr. Cooley was appointed by the Kern County Supervisors as the commissioner for Housing Authority of Kern County, a position he enjoyed for the next 35 years. He was the building and plumbing inspector for the city of Taft from 1954-76 and served as the Taft city manager in 1976. Mr. Cooley was elected to the Taft City Council in 1988 and served one term in 1992. From 1967 to 1982 he was elected representative to the Kern County Water Agency.

Mr. Cooley was a member of the United Methodist Church of Taft. He was a 50 year member of the Taft Post #70 of the American Legion, serving as commander in 1953-54. He was a lifetime member of Taft Elks Lodge #1527, a member of Taft Elks Lodge #1527, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Taft Lodge #1431, Taft Midway Lodge #426 Free and Accepted Masons, The Taft Exchange Club and the Toastmasters Club. He was active for many years with the Taft Chamber of Commerce, serving on the building committee for years.

He and Marie Baker were united in marriage at the Taft United Methodist Church on June 28, 19, 1969. Mr. Cooley maintained his residence in Taft until moving to Nipomo to retire in 1992.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Roberts Cooley, 1968: his parents, Floyd S. Cooley Sr. and Grace Cooley; a stepson, Donald E. Baker, in 1976; and a sister, Rosemary Hankins, in 1968. He is survived by his wife, Marie Cooley of Nipomo; a step-daughter and her husband, Twyla and Jessie Moreno of Bakersfield; two brothers, Bill Cooley of West Covina and Glen Cooley of Nevada City; two sisters, Virginia Gauthier of Taft and Susan Grassmuck of Bakersfield; by his step grandchildren Marc Merrill and his wife Genny, and Tracy Dixon, all of Taft; and by seven step-great grandchildren, Including Amber and Shelbie Dixon of Taft; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at the Taft Funeral Home Wednesday from noon until 8:00 p.m. and again Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
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Carrie Alice Coonrod
January 2, 1923 - September 11, 2006



Carrie Alice Coonrod (formerly Johnston) passed away in Yuba City, California, on September 11, 2006 at the age of 83. She was born Janaury 2, 1923 in Garland, Kansas and raised on a farm.

She graduated from Fort Scott (Kansas) High School in 1940, and went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and her teaching credential at Kansas State College, Pittsburg. During World War II she worked in the Boeing factory in Wichita on summer breaks.

In 1946, she married John Coonrod, of Cato, Kansas, and they settled near Corcoran, California. There she taught school for several years and started a family. In 1957 she and John moved to Taft, where she continued her teacing career. She taught fourth grade for 21 years at Jefferson School. Throughtout the years Carrie participated in Eastern Star, AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma, Buena Vista Ladies Golf Association, California Teachers Association, National Education Association and the Yuba City Moose Lodge. During their time in Taft, John and Carrie were member of the Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church. Carrie also enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, sewing, and needlework. In 1997, John and Carrie moved to Yuba City to be closer to their family.

Survivors include daughter Carol and Joe McCaulley, of Yuba City, daughter Marjorie and Bob Scofield, of Woodland, and grandchildren Philip McCaulley and Elaine McCaulley of Yuba City, and Jeff Scofield of Woodland. She is also survived by brothers Roy Johnston of Omaha, Nebraska, and Raymond Johnston of Olathe, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, John Coonrod, of Yuba City; parents Burl and Ethel (Wise) Johnston of Garland, Kansas; brothers Albert Johnston, Garland, Kansas; Kenneth Johnston, Joplin, Kansas; Kenneth Johston, Joplin, Missouri, sisters Alma Vanderpool, Wellington, Kansas; Ruth Smith, Windield, Kansas.

At her request, after cremation, Carrie will be buried with her husband at San Joaquin National Cemetery, Santa Nella, California. Services will be private. Donations in rembebrance of Carrie can be made to Sutter North Hospice, 826 Fourth St., Marysville, California 95901, or the American Cancer Society.
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Agnes Mable Cooper, 71
March 5, 1931 - May 12, 2002



Born March 5, 1931 in Fresno, California, passed away: May 12, 2002 in Taft, California. Chapel Services: Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 11:00 a.m.in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Father Loydell J. Marth of the St. Mary's Church will officiate.

Agnes was preceded in death by her son David in 1986. Agnes is survived by husband: Lester "Ray" Cooper of Taft, California. Two daughters and husbands: Kathy and John Bakos of Idaho and Leslie and Bob Briggs of Taft, California. Daughter-in-law and husband: Patti and James Bench of Taft, California. Grandchildren: Mistina, Isreal, Amanda, John-Paul, David and Tyler. Great grandchildren: Mathew, Jacob, Nicolas, and Lucus. Two brothers: Fabio and Sergio Jelmini both of Clovis, California.

Agnes owned and operated Western Auto for 17 years. Her family was her most important thing in life. Anyone who knew her will be deeply saddened.

Friends may donate to the Optimal Hospice if they wish. Services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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A. T. "Jack" Cooper
July 21, 1922 - February 21, 2005



A.T. Jack Cooper passed away on February 21, 2005. He was born July 21, 1922 in Taft, California. He graduated from Taft High School. He was a 50 year member of the Taft Masonic Lodge and recently received the Golden Veterans Award from the California Grand Maconic Lodge. Jack served in the Army during World War II. He spent his life being a loving husband for 62 years to his wife Edith Stewart Cooper, as well as a devoted father and grandfather.

He started his working career with Richfield Oil Company in Taft, California. He and his family spent 20 years in Alaska where he worked for Coastal Drilling and Parker Drilling Company. Upon their return to Kern County Jack worked for Berry Holding Company before retiring. He and Edith spent 18 years of retirement in Brookings, Oregon and then returned to Bakersfield.

Jack was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Edith: his son Wesler Ross Cooper, and daughter Gloria Jean Marston. He is survived by his son A.T. "Chris" Cooper and daughter-in-law Dianne with whom he lived in Stallion Springs, California. He is also survived by his grandchildren Connie and husband Rick Cormier of Slidell, Louisiana Tom and wife Michele Cooper of Bakersfield, California, Keely Cooper and fiancee Loren Williams of Arlington, Texas; Marcy and husband Greg Chapman Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. Tammy Marston of Harbor Oregon; Lloyd and wife Patsy Marston of Kenai, Alaska; Teenia and husband David Steele of Union Oregon; 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, sisters Evelyn and husband Aryt Kadar of Grants Pass, Oregon; Jeanne Cooper of Los Angeles, California and sister-in-law Betty O'Brien of Taft, California.

Mr. Cooper wishes, there will be no services. The family would like to sincerly thank Optimal Hospice, especially Mary Vickery, R.N.and Yvonne Kypema for their help and kindness. Wood Family Funeral Service, Tehachapi.
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Dwight E. [Bud] Cooper, 72
December 20, 1928 - May 29, 2001



Private burial in the West Side District Cemetery will take place for Fellows resident, Dwight E. Bud Cooper, 72.

Mr. Cooper was born in Taft on December 20, 1928 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on May 29, 2001. He was raised and educated in Taft. Mr. Cooper served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He had been employed as a head well puller for many years in the local oilfields. He had been a member of the Moose Lodge.

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his wife, Cora and a grandson, Christopher Sather. His survivors include his children, Frances Quintanilla of Las Anims, Colorado, Georgia Traviss of Pueblo, Colorado, Danny Cooper of Salem, Oregon, Tonya Jauch of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Rebecca Sather of Fellows: his eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several cousins. Mr. Cooper will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Kathryn Elizabeth Cooper
January 13, 1910 - February 16, 2009



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Satruday, February 21, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. for Kathryn Cooper. Interment will be private in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, February 23, 2009. Kathryn Cooper passed from this life to her maker at 8:05 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2009 while in residence at Rosewood on New Stine Road in Bakersfield.

Kathryn was born in Lamar, Colorado and moved with her family to Taft in 1926. She attended the local schools and graduated from Taft Junior College. In 1935 she married Taft resident Albert M. Cooper and became stepmother to this children, Laverne, Rosina and Albert, Jr., all of whom are now deceased. She taught sewing and tailoring at the Adult Education School and was a riveter at Lockheed's plant in Taft Heights. She leaves spouses of stepchildren, Zella Cooper-Donovan Smith, Clifford Robertson, Jeffrey Cooper and Tracey Cooper. She also leaves step-great grandchildren, Colleen, Matthew and Carolyn Chrzan, Rebecca, Emily, Joannna Robertson, Alika, Megan, Mathew and Rachel Cooper. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lester [Ray] Cooper
November 12, 1930 - July 17, 2002



A memorial service will be held for Ray Cooper on Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. at West Side Family Mortuary in Taft. Rev. J.D. White and Rev. Bill LeBarron will be officiating at the services. Ray Cooper was born in Leslie, Oklahoma on November 12, 1930 and passed away July 17, 2002 in Bakersfield, California. Ray was a long time resident of Taft where he was a successful businessman who owned several businesses throughout the area. In his younger days he was also enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country honorably.

Ray is proceeded in death by his wife Agnes and son David, his brother Duke and grandson Andy. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Briggs and her husband Bob of Taft, Kathy Bakos and her husband John of Idaho, and daughter in law Patti Bench and her husband James also from Taft. His grandchildren Mistine, Isreal, Amanda, John Paul, Dave, and Tyler. He is also survived by his four great grandchildren Matthew, Jacob, Nick and Lucas. His two nieces Shawna and Rene and his nephew Randy.

Ray was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Per request of the family please make donations to Optimal Hospice in lieu of flowers. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Lanny "Skip" Cooper
May 28, 1941 - June 18, 2012



Lanny "Skip" Cooper son of Olive and Dick Cooper passed away on June 18, 2012. Born May 28, 1941 in Sacramento, California. Skip attended grade school in Jackson, before moving to Taft, California where he graduated from Taft Union High School. He met his wife Judi in 1949 and was married in Hawaii in 1963. In Taft, he owned Skips T.V. and Appliance store and the Jug and Rose Liquor store. Skip retired to Arroyo Grande, California in 1986 where he lived out a happy and loving life.

He is survived by his wife Judi and 2 sons Bret and Ross and his 3 granddaughters.
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Naomi Delores Cooper
December 14, 1919 - September 23, 2005



Naomi Delores Cooper, age 85, passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital September 23, 2005. She was a longtime Taft resident and a native of Picher, Oklahoma. She was a hotel manager for many years, last managing the Savoy Hotel in Taft. She was a bar owner and ran the Taft Boarding House.

She is survived by: her son, Daniel M. Cooper of Taft, California; her brother, Myron L. Weaver of Maricopa, California; her sister, Ruby B. Messersmith of North Edwards, California; her grand daughter and husband, Melissa and John Robertson of Taft, California; her granddaughter and husband, Elizabeth and John Usrey of Taft, California; her granddaughter and husband, Celia and Ty Roth of Taft; and her sister-in-law, Marlene Blunt of Bakersfield, California; her great grandchildren, Shara Bishop of Maricopa, California; Hunter Roth of Taft; Andrew Robertson of Taft; Jason Robertson of Taft; Noah Usrey of Taft; and also many nieces, nephews and cousins and other loved ones.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, in Taft. Interment will be at GAR Cemetery in Miami, Oklahoma. West Side Family Mortuary is handling all arrangements, phone 661-763-1594.
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Norman Stanley Cooper
December 13, 1954 - March 25, 2006



Graveside Funeral Services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Norman Stanley Cooper, 51. Rev. Floyd Jordan, pastor of New Life Community, will officiate at the services.

Norman was born in Taft on December 13, 1954 and passed away on March 25, 2006. He attended McKittrick Elementary School, graduated from Taft Union High School in 1973, Taft College and Cal Poly, Pomona. In 1977 he started Cooper's Petroleum. Norman was a member of the Taft Elks Lodge and served that group as Exalted Ruler in 1982; was a current member of Wasco Elks Lodge; the Taft-Midway Lodge #426, F.&A.M.; the Shriners and the High Twelve; APOA and the Taft Sportsmen's Club.

Norman enjoyed his children and all their school activities which included the swimming years of his children, Ashley and Scott. He also enjoyed watching and cooking for Scott's football team. Norman took pleasure in the outdoors as well as hunting and farming. And of course, his passion for flying will be remembered as he built and flew his Harmon Rockett II, which carried the designation of N96CR. For all that knew him, Norman will be remembered for his sense of wit, thoughtfulness and strengths and his ability to continue forward. He will always be missed but never forgotten, because he'll always be in our minds and hearts.

Norman is survived by his wife of 29 years, Janet Cooper; his daughter and her husband, Ashley and Randy Duke; his son, Scott Cooper; his parents, Stan and Wanda Cooper; his sister and her husband, Diane and Larry Williams; his brother and his wife, Daved and Diane Cooper; his sister-in-law, Charlot Frakes, and his nephews and niece, Josh Jardan, Jason Cooper, Danielle Jordan, Matthew Cooper, Michael Cooper and Ben Cooper. I

n lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity or to the Norman Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund for an Oil Tech Academy students at Taft Union High set up by his family. Checks may be made payable to United Security Bank, account #010 203546. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Nolan Huddleston, Cooper
September 21, 1926 - February 11, 2006



God has embraced the spirit of Ruth Cooper who passed away on February 11, 2006 back into his loving arms. Ruth was a native of Taft, California where she attended school and married Cecil Huddleston. They moved to Bakersfield in 1952. Ruth in 1949 was crowned "Miss Taft" subsequently became first runner up of Miss Kern County. She was an accomplished pianist, even taught piano a few years. She was also known as a cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents Irene and Ernest Nolan son Randy Huddleston daughter Judy Hundley grandson Shane Boswell and first husband Cecil Huddleston. Ruth is survived in Bakersfield by sons Russell and Richard Huddleston grandsons Jan Hundley, Richard, Ryan, Cody and Al Huddleston also brother Kenneth Nolan and wife Marie, sister Joan Mitchell and husband R.J. plus daughter-in-law Nell: cousin, neices, nephews and many cherished friends.

For all those souls fortunate enough to have crossed her path. Ruth was known for spreading an infections joyous and indomitable sence of humor. She always maintained a great capacity to love and her sense of hospitality was without equal. Ruth possessed an unflinching steadfast love for all things divine, "Sweet Rithie" the sorrow felt by your absence can only be helped by remembering your inminous smile.

Memorial service will be held at later date Contact 398-1167 or 834-7157
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Andrew Copeland
April 21, 1901 - July 12, 1979
Daily Midway Driller
Pg. 2, Monday July 16, 1979
SERVICES TODAY FOR ANDREW COPELAND



Services were held today at Taft Funeral Home for Andrew Washington Copeland, 78, of 3117 Leonard Street, Bakersfield, a long time former Taft resident, who died Friday in Bakersfield.

He was born April 27, 1901 in Arkansas and had worked as a custodian at Lincoln School for more than 20 years. He was a Veteran of World War I, serving in the U.S. Army, was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and also the Taft Midway Lodge. He had resided in the Taft area since 1948.

Survivors include his wife, Emma; six children, Leonard Grayson, Taft; James Copeland, Taft; Viola Buxton, Bakersfield; Lucille Summers, Taft; Mildred Rowles, Anaheim; and Roberta Chatterton, Alaska; two brothers, Floyd Copeland of Redding; Clarence Copeland of Oklahoma; two sisters, Viola Appleton, Hanford; Helen Copeland, Hanford; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

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Annie R. Copeland
October 28, 1913 - November 7, 1995



Graveside services will be held Monday at the Shafter Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. for long time Taft resident Annie Ruth Copeland, 82. The Rev. Robert Goldsmith will officiate.

Mrs. Copeland was born on October 28, 1913 in Oklahoma and passed away November 7, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital following a long illness. She was a homemaker and loved to take care of her family. She enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables, quilting and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lex Copeland, in 1964; two sons, Chuck Copeland in 1993 and Joe Copeland in 1982 and two daughters in 1965 and Etta Ruth Copeland in 1958.

She is survived by four sons and their wives, Billy Copeland of Texarkana, Arkansas, Jerry and Euretta Copeland of Maricopa, James and Molly Copeland of Derby Acres, and Eddy and Susie Copeland of Taft; two daughters, Morine and Donald of Mart, Texas and Darlene Kimbriel of Taft; a brother, Joe Green of Powderly, Texas; a sister, Margarette Carr of Anadarko, Oklahoma; 26 grandchildren; and 39 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bonewell Family at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Emma V. Copeland
August 30, 1902 - December 16, 1981
Daily Midway Driller
Pg. 2, Thursday December 17, 1981



Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in the Sunset Chapel of Taft Funeral Home for Emma Viola Copeland, 79 of 328 Pine Dr., who died yesterday afternoon in a Bakersfield Hospital.

She was born in Huntington, Arkansas, August 30, 1902. She married Andrew "Andy" W. Copeland in Sebastian, Arkansas and they moved to California in 1941 settling in Taft in 1948.

Mr. Copeland preceded her in death in 1979. Mrs. Copeland attended Ford City Missionary Baptist Church and the First Southern Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Leonard Grayson of Taft, and James Copeland of Taft; four daughters, Viola Buxton of Bakersfield, Lucille Summers of Taft, Mildred Rowles of Downey, California and Roberta Chatterton of Anchorage, Alaska; 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Reverend Buddy Hollbrook, paster of the First Southern Baptist Church will officiate the services. Ruthie Patterson will be the organist and will accompany Rachel Larsen as she sings the hymns, "Old Rugged Cross" and Amazing Grace". Mrs. Copeland's grandsons will serve as casket bearers.

Friends who wish to pay their respects may call tomorrow afternoon after 1:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and then prior to the services Saturday, at the Taft Funeral Home.

Donated by Donna Summers
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James Lee Copeland
September 25, 1943 - March 11, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Shafter Cemetery on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Derby Acres resident, James Lee Copeland, 59. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate.

Mr. Copeland was born in Cooper, Texas on September 25, 1943. Mr. Copeland was an avid fisherman and passed away while fishing on Santa Margarita Lake on March 11, 2003. He had lived in Kern County for over 40 years and since 1978 he had lived in Derby Acres. Mr. Copeland had been employed by A&M Products and retired as a maintenance supervisor. His family remembers that James never told anyone how to live; the way he lived was a perfect example. Mr.Copeland was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings and two sons.

His survivors include his wife of almost 23 years, Molly Copeland of Derby Acres; his children and their spouses, Dwayne and Jennifer Biagioni of Bakersfield, Cindy and Kenny Mann of Derby Acres, Rex and Sandi Garoutte of Grants Pass, Oregon; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Jerry and Euretta Copeland of Texas, Morine, and Don Padgett of Mart, Texas; Eddy and Susie Copeland and Darlene Kimbriel all of Taft and by his nine grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Friend are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Lorraine (Stutchman) Corbitt
April 29, 1925 - July 24, 2008



Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Mortuary and Chapel. Pastor Bill Woods officiating.

Lorraine as she was known to her friends and family was born in Tupman, California to Melvin and Florence Stutchman. She went to Elk Hills Elementary School and Taft Union High School which she graduated from in 1943. She married William Glynn Corbitt in 1945. Lorraine started out working for Atlantic Richield, then went on to Standard Oil where she met our Dad while he was in the Navy. She went on to work as a switchboard operator for what was then "The Bakersfield Inn", from there she went to work at the Department of Human Services as a supervisor which she retired from in 1990.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Florence; her brother, Ronny Sr., Royce and Randy Corbitt; her daughter, Karen Ardesch. She also is survived by 6 grandchildren, Jeff, Jason, Ronnie Jr., Jamie, Dustin and Crystal; her 7 great grandchildren; her sister, Maxine and husband, Bob Westbrook; many nieces and nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life luncheon immediately following the service at Crossroads To Recovery, 201 E. Brundage Lane. Ruth Lorraine Corbitt "Stutchman" April 29, 1925 - July 24, 2008.
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Martin E. Corntassel
January 3, 1929 - September 6, 2003



No services are scheduled for Taft resident, Martin Edward Corntassel, who passed away on September 6, 2003 in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 74. Martin entered this life on January 3, 1929, born to Thomas and Essie Corntassel in Westville, Oklahoma. He was a salesman for Talley Communications for over 25 years of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jackie of Taft, sons, John Corntassel of Brea, California and Jay Corntassel of Taft, daughter Judy Childress and her husband Jeremy of Oregon, brother, Eugene Corntassel of Montana and sister June Thomas of Washington. All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Sandra Carr Cothrun
1941 - February 18, 2011



Sandra Carr Cothrun, age 69, long time resident of Taft, died Friday, February 18, 2011. Sandra was born in Roswell, New Mexico in 1941 to Lena and Chester Carr. She attended Roswell schools and attended Arizona State University and graduated from California State Bakersfield. Her career was in computing and she retired in 2005 from Taft Union High School as Computer Services Director after 20 years of service. Sandra was a long time Soroptimist and was serving as President at the time of her passing. She was most proud of the Soroptimist Critical Care Program that helps with travel expenses of Westside patients undergoing dialysis or cancer treatment. She enjoyed working in the yard, reading and spending time with family and friends and being Gram to 6 grandchildren.

Sandra is survived by her beloved husband of 27 years, David Cothrun, sister Frances Cowan, brother Robert Carr, daughters Christy Cothrun, Casey Henson, Brogan Farren and Megan Farren. She also leaves behinds a number of aunts, cousins nieces and nephews throughout New Mexico and Texas and last but not least Gitli the family dog. Sandra will be greatly missed for her compassion, courage and lighting humor. For her husband, she made life worth living.

A memorial service will be held at The Historic Fort in Taft on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the service.
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Gary Dennis Cotter
July 11, 1948 - January 7, 2012



Gary was born on July 11, 1948 in West Plains, Missouri. His family lived in Arkansas where he spent the first few years of his life. His family moved to Wasco, California where he began working in the fields with his father at age 11. Gary spent the remainder of his childhood in Wasco and went on to graduate from Wasco High School in 1967.

In 1968 Gary joined the United States Army and was stationed in Vietnam. During the Vietnam Conflict, Gary was the Chief Door Gunner aboard a Huey Helicopter. After his time in Vietnam Gary returned to Wasco where he began what would be come a long and rewarding career as an independent welder. Gary welded in multiple locations in and around the Taft area oil fields.

Gary met Doreen Cotter on January 19, 1998. Gary and Doreen had an instant connection and were married on January 9, 2000. Gary and Doreen bought a home together in Dustin Acre's where Gary enjoyed working in his yard. Gary was a Man's man; a real outdoor enthusiast who loved riding horses, camping, fishing and riding his quad and his Harley Davidson Motor Cycle. Gary was a dog lover as well. Gary was well known to take a quad ride with his dogs trotting along by his side. Gary enjoyed camping so much that even during the workweek he would hook up the camping trailer, load Doreen and camp for a week at a time. Gary also enjoyed barbecuing for the family. Gary was very happy and at ease when family, grandkids and friends would stop by to visit. Gary joined and became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Acres where he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized.

Gary passed away on January 7, 2012 at home with loved ones at his bedside. Gary is preceded in death by his father, Elvis Cotter and his mother, Agnes Cotter. Gary is survived by his wife Doreen Cotter, son Eric Cotter and wife Heather and their children Madeline Cotter, Kaitlyn Cotter, and Brady Cotter all of Fullerton, California; son Luke Cotter of Wasco, California; stepson Shad Reeves and significant other Kim, William Matthew Reeves, Kiersten Reeves, Alyssa Reeves, Caiden Whittaker, Dylan French and Skyler French all of Taft, California stepson Scott Reeves and wife Amber of Taft, California, stepdaughter Sandra Buddell and husband Bill and their children James "Jimmy" Buddell, Charles "Chucky" Buddell and Danny Buddell all of Taft, California; sister Janice Cotter of Madera, California; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Gary will be missed and memories of his cherished by family and friends.

Viewing will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at West Side Memorial Services, 1150 4th Street, Taft. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012.
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Pony Cotton - Rites Pending
October 5, 1938 - November 3, 2004



Funeral services are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for long time Taft resident, Pony Cotton.

Pony passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. All funeral services have been entrusted to West Side Family Mortuary. (661-763-1594).
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N.L. Couch Jr., 80
April 22, 1921 - July 18, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, July 23, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. for N.L. Couch Jr., 80.

Mr. Couch was born on April 22, 1921 to Noah and Millie Couch in Seminole, Oklahoma and passed away at his home in Bakersfield on July 18th, 2001. Mr. Couch moved to California in 1946. He worked 40 years in the oilfields from 1946 until his retirement in 1986. He worked for Shell Oil Company and Williams Brothers/Bechtel where he retired as a Drilling Supervisor.

Mr. Couch was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Mae Couch in March 2000. His survivors include his four children, Jerry Dean Couch of Louisiana, Michael L. Couch of Bakersfield, Mary Darlene Holliday of San Diego and Kirby N.L. Couch of Santa Paula; his brother, Frank Couch of Medford, Oregon; his six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Friends may pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
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Ernest L. Covington
June 12, 1923 - May 1970



Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Chapel for Ernest L. Covington, 433 Mary Street, Maricopa, who died Thursday at a local hospital.

A native of Laton, California, he was born June 12, 1923 and had resided here for the past five years, He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Ceva Ann Covington of Maricopa and Bonnie Lynn Zack of Laton; two step daughters, Kathy Anderson of Riverside and Vicki Brown of Los Angeles; six grandchildren, and two sisters, Lola McKinley of Laton and Lois Larson of Lemoore.

The Rev. David Edwards, of the United Methodist Church, will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Laton, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
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Thelma Jean Covington, 76
March 27, 1917 - July 9, 2001



Thelma Jean Covington, 76, of Elk Grove, California died Monday, July 9, 2001 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Covington was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and moved to California in 1959. She lived in Taft from 1972 until November 1999 when her loving husband, Paul Covington passed away. They had many friends in the Taft area. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a Christian and had a strong faith in the Lord. She loved people and always had a sweet spirit and an encouraging word.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Marilou McLain of Elk Grove, California; two grandsons, Jeff McLain, his wife Christine and daughter, Kalyssa of Elk Grove, California and Brian McLain of Atascadero, California; two sisters, Johnnie Hasberger of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Marguerite Hatfield of Birmingham, Alabama; nieces and nephews, Jess Holloway of Creston, California, David Holloway of Santa Margarita, California, Nancy Urban and Jan Redding of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Wayne Hatfield of Birmingham Alabama, Susan Wright, Tim Hatfield and Nancy Hatfield of Montgomery, Alabama, Clyde Woods Jr. of Tucson, Arizona and Carolyn Tutton of Longview, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bennie Harold McLain, second Husband, Paul Covington; parents, Beatrice and Henry Holloway; brothers, George Holloway, David Holloway, and Jess Willard Holloway; sisters, Edna Aileen Woods and Anna Sue Grooms.

Interment was at West Side Cemetery in Taft on Wednesday, June 11, 2001, with a graveside service.
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Amber Nicole Cox, Paolo Matamoros & Andre Hayden Matamoros
May 2, 1983 - December 3, 2002
April 27, 1986 - December 3, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Amber Nichole Cox, 19, Paola Andre Matamoros, 16 and their infant son, Andre Hayden Matamoros. The young family lost their lives in a tragic auto accident on December 3, 2002.

Amber was born in Taft on May 2, 1983. She was a member of the 2001 graduating class of Taft Union High School. For the past year Amber has been employed as a medical records technician at Wackenhut Correctional Institute.

Her father, Shelton Cox, preceded her in death in 2000. Amber is survived by her mother Patsy Cox of Taft; her brothers, Melvin Cox, Billy Cox, and Kenny Cox all of Taft; her sister, Loretta Simpson of Taft; and her grandmother, Lorene Christian. Paolo was born in Los Angeles on April 27, 1986. He had lived in Taft for the last eight years and had attended Taft Union High School. Paola is survived by his father, Miguel Matamoros of Honduras; his mother, Maria Alvarado of Taft; his twin brother, Chris Matamoros; his brother Joe Matamoros; his sister, Deidra Matamoros all of Taft and by his uncle, Miguel Angelo Carcoilly of San Jose.

" There are no visitiation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Buster G. Cox
July 31, 1913 - February 12, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 18th, at 3:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery on River Blvd.

He was born in Grand Saline, Texas and was raised in Western Kern county attending Taft Schools.

He was preceded in death by is wife, Vivian Cox. Mr. Cox is survived by his son, Trevor Cox of Bakersfield; daughter Joanna Benderman of Ilinois; brother, Lloyd Cox of Taft; sisters, Zula Haig and Oren Clark, both of Oregon; grandchildren, great grandchildren and one close cousin Mary.

Visitation will be Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors, 701 34th Street 805-322-0195.
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Dale Cox
November 17, 1931 - April 28, 2009



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Dale Cox, 77.

Mr. Cox was born in Joplin, Missouri on November 17, 1931 and passed away at his home in Taft on April 28, 2009. He honorably served his country as a member of the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a barber by trade and practiced this art for 47 years. He owned and operated Dale's Barber Shop for much of that time. Mr. Cox thoroughly enjoyed the almost daily coffee klatch with his friends which included Ray Clemo who passed away just one day prior to Dale's passing. Story Telling was one of his gifts which provided pleasure and amusement to all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershell and Virgie Cox; and his son, Herb Anderson. Mr. Cox is survived by his wife. Leona Cox of Taft; his grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Amber Anderson of Taft, Amy Reed of Colorado, Richard and Melissa Anderson of Bakersfield, and Elizabeth Anderson of California; his nieces and their spouses, Anita and James Baker, Courtney and Chet Goff and Tricia and James Huggard all of Taft , Sheryl Miller of Arroyo Grande, Lane and Ashlely Grey of Bakersfield and Marcie Smith of Arroyo Grande, his nephew, Clay Miller of Taft; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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E. J. "Jack" Cox
October 15, 1930 - December 2, 2005



Edgar Jackson Cox was born in Anderson, Alabama on October 15, 1930 to Laura Edith (Tucker) and Villard Cox. When Jack was about eight years old, the family moved to Taft. Jack graduated from Taft Union High School in 1949, went to work for Southern California Gas Company in Taft in 1951 and married Pat Bridge in 1951.

Jack and Pat retired in 1987, sold their home in Taft and traveled in their motorhome for approximately three years before settling down in Bakersfield. Jack was an avid fisherman who loved traveling in the motor home, taking cruises, and playing gin rummy with his friends. A quote from the auto biography he started, but never completed stated, "I feel fortunate to have had my kids, my granchidlren, my great granchildren, my wife and my mother and dad and the rest of my family. Jack passed away at his home on December 2, 2005 after battling with lung cancer.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joyce Cox Evans.His survivors are his wife, Pat; daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Ernie Hampton, of Santa Maria; daughter, Linda Cox, of Nosara, Costra Rica; sonFred cox, of Bakersfield; grandson, Bryson Sweaney, of Bakersfield;grandaughters, Cassie Sweaney, of Long Beach, Madison and Makenna Cox, of Bakersfield; great grandchildren, Caden Hill, Bailey and Branson Sweaney, all of Bakersfield; brother, Bill Cox and wife, Joyce; nephews, Gary Evans, Greg Cox and wife Anne; nieces, DiannTheis, Debbie Kirsherman, and husband, Brian; nine great nieces and nephews; uncle, Jack Tiucker , and wife, Onzel, of Alabama; and many cousins.

Jack requested that he be cremated and did not want services. However, since he always enjoyed a party, friends and family are invited to gather at the home of Fred Cox on Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. Those planning to attend may call either Fred Cox or Pat Cox for directions. The family wishes to thank Hoffman Hospice for all their support during these past few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donatons may be made to Hoffman Hospice or the American Lung Association.
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Ellis D. Cox
October 5, 1932 - July 6, 2003



A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. for Valley Acres resident, Ellis Denver Cox.

Ellis was born on October 5, 1932 in Quintin, Oklahoma and he passed away on July 6, 2003 in Valley Acres at the age of 70. He was the owner of Denver's Oilfield Maintenance for several years before he retired.

His ashes will be intered at the West Side District Cemetery. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Ernest D. Cox, 68
July 7, 1926 - December 6, 1994



Graveside funeral services wil be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native Ernest D. Cox, 68, the Rev. Mark Roberts, pastor of the New Hope Temple, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Cox was born in Taft July 7, 1926 and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital December 6, 1994. He was raised and educated in Taft.

He served in the the U. S. Army during World War II and had been employed as a heavy equipment operator for over 25 years.

His survivors include his wife, Joyce Cox of Taft; two daughters, Margaret Wilson of Missouri and Betty Winslow of Taft; a son, Bill Helms of Bakersfield; his father, Lloyd R. Cox of Taft; four grandchildren, Tammy Helms and Jerry Hill, both of Taft, Rosie Monarrez of Bakersfield and Carrie Helms of Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Erika and Lexie.

The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lora Edith Cox, 95
October 5, 1906 - May 21, 2002



Graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Lora Edith Cox, 95. Rev. Tom White, associate pastor of Cuyama Assembly to God will officiate.

Mrs. Cox was born in Cullman County, Alabama on October 5, 1906 and passed away in a Bakersfield nursing home on May 21, 2002. She had lived in Taft since 1940. Mrs. Cox had worked as a custodian at Taft Union High School for over 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Villard H. Cox and her daughter, Joyce Ann Evans. Mrs. Cox is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Jack and Pat Cox and Bill and Joyce Cox all of Bakersfield; her two brothers and their spouses, Jack and Onzelle Tucker and Hobson and Lucille Tucker of Alabama; her seven grandchildren, her 13 great grandchildren and two 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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Maxine M. Cox
May 28, 1926 - April 1, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the Taft Moose Lodge on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Maxine Miriam Cox, 76.

Mrs. Cox as born on May 28, 1926 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on April 1, 2003. She was a member of the Taft Emblem Club and the Women of the Moose, Taft Chapter No. 667.

Mrs. Cox was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Cox. Her survivors include an aunt, Fern Morgan of Flagstaff, Arizona and several cousins; also by many friends at the Taft Emblem Club and Taft Moose Lodge.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Reba D. Cox
June 5, 1930 - May 29, 2003



No services are scheduled for Taft resident, Reba D. Cox.

Reba was born in Colorado on June 5, 1930 and she passed away on May 29, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 72.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763- 1594.
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James (Cotton) Crabb
October 10, 1927 - April 27, 2001



James (Cotton) Crabb for mer resident of Taft retired from Pyramid Oil Company, moved to Lindsay, Oklahoma.

Cotton Crabb passed away April, 27, 2001 at his home in Lindsay, Oklahoma. He leaves a wife Lois Crabb, 3 sons and 1 daughter, Don and Bonnie Crabb of Bakersfield, Tommy Crabb, Robert Dale Carbb of Bakersfield and Pam Crabb of Lindsay, Oklahoma. Four grandchildren three great grandchildren. Browns Funeral Home in Lindasay, Oklahoma will handle the services.
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Eileen Crabtree, 79
October 9, 1921 - March 10, 2001



Eileen Crabtree, 79, of New Cuyama passed away Saturday March 10, 2001 at Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, , following another stroke.

Eileen was born October 3, 1921 in Kansas cut was brought to Bakersfield, California two weeks later. She always referred to herself as a native Californian Eileen graduated from Bakersfield High School

She worked for the radio station in Bakersfield and met her husband Bob a short time later. They married and moved to Cuyama in the early 50's. She retired, in the early 70's from the Postal Service and spent her years traveling and enjoying her life in Cuyama, the valley that she loved. She enjoyed her bingo and bunco and tolle painting classes, but her passion was her garden.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Larry Lail of Ventura, son and daughter-in-law, Robert and June Crabtree of Oxnard, her brother Stan of Sauslito, grandchildren, Carrie and Anthony; and loving nieces and nephews in Bakersfield, the Bay Area and the Mid West. She is preceded in death by her husband Bob, her father Roy, her mother Agnes and her brother Ray.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the United Methodist Church of New Cuyama, with the Reverend Steve Draucker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cuyama Valley Recreation District, New Cuyama, California, 93254. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.
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John C. Crabtree
December 28, 1923 - June 10, 2003



John C. Crabtree, 79, was born December 28, 1923 in Willford, Arkansas and went home to be with the Lord on June 10, 2003.

John was a very loving person. He enjoyed people as well as taking photos, listening to music and collecting John Wayne memento's. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II. He had worked with Arco for 30 years before retiring.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel, in 1992. His survivors include his six children and their spouses, Mark of Maricopa, Bob and Mike of Taft, Scott of Tennessee, Sherry Knight of San Diego, John of Three Rivers, 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, sister, Wanda Langley of Bakersfield, and very special friend Mary Lou Williams.

At John's request there will be no memorial services, family and friends may pay their respects Friday, June 13th, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Taft, California.
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Steve Leo Crabtree
February 7, 1951 - December 26, 2004



We the family of Steve Leo Crabtree would like to inform friends and family of his passing.

There will be funeral services on December 31, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shafter Cemetery on Central Valley Highway.

Leo Crabtree was a loved son, father and grandfather to a family that will miss him greatly. Leo was loved by many and will be missed by his friends also. We welcome you on Friday to morn the passing of a great man.

If you would like to donate to the funeral services you may bring your donations to 511 Tyler Street, Taft, California or to send flowers they may be sent to the Mission Funeral Home at 531 California Ave. in Bakersfield, California.
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Dennis Raymond Craft
February 3, 1948 - May 20, 2012



Dennis was born February 3, 1948 to Betty and Robert Craft in Whittier, California. He moved to Taft when he was 3 and attended Taft High. After high school, he joined the Air Force. He proudly served 2 tours in Vietnam, earning numerous medals. He was discharged in June 1969, and August 1 1969, married his sweetheart, Marhta Russell.

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Martha; daughter Jennifer Craft; brother Steve and wife Linda; granddaughter Nevaeh; grandson Arik; nephew Steve and wife Aspen; niece Stephanie and husband Brett. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Craft; mother Betty Craft; brother Robert Wayne Craft and daughter Kari Craft.

Dennis was a believer and was baptized along with his wife in 2004. He went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Dennis attended college in San Jose where he studied engineering. After college, he spent his life in the oilfields. At one point,he had his own company, Craft's Construction. He also had C& C operators with his brother, Steve Craft. He retired in 2011 after many years as a safety engineer. Anyone who knew Dennis remembers his sense of humor. He was fun and ornery in a nice way. Dennis loved to bass fish and was in the Taft Bass Club for many years. He was on the board of Laborers of the Harvest and was proud to be helping feed the neeedy. He just touched so many lives. His legacy of intergrity, loyalty, humor and love will be in our hearts forever.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 26th, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 20 North Street, in Taft.
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Robert Wayne Craft, 59
August 19, 1942 - January 25, 2001



Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident, Robert Wayne Craft who went to be with our Lord on January 25, 2001.

Robert was born in Henrietta, Oklahoma on August 19,1942. He served in the United States Army for two years and was very involved in his gardening. He loved music, arts and crafts.

Robert is preceded in death by his father Robert Lee Craft. He is survived by his mother Betty Bozarth of Taft, his son Douglas and his wife Joann of Merced, his daughter Lizabeth Ann, his brother Dennis Craft and wife Martha of Taft, brother Steven Craft and his wife Linda, five grandchildren one nephew an three nieces. He was loved by all and will be grearly missed.

No viewing has been scheduled. Funeral services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. 763-1594.
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Vida Lenora Crain
July 27, 1923 - November 3, 2008



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Vida Lenora Crain, 85. Rev. Rodney Wikoff, pastor of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene, will officiate. Burial will follow the chapel service in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Crain was born in Munros, Arkansas on July 27, 1923 and passed away in Coos Bay, Oregon on November 3, 2008. She had lived in Taft from 1964 to 2001. Mrs. Crain was a faithful member of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Crain; her two daughters, Virginia Crain and Phyllis Rogers; her two sisters, Delores Queen and Vera Applegate and her brother, TL Melton. Mrs. Crain is survived by her sons, Ronald Crain of Phoenix, Arizona, Dennis Crain of Dallas, Oregon and Patrick Crain of Missouri; her ten grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren and by her two sisters, Betty Vickers of Bakersfield and Barbara Miller of Strathmore.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Danny L. Cramer
October 30, 1949 - April 29, 2012



Danny Cramer was born on October 30, 1949 in Taft, California and passed away at his home on April 29, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr.Cramer was a 1967 THUS graduate. In 1970 he was drafted in the United States Army where he served one tour in Vietnam earning medals for National Defense Service, Vietnam service, Vietnam compaign w/60 device, two overseas service bars, expert and marksman bars. In 1971, Danny married his high school sweetheart, Pamela, and after being discharged from the Army, they made their home in Taft.

Danny then worked for over 30 years in the oilfield industry for companies such as Sierra Production, Pride and Key. In 2001, he retired to spend more time with his family. He loved summer camping trips to Mt. Able with his famiy most. Every summer the Cramers took over the same camp site, so he made a wooden plaque for it declaring it "Cramers Corner" for the entire summer. He also enjoyed restoring old cars and making them unique and his own, even though he never managed to keep one long. He was a wonderful husband, dad, Pappy, son and brother and will be greatly missed.

Danny is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Pamela Cox-Cramer; and his parents, Lenard and Vanita Cramer. He is survived and missed by his children, son, Jeff Cramer; daughter, and her spouse, Andrea and Billy Messenger; his granddaughters, Jesse Jane Cramer, Danica, Karrigan and Berlynn Messenger; sisters, Janice Denny and fiance, Jim Holmes, Karyn and Russ Mason; brother and spouse, Bryan and Mary Cramer; many nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.

Per Danny's request, there will be no viewing, funeral or memorial service. The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice for their care in his last days and a special thank you to Kitty Shinn for being there above and beyond the call of duty. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Opitmal Hospice or the American Cancer Society in Dan's name. To convey condolences, or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Geneva A. Cramer, 66
May 13, 1931 - May 29, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for long-time resident Geneva Ailene Cramer. The Rev. Sam White of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate.

Mrs. Cramer was born on May 13, 1931 in Pitcher, Oklahoma and passed away May 29, 1997 at a local hospital. In 1948 she married James "Jim" Cramer. They moved to Taft in 1965. Mrs. Cramer enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband and sons. She enjoyed her times at Pismo Beach with her family and friends. She had many hobbies, including painting and crocheting; but, most of all, she loved her grandchildren. She never missed an awards assembly of a baseball or football game. She loved to laugh and her great grandson could always make her smile. She was looking forward to the birth of her great granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984 . She is survived by her sons and their families, Myron and Susan Cramer of Sanger, and Steve and Lynda Cramer and Michael and Shelly Cramer, all of Taft; a brother, Bill Taylor of Taft; eight grandchildren, Kelli Morrill and her husband, Jason, Shannon, Casey, Kyle, Kari, Josh, Chris and Nick; her great granson, Ian; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. atthe Taft Funeral Home. Services have been entrusted to the care of the Taft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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Lenard Cramer
June 28, 1926 - November 17, 2011



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lenard Cramer, 85.

Mr. Cramer was born on June 28, 1926 to William A. and Ella (Willis) Cramer, in Bengal, Oklahoma and passed away in Taft on November 17, 2011. He came to California with his family at a young age and lived and attended school in Tupman, California. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in October of 1944 and served until September, 1946. He met and married his wife, Vanita, in December, 1947. He worked for Pioneer Chevrolet on Main Street from 1947 to 1959, Pioneer Chevrolet on Kern Street for Wayne Hall until 1963, Westside Ford until April, 1976 when he started Taft Motor Center which operated until April, 1998.

Lenard played softball with friends and family on the Standard Oil Company team. He enjyoed camping, fishing and water skiing with family and friends. He loved being with his children and grandchildren, being involved in all of their activities throughout their lives. He coached Westside Little League Teams with three generations of children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Vanita (Wheeler) Cramer; brothers, Ernest, John, Bill and James; and sisters, Dorothy Staton and Myrtle Waddle. He is survived by his children, daughter, Karyn Mason and husband, Russell, son, Danny, daughter, Janice and fiance, James Holmes, son, Bryan and wife, Mary; grandchildren, Ken and Leora Chapman, Kimberly and fiance, Jimmy Narducci, Jeffrey Cramer, Andrea and Billy Messenger, Christopher Sexton, Bradley, Aaron, Clayton Cramer; step-grandson, Rico Guardiola; great grandchildren, Sunni and Scott Chapman, Daylen and Marlana Evans, Jennie and Maximillian Narducci, Danica, Karrigan and Berlynn Messenger, Jesse Cramer; great-great grandson McKaysuln Aaron James Cramer; sisters Opal Swearingen, Artie Blankenship, Molly Ritter; sister-in-law Alma Mitchell; special friend, Fran Long; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Optimal Hospice, 4700 Stockdale Hwy. #120, Bakersfield, California 93309. The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice for the loving care they provided for Lenard. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Myron L. Cramer
August 28, 1950 - November 12, 2011



Myron Cramer was born on August 28, 1950 to James and Geneva Cramer in Taft, California. He attended Elk Hills Elementary, Taft High, Taft College and graduated from Reedley College. He passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2011, in Fresno the age of 61 after a courageous four year battle with Melanoma which we believe was caused by being sprayed with Agent Orange in Viet Nam in 1971-72.

Myron valued his family above all else. He was a devoted and selfless husband, father and grandfather. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, had a great sense of humor and a strong work ethic. Myron was never happier than when he was fishing, hunting or 4 wheeling in the mountains.

Myron is survived by his college sweetheart Susan, to whom he was married for 41 years; his daughter, Kelli Doerksen and husband Rod of Lakewood, Colorado; his son, Kyle Cramer of Lakewood, Colorado; granddaughter Cheyenne Morrill and grandson Colton Morrill of Lakewood, Colorado; two brothers, Steven Cramer and wife Lynda of Bakersfield, California and Michael Cramer and his wife Shelly of Taft, California and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Community Church, 1620 Church Street, Sanger on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Sierra View Community Church, 614 "O" Street, Sanger, California 93657 or the American Cancer Society, 2222 W. Shaw #201, Fresno, California 93711.
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Pam Cramer
August 26, 1953 - October 11, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native, Pam Cramer, 54. Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons of Lighthouse Foursquare Church will officiate.

Pam was born in Taft on August 26, 1953 and passed away at home with her family by her side. Pam was raised and educated in Taft. She lived life to its fullest. She worked for many years and really enojoyed working with the public. Her favorite thing was the annual summer camping trips with her children and all of their grandchildren.

Pam lived for her grandchildren. Anyone who knew her, knew of and most likely saw, her "brag" book of all her grandkids. Over the last several years she volunteered her time with the kindergarten classes of Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Turner at Parkview School where she found many more "grandkids" to love. Those who were lucky enough to have her in their lives, even for a moment, knew how lucky they were. She will forever be loved and missed but never forgotten by those who knew her.

Pam's survivors include her husband of 36 years, Dan Cramer of Taft; a son and his wife, Jeff and Brandy Cramer of Taft; a daughter and her husband, Andrea and Billy Messenger of Taft; her grandchildren, Danica Messenger, Karrgian Messenger, Berlyn Messenger, Jesse Jane Cramer, Michael Hernandez and Gabby Hernandez all of Taft and her many nieces and nephews and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Joan Cox both of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Vanita C. Cramer
September 9, 1931 - April 5, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday afternoon 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident Vanita C. Cramer, 70. Rev. Sam White will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Cramer was born at Gracemont, Oklahoma on September 9, 1931 to Samuel and Mattie E. (Thorton) Wheeler. She passed away at home on April 5, 2002 She has lived in Taft for 54 years.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lenard Cramer, children: daughter Karyn and husband Russ Mason, son Dan and wife Pam Cramer, daughter Janice Denny and fiance' Jim Holmes, son Bryan Crammer and friend Teddi and daughter-in-law Laurie Cramer. Her grandchildren: Ken and Leora Chapman, Chris Sexton, Kimberly and Charlie Evans, Jeff Cramer and friend Brandy Clepper, Andrea and Billy Messenger, Bradley Cramer and Aaron Cramer. Her great grandchildren: Sunni and Scott Chapman, Daylen and Marlana Evans, Danica and Karrigan Messenger. Her sister Alma Mitchell and husband Herb Mitchell and their families.

In lieu of flowers: The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the American Cancer Society.
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Nancy Crane
January 26, 1936 - January 6, 2004



Services will be held on a later date in Princeton, New Jersey for Bakersfield resident Nancy Crane.

Nancy was born on January 26, 1936 in New York to John and Carmella O'Malley and she passed away from this life on January 6, 2004 at the age of 67.

She is survived by her son George Crane and several other family members and friends in the New Jersey area.

All funeral services have been entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Roy G. Cranford
May 27, 1926 - December 20, 2013



Roy G. Cranford, born May 27, 1926, in Little Rock, Arkansas and passed away, in Conway, Arkansas on December 20, 2013.

He is survived by a daughter Yvonne Cranford, a son Albert Cranford and wife Barbara, three grandsons Jason Cranford, Adam Cranford and wife Amber, Josh Cranford, Shannon Tolf-Moyemont and husband Paul, Auboneigh Cranford -Buchanan and husband Chris and three great grandchildren Ashton Beardsley, Amberlynn Cranford, Annabella Cranford, and a sister, Alice Marshall.

Roy retired July 1, 1987 from CWOD/CCMO/Santa Fe Energy giving him 38 1/2 years of service. He never met a stranger and was very loved by ALL who knew him.
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Gracie Florence Cranmer
November 19, 1945 - September 29, 2008



Visitation was held on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at West Side Memorial Services, Sunset Chapel, (1150 4th Street, Taft) for Gracie Cranmer. Graveside services were held on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, where Pastor Paul Wilson of Trinity Southern Baptist Church will be officiating.

Gracie was born on November 19, 1945 in Wasco, California to Elza and Marie (Morris) Johns. After graduating high school, Gracie and her high school sweetheart James Dennis Cranmer, were married on May 23, 1964 in Taft, California at the Freewill Baptist Church. Gracie and James raised their five children together. Gracie was a fun loving person who enjoyed camping, cooking, sewing, taking care of her grandchldren and great grandchildren. Some of her favorite past times were watching the cooking channel on TV and experimenting her new recipes on her family. Besides these things, she also loved to go shopping, and went fishing with her husband, even if it was just to please him.

Gracie si survived by her husband of 44 years, James Dennis Cranmer, her son James "Cozy" Cranmer of Taft, son; Daren Cranmer of Taft, daughter; Jennifer and husband Gary Sheppard of Taft, and daughter Samantha Mills of Taft. She is also survived by her brother Leo Johns and wife Betty of Bakersfield, California. She will also be missed by her greandchildren James Cranmer III and Jo-Ann Sheppard, and her great grandchildren, Brayden Rowland and Cameron Rowland. Gracie will be missed by all that knew her and loved her, but she will not be forgotten.

For futher floral and service times, please contact West Side Memorial Service - Porteous Family at 763-1594. You may sign the on-line guest book at www.westsidememorialservices.com.
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Carla J. Crawford, 47
January 21, 1954 - November 17, 2001



Memorial services will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Carla J. Crawford, 47.

Mrs. Crawford was born in Bishop, California on January 21, 1954 and passed away on November 17, 2001 at the local hospital.

Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her mother, Vera Wright in 1997. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Misty and Terry Wade of Taft, her son and his wife, Shane and DeeDee Russell of Taft; her father, Raymond Wright of Taft; her sisters, Kathy and Leah Wright both of Taft and Roberta Miller of Dallas Oregon; her six grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend, Elvin Baker of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the care of the Eirckson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Leonard Arland Crawford
October 18, 1937 - August 18, 2009



Leonard Arland Crawford,71 year old Checotah resident, passed from this life Tuesday, August 18, 2009 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

He was born on October 18, 1937 to George W. and Pauline G. (Hurst) Crawford. He was a professional cowboy/ranch hand for 50 years.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Virginia, of the home, and their son Edward Hellweg of Checotah; his first wife Bartima Bryant Johson and their four daughters, Theresa Rogers and husband Jack of Hanna, Oklahoma, Shirley Pittman and husband Randy of Buffalo, Missouri, Virgie Smotts of Checotah, and Leona Riggins and husband Charles of Quinton, Oklahoma; five step-children Sandy Whitworth of Cedar. Tennessee, Rhonda Hulsey of Springfield, Tennessee, Terry Ramsey of Dixon, Tennessee, Doug Hellweg of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Sam Hellweg of Adams, Tennessee; 3 brothers Richard Crawford of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Bill Crawford of Newcastle, Oklahoma, and Larry Crawford of Riverside, California; two sisters Hattie Belle Black of Red Rock, Oklahoma and Shirley Henderson of Checotah, Oklahoma; 13 grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Leonard will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, Gotebo, Oklahoma, with elders Richard Crawford and Bill Crawford officiating. Casketbearers will be Travis Rogers, John Rogers, Edward Hellweg III, David Rogers, Chris Hellweg, Leonard "Bo" Crawford and Bob Crawford. Interment will follow in the Sharon Cemetery, Gotebo, Oklahoma.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hampton Mortuary, Checotha 918 473-6812.
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Ruth B. Crawford
January 14, 1922 - November 5, 1922



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for former longtime Taft resident, Ruth B. Crawford, 80.

Mrs. Crawford was born in Cambridge, Idaho on January 14, 1922 and passed away in Fresno on November 5, 2002. She moved to Taft in 1937 and had recently moved to Fresno. While living in Taft she was co-owner and operator of Bill;s Furnitue Store She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Taft trailer club, The Nomads.

Her husband George A. "Bill" Crawford, preceded Mrs. Crawford, in death in 1999. She is survived by her three children, Janice Lynn Crawford of New York, New York, Larry Allen Crawford of Oxnard and Scott Thomas Crawford of Fresno, her five grandchildren, one great grandchild and by several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Connie T. Cronin, 81
August 17, 1920 - December 26, 2001



Connie T. Cronin, 81, of Salinas, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare system following a brief illness.

He was born August 17, 1920, in Taft and lived in Salinas for 56 years. He was the former owner of Ambler Park Water Company, which he operated for 36 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Tom Cronin, in 1972.

Military service. U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II.

Survivors: Wife of 54 years, June Cronin of Salinas, sons, Jim (Sarah) Cronin of Bradley, Tim (Yvonne) Cronin of Prunedale and Bill (Susan) Cronin of Salinas; and granddaughter, Sydney Cronin of Salinas, nephew Tom Childers and niece Yvonne Harrber of Taft.
Visitation: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St. Salinas.
Gigil service: 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, at the mortuary chapel.
Mass: 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 31, at St. Joseph's Church, Spreckels.
Burial: Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas.
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Crosby Matt
June 6, 1899 - May 22, 1968



Matthew A. "Matt" Crosby 311 N. 6th Street, died yesterday in a local hospital.

Mr. Crosby was born June 6, 1899 at Angeles Camp and had resided in California all his life, and in Kern County for 46 years. Before his retirement three years ago, Mr. Crosby owned and operated the Crosby Battery Shop on Center Street for many years, where he manfacutred automobile batteries.

Survivors include his widow Emma B. Crosby; one son, Edward Matthew Crosby of Frankfurt, Germany, four grandchildren; a sister, Laura Smith, of Wasco; and a half-sister, Amy Sterling, West Point, California.

Funeral services are pending the arrival of Crosby's son from Germany.
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Wally B. Cross
January 28, 1921 - October 25, 2002



Wally was born January 28, 1921, in Junction City, Kansas and walked into the arms of Jesus on October 25, 2002. His parents, Wallace J. and Merle Cross, moved the family to Bakersfield in 1927, where Wally met and married his wife of 62 years, Sybil.

At his home-going he was greeted by his parents, his sister Billy Riddle, her husband Web, their daughter Susan Riddle, his grandson Craig Cross, his brother-in-law and one of his best friends, Lee Billlingsley, and other relatives and friends who had gone to heaven before him.

Wally worked hard in several capacities to provide for his family. He was part of the crew that built the breakwated at Morro Bay. If you think Morro Rock is big now you should have seen it before they blasted it and turned part of it into that breakwater.

Wally spent most of his time in Taft and Bakersfield, in business with his dad and brothers and in the service station business at several locations in Taft.

He retired from Highland High School. While in the various service stations, he employed a number of school aged youngsters so they could have a little spending money of their own. At Wally's station you were always greeted with a genuine smile of welcome and when you left your windshield was always clean. "At Wally's you get a clear job not a smear job" he used to say, and that wasn't easy during the grasshopper plague of 1957.

His favorite pastimes were golf, flying and fishing. He and Lee bought a PT 19, and spent many hours in the air together. Wally's brothers, sons, grandsons and Lee were his favorite golf buddies. He coached the Little Leaague Indians while his two younger sons played. Many heart warming and funny stories were born on that field. Gary Fuller throwing the ball from deep center field over the backstop. Brad tagging Tommy out at second base; Darrell coming up the big play. If your child played for Wally, and was there for practice and the game-he-played.

Wally dearly loved his family and many-many friends and would prove it if given the smallest opportunity. His passion was children not just his own but any child. Heart big enough to hold all the children he ever had contact with and a fathers desire to protect them.

His grandchildren will always have fond memories of the trips in the "Hippie Wagon" fishing in the Kern river, "catching" in Apple Valley, Sea World and the list goes on. The trips were filled with singing folk songs, learning all the words to "The Preacher and The Bear" and old stories. Each trip always produced new stories to tell. "All my grandchildren are my favorite" was more that just a sweet platitude for him.

Love is patient and kind; love is not envious, is not prideful, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in wrong doing; but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. Wally came as close as any person I know to showing all who let him that kind of love.

His word truly was his bond. With Wally what you saw was what you got. He was argueably the greatest dad and grandpa to ever walk planet earth.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Sybil; children; Ron and wife Vanessa, Charlene, Brad, Darrell and wife Kathleen; grandchildren: Rebecca Helton, Scott and wife Gina, Chris Helton, Mike Helton, Veronica Hill and husband Harry, Melissa Wade and husband Terry, Angela Rinnert and husband Matthew, Nicole, Randy, Danny Biles and wife Karen, Cara and Brian; great grandchildren: Tim Roberts, Stephanie and Mathew Cross; Nicholas Scott, Josh and Roni Cross; Erica and Michael Ryan Helton; Gregory and Benjamin Hill; Patrick Rinnert; Jamie and Carli Tweedy; Bethney Biles; aunt Eunice; siblings and their families; Jack, Barbara, Bower, Kenneth and Max; his hieces, nephews, counsins and countless friends.

The family would like to thank Charlene, Scott, and Dr. Murphy for their loving care. There will be a memorial service at A. W. Noone Park (Buena Vista Golf Course) Saturday, November 9, 2002 at noon. Please come and bring a picinic-lunch if you like-Wally loved "family" picnics.

In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite children's charity.
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Donnie Ray Crow, Sr.
September 23, 1947 - November 25, 2004



Visitation for Donnie Ray Crow, Sr., will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street, Bakersfield, California) on Thursday, December 9, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and funeral services will be held in the Basham Funeral Care Chapel on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.

Donnie was born September 23, 1947 in Hector County, Arkansas and he passed away November 25, 2004 in Bakersfield, California. Donnie was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Crow and his sister, Kathy Mullen. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patty Crow; son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Mary Crow, Jr.; daughter, and son-in-law, Anna Marie and Russell Walker; son Alfonzo Elbert Crow; son Luther Lee Crow; daughter, Kathy Diane Crow; brother Lonnie Dawayne Crow; brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Kathy Crow; brother, Jeffrey Scott Crow; 10 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Donnie was a very family-oriented man. He loved his wife very much and he took great pride in his children, grandchildren, and brothers. There was a certain kindness about him in which you could tell by looking at him. Donnie would have taken the shirt off his back for anyone if you asked him to. He loved riding his Harley with his friends and oldest son, Donnie, Jr. Donnie was loved by all that knew him and he will be greatly missed.

For additional service information or floral dellivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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Daniel Wayne Crownover, 57
October 28, 1947 - December 7, 2004



Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 11th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard street, for Taft native and resident Danny Crownover, 57. Danny was born on October 28, 1947 in Taft, California and passed away at his home on December 7, 2004 with his family by his side. He was along time employee of Getty Oil, Texaco Inc., and Chevron-Texaco as an electrician for 30 years and retired in 2001. Danny served his country in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 in Vietnam as an artillery surveillance specialist. In his free time, Danny enjoyed spending time with his family, water skiing, snow skiing, camping, classic cars, and motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Bea Crownover and his beloved pet cat, P.K. His survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Crownover of San Diego; a son, Matthew Crownover of Long Beach; sweetheart of 36 years Susan Crownover of Taft; sister Judith Benson of Loomis, California, and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Hoffman Hospce, in memory of Daniel Crownover, 5300 California Avenue, Suite 1, Bakersfield, California 93309. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Daniel Mathis Crownover, 86
April 23, 1911 - May 12, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Dan Crownover, 86. The Rev. Bart Hughes of the Nazarene Church will officiate at the services.

Dan was born on April 3, 1911 in Antlers, Oklahoma and passed away May 12, 1997. He had been a resident of Taft since 1939. He and his wife, Mary Bea, owned and operated Dan's Meat Market on Harrison Street in Ford City for 28 years. Dan was active in many business organizations including the Exchange Club, serving a term as presdient. Dan and Bea were also charter members of the Taft Nomad Trailer Club.

Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Bea on March 29, 1989. His survivors include a daughter, Judy Benson of San Mateo; a son, Danny Crownover of Taft; a brother, Julius "Dude" Crownover of Taft; a sister, Myrtle Sandridge of Bakersfield; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Those who wish may call at the Ericson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday from noon until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Julius "Dude" Crownover, 83
February 7, 1914 - June 15, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Julius "Dude" Crownover, 83. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officicate at the services.

Mr. Crownover was born in Ethel, Oklahoma on February 7, 1914 and passed away at his home on June 15, 1997. He moved to Taft in the early 1940's and was employed as a driller for the Richfield OIl Company. He worked in the oilfields for over 30 years. He later went to work for the West Side Mosquito Abatement District for eight years. Mr. Crownover loved to hunt and fish with his sons and his grandson. He loved all children, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Crownover was a member of the ARCO Retirees Association.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Daniel Crownover and Harry Rowles. His survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Phyllis Crownover of Taft; his daughter, Dovie Fields of Taft; his sons Don Crownover of SAcramento and larry Crownover of Mt. Shasta; his sister, Myrtle Sandridge of Bakersfield; seven grandchidlren; and seven great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednedasy from 11:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Phyllis Crownover, 80
August 12, 1920 - April 27, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident, Phyllis Crownover, 80. Rev. Mick McMahon, pastor of the West Hills Church of The Nazarene will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Crownover was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 12, 1920 and passed away in a local nursing home on April 27, 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Julis "Dude" Crownover, in June of 1997. Her survivors include her daughter and her husband, Dovie and Gene Fields of Taft, her sons and their wives, Don and Jeannie Crownover of Ogden, Utah and Larry and Velva Crownover of Mt. Shasta, her grandchildren, Kathy Hood, Darron fields, Dave Crownover, Jennifer Forsyth, Glenn Crownover, Shelly Crownover and Sean Crownover her severn great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her sister, Esther Evans of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mr. Crownover will be remembered as a person who loved her children and grandchildren.

There are no vistiation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John Glenn Cull
March 18, 1903 - October 8, 1997



Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Bakersfield, California on Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. for John Glenn Cull, 94. Marieta Williams of the First Baptist Church of Bakersfield will officiate the services for their former member.

John was born on March 18, 1903 in Wyaconda, Clark County, Missouri to the late John W. and Lydia La Frenze Cull. Mr. Cull moved to Kern County in 1926. He married Opal K. Hoewing in Clark County in 1930, returning to the Kern County area and later moving in to Bakersfield in 1968. Mr. Cull was employed for 42 years by Belridge Oil Compnay in McKittrick. After reitring in 1973, they moved to Colorado and remained there for nine years.

Mr. Cull was preceded in death by his wife, Opal, on July 8, 1978. He moved to Tennessee in 1987 and passed away in Tullahoma, Tennessee on October 8, 1997. Mr. Cull was also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters. Earl, Ivan, Elzie, Ross, William, Howard, Ha and Helen, and a son-in-law, Bud W. Storts. Survivors include his daughter, Linda Storts of Tennessee; grandsons, Kenneth and Charles Storts: great-grandsons, Justin Stort; and sister, Lelah Graves of Modesto, California.

Visitation will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary Funeral Directiors 366-5766.
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Johnnie LaVonne Culp
July 21, 1921 - October 20, 2009



Johnnie joined the Lord in heaven on October 20, 2009 of a long illness. Johnnie was the daughter of the late Inez Dunn and and Lester Boid and the widow of the late Benjamin Taylor Culp.

Johnnie LaVonne Boid was born in Oildale, California on July 21, 1921. Her family moved to Taft shortly afterwards, growing up in Taft and graduating from Taft College. In 1939 Johnnie met the love of her life Benjamin Taylor Culp. They were married May 17, 1940 at Benjamin's mom's house and had spent over fourty nine wonderful years togeher until Benjamin's death on June 28, 1988. Benjamin and Johnnie Culp took over ownership of The Blue Ribbon Cafe. Then she worked at Kern Medical Center and Helen's Dress shop.

A very humble, independent Johnnie took into her heart the time to take children and buy them their school clothes and school supplies. Yet nothing sums up Johnnie as much as her quiet ways, her lovingheart and her gift of giving to everyone she ran into. Her goodness and generosity will be misssed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; mother Inez Dunn, father Lester Boid; brother Tye Boid; sister Thelma Jean Smith; her loving husbnad of many years Benjamin Taylor Culp. She is survived by her daughters; Sylvia Carroll and her husband Jim Goss; and Jo Ann Urioste; grandchildren Noell Carroll, Nickole Carroll, Tim Urioste, James Anthony Urioste and many great grandchildren.

Visitation for Johnnie LaVonne Culp is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday, Octiber 30, 2009 at West Side Memorial Services, Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Cory Cundiff, 6
July 19, 1995 - August 20, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Cory Cundiff, age 6. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Cory was born in Bakersfield on July 19,1 995 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 20, 2001. Cory had lived in Taft and had attended kindergarten at Conley School. Cory loved everyone she met.

Her survivors include her father, Charles Cundiff of Taft; her mother, Rita Goertzen of Frazier Park; her step-mother Vickie Montez of Taft; her sister, Racheal Cundiff of Bakersfield; her grandparents, Ann Cundiff of Cleveland, Ohio and Harold Cundiff of North Carolina and by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerry J.P. Cunningham
September 13, 1942 - January 25, 2007



Jerry went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 25th.

He was born in Hanna, Oklahoma on September 13, 1942 to Jessie and David Cunningham.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dolly Hemmerling. He graduated from Maricopa High school in 1961 and served in the Navy from 1959 to 1962. He became maintenance director at Stanford University before returning to Taft to work in the city garge until he retired in 1990.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marlene, of 21 years, his two sons, Robin of Seattle and Timothy of Sunnyvale, California; his step children Tom Spier, Peggy Bushnell, Jerry Spier, Donny Spier, Nancy Spier, Judy Mountaudon and Joan Dunham of Taft and many grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as his sisters, Norma Rolland of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, Betty Wilson of Fresno, Patsy McMahon of Visalia, and his brother Billy Cunningham of Bakersfield, California, his travel/gold prospecting buddy, Pete Wilson of Fresno, as well as many special nieces, nephews, family members and friends. He loved to travel, fish and prospect for gold. Jerry truly enjoyed attending the Maricopa High School class reunions. His loving memory will be cherished by all who knew him. We miss him dearly.

Memorial lunch Wednesday, January 31st 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Lighthouse Foursquare Gospel Church, 208 Harrison Street, Taft, California. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the big "M" Club of Maricopa High School, Athletic Dept., 955 Stanislaus Street, Maricopa, California 93252 would be greatly appreciated.
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Phyllis Cunningham
January 25, 1919 - July 8, 2011



Mom was born January 25, 1919, at their home near Ord, Nebraska, to Angus and Sylvia Zinkon Martz. The family moved to Whittier, California, when Mom was in early grade school. After graduating from Whittier High School and while attending Fullerton Junior College, she worked as an usherette and the movie theatre, where she met Tommy J. Cunningham. They married June 20, 1941.

Mom was working for the phone company, and Daddy worked for the Associated Oil Company before going into the Coast Guard. It was then they started their family. After the war Daddy rejoined Assoiciated a few years before moving the family to the Tidewater lease outside of Fellows in 1954. They moved to Taft in 1967. Daddy passed away in 1995. Mom was active in the Methodist Church and the West Kern Oil Museum and enjoyed sewing, cooking, and crafting. She was able to tour Europe in 1973 with her sister.

Mom is survived by her sister Beth and Lee Crumbley of Balboa, daughters Cheryl Hofer of Lewiston, Idaho, Judy and Jerry Fuson of Taft, and Diane Evans of Chico, 7 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Besides her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by 2 sons-in-law, Pete Hofer and Ron Evans, and infant sister, and an infant twin brother.

We wish to thank Cherie Napoleon for her patience and cooking skills in Mom's final year. Mom passed away July 8th .

A memorial service will be held Friday, July 15th, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on North Street, in Taft. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the United Methodist Church or the West Kern Oil Museum.
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Linda Lou Curry, 49
January 31, 1948 - April 21, 1997



Linda Lou Curry, 49, passed away at her home in Ventura on April 21, 1997 aftter a short illness.

Linda was an avid motorcylclist, riding her own big twin Harley Davidson and she was the First female vice president of the Los Burrachos Motorcycle Club of Ventura.

She is survived by her husband, Don Curry; her son, Raymond Risley; and her brothers, Lester and Tom Dotson.

Memorial services will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at Zermino Park, OST Pipeyard, in Ventura for former Taft resident Linda Lou Curry.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ventura Hospice.
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Morris H. "Morry" Curry, 85
March 5, 1917 - May 23, 2002



Recitation of the Rosary will preceded the Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated by pastor, Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, in St. Mary's Catholic Church on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. for former longtime Taft resident, Morris Henry "Morry" Curry, 85. Burial will follow in the the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Curry was born in Nevada City, California on March 5, 1917 and passed away in a Fresno hospital on May 23, 2002. Mr. Curry came to Taft in 1929 and lived here until moving to Fresno about four years ago. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1934. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. for 37 years. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service. While working there he served in different capacities, including that of letter carrier, window clerk, and maintenance supervisor. He had been a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He enjoyed playing softball and baseball and socializing with friends and neighbors. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan and an even greater LA Dogers baseball fan.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Laurence J. Curry and by his sister Agnes M. Simon. Mr. Curry is survived by his wife, Ruth Mary Curry of Fresno; his daughters and their spouses, Judy and Dennis Lees of Willits, Marilyn Cornellof LWilmington, Delaware, Ellie and Buster Neel of Boise, idaho, Mary and Joe Brown of Bakersfield and Christine and Ron Licata of Fresno his sister, Margaret Swanson of Santa Clara; the grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Fred Curtis
January 10, 1929 - September 1, 2003



The City of Maricopa is mourning the loss of a dear friend, Fred Curtis.

Fred was born January 10, 1929 and passed away September 1, 2003 after along battle with cancer. His love of carpentry was his real passion. The VFW, Gusher Days, The Senior Center, and others will all miss him. The town of Maricopa is a little bit better because of Fred.

He leaves a son Larry and his wife Michelle Curtis of Los Angeles, a daughter Susie and her husband Ed Anshen of Paso Robles along with his four grandson, Chris, Randy and Kevin of Los Angeles and Jacob Anshen of Paso Robles.

He will be dearly missed by many friends.
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Herbert W. Curtis
September 19, 1926 - February 7, 2009


Herb Curtis passed away on February 7, 2009.

He was born on September 19, 1926, in Fellows, Calfornia. Herb served in the United States Marine Corps. as a Staff Sergeant in WW II. After serving his country he spent his entire career with Shell Oil Company, retiring after 40 years of service all over the world. He loved his family and spending time with them. He passed his time doing what he loved best, playing golf and cards with is buddies.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Margie Curtis; his daughter, Peggy and husband, Tom Schaffer; his son, Patrick and wife, Debra Curtis; son, John Curtis; stepsons, Kenneth and Steven Gagon; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a future date to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, the famiy asks tha donations be made to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
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