Westside Obituaries
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Lois Gaasch
June 20, 1920 - January 30, 1997



Silt resident Lois E. Gaasch, 76, died Thursday, Janary 30, 1997 from complications of gallbladder surgery.

Lois was born June 7, 1920, in Bakersfield, to spent her childhood in California, and graduated Taft Union High School. Lois also attended college for 2 years in Houston & Louisiana. On June 29, 1940, she married Glenn O. Gaasch in Las Vagas, Nevada.

Mrs. Gaasch was previously employed as a secretary for the Production Credit Association, and was a homemaker. She previously lived in Victorville & Ahwanee, California for about 11 years.

Lois was a member of the Methodist Church, was a 4-H club leader, and belonged to the Divide Creek Reading Club and the Fairview Pioneers. She enjoyed being a sewing instructor for the 4-H club, painting with Sharon Yoast on saw blades and reading . Lois was a resident of the West Divide Creek area for 33 years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Glenn; 3 sons and 1 daughter and their spouses; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mother Against Drunk Driving, c/o Sowder Funeral Home, 425 W. 3rd Street, Rifle, Colorado 81650
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Bertha Gabriel
July 22, 1948

Death came this morning to Bertha Gabriel, 74, at 113 Kern Street. Mrs. Gabriel had been ill for some time. The deceased had been a resident of California for the past 37 years and of Taft for the past 10.

Surviving the Taft woman are her husband, Alfred Gabriel of Taft, two daughters, Mrs. Tom Hamiliton, Jefferson, Ohio and Miss Irene Ethel gabriel of Smethfort, Pennsylvania; two sons, Quinton T. Gabriel, Taft and Gay A, Gabriel of East Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 6 grandchildren and other relatives.

Funeral services were held this afternoon at 3:00 o;clock in the chapel of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home with the Rev F.L. Benedict officiating. The remains were shipped to Kane, Pennsylvania for burial in the family plot.
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Douglas Milton Gall
October 24,1920 - February 2, 2009



Doug went through school in Taft, graduating from Taft High in 1938. He enjoyed playing football, running track and playing piano. In 1940 he married his high school sweetheart Marge Means. Within a couple of years Doug had a burning desire to become a pilot. In 1942 his first flying job was as a flight instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, transferring to Hancock College of Aeronautics in Santa Maria in 1943. Soon he joined the Army Air Corps as an Air Force Service Pilot flying C-46's in Deming, New Mexico. Orders quickly came to participate in the China-Burma-Inda Theater including Karachi, Calcutta, Cairo, Kunming and Sookerating, better known as "Aluminum Alley." Many pilots were lost flying over the Himalayas but Doug survived and later joined the Hump Pilots Association.

After WWII Doug and his dad owned Doug Gall Pump company selling to Pacific Pumps in the mid-1960's. His last business venture was with Geothermal Resources until his retirement 16 years later in 1981. While living in Taft, Doug belonged to the Kiwanis Club, Petroleum Club and was a Master Mason at the Masonic Lodge. His hobbies included golf, fishing, traveling, bridge, and playing piano. His favorite vaction was spent trout fishing with his family north of Bishop on the Owens River, at the Arcularius Ranch.

Interment will take place this summer upon completion of the new Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Bear Mountain. Our family is appreciative of the Neptune Society, Dr. Lee and Dr. Tarng of Bakersfield Family Medical Center as well as the wonderful help and support provided by Optimal Hospice, especially Alcie Bender and Lorri Smith.

Doug is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marge; daughter, Sue and son-in-law, Craig Noble of Santa Maria and his favorite grandson, Scott of Ventura. In lieu of flowers, Doug's favorite charity is the Disabled American Veterans Association.
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Marjorie Means Gall
September 9, 1921 - September 27, 2009



Marjorie Means Gall passed away peacefully in her home September 27, 2009. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, September 9, 1921, daughter of Al (Pappy) and Mary Means.

Before winter set in they left for Los Angeles where the rest of their family had moved. From there they moved to Ramona, Nevada City and Havilah. In 1936 they moved to Taft where Marge moved to Taft Union High School as a freshman, graduating in 1940. She was married to Doug Gall, her high school sweetheart for nearly 70 years. In 1967 they moved to Bakersfield and resided in Kern City until their passing. Marge enjoyed playing bridge becoming a Master Duplicate Bridge Player. She also enjoyed playing golf, camping, trout fishing, entertaining and cooking for her friends and family.

Marge is preceded in death by her son, Roger; her husband, Doug; and many wonderful longtime friends and family memebers. Surviors include her daughter and son-in-law, Craig and Sue (Gall) Noble of Santa Maria; and grandson, Scott Noble of Ventura.

Marge will be interred with her husband, Doug and their son, Roger, at the Bakersfield Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, on Tuesday, October 20, at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please feel welcome to make donations to The American Cancer Society, Hospice or your favorite charity.
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Roger M. Gall
January 3, 1942 - January 10, 2007



Our beloved son Roger Gall, age 65, died peacefully in his sleep a the Delano Regional Medical Center, January 10, 2007. Roger was born in Taft, California, January 3, 1942 and later moved to Porterville. He spent the last 15 years in Delano where he made many wonderful caring friends.

Roger is survived by his parents, Doug and Marge Gall of Bakersfield; his sister and brother-in-law, Craig and Sue (Gall) Noble live in Santa Maria; and his nephew, Scott Noble, lives in Ventura.

Roger's family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation for the wonderful friends and incomparable care he received at La Gue, as well as "The Special Nursing Section" at the Delano Regional Medical Center. Each and every one of you is graciously appreciated for your heartfelt efforts and companionship.

In lieu of flowers, please feel welcome to make a donation to your favorite charity or animal shelter. Arrangements were made under the care of The Neptune Society.
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Guy Gallegos, 44
October 14, 1956 - February 19, 2001



A memorial service for Guy Gallegos, 44, of Taft, will be Saturday, February 24, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary Chapel, 1150 4th Street, Taft.

Guy was born October 14, 1956, in Taft and passed away February 19, 2001, in Taft. He was raised in Taft, California and lived his entire life at 307 Fillmore Street, except for one year when he lived in Lake Tahoe, California. Guy was a 3rd generation pipe liner for Unocal. He was a 1974 graduate of Taft High School and attended Taft College. Guy was a mechanical genius and an avid motor sports fan. His current passion was computers. He will be remembered as a good father, husband, brother and friend.

Survivors include wife, Susan; son, Kyle; and brother, Jon, all of Taft; and sister, Yvonne of Bakersfield; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Barbara June Gallegos. No visitation is planned.

Westside Side Family Mortuary, Taft, is in charge of arrangements.
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Helen Lee (Moon) Galligher
August 27, 1921 - November 29, 2005



Helen Lee Galligher (Moon) was born on August 27, 1921 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She left this life peacefully surrounded by her family on November 29, 2005 in Bakersfield, California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, B.R. Galligher, two daughters, Betty Sroufe and Barbara Sweeden her parents, Elmer and Rosalie Moon and her three brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her nine children; Bobby Galligher and wife Gayle of Douglas, Kansas, Wanda Myers and husband Larry of Norman, Oklahoma, Linda Heatley of Bend, Oregon, Patsy Craft of Taft, California; Teddy Galligher of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, Nancy Joseph of Winniewood, Oklahoma, Debbie Watts and husband Edward of Bakersfield, California; Donna Kurtz of Taft, California; and Scott Galligher and wife Beverly of Owasso, Oklahoma. She is also survived by her 32 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and was expecting her first great great grandchildren in April. During WWII she worked in a tent factory then decided to stay home to be a homemaker to raise her children. She was a long time resident of Pawhuska, Oklahoma before making her home in Taft in 1969. Throughtout her life she enjoyed spending time with her family and listening to her favorite music on her personal CD player.

She was laid to rest on December 1, 2005 at West Side Cemetery and arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Don Galloway
May 23, 1945 - January 30, 2010



A memorial service will be held in West Side Believers Fellowship on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. for Don Galloway, 64. Mr. Galloway was born in Maywood, California on May 23, 1945 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 30, 2010.

He came to Taft in 1969 and will be remembered from Goodrich's Men Store. He was currently working for Alloy Construction, exclusively for TRC. He was a former member and past president of the Taft Kiwanis Club and a member of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid NASCAR fan and had raced dirt track for some years. He would also spend many weekends at Quail Valley RV Park. Mr. Galloway had also served his country as a member of the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Dorothy Galloway. He is survived by his wife, Annette Galloway of Taft; his daughters and their husbands, Kim and David Miller and Tracy and Jason Christy all of Oklahoma, Stephenie Gordon of Taft, Sherie and Dr. Jeff Seidenrosen of Visalia, Melisa and Kevin Butterick of Taft; his nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Gary and Tina Earl, Sharon and Jim Whitworth, Pam and Ron Sutton and Vicki and Joe Dominguez all the Wasco; and special lifelong friends, Myron and Carolyn Smith of California Hot Springs and Thomas Colbert of Wasco.

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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Evelyn L. Galloway, 75
September 19, 1925 - July 18, 2001



Longtime resident of Taft, passed away on July 18, 2001 in Taft (the victim of a stroke).

Evelyn Galloway was born on September 19, 1925 in Anderson, Indiana.

Her survivors include her sister, Winifred Hazel of Anderson, Indiana; her daughters and their husbands, Mary and Steve Patterson of Taft, Maggie and Donald Dotson of Enumclaw, Washington and Cindy and Ed Stitt of Summitville, Indiana; her sons, Stephen Galloway of Buena Park, California and Donald Galloway and his wife, Charlene of Lakeport, California; her 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

There are no formal funeral services planned and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Zola "Lillie" Gann
March 8, 1918 - September 28, 2004



Visitation for Zola Lillie Gann will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Sunday evening September 26, 2004 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and funeral services will be held at Truth Tabernacle Church (214 Hoskings Road) on Monday morning September 27, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Ronnie Mullings will officiate and internment will follow at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery.

Zola Lillie Gann was born on March 8, 1918 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and she went home to be with the Lord on September 20, 2004 in Taft, California. Lillie lived in Taft for the last 32 years with her husband, Arthur. She is survived by her husband of 42 years. Arthr E. Gann; 6 sons Leon, James, Clifford, Donald and Wayne Bartlett and Sherman Gann; daughters, Eva Villarreal and Brenda Butler; 23 grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Lillie was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. She was loved by all the knew her and she will be deeply missed.

For additional service or floral delivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care 873-8200.
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Mike

Mike Garcia
May 25, 1913 - July 2, 2003
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Wednesday July 9, at 10:00 a.m. Recitation of the Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial well be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 124 Columbus St. for Mike Garcia who went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 2, 2003.

Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd. Msgr. Michael Braun will officiate. Mike was born in Wickenburg, Arizona in May 25, 1913. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends. Mike moved his family to Los Angeles, California in the forties, where he was a manager for Boy's Supermarket. He had a small orchestra that played the popular "big band" sounds of the times. Throughout his life his love of music was a focal point. Friends and family will always remember "Papa" whistling a favorite tune. He moved to Taft, California in 1951 for health reasons. There he had his own shoe repair shop, and worked for P.G.& E. In 1962, he moved his family to Bakersfield. He retired from P.G.& E., as a light crew foreman for the gas department in 1975.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife Stella, grandson Johnny, brother Gabe Garcia and sister Christine Gallegos. He leaves behind three daughters, Roberta Horn, Christine and husband John Hubbard and Vicki and husband Jay McCabe. He is survived by six grandchildren, Lorraine Townsend, Mike and Telena Bethell, Alicia and David Bourbon, Joey Hubbard, Jason and Michelle Williams, Daniel and Brooke Williams. He also had eight great grandchildren, Scott Killen, Maggi Townsend, Jack and James Bethell, Ashley Hubbard, Bryana Bourbon, Caitlin Bourbon and Rion Williams. Casketbearers will be Mike Bethell, Scott Killen, Jason Williams, David Bourbon, Daniel Williams and Joey Hubbard.

Visitation begins Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
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Isreal Manuel Garcia
July 16, 2008 - March 14, 2009
Services Pending



Services are pending for local Taft resident, Isreal Manuel Garcia, 8 months. The services have been entrusted to West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Charles

Charles Edward Gardner, Sr.
April 7, 1916 – August 7, 2003



Charles Edward Gardner, Sr. passed away peacefully at home with wife Dorothy, son Charles Jr., and daughter, Patricia by his side, at the age of 87, on August 7, 2003.

He was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, of April 7, 1916, but had resided in Kern County for the past 57 years. Charles worked for CWOD Oil Company until his retirement in 1978, when he began working for Berry Petroleum Company until his second retirement in 1988. Charles lived in Fellows, California from 1947 until 2001, when he moved to Taft, California. Charles was active in the Ford City Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as deacon. He volunteered several years of his retirement to the West Kern Oil Museum in Taft. Charles liked working with his hands, but he especially loved building.

Charles Sr., is survived by his faithful loving wife, Dorothy; his son and daughter-in-law, Charles Jr. and Leta Gardner of Newcastle, California; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Mike Richey of Taft, California four grandchildren, Mike Jr. and wife, Erin, Nate Richey, Rachel Gardner, Bethany Gardner; one great-grandson, Max Richey; sister, Jacque Mitchell; brother, Kenneth Gardner; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held on Monday, August 11, 2003, 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at West Side District Cemetery on Cedar Street off Highway 119. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Curtis Lee "Pete" Garner
June 10, 1919 - May 23, 2004



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Buttonwillow resident, Curtis Lee "Pete" Garner, 84. Pastor L. V. Lawson will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Mr. Garner was born in Oklahoma on June 10th, 1919 and passed away in Bakersfield May 23, 2004. He had been employed by Belridge Shell as an electrician for over 30 years. He had lived in Belridge before moving to Buttonwillow. He was a Christian his entire life and attended the Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed playing a guitar and singing.

Mr. Garner was preceded by his wife Geneva Garner in June of 1996.

His survivors include his son Curtis A. Garner and his daughter Roszona L. Garner both of Buttonwillow, his sister Frances Russell of Taft, his grandchildren Sarah and Colton Daughty and Shauntae Green. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 p.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Cecil F. Garland
May 13, 1910 - September 28, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Monday at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident Cecil F. Garland, 85. Mr. Garland and born in Chelsea, Oklahoma, on May 13, 1910 and passed away in a Clovis hospital on September 28. He was raised and educated in Maricopa and attended Taft Junior College. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1943 until November 1945 and was a member of the 844 Engineer Battalion. He retired as a foreman for Signal Oil and Gas after many years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Garland, in January 1987. His survivors include a son and his wife, John and Bonnie Garland of Fresno.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Curtis Lee "Pete" Garner
June 10, 1919 - May 23, 2004



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Buttonwillow resident, Curtis Lee "Pete" Garner, 84. Pastor L. V. Lawson will officiate at the services and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Garner was born in Oklahoma on June 10th, 1919 and passed away in Bakersfield, May 23, 2004. He had been employed by Belridge Shell as an electrician for over 30 years. He had lived in Belridge before moving to Buttonwillow. He was a Christian his entire life and attended the Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed playing a guitar and singing.

Mr. Garner was preceded by his wife Geneva Garner in June of 1996. His survivors include his son Curtis A. Garner and his daughter Roszona L. Garner both of Buttonwillow, his sister Frances Russell of Taft, his grandchildren Sarah and Colton Daughty and Shauntae Green.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 p.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Joan Garner
December 29, 1935 - January 7, 2007



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery today at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Joan Garner, 71.

Mrs. Garner was born in Medora, Illinois on December 29,1935 and passed away at her home in Taft on January 7, 2007. She worked for many years at Marty's Dress Shop and was employed as the office manager for R.L. Morton Welding before retiring. Mrs. Garner enjoyed traveling in her motor home, shopping and especially shopping for shoes. She had a beautiful singing voice. Mrs. Garner was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Ruth Mohrman; her daughter, Julie Garner and by her brother, Dwayne Mohrman.

Her survivors include her husband, Bud Garner of Taft; her son and his wife, Lynn and Judy Garner of Taft; her grandchildren, Sabrina Canady of San Luis Obispo, Phillip McCallister of Grover Beach, Jeramy Garner of Taft and Justin Garner of Taft; and by her sister-in-law Glenda Mohrman of Manteca.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Helen Jean Garett
August 15, 1918 - November 24, 2004



Helen Jean Garratt was born August 15, 1918 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Her parents were the late Lillian and Lyle Ayers of Taft, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walter Garratt and her daughter, Gayla Jean. She is survived by her sons Walter Lawrence (Larry) Garratt and his wife Nancy and Lyle Anthony Garratt and his wife Janet, all of Bakersfield, 2 granddaughters, Pamela Jill Poon and Holly Patricia Gossard and their husbands and 4 great grandchildren.

Helen had lived in the Taft area since 1920. She was a member of the Community Prestbyterian Church. Friends of the Library and the West Kern Oil Museum.

Memorial may be sent to the Taft branch of the Kern County Library Memorial Book fund or the West Kern Oil Museum. At Helen's request, no services will be held.
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Mary

Mary Nell Edwards Slentz-Bertolucci-Garrett
May 17, 1931 - May 21, 2002



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

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

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

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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Joyce V. Garrison
Died - February 22, 2012



On February 22, 2012 our beloved Mother passed on to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Newton Author Garrison; parents, Bollie and Eva Turnage of Maricopa; sisters, Mildred Stotts of Vista, California, Verna Lee Shepard of Salinas, California, Doris Brown of New Cuyama, California; brothers, Leamond Turnage of Hawthorne, California, Roy Turnage of Phoenix, Arizona; sons, William Thomas (Bill) Garrison of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jerry Wayne Garrison, David Bruce Garrison and Kenneth Leon Garrison all of Bakersfield, California, her baby twin boy of three months, Terry Glenn Garrison; daughter, Patricia Blanch Smith of Bakersfield, California also numerous nieces and nephews. Mother is survived by her son, Freddy Joe Garrison of Bakersfield; daughter, Sherry Lynn Hamilton and husband, Herb; son-in-law, John E. Smith of Bakersfield; daughter-in-law Shirley Garrison of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews; and a very large extended family. Mother was loved by all who had ever met her and she left with us a legacy of love.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard Street, Taft. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Viewing will be on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Erickson & Brown. Family viewing will be from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with viewing for the general public from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Ralph Garrison
September 21, 1921 - May 3, 2011



Ralph Garrison was born September 29, 1921, to Delbert (Jack) Garrison and Neta Cooper Garrison in Braggs, Oklahoma where Ralph's father was a farmer. Because of the extreme drought in 1923, the family moved to the West Side where his father found work in the oilfields. Ralph attended Taft schools and was graduated from Taft Union High School in 1938. For a time he owned the Texaco Station at Sixth and Kern Streets, before moving to the Long Beach area where he later retired from the automobile sales business. Other than his family and friends, his joy was in a good game of golf. He remained lifelong friends with many of his classmates, returning frequently to Taft.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Garrison of Jacumba, California, Craig Garrison of Bakersfield, two granddaughters and three great grandchildren, his brother Alvis Garrison of Pahrump, Nevada and his sister Jeannine Hanna of San Diego, California. Services Pending.
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William T. "Bill" Garrison, 65
August 2, 1936 - February 28, 2002



William T "Bill" Garrison 65 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; died Thursday in Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Garrison was a native of Maricopa, California; and was the son of Joyce Turnage Garrison and the late John Arthur Garrison.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2002 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Rev. Kevin Minchey will be officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Mursfreesboro, Tennessee.

Mr. Garrison is survived by his wife Shirley Faulk Garrison, his mother Joyce Turnage Garrison of Maricopa, California; sons Steve and Mike Garrison both of Mursfreesboro Tennessee; daughter; Teresa Dixon of Mursfreesboro, Tennessee; brother Fred Garrison of Bakersfield California; sisters; Pat Smith of Bakersfield California; Sherry Hamilton of Jamestown, Tennessee. He is also survived by eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers; Terry, Jerry, Kenneth and David Garrison.

Mr. Garrison had lived in Mursfreesboro since 1957 where he was a retired auto mechanics teacher at Holloway High School, formally manager of the broad St. Sinclair Station, mechanic at Jennings Tire Company, Instructor for the adult vocational technical training at Holloway High School, currently employed at the Birad St, Auto mart and coached Jr. Pro Basketball and Football. He graduated from Maricopa High School where he lettered in track, football, basketball, and baseball. He attended Porterville College and was invited to spring training with the Cleveland Indians and Training camp with the Washington Redskins. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force in Japan and pitched for the Base baseball team. He was also training tech for Nissan U.S.A. In Smyrna, Tennessee and Mota Adult training in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Visitation was Sunday from 3:00 till 8:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, Mursfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Norma Dee Garrould
February 12, 1908 - September 1, 2003



Born in Santa Maria, Texas near the Mexican border, she passed on to heaven to join her father, mother, two sisters and a brother, along with her beloved husband Reg. She was Aunt Noni to numerous nieces and nephews which include Jean and Dolder Black of Taft, Dale and Muriel Huggins of Boulder, Colorado, Jacque and Chan Feller of Santa Maria, California, Don and Anka Huggins of Walnut Creek, Sue and Don Walder and John and Karen Robertson of Fresno and Camille and Roger Modersbach of Lafayette. She also leaves behind several generations of grand and great grand-nieces and nephews who also loved her dearly. These include Glenn and Kelle Black of Taft, Kelly and Paul Ward of North Fork, Michael and Melanie Black of Bakersfield, Steve and Paulette Black of Grover Beach, and Kathie Black of Los Angeles.

Noni and Reg married in 1936 and soon opened the Tennis Shop across from Taft High School where Noni prepared hamburgers and other lunches while Reg worked for Standard Oil and repaired and sold tennis racquets during his free time. Reg taught Noni to be a champion tennis player and she won various tournaments, working her way up to play in the Valley Championships at Roeding Park in Fresno. In 1951, they moved to San Clemente where golf became a passion. Living in a condo next to the Municipal Golf Course, Noni became a golf champion also. After Reg's death, Noni returned to Taft in 1997 to be near her family.

The family is grateful to Angie, Reba, Dixie and Anita for their love and patience as they cared for Noni. Also thanks go to Dr. Bitzer and Dr. Tang, who kept her healthy, and Park Julian Convalescent Hospital and staff who cared for her in her final days. As per Noni's wishes, no services are scheduled and her ashes will be scattered over the ocean at San Clemente.
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Louisa Jane "Janie" Garvin
June 16, 1923 - May 12, 2010




Janie met her first husband, Dewey E. Crim and shortly after meeting Dewey, they got married in Arizona on September 27, 1947. They had three boys, Stephen Michael, Mark Leslie and David Earl Crim. Janie moved to Taft with two of her sons in 1960. Janie worked for several years doing janitorial work at the Moose and Elks Lodge, and cleaning houses in the Taft area. Best of all, she was a kind, caring and loving single mother. Janie later became a member of the Taft Moose Lodge in 1967 where she later attained the rank of Senior Regent from 1973 to 1974. After joining the Moose Lodge, she met and married her second husband, C. W. Garvin. C. W. and Jane were married in Reno, Nevada on April 29, 1967. Janie was always a kind, caring and loving person with a true heart of gold. Everyone she came in contact with couldn't help but fall in love with her. Janie was an avid bingo player and would never miss Monday night at the Moose.

Janie was preceded in death by her father, Joe; mother, Louisa, brother, Joe; sisters, Margarite and Barbara; her husbands, Dewey and C.W; two of her sons, Stephen and David Crim; and niece, Wanda Plummer. Janie is survived by her son, Mark Crim of Taft; step-daughter, Teresa and her husband, Dan, and family of Blaine, Washington; her grandchildren, Miranda Allen, Patricia Crim Trapp, Steve Crim, David Crim and Nicholas Crim, daughter-in-law, Dina Crim; great grandchildren, Brian and Rochelle Allen, Augusta Trapp, Sydney and Jake Crim, Kyle Harmon, David Crim, Jr. and Breanna Crim and Nicholas Crim Jr.; her nephew, Jim Parker and his wife, Sheila; niece, Janet King and her husband, Ralph; nieces, Marylin and Patty Jo; nephews, Joe E. and Joe R. and all their children. Janie also leaves behind her two adopted daughters and best friends, Pat Welborne and Pat Pritchett and their families; and all of her bingo friends at the Moose. The one thing Janie loved most were her cats--she really loved her cats.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society as Janie was a cancer survivor. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Joey Pittman of New Hope Temple will officiate. 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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Herbert Dale Gates, 60
August 10, 1941 - May 23, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Herbert Dale Gates, 60.

Mr. Gates was born in Wilmington, Ohio on August 10, 1941and passed away in the local hospital on May 23, 2002. Mr. Gates proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. Mr. Gates moved to Taft in 1984. He had been employed as an oilworker and last worked for Watson Construction.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Gates. Mr. Gates is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Gates of Taft; his children, Brenda Castillo of Bell Gardens, Teresa Rodgers, Victoria Negrete, Christina Sanchez, Pedro Negrete, Beatrice Loucks. Herbert Dale Gates, Jr., and Wendy Sue Gates all of Taft; his mother, Louise Gates; his 11 grandchildren, eight brothers and three sisters.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Don W. Gatlin
May 29, 1937 - October 3, 2009



Don W. Gatlin of Bakersfield, California went peacefully to be with the Lord and love of his life, Phyllis, on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the age of 72.

He was a Navy man and served in the Korean War on the USS Kearsarge. He returned home to his sweetheart Phyllis and together they raised three children. Don was a multi talented man and worked a variety of jobs including a high iron worker, in the air conditioning business and serving as a baptist minister.

Over the years Don moved his family several times as the call to a new church would arrive. Some of the areas they lived in were Amarillo, Lake Havasu, Bakersfield, Taft, and Roseburg. He was forced to retire from preaching due to multiple strokes and the onset of Parkinson's Disease.

Some of his favorite past times were fishing, enjoying the beach, singing old hymns, watching NASCAR and playing Bingo. In his later years you could usually find him enjoying the birds outside the window, doing word search puzzles, watching old westerns or helping with music at the Skilled Nursing Home where he resided.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 44 years, Phyllis Gatlin, a sister, a brother, and his grandson, Derek Allen Gatlin. He is survived by his sister, Iva Meadows, daughter and son-in-law, Jeff and Gwen Langford of Medford, Oregon, daughter and son-in-law, Chris and LaDonna Hinkernell of Taft, California, and son and daughter-in-law, Don W. Jr. and Dora Gatlin of Bakersfield, California, grandchildren Justine and Christopher Langford, Allen, Nicholas, and Ryan Hickernell, Christie Chambless and husband Mark, Jerry Unruh and great grandson Samuel Chambless and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

His family would like to thank the staff at Evergreen Healthcare for taking such good care of him for the last three years. He truly felt that he was loved by each of you and loved each of "His Girls".

Don will receive a full military service at the Bakersfield National Cemetery located in Arvin, California, on November 6, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held in Arvin at the Arvin Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m.
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Merrill Clarence Gaunt - Rites Pending
October 7, 1927 - May 19, 2010



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Taft resident, Merrill C. Gaunt, 82. Mr. Gaunt passed away in Porterville hospital on May 19, 2010.
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Virginia Cooley Gauthier, 79
April 21, 1922 - June 5, 2001



Virginia Cooley Gauthier was born in Los Angeles on April 21, 1922 and passed away peacefully on June 25, 2001, in her home in Taft, California.

She grew up on the Midway Lease just 10 miles east of Taft, with her five siblings and parents Grace and Floyd S. Cooley Sr. She attended school in Fellows and at Taft Union High School. As a young adult she lived and worked in Long Beach, California. She worked at Douglas Air Craft and Shell Oil.

She married and started a family in 1948, all the while traveling from state to state where her husband erected printing presses. She returned to Taft with her two children in 1954, and did all she could to raise her children by herself and what a fine job she did. She worked briefly for the Taft Midway Driller, Conley School, and the Ideal Market owned by John and Betty Miller. She was side correspondent for the Bakersfield Californian for thirteen years and worked various other jobs in the Taft area. Virginia enjoyed creative writing, bowling, playing pool, and socializing with all kinds of people. She was preceded in death by her brothers Floyd and Bill Cooley, and by her sister Rosemary Hankins.

Her survivors include her brother Glen A. Cooley and his wife Nathalie of Nevada City, California, her sister Susan Grassmuck of Arvin; a son L. Nichols (Nick) Gauthier of Bakersfield; her daughter Aurillee, and son-in-law Larry Clouser of Taft; two grandchildren Shane and Chad Moslander of Bakersfield; and a great grandchild Chad Nichols Moslander, also of Bakersfield.

Her viewing will be at the West Side Family Mortuary on Friday, June 29th from 12:00 noon to 8:00 o'clock. Her memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., June 30, 2001 at Community Christian Fellowship on 7th and North Street in Taft. A long time family friend Ron Cross will be officiating.
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Jerry Martin Gavin
June 20, 1926 - December 26, 2013



Jerome (Jerry) Martin Gavin was born on June 20, 1926 to Theodore Martin Gavin and Clara Weatman in Taft, California. A brother, Ray, was also born in Taft. After moving to Bakersfield two more brothers joined the family; Tim and Wally. Jerry attended East Bakersfield High School and graduated early his senior year in 1943. He immediately joined the Navy. During WWII he was on the USS Montrose and was a "Navy Seal" before they even had that unit. He was honorably discharged on December 10, 1946. He returned home and married Juanita (Bonnie) Hull on February 14, 1947. They welcomed their son Larry on December 1, 1947. He worked at the Department of Forestry and at the Sheriffs Department, then landed his dream job at the California Highway Patrol and worked there for 30 years. He retired in 1979 as Lieutenant.

He and Bonnie packed up their truck and took off to camp, fish and hike all over the Sierra Nevada's and beyond. They discovered the Klamath and salmon fishing and fished there for years. Then Ray introduced them to Gold Beach, Oregon and the Rogue River where they spent many summers. 2008 was their last trip there and Jerry caught the largest salmon he had ever caught-44lbs. He passed away December 26th at home. He was the patriarch of the family much loved.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years "Bonnie"; his son Larry and wife Carole; grandson Wade and wife Glenna; great grandson Blake; brother Ray and wife Evelyn; and many nieces, nephews and friends. A special thank you to Dr. Keith Seidenstricker and Francis, Hoffman Hospice: Rosalyn, Nicole and Angie for the loving care they provided us. Services will be January 10th at 12:15 at Bakersfield National Cemetery.
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Claude W. Gee Jr.
January 3, 1938 – April 18, 2003



Claude W. Gee Jr., 65, a long-time resident of Taft, passed away on April 18, 2003. He was born January 3, 1938 in Kellyville, Oklahoma. Later moved to California. Claude Gee worked 48 years for oil industries such as Tenneco Oil and Cullivan Pumping Service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending holidays with family. He attended Taft Church of God where he enjoyed hearing his wife sing.

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Marlene Gee of Taft, three brothers and sister-in-laws Jerry and Mary, Richard and Jane, all of Taft, and Jack and Susan of Bakersfield, one sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Steve Putman of Taft; many cousins, nieces and nephews. Six stepchildren and spouses, Tom and Linda Stockton, Theresa Van Winkle, Don and Sharon Saffell, Gerald Stockton, Kerry and Kim Graham all of Taft, Lyle and Teresa Stockton of Bakersfield, two grandchildren, Matt and Stephanie Doyle of Taft, 21 step-grandchildren and 19 step-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Claude W. Gee Sr. and Bernice I. Gee of Taft, sister Claudia Kelly of Kellyville, Oklahoma, daughter Deanna Doyle of Taft and step-grandson Wesley R. Stockton of Taft.

Services will be held Friday 1:00 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home in Taft. Viewing will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

We love you Claude and we will all miss you.
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Nikki Geiger
May 24, 1982 - December 5, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Nikki Geiger, 20.

Nikki was born in Taft on May 24, 1982 and passed away in the local hospital on December 5, 2002. Nikki was a student at Wasco High School and she touched the hearts of everyone who knew her.

Her grandfathers, George Hawkins and Leroy Severe, preceded her in death. Her survivors include her mother, Tressa Geiger Hawkins of Taft; her step-father, Rick Hawkins of Taft; her two sisters, Melissa Hawkins and Jonelle Glossinger both of Taft; her brother, Adam Hawkins of Taft; her great grandmother, Faye Severe of Taft; her uncle, Joe Geiger, Jr. of Taft; her aunts, Tammy Detches and her husband, Christian, Vicky Lowe and Barbara Bozman all of Taft; her cousins, Erica, Cory, Brittney, Joseph and Kurtis; her great aunts, Donna Newell, Marlene Harr, Barbara Watson, Joyce Scott and Darlene Long; and her many friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Adie Geiser, D.D.S., 79
March 3, 1922 - November 2, 2001



A memorial mass well be celebrated in St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Adie Geiser, D.D.S., 79. The Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary’s will be the celebrant.

Dr. Geiser was born in New England, North Dakota on March 3, 1922 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 2, 2001. During the Second World War he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and during the Korean Conflict he proudly served in the U.S. Army. He attended and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Science degree from Marquette University. Dr. Geiser practiced dentistry here in Taft from 1953 to the mid 1980’s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Barbara Gieser. His survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane Geiser of Taft; his sons, Adie Geiser, Jr. of Bakersfield, Dr. Dennis Geiser and his wife, Terri of Knoxville, Tennessee and Greg Geiser of Grover Beach; his grandchildren, Jason Geiser, Matthew Geiser and his wife, Belinda all of Bakersfield, his brother, Peter Geiser, Jr. of Alexandria, Minnesota and his sister Dorothy Koffler of Searcy, Arkansas.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Stella Vay Gelakoske
March 22, 1909 - August 10, 2007



Stella Vay Gelakoske, born March 22, 1909, passed away peacefully August 10, 2007 in Austin, Arkansas; she was 98 years young. Stella, the eldest of nine children was born in a covered wagon in what was then known as Oklamoha Indian Terriory, and now known as Overbrook (Love County), Oklahoma. She was born to parents De Loscus and Lunar Rogers.

Stella moved to San Francisco when she was 35 years old and worked various jobs before begining her long tenure as a Civil Service employee. She worked for almost 25 years as an Accounts Maintenance Clerk of the Self Serviced Supply Center at Presidio Army Base in San Francisco before her retirement on June 30, 1974. While workilng at Presidio she was awarded multiple outstanding performance awards for the commendable results she accomplished related to performance improvements.

Upon Stella's reitrement she began bowling for the first time in her life. For the next 28 years she dedicated herself to developing and growing a senior bowling community at Serra Bowl in Daly City, California. For many years she acted as the secretary for many leagues, always working hard to recruit more seniors to new leagues. Never having bowled before, at the age of 73 she had a high score of 269, and a 649 series. She was also instrumental in coordinating many of the senior bowling tournaments. At the age of 79 Stella was formally inducted into the San Francisco Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame. She also loved to travel and took several cruises (Alaska, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Caribbean), and and vistited Europe and all 50 states. She remained active in the bowling community until she was 93, at which time she moved to Arkansas and lived with her granddaughter and four great grandchildren (under protest but due to failing health) always vowing to bowl again.

Stella is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Gelakoske, son Ben James, brothers Buddy, Elige and Burt Rogers, and sister Sue Rollins. She survived by her dauther Dixie James of San Diego, step-daughter Lanorice Olson of Las Vegas, sisters Christine Carpenter of Taft, Lorraine Darrah of Martinez, Luna Mae Trammell of Lakebay, Washington brother D.L. Rogers of Gainesville, Texas, six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Services will be held at Erickson & Brown in Taft, California, on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Graveside interment will follow services, followed by a celebration of Stella's life at the Pizza Factory in Taft. Please sign the guest book at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lynn D. Gentry, 49
March 26, 1946 - December 27, 1995



Private family funeral services and interment will be held for Lynn D. Gentry, 49.

Mr. Gentry was born in Rupert, Idaho, on March 26, 1946 and passed away December 27, 1995 at his Taft home. He attended schools in Idaho and Santa Maria, moving to Taft in 1967. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1975-77. Following the service he returned to Taft where he worked as a hydrocrane operator for ITT until poor health forced him to retire in 1990.

He is survived by a son, Joe D. Gentry of Watertown, S.D.; two stepdaughters, Sherry Huffman of Tupman and MIchelle Hartman of Bakersfield; one grandson; six step-grandchildren; and a special friend, Trena Barnes of Taft.

The services are entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family of the Taft Funeral Home.
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Carlos Andy George
May 5, 1914 - July 31, 2006



Carlos passed away July 31, 2006 in a Bakersfield Skilled Nursing. He was 92 years old. He as born May 5, 1914 in Mountain View Arkansas to Nathanal & Mandy George. On July 11, 1937 Carlos married Retha Dodson. He served in World War II. They moved to California in 1951 where he worked for Santa Fe Energy until he retired in 1984 at the age of 70. Carlos loved to fish after he retired, he and his family and friends spent around 4 weeks at Lake Lopez catching bluegill. On any given summer night you could find him catching catfish out of the California Aqueduct. He is survived by his wife Retha, daughter Shelby Foulk and her husband Dan, daughter Annie Duchworth, son Jimmie George and his wife Jan, son Jay George and friend Caroll Lowe, son Larry George and his wife Patti and son Dewain George. He is also survived by 15 grand-children, and 25 great grandchildren.

Viewing will be held Thursday August 3rd between 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Westside Memorial Services Sunset Chapel. Funeral services will be held at Westside Memorial Services at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 4th with graveside services beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Westside District Cemetery. All services entrusted to Westside Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Charles George, 20
Died - August 6, 2001



Charles George, 20 years-old, of Cuyama, passed away on August 6, 2001 in Fresno, California. There will be no funeral services held. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft.
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Retha L. George
November 22, 1914 - July 10, 2008



Retha L. George, November 22, 1914 - July 10, 2008 passed away in Bakersfield, after a short illness. Retha was born in Timbo, Arkansas, and has been a Taft resident since 1967. In 1937, Retha married Carlos George, who preceded her in death in 2006. Retha had two brothers, and two sisters, one sister; Addie Altman of Mountain View, Arkansas survives, and is 100 years old.
Retha and Carlos had a family of six children: Shelby Foulk, and spouse Dan, of Bakersfield, Annie Duckworth of Bakersfield, Jimmy George and spouse Jan of Taft, Jay George, and spouse Carol, of Galena, Kansas, Larry George and spouse Patti, of Taft, and Dewain George of Taft. There are fifteen grandchildren, and twenty-six great grandchildren. Retha was a great inspiration to all of her children and grandchildren, and will be sadly missed by all of them.
Services are secheduled for Wednesday July 16, at West Side Mortuary, 1150 4th St., at 2:00 p.m.
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Travis Enoch George
January 9, 1918 - September 24, 2003



Born January 9, 1918 in Clinton, Missouri, to John and Lillie George. Travis passed away on September 24, 2003. He attended school in Clinton, Missouri where he met Jessie Mae Lear. They were wed in June, 1936, and later came to California. Travis was employed by Johnny Stoltz' store at Lost Hills, California for over two years.

At the beginning of World War II Travis assumed the responsibility of foreman of the Aircraft Propeller shop at Gardner Field until the base was closed. He then transferred to the Santa Maria Army Base where he assumed the same responsibilities until the end of the war. He then returned with his family to Taft and began his career with the Hartman Concrete Materials Company where he served as manager of the Taft/Cuyama area. One of the projects he was especially proud of was supplying all the aggregate and concrete for the California Aqueduct from 7th Standard Road to Wheeler Ridge Pumping Station including the Buena Vista Pumping Plant. Travis joined the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 12 in 1946 and was a member in good standing. He retired from the company in 1976. Travis was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed boating, and his business card says "have cabin will fish". He was a member of the Taft Sportsman Club and a past president and also and a past president and honorary lifetime director of the Kern Wildlife Federation; long-time member and past president of the Taft Chamber of Commerce; past president of the Taft Rotary club; an associate member of the American Legion Post 63; member of the Masonic Midway Lodge #426 since 1957; a member of the Taft Elk's Lodge.

His wife Jessie, preceded him in death in 1971. He leaves two daughters, Dorothy Lutton and her husband Tom, of Fresno and Donna Harrison and her husband Dennis, of Shafter, and a companion and dear friend Dorothy Mott; four grandchildren Michael Lutton of New Port Beach, Jennifer Beekman of Hemosa Beach, Steve Lutton of Fresno and Tony Harrison of Atoka, Tennessee and nine great grandchildren and also many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. George's memory to the Optimal Hospice. Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret C. Gerg
January 12, 1908 - October 13, 2002



Margaret Caroline Gerg was born in North Fayette Township, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1908 and Jesus took her hand and led her home to heaven October 13, 2002 at the age of 94.

Margaret was a missionary in Mexico and Spanish Honduras for 17 years. She helped many people and led many to know Jesus Christ. She was a LVN for twenty years. Margaret moved to Taft in 1976 and was a member of the Assemblies of God Church. She also worked at Taft College. Margaret will be missed by her friends and especially by Danny, Debora, and Sarah.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2002 at West Side District Cemetery. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God will officiate. No vistitation hours are scheduled and the service is under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Her daughter, Margie Porter, preceded Mrs. Gerg in death.
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Willard O Gervais Jr.
April 5, 1919 - July 4, 2002



Services will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2525 Belle Terrace, Saturday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m. and a graveside services will be held Tuesday, July 16th at 11:00 a.m. for Willard O. Gervais, Jr., 83, who passed away July 4, 2002 in a local hospital. Rev. Will Hazard will officiate.

Willard was born April 5, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and resided in Kern County for 70 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Willard was a Maintance person for California State University and retired after 11 years. His top three priorities in life were his family, his church and playing golf. He was a sports fan of baseball and tennis and was tennis champion in high school and the Army. Willard was a great cook and above all a wonderful loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Imogene Gervais; daughter, Gisele Bartell; grandson, Jonathan Bartell, all of Bakerfield; nephew, Todd Gervais and wife, Valerie and 4 children, all of Los Angeles; and niece, Peri Lee Gervais of Bakersfield.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Darbee, Bill Darbee Jr., Bill Brast, Hy Seiden, Bryan James, George Cameron, George Roblee, Bernie de la Cruz, Bob Lansford and Gary Baker. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the memorialfund at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Visitation will begin Friday, July 12th at 2:00 p.m.
Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors
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Jacquelyn Marie Giannascoli, 62
January 5, 1935 - April 12, 1997



Jacquelyn Marie Giannascoli was born on January 5, 1935 in Pennsylvania and passed away April 12, 1997 in a local hospital at the age of 62. She had lived in Maricopa for the past 10 years and leaves behind her husband of 45 years, Don Giannascoli.

She is also survived by two daughters and their husbands, Dona-Lyn and Sid Bennett of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Tina Marie and Nathan Lewis of Chino Hills; a son and his wife, Don Giannascoli Jr.and Marie Ann of Connecticut; seven grandchildren; and one great grandson; as well as many friends and other relatives in Pennsylvaina.

Mrs. Giannascoli spent many hous making creative arts and crafts and delighted in presenting these special gifts to her children, grandchildren and friends. Her talents and love will always be remebered.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. The services were entrusted to the care of the Taft Funeral Home.
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Charles Sue Gibson
October 26, 1933 - October 2, 2007



Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the First Assembly of God Church on Asher Street, for long time Taft resident, Charles Sue Gibson.

Charles Sue Gibson was born in Kilgore, Texas on October 26, 1933 and passed away in Texas on October 2, 2007. She was a mother of 6 children and worked at Taylor's Bakery for 8 years.
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Cheryl Gibson
July 23, 1952 - May 22, 2006



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Taft resident, Cheryl Gibson, 54. Mrs. Gibson passed away at her home on May 22, 2006.
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Earldean Gibson
March 24, 1941 - May 12, 2012



Earldean Gibson, age 71, a resident of Maricopa, California passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Dean was born on March 24, 1941, in McCurtain, Oklahoma to Tony and Jessie Gibson. In 1948 the family moved to California and settled in Maricopa in 1950. As a child, Dean loved to play with his siblings. His three-wheeled bike was his favorite and he loved to pull kids in the wagon. He loved to play dice and loved to sing and play his guitar. Dean loved being with his family and friends. When he had the chance to travel he most wanted to see his twin sister in Oklahoma.

He is surviver by his mother, Jessie Gibson of Maricopa; his twin sister, Jearline Powell of El Reno, Oklahoma; brothers, Doyle Gibson of Maricopa, Harlin and Terrie Gibson of Morro Bay, Marvin and Bonnie Gibson of Maricopa; 12 nieces and nephews; and 27 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Tony Gibson; sister, Norma Jean Gibson; brothers, Luther Ben (LB) Gibson and Marlin Gibson; sister-in-law, Martha Gibson; brother-in-law, Johnny Powell; and nephew, Curtis Gibson.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Those who would like to pay their respects prior to the funeral service may do so on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey online condolences, please visit.
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Katherine "Katie" Gibson
April 9, 1911 - April 13, 2002



Katherine "Katie" Gibson passed away on Saturday April 13, 2002 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Bakersfield, just four days after her 91st birthday.

She was born on April 9, 1911 outside Comanche Oklahoma, Katie came to Taft over 50 years ago and worked for the Free family at the Midway Laundry on Main Street and then at the Sparkle Cleaners on center street.

Katie is survived by her sister Oakley Halsey Deaton and many many nieces and nephews including her two special little loves, great-great-great nieces Patyon Duvall Freymiller of Rockwell, Texas. Miss Gibson will be buried in Comanche in the family plot next to her twin sister, Lillian Gibson. There are no visitation hours scheduled and arrangements are under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Lydia Jackson "Susie" Gibson
June 13, 1926 - November 1, 2004



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Lydia "Susie" Gibson, 77. Rev. Tom White, associate pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Lydia Jackson Gibson went gently home to our Lord on November 1, 2004 to join her beloved husband, Harvey Franklin Gibson. Lydia was born in Oklahoma on June 13, 1926. Lydia was a loving sister, wife, mother, nana and greatnana. She married Harvey Gibson on May 2, 1948.

Lydia is survived by her two sisters, Marie Price and her husband, Ray of San Simeon and Loveral Dover of Springfield, Missouri. Lydia is also survived by her three children, Dan Gibson and Cheryl of Taft, Gloria Jones and William of Kingman, Arizona and Lola Kelso of Bakersfield; her nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren all of whom will miss her dearly.

There are no visitation hours secheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Martha Nadine Gibson
November 28, 1939 - December 5, 2010



Graveside funeral services were held today, Friday, December 10th in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Maricopa resident, Martha Nadine Gibson, 71. Her brother-in-law, Pastor Earl Gardner, officiated at the service.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Arvin on November 28, 1939 and passed away at her home on December 5, 2010. She was very creative and enjoyed decorating, especially in her home and yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernie and Naomi Lambert; her son, Curtis Gibson and her grandson, Gregory. Her survivors include her husband of 53 years. Doyle Leon Gibson; her sons Tony Gibson and his wife Bobbi, Chris Gibson and his friend, Shelly and Keith Gibson and his wife, Angie; her mother-in-law, Jessie Gibson; her sister-in-law, Geraldine Powell; her brothers-in-law, Dean Gibson, Harlin Gibson and his wife, Terri, Marvin Gibson and his wife, Bonnie; her sisters, Billie Plant, Patsy McLain and her husband, George, Shirley Posten and her husband, Charlie, Nancy Fagan and her husband, Jimm and Carol Gardner and her husband, Earl; her 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. Martha will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary Agee Gibson
December 8, 1912 - June 23, 2002



Our mom, Mary Agee Gibson, left this world in the early hours on June 23, 2002. She was born on December 8, 1912 to John Douglas Shepherd and Sarah Jermina Jones in Centerville, Arkansas (Yell County).

She was the last surviving child to this union. She worked at Arvin Hgh School in the snack bar for many years. Flossies Cafe in Arvin and was an Avon Representative. She left Arvin High School and moved to Taft in early 60's where she operated the 33 Cafe for several years until she and Louie retired. It was very well known to truckers and oil field hands. It was their "Special Place."

She is proceded in death by her husband Louie who died March 29, 1990. Also her parents, 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

She is survived by her 3 sons, Loyd of Lamont. Leonard of Bakersfield and Carl Ray of Taft. Also 14 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren. Also numerouss neices and nephews.

Services will be held Wednesday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m. at West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street. She will be laid to rest next to her husband Louie at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. Visitation will be at the mortuary Tuesday, June 25th from noon until 8:00 p.m. West Side Family Mortuary funeral Directors...(661)763-1594
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Stan Gibson, 47
July 24, 1954 - February 14, 2002



Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church for Valley Acres resident Stan Gibson, 47. Father Ralph Belluomini will be the celebrant and burial will follow in the Westside District Cemetery.

Mr. Gibson was born in Taft on July 24, 1954. After a long battle with cancer he peacefully passed away with his family at his side in his home on February 14, 2002. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1972. He worked as a truck driver and was a foreman for KVS Transportation. Mr. Gibson will be remembered as a very giving person with a great sense of humor and a wonderful smile.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Gene Gibson and by his sister; Vicci Cupp. Mr.Gibson's survivors include his wife, Terri Gibson of Valley Acres; his children Melissa Gibson of Las Vegas Nevada, Caitlyn Wilson of Valley Acres and Richard Wilson of Taft; his step-children, Alaura Keith and Dwight Berg, both of Washington and Stacy Wilson of Taft; his mother Joyce Morrow of Taft; his grandchildren, Trevor Traynor, Jazlyn Wilson and Jacquelyn Dobbs; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Steve Gibson, Debbie and Joe Dean, Teresa and Walter Wise, John and Tracy Gibson and Jason Morrow all of Taft; his sister-in-law; Carol Wolfe and her husband, Terry and Candie Oliver all of Wyoming and many special nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Richard Wilson, Mike Smith, Steve Reich, Butch Shotwell, David Wells and Craig Duncan. Friends are invited to pay their respect Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Steven

Steven T. Gibson
January 26, 1952 – July 18, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Taft native Steven Thomas Gibson, 51.

Mr. Gibson was born in Taft on January 26, 1952 and passed away in Taft on July 18, 2003. He was raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School. Mr. Gibson proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He had worked in the oilfields as an oil worker for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Gibson; his sister and brother-in-law Vicci and Jack Cupp and his brothers, Stan Gibson and Travis Morrow.

Mr. Gibson is survived by his mother, Joyce Morrow of Taft; his daughter, Stephanie Gibson of Bakersfield; his sister and their husbands, Debbie and Joe Dean Tracy and Walter Wise; his brother John Gibson and his wife, Tracy and Jason Morrow all of Taft; his cousin, Marily Kroah of Taft and by many nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to his sister, Debbie Dean, she may be reached at (661) 763-3206.
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Thomas Rufus Gibson, 71
December 11, 1929 - February 9, 2001



Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at the first Assembly of God Church on Asher St. for long time Taft resident Thomas Rufus Gibson.

Thomas was born in Prescott, Arkansas on December 11, 1929 and passed away in Bakersfield, California on February 9, 2001. Thomas was employed with Road Runner Trucking for many years before he retired.

Survivors include his wife Charles Sue Gibson of Taft, sister Louise Jones of Arkansas, daughters; Rosanne Warren of Texas, Naydean Grand of Arkansas and Lydia Miller of Oregon, sons; Thomas Gibson of Taft, John Gibson of Taft, Robert Gibson of Bakersfield and Steven Gibson of Taft, and 15 grandchildren, Thomas was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.

A public viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14th from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting the donations be made to help with funeral expenses. All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary. 763-1594.
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Alma Ruth Gifford
July 29, 1896 - October 30, 2003



Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery - River Blvd. in Bakerfield for longtimne Bakersfield resident, Alma Ruth Gifford.

Mrs. Gifford entered this life on July 29, 1896 in Bull Gulch, Montana, she was born to Ira and Mary Winslow and she entered into eternal rest on October 30, 2003. She is survived by her grandsons, James and Robert Wilson.

All funeral services have been entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594. There will be no public viewing scheduled.
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Betty Jean Gifford
April 24, 1924 - December 5, 2008



Betty Jean Gifford 1924 - 2008. Betty Jean Gifford was born to Hazel and Vern Caldwell on April 24, 1924, in Moville, Iowa.

She left the family farm to live in Washington where she met Ray Gifford. While he was stationed there during World War II. They married and moved to Taft, California where they raised their two children.

Ray preceded her in death, July 1987. Betty is survived by her son, Vic Gifford; her daughter, Judy Blacklock and husband, Tom. She has three grandsons, Brian Blacklock and wife, Pam, Duane Blocklock, Steve Gifford and wife, Becky. She has four great-greatgrandchildren, Brandon and Shyianne Gifford, Todd and Stacey Blacklock. She is survived by her brother, Howard Caldwell and wife, Diane; niece, Thaes St.Pierre; and family friends, Susan Smith, Nikki and Bill Kledas.

Betty was a Pink Lady at Memorial Hospital where she worked at the front desk and delivered flowers to the patients. She also gave the gift of life by donating ten gallons of blood to Houchin Blood Bank. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church on Niles Street. She will always be remembered for her positive spirit, helpful ways and love of family and friends.

Christmas was her favorite hoilday; so in lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Salvation Army Christmas Fund or any other chairty of your choice. Graveside services will be Monday December 15th 1:00 p.m., at at HillcrestMemorial Park.
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Elvin Hardy Gilbreath
August 12, 1926 - August 21, 2012



Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 25th at 10:30 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California Elvin Hardy Gilbreath passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in Bakersfield, California.

Hardy was born in Acorn, Missouri on August 12, 1926 to parents Hardy and Ida Mae Gilbreath. The family moved to Fellows, California when Hardy was a small child. He attended grade school in Fellows, then Taft for his High School education. During his teenage years he loved and participated in Boxing and won the coveted Golden Glove. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy he and served in World War II until the end of the conflict. While in the Navy he boxed and won several tournaments, both on board ship and during port assignments. Hardy learned his trade as a certified electrician during these years serving his country. While still in the service, he married Betty Jean Clouser on February 26, 1944 making their home in Taft, California, both during and after the War. After his completion of service in the Navy in Hardy enjoyed hunting, fishing, mountain life and had a deep interest in American history. With his love and enjoyment of history he spent many of his retirement years reading about American history and later traveled throughout many civil war sites and national historical areas. Hardy married Emma Stover Pallett on August 20, 1975 and lived several years in Shaver Lake, California before moving to Bakersfield.

Hardy was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mabel Raider; and his first wife, Betty Gilbreath. Hardy is survived by his wife, Emma; a younger brother, Thomas Gilbreath; and his four children, John (Barbara) Gilbreath, Sherry (Robert) Clark, Debra Paine and Janice (Robert) Poole. Hardy was blessed with 11 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To sign an online condolence please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Billy Wesley Gill Sr.
December 24, 1939 - December 10, 2011



Bill Gill Sr. lived in Santa Maria, California for over 40 years. Bill was born in Taft, California to William Lawrence Gill and Maxine Avenal (Stanley) Gill, who preceded him death.

Bill attended college in Taft, California, Alamosa, Colorado, and in San Luis Obispo, California. Bill's entire career was spent in the oil field industry, working on drilling rigs and in the oilfields as a welder, and then as a General Contractor in Santa Maria. Bill's early career was spent working for Standard Oil Company, for 16 years, in Taft, California. Bill moved to Santa Maria in 1970 and started his own business, Bill Gill welding service, catering to the industry and hard work he loved.

Bill employed and touched the lives of more than 500 young people out of high school and the military service and mentored them in both the welding trade and general oilfield maintenance business. He was well known for extending a helping hand for hard enthusiastic workers. Over the years, his mentoring earned him many life long friends.

Bill enjoyed his extended family, had a life long passion for hunting and camping, and always had a wonderful story to tell of his life's adventures and experiences. He spent as much time as he could at his property in Wyoming enjoying the great out doors and his love of hunting. Bill enjoyed Bar-B-Queing his famous rare top block steak for family and friends, with a cold beer in one hand and a can of Skoal in the other. Bill was a Royal Arch Mason with Chapter 128.

Bill is survived by his wife, Janis Gill, sister Colleen Bell of Taft, California, brother Michael Gill, DDS and wife Shelly of Paso Robles, California, his 5 children: Desiree Gill, Bakersfield, California; Angela Merritt and daughter Ashley, Livermore, California; Billy Gill Jr., and wife Mary, sons Billy III, and Dylan, Santa Maria, California; Mark Gill and wife Victoria, Freemont, California; Allison Gill, San Francisco, California; and, "Clancy," his beloved German Short Hair. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends in the community.

Memorial services will be held at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, 1003 East Stowell Road, Santa Maria, California, on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Clete Doyal of First Christian Church officiating. A reception to celebrate his life will immediately follow to be announced at the services. For more information, please contact Dudley-Hoffman at 805-922-8463. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the name of Bill and Janis to:
The Circle of Care Burn Foundation
16255 Ventura Blvd., Suite 707
Encino, CA 91436
818-981-2100
www.circleofcareburnfoundation.org

The family is overwhelmed with sincere gratitude for the hundreds of phone calls and outpouring of sympathy from the community of friends and family that he has touched over his life. The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to the police and fire department first responders and all those who serve the public in Santa Maria area and the surrounding communities.

AS GOD HOLDS YOU IN HIS LOVING ARMS MAY YOU GENTLY RESTS IN PEACE.
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Edward L. Gillespie
January 10, 1938 - December 3, 2007



An informal gathering for family and friends will be held Sunday afternoon, December 9th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 3304 Charlotte Street, Bakersfield, to celebrate the life of Edward L. Gillespie, 69, formally of Taft, who died Monday, December 3, 2007 at a Grand Rapids, Michigan hospital.

Ed was born to Clare Gillespie and Elizabeth Klein Gillespie on January 10, 1938 in Pontiac, Michigan. He attended school in Michigan and graduated from Rockford High School in 1957.

Ed moved around early on in his career. He worked for a number of years for Belco Industries in Belding, Michigan, went back to Atlanta, Michigan and worked several jobs before accepting a position with Williams Brother Engineering at the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve in Tupman, California where he spent more than 20 years as a design drafter. He retired from Elk Hills in 1995 and returned back to Atlanta to be near family and friends.

He enjoyed hunting throughout his life until Macular Degeneration began to take its' toll on his eyesight in recent years. Ed was known for his sometimes "outlandish" sense of humor. While at Elk Hills, the inter-office mail ran daily between him and his fellow cohorts with "rather questionable" material. His quick wit and easy smile will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Sherry, of Bakersfield, California; son Ed of Stanton, Michigan; daughters Brenda of Rockford, Michigan and Kim of Los Angeles, California; stepson Sean of Ohio; step-daughter Tara of Bakersfield; brothers "Gus" of Anchorage, Alaska and Bob of Everett, Washington; 10 grandchildren; 10 step-granchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
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Dorothy Elizabeth Ginther
February 22, 1912 - November 9, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar, Taft for Taft resident, Dorothy E. Ginther, 90. Mrs. Ginther was a longtime resident of Bakersfield and she passed away in Bakersfield on November 9, 2002.

There are no visitation hours schelduled and the services are under the direction of the Bakersfield Family Funeral Directors.
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Archie H. Glenn Jr.
October 9, 1916 - January 24, 1997



Graveside funeral services were held January 28, 1997 in the West Side District Cemetery for Archie Hayes Glenn Jr., 80. The Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, officiated at the services. Mr. Glenn was born on October 9, 1916 in Clarendon, Texas, and passed away January 24, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. He was employed as an oil field worker by Thums for 50 years and was a member of the Petroleum Institute in Bakersfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn "Jane" Glenn in August 1995. Mr. Glenn is survived by his sons and their wives, Richard and Joan Geissel, Bill and Glenda Geissel, and Jay and Angela Glenn; his daughter and her husband, Judy and Sims Simental, all of Bakersfield; and 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Evelyn "Jane" Glenn
June 27, 1917 - August 30, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Evelyn "Jane" Glelnn, 78.

Jane was born in Taft on June 27, 1917 and passed away August 30, 1995.

Jane was preceded in death by her father and long time Taft resident William B. Finley. Mr. Finely was mayor of Taft in 1943 and has a street that bears his name in Taft. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Archie Glenn; three sons and their wives, Richard and Joan Geissel, Bill and Glenda Geissel, and Jay and LInda Glenn, all of Bakersfield; her daughter and her husband, Judy and Sims Simental of Bakersfield; her 12 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all of her family.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 12:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Abbie Mae Goates
January 4, 1917 - May 8, 2010



Abbie Goates passed away peacefully at her home in Maricopa, California. She was born in Asher, Oklahoma to Roy Sullivan and Cletis Longest Sullivan.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Riley Goates in 1983; sisters, Agnes, Ruth, Gladys and Florence; and two brothers, Earl and Delmar. Survivors include, daughters, Joyce (Jerry) Preuitt, Gloria (Anthony) Arieas; son, Roy (Mary) Goetes; sisters, Margaret Ghidelli, Leona (George)Skinner; and brother, Irvan (Peggy) Sulllivan; grandchildren, Harvey (Jane) Hill, Tina Hawn, Abbie (Doug) Brown, Riley (Paula) HIll, Victoria Arieas, Cindi (Kelly) Hair, Deana Arieas, Anthony Arieas, III, Susan (Geoff) Speth, Randy (Josephine) Goetes, Nerissa Goetes; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

We would like to thank Kitty Shinn and all at Optimal Hospice for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Optimal Hospice Foundation, 1315 Boughton Dr., Bakersfield, California 93308. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Vistitation will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Chris R. Goebel
July 4, 1978 - November 28, 2011



Christophe R. Goebel, age 33 of Taft, California; formerly of Forest Lake, Minnesota, died on Monday, November 28, 2011 following a long and brave battle with schizophrenia. He will be lovingly missed by his parents, Carl and Cindy; sister, Jessica (Jason) Lakoduk; brother, Steven (Hilary) Goebel; nephew, Silas Lakoduk; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m, Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Church of Saint Peter, 1250 South Shore Drive, Forest Lake. The family will greet friends from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Mattson Funeral Home, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake; continuing from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are preferred to the family.
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Mary Marthaline Golden
May 24, 1926 - June 11, 2011



A gravesideMemorial Service will be held Thursday, December 8, 2011 at the Westside District Cemetery in Taft for longtime Taft resident Mary Marthalilne Golden. Mary was born May 24th, 1926 in Eudora, Mississippi and passed away June 11, 2011 in Port Townsend, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, James Cecil Golden, her son Jesse Irvin Golden her granddaughter, Kay Horton and her great grandson, Scotty Stonbraker. She is survived by her sons and daughters; Cecil and Larry Perry of Port Hadlock, Washington, Jamie Linda Golden and MI Gregory of Maricopa, Gerald David and Diane Golden of Taft, Carolyn Dixon of Taft, Beverly Golden of Bakersfield, and Mike and Linda Golden of Maricopa. Mary had fourteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews living in Mississippi and Tennessee.

Mary proudly served her country in the Women's Army Corp during WWII and after raising her children she worked as a Nurses Aid at the Pacific Regency in Taft. Mary loved to travel and she loved to read. Mary didn't know a stranger and was filled with many amusing stories that she shared with family and friends alike who will miss her great smile, kind heart and wonderful sense of humor.
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Guadalupe "Lupe" M. Gomez
December 13, 1933 - November 27, 2004



Lupe M. Gomez, age 70 passed away Saturday, November 27, 2004 at home of heart complications. She was born December 13, 1933 in El Cajon, California and moved to Kern County in 1965. She worked for Maricopa School district for 18 years and Vineland School District for 10 years. Lupe loved all her students as if they were her own. She was a very active, outgoing person who enjoyed playing cards and dancing.

Lupe was preceded in death by her husband Joe Gomez and sons. Vince, Gilbert, Tony and beloved grandson, Andrew Aitken. She is survived by her children. Raul (Linda), Lupe (Tom) and Connie Wiese-Madison, Wisconsin; two sisters and 1 brother, 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, other near relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, December 5, 2004, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Rosary will be held Monday, Tuesday December 7, 2004, 10:00 a.m. All services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd.
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Minnie M. Gomez
January 31, 1909 - November 7, 1997



Graveside funeral services for Minnie M. Gomez will be held at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow at the West Side District Cemetery.

Gomez was born January 31, 1909 in South Haven, Kansas and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on Friday afternoon. She moved to California in 1938, and following her reitrement, came to Taft in 1974. She was a member and past president of the Ameican Legion Auxiliary #70, the Housewives League and the Womens Improvement Club. She enjoyed sewing, reading and crafts.

Gomez is survived by daughters Shirley Krieck and Francine Rae, both of Van Nuys, and Theresa Johnson of Taft. She is also survived by six granchildren, six great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Abe in 1956, by her sons-in-law Johnny Johnson in 1983 and Kenny Krieck in 1986, and one grandson.

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Joe Gongora
December 13, 1954 - July 24, 2011



A memorial service will be held on Wednesday afternoon, July 27, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. in Community Christian Fellowship on the corner of Seventh and North Streets, Taft for Taft resident, Joe Gongora, 56.

Mr. Gongora was born in Fresno on December 13, 1954 and passed away at his residence on July 24, 2011. He had lived in Taft for the last 31 years and had been employed as an oilworker for over 32 years. He loved riding his Harley, gardening, going to the coast, detailing cars and BBQing.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Gongora; his nephew, Robbie Terrell; his niece, Ashley Gongora and his cousin, Mike Lemos. Mr. Gongora is survived by his wife of 40 years, Debbie Gongora of Taft; his daughter and her husband, Sheriann and Cliff Arnhart of Washington; his son, Joey Gongora of Taft; his father, Max Gongora, Sr.; his brothers, Max Gongora ,Jr. and his wife, Vickie, Arthur Gongora, Cecil Gongora and his wife, Jessica; his sisters, Gloria Terrell and Corina Gongora; his grandchildren, Breeana Gongora, Ruben and Jake Fortuna, Beau and Jillian Gongora; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Those attending the service are asked to wear bright, colorful attire in honor of Joe. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Frankie David Gonzales, Jr.
October 11, 1973 - January 9, 2011



Services for Taft resident, Frankie David Gonzales, Jr., have been scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at West Side Believers Fellowship, 101 Hwy.33, Taft, California.

Frankie was born on October 11, 1973 in Los Angeles, California and passed away January 9, 2011 in Bakersfield, California.

Frankies survivors include his sister, Linda Valerie Gonzales; brother Danny Anthony Gonzales; son, Frankie David Gonzales, Jr. and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
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Florentino R. Gonzalez
April 5, 1980 May 22, 2001



Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2001 at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel for Maricopa resident Florentino Ramos Gonzalez.

Florentino was born on April 5, 1980 to Filiberto Ramos and Concepcion Gonzalez Nunez in Ruiz, Niarid, and passed away on May 22, 2001, in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 21.

Survivors include his parents Filiberto Ramos and Concepcion Gonzalez of Maricopa, brother Eduardo Gonzalez of Bakersfield, sisters; Mercedes Iniquez Gonzalez of Maricopa and Esther Venancia Gloria Gonzalez of New Cuyama, his aunt Guadalupe Sanchez, nephew Antonio Garcia and nieces Maricel Andrade Iniquez and Teresa De Jesus and Rade Iniquez all of Maricopa.

There will be a public viewing from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday May 26, at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. All funeral services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary. 763-1594
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Suzanne Gonzales-Johns
July 3, 1975 - August 25, 2012



Suzanna Gonzales Johns, 37, of Taft was granted her Angel wings on August 25, 2012. She was born in Taft, California on July 3, 1975 to Louis and Elizabeth Gonzales. She graduated from Taft High School in 1993. Suzie was also a student at Taft Community College. She was a dedicated Christian lady with strong family values. She devoted her time to her three beautiful children, Evan (10), Reuben (10) and Sara (6) and was also the proud leader of a Girl Scout Troop. She loved walking, camping and spending time with her friends and family.

Her mother, Elizabeth Gonzales, her maternal grandparents, Felix and Susan Rocha, and her husband of 14 years, Eric Johns, preceded Suzanna in death. She is survived by her children, Evan Johns, Reuben Johns and Sara Johns; brother, Arthur Gonzales; her father, Louis Gonzales all of Taft; her aunts and uncles, Lydia and Al Jones of Oregon, Irma and Reuben Garcia of Bakersfield, Norma and Joey Esquibel of Bakersfield, Virginia and Rod Sylva of Oregon, Carmen Wyatt of Idaho, Connie and Juan Razo of Bakersfield, Vicente and Flor Gonzales of Taft, Edward and Regina Gonzales of Bakersfield, Antonio and Marife Gonzales of Taft, Rosemary Gaunt and Phillip Gonzales of Taft; and her many cousins.

Viewing will be on Monday September 3, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California 93268. A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar Street on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Rebecca S. Bateman and Phillip Gonzales. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chevron Valley Credit Union in Suzanna Gonzales-Johns name. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Curtis Dale Goodman
Novvember 20, 1959 - April 22, 2002



Curtis was born on Taft, California, to Frank and Charlotte Goodman. He attended Foothill High School, and has remained a Bakersfield Resident ever since.

Curtis got along with everyone. He was known for his inumorous remarks and his festy personality. He has created many fond memories for everyone who knew him.

Curtis is survived by, his son, Louis Goodman; his parents Frank and Charlotte Goodman; his brother and wife, Frank Jr. and Billie Goodman; his three sisters and their husbands, Sharon and Joe Adessa, Vickie and Don Lytle, and Glenda and Ron Johns, many nieces and nephews also survive him.

Curtis you are greatly loved and you will be missed dearly by family and friends.
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Stanley Eugene Goodman, 61
August 11, 1941 - December 1, 1941



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Stanley Eugene Goodman, 61. Rev. Mike Popovich of Olive Drive Church will officiate.

Mr. Goodman was born in Hickory, Oklahoma on August 11, 1941 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 1, 2002. Mr. Goodman was a 1959 graduate of Taft Union High School. He had been employed as a door installer for over 35 years and was employed by Kern Door Company. He was a member of Olive Drive Chruch.

His survivors include his wife, Jeanene Goodman of Bakersfield; his children and their spouses, Terry and Samantha Goodman, Gary and Dolores Goodman and Regina and Richard Bench all of Bakersfield; his sisters, Joann Blaska of Bakersfield, Janette Calhoun, Montie Smith and Drucilla Goodman all of Oklahoma; his brothers, Stanley Hicks Goodman, Jr. and Jerry Goodman both of Oklahoma; his five granchildren, Justin, Brian and Kayla Goodman, Arianna Miller and Skyler Bench.

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. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Evalone Harr Gordeuk, 84
November 13, 1916 - April 10, 2001



Evalone Harr Gordeuk, age 84, born, November 13, 1916 in Taft, California to Merle and Earl Fredrick Blubaugh, passed away on April 10, 2001.

Cryptside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum of Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Sam White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, officiating.

Evalone lived in Kern County all of her life. She lived and worked in Taft for P.G.& E., raising her two sons after the death of their father, Orrin Harr, in 1950. Evalone, "Nana" to her family, was very giving and caring with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Paul Gordeuk, in December of 2000, her parents, Merle and Earl Fredrick Blubaugh, her son, Larry Harr and her only brother, Norman Blubaugh.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Ronald and Marlene Harr; her granddaughters, Ronna Roberts and Darcy Nockerts and her husband Randy. She truly loved her three great grandchildren, Ron, Russ and Aimee. A very special thank you to Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley. Donations may be made in memory of Mrs. Gordeuk to Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley, 6501 Schirra Ct., #301, Bakersfield, California 93313.

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

Alice Anna Heber Gordon
October 27, 1911 - August 29, 2003



Visitation for our beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Alice Anna Heber Gordon, 91, will be from noon to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3rd, at Greenlawn Mortuary. A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday September 4th, in the Memorial Chapel at Greenlawn, 3700 River Boulevard and Panorama Drive. Rev. Bill Taylor of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

Alice was born October 27, 1911, on the family homestead in Maricopa to Kern Pioneers, Roy L. and Edna G. Heber. Her father had come to Maricopa from Pennsylvania around 1900 to work in the oilfields. Except for eight years when the family moved back to Illinois. Alice lived in Kern County all of her life. She graduated from Franklin School (1924) and Kern County Union High School (1928). She earned both Gold Seal for academic excellence and a Big B athletic letter in high school. She was a member of the Blue and White newspaper staff and the Shrieking Who-Who's. She attended Bakersfield College for one year and was a Renegade football fan all her life.

She worked in the Trust department of the Bank of America prior to her marriage in 1937 to George W. Gordon, a pioneer in the auto parts business. She and George had five Children: Ann, Bill, Mary, Jack and Helen.

She preceded in death by her husband, George in 1973; son Jack in 1969; infant daughter, Helen; brothers, George and Miles Heber; and son-in-law, Ray Trichell. Memories of her loving and serene presence and the exemplary life she led are treasured by her daughter and son-in-law. Ann and Russell Bigler and family; Susan and Scott Begin, Lee and Rory; Gordon Bigler of LaJolla; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sharon Gordon of Missouri and family; Cathy Final of Fallbrook; Corey and Duane Keathley, Kimberly, Michele and Robert; Kelli and Jonathan Aberle, Emily Ann or Rancho Murieta; Justin Gordon of Monterey; daughter, Mary Trichell and family John Trichell, Sarah Trichell; Wm. Ray and Michelle Harper, Emelie Grace; brother and sister-in-law Richard and Evelyn Heber; nephew, Steve Heber and family; nieces, Kristine Stempe and Diane Pinson and their families.

Alice loved the Lord and we remember her most for her unwavering faith in God. She was actively involved in activities of the church through her life. As a member of the First Baptist Church since 1923, she sang in the choir for many years and was part of the Singing Christmas Tree. She belonged to Guild Girls and later Belden Circle where she served as president many times. Alice was a charter member of the Chester Avenue Baptist Church where she taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, and played the piano for the morning service. She also was the pianist for the Bakersfield Bible Church. She served as president of church Women United and secretary of the American Baptist Women of the Pacific Southwest. She belonged to the Gamma Xi chapter and late the Mu Zeta Chapter of Delta Theta Tau for 70 years. Other organizations to which she belonged were the Organist Guild, where she served a term as president; Daughters of the American Colonists; PTA (Roosevelt, Castro Lane, Horace Mann, Golden State); Symphony Associates, Serving as president from 1985-1986; and the Mills College Parents Organization. She recently was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club of Bakersfield.

Alice loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and participated in their lives all her life. She treasured the lifelong friendships of her church, sorority and symphony friends. Sewing, knitting, crocheting, reading poetry and playing the piano were hobbies she enjoyed throughout her life. Music was a focal point of her life and she enjoyed all manner of local music events. She loved the beauty of God's creations of earth and in the sky.

Pallbearers: Wm. Ray Harper, Gordon Bigler, John Trichell, Justin Gordon, Steve Heber, Duane Keathley. Honorary Pallbearers: Belden Circle, Olive Banducci, Jane Jukes, Juanita Morton, Lena Smith, Dorothy Taber, Wendy Sides, Terry Sides, Karen Woicik, Lorena Miller and Alice's granddaughters.

Memorials for Alice may be made to: Bakersfield College Foundation, 1801 Panorama Drive, 93305; Bakersfield Music Theater, 1931 Chester Avenue, 93301; or the charity of your choice.
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Bonnie Mae Gorham (Mother Goose)
April 1, 1908 – February 22, 2001



Bonnie was born April 1, 1928 and passed away February 22, 2001. Bonnie was a housewife, mother and Tupperware Dealer for years. She then moved to Los Osos, California approximately 16 years ago.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband Emory Lee Gorham, her son Dennis Wheeler, her daughter, Valerie Billingsley, and a grandson James Billingsley II.

Survivors include Jim Gorham, David Gorham, Marsha Edwards, Gail Edwards, Joey Gorham, Bonnie Leaf, Teri Gorham, her pride and joy of 24 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren and one on the way.

In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to be made to the Heart Society in Bonnie name. American Heart Assoc., 404 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, California 93301. (661) – 327-1173
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Florence Mary Gorham
April 3, 1914 - December 21, 1995



Mass of Christian Burial will we celebrated on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church for Taft resident, Florence Mary Gorham, 81. Rev. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's will be the celebrant and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Gorham was born in Cherokee, Iowa, on April 3, 1914 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital December 21. Mrs. Gorham had lived in Taft for the last 20 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Young Ladies Institute, Ave. Maria #103 and St. Mary's Alter Society.

Mrs. Gorham was preceded in death by her husband, Ned Joseph Gorham, in March of 1976. Her survivors include her nieces and nephews, Kathleen Riordan Kiel of Redondo Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Riordan and Vincent and Patricia of Glendale, Mr. a and Mrs. Gordon Wykoff and Cody of Paso Robles, Michael and Mary Barnes of Tujunga and the Boone Family of La Crescenta.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in Mrs. Gorhams memory to the Young Ladies Institute, Ave Maria #103, 119 Tyler Street, Taft, California 93268.
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Betty Mae Wren Gorson
July 7, 1924 - June 23, 2008



Betty Gorson passed away in the early morning of June 23, 2008 in Taft, California. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, June 28th, at 4:00 p.m. in Taft, California and graveside rights will be held on Monday, June 30th at 4:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Pampa, Texas.

Betty was born on July 7, 1924 to Byron and Lora Wren in Snyder, Texas and grew up in Colorado City, Texas. Betty married Dr. Robert Thomas Gorson, Sr. on April 2, 1948 in Washington D.C. She was very proud to be a ministers wife with all the duties it involved. She especially liked working with the youth. She was a gentle and loving mother and a wonderful friend to many. Betty spent many hours listening to their joys and their sorrows and helping them work through their problems. Betty loved to cook for others. She was well known for her homemade spaghetti sauce, pecan pies, chocolate cakes and peanut brittle. Betty mailed many pecan pies and batches of peanut brittle to friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert T. Gorson, Sr., her parents Byron and Lora, two sisters, Lovena and Polly and a brother Wendel. She is survived by sons Robert Thomas Gorson Jr., and wife Myglow of Taft, California and Ronald Paul Gorson of Salem, Missouri, grandchildren Robert Thomas Gorson III and wife Gina of Santa Ana, California and Andrea Haley and husband Nick of Salem, Missouri and one great grandson Brian Kohut and many nephews, nieces and cousins. We will greatly miss her; but we know she is happy to be at home with her Lord and Savior. When we grieve it will be for ourselves and not for her as she is with her loved ones that passed before her. Her favorite bible passage was Philippians 4:13.
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Jessica

Jessica Marie Goss
June 26, 1987 - July 16, 2003



Memorial services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Westside Believers Fellowship, 1000 6th Street, Taft for Bakersfield native and Maricopa resident, Jessica Marie Goss, 16. Graveside services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Westside District Cemetery. Rev. Ron Griffith, pastor of Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate at the services.

Jessica was born in Bakersfield on June 26, 1987 and passed away as the result of an auto accident in Shamrock, Texas on July 16, 2003. Jessica lived her life in Maricopa except for the last seven months were spent with her grandma Thelma. She was a member of Poetry Clubs. Jessica was preceded in death by her great grandparents, Fred W. and Verla Goss and Carl and Ida Baxley.

Her survivors include her father, Gary Goss of Bakersfield, John Mailoux and Richard DeHart both of Maricopa; her sisters, Danielle Gibson and Nicole Gibson both of Maricopa; her grandparents, Fred and Audrey Goss of Bodfish, Kenneth and Thelma Wehunt of Spiro, Oklahoma; her great grandparents, Claudia and Del Zumwalt of Kingman, Arizona and Thelma “Cleo” McAdoo of Taft; her aunts and uncles, Mark Houston of Taft, Fritz and Dana Goss of Bodish, Chris and Julie Mendenhall of Bakersfield’; her cousins, Jonathan Barbey, Sara Moore, Mandy, Tyler and Zachary Goss, Sierra, Cassidy and Lake Houston.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Renee

Renee Goss
December 17, 1968 - July 16, 2003



Memorial services will be held in Westside Believers Fellowship, 1000 6th Street, Taft on Monday at 9:30 a.m. for Taft native and Maricopa resident, Renee Goss, 34. Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday 10:30 a.m. Rev. Ron Griffith, pastor of Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate at the services. Mrs. Goss was born in Taft on December 17, 1968 and passed away as the result of an auto accident in Shamrock, Texas on July 16, 2003.

Mrs. Goss was an assistant at the VFW and Friday Senior Citizen Bingo. She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Rev. Clyde McAdoo and her uncles, Charles Griffith and John Simpson. Mrs. Goss is survived by her husband Gary Goss; her sons, John Mailoux and Richard DeHart all of Maricopa and Kyle Goss of Bakersfield; her daughters, Danielle Gibson and Nicole Gibson both of Maricopa; her parents, Thelma and Kenneth Wehunt of Spiro, Oklahoma; her grandmother, Thelma “Cleo” McAdoo of Taft her father and mother-in-law, Fred and Audrey Goss; her brother and sister-in-law, Fritz and Dana Goss all of Bodfish; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Chris and Julie Mendenhall of Bakersfield; her nieces and nephews, Sierra Houston, Cassidy Houston, Lake Houston, Jonathan Barbey, Sara Moore, Mandy, Tyler and Zachary Goss.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Roger Lee Gotcher
December 13, 1962 - February 7, 2009
In Loving Memory



Roger Lee Gotcher was born on December 13, 1962 in Lynwood, California. He attended Big Bear High School and was a member of the 1981 graduating class. He attended Bakersfield, College and was currently pursuing a career as a C.A.D.A.C. drug and alcohol counselor at Cal State University Bakersfield. Roger held a number of odd jobs and was currently the head overseer at Taft Sober Living.

Roger was a compassionate, inspirational, memorable person who touched the lives of any and all who had the honor to meet him. He performed in many plays and loved his theater groups during his high school years. Rodger traveled the world with his South Gate youth band and was in the Pasadena Rose Parade numberous times. Roger always put forth his best in everything he did. Roger was very proud of this posititons that he held with N.A. Roger has been involved with N.A. for many years and has held many positions in Bakersfield before moving to Taft in August 2007. Roger ran all of the N.A. group "We Can" noon meetings daily at the Taft Sober Living home. He was also the treasurer for the evening meeting as well. Roger was a encourager, an inspiration, a friend to all and never met anyone he didn't like. Roger always had a smile and a silly remark. Roger touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Roger Lee Gotcher was born the middle child to Ira and Joan Gotcher. His older brother, David I. Gotcher and younger brother Craig R. Gotrcher. Roger was preceded in death by his parents and older brother. Roger is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Shelly Gotcher of Taft; his only nephew, Craig Gotcher; his only niece, Stephanie Grant; his aunts Judy and Tak Miwa of Los Angeles and Betty Jo Knotevach of Apple Valley, his close friends Jeff and Jinni Humphrey and family and the fellas at Taft Sober Living whom he considered family.
A memorial service will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. There are no vistiation hours scheduled.
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Clyde Grady, Jr.
July 21, 1926 - January 25, 2014



A celebration of life will be held on January 25, 2014 for Clyde Grady, Jr., who passed away January 13, 2014 in Bakersfield, California with his family by his side.

He was born in Granite City, Illinios to Ida (Helton) and Clyde Grady Sr. on July 21, 1926. His father died when he was 1 1/2 years old. At age 4, he moved to Maricopa, then back to Illinois and Tennessee with his mother and step-father Earl Short. At age 18, he joined the Army and became an airplane mechanic and was stationed in Japan. After the Army, he settled in California where he went to work for Shell Oil Company in 1947. He married his wife, Edith Pauline Bridges in 1948. They were married for 58 years until Edith's death in 2006.

Because of his work he lived up and down the state of California, in Houston, Texas, and in Roosevelt, Utah. He also worked in in several other states including Louisiana and Alaska. They resettled in Bakersfield in 1983. He was a drilling foreman and retired after 39 years in 1986.

Clyde was preceded in death by is parents; is wife Edith; his son-in-law Dennis Cales; his sister and brother-in-law Ina and Bud Cash; his brother and sister-in-law Robert and Marjorie Short; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws Marie and Grady Stufflebeam, Ray and Teddy Bridges, Kenny and first wife Lois, Joann and Jim Wortman; and brother-in-laws Muri Ezell and Arch Delmarsh. He is survived by daughters Deborah Cales, Donna (John) Cales, of Bakersfield and Patricia (Blane) Warren of Houston, Texas, and Neola, Utah; grandchildren Laura Nunmaker (Matt Mayo), Casey (Tom) Gillespie, and Christopher, Brian, and Katie Connolly; great grandchildren Amber Nunamaker and Tommy and Ethan Gilliespie; sister-in-laws Tressie Delmarsh and Joan Bridges; and many nieces and nephews. He was also considered "Grampa" by Matthew, Alisha, Caitlynn and Samantha.

Clyde loved his family. He loved fishing, trips to Texas, watching football and gambling in Laughlin. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He was a great provider for his family. He will be loved and missed by his family forever.

A graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest on Saturday, January 25th at 10:00 a.m. Following will be an open house and lunch at 1404 Manning St. Bakersfield. A celebration of his life. The family would like to thank his good friend and neighbor Brian Dilley, the wonderful people at Optimal Hospice and his caregivers and friends Jerry, Esmeralda and Cindy.
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Bobby Douglas Graham
January 3, 1923 - September 26, 2003



Private family services will be held for Doug Graham 80, a 65 year area resident.

Doug worked 37 years for the Oil Well Supply Company, retiring as an oilfield manager. Doug served his country as a Lieutenant during World War II as a Air Force Flight Instructor.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jolene C. Graham of Bakersfield; sons and daughters in law, Shelly Graham of Bakersfield and Doug and Sharon of Lake Tahoe; two brothers John Graham of Bakersfield and Robert Graham of Redding; a sister, Milly Bord of Bakersfield as well as 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
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Boyne Buell Grainger
July 28, 1915 - August 6, 2003



A Masonic memorial services will be held Friday, August 22, 2003 for Boyne Buell Grainger. He passed away at home August 6th in the company of his family. He was 88 years old.

Born in Los Angeles, Boyne went to high school in Redondo Beach and in 1938 graduated from Cal Tech with an engineering degree. He went to work for the Associated Oil owned by J. Paul Getty. He worked for Getty for 42 years. He loved his work and always felt fortunate to be involved in a wide variety of challenging projects that advanced the technology of oil production.

After his college graduation Boyne married his high school sweetheart Doris Bessie Smith and they made their first home in Lost Hills, California. He and Doris celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in August of last year, just a little less than a month before she died. As a petroleum engineer Boyne was subject to frequent transfers, so the couple lived in many areas of California.

He and Doris lived in Bakersfield for 34 years prior to their move to the Santa Cruz area seven years ago. Boyne was active in many professional and fraternal organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Petroleum Pioneers and also a member of the American Petroleum Institute (API). He was instrumental in helping to establish a state of the art Oil Museum at Pioneer Village in Bakersfield and he and Doris spent countless hours working as volunteers at the West Kern Oil Museum in Taft, California.

He was a 70 year DeMolay member and had been a Mason for more than 56 years. He was currently as active member of Confidence Lodge #100 in Soquel. He also belonged to the Shrine, Scottish Rite and SIRS.

Boyne is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Darla and Don (Belshe) Hayward of Santa Cruz, Linda and Jim Reece of Posey, California; son and daughter-in-law Arlen and Debra Grainger of Oakley, California; five grandchildren; Matthew Reece, Krystal Thake, Amanda Grainger, Debi Dorr and Kris Belshe; eight great grandchildren. The family is grateful to the caring people associated with Heartland Hospice who helped during Boyne's final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the to the Shriners' Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, California 95817. The memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22nd at Confidence Lodge #100, 3001 Main Street, Soquel.
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Jane Grant
March 7, 1921 - January 6, 2007



Private graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident, Jane Grant, 85.

Mrs. Grant was born in Arkansas on March 7, 1921 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 6, 2007. Mrs. Grant was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church and Order of the Eastern Star. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper and volunteered as a pink lady for the West Side District Hospital. Mrs. Grant was a avid bowler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Grant. Her survivors include her children and their spouses. Bud and Barbara Brant of Coquille, Oregon and Jan and George Berg of Lodi: her sisters, Esther Davis, Lenore Owen and Mary Loss all of Coquille, Oregon; her five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family has suggested in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mrs. Grant's name to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Rd., Burlingame, California 94010 or the American Diabetes Association, 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #100, Los Angeles, California 90048. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mildred Ann Ahmann Grant
February 17, 1931 - October 16, 2012



Mildred Ann Ahmann Grant brought beauty to the world from the time of her arrival on February 17, 1931 until she passed peacefully in her home on October 16, 2012. Having an optimistic attitude, Mildred lived successfully for almost 30 years with pulmonary fibrosis and vasculitis, beating all the odds.

Mildred was born in Bakersfield, the daughter of Edgar and Georgie Ahmann. She and her sister Carol were raised in Elk Hills and she was valedictorian at the Elementary school. Mildred graduated from Taft Union High School. She received an A.A. from Taft College where she met her husband to be, Lloyd Grant, who preceded her in death in 2005 after 54 years of marriage.

Mildred may be remembered for her friendly and helpful demeanor at the Automobile Club of Southern California where she worked for many years doing memberships, travel advisory and insurance adjustments. She was then promoted to Manager of the Taft office. When the Taft office closed, Mildred transferred to the Bakersfield office as the manager where she commuted until her retirement in 1994, after more than 20 years of service.

During retirement, Mildred enjoyed traveling with Lloyd in their 5th wheel and also spent much of the year beating the heat in Taft at their mobile home in Morro Bay. Mildred loved to travel and took many trips all over the U.S. with her sister Carol. Mildred served as a volunteer in various capacities, the Most notable being her service as Chair of the Board of the Taft Salvation Army. She attended the First Baptist Church in Taft off and on over the years. Throughout her life, Mildred enjoyed sewing and hand crafted items. She embroidered, crocheted, and knitted hundreds of beautiful household items and clothing for herself, her home, her relatives and her friends. In 2010, after 40 years of residing in Taft, Mildred moved to a small and comfortable home in Kern City, Bakersfield to be closer to her sister, and her doctors. As her physical health failed, Mildred continued to enjoy the arrivals of her great grandchildren, her poodles, her television shows and her crossword puzzles. She was alert and positive until the end. One of Mildred's greatest achievements was her ability to listen to everyone and offer loving and supportive advice.

Mildred is survived by her three children and their spouses: Bob and Mona Grant of Bakersfield, Kathy and HJ Desy of San Diego and Diana and Jesse Esparza of Bakersfield; her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dean Kleck of Tehachapi, her sister-in-law Ann Ahmann of Missouri; her 7 grandchildren: Jeffrey and Joanna Grant, Crystal and Derek May, David and Jessica Grant, Robbie Desy, Sarah Desy, Natalie and Ramon Marzolo, and Anthony Esparza; and 9 great grandchildren.

In accordance with Mildred's wishes private graveside services will be held. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Salvation Army. The family wishes to thank all the caregivers who helped make Mildred's final days comfortable.
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Ernestine L. Gray
December 1, 1928 - February 7, 1994



Private family services were held for former Taft resident Ernestine Louise Gray, 65. Mrs. Gray was born in Taft December 1, 1928 and passed away Monday at her Pismo Beach home.

She married Melvin Gray December 6, 1946 and moved to Pismo Beach in December 1969.

Her survivors include her husband, Melvin Gray of Pismo Beach; a son and his wife, Alan and Louella Gray of Longview, Texas; a daughter and her husband, Melva and Mark Hiller of Grover Beach, Florida and Mona Caltroph of Missouri; a sister-in-law, Christine Long of Arroyo Grande; a brother-in-law, Alvin Gray of Dana Point; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
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Melvin Owen Gray
April 26, 1925 - April 15, 2010



Melvin O. Gray, 84, of Shell Beach, passed away on Thursday, April 15th after a brief illness. Melvin was born and raised in Taft where he made his home with his wife and children. He retired from Chevron Oil in 1982. He was a loving brother, father grandfather and great-grandfather. He was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his sister; Christine Long of Oceano, California, brother, Alvin (Myrna) Gray of Dana Point, son; Alan (Jacque) Gray of Kilgore, Texas daughter; Melva (Mark) Hiller of Oceano, California; 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Ernestine Gray.

They will be reunited in a memorial graveside service in West Side District Cemetery on Friday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. with Military honors.
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Leonard Lee Grayson
January 7, 1920 - September 24, 2002



Chapel services will be held on September 30, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel for Taft resident, Leonard Lee Grayson, Sr. Mr. Grayson was born on January 7, 1920 in Hunting, Arkansas and passed away on September 24, 2002 in Taft at the age of 82.

He worked for the Kern County Road Department for several years. Leonard is survived by his sons, Jimmie and his wife Ellen, and Leonard, Jr. and his wife Diane, daughter, Jenetta Higa and husband Max, grandchildren, Kenneth Higa, Danny Grayson, Debbie Grayson, Georgia Grayson and Ginger Grayson. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Lois Grayson in 2002.

There will be a public viewing from 10:00 until service time for those who would like to pay their last respects. All services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Lois Leveda Grayson, 82
August 21, 1919 - February 9, 2002



Funeral Services for Taft resident Lois Leveda Grayson will be held on Wednesday, February 13th at West Side Family Mortuary Chapel at 2:00 p.m.

Lois was born on August 21, 1919 in Midland Arkansas and passed away at the age of 82 on February 9, 2002 at her residence in Taft.

Lois loved to make and collect dolls. She loved to sew and play the piano and guitar. Survivors include her husband Leonard Grayson of Taft, her sons; Leonard Grayson Jr. and his wife Diane of Tehachapi, and Jimmie Grayson and his wife Ellyn of Brianridge Georgia, her daughter Jenette Higa and her husband Max of Camarillo, California and her sister Willie Ann Weishaupt of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lois had five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Lois was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Those who would like to pay their respects may do so at a public viewing on Tuesday, February 12th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. At the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel located at 1150 4th Street in Taft.
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Bonnie R. Grealsih
March 8, 1929 - May 20, 2007



Visitation begins today Wednesday, May 23rd, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. with graveside service on Thrusday, May 24th, 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road.

Bonnie was born on March 8, 1929 in Prior, Oklahoma to Hazel and Loren Ward. She was the oldest of 4 siblings, brother Bud and his wife Barbara, brother Don, and sister Bobbie, all of whom preceded her in death. She was also perceded in death by her youngest son, Thomas Loren (Tommy). Bonnie leaves behind her husband of 58 years, John Edward; her son, John Jr. daughters-in-law, Debbie Fidler and Merlene Maloney; son-in-law, Ernie Cataneda and brother-in-law, Tom Grealish; grandchildren, Jennifer Oveson and her husband David, John Grealish III and his wife Chrysti, Ricky Grealish, Thomas Burgess and Summer Snyder; eleven great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.

Bonnie moved to Kern County as a child with her family as part of the Dust Bowl migration, living in labor camps along the river. She was raised in Taft and later moved to Ventura, where she met her husband, John. They married on July 2, 1949 and shortly there after moved to Bakersfield. She worked as a chef in various restaurants including Ewings Stockdale Inn and The Iron Horse. Then in 1975 she founded B-R Oilfield maintenance where she was to become the first female gang pusher at Getty Kern River. Later she moved into the office where she ran B-R from behind a desk rather than under a hard hat. She was also a driving froce behind Rosedale Equipment Rental and Grealish investments.

Bonnie loved the slots. She would start to get "the fever" and the only cure would be a trip to Vegas! Every August Bonnie and John would take their mothor home to the Klamath River were they would camp and fish until the Holidays forced them home and K-Mart rolled out about the red carpet for her Christmas Shopping to begin, there was nothing Bonnie enjoyed more than Christmas. She exemplifed the spirit of giving. Whether it was a baketball wrapped in tin foil or diamond earrings in the store bag, Bonnie loved to give. She just hated to wrap! Everyone looked forward to Bonnie's Christmas dinner on her famous red dishes. Her table was the centerpiece of the Holidays.

Bonnie leaves behind a host of family and friends who have been blessed by her generousity and kindness. A special thanks to Merlene Maloney for the selfless living care of Bonnie. In the end she was not only her daughter-in-law and care giver, but her best friend.
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Jim Green
June 1, 1946 - January 12, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. for Derby Acres resident, Jim Green, 63. Pastor Bebout of Derby Acres Community Church will officiate.

Mr. Green was born in Marvel, Arkansas on June 1, 1946 and passed away in a Fresno hospital on January 12, 2010.

He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Green enjoyed camping, fishing and working in his flower garden. He especially enjoyed family gatherings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Vivian Green; his grandchildren, Bailey, Kaimbrea, Kade Green, Skylar Green and Donna Shepard; his brothers; Dave and his wife Barbara Green, Jack Green, Donnie and his wife, Lisa Henry; his sisters, Carol Ray and Debbie Leyva and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

No vivitstion hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Thelma B. Green
January 10, 1921 - January 25, 2002



Services Monday, January 28th, at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park 2739 Panama Lane, Monday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. for Thelma B Green 81, who passed away January 25, 2002 in Bakersfield.

Thelma was born January 10, 1921 in Butler Oklahoma and resided on Kern County since 1923. She was employed with the Taft City School District for 20 years and retired as a secretary. She was a member of the Libertis Chapter #362, Order of Eastern Star.

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Sandra Lee Green of Henderson Nevada; grandson and wife Gar and Shawna Petrosian of Fresno; sister Veda Edgmon of Taft, brother Elmer Haney of Fresno; sister-in-law Peggy Lippert of Bakersfield and three nieces and two nephews. Visitation will be held today, January 27th from noon to 5:00 p.m. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Louverna Greene
November 19, 1922 - March 21, 2008



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Louverna Greene, 85. Private interment in the West Side District Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Mrs. Greene was born in Oak Grove, Louisiana on November 19, 1922 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 21, 2008. Mrs. Greene had lived in Kern County since 1947 and for the last several years she had lived at Heritage Park. She enjoyed the company of Heritage Park residents and treasured the friends she made there.

Mrs. Greene was preceded in death by her husband Roy A. Greene and her daughter, Patty Cook. Her survivors include Patty's husband, Jim Cook and their children, Christine, Allen and Jamie; her son and his wife, Randolph and Shella Greene and their children, Heather and Garrett; her daughter and her husband, Gloria and Gene Rogers and their children, Joe and Natalie; her son, Rodney Greene and his son Michael and Kris Greene and their children, Aaron and Katie; her 17 great grandchildren and her sister, Willie Belle Teater.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Roy

Roy A. Greene
November 27, 1922 - May 8, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Roy A. Greene, 80. Greene was born in McNeil, Arkansas on November 27, 1922 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on May 8, 2003. On June 6, 1942 in Oak Grove he married Louverna Aarons. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He worked for GP Farms as a foreman for 51 years and retired in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Fannie Greene, two brothers, four sisters, and by his daughter, Patty Cook, on June 15, 2001. Mr.Greene, is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louverna Greene; his sons Randy Greene, Mike Greene and Rodney Greene; his daughter, Gloria Rogers; his 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Elwood Greer
September 18, 1928 - May 19, 2003



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for former Taft resident, Elwood Greer, 74. Elwood Greer passed away in Dublin on May 19, 2003.
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Henry "Hank" Greer
February 1, 1921 - April 19, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Henry "Hank" Greer, 76. Rev. Sam White, Pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the Services.

Mr. Greer was born in Cove, Arkansas in February 1, 1921 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on April 19, 1997. During the Second World War he served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. Mr. Greer had lived in Taft for the last 55 years. He attened the West Hills Church of the Nazarene and was a member of the Taft Midway Lodge #426 F.&A.M. Mr. Greer had been employed as a mechanic for Richfield Oil Company for over 35 years. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betty Jean Herboldsheimer in February of 1992. His survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Buelah Greer; his daughter and her husband, Pat and Les Barnes all of Taft; his grandchildren and their spouses, Debra Russell, Jerry And DeeDee Williams, Julie and David Manley, Pam and Rick Jones and Lyle and Karen Barnes; his ten great grandchildren; his sister-in-law Jewel Lee and his nephews, Damon Lee and Richard lee.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from noon to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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The Reverend Richard Greer
September 18, 1928 - May 19, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, The Reverend Elwood Richard Greer, 74. Pastor Michael Harrell of the First United Methodist Church will officiate at the services.

The Reverend Elwood Richard Greer was born to Alma Adele and Robert Royden Greer on September 18, 1928 in Flushing, New York and went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 19, 2003 in Dublin, California. He attended school in Astoria, New York. In 1947 he went to college at Central Bible Institute. He graduated with a five-year degree. He went to Phillips University for graduate studies. In 1962 he graduated from St. Paul's University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Master of Divinity degree.

He married Harriette Meyer in 1949. To this union was born his daughters Renee, Desiree, and Rashelle. He pastored several churches in Missouri and moved to California to pastor the Shafter Methodist Church. In 1970 he moved to Taft to pastor the Methodist Church. In 1972 he married Brucia and added two wonderful children to his family Lana and Lon. Elwood and Brucia moved to Dublin three years ago to be near his loving daughter Rashelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kenneth Royden Greer and his grandson, Eugene Miller. His survivors include his wife, Brucia, his daughters, Renee and her husband Greg Hill and their two children from Escondido, California, Desiree Rice from Colorado, Rashelle and her husband Wassim Kadurra and their three children from Dublin, Lana and her husband Lee Miller from Bakersfield and their four children; his son, Dr. Lon Bitzer and his wife Scarlet and their five children; and by his five great grandchildren.

Those who wish to pay there respects may do so on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Grandpa

Donald L. [Grandpa] Greeson, 81
March 9, 1920 – September 12, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Donald L. Grandpa Greeson, 81. Rev. Rick Francis will officiate at the services.

Mr. Greeson was born on March 9, 1920 in Santa Monica, California and passed away in Bakersfield on September 12, 2001. He attended Maricopa schools and during World War II served in the U.S. Navy. From 1983-1996 he served on the Maricopa School Board and was known by all the school children as Grandpa Greeson. He had also served on the Maricopa City Council and in recent months was on the committee of the newly constructed Memorial Garden in Maricopa.

He was predeceased by his wife of sixty years, Maralyn, in February of 2001, his brother Bob Molina and his sister, Jacqueline Byington. Mr.Greeson is survived by his sister Grace Aby of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; his daughters and their husbands, Ronda and Tom Moffitt of Taft, Donna and David Thomas of Maricopa, Rea Deane Laiblin of Vista and Janice and Dave Biggs of Bakersfield; his 5 grandchildren and four great grandchildren whom he dearly loved.

Those who would like to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
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Maralyn C. Greeson, 78
June 16, 1922 - February 1, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for life long Maricopa resident, Maralyn C. Greeson, 78. Pastor Rick Francis of the Maricopa Congregational Church will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Greeson was born in Maricopa on June 16, 1922 and passed away at her home on February 1, 2001. She was raised and educated in Maricopa and was a member of the 1940 graduating class at Maricopa High School during her younger years. Mrs. Greeson was a very active member of the P.T.A. She was a member of the Maricopa Congregational Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Judge J. R. Ham and Myrtle Anderson and by her sister, Virginia Gigg Burnquist.

Mrs. Greeson is survived by her husband, Donald L. Greeson of Maricopa, her daughters and their husbands, Rhonda and Tom Moffitt of Taft, Donna Lynn and David Thomas of Maricopa, Rea Deane Laiblin of San Diego and Janice and Dave Biggs of Bakersfield; her dear friend, Betty Ellingham of San Diego; her grandchildren Melany Gonyer of Bakersfield, Dave Ross Thomas of Taft, Patricia Layne Waterman of Arroyo Grande, James Donald Moffitt and Troy Gamer both of Taft and by her four great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret C. Greg
January 12, 1908 - October 13, 2002



Margaret Caroline Greg was born in North Fayette Township, Pennsylvania on January 12, 1908 and Jesus took her hand and led her home to heaven October 13, 2002 at the age of 94. Margaret was a missionary in Mexico and Spanish Honduras for 17 years. She helped many people and led many to know Jesus Christ. She was an LVN for twenty years.

Margaret moved to Taft in 1976 and was a member of the Assemblies of God Church. She also worked at Taft College. Margaret will be missed by her friends and especially by Danny, Debora, and Sarah.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2002 at West Side District Cemetery. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the First Assembly of God will officiate. No visitation hours are scheduled and the service is under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Her daughter, Margie Porter, preceded Mrs. Greg in death.
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Thelma Gregory
November 14, 1930 - November 18, 2008



Graveside funeral services were held this afternoon in Hillcrest Memorial Park for Taft resident, Thelma Gregory, 78. Rev.Tom White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God officiated at the service.

Mrs. Gregory was born in Tuckerman, Arkansas on November 14, 1930 and passed away in her home on November 18, 2008. She moved to Kern County in 1947 and settled in Taft in 1963. She worked as a beautician for over 30 years and owned and operated Golden Curl on Sixth Street.

Mrs. Gregory was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Odie Williams. Her survivors include her husband, Cecil Gregory; her two sons and their wives, Sam and Vickie Gregory and Jerry and Sheri Gregory; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jamie and Carla Gregory, Timothy and Jennifer Gregory, Shawna and Adam Taylor and Jeremy and Maria Gregory all of Taft; her 13 great grandchildren, including Seth, Hannah and Madison who spent special time with Thelma and Cecil; her brother and his wife, Lehman and Dorajene Williams of Buena Park; her sisters and their husbands, Myrtle and John Perkins of Arkansas, Trudy and James Gregory and Nellie and Larry Wood all of Bakersfield.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Ann Gress
March 24, 1920 - June 20, 2009



From Oklahoma to Taft to San Diego our precious mother went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 20, 2009. Ruth lived her adult life in Taft with the love of her life, Philip (Red) Gross. Mother will always be remembered for her deep religious belief, love of family and friends. Ruth is survived by her two daughters and their families, Steve and Brenda Josee, Tim and Amy Josee, great grandchildren, Madellyn and Noah, John and Sandra Oxford, Charles and Marjorie Rindels, great grandchildren, Emma and Anna.

Funeral Services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangementnts are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Joyce O. Gretlein, 76
May 4, 1925 – December 23, 2001



Graveside Memorial Service for Joyce O. Gretlein, 76 of Coos Bay, (formerly of Bakersfield) will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at Riverside, California. National Cemetery in Riverside, California. Chaplain Norman Goodwin will officiate. Cremation rites have been held under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary.

Joyce was born May 4, 1925 in Jasper, Alabama, the daughter of James Nimrod and Mary Lizzie (Gentle) Clement. She passed away December 23, 2001 at Coos Bay. She was raised and educated in Tulare, California where she graduated from high school. She was married to Raymond Charles Gretlein on February 26, 1944 in Bakersfield, California while he was home on leave from the Army. After World War II he worked in the oil industry and she worked as a dental assistant for several years before becoming a full time wife and mother. They made their home in Bakersfield until moving to Coos Bay in 1981. Joyce enjoyed many crafts including gold leafing, greenware, pottery, and plaster casting. She also enjoyed playing parlor games.

She is survived by son, Ray and Jan Gretlein, Ramona, California; daughter, Elaine Smith, Coos Bay, Oregon; grandsons Keith Gretlein, Seth Gretlein of San Diego, California, Jeffery Smith of Portland, Oregon; granddaughter, Shelby Merlo, Portland, Oregon; brothers, Hewitt Clement, Los Altos, California; Wallace M. Clement, Hughson, California; and life long friend Olive Newman, Anaheim, California.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 541-267-4216.
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Bruce O. Griffin
April 14, 1922 - October 10, 2003



Bruce O. Griffin, a 36 year resident of Taft, passed away Friday, October 10, 2003, in the Bakersfield Heart Hospital. He was born April 14, 1922, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Frank M. and Kate (Walker) Griffin. As a young man he studied for the ministry but World War II changed his plans and he joined the Navy, serving in the Pacific aboard the destroyer USS Hanson. On May 29, 1949, he married Claudin Gann in Carbon Hill, Alabama.

Bruce is survived by his three children, Gary and wife Fran, Australia; Kathryn, Sacramento; Teressa, Boise; and their mother, Claudine Griffin, Florida; also surviving are grandchildren, Christopher and Lauren, Australia; brother, Art and wife Bobbie, Taft; sisters-in-law, Emily Griffin, Houston, Texas and Betty Griffin, Hoover, Alabama; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceasing Bruce were his parents,a sister, Marie and brothers, Belton and Howard.

Bruce's main interest was real estate. He also enjoyed playing bridge, travel and gardening.

Bruce will be interred in an old family graveyard in central Alabama. Those wishing to remember Bruce may contribute to the American Diabetes Association or The American Heart Association.
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Robert B. Griffin
April 9, 1921 - December 4, 2003



Robert B. Griffin passed away on Friday, December 4th in Bakersfield at the San Joaquin hospital. Bob was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1921.

He was survived by his wife Patricia Griffin, his daughter Terri Griffin, his son Arnold Griffin and daughter-in-law Linda Marie Griffin, and his son Troy Griffin. He was blessed with Three grandchildren, Lacy Griffin, Corry Griffin and Forrest Griffin and two great grandchildren Kyla Griffin and Chance Robinson.

In 1936 Bob's family moved from Lawrence, Massachusetts to Venice, California. The beach lifestyle in Venice, called to Bob. He became a "long border" traveling up and down the Southern California beaches looking for that perfect wave. He was known as "Golfer" to his companions who were some of the first surfers on the mainland. He graduated from Venice High School and attended Santa Monica City Collage, before enlisting in the Navy in 1942.

After boot camp in San Diego he was sent to radar school at Houston he finally convinced Pat to marry him. They were married on November 21, 1942 when Pat arrived from Los Angeles. During the next year he was based at Treasure Island and Point Loma, in 1944 he was shipped to the Admiralty Islands for the duration. He was honorably dischared from the Navy.

He worked for Douglas Aircraft as a welder while he attended the University of Southern California to become an Electrical Engineer. He graduated from USC in 1949 and went to work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He was part of the team that strung the first power lines from Owens Gorge across the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles. He was recruited by Standard Oil of New Jersey to go to Venezuela in 1954 and the entire family joined him in 1955. While in Venezuela he worked for various oil companies around Lake Maracaibo. He and his family returned to the United States in 1961. He worked for Atomic International until 1965 when he accepted a position with Adrian Wilson and moved the family to the Philippines. While in the Philippines he had temporary assignments in Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand.

In 1967 he accepted a job with the U.S. Civil Service and was posted to Thailand. During the next 15 years Bob had jobs that took him to Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Greece, Ethiopia, Somalia, Baltimore, Panama, Saudi, (again), Taft, Mexico, Saudi (the last time), and Vienna, Austria. He received a certificate of Merit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his work at the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Radiation Plant in Mexico, which provided the sterile flies for the California outbreak in the 1980's. Although he officially retired in 1983, Bob took the C-Best Test in 1987 and was hired as a substitute teacher by the Kern County Schools. During the time he worked for the Kern County Schools he taught Bi-lingual and handicapped children, he loved reading to the children.

Bob had a passion for golf, he played often, practiced often, and watched every tournament broadcast. He preferred to play Buena Vista where he was a familiar sight to all the regulars. He always made time each summer to help with the Junior Golf Program. Bob always had an encouraging word for any of the junior golfers.

His family is holding a memorial service for Bob on Thursday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on 501 Lucard Street in Taft. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Robert's name to the Kern County Junior Golf Program, Dave James, 10256 Golf Course Road. Taft, California 93268.
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Gerald Lee Griffith
March 14, 1935 - June 27, 2010



Gerald Lee Griffith passed away at Mercy Hospital on July 27, 2010 at 12:05 p.m. He was 75 years old.

Mr. Griffith was born in Shafter, California on March 14, 1935. He was a top football player at McFarland High School. He enlisted in the Air Force, after high school, and was honorably discharged with the purple heart four years after enlistment. He attended Bakersfield College for two years and, then worked as a plant manager for John Inglass Produce in Santa Maria. Several years later he opened a book store in Placerville, California where he met his wife Susan. Ailing parents brought them to Taft for 16 years where he managed property. He had a collection of 450 elephants; he loved music and reading.

He is survived by three children of a former marriage, Gina Griffith, Tracy Griffith and Derek Griffith, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He and Susan have one son, Chuck, and his wife Lana and their two children Andrew William (6) and Kathryn Jordan (3). Side by side, Jer, all the way.
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June Rogers Griffith
June 19, 1923 - April 2, 2002



June was born in Taft California. She was a beloved wife, a wonderful mom and a very dedicated teacher. She was married for 50 years, to Melvin Griffith. They met on a blind date and their matchmaker was June's brother, Hoyt Rogers.

June and Melvin were wed on April 6, 1952 at the First Baptist Church of Bakersfield. For their honeymoon, they went to San Francisco. June's brother Hoyt was ill and they went to visit him in the hospital. In fact, they bought some extra socks, snuck Hoyt out of the hospital and went to an amusement park.

June was a elementary school teacher at Casa Loma School. But she took a career break to raise three boys, Bill, Hoyt, and Jack. After her youngest son was born, June returned to teaching. She taught 6th grade at Mt. Vernon Elementary School. Math was her favorite subject and she used many math games to make school fun. June retired in 1989.

June did live a long and healthy life but she struggled courageously against cancer. She is survived by her beloved husband Melvin; her sister Willa Mae McDowell her brother Lee Rogers of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; her three sons, Bill of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hoyt and Jack. June and Melvin also have four grandchildren, Benjamin, Aaron, Timothy, and Emily.

We would like to thank the many friends, family members, and also the doctors and staff at CBCC and Hoffman Hospice for your kindness, support, help and prayers.

It was shocking to see June get ill and suffer. We will all miss her. Cancer may have killed June's body, but it was the Lord who claimed her spirit. We can all take comfort, knowing without a doubt, that she is in Heaven, reunited with our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Visitation is on Friday, April 5th, Mish Funeral Home in Oildale, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, April 6th, Union Cemetery, 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, Foundation for Community Wellness, 6501 Truxtun Ave. Bakersfield, California 93309
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Kevin Ray Griffith
September 22, 1960 - August 17, 2011



Born in Taft, California to Burlin (Ray) and Nita Griffith. Kevin went to school and lived most of his life in Taft, California. In high school, he played football for Taft Union High and loved working on his 1969 Chevy Camaro. He graduated with the class of 1978. In 1981, he married and began his family. In December of 1981 his first child, a daughter LaChelle was born and then on his birthday, September 22, of 1986 his son Matthew was born. He worked in the oilfields for many years, running a backhoe, on both production and drilling wells, and driving truck until he became disabled from an oilfield accident in 1996. He divorced in 1993 and never re-married.

In 1996 he moved fromTaft to Bakersfield to be closer to his children. He had several health complications that were a result from his accident in the oilfields, that lingered for many years. One of Kevin's proudest moments was in 2005 when his daughter made him a grandpa for the first time, and then again in 2006. He had recently fulfilled a dream by buying his own house. Where he lived with his two "best friends"; Roxy and Buster, until his death on August 17th. Just 10 days before Kevin's death, he proudly watched his son Matthew, as he married his sweetheart. Never had he looked more proud!! The most important things in life to Kevin, were his family, his chidren and his dogs, whom he loved more than anything.

He is survived by his children; LaChelle (Adam), and Matthew (Bonnie), grandsons; Adam Jr. and Aiden, parents; Burlin (Ray) Griffith and Nita Tawyea, sister, Pam Hennessy (Mike), nieces Stephanie and Kimberly, grandmother Doris Smith and "best friends"Roxy and Buster.

Services to be held Friday, August 26th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield, California.
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Melvin Robert Griffith
June 5, 1921 - August 14, 2003



Melvin was born in Bakersfield, California and he was a beloved husband and a very dedicated father. He was married for 50 years to June Rogers Griffith and they were wed on April 6, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Bakersfield. June preceded him in death on April 2, 2002. Two brothers also preceded Melvin in death: Dean and Gerald.

Melvin worked for Crocker-Anglo and Crocker National Bank for over 36 years. During that time he held many management positions during his 36 years of services in the banking industry. His last position was serving as the assistant manager at the Oildale Branch before he retired in 1976. For over 10 years, Melvin served as Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop #69 which was sponsored by the First Baptist Church. He was also involved in the Kiwanis for many years.
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Dawson

Dawson T. Grimes, 95
October 8, 1905 – June 1, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday June 6, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Dawson Theodore Grimes, 95. Rev. Scott Pearson will officiate at the services.

Mr. Grimes was born on October 8, 1905 in Campbell, Missouri and passed away in Bakersfield on June 1, 2001. Mr. Grimes worked for 40 years as an oil worker for W.T.& M. and Carbo Oil. His fellow oil workers and friends knew him by, Bill and D.T. Grimes. He then went to work for the West Side District Cemetery and retired there after 10 years. Mr. Grimes loved anything to do with baseball and he was a Dodger Fan. Baseball was his life. He lived at the Sunset Gardens for many years until one year ago he moved to Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield.

Mr. Grimes was preceded in death by his wife, Stella B. Grimes in 1991. His survivors include his daughter and her husband, Janet and Wally Reed of Bakersfield, his daughter, Patricia L. Ropes of Visalia; his two sons and their wives, Jim and Dottie Grimes of Long Beach and Larry and Bernice Grimes of Lakeview, Oregon; his three sisters, Nell Collins of Fresno, Glenda Manning of Salton Sea, California and Norma Elliott of Riverside, California; his eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral home.
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Paul C. Grimes, 74
March 23, 1923 - April 25, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. for Taft Native Paul C. Grimes. The Rev. Rick Prevost will officiate at the services.

Mr. Grimes was born in Taft on March 23, 1923 and passed away April 25, 1997 in a local hospital. During World War II, Mr. Grimes served his country as a member of the U.S.Army. While defending his country he received two Purple Hearts, one for injuries received on D-Day at Normandy. He had been employed as a field foreman for the Westside Mosquito Abatement District for 15 years. Mr. Grimes enjoyed tending bar and will be remembered as a kind and generous man.

He was preceded in deah by his brother, Del F. Grimes, in 1989. His survivors include his sons, Terry Grimes of Bayfield, Colorado,and Tom Olliver of Fresno; his daughter and her husband, Linda and Daryl McClanahan of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral al Home.
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Russell T. Grimes
December 9, 1957 - January 18, 2010



Russell was born in Nevada, Iowa on December 9, 1957. His family had moved to California in 1965 where he completed his education in North Hollywood. He served four years in the Navy, two years at NAS Lemoore. He enjoyed his job as elections supervisor for final phase. Russell loved to travel with his wife Shelley and their three pets, Dustin rags, Daisy May, and Gore Dean Ya. Russell lost his battle to advanced prostate cancer on January 18, 2010. Russell was amazing. Through the whole battle with cancer he never lost his sense of humor. We fought the battle for four years.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Grimes of Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Shelley Grimes; stepchildren, Jerry Gunther of Taft, Heather Gunther of Maricopa; grandson, Brauhner Dane of Taft; his mother, Lois Haney of Taft; his father, Robert Grimes of Alabama; his sisters, Grace F. Goodrow of Ventura, Robin Walton of Oxnard, Chris Grimes and half-sister, Cristal Bonner; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, the 30th, at two o'clock, in Maricopa, at the First Congregational Church, 395 California Street, in Maricopa, California 93252. There will be refreshments and food (potluck) after the celebration.
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Charles C. Gromer, 65
August 24, 1932 - October 29, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Taft Ward Chapel of Friday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Charles Conger Gromer, 65.

Mr. Gromer was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 24, 1932 and passed away at his home on October 29, 1997. Mr. Gromer was an active member of his church and in temple work. He had been employed as a truck driver. He was a member of the California State Sheriff's Association, the OCAW Union and the Taft Rifle Association. The joy of his life was his grandchildren and his great granddaughter, Karissa. He loved to camp and hunt.

His survivors include his wife of 44 years Marjorie Groomer of Taft; his sister and her husband, Joan and Greg Ferrell of Bakersfield; a brother and his wife, Gary and Lyeen Gromer of Bakersfield; his daughters; Bonita Rhoten and Sarah Fitzsimmons and her husband, Steve; his son, Ernest Gromer; his daughter, Delores Kiser; and Allen McBride all of Taft; his granchildren: Luke, Sandy, Sunshine, Wendy, Brian, Anthony, Kenny, Tiffany, Crystal and one on othe way; his great granddaughter, Kariss; and several nephews and nieces.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Carl William Grother, 95
January 20, 1906 - March 13, 2001



Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at First Presbyterian Church, 17th and H Streets, in Bakersfield, California for Carl William Grother, 95, who passed away March 4th in Bakersfield. Pastor Bill Stephens will officiate.

Carl was born January 20, 1906 in Garber, Oklahoma and when he was twelve years old moved with his family to Long Beach where he attended and graduated from Poly High School. He had several jobs working in the oil fields, which was the beginning of a long and happy career in the petroleum industry. Long Beach was also where he met his first wife, Linnea, who preceded him in death in 1996 following 66 years of marriage.

In the 40’s he came to Kern County as a pusher for Fowler Drilling Company who contracted with Victory Oil Company. Carl found Kern County to his liking and never left. Carl, with various others, became an independent oil producer in the 50’s. In the mid 50’s he and Keith Bright were approached to by a rig and drill wells in Old Mexico. Although this never came to pass, they had the rig, and that came to be the beginning of N.E.C.K. Drilling. Subsequently, N.E.C.K. purchased two additional rigs and continued to contract drilling in California into the mid 60’s when they sold the rigs.

Berry Petroleum purchased N.E.C.K.’s little rig and Carl agreed to work for Berry for two years. Thirteen years later he retired at the age of 80+. He treasured the many friends he made during his career and enjoyed keeping in contact with as many as possible, preferably on the golf course!

Carl is survived by his beloved second wife, Virginia; sister, Dora Sutton of Sacramento; and many nieces and nephews with whom he enjoyed a close and loving relationship. Throughout their youth he was a much loved father figure, mentor teacher, and friend. He was all of those things to many other young men who crossed his path in their chosen line of work. Each of his many friends knew how much they were loved by him. He leaves many happy memories.

Doughty-Calhoun O’Mera Funeral Directors.
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Henry Leal Guerrero, 69
1932 - August 31, 2001



Mr. Henry Leal Guerrero, age 69, passed away in Bakersfield August 31st following a long illness. He was a longtime Taft resident and moved to Bakersfield in 1999 to be closer to his son. He was last employed by J. C. Ochoa Farm Management Company. He was a native of Mexico.

He is survived by his wife Beatrice of Bakersfield and a son Pablo of Bakersfield. Also grandchildren survive.

Visitation was held September 2, 2001. Further services will be in Mexico City. All arrangements are under direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft.
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Liz

Liz Ornelas Guerrero, 39
August 14, 1962 - December 28, 2001



Liz Ornelas Guerrero, born in Santa Clara, California on August 14, 1962, to Robert and Juanita Ornelas of Buttonwillow, California departed to our Heavenly Father on the evening of December 28, 2001, of Congestive heart failure with her family and friends at her side at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.

Liz attended Buttonwillow Union School where she made life-long friends and was active in the 4 H Club and played the piccolo and the flute in the school band. Upon graduation, she attended Shafter High School where she participated in various clubs and organizations and graduated in 1980.

Liz became a resident of Taft, California, where she resided for 17 years with her husband, Rudy Guerrero and her six children. She was active in the local Bunco Club (which she loved) where she enjoyed the company of many friends who were very supportive during her illness entertaining family and friends. Liz loved Country Music and lived life everyday to the fullest. She was a caring and giving individual and she would always go out of her way to volunteer and assist others in their time of need. Family and friends remember her great smile; her witty sense and mostly, the laughter she gave us will be missed.

She is survived by her husband, Rudy Guerrero and their six children: Natalie 17, Scotty 14, Kraig 12, Justine 10, Jordyn 3 and Rudy Jr. [R.J.] 5 months. Also by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Juanita Ornelas of Buttonwillow, California: (2) brothers Mr. Robert Ornelas Jr. and his wife Laura and their children, Nicole, Marissa and Blaze of Ridgecrest, California. Mr. Christopher Ornelas and his wife Colleen and their children Robbie and Olivia of Glendale, Arizona. (2) Sisters, Mrs. Sandra Barulich and her husband Vincent, of Taft and Miss Shirley Ornelas and her son Joseph Flores (United States Coast Guard) of Torrance, California. She is also survived by numerous other family members of both the Ornelas and Guerrero families.

We would like to give thanks to those who have helped and donated their time and effort during her illness, it is greatly appreciated. In addition, an account has been established at the Chevron Valley Credit Union under the Name of Liz Memorial/Sandra Barulich. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated with thanks from the families. Services Thursday. January 3, 2002. Rosary will be recited followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft.
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Jose Javier Guiterrez
Services Pending



Services are pending for Taft resident, Jose Javier Guiterrez, 50. The services have been entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Michael David Gutierrez
August 16, 1961 - December 13, 2003



Michael David Gutierrez was born August 16, 1961. He passed away December 13, 2003. Services are pending.
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Etta E. Gutierrez, 64
November 20, 1932 - February 15, 1997



Graveside services were conducted February 19, 1997 at the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Etta E. Gutierrez, 64.

Mrs. Gutierrez was born on November 20, 1932 in Annagon, Arkansas, to Elmer and Kathryn Pharis and passed away February 15, 1997 in Bakersfield. She was raised in Arkansas until completion of high school, then moved to California. She had resided in Taft for the past 26 years. Mrs. Gutierrez was a member of the Kingdon Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Taft. She served her family as a wife, mother and grandmother and also sold Avon products for many years.

She was preceded in death by her sons Billy Reardon and Ronnie Gutierrez; her daughters, Gayla Bearden and Sonja Gutierrez; her sister, Eathel Pharis; and her parents. She is survived by her sons, Terry Beardon and Mike Gutierrez, both of Taft; her daughters, Dorothy McAfee of Grants Pass, Oregon and Debra Montes and her husband, Henry, of Taft; her brothers and their wives, Gerald and Helen Pharis of Florida and Linnie and Marsha Pharis of Bakersfield; her sisters, Betty Due of Georgia, Linda Coffman and her husband, Gary, of Georgia, and Teresa Pharis of Bakersfield; 10 grandchildren; three great granchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Peters Funeral Home of Shafter was in charge of the arrangements.
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