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Thomas W. Hagan
February 10, 1905 - September 19, 2002



Cryptside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident, Thomas W. Hagan, 97.

Mr. Hagan was born in Hazelhurst, Pennsylvania on February 10, 1905 and passed away at his residence on September 19, 2002. He had been self-employed in the property management field for over 50 years. He had lived in Taft for the last 13 years.

Mr. Hagan is survived by his wife, Ruth Hagen of Taft; his daughter, Beverly Jean Carpenter of Hawaiian Gardens; his two granddaughters, Dena Archer and Bobbi Jean Card of Spokane, Washington.

The arrangements and funeral services were entrusted to the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Betty Hagin
August 4, 1945 - August 13, 2003



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, August 15, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Betty Hagin, 58. Pastor Michael Pollack, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Hagin was born in Fellows on August 4, 1945 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on August 13, 2003. Mrs. Hagin was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church and sang with the Golden Agers Chorale. She loved and enjoyed her grandchildren.

Mrs. Hagin was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Lorene Brown. Her survivors include her husband Jerry Hagin of Taft; her children and their spouses, Laurie and Scott of Taft and Tim and Jere Hagin of Grand Junction, Colorado; her grandchildren Robyn, Kamala, Brianna, Ryan and Shayne; her sister Dorothy Lathgo of New Mexico, her brother and their wives Doug and Charlotte Brown of Concord, Buddy and Loretta Brown of Taft, Wayne and Judy Brown of Taft and Gary and Janice Brown of Bakersfield; her sisters-in-law Kathy Bottoms and her husband, Dean of Reedley and Betty Shelby of Taft and by her several nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. The family has suggested donations be made in Mrs. Hagin's name to the National Kidney Foundation. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Hettie Hagin
December 3, 1923 - December 21, 2011



Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place - amidst the brush of angles wings, our sweet mother, Hettie Rowland Hagin went home to be with her Savior. She had made this place her home for 88 years.

She left behind three daughters, Betty Rowland Price, Edith Rowland Laurin and her husband Craig Laurin and Peggy Rowland Harmon and her husband, David Harmon and their families, including five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She also had many nieces and nephews who will feel her loss deeply. Her brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

Hettie was a housewife and mother who, after the passing of her husband of 21 years, Austin Smith Rowland, took care of their daughters alone. She remarried only after her own children were grown, married and had families of their own. She married Carl Hagin on June 6, 1980, in Taft, California followed by one of their frequent trips to Pismo Beach, California. They spent 17 happy years together before his passing. Hettie Hagin was active in her church's ladies group most of her adult life. She remained a member of New Hope Temple Pentecostal Church of God, 308 Harrison St. in Taft, California until her recent passing.

She was born Hettie Violet Moore on December 3, 1923 in Paris, Arkansas to Jim W. Moore and Allie Smith Moore. After her marriage to Austin and the births of their first two daughters, the family moved to California and settled in Taft. They made their move in 1948.

Hettie loved to cook and sew. She made most of her daughter's clothing, even making her youngest daughter's wedding gown. She instilled a love of cooking in all three of her children, teaching them the art of planning, shopping for, and preparing meals. She especially enjoyed traditional comfort foods. She also made quilts with her church's ladies group. She taught all three of her daughters to crochet; she made many beautiful doilies and afghans as gifts for her children and grandchildren. They are treasured items.

Hettie Hagin was a true christian, a true lady in every sense of the word. She was quiet and unassuming. Her life touched many of those in her sphere of influence; she was unaware of the impact she had on others. She went from this life to the next on December 21, 2011 surrounded by her loving family, singing her family hymns. Hettie will be missed by many.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. in New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison Street, Taft, California. Those who wish may pay their respects on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary Lou Hahn
December 28, 1927 - June 1, 2012



Mary Lou Hahn, wife of Raymond E. Hahn (deceased), was born in Oklahoma on December 28, 1927 and died on June 1, 2012, in Bakersfield, California. Mary had three children during her first marriage to Leonard Steelman (deceased), her daughter Mary Lee Blankenship and husband, Ray; son, Gary Steelman and partner, Richard; and her youngest son, Michael Steelman and wife, Pam.

While raising her three children and running the household, Mary also worked full time as a waitress for most of her life. Eventually, Mary would marry Raymond Hahn, and they opened up "Hahn's Restaurant" in Taft, California. She enjoyed being a business owner of a successful restaurant, where many of her clients loved her chicken noodle soup and her delicious pies. In the early 80's Mary and Ray moved from Taft to Pine Flats, where they enjoyed many years of retirement before they moved back to Bakersfield in 87 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Mary spent most of her free time crocheting afghans, dolls, and many other items for loved ones.

Mary was known as "Nana" to all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Every Christmas her family would look forward to her candies and cookies that she loved to bake for them. In addition to her three children, Mary is survived by her sister, Betty Payne, who was known to all as Aunt Betty; eight grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mary was lucky enough to have lived to see 5 generations from all three of her children. We love you, mom, nana, Mary; you will be very missed by many.

A viewing will be held for Mary on Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane. No funeral service will be held, as per her request. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in her honor to the SPCA. For condolences please visit www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
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Annie La Nell Haines, 78
May 24, 1922 - May 8, 2001



Private Family Services will be held at West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California for Redding, California resident Annie La Nell Haines, 78.

Annie passed away on May 8, 2001 of natural causes Annie was born on May 24, 1922 in Barlow, Kentucky. She moved to Taft, California and lived here for 72 years in Taft. While in Taft she was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include sons: Melvin S. Haines, Riverside and Michael Lee Haines, Riverside; daughters: Annie L. Wayne, Taft, and Edna E. Paine, Redding, California; sister: Ruth Morrow, San Bernardino, California. She had 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
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David Martin Hale
January 7, 1938 - November 2, 2011



David Hale was not a man who let life's trials and tribulations weigh him down. He approached his seven decades on earth with an easy sense of humor and an perpetual curiosity about the world around him. Even as cancer gradually stole his energy and vigor, he refused to relinquish his optimism and passion for life.

David passed away peacefully in his sleep November 2, 2011 at the East Bakersfield, surrounded by his immediate family. He was 73. He was a husband, father, grandfather, dancer, golfer, astronomer, computer buff, reader, life long learner, lover of the outdoors, and friend to many.

David Martin Hale was born January 7, 1938 in Taft, the son of Lecil and Bernice Hale and brother to Bette. He grew up in Bakersfield, and except for a stint away for college called the town home his whole life. He attended North High School graduating with the first class in 1956. He moved to San Francisco for six years, earning a degree in Spanish from San Francisco State College. While there, he met the love of his life.

Back in Bakersfield his career spanned 30 years, most of that with the County of Kern, where he worked in data processing. An avid reader, he had a special interest in the sciences. But he also kept up with current events and cherished a good dinner-table debate about politics or social issues. He was a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts for 10 years, a volunteer activity that allowed him to enjoy many outdoor activities with his son such as camping and sailing. He was also in the Naval Reserve for eight years.

A special passion was astronomy. He co-founded the Kern Astronomical Society as a teenager, and then revived it as an adult in 1972. Not content to keep his love of the cosmos to himself, he went on to teach astronomy to hundreds of students over the course of 20 years at Bakersfield College. Mid-life, he took up golfing and dancing, both passions he shared with his wife, Margarita. He spent many glorious evenings on the dance floor with his partner in life, and many afternoons on the golf course with friends and family. The couple belonged to the Bakersfield Smooth Dancers and the Dance Steppers. So great was their love of dancing, that when they moved to a house in Northwest Bakersfield years ago, the couple made sure the living room was spacious and had hardwood floors, two necessities for practicing dance moves.

David made friends easily and had a ready smile and polite greeting for everyday strangers. He loved to laugh. But he didn't like to call attention to himself-except when telling one of his frequent jokes, the cornier the better. He was comfortable in his own skin and didn't worry much about what others thought of him or how he lived his life. He encouraged others to take a similarly easy going approach to life, urging those close to him not to worry so much about the small things period adversity was just a fact of life, not something to get you down.

David is survived by his wife Margarita, sister Bette, daughter, Lysa and son Greg, as well as six grandchildren: Alexander, Toby, Jonathan, Clare, Bridget, and Ellie.

Services will be held Monday, November 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary. A visitation will take place Sunday evening from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross or UNICEF.
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Delbert Karl Hale
October 6, 1957 - August 5, 1997



Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 8, 1997 at Shafter Cemetery for Delbert K. Hale.

Delbert was born October 6, 1957 at Taft, California, the son of Bob and Thelma Hale. He went to be with Our Lord on August 5, 1997 in the company of his dad and mom and a very caring staff at Fresno's VA hospital.

Delbert is survived by his dad and mom: two sisters, Kathy and Bob Prewett, Darla and Bruce August: three nephews, Brent, Derek and Shane: two very special friends, Linda and Elvira: four uncles and five aunts and numerous cousins.

Delbert was a very loving and strong soldier. He fought a long battle of Multiple Sclerosis. Viewing will be held Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mish Funeral Home 399-9391.
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Mildred Agnes Hale
February 28, 1922 - March 12, 2009



Mildred died on March 12, 2009. Born February 28, 1922 to Archia and Buelah Lawson Greagrey in Oklahoma, her family moved repeatedly before arriving in Kern County. Her father built a home in Tupman and walked to work at Palm Farms.

During the depression, she chopped cotton to help her family. She loved to play baseball as a teenager in school. At age 15 she married Otis Hart and had her first child at 16. She always worked: picking cotton, potatoes and fruit; working in vegetable sheds and then a laundry. She took in washing and ironing and cleaned homes. She even drove a truck, hauling vegetables to sheds. Working at the Taft Cookhouse she found her niche as a waitress. In the 50's she had a Malt Shop in Hillcrest. She drove to Buttonwillow to work at Colony Kitchens on I-5 for 13 years. Oh, the stories she told about I-5 happenings.

Through the years her waitress jobs enabled her to raise her four children; Martha Virginia Hart and sons Jerry Otis, Thomas Ray and John James Hart. There are eight grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. She was so proud of them and beamed when she saw them or spoke of them. She always helped her babies (young or old). Now, all these babies live across America, from California to Flordia.

She was preceded in death by her younger sister, Betty Bell. Sibling survivors include: a sister, Lois Teague, and brothers, Clifton and Raymond Greagrey.

Her last years were very difficult, but she was a real fighter. Now, she rests! No services will be held.

Donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, 5500 Olive Drive, Bakersfield. The day-care facility and staff there made an amazing difference in her last years - she laughed, cried, played games and "worked". Most of all, she enjoyed eating those suckers and cookies-and showing off the prizes she won playing bingo. And, what a blessing Hoffmann Hospice was for those peaceful last days.
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Wesley Lee Hale, 60
May 14, 1947 - August 1, 2007

Wesley was born to Marvin Eugene Hale and Lola Mae Hale in San Angelo, Texas. He moved to Taft California when he was two years old. Wesley graduated from Taft Union High School in June 1966 and married Roberta Haase shortly after. He worked for Hale and Sons Construction as a crane operator for over 20 years.

Wesley is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Lola Hale; and he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Robereta Hale, son Scott Hale (Jodie); daughter Kristy Hale Stubberfield (Jake); 3 granddaughters Kelsey Hale, Kallie Stubberfield, and Morgan Hale; brother S.E. Hale and family; and numerous other family members and friends .

For those who wish to celebrate his life join us at the family home 417 Shasta St. in Taft California, on Sunday August the 5th fron 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mish Funeral Home, Oildale, California.
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Colleen Haliburton, 65
June 6, 1932 - October 24, 1997



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native Colleen (Matthews) Haliburton.

Colleen was born in Taft on June 6, 1932 and passed away at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield on October 24, 1997. She was a member of the 1950 graduating class at Taft Union High School. She was a devoted wife and mother who truly loved her family. Next to her family, her greatest love was for her gradening and painting.

Colleen will be deeply will be deeply missed by her husband of 43 years, Jack, of Taft; her children: Teresa Gregory and her husband, Rick, of Taft, Michael Haliburton and his wife, Kathleen, of San Diego, and Kathleen Isbell and her husband, Chris, of Taft; her grandchildren: Joseph Gregory and his wife, Deann, Meredith Smith and her husband, Scott, Aimee Isbell and Carissa Isbell; and her great grandchidren: Lindsey Gregory, Ricky Gregory, Tayler Smith and Paige Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Haliburton's memory may be made to Mercy Hospital for the reconstuction of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The family has asked that donations be sent or dropped off at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. Friends may pay their respects on Monday until 7:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Jack L. Haliburton
July 7, 1930 - August 11, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m for Jack L. Haliburton, 82. Rev. Tom White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate the service.

Mr. Haliburton was born in Taft on July 7, 1930 to parents Leslie (Bud) and Ivy A. (Sweatt) Haliburton, and passed away at his home in Taft on August 11, 2012. He had one sister, June (Haliburton) Linden and one niece, Judy (Linden) Griffin.

Jack attended Taft Schools, kindergarten through junior college. He graduated from Taft High School in 1948 having served as senior class president both semesters of his senior year. He received the American Legion award at graduation. He received his AA degree from Taft College in 1950 and was Student body Vice President the first year. He attended San Jose State College for one quarter as he was going to be drafted in the Army for two years. So, in February, 1951, he enlisted in the Air Force for four years, spending the first year going to school; first, basic training at Lackland Air Base, San Antonio, Texas. Next, it was aircraft and engine mechanics at Boston, Massachusetts. Then, aircraft electrician specialist school at Chanute Air Base in Illinois. In December, 1951 he was sent to Germany and assigned to Frankfurt Am Mein Air Force Base. He spent three years there as an aircraft electrician. He was honorably discharged in January, 1955 with the rank of Staff Sargent. Jack went to work for Standard Oil Company on May 2, 1955 and held several positions: gas department, maintenance, chemical lab tech, drafting, chemical group tech, reservoir engineering tech, computer programming tech, production engineering tech and production operations supervisor. He retired on August 1, 1990 after 35 years of service.

Jack and Mary Colleen Matthews were married on May 21, 1955 and remained happily married for 42 years until her death in 1997. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Teresa Sue, Robert Leslie (who died at birth,) Michael Bryan and Kathleen Lori; two sons-in-law, Rick Gregory (Teresa) and Chris Isbell (Kathleen): one daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Ramshorn) Haliburton (Michael); six grandchildren, Joey Gregory, Meredith (Gregory) Seal, Aimee (Isbell) Ammeraal, Carissa Isbell and Ian and Trevor Haliburton; step-children, Debbie and Mark Hall, David and Cindy Sweeney; and 16 great grandchildren. Jack married Sonia Schuster of Taft in 2008. This was a perfect match for both..

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To express online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Ralph Julian Halk
February 18, 1920 - June 11, 2003



Ralph Julian Halk age 83, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday evening, June 11th, at his home after a battle with ALS.

Born in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, Mr. Halk grew up in Long Beach, California and Caney, Kansas where he graduated high school with honors. He received a BS degree from the University of California, Berkley and then joined the U.S. Navy.

The Navy sent Ralph to Notre Dame University, Ohio State University and Harvard University where he studied Navy Communications. While at Notre Dame Ralph met and married Anastasia Whitehead. Ralph served as a Communications Officer on the destroyer escort USS Booth in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic during World War II.

Following his discharge from the Navy, Ralph earned and MBA degree from Stanford University. He worked for Stanford Research Institute for about five years and then, with three partners, formed his own company in Silicon Valley.

In 1966, at the age of 45 he retired and returned to Arkansas. During his "retirement" he taught in the college of business at Arkansas State University and served as Administrative Vice President of citizens Bank of Jonesboro. He later served as Business Manager of the Holy Angles Convent in Jonesboro where he was affectionately known as "Saint Ralph." He was a member of the Jonesboro Rotary Club and served as Director on the Boards of St. Bernards Medical Center, and the Jonesboro Country Club.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Wade Halk and Nick Halk. Survivors include: his wife Mrs. Anastasia Halk; two sons: Robert Thomas Halk of Kansas City, Missouri and Edward Louis Halk of Sunnyvale, California; two daughters: Kathryn Ann Welch of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Patricia Ellen Vuz of Carrollton, Texas; and five grandchildren: Nathan Halk, Erica Halk, JoAnna Halk, Emily Aker, and Austin Vuz.

A memorial will be held Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro. Burial will be private.
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Ella Hall
April 5, 1907 - April 23, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Peace Lutheran Church, 26 Emmons Park Drive, on Friday, April 26, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident Ella Hall. Ella passed away at her home with her family at her side on April 23, 2002, she was 95 years old.

Ella was born in Bradford, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1907 to the parents Carl and Alma Johnson. Ella moved to Taft in 1929 and shortly after arriving in Taft she went to work for Clifford and Wilson Hardware store. It was while she working there, she met and married Alfred Hall. Ella and Al were married for 31 years until his passing in 1961. She went to work for the Westside District Hospital in 1954 and retired as an LVN in 1973. Ella loved to play the piano. She never needed sheet music, she could hear a tune and start playing it. She had her own dance band and played for dances in Taft and the surrounding areas for a number of years. She played at the lunches for the Kiwanis Club and she loved to play the piano for the sing alongs at the Senior Nutrition Center. Ella was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church, the Past Presidents Assoc., Bethany Guild, past member of the Women of the Moose, and Delta Thea Tau.

In 1962 she met Lee Parcel and they would become best friends and companions until his death in 1997. Ella is also preceded in death by her son, Jimmy Hall and her brother, Ernie Johnson. She is survived by her brother, Rudy Johnson of Port Orange Florida, her son and his wife Doug and JoAnn Hall of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Cynthia and Paul Biggs of Shelton Washington; her grandchildren, Jim Roberts of Shelton, Washingston; Carrie and Scott Harper of Taft, Doug and Gina Hall of Taft and Laura and Frank Pinter of Shelton, Washingston; her great grandchildren, Joe and Ethan Morris, Vincent Harper, Jimmy Roberts Jr. Jessica, Stacie and Jason Hall and Madison and Ella Pinter. Ella never met a stranger and loved to talk. She loved and lived life to the fullest. She loved a good joke or story. Ella was especially proud of her family and she was always there for them. Lastly, she loved the DODGERS and we will miss her deeply.

In Lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to be made in Ella Hall's name to the Hoffman Hospice, 6501 Schirra Ct., Bakersfield, California 93313
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Garrold Earl Hall
July 7, 1931 - December 15, 2008



Garrold E. Hall 1931 - 2008. Erickson & Brown Garrold E. Hall was born to Orville and Fahy Hall in Bakerfield on July 7, 1931 and passed away in Taft on December 15, 2008.

Garrold proudly served his country in the Army National Guard Reserve. He was in partnership with his two brothers, Don and Bruce Hall, owning and operating Hallmart Foods. He enjoyed building custom model airplanes and ships. Garrold loved gardening, playing with his pups and especially loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Fahy Hall and his two brothers, Bruce and Don Hall. His survivors include his wife of 25 years, Tina Hall of Taft; his four children and their spouses, Della and Forrest Fisher of Grand Junction, Colorado, Kathryn and Rick Shaffer of Bakersfield, Donna Garcia of Bakersfield, and Les and Donna Carpenter of Wasilla, Alaska; his nine grandchildren, Tina Odom, Lavonda Sanders, Christopher Yeates, Lachele Scott, Tiffany Hamilton, Marie Wilson, Steven Yeates, Craig Yeates, and Zachary Fisher; his 14 great-grandchildren and by his nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society. At Garrold's request there will be a private family memorial service. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lois Marian Hall
October 17, 1919 - February 20, 2011



Funeral services will be held in the First United Methodist Church of Taft on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Lois Marian Hall, 91. Private burial will be in the Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Mrs. Hall was born in Iola, Kansas on October 17, 1919 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 20, 2011. Mrs. Hall had made Taft her home for the last 52 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Soroptimist Club of Taft and the Taft Petroleum Club. Mrs. Hall was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed golfing. She was an artist and enjoyed painting in oils and acrylics. Mrs. Hall will be remembered as a great wife, mom and the anchor of the family.

She was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Hall, in 2010. Her survivors include her husband of 67 years, Wayne Hall, of Taft; her daughter, Anita Torkelson and her husband, Owen of Orange; her son, Mark Hall, of Bakersfield; her daughter-in-law, Pam Hall, of El Dorado Hills; her eight grandchildren and her ten great grandchildren. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Richard Hall, 67
December 22, 1928 - December 27, 1995



A memorial service wil be held Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the ARC, 204 Van Buren St., for Taft native Richard Hall, 67.

Mr. Hall was born December 22, 1928 in Taft and passed away December 27, 1995. The was formerly employed by Taft College and CalTrans. The was also associated with ARC-Taft.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hall; and two brothers, Elmer Hall and Ed Hall.
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Rosie Lu Hall
August 9, 1911 - December 17, 2004



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Rosie Lu Hall. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the service and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Rosie Lu Hall was born in Burma, now Myanmar, on August 9, 1911. She went to heaven on December 17, 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, two sisters and her husband, Sanford Hall.

She is survived by Naw Iris, a niece in Burma; friends Rick and Karol Hudson and their children, Richard Hudson, Nancy and Bob Craig and their children, Zacary and Samantha Craig and many friends. Rosie's parents, Po and Emma Lu, were Baptist ministers in Burma.

She was a nurse in Burma. She met her husband, who worked for Burma Oil Company, when he was in the hospital. They came to America in 1955. She studied and passed the test to become an American citizen. She was very proud of this. She lived on Center Street in Taft and had been a member of First Baptist Church for over forty years. She was a sweet and generous lady, who will be missed by all who knew her. Friends are invited to pay their respects Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Richard Boyd Hamblet, 62
May 30, 1935 - October 5, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native Richard Boyd Hamblet, 62.

Mr. Hamblet was born in Taft on May 30, 1935 and passed away in an Arroyo Grande hospital on October 5, 1997. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1954 graduating class at Taft Union High School. He had been employed as an oil worker for over 30 years and was employed last by D & L Oilfield Construction.

Mr. Hamblet was preceded in death by his son, Pete Hamblet, in 1978; his parents, Eleanor and Harry Hamblet; and by his sister, Eleanor Stiner. His survivors include his wife, Nancy Hamblet of Taft; his children: Belinda Hamblet, Lori Mathiew and Steve Hamblet, all of Bakersfield; his five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Dana Hamel (Gill), 44
December 25, 1957 - May 25, 2002



Dana Hamel (Gill), 44 of Bakersfield, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2002.

Born on Christmas Day 1957, in Van Nuys, California, she grew up in the San Fernando Valley where she attended Santiago High School. Dana moved her family to Taft in 1983 where she raised her children and resided until moving to Bakersfield where she worked as a respiratory therapist at Kern Medical Center until 1997. She lived a happy life full of her love of God, family, and friends. She found the greatest joy in her grandchildren. She was well loved by all that knew her.

Dana is preceded in death by her father, Bruce Galloway and brother, Danny Galloway. She is survived by her mother Jan Galloway of Bakersfield. Her partner in life James Colin Kelly of Bakersfield. Two daughters, Janice and husband Monty Smith of Taft, and Tina and husband Justin McWilliams of Frazier Park, two step children; Kyle and Kayla, brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Gaythel Galloway of Taft, sister and brother-in-law Joyce and Eric Kennison of Bakersfield, eight grandchildten, Meghan, Bobby, Ethan, Gage, Tyler, Heather, Dustin, and Ashley, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.

Services will be held at Westside Family Mortaury, on Friday, May 31, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be on Thursday 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friends are invited to join the family in paying respects.
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Christine Marie Hamilton
July 27, 1928 - June 19, 2003



Christine passed away on June 19, 2003 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 74. She was born in Clarke County, Iowa. Christine moved to California in 1960 with her husband, Joe and three daughters, a fourth daughter was born that same year. She recently moved to Bakersfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oda and Marie Cooper; daughter, Dianna West; and grandson Jessie Simpson. She is survived by her husband Joe; children Lynette and husband Dave Metcalf of Santa Rosa, Denise and husband Gene Sewell of Arroyo Grande and Linda Montgomery of Taft; grandchildren, T.J. and Kori West, Leann Howe and Brandi Simpson, Kristina and Audrey Sewell, Samantha and Tiffany Montgomery; five great grandchildren; brother Ronald Cooper, sisters Donna Farner and Joan Lewis; many nieces, nephew, relatives and friends.

Services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Monday June 23, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be private at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Gustine, California. No visitation is scheduled. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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LaVerne Sarah Hamilton
March 18, 1929 - June 11, 2002



No services are scheduled for Inyo Kern resident, LaVerne Sarah Hamilton, LaVerne passed away on June 11, at the age of 73 in Ridgecrest Hospital.

She was born on March 18, 1929 in San Francisco, California to Albert and Madeline McCracken. She is survived by her son David Hamilton and his wife Melanie of Inyo Kern and by her daughter, Brenda Rupel of Washington.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, 763-1594.
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Viva Rea Hammons
December 28, 1930 - December 14, 2006



Viva Rea Hammons, born December 28th, 1930 in Hominy, Oklahoma. Was reborn on December 14, 2006 in Bakersfield, California when she went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She leaves behind her loving husband, and best friend of 57 years, James Herbert Hammons, whom she married May 9, 1949 in Newburg, Oregon, her children; Sheila Darlene, Dewey Vernon and wife Sylvia, James Mitchell and wife Alicia. Her grandchildren; Jason Paul & wife Devin James Dwight & wife Teffoni, Bradley Mitchell, Wesley Vernon & wife Mandi, Matthew Carstairs, Shaylan Ardis, Nichole Lee Norred, and Emily June Pierce. Her great grandchildern; Bryce Austin, Christian Chase, Jaden Belle, Reese Mitchell, Konner Phillip, Kalub Matthew, Shelby Leann, Rilee Lynn, Izzak Vernon, Heaven Ly, Kailynn, Kassidy, and Kynzie.

She loved us all equally, Viva Rea was a long time Taft resident, that not only raised her children & their friends but also her grandchildren and all of their friends. She is loved by all and is missed by many. She touched so many, in so many different ways. Among her many accomplishments, she was a published poet, musician, bible teacher, song writer and friend. She loved all of her precious things. She will forever be remembered as the glue that holds this family together. She is now united in Heaven with her grandmother, Meacie Chambers, her mother Jewell Skaggs, and father Dewey Chambers, her brother B.W. Chambers and her grandson, Phillip James Hammons. Last of all, if you knew her well, she loved you unconditionally, and she leaves behind a wealth in legacy, of wisdom, love, and forgiveness.

WE ALL MISS YOU GRAMMA!

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, December 20, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at West Side Memorial Services - Sunset Chapel. For futher service and floral information, please contact West Side Memorial Service (661) 763-1594. West Side Memorial Services Porteous Family - Taft has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Wanda L. Hampton
May 19, 1932 - April 23, 2012



Wanda L. Hampton was born in Bristow, Oklahoma in Indian Hospital on May 19, 1932 to Sam and Nettie Dugger and passed away on April 23, 2012 in Bakersfield hospital due to ill health. They moved to Coalinga, California in 1944 and then to Taft, California in 1949, graduating from both Coalinga High School and Taft Union High School in 1950. She worked as a telephone operator, secretary at Vandenberg Air Force Base and owner of Hampton's Machine Shop with her husband Jack Hampton. After her death she and her sisters traveled on cruise ships to many foreign countries. She was admired by everyone especially her friends, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Nettie Dugger; husband Jack Hampton; and sister, Maxine Le Barron, who lived with her for many years. Wanda is survived by her sister and her husband, Christine and Norman Arrington; nieces and nephews Stephaine, Leslie and David LeBarron, Sam Darby and Cindy Arrington and their children, Tyler, Clinton, Cameron, Drew, Taylor, Macey, Marley and Jacob.

A memorial service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Rodney Wykoff will officiate Mrs. Vicki Wykoff will be soloist. Internment will be at the West Side District Cemetery. A reception will be held at OT's Cookhouse, 205 N. 10th Street, Taft following the burial. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Melton Hance
August 24, 1918 - July 20, 2011



Graveside services will be held for Taft resident, Melton Hance, 92. The service will be at the West Side District Cemetery on August 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
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Joslyn Marie Hand
July 13, 1956 - April 4, 2003



Funeral services will be held on a later date in Houston, Texas for Bakersfield resident, Joslyn Marie Hand.

Mrs. Hand was born on July 13, 1956 In Texas and she passed away on April 4, 2003 in Bakersfield at the age of 46.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Hand of Bakersfield and several other family and friends in Texas. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Art

Art Handy
January 13, 1918 - April 19, 2003



Graveside memorial services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Art Handy. Rev. Sam White will officiate at the service.

Mr. Handy was born in Fellows on January 13, 1918 and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on April 19, 2003. Mr. Handy served his country during World War II in the Army. He was with an engineer group in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Germany and England. He operated a crane, drove a two and one half ton truck, operated a landing craft personnel boat, constructed roads and bridges and worked in ammunition dumps. He met Ernie Pyle before he was a poplar author. When Ernie Pyle wrote Brave Man he mentioned Art in the book. Mr. Handy received a Bronze Star in the service. Mr. Handy worked for C.C.M.O. as a mechanic for 45 years. Every morning you would see Art at Paik's Ranch House with his friends having coffee and breakfast.

Mr. Handy was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Handy in 1990. His survivors include his children and their spouses, Rick and Susan of Bakersfield, Butch and Katherine Handy of Colorado and Judy and Peter Pappas of Penn Valley, his special friend that was like a son to him, Greg Geiser, his grandchildren and their spouses, Alicia and Matt Hudnall of Bakersfield, Marci and Greg Wattenbarger of Bakersfield, Michael Keese II of Davis, California, Jennifer and Brent Durkan of Bakersfield, Kyle Handy of San Francisco, Zak Handy of Bakersfield, Kerri and Dave Ferguson of Grass Valley, California and Rick Shetrone of Grass Valley; his great grandchildren, Mason, Caylee, Emma, Cole, Jess, Nathan, Slater and Skyler.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Mr. Handy's name to the Associated Veteran's Honor Guard, 1120 Golden State Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93301. The family would like to especially thank Nadum Sarkies, M.D. and the skilled nursing at Memorial Hospital for their loving care.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Rena F. Hansen, 84
January 11, 1913 - November 13, 19997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Rena Frances Hansen, 84. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate.

Mrs. Hansen was born in Coalinga on January 11, 1913 and passed away in a local nursing home on November 13, 1997. She was raised in Fellows and lived in Taft all her married life. She was an active member of the Order of Eastern Eastern Star and Native Daughters of California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hansen; her sister, Nadine and her brothers, Quicksel, Russell, Wesley and Allan Stewart. Mrs. Hansen's survivors include her son David R. Hansen and his wife, Susan; granddaughter, Adryane. Other grandchildren are Teri Bemis, Tim Hansen and Russell Hansen; her sisters, Betty Obrien, Sadie Skaggs and her husband, Lloyd, Grace Fimple and Edith Cooper and her husband, Jack; special friends, Jack and Pat Killingsworth and numerous nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours hae been scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Elizabeth Jeanne Hanson
March 7, 1922 - March 26, 2008



Elizabeth Jeanne Hanson was born on March 7, 1922 in Los Angeles, California to parents Joseph and Ellanora Coleman. Before moving to Bakersfield, she lived in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Anaheim and Fellows, California. After arriving in Bakersfield she attended grade school at Roosevelt and Jefferson Schools. After graduating 8th grade from Washtinton Jr. High, she attended Kern County Union High School, graduating from there in June of 1939.

After graduating from High School, she went to Woodbury College in Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she began working at various secretarial jobs, even typing draft notices during World War II. She was the first secretary at Planz Elementary School and worked there for 32 years, retiring in June of 1994 at the age of 72.

She met husband Derrell Hanson at a dance and after two short months of courting, was married on February 14, 1946. She lost her husband shortly after their 60th wedding anniversary in March 2006.

She was an avid fiction reader, an accomplished aritist and musician. She loved to oil paint beautiful landscapes of places she had visited. She performed in numerous choirs and community productions, including "Maggie," and "Camelot". She had a beautiful soprano voice and sang solos in various choral groups, the most recent being the Goldenaires.

She belonged to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where she served in numerous positions. She had five children-Joanne, Jeanne, Linda, Elise and David.

Her interests also included camping with her family, going to the beach, and cooking fabulous meals, including baking wonderful desserts-from scratch. She loved her dream vacation to Hawaii. She was a loving wife and mother and completely supported her children and grandchildren in whatever activities they were involved.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Derrell; her brother, Bill Coleman; her daughter, Joanne McCown; and two grandsons, Cory and Jonathan Carter. She is survived by her daughter Jeanne Hanson, Linda Schmidt, and Elise Jones, and her son David Hanson. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

She will be remembered for her good example, her desire to always do her best, her talented legacy her selfless sacrifices, and loving support. Family was everything to her!

Visitation will be at Hillcrest Mortuary, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30th. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2008 at Hillcrest Mortuary, 9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, California.
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Bessie Mae Harbaugh
August 25, 1887 - May 24, 1968



Last rites will be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Chapel for Bessie Mae Harbaugh of New Cuyama, who died Friday in a local hospital.

A resident of New Cuyama for the past 12 years. Mrs. Harbaugh was born August 25, 1887 in Macon, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Arthur Harbaugh; two daughters, Echo M. Fifer, Wharton, Texas and DuAyne Harper, Lakewood, Colortado; seven grandchildren and a sister, Mildred B. James, Long Beach.

The Christian Science services will be read by Miss Maude Bunday. Burial will follow at West Side District Cemetery.
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Frank F. Harbaugh
September 30, 1906 - October 25, 1979



Services will be held Monday in Calimesa for Frank F. Harbaugh, 73, who died last Thursday. He was born in Bowling Green, Ohio and had lived in Calimesa for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Annabelle; two daughters, Doris Moss of Ridgecrest and Sherry Cheney of Mentone; two brothers, Clifford Harbaugh of Port Clinton, Ohio, and Kenneth Harbaugh of Michigan; two sisters, Maxine Braun of Toledo, Ohio, and Isabelle Netry of Toledo; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Harbaugh had been an upholsterer for 30 years and was self employed. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Santa Ana Masonic Lodge .

Interment was held at Montecito Memorial Park with Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel of Calimesa in charge of arrangements.
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Happy W. Harden
May 27, 1941 - October 3, 1985



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Happy W. "Hap" Harden, 71. Officiating will be his brother-in-law Dr. Benjamin D. Griffith, of San Diego, interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Harden was born May 27, 1914, in Hillsboro, New Mexico, and passed away October 3, 1985 at the City of Faith Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was raised in Bisbee, Arizona. He had served in the U. S. Navy for 23 years, worked for the Southern California Gas Company for 17 years, then Kern County General Services until he retired in 1979.
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Rebecca Ann "Becca" Hardin
July 6, 1969 - October 8, 2008



Becca was born in San Bernadino, California and although she lived in many different places throughout her life her home was in Taft with the love of her life Nick Noble and her two children Justine Stevens and Thomas Chisum. She was loved by so many her mother and father Beth and Bob Reeves, her brother Mike and sister-in-law Karrie, her two nephews Brandon & Ryan and the whole Noble family and many friends.

She loved football and the Steelers were her favorte team. She loved dancing and spending time with her family, going to the beach. Riding quads and going camping. For those who knew Becca they knew that she loved to make people laugh and loved people in general. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. She may be gone from the earth but she will live forever in our hearts and memories.

Thank you mom and I promise I will make you proud. I will always be your baby girl. Justine

I love you mom. Thomas
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Shirley Ann Hardin
Daily Midway Driller
November 12, 1946 - April 26, 1967
Front Page

FORMER TAFTIAN DIES IN DOWNEY DURING CHILDBIRTH



Graveside services will be held tomorrow afternoon at West Side Cemetery for 20-year-old Shirley Ann Hardin, who died Monday in Downey during childbirth. Her infant daughter survived.

Mrs. Hardin was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Copeland of Taft, and lived in Taft for 10 years before moving to Downey nine years ago.

Mrs. Hardin is survived by her husband, Herbert Hardin and one daughter, Tina Hardin of Downey. She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rowles, two brothers Allen and Darrell and one sister Barbara, all of Downey.

Mrs. Hardin was born in Arkansas and moved to Taft when she was one year old. She attended grammar school in Taft.

Donated by Donna Summers
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Richard Dale Hare, 48
February 6, 1947 - November 24, 1995



Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park for former Taft resident Richard Dale Hare, 48. Nancy McEnroe will officiate at the services.

Mr. Hare was born on February 6, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri and passed away November 24, 1995 in his Bakersfield home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He moved with his family to Taft in September 1948. He attended Taft schools, graduating from Taft Union High School with the class of 1966. Mr. Hare excelled in both track and football as a prep athlete.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1966 and served his country honorably until 1968. Mr. Hare met and married his first wife, Tessa, as an airman in Maine. He graduated from Bakersfield College in 1973 and went to work for Williams Bros. and Bechtel Petroleum Operations at Elk Hills from 1975 until his disability retirement in March 1995. In December 1975 he married his second wife, Vickie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry "Red" Hare on Septmber 16, 1982 and Vena Hare Bell on October 8, 1995. His survivors include his daughter and her husband, Jennifer and Eddie Ferguson of Bakersfield; a brother and his family, Ronald Hare of Hanover, Pennsylvania; his wife, Linda of Bakersfield; his great-aunt Irene "Neney" Whitteker of Hartville, Missouri; his aunt and uncle, Hoyle and Theresa Beaver of Sumter, South Carolina; his cousins, Clint Hare of Naperville, Illinois, Keith Mayfield of Sylmar, Dennis Mayfield of Bakersfield, Harvey Freeman of Kingsburg, Carol Mayfield of Sandy, Oregon and Thomas Whitteker of Taft.

The family requests that remembrances be made to Kern Hospice Services, Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley or the Kern Unite of the American Cancer Society.
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Verna Alice Hare, 71
August 22, 1924 - October 8, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park in Bakersfield for Verna Alice Hare (Bell), 71. The Riv. Roger Spradlin will officiate at the services.

She was born August 22, 1924 near Hayden, Missouri and passed away October 8th in Bakersfield. She married Henry "Red" Hare on December 6, 1945 and moved to Taft in 1948. She had resided in Kern County since that time. She was employed as a telephone operator for Standard Oil Company (Chevron) in Taft, and was later transferred to Bakersfield where she was a member of the Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Red" in 1982. On April 25, 1986, she married Dorman Bell. Her survivors include her husband, Dorman Bell of Bakersfield; two sons, Richard Hare of Bakersfield; and Ronald Hare and his wife, Kathy, of Hanover, Pa__ (can not read) her granddaughters, Teresa Beaver of South Carolina, and Brenda Soliz and Jennifer Ferguson both of Bakersfield; her step-grandchidren, Danielle O'Brien and Jarrod Keffer; a brother, J. Hoyle Mayfield of Bakersfield; a half-brother, Carl Mayfield of Florida; her aunts, Irena Whitteker of Missouri and Angela Mayfield; of Taft; and a special friend, Vivian Axelson.

Visitation begins at noon today Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors are handling the arrangements.
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Margie K. Harmer
June 25, 1951 - January 4, 2005



Celebration of life service will be held in the Westside Believers Fellowship on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native and resident, Margie K. Harmer, 53. Pastor Ron Griffith will lead the celebration. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Harmer was born in Taft on June 25, 1951 and passed away on January 4, 2005 as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was raised and educated in Taft and had been a dedicated employee of General Production for many years. Mrs. Harmer was a member and associate pastor at the Westside Believers Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her father, Haskell Brummett. Her survivors include her husband, James Harmer; her sons and their wives, Shawn and Eva Harmer, George and Yvonne Harmer, all of Taft and Robert Harmer of Top Sail Island, North Carolina; her mother, Dwana of Taft; her siblings, Dennon Hodges of Bakersfield, Linda Sims of Tehachapi, Andy Hodges of Taft and James Brummett of Maricopa; her grandchildren, Whittney, Alexis, Jeremy, Christian, Kyndal, Kaleb and Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations in Mrs. Harmer's memory be made to Westside Believers Fellowship, P. O. Box 91, Taft, California 93268. There is no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sarah E. Harnes
February 2, 1878 - May 9, 1968



Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Mortuary for Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Harnes 608 Kern Street with the Rev. Kenneth Slorpe of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Mrs.Harnes was the widow of the late Charles William Harnes of Taft. She is survived by three daughters, Ruby Wootton, Taft; Avis Austin, Bakersfield, and Opal Davis, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and two granddaughters, Linda Elerman, Palm Springs, and Donna Davis, Sapulpa.
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Harold "Hal" Harney
April 1, 1914 - March 17, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the First Presbyterian Church, 1705 17th Street, Bakersfield at 10:00 a.m. on Friday with a graveside service to follow in the West Side District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft on Friday at 2:00 p.m. for Harold "Hal" Harney, 87.

Hal was born on April 1, 1914 in Washington Court House, Ohio and died suddenly on March 17, 2002 in Bakersfield. Hal had been a resident of Kern County for the past 65 years residing in China Lake, Glenville and for the past 18 years in Bakersfield with his wife, Dorothy.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Ann Myrl Harney.

Hal served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers participating in four European Campaigns during WW II, where he received a Battlefield Commission as well as being decorated with a Bronze Star Medal. Following his return from the war, Hal was employed as a civil engineer for 34 years with the U.S. Civil Service System. During his professional career he served as President of the Desert Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is listed in the National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel. Additionally, Hal was very active in civic affairs as former chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, school board member of the Linns Valley-Poso Flat School District, broad Member of Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and has been a club member of the Kiwanis Club for over 35 years serving as both club president as well as the area Lt. Govenor.

Hal is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of Bakersfield; his brothers, Dale and don of Washington Court House, Ohio; his sisters, Betty Bloom of Columbus, Ohio and June Shplely of St.Petersburg, Florida; hs dughtere, Brenda Harney of Glendale;his son, Bret Harney of Glennville; his granddaughters, Michelle, Kris and Cynthis; and his four great grandchildren. Not only will Hal be greartly missed by family members but also by all of the many friends and acquaintances who were fortunate enough to know a really greatman.

Memorial donations my be made to the West Kern Oil Museum, 1168 Wood Street, Taft, California 93268 or to a church of your choice. Those who would like to pay their respects May do so on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ray L. Harper
August 28, 1917 - January 22, 2003



Ray L. Harper passed away the morning of December 30, 2003. Ray was a loving husband and father, dedicated Mason and industrious foreman at Hopper Machine Works until retirement at age 65. He leaves behind family and many friends who will greatly miss him.

Ray was a native of Bakersfield, born August 28, 1917, to Homer and Alice Harper. Ray graduated from Kern County Union High School (Bakersfield High School) in 1935. He attended Taft City College before starting his career at Hopper Machine Works as a welder in 1935. In August of 1939, Ray married Madge Lee Sadler in Bakersfield and they celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary this year.

Ray served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific Theater, during World War II, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer on a fleet repair ship (the USS Zeniah). After the war, he resumed his career at Hopper's initially as a machinist. He retired as the Foreman of the Hoist and Machine Shops. The Hopper well servicing rig was acknowledged as one of the best of its type by the oil industry. Ray's years of dedication and effort to build a superior rig was a major contribution to the success of these rigs. No job was too tough or the hours too long for Ray.

Ray joined the Masons in 1946 and was an active member of the Bakersfield Masonic Lodge 224, the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. He was in charge of the Masonic Temple stage operations for over 20 years - again investing his energy and support to help the organization. He attainded 33 degree and was recognized by the Hiram Award for his outstanding contributions over the years. Ray's hobby was his work and the Masonic Lodge, although he enjoyed camping and fishing at Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon with lifelong friend, Fred Jones and others.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his twin, Roy (a loving and loyal brother, who also passed away this year), and brothers and sister, Clarence, Homer and Nora. He is survived by his wife, Madge; son, Dennis Harper; daughter, Patti Lee and sister, June Radeleff; grandson, Ray Harper and granddaughters; Donna Wyatt and Diane Wilt and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Katy Wyatt and Emelie Harper; nephew, Dick Harper and niece, Lindy Ahl and many other nephew and nieces.

The family would like to recognize Dr. Steven Strategos for his very compassionate care and special attention during Ray's declining health years. And to thank the personnel at Glenwood Gardens Alzheimer's facility and skilled nursing for their care and concern for Ray. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3160 Geneva St. Los Angeles, California 90020, attn: Frank LaBonte.

A memorial service will be held in the Masonic Temple, Thursday, January 22, 2004, 11:00 a.m. 1920-18th St., Bakersfield, with a reception to follow.
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Thomas Owen "Tom" Harrell
October 26, 1923 - July 10, 2011



Tom Harrell, age 87, of Aurora, Missouri, formerly of Taft, California passed away at 4:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in the St. John's hospital in Aurora. He was born October 26, 1923 in Lindsay, Oklahoma, the son of Eugene and Ruby Harrell.

Tom attended high school in Norman, Oklahoma and college at the University of Texas. He graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado with his Masters Degree.

He was a Navy veteran, serving in WWII. On August 13, 1949 he married Mary Jo Crowder in Dalhart, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary of Aurora, Missouri.

Tom had an outstanding career as Athletic Director and Football Coach along with his best friend Al Baldock for Taft Junior College for 31 years. His coaching skills helped put Taft College Cougars in the national limelight.

Additional survivors include: three daughters, Tracy Cain and her husband, Randy, of Lake Pomme de Terre, Mora Bond of Aurora, Marsha Mello and her husband, John, of Eureka, California; one son, David Harrell of California; one granddaughter Marisa Eytalis and her husband Mark, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and one great granddaughter Ruby Eliza Eytalis. His parents and brother Joe Harrell, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora. Memorial donations may be made to the Aurora Nursing Center in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at www.craftoncantrellfuneralhome.com
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Cecil

Cecil Ray Harrington
September 21, 1917 – January 29, 2003



Visitation for Cecil Ray Harrington will be held at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles Street, Bakersfield, California on Sunday, February 2, 2003, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and funeral services will be held in the Basham Funeral Care Chapel on Monday, February 3, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. interment will follow at Arvin Cemetery.

Cecil was born in Ratton, Oklahoma, on September 21, 1917, to Gordy and Fannie Harrington. Cecil married the love of his life Lillie Mae Rushing on March 18, 1942. He served his country in the Army Air Force from November 1942 to November 1945. He brought his family to California in 1951.

He was preceded in death by his son, Johnny in November 2002. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lillie Mae Harrington; daughters and sons-in-law Yuvonne and Fred Garrett, Marilyn and Jim Elam, Debbie and Matt Matkza, Dena and Don Clark; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Katie Harrington, Kevin and Erica Harrington and Kent and Laura Harrington; 32 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Burl and Haskell of Durant, Oklahoma; sister Betty Weemes of Durant, Oklahoma; brother, Selven of Bakersfield; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

For additional service information or floral delivery, please contact Basham Funeral Care, 873-8200.
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Earl Dayton Harris
June 26, 1926 - May 16, 2003



A public viewing for Earl D. Harris is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, 2003 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, followed by a graveside service on Wednesday May 21st at 10:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Sam White will be officiating at the service.

Earl Harris was born June 26, 1926 in Lavaca, Arkansas and passed away May 16, 2003 in a Bakersfield hospital. Earl was a long time resident of Taft. He was a member of the Taft Moose Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Oleta on October 6, 2002. He is survived by his sons and their wives Randy and Debbie Harris of Taft, and Gary and Janey Harris of Bakersfield; brothers Bill Harris of Bakersfield, and Eugene and his wife Emma Jean Harris of Wofford Heights; grandchildren Leanna and Mat Handy of Porterville, Erica and Jason Carey of Taft, Ian and Clinton Harris of Taft. Heather Watrous of Taft, Jason and Diana Abney of Taft, Sean Abney of Vacaville and 6 great grandchildren.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Taft, California.
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Janet L. Harris, 36
September 18, 1964 - January 15, 2001



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery this afternoon (Fri.1-10-01) for Taft resident, Janet Lynn Harris, 36. Mr. Jerry Botts, minister of the Taft Church of Christ officiated.

Mrs. Harris was born in National City on September 18, 1964 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 15, 2001. She had lived in Taft for the last 18 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Seale, in 1988. Her survivors include her children, Emily Eva Harris, Dewayne Harris and Edward Harris; her fiance Charles Erickson; her step-daughter Kayla Erickson all of Taft; her mother, Diana Osborne of Anchorage, Alaska; her sisters, Alice Redfern of Williamsburg, Massachusetts and Susan Gamini of Anchorage, Alaska; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and her fiancés parents, Sharon and John Forster of Fillmore.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lewis Junior (Red) Harris
March 7, 1949 - May 18, 2011



Lewis Junior (Red) Harris, of Taft, California died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Mercy Southwest Hospital after a short battle of acute lung syndrome and double pneumonia.

Born in Bakersfield, California, March 7, 1949, to Lewis and Ruby Harris. He attended Taft Union High School and then went on to serve his country for three years in the Army. His passions were restoring old cars, working as a mechanic and gardening.

Red is survived by his wife, Karen, his siblings Deborah and her husband Steve Green of Taft, California; Marilyn Qualle of Taft, California; Terri Dabbs of Grants Pass, Oregon; Raymond Harris of Taft, California; and James and his wife Tracy Lookadoo of Bakersfield, California; his daughters Sherry Terrell, and Lynda and Shauna Harris; his sons Timothy Harris, and William and George Ball; twelve nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; and one great, great niece.

The viewing will be held Friday, May 20, 2011 at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Max E. Harris
October 1, 1916 - July 13, 2002



Services will be held at a later date in Centralia, Illinois for Bakersfield resident Max Harris.

Max was born on October 1, 1916 to Samuel and Flora Harris and passed away on July 13, 2002 in a Bakersfield hospital. He was employed with Gulf Oil Company as an administrator for 34 years before he retired. Max was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary Taft. 763 - 1594.
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Michael Thomas Harris
February 14, 1947 - April 16, 2012



Michael Thomas Harris, 65, of Taft, California, after a brave fight with brain cancer, died peacefully with his loving family by his side on April 16, 2012.

Michael was born on February 14, 1947 to Thomas Samuel Harris and Odetta Nevada Brumm Harris, in Burlington, Iowa. He grauated from Monrovia High School where he played baseball and was in the band. He earned his bachelor's degree in the arts, and his master's degree in administration at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Michael earned his doctorate in education from University of LaVern.

He married Lisa Merle Gottschalk, an educator, in 1976. They raised two children, Thomas Robert Michael Harris of Bakersfield, California, a Kern County Deputy Sherriff and Danielle Marie Harris of Bakersfield, California, a Junior College Professor. Michael was a proud public school employee in Simi Valley, California and Taft, California. He was a teacher, Principal, Superintendent. He always tried to do what was best for the children. He taught at the the University of LaVern in their Master's and Doctorial Programs proudly helping to shape the future leaders in education. Michael enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and being at his cabin in Mammoth Lakes, California with his family. He was an active member of Taft's Kiwanis Club and CASA of Kern in Bakersfield, California.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 35 years, Lisa Merle Gottschalks Harris, and his son Thomas Robert Michael Harris and daughter Danielle Marie Harris; his sister Mary Lynne Harris Lanning and brother-in-law Preston Thomas Lanning; his brother-in-law Gordon Worra; his niece Debbie Worra; his nephew Dean Worra and his wife Kim Worra; his sister and brother-in-law Shelley Lynn Gottschalk Hitchcock and Charles Hitchcock; his brother-in-law Steven Raymond Gottschalk; his niece Catherin Stephanie Pease-Gottschalks LeChot (Jason and son Cason); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins in Iowa. He will be greatly missed by his walking partners Allie, Minnie T., Zoey and Ziggy. He was preceded in death by his parents; Thomas Samuel Harris and Odetta Nevada Brumm Harris, and his sister Patricia Elizabeth Harris Worra.

Please join us in a celebration of Michael's life on Friday, April 20, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Parks and recreation Center, 500 Cascade Place, Taft, California 93268. The family requests that donations be made to CASA of Kern in Bakersfield, California.
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Oleta Harris
May 24, 1929 - October 6, 2002



A public viewing for Oleta Harris is scheduled for Wednesday, October 9th from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, followed by a graveside service on Thursday, October 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. Pastor Sam White will be officiating the services.

Oleta Harris was born May 24, 1929 in Woodford, Oklahoma and passed away at a Bakersfield hospital on October 6, 2002. Oleta was a longtime resident of Taft, California who worked as a line assigner for Contel Communications Company for over 18 years. She also was member of Women of the Moose organization for 25 years. She loved crocheting, growing vegetables and visiting Morro Bay.

She is survived by her husband Earl Harris, her son Randy and his wife Debra of Taft; her son Gary and his wife Janet of Bakersfield; her five sisters Evelyn Rogers of Taft, Billie Ryan of Michigan, Mary Wilson of Alaska, Anna Nunez of Los Angeles and Norweita Cook of Ridgecrest. She is also survived by her brothers Charles Beard of Taft and Kenny Beard of Kansas. She also has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Oleta was loved by many and will be deeply missed. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. 1150 Fourth St., Taft, California 763-1594
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Richard Eugene Harris
October 1, 1950 - April 22, 2010



Let's not say goodbye but farewell. Richard was a loving brother, uncle and friend to many. He enjoyed sports, friends and was a valued person to the community. Richard was born in Taft, California on October 1, 1950 to Eugene Harris Jr. and Joan B. Harris. He attended Taft Union High School, graduating in 1968.

He is survived by many loved ones including sister Sonja Dargusch, nephews Loren, Cary and Douglas Dargusch all of Taft. He has also left behind many great nieces and nephews. There will not be any services for Richard, just remembrance.
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Susan Diane Harris, 55
July 31, 1945 - April 7, 2001

Susan Diane Harris, the daughter of Jan and Esther Sowles, was born July 31, 1945 in Taft, California and she passed away peacefully at her home in Bakersfield with her family at her side on Saturday morning April 7, 2001.

In 1968, Susan received her teaching credential from Fresno Pacific College and in that same year, she began her teaching career at Greenfield School District. Since then, Susan has taught in various schools with the Panama Buena Vista School District with her last 12 years of teaching being at Leo B. Hart Elementary School. In her years at Leo B. Hart Elementary School, her classes set the achievement standards for all the Bakersfield area schools. During the last four years, Susan mentored 2nd grade teachers within the district by providing helpful ideas and material. Three and a half years ago Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her battle with cancer, Susan demonstrated great strength, determination, courage and a positive attitude. During this time, Susan became a great inspiration for her family and friends. She will always be remembered for her spiritual devotion and her loving heart.

Special thanks to Leo B. Hart faculty, staff, students and parents moms-in-touch, and Valley Baptist Church for their love and support. Susan is preceded in death by her parents and she is survived by her daughter, Stacey Harris, daughter, Kathryn Harris, brother, Murle Sowles, mother-in-law, Margaret Harris, former husband Glynn Harris, aunt and uncle Walt and Ethel Prince and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation for Susan will be held at Basham Funeral Care on Tuesday evening April 10, 2001 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Valley Baptist Church (4800 Fruitvale Avenue) Wednesday morning April 11, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. and interment will follow at West Side Cemetery in Taft. Officiating Susan’s services will be Pastor Rich Paradis.

Donations in memory of Susan should be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life (1523 California Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93304 or call (800) 227-2345) for additional service information or floral delivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care (661) 873-8200.
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Thomas L. Harrison
March 16, 1921 - April 23, 2002



A private internment will be held for Thomas L. Harrison 81, who passed away April 23, 2002. Mr. Harrison was born on March 16, 1921 in Idebel, Oklahoma and resided in Kern County for 42 years. He was a former resident of Taft. He worked as a tool pusher for 19 years, last employed by Western Well. Mr. Harrison was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II.

Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his daughter, Wanda Harrison. He is survived by his wife of 21 years Doris Harrison; grandchildren Staci, Dennis, Meghan, Bob, Cheyanne, Renee, and Cimaron; step-daughters, Deenie Massey, Roxanne Hylton, Vicky Thieben and Tamee Hylton; Half-sister Charlotte Fuller of Villiant Oklahoma; and brother-in-law, Jerry Yates and wife, Audrey of Minnesota.

A special thanks to the staff of Parkview Jullan for their care. No visitation is scheduled. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Willie Ray Harris
April 29, 1928 - March 5, 2012



A memorial funeral service will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints Taft 1st Ward located on the corner of "A" and Church Streets on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Willie R. Harris, 83. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Sarah Harris and by his wife, Evelyn Harris in 2007 and his son, James Shea, Sr. He is survived by his children. Joy Jones and Jack Harris, Sr.; his grandchildren, Carla Garner, Dana Sanatkar, James Shea, Jr., Vicki Sisson, Bill Melton, Heather Reed, and Jack Harris, Jr.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Robbie Lee Hart
March 11, 1923 - August 24, 2003



Robbie Lee Hart passed on the morning of August 24, 2003 peacefully and ready to meet the Lord, in Toledo, Oregon. She was born Robbie Lee Atchley on March 11, 1923, in Texas. On May 26, 1944, Robbie married Ulnar L. Hart in Texas. The two had a loving family of five children.

Robbie was preceded in death by sons John and Jim and husband Ulnar. She is survived by son Joe Hart and his wife Barbara, daughter Sharon Berry and her husband Mel, and daughter Peggy Wood and her husband Frank. Robbie had several loving grandchildren: Tim and Tammy Berry, Ken and Jackie Berry, Steve Hart, Cindy and Brian Kelly, Jim and Christine Wensley, Bryan Wood, David Wood, David and Anna Gunn and Stacey and Chris Palmer. She also had 11 great grandchildren: Wesley, Samantha, Logan, Mariah, Michael, Skyler, Jordan, Colby Brianna, Amanda and Dylan, as well as several loving nieces and nephews in various locations throughout the country.

Robbie was active in the Eastern Star Organization, Oildale Chapter, with her husband of 51 years. Robbie held many offices in the Eastern Star and was Worthy Matron in 1978 and appointed Deputy Grand Matron in 1987, both were very proud moments for Robbie and her family. Hart and Robbie made many life long friends in Texas, California, Washington and Oregon and had many wonderful stories to share about their lives and adventures. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and her indomitable spirit. We should all be so lucky to have someone in our lives again that had her outlook on life, ability to love unconditionally and rebel pride.

Funeral services will be graveside only at Union Cemetery of September 20, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. in lieu of flowers please send donations to a charity or scholarship fund of your choice in the name of Robbie Lee Hart.
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Paul E. Hartman
February 29, 1932 - May 1, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Paul Edgar Hartman, 71. George Hickernell will officiate at the services.

Mr. Hartman was born in Los Angeles on February 29, and passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 1, 2003. Paul was a longtime Taft resident and was employed by Mobil Oil Company as an electronic technician.

Mr. Hartman is survived by his wife, Marilyn Hartman of Las Vegas, Nevada; his sons, Bill Hartman of Mission Viejo, California and Jeff Hartman of Bakersfield; his step-sons Terry Horn of Stanfield, Oregon and Marty Horn of Kansas City, Missouri and by his eight grandchildren.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robby Hartness
July 3, 1968 - November 5, 2012



Robby was born on July 3, 1968 and passed away unexpectedly on November 5, 2012. He was a jack of all trades and was always willing to help anyone with anything.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years Christy, his three children, Ashley, Dillion, and Jessica, his mom and step-dad Dena and Don, his brothers Jeff and Shawn and sister Susan. He also leaves behind numerous extended family and many great friends. He will be greatly missed.

The viewing is on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The service is on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Merlee Harvill, 75
February 5, 1927 - February 8, 2002



Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, Friday, February 15th at 2:30 p.m. for Merlee Harvill, 75, who passed away February 8, 2002 in a local hospital. Chaplain Gary Bashor will officiate.

Merlee was born February 5, 1927 in Point, Louisiana and resided in Kern County for 40 years, she served many long years working South Valley Gins as a secretary and clerk.

Merlee was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Harvill, and her son Ron Harvill, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Cathy & Lester Hoover of Arvin; grandson Ronnie Harvill of Taft, and sister Marjie Lesch of Kentucky.

Visitation will begin Thursday February 14th at 3:00 p.m. Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Quinten Kermit Hatch
August 23, 1918 - September 8, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, September 8, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Quinten Kermit Hatch. Quinten Kermit Hatch passed away on September 3, 2003 in Taft at the age of 85. He was born August 23, 1918 to Aaron Chelsey and Addie Mae Bogan Hatch in Dardanelle, Arkansas. Mr. Hatch worked for N.E.C.K. drilling for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Lila Mae Hamilton, Melba Roberta Hatch and Viva Gall and one brother, Lonnie Kent Hatch. He is survived by his wife, Lorene Hazel Hatch; his three sisters, Opha Sumner of San Leandro, Irene and her husband, Denver Merritt of Paris, Arkansas, and Grace McClure of Dardanelle, Arkansas; his children include, Donald Hatch of Houston, Texas, Raymond and his wife, Lodema Hatch of Taft, Vickie and her husband, Jeff White of Houston, Texas, Janetta and her husband, Mark Shields of Bakersfield, and Rick and his wife, Patty Hatch of Hiram, Georgia; his loving grandchildren and spouses include, Kathy and Mark Fitzsimmons, Caryn and Larry Breslin of Taft, Tim and Leslie Hatch of Houston, Texas, Chris and Wendy Hatch of Nashville, Tennessee, Josh Shields of Bakersfield, Angie Shields of Sacramento and Circe and Cassie Hatch of Hiram, Georgia; his great grandchildren include, Joseph Fitzsimmons, Jennifer Fitzsimmons, Tyler Shields and Austin Shields. Brandon and Brooklyn Breslin, Graham Holt and McKenzie Bustillo. He leaves in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews who knew him fondly as Uncle Pedro.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Hospice Foundation of Kern County. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ollie Joe Hatfield
September 13, 1907 - December 4, 2003



Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Freewill Baptist Church for longtime Taft resident Ollie Joe Hatfield. Pastor Jim Kilgore will be officiating the service.

Ollie was born in Albam, Arkansas on September 13, 1907 to John and Minnie Hatfield and he went to be with the Lord on December 4, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 96. His loving wife Nanette was by his side. Ollie was a man of many trades. He was a custodian for the Redlands School District in Redlands, California, for several years before he moved to Taft. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and of the Sportsman Club.

Ollie is survived by his wife Nanette, daughters and Rose Mary Winder of Oregon, 9 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

A public viewing is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 8, at West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, for those who would like to pay their respects. All funeral services are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) - 763-1594
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Bobby Gene Hatton
January 23, 1943 - September 12, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday Morning at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Bobby Gene Hatton, 58. Mr. Hatton was born in Leighton, Alabama on January 23, 1943 and passed away at his Bakersfield residence on September 16, 2001.

Mr. Hatton served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He had lived on the Westside for 30 years. He was a member of the Taft City Fire Department for three years and then went to work for Kern County Fire Department where he worked for 23 years. He retired as an engineer from Kern County Fire Department in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Hatton. Mr. Hatton is survived by his wife Lillie Hatton of Bakersfield, his children, Kelly Hinesley of Bakersfield, Bobby Hatton, Jr. and JoAnn Vickham both of Washington, Yvonne Brassfield of Bakersfield, Susan Jones of Taft and Noble Sartin of Newman, Georgia; his 13 grandchildren; and five brothers and three sisters all living in Alabama.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bernice L. Havener, 76
August 11, 1919 - September 29, 1995



At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral or visitation for Bernice L Havener, 76. A "Celebration of Life" memorial service will be held and friends may call the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home at 765-4111 for details on the service.

Mrs. Havener was born August 11, 1919 and passed away September 29, 1995.

She spent most of her life in Taft, where she and her husband owned several businesses.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Havener; two daughtes and their husbands, Arline and Donald Cummings and Carolyn and Tom McCleod, all of Taft; a son, Bob Havener of Incline Village, Nevada; and her grandchildren and their spouses, David Wells, Kelly Cox, Cady Scholl, Barbie and Tom McCleod; a great-granddaughter, Madison Cox; a brother, Donald Votaw of Washington; two sisters, Eloise Fish of Idaho and Miriam and Ralph Kann of Santa Cruz; a cousin, Marilyn Strohmaier, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

In lieu of flowers , donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Kern Hospice, or a favorite charity.
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Robert J. Havener Jr., 79
December 16, 1917 - January 29, 1997



Private memorial services were held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for long time Taft resident and businessman Robert J. Havener Jr., 79. The Rev. Jerry Buzzell officiated at the services.

Mr. Havener was born on December 16, 1917 in Solomon, Kansas, and passed away on January 29, 1997 in Bakersfield. Before retiring to Incline Village, Nevada, Mr. Havener and his wife, Bernice, owned and operated several Businesses in Taft including Havener's Men's Shop, H & M Machine Shop and Hottap Services Inc. Mr. Havener was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed spectator sports and horse racing.

He was preceded in death by hlis wife, Bernice, in September 1995. Mr. Havener is survived by a son, Robert J. Havener, III of Incline Village; his daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Tom McCleod and arline and Don Cummings, all of Taft; a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Kenneth Dillon of Fresno; three grandchildren, David Wells, Kelly Cox and Carly School; a great granddaughter, Madison Cox; and his nephews, Mark and Fred Dillon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Mr. Havener to the West Side District Hospital or a favorite charity. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lucille Havens, 82
February 14, 1919 – June 5, 2001



Graveside Funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday June 8, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft Resident, Lucille Havens, 82.

Mrs. Havens was born in Oxford, Alabama on February 14, 1919 and passed away in Taft on June 5, 2001. Mrs. Havens came to Taft in 1972 and attended the Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Spray R. Havens, in 1975. Her survivors her two daughters Evelyn Louise Allmon of Taft and Dorothy L. Smith of Dublin; her son Kenneth R. Havens of Taft; her sister, Lorrine Sargent of Big Pine, California; her 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bernard W. Hawkins
December 31, 1936 - February 10, 2004



Memorial services will be held at the First Assembly of God on Asher Street on Friday at 3:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Bernard Wayne Hawkins, 67. Rev. Trent Meadors will officiate at the services and private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Hawkins was born in Texas on December 31, 1936 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 10, 2004. He and his family moved to Taft when he was five years old. Mr. Hawkins was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. He had been employed by Western Well as an oilworker for 45 years and retired in 1996.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phylliss Hawkins, in November of 1990. Mr. Hawkins' survivors include his children, Alma Majors, Patty Wagner, Michael Lane, Cynthia Bryant, Darla and Allan Hamblin, Timothy and Vicky Hawkins and Patrick Hawkins; his ten grand children and his four great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret Eliza Hawkins
January 25, 1938 - November 12, 2004



Loving wife, mother and grandmother passed at home peacefully in her sleep on November 12th, at 4:25 a.m.

She is survived by her devoted husband Hayes Ross Hawkins; children, Gary Alton Hawkins, Ronnie Lee Hawkins, Laura Lynn Hawkins, Mary Bridgett Hawkins, Donna Michele Hawkins, David Ross Hawkins; grandchildren James Abney, Joshua Ross Hawkins, Rena Hawkins, Cara Hawkins, Kayla Hawkins, Kevin and Keith Erlenheim; sister, Betty Sumner; brother-in-law, Andy Sumner; niece and nephew Rachel and Andrew Sumner, whom currently reside in England. She was born in Scunthrope, England on January 25, 1938, before moving to the U.S. after marrying the love of her life to start a new life and family in 1963, she was a devoted English nurse, before becoming the managers of Ricky' Dress Shop located in Lincon, England. She was very loved by her family and friends whom always came first with her. She will be deeply missed. We love you mom. Rest in Peace. God Bless You.
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Vi Hawkins
August 16, 1911 - January 19, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Vi Hawkins, 85. Ms. Hawkins was the eldest of nine children born to Francis Ruth and Joseph Alfred Hawkins on August 16, 1911 in Grants Pass, Ore. She passed away January 19, 1997 in a Porterville care center. In the younger years of her life Ms. Hawkins enjoyed riding motorcycles with her family and friends and was a member of the Taft Motorcycle Club. She spent many of her working years in Porterville where she worked at the Porterville Hotel. Upon her retirement she held the position of manager.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Winton and Harold; and two sisters, Dolores Gray and Cleo Amadisto. Ms. Hawkins is survived by two brothers, Jess and Walter; two sisters, Jean Binkley and Marion Syrypec; her close friend and neighbor, Elsie McCall; and Larry Hillan of Fellows whom she considered as a son.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Walter (Dick) Hawkins
January 22, 1931 - December 22, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native Walter (Dick) Hawkins, 66. Rev. Daniel, pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Hawkins was born in Taft on January 22, 1931 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 22nd. He was raised and educated in the area and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1950. In the 1960's he was active in the theater field and later worked for Safeway Stores for ten years, retiring in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Quinton and Harold, and by his sister, Dolores Gray and Cleo Amadisto, Mr. Hawkins is survived by his sisters, Jean Binkley of Taft and Marian Skrypec; his brother, Jess Hawkins of Taft; his nieces and nephews and by several great and great-great nieces and nephews and many friends. Those who wish may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Monday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time to pay their respects.
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Stephen F. Hayden
April 12, 1942 - May 25, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. for Stephen F. Hayden, 62. Mr. Hayden was born in Long Beach on April 12, 1945 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 25, 2007. He worked for many years for the San Joaquin Refinery as an outside operator. Mr. Hayden loved history. He enjoyed building and was well rounded in mechanics.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Otis Hayden; his mother Helen Jeanette "Grandma Honey" Hayden and by his brother, Larry Hayden. His survivors include his wife of four and a half wonderful years, Rose Hayden of Keene; his children, Patrick Hayden and his fianc'e Jean of Bakersfield, Timothy Hayden of Bakersfield, Jim and Robin Lumsden of Maricopa, Jim and Karen Chitwood of Maricopa, and Jeff and Vicki Howard of Taft; his grandchildren, Alisia Hayden and Stephen Hayden both of Bakersfield; Robert Lumsden, Chad Chitwood and his fianc'e Tiffany, JC Chitwood, Brad and Brett Howard all of Taft; his very close friends, Rob and Joyce Kilker, Homer and Janice Emberson, Johnny and Jeanie Emberson, Melvin and Edie Dooty and Janice Hardy, Howard and Diane Sasser, Richard and Debbie Anderson, and many other close friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Audrey LaVee Hayes, 67
July 23, 1929 - April 19, 1997



Graveside services will be held Wednesday a 2:00 p.m. in th West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Audrey LaVee Hayes, 67.

Mrs. Hayes was born on July 23, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri and passed away at her home on April 19, 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Hayes, in 1976 and a grandson, Dainel Gathings, in 1995. She is survived by her six children, Carol McKenzie of Fresno, Connie Roberts of Oklahoma, Tim Hayes of Bakersfield, and Rhonda Skinner, Kim Hayes and Lonnie Hayes all of Taft; 11 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; her sister-in-law and her husband, Bonnie and Leo Satterfield of and her companion, Robert "Curly: Embeson of Taft.

Visitation will be held Tuesday until 8:30 p.m.and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Davis R. Hayes 89,
December 5, 1911 - January 13, 2001



Former long time Taft resident, Davis R. Hayes died January 13, 2001. He was 89 and had lived in Terra Bella for 16 years. Private services were held.

Mr. Hayes was born in Ismay, Montana. He worked for Getty Oil for 35 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline of Terra Bella; a son Dr. Phillip Hayes of Porterville; a sister, Carol Rice of New Mexico; and two grandchildren.
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Kenneth Earl Haynes
March 13, 1917 - April 17, 1997



Ken passed away, Thrusday, April 17, 1997 at Memorial Hospital, a victim of cancer. A memorial service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, on Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 1997.

Ken was born on March 13, 1917, in Fort Scott, Kansas. He moved to California in 1923 with his family and settled in Taft. After working in the oil business for fifty years. Ken retired in 1984. After retiring, Ken and Mary spent a lot of their time traveling in their motor home. Ken also enjoyed golf and bowling.

Ken is survived by his wife, Mary F. Haynes, two sons, Dale E. Haynes of Bakersfield, and Russell N. Haynes of Arroyo Grande, and a daughter, Patricia G. Rolin, of Bakersfield. In addition there are seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family requests that instead of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Ken with the American Cancer Society.
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Barbara Helen Hayslett
June 29, 1917 - December 22, 2007



Barbara Helen Hayslett June 29, 1917 - December 22, 2007 Basham Funeral Care. A memorial service for Barbara Helen Hayslett will be held at Faith Temple Church (1227 Park Drive) on Thursday afternoon, December 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Barbara went home to be with her Lord on December 22, 2007. She was 90 years old.

Barbara was born in Fellows, California to her late parents, Samuel and Effie Carter. She attended school in Taft and married her lifelong mate, Thurman, on February 28, 1935. Together they owned and operated several grocery stores in Maricopa and Bakersfield, California before moving to Southern California in 1957. She worked for the Garden Grove Unified School District for 24 years before retiring in 1985. She loved the mountains, camping, walking - but most of all she loved her family, church family and the Lord.
Barbara is preceded in death by her sister, Mary Carter; her daughter, Yvonne Thompson; her grandson, Baby Boy Rea and her great grandson, Matthew Hayslett. She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Thurman Hayslett; son, Albert Hayslett and his wife, Judy; six grandchildren, Thomas and Celia Hayslett, Brent Hayslett, Diana and Rick Curry, Rex Hayslett, Marvin Rea, Paul and Susan (Clark) Hayslett; 11 great-grandchildren, Andy, Chris, Heather, Mandy, Paul Jr., Amber, Jacob, Amy, Sonya, Justin and Jennifer; 11 great great grandchildren, Kaleb, Kylie, Carson, Gavin, Preston, Michael, Noah, Ryan, Eli, Samantha and Megan.
For additional service or floral delivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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Jeanne M. Haywood, 71
April 9, 1925 - February 10, 1997



Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Sothwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane, Thursday at 2:30 p.m. for Jeanne Maurine Haywood, 71. Pastor Jim Williams will officiate.

Jeanne was born April 9, 1925 in Phoenix, Arizona and passed away Feburay 10, 1997 in Bakersfield. She had resided in Kern County for 34 years. She was an accountant for 30 years and was last employed with Bechtel POI. She enjoyed the garden, family genealogy, sang in the church choir and loved to dance. She was loyal, faithful and devoted companion and wife for almost 52 years. She had a great sense of humor and adored her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph S. Haywood of Bakersfield; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kelly Haywood of Bakersfield; her grandsons, Ian Michael Haywood and Sean Jefferey Haywood; and many other loving relatives and friends.

No visitation is scheduled and Greenlawn Southwest Mortuary Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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William R. Hazlewood
August 7, 2003 – February 18, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning, February 26, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. in Gafford Chapel Cemetery in Hopkins County, Texas, for Westside resident, William R. Hazlewood, 81.

Mr. Hazlewood was born on August 7, 1921, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, and passed away in Bakersfield on February 18, 2003. He was the owner of Hazlewood Drilling and worked as a driller for 65 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brothers and sisters and is survived by his sons and their wives, Brad and Lorelei Hazlewood of Taft and Greg and Jocelyn Hazlewood of Scottsdale, Arizona; his grandson, Bob Hazlewood of Taft; had by his granddaughters Lacey Hazlewood, Malory Robbins, Tess Robbins and Mary Hazlewood all of Taft.

The arrangements are under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Vera Madelle Headen, 91
April 16, 1904 - November 16, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Caldonia Cemetery in Sparta, Illinois, for Taft resident Vera Madelle Headen, 91.

Mrs. Headen was born on April 16, 1904 in Shuline, Illinois, and passed away November 16, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. She earned her masters degree in education at USC and influenced over 1,000 students. She was an educator for 50 years, having taught school in Sparta; Edwardsville, Illinois,; Reedley; and Sacramento. She retired in 1983 and moved to Taft in 1993 to be with her family. Mrs. Headen was a member of theFirst Baptist Church where she was active in the women's group AAUW.

She was preceded in death by her husband William Balwin Headen, in 1982. She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Susan and Gerald Griffith of Taft; and a grandson, Charles William Hayes of North Hollywood.

The arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Vera Lee Heaps
August 18, 1914 - June 3, 2002



Graveside services will be held Friday, June 7th, at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, 26910 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California for Vera Lee Heaps, 87, of Bakersfield, who left to be with her heavenly father, June 3, 2002. Rev. Ted and Ruth Spears will officiate.

Vera was born on August 18, 1914 in Friendship, New York. She raised her family in Taft, California then moved to Bakersfield where she lived many years and was known and loved by many. Vera played in the first all girls band of Taft, California which marched in the Pasadena Rose Parade in 1930. Vera has won many souls to Christ in her lifetime and was never ashamed to ask anyone if they personally knew her Heavenly Father.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ward and Nina Hunt; brother Kenneth Hunt and husband Lester Heaps. She is survived by her sister Betty Pequignot; beloved daughter Phyllis Rascoe and husband Gary who was like her own son; two grandchildren Rhonda and spouse Aret Brown and Michael Rascoeand spouse Pat; two great frandchildren Mathtew Rascoe, Adrienne and spouse Greg Dovell; two great great grandchildren Corbin Daniel and Kyra Rene who were the sunshine of her life.

precious Mother, your were always true and faithful to the old rugged cross, now you have exchanged it for your crown.

Visitation begins Thura=sady, 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

To My Mother
You held me when I cried.
You kissed my cuts and bruises.
You comforted me when I was sick
And prayed and nursed me back to health
You wept at my defeats.
And applauded me in my victories.
You were my greatest champion.
And were always my best friend.
Mother, I love you always
And I wish you were here, now
To hold me while I weep
I refuse to say Goodbye!
Thank you for being the best mother
A daughter could ever have!

Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors
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Elizabeth L. Heard
November 13, 1939 - January 25, 2011



Betty passed away after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Taft, California, graduated from Taft High and Taft College. She was employed as Secretary to the Gas Company, Standard Oil, 13 years at Humbolt University, and retiring from Frito Lay.

She leaves behind her husband of 50 years Jack; sons and their wives; Bart and Wendy, Darin and Anita; her most beloved grandchildren, Dylan and Emma.

Betty's passion was quilting which she was very good at, being President of Cotton Patch Quilters for three years. She also loved to bowl and go fishing with Jack when the weather was good and the fish were biting.

She passed away surround by her loyal and very helpful friends, Suzy and Donna Tracy, Chick Cloud and Jae Kuge. Special thanks to Dr. Mukhopadhyay and his Assistant June. As per Betty's request there will be no services.
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Randel Lee Hebert, 59
August 5, 1948 - June 16, 2007



Randy was born and raised in Taft, where he attended and graduated from Taft High School and Taft College. He was honorably discharged from the chemical division of the U.S. Army.

Randy is preceded in death by his father, Francis J. Hebert. He is survived by his mother and step-father Mary Frances and Jack Jarvis; brother Rusty B. Hebert; sister Janelle C. Fairhurst and husband Greg, nephews, Jason Hebert, Joshua Hebert, and Michael Fairhurst, one great nephew, Jack H. Hebert.

Randy enjoyed motorcycles, hunting and collecting guns and old objects. He was an avid reader quite gifted in drawing and was proud of the fact that he could still quote the rules of punctuation used in Bailey Newlee's English class.

A celebration of Randy's life will be held July 14, 2007 at 11:00 o'clock in the Historical Fort, 915 N. 10th street. Gather together your stories to share with family and friends. If a man does not keep with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer "Harry David Thoreau.
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Donald Louis Hedlund, 77
April 30, 1931 - March 19, 2009



Donald L. Hedlund, 77, passed away on March 19, 2009. He was the loving husband of Barbara H. Hedlund and celebrated their 58th anniversary on the 8th of March.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Bernice and Frank Wiley, father Louis Hedlund, sister and her husband, Betty and Carl Young, his daughter, Denise Hedlund and granddaughter, Leah Jan Hedlund. He was survived by four children, Mark Hedlund (Gayle) of Paso Robles, California, Jennifer Shrader (Mike) of Sahuarita, Arizona, Brett Hedlund (Debbie) of Santa Maria, California and Karen Phillips (Jim) of Taft, California. He was extremely proud of his eleven grandchildren, and his eleven great grandchildren, with a twelfth to be added soon.

Don moved his growing family to New Cuyama, California in 1958 where he taught for 28 years. He loved teaching history, geography, and science. He coached track for many years and also coached football for afew years. Many students remember him for the snakes they would study and he was very proud of making a difference in their lives. He also raised cattle, restored Ford Mustangs, renovated many homes and dealt in real estate for many years.

He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard, and saw combat in Korea with the 40th Infantry Division. He loved to travel and after retirement he and Barbara traveled extensively. Each autumn they would travel to Minnesota via Branson, Missouri to visit family and friends and to enjoy the fall colors. Don was an avid bowler and biked the coast of California and Oregon many times. He also enjoyed weightlifting and challenged all of the boys in the family and won a bench press contest in Arizona at the age of 73.

Funeral services were held on March 24, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison, Taft. Graveside service followed at the West Side Cemetery. Visitation was held March 23rd, at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers make donations to Bakersfield Rescue Mission or a charity of your choice. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Christian F. Heer
April 12, 1947 - May 23, 2001



Christian F. Heer, 54, a native of the Paso Robles area, passed away May 23, 2001. A memorial service will be held on May 28 at 4:00 p.m. at the Heer family ranch on Calabaza Way off Tower Road in Estrella/Paso Robles. An informal gathering of friends and family will follow.

Chris was born to Al and Edna Heer, April 12, 1947. He attended the one-room Pleasant Valley School then Paso Robles High School. He played varsity football all four years, was senior class president and was active in Future Farmers of America, receiving their highest national degree, The American Farmer. He attended Cal Poly with a double major in Animal Husbandry and Crop science, while at the same time farming in the Paso Robles area.

Chris was a 26-year employee of Mobil Oil. He was in charge of the pipeline from San Ardo to Estero Bay until that line was decommissioned. He was then assigned to the line from Kern Ridge to Los Angeles. He also spent five years in Saudi Arabia working for Mobil as an engineer, building a pipeline from the Persian Gulf to the Red Sea.

Chris is survived by his wife Debbie; daughter of Dick and Mary Lea Mayborn; sons, Stacy Camsuzou of Las Vegas, Wade McKenzie and wife Jamie of Paso Robles; and daughter Jennifer Shliff and husband Toby of Paso Robles; two grandchildren Chance and Lachlan McKenzie; brothers Walt Heer and wife Donna, Henry Heer and wife Leslie, all of Paso Robles; and sister, Marty Blaauw and husband John of Monrovia.

Chris and Debbie enjoyed the ranch life, raising mules and cattle. They are active in Backcountry Horsemen and have volunteered hundreds of hours maintaining trails in the National forests. They are avid packers, maintaining a pack string and guiding trips into the Sierra Nevada’s. Donations may be made to Hospice and the American Cancer Society in the name of Chris Heer.
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Harold Eugene Heinz, 68
March 27, 1929 - April 30, 1997



Harold Eugene Heinz, born March 27, 1929, and passed away April 30, 1997 in Covina following a lengthy illness. Mr. Heinz served his country as a U.S. Marine. He met his wife of 44 years in Hobbs, New Mexico, and brought his family to Maricopa in 1965. When he was not working in the oil fields, Harold spent most of his free time doing the things he enjoyed most -- fishing (deep sea and lake), hunting and reading.

Harold is survived by his wife, Lou Ella; daughter, Donna; son, Terry; daughter-in-law, Cherie; and two grandchildren, Tara and Tyler.

Private services were held May 8, 1997 with his remains being scattered at sea. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Harold's name be sent to the American Lung Association or a charity of youir choice.
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T.K. "Ken" Helmer, 86
June 21, 1909 - November 26, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Thursday at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Theodore Kenneth "Ken" Helmer, 86. The Rev. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Helmer was born in Fernie, British Columbia, on June 21, 1909 and passed away November 26, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. He moved to Taft in 1917 and was a member of the 1926 graduating class at Taft Union High School. He worked in the oil fields for 48 years, retiring from General American Oil Company in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Helmer of Taft; three daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Jim Minor of Taft, and Anne and Mike Foster and Diane and Jim Smith, all of Salem, Oregon; a sister and her husband, Florence and Lem Dale of Sanger; his grandchildren, David Minor, Dan Minor and his wife, Sally, Julie Minor, Jeffery Minor, Nathan Minor and Patrice Helmer; a great granddaughter, Natalie Minor; and a nephew, Kenneth Dale and his wife, Marilyn.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until noon to pay their respects.
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Marye Alice Helms
December 20, 1921 - July 26, 2012



Marye Alice Helms, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, in Albany, Oregon, following a short battle with leukemia with her daughter Wendy by her side. Marye Alice was born in Taft, California the daughter of Martin and Edna Montgomery. Marye Alice married to Vernon S. Helms in 1941 and enjoyed an exceptional marriage for 63 years. To the union of Vern and Marye Alice, three children were born, Janet, Wendy and Monty. She also helped raise a nephew, Robert Sykes, and considered him one of her own.

A great love of Marye Alice was teaching grades two and five within the Taft City Schools for over 20 years that engulfed her during her younger years. She was a former PTA President, Girl Scout and Brownie Leader and active in the Christian Science Church of Taft and the Fusion Faith Center of Albany, Oregon. She was very active in committees at Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho every summer where she traveled with Vern and enjoyed fishing every morning before the dew was off the shimmering waters of Lake Pend Oreille. She also enjoyed camping at Huntington Lake every summer with her family and other families such as the Curtis', The Stouts, Heseltine's, Mitchell's, and Hooks. Many a great adventure happened every summer with her family and shared friends at Huntington Lake, Califronia

Marye Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Vern in 2005; son, Monty in 1986; a grandson, Bill Marcus "Marc" Ennis, Jr.; and sisters, Patty Sykes and Betty Wesendunk. Survivors include daughters, Janet Ennis of Florence, Oregon and Wendy Ezelll of Albany, Oregon; grandson Scott Christopher Ennis of Scottdale, Arizona; nephew, Robert Sykes of Oakland, California. She will be truly missed forever by her family and friends who she touched along the way. She always had a wonderful gift of giving in her life along with her lovely wit and smile. There is no death -- just different Worlds.... The family thanks April and Gladys of Mennonite In Home Care and Samaritan Evergreen Hospice for their loving care. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Taft Oil Society, in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington Street, Albany, Oregon 97321.
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James Robert Helton
March 5, 1949 - March 4, 2012



James was born March 5, 1949 to James Ray Helton and Ninah Rae Helton in Taft, California. James was a long time resident of Taft. He served in the U. S. Army in Vietnam. He passed away of natural causes on Sunday, March 4, 2012.

James is survived by one daughter, Jami Binning, two grandsons, Erick and Kyle, two uncles, Lloyd and Coy Pierce, one sister, Melinda and husband Larry Fleming, three nieces and several cousins.

Private services will be held. Thank You, James & Priscilla Kincheloe, Arvin Funeral Home. 600 Tucker Street, Arvin, California 93203.
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Joyce Neal Quary Henderson
February 18, 1949 - May 13, 2012



Joyce Neal Quary Henderson fought ALS with determination an heart. Her long journey as a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend ended on May 13, 2012, Mother's Day. She was at home with her family when her beautiful spirit left this world to join her father, mother and other loved ones. Joyce was born on February 18, 1949 in Taft, California to Guy and Patsy Quary.

She was raised in Buttonwillow, California with her brother, Larry for most of her childhood, living as a farmer's daughter, Joyce has spent parts of her life in Bakersfield, Santa Maria and Poway, California, and briefly in Lilburn, Georgia. She also had a love for traveling, she has been to Italy, France, England Hawaii and Mexico, Joyce was beautiful inside and out, and had a loving spirit. She touched the lives of everyone she met and was happiest when she was surrounded by her kids and grandchildren. Her greatest joy came through helping people and animals. She had a great love and appreciation for animals and seemed to connect with them. Joyce was on a spiritual journey and become a fearless living life coach. She was and is a wonderful mother and grandmother. Her memories will forever fill our hearts.

She leaves very sad family members and friends who will miss her presence dearly and her love for life. She leaves behind husband Nelson; son John and wife Rhonda, daughter Patricia and husband Shane, son Steven, her stepchildren, Debbie, Brent, Mary and Jeff; her brother Larry and wife Donna; grandsons Tyler, Tanner, Alan Keith, and Gage; 7 grandchildren from her stepchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

To see more about Joyce's work go to her website at www.unlockingyourvision.com. In lieu of flowers please feel free to contribute to the Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption at www.alsa.org.

Visitation for Joyce Quary Henderson will be held at Mish Funeral Home (120 Minner Ave.) on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with funeral services on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mish Funeral Home Chapel. www.mishfuneralhome.com.
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Robert W. Henning, 61
March 9, 1936 - September 12, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Robert Warren Henning, 61. Reverend David Daniel, Pastor of Calvary Temple Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Henning was born in Texas on March 9, 1936 and passed away in a Sylmar nursing home on September 12, 1997. Mr. Henning was raised and educated in Taft, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1955.

He is survived by his mother, Gen Singatis of Taft; his brothers and their wives, William and Carolyn Henning of Frazier Park, and Richard and Paulette Henning of Mountain View; his niece, Mary Avery of Oxnard; and his nephews, Charles Henning of Oxnard and Tommy Henning of Mountain View.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangments are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bessie Henry 83
August 11, 1918 - March 12, 2002



Private family burial was held in the Westside District Cemetery for longtime Kern County Resident, Bessie Henry, 83. Mrs. Henry was born in Roseine, Kentucky on August 11, 1918 and passed away in the local nursing home on the evening of March 12, 2002. The services were under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Donald Lee Henson
June 20, 1944 - August 28, 2002



There will be no public services for Taft Resident Donald Lee Henson, who was born on June 20, 1944 to Roy and Lucille McIntosh in Illinois and passed away on August 28, 2002 in Fresno, California at the age of 58. He was employed as an electrical engineer for Western Process Control for over 35 years.

Mr. Henson's wishes were to be buried in Salem, Illinois. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary.(661)763-1594.
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Laverne H. Henson
December 28, 1912 - June 19, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, LaVern H. Henson, 88. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services. Private burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Henson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 28, 1912 and passed away at her residence on June 19, 2001. She attended Maricopa Schools before moving to Taft. Mrs. Henson was a member the Lakeview Southern Baptist Church.

She was a farmer's wife and was preceded in death by her husband Cliff Henson, who was a longtime Southern Kern County farmer, and by her sister and brother-in-law, Ethol and Hudson Choice.

Mrs. Henson is survived by her son, John Henson Landers of Taft; her sisters, Jerilee Klinkers of Decatur, Michigan and Dora Mae Ebbert of Thousand Oaks; her nephew, Ken Klinkers of Kalamazoo, Michigan and by several nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Donald Craig Henshaw
May 20, 1926 - January 21, 2014



Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service which will be held at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 207 Tyler Street, Taft on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. for Donald C. Henshaw, 87. Don's grandson Chaplain Jason DiPinto and Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons of the Taft Lighthouse Foursquare Church will officiate, and burial will be at the West Side District Cemetery.

Donald Henshaw was born in Denver, Colorado on May 20, 1926 and passed away in Clovis, California on January 21, 2014. Part of the "greatest generation", Don proudly served his Country as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Donald and his family moved to Taft in 1977 and made Taft their home for over 35 years. He was an active member of the Lighthouse Foursquare Church serving as a Church Elder for many years and also ministered as a member of The Gideons Society.

Donald started his career in education in Redlands, California in the mid-1950's and retired from Taft Union HighSchool as the District Business Manager in 1987. Donald enjoyed woodworking and was known for his excellent woodworking skills.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joy Ann Henshaw; his second wife, Vada Oma Henshaw; his mother, Vivienne Mae Henshaw and his brother, Roger Henshaw. Donald's survivors include his children and their spouses, Jim and Carrie Henshaw of Taft, Valerie and Randy DiPinto of Clovis, Mike and Carrollynn Henshaw of Quartzsite, Arizona; his step children and spouses, Sharon Lynn and Art Besler of Medford, Oregon, Marvie Chandler and Sue and Tom Loustalot of Taft; his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Viewing will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Joy Ann Henshaw, 67
September 13, 1929 - March 26, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the West Side Christian Center, 207 Tyler Street in Taft, Friday at 1:30 p.m. for Taft resident Joy Ann Henshaw, 67. The Rev. Bob Birch, pastor of the West Side Christian Center, and Richard Cherry will officiate the services. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Henshaw was born in Wellington Kansas, on September 13, 1929 and passed away at her home on March 26, 1997. She moved to Taft in 1977 and was a member of the West Side Christian Center. She worked as the Church secretary for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Willis and May June Phye. Her survivors include her husband, Donald C. Henshaw of Taft; her children and their spouses, Jim and Carrie Henshaw of Taft, Valerie and Randel DiPinto of Clovis, and Mike and Carrollynn Henshaw of Bakersfield; her sisters and their husbands, Betrice and Harold Stout, Wanda Jean Burt, and Sheila and Gordon Daivis, all of Needles, Jacklyn June Lyman of Clarkston, Washington, and Janice and Dale Eaton of Hinkley; her grandchildren, Donald Joseph Henshaw, and Jason and Justin DiPinto; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friends Richard and Audrey Cherry.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations in Mrs. Henshaw's memory be sent to Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine Road, Bakersfield, California 93313. Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon to pay their respects.
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Vada Oma Henshaw
December 8, 1919 - April 29, 2012



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for Vada Oma Henshaw, 92.

Mrs. Henshaw was born in Moundridge, Kansas on December 8, 1919 and on April 29, 2012 in Bakersfield she went home to be with the Lord. She had lived in Taft since 1935 and was a member of the Foursquare Church. She was employed with the telephone company as a line assigner and retired after 25 years of service. Her proudest accomplishment, aside from her family, was becoming a licensed minister.

She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Hazel Havenhill, Nedra Adams, Marian Hewitt and Verna (twin of Vada) Cole. Mrs. Henshaw is survived by her husband, Donald Henshaw; daughters, Sharon Besler, Marvalyn Chandler and Susan Loustalot; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Vivienne May (Watson) Henshaw
February 11, 1902 - July 10, 1997



Vivienne May Watson was born to David and Edith Rogers Watson on February 11, 1902 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. She passed away on July 10, 1997 in a Shafter convalescent home at the age of 95.

Upon completion of her high school education she worked for the United States Post Office in Denver, Colorado, until her marriage to Russell Henshaw on October 9, 1921. Shortly thereafter they moved to Los Angeles where her husband worked in the oil business and they also worked in the oil business and they also operated an egg ranch. It was here that their two sons were born.

In 1937, while her husband was involved in his job, Mr. Henshaw took a class in home economics from the Frank Wiggins Trade School. As a result of this training she assisted in the catering of parties to many fine homes, including that of the manufacturer of the Cord automobile.

She also taught a class in Los Angeles sponsored by B'nai Brith, a Jewish organization. This was at the time that Hitler was evicting the Jews from Eruopean countries. These people would come to this country and be trained to become domestics in Vivienne's class. Besides teaching this class she also worked for the federal government in the Free School Lunch Program until 1941 when the family moved to Needles.

When the war began in December of 1941, Vivienne was involved in many projects for the war effort. About 1948 they moved to San Francisco. When her marriage ended. Vivienne went to Golden Colorado, and worked in the Holland House Hotel. Later she worked for the Better Business Bureau in Bakerfield and Long Beach. After moving to Ontario she worked for the U.S. Navy Weapons Center in Corona, as a voucher examiner until her retirement at age 70. She continued to live in her Ontario apartment until about 1986 when she came to Taft and then to Shafter.

Mrs. Henshaw is survived by her sons: Roger Henshaw and his wife, Bertie, of Fort St. John, BC. Canada; and Don Henshaw of Taft; her grandchildren and their spouses: Steven and Judy Henshaw of Salem, Oregon; Peggy and Richard Stokes of Aloha, Oregon; Brenda and Mike Montgomery of Otis Orchards, Washington; Dean and Sandra Henshaw of Post Falls, Idaho; Jim and Carrie henshaw of Taft; Valerie and Randy DiPinto of Clovis; and Michael and Carrollynn Henshaw of Bakersfied; and by her 11 grandchidren.

No formal services are planned. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Anita Hernandez, 62
December 18, 1938 - December 9, 2001



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Anita Henandez. Ms.Hernandez passed away on December 9, 2001 at her home in Bakersfield at the age of 62. All funeral services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft 763-1594.
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Roberta Hess
June 7, 1916 - November 9, 2012



Roberta Hess, 96, of New Cuyama, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on November 9, 2012 in Santa Maria's Marian Extended Care after breaking her hip on July 3, 2012. Mrs. Hess became an LVN in her early 50's and worked at Taft's West Side Hospital well into her 70's. Her time spent in nursing was her ministry and her joy. Roberta was born in Downey, California on June 7, 1916 and had lived in New Cuyama since 1951, being one of that town's first's residents.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis; sons, Kenny and Eugene; daughter, Gloria; son-in-law, Willie Low; grandson, David Low; her two sisters and four brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Low-Schot and her husband, Louie of New Cuyama; grandchildren and their spouses, Don and Amy Low of Seattle, Washington, Darryl and Dalynne Low of Pinon Hills; Karen Ingle and her husband, Dennis of Redwood Falls, Minnesota; great grandchildren, Deidre, Connor and Lucy of Seattle, Washington, Ryan and Dakota of Pinon Hills, Jeffrey Low-Ingle and his wife Louren of Wheaton, Illinois, and Timothy, Deborah, Ben and Christy Ingle of MInnesota.

Visitation for Mrs. Hess will be on Friday, November 16, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A funeral Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. To sign and online registry please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lucky Dan Hestand, 70
May 13, 1927 - June 3,1997



Graveside services were held in the West Side District Cemetery June 7, 1997 for Lucky Dan Hestand, 70.

Mr. Hestand was born on May 13, 1927 in Topeka, Kansas, and passed away on June 3, 1997 in Bakersfield. He moved to Kern County in 1978 and had lived on the Maricopa Flats for the past eight years. He had been a salesman for 35 years and was last employed by Cooper Oilfield Services. He was a member of Livertas-Security Lodge #446 F.& A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies, Bakersfield, Kern County Shrine Club and the Al Malaikah Shrine Temple, Los Angeles.

His survivors include his wife, Neva Novella Hestand; two sons; a daughter; four grandchildren; and two brothers.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Marian

Marian Mabel Payne Hewitt
July 15, 1917 - September 24, 2003



Marian Mabel Payne Hewitt was born in Moundridge, Kansas July 15, 1917, the daughter of Carl Leeman and Ida Belle Payne.

Marian passed into her new life on September 24, 2003 at her home in Taft, California. She was in the loving care of her son, Bob and her family as well as Carolyn Henning.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merle in 1948, her son Kenneth and three of her sisters: Hazel Havenhill, Nedra Hall and Verna Cole.

She is survived by her sister Vada Henshaw, her sons Bob of Taft, Donald and his wife Lorna of Madera, her daughter Betty and her husband Neal of Madera. She has nine grandchildren: Steven, Sandra, Karen, Nadeen, Justin, Kristin, Kathy, Christine, and Michelle and several great grandchildren. Her family was her life. She loved music and traveling with her sister. All five sisters went to various places of scenic interest on several occasions. She enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing. She had a very sweet spirit all of her life. Her sister Vada led her to give her life to the Lord on December 16, 1996.

A memorial service will be held at the Westside Christian Center at 207 Tyler Street on Wednesday, October 1st, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Birch officiating. A luncheon will be held prior to the memorial service at noon at the church fellowship center at 208 Harrison Street.
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Harriet E. Hibbard
March 31, 1915 - May 1, 2003



Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church for lifelong Taft resident, Harriet Elizabeth Hibbard. Pastor Jim Kilgore will be officiating the services.

Mrs. Hibbard was born in Kelseyville, California on March 31, 1915 on she went to be with the Lord on May 1, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 88. Harriet was educated through the Taft Schools during her childhood.

She was employed at Wagners 5&10 Cent Store in 1950 where she met her husband Elmer. On October 18, 1950 they were married in Taft. They spent the next 42 years together happily raising their 6 children. She loved to spend time with her family and friends. She loved sewing and enjoyed making outfits for her loved ones.

Harriet is survived by her husband, Elmer Hibbard of Taft, children, Beverly and her husband Cliff of Siloam Spring, Arkansas. James and his wife Wanda Flippen of Taft, Clarence and his wife Jo Flippen of Taft. Charlie Grant Hibbard of Siloam Spring, Arkansas, Caren and her husband Dwayne Sanders of Clovis, California, and John and his wife Melba Hibbard of Ceres, California, sisters, Virginia Borden of Modesto, California and Emma Jean Chandler of San Jose, California, 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Viewing hours will be held on Sunday, May 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street. For those who would like to pay their respects. All funeral services are entrusted with West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Martin Joseph Hicks, 36
November 26, 1961 - July 18, 1997



The Rosary will be recited in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. for Taft native Martin Joseph Hicks, 36. Graveside funeral services will be on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, Pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, will officiate at both services.

Mr. Hicks was born in Taft on November 26, 1961 and passed away in Taft on Friday. He had been raised and educated in Taft and had been employed as an auto detailer at Weside Car Wash and Detail.

His survivors include his mother and her husband, Anita and Paul Lewis of Bakersfield; his father and his wife, John and Carolyn Hicks of Taft; his brothers and sisters, John Hicks of Bakersfield, Barbara Walker, Ted Hicks, Vickie Rowson and Theresa Reed of Taft; his step-brothers and step-sisters, Danny and Donald Wilson, Vicky Carter, Tommy Lewis, Brandy Kulow and April Beals; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Theresa Elizabeth Hicks
October 10, 1959 - October 21, 2012



A celebration of life was held at Westside Believers Fellowship on Friday, October 26, at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft, resident Theresa Hicks. Theresa was born in Taft, California on October 10, 1959 and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 21, 2012 with her family by her side. Unfortunately compiled complications following surgery was more that she was able to overcome.

Theresa was raised in Taft and attended Saint Mary's Catholic school until the fifth grade, then attending local public schools, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1977. Theresa experienced several employment opportunities in her life, including Contel telephone operator, Rolands' Communications answering service, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital records department and Wal-Mart Corp. One of Theresa's favorite things in life was laughter. She loved a good joke and would go to great lengths to share any "new ones" she heard. She was always looking for ways to share laughter and good time. She was an excellent care giver and took responsibility for the care of several family members during her lifetime. Another favorite of hers was her dog "Cuddles" as she saw this as another opportunity for nurturing and made the most of it, enjoying relaxing in her easy chair with her love "Cuddles" at her side.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, John Hicks and Anita Lewis and younger brother Marty Hicks. She is survived by her soul mate of 18 years Calvin Glenn of Bakersfield, brothers Ted Hicks and John Hicks of Bakersfield, sister Barbara Kohl (Brent) of San Luis Obispo and and Vicki Waugh (Ron) Taft. She is also survived by her niece Roxanne Elissague of Taft, Katie LeDuc (Michael) of Taft, Korie Powell (Austin) of Redwood City and great nieces, Emily LeDuc, Kevin LeDuc, Benjamin Powell and Kenzie Powell. She is also survived by Aunts and Uncles Barbara and John McNulty of Chula Vista and Pam and Norman Sanchez of Campo, California, Robert Hicks of Santa Maria, Joyce Hicks of Santa Maria, and many other cousins and friends. A special thank you to Uncle Westley and Aunt Brenda Furrh, Uncle Everett Furrh and Aunt Hazel Hough for the special love and support they showed throughout our time of need.
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William

William Shelby Hicks, 72
February 9, 1929 - September 5, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, William Shelby Hicks, 72. Mr. Hicks was born in Arkansas on February 9, 1929 and passed away in the local hospital on September 5, 2001.

Mr. Hicks proudly served his country at the end of WWII as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He had lived on the Westside for the last 55 years and had been employed as a truck driver for many years.

Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his parents, Flectcher and Mamie Hicks. His survivors include his children, Charlotte Wertz, Linda Hanna and Gary Hicks all of Oregon; his longtime companion, Sandra Drenna of Taft; his brothers, John Hicks and Charles Hicks both of Taft and Robert Hicks of Santa Maria; his five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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David "Dave" Higgins
August 15, 1923 - January 4, 1997



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. for Taft native David L. "Dave" Higgins, 73. Officers of the Fellows American Legion Post #63 will officiate at the services.

Mr. Higgins was born in Taft on August 15, 1923 and passed away at his home on January 4, 1997. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1941. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy for 1941 - 1947. He had been employed as a bartender in Taft for over 30 years and was last employed at the Taft Elks Lodge. He was a member of the Fellows American Legion Post #63.

His survivors include his wife, Aleta Higgins of Taft; his step-children and their spouses, Sam and Kim Workman of Madera and Maudene and Tim McAfee of Taft; and six grandchildren, Lisa, Josh and Toby McAfee, Sam and David Workman, and Nathan Smith.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John D. Higgins
July 15, 1982 - December 8, 2011



Mr. John D. Higgins, 29, of Troy, Missouri and formerly of the state of California passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 8, 2011. He was born on July 15, 1982 in St. Charles to Steven and Barbara (Byington) Higgins.

At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and took pride in serving his country. About two years ago, he moved to Troy to be closer to some of his family. John had worked in lawn care as he especially enjoyed being outdoors. Hunting, fishing and taking in stray animals were some of his pastimes. Any stray animal that crossed his path was fortunate to find John, as they were always welcomed. He was the pied piper of all animals. They could tell that John cared about them.

John is survived by his loving family; his father, Steven Higgins of the state of California his mother, Barbara Lasher of Troy; his sisters: Kassi Lasher of Troy, Stephanie and husband Jarret Wheeler of the state of Alaska, and his brothers; Ricky Lasher of Troy; and Daniel Higgins of the state of California. He is further survived by his grandparents: Fred and Joyce Byington of Auxvasses and his nephews: Evan and Mason and his nieces: Gabby and Maddy; other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral and Cremation Center, Troy, Missouri. Officiated by Rev. George Prior. Interment followed in the Montgomery City Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral and Cremation Center, Troy, Missouri. Memorials may be made to the ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, care of the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign our on line guest registry at: www.mccoyblossomfh.com
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Cozette A. Higley
May 7, 1928 - December 8, 2010



Cozette A. Higley was born on May 7th 1928, in Long Beach, California. She went home to the Lord on December 8th, 2010 in Bakersfield, California. Many called her "Cozy". Cozy Higley was long time resident of Taft, California.

Cozy's life was a long and very full of family, friends and the joy of life. She was loved by all who knew her. She shared the love for roses with her husband George. Cozy loved to travel and see everything. She and George spent most of the 1980's on the road, seeing the country. She had a love for animals as well; she had Tang and Sugar for many years. Cozy did not work out of the home, but she made it a full time job of keeping her home always ready for company. She was a beautiful person with a wonderful life. She will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Walter Higley, her parents Eva and Cleve Coffman; also her brothers Howard and William Coffman. Cozy lost her bother JD Coffman in World War II. She is survived by her sister, Lee Eads and her husband Frank Eads of Bakersfield, California. Her sister Norma Hutchison of an undisclosed location. Her daughter, Odette Messenger and her husband Joe Messenger of Foster, Oklahoma. Her grandchildren Katie Raines and her husband Stevan Raines of Foster, Oklahoma. George Messenger of Chickasha, Oklahoma, and Jannelle Messenger also of Foster, Oklahoma. Her niece Karen Matson and family, who spent the last days, with their beloved Aunt. Her cousin Earl Touchstone, and his family, who kept her good company. All the nieces and nephews of the Morris Family will miss Aunt Cozy. Cozette may be gone from this earth, but a small part of her is in each and everyone's heart. She will be laid to rest next to her husband George Higley in Taft, California.
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George W. Higley, 72
March 13, 1919 - August 29, 1991



Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for George Walter Higley, 72. William Coffman will officiate at the services.

Mr. Higley was born in Dayton, Washinton on March 14, 1919 and passed away suddenly in Bakersfield Thursday. He spent his early years and graduated from high school in Kelso, Washington. He enlisted in the United States Army on March 17, 1941 and aserved as a tank commander in the 752nd Tank Battalion. In October of 1944 he was given a battlefield commission and served until 1945 as a first lieutenant in the 755th Tank Battalion. He served in the European, North African and Mid ??????


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James William Hilburn, 65
September 20, 1931 - August 8, 1997



James Williams Hilburn, a resident of Sweet Home, Oregon, died at the Lebanon Community Hospital Friday, August 8, 1997. He was born on September 20, 1931 in Kiowa, Oklahoma. The son of Clyde E. and Minnie M. Doyle Hilburn, James was a welder in the oilfields of Taft, Fellows and Bakersfield, where he lived for 37 years. He came to Sweet Home in 1973 and he worked in the woods. He was a member of the Church of God and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his companion, Ruby Pritchard of Sweet Home; daughters Wanda Brown of Lebanon and Cherry Klauson of Salem; along with five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He is survived by step-children Donna Garcia, Lisa Monstriono and Johnny Monstriono, all of Tillamook; brothers Paul E. Hilburn of Port Orchard, Washington, John Hilburn of Sweet Home and Bill Hilburn of Lebanon; sisters Barbara Guitry of Fellows and Betty Groshuns of Oneida, Wisconsin. He was precede in death by a son, James Gordon Hilburn, in 1996 and a sister, Pat Dawson, in 1990.

Services will be held at a later date and are under direction of the Workman and Steckly Funeral Chapel.
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Bertha May Hill, 95
January 1, 1902 - November 21, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident, Bertha May Hill, 95.

Mrs. Hill was born on January 1, 1902 in Oklahoma and passed away in the local hospital on November 21, 1997. She had lived on the west side for the past 61 years. She and her husband were the oldest members of their church, New Hope Temple, and she was an active member of the church's programs.

Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband of 76 years, Charles P. Hill of Taft; her children, Lavonne Ince of Madera, J.D. Hill of Taft, Donald R. Hill of Lake Isabella, Charles D. Hill and his wife, Barbara of Kingman, Arizona and Bill L. Hill and his wife, Leta of Taft; her 17 grandchildren and by several great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Brian Eugene Hill
April 13, 1969 - September 6, 2010



Brian Eugene Hill was born April 13, 1969 and passed away September 6, 2010. Brian leaves his loving wife of 20 years Shawna Hill; 3 sons Brian Jr., Donovan & Joshua all of Taft; parents Dennis & Patsy Hill of Evening Shade, Arkansas; sister Carla (Jamie) Gregory; brother A.T. (Michelle); 2 nieces Brittany H. and Brittany W.; 4 nephews Shaun, Eddie, Conner & Hunter; mother-in-law Nadine Puckett; sister-in-law Ami Murch; 2 great nieces Peylon and Albrey; 1 great nephew Joshua.

Visitation will be Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mission Funeral Home, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield. Graveside service will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side Cemetery in Taft.
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Patricia Rose Hill
May 10 1949 - December 16, 2011



Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Patricia Rose HIll, 62. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Miss Hill was born in Los Banos, California on Taft for the last 50 years. She loved her Lord and Savior with all of her heart and soul and loved her little doggies.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert and Margrite Hill; her sister, Esther Johnston; and her brother, Dave Hill. Miss Hill is survived by her brothers, Ron Hill and his wife, Judy, of Bakersfield, Wilbert Hill and his wife, Tammy and Richard Hill all of Taft; sisters, Johnnie Carpenter and her husband, Max of Gainesville, Missouri and Darlene Hill of Idaho. She is also survived by her husband, Tim Casto of Taft; numerous nieces and nephews; many great nieces and great nephews; and many friends that she cherished.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign and online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Patsy Louise Hill
May 7, 1950 - April 28, 2012



Graveside Funeral Services will be held at the Westside District Cemetery on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. for Patsy Louise Hill. Pastor Stone of the Oasis Church of God will officiate. Patsy was born in Poteau, Oklahoma on May 7, 1950 and passed away in Bakersfield, California on April 28, 2012.

Patsy graduated from Taft Union High. Patsy enjoyed reading, her puzzle book, facebook and spending time with her family.

Patsy is preceded in death by her father James Metzker her mother Evelyn Metzker her brother J.M. Metzker her oldest son Brian Hill. Patsy is survived by her husband Dennis Hill. Her daughter, Carla Gregory and family Jamie, Brittany and Eddie her son A.T. Hill and family Conner, Michelle, Brittany, and Hunter. Her daughter-in-law Shawna Hill and family Brian Jr. Donovan and Joshua. Her sister Shirley Mashburn and family, her brother James (Corky) Metzker and family, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. at Westside Memorial Services at 1150 4th Street, Taft, California.
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Sheryl

Sheryl Buford - Hill
August 26, 1946 - September 29, 2003



Daughter of Robert Barnes and Audrey Hart. Born in Bakersfield, California resided in Taft, for the past 25 years. Joined our Heavenly Father September 29, 2003.

Preceded in death by husband George Irons 1978, Charles Buford 1991. Survived by husband Richard Hill, children Audrey Miller and husband Jerry of Kirkland, New Mexico, Teresa Walker and husband Greg of Portville, California Alton Irons and partner Wayne of Fresno, California, Vincent Johnson and wife Judy of Taft, grandchildren Denny, Misty, Jeffery, Michael, William, Tristen, and Alicia; sisters Carol, Cassandra, Barbara, Colleen and Michelle; brothers Darrell, Michael and Jimmy.

Visitation October 2, 2003 between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown. Services to be held on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. at Westside Cemetery, Taft, and will be officiated by Dick Millwee.
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William "Bill" Hill
September 24, 1933 - August 31, 2008



Our Loving William "Bill" Hill has found his final resting place with our Lord God.

Bill was born September 24, 1933 in Maricopa, California, of William and Hanna Hill. The Hill family ranched for many years with Bill traveling back and forth from one ranch in Carrizo Plain, California to another in Winnemucca, Nevada throughtout his youth. 1968 was the year Bill moved his family to Maricopa, and began a new career in the Oil Fields of Kern County. Moving to Taft, California in 1970, Bill settled in and raised two families.

On August 31, 2008 he quietly passed away while watching his team play ball. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Arlettia Hill in 2006, and is survived by his siblings: Larry Hill, Lonnie Hill, Chuck Hill and sister, Leola Wright. His children: Harvey Hill, Tina Hawn, Abbie Brown, Riley E. Hill, Gary Paine, Kathy Plunkett, Harold Paine, Reggie Hampton and Ernie Hampton, as well as, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Moose Lodge in Taft, California on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. The family would prefer dontaions be given to the American Lung Association rather than flowers. God Bless All.
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Al Hillan Jr.
June 12, 1937 - October 6, 2003



Al Hillan Jr., 66, of Pismo Beach and Phoenix, Arizona died on Monday, October 6, 2003. A memorial service will be announced to family and friends at a later date. Al was born June 12, 1937, in Bakersfield to Alvin and Nell Hillan.

He and his family moved to Taft where he attended school and met and married Sharon Loperna, the love of his life. His children, Stan and Susan, were also born there. Al worked most of his life as a general contractor and lived for several years in Crestline, Visalia, Carmel Valley and Los Osos. He most recently traveled between Phoenix and Pismo Beach.

He is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon; children, Stanley Hillan and wife Rebecca of Visalia and Susan Hillan Crosby of Phoenix, Arizona; grandsons, Scott Gray of Phoenix, Stanley Hillan Jr. and wife Miranda, Christopher Hillan and Jordan Hillan of Visalia; great grandchildren Stanley and Abigail Hillan of Visalia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
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Larry Lancer Hillan
November 27, 1930 - February 23, 2009



Funeral services were held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Fellows resident, Larry L. Hillan, 78.

Mr. Hillan was born on November 27, 1930 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield and passed away on February 23, 2009 in Bakersfield. Mr. Hillan served his coutry in the United States Air Force from 1951 - 1955 and received an honorable discharge. He was a mechanic for many years and at one time had a shop in Fellows.

Mr. Hillan was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Wilma Hillan; his father, Norman Hillan; his mother, Viola Owen; his brothers, Duane Hillan and Bubby Phillips; and by his sister, Hazel Mott. His survivors include wife of 9 years, Nadine Hillan of Fellows; his children and their spouses, Linda Hillan of McKittrick, Tim and Lori Arnold of Maricopa, Brad and Lorraine Johnson of Hesperia, Lancer and Shannon Hillan of Bakersfield, John and Sonia England of Bakersfield, Augie and Joyce Rosales of Bakersfield, LaDina England of Bakersfield and Tami Stover of Portalnd, Oregon; his grandchildren, Chip and Nichole Arnold Daniel and Robyn Arnold, Chris Cook, Eric Johnson, Caylista Hillan, Kaleb Hillan, Korbin Hillan, Brian and Holly England, Kevin England, Augie Rosales, Jr., Anthony Rosales, Jason Brantzeg, Jeremy England, Nichole Rosales, Auston Cruz, Noah Wilson, and Hanasty Wilson; his great-grandchildren Nolan Arnold, Garrett Romero, Trenton Johnson, Coby England, Shelby England, and Rylee and Ryann Arnold to be here in June; his loving friends, Jim and Willie Gaither; and his special cousin, Jody Maciel.

The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nellie A. Hillan
September 15, 1913 – January 24, 2003



Nellie A. Hillan was born on September 15, 1913, in Unionville, Illinois and passed away on January 24, 2003, in Phoenix, Arizona. Nellie married Alvin (Al) Hillan Senior, in 1934 and moved from Bakersfield to Lost Hills where Al was employed in the oil fields. In 1942, they moved to Taft where they lived for many years before returning to Bakersfield when her husband retired. Nellie was a longtime member of the First Assembly of God Church, both in Taft and later in Bakersfield.

Nell was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Hillan Sr., and son Michael Hillan, son Alvin Hillan Jr. and daughter-in-law Sharon Hillan of Phoenix; two grandchildren Stan and Susan; great grandsons Scott Gray and Stanley Jr. and Christopher and Jordan Hillan and two great-great grandchildren survive her.

No funeral services are planned. Private interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield. Greenlawn Mortuary, Funeral Directors. (661) 324-9701
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Frank E. Hillyard
April 26, 1931 - November 26, 2002



Frank E. Hillyard, 71, Carmi, Illinois, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at his residence. Mr. Hillyard was born April 22, 1931 in Carmi, Illinois, the son of Martin Edgar and Mary Madeline (Childres) Hillyard. He married Frances Elese Harvey September 9, 1952. Mr. Hillyard worked the oilfields in California and reitired from Consumers Gas Company.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Frances; a daughter and son-in-law, Jackie Lynn and Don Dunlap of Fairfield, Illinois; two sons and daughter-in-law, Frankie Ray and Karen Hillyard of Taft, California and James Curtis and Linda Hillyard of Fairfield, Illinois; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Madeline Steed of Crossville, Illinois; and a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Joyce Hillyard of Carmi, Illinois. A son, Randy Allen Hillyard, July 8, 1999; a grandson, Robert Willheim; a sister, Frances Faye Hillyard; and two brothers, Martin Everett Hillyard on May 17, 1995 and Roy Kenneth Hillyard on April 11, 1995, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held on November 29, 2002 at Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi, Illinois, the Revs. Van Scott and Bob Pollard officiated. Burial was at the North Maple Ridge Cemetery in Carmi, Illinois. Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday November 28, 2002 at the funeral home.
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Donald Hines, 86
July 6, 1911 - October 25, 1997



Memorial services will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward Chapel at Church and "A" streets, on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resident Donald Hines, 86.

Mr. Hines was born in San Diego an July 6, 1911 and passed away in the local hospital on October 25, 1997. At the age of seven he moved to Maricopa with his family. Shortly thereafter they moved to Taft. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Hines worked as a meat cutter for over 50 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mr. Hines enjoyed raising houres and ther equestrian activities.

Mr. Hines is survived by his wife, Charlotte Hines of Taft; his two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Mitch Mishlof of Ford Walton Beach, Flordia, and Nancy and Frank Kibby of Big Sandy, Texas; his grandchildren: Loi Lyn Michlof and her husband, Charly; David Brian Kibby, Ricky Kibby and Larry Kibby; and by his seven great grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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LaWanda E. Hines
November 1, 1930 - November 18, 2002



A memorial service for Taft resident LaWanda Hines will be held at the Moose Lodge in Taft Sunday, November 24th at 1:00 p.m.

LaWanda was born in the great state of Iowa on November 1, 1930 and passed away November 18, 2002 at a Bakersfield area hospital. The T.R.W. Credit Bureau employed LaWanda for over 30 years as an active member of the women of the Moose organization in Taft, California for several years.

Her husband Michael Riley of Taft, her two sons Darwin Santelli and his wife Mary of Maricopa; and Gaylon Santelli and his wife Pattie of Taft; also her daugher Delpha Skelton and her husband Glen of Missouri survive LaWanda. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends also survive her.

Michael Riley would like to give special thanks to his close friend Carol Best for always being there through good times and bad. All service arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. 661-763-1594
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Dorothy Grace Hitchcock
November 12, 1921 - December 19, 2007



Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church, 220 North St., on Saturday, December 22, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Dorothy Grace Hitchcock, 86. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services. Burial will take place in the West Side District Cemetery at a later date. Mrs. Hitchcock was born in Coalinga on November 12, 1921 and went home to be with her Lord on December 19, 2007.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Fred Hitchcock of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Cathy and Mike Hawk of Taft; her grandchildren, Nedra and Eric Lowe of Santa Maria and David and Kristina Hawk of Arroyo Grande; and her four great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Elaine Hitchock
March 19, 1925 - August 16, 2003



Born in Los Angeles, California on March 19, 1925 Elaine passed away peacefully at her home on August 16, 2003. She grew up in Taft, California and graduated from Taft Union High School she had been a resident of Atascadero for the last 8 years and moved here from Paso Robles after the death of her husband Kenneth, the love of her life through 47 years of marriage.

Elaine was a loving and generous mother and wife, whose loyalty to her family, to whom she gave so much and ask so little, was boundless. She loved to exercise, especially water aerobics, and loved cats, dogs and hummingbirds.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Jr. and Earl, his wife, Jeri and by eight grandchildren, Brian, Mark, Carly, Kyle, Danielle, Christiane, James and Sylvie. A third son Les preceded her in death in 1988, and his wife, Susan, is living in Paso Robles. Elaine leaves a legacy of kindness combined with a tough-minded will and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Services will be held at Chapel of the Roses at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2003. Her remains will be cremated and scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Mission Oakes Unit, 555 12th Street, Paso Robles, California 93446.
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Johnny L. Hobbs
April 22, 1940 - December 25, 1997



At the request of the family no funeral services will be held for Johnny Lamont Hobbs, 57. Mr. Hobbs was born in Shafter on April 22, 1940 in Bakersfield on December 25, 1997.

He had lived both in Shafter and Taft during his lifetime. Mr. Hobbs is survived by his Ollie Smitson of Bakersfield and Betty Willis of Taft; numerous nieces and nephews; and by his friend, Kenny Marshman of Shafter.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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William Bradley Hodges
November 12, 1973 - June 9, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for Taft native William Bradley Hodges. Pastor Floyd Jordan will officiate at the services.

To his friends Mr. Hodges was better known as Billy, Funny Boy or Billy Boy. He was born in Taft on November 12, 1973 and passed away on June 9, 2007 from injuries sustained in a auto accident. Billy was raised and educated in Taft and had been employed as a well puller for many years.

His survivors include his father and step-mother, Andy and Linda Hodges; his mother and step-dad, Debby and Don Lloyd; his gandparents, Bill (Popa) and Jo (Granny)Kosareff and Dwana Brummett; his wife, Deanna; his children, Michael Hodges, twin sons, Nickolas and Danny Hodges, Lilly Hodges, Makayla Hodges and Jill Eggenberg; his brother, Gary Mobley & Jacqurlyn; his sister, Sheri Hodges & finac'e Krete Gates; his aunts and uncles Cindy Kosareff, Shelley Taylor, Matthew Taylor, David Kosareff, James Hood, Linda Sims and Jim and Debbie A. Brummett and by many nieces and nephews.

There is no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. I know you are now in the arms of our Lord. No one can touch you now, my son. We all miss you so much, you always made us laugh.
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Ann B. Hoffman
June 18, 1924 - July 24, 2009



On Friday, July 24th at 1:51 p.m., Ann B. Hoffman, 85, passed away with her sons Marc, Kyle, and Joel; her grandchildren Ryan, Heidi, Malinde and Melissa; and her faithful dog, Sassy, by her side. In addition to those by her side, Ann is survived by grandchildren Marianne Neher, Heather Maske, Keasha Hoffman, Daye Hoffman, Colt Hoffman, Elisa Fairbanks, and Rob Hoffman and great grandchildren Jadon Neher, Ava Neher, Reya Fairabanks, Tira Fairbanks, and Gradin Fairbanks. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, local teacher/coach Wayne R. (Bob) Hoffman and her sons Wayne R. (Rocky) Hoffman Jr. and Henry Paul Hoffman.

Ann was born in Los Angeles on June 18, 1924, and attended Inglewood High School and the University of California, Los Angeles. On September 17, 1944, Ann 60 + years of marriage to Bob began. In 1950, Ann and the Hoffman family moved to Taft where Bob accepted a teaching position at Taft College. Through her 59 years of residence in Taft, Ann worked as a fashion model, a high school bus driver, and administative assistant to Taft High's principal. Most important to Ann were her roles as wife and compliment to her husband, as mom to her 4 boys, and as a dedicated servant of Most High God Jehovah. Ann's and Bob's devotion to each other and to their God set the best example possible for their children and grandchildren. Ann's sons have always spoken, and will continue to always speak of what an incredible privilege it has been having Ann as their mom. Ann's family knows that she is in the most secure position in the universe: the memory of the father. We are confident that in the Father's due time, Ann and Bob will be brought back to life as Jesus promised in John 5:28, 29.

On a more personal side of Ann, it didn't take long for anyone to realize she had an infectious laugh Ann showed the highest degree of hospitality to her guests even when racked by nerves and serious surgery. Ann was very generous, always treating guests and family to meals and good times both at home and outside the home. At the same time, when any of Ann's sons would fail their Heavenly Father in some way, know matter what their age she would discipline them with righteous indignation in know uncertain terms. Any person that mistreated her beloved husband Bob would also have to answer to Ann in a big way. Ann was incredibly studious, often seen religiously studying her daily and weekly bible lessons whether at home or on vacation. Ann could be asked for the spelling of almost any word and provide it without hesitation. Ann dearly loved her family and hated seeing them ever at odds with one another.

A memorial for Ann will be held this Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 705 South 10th Street in Taft, at 6:00 p.m. for any who would like to contribute something on Ann's behalf the family encourages contributions be made to Hoffman Hospice, 8501 Brimhall Road, Building 100, Bakersfield, California 93312 or on line at http://www.hoffmanhospice.org. Hoffman Hospices work in enabling Ann and her family deal with the challenges of the past month has been greatly appricated. The family also expresses deep apprecation to Visiting Angels of Bakersfield in helping provide care for Ann her last couple of months. Thanks, too, to Cary Metcalf for all his help to mom over these last months. We express our greastest thanks to Jehovah God for the time we've had with mom and the time we can have with her in the future paradise Jehovah has promised in Rev. 21:3,4.
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Thomas Charles Hoffman
November 16, 1946 - February 14, 2003



Thomas Charles Hoffman passed away in his home February 14, 2003. He is survived by his companion of 10 years Lori Brockett and their special friend Kathy Wright of Taft. He is also survived by his mother, Jessie Hoffman and sister Barbara Lewis of Virginia Beach, Virginia and sister Candie Taylor of Pasadena, and son Drake of McFarland and three grandchildren.

Tom served his country in the United States Air force. He was a truck driver for Mashburn Trucking at the time of his death. He had driven for Watson’s and ProVac for many years.

A memorial service will be held for all the knew and loved him at the New Hope Temple on Saturday, February 22, 2003 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
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Ruth Hogan
February 9, 1912 - May 20, 2003



A memorial service honoring Ruth Hogan will be held on Saturday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Stockdale Hwy.

Ruth was born on February 9, 1912 in Union, Arkansas. She came to live in Taft, California, in 1932 and attended Junior College. She worked for McKinney Air Conditioning as the office manager for 25 years and was the only woman there. She spoiled the men with her homemade baked goods. Ruth was very active in community organizations. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 65 years, member of the Eastern Star since 1940, active in the Zonta Club, volunteered behind the snack bar at the Houchin Blood Bank on G Street every Thursday evening for 30 years. She worked at the Gleaners every Friday for 20 years. Ruth's hobbies were baking and gardening. Her greatest pleasure was in sharing her homemade cookies and flowers from her garden to everyone she met.

Ruth is survived by her brother, Eddie and his wife, Dorothie; nieces and nephews, Judy and Jim Sims, Nancy and Jim Doyle, Sally and Steve Bowles, Steve Hogan, Pati and Randy Jones, Paula and Bruce Burroughs; great nieces and great nephews Stephen and Tiffany Bowles, Stacey Bowles, David and Jamie Doyle, Nathan and Denise Hogan, Paige Burroughs, Megan Burroughs, Brant Jones, Teale Jones; sister-in-law Anita Hogan and Evelyn Hogan.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Hogan and Ruby Agrelius and her brothers, Bill Hogan and Gus Hogan.

The CBCC for their excellence in care and compassion. We want to extend a very special thanks to all her neighbors extend a very special thanks to all her neighbors for their care and compassion. We want to extend a very special thanks to all her neighbors for their care and concern and the great friendships they had for Aunt Ruth. Aunt Ruth was so special to us and we know she touched many lives she will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Mary "Marcille" Hollarbush
December 10, 1922 - September 18, 2012



Mary "Marcille" Hollarbush slipped from this life on September 18, 2012 in Atascadero, California. She was born in Taft, California in December 1922 to Robert and Daisy Brown.

Marcille attended Taft school, graduating from Taft Jr. College in 1942. Mom spent many years as a meat wrapper for local grocery stores and retired from the Butchers Union. She retired a final time moved to the central coast to be near her daughter and family.

Predeceased by her parents, husband, Frank L. Hollarbush, and a brother, Paul Brown, she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Stan Ormonde of Templeton, California, 2 nieces, 18 great nieces/nephews, 31 nieces, 18 great great nieces/nephews and 27 great great great nieces/nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the clubhouse of Rancho Paso Senior Community, Paso Robles, California with interment at the Templeton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers it was her wish that donations be made to the wish that donations be made to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. www.guidedog.org or Hospice Partners of the Central Coast www.hospicepartnerscc.org.
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Rodney Lynn Holley
December 10, 1946 - December 22, 2013



Rodney Holley, 67 was born in Wasco, California on December 10, 1946 to Roger and Maxine Wilson. He passed away on December 22, 2013 after an 18 month battle with kidney cancer.

Rod grew up in the South Belridge community on Belridge Oil Lease where he attended Belridge School and later Taft High School. He worked in the oil industry his entire life eventually retiring as the field manager at the McDonald Intecline Lease owned at the time by Ferguson-Bosworth Company. Rod also enjoyed fishing trips in the Owen's Valley, and was a true New York Yankee and Giants FootBall fan.

Rod is survived by his brother, Mike Holley; sister, Fran Gooodin; his children, Vicki Richardson (Ron), Ken Holley (Jennifer), Scott Holley, Bryan Holley (Jessica); his grandchildren, Lauren, Paige, Badlely, Garrett, Brooke, Christopher, Heather, and Emma.

Per his request there will be no services.

The family wishes to extend our deepest thank you to the caring staff at CBCC, San Joaquin Hospital, and Optimal Hospice.
Dad, we love you, and you will truly be missed.
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George "Bus" Hollingsworth
December 26, 1926 - April 7, 2012



George Hollingsworth was born in Taft and although he moved a lot he always felt that the San Joaquin Valley was his home. In 1982, after 35 years with Standard Oil/Chevron, George retired in Bakersfield with his wife, Mary, where they lived for the rest of their lives. George had a larger-than-life personality that filled the room with his presence. He was a man of strong ideas and outspoken opinions. He also had a great sense of humor and he loved to tell jokes.

George was a superior athlete who excelled in sports and games of all kinds. His kids have fond memories of him coaching and playing with them, as well as organizing the neighbor kids into games of dodge ball or baseball. After he retired, George continued to play two of his favorite games-golf and bridge and made some wonderful friends in the process.

When the love of his life, his wife, Mary, was struggling with cancer, George would try to lift his spirits by counting his blessings. Among those blessing she cited his three children, Mike, Mary Ann and Margie, who "turned out pretty good," his career with Chevron and especially his 65 years of marriage to his beloved Mary. When Mary died on February 27, 2012.

George was no longer able to find any blessings on this earth and wanted only to join his wife in heaven. On April 7th he got his wish. George successfully disproved the axiom that "no one dies of a broken heart." George will be deeply missed by all the surviving family who loved him.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Kathleen Mary Chance Hollingsworth
January 21, 1933 - November 12, 2008



Kathy was born in Los Angeles on January 21, 1933 to Patrick and Betty Fleenor O'Neill, and died in Bakersfield on November 12, 2008 after a lenghty illness.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Francine Porth and her husband, Roy Hollingsworth. She is survived by her daughter, Clara Nichole and son-in-law, Arlie Hetrick, beloved grandsons Duncan McKnight and Henry Walker, and great grandson Warren, of Bakersfield; her sister and brother-in-law, Carole and Art Greene, and niece Christina of Santa Fe, New Mexico, cousins Pauline Barratt and Wendell Johnson of California, Dianne Fleemoor of Colorado, and best friend of many years, Bonnie Beaty of Taft, California. Kathy's pride and joy were her grandsons; Duncan McKnight, who is a musician, young Henry Walker and great grandson, Warren, who live in Bakersfield, California. They brought great joy into Kathy's life.

In her younger years, Kathy resided in the Los Angeles area, and worked for Singer Sewing Machine Company. Some of her favorite places there were "Angel's Flight", Clifton's Restaurant, with the "Rain on the Roof" and Grahman's Chinese Theatre.

Kathy was the first "Taft N.E.E.D.S. Center" volunteer even before it was formally established by Marion Vietch, Quakers Walt and Sali Damon-Ruth and Bonnie Beaty. N.E.E.D.S. stood for "Necessary Emergency Economic Distribution Services". Kathy established the "Help Desk". No matter what problems anyone had, Kathy would do research to seek the best possible solution. She made telephone calls for those who had no phone in order to establish services, find a place to live, contact relatives, make doctor's appointments, etc. Kathy also assisted with the distribution of donated clothing and foods, and was always involved with the day to day operations as well as the holiday dinners for those who otherwise would go without. She loved the "Happy Birthday Jesus" parties given for the children and their families. Kathy was an attendee at "The Taft Quaker Worship Group Meeting" held on Sunday's in Bonnie's home on Center street. Quakers, (friends), from our "Parent Friends Meeting" in Pasadena, would join us in worship here now and then, as did friend Bill from Bakersfield.

When I first met Kathy, she lived to walk! She wasn't one to stay inside, and weather permitting; she would walk for the sheer joy of it. Somehow, she seemed to know she wouldn't always be able to walk, even a short distance, and was determined to enjoy it as long as she was physically able.

In later years, Kathy was totally unable to walk, or to even sit in her wheelchair to participate in "The Story Teller Group" she enjoyed so much, or any other activities at Heritage Park. She was bed-ridden, and deeply saddened by the loss of contact with others. Her spirit and intelligence remained intact, and she was very grateful for any assistance by neighbors and all her caregivers, especially Shelly. An intelligent and compassionate soul, will be greatly missed by her family and all of us who were blessed to have known her over the years. Bonnie L. Beaty
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Ray "Buck" Hollingsworth
November 7, 1907 - June 18, 1979



Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Funeral Home, Taft, for Ray "Buck" Hollingsworth, 71, 1013 N. 6th Street, Taft, who died June 18th. Officers of the Taft Midway Masonic Lodge 428 will officiate.

Hollingsworth, a native of La Harpe, Kansas, had lived in the Taft area for 58 years. He was a member of Lodge 426, Free and Accepted Masons, the Taft Commandry, Royal Arch Masons, White Shrine of Jerusalem of San Luis Obispo and the La Ross Chapter of the Eastern Star. He was retired from Atlantic Richfield Oil Company.

Survivors include his wife, Polly, a stepson, James Tweedy of Scotland; two stepdaughters, Jerry Baxter and Gerry Posante, both of Taft, and three grandchildren.

Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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James Anderson Hollon
July 7, 1945 - February 14, 2003



James Anderson Hollon aged 57, passed away in a Mission Hills hospital February 14, 2003 after a long illness.

He was a late resident of Taft and worked as a cement contractor for many years. He was a native of Dayton, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army he spent considerable time in Vietnam. He is survived by his daughters; Traci Hollon and Summer Hollon both of Reseda, California, his companion Barbara Burmeister of Taft; his parents; Tony and Jane Vivirito of Lancaster, California, his stepson Russell Smith of Lancaster, California; his brothers; Steve Hollon of Simi Valley, California, Tony Vivirito of Palmdale, California, and John Vivrito of Simi Valley, California; his sisters; Sherry Clubb of Simi Valley, California, his stepdaughter, Debbie Huddleson of Alabama; 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, February 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary in Taft.
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Josephine M. Holmes, 84
May 21, 1917 - September 11, 2001



A memorial service will be held in the Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. for long time Maricopa resident, Josephine M. Holmes, 84.

Mrs. Holmes was born on May 21, 1917 in Los Angeles and passed away in the local hospital on September 11, 2001. Mrs. Holmes came to the west side in 1930. She owned and operated Western Well Service for 57 years. In 1975 Mrs. Holmes helped organize, the Maricopa Congregational Church. Mrs. Holmes was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #323 and an honorary life member of the Maricopa PTA. Mrs. Holmes was a very hard working lady.

She survived by her three sons and their wives, Bruce and Carolyn Holmes of Maricopa, Michel and Debra Holmes of Bakersfield and Fred and Barbara Holmes of Taft; her grandchildren Brent, Kelly, Hayley, Steven, Brian, Nathan, Teresa, Joseph and Bruce; and her 15 great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Norma Jean Holmes
December 9, 1931 - December 4, 2002



Chapel services will be held at West Side Family Mortuary on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for Dustin Acres resident, Norma Jean Holmes.

Norma was born on December 9, 1931 in Tyronza, Arkansas to Oscar and Mildred Lindsey and passed away on December 4, 2002 in Dustin Arces, California at the age of 70. Norma owned and operated several businesses in the Taft area one of them being Holmes Car Lot. She was a great saleswoman and could sell almost anything. She was a faithful Christian and a member of the Derby Acres Community Church.

She is survived by her two daughters; Brenda Miller and her husband Roy of Dustin Acres, California and Michelle Messick and her husband Mike of Diamond Bar, California her brother O'Neal Lindsey of Mr. Mesa, California, granddaughters; Kimberlee Miller of San Diego, California and Shanon Young of Chino Hills, California great granddaughters; Jamie Honor, Carlie Young and great grandson, Nolan Young. Norma was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Viewing hours are scheduled for Friday, December 6th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary.(661) 763-1594
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William Lawrence Holmes
November 24, 1923 - October 16, 2004



Visitation for William Lawrence Holmes will be held at Basham Funeral Care, 3312 Niles St., on Monday evening. October 25, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Mass of the Christian burial will be held at Our Lay of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Tuesday morning October 26, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. Internment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. William Lawrence Holmes was born in Brea, California on November 24, 1923 to Lawrence Augustus Holmes and Margaret Catherine (McCusker) Holmes he passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2004, in Bakersfield.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Virginia E. Holmes (Gaus), his parents and his brother, John Holmes. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Barbara Holmes of Bakersfield; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Loretta Holmes of Ellicott City, Maryland; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Norman DePeugh of Riverside, California; 9 grandchildren, Chris Wilson and his wife, Stacey, Stephan Wilson, Carrie Wilson, Lonia Wilson, Taylor Holmes, Sara Holmes, Tonya Thomas and her husband Craig. Cort DePeugh and Travis DePeugh; 3 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Ruth Holmes of Phoenix, Arizona and numerous other relatives and friends. William graduated from the University of California Berkely in the 1940's with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During this time, he enlisted in the Navy and graduated from Officer's Training School. Following WWII, he was employed as a petroleum engineer with Mobil Oil which he subsequently left to pursue self-employment as a consulting engineer, he met his future wife, Virginia, around 1950 in Los Angeles, and they were wed in 1952. Their first child, Denise was born in 1954 and sons, Timothy in 1958 and Brian in 1959, respectively. The early years of their marriage were spent in the Taft area. They subsequently settled in Bakersfield, where they spent the rest of their lives. William was a passionate fan of big band music including the works of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.

His strong interest in basketball throughout his adult life was a byproduct of his being a standout high school basketball player in his youth. He was a devoted Catholic who actively attended daily Mass at St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Guadalupe churches. He had a kind heart for those less fortunate than he was and he was always one to provide a smile and a kind word for the people he met during his day. William loved giving out Lifesavers with a verse that read "Smiles are very contagious, like relay batons they should be passed on to others."

William will be greatly missed by all that knew him. The family would like to thank the staff at Pleasant Care, CBCC, Dr. Patel and the Hospice staff. A big Thanks to Drs. Hua Linn, Patel, Desai, Vega, Rahimifar and Devasia; Memorial Hospital, Hall Ambulance, Tri-County Transport. A Special Thanks to his special friend Dr. Susan Luu, M.D. For additional service information, contact Basham Funeral Care 873-8200.
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Bobby Holt
November 5, 1944 - April 21, 2010



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Taft resident, Bobby Holt. Mr. Holt passed away at his home on April 21, 2010.
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Gene Holt
January 15, 1943 – June 14, 2001



Troy Gene Holt, Sr., 58 a retired Production Foreman and business owner, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 15, 2001 at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, California.

He was born on January 15, 1943 in Taihina, Oklahoma and lived in Taft for more than 50 years. Mr. Holt graduated from Taft Union High School in 1960 and from Taft College in 1983. He worked at Santa Fe Energy in Fellows for more than 22 years. He owned and operated Holt’s Septic Tank Pumping and Holt’s Sweeping Service for 12 years.

szaw He was preceded in death by his parents Otto and Tavis Holt and by his brothers, Charles Holt and Jim Holt. He is survived by his wife of 40 years. Brenda Sue Holt, of Taft; his son and his wife, Troy Jr. and Michelle Holt of Monterey; his brothers, Virgil Holt and Bob Holt of Taft and Bill Holt of Kent, Washington; his sister, Pat Ware of Glendora, California and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the West Side District Cemetery, a visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Virgil Onnice Holt
November 10, 1940 - June 9, 2011



Virgil Holt passed away June 9, 2011 in Bakersfield, California.

Virgil is survived by his pet dog Suzie, son Chuck Holt, daughter Cindy "Sissy" McClard, brother, Bill and wife Terrie Holt of Washington, sister-in-laws Diane and Sue Holt of Taft, brother-in-law Ray Ware of Los Angeles, many grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews, and many friends he considered family. Virgil is preceded in death by his parents Otter and Tivia, and brothers Bobby-Gean-Jimmy-Charles, sisters Rhoda Holt and Patsy Ware son Ricky and Ron Holt.

Virgil liked to go to casinos and watch his great grandchildren play baseball. Virgil was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elk Lodge and Petroleum Club. Virgil worked for UCLA and was a janitor and later maintenance for about three years. Then moved to Santa Cruz and worked in a shoe store and Safeway for 6 years. Then back to Taft to work as a bartender, oilfield and truck driver for over 40 years. When Virgil got diabetes he started picking up cans and bottles to make ends meet. Virgil never met a stranger. He never said goodbye it was always toodles.
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Ariel Nikole Holtschulte, 11
July 13, 1990 - May 19, 2002



Funeral services will be held in New Hope Temple on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. for Taft resident, Ariel Nikole Holtschulte, 11. Pastor Bob Birch of Westside Christian Center will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Ariel was born in Loma Linda on July 13, 1990 and passed away on May 19, 2002 as a result of an auto accident.

Ariel had lived her life in Taft. She was a sixth grade student at Lincoln Junior High School and was on the cheerleading squad. Ariel's love touched everyone she met and she never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by her great grandfather, Calvin B. Kelley; her great great grandmother, Margaret Payne and her great grandfather, Jim Payne. Ariel is survived by her mother, Kerrie Holtschulte of Taft; her father, Tony Holtschulte of Bakersfield; her brothers and sisters, Jonathon Pait, Kayla Meyer, Micah Robinson, Cristan Spencer all of Taft, Karlee and Shae Holtschulte both of Bakersfield; her grandparents, Earl and Kathy Denver of Taft, Mark and Connie Holtschulte of Bakersfield; her great grandparents, Virginia Kelley of Taft, Alvin and Naomi Denver of Roosevelt, Utah and Ruby Payne of Shafter; her uncle, Michael Denver of Bakersfield, her aunt, Robin & Christ Stanley of Bakersfield and special friend, Jeremy Pennell.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dale Hood, 44
January 6, 1957 - June 1, 2001



On June 1, 2001 while enjoying one of his hobbies, BMX racing, Dale Hood passed from this life after a lengthy battle with heart disease.

He was preceded in death by his mother Norman Hood and his grandfather, Bill Selbach.

He leaves behind his wife Helen of Bakersfield, daughter Jordan of Derby Acres, grandmother Frances Selbach of Santa Maria, father Will Hood of Washington, brothers David and Dean Hood of Washington, his special buddy and cousin Jeff Hartman of Bakersfield, cousin Bill Hartman of Mission Viejo, his aunts Donna Moore of Taft, and Judith Frost of Santa Maria and several nieces, nephews and great cousins and longtime best friend Bobby Morris.

Before coming to California Dale worked as an electrician in the State of Washington. He was employed at Nestles in Bakersfield in his trade at the time of his death. His love of the outdoors, motorcycling, bicycling was shared by his family and friends. He was a ski instructor while in Washington and enjoyed the slopes of California. His sport of BMX was shared by his cousin Jeff and they were together at the time of his passing. He was known as “Sasquatch” at the BMX track. His humor was very unique. While in school in Washington he was on the campus radio station and expressed his humor for all to enjoy. Dale is in peace and we all miss him.

At the request of the family, remember him to your favorite charity. A memorial will be planned at a later date.
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Cleo Hopkins
July 20 , 1921 - November 20, 1997



Funeral services were held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Cleo Hopkins, 76. Interment will be held in Keo Cemetery in Keo, Arkansas, on Friday.

Mr. Hopkins was born in Morrilton, Arkansas on July 20, 1921 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 20, 1997. The Hopkins moved from Arkansas to California in 1952. Mr. Hopkins operated several Singer Sewing Centers throughout the San Joaquin Valley before openig and operating the Hopkins Sewing Center here in Taft in 1969. Mr. Hopkins was very active in the daily operation of the store for several years. He was a tinkerer and could fix anything that was broken. He was a avid fisherman and hunter.

Mr. Hopkins is survived by his wife of 56 years, Wanda Hopkins of Taft; his childdren and their spouses, Danny and Glena Hopkins of Maricopa, Kenneth and Von Hopkins of Onalaska, Texas, Carl Wayne and Theresa Hopkins of El Cajon, Brenda and Rick Hagen of Bakersfield and Bill and Connie Hopkins of Los Osos; his sisters, Dorothy Cummings of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Claudia Green of Magnolia, Arkansas; his 16 grandchildren; his 19 great grandchildren and his brothers-in-law and his wife, Shelby and Kathy Gibbs of Little Rick, Arkansas.

The services and travel arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Claude Hornsby
July 23, 1894 - December 6, 1986



Graveside services well be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Westside District Cemetery for Claude Hornsby 92 who died December 6, 1986 in Taft; Rev. Norman Campbell pastor of the Assembly of God will officiate.

Mr. Hornsby was born July 23, 1894 in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He moved to Taft with his family in 1923. He went to work for Standard Oil Company and did all types of work in the oil fields and in 1959 retired as a pumper. He served as a cook in the United States Navy during World War l from 1916 - 1918 for the past 20 years he has been an active member of the First Assembly of God. He also was a member of the American Association Retired People and an active member of the Senior Citzen Council.

He is survived by his wife of seven and one half years. Helen Hornsby of Taft one son Jess Hornsby of Taft two daughters, Joyce Matheson of San Francisco, and Marilyn Miranda of Burbank, four grandchildren, two step-sons Richard Wayne McDonel of Taft, and Ed Dean McDonel of Bakersfield, one step-daughter Janet Stalling of Taft, eight step grandchildren and 11 step-great grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled at the Taft Funeral Home this evening and Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Taft Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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Helen O. Hornsby
January 29, 1914 - June 1, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Helen O. Hornsby, 89. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of the Taft First Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mrs. Hornsby was born in Elida, Ohio on January 29, 1914 and passed away in Taft on June 1, 2003. She had lived in Taft for the last 52 years and was a longtime member of Taft First Assembly of God, where she sang in the choir. It has been said that Mrs. Hornsby thoroughly enjoyed shopping.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul McDonel and Claude Hornsby; grandson, Bill Lenhart and her daughter-in-law, Jean McDonel. Mrs. Hornsby is survived by her children, Janet Stalling of Maricopa, Richard McDonel of Taft and Ed McDonel of Santa Maria; her sister, Tory Radford of Carson City, Nevada and Ruth Dick of Los Angeles; her eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jess Chastain Hornsby
November 12, 1921 - June 1, 2011



Services have been scheduled for Taft Resident, Jess Hornsby, 89. The services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery, Friday, June 10th at 2:00 p.m. The arrangements are under the direction of West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Willie Mae Honrsby
May 9, 1902 - August 23, 1974



Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Chapel for Willie Mae Hornsby, 505 Lierly, who died Friday in a local hospital at age of 72.

Mrs. Hornsby was born May 9, 1902 in Euchee, Tennessee and had resided in Taft for the past 40 years, during which time she was a well-known restaurant cook for many years. She had lived in California for 53 years. She is survived by her husband Claude Hornsby of Taft; son Jess C. Hornsby of Taft; daughters Marilyn Miranda of Burbank and Joyce Matheson of South San Francisco; four grandchildren; and brother Sherman Nelson of Tenmile, Tennessee.

Rev. Ken D. Burnett of the First Assembly of God will officiate at the services, and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.
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Kay Lyn Horton
April 23, 1968 - December 1, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native, Kay Lyn Horton.

She was born in Taft on April 23, 1968 and passed away in Taft on December 1, 2003. She was raised and educated in Taft. Kay was a very loving and caring person. She provided Thanksgiving dinners to the homeless.

Her survivors include her father, Cleo Horton of Taft; her mother, Jaime Gregory of Maricopa; her grandmother, Martha Golden of Taft, Ronald Horton of Roseburg, Oregon, Robbie Manuele of Bakersfield, Patricia Brownfield of Tulare, Leo Horton of Wofford Heights and Bill Horton of McKinsey Bridge, Oregon; many nieces an nephews and several cousins.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lucille Marie Horton
September 15, 1926 - April 18, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. for lifelong Taft resident, Lucille Marie Horton, 85. Rev. Tom White Pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mrs. Horton was born in Taft on September 15, 1926 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on April 18, 2012. She graduated from Taft Union High School in 1944. Through the years she has enjoyed bowling, for which she has won many trophies, and because of her love of flowers, has also enjoyed gardening.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Smith; her mother, Agnes Wasson; and her first husband, Max Terhune. Mrs. Horton is survived by her husband, Lloyd A. Horton of Taft; her daughter and her husband, Melinda and Eddie Barrett of Taft; and her grandson, Richard Horton of Arizona.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Cheryl Rae Hosking, 47
November 5, 1947 - October 17, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Friday at 3:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Cheryl Rae Hosking, 47.

Mrs. Hosking was born in Bakersfield on November 5, 1947 and passed away October 17, at the City of Hope in Duarte. She was a long-time Taft resident and was last employed with Midway School District in Fellows as executive secretary, having previously worked with the Maricopa and Taft City School districts.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Hosking of Taft; her daughters and their husbands, Debbie and Leland Scott of Buttonwillow, Peggy Hosking of Bakersfield, Kellie and Tim McDonald of Taft, and Jennifer and Chad Clark of Buttonwillow; a son and his wife, David and Valarie Hosking of Taft; her grandchildren, Keisha, Amber, Mandy, Brett and Jacob Scott of Buttonwillow, and Ryan, Matthew and Ami McDonald and Eddie, Chad and Alec Hosking, all of Taft; her sisters Jean Magee of Lucerne Valley, Wanda Blackwell of Ojai, Phyllis Baum of Hesperia, Janet Blount of LaGrange, Georgia and Judy Foster of Redlands; her brothers, Bert Lane of Odessa, Texas, and Jo Lane of Fort Rucker, Alabama; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the City of Hope, 1500 Duarte Road, Duarte, California 91010.
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Hilda Houchin
December 1, 1912 - September 12, 2005



Hilda Houchin died peacefully at her home in Taft, California, on the morning of September 27, 2005.

Hilda was born in Kerman, California, on December 1, 1912. Hilda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who truly loved and cared about her family. She lived an adventurous life and had done many different things in her lifetime. She lost her mother at an early age and had her father and five brothers to raise her. Hilda was a hard worker, always spoke her mind and loved to be around people. She will be deeply missed by her friends and loved ones.

She and her husband of 75 years, Roy, had traveled throughtout the United States and lived in many places. Over the years, they had taught square dancing and were recreation directors at a mobile home park in Phoenix, Arizona, had owned and operated a large campground in Minnesota and a small campground in Yellowstone in their later years. After their retirement, they moved to Ojai, California, and then to Taft to be near family.

She was preceded in death by her only child, Roy Houchin Jr., and her grandson, Steve Houchin. She leaves behind her husband, Roy Houchin, her brother, Gordon McMillan, daughter-in-law, Ann Houchin, granddaughter, Sherry Scott and her husband Rick, great grandsons Damien Lopez and Austin Lopez and his children Hailee, Dawson and Bradyn. Also her sister-in-law Phyllis McMillan, niece, Linda Griffith and her husband, Chuck, and nephew Dennis McMillan and his wife, Cathy.

There will be no visitation or services at Hilda's bequest.
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Marsha Lynn Mobley, Houchin
April 28, 1953 - May 19, 2010



Marsha Lynn Mobley, Houchin was born April 28th, 1953 in Taft, California. She passed away May 19th, 2010 in Bakersfield, California. She grew up inTaft and attended Taft schools and graduated from Taft High in 1971.

Marsha is preceded in death by her husband Steve Houchin and father S. J. Mobley. She is survived by her mother Shirley Mobley and Janson and Janis Mobley, her grandchildren; Britney, Lonnie, Taari, Kaijah, S.J. Tehya and sister Denise Mobley. Her aunt Mary Barker, Nita Thomas, Rose Odell, Uncle Walt and many cousins.

Viewing will take place on Monday, May 24th, from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 25th, at 11:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery. Visitation and services are under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www. EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mary Ann Houghton, 59
January 10, 1942 - January 9, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Mary Ann Houghton, 59.

Mary was born in San Diego on January 10, 1942 and passed away at the local hospital on January 9, 2002. She moved to Taft in 1946. Mary worked for J & J Liquor and A.P.I. Plumbing for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Mary Houghton. Her survivors include her brother and his wife, Glenn and Gemma Houghton of Taft; her sister and her husband, Anna and Jerry Watson of Taft; her sister, Pat Pilkington of Taft; her son and his wife, Curtis and Amie Houghton of Taft; her grandchildren, Kirstin, Tyler, Haley, Bethany, Allyson and Braden all of Taft; and her many nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Dr. Alam and his staff for their Excellent care.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are in care of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home
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Wayne W. Houk
January 11, 1918 - January 21, 1997



No funeral services are planned for Taft residient Wayne Wilson Houk, 79. He was born January 11, 1918 in Idaho and passed away January 21, 1997 at his home in Taft. Mr. Houk served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He worked for and retired from Chevron Pipeline Company in 1980.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, son Gary of Las Vegas; daughters Judith Scott of Bakersfield and Rebecca Brown of Taft; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four brothers; and one sister.
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Bea House, 68
July 15, 1927 - November 17, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident Bea House, 68.

Mrs. House was born of Goleta on July 15, 1927 and passed away at her home on the afternoon of November 17, 1995. After graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1945 she moved to Bakersfield where she met Barney House. They were married in 1948.

She is survived by her husband, Barney of Taft; her daughter, Judy Anderson, and grandson, Nathan Anderson, both of Shafter; her brother and his wife, John and Mary Lou Tatman, and two nephews, Richard and Dennis Tatman, all of Sacramento.

Friends who wish may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Monday until 8:30 p.m and again Tuesday from 8:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Regina

Regina Lynn Houston
October 14, 1965 – 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 Ragina Lynn Houston, 37. Graveside services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Westside District Cemetery, Taft. Rev. Ron Griffith, pastor of Westside Believers Fellowship will officiate at the services. Mrs. Houston was born in Taft on October 14, 1965 and passed away as the result of an auto accident in Shamrock, Texas on July 16, 2003.

Mrs. Houston spent most of her life here in Taft. She was an active member of the Westside Believers Fellowship. She was the lead singer in the WBF Praise and Worship Team, she was the head leader of Secret Sisters, Visitation Ministry, Hospitality Ministry an was a Children’s Camp Assistant. Mrs. Houston was preceded in death by her grandpa, Rev. Clyde McAdoo and her uncles, Charles Griffith and John Simpson.

Her survivors include her husband Mark Houston; her daughters, Sierra Chontel Houston and Cassidy Summit Houston; her son Lake Cameron Houston all of Taft; her parents, Kenneth and Thelma Wehunt of Spiro, Oklahoma; her mother-in-law, Helen Houston of Klamath, Oregon; her grandmother, Thelma “Cleo” McAdoo of Taft; her brothers-in-law Gary Goss of Maricopa, Dana and Frances Houston of Plant City, Florida and Tanya Houston of Atlanta, Georgia; her nieces and nephews John Mailoux, Richard DeHart, Danielle Gibson, Nicole Gibson, Kyle Goss, Shelby Houston and Hunter Houston.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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J.F. "Jack" Houts Jr., 83
December 11, 1923 - June 17, 2007



Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Taft California.
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June Houts
June 26, 1976 - September 20, 2003



June Elaine Houts, 79, quietly passed away at home on September 20, 2003. She was born on June 26, 1924 in Taft, California to Hall T. & Florence Baker. She was one of five children. June graduated from Taft Union High School in 1942 and married Jack Houts on June 25th of the same year. They lived in Taft most of their married life, except for a brief move to Texas in 1949. After retiring in 1985, they moved to Paris, Arkansas where they lived for ten years. They returned to Taft in 1995.

June is survived by her husband Jack, her brothers Roy Baker, Willis Baker, and wife Velva her sister Marjorie Payne, her son John Houts, her daughter-in-law Linda Houts, her daughter Jeri Hitchcock and husband Earl her grandchildren Tisha Russell and husband Melvin, Jason Houts and wife Michelle, Brian Hitchcock and six great grandchildren and many relatives and friends. June was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Evelyn Connors. June enjoyed sewing, crafts and tending her flowers but her true love was her family.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Scott Pearson of the First Baptist church at the Westside Cemetery Chapel on Monday September 29th at 10:00 a.m. Under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruby Mae Houts
December 5, 1910 - February 20, 2007



It was February 20th when Ruby slipped her earthly bonds and passed into the arms of her Lord in Heaven. Her little heart just finally gave up. She was born Ruby Mae Pool in Ozark, Arkansas, but spent her childhood on her mother's family homestead. That was the Tweedy spread in Salisan, Oklahoma. She relived those memories many times during her life. She worked as a laborer out in the cotton fields with her family as many children did in those days. She made herself independent and moved out to California in the early 1930's. Here in Taft she met the love of her life "Kentux" Houts, they married and moved onto the Berry Lease. It was shorly after then she brought her only child, Margeret out to California to live with them. By then they had moved to the Belridge Lease and Ruby used her skills to become their Head Cook. She worked in other Local Clubs as a Cook for many years, and also had a small Pub on Hwy. 33 near Belridge Oil Company. In later life she enjoyed helping others and volunteered her time at the NEEDS Center. Last year after living on her own she moved to Bakersfileld in a Rest Home.

"Granny" Ruby was preceded in death by the Mother Hanna (Tweedy) Hawkins, and her greatgrandson Brian Patrick Noland. She is survived by her daughter, Margret Barks Lake (husband) Bill, (of Oregon), two grandchildren Donald Peter of Bakersfield, Lisa Fenton, (husband) John, (Missouri), Anderia Peter and partner (Tom), Taft, six great grandchildren, Cody, Alisson, Joshua, Michael, Madison, Emily, and a few cousins. One Jerry Baxter, (Taft), one Dorthy Tweedy, (Nevada) one (close) ex-in-law Ray Noland.

There will be a private Memorial Service pending.
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Barbara Houx
April 24, 1932 - July 18, 2002



A memorial will be held in The Fort on Monday, August 12, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. for Taft resident, Barbara Houx, 70. Mrs. Houx passed away in Taft on July 18, 2002.
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Jack E. Houx
September 12, 1922 - July 10, 2002



Memorial services for Jack E. Houx will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 17th at Community Christian Fellowship, 631 North Street, Taft. Pastor Bill LeBarron officiating.

Jack Houx was born September 12, 1922 in Bakersfield and passed away July 10th at Mercy Westside Hospital in Taft. Jack was raised in Taft, attending Taft schools and graduating from Taft Union High School in the class of 1940. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He also served as Commander of the local Disabled American Veterans.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Houx, his mother, Ara Parker, and his sister, Barbara Haines. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Houx of Taft, his sister, Joann Boese of Sacramento, his son, Brian Houx of Utah and his daughters Nancy Probyn of Ontario, Canada; Kathy Johnson of Taft and and Jolene Ponce of Bakersfield. He is also survived by his children's spouses, his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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Thomas Anthony Hovey
June 8, 2003 – June 8, 2003



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. for Thomas Anthony Hovey.

Thomas is the infant son of Christopher M. Hovey Sr. and Kathryn J. Stackman. Thomas was born in the early morning of June, 8, 2003 and passed away later that morning. His parents are members of the Westside Believers Fellowship Church.

Thomas is also survived by his two brothers, Joshua M. Stackman and Christopher M. Hovey, Jr. both of Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Bernice Howard, 88
July 26, 1908 - February 3,1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident Bernice Howard, 88. The Rev. Gene Bush of the Lutherna Church of Prayer will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Howard was born in Michigan on July 26, 1908 and passed away February 3, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. She settled in Taft in 1992 and was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church. Several years ago she was member of the Salvation Army.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Loyd Clinton Howard, in 1947. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, Harold and Janis Howard of Nipomo, Wanetah Farrow of Boise, Idaho, Vivian and Fred Miller of Paris, Arkansas and Toots and J. Rowland of Willow Creek; her sisters, Margaret and Esther; 12 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harry Leon Howard
November 17, 1935 - August 15, 2011


There will be no services scheduled for Taft resident, Harry Leon Howard, 75. Arrangements are under the care of West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Joyce Lynn Parker-Howard
September 13, 1952 - January 23, 2003



Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gateway Temple in Maricopa for long time Taft Resident, Joyce Lynn Parker. Joyce passed away on January 23, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 50. She was born on September 13, 1952 in Riverside, California to Bob and Florence Kirkley. She was a waitress at Baseline Burgers for several years before she stayed home to take care of her family.

Survivors include her husband Jim Howard of Taft, sons: Robert Lazono of Susanville, California, Donald Kirkley of San Bernardino, California and Josh Parker and his wife Christie of Taft, daughter, Jennifer Parker of Taft, mother Eileen Kirkley of San Bernardino, California and Sherri Kirkley of Colorado, brother, Jerry Kirkley of San Bernardino, California and by her 6 grandchildren, Nicholas, Lena, Dustin, Alexis, Elivia and Scott. She is preceded in death by her father, Bob Kirkley, brother Jeff Kirkley and by her sister, Connie Hagart. Joyce was loved by all who knew her and she will forever be missed.

There will be no viewing scheduled. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Lillian Norma-Lee Howard
April 15, 1921 - August 1, 2012



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Lillian Norma-Lee Howard, 91. Chaplain Bob Winter of Optimal Hospice will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery in Park Hills, Missouri.

Mrs. Howard was born to Vetal and Nellie (Angel) LaPorte on April 15, 1921 in Mine La Motte, Missouri and passed away at her home on August 1, 2012. She attended as graduated from Flat River Public School in Missouri and had made Taft her home since 1961. Mrs. Howard enjoyed sketching and painting.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Lee Howard. Her survivors include her son and his wife, Ronald and Natalie Howard of Penn Valley; two daughters, Judie M. Brandon and Sherlyn S. Pull both of Taft; her nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

The family has suggested that that in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Mrs. Howard's memory to Optimal Hospice, 1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308. To convey condolences for sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Eunice Howell - Rites Pending
February 2, 1928 - March 22, 2004



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Taft resident, Eunice Howell, 76. Mrs. Howell passed away in Bakersfield, Monday morning.
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John Minton Howell, 87
December 25, 2002 - May 22, 2002



Graveside services will be held Sturday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for long time Taft resident John M. Howell.

John was born December 25, 1914 in Fellows, California to John and Minnie Howell. He passed away May 22nd in Bakersfield, California.

He was preceded in death by his son Jerry Howell of Taft and his parents John and Minnie Howell of Bakersfield. He is survived by his wife Wilma Howell of 65 years, his daughters and their husbands, Joyce and Jim Moore of Lancaster, and Carole and Robert Guillory of Bakersfield, his daughter-in-law Eulah Howell of Taft, granddaughters Denise Hess, Cindy Heeridink, Teresa and Doug Schuller, DeeDee and Steve Johnson, Kellie and Dave Kelly, Cheryl and Clint Rogerson, and Jennifer and Brett Bailey. John is also survived by 14 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.

John retired from Standard Oil in 1973 with 32 years of service. He enjoyed traveling and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary and no visitation is scheduled.
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Loren Howell
July 3, 1943 - July 13, 2011



Loren Howell, the son of the Late James William and Hester Barks Howell was born in Zalma, Missouri, July 3, 1943 and died at his home in Taft, California, July 13, 2011 with his family by his side.

Loren was preceded in death by his brothers James and Leon Howell. Leon was MIA in the Korean War. Survivors are his wife Claudette Howell of Taft, his son Rick and his wife Stacey of Bakersfield, California. Numerous in-laws he loved dearly and many, many friends. Loren retired from the City of Taft, he was a Public Works Foreman. Memorial services will be held July 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Taft Seventh Day Adventist Church.
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Wilma Mabel Howell
November 5, 1913 - July 30, 2011



Wilma Mabel Howell, long time Taft resident, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2011 in Bakersfield with her family present. She was 97 years old.

Wilma was born in Port Bryon, Illinois on November 5, 1913 to Noah and Mabel (Gosnell) Foltz. In 1929 all the family moved to Southern California. Several years later, Wilma came to Fellows, California to visit her sister and family. Her brother-in-law was a pastor at a small church in Fellows, and there she met her future husband, John "Minton" Howell. Minton and Wilma were married for 65 years before his death in 2002.

Wilma's favorite thing was having all the family over for dinner as often as possible. She was a credit manager for Sears and Roebuck for a number of years. After the granddaughters started arriving, she retired so she could be a grandmother, which was more important to her than a career. Babysitting was such a joy for her. She always had a soft spot in her heart for little babies and animals as she was a natural "caregiver" to all that needed her. Wilma's hobbies included oil painting, china painting, crocheting, ceramics, and sewing, all of which she did so beautifully. She also loved working in her garden, and no one could make pomegranate jelly as tasty as she could. She also loved a good game of pinochle. Wilma and Minton traveled around the U.S. in their motor home for several years until Minton's health declined. In 2009 Wilma moved to Bakersfield.
< br> Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Noah and Mabel Foltz; sisters Clystie Railsback, Hulda Mantle, and Myrna Larsen; brothers Noah "Ernie", Russell, and Kenneth Foltz; husband John "Minton", and son Jerry Howell.

She is survived by her daughter Joyce Moore and husband Jim of Littlerock, daughter Carole Guillory and husband Bob of Bakersfield, and daughter-in-law Eulah Howell of Taft; 7 granddaughters, Denise Hess, Teresa Schuller and husband Doug, DeeDee Johnson and husband Steve, Kellie Kelly and husband Dave, Cynthia Bentley and husband Patrick, Cheryl Rogerson and husband Clint, and Jennifer Ramirez and husband Isidro; 16 great grandchildren, including Robert Hazlewood who was like a son to her; and 6 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and, Dolly, her little "house dog".

The family would like to thank all the loving, kind caregivers at both The Gables (Ester, Andrea, Maria, Veronice, Leticia, Christin) and The Meadows (Evelyn, Shay, Catalina, LouElla) and the wonderful, compassionate Hoffman Hospice staff, especially, Ali, Michelle, Candice, Deb, and Jacee. We can't thank you enough for being there night and day for mom as it made a great difference in her life and in ours.

At mom's request there will be no visitation or funeral services. Interment will be at the West Side District Cemetery and handled by West Side Family Mortuary.
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Keith Ray Howes
January 27, 1961 - April 22, 2009



To honor and celebrate the life of Keith Ray Howes, a memorial service will be held Friday, May 15, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at West Side Believers Church.

Keith was born January 27, 1961 in Kentucky to Kenneth Howes and Avanel Allen and went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2009 in Bakersfield. He was a loving father of four children: Shasta and Josh Barnes and Keith and Jeremy Howes. He was grandfather of Thomas, Joshua, Tessla, Andrew, Aaron, Broady and Braylin. Keith also was one of six children. His siblings are Chery, Kathy, Scotty, Danny and Donny. Keith loved to run heavy equipment. He also loved joking and spending time with his kids and grandkids. Keith was loved by many and will be extremely missed.
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Ella Lorene Rice Howeth, 78
April 24, 1924 - September 18, 2002



Ella Lorene Rice Howeth was born on April 24, 1924 in Wesley, Oklahoma and was a Taft resident. Mrs. Rice passed away on September 18, 2002 in Bakersfield, California at Mercy Hospital. On the day of her passing, her father and mother, Robert A., and Barby C. Howeth, escorted her home.

She is survived by her spouse and companion of 27 years, Pete T. Alanis; her brothers and sisters, Raymond Howeth, Juanita Franklin, Robert Howeth; her grandchildren, Wanda Pierce, Linda Kullijian, Mary Brown, James Bowling, Sharon Ringer, Becky Robbins, Kathy Heenon, and Debbie Aresco; all step children, all son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws; 28 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, plus all she adopted and adopted her through the years. She cherished her many widespread friends and neighbors and all of the above she loved in her own special way.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at Hillcrest Mortuary from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. The graveside funeral will be held at Hillcrest Chapel on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 2:00 p.m.

In loving memory, momma and grandma.
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Wesley Pardon Howland Jr.
May 30, 1922 - April 13, 2009



Wesley was born on May 30, 1922 in Coalinga, California to Verda and Wesley Howland, and passed away on April 13, 2009.

He was an Eagle Scout and attended Taft High School and Taft Jr. College. He enlisted in the Navy and was a decorated Naval Pilot and Squadron Leader. He was proud to be a Mason in the Masonic Order. Wesley was married to his high school sweetheart and the mother of his four children Martha Ann, for 49 years. Four years after Martha's death he married Jean Mundy a Taft friend, and was married nine years. Wesley loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and traveling in his motor home. He enjoyed cruises to Mexico and Alaska and a trip to Peru. He was a proud employee of Chevron for 30 years.

Wesley was preceded in death by his wife Martha Ann in 1993, his son Wesley in 1997, his wife Jean in 2007, his son-in-law Vincent Pallavicini in 2009. He is survived by his daughters, Judith Pallavicini, Patricia Holmes (Alan), Susan Wendling (Bob); 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Peterson (Ralph) and Marylyn Copper (John).

The family wishes to thank Marye Alice Helms, Glenwood Gardens, St. Paul's Villa, and Sharp Memorial Hospice team for their excellent care. Wes will be remembered as a friendly, kind, loyal man to all who knew him. Private services. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice or Sharp Memorial Hospice, San Diego.
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Vernon Howard Hubbard
July 14, 1965 - November 23, 2008



Born July 14, 1965 in Taft, California, and passed away November 23, 2008 in Derby Acres.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Vernon and Ruth Hubbard, Bob and Geneva Myers, and Clarence Howard Arrnett, his niece Kassia Bolivar and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was survived by his parents Dick and Dolores Anderson of Hine, Oregon and Dick and Judy Hubbard of Walport, Oregon his children Joe Oas, Amanda Hubbard and Jeffery Hubbard and his two granchildren Dustin and Elijah Live and his fianc'e Kimberly Ewing and her children Randal and Levi. He was also survived by his brothers Rick Hubbard and his wife Barbara, of Taft, California and Blaine Hubbard and his wife Dawn of Wellington, Oregon, his sisters Shawna Dowell of Taft, and Heather Ferrin of Ogdan, Utah, his nieces; Brandi, Jazzmen, Ada, Breanna, Madison, Katie and Shelby. His nephews Jeffery, Lidge, River, Joshua, Chris, Jacob, Justin, Brayden and Kyan. His great niece and nephew Ayrieann and Gary Buchanan. His uncle Byron Hubbard and his wife Betty of Medland, Texas and their children Charles, Kevin, Ruthann, Danielle and their families. His Aunt Ruth Jared and her husband Tom, his cousins Sherry and Eric Burch and their daughters Kelsey and Cory and too many good friends to list.

Vern spent a lot of his years living in the Taft and McKittrick area and in Oregon. At the time of his passing he resided in McKittrick and he worked for NTS at Elk Hills as a backhoe operator. Vern spent three years in the U.S.Navy out of Norfolk, Virginia, where he was the head of the fire squad and had 2 years of sea service in the Mediterranean and was honorably discharged. He was a person known for his sense of humor, as well as his love for his family and life. He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan. He loved four wheeling, drag racing, motorcycles, hanging out with friends and family. He was especially proud of his two grandchildren. Vern was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Services will be held Thursday, December 4, 2008 at Westside Believers Church at 5:00 p.m. The familly would like to thank everyone for their love and support was well as Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for carrying out Vern's wishes to be cremated with such dignity and consideration.
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Billie Jean Hubert
July 31, 1927 - January 2, 2004



Memorial services will be held on Friday, January 9, 2004 at the First Assembly of God Church at 10:30 a.m. for Taft resident, Billie J. Hubert.

Visitation for Mr. Hubert will be held Thursday, January 8, 2004 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, California. Mr. Hubert was born July 31, 1927 to Ed and Zella Hubert in Altus, Oklahoma and he passed away on January 2, 2004 at his residence with his family by his side.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763 - 1594.
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Roy C. (Huck) Huckabee, 63
December 7, 1944 - July 1, 2007



Roy C. Huckabee longtime resident of Taft, California passed away on July 1, 2007. He was born in Hope, Arkansas December 7, 1944. He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Opal Huckabee of Maricopa and son Doug Wheeler of Taft.

He is survived by his daughter Cheryl and son-in-law Billy McBrien of New Cuyama and son, Roy Lee Huckabee of Taft daughter, Susan and son-in-law Damon Weatherly of Santa Rosa, and daughter Alice and son-in-law Gary Gregory and son Raymond and Joy Turner of Taft. He has numerous grandchildren and one great grandbaby and one on the way. He worked in the oilfields since out of high school, and he had an all time love for fishing and hunting and hanging out with all his friends. A memorial service will be held at the West Side Cemetery graveside on July 9th at 9:00 a.m.
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Sharon Huckabee, 57
March 8, 1944 - August 6, 2001



Services are pending for Sharon Huckabee, 57 of Taft. Sharon passed away in Taft on August 6, 2001.
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Delores Huckins
December 9, 1941 - October 11, 2012



Graveside services were held Monday, October 15, 2012 at the West Side District Cemetery for longtime resident, Delores Huckins. Mrs. Huckins was born on December 9, 1914 and was also known as "Nana" to many family members and friends. She passed away in her home on October 11, with her family by her side. Father David, of St. Mary's Catholic Church, presided over the graveside service.

Mrs. Huckins was preceded in death by three sons, Tom, Hank and Joe Huckins. She is survived by her children Andy and Betty Huckins of Taft, Marianne and Richard Churchman of Coalinga, Rosalie Wilson of Taft, Margaret and Charles Kirk of Bakersfield, Frank Huckins of Bakersfield, Cathy and Dennis Fields of Kingsburg, Julie Harper of Bakersfield and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
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Barbara Harvey Huddleston
December 21, 1930 - March 27, 1997



Barbara Harvey Huddleston, 66, of Grover Beach, California died at a Arroyo Grande Hospital March 27, 1997. At her request no services are planned Creamation will take place at Lady Family Mortuary in Arroyo Grande.

Mrs. Huddleston was born December 21, 1930 in Westwood, California. She came to Grover Beach from Taft 16 years ago. Barbara enjoyed playing keno and bingo, and was a professional seamstress for some time. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting and was a crossword puzzle enthusiast.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Cliff Huddleston; 3 sons, Jim Collins and wife Sherry of Pleasanton, Don Collins of Bakersfield and Ted Harvey and wife Sheri of Carson City, Nevada; and a sister Ruth Robertson; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Lady Family Mortuary Arroyo Grande, California
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Clifford Charles Huddleston
June 17, 1919 - April 8, 2009



Clifford Charles Huddleston, born June 17, 1919, passed away April 8, 2009.

Clifford was a WWII vet. Clifford also established Huddleston Trucking and Crane Service. He was living in Grover Beach, California.

Clifford was preceded in death by his wife Peggy; mother-in-law Rose; parents Ode J. Huddleston and Ethyl Lynch; brother Cecil J. Huddleston. He is survived by his two children Ronald and Charlene Huddleston; cousin Colleen Wilson and her kids also by Sugar and Leona; daughter-in-law Julie; grandchildren Wendi, Matt, Luke and Peggy Huddleston; great grandchildren Anastasia, Matthew, Brandon and Noah Huddleston, Nick and Angela Dial and Raumi McCray.

Graveside services will be in Taft on April 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
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Charles S. Hudson
September 4, 1915 - August 20, 2011



Lt. Col. Charles S. Hudson Ret. passed away of natural causes August 20, 2011 in Niles, Michigan two weeks short of his 96th birthday. Charles "Combat" Hudson was born September 4, 1915, in Taft, California to Steven Carey Hudson and and Margaret Cogan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary V. (Sims) Hudson, 2 sisters, Margaret Dunn, Francis Blanch, three brothers, William C. Hudson, Richard Hudson and David Hudson and his son Terry B. Hudson. He is survived by his son and his wife, Stephen Calvin Hudson and Noreen M. Tripp-Hudson, daughter-in-law Sherry A. Hudson, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Charlie attended elementary school in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1934, and attended Taft Junior College. He learned to fly at the Taft Airport. He worked in the oil fields, was a butcher for Hall's Meat Market in Taft, a pro boxer, a WWII bombardier, a restaurant owner of the Buckhorn Ranchhouses in Taft (now OT's Cookhouse), Bakersfield and New Cuyama. (The city of Taft gave to him, as a gift, the keys to the first Buckhorn when he returned from WWII), and and he owned Charmin' Charlie's in Ventura. He also flew exotic animals from South America in a Vultee 1 A once owned by Randolph Hearst. He was a PGA golf Pro for the Saticoy Public Links near Ventura, Jackson Lakes golf course in Lemoore and Polvadero golf course in Coalinga.

Charlie was a genuine WWII war hero. According to the Smithsonian Institution, Charlie became the number one bombardier during WWII while fly 37 missions during two tours between, 1942 - 1946 in B-17 for the 8th Air Force, 91st bomb group stationed at Bassingborne, England and returned with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel unheard of for a bombardier. He was the most highly decorated bombardier in the European Theater. His experiences were well documented in the book he wrote called, "Combat he Wrote".

In combat he earned 17 medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross. Having earned his nations second highest metal, he was a member of a very select group. The Legion of Valor, the 116th person to receive this honor. He also was awarded three Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat; the Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters. By order of Lt. General Jimmy Dolittle, Charlie was awarded the Air Medal with two clusters. He was also awarded, by the French Government it's prestigious Croix de Guerre medal. He also received four Presidential Unit Citations, and the European theatre ribbon with six battle stars.

He was also awarded a metal from the California Air Force Association for Meritorious Service for his efforts to raise funds to finance the construction of the WWII War Memorial in Washington D.C., and the Air Force Association formed a chapter in Bakersfield, called the Charles S. Hudson Chapter 126.

During his lifetime Charlie was also involved in the daring airborne rescue of two men from a federal prison in Mexico, one of which was a multi-millionaire Joel Kaplan,on which a motion picture was based on, "Breakout", and another motion picture "Memphis Bell" was based on his many combat adventures.

Our beloved Dad, Grandfather and friend will be missed dearly, and our nation has lost a war hero and a valued piece of history. The Lord has welcomed home his new flyer.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held the following day, Saturday, at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, with a reception to follow at the OT Cookhouse in Taft the family would like you all to join to share their stories.
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Clifford E. Hudson
August 24, 1908 - October 25, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Kern County native, Clifford E. Hudson, 95.

Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery. Mr. Hudson was born on the Hudson Ranch on August 24, 1908 and passed away in Taft on October 25, 2003. He spent his entire life ranching. He and his family were California pioneers. In addition to ranching the family also used the ranch as a U.S. Post Office and a branch of the Kern County Library System. Mr. Hudson was a member of the Kern County Cattlemen's Association.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his spouse, Martha P. Hudson; a grandson, Duane Moore; four brothers and three sisters. Mr. Hudson is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Buttke and her husband, Larry of Taft, Janice Carpenter of Camarillo and Carolyn E. Holmes of Taft and by his 12 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that memorial donations may be sent to Mr. Hudson's memory to Taft College Foundation Library Fund. No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Cleta Rodman Hudson
October 31, 1906 – March 14, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Cleta Rodman Hudson, 94. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Hudson was born in Luck, Missouri on October 31, 1906 and passed away in the local hospital on March 14, 2001.

She moved to Taft in 1923 and lived here until 1976 when she moved to Mojave. Mrs. Hudson returned to Taft in 1998. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Ernest Rodman and her second husband, Leo C. Husdon.

Her survivors include her son E. Dale Rodman of Carmichael; her daughter, Berniece Seale of Taft, her grandchildren, Richard D. Seale, Alan D. Rodman, Shelley L. Blea, Kevin D. Rodman and Leslie G. Hann; her stepson Rick Hudson; and her step grandchildren Bobby Tarpley, Leo Tarpley, Shirley Kasper, Barbara Johnson, Richard Hudson and Nancy Craig; her 13 great grandchildren and her seven step great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Colton D. Hudson, Jr.
November 19, 2009 - April 17, 2010



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, April 23, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. for infant Colton Douglas Hudson, Jr. five months of age. Pastor Rick Prevost will officiate at the service. Colton was born on November 19, 2010 and passed away on April 17, 2010. He was known to roll over and hold himself and laughed a lot.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Ernestine Ince and Percy and Myrtle Hudson; his uncle, Brian Hudson; and his aunt, Patsy Van Winkle. Little Colton is survived by his mother, Breann Hemann and his father, Colton Hudson, Sr. both of Taft; his grandarents, Brad and Jackie Hemann of Maricopa and Kenny and Bonnie Hudson of McKittrick; great grandparents, Rockey and Jack Shafer, Patricia Thornsberry, Tom and Beverly Thornsberry, Geneva Wright and Ruby and Leonard Smith; aunts and uncles, Joseph and Brittany Weatherly, Todd and Airica Weatherly, Gary and Amanda Weatherly, Ashley and Chad Hemann. Patricia and Mohammed Hemann, Travis and Debbie Hudson, Keith and Jodette Finey, and several cousins.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.
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C. Sidney Hudson Sr. 77
October 18, 1919 - January 19, 1997



Cyril Sidney "Sid" Hudson Sr., 77, died, January 19, 1997 in Bakersfield following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Husdon was born on the Hudson Ranch near Pattiway in the Paleto Hills located near Mr. Abel. He graduated from Maricopa High School in 1938 and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific. He was a lifelong resident of Kern County and long-time cattle rancher and wheat farmer. He was employed with Getty Oil Company in Taft, retiring in 1981. Mr. Hudson was a former member of the Maicopa City Council and member of the Maricopa Exchange Club. He was paramount in the Organization of the Hudson-Jobe-Stubblefield & Friends Reunion held in New Cuyama annually. He was a second generation California native and grandson of the early pioneer William Hudson family, who were original settlers in the Napa Valley, and an integral part of Fremont's Bear Flag Revolt of 1846.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Viola B. Hudson on November 3, 1995. He is survived by his daughters, Lorena Hudson-Strom of Santa Maria, Loretta Hudson of Santa Margarita, and Lorinda Hudson of Taft; his son, Sid Hudson Jr., of Santa Margarita; his sisters, Netti J. Webb of Taft and Viola E. Milburn of San Luis Obispo; his brother; Rodney N. Hudson of Dyer, Nevada; his granddaughters, Erika Strom and Melanie Strom of Santa Maria, and Sarah Peters of Taft; her grandson, Ethan Hudson of Ventera; two great granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place through the Neptune Society. A private family memorial is planned for a later date.
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Everett A. Hudosn, 81
January 9, 1916 - October 26, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday mornig at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Everett A. Hudson, 81.

Mr. Hudson was born on the Hudson Ranch on January 9, 1916 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 26, 1997. Mr. Hudson was raised on his parents' ranch, was educated in Maricopa schools and graduated from Maricopa High School. He worked as a rancher and farmer all of his adult life. During the Second World War Mr. Hudson served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Cattlemen's Association, the Cuyama Exchange Club and the Petroleum Club.

His survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Hudson of Taft; his daughter and her husband, Bonnie and Rob Bogle of Taft; his brothers: Reggie Hudson of Taft, Cliff Hudson of Maricopa and Jack Hudson of Shell Beach; his sister, Helen Atkins of Montana; and his grandchildren: Justin, Crystal and Robin Bogle, all of Taft.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to pay their respects at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr. Hudson's memory to the West Side District Hospital Foundationor a favorite charity.
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Jane D. Hudson
December 7, 1922 - March 30, 2010



Jane D. Hudson Passed away March 30, 2010 in Arroyo Grande, California. Born in San Francisco, California December 7, 1922, Jane Dorothy Story. She is survived by her son, Melvin Kirschenmann; grandson, Edward Kirschenmann; and great grandson, Christian Kirschenmann.

Jane resided in Shell Beach, California with her husband, John B. Hudson (who preceded her in death), for the last twenty four years, where they were retired Ranchers. The oldest of twenty children, Jane was a beloved Mother and Grandmother.

A wake will be held at the Hudson Ranch in celebration of Jane's life on Saturday, June 12th, at 12:00 noon.
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Orville Albert Hudson,
January 27, 1926 - January 21, 2008



Orville Albert Hudson died in Fellows on January 21, 2008. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on January 24 at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft; funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. January 24 at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, Taft, their will be a private interment.
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Viola B. Hudson, 71
September 26, 1924 - November 4, 1995



At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral services for long-time West Side resident Viola Beatrice Hudson, 71. A private family memorial will be held a later date.

Mrs. Hudson was born September 26, 1924 in Tipler, Wisconsin, and passed away November 4, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. At an early age, she moved across the United States with her parents, Joe and Emma Starks, and eight siblings, braving the economic hardships of the Depression Era to settle in California. She attended Santa Barbara High School until the age of 16 when she moved to the Cuyama Valley and met her future husband. She married Sid Hudson on Jan, 25, 1942 and resided on the Hudson Ranch where they raised three of their four children. In 1954, Mrs. Hudson moved with her family to Maricopa where she was a member of the Maricopa Women's Club from 1955-87. She was last employed by Barco of California as a seamstress. After retirement, she used her creative talents to produce many fine oil paintings, a hobby she truly enjoyed. She spent the past nine years helping to care for her granddaughter, Sarah.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Cyril Sidney Hudson Sr., a son and his wife, Sid and Cynthia Hudson Jr. of Santa Margarita; three daughters, Lorena Hudson of Santa Maria, Loretta Hudson of Scarborough, New York and Lorinda Hudson of Taft; a grandson, Ethan Hudson of Santa Margarita; three granddaughters, Erika Strom of Nipomo, Melanie Strom of Santa Maria, and Sarah Peters of Taft; and one great granddaughter, Bailee Albin of Nipomo.
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Jean Huffmon
June 24, 1925 - May 30, 2010



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, June 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. for Jean Huffmon, 84. Mrs. Huffmon was born on June 24, 1925 in Slick, Oklahoma and passed away on May 30, 2010 in Bakersfield.

She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years.

Mrs. Huffmon was preceded in death by her first husband, Joe Moore and by her parents, Joe and Anna Belle Fielding. She is survived by her husband, Wilmus Huffmon of Bakersfield; her children, Mark Moore and his wife, Ramilee of Bakersfield, David Moore of Springville, and Mike Moore of Valley Acres; her step-sons, Richard Huffmon and Bob Huffmon both of Taft; and by her grandchildren, Matt Moore of Springville, Brain Moore of Bakersfield, Garrett Moore of Bakersfield, Eric Derington of Bakersfield, Mark Moore, Jr. of Taft, Andrea Kaiser of Taft, Amber Reeves of Taft, and Heather Barajas of Taft; her numerous great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Optimal Hospice for the care they extended to their mother. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Wilmus Albert Huffmon
June 3, 1918 - January 21, 2014



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. for Wilmus Albert Huffmon, 95.

Mr. Huffmon was born in Cleveland, Arkansas on June 3, 1918 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 21, 2014. Mr. Huffmon worked as a drilling foreman for many years. He loved to golf and spend time with his wife, Jean, in Pismo, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Mr. Huffmon always had a smile on his face and would always help anyone in need. His grandchildren were his pride and joy; he loved them all so very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Huffmon; his wife, Jean; his sons, Ronald and Bob Huffmon; his brothers, Jim, Charlie, Erine, and Aulton Huffmon; his sisters, Ria, Lorene, Janie, Virginia, Sybil, and Jewel; and his daughter-in-law, Ruthie Moore. Mr. Hoffmon is survived by his son, Richard Huffmon; grandchildren, Heidi Pezer and husband, Chuck, Patti Soles and husband, Wes, Lauri Dilworth and husband Jeff, Bobby Dale and Bob Ray Huffmon; great grandchildren, Jonathan Haroutunian, Charlie, Mary, Hank, and Jake Pezer, Josh and Lindsay Huffmon, Gabriella Huffmon, and Jarod Dilworth; great-great granddaughter, Zoli Haroutunian; stepsons, Mike Moore, David Moore and wife, Donna, Mark Moore and wife, Tamilee; step-grandchildren, Matt and Brian Moore, Mark Moore, Jr., Garrett Moore, Andrea Kaiser, Heather Adams, and Amber Reeves; siblings, Ray Huffmon, Gene Huffmon, and Zeta Allen; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.at the Erickson & Brown funeral Home. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Samuel Lynn Hufstedler
November 28, 1928 - January 17, 2001



No funeral services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident, Samuel Lynn Hufstedler, 72 years-old, who passed away on January 17, 2001 in Bakersfield, California.

Funeral services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft (661) 763-1594
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Barbara Eloise Hughes
May 30, 1913 - March 31, 2007



Barbara Eloise Hughes passed away on March 31, 2007 after a courageous battle with cancer. The oldest child of Ralph E. and Ethel C. Stadtmiller, she was born in Lindsay, California on May 30, 1913.

She joined the First Baptist Church in San Luis Obispo when she was 13 years old. She was very active in the young peoples youth groups during her high school and college years. A graduate of the San Luis Obispo High School and Santa Barbara Teachers College in 1934, she taught elementary school in Wasco and Bakerfield until her marriage to David Raymond Hughes on June 25, 1937 in Bakersfield.

Eloise and David lived in Taft until 1940 when they moved to a ranch in Tulare County where they raised their three children. Eloise was active in the Ducor Women's Club, Ducor School PTA, and Ducor Baptist Church. She was a substitute teacher at the Ducor Elementary School.

In 1959, they sold the ranch and moved to Bakersfield. Eliose joined the Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Order of the Eastern Star. She thoroughly enjoyed her oil painting, rug hooking, and china painting classes and the friends she met there. David and Eloise enjoyed traveling. They took several automobile trips throughtout the United States and Canada. Eloise's family was a top priority in her life. She always made her family and guests welcome in her home.

She is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, David Hughes; her sister, Alma Wattenbarger, her brother Wilfred Stadtmiller; and her grandson, Scott Hughes. She is survived by her children: Carolyn and Lewis Busell of Madison, New Hampshire, Roberta Bender of Bakersfield, and William (Bill) and Carol Hughes of Camarillo, seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life service will be held on April 7, at 1:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bakersfield Rescue Mission Optimal Hospice, or the charity of choice. Her family would like to thank Optimal Hospice, CBCC, and Dr. Keith Seidenstricker and his staff for the excellent care they provided.
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Harry L. Hughes
March 19, 1930 - February 21, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, in Taft, on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for Bakersfield resident, Harry L. Hughes.

Harry was born to Charles and Elsie Hughes in Missouri in 1930 and passed away at his home on February 21, 2003. His family moved to California when he was eight. Harry joined the Navy at the age of 19 and after five years of service he began his employment with the Kern County Parks Department. Harry retired as supervisor of the Buena Vista Golf Course after 32 years of service.

His survivors include his wife of 42 years, Mary; his brother, Delbert and his wife, Oleta; his son, Greg Hughes and his wife, Sheila; his daughters, Roberta Howe and her husband, Robert, Susie Hoskins and her husband Guy, and Gail West and her husband, Lane; his nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Optimal Hospice. There are no visitation hours scheduled.
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Meaghann Hughes
February 1, 1979 - April 21, 2002



Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church 2216 17th St., for Meaghann Hughes. Meaghann was born in the town of Onondaga, New York on February 1, 1979 and came to Kern County at the age of one. She attended schools in Bakersfield and Taft, spent two years in the Air Force and after a serious accident resumed her studies at Bakersfield College. She was looking forward to a degree in Psychology and had achieved the Dean's list for three semesters.

She passed away Sunday, April 21st and is survived by her grandparents, Thomas Brown and Don and Harriet Hughes; parents Keven and Nancy Hughes; brother, Sean; sister Daria and Jarred and their children, Shaylan, Savannah and Alexander; ten aunts and uncles; and fifteen cousins and many other supportive, caring and loving relatives and friends.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in memory of Meaghann Hughes be sent to Childrens Hospital, Central California, Rehabilitation Dept. at 9300 Valley Children's Place, Medera, California, 93638. Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Judy

Judy Gayle (Huddleston) Hundley
February 4, 1957 - February 1, 2001



A memorial service will be held for Judy (Huddleston) Hundley, 43, on Monday, February 5th, 2001, 2:00 p.m. at Grace Assembly of God located at 2350 So. Chester (across from Modern Way Market).

Judy was born in Bakersfield, California where she lived for the greatest part of her life. She worked at Elk Hills for approximately 18 years and later for Frito-Lay. She passed away here in Bakersfield.

She was preceded in death by her son, Shane Bosworth, 2; her father, Cecil Huddleston; brother Randy Huddleston; stepmother, Jean Huddleston and stepbrother, Dave Gifford. She is survived by her son Ina Hundley, 11; mother, Ruth Cooper; brothers Russell and Richard Huddleston; nephews, Ricky and Ryan Huddleston; and step-niece, Shelley Gustafson all of Bakersfield. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Nell Huddleston; nephews, Alan, Cody and wife, Jamie Huddleston and grandnephew, Caylen Huddleston, all from Palmer, Alaska. Many loving aunts, uncles’, cousins and friends also survive her.

Judy, we’re going to miss the light of your smile, your voice and laughter. Even though your spirit has flown to God, your memory remains in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made in memory of Judy c/o Tom Hundley, 308 Joelyle Street, Bakersfield, California 93312. For additional service information please call 834-8411.
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Loyd W. Hunnell
January 5, 1918 – May 12, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 12:00 noon for former Taft resident, Loyd William “Skeets” Hunnell, 83. Rev. Trent Meaders, pastor of Taft First Assembly of God Church will officiate at the services. Officers of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F.& A.M. will participate and Mr. Matt Doyle will speak on behalf of the American Legion.

Mr. Hunnell was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio on January 5, 1918 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 12, 2001. In February of 1941 he enlisted is the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Air Corps stationed at Gardner Field near Taft. After his discharge Mr. Hunnell settled in Taft. Where he lived until moving to Bakersfield in 1993. Mr. Hunnell had been a fiftyfive year member of the I.B.E.W. Union, Local Number 428 and worked from 1946 to 1981. He had worked many jobs out of the Union Hall. He had been employed as an electrician for Burt & Stock and Fred Braun for many years. As an electrician he worked on such projects as Hearst Castle, the California Aqueduct, the Diablo Power Plant, and the then new Broadway store in Valley Plaza.

He was a member for almost 60 years of the American Legion Post Number 70; Taft-Midway Lodge Number 426, F.& A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies; Taft Elks Lodge # 1527 B.P.O.E. and Taft Lodge Number 1431 Loyal Order of Moose. Mr. Hunnell attended the First Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda (Edwards) Hunnell, in 1981. His survivors include his daughter, Lynda Robinson of Bakersfield; his son, Loyd Hunnell of Walnut Creek, his granddaughter Jennifer Ballentine of Atlanta, Georgia; his grandson and his wife, Mike and Laurie Robinson of Ahwahnee, California his great grandchildren, Becher, Casey, Drew, Keeley, Gregory, Chance, Emmett, and Kaiya Robinson.

There are no visitation hours scheduled. Services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Elizabeth "Mickey" Hunt
September 23, 1933 - March 28, 2007



Mickey was born in Chicago and moved with her family to San Diego at the age of 15. She graduated from Hoover High School. She married Dick Snyder and worked at Convair while Dick served during the Korean War. Mickey raised her family in Pacific Beach and loved the ocean. She moved to Taft 24 years ago to be closer to her kids and grandchildren. She loved her grandkids and close friend Joanne.

Mickey had a heart as big as the sky and spent a lifetime pursuing good intentions and happiness. On the morning of March 28, 2007 she left us to receive it all. Her spirit will forever remain in our hearts... Mickey was preceded in death by her Father, Harvey Lorentz and her Mother, Betty Lorentz.

She is survived by her brother, Harvey Lorentz of Arizona; her sister Marnitte Andrews and husband Andy of San Diego; son Charlie Snyder and wife Nancy of Taft; daughter Lori Archibald and husband Bob of Maricopa; grandson, Ryan Meyers of Texas; granddaughter, Katie Myers of Texas; grandsons, Nathaniel Williams and Christopher Williams of Taft; also 2 nephews, 2 nieces, 2 grand nephews and 4 grandnieces.
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Leaman Dwight Hunt
July 26, 1932 - December 11, 2005



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Leaman Hunt, 73. Mr. Hunt passed away at his home in Maricopa on December 11, 2005.
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Patricia Hunt
November 22, 1928 - June 3, 2003



Passed away on June 3rd in Felton, California, at the age of 74 in the home of her daughter Melinda.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Harold, her son Phil, a brother David, a sister Ruby and her parents David and Mary Lutton of Taft. Pat resided in Taft her entire life, attended Taft schools, and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1945. She worked at the Maricopa Court House, was Taft City Clerk, and worked at Pruitts Department Store at one time. Pat had many high school friends she kept in close contact with in Taft throughout the many years. Pat was known for her many friends, her kind heart, her constant upbeat attitude on life, her Irish sense of humor, and her love of family. Pat loved life and enjoyed being with her daughter Melinda. They had many wonderful adventures together. Pat will always be remembered and missed. She is survived by her daughter Melinda Robertson and her companion Bob Aguirre of Felton, her brother Tom Lutton of Fresno, and her sister Jean of Visalia.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the O.T. Cookhouse. West Side Family Mortuary is handling all funeral services. (661) 763-1594
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Thurston Harrell Hunt
March 24, 1929 - December 5, 1995



Services will be held a the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5600 Panorama Drive, Friday, December 8, at 1:00 p.m. for Thurston Harrell Hunt, 66, who passed away December 5, 1995 after a brief bout with cancer. Services will be directed by his son, Bishop Roby Hunt and interment will follow in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane.

Thurston was born March 24, 1929 in Waldron, Arkansas, moved to Buttonwilllow with his family at the age of 8, and graduated from Kern Union High School. He worked for Haberfel Ford for 20 years. At 25 he managed Taft Ford Dealership for 5 years. In 1967 Thurston purchased Central Valley Ford in Wasco where he won many distinguished dealership awards. Thurston served as President of the Wasco Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Kern County Grand Jury and Board of Directors for Disabled American Veterans. After leaving Wasco he and his wife, Barbara moved to Utah where they have enjoyed living for the past 12 years.

Thurston is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He taught Sunday school, worked with Scouting, and a home teacher for 30 years. His hobbies included flying, traveling, camping and crossword puzzles. He loved opera and had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing funny stories with his children, grandchildren and co-workers.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Barbara; mother, Mary Hunt of Bakersfield; sister, Betty Pynn of Garden Grove; seven children, Cy Hunt and wife, Pat; Becky Hunt Combs and husband, Blaine; Micky Hunt and wife, Laura; Jeff Hunt; Rusty Hunt and wife Denise; Heidi Hunt Winn; and Roby Hunt and wife, Tamara; 23 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will begin today, December 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd.

Thurston will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
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Valerie K. Hurst, 71
April 7, 1925 - January 20, 1997



Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the First Assembly of God inTaft for Fellows resident Valerie K. Hurst, 71. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Scalera, pastor of the First Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Hurst was born on April 7, 1925 in Tarentum, Pennslyvania, and passed away January 20, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital. She was a writer of inspirational messages and was a member and historian of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, Taft Chapter.

She was preceded in death by three children, Alan Frost, Brenda Lee and Janet Maureen Hurst; and her parents, Lundy and Janet Guerrini. Her survivors include her son and his wife, Terry and Gigi Hurst of Bakersfield; her daughter and her husband, Joyce and Greg Trzaska of Bakersfield; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Bertrice McFarland and Iris Shanihart, both of Los Angeles, and Alva and Vic Pontrelli of Las Vegas, Nevada and seven grandchildren, Jim, Gena and Lori Trzaska, and Emily, Justin, Patrick and Evan Hurst.

Visitation will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Thursday from noon until 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
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Larry Jennings Hutchison
September 27, 1947 - August 12, 2012



Larry was born in Hanford, California and raised in the Avenal, California area. Later in life, he moved to Taft, California where he was employed as a farm mechanic. He was a Vietnam Veteran, where he served in the Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Chloa Hutchison, along with two brothers, Gary and Galen Hutchison. He is survived by five siblings; Norma Jean Montgomery and husband Gary, Arlene Hutchison, Dick Hutchison and wife Becky, all of Bakersfield, California, Elaine Smith and husband Jim and Velta Lenore Rowe and husband Gary of Taft, California. No services are scheduled.
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Betty

Elizabeth (Betty) Mae Huntington - Pic
November 16, 1919 - April 10, 2003



Betty was born November 16, 1919, to Nellie and Chester Huntington in Liberty, Nebraska. Betty received a scholarship to the University of Nebraska, returning to Liberty to teach primary and intermediate grades. Betty enlisted in the Navy Waves in August 1943, taking training at Hunter's College in New York City. In December 1945 she returned to California working for Pacific Freight Lines in Taft and Bakersfield. Betty went to work for the Teamsters Union, Local 87 and retired from the Teamsters as Office Manager, after over twenty years.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and sisters, Virginia Gore, Lynn Fisher and Judy Huntington and her brother, Eugene Huntington. Betty is survived by her sisters, Mildred (Midge) Poague of Wichita, Kansas, and Charlotte Penner and husband Frank of Bakersfield; brothers, Lawrence (Hank) Huntington and wife Elsie and Jack Huntington; sister-in-law Nora Huntington, all of Nebraska; nieces, Lori Penner Castillon, Susan Johnson, Beth Poague, Sherry Peters and Kate Acosta; and nephews Terry Poague, Donald, Denny and Gary Huntington.

Betty enjoyed reading, puzzles, flowers and making people happy. Her love for animals (especially Boston Terriers) brought her much enjoyment. Betty was one of a kind, generous, giving and loving. She was loved by many people. After God made Betty He broke the mold. Earth has been a much better place for Betty being here and now heaven can enjoy her through eternity.

The family would like to thank Parkview Julian and the entire staff working "C" wing for their wonderful and loving care and Optimal Hospice.

Respecting Betty's wishes, there will be no services held. In lieu of flowers contributions could be made to the SPCA. Optimal Hospice or do something special for someone and think of Betty.
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Bill Earl Hurley
January 30, 1933 - August 30, 2009



A memorial service will be held for Bill E. Hurley, 76, of Coos Bay, Oregon (formerly of Bakersfield) at 2:00 p.m. Friday September 18, 2009 at Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, 405 Elrod Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon. Cremation rites have been held.

Bill was born January 30, 1933 at Salina, Oklahoma, the son of Paul and Doris A. (Anderson) Hurley. He passed away August 30, 2009 at Coos Bay. Bill was raised and educated in Taft, California. He was married to Pauline Miller on April 28, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They made their home in several different California communities where Bill worked in oil field construction. He later settled in Bakersfield where he joined the Operating Engineers Union Local #12 as a heavy equipment operator. Bill worked on several Black Badge (top secret) government construction projects during his career. Bill enjoyed working on tractors, going to actions, fixing things in his shop, and tools. He loved the ocean and ocean fishing and they moved to the ocean at Coos Bay, Oregon in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Pauline Hurley of Coos Bay, Oregon; daughters, Christina Parks of Paul's Valley, Oklahoma, Shannon and Charles Mendonsa of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Lori and Rick Hicks of Pasco, Washington; six grandchildren and one great grandson; brother Edward Hurley of Rochester, Washington, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Reed.

Contributions in his memory maybe made to South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, Oregon 97420. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary (541-267-4216).
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George E. Hurley
November 28, 1913 - December 25, 1997



A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel for George E. Hurley, who died at this home in Taft on Christmas night.

George was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and moved with his family to Ventura in 1927. He was a great lover of the outdoors, and worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Kern County Parks Dept, retiring as Park Superintendent for the West Side Parks in 1976. He was active in Boy Scouts, enjoyed hunting and fishing, golf and other sports. He was a World War II Veteran, serving with the Third Army in Europe at the end of the war. He was an honorary life member of Taft Elks Lodge, #1527, the Taft Elks Trailer Club and he belonged to the Fellows, American Legion Post #63. During his career with Kern County, he was involved with the Maintenance of Camp Condor, the Development of Buena Vista Golf Course and also Buena Vista Lake. He retired as West Side Parks Superintendent in 1976.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia; sons, George Hurley, Jr. and his wife, Berta, of Newbury Park and James Michael Hurley and his wife, Betsy, of Fresno; grandchildren, Erin and Russell Williamson, Ethan and Ryan and Kathleen and Mary; great grandsons, Shaydon and Mason; sister and her husband, Joy and Harold Hall of Covina; and many nieces and nephews and a host of loving friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine Road, Bakersfield, California 93313, Suite 720, for whose loving care and service, his family is truly grateful. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Harry Lee Hustead
May 11, 1916 - December 11, 2005
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Lee was born on the family dairy farm in Anaconda, Montana to Thomas and Lillie Hustead. In 1920 the family migrated to California arriving by train in the thriving oil town of Fellows. It was in Fellows that Lee, as a kid, would experience what he felt was life at it's best. After two years of high school at Taft the family purchased a chicken ranch in the Tarzana, California where he graduated from Canoga Park High School and served as student body president. In 1938 while attending UCLA he returned for a visit to Taft, where he met and fell in love with Phyllis Rennels. They wed in December of that year and married for 65 wonderful years. He served in the Navy in WWll and was employed for 42 years by Standard Oil in Bakersfield and Baharian, Saudi Arabia. A devoted Christian couple they are once again united and left behind a time a true love story for their children and their children's children. Lee was one of four children, two brothers Dee and Jeff and a sister Minnie all deceased.

The Hustead name dates back to 1635 in America and continues to carry on through their three children. Dennis and wife Sharon of Phoenix, Arizona, John and wife Beth of Bakersfield, and Lewis and wife Paula of Beijing, China along with ten grand children, and ten great grandchildren.

As a husband, father provider, friend and little league coach he remains wonderful example to all who knew him. He claimed to have never had a bad day and he did leave this world a better place May God Bless Dad as he and mom continue their love in Heaven.
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Phyllis

Phyllis Maxine Renels Hustead
October 19, 1920 - September 1, 2003



Phyllis was born to O.P. and Celia Rennels in Charleson, Illinois. She was a twin to Phillip Max Rennels who passed away at one week old. Phyllis' first seven years were spent on a farm in Illinois. Before the family of eight loaded up in a model "A" touring car and headed to California the family settled in Taft in 1928, where she spent her young life with seven brothers and sisters.

She was the Minnie Mouse song leader in the Mickey Mouse Club. Phyllis' family bought a Root Beer Drive Inn during her high school years and it was here she met a young customer, Lee Hustead, who stole her heart. In 1938, she married this dashing UCLA student and he was her love and life for 64 years. From this marriage came three sons, Dennis, John and Lewis, ten grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her striking appearance and beautiful voice, for she always had a song in her heart whether to soothe or entertain. Phyllis' love for her husband, Lee, was a true love story and the joy she shared with her family and friends because of this will always be remembered. She is now in the arms of her Savior in the presence of the loved ones who have gone before her, sisters Lula and Vivian and brothers Phillip, John, Jim and Billy.

She is survived by her dear sister, Gloanna Bruce, the little brother she loved so much, Jerry Rennels, and many nieces and nephews. Phyllis was surrounded by family on her last day with loving care from Lee, her sons and daughters-in-law, Sharon, Paula, and Beth.

There will be no service for Phyllis as she shared a celebration of life with all of them. Thank you for your love and concern for our family.
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Albert Lester Hutchison
July 24, 1925 - August 11, 2007



Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 16th, at 10:00 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Chapel with graveside services to follow.

Lester was born in Maricopa and grew up in Long Beach. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers and worked on original construction of many landmarks in Kern County. He was a Past Master of Caledonia Masonic Lodge, No. 486, a member of the Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Shrine and Past Patron of Caledonia Chapter 391, Order of the Eastern Star. He was a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor. Lester was the Shrine clown on skates in parades. He loved to dance and play the guitar. Lester and Louise RV'ed in tents, trailers, campers and fifth wheels. They traveled with the Mobile Nobles RV Club.

Lester is survived by his beloved wife, Louise; they were three weeks short of their 50th wedding anniversary. He is also survived by his daughters, Gail Clark of Bakersfield., Donna Riggs of Santa Maria; his sons, Paul Hutchison of San Diego and Ray Hutchison and wife, Barbara of Bakersfield; also grandsons, Brian Riggs of Hawaii and David Hutchison of Washington. He was predeceased by son-in-law, Roger Clark; and grandson, Kevin Riggs.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 15th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Mortuary.
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Gustav Hyman
ca 1850 - October 21, 1926



Gustav Hyman, father of William Hyman, proprietor of the B and B Shoe Shining parlor in this city passed away Wednesday noon at his home in San Francisco, following an illness of more than 6 months. The deceased had resided in San Francisco for a great number of years and was well known in that district.

William Hyman left last evening for the nothern bay city to be present at the funeral services being conducted today.
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