Westside Obituaries
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Ann Johnson-Jackson
April 9, 1927 - October 19, 2012



The time came on October 19, 2012 for Ann Johnson-Jackson to leave her earthly home and go to her eternal reward. Ann was born on April 9, 1927 at the family home located on her grandmother's farm in Union County, Kentucky. She was the second of nine children born to Frank Johnson, Sr. and Catherine Wheatly Johnson.

Ann attended St. Peter's Parochial School, was a graduate of St. Vincent Academy and Draughn's Business College in Paducah, Kentucky. While in college, Ann met Harold Jackson, a young soldier who had recently returned from the European Theater of War, following WWII.

On July 18, 1946, Harold and Ann were married at Sacred Heart Church in Hickman, Kentucky. In July, 1952, Harold and Ann moved to Taft, California. Harold went to work for Signal Oil and Gas Company. Ann went to work for Anglo California National Bank located on the 5th and North Streets in Taft. Ann's last place of employment was the West Side District Hospital. She also performed volunteer work with West Side Hospital until it closed in 2003. Ann was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church for over 60 years. She also served as President of St. Mary's Altar Society and Secretary of Young Ladies Institute, Ave Maria Institute #103. Ann was a Girl Scout leader, a member of Taft Senior Citizens Club and a member of the Midway Sunset Quilters.

Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harold Jackson; her son, Richard Jackson; her son-in-law, Gary Carroll; and granddaughter, Kristy Ann Walters. Ann is survived by her three children and their spouses, Randy and Mary Jackson, Jean Ann and Harry Martin and Sue Carroll; special friends, Bud Petrey, Virgie Cook and Donna Mac; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Ann would like to everyone to know that she is "fine."

The recitation of the Rosary and Vigil Service will be on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. with visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. David Greskowiak on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taft. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.

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Czell Jackson, 84
July 1, 1914 - May 2, 1999



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5th for longtime Taft resident Czell Jackson, 84. Pastor Gary Story of the Trinity Southern Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Jackson was born on July 1, 1914 to Louis Roberts and Lizzie McCollum in Dukedom, Tennessee. She left this life on May 2, 1999 to join God and to be with her husband, J.T. Jackson. Mrs. Jackson grew up in Dukedom. She married J.T. Jackson on May 2, 1936. Mrs. Jackson passed away on what would have been their 63rd anniversary.

Mrs. Jackson and her husband lived in Kentucky from 1936-66 when they came to California to be closer to their sons. Mrs. Jackson worked at Sparkle Cleaners for several years until her retirement, Czell and J.T. moved to Pacific Regency in 1988 due to poor health. When J.T. passed away in 1992 Czell moved to Taft Residential Care. Her special roommate of four years was Celena Rogers. When Mrs. Jackson's health deteriorated she moved back to Regency West. Every attendant nurse, aide and helper had only kind words for Mr. and Mrs. Jackson while they both lived there. We can find no fault with the care given to our mother.

Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Jackson, in 1992 and by six brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Kenneth and Donna Jackson of Taft, and Robert and Lynda Jackson of Taft, her grandchildren, Tammy Jackson Meyers, Jody Bailey, Gerald Mears, Lisa Lawhorn, Kevin Jackson, Jason Jackson and Julie Jackson: her great grandchildren, Christy Heath, Kassandra Jackson, Derek Bailey, Dakota Bailey, Curry Lawhorn, Hannah Lawhorn, Kristopher Jackson, and Daniel Jackson; her brother-in-law and his wife, H.B. and Ann Jackson; her brothers, William Roberts of Dukedom, and Nobel Roberts and his wife, Jean of Florida; and by many nieces and nephews.

Services under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Donna Jackson, 58
December 3, 1947 - January 31, 2006



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident and businesswoman, Donna Jackson, 58. Bishop, Harold Pease of the Taft Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will officiate.

Mrs. Jackson was born in Minnapolis, Minnesota on December 3, 1947 and passed away unexpeciedly at her residence on January 31, 2006. Her father was serving in the U.S. Army in Ft. Smith Arkansas and this is where she met on a blind date her future husband Ken. When her father retired in 1963 he moved his family to Buena Park. That is where Ken and Donna were married on December 24, 1964. The Jacksons moved to Taft shortly thereafter. Mrs. Jackson and her husband, owned and operated Jackson Automotive for several years, Donna was always ready to give a helping hand with everything that needed to be done. What she didn't know how to do, she learned to do and do well. She was never afraid to take on anything. She touched so many lives and will be deeply missed. Mrs. Jackson was a member of the Taft Genealogical Society. Her hobbies were quilting, crocheting, knitting, running the business office and talking to the customers. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her father, John Looney III; her sister Margaret and her son, Keith. Her survivors include her husband of 42 years Kenneth Jackson; her two children, Lisa and Kevin; her four grandchildren Curry, Hannah, Kristopher, and Daniel; her mother Joan Mollers; her brothers and sisters John, Susan, Michael, and Patrica.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harold B. Jackson "PaPa Jack"
July 20, 1922 - March 30, 2001



Recitation of the Rosary will be held for longtime Taft resident Harold B. Jackson, 78, on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Mr. Loydell J. Marth of Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church with burial following in the West Side District Cemetery.

Harold was born on July 20, 1922 in Dukedom, Tennessee the fifth child of James Coleman Jackson and Etta Mae Burnham Jackson. His family later moved to Water Valley, Kentucky, where he lived until entering the U.S. Army in September of 1942. He served in England, France and Germany during World War II and was a true American patriot. On July 18, 1946 he married Ann Johnson of Clinton, Kentucky. He was employed by the Illinois Central Railroad until he moved his family to Taft, California in 1952. When he arrived in Taft he went to work for Signal Oil and Gas, retiring from McFarland Energy in 1986. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.

The family remembers a special vacation to the World's Fair in Seattle, Washington in 1963. Many young friends of his children were guests on trips to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. Another accomplishment he often spoke of was teaching others to water ski. Although he did not water ski himself, he was always willing to drive the boat. In 1966 his health began to decline but he and Ann still made two trips to Kentucky to visit with his sister and brothers. In 1997 they attended a family reunion and in 2000 they welcomed the Millennium in Las Vegas, Nevada and also attended his sister and brother-in-law's 60th wedding anniversary. On March 30, 2001 Harold passed away in the local hospital.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Jackson of Taft; his children Richard and Joyce Jackson of Taft, Randy and Mary Jackson of Pueblo, Colorado, Jean Ann and Harry Martin of Taft and Sue and Gary Carroll of Brandon, Oregon; his grandchildren, Cyndee and John Stark, Carol Ann and Bud Watts and Tracy Walters all of Taft, Scott and Dawn Jackson of California, Missouri. Daniel Walters of Bakersfield, Kinsey and Mike Ford of Iowa City, Iowa, Carrie Jackson of Chicago, Illinois, his six great grandchildren who loved Papa Hey You; his sister, Mrs. Marie Vaughn of Wingo, Kentucky; and his brother, Clyde Jackson of Chicago, Illinois.

The family wishes to thank all of our family and friends and neighbors who have given so generously of their time while Harold was ill. To all those who prayed for us, made trips to hospitals and doctors appointments, even the barber shops, we thank you all again and ask God's choice in blessings for you.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Shirlee Carnes-Jackson, R.N.
September 18, 1934 - May 28, 1997



Recitation of the Rosary will be held Sunday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Reis Chapel, 991 Nipomo Street, San Luis Obispo, and graveside services will be held Monday, June 2nd at 1:00 p.m. at the family plot at Arroyo Grande District Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, for Shirlee Mae Ioppini Carnes Jackson, 62, of Morro Bay, who passed away May 28th, at home. The Rev. Father Albert Mayer, of the Benedictine Monastery of the Risen Christ at Los Osos, will officiate.

Shirlee, the daughter of the late Roger and Maxine Ioppini of North Belridge, was born in Taft on September 18, 1934. She was a graduate on Taft High School in 1952, where she was active in student government and the G.A.A. She was a registered nurse for 40 years after graduating from San Jose Hospital School of Nursing in 1955. She last worked at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo. She was a member of the Morro Bay Eagles Lodge and enjoyed trips to Whiskey Pete's and Laughlin, Nevada.

Mrs. Jackson is survived by her husband, Randy of Morro Bay; four sons, T. J. of Santa Margarita, Willie of Morro Bay, Roger of Boston, Massachusetts, and Michael Carnes of Atascadero; two daughters, Sheryl Ellis of Edwards Air Force Base and Tracey Mullikan of Paso Robles; brother, Bruce Ioppini of Bakersfield; two aunts, Ettamae Shaffer of Santa Cruz and June Levine of Bakersfield; uncle, Robert Ioppini of Atascadero; seven grandchildren; and one great granddaughter and a special son, Michael Reardon of New York.

Family and friends may pay their respects at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo on Saturday between 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until time of the Rosary and on Monday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the hospice care of your choice.
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Betty L. Jacobs, 67
November 22, 1928 - January 26, 1996



Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Lemoore Cemetery for former long-time Taft resident Betty Lee Jacobs, 67.

Mrs. Jacobs was born in Hope, Louisana and passed away January 26, 1996 in Madera, California. She had been a resident of Madera for the past 10 years.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Jacobs of Madera; a son, Dale Lee Jacobs of Bakersfield; two daughters, Sue Fabrizius and Cathy Kay Johnson, both of Madera; a brother, Alvin Bass of Fresno; two sisters, Doris Bass of Riverside and Maryann Smith of Pinedale; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Jay Chapel of Madera is in charge of the arrangements.
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Chester P. Jacobs, 76
August 7, 1924 - January 6, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Chester P. Jacobs, 76.

Pastor Mark Roberts will officiate at the services. Mr. Jacobs was born in Dumas, Arkansas on August 7, 1924 and passed away in a Bakersfield nursing home on January 6, 2001.

During the Second World War he served his country as an aerial gunner assigned to the 406th bomb squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Mr. Jacobs was employed by TWA Airlines as a radio technician and retired after 25 years of service. He moved from Colorado to Taft about six years ago. After living in Taft two years he moved to Bakersfield. He was a member of New Hope Temple.

Mr. Jacobs was preceded in death by his wife, Leona M. Jacobs, in November of 1998 and by his daughter, Becky Coleman, in 1979.

His survivors include his daughter and her husband, Linda and Marvin Karnes; his grandsons, Michael Karnes all of Bakersfield, Donnie Stuckey and Darin Stuckey; his granddaughter and her husband, Michelle and Rob Gillaspie; his great grandchildren, Whittney Harmer, Ashlynne Gillaspie and Logan Doyle of Texas and his brother, Duke Jacobs of New Mexico.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Leo D. Jacobs
December 14, 1921 - February 4, 2012



Age 90, born December 14, 1921 in Webber Falls, Oklahoma, former resident of Taft, California and a resident of Madera, California for 27 years passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Madera Hospital.

He retired from Standard Oil in March of 1984 after 38 years of service as a gang foreman. Leo enjoyed the outdoors where he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was admired for his physical strength, devotion to this family, and his affinity to chidren. He loved all children and they loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Betty Lee Jacobs; their first granddaughter Charlotte Lewis in February of 1987 and son Dale in 2008. Leo is survived by his daughters Sue Ginder and Kay Johnson. He was the grandfather to Bill Lewis, Paul Johnson, Brent Johnson, Cody Jacobs & Jared Jacobs.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Jay Chapel in Madera, California. Graveside services will be Friday, February 10, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. at Lemoore Cemetery in Lemoore, California.
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Dolores B. James
January 6, 1929 - December 6, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the First Baptist Church at 220 North Street on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Dolores B. James, 73.

Dolores B. James was born on January 6, 1929 to Miguel and Ceclia Bareno in San Diego. Dolores was the first of five sisters born to this unique California family to this states' rich history from the 1750's. Arguello, Castro, Concepcion, Sepulveda, Carrillo, Romero, Larringa, Garayzar, Gastelum, Maron, DeOrtega, Higuera, Cota, Verdugo, and almost countless other proud families who were amoung the initial inhabitants on then New Spain. Dolores grew up in San Diego and graduated from San Diego High School.

She was a member of her church choir and was often called upon to sing solo in her rich contralto voice in either Spainish or English. She moved to Taft in 1948 when she married, Edward Geissel and then became the mother of Michael, Leonard and Debra. She married again in 1957 to Ward James and added to her family, Glenn and Loris. All her children treasured their mother and loved her without reservation. As her family and began school, Dolores worked as a retail clerk at the Ford City Emporuim for over 20 years and came to know so many of her friends in the Taft area. She later worked at other clerical jobs in Taft, including at the 11-C Market, before joining the Taft College cafeteria crew as cashier. She retired from there in 1990 and enjoyed her family and friends until her passing. She most enjoyed her family gatherings and her extended stays at Pismo.

In addition to her husband, Ward, Dolores is survived by her sisters, Ida and her husband Henry Colabella of Santee, Esther and husband Louis Orrantia of Reno, Nevada, Martha and husband Lyle Kramer of Kennewick, Washington and Bertha and husband, Jim Koch of Concord; sons and their spouses, Michael and Nancy Geissel of Bakersfield, Leonard and Susan Geissel of Portland, Texas, and Glenn and Sheila James of Bakersfield; her daughters, Debra Geissel McClain of Bakersfield and Loris James of Bakersfield. She also leaves many loved aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews who hold her memory close to their heart. Dolores has six grandchildren and four great grandchildren to extend her notable history. Her greastest gift to friends and family is her warmth and open sincerity and affection. Her last two and one half years were a special gift to her family. She will be greatly missed.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lloyd Myrion James
March 11, 1937 - May 22, 1968



Lloyd Myrion James, 518 Fresno Street, Maricopa, died in a Bakersfield hospital Wednesday. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Mortuary with Bill Phillips of the Missionary Baptist Church in Maricopa officiating. Burial Will be at West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. James was born March 11, 1937 in Midway, Tennessee. An employ of John Antongiovanni Maricopa for 14 years. He is survived by his widow, Betty; a daughter, Linda K, James; a son, Richard Lee James; two stepdaughters, Jeanete Bell, Blackwell's Corner, and Debra Riggen, Maricopa; a stepson, Franklin Riggen, Maricopa; his mother, Sadie Hardwick and stepfather, Joe Hardwick of Old River; three brothers, Elvie L. James, Pumpkin Center; Max L. James and Coa V. Hardwick, Lakeview; three sisters, Christine Rickets, East Prairie, Missouri; Magdeline Wiessmon, Steele, Missouri, and JoAnn Hardwick, Old River.
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Robert M. James
June 24, 1924 - November 7, 2002



Bob was born on June 24, 1924 in Spur, Dickens County, Texas to Robert Claude James and Betty May Harris James as the fifth child of twelve, eight of whom survived to maturity.

Precededing him in death were his parents, brothers Raymond Curtis James, Garland Harris James, Houston Dale James, and twin brothers (not named), and sisters Eva Idell James Reese, Thelma Hope James Pridgin, Pasty Nell James Old. His sister Helen Fay James Carson of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Glen Roy James of Taft, California and Ward A. James of Taft, California and their spouses survive him.

Bob was living in Johnson City, Texas at the time of his death on Novebmber 7, 2002, in a home he purchased twelve years ago in his beloved Hill Country west of Austin. He graduated high school in Plainview, Texas, and went on to the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated from the University School of Law, and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1953. He lived in Texas until 1965, when he came to Taft to be near his immediate family. Bob worked in his brothers' law offices in Taft until his retirement in 1989. Bob returned to Texas in September 1990, and enjoyed the serenity and comfort of his home in Johnson City until his passing. Bob is survived by many nieces and nephews all of who held him in close regard, and will be kept in their memory, forever.
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Lillian Jamieson
March 31, 1923 - November 2, 2003



Lillian Jamieson was born on March 31, 1923, in Kenosha, Wisconsin and passed away on November 2, 2003 in Bakersfield.

The family moved to Southern California in 1929. In 1941 they began farming in Mettler and Maricopa Flats and remained there until 1959 before moving to Bakersfield. In 1964 they moved from Bakersfield to Newport Beach and spent 30+ years there, Lillian was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was loved by all who met her.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Jay. Lillian is survived by her brother Ernie Tuinstra and wife Frankie of Exeter, California; sister, Jenny Sammon of San Jacinto, California. She leaves behind her sons and their wives, Tom and Terri Jamieson, and Bernie and Laurel Jamieson, all of Bakersfield: daughter, Carol Ann Artale and husband TJ of Rancho Santa Margarita, California: 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and life long friend, Ingrid Lundlie of Los Osos.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Rosewood and the care takers of Agape for the continuing care of Lillian over the last five years. Donation may be made to Alzheimers Disease Association of Kern County, 5500 Olive Dr., Bakersfield 93308 (661) 393-8871 or your favorite charity. Private services will be held in Newport Beach.
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Carl Clifford (Jack) Jarvis
November 1, 1922 - October 26, 2009



Jack was born in Stratton, Ohio to Carl and Nora Jarvis. Having graduated from Toronto High School in Ohio, he received an athletic scholarship to Ohio State University, but Uncle Sam drafted him for the Army during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Even though he didn't get to play football for Ohio State he remained a loyal fan.

Jack came to Taft in 1946 where he held many jobs before being hired by General Petroleum, which became Mobil Oil, then Exxon Mobil from which he retired in 1986. While working for Mobil, he started buying and selling furniture after hours as a hobby, which then turned out to be full time during his retirement. His Center furniture store was not only a business, but also a gathering place for his many friends. He was a member of Elks for 45 years, the Loyal Order of the Moose, the American Legion and a life member of the Petroleum Club. He will be remembered by many as a very generous and fun person.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, sister Emma Thompson, brother Paul Jarvis and step-son Randy Hebert. He is survived by his wife Mary Frances; sisters Gay Jarvis and Nova Hebron; step-daughter Janelle Fairhurst and son Mitchell; step-son Rusty Herbert, wife Debra, sons Jason and Joshua and wives from Alabama; and he was delighted to claim Lil' Jack and Harrison as his great grandsons.

All of his friends are invited to a celebration of his life, which will be held November 21, 11:00 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 205 1/2 N. 10th Street, Taft. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Jack's memory may be made to the West Kenr Oil Museum, the Oil Workers Monument or Optimist Hospice.
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Ruth Marie Boliver Jarvis
November 10, 1926 - May 1, 2006



Ruth was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 10, 1926 and passed away in Maricopa on May 1, 2006.

She was passionate about reading current events and writing articals in the Californian. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Marie Bolivar her brother Richard Earl Bolivar, and by her uncle James Sweet. Ruth is survived by her brother Ronnie Bolivar and his wife Janine of Maricopa, and by her many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

At Ruth request there are no services scheduled. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mildred E. Jason
March 3, 1911 - January 23, 2003



Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Mildred E. Jason. Mildred was born on March 3, 1911 in Minnesota to Samuel and Ida Levin and she passed away peacefully at her residence on January 23, 2003 at the age of 91.

She was employed by Taft City School District as a teacher for several years before she retired.

Survivors include her son, Larry Jason of Taft, daughter Dr. Yvonnie Freeman and her husband Dr. David Freeman of McAllen, Texas, granddaughters, Mary Soto and her husband Francisco of Arroyo Grande, California and Dr. Ann Freeman of Hong Kong, China and by one great-granddaughter, Maya Soto.

Her husband L. Jay Jason precedes her in death.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary (661) 763-1594
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Betty Jean Jefferies
March 5, 1925 - December 28, 2002



Services wil be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., for Betty Jean Jefferies, 77, who passed away December 28, 2002. Pastor Winston Urley will officiate.

Mrs. Jefferies was born on March 5, 1925, in Green City, Missouri and resided in Kern County for 20 years. she was preced indeath by her husband, Joe in 1997: daughter, Rena in 1981: a mother and two sisters. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Frances Adele and Tom Taulbee of Edinburg, Texas: four grandchildren, Tom, Patrick, Michael and Shara; six great grandchildren: sister, Lovel Ransom of Bakersfield: brothers and sister-in-law, Ambert and Helen Hollowway all of Bakersfield and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of dear friends.

Visitation begins Friday, 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Darlene Jenkins
March 18, 1930 - September 23, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Darlene E. Jenkins, 81. Pastor Rodney Wikoff, of West Hills Church of the Nazarene, will officiate.

Mrs. Jenkins was born in Fellows, just four miles west of Taft on the St. Lawrence Lease, on March 18, 1930 and passed away in Taft on September 23, 2011. She has lived in her Taft home on 10th Street for the last 62 years. She enjoyed camping and traveling to see her grandchildren and also her church friends and her pastor, Rodney Wikoff and his family.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Eunice Howell, in 2004 and her son Troy in 1983. Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her husband of 64 years, Loren "Bill" Jenkins; her son and his wife, Floyd and Mary Jenkins; grandchildren, Tammy Comb and her husband, Jim, and Richard Jenkins; great grandchildren, Jack Comb, Michael Comb and Devyen Jenkins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Minnie E. Jensen, 89
August 19, 1907 - May 16, 1977



Minnie Elizabeth Jensen was born on August 19, 1907 in Pierre County, South Dakota, to George and Harriet Grey. She passed away on May 16, 1997 in Taft. One of 10 children, Minnie was the last to survive.

The familly lived in a sod house on the prairie before coming to California. Minnie had lived in Taft since 1941 she and her husband Maurice Kenney, were active in forming the Nomad Trailer Club and enjoyed many outings with the group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice, and her second husband, Floyd Griffeath. Minnie is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Patricia and Adrian Maxewell of Taft and Dixie and Jerry Nezat of Montana. Her six grandchildren are Richelle Hulburd, Darin Beckett, Lance Dykes and Lee Patterson of Taft; Mara Pelton of Montana; and Suzanne Klinge of Huntington Beach; her 12 great grandchildren are Nat Beckett of Taft; Lachelle, Kayla and Jacob Dykes of Taft; and Kenney Patterson of Taft; Lee Patterson Jr. of Oregon; Ryan Shuck, Josh and Leah Klinge of Huntington Beach; and Randy Maples of Bakersfield; and her great granddaughters, Lavitia and Tallisha Pelton of Montana.

There are four special ladies who took care of Minnie for the past two years: Ruby and Bonnie Jones, Donna Trehern and Betty Haven, R.N.

visitation will be family only. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the West Side District Cemetery. Donations in Minnie's namemay be made to the Heart Fund or Kern Hospice.
The services are entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home, Goldern Rule.
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Woody Jensen
September 19, 1909 - October 1, 1995



Services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for Woody Jensen, 86, who passed away October 1, 1995. Private entombment will follow.

Mr. Jensen was a native of Idaho who came to California in 1932 to be a manager for Safeway Stores, Inc., he successfully managed stores in the Los Angeles area and Taft. After a 39 year career with Safeway, he retired to Kern City where he enjoyed golfing, gardening and participating in church activities. He was a past member of Kiwanis Club, Kern County Grand Jury and Taft City School Board.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gert; his second wife of 15 years, Bessie; and two sons, Keith and Kent. His survivors include three children, Gary, Lee and Linda, and their families who include daughter-in-law Jean and son-in-law Robert, all of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Joe of Oregon, and Karen, Erin and Caitlin; his great grandchildren, Garrett and Kristen; a sister, Eleanor of Seattle, Washington; an aunt, Karis; and a niece and nephew, Karis and Rodney.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. There are no visitation hours scheduled.
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Norma Caroline Jewett
March 25, 1892 - April 4, 1941



Mrs. Nora Caroline Jewett, 51, passed away this morning at Kern General Hospital, where she has been for the past month and a half.

Mrs. Jewett was born in Seattle, Washington, and is survived by her husband, W.S. Bud Jewett. The family resided at 204 Pierce Street in Ford City. The deceases has a son, Norman E. Winters of Los Angeles, and daughter, Alice Winters of Taft.

The deceased has been a resident of Kern County for the past four years, coming to Taft from Ventura.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
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Steven Kent Jobe, 58
January 13, 1943 - December 14, 2001



Steven Kent Jobe, 58, was born January 13, 1943 in San Deigo, California. Passed away December 14, 2001 in Alameda California.

Steven was the son of former principal of Taft Union High School. Claire W. Jobe and retired Conley School Teacher, Marian Jobe. Steven served in the U.S. Navy 1961-1964 graduated from Cal Poly with a master in Education and U.C. Santa Barbara with a Masters in Computer Science.

He is survived by his wife Rhonda Jobe of Alameda, California mother Marian Jobe and sister Bonnie Woodruff of Grass Valley California; two daughters Denise Philby of Brainbridge Island, Washington; and Sandra Jobe of Allyn, Washington; and 3 grandchildren Austin, Jake, and Paige. Steven will be deeply missed by family and friends.
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Eric Johns
August 30, 1970 - October 4, 2011



Eric Johns, 41, passed away October 4, 2011 in Bakersfield. He was born August 30, 1970 to Janice Ford Johns and Stephen William Johns.

He was married to Suzie Gonzales Johns, February 8, 1997. They had three children, Evan, Ruben & Sara Johns. He worked for KSI. He loved watching his Nascar, wrestling and spending time with his kids.

He was preceded in death by his mother Janice Johns. He is survived by his dad Stephen Johns, his wife Suzie Johns, his children Evan, Ruben & Sara Johns. Also by his aunt Bonnie & many other aunts, uncles & cousins. He was loved by all. He will be missed dearly.

Memorial Service will be October 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at New Life Community Church, 1000 6th Street, Taft. Officiating is Pastor Rebecca Bateman.
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Leo Vernon Johns
June 30, 1937 - February 21, 2012



Leo Vernon Johns was born in Williams, Oklahoma on June 30, 1937. As a young boy his family moved out to Buttonwillow, California where he attended Taft High School, and then went on to Fresno State University.

In 1958 he married Betty Ann Watts in Shafter, California. Seven years after completing his military tour of Korea he came back home to Taft, California where his son Craig was born. In 1968 the family moved to Burbank, California to the General Motors Training Center, Leo worked at the training center for about two years, and then transferred to AC Delco, where his territory covered California, Hawaii and Guam he retired after 13 years to return to Bakersfield to start Leo Johns Diesel Electric Company in 1982 and he finally retired from there in 2002. He was also involved in the Scottish right 3rd degree.

Leo passed away on February 21, 2012 with a "Broken Heart" after the loss of his beautiful wife who preceded him in death, also preceding him in death were his parents Elva Rufus and Marie Johns. He is survived by his only son Craig Johns of Bakersfield. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held at the West Side District Cementery in Taft, California at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday February 28, 2012.
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Suzanna Gonzales-Johns
July 3, 1975 - August 25, 2012



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

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

Viewing will be on Monday, September 3, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California 93268. A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, 220 E. Cedar Street on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. officiating will be Pastor Rebecca S. Bateman and Phil Gonzales. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chevron Valley Credit Union in Suzanna Gonzales-Johns name. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Carlos Johnson Jr.
September 27, 1922 - December 5, 2002



On December 5, 2002 at 3:20 p.m. the Lord came to my home for my dad, Carlos Johnson, Jr. The Lord graciously accompanied dad to a family gathering, and best of all, to join my mother, Eleanor Johnson, in their new heavenly home. Paulette Black, Kenneth Johnson, and Katheryn Mary McMillan were all at his side to love and comfort him. Dad was a man after God's own heart. He was full of love for everyone. Dad was a giving man with honest integrity, mercy, and truth. I am sure Dad had a great dinner with Mom's best cooking. All of us will miss you, Dad, and our loss and pain can only be eased with the knowledge of our freedom, peace, and presence with Mom and the Lord. We love you Dad.

Carlos Johnson, Jr. was born on September 27, 1922 in Blue Springs, Alabama to Carrie Shehane Johnson and Carlos Johnson, Sr. Carlos Johnson came to California in 1934.

He graduated from Taft Union High School and was in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Dad married Mary Eleanor Davis on June 16, 1943. Mom went to be with the Lord on February 1990. He worked for Standard Oil Company for 43 years. His family has maintained membership with the first Baptist Church of Taft for four generations. Carlos has three grandchildren; Kathryn Mary and Dennis L. McMillan, Kenneth Al and Kay Johnson, and Paulette Diane and Steve Black, Carlos has seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Carlos was greatly blessed. Carlos has two brothers; Dr. Laverne C. Johnson, PhD and Margaret Johnson, and James R. and Lola Johnosn. Carlos has one living brother-in-law, Jess A. and Doris Davis one living sister-in-law Hazel Davis; numerous cousins including Murriel Walker and Mrs. Luella Johnson, wife of Carlos Johnson's cousin, Dr. J. Dykes Johnson. Carlos was equally blessed with many loving nieces and nephews. Carlos Johnson Jr. was preceded in death by his wife Mary Eleanor Johnson; his mother and father; sister-in-law Kathryn and husband Glen Foster; brother-in-law, Charles A. Davis ; mother and father-in-law, Charles and Katie Davis and cousin Dr. J. Dykes Johnson. He was an active 45-year member of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F.&A.M. He was also a 32-degree member of the Bakersfield Scottish Rite. He was also a member of York Rite and by virtue of going through all the chairs he became eligible for the Priory. He was a member of the Los Angeles and Fresno Priory. Mr. Johnson was a Past Excellent High Priest and Illustrious Master. He was also a commander of the Royal Arch Masons.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of First Baptist Church and the Officers of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F.& A.M. will officiate. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Carrie E. Johnson
March 5, 1905 - March 27, 1997


Carrie E. Johnson, long-time resdient of Taft, passed away Wednesday, March 26, in a Los Banos hospital. She was 92. Funeral services will be held at the Los Banos Community Church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in the Los Banos Community Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Carlos Johnson, in 1977. She is survived by her three sons, Carlos Jr., Clearence La Verne and his wife, Margaret, and James Roudolph and his wife, Lola; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
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Cheyenne Johnson
January 14, 1999 - November 28, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the New Hope Temple on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Cheyenne Johnson 3 years, 10 months old. Burial will be held in the West Side District Cemetery.

Cheyenne was born in Bakersfield on January 14, 1999 and passed away in Madera on November 28, 2002. Cheyenne was a mircle baby. She was full of life and always had a smile and a sparkle in her eyes. She was involved with tap dance and soccer at the recreation department. Cheyenne is survived by her parents, Clint Johnson and Melissa Brown of Taft; her grandparents, Tamera and Dwayne Johnson, who Cheyenne called "Poppy" and "Nanny", of Taft. Tom and Susan Brown of Valley Acres, Kandis and Mike Dansby of Burkett, Texas and Gary and Martha Letterman, who Cheyenne called "Papa" and "Mimi", of Fellows; her step-father, Jeremy Letterman of Taft and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to be made to an account that has been established at Washington Mutual Bank or dropped off at a local restaurant. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Clydie J. Johnson
November 9, 1914 - November 27, 2002



Graveside funeral services were held in the West Side District Cemetery on Sunday morning for longtime Tupman resident, Cllydie J. Johnson, 88. Rev. Leroy Jones of the Tupman Church of God officiated at the services.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Arkansas on November 9, 1914 and passed away in a local nursing home on November 27, 2002. She had lived in Tupman for over 35 years. She was a member of the Tupman Church of God.

Preceding her in death were her husband, James Johnson and her daughter, Penny Ann Cox. Mrs. Johnson's survivors include her children and their spouses, James D. and Vera Johnson of Taft, Mary and Sam Brooks and Stanley and Pam Johnson all of Tupman; her daughter-in-law, Lucy Johnson of Oregon; her seven great grandchildren. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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David Carl Johnson
May 22, 1946 - September 22, 2008



David C. Johnson 1946 - 2008 David C. Johnson, our husband, father, brother, uncle, papa, and beloved friend, departed from us on Monday, September 22, 2008 after a long battle with cancer.

Visitation was held on Thursday, September 25th, from, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Mortuary. Graveside services were held on Friday, September 26th, 11:00 a.m at Greenlawn Cemetery, 3700 River Blvd.

He was born in Bakersfield, California and has been a resident of Kern County all of his life. He served our country as a Marine during Vietnam. He worked in the oilfields for most of his adult life. His many interests included riding his motorcycle, playing with his grandchildren, and spending time with his biker friends. The one week he looked forward to every year was Kernville's Whiskey Flat Days.

David was preceded in death by his mom, Wilma Dennis and her husband, Jack; his father, John Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Caryn Graham and husband, Ed, Christine Farris, Janet Rossow and husband, Travis, Timothy Johnson and wife, Brandy, Jason Tackitt and wife, Megan, Amanda Tackitt, and Brandon Johnson and wife, Vannessa; his siblings, Kenneth Johnson and wife, Jackie, JoAnn Lytle and husband, Richard, Nancy Freeman, and James Johnson and wife, Patricia; nine grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many friends.

We were all truly blessed to have a man like him in our lives. He will be missed tremendously. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Fred and Barbara Holmes for their support and frienship through the years. Also, thanks to the CBCC and Hoffmann Hospice.
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Ernest O. Johnson
May 5, 1940 - February 7, 2014



Ernest O. Johnson, born on May 5, 1940 in Fairbanks, Alaska, went to his heavenly home on February 7, 2014 from his earthly home in Taft, California.

Ernie was a passionate minister of the Gospel. He felt God's call to preach at a very young age and spent his entire life answering that call. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Pasadena College (now Point Loma) before going on to the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri where he earned his Master's of Divinity. Ernie pastored many churches and traveled around the globe with the intent of ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although Ernie was a gifted mechanic, welder and cook, his other passion was mining for gold in Alaska on his family owned property. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and those he helped along the way.

Ernie was predeceased by is parents Louis and Nadine and granddaughter Felicia Hosford. He is survived by his wife Patricia and their three children, Twila Hosford and husband Fredrick, Doug Johnson, Tami Salazar and husband Josh. His grandchildren, Crystal Johnson (and great grandchildren Julian, Serenity, and Elizabeth), Emily Salazar and Thomas Glenn will miss their grandpa very much. Ernie is also survived by his five siblings, Ray, Mel, Melanie, Karen and Janice.

There will be a graveside memorial service for Ernie on February 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California officiated by Reverend John David Hicks of McMInnville, Oregon. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. Go to www.EricksonAndBrown.com to leave comments or condolences.
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Ewin Thomas Johnson Jr., 63
December 7, 1938 - March 20, 2002



Ewin Thomas Johnson, Jr. was born December 7, 1938 in Lindsey Oklahoma and passed away on March 20, 2002 at the age of 63 in Bakersfield California. He lived in Maricopa.

Ewin was preceded in death by his parents Ewin and Mamie Johnson, he is survived by his wife Wanda, sons Brian Johnson of Taft, Michael Johnson of Wisconsin, Patrick Johnson of Wisconsin, James Rapae of Oregon, Bob Rapae of Maricopa, Jeff Hartzell of Taft, daughters Carla Hartzell, of Taft, Karen Coats of Sun City, California, Debbie Stockton of Bakersfield, sisters; Susan of Taft and Mary Jane of Oklahoma, 35 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Ewin and Wanda were married on Sunday, March 17, 2002 at San Joaquin Hospital at his request.

There will be no public services. All funeral arrangements are under the care and directions of Westside Family Mortuary
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Floyd James "Jim" Johnson, 26
June 26, 1971 - August 7, 1997



Graveside funeral services on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Jim Johnson, 26. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services.

Mr. Johnson was born in San Pablo on June 26, 1971 and passed away in Taft on August 7, 1997 as the result injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was a member of the 1989 graduating class of Hollister High School. Mr. Johnson had lived in Taft for the last five years and was employed by Jerry Melton and Sons. He enjoyed hunting.

His survivors include his wife, Missy (O'Dell) Johnson, and son, Jacob William Johnson, both of Taft; his parents, Wade and Diane Johnson, and sisters, Lori Johnson and Mandy Johnson, all of Mineral Wells, Texas; his mother and father-in-law, Rose and Bill O'Dell of Taft; his uncle, Wesley Johnson of Bakersfield; his aunt and her husband, Jackie and Donald Dodson of Taft; his cousoins, Sharon and Kenny Havens of Taft, and many other family members.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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James Milton Johnson
August 16, 1908 - July 29, 2002



Funeral services will be held at a later date in Dallas, Texas for Bakersfield resident, James Milton Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was born on August 16, 1908 in Alabama to James and Mary Johnson and passed away in July 20, 2002 in Visalia, California at the age of 93. He was self employed as a carpenter for over 70 years.

He leaves behind his daughter Norma Myrick of East Tawakoni, Texas and many friends throughtout the Kern County area.

There will be no public viewing. All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594.
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James W. Johnson, 79
September 10, 1916 - December 29, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for Tupman resident James Wilson Johnson, 79. the Rev. Theodore Wehunt will officiate at the services.

Mr. Johnson was born in Arkansas on September 10, 1916 and passed away in a Pasadena hospital December 29, 1995. He had been employed as a farmer for over 40 years and was last employed by the Olsen Brothers. He was a member of the Elk Hills Church of God.

His survivors include his wife, Clydie J. Johnson of Tupman; his chidren and their spouses, James and Louise Johnson and Mary and Sam Brooks, all of Tupman, and Stanley and Pam Johnson of Shafter; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Josie A. Johnson
December 4, 1882 - October 27, 1979



Rev. Robert Hornbaker of the United Methodist Church will officiate. Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at services in Hillcrest Mortuary in Bakersfield for Josie A. Johnson, 96, of 101 Center Street, who died Saturday in a local nursing home.

She is survived by one sister, Bessie Meinker of Taft; two half-brothers, Robbie and Marian Ramsey of Wisconsin; two nephews, Harry Flanders of California and Fred Glass of Arizona; and two nieces, Florence Geske and Ruth Olson of California.

In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the Omaha Home for Boys, 52nd and Ames Streets, Omaha, Nebraska 68104.
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June A. "Penny" Johnson, 79
February 19, 1929 - September 3, 1999



June A. "Penny" Johnson, 79, of Memory Garden, 560 Fairmount Ave. WE, Jamestown, died at 9:55 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2008 in the Lutheran Home Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing.

A Jamestown resident since 2001 she was a 50 year resident in California born February 19, 1929 in Lakewood, New York the daughter of Henry and Ethel French Penhollow.

She was the widow of Wilbur P. Johnson whom she married December 31, 1947 and died September 3, 1999.

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Lakewood High School and was a contract specialist for the U.S. Naval Petroleum Reserve.

She was a member of the Woman of the Moose in Taft, California.

Surviving are a sister Mary Jean Loomis of Port Charlotte, Flordia; and a brother Robert Penhollow of Niceville, Flordia. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by a brother Richard Penhollow and a sister Mildred Morris.

No funeral service or visitation will be observed. The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 4840 West Lake Road, Mayville, New York, 14757.
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Lois Johnson
April 24, 1911 - June 18, 2011



Funeral services will be held in the Taft First United Methodist Church on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. for Lois A. Johnson, 100. Mrs. Johnson was born in Walnut Grove, Missouri on April 24, 1911 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 18, 2011.

Mrs. Johnson was primarily a homemaker, but worked at the Lindstrom Chicken Hatchey in Clinton, Missouri for 13 years before coming to California in 1940. Mrs. Johnson was a devoted member of the Taft, First United Methodist Church. She was active with the United Methodist Women and held several different offices over the years. She was vey explicit that she be buried with her UMW pin. Mrs. Johnson loved to shop for clothes and was renowned in the family for seemingly endless shopping trips where each item had to be slowly and carefully examined.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Johnson. Mrs. Johnson is survived by eight brothers and sisters; she was the oldest of 12 children. She is also survived by her daughter, Diane Baldwin of Palo Alto: two grandsons, Chris of Mountain View and Bryan of Sacramento and two great granddaughters, Elena and Isabel of Sacramento. She will be greatly missed especially by her brothers and sisters with whom she maintained strong and loving ties through the years. The family would like to express their proud thanks to the staff at Hallmark and to Optimal Hospice for their loving care of Mrs. Johnson.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Johnson's memory may be made to Taft First United Methodist Church. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Loraine Johnson
June 24, 1923 - June 21, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Loraine Johnson, 79.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Braggadocio, Missouri on June 24, 1923 and passed away at her residence on June 21, 2003. She lived in Taft for the last 41 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Henry "Jim" Johnson in 1992 and by two infant daughters, Vickie Sue and Peggy Laverne. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her son Steve Johnson of Union City; her daughter Jane Hays of Taft, her grandson and his wife, Bob and Lanisa Fuller; her great grandchildren Verlin James Fuller and Kaitlin Jane Fuller all of Taft and her sisters, Ora Lee of Memphis, Tennessee and Bertha Belle Lee of Wardell, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Johnson's name may be made to Optimal Hospice or the Alzheimer's Foundation. No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Roy W. Johnson
February 2, 1924 - January 23, 1997



Funeral services were held in the Community Presbyterian Church, January 28, 1997 for Taft resident Roy Walter Johnson, known to many as "Mr. J." The Rev. Kriss Bottino and Mrs. Lenore Unger Officiated at the services and burial followed in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was born in Coalinga on February 2, 1924 and passes away with his family at his side on January 23, 1997. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of World War II, having served as a member of the Army Air Corps in the Pacific for three years. Upon his return he married Noreen and began working for J.C. Penneys where he worked until his retirement in 1974. He then purchased Johnson's Liquor and Deli and finally retired in 1990. Mr. Johnson was a Rotarian for over 36 years and was currently an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Taft. He had held the office of president of the Rotary Club of Taft, chairing many committees, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was chapter chairman of the American Heart Association, Taft chapter and president of the Taft Merchants Association. Mr. Johnson was a very active member of the Community Presbyterian Church and was also active in the church's leadership. He was a very loving, caring humanitarian and he will be greatly missed.

His survivors include his wife of 52 years Noreen Johnson; two daughters, Christeen Crabtree and Pamela Clark; his grandchildren, Scott Hughes, Jennifer Clark and Jill Clark; his great grandchild, Shelby Hughes; his son-in-law, John Clark and Frank Crabtree; and his foster son, John Lindsy.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial donations in Mr. Johnson's memory may be made to the Community Presbyterian Church. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Stephen C. Johnson Sr., 71
March 27, 1929 - February 6, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Stephen C. Johnson, Sr., 71. Rev. Sam White, pastor for the Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the service.

Mr. Johnson was born in Bellflower on March 27, 1929 and passed away at his Taft residence on February 6, 2001. Mr. Johnson served his country as a member of the U.S. Army at the end of World War II and during the Korean Conflict. He had been employed as a foreman for Superior Gunite for many years and had worked in the Gunite Concrete Construction business for over 35 years. Mr. Johnson was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Prior to moving to Taft he had lived in Pacoma.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Johnson in October of last year. His survivors include his children, Lorretta, Patricia, Kathy, Barbara, Dennis and his wife Debbie, Steve and his wife, Dee Dee, Linda and Loretta; his many grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Thelma Luella Johnson
January 28, 1929 - April 5, 2002



Gravesides funeral services were held in the Westside District Cemetery today April 8, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Thelma Luella Johnson, 73. The Rev. Sam White pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church officiated at the service.

Thelma (Tattershall) Johnson was born in Oiltown, Oklahoma on January 28, 1929, and after a long battle with Lupus and Lung disease, passed away peacefully early Friday morning at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield.

Thelma was raised and educated in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado, graduating from high school in Canon City, Colorado in 1947. She married William Johnson on July 25, 1947, and the couple lived in Taft area for over fifty years, raising their family here. Her main interest was always her family, and creating a cheerful, loving home. She attended the First Assembly of God Chruch in Taft, and until her illness prevented it, was active in gardening, traveling and hosting family gatherings. She also did needlecrafts and loved to read.

She will be much missed be her surviving husband, William Johnson, her sons David and Mark Johnson, David's wife Sunny; her two grandchildren, Helen White and Alan Johnson; her great grandson, Malaki Johnson all of Taft. She will also be missed by her sister-in-law Lucile Pritchard of Yuma, Arizona and by extended in Oklahoma.

The arrangements were under the directions of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Roy L. Johnston
November 12, 1906 - October 26, 1979



Memorial services will be held by officers of the Taft Elks Lodge #1527 Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Chapel for Roy L. Johnston, 432.

He was born November 12, 1906 in Ballard County, Kentucky and had lived in the community for 60 years. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Taft Lodge for 45 years. He was also owner and operator of Johnston Vacuum Tank Service.

Survivors include his widow, Edna of Taft; one daughter, Joyce Gleim of San Carlos; and one son, Griff L. Johnston of Pine, Colorado.

Friends are requested to contribute to the Cancer Fund in lieu of flowers.
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Margaret Mae Reed Jolly
August 30, 1918 - February 21, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Margaret Mae Reed Jolly, 84. Pastor, Leslie Aragon of the Santa Ana Seventh Day Adventist Church will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Jolly was born in Licking, Missouri on August 30, 1918 and passed away from natural causes on February 21, 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a member of the Garden Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church and was the fundraising director of the Lung Association of Orange County for 23 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow W. Jolly. Mrs. Jolly is survived by her daughters, Linda C. Jolly of Santa Ana and Karen M. (Jolley) Lafferty; her son-in-law, Douglas L. Lafferty; her grandsons, Shawn D. Lafferty and Ian M. Lafferty all of Bakersfield; and by several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Audrey G. Jondro
September 10, 1918 - May 28, 2003



Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Valhalla, Mausoleum in Belleville, Illinois for Bakersfield resident, Audrey Jondro.

Audrey was born in Illinois on September 10, 1918 to William and Sarah Cantrell and she passed away on May 28, 2003 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 89.

Audrey loved to travel and dance. In her younger years she went to local hospitals and entertained children as a clown. She was a sweet and loveable lady. She will be missed very much, especially by her dog Bitsy.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Billie Jones
November 8, 1942 - February 9, 2012



A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, 120 Pico St., Taft, for Billie Jones, 69.

Mr. Jones was born in Modesto on November 8, 1942 and passed away at this home in Maricopa on February 9, 2012. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church. Picking up aluminum cans and bottles became a passion of his.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Blize. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Jones of Maricopa; his children, Billy of Arizona, Nola Sandoval also of Arizona, Robert Jones and his companion, Robert of Las Vegas, Nevada and John Jones of Taft; his mother, Margaret Brummett of Maricopa; his brothers and their wives, Lonnie and Debbie Brummett and Richard and Vicky Brummett all of Taft; his brother-in-law, Leon Blize of Maricopa and William Shannon and wife, Marcie; his sister-in-law, Pat Mason and her husband Earl; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to sign an online registry to convey their condolences at www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Charlotte "Sue" Jones
June 22, 1946 - June 28, 2003



Mrs. Charlotte "Sue" Jones of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2003, at her home. She was born June 22, 1946 in Cove, Arkansas. Her age being 57 years and 6 days. Mrs. Jones was the daughter of the late Charles Windel Jones and Clois Burk Turner. She was united in marriage to Alvin Jones on January 9, 1981 in Reno, Nevada.

Mr. Jones preceded her in death on December 24, 1997. She lived in Cove for 11 years, moving from California, was a homemaker and attended the Vandervoort First Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Clois Turner; son David Parker; daughters, Vera Hernandez and Dixie Jones, all of Cove, Arkansas; brothers, Tony Turner of Bakersfield, California and Jerry Turner of Dustin Acres, California; sister Jeanette Lucas of Tupman, California and 3 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the Vandervoort First Baptist Church with Pastor David Row officiating. Interment will be in the Witherspoon Cemetery under the direction of Hall Funeral Service. (479) 394-4477
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Curtis Ivan Jones, 74
October 14, 1928 - September 3, 2003



Curtis Ivan Jones (74) passed away at Kern Medical Center on Wednesday, September 3, 2003.

He was born in Maywood, California on October 14, 1928. Curt, as he was known to his many friends, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. At age 17 he began playing clarinet and saxophone in the first of many dance bands he was to play with. For many years he had his own band and played frequently at some prestigious venues in southern California. He never gave up his love particulary for the clarinet, and band leader Benny Goodman, whom Curt met, was always his musical idol. He also knew clarinetist Pete Fountain, in whose band he played one night with a crystal clarinet mouthpiece that Mr. Fountain gave him and told him to keep. Curt made his living as a precision machinist, which profession he followed for 35 years. After his retirement he taught machine shop for a time at Taft College.

He and his wife Wilma were married on July 24, 1965. They had three daughters, of whom they were very fond. For a 22 year period they also raised a number of foster children, who still maintain contact with the family. Curt and Wilma's special love was genealogical research, which they taught on a series of lecture tours for two or more years. Curt was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He was preceded in death by his wife Wilma and his parents, Leroy and Kathryn Jones. He is survived by three daughters, Corrine Louise Herndon, Cindy (Wade) Furman, and Roberta Dinwiddie, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are by Auburn Oaks Funeral Home of Bakerfield. The memorial service will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Chruch a and A Streets, in Taft under the direction of Bishop Harold W. Pease. The viewing will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the LDS chapel. Burial will be in the West Side Cemetery.
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Doris Mae Jones
May 12, 1925 - December 24, 2001



Memorial services will be held at the Historic Fort, 910 North 10th Street in Taft on Saturday, December 29th 2001 at 11:00 a.m., reception immediately following for Taft resident Doris Mae Jones, 76.

Doris Jones was born on May 12th, 1925 in Fernley, Nevada and passed away in the local hospital on the evening of December 24th, 2001. Doris married Bud Jones in 1947 Santa Ynez. They lived in Buelton and raised their two children then moved to Taft in 1962. Doris worked for the Taft City Schools as a teacher's aide working with classes at Jefferson, Parkview and Roosevelt Schools for 15 years until her retirement.

Her husband Kenneth A. Jones preceded her death in March of 1999. Mrs. Jones is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Lillian and Jim Pardick; her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Don Blackwell of Saratoga; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Karen Jones of Santa Ynez; her grandchildren, Shea Blackwell Marshall and her husband Cole, Leah Ann Blackwell, McCord Blackwell, Dylan Kennedy, Alex Jones, Kara Jones, her great grandchild, Kobin Marshall; and her extended family - her consummate caregivers.

As an alternative to flowers an on going fund in Doris' name for the purchase of children's Books for Roosevelt School Library has been set up. Contributions may be made at the Chevron Valley Credit Union to the Doris Jones Book Memorial.
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Edythe A. Borgsdorf - Melo - Recatune - Jones
December 5, 1926 - March , 2014



Edythe was born to Adolph and Freida Borgsdorf on December 5, 1926 in Taft, California. Edythe was a very strong woman. Edythe was loved and she demonstrated her love and concern for others. She raised her 7 children working as a waitress, never seeking or accepting support or charity from others. The example she set for her children led them to be strong and independent adults.

Edythe was preceded in death by her brothers Herman and John Borsdorf. She is survived by her sister Emma Lee Irwin, sons Michael Melo (Chris), John Melo (Judy), Tony Melo (Susie) , David Melo (Sandy), Stephen Melo (Marilyn), daughters Cathy King (John) and Debbie Fowler ( Joe). Survived also by 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Nephew an nieces Larry and Kirk Borgsdorf, Dennis Clifton, Gregson Lumpkin, Karen Taylor and Denise Gobberg.

The family would like to express our gratitude to the loving and caring staff at Spruce Gardens along with the Support of Hoffman Hospice. Services will be held at Greenlawn Mortary on River Blvd. at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22nd.
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Ellen "Jean" Jones
June 7, 1928 - October 3, 2002



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, October 9, at 11:00 a.m. for Jean Jones, 74, of 208 E. Street.

Jean was born in Flint, Michigan on June 7, 1928 and passed away in Taft on October 3, 2002. She was a life long resident of Taft. She contributed her time and energy in helping her family and friends.

Her husband, Lester Jones who died in 1977, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Lana Torres and son-in-law Raymond of Colusa, California; her brother, Paul Burton and sister-in-law Lahoma of Fellows, California; two grandchildren, Yolanda Balderaz of Sacramento, California and Jesse Frias and his wife Becky of Colusa, California, three great-grandchildren, Sherish Baderaz of Brown Valley, California, David Villescaz of Sacramento, California and Raymond P. Frias of Colusa, California and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.(661) 763-1594
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G. I. Jones D.C.
September 8, 1922 - September 19, 1995



Funeral Services will be held in the First United Methodist Church, Seventh and North Streets, in Taft on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, George I. "G.I." Jones, 73. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Dr. Jones was born in Henry, Illinois on September 8, 1922 and passed away at his home on September 19, 1995. He was raised in Greeley, Colorado. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy on active duty as a Radio Man First Class in the Central Pacific. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1948 and practiced chiropractic medicine for 47 years. He was an honorary lifetime member of the California Chiropractic Society. Recently he was honored as the "Doctor of the Century: by the California chiropractic Association, Kern County Society where he served as secretary, treasurer, director and president. Dr. Jones was past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and recipient of a lifetime membership as Honorary Senator; he was past president of the Taft District Chamber of commerce; her was on the board of directors of the Camp Condor Association; he was past president and drive chairman of the Westside Oilfield Community Chest; he served on the Kern County Grand Jury; he was presented an "Award of Merit" by the Kern County Board of Trade for service performed for the Community and Kern County; he served on the Taft City School Board for over 30 years. He was a former member of the Taft-MIdway Lodge #426 F.&A.M.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lorraine Jones of Taft; his two daughters, Nancy Bates of Sacramento and Diana Jones of Monterey; his son and his wife, Jim and Jewell Jones of Taft; his two granddaughters, Shannon Ades and her husband, Mark of Sacramento and Melissa Jones of Taft; his three grandson, Erick Bates of Santa Barbara, Bryan Jones and Aaron Jones, both of Taft and several nieces and nephews.

The family has suggested that memorial donations may be made to the WEstside Children's Camp, Inc., Kern Hospice of the Charity of your choice. Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Harold Lawrence Jones
December 21, 1898 - February 1, 1967



Taft-Catholic services will be held Friday evening and Saturday morning for Harold Lawrence Jones, 68, of 511 1/2 Monroe Street, Taft, who died Wednesday in Santa Fe Hospital in Los Angeles.

With Rev. Ignatius Loghran officiating. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Friday in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Chapel and Mass will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the St. Mary's Church. Interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Jones born December 24, 1898 in Mapleton, Maine, had been a resident of the West Side for 50 years. He was a retired employee of the CWOD Oil Company and a member of the Taft Elks Lodge.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary McCormick of Taft and Lois Borgsdorf of Arvin, a brother, John Jones of Morgan City, Louisanna; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
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Iva Jones, 80
August 14, 1915 - December 5, 1995



Iva Beryl Rhoten Allen Jones was born August 17, 1915 in Conway, Missouri and passed away December 5, 1995 in Long Beach.

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Luann and Charles Harlow of Long lBeach and Judith and Phil Stephens of Bakersfield; a brother and his wife, Rex and Alma Rhoten of Taft; three grandchildren and their spouses, Jeffrey Harlow of Long Beach, Pamela and Thomas Borcich of Seal Beach, and John and Roxanne Harlow of Long Beach; five great grandchildren, Krista, Karrie and Johathan Harlow, and Lauren and Alexander Borcich; two nieces, Kellie Self of Taft and Kim Fitzsimmons of Equador; a nephew, David Rhoten of Bakersfield; three grand-nieces, Moriah, Heidi and Bethany; and two grand-nephews, Matthew and Andrew.

Payton Mortuary of Oxnard handled the arrangements.
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Jimmy

Jimmy T. Jones
June 11, 1932 – April 21, 2003



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, April 26, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Derby Acres resident, Jimmy T. Jones, 70. Pastors Paul Wilson of Trinity Baptist Church in Taft and Terry Barnett, of River Oaks Church in Bakersfield, will officiate at the services. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Jim was born in Ada, Oklahoma on June 11, 1932 and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on April 21, 2003 in Bakersfield after a long illness. Jim moved to the Westside in 1956 working for Tidewater Oil Company, which eventually became Getty Oil Company and later Texaco Oil Company. He retired after 38 years of service, in 1989. He was actively involved in the Taft Masonic Lodge and Job’s Daughters. His greatest passion was traveling with his wife in their 5th wheel, spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and watching baseball. He was preceded in death by his father C.R. Jones, in 1993 and by his mother, Omalee Jones in 1999, and by his first born son Howard Jones in 1958.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Norma Jones; their children and their spouses, Brenda and Eddie Hardt of Derby Acres, Gerry and Bill Skaggs of Bakersfield, Mike and Luquetta Jones of Taft, and Barbara and Mark Shires of Bakersfield; his grandchildren, Nicki and her husband, Brent Garinger, Eric Hardt, Shelbie and Ty Jones and Justin and Garrett Shires; great grandchildren, Ryan and Kevin Garinger; and by several cousins and sister-in-laws.

Those who wish to pay there respects may do so on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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JoAnn Jones
October 14, 1925 - October 18, 2003



JoAnn Jones, 77 of Ducor, California passed away on Saturday, October 18, 2003.

JoAnn was born in Bernie, Missouri on October 14, 1925. She was an LVN nurse at the Westside Hospital and the Dykes Johnson Medical Clinic in Taft for 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Jones. She is survived by her husband, Ira "Tip" Jones of Ducor, California; one daughter, Theresa Jones of Ducor, California; five sons, Ken Jones, Stephen Jones, and Ira Jones, all of Ducor, California, Larry Jones of Sylmar, California and Shawn Jones of Santa Clarita, California 2 grandsons, and 1 great grandson.

Private family services will be held at a later date.
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Lowell Douglas Jones, 92
November 20, 1904 - August 14, 1997



Lowell Douglas Jones was born in Minnesota on November 20, 1904. He passed away in Taft on August 14, 1977 at 92 years old. Lowell and his wife, Sadie, came to Taft in 1941. He began working for Chevron Oil Company and worked for over 35 years before retiring in 1968. He joined the Taft Odd Fellows Organization over 50 years ago and had been an active member since then, serving as chaplain for many years.

Lowell was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie, in 1995 and by a daughter, Evelyn Kipfer, in 1993. Lowell is survived by a son, Eugene Jones; a son-in-law, Albert Kipfer of Taft; two grandsons, Billy and wife Marsha Kipfer of Taft; and Douglas and wife Kim Kipfer of Texas; a grandaughter Evelyn, and husband AlanTaylor of Massachusetts; three great granddaughters: Daniell Holmes, Kristy Taylor and Brenna Kipfer; two great grandsons, Christopher and Brent Kipfer; and one great granddaughter, Sierra Holmes of Taft.

Visitation services will be at the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, August 18th, at 2:00 p.m. with the Odd Fellows officiating at the service. Services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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Margie P. Jones
July 4, 1930 - March 22, 2003



Funeral service will be held Monday, March 31, 2003, at South Kern Cemetery District, at 10:00 a.m., for Margie P. Jones who passed away March 22, 2003. Pastor Allen Palm will officiate the service and interment will follow.

Margie P. Jones was born on July 4, 1930, in Okemah, Oklahoma, to Leveland and Irene Anderson. She lived in Oklahoma and attended local schools, about 60 years ago. Margie Jones came to California and resided in Kern County. On April 10, 1951, she married Mr. Bob Jones. She liked to do gardening, most of all she was a dedicated, loving mother. She loved taking care of her family. She worked sometimes in agriculture but most of the time she was a homemaker. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her son Brian Kevin Jones who passed away in 1967; her brothers, Donald Lee Anderson and Willy Anderson who passed away in 1977, precede her in death. She is survived by her son, Danny Jones and wife, Mary Elizabeth of Oklahoma City: daughter, Janet Jones of Bakersfield, California; her brothers, Vernon Anderson and wife May of Oildale, California; and Linden Anderson and wife, Owldine of Bakersfield; sisters, Barbara Bennefield of Sacramento, California; Kay Black of Bakersfield, and Brenda Vega of Taft; three grandchildren, Heather Goodenough, Gage Ray Jones, Robert Ray Jones all of Oklahoma City, including many other relatives and friends.
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Marilyn Lee Jones
March 5, 1917 - September 5, 2007



Marilyn Jones went home to be with her Lord on September 5, 2007. She was born in Maricopa, California; the oldest daughter of Norman and Nelllie White. She graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1935. While attending college, she became a secretary for Remington Rand in Bakersfield. There she met her future husband, Wallace Jones. They were married July 6, 1937 in Yuma, Arizona. They had 53 wonderful years together until Wallace's passing in 1990. Marilyn graduated from Fresno State University in 1962. She was a Bakersfiled City School District teacher until her retirement in 1977. For the past 16 years, she was a resident at Rosewood Gardens. She had many wonderful friends there. She was a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Golden K at Rosewood-Kern City. Marilyn had a deep faith in Jesus Christ, and was a member of Westbrook Chapel. She supported many Christian Ministries.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wallace, and her two sisters, Norma Beth Witbordt and Phyllis Schnoor. She is survived by her three sons, Tom and wife, Becky, Dennis and wife, Barbara, and Richard and wife, Judee; grandchildren, Richard, Matthew and wife, Kim, Janel and husband, Gerrit Fenenga, Jeff, Jennifer and husband, Kevin Aleman, Ryan and wife, Amanda, Lori and husband, Mike Camarillo; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Walt Witbrodt.

A memorial service to celebrate Marilyn's life and homecoming will be held on Saturday, September 15th, at 1301 New Stine Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Braille Institute. Marilyn's caring and gracious presence will be missed by all.
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Robert Darwin Jones, 68
April 7, 1927 - November 19, 1995



Graveside services will be held on Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident, Robert Darwin Jones, 68.

Mr. Jones was born on April 7, 1927 in Taft and passed away on November 19, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. He worked as a transmission tester for 20 years for General Telephone and as a locksmith for 20 years. He owned and operated a locksmith shop for 12 years. Mr. Jones was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Acres. In his early years the was gospel singer and a Baptist minister. He was a World lWar II and a Korean Conflict Veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Fellows Post #63; and the Santa Monica Bay Area React Radio CB Emergency Club. He enjoyed helping and cooking in the kitchen, radio controlled airplanes and deep sea fishing. He loved the sounds of the Big Band and early Western music.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Vivian Jones and by one brother and one sister. He is survived by his wife, Williane Jones of Taft; a daughter and her husband, Melinda and Ken Swope of Taft; a daughter, Michelle Jones of Taft; a brother, Richard Jones of La Harbra; and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kristopher Swope and Aaron Blackburn, all of Taft.

Visitation will be on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The services are entrusted to the care of the Bonewell Family at the Taft Funeral Home.
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Ruby Lynn Jones
March 30, 1927 - February 16, 2001



Ruby Jones (formally of Taft) died on February 16, 2001 at the age of 73, in Mountain Grove, Missouri after a lengthy illness. Services will be held at Craig, Hurtt, Bradley Funeral Home in Mountain Grove, Missouri. Pastor Ronald Turner will be officiating.

Ruby is survived by her husband Jay Jones, they were married 56 years. She is also survived by her son, Ronald and his wife Susan, Dean and his wife Sandy, Dick and his wife Linda, her son Bruce, her daughter Sandy (Jones) Oster and husband Phillip, her brother Fred Moss and his wife Susie. Ruby has many grandchildren, Scott, Michael, Jenny, Kris, Amy, Tami, Joey, Brian, Brad, Darci, Eric, Wade. She had 9 great grandchildren.
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Armelda Jordan, 82
June 15, 1921 - September 23, 2003



Funeral services will be held at the West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Taft, Monday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. for Armelda Jordan.

She was born June 15, 1921, in Purman, Missouri, to Howard and Clara Puryear, and passed away September 23, 2003, in Health Care Facility, at the age of 82. Armelda lived in Taft for 16 years. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Trinity Baptist Church. She directed and wrote all scripts, & made her own puppets for a Puppet Ministry in the church. She moved to Anaheim in 1996 to be near her daughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jordan, her parents, two brothers, Pete and Clyde Puryear. She is survived by two daughters, Dee O'Laughlin of LaMiriada, California and Kathy Dorcas and husband Don of Devils Tower, Wyoming; her own son Ed Jordan and wife Eniko of Dallas, Texas, one sister, Drella Eply two brothers, Howard and Joe Puryear, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, September 29th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. Amelda's son, Ed Jordan will officiate. West Side Family Mortuary is in charge of all the arrangements.
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Connie Jordan
May 29, 1936 - August 5, 2001



Connie Jordan was born May 29, 1936 in Arecribo, Purto Rico, she passed away August 5, 2001 in Arecribo, Purto Rico, in her home with her loved ones by her side. Connie met her husband in 1952, in Purto Rico and they moved to California where they raised their family. Connie was a loving, caring and devoted wife mother and grandmother. She had lots of friends and loved to meet and talk to people. Connie and her husband moved to Taft in 1973.

She is survived by her husband John Jordan of Taft, her son John Jordan Jr. and family of Maricopa, her daughter Clonda Wilson and her family of Taft, her sister Carman Rayes of Bridgeport, Connecticut, five grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her granddaugther Lisa Marie Jordan and her son James Jordan. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.
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Frances B. Jordan
March 10, 1912 - October 12, 2001



Frances B. Jordan of Stockton, California passed away Friday, October 12, 2001 at home at the age of 89. She was born in Dwight, Illinois and lived in Stockton for 1 year. She was a library assistant for the Kern County Library for 21 years. She belonged to the Auberry Sierra Lutheran Church Tollberry Book Club and Eastern Star.

Mrs. Jordan is survived by her children; Sylvia Jordan-Lewis of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Elizabeth Jordan of San Francisco, Jeanie Jordan of Stockton. Siblings; Warren Butz of Clovis; grandchildren; Stillman Brown of Cayucos, Peter Hough of Stockton; great grandchildren; Serene Brown, John Brown, Jake Brown and Luke Brown of Cayucos.

Friends are invited to attend graveside services Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. Tollhouse Cemetery, Tollhouse, California, followed by a Patio buffet. Frisbie-Warren & Carroll Mortuary, 809 N. California Street, Stockton, California are in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to Macular Degeneration Neuroscience Research Institute University of California Santa Barbara, California 93106-1130 or the Sierra Lutheran Church, 32410 Rock Hill Lane, Auberry, California.
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James Gregory Jordan
January 26, 1956 - July 13, 2001



James Jordan was born in Baldwin Hills, California on January 26, 1956 and left this earth on July 13, 2001. He was raised in Lawndale, California, and listed in the United States Air Force in 1973. He has made his home in Taft, California, since his discharge and has worked in the oilfields.

Mr. Jordan is survived by his son, Michael Jordan of San Bernardino; parents, John and Connie Jordan of Taft; his brother, John Jordan and family of Taft; his sister, Clonda Wilson and family of Taft; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Jordan never asked much from anyone but was always there to lend a helping hand to others. He will be greatly missed by his family and the many, many friends he has made over the years.

There will be graveside services Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association in his memory. All arrangements are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, Taft, 661-763-1594.
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Joyce Jordan
January 22, 1950 - November 7, 2004



Joyce Jordan, 54, of Bakersfield, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2004 after a short stay in the hospital. Joyce was born and lived in Bakersfield, California attended South High School and Bakersfield College.

She was preceded in death by her parents and survived by her brother, Dee Jordan; cousins, Raymond Haney, Larry Jordan, Charlotte (Ree) Schaefer, Ramon Smith and Eileen Twisselmann. Joyce showed amazing strength and courage in her life and filled our lives with laughter. She will be greatly missed but the memory of her will live on in those who knew her.

Graveside services will be held November 12th at 1:00 p.m. at Greenlawn, 3700 River Blvd.
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Nelson Van Judah
October 1, 1930 - July 17, 2003



Van Judah passed away on July 17, 2003 in Visalia, California of complications from a fall. Van was born and grew up in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Stanford University and his Master's Degree from Pratt in New York City, New York. He was a Professor of Graphic Design at Stanford University and San Jose State until his retirement in 1990. Van resided in Cambria, California with his wife for the past thirteen years.

He is survived by his wife, Fay of Cambria; his daughter, Allison C. Judah and her fianc'e, Richard Cardona of Moorestown, New Jersey; stepchildren, Mike Walters and his wife, Beth of Bakersfield Cheryl Moncier and her husband John of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Jonathan Walters of Bakersfield Greg Walters and his wife Christine of Bakersfield, Patty George and Christal George of Taft, Dylan Walters of Bakersfield, and Heather Baker of Santa Barbara, George Moncier and Kim Moncier of Bakersfield; one great grandchild, Jessica Walters of Bakersfield and a host of dear and long time friends.

Per Van's wishes, there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease.
"When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night, And pay on worship to the garish sun. .....Shakespeare
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Janett Tabor Julius
June 13, 1928 - June 6, 2002



Memorial services will be held at the LDS Church on 800 Slyvan Ave. in Modesto, California for Taft resident Janett Tabor Julius who passed away due to a tragic car accident on June 6, 2002. The memorial well begin at 2:00 p.m. rememberances can be sent to 3812 Beyerwood Ct., Modesto, California 95355 Attn. Tony Marshall.

Janett was born in Phoenix, Arizona on June 13, 1928 to Hubert and Stella Tabor. She worked for Del Monte as a supervisor for over 24 years before moving to Taft. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Survivors include her daughters; Rebecca Speer of Modesto, California and Anna Hattauer of Monrovia, Maryland, one niece and three nephews.

She is preceded in death by her sons; James Lapp and Michael Dutra, Janett will be buried in Springfield, Oregon.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary 763-1594.
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