Westside Obituaries
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Loeta Padgett
November 28, 1926 - September 23, 2003



Funeral arrangements are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for Taft Resident, Loeta Padgett. Loeta was born on November 28, 1926 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Bruce and Myrtle Murray and she passed away from this life on September 23, 2003 in Taft, California at the age of 76.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall for Taft resident, Leota Padgett. All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1549.
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"Megan Raye and Crissy Ann Padilla
December 6, 2003 - December 8, & 10, 2003



Megan Raye and Crissy Ann Padilla entered into life on December 6, 2003 in Bakersfield, California, Megan went to be with the Lord on December 8, 2003 and Crissy went to join her sister on December 10, 2003 in Bakersfield. There will be a public viewing on December 12th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with graveside services to follow at the West Side District Cemetery .

Megan and Crissy touched their families lives and will be remembered as their "Little Princesses" forever. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Lloyd Richard "Dick" Paff
August 16, 1923 - January 27, 2011



Lloyd R. "Dick"Paff passed away on Thursday, January 27, 2011 peacefully with his wife, brother-in-law and niece by his side, and joined their daughter in eternal life.

Dick was a native San Franciscan born to Irma Janet and Lloyd Bogue Paff, on August 16, 1923. He was the devoted husband to his wife, LaVerne Pearl for nearly sixty-five years and preceded in death by his loving, devoted daughter Shereen Joanne Paff. Dick was the dear brother Donald Paff (Jeanne), loving uncle to Kevin (Shana), and Kathy, and great uncle to Denae, Austin, Christopher and Kaitlyn. Dick was the dear son-in-law of Marion and Dorothy Lubetich (deceased), brother-in-law to Bernice Ayala (deceased) and her husband Chuck Ayala, his most trusted "compadre", sorely missed uncle to Darlene, Michael, Bobby (deceased) and Joe (Lee), and great uncle to Lauren, Anthony, Nicole and Danielle and Jessica. Dick was a proud graduate of Balboa High School (1931) and University of California Berkeley where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

He served in World War II as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy piloting PBY-5A's during the war. After the war, he joined the reserves and was honorably discharged in 1961. He was employed at the American Bridge Company and then Standard Oil Company where he worked for over thirty years. He worked for Standard Oil and then Chevron as an Engineer and Field Manager in Taft, Avenal and Bakersfield areas. Chevron dedicated a street in his honor in Taft. A few years ago, Dick and LaVerne returned home to San Francisco. He proudly served on the Board of Directors for Centro Latino de San Francisco, was a member of the SF Fryer's Club and Old Timer's Baseball Association.

Dick was always very active in the parish communities where they had lived. The family would like to express sincere thanks for the kindness and support from the Hospice and Palliative Care team at University Mound, and the doctors and nurses of CPMC, who cared for Dick during these last few months, Dick and LaVerne were always very generous to numerous charities.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his honor to Centro Latino de San Francisco 1656 15th Street, San Francisco 94103, UMLH Hospice and Palliative Care 350 University Street, San Francisco 94134, or Guide Dogs for the Blind 350 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael 94903.

Friends may visit on Saturday after 1:00 p.m. at St. Brendan's Church, 29 Rockaway Ave. and Ulloa Street, the Vigil and celebration of his Funeral Mass will begin 1:30 p.m. Private Committal Holy Cross Cemetery. Duggan's Funeral Service. The Duggan Welch Family (415)-431-4900
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Shereen J. Paff
November 21, 1947 - May 3, 1996



Shereen J. Paff passed away on May 3, 1996 in Seattle, Washington and was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery on May 9, 1996 in South San Francisco, California where her grave is located.
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Robert Elden Paine, Sr.
July 10, 1925 - August 30, 2008



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Robert E. Paine, Sr. 83.

Mr. Paine was born in Worthington, Minnesota on July 10, 1925 and passed away in a Los Angeles Hospital on August 30, 2008. During World War II Mr. Paine proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He is a former P.O.W. and he received the Purple Heart and Presdiential Unit Citation. After being discharged from the Army he made Taft his home until 2001 when he moved to Bakersfield. Mr. Paine had worked as a clerk at PG&E for over 35 years. He is a lifetime member of the Fellows American Legion Post # 70 and a member of Sessna Sargent POW Chapter. He was a avid Bakersfield Condors Fan and held season tickets. He was also a great fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Mr. Paine was proceded in death by his parents, Pearl and Floyd Paine, Sr.; his brothers Don, Arthur, Floyd, and Harold Paine; his sisters, Elaine Myers and Lavone Wyman. Mr. Paine is survived by his wife, Betty Paine of Bakersfield, his children and their spouses, Dianna and Lowell VanGundy of Coolage, Arizona, Denise and John Halsell of Bakersfield, Tina and Bob Paine Jr., Larry and Paula Maharrey and Rick and Susie Maharray all of Bakersfield; his brother and his wife, Richard and Frances Paine of Hemet; his sisters, Lorene Conners and her husband, Bob of Arroyo Grande and Carol Andrews of Cottonwood; his sister-in-law, Charlyn Paine of Apple Valley; his several grandchildren and great grandchildren and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Shane Edraymond Paisley
February 1, 1979 - October 27, 2003

Shane Edraymond Paisley, age 24, of Reno passed away as the result of an automobile accident in Reno, on October 27, 2003.

Born on February 1, 1979 in Rawlings, Wyoming. Shane graduated from Churchill County High School in 1997, and graduated from DeVry in Phoenix, Arizona, with a BS in computer science in 2000. He worked at RR Donnelly as a computer technician. Shane loved his dog, Lexi, music, and any new technological equipment.

Shane was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ed Paisley, and his uncle, Patrick Paisley. He is survived his parents, Craig (Plant Manager of Taft Production Company) and his wife Diane; sister, Amanda Paisley; mother, Kim Fatheree; grandparents, Ray and Doris Fatheree; Pearl Paisley, Ishmael and Margaret Olson.

Private family services are going to be held, with ashes to be buried in Pinedale, Wyoming. Donations in Shane's memory may be made to any animal rescue organization.
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Donald J. Palatine
August 15, 1935 - May 5, 2010



Donald was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 15, 1935 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 5, 2010. He was a graduate of Our Lady of Sorrows School in 1950 and a graduate of East Leyden High School in 1954.

Donald was proud to have served his country in the 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion, 50th Infantry, 4th Armored Division, seeing service in Germany and at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Palatine and his mother, Helen Palatine. Donald in survived by his sister, Frances; brothers James and Robert and by his life partner, Paula Robey.

Private services will be held in Taft at a later date. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Russell Dick Palmer, 75
November 17, 1922 - August 25, 1997



Russell Edward (Dick) Palmer passed away Monday, August 25, 1997, at Loma Linda Hospital. He was born November 19, 1922 in Dubois, Idaho.

He graduated with the class of 1940 from the Taft Union High School, then went on to Taft Junior College. Palmer served in the U. S. Army Air Corps. during World War II, flying 350 combat missions in P47's in the China Theater. Dick was well known as proprietor of the Texaco Service Station at Sixth and Kern streets in 1950's and the Union Service station at Fifth and Kern Streets in the 1960's. He had recently resided in Barstow, but was hoping shortly to return to Taft.

He is survived by his sisters, Alice Wagner of Taft and Lela Laughlin of Martinez; his three daughters: Karen, Tammy and Patty; as son, Barry; and five grandchidren.

Any memorial contributions may be made to West Side District Hospital.
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Barbara Jean Parcel
June 30, 1934 - September 3, 2008



Barbara Jean Parcel left this world into the arms of our loving Lord Wednesday, September 3, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Barbara was born June 30, 1934 to Charles and Helen Eiland. After attending Taft elementary she graduated from Taft Union High School in June 1952. She was married to Gerald Parcel in October 1950. This union created the joys of her life, her children Linda, Tim, Tom and Ted. Many wonderful years were spent at the Taft Little League Field and many summers camping in Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite. As the kids got older wonderful summers were then spent camping and skiing at Bass Lake. Barbara worked over 30 years at R.F Casey Collections buying the business in 1978 and subsequently closing and retiring in 1996. She was active through out her adult life in Soroptimist, The Moose Lodge and the Taft Sportsmen's Club, holding various offices.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Helen Eiland, brother John Eiland, and one of her wonderful joys her loving son Thomas, and two very special men in her life Dick Davis and Ron Descrochers. Barbara is survived by daugher Linda Starkey and husband Ron, son Tim and wife Kim, and son Ted and his wife Barbara. Brother Jim Eiland and wife Lucille. Grandchildren Kristi, Brian, Ricky, Laticia, Melissa, Jocelyn, Zachary and Christa, 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and very special life long friend Diane Morris of Arkansas. We must not forget her loving companion Biff.

Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery. Grandson Rev. Dr. Brian Parcel of the United Methodist Church of Santa Maria will officiate.
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Leo Parcel, 101
July 14, 1896 - July 30, 1997



The rosary will be recited in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident Leo F. Parcel, 101. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church will folllow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Parcel was born in Indiana on July 14, 1896 and passed away in a Bakersfield nursing home on July 30, 1997. Mr. Parcel served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and was discharged from the Navy in 1921. He had lived on the West Side for the last 65 years. He had been employed as a production forman for Shell Oil Company and retired after 40 years of service. Mr. Parcel was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Petroleum Production Pioneers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Parcel in 1961, and by his daughter, Barbara Cole in 1989. His survivors include a son and his wife, Jerry and Avalon Parcel of Dolores, Colorado, and his grandchildren and their spouses Ronald and Linda Starkey, Kim and Tim Parcel, Thomas Parcel, Ted Parcel, Dennis and Carol Cole, and Jarilyn and Fred Lee. He is also survived by 10 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a very special friend, Ella Hall.

The family has suggested that in lieu of lowers, donations in Mr. Parcel's memory may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church. Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Monday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Thomas Wesley Parcel, 40
August 9, 1957 - October 28, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native, Thomas Wesley Parcel, 40. Pastor Ron Griffith of the West Side Believers Fellowship will officiate at the services.

Mr. Parcel was born in Taft on August 9, 1957 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 28, 1997. He was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1976 graduating class at Taft Union High School. He enjoyed car racing and building model airplanes and cars. He loved to cook, he was a very good cook, something his family and friends can attest to.

His survivors include his mother, Barbara Parcel of Taft; his father and step-mother, Gerald and Abby Parcel of Colorado; his sister and her husband, Linda and Ron Starkey of Taft; his brothers and their wives, Tim and Kim Parcel of Hanford, and Ted and Anita Parcel of Bakersfield; his grandfather, Wesley Eiland of Taft; his uncles, John Eiland and Jim Eiland and his wife, Lucille, all of Taft; his nieces and nephews and their spouses: Kristi and Tim Bourque of Hanford, Brian Parcel of Claremont, Melissa Parcel and Jocelyn Parcel of Bakersfield, Leticia Parcel, Wesley, Jimmy and Cheryl Eiland of Taft; his great nephews, Dylan and Brayden Bourque, both of Hanford; several cousins, and special friend Scooby.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Joyce 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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Ola Mae Parker
October 11, 1906 – November 28, 1991



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Tuesday, December 3rd, at 2:00 p.m. for longtime area resident Ola Mae Parker. She passed away Thursday afternoon in Bakersfield.

Ola Mae Pruitt was born in Slidell, Texas on October 11, 1906 and spent her early years there. She married D.C. Parker in Honeygrove, Texas, in 1926 and together they made their home in Sherman, Texas, until 1950 when they moved with their family to Shafter. She has made her home with her daughter Joan Davis in Derby Acres since 1977.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1964. She is survived by two sons, Virgil of Cypress and Frank of Derby Acres; three daughters, Joan Davis of Derby Acres, Virginia Miears of Pismo Beach and Eloise Dodson of Texas, two brothers Rodney and George Pruitt of Texas; 34 grandchildren, more than 80 great grandchildren; and more than 20 great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call at the Taft Funeral Home on Monday until 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday to pay their respects.

The Bonewell Family Taft Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Loleta May Poor (Parks), 91
April 3, 1906 - June 1, 1997



Services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sunset Chapel of the Taft Funeral Home for Taft resident Loleta May Poor (Parks), 91. Burial will follow at a later date at Cypress Forest Lawn.

Loleta was born April 3, 1906 in Ray County, Missouri, and passed away June 1, 1997 in Taft. She married Harry Benjamin Poor on November 11, 1923 while attending nurse's training at William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri. They had six children. The Poors operated a farm in Maloy, Iowa, and when World War II broke out the family moved to Hawthorne, Nevada. After the war" they moved to California. In 1946 as her family was growing up, she attended Long Beach City College furthering her education. She acquired a postiton with Kwikset Lock in Anaheim and worked there until retiring.

Harry preceded her in death in 1961. Ten years later she married Lyle A. Parks. They were avid square dancers and did extensive traveleing in England, Canada and Hawaii, as well as most of the United States. She won many awards with her quilting. After Lyle's death in 1989, she made her home in Taft with her daughter and her husbnad, Ben and Marilyn Schrader.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Karen Poor, in 1997 and a granddaughter, Dana. She is survived by three sons and their wives, Fred and Betty Poor of Pine Valley, Don and Cathy Poor of Bend, Oregon, and David Poor of Yorba Linda; three daughters, Marjorie and Bob Torrence of Kernville, Betty and John Sides of Long Beach, Washington, and Marilyn And Ben Schrader of Taft; 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Services have been entrusted to lTaft Funeral Home, Order of the Golden Rule.
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Thurman E. Parmer, 91
January 26, 1909 - January 19, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the First Assembly of God on Asher Street on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft Resident, Thruman Emie Parmer, 91. Rev. Trent Meadors pastor of the First Assembly of God and Rev. Kenneth Miller of the Four Square Church of Santa Clarita will officiate at the services. Private interment will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Parmer was born in Greenwood, Arkansas on January 26, 1909 and passed away in the local hospital on January 19, 2001. He had lived in Taft for the last 54 years.

He was a member of the First Assembly of God. Mr. Parmer retired from Mobil Oil Company in 1973 after 26 years of service. He truly was a person that served the Lord all his life. He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man.

He was the last surviving sibling of his family. Mr. Parmer was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Parmer, in 1989.

His survivors include his daughter and her husband, Patsy and Jim Copeland of Taft; his grand-daughters and their husbands, Carol and Kenneth Miller of Santa Clarita, Kathy and Doug Hackler and Susan and Gerald Yochum all of Taft; his great grandchildren, Junior, Kristi, Jonathan, Amanda, Tiffany, Jessica and Aaron and his great-great grandchildren, Christina, Caitlyn, Jaylynn and Kyle. The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Howell D. "Hal" Parrent
May 7, 1933 - February 11, 2010



Funeral services for Howell D. "Hal" Parrent, age 76, of Taft, California will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at the Westside District Cemetery, Taft, California at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will be held on 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft, California.

Howell was born on May 7, 1933 in Taft, California to Buel and Lela Parrent. He passed away peacefully at home in Taft, California on Feburary 11, 2010.

Howell, more commonly know as H.D., attended Taft City Schools through the 7th grade until the Parrent family moved to Talent, Oregon where Hal graduated from Talent High School. Hal moved back to Taft in 1951, attended and graduated from Taft College and met his future wife, Irma Lee. They were married on June 13, 1952 celebrating 57 plus wonderful years of marriage. Hal excelled in football, baseball, softball and basketball, where he was known as the "biscuit shooter." He served in the United States Army, was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia until his honorable discharge in 1953.

Hal was employed by Chervon U.S.A. for over 38 years. He worked in many management positions, including area foreman for 11-C shops. Hal traveled the world on various assignments for Chevron. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting around the Western United States, and was happy spending time fishing and hunting with his best friend, Bob Scovel. Thank you, Bob; he thought you were the greatest!

Hal was well known for trout fishing with his Bakersfield cronies at Buena Vista Lake, where he consistantly caught big trout, seventeen pounds or larger. While others watched in amazement. He looked forward to his annual fishing trips to the Kalmath and Trinity Rivers with good friend, Vince Harper and surf fishing at Pismo Beach with his friend Frank Daily.

As a lifelong member of the Taft Sportsman Club, he was named Sportsman of the Year in 2008. He was presented the Lifetime Service Award for the Taft Sportsman Club in 2009. As a volunteer firefighter for the city of Taft for over 16 years, he served as President of Taft Volunteer Firemans Association. Hal loved sports, working as a coach, umpire and mentor to many athletes on his sons baseball teams and daughters softball teams. Hal's greatest joy was watching his daugher, Melanie play softball for Fresno State University. He never missed a Fresno State softball game or Bulldog football game, GO DOGS!!! He loved spending time with his family at their place in Pismo Beach, California. Hal was known as a fair, hard working, meticulous and generous man.

His wife, Irma, of 57 years, son, Michael Parrent of Bakersfield, California and daughter, Melanie Parrent, of Clovis, California, survive Howell. His parents, Buel and Lela Parrent, loving sister, Betty Jo Parrent, nephew Darrin Parrent and his special dog, Kai Bears, preceeded Howell in death. His brothers, Leon Parrent, Ronald and Elaine Parrent, Ken and Jackie Parrent, Terry and Judy Parrent survive him. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families, Kim Parrent Rodriguez, Katrina Goodman, Denise Lowell, Derik Parrent, Robin Fowler, Kevin Parrent, Kristin Davis, Corey Parrent, Dianna McConnachie, John Allen, Greg Allen, Phil Monreal, David and Tara Stewart, Keith Stewart; special friends, Cathy Padilla and family and Sindee Silveira.

The family extends their gradtitude to health care professionals, Dr. Risbud and staff, Dr. Davis, Kitty Shinn and staff at Optimal Hospice. A big thank you goes out to long time friends, Gene Davis, Andy and Betty Mizener, Bonnie Daily and special neighbors/friends, Bob and Jamie Scovel. Pallbearers will be Michael Parrent, Leon Parrent, Ronald Parrent, Kenny Parrent, Terry Parrent, Gene Davis, Andy Mizener and Bob Scovel. Remembrances may be made to the Taft Sportsman Club or to the American Cancer Society. Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of God. Remember this earthly life is just halftime, the best is yet to come. We miss and love you. Rest in peace, Daddy, rest in peace. GONE FISHING!!!! the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Boyd Dewey Parris
September 1, 1920 - October 29, 2008



Boyd Dewey Parris 1920 - 2008 Greenlawn Mortuary Boyd Parris was born on September 1, 1920 in Reedley, California but he proudly told everyone he was born in Fellows. He passed away on October 29, 2008.

The son of Wilburn and Pearl Parris, Boyd grew up in Fellows and graduated from Taft High School. He played sports and also played in the band. He married his wife Imogene in 1941 and served in the Army during WWII.

Boyd was a natural salesman and he used that talent in the car business and then to sell the services of Parris Vacuum Service to oil companies in Kern County. Boyd along with Imogene and his brother, Dick Parris, also owned and ran Westside Industrial Development. His work being done, Boyd then had the retirement of his dreams. For over 10 years he campaigned thoroughbred horses on the California county fair circuit. He had winners and losers but he was never tired of the excitement. After his illness ended his ability to train his horses continued to follow until 2 weeks ago when he attended the off-tract betting at the fair grounds every Thursday with his son, Rick. Boyd was the original "people person". From the oil fields to the county fairs to the Masons, of which he was a proud member, everyone knew and love him.

Boyd was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Imogene; his son Jimmy; his grandson, Jon; and his brother, Dick Parris. Left to remember his are his son, Rick and wife, Val; his daughter, Darlene Beals and husband, Terry; his grandchildren, Jennifer Beals Garrett, Richard, Geoff and Allison Parris; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Parris and sister-in-law, Barbara Parris. He had 4 great-grandchildren and I great-great-granddaughter. He was especially close to his nephew Richard Parris and wife, Melissa; nieces, Sue Rice and Patty Hudson and husband, Darrell. Boyd was also close to his many great nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all.

The family would like to thank the staff at Around the Clock, Interim, Glenwood Gardens and Hoffmann Hospice, especially Elaina and Ann. Their kindesss and compassion helped us through a very difficult time. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5th, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., with visitation on Tuesday, November 4, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Jonathan David Parris
April 5, 1969 - December 24, 1997



Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Monday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m. for Johathon Davis Parris, 28, who passed away December 24, 1997 in Bakersfield, Pastor Tom LeClair will officiate. Jonathan was born April 5, 1969 in Long Beach and resided in Kern County for 14 years. He was a mechanic and recently worked for Parris Vacuum Service.

Johathan is survived by his father and stepmother, Claude I. and Valerie Parris of McKittrick; mother Bonnie Parris of Huntington Beach; son, Christopher Parris of Bakersfield; brothers, Richard Parris of Huntington Beach and Geoffrey Parris of Bakersfield; sister, Allison Parris of Bakersfield and Anise Byron of Huntington Beach; grandmother, Jeanne Robinson of Bellflower; grandfather and grandmother, Boyd and Imogene Parris of Bakersfield; great grandmother, Helen Hundley of Las Vegas; step-brother, Matt Wires of McKittrick; step-sister, Christi Dudley of Texas; great uncle, Dick Parris and numerous aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces, and nephews, Jon was loved by all and will be missed greatly.
No visitation is scheduled.
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Richard Lee Parris
June 5, 1922 - April 10, 2007



Richard Lee Parris was born June 5, 1922 to James Wilbur and Pearl Hash in Fellows, California. Throughtout his childhood he spent around Taft and graduated from Taft High School in 1940. After high school Richard worked in the oilfields and then to employment in Vallejo working for the Government.

After that Richard joined the Army/Air Force and became a B-25 pilot, stationed in the Philippines. During this time Richard proudly served his country during World War II. Richard was discharged from the military on September 1946. After the military Richard went into the car sales in Taft. He received his awards from Studebaker Company for his accomplishments in the car sales industry. In the 1950's Richard and his family moved to Los Angeles area and became self-employed. During this time he had a catering truck service which he enjoyed. In 1967, Richard moved to Bakersfield and went into the used car business with his brother, Boyd. After the used car sales, they became oilfield contractors with Parris Vacuum service. Upon retireing from the oilfields, the Parris and Small family started Westside Industrial Park: Richard worked in the business until his retirement in October.

Visition will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at West Side Mortuary, 1150 Fourth Street, Taft, California. Funeral Service will take place on Sunday April 15th ,at 1:00 p.m. at West Side Memorial Service Sunset Chapel. Burial will take place at West Side District Cemetery on Monday April 16th at 11:00 a.m.
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Evelyn R. Parrott
December 25, 1921 - April 22, 2002



At her own request, no public funeral services will be held for Evelyn Ruth Parrott, 80. Private family services will be held at in the West Side District Cemetery and Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

Mrs. Parrott was born in America, Illinois on December 25, 1921 passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on April 22, 2002. She had been a resident for the last 60 years. Mrs. Parrott had been employed by John F. Ellis M.D. as a Medical technician for over 18 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 40 years.

Her survivors include her husband of almost 60 years, Harvey Parrott; her children and their spouses, George Parrott, Harvey and Karen Parrott, and Patti and Neal Finney; her grandchildren John, Laura and Robert Finney, Brent, Brian, Blain, Blair and Brianne Parrott and Todd Tenhet; four great grandchildren; her brother, and his wife Ray and Laray Bever and her brother-in-law and their wives, Joe and Dorothy Parrott and Don and Leda Parrott.

In Lieu of flowers the family has suggested that memorial donations in Mrs. Parrott's memory may be sent to the American Heart Association.

At one time Evelyn was active in; Taft Eastern Star, Taft Chapter of Job's Daughters, Den Mother of the Cub Scouts No. 46, Taft Lincoln School P.T.A. Secretary of the First Baptist Church, Women's in Progress Circle, Secretary of the Taft Chapter of A.A.R.P., She was known for her smile and affection, she showed others.

There will be no visitation hour scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Harvey Dean Parrott
Septmeber 17, 1919 - March 26, 2006



Harvey was born in Cairo, Illinois on September 17, 1919 and passed away on March 26, 2006 in Bakersfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn; his parents and his grandson Tyler Parrott. He is survivors include his three children, George Harvey and his wife, Karen, and Pat Finney and her husband Neal, his brothers, Joe and his wife Dorothy and Don and his wife, Leeta. Harvey had nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Also he leaves behind his special friend Jackie Nickerson.

At the family request there will be no reviewing and a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity. The arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Joseph A. and Dorothy E. Perrine Parrott
Joe March 24, 1927 Dorothy March 25, 1931 - August 6, 2008

Services will be held Thursday, August 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Laurelglen Bible Church.

Joe Parrott was born on March 24, 1927, in Cairo, Illinois. He came to Taft in 1948 and worked for Standard Oil for 35 years as a surveyor. Joe was an avid bowler and weekend hacker on the golf course. He was an out going and gregarious man who never met a stranger. His outgoing personality left an impression on everyone he met, and as a result had friends and acquaintances far and wide.

Joe is survived by his brother Don E. Parrott; nephews, Harvey D. Parrot and George Parrott; his niece, Patty Finney; as well as numerous great nieces and nephews who they loved and adored.

Dorothy Perrine Parrott was born March 25, 1931 in Taft, California. She worked for the West Kern Community College District as an administrative assistant for the president of Taft College for 44 years. She was a methodical meticulous and hard working woman who knew what to do in just about every situation. No matter what the problem was, if you needed and answer you "ask Dorothy". Dorothy retired from Taft College in 1998 and shortly there after moved to Bakersfield.

Dorothy is survived by her brother, Clifford H. Perrine; step sister, Marge Sutton; nieces, Christina and Jerry Goodell, Marilyn and Steve Smith and Anita numerous great nieces and nephews who they loved and adored.

They were married in October 1950, Joe and Dorothy had their only child, Richard, in September 1951. In the early days, Joe and Dorothy were active members of the Calary Temple Church in Taft where Dorothy played both piano and organ and sang in a trio with two very close friends. Dorothy was also the church wedding coordinator for many years.

Both Dorothy and Joe were very active with community service they were avid Taft College football boosters who traveled religiously with the team across the western states during the cougars glory days. They moved to Bakersfield and became faithful Centennial High School boosters, where Richard was a coach. They were active members of Laurelglen Bible Church and Stockdale Country Club. They traveled extensively with dear friends June and Jim Childress. These saucy seniors trotted the globe and cruised the seas. Life long friends Millie and Leonard Smith were companions who enjoyed the California coast with them. Joe and Dorothy were loving and inseparable.

They leave behind there only child Dr. Richard Parrott and wife Nancy; there grandchildren, Ryan Parrott and Kira Parrott and step grandchildren Kirk Bowyer and Scott Soles. They also leave behind more friends that can be mentioned who knew and love this remarkable and unforgettable couple our only comfort comes from the fact that Joe and Dorothy were devout deciples of the Lord. He has called on them many times to do his work and now he has called them home. Our loss is tremendous, but their reward is eternal and awsome.

The entire Parrott family would like to thank the staff at CBCC who, over the last few years, administered Joe's treatments for his ongoing illness with such care and compassion. Also, the church community of Laurelglen Bible Church who were an important facet of Joe and Dorothy's lives and who have given us so much support and assistance during this time of incomprehensible loss and bereavement. in lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to: Taft College, Joe and Dorothy Dental Hygene Scholarship, to 9 Emmons Park Dr., Taft, California 93268. Joe and Dorothy Parrott1927 - 2008 1931 - 2008.
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Ruth Geraldine "Gerrye" Parry
September 16, 1923 - June 13, 2003



Graveside services will be held at Union Cemetery, King and Potomac St., for Ruth Geraldine "Gerry" Parry, 79, who passed away June 13, 2003 in Mt. Mesa, California. Gerrye was born September 16, 1923 in Los Angeles, California and resided in Taft, California, Bakersfield, California for forty years, and finally in Weldon, California in the Lake Isabella area.

Mom loved camping and fishing and once caught a 219 lb. Halibut in Alaska. She was a life-long Dodger fan and a big Laker fan. She loved people, especially her family and relatives. She made many friends working at Rae's Steak House in the Bakersfield area. I never knew of her making a enemy.

Gerrye was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Marie Alldredge, husband William R. Parry, sister Sammey Pendrey, brothers C.F., Ed, and Richard Alldredge, sons William F. Parry and Michael L. Parry, daughter-in-law Brenda, and grandsons Brian S. Parry. She is survived by her sister Olive Morris, her two sons, John L. Parry of Weldon, California and Thomas J. Parry, plus numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews and nlieces, and many friends.

Gerrye stopped going to church many years ago, but lives as a good Christian, generous and caring. She will be missed immediately but never forgotten. We all love you.
Heaven has gained a new member.
Gerrye Parry
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Doris Parson
June 4, 1910 - May 10, 2007
Rites Pending



Services are pending for Santa Maria resident, Doris Parson, 96. West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family have been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Connie Ray Parsons
July 9, 1952 - January 3, 2009



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resdient, Connie Ray Parsons, 56.

Mrs. Parsons was born to Laverne and Esther Hoffman on July 9, 1952 in La Mesa, California and passed away in Bakersfield on Jauary 3, 2009. She had lived in Coalinga from 1972 to 2001 and then moved to Taft. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the Quilters of Midway Sunset and Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County. Mrs. Parsons loved animals.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Her survivors include her husband, James Parsons of Taft; her son and his wife, Robert and Tammy Parsons of Douglas, Georgia; her brother, Laverne Hoffman and family of Modesto; her sisters, Betty Gorman and family of Modesto, Sheri Parker and family of California and Carolyn Carlin and family of Eagle, Idaho, her sister-in-law, Patty Parsons and family; and by her grandchildren, Stephanie, Ryan and Auston.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Fred Clement Parsons
April 9, 1907 - November 30, 2003



Graveside services will be held Tuesday November 25, at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California, for Fred Clement Parsons who passed away November 20, 2003.

Fred was born April 9, 1907, in Tulare, California. He was one of eight children. At age 20, he went to work for Western Water Company where he retired 45 yeas later. Fred loved his family and his family adored him. He always helped those in need and enjoyed telling stories of the days when things were different. He loved to read, to garden and to hold his dog.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 31 years. Lorena; three children, Wilma (Red), Mary Ann (Larry) and Jerry (Pat): three stepchildren Ellen, Tom (Mary), Pat (Don): 18 grandchildren 35 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 23rd, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Mish Funeral Home in Oildale. www.dignitymemorial. com
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John Howard Parsons III
November 4, 1985 - March 18, 2007



Born November 4, 1985, in Bakersfield, California, John died March 18, 2007.

John grew up in Buttonwillow and Taft and attended Taft High School. John was a big fan of Jeff Gordon and the Raiders football team. He enjoyed fishing and quad riding at the beach.

John was preceded in death by his grandfathers Papa Don Gregory and John Parsons Sr. He is survived by his mother Terri O"Boyle and her husband, Ron; his father, John Parsons Jr.; his siblings, Tiffany, Taylor and Cyrus Parsons; his grandmothers, Barbara Gregory and Alene Parsons; and many aunts,uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 23rd, 10:00 a.m., at New Life Fellowship, 200 W. First St., Buttonwillow. Graveside services will follow, at Greenlawn Cemetery, at 2:30 p.m., 3700 River Blvd., in Bakersfield.
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Charles G. Pass
June 20, 1935 - November 7, 2001



Charles G. Pass, age 66, passed away November 7, 2001 in Taft, California. Mr. Pass was born June 20, 1935 in Illinois and had lived in Taft for many years.

He is survived by: three sisters, Nancy Jackson of Taft; Vicky Wiehl of Cerritos, California; Penny Comber of Clearwater, Florida; and special friends Penny and Dean Artz of Taft, Calfiornia.

Mr. Pass worked for many years for Showboat, Las Vegas as an Executive Steward. He moved to Taft 8 years ago to be with family and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday, November 14th at 2:00 p.m.in the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Services are under the direction of the West Side Family Mortuary.
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William F. "Bill" Passmore
April 19, 1925 - February 9, 2010



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident William F. "Bill" Passmore Sr. Officers of the Taft-Midway Lodge #426 F.&A.M. will officiate.

Mr. Passmore was born in Carterville, Missouri on April 19, 1925 and passed away at his home on February 9, 2010.

Mr. Passmore proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. He had been employed as an intrumentation specialist for over 50 years; 26 years of which was spent with Texaco. He was a member of the Angels Gate Lodge #198 F.&A.M. He moved to Maricopa in 1976.

Mr. Passmore is survived by his wife of 61 years, Arita of Maricopa; his daughter and her husband, Becky and Paul Shelton of Bakersfield; his son William F. Passmore Jr. of Maricopa; his grandchildren and their spouses, Brian and Michele Shelton, Jeffery and Kristi Shelton and Phillip Passmore; his great grandchildren, Trever, Kayla, Griffin and Knikki.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Gordon Dean Partain
March 24, 1953 - October 17, 2011



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native, Gordon Dean Partain, 58. Bishop Gary Ammeraal of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward will officiate.

Mr. Partain was born in Taft of March 24, 1953 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 17, 2011. He was raised and educated in Taft and made Taft his home until his early 20s.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Partain both of whom passed away in 1974. His survivors include his brother and his wife, Kent and Regina Partain of Perryton, Texas; his niece and her husband, Amelia and Karl Cox and his great niece and great nephew.

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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Dorothy H. Patrick
July 30, 1918 - March 11, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Dorothy H. Patrick, 82. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Patrick was born in Rocky, Oklahoma on July 30, 1918 and passed away at her home on March 11, 2001 in Taft. Mrs. Patrick had lived in Taft since 1932. She was a member of the Taft Women's Improvement Club and was a Guardian for Job's Daughters. Mrs. Patrick had also served on the Board of Education for Taft City Schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert A. Patrick, in 1984.

Her survivors include her daughters, Margaret Ann Abdalla of South Pasadena and Barbara Demarest and her husband Fred of Palos Verdes; her sons and their wives, Brian and Cec Patrick of Bakersfield and Drew and Randi Patrick of Bakersfield, her ten grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; her brother-in-law and his wife, William H. and Mary Ann Patrick of Shafter; and many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Bobbi Tirey and Kim Gannon for their loving care.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until service time. The family has suggested that flowers are welcome or you may donate to Optimal Hospice in Mrs. Patrick's name. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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William "Bill" Howard Patrick
April 9, 1925 - April 29, 2003



William Howard Patrick, 78 of Shafter, California, died Tuesday evening April 29, 2003 at home. Upon completion of high school in 1943, Bill joined the Marine Corps and served during World War II in the occupation of Japan. He also served during the Korean Conflict. He was always a Marine.

July 9, 1947 Bill married Mary Anne Beckham. He attended Taft College for 2 years. Mr. Patrick lived in Taft from 1947 to 1968 and worked for Standard Oil, then moved to Shafter where he worked for Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District. Later he worked for Williams Brothers/Bechtel Petroleum at Elk Hills as a chemist, retiring in 1987. Mr. Patrick then served on the Kern County Grand Jury from 1987 to 1991, where he was recognized for his excellent service to the Grand Jury and for being foreman the last year.

Bill was born April 9, 1925, in Onawa, Iowa to Arthur and Margaret Patrick. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dr. R.A Patrick of Taft, his brother, Dr. Bernard Patrick of Iowa City, Iowa, and his sister, Margaret Robinson, R.N. of Sacramento, California.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Anne; his brother-in-law William F. Beckham and wife Suzanne of Bakersfield; his daughter, Lois Margaret Swanbeck and husband, Dr. Robert Swanbeck of Shafter; his son, Michael Patrick and wife, Judy of Shafter; three grandchildren, Eric Strand and wife Cindy of Seattle; Ryan Patrick and wife Zulema of Long Beach; and beloved granddaughter, Kayley A. Patrick of Costa Mesa; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Patrick chose not to take up space on God's earth by burial and chose to be cremated. He requested no services. Bill was a strong believer in the right to bear arms and any remembrances can be made to the National Rifle Association in Mr. Patrick's honor. Semper Fi and God Bless all of you.
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Deloris Imajean Patterson
February 23, 1924 - November 20, 2011



Deloris Imajean Patterson, 87, of Taft, California went to Heaven on November 20, 2011.

She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, February 23, 1924. Deloris married Shelby Elree Patterson in June 1956. She gave her heart to the Lord Jesus Christ at the early age of 5 years and humbly and faithfully served Him the remainder of her life. She served as a Sunday School Teacher, choir member, solo vocalist, church board member, amd prayer warrior. She was a member of New Hope Temple for over 30 years. Deloris was a talented seamstress, gardener, artist and pianist. Her greatest accomplishment was being a mother to her five children.

Deloris is preceded in death by her parents, David and Delia Whitehurst; brother David White hurst, and husband Shelby "Pat" Patterson. Deloris is survived by her children June Vowell of Sacramento, California; Donald Patterson of Bakersfield, California; Bob Manos of Taft, California; Charlene Terrell of Taft, California Ed Patterson of Taft, California; a sister Drusilla Cockrum of Lancaster, California; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Memorial services for Deloris Imajean Patterson will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at New Hope Temple in Taft, California. Pastor Joe Pittman will officiate at the service.
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Helen Watson Patterson
September 8, 1933 - December 30, 2013



Helen Patterson, 80, was a local girl born in Taft, California, at home to her parents. Everett and Evelyn Watson. She grew up in Oildale and attended Bakersfield, California school, graduating from Bakersfield Union High School in 1951. She then went to Wright McMann Secretarial School in Santa Monica, eventually securing a job as an executive secretary for the superintendent of the Santa Barbara Schools. Her mother, Evelyn Watson, and her brother, Richard "Dick" Watson, then encouraged her to return to Bakersfield and join them as Realtors. She received her brokers license in 1962 and CRI and GRS designations. She lead a star-studded life, for over 40 years as a realtor working for the Wayne Reeder Realtor and eventually her own office Helen Patterson Realtor. She grew up as good friends to Buck Owens and his sister, Dorothy. Later she worked with Buck as the design consultant for his dream, "The Crystal Palace" and various other real estate endeavors. She was well known by the band "The Buckaroos." She went on to be president of the Bakersfield Association of Realtors in 1987 and president of the Apartment Owners Association for 3 years. She was very proud of being the second women president of the Association of Realtors. She received numerous awards, including Realtor of the Year, Career Woman of the Year, and the Beautiful Bakersfield Award. She was a graduate of the first "Leadership of Bakersfield" class.

Helen was also an ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and served as administrator at her church, His Refreshing Presents Bible Center, for 30 years. Helen had a unique charm that caused her to know everyone around her in a personal way, at the car wash, the grocery store, the cleaners, and the post office. Everywhere she went, she endeared herself to others. She used this gift to mentor other women and to help them on their way to success. At least eight women looks to her as their adopted sister or mom who helped them become who they are today. She brought a quite calm to every situation.

Helen loved to travel and took joy in planning her trips. She often wished she had been a travel agent and went almost yearly to her beloved Hawaii. She also loved to go to the Gym "working out," followed by reading "The Bible in a Year" to get her day started right. She spent her mornings getting dressed by dancing around her bedroom to music by "The Gaithers." Going to church, pouring her heart out to God, and playing the tambourine to the music, was her primary passion. Helen's passion for Christ lead her to go on a missionary trip to Africa and a journey to Jerusalem.

Although Helen is the last remaining member of her family, since neither she nor her brother had children, she leaves behind many people who love her and showed that love for her with around-the-clock vigils at her bedside over the five-week, of her illness. Others brought food and many ran errands and offered up prayers for her. Those who considered themselves adopted into her family formed a bond stronger than blood.

Her "going home to Jesus party" will be Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd. it will be followed by a gathering. www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com

"GOODBYE BAKERSFIELD, HELLO JESUS"

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John "JP" Patterson
March 24, 1926 - November 14, 2011



Funeral services will be held in the Taft Union High School Auditorium on Wildcat Way in Taft on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native, John "JP" Patterson, 85.

Mr. Patterson was born on March 24, 1926 and passed away in Bakersfield on November 14, 2011. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1944. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy. JP married LauRene Calcote in 1957 and he started his career at Taft Union High School in 1961 and retired in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mickey Scott Patterson; his siblings Bill, David, Jean and Marjorie Patterson. His survivors include his wife of 54 years, LauRene; Larry and Linda Doss; his sister, Dode Scheinder; his nephews, Michael Patterson and his wife, Karen, Mark Patterson and Phillip Scheinder and Jan; his niece, Kathie Hampton and numerous great nieces and nephews of California and Idaho. Although Mr. Patterso was known to his friends as "JP", to his family he was lovingly known as "The Legend."

Friends are invited to pay their respecrts on Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Shelby "Pat" Elree Patterson
December 13, 1916 - September 27, 2005



Shelby "Pat" Elree Patterson, age 88, passed away September 27th, 2005 in a Bakersfield Hospital. He was a longtime Taft resident and a native of Kellyville, Oklahoma. He served our country during WWII and was instrumental in forming the Maricopa VFW Lodge. He worked at the Taft TG&Y Store in management from 1972 through 1979.

Mr. Patterson is survived by his wife, Deloris I. Patterson of Taft, his sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Cindy Patterson of Taft, Bob and Donna Manos of Taft, Don and Ruthie Patterson of Bakersfield, his two daughters, Charlene Terrell of Taft, June Vowell of Sacramento, his 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 21st at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be at the West Side District Cemetery.
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JoAnn Patton, 54
January 31, 1947 - June 29, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, July 6, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident, JoAnn Patton, 54. The services will conclude in the chapel and burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery. Mrs. Patton was born on January 31, 1947 in Neosho; Missouri and passed away on June 29, 2001 in a Bakersfield hospital.

Mrs. Patton moved to the Westside in 1978 and was a member of the Taft Moose Lodge. She loved to work outdoors and was a loving wife and mother.

Mrs. Patton was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Bolding in January; her sister, Barbara Ann Bolding in 1974; her mother, Nadine and her uncle, Alvin Bolding in 1997.

Her Survivors include her husband, Donald Patton of Derby Acres; her daughter, Kimber Patton of Derby Acres; Tim Patton of Derby Acres; her grandchildren, Kenny and Mercedes Patton of Taft; her sister, Dallas of Hawaii; her several aunts and uncles and one niece and one nephew. She will be sorely missed by all.

Friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Hazel M. Payne
August 25, 1903 - December 1, 1995



Graveside funeral service will be held in the East Kern District Cemetery in Mojave Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Hazel Marie Payne, 92. Greg Brooks of the First Baptist Church of Taft will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Payne was born in Nashville, Tennessee on August 25, 1903 and passed away December 1, 1995 in a local nursing home. She had lived in Rosamond for over 55 years, before moving to Taft in 1981. She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus the Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Payne, in 1980; a sister, Eva McAllaster; a granddaughter; Ella Kelsey Sinacore; and a great granddaughter, Cindy Maria Sinacore. Her survivors include a daughter, Wanda Kelsey of Taft; and two half-sistes of the San Diego area.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Monday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Pauline Isabelle Pearl
April 18, 1914 - December 6, 1995



Memorial services will be held tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church in SanDiego at 10:30 a.m. for Cuyama resident Pauline Isabella Pearl, 81.

Mrs. Pearl was born in Kansas on April 18, 1914 and passed away December 6, 1995 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. She moved to Cuyama with her husband Raymond in 1953. There she established the elementary music program and became involved in many community activities. They remained in Cuyama until Mr. Pearl's retirement from teaching. Pauline worked as a secretary in Arco's Cuyama office for many years. When that office closed, she became the librarian for the Cuyama Valley High School.

She is survived by her children and their spouses.

Memorial donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the East County Community Concert Association or the Murdock Cultural Foundation which sponsors fine arts program in the La Mesa Spring Valley School District 5750 Amaya Dr. #9, La Mesa, California 91942.
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Elsie Pearson
July 7, 1914 - January 19, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Friday, January 25, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. for longtime resident Elsie E Pearson, 87.

Pastor Mike McMahan, pastor of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene will officiate at the services. Mrs. Pearson was born in Bakersfield on July 7, 1914 and passed away in Taft on January 19, 2002.

Mrs. Pearson attended Midway Elementary School, Taft Union High School, Taft College and 4C's Business College in Fresno. She was employed at Gardner Field as a secretary from 1942 to 1944 and then she worked for the Southern California Gas Company until retiring in 1975.

Mrs. Pearson was a member of the West Hills Church of the Nazarene. She joined the Native Daughters of the Golden West in 1947 and was past president in 1952, 1986, 1987, and 1992.

Mrs. Pearson was preceded in death by her husband Barney Pearson in 1984, and by her parents William B. West and Bessie Andrews. Her survivors include her son Albert Bruce and his wife, Kay; her grandsons, Aaron Bruce, and William Bruce and his wife, Sarah; her great grandsons Aaron Jr., William Jr., Kevan, and Benjamin Bruce.

In lieu of flowers the family asked that donation be made to the Native Daughters, 414 Jackson Street Taft, California 93268. 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 noon at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Henry A. Peaslee
October 19, 1910 - February 3, 1993



Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park for Henry A. Peaslee 82, who passed away February 3, in Bakersfield. Reverend Scott Allred of St. Mark's United Methodist Church will officiate.

Mr. Peaslee was born in Hancock, New York, October 19, 1910 and had lived in the Kern County area for the past 50 years and was a past president of Taft Lyons Club. He had been manager of A & P Foods for many years.

Survivors include his daughters, Marie Covin and Mary and her husband Roy Hendrix, all of Bakersfield; sister, Bertha Schneider of Binghamton, New York; grandchildren, Derek Covin, Mike Hendrix and his wife Evelyn, Steve Hendrix, Kathy Clayton and her husband Brian; great grandchildren, Todd and Steven Hendrix.

Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
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Violet Peeler, 87
January 22, 1908 - November 25, 1995


Graveside funeral services were held today in the West Side District Cemetery Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Neil M. Hudson and the Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the the First Baptist Church, officiated.

Mr. Peeler was born in Lincoln County, Oklahoma on January 22, 1908 and passed away November 25, 1995 in a Bakersfield hospital. She had lived in Taft since 1921. Mrs. Peeler was a 56-year member of the First Baptist Church and was active in her membership until her health required her to slow down. She was a member of the Golden Agers Choral Group, served as a deaconess and taught Sunday School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Peeler, in 1983. Her survivors include a daughter and her husband, Rita and Bill Kelley of Taft; a sister, Olive Conterior of Santa Maria; her grandchildren, Mark Kelley, Robin Pursel and Scott Kelley and his wife, Eloisa, all of Bakersfield, and Paul Kelley and his wife, Andrea, of Taft; her great grandchildren, Blake Pursel, Paige Pursel and Garrett Kelley; four nieces; and five nephews.

The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary R. "Betsy" Peevy
February 10, 1929 - August 29, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Maricopa resident Mary R. "Betsy" Peevy, 73. Mrs. Peevy was born in Oklahoma on February 10, 1929 and passed away Hanford on August 29, 2003. She had lived in Maricopa for the last 46 years.

Mrs. Peevy was preceded in death by her husband, Troy C. Peevy; her son, Phillip Peevy and by her daughter, Rebecca Haskell. She is survived by her children, Thomas Peevy, Joyce Pierson, Larry Peevy, Michael Peevy, Johnny Peevy, and Pamala Smith; her several grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Pellegrino
October 9, 1914 - February 11, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Ruth Pellegrino, 90. Mrs. Pellegrino was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 9, 1914 and passed away on February 11, 2005 in Taft. Mrs. Pellegrino moved to Taft in 1949 and was a licensed vocational nurse for 50 years. Mrs. Pellegrino was a wonderful lady.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat in 1989 and by her daughter, Dolores Tarnoski in 2004. Her survivors include her daughter, Teresa LaVasseur of Bakersfield; her grandchildren, Michael, Terry and Peter Tarnoski all of Reading, Pennsylvania and by her great grandchildren Trisha and Lance of Reading, Pennsylvania.

The family would like to thank Mrs. Pellegrino's friends, Betty DeWoody and Becky Perzaza and also Hoffman Hospice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruth Weddle Pennington
July 14, 1920 - June 13, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday June 18, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft, resident, Ruth Weddle Pennington, 82.

Mrs. Pennington was born in Gainesboro, Tennessee on July 14, 1920 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 13, 2003. Mrs. Pennington was a waitress for eight years at Topper's Restaurant. She was one of eleven children and predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Her survivors include her daughter and her husband Helen and Gary Wheeler of Bakersfield; her son and his wife Phillip and Veanne Weddle of Idaho; her two granddaughters, Teresa Vincent of Bakersfield and Lynn Ward of Weaverville; her grandson, Mark Wheeler of Bakersfield; her great grandchildren, Morgan and Kelsey Vincent of Bakersfield and Lynn Ward of Weaverville; her grandson, Mark Wheeler of Bakersfield; her great grandchildren, Morgan and Kelsey Vincent; her five sisters, Mary Strang, Zanda Gentry, Gerogia Ouellette Lois Chaffin and Betty Ragland; her many nieces and nephews; and by her special friend, Roy Baker. ,br>

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested donations be made in Mrs. Pennington's name to the Hoffmann Hospice, 6501 Schirra Court, Suite 301, Bakersfield, California 93319. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of Erickson Brown Funeral Home.
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Jerry Penney, 79
September 18, 1922 - January 9, 2002



Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday January 14th, 2002 at Westside District Cemetery for long time Fellows resident Jerry Penney who went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 9th at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield.

Jerry was born in Utah in 1922 to her parents Lawrence A. and Naomi Enockson. She moved to Fellows in 1937 where she resided with her parents until 1940 when she married her husband of 61 years Bob Penney. Jerry worked at Kirkpatrick Brothers Stationary & Toy Shop during the 1969's. She and her husband bought the Fellows Hotel and Bar in 1971 and made many life long friendships during their ownership.

Jerry enjoyed collecting coins, volunteered her time at the NEEDS center and the SHARE program in Taft. Her friendly smile and warm personality were perfect for her position as the "Sunshine Lady" at her church woman's group.

Jerry was a cherished and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her Survivors include her husband Bob Penney, her children Robbie Penney of Fellows, Janie Olafson of San Angelo Texas, and Mike and Robbie of Bakersfield California. Her Grandchildren Tami and Gene Jones of Taft California, Vicki and Frank Buck of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Staff Sgt. Robert Alan and Sylvia Olafson of Ft. Rucker Alabama. Michael Penney of Olympia Washington; and Cindy and Louie Yrigollen of Arroyo Grande California. Her great grandchildren Tiffani, Matthew, and Zackary Jones, Ryan, Stacey, Jessica, and Johnathan Buck, Kevin, Katie R.J., Jessica, and Stephen Olafson, Christopher, Cody, Brandon, and Michael Penney, Johnathan and Ellison Yrigollen.

Many other loved family members and treasured friends. Friends may pay their respect on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.    
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Robert Penney "Bob"
August 30, 1920 - October 8, 2006



Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 at Westside District Cemetery for long time Fellows resident Robert "Bob" Penney, who passed away on October 8th in Bakersfield.

Bob was born in Ray, Arizona on August 30, 1920 to his parents Carl H. Penney Sr. and Etta Mae Penney. In 1923 he traveled with his mother and siblings by train to Fellows, California to join his father who was employed in the oil fields. He resided with his parents in Fellows until 1940 when he married his wife of 61 years, Jerry Penney. Bob retired from Mobil Oil, Belridge, where he was roustabout Foreman for 35 years. In 1971 Bob and his wife purchased the Fellows Hotel and Bar where they made many life long friendships during their ownership.

Bob had quite a green thumb and enjoyed growing plants in his greenhouse and a garden of various vegetables. He braided horse halters and loved his horses. Bob grew a beard every fall and was known in town as Santa Clause. One of his favorite things was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob was a loving husband, father, and papaw to his grandchilden, great grandchildren and many friends.

His survivors include his children Robbie Penney of Taft, Ca., Janie and Jim Olafson of San Angelo, Texas, and Mike and Robbie Penney of Bakersfield, California. His grandchildren Tami and Gene Jones of Taft, California, Vicki and Frank Buck of Lawrenceville, Georgia, SFC Robert Alan and Sylvia Olafson of Ft. Rucker, Alabama, Michael and JoAnna Penney of Olympia, Washington,and Cindy and Louie Yrigollen of Arroyo Grande, California, great grandchildren, Tiffani, Matthew and Zackary Jones, and Stacey, Jessica and Jonathan Buck, Kenan, Katie, and Robert Alan 2nd, Olafson, Jessica and Stephen Syfrett, Christopher, Cody, Brandon, and Michael Penney, Chrisma and Rugan Lawler, and Jonathan and Allison Yrigollen, as well as many family members and treasured friends.

Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the staff of Optimal Hospice, Emmanuel, Parkview Real Convalescent Hospital and Samaritan's assisted living for all the love, care and support.

The arrangements are under the direction of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Gene L. Penrose
February 14, 1946 - September 18, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. for area native, Gene L. Penrose, 56.

Mr. Penrose was born in Indio on February 14, 1946 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on September 12, 2002. He was raised in Bakersfield and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1965. Mr. Penrose served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. He was self-employed as a contractor for over 36 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nadine Sparks. Mr. Penrose is survived by his father, Leslie A. "Shorty" Penrose and his step-mother, Bonita F. Lewis of Maricopa; his brothers, Dean and Lee Sparks of Oregon and Alaska; his daughter, Terra "Teddy" Penrose of Northern California; his son, Dusty Penrose and Fiance, Vanessa Lopez of Maricopa; their mother, June Dunhill of Maricopa; his son, Chase Down Penrose of Bakersfield; his step-daughter, Trisha A. Richmond of Washington; their mother, Tinker of Bakersfield; his sweetheart and bride-to-be, Nina Nordick of Bakersfield; his business partner and longtime friend, Scott Phillips of Bakersfield; his brother-in-law, Bill Lewis and his wife, Diana and her daughter, Jahna S. Lewis of Valley Acres; and his grandson, Nikki Lee Penrose of Northern California.

Visitation hours will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Leslie "Shorty" A. Penrose
January 26, 1921 - February 24, 2005



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. for Maricopa resident Leslie A. Penrose, 84.

Mr. Penrose was born at Relief Hill, in Northern California on January 26, 1921 and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on February 24, 2005. He was one of 15 children born to James and Sarah Penrose. He attended Florin Elementary and Elk Grove High School near Sacramento, California. Mr. Penrose served in the Asiatic and American theaters on a floating dry dock and as an electrician on a Carrier and Destroyer Escort. His WWII service ended in 1945 with an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy. He owned and operated a service station in Maricopa, in the late 60's. Later he worked as an auto mechanic for the Ford garage, at Taft Motor Center, and Jack's Auto Shop.

Leslie was preceded in death by four brothers, five sisters, and his son, Gene L. Penrose. Mr. Penrose is survived by his brothers, Wendle of Grass Valley, Harold and his wife Faye of South Sacramento, Bennie of South Sacramento, Emery and his wife Singrid of Fair Oaks, and his sister Della, of West Sacramento; his wife, Bonita F. Lewis of Maricopa, his step-daughter June Dunhill and her husband, Dave of Arizona; his stepson Bill Lewis and and wife Diana of Valley Acres; his grandchildren, Terra "Teddy" Penrose of Northern California; Dusty and Vanessa Penrose of Arizona; Mike Dunhill and Audra Stockton of Arizona; Stella and Corey Chasten of Bakersfield; Jahna Lewis of Taft; Chase Penrose of Arizona; Cody Dunhill of Arizona; his great grandchildren Nikki, Emery, and Skyla.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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William Thomas Peoples
January 6, 1935 - January 13, 2009



On the early evening of Tuesday, January 13, 2009 art 6:44 p.m. we lost a cheished soul, William Thomas Peoples. Born January 6, 1935 in Eskridge, Kansas. He was 74 years old.

He was an accomplished craftsmen, traveling to many different countries with the United States Coast Guard, then with his job as a construction member for many years. He had a love of racing and football, as well as reading and anything in the pursuit of knowledge.

He is survived by his sitser, Terri Kemen and her family. His three children Mike, Karen and Lori. His four grandchildren Jeremy, Chris, Jessica and Brandy and their families. Three great grandchildren Linda, Jeremy and Cassandra. Along with a host of loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Paiks, 200 Kern St., Taft, California 93268. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to a charity of your choice.

Tom will be greatly missed by all, he was very loved by those who knew him and will always be in our hearts.
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Annie Marie Perez
July 5, 1924 - June 1, 2012



Annie Marie Perez was born July 5, 1924 in Bakerfield, California. She passed away quietly at her home in Bakersfield with her children by her side.

Annie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years Alex Perez. She was the eldest of seven children, and spent most of her youth living on a farm located near Stockdale Hwy. and Stine Road, which her father managed. Later the family relocated to central Bakersfield where she met, fell in love and married the boy next door.

After WWII, she and her husband moved to Taft, California where be began work with Standard Oil Company. Eventually they were transferred to Antioch, California where he continued his work with Chevron. In 1984 they retired to their home in Bakersfield to be near family, and to do the traveling that they had always one day dreamed of doing.

Annie's life was devoted to her family. She had a "Green Thumb", and loved spending time gardening. She had a kind word and smile for everyone whom she came into contact with, her generosity, huge heart, and capacity for love knew no bounds. One of her great passions was the 1940's Big Band sound, but you would also find her listening and singing along to Buck Owens, Patsy Cline or Connie Francis songs.

Annie is survived by her three children and spouses, Diana Robbins (John), Michael Perez (Jan), and Deborah Enriquez (Joe). She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren; Christina Runyon and Ryan Robbins; Steven and Jeff Perez; Tawny and Joseph Enriquez; and six great grandchildren; Destrey and Carlye Runyon; Lily, Ryan, and Alex Robbins, and Joseph Enriquez.

Visitation is scheduled today from 5:00 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 8th, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.
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Daisy Ellen Dunlap Perkins
March 25, 1918 - January 23, 2003



Chapel services will be held at the West Side Family Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident Daisy Ellen Perkins.

Mrs. Perkins was born on March 25, 1918 in Breckenridge, Texas to Andrew and Mary Sanders and she entered into rest on January 23, 2003 in Bellevue, Washington at the age of 84. She moved to Taft in 1952 and was employed as a door-to-door Avon sales representative. In 1963 she was promoted to division manager for Avon and was relocated to Southern California to further her career. In 1984 she retired and moved back home to Taft. She was an active member of the Rebekah Lodge #343 and served as Grand Noble for 1 year. She is survived by her daughter, Judy Miller of Maple Valley, Washington, her son, Gerry Dunlap of San Jose, California, and 6 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her first husband of 53 years, James Carrol Dunlap in 1990, her son, retired Colonel Ralph Nealy Dunlap in 1999 and by her second husband, Robert Perkins in 2001.

Viewing will be held at the West Side Family Mortuary on Monday, January 27 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. for those who would like to come and pay their respects. In lieu of flowers, those that wish may donate to any Alzheimer’s Disease Association. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Robert E. Perkins
July 5, 1926 - December 3, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Robert E. Perkins, 75. Rev. David Daniel, pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Perkins was born in Temple, Oklahoma on July 5, 1926 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on December 3, 2001. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, serving from January of 1952 until December of 1953. He received the Army Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Metal. He moved to Shafter in 1935 and moved to Taft for good in 1954. He had been employed as a pumper for M.H. Whittier for many years. Perkins was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1998.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florine Perkins in October of 1996. His survivors include his second wife, Daisy Perkins of Taft; his sisters, Jewel Sherman and Louise Doshiel both of Shafter, his brother, G.W. Perkins of Bakersfield and numerous nephews and nieces.

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 service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Albert W. Perman Jr.
September 11, 1959 - August 13, 2007



Services are pending for Georgia resident, Albert W. Perman Jr., 47. The services are under the direction of the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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August Eugene Perry
January 21, 1924 - July 4, 2001



August E. (Gene) Perry, age 77, of Neodesha, Kansas died Wednesday, July 4, 2001 at his home in Neodesha, Kansas. Gene was born January 24, 1924 in Fredonia, Kansas to Frank Earl and Della Mae (Watson) Perry. Gene grew up in Fredonia and attended school in the Fredonia School System. On June 19, 1943 Gene entered the United States Army and served during World War II he was honorably discharged on January 4, 1946 at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He married Betty Kelley and she preceded him in death in 1956. On August 17, 1958 Gene married Anna L. Rowland in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gene worked for MEC until his retirement. Gene was a life member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife Anna of the home, his mother Mae Perry of Neodesha, Kansas two sons Michael Perry of Sacramento, California, and Thomas Perry of Taft, California; three daughters Shirley Erdahl, Sandy Smith of Porterville, California and Carol Brown on Vera Beach, Florida; three brothers Marty Perry of Springdale, Arkansas, Bobby Perry of Neodesha, Kansas, Joe Perry of Satsuma, Florida and four sisters, Evelyn Maxwell, Wilda Stackley and Betty Powell all of Fredonia, Kansas and Alice Mae of Neodesha, Kansas, eleven grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, first wife Betty and one son Daniel one grandson, one granddaughter and one brother David.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2001 at the Neodesha United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carl K. Ellis officiating burial will follow in the Neodesha Cemetery under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home. Visitation hours will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2001 and from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 8, 2001 with the family receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home. The family has suggested memorials to the Hospice Inc. of Coffeyville, Kansas and contributions may be left at the Loran Fawcett Funeral Home.
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Bernice E. "Bee" Perry
June 1, 1918 - January 6, 2007



Born in Burlingame, California to Edna Mae and Hugh Elliott, "Bee," as she was universally known, lived in several places in California before settling in Taft and attending Junior College there. She then enrolled at Fresno State University and graduated with a degree in art. In 1941, she met Clyde Perry and they were married early in 1942. Living in Taft, Los Angeles, and Bakersfield, they had three children and created a wonderful home environment of honesty, tolerance, and plenty of outdoor activity. In addition to bringing up three healthy children. Bee was an accompished jeweler, an avid golfer, and lontime member of the American Association of University Women. In her later years, she volunteered hundreds of hours of work at Cal State University in Bakersfield. During this period of her life, she also gave and received great pleasure teaching and sharing her devotion to knitting. She is survived by her loving children and grandchildren.
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David Jay Perry
December 13, 1949 - May 15, 2011



David Jay Perry a son, father, and friend, was born to Cader and Marion Perry (who have predeceased him in death) on December 13, 1949 and left this earth this past Sunday, May 15, 2011. He is now at peace in Harley Heaven.

Dave's passions in life were his family, work and lust for motorsports, fast cars and the thrill to be challenged at many things he enjoyed. He was at his best in the days of riding his Harley with his friends, the years working on top fuel drag boats and cars, snowmobiling from his cabin at Bear River, skydiving and anything challenging that would come his way. He never backed down from a bet that he could be beat.

Dave always lended a hand to anyone that needed him. If it was anything mechanical, you were broken down or had a classic car, you probably crossed his path. I don't think there was anything he could not fix. For those of you who knew him, he probably worked on your car, painted your bike or bought you a beer.

He lived a full and eventful life by going as far as to even be a milkman to feed his family. He never let them down. After 42 years as a heavy equipment mechanic, he retired to a peaceful place.

Preceding him in death were his brother, Donald, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968, and his son Donald, who passed away in 1991. Surviving family members include the love of his life, Venita; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Stacy and children, Nicholas and Nathan of Bakersfield; son and daughter-in-lawand future grandson, Ethan Jay, of Santa Cruz; sister, Debra Ekdahl and nephew, Jason Gorham of Taft; step-son, Louis Ermigarat of Creston; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. David is now riding somewhere in the clouds doing what he loved. He is dearly missed.

A memorial service and reception will be held for all interested in saying hello... and goodbye to him at the Moose Lodge, 205 1/2 North Tenth Street, Taft, California 93268 on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. The family would like to thank friends and family for all the help and support through these tough times. 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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Dean Perry
November 21, 1930 - September 6, 2011



Born in Maricopa, California to parents, Maurice and Lorita Clarke Perry, Dean passed away at his home in Maricopa and graduated in 1948. In his senior year, he was a proud member of the football team that beat Bakersfield High School for the County Championship.

He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the California Deer Association and a life member of the Taft Sportsmen's Club. He loved the outdoors, teaching the family the joys of hunting and fishing. At a young age he started his working career with Midway Electric Company in Taft then with Richfield Oil Company (ARCO) in Cuyama until his retirement.

He met his soul mate, Juanita Ratliff, at a Saturday night dance in Taft and they were married in 1949. Their union lasted 63 years.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Randy Dean Perry; and his sister, Joanne Walker. He is survived by his wife, Juanita; their son and his wife, Jim and Carolyn; daughter and her husband, Becky and Ward; his sister, Joyce Stockton; his grandchildren, Jamie Frye and her husband, Danny, Mike Perry and his wife, Debbie ,Kimberly Perry, Denise Todd, Leslie Wilmer and her husband, Dave, Jimmy Norris and his wife, Amber. He is also blessed with 10 great grandchildren, Austin and Brendon Frye, Todd, P. J. Holder and Chelsi Perry, Kelsey, Jeremy Wilmer and Alexis Bierer, Hunter Perry and Randi Todd; and three great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel today, Friday September 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Mrs. Geraldine "Gerry"Ardys Pesante-Maize
May 15, 1929 - May 29, 2009



Mrs. Geraldine "Gerry" Pasante-Maize, age 79. Passed away May 29, 2009. Resident of Napomo, California. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com.
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Donald Milton Peter, Jr.
October 18, 1945 - December 24, 2011



Don passed away Saturday December 24, 2011 at his home in Bakersfield, California after a courageous five month battle with melanoma cancer. He was born on October 19, 1945 in Taft, California to Donald Milton Peter, Senior and Margaret Peter.

He attended local schools within the Kern County District, residing in Taft and Bakersfield. In 1962 he enlisted with the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Klondike during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1966 and remained active duty with the reserves until 1968, after his service Don worked and remained in Kern County. Don went to work for Chevron in 1981 as a gas plant operator in McKittrick, California. During his career with Chevron, Don held many positions, licensed crane operator, mechanical service repair, and compressor mechanic. It was very well known. "if it was broke Don could fix it". Don developed many close friendships during his 25 years of employment with Chevron and they continued after his retirement in 2007.

Don's passion in life was riding his Harley. He was a HOG "Life Member"where he met many people who understood and shared his love of being on the road."A good long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith, and use up a lot of fuel", author unknown.

Don is survived by his wife Brenda Otts Peter, daughters, Teresa Peter, Lisa Fenton (husband John), Andrea Peter, sister Toni Peter Carlson, step children Stacey Otts and Darin Otts, step sisters Vicky Stewart and Pat Soles friends who through the years became his family. Don was preceded in death by his father Donald Milton Peter, Sr., mother Margaret Barksdale, grandparents Clyde and Bessie Peter, Ruby (Granny) Houts, nephew Brian Patrick Noland.

Services will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, California on Thursday January 5th at 10:45 a.m. A celebration of Don's life will be held after the service. Location and information will be announced. The family would like to give special thanks to all Don's nurses from Optimal Hospice for the sincere care they provided him. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions can be made to Optimal Hospice in Don's memory.
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Pauline Gault Peter
February 20, 1930 - November 23, 2008



Pauline went to be with her heavenly family on Sunday November 23, 2008. She was born Pauline Gault on February 20, 1930 along with her sister, Josephine, to Ruth and Finis Gault in Taft, California.

Pauline lived most of her life in Taft, moving to Bakersfield in 1990. She attended all local schools, graduating from Taft Union High School in 1948. She marrid Wesley Stewart of Taft that year. They had three children, Allene Patricia, Vicky Irene and Richard Wayne. In 1972 she married Donald M. Peter whom she loved and cherished. The shared their 36th wedding anniversary on November 15. Pauline was an experienced seamstress and loved to knit, crochet, do ceramics and crafts. She loved to go to Pismo Beach where she would ride the dunes on the her three-wheeler. She also loved all the pansies and sweet peas her husband would plant at their home. She was a 43 year member of Security Chapter #426 Order of Eastern Star.

Pauline was preceded in death by Wesley Stewart; parents, Ruth and Finis Gault; brother, Billy Wayne Gault; sister, Josephine Ellebracht daughter-in-law, Mary McKay-Stewart; and grandson, Brian Noland. She is survived by her husband, Don; daughters, Patricia and husband, Donnie Soles, Vicky Stewart and Toni Carlson; sons, Richard Stewart, Don Peter, Jr.; grandchildren, John Artz, Michelle Long, Wesley Soles and wife, Patti, Chris Soles and wife, Chrissy, Teresa Peter, Lisa Fenton and husband, John and Andrea Jacobson and husband, Tommy; 11 great-grandchildren; her dear sister-in-law, Betty O'Brien; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Californian Care Center and Optimal Hospice for all their care and support of Pauline. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sarah Alice Peters
March 16, 1902 - January 7, 2004



Funeral services are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for Bakersfield resident Sarah Alice Peters. Sarah was born on March 16, 1902 in Iowa and she passed away on January 7, 2004 in Bakersfield at the age of 101 years old.

All funeral services are under the care of direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Terry Hilton Peters
December 19, 1950 - June18, 2002



Born December 19, 1950 in Las Vegas, Nevada and resident of Kern County since 1977, Terry passed away June 18, 2002 from an unfortunate horse accident.

Terry served three tours of military service as a Navy Seabee in Vietnam. He was a member of the local IBEW Electrical Contractors Union for numerous years, as an avid rodeo enthusiast, Terry was a member of the Kern County Reserves Sheriff's Rodeo Committee, volunteering many hours. Terry was also musically inclined, having played guitar with famous artists like Johnny Cash and Johnny Paycheck.

Terry was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Fonza; son, Joshua and wife Jennifer Peters; daughter, Carmen and husband Mike Wood; grandchildren, Fallon, Carson, and Cheyenne; brothers, Woney and Louis Peters and many friends.

Graveside services will be performed on Friday, June 21, 2002 at 2:30 p.m. at the Greenlawn Mortuary (off Panorama). Reception will follow the graveside service at the Peter's residence. In lieu of flowers, please bring cacti for Terry's cactus garden.
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Einar (Pete) Peterson, 96
November 1, 1905 - April 27, 2002



Memorial services for Einar and Ruth Peterson will be held at Dominics, at Poplar Creek Golf course in San Mateo, California, May 18, 2002, 11:30 a.m.

Pete was born in Chicago, Illinois, November 1, 1905; and passed away in Bakersfield, California April 27, 2002 at the age of 96.

Pete was preceded in death in 1998 by his loving wife of 65 years Ruth. He leaves one sister, Luella Sears of Patterson, California, two daughters Charlotte McNay of Foster City, California, and Patricia Jones and husband Christopher of Taft, California. Grandchildren Cynthia Ryan and husband John of Camdenton, Missouri, Aron Jones and wife Diane of Taft, California, and David Jones of Mr. View, California. Great grandchildren Matthew and Megan Green and Jeremy Ryan of Camdenton, Missouri. Many nieces and nephews.

Pete grew up on a farm in Patterson, California with five sisters and one brother. At the age of 23 Pete became at Merchant Marine. After a short time of service he returned to San Mateo. He began working for the San Mateo Fire Department in 1928 as a firefighter and mechanic repairing the fire engines. In 1950 Pete was promoted to the newly formed Department of Supply and Maintenance as master Mechanic for the city of San Mateo. He continued as a member of the Fire Department, and was called out on second and third alarm fires until he retired in 1968 with fourty years of service.

After retirement Pete and Ruth moved to Paradise, California, where they resided for thirty years and were active in many community organizations. Pete and Ruth were truly loved by all whose lives they touched, through all of the many family gatherings and the thirty wonderful years of their retirement.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers Memorial contributions to your preferred charity. Arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Mortuary, Taft, California
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Orpha L. Peterson
September 30, 1911 - December 29, 2002



Funeral services will be held at a later date in Arlington, South Dakota for Taft resident Orpha L. Peterson. Mrs. Peterson passed away in Fresno on December 29, 2002 at the age of 91. Orpha was born in South Dakota on September 30, 1911 to Bende and Gunda Austad.

She is survived by her daughter Dorothy Bryant of Fresno, California and by many other family members in the South Dakota area.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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David George Pett, 83
August 8, 1914 - September 1, 1997



Services will be held on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Chapel for long time Taftian, David George Pett, 83. Dave passed away at his home on September 1, 1997. He was born in Waterloo, Iowa, August 8, 1914, the eighth child of Alfred James and Rose Emma Pett.

His mother moved the family to Taft in 1926 after the death of his father. Dave graduated from Garfiled High School in Los Angeles and returned to Taft to attend Taft Colege. He became one of the first out-of-area football/track athletes to compete for Taft College. The TC Cougars won Central California Championships in 1993 and 1934 after which Dave was heavily recruited to play football for several major four year colleges in Califonria. He chose to attend Fresno State and in 1935 played a major role in their League Championship season.

June 13, 1937, Dave married native Taftian, Vera Rush. They shared 60 years together, making Taft their permanent residence of over 50 years. He also boasted over 50 years of membership in the benevolent protective order of the Elks, serving as Boy Scout leader for Troop #52, sponsored by the Elks.

Dave was preceded in death this year by his sisters Lettie Morrasy and Dolly Nichols. Survivors include his wife, Vera, of Taft; his sister, Rose Hull of Seattle, Washington; his three children and their spouses; David and Nancy Pett of Decatur, Alabama, Jim and Lyn Pett of King City, and Dale and Patti Pett Brown of Taft; his grandchildren: Dena Pett, Michael Pett, Julie Crone, Melanie Burton, Lisa Morinini, Chad Brown and Jayme Brown; his great grandchildren: J. T., Alec, Carson Burton, and Cameron Crone. Other survivors include his brother-in-law, Don Rush, and his wife, Marjorie; his sister-in-law, Mildred Lobley, and her husband, Bill; his brother-in-law, Lloyd Shipman, and his wife, Berniece; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Reverend David Daniel, pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, and members of the Taft ELks Lodge #1527 B.P.O.E., will officiate at the services. Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11;00 a.m. to pay their respects. Donations may be made in Mr. Pett's name to Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine Road, Bakersfield.
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Dorothy Mae Pfeifer
May 15, 1926 - December 20, 2013



Dorothy Mae (Gill) Pfeifer was born May 15, 1926 in Bakersfield, California to Douglas and Zelma (Goodman) Gill. Dorothy attended Standard Elementary School before the family moved to Taft. She graduated from Taft Elementary School in 1940. Back in Bakersfield, she graduated from Kern County Union High School in 1944. She was a stellar student, active in the National Forensic League, Treasurer of her senior class and member of the Valkyries.

She met Army air cadet Stephen Pfeifer, Jr. at Minter Field U.S.O. dance. They married September 14, 1944. While Steve flew in the Pacific Theater, Dorothy gave birth to their first son. Upon his return, they settled their growing family in Bakersfield and became founding members of OLPH Catholic Church. It was there that Dorothy led the Woman's Alter Society and then became the first president of The Women's Guild. Her efforts in a committee established the Cabrini League which then started the Mercy Homemaker Program for low income families. Her continued commitment to health care for seniors became her life's focus as she worked as an Activities Director in health care facilities until 2008. An avid Bridge player, she owned a professional Bridge Club in Bakersfield. Even in her 80's she challenged master minds on line across the globe.

Dorothy passed quietly at home December 20, 2013. She touched many lives. No one went without a coat or new school clothes or a meal if Dorothy was around. We well miss her unconditional faith. The strength of the beliefs and stubborn will to rival the greatest of Generals.

Survived by: Children, Stephen III (Angie Fiore), Richard (Judy MIner) and Marianne Pfeifer. Brother, Douglas Gill. Grandchildren, Jeff, KayCee, Toni, Angie and Brian. Great grandchildren, Austin, Connor, Braedyn, Bennett, Cody, Josh, Eddie, Helen, Tianna, and many adoring nieces, nephews and godchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy's memory can be made to the OLPH School Foundation, 124 Columbus St., Bakersfield, California 93306. Services will be held January 11th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 124 Columbus Street, at 10:30. Celebration of Life to Follow.
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Rowena Blanch Phelps
June 4, 1932 - December 4, 2003



Funeral services will be held in Oklahoma for Bakersfield resident, Rowena Blanch Phelps. Rowena was born on June 4, 1932 in Oklahoma to William and Bonnie Elkins and she passed away from this life on December 4, 2003 in Bakersfield at the age of 71.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted through West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Barbara L. Phillips
May 3, 1944 - December 24, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft native, Barbara Louise Philips, 58. Pastor Mike Harrell of the First United Methodist Church will officiate at the service.

She was born Barbara Louise Lemley on May 3, 1944 in Taft and passed away on December 24, 2002 at her Taft home. She spent her early years in Cuyama and Oklahoma. Barbara returned to Taft in 1962 and attended Taft College. After graduation she started work at the West Kern Water District, where she remained for 39 years. Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, Robert D. Phillips; her two sons, Jared Phillips and his wife, Holly and Jason Phillips all of Taft; her sisters, Betty Jett of Redding and Bobbie Moore of Taft; her brothers, John Lemley and his wife, Janice of Bakersfield, Jim Lemley and his wife, Charlene and Joe Lemley all of Oklahoma; her many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations by made to the American Diabetes Association on Barbara's behalf. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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David "Super Dave" Phillips
March 4, 1958 - July 15, 2011



David was born on March 4, 1958 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and passed away July 5, 2011 in Grapevine, Arizona in a vehicle accident.

He served in the Army as Military Police stationed in Germany from 1976 to 1979. He then moved to Taft, California where he was blessed with the birth of this daughter Jamie in 1985. In December of 1992 he married his best friend Kimberly, and became the best Dad who could ever be to Laci and Bradley. In 1994 Dave and Kim completed their family with the birth of their youngest daughter Brandi.

Dave worked for Santa Fe Energy Resources as a purchasing agent for several years until 1994 when they moved to Arkansas and fell in love with the town and people of Sheridan. In 2002 Dave became the owner of the Tin Top Skating Rink in Sheridan and finally discovered what he wanted to be when he grew up--a big kid, and realized his life long calling of working with kids. He tried to teach them all they could make a difference, all they had to do was "Be the Hero," it was the kids that he mentored at the skating rink that nicknamed him "Super-Dave".

In 2009 Dave was blessed with his first grandchild, quickly followed by two more over the next 10 months at which time he discovered his greatest role being the best B-Pop there ever was.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marquerite Phillips. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Claude and Nancy Phillips, his brother and sister-in-law Hal and Patrice Phillips, his sister and brother-in-law Teresa and Robert Chau, his wife Kimberly, Daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Mason Montoya, Daughter and son-in-law Laci and Kevin Griffin, Son Bradley Phillips, Daughter Brandi Phillips, 3.95 grandchildren, nieces, and nephews and so many loving friends.

A memorial was held at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Sheridan, Arkansas and a celebration party was held at Tin Top Skating Rink on Sunday July 10th. An online guestbook can be signed with any story about Dave you would like to share with family at www.memorialgardenssheridan.com
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Lary A. Phillips
April 15, 1945 - July 14, 2012



Lary A. Phillips, 67, of Rocky Ford, Colorado passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in Conway, Arkansas while visiting family, he was born on Sunday, April 15, 1945 in Holland, Arkansas to Ardell (Shock) Phillips and the late Edgar Phillips. He was raised in Maricopa, California.

Mr. Phillips was a loving father and grandfather. He spent thirty-five years in law enforcement, serving in California and Colorado. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force and spent a year and a half in Greece. He worked for Otero County Road and Bridge for the last three years.

He is survived by his wife, B J (Bellew) Phillips; son, Michael Phillips (Brooke) of Colorado Springs; daughter, Kathy McClauskey of Colorado Springs; step daughter, Christie Harris of Celina, Texas; four grandchildren, Colin Phillips, Carter Phillips, Emersyn Phillips, and Kierra McClouskey; two step nieces; nephews; and other extended family.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway. Services will be held at a later date in Rocky Ford, Colorado. Local Services will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Ford-Usick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Dell officiating. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Rocky Ford. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ford-Ustick Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.fordustick.com.
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Lillian Elizabeth Phillips
February 27, 1919 - October 26, 2009



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. for Lillian E. Phillips, 90. Mrs. Phillips was born in Walsenberg, Colorado on February 27, 1919 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 26, 2009. She worked as a cook for many years at the 11-C Cookhouse and the Snow White Drive-in.

Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by her husband John Phillips; her daughter, Louella Adams; grandson Duane Arrington; and by her siblings, Dorothy Clouser, Erma Tennant, Harold Harriman, and Lloyd Harriman. She is survived by her children, Betty Waldie of Bakersfield, Annalee Ferguson of Taft, Don and Darlyne Sedwick of Taft, and Jerry and Ruth Brock of Bakersfield with whom she shared her life since her husband passed away about 20 years ago; her sister-in-law, Ann Harriman of Palm Desert; her nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and four great - great grandchildren; and by her fourteen nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lyle

Lyle Oliver Phillips, 47
March 15, 1953 - March 1, 2001



Lyle Oliver Phillips

Bubby, was born March 15, 1953 in Northern California, passed away March 1, 2001 after a long valiant fight with pneumonia.

Bubby, a long time resident of Fellows, California, attended school at Taft Regional Center. He loved country western music, bowling, and playing ball. He won many trophies and ribbons in both sports.

Survivors include his brother Larry Hillan and wife Nadine of Fellows, brother Dwaine Hillan of Taft and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Bubby will be missed by his many friends and relatives, but we all know he is in a much better place.

Viewing will be Sunday March 4, 2001 at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. graveside services at Westside Cemetery, Monday March 5, 2001 at 10:00 a.m.
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Myrtle Phillips, 81
September 18, 1914 - March 11, 1996



Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident Myrtle Phillips, 81. Greg Brooks of the First aptist Church will officiate.

Mrs.Phillips was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on September 18, 1914 and passed away March 11, 1996 in a Bakersfield hospital. She moved to Texarkana, Arkansas where she met and married Melvin Phillips on August 4, 1934. She was a Sunday School teacher and youth director at Trinity Baptist Church in Texarkana. She worked many years as a make-up consultant for Belk Jones until her retirement in 1978. Myrtle and Melvin moved to Taft in March 1978. Mrs. Phillips was a member of Taft Southern Baptist Church. She enjoyed being with her daughter and son-in-law and children.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Melvin Phillips, on August 25, 1987. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Foster of Taft; her grandchildren, Randy Bright of Nevada, Tracy and Belinda Bright of Derby Acres, and Barbara and Butch Hacker of Taft; 10 great grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Friends may cal at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Harry Ernest Phoenix
June 21, 1891 - October 6, 1985



No funeral services for Harry Ernest Phoenix, 94, who passed October 6, 1985. Mr. Phoenix was born in Arroyo Grande, California, and lived his entire life in California. He was one of twelve children. In 1919 he founded Oilfields Trucking Company in Taft, California and moved the main office to Bakersfield in 1936 where the Administrative Office remains today. Oilfields Trucking Company today operates trucks out of Las Vegas, Nevada and Carson, California.

Mr. Phoenix was a life member of the Elks Lodge #266, a member of the Johathan Club of Los Angeles since 1931, a member of the Golden Jubliee Club of California Trucking Association and was a founder of Transpot Indemnity Company. He was an Army veteran of World War I.

He is survived by his widow Vada David Phoenix; son, Harry E. Phoenix II; grandson, Harry E. Phoenix III; granddaughter, Rachael K. Phoenix; daughter-in-law, Victoria, all of Bakersfield; sister, Dorothy Phelan of Arroyo Grande; many nieces and nephews and dedicated employees.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity. Centurian Memorial Society.
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Claude W. Pierce
November 14, 1907 - October 31, 1995



Private family services will be held for Claude W. Pierce, who passed away in Bakersfield on October 31, 1995. Claude was born November 14, 1907 in Vader, Washington and had resided in Bakersfield for 33 years. He was employed by Mobil Oil Company as a petroleum engineer for 40 years. Family and friends remember Claude as a generous and loving man, always ready to lend a hand.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years Ellie; son Warren Pierce, daughter Carol and husband Sidney Croft; daughter Karen and husband Irvin Pike; grandchildren Vance, Cindy, Kristen, Warren, Jay, Ezra and Gabriel; great grandson Shade-Michael and brother Walter Pierce.

Contributions may be made in memory of Claude to the National Parkinsons Foundation.
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Leslie Pierce
July 28, 1925 - January 4, 2009



Leslie was born in Oklahoma on July 28, 1925 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 4, 2009.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Shelia Ann Pierce, Leslie is survived by his wife of 24 years, Carrie Lee Pierce of Derby Acres; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sisters and brothers, and a host of friends .
At Leslie's request there will be no services and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Shirley Pierce
September 3, 1952 - February 27, 2011



Shirley Pierce born September 3, 1952 passed away February 27, 2011. She left behind her husband Bill Pierce, son Joshua Loofbourron and daughter Kellee Reid, 5 grandsons and one on the way.

Shirley was a very happy person, always smiling and laughing. She loved to be center of attention. Shirley was a very positive person, she always said if you want to be a happy person you've got to do it yourself.

Shirley is going to be greatly missed. There is going to be a memorial potluck at 630 Kern St. Calvary Temple, Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. friends and family welcome.
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Emma Pierson
1883 - January 14, 1924



Mrs. Emma T. Pierson, aged 41 years, wife of F.F. Pierson of this city passed away Saturday at a local hospital from acute heart trouble. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father, John Brennan, and other relatives living in the state. The remains were shipped to Los Angeles, where funeral services will be held and interment take place. The Taft Undertaking Company was in charge of the arrangements.
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Andrew Alexander Pietrzak
December 24, 2007 - December 24, 2007



Our beautiful angel went to be with his Lord and his Mamaw on December 24, 2007. Andrew was born to Belinda Pietrzak of Dustin Acres. He is also survived by his grandparents, Pete and Carl Pietrzak of Dustin Acres; his uncles, Jerry, Kevin and Darryl Pietrzak; his aunt, Renee Barron; his cousins, Adrian, Isaiah and Sebastian Barron; and his great grandfather, Russell Kaderly of Bodfish.
A memorial service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. There are no visitation hours and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Cari L. Pietrzak
July 9, 1962 - February 5, 2012



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for Dustin Acres resident, Cari Lynn Pietrzak, 49. Rev. Trent Meadors, pastor of Taft First Assembly of God, will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Pietrzak was born in Santa Monica on July 9, 1962 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 5, 2012, after a short illness. She moved to Dustin Acres 11 years ago. She enjoyed magazine shopping, especially shopping out of, The Lighter Side.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Judith Necessary: her step-father, Bill McArthur; and her grandson, Andrew Alexander Pietrzak. Her survivors include her husband, Peter Pietrzak;her sons, Jerry, Kevin and Darryl Pietrzak; her daughters, Renee Riley and Belinda Pietrzak; her father, Russell Kaderly; her brothers John and Carl Kaderly; and her grandchildren, Adrian, Isaiah, Sebastian, Wyatt, Tristan, Ella and Tommy. Mrs. Pietrzak will be remembered as a woman who truly was a loving mother and grandmother and a very giving person.

No visitation hours are scheduled. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Paul Gray Pilgrim
February 18, 1917 - December 15, 1995



A memorial service will be held at the Shafter Cemetery on Wednesday, December 20th at 1:00 p.m. for Paul Pilgrim.

Survivors include his wife Maxine; daughter LaRae; grandsons Bradley Mitchel and Paul Damon; granddaughter Alison and four great grandchildren.

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

Peters Funeral Home, Shafter, California
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Patricia Sue Pilkington
December 4, 1940 - April 21, 2012



Patricia Sue Pilkington was born in Fullerton on December 4, 1940 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 21, 2012. She was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. She had been employed by Texaco Oil Company as an office manager.

Mrs. Pilkington is survived by her son, Thomas Pilkington; her brother, Glenn Houghton; her sister, Anna Watson all of Taft and by her two grandsons, Chad and Cody Pilkington.

At her request there will be no visitation or funeral service and private of funeral service and private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Fred C. Pinkley
May 6, 1913 - January 19, 2009



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Fred C. Pinkley, 95. Pastor Rick Wilkerson of the Taft, Church of God will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. Mr. Pinkley was born in Green Forest, Arkansas on May 6, 1913 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 19, 2009.

Mr. Pinkley had een employed as a house painter for over 40 years and was a member of the Taft Church of God. Mr. Pinkley enjoyed gardening and planted a "good size" garden every years.

He preceded in death by his wife of 76 years, Mary L. Pinkley, in November of 2006. His survivors include his five sons, Ray L. Pinkley of Taft, Carl J. Pinkley of Santa Ana, Charles R. Pinkley of Oceano, Jerry R. Pinkley of Oroville, and Troy J. Pinkley of Bakersfield; his daughter, Lucille Block of Ringling, Oklahoma; his 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary L. Pinkley
January 21, 1915 - November 14, 2006



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Mary L. Pinkley, 91. Pastor Rick Wilkerson of the Taft Church of God will officiate and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Pinkley was born in Green Forest, Arkansas on January 21, 1915 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on November 14, 2006. The Pinkleys have lived in Taft for the last 30 years and are members of the Taft Church of God. Mrs. Pinkley was a loving wife and mother and will be remembered by many as the best cobbler baker in town.

Mrs. Pinkley was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two sisters and a son. Her survivors include her husband of 76 years, Fred C. Pinkley, a retired minister; her five sons, Ray L. Pinkley of Taft, Carl J. Pinkley of Santa Ana, Charles R. Pinkley of Oceano, Jerry R. Pinkley of Oroville and Troy J. Pinkley of Bakersfield; her daughter, Lucille Block of Ringling, Oklahoma; her 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sue Pitcock
June 27, 1941 - June 6, 2009



A celebration of life and a time of sharing the life long memories of Sue Pitcock will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 101 Adams Street, Taft. Mrs. Pitcock was born in Waynesville, Missouri on June 27, 1941 and passed away at her home on June 6, 2009.

She first lived in Taft from 1955 to 1965 and returned to make her home in Taft in 1980. Mrs. Pitcock had been a longtime employee at Hallmart Foods and at True Value Hardware. She enjoyed gardening and truly loved her roses.

Mrs. Pitcock was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Buelah Beals and by her sister, Anna Geneva Beals. Her survivors include her children, Gary L. Snoddy, Jr., and Penny S. Allen both of Taft and Michael Pitcock and his wife, Dawn in Turlock; her grandsons, Michael, Andrew and Brian Pitcock all of Turlock; her brother, Tommy Beals and her sister, Cathy Johnson and JoDonna Trowler all of Missouri.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Sandra Kay Pittman
November 7, 1953 – April 23, 2003



A memorial service to celebrate the life on Sandra Kay Pittman will be held on Monday, April 28, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Coronado Baptist Church in Bakersfield.

Sandra Pittman was born on November 7, 1953 in Santa Paula, California and she passed away on April 23, 2003 at the age of 49.

Survivors include the love of her life Michael Pittman, children Steve Core, Michael Pittman and Candi Hines, mother Verla Dingman, brothers, Max and Gary Dingham, sisters Leah Dingman and Debra Gibson and by her 6 grandchildren, Athena, Brandon, Zachary, Brittney, Ashlan and Alison.

All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Richard David Plaugher Sr., 64
October 3, 1938 - December 13, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cememtery for Taft native, Richard David Plaugher Sr., 64.

Mr. Plaugher was born October 3, 1938 in Taft and passed away in Taft on December 13, 2002. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1956. He was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1431.

Mr. Plaugher is survived by his loving wife, Linda Plaugher; his sisters, Rita Hamilton and Lita Hill; his daughter, Tammy Lynn Eula; his sons, Richard David Plaugher Jr. and Ryan Jacob Plaugher; and by his nine grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. His memory lives on in all our hearts.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Richard "Ricky" David Plaugher
February 12, 1963 - June 12, 2009



Richard "Ricky" David Plaugher, Jr., 45, resiednt of Klamath Falls, Oregon, died on Friday, June 12, 2009 after losing his battle with kidney cancer. He was born in Taft, California on February 12, 1963.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Plaugher of Klamath Falls, Oregon; his daughter Miranda Kristen Plaugher of Bakersfield, California, his stepchildren Lee, John, Faith & William Gillum of Klamath Falls, Oregon and 2 grandchildren. His mother, Darlene Marie "Beard" Warren & stepfather Donald Edward Warren, both of Sonora, California and father Richard David Plaugher, Sr., his sister Tammy Lynn "Plaugher" and husband Lance McVey of Sonora, California and brother Ryan Jacob & wife Tammie Plaugher of Cuyama, California.

His father Richard David Plaugher, Jr. predeceased Richard.

The family held a quiet memorial service for Richard on Sunday, June 14, 2009 in Klamath Falls, Oregon and will have a private scattering of ashes at a future date.

All arrangements were made through Davenports in Kalmath Falls, Oregon. The family is asking that donations be sent to the family at 601 N. 11th Avenue, Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601.
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Andrew (Mack) C. Poe
January 4, 1936 - February 6, 2014



Rebel By Trade, Teacher At Heart

Andrew (Mack) C. Poe, 78,

Born January 4, 1936 in Taft, California died February 6, 2014 in Atascadero, California.

The evolution of the combustion engine seems to epitomize the life of Andy... no brakes required and sometimes disguised behind the pages of a good book. A single cylinder at the start on January 4, 1936, his childhood took him from California to Tennessee and then back to the Central Coast of California. Now everyone knows during the phases of research and development one needs to maximize the capabilities realizing the product limits before you can release it to the public. Andy was no exception and took that theory to heart through 1954. What better way to hone the motor than on the white water rapids of Kern River__________ body surfing of course. While hydro-electric power is all the rage currently, Andy realized the hydro portion only works when the river is running so the need to keep things moving, testing the motor required more extensive operation: put that thing in some form of cage. And he did... repeatedly and progressively: from dune buggies testing his ability to operate while climbing the oil derricks, rolling cars and leading the charge in destruction derbies. This period was not only the bulk of development, but the path to adding more cylinders and learning key life lessons. The"Greats" of our time call this ingenuity. Andy learned early running a combustion motor requires gas and what better place to acquire the nectar of the Gods. Than your "buddies" cars or all that superfluous lying around the oilfields; eyebrows, cigarettes and gasoline don't generally go together; and his exploits of acquiring others additional excess would someday create the term environmentalist.

In 1954, Andy's talents as a singer, actor, musician, athlete and all-around rebel wooed the heart of one Jeanne Kathryn Russell. His single engine motor now had two cylinders-- the period of refinement. Andy attended California State Polytechnic University graduating with a BS in Arts and Sciences in 1960, received a specialization in Elementary Teaching in 1966 and began teaching in Paso Robles in 1967. He also served his country from 1954 to 1961 in the Navy Reserves. Mom and Dad Russell were not happy at first with Jeanne's choice to climb on board Andy's motorcycle in shorts and flip-flops putting Veterinary School on hold, but Jean saw more than the rough exterior. She saw that spirit smile and honesty. Shortly after, a third "Andy" forth "Bill" fifth "Tami" cylinder were added to the motor. With all five cylinders firing and the motor humming along they had a miss-fire; went back to the drawing board; and the final sixth cylinder "Elizabeth" was added to make this one of the most reliable motors designed.This is where Andy's prowess as an educator shined and shines today.

Andy is a teacher at heart. If the 30 plus years in the classroom aren't enough, the life lessons say it all: (1) Friendships that last more than 70 years will never separate a man from his grass skirt and coconut bra. (2) Bowling shirts never go out of style and having a press in your garage that drills holes in bowling balls makes you the envy of the neighborhood. (3) Only the vehicle owner should ever change the brakes. (4) A night in the pokey, what are you talking about? (5) Cooking a Tennessee ham, ribs and stroganoff are a Poe secret. (6) A slim-jim is simply a tool when your smallest child isn't around to squeeze into the trunk. (7) Never leave your shoes in the car overnight... especially on your honeymoon. (8) A coke-can can be fashioned into a heat shield to stop vapor lock in your car traveling cross-country. (9) The ear is the best tool when trouble-shooting engine problems. (10) The best way to see the country is in a car or motorhome. (11) Never get rid of a tool or a section of PVC.

Andy's evolution from a single cylinder to creating the most reliable flat-six motor leaves a memory for everyones life he touched. Andy is a son, brother, uncle, nephew, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, volunteer, advisor, mentor and teacher of the year. He is dad...

Andy was preceded in death by his father, Clarence L. Poe, his mother, Anna Ruth Poe, his brother, Arthur Maurice Poe, and sister, Sara Eva Poe-Walton. Andy is survived by his wife, the Jeanne Katherine Poe, sons Andrew Clarence Poe Jr., (Linda), and William Howard Poe, (Toni), and his daughters, Tamatha Lynne Poe and Elizabeth Ann Wiliams (Andy), seven grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero on February 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Atascadero Pine Mountain Cemetery.
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Samuel Verl Pollock
July 15, 1946 - June 28, 2010



Funeral services were held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward, Chapel on the corner of Church and A Streets, on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Samuel Verl Pollock, 63. Bishop Gary Ammeraal conducted the service and burial followed in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Pollock was born in San Fernando on July 15, 1946 and passed away at his home in Taft on June 28, 2010. He married the former Kathryn Shelton on September 1, 1972 in St. George, Utah. The Pollacks have lived in Taft for the last thirteen and a half years. Mr. Pollock had been employed by Keysor Century Corporation for over 32 years. He was a long time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Verl and Glenna Pollock and a son Benjamin Pollock. Mr. Pollock is survived by his wife Kathryn; his children, Julie and Bob Berlanger, KaRyn and Scott Mertz, Sandra and Curtis Miller, Wendy Hagin, Jeffery and Aimee Pollock, Melynda McBride, Kristin and Kevin Biernacki, Valerie and Doug Taylor and Gary and Emilee Pollack; his sisters, Rochelle Mahan and Phyllis Patten; his brother Bruce Pollock; 23 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

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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Verl D. Pollock, 87
April 1, 1910 - October 2, 1997



Funeral services will be held in th Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sylmar Ward Chapel, on Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident Verl Davis Pollock, 87. Burial will follow the services in Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

Mr. Pollock was born in Kanarraville, Utah on April 1, 1910 and passed away at his sons home in Derby Acres on October 2, 1997. Mr. Pollock served in the U.S. Marine Corps. for six years between 1929 and 1935. He had lived in the San Fernando Valley for 58 years and moved to Derby Acres 3 1/2 years ago to be with his son and his family. Mr. Pollack had been employed as an operator for Getty Oil Company for over 30 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward.

His survivors include his children; Rochelle Mahan of San Fernando, Phyllis Patten of Santa Maria, Samuel Pollock of Taft and Bruce Pollock of Derby Acres; his brother Woodrow Pollock of Kalamath Falls, Oregon; his sister Lorraine of Safford, Arizona; Cleora Ballias of St. George, Utah; and Wilma Trimble of Pendleton, Oregon; his 26 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. Mr. Pollock was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna in 1992; and by 10 brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held in the Relief Society Room of th Sylmar Ward Buildling on Wednesday 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Daniel Nelson Pomeroy
September 17, 1954 - October 23, 2011



Daniel Nelson Pomeroy (Dan to his family and friends) -57, lost his battle with cancer October 23rd, 2011 at San Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield, California.

Dan was born September 17th, 1954, in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Ronald Eugene and Doris Twila Pomeroy. Dan married, Betty June Cash, on November 14th, 1975 in Carthage, Missouri. They relocated to California in October 1991 to be closer to family. Dan & Betty celebrated 35 years of marriage last November and together they raised their three children, Ronald Edwin, Brian Matthew, & Stormie Renee. Dan was a dedicated Sergeant at the Taft Federal Prison where he worked since it's opening in 1997.

Dan is survived by his beloved wife Betty, his sons Ron and Brian, his daughter Stormie, son-in-law John, grandchild Braxton Daniel and his son from his first marriage Christopher Robert who resides out of state. Daniel also leaves behind six siblings, Heather LaMorta of Michigan, Patrick Pomeroy, Arnold Pomeroy, Suanne Ashmore and Karla Sparks all who reside in Callifornia and Karen Finstad of Wisconsin.

A service of remembrance will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 28th, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Taft. Viewing services will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m.

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Alyssa Kathleen Miller Pommerville
May 4, 1993 - September 14, 2008



Alyssa passed away tragically at the very young age of 15 in a head on collision on Sunday September 14, 2008.

She spent the first six years of her life growing up in in the Cuyama Valley where she attended the Cuyama Valley Christian Adademy. Alyssa and her mom then moved to Orcutt where she attended Pine Grove Elementary School until the middle of the third grade. In third grade they moved to Lompoc where she attended La Canada Elementary School. It was at La Canada where she met her best friend until the day of her death Vanessa Macias. Alyssa also attended Lompoc Valley Middle School and was currently a sophomore at Lompoc High School. Alyssa was not only on the Volleyball team; she also played on the Water Polo team. She loved playing both of these sports and also loved playing her electric guitar, punk rock music, chatting on the computer and her dog Casey. Alyssa was also a participant in the space Technology and Robotics Program at Lompoc High. She had goals of attending Washington State and hopefully working for NASA one day. She was very ambitious, insisteing on haveing a part time job at Triple DDD Grill in Lompoc.

Alyssa brightened a room just by entering, always having a smile on her face. Her family and friends meant the world to her; they were a huge part of her life. Especially her mother who dedicated her life to raising this beautiful, talented and kind daughter. Alyssa refered to her mother as "her hero"!

Survivors include her mother, Juanita Miller of Lompoc, California; father, Richard Pommerville of Taft, California; brother Nicholas Pommerville of Taft; sister Erica Pommerville of Taft; grandmother, Dorothy Miller of Lompoc; uncle Carlous Miller of Cuyama, California; aunt Wilma Southwood of Santa Maria, California; aunt and uncle Fred and Neosk Miller of Bakersfield several cousins; and too many friends to count. She will be missed by all who new her. A viewing took place a Starbuck-Lind Mortuary in Lompoc with a graveside service at Lompoc Cemetery.
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Kathryn G. Pond
December 26, 1910 - April 23, 2002



Kathryn G. Pond, age 91 died April 23, 2002 in Castle Rock Washington. She was born December 26, 1910, in Logan, Utah, the youngest of the eleven children of Julien Perkins Griffin and Katherine Rainey Griffin. br />
She graduated from the University of Utah in 1934 and received a master's degree in dance and Physical education from Columbia University in 1935.

In 1937 she married Howard M. Pond to whom she had been married 63 years when he died in 2000. Dr. and Mrs. Pond are survived by their two children, Steven H. Pond, married to Diane Burgoyne Pond, of Castle Rock, Washington, and Kathryn P. Madsen, married to David W. Madsen, currently residing in Paris France. They have 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Kathryn taught dance and physical education at the University of Utah, Occidental College, and the University of Southern California. Later she served as Dean of Girls at Taft Union High School, Taft California, where she also worked as a teacher and counselor.

The Ponds moved to Walnut Creek, California in 1966 where they resided until 1999 when they moved to Longview, Washington. During those years Kathryn managed her husbands Dental Practice and served in the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for ten years as an assistant matron.

During her younger years Kathryn was as avid hiker and skier. She loved to travel. She was active in the American Association of University Women and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. In her nineties she participated as a reading tutor for local school children. She is remembered for her cheerful disposition, her graciousnesss, and her devotion to her family.

Funeral and burial services will be held Monday, April 29 in Richmond Utah.
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Johnny Ray Poperey
Rites Pending



Services are pending for Taft resident, Johnny Ray Poperey, infant. The services are under the direction of the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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James William Porter
March 8, 1935 - November 9, 1997



Graveside servces for James William Porter, 62, Guthie, Oklahoma are being held at Oakland Knowles Cemetry in Crescent, Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Porter was born on March 8, 1935 in Los Angeles to James and Hilda Porter. He died Sunday at the Gurthrie Retirement and Care Facility.

He is survived by his wife Geraldine of the home, one step-son, Clayton Sheppard of San Jose, step-daughters Kathleen Rogers of Guthrie, and Donna Lee Sanell of Apple Valley, California and four grandchildren.

Porter was a retired maintenance worker from the West Side District Hospital. He and his wife moved to Guthrie in 1993.
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Margaret M. Porter
January 27, 1928 - November 7, 1995



At the request of the family of Margaret Mae Porter, no funeral or memorial services will be held. Private burial of her remains will take place in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Porter was born in Millville, New Jersey on January 27, 1928 and passed away at her home November 7. She had lived in Taft since 1952 and enjoyed arts and crafts, especially ceramics. Her hobby was collecting antiques.

Her survivors include her husband, Ray Porter of Taft; three sons and their wives, Duane and Arlene Porter of Belridge, Raymond and Teresa Porter of Tollhouse and Roger and Lauren Porter of Lee Vining; her mother, Margaret Gerg of Taft; her grandchildren, Jacquie, Janis, Angela, Adam, Andrew and granddaughter, Serenity Porter.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested donations in Mrs. Porter's memory be sent to Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine Road, Bakersfield, California 93313. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Donald Wayne Poteete
July 13, 1951 - June 20, 2007



Donald Wayne Poteete, was born the son of Carol Victor Poteete and Vera Nell Weatherington Poteete on July 13, 1951 in Memphis, Tennessee and died June 20, 2007, at Bakersfield, California at the age of 55.
He faithfully attended Word of Life Tabernacle Church and was active with the Youth Group. He received much enjoyment by helping others and will be remembered by his pleasant smile and personality.
He was a truck driver, driving for J-Mar Express since 1987.
He is survived by: his wife, Jane of the family home in Cherokee Village, Arkansas; his father, Carol Poteete of Hardy, Arkansas; one son Danny Poteete of Ash Flat, Ark; one granddaughter, Madeline Poteete of Ash Flat; one sister, Pam Dockins of Oxford, Arkansas; two nieces; five nephews; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Terry Poteete.
Funeral services were held June 28th at the Word of Life Tabernacle at Hardy with Brother Michael Price officiating. Burial was in the Bronaugh Cemetery at Hardy, Arkansas with arrangements under the direction of the Carter Funeral Home of Thayer.
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Barbara A. Powe
September 20, 1935 - November 16, 2003



At the request of the deceased there are no funeral services scheduled for longtime Taft resident, Barbara A. Powe, 68.

Mrs. Powe was born in Bell, California on September 20, 1935 and passed away at her home in Taft on November 16, 2003. Mrs. Powe was an avid bowler and her home away from home was Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Steven Bond in 1999. Her survivors include her husband, Lyle Powe of Taft; her children, Jeffery Allen Bond of Las Vegas, Nevada and Robert William Bond of Wickenburg, Arizona; her step-children, David Powe of Antelope, Ernest Powe and Keith Powe; her sister, Betty Broumas of Vancouver, Washington; her brother, Thomas Ray Watson, Jr. of Novato and her six grandchildren.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John Hugh Powell, 80
August 5, 1925 - July 13, 2006



John Hugh Powell was born in Taft, California on August 5, 1925. He passed away in Bakersfield on July 13, 2006 with his loving family at his side. He was less than a month from his 81st birthday. John served in the World War II in the U.S. Navy on the destroyer USS Stockham. He lived in Bakersfield since moving from Taft in 1958. John worked for Standard Oil Company for over 35 years as a welder. He is survived by his wife Elza of 58 years, his four sons, David, Dan, John and George, eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, panning for gold, camping, gardening, and exploring new destinations with his family.

Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 18th 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery, located at River Boulevard. The Powell family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Optimal Hospice staff for their extraordinary care. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any Optimal Hospice Care Center or the American Cancer Society Kern River Family Mortuary Bakersfield, California.
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Troy J. Powell
January 31, 1947 - August 10, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for Troy J. Powell, Jr., 54. Mr. Powell was born in Parkin, Arkansas on January 31, 1947 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on August 10, 2001.

Mr. Powell recently moved to the Westside to be near family and friends. He worked for the Oakland Cemetery in Arkansas as a maintenance supervisor.

Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his stepfather, Louis Travis in 1990, his father, Troy J. Powell, Sr., in 1998, his sister, Joyce Rayhawk in 1996 and his brother-in-law, Tony Salazar in 1994. His survivors include his wife, Lynn Powell of Taft; his children, Harold Dwayne Powell of Russellville, Arkansas, Lisa Young of Taft, Troy Powell III of Russellville, Arkansas, Danielle Guess and Diana Peevy both of Taft; his mother, Clara Garlock of Bakersfield; his step-father Dorus Garlock of Derby Acres; his sisters, Virginia Queen of Bakersfield; Mary Anderson of Sun City, Margaret Lee of Taft, Brenda Salazar of Bakersfield, Christine Meek of Bakersfield, Mary Hartsock of Springdale, Arkansas, Martha Shaw of Norfork, Arkansas, Martha Shaw of Norfork, Arkansas, Ruth Clark of Louisiana and Kathy Powell of Montroe Louisiana; grandchildren, Chasity, Misty, Kristyaunna, Ashley, Samantha, Chrystina, Nathan, Derrick, Kalijia, Steven, Stormy, Dillion, Jasmine and one on the way, several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret Jane Powers
December 19, 1918 - October 16, 2005



Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday October 21, 2005, at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California for Margaret Powers, 86.

Margaret was born on December 19, 1918 to George and Nevada Scott in Manteca, California. In 1922, Margaret's family left the orchard business and moved to Reward near McKittrick, California where her father worked for the Tidewater Associated Oil Company. Margaret and her two brothers, Tharen and Stanley, attended Olig Elementary/Grammar School in the foothills of the Temblor Range. Margaret graduated from Taft Union High School and from Taft College before marrying Hugh Powers of McKittrick in December 1937.

The couple settled in Taft. Hugh worked for Belridge Oil Company and also owned Huey's Speed Shop and later Powers Speed Shop with Margaret as the bookkeeper. Margaret shared Hugh's love for all types of racing from midgets to motorcycles. They were members of the Taft Motorcycle Club where Margaret took her turns as secretary or treasurer. When a freak snowstorm hit on the day of the Club's Hill Climb/Scrambler meet just outside Maricopa, neither Margaret nor the other ladies, Naomi Keer, Harriet Krugh, JoAnn Bledsoe, Delores Carson, or Cleo Amadisto complained of the bitter cold and kept track of their riders and their scores. In 1957, the couple was returning from motorcycle races in San Jose, when a car hit their motorcycle from behind. Hugh escaped with minor injuries, but Margaret was seriously injured suffering a double compound leg fracture. Her love of motorcycle riding was dimmed although she and Hugh attended Sturgis, South Dakota meet several times by car. In 1963, the family with Margaret as the secretary/treasurer, started racing a gas dragster with partner Don Shields from Maricopa. the Sheilds-Powers team moved up to junor fuel before retiring in the early 1970's. Margaret hid her fear for the safety of the driver, son Vernon, and was an enthusiastic fan. After drag racing, Hugh and Margaret entered the wild world of slot car racing always trying to find a way to "soup up" their cars.

Margaret was a homemaker until 1967 when, at the encouragement of friend, Veda Lundstrom, went to work for Continental Telephone in Taft. She made many friends and thoroughly enjoyed her work before retiring in 1983. In her sixteen years at Con/Tel, Margaret missed only one day of work. Following Hugh's death, Margaret moved to Bakersfield in 1984. During the folowing years, she enjoyed numerous trips to Las Vegas with family and best friend Fern Miller, a trip to Alaska with family and Fern, and two trips to Hawaii with her beloved brother Stan and his family. Margaret loved to knit and made many baby afghans for family and friends. She was also an avid sports fan, especially when it came to football. Margaret loved dogs and cats and will now be re-unnited with her cat, Cricket. Margaret was not one to boast, but she was proud of her chidren and very proud of her granddaughters; Erin, a teacher, and Courtney, an attorney.

Beloved husband of 46 years, Hugh, and both brothers Tharen and Stanley preceded Margaret in death. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Vernon and Kay Powers of Taft; daughter, Susan Durkan of Bakersfield; granddaughters, Erin Powers of Santa Monica, and Courtney Powers of Pasadena; beloved sister-in-law Mariann Scott of San Diego and nine nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Fern and Tom Tiller, who never forgot Mom, to Frank and Pat Spallino, special neighbors, to Emerald Home and Care who provided Mom with a safe and loving home, and to Hoffman Hospice.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. Pastor Jeff Harrington of the Evangelical Free Church will officiate at the services. Pallbearers will be David, Tom, Joe, Steve, and Jim Scott, Keith McElmurry, Frank Machado, Tom Miller, Bob Bledsoe, Don Shields, and Bob Foreman.
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Richard Dale Powers
May 14, 1949 - September 3, 2011



Our brother husband, father, son, grandfather, brother and friend, peacefully passed away on September 3, 2011.

He was born on West Covina and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1967. In 1969, he went into the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War, returning home on July 4, 1970. After meeting the love of his life in 1971, he relocated to Taft where he worked in the oil fields, becoming an instructor for Westec the last 10 years of his working life. Rick loved taking long rides on his Harley and looked forward to the NASCAR race every Sunday.

He had a soft place in his heart for animals and he loved his kitty cats. He will be remembered for the love he had for his family, his wonderful sense of humor and giving the best hugs. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren and being Papa brought his heart the greatest joy.

Rick was preceded in death by his father Burton Powers, brother-in-law Alan Miller, brother-in-law Jerry Bishop and brother-in-law Cap Pike. He is survived by his loving wife Lynda LaVinia Miller Powers of Taft, son Jeff Powers and his wife Trisha of Taft, daughter Kim Powers Sempel and her husband Bryan of Bakersfield, mother Betty Powers of Las Vegas, Nevada, sister-in-law Mary Jane Bishop of Taft, bother and sister-in-law Jim and Phyllis Beaty of Taft, sister-in-law Cathy Miller of Taft, grandchildren Bailey, Kevin, Alan, Aly and Chelsie and many nieces, nephew and dear friends.

Graveside services will be held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, California on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 9:15 a.m. with reception following.
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Vita Prano, 82
February 8, 1915 - December 7, 1997



Vita Prano, 82, a local resident for the last two-and-a-half years, passed away in the Valley Acres home of her nephew and niece Jack and Anna Capell.

She was born February 8, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. She was a long-time member of the "Ladies of the Elks" and performed such duties as President and Secretary of the Palm Springs chapter. She was also an ardent reader and dressmaker. Among her accomplishments are receiving her high school diploma at age 65.

She is survived by her daughters, Angeline Germano of Boston, Diane Lipari of Dana Point, and Margaret and son-in-law Seeward Grigg of Livona, Michigan, two sisters, Benedetta Platevoet of Capistrano, and Rose Sarah Mazzola of Rochester, Michigan; 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and 17 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at each daughter's home on her birthday, February 8th. Ms. Prano's remains were taken to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Division of Human Anatomy, for research as part of the "Bodies for Science".
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Mattie Lee Prater, 63
January 9, 1937 - January 6, 2001



Services will be held in Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane, Friday, January 12 at 1:30 p.m. for Mattie Lee Prater, 63, of Bakersfield.

Mattie passed away in Bakersfield on January 6, 2001.

Mattie is survived by her 3 daughters, Debra Lynn Ewing and husband Jim, Rebecca Lee Halphin and husband Jim, all of Springfield, Missouri and Cynthia Dianne Morse and husband Steve of Taft. Mattie also leaves her beautiful grandchildren, Victoria Marking, James Halphin Jr. Nicole, Shelly, Kelly and Brittney Halphin, and Paul and John Morse. Mattie also has left us the gifts of great grandchildren, Dakota J. Jay and Mersadies and one due in August of this year. She has left many aunts, uncles and cousins from Oklahoma and California.

Mattie was of Baptist up-bringing and had accepted Christ as her Savior. Mattie always opened her home as well as her heart to everyone she knew. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her and loved her.
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Gene C. Presley
April 24, 1915 - December 1, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Maricopa resident, Gene C. Presley, 88. Pastor Tom LeClair of Community Christian Fellowship will officiate at the services.

Mr. Presley was born in Elk, Oklahoma on April 24, 1915 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital December 1, 2003. Mr. Presley moved to Maricopa in 1939 and had been employed by Mobil Oil Company for many years. He was a member of Community Christian Fellowship and served as a church elder. He married the former Phylene Arthur 67 years ago in Clovis, New Mexico and October 20, 1936.

Mr. Presley was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Althea Whitaker and by his sister, Lois Whitaker. His survivors include his wife, Phylene Presley of Maricopa; his son, and his wife, Gerry and Aurora Presley of Santa Rosa; his daughter and her husband, Thama and Rick McAfee of Taft; his grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and Clark Kayler, Jason and Michelle Presley, Jonathan Presley, Michele and Todd Matthews, Melissa and Derek Simpson and Matthew and Jolanda McAfee and by his 11 great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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James H. Presley, 17
July 11, 1979 - December 17, 1996



Pastor Carl Maeng officiated funeral services on December 21, 1996 at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas, for James Harold Presley, 17.

James is survived by his father and stepmother, Harold and Kathy Presley of Dustin Acres; his grandparents, Wanda Presley of Arvin and Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Presley of Bakersfield, his great grandfather, Robert E. Presley of Bakersfield; and many other relatives and friends throughtout the United States and Korea.

James was a student at Maricopa Elementary School from 1991-92, then moved to Dallas where he lived and is survived by his mother, Sue Choi, and his sister, Rhiannon Presley.

He attended Richardson High School and was active in speed skating, placing third in the National Meet in 1993 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also had a love for art, guitar and attended many church camps in Korea and New Mexico.

James was born July 11, 1979 in Seoul, South Korea, and went home to be with Jesus on december 17, 1996.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair. Perhaps you sent a funeral spray, if so, we saw it there. Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend could say. Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much whatever part.
The Presley Family
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Catherine Phylene Presley, 90
June 7, 1918 - December 3, 2008



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for long time Maricopa resident, Phylene Presley, 90. Mrs. Presley passed away on December 3, 2008 in Bakersfield.
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George W. Preston
December 21, 1927 - February 21, 2011



George W. Preston was born on December 21, 1927, in Amarillo, Texas. He left this world peacefully surrounded by his loved ones in Bakersfield, California on February 21, 2011. George was the third of eight children born to Ernest, Ray and Virginia Lee Preston. In 1943 , as a adolescent George moved to California with his parents and they settled in Buttonwillow. The Family later moved to Lost Hills where he met and married Nell Whittaker. George and Nell had two children, Sa ndy and Michael Preston. Following family tradition, George along with four of his brothers served in the Armed Forces. During his service in the U.S. Navy.

http://www.legacy.com/legacies/navy/?person-id=148852723&affiliateID=1435, from 1946 to 1951, George was a radarman aboard two different aircraft carriers in both the Pacific and Mediterranean. George worked for the Getty Oil Pipeline and Shell Oil Pipeline in Lost Hills, McKittrick, and Wasco. In his later years, he worked as an independent contractor calibrating oil flow meters. He retired in Maricopa in 1987.

George 's passions were the outdoors and the miracles of Mother Nature. He spent several summers at Durwood fish camp on the upper Kern River and in Alta Sierra at Greenhorn Mountain. He enjoyed skydiving, as he had 11 jumps under his belt. Another favorite hobby of George's was singing karaoke and dancing, especially to the tunes of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. Everyone who knew and loved George will forever remember his heart-warming laugh and his kind gentle-hearted spirit.

George was preceded in death by his wife Nell, son Michael and siblings Arthur, Coby and Virginia. He is survived by his daughter Sandy Preston of Phoenix, Arizona and his grandchildren David and Danny Preston.

George is also survived by his brothers and their wives: Frank and Elva, James and (Clara), Ray and Geri, William and Christine Preston and lifelong friend and honorary sister Irene Steagall Romero.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Shafter Memorial Park on Friday, March 4, 2011.
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Laurice Lorraine Prewett
December 22, 1925 - December 25, 2008



Laurice L. Prewett 1925 - 2008. A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, January 2, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. for Laurice Lorraine Prewett, 83. Rev. Tom White pastor of Cuyama Assemby of God, will officiate. Mrs. Prewett was born in Minnesoata on December 22, 1925 and passed away in a Selma nursing home on December 25, 2008.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex E. Prewett; her mother, Olive L. Stock; her father, Alfred Lund; and her sister, Christine Oberhoiser. Mrs. Prewett is survived by her sons, Ron Prewett of Clovis and Reg Prewett of San Jose; her grandchildren, Mark Prewett, Diana Crass, Deborah Stoiber, Jon Prewett and Amanda Prewett; and her brothers, Duane Lund and Marlin Lund. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Mary DePaul Prewett
May 15, 1924 - August 21, 2007



Graveside funeral services were held this morning (8-24-07) in the West Side District Cemetery for former Taft resident, Mary DePaul Prewett. Rev. Msgr. Loydell J. Marth officiated. Mrs. Prewett was born in Bakersfield on August 21, 2007. She was raised in Fellows and attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1942. She spent over 50 years in Taft.

Mrs. Prewett was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Odessa Fedewa: her daughter DePaul Prewett: her son Timmy Prewett and her sister, Marjorie Glendening. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ralph Prewett of Bakersfield; her adopted son, David Prewett of Tonopah, Nevada; her sister, Betty Thomas and Barbara Barnsworth both of Bakersfield; her brother Leo Fedewa of Taft and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Orel Eugene Prewett
May 24, 1928 - January 3, 2005



Orel Prewett died on January 3, 2005 at home due to lung cancer. Orel was born in Union, Arkansas but was raised in Taft, California. He graduated from San Jose State with a degree in structural engineering. He was involved in the oil industry in Kern County for forty-five years eventually owning his own business, J.F.P. Sales & Manufacturing with his partner, Durwood Jewett. During his retirement he enjoyed model airplane building and playing golf with his friend Jack Hiatt.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jane Prewett; his 3 daughters, Debra Baer and her husband Kirk, Diane Wood and Denise DeMattel; grandchildren, Wesley, Jessica, Nicole, Sara and Ida.

At his request, there will be no services.
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Allen Howard Price
October 23, 1880 - August 4, 1961



Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10:00 o'clock August 8th for Allen Howard Price, 631 Kern Street, in the chapel of Erickson and Brown Funeral Home internment will be in Westside District Cemetery Taft.
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Anita Price
November 28, 1946 - May 17, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, May 24, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Anita Price, 60. Mrs. Price was born in McCurtain, Oklahoma on Novermber 28, 1946 and passed away at the home on May 17, 2007. Mrs. Price had lived in Kern County since 1948 and attended Bakersfield High School.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Songer and her brother, Glenn Songer. Mrs. Price is survived by her husband, Donald Price of Taft; her children, Delorie D. Barnham and her husband, Danny of Taft, Tonya Musgrave and her husband, Bob of Fresno and Donnie Price of Taft; her brothers, Frank Calvillo of Maricopa, Jerry Wright of Bakersfield, Eddie, Gary and Jock Wright all of Bakersfield; her sisters, Sue Comstock of Sacramento and Kim Lawrence of McKittrick; her mother, Geneva B. Wright of Taft, her five grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Connie L. Price
May 3, 1944 - August 31, 2002



Memorial services will be held in the Church of Christ of Ford City Church located at 416 Monroe Street on Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Connie L. Price, 58. Mr. Chris Pruitt, minister of the Church of Christ of Ford City will speak at the service.

Mrs. Price was born in Oklahoma on May 3, 1944 and passed away at her home on August 25, 2002. She worked for K-Mart here in Taft for seven years as a sales clerk.

She is survived by her husband, Richard W. Price of Taft; her two daughters, Tina Uriosat and her husband, Tim of Taft and Bren of Taft; her granddaughter, Paige Urioste of Taft; her mother, Ozellada Price Adams of Tulare; her three brothers and three sisters and many 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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Kate Price
November 15, 1890 - August 28, 1983



Graveside services will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Westside District Cemetery, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Kate Price 92, who was born in Vernal, Utah on November 15, 1890. She was a resident of the West Side; periodically for the last 59 years, and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on Tuesday. Mrs. Price was a member of the Taft Ward of The L.D.S. Church.

Her survivors include a daughter Barbara Elza of Milwaukee, Oregon, a son Keith Price of Taft; 21 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren. Friends may pay their respects at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home until 8:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
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Kenneth Ray Price
September 23, 1937 - December 8, 2010



After a life journey of 73 years, Ken Price left this world to reunite with family and friends in his Heavenly Home. Ken was a highly respected man who spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He had recently move to California with his wife of 22 years, Betty Rowland Price, where they had planned to enjoy retirement, settling in the community of Taft.

He was born Kenneth Ray Price in Okemah, Oklahoma on September 23, 1937 to Curtis and Myrtle Price, who welcomed him home on December 8, 2010. Ken proudly served in the U.S. Navy from February 1956 to February 1960. After leaving the Navy, he became a trucker in the Seattle area. He worked in other areas, always holding himself to the highest work ethic, before beginning his career at the Okanogan Irrigation District. He retired after 16 years, from the O.I.D.; six months later, he realized his life dream and began his own business, Ken Price Services, using his expertise with excavation equipment, a job Ken liked to refer to as, "helping others". The knowledge that he had been of service to others, made him happy and, in turn, helped to keep him vibrant and energetic for the next 13 years. During that time, Ken also served on the Board of the Okanagan Irriagation District, at one point as president. He was a respected member of the Sheriff's Posse for many years, achieving the rank of Captain. He loved everything he put his hand to and everyone who crossed his path, and always had a warm smile for everyone he met. He had a great love for the outdoors, for travel, and for his extended family.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; a sister, Karen Pugh of Wentachee, Washington; a daughter, Lisa, her sons, Curtis and Jake; a son, Brian and his wife, Jennifer and their sons, Brandon and Austin and Jeremy and daughter, Mercedes of Seattle, Washington; daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Ron Mackie, and their sons, Dustin, Brent and Jeremy of Omak, Washington. Ken also leaves behind a family who held a very special place in his heart - the Novicks - Sarah, who was also waiting for her Papa in Heaven, Wendy Michelle, Joshua and Jake. He leaves behind many family members, his mother-in-law, Hettie Rowland Hagin, Edith Rowland Laurin and her husband, Craig of Taft and the children and grandchildren, Peggy Rowland Harmon and her husband, David of Bakersfield and their children and grandchildren. Friends and acquaintances in Washington and Oklahoma also feel Ken's loss. His nephew, Chris Pugh and his wife, Pam and their family of Texas, also survive him. Ken also became close to a very special family-their neighbors-Carl, Jeanene, and Joslynn Robertson. "May the work I've done speak for me" are the words that best reflect Ken's character. Although we know that Ken is now in Heaven with his Savior and those who preceded him, Those he has left behind will miss him greatly. Mere words are not enough to express the loss.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. There are two celebrations of Ken's life planned, the first service will be held on the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. and the second service will be held in Omak, Washington.
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LouAnn Ruth Price, 44
February 21, 1957 - August 29, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, September 7, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. for LouAnn Ruth Price, 44. LouAnn passed away on August 29, 2001 at the Methodist Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota after struggling with cancer for three years. A small family service was held in her home in Cresco, Iowa on August 31, 2001.

LouAnn Ruth Price was born on February 21, 1957 in Taft to Ray and Ruth Floyd. She was raised and educated in Taft. On November 16, 1980, LouAnn married Louis H. Price at the Silver Bell Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They then made their home in Taft until they made their way to Cresco, Iowa three and a half years ago.

LouAnn is survived by her husband, Louis H. Price; her children, Shacee Morgan and her fiance, Joshua Young of Taft, Christopher Price and K.T. Price of Cresco, Iowa; her step-children, Mr. and Mrs. David Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Price, Jr. and several grandchildren all of Casper, Wyoming; her father, Ray Floyd of Mississippi; her two brothers, Raymond Floyd and Larry Floyd both of Nevada; the Price family, including Bob and Terry Price and their three children, Carrie Barulich, Mystie Price and Robbie Price of Taft; and several beloved family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Floyd. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made in LouAnn’s name at the Chevron Valley Credit Union.
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Myrtle Eunice Price
January 3, 1929 - September 22, 2011



Myrtle was born to James Edwin Cooper and Alta Francis Pierce on January 3rd, 1929 in Arkansas. She will join her husband Charles Oscar Price, he passed away March 26, 1987. She leaves behind her children Wayne & Cindy Price of El Cajon, California, Charles & Terry Price of Ohio, Robin McNeil of Taft, Fawn Jones of San Diego, Dawn & Dennis Cummins of Taft, Lorena & John Bell of Van Nuys, her sisters Wanda & Jay of Taft, Jeanne Beasley of Tampa, Flordia and Betty Sleper of Lansing, Michigan.

In her first marriage to Carlis Eugene McIlroy Sr. in 1946 these children were born, Eugene & Carol McIlroy of Taft, Carolyn Lippert Rev. Dale McIlroy, Linda, Brenda, Gary & Charles. The father of these are gone, also her mother, father and two sisters. She leaves numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A special thank you for Hospice for taking good care of her, also, Meals on Wheels for such good food and a special thank you for her two daughters Robin & Dawn for being there and taking good care of their mother up to the last day of her life. Her hugs and smile will be missed.

The funeral service will be Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Bell Gardens, California. Burial will be at Park Lawn Cemetery in Commerce, California.
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Steven Ray Price, 37
January 20, 1915 - May 5, 1952



The California Highway Patrol reported that Ray S. Price 37 of 201 Supply Row Taft, and 30 year old John W. Byers 37 of Paso Robles Received serious injuries when their car went out of control and rolled over five miles west of Lost Hills.
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Richard W. Price
July 23, 1940 - January 15, 2014



Richard Willis Price was born on July 23, 1940 in Morris, Oklahoma and with his loving family by his side passed away peacefully on January 15, 2014 at his home in Taft.

He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. During his working career he was employed as a truck driver for 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Price and his sister Charlene Price. Richard is survived by his daughters, Tina Urioste and her husband, Tim, and Brenda Adair all of Taft; his granddaughter, Paige Urioste of Taft; his girlfriend, Marilyn Davis of Bakersfield; his sister, Billie Jenkins and her husband, Jim; his brothers, Roy Price, Fred Price, Ronnie Price and wife, Bonnie, John Price and wife, Ann, Rod Price and wife, Terri and Steve Price and wife, Sharon his special niece, Rhonda Luttrell; special nephew, Bob Adams; special great-nephew, Brett Urioste; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held with full military honors at Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin, on Monday, January 27, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Bakersfield Family Church, 106 E. Wilson in Oildale. If one is not able to be in attendance at the service they are welcome to go to the reception at the church. There is no visitation scheduled and online condolences may be sent to www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Ruby I. Price, 75
March 23, 1925 - January 22, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the United Pentecostal Church of Taft on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Ruby I. Price, 75. Pastor Leo Fisher will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Price was born in Aubry, Texas on March 23, 1925 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on January 22, 2001. She had lived in the area since 1943. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. Price will be remembered by many as Mom. She enjoyed playing pool and doing her crafts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Howard Price, in August of 1967 and by her daughter, Victoria Stuck, in July of 2000. Her survivors include her children and their spouses, David Price of Manteca, Donald and Anita Price of Taft, Bernice Price and her fiancé, Paul Nitcher of Albany, Oregon, Michael and Evelyn Price of Maricopa, Edward Price of Taft, Richard Price of Taft, Evelyn and Russell Cox of Black Canyon City, Arizona and Roberta and John Johnson of Maricopa; her brothers and sisters Janie Roach of Texas, Mack Yount of Texas, Virginia Hadlock of Taft, Celie Kokkonen of Taft Dorothy Keck of Stockton and Joe Yount of Taft; her 21 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Veri Lee Price, 84
September 17, 1911 - November 4, 1995

Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Veri Lee Price, 84. Pastor Sam White of the New Cuyama Assembly of God will the services.

Mr. Price was born in Miami, Oklahoma of September 17, 1911 and passed away November 4, in a Morrow Bay convalescent hospital. He spent his early years in Oklahoma and received his education there. In 1942 he came with his family to Taft where he was employed by Standard Oil as a mechanic. He resided in Taft until 1952 when he moved to the Los Angeles Area. In 1980 he retired to his home in San Simeon. Mr. Price was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Fleeta Price; his first wife, Velma, and infant daughter and 1946; his second wife, Roberta Price in 1980; and a sister, Elma M. Yoder, in 1984. He is survived by a sister, Rena Walker of Taft; two brothers and their wives, Raymond and Marie Price of San Simeon and William and Jackie Price of Garden Grove; and his nieces and nephews, Arline Burnard of Taft, Leroy Price of San Simeon, Donald and Eddie Price of Miami, Billy and Greg Price of Los Angeles, Karen of San Simeon and Sue of Garden Grove; and by many friends.

Visitation will be at the Taft Funeral Home Tuesday until 8:00 p.m. and again Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
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Charles "Chuck" Pritchett
November 17, 1973 - July 4, 2005



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native, Charles "Chuck" Pritchett, 31. Dr. Bill Peters of Angel Fire Ministries will officiate. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Pritchett was born in Taft on November 17, 1973 and passed away in Taft on July 4, 2005. He was raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School. Mr. Pritchett was employed by Sho Services as a valve technician. He was a member of the Building Stones Ministry and Taft Petroleum Club and will be remembered as a very loving person that never met a stranger. He enjoyed fishing and making his family and friends laugh.

His survivors include his mother and stepfather, Kay and Dale Sullivan Pritchett of Maricopa and his daughter, Baylee Pritchett.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Marjorie Pruitt, 74
November 7, 1992 - April 20, 1997



Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Thursday at 3:00 p.m. for Taft resident Marjorie Pruitt, 74. Bruce Pollack of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct the service. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Pruitt was born in Wyoming on November 7, 1992 and passed away at her home on the morning of April 20, 1997. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taft Ward, and the Women of the Moose, Taft Chapter #667. She had served the Women of the Moose as senoir regent. Mrs. Pruitt loved needle crafts and painting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Pruitt, in March 1993. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, and will be missed by her family which includes her daughter and her husband, Jean and Eddie Erwin of Taft; her daughter Joan Pruitt of Reno, Nevada; her grandchildren and their spouses, Craig and Karen Hodges, Gina and Stacey Tingle, David and Kati Hodges, and Michael Mosher; her four great grandchildren, Amber Renee, Alix and Kaylie; and her brother and his wife, Jay and Dee Sudbury.

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

Oscar D. Pruitt, 76
February 3, 1925 - September 27, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Oscar D. "Pete" Pruitt, 76. Burial will be in the family plot in the Greenwood Cemetery in Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania. Mr. Pruitt was born in Graham County, Oklahoma on February 3, 1925 and passed away on September 27, 2001 as results of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

During the Second World War Mr. Pruitt served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific. Among other awards and citations he received the Purple Heart. During the Korean Conflict he served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. Mr. Pruitt was very proud of his service to his country.

From 1965 he made Taft his home Mr. Pruitt was a well puller and was employed by Pool Oilwell Service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia F. Pruitt, in March of 1979 and by several brothers and sisters, including Dorothy Stone. His survivors include his son and his wife, Charles and Lois Pruitt of Taft: his granddaughter and her husband, Jennifer and Tim Holden of Chelmsford, Massachusetts; his grandsons, Joshua Pruitt of Seattle, Washington and Aaron Pruitt of Taft; his sister, Norma Miller of Kansas and his brother and his wife, George and Martha Pruitt of Hamlin, Texas.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Timothy M. Pruitt
March 26, 1953 - August 18, 2003



Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for Timothy Martin Pruitt. Timothy was born on March 26, 1953 in Utah to Warren and Betty Pruitt and he passed away on August 18, 2003 in San Diego, California at the age of 50.

Timothy joined the U.S. Army and honorably served his country during two tours in Viet Nam. He was employed as a field technician for Raytheon Corporation for 26 years. In his free time He loved to fish.

He is survived by his wife Debbie Pruitt, sons, Jeff and John Pruitt, daughters Melissa and Jessica Pruitt, brother, Tom Pruitt, sister Karyn Pruitt, parents, Warren and Betty Pruitt and by 4 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brother Warren (Skip) Pruitt, Jr. He was loved by his family, friends and all who knew him.

For those who wish to pay their respects a public viewing is scheduled for Friday, August 22nd from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Stephen Lane Pullins, 52
October 27, 1944 - June 20, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Tuesday at 10:00 for long-time Taft resident Stephen Lane Pullins, 52.

Mr. Pullins was born in Kiamatia, Texas, on October 27, 1944 and passed away in Arroyo Grande on June 20, 1997. He spent many years working as a farmer in the local farming industry. He loved life and his family and friends. He was loved and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Steve Pullins of Santa Brabara; a daughter, Shelly Pullins of Arroyo Grande; a brother and family, George and Mary Pullins of Texas; two sisters and their husbands, Dorothy and Delmar Sulllivan and family of Fellows, and Peggy and Gean Skelton and family of Palm Springs; a grandson of Santa Barbara; and many nieces and nephews. Steve waspreceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ann Gallender.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Cancer Research Foundation. Visitation will be Monday until 8:00 p.m. Services have been entrusted to the care of the Taft Funeral Home. Order of the Golden Rule.
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Howard J. Puryear
June 2, 2001 - December 7, 2001



Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at Union Cemetery for Mr. Howard J. Puryear, 81, who passed away on December 7, 2001 in Irvine, California.

Mr. Puryear was born in June 2, 1920 in Missouri, the second of four children born to Clara and Howard C. Puryear. The family moved to Taft, California when Howard was two years old, and he resided there until 1957 when he married Mariana Morosa and moved to Bakersfield. Mr. Puryear worked for Mobil Oil Company for 38 years, interrupted only by his service in the Army during World War II. After his retirement, he enjoyed traveling to see his daughter, Theresa, and her family in Indiana and then in Wisconsin, and finally, in California. He never missed a opportunity to see his two granddaughters, Jessica and Janelle, who were the light of his life.

Mr. Puryear was preceded in death by his wife, Mariana, in 1998. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and John Azevedo, of Arroyo Grande; by his two grandaughters, Jessica and Janelle Azevedo; by his brother, Joe of Bakersfield; and by two sisters, Melda of Anaheim and Drella of Stockton. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Peggy Morosa, and by several nieces and nephews.

The family would especially like to thank Jacque Dupont and Ann Lee of Irvin Cottages for their loving care of Mr. Puryear during the past two years. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, 55 Olive Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308. Hopson-Anspach Family Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Joe Mut Puryear
February 18, 1923 - January 14, 2005



Graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield for Joe Mut Puryear, 81, who passed away January 14, 2005. Rev. Ken Noel will officiate.

Mr. Puryear was born February 18, 1923, in Fellows, California. He worked as a custodian for the Bakersfield City Schools for 20 years. He attended Evangel Assembly of God Church.

Mr. Puryear is survived by his wife, Marilue A. Puryear of Bakersfield; daughters, Karen D. Hellen of Battle Mountain, Nevada, Diana K. Puryear of Sunnyvale, California and Brenda G. Bryant of Sparks, Nevada; son, Gary W. Puryear of Bakersfield; 16 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; sister Drella Epley of Northern California and his dog, Chili Pepper.

Visitation begins Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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