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Betty Tafoya
November 22, 1965 - August 31, 2003

Graveside funeral services will be held at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery located at 2739 Panama Lane in Bakersfield, on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Betty Tafoya, 37. Rev. Ron Griffith, pastor of the Westside Believers Fellowship Church will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Tofoya was born in the Santa Ynez Valley on November 22, 1965 and passed away at her home on August 31, 2003. She was raised and educated in Bakersfield and attended Foothill High School. Mrs. Tafoya had been employed as a waitress and had last worked at Chicken of Oz.

Her father, Hildon Statler and a son, Michael Tafoya, preceded her in death. Her survivors include her two sons, Jeff Tafoya and Adam Tafoya both of Taft; her mother, Ruthie Statler of Taft and her brothers, Gene Statler of Taft, Ray Statler of Stallion Springs and Brian Statler of Springfield, Missouri.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Eddie Miller Talley
March 7, 1927 - July 10, 2002

Eddie Miller Talley, age 75, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002.

He was born in Aurora, Missouri on March 7, 1927 and spent his youth in Marionville and Aurora, MIssouri. Eddie moved to California in 1942, eventually settling in Bakersfield, where he and his loving wife Leatrice Jean raised their family. He was a member of the Rosedale Grange and the Old Time Fiddler's Association. He retired from the Retail Clerk's Union in 1989, after many years of service.

Eddie had a great love for family, friends and animals. He could often be seen riding his Tennessee Walking horses Crusader or Red, with friends.

He leaves behind Leatrice, his loving wife of 52 years; his sons, Ricky and Michael; sister, Artie; daughters-in-law, Elaine, Cindy and Jacqui; grandchildren, Summer, Brooke, Desere, Katie, and Eris; great grandchildren, Dalani, Grace, Jacob, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Eddie will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure knowing him with his sense of humor and loving kindness to all that he came in contact with.

Services will be held Friday, July 12, 2002 at 1:30 Greenlawn Mortuary Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., and Panorama Drive. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, LeRoy, J.D., Gary, Steven, David, Lance and Jeff McCullah, Gail West, Karen Fair and Nancy Bull.

The family wishes to express deep appreciation to Hoffman Hospice for their kind and loving care for Eddie during his illness.

Betina Loraine Tance
March 24, 1933 - August 9, 2002

No services are scheduled for Earlimart resident, Betina Loraine Tance was born in March 24, 1933 n Texas to Frank and Dorothy Smith and passed away on August 9, 2002 in Delano, California at the age of 69. She was self employed as a dancer for over 30 years.

She is survived by her Brother, Robert Smith of Battle Creek, Michigan.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.

Mark O. Tannehill
May 31, 1958 - February 2, 2004

Memorial services will be held in West Hills Church of the Nazarene on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Mark O'Neal Tannehill, 45.

Mr. Tannehill, was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 31, 1958 passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on February 2, 2004. For the last 13 years he had lived in Taft and he attended West Hills Church of the Nazarene. He was employed by Key Energy as an oilfield technician.

His survivors include his wife, Susie Tannehill; his children, Chad, Chris, Elizabeth and Darrin Tannehill all of Taft, Chasady and Rebecca Dickens both of Coalinga and Karen Williams of Bakersfield; his grandson, Steve Williams; his mother and step-father, Peggy and Don Hobbs; his father, Billy Tannehill; his brother, Jason Hobbs and his wife; all of Oklahoma and his aunt and uncle, Linda and Burley Gentrey of Bakersfield.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Bernice Varner Tanner
January 3, 1913 - June 3, 2003

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Bernice Varner Tanner, 90. Mrs. Tanner was born the eldest of six daughters to Si and Bessie Mae Varner on January 3, 1913 in Arkansas. She and her family moved to Taft in 1918.

Her mother passed away when she was 9 years old and their father raised six girls. Mrs. Tanner was a member of the PTA and the Taft Emblem Club. She had worked as a clerk at Taft Union High School and retired after 16 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Tanner; her son Raymond Tanner, her sisters Lucille "Luke" Brown and Maxine Waldner. Mrs. Tanner's survivors include her daughters Susie Ziel of Paradise and JoAnne Nichols of Ventura; her sisters Corinne Evans of Bakersfield, Okie Jacks and Oma Ryall and her husband, Sid all of Taft; her daughter-in-law Jill Tanner-Taylor of Port Hueneme; her nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Eugene (Gene) Tassey
April 17, 1932 - March 6, 2010

Eugene (Gene) Tassey, age 77, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with Parkinsons Disease. He was born April 17, 1932, in Durant, Oklahoma. He served 4 years in the United States Airforce. In 1948 he met his wife, Frieda Christine Shafter. They were married July 2nd, 1954 and had 56 memorable years together. Gene and his family lived in the Taft and Derby Acres area since 1959. He worked in the oil fields and retired as Superintendent for MCO Holdings in 1995. He served for 10 years on the Kern County District School Board. He loved fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Gene is survived by his wife, Frieda, daughter Debbie Mariott and husband Dennis, daughter Janie Grant and husband Jerry, son Jimmy Tassey and fiancee Courtney. He has 6 grandchildren (Shane, Liz, Suzie, Jessie, Montana, Dakota) 3 great grandchildren and one more on the way. He is also survived by 3 sisters (Kita, Caroline, Linda) and 3 brothers (Vernon, Johnnie, Dewayne). In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 2 brothers and a sister. He will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.

The funeral will be at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, California at 2:00 p.m. of Friday, March 12, 2010. A memorial will immediately follow at Celebration Christian Church, 10011 Rosedale Hwy., Bakersfield, California. Gene will be laid to rest at the new National Veterans Cemetery at Hwy. 223 and 58 on a later date.

Bill Leroy Taylor
February 4, 1934 - July 22, 2003

Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Westside District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident, Bill Leroy Taylor.

Bill was born on February 4, 1934 to James and Audrey Taylor in Picher, Oklahoma, and passed away on July 22, 2003 in a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 69. Bill was last employed with Gene Watson Construction as an operator before he retired. He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his sons David Taylor and his wife Joanne, Jimmy Taylor and Billy Taylor, daughters Katie Bethel and her husband Wayne and Sue Huckins all of Taft. He has 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and several other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Taylor in 1992 and by his sister Geneva Cramer.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the West Side Family Mortuary located at 1150 4th St., Taft from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24th. All funeral services are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1549.
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John Ivan (Uncle John) Taylor
July 12, 1913 – January 28, 2003

John Ivan Taylor passed away on January 28, 2003 in Bakersfield. He passed away quietly with his family by his side.

He was born in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma on July 12, 1913 and migrated to California with his family in 1935. Eventually moving to Taft to work in the oilfields in 1942. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and was with J.F. Taylor Construction until he retired in 1978. John was an avid team roper and spent many years enjoying horses and rodeos. He was known to family and friends as Uncle John. He was a member of the Kern County Sheriff Posse and Rescue.

He is survived by his only son James R. Taylor and daughter-in-law Bobbee Taylor of Oklahoma; two grandson Troy Taylor of Jefferson, Oregon and Eric Taylor of Albany, Oregon; one great grandson Cody James Taylor of Jefferson, Oregon. He is also survived by two sisters, Lou Sommer and Lillian Vines and brother-in-law Bradly Vines, all of Bakersfield, one niece Connie and husband John Van Wyk of Bakersfield; nephew, Don and wife Saundra Lukins of Bakersfield; nephews, Calvin, Teddy and Jimmie Lee Taylor all of Oklahoma. John had many great and great-great nieces and nephews. He also had many, many close friends and will be missed by all.

Memorial services will be held at Franklin Field Quanset Hut on Friday at 1:00 p.m. John’s very long close friend Eddie Watkins will be speaking about many great memories and special times. John’s nephew John Wyk will be offering a prayer and special thoughts.
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Hazel J. Taylor, 78
May 21, 1922 - January 18, 2001

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Derby Acres resident, Hazel J. Taylor, 78.

Rev. Mark Taber will officiate at the services. Mrs. Taylor was born in Picher, Oklahoma on May 21, 1922 and passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on January 18, 2001.

She had lived in Kern County for the last 40 years. She was a member of the Derby Acres Community Church.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Taylor, in 1981. Her survivors include her son and his wife, Gary and Loma Taylor of Wellston, Oklahoma; her granddaughters and their husbands, Amy and Robert Dorsett of Bakersfield and Lisa and Jose Jimenez of Long Beach and by her great grandchildren, Noelle and Christian Jimenez. Friends are invited to pay their respects at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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Kenneth R. Taylor
Januray 10, 1931 - June 4, 2008

On June 4, 2008 Taft lost its "old time" baker, Kenneth R. Taylor. Mr. Taylor passed away in a Bakersfield hospital. He was born in Johnson City, New York on January 10, 1931.

During the Korean Conflict he proudly served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He had been a baker all of this adult life. He and his wife, Dolores, owned and operated Taylor's Bakery in the three hundred block of Center Street for years. Mr. Taylor will be remembered as "baker of happy parties." When ever there was a birthday party, school party, graduation party, wedding reception or other happy event it seemed that Mr. Taylor baked and supplied the cakes and cookies for that occasion. The Taylors believe that they were and are very blessed to live in a neighborhood of wonderful people.

Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Mildred Taylor and his brother, Harry Taylor. His survivors include his wife, Dolores Taylor; their son and his wife, Charles and Lynda Taylor; his sister and her husband, Eleanor and Jim Sullivan; his sister-in-law and her husband, Helen and Andrew Menard; 15 nieces and nephews spread across the country. He is also survived by his many friends in the world of gold prospecting and mining.

Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Jim Stigall will officiate. Burial in the Bakersfield Veterans Administration National Cemetery will be held at a later date.

Margaret Elizabeth Ford Taylor
January 5, 1925 - December 21, 2010

Margaret was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to Louis Delos Ford and Maude Crites Carpenter. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother George Ford and special sister-in-law, Sandra Ford.

Margaret moved to Kern County in 1926 and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1943. Her daughter, Patricia, was born in 1948 and her son, Michael in 1951. Margaret was a wonderful cook and seamstress and enjoyed raising her children and being a homemaker. Margaret was a devoted grandmother and spent many years volunteering at Taft Primary School where she received the Founders Day Award. Margaret continued her love of embroidery and made countless Christmas stockings for her entire family and several special friends. She was an avid fan of her great grandchildren and never missed a sporting or school event. Margaret was an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where she served on the Bishop's Committee and was the Sunshine Chairman, sending countless greeting cards. She also was a active member of the Episcopal Church Women and was Honored Woman of the Year in 2002. Margaret hosted weekly bible studies in her home and was an active member of the prayer chain.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Patricia Hamilton and her husband, Jim, of Taft; her son, Michael and his wife, Melody of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Holly Melton and her husband, Darrell, and their children, Lauren and Garrett of Taft, Bryon Scott of Sparks, Nevada, Wendy Ash and her husband, Jason, and their children, Krista and Tyler of Bakerfield, Craig Taylor and his wife, Cindy and their son, Garett, of Bakersfield and Alicia Sloss and her husband, Steve, and their daughters, Taylor and Addyson, of Bakersfield. Margaret is also survived by her brothers, Buster Ford of Oroville and Dick Ford of Madras, Oregon' and many nieces and nephews.

Reverend Linda Huggard will officiate services for Margaret at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 703 5th St., Taft, California. Burial service will follow in the West Side District Cemetery, 440 E. Cedar St., Taft, California. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in loving memory of Margaret to either Alpha Canine Sanctuary, Box 5517, Bakersfield, California 93388 or the Cat People, 4909 Stockdale Hwy., PMB 246, Bakersfield, California 93309.

Nichalos James Taylor
May 28, 1987 - October 19, 2012

A memorial service will be held in Westside Believers Fellowship on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, Nichalos James Taylor, 25. Pastor Ron Griffith will officiate.

Mr. Taylor was born in Bakersfield on May 28, 1987 and passed away on October 19, 2012 as a result of an auto accident. He had lived his life here in Kern County. He had been employed as an oilfield construction worker and had worked for Joe Burke Construction, Jerry Melton and KSI . He loved the time spent with his children and the rest of his family. He enjoyed working on cars, fishing and watching movies.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Larry West and Bill and Gerry Taylor and his uncle, David Taylor. He is survived by his fiance, Michelle Mackey; his children, Tessa Taylor, Jeremy Robey, Kaydance Robey and Hailey Robey; his father James Taylor, Sr.; his mother Donnell Taylor-Shears; his grandmother Barbara West; his brother James Taylor, Jr., Christopher Taylor and Stephen Shears; his sister, Chloie Weaver his uncles, Billy Taylor, Tom Culhane and Michael Culhane; his aunts, Sue Huckins, Kathie Bethel and her husband, Wayne, Sheila Gordon and her husband Edwin and Joann Taylor and his numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit In lieu of flowers, it has been suggested that donations may be sent to Chevron Valley Credit Union for an account that has been established for Mr. Taylor's children.

Paul D. [Doug] Taylor, 51
May 9, 1949 - March 5, 2001

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, 2001 for Paul D. [Doug] Taylor, 51 at Resthaven Mortuary. Mr. Taylor died on March 5, 2001. He is a resident of Goddard Kansas, where he worked as a Learjet Fabricator.

Mr. Taylor was born May 9, 1949 in Taft, California to John M. and Violet Taylor. He was married to Sharon Kay Baird on Aug. 7, 1975 in Russell, Kansas. He has lived in the Goddard area since 1991.

Survivors include his wife Sharon Kay of the home, sons, Robert and Shawn Taylor both of Goddard, Kansas and Bobby Taylor of California; daughter: Robin Coker of Taft, California; mother: Violet Taylor of Taft, California; sisters: Velva Crownover, Mt. Shasta, California; Gloria Farmer of Taft, California; Tina Owens of Bakersfield, California; Connie Baker of Duncan, Oklahoma: brother-in-laws: David, Dean, Jimmy Baird, Charles Farmer, Larry Crownover and Don Baker.

He was preceded in death by father: John Taylor, brother, Raymond Taylor, Donny Taylor and mother-in-law Grace Baird. He had 10 grandchildren.

Resthaven Mortuary #2540, Phone # (316) 722-2100 is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Taylor
August 2, 1924 - June 30, 2008

Funeral services for Maud resident Raymond Taylor are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Trinity Baptist Church in Maud. Interment will follow at Cummings Cemetery in Maud and will be under the direction of Knight-Swearingen Funeral Home of Maud. Raymond left his earthly home on Monday, June 30, 2008 after a tragic auto accident.

Raymond and his twin sister Rachel were born to Lois Kelly Slaughter Taylor and Wiley Taylor on August 2, 1924 at their home in Seminole County. Raymond married Bettie Louise Strawn on April 30, 1945 in McKittrick, California. To this union was born one son, Danny Ray Taylor, who was born in June 25, 1946. Raymond worked in the oilfields in California his entire adult life where he was also a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and Taft Sportsman Club. He retired from Luns Oil Company after 40 years of service. After retiring, he and his wife Louise moved back to Maud.

Sadly, Raymond's wife and son both preceded him in death. Louise died February 17, 2005 and his son Danny died July 4, 1983. His parents, two brothers and one sister also preceded him in death. Raymond is survived by three sisters; his twin sister Rachel Hale of Maud, and Virgie Cullum and Mary Lee Brewer, both of Seminole; three grandchildren, Tammy Kestler, Maud, Teresa and his wife Lora Taylor of Maud; five great grandchildren, Harlin Kestler and Jacob Kestler, both of Maud, Colt Brockett and Kelly Brockett, both of Tyler, Texas. Sierra Taylor of North Carolina and Danny Taylor of Maud. Raymond is also survived by a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces, and many close friends. Raymond will be greatly missed by all.

Casketbearers will be Donald Ray Hale, Donald Leroy Hale, Larry Brockett, Jack Pierce, Harlin Kestler and Jacob Kestler. Honorary bearers will be Raymond Leon Taylor, Carl Eschman and Colt Brockett.

Robert David "Dave" Taylor
November 10, 1956 - June 21, 2011

A graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. for Robert David "Dave" Taylor, 54. Rev. Tom LeClair of Community Christian Fellowship will officiate.

Mr. Taylor was born in Ozark, Arkansas on November 10, 1956 and passed away in Taft on June 21, 2011 from injuries sustained in an accident in the local oil fields. He had worked for Chevron since 1978. For many years he coached different ball leagues from t-ball on up. He also coached JF and high school football and is still remembered by the players as Coach. He, himself, enjoyed playing softball. His family was the love of his life and he took the greatest pleasure in the activities of his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Geraldine Taylor. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of 34 years, JoAnne Taylor; his children, Richard and Maranda Taylor and their children, Kyle, Evan and Blake Taylor, and Staci and Kyle Melton and their son, Chazz Melton all of Taft; his sisters and brothers, Sue Huckins, Kathie Bethel and her husband, Wayne, Jimmy Taylor and Billy Taylor all of Taft; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 27, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Ruth Teague
February 11, 1926 - September 28, 2002

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for former Taft resident, Mabel Ruth Teague, 76. Mrs.Teague passed away at the Bakersfield residence on September 28, 2002.

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

Willie Belle Teater
September 7, 1924 - November 8, 2010

Graveside funeral services where held on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. in the West Side district Cemetery for longtime Maricopa resident, Willie Belle Teater, 86. Mrs. Teater was born in Oakgrove, Louisiana on September 7, 1924 and passed away in Bakersfield on November 8, 2010. She had lived in Maricopa for 58 years. Mrs. Teater had been employed for over 20 years as a cook and cafeteria worker for the Maricopa School District.

She was preceded in death, last year, by her husband, David L. Teater. Her four brothers and a sister also preceded her in death. Her survivors include her three children, Jonice Robinson of Farmersvillle, Donald Teater of Lebec and William Teater of Maricopa; her seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Ernest E. Teel, 76
December 23, 1921 - December 8, 1997

Long-time Taft resident Ernest E. Teel died December 8, 1997 in Fountain Valley. Teel was born December 23, 1921 in Ada, Oklahoma. A WW II Veteran of The First lnfantry Division, Teel served in France and Germany. Teel lived in Taft for 46 yeas.

He is survived by daughters Loretta Adams of Reno,Nevada and Judy DiMercurio of Westminster; son Randy Teel of Reno, Nevada; seven grandchildren three sisters and two brothers.

Services will be conducted by the Neptune Society of Newport Beach.

Wanda Teel
April 26, 1934 - October 8, 2011

Wanda Mae Teel, 77 years old, of Taft, California, passed away on October 8, 2011 at Parkview Healthcare Center from complications of diabetes.

Wanda was born on April 26, 1934 inOklahoma. Her parents were William and Mary Rosettas Waddell. Her only surviving brother is Calvin Waddell of Oregon. Wanda was very close with her two surviving cousins, Velda Foy of Nipomo and Velma Criswerl of Bakersfield.

Wanda grew up in Derby Acres and Taft and attended public schools where she graduated from Taft Union High School. Taft High is where she met her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly 50 years, Weldon. She resided in Kern County for almost 70 years. Wanda worked at Barco for many years and also did charity and volunteer work for the homeless in Taft. She was a homemaker for most of her adult life. She took pride in providing and caring for her loving husband and her three children.

Her Husband, Weldon L. Teel, predeceased her. Her surviving children are Debra Potaczala and husband, Mark, of Taft, Welanda Stevenson and Jack of Bakersfield and Delmer Teel of Atascadero. She has six grandchildren, Jason Teel of SanFrancisco, Kelly Morris and Wesley of Taft, Jennifer Elcano and Chris of Bakersfield, Amy Echeverria and Henry of Pasadena and Brice and Kyler Stevenson of Bakersfield. She has four great grand children, Kaabyn Kaliah and Kayle Elcano of Bakersfield and Elijah Morris of Taft.

She was a special aunt to many of her brother's children and was adored by all those nieces and nephews. Those who loved her will miss Aunt Wanda and cherish their fond memories. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Westside District Cemetery in Taft. Officiating clergy will be Pastor Rodney Wikoff of West Hills Church of the Nazarene. No visitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Eva Verona Wagner Temple
March 15, 1927 - December 5, 2011

Eva Verona Wagner Temple was born on March 15, 1927 in Taft, California and passed away on December 5, 2011 at Memorial Hospital with her family by her side.

Eva lived in Taft with her father George Wagner, mother Verona Wagner, one brother and several sisters. She attended Taft Union High School after leaving Roosevelt Jr. High, and Lincoln Elementary. She was diagnosed with Polio at age 12 which interfered greatly with her schooling. However, this gave Eva the opportunity to explore her main passion, music. She quickly became a beautiful piano player and joined a trio playing at clubs around town.

She married Louis Temple in 1948, whom she remained married to until his passing in 2003. Eva was a very thoughtful woman who was always there to provide for and help out her friends and family. She enjoyed spending her time scrapbooking, crocheting, sewing, knitting and cooking an array of dishes that were widely popular in the family such as pasty pie, and chicken and dumplings.

Eva is survived bly her daughter, Kathy Smith; granddaughters, Brenlea, Ryanne, and Peyton Smith; nephew, Mike Junkermeier and wife Judy, grandniece, Cindy Martin, her husband Jeff and children, Ethan and NIcholas; grandnephew, John Junkermieier and wife Jennifer and son, Jack; and grandnephew, Joshua Junkermeier.

Services will be held on Monday, December 12th beginning with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. and a graveside service at 11:30 a.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.


Louis E. Temple
March 23, 1917 - March 6, 2003

Louis E. Temple was born in England, Arkansas, on March 23, 1917, and passed away March 6, 2003. He was the 11th of 13 children born to Lily and William Temple.

In early 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, which brought him to California. After serving in World War II as a Pharmacist's Mate, he was discharged and decided to make a life for himself in California. He settled in Taft to work in the oil industry. While in Taft, he met and married his beloved wife of 55 years, Eva. In 1956, they moved to Bakersfield while he worked as a gauger for a small oil company, Verde Enterprises. Wanting a change, he took a job at Bakersfield, California as a custodian in the administration building. He worked there until his retirement in 1983.

He loved attending the renegade football games and spending time at the beach. His passion was gardening and he grew some of the best tomatoes anyone ever tasted. His early life on the farm and his time in the Navy left him with many humorous anecdotes. He loved to chat and share stories with friends and acquaintances just to pass the time of day. He had a great sense of humor and had a country saying for every occasion. He was a wonderful husband, father and papa.

Louis leaves behind his wife, Eva; daughter, Kathy and husband, Chris Smith; 3 granddaughters, Brenlea, Ryanne and Peyton Smith, who were his greatest joys of his life; a special nephew, Mike Junkermeier and wife, Judy and their children, great-niece, Cindy and husband, Jeff Martin, great-nephews, John Louis and Joshua Junkermeier, as well as numerous nieces and nephews across the U.S. and a brother, Ray Temple and wife, Eva Mae of Prescott, Arizona. We all love him and miss him.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m., at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary. Visitation will be on Monday, March 10 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary.


Crystal Leann Patterson-Tennelli
October 13, 1989 – February 26, 2003

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at West Side Believers Fellowship for Crystal Leann Patterson-Tennelli. Pastor Jim Harmer will be officiating.

Crystal was born on October 13, 1989 in Bakersfield and passed away in Taft on February 26, 2003 where she had lived her whole life. She was attending Taft schools and was presently in the 7th grade at Lincoln Junior High School. Crystal enjoyed riding her bicycle and swimming during the summer at the Natatorium. She didn’t know a stranger. She was always willing to help a person in need. She is survived by her parents, John and Angie Tennelli of Taft, her sisters, Danielle of Taft and Patricia of Bakersfield; her brothers, Jason and Joseph of Taft, Robert of Buttonwillow, her grandmother, Patricia Patterson of Taft, her grandfather Bill Smith of Derby Acres, her aunts Sonya Patterson of Taft and Judith Ann Tennelli of Bakersfield, her uncle Tim Byrd and her cousins Patricia, Nicole, Jessica Gary and Alexis Byrd all of Taft.

She was preceded in death by her sister Janice and her grandfather Gary Patterson.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Autumn Oaks Funeral Home, 389-4290.
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Johnny Tennelli
April 14, 1943 - February 23, 2007

Johnny Tennelli passed away February 2007. The family does apologize for it taking so long for a service. There will be a service held on Friday, August 31, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery.

Edna Arnold Tepovic, 77
August 14, 1923 - January 20, 2001

Edna Arnold went to be with the Lord, January 20, 2001, after a short illness, she was 77 years old. She was born August 14, 1923 in Pennsylvania.

She loved going to her children’s ball games and keeping score. Edna enjoyed going to church, crocheting, ceramic painting and sewing her children’s clothes. She worked with her late husband, Ed Arnold in their machine shop in Maricopa, until his death in 1963.

She is preceded in death by her second husband, Mike Tepovic and brother Jim DePriest.

She is survived by her four children, two daughters, Judy and Herb Markovitz of Clearwater, Florida, Barbara and Rick Fragale of Morro Bay and two sons, Tom and Elaine Arnold and Andy and Carla Arnold, both of Taft.

She had seven grandsons, Ed and Chris Lieby, Don, Bob, John and Jim Arnold and Nick Fragale. She also had 4 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be Friday, January 26, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. at the Westside Cemetery. Erickson and Brown Mortuary are handling Edna’s services. The Arnold family has requested no visitation. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting a donation be made in her name to : Optimal Hospice Foundation, 1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, California 93308.
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John David Terrell, Jr.
September 2, 1955 - December 29, 2003

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, John David Terrell, Jr. Rev. Mickey Brooke, pastor of New Hope Temple, will officiate.

Mr. Terrell was born in Edison on September 2, 1955 and passed away as a result of an auto accident on December 29, 2003. He was a member of the 1973 graduating class at Maricopa High School.

Mr. Terrell had been employed as an oil worker and was last employed by J. E. Merit Company. He was a member of New Hope Temple and served as vice president and secretary of the Church's Men's Fellowship and involved in the Church's Bus Ministry. Mr. Terrell will be remembered as a man who loved the Lord and had strong faith. He was a man who loved the Lord and had strong faith. He was a man who was loved by all, and brought joy and happiness to those around him. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his father, John David "J.D." Terrell, Jr. in March of this year. His survivors include his wife, Charlene Terrell of Taft; his chidren, John David Terrell III of Taft and his wife Jennifer and their daughter, Haylie and son, Tyler. Senior Airman Lance Terrell and his wife, Wendy of Las Vegas, Nevada, Anthony Terrell of Taft and his fianc'e, Shari Wells and her daughter, Amber Jensen, Jared Willingham and Melissa Robison both of Taft; his mother, Bernice Terrell of Maricopa; his sister, Deb Voliva of Cobb; his brother, Ed Terrell of Arizona.

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

John D. Terrell Sr.
October 21, 1927 - March 10, 2003

Graveside services for John D. Terrell Sr. were held on Saturday, March 15, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. in the Westside District Cemetery, John David Terrell Sr. (affectionately known as J.D.) went home to meet his Lord on the morning of March 10, 2003. His wife was by his side. J.D. was born in Bokchito, Oklahoma on October 21, 1927. He was a veteran of the Korean War and after serving in the U.S. Army for four years, he and his wife, Bernice, moved to California in 1953, eventually settling in Maricopa in 1966. J.D. worked for Western Well Service for almost 18 years. He and his wife Bernice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 29, 2002. J.D. was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Bernice of Maricopa, daughter Deb Voliva and husband Bob of Cobb, California, sons John Jr. (Dave) and wife Charlene of Taft, California and Eddie Jay of Arizona. He was known as "PAPA" to 8 grandchildren, Tara Hall, and husband Clint of Middletown, California James Voliva of Reno, Nevada, John III (J.D.) and wife Jennifer of Dustin Acres, California, Senior Airman Lance of Nellis AFB, Nevada, Anthony of Taft and fiance Shari and her daughter Amber, Randy Terrell of Washington D.C., Kendra and husband Eddie Castanada of Long Beach, California, Kelsey Terrell also of Long Beach, California, 5 great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Colton Hall of Middletown, Haylie and Tyler Terrell of Dustin Acres, Mylie Castanada of Long Beach, California, and step-grandchildren, Jared Willingham and Melissa Robison of Taft, sisters, Ruth Williams and husband Wiley of Lamont, California, Feachie Buckmaster of Durant, Oklahoma, Dorothy Goode of Bakersfield, California, sisters-in-law, Dorothy Nay of Beaverton, Oregon, Betty Jo Trammell of Bennington, Oklahoma, Patricia Ann Bowen of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Margaret Terrrell of Oklahoma and special friends, Mel and Lucy Jones and families of Oklahoma and Texas and Phyllis and Donald White and families of Maricopa, California and former daughter-in-law Diane of Bakersfield and all of his wonderful nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to Optimal Hospice, Pastor Mickey Brooke of New Hope Temple Church and all of the friends and families that have been there for John and his family.

All funeral arrangements were under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Elzie Lee Terry
February 13, 1921 - July 11, 2003

Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Elzie Lee Terry, 82. Lawn Memorial Park in Commerce. Mr Terry was born in Oklahoma on February 13, 1921 and passed away in a Porterville hospital on July 11, 2003.

He had been employed as a carpenter for over 50 years. For the last 30 years Taft has been his home. Mr. Terry was an avid baseball fan.

His son, Bill Terry, preceded him in death. Mr. Terry's survivors include his wife, Frances Terry of Taft his children, Leo Terry of Houston, Texas, George Terry of Bakersfield, Kenny Terry of Taft, Evelyn Price of Maricopa, Myrna Terry of Bakersfield, Gladys Terry of Taft and David Terry of Tehachapi; his 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations may be made to the Funeral Home to help defray the expenses. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Frances Terry
November 22, 1929 - December 5, 2003

Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 at 10:00 a.m.for longtime Taft resident, Frances Terry, 74. Burial will take place in Parklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Commerce at a later date.

Mrs. Terry was born in Los Angeles on November 22, 1929 and passed away in Taft on December 5, 2003. She was a devoted Christian and told her daughter Evelyn, don't give up on God. Mrs. Terry was a very loving and caring person. She enjoyed all of her grandchildren.

Mrs. Terry was preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Terry in July of this year and her son, Bill Terry in 1986. Her survivors include her children, Leo Terry of Taft, George Terry of Bakersfield, Kenny Terry of Taft, Evelyn Price and her husband, Mike of Maricopa, Myrna Winkler and her husband, Ryan of Bakersfield, Gladys Terry of Taft, David Terry and his wife, Lee of Taft, Marilyn Carlon and her husband, Jeff of Maricopa and Dennis Greaser of Fellows; her 20 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Gene Tessandori-Rites Pending
March 17, 1932 - January 19, 2003

At the request to the deceased no formal funeral services will be held for Taft resident, Gene Tessandori, Jr., 70.

Mr. Tessandori was born on March 17, 1932 and passed away in the local hospital on January 19, 2003.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ralph Thacher
July 3, 1909 - November 1, 2006

Melvin Ralph Thaher passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on November 1, 2006 at the age of 97. Ralph had been a resident of Taft since 1938.

He was born in Jackson, Michigan to Oren and Garnet Thacher, and grew up in Brooklyn, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, majoring in music. He spent many years during the depression earning his living playing trumpet in dance bands in the Midwest and California. In 1938 he moved to California to begin 37 years of employment with Standard Oil Company. When World War II started he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served in the China-Burma Theather and was discharged as a captain in 1946. After the war he married the love of his life, Marjorie, and resumed his oilfield career. He was a hunter, a pubished author, an award winning photographer, model railroader for 60 years, Marjorie; his sons, Bill and wife Lynn, of Rancho Murieta, California and David Murieta California and David of Moses Lake, Washington; and two grandsons, Adam of Oakland, California and Scott, of Providence, Rhode Island.

Services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Ben Thomas, 68
August 26, 1897 - June 10, 1966

Benjamin Jamison Thomas 58, died at his home at 217 Monroe early this morning.

Thomas who was born August 26, 1897 at Fulton, Missouri was a former employee of Southern California Gas Company, where he was employed 49 years before retiring in 1965.

Thomas is survived by his widow. Margaret Barbara Thomas of 217 Monroe, his mother Mrs. Julia Ann Thomas of Taft, one daughter Hazel Young of Taft, three sisters, Dollie Smith of Taft, Mrs. Louise McElvaney of Hacinanda, and Mrs. Emma Williamson of Taft, one brother Jim Thomas of Monrovia and several grandchildren.

Thomas was an active member of Taft Lodge No. 1527 of the Elks.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Chapel with the officers of the Elks officiating.

Burial services will be held at the West Side Cemetery.

Elizabeth Annette "Bettye" Thomas
January 4, 1919 - April 5, 2010

Rosary and Mass of the Christian Burial for Elizabeth Annette "Bette" Thomas will be held at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.

Mother was born at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield to Leo and Dessie Fedewa. Mother was raised on the Standard Oil Lease in Fellows, California. She attended school in Taft and went to Taft Junior College. She married the love of her life Lionel Corvosso Thomas Jr. on June 15, 1941.

Our dear sweet Mother will be greeted in Heaven by her loving husband, our wonderful father, Lionel Corvosso Thomas Jr. who will be interred with mom, her parents Leo and Dessie Fedewa, dads parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Thomas Sr., daughter, Elizabeth Susan Walker, granddaughter, Angela Watson, sister, Mary Prewett, Marjorie Glendening, son-in-law, Dr. James R. Lynch, daughter-in-law, Rose Marie Thomas, brothers-in-law, Kenneth Farnsworth and Bill Bayer. She is survived by her children, Barbara Watson, Nannette Lynch, Lionel Corvosso (Kathy) Thomas III, Mary (Carl) Voss, Paul Thomas and Patrick Thomas; 13 grandchildren; sister, Barbara Farnsworth; brother, Leo (Joy) Fedewa; in-laws, Mary Louise Bayer, Roger Gendening and Ralph Prewett.

All of the Family wants to give a special thank you to Mary, Carl, Greg, Sarah and Jane for opening up their home to Mother and taking such wonderful are of her for so many years. For additional service information, please contact Busham Funeral Care at 873-8200.

Floyd Glenn Thomas
August 22, 1969 - December 3, 2006

Visitation for Floyd Glenn thomas will be held at Basham Funeral Care(3312 Niles Street)on Friday, December 8, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday morning, December 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.

Glenn was born August 22, 1969in Santa Rosa, California and he passed away Saturday December 3, 2006 in Bakersfield, California at Mercy Hospital from complications following surgery.

He is preceded in death by his father Marion Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Julie Thomas; son Colin Thomas; mother, Maudie Thomas; brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Sharon Thomas; sister, Lynda Thomas; sister, Leah Smith; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Roger and Teresa Davis Jr; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mark and Lori Davis as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

A man is judged by his friends and Glenn had many fine friends. Glenn was a quite, gentle giant and a good Samaritan, frequently helpng those in need whenever and wherever he found them. For these reasons and many more he was the love of Julie's life. Glenn was a graduate of Taft High School. He was particulary proud of the accomplishment in getting his class A driver's license. Glenn loved setting up camp at Pismo Beach with his family and riding quads with them and his many friends. If there was one thing Glenn truly excelled at it was being a father. It is true that the good die young.

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

Justin [Dusty] Thomas
June 3, 1989 - October 9, 2002

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday October 12, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Justin [Dusty] Thomas, 13. Rev. Scott Pearson, Pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the service.

Dusty was born in Anaheim on June 3, 1989 and has lived the last 10 years in Taft. Dusty attended Jefferson School where he was learning to use the computer to communicate and to read. Dusty’s happiest times were when family and friends would talk to him. He always had a big smile for those who spent time with him. He loved camping, the outdoors and riding in his Pa-Pa’s Jeep. In his quieter moments, he loved music and being rocked by his Ma-Ma in their special chair. Dusty will be missed by his Ma-Ma, Marcia Granthan; his mommy and daddy, Tammy and Don Foreman, his brother, Joey and his sister, Jessica. He will also be missed by his aunt, Kim; uncles Kirk and Bryan; a host of grandparents and great grandparents; and other family and friends to numerous to mention. He was dearly loved by all.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nita Fay Thomas
September 30, 1933 - January 30, 2014

A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Nita Fay Thomas, 80.

Nita was born in Henrietta, Texas on September 30, 1933 and passed away at her home on January 30, 2014. She moved to Kern County, settling in Pumpkin Center, when she was eight years old. She worked for her brother at SJ Mobley Used Cars in Taft for 18 years. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Nita was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Thomas of Taft; her parents, Asbury and Eva Mobley; her two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her children. Debbie Gamble and Randy Thomas both of Taft; her grandchildren, Brad Fore and his wife, Dawn of Bakersfield, Nicole Thomas, Derrick Tomas and his fiancee, Teresa, all of Taft; and her great-great grandchildren, Austin Fore, Joshua Gilmore and Paige Thomas.

Viewing will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To express online condolences please visit

Raymond A. Thomas, 82
September 13, 1913 - April 12, 1996

Services will be held Wednesday in the Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane in Bakersfield, for Raymond Atwood Thomas, 82. Pastors Phillip Lee and Keith Fultz will officiate at the services.

Mr. Thomas was born September 13, 1913 in Sherman, Texas, and passed away April 12, 1996 in Bakersfield. He had resided in Kern County for the past 80 years. He was the assistant postmaster with the U.S. Post Office for 34 years. He attended the Chester Avenue Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Tincie Thomas of Bakersfield; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Raymond Rose of Montrose, Colorado; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael Ray and Gail Thomas of Bakersfield; a granddaughter and her husband, Tina and Troy Lotta of Denver; and a grandson, Bryan Ray Thomas of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Roy Lee Thomas, 74
October 15, 1931 - May 13, 2006

Graveside funeral services were held in the Westside District Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. for Taft resident Roy Lee Thomas, 74. Mr. Thomas was born in Boonville, Arkansas on October 15, 1931 and passed away at his home on May 13, 2006. He moved to Kern County, settling in Derby Acres, when he was five years old. He attended school in Fellows and went to high school in Taft. Mr.Thomas had been employed by Mobil Oil for over 37 years and retired as a leadman in 1987. He enjoyed spending time camping, hunting and motorcycle riding.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lela Thomas, his two brothers and his three sisters. His survivors incluudes his wife of 53 years, Nita, Mobley, Thomas of Taft, his children, Debbie Gamble and Randy Thomas both of Taft; his grandchildren Brad Fore and his wife Dawn of Bakersfield, Nicole Thomas and Derrick Thomas and his fiancee Teresa all of Taft; his great grandsons, Austin Fore and Joshua Gilmore and his soon to arrive great granddaughter, Paige Thomas.

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

Tincie V. Thomas
September 20, 1914 - July 25, 2012

Tincie (Tiny) Thomas passed away peacefully on July 25, 2012. She was born to James and Nora Varnado in September of 1914, she was the second youngest child of her parents' twelve children. She was petite and quickly adopted the nickname Tiny, which followed her through life. Raised in Franklinton, Louisana, she enjoyed sharing her memories of, as a child growing up on a farm. She spoke fondly of the horses and other animals she cared for, and perhaps not so fondly of having to help pick cotton during the hot humid Louisiana summers.

In 1938 she married her first husband and childhood sweetheart, Olin Bullock. When Mr. Bullock enter the service during the second World War, she also enlisted as a WAC into the Women's Army Air Corps. There she tested and repaired aircraft radios on the Army Women's Air Corps' trainer planes.This brought her to Kern County's Garners field an Army training base outside of Taft, California.

After the war, her marriage to Mr. Bullock ended. She later met Raymond Thomas of Taft. He became her husband of 58 years, until his passing in 1996. Together they spent the rest of their lives in Taft. Raymond Thomas became assistant postmaster for the postal service in Taft. They had one son Michael Thomas, he now lives in Bakersfield with his wife, Gail and son Nicholas. Mrs. Thomas also had another grandson, Bryan Thomas, Bryan now lives in Cordova, Tennessee, with his wife, Tania, Mrs. Thomas' three great grand children, Jade Hailey, and Harrison. She also had a step-daughter, Donna Rose; and great granddaughter Tina, who lives in Colorado. Her grandchildren became the pride and joy of Mrs. Thomas' life.

I would like to thank the staff at Pacifica Assisted Living and Memory Care. You have been our extended family for over seven years, and your assistance has been so much appreciated.

Mrs. Thomas was a spiritual person who has taken her place with Christ. Rest well, Mother. We will always love you. For condolences please visit. www.greenlawnmortuaryand

Walter Rainey Thomas, 98
August 25, 1902 - March 17, 2001

Services will be held for Walter Rainey Thomas who died in Walnut Creek on March 17, 2001. He is survived by daughters Kathryn Platzek and Zella Cooper-Donovan; grandchildren Thomas, William and Patricia Platzek; Jefferey and Tracey Cooper; fourteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Walter was born in Memphis, Tennessee, attended Notre Dame University and Holy Cross College. He married Zella Fern Paxson in 1924 in Memphis and she preceded him in death in 1989. In 1927 they moved to Los Angeles where he was employed by Twentieth Century-Fox. In 1934, at the height of the depression, they moved to Taft, California where Walter was employed by Standard Oil Company of California (now Chevron Oil Company) until retirement in 1967. Upon retirement they moved to Boulder Creek, California. In early 2000 Walter moved to Walnut Creek, California where he would be near his daughter Zella.

A committal service will be held Saturday, 2:00 p.m. March 24, 2001 at Santa Cruz Memorial Park, 1927. Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, California. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 800-242-8721 or your favorite charity.


Fred Lee Thomason, 57
June 22, 1944 - January 15, 2002

Fred was born June 22, 1944 in Coffeeville, Montgomery County, Kansas to Gearld and Vera Lee Thomason. He passed away January 15th early morning at a Bakersfield Hospital. Bishop Harold Pease, a close friend of his will officiate at the graveside services Wednesday 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at the Westside District Cemetery Taft, California.

The family moved to the Westside early in Fred's life. Fred worked as a cook at the Buttonwillow truck stop and at Jo's restaurant, he also drove a Taxi here in Taft. He was one of the researchers for the old Midway Cemetery here in Taft. He was an accomplished Genealogist having volunteered at the Family History Library here in Taft.

He is survived by a sister Gearldine and her husband Andy Jones of Ventura. Close friend's Tom and Pauline Harper of Sunland, California several nieces and nephews, and other close friends of the Family History library, and the Taft Genealogical Society, which he was a member.

He will be missed by all who knew him. West Side Family Mortuary is in charge of the services.
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Wilba Ellen Thomason
November 29, 1921 - April 10, 2007

Wilba Ellen Thomason was born November 29, 1921 in Delaware, Oklahoma to John William Sellars and Josie Bell Whitlock. She was a very loving Mother, Grandmother, and Sister. She will be missed by everyone.

Wilba was preceded in death by her loving husband William Henry Thomason. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Billie June and Skip Wellens of Littlerock, California; son Dale Thomason and his friend Mary Patton of Bakersfield, California; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and John Martin of Bakersfield, California; daughter; and son-in-law Mary and Domenico Risi of Mission Viejo, California; sister Idabell (Dutch) Briggs of Nowata, Oklahoma; sister and brother-in-law Mary and Bill Nash of Hastings, Minnesota; sister-in-law, dorothy Sellars of Grand River, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Dwaine Brown, Lorrie Brown, Alicia Rubio, Karen Whisler, Debra Hackleman, Doug Gunter and Maria Pia Arreguin; twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for all their care and assistance. Graveside services were held Friday April 13, at 2:00 p.m. in Taft at West Side Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Clifford Wayne "Spiffy" Thompson
November 28, 1951 - April 5, 2012

Cliff, "Spiffy Cliffy" as he was known by many of his family and friends, will be laid to rest on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California. Cliff was born on November 28, 1951 in the city of Taft and passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Taft. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home in Taft.

Cliff graduated from Taft Union High School, DeVry Technical School in Arizona and attended ASU. He was employed by Veneco Oil Exxon Mobil to name just a few along with his own company, CT Enterprises LLC. Cliff was currently employed by Gill lRanch Storage in Madera, California. Cliff, without a doubt, he loved racing-- a true NHRA fan from the word GO! He was a huge NASCAR fan and truly enjoyed anything to do with racing. If it had wheels Cliff loved and watched it. However, as we all know, this might have come in second to the love affair he had with politics. He served 10 years on the Taft City Council, two years of which he proudly served as Mayor. Through meetings in Bakersfield, Kern County and Sacramento, Cliff was truly honored to have met some of the most wonderful and interesting mayors and officials. He was especially proud of his photo with then Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy taken in Sacramento. He claimed a piece of highway to call his own and enjoyed his time with friends with highway cleanups. He was proud of the work he did to help on the Safety Corridor for Highway 119, his work with the Taft Chamber of Commerce and chaired a wonderful Taft Gala. He was a New Year's Eve designated driver, delivered meals for the holidays and was always available seven days a week to those who had questions.

Cliff is predeceased by his father, Roy and two brothers, Tommy and Mike. He is survived by his sister, Kay; and his wonderful and dear mother, Jessie Orlean Thompson. And remember, "How's your buddy, how's you pal . . Spiffy Cliffy?" He will truly be missed. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit

Donald R. Thompson
December 1, 1945 - October 28, 1995

Graveside services were held today in the West Side District Cemetery for Shafter resident Donald Ray Thompson, 49. The Rev. Jim Glasco officiated at the services.

Mr. Thompson was born on December 1, 1945 in Santa Monica and passed away October 28, 1995 in Delano as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was a graduate of Delano High School in 1963 and had worked for Richland Chevrolet.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Thompson, in 1990. Mr. Thomson is survived by his father, Ira Thompson of Pixley; and his children, Bryan Thompson of Belmont, Cary Thompson of Mountain View, Kellicia Schieler of Peulaski, Mississippi, and Kelly Thompson of Forest City, North Carolina; his grandchildren, Haylee Katherine and Seth Schieler; his sisters, Paula Harmon and her husband, Ron, of Shafter, and Lou Ann Campbell of Taft; his brother, Terry Thompson of Pixley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

George M.Thompson
August 1, 1927 - March 16, 2006

A celebration of dad's life will be held March 21st at 1:00 p.m. with graveside services at Greenlawn southwest on Panama Lane.

Dad was born August 1st 1927 in Taft California to Harry and Ada Thompson. He made Kern County his home for 78 years with the past six being in Bakersfield. Service to his country was by way of the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. Upon returnibg to the states, he went to work for Standard Oil Company now Chevron-Texaco and did so for 40 years until he retired Dad was a careing and truly devoted husband and father. His family always came first. He was an example anyone would be proud to follow. He enjoyed spending summers at their cabin on Huntington Lake. fishing, water skiing, and later on sail-boating and golfing Dad loves all sports and was the ultimate spector. He was a great teacher of the practical He will be truly missed more than any words can say.

George is survived by his wife, best friend and golfing buddy of more than 58 years Bette, son Robert Thompson and wife Marilyn of Pine Mt. Club, daughter Jeanne Furstenfield, granddaughter Karrie Kaff husband Jason and son Kevin of Bakersfield, brother Art Thompson and wife Gail of Rohnert Park, California brother and sister-in-laws Bruce and Virginia McGray, of Santa Maria California and Ken and Darlene Sorenson of Bakersfield and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers please make donation to the American Lung Assocation.

Rosemary Thompson
October 11, 1930 - January 6, 2006

Services will be held at West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California, Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Rick Bennett of Central coast Baptist Chruch in Grover Beach, California will officiate.

Rosemary was born and raised in Taft, California to Hilda and Lawrence Mosher. She graduated from Taft Union High School in 1948 and married Ray Teargan in June of 1950, after attending a Debutant Women's College in Colorado. Together Ray and Rosemary had two boys, Larry and Terry. Ray was killed in a work related accident in 1977. Later Rosemary married George Thompson in April 1978.

Rosemary was very active member with her Class Reunion, Desk and Derrick, Native Daughters of the Golden West and Loyal Order of the Moose. She loved visiting with friends, traveling and going to the swap meet. She was a seamstress, enjoyed knitting and many other Arts and Crafts. She also loved the treasure that George would bring home from the auctions. Christmas was her favorite time; Santa's decorate the house year round. She enjoyed summers at the beach where she made lifetime friends.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, George Thompson, son Terry Yeargan, grandson Chris Yeargan. Step-daughter Arlene Hanzark and husband Sam, step-sons Bill Thompson, Richard Thompson and wife Lowana, Eric Thompson and wife Angie, and Raymond Thompson; her grandchildren Tiffany (John), Erin, Amanda, Austin (Lacey), Andrew, Erica, Ashly, Melissa, Megan, Jared and David; and her great grandchildren Madison and Clay; nieces, nephews as well as many other family and close friends.

Services arranged by Erickson and Brown Funeral Home, Taft, California.

Terry Thompson
December 16, 1949 - December 12, 2003

Terry was born on December 16, 1949 to Ira and Bessie Thompson and passed away on December 12, 2003. He was a graduate of Tulare Union High School and College of the Sequoias. He farmed in the Tulare County area.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Don. His survivors include his children, Shane and Brooke Thompson and their mother Loral; his granddaughter, Allyson Thompson; his loving sisters, Paula Harmon and Louann Campbell; his aunt and uncle, Lena and Roy Thompson; and by his six nephews and five nieces.

Memorial services will be held at the Pixley Nazarene Church, 1138 E. Court Street, Pixley, on Saturday, December 20th at 4:00 p.m. private family burial services will be held on Tuesday in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jesse Earl Thornbrugh
April 12, 1916 - November 24, 1997

Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday, November 28, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for former Taft resident. Jesse Earl Thornbrugh, 81. The Officers of the Taft Midway Lodge, #426. F.& A.M. will officiate at the services.

Mr. Thornbrugh was born in April 12, 1916 in Kansas and passed away on November 24, 1997 in a San Pedro convalescent hospital. He served this country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the Welcome Lodge #255 F.& A.M. in the Lemoore.

Mr. Thornbrugh is survived by his wife, Nema Thornbrugh of Palos Verdes: his daughter, Donna Gluyas of Palos Verdes: his grandchildren: Steve Gluyas of Fillmore, Mike Gluyas of Santa Maria: his great grandchildren: Brandi Gluyas and Jesse Gluyas both of Fillmore.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

James Thurman, 66
June 22, 1935 - December 31, 2001

James Thurman, 66 of Arvin, California. Passed away on December 31, 2001 at his home in Arvin, California. Visitation is Thursday, January 3, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. at Freewill Baptist Church in Arvin.

Marjorie May Tiffany
January 12, 1920 - May 17, 2006

Marjorie May Tiffany was born on January 12, 1920 in Long Beach, California to Egar L. and Met L. Tiffany. She passed away on May 17, 2006 in Bakersfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Evelyn, her brother-in-law, Gordon Fritts and a very special cousin, Jean Gilliam. She is survived by her nephew, Ed Fritts, his wife Sharon and their children of Orange, California. She is also survived by many of the friends she made at the local car shows when she was proudly showing her little red and white Nash Metropolitian.

Respecting her final wishes there will be no services. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Johnny Ray Tigett
January 19, 1953 - February 24, 2003

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Mobile, Alabama for Bakersfield resident, Johnny Tigett. Johnny was born on January 19, 1953 in Alabama and he passed away at the age of 50 on February 24, 2003 in Bakersfield. He was employed as a merchant marine for the last 10 years of his life.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Dorothy Geraldine Titus
June 24, 1917 - January 3, 2003

Dorothy Geraldine Titus passed into God's loving hands on January 3, 2003 at Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, California. Her last residence was in Taft.

She was born June 24, 1917 to Jan and Anna Hejbal in Kansas City, Missouri. Her grandparents, Andrew and Dorthea Winselman, raised her. Dorothy was married to Henry Rosenberger. They had two children, John and Dorothy Ann. In 1976 she married William Titus residing in Lake Isabella and Bakersfield.

Her daughter, Dorothy Ann Iorio in 1998, preceded her in death. Dorothy is survived by her son, John Rosenberger and his wife Elke of Lomita, California, grandson, Michael; and by grandson Anthony Iorio of San Pedro, California, grand-daughter, Nicole Iorio of W. Covina, California and special friends' Kevin Turner and Jack and Jean Turner of Taft.

Dorothy was a noted sculptress and artist having trained in Germany in her teens. During World War II she worked in the shipyards as a welder/burner. Art was always her joy. She believed in the Lutheran faith and raised her children in Lutheran schools. Dorothy was very independent to the end of her days. She was generous to friends and family to a fault. Her uplifting spirit and ready wit will always be remembered. There will be no services.
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Forrest S. Titus, 77
June 18, 1919 - June 26, 1996

Memorial services were held Monday for former Taft resident Forrest S. Titus, 77.

Mr. Titus was born June 18, 1919 in Taft, one of four children to John W. And Bessie Titus. He died June 26, 1996 in Grass Valley. He attended Taft schools, graduating from Taft Union High School. He married Frances Green in 1941, residing in Watsonville and San Jose 21 years each while employed as a locomotive and diesel engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad and Am Trak. He retired to Grass Valley in 1983.

He is survived by by his wife, Frances Titus of Grass Valley; two daughters, Linda Rhoden of Medford, Oregon and Cathy Thompson of San Jose; a son, David Titus of Odom, Georgia; two brothers, Don and Ken Titus; a sister, Betty Panattoni and six grandchildren.


Ken Torrey
November 10, 1940 - September 17, 2003

A memorial service will be held for our great friend, Ken Torrey, on Saturday, September 27, at Olive Knolls Church, 6201 Fruitvale Ave., Bakersfield, at 11:00 a.m. Ken was taken from us on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 after a brief illness. Born November 10, 1940. Ken resided in Kern County all of his life except for his college years.

Raised in Taft, Ken graduated Taft High School class of 1958 he attended Taft City college where his excellence in football led him to USC on a football scholarship. Ken received his B.A. from USCB in 1969. He was proud to say he attended college "during the 60's all of them." His career with Kern County started in 1967 and ended with his retirement as a Supervising Probation Officer in 1997.

During his career he held virtually every position in probation but he was particularly fond of his time directly assigned to the Bakersfield Municipal Court. From 1982 until his retirement, most of his work had something to do with supporting the municipal court judges, where he provided invaluable assistance. He was the first Probation Officer assigned to the Bakersfield Drug Court one of the first such courts in the country. P.O., Torrey will be sorely missed in the court system.

Ken had many many interests from music and acting (he actually cut a 'Doo Wap' record in 1961), to breeding horses, to hot rods, hunting, fishing, golf, bridge, and community service. Ken is a past president of East Bakersfield Lions. He was also a member of the Elks Club. Ken had hundreds of friends from all walks of life. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of trillions of useless facts and loved to learn about everything. After retirement Ken's very social nature forced him into finding some of his very best and most cherished friends, however they are all anonymous (but meet frequently). He found his higher power in the rooms of AA and at Olive Knolls Church. Just a few months ago Ken was baptized.

Ken is survived by Charlotte his wife and best friend of 33 years, his two second cousins and hundreds of friends.
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John D. Toth
May 28, 1946 – July 22, 2003

No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident, John D. Toth. Mr. Toth was born on May 28, 1946 in New York to Stephen and June Toth and passed away on July 22, 2003 in Bakersfield at the age of 57. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and several other friends and family in Pennsylvania.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Clifford A. Townsend, 83
July 8, 1917 - March 13, 2001

Services will be held Saturday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery for Clifford Townsend, 83 of Tehachapi who passed away March 13th in Bakerfield after a long illness.

Clifford was born July 8, 1917 in Maricopa, California. He was a long time resident of Taft where he graduated from Taft Union High School in 1935. He worked for the Fourth Road District for many years. After his retirement he and his wife Jane moved to Glennville where Cliff built the family home. They lived there until 1995 when they moved to Tehachapi near many of their relatives.

Clifford was preceded in death by his wife, Jane in November 2000. He is survived by his daughter, Beverlly Nunnelee of Tehachapi and his son Kirby Townsend and wife Suzie of Puerto Vallarta, two granddaughters Terri Morrow and husband Bob of Tehachapi and Pam Leschinsky of Napa Valley, three grandsons. Mark Nunnelee of Lancaster, Michael Nunelee of Tehachapi and Lee Townsend of Cupertino, nine great grandchidren and one great great granddaughter. Two sisters, Aloha Lee Kolb and husband Paul and Lileth Wynn both of Taft, also a niece and nephew of Taft and three great nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to your favorite charity. Mish Funeral Home Oildale Funeral Directors.

William "Bill" Toy
February 23, 1927 - December 12, 2001

William (Bill) Toy was born in Taft, California on February 23, 1927 to Carl and Alice Toy. He attended schools in Maricopa until his junior year in high school when he transferred to Bakersfield High where he excelled in basketball. He graduated with the Class of 1944 and there after joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in June 1946 and met his future wife Anna Phillips. Bill enrolled at Bakersfield College transferring to Coalinga College in 1947.

Bill went to work for Standard Oil (Chevron) in 1948. He and Anna were married that year. He was transferred to Anenal and remained there until 1963, then back to Bakersfield where he retired from Chevron in 1986. Fishing, hunting, camping and watching NASCAR racing were all enjoyed by Bill, as was his membership in the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Bakersfield and Mountain Mesa.

Bill is survived by his wife Anna; daughters Jana Gaiser and husband Terry, Melanie Moore and Brian Snowden: "adopted" son Ronnie Moore; grandchildren Shawna Gaiser, Michael Gaiser, Ethan Moore and Sky Snowden.

Our thanks to Dr. William Baker & Staff and Bakersfield Dialysis Center & Staff for their tender and loving care. We all love you GREAT BIG! Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Saturday, December 15, at 10:30 a.m. in lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.

Jack Henry Trampp
March 12, 1936 - March 29, 2010

Services have been scheduled for Jack Henry Trampp, 74. The gravside service will be held on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 10:a.m. The service and burial will be at Westside District Cemetery. The arrangements are under the direction of West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.

Dr. Richard T. Trask
October 17, 1945 - October 16, 2009

Dr. Richard T. Trask passed away Friday, October 16, 2009 peacefully in Decatur, Alabama after a short illness. Born October 17, 1945 to the late Rodney T. Trask and Harriet A. Schneider Trask of Taft, California.

He was preceded in death by his sister Kathryn L. Swackhamer. Richard leaves his two sisters Mary Francis Hall of Jackson, California and Patricia A. Kirby of Tucson, Arizona, his children, Lisa A. Trask and Adam T. Trask with their mother Chrys Simons of San Bernardino, California along with Sarah A. Trask and her mother Susan Charles both of Long Beach, California.

Dr. Trask graduated from T.U.H.S. in 1964, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and School of Optometry and began his practice of optometry in 1972. He has maintained successful private practices in seventeen years in California and clinic seven years in Alabama. His experience also includes a number of years of clinical work in a major medical university and ophthalmology clinic in California as well as an administrator and clinical instructor for the University of Alabama, Brimingham, School of Optometry. He has worked as an adjunct clinical faculty through externship programs of Southern College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, University of Montreal School of Optometry, and clinical instructor for the Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Trask had experience working with Native American populations and Hispanics. Dr. Trask has fulfilled international, national, and Alabama requirements for treatment of external eye disease and recognition of internal eye disease. He was a diplomat of the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and has maintained membership in the American Optometric for over 25 years. Dr. Trask also completed a masters degree program in Health Services Administration. Dr. Trask enjoyed his clinical work, his patients, and found fulfilling their needs and caring for their vision to be a very satisfying daily experience. Dr. Trask's zest for life and love for sports especially motor cycle racing will be missed by many at the track. Dr. Trask's famous apple pies will be missed, nobody could make an apple pie better better than him, "It's in the way you layer the apples."

Memorial services will be held graveside at West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to make donations to the diabetes foundation dedicated to the research and cure of of glaucoma in his name. Rest in peace our dearly beloved, brother, father, friend, colleague and doctor too many, know we hold you within our hearts.

Norman J. Trimper
January 9, 1959 - February 23, 2012

Norman J. Trimper passed away on February 23, 2012 at age 53. Norman was born in Buffalo, New York on January 9, 1959 and grew up in Rochester, New York before moving to Taft 13 years ago.

Family and friends closest to Norm knew he was a kind and generous man even though he tried to hide it beneath a gruff exterior. Norm enjoyed sports especially hockey (Go Sabres!) arguing politics and reading history books. He had a wicked sense of humor and was always laughing. He would often say, he liked the idea of people but did not like people. Of course, we all knew better. Norman loved his family above all else and he will be missed everyday. It is not every day that you meet someone that will change your life. Norman changed mine for for better, filled it with love and laughter. I will miss you always. I love you, Husband.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norene, in August of 2011. Norman is survived by his wife, Cyndi; his children, Chris, George and Tara; his grandsons, Christopher and Noah; his dad, Cliff; his brothers and sisters, Mark and Karen, Mike and Sonja, Billy and Lynn, Rick and Jennifer and Josh and Kin; his father and mother-in-law, Ed and Gwen; his nieces and nephews, Melanie, Adriene, Nick, Michelle, Todd, Michelle, Kyle, Mackenzie, Kaitlyn and Josh; and many other family members and friends.

At Norm's request there will be no funeral service. Donations in his memory may be made to the Taft Relay of Life at There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Family and friends are invited to sign our online guest registry at

Frank D. Trone
November 4, 1880 - August 2, 1937

Frank Dexter Trone, 57, resident of Taft for the past twenty-two years passed away Friday morning at his home at 512 Polk Street. Mr. Trone was formerly employed by the Southern California Gas Company and is well known in the San Joaquin Valley.

Mr. Trone was born at Oswego, Kansas, November 4, 1880. He is survived by his widow, Cathryne, six sons, Russell, Edward, Glen, and Earl all of Venrura; Chester and Kenneth of Bakersfield; five grandchildren, his mother and two brothers, Lee and William of Montrose, Colorado.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the Taft Funeral Home with Rev. Samuel Allen of the First Christian Church in charge. Interment will follow in the Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
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Abraham L. Trop
October 29, 1925 - September 8, 2012

Abraham L. Trop was born in Schenectady, New York, on October 29, 1925. Abraham graduated early from high school in Albany, New York in 1943, in order to enlist in the U.S. Army during WWII. He fought in the European Theater of Operations, was among the first to land in France on D-Day, was a lieutenant in a combined armored-infantry regiment during the conflict, and was decorated several times. After the Germans surrendered he served in Bavaria, and was involved in Allied administration and reconstruction efforts, prior to his honorable discharge.

He returned to the United States in 1946 and graduated from the New York State Teacher's College (now SUNY-Albany) with a BA in 1949 and obtained a MA in History in 1950, prior to moving to New Mexico, where he enrolled for a time in the PHD program at the University of New Mexico. Abraham had a long teaching career, where he concentrated on teaching History, Government, and Western Civilization, including 22 years at Taft Union High School, in Taft, California prior to retiring in 1986. He was also an instructor for the USB extension program, and collaborated with faculty at Bakersfield State on a number of projects. During his retirement, he travelled extensively, was an avid gardener, and was an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Golden Empire. In 1992, he founded a local music appreciation group, which has met regularly on a monthly basis since then.

He passed away, unexpectedly, on September 8, 2012, while preparing to travel to Montana for a volunteer service project. Abraham is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a brother and a sister.

A celebration of his life will be held at his home on Sunday, September 23, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Ethel Nadine Trout
December 12, 1921 - October 5, 2010

Ethel Nadine Trout was born December 12, 1921 in Houston, Missouri to James and Maudi Richison. She went to be in the loving arms of our Lord October 5, 2010 in Springfield, Missouri.

She married Charles W. Trout July 2, 1937 and to this union, five children were born. Charles and Ethel left Missouri in 1947 bound for California. Charles worked in the oilfields while Ethel was being the best housewife , Mom and cook in Kern county. They retired in 1983 and moved to Edgar Springs, Missouri to spend their golden years.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; and her brother, Eugene Richison. She is survived by her five children, Shirley Miller and her husband Bob of Licking, Missouri; Sylvia Caraway and her husband Bob of Licking, Missouri; James Trout of Taft, California; Martha Robbins and her husband, Don of Derby Acres, California and Rick Trout of Taft, California; her sisters, Opal Blair of Taft, California; Mandy and Elmer Harlan of Taft, California and Mary Edgar of Overland, Missouri; 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Fox Chapel with Bro. Fred Hamilton officiating. Interment will be in Trout Cemetery. Pallbearers are Donnie Trout, Roger Trout, Robbie Miller, Marshall Miller, Dennis Caraway, and Marelino Mareno. Honorary pallbearers are Brent Ullom and Ethan Ullom. Online condolences may be made at All arrangements are under the direction of Fox Funeral Home.

Eugene Fay Tucker
May 3, 1936 - June 12, 2002

Eugene Fay Tucker died in Rialto on Sunday, June 12, 2002. Eugene was born in Mulhall, Oklahoma on May 3, 1936 and moved to Taft with his family when he was a young child.

He was preceded in death by his parents, May and Mildred Tucker, his first wife Jenny Rathbun Tucker, his older brother J.T. and younger sister Arlene. Eugene is survived by his son George, daughter-in-law Linda, granchildren Mike and Kimberly, his sister Carolyn and brother-in-law Allan, and his second wife Sue and ten step grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Eugene graduated from Taft Union High School in June of 1955. He began his working career with Southern California Gas Company in Taft and later transferred to Rialto. He retired from The Gas Company in Rialto several years ago.

Funeral services have been scheduled for Saturday, June 29th, at 10:00 a.m. in Rialto.

Irene Matilida Tucker
August 22, 1899 - May 27, 1974

Funeral services for former resident Irene Matilida Tucker will be held this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at Payne & Sons Funeral Home in Bakersfield. Mrs. Tucker, who resided 1008 Pebble Beach Drive, Bakersfield, died Monday in a Bakersfield hospital. She was 74.

She was a native of Alma, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Tucker is survived by three sons, Donald Mitchell of Taft, Lesie Mitchell of Benicia, and Delbert R. Mitchell of Antioch; and a sister Mary G. Ticehurst(?) of Bakersfield.

The Rev. Kenneth Adams of the First Methodist Church will officiate at the rites. Interment services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft.

Sarah Anne Tucker
January 14, 1948 - April 15, 2003

Memorial services will be held in the Cornerstone Church on Calloway and Meacher Streets in Bakersfield on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Sarah Tucker, 55.

Mrs. Tucker was born in Springfield, Missouri on January 14, 1948 and passed away at the Bakersfield residence on April 15, 2003. She was raised in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1966.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Tracy Tucker of Bakersfield; daughter, Carrie Georges of Gilbert, Arizona; her son Kyle Burnham of Irvine; her mother, Eulah Merrill of Taft; her granddaughter, Alisa and her brothers and sisters.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Vincent H. Tuitele Jr.
January 1, 1996 - June 14, 1997

Graveside services were held June 23rd, in the West Side District Cemetery for 17 month-old Vincent H. Tuitele Jr.

Vincent was born in Reno, Nevada, on January 1, 1996 and passed away in Reno on June 14, 1997. Vincent is survived by his parents, Vincent and Flapalagi Tuitele; his sister Ula; his grandparents, Solo and Ula Ropati of Reno; and numerous family and friends in Taft.

Services were also held June 21st at the Crosswinds Assembly of God Church in Reno. Services were entrusted to the care of the Taft Funeral Home Order of the Golden Rule.

Evanda F. (Baumeister) Turk
October 13, 1910 - September 6, 2002

Evadna F.(Baumeister) Turk was called home by her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. She was the daughter of William Baumeister and Jessie (Russell) Baumeister of Baumeister Farm, Barnum, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Turk, Taft, California; two sisters, Jenny Baumeister, Jessie (Baumeister) Stowell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a grandson, Minty Lee Leshikar and his father, Eugene.

Evadna is survived by her two daughters Bonnie Lee (Turk) Walrath and husband Delbert; Hallie Mae (Turk, Kesikar) Munns and husband, Art, two grandchildren: Delbert Paul Walrath, Bakersfield, California, and Sonya Gene (Leshikar) McConnell and her husband James of Riverside, California; two brothers, Richard Baumeister and his wife Ruth, Gays Mills, Wisconsin and Loren Baumeister of Clovis, California two sisters; Dora Jean (Baumeister) Mathews and husband Oscar, Taft, California; Alice (Baumeister) Steel, Boscobel, Wisconsin. She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Evadna was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Taft, California. Her missionary circle hand made quilts and also lap size quilts for the senior citizens in nursing homes.

She was a surgical nurse at the West Side Hospital for Dr. Johnson and Dr. Bitzer's in Taft. She retired in October 1970. Afterwards she and Paul traveled throughout the United States enjoying this beautiful country.

She had her first TLS in 1998. She then lived with her daughter Bonnie Lee and husband Delbert. They were with her when she expired. Mish Funeral Home in Bakersfield, California has care of her cremation and shipping her remains to her brother Richard Baueister who will take her remains to the Baumeister Farm, home of her birth.

Her desire was no funeral or viewing. No donations are to be made unless to a Hospice in your area.
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Georgia Kathleen Turman
May 8, 1935 - September 18, 2011

Georgia Kathleen Turman, a long time resident of Orinda, California passed away September 18th, 2011 in Alameda, California. She was laid to rest at the Mann-Turman Prarie Cemetery in Graysville, Indiana.

Georgia was born on May 8, 1935, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. She was the middle daughter of Eleanor "Babe" Dilley and Captain Murray B. Dilley. She spent much of her early childhood in Kansas City, Kansas before moving with her family to Taft, California where she finished grammar and high school. She graduated with academic honors from Fresno State University and moved to San Francisco to teach school at Star King Elementary. While living and working in San Francisco, she was reunited with John Turman, a classmate from her school days in Taft. They were married in 1962 and settled in Orinda shortly after. Their daughter, Jill was born in 1969.

Georgia was "a rare gem." She was a woman of class and style with just the right dash of fun and playful humor. She didn't try to be the center of attention, yet her sparkle and perky personality always made her memorable. She appreciated beauty in in people and in the world around her. A talented artist in her own right, she enjoyed making and collecting art thoughout her life. Georgia was a born teacher, and long after she left the classroom she continued to share her knowledge and wisdom with those values in "her girls."

She is survived by her husband John, daughter Jill, sisters Connie and Janice, and many nieces, nephews and friends who will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Georgia's memory to The Press Institute for Women in the Developing World - an organization teaching job skills and giving voice to women in third-world countries across the globe. contact: or mail at Glabal Press Institute, POB 269, Healdsberg, Calfornia 95448.

Gertrude Turner, 89
October 8, 1907 - February 25, 1997

Graveside funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for long-time Taft resident Gertrude Turner, 89. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Chruch, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Turner was born on October 8, 1907 in Corsicana, Texas and passed away February 25, 1997 in a local nursing home. She came to Taft 82 years ago and was a member of the graduating class of 1926 at Taft Union High School. She was an acive member of the First Baptist Church and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Taft Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Austin L. Turner, in March 1991. Mrs. Turner is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Bette and George Thomopson of Taft, Virginia and Bruce McGray of Santa Maria, and Darlene and Ken Sorenson of Bakersfield; her brother, Alvin Walker of Taft; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 1:00 to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday for 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.

Jack Enoch Turner
November 26, 1946 - October 7, 1997

Memorial services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Mr. Jack E. Turner, minster at the Ford City Church of Christ. Cremation will take place followed by scattering at sea off the coast of Morro Bay. Mr. Richard Beebe, Church of Christ minister will speak at the services.

Mr. Turner was born in Martinez on November 26, 1946 and passed away in the West Los Angeles V A Hospital. Mr. Turner served in the United States Air Force for 12 years and a portion of that time he spent in Vietnam. The Turners have lived in Taft for the last six and a half years. Mr. Turner was the minister at the Ford City Church of Christ on Monroe Street. He was a member of the V.F.W. and Kiwanis Club of Taft. He was serving the Kiwanis Club as secretary/treasurer this year. Last year he served as the youth chairman and was the link between the club and the Key Club at Taft Union High School. Jack was a very active in a variety of youth groups: he coached Little League baseball and AYSO soccer, he helped with the reading program at Taft Priamry School, and he attended games and performances that the youth of his congregation were participating in.

His loved ones are his wife, Carole Turner of Taft; his children; Daniel Turner of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Arthur Turner of Ontario; Jason Turner and his wife, Robin, and their son, Devan, who is expected to arrive in January, Jessica Turner and James Turner, all of Taft; his mother and father-in-law, Fred and Carolyn Woelpern of Fontana; and the congregation at the Ford City Church of Christ.

There are no visitation hours schedduled. Services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.

Harriet Estelle Tutt, 63
March 30, 1938 - October 19, 2001

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cememtery on Thursday, November 1, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. for longtime Taft resident, Harriet Estelle Tutt, 63. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service.

Mrs.Tutt was born in Dayton, Ohio on March 30, 2001.

Mrs. Tutt was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Tutt in 1988. Her survivors include her two sons, Ronald and his wife, Joanne Wilson and Darrell Wilson all of Taft; her adopted daughter, Rebecca of Nevada; her sis, Boots Shinn of Taft; her brother, Fred Miller of Ohio; her sister, Donna Humphrey of Ohio; her special mom, Helen Sprague of Ohio; her grandchildren, Darrell Lee, Jr., Jessica, Amelia, Jamie, Shawn, Bobbie-Jo, Bobby, Sherry, and Wendy; her great grandson Tyler and her other eight great grandchildren; and her host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Elva Irene "Pete" Tweedy
November 1927 - June 3, 2012

Born in Ford City, California in November of 1927. Pete attended school K-12 and Taft College. She was a secretary at Southern California Gas Company for 17 years and editor of the Gas Company newsletter. She was always active in "Desk andDerrick" club. She had four brothers; Irving "Snuffy" Smith, Merle Smith, Gale and Werner "Bud" Smith all longtime residents of the Taft area. She also had a sister, Betty Metzgeu of Loash, Moving over seas, she and James lived outside the United States for 20 years. While James worked for Occidental Oil Company they lived in Tripoli, Libya, Tourremolinos, Spain and Abeerdeen Scotland. They moved to Morro Bay in 1985, they loved the Central Coast. Pete had a wonderful worldwide life and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Pete is survived by her husband of 65 years, James William; son, Stephen James; two granddaughters Jamie Rene and Carli Marie Tweedy. Bye Pete.

Harley Jackson Tweedy
January 26, 1917 - October 18, 2005

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Harley Jackson Tweedy, 88. Rev. Joey Pittman, pastor of New Hope Temple will officiate.

Mr. Tweedy was born in Sallisaw, Oklahoma on January 26, 1917 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 18, 2005. He moved to Taft in 1940 and had been employed by ARCO for 30 years. He attended Taft Church of God. Mr. Tweedy enjoyed playing pool, hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Tweedy on April 1, 2000 and by his son, Gene Tweedy on April 18, 2000. His sruvivors include his grandchildren, Lance Tweedy and his wife, Lisa of Taft and Marcie Shannan and her husband, William of Bakersfield; his great grandchildren, Lindsay Tweedy of Taft, Josh, Kyle, Devon and Marissa Shannon of Bakersfield; numerous step-nephews inOklahoma many friends and the friends he made at Brookside manor. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.


Bob Twitty
September 16, 1931 - January 1, 2003

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. Taft resident, Bob Twitty, 71. Pastor Larry Wood of the Valley Baptist Church will officiate at the services.

Mr. Twitty was born in Afton, Texas on September 16, 1931 and passed away at his home on January 1, 2003. From November of 1953 through September of 1955. Mr. Twitty proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. He had made Taft his home for the past 32 years. Mr. Twitty had been employed as a mechanic for Chevron for several years. He was a member of the Valley Baptist Church and the Prospector's Club.

His parents, Ben and Ethel Twitty, preceded him in death. Mr. Twitty is survived by his wife, Margaret Twitty of Taft; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law and their spouses, Pam and Mike Barratt of Reedley, Gloria and Ken Harris of Washington; Billie Brown of Rogers, Arkansas and Letha Northington of Bakersfield; his cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Kyndall Twitty of Granbury, Texas and Ms. Corrine Graham of Denison, Texas.

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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Walter J. Tylinski
July 14, 1947 - July 19, 2002

Graveside Services will be held on Thursday July 25th at 10:00 a.m. at The West Side District Cemetery in Taft for Taft resident Walter Joseph Tylinski.

Walter was born in Darby, Connecticut on July 14, 1947 and passed away on July 19, 2002 in Bakersfield, California. He owned businesses in the local area including Frazier Park Communications in Frazier Park, California. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Taft and in Lake of The Woods. He served his country honorable in the United States Air Force from July 28, 1965 to July 27, 1971 where he was discharged as a sergeant.

He is survived by his fiancé Susan Hazlett and her son John of Frazier Park, his sons Brett Tylinski of Idaho and Chad Tylinski of Wisconsin, brother Steve Tylinski of Montana and Joseph Tylinski of Mississippi, step-father Duane Thompson of Nevada, mother-in-law Annette Daugherty, numerous grandchildren and good friends Barbara Lee and Greg Fanshier of Taft and many other friends. Walter was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

No public viewing is scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Air Force Junior ROTC Booster Club. Walter Tylinski Memorial Fund, C/O Sgt. Charles Whitfield, 8536 Kern Cyn Road #141, Bakersfield, California 93306.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Mortuary, Taft, California PH. 763-1594
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