Westside Obituaries
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Syme Amelia Waara
April 22, 1910 - November 8, 1997



Memorial services will be held in St. Jonn's Lutheran Church, 912 New Stine Road at 11:00 a.m. Thursday for Syme Amelia Waara, 87, who passed away November 8th in Bakersfield. Pastor Chuck Simonson will officiate.

Waara was born April 22, 1910 in Portage Township, Michigan and lived in Kern County for 47 years. She was an office manager and bookkeeper for 23 years with Arthur Griffin, M.D. of Bakersfield, and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her son Michael Waara of Bakersfield, sister Alice Begwin of Detroit; numerous nieces and nephews and friend Jerri Willlis.

No visitation is scheduled. A graveside service and interment will be held in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range, Michigan.
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Faith E. Waddell, 71
October 27, 1930 - December 17, 2001



Faith E. Waddell, 71 years of Bath, Pennsylvania died on Monday, December 17, 2001 in the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Born on October 27, 1930 in Minneapolis, Minnesota she was the daughter of the late Francis and Carol (Stephenson) Jensen. She was a teachers aid in the special education department in the Tehachapi School district in California (Kern County) for 18 years before retiring. She was a member of Our Father's House in Catasaqua, Pennslyania (Church Membership).

She is survived by two sons Mark Waddell and Phil Waddell both of Tehachapi, California. One daughter Carol Lewis with whom she resided. One brother, Samuel Jensen of Medford, Oregon; five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. in Apostolic Faith Church corner of Curry and C Street in Tehachapi. Interment will be in the Tehachapi Cemtery District in Techapi. Memorial contributions can be made to: Our Father's House, 706 Bath, Avenue in Catasaqua, Pennslyvania 18032. Funeral services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary - Taft.
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Elvin Thomas "E.T." Wade
August 15, 1927 - March 31, 2013



Elvin T. Wade, age 85, son of William and Althea (Hamrick) Wade, was born August 15, 1927 in Slabtown, Missouri.He passed away to be with the Lord, March 31, 2013.

Easter Sunday, in Houston, Missouri. Elvin grew up in the Slabtown and Raymondville area, graduating from Houston High School. He joined the Army, December 20, 1945 and honorably discharged December 7, 1946. Elvin taught school in Texas County until 1953, when he moved his new family to Taft, California, to work in the oilfields. He spent the next 30 years working in the oilfield for Standard Oil Company, then established several of his own businesses, while also working as the Production Superintendent for General Crude until his retirement and 1980. After retirement, he and Ardith moved back to the Houston area, where they opened Wade Shoes for a short time, while Elvin built a house on what is now called the Rocking 4W Ranch, south of Houston because one first love - besides his family - was working with cattle and horses.

Elvin married Ardith Ann Hinkle, April 3, 1949. From that union, 4 sons were born: Tim, 1950, Paul, 1953, Mark, 1955, and Matthew in 1957. After 49 years of marriage, Ardith passed away. Elvin married Bernita Kauffman Liechty, July 1998, a wonderful addition to the Wade family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Azle and Evan and sister, Jeannette. Elvin is survived by his wife Bernita, sons and families: Tim and wife Claudia, Cody, Wyoming, and granddaughters Kristin Wade Hyatt (Ken), Highland Ranch, Colorado, and Adrienne Wade Contreras (Dan), Highland Ranch, Colorado and great granddaughter Kennedy Contreras. Paul and Mary, Bakersfield, California, grandson Matthew (Lindi), Bakersfield, California and great grandson Dante and great grandddaughter Presley and granddaughter Amy Wade Crosby (Ryan), Boise, Idaho, and great granddaughters Kate, Lola and Dagne. Mark and Cheryl, Fillmore, California, grandsons Evan (Megan), Dallas, Texas, Grant (Brande), Fillmore, California Harrison (Karen), Fillmore, California and great granddaughter Ariana (Nick), Joshua Tree, California and great grandson, Jivan. Matthew and Judy, Taft, California, and grandsons Ryan, Taft, California and great grandson Tristen; Jason (Camilla), San Diego, and great grandson Mattias. Also survived by brother Buck Wade, Houston, Missouri and sister Mildred Altman, Lakeland, Florida and other family members. Elvin will be missed by all who knew him. He loved the Lord and served in various positions at Faith Fellowship. He also enjoyed ministering to young men that helped work his cattle operation at the Rocking 4W Ranch south of Houston.
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Pastor Tom Waggoner, 54
January 25, 1943 - July 19, 1997



Pastor William Thomas Waggoner, age, 54 of Roseburg, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 1997 at his home. He was born January 25, 1943 in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of William Thomas and Inez (Reeder) Waggoner.

He moved with his family to Taft, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from high school in Taft in 1961, where he was involved in athletics. He later completed two marathon runs in Long Beach. Tom met Mary Eubanks in Taft and they were married on October 4, 1962 in Bakersfield. His love for Mary grew stronger everyday, and he would always tell her so. They attended the First Baptist Church in Taft. he attended and graduated from Cal-State University in Bakersfield. He then completed his seminary work at the American Baptist Seminary in Covina, and was ordained as a minister in June of 1976. The couple moved to La Havre, where he was the associate pastor at the Temple Baptist Church. They later moved to Frazier Park where he was the senior pastor at the First Community Baptist Church.

Tom and Mary moved to Ojai and pastored the First Baptist Church for nine years. They moved to Roseburg, Oregon from Alpine, in 1993, where he began his ministry at the First Baptist Church. He was also active in the Roseburg Ministerial Association, the pastors Prayer and Praise Fellowship, and Promise Keepers. Tom loved God, his family (including his grandchildren) and practiced loving people until they would ask why. For the past two years, Tom was involved with his wife in the Jubilatte Performing Arts Studio in Roseburg. He was "Dad" for the troupe, and also an encourager. Even when he was very ill, "Tom was still the sheperd and kept on encouraging."

He is survived by his wife of over 34 years, Mary, of Roseburg, Oregon; three daughters, Sheri R. Gather and her husband Joe, stationed in Okinawa; Wendy E. Garrett and her husband Randy of Oceanside; Michelle K. King and he husband Paul of Roseburg; a brother, Ken Waggoner, and his wife Lydia of Sacramento, six grandchildren: Kyle and Amanda Gather, Jacob and Justin Garrett, Kaytlyn and Skyla King; and two nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Roseburg with pastor John Sayer officiating. A nursery will be provided. Private interment will be at the Eden Cemetery, near Roseburg. Those who wish may pay their respects Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Taylor's Family Chapel in Winston, Oregon. Memorials can be made in Tom's name to: The Daye Dravecky Outreach of Hope Ministry at 13840 Gleneagel Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80921 or the Douglas Hospice of the Ameircan Cancer Society.
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Walter Elmer Wahl
February 4, 1919 - November 25, 2010



Walter Elmer Wahl passed away peacefully in Bakersfield, California on November 25, 2010. He was born on February 4, 1919 in Goodrich, North Dakota to William and Mary Katherine (Axt) Wahl. Graduating from the University of North Dakota in 1941, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. After being honorably discharged in 1945, he settled in Taft, California, marrying Louise Kelley on July 6th, 1946. His initial employment was with Standard Oil but he soon went to work for the Agen Insurance Agency, becoming a partner in 1947, and sole owner some years later. He retired from the insurance business in January 1986.

Community service was an important part of Walter's life. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and served as Master of the Midway Lodge in 1963; in January 1998, the Masonic Order for Community Services gave him the Hiram Award, recognizing a Master Mason who has served the Lodge and the Masonic Fraternity with devotion over and above the ordinary. His involvement with the Taft Rotary Club was from 1951 - 1995, serving as President in 1967 - 1968. The late Vance Webb appointed him to the Board of Trustees of the Kern General Medical Center in 1970, where he served for a number of years when that institution was in difficult straits. Also in 1970, he was appointed to the Westside Recreation District Board, Serving for four years; he was particularly proud of his role in planning the building of the present Community Center.

An enthusiastic supporter of his son David's entomological career, he spent many hours running insect traps in Central California. His efforts were scientist named a species of California wasp for him (Chrysocharis wahli).

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Orlando Wahl. He his survived by his wife, Louise Wahl, of Taft; son, David Wahl of Gainesville, Florida; sister, Jean (Don) Hobbs of Yakima, Washington; and two nieces and one nephew.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff of Glenwood Gardens for the Excellent care and compassion that they provided to Walter, and to Hoffman Hospice. Private Masonic graveside services will be held Wednesday, December 1st, at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft, California. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the West Kern Oil Museum or to the charity of you choice. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Jerome Lee Walchock
September 16, 1936 - May 2, 2003



Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 7, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary Chapel for Jerome Lee Walchock, 66. Interment will follow at the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Walchock was born in September 6, 1936 in Pennsylvania and passed away in Bakersfield, California, May 2, 2003. Mr. Walchock's favorite things to do in life was fishing and hunting.

He is survived by four sons, Curtis Walchock, Ken Walchock, Lee Walchock, and Keith Walchock all of Taft; one daughter, Kathy McCaully of Michigan; one brother George Walchock of Pennsylvania; three sisters Bobbie Walchock, Minnie Walchock and Ruthie Walchock all of Pennsylvania nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary.
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Lee Walchock
April 19, 1964 - April 5, 2009



Services are pending for Dustin Acres resident, Lee Walchock. The services have been entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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Vern Walck
May 21, 1940 - April 19, 2011



Equipment Manger/Trainer 40 years. Started in Bakersfield Foothill High School, then East High. Moved to the San Francisco Giants Baseball AA in Texas. Worked for Sporting Goods Store for a short time. Worked for the University of California, Berkeley, Taft college, Bakersfield College, and USC which included being part of 4 Rose Bowls Championships 15 years of managing the Japan Bowls the returned to North High School in Bakersfield where he retired in 2005.

Born to Everett& Verna Walck in Bakersfield.Married to Vesta Walck for 50 years.

Leaes behind a son Vincent Walck, sister Gladys Bobbitt of Texas, Leota Woods (Bud) Layfayette, California brothers, Jake Hall & Ken Walck of Bakersfield. Stepfather-in-law Curly Meeks, brother-in-law Melvin Deeds of Bakersfield, sister-in-law Sam Gilmer (Tim) of Oregon. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Passed away after a long illness in Memorial Hospital with his family and friends by his side. Memorial service, April 27, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Coronado Baptist Church, 516 Norris Road, Bakersfield, California.
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary.

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Jack T. Waldie
October 1, 1925 - January 29, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft native Jack T. Waldie, 77. Bishop Craig Neville will officiate at the services.

Mr. Waldie was born to John and Wilma Waldie on October 1, 1925 in Taft. He passed away on January 29, 2003 in Bakersfield. Mr. Waldie proudly served his country during WWII as a member of the U.S. Navy. He had been employed as an operator for Schlumberger Well Service for 28 years and retired in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his son Mike Waldie, his grandson, Jack Waldie and his parents. Mr. Waldie is survived by his wife, Betty Waldie of Bakersfield; his two sons, David Waldie of Hemet and Matthew Waldie of Banning; his brother, John Waldie of Los Angeles; his five grandchildren; two cousins, Jenny Morehouse of Arizona and Darlene Fuller of Bakersfield; his mother-in-law, Lillian Phillips of Bakersfield; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Don and Darlyne Sedwick of Taft, Jerry and Ruth Brock of Bakersfield, Anna Lee Ferguson of Taft, Louella Adams of Arizona and several nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Arthur "Buck" James Waldner
July 13, 1913 - September 6, 2009



Arthur "Buck" Waldner was born 21 July 1913 in Freeman, South Dakota. He was married for over 65 years to the former Maxine "Mac" Varner , who passed away in July 2001.

A longtime Taft resident for over 47 years "Buck" loved his family, telling stories and his cigars. He lived a very happy and healthy life, enjoying his family, great friends and traveling around the country.

Arthur Waldner graduated from high school in South Dakota. He later held various jobs with the Railroad Industry and the Boeing Aircraft Company. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1942 and was stationed at Gardner Field in Taft where he met his wife "Mac." He then was transferred to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was an Altitude Chamber Technician, and found a true love for his job and the town.

After being discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1945 he relocated to Taft and worked for a brief period of time in an autobody repair shop; then he began a 26 year career in the oil industry as a gas engine mechanic for Richfield which later became ARCO and BP. He also served as the president of the local AFL-CIO union located in Taft from 1963-1965.

He is survived by his son Richard Waldner of Port Sulphur, Louisiana (where he resided for the past 7 years), 3 granddaughters Tiffany Bergeron of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Amber Ortiz of Houston, Texas. Hayley Waldner of New Orleans, Louisiana, and 1 great grandson, Austin Ortiz of Houston, Texas. He is survived by his sister Mona Bogh and sister in law Oma Ryall. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and great friends he has cherished over the years.

Viewing will be held at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, 501 Lucard Street, Taft, California between 3:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 18 September and the graveside service will commence at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, 19, September at the West Side Cemetery, Taft, California. In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Red Cross (www.american.redcross.org would be preferred).
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Maxine Varner Waldner, 81
October 18, 1919 - July 28, 2001

Visitation: Tuesday, July 31st, 2:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Service: Wednesday, August 1st, 10:00 a.m.



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, August 1, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Maxine "Mac" Eva Varner Waldner, 81.

Mrs. Waldner was born on October 18, 1919 in Taft to William Alvah and Bessie May Varner and passed away July 28, 2001. She was second to the youngest of six daughters. Her mother passed away when she was 18 months old. The six girls were raised by their father with the help of their maternal grandmother. Mrs. Waldner attended local schools and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1937. She also attended Taft Junior College and graduated from cosmetology school in Bakersfield. She married Arthur J. "Buck" Waldner on April 13, 1944 in La Hunta, Colorado. They were married 57 wonderful years together and had one son, Rich.

Mrs. Waldner worked as a receptionist/bookeeper for Dr. Dykes Johnson and Dr. John Bitzer for many years and thoroughly enjoyed her association with the residents of Taft. She was a wonderful wife, mother and homemaker. She was a great listener and enjoyed the company of ther sisters and friends.

Mrs. Waldner was preceded in death by her sister Lucile Brown. Her survivors include her husband Arthur J. "Buck" Waldner, her son Colonel USMC (ret.) Richard Waldner of New Orleans, Louisianna; her granddaughtes Tiffany Waldner of New Orleans, Louisianna; Amber Waldner of Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Haley Waldner of New Orleans, Louisianna; her sisters and their husbands Bernice Tanner of Taft, Corinne Evans of Bakersfield, Okie Jacks of Taft, Oma and Sid Ryall of Taft and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice or the West Kern Oil Museum of Taft. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Lother Clelle Waldron
July 31, 1936 - December 31, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 2:00 p.m., at Wasco Memorial Park, for Lother Clelle Waldron, age 66, of Wasco, who passed away on December 31, 2002. Pastor Robert Waldron of Thunder Mountain Community Church of Sierra Vista, Arizona, will officiate and interment will follow.

L.C. Waldron was born July 31, 1936, to James Roy and Luella Maude Waldron in Dover, Arkansas. He came to California in 1945 and was raised here and was still residing here. He attended the local schools in Wasco. He had been employed by Holloway Gypsum Mining as a heavy equipment operator for 25 years.

L.C. is survived by his son, David Waldron of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Joanne Cotz and husband of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; brothers Dale Waldron of Sierra Vista, Arizona and James Roy Waldron of Bodfish, California; sister, Donna Faye Davis of Taft, California; 5 grandchildren, Justin, Nicole, Jennifer, Erica and Chris; and 2 great grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.

Peters Funeral Homes-Wasco
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Luella Maude Waldron, 83
August 13, 1913 - May 24, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be conducted by Peters Funeral Home Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Wasco Memorial Park for Taft resident Luella Maude Waldron, 83. Pastor Mike Richey of the Missionary Baptist Church of Taft will officiate and interment will follow.

Mrs. Waldron was born on August 13, 1913 to James and Louisa Payne in Hadley, Arkansas. She married James Roy Waldron and they moved to Wasco in 1942. She had been a resident of Taft since 1985. She served her family as a homemaker and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Wasco where she served as a Sunday School teacher. After moving to Taft she continued her membership in the Taft Missionary Baptist Church. She quilted when she was younger, but lived her life for her church and children. She always remembered and callled her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren on their birthdays. She was greatly loved and will be missd by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Roy; a son, Boyce; and two grandsons, Daniel James and Timothy Kevin.C. Surviving family include her sons, L. C. Waldronof Wasco, Dale Waldron and his wife, Edna of Shafter, James Waldron and his wife, Lauretta, of Bakersfield; her daughter and her husband, Donna Faye and Edward Davvis of Taft; 13 grandchildren: 22 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.

Visitation will be at Peters Funeral Home, Wasco, Tuesday until 8:00 p.m.
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John (Sonny) Waldrop III
October 15, 1962 - May 2, 2009



John passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009 at his home in Bakersfield, California. John was born on October 15, 196to Betty (Austin) of Bakersfield, California and Johnny James Waldrop Jr. of Taft, California. John was one of 3 children and was raised in Taft, California. He attended local schools and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1980.

He met his loving wife Shelly and they have 3 children: Zachary Waldrop, Alexia and Derrick Gustafson. He also has two children from a previous marriage Rachelle Whitaker and husband Eric and Cody Waldrop of Bakersfield, California; and two grandchildren, Blake and Dilynn Whitaker. He is survived by his siblings Pam Kling and husband Ben of Temecula, California and Michael Waldrop of Taft, California. Preceded in death by grandparents, Harry and Doris Leffel of Taft, California.

John is remembered as a strong willed person that was willing to help anyone when needed and was not afraid to speak his mind. He cared for his family dearly and supported them in all phases of life. He will be remembered for how much he loved the lord, his practical jokes and sense of humor. Our lives will be forever changed by the loss of our husband, dad, son and brother.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 4:00 p.m., at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, 2500 Fairfax Road, Bakersfield, California.
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Chris Walker
March 4, 1914 - December 14, 2010



Private family graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Kern County resident, Chris Walker, 96. Mrs. Walker was born in Tishamingo, Oklahoma on March 4, 1914 and passed away in Bakersfield on December 14, 2010.

She moved to Kern County with her family in 1920 and they settled in Felllows. Mrs. Walker was raised and attended school in Fellows. She enjoyed baking and gardening and was an avid reader. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis "Al" Walker in May of 2000 and by her son, Alvin Lee Walker in 1995. Mrs. Walker is survived by her son and his wife, Cecil and Alta Walker of Bakersfield; her daughter and her husband, Claudia and Wayne Pontin of LaPine, Oregon; her sister, Doris Mae Juarez of Ridgecrest; her grandchildren and their spouses; John and Holly Walker of Taft, Craig Walker of San Francisco; Michael and Molly Pontin of Newport Beach, Jeff and Jaime Pontin of Vestal, New York and Carol and Eddie Breedlove of Ventucopa and by her seven great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Fannie Murriel & Johnson Walker
April 12, 1911 - May 1, 2003



Murriel was born in Ozark, Alabama April 12, 1911 and moved to Taft with her family when she was 5 years old. She passed away on May 1, 2003. She graduated from Taft High School in 1929 after serving as the editor of the "Driller" yearbook and being involved in numerous sports and activities. She was affectionately known as "Blondie." Later that year she married Nolan Walker and on June 30, 1932 they had their son, Gaynor Dykes "Shorty" Walker.

Murriel worked at Gardner Field during World War II as a dental assistant. After the war, she began working as a bookkeeper for her brother Dr. J. Dykes Johnson in Taft and remained in that position until Dykes retires in 1987. In 1944 she married Harry Bert Walker. Bert was a longtime employ of P.G. & E. and died in 1977, Jeannette Stenson married Gaynor in 1954 in Colorado and they had one daughter, Nanette Renee.

Both Jeanette and Gaynor predeceased Murriel in 1980 and 1982 respectively. Nanette fondly remembers her grandmother always being there for her, even before she was born; she was a very special gramma.

After retiring in 1987, Murriel did some traveling, bur mostly stayed in Taft. She attended Nanette's wedding in February 1996 to David Smith. Murriel became a great grandmother to Alyssa in late 1996. David and Nanette are expecting the birth of their second chid later this year.

Murriel leaves her granddaughter, grandson-in-law, great granddaughter, and her sister-in-law Luella Johnson. Her special friend George and other long time Taft residents will also miss her.

She will be interred at the West Side District Cemetery with her last husband in a crypt-side service in Saturday, May 3, at 10:00 a.m. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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JoAnn Lee Walker, 72
May 20, 1929 - April 11, 2002



JoAnn Lee Walker, 72 of LaMesa, California. She was born in Maricopa California on May 29, 1929. She is survived by her husband Dewey E. Walker, LaMesa, California, and a daughter Lee Ann S. Tenbroek of El Cajon, California; one son Clarke R. Walker, Palm Desert, California; three sisters, Joyce Stockton of Los Osos, California; Wanda Mauk, Diamond Bar, California; and Pat Pheal of Bakersfield, California; one brother Dean Perry, Taft, California.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on April 21, 2001 at VFW Post 6867 Federal Blvd., Lemon Grove, California.
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George Darwin "Wally" Wallace
November 5, 1936 - September 25, 2003



George Darwin Wallace went to be with the Lord and his parents, Charles and Helen Wallace and his brother, Darrel Wallace on September 25, 2003. Born in Clarinda, Iowa on November 5, 1936, Wally was an ordained minister through The Pentecostal Church of God. Having pastored churches in Bell Gardens, Fontana, Imperial Beach, California and East Carbon, Utah. He held numerous revivals in the Southern California area.

Wally had been a past member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Fresno, Santa Paula and Taft, California where he held local and state offices. He had also been a member and officer in The Pixley Lion's Club where he was involved in the annual Pheasant Hunt each year.

Wally was last employed by Cooper's Welding in Taft as a backhoe operator. He had owned his own business, Wallace Excavating in Pixley, California before moving to the Maricopa area.

He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Linda R. Wallace of Maricopa, California, daughters and their spouses, Gail and Larry Bullard, Maricopa, California, Raughn and Malcolm Ramirez, Springer, New Mexico Charlotte Wallace, unknown residence, Catherine Wallace, unknown residence, his adopted daughter and her spouse, Phyllis and Kenneth Roundtree, Taft, California, sons, Monte Scott Harris, Wyoming, George Wallace, residence unknown and Randy Wallace residence unknown. His grandchildren, Michelle Callanan-Bullard, Maricopa, California, Jessica Harris, Springer, New Mexico, John Ramirez and Raine Ramirez, Springer, New Mexico, Jason Bullard, Maricopa, California; Justin Bullard, Bakersfield, California; Jud Bullard, Three Rivers, California, Shara Alter and husband Troy of Visalia, California and three great grandchildren. His siblings and their spouses, Robert and Betty Wallace, Glenwood, Iowa, Joyce and Alf Anderson of Dunellon, Florida and Joan and Charles Irvin, Shanendoah, Iowa. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and many Maricopa youth who called him Grandpa. He will be missed by a host of friends, many of whom he considered family.

Viewing will be Monday September 29, 2003 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Chapel Services will be Tuesday September 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the West Side Family Mortuary with a private interment at a later date.
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Nina Wallace
June 4, 1931 - March 29, 2010



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Nina Wallace, 78. Mrs. Wallace passed away in Bakersfield on March 29, 2010.
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Rosalyn Elizabeth Waller
July 22, 1916 - June 5, 2012



Rosalyn Elizabeth Waller, age 95 of Taft, California entered eternity on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 in Escondido, California. She entered life on Saturday, July 22, 1916, as the daughter of the late Frank Thomas Rich Bishop and the late Edith Parker Bishop. In Taft, she was very active in the Taft Hospital Auxiliary, Eastern Star and the Rebekahs. In 2007, she moved to Winchester, California to be near her son.

Rosalyn was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas C. Waller in 1992 and her brother, Charles Bishop. Surviving are her son, Thomas C. Waller III of Winchester, daughter, Patricia Ann Rathbun of Wenatechee, Washington; 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Interment will be with her husband in the Union Cemetery, Bakersfield, California. Online condolences at www.miller-jones.com
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Delbert E. Walrath
December 24, 1928 - March 28, 2003



Delbert E. Walrath 74, was called home March 28, 2003. Delbert was born in Success, Missouri; December 24, 1928. He and his family moved to Derby Acres in 1936. He died at home with his wife, Bonnie Lee, at his side. They had just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in February.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Walrath, his brother Edward Walrath and sister Erma (Walrath) Schuster. Also his Godson Monty Lee Leshikar.

He served in the Army Combat Engineers, 24th Infantry Division in Korea and Japan. He was employed by Union Oil Company for thirty three years and was an active member of their bowling league. Delbert was an Elder in the Christian Church in Fellows, California. He was also a counselor of the High School B.Y.F. and helped start the J.O.Y. Sunday School Class for young married couples at the First Baptist Church in Taft. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, model airplanes and golf after he retired.

He is survived by his wife, BonnieLee and son Delbert Paul Walrath of Bakersfield, California; two brothers: Charles and Raymond Walrath of Derby Acres. Four sisters: Doris Buttke and Sudie Love of Paso Robles California; Melba Ferguson and Bernice Simmons of Taft, California. Also many nieces and nephews, and host of friends.

He was cremated by Mish Funeral Home in Bakersfield. There were no services as he requested. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity or a Hospice near you.
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Raymond B. Walrath
May 5, 1924 - January 8, 2011



Raymond was born on May 5, 1924 to Herbert E. and Lurlee Walrath on his grandfather Walrath's farm in Success, Missouri. When he was 2 years old, his parents opened a country store and gas station. In March, 1935, the store burned to the ground, leaving the family without anything except a 1 1/2 ton truck. On May 25, 1935, his father loaded his wife, Lurlee and 8 kids into a truck and headed for California. The family arrived in Bakersfield on June 1, 1935 at the house located on Edison Highway belonging to his fathers brother. In 1936 the family moved to Derby Acres. Ray was enrolled in Midway School, graduating in 1938. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1942. He served his country in WWII in the US Navy RSA as a Machinist Mate, Third Class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Ray worked in farming for twenty years. In 1962 he went to work for Caltrans. Ray retired as a Caltrans Maintenance Supervisor in 1984 after 22 1/2 years. During Ray's retirement, he and his wife, Marlene traveled extensively to many places in their motor home. They also enjoyed taking cruises and flying to various destinations. Ray loved gardening and spent many hours tending to his garden. His favorite crop was tomatoes, which were, "the best ever grown anywhere." Ray was a member of the Fellows American Legion Post #63 and Taft Midway Lodge F&AM #426. Ray served on the Midway School District Board of Trustees for six years.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lurlee Walrath; his sisters, Emma Schuster, Bernice Simmons and Melba Ferguson; and brothers, Edward and Delbert Walrath. Ray is survived by his wife Marlene; her two sons, Derek Dahlgren and wife Cynthia of Bakersfield, California Robert Dahlgren and wife Celeste of King City, Missouri; granddaughter, Jessa Dahlgren of Taft, California; and grandson, Lucas Dahlgren of King City of Missouri. Other survivors include his brother, Charles Walrath of Derby Acres; sisters Doris Buttke and Sudie Love of Paso Robles, California; one cousin Gordon Walrath of Sutter Creek, California; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday January 14, 2011 at 1:00. Interment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery. The Reverends Michael Foutz and Herman Lippert of Christ Church of the Valley will officiate. Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonandBrown.com
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Betty Snowden Walter, 79
September 23, 1922 - January 31, 2002



Funeral services will be held at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Betty Snowden Walter, 79. Rev Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services. Burial will follow at the Westside District Cemetery.

Mrs. Walters was born in Lubbock Texas on September 23, 1922 and passed away at her residence on January 31, 2002.

She came to Taft in December of 1945 where she lived and raised her family, Mrs. Walter worked for the West Side District Hospital before attending Lyles Beauty School. She graduated from Lyles in 1964 and worked a short time in a local beauty shop. Mrs. Walters worked for J.C. Penneys for 17 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for many years. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her husband and the father of her three sons, Orb Snowden in 1971; and by her second husband, who she married in 1973, Tex Walters in 1981. Mrs.Walters is survived by her three sons and their wives, Jerry and Betty Snowden of Bakersfield, Dennis and Stella Snowden and Larry and Sharon Snowden all of Taft; her six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She is also survived by her extended family, step-son, Jim Walter; step-daughter, and her husband Nancy and Gary Doss; her five step-grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren and many close friends.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 to service time at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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James D. Walter
March 27, 1943 - July 3, 2008



A longtime resident of Taft passed away on the morning of July 3rd in Tacoma, Washington. In the presence of this loved ones.

James is survived by his sister Nancy Doss, his children, Julie Healy, James D. Walter Jr., Christopher Walter and his eight grandchildren.
The family welcomes any friends at a graveside service on July 17, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California.
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Viola Marie Walter
December 8, 1919 - February 6, 2004



Viola Marie Payne was born on December 8, 1919 to parents, V.C. (Dick) and Josie Payne in Maricopa. She attended local schools and graduated from Maricopa High School in 1938.

Viola married Fred Walter Jr. December 9, 1938 inTaft and they were married for 54 years before his death on February 27, 1993. Viola passed away on February 6 in a Bakersfield nursing home.

She is survived by her son, Arthur Walter and his wife, Linda of Taft and by her daughter Fredda Carpenter and her husband, Dean, of Bakersfield; her four grandsons, Larry of Taft and Steve, Jeff and Chad and his wife, Michelle, of Bakersfield; and by two great grandsons, Devin and Noah of Bakersfield. She also leaves her nieces, Bette Murphree, Beverly Flowerday, Bonnie Gramham, Nancy Doss and her nephew, Jim Walter. She was preceded in death by her parents,husband and two brothers, Kenneth and Laurence Payne.

She was diagnosed in 1999 with myasthenia gravis and fought hard to overcome this disease, which she did until recently when it caught up with her again. She made many friends while living at Earthwood Senior Apts. She will be dearly missed by them all.

Donations in Viola's name may be made to the SPCA or Optimal Hospice. Graveside services will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Debbie Aurin officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Charles K. Ward
March 24, 1921 - March 10, 2001


Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, Bldg. 6 with pastor Richard Williams officiating. Inturnment will be Thursday, March 15, 2001 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery for Mr. Charles K. Ward, 79 of Escondido. Mr Ward passed away in his residence in Escondido on March 10, 2001.

He was born in Maud, Oklahoma on March 24, 1921. He was a letter carrier, for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years. He also owned a dry cleaners for 10 years and was a Mortgage Banker for six years. Mr. Ward served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, in the Pacific and European theaters; was a Master Mason A.F. & A.M., and belonged to Tecumash Oklahoma Lodge #69.

Charles Ward is survived by his wife Eileen Ward for 59 years of Escondido. He is also survived by sons Charles (Skip) Ward of Escondido and Larry Ward of Vancouver, Washington; brothers John C. Ward of Tecumasch, Oklahoma and William H. Ward of Cedar Ridge, California; sister-in-law Edith Bodner of Cassville, Missouri; three grandchildren; Carrie Wycoff, Jessica Ward and Kristi Clifton; four great grandchildren; Nicholas Turner, Ashley Turner, Savanna Turner; Summer Ward; and Kayla Wycoff.

For information:CA Funeral Alternatives, Escondido (760) 737-2890.
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Kenny Ward
October 5, 1952 - July 1, 2012



A graveside funeral service was held in the West Side District Cemetery today, Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for Kenny Ward, 59. Rev. Leo Fisher, pastor of the United Pentecostal Church, officiated at the service. Mr. Ward was born in Nampa, Idaho on October 5, 1952 and passed away on his home on July 1, 2012. He moved from Idaho to Kern County 42 years ago and had been employed in North Midway Oilfields for 25 years and by Berry Petroleum for the last five years. he enjoyed the outdoors, motorcycle riding, camping and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kay Ward, and his brother, Carl Ward. Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Kelly Ward; his children and their spouses, Nick and Heather Ward of Taft, Wes and Faren Ward of Huntington Beach, Ashlea Ward of Bakersfield and Kallie Ward of Taft; his father, Darrel Ward; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Barbara and Joe Weaver, Linda and Rob Whitby, Jerry and Jenny Ward, Cindy and John Couch and Steve Ward; and by his grandchildren, Ethan, Gavin, Dylan and Jake Ward.

To convey condolences or sign an online guest book, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Shirley Kay Ward
October 9, 1942 - July 19, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m for longtime Taft resident Shirley Kay Ward, 68. Rev. Jim Tallant will officiate at the service.

Shirley was born in Antioch on October 9, 1942 and passed away in San Diego on July 19, 2011. Shirley's life was made full by caring for those she loved . He home was always open to all she knew. Shirley was a gifted artist. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She has drawn many pictures for the special kids in her life.

Shirley was precede in death by her father, Jack R. Cloud; her mother, Margaret Cloud; her sister, Pat Goad; her brother, Jack W. Cloud; her sons, Ted Mc Dermand and Keith McDermand. Her survivors include her husband of 35 years, Warren Ward; ;her daughter, Rendy McDermand; her sons, Carey McDermand and lCorky Ward; her sisters, Della Craddock, Barbara Huddleston, and Kathy McDermand; her brother, Gary cloud; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces,and friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Bristol Wilson Waterfall
September 13, 1981 - January 24, 2010



Bristol Wilson Waterfall, 28, of 604 South Kern Street, Maricopa, California passed away on January 24, 2010 in Maricopa.

He was born on September 13, 1981 inOgden, Utah. His parents are Roger Malan Waterfall and Jarie Lee Waterfall. He received education from elementary schools in Ogden, Utah; Levan Town, Utah; Maricopa, California; and Taft, California. He completed a correspondence course of study and received his high school diploma.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Although he received a lot of church training he only liked one biblical story about Joseph and his coat of many colors and he often read it over and over. As a boy he was a cub scout and a boy scout and participated in the troop in Levan Town, Utah. Sometimes he participated in church events with his daughter and he was always as comfortable with the church members as he was with everyone.

Although he had many handicaps which often got in his way, he was a brilliant man in certain tasks. He liked to work restoring houses and was known all over for his workmanship and special skills in roofing. He did excellent work and many who know his ability can spot from the street a roof that he has put on a house.

He rode a four wheeler before he was in elementary school and loved the weekends and holidays the family spent together riding bikes with at the Jerico Sand Dunes in Utah and the sand dunes in Idaho. He loved biking and when he went out on Maricopa hills many would stop and watch him jump, do tricks and spin in the sky. This was his passion.

He liked to garden and often was found out watering his yard or digging in the soil. He loved his family and knew they were always there for him. He loved his family and he knew they were always there for him. He loved just as much, his friends which he had many of in Maricopa.

He always opened his home that needed his place to sleep for a few days. He was a friend to all.

Bristol leaves behind as he journeys to new and better things, his mom, dad and sister, English Waterfall Olsen, his sister Bobbi Gibson, sister, Stacy Waterfall and sister, Marcy Waterfall. He grew up with a nephew that was like a younger brother, Jeremy Debry Jones. He leaves behind his daughter Adalena Waterfall and his wife, Amanda Hager Waterfall. He leaves behind Maricopa a town in which he loved and his friends.

He loved traveling to Utah to visit and did so on the California Zephyr spending most of his evening time watching the moon and stars in the dome car. The last time his daughter and mother went also and he spent that time watching the stars with Addie. He will be taking one last ride to Salt Lake City on the Zephyr where his daughter and mother will escort each other and his remains. He will be buried in simple graveside services at Aultorest Cemetery in Ogden, Utah next to a sister, Abbey Waterfall, a brother Jeff DeBry, and a brother Neff Waterfall.
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Catherine M. "Kitty" Watkins
July 25, 1940 - June 5, 2002



Funeral services for Catheine "Kitty: Watkins, wife of the Daily Midway Driller publisher John Watkins, will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church in Wofford Heights.

Mrs. Watkins, a retired school teacher and newspaper advertising/commercial artist, passed away at the San Joaquin Hospital on June 5th following a short illness.

She is survived, in addition to her husband, by a daughter Stacey and son-in-law Adam Sanders; a son Steven and daughter-in-law Jennifer and "little Lexie" a one-year-old granddaughter who was the "apple of her eye." She was preceded in death by a son, Stanley 6.
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Steven Marcell Watkins, Jr.
November 25, 1999 - December 22, 2007



A sudden loss for so many, and love from so many. Steven was born in Bakersfield, California, and will be laid to rest in Taft, California.
This bright, free spirited boy had so much spunk and love for everyone and thing in life.
He was the beloved son of Leora Skidmore and Steven Watkins. Brother of Tiffany Hopkins, Trimaine Skidmore and Stacey Smith.
The viewing will be held at the Westside Believers Fellowship Church on December 30, 2007 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. The memorial service will be held at the Westside Believers Fellowship Church on January 2, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. The church is located off Hwy. 119 and Hwy. 33.
He is now playing with his Hotwheels in Heaven with his favorite cousins Erika and Rusty and his grandfather Caruel.
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Arthur Watts
October 29, 1924 - October 1, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at West Side District Cemetery for former Taft resident Arthur A. Watts, 70.

Mr. Watts was born October 29, 1924 in Wild Cherry, Arkansas and passed away October 1, 1995 at his home in Magalia.

He was raised in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School. He was a maintenance electrician with the Berkeley Unified School District for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lorraine Watts of Magalia; daughter, Grace Corbin of Alameda; a stepdaughter, the Rev. Marilla Whitney of Vallego, four brothers, Ellis and Quentin Watts, both of Bakersfield, Onis Watts of Taft, and Roe Watts of Roseville; one granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paradise Hospice and Homecare or to a favorite charity.

Neptune Society of Northern California-Chico is in charge of the arrangements.
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Herbert "Red" Watts, 57
May 13, 1940 - October 20, 1997



A register book will be available at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday between noon and 5:00 p.m. for Herbert "Red" Watts, 57.

Mr. Watts was born in Paris, Texas on May 13, 1940 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 20, 1997. Mr. Watts had lived in the Taft and Maricopa area for the last 30 years. He had been employed as an oil worker. He was a member of the Taft Lodge No 1431, Loyal Order of Moose.

His survivors include his sons, James L. Watts and Robert R. Watts both of Taft; his sister, Helen Koons of Simi Valley and his grandchildren, Melissa Ann Watts, Robert James Watts and Brandon Wayne Watts and several nieces and nephews.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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LeRoy (Roy) A. Watts
June 10, 1924 - February 18, 2001



LeRoy A. Watts passed away February 18, 2001, from congestive heart failure, he was born in Reward, California, on June 10, 1924.

He is preceded in death by is parents; Edith Fitzgerald Watts and Clinton A. Watts, and a step-son Pruett J. Pavletich. Survivors include his wife Beulah Pruett Watts; sister Gera Jo Cox, brother Richard Watts both of California, step-daughter Marsha Ann Pavletich and her husband Bob Simmons of Dallas, Texas, also three granddaughters Laura, Lea, and Meredith Simmons.

Roy attended college in Ventura and Taft, California. He proudly served in the Fifth Division of the United States Marine Corps from 1942 - 1945. He was a graduate of the First Battalion Parachute School. He Trained at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California, and Camp Tarawa, Parker Ranch, Hawaii. He saw combat on Vella La Vella, Solomon Islands, Boganville, Iwo Jima, Volcano Island, and New Caladonia. Roy was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Unit Citation, and a Naval Unit Citation, He served occupation duty on Sasebo, Kyushu, Japan.

Pallbearers honorably serving include: Paul Merriman, Bob Johnson, Lawrence Herman, George Burger, Finley Doughty, Paul Whelchel, Cliff Tannahill, and Hank Anawaty.

A Visitation will be held at Geo. H. Lewis and Sons, 1010 Sering Drive, Wednesday, February 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Blvd., at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, with The Rev. David W. Price officiating. A final muster will be held at the Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Entombment in the mausoleum.
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Sadie Watts, 78
October 21, 1917 - November 18, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Sadie Marie Watts, 78. Pastor Banker of the Open Door Church of Oceano will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Watts was born in Maxwell, Oklahoma on October 21, 1917 and passed away at a Taft nursing home on the evening of November 18, 1995. She had lived at South Belridge Camp for 33 years, moving to Oceano when her husband, Lawson Watts, retired. While living in Oceano she was a member of the Open Door Church. Mrs. Watts will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawson, in 1982; her son, Jack Watts, in 1987, and by her granddaughter, Julie Watts, in 1977. Survivors include her children and their spouses Betty and Leo Jonhs, and Billie and Charlie Bowman, all of Bakersfield, and Tim and Julie Watts of Taft; her brother, Tim Cox of Ada, Oklahoma, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon to pay their respects.
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Bob Wayne
February 19, 1936 - January 31, 2002



A Memorial service for Bob Wayne will he held at the Calvary Temple, 603 Kern Street, Taft on Thursday February 7, 2002 at 10:00 a.m.

Bob was born in Taft and raised in Avenal. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1957. He worked for Chevron for 31 years. Bob attended Calvary Temple and was a avid hunter.

He is survived by his wife Cleo, sons Chip Wayne of Bakersfield, Robert Wayne Jr. of Taft, and Blake and wife Jeannie Loke of Bakersfield; his sisters, Lois Sanders of Rancho Cordova and Judy and husband Garold Bynum of Hanford; his grandsons, Robert Arp of Texas, Brent and RT (squirt) Wayne of Bryant Loke; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Vivian and Dacy Wayne; sister, Barbara Austin and daughter, Penny Wells.

Please make donations to Optimal Hospice, 1315 Boughton Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308 or to the American Cancer Society 1523 California Avenue. Bakersfield, 93304. No Visitation hours are scheduled at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Bessie Ruby Webb
August 22, 1908 - July 7, 2012



Bessie walked on the earth for over 100 years. She came from a real pioneer family of English-Irish decent. Her family traveled by wagon train from Paducah, Kentucky, to settle in Union, Arkansas, in the 1800's. Bessie was born in 1908 in Oxford, Arkansas, to LeRoy and Elnora Miranda (Nimmo) Prewett. Bessie had two brothers and three sisters. The family lived on a farm in Arkansas and survived the Depression and the great flu epidemic of 1918. At 10 years of age, Bessie took care of her entire family that was sick with the killer flu. Many of her neighbors died, and all her family was disabled in bed. They had no running water, electricity, or heat.

In 1935, Bessie married Homer Lee Webb. They were married for 50 years and had one son, Bill. They moved from Arkansas to Taft, California in 1941. Homer took a job with Standard Oil Company, and Bessie also found work with Standard Oil as a fleet dispatcher. In the early '50s, she also worked as a seamstress in the Taft shirt factory. She made her own clothes using patterns that followed the fashions of the times. In the early '60s they bought a house in Bakersfield, and Bessie and Homer played a major role in the development and rising of their grandchildren.

After the passing of her husband, Homer, in 1986, Bessie showed great strength and continued an active productive life despite two bouts of cancer. She was blessed with much happiness in her life for over 100 years. She loved digging in her rose garden and grew oversized, prize-winning tomatoes. Even at 85 years of age, it was not unusual to find Bessie picking apricots or on the roof of her house cutting back tree limbs.

Bessie was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Lee Webb; her parents, Elnora Miranda and LeRoy Prewett; her brothers John Marvin Prewett and Roy Oral Prewett; her sisters, Bula Edna LeFevers, Nola Jewel Rowden, and Lois Mary LeFevers. She is survived by her son, Bill and wife, Kathryn; her grandchildren, Doug Webb; and wife, Kay, Craig Webb, Valorie Holcomb and husband, Richard, and Monica Schneider; eight great grandchildren, Blake, Brooke, Audrey, Spencer, Jeremy, Britani, Gaven, and Brandi Byrd and husband, Perry; and six great-great grandchildren, Tyler, Logan, Jayde, Amme, Onyx and Jaydin. Also recognized as extended family are Curt Culbertson, Sandra Culbertson, and Dennis Mahan, plus many friends and relatives.

Greatful acknowledgement is extended to Glenwood Gardens staff, Odyssey Hospice, Preferred Family Care staff and all the caregivers, especially Rita Stokes. A chapel service will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane. Odyssey Chaplain Craig Amos will be officiating. For condolences please visit www.greelawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
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Donald Cleo Webb
November 6, 1934 - April 20, 2002



Funeral services are pending at the West Side Family Mortuary for Donald Cleo Webb, 67 who passed away in a Bakersfield Hospital on April 20, 2002.
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Jack Dempsey Webb Sr.
August 26, 1919 - April 26, 2002



Jack Dempsey Webb Sr. died April 26, 2002, in Barstow at the age of 82.

He was born in Newby, Oklahoma, to Charles Shelby Webb Sr. and Anetta James Webb. Jack grew up in Barstow and graduated from Barstow High School. He married Hazel Siebenthall on December 9, 1939. He served with the United States Navy during World War II. Jack was a pumper for Standard Oil for thirty-six years before his retirement in 1976, when he moved back to Barstow from Taft, California. He attended the Freedom Hill Baptist Church, and was a member of Barstow VFW. He loved square dancing, trading cars, horses. Yard work and gardening.

Jack is survived by his wife of 62 years; Hazel, of the home;, two sons, David Wayne Webb and his wife, Ruth Marie, of Branson, Missouri, and Jack Dempsey Webb Jr. and his wife Charolett, of Bristow; one daughter Lynda Kay Light of Branson, Missouri; one brother Charles Webb Jr. of Bristow; one sister Lucille Yandell and her husband Carey of Wagoner of Oklahoma; eight grandchildren, Rick Webb, Steven Webb, Jack Webb III, Michael Enault, Jeff Light, Tony Webb, Rona Webb, and Cecilla Webb; eight great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
<>br> He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Georgia Sauls, and two brothers, Edward, and Homer Webb.

Funeral Services was held Tuesday, April 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m at Schumacher Funeral Home Chapel. Who was in charged of services.
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Mary Wilma Webb, 85
January 11, 1916 - February 18, 2001



Memorial services will be held Friday, Febraury 23 at 11:00 at Community Christian Fellowship, 700 North St. in Taft for Mary Wilma Webb who went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Sunday, February 18th. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at West Side District Cemetery, Taft. Visitation will be held at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Thursday February 22nd, 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday February 23, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Mrs. Webb was born on Jaunary 11, 1916 in Hereford, Texas to Carrie Catherine and Chester Phillip Arthur. She married Ralph Webb in 1932 and they moved to Maricopa, California in 1936. They owned Maricopa Frozen Food Locke Plant where she was the bookkeeper and she also worked at Gate City Pharmacy from 1945 - 1955. She was co-owner of Munding's Cafe from 1955 - 1957. In 1958 she went to work for Stewart's Drugs in Taft and retired in 1975.

She lived in Maricopa until 1993 and moved to Taft where she lived until 1999. In 1999 she moved to Bakersfield where she lived until her death. Wilma loved the Lord, her family, her friends and her hobbies. There wasn't a craft or artistic hobby she didn't try at least once. She loved to ceate and shared her creations with those she loved. Her favorite place was the beach and she spent many summers in Morro Bay where she had a mobil home. She loved to travel and had wonderful memories of trips she and Ralph shared together. She loved the people of Community Christian Fellowship and they loved her and were a ture family of faith to her. She spent many hours arranging flowers at the church and delivering them to the sick.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and her husband of 59 years, Ralph. She is survived by her son Dale Webb and his wife Lorene of Oakhurst, California; Kim Texeria and husband Dustin of Riverside; Greg Walker and wife Rosie of Bakersfield, Carrie Bryant and husband Andy of Tulare; great grandchildren Daniel Gosser and, Brian Dubois, Alyssa, Kelsy and Carly Texeira, Nicky and Steve Walker, her sister and brother-in-law Phylene and Gene Presley and many nieces and nephews.

Wilma will be missed by family and friends but we rejoice because she is now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Donations may be made to Alpha House c/o Community Christian Fellowship.
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Myra Joyce Webb, 59
February 3, 1943 - May 30, 2002



Private services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident Myra Joyce Webb who passed away at the age of 59 in Bakersfield. Mynra was born on February 3, 1943 in Santa Maria, California to Fred and Florence Pritchett and passed away on May 30, 2002 in Bakersfield, California May 30, 2002 in Bakersfield, California.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary, 763-1594.
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Vance Arthur Webb
September 25, 1908 - July 31, 1995



Vance Webb, a Kern County supervisor for 24 years, died Monday in Taft at the age of 86. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft for Webb, who represented the county's 4th District from 1953 to 1977.

Webb lost his last run for supervisor in a 1976 election battle with Trice Harvey, now a state assemblyman, who Monday recalled Webb as a "gentleman" and a "well respected man." Competing against him was pretty difficult," Harvey said, I was a neophyte and he had quite a name not only in Kern County but state and nationwide. It was sort of David against Goliath." But it was a clean campaign, Harvey added. "He didn't attack me personally. He treated me with great respect and we ran on the issues. Too bad they don't have campaigns like that nowadays."

Webb was successful with voters because "he was a very reliable person, always as good as his word," recalled Vera K. Gibson, a former county clerk who retired in 1979. Webb was an "excellent" supervisor, Gibson said. He was active in state and national supervisor's associations, she noted. Traveling all over the country, he "was always interested in promoting Kern County," she said. In 1975, Webb was named president of the National Association of Counties. The following year, he visited the White House where he represented the group's concerns to President Gerald Ford.

Webb said in a 1986 interview he was particularly proud of his role as supervisor in helping develop the California Water Plan, which eventually would bring much-needed Northern California water to Southern California. Webb was a big supporter of a West Kern Oil Museum Association, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation of oil memorabilia. After losing his re-election bid to Harvey, Webb was very active in the organization.

Webb is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, the former Nettie Jane Hudson. The couple had two children. Webb's passing followed several years of generally declining health, said his daughter, Valerie Anne Miller.

Webb was born in St. Edward, Nebraska on September 25, 1908. He came to California in the mid-1920s intent on attending Stanford University where he had been invited to play football. Webb's plans detoured when he took a summer job in the oilfields in a Taft area he would never permanently leave. Webb worked more than 15 years for Murvale OIl Company, a subsidiary of Standard OIl.

In the 1940s he opened his own business, the Taft Feed, Poultry and General Merchandise store. About that same time,he began what would be a lengthy career in public service with eight years on the Taft City School Board. In 1952, after the passing of county supervisor A.W. Noon, Webb was asked by the governor to complete Noon's term. "But I told him to appoint someone else," Webb recalled. "If I decided I wanted the job, I would run for it." True to his word, Webb did run for the position a few months later and won the first of six successive terms.
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Norbert Victor Wedemeyer, 83
September 28, 1918 - October 13, 2001



Bert Victor Wedemeyer, age 83, passed away October 13, 2001 at his residence. He was a former Taft resident and a late resident of Bakersfield.

He was a native of Michigan. He was a Merchant Marine in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a self-employed painting contractor most of his adult life. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He is survived by: Betty June Wedemeyer [Wife] Bakersfield; Randy Wedemeyer [Son] Bakersfield; Linda Garner [Daughter] Bakersfield; Christine Peterson [Daughter] Grass Valley, California; Nancy Maeller [Daughter] Lake Hughes, Calfornia; Jean Acmoody [Sister] Colfax, California; June Touralchuk [Sister] New Mexico; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at the family home at 520 Arvin Street in Bakersfield, Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be private. West Side Family Mortuary of Taft, Funeral Directors.
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Barbara Wegis
August 11, 1923 - October 10, 2011



Barbara Wegis, 88 years, beloved patriarch of the Wegis Family passed away at the Arroyo Grande Hospital on October 10, 2011. Barbara was one of two children born to Victor and Helen LeVezu.

She lived the early part of her life in Redlands and later moved to Tehachapi for most of her high school years, then she attended and graduated from Maricopa High School, in 1941. In 1940, she also, was an Oildorado princess. In March 1941, she married Eugene N. Wegis son of Gerhardt Wegis and Rosa Reyes of the Cuyama Valley where she and her husband Gene, ran cattle and raised a family. Barbara was a member of the Cowbells and the Cattlemen's Assoc. for many years.

Barbara and Gene sold their Cuyama Ranch in 1968 and moved to Taft where they built a home close to a golf course and their friends. She had a passion for golf and enjoyed traveling to Europe, Australia and South America. Upon her husbands death in 1982, she moved to Shell Beach where she lived for the past 29 years. Barbara was a person with a wonderful outgoing personality who made new friends easily. She was well known at local gatherings with her zesty taste and golf circles; playing golf frequently even up to a short time before her death. She was a very competitive tournament golfer in the earlier years and always loved to dance.

Barbara is survived by her brother Bud Le Vezu of Taft, daughter Susan Wegis Pendleton and son-in-law Nathaniel Pendleton of Huntington Beach, son James Wegis and daughter-in-law Chris Wegis of the Cuyama Valley and five grandchildren Boyd Pendleton Nat Pendleton, Gena Baier, Alysha Brown , Kevin Wegis with eleven great granchildren.

A memorial and celebration of her life will be held 11:30 a.m. on Sunday October 16, 2011 at 2251 Shell Beach Road, Shell Beach, California. The Spindrift Clubhouse. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to the American Diabetes Assoc. or the Salvation Army.
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Reba Lee Wehunt, 72
September 19, 1919 - November 21, 1991



Funeral services were held this morning in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel for Maricopa resident Reba Lee Wehunt. Burial followed in the West Side District Cemetery. Rev. David Land, associate pastor of the New Hope Temple, officiated at the services.

Mrs. Wehunt was born in Stigler, Oklahoma on September 19, 1919 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on Thursday morning. She had lived in the Cuyama Valley from 1943 until she moved to Maricopa in 1975. She was a member of the New Hope Temple.

Mrs. Wehunt was preceded in death by her husband, Lucious Wehunt, in March of 1988. Her survivors include her children, Bill W. Wehunt and Robert E. Wehunt, both of Maricopa and Dorothy L. Norman of Palm Springs; her sisters, Robbie Lelfer of Stigler, Ona Sappington of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bonnie Tuck of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her brothers, Archie Gibson and Lloyd Gibson, both of Stigler; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Artie Y. Weinman, 80
April 30, 1921 - April 9, 2002



Private family service will be held in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Santa Ana for former area resident, Artie Y. Weinman, 80. Mrs. Weinman was born in Gethrow, Arkansas on April 30, 1921 and passed away in Lamar, Arkansas on April 9, 2002.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eddie George Weinman, in November on 1986; her parents; a brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Weinman is survived by her brother, Oren L. Yates of Hartman, Arkansas, her nephews; Theodore Yates of Hartman Arkansas, Gordon Wesley Yates of Bakersfield, Orbin Henry Yates of Tupman and Gale Ray Yates of Porterville.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Harry Welby
December 30, 1890 - May 29, 1970



Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10;00 a.m. in the Sunset Chapel of the new Taft Funeral Home for Harry Sheldon Welby, 500 Buchanan St., who died Friday in a Santa Barbara hospital.

A resident of Taft for the past 53 years. Mr. Welby was born in Brewster, New York December 30, 1890. He was employed as a gardener for Standard Oil Company for 39 years, and was well known in the community. There are thousands of plants in the area that he grew for friends as well as trees he sprouted. He graduated from Biltmore Forestry School in North Carolina, and also attended a forestry school in the Black Forest of Germany. He was a veteran of World War I and was one of the first 100,000 men to volunteer to go overseas for France.

Survivors include his widow, Mary, two sons, Dr. Charles Welby of Rawleigh, North Carolina and Robert Welby of Santa Barbara; seven grandchildren and one sister, and one sister, Hannie Dickenson of Roxbury, Connecticut.

Mr. Welby was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Kenneth Slorpe of that church will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Betty Jane (McNamara) Welch
July 15, 1927 - February 2, 2012



Betty Jane (McNamara) Welch, 84, of Bakersfield, California passed away Thursday, February 2, 2012, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. She was born July 15, 1927, in Taft, California, to Niall and Clara Jane McNamara. She attended Taft schools and never forgot the grammar lessons of her English teacher, Mr. Newly. Those lessons served her children well and demonstrated a lifelong, unequalled memory of events and places.

Betty married Ben H. Welch, Jr. of Taft in 1946. Betty and Ben moved to Bakersfield in 1948 and raised their family. Betty enjoyed camping with her family and friends. She greatly treasured time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Working in her yard gave her great pleasure; there were always more flowers that could be planted. She was able to live in her home of 58 years until late last year.

Betty was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She loved going to church and enjoyed talking with her church family. He son, Ben H. Welch, III, resides in Dover, New Hampshire, with his wife, Phyllis; and her daughter, Jane Eva Sevier, resides in Bakersfield with her husband, John. In addition to her son and daughter and their spouses. Betty is survived by her grandson, Matthew Scott Welch and his wife, Maryann; and great grandsons, Keith and Aiden; as well as her grandson by marriage, John Sevier, Jr., and his wife, Stacy of Houston, Texas; and great granddaughters, Samantha and Justine. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Carl Welch and his wife, Joyce.

The family would like to thank Betty's doctors for all the care and kindness they showed her. They would also like to thank Optimal Hospice. A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Park, 2739 Panama Lane. A reception following the service will be held at her daughter's house, at 1928 Radiance Dr., Bakersfield, California. For condolences, please go to www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
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Norma Bee Welch
July 1, 1926 - May 26, 2006



Norma went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Tuesday morning after fighting a long battle of failing health. Norma was born July 1, 1926 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to James and Ruby Beckham and passed away in Bakersfield with her family by her side.

Norma loved life!! She loved her wonderful husband, her children, her grandkids and great-grandkids. Family gatherings were very important to her and she enjoyed and loved every minute of it. One her passions was teaching Bible study classes - teaching others about God's love, both in group settings as well as helping others individually.

In her younger years she taught Sunday School and Bible study classes at Taft 1st Assembly of God when her health permitted. She lived her faith on a daily basis, having an eternal effect on those she came in contact with. Norma also loved to travel in God's beautiful country. In 1980 she and Mark were lay missionaries for 9 months in Brussels, Belgium for the Assemblies of God. Then there was a short missions trip to Korea. Until about 10 years ago Norma and Mark traveled extensively in their motor home around the United States, enjoying this beautiful country and meeting wonderful people.

Norma was an income tax preparer/accountant in Taft from the early 1950's until her retirement due to health reasons in 1972. She loved her business and helped many people with their income tax needs as well as becoming their friend.

Norma is preceded in death by her father, James Beckham in 1978, her mother, Ruby Beckham in 1985 and her brother, Roy Beckham in 1934. She is survived by her wonderful husband and caregiver of almost 59 years, Marcus Welch, three children and their spouses and children, daughter Judy Miller and husband Frank Miller, son Jim Welch and wife Ginger Welch, and daughter, Janet Edmondson and husband Bruce Edmondson. grandchildren Keith Miller and wife Kara, Rod Edmondson, Jennifer Edmondson, Sarah Edmondson, Stephen Welch and wife Aimee, Robert Welch and wife Ashley, Phillip Welch. Great grandchildren Kody and Kassidy Miller, Zachery and Graham Welch. She is also survived by sisters Gerry Welch and husband David Welch and Jean Hentschel as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many wonderful friends who all loved her and will miss her.

There were three things Norma believed you must have for quality of life: someone to love and someone to love you, something to do and something to look forward to. These three things, her faith in God, her positive attitude and love of life kept her going up to the end. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4:7-8.

Services will be held at Greenlawn Mortuary at Panaroma & River Blvd. on Saturday, May 27th at 9:00 a.m. Visitation will be at Greenlawn on Friday from 2:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Emily Weldon, 86
October 31, 1908 - October 27, 1995



Services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Camarillo for former Taft resident Emily Bushell Weldon, 86. Burial will follow in Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura.

Mrs. Weldon was born October 31, 1908 in Victoria, British Columbia, and passed away October 27, 1995 in Camarillo. She had been a resident of Ventura County for 55 years, having moved here from Taft. She was the former owner of Bushell's Shoes in Ventura. She was active in the Christian Woman's Club of Ventura and a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Ray Patrick of Camarillo; three grandchildren and their spouses, Karen and Dennis Ingle of Corona, Sandi and Joe Holland of Davis, David and Paige Patricak and Sacramento; and six great grandchildren, Jeffrey Ingle; Amanda, Laura Beth and Patrick Holland; and Taylor and Emily Patrick.

Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Brothers Griffin Mortuary.
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Alma May Wells, 85
November 20, 1915 - June 20, 2001



Alma May Wells was born in Chinese Camp on November 20, 1915 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on June 20, 2001. She was raised and educated in Taft and lived here until she moved to Bakerfield a few years ago. She was a member of Taft First Assembly of God. Mrs. Wells enjoy fishing.

Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her husband, Hershell G. Wells, in 1995. Her survivors include her sister, Eva Temple of Bakersfield and her nieces, Linda Yaws and Kathy Smith.

At the request of Mrs. Wells no formal funeral service will be held and burial well be in the West Side District Cemetery under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Harold

Harold E. [Shorty] Wells
November 10, 1909 - February 11, 2001



Graveside services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., Wednesday February 14th, at 1:00 p.m. for Harold E. [Shorty] Wells 91, who passed away February 11, 2001. Minister Jon Reed will officiate.

Born in Bakersfield, California on November 10, 1909, Harold (Shorty) Wells attended local schools and graduated from Bakersfield (Kern County Union High School). He was an avid hunter and fisherman, a sport he enjoyed sharing with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Inez Wells; son, Edward G. and wife Francis Wells of Taft; two daughters, Gloria Alesso of Lancaster, California and Joyce Holland and husband Carl Holland of Bakersfield and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He and Inez were founding members of the Church of Christ of Frazier Park, where they worked and worshiped for the years of his active life.

He retired many years ago from Mobil Oil Company and enjoyed his retirement years. His grandchildren were his delight and he and Inez often took them on vacations with them. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors.
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Inez V. Wells
July 30, 1913 - August 12, 2002



Services will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Friday, August 16, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for Vera Inez Wells, 89, who passed away August 12, 2002. Minister Jon Reed will officiate.

Inez was born in Poteau, Oklahoma, July 30, 1913. She attended local schools.

Her husband, Harold (Shorty) Wells preceded her in death. She is survived by her three children: son, Edward G. and wife, Francis Wells of Taft; and Joyce E. Holland and husband, Carl Holland of Bakersfield; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Inez and her husband, Harold were founding members of the Church of Christ of Frazier Park, where they worked and worshipped for the years of their active life. She worked for the El Tejon School District and was active in many activities of Frazier Park where she resided. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Honorary casketbearers will be her grandsons, Daniel Wells, Brad, Mark, John and Casey Alesso, Ed, Kent, and Timothy Holland. Visitation will be Thursday, August 15th from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
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James G. Wells
February 6, 1960 - March 22, 2003



A private memorial service will be held at later date for Taft resident, James Gordon Wells. Mr. Wells was born on February 6, 1960 in Junction City, Kansas and passed away on March 22, 2003 in Shafter, California, at the age of 43.

He is survived by his daughters Dianna Wells of Taft and Justina Dunbar of Washington, brother, Tom Wells and his wife Susan of Paso Robles, California. And by his 4 grandchildren, James, Michael, Matthew and Nichole.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Penelope "Penny" Wells 47
December 26, 1954 - January 7, 2002



Memorial services will be held in the Calvary Temple Assembly of God. Located on the corner of Kern and Seventh Streets, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Penelope "Penny" Well 47. Pastor David Daniel will officiate.

Mrs. Wells was born in Avenal on December 26, 1954 and passed away at her home January 7, 2002 from breast cancer. She had been employed as manager of 11-C Market.

Mrs. Well is survived by her parents, Bob and Cleo Wayne; her companion Gary Freeze; her brothers, Chip, Robert Blake and wife, Jeannie; special friend Kris Chambers of Oklahoma; her son Robert J. Arp of Amarillo Texas and her nephews Brent, RT and Bryant.

Penny requested that you plant a pink rose bush as a reminder to get a mammogram.

There are no visitation hours scheduled at Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Glen O. [Skip] Werling, 88
June 8, 1913 - February 26, 2002



Glen O. Werling of Valley Acres, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002, from complications associated with liver cancer.

Born at Shandon, California on June 8, 1913 to Fred and Pearl Werling, Skip graduated from Taft Union High School in 1932, and then married Evelyn M. Richie. Their marriage produced two sons Glen O. Werling Jr., and Richard F. Werling.

In 1939, skip purchased his current home in Valley Acres. There he eventually constructed his own welding shop, planted fruit trees, and even maintained a milk cow to feed the family. His stories of being a part-time dairyman, told from time to time to his children, always brought forth intense laughter, and his determined conclusion that he would never do such a thing again, was as sincere as it was emphatic.

Trained as a welder, he became unusually accomplished in his profession, beginning work with Standard Oil in 1943 and staying with the company until his retirement in 1977. Through those 34 years, he earned a reputation as an outstanding skilled craftsman. He could weld with either hand; he worked the job till it was finished; he brought to every task his particular flavor of determination, humor and "homespun" observations.

Nor was his ability with the torch confined to the oil fields at the shops at 11-C. He frequently created small pieces of art reflecting memories of his youth or constructs which captured the flavor of ordinary activities. He could build a welded fence across the front of his property, but he could also make a 6 inch bicyclist doing a "wheelie" stand up as stable as his fencing.

Skip loved to have fun, to poke humor at life's little inconveniences, in take setbacks in stride and to accept the fundamental proposition that we should all remember things go wrong. "hey, that's life".

When his marriage failed, he raised his sons into their teenage years, and then he married Claire (Dugas) Snyder in 1952. She brought four children to the marriage Dick, Joseph, Rosalie, and Joyce. The boys (Both Claire's and Skip's) were all in high school; Rosalie was in seventh grade, Joyce in first.

The dynamics of raising teen-agers and of being teenagers brought a lot of difficult issues into the family's lives and in dealing with them all. Skip was a resource of unlimited depth offering counsel when asked; quiet when appropriate; calming Claire at times of stress; pointing out alternatives to choices that adolescents might think were good ones, at first glance.

In his shop, he worked many long hours into to the night to earn additional money to keep the family fed, clothed and secure. And through those years, he maintained his work with the Valley Acres Volunteer Fire Department as a way of helping the community safe, and he remained a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church. The religion he close when he married Claire.

Through the next ten years Skip kept his boat running whatever the mechanical problems it produced, and behind it each of the children first guided their skid out of the water. He taught any who wanted to learn, how to weld. He helped all the boys to find their first cars and showed them how to keep them running, and as long as it was part of the "field culture" of standard oil how to yap the drips and keep gas tanks full.

He was always building little gadgets, occasionally submitting a patent for some clever creation, and when a grandchildren started showing up in numbers he built "from scratch a little tractor with a tow wagon into a which 6 of them could ride around the property at one time. He loved to drive them, smiling and laughing in his delight at their excitement. He brought to the new family stability, unconditional love and a resilience which helped all the children find their ways in life.

His daughters, Rosalie and Joyce found deep comfort in his emotional balance, his insistence that there were rules too be followed, and his love of life and of them. His humor echoes in their expressions to this day.

All of his children have led successful productive and rewarding lives.

Glen, Jr. and Richard each found careers with the Kern County Fire Department and are now retired living in Bakersfield. Joseph emerged as an attorney and is now "mostly retired "living in Sacramento. Dick became a professor of history and is now retired from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

Rosalie and Joyce each work with the public, Rosalie as a teachers aide in Placentia, California and Joyce as a U.S. Forest Service educator in Susanville, California. The family has been superb in its support of Skip during his illness. Each contributing in the different ways available to them, and each letting him know how much he was loved, and how much we appreciated what he has meant to our lives.

After his retirement from Standard Oil in 1977, Skip and Claire spent the next two and a half decades visiting with family's in California and Wisconsin attending rodeos, and enjoy the pleasantry of watching the fruits of their child-rearing, Skip golfed, getting a lot more practice than most other golfers, he would say. Grandchildren appeared in goodly numbers and another generation was schooled, on the whole successfully, in the value that he and she taught their children.

Skip's trip to the Columbia River with his brother, Lester during the summer of 1979 (June 13-July 5) was one the highlights of his life. The youngest of the three boys in his family, Skip had never spent time like this alone with any of his siblings. His oldest brother Harry, died earlier in life, and his bonding with Lester and the adventure of moving the boat up that powerful river were experiences that Skip never forgot. He kept a special photo album of every aspect of it and loved to describe it for anyone who would ask.

At home, he continued working in his shop doing part-time welding work for people with full time problems. But by the end of the 1990's, he had retired from the Valley Acres Fire Department. Sold his welding truck, and ultimately his shop.

He cared for his wife, Claire for many years as her health slowly failed. After her death, 1999, he found new outlets for his interest in life. He learned to use the computer and became a "regular" on the little email circuit that the family used daily to keep in touch with one and another; he bought season tickets and began cheering on the Bakersfield Condors hockey team; he regularly drove into Taft to "beat the Widows at Bunco"; he lunched frequently with other senior citizens, walked almost daily and continued to take a keen interest in the news of the day and the foibles of all politicians.

Upon diagnosis of his illness, he simply said, "I have had a good life; I just want to stay comfortable," In their home, his son Glen and wife Shirley have worked with Hospice Care to see that Skip's final journey was exactly as he asked that it would be.

The family would like to extend a special note of thanks to John and Eula Morton, Skips neighbors, who have been so careing, watchful and helped him, John and Eula we knew, were always there for him, and Skip always took pride and pleasure in being able to help John out in solving a welding problem.

Skip is survived by all six of his children, and by 16 grandchildren, and by 33 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He loved them all, and took particular delight in spending time with all of them, whenever he could. They miss him. We all miss him.

Funeral services will be held at graveside in Taft West Side District Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. On Saturday March 16th. Reception luncheon will follow in St Mary;s Catholic Church Hall, Taft, California. Arrangements are being handled by Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.

The Family extends a special thanks to Hoffman Hospice for their thoughful and considerate care of Skip, and support for the family, during his final days. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hoffman Hospice would be appreciated.
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Recha Wertheimer
November 5, 1909 - October 9, 2003



Funeral services are pending with the West Side Family Mortuary for Valley Acres resident Recha Wertheimer. Mrs. Wertheimer passed away on October 8, 2003 at the age of 93 in Fresno, California. All funeral services under the care and direction of the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Henry Clay West
February 4, 1920 - April 3, 2002



Funeral services are pending with West Side Family Mortuary for Taft resdient Henry Clay West Sr.

Henry passed away at the age of 82 on April 3, 2002 in Tujunga, California.

All funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft.
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LaVerna M. West
May 8, 1923 - January 22, 2008



A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church located at 220 North Street, on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, LaVerna M. West, 84.

LaVerna was born in Santa Fe Springs on May 8, 1923 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 22, 2008. She was raised and educated in Taft. LaVerna worked for Calhoun Auto Parts for many years. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed baseball, especially the Dodgers.

LaVern is survived by her niece and nephew Cathy and Mike Hawk of Taft; her great niece and her husband, Nedra and Eric Lowe of Santa Maria; her great nephew and his wife David and Kristina Hawk of Arroyo Grande; her great niece and nephews, Katie, May and Luke Lowe and Kyle Hawk; her nephew, Wayne West of Taft and his family; and a close friend, Fred Hitchcock of Taft.

In lieu of flowers please make a donations to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Else Williams Wheat, 92
February 4, 1909 - March 5, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Elsie Williams Wheat, 92. Rev. Sam White, pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Hanford Cemetery, Mrs. Wheat was born in Oklahoma on February 4, 1909 and passed away in Taft on March 5, 2001.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Dora Evans; her husbands, C.A. "Dick: Williams and Frank Wheat; her brother, Elmer Evans her sisters Pauline Wheat, Lillie Wheat, Pearl Willis, Maggie Willis Hughart, Edith Barnes and Reba Stone. Mrs. White is survived by her daughter and her husband, Betty and Jim Sagaser; her grandchildren, Gail and Warren Jones, David Sagaser, Grant and Julis Sagaser and Mona Harper; her 12 great grandchildren; her sister, Artie Edelman; numerous nieces and nephews and her care providers of two years, Eva Scott and Donna Trehern.

The funeral arrangemnets are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Terry D. Wheat, 40
October 31, 1956 - May 14, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held at Wasco Memorial Park Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. for Terry Dean Wheat, 40, of Maricopa (formerly of Wasco), who passed away May 14, 1997 in Bakersfield. Visitation will be held at Peters Funeral Home, 1401 Seventh Street, in Wasco Monday until 8:00 p.m.

Terry was born October 31, 1956 in Bakersfield to Floyd and Shirley Wheat. He was raised in Wasco and attended Wasco schools, graduating from Wasco High School in 1974. He married Pam Few on August 19, 1977 in Bakersfield. He worked for Wilkinson & Company in Wasco as a machinist, drilling water wells and installing pumps. He had worked at Alexco Services in Taft as a machinist for two years. He played trumpet in the Pep Band at Wasco Active 20/30 Club. He was a loving husband and father.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Wheat, in 1992. Terry is survived by his wife, Pam Wheat of Maricopa; his mother, Shirley Wheat of Atascadero; a son, Harry Lockwood Wheat of Maricopa; a daughter, Lori Ann Wheat of Maricopa; a sister, Penny Jean Crawford of Atascadero; a grandson, William Scott; and many other loving friends and relatives, nieces and nephews.
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Bill Wheeler
June 29, 1933 - March 9, 1997



Bill Wheeler, 63, passed away suddenly on sunday, March 9, 1997 in Taft. He was born June 29, 1933 in Memphis, Texas. He was a retired drilling supervisor for Belridge Oil Company. Bill served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He loved Country music and was extremely proud of his extensive record collection. Among his favorite hobbies were chess and arguiing politics. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons. He will be deeply missed, but in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his loving family including his wife, Lorene; his children and their spouses, Bill Jr. and Kim Wheeler, Bonnie and David Billings, and Barry Wheeler, his grandsons Jason Bolton, Jeremy Piper, and Lee and Ben Wheeler and his sister Thelma Feagan. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elanie Wheeler.

Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Thursday, March 13, 1997 at 1:00 p.m. in the Garden of Peace. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Mortuary. Hillcrest Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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Carolyn V. Wheeler
September 19, 1947 - March 4, 1997



Carolyn was born and raised in Taft. She married Guy E. Wheeler on November 22, 1967 in Bakersfield, where they stayed and raised their two sons, Brian Donavan and Phillip David Wheeler. Carolyn's mission in life was to make her husband and sons happy. In that respect, she was a very successful woman.

Services were held on March 7th at Greenlawn Mortuary, conducted by Pastor Gary Bashor. Carolyn is survived by her husband Guy, her son Phillip, her son Brian, daughter-in-law Carolyn, granddaughter Brianna Lynn, father and mother George and Marge Kennedy, brother Gordon Kennedy, his wife Cindy and their sons Zachary and Tyler.

The family is very thankful to all who expressed their kind words in person or through cards an flowers.
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Charley L. Wheeler
October 9, 1913 - February 2014



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, February 7, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. for Charley L. Wheeler, 100. Rev. Tom White pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate.

Mr. Wheeler was born in Mountain air, New Mexico on October 9, 1913 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 1, 2014. In 1937 he married Thora Louise Kollenborn in Visalia, California.

During his working career he spent 36 years as a truck driver. He was a roper and he enjoyed the constant companionship of his horse. He loved to hunt and was a great hunter and fisherman. He loved to travel and after his retirement he was able to increase the time he traveled.

With Charley's death he became the last of five brothers; preceded also by his son, Gary Wheeler. Surviving members of his family include his wife, Thora Wheeler of Valley Acres; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Ed Norris of Taft and their families; his son and daughter-in-law, Mary and Ed Norris of Taft and their families; his son and daughter-in-law, Charley and Christinneann Wheeler of Kaufman, Texas and their families; his daughter-in-law, Helen Smith of Bakersfield; one great-great grandson; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Bobbie and Mike Lahargue.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To express online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Chester R. Wheeler
November 22, 1923 – July 26, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. for lifelong Taft resident, Chester R. Wheeler, 79. Rev. Mike Richey, pastor of the Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. Mr. Wheeler was born in Taft on November 22, 1923 and passed away at his home in Taft on July 26, 2003.

Mr. Wheeler attended school in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1941. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard during World War II (1942-1945). He played on the championship softball team, earning himself the nickname “Ham Wheeler.” Golf was Chester’s passion with an uncanny way to birdie the 18th hole. He also helped build the 16th hole at Buena Vista Golf Course. After retiring from Santa Fe Energy his hobbies were golfing and enjoying his grandchildren.

Mr. Wheeler married Betty Martin and she preceded in death in 1993. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lila Wheeler and by his brothers, Ross and Wayne Wheeler.

His survivors include his children, Rick Wheeler of Fairfield, Sharly Anderson and her husband, Steve of Ridgecrest and Shelly Hamilton and her husband Gary of Taft; his grandchildren, Tony Wheeler of Fairfield, Jeff Hamilton of Bakersfield, Craig Hamilton and his wife, Shawna of Taft, and Rachel Anderson of Ridgecrest; his great grandchildren, Nikki Wheeler of Fairfield and Reece and Reagan Hamilton of Taft; his brothers and their spouses, Charley and Thora Wheeler and Ed and Loretta Wheeler all of Taft; his sister-in-law, Joy Wheeler of Camp Nelson and by his many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dennis James Wheeeler, 50
February 4, 1947 - July 15, 1997



Memorial services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 1919 Kern Canyon Road in Bakersfield, on July 18, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. for Dennis James Wheeler, 50. Mr. Wheeler passed away on July 15, 1997. Pastor Duane Meadors of New Life in Christ will officiate.

Dennis was born in Taft and had resided in Kern County all of his life. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion and served in the Vietnam War. He was last employed as a meaintenance supervisor by Bechtel Petroleum operations at the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Carolyn; a son, daughter-in-law and granddaugthers Kevin, Julia and Shelby Wheeler of Bakersfield; daughter Brandi Wheeler of Arizona; father and mother Ed and Loretta Wheeler of Taft; mother Bonnie Gorham of Los Osos, grandmother Pansie Fields of Morro Bay; three brothers and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine Road, Bakersfield, 93313.
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Douglas H. Wheeler
April 4, 1964 – February 3, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Douglas Hamilton Wheeler, 38.

Mr. Wheeler was born in Bakersfield on April 4, 1964 and passed away from injuries sustained in an auto accident on February 3, 2003. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1982. Mr. Wheeler had been employed as a mold mechanic working in the plastic injection industry. His last employer was Cal Moulding.

His survivors include his mother, Sandy Willingham of Taft; his father and his stepmother, Gary Lee and Connie Wheeler of Valley Acres; his brothers, Brian Wheeler of Pine Mountain Club, Raymond Turner of Nampa, Idaho and LeRoy Wheeler of Lake Elsinore; his grandparents, Calvin and Alberta McCracken of Valley Acres; his aunts and uncles, Ray and Donna Smith of Taft, John and Barbara Cawelti, Mike and Ruthie Moore all of Valley Acres; Charles and Verda Wheeler of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Edwina Busby of Miami, Oklahoma; his nieces and nephews, Shaun, Brandon, Ashley, Laurel and Briley Wheeler, his cousin, Maria Reich and her two sons, Blaine and Landon.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Edward J. "Ed" Wheeler
April 3, 1929 - April 17, 2010



Graveside services, a celebration of Ed's life, will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away peacefully at his home on April 17, 2010 in Taft, California. Ed was born to E.D. and Lila Wheeler in Taft on April 3, 1929 where he lived his entire life. He loved to travel with his wife, Loretta, and friends in their motorhomes. Hunting, fishing and anything outdoors gave him great joy. He spent many hours working in the garage fixing and building anything he could get his hands on. He was a hard-working man, full of strength, compassion and joy for life. In 1956, after only dating for five weeks, he married Loretta Scarborough in Las Vegas on April 7th. They celebrated 54 years of marriage together.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dennis; and three brothers, Ross, Wayne and Chester. He is survived by his wife, soulmate and best friend, Loretta; his brother, Charley and his wife, Thora; two daughters, Marsha and her husband, Otis Edwards and Gail and her husband, Ben Edwards; seven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; special friends, Bud Garner, Boyd and Pearl McNeill and Hank and Arlene Watt; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family of Ed would like to thank Optimal Hospice, especially nurses, Kitty Shinn and Tonya Cox, for their wonderful help and care. Thanks to Chaplain Ken Burnett for his compassion and beautiful songs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed Wheeler's name to Optimal Hospice Care, 4700 Stockdale Hwy.,Suite 120, Bakersfield, California 93309. Viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com

HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST
God saw he was getting tired. A cure was not to be .
So he put His arms around Him and
Whispered,"Come with Me."
With tear-filled eyes we watched
Him suffer and fade away.
Although we loved him deeply
We could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating.
Hard working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the BEST!
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Gary Leroy Wheeler
October 9, 1938 - June 2, 2009



Memorial services will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Riverlakes Community Church, 4301 Calloway Drive, Bakersfield for Gary LeRoy Wheeler, 70. A private interment will be held on Friday at 1:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery in Taft.

Gary was born on October 9, 1938 in Bakersfield and entered into eternity on June 2, 2009 at home surrounded by loved ones.

His is survived by his wife of 50 years, Helen Wheeler; son, Mark Wheeler; his daughter and her husband, Terri and John Jamison; his grandchildren, Morgan and Kelsey Vincent and Brennen and Bria Jamison; his parents, Charley and Thora Norris; his brother and his wife, Chuck and Chrissy Wheeler; andf several nieces and nephews.

Gary was raised in Taft and attended Taft High School and Taft College before moving to Bakersfield. He was drafted and spent two years in the Army. He worked for Standard Oil Company for nine years before going to work for the Kern County Fire Department where he retired after 27 years of service. Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing and RVing. He was always helping friends and family. Gary could fix or build anything.

Family and friends were of great importance to him and he will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hoffmann Hospice or the American Cancer Society. No vivitation hours are scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert W. Wheeler - Obit 1
September 8, 1949 - September 5, 2001



Robert W. Wheeler died on September 5, 2001, born in New York on September 8, 1949 he would have been 52 years old on his birthday.

Rob came to California and worked as an aircraft instrument technician, but for the last 12 years he was the smiling personable tavern keeper at the [Halfway Station] located on highway 33 between Maricopa and Ojai. He greeted thousands of travelers with local information, road conditions and good cheer. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

For funeral information contact Dale Lingo at the Halfway Station.
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Robert W. Wheeler - Obit 2
September 8, 1949 - September 5, 2001



Memorial funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Robert W. Wheeler, 51, Mr. Wheeler was raised in Denver Colorado. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy for several years. He also worked for the U.S. Navy after his discharge. For the last twelve years he had worked at the [Halfway Station] on highway 33.

Mr. Wheeler is survived by his sister, Sally Norton and her daughter, Annie; his brother, Edward [Ted] Wheeler and his children, Mike, Kevin and Katie; and his sister, Emilie Oishi and her children Brice and Hope.

There are no visitation hours scheduled; however, a wake service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. at the [Halfway Station]. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Vernon H. Wheeler
January 12, 1929 - September 30, 2003



Graveside funeral services were held this after noon (Thursday October 2, 2003) in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident, Vernon H. Wheeler, 74. Jon Hurst, Mr. Wheeler's grandson officiated at the service.

Mr. Wheeler was born on January 12, 1929 in Gracemont, Oklahoma and passed away at this home on September 30, 2003. He moved to Kern County at the age of 18 and settled in Tupman. In 1951 he moved to Taft. He had been employed by Chevron and retired in 1986. He was a member of New Hope Temple. Mr. Wheeler was an avid bowler for 53 years. He loved to build things from wood and enjoyed his yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Addie Wheeler. His survivors include his wife, Fran Wheeler; his daughter, Diann King; his son Rnady Wheeler; his step-children, Dyanne Perks, Marlee Knowles and Karianne Long; his brothers, Allen and George Wheeler; his sister Revonna Manes; his eight grandchildren and his four great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Hoffmann Hospice for the care and love they gave Mr. Wheeler. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mr. Wheeler's memory to Hoffman Hospice. The services were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Katie

Katie Wanda Kay Whitaker
September 7, 1944 - February 8, 2003



Katie Whitaker passed away Saturday, February 8, 2003 at Mercy Westside Hospital.

She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on September 7, 1944 to Alvin and Margaret Reynolds. Her surviving family is; her mother, Margaret Reynolds and five sisters, Dottie Harrison, Melba Loosier, Reba Baker, Toni Ford and Nadine Puckett. She also had many nieces, nephews, family members and friends that will greatly miss her. Katie was known for her heartwarming laugh, beautiful smile and loving generosity. She was a born again Christian and loved the Lord. Katie was at peace with God and was looking forward to being with Jesus.

The family expresses their deep gratitude to all that helped to care for Katie during her long illness. Some the doctors and staff that went the extra mile: for her comfort were: Dr. Tony Carey and staff; Jason, Danielle, Betty, Holly and Peggy; Dr. Weiss and staff at Mercy Westside Hospital, special nurse-friend and angel-Judy Gilmore, Eula, Sharon, Mike, Andrew, Rebecca, Eric, Randy, Shirley, Cheryl, Mary and Krishna.

Honoring Katie’s request, no viewing or services are scheduled. West Side Family Mortuary will handle all arrangements and further inquiries can be made at 763-1594.
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Bently Ollen White
March 14, 2010 - March 14, 2010



Precious baby Bently was greeted in heaven on March 14, 2010 with open arms by his grandpa, Nick Spell; his great-grandparents, Jack Clark, Sully Flores, and Vickey Barta; his great-uncle, Craig Cross; his great-great grandma, Lillian Stroud; his auntie, Drea White; and dear family friend, Billy Cox. His presence will always remain in the hearts of his loved ones here on earth. His survivors include, his parents, Brent White and Marissa Spell; his big sister, Drea Lynn; his Nana, Gloria Spell; his grandma, Tracey White; his uncles, Richard, Michael, Marcus, and Matthew Spell, Wayne Smith, and Braxton Hull; his aunts, Breann Noble and Megan Cash; and his cousins, Nicholas, Aubrey, Aiden and John Spell, Collin Sereno, Corbin Clifton, Austin and Caiden White, Shaylee and Zane Stoner; his great grandparents, Mary Clark, Jeannie Blevins, Sue White, and Bud White; also his great-nina, Loretta Cross and great-uncle, Rex Thomas, great-uncle and aunt, Mike and Andy Clifton, great-aunt Christy White; great-aunt, Sunshine Snyder; and great-aunt and uncle, Holi and Randy Allen; great-great grandma, Phyliss; and great-great aunt Gearld. Along with many other cousins, aunts, uncles, greats and friends.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery, Taft. There are no visitation hours.
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Dorothy Sue White, 52
October 30, 1954 - April 9, 2006



Sue was born October 30, 1954 in Duncan, Arizona. She moves to California in 1959 with her dad and mom, Marvin and Dot Rowden, brothers Bill, Roy, Dean, Dale and sister Carol. She was raised in Lost Hills, Wasco, Shafter, and Taft. She attended grade school in Taft and the surrounding areas and attended Taft High.

She married Don White on May 11, 1979 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sue and Don enjoyed a loving family of brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and extended family, including all the neighborhood children. She had a loving nature and took care of anyone that she could whether it be human or animal. She loved gardening and growing the most beautiful flowers. Everone knew that when you went to Don and Sue's that you left feeling loved and usually with something in your hands. She had a special gift that whenever you were with her you knew that you were loved. On April 9, 2006 God sent a beautiful White Dove to where she was so that one of God's most wonderful creaters could fly home with Gods most peaceful creature.

She is survived by her loving husband Don White, loving children Gina and Damon Flinn, Dominique, Gorgia, Levi, David and Suzette. Mother in-law Ethel White, sister Carol Robison, brother and sister in-law Dean and Jan Rowden, sister-in-law Kathy Rowden, sister in-law Ester Wildharbor, sister-in-law Linder Rowden and sister in-law Melba Lynch, nieces and nephews Leroy, Tina, Billy, Roy Jr., Bobby, Kevin, Becky, Ben, Jeffery, Christina, Nikki, William, Brianna, Joyce, Hunter, Levi, and friend Tim Flud.
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Henry White
May 28, 1942 - January 29, 2009



A graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resdient Henry White, 66.

Mr. White was born in Phoenix, Arizona on May 28, 1942 and passed away in Bakersfield on January 29, 2009. He moved from Imperial Valley to Taft in 1980. Mr. White worked as a truck driver for Petrolane and Amerigas for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Mary White. His survivors include is wife of 48 years, Vernie White of Taft; his grandson, Daniel White of San Jose; his brothers and sisters, Kenneth White of Arizona, Nathan and Jackie White of Arizona, Eric and Sandy White of Arizona, Arlene and Frank Hatten of Washington, and Phyllis Smith of Fresno; his step-mother, Ollie White of Arizona; and by his many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John Edward White
July 29, 1922 - March 22, 2005
This is the rites pending notice and the obituary.

Mr. White passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on March 25, 2005 at the age of 82. Visitation for John Edward White "Bill" will be held at the West Side Family Mortuary on Thursday, March 31, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2005.

John Edward White otherwise known as Bill was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma on July 29, 1922 to Noah and Minnie White. He was one of nine children. He came to California in the early forties to find work. He was an Army veteran. Bill worked as a farmer for most of his life. After Bill retired, he and Beulah owned several businesses. He loved to buy and sell cars, houses, etc. He always loved making a deal! He passed away from this life on March 25, 2005.

He was preceded in death by his son, Leslie; his wife of 50 years, Beulah and great granddaughter Kaitlynn Davis. He was a caring person and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his children; Rodney and Julie White and Gerald and Lucy White, his grandchildren; Collette and Lee Davis, Rodney and Lisa White, Matthew and Sylvia White, great grandchildren; Kaylee and Logan Davis, Blake, Jordan Tyson and Noah White and numerous other relatives.

We thank God for Westside Senior Center that gave Dad a place to go and good friends like Kathleen Dixon that made Dad's last years joyful.
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Joseph Gerald White
January 15, 1919 - January 28, 2011



Joseph G. White, 92, longtime resident of Maricopa, died January 28, 2011. Joe was born in Clarion, Iowa, in 1919, to Hallie and Julia White, and his family moved to Maricopa in 1925. He attended Maricopa public schools and graduated Maricopa High School in 1938.

Joe met his wife-to-be Margaret at Maricopa High School and they married in 1939. Together they raised two sons, Gerald and Thomas. During WWII, Joe entered the U.S. Army in 1944 and served with the 163rd in the Pacific Theater of Operations, first as a PFC rifleman in combat, then as an auto mechanic, and finally as a motor sergeant in a battalion motor pool in the combat area.

Upon return home from Japan in 1946, Joe was employed by the War Department as an aircraft inspector for the Army Air Force and stationed at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, California for two years. Upon discharge, Joe and Margaret and their two sons farmed in the Cuyama Valley until the late 50's. Joe's work history included being a mechanic for Atlantic Richfield, and he sold Farmer's Insurance. He concluded his work life as owner-operatior of Spray Rite Carwash in Taft which he sold in 1984.

Joe enjoyed several hobbies during his lifetime. He learned to fly private planes and owned and Air Coupe for several years. He invented several items including a hydraulic packing gland for oilfield equipment, a chimney brush, a handheld exerciser, and a solar hot water heating system. He was working on another invention when he died. What a creative mind! He also enjoyed working on vehicles, a pastime snared with his son Gerald. They restored vehicles and Joe made an electric vehicle out of a gas-powered pickup. He was a regular participant in local parades.

Traveling periodically to Alaska to visit son Tom and family, Joe decided to build a summer home in the Wasilla area, a project the completed with his two sons. The family enjoyed the small home on the lake for several years. Joe was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather and enjoyed nothing more than time spent with his family.

Joe was preceded in death in 2002 by his wife of 63 years Margaret White, his son Thomas H. White of Tumwater, Washington in 2005, his son Gerald F.White of Maricopa in 2009, and a sister Rose Marie in 1944. His sister, June White Lee (96) survived by his brother John White of Maricopa, daughter-in-law Melinda White of Tumwater, Washington; grandchildren Joseph R. White of Ketchikan, Alaska, Mary White of Kodiak, Alaska and Michelle Olson of Belingham, Washington and their spouses and nine great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews and many cousins and of course, his friends.

Special thanks go to extended family and local friends who helped Joe in the past eighteen months following the death of his son Gerald and subsequent serious health challenges Joe experienced. The family specifically wants to thank Joe's nephew Leif and his wife Sherri, niece Joan Read, and niece, Vikki Ellis, friends Nelda Floyd, Jerry Schuster, and Susan Roady, and his devoted caregivers Evelyn and Mila. These and many other unnamed people supported Joe and his closest family throughout Joe's challenges and following his death.

A graveside service with military honors was held February 3, at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. Arrangements were made by West Side Memorial Services in Taft. The family would like to thank those who attended the service and the many who sent flowers and cards. If you would like to honor Joe's memory, please consider a contribution to the American Heart Association of the American Diabetes Association.
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Margaret Frances White
January 15, 1921 - December 8, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held at the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday December 11, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. for Maricopa resident Margaret Frances White, 81.

Mrs. White was born January 15, 1921 in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Thomas and Lessie Nabers, and passed away on December 8, 2002, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. Mrs. White moved to Maricopa as a young child in the San Joaquin and Cuyama Valleys. She married Joseph White in 1939 and they raised two sons. A loving homemaker, she also helped with ranching and farming in the Cuyama Valley. During WWII, she worked at Gardner Field, balancing propellers on aircraft. Her love of cooking, crocheting, and embroidering yielded many treasured items, which loved ones have enjoyed for many years. In later years she became a computer enthusiast and enjoyed connecting with family and friends via the internet.

She is survived by her husband Joseph White of Maricopa, sons Gerald White of Maricopa and Thomas White of Olympia, Washington; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive her. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so at the West Side Family Mortuary, Tuesday, December 10th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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Melvin White, 77
January 20, 1924 - December 23, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Corcoran Cemetery on Friday morning 10:00 a.m. for former Taft, resident Melvin White, 77. Richard Ashford will officiate at the services.

Mr. White was born in Arkansas on January 20, 1924 and passed away in the local hospital on December 23, 2001. During the Second World War he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army and served in France and Germany. He had been employed as a farmer for most of his life and retired from Boswell Company. Prior to moving to Corcoran 25 years ago he had lived in Taft for many years. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church of Corcoran and the Taft Masonic Lodge #426 F. & A.M. Even though he was a retired farmer he considered himself still to be a farmer since he loved caring for his garden and house. Mr. White enjoyed being from and having a large family and especially enjoyed his grand and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna White; his brothers, Stan and Buster White and his sister, Nettie Mae White.

Mr. White's survivors include his son and his wife, Ronald and Fay White of Taft; his brother Bill White of Corcoran; his sisters, Dixie Mason of Corcoran and Nan Kellie of Bakersfield; his grandchildren and their spouses. Kerrylea and Randy Pittman of Taft, Andy and Debbie White of Wyoming, Tony and Marcy White of Taft and Joe and Brooke White of Taft and by his 14 great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nina Bouton White
June 10, 1914 - September 30, 2003



Graveside services will be held at the West Side Cemetery for former Taft resident Nina Bouton White on Monday October 6th, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Michael Pollack of Taft First Baptist Church will be officiating.

Mrs. White was born in Cookeville, Tennessee on June 10th, 1914 and passed away on September 30th, 2003 in Oregon. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading and especially spending time for with her family.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband Vane who she married in Taft on June 14th, 1934; her son Ronald, her grandson Carl, her sister Mary Nusse, and her 4 brothers, Paul, Claude, Curt and S.J. Henry. Mrs. White's survivors include her son Tom White and his wife Jean of Medford, Oregon, her daughter Sandra Nicholetti and her husband Ed of Alpharetta, Georgia and her daughter Barbara White of Bakersfield, California, also 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
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Rev. Sam White
December 11, 1924 - March 3, 2007



Funeral services will be held at New Hope Temple Church located at 308 Harrison Street, Taft, on Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. for long time Taft resident, Rev. Sam White, 82. Rev. Sam White was born in Lavaca, Arkansas on December 11, 1924 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 3, 2007.

He was in World War II and also the Korean War from 1944 - 1946. While he served in the Air Force, he was a Nose Gunner on a B-24, and proudly served his country. In Taft, his first job was with Carter's Furniture in 1948 with intentions of making enough money to leave Taft.

He was employed by Howard Supply Company for 29 years. For several years he was a partner in S & D Supply company. He founded the New Cuyama Assembly of God Church in 1959 and he pastored there for 45 years. He had a radio ministry for 40 years called "The Message of Hope Broadcast" and for many years did radio work at station KTKR in Taft, 1310 on the radio dial. He also was the president of the Laborers of Harvest for several years. He served on the Alpha House Board and helped many others in time of need. He was a member of the Westside Ministerial Association. Over the years, chances are he has married or buried someone in your family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel H. White and Lydia White and by his two sisters, Kay Meadows and Johnnye Boggs.

His survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Bessie; his children, Brenda Vinson and her husband, Mike of Bakersfield, Tom White and his wife, Charlene of Taft, Becky Long and her husband, Mike of Taft and Billy White and his wife, Teri of Taft; seven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; one brother, Rev. J.D. White and his wife, Pat of San Diego; sister, Gladys Raye Toller of Midland, Texas and a host of friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.

This man is truly our family's loss and heaven's gain.
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Sheila Marie White
November 30, 1958 - April 15, 2003



Sheila was born November 30, 1958 in Taft, California and passed away on April 15, 2003 in J.F.K. hospital in Indio, California.

Sheila is preceded in death by her grandparents Burl and Clara Leona Roberts and her lovely mother Floy M. Hill. Her survivors include her four children, Christy Bridgewater-Pitts and her husband James Pitts of Taft. Travis W. Zmotony currently serving our country in the U.S. Navy abroard the U.S.S. Kitty-Hawk, Tassie Lynn Zmotomy of Taft, and Randi Marie Zmotony of Indio,California. Also surviving her is father Raymond E. White (Curly) of Indio, California; her older brother Randy White of Taft, and her younger sister Diana White of Paris, Arkansas. She is also survived by her four grandsons Dayne, Derrick, Dylan and Aaron Pitts. Her two nieces Shannon and Tonya White. She also has many cousins and friends in the Taft Area.

Sheila loved her children very much and she will be greatly missed by all of us.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday April 21, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery. Rev. Sam White will be officiating, and Carol will be officiating, and Carol House will be the soloist.
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Virginia Ann White, 52
December 4, 1949 - April 27, 2002



A memorial service will be held at the Feather Falls Community Church, 2250 Fifth Avenue, Oroville, California; on April 27, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. She was born as Ginger Ann Callison on December 4, 1949 in Coalinga California; and passed away suddenly after minor surgery and a short illness.

She was raised in Derby Acres, California during her teenage years. Her family then moved to Ethel D Lease in 1964 and Ginger then attended Maricopa School District where she graduated from High School with honors. She was employed by Feather Falls Elementary School as a Teachers Aide and desired to become a registered nurse. She moved to Texas to attain her R.N. License and moved back to Feather Falls after she achieved her goal she was then employed by Twin Oaks Hospital of Chico, California; for several years as Head R.N. before becoming ill. She loved to waterski, read, hike and enjoyed life and the company of her family. Ginger was extremely intelligent, quiet and a gentle person who everyone cherished and loved.

She is survived by her ex-husband, Donnie White of Maricopa, California; her daughter and son-in-law Trishell and Eric Jones of Magalia, California, her grandson Shane Jones of Magalia, California, her parents, Sam and Charlene Callison of Feather Falls, California, her sister and brother-in-law Donna and Rocky Morton of Morgan Hill, California, her sister, Debby Callison of Marysville, California, her brother and sister-in-law David and Vickie Callison of Maricopa, California, many nieces and nephews, great nephews, nieces aunts, uncles and cousins. Ginger will be greatly missed by her family and anyone who knew and loved her.

If anyone has questions regarding directions, please call Donna Morton at 1-779-9553 or David Callison at 769-8185.
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Harold E. Whitehead, 69
March 14, 1932 - June 11, 2001



No services are scheduled for Bakersfield resident, Harold Edwin Whitehead.

Harold was born on March 14, 1932 in Carthage, Missouri and passed away in Fresno, California at the age of 69. Harold was employed as a salesman for Sequoia Paints for 10 years before he retired. He proudly served in the United States Navy as an airman, from 1950-1954.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Whitehead of Bakersfield, sons: Michael Whitehead of Lake Isabella and Andrew Whitehead of Wasco, daughters; Kathleen Clerico of Bakersfield and Sara Massey of Bishop, California, mother, Lillie Thomas of Missouri, and brother, Eugene Whitehead of Texas and 8 grandchildren.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. 763-1594.
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Melvin P. Whitley
March 18, 1918 - June 26, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, June 26, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., for Taft native, Melvin P. Whitley, 88. Rev. Trent Meadors pastor of the First Assembly of God will officiate at the service.

Mr. Whitley was born in Taft March 18, 1918 and passed away at his home on June 21, 2006. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School and Taft College. Mr. Whitley was a member of the Kern County Sheriffs Rescue and Taft Sportsman Club. He was a avid sportsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed gardening his rose and pepper bushes. He had been employed by Standard Oil Company for over 30 years and retired in 1978 as a production foreman.

Mr. Whitley was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Whitley in 2002 his parents, Lena and Archie Whitley; his brother, Gerald and his sister, Thelma. His survivors include his daughter, Linda Knowles; his son Harold Whitley both of Taft; his sister Margie Wright of Santa Maria; his grandchildren, Brain Knowles and his wife Dee, Lisa Adema all of Taft and Michael Knowles of Kansas; his eight great-grandchilden; four great-grandchildren.

The family would like to especially thank Dr. Tang, Optimal Hospice and Mr. Whitley wonderful caretakers, Carol Gilbert, Reba Stone, Anita Baker and Melinda Knowles. Friends are invited to pay their respect on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruby Whitley
March 8, 1916 - September 16, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, September 20, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Ruby Whitley, 86. Ruby was born on March 8, 1916 in Tipton, Georgia to James and Nina Crawford. She passed away at the Mercy Westside Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Taft.

Ruby attended school in Fellows and Taft between trips to Georgia. She met her husband to be in 1938 and they were married on March 23, 1940. Ruby loved her family, fishing, and bowling.

She is survived by her husband of 62 ˝ years, Melvin Whitley, her daughter, Linda and her son, Harold all of Taft. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Lisa Adema and Brian Knowles of Taft; her great-grandchildren Josselyn and Christina Adema, Cassandra, Michael, Joshua, Aaron and Erika Knowles and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Tang and the staff at the skilled Nursing Home for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, please give to your favorite charity. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Leon "Boots" Whitlock, 70
February 21, 1926 - February 14, 1997



Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Latter-day Saints of Paso Robles for Leon "Boots" Whitlock, 70. Bishop Doug Majors will officiate at the services. Burial will be in the Atascadero Cemetery.

Mr. Whitlock was born Febraury 21, 1926 in Hanford and passed away February 14, 1997 in a Palm Springs hospital. He worked a lot of ranches in the Carrizo Plains and worked for Circle P Trucking and the Santa Margarita Ranch for 12 years.

He is survived by his daughters, Lillie Merritt of Shandon, and Ruth Allen both of Paso Robles, his sons, William Welsh Whitlock of San Diego and Boots Whitlock of Twenty-nine Palms; three grandchildren, Shawn, Loretta and Robert; and his sister, Glenora Wieland of Susanville.

Donations in Mr. Whitlock's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 1371 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401.
Buchheim Family Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Chapel of Paso Robles is handling the arrangements.
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Mary E. Whittemore, 70
January 3, 1927 - July 24, 1997



Mary E. Whittemore, 70, former resident of New Cuyama died on July 24, 1997 from complications after hip surgery. Mary was born January 3, 1927 in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Carroll Charles "Jack" Whittemore (died January 20, 1989). She is survived by her sister, Ann Jewett of Waltham, Massachusetts; six children: Marueen Vickery of New Cuyama, Kevin Whittemore of Ventura, Ronald Whittemore of Santa Barbara, John Whittemore of Lompoc, Martin Whittemore of Lakewood, Colorado and Carole Chamberlain of Melborne, Flordia; and nine grandchildren.

Mary's remains will be intered at the dudley Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria, a Memorial Mass is at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Cuyama on Tuesday july 29, 1997 at 11:00 a.m. An after-garthering to celebrate Mary's life will be held at her daughter's home in New Cuyama.
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Bella Joyce Causey Whyte
June 6, 1928 - July 26, 2010



Joyce was born in Humansville, Missouri in the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Winger. She was the first born child of Lester Elude Causey and Grace Winger Causey. She was a very talented young child. At the age of 2, she could count to 15, recite a dozen nursery rhymes, knew her ABC's by sight, spell many small words, and could sing six songs including the "Stein Song Course". She made her first public appearance at the Swedish Auditorium in Omaha singing, "Springtime in the Rockies". Her parents moved to Taft, California when she was four years old and started Causey Real Estate. She attended all Taft schools, and in high school she entertained the troops at Gardner Field with Tap Dancing during WWII. After high school graduation she worked in Taft for the Water Company and attended Taft College.

She married J.D. Whyte of Woodland, California in 1946 and together they had four children. She loved being a wife and a stay at home mother, knitting and sewing and cooking for her family. In 1967 she began a career at the Westside Mosquito Abatement as office manager. She retired 27 years later and began traveling and cruising which brought her much enjoyment. She loved her family, her hometown Taft, her lifelong friends their, and her dogs.

She was preceded in death by her father Lester Elude Causey; her mother Grace; her sister Jeannine Edgmon; and her oldest son Jamie Whyte. Her only living sybling is Lester "Bill" Causey and his wife, Pat of Taft and by her brother-in-law, Ed Edgmon of New Cuyama. She leaves behind her sons, Michael Scott Whyte of Bakersfield and Joseph Daniel Whyte of Taft; her daughter Constance "Connie" Woodward and her husband Tom of Bakersfield. She had five grandsons, Beau Thomas Woodward and wife Jennifer of Bakersfield, Gabriel Woodward and wife, Staci of Bakersfield, Matthew Woodward and his wife, Mindy of Bakersfield, Ryan Chase and his wife Olivia of Bakersfield, and Ryan Whyte of San Diego. She leaves behind 12 great grandchildren and her niece and her husband, Dyana and Russell Emberson of Taft; her nephews and their wives, Sam Causey of Taft, Tom and Sara Edgmon of Bakersfield and Mike and Caroline Edgmon of Tennessee.

The family is very thankful to Dr. James Saiki and their kind office staff, Dr. Steven Chen, and Rosewood Retirement community for their excellent care. The family rejoices that Joyce is in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, August 2, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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James Lester Whyte
May 7, 1947 - February 10, 2007



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday, February 15th at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native James Lester Whyte 59. Pastor James Kilgore of the Taft Free Will Baptist Church will officiate.

Mr. Whyte was born in Taft on May 3, 1957 and passed away in Taft on February 10, 2007. He attended Taft schools graduating from Taft Union High School in 1965. He attended Menlo College in Menlo Park and recieved a BS degree in business. He served his country in the Vietnam Conflict from 1970 to 1971 as a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the war he recieved the National defense medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Bronze Star and a Vietnam Service Medal during his two tours in Vietnam. Mr. Whyte worked 20 years for American Eagle Airlines. Because of his illness Jimmie retired early from American Eagle Airlines last March. His fellow employees in Dallas, Texas went way out of their way to support Jimmie encourage him and show love to him as he battled Liver Cancer this past year. We thank God for those caring people.

Jimmie enjoyed visiting his family, many friends and many places on the central coast of California. He like to travel to historic places, visit museums and spend the holidays with his extended family in Taft. He loved Taft College, Cougar Football and horse raceing in Texas. He loved to read, enjoyed all kinds of music and his accordion playing. Accepting Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior was his greatest most personal experance.

Jimmie is survived by his loving mother Joyce Whyte of Taft, his father J.D. Whyte and his wife Cathy of Bakersfield, his brother Scott Whyte of Bakersfield, his sister and her husband Connie and Tom Woodward of Bakersfield, his brother Dan Whyte of Taft, his aunts and uncles many cousins and nephews. The family looks forward to seeing Jimmie again in heaven with Christ our Lord.

The family is thankful for Hoffman Hospice, Agape Home Care and pastor James Kilgore and the congregation of the Free Will Baptist Church for prayers, love and support during these difficult family times.

There are no visition hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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David Wickwire
August 1855 - January 22, 1924



David E. Wickwire, aged 68, for a number of years employed in the local fields as a driller, passed away late last night at his home in this city. He was one of the oldest workers in point of service in the West Side fields, having come here 14 years ago.

He leaves an invalid wife in this city and two daughters, Mrs. Lynch of Bakersfield and Mrs. Gertrude Ray of Taft.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning, the time and place not as yet announced. The body is at the Taft Undertaking parlors.
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Robert C. Widen
October 13, 1920 - August 30, 2002



Private family graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery for area native, Robert C. Widen, 81. Mr. Widen was born in Fellows on October 13, 1920 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on August 30, 2002.

He was raised and educated from Taft Union High School in 1940. Mr. Widen served in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War. He had been self employed as a sign painter for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Evangelin Widen. Mr. Widen is survived by his sister Virginia Widen of Bakersfield; his brother; Leonard Widen of San Jose; his nephews, Randall Widen of Seattle, Washington, Barry Widen of Los Gatos and Jeffery Widen of Derango, Colorado, and by three grand nieces.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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John C. Wiens
June 4, 1903 - February 3, 1996



Memorial services will be held in the First Southern Baptist Church, 714 Columbus Street, Bakersfield on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, John C. Wiens, 92. Burial at the West Side District Cemetery will be private.

Mr. Wiens was born in Rosethern, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 4, 1903 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on February 3, 1996. He moved to Taft in June of 1926 and on October 17, 1928 he married Roberta Trask who preceded him in death on April 26, 1960. He married Magdalena Brownlow on March 23, 1962. Mr. Wiens was a painter and became a painting contractor in 1940. He established Wiens Paint Store in 1947 and retired in 1968. In 1941 he was the founder and first president of the Kern County Club for the Deaf. Mr. Wiens was a life member of the Taft Elk's Lodge #1527 B.O.P.E.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Aganetha Wiens; his brothers, Jesse, Frank and Eddie Wiens and by his sister, Kate Wiens. His survivors include his wife Magdalena Wiens of LaPaz, Mexico; his children and their spouses, Robert and Shirley Wiens of Taft, Carl and Helen Wiens of Tucson, Arizona and Betty and David Morgan of Lebanon, New Jersey; his brother, George Wiens; his sisters, Mary Otten and Pearl Domaschovsky all of Oregon; his grandchildren, Leslie-Anne Wiens, John Wiens and his wife, Susan, Malise Scholefield and her husband, Craig, Gordon Wiens, Heather Wiens, Bradley Morgan and his wife Darlene, Jeffrey Morgan and his wife Debbie, David Morgan and Michelle Primeaux and her husband, Christian; and his great-grandchildren, Alex and Jullian Rivera, Grant Wiens, Andrew, Matthew and Zachary Scholefield, Daniel, Danielle and Melissa Morgan and Morgan Primeaux.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions to the Recreation League for the Deaf Youth in care of the First Southern Baptist Church of Bakersfield.

Erickson & Brown Funeral Home, Taft.
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Robert G. Wieselquist, 81
December 25, 1919 - March 16, 2001



Private family funeral services will be held on Tuesday in the West Side District Cemetery for Taft resident, Robert Gustave Wieselquist, 81. Officers of Taft-Midway Lodge, #426, F&AM will officiate at the services.

Mr. Wieselquist was born in North Providence, Rhode Island on December 25, 1919 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on March 16, 2001. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He had lived in Taft since 1945 and worked as a machinist for Hughes Tool Company for 38 years. Though not a member of a particular church, he was raised as an Episcopalian. He was a long time member of the Taft-Midway Lodge, #426, F& A M, the Bakersfield Scottish Rite, a 32nd Mason, and served the Lodge as the Candidate's coach and for the last 10 years served as Marshall.

Mr. Wiesdelquist was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Frances Gratz Wieselquist, his father and mother, Carl Gustave and Ruby Ingham Wieselquist. He is survived by his daughters, Joan Lyne Tognazzini of Fresno and Karen Lee Kuntze of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; his grandchildren, Ryon Alan Tognazzini and his wife, Karri of San Luis Obispo; Brenda Janel Tognazzini of Fresno; Annita Janette Tognazzini of Clovis and Keith and Kevin Kuntze of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; his great grandchildren, Nethany'l Alan Togazzini of San Luis Obispo and Jordan Andrew Manouelian of Fresno.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Masonic Home of California, 1111 California Street, San Francisco, California 94108-2284 or to a charity of their choice. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret "Marnie" Wight
November 23, 1923 - December 11, 2003



Marnie, a longtime resident of Taft, passed away in the local nursing home December 11, 2003. She was born in Los Angeles on November 23, 1923 and moved to Taft with her family when she was five years old where she attended the local schools.

During W.W. II she worked at Gardner Field and after the war married Jack, a local boy, and built a home in Valley Acres. Marnie was the set designer for the Junior Theater for many years. Marnie was also a parent and grandparent volunteer for the local schools while her children and grandchildren were in grammar school. Taft Primary was the last school at which she volunteered and known as "MeMe" to the children. During the holiday season she enjoyed dressing up as Mrs. Claus and going to local schools greeting the children, and on occasion you could find her in the Hallmart Shopping Center parking lot.

Marnie is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Jill and Reg Prewett of San Jose and Blair and Mike Lowery of Templeton as well as a daughter and son-in-law by choice, Ruth E. and Glen Phipps of Ramona. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Jon Prewett of Laramie, Wyoming and Amanda Prewett of San Jose; and by her two sisters, Shirley Webb of Bakersfield and Susan Stumbaugh of Taft. Marnie was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Wight.

At her request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Hazel Irene Wilborn
September 29, 1893 - October 25, 1979



Hazel Irene Wilborn, 86, of 509 Jackson, died this morning in a local hospital. She was a native of Los Angeles, born September 29, 1893. She had resided in Taft for the past 57 years.

She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, neighbors of Woodcraft, Housewives Welfare League, Women of the Moose and the College of Regents.

She is survived by her husband James E. "Peg" Wilborn of the same address; one daughter, Alice Yeates of Kern City; one son, James L. Wilborn of Taft; one granddaughter, Jenny Marks of Bakersfield and five other grandchidren; six great grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited in the chapel of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday 7:30 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted at West Side Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with Father Michael Braun of St. Mary's Catholic Church officiating.
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David Allen Wiley
November 7, 1955 - August 4, 2012



David was born in Glendale, California to M. Ray and Doris Wiley on November 7, 1955.

The family moved to Shafter, California in 1958 where he attended Richland School, Shafter High School, and Taft College. David played football for Shafter High and Taft College. He had a gift for journalism and wrote sports articles for Shafter High School, Shafter Press and The Bakersfield Californian newspaper. You could ask him any question about football, basketball and baseball and he knew the answer no matter how far back you went. Sports was truly his passion. Later in life he was an advocate for the homeless, and served on many boards relating to the homeless and especially in East Bakersfield.

David is preceded in death by his father M. Ray Wiley, sister Linda Diane Wiley Saba and nephew Kurt Van Wiley. He is survived by her mother, Doris Wiley of Bakersfield brother C.W.O. 5 Kenneth R. Wiley and wife Peggy of Utah; daughter Diane Morah Wiley of Bakersfield; uncle Michael St. John and wife Kerry of Washington, numerous nieces and nephews and great nephews and nieces.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Mission Family Mortuary Chapel, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Optimal Hospice, 1675 Chester Ave. Suite 401, Bakersfield, California 93301.

David's ashes will be scattered off the coast of Montana De Oro State Park at a later date.
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Norman William Willardson
October 20, 1934 - December 8, 2002



No services are scheduled for Edwards resident, Norman Williams Willlardson.

Norman was born on October 20, 1934 to Alfred and Tressa Willardson in Round Lake, Minnesota and passed away on December 8, 2002 at his residence in Edwards, California at the age of 68. He was employed by the State of California as a psychiatrist for 12 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Hoplisch of Santa Barbara, California; brother, Dale Willardson of Lancaster, California; niece, Jean Lucks of Boron, California; great nephew, Tim Lucks also of Boron, California and 2 grandchildren.

All services are entrusted through the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Kayleen Mary Willey
May 8, 1932 - October 9, 2009



Kayleen was born on May 8, 1932 to Gerald and Violet Woolaver, in Cape Vincent, New York. She was preceded in death by her indentical twin sister, Kathleen Marie, who died in child birth. Kayleen slipped away peacefully to the arms of God in the early hours of October 9, 2009 after a 5 year battle with COPD.

Kayleen moved away from New York to Taft, California in 1972, and lived there until 1987, when she moved to Bakersfield. During her time in Taft, Kayleen earned her C.N.A. and enjoyed 5 years of working with the elderly at Westside Nursing Home and also in private homes.

After this Kayleen retired and enjoyed being "Nana," to her 2 granddaughters. She loved to cook and garden and took great pride in her green thumb. She loved spending time with her family until it became to difficult for her to leave her home. She also loved her cats and had several over the years.

She is survived by her husband, James Willey, daughter Kathleen and son-in-law, Walter Davis, son, Kelly Abeyta, and granddaughters, Elisa and Elena Davis, all of Bakersfield.

Special thanks to Dr. Ragland, the ladies from Gemcare's Palliative Care Team, Debbie, RN, from Interim Home Health Care, Gloria Chavez, from Alternative Care, and Optimal Hospice. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn (River Boulevard).
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Eva Willhelm
August 26, 1919 - October 1, 2012



A Celebration of Life will be held at the Franklin Field Complex Pavilion #1 on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Eva Willhelm, 93. A potluck reception will immediately follow the celebration.

Mrs. Willhelm was born in Pontococ, Mississippi on August 26, 1919 and passed away in Bakersfield on October 1, 2012. Mrs. Willhelm was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. Among her most favorite things were her flowers and gardening.

Mrs. Willhelm was preceded in death by her husband, Walker Willhelm; her grandson, Robert Wilhelm, and by all of her siblings. Her survivors include her children, June Willhelm of Taft, Mike Willhelm of Maricopa, Don Willhelm and his wife, Lisa of Taft and Renn Riddick of Taft; her grandchildren, Danny Schroeder of Taft, April LaPeer of Bakersfield, Erik Riddick of Bakersfield, Brittney Odle of Taft, and Bryce Willhelm of Taft; her eight great grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Peggy Smith and her husband, James of Taft; her brother-in-law George Willhelm and his wife, Ann of Michigan; her numerous nieces and nephews; and by her sisters and brothers in Christ.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Lydia and Ann with Hoffman Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made in Mrs. Willhelm's name to the American Cancer Society, 1523 California Ave., Bakersfield, California 93304. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Amanda Luceita Williams
August 1, 1879 - July 28, 1957



Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Mrs. Amanda Luceita Williams who passed away yesterday in her home at 121 Wood Street.

Mrs. Williamswas born in Altos, Arkansas, August 1, 1879. She has been a resident of Taft for 28 years.

Survivors include a son, Vernon Wilder, of Sacramento; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Dee Traweek of Long Beach; Mrs. Nola Skaggs of Kettleman City; three brothers, Andrew Wiseman of Arroyo Grande; E. H. Smith of Long Beach and John Conatser of Arkansas; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Atkinson of Arroyo Grande and Bonnie Snow of Booneville, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Williams will be interred in the West Side District Cemetery.
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Avis Mae Williams
April 4, 1916 - May 28, 2003



Graveside services will be held by the family at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2003 in the West Side District Cemetery for Avis Mae Williams, 87, of Bakersfield who passed away at her home on Wednesday morning.

She was born in Terra Haute, Indiana in 1916. She moved with her parents, Erna and Guy Overman, to Buttonwillow in 1919. She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Buttonwillow before going to Bakersfield High School, where she graduated in 1933.

She married George Williams in San Francisco in 1937. Avis and George moved to Rose Ave., in Taft in 1945 and provided years of entertainment to the town, hosting nights of star gazing, puppet shows and holiday displays. They belonged to several service and hobby organizations.

George passed away in 1985 and Avis moved to Bakersfield in 1992. She was a special person who made extraordinary contributions in her personal life as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her passion for the world of nature, gardening and homemaking made her a mentor and teacher for her family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, George and David; daugther-in-law, Gail of Bakersfield; her daughter Carol of Berkeley; six grandchildren; and extended family and friends. She will not be forgotten. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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David Allen Williams
November 4, 1976 - July 1, 2001



David Allen Williams passed away Sunday, July 1, 2001 in Boswell, Oklahoma. David was born November 4, 1976 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was the son of Vic Williams and Carol Ann Newbury. He lived in Boswell for several years and had worked at Custom Plastics in Durant, Oklahoma.

Surviving relatives include his father Vic Williams of Searcy, Arkansas. His mother Carol Newbury of Bakersfield, California, maternal grandparents Chuck and Gerry Fulkerson of Taft, California; one brother Don Williams of Boswell, Oklahoma; and many other relatives and friends.

His brother Don Williams conducted the graveside service Thursday, July 5, 2001 at Restland Cemetery of Boswell, Oklahoma. Mr. Olive Funeral Home of Hugo, Oklahoma was in charge of arrangements.
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Frances Blagg-Williams "Fran"
January 15, 1931 - August 23, 2010



Born January 15, 1931 in Biggs, Oklahoma, Fran grew up in Gravelly, Arkansas. Our loving Mother, Sister and "Mono" went home to be with Jesus on August 23, 2010.

Survived by her children, David and Cyndee Robertson of Taft, Marilyn and Bobby Castro, and Patti and Jose Panduro of Bakersfield; two sisters, Bonnie Reynolds and Patsy Rush; and longtime sweetheart, Ben Ridenour. Fran has numerous grand, great and great great grandchildren that loved her very much.

Services will be held Friday, August 27th, 12:00 p.m., at the Mission Family Mortuary Chapel, 531 California Ave., Bakersfield, California.
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Ghisela Jay Williams
April 4, 1951 – July 25, 2003



Private memorial services will be held on a later date for Taft resident, Ghisela Jay Williams.

Ghisela was born on April 4, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri to Robert and Marthe Owens and she passed away peacefully at her residence surrounded by her family on July 25, 2003 at the age of 52. She was a hard worker who loved her family and would do anything for them. She loved making crafts before she became disabled. She is survived by her “better half” Robert Denny of Taft, sons Dale Williams of Modesto, California and Eric Williams of Taft, daughters, Theresa Williams of Taft and Kilmberlina Ross of Chowchilla, California, sisters Regina Kay of San Francisco. She had 18 grandchildren and numerous other family and friends.

All funeral arrangements are entrusted through the West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594
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Helen

Helen Lucille Williams
February 10, 1918 - October 26, 2001



Graveside services for Helen Lucille Williams will be held at Hillcrest Mortuary on Tuesday October 30th at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be private.

Helen was born February 10, 1918 in Taft, California to Frank and Laura Richardson. She was the first of 3 daughters. She attended Taft schools and graduated From Taft Union High school in 1935. Her senior year in High School is where she met the love of her life, Keith Williams. They were married in 1938. In 1940 welcomed the light of her life, Carolyn into the world. After Keith finished dental school, they returned to Taft for Keith to practice dentistry. Helen was a homemaker supporting Keith and raising Carolyn. She belonged to Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Eastern Star and the Woman’s Club in Taft. In 1963, Helen and Keith moved to Bakersfield to be closer to Carolyn and granddaughter Debbie. Helen began to help Keith in the dental office and they worked side by side until his retirement in 1979. In Bakersfield, Helen was a member of Eastern Star, the Woman’s Club, RV Travel Clubs and the Orchid Club. Helen and Keith loved to travel and spent many happy years in the R.V. and on wonderful trips. Helen loved her flower gardens and she was a wonderful cook.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Laura Richardson; her husband, Keith. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hollick; granddaughter, Deborah and husband John Peters; her great grandsons, Bryan, Johnnie and Blake; sister-in-law, Tense Camp; and niece, Kathleen Fielder; numerous special friends and 2 sisters.
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Jeffery Clinton Williams "Bubba"
March 31, 1969 - October 5, 2010



"Bubba" as we called him was a graduate of West High. He was a compassionate person whom enjoyed working with kids in Camp Leadership and with the Boy Scouts. He always loved to go camping at Balch Park, enjoying being with his dog,Odie.

Bubba is survived by his parents, Terry and Patsy Williams; brother Greg Williams and wife Lisa; nephew, Matthew Williams; niece Danielle Garcia; and great niece Elle Rose Garcia. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Mary Lou Williams, Lou and Virginia Nickols and grandfather, Robert Clutter.

Chapel service will be held on Friday, October 8, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Southwest Memorial Chapel, 2739 Panama Lane. No visitation is scheduled.
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John Williams
Nov 17, 1926


Man Last Seen Alive At His Home On Tuesday
Salvation Army Leader Finds Body at Home Today
Williams Refuses to Leave Place
Williams Believed to Have Been Dead for 2 Days



John Williams, age about 35, was found dead in his shack at Ford City, shortly before 1:00 o'clock today by Envoy L. King of the Salvation Army in Taft. Coroner N.C. House of Bakersfield and the sheriffs office were notified by Envoy King.

According to Envoy King, the man probalby died from the effects of using canned heat as a number of empty cans were found scattered around the room. The man was seated at the table in the center of the room and was last seen about the place Tuesday.

The man's case was called to the attention of the Salvation Army on Sunday. At the time Envoy King made a trip to the place at 108 Taylor Avenue and found Williams to be sick. She asked him if he did not want to go the hospital, but he refused, saying that he would not die unless the snake bit him.

On Monday, Envoy King visited him again and he seemed no better, but refused to leave the place. Envoy King notified Envoy Giles and the latter went to the house on Tuesday and cleaned up the rooms as best he could.

Since that time no one has been near the home apparently until shortly before 1:00 o'clock today, when Envoy King went to pay him another visit and see if there was anything that could be done.

The man had no relatives in the oil fields as far as could be learned, but he had spoken to Envoy King of his mother when she questioned him on her first visit. Where she resides is not known.
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Dr. Keith D. Williams, 80
January 25, 1917 - April 18, 1997

Funeral services will be held at noon for former Taft resident Keith Daniel Williams, DDS. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hillcrest.

Dr. Williams was born on January 25, 1917 in Malad City, Idaho. He lived in Utah and Northern California before coming to Kern County in 1933. He graduated from Taft Union High School in 1934 where his father was principal. He attended one year at Taft Junior College then attended California State University, Fresno, where he received his BA in Business Administration and Education.

He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Richardson, in 1938. After college gradution he worked as an accountant for Standard Oil in Taft. After two years, he returned to college to fulfill his dream of being a dentist. He graduated from USC with his BS and DDS in 1945 and returned to Taft to open his practice.

He belonged to Xi Psi Phi Fraternity, Kiwanis and was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Taft Midway Masonic Lodge and the Elks Lodge. He was a captian in the Dental Corps in the United States Army. In January 1963 he moved his practice to Bakersfield to be closer to his family. In Bakersfield he also belonged to Scottish Rite, Kern County Shrine Club Al Malaikah, Honorary member of Aneza Temple of Mexico and Order of The Eastern Star. He was also a member of Asbury United Methodist Church.

Dr. Williams retired in May 1979 after 34 years of dentistry. He enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. He loved fishing, the mountains, the beach and his RV. He and his wife traveled to many wonderful places.

He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Helen; his daughter, Carolyn Hollic; his grandaughter, Deborah, and her husband, John Peters; and his three little men, Bryan, Blake and Johnnie (great grandsons); his mother, Gladys Williams (101); his twin sisters, Tense Camp and Tella Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dr. Williams was a truly wonderful family man, always putting others before himself. We are all better people to have known and loved such a man. Papa will live forever in our hearts.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Laughlin and the nurses at Memorial Hospital for their loving care to Dr. Williams.
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Kenneth L. Williams
February 24, 1918 - March 9, 2010



A graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at New Hope Temple Church, 308 Harrison Street, Taft, at 12:30 p.m. Kenneth was born on February 24, 1918 to Lou and Mattie Williams in Milfay, Oklahoma. He went home to be with the Lord on Tursday, March 9, 2010 surrounded by his family. Mr. Williams passed away at this daughter and son-in-laws home where he had resided for the last six months.

Kenneth proudly served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was aboard the Queen Mary to England. He retired from the Taft City School District in 1980. Kenneth was a faithful member of New Hope Temple for 44 years where he served as a deacon for many years.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Pauline. He is also preceded in death by his sisters, Jessie Banks, Tillie Bolen, Lillie Pond and by his brothers, Homer Williams, La Voice Williams, Lonnie Williams and Oscar Williams. Mr. Williams is survived by his daughter and her husband, Brenda and Michael Wehunt; his two loving granddaughters Tricia and Melissa Wehunt his sisters and brothers and their spouses, Vivian Haddox of Oklahoma, Elwon and Ruth Williams, Gladys and Elmer Spear, Dean Williams and Patty and Paul Cochran of Bakersfield; his brother-in-law of Bakersfield; his sister-in-law Inez Fine of Visalia; and his numerous nieces and nephews. Kennneth greatly enjoyed spending time with all of his many family members.

The family would like to thank the staff of Odyssey Hospice especially Karin, Collette, Sandra and Chaplin Craig Amos for the wonderful care of their loved one. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson Brown Funeral Home.
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Lois June Williams
September 25, 1930 - January 30, 2010



A private family graveside was held for Lois June Williams, 79, in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Williams was born in Taft on September 25, 1930 and passed away in Taft on January 30, 2010.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Robert Scott; and by her brothers Norman, Dickie and Donald Scott. Mrs. Williams is survived by her husband Evertt R. Williams of Taft; her son and his wife, Robert M. and Lorna Williams of Bakersfield; her daughter Cylinda (Williams) Mathews and her husband Ron Mathews of Temecula; her four grandchildren; Michelle Shepard of Bakersfield, Robert W. Williams of Florida, Jason Mathews of Wisconsin, and Talena Conlon of Santee; and by her 11 great grandchildren.

The arrangements were under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Whitney Williams
October 28, 1988 - June 11, 2003



Our community has lost a beautiful young woman. Whitney Nichole Williams passed away on Friday, June 11, 2003. She was 14 years old.

Whitney was a student at Frazier Mountain High School where she was recognized as a Top Ten Fresman. She loved drama and poetry. Whitney's faith and her love for life are part of what made her so special. She was an active member of her church: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Whitney is survived by her parents David and Kathy Williams of Frazier Park and Christine and Brad Bork of Yucca Valley. She is also Survived by her siblings: Ashley, Alyssa, Mikayla, Jessica, John, Sean, Heather, Renae, Shannon, Amy, Melissa, Jody and David. Whitney loved her family very much. She will be greatly missed.

Services for Whitney will be held Friday, July 18, 2003, at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frazier Park.
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Dewey Williamson
November 16, 1897 - May 24, 1974



Graveside services will be held at West Side District Cemetery this Friday at 10:00 a.m. for Dewey A. Williamson, 812 N. Lincoln Street. The owner of Williamson's Smoke Shop, he died yesterday in a local hospital.

Mr. Williamson was born November 16, 1897 at Mokane, Missouri and had resided in this community for the past 17 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church at Fulton, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Emma, four daughters, Patsy McCall of Steedman, Missouri, Barbara Mirts of Odessa, Texas, Thelma Patterson of Van Nuys and Nancy Barker of Taft, one brother, H. L. Williamson of Springfield, Missouri, two sisters Glayds Smith of Fulton, Missouri, Zula Scheern of Illinois; and 10 grandchildren.

Erickson & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Emma Elizabeth Williamson
May 21, 1906 - May 5, 1992



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft, resident Emma Elizabeth Williamson, 85. The Rev. Ernie Gilbert, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Valley Acres, will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Williamson was born in Fulton, Missouri on May 21, 1906 and passed away in a Bakersfield nursing home Tuesday evening. She and her husband moved to Kern County in 1956 and for 20 years owned and operated the Williamson Smoke Shop on the corner of Center and Fourth Streets in Taft. She loved the comfort of her home and enjoyed the activities that surrouded her. Being a thoughtful and giving person, she was known for sending cards and best wishes to people for every occasion.

Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Williamson in 1974. Her survivors include four daughters and their spouses, Nancy and Richard Barker of Bakerfield, Bobby and P. D. Mirts of Odessa, Texas, Patsy and W. K. McCall of Fulton, Missouri and Thelma Patterson of Chicago, 10 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

Those who wish to sign the register book may do so at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Friday until 8:30 p.m.
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Bobbie Lee Willingham
February 26, 1930 - February 8, 2003



Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 14, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime Taft resident, Bobby Lee Willingham.

Mr. Willingham was born on February 26, 1930, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to Ivy and Alene Willingham and he passed away on February 8, 2003, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 72.

He was a Corporal in the United States Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War, before he was honorably discharged. As a child, he was raised in Buttonwillow and he attended Bakersfield High School, which at the time of his attendance was called Kern County High School. He was a highly skilled compressor repairman for many years in and around the Taft area. Even in his later years of life, workers in the industry would call him for help or advice. He was an avid sports fan and loved football and baseball. He enjoyed many trips with his family to Las Vegas.

He is survived by his loving wife, Harlene Willingham of Taft; sons, Jeffrey Willingham of Clovis, California, Michael Willingham of Bakersfield, California, Harley Elam of Taft, Keith Elam of Oregon, Troy Elam also of Taft; sister, Arzula Liebrock of Buttonwillow, California; and by 15 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Curtis and TJ and by a sister, Pat.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the Bakersfield Dialysis Center and to Gambro Health Care for all of their love and support that they showed Bobby and his family during this difficult time.

A public viewing will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2003 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the West Side Family Mortuary for those who would like to pay their respects. All funeral services are under the care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, Taft. (661) 763-1594
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Cleveland Ray Charles Willingham, 42
April 8, 1958 - April 4, 2001



Memorial services will be held in the Free Will Baptist Church on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Ray Willingham, 42. Pastor Lonnie McAlister will officiate at the services. Private burial will be in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Willingham was born in Abilene, Texas on April 8, 1958 and passed away at his Shafter residence on April 4, 2001. Ray graduated from Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest in 1976. In 1977 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served his county honorably. Ray is past Vice Commander of AMVETS Post 1994 in Arkansas. He had been employed as a truck driver.

His survivors include his son, Jason Willingham; his father, Bob Willingham, his mother and step-father, Jane and Fred Morris; his brother Jimmy Willingham; his sisters, Martha George and Cathey Tate; his wife, Dena Willingham; his step-children, Joey, Rhonda and Zach; his grandmothers, Suzie Willingham and Azil Myers and several nieces and nephews. Ray's greatest pride and joy in life was his son, Jason.

Arrangements are under the Direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Donna L. Willingham
April 8, 1942 - June 22, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Donna L. Willingham, 61. Mrs. Willingham was born in Peru, Indiana on April 8, 1942 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on June 22, 2003.

She had lived on the westside since 1967 and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Willingham enjoyed camping but her pride and joy were her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Willingham, Sr.; her son, Robert Willingham; her mother, Polly Martin; her mother-in-law, Susie Willingham and her nephew Ray Willingham. Her survivors include her son and his wife, Dan and Irene Willingham of Taft; her father, Donald C. Willingham of Arroyo Grande; her brother and his wife, Bob and Rita Martin of Utah; her very special companion, Bobby Ray Willingham of Taft; her seven grandchildren, Nicole, Jlynnn, Robert Jr., Christina, Kayla, Ashley, and Melissa Willingham; her uncle and his wife, Neal and Carla Brewer of Texas; her sister-in-law, Lillie Hatton of Bakersfield and many nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Robert D. Willingham, 30
December 15, 1970 - July 28, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft Resident, Robert D. Willingham, 30. Rev. Shona Kiilsgaard, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Pismo Beach will officiate at the services.

Robert was born on December 15, 1970 and passed away in the local hospital on July 28, 2001. He had been raised and educated in Taft and attended Taft Union High School. He had been employed as a service mechanic for several years. Robert loved to play softball and played on many teams here in Taft and played in a state tournament. He also loved to camp and fish.

He was preceded in death by his Father Charles B. Willingham, in June of 1999; his grandfather, Willie Willingham and by his uncle, Wallace Willingham. His survivors include his wife, Kellie (Fraser) Willingham; his children, Christina, Robert Jr. [Bub] and Melissa Willingham all of Taft and Nathan Fraser of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his mother Donna Willingham; his brother Charles [Dan] Willingham, Jr. and his wife, Irene; his grandmother, Susie Willingham; his grandfather, Donald Martin; his nieces, Jlynn, Kayla, Ashley and Nicole Willingham, his uncle Bob Willingham all of Taft; his aunt and uncle, Lillie and Gene Hatton of Bakersfield and a special uncle, Neal Brewer of Abilene, Texas.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Sherry Gene Willingham (Wise)
March 22, 1963 - January 9, 2011



Sherry Gene Willingham (Wise) of Taft, California went to be with Jesus on January 9, 2011 at the age of 47. The family will be having graveside services at the Westside District Cemetery in Taft, California on January 20, 2011.

Sherry was born on March 22, 1963 in Bakersfield, California. She is preceded in death by her mother Bessie Wise, her husband David Tyler, her fiance Michael Colvin, and her granddaughter Mackenzie Dawn Ryerson. Sherry is survived by her partner Rick Morrison, father Bill Wise, children Tisha and Jason Ryerson, David Tyler, her granddaughters Saige, Karli, Makell Ryerson and Justine Tyler. Her brothers and sisters Donna and Joe Kast, Bo and Donita Wise, Carla and Curtis Jones, Larry and Donna Wise. Many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins and other loved ones.

Sherry had many joys in her life but her biggest joy was being Nana. She loved spending time with her granddaughters. She let them drive the golf cart around while she rode around on her quad. She also loved her baby dogs Mikey and Tinkerbell and took them everywhere with her. Sherry loved going to Bakersfield Speedway to watch her little brother Larry race his car, she was his number one fan and sported a shirt so everyone knew that that was her baby brother. She loved spending all of her time with her family and close friends. Her family will dearly miss her. The family will be having a gathering after the services at the Petroleum Club.
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Susie Ruth Willingham
October 21, 1922 - October 11, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Susie Ruth Willingham, 78. Mrs. Willingham was born in Ennis, Texas on October 21, 1922 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 11, 2001. She had lived in Taft for the last 35 years.

Mrs. Willingham was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Willingham; her sons, Jerry Willingham and Charles Willingham, Sr.; her brother, D.B. Messenger and Lee Messenger; her sisters, Rosie Upton, Violet Boyett and Helen Caldwell; her grandsons, Robert Willingham and Cleveland Willingham and by her son-in-law Gene Hatton. Her survivors include her daughter, Lillie Hatton of Bakersfield; her son, Bobby Ray Wilingham of Taft; her daughter-in-law, Donna Willingham of Taft; her brothers John Messenger and his wife, Juanita of Oklahoma and Frank Messenger of Taft; her sisters, Alice Stevens of Texas and Mazella Rowe of California and by great grandchildren.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Alma B. MacKinnon Willis
August 1, 1923 - October 9, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, October 14, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Alma B. MacKinnon Willis, 79. Rev. Sam White, pastor of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service. Alma was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 18, 1923 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on October 9, 2002.

Alma came to Taft in 1952 and was a member of the Taft Women of the Moose. Her husband, Charles MacKinnon in June 1972, her son, Anthony MacKinnon in December 1972 and her second husband, Jim Willis in 1990, preceded her in death. Her survivors include her sister and her husband, Bonnie and Dave Kilpatrick of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; her children and their spouses, Heather and Roger Stone of Bakersfield, Bruce and Connie MacKinnon of Taft, Holly Simmons of Taft and Laurel and Reggie Stark of Taft; her grandchildren and their spouses, Jerry and Tiffany Stone of Bakersfield, Codi Lenhart of Taft, Justin and Tesha Stone of Ventura, Chuck and Trena MacKinnon of Bakersfield, Sandy and Aaron Walton of Bakersfield, Sonny Simmons of Taft, Jeremy Stark of Taft, and Kristina Yates of Taft; her several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Margaret "Peggy" Willis
August 28, 1923 - January 3, 2011



Margaret "Peggy" Ann Marshall Willis of Taft, California went home to her heavenly father January 3, 2011 at 7:30 surrounded by friends and family. Peggy was born in Whittier, California in 1923, the daughter of Walter and Margaret "Madge" Marshall.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles "Bill" E. Willis. Peggy played many roles in her life. She was a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend and a warrior for Christ. Bill and Peggy were faithful members of the Foursquare Church in Taft, for more than 60 years. If the church doors were open, Bill and Peggy were in their place in the church. They lived the articles of their faith, showing kindness and compassion for those they met and worshiped with. Peggy worked for the J.C. Penny store on Center Street until her retirement in 1985. She loved spending time with family and friends. Her travels took her to Europe to ports of call in Mexico but wherever she traveled, Taft was always home.

Peggy is survived by her daughter, Karen Teel of Sunland, California; and sons, Stephen and Paul of Palmdale, California and Athol, Idaho respectively. She is also survived by her brother James Marshall of Upland, California. Peggy was the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren she loved them all very much. Peggy also leaves behind a wonderful group of brothers and sisters in Christ. The love and support of Marvie Chandler, Pastors Mark and Kathy Fitzsimmons as well as many other friends is a debt that can never be measured or repaid. Peggy's life was celebrated by her friends and family at 1:30 p.m. on January 7, 2011 at the Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 210 Harrison Street in Taft, California. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the Lighthouse Foursquare Church so that they may continue to serve the needs of the community she loved. Visitation was held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 and again on Friday at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Rodney K. Wills, 52
April 4, 1948 - March 16, 2001



Graveside funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for lifelong Taft resident, Rodney Keith Wills, 52. Mr. Wills was born in Taft on April 4, 1948 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on March 16, 2001.

He enjoyed gardening and race cars and especially the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Wills, his sister Gayle Cloud, his loved one, June Bellows and his granddaughter, Jacqueline Whaley.

Mr. Wills is survived by his mother, Nadine Wills of Taft; his children Lilly Wills and Rodney Wills both of Bakersfield and Callie Wills of Sacramento, Rory Barton, Rhonda Henderson and Anita Whaley all of Bakersfield and Stanley Wills of Washington; his sister, Cheryl Krigbaum of Taft; dear friend, Jackie Sharp of Fellows; 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Alma Andres Wilson, 99
January 26, 1902 - February 28, 2001



Alma Andres Wilson was born in Chicago, Illnois, on January 26, 1902, and passed away in her home in Taft on February 28, 2001. She was one of eight children of immigrants Ane and Andreas Villadsen who upon arrival in this country via Ellis Island changed their name to Wilson.

Almas is probably best remembered in this community for the 42 years she served as the clerk of the court in Taft. A resident of Taft since 1924 when she came to live with her brother, Billy Wilson, a former Taft Fire Cheif and owner of Wilson Hardware.

Alma was first employed by attorney Carl Johnson as a legal stenographer. She left his employment in 1929 to become the first full-time clerk of the court in Taft, later to be known as the Maricopa-Taft Judicial Court. While in that position she served under three judges - Henry Whittekin, Harry W. Beatty and Murray Eiland. Among Alma's memorabilla is a letter written in 1946 when she was formally recognized by Earl Warren, governor of the state of California, for the service she rendered as an uncompensated member of the Selective Service System.

Some of Alma's many activities in Taft included her membership in the Taft Soroptmist Club, Taft College Community Chorus, and the Taft Presbyterian Church where she served faithfully as a trustee, elder, treasurer, choir member, and Sunday School teacher, in more recent years she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bakersfield where as long as she was physically able she assisted weekly by helping to serve the Wednesday evening fellowship dinners and as a volunteer in the church nursery.

Alma will be remembered by her family and friends for her many outpourings of love, and for always being there when she was needed. Her love of traveling was completed by going around the world on her 75th birthday and is recorded in the many souvenirs that decorate her home. The gardens of many in Taft have been blessed by her tender planting, ruthless pruning, and detailed attention to the unwanted weeds. Her love of children was always apparent, and brought many a smile and a sparkle to her eyes.

Alma is survived by many relatives and their spouses, Karl and Grete Villadsen of Denmark; Frank and Ruth Daiamani of Heasldsburg, California; Don and Joyce Whittlesey of Bella Vista, Arkansas; Peggy Svaeri of Springfield, Virginia; Robert Paulsen of Humbolt, Iowa; Harold and Louise Gross of Spencer, Iowa; and Knox and June Campbell of Spencer, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters; William (Billy) Wilson, Anna Maria Paulsen, Johanna Paulsen, Peder Christian (Chris) Wilson, Carl Wilson, Olga Whittlesey, Othilda (Tilda) Nelson; and by nieces and nephew, Marcia Klemp; Doris Jones; Evelyn Hesjke, and Leonard Wilson. She has many grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews. Whe will especially by missed by longtime friend, Anne Myers, and care givers Georgia Traviss, Johanna Wolfe, and Linda Istre.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery and Rev. David Newquist will officiateat the services.
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Beulah Kofahl Wilson, 95
December 27, 1900 - March 25, 1996



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for long-time Taft Resident Beulah M. Kofahl Wilson, 95. The Rev. Norman Campbell, former pastor of the First Assembly of God, will officiate at the services, Entombment will follow in the West Side District Cemetery Mausoleum.

Mrs. Wilson was born to Benjamin Franklin and Ida Lee Kofahl on December 27, 1900 in Winona, Missouri and passed away March 25, 1996 in a local hospital. She moved to Taft at age 19 and found employment with Standard Oil as a waitress at the cook house at Elk Hills where she met her husband-to-be, Robert Wilson. They were married in March 1921. Mrs. Wilson had been a member of the First Assembly of God since 1928 where she taught Sunday School for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1979; a brother, Bill Kofahl, in 1972; and a sister, Glenna Hutchason, in 1993. Her survivors include a son, Harry Wilson of Taft; a sister and her husband, Opal and Bill Smith of Taft; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Wednesday until 8:30 p.m. and again Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until service time to pay their respects.
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Charley K. Wilson
September 20, 1928 - July 24, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Charley K. Wilson, 73. Pastor Lonnie McAlister of the Taft Freewill Baptist Church, will officiate at the services. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Wilson was born in Ralston, Oklahoma on September 20, 1928 and passed away in the local hospital on July 24, 2002. Mr. Wilson had been employed as a well puller and operator for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his son Charley Junior Wilson and his daughters, Janice Conwell and Ruby Wilson. His survivors include his wife of 57 years, Hazel Wilson of Taft; his children and their spouses Emile and Mike Milliser of Taft, Henry and Jo Wilson of Holdredge, Nebraska, Pauline and Bob Rodgers of Bakersfield and Mary Rhoads and David Dorrfler of Taft; his sister, Roberta House; his brothers, Hayes Junior Wilson and Clifford Wilson all of Fresno; his 17 grandchildren and his 26 great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Danny Wilson
April 27, 1958 - February 27, 2012



A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. for Danny Wilson, 53.

Mr. Wilson was born in Fresno on April 27, 1958 and passed away in Bakersfield on February 27, 2012. He had worked for General Production Services for 35 years as a truck driver.

His survivors include his wife of 25 and a half years, Donna Wilson of Taft; his son and wife, Daniel and Melissa Wilson and their children, James Salyards, Taylor Wilson, Garrett Wilson, Lindsey Wilson and Kennedy Wilson; his son and wife, Adam and Brandi Wilson and their children, Ellisia Wilson, Nathaniel Wilson and Jarrid Wilson; his brother, Don Wilson; sister Vicky and Jimmy Carter; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Darlene Ray Silva-Wilson
April 14, 1943 - September 7, 2008



Visitation will take place today from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the West Side Memorial Services-Porteous Family Sunset Chapel (1150 4th Street - Taft) for Valley Acres resident Darlene Ray Silva-Wilson. A celebration of Darlene's life will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side Memorial Services-Porteous Family Sunset Chapel, where Pastor Leo Fisher will be officiating.

Darlene was born on April 14, 1943 in National City, California. She was the 8th of 10 children, (she would have been the 7th however she kicked her twin sister out first). Darlene has lived in the Taft-Kern County area for the past 37 years, and if you knew Darlene, you knew she was full of life.

Darlene did not know what a stranger was, she was an all around happy, fun living individual that was loved by everyone. Darlene loved to sit on her front porch swing and watch the hummingbirds, some of her favorite past times were going to the coast, visiting her sisters, and she loved to go to the Casino in Lemoore. Darlene was close with her family, but she was a especially close with her twin sister Arlene, they have very close all of their lives.

In 1996 Darlene was at a gas station in Bakersfield, where she met Bill Wilson, they started talking, and after a few times of Bill asking for Darlene's number, she finally gave him her number and Bill knew that she was an answer to his prayers, she was a gift from God. The two of them made one, and Darlene will be greatly missed by Bill.

Darlene is preceded in death by her parents William and Jewel Jewell; sister Betty Fernandez and her brother Roy Dean Jewell. She is survived by the love of her life, her soul and gift from God, her husband Bill Wilson; son, Manuel "Buddy" Silva III and wife Marcell; daughter, Arlene Gourgues and husband Michael. Grandchildren Manuel IV, Darcell, Steven, Joey, Robert, Timothy, Monique, Jeremy, A.J., Ariel, Jerry, JohnJohn, Lisa, Nicky, Melissa, Hanyston, Noah, Chase, Seth, Cole, Christian and Strider. She is also survived by her twin sister Arlene Jarvis and husband Charles of Corcoran, California; sister Gladys and husband Loyle Preston also of Corcoran, California; sister Colleen and husband Forest Fisher of Taft, California; sister Laura Clifton of Taft, California; brother Billy Jewell of Taft, California; brother Richard and wife Donna Jewell of Washougal, Washington; and brother Earl and wife Nelda of Taft, California.

Darlene was a woman that touched many people, and was loved by everyone, she will be greatly missed by those who knew her and loved her, but she will not be forgotten.

For further service and floral information, please contact West Side Memorial Services-Porteous Family at 661-763-1594. You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.westsidememorialservices.com. West Side Memorial Services-Porteous Family has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
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Dorothy Eloise Wilson
December 1, 1917 - December 10, 2010



Graveside services for Dorothy Eloise Wilson will be held at West Side District Cemetery (440 E. Cedar Street, Taft, California on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Mom went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 10, 2010. Her dedication to her faith was an inspiration to her children.

In 1936, she met and married the love of her life, Ned Parker. They had two daughters, Katherine and Charlene. Dad died in 1969 of cancer. Mom relocated from Atascadero to Taft, California to be near her family. In 1972, she married Robert Wilson. He died in 1992 after a short illness.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her three brothers, Earl, Ernest and Elmer Ault and her son-in-law, Jack Blackford. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Blackford of Walnut Creek, California and daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Martin Lenander of Bakersfield, California. Mom was blessed with four grandchildren, Jack Blackford of Walnut Creek, Eeric Blackford and wife Norma of Pleasant Hill, Neal Lenander and wife Shana of Bakersfield and Steven Lenander of Bakersfield. She enjoyed and loved her four great grandchildren, Monica, Chad, Zachary and Logan all of Bakersfield.

The family wishes to thank the many people who helped our mom through the last stages of her life. We offer a special thank you to Dr. Christine Deeths, Glenwood Gardens Clairbridge Staff, and Hoffmann Hospice for their information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200.
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J. D. Wilson
February 7, 1943 - November 3, 2003



Graveside services will be held at the Westside District Cemetery on Saturday, November 8th, at 10:00 a.m. for J. D. Wilson, 60, who passed away November 3rd, 2003 in Bakersfield.

J. D. was born in Kinta, Oklahoma on February 7th, 1943 and had resided in Maricopa for the past 52 years. J. D. graduated from Maricopa High School in 1961. J.D. married his high school sweetheart, Gayle Evans Wilson, on July 2nd, 1965. They had 38 wonderful years of marriage with two daughters and three grandchildren.

J. D. worked for Winds Well Service for about seven years and Berry Holding/Petroleum Company for over 29 years. He worked as a well puller, a foreman, and as supervisor for Eagle Creek Mining and Drilling Company for the Berry Petroleum Company.

J. D. is survived by his wife, Gayle Wilson; daughters, Lisa Kindred and her husband Kirk, and Chris Mizener and her husband Ron, all of Taft; grandchildren, Austin James Kindred, Eli Joseph Kindred, and Abigayle Jaden Kindred; brothers, James Wilson and his wife, Carol, Cleatus Wilson and his wife, Nell, Donald Wilson and his wife, Frankie; sisters Nancy Brogdon and her husband, Poly, Mary Furrh and her husband, Everett; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

J. D. was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather. His grandchildren thought he was the "Best Pepa in the World". J. D. will be remembered as an all around good man. J. D. enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren's sporting events and was very proud of their accomplishments. He loved hunting and fishing. He was an avid deer hunter. J. D. was well known for his ability to walk miles in the mountains to find that "Big Buck". His family room displays many of his trophy heads. J. D. also enjoyed gardening and wood working projects. He enjoyed watching, The Business Channel, football, boxing, the Lakers, and western movies. J. D. truly will be missed, but will be in our hearts forever. We love you with all our hearts.

Vistation will be held Friday, November 7th from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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James B. "Jim" Wilson, 58
January 3, 1939 - March 10, 1997



James B. "Jim" Wilson, 58, passed away March 10, 1997 in a Bakersfield hospital.

He leaves his loving companion of many years, Jerry Wilson; a daughter, Martha Ann Newkirk of Benton, Arkansas; a son, Donnie Wilson of Benton; three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three sisters and their families, Joyce Sherdian, Darlene Johnson and Deana Smith; a sister-in-law, Juanita Boner; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Gertrude Wilson of Benton.

He worked for many years in the local area as a truck driver and in security. Viewing will be held Wednesday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Sunset Chapel. Funeral services will be held in the Sunset Chapel, Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The services have been entrusted to the Taft Funeral Home. The family has requested please, no flowers.
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James Vernon Wilson
February 25, 1931 - November 19, 2011



A graveside funeral service will be held in the Westside District Cemetery on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. for Maricopa resident, James Vernon Wilson, 80. Mr. Wilson was born in Alma, Arkansas on February 25, 1931 and passed away in Bakersfield on November 19, 2011.

He migrated through Arkansas and Oklahoma on the way to California. He went to work at an early age to help the family. Mr. Wilson proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict, jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. He worked for a while farming and then spending the rest of his time working in the oil well service industry. Mr. Wilson worked for Windes Well Service, offshore for CPS and finally settling in Maricopa working for Western Well Service from which he retired. During his retirement to Arizona where he spent his winters wood working and his summers as a volunteer at Lake San Antionio, there he was doing his favorite thing, fishing. He cherished his time spent fishing and trying to teach the rest of us how to catch the "Big One." His family was the most important thing in his life.

Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his parents, Furmon and Ethel Wilson; two brothers, Jerry and J.D. Wilson; two sisters, Nancy Brogdon and Mary Furrh; his first wife Patsie and his two sons, Darwin and Tim Wilson. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol; his brothers and their wives, Cleatus and Nell Wilson of Indiana and Donnie and Frankie Wilson of Maricopa; his son and his wife, Tom and Sarah Wilson of Maricopa; his daughters, Julie Cooley of Taft, Cherie and her husband, Mark Anglin of Taft, Lori and her husband, Calvin Jones of Oklahoma, and Amy Kerper of Utah; his 18 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and by many family members and friends.

Those who wish to pay their respects ay do so on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at he Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Laguin Dale Wilson
September 19, 1939 - August 20, 2007



Visitation will be held for Taft resident Laguin Dale Wilson who left this world to be with our Heavenly Father on August 20, 2007 at the West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family (1150 4th Street) from 4;00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, August 24, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft, where Pastor Tom White with Cuyama Assembly of God Church will be officiating.

Laguin Dale Wilson was born on September 19, 1939 in Texas to Lonnie and Opal Mobley. At the age of eleven, the family moved to the Ventucopa area where Laguin finished her schooling and graduated from Maricopa High School. At the early age of fifteen, Laguin met the love of her life, Jerry Wilson, and after a short cortship, they were wed. Laguin and Jerry raised two loving children, Mike and Tanna.

Laguin was a fun loving person, she always loved to joke around with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loved to make flower arrangements and paint. During the past couple of months prior to her passing, she stayed with her daughter in Bodfish, where she loved to sit and watch the quail in the yard, and she sat and named all the quail that passed through the yard. Laguin was a devoted friend, wife, mother and grandmother, one who's memories will last a lifetime. She will be greatly missed.

Laugin is preceded in death by her parents Opal and Lonnie Mobley: brother Leon Mobley, brother Marvin Mobley, and sister Sharlotte Goodman. She is survived by her daughter Tanna White and husband Tim, son Mike Wilson and wife Clonda: brother Larry Mobley. She is also survived by her grandchildren Amber Banks and husband Jared, grandson Ryan White and wife Megan, grandson Jerry Wilson, granddaughter Martha Miglis and husband Paul, granddaughter Maria Wilson, and great grandson Preston Ryder White.

For floral and service information, please contact the West Side Memorial Services - Porteous Family at 763-1594. You may also sign the memorial book on line at www.westsidememorialservices.com. West Side Memorial Services Porteous Family has been entrusteds with the arrangements.

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Marian Louise Wilson
July 8, 1938 - June 19, 2008



A cryptside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for former Taft resident, Marian Louise Wilson. Rev. Trent Meadors will officiate.

Marian was born in Taft on July 8, 1938 to Howard and Elizabeth Caywood and passed away on June 19, 2008. She was raised in the Taft area and attended local schools. She was a beautician and owned her own shop for many years, the Mer Mar Salon in Bakersfield. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed trips to Las Vegas. She and her husband enjoyed riding their motorcylces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Elizabeth Caywood and by her sister-in-law, Sondra Caywood. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bud Wilson; her brothers and their wives, Glen and Barbara Caywood and Howard and Patsy Caywood; her nieces, Teri and Billy White, Debbie and Richard Leturno, and Julie Caywood; her nephews, Howard and Maria Caywood and Chip and Kristen Caywood; and also by several great nieces and nephews.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrrangements are under the direction of the Eirckson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Melba L. Wilson
February 25, 1918 - December 19, 2011



Melba Wilson was born February 25, 1918 in Edin, Oklahoma. She went home to be with the Lord on December 19, 2011. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones.

Melba moved to California after high school and settled in Bakersfield. It was there that she met her future husband, Floyd Wilson. They married and moved to Derby Acres, California here they welcomed their only child, a daughter name Lynn.

Melba was very active in her church, playing the piano and organ and teaching Sunday school. She loved to sew and quilt and used her talents to make hundreds of blankets for local rescue missions and church organizations. She always thought of others and blessed many, many people.

Melba was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Wilson; daughter LynnCombs; grandson Jeffrey Paul Combs and sister Olga. Melba is survived by son-in-law Paul Combs; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Stacy and Greg Brown and great grandchildren Austin and Madison Brown; stepsons Alan and Chuck Wilson; grandchildren Kim Hatton, Sauni Coon, Todd Wilson, Monique Herbst, Carrie Garafalo and Amy Wilson; great grandchildren Andrew, Nicholas and Grant Burich, Parker and Ethan Coon, Cameron, Claire, Beau and Emmett Wilson, Conrad, Bradley and Jacqueline Herbst, Gino, Roman and Nico Garafalo and Madelyn and Brooke Simpson; great-great grandson Carter Burich; niece, June Laramie and family; and caregiver Cathy Hernandez.

In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to Melba's final church home, Calvary Baptist Church, 27553 Hwy. 119, Taft, California 93268 or to the charity of your choice. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, December 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. at West Side District Cemetery in Taft, California. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Cathy Hernandez and her team of caregivers for taking such wonderful care of Melba the last year of her life. Thank you also to Optimal Health Hospice.
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Mildred May Wilson
July 12, 1919 - September 20, 2003



Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Bakersfield resident Mildred Wilson. Mildred was born on July 12, 1919 in Fellows, California and passed away in Bakersfield, California on September 20, 2003 at the age of 84.

She is survived by her mother Alma Kerns-Gifford sons, James and Robert Wilson and by 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in Mildred's name to the Northminster Presbyterian Church at 3700 Union Ave. in Bakersfield. All funeral services are under he care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary. (661) 763-1594.
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Nicole Wilson, 21
June 5, 1976 - December 12, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Valley Acres resident, Nicole Wilson, 21.

Nicole was born in Bakersfield on June 5, 1976 and passed away on December 12, 1997. She was raised and educated in Taft and was a member of the 1994 graduating class at Taft Union High School. She was currently a student at Taft College and was employed as a clerk at the Taft AM/PM. Nicole was a member of New LIfe In Christ Church in Bakersfield.

Her survivors include her parents, J. J. and Janie Wilson of Valley Acres; her grandparents, Jim and Mary Wilson of Taft and Alberta and Bill Stubblefield of Maricopa; her aunts and uncles, Pat and Ken Holland of Taft, Bud and Mary Stubblefield of Vallley Acres, Glen and Susan Wilson of Bakersfield, Doug Wilson of Rupert, Idaho and Gary and Susan Ray of Bakersfield and by lots of cousins.

Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Patsie Wilson
January 19, 1937 - September 4, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Maricopa resident, Patsie G. Wilson, 65, Rev. Rick Francis, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Maricopa, will officiate.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Taft on January 19, 1937 and passes away in the local hospital on September 4, 2002. She had made Maricopa her home for the last 40 plus years. Mrs. Wilson was an avid bingo player and was known as "Bingo Pat" to her many friends. She was a great cook, an outstanding oil paint artist and a good listener.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by two sons, Darwin and Timothy. Mrs. Wilson is survived by her son and his wife, Tom and Sarah Wilson of Maricopa; her brother, Wilbur A. Curtis of Taft; former husband and special friend James Wilson and his wife, Carol of Topock, Arizona; her grandchildren, Daniel Wilson of Taft. Karissa, Kristopher and Kyle Wilson all of Maricopa; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close fiends.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Phyllis E. Wilson, 77
July 30, 1924 - May 30, 2002



At her own request there will be no funeral services for Taft resident, Phyllis E. Wilson, 77. Private burial will be in Crestlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Kennan, Wisconsin on July 30, 1924 and passed away at her home on May 30, 2002. She had worked as a bookkeeper for over 20 years and was employed by Davis Indisturies. Mrs. Wilson had lived in Taft for the last four years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar W. Wilson, in 1988; her daughter, Phyllis Debit, in 1967 and by step-son, George Dale Wilson. Mrs. Wilson's survivors include her children and their spouses, Suzi Collins of Moreno Valley, Kathleen and Dwight Kauk of Taft, Dale and Victoria Bensen of Oakland, Oregon and Esther Treatwell of Roseburg, Oregon; her grandchildren, Bryon Malizia, Stacy Collins, Michael Malizia, Paul Bensen, Denise Cox and Marie Treadwell and her five great grandchildren.

No visitation hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ruby L. Wilson
December 26, 1952 - April 7, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Chapel on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for Ruby L. Wilson, 49. Rev. Scott Pearson, of the First Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial in the Westside District Cemetery will follow. Miss Wilson was born on December 26, 1952 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 7, 2002.

Her survivors include her parents, Charley and Hazel Wilson of Taft, her siblings and their spouses, Emile and Mike Milliser of Taft, Henry and Jo Wilson of Holdrege Nebraska, Pauline and Bob Rodgers of Bakersfield and Mary Rhoads of Taft; her several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and her friends and family at Liberty House and Mercy Hospital both in Bakersfield.

Friends may pay their respects on Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Tim Duane Wilson
December 21, 1962 - July 3, 2002



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetry on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for lifelong Maricopa resident, Timothy Duane "Tim" Wilson, 39. Rev. Sam White, Pastor of Cuyama Assembly of God, will officiate at the services.

Mr. Wilson was born in Bakersfield on December 21, 1962 and passed away in Bakersfield on July 3, 2002 from complications due to an injury sustained in a fall. Mr. Wilson attended schools in Maricopa and worked in the oilfields on the Westside. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his many friends. There wasn't anything that he couldn't fix. But mostly he was a comfort and companion to his mother, whom he has resided with for many years.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Darwin Wilson. Tim is survived by his mother, Patsie Wilson of Maricopa; his father and stepmother, James and Carol Wilson of Topock, Arizona; his son, Daniel Wilson of Taft; his son's mother, Barbara Foust; his brother and his wife, Tom and Sarah Wilson of Maricopa; his sisters, Julie Flippen of Taft; Cherie Anglin and her husband, Mark of Fairfield, Lori Jones and her husband, Calvin of Salt Lake City, Utah and Amy Kerper and her husband Chris, of Ogden, Utah; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many very close and special friends.

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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Sharon Delores Winn, 61
August 2, 1945 - June 22, 2007



Our beloved Angel was taken from us in peace on June 22, 2007. Compassionate, loving and full of life, Sharon never knew a stranger. She loved all that she knew and was loved so much more in return. We have lost a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and cherished friend but heaven has a precious Angel. She will be dearly missed.

Survived by her husband of 25 years, Larry Winn; daughter Cricket(Marty)Betz, son Wade (Shan) Smith; son John (Robbie) Winn, daughter Wendy(Darren)Bailey; Robin (Pat) Jenkins, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandaughter; She also leaves 4 brothers, Dennis, Dave, Butch, and Mike. Mission Family Mortuary, Bakersfield California.
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Charles Wellington Winney
November 29, 1860 - October 1, 1927



Charles Wellington Winney, manager of the Fellows branch of the King Lumber Company and father of Elmer E. Winney, manager of the Taft branch of the same firm, passed away early this morning at the family home in Fellows after a short illness.

Winney, who was a native of Iowa, was born November 29, 1860 and came to California 20 years ago. He had-lived in Fellows for the last six years. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and of the Christian Church in Fellows.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dora Winney, and the following sons and daughters; Elmer E. Winney of Taft, Lenzo Winney, now living in China; Claude Winney of Nevada City. Mrs. Florence Whitt of Hetch-Hetchy, and Mrs. Hazel Chapman of Portola.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the Christian Church in Fellows with the Rev. Chealin officiating. Burial will take place in Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.

Mr. Winney was well and favorably, known in the community and leaves a large circle of friends to morn his passing.
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Elmer Ellsworth Winney
June 17, 1885 - December 12, 1951



Elmer Ellsworth Winney, pioneer of the West Side; died at this home, 412 Philippine Street, Saturday evening. Mr. Winney was a resident of the West Side since 1908.

Mr. Winney was born June 17, 1885, in Manning, Iowa. He managed the King Lumber Company in Maricopa before coming to Taft. At the time of his death Mr. Winney the manager of the King Lumber Company in Taft. His affiliations included the Libertas F&AM Lodge of Bakersfield.

Surviving relatives include Mr. Winney's widow Margaret; two brothers, Claude, Nevada City; Alonzo who is in the armed forces; two sisters, Flossie Whipp, Nevada City; Hazel Chapman, Reno, Nevada.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Taft Masonic Temple. Master Maurice R. Watson of the Bakersfield F&AM Lodge will officiate the rites. interment will be at the West Side District Cemetery.
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Florence "Mickey" Winslow, 77
July 1, 1919 - April 3, 1997



Florence "Mickey" Winslow, 77, of Ojai died on Thrusday, April 3, 1997, at an Ojai hospital after a long illness.

She was born July 1, 1919 in Fellows and was a resident of Ventura County for 50 years. She had lived in Ojai for 35 years. Mrs. Winslow as a retired bookkeeper. During her career she worked for Oilfield Electric, Ojai Valley School, Thacher School and the Meiners Oaks Water Company.

She leaves a sister, Pat Worsham of Ojai; her daughters, Sharyle Call of Ojai and Kathleen Wasko of Milpitas; her son, David Winslow of Concord; her granddaughter, Christine Call of Ojai, her grandsons, Mark Winslow of Oregon, Greg Winslow of Redlands, Rick Winslow of Ventura and John Call of Ventura; and seven great grandchildren.

She was loved by her family and many, many friends. Memorial mass will be held Saturday, April 12, 1997, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with the Rev. Patrick J. Keane, OSA, officiating. Private intermanet will be at Ivy Lawn Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements are under the direcion of Clausen Funeral Home, Ojai.
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Woody Marc Winter
April 21, 1980 - July 12, 1997



Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 19, 1997 at 3:00 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Home for Woody Marc Winter, 17, who passed away July 12, 1997 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Woody was born April 21, 1980 in Taft, California and had resided in Bakersfield before moving in 1994 to Fort Collins. He was active in 4-H in both cities and raised dairy cows for show. He enjoyed outdoor activities, especially fishing and liked to travel and be with his friends.

He is survived by his adopted father, Phil Winter; grandparents Bill and Martha Winter of Bakersfield, California and many aunts and uncles. The family requests memorial donations be made in the Bakersfield 4-H care of Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Home.
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Carl Lucille Wise
February 19, 1905 - August 24, 2003



Graveside services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Carl Lucille Wise, 98. Rev. John Greenwalt pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church will officiate. Mrs. Wise was born in Mart, Texas on February 19, 1905 and passed away in a local nursing home on August 24, 2003. She lived in Taft for the last 62 years.

Mrs. Wise was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Raymond Wise, two daughters, Leona Wise and Hazel Wells; two grandsons, Marshall and Corey Wise and by one granddaughter, Juanita Wells. Her survivors include her 11 children and their spouses, Joe and Billie Jo Owens, Vera and Charlie Marrow and Jimmy and Debbie Wise all of Maricopa, Raymond and Laverne Wise, Lloyd Wise, Carl and Bonnie Wise, Walter and Tracy Wise, Bill and Bessie Wise and Alyeen Hawkins all of Taft, Hoppy and Marilyn Sexton of Ukiah, California and Evelyn and Larry Rout of Henagar, Alabama; her 46 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and many great great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Jennifer Lynne Wise
October 28, 1975 – April 26, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday April 30, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Jennifer Lynne Wise, 27. Rev. Sam White of the Cuyama Assembly of God Church will officiate at the service. Jennifer was born in Santa Paula on October 28, 1975 and passed away in Bakersfield on April 26, 2003.

She came to Taft in 1989. Jennifer is preceded in death by her husband Corey Wise in October of 1999 and by her grandfather, Donald J. Elkins in March of 2002.

Her survivors include her children Jason and Gracie Wise and Brandon and Britney Elkins; her parents Donald W. and Sherry Elkins of Bakersfield; her brother Donald Elkins, Jr. and his wife Trina of Bakersfield; her two sisters and their husbands Melissa and Danny Nelson of Las Vegas, Nevada and Teresa and Pete Salazar of Taft; her father and mother-in-law, Jim and Debra Wise of Taft and by her several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Ronny Gene Wise
November 20, 1974 - May 18, 2012



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native, Ronny Gene Wise, 37. Pastor Jim Harmer will officiate at the service.

Mr. Wise was born in Taft on November 20, 1974 and passed away on May 18, 2012. He was raised and educated in Taft and proudly served his country as a member of the U. S. Navy. Mr. Wise was employed by MTS as a truck driver for over 11 years. He will be remembered as a person who loved everyone and life itself.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Lucille Wise and William Gibson; his uncle, Raymond Wise and his aunt, Vera Morrow. His survivors include his wife, Amber Wise, his parents, Walter and Theresa Wise; his children, Ronny Wise, Jr., and Ashlynn Renee Wise; his brother, Jesse Wise and his wife, Amy; his sister, Christina Wise and Eric Abney all of Taft; his nieces and nephews, Christy Kayley and Matthew Baron, Cadience Abney, Madison Wise, David and Tracie Wyatt and children and several other nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Susan R. Wisniewski
September 20, 1951 - July 22, 2010



A funeral service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Taft Ward, located on the corner of Church and A Streets on Wednesday July 28, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery located at 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin at 1:15 p.m.

Mrs. Winsniewski was born in San Pedro on September 20, 1951 the only child of parents, Kenneth and Nadine Akers and passed away in Maricopa on July 22, 2010. When she was born she received too much oxygen which eventually caused her blindness at the age of ten. She had been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since she was eight years old, the only member of her family to join the church. Mrs. Wisniewski attended and graduated from Aviation High School and Cal State Dominguez. She worked as a contract monitor for the city of Torrence. She met Walt at Redondo Beach Singles Ward in 1979 and they were married in the Los Angeles Temple in 1980. They moved to Maricopa in 1980.

She was a volunteer at the Red Cross and was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary. She was a ham radio operator and her call sign was N6EKE. She also taught the blind how to use the ham radio and how to pass the exam in braille. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading, music, camping and her birds. She played the piano and the organ. She became solely independent from her seeing eye dog when she moved to Maricopa. She was very organized and extremely proficient on the computer. She was the business owner of Modular Electronics. She made Toriod Retainers and was only one of two companies in the world to do so. She had received many awards from the MIlitary for doing this. She held several callings at church and was an expert on food storage. She also would help take supplies down to Mexico for three orphanages.

She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth and Nadine Akers. She is survived by her husband of 30 years Walter Wisniewski of Maricopa; and by her step-children Michael Paul Wisniewski of Minnesota and Jennifer Ferize of Minnesota. The arrangements are under the arrangements of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Dixie Lou Witt
August 3, 1937 - November 6, 2009



Dixie Lou Witt 1937 - 2009. Dixie passed away suddenly on November 6, at Mercy Southwest hospital in Bakersfield, California. Dixie was born August 3rd 1937 near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She moved to California with her family as a child and settled in the San Joaquin Valley. Dixie loved life, playing cards, and most of all spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Dixie is preceded in death by her mother Elvira De Signori - Witt, father Ernest Witt and sister Patricia Britten. She is survived by her sister Leona Cox of Taft and her five children and their spouses. William Morris of Laguna Hills, California, Robert Morris (Tiny) of Madera, California Anna Trombley of Turlock, California, Blaine Lyons of Bakersfield, California. She also leaves fifteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren.

Visitation is Friday, November 13, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., service will be held on Saturday, November 14th, at 11:00 a.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery located at 2739 Panama Lane Bakersfield, 93313 with interment to follow.

"Nanny you will forever be in our hearts. Heaven will be a more colorful place with you there...
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Joan Witt (Honey)
April 10, 1930 - August 23, 2012



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday August 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Valley Acres resident, Joan "Honey" Witt, 82. Mrs. Witt was born in Oklahoma on April 10, 1930 and passed away in Bakersfield on August 23, 2012.

She had made Valley Acres her home since 1964. Mrs. Witt had been employed for over 15 years as a secretary for B. J. Hughes Oil Well Cementers. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers. Mrs. Witt is survived by her husband of 65 years, Norman Witt of Valley Acres; her daughter, Julie Dahna of Modesto; her grandchildren, and their spouses, Brian Dahna and Tonya of Valley Acres and Misty and Dean of Cheyenne, Wyoming; her great grandchildren, Brian, Conner and Lily Dahna and Destinee.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey condolences or sign an online register, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Lorene L. Woeber
February 25, 1924 - January 29, 2014



Don Wolfe
June 9, 1932 - December 21, 1977



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident, Don Wolfe, 65.

Mr. Wolfe was born in Ona, West Virginia on June 9, 1932 and passed away at his home on Dec. 21, 1997. Mr. Wolfe moved to Buttonwillow in 1943 and in 1955 moved to Taft. He worked for Getty Oil Company, which later became Texaco, for 26 years retiring in 1992.

Mr. Wolfe was a pilot and enjoyed flying. He was a member and past President and Vice President of E.A.A. Chapter #71, Bakersfield; the Quiet Birdman Bakersfield Hanger #159; Taft Elks Lodge #1527 B.P.O.E. and the Arco Rovers Trailer Group. He was a good and loving grandpa.

Mr. Wolfe was preceded in death by his son, David, in 1955; his parents, Alva and Grace Wolfe and by two brothers, Mark and Richard Wolfe. His survivors include his wife, Pat Wolfe of Taft; his son, Don Wolfe, Jr. and his wife Sandy of Modesto; his daughter, JuDee and Steve Harris of Bakersfield; his brothers and their wives, Robert and Mary Wolfe and Louis and Joyce Wolfe all of Buttonwillow and by his four grandchildren, Nicole and Janene Wolfe and Kyle and Ryan Harris; and several nieces and nephews.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Wolfe's memory may be sent to Hoffmann Hospice of the Valley of the American Cancer Society. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the services are under the direction of the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Richard R. Wolfe, 67
March 26, 1930 - August 25, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Buttonwillow resident Richard Ray Wolfe, 67. Reverend Jim Williams will officiate at the services.

Mr. Wolfe was born in West Virginia on March 26, 1930 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on August 25, 1997. He moved to Buttonwillow at the age of 16 and had been an avid hunter and fisherman for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet Jean Wolfe, in January of 1986, and by his son, David Wolfe, in May of 1990. Mr. Wolfe is survived by his children and their spouses, Elaine and Randy Mosley of Shafter, Barry and Johanna Wolfe of Oildale, Janet and David Nielsen of Bakersfield, Richard B. and Jan Wolfe, of Buttonwillow, Robbin and Chris Volk of Missouri, and Kellie and Jim Dunnahoe of Shafter; his brothers and their spouses, Robert and Mary Wolfe of Buttonwillow; and his 11 grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 8:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to pay their respects.
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Ruth E. Wolfe, 81
November 28, 1915 - May 26, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery Friday at 2:00 p.m. for Maricopa native Ruth Elanie Wolfe, 81. The Rev. Thurn Cloud will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Wolfe was born in Maricopa on Nov. 28, 1915 and passed away in a Bakersfield hospital on May 26, 1997. She was raised and educated in Maricopa and graduated from Maricopa High School. She attended the Frist Congregational Church in Maricopa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Wolfe, in October 1988 and her son, Ozzie Windes, in March 1981. Mrs. Wolfe's survivors include her children and their spouses, Ray and Myrna Windes of Everett, Washington, Darlene and Terry Stringfellow of Bakersfield, and Paula Morris of Lakewood, Colorado, eight grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Brian and Peggy Peters for all their help and an extra special thank you to Little Brian Peters for all the hours spent playing games with Mrs. Wolfe.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects.
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Charles E. Woodruff
November 15, 1871 - July 23, 1946



Taft man found drowned in tub in family home. Death by drowning was the verdict of a coroners jury this morning at the inquest held in Taft relative to the passing of Charles E. Woodruff, 74. The elderly man was found dead Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock in the bathtub at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Shelburne, nephew and niece, with whom he resided on the General Petroleum Boston Lease.

The elderly man had been in ill health for some time. Several months ago he suffered a stroke which affected his speech and his walk and had left him a semi-invalid.

Mrs. Mable Shelburne, his niece, left the house Saturday morning telling her uncle that she would be away for approximately an hour, while she shopped in town. Mr. Shelburne, shortly after his wife left for town went into the house to see the sick man. Finding his bed unoccupied, Mr. Shelburne made a search of the yard around the house. When he could not find him he returned to the home and bedroom and noticed the bathroom door closed. Upon entering the bathroom he found the lifeless body of the elderly man in the particially filled tub.

Mr. Woodruff was born near Chicago, Illinois November 15, 1871 and had been a resident of the West Side for the past 11 years.

In addition to his niece, the deceased is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Lingo (actually niece) of Maricopa; and Mrs. Grace Voorhees of Pubelo, Colorado; and other relatives reciding in the east.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Chapel of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. Rev. Edward Price, pastor of the Fellows Baptist Church, will conduct the last rites. Interment will be made in the West Side Cemetery.
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Colleen Diane Woods, 49
December 22, 1947 - September 25, 1977



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday at 11:00 a.m. for Taft native Collleen Diane Woods, 49. Rev. Sam White will officiate at the services.

Mrs. Woods was born in Taft on December 22, 1947, the youngest child of Donald Glen and Delma Lee (Peggy) Davis. She passed away in Bakersfield on September 25, 1997. She attended all Taft schools, graduating from Taft Union High School with the class of 1965. Mrs. Woods is a graduate of Lufkin Business College in Bakersfield. She had been a resident of Bakersfield for the past 30 years, working 17 years for Pacific Telephone Company, eight years at the Kern County Employees Association and two years at California State University at Bakerfield.

Mrs. Woods is survived by her daugher, Denise Diane Cabral, and her husband, David, of Bakersfield; her sister, Carole Anne Voliva of Maricopa; her parents, Glenn and Peggy Davis of Pismo Beach; her niece, Tracy Galloway of Bakersfield; her hephew, Charles Robert Voliva III of Maricopa; and four cousins.

At the request of the family there will be no visitation. The services are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Dolly Frances Wood
September 1, 1941 - April 7, 2011



Dolly Woods was born September 1, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and passed away on April 7, 2011 at San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield with her family at her side.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Dora and Earl Floyd and her brother Glen Ford. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Leroy Woods of Taft; daughter, Janet Ames of Apple Valley and her children, Kristen Herbtson of Apple Valley, Joseph Herbtson and his wife, Aleesha of Bridgeport and Brian Herbtson of Apple Valley; daughter, Nancy Davis and her husband Rob, of Taft and their children Matthew and Mikaela Davis; and son David Woods and his wife, Deanne, of Dustin Acres. Dolly's surviving brothers and sisters include Anna Wagner, Shirley Fomby, Bernice Grimes, Jamie Teal, Tommy Floyd, Frank Floyd and Johnny Floyd.

Dolly moved to the Taft area as a young child and attended local schools. She graduated from Taft High School in 1960. She met her husband of 50 years when she was just 15 years old while they both lived on a lease outside of Fellows. They made Fellows their home for the first 23 years of marriage and have lived in Taft for the past 27 years. Dolly's interests include crocheting, taking long drives with her husband and watching her grandchildren play sports.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on April 13, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Tom White will officiate. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Elinor (Nan`e) Woods, 70
September 18, 1931 - January 28, 2002



Elinor passed away peacefully in Taft on Monday, January 28, 2002, from cancer.

She was born in California on September 18, 1931 and was fondly known to all as Nan`e. She went through schools in Gustine. Elinor worked for Bank of America for a total of 25 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; her parents Charlie and Mary; her son in-law Vance and by four brothers in-laws.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra Brannon and Bonnie Short and her husband, Mike, her grandchildren, Nicole Berry, Mikey Berry and his wife, Wendy; a great grandchild due in September, her sister Doris Darnell and her husband Bob; her sister-in-law, Winifred, Rose, Toots and Addy; her step great grandchildren Nick and Olivia.

In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations in Mrs. Wood's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1523 California Avenue, Bakersfield, California 93309 or to Hoffman Hospice, 6501 Schirra Court Suite 302, Bakersfield, California 93313.

Friends may pay their respect on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home.
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Ernst L. Woods, Jr
January 15, 1954 - August 25th 2003



Ernest L. Woods, Jr. of Kalispell, Montana, died at his home August 25th, 2003 from Pulmonary Fibrosis, Ernie was born January 15, 1954 to Ernest and Ruth Woods and grew up and received his education in Taft.

Both parents and his brother, Ron preceded him in death. Ernie is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Paul Parker of Montana, niece Erin, a student at the University of Montana, and his nephew, Michael of Heidelberg, Germany. He also leaves behind lifelong friend Greg Furr of Taft and special friends Gary and Glenda Graupman of Bakersfield.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to hospice, who took such great care of Ernie, 175 Commons Coop, Suite 400, Kalispell, Montana. 59901.
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Juanita Woods, 86
January 15, 1926 - March 27, 2012



Juanita passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on March 27th. Viewing will be held on April 5th from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Tinkers Funeral Home in Fresno. Grave Site Service will be held on April 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Fresno.
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Mickey Woods
October 14, 1967 - May 15, 2012



A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in New Hope Temple, 308 Harrison Street, Taft for Mickey Wayne Woods, 44. Pastor Skip Hinton will lead the gathering. Mickey was born in Taft on October 14, 1967 and passed away in Bakersfield on May 15, 2012. He was well known for "making it happen!" For 26 years, he was "making it happen" in the oilfields ending with his dream job of consulting. And he was making it happen with his family-by fishing, hunting bar-b-queing and off-road riding. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Valley Acres.

He was predeceased by his Grandpa, Ira Rowe, Grandma, Bernidene Smith, Grandpa, Baylis Woods, Grandma, Doris Woods and Uncle, Ronnie Woods. Mickey is survived by his daughters, Cortney Coleman and her husband, Charlie, Whitney and Natalie Woods; grandson, Brody Gullo; father, and his wife, Rickey and Dora Woods; mother and her husband Vickie and Sam Gregory; sister and her husband, Sherri and Neal Sims; nephew, John Sims; niece, Amy Sims; Grandpa, Cleo Smith; two step-brothers, Jamie and Tim Gregory all of Taft; his aunt, Linda Pinlkington and family of Reno; and uncle Gary Rowe and family of Taft and Roger Woods of Bakersfield.

There are no visitation hours and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey on line condolences, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Audrey L. Wooldridge
June 20, 1929 - June 22, 2008



A cryptside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Audrey L. Wooldridge, 79.

Mrs. Wooldridge was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 20, 1929 and passed away in Bakersfield on June 22, 2008. She came to Taft 30 years ago.

Mrs. Wooldridge was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Wooldridge in 1992 and by her brother, Jerry Mitchell. Her survivors include her sons and their wives, Dennis and Zelda Dabbs of Taft, Gary and Kathy Dabbs of Taft and Gary and Linda Wooldridge of Simi Valley; her grandchildren and their spouses, Lori Cullivan, Deena and Rick Brogdon, Dana and Steve Weber, Brandia and Phillip Tonoka, Dennis and Martha Dabbs, Chad and Jacklyn Dabbs, and Casey and Shannon Dabbs; 15 great grandchildren; her brother, Thomas Mitchell of Missouri; other family members, DeDe Dabbs Collier, Jason and Joni Olds and Melissa Bartolomei and their families; many nieces and nephews; and by her lifelong friend and special niece, Naomi Kuhnke.

There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Nellie Wooley, 79
February 27, 1923 - May 11, 2002



Long time Taft resident Nellie Wooley, age 79, passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of May 11, 2002. She was at home with her husband, Neil, daughter, Judy, her dogs and the things she loved.

Nellie was born in Belton, Texas, on February 27, 1923.

She is survived by her husband, son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Debbie Wooley of Taft, daughter, Judy Hunt, of Missouri, daughters Nellie Mapp and Bobbie Wooley of Bakersfield, daughter and son-in-law Elnora and G.E. Pelzer of Bakersfield, son and daughter-in-law, Vester and Vivienne Mapp of Los Angeles, and daughter, Marge Fauver of Santa Barbara. She also had a son, James Mapp, who preceded her in death. Nellie also had too many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren to mention by name.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2002 at her home on 216 Shattuck Avenue in Taft.
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Barbara Evelyn Wright, 82
August 8, 1926 - June 7, 2009
Services Pending



Funeral services are pending at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home for Taft resident Barabara Evelyn Wright, 82.

Mrs. Wright Passed away at her home on Sunday evening.
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Jack Wright
October 28, 1915 - February 8, 2003



Graveside services will be held Friday, February 14, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., for Jack Wright, who passed away February 8, 2003 in Bakersfield.

Carey Jackson [Jack] Wright was born to Gail LaSalle and Orpha Merle Thornburg Wright, October 28, 1915, in Taft, California.

After graduating from Taft High School in 1934, Jack embarked on a series of adventures including attending The College of the Pacific in Stockton, working as a fireman and living in the Taft Firehouse, learning to fly an airplane, dabbling in the dry cleaning business, and working for Standard Oil as a welder.

In 1940, Jack and Mary Alice Blackwell were married and son Richard Jackson was born in Taft in 1941. That same year, the family moved to Vallejo and Jack worked at the Mare Island Naval Ship Yard. Following the U.S. declaration of war, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a pipefitter in the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Alcor, a destroyer tender. After being discharged in 1946, he took a job with P G&E, in Santa Rosa, California where daughter, Nettie Jacqueline was born in 1947. The family moved back to Taft a few years later where Jack joined boyhood friend Charles Hudson in the restaurant business. Finding the venture not to his liking, he went back to work in the thriving oil industry for Richfield Oil, which later became ARCO. Work with the company took the family to New Cuyama and later to Bakersfield.

The loss of his beloved Mary in 1972 left Jack devastated. He remained in love with her and carried her picture in his wallet the rest of his life. After his retirement in 1973, he pursued interests in Ham radio, fishing, and other outdoor activities. In his trailer, he and canine pals Skipper and later Tuffy set up camp many times near the sea, in the mountains, and on the desert. With dear friends, Bon and Lida Renfro, he traveled to British Columbia for the adventure of a lifetime.

In addition to his parents and wife, Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Howard and sister Necia Hodap. He is survived by son Richard Wright and his wife, Patti; daughter, Nettie Sandoval and her husband Willie; grandchildren, Brian Wright and his wife, Laura, Carrie Henderson and her husband Brian, William Sandoval and his wife, Tonya; and great-grandchildren, Lauren and Katherine Wright, Lauren Sandoval, and Jacqueline Henderson.

Lifelong friends made during his childhood, his career, his travels, as well as neighborhood friends, young and old, and his family have been fortunate to enjoy his kindness, generosity, and good humor.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made to the Bakersfield SPCA or CALM.

Visitation begins Thursday, February 13, 2003, at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
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Jessie Edith Lester Wright
January 10, 1919 - March 1, 2011



Jessie Edith Lester Wright born January 10, 1919 in Dunlap, Texas, Cottle County born second of five children to parents Lillian and Charles Lester.

Jessie was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Marian Wright, daughter, Anita Hamp, sister, Lily Cox, brother, James Lester. Survived by her sister, Lucille Miller of Bakersfield, brother, Les Lester and wife Joan of Coppell, Texas, granddaughter, Tami Howes husband David of New London, Connecticut, two great grandchildren Gwyneth and husband Richard of Taft, Jeanette Poteete and Husband Phil of Bakersfield, Gail Olds and husband David of Bakersfield and many more nieces, nephews and cousins that love her dearly.

Jessie and her husband, Marian were in Real Estate in the Sacramento and Bakersfield areas. She and Lucille were loving sisters, they were inseparable and in the last several years enjoyed living close by each other at Assembly Manor 2. She loved family get-togethers and loved watching all the action. Jessie loved the Lord and attended Bakersfield First Assembly of God Church.

Jessie went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 1st. Her memorial service will be held at the First Assembly of God Church in the Blue Chapel on Thursday, March 3rd at 12 noon. She will be laid to rest at Mr. Vernon Cemetery in Sacramento, California.
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J.Y. Wright
February 11, 1921 - March 3, 2003



Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the West Side District Cemetery for longtime westside resident, J.Y. Wright, 82. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Mr. Wright was born in Mobeetie, Texas on February 11, 1921 and passed away on March 3, 2003 in Bakersfield.

During the Second World War he proudly served as a member of the U.S. Army in the Philippines. He was an employee for over 40 years for Santa Fe Energy resources, Inc. and retired in 1983. Mr. Wright was a longtime member of the O.C.A.W. Union, the AARP and Senior Citizens. Mr. Wright enjoyed playing cards and gardening.

He is survived by his second wife, Lida Costenson Wright of Taft and their daughter, Mia Marie Chambers of Chickasha, Oklahoma and grandchildren Nicloe Maire Nix of Cedar Grove and Jon Keaton Griffin of Chickasha, Oklahoma. Surviving children of his first marriage are Kenneth Wayne Wright, Sharon Lee Wright, Patsy Louise Hotz all of Taft and Evelyn Mitchell and her husband, Greg of Elk Grove; his grandchildren Michael Andrew Hotz of Maryland and Wayne Hotz and his wife, Donna of Orlando, Florida. Melissa Russell and her husband, Terry and Angela Hotz of LaGrange, Kentucky, Witly, George, Vanessa and April Mitchell of Elk Grove, and Ashley Mitchell of Sanger, Texas; his great grandchildren, Chelsie and Caylie Shone, Seth and Jacob Russell all of LaGrange, Kentucky, Douglas, Danielle, Dema, and Daniel Hotz all of Orlando, Florida, Gregory, Emily and Adriana Mitchell all of Elk Grove. Siblings surviving are his borther, George A. Wright of Pampa, Texas and sisters, Buelah McClaflin of Chickasha, Oklahoma, Stella Guthrie of Pennrose, Colorado, Reba Fields of Pueblo, Colorado and Emma Nell Dewitt of Pampa, Texas.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Louise L. Wright
November 9, 1923 - June 19, 2001



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. for Taft resident Louise Leila Wright, 77. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate at the services. Private burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Wright was born in Olusgtee, Oklahoma on November 9, 1923 and passed away in a local nursing home on June 19, 2001. Mrs. Wright moved to Taft from Oklahoma in 1943. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

Mrs. Wright is survived by her children, Kenneth Wright, Sharon Wright and Patsy Hotz all of Taft and Evelyn Mitchell of Sacramento; her grandchildren, Michael, Wayne and Angela Hotz, Melissa Russell, Whitley, April, George, and Ashley Mitchell; her seven great grandchildren; her brother, Donnie Gorham of Fresno and her god-child, Jeannette Dodge of Bakersfield.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Raymond A. Wright
October 3, 1923 - December 17, 2002



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday at 5:00 p.m. of Taft resident, Raymond A. Wright, 70. Rev. Sam White will officiate at the service. Burial in the West Side District Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Mr. Wright was born in Latham, Kansas on October 3, 1923 and passed away in Taft on December 17, 2002. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army for many years during WWII. He and his late wife, Vera, and their four daughters moved to Taft in the mid 1960's. Mr. Wright worked for many years at Lunsford Tank Lines until he became a foreman for Johnson's Vacuum Truck Service until he retired on September 30, 1985.

His wife, Vera L. Wright, preceded him in death in November 1997, and by his daughter, Carla Crawford, in November 2001. As a longtime Taft resident he will be missed and loved by many that knew him. His survivors include his daughters, Kathy Wright, and Lea Wright, both of Taft, and Lynn Miller and her husband, Martin of Dallas, Oregon; his grandchildren, Dawn and Steven Raines, Shannon and Sanya Macaulay all of Taft, Amanda, Bryan, Casey, Vanissa Miller all of Oregon, Misty Wade, Brandon Robey, Shane and Dee Dee Russell all of Taft. His great grandchildren, Nicolas Smith of Taft; Oakley Smith of Aurora, Illinois, Kathryn Rains of Taft, Breanna and Brittany Macaulay of Taft, Devon and Austin Smith of Derby Acres, Andru and Nathan Wade and their father, Terry Wade all of Taft, Brandy, Aaron, and Kayla Russell all of Taft and Allisa Miller of Seattle, Washington; his brothers and sisters, Jack and Carol Wright and Allen and Alice Wright all of Snowflake, Arizona and Thelma Waldon of Wichita, Kansas.

Friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Vera L. Wright
November 11, 1931 - November 11, 1997



Funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft resident Vera Lorrine Wright, 66. Burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Wright was born in Ralston, Oklahoma on November 11, 1931 and passed away at her home on November 11, 1997. The Wrights have made Taft their home for the last 40 years. Mrs. Wright's greatest joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Raymond Wright; her mother, Pearl Wilson; her children and their spouses, Kathy and Kenny Rountree, Leah Wright, Carla Crawford, and Lynn and Mark Miller, all of Taft; her brothers and sisters, Charley Wilson of Taft, Crifford Wilson of Fresno, Hayes Wilson of Bass Lake, Helen Trimm of Corning, Gladys Mitchell and Roberta House, both of Fresno; her eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Thursday until 8:30 p.m. to pay respects.
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Wilma Jean Wright
January 9, 1926 - March 7, 2010



A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. for Wilma Jean Wright, 83. Mrs. Wright was born in Arkansas on January 9, 1926 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 7, 2010. She was a member of the Bakersfield Moose Lodge #416.

She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Carol and Dennis Bryant and Willie and Bill Baker all of Bakersfield; her sisters and their spouses, Wavy Miller, Velma and Bob Criswell and Velda and Eddie Foy; her eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and her close friend, Brent Bowen.

Specail thanks from the family are extended to Mercy Southwest Hospital for the excellent care given to Mrs. Wright. There are no visitation hours scheduled and arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Wayne Wallace Wurster
October 1, 1925 - March 24, 2006



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Taft native, Wayne Wallace Wurster, 80. Wayne was born October 1st, 1925 and passed away in Bakersfield on March 24, 2006.

He was raised and educated in Taft Union High School. Wayne joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After he was discharged in 1946 he went to work in the oilfields and retired from Chevron in 1987. He was a 50 year member of the Taft Midway Masons Lodge and was a member of the Chevron Retires Association.

Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby in 1988, his parents, two brothers and a sister. His survivors include his wife Bertie Lou Wurster of Taft: his children and their spouses, Dick and Linda Wurster of Bakersfield and Becky and Steve Napier of Taft, his step-children Karen and Dean Gordin of LaGrange; Marc Pucilowski of Torrance and Therisa and Erick Henuber of Santa Paula and numerous grand children and great grand children.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers donation in Wayne's memory may be sent to the American Lung Association, 4660 American Ave. Suite 100, Bakersfield California 93309. No visition hours are scheduled and the services are under the direction of Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Della S. Wyant
November 26, 1922 - January 7, 2009



A memorial service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, Della S. Wyant, 86. Della was born to William and Letha Brower in Phoenix, Arizona on November 26, 1922 and passed away in Taft on January 7, 2009.

During the time she lived in Coalinga she was a dental assistant and had owned a jewelry store. In 1965 she married Earl Wyant and at that time they made their home in Taft. Mrs. Wyant was a longtime member of the Eastern Star. Della was well read and never missed a ballgame. Her sharp memory along with a quick sense of numbers made for endless conversation. Della was always surrounded by a family of friends and neighbors. She loved her dog, Roxanne. Her sweet spirit will always remain within us.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Wyant in 2002; her three sisters, Helen Ray, Cleo Ray, and Leola Borner. Her survivors include her sons, Leslie Powers of Irvine and John Powers of Pasadena, Maryland; her grandaughter, Vicki Voll; her sister and her husband, Frances and Jesse Patterson of Belmont; her niece and her husband, Lynn Ann and David Hawley of Belmont; several other nieces and nephews; and by her friends, Charlie and Nancy Snider.

There are no visitation hours scheduled, however, floral tributes will be accepted before service time. The arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Earl V. Wyant
January 1, 1920 - September 3, 2002



Memorial funeral services will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. for Taft resident, Earl B. Wyant, 82. Born on January 1, 1920 to George and Mae Wyant in Fresno, California, and raised in Reedley, California. Earl passed away at his home in Taft on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son in 1986; his daughter in 1994. Earl is survied by his loving wife of 37 years, Della; his daughter and her husband, Jane and Richard Strom of Fresno; his granddaughter Vicki Voll of Capitola; his special sister-in-law and her husband; Frances and Jesse Patterson of Sacremento; his sister-in-law and her husband, Leola and Bill Burner of San Diego; his nieces and nephews and a host of dear friends. He retired from Chevron Oil Co. in 1981.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Earl was an honest man and always tried to treat people like he wanted to be treated. He had a great sense of humor and loved fishing and gardening, especially tomatoes.

A special thank you to Optimial Hospice nurses, Kitty and Kyle for all the good things they did for Earl. A thank you also to Doctors Droppers, Risbud and Trevino.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Optimal Hospice, 1315 Boughton Dr., Bakersfield, CA. 93308. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. A special thank you to Dee Smith for her love and tenderness in caring for Earl.
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Ronald B. Wysel
October 19, 1930 - December 10, 2009



Services have been scheduled for Maricopa resident Ronald B. Wysel, 79. Graveside services and burial will be held on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the West Side District Cemetery, Taft. The arrangements have been entrusted to the West Side Memorial Services, Porteous Family.
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