Beech Flats Cemetery Listing
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GARRITY Deborah L. Landon
On the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, Deborah Lynne (Garrity) Landon of East Canton died quietly at Twin Oaks Personal Care Home with her loving family by her side. She was 57 years of age. Born in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Dec. 7, 1953, she was the daughter of Russell and Victorias (Tsikouris) Garrity. Her family moved to Pennsylvania, settling in Bradford County. Debbie worked for many years in the medical profession as an LPN It was while working at Robert Packer Hospital that she met her future husband, Bill Landon, who was recovering from a serious accident. The two eventually married and made their home in Canton where they raised their daughter. Debbie continued practicing nursing, specializing in geriatric care, retiring from the Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit after 22 years. Prior to health issues causing her to slow down, Debbie was a very active woman in her church and community. She had been a youth leader as well as a member of the Women's Bible Study Group at the East Canton United Methodist Church. She also gave of her time and skills as the parish nurse. She enjoyed traveling and had driven across the continental U.S., visiting just about every state. She loved the beach at Ocean City Md., as well as her family's cottage at Juanita Lake, N.Y. Debbie was a loving, giving person well-known for her kindness and her keen sense of humor. Debbie is survived by her beloved husband, William Landon, at home; daughter, Leah Landon of Sayre; father, Russell (Connie) Garrity of Vero Beach, Fla.; mother, Victoria (Clinton) Stewart of Sayre; brothers, John (Kimberly) Garrity of Canton and James Garrity of Vero Beach, Fla.; sister, Cynthia Garrity and granddaughter, Taylor Bellows of Sayre; mother-in-law Shirley Landon of Canton; and sister-in-law Carol Melendez of Aurora, Colo. In accordance with the family's wishes all services are private. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Twin Oaks Activity Fund, c/o Twin Oaks Personal Care Home, 1100 Cowley Road, Granville Summit, PA 16926. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Towanda Daily Review – February 24, 2011
GEE -LEORA V. ROGERS, 94, Wyalusing RR 3, formerly of Jackson’s Trailer Court, Wysox, went home to be with the Lord, May 14, 1996. She was born April 20, 1902 in Canton Twp., daughter of the late Fred and Emma (Wilcox) Gee. Mrs. Rogers was a member of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, a former employee of the Belmar Manufacturing Company and a homemaker. Surviving are her husband, Hugh Rogers, Wyalusing, a niece Doris DePew, Horseheads, NY; several nieces and nephews, and special friends with whom she and her husband resided. Sally Strope and John White. A memorial service was conducted May 17 at the Independent Baptist Church, with Rev. Don L. Hauser officiating. Burial was in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton, at the convenience of the family. Contributions may be made to the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, PA in memory of Mrs. Rogers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
MACE L. GEE, 67, a lifelong resident of the Canton area, died peacefully, July 19, 1997, at his home. Born May 1, 1930, in Canton, he was the son of the late Mayne and Alta Tillotson Gee. As a young man he worked on his parents farm in LeRoy Twp. He graduated from Canton High School, Class of 1948, and attended Penn State University for milk testing. He enlisted in the US Army in 1951, serving as a corporal during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1953. In earlier years, he was employed by the PA Railroad in Southport, NY for ten years. He later worked for the former Canton Agway for 27 years. Mr. Gee was a member of the Morris Run American Legion Post No. 167, the Canton VFW Post No. 714, and the Red Run Rod and Gun Club in Ralston. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and especially playing the card game Euchre. Surviving are: two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Russell Morgan, Canton RR 1, and Carol and Thomas Miles, Montoursville; son, Marty Gee, Towanda, RR 5; five grandsons; and three granddaughters; a special friend, Doris Williams of Canton; and several cousins. A memorial service was held July 23 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister officiating. The Canton VFW Post No. 714 accorded full military honors immediately following services at the funeral home. Interment was at the convenience of the family in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Newspaper.
MAYNE M. GEE, 58, of Canton RD 1, died at the Bradford County Manor following an extended illness, Friday, May 2, 1975. He was a retired State Department of Highways employee. Survivors include one son, Mace, of Canton and three grandchildren. Funeral and committal services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Dennis Reedy officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. (parents Fred and Emma Wilcox Gee)
WILLIAM ROGER ‘BILL’ GILBERT, 56, of Canton, Pa. (Leroy Twp.) died peacefully early Tuesday morning, June 24, 2003, at his home. William was born on April 24, 1947, in Shunk, Pa. He was one of three sons of Geraldine (Brown) Gilbert and the late Roger E. Gilbert. Bill grew up in the Estella area and graduated from Sullivan County High School. Mr. Gilbert honorably served our country in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, until his honorable discharge in 1968. Bill married the former Karen Tillotson on June 28, 1970 at the Leroy Baptist Church. Together they shared nearly 33 years and raised 3 children. He was employed by the Masonite Corp. in Towanda for nearly 30 years until his retirement on Feb. 18, of this year. In earlier years, Bill worked for Baumunk’s Lumber Company. Bill was a quiet and giving man whose life revolved around his love for family. He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to hunt, fish and camp. Bill also enjoyed John Deere Tractors. In addition to his mother, Geraldine of Estella, Pa. Surviving are his beloved wife Karen, at home. A son and daughter-in-law; William David and Jennifer Gilbert of Leroy 2 daughters and a son-in-law; Anna Mae Gilbert of Leroy, Sarah Mae and Stephen Beers of Granville Summit, Pa. 3 grandchildren; Autumn Mae and Taylor Mae Gilbert and Sadie Mae Beers 2 brothers; John Gilbert and his friend, Donna Westbrook of New Albany, Pa. Robert and Linda Gilbert of Estella; A friend, Ann Ward. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. Bill was predeceased by his father. Roger Gilbert on September 12, 2002. Family invites friends to call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, with Pastor Kurt Christofferson, officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. His family suggests that those who wish may direct memorials in Mr. Gilbert’s name to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1 Box 154 Towanda, Pa. 18848. –Towanda Daily Review.
GOOD - Dean Good, 70, a well-known Canton, Pa., resident diedpeacefully at home while surrounded by his devoted family on Thursday morning, March 26, 2009. Born on July 31, 1938, at the family home in Roaring Branch, Dean Robert Good was one of four children in the family of the late Ralph A. and Fanny (Austin) Good. He was a 1956 graduate of Canton High School. On July 5, 1956, Dean married his high school sweetheart, the former Donna Bassett, at Canton's Ecumenical Church (formerly Methodist Church). They shared more than 52 wonderful years together and raised three daughters. Throughout life Dean enjoyed his work. For 25 years he was employed as a local milkman for Hurr's Dairy. Dean and Donna also owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store in Canton for more than 20 years and most recently he drove a school bus in the Canton School District for the Jennings Busses. He was a member of Canton's Ecumenical Church, Moose Lodge 429, Lions Club and The Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch. Dean will be remembered for his quick wit, great sense of humor and love for life. He was very proud of his family and was blessed with many friends. He enjoyed being involved in high school sports. Not only a loyal fan, Dean was a softball coach at Cedar Ledge, an umpire for girl's softball and a clock keeper for many of the Canton Warrior games. Dean also was an avid card player and enjoyed traveling, especially wintering in Florida. Surviving are: his wife Donna; children Lynn (Ed) Holmes, Laurie (Craig) Parker and Mick (David) Black, all of Canton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother, Lois Myers, Janet (Norm) Williams all of Canton and Dennis Good of Montoursville; his mother-in-law Mildred Bassett of Granville Summit; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, Dean was predeceased by: a grandson, Ryan Holmes; his father-in-law, Wendell Bassett; and a brother-in-law, Donald Myers. In keeping with Dean's wishes, there will be no calling hours. The funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Canton Ecumenical Church, 43 N. Center St., with Rev. Gerald Schmidt officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery with Ed and Reese Holmes, Craig and Jeremy Parker, David Black and Tink Wesneski acting as pallbearers. The family will provide flowers and suggest your consideration of a memorial in Dean's name to either The Fallen Warrior Fund, c/o Canton High School, 139 E. Main St. Canton, PA 17724, or the American Cancer Society 1948 E Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701. Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting with arrangements. Published in the Daily Review on 3/27/2009. Best Regards, Bob & Dee Austin Bond Avon Park, FL
LEROY E. GOODWIN, 78 of Troy, Pa., and formerly of Canton, Pa., died on Monday, March 19, 2007 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Leroy "Goody" Goodwin was born in Canton on April 10, 1928. He was a son of the late William L. "Roy" and Carlotta B. (Havens) Goodwin. After graduating from Canton High School, Leroy enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II. He married the former Jean L. Rolison on Sept. 19, 1948 in Canton. They were blessed with more than 53 wonderful years together until Jean's passing on May 6, 2002. "Goody" worked in the construction field and was employed by F.P. Case & Sons in Troy for many years. He was a former fire chief of Troy's Fire Company and a lifetime member of both the Troy V.F.W. Post No. 8675 and the Troy Fire Department. Leroy loved doing many things in life and was a devoted fan of the Braves and Cubs baseball clubs. He especially enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. Surviving are his two sons, Gary (Elaine) Goodwin of Phoenix, Ariz., and William (Teresa) Goodwin of Loveland, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Larry, Linda, David, Jason, Rachel, Chad and Samantha; several great-grandchildren; four sisters, Betty (John) Wills of Florida, Virginia "Jennie" Ward of North Carolina, Lula Shaw of Virginia and Connie Goodwin of Florida; sisters-in law and brothers-in-law, Nora Rockwell of Burlington, Marjorie (Wilbur) Morse of Canton, Beverly Wilson of Troy, Charles (Arlene) Rolison of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., and Toni Rolison of California; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends. In addition to his wife, Jean, he was predeceased by his siblings, Vaneda Rustka and Robert Goodwin. Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be held in Beech Flats Cemetery with full military honors accorded. In lieu of flowers, his family requests your consideration of a memorial in Leroy's name to the Troy V.F.W. at P.O. Box 113 or to the Troy Fire Company, c/o RR 2, Box 812, both in Troy, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 3/24/2007
Age 92, of Elmira, NY, died January 21, 2008 at Elcor Health Services in Horseheads, NY. John Derry Govus was born in New York, NY, on June 16, 1915, a son of George and Edith (Walpole) Govus. He was a 1st Lieutenant, U.S. Air Corps during WWII and served in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters with the decorated 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. On June 12, 1977, John married the former Eva Castle Ice in Elmira. He was employed as an independent sales agent for various industrial companies throughout the U.S. until retiring in 1985. He then worked for Chemung County's Office of the Aging. John was a member of Elmira's Christ United Methodist Church and the Carolinas' Wing of the OX5 Aviation Pioneers. He enjoyed flying, boating, gardening, traveling and photography. Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Eva, at home; two sons, Peter Govus of PA and Walter Govus of WA; three stepchildren, Brian Ice of NC, Deborah Fassel of Canada and Sandra Perrott of ME; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by a son, Albert Govus; and a brother, Raymond Govus. Calling hours are 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton, PA. The funeral and committal services will be held 1 p.m., Friday, with Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and military honors accorded. Burial will follow at Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Tier Hospice at 11751 E. Corning Rd., Corning, NY 14830, or to a charity of one's choice. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/23/2008.
CHARLES D. GRAY, 83, of Canton RD 2 died at the Troy Community Hospital early Tuesday morning Jan. 30, 1979, after an extended illness. He was born in Beech Flats, Pa., on Dec. 6, 1895, a son of the late Reuben and Mary Burritt Gray. Mr. Gray and his wife, the former Velma Stevenson, were married in August 1917 and celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this past year. He and his wife operated a general store at W. Leroy for 21 years and then they retired to a truck farm in Minnequa Springs. He was a member of the Minnequa Grange No. 754, and a member of the E. Canton United Methodist Church. He was active in the Canton Senior Citizens group and in local sports activities in the area. Mr. Gray served as secretary for the Beech Flats Cemetery for a number of years. His survivors besides his wife, Velma, are: two daughters, Mrs. Peter (Doris) Quatirini of Horseheads, N.Y. and Mrs. Meylert (Mildred) VanDyke of Canton RD 1; three sons, Willis and Ralph W of Canton, and Donald of Riverside, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home on Thursday, February 1 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Larry Clark, his pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery –Towanda Daily Review.
MISS FLORENCE L. GRAY, 68, of Canton RD 2, died Monday afternoon at the Troy Community Hospital. Miss Gray was a member of the Canton Methodist Church and the WSCS, and the Minnequa Grange. Surviving are a brother, Charles Gray of Canton RD 2; an uncle, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Dennis Reeby. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. (Born 7 MAR 1905, Grover, PA, died 2 APR 1973)
ROBIN CHARLES GRAY, 36, of Alexandria, Va., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 1991. Born in Elmira on Aug. 24, 1955, he was the son of Donald L. Gray, Riverside, Calif., and Carol Robinson, Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Gray joined Hill and Knowlton as vice president of their Washington, D.C., office in 1990. From 1985-1989, he served in the Reagan administration as executive assistant to the secretary of energy. Mr. Gray served as assistant press secretary to the president and the White House from 1981-1985. A private burial will be held at Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army in Mr. Gray’s memory. Arrangements are being handled by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.
C. ARNOLD GREENE, 72, of Canton RD 2 died at the Robert Packer Hospital Sayre early Wednesday morning, Jan. 6, 1982. He had been in ill health since 1973. He was a retired carpenter, having been self-employed and also having worked for former contractor Willard Kilmer of Canton for a number of years. Mr. Greene was born in Limestone, Tennessee on Sept. 19, 1909, a son of William S. and Sarah Castle Greene. He is survived by his wife, the former Elsie C. Campbell, to whom he was married for 52 years. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 21, 1981. He is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Barnes of Canton; a grandson, Sgt. Joseph A. Barnes with the U.S. Army in Germany; two granddaughters, Miss Arnella Barnes of Elmira, N.Y. and Mrs. Jane Jackson of Canton; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Mr. Ben Greene of Troy; a sister Mrs. Ella Mae Buck of Canton RD 2, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton Twp. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 3-5 and from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
GREENE –EVELYN E. BARNES. On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, long time Canton area resident Evelyn Elsie (Greene) Barnes died quietly at the residence of her daughter, Elizabeth Jane Daley. She was 72 years of age. Throughout her infirmity Mrs. Barnes was faithfully and lovingly attended by her daughters Arnella Tom and Elizabeth Daly. Born in Sayre on Jan. 29, 1933, she was the daughter of C. Arnold Greene and Elsie Clementine (Campbell) Greene. With the exception of five years during her youth when her family lived in Akron, Ohio, Evelyn was a lifelong Bradford County resident. She graduated Canton High School with the class of 1950, and four years later was united in marriage to Douglas A. Barnes. Together they raised three children and shared nine years until Douglas’ passing in 1963. As the widowed mother of three, Evelyn returned to the work force in order to provide for her family. She served for many years as the manager of the former Canton Coffee Shop on Troy Street. She not only displayed her culinary expertise and management skills, but her unique sense of humor as well. Many a Cantonian wouldn’t think of starting his day without a cup of her excellent coffee, a stack of pancakes and a few of her good natured jibes. Evelyn also enjoyed reading, knitting and playing video games. She also had been an active member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714 Ladies’ Auxiliary in previous years. Evelyn is survived by her son, Joseph (Suzanne) Barnes of Canton; daughters, Elizabeth Jane (Tom) Daley of Canton and Arnella (Jack) Tom of Jersey City, N.J.; grandchildren, Amanda Hope Jackson, Arnella Paige Jackson, Cara Annette Jackson, Joshua Firestine, Elaine Maureen Barnes and Erika Evelyn Barnes; her aunt, Ella Mae Buck; her companion cats, Sam and Monty; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas; an infant brother C. Arnold Greene Jr.; and grandson Timothy Michael Firestine. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with retired Methodist pastor Jasper Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family will provide the flowers and suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. or Memorial Hospice, 1 Hospital Dr., Towanda, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review.
RALPH H. GREENE, 90, formerly of Franklindale, PA, died March 14, 2004, at the Bradford County Manor. Born in Boone, NC (Watauga County) on April 27, 1913, he was a son of the late Leonard Berry Greene and Maggie Watson Greene Carlton. On October 14, 1936 he married the former Ollie Jane Miller. He was a well-established and respected farmer in North Carolina and in January of 1939 they moved to Pennsylvania. Through his hard work and enterprising spirit they purchased the first of several Bradford County dairy farms in the early 1940s. After retiring in 1965, he remained very busy raising young cattle, woodworking, gardening, selling Rainbow Vacuum Cleaners, and buying and selling antique farm tools. He especially enjoyed woodworking; making all-sized brooms from a single piece of wood using only a drawknife. He also made garden tools from scrap lumber and old lawn-mower blades. Produced from his large gardens made their way to family, friends, and neighbor’s tables. As a young man in North Carolina, he broke a team of oxen. After retiring in Franklindale, he broke a second team using a pair of Jersey Bulls and an oxen yoke made in his wood shop. Mr. Greene was happiest when helping the less fortunate. His well-known stories relating to life were told in a way that only he could tell. Surviving are his beloved wife of 67 years, Ollie Greene, Wyalusing Personal Care Home; daughters and sons-in-laws, Carolyn and Donald Bixby, East Smithfield, PA; Anna Lee and Leonard Jordan, Sayre, PA; Jane and Francis McDonald, Towanda, PA; sister, Blanche Shoemaker, Boone, NC; brother, John L. Greene, Morganton, NC; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruby Greene and James Penley, both of Boone, NC; grandchildren, Ronald Kelley, Denver, CO; Michael Jordan, Canton, GA, Jacqueline Jordan, Lawrenceville, PA; Jeff Jordan, Fort Walton Beach, FL; Kirk (Kim) Eddy, Wysox; Dennis (Kim) Eddy, Searcy, AK; Denise Passeri, Elmira, NY; numerous great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; many nieces-nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Mr. Greene was predeceased by sisters Belva Penley and Ruth Calcutt and brothers, Russell, Blan and Bonard Greene; granddaughter Rhonda Gene Kelley in 1981. The funeral service and committal services were held March 17 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with retired Pastor Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. The family suggests memorials in his name may be made to the Bradford County Manor’s Activity Fund, RR3 Box 322, Troy, Pa. 16947. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GRIFFIN Gary E. Griffin
Gary E. Griffin, 66, of Canton, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly; a daughter, Janet (Clark) Dunbar of Troy; two sons, Scott (Cyndi) Griffin of Canton and Kenneth (Frances) Griffin of Warrington; four grandchildren who were the light of his life, Anna, Alexis, Evan and Dean; three sisters, Edoice "Dody" (Ed) Smith and Joan Griffin all of Canton and Audrey (Alan) Boeckle of Warminster; his mother-in-law, Marie May; several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends; and Cooper, his son's Black Labrador. Besides his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Eugene May and a grandson Layton. Gary Edwin Griffin was born in Troy on March 1, 1946, one of four children of Kenneth E. and Gladys (Palmer) Griffin. He was a member of Canton High School's graduating class of 1965. On Oct. 31, 1965, he married the former Beverly May in LeRoy. Gary was employed for 38 years at Masonite Corp./Craft Master in Towanda until retiring as a maintenance leadsman. He attended the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. Gary was a family man and his grandchildren were very special in his life. He was the type to be busy, whether it was working in his garage, mowing yard, restoring tractors (John Deere was his favorite), camping or riding his Harley. He loved animals, especially dogs. Gary also liked to haggle and was a darn good "wheeler and dealer." In keeping with his family's wishes, services will be private. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in Gary's name to a Humane Society or ASPCA of your choice. Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton is in care of arrangements. Towanda Daily Review – December 19, 2012
GRIFFIN –KATHERINE M. ‘KATHIE’ STONE
52, well-known resident of Canton RR3 was called home to be with her Lord early Sunday morning, August 1, 1999 at Robert Packer Hospital. Born August 25, 1946 in Canton, PA, she was a daughter of the late Theodore (Nub) and Vera Baker Griffin. She was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1964. A year later, on July 31, 1965, she married Gordon Stone at the Baptist Church in Canton. Mrs. Stone was employed by the Canton Independent Sentinel, Swayze’s, Canton Telephone Company and was currently employed by the First Citizens National Bank, Canton. She loved life, her family and especially loved her two granddaughters. She enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with her Labrador dogs, which were very special to her. She was a unique lady and will be remembered by everyone whose life she touched. She possessed a strong faith in Christian values throughout her life. Surviving are her husband, Gordon, at home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerry and Amy Stone and Doug Stone, all of Canton; grandchildren, Cassandra and Morgan Stone; a sister and brother-in-law, Dawn and Duane “Pete” Rockwell, Canton; her father and mother-in-law, Carl and Doris Stone, Gleason; brothers and sisters-in-law, Janice and Larry Wooster, Bentley Creek; Marjorie and David Tillotson, Canton, Dennis and Pat Stone, Bentley Creek, and Gary and Shirley Stone, Canton, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a niece, Michelle Rockwell. The funeral service was held August 3 with the Pastor Nancy Goff officiating at the Pepper Funeral Home. Interment was held in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggest memorials be directed to the American Heart Association in Mrs. Stone’s memory.
KENNETH E. GRIFFIN, 69, of Canton, died June 7, 1986, at home. Mr. Griffin was born Feb. 27, 1917 in Horseheads, a son of Emery and Katherine Weightman Griffin. He retired in July 1982 from the Swayze Folding Box Company of Canton, where he was a set-up man for 32 years. He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Palmer, with whom he celebrated a 43rd wedding anniversary on April 24 of this year; three daughters, Mrs. Ed (Edoice) Smith, of Canton RD 2, Mrs. Al (Audrey) Boeckley of Warminster, Joan Griffin and her friend Bob Crandell, of Canton; sons and their wives, Gary and Beverly Griffin of Canton, Ralph and Michele Griffin of Canton RD 1; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. N. Glen Landis, pastor of the Canton New Life Temple officiating. Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
LAVERN G. GRIFFIN, age 36, Sunday, November 7, 1971 at Blossburg State Hospital. Friends are invited to call at the Morse Funeral home, Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Dewey Ashby. Interment at Beech Flats Cemetery. Survived by wife, Lucille Griffin; mother Gladys Griffin RD 1, Canton; daughters; Miss Gladys Griffin at home, Donna, Carolyn, Vera; son, Donald; brother, Ronald Griffin, Horseheads, Robert of Canton, PA; sisters, Mrs. Fred Tillotson of Troy RD 1, Mrs. Duane Barrett of Canton, Pa., Mrs. Jean Tillotson of Big Flats, New York, Mrs. Hugh Tillotson, Miss Elaine Griffin of Canton, Pa. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose of Canton, Pa. An employee of Swayze Folding Box Company, Canton, Pa. –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/8/197
GRIFFIN -SHIRLEY L. SHANNON, 55, OF Canton, Pa, died December 3, 1993 at home. Mrs. Shannon was born May 8, 1938 in Canton Township, Bradford County, a daughter of Richard and Gladys Bastion Griffin. She was a homemaker and attended the Faith Baptist Church, Canton. Surviving are her husband, Charles R. Shannon Sr. whom she married July 28, 1993; daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Murphy of Granville Summit RR1 and Miss Deanna Barrett of Canton RR 2; sons, Kevin R. Marbaker of Canton RR 2 and Lance Corporal Theron Barrett of Camp LeJeune, NC; seven step-children; four grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Caroline Tillotson of Canton, Mrs. Arlene Tillotson of Troy RR 1, Mrs. Jean Tillotson of Elmira and Miss Elaine Griffin of Towanda; brothers, Ronald Griffin of Cayuta, NY and Robert Griffin of Canton RR 2; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceasing her was a brother, Laverne Griffin in 1971. Funeral services were held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on December 6 with interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
GRIFFIN -MRS. SYBIL GRIFFIN PHELPS, widow of the late Jared Phelps of Canton, died at the home of her son at Ellenton, March 14th, 1909 after a long illness, aged 76 years, 8 months and 3 days. She is survived by her two sons, J. L. Phelps of Ellenton and W. H. Phelps of Canton, three grandchildren and one great-grandson, three sisters, Mrs. Wm. McNeal of Towanda, Mrs. Wm. Barnes of Canton and Mrs. J. D. Smith of Ellenton. Her long illness was borne with Christian fortitude. Interment was made in Beech Flats Cemetery, D. Hoose of Grover, officiating. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (parents Myron W. and Peggy Wilcox Griffin)
THEODORE (NUB) GRIFFIN, 63, of Canton RD 1 died Sunday, April 17, 1983 at the Williamsport Hospital in Williamsport. Mr. Griffin was born April 17, 1920 in Canton Township, a son of Emery and Katherine Whightman Griffin. He was road master for Canton Township and had previously served as Canton Township Supervisor for several years. Mr. Griffin was also a former Suzuki dealer in the Canton Area. Surviving are his wife, the former Vera Baker, to whom he was married 39 years on Sept. 18, 1982, two daughters; Mrs. Duane (Dawn) Rockwell and Mrs. Gordan (Katherine) Stone, both of Canton RD 1; one brother, Kenneth Griffin of Canton; four grandchildren and four foster-children. James Walburn of Canton RD 2, Connie Martin of Newberry, PA, William Ackley of Canton RD 2 and Roger Quinn of Waverly, NY. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. from the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, pastor of the Grover United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
GUINTER –BESS M. WILCOX, 101, a former longtime resident of South Minnequa Avenue, Canton, died on Thursday, Aug. 7, 1977, at the Bradford County Manor, where she has resided since February 1996. Bess was born April 24, 1876, in Proctor, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Elmer E. and Della Jane McHenry Guinter. Bess married Alfred “Speed” Wilcox on Sept. 17, 1925, in Newark, N.Y. He preceded her in death on April 9, 1977, following 51 years of marriage. She was employed by the former Belmar Manufacturing in Canton for over 40 years until her retirement. Bess enjoyed reading and crocheting. Throughout life, Bess' main interested surrounded the love she shared with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, June and Stanley Shadduck of Canton; a daughter, Shelby Deets of Webster, N.Y.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Cheryl Palmer of Malden, Mass., Ronald and Suzanne Gerould of Canton; Norman II and Denise Deets of Rochester, N.Y., Heather Deets of Williamson, N.Y.; four great-grandchildren, Gregory and Traci Gerould of Canton, Christopher Gerould of Camp Hill, Pa., Michael and Joseph Palmer of Malden, Mass., Tyler Deets of Williamson, N.Y.; a great-great-grandson, Andrew Gerould of Canton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband, Bess was predeceased by a son-in-law, Norman R. Deets on Oct. 30, 1993; six brothers, Clyde, Harry, Raymond, Howard, Ralph and George Guinter; and a sister, Nellie Roberts. The family will receive friends at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton on Monday, Aug. 11, 1997, from 10-11 a.m. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with her nephew, Rev. Thomas Wilcox officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Bradford County Manor’s Activity Fund, Troy in Mrs. Wilcox’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
RAYMOND E. GUINTER, 94, of the Bradford County Manor, Troy RD #, formerly 10 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1988 at the manor. Born May 9, 1894 in Proctor, Lycoming County, he was the son of Elmer and Della McHenry Guinter. He was retired as a fireman for the Holmes Lumber Company in Canton. Surviving are four daughters, Velma Campbell of Canton RD 1; Mrs. Lewis (Marcella) Packard of Canton; Mrs. James (Eileen) Saginario of Elmira, N.Y.; Mrs. William (Shirley) Landon of Canton; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Mrs. Bess Wilcox of Canton. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Guinter, Oct. 5, 1963; two grandsons, Victor Saginario, December 1986; and A. Ray Campbell, Dec. 25, 1988. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 1988 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. James Saginario, his grandson, officiating. Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. –Towanda Daily Review.
GUINTER – MRS. VELMA E. CAMPBELL. 77. Velma E. Campbell 77, of Canton RD 1 died Monday, April 22, 1991, at the Troy Community Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Campbell was born on Nov. 19, 1913, at Proctor, Lycoming County, Pa., a daughter of Ray E. and Dorothy Casselberry Guinter. Velma was employed at the former Belmar Manufacturing, the former W. W. Gleckner and Sons Company, and the Swayze Folding Box Company, all of Canton. She retired in the early 1960s. Surviving are a daughter, Jean, a son-in-law, Don and grandson, Donny Blazer, with whom she lived; two granddaughters, Maren and Alison Campbell of Canto; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Campbell, Canton; three sisters, Mrs. Lewis (Marcella) Packard of Canton, Mrs. Eileen Saginario of Elmira and Mrs. William Shirley) Landon of Canton; nieces, nephews and cousins; very dear friends, Mrs. Jeanne Schoonover, Mrs. Kathie Stone and Mrs. Dawn Rockwell, all of Canton RD 1. Mrs. Campbell was predeceased by her husband, Harley E. Campbell on Feb. 2, 1984, and her son, A. Ray Campbell on Dec. 25, 1988. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 1991, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Richard Leonard, pastor of the Grover United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, -Towanda Daily Review
DEAN C. HARTFORD, 64, of Troy RR 1 died Tuesday morning, June 24, 1997, at home while surrounded by his loving family. Dean was born Nov. 22, 1932 in Sayre. He was one of 10 children born to the late James S. and Lila N. Leonard Hartford. Dean received his drafting degree from Williamsport Area Community College. He was a dedicated employee of Schrader Bellows Valve, Canton, as a toolmaker for 37 years. Dean loved life and possessed many friends. He enjoyed hunting with his family and spending weekends at the family cabin. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Shunk: the Labor Union Local No. 1190; and the Canton Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 429. On June 13, 1953, he married the former Delores Frey in the Shunk United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Delores at home; and daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Paul Stalker of Tioga, Pa., and Deana and Tim Williams of Canton; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Laurie Hartford of Intercourse, Pa.; grandchildren and their spouses. Matt and Angie Hartford, Greg Williams and his fiancee, Julie Fitzwater, Chris and Jeanie Williams, Shane M. Hartford , Kansas, Williams and Adam Bastion; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Hickok of Hawaii; seven brothers and sisters-in-law; Reed and Janice, and Lawrence and Neva, all of Shunk. James Jr. and Mary of Canton, Dale and Pat of Alba, Earl and Sandy and Harland and Connie, all of Canton, and Alan (Punk) Williams, also of Canton; his mother-in-law, Marion Frey of Shunk; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Hartford of Canton and Ora Hartford of Roaring Branch, Pa; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen Hartford in Aug. 1989, and Robert (Bob) Hartford, in December 1996 and a father-in-law, Kenneth Frey, in February 1993. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 1997 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The Canton Moose Lodge will conduct a memorial service at 8:30 p.m. A private viewing for family members will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. James Weibley, pastor of the Shunk United Methodist Church, officiating, and the Rev. Richard Leonard assisting. Interment will be held at the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to Memorial Hospital Hospice. –Towanda Daily Review.
GEORGE W. HARTUNG, 87, a former resident of Canton RD 1, died at the Orchard Manor Odd Fellows Home in Grove City, RD 3, Pa. on Friday, July 2, 1982, following a long illness. He was a former farmer and dairyman and was born in Lincoln Falls, Elkland Twp., Sullivan County on Nov. 25, 1894, a son of August and Caroline Klauser Hartung. The family moved to Canton about 1919 and Mr. Hartung worked on the farm and later with Hartung Dairy for nearly 39 years. He was elected secretary of the Canton Township School District Board in 1932 and retained that office until the Tri-County Joint School District was formed. He was a 60 year member of the Grange, belonging locally to Beech Flats and later Minnequa Granges. Mr. Hartung served in many offices, including master, and on the Pamoma executive committee, which he was a member of. He was also a 50 year member of National Grange, where he gained many friends. He was a member of Canton Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 321 and he and his late wife, Helyn F. Hartung, were active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, now the Canton Ecumenical Parish. Mrs. Hartung died April 27, 1971 after a marriage of 52 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Doris G. Shulzabarger of Waynesburg, Pa. and Mrs. Frances Skillman of Rochester, N.Y/ five grandchildren; tow great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Marguerite DeLaney of Sayre, Mrs. Emma Hill of Elmira and Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Crimbring of Canton RD 1; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A brother, the late Dr. Howard Hartung of Sayre, predeceased him several years ago. A memorial service will be conducted at the Canton Ecumenical Parish on Tuesday, July 20, at 1:30 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover, and the Rev. George Shulzabarger, son-in-law of Mr. Hartung. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. Memorials may be directed to the Orchard Manor Odd Fellows Home, Grover City. Local arrangements are by the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.
GEORGE WILLIAM HARTUNG, 87, a former resident of Canton RD 1, died at the Orchard Manor Odd Fellows Home in Grove City, RD 3, PA, on July 2, 1982. He was a former farmer and dairyman, and was born in Lincoln Falls, Elkland Twp., on Nov. 25, 1894, a son of August and Caroline Klauser Hartung. The family moved to Canton about 1915, and Mr. Hartung worked on the farm and later with Hartung Dairy for nearly 35 years. He was elected secretary of the Canton Twp. School District Board in 1932, and retained that office until the Tri-County Joint School District was formed. He was a 60-year member of the Grange, belonging locally to Beech Flats, and later Minnequa Grange. Mr. Hartung served in many offices, including master, and on the Pomona executive committee, of which he was a member. He was also a 50-year member of the National Grange. He was a member of Canton Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 321 and he and his late wife Helen F. Hartung were active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, now the Canton Ecumenical Parish. Mrs. Hartung died April 27, 1971 after a marriage of 52 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Doris G. Shulzabarger of Waynesburg, PA; and Mrs. Frances Skillman of Rochester, NY; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Marguerite DeLaney of Sayre, Mrs. Emma Hill of Elmira, and Mrs. Elizabeth Crimbring of Canton RD 1; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held in Canton on July 13. Officiating were the Rev. Wilma Barker Hoose, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover, and the Rev. George Shulzabarger, son-in-law of Mr. Hartung. Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HATHERILL - Lewis H. Hatherill, 61 Woodland Avenue, proprietor of a restaurant at Middlebury Center, died Monday, Nov. 8, 1965, at his home. He was 46. Surviving are his wife, Edith; a son, Richard of Syracuse, NY; three daughters, Mrs. Jarry Guadagno of Middlebury Center, Mrs. Donald Rubado of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Patrick Smith, also of Syracuse; his mother, Mrs. Mary Hatherill of Wellsboro; a brother, Ross, of Canton, and nine grandchildren. The funeral was Wednesday at Morse's, Canton with burial in Beech Flats Cemetery. The Rev. Bruce W. Porter officiated. - Wellsboro Gazette, November 11, 1965
The sudden death of Mr. Lewis Hatherill, proprietor of the Country Plaza
Restaurant, came as a great shock to the residents of Niles Valley on Monday
morning November 8th. We take this opportunity to express deepest sympathy to
Mrs. Hatherill and her family. - Wellsboro Gazette, Nov. 11, 1965
HAWKINS -MRS. AGNES M. BRASS, 83, 151 Troy St., Canton, died December 7, 1976 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda Tuesday evening. She was born in Canton, May 5, 1893, a daughter of Charles and Johannah Betterman Hawkins. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canton and the widow of Samuel Brass, who died in 1960. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Leon (Catherine) English of Canton, and Mrs. Harold (Marie) Bartlett of Tioga, Pa; two sons, Kenneth with whom she resided, and James Brass of S. Williamsport, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Theresa Griswold, of Honesdale, Pa., several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Friday at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Paul Baier, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HEATER – Milford G. Heater Sr., 85, of Sherwood Manor, Mansfield died Thursday, May 18, 1989, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy. Born March 16, 1904, in Rutland Township, he was the son of Charles and Anna Seeley Heater. He retired from the Kennedy Valve Corp in Elmira, NY after 20 years of service. Surviving are his wife, Madelyn Heater of Mansfield; two sons, Milford Jr. of Lawrenceville and Wilford of Millerton; eight daughters, Mrs. Erma Mitchell of Mansfield, Mrs. Bernice Heck of Eastlake, Ohio, Mrs. Norma Baker of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Velma Bailey of Avenal, NJ, Mrs. Ruth Powlison of Wellsboro, Miss Joyce Heater of Mosherville, Mrs. Sherry Miller of Elmira, NY, and Mrs. Janet Tripp of Millerton; a sister, Mrs. Gladys Wood of Mansfield; two brothers, Judson of Buffalo, NY and Melvin of Mansfield; 30 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Sunday, May 21, at the Scureman Funeral Home in Mansfield. The Rev. Donald Newkirk, pastor of Lambs Creed Bible Church officiated. Burial was made in Beach Flats Cemetery, Canton
HEINZE –ANNA F. WRIGHT, 84, of Granville Summit died March 3, 1985 at the troy Community Hospital. Mrs. Wright was born Sept. 9, 1900 in Elkland Township, Sullivan County, the daughter of Christian and Maude White Heinze. She was a member of the E. Canton United Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons, Charles Wright of Corning, California and Ernest Wright of Granville Summit; two daughters, Mrs. Dean (Beatrice) Hall of Yuba City, California and Mrs. John (Evelyn) Hinderliter of Canton RD 2; 14 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Harry Heinze of Estella; a sister, Mrs. Lena Brown of Williamsport. Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Mrs. Wright was predeceased by her husband, Walter, in 1952. She was also predeceased by two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Wednesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Mercy Kasambira, pastor of the E. Canton United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Larry Clark of Montandon United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.
LOUIS F. HELLRICH, 89. Louis F. Hellrich, 89, 29 Elm St. Canton, died Friday at the Robert Packer Hospital. Mr. Hellrich was born in Brooklyn, New York, a son of Henry and Katharine Talmon Hellrich. Mr. Hellrich was a retired toolmaker for the IBM Corporation, Endicott, N.Y. and a member of the Canton F.&AM Lodge #415. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Layton (Alice) Loudon of Endicott, N.Y.; a son, Arthur Hellrich of Glen Rock, N.J.; 3 stepdaughters, Mrs. Frank (Madeline) Tillotson of Canton RD 1, Mrs. William (Alice) Packard of Dansville, N.Y., and Mrs. William (Doris) Hurley of Blossburg, Pa.; 2 stepsons, Harry Mott of New Brunswick, N.J. and Stephen Mott of Easton, Pa.; r grandchildren, and 13 step great-grandchildren. Interment will be at the Beach Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. Friends may call on Sunday from 3-5 and 7-9. Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Community Nursing Association in Mr. Hellrich’s memory. (Born 11 OCT 1892, died 7 JAN 1982) –Towanda Daily Review.
HESS L. HEMENWAY, 92, In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 11, 1999, Hess Lawson Hemenway was called to his heavenly home while convalescing at his residence just outside of Grover. He was 92 years of age. Born June 13, 1907, on a farm in Ellenton Mountain, he was the sixth of seven children in the family of James W. and Elvira D. (Williams) Hemenway. Along with is four brothers and two sisters, he attended the schoolhouse at Yorktown, McNett Township, and worked the family farm. Though much of his childhood was all work and not play, his father made sure that at least once a year the family would trek down to Rock Run for a day of fishing, ultimately returning home with a bushel of trout. These fishing expeditions implanted in Hess’ heart a passion for the sport and years later he would travel to Canada, where he and his party would be air-lifted into a remote region for a week of fishing, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Besides farming, Hess’ main vocation was carpentry. He was well-known as a skilled builder of homes and barns. And he did it without the aid of power tools. Once, when a sagging barn floor needed a new support beam, Hess went out into the woods, singled out a particular hemlock, felled it, skidded it to the work site and hewed it by hand before setting it in place under the floor. He was a man with a true pioneer spirit and in the years following his retirement he found pleasure in things like cutting firewood and building fieldstone retaining walls where they were needed. Hess had a deep and abiding faith in the Lord. He was baptized at the Canton Church of Christ by the Rev. Gilbert and there he was united in holy matrimony in August 1930 with his boyhood neighbor and life long soulmate, the former Rosemary Wright. Together they shared 68 years and the joy of a family until her passing in November of 1998. Hess was not a man given to pretenses. It mattered not what kind of car he drove or what kind of house he had. What mattered was being able to make a difference in a child’s life. That is something which he accomplished over and over again with innumerable children both in and outside of his family. When the end came, many of those whom he touched were at his side. Hess is survived by his sons, Roy (and Geraldine) Hemenway of Wellsboro and Wesley (and Deborah) Hemenway of Iowa; a daughter, Joyce (and Roger) Shultz of Grover; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Services will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Brasser, pastor of the Open Bible Church of Johnson City, N.Y. officiating. Interment will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.
HAROLD LAVERNE HESS - On the afternoon of Saturday, March 10, 2007, Canton-area resident Harold Laverne Hess was suddenly and unexpectedly called to his Heavenly Home. He was 56 years of age. Born in Lancaster, Pa., on July 6, 1950, he was the son of Harold H. and Verna Ruth (Brubaker) Hess. On July 31, 1971, he married Judy Swartzentruber. Together they raised four sons and one daughter. At the time of his passing, Laverne was an HVAC technician and service manager for Groff's Heating and Air Conditioning, located in Grover. Laverne enjoyed reading, gardening, and especially singing for the Lord. While living in Lancaster he sang with a gospel quartet. He was a man with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was an active member of the Canton Mennonite Church, having served as congregational chairman. He had also served as a board member of the former Son Shine School in Canton. Laverne also was a devoted family man who enjoyed the precious moments that he shared with his wife, children and grandchildren. One might say that his hobby was helping others, for he was always among the first to volunteer his services whenever the need arose. Laverne is survived by his wife, Judy Hess, at home; sons, Matthew J. and Angela Hess of East Canton, Mark J. and Philip B. Hess of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Benjamin R. Hess, at home; daughter, Caroline J. and Chesen Frey of Colorado Springs; seven grandchildren, Pearl, Connor, Tamara, Marissa and Joshua Hess and Kyrie and Kiersten Frey; mother, Verna Hess of New Providence, Pa.; brothers, Caleb D. and Karen Hess of Ulster, and Quentin B. and Jane Hess, of Edgar, Wis.; sisters, Mary Lois and Marvin Clay of Mt. Airy, Md., Edna Jane and Larry Drawbond of Sparta, Wis. and Ella Ruth and Roger King of Mt. Pleasant Mills, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Hess. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Canton Mennonite Church, corner of Union and Center streets, Canton, Pa., and again from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the church with the Rev. Douglas Graybill officiating. Interment will follow in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Canton Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 43, Canton, Pa. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review 3/14/2007
DONALD L. HICKOK, 61, of 546 McDowell Place, Elmira, N.Y., died Thursday, May 3, 1990, at the Arnot-Ogden Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Mary Fahs Hickok; his mother, Mollie Wetherbee Hickok of Grover; daughters and sons-in-law; Diane and William Norton of Fairfax, Va., Marilyn and Jay Quick of Madera, Ga., and James and Patrick Kelly of Corning; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his brother, Charles, in 1978 and his father, Glenn, in 1988. He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Grover. He was a member of the Old Oak Lodge No. 364, F. and A.M., Horseheads, a member and past monarch of the Chashmere Grotto and member of American Legion Post No. 154 of Elmira Heights. He devoted 37 years of service to I.B.M. He also served with the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. The funeral service was held Sunday, May 6, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover. The Rev. Richard Leonard officiated. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.
FRED T. HICKOK, 66 of Beech Flats, Canton Township, Pa., formerly of Elmira Saturday, July 18, 1953. Survived by wife, Mrs. Edna Hickok; daughter, Mrs. Richard Campbell of Elmira; brother, Frank Hickok of Geneva, Fla.; five grandchildren. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. where friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. and where funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Owen Barrett, pastor of East Canton Methodist Church. Beech Flats Cemetery. –Elmira Star-gazette 7/20/1953
GLEN W. HICKOK, 94, of Grover died April 9, 1988, at his home. He was born March 5, 1894, at Canton Township, Bradford County, the son of Charles and Ruby Fitzwater Hickok. Mr. Hickok retired in 1974. He was a farmer and mechanic and was also employed at the former Grover milk plant, and was a truck driver for over 20 years. Mr. Hickok was the oldest member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover, and a World War I army veteran. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mollie Wetherbee Hickok. The couple were married June 18, 1918. He is also survived by a son, Donald L. Hickok, Elmira; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Lettie VanFleet, Athens; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Morse and Kleese Funeral Home. The funeral service was held Monday from St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover, with the Rev. Richard D. Leonard, his pastor, officiating. Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the St. John’s United Methodist Church memorial fund in Mr. Hickok’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel
HICKOK -LETTIE L. VANFLEET, 91, Athens RD 2, died at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, April 6, 1991. Mrs. VanFleet was born in Canton April 29, 1888, a daughter of Charlie and Ruby Fitzwater Hickok. She was a member of the Athens United Methodist Church and a 77 year member of the Diahoga Grange of East Athens. Mrs. VanFleet is survived by one son, Walton, Athens RD 2; four grandchildren, Dean VanFleet, Fremont, CA, Kay VanFleet, Sayre, Mrs. Gale Burton, Johnson City, NY, and Mrs. Rita O’Hara, Sayre; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Will, in 1984. The funeral service was held at the Lowery Funeral Home, Athens, Wednesday, with the Rev. Howard Hockenberry, pastor of the Athens United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton. Memorial donations may be sent to the Athens United Methodist Church or the charity of one’s choice. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HICKOK - CAMPBELL
Nedra On the morning of Saturday, February 11th, 2006, former Canton resident Nedra (Hickok) Campbell died quietly at the Green Home in Wellsboro. She was 88 years of age. Born in Canton on February 15th, 1917, she was the daughter of Fred Tracy Hickok and Edna Mae (Worden) Hickok. Nedra was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1935. One day while she was out walking near Rt. 14, a young man on a road construction crew began to flirt with her. He persuaded Nedra to attend a barn dance with him in Big Pond. This was the start of a beautiful romance, and on May 25th, 1936, Nedra and C. Richard Campbell were united in marriage. Together they raised a son and four daughters and would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this year. Mrs. Campbell was a devoted wife and mother, well known for her expertise in the kitchen. She was famous for her dark chocolate cake which, according to her family, no one has been able to duplicate. Eventually her culinary skills became well known outside of her home. She ran a restaurant in Elmira for several years and later worked in the lunchroom of the Millerton Elementary School, where she was lovingly known as "Grandma" to the students. She also served as head of the nun's dining room at St. Joseph's Hospital. In her free time Mrs. Campbell enjoyed ceramics, flower gardening, sewing and crocheting, and made baby quilts for each of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling with Senior Citizen groups. She was a woman with a deep abiding faith in the Lord and was a member of the Daggett United Methodist Church and Daggett Fan Club. She also had been a member of the Lawrenceville Rebekkahs. Nedra lived to enjoy the fellowship of five generations of her family, taking pride of her many achievements over the years. She will be remembered as a strong, decidedly independent woman, one who would rather do for herself than to burden others. She is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Dick Campbell; son, Dale (Connie) Campbell, both of Daggett; daughters, Deronda (Robert) Bieri of Lawrenceville, Joyce Jones of Daggett, Daphna (Harold) Watkins of Orlando, FL, Audrey (Eddie) Watkins of Tioga; grandchildren, Julie Ann Southard, Janice Satterlee, Lloyd Bieri, Charles (Michelle) Campbell, Pamela (Rob) Davis, Daniel (Kim) Jones, Brian (Dolly) Jones, Kenneth (Lori) Jones, Jeffery Jones, Michael (Tammy) Golden, Katina (Jeff) Truesdale, Lisa (James) McCall; 45 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; special nieces, Doris Ann Mallare and Marie Merker; special nephew, Jerome Wynne; special friend, Pauline in Michigan; and special companion, her cat, Little Bits. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Alan; and a brother, Zane Hickok. Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 14th, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Services will follow at 3 p.m. with retired Pastor Jasper Smith officiating. Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp.
ZANE HICKOK, the 19 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hickok, suffered fatal injuries last Friday evening, when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car operated by Mrs. Floyd Schaffenaker, at the corner of Minnequa Avenue and South Avenue. Young Hickok was removed to the Williamsport Hospital, where he was found to have a fractured leg, a skull fracture and several serious cuts. He expired early on Saturday Sept. 23, 1939. With young Hickok, on the motorcycle, was Ronald Colton, also 19 years of age. He was not seriously injured. Mrs. Schaffenaker was not seriously injured, although badly shaken. The Schaffenaker car was not badly damaged but the motorcycle was demolished. The funeral of Zane Hickok was held Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. Earl Sidler, of the Baptist Church officiating, and interment was made in the Beech Flats Cemetery. –Sept. 28, 1939 Canton Independent Sentinel.
JOHN M. HINDERLITER, 82, OF Canton RR 2, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1997, at his home. Born one of 13 children on June 3, 1915 in Ringtown, Pa., he was a son of the late Melvin John and Haddy Confer Hinderliter. As a young man,, John worked with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp.) in New Jersey and New York as a truck driver and dozer operator. He traveled through the United States during the Great Depression and enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during WWII. John later owned and operated a furniture moving business in Atlantic City, N.J. until moving to the Canton area in 1967. John and his wife, Evelyn, operated a small farm outside of East Canton. They sold produce to friends and neighbors for several years. John was an avid reader, largely self-educated and owned a large collection of books on the American West. A life-long hunter, fisherman and NRA member, he was never happier than when he was outdoors. He was a self-proclaimed “wood butcher,” enjoyed working with his hands and was a great handyman and jack-of-all-trades. John was a great conversationalist. He loved to laugh and enjoyed few things better than a tall tale, either telling it or hearing it. Most of all, John was a good friend, father and husband. He was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Wright Hinderliter, at home; a son, Hal Hinderliter and a son and daughter-in-law. John and Sharon Hinderliter, all of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Celeste Troy of Bloomsburg, Pa., Pearl Mong of Absecon, N.J.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Hinderliter was preceded in death by a son, David Hinderliter, nine sisters and his only brother. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. The funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating. Interment will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp., Pa. The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Green Free Library, Canton in Mr. John Hinderliter’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review.
RYAN DEAN HOLMES, 17, of Canton died tragically on Tuesday evening, July 23, 2002, as the result of an automobile accident in Troy Township. Born on July 18, 1985, in Towanda, he was the son of Ed and Lynn Good Holmes. Ryan attended Canton Area High School and was an all-around athlete, playing football, baseball and basketball. He was a very special young man with a good and kind heart. Ryan was dearly loved and will be forever missed by his loving family and wonderful friends. Surviving are: his parents, Eddie and Lynn Holmes of Canton; a brother and sister, Reese Holmes and Rachel Holmes, both at home; his maternal grandparents, Dean and Donna Good of Canton; a paternal grandmother, Nancy Love of Canton; beloved aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends. Ryan’s paternal grandfather, Richard “Dick” Love, predeceased him on March 26, 1997. The family invites friends to call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will be held at the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating. A private burial will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery. The family will provide flowers. Memorials in Ryan’s name may be directed to the Canton Tomahawk Booster Club, in care of RR 1, Box 48A, Canton, Pa. 17724. –Towanda Daily Review.
CLIFFORD C. HORTON, SR., 86, Grover, formerly a long-time resident of Roaring Branch RR 1, died early September 18, 1997 at the Robert Packer Hospital, following a brief period of illness. Born March 3, 1911 in Chemung Co., he was the son of the late Orin and Grace Riddell Horton. Mr. Horton was one of a class of seven that graduated from the East Smithfield High School in 1929. On July 18, 1932, he married the former Millie Adams in East Smithfield, with whom he celebrated 65 years of loving marriage. He worked various jobs through out his life. Most recently, he was employed by the former Robbins Construction Co. in Troy as a carpenter, retiring in 1975. Mr. Horton was a veteran of WWII and served in the US Navy with the LST 727 Landing Barge. He was very active and devoted member of the Grover Church of Christ. He was an elder emeritus of the church and taught Sunday School for many years. In earlier years he was an avid hunter. He enjoyed the friendship of cats, working in his flower garden and solving crossword Puzzles. Surviving are his wife, Millie of the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Lewis Schanbacher, Canton RR 2; four sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred and Charlotte Horton, East Cameron Mills, NY, James and Pauline Horton, Canton RR 2, Bradley and Shron Horton, Canton RR 1, Clifford (Calvin) Jr., and Joan Horton, Montoursville, PA, daughter, Grace Gant, Rock Hill, SC, 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Florence Hammond, Pinellas Park, FL; stepbrother, Roy Sargeant, Smithfield, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ina Jobe in 1954, and a half-brother, Guy Horton in 1962. The funeral and committal service was held September 21 at the Grover Church of Christ, with his pastor Rev. Willard Strunk and Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the North Union Church, officiating. Interment will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The family suggests memorials may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ Memorial Fund, Grover in Mr. Horton’s memory. Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HORTON -MRS. MINIE R. BEST DIED July 12, 1938 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Z. L. Carl in Pine City at the age of 68. She was the widow of the late William A. Best, and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Carl of Pine City and one son, James, of Canton; also eight grandchildren. She was a member of the East Canton Methodist church and of the Beech Flats Grange. The remains were brought to the Preston funeral home on Minnequa Avenue, and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon in the East Canton Methodist church. Burial was made in Beech Flats cemetery. Rev. Elroy VanDyke was the officiating clergyman, assisted by Rev. Floyd Morris. (Parents: Edward S. and Julia McKean Blackwell Horton)
ROBERT C. HUNTER, 63, Ralston died February 3, 1994 in the emergency room of the Williamsport Hospital. Born September 5, 1930, in Ralston, he was a son of Robert A. and Mary Wingo Hunter. A 1966 graduate of the former Williamsport Technical Institute, he was owner/operator of the Robert C. Hunter Office Machine Repair Shop; a member of the Canton Moose Lodge; a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club; and a member of the Ralston United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife the former Minnie L. Oliver, with whom he observed their 40th wedding anniversary last October 11; two sons, Robert D. of Middletown and Frank C. at home; four daughters, Cheryl A. Moore, Debra K. Sechrist and Sherry L. Hughes, all of Ralston and Rosa M. Hartford, Shunk; three brothers, Richard A. and Ward M. both of Williamsport and Donald L., Amarillo, TX; a sister, Rebecca Wright of Cogan Station, 19 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held February 5 from the Maneval’s Funeral Home, Williamsport, with the Rev. Phyllis A. Hunter, his pastor, officiating. Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.
HARRY J. HURLBURT, 84, of Troy RD 2 died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1985 at his home. He was born Feb. 24, 1901 in Columbia Township, Bradford County, Pa. the son of John and Anna Wood Hurlburt. He was a member of E. Troy United Methodist Church and was a member of the Troy Senior Citizens and played in the kitchen band. Mr. Hurlburt was employed with the Troy Engine Machine Company and the Troy American Silk Label Company. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Hurlburt is survived by his wife, Ada Hurlburt; sons, Lewis Hurlburt of Troy, Dennis Hurlburt of Troy RD, Sam Hurlburt of Troy RD, DeWayne Hurlburt of Plant City, Fla., daughter, Hildreth Austic of Canton; stepson, Frank Morgan of Clintonville, Wisconsin; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Thigpen officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. Memorials may be directed to the charity of one’s choice/ -Towanda Daily Review.
HARRY J. HURLBURT
Age 84, of RD 2, Troy, Pa., Wednesday, October 16, 1985 at home. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Pa. Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Saturday 2 p.m., Rev. Edward Thigpen officiating. Burial Beech Flats Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to charity of one’s choice. Survived by wife, Ada Hurlburt;sons Lewis Hurlburt of Troy, Dennis Hurlburt of RD 1, Troy, and E. E. Sam Hurlburt of RD 3, Troy, DeWayne of Plant City, FL; daughter Hildreth Austic of Canton, Pa.; stepson, Frank Morgan of Clintonville, WI; 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-granddaughters. He was member of East Troy United Methodist Church, Troy Senior Citizens; employed with Troy Engine Machine Co. and Troy American Silk Label. Also, he was a retired farmer.