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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries - Page Four of Five

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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by Joyce M. Tice

Beech Flats Cemetery Listing

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com) 

 

 

DEAN E. SMITH 85, well-known resident of the Canton, Pa., area, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006.  Born on June 5, 1921, at the family home in Canton, Dean was one of seven children born to the late Harry Dean and Alta Mae (Crofut) Smith.  He was a 1941 graduate of Canton High School and proudly served our country during World War II with the U.S. Army's 42nd Infantry.  On Dec. 9, 1945, Dean married the former Margaret Abbott.  They were blessed with more than 60 wonderful years together and raised eight children.  Dean was a talented handy man and possessed a strong work ethic all his life. For many years he was self-employed in the plumbing, heating and electrical fields.  In 1995 at the age of 74, Dean "semi-retired" and remained active until his death.  He was a member of the NRA and Towanda Creek Water Shed Association, and a life member of Canton's V.F.W. Post No. 714, and enjoyed attending East Canton United Methodist Church.  Dean was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He liked to visit with friends and neighbors, and always was ready with a good story or joke to brighten their day.  An avid reader, Dean also enjoyed times spent fishing and hunting.  In addition to his beloved wife, Marge, surviving are four sons, Evangelist Eric (Beverly) Smith of Maysville, Ky., Edward (Roberta) Smith of Waverly, N.Y., Mylo Smith of Canton and Rex (Mary Beth) Smith of Burnsville, Minn.; four daughters, Anita (John) Woodward of East Canton, Etta Jean (Gary) Kendall of Elkins, W.Va., Caroline Jones of Pittsburgh and Betsey Granger of Norfolk, Va.; seven grandchildren, Tina Gillis-Johnson, Shiela Smith, Dean Johnson, Stacy Robinson, Thom Kendall, Clark Kendall and Andrew Granger; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Mavis Maresca of Staten Island; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.  He was predeceased by five siblings, Ann Pelton, Winona Smith, Elton, Sidney and Harry Smith Jr.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening and 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral service will follow on Friday, Sept. 15, with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Dean's name to East Canton United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, RR 1 Box 73, Canton, Pa. –Towanda Daily Review

 

SMITH Earl Smith

Earl Smith, 53, of Wheelerville, Pa., formerly of the Grover area, died at home on July 21, 2012.  Earl Frederick was born on December 5, 1958 in Troy, Pa. He was the son of the late Sidney F. and Christine (Fitzwater) Smith. Earl's first seven years were days spent learning and exploring on the family's dairy farm near Wheelerville. During the next four years, the Smith family moved with father while he worked for several farms as a Dairy Herdsman. After his father's death in 1970, the family moved back to Canton. As a teenager, Earl worked on area farms and mowed Grover Cemetery. He graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1978 and attended Tech at Williamsport Area Community College for welding. On July 29, 1978, Earl married the former Lou Ann Avery at the Grover Church of Christ.  In the 1980s Earl was able to pursue his dream of employment as a Horse Farrier. He not only loved working with horses but also making many friends along the way.  Earl loved God, his family and all of God's creation. He was an active member and Deacon of the Grover Church of Christ. Earl will be remembered as a knowledgeable man; a horseman and a hunter. Sometimes a scientist and veterinarian type, Earl was a "human dictionary" regarding the genealogy of the family's horse and dog lineages.   Surviving are his wife Lou Ann; two children Kristine (Jason) Victory of Wyalusing and Shane (Judy) Smith of Canton; four grandchildren Lauren, Dayna and Bryce Victory and Shayna Smith; three step-grandchildren, Kenny, Danielle and Gabrielle Bohner; three siblings Eva (Charles) Bower of Montoursville, Sidney Smith of Massachusetts and Sally Smith Ault and special friend Robert Leibig of Delaware; a nephew and two nieces Jason and Ariel Bower and Ashley Ault; his mother-in-law Virginia (Kenneth) MacDonald of Canton; a special brother-in-law Ronald Swimley of Gillett and many cousins.  In addition to Earl's parents, he was predeceased by his father-in-law, Floyd Avery.  Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Grover Church of Christ. His pastor, Will Strunk, will officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Beech Flats Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers and suggest those who wish make a memorial to Grover Church of Christ, P.O. Box 83, Grover, PA 17763 in Earl's name.  Towanda Daily Review – July 23, 2012

 

HARRY D. SMITH, 81, OF 14 West Main Street, Canton, Pa., was found dead in his apartment Wednesday morning, Mr. Smith had been in ill health for some time.  He was born in McNett Township, Lycoming Co., on March 6, 1901, a son of Elishua A. and Anna M. Packard Smith.  He was a retired laborer and farmer.  He attended the Wheelerville Mennonite Church and was a member of the Canton Senior Citizens.   He was survived by two sons, Dean E. Smith of Canton RD 1, and Harry Smith, Jr. of Millport, N.Y.; two daughters, Mrs. George (Mavis) Maresca of Staten Island, N.Y., Mrs. Wesley (Ann) Pelton, of Pottsville, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great grand-children; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Mr. Smith was predeceased by his late wife Mrs. Alta Crofut, who died Oct. 23, 1978; a daughter, Winona Smith, who died in 1970; two sons, Sidney Smith who died in 1970, and Alton Smith in 1936.  Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday at 2 p.m. with pastor Douglas Graybill officiating.  Burial will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township. –Towanda Daily Review 5 May 1982.

 

SMITH –Honey Ann Pelton, 54, Pottsville, PA, died March 6, 1992, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Pottsville, after being stricken at home.  She was formerly from Canton.  Mrs. Pelton was born December 5, 1937, in Blossburg, the daughter of Harry D. and Alta May Crofut Smith.  She was a homemaker; a 1955 graduate of Estella High School; and a member of the Palo Alto Mennonite Church, Pottsville.  Surviving are her husband of 36 years, Westley H. Pelton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean and Margaret Smith, Canton RD 1, and Harry D. and Nellie Smith, Jr., Millport, NY; one sister and brother-in-law, Mavis and George Maresca, Staten Island, NY; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Christine Smith, Granville Summit; nieces, nephews and cousins.  Buried Beech Flats Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MISS WINONA E. SMITH
 CANTON--The funeral was today for Miss Winona E. Smith, 58, formerly of Shunk, who died Saturday, Nov. 18, 1978, in Danville State Hospital following an extended illness. Born May 17, 1920, at Canton, she was a daughter of Harry D. and Alta May Crofutt Smith. Surviving are her father, of Shunk; two sisters, Mrs. Mavis Morresco, of Staten Island, NY, and Mrs. Ann Pelton, of Pottsville; two brothers, Harry Smith Jr, of Millport, NY, and Dean E. Smith, of Canton RD 1. Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery, Beech Flats.  The Rev. Douglas Graybill, pastor of Wheelerville Mennonite Church, officiated.

FRANK SNELL died Saturday, June 14, 1924 at his home at Lake Nepahwin of heart disease, he was 56 years old.  He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Laninger of Laquin and a number of brothers and sisters.  The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon in charge of the Rev. R. J. Cornish from his late home and interment was made in Beech Flats Cemetery.

SNELL –Mrs. Mabel Laninger, age 69, of Canton died Friday evening Jan. 29, 1960 while enroute to the Roy Community Hospital in an ambulance.  She had been ill for about a week.  Mrs. Laninger had been an employee of the Eclipse Machine Co., Elmira, for 12 years.  Surviving are four daughters: Miss Frances Laninger, Mrs. Martin Mott and Mrs. Albert Allen all of Canton, and Mrs. J. P. Raub of Sylvania; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. Richard Tillapaugh, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiated and interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Parents:  Franklin J. and Laura E. Camp Snell, born Aug. 18, 1890)

FRANCIS ‘DEAN’ SPENCER, 67, of Cogan Station, formerly of South Branch and Canton, died early Thursday morning, Aug. 29, 1996, at the Sycamore Manor in Montoursville following an extended illness.  Dean was born May 23, 1929, in Beech Flats, Pa.  He was a son of Elizabeth “Bess” Preston Spencer and the late Jesse Spencer.  Mr. Spencer served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict.  He was a member of the Hepburn Baptist Church, Cogan Station.  In earlier years, Dean was employed by Williamsport Produce and K&W Tire in Williamsport.  He later retired from the Masonite Corp. in Towanda after 25 years of service.   Dean held life-time memberships in the Innes Hose Co. of Canton, serving as fire chief in 1963, 1964 and 1965; V.F.W Post No. 384 in New Albany, serving as commander in 1991-92; and VFW Post 714 in Canton, where he served as junior commander until 1995.  When his health forced him to resign.  He also was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 429.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Trent Spencer, at home; three daughters; Pamela Walter of Martinsburg, Pa., Crystal Miller of Cogan Station and Teri Castle of Benton, Pa.; his mother, Bess Spencer of Canton; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Spencer of Mansfield, Pa.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m. at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with his pastor, the Rev. Mark M. Smith, officiating.  Interment will follow at the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp., with the Canton VFW Post No. 714 according full military honors.  The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at the funeral home with the Canton Moose Lodge conducting a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. and the Canton VFW also honoring Mr. Spencer at 8:45 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review.

CANTON – Richard S. SPENCER, 22, of Granville Summit RD 1, died Thursday Sept. 12, 1974, in Armenia Twp.Born at Elmira, N.Y., on Aug. 30, 1952, he was a son of William A. and Mildred Cole Spencer.Surviving are his parents, with whom he lived; three sisters, Misses Gheri and Darlene, both at home, and Mrs. Ralph Rathbun, of Granville Summit; and three brothers, Douglas, at home, Ronald, of Canton, and William Jr., of Granville Summit.Burial will be Beech Flats Cemetery.

RONALD DENNIS SPENCER, 53, well-known Canton resident, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at his home.  Born Dec. 23, 1946, in Elmira, N.Y., he was a son of the late William A. and Mildred Cole Spencer.  Ron graduated from the Canton Area Schools with the Class of 1964.  He attended Goldie Beacon Business School in Wilmington, Del., and then continued his education at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., receiving a bachelor of science degree in business administration.  Mr. Spencer enlisted in the U.S. Army and served our country during the Vietnam Conflict as a first lieutenant stationed at Cameron Bay, South Vietnam.  Following his honorable discharge in 1971, Ron worked briefly in Atlanta.  He then returned to Canton, where he was employed for many years at the First National Bank of Canton, where he advanced his career to chief executive officer.  Mr. Spencer was a very active member of the community.  He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ); Canton VFW Post No. 714; and the Canton Lions Club, where he served as club president in 1995.  He was also active in the former community nursing service.  Ron enjoyed the outdoors.  He loved running and working in his yard.  He enjoyed playing the bass guitar, and in the 1980s he played with “The Couriers,” a local contemporary group.  Ron will be dearly missed by his family.  His many friends and co-workers will always remember him for his quick wit and keen sense of humor.  He is survived by a son Robert William Spencer of Weymouth, Mass.; a daughter Rayna Michele Spencer of Canton; two brothers and a sister-in-law; William Jr. and Connie Spencer of Granville Summit and Douglas Spencer of Troy; three sisters and two brothers-in-law; Donna and Ralph Rathbun of Granville Summit, Darlene and Tom Blasz of Granville Summit, Cheri Spencer of Tucson, Ariz.; an aunt; Genevieve Cole of Troy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Spencer, on Sept. 12, 1974.  The family will receive friends 6 p.m. t 9 p.m. Thursday, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton.  The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), officiating.  Interment will be held in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, with military honors accorded.  Family member will provide their own flowers and suggest that memorials may be directed to the Green Free Library, Canton, The Rialto Theatre, Canton or the war memorial pool in Mr. Spencer’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

Ronald Dennis SPENCER, 53, Canton, PA, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 27, 2000 at his home.  Born December 23, 1946 in Elmira, NY he was a son of the late William A. and Mildred Cole Spencer.  Ron graduated from the Canton Area Schools,  Class of 1964 and received a BS degree in business administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the US Army.  He was employed at the First National Bank of Canton where he advanced to chief executive officer.  He was a member of Canton VFW Post No. 714 and the Canton Lions Club and attended the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).  He is survived by his son, William Spencer of Weymouth, MA; a daughter, Rayna Michele Spencer of Canton; two brothers and a sister-in-law, William Jr. and Connie Spencer of Granville Summit and Douglas Spencer of troy; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Donna and Ralph Rathbun of Grainville Summit, Darlene and Tom Blasz of Granville Summit, Cheri Spencer of Tucson, AZ; an aunt, Genevieve Cole of Troy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother Richard Spencer in 1974.  Funeral services were held June 30 at the Pepper Funeral Home in  Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, with military honors accorded.  Memorials may be directed to the Green Free Library, 14 N. Center St., Canton, PA 17724; The Rialto Theatre, 5 East Main Street, Canton, PA 17724; the War Memorial Pool, 36 S. Center St., Canton, PA 17724 in Mr. Spencer’s memory.   “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday,   July 6, 2000

WILLIAM A. “Bill”  SPENCER SR., 81, Granville Summit RR 1, died March 20, 1998 at Troy Community Hospital.  Born, May 30, 1916, in his parents’ home in Granville Summit, he was the son of the late James Allison and Helen VanFleet Spencer.  He attended Canton and Troy High Schools and the former Dickinson Seminary (Currently Lycoming College) on a football scholarship.  As a young man, he worked for a wire rope company in Williamsport.  On March 15, 1940, he married the former Mildred Cole at Mildred’s home in Gleason.  Following marriage, the young couple moved to Baltimore, MD where he was employed as a shipyard welder.  He enlisted in the US Coast Guard Merchant Marines and served his country during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1944.  Mr. and Mrs. Spencer eventually moved back to the Canton area to his father’s farm, where he assisted with the daily chores.  He later acquired his own dairy farm on Upper Mountain Road in Canton until the early 1970s.  Mr. Spencer was no stranger to hard work.  While seeing to the daily operations of his dairy farm, he worked full time at Rockwell’s Feed Mill in Canton for 25 years and also served as a substitute mail carrier.  After selling their farm, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer moved to his current residence, the Granville Summit area.  He was a talented welder and was employed by State Aggregate in Wysox and later Rinehart Construction in Corning, NY.  In later years, he worked as a self-employed welder until his retirement.  Memberships included: a 50 year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 429, Minnequa Grange No. 754, and the Wheel Inn, Roaring Branch.  He took great pride in his participation in the 1976 Bicentennial horsedrawn wagon train that started in California and passed through Troy, where he joined.  He ended in King of Prussia, Pa.  Throughout his life, he enjoyed working on the farm and attending auctions.  He held a special place in his heart for all children, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Surviving are sons and spouses, William, Jr. and Connie Spencer, Granville Summit, Ronald and Joy Spencer, Canton, and Douglas Spencer, Mt. Carmel, PA; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Ralph Rathbun, Granville Summit, Darlene and Tom Blasz, Granville, and Cheri Spencer, Tucson, Az; 11 grandchildren and spouses, Wendy (Kris) Wright, Mark (Michelle) Spencer, William L. (Angela) Spencer, Matt and Cristy Rathbun, Joshua and Timothy Blasz, Rob, Rayna and Samantha Spencer; eight great-grandchildren, Rachel, Chance, and Jed Wright, Alaysia, Shantel, and Marissa Spencer, and Vance and Macie Spencer; sister, Genevieve Cole, Troy; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Predeceasing him was his wife of 52 years. Mildred Cole Spencer, February 18, 1993; son Richard Spencer, September 12, 1974; brother, Myles Spencer.  A private interment was held in the Beech Flats Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to the Rainbow Riders, Troy in Mr. William Spencer’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

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William A. “Bill” SPENCER SR., 81, of Granville Summit RR .. PA died Friday, March 10, 1998 at Troy Community Hospital.  Bill was born on May 30, 1916 in his parents’ home in Granville Summit, Pa.  He was a son of the late James Allison and Helen VanFleet Spencer.   Bill attended canton and troy High Schools and then attended Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College) on a football scholarship.  He  and his wife, the former Mildred Cole, moved to Baltimore, MD where he was employed as a shipyard welder.  He enlisted in the US Coast Guard Merchant Marines and served during WW II until his honorable discharge in 1944.  Bill and Mildred moved back to the Canton area where he owned a dairy farm on Upper Mountain Road and worked at Rockwell’s Feed Mill and served as a substitute mail carrier.  In later years Bill worked as a self employed welder until his retirement.  Mr. Spencer was a 50-year member of the Loyal Order of … Moose, canton Lodge No. 429.  He also held memberships in the Minnequa Grange No. 754 and Wheel Inn in Roaring Branch, PA.  Bill participated in the 1976 horse drawn wagon train that started in California and passed through Troy, where he joined and ended in King of Prussia, PA.  He is survived by sons and spouses,  William Jr. and Conn.. Spencer of Granville Summit, Ronald and Joy Spencer of Canton and Douglas Spencer of Mt. Carmel, PA;  daughters and spouses Donna and Ralph Rathbun of Granville Summit, Darlene and Tom Blasz of Granville and Sheri Spencer of Tucson, AZ;  grandchildren and spouses, Wendy (Kris) Wright, Mark (Michelle) Spencer, William L. (Angela) Spencer, Matt and Cristy Rathbun Jason, Joshua and Timothy Blasz, Bob, Rayna and Samantha Spencer; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Chance and Jed Wright Alayshia, Shantel and Marissa Spencer, Vance and Macie Spencer; a sister, Genevieve Cole of Troy; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Mildred, in 199.. a son, Richard Spencer, in 1974; and a brother, Myles Spencer.  In accordance with Mr. Spencer’s request, there was no funeral service.  Arrangements were by the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton.  A private interment was held at Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the Rainbow Riders, RR 2, Troy, PA 16947 in Mr. William Spencer’s memory.   Troy Gazette Register

BRADLEY E. STANBERY, 67, of Hanover, PA, passed away on Feb. 24, 2014. Born on May 28, 1946 to the late Ray and Lola (Castle) Stanbery of Canton, PA, Bradley spent his childhood and most of his adult years in Canton. After graduating from Canton High School in 1965, Brad continued his interest in piano and organ music. He was also an avid reader and collector of books. In 2000, Bradley moved to York, PA where he resided for a couple years before settling in Hanover, PA. There he was employed by Packaging Corporation of America for 12 years and retired from that position in 2013. Brad liked the activities of the large city and traveled there when he could. Bradley was content with his life in Hanover, enjoyed people and made many friends in his workplace and community. His smile and cheerful greetings will be greatly missed. Survivors: Brother, Gerald Stanbery and wife, Shirley of Media, PA; Sister, Joan Lanning of Atlanta, GA; Sister, Betty Malerich and husband, Jerome of York, PA; Nephew, John Lanning and wife, Melanie; Niece and Nephews, Lauren, Daniel and Joshua Malerich. A memorial service will be celebrated by Bradley's family and colleagues in Hanover at a later date. A private interment will take place on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township, PA. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial in Bradley's name to Hanover Hospital Cardiac Rehab. 300 Highlands Ave. Hanover, PA.

RAY V. STANBERY, 11 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton, died early Tuesday evening, December 8, 1995 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home, Estella.  Born December 18,1911 in Boone, NC, he was a son of the late Amos and Rosa Norris Stanbery.  Mr. Stanbery attended the Faith Baptist Church, Canton, and was a former member of the East Canton United Methodist Church.  He was a well-known dairy farmer in East Canton where he owned and operated his farm for may years.  His main interests throughout life encompassed his home and family, especially his children.  He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed bowling and horseback riding.  On January 14, 1933, he married the former Lola Castle at the East Canton parsonage.  Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage.  Surviving are: his wife, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Shirley Stanbery, Media, PA; a son, Bradley Stanbery, at home; a daughter, Joan Lanning, Arlington, TX; a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Jerome Malerich, York, PA; three grandsons and a granddaughter; a sister, Maude Bartol, St. Cloud, FL; a brother, Don Stanbery, Boone, NC; a half-brother, Dwight Stanbery, Greensboro, NC; many special nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by and infant daughter, Iola; three brothers, Glen, Avery, and Howell Stanbery; two sisters, Connie Brown and Mary Stanbery.  The funeral service was held December 8 at the Pepper Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert C. Prettyman, pastor of the Faith Baptist Church officiating.  Interment was held in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jerry Stanbery, Jerome Malerich, Jon Lanning, Jack Huffman, Art Harkness, and Jere Martin Sr. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

STEVENSON –ETHEL S. RUSSELL. Formerly of Canton, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 1974 at the Mary M. Olen Clinic at Penny Farms, Fla.  She had resided at Penny Farms for several years.  She was preceded in death by husband Charles and son David of Canton.  The deceased was a member of the Canton Methodist Church and when she resided here was active in the Sunday School, Women’s Society and church activities.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clarence Stevens (Dorothy) of Fayette, Mo.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Randal Waltz, III, Jefferson City, Mo., and Wayne Stevens of Vernon, Conn.; two great grandchildren of Verner, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Charlie Gray, Canton and several nieces and nephews.  Private funeral services will be held at Beech Flats Cemetery, Rev. Dennis Reedy officiating, at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Canton United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or to the Mary M. Olen Clinic, Penny Farms, Fla. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Parents David A. and Edith Fitzwater Stevenson, born Sept. 1895.)

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STEVENSON - MRS. VELMA M. GRAY,  96, Troy RR 3, formerly of Canton, died Monday, Oct. 11, 1993, at the Bradford County Manor.  Mrs. Gray was born Aug. 22, 1897, at Canton Township, Bradford County, a daughter of Alonzo and Edith Fitzwater Stevenson. From 1925 to 1945, Mrs. Gray and her late husband, Charles, were proprietors of the West LeRoy General Store.  Her memberships included the East Canton United Methodist Church, Minnequa Grange No. 754 and Canton Senior Citizens.  She was a volunteer worker for the Canton Community Clothing Center and the Canton Hospitality House.  Survivors include three sons: Ralph W. and Willis H., both of Canton, and Donald L. of Riverside, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Pat (Mildred) VanDyke of Canton RR 1 and Mrs. Marshall (Doris) Kennedy of Horseheads; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.  Predeceasing her was her husband of 62 years, Charles D. on Jan. 30, 1979; three grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Russell.  Visitation will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m.  The funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Jeffrey Patton, her pastor, will officiate.  Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. –Towanda Daily Review.

CARL P. STONE, 79, Gleason, PA peacefully died January 16, 2000, at the Bradford County Manor, after a brief period of declining health.  Born February 4, 1920, in Gleason, he was a son of the late Walter and Edyes Nelson Stone.  As a young man, he grew up on the family’s dairy farm in Union Township and attended Canton schools.  On May 16, 1942, he married the former Doris Page in Canton.  Mr. Stone acquired his family’s dairy farm and became the third generation to see to its daily operations, in 1974, he retired from farming and started a well known area antique business, which he and his wife operated for more than 20 years.  He was a member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church in Canton and belonged to the Ogdensburg Grange No. 293 for more than 50 years.  Mr. Stone possessed a keen sense of humor and will be remembered for his nicknames that he gave to family and friends alike.  His main interest in life were his family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 57 years, are: two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Larry Wooster, Bentley Creek and Marjorie and David Tillotson, Canton, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gordie Stone, Canton, Danny and Pat Stone, Bentley Creek, and Gary “Duke” and Shirley Stone, Canton; 12 grandchildren and spouses, Jerry (Amy) Stone, Scott Stone, Lisa (Tim) Eberlin, Amanda Stone and Robbie (Tammy) Tillotson, all of Canton; Kimberly (Bernie) McCaffery, Lancaster, Curt (Kristine) Stone, Elmira, NY, Mike (Heidi) Wooster, Waverly, NY, Carla Boyd, Williamsport, Amy Stone, Raleigh, NC, Chris Stone, Troy and Doug Stone, Pittsburgh; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins; two sisters and brother-in-law, Rose and Francis Terry, Mansfield and Margaret Bryington, Corning, NY.  Mr. Stone was predeceased by brothers and sisters; daughter-in-law, Kathy Stone; and an infant granddaughter, Tammy.  The funeral service was held January 19 from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor, officiating.  Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeast PA Chapter, Kirby Health Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA or to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Stone’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

STONE –RULA F. ADAMS, 30 wife of Roy Adams died Friday, Feb. 10, 1939, en route to Williamsport from the family home in McNett Township.  She leaves her husband; five children, her parents: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stone of Gleason, Pa. five sisters, Miss Frances Stone of Wellsboro, Mrs. Hazel Wilcox of Canton, Bessie, Rose and Margaret of Gleason, brothers, Nelson of Grover, Delbert of Gleason, Dana of Canton, and Carl of Gleason.  The funeral will be held at the hem of the parents at Gleason, Sunday at 2 p.m. the Rev. LaRue Brown of Canton officiating.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.

MAX L. STOWELL, formerly of Canton, Pa., died August 27, 1998, at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, Pa.  He was born in Sayre on May 25, 1914, a son of the late Stephen and Kathryn Stowell.  Max was employed at the former Swayze Folding Box Company, and was a past captain of the Canton Fire Police.  He enjoyed playing bingo and cards, and was an avid hunter and fisherman in his younger years.  Max was a loving kind father and friend.  He is survived by his son, Kenneth (Connie) Stowell of Troy; step-sons; Robert (Kay) Patton of Canton, George (Carol) Claypool of Sayre, Glenn (Darlene) Henson of Canton, James (Cindy) Henson of Mansfield; step-daughters, Barbara (Bob) Hite of Hornbrook, Cindy West of Canton; six grandchildren, many step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren;  brothers, Elbert Stowell of Ulster, Stanley (Janet) Stowell of Unionville, Va.; several nieces and nephews.  Max was predeceased by his wife Louise (Morton) Stowell, and daughter, Maxine Wyatt.  Friends are invited to call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa., on Saturday, August 29, 1998, from 12 to 1 p.m.  The funeral service will immediately follow at the funeral home at l p.m. with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton, Pa.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Ambulance Association, 17 S. Washington St., Canton, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review.

Max L. STOWELL, 84, formerly of Canton, PA died August 27, 1998 at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda, PA.  He was born in Sayre, PA on May 25, 1914, a son of the late Stephen and Kathryn Stowell.  He was employed at the former Swayze Folding box company and was a past Captain of the Canton Fire Police.  He is survived by his son, Kenneth (Connie) Stowell of Troy, PA; step-sons, George (Carol) Claypool of Sayre, PA, Glenn (Darlene) Henson of Canton, PA, James (Cindy) Henson of Canton , PA, Timothy (Nancy) Henson of Mansfield, PA, Bob Patton of Canton, PA; step-daughters, Barbara (Bob) Hite of Hornbrook, PA and Cindy West of Canton; many step-grandchildren; brothers, Elbert Stowell of Ulster, PA, Stanley (Janet) Stowell of Unionville, VA; several nieces and nephews.  Max was predeceased by his wife, Louise (Morton) Stowell; and daughter, Maxine Wyatt.  Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home  in Canton on August 29 with the Reverend Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton, PA.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday  September 9 , 1998

CLIFFORD H. SWINGLE, 81, A resident of the Danville State Hospital, Danville, Pa., died there Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1985.  Mr. Swingle was born March 10, 1904 in Shunk, Sullivan County, Pa., a son of John and Rose Fitzwater Swingle.  Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Case of Troy RD 1, Mrs. Katherine Smith of Elmira and Mrs. Henrietta Beech of Athens.  Also surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral and committal service will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Richard Beech, pastor of Linden Methodist Charge, officiating.  Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  –Towanda Daily Review.

HAROLD R. ‘TOPPY’ SWINGLE, 75, of Canton RR 2 (Granville Township) died at his home on Monday, April 30, 2001.  Born in Canton on Dec. 18, 1925, he was a son of the late Ralph and Pauline (Rutty) Swingle.  “Toppy” as he was better known by family and friends, was a good hearted person, always willing to lend a helping hand.  He honorably served our country during WWII as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Following his discharge, he was employed in the Pittsburgh area for 26 years as a lineman for the Utility Line Co.  Toppy then moved back to the Canton area and worked at the Penn-Troy Machine Co. for several years until his retirement.  On Nov. 10, 1978, Toppy married the former Marguerite “Marge” Block in Troy.  Marge preceded him in death on July 14, 1998, following 19 years of marriage.  Mr. Swingle attended the Alba First Christian Church, and was a former member of the Electrical Workers Union.  Toppy loved gardening and sharing produce with neighbors.  He also enjoyed hauling and recycling refuse.  He is survived by three step-daughters, Marguerite Sullivan of Lansing, N.Y., Cathy Wolf of Troy and Suzanne Goad of Locke, N.Y.; four stepsons, John Jaquith of Preble, N.Y., Carl Jaquith of Canton, and Edward Jaquith and Richard Jaquith both of Locke, N.Y.; 14 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Trudy Swingle of Granville; a brother-in-law, Homer Parker of Landisville, Pa.; an aunt, Helen Swingle of Canton; two nieces and two nephews and several cousins; his very good friends, David and Amy Decristo of Canton and Agnes Heeman of Alba; his dog and faithful companion, Corky.  Mr. Swingle was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Garth Swingle, and two sisters, Marie Wright and Jean Parker.  In keeping with Mr. Swingle’s wishes there will be no calling hours.  The family invites friends to attend a graveside service Saturday, May 19, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Beech Flats Cemetery with military honors accorded.  Memorials may be directed to the Alba First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Canton, PA.  Arrangements are in the care of Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JOHN A. SWINGLE, 74, of 97 E. Union St., Canton, died Sunday, June 6, 1982 at the Troy Community Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Swingle was born Aug. 24, 1907 in Shunk, Pa., a son of John S. and Rose Fitzwater Swingle.  He was a member of the E. Canton United Methodist Church, the Beech Flats Grange No. 336 and the American Jersey Cattle Club.  He was a retired farmer and a former Canton Area School District director for 12 years.  Surviving are his wife, the former Helen Jones, to whom he would have been married 49 years June 7, 1982, sons and daughters-in-law, J. William and Pauline Swingle, Canton RD 2; Edward R. and Katheryn Swingle of Laporte, Indiana; a foster son and daughter-in-law, John and Patricia Ribovich of Alba; one granddaughter, Miss Amber Swingle of Laporte, Ind.; four step-grandchildren, Mrs. Gordon (Donna) Corbin of Morrisville, N.Y., Mrs. Larry (Jane) Porter of Raleigh, N.C., Robert Haflett of Mifflintown, Pa, and David Haflett of Munnsville, N.Y.; three foster grandchildren; Misty, Marie and Ty Ribovich of Alba; 10 step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Case of Sylvania, Mrs. Katherine Smith of Elmira and Mrs. Henrietta Beach of Athens; a brother, Clifford of Danville, Pa.  Nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 1 until 2 p.m.  Donations may be directed to the American Heart Association. –Towanda Daily Review.

JOHN A. SWINGLE
 CANTON--John A. Swingle, 74, of 97 East Union Street, died Sunday, June 6, 1982, in Troy Community Hospital following an extended illness. Born Aug. 24, 1907, at Shunk, he was a son of John S. and Rose Fitzwater Swingle. Mr. Swingle had served for 12 years as a Canton Area School District director during the late 1950s and 1960s. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Swingle was a member of East Canton United Methodist Church. He also was a member of Beech Flats Grange 336 and the American Jersey Cattle Club. He and his wife, the former Helen Jones, would have marked their 49th wedding anniversary today, June 7. Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, J. William, of Canton RD 2, and Edward R., of La Porte, Ind; a foster son, John Ribovich, of Alba; three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Case, of Sylvania, Mrs. Katherine Smith, of Elmira, NY, and Mrs. Henrietta Beach, of Athens; a brother, Clifford, of Danville; one granddaughter; four stepgrandchildren, three foster grandchildren and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 pm Wednesday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 North Center Street.  Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp. The Rev. Mercy Kasambira, his pastor, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday, and from 1 to 2 pm Wednesday.  The family will provide the flowers.

SWINGLE - Mrs. Marie Swingle Vroman, 35, of Canton Star Route, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1959, Survived by husband, Gerald S. VROMAN with U.S. Navy at Norfolk, Va.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Rutty of Odgensburg, Pa.; sister, Mrs. George BLASKO of Blossburg; brothers, Donald SWINGLE with U.S. Army in Germany, Garth SWINGLE of Binghamton, Harold SWINGLE of Pittsburgh. Body at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Calling hours: today 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Friday at 2 p.m., the Rev. H. C. HUMKE. Beech Flats Cemetery. Submitted by Patricia Warren

D. EDNA TAYLOR, 72, OF Canton, died Friday, February 26, 1988, at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport.  Miss Taylor was born June 7, 1915 at Grover Bradford County, the daughter of Myron A. and Ella Emma Jonas Taylor.  She retired as a clerk with the U.S. Government at Sampson, NY.  During World War II, she was a staff driver for the U.S. Army.  She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ, Disciples.  Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Erma Metzger of RD 2 Canton; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lorrin Taylor of Canton; and nieces and nephews.  She was pre-deceased by a brother, Dean Taylor, June 9, 1987.  The funeral and committal service were held Monday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Will Strunk, her pastor officiating.  Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service, or a charity of one’s choice in Miss Taylor’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

THATCHER -ELIZABETH D. BOSSERT, 86, Canton, died January 23, 1990 at the Bradford County Manor, where she had been a resident since January 11.  Mrs. Bossert was born September 3, 1903 in Washington, JJ, a daughter of Peter and Mary Diltz Thatcher.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Bellows, Canton and Mrs. Charles (Margaret) Christinie, Belvedere, NJ; on son David Holloway, California; 11 grandchildren, including a very special granddaughter, Mrs. Robert (LaVonna) Clark, Canton RD 1; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Mrs. Bossert was predeceased by her husband, Augustus Bossert, in 1971 and two sons, Robert Holloway and James Holloway.  There will be no visitation hours.  A private family funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from the Morse Kleese funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. David Morris, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ, (Disciples of Christ), officiating.  Interment will be in the Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton Township. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

THATCHER -HELEN BROWN, 76.  Helen A. (Buck) Brown, 76, a long-time resident of Canton, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998 at the Bradford county Manor.  She was born on June 18, 1922, in Washington, NJ.  “Mom Buck” devoted her life caring for foster children.  Over the years she had 258 babies and 100 teenagers in her home.  She was not alone in this endeavor.  She had the support of Herman Buck.  He preceded Helen in death on May 29, 1985, following 42 years of marriage.  Surviving are:  two daughters and a son-in-law, LaVonna and Bob Clark of Canton, Diana McCaughey and friend, John Cole, both of Towanda; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Stephen and Eileen Buck of Summer, Wash., Craig Buck of Black Diamond, Wash., Bruce Buck of San Francisco, Calif., Matthew Buck of Clarksburg, W. Va.; 11 grandchildren, including Kelly, Michelle and Ken Morgan and one great-grandson, Nicholas Morgan; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Charles Christine, of Belvidere, N.J.; a brother, David Hollaway of Las Vegas, Nev.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend, Preston Raub of Troy.  In addition to her husband Herman, Helen was also predeceased by a brother, James Hollaway.  It was Helen’s request that there be no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers the family suggest that memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, 17 S. Washington St., Canton, Pa. or the Green Free Library, Canton, Pa. in Helen’s memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of Pepper Funeral Home, Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.  (Maiden name Thatcher)

THOMAS Boley T
(Local News) Boley T. Thomas died Sunday afternoon at his home in Canton following an illness of about two weeks. He is survived by his wife, who was Julia Williams, sister of Mrs. Edward Beardslee of this boro, one daughter, Mrs. May McKee of Canton township and three brothers, Henry Thomas of Canton, and Alvin and Meade Thomas of Troy. Mr. Thomas was 68 years old and with the exception of a few years in Troy township he had always lived in Canton. He was a member of the Disciple church. The funeral was held yesterday at the home and interment was in Beech Flats cemetery. TGR 1922

TILLOTSON -ALTA M. GEE, 63, Canton RD 1, died at her home Sunday evening, March 10, 1974.  She is survived by her husband, Mayne: a son Mace, 18, Canton, four sisters, Mrs. Orrie Bergerman, Athens; Miss Odessa Tillotson, Canton RD 1; Mrs. Lester Merrick, Sparta, N.Y.; Mrs. Garland Conway, New Concord, Ohio; a brother, Oscar Tillotson, Canton; three grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Dennis Reedy officiated.  Burial was in Beech Flats Cemetery. (parents Denton M. and Arminda Bellows Tillotson)

JAMES M. TILLOTSON SR., 68 of Canton RR 1, PA died August 24, 1993 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County, PA.  He was born June 20, 1925 in Canton a son of Murray and Edna Williams Tillotson.  Jim was self-employed.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Canton VFW Post No. 714.  Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Charlotte Murray Tillotson; daughters and sons-in-law, Kay Pepper of Troy, Faye and Brad Pepper, Granville Summit RR 1 and Pattie and Bill Pepper, Laceyville; son and daughter-in-law, James and Sue Tillotson Jr., Muncy; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Tillotson, Canton RR 1; nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a sister, Vera Tillotson.  Private graveside services and interment were held August 26 at the Beech Flats Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Pepper, son-in-law and pastor of Braintrim Baptist Church, Laceyville officiating.  Arrangements were by the Morse and Kleese Funeral home in Canton.  Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of one’s choice.  –Troy Gazette-Register

 

TILLOTSON Marguerite R. Champion

Age 91, of Millerton, PA, died on January 1, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Wilma-lea (Lea) Champion of Millerton; grandchildren, Anthony (Heather Andrus) Champion of West Palm Beach, FL, Courtney Champion of Lebanon, PA, Tom (Karin) Champion of Savannah, GA; great-grandchildren, Christopher McCall of Tioga, PA, Sara McCall of Lebanon, PA, and Wyatt Widger of Tioga, PA. She is also survived by her brother, Frank (Madeline) Tillotson of Canton, PA; several nieces, nephews, cousins and near and dear friends. Marguerite was predeceased by her husband, John "J.D." or "Champ"; and her son, Thomas. She was a longtime active member of the Millerton United Methodist Church. Family and friends are invited to call at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Elmira, NY on Friday, January 6, 2012, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with funeral and committal services there at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Jennifer Wolf officiating.  Interment in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton, PA. Donations to Millerton United Methodist Church, Box 177, Millerton, PA 16936.    Star Gazette – January 3, 2012

 

TOMKINS -MRS. EUNICE TOMKINS BOHLAYER, 45, OF Pine Street, RD 2, Honeybrook, Pa., died at the Lancaster General Hospital Sunday morning at 1:30 o’clock.  She had been a patient there since last Monday.  Mrs. Bohlayer was born in Ellenton the daughter of the late Lawrence C. and Violet Nissley Tomkins.  She was the wife of Duane K. Bohlayer, formerly of the Canton area.  While attending Canton High School, she resided with the late Mrs. W. L. Rowlands.  Mrs. Bohlayer was a member of the Honeybrook United Methodist Church and from 1969 to 1972 was secretary of the Honeybrook Borough Council.  She had been employed as a teller at the First National Bank of Honeybrook for the past six years and prior to that was manager of the Honeybrook Elementary School cafeteria.  Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, William Lawrence Bohlayer of Middleburg, Va., and Dennis Guy Bohlayer of Cape May, N.J., a daughter, Mrs. Walter K. (Georgianna) Lodee of Glen Burnie, Md.; two granddaughters, four sisters, Mrs. Lewis J. (Ruth) Yost of Bellefonte, Pa., Mrs. John S. (Miriam) White of Annandale, Va.; Mrs. Martha Campbell of Waverly, N.Y., and Mrs. John (Lois) Moore of South Montrose; three brothers, David E. Tomkins of Marshall, Texas, John Tomkins of Dryden, N.Y. and Paul Tomkins of Horseheads, N.Y.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Dean S. Morse Funeral Home, 12 East Main Street, Canton.  Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery, East Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel (Born 1929, Died 1974)

TRENT -ELOISE AYRTON, 77, A resident of the Bradford County Manor formerly of Canton died Jan. 25, 198.  Mrs. Ayrton was born Dec. 21, 1910 at Fenwick, WVA, a daughter of Thomas and Rose Adkinson Trent.  She was a member of the Canton First Baptist Church.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Cora) Crandall Alpine, NY, Mrs. Lames (Joan) Lockwood Widson, NY, Mrs. Robert (Bonnie) Bastion Troy; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Hallie) McWilliams, Canton; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.  She is also survived by a special friend, Betty Landon, Addison, NY.  Mrs. Ayrton was predeceased by her husband, Charles H. Ayrton on March 25, 1971.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, at 1:00 p.m., from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with Charles Morgan, a friend of the deceased, officiating.  Interment will be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

Grant E. TRICK, 49, of Canton RR 1, PA died unexpectedly Sunday, August 13, 2000 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA.  Born April 28, 1951 in Muncy, PA, he was the son of the late Preston H. and Margaret H. Weisbrod Trick.  Grant grew up in the Hughesville area and moved to the Troy area as a young man.  In 1976 he joined the Canton Fire Department, beginning a career of more than 20 years of service to the community.  In January of this year, Grant stepped down as chief but maintained an active role as assistant chief.  Grant was a life member of the Canton Fire Department and the Innes Hose Co. and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 429.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 28 years, LouAnn Allen Trick, at home; a daughter, Sherry Walmsley; a son, Shawn Trick and a grandson, Chase Walmsley, all of Canton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Richard Mutschler of Raleigh, NY, Rose and Cliff Bacon of Canton, PA, Ruth and Fred Beeschen of Lawton, OK, Mary and Ron Rockwell of Troy, PA and Edna and Murray Moyer of Picture Rocks, PA; brothers, Glenn trick of Canton, PA and Robert Trick of Montoursville, PA; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert “Bob” and Dorothy Allen of Canton, PA; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by three brothers.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 16 (11 am) at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Township.  Memorials may be directed to the Grant Trick Firemen’s Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank of Canton, 5 W. Main St., PO Box 217, Canton, PA 17724, Canton, PA 17724 in Mr. Trick’s memory.  Troy Gazette Register

GRANT F. TRICK, 49, Canton RR 1, died unexpectedly, August 13, 2000, at the Troy Community Hospital, Troy, PA.  Born in Muncy, PA he was the son of the late Preston H. and Margaret H. Weisbrod Trick.  He grew up in Hughesville and as a young man moved to the Troy area.  On October 21, 1972, he married LouAnn Allen in Grover and together they shared nearly 28 years of holy matrimony.  He served countless hours as a devoted Fire Chief overseeing the Fire Department’s responsibilities within 200 square miles.  In January of this year, he stepped down as Chief, but maintained an active role as assistant chief.  Mr. Trick was a well respected and like individual.  He will greatly missed by his family, peers and the communities.  Memberships include the Canton Fire Department, the Innes Hose Company, and the Loyal Order of the Moose, Canton Lodge No. 429.  Surviving are his wife, LouAnn, at home; Daughter, Sherry Walmsley; son, Shawn Trick, special grandson, Chase Walmsley, all of Canton; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Richard Mutschler, Raleigh, NC, Rose and Cliff Bacon, Canton, Ruth and Fred Boeschen, Lawton, OK, Mary and Ron Rockwell, Troy, PA, Edna and Murray Moyer, Picture Rocks, Pa; brothers, Glenn Trick, Canton and Robert Trick, Montoursville, PA; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Albert “Bob” and Dorothy Allen, Canton; brother-in-law and wife, Tim and Diane Allen; sister-in-law and husband, Dottie and Bob Shedden, all of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Mr. Trick was predeceased by three brothers, Bruce, Harry, and Albert.  The funeral service was held August 16 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with full honors accorded for a fallen firefighter.  Rev. Duane Taylor officiated the services.  Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery, Canton Twp.  –Canton Independent Newspaper.

TRUESDAIL, Arvilla O.—Mrs. Britton WILCOX expired at her home in LeRoy township after several weeks suffering with enlargement of the liver. She is survived by four married daughters, Mrs. Thomas HARDY, Mrs. Fred GEE, Mrs. Fred ERB and Mrs. Hyat MERRITT, also one son, Richard WILCOX. The funeral was held Monday afternoon with burial in Beech Flats cemetery. TGR 1913

 SUSIE E. TUBMAN.  On October 22, 1999, the Lord called home Susie E. Tubman, 97, from her residences at the Highlands in LaPorte, Pa.  Born on the family farm on Parson’s Hill, McNett Township, on February 28, 1902, she was the daughter of Robert and Ellen (Campbell) Tubman.  She attended the Parson’s Hill School, and upon completion of her schooling went to work at various manufacturing jobs between Williamsport and Canton.  Blessed with a beautiful singing voice and the generous will to share it, she would often sing at weddings, funerals and other occasions.  In the mid-1920’s her kind and giving nature led her to answer the call to the nursing profession.  She enrolled in the nurses’ training program at Muncy Valley Private Hospital, graduating with the class of 1930.  Thus she embarked upon her ministry of caring for her fellow human beings, a journey that would span more than four decades.  She worked in Canton with Drs. McCallum, Dann and Slingerland, tending to the sick and bringing new lives into the world.  In her private duty practice she would serve as a nurse and housekeeper, cooking and cleaning for new mothers.  In the 1940’s she also worked for Lycoming Engines, helping with the war effort.  But soon she returned to her true vocation and went to work for Loyalsock View Nursing Home where she remained 21 years, eventually becoming supervisor of nursing.  Miss Tubman’s next place of employment was the Park Home in Williamsport, where she remained for 14 years, retiring in 1977.  She was a most generous and giving person and is fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews as the true Santa Claus each Christmas.  Her walk with the Lord was of paramount importance to her, and the anchor of her faith was her long standing membership in the Church of Christ, Grover.  Susie is survived by nephews Robert (Irene) McNett, Alba, William (Alice) McNett, Canton; nieces, Mary (John) Moore, Jueau, Alaska; Naomi (John) Mosser, Canton; nieces-in-law; Johann Matson and Evelyn Matson, both of Canton; as well as numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her brother, William H. Tubman; Sisters, Virginia Nenninger, Daisy Matson and Julia McNett; nieces, Mildred Thomas; and nephews Wesley, Laurence and John Matson.  Funeral service was held October 26th from Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Center St., Canton with the Rev. Willard Strunk, pastor of the Church of Christ in Grover, officiating.  Interment was in Beech Flats Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

JOSEPH R. TUNNICLIFF, 50, of Canton RD 2, died Dec. 20, 1984 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mr. Tunnicliff was born May 1, 1934 in Gillett, the son of Ivan and Ethel Bowers Tunnicliff.  Surviving are his wife, Ann Tunnicliff, Canton RD 2; son Lonnie Dean Tunnicliff of Canton; two daughters, Linda Bolt of Canton and Diane Cole of Troy; seven step-children; Sgt. Dale Ward of Kapeohi, Hawaii, Bobby Ray Ward of California, Corporal Fred Ward of Camp LeJeune, N.C., Sharon Wilson of Canton, Charles, Jeffrey and Rose Ward, at home; two brothers, six sisters, six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.  The funeral will be held Sunday Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with Rev. Douglas Graybill, pastor of the Canton Mennonite Church officiating.  Interment in Beech Flats Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to the time of the service.  –Towanda Daily Review.

TUNNICLIFF -LUCILLE GRIFFIN, 70, a former Canton resident, died quietly at the Highlands, Laporte, July 19, 1997, after a lengthy illness.  Born June 4, 1927, at Columbia Cross Roads, she was one of 10 children born to Ivan Ethel (Bowers) Tunnicliff.  She was a blacksmith’s daughter, was a studious child educated in the Troy School system and repeatedly achieved the second highest grades in all of Bradford County.  At an early age she came to know the Lord while attending the First Baptist Church of Gillett.  The majority of her years were spent as a homemaker and mother, having survived three husbands: Donald M. Williams, Laverne Griffin, and Lawrence “Sandy” Ross.  When her children were young she would often entertain them with her singing or yodeling.  She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, board games, horseshoes, and being with her family.  She was a member of the Canton WOTM.  Surviving are son, Donald and Debra Williams, Canton, RR 2; daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce (Vera) Reed, Canton, RR 2, Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Donna) Jones, Sayre, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Carolyn) Pidcoe, Canton, RR 3, and Mr. and Mrs. Eric (Gladys) Hudson, Alba; brother John Tunnicliff, Sayre; sisters, Marian Price, Sayre, Olive Johnson of the Harrisburg area, Ethel Liebelt, Sayre, Genevieve Johnston, Canton, and Patricia Tunnicliff, Syracuse, NY; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.  She was also predeceased by brothers Eugene and Joseph Tunnicliff and sister Marie Young.  The funeral service was conducted at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton July 22, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating.  Interment was in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  Contributions may be directed to the Canton Food Pantry in Mrs. Griffin’s memory. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

TUTTLE - Ida A. Benditt
May 25, 2002
Ida A. Benditt, 49, of Wysox, PA died early Saturday morning, May 25, 2002 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.  She was born on June 12, 1952 in Corning, NY a daughter of the late Ralph Tuttle and Mary (Bryington) Clark Tuttle. Ida, affectionately known as ‘Honey Bee’ grew up in the Granville area and graduated from Troy High School.  Ida married Philip L. Benditt on April 7, 1973. Throughout her life, Ida was a devoted homemaker, not only to her own family, but also for several foster children. She was a member of the Granville Center Church of Christ and the Towanda Eagles Club. Ida also enjoyed volunteering and was always willing to give a helping hand whenever needed.  Surviving are her husband of 29 years, Philip, at home; two daughters, Melanie Jo Benditt, at home and Tonya Cassidy of Illinois; a sister, Wanda Clark of Troy; several foster children; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends called from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal services immediately followed with her pastor, Rev. Harrell Phelps, officiating. Burial was in the Beech Flats Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, her family requests that those who wish, may direct memorials to the Granville Center Church of Christ, c/o RR1, Box 163, Monroeton, PA 18832; the Wysox Emergency Medical Services at PO Box 302, Wysox, PA 18854 or to the American Heart Association at 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mrs. Benditt’s memory.
 

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