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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Besley Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford County, PA
A.K.A. Columbia Valley Cemetery
Obituaries

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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Columbia Township Page

Besley Cemetery 1983

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Joyce's Search Tip - January 2008 

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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) 

 

SRGP ID Added in parentheses by Joyce M .Tice if included in her Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project. If you are researching or descended from any of those so designated, it is requested that you share your research with Joycs's SRGP if you have not already done so. That is the price I ask for making this site available. It is your opportunity to share in the cost of creating this site and reward Joyce just a tad for making this enormous body of resource available to you. It is a way to pay your dues in a small way for use of this site. Please reference the SRGP ID and the page you found this on the site, when you write to me. Married women are listed under their own name in the alphabetic arrangement. If name at birth not known, they will be listed at end with question mark until real name determined. 

PALMER - Mrs. Myrtle Wilson, (SRGP 14247) 70, of Austinville, Pa., died at Troy Community Hospital Monday, Feb. I.  She was a member of the Austinville Union Church.    She is survived by her husband, Manley; a son, Dick of Moravia, N.Y.; two grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.    Funeral and committal services will be held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy Wedmesday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Glenn Dewey will officiate.  Burial will be in the Besley cemetery. 1965

PHILLIPS - Mildred Phillips Holly died Monday evening, November 27, 1950 at her home in Austinville, after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Lester Holly and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held from the family home on Friday at 2:00 p.m., Rev. Glenn Dewey will officiate with burial in Besley Cemetery.

QUACKENBUSH, AARON JAMES, “GRANDPA JIM”, (SRGP 79965) age 66, died August 1, 1999. Jim was born on May 31, 1932 in corning to Edna Taylor Quackenbush Seymour and Aaron Russell Quackenbush in Corning, NY.  Jim was in the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He was a core driller, working on various jobs throughout the area including the Troy Hospital, Troy Middle School, Hammond Damn, The Towanda Bridge for Sprague & Henwood, Scranton, PA, until his health declined at the age of 58.  Jim married Janet McClure on December 18, 1959. They had four children: Lewis (Tammy) of Yates Center, Kansas, Esther (Ralph) Brown of Columbia Cross Roads, Jessie Jo (Donald) Kisner of Troy, PA, and Frank at home.  Jim was also survived by his loving grandchildren: Melissa (Bill) Dixon of Troy, and Charlene (Thomas) Darrow of Columbia Cross Roads, Aaron, Colleen and Kristy of Kansas, James and Valerie Kisner of Troy, Carlton Brown of Columbia Cross Roads, Frank Jr. and Dominic of Troy. Jim is also survived by 6 great grandchildren. Friends and family may call at Vickery’s Funeral Home in Troy on Wednesday, August 4, and a private burial will be on Thursday at the Columbia Valley Cemetery.

REYNOLDS, JOHN LEWIS, (SRGP 79969) age 56, died on April 22, 1978.  He was born on April 2, 1922. John was married to Esther Comfort Hicks who died on April 22, 1957.  John was in WW II in the US Army.  Burial in the Columbia Valley Cemetery next to his beloved wife Esther. 


ROBBINS - WILSON, MRS. JAMES  Clarissa Robbins (SRGP 7145)
 Mrs. Clara A. Wilson, 73, died Monday morning at the family home in Austinville, Pa.  She is survived by her husband, James Wilson and the following children.  Samuel of Austinville, Pa.; Mrs. Bertha Bailey of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; Manley of Austinville, Pa., 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren.  The funeral will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Baptist Church at Austinville, Pa.  The Revs. Glen Dewey and James Carter will officiate.  Burial in the Besley Cemetery.

ROSS - , Watkins Margo E.
Age 67, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, died on Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. She was born in Elmira, NY, on April 15, 1938, the daughter of the late Francis and Dorothy (Davis) Ross. Margo was Christian by faith, was employed by Eureka and was also a farmer. She truly loved taking pride in the farm, especially when it came time to plow the fields.  Riding on the tractor with her husband, William, she liked to watch, as the earth would turn over. Margo loved the flower garden and the lawn, she also loved her family. Her family was her life. Margo is survived by her husband of 51 years, William J. Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; daughters, Cathy (Roger) Brown of Springfield, PA, Diane (Randy) King of Wetona, PA, Sally (Clayton) Harkness of Canton, PA, Sandy (JOHN) McNeal of Towanda, PA; sons, William (Barb) Watkins of Granville, PA, Dale Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads, PA; sisters, Francine (Leroy) Burleigh of Mansfield, PA, Shirley Chilson of Mansfield, PA; brother, Francis (Barbara) Ross Jr. of Mansfield, PA; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friend Kathy Griffis. In addition to her parents; a sister, Ruth Beauman, precedes Margo in death. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main St., Troy, PA on Friday, July 8, 2005, from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm. Funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 3:00 pm with Brad Stuefen and Carlton Schooley officiating. Interment will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Margo’s name may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

RUMSEY –NINA THEORA WILSON, 90, long-time resident of Troy, Pa. died peacefully Wednesday morning, July 5, 2006 at the Bradford County Manor.  Nina Theora Rumsey was born on September 7, 1915 in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. and was a daughter of the late Fred and Daisy Mae (Fuller) Rumsey. She was a graduate of Troy High School.  Nina was the devoted wife of the late James Frances Wilson for over 47 years.  They lived in many places during Jim’s military career but later returned home to Troy. In addition to caring for her family, Nina worked as a secretary-bookkeeper for many years and retired from the Borough of Troy.  Her faith in the Lord guided her life and she most recently attended the Fellowship Bible Church near Troy.  Times shared with family were always special to Nina. She also enjoyed bowling, knitting and crocheting.  Surviving are a daughter; Theora (Raymond) Stahle of Troy and a stepdaughter; Marjorie Woodward of Florida, 5 grandchildren; Jerry, Terina, Patsy, Ralph and Penny. Several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her husband Jim, Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by a stepson; Leslie Wilson, a brother; Emory Rumsey and 2 sisters; Margaret Hubbard and Charlotte Abby.  Rev. Jasper Smith will officiate at a memorial service celebrating Nina’s life on Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m. at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. Burial will follow in Columbia Valley Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

RZEMINIEWSKI - AMELIA CRAIG
 Amelia (Rzeminiewski) Craig died Sunday, January 2, 1994, at the Rolling Hills Home, Lebanon, PA. Mrs. Craig was born in Irvington and was 78 years of age. She resided in Columbia Cross Roads from 1963 until recently.  Prior to 1963 she resided in Asbury, NJ. Her husband was the late Richard F. Craig, who died in 1970. She is survived by a daughter, Amy Erker of Hoboken, NJ; two sons, Richard Craig of Shelbyville, KY, and Donald Craig of Bethlehem Township, NJ; a brother, Louis E. Rezem of East Brunswick; four grandchildren. Funeral services were held January 5 at the Rezem Funeral Home in East Brunswick with burial to be in Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads on January 6. (TGR, Thursday, January 6, 1994)

SAWYER - COMFORT, IRENE “LENA”, (SRGP 02828) age 74, of Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Saturday, May 29, 1971, at the Troy Community Hospital.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, on Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Funeral service on Wednesday at 2 P.M., Rev. Owen Barrett. Burial in Besley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, PA.  She is survived by husband, Frederick Comfort at home, daughters, Mrs. Lewis (Dorothy) McClure of Columbia Cross Roads, Mrs. Lewis (Happy) (Julia) Tice of Wellsburg, NY, son Richard of Columbia Cross Roads.  She was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church and a life long resident of Columbia Cross Roads.

Henry SCHWENK  (SRGP 13603)The subject of this sketch, was born in Hessen, Germany, July 26, 1838, and died at his home in Austinville, Pa., May 18, 1904, aged 65 years, 9 months and 22 days. Coming to this country at an early age, he enlisted in the Union army at the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion, joining Co. B., 7th Regiment, Penn. Volunteers, in which he served faithfully for three years and four months, at the expiration of which time he was honorably discharged on account of being disabled with chronic rheumatism and heart trouble. He was engaged in the battle of Gettysburg, Chichamauga, Vicksburg and many other important battles of the Civil war. As a neighbor he was kind and good; always ready to accommodate and to lend a helping hand wherever needed. He was a kind and devoted father and a man well liked and highly spoken of in the community. Besides belonging to the G.A.R. he was a member of the Austinville Lodge I.O.O.F. Both local organizations attended the obsequies in a body. He leaves besides his widow, one son, John of Austinville, and one daughter Mrs. Riley Judson of Springfield. Funeral services were largely attended from his late home Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m., Rev. Burge A. Gates, Baptist pastor at Austinville, officiating. The remains were laid away in the Besley cemetery. TGR 1904

SCHWENK - Susie S. Judson, (SRGP 14807)  wife of Riley M. Judson of Colombia Cross Roads, died Tuesday evening, September 6th, in the home there after many months of ill health. She was 67 years old and a woman of unusually sweet and even disposition. When in health, Mrs Judson active in the word: of her church and of Maxwell Chapter, O.E.S. here. She is survived by her husband and three children, Louis and James of Columbia Cross Roads, and Helen, at home. A brother, John Schwenk, of Mansfield also survives. The funeral will be held from her late home Friday at two p.m., her pastor the Rev. Leonard F. Baeford officiating and interment will be in the Besley cemetery , Colombia Cross Roads. The Eastern Star will take part in the service. (06 SEP 1927)

SHAW -  Charles P. Shaw - (1910) widely known as the Master of the County Grange of Bradford and Sullivan counties died last Thursday afternoon at his home in Columbia Township, aged 52 years. Following a serious illness in 1908, Mr. Shaw had suffered greatly from catarrh of the stomach. The long illness followed by death of his wife seven weeks ago, was a great strain and shock to him, under which his system finally collapsed. He had been living alone. When he did not appear at the usual hour Thursday morning, his tenant, William Wheeler, went to his house and found him unconscious in bed. Dr. Gustin was promptly summoned, but medical aid failed to restore him and he died within a few hours. Mr. Shaw was a native of Sheshequin, this county [Bradford]. He came to Columbia about 25 years ago, and had been unusually successful as a berry grower with general farming. He was an enthusiastic granger. Two sisters survive-Theresa, Mrs. M. H. Gore of Sheshequin, and Emma, Mrs. George A. Parcell of Elmira. The funeral was held at 1:30 Saturday afternoon at the house, the Rev. S. E. Eastman of Elmira, officiating. Interment was in the Austinville cemetery.

Howard LaRue SHAYLOR, 90, of Daphine, AL, died on Saturday, July 8, 2000.  He was born in Austinville, Bradford County, PA on July 18, 1909 to Charles Fritz and Helen Soper Shaylor.  Howard was a farmer for many years in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.  He was a member of the Austinville Union Church.  Howard is survived byhis daughters, Mr. William (Iona) Sherrill of Daphne, AL, Mrs. Lee (Leida) Mead of Kingsley, PA and Mrs. Doris Reese of Sayre, PA; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Ruth Shaylor of Pensacola, FL; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He is predeceased by his wife, Ruth Bardwell Shaylor; sons, Wendell LaRue, Lawrence Edward and Commander Stanley Shaylor.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Interment will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, PA..  Arrangements are under the direction of the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday, July 13, 2000

PHILLIP F. SHAYLOR, age 15 of Troy RD 1, Monday, Dec. 14, 1970 at Troy Community Hospital following a sledding accident.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral there Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Glen Dewey.  Besley Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 12/17/1970

Sara Lee SHAYLOR, age 24 of Elmira, NY formerly of Austinville, Pa,  Friday, March 4, 1983. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy Monday from 7-9 p.m. funeral there Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating. Burial at Columbia Valley Cemetery. Survived by mother, Margaret Shaylor of RD 1 Troy; brothers Daniel Shaylor of Venezuela, Michael Shaylor of RD 1 Troy, Jonathan Shaylor of Elmira, NY; two nieces and two nephews; several aunts and uncles. She is now reunited in heaven with her father Robert and brothers, Joel and Phillip. She was a member of the Austinville Union Church, she graduated from New Tribes Bible Institute and received her RN in 1982 from the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing.

SHERMAN –MRS. EVENLYN N. BOWER, 76, formerly of this borough, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1996, in Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro.  Her husband, John Bower, died in 1983.  She attended Cherry Flats Baptist Church.  Born Dec. 28, 1919, in Austinville, she was a daughter of David and Hazel Hulslander Sherman.  Surviving are five sons, Richard of Newberry, Ohio, John of Austinville, Robert and William, both of Covington, and Dale of Auburn, N.Y., and five daughters, Eloise Hilfiger and Marcille Giles, both of Covington, Jean Ogden, of Blossburg, Jeanette Belz of Tioga and Linda Roupp of Bensalem; a brother, Robert Sherman of Austinville; a sister, Helen Carnright of Mansfield.  She was predeceased by two sons, Raymond and David.  The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Wilston’s, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield, with the Rev. Richard Krueger officiating. Burial will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

SHERMAN – Evalyn N. Bower, 76, formerly of Blossburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1996, at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro. Born Dec. 28, 1919, in Austinville, she was the daughter of David and Hazel Hulslander Sherman. She attended Cherry Flats Baptist Church. Preceding her in death were her husband, John Bower, in 1983 and two sons, Raymond and David. Surviving are 5 sons, Richard of Newberry, Ohio, John of Austinville, Robert of Covington, Dale of Auburn, NY and William of Covington; 5 daughters, Eloise Hilfiger of Covington, Jean Ogden of Blossburg, Jeanette Belz of Tioga, Linda Roupp of Bensalem and Marcille Giles of Covington; one brother, Robert Sherman of Austinville; one sister, Helen Carnwright of Mansfield. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 PM Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Wilston Funeral Home, 18 N. Main St., Mansfield. Funeral services will be held there Friday at 1 PM. The Rev. Richard Krueger will officiate. Burial will be made in the Columbia Valley Cemetery.

SMITH, KENNETH O., (SRGP 46139)  Services for Kenneth O. Smith, 27, of Granville Summit, RD1, were held Monday, August 13, at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, with the Rev. Bill Pepper, pastor of the Barkersburg Church, officiating.  The interment was held in Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Township.  Mr. Smith died on Friday, August 10, 1984, as a result of an automobile accident.  He was born on May 24, 1957 in Sayre, Pa., he is the son of Willard and Alice Klinger Smith.  Kenny was an unique personality with a sense of humor who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.  The family was able to fulfill a wish of his by giving three other young people a chance to live by donating his heart, liver and kidneys.  Kenny is survived by his mother, Alice Smith, Granville Summit, RD1; father, Willard, address unknown; sister, Carol Smith, Allentown; brother, Carl and sister-in-law Edie, Canton; brother, Chris, Grandville Summit; maternal grandmother, Harriet Klinger, Granville Summit; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Smith, Wyalusing; and several nieces and nephews  (TGR Aug. 16, 1984)

SOPER, ROY C. (SRGP 14662)
 Roy C. Soper, 63, of Sylvania, died at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, 1940.  He had been a merchant for many years in Sylvania where he was a partner in the So (SRGP 65265)per and Mosher general store.  He leaves his wife, Lillian, at home, a son Rexford H. Soper, funeral director at Troy; a brother, Rexford R Soper; two sisters, Mrs. Ethel D. Hinds, of Missouri and Miss Metta B. Soper of Danville, Pa. And two nieces.  The body was taken late Monday to the Soper funeral home in Troy and from where the funeral was held today at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Orey Crippen officiated.  Burial in Besley Cemetery, near Columbia Cross Roads.


STRAIT - Mrs Minnie E. Wolfe died last Friday, September 25th at 10:15 p.m. at the family home at Austinville, aged fifty-nine years. Mrs Wolfe is survived by her husband, George E. Wolfe; a son, Lloyd C.; a daughter, Miss Dora M. Wolfe; two grandchildren, Josephine B. and Lloyd C. Wolfe,: a sister, Mrs Clifford A. Gray of Elmira; a brother, Floyd I. Strait, of Unionville, N.Y. The funeral was held at the family home, Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. J.B. Herrick of Towanda officiating. Burial in the Besley cemetery.

STRAIT –MRS. MINNIE E. (GEORGE L.) WOLFE died Friday (Sept. 25, 1925) at 10:15 p.m. at the family home at Austinville, Pa., aged fifty-nine years.  Mrs. Wolfe is survived by her husband, George L. Wolfe; a son, Lloyd C.; a daughter, Miss Dora M. Wolfe; two grandchildren, Josephine B. and Lloyd C. Wolfe, Jr.; a sister, Mrs. Clifford A. Gray of Elmira; a brother, Floyd I. Strait of Unionville, N.Y.  The funeral will be held at the family home, Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. J. B. Herrick of Towanda, Pa. to officiate.  Burial in Besley Cemetery.  –Elmira Sunday Telegram 9/27/1925

STROCK KENNETH J., age 70 of 55 George St., Elmira, February 4, 1980. Friends may call at the Barrett Funeral Home Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service there Wednesday 11 a.m. The Rev. Lloyd Weildman. Burial Columbia Valley Cemetery.

Kenneth E. “Sonny” STROCK, 56, of Elmira, NY died Friday, May 12, 1995 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira.  He was born May 2, 1939 in Elmira, the son Kenneth J. and Evelyn (Sweeney) Strock.  He is survived by his sisters, Marge (Harry) Hill of Roseville, PA, Beverly (William) Bellows of Gillett, PA, Sandra (John) Payne of Florida; brothers, Robert Strock of Elmira, Raymond Strock of Wellsburg; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held at the Barrett funeral Home in May 17 with the Rev. Larry Parker officiating and burial to be in Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, PA.

STRUBLE - James H. Struble - James H. Struble was born in Sussex County, New Jersey, August 13, 1833. He removed to Pennsylvania in 1850 and settled in Columbia Township. He was twice married, the former wife being Mrs. Harriett Gernert who died in 1881. In 1884 he married Miss Nancy Pennock, who survives him. He was a very rugged, energetic man with many sterling qualities. In early manhood he gave his heart to his Savior and united with the Presbyterian Church in his native town, and shortly after he was taken with this last illness. He repeated to his wife the verse of his old revival hymn. “Here Lord I give myself away. Tis all that I can do. Then now Lord let me rest.” And laid down and had a long sleep.

STRUBLE -  KNIGHTS  Mrs. Fred W-aged 80, died Friday afternoon, October 28, 1949 at 1 o’clock. Besides her husband she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Gates, Elmira; a son, Walter Gates, Columbia Cross Rds; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The funeral was held from the Soper and Vickery Funeral Home Monday at 2 pm. Rev. Samuel Regester officiating with burial in Besley Cemetery.
In looking at the census Lulu or Luella is always with George W. Gates daughter Nellie and son Walter. She was born July 1869.  Probably the daughter should be Miss Nellie Gates.  Probably telling you more than you want to know.
George W. Gates Lulu Struble 22 21 Columbia Twp. Springfield George L. & Lucena Gates John & Lydia Struble 9/1891

SWAYZE, ALDEN SR., age 79, who died at his home in Canton last Monday afternoon on March 16, 1903. He was a former resident of Wells for 40 years or upwards where he and his wife, the former Caroline Gifford.  Together they raised a respectable family of children. And accumulated a large property. His illness was of short duration, being somewhat of the nature of general debility. A little over a year ago he and his estimable wife visited friends and relatives in this region and favored the writer with a brief call which was much appreciated. The deceased was an old pioneer and a man of many sterling qualities. He was the last survivor of a large family of brothers and sisters. Mrs. Hettie Swayze Besley, who died at Troy on Friday and was buried At Columbia X roads last Monday, the day of the demise, was his sister. The deceased is survived by a wife and three sons and two daughters. H. F. Swayze, merchant at Daggett, Schuyler of Elmira, Mrs. F. P. Knapp of Mosherville and Mrs. H. M. Taber of Penn Yan, N. Y., and Alden Swayze, Jr., of Canton. The interment was made at Columbia X Roads. The afflicted family and most particularly the widow, have our deep condolence over the loss of a devoted father and a kind and faithful husband. One by one the good old pioneer stock are passing away leaving the blessed memory of good works and noble deeds behind to their loyal families who, it is sincerely hoped, will adhere to the golden rule and good examples of their respective and righteous ancestors.

Alden SWAYZE Jr., b. 3 Apr 1862 educated at Oberlin College, engaged in farming in Wells     Township and then removed in 1888 to Columbia Cross Roads, Columbia township and engaged in    general merchandising. Alden m. 19 Oct 1887 Jessie M. Howland b. 4 Feb 1868 daughter of    Richard M. Howland and Jane Gustin of Columbia. Jessie d. 10 Oct 1895 (ts) and Alden d. 5 Mar    1925 (ts) buried Besley (now Columbia Valley) Cemetery.

SWAYZE - Mrs. Hettie M. Besley died at the home of her son, G. C. Besley in Troy, on Friday evening of last week, after an extended illness.  She had been an invalid for the past five years, and a great sufferer during the last seven weeks from the effests of a fall. Mrs. Besley was born in Beamerville, New Jersey, on April 29, 1827, a daughter of Obediah and Elizabeth Swayze.  In early childhood she moved with her mother to Coryland, this county, her father having died a short time previous.  She was married to John Besley of Columbia on December 29, 1847, whose decease occurred November 21, 1856.  To them were born three children:  Oliver, of Columbia, John W. of Coryland, and G. C. of Troy.  Since the death of her husband she has resided with her son, at whose home occurred her death. Mrs. Besley has been a devoted member of the Presbyterian church since the age of sixteen, and an active worker in religious affairs.  Always evidencing a most kindly and generous character, the influence of her exemplary live has been for great good. Funeral services were held on Monday with a short prayer service at her late home at 11 o’clock a.m., and further service at the church at Columbia X. Roads at 1 o’clock, p.m., conducted by Rev. A. G. Cameron of Sylvania, and assisted by Rev. E. P. Morse.  The sermon was delivered from the text, which was of her choosing, the same as that of her mother also: 2nd Cor., 4-17; “For our light affliction, which is bout for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal way to glory.” Burial at the Besley cemetery in Columbia. TGR 1903

Mrs. Jeannine TAYLOR  Wilson, 50, of Columbia Cross Roads, Saturday, Dec. 13, 1958. Survived by husband, Carlton Wilson; son James at home; brothers, Dr. Kenneth Taylor of Sangus, Calif, Francis Taylor of Sylvania, Pa. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, and will be removed to the Columbia Cross Roads Community Church Tuesday for funeral services at 2:30 p.m., the John Dane, Besley Cemetery.

TEARS, Louis (SRGP 04274)
Age 74 of RD2, (Elk Run) Mansfield, PA, May 28, 1980. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Friday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Saturday 2 p.m. The Rev. Philip Shear. Burial Columbia Valley Cemetery, In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Troy Community Hospital. Survived by wife, Nellie Tears; one son; Carol Tears of Mansfield RD2; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Sue) Kinkead of Jersey Shore, Pa., Mrs. Dale (Sally) Van Noy of Grandville Summit, RD1; sister, Olive Judson of Columbia Cross Roads; brother Herman Tears, Jr. of Columbia Cross Roads; 4 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was born February 12, 1906 in Rutledge [Rutland] Twp., Tioga County and was a retired farmer.

TEARS - OLIVE TEARS. JUDSON (SRGP 14812)
Funeral services for Olive T. Judson, 83, of Columbia Cross Roads were held Jan. 8 at the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church with Rev. Edward Thigpen officiating. Burial was in Columbia Valley Cemetery. Mrs. Judson died at home on January 5, 1985. She was born August 1, 1901 in Rutland Twp., Tioga County, the daughter of Herman and Sadie Colby Tears, Sr. She was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church for sixty years; a member of the Columbia Cross Roads Birthday Club, and of the Troy Eastern Star, Maxwell Chapter No. 233. For 50 years she was associated with the Judson feed business in the Cross Roads. She was preceded in death by her husband James W. Judson in 1972. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Wendall and Jo Judson, Columbia Cross Roads; a daughter and son-in-law Ellen and Joseph Foust, Granville Summit; a brother and sister-in-law Herman and Winifred Tears, Columbia Cross Roads; sister-in-law Nellie Tears, Mansfield; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The Troy Eastern Star, Maxwell Chapter No. 233 held a service at the Vickery Funeral Home on January 7. Memorials may be directed to the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church

THORPE - MCCLURE, GRACE ETHOL THORP, “Ethol”, (SRGP 63439) age 76, died in 1970 at the Bradford County Manor.  Grace was born in 1894 to Horace and Ada Thorp.  Ethol married Alfred McClure and had 4 children. Raymond of Elmira, Lewis (Dorothy) of Columbia Cross Roads, Doris (John) Finnerty of Columbia Cross Roads, and Ada (Clarence) Morley of Waverly, NY. Ada’s siblings were Ernest, Lewis, Ross, Delos, Lula, Ruth and Jeanette Thorp.  Ethol is buried in the Columbia Valley Cemetery along side her husband Alfred.

THRALL, Oliver Besley (SRGP 63458)  - THRALL, MRS. O.B., Mrs. O. B. Thrall has returned to the home of her parents in Pittsburgh, after spending a week here transacting business for her late husband. Oliver Besley Thrall and carrying out his wish to be buried in the Besley Cemetery. Grave side services were here on May 18 at 11 am. Out-of-town relatives and friends had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Besley.

TRASK - ANNA WATKINS OF TROY DIES
Anna T. Watkins, 68, Troy died Wednesday. She was born in Burlington and was a lifelong resident of the Troy area. Surviving besides her husband, Edgar F. Watkins, are sons Howard Watkins of Troy RD, William Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads, James Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads; daughters Mrs. Morgan (Marie) Decker of Towanda, Mrs. Bernard (Wanda) Yanchuk of Troy, Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Newhart of Troy RD, Mrs. Robert (Muriel) Shaylor of Troy, Mrs. Maurice (Jean) Fuller of Williamsport; a half-sister, Mrs. Bessie Wilcox of Mainesburg, Pa.; 25 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy. Arthur Benton will officiate. Burial will be in the Columbia Valley Cemetery.

VAN BLARCOM William Reeves
Age 84, of Columbia Crossroads, PA, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at the Bradford County Manor, of natural causes. William was born in Summit, New Jersey, on January 14, 1924 to the late Charles M. and Alice (Stone) Van Blarcom. William graduated from Flemington High School, Flemington, N.J., in 1942, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served 18 months on the mine sweeper, USS Design in the South Pacific during WWII. Following his discharge from the Navy, William married Mildred L. Griffith, February 12, 1946. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. William pursued his desire to dairy farm in 1949 when he purchased a 72 acre farm in Readington, NJ from his father. In 1958 he moved his family to the former Hosea Wolfe farm in Columbia Crossroads, PA. He farmed the farm and worked hard to create an opportunity for the next generation to continue farming. William was an avid deer hunter and spent many hours playing cards with his hunting buddies at the Jersey Lodge Hunting Camp in Shunk, PA. William belonged to the Columbia Crossroads Methodist Church, the American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #8675, both in Troy, PA. He also served as the Columbia Township Supervisor. William is survived by wife Mildred, his four children: Barbara (John) and daughter Sue Ann Barrett; James (Darlene) Van Blarcom and daughters; Amy (Scott) Lackey, Amanda and son Richard Van Blarcom, Robert (Donna) Van Blarcom, daughters; Shelly, Melissa, Elizabeth, and son Jonathan Van Blarcom, Debbie (Terry) Lutz and son Willis, and two great grandchildren; Anna Katherine and Scott Reeves Lackey. Bill is also survived by his sister-in-laws: Dorothy Willever of Lady Lakes, FL and Betty Griffith of Chiefland, FL, nieces Vivian and Joan Van Blarcom. William was predeceased by son, Richard W. Van Blarcom, who died serving his country in Vietnam in 1968; and grandson, Jesse Lutz in 1992; brother, Charles and wife, Bessie Van Blarcom. Family and friends are welcome to gather from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2008, and again from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, February 23rd, at the Gerald W. Vickery, Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 110 West Main Street, Troy, PA. The funeral service to honor William's life will be held after the visitation at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23rd, at the funeral home with Rev. David B. Morris of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) of Canton, PA, officiating. Military Rites will be given by the Troy Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery. Contributions may be made in William's memory to VFW and American Legion Posts of Troy, 1 Veterans Drive, Troy, PA 16947; or to Columbia Crossroads Methodist Church, Columbia Crossroads, PA 16914; or to the Bradford County Manor Activity Fund, RR 3 Box 322, Troy, PA 16947.  Published in the Star-Gazette on 2/21/2008.

VanZILE -  MRS. ALFRED BURLEIGH
 - Mrs. Lydia Burleigh of Austinville, pa., died Monday at 12:30 p.m. aged 55 years. Besides her husband she is survived by the following children: Roy Burleigh of Snedekerville; Frank, Rexford and Hattie at home; the following brothers and sisters; Will Vanvile of Barton; J. B. Vanvile, Mrs. Bessie Wright, Columbia Cross Roads. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the family home. The Rev. Ora Crippen of Tioga will officiate. Burial in Besley Cemetery. (handwritten on article Jan. 9, 1928)

Alva WARD, age 92 of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. Sunday, September 12, 1976. Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Pa. Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral and committal service will be held there Wednesday at 11 a.m. Rev. Ann Palmer officiating. Burial Columbia Valley Cemetery. He was born in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. and worked on farms in the Columbia Cross Roads area during his lifetime.

DUDLEY WARD, 91, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1958.  Survived by sister, Mrs. Sarah Patterson of Elmira, Mrs. William Cummings of Fairport; brother, Alvah of Columbia Cross Roads.  Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy.  Funeral there Saturday at 11 a.m., the Rev. John Dame.  Besley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 2/6/1958

WARD, FRANCIS “FRANK” A., age 76, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. Monday morning, May 28, 1951. Survived by sisters Mrs. Sadie Patterson, Mrs. Minnie Holton both of Elmira, Mrs. Belle Bullock of Columbia Cross Roads; brothers, Douglas and Alva Ward, both of Columbia Cross Roads, one niece and one nephew. The body is at the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, Pa. where funeral will be held Thursday 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, PA.

WARD – Kathleen W. Canfield, 75, of 380 Girio Terrace, South Williamsport, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 1989, at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport. Born Sept. 7, 1914 in Berrytown, Bradford County, she was the daughter of Milton and Laura Whipple Ward. She was a former member of the Troy Chapter of Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Roseville United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Lewis F. Canfield; three daughters, Mrs. Phyllis Dunbar of Jonesboro, AR, Mrs. Kay Lyman of Columbia Cross Roads and Mrs. Cheryl Smith of South Williamsport; a son, Dan Canfield of Towanda; a brother, Kenneth Ward of Gillett; and 11 grandchildren. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Roseville United Methodist Church, Roseville. The Rev. Robert Stump officiated. Burial will be made in Columbia Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Roseville United Methodist Church.

EDGAR F. WATKINS (SRGP 65265)
 Edgar F. Watkins, 89, of Troy, PA, died on Friday, December 2, 1994. He was born February 6, 1905. He is survived by his wife, Stella Fields Watkins; son and daughter-in-law, William and Margo Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads; son, James Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads; daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Morgan Decker of Towanda, PA, Wanda and Bernard Yanchuck of Troy, PA, Elizabeth and John Newhart of Troy, Muriel and Robert Shaylor of Troy, Jean and Maurice Fuller of Williamsport, PA; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Edith Watkins Berry of Columbia Cross Roads; stepsons, James Fields of Troy, Donald Fields of Wiggins, MS, Theodore Fields of Muncie, IN and Jack Fields of Greencastle, IN. He was predeceased by his first wife of 52 years, Anna T. Watkins, in 1974; a son, Howard E. Watkins, in 1988; and a daughter, MaryBelle Watkins, in 1928. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on December 4 with ministers George Lee and Charles Kramer officiating and burial to be in the Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads. (TGR, Thursday, December 8, 1994)

WATKINS -  NEWHART, Elizabeth [SRGP 65290]
76, of Troy, PA, was called home to her Lord on March 28, 2008 from the Troy Community Hospital. Born on September 27, 1931 in Columbia Cross Roads, PA, Elizabeth Elaine Watkins Newhart was one of nine children in the family of the late Edgar and Anna (Trask) Watkins. In earlier years, she worked at the First National Bank of Troy. Elizabeth married John Newhart on April 30, 1952. They made their home near Leona, PA, and were blessed with four children. Liz put all her time and effort into tending to her husband, children, grandchildren and home. "Little…but mighty, sometimes a bit feisty. Loving …babies were her joy. Courageous…she always insisted on the moral path. Insightful…she was a counselor. Loving…she was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Human…she died on March 28, 2008, leaving a trail of life's lessons and aspirations to continue to be walked by those who loved her." Surviving are her children, John (Mary Beth) Newhart of Troy, Patricia "Trish" (Gregg) Gregory of Missouri, Valerie (Jay) Crosby and Willy (Melanie) Newhart, all of Washington; ten grandchildren, Brittany, Jedidiah and Chekota Newhart, Scott, Kim and Luke Gregory, Sarah and Rebecca Crosby, Christoffer and Gabriel Newhart; a great-grandson, Derek Gregory; siblings, Bill Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads, Muriel Shaylor and Wanda Yanchuk, both of Troy, and Jean Fuller of Williamsport; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and dear friends. In addition to her husband, John, who died on June 10, 1997, Elizabeth was predeceased by her siblings, Howard and James Watkins, Marie Decker and Mary Belle Watkins. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 – 4 p.m. at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral service will be Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Judy Connell and Audrey Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Valley Cemetery. Her family suggests your consideration of a memorial to Franciscan Hospice Comfort Therapy Program at 2901 Bridgeport Way, Univ. Place, WA 98466.
Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/30/2008.

WATKINS - Little ... but mighty, sometimes a bit feisty. Loving ... babies were her joy. Courageous ... she always insisted on the moral path. Insightful ... she was a counselor. Loving ... she was a wife, mother, grandmother sister and friend. Human ... she died on March 28, 2008, leaving a trail of life's lessons and aspirations to continue to be walked by those who loved her. Born on Sept. 27, 1931, in Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., Elizabeth Elaine Watkins Newhart was one of nine siblings in the family of the late Edgar and Anna (Trask) Watkins. Weighing only 38 pounds when starting school at age 7, Elizabeth grew into a petite young lady who graduated from Troy High School with the class of 1950. Forever a blaze of determination, Liz met her husband-to-be, John Newhart, at Berry's pool in Snedeckerville one hot afternoon. John had a long row to hoe to measure up to the hard-working Watkins clan. On April 30, 1952 they were married. John and Liz shared a dream of creating a better and richer family life. Soon after they made their home near Leona, Pa., they honored that dream by having four children. In earlier years, she worked at the First National Bank of Troy. Liz then put all her time and effort into tending after her husband, her children and keeping an immaculate, comfortable and cozy home while she and John built their future. With John's passing on June 10, 1997, Liz's time priorities shifted to doting over her grandchildren, Brittany, Jedidiah and Chekota Newhart; Scott, Kim and Luke Gregory; Sarah and Rebecca Crosby; and Christoffer and Gabriel Newhart; and her first great-grandchild, Derek Gregory. They filled up her heart, her thoughts and often her days. Her children and grandchildren were now the garden she tended. We will all miss you, Elizabeth, Liz, Aunt Lizzie, Tubby, Queen Elizabeth, Mom and Grandma — by any name — life for all of us will never be the same. Left to walk the path the way she would have us do — and to honor her, we, her children and spouses, John and Mary Beth Newhart of Troy, Patricia "Trish" and Gregg Gregory of Missouri, Valerie and Jay Crosby and Willy and Melanie Newhart, all of Washington, and all her loved grandchildren and great-grandchild, join her brother Bill Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads, sisters Muriel Shaylor and Wanda Yanchuk, both of Troy, and Jean Fuller of Williamsport, Pa., as well as her lifelong neighbors and friends, to pause to say to Elizabeth, "May the Lord bless you and keep you in the hollow of his hand, until we shall meet again." While we mourn her passing and celebrate her spirit, we shall always remember to: never, never ... never give up. In addition to her husband John, Elizabeth was predeceased by her siblings, Howard and James Watkins, Marie Decker and Mary Belle Watkins. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Pepper Funeral Home in Canton. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Judy O'Connell and Audrey Fuller officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Valley Cemetery. Her family suggests your consideration of a memorial to the Franciscan Hospice Comfort Therapy Program at 2901 Bridgeport Way, Univ. Place, Wash. 98466. Published in the Towanda Daily Review 3/30/2008.

James E. WATKINS Sr., age 65, of Columbia Cross Roads died on Nov. 1, 2003, at his home. He was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in Columbia Cross Roads, the son of the late Edgar F. and Anna Trask Watkins. He was a man who loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and bowling. Jim loved his family and time spent with them. Jim is survived by his children, Jim (Deanna) Watkins Jr. of Canton, Walter Watkins of Denver, Colo., and Linda (Ron) Wood Sr. of Columbia Cross Roads and their mother, Anita Freeh of Columbia Cross Roads; his grandchildren, Billie Jo Wood, Ron (Kari) Wood Jr., Jacki Watkins and Bradley Watkins; a brother, Bill (Margo) Watkins of Columbia Cross Roads; his sisters, Marie Decker of Towanda, Wanda (Bernie) Yanchuk of Troy, Elizabeth Newhart of Troy, Muriel (Bob) Shaylor of Troy and Jean (Maurice) Fuller of Williamsport; a sister-in-law, Edith Watkins Barry of Troy; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and Jim's special friends at Terrace Lanes and Troy Lunch. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by an infant sister, Mary Belle Watkins, and a brother, Howard Watkins. Friends are invited to call at Vickery Funeral Home Inc., 110 W. Main St., Troy, on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday evening immediately following visitation at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Brad Stuefen and Delmar Stockwell will be officiating. Interment will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. ©Daily and Sunday Review 2003 submitted by Carol Brotzman

WATKINS - John H. Watkins - (1918) “Uncle John” a life long resident of Columbia township died Thursday at this home aged 88 years. In early manhood he married Susan C. Ballard and they had spent more than 65 years together upon the farm where he died. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Alice Fraley at home, a son Fred B. Watkins of Austinville, a grandson, J. W. Watkins and a great grandson, Russell W. Watkins of Elmira. The funeral was held at his home Saturday afternoon. The Rev. A. G. Cameron of Sylvania officiated. Interment was in the Besley cemetery.

WATKINS, Justus (SRGP 11211) - Mr. Justus Watkins died at his home in Austinville last week Sunday morning, the 13th instant, ages over seventy years. He was a prominent farmer and was widely known in this area of Bradford county. Mr. Watkins took a deep interest in politics and he stood firmly for his convictions. He was aggressive as a Greenbacker, and he was the Populist candidate for Lieutenant Governor and also for State Treasurer and he was the fusion candidate of the Democrats and populists for the Legislature. He was an honest man and he studied public questions and was able to express clearly his convictions which he believed to be right. Men who could not agree with him respected him as a citizen of fearlessness, gentility, charity and integrity. - Wellsboro Agitator, June 23, 1909, p.1

WELLS - (Local News)  James Wells, who through the illness of his family and the loss of stock and buildings by lighting had more than his share of misfortune died suddenly Monday evening on the farm in Columbia formerly owned by the late L. Budd.  He would have been 64 this spring.  His wife survives and three sons—Albert, Frank and Stephen.  The funeral will be held at 1 o’clock Saturday at the home; burial in the Besley cemetery. TGR 1915

WELLS - (Sylvania News)  Our community was saddened by the sudden death of James Wells of Budd’s Corners.  He was some years ago, a tenant at “Sylvan Meadows” and well known in the community.  He died on Tuesday evening of this week.  TGR 1915

WILLIAMS - TEARS Nellie Williams (SRGP 4276) Age 88, of Troy, PA, died Saturday, August 6, 2005 at the Bradford County Manor. She was born October 28, 1916 in Covington Township, Tioga County, the daughter of Lynn and Jennie Connelly Williams. Nellie was a member of the former Elk Run Methodist Church and a communicant of the United Methodist Church of Roseville. She is survived by a son, Carol Lee Tears of Mansfield, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Kenneth Kinkead of Hollidaysburg, PA, Sally and Dale VanNoy of Granville Summit, PA, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Louise, in May 1980; a sister, Ermel Spencer, in August 1994; and a grandson, Dennis Lee Kinkead, in October 1971. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Roseville United Methodist Church, Wednesday, August 10, 2005, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Howard Woodruff officiating. Interment will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Nellie's memory may be made to the Roseville United Methodist Church building fund, 4118 Rt. 549, Mansfield, PA 16933.

WILSON -  WILBER, Bertha L. Bailey [SRGP 13917]
 Age 80, of Columbia Cross Roads, RD 3, Friday, February 14, 1969, at the Troy Community Hospital.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Saturday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Funeral and committal service there Sunday at 2 p.m., the Feb. Glenn Dewey, Rev. Orey Crippen,  Rev. David Bach.  Besley Cemetery.  Survived by husband, Fay Wilbur; daughters, Mrs. William (Betty) Mosher and Mrs. Nathan (Delores) Burleigh, both of Columbia Cross Roads; sons, Clarence Bailey and Lynden Bailey, both of Elmira, Orson Bailey of Gillett, John Bailey and William Bailey of Mansfield; sister, Mrs. Sophronia Bailey of Troy; 30 grandchildren; one great grandchild.  Mrs. Wilbur was a member of the Austinville Union Church where she served as pianist for several years.  She was a retired Remington Rand Office Machines, Division of Sperry Rand Co, employee.


CARLTON WILSON succumbs at 88
Carlton Wilson, 88, of Troy RR 2, Troy, PA, died December 28, 1995 at home. Mr. Wilson was born in Horseheads, NY, son of the late Samuel and Mae (Bailey) Wilson. Carlton attended Troy High School. His early years were spent working his father's farm and portable sawmill, setting up the latter as it was moved to each required location. He mastered the technique of welding in the early years and established a welding shop and garage at Columbia Cross Roads in the mid 1930's, extending this operation into a farm machinery business in the mid 1950's. This profitable enterprise, operated with LaRue Ritz, his partner, continued at a new location on Elmira Road near Troy until 1962 when he purchased Troy Marble and Granite Memorial business which he continued to operate until 1978. Carlton was also an "Extra-Class License" Ham Radio operator with assigned letters K13Y. He was an avid saxophone player and performed with the Masonic Williamsport Teteque Band for 28 years. His interest in old farm tools and their historic significance led him to the Towanda Bradford County Historic Society where he served as a member of the Board of Directors for 15 years. He retired from that organization in 1991 to work with the newly organized Troy Bradford County Heritage Association, Farm Museum, identifying and cataloging donated artifacts. His artistic ability, combined with his mastery of the "computer," is evident in all of the signs in the Farm Museum that he created and installed. He was a member of Trojan Lodge #306, Troy, PA, where he served as Worshipful Master; Troy Royal Arch Chapter #261, Troy, PA. He served as Most Excellent High Priest and was also appointed to serve as district deputy grand high priest of District 14 of the Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Northern Council, Royal and Select Master Masons No. 24, Athens, and served as thrice illustrious master. He was a member of Northern Commandery No. 16, Knights Templar, Towanda, where he served as eminent commander. Mr. Wilson was also a member of Northeastern York Rite College No. 102, Towanda; was a member of the Knight York Cross of Honor, Penn Priory No. 6 PA and the Red Cross of Constantine, Williamsport Conclave, Williamsport, PA where he served as puissant sovereign. He was also very active in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Carlton was a member of the Towanda Lodge of Perfection 14th Degree and served there as thrice potent master, Hayden Council, Princes of Jerusalem 16th Degree and Calvary Chapter of Rose Croix 18th Degree in the Scottish Rite Valley of Towanda. Brother Wilson was selected and received the Meritorious Service award for outstanding service to the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Valley of Towanda. He was a member of the Williamsport Consistory 32nd Degree, Valley of Williamsport. He was nominated and received the 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sylvia Wilson, Troy; son, Carlton James Wilson, Brookfield, CT; stepdaugher, Sylvia Lea and Ronald Frymire, Cogan Station, PA; grandchildren, Megan and Adam Frymire, Cogan Station, Mark Carlton Wilson, Brookfield, CT; Lynn Jeannine Wilson, Rutland, VT; Bonnie Lee Wilson Potter and husband Roger, Monroe, CT. Funeral services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Troy on January 2 with the Rev. Debbie Blair officiating and burial to be at Columbia Valley Cemetery. A Masonic Service was held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on January 2. Donations to the Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848 will be appreciated. (TGR Thursday, January 4, 1996)

WILSON, EDGAR, The people of this place were greatly saddened by the sudden death of Edgar Wilson, which occurred on Sunday evening last in 1912.  Death was due to brain trouble.  Mr. Wilson was a lifelong resident of this place.  Besides his widow, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Samuel Bailey and Mrs. Will Bailey, both of Austinville; two sons, Samuel Wilson, of Horseheads, N. Y.; Manley Wilson, at home; one brother, Frank Wilson, of Austinville, and one sister, Mrs. John Van Ness, of Mansfield.  The funeral will be held from the Austinville church on Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Mr. Johnson officiating.  (Handwritten date Nov. 24, 1912),

JAMES (FRANCIS) WILSON, 82, Troy RD 3 Pa. died Monday evening, Jan. 21, 1985 at the Troy Community Hospital.  Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 8, 1902 in Roseville, Pa. the son of Samuel and Marian (Mae) Wilson of Austinville, Pa.  He was a life member of the American Federation of Musicians.  He was past secretary-treasurer of Local 761, Williamsport.  Mr. Wilson was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Auburn, N.Y.  Surviving are his wife, Nina Rumsey Wilson; son, Leslie (Budd) Wilson of Dade City, Fla.; daughters, Marjorie Woughter, wife of Rev. William Woughter of Canisteo, N.Y. and Mrs. Raymond (Theora) “Teddy” Austin of Vernon, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, A. Carlton and Sylvia Wilson of Troy RD 2; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one aunt, Agnes Clark of Elmira; nephew, James Wilson of Connecticut; several cousins; brother-in-law and wife, emery and Marjorie Rumsey of troy; sisters-in-law and husbands, Margaret and Griffin Hubbard of Troy and Charlotte and James Abbey of Harrisburg.  There will be no prior calling hours.  The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy with Rev. George Durie officiating.  Burial will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery

WILSON, Jessie - Mrs Frederick Watkins
Mrs Jessie Wilson Watkins died Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the family in Austinville aged sixty one years. Mrs Watkins is survived by her husband Frederick, a son, James of Elmira; a grandson Russell W., of Elmira; three sisters, Mrs John Wolfe of Snedeckervil1e; Mrs Stephen Kenyon Troy; Mrs G.M. Case of Elmira; a brother Stephen Wilson of Snedekerville. The Funeral was held at the family home Monday at 2 p.m. the Rev. A.G. Cameron officiating. Burial in the Besley cemetery. (a.k.A. Columbia Valley Cemetery)(1926)

WILSON, MANLEY O.,  Age 65, of Austinville, Pa., Friday, April 23, 1965. Body at Vickery Funeral Home, Troy. Calling hours: Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral and committal service there Monday at 2 pm. the Rev. Orey Crippen. Besley Cemetery. Survived, by son, Dick of Moravia, NY; sisters, Mrs. Fay Wilbur of Austinville, Mrs. Sophronie Bailey of Troy; two grandchildren. He was a feed salesman in Austinville, and a member of Austinville Union Church.

 Samuel W. WILSON, aged 71, for many years an Austinville resident, died Saturday, June 25, 1949. Survived by wife, Marian Bailey Wilson; sons, Francis, Auburn and Carlton, Columbia Cross Roads; sisters, Mrs. William Bailey, Austinville, and Mrs. James Bailey, Troy; brother Manley, Austinville; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A prayer service was held at the family home at 1:30 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m. at the Austinville Baptist Church. The Rev. Orey Crippen and Rev. Glenn Dewey. Masonic service at the grave. Besley Cemetery.

JOSEPH T. WINTERS
Joseph T. Winters, 70, of RD 3, Gillett died Wednesday November 28, 1990 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY. Joseph was a former Scoutmaster in Elmira and Columbia Cross Roads. He was a US Army veteran of WW II, having served in the First Infantry Division in the European Theatre. He was a member of the Austinville Union Church. He is survived by his wife, Marie (Davis) Winters; daughter and son-in-law, Gale and Joseph Bryner of Reinholds, PA; son, Thomas Winters of Beaumont, TX; mother, Ethel (Mosher) Winters of Ithaca, NY; sisters, Ethel (Howard) Resse of Big Flats, NY, Virginia (Edward) Smith of Elmira Heights, NY, Marie (Lee) Teter of Newfield, NY, Annice (Norman) Griswold of Horseheads, NY; Janice (Ronald) McInroy of Anaheim, CA; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Marjorie Winters of Tustin, CA; aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held December 1 at the Olthof Funeral Home in Elmira with the Rev. Kenneth Marple officiating and interment to be in Columbia Valley Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the charity of one's choice. (TGR, Thursday, December 6, 1990)

Clinton A. WOLFE of Columbia X Roads, and son of Hosea Wolfe deceased, died of cancer of the stomach, July 15th, 1902, age 45 years, at Dr. Pratt’s Hospital in Elmira, where he had gone for treatment. His remains were brought home on the 5:12 p.m. train, the next day. The funeral was held at the home, on the 17th at 2 o’clock Rev. T. Mitchell of Troy, officiating. Mr. Wolfe was held in great esteem by the people at large. He left behind a beautiful home and lovely family and a large circle of relatives and friends, at an age when life is hopeful and full of promise. He leaves behind a wife, a son and two daughters, Anna and Hosea, a mother, one brother, George and one sister, Mrs. Charles P. Shaw survive, all residents of Columbia township.

MISS DORA M. WOLFE
Services for Miss Dora M. Wolfe, 75, of Austinville, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, the Rev. Glenn Dewey officiating. Interment will be in Besley cemetery, Columbia Township. Miss Wolfe died on Feb. 8, 1965 at the Blossburg Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Columbia Township and was a member of the Towanda Universalist Church. Surviving is her brother, Lloyd Wolfe of Sylvania.

WOLFE - Daily Review (SRGP 42197)
Edna "Louis" (Wolfe) Haven, age 93, of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., died on Thursday, March 18, 2004, with her family by her side at the Sylvan Ridge Person Care Home. She was born July 17, 1910, in Elmira, N.Y., the daughter of the late Chester and Lena (McLane) Wolfe. In addition to her parents, Edna was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Sterling B. Haven, and her daughter, Alice Louise Corcoran. Edna was a member of the Austinville Union Church from 1934-1960. During that time she served as church secretary, pianist, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Missionary Society. Since 1960, Edna was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, serving as membership chairperson and active with the United Methodist Church Women's Group. Edna was also active in the community with the Columbia Cross Roads Birthday Club, serving as the secretary of membership; she was a member of the Austinville Rebekah Lodge and the Austinville Board of Elections. Edna graduated in 1932 from the Mansfield State Teachers College with a Bachelor's Degree in English and French, and then in 1933, she was certified to teach Elementary Education. When she began her teaching career in 1933 she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Coryland, Pa. for two years. When she returned to teaching she became a substitute teacher until she became the first Special Education teacher at Troy. She completed her teaching as a third grade teacher at W.R. Croman until she retired in 1976. She enjoyed her family and entertaining on the holidays, playing cards, traveling with the Senior Citizens and being a part of the Senior Citizen Troy Kitchen Band. She just truly enjoyed the company and friendship of the Troy Senior Citizens. Surviving are: her sons, Richard Sterling (Van) Haven of Sun City, AZ, Harold Dean (Nancy) Haven of Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; daughter, Evelyn Ann (Dennis) Woodard of Penn Yan, N.Y.; grandchildren, David (Anna) Corcoran of Elmira, N.Y., Michael Haven of Troy, Amy (Todd) Freyman of Littleton, MA and Laurie (Thomas) Morrell of Elmira, N.Y.; step-grandchildren, Kathy (William) Vinhage of Bradenton, FL, Ross (Beverly) VanDooser of Knightdale, NC; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to call at the Vickery Funeral Home, Inc. 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. on Sunday, March 21, 2004 from 2 to 4 p.m. The funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 4 p.m. with Rev. David Dressler officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the Columbia Valley Cemetery in Columbia Cross Roads. Memorials in Edna's name may be directed to the Columbia Cross Roads United Methodist Church, the Austinville Union Church or the Guthrie Hospice. submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

WOLFE - Mrs. Charles [Ella E. Wolfe] Shaw - (1910) Following two or three months of poor health, Mrs. Charles Shaw died last Friday morning at her home in Austinville, aged 49 years. Her husband survives and one brother, George Wolfe. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home.

Hosea C. WOLFE, age 75, of Columbia Cross Roads, Monday, February 1, 1965. Friends may call at the family home Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral in the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church, Thursday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Ann Palmer, Besley Cemetery. Survived by wife, Mrs. Jeanette Murray Wolfe; daughters, Mrs. Ricard Ault of Sayre and Mrs. Martin Dennington of Elmira; three grandchildren. He was a retired Columbia Township farmer, member of the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church; the Waverly Moose and the Columbia Grange.

WOLFE - The Daily Review, Towanda, PA, Tuesday Morning, Feb. 2, 1965 Hosea C. Wolfe, retired Columbia Township farmer, died Monday Feb. 1, 1965 at his home in Columbia Cross Roads following an extended illness, at age 75. Mr. Wolfe was a lifelong resident of Columbia Township and highly regarded in that area. He was a member of the Columbia Cross Roads Methodist Church, the Waverly Moose Lodge and was a 55 year member of Columbia Grange. Surviving are: his wife, Jeanette Murray Wolfe; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Ault of Sayre and Mrs. Martin Bennington of Elmira; three grandchildren; two cousins, Miss Dora Wolfe of Troy RD and Lloyd Wolfe of Sylvania. Funeral services will be held at the Columbia Cross Roads Church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Ann Palmer will officiate and burial will be in the Besley cemetery. Submitted by Carlton Wolfe, 620 N. College St., Auburn, AL 36830-3014 CDXJ63A@Prodigy.com


WOODWARD - BEATRICE R. AVANTS
Beatrice R. Avants, 65, of Troy RR 3, PA died Thursday, April 27, 1995 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. She was retired from Canford's Manufacturing in Canton. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Robert Fuller of Sylvania, PA, June and Paul Jackson of Sylvania; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Connie Avants of Columbia Cross Roads RR 3, Tim and Tina Avants of Troy; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Alden Woodward of Troy; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Warren Carnright of Florida; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, James H. Avants; parents, Harmon and Clara Soper Woodward; feather and mother-in-law, Asa and Bertha Avants. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on April 39 with Mark A. Hamby officiating and burial to be in Columbia Valley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, PO Box 428, Sayre, PA 18840 or the American Cancer Society, 413 South Main, Athens, PA 18810. (TGR Thursday, May 4, 1995)

WRIGHT, CHAUNCEY D., age 75, of Gillett, RD 1, Pa., Monday May 17, 1965. Body at Keister Funeral Home 1138 Broadway where friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Wednesday at 1 p.m., the Rev. L. C. Voorhees, Besley Cemetery, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa. Survived by wife, Mrs. Bertha Wright, daughter, Mrs. Frederick Pierce of Pine City, Mrs. LaVern Alexander of Elmira, Mrs. Donald Shaffer of Wyalusing, Pa.; sons Chauncey J. Wright and H. Donald Wright both of Elmira, Walter Wright of Troy RD 3 and Albert and Richard Wright both of Binghamton, N.Y; sisters, Mrs. Cola Maynard of Gillett, Pa.; Mrs. Edward Hoagland and Mrs. Permelia Young both of Elmira; brother W. R. Wright of Binghamton; 16 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Description: C:\TC\~srgp\new\100.gifWRIGHT –LILLIAN B. SOPER, 101 widow of Roy Soper of Troy RD 3, formerly of Hollywood, Florida died Sunday, March 17, 1985 at the Bradford County Manor.  She was born August 25, 1883 in Elmira, N.Y., the daughter of Elias and Louisa Moscow Wright.  Mrs. Soper was a resident of Sylvania for many years where she served as postmistress for 17 years.  Upon her retirement, she moved to N. Miami Beach, Florida to live with her sister, Nettie Tiers.  Following Mrs. Tiers death, Mrs. Soper resided with her son and daughter-in-law, Rexford and Beatrice Soper in Hollywood, Florida.  She was preceded in death by Rexford on July 1983.  At the age of 100, Mrs. Soper flew alone from Florida to Elmira.  Later she became a guest at the Bradford County Manor.  Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Beatrice Soper of Sun City Center, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will be in Columbia Valley Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.  There will be no calling hours.  –Towanda Daily Review

LOUIS P. WRIGHT (SRGP 59387)
Louis P. Wright, 72, Uleta, Fla, died Friday, Sept. 21. [1951] He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Tears , Uleta and Mrs. Lillian Soper, Sylvania; a brother, Ernest Wright, Uleta, and several nieces and nephews. The body arrived Monday morning at the Soper & Vickery Funeral Home, Troy, where funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Orey Crippen officiated and interment was in Besley Cemetery.

 

WRIGHT Walter W. "Pete" Wright

85, of Wetona, died on Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Towanda Memorial Hospital. He was the loving husband of Polly R. (Clark) Wright. The couple married Aug. 12, 1950 and had 61 happy years together.  Family and friends are welcome to gather from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Gerald W. Vickery Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 1093 West Main St., Troy.   The memorial service to honor Pete's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16 at the funeral home with pastors Jody Kenyon and Lavern Jackson officiating.  Military honors will be given by the Troy Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be at the convenience of Pete's family in Columbia Valley Cemetery.  Pete was born on May 7, 1927 in Gillett, son of the late Chauncey D. and Bertha (Holton) Wright. He was a U.S. veteran who served his country at the end of World War II in the occupation of Japan.   Both before and after the war, Pete worked in the woods with his father. He later worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and after went to work for American Bridge in Elmira, N.Y., where he was an exporter for the company.   In 1988, after 43 years of service, Pete retired from American Bridge.  He was a member of the Wetona United Methodist Church, and both the American Legion Post No. 49 and VFW Post No. 8675 in Troy. Pete was a lifetime member of the NRA and his passions were hunting and fishing.  Pete is survived by his wife Polly; his children, David (Joann) Wright of Laceyville, Donna (David) TenHoeve of Hillsdale, N.J. and Dale Wright and his companion Clare of Castile, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Jamie (Mike) D'Amico, Camille (Russell) Brittel, Diana (Adam) Silverman, Lisa (Aaron) Craig, Joshua Wright, Sarah (Robert) Hageman and Chelsea Wright; his great grandchildren, Lizzy Wright, Jonathan Wright, Skyla Wright, Joseph D'Amico, Tyler Hageman, Gianna D'Amico and Alana Silverman; his sisters: Jane Alexander of Elmira, N.Y. and Frances (Donald) Shaffer of Towanda; his brother, H. Donald (Betty) Wright of Elmira; and with several nieces and nephews.  Pete was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Chauncey "Jack" Wright Jr., Albert Wright, Richard Wright, and his sister Ethel Pierce.  Memorial contributions may be made in Pete's memory to the Bradford County Humane Society P.O. Box 179 Ulster, PA 18850.   Towanda Daily Review – July 14, 2012


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