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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Obituary & Clipping Section
Bradford County, Pennsylvania

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries 

 

 

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) 

 

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DAVIS E. VANDYKE, 93, lifelong Canton-area resident, died peacefully on Saturday morning, March 15, 2003, at the Troy Community Hospital.  Born on July 14, 1909, he was a son of the late M. Faye and Estella Wright Van Dyke. Davis grew up on his family's farm in East Canton and graduated from Canton High School.  In 1931, he married Myrtle L. Landon of North Union. Together they owned and operated the East Canton General Store until 1945.  Following the sale of the store, they purchased the Louis Marble property on Minnequa Heights.  They spent the next 50 years raising and selling apples, cherries and peaches. His beloved Myrtle preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 1995.  In his spare time, Davis enjoyed motorcycle riding and piloting small planes. He was a former member of the East Canton United Methodist Church.  He is survived by four daughters, Nancy and John Williammee of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Lynne Hertel of Canton, Ginny and Ted Angradi of Ship Bottom, N.J., and Susan and Marcel Schiess of Canton; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, M.M. "Pat" and Mildred Van Dyke of East Canton; a brother-in-law, Roy Landon of Canton; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.  In addition to his wife, Myrtle, Davis was predeceased by his two sisters, Elizabeth Van Dyke and Evelyn Shedden Sechrist.  In keeping with Mr. Van Dyke's wishes, a private memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at the Van Dyke home. The Rev. James Warren Barrett, a longtime friend, and the Rev. Jay Morris will be with his family.  In lieu of flowers his family suggests that those who wish may make memorials in Mr. Van Dyke's name to the Guthrie Hospice at RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, Pa.   (Buried E. Canton Cemetery.   Arrangements are in the care of the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton.

 

VanDYKE Elizabeth

Miss Elizabeth VanDyke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fay VanDyke, of Canton, was struck and instantly killed by lightening during the heavy thunder storm of Friday afternoon. Mrs. VanDYKE and Elizabeth went upstairs to close the windows and while there the bold struck the house. Mrs. VanDYKE was rendered unconscious, but recovered. TGR 1913 

 

VANDYKE –EVELYN SHEDDEN SECHRIST, 87 a former lifelong resident of East Canton went home to her Lord and Savior on Friday morning, March 1, 2002 at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella.  Born on April 14, 1914 in East Canton, she was the daughter of the late Meylert Faye and Stella (Wright) VanDyke.  Evelyn graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1931 and attended Asbury College in Kentucky and Mansfield College in Mansfield, Pa.  Mrs. Sechrist was one of the first employees hired in 1959 by Canford Manufacturing in Canton.  She worked there for many years until her retirement.  Evelyn was a woman of strong faith in the Lord and was an active member of the East Canton United Methodist Church.  She was a former member of the Canton Music Club and the Order of the Easter Star, Canton Chapter No. 71, serving as worthy matron in 1970 and 1974.  A considerate and kind woman, Evelyn loved people and enjoyed doing for others.  Her family was always most important in her life.  She was a talented seamstress, enjoyed traveling and especially loved her winter home in Lakeland, Fla.  Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Tom Feeney of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three sons and daughters-in-law, L. Scott and Elaine Shedden of East Canton, Davis and Maxine Shedden of Canton and Leo and Jennie Shedden of Ann Arbor, Mich.; three step-children and their spouses, Julia and Paul Landon of Tunkhannock, C. Romaine and Betty Sechrist of Canton, Kay and Dale Groover of Newark, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Lee) Kraszewski, Bryan (Michelle) Shedden, Mark and Tammy Shedden, Jim Shedden, Charles (Teresa) Shedden, Craig Shedden, Kerby (Julia) Shedden and Cory (Marian) Shedden; 12 great-grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and 20 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers and sister-in-law, Meylert “Pat” and Mildred VanDyke of Canton and Davis VanDyke of Canton and several nieces, a nephew and many cousins.  Evelyn was predeceased by her first husband, Leslie Shedden in 1959; her second husband, W. Clyde Sechrist in 1993 and a sister, Elizabeth E. VanDyke in 1912.  The family invites friends to call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook drive, Canton.  The women of the Eastern Star will honor Mrs. Sechrist at 6:45 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2002 at the East Canton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral.  Burial will follow in the East Canton Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers and suggests that those who wish may direct memorials in Evelyn’s name the East Canton United Methodist Church’s memorial fund at RR 1 Box 73, Canton, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

VANDYKE MYLERT FAYE
VanDyke, Mylert Faye- Canton, Sept 1(1949)-73, died at his East Canton home Wednesday afternoon after a short illness. Mr. VanDyke was born in 1875 in the home his grandfather had built on his farm in East Canton. Mr. VanDyke lived there until his retirement five years ago. While carrying on a large dairy farm, he was actively associated with community life, serving on the school board and acting as farm checker under the government Farm Conservation program during the war. As a member of the East Canton Methodist Church, he was active in the Young People’s Society and became trustee when his father laid down that task. Outside of his home church, Mr. VanDyke served as Conference Lay delegate and also was elected Lay delegate to four Quadrennial General conferences and the World Rural Church Conference. He is survived by his wife, Estella; one daughter, Mrs. Leslie Shedden of East Canton; two sons, Davis and Meylert of Canton; two brothers, Rev. Ellroy VanDyke of Geneva, NY and Oscar L VanDyke of Pasadena, Calif; one sister, Mrs. Florence Kent of Elmira. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton, on Saturday will be removed to the East Canton Methodist Church where funeral services will be held. Rev. Allen Barrett will officiate with burial in East Canton Cemetery.

ROBERT W. VANDYKE age 82, died Monday, July 3, 2000 in Penn Yan, N.Y.  He was born April 2, 1918 in East Canton, Pa., and was the son of the Rev. Ellroy D. and Harriett Boyd VanDyke.  During World War II he was in the U.S. Army in the European Theater and received the Bronze Star and five battle stars.  He was a graduate of Syracuse University and a member of the Equality Club of Buffalo and the Williamsville United Methodist Church.  Bob was with Nationwide Insurance for 33 years and retired as divisional claims manager in 1982.  He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Edith L. VanDyke; children, Janet (Martin) Huisjen of Boulder, Colo., Jean VanDyke of North Rome, Marilyn (Clive) Tunnicliffe of Chapel Hill, N.C., Robert E. (Trudy) VanDyke of San Mateo, Calif.; five grandchildren, Derek and Kati Huisjen, Luke Tunnicliffe and Robert M. and Samuel G. VanDyke; a sister, Helen (Robert) Westover of Midlothian, Va. and Barbara V. Wolfe of Canandaigua, N.Y.; a brother, E. Boyd (Dorothy) VanDyke of Keuka Park, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews.  Friends and relatives are invited to attend his memorial service on July 21, 2000 at 10:30 a.m. at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Wolfe and the Rev. K. Wayne Butler officiating.  Burial will be at East Canton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are by Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel in Penn Yan.  –Towanda Daily Review

VANDINE - PECK Stephanie L.
68, of Canton, PA, died at home with her family at her side on early Wednesday morning, June 13, 2007. Stephanie Lewis was born in Canton, PA, on November 5, 1938. She was the only daughter of the late Leo H. Lewis and Marjorie (Dann) VanDine. In 1956, she graduated from high school in Elmira, NY. On September 18, 1962, Stephanie married Delon R. Peck. They made their home in Canton and were blessed with two children. She was employed as a loan officer at the former Bank of Troy for many years. Most recently she worked for Carson's Consumer Loan Co. in Troy, until retiring in 1997. Stephanie was very proud of her family and will always be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother and a devoted wife. She was a member of Troy's St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Women of the Moose Lodge 981 and V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary Post 714, both in Canton. Stephanie was a voracious reader and loved to play cards; 500 and Canasta were her favorites. Surviving are her husband of 44 years, Delon "De" Peck; two daughters, Lisa White of Blossburg, and Deborah Rockwell of Troy; two grandchildren, Lacey Christley and Willis Rockwell; many dear friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Desiree Christley; and three brothers, Art, Lynn and D. Gary Lewis. Calling hours will be 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, June 15th, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, PA. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at Pepper's. Burial will follow in East Canton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests your consideration of a donation in Stephanie's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.

VANFLEET –FRANCES D. (VANFLEET) MASON, 94, Granby , MA, died April 17, 2002 in Sunbridge Nursing Home, Hadley, MA.  Born and educated in Canton, she graduated from Mansfield Normal School, Mansfield, PA.  She was a resident of East Canton until 1991 when she moved to Granby, MA to be near her family.  Mrs. Mason was an active member of the United Methodist Church.  She started her career as a teacher in the Beech Flats School, but later found paper hanging to be her chosen profession.  Her other loves were her family, garden, quilting, sewing and other crafts.  She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Mason.  Surviving are her daughter Patricia (Patty) Reynolds, Granby, MA: grandchildren, Heather Reynolds and David Labonte; Candice, Kevin Reynolds; great-grandchildren, Robert and Ashley.  A committal service will be held at the East Canton Cemetery at 10 a.m. June 22 led by Jasper Smith.  Memorial contributions may be made to the East Canton United Methodist Church.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

VANNOY - Harry Laurence (Bud) VanNoy Jr., 81, of Granville Summit, Pa., diedpeacefully in his sleep on May 12, 2009.  Born in the family home (where he and his wife, Betty, raised their family) in Bailey's Corner, he was the son of the late Harry Laurence and Lena (ROCKWELL) VanNoy. Bud attended Troy High School and was a member of the baseball team. His love of sports continued throughout his life. He was a member of the Trojan Booster Club and served as a director for many years. He faithfully attended softball and football contests and liked the Friday night races at Redline Raceway in Granville.  Bud liked to play cards and Yahtzee with family and friends. He loved to square dance and listen to Polka music. Bud was a farmer, Granville Township road foreman and township supervisor before his retirement. He also ran a business with his dump truck and loader. He was a former member of the Granville IOOF Lodge 687, Trojan Lodge 306 F&AM and Canton Moose Lodge 429. Bud was always willing to help others. During local flooding in the Granville area, he opened roads and cleared bridges with his equipment so that the ambulances and other emergency vehicles could get to those in need. Bud is survived by: his wife of 59 years, Betty (RYDER); a daughter, Vicki L. VanNoy of Granville; a son and daughter-in-law, Rocky and Diana VanNoy of Elkins, W.Va.; grandchildren Jessica and Lance of Elkins, W.Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and George VanHorn of S. Daytona, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Paul (Betty) Ryder of Roscoe, N.Y.; brother-in-law Richard Ryder of Welakea, Fla.; and sister-in-law Sharon Eckert of Berkeley, Calif.  A memorial service will be held at a later time at the family's convenience. Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Bud's name may be directed to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848, or the National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494, or to a charity of one's choice.  Professional service have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home Inc. of Canton.  13 May 2009, Daily Review.

VETTER –ELAINE ‘QUEENIE’ ARNOLD, 75 Canton, PA (formerly of Muncy), died very unexpectedly on November 18, 2002, at the Troy Community Hospital.  Born on February 11, 1927, in Muncy; she was a daughter of the late Woodward and Margaret (Houser) Vetter.  On January 12, 1947, she married James C. Arnold in Cumberland, MD.  Together they shared nearly 56 years marriage and raised two children.  “Queenie” as her family and many friends affectionately knew her, worked for a short time at the former Collins Valve Company in Canton.  She later worked as a teller at the First National Bank of Canton for over 30 years until her retirement in 1995.  She was a member of Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ), the Wheel Inn Club, Roaring Branch, the Canton Women of the Moose Lodge No. 981, and the Canton Eastern Star (O.E.S.) No. 71.  Mrs. Arnold cherished her family and home.  She was happiest when catering to her grandchildren, and they in turn loved her dearly.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed walking, knitting, and crossword puzzles.  In addition to her beloved husband Jim, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ike Bowers, Windfall; son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Roberta Arnold, Canton; grandchildren:  Stacy Reed, Rocklin, CA, Jamie Reed, Canton, Christopher Arnold, Canton, Erica Arnold, Rockville, MD; brother Robert Vetter, Muncy.  Her family invites friends to call from 6-9 p.m. November 20, at the Pepper funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. November 21 with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating.  Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery.  Those who wish may direct memorials in Mrs. Arnold’s name to the Green Free Library, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

WALBURN Cynthia “Cindy” BURBANK, 36, of Canton, PA died unexpectedly Friday, August 25, 1995 Troy at Community Hospital.  She was born on January 6, 1959 in Elmira, NY.  In earlier years, Cindy attended Troy High school.  She was formerly employed by Paper Magic in Canton and at the time of her death, was employed Bradford Basket Company in Troy.  Surviving are her husband of 16 years, Steven A. Burbank at home, who she married in Bentley Creek, PA; daughters, Susan M. Burbank, Lisa Porter, Melinda Burbank and Cassandra Burbank; a son, Steven “J.T.” Burbank; her mother, Agnes M. Heeman of Alba, PA; her father and stepmother, Elmer T. and Joyce Walburn of Danville, PA; her stepfather, Richard Heeman of Troy; grandmother, Verta Woodward of Canton; brothers, Elmer T. Walburn Jr. of Granville Summit and Gary Walburn  of LeRoy; sisters, Vickie Adams of Ridgebury Twp. Cathy Coats of Plymouth, PA and Barbara Guy of Muncy, PA; three step-brothers and two stepsisters; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and brace Burbank of Bentley Cree; three brothers-in-law, Robert Burbank of Elmira, Richard Burbank of Bentley Creek and Terry Burbank of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Linda Tice of Bentley Creek; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special aunt and uncle, George and Phyllis Baggerly of Waverly, NY.  Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on August 28 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in the east Canton cemetery, Canton Township.  Paull bearers were Gary Walburn, Elmer Walburn Jr., George Baggerly, Christopher Bilbrey and Tom and Tim Adams.  Memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, c/o Lois Johnson, PO Box 28, Canton, PA 17724.

WALBURN –CYNTHIA A. ‘CINDY’ BURBANK, 36, of 12 East South Avenue, Canton, died unexpectedly early Friday morning, Aug. 25, 1995, at the Troy Community Hospital.  She was born Jan. 6, 1959, in Elmira, NY.  In earlier years, Cindy attended Troy High School.  She was formerly employed by Paper Magic, Canton, and at the time of her death, was employed by the Bradford Basket Co. in troy.  On March 25, 1979, she married Steven A. Burbank in Bentley Creek, PA.  Cindy loved children and enjoyed caring for them.  Her main interest in life encompassed her home and family.  She is survived by: her husband of 16 years, Steven, at home; four daughters, Susan M. Burbank, Lisa Porter, Melinda Burbank and Cassandra Burbank; a son, Steve “J.T.” Burbank; her mother, Agnes M. Heeman, Alba; her father and step-mother, Elmer T. and Joyce Walburn, Danville, PA; her stepfather, Richard Heeman, Troy; grandmother, Verta Woodward, Canton; two brothers Elmer T. Walburn, Jr., Granville Summit and Gary Walburn, LeRoy; three sisters, Vickie Adams, Ridgebury Twp., Cathy Coats, Plymouth, and Barbara Guy, Muncy; three stepbrothers and stepsisters, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Grace Burbank, Bentley Creek; three brothers-in-law, Robert Burbank, Elmira, Richard Burbank, Bentley Creek and terry Burbank, South Carolina; a sister-in-law, Linda Tice, Bentley Creek; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special aunt and uncle, George and Phyllis Baggerly, Waverly, NY.  The funeral service was held Aug. 28, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Rt. 14, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Interment was in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township.  Pallbearers were: Gary Walburn, Elmer Walburn Jr., George Baggerly, Christopher Bilbrey, and Tom and Tim Adams.  The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, Canton, PA. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

FRANK T. WALCHESKI
 Frank T. Walcheski, 74, of Canton RD 2, died February 19, 1990 at Troy Community Hospital. He was born November 24, 1915 in Bradford County, the son of John and Anna Kutz Walcheski.  He retired in 1970 from the J. P. Ward Foundry in Blossburg. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Viola Mae Parker Walcheski; sons, Frank M. and Gary T., both of Canton RD 2; daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Suzanne) Hicks of Canton; one stepson and two stepdaughters; two sisters; seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers, Theodore, John and Vincent; sister, Bertha Elsbree in 1988; and one step-son. Funeral services were held February 22 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. N. Glen Landis of the New Life Temple officiating and burial to be in East Canton Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, March 1, 1990)

FRANK T. WALCHESKI, 74, of Canton RD 2, died Feb. 19, 1990 at Troy Community Hospital.  He was born  Nov. 14, 1915 in Bradford County, the son of John and Anna Kutz Walcheski.  He retired in 1970 from the J.P. Ward Foundry in Blossburg, where he worked in the maintenance department.  He attended the New Life Temple in Canton and enjoyed his family, gardening and repairing items.  He is survived by his wife, Viola Mae Parker Walcheski, of 35 years; two sons; Frank M. and Gary T. both Canton RD 2; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Suzanne) Hicks of Canton; one stepson, Willis R. McNeal, Jr. of Libertyville, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Carl (Winona) Learn of Sayre and Wanda McNeal of Roaring Branch; two sisters, Mrs. Herman (Rose) Seeley of Canton RD 2 and Clara Walcheski of Towanda; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by three brothers; Theodore in 1926, John in 1985 and Vincent in 1987; one sister, Bertha Elsbree in 1988, and one step-son, J. Neal in 1985.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. N. Glen Landis of the New Life Temple officiating.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review.

DAVID CURTIS ‘BUG’ WARD, 19 of Leroy died on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 as the result of a tragic motor vehicle accident east of Canton on Route 414.  Born on June 23, 1982 in Sayre he was a son of David A. Ward of Leroy and Laurie May of Canton.  David was a 2001 graduate of Canton High School.  He was employed by the Landis Brothers’ dairy farm near Alba.  Bog was a well-liked and happy young man who had a very kind heart.  He enjoyed being around people and had a special empathy for babies and the elderly.  Bug was a talented Warrior wrestler.  He loved nature and the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  In addition to his parents, Davin is survived by; a brother, Nathan Ward; a sister, Fawn Ward; maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Peggy and George Cheesman of Shunk, his maternal grandfather, Bernard May of Canton; his paternal grandparents, Floyd and Eva Ward of Canton; many aunts, uncles and cousins; special friends, Daniel Dotty and David Sampson and many friends.  Friends are invited to call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Pepper Funeral home, Canton.  The funeral and committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the New Life Church on McMurray Road; two miles north of Canton on Route 14.  Officiating at the services will be the Rev. Michael Gaiotti.  Burial will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the East Canton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials in Davin’s name be given to the Canton Youth Matmen at P.O. Box 1, Canton, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

ANNA D. WATTS, on the evening of Friday, March 31, 2006, long-time Canton area resident Anna D. Watts died at the Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda.  She was 90 years of age.
Born in West Virginia on Nov. 9, 1915, she was the daughter of Thomas Murray Watts and Anna (Walthers) Watts.  By profession, Miss Watts was a teacher of Business Administration, spending most of her career at Canton Area High School. Prior to her retirement in 1965, she also served as the school’s office manager. She was an active member of Canton Chapter. No. 71, O.E.S., and was known as an avid golfer. She also enjoyed traveling, and had toured the world quite extensively. Anna was also a woman of great faith, and was a long-time member of the East Canton United Methodist Church. In recent years, while residing at the Sherwood Retirement Home, Anna enjoyed the fellowship of the weekly Bible study group.  She is survived by her niece, Shirley Hartman, and great-niece, Christine Gardner, both of Melbourne, Fla.; great-nephew, Bryon Gardner of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.; great-great-niece, Erica and great-great-nephew Kyle; as well as by several cousins.  In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Anderson.  Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Canton Chapter No. 71 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service in her honor.  The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jay Morris of Eastern Canton Church officiating. Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery. The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the East Canton United Methodist Church, RR 1, Box 1396, Canton, Pa., or the American Heart Association, 228 S. Russell Ave., Williamsport, Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel

WATTS, HARRY A.,   Services for Harry A. Watts, 68, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton, were held Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church, officiating.  The interment was held in the E. Canton Cemetery.  Mr. Watts died August 30, 1984 at the Manor.  He was born April 8, 1916 in E. Canton.  He is the son of Clarence and Minnie Hoagland Watts. Surviving are two half-sisters, Pauline Baldwin ,Canton and Delight Dreste, Alba.  (TGR Sept.6, 1984)

WATTS –MRS. HATTIE MANDEVILLE, 88 died at home Wednesday, March 27, 1957.  She is survived by her husband Hendrick, on son Lisle Watts of Canton; 2 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with services at 2:00 Sat. with the Rev. Owen Barrett officiating.  Burial in East Canton Cemetery.

KEITH L. WATTS
 Keith L. Watts, 69, of Canton RD 2, died Friday, July 5, 1991 at the Divine Providence Hospital, Williamsport. Mr. Watts was born at Canton in Bradford County, a son of Leslie H. and Kathryn Johnston Watts. He retired from GTE Sylvania in Montoursville in 1977.  He was a US Army Veteran. Surviving are his wife, the former Pauline Kendall with whom he would have celebrated 45 years of marriage on July 13; son and daughter-in-law, Kelly R. and Carol E. Watts of Big Flats, NY; two grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Robert R. Kendall of Troy, Floyd L. Kendall of Williamsport and Lawrence O. Kendall of Dallas, TX; sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Ameigh of Gillett; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held July 8 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. David B. Morris officiating and interment to be in the East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Green Free Library, the Canton Ambulance Association or the Canton Community Nursing Service in Mr. Watts' memory. (TGR, Thursday, July 11, 1991)

LISLE H. WATTS, 82 of 91 South Minnequa Ave., Canton, died Monday at the Troy Community Hospital.  Mr. Watts was born on Aug. 26, 1893 at Roaring Branch.  He was a night watchman and custodian for Bellows International of Canton and also worked as a part-time policeman for Canton Borough for many years.  He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ Disciples.  He is survived by a son, Keith Watts of Canton RD 2; and three grandchildren, Kelly Watts of South Williamsport and Michael and Michele Watts, both of St. Louis, Mo.  The funeral will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with the Rev. Larry Clark officiating.  Burial will be in the E. Canton Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review

WEIGEL –MRS. ROSEMARY GOLDEN OF Tucson, Ariz., Dies; Was Retired Canton Teacher.  Mrs. Rosemary Golden, aged 69, of 422 North Romero Road, Tucson, Ariz., and a former resident of East Canton, died June 21, 1976 at St. Mary’s Hospital following a heart attack suffered June 13.  Mrs. Golden was the widow of Luther F. Golden and moved to Tucson three years ago.  She was born in Kokomo, Ind., April 29, 1907, and was a retired teacher, having taught in the Canton area schools for 43 years, retiring four years ago.  She was a graduate of Canton High School and the former Mansfield State Normal School; was a member of Beech Flats Grange and the East Canton United Methodist Church.  Surviving are; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Mary) Shubart of Tucson, Arizona; three granddaughters, one grandson and a sister, Mrs. Irene Phillips of Torrence, Calif.  Funeral services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. Larry Clark, pastor of the East Canton United Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

WILCOX –DONNA J. WOOD, 73 of Troy, Pa. died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy, Pa.  She was born July 14, 1931 in Sayre, Pa. and was the daughter of the late Frank and Bessie (Horning) Wilcox.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Delbert L. Wood.  Donna was a homemaker and a former employee of Paper Magic in Troy, retiring in 1993 after 14 ½ years of service.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dale Wood of Troy; a daughter Joann (Paul) Starkweather of Iron River, M.I.; a sister, Louise Adams of Troy; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a son, George Wood; a brother, Glenn Wilcox and two sisters, Pearl Thorne and Carrie.  There will be a visitation period on Friday, Sept. 10, 2004 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Vickery Funeral home, 110 W. Main St., Troy, Pa. followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Paul Starkweather officiating.  Burial will be private at the convenience of the family at East Canton Cemetery, Canton, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review

WILCOX Dorson Worden - On the afternoon of Friday, July 23, 2010, Dorson Worden Wilcox of Canton died
quietly at his residence, with his family at his side, after a brief illness. He was 79 years of age. Born Feb. 11, 1931 in Norfolk, Va., he was the only child of Lester J. and Leah (Worden) Wilcox, themselves both Canton natives. Though raised in Virginia, as a boy he spent many summers in Canton where his parents maintained a home on Carlton Street. In his youth, by virtue of his flaming hair, he was known as "Red" to his family and friends. Red was instilled with a strong work ethic and the desire to do whatever had to be done. This was a lesson he learned as a teenager in Alexandria, Va., while working at the Wilcox Motor Court, his father's combination motel, restaurant, gas station and used car lot on U.S. Route 1. Red cleaned motel rooms, washed dishes, pumped gas and even sold the occasional car. When Red got his driver's license, his father have him his first car, one from off of his lot which had a unique history. It had once belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt and was still equipped with hand controls. Red was never afraid to take a chance. His friendly grin and laid-back Southern charm served him well, and one day he walked into the office of the general manager of WEEL, a Country and Western radio station in Fairfax, Va., and landed himself a job as a disc jockey. This was the beginning of Red's long association with country music. In a career that spanned three decades, Red met, worked with and formed lasting friendships with several of the great legends of country. Red become one of the pre-eminent promoters and MC's on the country circuit. Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash were but a few of the headliners with whom he toured. Perhaps the most enduring friendship of all was with the legendary Buck Owens, who never forgot a phone call or card on Red's birthday or at Christmas. Over the years Owens had given Red a number of personal items bearing the image of Owens' signature red, white and blue guitar. Whenever Red brought out his scrap books and memorabilia, he would tell you what down-to-earth, real people they all were. Red retired when the country music scene began to shift to the more adult contemporary style of the present. And as the quaint northern Virginia countryside gave way to urban sprawl, he decided that he would feel more at home back in Canton, where his parents were now residing. True to his nature, Red applied his hand to several different jobs, including building maintenance and selling cemetery lots. Red is survived by: his son, Ronald (and Faith) Wilcox of Spotsylvania, Va.; his daughter, Virginia Maxwell of Alexandria, Va.; step-daughters Debbie Boyd and Star Breyer; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by: his mother, Leah, in 1980; his father, Lester, in 1994; and his wife, Bonita, in 2007. Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in the East Canton Cemetery. - Towanda Daily Review, July 25, 2010

FRANK A. WILCOX
 Frank A. Wilcox, 92, Granville, PA died Sunday, March 4, 2001 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Greg Zander, with whom he resided. Frank was born on November 20, 1908, a son of late John and Jennie Stroud Wilcox.  He attended the Vanfleet Schoolhouse in Leroy Township. Frank married his childhood sweetheart, Bertha Morse on February 27, 1937.  Together they celebrated 51 years of marriage before her death in 1988. Mr. Wicox was employed in a variety of jobs, but his passion was farming which he was able to do most of his life. In addition to his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. Wilcox is survived by his grandchildren and their spouses, Brenda and David Jackson of Canton, Bonnie and Howard Vroman of Troy, Frank Isaacs of Canton, Cindy Isaacs of Canton, Ricky Carter of Canton; step grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandson; sisters and brothers, Myra Whipple of Roaring Branch, PA, Wilmer Wilcox of Canton, Nellie Broughman of Troy, Glen Wilcox of Canton, Charles Wilcox of Oregon; many nieces, nephews and cousins including a special nephew, Bob and Marilyn Wilcox. In addition to his wife, Bertha, Mr. Wilcox was predeceased by his grandson, Darin Isaacs, his sister, Marion Wright; and his brothers Earl, Dewitt and Harry Wilcox. Interment will be private at the East Canton Cemetery. Those wishing to do so may direct memorials in Mr. Wilcox's memory to the Granville Center Church of Christ, C/O RR 1 Box 163 Monroeton, PA 18832 or to the Guthrie Hospice at RR 1 Box 154 Towanda, PA 18848. (TGR, Thursday, March 28, 2001)

G. BENJAMIN WILCOX, 83, formerly a long-time resident of LeRoy, Pa., died peacefully early Sunday morning, Feb. 5, 2006, at the Bradford County Manor.  George Benjamin was born on March 15, 1922, in West LeRoy, Pa. He was a son of the late Herbert S. and Myrtie Bell (Every) Wilcox.  Ben was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and a 50-plus-year member of the Windfall Grange No. 257. Other memberships include the American Dairy Association, the Bradford County Soil Conservation District, and the Forest Land Owners of Bradford and Sullivan Counties.  Bennie enjoyed his travels throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He was a knowledgeable outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.  Surviving are his brother, H. Rosa Wilcox of Canton; nieces and nephews, Stuart (Tanya) Wilcox of East Troy, Kevin (Linda) Wilcox of Schaeffertown, Pa., Debbie (Elwin) Smith of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., Steven (Loretta) Wilcox of Canton, Russell Wilcox of Canton, Charles (Audrey) Brackman of Windfall, Owen Brackman of East Canton, Paul Brackman of East Canton, Martha Sayman of Towanda, Walter (Diane) Colton of Wellsboro, Pa., Esther Ackley of Williamsport, Pa., Herbert (Judy) Chamberlain of Troy, Carlyle (Faye) Chamberlain of Ohio, Erdina Chamberlain of Horseheads, N.Y., and Erma Brackman of Columbia Cross Roads, and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Wilcox was predeceased by six sisters, Dorothy Fuller, Velma Hoagland, Hazel Brackman, Winifred Shoeman, Marletta Colton and Caroline Chamberlain.  Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the East Canton United Methodist Church.  A memorial service celebrating Ben’s life will follow with the Rev. Jay Morris officiating and dear friend the Rev. Jasper Smith assisting. Burial will be private at East Canton Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers and suggests that those wishing may make donations in Mr. Wilcox’s name to the East Canton United Methodist Church at RR 1, Box 73, Canton, Pa. or to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are in the care of Pepper Funeral Home, in Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.

G. BENJAMIN WILCOX, 83, formerly a long-time resident of LeRoy, Pa., died peacefully early Sunday morning, Feb. 5, 2006, at the Bradford County Manor.  George Benjamin was born on March 15, 1922, in West LeRoy, Pa. He was a son of the late Herbert S. and Myrtie Bell (Every) Wilcox.  Ben was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and a 50-plus-year member of the Windfall Grange No. 257. Other memberships include the American Dairy Association, the Bradford County Soil Conservation District, and the Forest Land Owners of Bradford and Sullivan Counties.  Bennie enjoyed his travels throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. He was a knowledgeable outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.  Surviving are his brother, H. Rosa Wilcox of Canton; nieces and nephews, Stuart (Tanya) Wilcox of East Troy, Kevin (Linda) Wilcox of Schaeffertown, Pa., Debbie (Elwin) Smith of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., Steven (Loretta) Wilcox of Canton, Russell Wilcox of Canton, Charles (Audrey) Brackman of Windfall, Owen Brackman of East Canton, Paul Brackman of East Canton, Martha Sayman of Towanda, Walter (Diane) Colton of Wellsboro, Pa., Esther Ackley of Williamsport, Pa., Herbert (Judy) Chamberlain of Troy, Carlyle (Faye) Chamberlain of Ohio, Erdina Chamberlain of Horseheads, N.Y., and Erma Brackman of Columbia Cross Roads, and numerous great-nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Wilcox was predeceased by six sisters, Dorothy Fuller, Velma Hoagland, Hazel Brackman, Winifred Shoeman, Marletta Colton and Caroline Chamberlain.  Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the East Canton United Methodist Church.  A memorial service celebrating Ben’s life will follow with the Rev. Jay Morris officiating and dear friend the Rev. Jasper Smith assisting. Burial will be private at East Canton Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers and suggests that those wishing may make donations in Mr. Wilcox’s name to the East Canton United Methodist Church at RR 1, Box 73, Canton, Pa. or to a charity of one’s choice.  Arrangements are in the care of Pepper Funeral Home, in Canton. –Towanda Daily Review.

GLEN K. WILCOX
 Glen Keith Wilcox, age 91, went home to be with his Lord on April 20, 2002 at the Bradford County Manor. A lifelong resident of the Canton area, Glen was born November 16, 1910 on his family's West Leroy farm.  He was one of ten children of John and Jennie Stroud Wilcox. In addition to farming, he was employed by the Swayze Folding Box Co. of Canton, retiring after 23 years.  He had been a member of the former Canton United Methodist Church and its successor, the Canton Ecumenical Parish where he was an active member of the I.H.S.  Adult Sunday School class. Glen is survived by his son, James Clifford Taylor of Sayre, PA; brothers, Wilmer (Ruth) Wilcox of Canton, PA and Charles Wilcox of Oregon; and sister, Myra Whipple of Roaring Branch, PA; eight grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special niece, Ruth Taylor. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, the former Emma Stage, in 1986; son, Robert Hemmenway; brothers, Earl, Dewitt, Harry and Frank Wilcox; and sisters, Marian Wright and Nettie Brougham. Funeral services were held April 23 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Dean Walrath, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, officiating and interment to follow in East Canton Cemetery.

Glen K. WILCOX, 91, Canton-area
Daily Review April 21, 2002
On the morning of Saturday, April 20, 2002, the Lord called home one of His beloved and faithful servants, Glen Keith Wilcox, from his residence at Bradford County Manor. He was 91 years of age. A lifelong Canton-area resident, Glen was born Nov. 26, 1910, on his family's West Leroy farm. He was one of 10 children in the family of John and Jennie Stroud Wilcox. From his Cradle Roll days at the former West Leroy Methodist Church throughout his entire life, Glen maintained a close rapport with the Lord. In his youth he aspired to be a preacher, and after attending eight years at the Leroy schoolhouse he enrolled in Asbury High School in Wilmore, Ky., a preparatory school for ministers. But Glen came to the realization that, perhaps, pastoring a congregation was not exactly his calling, so he returned to life on the farm. His training, however, better enabled him to minister in other ways to those in need of spiritual uplifting. One of his favorite Scripture verses was "He who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of Heaven." Glen had a firsthand knowledge of the concept, based on his years of plowing behind a team of horses. "You have to fix your eyes on a focal point and plow straight toward it," he would say. "If you look back you'll go off course, and all of your other furrows will be crooked." Glen was accustomed to looking ahead at all times. He was married to the former Emma Stage, and together they shared 41 years until her passing in August of 1986. In addition to farming, Glen was employed with the Swayze Folding Box Co. of Canton, retiring after 23 years. In the early 1990s he moved to McCallum Manor. Glen was always young at heart, and despite the health problems and physical challenges that came with advanced age, he faced each day with a smile on his face and a song in his heart. And, with little or no encouragement, he would gladly sing for you that song in his heart. He loved to serenade young and old alike with catchy ditties of another time. In recent years Glen was a daily familiar fixture in Canton's mini park. There he enjoyed the company of the birds, offered sage advice to the young and, in his own gentlemanly manner, complimented each passing lady on her attire or hairstyle. Glen had been a member of the former Canton United Methodist Church, and its successor, the Canton Ecumenical Parish, where he was an active member of the I.H.S. Adult Sunday School Class. He was overly generous, often giving to others while he himself lived most meagerly. He often remarked that he had everything he could possibly want plus a couple of dollars in his pocket, and therefore he was a wealthy man. Glen is survived by his son James Clifford Taylor of Sayre; brothers Wilmer (and Ruth) Wilcox of Canton and Charles Wilcox of Oregon; and sister, Myra Whipple of Roaring Branch; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special niece, Ruth Taylor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; son Robert Hemmenway; brothers Earl, Dewitt, Harry and Frank Wilcox; and sisters Marian Wright and Nettie Brougham. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday with Pastor Dean Walrath of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Submitted by Carol HOOSE Brotzman

HERBERT WILCOX, 84, died at his home in West Leroy, Wednesday afternoon, May 24, 1951.  Surviving are his wife Mertie; six daughters, Miss Dorothy Wilcox of West Leroy, Mrs. Larue Hoagland of Breesport, N.Y., Mrs. John Brackman of West Leroy, Mrs. Ernest Chamberlain of East Canton, Mrs. Floyd Shoemaker of Granville and Mrs. Melvin Colton of Leroy; two sons, H. Rosa Wilcox and Benjamin of West Leroy; two brothers, J. D. of West Leroy and Charles of Elmira, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  Funeral was at the family home Saturday at 10 a.m. with further service in the East Canton Church.  Rev. Owen Barrett officiated and interment was in East Canton Cemetery.

LESTER J. WILCOX, 87 of 26 Carlton St., Canton died Sunday, March 6, 1994 at Troy Community Hospital, Troy.  Mr. Wilcox was born Sept. 21, 1906, son of Emmett and Amy Wilcox.  Lester was a graduate of Canton High School and Mansfield State Teachers College in Mansfield.  After graduation he worked for a few years as a teacher at LeRoy and Spencertown.  Mr. Wilcox then worked 13 years for S.S. Kresgge Co. at several locations.  During WWII he owned and operated the Belvoir Travel Agency, Ft. Belvoir, Va.  From 1942 until retirement in 1969 he owned and operated the Wilcox Motor Court in Alexandria, Va., which consisted of a gas station motel, restaurant and used car lot.  His memberships included Wesleyan Methodist Church of Alexandria, Va. and the Canton Ecumenical Parish; Boy Scouts of America; Lion at Large and past president of the Edgewater Lions Club, Alexandria, Va., where he received an award for 25 years perfect attendance, past Grandmaster of the I.O.O.F. Chapter #321 Canton; past president of the Canton Senior Citizens Association, former member of the Canton Ambulance Association, former member of the Board of Directors at the Peoples Bank and Trust, Fairfax, Va., one of the original board members of the First Virginia Bank, Alexandria, Va.  Surviving are: son and daughter-in-law, Dorsen Worden (Red) and Bonita C. Wilcox of LeRoy, a sister, Ada Segur of Grover; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  Lester was predeceased by his wife Leah P. Wilcox on May 23, 1980.  Visitation will be held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home Wednesday at 1 p.m.  Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist Minister will officiate.  Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp.  –Towanda Daily Review

SELLARD T. WILCOX, 82, Ft. Meade, FL died Aug. 29, 1990 at his summer home in Elora, Ontario.  Mr. Wilcox was a serviceman for 21 years for the North Penn Gas Company in Westfield, PA.  He owned Sellard T. Wilcox Plumbing and Heating for seven years in Canton.  Mr. Wilcox was a member of the Canton IOOF No. 321 and a member of Canton Moose Lodge No. 429.  He is survived by his wife, June Morphy with whom he celebrated his 10th anniversary April 12, 1990; a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Leora Wilcox, Canton RD 1; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Robert Sunagel, Rocky Mount, NC; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lawrence, Clarence and Martin Wilcox all of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Hazel Stone on Aug. 27, 1979.  Funeral services were held Saturday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Friday.  Interment was in the East Canton Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WILCOX - Thomas Wilcox, 37, of LeRoy, Pa., diedvery unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the Troy Community Hospital.  Thomas Dale was born on June 7, 1971 in Towanda, one of three children born in the family of Lloyd and Norma (Greene) Wilcox. Tom graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1989. He was employed at Canton Manufacturing for 19 years. On Oct. 16, 1999, he married the former Melissa "Missy" Chilson.  Tom's family and home came first in his life and he was a devoted husband and the father of two wonderful boys. He enjoyed doing many things, especially the simple things in life. He enjoyed fishing, barbecuing, and watching NASCAR. Tom was an avid fan of the late great No. 3, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and the New York Yankees were his baseball team. His heart went out to all children; always ready to lend a hand and help, especially in sports.  In addition to his parents, surviving are his beloved wife, Missy; sons, Derek and Dylan; a sister and brother, Tim (Martha) Wilcox of Morris Run and Tammy (Keith) McCauley of Montrose; maternal grandmother, Pauline Greene of Mocksville, N.C.; several aunts, uncles and cousins; special nieces and nephews, Dustin, Jason and Heidi Wilcox, Corey, Tyler and Casey McCauley, Tyler Crofut, Taylor, Taryn and Tiffany Acla; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and Linda Chilson of LeRoy; two sisters-in-law, Michele (Dave) Crofut of Shunk and Monica (Todd) Acla of Canton. Also surviving is his faithful dog, Lacey.  Tom was predeceased by his grandparents, Dale Greene and Wilber and Leona Wilcox.  His family invites friends to call from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, in Canton. The funeral service and celebration of his life will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jasper Smith officiating. Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery. The family will provide flowers and suggest those who wish consider a donation to benefit his sons, Derek and Dylan Wilcox c/o Tammy McCauley, RR 6 Box 6470, Montrose, PA 18801.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review.

WILMER WILCOX
 Wilmer Wilcox, 97, Canton, PA died quietly August 4, 2002 at the Bradford County Manor. Born November 26, 1904, he was the son of John D. and Jennie Stroud Wilcox. Wilmer farmed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; he officially retired in 1966 and he and his wife moved to Canton Borough's Teaberry Hill. Mr. Wilcox was an officer of the Canton Senior Citizens and a deliverer of Meals on Wheels.  He was a member of the Windfall United Methodist Church and the Windfall Grange. He was a founder of the Troy Farm Museum and donated his extensive valuable collection of antique farm implements and machinery to them. Wilmer is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ruth Morse Wilcox, at home; daughters, Pauline (and Bill) Swingle and Sharon (and Lynn) May, both of Canton, PA; son, Warren Wilcox of Pine Valley, NY; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Myra Whipple of Canton and a brother, the Rev. Charles Wilcox of Oregon. He was preceded in death by sisters, Marian Wright and Nellie Schrader Brougham and brothers, Earl, Dewitt, Frank, Glen and Harry Wilcox as well as a great-grandchild, Kelly Corbin. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 6 to 9 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton; funeral services will be held there at 2 pm Thursday, August 8 with Pastor Jasper Smith and Pastor Dale Russell officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial gifts in Wilmer's memory may be directed to the Windfall United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, RR 1, Box 175, Granville Summit, PA 16926. (TGR, Thursday, August 8, 2002)

Daily Review  08/06/2002
Wilmer WILCOX, 97, Canton
 On the evening of Sunday, Aug. 4, 2002, Canton resident Wilmer Wilcox died quietly at Bradford County Manor. He was 97 years of age. Born Nov. 26, 1904, in Canton Township, he was the son of John D. and Jennie Stroud Wilcox. In his youth, while attending the former West Leroy Methodist Church, he met a young lady named Ruth Morse. Inclement weather gave him the opportunity to break the ice and get to know her better. He asked if he could take her home in his carriage and she accepted. After leaving her off at her door he asked if he could take her home again sometime. She said yes, and that was the beginning of their courtship. On June 23, 1928, they were united in marriage. Together they raised two daughters and a son. Theirs was a blessed union that would span 74 years.  Being born into a large farming family it was natural for Wilmer to possess a love and appreciation of nature and life's sweet mysteries and miracle. It was also natural that he should follow in the family tradition and pursue a career in farming. Through the years, Wilmer farmed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He officially retired from farming in 1966, and he and Ruth moved to a new home on top of Canton Borough's Teaberry Hill. It afforded them the convenience of town living while providing farm-like surroundings.  With the exception of a brief automotive course, which he attended in Detroit, Wilmer's formal education began and ended at the Van Fleet Schoolhouse. But through the course of time he acquired knowledge that would rival that of any college graduate. He was always an avid reader, and after retiring he had more time to satisfy his thirst for knowledge. Even in earlier days he would amaze his children by knowing the definitions of every word in the dictionary. Wilmer had strong aptitudes in both mechanical and artistic things. He was a skilled mechanic and carpenter and, no doubt, could have made a living at either vocation. But inside was the soul of an artist. He soon became known as the poet laureate of Teaberry Hill, having many of his works published. Wilmer was also an accomplished wood carver and furniture maker. He could literally look at a tree and see in it the form of a table, bookcase, walking stick or chest waiting to be fashioned by his skilled hands. To this day, many family members and friends treasure the fine gifts he made for them. Wilmer also gave of himself to the community at large. He volunteered for many years as an officer of the Canton Senior Citizens as a deliverer of Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the Windfall United Methodist Church and the Windfall Grange. He was a founder of the Troy Farm Museum and in an act of great generosity, donated his extensive, valuable collection of antique farm implements and machinery. Wilmer is survived by his wife of 74 years, Ruth, at home; daughters Pauline (and Bill) Swingle and Sharon (and Lynn) May, both of Canton; son, Warren Wilcox of Pine Valley, N.Y.; grandchildren, Donna (and Gordon) Corbin, Jane (and Larry) Porter, Robert (and Linda) Haflett, David (and Darlene) Haflett, Kathy (and Michael) Machmer, and Stephen (and Sherry) May; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Myra Whipple of Canton; and a brother, the Rev. Charles Wilcox of Oregon. He was preceded in death by sisters Marian Wright and Nellie Schrader Brougham and brothers Earl, Dewitt, Frank, Glen and Harry Wilcox, as well as a great-grandchild, Kelly Corbin. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home Thursday at 2 p.m. with retired Methodist pastor Jasper Smith and Pastor Dale Russell of the Windfall United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Wilmer's memory may direct memorial gifts to the Windfall United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, RR 1, Box 175, Granville Summit, Pa. 16926.  Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

JOHN TILDEN WILLIAMMEE II, 88, of 216 N. Center St., Canton died Saturday, Feb. 2, 1991 at the Troy Community Hospital.  Mr. Williammee was born March 1, 1902 at Morris, Tioga County, Pa., a son of John Tilden and Lulu Steele Williammee I.  He was a 1918 graduate of Carlisle High School.  In 1923 Mr. Williammee graduated cum laude in chemistry from Bucknell University.  He received his master’s degree in science from Pennsylvania State University in 1929.  Mr. Williammee began his career in education as a chemistry teacher at the Reedsville High School as principal for 10 years.  Mr. Williammee accepted the position of principal of Canton High School in 1942 and was later appointed superintendent of schools for the Canton School District a position he held until his retirement in 1962.  He was extremely instrumental in consolidating the Canton School district with the surrounding school districts to form the Tri-County School District which was composed of schools from Bradford, Lycoming and Tioga counties.  His perseverance and determination were major factors in obtaining funds to construct the present Canton Jr.-Sr. High school in 1955.  His memberships included; the Bradford County Retired Teachers Association; the Canton Ecumenical Parish and the church’s Men’s Fellowship Breakfast; F. & A. M. Lodge No. 415, Canton; the Canton Loyal Order of the Moose No. 429; the Bradford-Sullivan Boy Scout Council and the Hamilton Club, Morris Run, Pa.  He was chairman of the Bradford-Sullivan Counties American Red Cross during World War II.  He was also past president and a former member of the Canton Rotary Club.  Mr. Williammee is survived by his wife, the former Martha Ames, with whom he celebrated 64 years of marriage Oct. 30, 1990; a son and daughter-in-law, John T. and Nancy Williammee III of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Robert C. DelBono of Penn Yan, N.Y.; five grandchildren, John T. Williammee IV, David Scott Williammee, Elizabeth A. Williammee, Susan DelBono Helbeck and John David DelBono.  A memorial service will be conducted at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St., Canton, Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Richard M. Barner, Mr. Williammee’s pastor officiating.  Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Green Free Library and Ambulance Association.  –Towanda Daily Review

WILLIAMS –EDNA TILLOTSON, 83 a resident of Bradford County Manor, formerly of Canton died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1987 at the Manor.  Mrs. Tillotson was born Feb. 22, 1904 in Sullivan County a daughter of Byron and Dora Jackson Williams.  She and her husband were proprietors of the Ogdensburg Hotel from 1934 to 1945.  She was later employed at the Canton Diner for several years.  Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law; James and Charlotte Tillotson, Canton RD 1; and Carl and Shirley Tillotson, Canton RD 1; two sisters; Mrs. William (Mary) Brundage of Weedsport, N.Y. and Mrs. Harley (Pauline) Sharrow of Canton; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband, Murray S. Tillotson, May 22, 1947 and a daughter, Vera in 1937.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with Rev. Bill Pepper, a grandson-in-law officiating.  Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home 1-2 p.m. Thursday.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association in Mrs. Tillotson’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

 

WILLIAMS  Lena W. Kelley 87, a resident of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of 119 E. Main Street, Canton, died at the Troy Community Hospital, Saturday evening, January 17, 1981.  She was the widow of Lynn D. Kelley and was born in Canton Township July 20, 1893 a daughter of Loren G. and Jennie M. SCHMIDT Williams and was a resident of Canton since 1915.  She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples, member of Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362 for over 50 years and had served as past noble grand.  She is survived by ine son, Mr. Collin E. Kelley, Canton RD 2; three granddaughters, Mable Jo Kaiser and Lonnida Ward, both of Canton RD 2 and Mrs. Mike (Pat) Murphy, Potterville, PA, two great-granddaughters.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, today at 2:30 p.m., with Pastor William T. McNett officiating.  Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery.  Friends called Sunday evening at the funeral home.  The Canton Rebekah Lodge held a memorial service at 8 p.m. Sunday.  RHW.  Towanda Daily Review, Jan. 19, 1981.

 

LOREN GREGORY WILLIAMS, 88, a retired East Canton farmer, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Lynn T. Kelley at Canton, Saturday afternoon, July 26, 1941.  His daughter is the only survivor.  The Rev. Larue E. Brown will conduct funeral services Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the home.  Burial in East Canton Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 7/28/1941

 

WILLIAMS –LYNDA J. MCCONNELL, 46, Dillon, CO, formerly of Canton, died June 21, 1992, in Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail, CO.  She was born April 3, 1946, at Elmira.  She was a 1964 graduate of Canton High School and also graduated from Goldy Beacom, Wilmington, DE.  Ms. McConnell was employed in Dillon as a real estate agent and was an avid tennis player.  Surviving are her mother, Dorothy Segur Williams, Canton; special loving friend, Ron Drolsbaugh, Dillon; aunts, uncles and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Thursday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Richard Barner officiating.  Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 at the funeral home.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Ward United Methodist Church or the Canton Ambulance Association Defibrillator Fund in Ms. McConnell’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

CHESTER K. WILLOW, 65, of 135 Troy St., Apt. 3, Canton, died Saturday on Sept. 10, 1988 in the Williamsport Hospital.  Mr. Willow was born Sept. 16, 1922 at Ulysses, Potter County, Pa. a son of Clyde and Nancy Brundage Willow Sr.  Chester retired as a heavy equipment operator from Fisher Mining Co. in English Center, Pa.  He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Canton RD 1, and an Army veteran of World War II.  Surviving are his wife, the former Betty L. Finnerty with whom he celebrated 38 years of marriage on July 16, 1988; one son, Kenneth C. Willow Sr., of Canton RD 1; two daughters, Nancy Davy, Roaring Branch RD 1 and Janet Weaver, Canton RD 1; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five brothers; Clyde of Lindley, N.Y., Willis, Charles, Leon and Max, all of Corning, N.Y.; five sisters; Eugenia Brown of Troy RD 3, Honor King of Corning, N.Y., Ruby Hill of Painted Post, N.Y., Dorothy Storms of Hardin, Ken, and Evelyn Steves of Campbell, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Debra Ann Willow, in 1951 and a son-in-law, Jesse David Weaver in 1988.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Robert Prettyman, his pastor officiating.  Interment will be in East Canton Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service in Mr. Willow’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

CURTIS E. WILSON – During the early morning hours of April 23, 2001 the Lord called home the soul of His faithful servant, Curtis Earl Wilson, 47, after a lengthy illness, while convalescing at his home near Roaring Branch.  Born December 3, 1953 in Norfolk, VA he was the son of Earl and Nellie (Kelly) Wilson.  As a lad growing up in Norfolk, the U.S. Navy’s high visibility, coupled with the fact that his dad was a Navy man, inspired him to join this branch of the armed forces.  After completing his service he returned to civilian life and was employed as a truck driver for various companies.  He truly enjoyed his job and in recent years passed along his enthusiasm for trucking by becoming a recruiter of new student truckers for the MTA School.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but by far his primary interests were his family and church.  Mr. Wilson met a young woman named Marcia Leatherman and on September 9, 1989 they were united in marriage.  He was a man of faith and strong Christian principles; was a very active member of the Grover church of Christ, serving as a deacon and lay preacher.  His warm sincerity and laid back demeanor earned him the love and admiration of his church family and everyone else who knew him.  Surviving are his wife of 11 years, Marcia at home; his mother Nellie Bergstresser, Blossburg; son, Nathan Wilson at home; daughters, Wendy (Larry) Axtell, Cohocton, NY; Andrea Roman, Bath, NY; Joanna Wilson at home; brothers, Mike (Susan) Wilson, Blossburg, PA; Earl (Gayle) Wilson, Camden, SC; sisters, Debbie (Mike) Agate, Portsmouth, VA; Pattie (Ray) Stewart, Lexington, TN; three grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Sr.  Funeral services were conducted at the Grover Church of Christ, April 25 with Pastor Will Strunk officiating.  Interment followed in East Canton Cemetery.  Memorials in Mr. Wilson’s name may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ Sound System Fund, P.O. Box 83, Grover, PA.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WOOD –CLARA HOFFA, 84, (SRGP 36414) long-time resident of Canton went home to her Lord and Savior, November 10, 2005 from Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  Born in Troy, on July 19, 1921, Clara Marie Wood was the daughter of the late Hiram G. Wood Sr. and Evelyn (Bixby) Wood.  She was a graduate of Canton High School in 1939.  She was a loving wife of H. Marshall Hoffa.  On May 23, 2005 they celebrated 62 years of marriage.  Mrs. Hoffa loved her work as a teacher’s aide at Canton Elementary School.  After retiring from many years of employment, she continued to volunteer her time.  Her love for the Lord guided her throughout her life.  She was a devoted member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish and faithfully attended until her health no longer permitted.  Other memberships included the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the PA Retired Teachers Association.  She cherished her family and was very proud of her children and grandchildren, Birthday celebrations and family get-togethers were favorite times for her.  Grandma will always be remembered with love in her tradition of “Desserts always come first.”  She held a special place in her heart for all children and also loved animals, especially dogs.  Surviving are her husband, Marshall, at home; daughters, Joanne Day, Elmira and Cindy L. (Thomas) Evans, Canton; grandchildren, Lome (Maria) Day, Oakdale, CT; Rob (Melody) Day, Lexington, MI; Jennifer (Masrur) Syed, Erie; and Eary Felock (and her fiancé David Combs), both of York; great-grandchildren, Miriam Syed and Mark, Heather, Justin, Madelyn and Gabriella Day; sisters and brothers; Eloise (Dean) Mahood, Florida; Colonel (Marjorie) Wood, Canton; Ona (Eugene) Brasington, Troy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert Kenyon, Troy, Edwin (Bessie) Hoffa and Martha Wood, all of Canton; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.  Ms. Hoffa was predeceased by her sisters; Dora Reynard, Geraldine Rice, Madeline Wilbur, Edgaretta Hungerford, Marjorie (Keltz) Kenyon, and a brother Hiram Wood Jr.  The memorial service was held Nov. 13 at the Canton Ecumenical Parish with the Rev. Jim House and Michael Wilson officiating.  Burial was in East Canton Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorials in Mrs. Hoffa’s name be directed to the Ecumenical Parish’s Memorial Fund, 43 N. Center St., Canton, PA. Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton, assisted the family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

DORA WOOD REYNARD (SRGP 36410)
 Dora Wood Reynard, 85, of Belcamp, MD and a long time resident of Canton, PA died at Manor Care in Towson MD Sunday, January 7, 2001. Born January 28, 1915 in Sylvania, PA, she was the daughter of the late Hiram G. and Evelyn Bixby Wood. Dora graduated from Canton High School class of 1934.  She was the owner and operator of the former Reynard's Beauty Shop.  She was a member of the Grover Church of Christ and of the Canton Lady Rebekah Lodge No. 362. She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Diana and Allen Munger of Tampa, FL and Susan Reynard of Belcamp, MD; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Eloise and Dean Mahood of Dunnellon, FL, Clara and Marshall Hoffa of Canton, Marjorie and Robert Kenyon of Troy, Edgaretta Hungerford of Berkshire, NY and Ona Rae and William Brasington of Troy, PA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hiram "Woody" and Martha Jean Wood Jr. and Colonel and Marjorie Wood, all of Canton; numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of over 38 years, Lee J. Reynard, in 1977; two sisters and three brothers. Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with Pastor Harold Hubble and Pastor Will Strunk officiating with interment to be in East Canton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Grover Church of Christ, PO Box 83, Grover, PA 17735 in Mrs. Reynard's memory.

Daily Review
Eloise Leina WOOD  Howell met and married the love of her life, William J. Howell, on July 13, 1940, and lived in East Troy on Mud Creek Road and raised their six children. Eloise dearly loved her family and served her Lord faithfully to the day he called her home to rest with him on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002. She was a member of the Calvary Alliance Church in Canton and will be remembered by family and friends for her enjoyment found playing "Aggravation" with them or "Old Sol" by the hour alone. Eloise is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Bill; brother, Delbert Wood; sister-in-law, Donna; nephew, Dale; and niece, JoAnn. She is also survived by her six children, Lewis and Edwina Howell of Canton, Beverlee and Reuben Barrett of Troy, Duane and Carol Howell of Canisteo, N.Y., Donald and Ruth Howell of Bartlesville, Okla., Penny and Bill Jones of Atoka, Tenn., and Aleida Howell; and special friends, J.C. Byerton and Judy Dole. They happily shared the love of 34 grandchildren, 56-great grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Walter H. and Daisy P. Wood; sister, Mildred Kilgore; father-in-law, Willis D. Howell; and two nephews, George Wood and James Kilgore. Friends are invited to call at the Calvary Alliance Church, Canton, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, from 2 to 4 p.m. The service will immediately follow with the Rev. David McIntire officiating. Interment will be in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to the Calvary Alliance Church, RR1, Box 21A, Canton, Pa. 17724, or the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. 17701.  Submitted by Carol HOOSE Brotzman

WOOD Eloise Leina Wood HOWELL was called home by her Lord on Tuesday, October 8, 2002.  The daughter of the late Walter H. and Daisy P. Wood, she lived in East Troy on Mud Creek Road.  She was a member of the Calvary Alliance Church in Canton, PA.  Eloise is survived by her husband of 62 years, William J. “Bill” Howell; brother, Delbert Wood; sister-in-law, Donna; nephew, Dale; niece, JoAnn; her children, Lewis and Edwina Howell of Canton, PA, Beverlee and Reuben Barrett of Troy, PA, Duane and Carol Howell of Canisteo, NY, Donald and Ruth Howell of Barthesville, OK, Penny and Bill Jones of Atoka, TN, Aleida Howell; and special friends, JC Byerton and Judy Dole; 34 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Kilgore; father-in-law, Willis D. Howell; and two nephews.  Services were held October 11 at the Calvary Alliance Church in Canton with the Rev. David McIntire officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery.  Donations may be directed to the Calvary alliance Church, Rr 1, Box 21 A, Canton, PA 17724 or the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 East 3rd St. Williamsport, PA 17701.  TGR

WALTER H. WOOD, 92, of Bradford County Manor, formerly of Troy, died March 9, 1988 at the Manor.  He was born Oct. 30, 1895 in Armenia Township, the son of Eugene and Alice Beardslee Wood.  Mr. Wood is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Wood of Mainsburg; a daughter and son-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Howell of East Troy; one brother; Paul Wood of Zepher Hills, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.  He was a member of the Troy Church of Christ and honorary member of the Canton Oddfellows and Rebekah Lodge.  He was a retiree of the Pa. Railroad.  The funeral will be held at the Vickery Funeral Home, 110 W. Main St., Troy, on Friday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. George Durie officiating.  Burial will be in the East Canton Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.

CLARA L. WOOSTER, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, in the Williamsport Home.  Born Oct. 8, 1915, in East Canton, she was a daughter of Lawrence J. and Ruth A. Tillotson Wooster.  She was a 1932 graduate of Canton High School, received a teaching degree from Indiana State Teacher’s College and received a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.  Clara retired as a business teacher from Elwood City High School after 27 years.  She was a member of the PSEA and the NEA.  Surviving are six nieces and nephews; Edward L. Wooster (Mary), Karen F. Wright, Jo Ann Kass of Silverado, Calif., John M. Wooster (Sallie), Dale K. Wooster (Brenda) and Claudia J. Blaney (Gary), and several great-nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by five siblings.  Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 13 in the East Canton Cemetery, East Canton.  –Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

WOOSTER RUTH PERRY, 82, of the Bradford County Manor, formerly of Troy RD 1, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1975 at the Bradford County Manor.  She was born March 27, 1893 in LeRoy, the daughter of Perley and Lue Williams Wooster.  She was a retired waitress, having worked at Reynard’s Restaurant in Canton.  She had resided with the Willis Bellows family for 16 years.  Surviving are three nephews and one niece.  The funeral and committal service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton.  Burial will be in the E. Canton Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WORDEN –MRS. LEAH P. WILCOX, 75, wife of Lester J. Wilcox died at the Williamsport Hospital Friday evening, May 23 1980 at 6 p.m.  Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox resided at 26 Carlton St., Canton during the summer months and spent their winters at their home 5724 N. Kings Highway, Alexandria, Virginia.  She was born in Canton on April 4, 1905, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burton Worden.  She was a graduate of the Canton High School in 1924 and the Williamsport Hospital School of Nursing in 1927.  She was associated with her husband in the operation of a lunchroom, service station and motel on U.S. 1 in Alexandria, Va. for 15 years.  Mrs. Wilcox was a member of the Wesleyan United Methodist, Alexandria, Va., the Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362, Minnequa Grange No. 721 member and also the Canton Senior Citizens.  Survived by her husband, Lester to whom she was married for 52 years in February 1980; one son and daughter-in-law, Dorson Worden and Bonita C. Wilcox of Bealeton, Va.; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two sisters that predeceased her, Elva Worden and Mrs. Lois Mix.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton on Monday 2 p.m. with the Rev. Clarke Redmond, pastor of the Canton Ecumenical Parish officiating.  Burial will be in East Canton Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday evening 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.  –Towanda Daily Review

WRIGHT –BARBARA W. STEWART – On the morning to Tuesday, May 8, 2001, Barbara Jean (Wright) Stewart of Towanda RR 3 died quietly at Robert Packer Hospital.  She was 74 years of age.  Born in East Canton on November 4, 1926 she was the daughter of Harvey and Mabel (Case) Wright.  Barbara was a scholar and a true “people person,” so it was natural that she should follow her path of academic excellence to its logical conclusion, the teaching profession.  Barbara graduated from Canton High School class of 1942; attended the former Dickinson Junior College (now Lycoming College), graduating in 1944, and Temple University, where she received a Master’s degree in guidance counseling and psychology.  She did additional postgraduate studies at Columbia University and Seton Hall.  During her teaching career Barbara taught in the school systems of Towanda, Frostburg, MD, Willow Grove, PA, Northfield, MA, Wilmington, DE and Morristown, NJ from which she retired in 1986.  It was during her time at Columbia that Barbara met Allen Clifford Stewart.  A man of letters and a teacher in his own right, Barbara found in him a kindred spirit.  They were united in marriage in June of 1955 and shared almost thirty-three years until his passing in 1988.  Barbara enjoyed reading, music and poetry.  She was an active member of the Towanda Music Society and managed to write an original poem for each meeting.  She was also a member of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 42 in Towanda, the Canton Area Historical Society.  Barbara was a woman of faith and conviction.  She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Towanda, always ready to offer the daily devotions during Bible study.  She had a warm, charming, uplifting sense of humor which could brighten the gloomiest day.  Though she may have lacked family relations in the traditional sense, Barbara had a wealth of devoted friends whose lives she touched and imprinted upon so indelibly.  Calling hours will be Saturday, May 12 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center Street, Canton.  Funeral services and a celebration of Barbara’s life will follow with her pastor, the Rev. Allen Hulslander, officiating.  A private interment will take place in the East Canton Cemetery.  Memorials in Barbara’s name may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Main Street, Towanda, PA or the East Canton United Methodist Church, RR 1, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WRIGHT - E. Lorene Hawthorne, 92, of Troy, Pa., died peacefully on April 8, 2008, at the Troy Community Hospital. A daughter of the late Mary (Mason) and Wilber R. Wright, Ella Lorene was born on Sept. 28, 1915, in Canton. She was a graduate of Canton High School and Elmira Beauty School. Lorene was employed as a seamstress in York, Pa. for many years until retiring in 1977 when she moved to Elmira, N.Y. She later spent 24 years in North Carolina before returning home to her roots in the Troy area. Lorene will be remembered as a very articulate and well-dressed lady. Though sometimes a private person, she enjoyed doing many things in life, especially painting in oils and reading. Surviving are her son, Gerald "Jerry" (Eva) Hawthorne of Windfall, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great great-grandchild; a brother and sister, Charles Wright of Windfall and Nona Gail (Stanley) Brown of Loganville, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Marge Wright of Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother and sister, Robert Wright and Frances Anderson. Calling hours are noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral and committal services will follow with Rev. Richard Noggle officiating. Burial will be private in East Canton Cemetery. - Towanda Daily Review, 10 April 2008

C. LISTON WRIGHT, 67 of Canton RD 1 died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1981 at his home.  Mr. Wright was born Dec. 14, 1913 in Canton Township, Bradford County a son of Greeley and Ida Montgomery Wright.  He was a retired farmer.  Mr. Wright was a lifetime member and past trustee of the E. Canton United Methodist Church, a Canton Township supervisor for over 35 years, a director of the Troy branch of the Williamsport Savings and Loan Association, director of E. Canton Cemetery Association, member of the Bradford County Guernsey Breeders Association and also the Pa. Farmers Association.  He was a previous committeeman fro Agway Inc.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Gertrude Shedden; on daughter, Mrs. Janice Lowery of Absecon, N.J.; three sons Lyle and Harry, both of Canton RD 1 and Ron of Middletown, Pa.; a brother, Flo9yd of Troy, grandchildren, Scott and Susan Lowery of Absecon, N.J.; Michelle Sharla, Darrin, Andrew and Bonnie Wright all of Canton RD 1; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Mr. Wright was predeceased by a son, Duane Liston in 1943.  The funeral service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the N. Canton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mercy Kasambira, his pastor officiating.  Interment will be in E. Canton Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton on Friday from 7 until 9 p.m.  Donations may be directed to the E. Canton-Windfall United Methodist Church parsonage building fund.  –Towanda Daily Review

FLORENCE M. WRIGHT – The Lord called home one of His truly dedicated servants, Florence Marion Wright, September 29, 1999, while she resided at the Brooks-Howell Home, Asheville, NC.  She was a month away from her 86th birthday.  This remarkable woman’s life began in East Canton, Oct. 29, 1913.  She was the youngest child of Philip and Marion (VanDyke) Wright, weighing only three pounds at birth and was not expected to survive.  In the days before hospital care and incubators, baby Florence was kept alive lying on a hot water bottle behind the parlor stove.  But survive she did.  She was the apple of each family member’s eye, and years later would remark that for her first three years she thought she had no name.  She was simply referred to as “the baby”.  Her older brothers and sisters were getting married and starting their own families, so at the age of four, she finally learned her name.  It was Aunt Florence.  Her new nieces and nephews were so close to her in age that she thought of them more as brothers and sisters.  Miss Wright graduated from Canton High School and attended Mansfield State Teacher’s College (now Mansfield University).  Her walk with the Lord began as a child at the East Canton Methodist Church.  She enjoyed studying her Bible, reading and rereading the accounts of Jesus healing the sick and befriending the outcasts.  During the Second World War, she enlisted in the Nurse Cadet Corps in Buffalo, NY, a government sponsored nurse’s training program created to fill the demand for military nurses.  When she graduated the war was over and her services in the armed forces were no longer required.   However, another type of recruiter approached her; one who was looking for nurses interested in a life of Christian service.  She readily answered the call and thus began her ministry in the mission field.  She would devote the next three decades to the care and comfort of those suffering with leprosy in India.  These were dangerous times in the newly independent India.  But she feared neither the rampant disease nor the equally rampant civil strife between the various religious fanatics.  She cared for the lepers entrusted to her and passed the Good News on to them.  When she retire, she returned to Bradford County, settling in Canton Borough, where her spirit of giving which had served her well in the missions would now be put to use for the good of this community.  For many years she was an active member of the Village Improvement Association and a vital member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish.  Her giving nature would not subside.  She was a regular contributor to more than 200 missionary and other charitable institutions.  Even in her last days she was concerned about relief for the victims of the Turkish earthquake, and had a fund established.  Surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Meryll Wright and brother and sister-in-law, Meylert and Marion Wright.  Services will be conducted from the Canton ecumenical Parrish, October 16 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Nancy Lee Goff officiating.  Interment will follow in East Canton Cemetery.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, Inc., 40 N. Center Street, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

Florence M. WRIGHT, until recently residing in Canton, PA, died at the Brooks-Howell Home in Asheville, NC on September 29.  She was one month away from her 86th birthday.  She was born October 29, 1913 in East Canton, PA, the youngest child of Philip and Marion VanDyke Wright.  She attended Canton High School and Mansfield State Teachers College.  She enlisted in the Nurse Cadet Corps in Buffalo, NY in WW II and went on to Christian nursing in India, working with those who had leprosy.  When she retired Florence returned to Bradford County, settling in Canton Borough, where she was an active member of the community.  She was a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish.  Florence is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Meryll Wright and brothers and sister-in-law, Meylert and Mildred Wright.  Services were conducted at the Canton Ecumenical Parish on October 16 (11 am) with Pastor Nancy Lee Goff officiating and interment to be in East Canton Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, PA.  “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA  Thursday, October 7, 1999

FLOYD B. WRIGHT
 Floyd B. Wright, Troy, PA, died February 15, 1990 at Troy Community Hospital. He was born April 2, 1904 in East Canton, PA, the son of Greeley and Ida Montgomery Wright. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Troy where he held several offices.  Mr. Wright was employed by Troy Agway from 1936 until his retirement as manager there in 1967.  He was a member of Trojan Masonic Lodge No. 306 F and AM and a member of the Troy Lions Club.  He was a trustee of the East Canton Cemetery.   He was a graduate of Troy High School and Penn State University.  He had a love of gardening and helped local civic organizations. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mildred Packard Wright; sister-in-law, Gertrude Wright of Canton RD cousin, Ann Gustin Zetterlind of Warren, PA; nephews, niece and cousins. He was predeceased by brother Liston Wright in 1981. Funeral services were held at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy on February 18 with the Rev. K. Rahamat Khan officiating and burial to be in East Canton Cemetery.Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Troy or the Troy Ambulance Association.(TGR, Thursday, February 22, 1990)

HARRY G. WRIGHT of 1207 ½ Grand Central Ave.  The body is at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home, 1004 Lake St. where friends are invited to call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and where funeral will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.  The Rev. Alfred P. Coman.  Burial in East Canton Cemetery.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/9/1953

JOSHUA NATHANIEL ‘JOSH’ WRIGHT, 19, Muncy died Sunday morning, August 24, 2002 the result of a tragic automobile accident in Troy Township.  Born on August 8, 1984 in Williamsport, PA he was a son of R. Gary Wright and Deborah A. Dewalt Wright.  Joshua had professed his belief and love for Christ his Savior and is now home with his heavenly Father.  Josh was a talented musician and enjoyed playing the saxophone.  In his earlier years he was proud to be the youngest member ever to be part of the Canton High School’s jazz band.  He loved the outdoors and country living.  He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, 4-wheeling, snowmobile riding and working on cars.  He was employed by Muncy Homes Manufacturing Company.  Surviving are his parents, Deborah Wright, Muncy and Gary and Joan Wright, Canton; brothers and sisters, James R. (Lisa) Wright, Canton; William D. (Santlea Rivera) Trout Run; Robert G. Wright, Hughesville; Julie A. Mackey, Williamsport; Jennifer R. Wright (Ed Swisher) Montgomery; Leslie E. Wright, Muncy; maternal grandmother, Claire DeWalt, Hughesville; paternal grandmother, Marjorie D. Wright, Canton; maternal grandfather and step-grandmother, Carl (Leona) DeWalt, Williamsport; nieces and nephews, Jonathan Wright, Jason Wright, Katlyn Wright, Amber Wright, Jacob Mackey, Mason Swisher and Mackenzy Swisher; many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.  Joshua was predeceased by his grandfather, Robert M. Wright.  His family invites friends to call from 7 to 9 Wednesday, August 27th at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton and one hour prior to the funeral service.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 28th at the funeral home with the Rev. Dale Russell and Rev. Michael Gardy officiating.  Burial will follow in East Canton Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to a charity of one’s choice in Joshua’s loving memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WRIGHT –MRS. LAURA J. WILLIAMS, 88, wife of Otis S. Williams of 43 S. Minnequa Ave., Canton died Sunday evening, March 11, 1962 at her home after a lingering illness.  Born in Beech Flats, Oct. 14, 1873 the daughter of Oscar and Mary Dell Wright, she had lived around this area all her life.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canton, a very active charter member in these organizations – the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge No. 362, Women’s Organization of the Patriarchs Militant Encampment; past district deputy and member of the Past Grands Friendship Club.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams observed their 65th wedding anniversary Dec. 23, 1961.  Surviving besides her husband is one son, Walter H. Williams of Longport, N.J.; one grandson, Jack O. Williams of Petersburg, W.Va.; and one great-granddaughter, Linda Jean Williams of Canton; one sister, Mrs. Marion Smith of Winchester, Wyoming; two brothers, Floyd Wright, also of Winchester and Robert Wright of Thermopolis, Wyoming.  Funeral services were held at the Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Wednesday the Rev. Earl P. Muller, her pastor officiating.  Burial was in East Canton Cemetery.  A Memorial services was held at the Kleese Funeral Home on Tuesday evening by members of the Lady Canton Rebekah Lodge.  Pallbearers were: Postmaster James Taylor, Arnold Greene, Claude Williams, Sr., Alfred Wilcox, Willard Kilmer and Lionel Kilmer.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

ROBERT M. ‘BOB’ WRIGHT, 79, Canton, PA died Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at home.  Bob was born on March 6, 1922 in Canton, PA the son of the late Wilbur and Mary (Mason) Wright.  He graduated from Canton High School class of 1940 and attended Penn State University, studying animal husbandry.  Bob was a dairy farmer, retiring in 1988.  Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Marjorie D. (Morse) Wright; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Gary and Joan Wright and David L. and Patricia Wright all of Canton, PA and daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Thad Woodward of Canton, PA; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles A. Wright of Endwell, NY and sisters, Lorene Hawthorne of Wilmington, NC and Nona Brown of Loganville, PA; many nieces and nephews.  Bob was predeceased by a granddaughter and a sister, Frances Anderson.  Funeral services were held November 24 at the Pepper funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating; burial was held in the East Canton Cemetery with his six grandsons as pallbearers.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA or a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Wright’s name.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

ZEIGLER James
85, of Canton, PA, died November 6, 2009 while surrounded by family in Williamsport, PA. Born on June 4, 1924 in Ralston, PA, he was a son of the late John Dawson and Helen (Huzey) Zeigler. After graduating from Canton High School in 1942, Jim served with the US Army during WWII. November 24, 1949, he married the former Ruth L. Bunn in Ogdensburg. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Agriculture Education from Penn State University and later his Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling and Education. A very popular Ag Teacher at Canton High School, Mr. Zeigler also enjoyed his position as Canton High's Guidance Counselor and coached football, basketball, golf and Little League teams. He was a member of the N. Union Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a lifetime member of the Canton V.F.W. Post 714 and a driver for Canton Ambulance. He was a gardener, golfer, bowler and avid reader. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Brenda (Les) Hilfiger, J. Craig Zeigler, all of Canton, Christopher (Susan) Zeigler of Mt. Holly Springs, PA; grandchildren, Mickel (Rancy) Pepper, Timothy Hilfiger, Misty Fawn (Blasz) Miller, Zeppilin and Harley Zeigler; three great-grandchildren; brothers, John Zeigler of Pine City, NY and Charles (Jean) Zeigler of Fredericksburg, VA. Calling hours are 1- 3 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. November 13th, at Pepper's in Canton. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Pepper's with burial in East Canton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Green Free Library, 14 N. Center Street; N. Union Christian Church, 353 Soper Hill Rd., both in Canton, PA 17724 or Susquehanna Hospice, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.  Published in Star-Gazette on November 9, 2009



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