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Grover Cemetery, Canton Township, Bradford County, PA

by Joyce M. Tice

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RICHARD K. TERRY, SR., died April 18, 1986 as the result of an automobile accident.  He was born Feb. 18, 1922 at Athens, a son of William and Lucille Chapman Terry.  He retired in 1982 from Swayze Folding Box Co.  Mr. Terry was a member of International Assn. of Machinists Local 2179.  He and his wife attended St. John’s United Methodist Church, Grover.  A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Terry was a life member, chairman of the board of directors and a former commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 714 here.  He was a member of the Cooties, a division of the VFW; the Disabled American Veterans, a chief of staff for District 14, past district commander and a state aide decamp for the VFW.  He was a member of the Brooks-Flick American Legion Post 49, Troy.  Mr. Terry was a member of Lodge 415, F&AM, and Moose Lodge 429 and a life member of Innes Hose Fire Co.  Surviving are: his daughter and his mother, are a son Richard K. Jr. of Fort Hood, Texas; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, a brother, Robert of Baltimore, MD.  A double funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Morse and Kleese’s, 40 North Center Street.  Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.  Military rites for Mr. Terry will be by the VFW.  The Rev. Richard Leonard, church pastor and the Rev. Duane Taylor, minister al large will officiate.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight.  The VFW post will hold rites at 9 and the Moose Lodge at 9:30.  The family will provide flowers.

LESTER GORDON THOMAS, 48, Canton RR 2, died Thursday, December 10, 1992 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda. He was born December 17, 1943 in Sayre, Bradford County. He operated a farm for several years and later was employed as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for J & B Mining Co., Morris Run, PA. He attended Mansfield University and worked as a counselor for Northern Tier Youth Services in Blossburg until his health prohibited him from continuing. Recently he was able to do counseling for the Northern Tier Christian Counseling Center in Canton and participated in prison ministry at the Bradford County Jail. Mr. Thomas was an active member and past officer of the East Canton United Methodist Church.  He was a former member Cub Scout master in Canton. Survivors include his wife of 21 years, the former Lillie DeWalt; sons, Timothy and Jeffrey Thomas and a daughter, Miss Martha Thomas, all at home; mother and her husband, Pauline and Charles Richard Earle of Troy; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Terry Austin of Blossburg; father and mother-in-law, Charles and Melvia DeWalt of Columbia Cross Roads; brother-in-law, Wallace DeWalt of Knoxville, TN; aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. Memorial services were held December 12 at East Canton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Patton officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Mrs. Lillie Thomas, Canton RR 2 in Mr. Thomas' memory. Buried Grover Cemetery. –Troy Gazette- Register.

RAYMOND C. THOMAS, 80 of Troy RD 1 died Saturday, Jan. 23, 1988 at the Bradford County Manor.  Born Oct. 24, 1907 in Troy Township, he was the son of Alvin and Mary Newell Thomas.  He was a member of the Alba Christian Church and was a retired farmer.  He was a substitute mail carrier in Troy for 32 years.  Mr. Thomas is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Audrey Thomas of Troy RD 1 and Richard and Virginia Thomas of Troy RD 1; brothers, Alonzo Thomas of Troy and Carlton Thomas of Troy; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Thomas in 1939 and a grandson, Daryl Raymond Thomas in 1967.  Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral Home in Troy Monday from 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Edward Graboski officiating.  Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Troy Ambulance Association.  –Towanda Daily Review

ALAN N. THOMPSON, 55, Williamsport, died unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 28, 1993.  He was born July 3, 1937 at McIntyre Township, a son of Clifford and Mildred V. Campbell Thompson.  He attended Canton High School.  In 1954, he enlisted with the United States Air Force and received his GED while in the service; was honorably discharged in 1968 with a distinguished record; he trained as a paramedic and was a member of the para-rescue team for the Apollo and Gemini space missions; was a para-rescue man during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal Airmeda’; Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as numerous other awards and medals.  After his discharge in 1968, he joined the Norfolk Police Dept.  During his career as a police officer, he graduated from the Tidewater Police Academy, the Central Police Training School, State of Virginia, the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the School of Special Services in Defense Tactics Search and Seizure, Explosives Ordinance, Water Rescue, Firearms-Shotgun-Pistol and Behavioral Sciences in 1971; course in driver training for emergency equipment operators; a course in ICAP criminal justice procedures in 1978.  He retired as a police detective for the City of Norfolk in 1982; returned to Williamsport where he was employed at Lycoming College as a security officer for six years.  Surviving are his wife, the former Annice J. Taylor, with whom he celebrated 35 years of marriage on Sept. 14, 1902; a son, Master Sgt. Steven A. Thompson, serving with the US Air Force in Korea; a daughter, Katherine A. Vroman, Canton; his mother, Mrs. Mildred D. Thompson; a brother, Sheldon, both of Trout Run; three sisters, Mrs. Gloria Hall, Grand Blank, MI, Mrs. Laura Holdren, Trout Run, and Mrs. Mildred Campbell, Barbours; three grandsons, Wayne, Brian, and Jason Keith, Canton; father and mother-in-law, Floyd and Ona Taylor, Virginia Beach, VA; brother-in-law, William Taylor, Simpsonville, SC; sister-in-law, Mrs. Terry Cox, Orlando, FL; nieces, nephews, cousins.  Funeral services were held Feb. 1 from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. John W. Pittenger officiating.  Interment was in the Grover Cemetery. –Canton Independent Sentinel.

THOMPSON, Clifford A. 55, of Ralston, Friday, May 24, 1963. He was an employe of the Pennsylvania Highway Department; member of Ralston Fire Department. Survived by wife, Mrs. Mildred CAMPBELL THOMPSON; daughters, Gloria M. of Williamsport, Laura D. and Mildred A. at home; sons, Airman 1.C. Allen N. THOMPSON with the Air Force at Denver, Colo., Sgt. Calvin G. THOMPSON with Army in Germany; two grandchildren; brothers, James THOMPSON of Holmes, Benjamin, Howard and Felix THOMPSON, all of Roaring Branch. Body at Kleese Funeral Home, Canton. Calling hours: today 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral there Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Wilma BARKER HOOSE and the Rev. Reynolds JONES. Grover Cemetery. Submitted by Patricia Warren

Carl D. “Tilly” TILLOTSON, 72, resident of canton RR 1, PA died Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at home following a courageous battle with cancer.  Born December 15, 1927 in Canton, he was a son of the late Murry S. and Edna L. Williams Tillotson.  Carl was a graduate of Canton Area High School class of 1945.  He was employed by several area businesses including the Troy Bank, the A & P grocery market in Canton, George Crain’s Garage in Canton and later by the Canton Western Auto Store.  He and his wife established the former Lantern restaurant, also known as Tilly’s in Canton and owned and operated it for 39 years until their retirement in 1994.  Mr. Tillotson was a 50-year member of the Canton Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 429, the Troy American Legion Post #49, the Red Run Rod and Gun Club in Ralston, the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch and was a charter member of the Canton Lion’s Club.  Surviving are; his wife of 48 years, Shirley Morgan Tillotson, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Carl J. and Valerie Tillotson of Rockville, MD; grandchildren; Kayland Tillotson and Kelsey and Connor Martin; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Carl was preceded in death by a sister, Vera, in 1937; a brother James “Jimmy” in 1993.  Funeral services were held Saturday, February 5 at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Nancy Goff officiating and interment to be in the Grover Cemetery  Memorials may be directed to the Western Alliance EMS at PO Box 13, Troy, PA 16947 or to the Divine Providence Hospitality Inn Cancer Treatment Unit at 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.   “Troy Gazette-Register,” Troy, PA Thursday, February 10, 2000

TILLOTSON, Ellamae - Ellamae Yaggie, 86, of Canton, PA (Union Twp.) passed away at home on Tuesday morning, May 2, 2017. Ellamae was born in Canton July 22, 1930 and was one of nine children of the late Paul and Maude Tillotson.  Her dad gave this daughter the nickname of “Spike”.  Ellamae graduated from Canton High School in 1948.  She married Andrew Yaggie Sr. on May 14, 1949 and they shared 35 years of marriage before his passing on Feb. 11, 1984.  She was a member of the former First Baptist Church in Canton.  Ellamae’s family always came first in her life.  She was the devoted wife of a farmer and a wonderfully caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  Ellamae enjoyed several hobbies, especially jig saw puzzles, crafting, sewing and knitting.  She made beautiful afghans for all the family. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law; Andy, Jr. and Patty Yaggie of Canton and Ted and Margaret Yaggie of Roaring Branch, five grandchildren; Greg Yaggie (Samantha), Jill (Tim) Brueilly, Amanda (Travis) Pepper, Andy Yaggie, III and Camryn Yaggie, eight great grandchildren; Shyanna, Sierra, Logan and Brian Yaggie, Levi, Alyssa, Grant and Barrett Pepper, a sister; Annalee Wright, many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband Andy, she was predeceased by a great grandson; Brandon McNett and seven siblings; Aletha Wright, Ernestine Herman and Morrell, William, Dean, Lewis and Leon Tillotson. In keeping with Mrs. Yaggie’s wishes, funeral services and burial in Grover Cemetery will be private.  Pepper Funeral Home in Canton is assisting the family with arrangements. – Williamsport Sun Gazette, 3 May 2017

FRANK J. TOTH, 80, long time resident of Roaring Branch RR 2 died October 30, 1996 at his home while surrounded by his family.  He was born in New York City January 29, 1916 the son of the late Joseph and Mary Toth.  He moved with his parents to the Stroudsburg, PA area and in the 1940s again moved with his parents to settle on a farm in Ellenton, PA.  Mr. Toth proudly served in the US Army’s 93rd Infantry Antitank Battalion until his honorable discharge in September 1941.  In New York City, he met the former Loretta Votruba.  On November 7, 1947 they were married in Towanda, together sharing 49 years of marriage.  In earlier years, he was employed in Williamsport as a molder at the Spencer heater foundry.  Later he worked for various construction companies as a cement mason for 40 years, retiring in 1977.  During these years, he worked on numerous highways and bridges throughout New York State including Route 17.  He also worked locally and helped build the Canton High School’s Nellie Black Westgate Auditorium.  In 1977 he owned and operated the Park Hotel in Canton until 1980.  Mr. Toth was of the Catholic faith and was a former member of St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in New York City.  He belonged to the New York State Cement Mason’s Union and the laborers union of Elmira, NY.  He was an avid gardener and especially enjoyed playing cards and following baseball.  He was an enthusiastic New York Yankees fan and was very proud of their recent world series victory.  Surviving are his wife, Loretta at home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Albert T. and Nelia Toth, Canton, John Toth, California; a daughter and son-in-law, Ann M. and John Griswold, Roaring Branch, RR 1; 14 grandchildren, Shari L. Dilmore, Cheryl A. Newton, Robin L. Wilson, John L. and Ronald W. Wilcox, Joseph F. Smith, Mike Fives, Shaw M., Frank L. Albert T., Chris F., Tim J. and John J. Toth II and Lorie DelVecchio; 23 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by a great-grandson, Dennis B. Wilson, Jr., November 13, 1981; a son-in-law, John Wilcox, October24, 1982 and a daughter-in-law, Mary Toth, March 8, 1988 in addition to his parents.  The funeral and committal service was held at the Pepper Funeral was held at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Bert Kozen pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton officiating.  Interment was held in the Grover Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the North Penn Health/Hospice, 520 Ruah Street, Blossburg, PA or the American Cancer Society, 413 South Main Street, Athens, PA in Mr. Toth’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

TUBMAN –MRS. JULIA M. MCNETT, 82, of 20 High St., Canton died at the Troy Community Hospital on Saturday morning after having suffered a stroke at her home.  She was the widow of Samuel A. McNett who died in 1945.  Mrs. McNett was born in Leolyn, Pa. on Oct. 15, 1897, a daughter of Robert and Ellen Campbell Tubman.  She attended the former Muncy Normal School and she taught in the rural schools for a few years at the following localities in Lycoming County; Crescent, Yorktown, Parsons Hill, Ellenton and Penbyrn.  She was an active member of the Grover Church of Christ for over 50 years where she taught a Sunday School class for many years and also acted as a musician.  Mrs. McNett is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Jane Sunberg of Juneau, Alaska and Mrs. John (Naomi) Mosser of Canton; one son, William T. McNett of Canton; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Miss Susie Tubman of Canton; many nieces and nephews and cousins.  Funeral services will be held at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, Canton on Wednesday 2 p.m. with the Rev. George Vartenisian of Tarentum, Pa., former pastor of the Grover Church of Christ and present pastor of the First Christian Church.  Burial will be in the Grover Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

CALVIN L. TURNER, 69, Aberdeen, NC, formerly of Canton and Williamsport died March 19, 1995 in the comfort of his family home.  He was born in Masten, Sullivan County, June 9, 1925 a son of Leslie and Bessie (Snyder) Turner.  During his residence in Williamsport he was employed by the Mid Penn Magazine Co.  Surviving in addition to his wife, Beverly Randall Turner are: two sons, Kelvin Turner, Orlando, FL and Darrell Davis, Aberdeen, NC; daughters, Marilyn Rand, Lee, MA, Charlene Bibey, Southern Pines, NC, Carolyn Miller, Williamsport, Coleen Parr, Aberdeen, NC, Cheryl Stenman, Jacksonville, FL and Arlene Turner, Southern Pines, NC; brothers, Herb Turner, Florida, Less Turner, Canton and Phil Turner, Cross Roads, NY; sisters Marian Murphy, Barbours, PA, Audrey Thomas, Troy and Sarah Pidcoe, Montoursville; 18 grandchildren; three great-grandsons.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Marlene Blair and a brother, Chester A. Turner.  Friends are invited to call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton, Wednesday, March 22 from 7-9 p.m.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Jasper Smith officiating.  Interment will be in Grover Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

TURNER –MRS. GERALDINE LAVERNA RIBOVICH, 58 wife of Stephen Ribovich of Six Trippe Terrace, Canton was pronounced dead on arrival at Troy Community Hospital Thursday evening, March 14, 1974.  She was born in Masten, Lycoming County, Jan. 4, 1916 a daughter of Leslie O. and Bessie Snyder Turner.  Mrs. Ribovich was a member of the Women of the Moose, Canton.  Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Mrs. Theodore (Wilma) Derr, Pottstown, Pa., Mrs. Anna Balthaser, Leesport, Berks County, Miss Ginger Ribovich at home and Mrs. Terry (Leslie Brown, West Burlington; three sons, Stephen of Ralston, John of Canton and James of Marsh Hill, Pa.; her mother of Canton; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Ralph Murphy of Wallis Run, Pa., Mrs. Charles (Audrey) Thomas, Troy RD and Mrs. Robert Pidcoe, Montoursville; five brothers, Calvin Turner of Warrensville, Pa., Chester Turner and Leslie Turner Jr. of Canton, Herbert Turner of Winter Park, Fla. and Philip Turner of Horseheads; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral and committal services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center St., Canton with the Rev. D. Karuse, pastor of the Ralston United Methodist Church officiating.  Burial will be in Grover Cemetery.  The Women of the Moose, Canton will hold memorial services for Mrs. Ribovich Saturday at 8 p.m.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

TWIST –AMY E. ARBOGAST, 83.  On the afternoon of Wednesday, March 7, 2001, Amy Elizabeth (Twist) Arbogast, formerly of Canton, died quietly at Roseview Center Nursing Home, Williamsport.  She was 12 days away from her 84th birthday.  Born in Roaring Branch on March 19, 1917, she was the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Campbell) Twist. Amy grew up in the beautiful rural countryside, attending the Roaring Branch Grade School and Ralston High School, serving as valedictorian of the Class of 1935.  That same year she married her longtime sweetheart, Harry Arbogast, and together they raised three sons and a daughter.  They were together 23 years until Harry’s passing in 1958.  In was about that same time that Amy began working as a machine operator with Canford Manufacturing at their original location in the old milk station on North Center Street.  In fact, Amy was the third person ever hired by the company, and at the time of her retirement 25 years later, was the employee with the most seniority.  Amy was also very active in the community, as a member of the Village Improvement Association and Canton Lady Rebekkahs.  She was a member of the East Canton United Methodist Church and formerly a member of the Canton Ecumenical Parish, where she organized the church suppers and voluntarily kept the building in order.  She also enjoyed gardening and walking.  She is survived by her sons, Robert of Hungary Horse, Mont., Richard of Richland, Pa., and Glen (Pam) Arbogast of Wesyerville, Ohio; a daughter, Sharon Bragg of Williamsport; her grandchildren, Lisa Bragg, and Douglas and Jennifer Arbogast; a brother, Richard (Florence) Twist of Tampa, Fla.; sisters Marian Micklitsch of Ralston and Myrtle Larson of Williamsport; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; a brother, Walter Twist; and a sister, Louise Micklitsch.  The viewing will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2001, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jay Morris, pastor of the East Canton United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Grover Cemetery. –Towanda Daily Review.

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