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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Leroy Cemetery, Leroy Township, Bradford County, PA
Obituaries

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Bradford County PA

Chemung County NY

Tioga County PA

 

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by Joyce M. Tice

Leroy Cemetery Listing

 

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

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

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

MURRAY E. JOHNSON
Murray E. Johnson, 62, Canton, PA died Wednesday, August 7, 1996 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a long illness. Murray was born April 16, 1934 in West Franklin, Bradford County, PA, he son of the late Virgil and Mildred Montgomery Johnson. He retired in 1991 after 35 years of employment as production manager with Schrader Bellows, Canton. Mr. Johnson was an Army Korean War veteran, serving three years in Japan. He held the rank of Staff Sgt. Murray was associated with the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and was a member of the Canton VFW Post No. 714. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 37 years, Betty L. (Miller) Johnson; children, son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Lesslie Johnson, West Reading; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Sherwood of Canton; a brother, Richard Johnson of Granville Summit; sisters, Beverly Bailey of Mainesburg and Theola Avery of West Franklin; two grandsons; mother-in-law, Cora Miller of French Azilum, PA; numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Morse & Kleese Funeral Home in Canton on August 9 with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating and interment to be in the LeRoy Cemetery with full military by Canton VFW Post No. 714. (TGR August 15, 1996)

LLOYD JONES, 84, Granville Summit, died at home April 8, 2004 while surrounded by his family.  Born in Old Forge, PA, on December 8, 1919 he was the son of the late Seth and Mary (Esaias) Jones.  Mr. Jones was a proud WWII Veteran, serving his country with the U>S> Navy as a signalman in the North Atlantic and Pacific Theaters.  Before shipping out he married his sweetheart, the former Beatrice Meyer, on August 27, 1943 in Baltimore, MD.  After the war he was employed by Western Electric Co., of New Jersey.  In 1953 the family moved to Granville Township where he worked at Bendix Corp.  In Elmira, NY retiring in 1982, he spent the next 22 years enjoying his family, nature and woodworking.  Surviving are his beloved wife of over 60 years, Beatrice, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Douglas Bennett; a son and daughter-in-law; Bob and Diane Jones all of Granville Summit; five grandchildren; Beth Kingsbury, Thomas Bennett, Aaron, Anna and Charity Jones; great-grandchildren; Matthew, Joshua and Andrew Kingsbury and Michaela Bennett; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; his faithful companion “Buddy”.  Mr. Jones was predeceased by a sister, Jane Howarth in 1999 and brothers Richard in 1976 and Abel in 1994.  The funeral service was held April 10 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton, with Pastor Jim Shay officiating.  Burial was held in the LeRoy Cemetery with military honors.  Accorded.  Pallbearers were Thomas Bennett, Aaron Jones, John, Matt, Josh and Andy Kingsbury.  Those wishing may direct memorials in Lloyd Jones’ name to Guthrie Hospice, Towanda, PA.  Canton Independent Sentinel.

KELLEY –ELLA MAE (KELLEY) PEPPER, 82, of RR 1, Canton, Pa., died Tuesday, April 4, 1995, at the Bradford County Manor.  Mrs. Pepper was born April 14, 1912, in Canton, Bradford County, Pa., daughter of the late John W. and May (Northup) Kelley.  Ella Mae was a homemaker, mother of three sons, and a member of the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband, Lyle H. Pepper of Canton; sons: Thomas C. Pepper, Jack W. Pepper and Donald C. Pepper, all of Canton; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Estella Jones of Moscow, Pa.; several nieces and nephews.  Family and friends are invited to call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 North Center St., Canton, on Wednesday, April 5, 1995, from 7 to 9 p.m.  Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 6, 1995, at 11 a.m.  with the Rev. Thomas L. Henderson and Rev. William Pepper officiating.  Burial will follow at the LeRoy Cemetery, LeRoy Township, Bradford County, Pa.  Those wishing may remember Ella Mae through memorial contributions to the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church, P.O. Box 41, LeRoy, Pa.  –Towanda Daily Review.

Description: Description: C:\TC\~srgp\new\100.gifGRACE A. KELLY, 100, of Penfield, NY, formerly an area resident, died August 3, 2000 at the Genesee Hospital, Rochester, NY.  Born on November 9, 1899 in LeRoy, PA she was a daughter of the late Eugene and Laura Chaapel Kelly.  Ms. Kelly was a retired school teacher who had obtained her masters degree in Library Science.  Surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  A graveside service was held September 20 at the LeRoy Cemetery with the Rev. Jasper Smith, officiating.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

KILBOURN –ANNA.  Mrs. James Holcomb (Anna) 87 died at the Packer Hospital, Friday, Feb. 11, 1955.  She owned and operated a store in West Franklin for 40 years.  Surviving are two sons, Joseph Burroughs, West Franklin and James Holcomb of Troy, two granddaughters, Mrs. S. C. Wyatt of Danville, N.J. and Martha of Troy, Pa., 1 great-grandson.  Burial in Leroy Cemetery.

WILBERT R. (FRAN) LEPPER, 61, of Canton RD 1, died Tuesday, April 9, 1985 at his home.  Mr. Lepper was born Aug. 3, 1923 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, a son of Ralph and Margaret Borreson Lepper.  He and his wife owned and operated Pepper’s Store in LeRoy.  Prior to that Mr. Lepper was a carpenter.  He was an Army veteran of World War II.  He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Canton and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Canton V.F.W. Post No. 714, the American Legion and he was also active in the Cursillo Movement.  Mr. Lepper is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Pepper, to whom he was married 39 years; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Edkin of Egg Harbor, N.J.; four sons, Ralph Lepper of LeRoy, Richard Lepper of Canton, Dan and Roger Lepper, both of Canton RD 1; a daughter and her husband, Debbie and Dennis Foust of Canton; three sisters, Mrs. Marion Achee of Egg Harbor, Mrs. Mildred Gibilisco of Rivera, Calif. and Mrs. Bonnie Achee, also of Egg Harbor; seven grandchildren.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, corner of Union and Washington Streets, Canton, with the Rev. Stephen McGough officiating.  Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.  There will be a private family viewing from noon until 2 p.m. and a public viewing from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton.  A Rosary service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.  Anyone who may wish to attend this service is invited.  Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Lepper’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

ERNEST ALBERT LILLEY, Leroy, Pa. (died March 1, 1944). Funeral Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Morse Funeral Home, Canton.  Rev. Lyle Pepper.  Burial in LeRoy Cemetery, Leroy.  – Elmira Star-Gazette 3/3/1944

ROBERT S. MASON, 94, of Seneca Falls, N.Y., died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1982 at the Seneca Falls Hospital.  He was born in LeRoy, Pa., Dec. 27, 1887, the son of Ernest and Edith Mason.  He was a member of the Rural Amity Lodge No. 70 F. and A.M. and of the Consistory Valley of Williamsport.  Survivors include one grandson, Gordon Marble with whom Mr. Mason resided; a brother Lloyd Mason, Canton RD 1; a sister, grace Baxter, Needham, Mass.; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held in the annex of the LeRoy Church of Christ, Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m.  The Rev. Duane Taylor will conduct the service.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MAY, Robert E., 79, of Leroy, Friday, May 24, 1963. Survived by wife, Mrs. Nellie MAY; daughters, Mrs. Frank CAMP of Columbia Cross Roads, Mrs. Naomi REESE, Mrs. Helen WHITNEY, Mrs. Doris DENNISON and Mrs. Frances SHULTZ, all of Elmira, Mrs. Clara WOODROFF of Hawley, Miss Mildred MAY at home; sons, Claude MAY of Canton, Robert of Troy; brother, Stephen MAY of Arizona; 36 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Body at Morse Funeral Home, Canton. Funeral there today at 2 p.m., the Rev. Paul DALE. LeRoy Cemetery. Submitted by Patricia Warren

ROBERT W. ‘BILL’ MAY, 74, longtime resident of LeRoy, PA, and most recently of Canton, PA, died at home while surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 28, 2006. Robert William was born on November 13, 1931 at Lake Wesauking near Wysox, PA. He was one of ten children in the family of the late Robert E. and Nellie (Hiney) May. Bill married Jeanette Pepper on April 19, 1953 in Canton Twp. at the home of Fran and Kathy Lepper. They were blessed with over 52 wonderful years together and raised three children. Bill was a devoted and supportive husband, father, grandfather and friend who was very proud of his family. He worked hard through the difficult and uncertain times in the coal strip mining industry as an equipment operator for several companies until retiring. Bill possessed a great sense of humor and enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved doing many things but special to him were the times he spent with family and friends, especially Redline Raceway races, trips to Florida, dancing, camping and playing bingo, washer board and cards. Surviving are his wife, Jeanette at home; three children, Becky (Dr. Clarence) Scott of Cape Coral, FL, Barby (Barry Sr.) Matthews of Canton, Andrew May of LeRoy; nine grandchildren, John, Michael and Clinton Scott, Barry Jr. (Jody), Brock (Billie), and Brett Matthews, Jenelle, Jackie and Cameron May; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Slider of Hawley, Helen Withey of DuBois, and Doris (Keith) Dennison of Elmira; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, June Pepper of FL, Kathy Lepper of Canton, Pauline Clark of Granville Center, Paul (Shirley) Pepper of Canton, Roger "Butch" (Arla) Pepper of LeRoy, Paddy (Colie) Sherman of Roseville; dear friends, Dave and Shirley Matthews of Canton; special friends and neighbors at Cedar Ridge Apartments in Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was predeceased by four sisters, Mildred May, Naomi Reese, Della Camp and Francis Schultz; two brothers, Newton and Claude May; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. His family invites friends to call from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, February 3, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton, PA. The funeral service will follow with Deacon Bill Graham officiating. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Bill's name to the Faulk Cancer Center, c/o Arnot Ogden Hospital at 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

MAY   Robert W. "Bill" 74, longtime resident of LeRoy, PA, and most recently of Canton, PA, died at home while surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 28, 2006. Robert William was born on November 13, 1931 at Lake Wesauking near Wysox, PA. He was one of ten children in the family of the late Robert E. and Nellie (Hiney) May. Bill married Jeanette Pepper on April 19, 1953 in Canton Twp. at the home of Fran and Kathy Lepper. They were blessed with over 52 wonderful years together and raised three children. Bill was a devoted and supportive husband, father, grandfather and friend who was very proud of his family. He worked hard through the difficult and uncertain times in the coal strip mining industry as an equipment operator for several companies until retiring. Bill possessed a great sense of humor and enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved doing many things but special to him were the times he spent with family and friends, especially Redline Raceway races, trips to Florida, dancing, camping and playing bingo, washerboard and cards. Surviving are his wife, Jeanette at home; three children, Becky (Dr. Clarence) Scott of Cape Coral, FL, Barby (Barry Sr.) Matthews of Canton, Andrew May of LeRoy; nine grandchildren, John, Michael and Clinton Scott, Barry Jr. (Jody), Brock (Billie), and Brett Matthews, Jenelle, Jackie and Cameron May; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clara Slider of Hawley, Helen Withey of DuBois, and Doris (Keith) Dennison of Elmira; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, June Pepper of FL, Kathy Lepper of Canton, Pauline Clark of Granville Center, Paul (Shirley) Pepper of Canton, Roger "Butch" (Arla) Pepper of LeRoy, Paddy (Colie) Sherman of Roseville; dear friends, Dave and Shirley Matthews of Canton; special friends and neighbors at Cedar Ridge Apartments in Canton; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bill was predeceased by four sisters, Mildred May, Naomi Reese, Della Camp and Francis Schultz; two brothers, Newton and Claude May; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. His family invites friends to call from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, February 3, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton, PA. The funeral service will follow with Deacon Bill Graham officiating. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Bill's name to the Faulk Cancer Center, c/o Arnot Ogden Hospital at 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905.

McCRANEY - Selleck, Ruth McCraney-79, of 2 E Union St Canton, died Saturday Oct 8 (1977) at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was the daughter of Milton and Eloise Greenough McCraney.  Mrs. Selleck served as a practical nurse at the Crowe Nursing Home in Canton for several years.  She was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ, a former member of the Open Hand Grange and a charter member of the White Dove Rebekah Lodge of LeRoy. She is survived by her husband, Paul; a son, Leon, of Canton and several cousins.  Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday at 2 pm from the Morse Funeral Home, Canton with Rev Robert Parker officiating.  Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery. (Daily Review Oct 1977)

MONTGOMERY –MILDRED L. JOHNSON, 74, a resident of the Dar-Way Nursing Home for the past year died Sunday, December 29, 1985.  She was a lifelong resident of W. Franklin and prior to entering the nursing home, she had resided at the Sherwood Home for eight years.  She was born April 20, 1911 in W. Franklin, Bradford County, the daughter of Charles and Sara Saxon Montgomery.  Survivors included two sons, Richard Johnson of Granville Summit RD 1 and Murray Johnson of Canton; two daughters, Mrs. Brenton (Beverly) Bailey Jr. of Mainesburg, Pa. and Mrs. Theola Avery of Leroy; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.  Her husband, Virgil Johnson, preceded her in death the August 19, 1970.  Funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday 2 p.m. from the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith, pastor of the Ward United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Leroy Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday 1:30-2 p.m.  –Towanda Daily Review.

OTTO C. MORGAN
 CANTON--Otto C. Morgan, 67, of 10 Carlson Street, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1993, in Williamsport Hospital. His wife, the former Catherine A. Brown, died Dec. 27, 1990. Retired, he was employed for 28 years as a truck driver by the former Swayze Folding Box Co., and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 529. He and his father had owned and operated a barber shop here for nearly 40 years. Currently, he operated a hamburger and hot dog stand with Glen Morgan at Dunn Hill and Granville Race Track. Morgan was a former Canton Township tax collector. A Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Knox, he was a life member of Canton Post 714, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of Canton Moose Lodge 429, and Deer Crossing Detachment Marine Corp. in Ralston. Born June 19, 1926, in Wheelerville, Sullivan County, he was a son of Fred D. and Laurel Fuller Morgan. Surviving, besides his mother, of Canton, are two sons, Russell O., of Canton RR 1, and Bradley F., of Canton; a daughter, Elizabeth S. Metcalf, of Canton RR 2; a sister, Shirley M. Tillotson, of Canton RR 1, and four grandsons. He made his home with Jane May. The funeral will be at 11 am Wednesday at Morse and Kleese's, 40 North Center Street, with the Rev. David B. Morris, pastor of the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and the Rev. Melvin Good, pastor of Wheelerville Mennonite Church, officiating.  Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery with full military rites accorded. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday. A memorial service will be held at 8:45 pm by Canton Post 714.

BRUCE L. MORSE, 63, McCallum Manor, Canton, died October 3, 1987, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mr. Morse was born June 13, 1924, at LeRoy, the son of Roscoe C. and Ruby M. Lilley Morse.  He was a farmer in the LeRoy area for many years.  He worked as an inspector with the former Westinghouse Corp., Horseheads, and as a machinist with the former Collins Valve, Canton.  He retired in April 1975.  Mr. Morse was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ.  He attended LeRoy Elementary School graduating from Canton High School in 1942.  He served as secretary for the LeRoy Schools for 20 years and as a director for two years for the Tri-County School District, Canton.  He was a 50-year member of the Open Hand Grange No. 153, Pomona State and National Grange, which he served as state deputy for six years, a member of the LeRoy International Order of Odd Fellows, and the Samaritan Band in Monroeton.  Mr. Morse and his wife, the former Elizabeth Hickok, celebrated 38 years of marriage April 15, 1987.  Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Rosa Lee Smith, Woodbury, NJ, Mrs. Kathleen Borden, Mesa, AZ, Miss Pamela Morse, Harrison Valley, PA, and Mrs. Diane Jones, Granville Summit; three sons, Bruce L. Morse, Jr., LeRoy, Martin J. Morse and Albert L. Morse, Canton RD1; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Mae Jennings and Edna Morse, Sarasota, FL; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Marion Bly, Granville Summit, Mrs. Janet Williams, Woodbury, NJ, Mrs. Lucille Gernert, Troy, and Mrs. Ada Miller, Bechtelsville, PA; brothers-in-law, Willis Hickok, Tucson, AZ, Raymond Hickok and Frank Hickok of Troy RD 3.  The funeral service was held Tuesday at the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, with the Rev. Duane Taylor and the Rev. David B. Morris, church pastor, officiating.  Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton.  The family suggests memorial contributions be forwarded to the Canton Church of Christ or the Diabetes Foundation in Bruce’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MORSE, BRUCE L.,   Bruce L. Morse, 63, of Canton, McCallum Manor, died October 3, 1987 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  <r. Morse was born June 13, 1924 at LeRoy, the son of Roscoe C. and Ruby M. Lilley Morse.  He was a retired farmer in the LeRoy area as well as holding other positions, retiring from them in 1975.  He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) and was very active in Grange and Odd Fellows.  Surviving are his wife of 38 years, the former Elizabeth Hickok; daughters, Mrs. Rosa Lee Smith of Woodbury, NJ, Mrs. Kathleen Bordon of Mesa, AZ, Miss Pamela Morse of Harrison Valley , PA and Mrs. Diane Jones of Granville Summit; sons, Bruce L. Morse Jr., of LeRoy, Martin J. Morse and Albert L. Morse, both of Canton RD1; ten grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Ella Mae Jennings and Edna Morse, both of Sarasota, FL; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Marion O’Bly of Granville Summit, Mrs. Janet Williams of Woodbury, NJ, Mrs. Lucille Gernert of Troy and Mrs. Ada Miller of Bechtelsville, PA; brothers-in-law, Willis Hickok of Tuscon, AZ, Raymond and Frank Hickok, both of Troy RD3.  Funeral services were held October 6 at Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) with Rev. Duane Taylor and Rev. David Morris officiating and interment to be in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Arrangements were made by the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton where a grange memorial service was held.  The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Canton Church of Christ or the Diabetes Foundation in Bruce’s  memory.  (TGR Oct. 8, 1987)

DELANCY MORSE JR., 61, of Canton RD 1, died Sept. 19, 1984, at Troy Community Hospital.  Mr. Morse was born June 27, 1923 in Granville Twp., the son of Delancy and Daisy Rathbun Morse, Sr.  Mr. Morse was a dairy farmer of 42 years.  He was also a member of the Open Hand Grange of LeRoy.  Surviving are his wife, the former Virginia Palmer, with whom he celebrated 39 years of marriage on Oct. 16, 1983; one son, David P. Morse, one daughter, Mrs. John (Barbara) Sentyz of Canton RD 1; two sisters, Mrs. Lila Allen of Mansfield and Mrs. Jennie Clark of Granville Summit; two brothers Russell Morse, Pine Valley, NY and Theodore Morse of Elmira; grandchildren, Chad and Jennifer Sentyz, of Canton RD 1, mother and father-in-law, Paul and Edith Palmer of Canton RD 1; brothers-in-law, Dean Palmer of Williamsport RD 2 and Charles Palmer of Canton RD 1 an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral services were held at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Ray Ackley pastor of the LeRoy First Baptist Church officiating.  Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MORSE, DELANCY JR.,    Services for Delancy Morse Jr., 61, Canton, RD1, were held Sept. 22 at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home in Canton, with the Rev. Ray Ackley officiating.  The interment was held in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Mr. Morse died Sept. 19, 1984 at the Troy Community Hospital.  He was born June 27, 1923 in Granville Township, the son of Delancy and Daisy Rathbun Morse Sr.  Mr. Morse was a dairy farmer for 42 years.  He was a member of the Open Hand Grange of LeRoy.  Surviving are his wife, Virginia Palmer Morse, with whom he celebrated 39 years of marriage on Oct. 16, 1983; one son, David P.; daughter, Barbara Sentyz, Canton; sisters, Lila Allen, Mansfield and Jennie Clark, Granville Summit; brothers, Russel, Pine Valley, NY and Theodore, Elmira; grandchildren, Chad and Jennifer Sentyz, Canton; and an uncle, nieces, nephews and cousins.  (TGR Sept. 27, 1984)

MORSE –ERNESTINE M. CHAAPEL, 63, of Canton RD 1, died at her home Monday, April 6, 1981.  Mrs. Chaapel was born July 9, 1917 in LeRoy, Pa., a daughter of Roscoe and Ruby Lilley Morse.  She was employed by the Bradford County Manor Dietary Department for 20 years and was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ.  She was also a member of LeRoy Open Hand Grange for 38 years.  She is survived by her husband, Clyde; son, Charles L. Chaapel of LeRoy; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Mae Jennings and Ms. Edna Morse, both of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, Bruce Morse, Sr., of Canton; five grandchildren; three foster sons, Arthur Frey of Red City, Calif., Harry Moore, Jr. of Troy and Joseph Counterman, address unknown; several nieces and nephews.  The funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Dwayne Taylor, pastor of the Alba Christian Church, officiating.  Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. –Towanda Daily Review.

 

MORSE Hilda

Profound Sorrow over Death of Miss Hilda Morse -    Miss Hilda, youngest daughter of Undertaker Rancy K. Morse, died at the family home early Tuesday morning, January 30th, after a week’s illness with typhoid pneumonia.  Deceased was born in LeRoy June 21st, 1894, and has always been admired and loved by those whom she came in contact with.  Her pleasing manner has won many dear friends, who deeply sympathize with the family in their sad bereavement.  She was a patient sufferer and after hours of agony her last words were, “I want to die.”  Deceased was a faithful member of the church of Christ, and her sweet voice has often been heard in the choir and various places.  But now her voice is stilled forever.  No more will her voice be heard on the telephone, where she has been operator for over two years, and made many friends far and near.  The funeral was one of the largest ever in LeRoy, on Friday afternoon.  The church was packed with sorrowing friends and relatives, and the elegant floral pieces showed the high esteem in which the departed was held.  Four girlfriends, the Misses Ruth Wooster, Mildred Morse, Laura Riggs and Mary Mason, acted as flower girls, while six young men, Messrs. Robert Chilson, Leslie Holcombe, Ora Wooster, William Sevelon and Freeman Kelley, acted as bearers.  The remains were tenderly laid to rest in a slate vault in LeRoy cemetery beside the mother, who had preceded her about twelve years ago.  Besides the father and step-mother, one brother, Perley, and a sister, Mrs. Ernest Colton, survive.    Rev. Kidwell of this place, and Rev. Bryan of Granville Center, officiated.  H. A. Morse had charge of the burial.   TGR 1912

 

JOHN MORSE. Wound He Got Deer Hunting Proves Fatal.  Accidentally shot in the foot while deer hunting near his home, Dec. 13 last, John Morse of LeRoy died Feb. 4, 1931 of blood poisoning from the wound.  Morse, who was 65 years old and one of LeRoy’s best known residents, was hunting with his grandson when the accident happened, a charge from the grandson’s gun striking him in the foot.  The boy went for help and left his grandfather alone in the woods.  When the youth returned with the doctor, the aged man had crawled almost a mile and was week from loss of blood.  Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. James Smith of LeRoy and two sisters, Mrs. Cora Seleck and Mrs. Oscar Vroman, both of Granville.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock.  –Towanda Daily Review.  Buried in LeRoy Cemetery.

PERLEY MORSE, 68 of Canton, died Saturday November 28, 1959.  He was formally of Wyalusing where he operated a funeral home and an electrical store.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles Schroth, Jr., of Wyalusing, 2 sons, Milton of Wyalusing and J. Daniel of Palmyra, Pa., 8 grandchildren.  The body was at the Morse Funeral Home where services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Herman Humke officiating.  Burial in Leroy Cemetery.

RANCY K. MORSE of Leroy.  Believed to have been the oldest active justice of peace in this section, died Wednesday evening, Sept. 3, 1952 at his home.  Mr. Morse, who was 93 years of age, had been in declining health for some time but was able to be around the house and took a keen interest in world affairs until his death.  Mr. Morse was born in Leroy, July 17, 1859 and had always lived there.  For years he was a funeral director and his business extended over an unusually large territory.  In 1925 he sold his business to his nephew, Stanley Morse of Leroy, who conducts The Morse Funeral Home in Canton, and since then he has gardened, raised chickens and done considerable traveling.  One of his hobbies for years was the collection of decorative stones from different states which he used in constructing entrances to his lawn.  Mr. Morse had always been a staunch Republican and voted for James A. Garfield for President in 1880, having reached voting age in that year.  He often boasted that he had never missed voting for the Republican candidate for President, and had hoped to live to vote for Eisenhower in the coming election.  Mr. Morse was a devoted member of the Leroy Church of Christ where he held the office of elder, and was keenly interested in the various activities.  He was also a member of Leroy Lodge No. 843 I.O.O.F. for 72 years, and of Canton Encampment and a Charter member of White Dove Rebekah Lodge No. 538.  Mr. Morse was a man of great integrity, a sense of responsibility to the community and nation, and a lover of humanity.  His smile, cheery words and sound advise will be remembered for years by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife, Amelia; one son, Perley B. Morse of Canton, a step-daughter Ethel F. Schrader, one sister, Mrs. Miles Bunyan of Granville Center, one brother Truman Morse of Elmira, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  The body was at the Morse Funeral Home and on Monday morning was removed to the Church of Christ in Leroy, where funeral services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T.  The Rev. Louis Hewitt, pastor of the Leroy Church, officiated.  Interment was in the Leroy Cemetery.  The Church was filled to capacity by friends who came to pay their last respects.  The flora offerings were many and beautiful.  The Patriots Militant of the I.O.O.F. conducted an impressive ceremony at the grave, with Lawrence Keir, noble grand, Leslie VanNoy, Chaplin, and Ottis Williams, marshall.  The following member of the Patriachs Militant were active pallbearers, Captain Lloyd Herman, Picket, Delace Hoose, Acct., Clarence R. Harkness, Lt. Bryon VanNoy, Earl Kilmer, and Lynn Keir.  Friends from Nanty Glo, Horseheads, Elmira, Powell, Towanda, Troy and Canton attended the services.

 

MORSE RosaLee Johnson

Blackwood, N.J., went to be with her loving Savior on May 2, 2011, from complications of Multiple Myeloma. RosaLee was born Dec. 28, 1946, Troy, Pa., the daughter of the late Bruce and Elizabeth (Hickok) Morse.  She was a strong-minded, hard-working business woman whose beginnings all started on a dairy farm in LeRoy, Pa. Her perseverance and work ethic gave her the ability to succeed; rising from secretary on the Pennsylvania Railroad to successful business owner. Her beauty, poise and grace earned her the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess crown in 1964. She was a dedicated mother, sister and friend who will always be remembered for her giving heart, loving smile and devotion to Jesus Christ.  RosaLee is survived by her son, George (wife Amy); and grandchild, Kaden Smith. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Kathleen Hewitt, Bruce Morse Jr. (wife Ann), Pamela Crane (husband Cliff), Diane Jones (husband Bob), Martin Morse (wife Debbie) and Albert Morse (wife Charlotte); along with many nieces and nephews.  Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m. on May 29 at the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church, 301 Mill St., LeRoy, with Pastor Ronald Bly officiating. Immediately following, she will be laid to rest at LeRoy Cemetery, Route 414, LeRoy Twp., after which, there will be a time of fellowship at the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to LeRoy Independent Baptist Church, in memory of RosaLee.  Towanda Daily Review - May 15, 2011

 

ROSCOE CHARLES MORSE, 77, of Leroy, Canton, RD1, died suddenly Friday afternoon, May 2, 1958 following a heart attack.  He is survived by his wife Ruby Lilley Morse, 4 daughters, Mrs. Lillian Tesch of Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Ella Mae Jennings and Mrs. Edna Pierce, both of Mansfield, Mrs. Ernestine Chaapel of Canton RD1, 3 sons, Russell of Elmira Heights, Jesse of Jersey Shore and Bruce of Leroy, 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Mrs. DeEttie Tarbox of Canton, Mrs. Phoebe Shoemaker of Leroy, 1 brother Archie Morse of Athens.  Arrangements by Morse Funeral home.  Funeral there Sun. at 2:00 with the Rev. Lyle Pepper of Leroy officiating.  Burial in Leroy Cemetery.

NORVELL –CAROL H. NORVELL STONE, 87, a long-time resident of LeRoy Township died quietly at Towanda Memorial Hospital December 6, 1997 after a brief illness.  She was born October 25, 1910 in Staunton, VA, was the daughter of Charles and Lacy Woods Norvell.  Her youth in the mountains of Virginia helped to develop in her a love and appreciation of the great outdoors.  She was very adept at hunting and fishing, which she enjoyed throughout most of her life.  In 1928 she married Henry D. Stone and settled in the Harrisburg area where together they raised four children.  Eventually the Stones relocated to Bradford County, settling in LeRoy Township.  Mr. and Mrs. Stone shared 47 years as husband and wife before Henry’s passing in 1975.  At the time of his death, Mr. Stone was a Bradford County Commissioner.  Mrs. Stone was appointed to fill out her late husband’s term, being one of the first women to hold the position.  She was an excellent cook and no one knew it better than her family to whom she was very devoted.  Mrs. Stone had been a member of the Open Hand Grange of LeRoy, Canton Chapter #71 Order of the Eastern Star and the LeRoy Rebekahs.  She was also a long-time member of the East Canton United Methodist Church, remaining active as long as her health permitted.  In recent years, she found it necessary to become a resident of the Highlands in LaPorte, PA.  She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Henry L. and Donna Stone of LeRoy; daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Clarence Shimp, Harrisburg, Carol and John Osman, Sayre; Linda and Richard Monk, Towanda, a sister, Agnes Hopkins, Aston, PA; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  Aside from her late husband she was predeceased by a grandson, John D. Stone.  At the request of the family there will be no calling hours or public funeral service.  A private service will be held at the convenience of the family followed by interment in the LeRoy Cemetery.  The family will provide the flowers.  Those wishing to honor Mrs. Stone’s memory may do so by way of the Towanda Hospital Memorial Fund.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home of Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

Dr. Harry OELLER, DO, died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 16, 1997 following a period of declining health.  Harry was born September 3, 1940 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Harry Oeller Sr. and the late Ruth Davis Oeller.  He was employed by the former West Bradford primary healthcare services (currently Guthrie Clinic) located in Canton.  In 1980 he began serving as a physician for Lock Haven Hospital.   until his retirement in 1990, due to declining health.  Dr. Oeller was a member.  Surviving are his wife of 27 years, the former Jeanette E. Miller, Granville Summit (RR 1); a son, Robert Oeller at home; his father and step-mother, Harry Sr. and Elizabeth (Betty) Oeller of Washington Crossing, PA; several uncles and cousins.  In addition to his mother, Harry was preceded in death by a half-bother, Robert John Oeller.  Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on September 19 with the Rev. Bert Kozen officiating and interment to be in LeRoy Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health Center, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1371 in Dr. Oeller’s memory.

ALICE J. PALMER -Mrs. John JENKINS died very suddenly about 9 o’clock Sunday evening at her home below town. She seemed to be in her usual health and after a slight coughing spell, expired without a moment’s warning. Her husband was alone with her and is nearly prostrated with grief. Four sons survive Wilson, Merton, Jay and Clarence. Deceased was 61 years of age. Funeral was held at the Disciple church in this place Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial in LeRoy cemetery. TGR 1913 [Alice Palmer b Aug 22, 1851 in LeRoy PA she died Mar 2, 1913 daughter of Reuben Palmer and Diantha Morse and she married John H Jenkins]

PALMER Doris H - Mrs. Edward Holcombe
Bloomsburg – Mrs. Doris H. Holcombe, 63, wife of Edward W. Holcombe, of 3745 Red Maple Lane, died at 12:20 am Sunday, Feb 9, 1986, in Bloomsburg Hospital, where she was admitted two days earlier. Born Dec. 17, 1921 in Canton Twp., Bradford County, she was a daughter of Robert R. and Ethel A. Benjamin Palmer. She was employed by Canford Co., Canton, for six years and was employed by Remington-Rand Corp. Elmira, NY before that. Mrs. Holcombe lived in the Bloomsburg area for the past four years. She and her husband celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Sept. 26, 1985. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Reedy, of Canton, and Mrs. Virginia Storrs, of Charles Town, W. Va.  There will be a private service at the convenience of the family. There will be no visitation.

PALMER –MRS. GERTRUDE P. KELLEY, 82, of the Hillcrest Apartments, Troy, died April 15, 1988, at the Troy Community Hospital.  Mrs. Kelley was born Nov. 16, 1905, at LeRoy, Bradford County, the daughter of H. Fred and May Holcomb Palmer.  She was a 1925 graduate of Canton High School and a 1927 graduate of the former Mansfield State Teachers College, now Mansfield University.  She was an elementary school teacher for five years at the former LeRoy School and two years at the former Packard School at Windfall.  She was a member of the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, troy.  Mrs. Kelley was a correspondent from Hillcrest Apartments for the Canton Independent-Sentinel.  Surviving are two sons, John D. Kelley of Elmira and Joseph A. Kelley of Fort Pierce, FL; one brother, Leon E. Palmer, Lexington, KY; and one sister, Rose Palmer Miller, Vernon Center, NY; nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.  She was predeceased by her husband, I. DeWitt Kelley on Jan. 20, 1950.  The funeral service was held Monday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. George Durie, her pastor, officiating.  Interment was in the LeRoy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PAUL D. PALMER, 88, Canton RD 1, died June 9, 1990, at Troy community Hospital.  Mr. Palmer was born Sept. 22, 1901, in LeRoy Township, a son of Henry and Myrtle Mott Palmer.  He was a retired dairy farmer, a member of the First Christian Church of LeRoy, LeRoy Grange, Past Noble of the LeRoy Odd Fellows Lodge, and an active member of the LeRoy Cemetery Association.  He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Edith B. Palmer; one daughter, Mrs. Virginia Morse, Canton RD 1; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles A. and Ellen Palmer, Canton RD 1 and Dean W. and Delores Palmer, Williamsport RD 2; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.  The funeral service was held Wednesday at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, Canton, with the Rev. Ray Ackley officiating.  Interment was in LeRoy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

MISS PEARL PALMER, 17 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Palmer of LeRoy, this county, committed suicide about 11 o’clock yesterday morning (October 10, 1925) by drinking carbolic acid at her home.  She lived about 20 minutes in terrible agony before the end came.  Why she killed herself was not made public, but a number of versions of the story were heard.  One was that the tragedy was the culmination of a love affair, while Coroner M. C. Hunter of Sayre said he was informed the parents had refused the girl’s request to leave home for some reason or other and in an apparent fit of temper she drank the deadly poison.  Miss Palmer went to her room on the second floor of the house and soon afterwards her father heard her scream.  He met her at the head to the stairs and helped her down but she collapsed by the time they reached the foot.  Dr. D. L. Bevan of LeRoy was called but the girl was beyond any medical assistance.  Miss Palmer was an only child of her parents.  For two years she was a student in Canton high school but this years she had not been going there.  Most of her time was being spent at home.  The Palmer family is one of the highly respected families of the community and the sudden death of the daughter under such circumstances came as a great shock to many.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 o’clock at the home.  Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.

PEPPER Carlyle "Bud" Pepper,
71, well-known resident of West Franklin, Pa., died
very unexpectedly on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2010 at Memorial Hospital in Towanda. Bud was born on June 7, 1939, in Sayre, Pa., a son of the late Martha (Morse) and Lynn Pepper. He grew up on the family farm near LeRoy and graduated from Canton High School with the class of 1957. On Dec. 21, 1958, Bud married the former Linda Metzger in LeRoy Township. They shared more than 51 wonderful years together and were blessed with three children. He was a member of the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. Bud was a talented and experienced dairyman. He had his first farm and cattle sale his senior year in high school. In 1958, he purchased the former Sutton farm in Leroy Twp., then in 1977, Bud and Linda acquired the former Barnhart farm in West Franklin — the same farms his sons now own. In 1985, the Peppers moved to their present farm in West Franklin. Bud purchased and operated several dairies in the area during his life and most recently ran the dairy of his childhood homestead. Bud owned and operated the Wyalusing Livestock Market with good friend, the late Paul Baldwin, for several years. He also hauled cattle all his life, saying he could load any critter and was able to do it best by himself. He patented a special tailgate latch for cattle trucks; the MH Eby Trucking Company called it the "Pepper Latch." Everyone knew Bud at all the cattle and farm auctions; he knew his business and told it as he saw it. The welfare of his family was always most important in Bud's life. He was a compassionate, supportive husband, father and friend. He cherished his grandchildren. Bud leaves his family broken but very proud of his hard work and willingness to help anyone he could. He lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed doing many things, especially farming, going to auctions and cow sales, being outdoors, Massey Ferguson Tractors and he always enjoyed a good challenge. Surviving are: his beloved wife, Linda, at home; children, Ed (Pam) Pepper of LeRoy, Tim (Carolyn) Pepper of West Franklin and Cory (Christine) Pepper of LeRoy; grandchildren, Dani (Brad) Hugo, Desi (Kirk) Space, Adam (Devon) Pepper, Heather Pepper, Heidi (Chris) Carr, Dylan, Nick, Wes, Colt and Ace Pepper; great-grandchildren, Stormy, Kody, Cyra, Brendyn, Brody and a baby boy to be born this December; step-great-grandchildren, Kyle Powell and Dawson Hugo; a sister and two brothers, Betty (Con) Benninger of LeRoy, Brad (Faye) Pepper of Granville Summit and Rev. William "Bill" (Patti) Pepper of Altoona; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a large extended family of many, many special friends.  He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Pepper. Visitation will be from 6–9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. The funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday with Rev. Jay Molyneaux and his brother, Rev. Bill Pepper, officiating. Burial will follow in LeRoyCemetery.  Those who wish may make a memorial in Bud's name to a charity of one's choice. - Towanda Daily Review, October 2, 2010

KENNETH L. PEPPER, 69.  Lifelong LeRoy Resident Succumbs.  Kenneth L. Pepper of LeRoy died, Friday, March 7, 1975, at the Memorial Hospital Towanda.  He was born in LeRoy, son of Clarence and Ethel Holcomb.  He was a lifelong resident of LeRoy and was a retired farmer.  He was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; four daughters, Kathie Pepper of Leroy, Pauline Clark of Granville, Jeannette May of LeRoy, Patty McCoon of LeRoy; the sons, Rancy of Troy, Paul of Troy, and Roger of LeRoy; two brothers , Lynn and Lyle of Canton; one sister, Marie Bailey of Granville Summit; 20 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at the Morse funeral Home, Canton, Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Shultz officiating.  Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

LYLE H. ‘MUNK’ PEPPER, 86, long-time resident of Canton RR 1 (Leroy Township), was called to his heavenly home Friday, Jan. 31, 1997, at the Bradford County Manor.  Lyle was born on Aug. 10, 1910 in Leroy at his parents’ home.  He was a twin son of the late Clarence and Ethel Holcomb Pepper.  Lyle was affectionately referred to as “Munk” by his family, friends and especially his grandchildren, who were very dear to him.  Following graduation from high school, Lyle attended the Asbury Bible College in Kentucky.  On Sept. 21, 1932, he married the former Ella Mae Kelly in New Albany.  The young couple moved to Erin, N.Y., where he served as minister at the local Baptist church for several years.  Lyle and Ella Mae later moved back to the Leroy area, where he served as minister at the Leroy Baptist Church and also operated a dairy farm for many years.  Lyle was then employed by Westinghouse in Horseheads, N.Y., until his retirement in the early 70s.  Lyle’s main interest throughout life encompassed his faith and the love he shared for his home and family.  He also had a keen knowledge and appreciation for draft horses.  He was a life-time member of the Leroy Independent Baptist Church and the Leroy Community Association, being instrumental in the origination of the first Leroy Old Home Days.  He was a former Leroy Cemetery director and in earlier years was active in the Open Hand Grange No. 153.  Surviving are: three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Janet Pepper of Leroy, Jack and Judy Pepper of East Canton, and Don and Sharon Pepper of Leroy; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marlea Bailey of Troy; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Ella Mae, in April 1995; a sister, Eleanor; a brother, Kenneth; and a twin brother, Lynn.  The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Pepper funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton, with his pastor, the Rev. Thomas Henderson, and Lyle’s nephew, the Rev. William Pepper, officiating.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 1997, and Monday noon to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.  Interment will be held at the Leroy Cemetery.  The family will provide flowers and suggests that memorials may be directed to the Leroy Independent Baptist Church, PO Box 41, Leroy, Pa. in Mr. Pepper’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.

LYNN ARTHUR PEPPER, 75, died Friday, Jan. 10, 1986 at Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  Lynn (Duke) was born Aug. 10, 1910, a son of Clarence A. and Ethel Waters Pepper.  He is survived by his wife, Martha Morse Pepper; one daughter, Mrs. Betty Benninger and son-in-law, Con, of Canton RD 1; three sons, Carlyle (Bud) Pepper and daughter-in-law, Linda, of Monroeton RD 1, Brad Pepper and daughter-in-law, Faye, of Granville Summit RD 1 and Bill Pepper and daughter-in-law, Patti of Mainesburg, Pa.; a twin brother, Lyle Pepper of Canton RD 1 and a sister, Marlea Bailey of Groveland, Fla.  A son, Robert Lewis Pepper, preceded him in death in January 1962.  Lynn was raised on a farm near Leroy, Pa.  During his tender boyhood years he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.  Mr. Pepper was a member of the Leroy Baptist Church.  He quit school after completion of the eight grades to financially assist his family.  He worked on the family farm and spent many of his teen years hauling coal off Barclay Mountain with a team of horses.  In 1931 he married Martha Morse and they spent most of their life on the farm where he resided until his death.  He was also an employee of PennDOT as a foreman during the 1950’s and 1970’s.  As well as being a farmer, Mr. Pepper logged with a team of horses for many years. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica, especially for his 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Leroy Little League.  He was also a catcher for the adult Leroy Baseball Team.  Mr. Pepper was a member of the LeRoy Open Hand Grange and was a former Democratic committeeman in Leroy Township.  Lynn will probably be remembered most as a man who had a deep burning passion for Belgian Draft Horses.  Until recently, on of his joys in his final days on earth was to look out the window and see his own Belgian Gelding, “Spike.”  Although he enjoyed the past, he always progressed with the times.  He often shared this quote with his family: “IF man ceases to accept change, he ceases to live.”  His death brings a change to the community and his family, but his life has left a lasting imprint on all who knew him.  The funeral will be held at Morse and Kleese funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12, 1986.  Calling hours will be Saturday evening from 7 until 9 o’clock.  His pastor, Raymond Ackley, and son, Bill, will be officiating.  Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Athens, Pa. in Mr. Pepper’s memory.  –Buried Leroy Cemetery.  –Towanda Daily Review.

RANCY K. PEPPER SR., 73, of St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Leroy and Troy, died Monday morning, June 7, 1999 at his daughter’s home in Interlacken, Fla.  Born May 1, 1926, in Leroy, he was the oldest son of the late Kenneth and Charlotte Colton Pepper.  Rancy graduated from Canton High School.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1943 during World War II and served on the U.S.S. Montour in the Pacific.  Following his honorable discharge, Rancy married the former June rice of Canton and on April 9, 1999, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  He was employed by Westinghouse in Horseheads, N.Y., for 30 years until his retirement.  Rancy and June moved to St. Augustine, Fla., where they have resided for the past 13 years.  Surviving are his wife, June Pepper, at home; son and daughter-in-law, Rancy Jr. and Patricia Pepper of Granville Summit; two daughters and a son-in-law, Crissa Ackley of Interlacken, Fla., Melody and Kevin Groff of Newport, Pa.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four sisters and their spouses, Katherine Lepper of Canton, Pauline and Ernie Clark of Granville Center; Jeannette and Bill May and Paddy and Colie Sherman. All of Leroy; two brothers and their spouses, Paul Sr. and Shirley Pepper of Canton, Roger “Butch” and Arla Pepper of Leroy; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  Rancy was preceded in death by a son-in-law, William “Bill” Ackley, and a brother-in-law, Francis “Fran” Lepper.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 12, 1999, in Interlacken, Fla.  the family suggests mat memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Bradford Unit, 1948 e. Third St., Williamsport, Pa. in Rancy’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review.  (Buried Leroy Cemetery)

DAVID PERCIVAL, 74, of Leroy, died Sept. 26, 1959.  He was a retired farmer.  He is survived by sons, Paul of Canton, RD1, and Emory of Ft. Howard, Md., sisters are Eva June of Alba, one grandson.  Services at Morse Funeral Home Monday at 2 p.m.  Rev. Paul Dale officiating.  Burial in Leroy Cemetery.

PAUL K. PERCIVAL, 89, of Lycoming Street, Canton, died in the Troy Community Hospital Thanksgiving evening, November 26, 1998, following an illness.  Paul was born to the late David and Lucina Bellows Percival, their only son, on October 11, 1909.  A former resident of LeRoy, he spent the last 19 years in Canton with his third wife, Marjorie Hardy Percival.  He was the third generation of coal miners, both underground and strip mining.  His son and grandson followed in the family tradition.  Paul, who began his lifelong occupation at the age of eleven, retired in 1985 after working under contract as a relief dragline operator in Mildred, PA.  He schooling ceased in 1920 before finishing eighth grade in the LeRoy two-room schoolhouse.  Paul had two loved besides mining, fly-fishing, and bowling.  He had been awarded numerous bowling trophies that he displayed in his home.  Little League Baseball was another of his interests.  He helped organize the sport in the LeRoy area with other sports minded fathers.  Paul was a great story teller of tales of his past life and entertained his extended family at their numerous get-togethers and others who asked questions.  Surviving are: his wife, Marjorie, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, John Paul and Norma Percival, Dushore; grandchildren and their spouses; Jana and Steve Riggs, Bowie, MD; Jon Scott and Sue Percival, Hughesville; Att. Jennifer Campbell, Washington, DC; David Campbell, New Jersey; Bradley and Bonnie Campbell, Jersey Shore; two half-brothers and their spouses, Emery and Kay Treat, Fort Howard, MD and Edwin and Carol Treat, Red Lion, PA.  Extended family members include: Thomas and Jean Dutchess, Angela and Ron Weeden, Theodore and Patricia Dutchess, Annette and Lance Albertson, Kimberly and Tim Birney, Andrew, Amber, and Benjamin Dutchess, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Paul was preceded in death by his first wife Emiley Zellers Percival in 1938 and his second wife, Clarissa Cornell Percival in 1980.  In compliance with Mr. Percival’s wishes, there were no calling hours.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 6, 1998 at the time of interment in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Mr. Percival’s nephew, Rev. Mr. William H. Graham, will officiate.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr., Canton.  The family suggests that memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA or to a charity of one’s choice in Mr. Percival’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

PAUL K. PERCIVAL, 89, of Lycoming Street, Canton, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998 in the Troy Community Hospital, following an illness.  A former resident of Leroy, he spent the past 19 years in Canton with his third wife, Marjorie Hardy Percival.  He was the third generation of coal miners, both underground and strip mining, and retired in 1985 after working as a relief dragline operator in Mildred.  Mr. Percival attended the Leroy two-room school house.  He enjoyed bowling and fly fishing and helped organize Little League baseball in the Leroy area.  Born Oct. 11, 1909, he was the son of David and Lucina Bellows Percival.  In addition to his wife, surviving are a son, John Paul Percival of Dushore; six grandchildren; two half-brothers, Emery Treat of Fort Howard, Md. And Edwin Treat of Red Lion; several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emiley, in 1938, and his second wife, Clarissa, in 1980.  A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 6 at the time of interment in the Leroy Cemetery.  Officiating will be his nephew, the Rev. William H. Graham.  Arrangements are being handled by Pepper’s, Springbrook Drive, Canton.  –Elmira Star Gazette.

PERRY –MRS. DERONDA C. HAFLETT, age 67, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1971 in the Williamsport Hospital where she had been a patient for some time.  Born on April 29, 1904 in Laquin, the deceased was the daughter of Jay and Ruby Jenkins Perry.  She was a member of the Canton Baptist Church and Senior Regent and member of Williamsport Moose Auxiliary, and Canton Rebekah Lodge.  She was associated with her husband in operating Max Flavor Land in Canton and during the winter months Mr. and Mrs. Haflett spent in Dania, Fla.  They had purchased a summer home at Lake Nephawin.  Several years ago the former Deronda Perry was a partner in the K & P Restaurant where the Perry Bowling Lanes is now located.  Survivors in addition to her husband Max Haflett, include her brother Ernest Perry, Canton, RD 1; two nephews, Joseph and Dennis Perry; one aunt and two cousins; step-daughters, Sister Marie Esther of Detroit, Mich., Bonnie Rudnick, West Palm Beach, Fla., Lyndell Nytray, Miami, Fla.  Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home Wednesday 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at the Morse Funeral Home Thursday, Aug. 26 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dewey Ashby officiating.  Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

ERNEST W. (SHORT) PERRY of 19 Lake Road, Canton died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1976.  He was born in LeRoy Township on Jan. 29, 1909 the son of Jay and Ruby Jenkins Perry.  He was a veteran of World War II and a life member of the Innes Hose Company and a member of the Canton Moose Lodge No. 429.  Mr. Perry is survived by his wife, Geraldine (Jerry); sons, Joseph Perry and Dennis Perry of Canton; stepdaughters, Joanne Lyon and Barbara Perry of Canton and Patricia Mott of Upper Black Eddy, Pa.; stepmother, Martha Perry of Canton; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.  The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral Home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, with the Rev. Raymond D. Fravel officiating.  Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery.  

PUTERBAUGH –EDNA E. “BETTY” BALL BAILEY age 91, of Wellsboro, PA, died Monday, November 17, 2008 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.  Betty was born July 7, 1917 in Moria, PA, a daughter of William and Bertha (Hill) Puterbaugh.  She was the wife of the late Jack Bailey who died in 1994.  Betty had been employed by Ingersoll Rand and Remington Rand.  She was a former member of Eastern Star Loyal in Elmira, NY.  Betty is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Robert Malson of Wharton, NJ; three grandchildren, Robert Malson, William Malson and Barbara Jean Young; many great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a brother, Samuel Puterbaugh; and a sister, Rosemary Puterbaugh.  In keeping with Betty's wishes, there will be no services. The Jacquelyn A. Buckheit Funeral Chapel, 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.  –Elmira Star-Gazette 11/19/2008 (Buried Leroy Cemetery, Leroy, Bradford Co., PA)

ROCKWELL – Our LeRoy correspondent writes: John ROCKWELL, Jr., a grandson of John Rockwell of this place, was killed last Thursday afternoon by being cut under the eye with a piece of glass by an inmate of the Willard asylum, where he was employed. Deceased who was 20 years old, was married about a month ago. The grief stricken wife with ??? relatives accompanied the remains to LeRoy where funeral services were largely attended Sunday afternoon, the Revs. Skellett and Young officiating. The aged grandparents were prevented by illness from attending the funeral. Interment was in LeRoy cemetery. TGR 1913

ROGERS Nora - (CHAAPEL)   Nora R. age 76 of 208 Grandview Avenue, Altamonte Springs, Fla. formerly from LeRoy, Pa. Monday July 9, 1973. Friends may call at the Morse Funeral Home Canton, Pa. Thursday 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m., at the Funeral Home. The Rev. Duane Taylor. Interment LeRoy Cemetery. Survived by husband, Harley; sons, Robert of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, William of Elmira, R. Theodore of Glendale, California; daughter Mrs. Phyllis Jolley of Orlando, Fla.; sister, Mrs. Isadore Mosley, Wysox, Pa.; 8 grandchildren. She was a former teacher at the LeRoy School and a former member of the LeRoy Rebecca lodge.

LAWRENCE 'SANDY' ROSS
Lawrence D. 'Sandy' Ross, 57, of Canton RR 1, died Monday, October 19, 1992 in Canton Township, Bradford County. Mr. Ross was born January 3, 1935 in Sayre, a son of Leon and Christine Ross. Sandy was a past employee of the former J & B Mining Co., Morris Run and the former P & M Coal Co., Blossburg.  He was currently proprietor of Ross Excavating, Canton. Mr. Ross was a member of the L.O.O.M. No. 429, Canton. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. JoAnn Castle and Mrs. Jackie Wood, both of Canton RR 1 and Mrs. Judy Rathbun of Granville Summit RR 1; sons, Eugene and Richard Ross, both of Troy RR 3; a brother, Richard Ross of Granville Summit RR 1; sisters, Eva Wilcox of MacDougall, NY, Mrs. Winnie Kunes of Geneva, NY and Mrs. Gladys Kinch of West Burlington; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; special friends, Lucille Ross of Canton and Glenn and Vivian Fields of Canton RR 1; nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held October 23 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Jasper Smith officiating and interment to be in the Leroy Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, October 29, 1992)

ARLEY G. SAYMAN, 72 of Towanda died peacefully into the presence of his Savior Saturday morning, Sept. 20, 2003 at his home following declining health.  Born May 8, 1931 at Bird’s Maternity Home in New Albany he was the son of the late Delan G. and Johanna Silverstrim Sayman.  Arley attended school in Sullivan County graduating at the Cherry Township High School in 1950, the last class to graduate from Cherry High as the name was changed to Turnpike School the next year.  He entered the U.S. Air Force on January 17, 1952, serving in Alaska and Cape Cod and received his honorable discharge on Jan. 16, 1956.  Arley attended barber school in 1956 at the Philadelphia Institute of Barbering.  He purchased the Don Yaw Barber Shop on Main St., Towanda in June 1959 serving his faithful customers there until the building was closed in Dec. of 1990.  He then moved to Wysox where he enjoyed a loyal clientele until retiring on May 22, 1993 with more than 37 years of barbering to enjoy gardening, hunting, cycling and camping.  On Aug. 13, 1961, Arley married Martha Colton, daughter of Melvin and Marleta Wilcox Colton at the bride’s home in LeRoy.  Mr. Sayman was a member of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda where he served as trustee, treasurer, deacon and Sunday school teacher.  With a love for his Lord Jesus Christ, he had a desire to have others know life eternal in Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6).  Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Martha Sayman at home; his sister and brother-in-law, Regina and Irvin Swank of Sayre; nieces, Gail Decker of Ulster, Roberta Moore and her husband Dennis Moore of Chemung, N.Y.; Johnana Kinney and her husband David Kinney of Chemung, N.Y.; nephews, Irvin Swank and his wife Dawn Swank of Elmira, N.Y. and Harry Swank and his wife Cathy Wank of Hermitage, Tenn.  He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Norma Mae Sayman in 1933 and by a nephew, Vernon Swank.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Independent Baptist Church, Cherry Street, Towanda with Pastor Donn Hauser officiating.  Interment will follow in the LeRoy Cemetery with Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according military honors.  The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Independent Baptist Church, 109 Cherry St., Towanda, Pa. or to Guthrie Hospice, RR 1 Box 154, Towanda, Pa. in Arley G. Sayman’s memory.  –Towanda Daily Review

LEON P. SELLECK, 58 of Canton RD 2 died Wednesday, Jan 22 at the Robert Packer hospital, Sayre.  Born March 17, 1927 at LeRoy, Pa., he was the son of Paul M. and Ruth McCraney Selleck.  Mr. Selleck was a retired self-employed electrician.  He was past owner of the former Canton Photo Shop, a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, a member of the Canton I.O.O.F. and a member of the Patriarch Militants.  He was also a life member of the Innes Hose Company, a member of Open Hand Grange in LeRoy and the Canton Police Auxiliary.  Surviving are many cousins, including Mrs. Sarah B. Navarini, with whom he resided the past five years.  The funeral and committal service will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at the Morse-Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating.  Interment will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Family and friends are invited to call Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.  Those wishing may forward memorial donations to the Innes Hose Company, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

SELLECK, Paul M – 83, of 2 East Union St. Canton died Wednesday Oct 1 (1980) at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Mr. Selleck was born in Franklin Township, Bradford Co. Aug 30, 1897, a son of Lyman and Melissa Morrison Selleck.  He was a member of the Canton Church of Christ Disciples and a member of the Canton Loyal Order of Odd Fellows No 321, where he held all official positions of the lodge and served as financial secretary from 1955-1977.  He was also a member of the Canton Encampment No 184, where he held various offices, serving as financial secretary for 15 years. Later, he became the chief patriarch of the lodge.  He was also a life member of the Innes Hose Co and a former director for the Eastern Milk Producers Assn.  Mr. Selleck formerly taught school at the LeRoy and Granville Center Elementary Schools. Later becoming a farmer in LeRoy Township. While a farmer in LeRoy Township, he delivered coal from the mines of Barclay Mountain to many customers in the LeRoy area.  In 1954 he sold his farm in LeRoy and purchased another farm in Spencertown. In 1957 he sold that farm and became employed by Swayze Folding Box Co. where he worked for 23 years until his retirement at the age of 80.  He is survived by one son, Leon P with whom he lived; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The funeral and committal services will be held Friday at 2 pm at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton with Rev. Duane Taylor, Pastor of Alba Christian Church officiating.  Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery.  (Daily Review 1980)

SKELTON, CORA E. CHAAPEL, 90, Canton, and a former resident of Sherwood Home in LeRoy, and of the Geraldine Parks Home in Alba, died Dec. 4, 1989, in Towanda Memorial Hospital.  Memorial Hospital.  Mrs. Chaapel was born June 28, 1899, in Seligman, MO, a daughter of Carter and Clemetine Pendergraft Skelton.  She is survived by a niece and husband, Marcelle and Harold Merrick, Canton; two nieces, Lorene Wilks, Brownsfield, TX, and Geraldine Raines, Seligman, MO; a nephew, Woodrow Skelton, Seligman, MO; sister-in-law, Mrs. Lena Skelton, Seligman, MO.  She was predeceased by her husband, Rush Chaapel in 1965; a nephew, Clinton Cornell on June 22, 1989; a niece, Clarissa Percival, May 18, 1980; four sisters, and two brothers.  The funeral service was held Wednesday, at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, with the Rev. Jasper Smith, retired Methodist minister, officiating.  Interment was in LeRoy Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Canton Green Free Library in Mrs. Chaapel’s memory.  –Canton Independent Sentinel.

STONE –EMMA ISABEL CAMPBELL, 84, East Smithfield died April 4, 1992 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, following a brief illness.  She was born July 7, 1907 in Franklindale, a daughter of Leslie and Pearl Rockwell Stone.  Mrs. Campbell attended Canton High School.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, George (Red) Campbell at home; five sons, Donald, East Smithfield, Richard, Thomasville, NC, William Woodsborough, MD, George, Athens and Dr. John, Wauchula, FL; two daughters, Emma Jean Daniels, Ormond Beach, FL and Shirley Ann Johnson, Sayre; 11 granddaughters, 13 grandsons; 11 great-granddaughters; one great-grandson; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by a sister, Ethel Bailey and two brothers, Henry and John Stone.  A private funeral service for family members was held at the Lowery Funeral Home, Athens with the Rev. Paul West, pastor of the Athens Presbyterian Church officiating.  Burial was in LeRoy Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the North Central Heart Association, 441 William St., Williamsport, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

LISTON D. STONE, 88, a resident of Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella, PA since October 16, 1980 passed away on Friday June 3, 1988 at the nursing home. Stone, a former resident of Canton was born on September 7, 1899 in Leroy Township, Bradford County, PA. He was the son of Frank D. and Nettie Schanbacher Stone. Stone attended Leroy grade school and graduated from Canton High School in 1917. He lived on the family farm in Leroy until 1925, when he moved to Canton and was employed at the former Sheffield farms as weigh master. He was later employed at the former Canton Creamery from where he retired in 1960. Stone was an active member and former Deacon of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ. He was also a church janitor there for several years. He was an originally member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows but later transferred to Canton I.O.O.F. #321 where he was secretary and held other various offices at the Lodge. Stone is survived by one brother, Tracy Stone of Canton; one cousin, Ernisteen Thornton of Ft. Meyers, FL; two nieces, Mrs. Edgar (Mary) Vermilya of Canton and Ms. Doloris Stone of Ormond Beach, FL and one nephew, Gerald Stone of Tallahasse, FL. He was predeceased by a brother, E. Dillon Stone April 20 1987 and one nephew, Tracey David Stone September 3, 1987. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home at 40 North Center St. in Canton. Reverend David B. Morris, his pastor will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Leroy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. –Towanda Daily Review

Charles W. SWAIN, SR., 69, of Leroy, Pa died at this home Sunday, December 20, 1998.  Born September 14, 1929 in Granville Summit, Pa, he was a son of the late Howard and Mary Smith Swain.  Chuck was employed as a custodian for the Canton Area School District for over 30 years until his retirement.  For many years Mr. Swain served as the caretaker for Leroy Cemetery.  Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Charles (Pete) and Cinda Swain of Granville Summit RR 1, PA; daughters and son-in-law, Mary and Terry Oliver of Monroeton, Susan Swain of Troy; five grandchildren; several step-children and step-grandchildren; and a sister, Alberta Payne of Rome; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leland (Bud) Swain of Towanda; Howard (Francis) and Faye Swain of Granville Summit; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, the former Audrey Dunn May, in 1995; and a step-daughter, Nancy Bassett.  Funeral services were held at the Pepper Funeral Home in Canton on December 23 (2:30 pm) with interment to follow in Leroy Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Canton Ambulance Association, 17 S. Washington St., Canton, PA 17724 or the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 in Mr. Swain’s memory.

TOMLINSON DORA A. ROGERS
Mrs. Dora A. Age 57, of 48 Center St., Canton, Pa, Thursday, August 10, 1972, at her home after an extended illness. Friends may call at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Saturday, 7 to 9 pm. Funeral there Sunday, August 13, 2 pm, the Rev. Melvin Shultz, her pastor officiating. Burial LeRoy Cemetery. Survived by husband Hugh Rogers, daughter, Mrs. Paul (Sharon) Schaeffer of Lewistown, Pa.; four sons, Lee of Elkins W. Va., Gary of Wheaton, Md., Dale of Johnstown, Pa., David of Trevose, Pa., in the Philadelphia area; three grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Grace Tomlinson of Houston, Texas; sister, Maude Tomlinson of Houston, Texas; brother, James Tomlinson of LeRoy, Pa.; several nieces, nephews, cousins. She was a member of the LeRoy Baptist Church; she and her husband, Rev. Hugh Rogers, ministers at Calvary Baptist Church in Elkins, W. Va. and after leaving this ministry returned to Canton, Pa. to live. She has always been active in church work, youth clubs and care of the elderly. Memorials should be given to the Student Fund of the Baptist Bible Seminary, Clark Summit.

JAMES O. TOMLINSON died September 12, 1924 at his home in Leroy after a six weeks’ illness of paralysis.  He was 63 years old and is survived by his wife and one son, Earl of Leroy.  The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon from his late home and interment was made in the Leroy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

MAUDE E. TOMLINSON, 77, Orange Acres, Sarasota, FL died February 25, 1990.  She was born November 25, 1912 in LeRoy.  She moved to Florida 10 years ago from Houston.  She was vice president of the Orange Acres Homeowners Association and a legal secretary for a law firm in Houston for 30 years.  Ms. Tomlinson was a Women’s Air Corps veteran of World War II.  She was a member of Beneva Christian Church, Women’s Overseas League and Daughters of the American Revolution.  She is survived by a brother, James of Fort Meade, FL.  Memorial services were held at Beneva Christian Church Disciples of Christ.  Interment was in Pennsylvania.  (Leroy Cemetery, Leroy, PA)  Arrangements were under the direction of the National Cremation Society of Sarasota.  Memorial donations may be directed to Beneva Christian Church Disciples of Christ Memorial fund, 4835 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

VAN SYCKEL –CLARIBEL HOLCOMB, 87, Dar-Way Elder Care Home, Estella, PA died May 31, 2006.  Born in Liberty, PA July 9, 1918 she was a daughter of the late Archie and Elsie (Canis) Van Syckel.  Surviving are her children, Suzanne (Thomas) Schrader of Canton, Joe Holcomb, Elmira, and Robert Long, Florida.  She was predeceased by a son, William Holcomb in 1977.  In keeping with her wishes, burial was private in LeRoy Cemetery.  Pepper Funeral Home, Canton assisted her family with arrangements.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WARBURTON –ELSIE M. WHIPPLE, 79 of 13 North Washing Street, Canton died Thursday, April 10, 1982 at her home.  Mrs. Whipple was born in Leroy Township, Bradford County a daughter of Calvin and Melissa Warburton on September 15, 1902.  She was a graduate of Mansfield Normal School and a former school teacher in Sayre, Leroy and Wheelerville.  She and her husband, Francis Whipple operated a farm in Leroy Township until their retirement in 1966.  Mrs. Whipple was a member of the Canton Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband, Francis to whom she was married 58 years June 30, 1981, at home; one daughter, Mrs. Stanley (Marjorie) Sutton of Methuen, Massachusetts; two grandchildren, Stanley, (Robbie) Sutton of Methuen, Massachusetts, Ms. Lola Sutton of Nashua, New Hampshire; a brother, Walter Warburton of Camptown; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Phillips of Staton Island, New York, Mrs. Ethal Babcock of Cameron Mills, New York and Mrs. Blanche Anderson of Williamsport; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Friends may call at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 North Center Street, Canton on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.  Funeral and committal services will follow calling hours at 3 p.m., with the Reverend Benjamine Husted officiating.  Interment will be in Leroy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WARBURTON JOHN
(Alba News) John Warburton, an old veteran, dropped dead in the road near his home on Monday last. He had been in poor health for some time, heart trouble being the cause of his death. He leaves a wife and nine children: Eli, Frank, Wilson, Calvin, Lavina, Lydia, Martha, Mrs. Clara Carter, Mrs. Walter Knights. Funeral services were held on Thursday last in Leroy Baptist church. Interment in LeRoy cemetery. TGR 1902

WARBURTON –MRS. MARTHA B. ADAMS, 78, of Troy, Pa. died at Robert Packer Hospital Wednesday morning, May 29, 1957.  Surviving are 1 sister, Mrs. Bion Thomas of Troy, RD1, 1 brother, Calvin Warburton of Canton, several nieces and nephews.  Body at Kleese Funeral Home, services held Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Cyril Houstan of Alba Church, officiating.  Burial in Leroy Cemetery. (Parents John and Nancy Conklin Warburton)

WATKINS –NELLIE E.  Mrs. Lyle Holcombe (Watkins) 39, wife of Lyle Holcombe of Canton, died at Robert Packer Hospital, Tuesday, May 14, 1957.  Besides her husband she leaves a son, Robert, 2 daughters, Patricia and Betty, all at home, her mother, Mrs. Nellie Watkins of Powell, 5 brothers, Carl of Milan, Donald, Harry and Francis, all of Powell and 2 sisters, Mrs. Roland House of Franklindale and Mrs. Charlotte Hemingway of Binghamton, several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.  Morse funeral home, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m., with Rev. H. L. Hewitt.  Burial in Leroy Cemetery.

WEST – Harrison West expired at his home Monday afternoon after several months’ illness with diabetes. Deceased was 72 years of age and is survived by an invalid wife and five children, Emerson,Denton and Delbert, Mrs. A. D. PARKER of Elmira, and Mrs. Encell WILLIAMS, near this place. Funeral will be held at the home Thursday afternoon, with burial in LeRoy cemetery. (From LeRoy News) TGR 1913

FRANCIS WHIPPLE, 78 of 13 N. Washington St., Canton died suddenly at his home Thursday morning, April 15, 1982.  He had been in ill health for some years.  His late wife, Elsie M. Whipple, died, also at home on Thursday, April 8, 1982 of natural causes.  Mr. Whipple was born in LeRoy, Pa. on Sept. 13, 1903 a son of Arthur J. and Cora Schanbacher Whipple.  He was a retired farmer and farmed for many years in the LeRoy area until 1965 when he and his wife sold their farm and moved to Canton.  He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Stanley (Marjorie) Sutton of Methuen, Mass.; two grandchildren, Stanley Robbie Sutton of Methuen, Mass and Ms. Lola Sutton of Nashua, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Myra Whipple of LeRoy; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

WILCOX - COLTON, MARLETA W.,   Marleta W. Colton, 76, of LeRoy, PA died February 2, 1987 at the Sherwood Rest Home in LeRoy where she had been a resident for the last seven months.  Mrs. Colton was born July 23, 1910 in LeRoy Township, Bradford County, the daughter of Herbert and Mertie Avery Wilcox.  Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Melvin W. Colton; son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Diane Colton of Wellsboro, RD 6; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Arley Sayman, Towanda; three grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Winifred Shoemaker of Granville Summit RD 1; brothers, H. Rosa Wilcox and G. Benjamin Wilcox, both of Canton RD 1; several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Funeral and committal services were conducted February 5 (11 am) at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Terry Sacks officiating and interment to be in LeRoy Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be directed to the LeRoy Church of Christ in Mrs. Colton’s memory.  (TGR Feb. 5, 1987)

WILLIAMS - Daily Review
Anna L. Wooster, 73, of Canton RR1 died on Thursday, April 29, 2004, at the Rose View Center in Williamsport, Pa. Born Aug. 16, 1930, in Somerset, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late George and Violet (Cessna) Williams. As a young woman Anna grew up in the Lowman, N.Y., area. On Sept. 7, 1951, she married Robert Wooster and was blessed with nearly 52 years of loving marriage. She was employed by Canton Manufacturing for over 20 years until her retirement in 1991. Anna enjoyed attending St. John's United Methodist Church in Grover and participating with the ladies' Bible study. She was a devoted homemaker and her family, especially grandchildren, brought her much pride and joy. In addition to her beloved husband, Robert, surviving are two sons, Robert W. (Deb) Wooster of Bedford, Va., and Donald (Deborah) Wooster of Canton; a daughter, Julie (Mark) Tebbs of Cogan Station; six grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan, Stephanie, Phylicia, Marissa and Bryana; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Sharae and Sawyer; two brothers, Charles Williams of Hopewell, Pa., and John Williams of New Jersey; two sisters, Edna Thompson of Norfolk, Va., and Beverly Williams of Elmira, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Wooster was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Maxine Williams and Edythe Shepard. The family will receive friends 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 2, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton. The funeral service will follow at 2:30 with the Rev. James House officiating. Burial will be held in the Leroy Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials in Mrs. Wooster's name to the St John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 4, Grover, Pa. 17735.  Submitted by Carol HOOSE Brotzman

WOOSTER –HARRIET C. (WOOSTER) BILES - During the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 Harriet C. (Wooster) Biles of Monroeton died quietly at Ashton Healthcare in Athens. She was 87 years of age.  Born in Canton Township on Nov. 9, 1919, she was the daughter of Glen and Minnie (Eddy) Wooster.  She had been married to the late John R. Biles, and together they raised three sons and two daughters.  In addition to being a homemaker, Harriet was employed for many years as a machine operator for Canton Manufacturing Co. retiring in 1981. She had been a member of the former West Franklin Methodist Church, and later fellowshipped with the congregation of the West Franklin Mennonite Church.  Harriet enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as crocheting, working in her garden and the company of her beloved family.  She is survived by her sons James and (Carol) Biles of Duluth, MN, Jeffrey and (Lisa) Biles of Athens, daughters, Linda and (Clyde) Thomas of Milton and Doris and (Dennis) Irvine of Monroeton, grandchildren, Tim and (Kris) Biles, Melanie and (Bill) Hallin, Christina and (Gary) Conrad, Dawn and (Chris) Nehles, Kimberly and (Shon) Saxon, Andy and (Jen) Thomas, Holly Irvine and Todd Irvine, great-grandchildren, Zach, Josh, Zane, Jonas, and Zeb Biles, Janelle and Brett Conrad, Thai and Madelynne Synder, Jamie Bennett and Garrett Streeter, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Biles, Sr.; son John R. Biles, Jr. and brothers Raymond and Paul Wooster.  In accordance with Harriet's wishes, there will be no visitation. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the LeRoy Cemetery, Route 414, LeRoy Township, with Pastor Richard Martin of the West Franklin Mennonite Church officiating.  The family suggests that memorial contributions in Harriet's name be directed to the charity of one's choice.  They also wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to the many caregivers who looked after Harriet these past years.  Your kindness can never be repaid.  Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, Inc. of Canton.  –Towanda Daily Review 2/1/2007

WOOSTER - MAUDE HOLCOMBE
 Services for Mrs. Maude I. Holcombe, 87, of LeRoy were held at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Sept 25, the Rev. Owen Barrett officiating.  Interment was in LeRoy.  Mrs. Holcombe died at the Troy Community Hospital, Sept 22, 1972.  She was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ, a 50-year member of the White Dove Rebekah Lodge of LeRoy, and the LeRoy Open Hand Grange.  Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Elaine Phillips of Troy, son, Lyle of New Albany; five grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.  (TGR, Thursday, September 28, 1972)

MERLE A. WOOSTER
 Merle A. Wooster, 88, of the Bradford County Manor died there Saturday, October 31, 1992 after being in ill health for five years. He formerly resided at McCallum Manor in Canton. Mr. Wooster was born April 14, 1904 in LeRoy Township, Bradford County, a son of John and Ella Stone Wooster. Merle had previously been a dairy farmer and retired from the former Collins Valve in Canton in 1979. Surviving are his wife of almost 33 years, Grace Morse Wooster, Canton; three sons; two daughters; two stepdaughters; 16 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreatgrandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian Yeomans of Columbia Cross Roads; sister-in-law, Rena Wooster of Towanda; several nieces nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Fairbanks Wooster, in 1958; two brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held on November 3 at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. David Morris officiating and interment to be in the LeRoy Cemetery. (TGR, Thursday, November 5, 1992)

PAUL E. WOOSTER, 55, Canton RD 2 died unexpectedly at his home of natural causes Wednesday morning, 11 September 1974.  He was born in Monroeton RD 1 on Jan. 12, 1919.  Mr. Wooster was employed by the Belmar Manufacturing Co., Canton.  He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.  He served in the South Pacific Theatre of Operations.  Prior to entering the service in 1941, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways out of Towanda.  He and Mrs. Wooster celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in January.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 429 in Canton and a lifelong member of the Innes Hose Company of Canton.  He was also a member of the Red Run Rod and Gun Club at Ralston and the Hillside Rod and Gun Club of Blossburg.  Surviving are his wife, the former Ellen Beechey; one daughter, Mrs. Edward (Sandra) Navone, Easton, Pa.; two step-sons, James Burr of Elmira and Paul Burr of Canton; three grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Wooster of Monroeton RD 1; one sister, Mrs. Harriett Biles of Monroeton RD 1; and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Friday at 2 p.m.  Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Logston, pastor of the Canton Church of Christ Disciple.  Burial will be in the Leroy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

ROBERT ‘BOB’ WOOSTER, 77, Canton, died June 15, 2006 at the Rose View Center in Williamsport following a brief stay.  Born on October 2, 1928, in Canton, he was a son of the late Merle and Lillian (Fairbanks) Wooster.  As a young many, he grew up in the Canton area, where he graduated from the Canton Area High School, class of 1946.  On September 7, 1951, he married the former Anna Williams.  They were blessed with nearly 52 years of marriage and raised two sons and a daughter.  His beloved Anna preceded him in death on April 29, 2004.  He was employed for over 35 years at Westinghouse in Elmira until his retirement in 1990.  He enjoyed attending the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Grover and truly loved being outdoors and hunting was always a favorite.   Mr. Wooster was also a talented woodworker and gardener.  Throughout life, his main interest was family, especially the love he shared with his grandchildren.  He will be dearly missed by all whose life he touched.  Surviving are children: Robert (Deb) Wooster, of Bedford, VA; Donald (Deborah) Wooster, Canton, Julie (Mark) Tebbs, Cogan Station; grandchildren, Brandon, Nathan, Stephanie, Phylicia, Marissa and Bryana; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Sharae, Sawyer and Dane; sisters and brother: Janet (Jim) Gilliam, Kentucky, Sheila (Joe) Sievers, Arizona and Carroll Wooster, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Frances Wooster, Elmira; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides his wife Anna, a brother, Jack and a sister-in-law, Doris predeceased him.  A funeral service was held June 18 from the Pepper Funeral Home, Canton with the Reverend James House officiating.  Burial was in the LeRoy Cemetery.  Memorials in Mr. Wooster’s memory may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, c/o 11 E. Union St., Canton, PA.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

CURTIS D. WRIGHT, 81 of 165 Troy St., Canton died at his home Thursday, April 10, 1979 following an extended illness.  Mr. Wright was born May 14, 1898 in LeRoy Township a son of Charles and Edith Kelley Wright.  Mr. Wright was a member of the Canton Church of Christ Disciples and the Open Hand Grange of LeRoy.  He was a retired farmer and a former member of the following: Canton Area School Board, former director of the Grange Fire Insurance Company for 21 years; former tax collector of LeRoy Township.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Margaret Chamberlain; one son, Charles of Tunkhannock; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lynn (Eleanor) Kellogg of LeRoy.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton with the Rev. Robert D. Parker, his pastor officiating.  Interment will be in LeRoy Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 7 until 9 p.m.  Donations may be directed to the Canton Community Nursing Service or the American Heart Association.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

YOST Patricia Chaapel
66, of LeRoy, Pa., died
peacefully Tuesday morning, Nov. 16, 2010 at the Bradford County Manor. Patricia Ann Yost was born on Oct. 15, 1944, in Allentown, Pa. She was one of seven children in the family of the late Joseph J. and Emma E. (Gyer) Yost. On June 25, 1961, Pat married Charles Lee Chaapel in the LeRoy Church of Christ. They made their home in LeRoy and were blessed with five children. Pat enjoyed her work as Activity Director at the Bradford County Manor. In earlier years, she worked at the Paper Magic Co. She was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ, LeRoy Open Hand Grange No. 153 and the Lady Rebekahs. Pat loved doing many things, but her family always came first. Spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much happiness. She especially enjoyed crocheting and quilting, bowling, camping and square dancing. Her family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Pat's caregivers for their loving care.  She is survived by Charlie, her husband of 49 years; children, Ronnie L. (Cindy) Chaapel, Vickie A. (Steve) Jennings all of Canton, Jeffrey C. (Eve) Chaapel of Manheim, Pa., Susan J. Chaapel (Larry Johnston) of LeRoy and Sherry (Andy) Spencer of Canton; 16 grandchildren, Tawnya and Kristen Chaapel, Jennifer and JD Person, Chad, Alonna and Savanna Jennings, Ashley and Courtney Chaapel and Hunter Chaapel, Heather Bohner, Sarah Murray, Chelsie and Taylor Johnston, Joslyn and Jenna Spencer; 11 great-grandchildren, Chase Person, Blake Jennings, Bradyn, Brice and Blane Route, Kenny, Danielle and Gabrielle Bohner, Olivia Tate, Haven and Teegan Murray; brothers and sisters, Loraine Patterson, Marion Heimsoth, Shirley (Richard) Lutz and Ernie Yost, all of Allentown; a sister-in-law, Terrie Yost of Allentown and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.  Patricia was predeceased by her grandson, Brent Jennings and brothers, Raymond and Carl Yost.  Calling hours will be 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Dr. in Canton. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Duane Taylor and Rev. Ronnie Bly officiating. Burial will be in LeRoy Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorials in Patricia's name to the American Lung Association, 904 Campbell St., Suite 204 Williamsport, PA 17701.  Daily Review - November 17, 2010

WALTER ‘SKINNY’ ZELLERS, 77, Canton died Monday, Aug. 5, 1974 at the Troy Community Hospital.  He was born in Williamsport, March 20, 1897 the son of the late William and Barbara Zimmerman Zellers.  Mr. Zellers was a veteran of World War I and for many years owned and operated the Packard Hotel in Canton.  He was also a former Pennsylvania State Game Warden.  Surviving are two daughters, Vivian Fields of Canton and Patricia Faulkner of Harrisburg; four grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the Morse Funeral home, 12 E. Main St., Canton, Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in the LeRoy Cemetery.  –Canton Independent Sentinel


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