Photo by Pat MOTT Gobea 2006
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.
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BLY –BETTY EILEEN BLY MOTT, 89, widow of the late Frank D. Mott Sr., passed away on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Born in Millerton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Cora Mae Ford Bly and Rodney William Bly. Betty graduated from Canton High School in 1943. She and Frank married in 1944. Betty was a member of the Leroy, Pa. Church of Christ for 40 years where she was church pianist for 20 years. Retiring to Florida in 1985, she and Frank were active members of the Deltona, Fla. Christian Church. Betty returned to Pennsylvania in 2009. She is survived by her children, Jane Kulp (Newton) of Deltona, Fla., Marilyn Austin (Robert) of Orange City, Fla., Rodney Mott (Vicki) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Michael Mott (Julie) of Gilbertsville, Pa.; 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren also survive her. Betty is predeceased by her husband, Frank D. Mott Sr., 2006; her son, Frank D. Mott Jr., 1996; her sister, Margery Bly Lewis, 2005; and her brother, Rodney Bly, 1966. A memorial service to celebrate Betty's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at the LeRoy Baptist Church in LeRoy, Pa., with her nephew, Pastor Ronald Bly, officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Mott Cemetery, Leroy, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty Mott to the LeRoy Community Association, Inc., c/o Ron Kirby, 10006 Route 414, Canton, PA. Funeral arrangements are by the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., 111 North Reading Ave. –Towanda Daily Review 1/28/2015
FOUST - Our beautiful mom, Blanche Gladys (Foust) Mott, 92, went home to be with our Lord Jesus on April 30, 2009, while at the Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda. Born in Granville Township on Feb. 19, 1917, she was the daughter of Joseph and Maude (SHOEMAKER) Foust and was a graduate of Troy High School. She was a wonderful, gentle, loving wife and mother, and an excellent cook. Mom was well known for her famous chocolate chip cookies. Her greatest love was being with her family. We will all miss her greatly. She is survived by: her children Donna (and Marsden) Matson, Marcia (and Norman) Thomas, and Sally (and Theron) Binford; brother Joey (and Ellen) Foust; sisters Norma Shedden, Betty (and Wilbur) Slingerland and Marie (and Lewis) Seeley; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by: her beloved husband Thomas; brother Teddy Foust; and grandson Tad Bagley. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 4, at Victory Church in Troy. Services will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Pastor Josh Paine officiating. Interment will follow in the Mott Cemetery, LeRoy Township. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center Street, Canton. Reva Wagner, Daily Review, 02 May 2009
HOLCOMB Raymond Leo
On the morning of Saturday, May 19, 2012, LeRoy native Raymond Leo Holcomb died quietly at Bradford County Manor. He was 93 years of age. Born in LeRoy on Sept. 21, 1918, he was a son of Ray and Lena (Whipple) Holcomb. Young Raymond attended the former LeRoy Elementary School and later Canton High School, graduating with the class of 1936. During the Second World War he served with the United States Army, first as a combatant and later as part of the occupation force, from 1944 to 1946. After returning home Raymond courted a local LeRoy girl, Jean Mott, and the two were united in marriage on Oct. 2, 1947. Together they raised a son and a daughter and shared 55 years until her passing in January of 2003. For most of his working life Raymond was a self-employed carpenter along with his brother Dean until his retirement. In his free time Raymond enjoyed gardening and woodworking, as well as playing cards with the "Thursday Night Boys," Jimmy Tomlinson, Ted Tomlinson, Dean Chaapel and Dick Bellows. Raymond was a man of faith who came to know the Lord while attending the former LeRoy Church of Christ. It was a faith that would grow and endure through the years. He was a member of the LeRoy Community Association and had been a member of the former LeRoy Odd Fellows. Of paramount importance was his family, whose visits and interactions always gave him great joy. He is survived by his daughter Jane Holcomb of Dallas, Texas; son David Holcomb of Canton; grandchildren Bryan (Brittney) Holcomb of Ft. Polk, La., Jennifer Holcomb; great-granddaughter Marley Holcomb and sister-in-law Dorothy Smithgall, all of Canton; and brother-in-law James Chadwick of Camptown, Pa.; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Holcomb; brothers Newton and Dean Holcomb; sisters, Olive Ferguson and Rosalie Holcomb and parents Ray and Lena Holcomb. A celebration of Raymond's life will be held at a later date and will be announced by Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton. Towanda Daily Review – May 20, 2012
Leroy News - William Kelley, who was instantly killed in Wm. Fraser’s mines at Carbon Run, February 27th, was the son of Edward and Lucy Morse Kelley of this place. The remains were brought to the home of his uncle, R. K. Morse, and the body prepared for burial, where it was kept until the day of the funeral on account of the ill health of the mother. Deceased was a member of the church of Christ, and an exemplary young man of sterling qualities, always taking interest in home duties, where his father and mother, three brothers and two sisters survive, and deeply feel the loss of a loved one. The funeral was very largely attended at the church Friday afternoon, and the beautiful floral offerings show the high esteem of the departed. Revs Kidwell and Barrow officiated. Burial in Mott Cemetery. TGR 1912.
LAMONT –MRS. ALMA L. MOTT, 78, of LeRoy, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1976 at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda. She was born in E. Troy on Jan. 21, 1896, the daughter of James and Julia Calkins LaMont. Mrs. Mott was a member of the LeRoy Church of Christ Disciples. She is survived by her husband, Wesley Mott; daughters, Mrs. Raymond Smithgall of Canton, Mrs. Raymond Holcomb of LeRoy and Mrs. James Chadwick of Camptown; son, Robert Mott of Troy; sister, Mrs. W. R. Croman of Troy; brother, Ralph LaMont of Conyngham; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Mott was preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Holcomb and Mrs. Marian Holmes. The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. from the Morse Funeral home, Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor, pastor of the LeRoy Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will be in the Mott Cemetery, LeRoy. –Canton Independent Sentinel
MARSDEN LEON MATSON - On the morning of Saturday, July 18, 2015, Marsden Leon Matson of Canton passed away quietly at Robert Packer Hospital with his family at his side. He was 76 years of age. Born in Endicott, N.Y. on Feb. 28, 1939, he was a son of Wesley D. and Phyllis "Posie" (June) Matson. Following high school Marsden enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1961 he married Donna Mott, and together they raised four children and would have celebrated 54 years this September. Throughout his adult life Marsden worked at many tasks. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the construction industry, was a truck owner-operator, owned Matson-Maris Garage and Auto Sales in Canton, was the manager-operator of the Antrim Mining Company, and was a truck driver for local businesses, most recently being employed with BS Trucking in Canton. He also served as an officer with the Canton Jaycees. He enjoyed fishing and spending special times with his children and grandchildren, as well as with his canine companion, Ruby, the company of his friends and his very best friend, his wife. He was also a man with a deep, abiding faith in the Lord, and was a member of the Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canton. He is survived by his wife, Donna, at home; son Darin (and Kathryn) Matson of Franklin, Tenn.; daughters Renee (and Anthony) Caringi of Glenside, Pa.; Colleen (and Dwight) Forrester of Harrisburg, and Stephanie (and John) Erlston of Danville, Pa.; sister Shirley (and Gary) Ritz of Troy, sister-in-law Issy Matson of Alba; grandchildren Jill (and Jerome) Schram, Matthew May, Kaylie Matson, Anthony Caringi, Grant Matson, Mackenzie Forrester, Alex Caringi, Kendra Case, Madeline Caringi, Tayler Forrester, Jakob Forrester; great-grandchildren Jacek and Niko Rose. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and "Posie", as well as his brother James Matson. Visitation will be 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton. Service will be at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Josh Payne officiating. Interment will follow in the Mott Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated, or contributions in Marsden's name may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 105 Westpark Dr., Suite 415, Brentwood, TN. –Towanda Daily Review 7/21/2015
CHARLES S. MOTT, 84 of Canton, formerly of Leroy, died, Dec. 6, 2001 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. Born May 2, 1917, in Leroy, he was one of five children born to the late Samuel and Helen Robinson Mott. Charles was a resident of Leroy area throughout most of his life. He graduated from the Canton area schools in 1935 and later obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree at Penn State University College of Agriculture in 1939. Shortly following graduation, he married the love of his life the former Grace Spencer on Nov. 10, 1943. The young couple established their home in Leroy Twp. where they owned and operated a dairy farm. In the mid 1960’s Charlie held the position of Penn Dot’s Principle Assistant Superintendent of Highways for Bradford County. During the 1970’s, he worked for Stone Hill Construction. He then established C. Mott Builders and worked as a self-employed contractor in home construction, retiring in 1982. Mr. Mott attended the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ). He was a member of the Local Order of the Moose Canton Lodge No. 429, the Wheel Inn Club in Roaring Branch and was a former member of Leroy’s Open Hand Grange No. 153. Charlie cherished his family and always looked forward to times spent with his grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and was an avid fan of all sports, especially Penn State Football. In earlier years, he coached Leroy Little League Baseball and bowled with the Canton and East Canton Leagues. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Grace Mott at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Charlene (Frank) Corby of Elizabethtown, Pa.; Carol (Jim) Fitch of Canton; three sons and daughters-in-law, Sam (Pat) Mott of Doylestown, Pa., Max (Bev) Mott of Pekasie, Pa., The Honorable John C. (Brenda) Mott of Canton; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Teribury of Tyrone, Ga.; a brother and sister-in-law, frank (Betty) Mott of Deltona, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Adelaide “Ange” Mott of Palo Alto, Calif., Blanche Mott of Canton; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Charles was predeceased by two brothers, Matthew and Thomas Mott and a brother-in-law, Earl Teribury. The funeral and committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) with its pastor, Rev. David B. Morris officiating. The family invites friends to call 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive, Canton and also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. A private interment will be held at the Mott Cemetery, Leroy Twp. Those who wish may direct memorials in Mr. Mott’s memory to the A.O.M.C. Foundation for Dialysis, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, N.Y. –Towanda Daily Review
(LeRoy News) Our community was shocked last Monday morning by the sad news that Charlie Mott, youngest son of Mrs. Lucinda Mott of this place, had fallen down a gorge,, a distance of 140 feet, and instantly killed, at Glady, West Virginia. He went there last spring to work for Campbell brothers. It appears that Charlie and a friend were sitting on the edge of the rocks and both fell asleep. His skull was crushed, but aside from that no other bones were broken. The remains were brought to Canton Tuesday evening, and were met by undertaker R. K. Morse and brought to the home of the deceased. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon from the Disciple church, Rev. John Murphy officiating. He was a member of the Baptist church, and the I.O.O.F., the latter of which had charge of the burial service. There was a very large concourse of relatives and friends. Burial in Mott cemetery. Besides a mother he leaves one sister, Mrs. Kelsey Bellows, and three brothers, Alton, William and Alonzo, who deeply mourn his loss. TGR 1904
FRANK D. MOTT JR. of Jacobus, York County, died at
2:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 1996, at his home following a lengthy illness.
He was the husband of Carol H. (McNett) Mott. The couple had celebrated
their 20th wedding anniversary on March 6. Services were held on June 3
at the Salem United Church of Christ, Jacobus, with his pastor, Rev. Fred A.
Walthour, officiating. Burial was June 4 in the Mott Cemetery, LeRoy
Township, with Rev. Duane Taylor officiating at the graveside committal
service. A viewing was held June 4 at the Morse & Kleese Funeral
Home. Mr. Mott was born December 6, 1949 in Canton, the son of Frank D. and
Betty E. (Bly) Mott, Sr., Deltona, FL. Mr. Mott was employed for 20 years
as a designer draftsman at Voith Hydro, York. He was a US Air Force
veteran of the Viet Nam conflict. He was a staff sergeant and was awarded
the Commendation Medal of Military Merit. He was a member of the Canton
VFW and was the Jacobus-Loganville-Springfield girls softball coach. A
member of the Salem United Church of Christ, Jacobus; he designed the stained
glass windows for the church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by
two daughters, Melissa H. Mott and Alicia E. Mott, both at home; two sisters,
Marilyn G. Austin, Lowville, NY and B. Jane Kulp, Deltona, FL; two brothers,
Rodney B. Mott, Blythesville, AR and Michael A. Mott, Kenneth Square.
Heffner Funeral home of Jacobus, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
–Canton Independent Sentinel
FRANK D. MOTT SR., 86, of Pilgrim Ave., Deltona, FL a retired Tool Room Supervisor for 25 years for Schrader-Bellows in Canton died Monday September 18, 2006 at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Orange City, FL. Mr. Mott was born in LeRoy and was a long time resident of the Canton area and upon retirement in 1985 moved to Deltona. He was a 1939 graduate of Canton High School. Frank enjoyed traveling, bowling and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Betty; daughters, Jane & Newton Kulp of Deltona, FL; Marilyn and Robert Austin of Lowville, NY; sons; Rodney & Vicki Green Mott of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Michael & Julie Shepard Mott of Gilbertsville, PA; sister, Betty Teribury of Tyrone, GA; fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Mr. Mott was preceded in death by his son, Frank D. Mott Jr. in 1996 and his brothers, Matthew, Thomas and Charles Mott. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006 at LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. There will be a private interment at Mott Cemetery, LeRoy, PA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Deltona Christian Church Memorial Fund, 960 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona, FL. The Deltona Memorial Funeral Home, 1295 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, FL assisted the family with arrangements. –Canton Independent Sentinel
MOTT –JEAN ELIZABETH HOLCOMB. During the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, Jean Elizabeth (Mott) Holcomb, a lifelong resident of LeRoy Township, died quietly at the Bradford County Manor. She was 75 years of age. Born Oct. 30, 1927, in LeRoy Township, she was one of six children in the family of Wesley and Alma (LaMont) Mott. Jean attended the LeRoy schoolhouse, and later Canton High School, graduating with the class of 1944. She was courted by a local young man named Raymond Holcomb, and on Oct. 2, 1947, they were united in marriage at the Canton Church of Christ parsonage by the Rev. Rosterfer. Together they raised a son and a daughter. Mrs. Holcomb was employed for many years as a machine operator with Canton Manufacturing Co., retiring in 1989. But even though she worked outside the home she was the consummate homemaker, tending to her family's every need. In her spare time Mrs. Holcomb enjoyed knitting and gardening. She had been a member of the Open Hand Grange as well as the former LeRoy Lady Rebekah Lodge. Mrs. Holcomb had been a member of the former LeRoy Church of Christ, and more recently attended the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church. She had been active with the Canton Senior Citizens, and during the years they shared their facility with the Bradford-Tioga Head Start she would knit mittens for all of the little children in the program. She had been an active participant in the LeRoy Old Home Day festivities each July 4, often baking the cakes to be given as prizes to the winners of the Cakewalk. She was also an active volunteer at the Bradford County Farm Museum in Troy for several years. Mrs. Holcomb was known throughout her community as one who was always ready to lend a helping hand. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, involving herself in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Holcomb is survived by her husband of 55 years, Raymond, at home; son, David and Krystine Holcomb of Canton RR 1; daughter, Jane Holcomb of Dallas, Texas; grandson, Bryan Holcomb, and granddaughter, Jennifer Holcomb, of Canton RR 1; brother, Robert Mott of Troy; sisters, Dorothy Smithgall of Canton and Mary Lou and Jim Chadwick of Camptown; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Alma Mott, and sisters Bernice Holcombe and Marion Holmes. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the LeRoy Independent Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Morrison and the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Contributions in Mrs. Holcomb's memory may be directed to the LeRoy Community Association Memorial Fund, RR 1, Box 261, Canton, Pa. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home Inc., 40 N. Center St., Canton. –Canton Independent Sentinel. (Buried in the Mott Cemetery, Leroy, PA)
MAX S. MOTT of Hilltown, passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2015. He was 64.Born on Oct. 30, 1950, in Canton, Pa., Max was one of five children of the late Charles and Grace (Spencer) Mott. After graduating from Canton Area High School, he obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. On March 6, 1971 he married the love of his life, Beverly (Packard). They established their home in Bucks County, where they proudly raised their four children. Max began his professional career with PKF Construction. After 10 years, he left PKF to work with his brother, Sam, as an owner and vice president of Stone Hill Contracting (SHC). After 25 successful years with SHC, he retired to fulfill his dream of traveling. Above all, Max cherished times spent with his family; he was affectionately known as the family photographer. He was a devoted grandfather, who always enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Max was also an extreme competitor, especially in horseshoes, ping pong, and golf. He particularly loved to compete against his children and siblings. Max is survived by his wife of 44 years, Beverly Mott; four children Tami (Robert) Shoemaker of Coopersburg, Pa., Bryan (Pamela) Mott of Quakertown, Pa., Becky (Jesse Anderson) Dimmick of Hilltown, Pa., Charles (Adrienne) Mott of Sellersville, Pa.; 12 grandchildren Brandie, Max, Bobby, Zach, Katey, CJ, Lia, Joie, Gavin, Jarrett, Jianna, Kyla; two brothers and two sisters: Samuel (Linda) Mott of Chalfont, Pa., Charlene (Frank) Corby of Elizabethtown, Pa., Carol (Jim) Fitch of Canton, Pa.; John (Brenda) Mott of Williamsport, Pa; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Max's funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Shelly Funeral Home, Easton and Keller's Church Roads, Plumsteadville where the family will receive friends 9 to 11 a.m. Locally the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 6, 2015 at the Pepper Funeral Home, Springbrook Drive in Canton. Pastor Ron Bly will officiate the funeral service at noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Mott Cemetery in LeRoy, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Max Mott may be made to the Mott Cemetery Association Inc., Attention: Carol Fitch, Treasurer, 449 Alba Mountain Rd., Troy, PA 16947; or the Juvenile Diabetes Association. –Towanda Daily Review 3/31/2015
THOMAS MOTT, 97, of Leroy died Monday afternoon at the home of his son Wesley in Leroy, March 16, 1959. He was a 50 year member of the Leroy Church of Christ and Leroy Open Hand Grange. Mr. Mott is survived by one son, 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. The body is at the Morse Funeral Home in Canton. Private services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00. The Rev. Edgar Ginn of the Leroy Church officiated. Burial was in the Mott Cemetery at Leroy.
MOTT, Thomas J., age 57, of Canton, Pa. RD 2 at the Arnot Ogden Hosptial, Sunday, September 10, 1972. Calling hours will be held Monday evening 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Pa. where funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment in Mott Cemetery, Leroy, Pa. Survived by wife, Blanche; daughters, Mrs. Marsden Matson of Canton, Mrs. Marcia Andrus of Brigantine, N.J., Mrs. Theron Binford of Canton RD; sister, Mrs. Earl Teribury of Swainsboro, Ga.; brothers, Charles Mott, Frank Mott both of Canton RD 1; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was a farmer for 25 years in the Granville Township area and was a member of the Alba First Christian Church; Windfall Grange and the Mountain Top Hunting Club.
WESLEY MOTT, 89, of the Hillcrest Apartments, Troy, formerly of LeRoy, died at the Troy Community Hospital Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1983. Mr. Mott was born July 22, 1893 in LeRoy, a son of Thomas and Mina Morse Mott. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Dorothy) Smithgall of Canton, Mrs. Raymond (Jean) Holcomb of LeRoy and Mrs. James (Mary Lou) Chadwick of Camptown; one son, Robert Mott of Troy RD; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Alma on Sept. 7, 1976 and by daughters, Bernice Holcomb in 1966 and Marian Holmes in 1962. Funeral and committal services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Morse and Kleese Funeral home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, with the Rev. Duane Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Mott Cemetery, LeRoy. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 1 until 2 p.m. Memorial Donations may be directed to the LeRoy Church of Christ in Mr. Mott’s memory. –Towanda Daily Review
RAYMOND O. SMITHGALL a long-time resident of Canton died unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998 at the Williamsport Hospital. He was 81 years of age. Born May 12, 1916 in Geneva, N.Y., Ray was the eldest son, one of ten children in the family of Otto R. and Ina (Callahan) Smithgall. The family relocated to Tioga County, Pa. where Ray attended Wellsboro High School, graduating with the class of 1935. In the years preceding the Second World War he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and attended the Aviation Ground School in Elmira. Mr. Smithgall served his country during the ensuing war as an Air Corps navigator. However, during this period not everything was tumult and strife for him. One shining aspect of his life was his courtship with Dorothy Mott; they were united in holy matrimony on June 27, 1942. After the war, the Smithgalls raised their family in Canton and Ray became active as a community volunteer. He served on the zoning board as well as the Canton Borough Authority and Shade Tree Commission. For nearly three decades he was employed as a postal worker, retiring from the Canton Post Office in the mid 1970s. Mr. Smithgall was a man who gave of himself, whose kindness knew no bounds. This was evident by his involvement in many charitable organizations. Ray was a life member of Canton Lodge #415 Free and Accepted Masons, serving as the treasurer, the Bradford County Shrine Club, a life member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Consistory of the Valley of Williamsport, the Irem Temple AAONMS Canton Lodge #429 Loyal Order of Moose, Canton Rotary Club and the Troy American Legion Post #49, all of which are widely recognized for their generosity to humanitarian causes. Mr. Smithgall also had a lifelong relationship with his Lord and served for many years as an Elder in the former First Presbyterian Church of Canton. When that congregation was absorbed into the Canton Ecumenical Parish, he served as a member of the Administrative Board. Ray was also a familiar figure at the Men’s Christian Fellowship Breakfast at Our House Restaurant for many years. Ray liked to collect modes of antique and classic cars and was an avid rail fan. He loved to reminisce about the days when steam ruled the rails and told stories of the times he’d hitch a ride to Elmira so that he could ride the midnight train back home. Mr. Smithgall was a man devoted to his family, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by loved ones and his community as well. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy at home; his eldest son, Scott and wife, Julianne Smithgall of Wellsboro; his son, Thomas and wife, Barbara Smithgall of Lancaster; his daughter, Mary Beth and husband, Thomas Schoonover of Canton; grandchildren, Maren and Cameron Smithgall of Wellsboro, Emily and Ian Smithgall of Lancaster, Eric and Lauren Schoonover of Canton. He is also survived by brothers, Kenneth Smithgall of Leesburg, Fla., Frederick, Robert and Donald Smithgall, all of Wellsboro; sisters, Dorothy Morgan of Williamsport, Betty Jean Beck and Katherine Sease, both of Wellsboro. He was predeceased by a brother, William Smithgall and a sister, Clarabell Bowen. A memorial service will be held at the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 43 N. Center St., Canton, Saturday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Nancy Lee Goff, his pastor officiating. A Masonic service will proceed at 11:15, conducted by Canton Lodge #415 F and AM. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be directed to the Green Free Library of Canton and the Canton Ecumenical Parish. Professional services entrusted to Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Pa. –Canton Independent Sentinel
SPENCER H Grace S. Mott
90, of Canton, PA and former longtime resident of LeRoy, died on Sunday evening, December 23, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira. H. Grace Spencer was born on January 30, 1922 in Canton, the oldest of four children of the late Charles and Ada (Hill) Spencer. She graduated from Canton High School in 1940 and in 1943 graduated as a Registered Nurse from Robert Packer Hospital’s School of Nursing. On November 10, 1943, Grace married Charles S. Mott. They shared 58 years together and raised five children before Charlie’s passing on December 6, 2001. Grace was employed as the Directress of Nursing at the Troy Community Hospital for over 30 years. Very active in the community, she enjoyed volunteering with the American Red Cross’s Blood Mobile and LeRoy Township’s Election Board. She also was instrumental with the Canton Senior Center’s "Peppi" Exercise Program. Grace enjoyed attending the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ) for many years. She was a member of Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, LeRoy Heritage Museum Association, the Red Hatters Lady’s Club, a former member of the Open Hand Grange and the Lady Rebekah Group. Grace was a devoted and caring person who would offer her help to anyone in need. She will be lovingly remembered as a good neighbor. A “community nurse” type, many would call on Grace with their health questions. She was blessed with a strong constitution and remained active all her life. Times spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her favorite things to do. She also enjoyed knitting and word puzzles. Surviving are her children, Sam (Linda) Mott of Chalfont, PA, Charlene (Frank) Corby of Elizabethtown, PA, Carol (Jim) Fitch of Troy, Max (Bev) Mott of Perkasie, PA and John C. (Brenda) Mott of Cogan Station; 17 grandchildren, Thomas (Dawn) Mott, David (Jennifer) Mott, Stephen (Katie) Mott, Leesa (Dennis) McIlhinney, Matthew Corby, Anthony Corby, Todd (Deborah) Fitch, Travis (Jaime) Fitch, Alisha (Donald) Wambolt, Shonna (Joshua) Shope, Tami (Robert) Shoemaker, Bryan (Pamela) Mott, Becky Dimmick, Charles (Adrienne) Mott, Reeve (Melanie) Mott, Nicholas Mott and Adam (Genna) Mott; 38 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Betty Teribury of Georgia and Betty Mott of Gilbertsville, PA; many nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends and neighbors. In addition to her husband Charlie, she was predeceased by three siblings; Betty Wakely, Doris Irving and Pete Spencer. Calling hours are 6 – 8 p.m. Friday at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr., Canton and also from 11 - noon Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples), 40 N. Minnequa Ave. The funeral service will follow at noon with Rev. Bonnie Browning officiating. Interment will be private in the Mott Cemetery in LeRoy. In Lieu of flowers, her family requests your consideration of a memorial in Grace’s name to Robert Packer Hospital’s School of Nursing Alumni Fund at 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840 or the Church of Christ (Disciples), P.O. Box 57 Canton, PA 17724. Towanda Daily Review – December 26, 2012
EARL E. TERIBURY JR., 68 of Tyrone, Ga., formerly
of Troy, Pa. died Monday, Sept. 25, 1995 at Crawford Long Memorial Hospital,
Atlanta, Ga. He was born Feb. 17, 1927 in Ralston, Pa. the son of Earl
and Mae Dunbar Teribury. He was a graduate of Troy High School class of
1944. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II. Following
a long career in industrial management, he retired from a position as a
vocational technical school instructor in South Carolina and Georgia. He
is survived by: his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Mott Teribury; daughter and
son-in-law, Helen Mae and Charles Binford of Troy; sons and daughters-in-law,
Earl and Nancy Teribury of RR 2, Troy, Tom and Katie Teribury of Tyrone, Ga.,
Eric and Linda Teribury of Stockbridge, Ga.; eight grandchildren; four
great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and Philip McClure of
Lake Helen, Fla., Phyllis and Harold Foster of Summerfield, Fla., Janice and
Richmond Young of Bird in Hand, Pa., Carolyn and Clifton Welch of Elmira, N.Y.,
Shirley and Gerald Brown of Clover, S.C.; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Vickery Funeral home in Troy on Friday from 1-2
p.m. The funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home
with the Rev. Lawrence Holman officiating. Burial will be in Mott
Cemetery, LeRoy, Pa. Memorials may be directed to the American Parkinson
Disease Assoc., 1250 Hyland Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, N.Y. –Towanda