In Memoriam - U.S. Navy Minemen


Pamela Ann Fazenbaker

Pamela Ann "Pam" Fazenbaker, 37, of Summerville, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Trident Medical Center.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11 o'clock at James A. Dyal Funeral Home Chapel, Summerville. Burial will follow at Plantation Memory Gardens, Moncks Corner. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 6 until 8 o'clock Friday evening, January 14, 2011. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to American Lung Association: 44 Markfield Drive, #A, Charleston, SC 29407.

Pam was born July 23, 1973 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, a daughter of MNCS David and Sandra Ann Worthy Fazenbaker of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She was a graduate of Goose Creek High School and Mifflin County Vocation/Technical School in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. She was dedicated to her work and cherished time with family and friends. She touched many lives through her work as a nurse at Palmetto Pediatrics in North Charleston and Boulder Bluff Elementary School.
Surviving in addition to her parents are her two sons: David Michael Bartell, Jr. and Nathan Alexander Bartell both of Summerville, one sister: Patricia Marie Karels (Randy) of Suisun City, California, one brother: David Allen Fazenbaker (Amber) of Alexandria, Virginia, three nephews and one niece: Trevor Andrew Burns and Zachary Allen Burns both of Suisun City, California, Chance Allen Fazenbaker and Riley Paige Fazenbaker both of Alexandria, Virginia, maternal grandmother: Freda Grace Worthy of Mt. Union, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Robert and Bernice Fazenbaker and Harvey Worthy.

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Carmen Mary Rousseau

Carmen Mary Rousseau, 71, of Goose Creek, SC and widow of  MNCM Paul Emile Rousseau was born 13 April 1940 and died in Goose Creek, 10 January 2011.  No further details have been found. [Published in Charleston Post & Courier on January 13, 2011]


Gerald F. "Jerry" Sevier, MNCM

Funeral services for Mr. Gerald F. Sevier, 70, of Sulphur, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2011 in St. Theresa Catholic Church. Father Joe Aquino will officiate. Burial will follow in Mimosa Pines Cemetery under the direction of Robison Funeral Home. Visitation will begin on Thursday, January 27 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m., and resume on Friday morning from 8 a.m. until time of procession to the church. Mr. Sevier passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 in a Lake Charles hospital.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Russel and Mercedes Sevier; and two brothers, Danny and Chris Sevier.
Mr. Sevier retired from the United States Navy after serving his country for 27 years. He was a Mines Warfare Instructor and served as Master Chief in South Carolina. Mr. Sevier was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church and spent his retirement traveling with his wife, enjoying his family and spoiling his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, Presentacion Sevier of Carlyss; seven children, Carol Breaux and husband Kevin of Houma, Louisiana, Reni Myers and husband Brent of Carlyss, Rose Cospolich and husband Stephen of Dallas, Texas, Anthony Sevier and wife Christy of St. Louis, Missouri, Rachelle May of West Monroe, Lori Gates and husband Joe of Bossier City, Debbie Hardin and husband Jon of Alexandria; eight grandchildren, Aidan and Gillian Myers, Madeline and Isabelle Cospolich, Brandi and Jordan Breaux, Rebecca and Glen May; two great grandchildren, Braxton and Bailey Breaux; god daughter, Victoria Reale; three brothers, David Sevier and wife Sybil of Vidor, Texas, Terry Sevier and wife Lynn of Ragley, and Kembo Sevier of Lake Charles; two sisters, Gail Reale and husband Sebastian of Lake Charles, and Jill Sevier of Pineville, Louisiana.

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Published in Southwest Daily News from January 27 to February 3, 2011


Michael Floyd Allen

Michael Floyd Allen, 22, passed away unexpectedly in San Diego, Jan. 30, 2011. Michael was born Oct. 18, 1988, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Michael and Erica Shumaker Allen. Michael moved to the Las Vegas Valley as a young child. He graduated from Basic High School in 2007. After high school, he joined the United States Navy and had been in the past four years. Michael enjoyed snowboarding, motorcycles, and running track. He loved serving in the Navy and just finished training to be a mineman. Michael will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Michael is survived by his wife, Cherisse; father, Michael Allen; brothers, Eric (Katie) Lehy, Dallas Allen, Aaron Allen and Jacob Allen; sisters, Kisha Allen, Kassidee Allen, Sarah Allen and Alexandera Allen; grandparents, Ervin (Alice) Allen and Janice Moore. He was preceded in death by his mother, Erica; and grandparents, Lawrence and Corkie Shumaker. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, at Beardsley-Mitchell Funeral Home, San Diego and again 2-4 p.m., Feb. 13, at Boulder City Family Mortuary. Service and burial at 1:20 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. [Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal from February 7 to February 8, 2011]


Richard Curtis Knight, MNC

Richard Curtis Knight of Corvallis, Oregon passed away February 1, 2011 at age 73, with Lung Cancer. He was a resident of Humboldt County for 30 years. His wife Julia preceded him in death in 2003. Richard was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 5, 1937 to Curtis Knight and Lucille Knight-Sheraske. As a youth, Richard enjoyed scouting and had attained its highest honor as an "Eagle Scout." After graduating from San Dieguito high school in Encinitas, CA in 1955 he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country until he retired in 1974. Later, Richard worked for "Lazio's and Pacific Choice Seafood" for over 25 years before retiring in 2005. Richard loved his family and friends and particularly enjoyed fishing and camping together with them. Richard is survived by four children: son, Mickey Johnston, of Meriden, CT; daughter, Rhonda Greek of Augusta, GA and husband Brad Greek; daughter, Sherrie Warnow of Fortuna, CA and husband Steve Warnow; daughter Cindy Ostlund of Nice, Ca. His eight grandchildren: Jeremy, Barbara, David, Lance, Lisa, Brian, Brittney, Nicholas and Mandy Ostlund who preceded him in death. His four great grandchildren: Shane, Brody, Kimberly, and Simonne, his brother Gene Knight and wife Jan of Leaburg, Or. There will be a celebration of life memorial service at the Marina Yacht Club at 1 Marina Way, in Eureka adjacent to the Pacific Choice Seafood Co. on July 9th, Saturday at 11 am with Pastor Gene Knight, brother of Richard, of Leaburg, OR to officiate the ceremony. Please sign the guest book at <>, click obits. [Published in Eureka Times-Standard on July 7, 2011]  [notification by Doug Guy]

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Richard Evan Dugan 

Richard Evan Dugan, 86, of Manhattan, Kansas passed away Sunday, February 13th, 2011. Richard was born in Brush, Colorado on April 15, 1924, the son of the late Chloris (Main) and Clyde Dugan. Mr. Dugan attended Brush Colorado High School and received his GED while in the US Navy from which he retired as a Petty Officer. He was married to Anna Laura Rollins and she preceded him in death. He was field service representative for Crown Cork and Seal Canning company. Mr. Dugan is survived by a daughter, Wendy (Mrs. Charles A.) Hinton, of Hollywood, Florida; a grandson Dr. Mark Tindall and wife Jennifer of Manhattan; two granddaughters, Tifany Ryan of Kingston, MA and Dana Willman of Goldsboro, NC and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a step daughter, Iona Tindall. At the families request there will not be any services. Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home, 1317 Poyntz, Manhattan, KS 66502 is serving the Dugan family.



Marion Edith Strohmetz Newton

Marion Edith Strohmetz Newton, 82, wife of MNCM Ted Newton, USN (Ret.) (AOM #38) passed away March 3, 2011. She was born April 14, 1928 in New Jersey and was a long-time resident of Jacksonville. A member of Evangel Temple Assembly of God, she sang in the choir for several years. She was a member of the Eastern Star for 50 years and involved in real estate in the Jacksonville area. Marion was the loving wife of Ted Newton and the mother of Ronald E. Wilson of Tampa and Joseph E. Wilson, Jr. of Alaska; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at noon Tues., March 8, 2011 at Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 5755 Ramona Blvd., Jacksonville, with Pastors Garry and Cecil Wiggins officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment will be in Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257. Arrangements by Giddens-Reed
Funeral Home, 904-387-0055, . [Published in the Florida Times-Union on March 6, 2011]

Words of Condolence may be directed to Ted at:

MNCM Ted Newton, USN (Ret.)
7887 Bristol Bay Lane,
W. Jacksonville, FL 32244-6931
(904) 777-5690



Francis A. "Mac" McCarthy

NORFOLK, VA - Francis A. "Mac" McCarthy, 87, passed away March 21, 2011. He was born Feb. 10, 1924 in Jamaica Plains, Mass. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Rosella "Rose" McCarthy; three sons, John McCarthy of Norfolk, Michael McCarthy and wife Connie of Virginia Beach, Daniel McCarthy and wife Deborah of Albany, Ga.; and daughter, Elizabeth (Beth) Simmons and husband James of Chesapeake; seven grandchildren, Kelly and Kevin McCarthy, Mark and Brian McCarthy, Erin, Katherine and Thomas Simmons. Francis leaves behind five brothers, James, Vincent, Charles, Paul and Richard, and one sister Theresa all living in Massachusetts. Three brothers, the Rev. Thomas, CSV, Alfred and John predeceased him. Francis retired from the Navy as a senior chief mineman. He served during World War II on the island of Tinian. After serving in the Navy he went through apprentice school and worked at NAS as a fire control technician. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. For several years he volunteered at his church and at DePaul Hospital. Before his illness, he was a member of Virginia Beach Seniors Golf Group, Fleet Reserve Branch 60, and a lifelong member of the VFW No. 3160, and Association of Minemen. A funeral Mass will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, today from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, send donations to the social ministry at Holy Trinity Church



Barbara Ellen "Bobbie" Loonam

Barbara Ellen "Bobbie" Loonam, 73 of Gloucester, VA, wife of CWO4 John F. Loonam, USN (Ret.), quietly passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 31, 2011 after a long battle with colon cancer; born in Hasty, Arkansas, raised in Hollywood and San Diego, CA. Barbara traveled and lived all over the world with her family during her husband's 30-year Navy career before settling down in Gloucester, VA, 29 years ago. Barbara was a full-time homemaker until her seven children left home when she then worked in home healthcare and as a seamstress at Colonial Williamsburg costume shop. She was a member of St Therese Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 75 in Gloucester.
Barbara, daughter of the late Garland and Tabitha Morris, was a devoted Wife, Mother to all and Fighter until the end. Survived by her husband of 57 years, John Loonam; sons Mike, (Greenville, SC), John, Jr., (Beaufort, NC), Larry, (Greenville, NC), Greg, (Front Royal, VA); daughters, Kathy Sillery, (Williamsburg, VA), Diane Parker, (Newport News, VA), and Sandy Loonam, (Gloucester Point , VA); brothers Harold Morris, (Viola, KS), Denny Johnson , (Ridgley, TN); sisters, Bonnie Gerlach, (Viola, Kansas), Pat Maher, (San Antonio, TX), Gheri McDonald, (Charlotte, NC); 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends.


The family will receive friends at Andrews Funeral Home, 7192 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061 between 3 and 5 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2011 as well as April 4, 2011 at 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. before the service. Celebration of Life Service is being held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 6262 Main Street at 11:00 a.m. Theresians will provide a reception following the service, all are welcome. Arlington National Cemetery Internment services will be announced at a later date.
Gifts in her memory may be sent to St. Therese Parish Growth Fund.  Visitation services will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2011 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Andrew's Funeral Home, 7192 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061.
Celebration of Life services at St. Therese Catholic Church will be held on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., 6262 Main Street, Gloucester, VA 23061. We will have a viewing at the church also from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 in the church foyer the morning of the service. After the service, the Theresians will be providing refreshments at the church.
Graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled at a later time (1 to 2 months).


John Paul ("Opie") Opocensky


John Paul Opocensky, 85, of Ladson, husband of Alice Catherine Williams Opocensky, passed away Monday, April 4, 2011.

John and wife Kitty attended the 2010 AOM Reunion in Williamsburg and, although in failing health, Opie was an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to meet him.
John was born in Prince George County, Virginia on 11 May 1925 , the son of Paul Opocensky and Emily Rusnack Opocensky. He attended schools in Hopewell, Virginia and enlisted in the US Navy on 25 July 1942 and was sent to Norfolk for basic training. He served in many assignments, both ashore and afloat during World War II. Following the war, he married Alice C. "Kitty" Williams on 13 July 1946. They had four children: Cheryl Kay Opocensky Gillyard (3 children), Linda May Opocensky (killed by a drunk driver at age 17), Joseph W. Opocensky (1 child), Betty Sue Opocensky Crosby (3 children). Opie retired as Master Chief Mineman on 1 September 1972 at Charleston and settled with Kitty in Ladson, SC. After retiring, he attended Lake City Community College in FL and received his degree in Golf Course Management. He then worked as a superintendant at Jeckyl Island, Georgia Golf Courses. He was also a member of the American Legion, VFW, Fleet Reserve Association and Association of Minemen.
Those fortunate to stay in contact with Opie were on his list of e-mail friends. One of his great delights was to send e-mails of a spiritual nature; touching and compelling articles that were likely responsible for bringing others to a relationship with the Lord. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6:00-8:00pm at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Ave. Funeral Service will be held Friday, April 8, 2011,11:00am, also in the Goose Creek Chapel. Burial will be at Blanford Cemetery, 319 South Crater Road, Petersburg, VA (804) 733-2397 on Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1:00pm

Memorial contributions may be sent to Association of Minemen Scholarship Fund, c/o William Carlson, 1925 Pilgram Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461.

Service details and condolences may be found at:


Ronald J. McGrain

Sadly, one of the tasks I am faced with is to pass on the sad tidings of deceased AOM shipmates. The latest notification concerns a fellow Azuma Island mineman and close personal friend, Ron McGrain. Ron and I exchanged e-mails for the past few years and anticipated meeting face to face at the 2011 AOM Reunion in San Diego. That was not to be. I am providing Ron's obituary. It doesn't even begin to cover the life of the vibrant and colorful friend I knew until his life was cut so tragically short.

Ronald J. McGrain, 76, of Banning, CA passed away peacefully in his home on the morning of April 7, 2011 as a result of Leukemia.

Ron was born July 20, 1934, in Sandusky, Ohio, raised as one of three children to parents William and Florence McGrain. Ron attended grade school locally, leaving Sandusky High School early to join the United States Navy. As a Seaman in the Navy, Ron traveled the world and was a decorated soldier in the Korean War. After being discharged, Ron returned to Sandusky where he met his first wife, Joyce Smith. In 1958, Ron and Joyce welcomed daughter Ronee’. After a brief residency in Milford, IN, in 1962, Ron relocated his family to Anaheim, CA for a career in Operations Management. After the passing of his wife Joyce in 1994, Ron met and married his current wife Dianne McGrain; in 1996 they were married and relocated to Banning, CA to enjoy their retirement, electing to serve as a member of the Riverside County Grand Jury from 2009 through January 2011. He was a Member of the Association of Minemen, a fraternal and scholarship organization dedicated to those who served in the U.S. Navy Mine Force.

Ron was predeceased by his first wife Joyce, parents William and Florence McGrain, and sister Mary. He is survived by his wife Dianne, daughter Ronee’, step children, Darla, Bobby, and Jennifer, brother Dick, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

Services will be held May 1, 2011 at Weaver Mortuary in Beaumont, CA, with a private service held at Riverside National Cemetery on May 3rd, 2011. In lieu of sending flowers the family is requesting donations be made to San Gorgonio Hospital, located in Banning, CA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Weaver Mortuary and Crematory, 1177 Beaumont Avenue, Beaumont, California 92223 -- 951-845-1141

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Julius James Tresley

Jim Tresley, formally known as Julius James Tresley, was born in Hot Springs, SD to Ben and Rena Tresley. Jim lived in Sturgis, SD and his parents divorced when he was approximately 2 years old. His older brother Charles left SD with their father for California where his father worked with polo horses for most of his life and Jim was bounced around between his mother and grandmother until his beloved grandmother passed away.

Then he moved to Everett, WA to live with his father's sister Aunt Adeline and Uncle Guy. Then back to live with his brother Charles and his father in Lawndale, CA. They moved around southern CA a lot until his brother moved out and joined the military.

Jim started supporting himself around age 16 and worked grooming show horses. The last stop on the show circuit was Bakersfield where Jim's boss knew that Aunt Adeline and Uncle Guy lived. Jim was fired and encouraged to finish High School at Bakersfield High School where he won many medals on the diving team and enlisted in the Navy reserve. Jim took a course or two in college then enlisted in the Navy and served 4 years and spent a tour of duty in the Korean War. Jim's last station was in Hawthorne, NV and settled there for several years. He was married for a few years and had a son Eric and a daughter Elaine. He worked his way up to manager for Safeway Stores and met the love of his life Dee. In 1959 they moved to Sparks where they raised their 3 children, Pam, Mark and Jimmy.

Jim was always passionate about flying and received his private airplane license while still in Hawthorne. In 1964 after the Stead Air force Base opened a flying academy he enrolled in the helicopter and fixed wing flying course, his love was flying helicopters. When he completed the course, Jim enlisted in the United States Army. He spent two tours of duty in Vietnam. After the first tour he was stationed in Baumholder, Germany where he met and flew for General Harry Heistand. The second time he was deployed to Vietnam it was at the request of General Heistand he was ordered to stay an extra month to personally pilot the helicopter for General Heistand. Jim was one of the last Army aviators out of Vietnam at the end of that war.

The decorations and medals Jim received for his service were the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Aviator Badge, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal W/V Device and the 24th Award, Distinguished Flying Cross, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver and 1 Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Silver Star and Palm, Armed Forces Honor Medal 1st Class, 4 Over Sea Service Bars, Senior Army Aviator Badge.

Jim loved serving his country flying helicopters in the US Army. The only thing he was truer to was his family. After the loss of their son Mark in a tragic drowning accident in Fort Benning, GA, Jim felt it best to move his family back to Sparks to be near the extended family for emotional support. Jim resigned from the Army in 1975.

After that he worked for Boomtown for over 20 years as purchasing director. No matter what he did, he did it with the utmost honesty and integrity to the best of his ability.

 Photos of Jim at Hawthorne may be found at: (picture # DD-23, DD-24 and DD-29, all courtesy of Don DeCrona)

 In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Sparks Christian Fellowship (510 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, NV 89431-3137) in Jim's honor.

Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary will be assisting with Jim's Memorial Service to be held at Sparks Christian Fellowship on Thursday May 5, 2011 at 1pm.

Guest book condolences may be made at:

 Please join me in keeping the Tresley family in your thoughts and prayers. His wife, Dee, may be reached at: 8071 Hazelnut, Reno, NV 89506-6897 - 775-972-6115



Alexander James 'Mac' McPherson

GLOUCESTER, VA - Alexander James 'Mac' McPherson, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2011, after a courageous fight with cancer.
Born July 22, 1937, he was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander James McPherson Sr. and Mary O'Dowd McPherson of Toomebridge, N. Ireland and his wife of 30 years, Frances Allen McPherson.
Mac served proudly in the United States Navy during the ietnam War and the Naval Reserve and also retired from Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown. He was a member of VFW Post 8252, Moose Lodge # 886, American Legion Post #83, and the Minemen Association.
He is survived by his children, Mary Kay McPherson Edgar and her husband, Ed, Dana McPherson Kohlhorst and her husband, Daryl, and Mark Alexander McPherson and his wife, Stephanie; his stepchildren, William Peterson McLean and his wife, Jenn, Richard Allen McLean and his wife, Holly and Suzanne Elizabeth Wood; his brother, John McPherson. Mac was Grand-daddy to 14 grandchildren, David, Kathryn, Erin, Benjamin, Kasey, Alex, Elizabeth, Madison, Hunter, Parker, Pete, Fox, Michael and Isabelle. A memorial service in his honor will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, in the chapel of Andrews Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to DAV, P.O. Box 58, Gloucester, VA 23061. Andrews Funeral home, Gloucester, Va., is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at [Published in Newport News [VA] Daily Press from May 25 to May 26, 2011



Donald Krupczyk

Don, as we remember him in 1975

Donald Krupczyk, MNCM, died Sunday June 12th, 2011 at Trident Hospital, North Charleston, S.C. Don retired from the navy after 28 yrs in 1978. On 15 June, 2011, the Fleet Reserve in Goose Creek had a two bell ceremony with family members present. A flag was presented to daughter , Margaret.
His obituary read as follows:

LADSON, SC - Donald Krupczyk, of Ladson, SC, passed away June 12, 2011, at Trident Hospital at 2:37 a.m. Memorial service will be at The Fleet Reserve, 99 Wisteria Road, Goose Creek, SC 29445, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 6 p.m. Arrangements by Dove Funeral Service, 4310 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806. Mr. Krupczyk was born December 12, 1932, in Buffalo, NY, the third to Stanley and Mary Krupczyk. He was a retired Navy Master Chief of 30 years. He retired from Naval Weapon Station. He was a member of Mason Lodge and Fleet Reserve Association. He was married to the late Loretta Frances Krupczyk, who passed away April 3, 1997. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Richard Krupczyk. Survivors include his children, Timothy Fulcher (Maui, HI), Christopher Krupczyk (Orlando, FL), Margaret Krupczyk Ramage (Richard) (Weldon, IL), Donald Peter Krupczyk (Kim), Eutawville, SC; his siblings, Robert Krupczyk (Helga) (Myrtle Beach, SC) and sister Lorraine Dabney
(Dale) (Buffalo, NY) and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family is asking a donation be made to the Leukemia Foundation. Visit the guestbook at -- [Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 15, 2011]

Henry "Willie" Williams adds: "I am sorry to hear of Krup's passing. I was first stationed with him in Port Lyautey, Morrocco. He was a cool cat in his Buick convertable. I was also stationed with him in Charleston and played with him on the MOMAT softball team. I have also lifted a few cold ones with him. I have many fond memories of him." --16 June 2011



John Wolfe, MNC (SW)

John Wolfe, MNC(SW) USN (Ret.) passed away on 23 June 2011 after a 3 year battle with cancer. He will be missed by all he served with. [Information provided by MNC(SW) David Epton, USN (Ret.) - Further details as they are discovered.


Robert O. Smith, MN2

ROBERT O. SMITH was born in Olive Hill, Tennessee on July 9, 1930 the son of the late James Benjamin Smith, Sr. and Bertie Isabell Hurst Smith. He graduated from Tennessee Polytechnical Institute (what is now Tennessee Tech) in Cookeville and, on September 7, 1951 was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann "Libby" LeCroy, who survives.

 From 1950 - 1953, Robert served in the United States Navy working as a mineman during the Korean War. His responsibilities included not only riding a minesweeper searching for mines, but also constructing them. During this time he and Libby resided in Hawaii. From 1957 until 1962, he worked as a food inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture and resided in Oregan and Idaho. Once he and Libby returned to Olive Hill, he began farming, raising Angus cattle, and for 30 plus years worked as the Post Master Relief at the Olive Hill Post Office. Robert was a member of Woodman of the World, served with District 9 of the Hardin County Volunteer Fire Department in Olive Hill, Tennessee and was member number 90 of the Association of Minemen.

 From 1962 til present, Robert continued to operate the family store, H. O. Smith and Sons, with his brother Jim until Jim's death 2 years ago. He and Libby ran the store until his sickness. An excellent fisherman who loved the sport, Robert fished every time he had the chance and always claimed to have taught his son Billy everything he knows about the sport. He also enjoyed entering different sweepstakes that were offered in a weekly newsletter he received. He entered often and over the years won everything from bicycles to cash to basketballs, most of which he gave to his granddaughter, Jo Ann.

 Robert departed this life on September 21, 2011 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 12 days.

 In addition to his wife, Libby of Olive Hill, Tennessee he is survived by one daughter, Ann Smith Franks and husband Joel of Savannah, Tennessee; one son, Billy Smith and wife Vickie of Olive Hill, Tennessee; one grandchild, Jo Ann Franks Schumann and husband Keith; 2 step grandchildren, Brad Freeman and Blake Freeman; one step great grandchild, Maddox Freeman. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, James Benjamin (Jim) Smith, Jr.

 Funeral service will take place at Shackelton Funeral Services on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 1:00 PM Shackelford Chapel - Ph. (731) 925-4000 450 Church Street, Savannah, Tennessee. Interment will be at Memory Gardens, Savannah, Tennessee.

 Those wishing to sign the guestbook can do so at:

 A note of condolence may be sent to his widow Elizabeth ("Libby") and the family at PO Box 13, Olive Hill, TN 38475 or a phone call to (731) 925-5525




Shelly J. Kelly, MNCM

(At Mine Conference, Yorktown-1979)

Shelly J. Kelly, MNCM U.S. Navy (Ret.), 75, of Goose Creek, husband to Yoshie U. Kelly, passed away July 30, 2011. Born in Lynn, AL, he was the son of the late Millard and Ruby Colburn Kelly. Mr. Kelly retired as a Master Chief Mineman after serving thirty one years. He served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during his service in Vietnam. Mr. Kelly worked at the Naval Weapons Station after his retirement from military duty. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 166, Fleet Reserve Association, Low Country Branch 269, VFW Post 10256, and The Association of Minemen. Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife of forty eight years, Yoshie U. Kelly; one daughter, Naomi Fortner of Hanahan and one grandson, Andrew Brian Fortner. He is also survived by many lifelong friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Avenue.

Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial in Whispering Pines Memorial Gardens, Moncks Corner. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society , 267 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Condolences can be sent to the family at

Visit the guestbook at [Published in Charleston Post & Courier on August 1, 2011]

Yoshie may be reached at: 108 Clay St, Goose Creek, SC 29445 843-797-7099



Charles A. Nicklin, MNC

Charles A. Nicklin of Silverdale, Washington passed away peacefully in his sleep August 16th at the age of 81 from Kidney cancer and Renal failure. Chuck gave his career a giant boost by graduating from 2nd class Deep Sea Divers School (Hard Hat) in 1951. He retired as a Chief Mineman from the U.S. Navy in 1968 after having served for many years on the USS Thomas E. Fraser (DM-24). He then worked on many aspects of torpedoes at NTS Keyport, retiring in 1985.
Chuck was born in Loup City, Nebraska, March 7, 1930 and grew up in Junction City, Oregon; the oldest of eleven children. He lived for over 50 years in the Bremerton, Port Orchard and Silverdale area. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, ca
Chuck is survived by his two children and four grandchildren: Sandra Jenkins, Daughter, Richmond, VA, Terry Lee Nicklin, Son, Bullhead City, AZ, Cory Nicklin, Grandson, Bullhead City, AZ, Ryann Nicklin, Grandaughter, Silverdale, WA
Amanda Jenkins, Grandaughter, Richmond, VA, Alicia Jenkins, Grandaughter, Richmond, VA. Along with many loving brothers, sisters and extended family and friends. He will be missed! No services will be held per his request.
[Published in the Bremerton [WA] Kitsap Sun.



Robert Harry "Bobby" Loveland

 Robert Harry "Bobby" Loveland, 48, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and formerly of Janesville, died peacefully at his home, September 3, 2011, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed in April of 2010.

 Bob was born on December 31, 1962, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Vern Byron and Phyllis Ann (Decker) Loveland. He attended school in Janesville and Waverly, graduating in 1980 from Waverly-Shell Rock High School. Bob then entered the U.S. Navy, where he spent twelve years (1985-1997) and was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm) and served as a MN during that time. He was also stationed at MOMAG 9 in Subic Bay. On July 21, 1990, Bob was united in marriage to Karen Marie McDade in Yorktown, Virginia. In 1999, Bob became employed with Mediacom until ill health forced him to stop working in November of 2010.

 In his spare time Bob enjoyed NASCAR, the outdoors and his dogs. Bob was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and truly loved spending time with his family and friends. Bob is survived by his loving wife of over 21 years, Karen Loveland of Cedar Falls, Iowa; one daughter and her husband, Kristy (Cory) Roberts of Janesville, Iowa; six sisters, Colleen (David) Jacob of Denver, Iowa, Mary Loveland of Yuma, Arizona, Donna (Bill) Simonis of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jennifer (Bob) Jans of Clarksville, Iowa, Shelley (Kevin) Casey of Waterloo, Iowa, Brenda (Steve)Stokes of Janesville, Iowa; two brothers, Jim Loveland of Mason City, Iowa; Wayne (Dee) Loveland of Palo, Iowa; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis on January 13, 2000.

 Memorial services will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly, with Pastor Jim Bauer officiating. Public visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Following the visitation, Bob's body will be cremated and burial of his remains with military graveside rites will be held following the memorial service on Thursday in the Finchford Cemetery, rural Janesville. Memorials may be directed to the Loveland family. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187.

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Robert (Bob) Broughton Walker, MNCS

MATHEWS, VA - Robert (Bob) Broughton Walker passed away Sept. 18, 2011 peacefully in his sleep at home, surrounded by three generations of his loving family after an extended battle with Alzheimer's.
Born Feb. 12, 1926, in Greensboro, N.C. and raised in Rockingham, N.C., he was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all.
Bob leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Nellie, of 63 years; a son, Robert F. Walker of Huntersville, N.C.; two daughters, Linda W. Via of Gloucester, Va., and Rhonda W. Majewski and husband, Tim of Suffolk, Va.; five grandchildren, Suzanne W. Via of Greensboro, N.C., Stephanie M.
Majewski of Charlotte, N.C., Brandon C. Majewski of Suffolk, Va., Zachary V. Walker and Nicolas F. Walker of Jacksonville, Fla.; five nieces and one nephew.
He was a member of the Church of Francis de Sales and past President of the Parish Council. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. During his first tour of duty, at the Submarine Base, New London, Conn., he met his wife, Nellie. They were married Dec. 13, 1947. He served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict. The majority of his military career was spent aboard two destroyers, the U.S. S. Putnam  (DD-722) and the U.S. S. Barton (DD-757). He received many metals, awards and ribbons for World War II Victory, Korean War, Naval Occupation, United Nations, National Defense and Good Conduct. Bob loved serving his country. In 1968, with 25 years of service, he retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer Mine Warfare Technician E8. After 14 years in Civil Service, he retired as a Weapons Engineer Technician GS12.
Family members will receive friends at the Church of Francis de Sales, 176 Lovers Lane, Mathews, Va., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 from 11 a.m. to noon. Mass of the Resurrection, conducted by Father Robert Cummins and Father Nash, will be at 12:15 p.m.. A graveside service following the Mass will be held at H.C. Smithers Cemetery, Hudgins, Va.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be sent to the Church of Francis de Sales; The Alzheimer's Foundation; or Riverside Hospice. The Walker family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the Riverside Hospice Care team for all their loving support and concern they showed our loved one during his illness.
[Published in the Newport News [VA] Daily Press from September 20 to September 21, 2011]




Leroy Barker, MN1

Mr. Leroy Barker, husband to Juanita, father of Roger and Linda, passed peacefully at Carson Tahoe Hospital in Carson City, NV Thursday, September 22, 2011, from respiratory failure. At his side was his daughter, Linda Barker; grandson, Robert Barker; grand-daughter, Karen Best; and Great Grand-daughter, Tyra Best.

Due to declining health and just getting old, Leroy decided to move to Carson City in December 2010, to be closer to his daughter and grand-daughter. He had bought a smaller home, in a gated community, just blocks from Linda. He had undergone radiation treatment and a little chemo for a small patch of cancer on his left lung last winter and had recovered well thru the spring and early Summer and was even “supervising” some home renovations this summer, when he suddenly began to have a decline in health and was told by his granddaughter that he should go to the ER on September 20. It was there that he learned his lungs were impacted with fluid and collapsing, and that there was nothing they could do except make him comfortable.

Leroy was born in Anderson, South Carolina to Arthur & Mary Barker on December 22, 1920. He was born premature and Nicknamed "Teenie" by his parents and siblings as he started the first few months of his life being incubated on the back of an old wooden cook stove, inside a shoebox that was filled with chicken feathers and using his daddy's hankies for diapers. He was one of 14 children (9 boys & 5 girls). Arthur was a loom fixer at the cotton mill and Mary was a homemaker.

When Leroy turned 14, he wanted to get a job to help the family during the Depression, so he changed his birth date to December 19, 1919 and began working in the cotton mills for 5 per hr., 12 hrs. per day as a battery filler. He helped by giving his parents part of his wages that help buy food and clothing for all the siblings.

After working in the mills for two years, Leroy decided he needed to change professions and at sixteen years old he started working in a restaurant selling hamburgers and hot dogs at a nickel a piece. Here Leroy made $1 per week with the added perk of all he could eat.

In January, 1941 Leroy took an oath to serve his Country in U.S. Navy. Leroy entered the Navy with only a fourth grade education and served his country proudly as a Gunner's Mate on the battleship, U.S.S. New York (BB-34) until October 1942 and provided escort support to ships between the east coast and Greenland. It is a little known fact that Leroy, having only a fourth grade education, was actually charged steering the boat while officers and other crew would take their down time in the rack. From October 1942-October 1943 he served on a harbor mine sweeper, U.S.S. YMS-4 and was also a deck captain. From November 1943 to November 1944 he was at the Mine Warfare School in Yorktown, VA. Upon completion he was stationed at The Navy Ammunition Depot (NAD) in Hawthorne, which is where he found his beautiful soul mate, Juanita Faye Stone, a young woman from Texas, who ventured north with her sister, Mary Francis (Sue) Stone-Owens, in search of a job. In 1946 he transferred to Navy Ammunition Depot at Oahu, Hawaii where he spent about a year and returned to Hawthorne and was then honorable discharged in January 1947. He use to proudly show off a letter from President Harry Truman thanking him for his service. In 2009, he was sent a letter asking him to join with others in the commissioning of the new U.S.S. New York (LPD-21), but he was unable to attend.

In 1944, when Leroy was stationed in the bustling, small-town of Hawthorne, Nevada, he worked as a Mineman 1st Class. This young sailor is one of only a handful of sailors that could state that he served in both the Atlantic & Pacific Theaters of War while serving his Country. When he received his Discharge, he headed back to South Carolina to visit his family and look for a job to support he and his wife. South Carolina wasn't all it was cut out to be after the great paying jobs in Nevada. While there visiting, he received a message via short wave radio from Mr. Louie Del Monica who offered him a job back in Hawthorne. He packed up everything he owned in an old 1940 Buick and returned to Hawthorne where he worked in the Civil Service for 27 years. During his employment at the base, he assembled mines and depth charges from 1947-1962. He spent most of those years supplying ships worldwide with ammunition to continue the peace keeping efforts of the United States Military. To his dying day, he had no regrets for anything he did during wartime or peacetime so long as he was helping support the men and women of our Armed Forces continue in the protection of the Country that he, and so many others, fought unselfishly to protect the freedoms of us all, during World War II. During the last half of his career, he transferred into a Planner/Estimator position. He retired in the early 1970's at only 52 1/2 years of age. During his employment, and his 65 plus years as a resident of Hawthorne, his coworkers, neighbors and fellow residents always spoke highly of this soft spoken, even tempered, and yet fair, gentleman with a heart of gold and a smile that would break the ice in any room.

On November 11, 1944, Veterans Day, while stationed in Hawthorne, Leroy married the lady of his dreams. Juanita Faye Stone, from Quitman, Texas, who was working at the depot delivering electric mules. This 18 year-old caught Leroy's eye in a dance hall and for 56 years, she was Leroy's sweetheart. In 1997, he lost Juanita to cancer, but even in his last breathes he spoke of his wife as if she was still alive and by his side. The couple had two children: Roger Lee, who grew up to be a high-voltage electrician and maintenance mechanic who retired from Civil Service in Colorado and returned to his home in Hawthorne to help care for his aging Dad; and Linda Gail who retired as a Communications Dispatcher for the Nevada Highway Patrol in Carson City, NV.

In the latter years, Leroy often spoke of road trips and fishing and hunting expeditions. One fond memory that he would often retell was when he and Juanita purchased a 1940 Buick in South Carolina to travel back to Hawthorne to take the job that Mr. Del Monica had offered him. The car had four slick tires and the spare "was not much better." Leroy loaded Juanita and his family possessions into the car in South Carolina and headed to Texas where they stopped to pick up Juanita’s items. The two worried the whole way back Nevada about the bad tires, but the couple arrived safely, and Leroy started hisnew job. Three weeks later, and a paycheck under his belt, he and Juanita invited Mickey Moss & family and Warren Johnson & family to Lee Vining for a picnic. They started up the road when a tire on that old Buick finally blew. Leroy got out, unloaded the spare and found out it didn't even fit his car! His car had five lug tires and his spare only had four lugs. He had to catch a ride to Lee Vining to get it fixed, and once they all returned home, he bought four new tires. Moral to this story for all first time used car buyers, it’s not always what’s under the hood that matters.

When he was discharged from the Navy, the young man decided that the best thing to do for himself and his family was to finish up his education. He went back to school for 2 hours a night at the Mineral County High School and in 1951, received his GED.

Because Leroy was born and raised during some trying times, he learned early that hard work, often work that did little for a man’s self esteem, was the only way to get by, and he did so with only a 4th grade education, the same 4th Grade education that got him into the United States Navy. He believed in the philosophy of "If something had to be done - just do it." He was a man that if he didn’t know how to fix something, he would study the problem, sometimes for hours or days, then he would set himself to a plan and just get whatever it was that needed fixing, or doing, done. No arguments. No complaints. No bragging about what he had accomplished, unless of course someone asked “hey Leroy, how’d you get that fixed”, then he would share his knowledge of the problem, and his wisdom that got it fixed…and you better have been paying attention, because more often than not, you learned something very valuable that day from Mr. Barker.

Leroy was VERY active and fully committed to EVERYTHING he did. To blow off steam and just to have a good time with “the boys” he played minor league baseball as a catcher. He played many games where he caught under the pitcher, Clair Turley. He played on the Bonanza Airlines Minor League team as well as the EI Capitan's team along with Bill Beard, Scotty Hines, Max Chilcott, Dean Owens and Don Gruwell. A lover of sports, Leroy also played basketball and after he retired, he took up golfing, only after he decided that baseball was a “young man’s sport”, this coming from a 50 year old. Juanita joined him in his journey around the links and the two of them both played golf at many golf courses and entered many tournaments and both won several trophies and medals. He was always a major supporter and contributor of Mineral County Serpent Athletics…favoring baseball of course, but loving all the games, even the girls basketball and volleyball. He was presented with many signed baseballs and basketballs showing the students' thanks.

Leroy was also an avid hunter and fisherman. His favorite areas were the Reece River area, Wildhorse Reservoir and “The Elbow” on the East Walker River. He often enjoyed the smaller creeks and rivers around Nevada too, like Desert Creek and Chatovich Creek. The grandchildren, Robert and Karen, grand-son-in Law, Louis James Best, Jr., and even his only great-grand-daughter, Tyra, can tell a special story about fishing with grandpa Leroy. Each of them holds a special memory, but all of them end the same…being out fished before even getting their line in the water. Being the “new generation”, of fishermen, the grandkids would take care of their hard earned new fishing poles and break down their poles between fishing trips. Hindsight, that was their biggest fault when it comes to fishing. While they are busy taking 10 minutes to assemble their pole, tie a new hook on the line and bait the hook, here comes grandpa Leroy back from the river’s edge with stringer in hand full of fish saying, “Haven’t you got any yet?…I’ve already got my limit, so you have to clean these and start cooking so I can go catch some more.” Secretly, the grandkids believe he had a “special spit” that he would put on the worm before tossing to the fish, but since none of them can actually remember seeing him put a fresh worm on his old line, as far as they know, he could have been tossing out a two week old dead worm. That is now his secret.

Then there is hunting. The common belief is, that everybody, who is anybody, has hunted with Leroy. And like fishing, everybody has a special hunting or camp story and they all end the same way. Ole “ Eagle Eye” Leroy was almost always first on the deer, often seeing them over a mile away, and often shooting them within 300 yards of camp. One time, he shot one in camp, probably before the coffee was even brewed, because we all heard that he went back into the trailer after startling all the other sleeping hunters awake, and went back to bed. In addition to hunting for Deer and Elk, he enjoyed bird hunting too. He much favored sage hen and chukar, but would often seek out the smaller dove. To keep his bird hunting skills sharp, he joined the Hawthorne Trap Club and once shot 78 straight shots out of 100, missing #79. If ever there was a day that a grown man might cry, that would have been the day.

Leroy was always dedicated to the betterment of not only himself, but the community. “It takes people to make a community, and only people can make a community better.” Leroy served on the Hawthorne Credit Union board for 21 years. He was also involved in various social organizations within Mineral County. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #1704; a 65 year Lifetime member of the American Legion and a lifetime member of the VFW. He also served on the Mineral County Park & Recreation Commission.

Leroy was the epitome of a true patriot. He has shared his vast knowledge and stories with the younger generations. He knew the value of a dollar and the hard work it takes to obtain that dollar. He never fully understood this generation of “blow and go”. He was raised that if you wanted a new TV or washing machine, you worked hard and saved your money to go buy one. Both can be argued as being a need in today’s society, but you can go without both for a while and go to the laundry mat or enjoy the company of your family while you save up money to buy what you need instead of running up a huge debt you that can’t pay. Considering himself a true Nevadan, he knew the boom and bust cycles of the mines and the base. If the mines were booming, he believed you ought to be saving more money, and staying within your budget and saving those extra dollars so you can retire at 60-65 years old and not HAVE to work until your 75-80 years old at some supermarket.

Leroy was preceded in death by his wife Juanita, (1997); son, Roger (2008); Parents: Arthur Andrew Barker and Mary Elizabeth (Wells) Barker; Brothers: Claude Andrew Barker, Charles William Woodrow Barker, Marcell Barker, James Rudolph Barker, Eddie Ray Barker, Walter Cleo Barker, Arthur Edward Barker, Glenna Beatrice (Barker) Ward. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Gail Barker of Carson City, NV; Granddaughter, Karen L. Best of Wellington, NV; Grandson, Robert James Barker of Jacksonville, FL; Great-Granddaughter, Tyra Kristine Best of Wellington, NV; and sisters: Dorothy Mae (Barker) Davis of Virginia Beach, VA; Opal Etrulia (Barker) Anderson of Newberry, SC; and Mary Ann (Barker) Ellison of Lake Okeechobee, FL.

An Elks service is planned in Hawthorne for Sunday, October 9, 2011, in the afternoon giving consideration for all those who attend church services and returning from that first week of hunting. The exact time had not been set at time of publication. Location is tentative at Lady Byrd Park. You may contact the Elks Lodge or the family for further information.

[Courtesy of Heidi L. Bunch of the Mineral County Independent News, Hawthorne, NV]



Reynolds Gates Becker

RICHMOND - Reynolds Gates Becker, 91, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. Reynolds was a native of Petersburg, Va., and was a former resident of Yorktown before moving to Richmond in 2000. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech, class of 1943. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp, serving his country during WWII. He was employed as an engineer at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station until his retirement. He was a member of the York Lions Club for 35 years. Reynolds was preceded in death by his wife, Marian. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Cope of Richmond; and a sister, Virginia Heffner of Spartanburg, S.C. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.

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Published in the Richmond [VA] Daily Press from September 26 to September 27, 2011




Linda Haru Arnett

Linda Haru Arnett, 75, of Goose Creek, passed away October 7, 2011. Born in Okinawa, Japan, she was the daughter of the late Koshin and Naba Sakihara Tamashiro and wife to MN1 George Arnett. Mrs. Arnett enjoyed bowling, gardening, and cooking meals for her family. She was loving, caring, and most of all, giving. She will be missed by all of her family and friends. She and George enjoyed visiting church's and sharing her love for God. Her last words where, "I'm not afraid to die, because I know where I'm going." She is survived by her husband of 48 years George Arnett, five sons, Sakae Arnett of Goose Creek, Kenichi Tamagusuku of Ladson, Douglas Arnett of Dearing, GA, Francis Arnett and wife Rachel of Columbia and Lamonte Arnett and wife Darlene of Columbia; sister, Sue Johnson of Hawaii. Mrs. Arnett is also survived by eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and her first great-great grandchild on the way. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, 869 St. James Avenue. Funeral service will be Monday, October 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel. Interment to follow in Plantation Memorial Gardens, Moncks Corner. [Published in Charleston Post & Courier on October 9, 2011]

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MNC Auburn Barfield


 Auburn Barfield, age 83, of Ellaville died unexpectedly, Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at his home. A Memorial service will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church, 11:00 AM, Monday, October 31, 2011 with a private burial to follow at Andersonville National Cemetery. Rev. Hugh Harbort will officiate.
Mr. Barfield was born September 12, 1928 in Macon County, GA, the son of Ruby Hendricks Barfield and Paul Barfield. He owned Hendricks Scrap Metal in Americus, GA. Mr. Barfield was retired from the U. S. Navy after serving 20 years and was a member of the American Legion, Post 191. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Mr. Barfield is survived by his wife, Harriet H. Barfield; three daughters and sons in law, Barrie Norton and husband Jack of Americus, GA, Michele Sevy and husband Mike of Carrollton, GA, Barbara Perry and husband Mac of Leslie, GA; three sons and daughters in law, Paul Barfield of Ellaville, Tony Spears and wife Michele of Blairsville, GA, Andy Flemmons and wife Glenys of Plano, TX; three brothers and sister in law, Joe Barfield of Americus, GA, Henry Barfield and wife Bonnie of Americus, GA, Daniel Barfield of Rochelle, GA. Eighteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren also survive.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Mission Fund, 961 Shiloh Road, Americus, GA 31709 or the charity of your choice.
Watson-Giddens Funeral Home of Ellaville, GA is in charge of arrangements.

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Kenneth Edward Harder, CWO-4

Kenneth Edward Harder, 78, of Charleston, SC, the husband of Sadie Rosalie (Martinez) Harder, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, November 3, 2011. Mr. Harder was born in New York City, NY on September 8, 1933, a son of the late Elizabeth Rose (Kiss) and Robert Charles Harder. He honorably and faithfully served our country as a Mineman in the U.S. Navy for over 33 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 4. Mr. Harder was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fleet Reserve Association, Association of Minemen and the Military Officers Association of America. He is survived by his loving wife, Sadie R. Harder; daughter, Linda J. Braecklein; son, John K. Harder; nine granddaughters, Nichole Graybill, Elizabeth Grant, Melanie Underwood, Ashlie Harder, Danielle Graybill, Theresa Braecklein, Destinee Harder, Christine Harder and Jane Harder; grandson, Tracy C. Braecklein, Jr.; great granddaughter, Valarie Underwood; two great grandsons, Israel Grant and Camden Parker; two sisters, Betty Box and Mitzi Garvey. Mr. Harder is preceeded in death by a daughter, Valarie A. Graybill; a son, Raymond J. Harder; a sister, Virginia Snyder and a brother, Robert S. Harder. The relatives and friends of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth E. Harder are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1695 Wallenberg Blvd. Charleston, SC. The Rite of Committal with Military Honors will be held at 12:00 PM, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 in Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary St. Beaufort, SC. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the Rosary at 6:30 PM on Monday, November 7, 2011at the James A. McAlister Funeral Home, 1620 Savannah Hwy. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following; The American Cancer Society 269 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC 29401 or The Association of Minemen Scholarship Fund PO Box 510519 Punta Gorda, FL 33951. Arrangements are by JAMES A. MCALISTER Funerals & Cremation, (843) 766-1365






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